Festival of Flame

Experience the Abbey transformed into a fiery fantasy land of light and music.

Witness the beauty of thousands of candles lit in the Abbey, an outdoor fire garden, live music, and food and drink. Two magical evenings shedding light on long, dark winter nights.


This year's Festival of Flame marks the launch of the Abbey’s 1350th Anniversary Year celebrations. The content is influenced by the Abbey’s history, both ancient and modern and 1350 candles will be lit in the Abbey on each night.


Highlights include:


Illuminated Sheep

This collaboration between Queen’s Hall Arts and artist Deepa Mann-Kler will see a flock of 30 Illuminated Sheep returning to gather on the Cloister Lawn, with a sound and light treatment that is mesmeric and beguiling. 


Stars for Eternity launch

Following the success of ‘On Angel’s Wings’ in 2021, a new community artwork will see thousands of paper origami stars dedicated to “Stars” - some of them for our heroes, others for those who have been lost.


Triquetra by Tea Light

The triquetra is the symbol of the Abbey, a visual representation of the Holy Trinity. Leanne Shipley will create a large scale installation using tea lights on the floor of the North Transept from four interwoven triquetra, as she did for the very first Festival of Flame in 2019.


Live music performances from Simeon Walker and Michael Haynes

The works of Simeon Walker (pianist and composer) are regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC 6Music and Classic FM. His solo piano works invite listener to find stillness, beauty and meaning, weaving musical stories with each passionate, intimate performance. www.simeonwalker.co.uk

The Phelps Organ, originally installed in 1974 to mark the Abbey’s 1300th anniversary, will be showcased by the Abbey’s Director of Music, Michael Haynes. Works will include Barber’s iconic ‘Adagio for Strings’, arranged for organ.


Viking Fire Garden

The ancient Nordic symbol of Aegishjalmur (Helm of Awe) will be created in multiple points of fire on the Refectory lawn. 


Food & Drink

A range of refreshments will be on offer, including pizza from Fire & Dough and the opportunity to toast marshmallows


For any queries about the event please contact 01434 652477

Festival of Flame is presented by Queen’s Hall Arts in partnership with Hexham Community Partnership. It is funded by North of Tyne Combined Authority and Historic England, with support from Hexham Town Council and Arts Council England.

Price: FREE

When: Friday, February 2, 2024 - 17:00 to Saturday, February 3, 2024 - 21:00

Where: Hexham Abbey