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All are very much welcome at our events. You do not have to be a member to lend your support to or attend any of our events or activities.

Please find details of 2019's programme of events below. For a booking form or simply to find out more please contact: Ursula Turrell, Tel 01225 446370 Email or the Secretary Jeremy Key-Pugh Email:

Thursday 24th January: The Friends Annual Communion Service

The Friends will join the congregation at the usual Thursday morning service of Holy Communion at 11.00 am in the Abbey which will be followed by refreshments and a talk by the Revd Evelyn Lee-Barber.

Saturday 23rd February: The Friends’ Annual General Meeting

The 70th AGM of The Friends of Bath Abbey will take place at 3.15 pm in the Abbey. It will be followed by a talk given by Dr Kenneth Hylson-Smith (author of “BATH ABBEY: A History”, the official Friends’ history of the Abbey) on “Bath Abbey under the Normans”. A light tea will be served as usual and the day will be rounded off by a service of Choral Evensong, sung by “Sine Nomine”, a visiting choir of quality and renown, as the Abbey choirs will be enjoying their half-term holiday.

Wednesday 20th March: Lunch at the Shrubbery Restaurant of Bath College at 12.00 for 12.30, with musical entertainment after

Wednesday 15th May: visit to Exeter Cathedral

The coach will leave Terrace Walk at 9.00 a.m. First, there will be an option to see an exhibition of the cathedral’s Vestments and Silver (at no extra cost) and then lunch in the Cathedral Café for those who book it.

After lunch, the highlight of the day will be a tour of the cathedral conducted by Dr Peter King, former Director of Music at Bath Abbey and now a fully qualified guide at Exeter cathedral. 

Possible Return Visit to BBC Bristol (date to be confirmed)

The party of Friends who went on the tour last June enjoyed the experience and found it extremely interesting. As the BBC applies a strict limit on the size of visiting groups, some people who would like to have taken part were disappointed; and as, in any case, the BBC is very proud of the fact that “no two tours are ever the same”, we are inviting expressions of interest in a return visit. Please indicate on the booking sheet if you would like to know more.

Thursday 13 June: Evening Lecture in the Abbey, at 7.00 p.m.

Following Ken Hylson-Smith’s talk at the AGM, your Secretary, Jeremy Key-Pugh, will speak on the subject “How did Bath Abbey survive the Reformation?” After the talk drinks and savouries will be served. There is an opportunity to attend Choral Evensong in the Abbey at 5.30 before the lecture; it will be sung by one of the Abbey choirs.

Wednesday 18th September: Visit to Llandaff Cathedral and The Royal Mint

This will be a whole-day excursion leaving Bath at 9.00 a.m., with a tour of Llandaff Cathedral before going on to the Royal Mint. After optional lunch at the Mint we have a tour booked in the afternoon. All tour costs are included in the ticket price on the Booking Form.



The Friends have arranged a visit to Austria and Germany to include seeing the famous Passion play, put on every ten years by the inhabitants of the Bavarian town, in fulfilment of the vow their ancestors made if they were spared the full onslaught of the bubonic plague that was threatening them. The visit will be organised by McCabe Pilgrimages, who were behind The Friends’ pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in 2011.

We are pleased that sufficient people have shown interest and paid a deposit to ensure that the tour will go ahead. There are just a few places left, so if anyone is still thinking about joining please get in touch with Diana Wade before the end of January. Diana can be reached by e-mail: or by telephone: 01225 462807 or by post at 6 Horseshoe Walk, Bath BA2 6DE. She will send full details and a booking form.