Hundreds flock to Family Fun Day

Arts and crafts, seed planting, nest making and even a Cathedral Spring Tour went to make the latest Guildford Cathedral Family Fun Day an event to remember.

More than 300 people turned up on Saturday 16 April to a whole day of activities in the ‘Canvas Cathedral’ – the Cathedral’s marquee- to celebrate springtime. The marquee was packed with activities to keep youngster happy and busy.

Activities included making a rubber-glove chicken, planting a giant bean and decorating biscuits in springtime themes.

And there were hourly tours round the Cathedral designed specially for kids, including a vestments dress-up session and a glimpse of a long-lost Springtime altar cloth designed when the Cathedral opened and featuring bunny rabbits, butterflies and squirrels.

The Fun Day was run as part of the People’s Cathedral Project, the Heritage Lottery Funded initiative aimed at refurbishing and equipping the Cathedral for the 21st Century.

During the works, acoustic plaster containing asbestos will be removed  and the building made good; a state-of-the-art lighting scheme will be installed; and the stories of the iconic grade II* listed building will be told in new signs, panels, touchscreens and other media.

The Cathedral aims to remain open and free of charge throughout the work.

People’s Cathedral Project Manager, Helen Ellis, said: ” We are delighted that so many families took the time to come along and enjoy our fun day activities. Now we are looking forward to welcoming the community once again as part of our Cathedral Open Day on May 14.”


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