Latest News at Buckfast Abbey

Great gifts available in our shops

New in our Monastic Shop this month is a luxurious range of natural-based soaps from the Abbey of St Wandrille in France. Available to purchase in a large variety of scents, these make the perfect gift for a friend, family member or treat for yourself. If you’re buying for someone else, why not stop by the Bookshop and choose from a wide range of greeting cards in our 20% off sale?

Our state-of-the-art fish pass is shortlisted for an award

Sustainability is a central theme across the different aspects of life here at Buckfast Abbey, which is why we were delighted to learn our recent project with the Environment Agency and Westcountry Rivers Trust had been shortlisted in the ICE South West Civil Engineering awards 2022 for a People’s Choice Award. Thank you to everyone who voted for our project. Fingers crossed for when the winners are announced on 15th September!

A teddy bear gift from the Abbey

Over the past few weeks, our Education Department has been busy collecting many soft, cuddly, and comforting teddy bears which will soon be gathered together and donated to the Teddy Trust. We’re delighted to be a supporting the campaign this year which will see these bears sent to children around the world who are suffering the traumas of war, starvation, or abuse.

NEW: Family Drop-in Summer Craft Sessions

Schools out for summer! Looking for something to keep the children entertained? Why not pop along to one of our drop-in Summer Craft Sessions running from Thursday 11th – Thursday 25th August, any time between 10.30am to 3.00pm.

Join us for a free Organ Recital this August Bank Holiday

Following the success of our recent Olivier Houette and Truro Cathedral Choir concerts last month, we’re looking forward to enjoying the bank holiday with former Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey, Geoffrey Morgan, for a special free-admission recital.

Buckfast Abbey fish pass shortlisted for People’s Choice Award in the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards 2022

Buckfast Abbey is delighted to announce that its new, state-of-the-art fish pass has been shortlisted for a People’s Choice Award in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Awards 2022.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Awards 2022 is held in association with Kier BAM to showcase the collective and individual achievements of civil engineers and civil engineering in the region.

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Fr Abbot blesses over 100 trees for Queen’s Green Canopy

Last month, Fr Abbot blessed over 100 trees which were planted earlier in the year as part of the Abbey’s contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. The special ceremony which was held on 19th May was just one of the ways the Abbey marked Her Majesty’s remarkable milestone.

Buckfast Bees thrive in summer sunshine

Our colony of Buckfast Bees is doing really well thanks to June’s sunny spells and has already stored plenty of honey from the spring flowers. With our newly-launched Honeybee Experience Days, we’re offering visitors a unique chance to learn more about our good-natured and gentle bees.

CD of Dom Sebastian Wolff organ music available now

Last month, Buckfast Abbey hosted a launch event for a new CD which features the complete organ music of Father Sebastian Wolff – a former respected Organist at Buckfast Abbey, and monk since 1948. The double disc CD is available to purchase...

Join us for our next Grand-Orgue Recital on 16th July

Buckfast Abbey is delighted to be hosting some of the world’s finest organists, singers, and audiences this summer. On Saturday 16th July, the Abbey will welcome Titular Organist of Poitiers Cathedral (France) and professor at the Paris Conservatoire, Oliver Houette, for a virtuosic recital performance, including Widor’s celebrated Toccata!

Our Take5 Festival helps hundreds of children in Devon

Last month, we welcomed nearly 300 primary school age children from across the county to the Abbey to participate in our Take5 Festival – a special event designed to boost mental health and wellbeing.

Conventual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s Jubilee

Buckfast Abbey also held a special Conventual Mass in Thanksgiving for Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service on Saturday 4th June, which was followed by a reception.

Celebrating 100 years of our Lady of Buckfast

On 31st July, Buckfast Abbey will be celebrating 100 years since the statue of Our Lady of Buckfast was installed in the Lady Chapel in the Abbey church. This ceremony was known as the ‘translation’ of the statue. Learn more about the statue’s history here.

Save the date! Buckfast Abbey’s Summer Fair is back

Our popular Summer Fair will be returning this August for three days filled with an array of food, music, crafts and entertainment.

Running from Thursday 4th – Sunday 6th August (10am-5pm) the Summer Fair will offer a fabulous mix of independent stalls ranging from crafts to local artisan food and drink producers, as well as engaging, live food demonstrations.

Fr Christopher Delaney

Our brother Christopher died on Sunday 8th May. Aged 89, professed a monk for 70 years and a priest for 64 years. May he rest in peace.

Requiem Mass of Fr Christopher Delaney, Friday 20th May at Midday in the Abbey Church.
We are expecting a large number of people to attend Fr Christopher’s funeral, and cannot guarantee entry to everybody, therefore we shall also be live-streaming the Mass in the Schiller Hall.
On Friday, the Grange Restaurant will be closed as...

World-renowned Westminster Cathedral choir to return to Buckfast this Easter

Following the success of their sold-out concert in the 2018 Festival of Sacred Music, we’re delighted to welcome the Choir of Westminster Cathedral back to the Abbey Church on 23rd April for their Eastertide concert, Surrexit Christus!

Welcome to Downside Abbey

If you have visited the Abbey recently, you may have noticed a new sign near the Southgate Arch which says, ‘The Community of St Gregory the Great’. This is the new name for the monks of Downside Abbey who will have recently moved from their home in Somerset to live in the Abbey’s Southgate building.

Explore our Current Vacancies

Keen to advance, or start, your career at one of Devon’s most iconic visitor attractions? We have an exciting new range of roles available at Buckfast Abbey which offer a whole host of benefits, exciting progression opportunities and the chance to work in the Abbey’s stunning, expansive grounds with a diverse range of facilities and services.

Our Shop’s Products of the Month

Now that spring has arrived, our Gift Shop’s outdoor plant sales area is bursting with beautiful spring flowers, shrubs, and plenty of herbs. Click here to shop the Products of the Month in our Gift Shops.

Celebrating Devon’s ‘30 under 30’ with Glittering Award Ceremony at Schiller Hall

Last month we welcomed Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce to the Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre, hosting their first ‘30 under 30’ award ceremony. It was a wonderful evening full of energy, passion and smiles which celebrated some of the region’s brightest young minds in business.

Be quick! Exclusive flash sale for 1 night stay on Thursday 19th May

If you’re planning to visit Buckfast Abbey for a conference or event next month, then Northgate House Hotel has just launched an exclusive new offer on a 1-night stay on Thursday 19th May! For just £115 for two people DBB, you can enjoy a little bit of luxury tucked away in Devon. To book now, call direct on 01364 645 630.

An update on our Garden Borders

In our last newsletter, we updated you on the borders of the Abbey Gardens which have undergone a series of renovation and redesign work. This spring, we’re pleased to say we’ll be undertaking a special project to transform the Medics border into a new, wildly colourful rainbow-themed arrangement, to honour the bravery of our NHS heroes, and remember the victims of Covid.

NEW: Honeybee Experience Days

With the longer days and many sunny spells this spring, our honeybees have been getting out to stretch their wings and bringing copious amounts of nectar and pollen back to their hives. If you would like to learn more about bees, why not book onto a Honeybee Experience Day? It makes for a perfect gift. Click here to book.

Planting trees for the Queen’s Green Canopy

To celebrate Her Majesty’s remarkable milestone, the Platinum Jubilee, we were pleased to welcome children from St Mary’s School to Buckfast Abbey, to help plant a variety of new trees for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative. Catch up on BBC Radio Devon’s David Fitzgerald’s show here to learn more.

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Holy Week 2022: Vocations discernment retreat

The Monastic Community of Buckfast is offering to share (free of charge) its spiritual journey through Holy Week with twelve men who are discerning their vocation to the priesthood or religious life.
Arriving on the eve of Palm Sunday (Saturday 9th April), and departing on Easter Sunday (17th April), the guided retreat is an opportunity to immerse oneself, and participate in, the sacred drama and ritual of the greatest and holiest week of our liturgical year.
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Busy year ahead for Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre

The Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre anticipates a busy year ahead following the recent, extensive renovation work undertaken on its new-look, Schiller Hall and extended facilities.

New onsite beekeeping courses for 2022

We all know honeybees are important; they make honey and beeswax and pollinate our flowers, but at Buckfast Abbey they also offer a way for us to connect with nature in a gentle and educational way. Click to find out about our new onsite beekeeping courses for 2022.

NEW Buckfast Abbey Mead on sale in the Gift Shop

Newly available in our Gift Shop this month is the Buckfast Abbey Mead, a delicious honey wine, which is already proving incredibly popular. Learn more about the shop’s new Trappist beers, monastic ales, unique handmade gifts and 20% OFF sale on selected books here.

School visits to the Abbey return this year

Buckfast Abbey’s Education Department is pleased to be welcoming schools back to its grounds this year with a varied and informative education programme suitable for those aged from 4 to 18 years old.

A new look for the Garden Borders

Following the recent appointment of Buckfast Abbey’s new Garden Curator and Designer, Maia Hall, the borders of the Abbey Gardens have been undergoing a series of removal, renovation, and redesign work, ready for the start of a busy spring season next month.

Launch of our 2022 series of Concerts and Organ Recitals

Buckfast Abbey has released its exciting line-up of Concerts and Organ Recitals for 2022. With everything from hauntingly beautiful ancient Gregorian chants, to sonorous and polyphonic music of the sixteenth-century, there really is something for everyone..

Schiller Hall Conference Centre Competition Winner

Following an excellent level of interest and large number of entries into the Buckfast Abbey Schiller Hall Conference Centre competition, we’re delighted to announce that Robin Barker, from Services for Tourism, has been randomly drawn as our winner.

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.