Bell Ringing & Tower Tours

Wed 21 July 2021, 10:30 - 11:30 am
St Mary's Parish Church

Have you ever wondered what’s behind the thick walls of St Mary’s tower? Have you ever heard the bells ring and asked yourself how it all works?
Then this is for you! Join us on this short tour of the tower and witness the ringing of the bells first hand.
You will have the opportunity to climb the 39 steps to the ringing chamber to hear a very brief history of the English Art of Campanology – or bell ringing. After a short safety talk, witness a demonstration of full-circle ringing and watch the bells at the top of the tower through a TV screen.

Keeping you safe
Please be aware that the steps up the tower are very narrow and can cause claustrophobia.
In response to Covid-19, we are following public health guidance and may have additional measures in place, which are carefully designed to keep you and our staff safe and healthy. This means that you will have to wear a mask while you are inside the tower, with the exception of those who are medically exempt.
Because of Covid-19, we cannot offer hands-on ringing by visitors on this occasion, but this could be arranged at another time, when it is deemed safe to do so

How to Attend

The tour will take approximately 20 minutes and we offer three different time slots.
Tours will start promptly so please arrive a couple of minutes in advance to avoid disappointment.
You can book your ticket following the link below.

We also hold back a small number of tickets for walk-ins on the day. These places will be distributed on a first come first served basis. So make sure you come early to save yourself a space!

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The Coronavirus pandemic currently limits the type of event we can hold at the church. Learn more about the forms of worship that are possible under the current restrictions.