Luke Jerram’s incredible touring exhibition, Museum of the Moon, will be on display in the Abbey from 20 November – 24 December.
Come and see this amazing artwork in our beautiful Abbey or join one of our many events that will take place during the exhibition. There will be Christmas carols, magical storytelling and moon-gazing with the Bath Astronomers, all under the light of the Moon in the Abbey’s newly restored worship space. For full details of all events, please see below.
Families & Schools
Moon-tastic Family Days (Storytelling & Craft)
Tue 30 Nov, Sat 4 Dec & Sat 18 Dec, 10am-12.30pm
Ages 5 and over.
Join us for some family fun including listening to magical stories while sitting under the Moon and making Cosmic Christmas decorations in our new Learning Room down in the Abbey vaults.
Drop in. Free, no tickets required.
'Cosmic Wonder' Trail
Don’t forget to pick up our complimentary ‘Cosmic Wonder’ trail from the Welcome Desk and explore the Abbey to find out more about both our amazing Moon and the wonderful birth of Jesus at Christmas.
Visiting after hours
- Sunday 21 November
- Monday 22 November
- Monday 29 November
- Sunday 5 December
- Monday 6 December
- Sunday 12 December
- Monday 13 December
- Sunday 19 December
- Monday 20 December
A unique opportunity to experience the magic of the moon after hours in the stunning Abbey. The accompanying soundtrack created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello winner Dan Jones can also be enjoyed during these magical evenings.
Tickets for the evening: £6, Adult; £3 Child available from Eventbrite.
Stargazing with the Bath Astronomers
As part of our Moonlight Lates, you can interact with Bath Astronomers in the Abbey Nave and there will be a ticketed opportunity to climb our Tower for some moon and star gazing (weather dependent).
Moonlight Lates Tower Tour: Tickets £15 per adult and £10 per child.
Please note you need to purchase a ticket for the evening (prices above) prior to a Tower Tour Ticket.
The Still Moon - Accessible Sessions
For those who find bright lights and noises distressing, visit the Moon between 9am and 10am on Tuesday mornings to experience the exhibition at a quiet time.
Artwork & Exhibitions
'Into the Silent Land' by Stephen Magrath
An exhibition of four pictures on the theme of circles and abstract space by Bath artist Stephen Magrath, resonating with Luke Jerram’s ‘Museum of the Moon’ while it is at Bath Abbey. Visitors are invited to be still and contemplate the inner nature of life and God.
Mindful Art Workshops led by Stephen Magrath
Mondays: 22 Nov, 29 Nov, 6 Dec, 13 Dec & 20 Dec, 4.15-5.15pm
Local artist, Stephen Magrath, will help participants create their own personal design inspired by the Abbey’s moon exhibition, sacred circle art and the artist’s own work.
Age 8 upward, £3, all materials included.
Christmas is truly a wonderful time of year at Bath Abbey. There are a number of church services to choose from, and we hope you’ll join in with our worship this Christmas in our beautiful surroundings, under the magical light of the Moon.
Here are just a few of our festive services:
Sat 4 Dec, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Sat 11 Dec, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Sat 18 Dec, 1pm, 2pm
All are welcome to join us for this short carol service. There will be a Christmas welcome from our clergy, a solo from one of our boy choristers and a chance to sing aloud to popular carols.
4pm & 6pm Carol Praise
11pm Midnight Communion
8am Holy Communion
9.30am Church Family Communion
11.15am Sung Eucharist
For a full list of our Advent and Christmas services please check our website or pick up one of our Advent & Christmas leaflets.
Choirs & Concerts
All Night Vigil - Sergei Rachmaninov
Tuesday 23 November, 8pm
This will be an evening to remember as the Abbey girls and Lay-clerks sing the atmospheric and uplifting music written for the Russian Orthodox liturgy by Sergei Rachmaninov. Rachmaninov’s masterpiece was written in 1915 and this rich and sonorous work is written entirely for unaccompanied chorus and sung in Church Slavonic. Performed under the Museum of the Moon, and combined with the Abbey’s beautiful acoustic, this will be a hypnotic and mesmerising experience – let your hearts be drawn to heaven with the rich sonorities of one of the greatest twentieth century composers.
Director: Huw Williams, The Abbey Girls and Lay-clerks.
Tickets cost £20, £15 and £10 and are available from Bath Box Office (16s and under half price).
Melody Makers: Mission to the Moon
Tue 30 Nov, 6.30pm
Performed by the Melody Makers; Directed by Shean Bowers
Enjoy an evening of moon-themed music sung by the Abbey’s youngest choir of 6-11 year olds. Accompanied by cello, trumpet and piano.
Tickets: £10 (16s and under £6)
A Christmas Celebration with the Bath Abbey Choirs and Melody Makers
Saturday 11 December, 7pm -9pm
A festive selection of well-known Christmas classics for choir, organ and audience. To help get into the festive spirit, there will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation and to singalong. Featuring the Abbey Choir of Girls, Boys and Lay-clerks directed by Huw Williams, Director of Music, Bath Abbey, and the Abbey’s youngest Choir of 6-11 year olds, the Melody Makers directed by Shean Bowers, Assistant Director of Music, Bath Abbey.
Tickets: £18, 13, and £8 (16s and under half price), available from Bath Box Office.
A Baroque Christmas at Bath Abbey
Saturday 18 December 7pm – 9pm
Featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria and Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit. Bath Abbey’s Choirs are joined by Baroque instrumentalists Rejouissance playing on historic instruments. With carols for audience and a feast of glorious Christmas music from Venice and Paris. Directed by Huw Williams, continuo organ Shean Bowers.
Tickets £20, £15 and £10 (16s and under half price), available from Bath Box Office.
La Nativité - Messiaen
Tue 21 Dec 7pm
Come and hear Huw Williams, the Abbey’s Director of Music, perform Messiaen’s exquisite meditation on the organ, with accompanying scripture readings. All welcome, no tickets required.