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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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Sculpture Trail

Saturday 1st July - Sunday 1st October 2017

Glastonbury Abbey is displaying work by 16 West Country sculptors in the beautiful setting of the abbey grounds.

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The trail has been sponsored by the arts funding trust, The Golsoncott Foundation.

Toddler Group

Tuesday 12th - Wednesday 12th September 2018

Toddler Group starting at 10.00 and finishing at 11.00. Featuring crafts, songs and stories.

Parents must stay with their children, unaccompanied children will not be permitted.

Normal admission applies.
Limit of 10 children per a session.

Tudor Banquet

Saturday 23rd September 2017

The Abbot's Kitchen will play host to a sumptuous Tudor feast with music, entertainment and dancing. Three course meal and a glass of mead included on arrival.

6pm Arrival 

Dress Code 
Medieval Banquet Style (optional)

Starter
Finest Pottage of Split Peas and Pearl Barley
Served with Chunks of Homemade Bread

Main Course
Slow Roasted Leg of Salted Pork 

Served with Roasted Vegetables and Ginger Sauce

Dessert
Pears Poached in a Spiced Red Wine served with Cream

Vegetarian Option (Main Course)
(Goats Cheese & Apricot Nut Roast V)

Paid Bar available 
For vegetarian option, please email shop@glastonburyabbey.com Special Dietary Requirements can be catered for if advised in advance by September 8 2017.

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Toddler Group

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Toddler Group starting at 10.00 and finishing at 11.00. Featuring crafts, songs and stories.

Parents must stay with their children, unaccompanied children will not be permitted.

Normal admission applies.
Limit of 10 children per a session.

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

Join Tamara Spring on this fashion infused talk, as she takes us on a relaxed journey through the sumptuary laws which affected dress in the 14th and 15th Centuries.

How many shelves am I allowed in my cupboard?
What colour can I wear?
Why are my shoes too fancy?

Find out the answers to these and many more fascinating facts as our journey on the medieval runway brings us full circle to its influence on dress and society today.

Light Refreshments Included.

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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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Traces Revealed: Artwork in cloth, tile and clay inspired by the abbey

Saturday 30th September - Sunday 28th January 2018

This colourful exhibition features three Somerset women artists, all of whom have been inspired by different aspect of the abbey’s history and collections. Alicia Merrrett has produced vibrant quilted pictures representing artefacts and documents, while Kate Rattray has found fascination in relics and reliquaries for her richly patterned mosaics. Hiro Takahashi has used the abbey’s buildings and environment to inspire her delightful ceramics.
Come and discover which traces of the abbey will be revealed by these artists!

Abbey Wildlife Tour - 2pm

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

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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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.

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 Simon Johnson (Downside Abbey) - The Counter-Reformation

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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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

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.

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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Members' Christmas Concert

Thursday 7th December 2017

Enjoy music, mince pies and mulled cider.

Members - free

Non-members - £5

Starts 2pm

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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 - 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.

 

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.