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Food and Gift Fair – Saturday 6th (10am-5pm) & Sunday 7th May (11am-5pm)

Whether you’re looking for locally sourced food, a special gift or unique craft decorations for your home, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Dorchester Food & Gift Fair makes a perfect day out for all the family.

Rebecca Hind: The Power of Water, the Colour of Place – Tuesday 2nd May 7.45pm

Rebecca Hind talks about her paintings, vision and inspiration given and taken from sacred places and dramatic nature.

Sophie Grigson – Saturday 6th May 11am

Asparagus, Wild Garlic and Honey – a kitchen prelude  to Summer.

Hurst Water Meadow Wildlife walk – Saturday 29th April 5pm

Explore the natural world around you using your senses of touch, taste, hearing and smell as well as sight.

Local Artists Exhibition – Saturday 29th April to Wednesday 3rd May 10.30am-6pm

An exhibition of amazing work by artists living in and around Dorchester.

Lego Masterbuilders – Saturday 29th April 10.20am/12.45pm/3pm

Medieval Madness – 90 minutes of  LEGO® Brick Building Fun!

Family Dog Show – Saturday 29th April 11am

The Dorchester Festival dog show is fun day out for all the family and your dog held in the beautiful grounds of Dorchester Abbey.

Toys Alive! Drama Workshop – Saturday 29th April 12noon

20 Dorchester things to do before you’re 99 ¾ – Saturday 29th April 1pm – 5pm

Have a wonderful afternoon with Dorchester experts on hand to help you tick off all the essential things to do in this great village.

Shakespeare Unwrapped Workshop – Saturday 29th April 2.30pm

Packed with games, facts, improvisation and performance opportunities, this exciting workshop will give children a fun, positive and engaging introduction to the work of The Bard.

Historic Houses from Gardens – Sunday 30th April 2pm

Renowned architectural historian Malcolm Airs will lead a walk through the heart of the village to explore Dorchester’s fascinating architectural history and to explain its development from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – Sunday 30th April 7.30pm

Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest – direct from the West End and now heading to Dorchester!

Games Cafe @ The Festival Arms – Sunday 30th April 7.30pm

Come and enjoy the trendy games cafe experience for free and get all competitive with our classic pub games challenge!

Science Shows with Science Oxford – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 1pm & 3pm

Science Oxford produce two amazing one hour science shows that will have you on the edge of your seat! These workshops are part of our Science Mad! afternoon for kids, with workshops completely free – read more about it here.

Science Mad! – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 1pm – 5pm

Throughout this Science Mad! afternoon there will be lots of science experiments for all ages in the Festival Tent and in the Abbey

Vintage Pedal Cars – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 1pm – 4.30pm

Come and drive around our Abbey on these amazing metal pedal and ride-on cars – Bugatii 1930’s racers, emergency vehicles with flashing lights, sirens, bells and tow hooks, even a classic Fergusson tractor and trailer and Deauville touring car!

Canon Custard Walk – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 5pm

Our intrepid Rector walks on custard (not water!).

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 6pm

A double bill of theatre, poetry and music whisk you back to the days of World War II.

Cate Cody Jazz Supper – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May

Be prepared to be wrapped in the smooth tones of the Great American Songbook and the swinging classics of the golden age of jazz, all played by masters of the art.

Schools @ Dorfest Events

Film Night – Thursday 4th May 7.30pm

Enjoy these two classic films, voted for by Festival goers, on the newly installed big screen in the Abbey.   Classic interval refreshments available.

May Day Recreated – Friday 5th May 1.30pm

Join the children of St Birinus Primary school as they recreate the historic Dorchester May Day celebration photo 100 years on.

Archaeology Tour – Saturday 6th May 10.30am & Sunday 7th May 1.30pm

10,000 years of Dorchester: a guided walk through the archaeology and history of the village.

Lego Moviemaker Masterclass – Saturday 6th May 12.30pm & 3pm

Lights, camera, action! Bring your stories to life!

Christine Wallace – BakeOff Demonstration – Saturday 6th May 11am & 1.30pm

BakeOff Demonstration 
Demonstrating in the beautiful setting of the Manor House kitchen, Christine will take you through a baking masterclass including a showstopper dessert and creative ideas for you to bake at home.

Mrs Bun the Baker – Cookery workshops for children – Sunday 7th May

Fun cookery workshops for 2-5yrs and 6-11yrs.  Building confidence and skills in the kitchen, giving children an opportunity to express their creativity and be proud of their achievements!

Claire Andersson – Sunday 7th May 11am & 1.30pm

The demo will walk you through the art of home-curing along with some of the delicious side dishes which you would find at a Midsummer feast.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party – Sunday 7th May 2pm & 3.15pm & 4.30pm