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Bell ringing by the Guild of Devonshire Ringers

Fri 24th May 10.30am |

The Guild of Devonshire Ringers will be ringing the bells at Buckfast Abbey today to celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians. Come and visit for a rare chance to see the bells ringing (and the bell ringers themselves) via a video link shown in a room beside the Church...

How to be a Better Beekeeper Workshop 3

25th May 2019 | £5.00

Workshop 3 - When to leave your bees alone. Have you ever wondered how some larger professional beekeepers manage to look after so many colonies? Do they inspect them relentlessly every 8 or 9 days all through the season? How good record keeping and basic understand of the natural life cycle of a colony can lead to less manipylation, more meaningful inspections and happier bees. There are times when your girls can do perfectly well (actually better) without you. Learn when and how to inspect your colonies and when you can give them a break for less string and a more relaxed summer. Saturday 25th May from 2pm to 4.30pm

Early Music Collective: Bach Motets

Saturday 25th May 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

The Motets are considered the pinnacle of the Baroque choral repertoire and are amongst the most celebrated and formidable music of the period. They radiate deep abiding faith and confidence in the Almighty and offer great spiritual sustenance in time of human difficulty. The opportunity to hear all six live is rare and one not to be missed.

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Ben Horden

Monday 27th May 2019, 14:30 | Free Entry

From virtuosic orchestral transcriptions to works from some of the organ repertory’s most recognised contributors, as well as a wild-card ending, this recital will be sure to put the Abbey's organ through its paces!

Sensory, Physic & Millennium Gardens May 2019

Wed May 29th | £3.00

Wed May 29th Sensory, Physic & Millennium Gardens A guided tour with the Abbey’s Head Gardener. Meet outside The Grange Restaurant at 11am £3 pp

Garden Fayre 2019

Sat June 1st 2019 10am - 5pm |

Our Excellent Garden Fayre is back for 2019 Following on from the success of last year’s Millennium Garden Fayre we are pleased to be hosting our second Garden Fayre on Saturday 1st June 2019 Entry is free, it opens at 10am

Oaks and Acorns

12th March, 23rd April, 7th May, 21st May, 4th June, 18th June, 2nd July, 16th July | £2.50

Please note: May 21st Session has been cancelled

Buckfast Abbey is 'branching' out with a series of sessions for grandparents and toddlers. 10:30am to 12pm £2.50 per child (for children aged 2-5) - Grandparents FREE! (only pay for childrens tickets during booking) Book is essential
Book now or call 01364 645517 to reserve your space and pay on the day. '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 on help of our experienced Education team, toddlers and grandparents will have the opportunity to get stuck into a wide variety of activities from getting their fingers green in the gardens, to exploring shape and colour through the windows and artwork on show in the Abbey Church. Each session involves storytelling, exploration, messy making and much more.

Could your Bees be Better?

8th June 2019 | £5.00

THey could be stressed! The balance of your colony is essential for its health, wellbeing and success. Learn how to read your colony and to recognise when they are out of kilter. You could steer them back onto the right track by using simple management techniques. Sometimes these could make the difference to your colony surviving and florishing or dwindling and dying out. Saturday 8th June 2pm to 4.30pm

Being Creative with Lavender June 2019

Wed June 12th | £11.00

Wed June 12th 2.30pm Being Creative with Lavender Using lavender stalks collected from the Abbey grounds to hang creatively in your wardrobe etc. Also, making a lavender bag and a summer salad dressing. £11 pp

Alvington Singers: French Choral Classics

Saturday 15th June 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

The Alvington Singers perform Fauré's Requiem alongside other French choral music including pieces by Olivier Messiaen, César Franck, Alexandre Guilmant and François Couperin.

Run to the Son 2019

21st - 23rd June |

A weekend of worship, prayer and discovery of your personal mission in Christ. Organised by Plymouth Diocese Vicariate for Evangelisation and Buckfast Abbey, to help equip you for mission, come and join us!

Peter’s Creative Floristry June 2019

June Wed 26th | £15.00

June Wed 26th 2.30pm Peter’s Creative Floristry. Techniques for making hand posies. There will be a demonstration and the opportunity to create your own posy. Includes wrapping materials. £15 pp

Summer Food & Craft Fair 2019

6th July | Free Entry

Summer Food & Craft Fair at the Grange Restaurant

10am - 4pm Free Entry & Free Parking We are well underway in the planning of our forthcoming Summer Food & Craft Fair on 6th July 2019, 10am - 4pm. We have a fabulous mix of local producers, skilled craftsmen and entertainment for all the family. Live Demo Stage We are pleased that Peter Gorton, Michelin Star Chef, will be compèring live demos on the day. 10.30-11.00 – John Hughes – Buckfast Abbey Conference Centre 11.15-11.45 – Jim Fisher – Exeter Cookery School 12.00-12.30 – The Chefs of ColJan - Ashburton 12.30-1.30 (lunch break) 1.30-2.00 – Ethan MacDonald – The Salutation 2.15-2.45 – The Chefs of Gather - Totnes 3.00 – 3.30 – David Beazley – Foraging Expert

Fun Kitchen 2019

6th July at 10.30am, 6th July at 11.45am, 6th July at 1.30pm, 6th July at 2.45pm | £0.00

As part of the Buckfast Abbey Summer Food Festival, we are excited to be hosting the Award-Winning Cookery School for Children, 'Fun Kitchen' to deliver FREE cookery workshops on Saturday 6th July. Fun Kitchen will be offering their high energy ‘hands-on’ cookery workshops throughout the day: Fab, Fun, Food education delivered in an inspiring and engaging manner. Fun Kitchen will be holding workshops for up to 30 children at the following times: 10:30am, 11.45am, 1:30pm & 2:45pm on the Buckfast Abbey site . Young visitors will prepare and cook a predominantly healthy food item using seasonal fruit or vegetables to take home after the session. Participants over 5 years old and under 8 need to be supervised by a parent or responsible guardian over 18.

Taster Days - Dates from March to September

30th March 2019, 6th July 2019, 27th July 2019, 7th September 2019 | £25.00

Taster Days from April to September 2019
For people thinking about taking up beekeeping.
We will be running four seperate days on the following dates (this is not a four week course - each day is a self-contained unit which is repeated to allow more oppertunities to attend).
Saturday 30th March
Saturday 6th July
Saturday 27th July
Saturday 7th September
The day starts at 11am and finishes at 4pm with an hour for lunch (bring your own or fine at the grange restaurant on site).
We will be giving you an overview of the basic responsibilities and commitments involved in keeping bees aliongside the costs and where best to get your kit. You will have the chance to see inside a hive and expereince the fascinating world of the honey bee first hand. A full information pack will be given out for you to keep.
Cost £25

*This is not a substitute for a beekeeping course. It's an attempt to let you know what you might be letting yourself in for if you decide to take up beekeeping as a hobby!

Lavender Garden Tour July 2019

Wed July 10th | £3.00

Wed July 10th Lavender Garden Tour A guided tour with the Abbey’s Head Gardener. Meet outside The Grange Restaurant at 11am £3 pp

Stop in the name of God!

12th - 14th July | £100.00

From Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019
Southgate Retreat Centre

A weekend especially aimed at those who have not been on a residential retreat before.
~ Relax and unwind in the beauty of Buckfast Abbey and its grounds
~ Take time for personal contemplation of your faith
~ Welcome and input from monks
~ Opportunity to attend Mass and other services
~ Structured Quiet Day is planned for Saturday

Cost £100 includes all meals and accommodation
To book email: warden@buckfast.org.uk or call 01364 645532

How to be a Better Beekeeper Workshop 4

13th July 2019 | £5.00

Workshop 4 - What the books don't tell you and why bees change their minds! Bee behaviour can be confusing and we often resort to the anthropomorphic and rather desperate statement "Oh well bees don't read books!" Actually there is an awful lot in books which is misleading or only partially correct (depending on what books you read of course). This workshop aims to debunk some of the common myths and misconception about bees which are often quoted in literature and by word of mouth. Saturday 13th July 2pm to 4.30pm

Grand-Orgue Recital: Peter Stevens

Saturday 13th July 2019, 19:30 | £15.00 / £10.00

Peter Stevens, Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral and former Organ Scholar of King's College, Cambridge performs a exquisite programme including Charles-Marie Widor's Symphonie Romane, Cesar Franck's Choral No. 1 and Marcel Dupre's Deuxième Symphonie. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Children's Book Festival

11th - 14th July |

Following the success of last year's Storytelling Festival we are excited to announce that this year (2019), alongside the Abbey Bookshop, we will be holding a Children's Book Festival from the 11th - 14th July.

Healthy Bees Day

July 20th 2019 | £10.00

A detailed look at Honey Bee disease: diagnosis, treatment and avoidance. The day will teach you how to recognise healthy brood and how to detect when things are not as they should be. Plenty of hands on experience coupled with expert advice and tuition. Saturday 20th July from 11am to 4pm. *Bring your own lunch or dine at The Grange Restaurant on site.

Private Garden Areas July 2019

Wed July 24th | £3.00

Wed July 24th Private Garden Areas A garden tour with the Abbey’s Head Gardener exploring garden areas not normally open to the public. Meet outside The Grange Restaurant at 11am £3 pp

Abbey Choir: Mozart Mass and Vespers

Saturday 27th July 2019. 19:30 | £10.00

Join the Abbey Choir and Orchestra for a summer evening in the company of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They will perform the Mass in C minor and the Vesperae solennes de confessore. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Grand-Orgue Recital: Olivier Latry

Saturday 10th August 2019, 19:30 | £15.00 / £10.00

Hailed as "one of the brightest stars of the organ world", Olivier Latry performs a virtuosic programme centred around the music of Bach and those who have paid him homage. The concert includes the Fantasia & Fugue in G minor (after the piano version by Franz Liszt) plus music by Widor, Schumann, Saint-Saëns and others. Known for his consummate skill in extemporisation, Latry will end the evening with an improvisation. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Herbaceous Plants and Grasses August 2019

Wed August 14th | £3.00

Wed August 14th Herbaceous Plants and Grasses Maia Hall will accompany you on this interesting tour. Meet outside The Grange Restaurant at 11am £3 pp

Rotary Club Art Exhibition

1st - 17th August |

Rotary Club of Ashburton/Buckfsatleigh Art Exhibition at Buckfast Abbey Open 10am to 4.30pm daily and 11.30 to 4.30pm on Sundays Admission Free

Exhibition of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing

23rd to 26th August |

Exhibition of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing 10am to 5pm Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August 2019 FREE Entry

Bank Holiday Organ Recital: Mark James & Alberto Brigandì

Monday 26th August 2019, 14:30 | Free Entry

A rare opportunity to hear Verdi's masterful Requiem performed in this version for two organists (four hands and four feet!)

Seeds & Cuttings August 2019

Wed August 28th | £3.00

Wed August 28th Seeds & Cuttings A more practical tour taking seeds and cuttings from our grounds with the Abbey’s Head Gardener and Maia Hall. Meet outside The Grange Restaurant at 11am £3 pp

Rotary Choir: Come and Sing Charity Concert

Saturday 7th September 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Join over 150 voices to perform Mozart's magnificent Requiem, together with other sacred music. Register with the Rotary Club of Ashburton/Buckfastleigh on 01626 437308 to sing, or just come and enjoy the concert!

A Talk by our Head Beekeeper September 2019

Wed Sept 11th | £11.00

Wed Sept 11th 2.30pm Plants and Pollination A talk by our Head Beekeeper. Clare has a wealth of knowledge about individual plants and how they can help the bee population. Talk includes tea/coffee & cake. £11 pp

Grand-Orgue Recital: James O’Donnell

Saturday 21st September 2019, 19:30 | £15.00 / £10.00

Organist & Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell presents a thrilling programme including J. S. Bach's Partita diverse sopra ‘Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig’, extracts from Messiaen's cycle L'Ascension, culminating in Maurice Duruflé's Suite, Op. 5. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Behind the Scenes at Buckfast Abbey September 2019

Wed Sept 25th | £3.00

Wed Sept 25th Behind the Scenes at Buckfast Abbey A tour up to the gardeners’ base and glasshouses with the Abbey’s Head Gardener. Meet outside The Grange Restaurant at 11am £3 pp. Please note this tour involves a lot of walking.

Rushmoor Male Voice Choir: Music for Male Voice Choir

Saturday 28th September 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Rushmoor Male Voice Choir present an eclectic programme of sacred music including an arrangement of Mozart's Ave Verum corpus by Morley Glover which was commissioned by one of our baritones, Mark Sleep, to celebrate the life of choir baritone Niall Shalloe.

West Devon Chorale: Choral Classics

Saturday 5th October 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

A programme featuring two major unaccompanied choral works of the twentieth century, the hauntingly beautiful Requiem by Ildebrando Pizzetti of 1922 and the Missa Rigensis, the startlingly original mass setting written in 2003 by Latvian Ugis Praulins.

Winter Bedding Plants and Techniques October 2019

Wed Oct 9th | £11.00

Wed Oct 9th 2.30pm Winter Bedding Plants and Techniques How to get containers ready for the 'off season'. Please bring your own containers. £11pp

Grand-Orgue Recital: David Davies

Saturday 19th October 2019, 19:30 | £15.00 / £10.00

David Davies gives his inaugural recital as Organist at Buckfast. His virtuosic programme includes Joseph Jongen's Sonata Eroïca, Jehan Alain's Trois Danses, and music by Saint-Saëns and Langlais. The concert concludes with Julius Reubke's mighty Sonata on the 94th Psalm. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Gardening Philosophy & Organics October 2019

Wed Oct 23rd | £3.00

Wed Oct 23rd Gardening Philosophy & Organics. A tour with the Abbey’s Head Gardener. Meet outside The Grange Restaurant at 11am. £3 pp

Collati Singers: Music by Palestrina, Rachmaninov and Bernstein

Saturday 2nd November 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Palestrina’s Missa Brevis is perhaps the most performed of his mass settings. Rachmaninov’s choral works are influenced by the music of the Russian orthodox church. 2018 was the centenary of Bernstein’s birth and the Chichester Psalms remain one of his most popular pieces.

Garden Quiz November 2019

Wed Nov 13th | £3.00

Wed Nov 13th 2.30pm Garden Quiz in The Grange Restaurant This event will be no more than an hour for the questions and we have a tea break in the middle. Plants will be offered as prizes. £3 entry. (Refreshments available to purchase at The Grange)

Voces: On This Rock

Saturday 16th November 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Following closely from the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, this concert focuses on music written by the Lateran's various musical directors during the Renaissance era, and particularly on music written for the dedication of a church. St John Lateran is the cathedral of the Diocese of Rome and the oldest public church in that city, dedicated in AD 324. It played a large part in the musical life of the Roman Catholic church in the 16th century, and its alumni include Palestrina, Lassus, Anerio, and Dragoni. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Christmas Wreath Making November 2019

Wed Nov 27th | £15.00

Wed Nov 27th 2.30pm Christmas Wreath Making. A whole variety of foliage and ideas for different wreaths. Includes festive refreshments. £15 pp - includes all materials and refreshments. (If this workshop fills then it will also be offered on Thursday 28th)

RSCM Advent Carol Service

Saturday 30th November 2019, 16:30 | Free Entry

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

Exeter Chamber Choir: A Celebration of Christmas

Saturday 7th December 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Exeter Chamber Choir present an a capella concert in celebration of the festive season.

Primrose Carol Service

Sunday 8th December 2019, 15:00 | Free Entry

Stanborough Chorus lead a service of popular carols, raising money for the Primrose Foundation.

Christmas Table Decorations December 2019

Wed Dec 11th | £15.00

Wed Dec 11th 2.30pm Christmas Table Decorations Our home made table decorations, again with copious foliage choices. £15pp includes all materials and refreshments. (If this workshop fills then it will also be offered on Thursday 12th)

Abbey Choir: Handel Messiah

Saturday 14th December 2019, 19:30 | £10.00

Join the Abbey Choir and orchestra for a performance of Handel's great oratorio, Messiah. There is a pre-concert two-course meal available in the Grange Restaurant at 18:00 for only £19.75.

Rowcroft Carol Service

Sunday 15th December 2019, 15:00 | Free Entry

Dartington Community Choir lead a Carol Service that celebrates the efforts of all those associated with the Rowcroft Hospice, staff, volunteers, patients and their families. We would like to take time at this service to remember all these people during the busyness of preparing for Christmas.

Organ Music for Christmas

Saturday 21st December 2019, 15:00 | Free Entry

A popular Christmas Organ Recital, given by Assistant Master of the Music Matthew Searles, showcasing the Abbey's magnificent instrument in seasonal music by Daquin, Bach, Hollins and Thomas Trotter's arrangement of Sleigh Ride!

Festival Carol Service

Sunday 22nd December 2019, 15:00 | Free Entry

A sequence of seasonal music and readings for Christmas, sung by the Abbey Choir.

We use the word 'vocation' to describe a call from God to follow His Son Jesus Christ in the way of life he shows us in the gospels. For some people, this call is to devote their life to serving God in a radical and all-encompassing way as a member of a Religious Order.

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Easter Sunday Mass 2019

Images from the Celebration of Easter Sunday Mass at Buckfast Abbey



Bell ringing by the Guild of Devonshire Ringers

The Guild of Devonshire Ringers will be ringing the bells at Buckfast Abbey today to celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians. Come and visit for a rare chance to see the bells ringing (and the bell ringers themselves) via a video link shown in a room beside the Church...

How to be a Better Beekeeper Workshop 3

Workshop 3 - When to leave your bees alone. Have you ever wondered how some larger professional beekeepers manage to look after so many colonies? Do they inspect them relentlessly every 8 or 9 days all through the season? How good record keeping and basic understand of the natural life cycle of a colony can lead to less manipylation, more meaningful inspections and happier bees. There are times when your girls can do perfectly well (actually better) without you. Learn when and how to inspect your colonies and when you can give them a break for less string and a more relaxed summer. Saturday 25th May from 2pm to 4.30pm

Early Music Collective: Bach Motets

The Motets are considered the pinnacle of the Baroque choral repertoire and are amongst the most celebrated and formidable music of the period. They radiate deep abiding faith and confidence in the Almighty and offer great spiritual sustenance in time of human difficulty. The opportunity to hear all six live is rare and one not to be missed.