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20 Dorchester Things to do Before You’re 99 ¾
An afternoon ticking off the best activities to do in Dorchester with experts helping you along the way.
10,000 years of Dorchester: a guided walk through the archaeology and history of the village. David Wilkinson, Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments with Historic England, will lead you through the rich past of the area from the hunter-gatherers of the Mesolithic to the present day, by way of the Romans and Anglo Saxons.
The Big Bash
Celebrate the start of the Dorchester Festival with a big party. There's a cocktail reception, a sumptuous Indian feast and live music and dancing.
Bond Night - BBC Elstree Concert Band And Oxford City Singers
The music from the James Bond films has long been a firm favourite with film and music-lovers alike. Starting with Dr No in 1962, the last 55yrs have seen a wide variety of styles and memorable tunes. This concert will celebrate many of those favourite themes and songs. The 48 piece BBC Elstree Concert Band and the 40…
Sat 29 Apr
£6–£17 / 01865 305305
Boost! Drama Workshops
Drama games, role playing and improvisation for kids to get creative.
Enjoy this wonderful 1942 romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. C asablanca was nominated for eight and won three 1944 Academy Awards for Outstanding Motion Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. An absolute classic!
Jazz vocalist who performed at the BAFTAS.
Stand-up comedy evening.
Dorchester Festival Charity Fun Run
A family-friendly fun run in aid of Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice.
Family Dog Show
All dogs welcome at this show which showcases dog classes throughout the day, with formal classes in the morning and fun classes in the afternoon.
Food & Gift Fair
A day out for the whole family with locally sourced food, gifts, craft decorations and more.
Sat 6 May
The Festival Marquee becomes a haven for games for one night only, with a bar and live pub pianist providing entertainment.
Historic Houses From Gardens With Professor Malcolm Airs
Renowned architectural historian Malcolm Airs will lead a walk through the heart of the village to explore Dorchester’s fascinating architectural history and to explain its development from the Middle Ages to the present day.
Sun 30 Apr
Sold out / 01865 305305
Hurst Water Meadow Wildlife Walk
Explore the natural world around you using your senses of touch, taste, hearing and smell as well as sight. Discover your inner nature detective, guided by professional wildlife expert Dominic Woodfield, who brings his highly popular ‘Sensing Nature’ walk from Wood Festival to the Dorchester Festival.
Idle Women Of The Wartime Waterways
An evening of theatre, poetry and music plus wartime tea to whisk you back to the days of WWII.
Kev Sutherland: Comic Art Masterclass
Kev F Sutherland writes and draws for The Beano, Doctor Who and Marvel comics, and here he shows how it's done.
Kids are set Lego-building challenges and at the end of each session, they receive a badge. Booking is essential.
Lego Moviemaker Masterclass
Make stop-motion films using Lego figures, in this workshop.
Work by artists living in and around Dorchester, including Rebecca Hind, Adrian Brookes, Bill Maish, Sophia Stewart-Liberty, Mari Metcalfe and Vicky Nolan. 20% of all sales go to the Festival Charities.
Sat 29 Apr
Sun 30 Apr
Mon 1 May
May Morning Breakfast
Breakfast with a soundtrack from Dorchester's a capella group. All proceeds go to The Noah’s Ark Project for AIDS orphans in Kenya.
Out Of The Blue Performance
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! With music ranging from Britney Spears and Beyonce to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, be blown away…
Out Of The Blue Workshop & 7Pm Performance
Oxford’s all-male a cappella group and semi finalists of Britain’s Got Talent run a workshop leading to an evening performance. The group run through a series of physical, breathing and vocal warm-ups then group is split up and taught the music, lyrics and choreography to one of the OOTB songs. It ends by putting the…
Short classical concerts.
Wed 3 May
Thu 4 May
An interactive kid-friendly concert where you can make noise and ask the players questions. Expect to hear favourites from Frozen and Star Wars as well as classics like 'The Teddy Bear's Picnic'.
Come and hear some the best music from Oxforshire's schools. These students will sing and play their way through everything from classical to jazz. Children under 16 are free at this event but will need a ticket as space in the Abbey is limited
An afternoon of science experiments for all ages.
Science Shows with Science Oxford
Science Oxford host science shows for kids.
Mon 1 May
Free / 01865 305305
Learn about the Great Fire of London and watch live fire demonstrations exploring the science of heat, flame and combustion in London’s Burning. Part of Dorchester Festival.
Free / 01865 305305
The Science of Magic explores the science behind some the world’s favourite magic tricks.
Sense And Sensibility - Waynflete Singers Concert ((Tickets Will Be On Sale From 22 April))
SENSE & SENSIBILITY: Celebrating Jane Austen and the Romantic Idyll On the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, our special midsummer concert celebrating Hampshire's world-famous writer, given in the historic setting of Dorchester Abbey. The Waynflete Singers directed by Andrew Lumsden with…
Sat 17 Jun
A workshop for kids in the work of Shakespeare.
The Showstoppers: Improvised Musical
Audience suggestions become an all-singing, all-dancing show as the comedy troupe create a brand new musical from scratch at every performance.
Singmaker (Singing Playgrounds)
Children from local primary schools will deliver a fantastic performance of songs and actions led by their coaches from ExCathedra. Children are free to join the audience for this event but will need a ticket as space is VERY limited
Some Like It Hot
- 120 min
- Directed by: Billy Wilder
- Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Joe E Brown, Pat O'Brien
Two impecunious male musicians inadvertently witness the St Valentine's Day Massacre and take refuge in Florida with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators, an all-female band. Brilliant, brittle, crackerjack farce with all concerned at a peak in their careers.
The internationally acclaimed Tallis Scholars are among the leading exponents of Renaissance music in the world.
The Tallis Scholars - Invited Singers Only
These tickets are only for those singers that have been invited to sing with the Tallis Scholars and will sit in choir seating at the back of the Chancel
Tentertainment – entertainment in a tent. Makes sense. Today, kids can enjoy the likes of Nick Cope, a tea party, juggling, magic, theatre and song.
Vintage Pedal Cars 1-4.30Pm
Come and drive around our Abbey on these amazing metal pedal and ride-on cars – Bugatii 1930’s racers, emergency vehicles with flashing lights, sirens, bells and tow hooks, even a classic Fergusson tractor and trailer and Deauville touring car! Petrol pumps, mini traffic lights, road signs and cones turn this into the…