Today saw the official opening of the new Leicester Cathedral gardens.
The £2.5 million project to transform the city’s Cathedral Quarter includes the gardens as well as pedestrianising the cathedral’s surroundings to create a link to the Richard III visitor centre.
City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby and Bishop of Leicester Reverend Tim Stevens officially opened the gardens by unveiling a plaque.
Sir Peter said at the opening, “What we’re doing today is to open the first of a number of spaces that will be an opportunity for us, of course to tell the story of Richard III, but also to tell the story of Leicester and it’s 2000 years of history. But particularly, it’s here to celebrate our wonderful cathedral”
Lots of activities and entertainment was available in the gardens including a climbing tower, face painting, a drumming workshop, comedy and dance. A wide range of workshops and talks was also held in the Cathedral and St Martins House throughout the day including a talk from James Butler, the sculptor who created Leicester’s Richard III statue.
Celebrations are planned throughout the day finishing with open air baptisms and confirmations.
On Sunday, there will be more stage entertainment along with medieval activities, with costumed performers, falconry and jesting in Cathedral Gardens. Regular Sunday services will take place in the Cathedral.