Rochester Cathedral

Cathedral golf course doubles visitor numbers

Sat 17 Aug 2019
By Ruth Sax

A mini golf course set up inside Rochester Cathedral in Kent has seen hundreds of visitors a day, doubling visitor numbers in August.

Rochester Cathedral has had 13,000 visitors in the fortnight to 11th August, up from 6,5000 during the same time last year.

The Dean of Rochester, the Very Reverend Philip Hesketh, said the increase in numbers was "extraordinary".



"We've got between 250 and 300 young people every day coming into the cathedral, loving it and then spending time wandering around the rest of the cathedral.

"One of the things we do at 12pm and 3pm is to pause, for the whole of the cathedral, wherever people are and just have a prayer, and it's been fantastic the way people playing golf have engaged with that as well."

Rochester Cathedral is one of a number of cathedrals across the UK (Norwich Cathedral currently has a 55ft helter skelter in it’s nave) who are putting on activities over the summer to find new and creative ways to engage and encourage people in to the building and hope it opens up conversations about faith to newcomers. 


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