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15-16th June 2018

For more information on local churches, why not visit www.dorsethistoricchurchestrust.co.uk

About the Midsummer Music Festival

The Dorset Midsummer Music Festival (or DorsetFest) is a music festival set in the heart of Dorset in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty on Bulbarrow Hill


Since being founded in 2014, the Festival has featured a range of local new acts (such as Tapley & Stocker and Toby de Kretser), popular Dorset bands (such as Howling at the Moon), mainstream acts with links to the major festivals including Glastonbury (such as Lionstar and Eyes For Gertrude) and artists who have performed with global superstars like Adele (such as Neil Cowley) and the Rolling Stones (Jack Daniels).  


The gates open at 6pm on Friday and midday on Saturday, with the music playing late into the night in a natural ampitheatre that ensures everyone gets a great view of the acts and the sound carries beautifully


This is a great day out for all the family with a wide range of food and drink to suit all tastes, stalls to explore and plenty of parking. Included in the ticket price there is also childrens entertainment provided throughout the day from Jamie Jigsaw and (if you're brave enough) Bugfest, amongst others.


With camping available on site for tents, campervans and caravans for those who want to make the most of the weekend.


DorsetFest is a charitable event that has been set up by the local villages to help raise funds to maintain the local churches.  These buildings have been standing for around 1,000 years  and the funds raised will help ensure they remain standing for another 1,000 years.

All Saints Church - Hilton

St Martin's - Cheselbourne


The origins of this very attractive church, with a proud upstanding tower and constructed largely from flint, are shrouded in mystery, although the guide suggests there has been worship taking place on the site for about a thousand years

All Saints Church - Hilton


The attractively rural village of Hilton lies in a fold in the chalk downland beyond the mighty Milton Abbey. This is a quiet place and the church is tranquil too. The present building, thought to have been erected in 15c, almost certainly replaced an earlier version because there is evidence of both Saxon and Norman masonry

St Andrews - Melcombe Horsey


This delightful little country church rests in the grounds of a great house in what must be described as an exquisitely beautiful setting. There was certainly an earlier church on the site, the records of which go back to 1150 and are held in the County Museum Library

DorsetFest raises much needed funding for the maintenance of three local churches...

Collage Vertical v2 St Andrews Church - Melcombe Horsey St Martins Church - Cheselbourne