Cerne Giant Festival – 13th April to 6th May

The CERNE GIANT FESTIVAL was born out of our vibrant May Day tradition, when the Morris Dancers and villagers gather at dawn on the Trendle, the original site of the village Maypole at the top of the Cerne Giant, Dorset. Here we salute the sunrise and celebrate the start of summer with a barrel of Beltane Beer.

This is the third year of the Festival, which has now extended to about 3 weeks. With a theme of ‘Celebrating Humanity in the Landscape’, there will be a huge variety of events including workshops, talks, and walks so that there is something for everyone to explore their own connection with landscape of Dorset and what it means to them. Any profits from the Festival will go towards maintaining the fabric and work of the churches in the participating villages.

£8.58 – £21.91

Wild Brew! The Making of the Beltane Brew
Nether Cerne Herbs, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Mindfulness with Natural Objects

Mindfulness with Natural Objects
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Understanding the Value of Riverflies

£3.79

Understanding the Value of Riverflies
Cerne Giant Festival - Paganism: Then and Now

£7.52

Paganism: Then and Now
Village Hall, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Connoisseur Tour of Minterne Gardens

£9.12

Connoisseur Tour of Minterne Gardens
Minterne House and Gardens, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Secrets of Bees

£7.52

Secrets of Bees
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Interesting Angles Photography workshops

£9.12 – £16.58

‘Interesting Angles’ Photography Workshops
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Feed the Soul Seasonal Vegan Feast

£43.23

Feed the Soul Seasonal Vegan Feast
The Granary, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Needle-felt a Poppy-field

£30.44

Needle-felt a Poppy-field
The Old Saddler, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Easter Fire and Vigil

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Easter Fire and Vigil
Hilfield Friary, The Friary
Cerne Giant Festival - Walk in their Footsteps: 2000 Years of Farming Cerne

£9.12

Walk in their Footsteps: 2000 Years of Farming Cerne
Cerne Abbas Brewery, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Labyrinths and the Journey of Life

£7.52

Labyrinths and the Journey of Life
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Experiencing the Labyrinth: Journey to Wholeness

£5.92

Experiencing the Labyrinth: Journey to Wholeness
Village Hall, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Myth and Magic of Water Meadows

£5.92

Myth and Magic of Water Meadows
Village Hall, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Archaeological Roadshow

£7.52

Archaeological Roadshow
Village Hall, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Feel Vibrant with Food Workshop

£27.24

Feel Vibrant with Food Workshop
Feed The Soul, Godmanstone
Cerne Giant Festival - Pub Quiz About Dorset and Finger Buffet

£9.12

Pub Quiz ‘About Dorset’ and Finger Buffet
The Royal Oak, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - A Village at War – and then for Sale

£11.25

Kate Adie: ‘A Village at War – and then for Sale’
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - The Cerne Giant – Landscape, Gods and the Stargate

£7.52

The Cerne Giant – Landscape, Gods and the Stargate
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Sunrise on Giant Hill and May Day Procession

Sunrise on Giant Hill and May Day Procession
The Trendle, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - May Day at the Silver Well

May Day at the Silver Well
St Augustine’s Well, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Dowsing 6000 Years of History

£7.52

Dowsing 6000 Years of History
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Landscape, Flowers, and Butterflies

£7.52

Landscape, Flowers, and Butterflies
Village Hall carpark and picnic site, Dorchester
Cerne Giant Festival - Ceilidh with Tatterdemalion

£3.83 – £8.14

Ceilidh with Tatterdemalion
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas
Cerne Giant Festival - Rambling with Dorset Poetry and Song

£8.06

Rambling with Dorset Poetry and Song
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas

If you’re visiting from outside the area why not stay at our camping and caravan site in Cerne Abbas.