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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

Saturday 15 February
Creative Write for Growth: ‘Journeys’ with Poet in Residence – Julia McGuiness
From quest to trek; mission to meander, journeys can take many forms. They may be physical or spiritual, outer or inner. Traversing new terrain brings encounters and challenges, as well as issues of what we take or leave behind.

In this workshop of travelling companions, we will explore Chester Cathedral’s 2020 Journeys theme, setting out on our own journey of words to see what we may find on the way.
In the Cathedral Library
Tickets £20

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Friday 21 February
Mallory and Irvine – a talk by the Royal Geographical Society | 7pm
Birkenhead and Mobberley born and bred mountaineers on Everest, supported by the Royal Geographical Society and the Alpine Club, London. Find out things you never knew about the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition and learn more about their journeys through the Society’s Collections.
Tickets: £10, RGS members £5.

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Thursday 12 March
Imago Mundi – Space, Time and Symbolism in Medieval Christian World Maps, illustrated from the Chester Polychronico­­n | 7pm
A lecture by Professor Philip Alexander. Geographers have long realized that we all carry in our heads mental maps of the world, which influence to a surprising degree the way we live in it. This illustrated talk will explore the mental maps of medieval Christians through the great medieval Christian world maps, particularly the one which the Benedictine scholar, Ranulf Higden, of St Werburgh’s Abbey Chester, included in his famous 14th-century world chronicle, the Polychronicon. Come prepared to think your way imaginatively into a very different worldview from our own – a worldview which persisted basically unchanged from antiquity.
Doors open: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Tickets £10 (Students and RGS members £5)

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Friday 10 April
Chester City Passion
Join over 5,000 people for this spectacular and commemorative event to remember the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ.

Start the Holy Weekend with shouts and cries, drama and passion as we witness the incredible stor of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection.  The event starts at 10.30am at the Eastgate Clock and moves up Eastgate to the Cross; then up Northgate to the Town Hall and ends with Jesus being crucified in front of the Cathedral.

The event is free and is being organised in partnership with Churches Together, Link Up, Chester Mystery Plays and Theatre in the Quarter. The Chester City Passion is generously sponsored by the Jerusalem Trust, Churches in the City and individual donors.

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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