What's On Buckfast Abbey

Upcoming Events

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...


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 have booked 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 their sister choir Contrapunctus from Cleveland, Ohio and also, members of Counterpoint, who used to regularly sing here at the Abbey for 28 y...


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 ...


Rotary Club of Ashburton/Buckfastleigh Art Exhibition

Thursday 21st July – Saturday 13th August | Free Entry

Rotary Club of Ashburton/Buckfastleigh Art Exhibition at Buckfast Abbey

By kind permission of the Abbot and Community of Buckfast Abbey

Featuring over 300 paintings by Devon Artists

Proceeds in aid of: Samaritans, Children’s Hospice South West , Build on Books, ...


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 |

The popular Summer Fair is back this August for three days filled with an array of food, music, crafts and entertainment.

Running from Thursday 4th – Sunday 6th August (10am-5pm) the Summer Fair will offer a fabulous mix of independent stalls ranging from crafts to l...


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 | Free Entry

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


Rowcroft Hospice: Celebration of Christmas

Sunday 11th December 2022, 18:00 | Free Entry

Dartington Community Choir leads 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 in this service to remember all these people during the busyness of pr...


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 | Free Entry

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.