New Georgian Christmas Market coming to The Close

Tuesday December 1 2015

Lichfield Cathedral and Erasmus Darwin House have teamed up to bring a Georgian Christmas Market to the city, in commemoration of Erasmus Darwin’s birthday.

The event will take place in the Cathedral close and Erasmus Darwin House on Saturday 12 December, 9am-4pm, and will provide visitors with an opportunity to enjoy some Christmas shopping and festive activities for all the family. The market will showcase local and regional crafts people and produce, with stalls packed with homemade gift ideas, festive treats and delicious food to warm up the visitors.

There will be fantastic entertainment on the day including Christmas carols with the Cathedral’s own Young and Youth Voice choirs as well as performances by Georgian characters. There’ll be plenty to keep the children happy with interactive Georgian games and a Christmas Pudding Trail! As part of the event, Ellie Wheeler, the current Lichfield Bower Queen, will begin the celebrations for Erasmus Darwin’s birthday by cutting the cake.

If anyone would be interested in having a stall at the event, there is still some extra capacity. Stalls start from just £50. Please contact Judith on 01543 306106 or email judith.ayton@lichfield-cathedral.org for more information.

Chris Gray, Events Manager at the Cathedral says: “We’re very excited to bring this event to the beautiful and historic surroundings of The Close. It’s going to be a really special event with something for everyone. Last year we welcomed 9,000 visitors to our Festive Food and Gift Fair, and we’re hoping to see just as many, if not more, at our Georgian Market this year.”

Tracy Newton, newly appointed Manager at Erasmus Darwin House, echoed these sentiments and said, “We are looking forward to bringing some festive cheer to The Close and will be delighted to see everyone celebrating Dr Darwin’s 284th birthday!”

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For further information please contact Abby Wilson (Marketing Officer) at abby.wilson@lichfield-cathedral.org or on 01543 306121.

Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral – a centre of Christian worship for over 1300 years.

Lichfield Cathedral is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Britain and the burial place of the great Anglo-Saxon missionary Bishop, St Chad.  It has a rich history, which is reflected in its architecture and treasures. It lies seventeen miles north of Birmingham and it is the only medieval Cathedral with three spires.  It is the Mother Church of the Church of England Diocese of Lichfield and its symbolic centre.  The Cathedral is committed to the daily offering of worship and prayer to God, and of spiritual nourishment to all who come on their own journey of search and discovery.

Cathedral Treasures

Lichfield Cathedral is home to the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel:

The St Chad Gospels, an illuminated Anglo Saxon gospel book which dates from about 730 (that is, about 50 years older than the famous Book of Kells).

Discovered in 2003 the Lichfield Angel is a remarkable survival of Saxon sculpture. The carved limestone corner-piece, which is dated to around 800 A.D., comprises three separate fragments which are thought to have formed part of a tomb chest, presumably that of St Chad (d.672).

Lighting and Rewiring Project

Lichfield Cathedral has been named as one of 31 cathedrals to receive a grant from government-sponsored scheme, the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. The fund was set up to support vital repairs to some of England’s most important historic buildings. Lichfield will receive £800,000, the largest of the grants, to go towards the next big fundraising development, the lighting and rewiring project. The Cathedral was facing the possibility of closure without the essential work.