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Grandparents' Day - Special Offer

Sunday 5th October 2014

Take a grandparent to Glastonbury Abbey for free* on Grandparents’ Day – October 5 2014.

Take a free tour of the ruins with a costumed guide. Bring a picnic or enjoy a snack from our outdoor seasonal café.

We look forward to celebrating with you

*Terms and conditions: One grandparent free with every child ticket purchased. Children five to 15 £4 each. Additional children under five go free. Offer valid from 9am to 6pm October 5 2014 only. To claim simply turn up at the ticket office with a grandchild!

In the Potters' Hands - Westcountry Potters Association Autumn Show

Saturday 11th October - Sunday 14th December 2014

Glastonbury Abbey is hosting work by 15 highly skilled potters, representing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Somerset. In this fabulous show of contemporary ceramics each potter brings their own distinct style, whether making sculptural art pieces or functional pottery for the table or garden.

Normal admission applies

An Audience with Henry VIII

Friday 17th October 2014

An Audience with Henry VIII- Henry's Horrid History with Mike Farley

17 October 2014 @ 7.00pm

Glastonbury Abbey £4 per person or Free to Full and Life Members (Tickets on the door)

Mike Farley has been the UK's top professional Henry VIII look-a-like and re-enactor for over ten years now. He has made over 1,000 appearances as the famous Tudor despot at venues all over the country. From such prestigious venues as Hampton Court Palace, Leeds Castle, Blenheim Palace and Hever Castle, through to schools, historical societies and clubs, and into radio and television, if someone needs Henry VIII, Mike Farley is who they come looking for. With his background in stand up comedy, plus with a passion for history and musical skills, Mike makes his Henry VIII a very memorable character. He has recently started making appearances abroad as Henry as well, and has written and directed two films about the infamous monarch. Ten years and counting, and there is much more to come!

In the Potters' Hands demonstration

Saturday 18th October 2014

Jennie Philips: In the Potters Hands Demo: Making bird whistles

Normal admission applies


In the Potters' Hands demonstration

Saturday 25th October 2014

Mike Mason: press moulded forms for sculpture.

11am to 1pm

Normal admission applies

In the Potters' Hands demonstration

Tuesday 28th October 2014

11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Karen Edwards: Making a Green Man wall plaque

Normal admission applies

Big Draw Event - The Unfinished Doorway

Wednesday 29th October 2014

The Abbot of Glastonbury is not best pleased. Everything was going so well with his new church and King Henry II was giving him lots of money to get the work done. That was until the King died and his son Richard took over who wanted to spend the money on other things. Now the Abbot has no money to pay the workmen and his master artist has laid down his tools and gone away, leaving the decoration above the South door incomplete.

Can you help the Abbot finish his door? Come and join our Living History team in this fun artistic activity.

10am to 3pm - Normal admission applies

In the Potters' Hands demonstration

Thursday 30th October 2014

11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Karen Edwards: Making Pods and Pebbles

Normal admission applies

Live Sacred Sound performance in the Abbot's Kitchen

Friday 31st October 2014

3pm: Recreate the recording of ‘Sacred Sounds at Glastonbury Abbey’- Anne Elizabeth Fleming- Normal Admissions Apply

Normal admission applies

In the Potters' Hands demonstration

Saturday 8th November 2014

Jacky Duncan: Decorating the surface of coil pot

Normal admission applies

In the Potters' Hands demonstration

Saturday 29th November 2014

Paul Stubbs: 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Build slab pots from extruded sections of clay

Normal admission applies

Churchill Singers Christmas Carol Concert in the Abbot's Kitchen

Sunday 7th December 2014

Listen to some festive music

Normal admission applies

The Bluebirds present The Christmas Mysteries

Friday 12th - Saturday 13th December 2014

Glastonbury Abbey, The Abbot's Kitchen

Friday 12th December at 6.30pm and Saturday 13th December at 2.30pm and 6.30pm

Ticket prices £12 Adults / £5 Children or £30 for family ticket of 2 adults and 2 children.

Available from Glastonbury Abbey 01458 832267

“The Christmas Mysteries is a family show with classical singing, a live band and live animals. It's a modern adaptation of the mystery plays based on the nativity. Expect a headstrong Mary, mad-cap shepherds, a bit of sheep-theft and plenty of lively humour. Come and meet the real live donkey and join in the story!”

Joglaresa - Merriment & Misrule

Sunday 14th December 2014

6,.30pm - £15 per person

Turn your Christmas upside down with the lords and ladies of misrule - sparring fidels, duelling percussion and soaring voices. The rebellious Joglaresa bring their sparkling subversion to Yuletide - amongst Mediaeval, Tudor and folk carols they perform medieval parodies celebrating wine and ale - Vinum bonum and Bring Us in Good Ale; songs from the C16th Piae Cantiones - Angelus emittitur and Personent hodie, and their very own version of The Bore's Heed in Hande Bear I.

The line-up:

Belinda Sykes - voice, bagpipes, percussion, director

May Robertson - voice, fidel

Sianed Jones - voice, fidel

Angela Hicks - voice, harp

Louise Morgan - percussion, voice