Story time at Lincoln Cathedral

Whaling out for things to do with the kids this half-term? Fishing for ways to enhance their learning? Bring them along to Lincoln Cathedral for a story time session of Jonah and the Whale and other sea creature stories.

We are hosting story time sessions inside the Chapter House at Lincoln Cathedral for children seven years and under this half-term on Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th February. Normal Cathedral entry fees apply, but children under five go free. There will be two story time sessions available on both days at 11–11:45am and 1–1:45pm.

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Due to popular demand the story time sessions have returned after the success of those that took place last year. Jonah and the Whale has been chosen as the first story of the year along with a number of other sea creature stories, which will be read out on the day. There will also be an opportunity for children to meet some cuddly sea creatures and make a colourful fish decoration to take home with them.

This is a wonderful opportunity for young children to learn more about the under-sea world and biblical stories, and our stunning Lincoln Cathedral is the perfect setting for them to enhance their learning. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

There’s no need to book, so feel free to turn up on the day. We look forward to seeing you there.

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New backpack initiative

We are pleased to introduce our new visitor backpacks for families to help them explore different aspects of Lincoln Cathedral.

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The backpacks, which are free to use as an interactive trail of the Cathedral, will feature five different themes and will contain booklets, information, replica items, puzzles, challenges, and in some cases real artefacts. They are designed to engage families with the Cathedral’s stories, people, archaeology and architecture through activities.

The themes currently include; ‘Animal Adventure’ for three to six-year olds, which is about finding the many animal carvings around the cathedral, and ‘Work, Work, Work’ for six to 11-year olds, which teaches children about how crafts people keep the Cathedral alive today. There will also be a ‘Pilgrimage’ pack, ‘Cathedral Creatures’ and ‘Signs and Symbols’ packs coming soon.

This initiative is an important part of the work we are doing as part of the Connected project to encourage families to visit the Cathedral and to learn about this internationally important building and its rich history.

There are so many parts of the Cathedral that many people won’t have explored yet and these backpacks will allow families to venture deeper into the Cathedral and have fun whilst doing so.

This scheme is part of the exciting education and interpretation programme that we are introducing as part of the Connected project, and we hope that families enjoy using the backpacks.

The backpacks are a permanent feature to the Cathedral and more themes will be introduced in the coming months.

The packs are available on request at the Entry Desk during most opening times.

 

Workshops for gifted and talented children

Our team is set to host a range of unique and bespoke workshops aimed at children over 10 years old who have been identified as exceptionally ‘able, gifted and talented’.

The workshops link in with our project, which aims to engage people in the Cathedral’s past, archaeology and architecture through activities and events to educate, inspire and inform.

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The ‘challenging and empowering’ workshops will be facilitated by Tomorrow’s Achievers Educational Trust, which offers masterclasses for exceptionally able children across a range of subjects in venues throughout the country.

The Tomorrow’s Achievers workshops, which will cover topics such as hidden treasures in the Cathedral, animals of imagination and assumptions behind body language, will take place on Saturday’s at 10am-4pm from November 2017 until April 2018.

Each workshop will include a visit to our magnificent Cathedral where children will get the chance to absorb its beauty, history and philosophical enquiries this wonderful building presents to the exploring mind. There are also two training days that parents and carers of the children participating can get involved with.

We are delighted to have the chance to hose these dynamic and diverse workshops that will provide exciting learning experiences for gifted and talented children.

This course will give children the chance to experience something special in Lincoln Cathedral, which is the heart of our historic city. Places are limited, so to avoid disappointment we would encourage people to reserve places as soon as possible.

Everything you need to know including how to book, dates and applying for a grant can be found here: https://lincolncathedral.com/education-learning/tomorrows-achievers/