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The Big Draw – A Sneak Peek and Etch and Sketch

29th October 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

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One event on 29th October 2020 at 11:30 am

One event on 29th October 2020 at 1:00 pm

One event on 29th October 2020 at 2:30 pm


As part of The Big Draw Festival’s 2020 theme, A Climate of Change, we will be offering a sneaky peek behind the scenes of our major building project, Common Ground in Sacred Space, meet some of the key people and stories behind our inspirational place and have a go at drawing and etching on some of the materials recycled from the Cathedral refurbishment.

Each space in the Cathedral reveals a unique story of the heritage and people of Newcastle upon Tyne. You will get a chance to glimpse at some of the changes taking place and learn a bit more about life and art in the Cathedral. The second part of the event will provide the opportunity to create and take home your own masterpiece taking inspiration from the beautifully crafted interiors using recycled black slate and scribers or pencils. This project is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

£20 per group tour for a maximum of 6 people. If you are a group of less than 3 please contact alina.trewhitt@newcastlecathedral.org.uk to discuss a discount.

All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Event Times
Thursday 29th October 2020: Tours at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30

Booking Details
Tickets are required for this event. Pre-booking: Required via Eventbrite

The Cathedral floor is uneven in places and care should be taken. Due to major capital works taking place we cannot guarantee that all parts of the tour will be accessible.

Additional Information
Max 6 people from the same household or support bubble per tour. Tour and workshop will last approx 75 minutes and pre-booking is required.

Before booking, please ensure you have read the important Health and Safety information below:

  • Due to building work there is restricted access and some uneven ground. Therefore complete accessibility is not possible at this time.
  • If you feel unwell or uncomfortable at any time you must notify the guide immediately.
  • Suitable footwear is required in the interests of safety. Visitors cannot wear high heels, flip-flops, platforms, backless shoes, ‘heelys’ or have bare or stockinged feet.
  • No smoking in or around the Cathedral.
  • Parental or guardian supervision is required at all times.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • Newcastle Cathedral is not responsible for the loss of or damage to clothing or personal possessions.

COVID-19 important information about your visit:

Please note, visitors to the Cathedral are required to comply with the following:

  • All visitors must book a group tour ticket in advance. Only members of your household or support bubble are allowed in the group booking.
  • Tickets are for your use only and are non-transferable.
  • In line with government guidelines, you are required to wear a face covering for the duration of your visit. Please remember to bring one with you. Please also wear sturdy footwear.
  • Please assemble outside the West Door shortly before the tour time and no more than 10 minutes before your allocated time slot.
  • When you arrive, please have your ticket ready to show a member of the Cathedral team, either on your phone or a printed copy.
  • Sadly, if you’re more than 10 minutes late, we won’t be able to guarantee you entry.
  • We have set up a one-way system upon entering the Cathedral’s west end. Please follow the signs.
  • Unfortunately, we aren’t able to provide toilet facilities during your visit.
  • We are also unable to provide refreshments and none are permitted in the building during your visit.
  • To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you are showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.
  • By reserving your ticket you agree to Newcastle Cathedral collecting the contact information you provide for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. The contact information you provide will be held securely and in accordance with our Data Privacy Policy which can be found on our website at: https://newcastlecathedral.org.uk/privacy-policy/

Newcastle Cathedral is located on the junction of Mosley Street and St Nicholas Street. The tour will meet by at the Cathedral’s West End Doors.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Newcastle Cathedral is within easy reach of many public transport links:


Newcastle Central Train Station is just five minutes’ walk from Newcastle Cathedral. When leaving Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. You will pass by the monument to George Stephenson, father of Robert Stephenson, as well as The Literary and Philosophical Society and the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. Then follow Collingwood Street to bring you out at Newcastle Cathedral.


The nearest major public car park can be found on Dean Street. Walk out of the car park, cross straight over Dean Street and almost directly in front of you is a small stairway that brings you up into Amen Corner, at the back of the Cathedral. Follow the path left or right to approach the front entrance to the Cathedral. There are numerous other parking facilities, including multi-storey facilities and 48 surface car parks operated by Newcastle City Council. The Quayside’s multi-storey car park is approximately 12 minutes’ walk away and can hold up to 500 vehicles.


The Nexus operated Tyne and Wear Metro service operates into Newcastle city centre – with several stations in close proximity to Newcastle Cathedral. The nearest stations are Monument Station (at the top of the Grade I-listed Grey Street) and Central Station, both less than ten minutes’ walk away. If travelling from the Airport via Regent Centre, you will have to alight at Haymarket and change platforms. The Q1 QuayLink bus service runs to the bottom of the Side, the medieval Quayside street which leads up to the Cathedral. Public buses run outside of the Cathedral into Gateshead and towards Durham and Chester-le-Street once every 15 minutes (weekdays and Saturdays).


From the city centre: Head down Grey Street, passing by the Theatre Royal. Turn right along Mosley Street, which will bring you out to the north facade of Newcastle Cathedral. From Central Station: As you leave Central Station, turn right along Neville Street. Following Collingwood Street will bring you to Newcastle Cathedral. From the Quayside: Alight the Side – the main medieval route into Newcastle. Alternatively, you can take Dog Leap Stairs. They’re steep but rise straight up to the Cathedral. The Castle Stairs are another route. These can be found on the Quayside, across the road from the Swing Bridge. Again, this is steep but will bring you to the Castle Keep. Keep forward along St Nicholas Street to approach the Cathedral on your right.


29th October 2020
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
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Newcastle Cathedral
0191 232 1939
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Newcastle Cathedral
St Nicholas Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1PF, United Kingdom
Newcastle, Tyne & Wear NE1 1PF United Kingdom
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0191 232 1939
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