Hereford Cathedral will be opening the historic Cloisters this October to help visitors explore their creativity with a series of ‘Creative Cloisters’ sessions.

The Creative Cloisters sessions cost £5 per person, per session and are scheduled to take place on the below dates (please click the event to go through to the booking page):

Monday 25 October

Poetry 10 am - 12 noon

Photography 1 pm - 3 pm

Saturday 30 October 

Poetry 10 am - 12 noon

Photography 1 pm - 3 pm

Hereford Cathedral’s Cloisters are nestled behind the main cathedral building and were once home to the Vicars Choral. In 2018 the cathedral was awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as part of the Eastern Cloisters Project, to renovate and enable the historic space to become more accessible for the public to attend more events and activities.

During the research stage of the Eastern Cloisters Project many pieces of artwork and writing were uncovered which demonstrated how the space has been a source of inspiration for writers, musicians and artists throughout the centuries. Keen to provide this opportunity for inspiration today to those wishing to explore their artistic side, Creative Cloisters was born.

The sessions in October (Monday 25 & Saturday 30 October) will explore poetry and photography and are open to all to attend regardless of ability or experience. On arrival, visitors will be invited to watch a short video in the Old Chapel which details the history of the Cloisters. Then, using inspiration prompts provided, individuals are welcome to explore the Cloisters with as much or as little guidance from the session leader as they would like. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to share the work created with the rest of the group, if participants choose to.

Jess Stallwood, Events Officer said: “After 18 months of uncertainty where we haven’t been able to hold events and activities in the way we had hoped, we are delighted to be able to launch the Creative Cloisters sessions this autumn. The Cloisters are a truly beautiful space and visitors often remark on how they feel a world away from the business of the city. Creative Cloisters will allow people to switch off from the outside world as they explore their own creativity for a few hours in tranquil settings. We look forward to hearing and seeing what people create.”

This event was developed as part of the Eastern Cloisters Project which was supported by Heritage Fund UK.