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Closure of the Somerset & Dorset Railway touring exhibition

Friday 19th August - Sunday 4th September 2016

A travelling exhibition will visit locations throughout the Somerset and Dorset area over the course of the year, engaging with communities to deliver a programme of events and activities, with support from local councils, heritage groups and societies.

This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund through its ‘Our Heritage’ grants programme.

The exhibition will visit some 30 or more venues along the former S&D routes including Wells, Bridgwater, Radstock, Street and Sturminster Newton, starting at Evercreech Village Hall on Saturday 5th March.

A static version of the exhibition will be at Washford throughout the year from March onward.

Displays will explore the impact of the railway on local communities from its development, through its working life, since closure and also highlight issues on the future use of the trackbed for public access, sustainable transport, railway restoration and local heritage.

Night at the Abbey

Friday 9th September 2016

Our annual spectacle of light, music and colour in the abbey grounds. The ruins are illuminated with coloured lights as local musicians perform in areas across the site.

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We are committed to making the abbey and events held at the abbey accessible to everyone. We may provide disabled ticket holders (who would be unable to attend without a PA - personal assistant / carer / essential companion) with a ticket at no additional cost for their PA, if they are in receipt of one of the following:

  • Middle or Higher rate DLA for care and/or mobility
  • Receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Evidence of being severely sight impaired
  • CredAbility Access Card (+1 category requirement), see
  • A recognised Assistance Dog ID Card

If you do not have any of the above evidence but are unable to attend the abbey without a PA you are welcome to post or email copies of any additional evidence that supports your application. Applications are judged on a case-by-case basis. Tickets for events are sold on a first come, first served basis.

If the event is organised by an external organisation, the above will not necessarily apply and you will need to liaise directly with the organisers. If you wish to contact the organisers please contact and we will put you in touch.

How to apply

Please call our shop on 01458 831631 and arrange to either show the relevant documents in person or to email or post copies.