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.

Tentertainment! – Sunday 5th May 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.

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 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

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
Please support our abseilers with sponsorship and 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.