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Upcoming events

West Devon Chorale - Magnificat!

Saturday 29th September - 19:30 | £10

West Devon Chorale Magnificat!

Walk and Talk - Garden Philosophy and Organics

October 2nd - Tuesday 11am | £3

Walk and Talk - Garden Philosophy and Organics. £3

Abbotsway Walk

Sun 7th Oct 2018 | Free

A challenging route following the supposed trading routes between the Medieval Abbeys of Tavistock and Buckfast. As part of Buckfast Abbey's 1000 year Anniversary the finish for this year's walk will be at Buckfast Abbey.

School of the Annunciation - Ecclesiastical Latin 2018-19

11th - 14th October | Variable

A study of Latin opens the door to the Catholic liturgical tradition, and is an essential part of Catholic higher studies in philosophy and theology. The Church asks that those who are to be formed in the Catholic intellectual tradition should be provided with the means of studying Latin (on this see, for instance, the Code of Canon Law, 249).

The Alvington Singers

Saturday 13th October -19:30 | £10

The Alvington Singers return to Buckfast to present a concert of sacred choral music including Bob Chilcot’s ‘Little Jazz Mass’, and favourites by Paul Mealor and John Rutter.

Talk by Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie

20th October - 2.30pm | £10

Talk by Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie - The Just War

Talk and Lunch - Edible Plants

October 23rd - Tuesday 11am | £13.60

October 23rd - Tuesday 11am Talk and Lunch - Edible Plants. £13.60

English Benedictine Congregation Conference

22nd - 26th Oct 2018 | Not open to the Public

The English Benedictine Congregation unites autonomous Roman Catholic Benedictine communities of monks and nuns and will hold their Conference at Buckfast Abbey

St. Simon & St. Jude - Votive Mass

Sat 27th Oct 2018 12.05pm | Ticketed Event*

Monastic celebration of Mass. Abbot Primate will preside on Saturday 27th October.

Behind the Scenes at Buckfast Abbey Tour

November 7th - Wednesday 11am | £3

Behind the Scenes at Buckfast Abbey Tour. £3

Sat 10th Nov 19:30 Richard Lester - Grand-Orgue Recital Series

Sat 10th November 19:30 | £10

Sat 10th November 19:30 International recitalist Richard Lester performs Francois Couperin’s Messe pour les Couvents, with plainsong sung by the gentlemen of the Abbey Choir. The concert also includes music by Bach and Messiaen.

November Garden Quiz

November 22nd - Thursday 3pm | £3

November 22nd - Thursday 3pm. Garden Quiz £3

The Collati Singers in Concert

Saturday 24th November - 19:30 | £10

Requiem by Howard Goodall plus a selection of unaccompanied baroque and renaissance motets. The Collati Singers Trefor Farrow Director

Concert sung by Exeter Chamber Choir

Saturday 1st December -19:30 | £10

Exeter Chamber Choir Andrew Daldorph Director

Carol Service, Royal School of Church Music

Saturday 1st December 4.30pm | Free with retiring collection

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

Millennium Christmas Food and Craft Weekend

1st and 2nd December | Free Entry and Parking

The Christmas Event will be across 3 locations – Schiller Hall, the downstairs of the Guest Hall and The Grange Terrace.
At this years Christmas Food and Craft Fair we have:-

Craft Stalls
Food Stalls
Food and Drink workshops
Craft Workshops
Kids Activities (Education department)
Christmas BBQ
Mulled Wine/Cider/Applejuice
Roast Chestnuts
Carol Singing and Live Entertainment
Internal Department Stalls

Christmas Wreath Making

December 5th - Wednesday 2.30pm | £15

Christmas Wreath Making. £15

Voces Ave Maria

Saturday 8th December - 19:30 | £10

Music for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Voces Martyn Warren Director

Christmas Table Decorations 2018

December 11th - Tuesday 2.30pm | £15

Christmas Table Decorations. £15

A Celebration of Christmas - Stanborough Chorus

Saturday 15th December - 19:30 | £10

A Celebration of Christmas Stanborough Chorus

Festival Carol Service

Sunday 23rd December - 15:00 | Free with retiring collection

Festival Carol Service A sequence of seasonal music and readings for Christmas

Organ Recital (Messiaen series)

Sun 6th January 2019 4.30pm | Free with retiring collection

Richard Lester gives a performance of Olivier Messiaen’s ‘‘La Nativité du Seigneur’

Garden Quiz

Wed 8th Jan | £3

Garden Quiz – at The Grange Restaurant - A chance to test your gardening knowledge and meet others for whom gardening is an important part of life.

Pruning Workshop

Jan 16th - Wednesday | £18

Jan 16th - Wednesday. Pruning Workshop (Weather permitting)

Organic Pest Control Talk

Jan 23rd - Wed | £11

Organic Pest Control Talk. We use several techniques for keeping pests in balance. Both in the main grounds and inside our glasshouses.

The Great Seed Giveaway

Sat 2nd Feb | Free Entry and Parking

The Great Seed Giveaway Free seeds, come and swap some seeds or come and see what you are inspired by.

Succulent Plants and how to be creative with them

Feb 13th - Wednesday | £17

Succulent plants and how to be creative with them - It is amazing how creative you can be with these spiky plants.

Botanical Names Demystified

Wed March 13th | £11

Botanical names demystified. A talk about why we have complicated names for plants and how you can make sense of them.

Behind the Scenes

Wed 20th March | £3

A tour up to the gardeners’ base and glasshouses with the Abbey’s Head Gardener.

Bulbs & Spring Growth

Wed 10th April | £3

Bulbs & Spring Growth - We have agian planted over 20,000 new bulbs ready to appear this year.

Container Planting

Wed April 24th | £11

Container Planting. Please bring containers of your choice, we will supply the medium & the plants.

Trees & Shrubs

May 8th - Wednesday | £3

Join the Abbey’s Head Gardener looking at the many varieties of trees and shrubs we grow in the Abbey grounds.

Sensory, Physic & Millennium Gardens

Wed May 22nd | £3

Sensory, Physic & Millennium Gardens - A guided tour with the Abbey’s Head Gardener.

Being Creative with Lavender

Wed June 12th | £11

Being Creative with Lavender - Using lavender stalks collected from the Abbey grounds to hang creatively in your wardrobe etc.

Peter’s Creative Floristry June 2019

June Wed 26th | £15

Techniques for making hand posies. There will be a demonstration and the opportunity to create your own posy.

Lavender Garden Tour

Wed July 10th | £3

A guided tour with the Abbey’s Head Gardener. Meet outside The Grange Restaurant at 11am £3 pp

Private Garden Areas

Wed July 24th | £3

A garden tour with the Abbey’s Head Gardener exploring garden areas not normally open to the public.

Herbaceous Plants and Grasses

Wed August 14th | £3

Herbaceous Plants and Grasses – Maia Hall will accompany you on this interesting tour.

Seeds & Cuttings August 2019

Wed August 28th | £3

A more practical tour taking seeds and cuttings from our grounds with the Abbey’s Head Gardener and Maia Hall.

A Talk by our Head Beekeeper

Wed Sept 11th | £11

A talk by our Head Beekeeper. Clare has a wealth of knowledge about individual plants and how they can help the bee population.

Behind the Scenes at Buckfast Abbey Sept 2019

Wed Sept 25th | £3

Behind the Scenes at Buckfast Abbey - A tour up to the gardeners’ base and glasshouses with the Abbey’s Head Gardener.

Winter Bedding Plants and Techniques October 2019

Wed Oct 9th | £11

Winter Bedding Plants and Techniques – How to get containers ready for the 'off season'.

Gardening Philosophy & Organics Oct 2019

Wed Oct 23rd | £3

Gardening Philosophy & Organics. A tour with the Abbey’s Head Gardener.

Garden Quiz November 2019

Wed Nov 13th | £3

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.

Christmas Wreath Making November 2019

Wed Nov 27th | £15

A whole variety of foliage and ideas for different wreaths. Includes festive refreshments.

Christmas Table Decorations December 2019

Wed Dec 11th | £15

Our home made table decorations, again with copious foliage choices.

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Blessed Sacrament Procession - 9th September 2018

Bishop Mark asked all the parishes of the Plymouth Diocese to have a procession of the Blessed Sacrament after the main Mass on the Sunday of the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress held in Liverpool.

The Millennium Mysteries - the Buckfast Play September 2018

The 'Millennium Mysteries' by David Robinson was especially commissioned for the Millennium Year.

Sacred Art Course - August 2018

Embroidery, sculpture, sacred art and art in the Abbey Church. The course was followed by an Icon tutorial course with Fr Alex Echeandia, Prior of the Monasterio de La Encarnación in Lima, Peru.

Mary: Icon of the Church

Mary – Icon of the Church
The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The doctrine of the Trinity contains within it the reason for the uniqueness of humanity’s relationship with God – Jesus, being true God and true man unites divinity ...

Kindness: a School Mass

Kindness – a School Mass

Jesus says that we must love others as he loves us. We must think about what he might mean by this. In the first place we know that he showed his love by allowing ...

Baptism of Teddy

Baptism of Teddy

Living as a Christian means wanting to be a complete human being. We easily think of the Christian claim that Jesus is God, but we should also think that Jesus is a human being in the fullest ...

West Devon Chorale - Magnificat!

West Devon Chorale Magnificat!

Walk and Talk - Garden Philosophy and Organics

Walk and Talk - Garden Philosophy and Organics. £3

Abbotsway Walk

A challenging route following the supposed trading routes between the Medieval Abbeys of Tavistock and Buckfast. As part of Buckfast Abbey's 1000 year Anniversary the finish for this year's walk will be at Buckfast Abbey.