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Festival Players Theatre Company present Hamlet at the abbey

Festival Players Theatre Company present Hamlet at the abbey

Acclaimed Festival Players Theatre Company tours the country this summer with a dynamic all-male outdoor production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy – Hamlet  more

Added: 1st May 2016

Fashion Show to boost appeal

Fashion Show to boost appeal

Dedicated followers of fashion will find the latest fundraising event for Glastonbury Abbey right up their street.  more

Added: 22nd April 2016

May Day celebrations in Glastonbury

May Day celebrations in Glastonbury

The abbey is opening the Abbot’s Kitchen Field as part of the town’s May Day celebrations  more

Added: 19th April 2016

Children's Miniature Garden Competition - April 16

Children's Miniature Garden Competition - April 16

Join in the fun at the Plant Heritage Spring Fair and you could win fantastic prizes  more

Added: 12th April 2016

Discover the faces of Glastonbury Abbey and make your own gargoyle

Discover the faces of Glastonbury Abbey and make your own gargoyle

Looking for something different to entertain the children during the Easter Holidays?  more

Added: 2nd April 2016

Jamie Cullum announced as special guest for anniversary Extravaganza

Jamie Cullum announced as special guest for anniversary Extravaganza

Grammy award winning jazz singer Jamie Cullum is confirmed as the special guest for the 20th anniversary Extravaganza, to be staged in Glastonbury's historic abbey grounds on Saturday August 6.  more

Added: 31st March 2016

Wells Cathedral School Big Band to play Extravaganza

Wells Cathedral School Big Band to play Extravaganza

The Wells Cathedral School Big Band will open the 20th Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza.  more

Added: 19th March 2016

Legend Van Morrison to headline 20th Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza

Legend Van Morrison to headline 20th Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza

Celtic legend Van Morrison will headline the 20th Anniversary Abbey Extravaganza on Saturday August 6th, one of only a handful of dates the singer will be playing in the UK this year.  more

Added: 3rd March 2016

Trustee named Archaeologist of the Year

Trustee named Archaeologist of the Year

Professor Roberta Gilchrist wins Current Archaeology Award for Archaeologist of the Year 2016.  more

Added: 27th February 2016

Rescue Our Ruins Appeal: The Final Chapter Launch

Rescue Our Ruins Appeal: The Final Chapter Launch

Glastonbury Abbey has launched the Final Chapter for its Rescue Our Ruins Appeal with the help of ambassador and Festival founder Michael Eavis, the Bishop of Bath & Wells and the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, Annie Maw.  more

Added: 25th February 2016

A Sculptor’s Journey: Mike Grevatte

A Sculptor’s Journey: Mike Grevatte

Sculptor Mike Grevatte kicks off Glastonbury Abbey’s year of celebrating the Arts and Arthur.  more

Added: 3rd February 2016

Changes to normal service levels - 2016

Changes to normal service levels - 2016

Glastonbury Abbey is a popular venue for many different activities. As such please be advised of the following changes to our normal service levels throughout the summer.  more

Added: 7th January 2016

Big Garden Birdwatch

Big Garden Birdwatch

The RSPB has launched the Big Garden Birdwatch and you're invited to join us in taking part.  more

Added: 7th January 2016

Arts and Arthur are the abbey’s themes for 2016

Arts and Arthur are the abbey’s themes for 2016

Glastonbury Abbey has unveiled its line-up for 2016 with the theme for the year being Art and Arthur.

Kicking off the year will be a lecture by Professor Roberta Gilchrist revealing the key findings from archaeological excavations which took place at the abbey from 1904 to 1979. Taking place on January 22 tickets are free but places are limited – book online at www.glastonburyabbey.com  more

Added: 4th January 2016

The Legends Live On

The Legends Live On

Professor Roberta Gilchrist, a Trustee of Glastonbury Abbey, who led the study of the abbey's archaeological records, today explains why the legends surrounding this Somerset icon and national treasure live on.  more

Added: 30th November 2015

Medieval mythbusting - new research rewrites history of Glastonbury Abbey

Medieval mythbusting - new research rewrites history of Glastonbury Abbey

The real history of Glastonbury Abbey, renowned for its links to the legendary King Arthur, has finally been uncovered thanks to ground-breaking new research from the University of Reading.  more

Added: 23rd November 2015

Mendip Xplorer launches new buses for route featuring  Glastonbury Abbey

Mendip Xplorer launches new buses for route featuring Glastonbury Abbey

The Mendip Xplorer runs from Bristol to Street and today sees new double decker buses launched.  more

Added: 20th November 2015

Made in Glastonbury - new exhibition

Made in Glastonbury - new exhibition

Work by a collective of six Glastonbury artists inspired by their unique environment is on show at Glastonbury Abbey.  more

Added: 3rd October 2015

Workshop: Inspirations from the Abbey

Workshop: Inspirations from the Abbey

Working with Somerset Skills & Learning, we're holding a Painting and Drawing Workshop with Angela Watson on November 7 from 9.30am to 5.30pm  more

Added: 27th September 2015

Join us for an action packed programme of family activities

Join us for an action packed programme of family activities

Working with Somerset Skills and Learning, we're holding a series of workshops for all the family  more

Added: 24th September 2015

Could the Holy Thorn be named the country's Tree of the Year?

Could the Holy Thorn be named the country's Tree of the Year?

The Glastonbury Holy Thorn in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey has been shortlisted by the Woodland Trust in its Tree of the Year contest, pitted against nine others from across England.  more

Added: 21st September 2015

Abbey joins Access Card scheme

Abbey joins Access Card scheme

Glastonbury Abbey becomes the latest Visitor Attraction to join the Access Card scheme, offering a free companion entry for all Card Holder with +1.  more

Added: 20th September 2015

Lady Chapel rededicated

Lady Chapel rededicated

The Bishop of Bath and Wells conducted a service of re-dedication for the historic Lady Chapel  more

Added: 28th July 2015

Emily Eavis and Owen Barry support Glastonbury Abbey

Emily Eavis and Owen Barry support Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis has been talking locally made leather bags with Owen Barry’s Cindy Barnstable.

The company have been producing award winning leather handbags from their traditional workshops in Street since 1948. Their high quality goods are sold in some of the world's leading fashion houses.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Tanyard," says Emily Eavis. "When I visited I was blown away by the beautiful high quality, ethically sourced leather goods they were making. When Cindi asked me to design a bag for charity, I really was really excited! The leather is just beautiful and each part of it has been stitched by Somerset craftspeople. The trimmings are also from ethical and environmentally friendly sources close to home.

“And it's all in aid of Glastonbury Abbey which makes it all worth-while”  more

Added: 14th May 2015