Reflections on a Summer of Music, Monks and Mayhem at The Almonry

It’s been a busy time here at the Almonry over the Summer with a wide range of events in all weathers! We welcomed back the Evesham Festival of Words  with a packed house for the bookshop launch evening on the 16th June and the Festival of Words fringe event ‘Teens Tackle Shakespeare’ on the 4th July. Luckily the weather was good to us and the teens were able to perform to a sell out audience in the Almonry Garden.





Meanwhile the Almonry also hosted a series of workshops in conjunction with storyteller Peter Chand and textile artist Sue Chand. They worked with St Andrew’s School, Hampton and adult groups to produce stories and textile art on the theme of ‘Caring, Sharing & Giving’. We welcomed some of the children to tell their special stories at the exhibition launch on 15th July.

The resulting exhibition is on show until late September.






Evesham Wildlife Week heralded the start of the school holidays with bug related kids activies, and the launch of our pop up bugs in museums exhibition looking at what pests could invade and their potential effects.  Worcester Wildlife Trust braved the rain on July 26th to sweep the garden on a bug hunt and our visitors took home bee friendly plants to encourage nature into their own gardens back home. St Lawrence’s Church held a partner Fantastical Creatures event too. WWT were back hunting for wildlife again on 16th Aug in the sunshine this time! We have been creating our own ‘Almonry big bug B&B’ in the back garden throughout the summer; a cozy place for them to hibernate for the winter.


Kids visiting us have enjoyed making our spider and caterpillar crafts and hunting for the BIG BUGS hidden around the building.






With summer in full swing August brought visitors enjoying looking for the lovely hand knitted monks around the Almonry ; and finding out facts about former Abbots of Evesham (thank you to Pat who lovingly knitted all 12 unique characters) on our Summer Monks Trail.

Lucy Worsley spent a morning filming for a BBC4 documentary on Evensong to be aired this autumn featuring our unique bible. More changeable weather chased us in and out from the garden at the launch event for Tim Heath’s book ‘Hitlers Girls ‘; well attended despite the weather.



It was time to step back to the Tudor and Medieval Period. Saturday 5th August heralded sunshine, showers and Gloriana – Music and Dance Troupe in the front garden and out and about around town.

Later that evening we welcomed back Musyck Anon,  for a popular concert of Medieval Singing with the audience boasting some beautifully clad members of Gloriana still in costume!

The Almonry’s first valuation day in association with Fieldings Auctioneers was held on 17th August and gave visitors a chance to bring in their items for the specialists to value. We are hosting another Valuation day on 14th October.

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