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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!

The Masquerade Bash – Friday 28th April 7pm

The Masquerade Bash is great way to kick off Festival week in the Cloister Garden Marquee. This is the party of the year!

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!

Bond Night – The BBC Elstree Concert Band and the Oxford City Singers – Saturday 29th April 7.30pm

With the impressive sound of the 48 piece BBC Elstree Concert Band and the 40 strong Oxford City Singers, prepare to be impressed by favourite music from film and shows, including some well-known TV sleuths and detectives.

Festival Service – Christenings Special – Sunday 30th April from 10.30am

It’s Godparents Sunday so we’re extending a special invitation to anyone who wants to remember and celebrate a Christening.

Tentertainment! with Nick Cope – Sunday 30th April 12.30pm

Rain or shine, roll up for fabulous entertainment for all ages.  Lunch, tea and amazing cakes available while children are entertained for the whole afternoon.

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!

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!

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

Music for Autistic Schools – Friday 5th May 11.30am

A rare opportunity for children autistic schools to enjoy the therapeutic effects of music live in the Abbey.  Please do join them!

Comedy Night – Friday 5th May 7.30pm

Always one of the most popular events of the Festival! Don’t miss this great night out fronted by the amazing Gary Delaney.

Nick Galer Cookery Demonstration – Saturday 6th May 11am & 1.30pm

Cooking with Seasonal Produce 
Nick demonstrates a delicious dinner menu and talks about his passion for getting us all cooking with local, seasonal produce.

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

The Tallis Scholars – Saturday 11th May 7pm

The internationally acclaimed Tallis Scholars combine their perfect a capella sound with the fabulous Dorchester Abbey acoustics to make this the unmissable concert of the Festival week.

Festival Service with Mike Wooldridge – Sunday 7th May 10.30am

At this service we welcome Mike Wooldridge, BBC Journalist for 45 years, to talk about his life and faith.

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!