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Wednesday 10 May ‘The Kingship of Cnut in Dorset’ lecture

Wednesday 10 May ‘The Kingship of Cnut in Dorset’ lecture

 Dr Ryan Lavelle of Winchester University gives a fascinating illustrated lecture on the Kingship of Cnut and his special relationship with Dorset and Shaftesbury, on the 1000th anniversary of his accession to the English throne. Did you know King Cnut died in Shaftesbury? Dr Lavelle is an expert on Anglo-Saxon history and was the advisor […]

Sunday 14 May Shaftesbury Food Festival 10am-5pm

Shaftesbury Abbey is delighted to take part in the Food Festival once more. Refreshments, food stalls and entertainment throughout the town, and our excellent plant stall outside the Abbey gates.

Saturday 17 June 2.30pm ‘Herbs and Healing’ Talk

Saturday 17 June 2.30pm ‘Herbs and Healing’ Talk

 Medical herbalist, Julie Wood, leads a fascinating walk and talk around Shaftesbury Abbey’s extensive herb garden. Come and learn what plants were used in the past – and are still used today – to heal and to uplift or calm the spirits. Julie will be giving two talks in the afternoon at 2.30 and 3.30pm. Normal […]

Friday 23 June Open Air Theatre ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’

The Festival Players, an all-male professional touring company, return to the gardens of Shaftesbury Abbey with a performance of Shakespeare’s comedy ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Please bring a rug or low backed chair and picnics from 6.30pm onwards. Tickets £15 adults, £13 FoSA, £10 children from the Abbey 01747 852910 and […]

Saturday 1 July Shaftesbury Fringe Festival

Sunday 2 July Gold Hill Fair

Sunday 2 July Gold Hill Fair

Shaftesbury Abbey hosts the town’s musical festival from 12pm to 4pm. A varied programme of wonderful music and teas and cakes for sale. FREE ENTRY ALL DAY

Sunday 13 August 2-5pm Shaftesbury Silver Band

Music from the town’s Silver Band in the gardens of the Abbey. Performances between 2 and 5pm with refreshment breaks.

Museum New Season Saturday 1st April

Our new season will run from Saturday 1st April to 31 October. Open daily 10am to 5pm.

Some thoughts from a volunteer gardener at Shaftesbury Abbey

Some thoughts from a volunteer gardener at Shaftesbury Abbey

It was after my wife and I moved into a town house in Shaftesbury from a neighbouring village that I found myself without a garden and so time on my hands!  Having decided that retiring was more than cutting grass and worrying about watering when away on holiday, the Abbey Gardens seemed the ideal location […]

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