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

Sat 21st July at 1pm - the official unveiling of the Ashburton Medieval History Timeline by the 1197th Portreeve Jenny Giles. All welcome at St Lawrence Chapel. This precedes the Medieval Fair, Bread Weighing and Ale Tasting which starts at 2pm.

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'.#

Sat 8th (10-4pm), Sun 9th Sept (1-4pm) - Heritage Open Weekend at St Lawrence Chapel, with tower tours, exhibitioins, teas etc. Sat 8th is also Ashburton Food Festival day.

Thurs 27, Fri 28 and Sat 29th Sept - performances of the MED Theatre production of 'the Life of Walter de Stapledon' who was Bishop of EWxeter in the early 14th century and who led a very colourful and eventful life around England and in France. Tickets will be £7 and will be available from the MED Theatre nearer the time. This is an Ashburton Community Play with local people taking part. Please note that the performances in September are in St Andrew's Church, Ashburton starting at 7.30pm


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.

Ashburton Medieval History TIMELINE

Available to inspect from early July.   Official Unveiling 1pm on Sat 21st July to which everyone is invited. Unveiling by 1197th Portreeve Jenny Giles .

The large coloured Community Timeline shows Ashburton Medieval history events and above, national events, in order to put Ashburton events in a context.
We would like to thank all who have contributed to the Timeline, including children from Ashburton Primary School.

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.

the Life of Walter de Stapledon - medieval community play

Thurs 27th, Fri 28th and Sat 29th September, 7.30pm, St Andrew's Church, Ashburton

A medieval community play as part of the Ashburton Medieval History Community Research Project, commissioned by the Guild of St Lawrence and written and produced by the MED Theatre. Tickets £7 from the MED Theatre nearer the date or on the door.

Refer also to the Ashburton History and Preservation Society programme earlier in this Events Section