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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.
King Arthur Weekend
Sunday 28th - Monday 29th August 2016
c1191, the monks of Glastonbury Abbey astounded the world by claiming to have uncovered King Arthur's bones and visitors to the abbey, ranging from King Edward I to modern day tourists, have been fascinated by this story ever since. Over the Bank Holiday weekend we will explore this link with King Arthur through fun-filled days featuring re-enactment, children's activities and more. This event will prove to be both enlightening and entertaining as it explores various aspects of the Arthurian tradition.
At its heart will be a late 5th and early 6th Century military encampment including period tentage and military displays, the use of weapons and tactics of the period. Talks will be given on ‘Arthurian’ life, clothing, footwear, equipment, service and conditions and what we know of Arthur and life in Britain of the period, using archaeological sources, records and historical documents. This will help explain the world that a historic Arthur may have come from as opposed to the knights of romantic tales that are so often associated with the legends.
Here's the line up
11.00 King Arthur Tour with Living History Team (Leaves for the Museum)
12:00 Combat display and show n' tell (Arena)
1.00 King Arthur Tour with Living History Team (Leaves for the Museum)
1:30 Latin drill in the arena followed by children's drill (Arena)
2.00 King Arthur Tour with Living History Team (Leaves for the Museum
4:00 Combat display and show n' tell (Meet the performers) (Arena)
Sunday 28 Only:
2.00-3.00pm Story Time Session
Monday 29 Only:
2.00pm Book Signing with Arthurian Historian and writer Geoffrey Ashe in the museum
Normal admission applies – book online in advance and save £££s
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.
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 www.accesscard.org.uk
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.