The Chapel is open to visitors from the beginning of May until the end of September on certain days (refer to our events page), or by arrangement, and is used throughout the year for a great variety of activities under the headings of:

  • Heritage
    Maintaining the historic heritage of the Building and its unique Archives, which cover many aspects of the building’s years as a Grammar School. Also as a focus for Ashburton town heritage. The historic Portreeve Ceremony and Ancient Court Meetings take place here. Ashburton History and Preservation Society also meets here. The annual ancient Medieval Fair, ale tasting and bread weighing ceremonies are focused on the Chapel and St. Lawrence Lane and take place in mid July each year.
  • Culture
    The building is used for a great variety of music, drama, poetry and arts and crafts events and groups. It is the Centre for the Assoc. Board Royal School of Music Examinations for the whole of the South West Region and is one of the venues for the annual Two Moors Festival.
  • Community
    The Chapel is used by local and regional groups and organisations for a very wide range of community activities and exhibitions.

Please note that the Chapel is now fully accessible for everyone now that access works (including ramps, platform lift and a fully accessible toilet) have been installed. Toilets have also recently been upgraded to a high standard.

2014 is the 700th Anniversary Year of the Granting of St. Lawrtence Chapel to the Town of Ashburton. We have a year of exciting celebration musical and other events, the procrrds of which will be going towards the Tower Restoration Fund, for which we need to raise approx. £200,000. For more details refer to the EVENTS & the Future Proposals Sections.