Elizabethan Pageant

Pageant poster. Image of Rachel Duffield as Queen Elizabeth I by Antonella Muscat. http://antonellamuscat.viewbook.com/

Pageant poster. Image of Rachel Duffield as Queen Elizabeth I by Antonella Muscat.

Great St Mary’s is organising a unique Elizabethan extravaganza as part of the Open Cambridge weekend, to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Elizabeth I’s royal visit to Cambridge.

The pageant promises to be an exciting free day out for the whole family, with time-travelling Elizabethans, music and FREE access to stunning buildings including King’s College Chapel.

You can join the royal procession and meet the Queen herself – we encourage visitors to dress up as Tudor princesses, pages and peasants and join in the celebrations.

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Why not dress the part to join the royal retinue?

In the run-up to the Pageant on Saturday 13 September we have two days of activities to get you in the Tudor mood.

Elizabethan events poster. Image of Rachel Duffield as Queen Elizabeth I by Antonella Muscat. http://antonellamuscat.viewbook.com/

Elizabethan events poster. Image of Rachel Duffield as Queen Elizabeth I by Antonella Muscat. 

Families can come along to GSM from 11am-3pm on Friday 29 August and Saturday 6 September to enjoy free craft activities and create props and presents to make the Queen’s visit even more fun.

On Saturday 6 September we also have a costumed Elizabethan concert at 7.30pm, with a guest appearance by the Queen herself – tickets can be purchased online via the ADC, or in the Great St Mary’s shop.

And here is the route for the royal procession on Saturday 13 September so that you can plan your day – there’s so much to do on the Open Cambridge weekend, so you could either drop in for part of the day, or join the royal court for the whole afternoon!

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This beautiful map dates from 1592 and was drawn by John Hamond. Map image courtesy of Cambridge University Library.  Image of Rachel Duffield as Queen Elizabeth I by Antonella Muscat.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I looks forward to seeing you there!

First World War service of commemoration

Please join us at Great St Mary’s at 6pm today for a service of commemoration on the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry to the First World War.

Simon Cross, a member of the congregation and tireless researcher, has put together this information about some of the men remembered on the GSM war memorial. This new poster follows them through July and August 1914, as Britain teeters on the edge of war.

 

GSM in WWI - July and August 1914: preparing for war

GSM in WWI – July and August 1914: preparing for war

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