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Summer of Play

Step back in time and into a medieval summer at Buckland Abbey.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Join us for a fun filled summer, where you can learn how to play, dance and sword fight like a medieval knight at Buckland Abbey's Knight Academy!

This summer visitors are invited to play games with medieval origins such as tennis, football and skittles. Learn all the key sword moves a Knight would need to know as well as all the dance moves! After that you can build your own castle in our loose parts play area - giving it the best defences.

After all this training you can relax in the Book Nook, reading or creating poems on the poetry board.

Storytelling will take place in the Abbey throughout the summer (please check back for times) and archery demonstrations will take place on the Abbey lawn on 30th July, 13th & 27th August.

Normal admission fees apply, free for members. No additional charge for activities.

Times

Prices

Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics

Suitability

Suitable for all ages

Meeting point

Please go to Visitor Welcome to start the fun.

What to bring and wear

Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Accessibility

There are many different areas of play, the majority of which are in accessible areas.

Upcoming events

Event

Treelore trail 

The trees around us have secrets and stories to share. Join us at Buckland Abbey this May to take a walk with our native trees.

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on
24 May to 2 Jun 2024
at
10:00 to 17:00
+ 9 other dates or times
Event

Tudor Cooking 

Come and discover our Tudor cooks in the kitchen at Buckland Abbey - it's a treat for the senses and suitable for all ages.

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on
25 May to 8 Jun 2024
at
11:00 to 15:00
+ 2 other dates or times
Event

Guided Garden Tour 

Join one of Buckland Abbey's experienced gardeners for a guided tour around the garden.

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on
25 May to 9 Jun 2024
at
14:00 to 15:00
+ 3 other dates or times
Event

The History of the Abbey through its Art (guided tour) 

On Mondays at 2pm you can discover the history of Buckland Abbey through our art collection.

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on
27 May to 17 Jun 2024
at
14:00 to 15:30
+ 3 other dates or times