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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Lent Lunch @ tbc - see website for details
Feb 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
12:30 pm
A simple lunch available from 12.30 – 2pm (except Good Friday which is 12noon to 1pm) and good company in exchange for a donation.  Money raised will be donated to Aspire Oxford – a local charity that helps the disadvantaged and homeless in Many ways
Feb 25 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Stepping into Song - an evening of music @ Dorchester Abbey | England | United Kingdom
5:00 pm
Join members of Rock Choir, Didcot Girls’ School Choral Group and All Saints CofE Primary School, Didcot, in a fantastic evening of music. Supporting the Footsteps Foundation – offering therapy to children with disabilities and assisting them with walking. Afternoon tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes will be available as you listen in the beautiful[...]
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sung Latin Mass - Thames Consort @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
Thames Consort Latin Sung Mass An opportunity to hear Palestrina, ‘Missa Tu es Petrus’ and Tallis, ‘Verily, verily I say unto’ you sung by the Thames Consort in the glorious surroundings of Dorchester Abbey. This is an opportunity to appreciate our musical, architectural and liturgical heritage in one event as Dorchester Team clergy will Celebrate[...]
YoCO Charity Dinner @ Dorchester Abbey
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
YoCO Charity Dinner @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:00 pm
Come and enjoy a two course meal and wine with table service whilst being entertained with songs from Two-a-Part in support of YoCO. A chicken, beef and vegetarian dish available with a selection of desserts. YoCO is a local charity established to support young people aged 14 – 21 in youth groups following a guided[...]
Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Berkshire Maestros - Spring Concert @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Berkshire County Youth Choirs, Camerata and Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra Spring Concert 2018 The county groups of Berkshire Youth Choir, Camerata and Berkshire Youth Guitar Orchestra come together along with alumni members of Berkshire Youth Choir and singers from Charters School for this celebration concert. The concert will include performances of Handel, Bernstein and Grieg.[...]
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Benson Choral Society - Brahms  Ein Deutsches Requiem @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with Soprano Aoife Miskelly and Baritone Johnny Herfort. The German Requiem is Brahms’ greatest and longest choral work. It will be in any choral society’s top ten, and its great originality still strikes us today, both in its content, with Brahms abandoning the traditional Latin liturgical text in favour of his[...]
Palm Sunday Procession & Service @ dorchester war memorial
Mar 25 @ 10:15 am
Palm Sunday Procession & Service @ dorchester war memorial | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
10:15 am
Start at the War Memorial for a short procession with donkey down to the Abbey for a Palm Sunday Service to celebrate the arrive of Jesus in Jerusalem. All ages welcome!
Maundy Thursday Supper @ Dorchester Abbey
Mar 29 @ 6:30 pm
Maundy Thursday Supper @ Dorchester Abbey
6:30 pm
Shared meal, followed by 8pm Communion and stripping of the altar Please let the Rectory office know if you are going to attend (although you are very welcome even if you don’t!) admin@dorchester-abbey.org.uk
Good Friday Devotion @ Dorchester Abbey
Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Good Friday Devotion @ Dorchester Abbey
1:00 pm
A 2 hour service of reflection with music, readings and prayers Our addresses this year will be given by the Revd Canon Professor Graham Ward from ChristChurch Cathedral.  There will be the opportunity to arrive and leave at points during the Devotion.
OSJ – Bach and Faure @ Dorchester Abbey
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
OSJ - Bach and Faure @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
Bach Cantata 32 Faure Requiem Six unaccompanied motets on the Lord’s Prayer Orchestra of St John’s Conductor John Lubbock
Easter Day Service @ Dorchester Abbey
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am
Easter Day Service @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
10:30 am
A Family celebration of Easter day with joyous hymns and a family communion.  Do join us!
Chiltern Arts Festival - Academy of Ancient Music and Nicola Benedetti @ Dorchester Abbey | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
In the second concert marking the 250th anniversary of Telemann’s death, we welcome Nicola Benedetti who joins Richard Egarr and AAM for the first time. Performing this programme with gut strings – which she has described as having a more ‘human’ sound than that offered by their modern counterparts – Nicola brings to life music[...]
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
NAFAS Flower Festival – Footsteps Journeys of the soul @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
10:00 am
Flower Festival by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Area of NAFAS. Proceeds from the Flower Festival will be shared between the Abbey and the Footsteps Foundation.Coach parties and bookings (public days and preview tickets) phone 0118 9473006.Entry by programme £8. Viewing times: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday Noon-5pm Preview: Thursday 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (including refreshments)
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
NAFAS Flower Festival – Footsteps Journeys of the soul @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
10:00 am
Flower Festival by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Area of NAFAS. Proceeds from the Flower Festival will be shared between the Abbey and the Footsteps Foundation.Coach parties and bookings (public days and preview tickets) phone 0118 9473006.Entry by programme £8. Viewing times: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday Noon-5pm Preview: Thursday 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (including refreshments)
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
NAFAS Flower Festival - Footsteps Journeys of the soul @ Dorchester Abbey | England | United Kingdom
12:00 pm
Flower Festival by the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Area of NAFAS. Proceeds from the Flower Festival will be shared between the Abbey and the Footsteps Foundation.Coach parties and bookings (public days and preview tickets) phone 0118 9473006.Entry by programme £8. Viewing times: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday Noon-5pm Preview: Thursday 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (including refreshments)