Local places and spaces will open their doors this September to inspire and surprise you with Birmingham’s rich history and heritage.
Over the 10-day festival, events are taking place all over Birmingham. Heritage Week is an amazing opportunity to explore and discover your local area and some of the city’s buildings and outdoor spaces you would not normally visit. During Birmingham Heritage Week you can discover the city’s cultural and industrial heritage, learn new skills in a workshop or get active and join a heritage running, cycling or walking tour
This year, #BHeritageWeek falls during a busy period of conservation work on our four beautiful stained-glass windows. With thanks to support from National Lottery players, via The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are able to offer a range of events to help bring these treasures to life.
We will be starting the week with a free family drop-in on the Saturday, followed by an opportunity to experience Choral Evensong on the Sunday, and a special concert celebrating our windows on the Friday.
Most of these events are free, and you can just turn up. If you would like to attend a scaffolding tour, this will be need to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment!
If you have any questions about any of these events, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Divine Beauty stained-glass Saturday
- Saturday 9 September, 1000 – 1500
Come and enjoy a free family event, and learn all about stained glass!
There will be crafts, talks and interactives activities to showcase Birmingham Cathedral’s beautiful windows to all ages. Feel free to drop in any time during the day.
If you would like to go on a scaffolding tour while you are here (suitable for ages 10 and over), please remember to book this before you arrive to avoid disappointment.
Divine Beauty Scaffolding Tours
- Saturday 9 September, 1200 – 1500
- Monday 11 September, 1200 – 1500
- Tuesday 12 September, 1200 – 1500
- Thursday 14 September, 1200 – 1500
Come and see the conservation of Birmingham Cathedral’s four remarkable stained-glass windows up close, on a special Divine Beauty Scaffolding Tour!
Our knowledgeable Heritage Guides will show you some of the incredible artistry and craftsmanship that has gone into creating these beautiful treasures.
Booking is essential.
Cinema on the Square
Your favourite big-screen blockbusters are coming to Birmingham Cathedral this autumn! We have teamed up with experiences marketplace Yuup to put on a series of special film screenings. The first two of these will be taking place during #BHeritageWeek this year – after our stained-glass Saturday drop-in. Booking essential and refreshments will be available to purchase.
Saturday 9 Sept
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
2002 | PG | 161 mins
A mysterious presence is stalking the halls of Hogwarts School after the Chamber of Secrets is opened.
Mild threat, scary scenes, violence, language.
Doors open 3.45pm | Movie starts 4pm
Saturday 9 Sept
Back to the Future
1985 | PG | 111 mins
Follow teenager Marty McFly, as he accidentally travels back to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean automobile built by his eccentric scientist friend Emmett “Doc” Brown. When Marty inadvertently stops his future parents from falling in love, his very existence becomes at stake…
Contains mild language and violence.
Doors open 7.15pm | Movie starts 7.30pm
#BHeritageWeek Choral Evensong
- Sunday 10 September
- 1530 – 1630
Come and experience Choral Evensong in the beautiful surroundings of Birmingham Cathedral.
This traditional service will be sung by the Cathedral Choir (Girls and Lower Voices). This service is an opportunity for a time of reflection and to enjoy some inspirational choral music.
Everyone is most welcome, whether for the first time or the thousandth.
Divine Beauty music recital
Primary School students from St Matthew’s and Christ Church present a programme of music themed around the Internationally famous Burne-Jones windows, as part of the ongoing Divine Beauty project at Birmingham Cathedral. Pieces will include well known hymns, spirituals, Louis Armstrong and more!
- Friday 15 September, 1310 – 1350
Divine Beauty in concert
- Friday 15 September, 1900 – 2000
Divine Beauty in concert will be performed by Birmingham Cathedral’s choir of boys, girls and lower voices.
The programme will include choral and organ music inspired by our stained-glass windows, including music by Stuart Nicholson, Robert Pearsall, Carl Rütti, June Nixon, Anton Bruckner, John Ireland, Edgar Bainton, Gregorio Allegri and GF Handel.
This is a free event and booking is not required. There will be an opportunity to make a donation towards the conservation of the cathedral’s stained-glass windows if you wish.
Divine Beauty is generously supported by National Lottery players, via The National Lottery Heritage Fund.