Advent Sheep Trail

The Sheep Trail pilgrimage at Christ Church Cathedral is held during the season of Advent and is an invitation to all ages to make space for prayer and to prepare for the celebration of Christmas.

Each year, from Advent Sunday to Christmas Eve, the cathedral is home to a flock of mischievous hand-knitted sheep, let loose in the aisles and side chapels to guide our visitors on a pilgrimage trail.

The trail concludes at the crib display where visitors are invited to write down a prayer to leave in the crib. Some of the sheep are given away to school classes and other visitors to the trail.

All are welcome to join the Sheep Trail and we are always looking for willing knitters to get involved in the project – either providing knitted sheep or joining knitting sessions in the cathedral for those who prefer to chat while they knit!

If you want to get knitting, the sheep pattern and instructions are available here. For more information on the Sheep Trail, please contact the Dean’s Vicar, Abigail, at  ei.hcruhctsirhc@liagiba

While the Sheep Trail pilgrimage is free of charge, advance bookings for groups is essential. Please contact ei.hcruhctsirhc@emoclew for more details.

We normally have our adorable hand-knitted sheep with us inside the cathedral for the whole month of December but this year we’ve taken our annual Advent Sheep Trail outdoors this year and our fun-loving sheep will be on the loose in the cathedral grounds for two days only!

Follow the trail as you read through the Christmas story and look for the sheep named after Mary, Joseph and all the other characters. At the end you can leave your own prayer in our outdoor crib display. This activity is free-or-charge.

No pre-booking is required, however while on the grounds please adhere to social distancing guidelines.

We will be doing our utmost to comply with restrictions and this activity is subject to change at short notice.