Latest News at Buckfast Abbey

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.