Sheep Trail

Sheep Trail 2020

21-22 December

12.30 – 16.00

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.

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

The Sheep Trail project is a creative way to invite our cathedral visitors, congregation and visiting school, parish or community groups to slow down and enter into the Advent season of spiritual preparation. 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.

Normally, each year we issue an open invitation for willing knitters. We even organise some knitting sessions in the cathedral for those who prefer to knit in company! We always need plenty of sheep for display in the cathedral and to give away to school classes and others who visit us for the trail.

The sheep pattern and instructions are available here

If you have any questions about the Sheep Trail contact the Dean’s Vicar (


Make time in your December for our Messy Advent Sheep Trail!

The Sheep Trail takes place from Advent to Christmas Eve each year. A special Sheep Trail Passport is available to guide visitors along the trail, taking note of some of the remarkable stained glass windows, art and architectural points that help us to remember the reason why we celebrate Christmas. We are delighted to welcome parish, school and community groups to visit us for a guided Sheep Trail pilgrimage free of charge. Advance booking for groups is essential. To book please email or call 01 677 8099.