Christmas at the abbey
We've decorated the abbey with traditional festive displays including a Victorian Christmas kitchen. Our Christmas abbey is open daily from 7-23 December and Father Christmas will be visiting on the weekends. Have a go at pomander and traditional decoration-making too.
Meet Father Christmas
Find Father Christmas nestled in his grotto in the abbey. He'll be welcoming little visitors on weekends from 7 December, with a special evening opening on 15 December from 5.30-8.30pm. Start making your list, he'll be checking it twice. £2 per child, (normal admission charges apply).
Buckland Abbey by candlelight
Saturday 15 December, 5.30-8.30pm
Explore our atmospheric abbey after dark. Sip a free glass of mulled wine while you enjoy traditional festive displays, crafts, music and costumed guests. Also be sure to catch Father Christmas in his grotto. Adult £2.50, child £2.
If you're meeting friends for an early Christmas meal or just can't wait until the big day, settle in next to the blazing wood burner in our 14th-century restaurant and leave the rest to us. We're serving traditional Christmas lunches during three weekends in December. The monks don't know what they're missing.
Whether you're starting your Christmas shopping or just looking for stocking fillers, you'll enjoy free parking and a relaxed festive atmosphere in our shop. We have gifts for your family, friends, home and yourself too.
Holiday craft workshops
Calligraphy & decorative writing
Make your own pomander
Heres to thee, old apple tree
Saturday 19 January, 7pm
Join us for wassailing in our orchard. We’ll have pork and apple hotdogs, cider, music and dancing around the orchard. Be sure to bring something noisy to wake up the apple trees to scare away any evil spirits and ensure a good harvest next autumn.