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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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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.

The fantastic IK Productions are set to return to Glastonbury Abbey this weekend with their hysterical take on Jerome K Jerome’s ‘Three Men in A Boat’. You are invited to come along and sail on down the River Thames with three men in a boat. Join Jerome, Harris, George and Montmorency from Kingston-upon-Thames to Oxford as they encounter a variety of people, places and peculiar maladies and discuss various important topics such as ‘why very few people suffer from sea-sickness on land’ and ‘the advantages of cheese as a travelling companion’.

Three Men in a Boat promises to entertain and delight on 19th August. The performance starts at 7pm. Purchase your tickets from the abbey shop or online at

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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.

Night at the Abbey returns for 2017 on 8 September following being shortlisted for Small Event of the Year at the National Outdoor Event Association Awards 2016.
This year’s event will return in a blaze of light, music and colour, bigger and better than ever before with a fantastic line-up of local music delighting audiences from when the gates open at 5.45pm.
The four main stages are situated throughout the abbey grounds including within the crypt of the Lady Chapel and inside of the Abbot’s Kitchen, each set to feature an eclectic mix of music in a wide selection of different genres.
We are proud to announce that Glastonbury favourites, Flipron will headlining this year’s event, delighting audiences with their unique, upbeat melodies and lyrical wonder. Supporting them on Dan’s Stage will be Port Erin, a fantastic alternative band who are touring all over the country this summer and Bristol based, Harry and the Gondolas.
Across the other stages popular favourites return including Tim Hawthorn, Steve Henderson and the wonderful Minor Works Unit who’s sounds are familiar amongst the abbey walls. We are also delighted to welcome new performers to the event including The Bad Cowboys, Craig and Alex Priddice and Tom Dummer.
Delicious food, a selection of local ciders and ales and a fun Facepainting station will also be available throughout the evening providing the perfect end of summer celebration for the whole family to enjoy.
Tickets for Night at the Abbey on the 8 September 2017 cost £5 Adults, £3 Child/Concessions, £2 additional children, £12 family ticket (2 adults/3 children). Tickets can be purchased online at or from the Glastonbury Abbey shop.

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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)

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

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 Special Dietary Requirements can be catered for if advised in advance by September 8 2017.

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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.

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 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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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.