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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

Somerset Remembers Touring Exhibition

Saturday 1st November - Sunday 21st December 2014

The abbey is hosting a small touring exhibition which helps people to understand the impact of the First World War on the County.

Pottery Workshop with Hiro Takahashi

Saturday 22nd November 2014

This is an exciting opportunity to work with local artist Hiro Takahashi, to learn more about pottery techniques by using the ruins and collections at Glastonbury Abbey for inspiration.

Learners will:

Use Glastonbury Abbey as an inspiration to create their own images from natural objects in the medium of clay.

Learn about clay handling processes especially how to manipulate designs by hand in the medieval style

Learn about the process of creating low-relief work in clay

Explore the role of meditation and mind focus techniques such as yoga in ‘forming the soul’ of your piece

Gain an understanding of clay and its geological formation.

To compare medieval and modern types of clay.

Tea and coffee are provided but please bring your own lunch. Please also bring a notepad or camera to record your sources of inspiration.

£15 per learner - booking essential - please call 01458 832267 Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.

The event will take place at the Secret Meeting Rooms, Volunteer Network, 9 Silver Street, BA6 8BS. Learners will also visit Glastonbury Abbey throughout the day to gather ideas.


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

Frost Fayre

Saturday 29th November 2014

The abbey will again be joining in with the Frost Fayre from midday until 16.00.

Father Christmas will again be making an appearance, along with Mother Christmas and Christmas elves.

There will be Christmas carols and songs from Street Sings, hot food, drinks and mulled cider for you to enjoy whilst you listen. There will also be a performance from the Langport Mummers, which is something new for this year.

Children will be able to decorate a biscuit and this year children will also be able to paint a clay Christmas decoration for their tree.

The lantern parade will leave the abbey and walk down the High Street to the Christmas tree ready for the lights to be switched on, followed by carols around the tree. The departure of the lantern parade will denote the closing of the abbey.

A small charge applies for some activities. Admission is free from 12pm until last admission at 3.30pm.

Churchill Singers Christmas Carol Concert in the Abbot's Kitchen 2pm

Sunday 7th December 2014

The Churchill Singers are a chamber choir based in Somerset. We enjoy singing a wide repertoire of sacred and secular music. As regular visitors to Glastonbury Abbey we are always delighted to have the opportunity to sing in the wonderful acoustic of the Abbot’s Kitchen. We are looking forward to our next appearance there on the 7th December, when under the direction of our conductor, Michael Taylor, we will be sharing with you our programme of Christmas music.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served in the museum after the concert

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 Medieval, 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 Boar's Head 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