In glorious sunshine, hundreds of people came to the grounds of Peterborough Cathedral for a weekend of celebrations on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May.

110 people took part in a 150 foot abseil down the Cathedral's North West Tower during the course of the two days. This included the Dean of Peterborough, the Very Revd Chris Dalliston, who came down the Cathedral at 10.00am on Friday. He was accompanied in his descent by Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council. You can still donate to Dean Chris via this link. You can see a video of their descents below.

Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon, Amber Homer-Wooff from the Cathedral office also took on the challenge and succeeded. You can sponsor Amber here.

The event was held to raise money for both the Cathedral and the Peterborough-based charity ‘Shine’, which provides specialist support for people affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus – complex conditions affecting movement, learning and health. To find out more about 'Shine', visit

And if that wasn't excitement enough, the Cathedral also played host to a traditional English country garden party, complete with market stalls, raffle and a big screen TV showing live coverage of the Royal Wedding. Becket's Tea Room also held an outdoor marquee with Champagne, while Dean Chris judged a 'best dressed hat' competition. The Cathedral green was packed full of well-wishers throughout the day, and it was a truly joyous occasion.