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Seeing It Differently will see a 40ft helter skelter installed in the West End of the Nave from Wednesday 7 August to Sunday 18 August next year.
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 and God.
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 helter skelter’s arrival in summer 2019 comes a year before Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus, visits Norwich Cathedral from July to October 2020 as part of a national tour. Norwich will be the last stop on Dippy’s travels and is the only Cathedral included in the tour.
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. It is the unusual that helps create the missional opportunity.
“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:
The Revd Canon Andy Bryant added:
“The helter skelter and all the other activities will be a way for visitors old and new to explore Norwich Cathedral in an entirely unique way and we hope people of all ages will enjoy taking part in the Seeing It Differently project.”
Seeing It Differently will be at Norwich Cathedral from Wednesday 7 August to Sunday 18 August 2019.
More details about tickets and opening times will be available nearer the time at www.cathedral.org.uk