East Cemetery open late until 9pm Thursday 4 June—last entry at 8.30pm

Events

We run all sorts of events throughout the year. If you'd like to hear about them first, why not join the Friends of Highgate Cemetery, or sign up for our e-newsletter? Subscribe

East Cemetery open late until 9pm

Thursday 4 June 2015 £4 entrance. £8 entrance and tour.

If you’d like to experience the special atmosphere of Highgate Cemetery East in the soft evening light, then now’s your chance. Last admission will be at 8.30pm.

Entrance £4. Just turn up before 8.30pm! No need to book.


Evening East Cemetery tour at 7.30pm

If you’d like to discover more about the fascinating stories behind the people buried in Highgate Cemetery East, then join a tour led by one of our expert volunteer guides.

Tour tickets £8, including East Cemetery entrance charge.

To be sure of a place you’ll need to book.  Book now

Monumental stone masonry and letter cutting - a taster day

Saturday 13 June 2015 Tickets £95, including materialsBook now

A HANDS-ON COURSE LED BY NEIL LUXTON

Sat 13 June 2015 10.30 - 4.30 pm

£95 including materials

Spend a day learning about the historic craft of monumental stone masonry and the practical skills required to shape a block of stone and inscribe lettering and take home your own piece of work on Portland stone.
Led by Highgate’s resident stone mason Neil Luxton, this practical, hands-on course is specifically for those with no experience of stone masonry.
The day will begin with a tour of the cemetery looking at various monuments and their construction and then you will then spend the rest of the day learning how to use essential stone masonry tools in order to work an edge to a scribed line, and more.
No previous experience or artistic skills are needed come and enjoy yourself and discover your own creative abilities. You will be introduced to the basics of both classical and contemporary letter forms by means of the creation of a simple inscription from an initial design.
Tools and personal protective wear provided.


Neil Luxton

Neil has been resident mason at Highgate Cemetery since 1997.  Here he has created memorials for such famous individuals as Jeremy Beadle, Malcolm McLaren, Beryl Bainbridge, Jean Simmons and Anthony Shaffer.  He also works to private commission at his studio in Sudbury, Suffolk.

A summer evening with hawkeye falconry

Thursday 25 June 2015 Tickets £10 adult, £5 under 18 yrs, Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £25Book now

Bringing the ancient art of Falconry to the modern age, with a far-reaching and breath taking display, that is guaranteed to thrill in the beautiful setting of Highgate Cemetery Courtyard.

Filled with audience participation and interaction, the display also shows the natural attributes and abilities of the birds and exhibits how they live, fly and hunt in the wild.

Including Peregrine Falcons, estimated at reaching speeds of up to 242mph, British Barn Owls, spectacularly silent in flight, spell binding as they fly. The Kestrel – We have all seen them hovering at the side of motorways, but have you ever seen them this close? 

Gates open at 7pm  for the Static display.  The Flying display starts promptly at 7.30pm and will last around 45mins followed by Questions and Answers and an opportunity to take photos.

Midsummer evening tours of the West Cemetery

Saturday 27 June 2015 Tickets £12

THURSDAY 18 JUNE TO SATURDAY 27 JUNE 2015

No tours Sunday 21st or Thursday 25th

Few places in London are more beautiful on a summer evening than Highgate Cemetery. So, to celebrate the longest days of the year, we’re offering special evening tours of the atmospheric West Cemetery.

Numbers are limited, so book now to ensure your place. These are hot tickets!

Tickets £12

TO BOOK click on the date below

Thursday 18 June at 7.30pm

Friday 19th June at 7.30pm

Saturday 20th June at 7.30pm

Monday 22nd June at 7.30pm

Tuesday 23rd June at 7.30pm

Wednesday 24th June at 7.30pm

Friday 26th June at 7.30pm

Saturday 27th June at 7.30pm

East Cemetery open late until 9pm

Thursday 2 July 2015 £4 entrance. £8 entrance and tour.

If you’d like to experience the special atmosphere of Highgate Cemetery East in the soft evening light, then now’s your chance. Last admission will be at 8.30pm.

Entrance £4. Just turn up before 8.30pm! No need to book.


Evening East Cemetery tour at 7.30pm

If you’d like to discover more about the fascinating stories behind the people buried in Highgate Cemetery East, then join a tour led by one of our expert volunteer guides.

Tour tickets £8, including East Cemetery entrance charge.

To be sure of a place you’ll need to book.  Book now

East Cemetery open late until 9pm

Thursday 6 August 2015 £4 entrance. £8 entrance and tour.

If you’d like to experience the special atmosphere of Highgate Cemetery East in the soft evening light, then now’s your chance.

Last admission will be at 8.30pm on the third Thursday of the month in June, July and August.

Entrance £4. Just turn up before 8.30pm! No need to book.


Evening East Cemetery tour at 7.30pm

If you’d like to discover more about the fascinating stories behind the people buried in Highgate Cemetery East, then join a tour led by one of our expert volunteer guides.

Tour tickets £8, including East Cemetery entrance charge.

To be sure of a place you’ll need to book.  Book now

An evening with Audrey Niffenegger

Thursday 13 August 2015 £25Book now

7.30pm

A special tour of the West Cemetery, with the author of The Time Travellers Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry.

Audrey will talk about how the cemetery inspired particular scenes, characters and themes in her book Her Fearful Symmetry and the ways that The Friends of Highgate Cemetery and its former Chairman Jean Pateman helped and changed the way she went about writing the book.

Followed by refreshments and a chat  in the Cemetery's chapel.

The tour takes place even if it's raining and the paths are steep and sometimes muddy so please do wear appropriate footwear.

Ticket price includes refreshments.

Introduction to Relief Carving and Letter Cutting

Saturday 12 September 2015 £95Book now

10.30am - 4pm

Led by Highgate’s resident stone mason Neil Luxton, this practical, hands-on course is specifically designed as a follow on day for those who have attended our Taster Days or for those with some experience of stone masonry.
Develop your tool skills further, gain awareness of perspective in carving and have a go at a relief carving to your own design or a specialist typeface of your choice.
This day of carving in 2 dimensions is also an essential day for those, who would like to start carving in 3.
A piece of Portland Stone for you to take home is provided,
Tools and personal protective wear provided.

Honeycombs on Catacombs – A talk by Highgate Cemetery Bee Keeper Ian Creer

Thursday 17 September 2015 £7Book now

Starts at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm

Highgate Cemetery Bee-keeper, Ian Creer, will talk about honey bees in general and in particular, those resident in Highgate Cemetery.
Ian will cover the differences between honey bees and other bees native to the UK, our relationship with them (including their importance to agriculture and the environment) and the life-cycles and roles within the honey bee hive. He will also discuss the threats to honey bees, the causes and remedies, and compare honey bees in the countryside to those in the City; in particular, those in the cemetery, their forage and the type of honey they produce compared to honey from other sources.
Ian will be bringing along a demonstration hive.