Tewkesbury Abbey

With a history stretching over 900 years, Tewkesbury Abbey is one of the largest parish churches in the country. The present building was consecrated in 1121 and continues to be a parish church for Tewkesbury after it was purchased from Henry VIII's commissioners in 1540 for the  sum of £453. The Abbey has seen many changes over those 900 years and continues to evolve as a living parish church for Tewkesbury. We welcome everyone regardless of faith or no faith and hope that, whether you visit for a service or to see our architecture and history, your visit will bring refreshment to body, mind and spirit. 

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SPACE at Tewkesbury Abbey

for 5 days, 21 hours, 45 mins
Tewkesbury Abbey
Tewkesbury Abbey Church Street Tewkesbury Gloucester, GL20 5RZ, United Kingdom

Join us as we journey through outer space, gaze up at emerging galaxies, and explore the wonders of the heavens, as you make your way through Space by Luxmuralis at Tewkesbury’s magnificent Abbey.

Space is a light and sound art installation created by artistic collaboration Luxmuralis; who have been touring cathedrals and churches in England for several years.

This experience, in which Luxmuralis return to Tewkesbury three years after their Festival of Lights installation in Autumn 2021, will take visitors on an exploration through galaxies, outer-space and the ambition to adventure beyond.

Stunning projections onto the Abbey’s 900-year-old architecture will showcase the vastness of the universe, planetary exploration, and show the final image of Earth, looking back from space under a galaxy of stars.

In an experience lasting about 45 minutes, visitors will enter the Abbey in darkness through the North Door, before journeying around the building, encountering vibrant projections in different areas, accompanied by an immersive soundscape.

The experience includes an awe-inspiring projection in the Nave, the central aisle of the Abbey. The space will be clear of pews, and visitors can use the seating at the sides to take a moment to pause, look out into space and ponder the fragility of humanity and our own planet.

Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey, Revd. Canon Nick Davies says; “We’re really excited that Luxmuralis is returning to the Abbey and hope that this will be another breathtaking opportunity for people to marvel at the heavens and the wonders of creation. This is a spectacular installation in an awe-inspiring building and we look forward to welcoming tens of thousands to enjoy it. We would encourage people to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Adults: £12, Children: £10, Under 3s: Free

Suitable for all ages

Sessions last 45 minutes – you are welcome to stay as long as you like

Tickets must be booked in advance, either online or via The Roses’ Box Office on 01684 295074

Join us on the 22nd - 27th October 2024 for a spectacular light show where you journey through outer space, gaze up at emerging galaxies, and explore the wonders of the heavens, as you make your way through Space by Luxmuralis.

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The parish of Tewkesbury: St Mary the Virgin (Tewkesbury Abbey) is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Gloucester’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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