Ben Morris – Star Wars, CGI and me – Sunday 5th May 6pm

OSCAR and BAFTA award winning Ben Morris,  Creative Director of Industrial Light & Magic’s London Studio, explains how CGI effects are created with clips from his work including the latest Star Wars films.

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.

Out of the Blue – Sunday 12th May 7.30pm

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!

Out of the Blue workshops – Sunday 12th May 2pm & 3.30pm

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

Quintessential – Sunday 12th May 1pm

A fun family concert for all ages!

Food and Gift Fair – Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May – 10am-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.

Festival Charity Fun Run – Bank Holiday Monday 6th 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 Style Acre and Dorchester Abbey by getting sponsorship. Bring the whole family – you can even bring the dog!

Dorchester Duck Race – Sunday 5th May 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!

Scarecrow Trail – Friday 3rd May to Sunday 12th May

Song Titles
Take a trail around this lovely village and look into gardens and windows to discover song titles represented by scarecrows. Can you guess the song titles and win the prize? Fun for all ages!

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

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

Science Mad! – Bank Holiday Monday 6th May 1pm – 4.30pm

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

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

Grand Opening and Tower Abseil – Saturday 4th May 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 Style Acre
Come and cheer them on!

May Morning Breakfast with Two A Part – Sunday 5th May 8.30am

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

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.