Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Over 300 visitors came along and enjoyed varied activities. Many people brought picnics and stayed for the whole day. And they came with bears of all shapes and sizes, and other beloved toys. With music from the Cleveland Ukelele Band, the Teddy zip wire and children’s activities and stories, there was a lovely atmosphere. Some children made teddy bear hats for themselves and their teddies while others added pieces to the 900th anniversary mosaic that is being created.

A grand total of £275 was raised on the day. A huge thank you goes to all those people who came and worked so hard during the day and to those who donated plants or baking to our refreshment table. A big thank you too to volunteers from Sainsbury’s who came along to help and also donated baking. 

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Bible coming back

A medieval bible that was given to Gisborough Priory after the devastating fire of 1289 destroyed the priory’s books and other treasures will be displayed in Guisborough later this year as part of the 900th anniversary celebrations.

The bible is being kindly loaned by St John’s College, Cambridge. It will be displayed in Guisborough Library from 26th September to 29th October. Guisborough Library opening hours may be found here.

Grotesque from MS C.24, a Bible from the Priory of Guisborough, Yorkshire (13th-14th century).
© The Master and Fellows of St John’s College Cambridge

Further details of this exciting development will be publicised as they are known.

Find out more about the Gisburne bible here.

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Priory Pageant

More than 1500 visitors enjoyed a day of medieval fun and games on Saturday 15 June. Some photos from a great day below and more photos here. Find photos on the Evening Gazette website at https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/gallery/pictures-families-celebrate-900-years-16436747. Thank you to Heidi Knights Photography for the photos in the link above. Find more of Heidi’s fantastic photos from the pageant here.

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Bluebells and baby birds

The blue tits are nesting in the hole in the wall near the entrance gate again this year. If you are lucky you will see them flying to and fro.

And there is a duck with lots of ducklings waddling about in the woodland. With birdsong ringing through the trees, and the bluebells and wild garlic blooming, there is much to rouse the senses.

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We are an Odd Soc!

We are an Odd Soc!

Gisborough Priory Project is featured in issue 351 of Current Archaeology magazine in the Odd Socs section, a regular feature on the many and varied local groups involved in archaeology in the UK.

Thank you to Steve Jones, one of our amazing custodians, for getting this feature in the magazine.

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Mosaic making

The Klondike Race came to Guisborough on Sunday 14 April and we welcomed more than 500 visitors to Gisborough Priory during the day.

Lots of visitors helped to add pieces to the mosaic that is being made to celebrate the 900th anniversary of Gisborough Priory’s foundation. The mosaic has been designed by local artists, Derek Mosey and Helen Gaunt, pictured above.

There is still plenty more to do to finish the mosaic so come along to the Priory Pageant on Saturday 15 June and make your mark on this lasting memorial that will be set up in the priory later in the year.

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Help to make a mosaic

On Sunday 14 April, Guisborough will be hosting the Klondike bike race. There will be lots of activities around the town centre, including the priory.

In the priory you can work alongside mosaic artists Helen Gaunt and Derek Mosey to help create a special community mosaic to celebrate 900 years of Guisborough Priory (proposed design pictured above). There will also be other children’s art activities on offer and a trail around the priory and gardens for children.

We would like to thank Tees Valley Community Foundation for the grant to pay for some of these activities so that they are free for everyone. Come along any time from 10am to 4pm to join in the fun.

Unfortunately, due to injury and other complications, neither the mountain bike taster sessions nor the soft archery are now able to be there on Sunday. But the art activities are still going ahead and you can explore the priory and enjoy the beauty of the spring gardens too.

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900 words short story competition

900 words short story competition

Write a story of up to 900 words about Gisborough Priory and enter our anniversary competition. Winners will have their story published in a specially designed booklet as well as receiving other unique prizes. Download the rules and an application form below.

Click below to download the rules and application form as a pdf:


Click below to download the rules and application as a Word document:


Email your story and application form – remember to attach them both!

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New guidebook available now

English Heritage has published a new guidebook for Gisborough Priory. It costs £3.50 a copy and will be available to buy on site in a few days time. Alternatively, buy a copy from English Heritage online. If you buy online, please consider buying through Easyfundraising and making Gisborough Priory Project your chosen charity. If you do this, we will receive 2.5% of whatever you buy at no extra cost to you.

The text has been completely rewritten and the new guidebook includes information about the gardens and the work that we have done over the last years – well worth a read!

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