In an effort to give parishioners a new perspective on the church’s architecture, the Norwich Cathedral in England has temporarily installed a 50-foot-tall “helter skelter” slide in the center of the house of worship.
The Norwich Cathedral’s new helter skelter slide is the centerpiece of its “Seeing It Differently” project, which runs from August 8 through 18, 2019. The program’s goal is to give people the chance to experience the Cathedral in an entirely new way and “open up conversations about faith.”
Visitors climbing up the ride are treated to unique views of the Cathedral and its famous medieval roof bosses before sliding back to the bottom. Other “Seeing It Differently” activities will include the chance to take part in a trust trail in the Cloisters, explore an ancient spiritual labyrinth, or go on a 30-minute Walking Salvation tour.
A reported by The Guardian, Norwich Cathedral “installed a 55-ft tall helter skelter in its nave” after Reverend Canon Andy Bryant visited the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and was inspired to find a good way to show off Norwich Cathedral’s own ceiling.
“We have one of the greatest collections of medieval roof bosses anywhere in northern Europe,” Bryant says. “The trouble is they are so high up that most people never get a chance to really appreciate them.”
General opening times for Seeing It Differently are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon-3 p.m. on Sundays. The helter skelter ride costs £2 per person. All the other Seeing It Differently installations are free.
Rides on the helter skelter are on a first-come-first-served basis with a maximum of 50 rides taking place per 30 minutes. On arrival at the Cathedral, collect a timed slot card for the helter skelter ride at the Cathedral’s Donations Desk and pay your entry fee at the ride.
Timed slot tickets can be booked at the Donations Desk from 9:30 a.m. Monday to Saturday and from 11:45 a.m. on Sunday. The ride is not open to under threes. Children under 1.2m must be accompanied by an adult on the ride.
For more information visit the Norwich Cathedral website, and watch these videos of other giant slides: