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Britain's Pilgrim Places captures the spirit of 2,000 years of history, heritage and wonder
We are delighted to be joined at the Cathedral by Nick Mayhew-Smith and Guy Hayward, authors of the wonderful new publication Britain's Pilgrim Places.
Britain's Pilgrim Places. is the complete guide to every spiritual treasure, including 500 enchanting holy places throughout England, Wales and Scotland and covers all major pilgrimage routes.
Produced in collaboration with The British Pilgrimage Trust, this book encapsulates the timeless quest of the human spirit to find meaning, connection and peace. Each listing is illustrated in full colour and written and presented in a way that appeals to everyone. From wild hermit islands to city-centre cathedrals alike, there is something to surprise and enlighten anyone with a sense of the sacred. 2020 is the Year of the Pilgrimage and the Year of Cathedrals, and events are being held throughout the year to mark a revival in pilgrim places, cathedrals and free-form spiritual expression.
The British Pilgrimage Trust's mission is to harness the quiet but powerful resurgence of interest in ancient ways of finding meaning and peace in the landscape. Britain's Pilgrim Places follows on from best-selling Britain's Holiest Places which became a 6-part BBC television series.
Nick Mayhew-Smith is a researcher and travel writer. He has spent 14 summers visiting all corners of Britain to research the country's sacred landscapes, producing three books, a BBC television series called Pagans & Pilgrims and a PhD thesis along the way. His best-selling guide Britain's Holiest Places (2011) has helped to inform this book, while his PhD thesis on Celtic nature spirituality was shaped into The Naked Hermit (2019). He is an honorary research fellow at Roehampton University, where he works with the Susanna Wesley Foundation.
Guy Hayward co-founded the British Pilgrimage Trust in 2014, and leads guided pilgrimages around Britain. He has been interviewed about modern pilgrimage for the BBC Two TV series Pilgrimage and Channel 4's Britain's Ancient Tracks, contributes to BBC Radio 4, and has been featured in Porter, Tatler, Conde Nast Traveller, The Times, The Guardian and The Telegraph. He has created pilgrim routes for English Heritage and, with Nick Mayhew-Smith, for the Association of English Cathedrals. Guy completed a PhD at Cambridge on how singing forms community, founded choralevensong.org and is half of musical comedy double act Bounder & Cad.
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We are committed to the continued well being of all those who visit, work and worship at Southwark Cathedral.
In our on-going efforts to assist our community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented the following enhanced protocols and procedures you will notice during your time with us.
Numbers are strictly limited to ensure ensure we adhere by social-distancing.
A designated entrance, at the Churchyard gates on Bedale Street and designated exit through the Millennium Courtyard on Montague Close.
A one way route through the Cathedral that reinforces physical distancing guidelines.
The provision of hand sanitizer stations throughout the site.
Freely available toilet facilities to promote frequent handwashing.
Card and contactless only payment facilities.
Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of touchpoints including handles, rails, seating and toilet facilities.
Face coverings are mandatory inside the Cathedral unless exempted.
Seating will adhere to strict social distancing of at least 1m+ from each other.
Copies of pre-signed books will be available to purchase in advance or on the evening. There will be no book-signing.
What can I do to help?
Please visit us at another time if you or a member of your household or group are feeling unwell.
Wash your hands often using soap or water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser.
Wear a face covering.
Stay at least 1m+ away from others and follow the one way route around the Cathedral.
If you need to cough or sneeze, please do so into your elbow, not in your hand or the air.
Please note should this event need to be cancelled full refunds will be issued within 3-5 days of the event date.