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Ruins & Riches - Stitched Textiles by Heptad

Saturday 1st October - Sunday 29th January 2017

HEPTAD* is a group of highly skilled and experienced textile artists, who formed twenty years ago and have been exhibiting regularly in Somerset ever since.

They met when all the members were either studying or teaching City & Guilds Embroidery and Creative Design. The group was formed to continue their studies and exploration of traditional and contemporary embroidery.

The ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and artefacts in the Abbey’s museum have provided inspiration for this exhibition. The artists have spent time studying the object collections and sketching in the grounds.

Magnificent arches and columns appear in the textiles alongside exquisite embroidery details taken from a 15th century velvet vestment or a 13th century ceramic floor tile design.

Visitors can expect both contemporary and traditional embroidery techniques. Each member has explored a personal interpretation using a wide variety of methods and media.

Heptad members aim to dispel conventional expectations of traditional embroidery and to push the boundaries in terms of methods and materials. Their work demonstrates innovative designs using fabric, thread and paper, whilst incorporating techniques which include dyeing, stitching and printing.

(*Heptad is a Greek word for a group of seven)

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Big Bird Watch

Sunday 29th January 2017

From 2pm to 3pm - join the abbey's Wildlife Volunteers to record the birds that visit as part of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch.

Normal admission applies.

Glastonbury Fringe Launch

Friday 9th June 2017

Glastonbury Fringe is celebrating its 6th year in 2017 by hosting its biggest launch event yet. On June 9th at the world famous Glastonbury Abbey, Fringe 2017 will launch in spectacular style dancing into the night with the amazing 3 Daft Monkeys, Tankus The Henge, Swampgrass and Lazy Daze. Doors open at 17:30 and tickets are £10 in advance or £15 on the door (subject to availability)

Terms and conditions of entry can be found here

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Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza 2017

Saturday 5th August 2017

The 2017 Extravaganza will feature the Black Dyke Band with a top contemporary act to be announced in the New Year.

The Yorkshire-based brass band is the most recorded in the world with more than 350 recordings and has won the European Brass Band Championships 13 times, the British Open Brass Band Championships 30 times and the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 23 times.

The 2017 spectacular complete with traditional firework display will be the 21st Extravaganza to be held at Glastonbury Abbey.

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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.