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.

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.

Scarecrow Trail – Friday 28th April to Sunday 7th May

Children’s Book Characters
Take a trail around this lovely village and look into gardens and windows to see what familiar characters may be hiding there. Can you guess who they are? Fun for all ages!

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.

Grand Opening and Tower Abseil – Saturday 29th April 12noon

Brave volunteers (including many Oxfordshire and village familiar faces!) will abseil down the 100 foot Abbey tower to raise money for the Festival charities – Dorchester Abbey and Sue Ryder, Nettlebed.
Come and cheer them on!

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.

Dorchester Duck Race – Sunday 30th April 5pm

Buy a duck to launch down the river from the Hurst Water Meadow to a nail biting finish next to the Abbey. Prizes for the first three ducks home!

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!

May Morning Breakfast – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 8.30am

Continuing the annual tradition Dorchester’s a capella group will welcome May in by singing from the Abbey tower and then in the Abbey.

Festival Charity Fun Run – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 11am

Take part in the hugely popular 5k Fun Run (or walk). Enjoy the amazing scenery of a run through the historic water meadow and alongside the river and raise money for Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice by getting sponsorship. Bring the whole family – you can even bring the dog!

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

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

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

Pre-Supper Concerts – Wednesday to Friday 3rd to 5th May 6pm

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.

Schools Concert – Saturday 6th May 1.30pm

Always one of the best concerts of the Festival and a real treat for music fans of all ages!  Come and hear some of the best music from Oxfordshire’s schools.  The students will amaze and delight you with their talent and enthusiasm

Quintessential – Sunday 7th May 1pm

A fun family concert for all ages!

Comic Art Masterclass – Sunday 7th May 1pm & 3.30pm

In these fantastic 2hr masterclasses with Kev F you will produce your very own comic strip and he will draw a caricature of you for you to take home

Out of the Blue workshops – Sunday 7th May 2pm & 3.30pm

This hugely popular all-male a cappella student group from Oxford Universities run fun afternoon workshops for children and adults.

Out of the Blue – Sunday 7th May 7pm

Oxford’s all-male a cappella group and semi-finalists of Britain’s Got Talent showcase their award-winning combination of vibrant vocals, outrageously unprofessional choreography and occasionally intentional comedy!