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The Past in the Present - Exhibition

Saturday 27th May - Sunday 24th September 2017

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

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.

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Meet Santa at the abbey

Saturday 2nd - Saturday 16th December 2017

For the first time Santa is taking a break from the North Pole at Glastonbury Abbey on three consecutive Saturdays in December - 2, 9 and 16 - between 11am and 2pm.

You can book your slot to meet him in the Abbot’s Kitchen, listen to a festive story and give him your Christmas wishes.

Afterwards you can also see his Reindeer and have a photograph taken in his sleigh and enjoy all the abbey has to offer.

The price is per child and is to meet Santa only - abbey admission needs to be added when you make your booking and is at the online advance price.

Santa uses Somerset Reindeer Ranch http://www.somersetreindeer.co.uk/ for his reindeer while visiting Glastonbury Abbey. They now have second generation calves, mostly born in the UK so are well acclimatised to our seasons. They are extremely friendly and are fed daily with imported lichen and a range of nuts and grains mixed to their specific requirements. They are herded using their partner breed of dog, the Samoyed, and are happy to work for six weeks at Christmas, spending the rest of the year being waited on hand and hoof!

The timings to see Santa are to coincide with the times required for moving the reindeer and to ensure their welfare is paramount. Somerset Reindeer are also providing the sleigh you can be photographed in.

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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.