Katharine of Aragon Festival events announced

Did you know that Katharine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, is buried at Peterborough Cathedral?

The Katharine of Aragon Festival commemorates 29 January 1536, when Henry VIII’s first wife was buried at Peterborough Cathedral after her death in exile at Kimbolton Castle. She still lies here today and the occasion is marked by a programme of events on a Tudor theme.

The celebrations start on Thursday 25 January with an event titled “Spain pays homage to Katharine of Aragon”. The event celebrates Katharine of Aragon’s birth place and the evening will be filled with Spanish music, dance and literature and is supported by the Spanish government and the Spanish embassy in London.

On the Friday, the Cathedral is host to a Tudor themed supper and a talk by Alison Weird “Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession”.

The weekend brings fun for all the family! On both days Peterborough museum is putting on Tudor crafts and activities. On Saturday 27 January, there are hourly, family friendly tours available at the Cathedral by a tour guide dresses as a Tudor and children will also receive a free copy of Monks, Mischief and Marauders activity book.

Throughout the festival days there are services on at the Cathedral. More information on the festival and the services are available on the Cathedral website – http://www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/katharine2018.aspx