Buckland Abbey Christmas
- 10 November 2022
Get into the festive spirit this winter with seasonal shopping, treats, music and a beautiful historical display in the Great Barn and Abbey.
A Tudor 'Frost Fair' display
2 - 31 December, 10-4
You are invited to step back in time to the Tudor era and immerse yourself in our 'Frost Fair' display. Find out about the history of these events, and wander through the frosty trees and icy décor used to recreate this magical time. The barn will be filled with trees and twinkling lights to create a beautiful display.
Choirs will perform in the Great Barn throughout December, please see below for dates.
The Abbey will also be dressed for a very frosty Christmas for all to see.
Please note that this is a historical and Christmas tree display, all stalls will be displays and not have goods for sale.
Normal admission applies.
Father Christmas is unable to join us at Buckland Abbey this year as he's very busy up at the North Pole. Why not join us for festive storytelling with his elves instead?
Choirs in the Great Barn
Come and hear local choirs sing among the trees and the festive displays in the Great Barn.
Saturday 9th December, A-Tone-Meant, 11:30am and 12:45pm
Sunday 10th December, Sterts Singers, 11:30am and 12:45pm
Saturday 16th December, Buckland Scouts, 11:30am and 12:30pm and Great Sea Choir & Wheelhouse Folk Choir, 1:15pm and 2:15pm
Sunday 17th December, Tavistock Tapestry Choir, 1:00pm and 2:00pm
Monday 18th December, Moorland Mandolins, 12:00pm and 1.15pm
Wednesday 20th December, Plymouth Area Police Choir, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
9, 10, 19 and 21 December, 12 - 3pm
Join Father Christmas' elves for some festive storytelling in the Abbey.
Normal admission applies - please check at Visitor Welcome for exact times. There is no need to book this event.
Christmas crafts with Naturemake
Sunday 17 and Thursday 21 December, 11-3
Join Naturemake to create your own magical festive elf houses or animals from natural materials.
No need to book.
Normal admission plus a fee for your choice of craft - please note that Naturemake can only accept cash.
Sunday 7 January, 1-4
Join Dartmoor Border Morris to scare away evil spirits in the orchard and ensure a good harvest this year at our Wassail - remember your pots and pans to make lots of noise. The event starts with a Mummer's play in the Great Barn, and will then process to the orchard for the Wassail itself.
Normal admission applies
To check opening times, please click here and scroll down to admissions.
Explore the abbey which is part museum, part house, and filled with treasures. Step inside the medieval Great Barn: a tithe barn unchanged since it was built centuries ago.
There are no end of discoveries to be made while exploring the ancient woodland at Buckland Abbey. The grounds have more than eight centuries of history to uncover and colour-coded walks take in everything the Great North Wood has to offer.
Take a break at the Ox Yard Café, which serves tea, coffee, light lunches and sweet treats, before finding a special gift or souvenir in the National Trust shop, art galleries and second-hand bookshop.
From beautiful blooms to bountiful harvests, the gardens at Buckland Abbey are full of colour and seasonal interest. Soak up the history of this special place as you admire the planting, or simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity as you sit a while on one of the benches.