We’ve got a jam packed Christmas this year that promises to be better than ever!
Whether it be a fair, a festival, a concert, or one of our many festive services, there’s sure to something for you to enjoy.
Christmas at the Cathedral will kick off on Saturday 29 November with one of our two Advent Carol Services. Our candlelit ceremonies of music, readings and procession are very popular and fill the Cathedral with hundreds of people excited to enter into the festive period.
Read more: Christmas at Lichfield Cathedral
Tuesday 23 December | 19.30
Enjoy an evening of carols, poetry and prose given by the Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir and friends.
Price: FREE - donations are encouraged.
To find out about our other Advent and Christmas events, click here.
Tuesday 23 December | 15.00
Lichfield Cathedral Young and Youth Voices are joining forces with Leek's Phoenix Singers in a sung version of A Christmas Carol.
Price: Adults and OAPs £7.50, Children £3.50
Contact: Cathedral Shop, No.9 The Close or call 01543 306150
To find out about our other Advent and Christmas events, click here.
Sunday 21 18.00 & Friday 26 December 15.30
Join us for well-loved Christmas carols as we tell the story of Christmas through readings and song.
Price: FREE - donations are encouraged.
If you'd like to find out about our other Christmas events, click here.
Saturday 20 December | 19.30
Treat yourself to Christmas by Candlelight and enjoy a selection of festive readings and songs by the Cathedral Choir.
Price: £10 and £15 (reserved seating)
Contact: Cathedral Shop at No.9 The Close / 01543 306150
If you'd like to find out more about our Christmas events, click here.
Saturday 20 December | 12.00 & 16.00
Take a break from your Christmas shopping and join us for one of two 30-minute festive concerts. Enjoy carols by Lichfield Cathedral Young Voices/Youth Voices.
Price: FREE - donations are encouraged.
Thursday 18 & Friday 19 December | 20.00
The hugely popular Salvation Army Carols are back!
Join us on:
18 December with Lichfield Cathedral Chorus
19 December with Lichfield Cathedral Choir
A new Christmas CD recorded by the Chorus, the Salvation Army and local school children will be launched on 18 December.
We look forward to seeing you then!
To find out about our other Christmas events, click here.
Saturday 13 December | 19.30
Join Lichfield Cathedral Chorus and Staffordshire Band for:
John Rutter: Gloria
G.F. Handel: Messiah Part One plus Hallelujah Chorus
Conducted by Ben Lamb, Lichfield Cathedral Director of Music
Price: £10, £15, £18
Available from Lichfield Garrick Box Office on 01543 412121. You can also purchase tickets online here.
For more information about the Lichfield Cathedral Chorus, click here.
Sunday 14 December | 18.00
A service of carols and prayers celebrating the lives of those who we have lost throughout the year. Join us for the lights ceremony and remember a loved one.
Contact: Linda Bridges, Corporate and Event Fundraiser at St Giles Hospice on 01543 434577.
To find out about our other Advent and Christmas events, click here.
A massed choir from local schools and the Staffordshire Youth orchestra East will be showcasing audience carols and Christmas music at the 2014 Entrust Christmas Festival!
It promises to be a spectacular evening of music, so please do join us on Friday 5 December, 19.30.
Price: £4 to £8
Contact: To book call 0300 111 8030 or click here for more details.
Our Advent Carol Services will take place on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November at 18.00.
We would love it if you could join us for these candlelit ceremonies of music, readings and procession.
Free event, donations encouraged.
To find out about all of our Advent and Christmas events, download the Christmas What’s On guide.
The popular ‘Songs for a City’ event will return to Lichfield Cathedral this Christmas, Tuesday 2nd December at 17.30. This local Christmas celebration will bring together the businesses, volunteers and community groups of Lichfield City, for an evening of singing, giving thanks and networking.
A selection of well-loved carols and festive favourites will begin the evening, before a special thanksgiving for the Lichfield Community Champions.
Read more: An invitation to Songs for a City!
We enjoyed another successful 3D Forum event here at the Cathedral last week! Over 100 students from schools and sixth forms across Staffordshire joined us to discuss and debate the issues surrounding the true costs of war.
The discussions were led by several members of the Mercian Regiment, who were excellent in challenging perspectives and in drawing out perceptive insights from the students involved.
Read more: Successful 3D Forum for Schools
The popular Evening Organ Series is back!
Our concerts so far have been spectacular, and we look forward to welcoming you to our final festive one!
Tuesday 2 December will see a special concert in which members of the audience are invited to submit requests. Topped off with a selection of festive favourites, it promises to be a great event to get you in the mood for Christmas!
Read more: Join us for a festive Evening Organ Concert
Treat your tree this Christmas with a visit to the Cathedral Shop!
As well as a wide range of gift ideas including chocolates, pampering products, candles, books, accessories and more, the shop also stocks beautifully hand-crafted decorations.
Read more: Treat your Christmas tree at the Cathedral Shop
Lichfield Cathedral is proud to welcome back international flower demonstrator Ian Buxton! ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ will be a flamboyant display of flowers and music that you won’t want to miss.
The sparkling display will be accompanied by music from the talented Cathedral musicians on Friday 21 November, 19.30 in the magnificent Cathedral Nave.
Read more: Join us for a flamboyant flower display!
Make sure you stop by our Cathedral Shop this festive season, our treasure box of Christmas decorations, gift ideas and more!
The shop is situated opposite the main entrance to the Cathedral - we look forward to welcoming you.
1 – 23 December
Monday to Saturday 09.30 – 17.00
Sunday 12.00 – 17.00
09.30 – 16.00
Read more: Cathedral Shop Christmas Opening Hours
The Christmas Tree Festival will be returning once again to Lichfield Cathedral from 5-20 December. Previous years have seen an enchanted forest of beautifully adorned trees line the Cathedral aisles, and this year is set to be another stunning success.
We'd love to welcome you to take a stroll around our festival!
You will be able to purchase tokens to vote for your favourite tree, with proceeds going to the Friends of Lichfield Cathedral. The Friends’ hard work is vital in supporting the mission of the Cathedral.
The first weekend of the Festival coincides with the Festive Food & Gift Fair (Saturday 6 December), which this year has record-breaking number of stalls, and the Lighting of the spectacular Christmas Tree (Sunday 7 December).
See you soon!
Chapters is here to warm up your taste buds this December with a new and exciting festive menu!
Food at Chapters is always a treat, and the Christmas menu looks to be no exception. Bring your family, friends, colleagues to enjoy a Christmas lunch in a warm and friendly environment.
Read more: Chapters gets ready for Christmas with a new festive menu
Christmas Eve has never been so much fun, as this year we play host to the biggest nativity in Lichfield!
Please do join us for a celebration of Christmas in drama and song. Come and take part – everyone is asked to come dressed as a character from the Nativity Story – a Mary, Joseph, Angel, Shepherd or Wise Man. Lambs are also welcome!
We hope to see you at the Family Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 15.30.
First Lines - a book that brings our local lads home and celebrates them.
First Lines, a book by Lichfield author Joss Musgrove Knibb is a celebration of the words, deeds and lives of four Staffordshire Regiment men who served in the trenches of WW1.
In 1915, Alfred Bull went to war. Alf, just eighteen and a half years old at the time, would go on to be involved in some of the most iconic battles of WW1. Alf was born and lived his whole life at number 27 Dam Street, Lichfield.
Read more: First Lines now available at the Cathedral Shop
Lichfield Cathedral Prisons Group
So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind.
1 Thessalonians 5 : 11
There are more prisons and more prisoners in the Diocese of Lichfield than in any other Church of England diocese. The theme of this year’s Prisons Week is ‘Building Hope’ and the Cathedral Prisons Group has planned a series of events which will highlight the work that goes on year round in our prisons. We very much look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to the following events.
Read more: Prisons Week 2014
Please feel welcome to join us for one of our special Christmas Services this year.
Family Crib Service | 15.30
A celebration of Christmas in drama and song. Come and take part – everyone is asked to come dressed as a character from the Nativity Story – a Mary, Joseph, Angel, Shepherds or Wise Man. Lambs also welcome.
Read more: Christmas Services at Lichfield Cathedral
Several people have asked for help with trying to get a ‘handle’ on the Bible, others have wanted a bit more fellowship when they read the Bible, others have said they’d like to get to know other members of the Cathedral better.
So, for a 4-week experiment, the Dean invites you to Sunday breakfast at 08.45 in the Old Stables. There’ll be a simple breakfast available with some exploration of that day’s readings.
Book the dates in your diary: 19 October and 2, 16 and 30 November.
Read more: The Bible at Breakfast: A Four Week Experiment
From 23 October – 1 November 2015, The Dean will be leading a pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine.
This year’s pilgrimage will be with a difference: more reflection, greater interaction with Palestinian Christians, and doing things that aren't on the usual tourist/pilgrim itinerary.
Read more: Cathedral Pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine
Back by popular demand, another three-day retreat has been arranged at Shallowford House from 9-11 June 2015. The cost will be £130 per person.
There is space for 25-38 people depending on your willingness to share rooms. Booking forms will be available soon.
Saturday 6 December | 10.30 -16.30
Our inaugural fair in 2013 was a huge success! Make sure you don't miss this year's event, which was a fully booked with stalls packed with homemade gift ideas, festive treats and delicious food to warm you up!
We showcase the best of local and regional produce and crafts, with something for everyone.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral Festive Food & Gift Fair
Lichfield Cathedral Library, home to an incredible collection of literature, history, theology and more.
The Library, built in 1249, boasts over 6,000 books and manuscripts and is a hidden gem of the Cathedral, tucked away at the top of a spiral staircase above the Chapter House.
Visitors are welcome to join us in taking a step back in time to explore the historic books and be one of few to uncover the secrets of the library.
Read more: Uncover the hidden secrets and treasures of the Lichfield Cathedral Library
The Lichfield Cathedral Shop has introduced a new Fairtrade Cathedral Chocolate Bar to its range of existing ethical products.
Since Lichfield was announced as a Fairtrade City in 2008, the Cathedral Shop has worked hard to develop their extensive range of ethical products. The Shop stocks many locally sourced and fairly traded products, including honey, candles, mugs, and toiletries. The Fairtrade chocolate will be the second Fairtrade product in- store, joining the Lichfield Cathedral Coffee.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral Shop supports Fairtrade City
A new exhibition entitled ‘Assembly: Memorial Chairs’ has arrived at the Cathedral to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
Assembly consists of a specially commissioned archive book and five chairs from Passchendaele’s Audomarus Church, which will remain with us until 14 November.
The Archive Book contains the names of 174,000 UK casualties who died in Belgium, and blank pages for people to write their own personal stories. This is an opportunity for everyone to be part of a very important archive which will visit significant sites in the British Isles and Ireland until 2018.
Read more: WW1 Exhibition – Assembly: Memorial Chairs
Lichfield Cathedral has been named as Charity of the Year for local dealership, Tempest Ford.
The team at Tempest Ford have offered their support for the East End Appeal, which is now in its final phase with just £60,000 left to raise. The appeal will see the re-installation of the Herkenrode Glass in spring 2015, a project costing an estimated £3.7million. The stone work restoration is now complete with the conservation of the 16th century windows from the Lady Chapel now well underway.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral named as Tempest Ford Charity of the Year
We're delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Jason Dyer as the new Commercial Development Director here at Lichfield Cathedral.
Jason is currently the Development Director and most recently the acting CEO of Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott in Roxburghshire in the Scottish Borders. He joins the Cathedral with a great deal of experience having worked as Development Director for Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, and as Principal Fundraising Manager for national medical and environmental charities.
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral appoints new Commercial Development Director
In the spirit of all things centenary, we've gathered a selection of World War One titles available across the Cathedral Shop and the Shop at No.9 The Close.
What Tommy Took To War 1914 – 1918
Peter Doyle & Chris Foster
A poignant look at fifty objects that Tommy would have had in his kit. A touching picture of the ordinary soldier’s experience of the First World War.
Read more: WW1 reading with the Cathedral Shop
Greetings from our sister cathedral in Schwerin!
This letter from Bishop Gothart Magaard was presented to the Very Rev'd Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, on Sunday 3 August. The presentation was made by Pastor Albrecht Martins from Schwerin Cathedral during the 10.30 Eucharist.
You can view the letter here.
The Cathedral held one of its most successful exhibitions this year, Holy Writ. An inspirational collection of contemporary calligraphic art from the Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions, Holy Writ proved to be very popular with visitors from all over the country.
Some of the finest calligraphers and lettering artists provided their work for the exhibition which saw over 20,000 visitors to the Cathedral with some people travelling from Lancashire, Kent and East Anglia. Over 2,000 children visited the exhibition as part of ‘Open Door’ and ‘Log on to God.’
Holy Writ included sculptures, woodcarvings, digital animations, textile art and two-dimensional work by the likes of Ewan Clayton, Peter Halliday, Mary Noble and Jila Peacock.
Read more: Holy Writ Success at Lichfield Cathedral
The Lichfield Cathedral Volunteers have been awarded a certificate of thanks by Councillor David Smith, Chairman of Lichfield District Council.
They have been recognised for their commitment and contribution to the Cathedral, and we’d like to say an enormous thank you to each and every one who generously donates their time to helping the Cathedral run smoothly.
Read more: A big thank you to Lichfield Cathedral Volunteers
Join the Friends of Lichfield Cathedral on their Tour of Northern France in 2014.
It is several years since the Friends have travelled to Europe and as 2014 is a significant year in Britain’s history a tour to Normandy has been arranged.
Everyone is most welcome to join this wonderful tour which departs on Monday 8 September and returns Saturday 13 September.
For additional information please download the attached detailed tour itinerary, or to confirm your booking please read the document attached on how to book.
Read more: Friends of Lichfield Cathedral-Tour of Northern France 2014
We're pleased to be supporting Lichfield Foodbank!
Lichfield Foodbank helps local people in crisis by collecting food items from the public. This includes items such as fruit juice, cereals, rice, soup and tinned vegetables, which are then sorted by volunteers.
People in crisis are given a voucher which can be exchanged for three days’ supply of nutritionally balanced food. Foodbank volunteers will sit and chat with those in need, and often signpost them to agencies who can offer them further help and support.
Read more: We're supporting Lichfield Foodbank
We're celebrating here at the Cathedral!
We're thrilled to announce that we've received a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
The prestigious award signifies that the Cathedral has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travellers.
Almost four hundred visitors have left glowing reviews on TripAdvisor, including “One of England’s finest”, “the unknown gem of England’s Midlands” and “a magnificent example of stunning architecture.”
Read more: Lichfield Cathedral receives Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor
The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, congratulates Revd Canon Dr Anthony Moore on becoming Vice-Dean and Canon for Liturgy and Formation, and explains the new Canon for Pastoral Development and Mission role currently advertised."I'd like to congratulate Anthony Moore on his new appointment.""Anthony has proven himself as a very capable, loyal and inventive colleague."Listen to the Dean's welcome here:
The first few months of 2014 has seen magnificent support for Lichfield Cathedral’s project to repair and restore stonework and conserve the renaissance glass of the Lady Chapel. With just under £60,000 left to raise off the appeal target of £3.7 million before we achieve our target to re-install the Herkenrode Glass in spring 2015.
The Give a Lasting Gift Appeal launched before Christmas 2013, has proved to be a terrific success, with many generous donors sponsoring the conservation work of animals, angels and characters featured within the windows.
Patricia Collins, Director of Fundraising says: “The ‘Give a Lasting Gift’ initiative has really captured everyone’s imagination; we've had grandparents sponsoring the restoration of little animals for their grandchildren to cherish for years to come, families buying Christmas and Easter gifts and we've even had couples buying reciprocal anniversary gifts. I’d like to say a big hearty thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, the generous support of each individual, family or couple has ensured the restoration project has been able to proceed on time and to budget. All Give a Lasting Gift donors will be remembered in a book and invited to the grand unveiling when the Herkenrode Glass is re-installed in spring 2015.”
If you would like to support the final push to raise the remainder of the funding for the East End restoration project we have lots of ways you can get involved, donate and have fun at our events at the same time, just click here.
We are thrilled to announce that following the recent grouping research exercise, displays of the Staffordshire Hoard have returned to each of the Mercian Trail locations.
At Lichfield Cathedral we are delighted to have received an enhanced display of bolder and more exciting pieces.
So please hurry along to the Cathedral and be one of the first to see our wonderful new collection-you are sure to receive a very warm welcome.
Jason Horton, founder of Haughton-Greene hand-makes every one of the beauty products in his natural collection and he has an inspirational story to tell. It began in 2011 when he adopted two beautiful children who unfortunately were suffering from chronic eczema. He tried everything to help their skin condition, buying every ‘natural’ product on the market. He soon found most products are only 95% natural, which meant the other 5% additives were still upsetting his children’s skin.
So he set to work sourcing, boiling and testing all manner of creations on himself, until he found the perfect mix and his children’s irritations cleared up fast.
The business was born.
He now produces packages and sells the most amazing 100% natural skin care products including a delicious range of balms, bath bombs, body butters, salts and candles in four divine flavours.
Read more: Haughton Greene now available at the Cathedral Shop
Volunteer Welcomers - can you offer a warm and friendly welcome to our visitors...
Volunteer Tower Tour Leaders - do you have a head for heights...
Remember a loved one or celebrate a special day by lighting up Lichfield Cathedral.
Lighting up Lichfield Cathedral costs just £25 per hour, which includes VAT and a special listing of your floodlighting booking displayed in the cathedral.
The Diocesan Digest is the monthly sound magazine of Lichfield Cathedral and has been created to provide news and information to those who are blind or visually impaired.
If you would like to hear a short introduction to the Diocesan Digest service please click here
Alternatively if you know someone who is registered visually impaired, and who you think might benefit from receiving the Digest, please click here to download the Diocesan Digest leaflet.
This will help you find out more about the Diocesan Digest and details the various ways you can access your copy.
Read more: Diocesan Digest