For the 10th year running, the Abbey was transformed into a skatepark, welcoming hundreds of young people of all ages and abilities over three days in the February half term.

Brandon and Callum both aged 16 have been involved from the early days of Skate and this is what they had to say:

“I love that kids can come off the street and see something in a different way. They have never seen a skate park in a church before. You walk in the doors and it brings joy. When I first came, I didn’t believe in God at all. I’ve heard how God has impacted people and it’s made me start to believe that God is real.” Brandon

“I love the team, hard working, passionate about what they do and they always help others. I feel like God has brought us together.” Callum

Abbey Skate is a way of showing young people that the Abbey is for them as much as everyone else and to demonstrate Jesus’ words, ‘I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10)

The event is made possible by a large team of volunteers from the Abbey and our partnership with Phil Williams and his team from Christian Surfers and Skaters UK. For more information visit us on Facebook or email

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Background image © Stephen Shepherd Photography.

Be inspired by our 12th Century former Benedictine Abbey as volunteers from the church family join with Christian Skaters UK (officially called Christian Surfers UK) to deliver our tenth Abbey Skate. There will be skating, scooters, demos, competitions, music, tuck shop and the Abbey Cafe. There are sessions for all ages and abilities and bookings are now open.

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