These hands-on sessions are designed to enhance your visit further.

Allow 30 minutes for each workshop you choose.

  • Brass Rubbing – we observe the original brasses in the Cathedral and then create our own rubbing using facsimile versions of the originals.
  • Clothes, colours and codes – we investigate the traditions and symbols of the Church Year by dressing up in our specially-made Children’s Vestment Collection of mini priest outfits!
  • Stained Glass – using the stunning Holloway “Wall of Light” series of 5 West Windows as inspiration, we create our own designs using tissue paper or acetate.
  • Prayer – learners consider the different forms of Christian prayer and then rotate around a series of reflective activities designed to aid thoughtful contemplation or prayer – activities are carefully worded to enable learners of all faiths and none to fully participate if they wish.
  • Manchester’s Medieval Zoo – this is where to find some Fantastic Beasts! The 500-year-old misericords feature some of the finest medieval carving in the North West. We go on safari, catch some fascinating stories and create our own mythical creatures.
  • Music – we consider how music is used in worship, experiment with sound, and sing in the Cathedral Quire!
  • Ask the Clergy – religious ideas and topical issues are discussed with a member of our clergy team (depending upon availability)
  • Sacraments / Rites of Passage – these can be sensitively re-enacted and interpreted to aid learning.

Advanced Booking is Essential for all Educational Visits

Manchester Cathedral is an active place of worship. Services and special events take place on a daily basis. If you plan to bring a group of learners, please complete an online booking form so our Education Officer can check the Cathedral diary and plan your visit with you.