Christmas at the Abbey
New for Christmas 2019 is a festive market at Glastonbury Abbey complete with Santa.
Around 25 stalls will be set up in the Abbot’s Kitchen field at the abbey for the weekend of December 14 and 15 with entry to the abbey by donation from midday until it closes at 4pm. The market continues under starlight until 7pm with free entry via Magdalene Street from 4pm.
Father Christmas will be visiting from midday until 4pm with pre-booking essential at www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com and he is lending his sleigh for family photographs.
It is the latest new initiative for the abbey which is in the running for four awards.
With partners Steamhorse Events, it has been shortlisted for Tourism Event of the Year in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards and also Best New Event in the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) awards.
Events manager Brad Lister is also shortlisted for Event Organiser of the Year and Night at the Abbey for Best Small Event in the NOEA awards taking place in Bath at the end of November.
Brad said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for so many different awards this year and it is an honour to have received regional and national recognition just by being shortlisted. The abbey has a fantastic events programme and we have seen increased numbers of people attending during 2019 and hope to grow this next year as all the revenue helps towards the conservation of this world renowned landmark.
“Tickets are going on sale now for 2020 and we will have concerts, theatre and film nights – all of which give people the opportunity to give the gift of summer at Christmas.”
Added: 19th November 2019