Every year, Peterborough Cathedral hosts the Katharine of Aragon Festival to commemorate the anniversary of Katharine's burial at the cathedral, then Peterborough Abbey, on 29th January 1536. The Tudor-themed events are a wonderful way to pay tribute to Henry VIII's first wife.
Here is the schedule of events:
- Thursday 25 January, 7.30pm: Spain pays homage to Katharine of Aragon - An exciting look at the past, using Spanish music, dance and literature to create a bridge between cultures.
- Friday 26 January, 8.30am: Mass.
- Friday 26 January, 10.30am: Service of Commemoration - Wreaths are laid on Katharine's tomb and afterwards there is a Tudor history day for schoolchildren.
- Friday 26 January, 2pm: Tudor Peterborough Walk, starting at Peterborough Museum - A costumed guide leads the walk around Peterborough's historic centre, ending with a tour of the Cathedral with information about the cathedral's history and Katharine's burial.
- Friday 26 January, 5.30pm: Vespers.
- Friday 26 January, 6pm: A Tudor-style pottage and ale supper with re-enactors.
- Friday 26 January, 7.30pm: A talk by Alison Weir - 'Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession' followed by book signing.
- Saturday 27 January, 10.00am – 5.00pm: At Home with the Tudors - A day of Tudor themed activities and crafts at Peterborough Museum.
- Saturday 27 January, 10am, 11am and 1pm: Old Scarlett Tours - Cathedral tours led by 'Old Scarlett the Tudor gravedigger', dressed in costume.
- Saturday 27 January, 2.00pm: Guided tour of Peterborough Cathedral.
- Saturday 27 January, 5.30pm: Evensong, sung by Peterborough Chamber Choir.
- Saturday 27 January, 7.00pm: Cathedral by Candlelight Tour.
- Saturday 27 January, 7.30pm: "In the shadow of the throne: the rise and fall of the Boleyn men", talk by Lauren Mackay at the John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library.
- Sunday 28 January, 2pm: Tudor Peterborough Walk, starting at Peterborough Museum.
- Sunday 28 January, 10.00am – 5.00pm: At Home with the Tudors - A day of Tudor themed activities and crafts at Peterborough Museum.
Full details and information on how to book can be found at http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/katharine2018.aspx.
If you go to any of these events then please do share what it was like, we'd love to hear about it.