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As part of Sheffield’s Heritage Open Days, 8-11 September, an exciting programme of free activities and events has been organised at St Marie’s Cathedral.

St Maries open days 2 (Copy)  “Our Heritage Open Days will be a great opportunity to share the Cathedral’s fascinating history and stunning treasures with everyone in Sheffield and beyond,” said Laura Claveria, Heritage Engagement and Learning Officer at St Marie’s Cathedral.

  On Saturday, 10 September from 1.30-4.30pm there will be a big Victorian Party which will celebrate that the church has been part of the City for over 160 years.  This one-off free event will be packed with Victorian-themed family crafts workshops, dressing-up boxes, trails and games.  Children will also be able to enjoy story-telling and face-painting sessions.

  Visitors will be welcomed by Victorian characters and offered traditional cakes.  History lovers will also be able to discover more about what St Marie’s and its surroundings looked like during the Victorian era in a display which will feature photographs from the period.

  The programme will also include live music performed by the Cathedral’s organist, Mr Hugh Finnigan.

  “We are very excited about our Victorian Party.  It will be our biggest family-friendly heritage event of the year and there will be something for everyone,” added Laura.

  St Marie’s Cathedral will also hold other exciting events over the weekend.  On Friday, 9 September at 5.30pm, there will be a talk by the Cathedral historian, Deacon Bill Burleigh, on St Marie’s exquisite stained-glass windows, some of which were designed by the world-famous architect, Augustus Pugin.

St Maries open days 1 (Copy)  On Saturday at 10am, a guided tour will take visitors around the world without leaving St Marie’s by discovering interesting artworks or listening to fascinating war and emigration stories (NB booking is required for this event).

The morning will be rounded-off with two bell-ringing demonstrations organised in partnership with Sheffield Universities’ Guild of Change Ringers (SUGCR). This will offer members of the public the rare chance to visit the Cathedral’s bell chamber and find out more about the fascinating and complex systems used by the bell-ringers (NB booking is required for this event).

  “We want everyone to learn more about St Marie’s while having a great time, so we have planned lots of exciting activities and all of them will be free!” added Laura.

  Full details of all the events can be found on http://www.stmariecathedral.org/.