Abbotsbury summer newsletter

Abbotsbury is truly blessed; not only can the village offer a range of accommodations, two public houses, pretty tea-rooms, antique shops, home and garden shops, craft galleries, farm shop, vegan shop, fishing tackle shop, post office and general stores but also interesting and exciting summer events.

The first of these events, OPEN FOR ART takes place from 18th May – 2nd June in the Strangways Hall, Abbotsbury. This event features 14 artists displaying a range of art works that include painting, printing, ceramics, jewellery,sculpture, textiles, glass and photography.

For the school bank holiday BUG WEEK is an event at this the Tithe Barn Children’s Farm and BANK HOLIDAY FUN is a family event at the Abbotsbury Swannery that includes meeting the owls and owl flying displays – from 25th May – 2nd June.

The Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens has varied events to appeal to everyone:
THE GREAT DORSET PLANT FAIR takes place on Sunday 16th June.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD by Thomas Hardy with the New Hardy Players is being performed on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th June.
SHOW OF HANDS family music is on 6th July 3-9pm
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Shakespeare play by Festival Players International is on Wednesday 7th August.
OLD HERBACEAUS is a one man play on Tuesday 13th August (Downton Abbey with gardening tips!)
BIG TREE CLIMBING is recreational tree climbing for children aged 6 and over with the Big Tree Climbing Company 20th August 10am-5pm.

For further information on all these above events please visit

Just a little further afield at the nearby village of Langton Herring CHESIL ROCKS is a family orientated music festival taking place on Saturday 22nd June from 11am-11pm. Visit for further information. Tickets are available from various shops in Abbotsbury or via their website.

For those of you who prefer to make your own entertainment, the scenery around Abbotsbury is breathtaking. We are privileged to have some wonderful walks; the Jurassic Coast Path, the Hardy Way and the MacMillan Way all provided stunning views across the surrounding countryside and seascape. St Catherine’s Chapel on the hill and historic St. Nicholas Church are both well worth a visit. Fishing off the Chesi Beach is also a favourite pastime.

Parking for the village is in the car park in Rodden Row on the east side of the village.

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