Important Festival News: Mini Festival Announced

Save the date: 24th - 26th of September 2021! We are thrilled to announce we are holding a mini festival from the 24th to 26th of September 2021! We have secured an impressive line up of both local and internationally renowned musicians who will be performing in some...

Sherborne Abbey Choir on Passion Sunday

Sherborne Abbey Choir, which is supported by Sherborne Abbey Festival, has been busy during lent - remotely recording the music for the Abbey's Passion Sunday service. Each member of the Choir, whether chorister or adult, has recorded his and her own part with a guide...

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 Mini Festival 2021 – Lineup

Friday 24th Sept

24sep3:00 pmAna Manero & Arturo Serna (Piano & ‘cello)3:00 pm Gransden Hall, Sherborne Girls

24sep7:30 pmSalvator MundiMark Lockheart (saxophones) & Roger Sayer (organ)7:30 pm Sherborne Abbey

Saturday 25th Sept

25sep3:00 pmFelix Stickland *SOLD OUT*(guitar)3:00 pm Tindall Recital Hall, Sherborne School

25sep7:30 pmPocket Sinfonia7:30 pm Gransden Hall, Sherborne Girls

Sunday 26th Sept

26sep3:00 pmFair OrianaAngela Hicks and Penelope Appleyard (sopranos), Sam Brown (lute), Harry Buckoke (Viola da Gamba).3:00 pm Cheap Street Church

26sep7:30 pmIuventus EnsembleLed by Ruth Rogers, well known to local concert-goers, and Leader of the London Mozart Players7:30 pm Big School Room

Tickets on general sale from 3rd August 2021

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

Dorset's award-winning Music & Performance Festival

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

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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