Snakes in the nave raise funds for next stage of Cathedral renewal project

Snakes, tarantulas and owls are just some of the creatures poised to transform  Wakefield Cathedral’s nave and help raise funds for the next stage of this iconic building’s renewal programme.

For the landmark Grade 1 listed building in the heart of the city will host its very first All Saints Market at the end of half term.

A snake, a skunk, a snail, spiders, cockroaches, rabbits and owls are part of animal exhibits where children can get up close, there’s a 20 ft by 40 ft model railway thanks to the city’s Model Railway Society, craft stalls selling a wide range of items from knitted goods to scented candles, music, cakes, chocolates, sweets, a tombola and refreshments.It is the first time the Cathedral has been able to hold a market in its renewed nave and it will take place on Friday Oct 31 and Saturday Nov 1 and is free.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Jonathan Greener said: “This is our dream come true. We renewed the nave so we could better welcome the whole community and here is an opportunity for families to come in, browse, maybe buy an early Christmas present, and take the time out to have a look at our beautiful new cathedral here at the heart of the city.”  

The market will run on Friday 31 Oct from 12 -5pm and Saturday from 10-3pm and is free entry. The Animal Safari exhibits will be in the nave on Saturday only.

All monies raised will go towards Project 2015 – the next phase of the Cathedral’s development programme to renew the east end of the cathedral.

Wakefield Cathedral will be transformed into a market place at half term 

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