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 22 2017 @ 9:00 am – Jan 6 2018 @ 4:30 pm
From the Realms of Glory: A Celebration of Angels Exhibition @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
9:00 am
An interactive display of angels in art, including images from the National Gallery, London Open daily 9am – 4.30pm (excl service times) Angels Trail! Half Term workshops (1.30 – 3.30pm): 22/23rd Oct – Angelic Angels 24/25th – Stained Glass Angels 26 / 27th – Angelic Trumpets Saturday workshops (1.30 – 3.30pm): 28th Oct / 25th[...]
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Reducing the risk Celebratory Concert @ Dorchester Abbey | England | United Kingdom
7:00 pm
A concert celebrating the achievements of local domestic abuse services, an amazing evening of music and song at Dorchester Abbey to spread awareness of the work Reducing the Risk does and to fundraise for the charity. Reducing the Risk is a small local charity founded in 2007 to promote the safety and wellbeing of adults[...]
Posada Party!! @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Posada Party!! @ Dorchester Abbey | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom
10:30 am
Every Advent we send figures of Mary and Joseph to travel around the village to different houses and to pre-school and school.  This Family Service is a big party to celebrate that journey with them.  Lots of crafts and some great carols in a cafe environment with coffee and cake!  A great family occasion!!
Carols by Candlelight @ Dorchester Abbey
Dec 17 @ 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.
Village Carol Singing @ The Fleur de Lys Pub
Dec 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Village Carol Singing @ 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 ABCD followed by mulled wine and mince pies.  All ages and abilities welcome!
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 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
OSJ New Year's Eve Strauss Gala @ Dorchester Abbey | England | United Kingdom
7:00 pm
Wonderful waltzes and polkas mostly by Johann Strauss Junior. Plus well-known tunes from Strauss and Lehar. Dorchester Abbey at 7pm. Orchestra of St John’s. John Lubbock conductor. Christopher Turner tenor soloist Emperor Waltz Fata Morgana Polka-Mazurka Albion-Polka Mein Herr Marquis Adele’s Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus Furioso-Polka (quasi Galopp) Wiener Blut (Vienna Blood) Waltz Franz[...]
Chiltern Arts Festival - Mozart and Mendelssohn - Ben Goldscheider and City of London Sinfonia @ Dorchester Abbey | Abingdon | England | United Kingdom
8:00 pm
The stellar players of the City of London Sinfonia perform a programme bringing together two of the greatest child prodigies who ever lived, Mozart and Mendelssohn. After the evergreen overture that Mendelssohn wrote inspired by a trip to Scotland, Ben Goldscheider, recent finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year, is the soloist in Mozart’s[...]
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[...]
Chiltern Arts Festival - Academy of Ancient Music and Nicola Benedetti @ Dorchester Abbey | England | United Kingdom
8:00 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 – Sep 30 all-day
NAFAS Flower Festival - Footsteps Journeys of the soul @ Dorchester Abbey | England | United Kingdom
12:00 am
Footsteps will be the third flower festival staged in the Abbey by the Berks, Busck and Oxon area of NAFAS. It will depict many journeys. Entry by programme £8 Viewving times: Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday Noon -5pm Preview: Thursday 7.30pm. Tickets £15 (including refreshments) Coach parties and bookings (public days and preview tickets) phone[...]