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

Mindfulness with Natural Objects
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas

£3.79

Understanding the Value of Riverflies

£7.52

Paganism: Then and Now
Village Hall, Cerne Abbas

£9.12

Connoisseur Tour of Minterne Gardens
Minterne House and Gardens, Dorchester

£7.52

Secrets of Bees
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas

£9.12 – £16.58

‘Interesting Angles’ Photography Workshops
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas

£43.23

Feed the Soul Seasonal Vegan Feast
The Granary, Dorchester

£30.44

Needle-felt a Poppy-field
The Old Saddler, Dorchester

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Easter Fire and Vigil
Hilfield Friary, The Friary

£9.12

Walk in their Footsteps: 2000 Years of Farming Cerne
Cerne Abbas Brewery, Cerne Abbas

£7.52

Labyrinths and the Journey of Life
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas

£5.92

Experiencing the Labyrinth: Journey to Wholeness
Village Hall, Cerne Abbas

£5.92

Myth and Magic of Water Meadows
Village Hall, Cerne Abbas

£7.52

Archaeological Roadshow
Village Hall, Dorchester

£27.24

Feel Vibrant with Food Workshop
Feed The Soul, Godmanstone

£9.12

Pub Quiz ‘About Dorset’ and Finger Buffet
The Royal Oak, Dorchester

£11.25

Kate Adie: ‘A Village at War – and then for Sale’
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas

£7.52

The Cerne Giant – Landscape, Gods and the Stargate
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas

Sunrise on Giant Hill and May Day Procession
The Trendle, Dorchester

May Day at the Silver Well
St Augustine’s Well, Cerne Abbas

£7.52

Dowsing 6000 Years of History
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas

£7.52

Landscape, Flowers, and Butterflies
Village Hall carpark and picnic site, Dorchester

£3.83 – £8.14

Ceilidh with Tatterdemalion
St Mary’s Church, Cerne Abbas

£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.