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Christmas at Birmingham Cathedral

Event Date(s)

16/11/2019 - 22/12/2019 - 37 day(s)

Information For Trader/Participants

Market Square Group is delivering Christmas at Birmingham Cathedral for 2019 and we have some great trading opportunities for a range of businesses from hot food to crafts and grocery foods. Long stay and short stay residences are available for craft and grocery stalls, with wood cabins and marquee space both available. Alongside this retail offer in the grounds of St Philip's Cathedral, there will be a heated seating area with indoor stage for afternoon and evening entertainment, an outdoor stage, traditional fairground, Santa's grotto, wishing tree and craft marquee with a schedule of craft demos and Christmas focused activities.

Positioned in the centre of Birmingham the Cathedral provides the perfect backdrop for Christmas celebrations with grounds that provide a natural crossroads for pedestrians heading in all directions. We are going to create a unique family friendly environment with the biggest covered heated seating area in the City this Christmas, full of reasons for visitors to come and stay.

We will be limiting the number of retail units, so early booking is strongly advised.

Craft marquee - trestle table(s) are available for use in your space if required.

Padlocks will be required for traders in cabins, with set up from Friday 15th November.

Hot Food prices are POA.
To apply please email with full details of your product and supporting pictures, including pictures of your trading unit (if applicable)

Some Additional Information

The Wood cabin retail units will be positioned directly adjacent to the footpaths so that customers do not have to stray from their habitual routes through the Cathedral grounds. Christmas crafts and grocery foods will form a cosy Christmas street making optimum use of the natural footfall.

The entrance to the Christmas Craft marquee will similarly be situated as close to the path as possible so that visitors can pop in without having to walk across an area of grass to gain access.

We want to open the market as early as possible each week day so that we catch the early morning office workers and give them some shopping opportunities at a relatively peaceful point in their day. 8.00 a.m. is being considered.

The festive food court will also be running a Christmas breakfast option at this time.

Craft and grocery stalls can close at 5.30 p.m. on most days although we will be advertising one late night shopping evening per week.

Craft traders who prefer to trade from within the craft marquee can book as many weeks as they like with a minimum of 1 week. Weeks will usually run from Monday to Sunday with an opportunity to set up after 7. 00 p.m. on the Sunday evening.

Information For Visitors

A website for 'Christmas at Birmingham Cathedral' is under construction

Interesting Facts About The Venue

The Cathedral Church of Saint Philip is the Church of England cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Birmingham. Built as a parish church and consecrated in 1715, St Philip's became the cathedral of the newly formed Diocese of Birmingham in 1905. St Philip's was built in the early 18th century in the Baroque style by Thomas Archer and is located on Colmore Row, Birmingham, England. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building. St Philip's is the third smallest cathedral in England after Derby and Chelmsford.

St Philip's was designed by Thomas Archer and constructed between 1711 and 1715. The tower was complete by 1725, and the urns on the parapet were added in 1756. Archer had visited Rome and his design, in the Baroque style, is influenced by the churches of Borromini, being rather more Italianate than churches by Christopher Wren.[1] The rectangular hall church interior has aisles separated from the nave by fluted pillars of classical form with Tuscan capitals supporting an arcade surmounted by a heavily projecting cornice. Wooden galleries are stretched between the pillars in a manner typical of English Baroque churches.
Externally, the tall windows are interspaced by pilasters in low relief, supporting a balustrade at roof level with an urn rising above each pilaster. The western end is marked by a single tower which rises in stages and is surmounted by a lead-covered dome and a delicate lantern. The building is of brick and is faced with stone quarried on Archer's estate at Umberslade.
The original shallow eastern apse was extended in 1884–88 by J. A. Chatwin into a much larger chancel, articulated by strongly projecting Corinthian columns. This bold design is made richer by the marbled surfaces of the columns and pilasters, the gilding of capitals and cornice and the ornately coffered ceiling. Chatwin also refaced the exterior of the building because the stone from the original quarry was very soft.The tower was refaced in 1958-59.
Edward Burne-Jones, who was born in nearby Bennett's Hill and baptised in the church, added to the enhancement of St Philips by the donation of several windows, of which three are at the eastern end. The west window, also by Burne-Jones, was dedicated in memory of Henry Bowlby in 1897.
Six of the monuments have heritage listings, including one commemorating two men who died during the construction of Birmingham Town Hall and a memorial to the victims of the Birmingham pub bombings. Thomas Stirling Lee's statue of Charles Gore, vested in convocation robes with his right hand raised in blessing, is located at the West entrance. A large Portland stone obelisk commemorates Frederick Gustavus Burnaby. Besides Burnaby's bust, in relief, it carries only the word "Burnaby", and the dated place names "Khiva 1875" and "Abu Klea 1885". These refer to the Khanate of Khiva and Battle of Abu Klea, respectively; he was killed at the latter. The obelisk was unveiled by Lord Charles Beresford on 13 November 1885. An earlier red marble was erected in 1857 to commemorate the life and death of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Unett, who died leading his men during the Siege of Sevastopol. Upon completion of the Burnaby building, it was decided to prohibit monuments from being added to the interior.

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