Monks, Medicine and Mayhem

Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August, 11am-3pm

Over the summer holidays, Novice Norman invites you to come and learn more about the fascinating world of the monks who used to live here…

A packed programme of family-friendly activities will be taking place in the Cloisters and Chapter House, including the chance to play a medieval board game, create your own healing lip balm and decorate a gingerbread monk to take home with you. There will even be an opportunity to meet a medieval barber surgeon, who would have carried out the important role of looking after monks who were sick or old.

When the Cathedral existed as the Abbey of St Peter, the monks who lived here followed the Rule of St Benedict. The activities on offer all take inspiration from the five ‘rules’ of St Benedict – prayer, study, work, recreation and hospitality - so that you can see what it was like to be a part of this community centuries ago.

The ‘Monks, Medicine and Mayhem’ activities are all free to take part in, with no booking required, but we are grateful for donations to the Cathedral. The activities will take place between 11am-3pm and you are very welcome to drop in and get stuck in with as much or as little as you like. 

From August 23, 2023 To August 24, 2023
Opening times
Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August 11am-3pm
Chapter House 12 College GreenGloucesterGL1 2LX
Booking not required

Getting Here

  • Address

    12 College Green Gloucester GL1 2LX
  • Map

  • How to find us

    The Cathedral is located in the historic heart of Gloucester and our spectacular tower can be seen from many spots in and around the city.

    Click here to download or print off a guide on ‘Getting to Gloucester Cathedral’

  • Parking

    We are sorry that due to limited space, parking in the Cathedral Close is restricted to pass holders only.

    There are eight disabled parking spaces which are for use by Blue Badge holders on a first come first served basis.

    However, there are several public car parks within easy walking distance of the Cathedral.

    To find out more please download our parking guide or click here for up-to-date information.

  • Arriving by Public Transport

    The Cathedral is located in Gloucester Town Centre, so the best way to get here is by public transport.

    We are a 10-15 minute walk from both the train and bus stations. You can also use Gloucester’s Park and Ride.

    Click here for more information about this service.

  • Cycling

    There are bike racks available on Cathedral Green. Route 41 of the National Cycle Network runs through the Cathedral grounds – find out more about the route here.