Free Hard Hat Tours of St Mary’s in March and June

Take a look at what’s happening in our ancient church building with a free Hard Hat Tour on 29 March at 12.45 pm, or on 21 June at 12.45 pm.

Register for the free March tour here.

Register for the free June tour here.

We’re thrilled to be offering these half-hour-long, behind-the-scenes tours of the work to restore and regenerate of Mary’s Church.

Our £3.4 million “Creative Church” project has been designed by Matthew Lloyd Architects in Shoreditch, and the works are being led by Borras Construction.

Funded in part by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, these free tours are open to all, though book as soon as possible, as space is limited.

Please be aware that this is a building site with some uneven ground and surfaces. Comfortable and safe footwear, such as boots, are recommended; hats and high-vis vests will be provided on site.

We recommend booking a Hard Hat Tour in advance but there may be some spaces available on a drop-in basis. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Community Engagement Officer, Dr Emma Miles, at

The builders say we are still on track to open St Mary’s Church to the public late this year, with a grand opening scheduled for 2023.


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