Welcome to Portsmouth Cathedral, the ‘Cathedral of the Sea’. All our visitors, whatever their age are captured by the history of our building and enjoy learning about the people who have used it for over 800 years. By providing guided tours, craft activities, singing workshops and hosting myriad other themed events, we offer a memorable learning experience.
The Bishop Kenneth Room is our dedicated Education room in the North cloister. There are facilities to give presentations and run small seminar groups here too.
School visits are welcome throughout the year and can be tailored to focus on different aspects of the National Curriculum, RE (Religious Education), History, Music, Art, Science and SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education). When booking a visit, schools can select from the following workshops:-
The Cathedral of the Sea
(History of the Cathedral & city of Portsmouth)
Workshops are charged at £1 per pupil attending.
Why not become a member of our School Friends and receive a free or discounted workshop for your class? Click here to find out more…
There is no charge to enter the Cathedral if you’d like to come for a self-led tour, but please book your visit with the Education team. We can check the diary and let you know if there are any special services on that may restrict what you can see/do here. Alternatively, we can offer a guided tour suitable for any year group or number.
Our qualified and experienced education team also run training courses for school staff:-
SMSC – Using your local Christian place of worship
Spirituality & Prayer in your school
Collective Worship in schools
RE in Primary Schools – Cross Curricular Teaching
Teaching the Primary Music Curriculum
Click here for more information.
Wednesday 20 September Spirituality & Prayer
Friday 29 September 6th Form Question Time
Tuesday 10 October KS3 – Christianity & The Church
Wednesday 8 November Remembrance
Monday 20 November Symbols & Vestments
Wednesday 29 November Messengers – Angels
Thursday 7 December St Nicholas Festival
Wednesday 17 January Way of Life – Ritual
Wednesday 28 February Shrove Tuesday – Pancake races!
Tuesday 13 March Easter & New Life
Tuesday 5 June Time (The Cathedral’s 2018 theme)
Holidays & Family Activities 2017
Thursday 17 August Family Activity day – craft & film
Holidays & Family Activities 2018
Tuesday 3 April Chocolate Workshop with Fiona Sciolti
Saturday 19 May Tea Festival
Thursday 31 May Family Day – All About Time
13 – 15 August Summer Club for children over 6 years
(teens and adult helpers welcome!)
More details for each of these workshops will be updated shortly.
We’re developing new ideas to engage primary and secondary schools, reaching out to Further Education students too. As the ‘Cathedral of the Sea’, we have a unique position and role in the city of Portsmouth and we look forward to sharing this with you.
Come along to our Twilight Sessions to see some of the activities we offer for your school visit. Use this as your pre-visit tour and to learn more about the Cathedral and how workshops can be tailored to meet your curriculum and your ideas. Meet the Education team here and share ideas with other teachers attending. Tea/Coffee & cake free! All sessions 4 – 5.30pm
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.