Forthcoming Events

We host a wide variety of events at the Cathedral, you can find details of forthcoming ones below.

Saturday 27 January 2018

Touching Heaven

Saturday 27 January 2018, 10am - 4pm, The Edmund Room

Led by Richard Hubbard, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Music Development Director

An inspirational day exploring ways in which music helps us connect with God and one another through prayer. 

Packed with practical ideas for churches large and small. Engage with a wide range of music, working towards a final act of worship in the cathedral that demonstrates ways in which music can enhance prayer in the local church.  Come willing to sing or listen.

Admission £10.  Please book in advance at


 Touching Heaven

Saturday 3 February 2018 from 7.30pm


Join us for a fun evening singing along to the screening of Sister-Act with Spectrum Screen Events. 


Tickets and further information available here:

Tuesday evenings in Lent

Tuesday evening Lent lectures are held in the Edmund Room, St Edmundsbury Cathedral from 7 for 7.30 pm to 9 pm in our upstairs Edmund Room. 

Admission is free, with no booking required, donations welcome. 

Further details and dates for the series are below:

Tuesday 20 February, Canon Dr Jessica Martin 

The Reverend Canon Dr Jessica Martin is a Residentiary Canon at Ely Cathedral, where she has particular responsibility for outreach and education in addition to spending time working within the Diocesan Ministry team supporting the work of Initial Ministerial Education. Before ordination Jessica was a Fellow and College Lecturer in English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge and is in much demand as a speaker and writer.

Tuesday 27 February, Revd Charlotte Cook

The Revd Charlotte Cook is curate at St Mary’s Church, Walton, Felixstowe. She was brought up on her family’s farm in Norfolk, going to a local primary and secondary school. She spent much of her time playing music in local, regional and national groups. She studied at Ridley Hall for a BTh through Selwyn College. She then worked in the Birmingham diocesan offices in the property and mission departments, teaching music theory to Birmingham cathedral girls choir and setting up and running a cake business. She undertook her ordination training at St Mellitus College, London, studying for a Masters at King’s College, London whilst working for Solihull Parish. For the past year she has been working at Selwyn College, Cambridge as the Gosden Lay Chaplain.She is a fair weather gardener and loves to read and drink strong coffee.

Tuesday 6 March, Ben Quash 

Ben Quash grew up in County Durham and Monmouthshire. He read English as an undergraduate at Cambridge, and then (as a second degree, whilst in training for ordination at Westcott House) theology. Doctoral work on the theological dramatic theory of Hans Urs von Balthasar combined these literary and theological interests. He was Chaplain and Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and a lecturer in the Cambridge Theological Federation from 1996-1999, then returned to Peterhouse as Dean and Fellow until he came to King’s as Professor of Christianity and the Arts in 2007. From 2004-2007 Ben Quash was also Academic Convenor of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity, developing research and public education programmes in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their interrelations - and indulging a delight in Scriptural Reasoning.


Tuesday 13 March, Rupert Shortt

Rupert Shortt is Religion editor of the Times Literary Supplement and a former Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. His books include Christianophobia: A Faith under Attack (2012), Rowan's Rule: The Biography of the Archbishop (2014) and God Is No Thing: Coherent Christianity (2016).

Tuesday 20 March, Rev Canon Mark Oakley 

The Reverend Canon Mark Oakley is Canon Chancellor at St Paul’s Cathedral. He is responsible for the Cathedral's Schools & Families Department, Adult Learning and St Paul's Institute; and for the visual arts policy. Mark was educated in London and Oxford and ordained at St Paul’s in 1993. He served his curacy at St John’s Wood (1993-6), before becoming Chaplain to the Bishop (1996-2000) and later Rector of St Paul’s, Covent Garden (2000-2005). He then became Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe. Mark returned to London and Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, in 2008 before moving to St Paul’s. He is also a Deputy Priest in Ordinary to HM The Queen (1996-). He is Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College, London.          

Our Lent leaflet will be available soon. In the meantime here are some dates for your diary.

Friday lunchtime Lent addresses

1pm to 1.30pm, free admission, held in the Edmund Chapel at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Lest We Forget

Spiritual Reflections on World War I

Friday 23 February The Poppy - symbol of remembrance

Canon Dr John Parr, Parish Priest of Hadleigh

Friday 2 March Preparing Chaplains for the Trenches

Revd Dr (Group Capt) Andrew Wakeham-Dawson, Deputy Chaplain-in-Chief, RAF

Friday 9 March "Went the day well?" (John Maxwell Edwards) Rt Revd Graeme Knowles, Acting Dean of St Edmundsbury

Friday 16 March  Canon Philip Banks, Canon Precentor

Friday 23 March Revd Jutta Brueck, Priest-in-Charge, St Thomas, Ipswich