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    About the Festival

    The biennial Dorchester-on-Thames Festival is one of Oxfordshire’s leading Festivals based in the stunning location of Dorchester Abbey.

    Since 2005 the Festival has regularly attracted over 3,000 people each year, from serious followers of the arts to schools, families and children of all ages and has raised significant profile and over £50,000 for Dorchester Abbey and local charities.

    The Festival focuses on professional events with an intentionally broad appeal making links with local businesses and schools, encouraging many people to get involved with the arts for the first time.

    We have played host to many famous orchestras and popular bands, from the Tallis Scholars to a sellout drumming workshop with Phil Selway of Radiohead and a Come and Sing with John Rutter. We have welcomed famous authors such as Philip Pullman, Michael Morpurgo and Colin Dexter, and many well known celebrities such as Douglas Hodge, Raymond Blanc, Peter Guinness, who all gave their time free of charge to support our cause.

The 2013 programme

Our charity for 2013

SpecialEffect is a fantastic local charity who use cutting edge technology to transform the lives of disabled people by

- loaning and supporting gaze-controlled computers to people who have been paralysed due to a sudden injury or illness, enabling them to perform simple tasks such as switching on lights or the TV, often for the first time.

- adapting and developing games technology so that disabled children can do their physiotherapy or simply play with friends and family

- working with hospitals, hospices, special schools, to find the right technology for those young people who need it most, when they need it most, through Roadshows.

Booking Tickets

Buy tickets

  If you book tickets online and have them emailed to you there is no booking fee!

For a small fee you can phone the box office on 0844 8700 887.  Tickets can also be posted and sent to your mobile phone.

General enquiries are welcome using Contact us at the bottom of this page or on 0300 030 3003

Location Map & Parking

Find out where we are and see a Parking map for the village (both links open in a new tab). Please follow parking signs for event parking and leave 10mins to walk from the parking site to the Abbey.

The address of the Abbey is
High St
Dorchester on Thames
OX10 7HH

You can write to us at:
The Rectory
10 Manor Farm Road
Dorchester on Thames
OX10 7HZ
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