St Edmundsbury Cathedral kicks off its summer holiday activities with a creature feature

Ella Tasker-Callow, aged nine, with a corn snake from north America
Ella Tasker-Callow, aged nine, with a corn snake from north America

Some of God’s less cuddly creations took centre stage at St Edmundsbury Cathedral for the first of its summer holiday events.

‘Snakes Alive’, in the Bury St Edmunds cathedral’s Edmund Lecture Room on Tuesday, gave visitors the chance to handle snakes, spiders, giant snails, scorpions and lizards, though if you needed to build your confidence you could start with stick insects.

Ben Reed, five, makes friends  with a huge Chillean rose tarantula

Ben Reed, five, makes friends with a huge Chillean rose tarantula

Outside in the shadow of the cathedral tower there were craft activities including creating pebble creatures, painting paper lizards and making pictures of your favourite animal.

You could even go on a creature hunt in the historic cathedral itself, looking for animals in the stained glass windows and other places.

Snakes Alive is back on Thursday from 10.30am.

Cathedral events and marketing manager Marie Taylor said: “People have been really surprised with the range of new events we are having. It’s a great use of the space and there’s a terrific atmosphere

Peter Hepplewhite showing Reece Garratt, nine, some of the stick insects

Peter Hepplewhite showing Reece Garratt, nine, some of the stick insects

“There’s loads to do here over the summer.

In fact, today saw a series of Lego workshop based on a nature theme and next week is space week. From Tuesday to Thursday the cathedral looks to the heavens with attractions including an inflatable planetarium and a mini worlds experience.

They are back down to earth with model railways from August 16 to 18 then it is animal magic again with birds of prey displays from August 23 to 25.

Finally, the cathedral contribution to the Bury Food and Drink Festival is a Mad Hatter’s Tea Part on August 28 and 29.