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), 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 (Ben Waters).
The gates open at 4pm 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.
There is also wild camping available on site for tents, campervans and caravans for those who want to make the most of the weekend.
For more information on local churches please visit www.dorsethistoricchurchestrust.co.uk
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
The 3 Churches
Weldmar Hospicecare is a charity that provides end of life care for people living in Dorset who need specialist support.
Weldmar employs nurses, doctors, therapists, social workers, as well as offering counselling services. They work in patients’ homes, their hospice and in the community, supported by trained volunteers.
Weldmar Hospicecare cares for patients with cancer and other progressive conditions, such as motor neurone disease, who require their specialist help.
All care provided by Weldmar Hospicecare is totally without any charge to patients and their families. At present their running costs are just over £8 million per year and whilst they do receive a grant from the NHS of approximately 25% of their costs, this still leaves in excess of £6 million to raise every year.
Therefore, DorsetFest is pleased to support Weldmar Hospice once again to assist in their vital work.
DorsetFest is a charitable event that has been set up by the local villages to help raise funds to maintain three beautiful 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. The churches act as a cornerstone of the local communities, providing an oppurtunity for community development and events. In our four years to date, we've donated over £30,000 to the churches and in 2019 we were supporting Weldmar Hospicecare too.
Weldmar Hospice 2018