DA Summertime Sessions

Join our Participation Officer Megan this summer and host of wonderful Dorchester Arts Volunteers at a crafty activity or pop up event near you!

We will be at:

LOVE PARKS DAY – Borough Gardens
Wed 26 July, FREE
Creating crafty activities for the whole family, come and say hi and get stuck in!

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IMAG5131FESTIVAL – Borough Gardens
Sat 5 August, FREE
We will have a wonderful performance from Michele O’Brien featuring ‘The Spice Box’. An interactive family friendly show.
Plus creative workshops for all!

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Sat 26 August, FREE
Come and see us at Anonymous! We will be telling people about our Youth Membership Scheme Livefor5 as well as having a few fun things for you to get involved with.

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24 August • As You Like It: The HandleBards (Maumbury Rings)

664045The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal to Maumbury Rings with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like no other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

And what’s the play about? Well – Rosalind and Orlando have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden. As lovers, they become entangled in a bizarre game of lust, love and mistaken identity. Also at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis and Bridport Arts Centre

Thursday 24 August
Maumbury Rings

Bring a chair!
£12 / £10 (Members & Concessions) / £35 family ticket (max. 2 adults)


Our guide to getting the best out of your evening

  • Come prepared! – Bring whatever you need for a cosy evening. Warm woollies, blankets, waterproofs and insect spray!
  • Bring your own seat – Low backed chairs, rugs and a cushion are always nice. Combine comfort and style!
  • Gather a posse! Bring friends and family (family tickets are available). The more the merrier for a fun night out!
  • Arrive Early – Pick a great spot and enjoy the atmospheric surroundings
  • Bring a Torch – It’s very helpful to safely find your way back to the car.
  • Bring a Picnic – Although refreshments are also available from an hour before each performance.

26 August • Dorchester Arts at Anonymous

We will be dusting off our tea-dresses & vintage spectacles as we bring you a vintage 1950’s themed photo-booth and temporary tattoo parlour to enjoy with your friends!

Take silly photos and tag us on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook to win amazing prizes & tickets to shows!!

Saturday 26 August, 11am – 6pm
Suitable for All ages, FREE

28 August • Maumbury Rings Music Day

Back for another year, Maumbury Rings Music Day features bands local and afar of Dorchester, brought to you by Dorchester Town Council this event is free admission, with a licenced bar and plenty food stalls to choose from.

Live music from Blackwater County, The A Listers, Hardy and the Monuments, Outlander, Set Adrift and Diniwe and the Hadedas.

28 August 2017
Maumbury Rings
1.30pm – 10pm

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30 August • Spooky Men’s Chorale


The Spooky Men’s Chorale are the gift that keeps on giving… as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks. The manchoir emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully wooing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.

Renowned for a combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness, the Spookies, in middle age, are more masters of their territory than ever before, with five critically-acclaimed albums under their belt. For their 2017 UK tour, they will revisit their much loved b(l)ack-catalogue, forays into immense Georgian anthems, tender arrangements of traditional and contemporary classics, their own uniquely entertaining songs and choreography.

Their last UK tour saw a large number of sell-out concerts at major venues and a whole raft of ecstatic festival audience reactions. You must see them. Really, you must.

“Inspired – and a triumph of choreography! Catch them on the road – a fantastic night out is guaranteed!” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“High camp, epic folly – probably the best programming choice of the entire summer festival circuit’– The Irish Times

“Highly theatrical, they veer from weird to touching and back again. Grown up entertainment in the best, most infantile way. Don’t miss an opportunity to see them” – Daily Telegraph

Wednesday 30 August
Corn Exchange
£16 / £14 (Members & Concessions)

Priority Booking for this performance is available to members until Wednesday 12 April 2017 at 9:00am

Sold Out

31 August • Where The Wild Things Are Workshop

During this ‘Where the Wild Things’ workshop the young participants will become the story! Physically acting out the words as they become the growing trees, set sail in a boat and act as the Wild Things.

There will be some creative making and the group will have the opportunity to write a song and perform it to make their story come to life.

Thursday 31 August, 10am – 12noon
Dorchester Town Hall
£6 / £4 for siblings.
Ages 7-12

2 September • Landance

Landance is creating a unique and exciting promenade performance, starting at dusk at Maumbury Rings. Dancers from Impermanence Dance Theatre and local youth dancers, in combination with live music, costume and lighting, will animate this brilliant performance which starts in a Neolithic henge at dusk, then leads you into a fantastic urban landscape as darkness descends.

The performance will go ahead rain or shine, so please come prepared for the weather conditions.

Saturday 2 September

DANCE – Maumbury Rings


Tickets are free, but booking is necessary:

7 September • A Sophisticated Lady: The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald • The Frank Griffith Quartet feat. Tina May








Celebrating the rich century of song that Ella Fitzgerald has given us, internationally recognised British singer, Tina May, will be presenting her renditions of hand-picked songs from Ella’s varied repertoire including classics such as How High The Moon and Every Time We Say Goodbye. Tina will be accompanied by USA saxophonist and clarinettist Frank Griffith and his quartet (Robin Aspland, piano, Jeremy Brown, bass and Rod Youngs, drums), who came to our attention in last year’s Kind Of Blue – Revisited.

The show will also feature the premiere of Frank’s composition “Ellabration”  with lyrics by Tina May.

Thursday 7 September
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15/£13 members & concessions


8 September • Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera Holloway)

Opera Holloway visit Dorchester with a hilarious production of Così Fan Tutte. Set during World War Two, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella appear as Landgirls forced to watch their boyfriends go off to war earlier than expected. Through trickery and  plenty of comical disguises, their sweethearts seek to find out how faithful the two girls really are. With sublime music by Mozart and an astonishingly talented cast performing with string quartet and piano accompaniment, this will be a captivating show.

Friday 8 September

Corn Exchange
£18 / £16 (Members & Concessions)



20 September • Folklore

A new dance production inspired by folk tales from Dorset, Somerset and Devon.Trapped in a living state of limbo, Jay is controlled by her over-protective sister on one side and drawn to an intriguing creature offering her a sense of freedom on the other. Folklore is a tale of confronting inner fears and the struggles we go through with ourselves and loved ones. Original recorded music composed by Ninebarrow (BBC 2 Folk Award Nominees 2017). Before the show, participants from Dorset Youth Dance will perform a curtain raiser and the show will be followed by a question and answer session.


Off the Map Dance Company

Wednesday 20 September

DANCE – Corn Exchange

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£8 / £6 / £5 Live for 5 / group discounts available for youth dance groups, contact box office for more details.