Glastonbury Abbey has launched its summer season with music, theatre, medieval activities and a fun dog show all in the mix.
The Abbey, which is running a £500,000 appeal to raise cash to conserve the ruins, will mark the end of the season with its annual spectacular which illuminates the ancient Somerset landmark and its 36 acres of grounds.
James Stone, events officer, said: “Night at the Abbey gives visitors the chance to see it illuminated and filled with music for all tastes.
“It’s a beautiful and once-a-year experience which is really not to be missed.”
The event takes place on September 7 from 6pm to 10pm already booked are Minor Works Unit, a Glastonbury-based alternative folk band plus Glastonbury based pop rock group The What Now? Kids will be in the Chapter House.
For the more traditionalists there will be the Hildegard Ensemble, Avalonion State Choir and singer Kathryn Crosweller, who will be performing in the Lady Chapel.
For drama enthusiasts there’s Miracles at Glastonbury in Abbot’s Kitchen and for those who missed comic improvisation from Jonathan Kay at the Abbey in June, he’s also coming on this special night.
And in St Patrick’s Chapel, there will be folk group Mrs Price’s Parlour and instrumentalist Helen Owlett while the Glastonbury Arts Collective will be exhibiting pictures in one of the on-site marquees.
There will be refreshments including real ale and a cider bar and tickets are being held at last year’s prices of £3 for adults and £2 for a child.
Janet Bell, acting director, said: “Our appeal has had a good response to date – all we’re asking for is a £1 from everyone living, working or visiting Somerset to help us reach our target and our events programme this summer will also be helping to boost the funds as well as providing a fun time for visitors.”
Other dates for the diary are:
Castle Theatre Company brings Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the outdoors – July 12**
Weekend Music Keats Quartet – July 14*
Rain or Shine Theatre Present As You Like It – July 26**
Fun Dog Show – August 5***
Medieval Activity Day – August 12*
Festival Players Present Twelfth Night – August 16**
Weekend Music Hildegard Ensemble – August 25*
Night at the Abbey – September 7**
Contemporary glass exhibition – October 5*
*Normal admission price applies
** Tickets available from the Abbey Shop
*** Dog handlers admitted by donation to appeal