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.
Please keep me updated about the activities on this weekend, Thank you Kim