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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Oct 20 2018 – Jan 6 2019 all-day
Light - A Spiritual Journey @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
12:00 am
a multimedia installation in Dorchester Abbey Exhibition Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 9am-4.30pm, Sunday 12noon-4.30pm Come and embark on a spiritual journey through images from the Hubble space telescope accompanied specially commissioned music by Dr Tim Cook. A mini pilgrimage down the Cloister Gallery set against the maxi pilgrimage of the movement of the planets[...]
Unbroken Glory – Gathered Radiance @ Dorchester Village Hall
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Unbroken Glory – Gathered Radiance @ Dorchester Village Hall
2:00 pm
Painting by Rosie Southon. “Unbroken Glory-Gathered Radiance” – Rupert Brooke A project to honour those who fought and those who died in war.  If you have the names of anyone you wish to commemorate, whether you, or they, have a connection with the village of Dorchester, and/or you would like to make a poppy, you[...]
Beauforest Evensong @ Dorchester Abbey
Nov 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Beauforest Evensong @ Dorchester Abbey
5:00 pm
All are welcome to join the members of our Beauforest Society for a choral advent evensong to celebrate the support that they give to the Abbey.
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Discussion Event - The Science and Spirituality of Light @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:00 pm
An evening event open to all with speakers discussing their views on the science and spirituality of light, followed by Q and A from the audience. Suitable for GCSE and A Level students. Speakers/Presenters include; Dr Emmanuel Joffrin, Culham Plasma Scientist, Professor Alister McGrath, Oxford Theologian, Brian Catling, RA Artist, Bishop of Dorchester.
OSJ GALWAY PLAYS MOZART @ Dorchester Abbey
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ GALWAY PLAYS MOZART @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
OSJ 50th Anniversary Concert We are thrilled to present our 50th Anniversary Concert with a very special Friday night concert, blending new and classical music in one of our favourite venues: Dorchester Abbey. Representing the new, Sadie Harrison’s contribution to our Displaced Voices project will be performed by Charlotte Tetley and OSJ.  The orchestra will then present[...]
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Benson Choral Society - Commemoration Ending of 1st World War @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Saturday 01 December 2018 Vaughan Williams – Dona Nobis Pacem Faure – Requiem Eleanor Stevens       Soprano Phillip Tebb               Baritone   Elgar Orchestra Christopher Walker     Conductor  
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
HFT - The Coming of Christmas @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:00 pm
Join Hft at Dorchester Abbey for The Coming of Christmas 2018. The beautiful Abbey, bathed in the glow of more than 1,000 tealights, creates a truly magical backdrop for this much-loved Christmas celebration. Sit back and enjoy some superb festive music from The Choir of Magdalen College Oxford – conducted by Mark Williams – and[...]
OSJ Carols @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Carols @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
A programme of popular carols OSJ Ashmolean Voices, John Lubbock conductor with guests Shillingford & Warborough choir conducted Christine Cairns
PACT Carol Concert @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
PACT Carol Concert @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
4:00 pm
PACT’s annual Carol Concert will be held on Sunday 9th December 2018 at Dorchester Abbey at 5pm with light refreshments from 4pm. This lovely celebration of family life will feature performances from the talented Dorchester Abbey Choir and The Benson Military Wives Choir. It is free to attend but we welcome donations on the night towards PACT’s work. Places are limited[...]
OSJ Handel’s Messiah @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OSJ Handel's Messiah @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:30 pm
Handels Messiah in the exciting new orchestration for wind by John Lubbock OSJ Voices Orchestra of St John’s John Lubbock conductor Soloists Hannah Davey, Charlotte Tetley mezzo, John Findon tenor, William Thomas bass
Carols by Candlelight @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Carols by Candlelight @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
One of the highlights of the musical year at Dorchester Abbey, this beautiful service takes place in a candlelit Abbey and is packed with all your favourite carols and some lovely new music led by our brilliant Abbey choir and our Music Director Jeremy Boughton.
Dec 24 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Crib Service & Nativity Play @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
4:30 pm
Our popular Nativity Play produced by Boost! Drama with as many local children as can be fitted in.  Come and enjoy this fabulous celebration of all that is important about Christmas with the Dorchester tradition of a live Baby Jesus to add to the fun. Come dressed as an angel,king, shepherd (or even a sheep!)[...]
Midnight Mass @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 24 @ 11:30 pm – Dec 25 @ 12:15 am
Midnight Mass @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
11:30 pm
Step into Christmas Day with this beautiful Eucharist Service celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Dec 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Village Carol Singing - Date TBA @ The Fleur de Lys Pub | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
6:00 pm
Come and join the Abbey Choir Carol Singing around the village to raise money for charity followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  All ages and abilities welcome!
Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
OSJ - New Year's Eve Strauss Gala @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
7:00 pm
Wonderful waltzes and polkas mostly by Johann Strauss Junior, plus well-known songs and arias from Strauss and Lehar. Including final scene, act I of La Boheme Featuring: Orchestra of St John’s with John Lubbock (conductor), Christopher Turner (tenor), and Hannah Davey (mezzo soprano)