Families enjoy abbey discovery day

10:30am Friday 17th February 2012

By Zoe Forsey

Families from across St Albans visited the cathedral yesterday afternoon for a discovery morning.

More than 80 children and their parents took part in a trail around the historical site, hunting for different facts as part of a half-term activity day.

Gail Thomas, one of the event’s organisers, said: "I see all these kids coming in with their parents and looking bored and going away thinking church is boring.

"We want children to explore it and see it as a part of their heritage.

"The idea is that everybody in the family learns something and children go away thinking it is an interesting place.

"It must be one of the best historical buildings for miles around and we want people to appreciate it."

After visiting all 17 stations on the trail, children could try their hands at some craft activities, including making peg dolls and designing outfits for paper models.

Zara Mehra, who visited the cathedral today with her son Nikhil, said: "I have found it really interesting - I have learnt a lot about the history."

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