Dorset's award-winning Music & Performance Festival

Since the year 2000 Sherborne Abbey Festival has welcomed more than 100,000 Festival-goers to Sherborne

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Our 21st Season Festival is on 1st-6th May 2020

Double Award Celebration

Tourism Event/Festival of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Dorset Tourism accolades

Tourism Awards Success

The Finalists have been announced for this year’s Dorset Tourism Awards which will be presented at The Tank Museum on 17 October at a prestigious Awards dinner

Opera in Oborne

We’re thrilled to share with you news of our neighbouring music festival – Opera in Oborne happening in August.

Dorset Moon lands in Sherborne 5-7 July

Three days of wonder, artistic inspiration and music with Luke Jerram’s iconic #MuseumoftheMoon #DorsetMoon

Record audience for Benedetti

Sherborne Abbey Festival welcomed globally-acclaimed stars of music to its 5-day event over the May Bank Holiday weekend, enjoyed by thousands of Festival-goers.

Our 20th Season Festival is OPEN!

Five days of glorious music and performances, with around 70% of concerts free entry, heralds the return of award-winning Sherborne Abbey Festival from 3rd-7th May.

Outstanding Contribution to Tourism

The organisation throughout was amazing and your volunteers did a fantastic job whether they were selling programmes, welcoming, or just being helpful. To put on such an event over so many days takes an enormous amount of planning but it all worked superbly. 

Concert-goer 2019

Event/Festival of the Year

Sherborne Abbey is my favourite acoustic in the whole of the UK

Nigel Short

Conductor, Tenebrae Choir

Sherborne Abbey is my favourite acoustic in the whole of the UK

Nigel Short

Conductor, Tenebrae Choir

Double Award Celebration

Tourism Event/Festival of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to Dorset Tourism accolades

Tourism Awards Success

The Finalists have been announced for this year’s Dorset Tourism Awards which will be presented at The Tank Museum on 17 October at a prestigious Awards dinner

Opera in Oborne

We’re thrilled to share with you news of our neighbouring music festival – Opera in Oborne happening in August.

Dorset Moon lands in Sherborne 5-7 July

Three days of wonder, artistic inspiration and music with Luke Jerram’s iconic #MuseumoftheMoon #DorsetMoon

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey is at the centre of Festival activities, offering a stunning, historic backdrop and unforgettable venue as well as a magnificent and uplifting place to visit. Visit the Abbey website for more about its history.

Discover Sherborne

Once home to Alan Turing, recently voted the greatest icon of the 20th century.  From Raleigh to Turing, historic to contemporary, there are a host of reasons to #DiscoverSherborne all year round – visit our information page

Local food & drink

Sherborne has so many great places to eat and drink, offering something for everyone.  From a takeaway panini to a locally-sourced a la carte dinner, a frothy cappucino to an artisan beer… there’s plenty of places to enjoy.

Explore Dorset

Sherborne is perfectly placed for a short break to explore Dorset. Why not stay a while and venture out to the surrounding countryside, market towns and Jurassic Coast?  See our ideas for days out and places to stay.

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