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We offer a general tour of the cathedral with our trained Cathedral guides, many of whom are former teachers. This tour will be tailored depending on the age of those attending.
Curriculum led tour
We can offer a bespoke tour that is related to your school’s curriculum. Popular choices for this tour have included comparing both of Liverpool’s Cathedrals and exploring key features of a Christian place of workshop.
You are also able to do a self-guided tour around Liverpool Cathedral. Although no cathedral guides will be with you, this needs to be booked through the education team to ensure you’re able to make the most of the cathedral on your chosen date.
Suitable from Reception to Year 2, enjoy a face hunt around the cathedral followed by a workshop in making a clay face.
Cruz the Caterpillar
EYFS and KS1 pupils can enjoy an interactive prayer trail based on the theme ‘special to God’. Follow the footprints, collect stickers in a personal passport, hunt inside the treasure chest, write in green sand, and make a butterfly while finding out why you are special to God.
A sense of place
Special educational needs pupils can ring a miniature bell, smell incense, taste a communion wafer, look for Derby Mouse, lie on the floor and admire the ceiling. This can be adapted to suit individual and group needs.
Special places, special shapes
EYFS/reception pupils can follow a trail around the Cathedral spotting different shapes, before making a stained glass window based on the shape of the building.
We offer workshops suitable for various ages and abilities, with many adaptable between K21 – KS2. To attend a workshop, you must also book a tour.
KS1 & KS2
Stained Glass Window
Discover the importance of stained glass windows, before each pupil designs and makes their own window to take back to school.
Pupils hear a talk about the Cathedral’s vestments and have a chance to wear some specially made children’s outfits before processing in the Cathedral to the sound of the organ.
Pupils up to year 3 will learn about the ceremony and take part in a Baptism using a doll, which they will name and choose Godparents.
Year 2 and KS2 pupils will see a range of both traditional and modern icons and create their own. The aim is to enable pupils to understand that icons have a hidden meaning which can aid prayer.
Children will have an opportunity to meet Kitty in costume, hear her story and ask her questions. They will also be shown her window and grave. They will make a Kitty Wilkinson stained glass window.
Year 5 and 6 pupils will be given the opportunity to think about what the Eucharist means, why it happens, and the symbolism surrounding it. They will be able to view some of the artefacts used in Communion services at the Cathedral.
Year 6 children+ can enjoy unforgettable views of the city and even Blackpool’s Big Dipper from the top of the Tower. This experience must be booked with a guided tour.
Our Remembrance workshops will help Year 5 & 6 pupils engage with the realities of life during wartime. As part of the workshops pupils will:
- experience a life-size Anderson shelter
- make a poppy, the symbol of remembrance
- meet Noel Chavasse, two-time recipient of the Victoria Cross
- think about heroes of all kinds
Our Advent workshops will enable each year group to experience the Christmas story with each one directly relating to the RE unit of study. We offer a full day of workshops including a mixture of art and drama activities. Themed days are differentiated for each Key Stage.
Each year group can experience a day of workshops exploring the Easter story directly relating to their RE unit of study. Workshops can also tie in with Art and Literacy and we are able to cater this experience for every primary school year group.
For Families and Individuals
Here at Liverpool Cathedral, we offer a range of family activities throughout the year. From Easter Family fun with the Derby Mouse to half-term crafting and child-friendly trails. To see our next planned family event, visit our Events Calendar.
Attracting leading practitioners and theologians, Liverpool Cathedral is also renowned for exploring issues relevant to our ministry as a prominent cathedral in an urban setting.
Join us on multiple dates at the end of May to take part in our Wonderful wildflower workshops with local artist Faith Bebbington. Each family-friendly session is free and lasts 2 and a half hours, be sure to pre-book though!
Looking for fun activities for over half term?
Join our Education Team for Jubilee and Pentecost themed craft activities during the school holidays. It is free to attend but be sure to pre-book!
Fascinated by architecture?
Join us for a FREE talk and workshop that uses the latest 2D and 3D tools to analyse the vaults of Liverpool Cathedral’s Lady Chapel organised by the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.