Food and Gift Fair – Saturday 6th (10am-5pm) & Sunday 7th 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.

Local Artists Exhibition – Saturday 29th April to Wednesday 3rd May 10.30am-6pm

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

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!

20 Dorchester things to do before you’re 99 ¾ – Saturday 29th April 1pm – 5pm

Have a wonderful afternoon with Dorchester experts on hand to help you tick off all the essential things to do in this great village.

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.

Games Cafe @ The Festival Arms – Sunday 30th April 7.30pm

Come and enjoy the trendy games cafe experience for free and get all competitive with our classic pub games challenge!

Science Mad! – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 1pm – 5pm

Throughout this Science Mad! afternoon there will be lots of science experiments for all ages in the Festival Tent and in the Abbey

Canon Custard Walk – Bank Holiday Monday 1st May 5pm

Our intrepid Rector walks on custard (not water!).

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!

May Day Recreated – Friday 5th May 1.30pm

Join the children of St Birinus Primary school as they recreate the historic Dorchester May Day celebration photo 100 years on.

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.