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Details of our celebration event will be updated throughout the year.  Please visit this page regularly for more information and details about specific events.

Ancient Wells – Living Water – a celebration of 900 years of Launde Abbey

Join us for the weekend of June 21st – 24th for a once in a lifetime event to celebrate all that is wonderful about Launde Abbey.


David Newman’s acclaimed performance of the Gospel of Mark

900th Anniversary: Ancient Wells-Living Water


18:30   Mark’s Gospel Part 1

19:15   Finger buffet supper

20:00   Mark’s Gospel Part 2

20:45   Break

21:00   Compline


The ‘Big Celebration’: a service led by the Bishops of Leicester and Peterborough, followed by an open-air hog roast and an afternoon full of events for all the family, including archery, walks and tours, as well as historical re-enactments.

Gala Dinner with guest speaker, Adrian Plass

900th Anniversary: Ancient Wells-Living Water


19:00   Drinks reception

19:30   Gala Dinner followed by guest speaker, Adrian Plass




15:30   A classical concert in the gardens followed by a sumptuous cream tea.

18:00   Choirs Together at Launde:  The choirs of Leicester and Peterborough Cathedrals come together for the first time for a unique Choral Evensong



A unique presentation and conversation between Hilary Mantel (author of Wolf Hall and Diarmaid MacCulloch (author of Thomas Cromwell: a life) about Reformation England, the life of Cromwell and the place of Launde in that incredible story.

900th Anniversary: Ancient Wells-Living Water





Dame Hilary Mantel: ”Don’t You Mean Oliver?’

When Hilary Mantel began working on her Thomas Cromwell novels he barely figured in the popular imagination except as a cartoon villain, and was often confused with the Lord Protector.  Why was his reputation so black, his image so one-dimensional?  Novelist Hilary Mantel talks about how she worked towards a more complex and nuanced portrait.

Dame Hilary Mantel is a writer and critic.  Her Thomas Cromwell novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies were both awarded the Man Booker prize:  Wolf Hall also won the Walter Scott prize, and Bring Up The Bodies, the Costa book award.  They are published in 37 languages and were adapted as a television series for the BBC; the stage adaptation played in Stratford-on-Avon, in the West End and on Broadway.  The final book of the trilogy, The Mirror and The Light will be published shortly.

900th Anniversary: Ancient Wells-Living Water

Reverend Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch: ‘Thomas Cromwell: getting him right’  ‘Cromwell’s latest biographer tweaks some misunderstandings about his career’

Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford, Fellow St Cross College, Oxford, and is a prize-winning author.  He has written extensively on the sixteenth century and beyond it.  His History of Christianity: the first three thousand years and the BBC TV series based on it first appeared in 2009; the book won the Cundill Prize, the world’s largest prize for history, in 2010.  His Thomas Cromwell: a Life appeared in 2018.  He was knighted in the UK New Year’s Honours List of 2012.


10.00 am   Hilary Mantel – ‘Don’t You Mean Oliver?’

10.30 am   Diarmaid MacCulloch – ‘Thomas Cromwell: getting him right’

11.00 am   Coffee

11.30 am   Discussion

12.30 pm   Lunch

Please note:  Platinum Weekend Tickets are now FULLY BOOKED

All-Event Tickets (non-residential), including all the above events are on sale at £105.00 per person

Individual Event Tickets for the main events listed above are on sale as follows:

The Gospel of Mark – £20.00 per person

Gala Dinner – £55.00 per person

Classical Concert and Cream Tea – £15.00 per person

Remembering Cromwell – £30.00 per person


We strongly recommend booking early to ensure your place at this extraordinary weekend.


For more information and to book, please contact Launde Abbey on 01572 717254 or email: info@launde.org.uk












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