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The Great Exhibition 2019: SPACE: God, The Universe and Everything

Dates between 8 - 26 August | 20.00 onwards

Back for a third year, The Great Exhibition returns with ‘Space, God, the Universe and Everything,’ a stunning visual spectacle inspired by the Moon Landing.

It will take you on a walking journey within the Cathedral revealing the universe, galaxies, space, creation, and light. 

Created by the award-winning Luxmuralis artistic collaboration, the exhibition features internal Son-et-Lumiere, artworks, and sound and light installations that transform the internal space of the Cathedral.
‘One small step’ Moon Floor Experience is included in The Great Exhibition.

Supported by Apollo

Please note:
Tickets will be sold at 15-minute intervals. This is your entry time and not the start of the exhibition.
• Ticket price is based on tickets in advance. Tickets on the door will be £7.50 per adult and £5 for children and subject to availability.
• We anticipate the experience taking around an hour, but the exhibition can be enjoyed at your own pace.
• Children under 3 go free and do not require a ticket.
• The event is both pushchair and wheelchair friendly.
• Refreshments and souvenirs will be available to purchase.
• There are no toilets inside the Cathedral. Toilets are near the entrance via Dam Street, through the gates next to Chapters, The Café in The Close. 
• There is strictly no public parking in The Close. Please use close by city car parks (www.lichfielddc.gov.uk).
• Drop-off will be allowed for those with accessibility needs using the Beacon Street entrance.
• This is a sound and light show and for the best viewing experience please come to the later performances. The provision of early performances are ideally there to provide opportunities for families and young people who would otherwise struggle to come to later in the evening.
• This exhibition includes loud sounds, music and moving and flashing images throughout the experience, as well as bright lights and areas of darkness within the cathedral 
• Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. 

Advance Tickets £5 adults, £4 children, £16 family (2 adults and 2 children)
Carers and essential companions 50% discount - please call 01543 306150 to book.

Tickets on the night (subject to availability) £7.50 adults, £5 children, no family tickets


Hidden Heights

Following the need for conservation work on the central spire, we are pleased to introduce an alternative to our popular tower tour.

The new Hidden Heights tour will explore walkways through medieval beams and rooftop parapets which are not normally open to the public, where you can enjoy views over Lichfield and the surrounding countryside.

Tours last approximately one hour.

Please note the terms and conditions.

Tours are subject to cancellation in adverse weather conditions.
The tour is open only to adults and children 8 years old and over.
Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
The visit is unsuitable for anyone who suffers from heart or respiratory disorders or any medical or other condition (including pregnancy) which could be adversely affected by the climb.
Everyone taking part in the visit must have both hands free for the climb of 90 spiral steps to the roof.
All baggage must be left at ground level.
Sensible, sturdy footwear must be worn. No flip-flops, high heels, slippers, etc. For your own safety, you will not be allowed to climb if you are wearing inappropriate footwear.

Dates from April to August
Tickets Adult £8.00, Child (over 8 only)  £5.00

Helen Sharman Lecture

Monday 26 August | 15.00

Hear amazing insights from Helen Sharman CMG OBE, the first British astronaut.

Helen Sharman is a pioneer, a role model for young people (of all ages!), and an inspirational speaker.

She became the first British Astronaut when, in May 1991, aged 27, she launched on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and spent 8 days orbiting the Earth, living and working on the MIR Space Station.

Helen will be telling us all about her experiences in a 45-minute presentation and then you will get the chance to ask her your burning questions in a 45-minute Q&A session.

This really is an opportunity not to be missed!

Tickets  Front £20, Middle £15, Rear £10

Tickets are also available from the Cathedral Gift Shop.

Carers and essential companions 50% discount - please call 01543 306150 to book.

Library Tour

Dates throughout the year | 10:30am

The Library, situated on the upper floor of our unique two-story Chapter House, is one of the Cathedral’s best-loved treasures. It houses a magnificent collection of early printed books and hand-copied manuscripts. Highlights include one of only three surviving hand-coloured 16th century printed copies of Christopher Saxton’s map book of Tudor England and Wales, and a manuscript set of orders signed by Charles I. Following completion of restoration and repairs to the Chapter House roof, the Library is offering a limited number of public tours this year. Climb 35 spiral steps to the historic library and view some of our best books and manuscripts.

Tickets £18
You must be able to climb 35 spiral steps to take part in this tour.

Curious Minds - Religion and Science special lecture series

Dates throughout autumn

How do faith and science co-exist? How was the universe created? Come and explore some of the biggest questions of time and space at a special series of guest lectures by leading experts. 

This series of prestigiously lectures will take place in the Nave of the Cathedral.  The lecturers, drawn from a range of academic backgrounds, will engage the audience with some of the most important questions relating to how science can help us understand and expand our knowledge of our place within this universe. The lecturers will also engage with the implications of the science on faith and exploring how science and theology are not in opposition to each other but are in the business of entering into common dialogue about some the most basic questions we ask as human beings.  The first four of the lectures will poignantly take place on the ‘Moon Floor’.

The lectures will be begin at 19.30 and include time for Q & A (finishing at 21.00).
Tickets £10 or £50 for a season ticket. (Please note you only need to select one lecture when booking a season ticket - your ticket will be valid for all lectures.)

Supported by Apollo

Stars and Life
Professor Raphael Hirschi, Professor of Stellar Hydrodynamics and Nuclear Astrophysics at the University of Keele
Wednesday 4 September | 19.30 (doors open 18.45)
Tickets £10, season ticket £50

Animals suffering in evolution: Did God create death?
Dr Bethany Sollereder, Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Religion at the University of Oxford
Wednesday 11 September | 19.30 (doors open 18.45)
Tickets £10, season ticket £50

God in the Lab: How science enhances faith
Dr Ruth Bancewicz, Church Engagement Director at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

Wednesday 18 September | 19.30 (doors open 18.45)
Tickets £10, season ticket £50

God, the Big Bang and Stephen Hawking
Professor David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, University of Durham

Tuesday 24 September | 19.30 (doors open 18.45)
Tickets £10, season ticket £50

A Physicist reads the Book of Job: Towards a Theology of Science as Gift
Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Natural Philosophy at University of York

Wednesday 2 October | 19.30 (doors open at 18.45)
Tickets £10, season ticket £50

Evolution, Creation and the Problem of Suffering
Dr Robert Asher, Lecturer in Zoology and Curator of the Museum of Zoology at the University of Cambridge

Wednesday 9 October | 19.30 (doors open at 18.45)
Tickets £10, season ticket £50

Carers and essential companions 50% discount - please call 01543 306150 to book.

Holst's 'The Planets' Suite

Friday 6 September | 19.30 (doors open 19.00)

​A unique chance to hear the Organist of St Paul's Cathedral, Simon Johnson, playing Gustav Holst's famous 'The Planets' Suite on Lichfield Cathedral's mighty organ. Simon will be joined by the choristers and chamber choir of Lichfield Cathedral, and the live performance will be accompanied by video projections of our solar system from NASA. This promises to be a spectacle not be missed!

Tickets £25 (to include drinks reception with the artist after the concert), £12.50 (front/middle of Nave), £8 (rear of Nave)
Carers and essential companions 50% discount - please call 01543 306150 to book.

Organ Concert Series

Dates throughout Autumn

Friday 6 September | Simon Johnson (St Paul’s Cathedral)
A complete performance of Holst’s ‘The Planets’ Suite, accompanied by projections of footage from NASA, with the voices of the choristers and chamber choir of Lichfield Cathedral


Tickets £25 (to include drinks reception with the artist); £12.50 (front/middle of nave); £8 (rear of nave) 

Friday 20 September | Catherine Ennis (St Lawrence, Jewry)
Tickets £9 advance, £10 on the door
To include a big-screen projection of the artist at the console

Friday 4 October | Martyn Rawles (Lichfield Cathedral)
Tickets £9 advance, £10 on the door
To include a big-screen projection of the artist at the console

Friday 11 October | James Lancelot
Tickets £9 advance, £10 on the door
To include a big-screen projection of the artist at the console    

Carers and essential companions 50% discount - please call 01543 306150 to book.

Cambridge Taverner Choir: A Choral Journey around Renaissance Europe

Saturday 28 September | 19:30 Doors open 18:45

This concert takes the audience on a choral journey around Europe during the Renaissance. It is both a journey in space – taking in the music of Spain, Portugal, France, Flanders, Germany, Italy, and England – and a journey in time across the musical Renaissance, framed chronologically by the greatest composer of the early Renaissance – Josquin Desprez – and the composer who is often seen as bestriding the end of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Baroque – Claudio Monteverdi. Finally, the programme takes us on a journey in light - opening and closing with two of the most significant images of the period - the light of Christ ('O nata lux') and the glory of the assumption of the Virgin Mary ('Assumpta est Maria') - and visiting many other musical moments of light along the way.

Cambridge Taverner Choir

Directed by Owen Rees, The Cambridge Taverner Choir belongs to a generation of exciting early music chamber choirs which, like The Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen, emerged from the Oxford and Cambridge choral tradition.

Tickets £15 
Carers and essential companions 50% discount - please call 01543 306150 to book.

Peggy Knight: A Monologue by Lesley Smith

Tuesday 8 October 19.30
At Lichfield Cathedral

In 1944, a young shorthand typist at the electricity board in North London was parachuted into Nazi occupied France. She was a member of the Special Operations Executive and had only received two weeks training and one practice parachute jump. Peggy Knight’s extraordinary story is little known but now is the time to find her.

Lesley Smith has been curator of Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire since 2000. She has appeared in over 120 television programmes and is well known for her highly entertaining and informative historical portrayals.

Tickets £11 (including a glass of wine) are available online or from the gift area inside the Cathedral.

Music and Song: City of Lichfield Concert Band and Lichfield Gospel Choir

Saturday 26 October | 19:30

The City of Lichfield Concert Band and Lichfield Gospel Choir team-up for this autumn concert at Lichfield Cathedral. The programme will include something for all musical tastes.

City of Lichfield Concert Band

The City of Lichfield Concert Band, Lichfield’s wind band, was founded over 100 years ago and continues to entertain with a variety of genres such as pop, swing and classical, all performed by its 50-member strong ensemble of local musicians. In 2016, the band performed at the National Concert Band Festival, achieving a Platinum award and going on to perform at the finals held at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Lichfield Gospel Choir

Lichfield Gospel Choir is a vibrant and joyful community choir with over 100 members. Under the musical direction of Themba Mvula they perform a repertoire which embraces African, gospel and soulful music - both traditional and modern – creating a unique, heart-warming and moving musical experience to engage and uplift any audience.

The concert is in support of Lichfield Cathedral, a Grade I listed landmark which currently costs £5,000 a day to remain open and free for the city.

Tickets £10 adults, or £8 concessions (over-65 or under-16)
Carers and essential companions 50% discount - please call 01543 306150 to book.