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The 2004 Flower Festival in Derby Cathedral entitled 'Inspirations' was organised in association with the North Midlands Area of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS). There are 21 areas throughout the British Isles but this area covers Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and parts of Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Humberside.


Seven of the team who represented NAFAS at Chelsea 2003 and won a coveted Gold Award, were among 150 arrangers creating exhibits of traditional and contemporary design, depicting and celebrating the beauty of the Cathedral and its work past, present and in the future.




Derby Cathedral Flower Festival for 2004, was the biggest event of its kind ever held in the Cathedral. It was well attended and the sheer excellence of the floral displays on view quite breath taking. It certainly made the effort for those that had travelled long distances well worth the effort, never mind the rest of us who had only travelled short distances.


The tour did not end at the Cathedral, but continued across the road at the Cathedral Centre, where further floral displays were on view. Derby Cathedral Centre hosts a Gift Shop and Coffee Shop. Once the tour had been completed the Coffee Shop proved impossible to resist for the majority of visitors, where they could sit and relax over a cup of tea, or coffee and reflect on the magnificence of the flower arrangements they had just seen. 




Visible from a distance Derby Cathedral dominates the skyline with its impressive Perpendicular Tower, the second highest in England to the Boston Stump. It was built early in the 16th century, but worship has taken place on this site since the tenth century. Light and spacious inside, the iron screen by Robert Bakewell is an inspirational masterpiece in this proud and beautiful building that became Derby Cathedral, in 1927.

With its story going back to the tenth century, its fascinating history and splendid architecture, the medieval tower, Bess of Hardwick's Monument, Joseph Wright's Tombstone, the Bakewell Screen and much more, the Cathedral Church of All Saints, offers a unique visitor experience.



Derby Cathedral is well worth a visit at any time. It is open on a daily basis throughout the year, the board outside gives details of services. Although normally open from 8.30am to 6.00pm, times may vary on Bank Holidays. Precise details may be obtained in advance by ringing the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201. Admission is free.

There are free walk-round leaflets available in eight languages and large print. Groups are very welcome and arrangements can be made in advance for guided tours. An attractive Cathedral Guide Book is available at a cost of £2.50.

A limited number of dates have been set on one side for Evening Tours, there are two different tours, Discovering Derby Cathedral and 18th Century Experience.  The popular Tower Climbs with 189 steps, visit the ringing chamber and Carillon Room and enjoy the spectacular view over three counties, which makes all the effort of climbing up to the top well worth while.  Details are available for both these events on the Cathedral Web Site.





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Located opposite the Cathedral, offers a Coffee Shop and Gift Shop, selling local Derbyshire produce, a display of the Treasures of the Cathedral, a Biblical Garden and an Education Centre.


The Coffee Shop, (tel. 01332 381685) located on the ground floor, serves light lunches, sandwiches, cakes and a wide range of teas and coffees.  Local farm producers are the source of many of the supplies, providing items such as home-made cakes, quiches, breads and ice cream.

Open Monday to Saturday 9.30-4.30pm.


The Cathedral Shop concentrates on the quality-gifts market with a range of more traditional gifts, postcards, pens, pencils, stationery, tea towels, “Cathedral” confectionery, wines, etc. A small selection of books, Bibles, prayer books and “Church Times Top 10”, are available with the ability to make specific orders via direct-ordering facilities.

Open Monday to Saturday 9.30-5.00pm.



A Treasury, exhibition and meeting space (known as the Sir Richard Morris Room) are located in the basement of the new Cathedral Centre. The Treasury displays the treasures of the Cathedral ranging from medieval fabrics, an Elizabeth I Bible and a Charles I Prayer book, through the fine eighteenth century Exeter plate, to modern silver and contemporary vestments. Alongside these Cathedral treasures are chalices and other silver from parishes of the Diocese, treasures that would otherwise be locked up in a safe.





The bridge chapel is not particularly impressive from the outside, nor is it blessed with a quiet location, sandwiched between the Derby Ring Road and the still busy road across St Mary's Bridge. Once inside all that changes, the noise vanishes and there is a feeling of peace and tranquillity. The white painted walls, the simple furniture and the lack of fussiness all add to the attraction of this wonderful place.


St Mary's Bridge Chapel



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