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!
The Dorchester Festival dog show is fun day out for all the family and your dog held in the beautiful grounds of Dorchester Abbey.
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
Programme: Mussorgsky Pictures at the exhibition, Rachmaninov “Vocalise”, and others
The expert founders of Mr Hobbs Gin take you through the history of gin from the Dutch liquor, Jenever, to the recent gin-naisance.
The runaway sellout success of the 2017 Festival is back again! Such good fun!
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.
If you’re thinking of cutting back on meat or dairy but not sure where to start – come along and get energised!
Scandi Baking Workshop
Roll your sleeves up for 3 hours of baking delicious Scandi goods including the ultimate perfect cinnamon bun!
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.
An exhibition of amazing work by artists living in and around Dorchester.
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.
Extremely fun science experiments to inspire all ages in the Festival Tent!
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!
A family interactive session exploring our Hurst Water Meadow