Cleeve Abbey (English Heritage)
In Washford lies one of the undiscovered jewels of Somerset, providing an interesting day out for families and budding historians alike.
The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England.
Visitors today can catch a glimpse of monastic life 800 years ago
although the abbey church was destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution in 1536, the cloister buildings including the gatehouse, 15th century refectory with its glorious angel roof and 13th century heraldic tiles have survived remarkably intact.
Heritage site, Sacred space
Closed from 1st Oct - 1st April
- English Heritage
Dissolution drama - Will Henry break the habit? Discovery Visit
Dress up in the monks' habits and through drama, music and exploration re-enact what it was like to be a monk during the reign of Henry VIII.
Key Stage: 2
Subjects: History, Music
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
How to obtain
Please phone 0117 975 0720 to book. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Optional extra - make the most of your day by picnicking in the extensive grounds and exploring Cleeve in conjunction with the book 'Brother Cedric and his missing sheep' and its set of objects relating to the story adn the site.
Making Medieval Tiles Discovery Visit
Have fun learning how tiles were made in medieval times with a professional artist. Using traditional methods and designs create beautiful clay tiles to take back to school. Investigate the amazing medieval tiled floor to uncover the abbey's history.
Duration: 2 hours
Key Stage: 1, 2, 3, History, Art and Design
How to obtain
Call 0117 975 0720 to arrange a 2 hour session, held every Monday and Wednesday during term time. Price £75 per group of up to 30 pupils. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19476 for more information.