Guides and hosts at SAINT Stephen’s Cathedral prepare for heavy foot traffic as Brisbane Open Day returns this weekend for the first time since the pandemic.
Cathedral guides and reception chair Dr Barbara Reynolds-Hutchinson said they had seen around 3,000 people come through the doors in previous years.
She said the guides and hosts were excited to take part in the event again after the last one in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.
There was always a lot of festivities and joy for the weekend, she said.
Often families and visitors come to take a look, learn about the history and architecture of Brisbane’s historic sites, she said.
She said it was important that the story be passed on.
In 2019, Brisbane Open House reported that over 85,000 visits were recorded across the 120 participating sites.
Dr Reynolds-Hutchinson said it was an opportunity to reach out to people who wouldn’t usually attend a church.
“We have such a large selection of Australian artists and art in the (St Stephen’s) Cathedral and Chapel,” she said.
“And the layers of the place reflect the layers of Brisbane’s history – the financial ups and downs and the cultural history of Brisbane.
“I think there’s a lot of interest in a weekend like this.”
The cathedral would be open for the open house on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.