Monastery News

Christmas range now available in the Abbey Visitor Centre

Are you starting to prepare for Christmas?  Our Christmas stock has started to arrive in the Downside Abbey Visitor Centre. As well as all our usual gifts and books, we also have: Christmas cards (including a new range from Downside Abbey Archives and Library) Advent candles Advent calendars The Abbey Visitor Centre is open at the […]

Monks to feature on the BBC

Downside Abbey monks record for BBC Four and BBC Radio 3. The Benedictine monks of Downside Abbey are set to feature in a new innovative television mini-series that will be broadcast on BBC Four this month alongside a series of radio programmes on BBC Radio 3. Retreat: Meditations from the Monastery is a ‘slow TV’ […]

Ramblers continue to visit Downside

The February 2017 edition of the Mendip Times featured an article entitled ‘Abbey circle is full of surprises‘, by Sue Gearing. It showed a map, as well as giving detailed instructions of a local walk that starts and ends here at Downside. Not only was this walk popular at the time of publication but it […]

Monks sing Gregorian Chant on BBC Radio 3

We were thrilled to hear Frs Leo, Anselm and Boniface sing to the nation, on BBC Radio 3, on Sunday 16th October.  If you didn’t have a chance to listen to the live broadcast, you can catch them again on the BBC iPlayer by clicking here. The monks begin at around 17’30”.  The programme, The Early […]