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Scarecrow Trail – Heroes and Villains

Dorchester High St, Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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 [...]

Family Dog Show

Festival Big Tent Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

  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 [...]

£5

Grand Opening and Tower Abseil

Dorchester Abbey High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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! Watch this space for details of who is taking part and links to sponsor them    

Free

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

Dorchester Abbey High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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 [...]

Nick Cope – 10am

Dorchester Abbey High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Nick will also be performing at 12.30pm Tickets £16/£12 for all ages Tickets not required for children under 18mths sitting on parents laps There will be a section of seats reserved at the very front for Festival Friends at this event.  Do consider becoming a Friend – find out more about it here. Nick Cope has [...]

Festival Circus service

Festival Big Tent Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Come and join Juggling John for a fun family café-style service in the tent with songs and circus tricks!  The Abbey band will be playing along to add to the fun Breakfast style refreshments from 10am If you need disabled parking or access do contact us here with your requirements - we'd love to help you! [...]

Free

Nick Cope – 12.30pm

Dorchester Abbey High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Nick will also be performing at 10am Tickets £16/£12 for all ages There will be a section of seats reserved at the very front for Festival Friends at this event.  Do consider becoming a Friend – find out more about it here. The Nick Cope Family Show is a 45min acoustic, seated performance. Nick sings his [...]

Dorchester Duck Race

Bridge End House Meadow High St, Dorchester on Thames, Oxon, United Kingdom

Dorchester Duck Race Ducks £5 (£12 for 3) The Dorchester Duck Race is now one of THE essential village Festival events for all ages.  Buy a duck, customise it and launch it down the river from the Hurst Water Meadow to a nail biting finish next to the Abbey.  Prizes for the first ducks home! [...]

£5

Birdsong Walk – Evensong

Hurst Bridge

Bird song is at its best in May, so join local naturalist Richard Tilley for an evening guided amble around Dorchester's three water meadows, courtesy of the Hurst Water Meadow Trust. Relax into a gentle walk listening to the birds sing their final songs of the day and pick up tips on how to identify [...]

£13

May Morning Breakfast

Dorchester Abbey High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

May Morning Singing from 9am Free May Morning Breakfast from 8.30am £7 (must be booked in advance) Two a Part Continuing the annual tradition, Dorchester’s a cappella group will welcome May by singing from the Abbey tower and then in the Abbey. Proceeds from this event go to this year’s festival charities Restore & Dorchester Abbey [...]

£7

Charity Fun Run

Festival Big Tent Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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. Bring the whole family – you can even bring the dog!  A range of prizes! Pay for your fun run entry and complete a registration form online Last [...]

Science Mad!

Festival Big Tent Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Throughout this Bank Holiday afternoon there will be FREE hands on science experiments and environmental tables for all ages!  Watch this space for who is coming and what exciting experiments they will bring. If you're a scientist then please do book a table and come along to share your enthusiasm!  Find out more here. There [...]

Free
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