With candlelight, shopping, quiet reflection and possibly a glass of mulled wine, Peterborough Cathedral is embracing the traditions of the season at during the advent weekend of November 30/December 2.
On Friday, following the Sung Eucharist for St Andrew’s Day, the cathedral’s Christmas market will open for a special preview evening. Visitors can be amongst the first to browse the stalls, which include a selection of crafts, jewellery, cards, decorations and unique present ideas. Tickets for the preview are £5 per adult (including a glass of mulled wine or a soft drink) with accompanying children free of charge.
The market continues on Saturday, with a special early opening from 9am until 10am for wheelchair users and those who need extra space. Opening for all is from 10am until 4.30pm. A donation of £2 per adult is invited on entry and any proceeds from the event will help towards the cost of keeping the cathedral open and free to visitors throughout the year.
Meanwhile, in the Cathedral Visitor Centre, Churches Together in central Peterborough is hosting an Advent Reflection Day, this year led by Paul Hills, former Baptist regional minister. This is £5 per person and runs from 10am until 3.30pm, with the opportunity to pop in to the cathedral before the end of the market. Booking is essential by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Denise Thomas on: 01733 564899.
Choral Evensong, sung by Peterborough Chamber Choir, concludes on Saturday at 5.30pm. All are welcome.
On Sunday, in addition to the usual services, there is a special advent procession at 6pm.