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Festival, Fri 25 - Sun 27 Jan 2019

Katherine of Aragon Festival

Katherine of Aragon Festival


Peterborough Cathedral


City Centre,
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Mon 7 Jan - Fri 29 Mar Work Club
Fri 25 - Sun 27 Jan Katherine of Aragon Festival
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The Katharine of Aragon Festival commemorates 29th January 1536, when Henry VIII's first wife was buried at Peterborough Cathedral after her death in exile at Kimbolton Castle. She still lies here today and the occasion is marked by a programme of events on a Tudor theme.

The programme for the festival is as follows (the venue will be Peterborough Cathedral unless otherwise indicated):

Wreaths being placed on Katharine of Aragon's tombFriday 25th January 2019
8.30am: Mass
10.30am: Service of Commemoration
A service attended by schoolchildren, at which dignitaries lay wreaths on Katharine’s tomb. All are welcome.

2.00pm: Tudor Peterborough Walk
Explore Peterborough’s historic city centre with a 60 minute guided walk.

Gather at Peterborough Museum where a costumed guide will take you on a tour where you will find out what the city was like during the time of Katharine of Aragon. The tour will then enter the Cathedral where you will hear about the funeral of Queen Katharine.

Tickets are £6 for adults, £4 for under 16s. Contact Vivacity on 01733 864663 or book online via

5.30pm: Eucharist service for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul
A special, 60 minute service for the feast of the Conversion of St Paul, sung by Peterborough Cathedral Choir.

Saturday 26th January 2019
10.00am, 11.00am and 1.00pm: Old Scarlett Tours
This family-friendly tour of the Cathedral will be led by ‘Old Scarlett the Tudor gravedigger’, who buried both Katharine of Aragon and Mary, Queen of Scots, and lived to be 98.

£4 adults, £3 children*, £12 family (2 adults, 2 children). Book online here or call 01733 452336. * Includes free copy of the Monks, Mischief & Marauders activity book for children.

10.00am to 3.00pm: At Home with the Tudors
A Tudor lady in her kitchenAt Peterborough Museum
Travel back in time to the 1500s, and meet some interesting Tudor characters...

You can encounter the Barber Surgeon with his gruesome cures, mind your manners with a Tudor lady, handle arms and armour with our soldiers and try some period food. You can also take part in family activities and crafts with a Tudor theme.

Tickets are £3 children, £4 adults, £12 families. Book online to beat the queues via Last entry is at 2.00pm.

2.00pm: Guided Tour of Peterborough Cathedral
This guided tour with one of our knowledgeable volunteer guides, will explore the history of the Cathedral with a particular focus on the Tudor period. Click on the link to find out more.

Musicians in the fan vaulted New Building7.00pm: A Merrie Tudor Evening
After a candlelit guided tour of the Cathedral’s dramatic Tudor past, feast at a 16th century-style hog roast in the beautiful, fan vaulted New Building (vegetarian option available).

The costumed musicians of A Merrie Noyse will entertain you, and plenty of Old Scarlett ale will be served. Who knows, you may like to end the evening with some dancing or singing with the musicians! Wearing Tudor costume is positively encouraged, but not essential.

Tickets are £40. Book online here or call 01733 452336.

7.30pm: Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him – a talk by Tracy Borman
At the John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library
King Henry VIII is well known for his tumultuous relationships with women, and he is often defined by his many marriages. But when we see Henry through the men in his life, a new perspective in this famous king emerges. In this talk, Tracy Borman will tell the story of England’s most famous monarch through different eyes, revealing his personality in all its multi-faceted, contradictory glory.

Tracy Borman is an historian and bestselling author of a number of highly acclaimed books on the Tudors.

Tickets are £6 (£5 concessions) including light refreshments. Book via or call 01733 864663.

Sunday 27th January 2019
Services are held at Peterborough Cathedral on Sunday at 8.00am, 9.00am, 10.30am and 3.30pm. The 10.30am and 3.30pm services are sung by the Cathedral Choir. All are welcome.

10.00am to 3.00pm: At Home with the Tudors
At Peterborough Museum
See the details above.

2.00pm: Tudor Peterborough Walk
See the details above.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 25 - Sun 27 Jan 2019


Tickets for the fringe events are available.


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