Latest News at Buckfast Abbey

Join Us For The Grand-Orgue Recital, Saturday 18th December

Buckfast Abbey hosts prize-winning organist Jeremiah Stephenson for an evening performance of La Nativité du Seigneur, Olivier Messiaen's organ meditation inspired by the birth of Christ.

The Buckfast Abbey 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 Abbey Choir. Our popular carol service, which marks the start of the Christmas period for many, takes place on Saturday 18th December at 3pm.

The Friends of Rowcroft Celebration of Christmas

Dartington Community Choir leads a carol service on Sunday 12th December at 6pm that celebrates the efforts of all those associated with the Rowcroft Hospice including staff, volunteers, patients and their families.

The Sounds of Christmas

On Saturday 11th December, the Abbey Choir will perform a festive programme including carols with audience participation, and music from their latest CD. Guests can buy a ticket to the Puer Natus Est performance, which starts at 7.30pm.

Buckfast Abbey Christmas Market

The Christmas Market is back! Taking place this weekend on Saturday 11th (10am-5.30pm) and Sunday 12th December (12.30-5.30pm), the market features 40 independent stalls ranging from crafts to local artisan food and drink producers.

Buckfast Abbey welcomes brother as new apprentice

This autumn Buckfast Abbey has welcomed a new recruit to their team who follows in his brother’s footsteps. Trainee electrician, Ryan Ware, will join the Abbey’s Works Department as a new apprentice electrician and work alongside the Abbey’s current plumbing apprentice, Ryan’s twin brother, Lewis Ware.

Concerts, Visiting Choirs and Organ Recitals

Now that public events have once again returned, we are delighted to announce a series of spectacular evening concerts which will take place in the Abbey Church. From our Grand-Orgue recitals through to the Abbey Choir Christmas Concert, these uplifting autumn and winter concerts are set to place the Abbey at the heart or musical activity in Devon, once again. Be sure to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Abbey releases new album celebrating three masters of French organ music

Buckfast Abbey’s own record label ‘Ad fontes’ has released a new album of organ music, which celebrates three leading figures of the French organ music world. The stunning recording by Peter Stevens (Westminster Cathedral) on Buckfast Abbey’s Ruffatti organ is now available to buy.

Welcome with a wag

We’re welcoming visitors with well-behaved dogs to visit our extensive grounds and gardens this Summer and Autumn. All we ask is that you keep your faithful friend on a short lead, tidy up after them and don’t leave them unaccompanied.

Seven new life saving defibrillators installed

We know well the vital role resuscitation equipment can play for people of all ages and fitness levels, which is why we’re pleased to announce the installation of seven new life-saving defibrillators – taking our total number on-site to eight.

An extensive makeover for our Conference Centre

After many months of work, our new, state-of-the-art Schiller Hall has been completed, offering an inspirational and easily accessible venue for meetings, conferences, trade shows or events. The new-look event hall adds to our existing offering, and expands our Conference Centre facilities by 2,200ft².

A special service to celebrate Abbot David’s re-election

At Vespers on Sunday 19th September (3pm), we officially celebrated the re-election of Abbot David as Abbot of Buckfast. Bishop Mark O’Toole was Officiant at the special service of thanksgiving. Abbot Christopher Jamison, the Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation, was also in attendance.