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Placed – an exhibition by Tim Steward and Mary Chamberlain

Dorchester Abbey High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames

An exhibition of artworks, including some responding to the locality of Dorchester Abbey,  with the narrative of being ‘placed’ - recognised, safe, known & grounded. Tim and Mary are running Breathe - a reflective art workshop day on Wednesday 8th May at the Abbey. Tim Steward trained in classical drawing and painting in London and [...]

Free

Scarecrow Trail – Heroes and Villains

Dorchester High St, Dorchester on Thames

Fancy taking part in the Dorchester Festival Scarecrow trail this year? Scarecrows can be really simple, pulled together at the last minute or super creative, planned way in advance – up to you, as long as they resemble a hero or villain (real life or fictional). Scarecrow entry £5 (entries must be received by Saturday [...]

Local Artists Exhibition

Dorchester Abbey Guest House High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames

The work will be available to view at the following times: 11am-5pm weekends, BH Mon & Friday, 1-5pm Tues-Thurs Dorchester Artists including Adrian Brooks Alison Rosby Bill Maish Carole Golding Chris Ellis Ed Metcalfe Patricia Drew and Sophia Stewart-Liberty will be exhibiting their work in the Dorchester Abbey Guest House.  25% of all sales will [...]

Free

Family Dog Show

Festival Big Tent Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester on Thames

Tickets only needed to enter a dog - spectators FREE! A fun day out for all the family and your dog held in the beautiful grounds of Dorchester Abbey.The show ring will be a calm and safe area for your dog to take part in the classes throughout the day.  There will be a class [...]

£5

John Rutter Come & Sing

Dorchester Abbey High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames

John Rutter, one of the UK’s foremost choral composers, leads a Come & Sing day in Dorchester Abbey.  He explores some of his favourite treasures of English church music - and brings along some of his own well-loved shorter choral favourites.  Copies will be provided and also available for sale.  Enthusiastic singers of all levels [...]

£25

Grand Opening and Tower Abseil

Dorchester Abbey High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames

Brave volunteers, including Gavin, Bishop of Dorchester and our Abbey Rector will abseil down the 100 foot Dorchester Abbey tower to raise money for the Festival charities - Dorchester Abbey and Restore Come and cheer them on! This event is managed by Jamie Wakeham from Gallery Bouldering -- a new Oxford bouldering centre Below are [...]

Free

Introduction to Indian Block Printing Workshop – 2pm

Dorchester Abbey High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames

This event is SOLD OUT.  If you would like to go on a waiting list, follow the box office link to the right and register your interest.  If there are requests for box office returns we will contact the waiting list in turn to see if tickets can be resold. Another workshop is being run [...]

£22.50

Pre-historic Dorchester walk

Dorchester Abbey Porch Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester on Thames

This event is SOLD OUT.  If you would like to go on a waiting list, follow the box office link to the right and register your interest.  If there are requests for box office returns we will contact the waiting list in turn to see if tickets can be resold. 10,000 years of Dorchester: a [...]

£12

Introduction to Indian Block Printing Workshop – 3.30pm

Festival Little Tent Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester on Thames

Another workshop is being run at 2pm Come and learn the ancient art of Indian Block Printing and learn the techniques, tips and tricks needed to be successful in these one hour workshops. You will be able to choose from a wide range of hand carved wooden blocks and colours to create your own beautiful [...]

£22.50

Industrial Light and Magic, Special Effects and Star Wars: Andor

Dorchester Abbey High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames

Tickets £15/£10 children (under 16) half price There will be a section of seats reserved at the very front of the nave for Festival Friends at this event. Do consider becoming a Friend – find out more about it here. A unique opportunity to hear from the world famous multi award winning Industrial Light and [...]

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