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Tuesday Family Fun* Make A Turnip Lantern

Tuesday 24th October 2017

Enjoy a creative couple of hours carving your own lantern.

Tuesday 24th October 11.00am to 1.00pm in the large marquee.

Normal admission applies.*

Cider's Golden Age - Membership Talk

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Cider's Golden Age: From Medieval Monasteries to the Scientific Revolution - join Dr Richard Stone, University of Bristol.

Members - free

Non-members - £5

Starts 7pm

In the Musuem 

Cider's Golden Age: From Medieval Monasteries to the Scientific Revolution

Today we tend to think of historic cider as something of low status – the drink farmhands would be given to refresh themselves after a long day in the fields. This talk, however, uncovers the ‘hidden history’ of cider’s golden age. An era when it was seen as a rival for the finest wines, and fit to grace the tables of the greatest lords of the land!

We begin in the middle ages, when the high cost of making cider meant that it could only be produced by the wealthiest land owners, and in particular the great monasteries such as Glastonbury Abbey.

We then trace cider’s history through to the mid-seventeenth century, and the age of the Scientific Revolution. Here cider was a topic of serious discussion for some of England’s greatest thinkers. Whilst inventing advanced optics, or discovering the circulation of the blood, the early members of the Royal Society considered cider important enough to devote considerable time and energy to discussing how to make it the best drink possible!

The results of their labours force us to reconsider not just cider’s past, but how we think about this most pleasant of drinks today.
Light refreshments including, cave aged cheese, cider and apple juice tasting!


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The Story of the Reformation - Conference

Saturday 28th October 2017

Working with Strode College, we are staging a conference to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the revolution that changed the world - Glastonbury Town Hall. Price includes a light lunch and access to the abbey. Places are limited.

Starts 9am.

Speakers will be:-

Prof Michael Hicks (Winchester University) - Religion and Piety in Pre-Reformation England

Dr Sean McGlynn (Plymouth University at Strode College) - From Cathars to Lollards: Heresy and Inquisition Before the Reformation

Dr Elaine Fulton (University of Birmingham) - Luther and the European Reformation

Dr Tim Hopkinson-Ball (Glastonbury Antiquarian Society) - Glastonbury Abbey and the Dissolution of the Monasteries

Prof Sue Doran (University of Oxford) - The English Reformation

Dr John Reeks (University of Bristol) - The Reformation of the English Parish

Andrew Pickering (Plymouth University at Strode College) - Luther and Witches in Reformation Europe

Dr Anthony Cross (University of Oxford) - Multiple Reformations: Dissent and Divergence in Protestant Europe


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Members Evening

Wednesday 15th November 2017

Join us for a Tudor welcome of yuletide merrymaking with mummers, minstrels and dance.

Wednesday 15th November 7.00pm
In the large marquee, Free to all abbey members
Light refreshments including mead and Tudor jumbles to help keep out those winter chills!

Abbey Wildlife Tour - 2pm

Sunday 19th November 2017

Come and enjoy a Wildlife Tour of the abbey with one of our volunteers and discover the creatures who share the site.

The third Sunday of every month except April.

Normal admission applies.

Next date is December 17

Victorian Shopping Evening

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Come and do  your Christmas shopping in the abbey shop during our Victorian style evening from 5pm to 7pm

Members' Christmas Concert

Thursday 7th December 2017

A seasonal celebration of performing arts
Thursday 7th December 2.00pm
In the Abbots Kitchen
Free to all abbey members
Followed by mulled cider and mince pies



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Christmas with the Churchill Singers

Sunday 10th December 2017

Join the Churchill Singers in the Abbot's Kitchen for some festive singing from 2pm to 3pm. Normal admission applies.

Abbey Wildlife Tour - 2pm

Sunday 17th December 2017

Come and enjoy a Wildlife Tour of the abbey with one of our volunteers and discover the creatures who share the site.

The third Sunday of every month except April.

Normal admission applies.



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.