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Poppy Fields 2020

Poppy Fields was created in 2018 to mark the centenary of World War One, it was attended by tens of thousands of visitors to the Cathedral and since then we've been asked by many to bring it back. 2020, with the challenges and difficulties that we have all faced, seemed the perfect opportunity to do so. The light and sound show will allow visitors a much-needed chance to reflect not only on past and present conflicts but also the global pandemic affecting us all.

The immersive projection will see poppies and flowers cascade across the ceiling, walls and floor of the Cathedrals – remembering those who have fought so valiantly for our peace and safety. Accompanying the projections will be specially composed music by David Harper and poetry read by Oscar-winning actor, Eddie Redmayne.

Tickets are £6.50 per person with under 5s FREE (please select a ticket so that we can ensure they are counted towards capacity).

This event has been designed to ensure our visitors can enjoy the experience safely, read more about the safety measures we have put into place and the FAQs here.

Visitor entry

Our doors are open and we are ready to welcome back visitors to Lichfield Cathedral. For the time being we will be open for visitors at specific times each day for pre-booked tickets only.

We are committed to keeping Lichfield Cathedral free for everyone in the long term, but as a temporary measure we will be introducing a nominal charge at the point of pre-booking your tickets:
Adults and Children (5-16): £2 each
Family (2 adults + 2 children): £5
Under 5's go FREE (please select a ticket so that we can ensure they are counted towards capacity)

Pre-booking a timed ticket will help us implement the measures required to maintain the safety of our staff and visitors and aid the ‘Track and Trace’ initiative -Our privacy policy can be viewed here.

Please read all information on our website before you visit : www.lichfield-cathedral.org/welcomeback

We want you to keep safe, protect each other and enjoy your visit.

Please note...

- Tickets are strictly non-refundable, or transferable and cannot be collected in person
- Entry will be strictly for ticket-holders and tickets MUST be booked in advance to reduce contact.
- Chapters The Cafe in The Close and The Cathedral Gift Shop remain closed at this time.
- Our usual public toilets remain closed, however a toilet can be accessed in the Cathedral during your visit, please speak to a member of staff.

Service of Remembrance 2020

Join us for a service of Remembrance, Sunday 8 November 2020 - the service will begin at 10:30, please arrive in plenty of time.

- This is a ticket only Service. Tickets are free but with limited number. Only book a ticket if you are able to attend
- Should you experience any COVID symptoms please do not attend and follow Government guidance
- To book wheelchair spaces or groups larger than 4, please contact the Cathedral reception (call 01543 306100 or email reception@lichfield-cathedral.org) Groups must be part of a Government approved household or ‘bubble’.
- Please arrive in plenty of time for the Service. If the Service has begun the Cathedral reserves the right to give away any unused seats
- The plan is not to scale and is representative of the viewing angle only
- The Cathedral reserves the right to move seating to adhere to social distancing
- Face masks must be warn inside the Cathedral and during the Service. The Cathedral reserves the right to refuse entry if attendees arrive without mask
- Any questions regarding accessibility should contact the Cathedral reception
- There will be no chairs between the booked chairs and additional attendees will not be given entry
- The Cathedral cannot guarantee tickets on the day.
- The tickets hold no monetary value and therefore cannot be exchanged for cash.
- Due to Track and Trace tickets must not be swapped. Should ticket holders be unable to attend they must contact the Cathedral’s reception.

If you have any questions please contact the Cathedral’s reception before booking; reception is open Mon – Fri 09:00 – 17:00. Enquiries cannot be guaranteed a response at the weekend.


George Eliot: A Monologue by Lesley Smith

Wednesday 18 November | 19:00 at Lichfield Cathedral

Mary Ann Evans was a woman ahead of her time; highly intelligent and a freethinker, she wrote 8 novels under her pen name, George Eliot, including her most famous, “Middlemarch”. Her private life was considered scandalous, living with a married man for 24 years and being shunned by her family and society as a result.

Lesley Smith is curator at Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire. This portrayal was commissioned by the George Eliot Fellowship to mark her 200th birthday in 2019. Now is the chance to meet George Eliot and find out more about this extraordinary woman who had links with Lichfield.

Tickets are £11.

Not suitable for children under 16.

Here are the measures we are taking to keep you safe:

Hand sanitisers on entrance and exit
Separate entrance and exit
Reduced number of tickets to allow for 3 seats between each person or group
2m distance between rows of seats
Please wear face coverings while inside the Cathedral.

The Cathedral Illuminated 2020

The Cathedral Illuminated 2020: The Manger |  Wednesday 16 December -Tuesday 22 December 17:00 onwards

The award-winning ‘The Cathedral Illuminated 2020’ returns to Lichfield Cathedral in a different format to create an enjoyable and COVID-secure experience for everyone.

Wrap up warm and kick off the festive season with this spectacular light and sound show by the artistic collaboration, Luxmuralis.

This year the event will be completely outside, with a safe one-way route created around the Close and a significantly reduced number of time slots per evening.


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