For the Queen’s official birthday celebrations on June 11th, Exeter Cathedral will be transformed for a youth celebration with 1,000 youngsters expected to attend the free event, which has been called Upload.
This Exeter event hopes to be one of the biggest parties in Devon this year, and the event will include live bands, a skate parks, sumo wrestling and giant inflatables.
Organiser James Grier, leader of Exeter’s Unlimited Church for young people, said: “We’re expecting 1,000 young people, but it could be more. It will be a great night out which will hopefully provoke interest in the Christian faith.
“For most young people in Devon church is so irrelevant and so out-of-touch with them. And their only experience of Exeter Cathedral is going on a school trip. We want to turn the Cathedral into a place that’s totally relevant to them for one night.
As well as all the other attractions, there will also be a Bake Off competition taking place to find the best birthday cake for the Queen. Each of the chapels in the Cathedral will become space for different activities like a prayer space, games room, pamper zone and more.
With the celebration falling on the Queen’s official birthday on June 11th, Reverend Grier added: “The Queen is inspirational. In a world that is broken and where families are disconnected, she has been solid and reliable over the decade. And for her, her faith is massive and undergirds everything she does.”
The event is open for anyone in the South West aged 11-21 and will run from 7-10pm.
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