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Malmesbury Abbey Skate Festival starts Wed 17th Feb

16th February 2010

Skatepark returns to Malmesbury Abbey (February 17th – 19th)

Following the success of the first ever skatepark held inside Malmesbury Abbey in 2009, the inside of the 12th century former Benedictine abbey is being once again transformed into a fully-fledged skatepark with quarter pipes, grinding boards and ramps. 

This year’s event again takes place during the final three days of the February half term, and boarders and skaters from Malmesbury and beyond are all invited to take part. The event is a partnership with Christian Skaters UK www.christianskaters.co.uk  and Christian Surfers www.christiansurfers.co.uk who supply the indoor mobile skatepark

There will be a host of other attractions on top of the chance to perform skateboarding stunts inside such a stunning building. 

Beatbox workshops and performance with nationally-acclaimed beatboxer TyTe, the man who is the developer of the world’s first online beatboxing tutorial.Street Dance workshopsDrop-in café The skatepark opens its doors on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 17 and continues throughout Thursday and Friday culminating with a competition finale on Friday evening.


Last year’s skatepark saw 100+ skaters from Malmesbury, surrounding towns and villages and as far away as Kent get involved. 

Rev Neill Archer, the vicar of Malmesbury Abbey, said he was pleased the skatepark was returning for a second year. “Last year’s event was such a positive thing both for the abbey and for the young people in the town. 

“Everyone had such a great time, and we had lots of wonderful feedback, from the youngsters themselves, but also from parents who welcomed a safe venue for their children to skate. 

“We are staging it in 2010 to once again show the young people that the abbey is as much a building for them as it is for anyone else. We are showing them that the people at the abbey care about them and we would love to welcome them here,” he added. “The bottom line is that God loves young people, and anything we can do that nudges our young people to realise that they are a valued and respected part of our community is helpful.” 

The Bishop of Bristol, the Rt Rev Mike Hill, opened last year’s event. He said: “What I love about Malmesbury Abbey Skate is that it provides something for young people in the area which they really, really like. 

“I hope there will be teenagers whose view of who church is for and what it is about will change as a result of taking part. It’s also a pretty amazing venue for a skate park,” he added. 

Those wanting to find out more, or have a go on the skatepark itself, should log onto www.malmesburyabbey.info/abbey-skate-2010 or go onto the skatepark’s very own facebook page (www.facebook.com/abbeyskate).

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