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Folk Night – Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 7.30pm

Our first Festival folk night kicks off with a great double bill of award winning young folk artists.  Whether you enjoy the smooth tones & fiddle of Jackie Oates or the big sound of Sam Kelly and his band, it’ll be a night to remember!

Open Mic Night – Sunday 5th May 8pm

All are welcome to come and participate in this first Festival Open Mic Night!

Family Dog Show – Saturday 4th May 10am

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

Cate Cody Jazz Supper – Tuesday 7th May 7.30pm

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.

Cara Berridge (Cello) – Mendelssohn, Schubert & Faure – Weds 8th May 6pm

Cara plays a beautiful programme of Mendelssohn, Schubert and Faure on her 1781 Gagliano cello.Concert Programme:
Mendelssohn Sonata in D major op 58
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata
Faure Romance op 69 & Papillon op 77

Pictures at the Exhibition – Friday 10th May 6pm (pre concert talk 5.30pm)

Programme: Mussorgsky Pictures at the exhibition, Rachmaninov “Vocalise”, and others

Wind from the East – Thursday 9th May 6pm

Anna Snesar, Dorothy Whyte-Venables and Ilya Chetverikov play a programme inspired by Gypsy Heritage


Beethoven Violin Sonata N.8 Op.30 N3

Dvorak from “Gypsy Songs”
No.4 songs my mother taught me
No.5 Tune thy strings o Gipsy

Vaughan Williams from “Songs of Travel”
No.4 Youth and Love
No.6 the Infinite Shining Heavens
No.9 I have trod the upward and downward slope

C.V. Stanford – The […]

Chorales by Candlelight – Sunday 5th May 8.30pm

Enjoy reflective and beautiful music in the stunning surrounds of a candlelit Abbey.

Music & Dance – Friday 10th May 10.30am

Music and Dance is a fun experience open to anybody with a learning disability and their support workers

Romeo & Juliet – 15th to 19th May

Come and experience Shakespeare’s most famous story of love as it fills the space of our ancient Abbey with romance, sword fighting action, tragedy and comedy.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party – Sunday 12th May 2pm & 3.15pm & 4.30pm

The runaway sellout success of the 2017 Festival is back again!  Such good fun!

Plant Based Food demo – Getting Started – Sunday 12th May 3pm

If you’re thinking of cutting back on meat or dairy but not sure where to start – come along and get energised!

The Dorchester Ghost Trail – Sunday 5th May 3.30pm & Wednesday 8th May 8.30pm

Quilters Exhibition – Friday 3rd May to Sun 12th May

Local Artists Exhibition – Saturday 4th May to Sunday 12th May 10am-4.30pm

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

Quilting Workshop – American Pieced Cushion – Tuesday 7th May 10.30am

Deo Gloria Exhibition – Saturday 4th May to Sunday 12th May

Quilting Workshop – English Paper Pieced Pin Cushion – Sunday 5th May 1pm

Pubs & Shops Tour – BH Mon 6th 2.30pm & Sat 11th May 11am

Ten years of Roman archaeology in Dorchester’s allotments – Weds 8th May 7.30pm

House of Wessex Trail led by the Wulfheodenas – Saturday 11th May 9.30am

This is a 90 min family friendly walk from the House of Wessex in Long Wittenham to Dorchester Festival led by the Anglo-Saxon living history group, the Wulfheodenas, giving a guided historical talk en route.

Master Builders Club- Saturday 4th May 10am/2pm

Sheriff’s Showdown in Rodeo Springs – 2 Hours of  LEGO® Brick Building Fun!

Science Shows with Bright Sparks Science – Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 1pm & 2.30pm

Bright Sparks Science present two exciting 45min 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 6th May 1pm – 4.30pm

Extremely fun science experiments to inspire all ages in the Festival Tent!

Mrs Bun the Baker – Cookery workshops for children – Sunday 12th 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!

Explore Wildlife on the Hurst Water Meadows – Saturday 11th May 9am

A family interactive session exploring our Hurst Water Meadow

Teddy Abbey Sleepover – Sat 4th May 3-5pm – Sun 5th May 10.30am

Teddy Sleeping Bag Workshop – Saturday 4th May 3-5pm

Mr Hobbs Gin Tasting Evening – Thursday 9th May 7.30pm

The expert founders of Mr Hobbs Gin take you through the history of gin from the Dutch liquor, Jenever, to the recent gin-naisance.

Claire Andersson Scandi Baking Workshop – Saturday 11th May 1pm

Scandi Baking Workshop

Roll your sleeves up for 3 hours of baking delicious Scandi goods including the ultimate perfect cinnamon bun!