Ruins of Priory of St Pancras to be lit up in magical candlelight event


Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, Lewes Priory Trust will again be lighting the ruins of the Priory of St Pancras with thousands of candles next month.

The event, on Saturday, September 12, is part of the Heritage Open Days weekend.

As dusk falls, twinkling candles will illuminate the ruins, transporting visitors back to the times of the monks who lived there well before the advent of electric light.

The Priory by Candlelight event will be opened at 6 pm by Ruth O’Keefe- Chair of Lewes District Council- and entertainment throughout the evening will include drummers and local choirs. Stalls selling a range of food and refreshments will be on-site.

Chairman of Lewes Priory Trust, Sy Morse Brown, said: “We are delighted to be staging this magical, free event once again and to welcome the people of Lewes and beyond to our beautiful site. Last year was a resounding success and we are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather again for this year.

“Many volunteers, including our local Explorer group, are helping out in the candlelight celebration making it a great community occasion.”

Lewes Priory Trust are appealing for clean jam jars (without lids) and will be collecting any donations at the Folly Tower, in Priory Park, on Saturday, August 29 and Saturday, September 5 between 10 am and 2pm.

For more information contact Helen Chiasson on 01273 483462 or by email at

The event will be postponed if the weather is wet.

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