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Malmesbury Abbey Skate 2015 Featured

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Malmesbury Abbey Skate 2015 Image Credt: Malmesbury Abbey Website

For the seventh year running, the 12th century former Benedictine Abbey in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, is to be transformed from a working church to a skatepark, welcoming hundreds of young people over the February half term.

There will be opportunities to film or photograph the transformation, set-up and the skatepark in action in the stunning location under the abbey’s famous Norman vaulted stone ceiling.

The skatepark is a collaboration between the Malmesbury Abbey congregation and the Nailsea-based Christian Skaters UK organisation. Since it began in 2009, abbey skate has become one of the premier youth events in the West Country. Last year more than 600 young people tested the ramps, quarter pipes, grinding rails and trick boxes.

The organiser this year is the curate of Malmesbury Abbey, Rev John Monaghan.

“This year’s Abbey Skate is our seventh, and a tribute to the commitment of so many volunteers, inspired to serve the local community, and to show God’s love and hospitality to everyone who comes through the Abbey door,” he said.

“The Abbey Skate is an action packed three days, with age-appropriate skate and scoot sessions for people of all abilities,” he added.

For more information, or to book a session, parents and young people must visit Booking is NOW OPEN!


The event opens at 10am on Wednesday, February 18, runs all day and into the evening on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with demonstrations from professional skaters and scooterers, and climaxes with a grand competition on Friday night.

There will also be live music from Wiltshire singer-songwriter Emily McGrory.

Notes to editors:

Photo/interview/film opportunities.

To take up any of the following opportunities, for any more information, photo opportunities in advance of the event or pictures of previous years, members of the media must in the first instance contact Tristan Cork: 07715 770238

Sunday February 15 (4pm-9pm): At 4pm, Malmesbury Abbey holds its regular Sunday all-age worship service. Afterwards, the congregation remove the chairs and lay down a double-thick wooden floor to protect the abbey’s stone and parquet flooring.

Tuesday February 17 (7am): A local farmer lends 120 straw bales, which are then bagged up to protect the abbey’s ancient mighty stone pillars.

Tuesday February 17 (approx. 7.30pm): The skate ramps, quarter pipe, and other equipment arrives and is set up – the skatepark transformation is complete!

Wednesday February 18 (11.45am): MAIN skatepark photo/film opportunity: We will clear the park temporarily and encourage expert skaters to perform jumps for the cameras. This the best and only planned opportunity for free and choreographed access to the skatepark for photographers/cameramen.

Friday February 20 (from 7pm): Skatepark finale with competition.

Friday February 20 (from 9.30pm): An army of volunteers removes the skatepark, returns the bales, takes up the floor and returns the chairs. Each year they attempt to beat the previous record, and/or try to make it to the local curry house before it closes at midnight.

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