Events at Dorchester Abbey

For generations people have brought their gifts and skills to enhance the life of Dorchester Abbey and this tradition continues as a huge variety of groups and organisations hire and use the Abbey each year as the venue for a wide and vibrant programme of concerts, theatre, visual arts and other events.

If you would like to hire the Abbey for your event then take a look at our information for hirers.

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Mar 31 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Lent Lunch
12:30 pm
3rd March – The Rectory with Sue Booys 10th March – Church House, Queen St with Dawn Dudley 17th March- 24 Bridge End with Carolyn Oakley 24th March – 3 Haven Close with Catherine Paul 31st March – 4 Drayton Rd with Meg Fisher 7th April – The Manor House, Overy with Julie Taylor 14th April – Abbey Guest House with Judy[...]
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Caring for Creation - Expert Panel @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
A panel of local experts will gather to interact and respond to questions on the subject of Climate Change and our care of Creation
Apr 7 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Lent Lunch
12:30 pm
3rd March – The Rectory with Sue Booys 10th March – Church House, Queen St with Dawn Dudley 17th March- 24 Bridge End with Carolyn Oakley 24th March – 3 Haven Close with Catherine Paul 31st March – 4 Drayton Rd with Meg Fisher 7th April – The Manor House, Overy with Julie Taylor 14th April – Abbey Guest House with Judy[...]
Apr 14 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Lent Lunch
12:30 pm
3rd March – The Rectory with Sue Booys 10th March – Church House, Queen St with Dawn Dudley 17th March- 24 Bridge End with Carolyn Oakley 24th March – 3 Haven Close with Catherine Paul 31st March – 4 Drayton Rd with Meg Fisher 7th April – The Manor House, Overy with Julie Taylor 14th April – Abbey Guest House with Judy[...]
Apr 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
OSJ - Bach St John Passion @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
Written for Good Friday in 1724, the passion was the centrepiece of Bach’s year-long cycle of liturgical cantatas. Perhaps the biggest joy of the St John Passion is that, for all the ferocity and sorrow of the Good Friday story, it’s a truly optimistic work, anticipating the resurrection with music suffused with light and hope.[...]
Dorchester Festival @ Dorchester Abbey
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – May 7 @ 10:00 pm
Dorchester Festival @ Dorchester Abbey
7:00 pm
Our biennial 60 event 10 day Festival based in and around Dorchester Abbey is supporting Sue Ryder Nettlebed next year. Events for next year are already looking great and will be finalised over the next few months – The Tallis Scholars and Out of the Blue return, and Showstoppers (the sell out improvised musical from[...]
Bond Night with the BBC Elstree Concert Band and The Oxford City Singers @ dorchester
7:30 pm
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. With the impressive sound of the 48[...]
Apr 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
Spontaneous musical comedy at its finest – direct from the West End and now heading to Dorchester!With nine years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 Series, a critically acclaimed West End run and now an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences across the globe with their ingenious[...]
Jazz Supper with Cate Cody @ Dorchester Abbey
May 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jazz Supper with Cate Cody @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
Fresh from appearing at the BAFTAS, superb vocalist Cate Cody will entertain with her sophisticated 1930s style vocal jazz supported by a great quintet of multi award winning players; pianist Dave Newton, Saxophone and Clarinet from Trevor Whiting, John Day on double bass and drummer Charlie Stratford. Be prepared to be wrapped in the smooth[...]
Comedy Night @ Dorchester Abbey
May 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Comedy Night @ Dorchester Abbey
7:30 pm
Always one of the most popular events of the Festival! Don’t miss this great night out fronted by the amazing Gary Delaney.
Food & Gift Fair @ Dorchester Abbey
May 6 @ 10:00 am – May 7 @ 5:00 pm
Food & Gift Fair @ Dorchester Abbey
10:00 am
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.
The Tallis Scholars @ Dorchester Abbey
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Tallis Scholars @ Dorchester Abbey
7:00 pm
The internationally acclaimed Tallis Scholars combine their perfect a capella sound with the fabulous Dorchester Abbey acoustics to make this the unmissable concert of the Festival week. With over 2,000 concerts and a catalogue of award-winning recordings, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music[...]
Out Of The Blue @ Dorchester Abbey
May 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Out Of The Blue @ Dorchester Abbey
7:00 pm
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 by these local boys’ touching musicality and irrepressible energy. Over 13 million[...]