The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is popularly known, as it has been for centuries, as ‘Southwell Minster’. Although Christian worship has taken place on this site for over 1000 years, the present Romanesque building celebrated its commence­ment, 900 years ago, in 2008. Southwell Minster became the Cathedral Church of the Diocese in 1884.

As the Cathedral Church of Nottinghamshire it seeks to serve diverse communities from the farms of the Dukeries in the north, with mining and ex-mining towns, and in the south the colourful city of Nottingham with its industry, universities and teaching hospitals of international repute. This stunning place still brings visitors to their knees in wonder and awe to glimpse the glory of God. The thriving community here at the Minster invites you to come and see Southwell Minster for yourself and enjoy its charm and peace. You will be most welcome. 

Southwell Minster is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services. You can view more about our safeguarding policy at

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Church Street, Southwell

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The Big Jubilee Lunch

5 Jun 2022, noon for 3hr 30m
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Church Street, Southwell

On Sunday 5 June, 12-3.30pm, the West Walk in the grounds of Southwell Minster will play host to an open-to-all street party as part of nationwide celebrations celebrating the platinum jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

People are encouraged to bring their families, friends and picnics and join us. A limited number of tables and chairs will be positioned down the West Walk, and so people may wish to bring their own rugs or chairs and join in the festivities as we celebrate 70 years of our monarch’s reign.

There’ll be musical entertainment, including a brass band (Essentially Brass), as well as some games (Hook-A-Duck etc.) organised by Southwell & District Lions Club, and an array of food and drink stalls run by some of the independent local businesses from the area including Ice and Tipsy Bar and BSweet. More entertainment and stallholders to be announced soon.

Feel free to wear Union Jack attire, or anything red, white and/or blue if you wish.

The Minster’s bells will play the national anthem at 12 midday, to kick off the celebrations, and all guests are most welcome to join us inside the Minster at 3.30pm for our Pentecost Jubilee Service – a wonderful way to end the day.

In the case of bad weather, the party will take place inside, in the Nave of the Minster.

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Jubilee All age/Family The Queen Event held outside