The Festival of Angels begins this Sunday at St. Mary's Church in Beverley

Thu 8th December 2022
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Huge shining angels, suspended amid ethereal light and sound high above the pews of St Mary's Church, Beverley, are the centrepiece of a Festival of Angels from Sunday, 11 December 2022 to Saturday, 14 January 2023.

The breathtaking figures, devised by 3D artist Anne-Marie Kerr, are made with willow and tissue, and depict seven Angels including Gabriel, Michael and Uriel. They will be bathed in light and accompanied by music. 

St Mary’s Church stands at the north end of Beverley’s historic marketplace, a stunning and beautiful building mostly dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.

The Beverley Festival of Angels has been made possible with funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. East Riding of Yorkshire Council is pleased to have been able to support St Mary's Church in delivering this amazing spectacle in one of the East Riding's most iconic settings. The Angels and the volunteers at St Mary's will be on hand to welcome visitors between Sunday and mid-January and residents are encouraged to come and take advantage of what Beverley has to offer and call into St Mary's while they are here.

Revd Becky Lumley, vicar of St Mary’s, said: “The festival is here to bring joy and light to Beverley and all who visit this Advent and Christmas time. The angels are a symbol of hope for the future; they’re here for anyone in the centre of Beverley to come in and take a few minutes to wonder.”

Warming refreshments are available with activities for children, and there will be special sessions from 4pm to 7pm from Monday to Saturday between the 12th and the 23rd December and again between the 27th and the 31st December.

Church is also open from 11am to 3pm from Monday to Saturday.

Becky added: “The best times to visit will be as darkness falls so that the lights will really shine, and leave visitors with a sense of awe!”

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