Christmas in the Abbey

two people decorating a lit christmas tree

Join in with the festive magic, as Buckland transforms into a decorated Tudor home, with each room of the abbey decorated this year.

Buckland Transformed

Head into the abbey to see the house fully decorated this year, as it transforms into an Elizabethan home of feast and festivity.

Come and see the cascade in the abbey, as it decends down the Georgian staircase with over 700 decorations, all made by our wonderful volunteer costume group. 

Christmas Cascade
cascade down the stairs filled with decorations
Christmas Cascade
Decorated trees in the abbey
Gingerbread decorations on a tree
Decorated trees in the abbey

Collectively, many hundreds of hours have been spent working on this project.  There are around 600 individual pieces, all handmade and many involving extensive research. Whether at the Abbey, at home (and even on holiday!) volunteers have been busy creating since the beginning of the year.

history through time with 700 decorations
Cascade of decoration down the stairs with a person looking up at it
history through time with 700 decorations

The cascade tells the story of Buckland past, with medieval floor tiles and a collection of items common in those times. As you move through time, we are reminded that our Tudor ancestors lived in a time of great exploration and discoveries. They were lovers of colour, music, games and parties which is reflected in this middle section of the cascade.

A sneaky peek at some of the beautiful decorations
handmade christmas decorations such as a ship
A sneaky peek at some of the beautiful decorations

Or perhaps come and see the floral works of art around the abbey, which has been created by local flower arrangers who are part of the National Asociation of Floral Arrangement Society (NAFAS).

Beautiful floral fire surround
Fire surround made of dried flowers
Beautiful floral fire surround

With every room of the abbey decorated this year, it is a Christmas not to be missed!

On the top floor of the abbey this year we have trees decorated by the local Primary School of Bere Alston and we have a special wishing star tree. We want as many of you to write your special Christmas wishes to adorn the tree. 

Christmas of feast and festivity
One person putting down a christmas pie on a table while the other person is decorating a tree
Christmas of feast and festivity

Festive Family Trails

With both an indoor and outdoor trail this year, there is something for the whole family to enjoy this December. Why not take part in our christmas star trail this year?  Follow the stars inside the abbey and outside in the garden to discover the special constellations that helped Drake to navigate the seas.