A Super Summer At Durham Cathedral

It's not just about praying at the 1130 year-old World Heritage Site
June 8, 2023

This summer Durham Cathedral has a whole host of events, activities and services to bring something a little different to your summer – from art installation, candlelight concerts and family outdoor theatre to choose from:


Monday 10 July - Sunday 10 September

This summer see our home planet in a way you've never seen it before, as Luke Jerram’s giant illuminated Earth artwork, Gaia, comes to the Cathedral.

Throughout the summer, this seven-metre diameter installation will be floating in three-dimensions and rotating in the cathedral’s iconic Nave.

A programme of earth-themed events is set to accompany the installation, including a series of late night, festival-style openings, called Gaia Lates, sustainable dinners under the Earth with Chester-le-Street community café REfUSE, yoga classes, silent discos and a whole host of eco-friendly activities, such as stained glass making, nature printing, floristry workshops and Kombucha making.

Tickets: Free entry. Special events may include an additional charge and advanced booking.

Jerram's Gaia

10CCLO (ELO Tribute Band)

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July, 7.30pm

The classic music of ELO and 10cc together in one unforgettable night in the iconic Durham Cathedral performed by the 10ccLO Tribute to progressive rock. Over 2 hours of classic rock hits presented with a full concert light show and multimedia projection.

Tickets: from £18 HERE

History Walks

Saturday 23 July, 20 August and 24 September, 10.30am -12pm

The woodlands and riverbanks that surround the cathedral are a hidden gem, rich in the natural and cultural heritage of the area. The history walk is 1.5 miles long and reveals secrets about the hidden heritage of the cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks.

Book Tickets (£7) HERE

Afternoon Tea in the Chapter House

Saturday 29th July, 12pm and 2pm and Saturday 9th September,12pm and 2pm

Enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea in the unique surroundings of the Cathedral’s Chapter House. Sit down to a selection of handmade sandwiches, scones and cakes with the option of tea or coffee and a glass of fizz to enjoy too. With indulgent food and a historic setting, it's the perfect opportunity to treat the family, make a date with a friend or celebrate a special occasion.

Tickets: (£35 per person) Book HERE

Sense and Sensibility

Sunday 30 July, 7pm 

Welcome to 1810 as Chapterhouse Theatre Company invites you to take a step back in time, and lose yourself in Sense & Sensibility, a magical story of romance, recklessness and restraint. Sense & Sensibility follows the trials and triumphs of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they make their first tentative forays into Regency Society, where every woman is on the lookout for a husband!

Tickets: (From £11) Book HERE

ABBA by Candlelight

Friday 4 August and Saturday 5 August, 7.30pm

Join members of the clergy - including the Bishop for an incredible night of Abba anthems, performed in the beautiful Cathedral, by candlelight. This sing-along concert is packed to the rafters with over 20 Abba hits that will leave you dancing in the aisles. Featuring the UK's leading Abba Tribute Act, Abba Reunion.

Tickets: (From £25) Book HERE

The Importance of Being Earnest

Saturday 12 August, 7pm

Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present Oscar Wilde’s finest and best-loved romantic comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, with a cast of unforgettably larger than life characters. Picnic with friends and family and enjoy this exquisite new production of Wilde’s hilarious tale of double lives and mistaken identities presented in full period costume.

Tickets: (From £11) Book HERE

I Am Sick To Death Of Cleverness. Everybody Is Clever Nowadays

The Secret Garden

Sunday 13 August, 7pm

This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where she discovers mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner. As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key?

Tickets: (From £11) Book HERE

I've Got The Key. I've Got The Secret

Big Band Bublé by Candlelight

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August, 7.30pm

An unforgettable night of Bublé’s best loved hits performed by one of the UK’s leading Michael Bublé tributes and an incredible live big band. Featuring hit after hit including Everything, Cry Me A River and Me and Mrs Jones. Be swayed to leave Home and join the audience for this uplifting sing-along show, guaranteed to leave you Feeling Good.

Tickets: (From £25) Book HERE

Sweet Jesu

The Hoosiers

Friday 22 September, 7.30pm

Join English pop/rock band The Hoosiers as they perform their popular hits in the Cathedral, including ‘Goodbye Mr. A’, ‘Worried About Ray’, ‘Choices’ and ‘The Illusion Of Safety’.

Tickets: (From £30) Book HERE

Worst Case Scenario

Natalie Imbruglia

Saturday 23 September, 7.30pm

Australian Superstar Natalie Imbruglia returns to the stage. A multi-talented performer Natalie’s career has seen her achieve platinum selling albums, successful movie, stage and TV roles, as well as acclaimed live tours. She has won multiple awards including; MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Music Award, BRIT Awards, and she was presented with an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ by the Australian Recording Industry (ARIA’s).

Tickets: From £35 (limited availability) Book HERE

Counting Down The Days