Great Yarmouth Minster will be filled with Christmas angels for an inaugural festival at the church.

From Friday, December 8 the Minster will be hosting a Christmas Angels Festival.

Local groups and schools have been invited to create angels to be displayed in the church and organisers say creativity is running high. 

Great Yarmouth-based arts project Reprezent will be working with St Nicholas Priory Primary School and other local groups to create a seven-metre tall Angel of Hope which will greet festivalgoers as they enter the Minster.

The festival starts at 6pm on December 8.

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On the opening night, Ben Jay from the Hippodrome Circus will be creating some spectacular light displays to illuminate the festival and, along with the angels exhibition, there will be plenty of activities for young and old alike and mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate will be available.

Churchwarden Wendy Betts said: “This is our first ever angel festival and the excitement has been growing.

"An angel factory seems to have appeared in the Minster producing a host of angels to fill this huge building ready for opening night.

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"We are really amazed at how the whole community has got on board with this fabulous event and we can’t wait to see people’s reaction as they come into the Minster on the opening night."

A statement from the Minster added: "Angels are an important part of the Christmas story so what better way to celebrate Christmas than to turn the Minster into the Heavenly Host with angels of all shapes and sizes."

The Christmas Angels Festival exhibition will run for a week until Friday, December 15. 

Entry to the festival is free but donations are welcome.

Check the Great Yarmouth Minster website at or follow it on Facebook to find out opening times.

The project has been funded by the Diocesan Board of Education and Community Connections Volunteering.