Sheffield Cathedral to open its doors

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Sheffield Cathedral will open its doors today, tomorrow and Sunday for a range of Easter services before its partial reopening next month.

The cathedral is undergoing a major refurbishment, including work on its entrance, interior and forecourt.

The forecourt will be used for events in the coming months, but some areas are being opened for Easter.

A Maundy Thursday event will be held today from 7.30pm, a children’s Stations of the Cross event tomorrow morning from 10am before the traditional service from midday.

A dawn vigil will be held on Easter Sunday from 5.30am before a Eucharist at 10.30am and evensong at 4pm.

On Wednesday there will be children’s activities including the chance to meet St George and the dragon, free craft activities, face painting, and medieval knight or damsel fancy dress, before a dragon hunt through the Cathedral.

Only certain parts of the Cathedral will be open, with more areas revealed next month before the full reopening on October 5.

This year also marks 100 years since the church was granted Cathedral status.

The £4.3 million renovation includes new heating, flooring and seating and levelling of the floor to make the building more accessible for wheelchair users.

The Very Reverend Peter Bradley, Dean of Sheffield Cathedral, said: “We want to make sure all is safe and in place before we encourage tours and viewings.

“It is important though at this time of year that we are able to provide our congregations with an opportunity to worship, and will therefore be hosting Easter services where we can.

“We will be able to show the people of Sheffield from May how the Cathedral – one of only two medieval buildings in the city – has been improved, and at events during the year that will include the celebration of the centenary of the Diocese.”