Derby Cathedral is to make changes to the layout and operating structure of the Cathedral Bookshop and Cafe and rebrand it as The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral. The aim is to improve its appeal to visitors and to strengthen the support the business provides for mission and ministry.
The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral will have a very different look and feel to the current Bookshop and Cafe. We firmly believe that there will be many new and returning customers who will welcome the new, high-quality experience.
Whilst a very small number of customers have voiced concerns about the changes, we hope that they will take the opportunity to try The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral, and thus continue to support the work of the Cathedral itself.
The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral is designed to serve four main purposes: to support the mission and ministry of our wonderful Cathedral, to sell and provide Christian books, to be a space for customers to enjoy a quality leisure experience with excellent food and refreshments, and to promote locally manufactured gifts.
The Sir Richard Morris Lounge, on the lower floor of the building, will continue to be available for use by a number of voluntary groups, and also be available to hire.
Additionally, the main space will be available to hire for functions outside of our normal opening hours. The Sanctuary at Derby Cathedral will retain its current online presence (on Amazon) and aims to offer a new online ordering experience in the future.
We will close on Saturday 30th March 2019 for a minimum of one week, a re-opening date will be announced in the near future.