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 2015 programme

We are currently planning the 2015 festival and will publish details of events here as they are confirmed. The full programme will be available in January 2015. If you would like us to e-mail you when the programme is available please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page

Our charity for 2015


We are delighted to announce that our charity for 2015 will be PACT
PACT was founded in 1911 and has been supporting and strengthening families ever since. Today, PACT is one of the leading and most successful adoption charities in the country placing more children with ‘forever families’ than any other adoption agency. As well as delivering efficient and effective adoption and fostering services they provide award winning specialist therapeutic support.
PACT families adopt children who have been at risk and removed from their birth families following neglect or physical, emotional or sexual abuse, a challenging start in life that often leads to chronic childhood trauma and attachment disorders. PACT families are supported for life and money raised from Dorchester Festival will fund this commitment in the Oxfordshire area, supporting them so that children and parents can enjoy the happy family life that they deserve.

Booking Tickets

The box office will open in February 2015 after the programme has been published in January 2015. You will be able to book tickets online and by telephone. 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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