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House of Wessex Trail led by the Wulfhoedenas

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.

Pictures at the Exhibition – Friday 10th May 6pm

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

Music & Dance – Friday 10th May 10.30am

Mr Hobbs Gin Tasting Evening – Thursday 9th May

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

Wind from the East – Thursday 9th May 6pm

Inspired by Gypsy Heritage

Programme:  Dvořák, Sarasate, Ravel, Zemlinsky, and others

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

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

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

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

Chorales by Candlelight – Sunday 5th May 8.30pm

Open Mic Night – Sunday 5th May 7.30pm

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

Teddy Abbey Sleepover – Saturday 4th May 3pm

Teddy Quilting Workshop – Saturday 4th May 3-5pm

Quilters Exhibition – Thursday 2nd May to Sun 12th May

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

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

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.

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!

Food and Gift Fair – Saturday 11th (10am-5pm) & Sunday 12th 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.

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

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

Local Artists Exhibition – Saturday 4th May to Saturday 11th May 10.30am-6pm

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

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

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

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.

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

Bright Sparks Science produce 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!

Cate Cody Jazz Supper – Tuesday 7th 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.

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!

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!

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!