‘After-hours’ evening of discovery to open up city’s Cathedral

‘After-hours’ evening of discovery to open up city’s Cathedral

18th April 2016

Final preparations are underway for Exeter Cathedral's "Discovery Evening", which takes place on Tuesday 19th April.

The event is open to all Exeter residents as well as visitors to the city, and offers a rare chance to explore the Cathedral "after-hours" with no admission charge. City residents living within postcodes EX1-EX4 will also be able to sign up for a free Cathedral entry card on the night.

Members of the stonemasonry team will be on hand to demonstrate their considerable skill in turning rough stone to beautiful carvings for the Cathedral, still using techniques practised by their predecessors many centuries ago. They will be taking a break from their latest phase programme of work to conserve and protect the statues on the Cathedral's iconic West Front 'image screen' to setup a demonstration area in the Nave of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral Society of Ringers, whose skilled ringing of the 14 bells in the South Tower can be heard across the city several times a week, will also be giving members of the public a chance to try bellringing themselves, using special practice rig setup on the floor of the Cathedral.

There will also be opportunities to climb the North Tower, visit the organ loft and listen to the Cathedral Choir sing.

Laurence Blyth, Marketing Manager at the Cathedral, said:

"We want to throw the doors open and let the people of Exeter come inside to be wowed by their Cathedral. It's a chance to come and find out more about the work that goes on behind the scenes to care for this fascinating building and the treasures that it contains which lots of local residents haven't done for a very long time, if at all".

The evening begins with the service of Choral Evensong at 5.30pm (led by the Cathedral Choir), with all other exhibitions and displays open from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. Admission is free.

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