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 Cathedral Tower Tours

Advance tickets (£5 adults, £4 8-16 years) on sale from the Cathedral Bookshop; capacity limited to 15 each session.

Climb the 189 steps and see Derby like never before from the top of Derby Cathedral’s 212-foot high Tudor tower. See the Smith of Derby carillon play its midday tune on the oldest working set of ten bells in the world and explore the history of the second highest bell tower in the UK!

Tickets include a free drink in Derby Cathedral Café. Tours are led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Tower historians.

Tours takes place as follows:

Bonfire Night Tower Tours - Saturday 4th November  5.45 pm   Sold Out

Christmas Tower Tours - Friday 15th & Saturday 23rd December, 5.30pm See the Christmas lights of Derby from the top of the Cathedral’s 212ft tower. Tickets now on sale  from the Cathedral Bookshop! Ticket includes a mulled wine/hot chocolate and mince pie!






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The CQ Saturdays Towers, Tunnels and Tales tour takes place on the first Saturday of each month.

These informative tours, led by Richard Felix will tell you about Derby's first shopping arcade (which predates Intu by 120 years!); The hidden tunnels under the Guildhall; The fastest birds in the world which nest on the Cathedral Tower; Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army marching up Sadler Gate; Industrial espionage and a suspicious death in Derby.

Tickets are available from the Mecca (in the heart of Derby’s historic Market Hall), the Tourist Information Centre and from the Cathedral Bookshop. If you’re unable to book in advance, email to reserve your place.

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 7.00 pm (Doors 6.30 pm)

Brooklyn-based contemporary percussion group So Percussion present an audio-visual exploration of the social history of British coal mining in From Out a Darker Sea. For two centuries, the coal industry formed the backbone of many towns and cities across England. Entire communities sprang into existence as fervent mining activity fuelled the industrial revolution. Integrating art, narrative, photography, film and an original musical soundscape performed live, Sō Percussion – known for their innovative and original productions – capture the environment, personal stories, and aspirations of a community fighting against industrial decline.

Born out of a collaboration between the quartet and Amber Films, From Out ...a Darker Sea is inspired by the reinvention of East Durham after the crushing loss of its mining industry. Combining live performance with community education programmes, Sō Percussion are bringing From Out a Darker Sea to sacred spaces in former coal mining areas, from Derby to Deal, this Autumn.

From Out a Darker Sea is presented at Derby Cathedral in partnership with QUAD - Derby, co-produced by the Sacred Spaces Network Project, produced by Forma and supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme, the Foyle Foundation and Unite the Union.
Tickets are just £6 and are available from Derby QUAD Box Office


Friday 1st December 2017, 7.30 pm

Make this Christmas a “G4 Christmas”! Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting...

Due to overwhelming public demand, original X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 are back, with their atmospheric "Christmas By Candlelight” show across the UK in November and December.

Expect to hear timeless classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the Christmas spirit, all delivered up-close and personal in some of the UK's most iconic historical venues. There may even be a chance for you, the audience, to join in, if you'd like to...

G4 continue to work in association with the charity Missing People and their Home For Christmas Appeal. For many, Christmas is about spending time with loved ones. Not everyone is lucky enough to be united with the people closest to them. Missing People are a lifeline when someone goes missing. Representatives from Missing People will be at the shows, shaking buckets and available to talk to.

Come and let G4's unique sound transport you into the festive spirit in a way you won't have imagined possible.

Tickets are available from two outlets:

VIP, premium tickets and central nave seats available online here>>

Side aisle seats and balcony seats are available from Derby LIVE here>>

VIP tickets  include a pre-show Meet & Greet with G4, at 6pm. Doors open at 6.45pm for all other ticket holders.



Saturday 2nd December 2017, 7.30 pm

Christmas at the Cathedral! Featuring the massed bands of Derwent Brass with special guests the band of the Derby Central Salvation Army. The perfect family Christmas Concert featuring festive music and carols in the glorious surroundings of Derby Cathedral.

Tickets are priced at adults £6 (Children £3) now available from Foulds Music Store, on the door or online>>

Alternatively email or call 01773 384 121

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 6.00 pm

Begin your journey to Christmas with music and readings for Advent. This service features a spectacular transformation as the Cathedral interior begins in darkness and ends in light.

Wednesday 6th December, 7.30 pm

Enjoy the magic of Christmas with performances from popular adult and school choirs, with festive refreshments and the chance to sing your favourite carols! Tickets are £5, available from and on the door.

Friday 8th December 2017, 7.30 pm.

Derby Hospitals Choir annual concert for hospital beneficiaries. Accompanied by Derwent Brass, performing all of the usual seasonal favourites.

Tickets are £15 available from Foulds Music Store, Iron Gate. Alternatively email

Saturday 9th December 2017, 7.00 pm

Becoming a staple in the Cathedral diary for Christmas, music to include:

  • Carols & Christmas-time favourites
  • Tchaikovsky Nutcracker
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Mary Poppins
  • Ivor Hodgson Fanfare

Tickets - £14 (£12 concessions) under 16's free with adult. Available from - Foulds Irongate Music Store, Orchestra members, Available on the door.


Wednesday 13th December 2017, 7.30 pm (Doors 5.30pm; be seated by 7pm)

The recording of BBC Radio Derby’s carol service, broadcast Christmas Eve & Day. A free, ticketed service (Further information available from BBC Radio Derby.  Please call Reception on 01332 361111, 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday). Tickets can now be applied for on the BBC Shows website here>> 

Saturday 16th December 2017, 7.30 pm

Handel's Messiah performed by Derby Choral Union

Conductor Richard Dacey, accompanied by Derby Concert Camerata.

Tickets priced at £20 - £18 - £14, available from the Derby Choral Union website

Wednesday 20th December 2017, 10am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4pm

Step through the Cathedral’s wardrobe and experience the land of Narnia, where it’s always  winter but never Christmas. A fun-packed session of festive crafts and family-friendly activities. Tickets for 2 adults and up to 3 children £10, are now available from the Cathedral Bookshop.

Saturday 23rd December 2017, 4.00 pm and 6.30 pm

Get into the festive spirit with two Christmas classics on the big screen in the Cathedral nave. Bar available selling mulled wine and mince pies! Tickets available from Derby QUAD Box Office (01332 290606, £13 adults, £11 concessions. Family tickets (2 adults, 2 children) £30; Or see both films with an £18 double-bill ticket!

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 *Christmas Eve Carol Services tickets will be available from the 1st November in the Cathedral Bookshop.

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