Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey
High Street, Dorchester, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH
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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.

Sat 29 Apr

Free / 01865 305305

Part of Dorchester Festival 2017.

Archaeology Tour

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.

Sat 6 May

Sold out / 01865 305305

Sun 7 May

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.

Fri 28 Apr

£40 / 01865 305305

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…

Boost! Drama Workshops

Drama games, role playing and improvisation for kids to get creative.

Sat 29 Apr

£4.50 / 01865 305305

Ages 7-11 at 11am and ages 4-6 at 12pm. Part of Dorchester Festival 2017.


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!

Thu 4 May

£5 / 01865 305305

Cate Cody

Jazz vocalist who performed at the BAFTAS.

Mon 1 May

£15 (inc fish & chip supper) / 01865 305305

Part of Dorchester Festival.

Comedy Night

Stand-up comedy evening.

Fri 5 May

£12 / 01865 305305

With Gary Delaney, Taylor Glenn, Caroline Mabey, and Luke Toulson.

Dorchester Festival Charity Fun Run

A family-friendly fun run in aid of Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice.

Mon 1 May

£5 (Children £3; Family £10; Dog £0.50) / 01865 305305

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.

Sat 29 Apr

£3 / 01865 305305

Event is free to watch. Part of Dorchester Festival 2017.

Food & Gift Fair

A day out for the whole family with locally sourced food, gifts, craft decorations and more.

Sat 6 May

Free / 01865 305305

Part of Dorchester Festival 2017.

Sun 7 May

Free / 01865 305305

Part of Dorchester Festival 2017.

Games Cafe

The Festival Marquee becomes a haven for games for one night only, with a bar and live pub pianist providing entertainment.

Sun 30 Apr

£0–£5 / 01865 305305

Pub games are £5 per challenge. Part of Dorchester Festival 2017.

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.

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.

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.

Mon 1 May

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…

Sun 7 May

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…


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'.

Sun 7 May

£4–£6 / 01865 305305

Schools Concert

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

Sat 6 May

Science Mad!

An afternoon of science experiments for all ages.

Mon 1 May

£6.50–£10 / 01865 305305

Part of Dorchester Festival.

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…

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.

Sun 30 Apr

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

  • 5 stars
  • 1959
  • US
  • 120 min
  • PG
  • 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.

Thu 4 May

Tallis Scholars

The internationally acclaimed Tallis Scholars are among the leading exponents of Renaissance music in the world.

Sat 6 May

£18–£28 / 01865 305305

Performing music which shows how composers from three separate traditions (Catholic, Anglican and Russian Orthodox) have interpreted the same text; with music from Gibbons, Pärt and Taverner. Part of Dorchester Festival.

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.

Sun 30 Apr

Free (Children £4.50) / 01865 305305

Part of Dorchester Festival.

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…

Mon 1 May

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