Countdown to Dorchester Festival 2015

EXCITEMENT is building for the Dorchester-on-Thames Festival which is taking place this May.

The biennial event is one of Oxfordshire’s leading festivals and will be held at Dorchester Abbey from 1st - 10th May.  More than 3,000 people are expected to enjoy almost 50 events including The Tallis Scholars, a Come and Sing with John Rutter, OSCAR winner Ben Morris, a Food Fair with cookery demonstrations and a wide variety of children’s entertainment.

Family support charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is the official charity partner of the event and will share the proceeds with Dorchester Abbey.

PACT has been building and strengthening families since 1911 through adoption, long-term fostering, award-winning therapeutic services and community projects across London and the south.

It hopes to use the funds raised from the festival to provide therapeutic support services to Oxfordshire families to help adopted and fostered children to address painful issues from their past.

PACT chief executive Jan Fishwick said: “We are looking forward to the excellent programme of shows and performances.

“I am personally taking part in the fun by abseiling down the Dorchester Abbey Tower – an enormous challenge for me but something I am prepared to do because I am passionate about the work PACT does.”

Festival Director Steph Forman said: “This year’s festival programme is the best yet and we are delighted to have so many well known people contributing their time to raise money for two great local charities.”

Also taking part in the abseil on Saturday 2nd May are Rector of Dorchester Abbey Sue Booys, SODC Leader John Cotton, PACT Trustee Graham Sykes, TV presenter Saira Khan, PACT adopter Julie Bignone and parish councilor Sue Graney. Find out more at

Tickets for all the events can be purchased via the website at