What's On Buckfast Abbey

Upcoming Events

Oaks and Acorns - Winter & Spring Session 4

Tuesday 25th February | £3.00

'Oaks and Acorns' makes the most of the glorious setting and great facilities on offer at the Abbey and makes for a fun filled morning for the young and young at heart alike. With the hands ...

 

Dartington Community Choir: I was Glad!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

A concert of uplifting music for voices, organ and soloists including Hubert Parry's I was glad and David Willcocks' arrangement of Widor's Toccata for voices: Sing!

Darting...

 

Oaks and Acorns - Winter & Spring Session 5

Tuesday 10th March | £3.00

'Oaks and Acorns' makes the most of the glorious setting and great facilities on offer at the Abbey and makes for a fun filled morning for the young and young at heart alike. With the hands ...

 

Succulent Plants & how to be creative with them

Wednesday 11th March, 2:30pm | £20.00

It is amazing how creative you can be with these juicy plants. Come and get your creative head on!

With refreshments!

Please note: Minimum of 6 places to be book for ...

 

Trois leçons de ténèbres

Saturday 14th March 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Couperin's three haunting settings of texts from the Old Testament Book of Lamentations are an undisputed peak of baroque vocal music. The Leçons, performed by candlelight, will be interspe...

 

Beginners Beekeeping Course - Group A

Various Dates from March to June | £110.00

We are running 3 separate beginners courses this year and we will be limiting each one to 10 students per group. They will be jointly tutored by Martin and Clare and so during the “hands o...

 

Beginners Beekeeping Course - Group B

Various Dates from March to June | £110.00

We are running 3 separate beginners courses this year and we will be limiting each one to 10 students per group. They will be jointly tutored by Martin and Clare and so during the “hands o...

 

Behind the Scenes

Thursday 19th March, 11am | £3.00

A tour up to the gardeners’ base and glasshouses with the Abbey’s Head Gardener. This tour involves a lot of walking.

Please note: Minimum of 10 places to be book for...

 

South West Chamber Choir: God's Grandeur

Saturday 21st March 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

A programme of sacred choral music by contemporary composers from Devon and Cornwall, including Andrew Wilson's Requiem for Peace of 2018, a setting of Psalm 121 by Russell Pascoe, an...

 

Beginners Beekeeping Course - Group C

Various Dates from March to June | £110.00

We are running 3 separate beginners courses this year and we will be limiting each one to 10 students per group. They will be jointly tutored by Martin and Clare and so during the “hands o...

 

Oaks and Acorns - Winter & Spring Session 6

Tuesday 24th March | £3.00

'Oaks and Acorns' makes the most of the glorious setting and great facilities on offer at the Abbey and makes for a fun filled morning for the young and young at heart alike. With the hands ...

 

University of Exeter Chapel Choir & Orchestra: Mass in B minor

Saturday 28th March 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Widely held as one of the greatest choral works to date, the powerful Mass in B minor began as a much smaller composition for the sovereign Augustus III in 1736 and was completed in its full...

 

Brent Singers: La grand messe

Saturday 4th April 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Brent Singers re-enact the music from the great ceremony of a nineteenth-century Parisian High Mass, including Louis Vierne's Messe Solennelle, César Franck's Panis Angelicus and a s...

 

Beekeeping Taster Days

Various Dates from April to September | £25.00

Taster Days from April to September 2020
For people thinking about taking up beekeeping.
We will be running five separate days on the following dates (this is not a five week course - ...

 

Seasonal Workshops - Spring

Saturday 11th April, 2pm | £6.00

Four workshops for second year (and beyond) apiarists which will focus on the tasks and considerations required for a successful beekeeping year. These sessions will be a mixture of theory, ...

 

Bulbs and Spring Growth

Thursday 16th April, 11am | £3.00

Meet outside The Grange Restaurant
We have again planted over 20,000 new bulbs ready to appear this year. Join us for a walk and talk with the Abbey’s Head Gardener looking at our many va...

 

Trees & Shrubs

Thursday 23rd April, 11am | £3.00

Meet outside The Grange Restaurant £3pp
Join the Abbey’s Head Gardener looking at the many varieties of trees and shrubs we grow in the Abbey grounds.

Please note: M...

 

Voces: Alleluia

Saturday 2nd May 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Voces perform a programme of sixteenth-century choral music for the season of Easter.

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Swarming

Saturday 2nd May, 2pm - 5pm | £6.00

Two separate afternoon sessions which explore the phenomena of honeybee swarming.
Saturday May 2nd 2pm till 5pm
This workshop will deal with the why, how, and when? A better understandin...

 

Make your own hedgehog home

Thursday 7th May, 2:30pm | £18.00

With the garden team. £18 Rick Parker from ELM Wildlife should be here to talk to us about his experience rescuing hedgehogs in Torbay.

Please note: Minimum of 10 places...

 

Abbey Choir: Ave Maria

Saturday 9th May 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Join the Abbey Choir for a programme of music dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The concert also launches the choir's latest recording, which features music for the solemnity of Our Lady...

 

Alvington Singers: Romantic Choral Anthems

Saturday 16th May 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The Alvington Singers present a concert of choral music featuring the brilliant Te Deum by Hubert Parry, composed for the Coronation of George V in 1911. The Parry provides a fascinat...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Swarming II

Saturday 16th May, 2pm | £6.00

Two separate afternoon sessions which explore the phenomena of honeybee swarming.
Saturday May 2nd 2pm till 5pm
This workshop will deal with the why, how, and when? A better understandin...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Swarming (both courses)

Saturday May 2nd & 16th | £10.00

Two separate afternoon sessions which explore the phenomena of honeybee swarming.
Saturday May 2nd 2pm till 5pm
This workshop will deal with the why, how, and when? A better understandin...

 

Lavender, Sensory, Physic & Millennium Gardens

Tuesday 19th May, 11am | £3.00

Meet outside The Grange Restaurant
A guided tour of the four themed gardens; the Lavender Garden, the Sensory Garden, the Physic Garden and our award winning Millennium Garden.

P...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Richard Lester

Saturday 23rd May 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Richard Lester performs an exciting programme including music by J. S. Bach, Marcel Dupré, Paul Hindemith and Louis Vierne's famous Carillon de Westminster.

Tickets to each concer...

 

The Early Music Collective: Dixit Dominus

Saturday 30th May 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The Early Music Collective is delighted to return to Buckfast Abbey following the wonderful reception of their performance of Bach's Motets in 2019. A celebration of the high baroque, the pr...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Handling and Hygiene

Saturday 30th May, 10am | £6.00

You owe it to your bees to take care when you inspect them. Hive manipulations should have purpose and cause as little stress as possible to your girls. Gentle handling is easier when you an...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Making Increase

Saturday 30th May, 2pm | £6.00

It’s always a good idea to have more than one colony just in case something goes wrong. Knowing when and how to split your bees is critical for: swarm control, making increase, and for que...

 

Being Creative with Lavender

Wednesday 3rd June, 2:30pm | £11.00

Meeting at the Gardeners’ Base at 2:30pm
Using lavender collected from the Abbey grounds to hang creatively in your wardrobe etc. Also, making a lavender bag and a summer salad dressing.
...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Andrew Millington

Saturday 13th June 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Former Director of Music at Exeter Cathedral, Andrew Millington, performs a magnificent programme including Bach's famous 'Wedge' Prelude & Fugue in E minor, Verdi's Grand March from 'Aida' ...

 

Seasonal Workshops - Summer

Saturday 13th June, 14:00 | £6.00

Four workshops for second year (and beyond) apiarists which will focus on the tasks and considerations required for a successful beekeeping year. These sessions will be a mixture of theory, ...

 

How to make a Bug Hotel

Wednesday 17th June, 2:30pm | £15.00

Meeting at the Gardeners’ Base at 2:30pm

Please note: Minimum of 7 places to be book for this event, please check that each event is going ahead on our website before ...

 

Brent Singers: Gloria!

Saturday 27th June 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Brent Singers return to the Abbey to perform a popular programme of baroque music with orchestra, including Vivaldi's Gloria and Purcell's Come, ye sons of art, away.

Brent ...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Olivier Houette

Saturday 11th July 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Titular organist of Poiters Cathedral and professor at the Paris Conservatoire, Olivier Houette, performs a virtuosic recital including transcriptions of well-known Purcell and Bach, Mendels...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Queen Introduction

Saturday 11th July, 2pm | £6.00

Whether you have bought a new queen, or reared one yourself, she is a precious commodity. Get it wrong and she will be killed and thrown out by the colony. Learn how to introduce her to her ...

 

Behind the Scenes with Vegetable Garden Focus

Thursday 16th July, 11am | £4.00

We use a variety of techniques based on not digging, where possible, and incorporating various naturalistic principles we have absorbed.

Please note: Minimum of 10 place...

 

Abbey Choir: The Psalms of David

Saturday 18th July 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The Abbey Choir explores the wealth of music composed for choir and organ inspired by the Old Testament book of Psalms, including Elgar's majestic anthem Give unto the Lord and Rutter...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Sex and the Wanton Virgin Queen

Saturday July 25th, 2pm | £6.00

Promiscuous Queens are best! Over millions of years, honeybees have evolved an ingenious, if a tad risky, method of ensuring genetic diversity within the colony. Clare and Martin will illumi...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Harvesting Honey

Saturday 1st August, 2pm | £6.00

Robbing the bees can be stressful for both you and the girls. How much honey can you take and how much should you leave them? When is the best time to take it, and do you have to take it all...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Nathan Laube

Saturday 15th August 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Nathan Laube, Associate Professor of organ at Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York, holds a place among the world’s elite performers and pedagogues. He performs a dramatic program...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - Varroa

Saturday August 22nd, 2pm | £6.00

In this workshop we will discuss the latest research concerning varroa and how it is really affecting our bees. We will explore some of the behaviours and mechanisms which various “varroa ...

 

Vertical & 3D Gardening (Up-cycling)

Tuesday, 25th August 2.30pm - 4.30pm | £10.00

Making beauty from what you have lying around with Maia Hall. Meet at The Gardeners' Base

Please note: Minimum of 10 places to be book for this event, please check that e...

 

Rotary Choir: Creation

Saturday 5th September 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The massed singers of the Ashburton & Buckfastleigh Rotary Club Choir join together for a performance of Haydn’s masterful oratorio, Creation.

Rotary Choir
Christopher Fletcher ...

 

Seasonal Workshops - Autumn

Saturday 5th September, 14:00 till 17:00 | £6.00

Four workshops for second year (and beyond) apiarists which will focus on the tasks and considerations required for a successful beekeeping year. These sessions will be a mixture of theory, ...

 

Seeds & Cuttings

Wednesday, 9th September 11am (and 2pm if first course fills) | £6.00

Meet outside The Grange Restaurant.
A more practical tour taking seeds and cuttings from our grounds with the Abbey’s Head Gardener and Maia Hall. Please bring secateurs, pen & bags for c...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Ian Tracey

Saturday 19th September 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Liverpool Cathedral & City Organist, Ian Tracey, puts the Ruffatti organ through its paces in an eclectic programme, including music by J. S. Bach (arranged by Henry Goss-Custard), Paul Hind...

 

Behind the Scenes at Buckfast Abbey

Tuesday 22nd September, 11am | £3.00

Meeting outside The Grange Restaurant.
A tour up to the gardeners’ base and glasshouses with the Abbey’s Head Gardener.

Please note: Minimum of 10 places to be book...

 

West Devon Chorale: Stabat Mater

Saturday 3rd October 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

West Devon Chorale performs a varied concert of choral music, including Palestrina's Stabat Mater, Bach's Singet dem Herrn and Haydn's Te Deum.

West Devon Chorale
Mi...

 

Plants and Pollination Talk

Tuesday 6th October, 2.30pm | £8.00

By Clare Densley our Head Beekeeper. Meet at the Bee Department shed.

Please note: Minimum of 10 places to be book for this event, please check that each event is going a...

 

How to Bring Wildlife into your Garden Talk

Tuesday 13th October 2.30pm | £8.00

John Walters has a wealth of wildlife experience and is a must if you have not seen him talk before. He will open your eyes to the beautiful insects that survive all around us. Meet at the ...

 

Medicinal Plants Talk

Wednesday 4th November, 2.30pm | £18.00

Talk held at the Bee Department shed.
Take home your own self-help kit of plants - Level 1. Refreshments included. Booking Essential.

Please note: Minimum of 7 places ...

 

Collati Singers: Songs of the Church

Saturday 14th November 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The Collati Singers perform a varied programme of sacred music, including Rutter's Gloria, Dove's Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and selections from Rachmaninov's Vespers...

 

Beekeeping Workshop - What The Books Don’t Tell You

Saturday November 14th, 2pm | £6.00

What the books don’t tell you (and why bees change their minds!)

Bee behaviour can seem confusing and we often resort to the anthropomorphic and rather desperate statement “Oh well, t...

 

Voces: Christus Rex

Saturday 21st November 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Voces perform a programme of sixteenth-century choral music for the Eve of the Feast of Christ the King.

Voces
Martyn Warren director
David Davies organ

 

Christmas Wreath Making

Wednesday 25th November, 2.30pm - 4.30pm | £22.00

A fabulous variety of foliage and ideas for different wreaths. Includes festive refreshments. (If this workshop fills then it will also be offered on Thursday 26th & dates in early December ...

 

RSCM Advent Carol Service

Saturday 28th November 2020, 19:30 |

A ‘Come and Sing’ Carol Service for Advent sung by associated choirs of the Royal School of Church Music.

 

Abbey Christmas Carol Concert

Saturday 12th December 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

Join the Abbey Choir and Orchestra for a programme of traditional music for the festive season. The concert also launches the choir’s Christmas CD recording on the Abbey's own

 

Rowcroft Carol Service

Saturday 13th December 2020, 15:00 |

A carol service to celebrate the efforts of all those associated with the Rowcroft Hospice; staff, volunteers, patients and their families. We take time at this service to remember all these...

 

Christmas Table Decorations Workshop

Wednesday 16th December, 2.30pm - 4.30pm | £20.00

Meeting at the Gardeners' Base.
Our home made table decorations, again with copious foliage choices to inspire you. Materials and refreshments included. (If this workshop fills then it will...

 

Grand-Orgue Recital: Philip Arkwright

Saturday 19th December 2020, 19:30 | £10.00

The Abbey's own Organist & Master of the Music, Philip Arkwright, rounds of the year's organ recitals with a festive programme including works by Pachelbel, Daquin, Bach and Dom Sebastian Wo...

 

Grand-Orgue Season Ticket 2020

| £50.00

Tickets to each Grand-Orgue recital are priced at £10. This is a season ticket granting admittance to all six recitals for the discounted price of £50.

 

Festival Advent Carol Service

Sunday 20th December 2020, 15:00 |

In the final days of our Advent journey, Buckfast Abbey presents a sequence of readings, traditional Advent carols and choral music sung by the Abbey Choir.

 

Seasonal Workshops - Winter

Saturday 9th January 2021, 14:00 till 17:00 | £6.00

Four workshops for second year (and beyond) apiarists which will focus on the tasks and considerations required for a successful beekeeping year. These sessions will be a mixture of theory, ...

 

Seasonal Workshops - Season Ticket

| £20.00

Four workshops for second year (and beyond) apiarists which will focus on the tasks and considerations required for a successful beekeeping year. These sessions will be a mixture of theory, ...