Families get to see Durham Cathedral’s resident bat population firsthand, as the city’s landmark provides even more reason to visit during school holidays.
A bat watch and bat walk takes place during the summer break alongside other cathedral activities including shell hunts and tours revealing the Chapter House which has links to Harry Potter .
This room, rarely open to the public, played the main role as Professor McGonagall’s classroom at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Witchcraft and is expected to be a huge draw for young fans of the film.
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A range of tours are offered and include – for those with vertigo – a chance to take in the views from the restored central tower which has recently reopened following the lifting of restrictions, while visitors are also encouraged to make the most of it an outing on site by bringing a picnic to enjoy in its Jardin des moines.
The Bat Watch will take place, alongside the thematic activities, in the Cloister on Monday 23 August where families will have the opportunity to spot the resident bats that live there above their heads.
From 7:30 p.m., the 90-minute watch – suitable for all ages – will be an opportunity to see and discover the Common Pipistrelle bat, whose cathedral has the second largest shelter in the UK.
Before that, there will be an evening walk with the bats along the adjacent banks of the Durham River.
Aimed at teens and adults, this 90-minute guided tour, starting at 8:30 p.m. on August 9, will search for bats outside and walkers can try their hand at a bat detector and learn more about the fascinating creatures.
There will be other opportunities to discover more about the area at other cathedral events, including a weekday outdoor visit to the surrounding woods.
Other attractions on offer include a shell hunt, and families can take a free trail at the visitor’s desk to participate.
It is aimed at the youngest, who are responsible for finding six scallops scattered around the building.
And a LIGHT exhibition in progress in the Chapel of Galileo.
Here, Chris Levine’s installation, which immerses visitors in the colorful light and sound of choral music, can be seen until September, after which another tidbit will be in store.
The cathedral recently announced that from this month it will host an exhibition on the giant moon, the Museum of the Moon: Illumination by artist Luke Jerram which has already been on display at the Center for Life in Newcastle.
The tour range, which offers a chance to see inside the chapter house, large kitchen, and monks’ dormitory, are suitable for people over eight years old.
For more information on what’s available or to purchase tickets for the Bat Events, which cost £ 5 and must be pre-booked, see here. To keep up to date with the latest news and current affairs from the North East, subscribe to our newsletters