Welcome to bell ringing in and around the City of Durham
Durham's vibrant ringing community supports four towers in and around Durham as well as nearby Brancepeth, home of the Durham University Society of Change Ringers.
Bellringing at Lumiere
If you are inspired by the Lumiere installation and would like to learn to ring, we'd love to hear from you!
Bellringers from Durham and the North East will take part in an exciting new art installation at the Lumiere light festival, 16-19 November 2017 in Durham city.
Inspired by the tradition of English Change Ringing, which dates back to the 17th century, Pablo Valbuena's new work, Methods, will transform the interior and exterior of Durham's iconic cathedral.
Methods will connect the historical context of the building with its bells. Led by Durham Cathedral's Bell Major, Christopher Crabtree, bands of bellringers from the North East and beyond will perform live throughout the festival.
Want to find out more?
Bellringing is an open and sociable community, and ringers age from 10 to their mid-80s. Ringing is a great mental and physical work-out, with a strong social dimension too. There are over 6000 towers in the UK, so chances are you're not too far from a bellringing church.
If you're interested in finding out more about bellringing or having a go yourself, you can look up your nearest north-east tower by clicking here. We are always keen to welcome new recruits. If you're from elsewhere in the UK, check out the Central Council's information by clicking here.
Towers in and around Durham
You can find a practice on most weekdays in Durham and, with some forward planning, fit in four or five rings on a Sunday.
You can find more information about the towers by clicking the image links below.
Monday: Durham, St Oswald (8)
Tuesday: Shincliffe, St Mary the Virgin (6)
Wednesday: Durham, St Nicholas (6)
Brancepeth, St Brandon (8)
Thursday: Durham Cathedral (10)
(1st, 3rd and 5th)
If you are a student (past, present or future), more information about the University Society (DUSCR) can be found on its website at www.duscr.org.uk.