• Saturdays and Sundays
  • Mondays to Fridays
  • Tue 7 Dec 08:45-12:30

Opening times

  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • Mondays to Fridays
  • Tue 7 Dec 08:45-12:30

Festive Family Fun

Newcastle Cathedral is an inclusive, family-friendly venue. Throughout December, children can investigate a range of creative activities and play stations around the building. Please note that exceptions apply when services and events are taking place.

Decorate and Celebrate

Wednesday 1 December – Tuesday 4 January

Make beautiful baubles, gorgeous garlands, and sparkling stars to take home or leave behind in our interactive Decorate and Celebrate exhibition. These activities will be available for children at all times, except when services and special events are taking place. Please check our ‘What’s On’ page for details.

FREE. No booking required.

Walking Nativity

Friday 17 December 5pm. Sets off from Newcastle Central Station

Join us for a procession to the Cathedral, following Mary and Joseph on their journey. The Rock Choir will entertain, and hot chocolate will be available. Bring a lantern if you can!

Click for our full programme of Christmas services & events.

The Stars Come Out at Night

Friday 17 December 5pm-8pm

Saturday 18 December  10am-7pm

Sunday 19 December 4pm-8pm

Witness starlight on earth with this beautiful light and sound installation by Stellar Projects, which has previously appeared at Durham’s Lumiere festival. Watch as the large sculptural piece slowly rotates to reveal beautiful star patterns. Image courtesy of Graham Fotherby.

FREE. No booking required.

Cake, Craft & Carols

Saturday 18 December

45-minute slots are available for these guided craft activities at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm

Get into the Christmas spirit with cake and carols whilst you make a wonderful ribbon wreath or a funky Father Christmas beard.

FREE but booking required. Click here to book tickets via Eventbrite.

Please note that NE1’s Search for Santa Trail on Saturday 4 December has sold out. The festive trail starts at Eldon Square and weaves through the city, ending at Newcastle Cathedral. Click here for more information.
Family Explorers

Newcastle Cathedral is part of Family Explorers North East, a project that helps families in North East England enjoy a wider range of cultural experiences.

All of the venues together form the Family Arts Campaign’s North East England Family Arts Network and have signed up to the Family Arts Standards.

Click here to sign up to the Family Explorers newsletter for days out ideas, offers, reviews and venue news.

Things to do

Investigation Station

Start your Cathedral visit with a stop at our family friendly Investigation Station. Choose from a selection of play, craft, and sensory materials to help you explore some of the Cathedral’s most exciting features.

Find out more

Our Investigation Station Table helps you find your way around the Cathedral with a giant map, a series of brass rubbings, three Family Trails and an interactive stained-glass window.

The Investigation Station is free to use and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please return all items at the end of your visit (you are welcome to keep Family Trails, colouring sheets, and crowns).

Baby Play Baskets

Speak to a member of staff or volunteer about borrowing one of our Baby Play Baskets: full of engaging, sensory resources, selected especially for our youngest visitors.

Colour the Cathedral

Make your mark on the Cathedral and add exciting new colours and patterns to this illustration by artist Melanie Smith. Download and print here or pick up a copy when you visit us.

Click here to download PDF

Cathedral Crowns

Create your own colourful crown using illustrations by artist Beckie Clarke; inspired by 19th century wood carvings in the Cathedral Quire. Pick up copies when you visit, or download via the following links:

Angel Crown PDF

Dragon Crown PDF

Griffin Crown PDF

Owl Crown PDF

Family Trails

Design your own dragon, fly a paper aeroplane and search for lions with the help of our three exciting Family Trails: ‘Astonishing Artists’, ‘Fantastic Flight’ and ‘Amazing Artefacts’. Download and print each of them here or pick up copies when you visit us.

Amazing Artefacts – PDF coming soon

Astonishing Artists – PDF coming soon

Fantastic Flight – PDF coming soon


Useful information for families

We know that visiting new places with children can sometimes be a bit stressful. We hope that the following information makes planning your visit easier. If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please visit our FAQs page.

  • Newcastle Cathedral is a family-friendly venue, and we welcome children of all ages to explore, play, and learn in the Cathedral and our grounds.
  • You don’t need to be quiet when you visit the Cathedral; it’s a space where everyone is welcome. The only time we might ask visitors to be quieter is if a special service is happening.
  • We have a large collection of ledger stones (grave slabs) in our floor. They are very interesting and beautiful, but this does mean that our floor is uneven in places, so please do watch your step.
  • Our new retail area has a range of items suitable for children.

Newcastle Cathedral is breastfeeding-friendly throughout. If you would prefer a private space to feed your baby, please speak to a volunteer or member of staff.