St Benet’s Annual Ecumenical Open Air Service on 4th August at 3.30pm

[Details taken from Diocese of Norwich website]

Sunday 4 August 2019 on 3.30pm
Venue: St Benet’s Abbey NR12 8NJ
The St Benet’s Abbey Annual Open Air Ecumenical Service held at the Abbey site to which, by tradition, the Abbot arrives at the Abbey site resplendent on the bough of a Norfolk Cruising Wherry.


This service has become part of the established Norfolk annual calendar and reminds us of the spiritual nature of the Abbey site on this the 1000th anniversary of the foundation of St Benet’s Abbey. It is organised by the Community of St Benet’s, successors to the Brothers of St Benet’s.

The preacher this year will be the Rt Revd Dr Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford, in his capacity as acting Bishop of Norwich, who in turn is, by tradition, the Abbot of St Benet’s. He will be joined at the foot of the Oak Cross which marks the point of the Abbey’s high altar by Clergy and Choirs representing the local Christian Community.  The North Walsham Salavation Army Band will accompany the hymn singing.

Visitors are advised that the parking is in fields and therefore on uneven ground. Only cars carrying demonstrably disabled passengers will be allowed onto the Abbey Site.


  • By road, off the A1062 at Johnsons Street, Ludham, signposted St Benet’s.
  • By water, just downstream from Antmouth on the river Bure.
  • On foot, Along the Three Rivers Way from Horning or Ludham.

Alternatively enjoy a trip on the “Souther Comfort” riverboat to the Abbey Site departing from and returning to Horning Green.  Tickets available from Horning Post Office.

Abbey site OS Grid Reference TG3802615785.


Contact details:

Revd David Smith (Prior of St Benet’s and Rector of the Benefice of St Benedict) 01693 630216