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Escape-room style challenge for St Asaph Cathedral

St Asaph Cathedral is launching an escape-room style mystery trail for visitors to unlock the building’s amazing history.

The Red Book Mystery Challenge involves a series of puzzles to be solved to unlock secret clues and crack codes.  It will be launched at a family drop in on Thursday 30 May from 1pm-3pm and is based on the Cathedral’s history and heritage.

St Asaph Cathedral’s Activities Coordinator, Lorna Kernahan, devised the challenge. She said: “The idea is based on the mysterious lost Red Book of Asaph.  This is thought to have been an ancient text, which is referenced in early modern literature, but has been completely lost in modern times.

“It would be fabulous to unearth this volume which no doubt contains details of the life and times of the Cathedral’s namesake.

“Who knows what our intrepid sleuths will uncover as they unlock the clues and crack the codes around the Cathedral.”

The Red Book Mystery Challenge is the latest in a series of activities designed to encourage new visitors into St Asaph Cathedral.  Earlier this year, the Cathedral ran workshops on Lent and Easter heritage traditions.

St Asaph Cathedral dates from 1239 with the present structure completed in the 15th century.  It is home to an original copy of the William Morgan Welsh Bible, dating from 1588. In addition, the Cathedral also has copies of:

  • the first translation of the New Testament into Welsh dating from 1567, made by the Denbighshire scholar William Salesbury
  • the revision of the William Morgan Bible from 1620 made by Bishop Richard Parry – also Bishop of St Asaph
  • a Book of Common Prayer from 1621 containing The Edmund Prys Psalter which allowed Psalms to be sung in Welsh in church for the first time.

All these books are on display as part of the Cathedral’s interactive heritage display.  This, along with the post of Activities Coordinator was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  In 2018, the Cathedral opened the Translators’ Tearoom which serves lunches along with a fine selection of hot and cold drinks, cakes and ice-creams.  It is open every day, except Sunday, from 10am – 4pm.

The Red Book Mystery Challenge takes place on Thursday 30 May from 1pm – 3pm at St Asaph Cathedral.  The event is free and is open to everyone.  No booking is required.

For further information about the event, please contact St Asaph Cathedral’s Activities Coordinator, Lorna Kernahan.

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