Events at Buckfast Abbey

Saturday 24th February, 19:30

Vivaldi: Gloria
The wonderfully sunny Gloria is characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music, giving it an immediate and universal appeal to singers and audiences alike

Saturday 9th March, 7:30pm

Faith, hope and love
A programme of music suited to Lent from Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude to Barber’s Agnus Dei, via Purcell, Lotti, Duruflé, Messiaen and Walton

Saturday 16th March

Italian Night at Northgate Hotel
Experience dishes from around the world

Saturday 23rd March, 7:30pm

Bach: St John Passion
Following on from the success of their Mass in B minor in 2023, the University of Exeter Chapel Choir presents one of the most evocative settings of t

Saturday 6th April, 7:30pm

Fauré: Requiem
Marking the centenary of Fauré’s death, Brent Singers performs his atmospheric Requiem alongside Vaughan Williams’ setting of George Herbert’s

8th - 12th April

Priests’ Retreat

Join us for reflection and relaxation with fellow priests.

Four nights half board from £400

Various Dates

Community Bee Keeping Days
These informal afternoons will include some bee keeping and some gardening.

Friday 26th April, 19:00

The Big Buckfast Abbey Quiz Night – April
The Big Buckfast Abbey Quiz Night at the Schiller Hall – price inclusive of Curry

April 27th until June 15th

Introduction to Beekeeping 2024
This is an 8-week course from April 27th until June 15th. All lessons are on Saturday mornings between 10am until 1pm.

Saturday 4th May, 19:30

Rutter: Magnificat
Rutter’s exuberant setting of the Magnificat is at the heart of Collati’s spring concert, complemented by Bach’s motet Singet dem Herrn

Monday 6th May, 13:30

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Andrew Reid

6th - 10th May 2024

Creation Retreat

Led by: Paula Pearce 

Creation in the light of Franciscan thought and mission.

Four nights half board from £525

17th - 19th May 2024

Vocation Retreat
We are delighted to announce that Buckfast Abbey will be hosting a Vocation Retreat 17th – 19th May.

Saturday 18th May, 19:30

Toward the unknown region
Alvington Singers performs an eclectic programme featuring the title piece Toward the Unknown Region by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Monday 27th May, 13:30

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Iain Simcock
Iain Simcock’s distinguished career has established his name on the world stage.

Saturday 1st June, 19:30

O sacrum convivium!
On the eve of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Abbey Choir gives a concert of music associated with the feast of the Blessed Sacrament.

6th June 10am - 4pm

Honey Bee Experience Days – 6th June
This Honey Bee Experience Day would make a perfect gift for someone you care about, or for yourself!

22nd June 10am - 4pm

Honey Bee Experience Days – 22nd June
This Honey Bee Experience Day would make a perfect gift for someone you care about, or for yourself!

Saturday 22nd June, 19:30

Grand-Orgue Recital: Jeremy Filsell
Jeremy Filsell’s musical eminence as a pianist and organist is attested by his having forged an illustrious career on both sides of the Atlantic.

Saturday 29th June, 19:30

Missa Salve regina
Torbay Singers performs Langlais’s dramatic Missa Salve regina for choir, organ and brass.

Saturday 6th July, 19:30

Coronation Anthems
Brent Singers performs Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the glorious acoustic of Buckfast Abbey.

11th July 10am - 4pm

Honey Bee Experience Days – 11th July
This Honey Bee Experience Day would make a perfect gift for someone you care about, or for yourself!

Saturday 13th July, 19:30

Grand-Orgue Recital: Simon Johnson
Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, Simon Johnson, presents a programme illustrating the breadth of French organ music, together with some works

July 19th 10am - 4pm

Honey Bee Experience Days – 19th July
This Honey Bee Experience Day would make a perfect gift for someone you care about, or for yourself!

Monday 26th August, 13:30

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Alexander Ffinch
Demonstrating how the organ has often lent itself to giving vivid accounts of orchestral music, Alexander Ffinch’s programme includes the movement J

Saturday 21st September, 19:30

Grand-Orgue Recital: Loreto Aramendi
International virtuoso Loreto Aramendi performs works by Liszt, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Franck and Tournemire.

Saturday 5th October, 19:30

Messe brève
West Devon Chorale returns to Buckfast with an eclectic programme including Yves Castagnet’s scintillating Messe brève.

Saturday 12th October, 19:30

Grand-Orgue Recital: Charles Maxtone-Smith
In his inaugural recital, Charles Maxtone-Smith plays Baroque and 20th century works including Franz Liszt’s Fantasy and Fugue on the chorale “Ad no

14th - 18th October 2024

Gardeners’ Retreat

Time to be refreshed in mind, body and soul. Includes day trips to the Lost Gardens of Helicon and the Eden Project.

Four nights half board f

Saturday 19th October, 19:30

Poulenc: Gloria
Collati Singers performs Palestrina’s Missa Ascendo ad Patrem meum and Poulenc’s celebrated setting of the Gloria.

Friday 25th October, 19:00

The Big Buckfast Abbey Quiz – October
The Big Buckfast Abbey Quiz Night at the Schiller Hall – price inclusive of Curry

Saturday 2nd November, 19:30

Duruflé: Requiem
On the day when the Church marks the commemoration of the faithful departed, the Abbey Choir is joined by the Southern Sinfonia for a performance of D

Saturday 16th November, 19:30

Before the ending of the day
South West Chamber Choir performs a programme on the theme of eventide, the losing of those we love and our own closing years…

Saturday 30th November, 16:30

Come & Sing Advent Carol Service
A ‘come and sing’ Carol Service on the eve of Advent Sunday, including popular hymns and carols in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s Nativ

Saturday 7th December, 19:30

O magnum mysterium
Reflecting on and celebrating the approach of Christmas, the voices of Exeter Chamber Choir are swelled by the glorious sound of brass in carols and s

Saturday 14th December, 19:30

A Ceremony of Carols
Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols was written in 1942 during a sea voyage from the United States to England.

Saturday 21st December, 15:00

Festival Carol Service
In the final days of our Advent journey, Buckfast Abbey presents a sequence of readings, traditional Christmas carols and choral music sung by the Abb