Hear about our events first!

We list our events here on our website, but you can also read about events on the ASHBURTON Facebook and in local magazines - Around Ashburton and St Andrew's Parish News.

St Lawrence Chapel open to visitors

REGULARLY OPEN from 1st May - 30th September on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 12 noon, to visit the unique Grade ll* Listed Building and Archives and view historical exhibitions. Not open during the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music Exams in mid July.


Major weekend events take place during the year as follows -

-  ASHBURTON MEDIEVAL FAIR on the third Saturday of July (21st July). Chapel open from 10am to view major historical exhibitions in addition to visiting the building and viewing the  Archives.Our famous TEAS also served.

- HERITAGE OPEN WEEKEND on the second weekend in September (Sat 8th 10-4pm; Sun 9th 2-4pm). Chapel open for escorted ascents of the tower; visiting the building and Archives; major historical exhibitions; viewing of the new Ashburton Medieval Timeline. Our famous TEAS also served.

Visit the unique Grade ll* Listed Building and its archives, which include archives of the building when it was Ashburton Grammar School. During the summer from mid July to the end of September see our historic exhibitions, often including work by school children.

Regular bookings

St. Lawrence Chapel has a number of regular events and activities booked each week, including:

*  Piano lessons by Pam Canter on Tuesday late afternoons

*  Incon Singers rehearsal Wednesdays.

*  Ashburton Live regular jazz concerts, mainly Sunday evenings.

*  Summer historical exhibitions - mid July to end of Sept.

The venue has a number of rooms suitable for a wide variety of events - from art, craft and photographic exhibitions through to concerts, drama, rehearsals and other community events. It is also a venue for the Associated Board Royal School of Music exams for the South West of England and the regular meeting place of the Portreeve and Courts Leat & Baron.

For further details about bookings at St. Lawrence Chapel or to make a booking, please email us at

Ashburton History & Preservation Society

Meetings always start at 7.30pm.

FUTURE TALKS AND EVENTS - 2018 PROGRAMME.Illustrated Talks start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.   

Mon 4th June: Illustrated talk by David Crook on 'the Perambulation of the Ashburton Stannary Boundary'.

Mon 2nd July; Illustrated talk by Dr David Stone about 'Life and Death in Medieval England.

Thurs 26th July at 2.00pm: Annual Outing. This year it is a tour of Dartmouth Naval Training College. £10 per person in advance. ontacr=t Brian Lewis 01364 652768 as soon as possible if you would like to go. Numbers limited to 15 so book your place quickly.

Mon 3rd September: Exhibitions (including school projects) and talks about research carried out about 'Everyday Life in Medieval Ashburton'.


Thurs. 24th May at, St Lawrence Chapel. FIRST READING  and RECRUITING  for the Ashburton Community Play about 'The Life of Walter de Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter in the early 14th Century. Performances of the play will take place on 27th, 28th and 29th September this year, starting at 7.30pm, in St Andrew's Church, Ashburton.

Walter de Stapledon had a manor in Ashburton, granted St Lawrence Chapel to the town in 1314, procured Fairs and Markets for Ashburton, founded Exeter College in Oxford, travelled extensively in Britain and France, was Edward ll's Pay Master and was murdered by the London mob.

If you are interested in performing in the play - as a lead actor, as part of group scenes on in the young children's chorus, come to the Play's FIRST READING and RECRUITING on 24th May as above. The MED Theatre will be leading the evening.         Contact Brian Lewis 01364 652768 for details.


All activities are at St. Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton (unless stated otherwise above). Refreshments at the end of meetings when there is a chance to talk to the speaker. Attendance charge for talks is £2 or £1 for Guild of St Lawrence Members (the Guild of St. Lawrence owns and manages St. Lawrence Chapel).

Refer also to the Ashburton Medieval History Community Research Project below which is linked to the History Society. Year 3 of the Project has started and is focusing on Everyday Life in Medieval Ashburton.

Ashburton Medieval History Community Research Project

Community research, projects, exhibitions, reports and publications all over a four year period and then hopefully, ongoing.

We have received a grant  from the 'Moor Than Meets the Eye Project' for which DNPA received a Heritage Lottery Grant and will be working with their staff to undertake this project which is part of the Parishscapes Project. Our project is grant aided over four years and we hope it will be ongoing into the future.

The aim is to involve as many groups and individuals as possible, including schools, colleges, youth clubs, play groups etc in projects about medieval Ashburton, which can be lead by any group under the Parishscapes umbrella.

Year 1    we studied roads, tracks, watercourses, buildings & why Ashburton is located where it is.

Year 2    We are studying Ashburton's Medieval Industries incl. tin, wool & farming. July '16 -July '17.

Year 3    Everyday life in Ashburton. Sept '17 - Sept '18.

Year 4    Medieval culture, art, crafts, plays, prose, music etc. Sept '18 - Sept '19.

If you or your organisation or school is interested in joining this diverse project please contact any of the following. You can be involved on various levels from undertaking research to stewarding an exhibition or organising a project. Your time commitment can be long or short.

Brian Lewis 01364 652768, Pete Webb 652855, or Sandra Carr 653539.

Our funding will pay in part for such things as research expenses, exhibition screens and exhibition costs, the cost of publishing reports and booklets, timeline production, costs of medieval play productions, expenses related to medieval music performance etc. This is an exciting project which should involve the whole community. Amongst those involved are - The History & Preservation Society, The Guild of St. Lawrence, Ashburton Town Council, The Ashburton Portreeve, Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Women Out Late, Ashburton Choirs, Ashburton Primary School, the Bank Youth Project, St Andrew's Church, South Dartmoor Community College, the MED Theatre, Ashburton WI, West Country Embroiderers and individual members of the local community.

Alison Smith Classical Guitar Concert

Friday 11th May, 7.30pm at St Lawrence Chapel

Composers to include Chopin, Villa Lobos, Barrios, Lovelady, Yocoh and George Shearing.
'Enthralling....demonstrated sheer virtuosity.... superb technique and sensitivity' National Guitar Festival of Great Britain.

The 3 Churches Music Festival, May 2018.

St. Peter's Church, Buckland-in-the-Moor, Friday 11th May at 7.30pm - Music and Ecclesiastical Art of the 16th century and Dartmoor Poetry readings. Tickets £8 under 16's £4),   including refreshments of the period.


The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Bickington, Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm - 'Music Through Time' recital by the 4tissimo String Quartet. Tickets £7 (under 16's £4) .Interval bar


St Andrew's Church, Ashburton, Friday 18th May at 7.30pm - recital by the Orchard String Quartet, joined by friends in the second half to perform Mendelssohn's famous' String Octet'. Tickets £7 (under 16's £4). Interval bar.


St Andrew's Church, Ashburton, Saturday 19th May at 5.30pm - a concert to 'CELEBRATE THE ROYAL WEDDING' performed by the Exeter Children's and Youth Orchestra. Tickets £7 (under 16's £4 and under 5's free). Interval refreshments.


St Andrew's Church, Ashburton, Sunday 20th May at 6.00pm - Organ Recital performed by internationally acclaimed organist and pianist Duncan Honeybourne. Tickets £7 (under 16's £4). Interval bar. Recital in support of the Ashburton 'BANK YOUTH PROJECT'.

The Festival is supported by the Guild of St Lawrence.

Tickets are £7 and £4 for under 16's. At the concert on 19th May, under 5's are free.

Free colour Programmes with full details are available from Ashburtron Information Centre, in the participating churches and in various locations in Ashburton.

Tickets are also available at Ashburton Information Centre or by contacting Brian Lewis to reserve them for ollection and paying on the door on 01364 652768 or you can obtain tickets on the door.


We have a wonderfully varied programme and also internationally acclaimed top class performers, so come and support the Festival and have a really enjoyable time.

The Life of Walter de Stapledon medieval local community play

First reading of the play on Thurs 24th May, 7pm St Lawrence Chapel.

MED Theatre play involving local actors to be performed in late September. Local actors young and older wanted to take part in the play as lead actors, to take part in group scenes or in the children's chorus. Anyone interested please come along to find out about the play and sign up to take part in this exciting play.

Pupils from the primary school and their parents are wanted. Students from South Dartmoor Community College wanted. Young people from the Bank Youth Project wanted. Musicials wanted.

Refer also to the Events Section on Ashburton History & Preservation Society.

MadalinaRusu Piano Recital

Sunday 12th August at 3pm, St Lawrence Chapel

A piano recital by the internationally acclaimed young pianist, playing classical music including Bach.

Tickets £8 (under 16's £5), reserved by calling 01364 652768 or on the door. Tickets include interval tea and cake.

The young pianist has performed wonderful recitals at St Lawrence Chapel a number of times now and we look forward hearing her inspirational music again this summer.