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Education at Portsmouth Cathedral

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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 many other themed events, we offer a memorable learning experience. The Bishop Kenneth Room is our dedicated education room in the North cloister. Workshop resources are kept here and there are facilities to give presentations and run small groups here too.


Year 6 Church School Leavers’ workshops and services

Over 1300 Year 6 children came to Portsmouth Cathedral to celebrate the end of their time at Primary School. A Stewardship Theme for the days focussed children on Bees - protecting their environment, creating artwork and looking up facts in a Quiz Trail. Some of the children’s artwork is now being displayed in local businesses and shop windows in Old Portsmouth. Why not visit the Cathedral to see the wonderful bee canvases and then follow the trail to explore Old Portsmouth and see the Bee artwork on display?
Click here to download the Trail Booklet.

Thank you to the following local businesses for displaying the children’s artwork to make the Bee Trail:

The Salon; The Petite Retreat - Pembroke Road
Alice Hulme Weaving; Charlie Leftley; Emma Nicol; I Can See The Sea - Hot Walls Studios
The Canteen
Fry & Kent Estate Agents - Broad Street
Spice Island Inn

50th Anniversary of Christingle celebrated with The Children’s Society (January 2019)

Children from C of E schools across the diocese came to our cathedral to mark 50 years of Christingle services in the UK. They enjoyed a morning of Christingle-themed workshops, followed by a Christingle service. For a full report, click here:

Education at Portsmouth Cathedral


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School workshops at Portsmouth Cathedral

School visits are welcome throughout the year and can be tailored to focus on different aspects of the National Curriculum, RE (Christianity), History, Music, Art, Science and SMSC. When booking a visit, schools can select from a range of themed workshops listed below or email us to discuss your own curriculum and a bespoke visit.

There is no charge to enter Portsmouth Cathedral, nor for a guided 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 running which may restrict what you can see/do here. We can also make sure a guide is available for your tour. Workshops are £1 per pupil attending. Become a member of our School Friends scheme and receive a free or discounted workshop for your class — click here to find out more.

Themed Workshops for KS1 and KS2


Training courses at Portsmouth Cathedral

We also offer training courses for school staff

Using your local Christian Place of Worship
Spirituality & Prayer in Your School
Collective Worship in Schools
RE in Primary Schools (cross-curricular learning)

Email for more details

Schools can liaise with us to agree the children’s learning outcomes. We can also create bespoke workshops to support and enhance the teaching of current topics in schools.

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In response to changes in the National Curriculum, we’ve developed 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 your visit.


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 about Portsmouth Cathedral and how workshops can be tailored to meet your curriculum and your ideas.

Meet our Education team and share ideas with other teachers attending. Tea, coffee, and cake are free. All sessions run from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Email to book.

We are grateful to The Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral who give generously to enable the children’s workshops to take place. We also thank a huge number of volunteers who help prepare resources and support children during the activity days.

Education enquiry form