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.

Jan
11
Sat
NARNIA returns to Dorchester Abbey
Jan 11 – Mar 8 all-day
NARNIA returns to Dorchester Abbey @ Dorchester Abbey

Back by popular demand, Narnia returns to Dorchester Abbey!
An interactive exhibition for families, schools and people of all ages to explore the imaginative world of Narnia.
– Saturdays & Half Term 10am-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)
– Sundays 1-5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

A pop up tea room will be running 1.30-3.30pm on Saturdays and through half term.
Please check our website if you are travelling some distance to the exhibition as it may be closed occasionally for other events.
The exhibition will close at 4pm on Saturdays 8th, 29th Feb and 7th March for rehearsals for evening Abbey events
Some school slots are available. Contact Margaret Craig at education@dorchester-abbey.org.uk to organise a group visit.

Feb
22
Sat
Narnia children’s craft workshops
Feb 22 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Narnia children's craft workshops @ dorchester Abbey

There are at least 3 different crafts planned for each session bookable in advance. Colouring pages will also be available at every session (including a make your own mini colouring book).
Planned workshops:
– Make a folding Lion
– Make a light catcher
– Create a character headband
– Design and make a shield
– Make a crown
– Make a Narnia badge

Feb
29
Sat
Narnia children’s craft workshops
Feb 29 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Narnia children's craft workshops @ dorchester Abbey

There are at least 3 different crafts planned for each session bookable in advance. Colouring pages will also be available at every session (including a make your own mini colouring book).
Planned workshops:
– Make a folding Lion
– Make a light catcher
– Create a character headband
– Design and make a shield
– Make a crown
– Make a Narnia badge

Corona Strings ‘Heartstrings’ a feast of romantic works
Feb 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Corona Strings 'Heartstrings' a feast of romantic works @ Dorchester Abbey

Another Corona Strings special – a concert of romantic music for Valentines! Top of the bill is Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Serenade for Strings along with stunning works by Nordic composers Sibelius and Nielsen. Also featured in this concert is the delightful concerto for Guitar and Strings by Vincent Lindsey-Clark for which the orchestra is joined by the stunning guitarist, Raymond Burley.

Tchaikovsky, Serenade in C

Sibelius, Romance

Lindsey-Clark, Guitar Concerto

Nielsen, Little Suite Op.1

Finzi, Romance

Corona Strings

Leader, Catherine Leech

Guitar, Raymond Burley

Janet Lincé, Conductor

Mar
7
Sat
Narnia children’s craft workshops
Mar 7 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Narnia children's craft workshops @ dorchester Abbey

There are at least 3 different crafts planned for each session bookable in advance. Colouring pages will also be available at every session (including a make your own mini colouring book).
Planned workshops:
– Make a folding Lion
– Make a light catcher
– Create a character headband
– Design and make a shield
– Make a crown
– Make a Narnia badge

Thames Consort
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Thames Consort @ dorchester Abbey

Thames Consort, led by director Jeremy Boughton, bring a varied programme of vocal and instrumental music to raise money for Dorchester Abbey
Sharon Warnes & Claire Parkin (Violins)
Judith Dallosso (‘Cello)
Glynne Stackhouse (continuo organ)

Mar
14
Sat
Benson Choral Society – Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Benson Choral Society - Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony @ Dorchester Abbey

The centrepiece of BCS’s Spring concert in March will be Vaughan Williams’ epic Sea Symphony plus Greigs Piano Concerto.

Mar
21
Sat
Berkshire Maestros – Gloria: BYC, Alumni and Camerata Concert
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Berkshire Maestros - Gloria: BYC, Alumni and Camerata Concert @ Dorchester Abbey

Berkshire Maestros senior choir Berkshire Youth Choir and their alumni members will be in concert with Berkshire Maestros chamber orchestra Camerata The concert will culminate in a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Tickets will go on sale in mid-February.

Apr
5
Sun
Palm Sunday Procession & Service
Apr 5 @ 10:15 am
Palm Sunday Procession & Service @ dorchester war memorial | Dorchester | England | United Kingdom

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!

Apr
9
Thu
Maundy Thursday Supper
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm
Maundy Thursday Supper @ Dorchester Abbey

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