Glastonbury Abbey staff are turning back the clock and inviting visitors to dress up 1950s style as they open the doors for free to kick-off the jubilee celebrations on the evening of June 1.
Entry will be free from 6pm so visitors can enjoy the tranquillity of the Abbey’s 36 acres of parkland as well as enjoy special 1950s entertainment.
The Abbey itself has connections to Royalty with St Dunstan who was abbot in the 10th century and officiated at the coronation of King Edgar and some of the wording has been used throughout the centuries, including for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Three Saxon kings are buried at the site along with the legendary King Arthur and over the centuries there have been many visits by monarchs.
The open evening also gives people the chance to find out more about the half a million pound appeal launched by the Abbey to rescue its ancient ruins.
The Abbey is asking everyone living, working or visiting Somerset to give £1 to the appeal which willfund conservation work and enhance the visitor experience to the Abbey in the following areas:
James Stone, events co-ordinator , said: “With the warm weather set to continue into next week we’re hoping to have a busy night and we have arranged for entertainment from a band called D&C who will be playing 1950s music to get everyone in the mood.
“One of our Living History presenters, Dan Bradford, will be doing his acclaimed puppet show which will have a jubilee twist and there is a Kings and Queens of England children’s trail in the grounds. Abbey cider and hot dogs will be on sale with all profits going to the appeal.