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Please check back regularly for all the latest news from Glastonbury Abbey and don't forget to take a look at our Wildlife Blog.

Abbey shortlisted for a national award

Abbey shortlisted for a national award

The shortlist for the prestigious National Outdoor Events Association Awards 2016 has been announced.  more

Added: 23rd September 2016

Quiz and supper to raise cash for appeal

Quiz and supper to raise cash for appeal

Last held in 2014, our fundraising quiz and supper night is back when we will be testing your general knowledge and raising money for our Rescue Our Ruins Appeal: The Final Chapter.  more

Added: 20th September 2016

Important Announcement re Fundraising

Important Announcement re Fundraising

We are aware an email purporting to be from Glastonbury Abbey inviting donations via PayPal has been received by some people.  more

Added: 17th September 2016

Mayor backs abbey appeal

Mayor backs abbey appeal

The Mayor of Glastonbury Councillor Jon Cousins has given Glastonbury Abbey’s fundraising appeal his backing.  more

Added: 8th September 2016

Oak Tree - No 222

Oak Tree - No 222

Director Janet Bell and Saffy Bradford have written an open letter regarding the Oak Tree dedicated to Saffy's husband Dan.  more

Added: 1st September 2016

Line up for King Arthur event - August 28 and 29

Line up for King Arthur event - August 28 and 29

c1191, the monks of Glastonbury Abbey astounded the world by claiming to have uncovered King Arthur's bones and visitors to the abbey, ranging from King Edward I to modern day tourists, have been fascinated by this story ever since.  more

Added: 27th August 2016

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust Exhibition

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust Exhibition

50th Anniversary Commemorations Travelling Exhibition is at the abbey from August 19 to September 4.  more

Added: 12th August 2016

Family Fun Dog Show - Sunday August 14

Family Fun Dog Show - Sunday August 14

Former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton will be guest judge at Glastonbury Abbey’s Family Fun Dog Show on Sunday (August 14).  more

Added: 8th August 2016

The 20th Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza

The 20th Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza

Saturday’s Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza is a sell out this year so there will no tickets available on the gate, organisers said today.  more

Added: 4th August 2016

Storytime sessions for families

Storytime sessions for families

Storytime sessions for those under six and their families will be taking place on Wednesday afternoons in August.  more

Added: 29th July 2016

Rescue Our Ruins Appeal: The Final Chapter - latest

Rescue Our Ruins Appeal: The Final Chapter - latest

The Glastonbury Abbey appeal to raise £100,0000 is nearly at a third of its target thanks to donations from residents and businesses.  more

Added: 7th July 2016

Win a Heart of Somerset package

Win a Heart of Somerset package

Win £200 to spend at Clarks Village, a two night bed & breakfast break for two at the Swan Hotel, Wells and tickets to Glastonbury Abbey.  more

Added: 30th June 2016

Handstitched Quilt to be auctioned in aid of Rescue Our Ruins

Handstitched Quilt to be auctioned in aid of Rescue Our Ruins

Local Somerset quilter Jane Harwood is doing her bit for the Glastonbury Abbey appeal by generously donating a handstitched quilt to be auctioned in support of Rescue Our Ruins: The Final Chapter.  more

Added: 30th June 2016

New image reveals how Anglo-Saxon Church would have looked on abbey site

New image reveals how Anglo-Saxon Church would have looked on abbey site

This stunning image reveals for the first time how the Anglo-Saxon church on the site of Glastonbury Abbey would have looked in the eighth century.  more

Added: 14th June 2016

Final Chapter - Fundraising Latest

Final Chapter - Fundraising Latest

Glastonbury Abbey’s Rescue Our Ruins Final Chapter has raised a staggering £19,000 in the first three months.  more

Added: 27th May 2016

Survey - Tell Us What You Think!

Survey - Tell Us What You Think!

2015 was a great year for the environment at the abbey with the addition of our new team of Wildlife Volunteers, new Wildlife Station in the picnic hut, Bug Mansion in the Wildlife Area, and great results from our Bioblitz survey, showing the hundreds of species which can be found within the abbey grounds.  more

Added: 26th May 2016

New - a blog by our Wildlife Volunteers

New - a blog by our Wildlife Volunteers

Our Wildlife Volunteers have taken time out from their work in the abbey grounds to pen a new blog dedicated to the wildlife of the abbey.  more

Added: 15th May 2016

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

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