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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step…”

Life is all about journeys; from the moment we’re thrust into being at the time of our birth we embark on the incredible journey of life. Through our own personal journeys we encounter challenges, hardships and heartaches and times of great joy. It is our reactions to what we are faced with that determines the outcome for the remainder of our journey. Pilgrimage offers us an opportunity to slow down and bring space into our lives, a space where we can reflect on life’s many questions and gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Our theme this year, Journeys hopes to challenge, provoke important questions, inspire growth and provide meaningful experiences for all who come here. Join us as we explore relevant topics and the many aspects of life’s inner and outer journeys through a series of fun and entertaining, family-friendly, thought provoking events and activities

Forthcoming 'Journeys' Events

On now and until Sunday 31 May 2020
The 1921 British Mount Everest  Expedition
Photographs, taken by George Mallory and other members of the expedition team during the 1921 reconnaissance expedition to Everest – organised by the Society and the Alpine Club, London – are among the first to document the dramatic landscapes and local people of Everest and the Himalayas. Originally intended to complement the expedition’s purpose: to carry out detailed survey work of the region, the images include some of the finest panoramic photographs of any high mountain region ever taken.
Open: normal Cathedral hours.
Entry free – donations welcome

Dates throughout the year
The Very Revd F S M Bennett – Dean of Chester (1920 – 1937) Exhibition
The Exhibition, situated within the Cathedral Library, celebrates the centenary of the appointment of the Very Revd F S M Bennett as Dean of Chester in 1920.

Dean Bennett was an innovative and strategic Dean. He opened up the Cathedral free for visitors, converted the Refectory into a hospitable café, glazed the cloisters to enhance the warmth of Chester’s welcome, inaugurated the Friends of Chester Cathedral, and encouraged pilgrimage to the Cathedral as the traditional site of St Werburgh.

Visitors are asked to give a donation of £5 towards the work of the Chester Cathedral Library.

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Friday 10 April
Chester City Passion

Please note: As a precaution during the current Covid-19 outbreak, we are disappointed to inform you that this event has now been cancelled. For updates during this time, to learn of new events, and to be updated when the Cathedral re-opens, sign up for our E-Newsletter here.

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Tuesday 14 April
Inner Journeys: Yoga in the Cathedral | 8pm
As part Journeys, we’re looking at aspects of our own inner journeys in a series of events run by The Bodhi Tree Studios.
Classes are based on physical postures, deep breathing and listening to the body. The class is suitable for all abilities and perfect for those wanting to learn the fundamental poses in yoga.
Each class will finish with a short meditation and relaxation.
Tickets £10 / Students £8 including light refreshments.


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Tuesday 2 June – Monday 29 June
Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition
Chester Cathedral is delighted to present, in the only location in the UK outside London, the Travel Photographer of the Year Exhibition.

This is one of the world’s leading photography awards, with tens of thousands of images submitted by photographers in more than 140 countries each year. The exhibition features a superb selection of the winning images from the 2019 awards, showcasing the beauty of this planet, its wildlife and landscapes, peoples and cultures in an inspirational, entertaining and, at times, moving and thought-provoking way.
Open: normal Cathedral hours.
Entry free – donations welcome