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The latest of our Evening with…. events, sees us hosting BBC Radio Wales’ Roy Noble at the Priory Centre on Saturday, October 14th at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased from the Tithe Barn priced £12.50 (including bubbly and bites).


During the evening an amazing selection of items will be auctioned, including :

  • day trout fishing
  • day salmon fishing
  • Lunch in the House of Lords
  • 2hrs Ironing
  • a days gardening
  • a week on the Costa Brava

See the full list.

Proceeds from this evening go to help restore St Peter’s Church, Llanwenarth – one of the four Churches in Fr Mark’s Incumbency. St Peter’s Church is a small rural church situated in a stunning location in the Usk valley about a mile outside Abergavenny. The structure of the church is at present causing us some concern as the ringing chamber in the tower was declared unsafe in March 2014 and has been stabilised with internal scaffolding which enables us to keep the church open for worship.The nave and chancel roofs are also deteriorating badly; the lead guttering is failing and the stone slates are falling off. Safety fences have been erected. The PCC is in the process of applying for funding to repair and improve the church.



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From Monday, September 18th the Foodhall will be closed on Mondays.

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We are sorry but we will be closed on Monday 28th August 2017. We will re-open at 09.00 on Tuesday 29th August as normal. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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We will again this year play host to part of the Food Festival and hold some of our own activities in parallel with the Festival.



A new feature this year sees us hosting the Friday night Edinburgh Food Studio pop up Event in the Priory Centre. Your chance to experience some of the most innovative cuisine of the UK food scene. The Food Festival are delighted to welcome chefs Ben Reade and Sashana Souza Zanella from the crowd funded restaurant and food research hub, Edinburgh Food Studio.Edinburgh-935x500.jpg

Saturday and Sunday will again see the Priory Centre host Masterclasses  and the Courtyards will be the transformed in to a market of the most amazing food and drink products.



During the month of September, the month of Harvest Thanksgiving and Food Festival,  we will be displaying the Bible Societies display Creation: A Celebration, as we give thanks to God for providing us with the fruits of the earth.

The 42 breathtaking panels of embroidery, painting and mixed-media are a luminescent piece of storytelling which took two years to complete. The tapestries are based on Bible verses from Genesis 1–2, and is rich in detail, vitality and is even humorous – helping viewers to reconnect with the natural world through a blend of historic and contemporary artistry.

The tapestry panels, by artist Sue Symons, were completed in the summer of 2009, and were displayed at Bath Abbey alongside the Bath Diptychs.


A must for all Festival goers is Traditional Tea in the calm and tranquility of the Vicarage Lawn, yards from the main Festival. Tea is served on Saturday from 10am – 4pm.



On Friday in the Priory Church will be holding a Fringe event about sustainable fish: Future for Fish


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We can arrange group tours of the Priory Church and the Tapestry- along with a Cream Tea in the Food Hall. Interested, then email: enquiries@stmarys-priory.org


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We will be again hosting The Abergavenny Churches Together Election Hustings.

Join us at 7pm on Monday, June 5th and question the General Election Candiadtes for the Monmouth Constituency.

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Based in the Tithe Barn we aim to deliver a high quality learning provision through a varied range of services including workshops for schools and events.


The history of St Mary’s can be used with a wide range of other contexts to generate engaging learning pathways. Tudor clothing, food, music, childhood and pastimes, medieval and Tudor medicine, history of St Mary’s Priory as told by a monk and a visit to the Abbot’s Garden. It also therefore provides a particularly rich context for cross-curricular and skills focussed work.


Our aim is simply to engage new and diverse audiences and promote the heritage of the St Mary’s Priory both in the local and wider community. The underlying principal in all our work will be active learning with an appropriate measure of fun!

In a new initiative we are holding a day for home schoolers on June 22nd from 10am.


Meet the Tudors (KS2)

Planning to study the Tudors or the Age of Princes? We can help with workshops and information boxes Including:

  • Tudor Music
  • Medieval and Tudor Medicine
  • Tudor Childhood & Pastimes
  • Tudor Food Authentic Costumes
  • Tudor Herbs and Plants in the Abbots Garden
  • Age of Princes Timeline and Information
  • Meet the Monk:  Our resident New Monastic Community also lead workshops on The life of a Monk– in costume St Mary’s Priory in Tudor Times Christianity at St Mary’s Priory


We also have an exhibition area with interactive displays and house the Abergavenny Tapestry which covers much of the history of the town.

Get in Touch For more information or to book  call 01873 858787 or email: enquiries@stmarys-priory,org

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