Social activities

The Friends of Rochester Cathedral are a friendly group that raise money for the repairs, we also enjoy social activities throughout the year. Please scroll to view all events

Forthcoming Events

New Year's Concert  Saturday 19th January 2019 AT 7:30 pm

Featuring: The Sidcup Symphony Orchestra with Conductor James Ross.

Put this date in your diary.  It is a not-to-be-missed concert and is guaranteed to get rid of mid-January doldrums.

Friends Annual Holiday May 2019

A 4 day holiday to be arranged (Further details with the Autumn Newsletter)

Oberammergau Passion Play – August 2020 

2020 may seem along time in the future but it is surprising how quickly it will be upon us.

The Oberammergau Passion Play was first performed in 1634 and it is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plague then sweeping the region they would perform a passion play every ten years. A man travelling back to the village for Christmas had accidentally brought the plague with him. The man died from the plague and it began spreading throughout Oberammergau. After the vow was made, not another inhabitant of the village died from the bubonic plague and all of the town members that were still suffering from the plague recovered.

The Friends of Rochester Cathedral invite you to join them as they visit the Passion play at Oberammergau. This wonderful event only happens at the end of each decade so it will be 2030 before you have another opportunity! An option to also visit an opera in Verona.

Because of the popularity of this event we need to book now. If you are online full details of the tour can found at and quote rcp201.

For further details contact Christine Bostock: Email:     Mobile:  07563059756  or get a booking  form from Christine Tucker in the Friends’ Office, Garth House.

Recent activities


I watched the weather forecast anxiously for a week prior to the Friends’ day visit to Brighton.  It would be nice, though not essential, to have a fair day. The forecast, day after day was “DRY. FINE BUT COOLER.” The day dawned, we all forgathered at the Visitors; centre Car park and IT WAS RAINING !!  Nothing daunted, we set off at 9.30 am, all 45 of us on time and aboard and, as we travelled, the rain ceased and finally out came the sun.

More importantly, we had an excellent run to the coast, in the capable hands of owner-driver, Mick of MM COACHLINES, a local firm, and cheerfully painted in blue so hard to miss. Parking for the coach was a problem for our driver, as the Marine Drive was closed  but we decanted in the road behind and went our different ways, most of us looking for the necessary coffee shop. It seems as though the decision of the Social Committee to make this a day completely free for whatever those on board wanted to do was a good one.  The variety of activities in Brighton meant that there was plenty of choice, from ascending in the new (and frequently-breaking-down) tower, the Pavilion, Sea Life, or, like me, enjoying a happy pottering, taking in the sea air, having coffee, lunch and people-watching. Some met friends or family.

Another good journey home by 6.00pm and the feedback so far has been positive and encouraging.  Having the trip on a Saturday proved what we had hoped, that younger, working people or working partners could come too, and we had a fair smattering of those on this outing.