Crazy golf course to open at Rochester Cathedral

by Lauren Abbott

Rochester Cathedral is opening a crazy golf course in an effort to pull in younger crowds.

The nine-hole green will be rolled out in the nave of the 900-year-old place of worship.

Themed around different types of bridge, it's the latest in a series of events and activities brought to churches and cathedrals to aid ailing congregation numbers.

Rochester Cathedral will host a crazy golf course
Rochester Cathedral will host a crazy golf course

In Norwich a 40ft helter skelter will be opened in August while a gin and prosecco festival is coming to Peterborough Cathedral in the same month.

Rochester's event will also take place in August, running throughout the month from 9am to 6pm.

Simon Lace, chapter clerk at Rochester, said: "We are trying to draw in new visitors and raise our profile. It is a short-term opportunity to enjoy a wonderful building in a new way."

The attraction aims to welcome younger visitors to the church
The attraction aims to welcome younger visitors to the church

The Church of England said it was "very supportive" of any initiative which makes buildings more accessible.

On Saturday the Cathedral is also hosting a Come and See giant picnic in the nave.

Visitors are invited to bring their fold up chairs and blankets down between midday and 4pm for the event, which also includes a 'be a monk' tour, bell ringing and puppet show.

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