Inspiring Angels

Inspiring Angels at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Inspiring Angels season in underway at St Edmundsbury Cathedral! There are plenty of angel-themed activities for visitors this advent, including an angel trail, family activities, an Ancient Library exhibition, and a photo-opportunity with some hand painted angel wings.


The activities are all linked to the Inspiring Angels campaign, which started life in Ipswich in 2021 and has now spread throughout Suffolk. The aim is to inspire people to do good where they can; choose to donate to a food bank, cook for people, make a charity shop donation or another small act during Advent.

Inspiring Angels

We’re highlighting angels in the building in our Angel Trail. You can collect an Angel Trail leaflet when visiting and see if you spot all the angels and cherubs in the Cathedral.


A special pair of angel wings have been painted by a member of the Cathedral community so you can take a picture with the wings. Visitors can also pop into the Treasury for a mini-exhibition from the Ancient Library of Angels in Print. Before they leave, guests can also grab an angel cookie from Pilgrims’ Kitchen and check out all the angels there are in the Cathedral Shop.


Later in December, during the Family Activities on 19 and 20 December, there will be a best dressed angel fancy dress and children can make a wish and pop it on our rainbow tree!


Dean Joe Hawes said, “We encourage everyone to visit us during advent and while having a look at our angels, perhaps think about the angels in their own life. Or perhaps consider that you might be an angel to someone else!”


Other churches in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages are also taking part in Inspiring Angels. St John’s Church in St John’s Street have a wealth of angels in carvings and stained glass. St Mary’s Church on Honey Hill has the largest number of carved and stained-glass angels in the diocese. You can also visit their 8ft Angel Gabriel! Holy Innocents Church in Great Barton are running a competition to name Holy Innocents’ “Lonely Angel” (the one angel in the rafters that still has a head – the others were sawn off during the Reformation!)