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Head to Gloucester Cathedral this half term where celebrations to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Henry III’s Coronation continue.

“Coronation Crafts” is a fun and Free family activity for all to enjoy. Bring your camera and take a ‘selfie’ dressed up in regal robes and crown, sitting in a special throne under the beautiful stained glass window of King Henry III. Get creative designing, making and wearing jewellery and crowns fit for a King or Queen. Come and join us from Monday 24 October to Saturday 29 October between 10.30am and 3.30pm, we look forward to welcoming you.

If “What really happened at Henry III’s Coronation at Gloucester in 1216?” is of interest then be sure to join us on Friday 28 October at 7.00pm for an

Illustrated Talk by Professor Richard Rastall, Emeritus Professor of Historical Musicology at The University of Leeds. Henry III’s coronation in Gloucester Abbey on 28 October 1216 was a somewhat hurried affair, designed to legitimise the claim of a nine-year-old king and carried out on the very day of his accession. Hurried or not, the coronation had to be performed in an obviously legitimate way, and so presumably at least the principal elements of the usual procedures and ceremonies were followed. The talk will be illustrated by some vocal and instrumental items.  Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine at this special coronation event generously sponsored by WSP Solicitors and organised by the Friends of Gloucester cathedral. Tickets are £12 available from 0845 652 1823, the Cathedral Gift Shop or at www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or on the door on the night. (Tickets are £10 for Friends of Gloucester Cathedral, this discount is not available online)

A rousing end to the week comes on Saturday 29 October at 7.00pm when Gloucester’s premier chamber choir, St Cecilia Singers will present “Crowning Glories”, a concert of selected choral music that has featured at the coronation of various English Monarchs featuring favourites such as ‘Zadok the Priest’ and ‘I Was Glad’. There will also be an organ performance of William Walton’s great ‘Crown Imperial’. Come and enjoy a feast of English coronation music from across the centuries! Tickets are £15 available from 0845 652 1823, the Cathedral Gift Shop or at www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk.

If you haven’t yet experienced our massively popular “Pottering around the Cathedral” tours which are taking place on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October, contact the box office at www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk now as spaces are almost sold out. If you can’t get a ticket this time, don’t worry, due to popular demand they will be back next year.

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