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Thank you to everyone who came to our events in 2017. We hope to welcome you back in 2018 for more fun at Hartland Abbey!

Thank you to Richard Wolfenden-Brown and the team at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington for making our theatre events possible.



Date Time Company Production Price
Sunday 24th June 7pm Hotbuckle Productions Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte £13/£10
Wednesday 8th August 7pm Illyria The Pirates of Penzance’ by Gilbert and Sullivan £15/£11
Friday 10th August 5pm Illyria Doctor Dolittle’ by Hugh Lofting (5 yrs +) £13/£10
 “ 3-4.30pm plus drama workshop 6-11 yrs £5
Wednesday 15th August 5pm Heartbreak Theatre The Midnight Gang’ by David Walliams £13/£10
 “ 3-4.30pm plus drama workshop 6 – 11 yrs £5
Thursday 23rd August 7.30pm Illyria The Hound of the Baskervilles’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle £13/£10
Monday 27th August 5pm The Festival Players The Winter’s Tale’ by William Shakespeare £13/£10

Make a whole day out visiting the Abbey, the gardens, the walks to the beach and the exhibitions, museum etc followed by a lovely evening watching one of the stunning performances. Stay overnight at nearby Hartland Quay to save driving home afterwards!                                   

Grounds open free to theatre-goers 2 hours before 7pm/7.30pm performances and 1 hour before 5pm performances.

Bring rugs/low backed seating/picnics. Refreshments. Bar. Barbecue, Ice creams. Cream teas before 5pm shows.


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Exhibitions 2018

William Stukeley – Saviour of Stonehenge. A fascinating insight into an antiquarian ancestor, famed for his work in recognising the ancient landscape of England. On show are the many aspects of his life including wonderful drawings of his finds. He went on to compose religious music and was absorbed by the traditions of the Druids.

We have two new exhibitions partially funded by the North Devon AONB. We thank them hugely to their support to these projects.

The History of the Hartland Abbey Estate is a small display in the restored old Housekeeper’s room which had previously been used as a junk store since the war! It is now a lovely exhibition space.

Filming on the Hartland Abbey Estate since 1934. Many images of film sets, actors and actresses from the past 82 years of filming on the estate, and the stories behind them, including ‘Water’ with Michael Caine and Billy Connolly,’ The Shout’ with Alan Bates, Susannah York, a very young John Hurt and an even younger Jim Broadbent, ‘Sense and Sensibility’ with Dan Stevens, David Morrissey and Dominic Cooper, and recently, ‘The Night Manager’ with Tom Hiddleston.

We always have a display of some of the documents from our archive along with an extensive range of photographs from the family albums.

MG Rally
Outdoor Theatre
Outdoor Theatre
William Stukeley Exhibition
William Stukeley Exhibition