The biennial Dorchester-on-Thames Festival is one of Oxfordshire's leading festivals and is based in and around the stunning location of Dorchester Abbey.   The Dorchester Festival takes place this Spring, 3rd - 12th May, with an amazing collection of over 50 events packed into just 10 days at Dorchester Abbey.   Since 2005 the Festival has regularly attracted over 3000 people each year, from serious followers of the arts to schools, families and children of all ages and has raised a significant profile and £250,000 for Dorchester Abbey and local charities.   In 2024 we are partnering with wonderful local charity Restore, who support individuals to live with increased freedom from the constraints of mental ill health, through therapeutic activity, coaching and learning.   Highlights in 2024 include the return of world class classical group The Tallis Scholars, the BBC Elstree Concert Band, the now legendary abseil down the abbey's 100ft tower, cookery workshops by top chefs, comedy, folk and jazz nights, a gift and food fair, and even a duck race.   Restore will be adding it own activities focused on mental health and well-=being.