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Christmas Capers at Hereford Cathedral

The Library and Archives team at Hereford Cathedral invite the community to join them for an evening of fast-paced festive history this Christmas.

On Monday 19 December, Christmas Capers will take members of the public on a tour with a difference. Guided by the ring of a bell, visitors will move around the cathedral in groups to different locations relating to a festive fact. Once in place, staff and volunteers will share a ten-minute burst of information about a seasonal story from the cathedral archives before the bell rings again and visitors can move onto the next stop along the way.

The event promises to be an entertaining and informative glimpse into Christmas at the cathedral, with time at the end of the evening to ask the Library and Archives team further questions over a mince pie and glass of mulled wine.

Elizabeth Semper O’Keefe, Cathedral Archivist, says, “We are really looking forward to delving into the archives and uncovering some of our most seasonal stories during Christmas Capers. The cathedral is full of festive tales and artefacts, including a document with one of the earliest recorded uses of the phrase ‘Merry Christmas’. We can’t wait to share them with you.”

Jess Stallwood, Events Officer, says, “The cathedral is a magical place to visit, even more so at Christmas time, and this promises to be a very special evening full of festive joy and discovery. Don a festive jumper, wrap up warm and join us on a tour with a difference.”

Christmas Capers will take place on Monday 19 December at 7pm in the Cathedral Nave. Tickets cost £12, including refreshments. Please book in advance via the cathedral website: