What's On Buckfast Abbey

Upcoming Events

Beginners Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey

Various Dates | £200.00

8 “on site” 3-hour lessons exclusively at the Bee barn and our teaching apiary here at the Abbey. Each group will be no more than 6 people. Clean bee suits available to borrow. Gloves provided. Notes to each session will be provided as PDF attachments, or as hard copie...


Honeybee Experience Days 2022

Various | £75.00

Spend some time with our bees and learn about their lifecycle, environment, and their importance to our world. Starting at 11am and finishing at 3pm, this day will include lunch and refreshments.

You will be given the opportunity to dress up in a bee suit and experience...


Abbey Choir & Orchestra: Mozart Requiem

Saturday 21st May 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

The Abbey Choir & Orchestra presents an all-Mozart programme, including his celebrated setting of the Requiem Mass, which remained uncompleted at his death in 1791. Alongside the Requiem will be an Epistle Sonata and his well-known setting of Ave verum corpus...


Bee Zoom Workshops - Queen Rearing

Saturday 4th June 2022 | £5.00

Queen Rearing

Sessions start at 2:00pm

Each is a bookable live zoom joint presentation by Martin and Clare with the opportunity for live chat and questions at the end.

Each zoom will be recorded and put on the Abbey website as a password enabled presentation. This...


Grand-Orgue Recital: David Davies

Saturday 11th June 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Buckfast Abbey Organist, David Davies, presents a dynamic and colourful programme to explore the range of the Ruffatti organ.

David Davies organ


Alvington Singers: Rejoice in the Lamb

Saturday 18th June 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Alvington Singers returns to Buckfast to perform a programme of sacred music spanning 400 years, from Orlando Gibbons to John Tavener. The centerpiece of the programme is Benjamin Britten’s cantata Rejoice in the Lamb, based on a poem by Christopher Smart and comm...


Brent Singers & Orchestra: Vivaldi Gloria

Saturday 2nd July 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Brent Singers performs a popular programme of Baroque music with orchestra, including Vivaldi Gloria and Purcell Come, ye sons of art, away.

Brent Singers & Orchestra
Matthew Searles director

If you are booking a pre-concert meal please take you...


Bee Zoom Workshops - Summer Management

Saturday 9th July 2022 | £5.00

Summer Management

Sessions start at 2:00pm

Each is a bookable live zoom joint presentation by Martin and Clare with the opportunity for live chat and questions at the end.

Each zoom will be recorded and put on the Abbey website as a password enabled presentation. ...


The King's Counterpoint: Celestial Counterpoint

Saturday 9th July 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

David Acres returns to Buckfast after a seven year break with his choir from South Carolina, The King’s Counterpoint. Members of The King’s Counterpoint, and their sister choir Contrapunctus from Cleveland, Ohio join together to bring a wonderfully eclectic choice of s...


Abbey Choristers: End of term concert

Thursday 14th July 2022, 17:00 | Free Entry

Join Buckfast Abbey Choristers and Lay Clerks for a recital of sacred music spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries, to mark the end of the academic year.

Choristers & Lay Clerks of Buckfast Abbey
Matthew Searles director
David Davies organ


Grand-Orgue Recital: Olivier Houette

Saturday 16th July 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Titular organist of Poitiers Cathedral (France) and professor at the Paris Conservatoire, Olivier Houette performs a virtuosic recital including his own transcription of the Second Orchestral Suite by Bach, Mendelssohn’s delightful Variations sérieuses and Widor ...


Truro Cathedral Choir: Fauré Requiem

Saturday 23rd July | £15.00

Join the boy choristers and lay vicars of Truro Cathedral Choir for a splendid evening of choral music spanning Byrd to Chilcott, culminating in Fauré’s beautiful setting of the Requiem. Opening with traditional American spiritual Shenandoah, their program...


The Three Musketeers

Wednesday 27th July 6:00PM |

This family friendly musical will be an incredible mix of amazing adventure, magical music, comical characters and swashbuckling sword fights. The whole family will be entertained, from the youngest to the eldest and we will give you an experience you’ll be talking about...


Buckfast Abbey's Summer Fair

Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th August 10am–5pm |

Building on the success of our recent Christmas Market, we are delighted to announce that Buckfast Abbey will host a Summer Fair over three days, Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August.


Bank Holiday Recital: Geoffrey Morgan

Monday 29th August 2022, 13:30 | Free Entry

First prize winner of the London Organ Week, former Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey and Visiting Professor of Music at Yale, Geoffrey Morgan performs a kaleidoscopic programme of music to demonstrate the full spectrum of colour available on the Abbey organ.



Bee Zoom Workshops - Autumn Management

Saturday 10th September 2022 | £5.00

Autumn Management

Sessions start at 2:00pm

Each is a bookable live zoom joint presentation by Martin and Clare with the opportunity for live chat and questions at the end.

Each zoom will be recorded and put on the Abbey website as a password enabled presentation. ...


Bee Zoom Workshops - Collection

Various Dates | £20.00

Sessions start at 2:00pm

Saturday 15th January 2022 – Winter management
Saturday 5th February 2022 – Spring Management
Saturday 9th April 2022 – Swarming
Saturday 6th June 2022 – Queen rearing
Saturday 9th July 2022 – Summer management
Saturday 10th Septe...


Grand-Orgue Recital: Simon Johnson

Saturday 17th September 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

The newly appointed Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, Simon Johnson, explores masterworks of the German school in his debut recital at Buckfast Abbey.

Simon Johnson organ


Abbey Choir: Rachmaninov Vespers

Saturday 1st October 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Join the Abbey Choir for an atmospheric performance of Rachmaninov All-night vigil. Premiered in 1915 in Moscow, the piece consists of settings of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox all-night vigil ceremony. It has been praised as among Rachmaninov’s finest wor...


The Big Buckfast Abbey Quiz Night - October

Friday 7th October, 19:00 | £5.00

The Big Buckfast Abbey Quiz Night
Tickets cost £5 includes the cost of Curry.
There will be a bar to purchase drinks.
Why not get a team together to take part in the quiz
(groups of 6 to 8 people maximum).


West Devon Chorale: Masterpieces from Europe

Saturday 8th October 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

For their annual concert at the Abbey, West Devon Chorale explores some of the finest European choral music written for chamber choir. Their programme includes Palestrina Stabat Mater, Haydn Te Deum in C and Gorecki Totus Tuus.

West Devon Chorale


Grand-Orgue Recital: Matthew Searles

Saturday 22nd October 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Assistant Master of the Music, Matthew Searles performs an all-Baroque programme in the first half of the concert, including de Grigny’s setting of the plainsong hymn for Pentecost, Veni creator, and music by J. S. Bach and Sweelinck. After the interval, Matthew e...


Collati Singers: Missa Brevis

Saturday 5th November 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Collati Singers returns to Buckfast with a programme showcasing the choral music of contemporary composer, Jonathan Dove. They perform his Missa brevis, and the joyful anthem Seek him that maketh the seven stars, a setting of text from the Book of Amos and Ps...


Voces: Christus Rex!

Saturday 19th November 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Sixteenth century choral music on the eve of Christ the King. Renaissance composers knew nothing of this Feast, which was only established in 1925, but they did often apply their art to celebrating Christ in majesty. This concert, by a choir specialising in music of the pe...


RSCM Advent Carol Service

Saturday 26th November 2022, 16:30 |

A sequence of choral music, carols and scripture readings for the season of Advent.


Exeter Chamber Choir: Christmas a cappella

Saturday 3rd December 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Exeter Chamber Choir presents an a cappella concert in celebration of the festive season.

Exeter Chamber Choir
Andrew Daldorph director


Abbey Choir: Christmas Fantasia

Saturday 10th December 2022, 19:30 | £15.00

Join the Abbey Choir and Orchestra for a programme of traditional music for the Christmas, including Ralph Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols and carols with audience participation.

The Choir & Orchestra of Buckfast Abbey


Festival Carol Service

Saturday 17th December 2022, 15:00 |

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.