The Cerne Giant was engraved into a hillside over 1000 years ago.  For generations he has been a symbol, a Spirit of Place.

Cerne Giant Festival

Celebrating Humanity in the Landscape

Five weeks of walks, talks, workshops, and the performing arts for you to connect with the Landscape and cultural roots of Dorset.


Find out what is happening this year, and see previous years’ programmes.

The Giant

No one knows how old the Giant is, but we do know people have left their mark here for thousands of years.

There’s something for everyone in the Giant’s festival.

How do YOU relate to the Landscape?

Nature and Landscape

Discovering the invertebrate wildlife in the River Cerne
Young Friesian cattle grazing in a water meadow

Food and Farming


Stones found in a walled up piscina in Nether Cerne church
Members of the William Barnes Society read his poetry

Arts and Literature



“This talk was fantastic. “

W M, 2019 Facebook comment

“an incredibly varied, thoughtful, intelligent and bonding programme”

Laura, 2019 Facebook review

“Will be good to do that again, good memories.”

N K , 2020 Facebook comment
When is the Festival?

The festival takes place over several weeks from mid-April to early May. One of the highlights is the May Day procession of the Wessex Morris Men through the village of Cerne Abbas.

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Where is the Festival?

There is no festival site as such. Events take place in the northern end of the Cerne Valley, between the villages of Godmanstone and Minterne Magna.

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