Mon-Fri:

9.00am - 5.00pm

Sat:

9.00am - 5.00pm

Sun:

12.00pm - 3.00pm

Katharine of Aragon Festival

28th to 31st January 2016

Join us for our annual festival to celebrate the life of the first wife of King Henry VIII, who was buried at Peterborough Abbey (now the Cathedral) on 29th January 1536.

Programme 2016

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Thursday 28th January

5.30pm, Sung Eucharist in commemoration of Katharine of Aragon

with music from the Tudor period, sung by Peterborough Cathedral Choir.


Friday 29th January

8.30am, Mass at Peterborough Cathedral

The service will be conducted by Fr Adam Sowa of St Peter and All Souls Roman Catholic Church, Peterborough.

10.15am, Civic dignitaries and schoolchildren proceed from Peterborough Museum to the Cathedral, accompanied by the period musicians of Hautbois.

10.30am, Service of Commemoration at Peterborough CathedralThe wreath laying during the Katharine of Aragon commemoration service

All are welcome to this service for schoolchildren, who will contribute songs and readings. During the service representatives of the Spanish Embassy, the City of Peterborough and others will lay wreaths on the tomb of Katharine of Aragon. 

The service is followed by a Tudor history day for schools, in the Cathedral. Schools who would like to book are invited to contact the Cathedral's Heritage Learning Assistant

2.00pm, Guided tour of Peterborough Cathedral

A fascinating historical tour of the Cathedral interior, with a particular focus on the Tudor period. The tour, led by a trained Cathedral guide, will be packed full of information and stories about the people, the building and the historical events which have taken place here. It will last around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Tickets: £8 per person (£6 concessions). Book online or at the Information Centre, Bridge Street, Peterborough (01733 452336) or at the Welcome Desk on arrival (subject to availability).

5.30pm, Evening Prayer will be said at Peterborough Cathedral. All are welcome

6.00pm, A Tudor-style Pottage and Ale Supper

THE POTTAGE AND ALE SUPPER IS NOW SOLD OUT
In The Becket Chapel, within the Cathedral Precincts. Get into the Tudor spirit with a pre-lecture supper of traditional beef (or vegetable) stew served within an individually made loaf, followed by fresh fruit, or spicy Tudor “jumble” biscuits, washed down by Castor Ales' Old Scarlett or a glass of wine or juice. Serving attendants will be in Tudor costume, and there will be musical accompaniment from Hautbois. Tickets: £30, including supper and drinks, plus a reserved seat for the lecture - SOLD OUT. Contact Jackie Newman on 01733 355315 or email Jackie.newman@peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

7.30pm, Festival Lecture: Dr Jonathan Foyle on "The Forgotten Origins of the Tudor Rose"

A Tudor Rose (Lichfield Cathedral)Katharine of Aragon, as the bride of the first-born Tudor prince (Arthur) and the first queen of Henry VIII, was central to the promotion of royal imagery in the early sixteenth century. Read more about this event

Tickets: £11 (£5.50 U18s) including glass of wine or a soft drink after talk.
Early bird discount is available until 6th December 2015 (£9, £4 U18). To book phone Oundle Box Office on 01832 274734 or book online via Peterborough Cathedral's page at Oundle Box Office or call at the Peterborough Cathedral Shop or visit the Information Centre on Bridge Street, Peterborough.


Saturday 30th January

10.00am–5.00pm: At Home with the Tudors at Peterborough MuseumA lady in Tudor costume with a table of food

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 or try period food. Take part in family activities and crafts with a Tudor theme and meet period musicians Hautbois, to be transported to the Tudor court. This is a drop-in event, so there’s no need to pre-book!

Admission £4.00 adults, £3 concessions, £12 families, under 5s FREE. (Last admission 4pm). Call 01733 864663 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com for more information.

2.00pm, Guided tour of Peterborough Cathedral

** SOLD OUT **

A fascinating historical tour of the Cathedral interior, with a particular focus on the Tudor period. The tour, led by a trained Cathedral guide, will be packed full of information and stories about the people, the building and the historical events which have taken place here. It will last around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Tickets: £8 per person (£6 concessions). Book online or at the Information Centre, Bridge Street, Peterborough (01733 452336) or a the Welcome Desk on arrival (subject to availability).

5.30pm, Evening Prayer will be said at Peterborough Cathedral. All are welcome


Sunday 31st January

10.00am–5.00pm, At home with the Tudors at Peterborough Museum

Details as on Saturday, above.

2.00pm, Tudor Peterborough Walk starting at Peterborough Museum

A walking tour around Peterborough’s historic city centre with a costumed guide, exploring what the city was like during the time of Katharine of Aragon. The tour will end inside Peterborough Cathedral, hearing about the funeral of Katharine of Aragon and other stories from the Cathedral’s Tudor history.
The tour will last approximately 1 hour and end in time for a short break before Choral Evensong, for those who would like to stay.
Tickets: £6 (£4 children and concessions). To book call 01733 864663, or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com for more information. 

3.30pm, Choral Evensong at Peterborough Cathedral

With Peterborough Cathedral Choir. Hear the sound of Church choral music in a form not so different to the monastic worship of Katharine of Aragon’s day. All are welcome.

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The Katharine of Aragon Festival is a collaboration with Vivacity Peterborough.


Hear the story of Katharine of AragonCanon Jonathan Baker talking to John Keily at Katharine of Aragon's tomb.

Canon Jonathan Baker tells Katharine's story to John Keily of Come and See Inspirations (audio file, 3.22 mins).

MP3 logoHear how the Spanish Princess from one of the greatest royal houses in Europe became stranded in England following the death of her first husband, the teenage Prince Arthur, and how his younger brother came to her rescue when he became King.

With thanks to John Keily for editing and providing this audio file.