Dore Through The Year

A rich and varied collection of events take place over the year.

March
The annual art show takes place in March and is a two day exhibition of work by members of the Dore Art Group.

April
The village Dragon Hunt is held in celebration of St George’s Day and is an event for families with young children.

May
The Dore Village Society AGM

June
The Dore Festival starts on the last Friday of June and lasts two weeks. It traditionally includes a Gilbert and Sullivan concert, a Family Fun Run, a variety of walks, Morris Dancing, an Open Air Theatre, a Jazz evening, and much more (see the separate entry under Annual Festival and Gala for more details).

Preparation for the Village and Guide Well Dressing commences at the end of June.

In alternate years the Dore Boundary Walk takes place on the last Saturday of June around the ancient boundary of Dore.

July
The Dore Festival continues until mid July.

The Village and Guide Well Dressing boards are erected on the first Saturday in July and this is followed on the Sunday by a parade and Well Dressing Service at 3.00pm on the Village Green. Cream Teas are then provided in the Methodist Church Hall with a small charge in aid of charity.

The Dore Scout & Guide Gala takes place on the second Saturday in July.

September
The Dore Show takes place on the second Saturday in September and is a traditional village show with examples of work produced by local people, and prizes awarded for exhibits of arts and crafts, flowers, fruit, vegetables, photography, home-made jam and wine, etc.

There are a variety of stalls selling plants, pottery, books and cards, as well as entertainment and traditional cream teas (see the separate entry under Dore Show for more details).

November
Remembrance Day Parade (setting off at 10:30am) and Service at 10.45am at the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

The Scout bonfire is open to all comers and attracts a large crowd.

December
On the first Wednesday in December the Village Christmas Lights are switched on, there is an outdoor carol concert and a number of shops stay open until late, providing refreshments and adding to the festive air.

The annual Wassail Walk takes place on the 27th of December. This highly popular walk of about 5 miles has become a traditional post Christmas event attracting over 100 people to shake off the lethargy of overeating, stretch their legs and meet and talk with friends. Mince pies and mulled wine are served afterwards.