It is believed to be the first time in the Cathedral’s history that a fairground ride has been installed inside the building, and the hope is this rather unusual addition will give people the chance to experience the centuries-old space in a new way and open up conversations about faith.


Visitors climbing up to have a go on the ride will be treated to unique views of the Cathedral - including a closer look at its famous medieval roof bosses that depict stories from the Bible - and they will quite literally see things differently.

The Revd Canon Andy Bryant, Canon for Mission and Pastoral Care, said: “A cathedral may not be the natural home of a helter skelter but that is precisely part of the draw.

“We will be doing what cathedrals have always done: helping people see things differently and make connections with the things of God.”


Alongside the helter skelter, Seeing It Differently will also feature a number of other installations for people to experience:

Lie Down Look Up, in the east end of the Nave, will give people the chance to engage with the sheer scale of the building by lying down on yoga mats and looking up at the Cathedral’s ceiling and its roof bosses 69ft above.

A canvas labyrinth in the North Transept will offer people a space to walk, reflect, pray and consider things differently in their lives.

So all Hatters, meet in the Nave 11.00 am - entrance to Cathedral free but £2.00 if  you want to try the Helter Skelter and we’ll mosey on into a local eatery for lunch or coffee, however you wish to play it.