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The Past in the Present - Pottery by Elizabeth Raeburn and Rodney Lawrence

Saturday 27th May - Sunday 24th September 2017

The abbey ruins have provided an exciting starting point for an exhibition of ceramics by two Somerset potters. The work of Elizabeth Raeburn and Rodney Lawrence is well known and their beautifully crafted pottery has been widely exhibited and is in museums across the world. It is also owned and much loved by many private collectors.

This exhibition brings the people and landscape of the abbey to life, whether in the imagined past or the real present. The artists have drawn inspiration from the abbey’s past visitors, pilgrims and residents, in addition to many aspects of the abbey today: carvings and gargoyles, utensils in the Abbot’s kitchen, ponds, orchard, trees and herb garden.

Rodney uses both the wheel and hand-building techniques for his stoneware pottery to frame his quirky and often humorously illustrated pots. Elizabeth’s ‘raku’ fired pots and plaques represent the abbey in a changing landscape, using coloured slips and a delicate and painterly style.

Having both studied studio pottery at Harrow School of Art, Elizabeth and Rodney moved to Somerset in the mid-1970s, establishing a successful pottery at West Pennard, making individual pieces and domestic ware.

For the last 30 years Elizabeth has pioneered raku pottery with coloured slip. She slowly constructs and builds her vessels, rather than throwing them on a wheel. Each piece represents many hours of work and includes both a ‘biscuit’ and final firing. She uses a range of clays, slips, wax resists, glazes and firing techniques to achieve different surface textures.

Rodney’s wheel thrown pottery often combines humorous decoration with function. He has exhibited widely and undertakes numerous commissions, which are often for commemorative or celebratory purposes. His unique style is instantly recognisable and frequently entertaining.

Click here to see photos on our Photo Wall

Interactive Storytelling

Wednesday 31st May 2017

Story-telling for Families with Stu Packer. 11am to 1pm. Free with admission

Badger Walks

Thursday 1st June - Thursday 31st August 2017

Join us for a walk on the wildside. Pick a date and meet us in the Ticket Office at 7.30pm - held most Thursday evenings in June, July and August - but please be aware places are limited and do book up fast.

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Friday Family Fun

Friday 2nd June 2017

Make and paint a shield 11am to 1pm

Normal Admission Applies

Heads Up to Glastonbury has been cancelled

Saturday 3rd June 2017

All partners involved have regrettably had to make the decision that the event was not viable due to the low number of advance ticket sales. As the Heads Up to Glastonbury concert was in aid of both charities, Heads Up and Glastonbury Abbey, it was not considered appropriate to incur further expense. We would like to thank our partners for their work on this event and very much hope that we can work together with Heads Up on a future project.

Full refunds will be given - if you have not been contacted directly please email the abbey shop shop@glastonburyabbey.com

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 www.glastonbury-fringe.org.uk

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Summer Open Evening

Saturday 10th June 2017

A chance to explore the abbey free of charge from 6pm and enjoy music and refreshments.

Twelfth Night

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Rain or Shine Theatre Company returns with Twelfth Night which is sure to prove a side-splitting quirky rendition of one of Shakespeare's best loved comedies.

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Abbey Wildlife Tour

Sunday 18th June 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.

Other dates are:  July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19 and December 17

Pilgrimage Weekend

Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th July 2017

We are delighted to welcome the Glastonbury Pilgrimage Association Annual Pilgrimage on Saturday July 8 and the Clifton Diocese Annual Pilgrimage on July 9.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Wednesday 12th July 2017

A Shakespeare classic is brought to the abbey by the Castle Theatre Company.

A top student theatre group for the University of Durham University, Castle Theatre have become a regular favourite on our events calendar and this year return with A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Romeo and Juliet

Friday 14th July 2017

With Butterfly Theatre Company, experience the most tragic love story of all time, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, where two star-crossed lovers find their worlds ripped apart by their family’s rival houses.

Witness how their all-consuming passion tries to survive amongst violence and hatred. Amidst the Abbey ruins, rediscover the depths of your hearts. Walk amongst the walls and grounds of this ancient monument as the stories of the characters come to life all around you.

This is a promenade performance which requires standing and walking throughout. Recommended aged 8+. Duration 75min, no interval.

Performances at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets: £15 per person.

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Romeo and Juliet

Saturday 15th July 2017

With Butterfly Theatre Company, experience the most tragic love story of all time, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, where two star-crossed lovers find their worlds ripped apart by their family’s rival houses.

Witness how their all-consuming passion tries to survive amongst violence and hatred. Amidst the Abbey ruins, rediscover the depths of your hearts. Walk amongst the walls and grounds of this ancient monument as the stories of the characters come to life all around you.

This is a promenade performance which requires standing and walking throughout. Recommended aged 8+. Duration 75min, no interval.

Performances at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets: £15 per person.

Click here to buy tickets online

Abbey Wildlife Tour

Sunday 16th July 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.

Other dates are: August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19 and December 17

Romeo and Juliet

Sunday 16th July 2017

With Butterfly Theatre Company, experience the most tragic love story of all time, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, where two star-crossed lovers find their worlds ripped apart by their family’s rival houses.

Witness how their all-consuming passion tries to survive amongst violence and hatred. Amidst the Abbey ruins, rediscover the depths of your hearts. Walk amongst the walls and grounds of this ancient monument as the stories of the characters come to life all around you.

This is a promenade performance which requires standing and walking throughout. Recommended aged 8+. Duration 75min, no interval.

Performances at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets: £15 per person.

Click here to buy tickets online

Eboracum Baroque - Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and The Fairy Queen

Saturday 22nd July 2017

After their debut at the abbey with King Arthur, Eboracum Baroque will return to the Lady Chapel with more Purcell. The first half will be a reduced version of The Fairy Queen, Purcell's take on A Midsummer Night's Dream followed by Dido and Aeneas in the second half.

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Hands on History

Saturday 22nd - Saturday 29th July 2017

Hands on History - 10am to 4pm daily. Celebrate Festival of British Archaeology. There will be a drop in handling session in the museum. Artefacts from the abbey's collections will be on display. Visitors will get a chance to handle objects and learn what they can tell us about the abbey's past.

King Arthur themed drama workshop

Tuesday 25th July 2017

1.30pm to 2.30pm – join us for a King Arthur themed interactive family drama workshop with Kay and Bill Wych, members of our Living History Team. Normal admission applies.

Interactive Storytelling

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Story-telling for Families with Stu Packer. 11.00 – 13.00. Free with admission.

Friday Family Fun

Friday 28th July 2017

Hands on History for all the family plus draw an object from the collection 11am to 1pm. Normal Admission Applies

King Arthur themed drama workshop

Tuesday 1st August 2017

1.30pm to 2.30pm – join us for a King Arthur themed interactive family drama workshop with Kay and Bill Wych, members of our Living History Team. Normal admission applies.

Friday Family Fun

Friday 4th August 2017

Enjoy the smell of Lavender and create a Lavender Favour – favours were often given as gifts. Will you give yours away or keep it to make your bedroom smell nice? 11am to 1pm Normal Admission Applies

Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza 2017

Saturday 5th August 2017

There will be “Good Vibrations” at this year’s Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza as Beach Boys Co-Founder Brian Wilson is to headline.

Music Legend Brian Wilson will play The Beach Boys’ seminal album, Pet Sounds, in full, as part of the 50th anniversary tour of the record named the greatest album of all-time by publications including the Times, NME and Uncut.

Performing alongside a celebrated band which includes his former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chapman, Wilson will also treat the abbey crowd to greatest hits and rare cuts from their vast back catalogue.

Also playing at the Extravaganza will be Grammy-award winning singer Corinne Bailey Rae and the world-famous brass band, the Black Dyke Band.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the link below.

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

Click here for more information

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King Arthur themed drama workshop

Tuesday 8th August 2017

1.30pm to 2.30pm – join us for a King Arthur themed interactive family drama workshop with Kay and Bill Wych, members of our Living History Team. Normal admission applies.

Friday Family Fun

Friday 11th August 2017

11am to 1pm Have a go making clay tiles which you can air dry at home. Normal admission applies

Fun Dog Show

Sunday 13th August 2017

Our annual fun dog show returns to the Abbot's Kitchen Field - come and join in the fun.

Put the date in your diary and more information on entries to follow soon

 

King Arthur themed drama workshop

Tuesday 15th August 2017

1.30pm to 2.30pm – join us for a King Arthur themed interactive family drama workshop with Kay and Bill Wych, members of our Living History Team. Normal admission applies.

Friday Family Fun

Friday 18th August 2017

11am to 1pm - Enjoy a ‘smelly’ couple of hours carving soap using the beautiful abbey ruins as inspiration. Normal admission applies.

Three Men in a Boat

Saturday 19th August 2017

Specialists in light hearted fun, IK Productions are sure to amuse with their take on Jerome K Jerome's comic classic.

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Abbey Wildlife Tour

Sunday 20th August 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.

Other dates are: September 17, October 15, November 19 and December 17

King Arthur themed drama workshop

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

1.30pm to 2.30pm – join us for a King Arthur themed interactive family drama workshop with Kay and Bill Wych, members of our Living History Team. Normal admission applies.

Membership Talk - A Blast From the Past

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Medieval music talk with Jonathan Weeks.

Members - free

Non-members - £5

Starts 7pm

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Merry Wives of Windsor

Friday 25th August 2017

The Festival Players traditional approach to Shakespeare always proves popular here at the abbey. This year represents a fantastic chance to catch one of the bard's lesser known works.

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Friday Family Fun

Friday 25th August 2017

11am to 1pm – Harvest is on its way – this is your chance to make a corn dolly. Normal admission applies.

King Arthur themed drama workshop

Tuesday 29th August 2017

1.30pm to 2.30pm – join us for a King Arthur themed interactive family drama workshop with Kay and Bill Wych, members of our Living History Team. Normal admission applies

Friday Family Fun

Friday 1st September 2017

11am to 1pm - Write in the same way that the monks who lived at the once did, a short lesson in calligraphy and illumination. Normal admission applies.

Night at the Abbey 2017

Friday 8th September 2017

Following being shortlisted for Small Event of the Year at the National Outdoor Event Association Awards, Night at the Abbey is set to return in a blaze of light and music, bigger and better than ever before.

Click here to buy tickets online

Abbey Wildlife Tour

Sunday 17th September 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.

Other dates are:  October 15, November 19 and December 17

Tudor Banquet

Saturday 23rd September 2017

The Abbot's Kitchen will play host to a sumptuous Tudor feast with music and entertainment. Three course meal and a glass of mead included on arrival. For vegetarian option, please email shop@glastonburyabbey.com by September 14 2017

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Membership talk - Clothing and Sumptuary Laws of the Middle Ages

Thursday 28th September 2017

Join Tamara Spring, Abbey Wardrobe volunteer, for some fascinating insights.

Member - free

Non-member - £5

Starts 7pm

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Gregorian Chant Workshop

Saturday 30th September 2017

Join Opus Anglicanum for a day of chant - an entertaining, informative and enjoyable experience. Participants will be prepared to perform Vespers of St Dunstan, using at first simple recitation in English, and working towards more adventurous Latin chant.

10am start

£10 per person

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Abbey Wildlife Tour

Sunday 15th October 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.

Other dates are:  November 19 and December 17

Autumn family fun

Monday 23rd October 2017

11am to 1pm – its autumn and with the colours changing, use fallen leaves to make leaf crowns. 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

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Autumn family fun

Friday 27th October 2017

11am to 1pm – use the autumnal coloured leaves to create a leaf owl at this craft session. Normal admission applies.

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.

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Abbey Wildlife Tour

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

Christmas family fun

Saturday 2nd December 2017

It’s Christmas time; join us for this Advent Activity in the museum and make a Christmas tree decoration. Normal admission applies.

Members' Christmas Concert

Thursday 7th December 2017

Enjoy music, mince pies and mulled cider.

Members - free

Non-members - £5

Starts 2pm

Click here to buy tickets online

Christmas family fun

Saturday 9th December 2017

It’s Christmas time; join us for this Advent Activity in the museum and make a Christmas tree decoration. Normal admission applies.

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.

Christmas Family Fun

Saturday 16th December 2017

It’s Christmas time; join us for this Advent Activity in the museum and make a Christmas tree decoration. Normal admission applies.

Abbey Wildlife Tour

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.

 

Carers

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 info@glastonburyabbey.com 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.