Heritage & Culture

Katharine of Aragon Festival Calendar 2019

All events are at Peterborough Cathedral unless otherwise specified.

Friday 25 Jan

8.30am – Mass

10.30am – Service of Commemoration
A service attended by schoolchildren, at which dignitaries lay wreaths on Katharine’s tomb. All welcome.

2.00pm – Tudor Peterborough Walk
Meet at Peterborough Museum
Explore Peterborough’s historic city centre with a costumed guide and find out what the city was like during the time of Katharine of Aragon. The tour then enters Peterborough Cathedral where you will hear about the funeral of Queen Katharine. (60 mins)

■ Tickets: £6, £4 under 16s via vivacity.org or 01733 864663.

5.30pm – Eucharist service for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul
A special service for the feast of the Conversion of St Paul, sung by Peterborough Cathedral Choir. (60 mins)

Saturday 26 Jan

10am-3pm – At Home with the Tudors
At Peterborough Museum
Travel back in time to the 1500s, with a chance to meet Tudor characters such as the Barber Surgeon with his gruesome cures. Mind your manners with a Tudor lady, handle arms and armour with our soldiers and try some period food, take part in family activities and crafts with a Tudor theme. Book online to beat the queues via vivacity.org or 01733 864663.

■ Tickets: £3 children, £4 adults, £12 families. Last entry 2.00pm.

10am, 11am and 1pm – Old Scarlett Tours
This family friendly tour of the Cathedral will be led by ‘Old Scarlett the Tudor gravedigger’, who lived to be 98 and buried both Katharine of Aragon and Mary, Queen of Scots.

■ Tickets: £4 adults, £3 children*, £12 family. * Includes free copy of ‘Monks, Mischief & Marauders’ activity book. Book via Cathedral website or call 01733 452336.

2pm – Guided Tour of Peterborough Cathedral
A full and fascinating historical tour of the Cathedral interior, with a Tudor focus. (75 mins)

■ Tickets: £8, £6 concessions. Book via Cathedral website or call 01733 452336.

7pm – A Merrie Tudor Evening
After a candlelit guided tour of the Cathedral’s dramatic Tudor past, feast at a 16th century-style hog roast in the beautiful, fan vaulted New Building. The costumed musicians of A Merrie Noise will entertain and plenty of Old Scarlett ale will be served. Who knows, you may like to end the evening with some dancing or singing with the musicians! Wearing Tudor costume positively encouraged, but not essential. Full details online.

■ Tickets: £40. Book via Cathedral website or call 01733 452336.

7.30pm – Henry VIII and the Men who Made Him
At John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library
A talk by Tracy Borman
King Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But when we see Henry through the men in his life, a new perspective in this famous king emerges. In this talk, Tracy will tell the story of England’s most famous monarch through different eyes, revealing his personality in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory. Tracy Borman is an historian and bestselling author of a number of highly acclaimed books on the Tudors.

■ Tickets: £6, £5 concessions including light refreshments via vivacity.org on 01733 864663.

Sunday 27 Jan

2pm – Tudor Peterborough Walk
Meet at Peterborough Museum
Explore Peterborough’s historic city centre with a costumed guide and find out what the city was like during the time of Katharine of Aragon. The tour then enters Peterborough Cathedral where you will hear about the funeral of Katharine. (60 mins)

■ Tickets: £6, £4 under 16s via vivacity.org or on 01733 864663.

10am-3pm – At Home with the Tudors
At Peterborough Museum
Travel back in time to the 1500s, with a chance to meet Tudor characters such as the Barber Surgeon with his gruesome cures. Mind your manners with a Tudor lady, handle arms and armour with our soldiers and try some period food, take part in family activities and crafts with a Tudor theme. Book online to beat the queues!

■ Tickets: £3 children, £4 adults, £12 families, via vivacity.org or on 01733 864663. Last entry 2.00pm.

www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/katharine2019.aspx

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