Journey & Rest 1122-2022

JOIN US AND CELEBRATE A YEAR OF WORSHIP, EVENTS, CONCERTS, EXHIBITIONS + MORE. 2022 marks the 900th anniversary of the Church we know and love as Carlisle Cathedral. It was founded by King Henry I as an Augustinian Priory in 1122 and became the Cathedral Church of the newly created Diocese of Carlisle eleven years later

Through these 900 years the Cathedral has served the city and county – as a house of worship, a beacon of hope and as a place rest within the restless history of life on the Border. The Cathedral has welcomed and given shelter to visitors, travellers and pilgrims – from the grandest monarch to the humblest wayfarer. A daily pattern of prayer has undergirded everything.

As we emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic, we have prepared a programme of events, activities and engagement which is aimed to allow many people, in a multitude of ways, to be part of this continuing pattern of journey and rest.

We hope you will want to come and be part of this special year. Together we can make 2022 a memorable and enriching year for the people of our city and county.



Carlisle Cathedral

Special services

As it has been for the past 900 years worship will be at the heart of anniversary year. Highlights will include our launch at the 10.30am Cathedral Eucharist on Advent Sunday, Sunday 28 November 2021, and the visit of the Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Stephen Cottrell at our Patronal Eucharist at 10.30am on Sunday 12 June 2022. Through the year we are delighted to be welcoming back former Residentiary Canons and Deans of Carlisle to be visiting preachers at our 10.30am Cathedral Eucharists through the year followed by drinks receptions. For details of the dates see below. All this celebration will be knit together with the regular heartbeat of our worshipping life with Morning Prayer, Daily  Eucharists, and Evensong through the year

Amongst a variety of talks and lectures we have planned we are delighted that Lord Bragg of Wigton will give a public lecture entitled “The journey to English” reflecting on the way in which William Tyndale’s revolutionary translation of the Bible helped form the patterns of modern English.

We are also working with the renowned historian and author Max Adams to explore  – in conjunction with the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall – how Carlisle exists at the centre of journeys of faith, power, and culture, that filled post-Roman Britain.

Using the newly refurbished Fratry Hall we are planning a series of exhibitions through the year. Amongst these will be the exhibition of work developed by students from the University of Cumbria Institute of Arts exploring how communities from across Cumbria have encountered the theme of “Journey and Rest” through the lens of the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are also pleased to be working again with our good friends at the Carlisle and Cumbria Artists to welcome their fifty-third annual exhibition in the Fratry Hall.

Through the year we are delighted that our Cathedral Choirs will be leading us not only in worship, but also in concerts; a particular highlight will be the return of the Border Choirs’ Festival – bringing together our Cathedral Choir with the choirs of Newcastle Cathedral and Hexham Abbey – in the summer of 2022.

We are also thrilled to welcome back again the world-renowned choir The Sixteen as they return to Carlisle again for as part of the much loved annual choral pilgrimage.

Through our anniversary year we are also planning to develop opportunities for engagement with the communities of Carlisle and Cumbria which the Cathedral serves.

Working with the University of Cumbria we are planning to explore how communities from across the county have experienced the turbulence, journeys, and sometimes enforced rest of this pandemic year.

We are also planning, in conjunction with the Diocese of Carlisle Board of Education, to engage with every Church school in the Diocese as they investigate the themes of pilgrimage through labyrinths.

Through our “God’s Tent” we are also planning to be present amongst the communities and contexts of Cumbria as we seek to be alongside them in all the journeys they are following.

Alongside this will be our usual patterns of school visits, holiday activities, and even the chance to rest under the stars of our wonderful Cathedral roof!

Through the year we are delighted to be welcoming back former Residentiary Canons and Deans of Carlisle to be visiting preachers at our 10.30am Cathedral Eucharists through the year followed by drinks receptions.

More details of the dates will be updated here soon.