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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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Abbey Wildlife Tour - 2pm

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

Historical Music in the Abbey

Sunday 20th August 2017

Local musicians will each be performing a short recital of historical music featuring period instruments in St. Patrick’s Chapel. Normal admission applies.
2pm – 2.45pm.

Membership Talk - A Blast From the Past

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Medieval music talk with Jonathan Weeks.

Members - free

Non-members - £5

Starts 7pm

In this lively and entertaining talk, Jonathon will demonstrate and discuss twenty of the musical instruments that entertained our forebears during the middle ages.

His wonderful repertoire includes reedpipes, shawms, bagpipes, bladderpipes, hornpipes, crumhorn, dulzain, kortholt, flutes, bone whistles, double whistles, gemshorn, pipe and tabor, recorders, portative organ and hurdy-gurdy.

An historical and amusing musical evening not to be missed.

Light refreshments included.

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Firepit Cooking Display

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Firepit Cooking displays taking place beside the Abbots Kitchen.
10:30 - 2pm 

Historical Music in the Abbey

Sunday 27th August 2017

Local musicians will each be performing a short recital of historical music featuring period instruments in St. Patrick’s Chapel. Normal admission applies.
2pm – 2.45pm.

Firepit Cooking Display

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Firepit Cooking displays taking place beside the Abbots Kitchen.
10:30 - 2pm 

Firepit Dying Display

Thursday 31st August 2017

Historical Music in the Abbey

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Local musicians will each be performing a short recital of historical music featuring period instruments in St. Patrick’s Chapel. Normal admission applies.
2pm – 2.45pm.

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 www.glastonburyabbey.com or from the Glastonbury Abbey shop.

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Historical Music in the Abbey

Sunday 10th September 2017

Local musicians will each be performing a short recital of historical music featuring period instruments in St. Patrick’s Chapel. Normal admission applies.
2pm – 2.45pm.

Abbey Wildlife Tour - 2pm

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

Historical Music in the Abbey

Sunday 17th September 2017

Local musicians will each be performing a short recital of historical music featuring period instruments in St. Patrick’s Chapel. Normal admission applies.
2pm – 2.45pm.

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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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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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

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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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

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 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.

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.