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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.
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
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.
Family Activities for December
2nd – White ModelAir Clay decorations.
9th – 3D Christmas Tree Decorations
16th – Paper quilled snowman cards.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.