This week we have unveiled our plans for taking part in this year's Heritage Open Days on Saturday 12 September.

For the last few years we have celebrated our ongoing work with the Eastern Cloisters Project (supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund) during Heritage Open Days, a nationwide celebration of the country's heritage. This year we are very pleased to be able to present a programme of activities which we will be able to deliver in line with current Covid-19 restrictions.

This year, we are hosting three different events throughout the day which highlight the work which has been completed as part of the Eastern Cloisters Project. The project, which is now nearing completion, was launched to repair and conserve the Cloisters, preventing further disrepair and enabling this tranquil area, which is steeped in history, to be opened up to the public for special events and activities such as these.

During the day, visitors can take part in a Cloisters Tour led by the Activity Officer for the project, a Photography Pilgrimage which gives an opportunity to reflect and capture the beauty of the Cloisters, or use poems written about the Cloisters throughout the centuries to write your own piece on the Poetry Trail. 

These free events will all have limited spaces to support with social distancing and must be pre-booked in advance via the cathedral website - click here to see a programme of the day. Social Stories for all of the activities will be available to download from our website a week before the event.

We are aware though that many people may not feel comfortable attending an event yet so we will also be creating online versions of these activities that are open to all to enjoy from home! Check our website nearer the time for more details of these.

Sarah Hollingdale, Easter Cloisters Project Activity Officer, said: ‘We are so excited about taking part in Heritage Open Days this year, as our events are the culmination of three years of hard work on the Eastern Cloisters Project and we can’t wait to share the newly renovated Cloisters with our visitors, who will get a sneak peek into the new and exciting activities that we will be offering.

We’ve taken great care to make sure that the Cloisters a safe place to visit. However, we are really aware that many members of our community are not able to join us in person, so we will be sharing online versions of the trails and tours, as part of our ongoing commitment to accessibility.’

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The Eastern Cloisters Project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, The HB Allen Charitable Trust, The Jordan Foundation, Allchurches Trust, The Tanner Trust, an anonymous donor, Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, and the Trust’s friends from Austin, TX.