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Punch & Judy

Punch & Judy

Roll up, roll up! That's the way to do it! Experience the nostalgia of Punch and Judy, on Saturday 6th July! It's just like those classic beach trips we all loved as kids. Each performance lasts 25 minutes, starting at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

A Courtroom Opera – Trial of lago

A Courtroom Opera – Trial of lago

Destination:Opera presents…

British Eventing Horse Trials at Kingston Maurward

British Eventing Horse Trials at Kingston Maurward

British Eventing Horse Trials at Kingston Maurward - Sponsored by Andrews Plant Hire. Kingston Maurward College is delighted to be hosting British Eventing Horse Trials on its Estate on 29th & 30th June 2024

The Hardy Har: Micky Overman

The Hardy Har: Micky Overman

A bedrock of surgically sharp writing combined with a cool and confident delivery make her an exceptional comedian!

The Hardy Har: Bad Clowns

The Hardy Har: Bad Clowns

Bad Clowns Present- Hostage.

The Hardy Har: Comedy Open Mic

The Hardy Har: Comedy Open Mic

Blow Your Own Trumpet' Open Mic Comedy Show!

The Hardy Har: Story Making Workshop

The Hardy Har: Story Making Workshop

A family workshop with Brave Bold Drama.

The Hardy Har: Great Baldini

The Hardy Har: Great Baldini

Family Magic Show

The Hardy Har: Andrew White

The Hardy Har: Andrew White

'YOUNG, GAY AND A THIRD THING'

The Hardy Har: Brave Bold Drama – Sticky Ends

The Hardy Har: Brave Bold Drama – Sticky Ends

Improvised comic cautionary stories!

The Hardy Har: William Adamsdale

The Hardy Har: William Adamsdale

A.i, A.i, Oh (Or how I wrote a hit sitcom with chat GBT but we’re not talking now) (WIP)

The Hardy Har: Dorset Comedian of the Year

The Hardy Har: Dorset Comedian of the Year

Dorset Comedian of the Year. Voted by you!

Resin with Viv – 13th July 2024

Resin with Viv – 13th July 2024

Discover the Magic of Resin Crafting with Viv at Castle Crafts! Join us for a 2-Hour Adventure where you’ll delve into the world of resin artistry. Led by Viv, an expert with years of experience in resin crafting, you’ll explore the versatility of UV resin and slow-cure techniques. Create your own stunning small-scale masterpieces to cherish and display. Unleash your creativity in an engaging and hands-on session. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to unlock your artistic potential! Message Viv on 07943438349 to book

Fused Glass Workshop – Tealights – 22nd July

Fused Glass Workshop – Tealights – 22nd July

Join Vicky from West Orchard Glass for an exciting workshop in the Crafty Cuppa workspace where she’ll guide you through the process of creating your own stunning curved piece of fused glass art. Please book directly with Vicky through her Facebook page or emailing vsmitch1973@gmail.com.

Beginner’s Dip Pen Calligraphy Workshop – 6th July 2024

Beginner’s Dip Pen Calligraphy Workshop – 6th July 2024

Beginner’s Dip Pen Calligraphy Workshop 2 hours including all materials. Learn a new skill and make gift tags or bookmarks. Extra materials and kits available to purchase on the day if you wish

Upcycling and Repurposing – 27th June 2024

Upcycling and Repurposing – 27th June 2024

Upcycling and Repurposing Friday 27th June 10am to 12pm £16 including all materials Upcycling and Repurposing Small Everyday Items and giving them a new lease of life or new use Email sueful35@gmail.com to book your place.

Dotty Mandalas Drop in craft session – 22nd June 2024

Dotty Mandalas Drop in craft session – 22nd June 2024

Come along and meet Dawn in the cafe as she shows you how to create her dotty mandala creations. Have a go yourself for only £5 as she shows you the skills so you can create your very own unique piece to take home. No need to book. You may need to wait for a space but luckily you will be in our gorgeous relaxing cafe so no better place to wait for a space.

D-day tank parade festival – Crafty Cuppa Cream Teas

D-day tank parade festival – Crafty Cuppa Cream Teas

Come and join us on the 22nd at the Crafty Cuppa for a cream tea! Dorchester is hosting 100 WW11 vehicles in a parade starting at the bottom of High East Street and travelling down Church Street and then on to Brewery Square. As the procession is passing the cafe we thought it would be fun dress up and serve some very British bakes. Why not come along for a vintage cuppa and cake and a little craft then we can all watch the procession from the front.

The Big Fat Dorchester Quiz

The Big Fat Dorchester Quiz

'The Big Fat Dorchester Quiz' - a 'Local Quiz' for 'Local People' at Tom Brown's!

Cold Porcelain Workshop – Lily – 27th July

Cold Porcelain Workshop – Lily – 27th July

Step into Crafty Cuppa’s cosy workshop and join Stacey as she leads a delightful session on crafting your very own Cold Porcelain Lily. Book directly with Stacey at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100090455473000

Summer Guided Tours at Shire Hall Museum

Summer Guided Tours at Shire Hall Museum

Uncover the history of Dorchester's historic courtroom in Guided Tours of Shire Hall Museum this summer.

Art in the Squares Poundbury

Art in the Squares Poundbury

A fun day painting and sketching for all the family - demonstrations during the event and prizes in all categories Saturday June 22nd 10am to 4pm

The Hardy Har: Comedy Sketch Writing Workshop

The Hardy Har: Comedy Sketch Writing Workshop

Join us for a fun and creative workshop where we'll teach you how to write hilarious comedy sketches!

The Hardy Har: Spencer Jones – The Downfall of Spencer Jones

The Hardy Har: Spencer Jones – The Downfall of Spencer Jones

Work in Progress show from double BAFTA award winning Spencer Jones!

The Hardy Har: Burt Williamson – Riding Bareback Through Your Mind (WIP)

The Hardy Har: Burt Williamson – Riding Bareback Through Your Mind (WIP)

Burt Williamson joins The Hardy Har with his show Riding Bareback Through Your Mind (WIP).

The Hardy Har: Louise Leigh- Distracted

The Hardy Har: Louise Leigh- Distracted

As part of the Hardy Har comedy festival, Louise Leigh brings her show Distracted to the historic Casterbridge room at the Kings Arms Hotel.

The Hardy Har: Jack Skipper WIP Show

The Hardy Har: Jack Skipper WIP Show

Join comedian and social media sensation Jack Skipper as he delivers exciting new material in preparation for his first show!

Summer Sessions: Tony Lowe

Summer Sessions: Tony Lowe

Live music from Swing singer Tony Lowe.

Summer Sessions: Damaris Fowler & Rick

Summer Sessions: Damaris Fowler & Rick

Live music from rock duo Damaris Fowler & Rick.

Summer Sessions: Nick Capaldi

Summer Sessions: Nick Capaldi

Live music in the park from singer-songwriter Nick Capaldi.

Summer Sessions: The Hooked

Summer Sessions: The Hooked

Music in the park performed by upcoming rock & roll band 'The Hooked'.

Summer Sessions: No fixed Abode

Summer Sessions: No fixed Abode

Live music in the park from Irish-folk duo 'No Fixed Abode'.

Summer Sessions: What the Phunk

Summer Sessions: What the Phunk

Live music from 8 piece band of master funkateers 'What the Phunk'.

Summer Sessions: Dr Jazz

Summer Sessions: Dr Jazz

Join Dr Jazz for an afternoon of live music!

Free lunchtime concert

Free lunchtime concert

Free lunchtime concert by percussionist Graeme Thew

Choral Eucharist

Choral Eucharist

Choral Eucharist

Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

Proms in the Park

Proms in the Park

Durnovaria Silver Band presents a Proms in the Park Concert.

Jinder

Jinder

Jinder is a UK based singer-songwriter. Currently on the road touring his 2023 album 'Codetta' and in the studio recording his fourteenth album.

The Jolly Boys Outing

The Jolly Boys Outing

The Jolly Boys Outing, back at Tom Browns this Summer!

Ironhide

Ironhide

Ironhides Tom browns debut! Indie rock and metal covers.

Threading through Time and Place

Threading through Time and Place

Step back in time with Courtlye Musick (a group of versatile musicians specialising in instrumental music & song from the renaissance & late medieval periods), as they weave a pattern of music & composers through the courts of Europe and through the centuries. Location: St. Nicholas Church, Dorchester Road, Broadwey, Weymouth, DT3 5DN Any donations made will go to Dorset Rural Music School charity & St. Nicholas Church Repairs. Contact: St. Nicholas Church | 07944617553 susanamalik@yahoo.com

Ryme time in the park

Ryme time in the park

Come along and join in the fun at our rhyme time in Borough Gardens with rhymes and a story. Aimed at Children 18 months and younger.

Where on earth is Petra Quiz Night

Where on earth is Petra Quiz Night

Get ready for the ultimate brain-busting experience at our quiz night, WHERE ON EARTH IS PETRA? Round up your smartest friends, family or work colleagues and come and join us for a night of mental gymnastics, laughter and friendly competition! But don’t worry, this quiz is more fun than fact, more instinct than intellect and more university of life than university challenge! - Saturday 8th June @ Brownsword Hall in Poundbury, teams of up to 8, £5 per person. - Book via Being Daisy or contact Franz 07929 453960 franz_linda@hotmail.co.uk - Tea and coffee will be available to purchase on the night, but please also bring your own alcohol and snacks if required! - Raffle (£1 per strip) with some great prizes up for grabs. - Cash only on the night please! Funds raised will be used to support the Julia's House overseas trek to Petra in November this year and the ongoing care provided by Julia's House to children and their families. As always, this is in memory of our beautiful Daisy

Martinstown Garden Fete

Martinstown Garden Fete

Save the date, gather your friends and family, and join us at The Manor in Martinstown for a traditional Garden Fete, filled with fun games, laughter, and community spirit.

Dorchester Tree Walk

Dorchester Tree Walk

A whistlestop tour of 20 trees in 90 minutes - learn how to identify them and the amazing ways in which they work.

One World Festival

One World Festival

The Dorset One World Festival is a free local event to celebrate the diversity of cultures in Dorchester through music, dance, food and activities.

Dorchester Town Council- 50th Anniversary Celebrations!

Dorchester Town Council- 50th Anniversary Celebrations!

Join us on the 29th June to celebrate 50 years of Dorchester Town Council!

Phantasia Concert

Phantasia Concert

Phantasia present a unique concert of rarely head British music from the late 18th and 21st centuries, played on period instruments and featuring star soprano Angela Hicks.

Hardy Har – Dorchester Comedy Festival!

Hardy Har – Dorchester Comedy Festival!

Dorchester's first Comedy festival coming to High East Street this July 13th

Gardeners group gold club- talk

Gardeners group gold club- talk

Advice and tips on how to make the best use of your patio to grow fruit and vegetables!

Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

Free Lunchtime Concert

Free Lunchtime Concert

Free Lunchtime Concert

Choral Eucharist

Choral Eucharist

Choral Eucharist

Dorchester D-Day: Immersive Theatre Trail

Dorchester D-Day: Immersive Theatre Trail

Watch actors and performers bring to life what life was like in Dorchester in the run up to D-Day. Travel to seven different locations around Dorchester town centre and experience a different performance at each.

D-Day 80th Anniversary Beacon Lighting

D-Day 80th Anniversary Beacon Lighting

Ceremonial lighting of the beacon with music performances and readings.

Armour and Embarkation 2024 – WW2 Convoy comes to Dorchester

Armour and Embarkation 2024 – WW2 Convoy comes to Dorchester

On June the 22nd a convoy of 100 genuine WW2 vehicles lovingly restored and maintained by their owners will be entering Dorchester via High East Street before parking up in Western Avenue outside Brewery Square in commemoration of the very important part that Dorchester and the surrounding area played in the build up towards D Day.

Dorchester Artisan Market

Dorchester Artisan Market

With pitches for over 200 local, artisan traders spread across The Borough Gardens, West Walks, Bowling Alley Walk, South Walk, South Street and around Brewery Square there's bound to be something for everyone. The Borough Gardens will host a variety of food traders, free entertainment and live music all day. Running from 10am to 3pm come and join us for what is sure to be a popular market

National Trust: BSL Signed tours at our West Dorset houses

National Trust: BSL Signed tours at our West Dorset houses

Signed tours at our West Dorset houses!

Reading Friends

Reading Friends

Join our friendly, informal group to start conversations through reading.

James Braxton- Book Signing Event

James Braxton- Book Signing Event

Join James Braxton for a book signing event!

Summer Supper & Charity Auction in aid of The Lantern Trust

Summer Supper & Charity Auction in aid of The Lantern Trust

Join us at The Duchess of Cornwall for a fundraising two course dinner and auction.

The Duchess’s Summer Fair

The Duchess’s Summer Fair

The Duchess's Summer Fair Saturday 6th July 10am-4pm.

Resin with Viv

Resin with Viv

Discover the Magic of Resin Crafting with Viv at Castle Crafts! Join us for a 2-Hour Adventure where you’ll delve into the world of resin artistry. Led by Viv, an expert with years of experience in resin crafting, you’ll explore the versatility of UV resin and slow-cure techniques. Create your own stunning small-scale masterpieces to cherish and display. Unleash your creativity in an engaging and hands-on session. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to unlock your artistic potential! Message Viv on 07943438349 to book

Korros Ensemble: Flute, Clarinet and Harp

Korros Ensemble: Flute, Clarinet and Harp

The Korros Ensemble, made up of flute, clarinet, and harp players, has been playing together since they formed in 2001 during their time at the Royal Academy of Music. They aim to bring a fresh twist to chamber music by putting their own spin on classic pieces. Their performances are full of energy and style, creating a rich and captivating musical experience.

The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen

Dorset Museum Music Society presents a range of Baroque music brought vividly to life by a leading authentic early music group, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen in the Victorian Hall at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery.

Collections Discovery Centre Tour

Collections Discovery Centre Tour

Join our Collections Team for an opportunity to explore behind the scenes in Dorset Museum & Art Gallery's Collections Discovery Centre.

Storytime at the Museum

Storytime at the Museum

Come and join us for fun-filled Storytime where you can listen to some amazing tales in our Community Space at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery!

Athelhampton Living History Tudor Week – 28th October – 1st November 2024

Athelhampton Living History Tudor Week – 28th October – 1st November 2024

Athelhampton Living History Tudor Week - 28th October - 1st November 2024

Autumn Pop Up Producers, Growers & Makers Market Saturday 19th October 2024

Autumn Pop Up Producers, Growers & Makers Market Saturday 19th October 2024

Autumn Pop Up Producers, Growers & Makers Market Saturday 19th October 2024 - Athelhampton House

The Secret Garden, Outdoor Theatre – Saturday 3rd August 2024

The Secret Garden, Outdoor Theatre – Saturday 3rd August 2024

The Secret Garden, Outdoor Theatre - Athelhampton House & Gardens, Saturday 3rd August 2024

Hamlet – Outdoor Theatre, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – Friday 19th July 2024

Hamlet – Outdoor Theatre, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – Friday 19th July 2024

Outdoor Theatre - Join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer, in their 20th year, for Hamlet, the greatest play in the English language

Summer Pop Up Producers, Growers & Makers Market – Saturday 29th June 2024

Summer Pop Up Producers, Growers & Makers Market – Saturday 29th June 2024

Athelhampton's Summer Pop Up Market returns this year with more stalls and is still FREE to attend and as a bonus, extend your day out and visit Athelhampton, one of England's finest Tudor Manor Houses surrounded by stunning architectural gardens. (normal admission charges apply).

Peter Pan – Outdoor Theatre – Saturday 22nd June 2024

Peter Pan – Outdoor Theatre – Saturday 22nd June 2024

Peter Pan Outdoor Theatre at Athelhampton House, Saturday 22nd June 2024

Happy’s Circus

Happy’s Circus

Happy’s Circus is back in Dorchester for one night only!

Six Men of Dorset – Tolpuddle Martyrs – New Hardy Players

Six Men of Dorset – Tolpuddle Martyrs – New Hardy Players

This production of The Tolpuddle Play takes it back to its roots.

Talk: 150 Years of Courtroom Drama

Talk: 150 Years of Courtroom Drama

Join Shire Hall Museum's Learning Manager Anne Brown to explore the fascinating stories of people taken through our historic courtroom.

The Dorchester Artisan Market

The Dorchester Artisan Market

Dorset Artisan Markets are bringing a fabulous collection of over 200 artisan traders to the streets of Dorchester!

Cold Porcelain Peony Workshop – 8th June 2024

Cold Porcelain Peony Workshop – 8th June 2024

Come and book yourself on a relaxing craft session with friends in my Dorchester studio. This session is being run by the super talented Stacey Frewin. A cold Porcelain floral artist. You will have a go at making a peony during the 6 hours. Bring your own lunch All equipment and tuition is provided. Suitable for beginners. Booking essential directly through Stacey by emailing stacey.frewin@hotmail.com Tea and Coffee provided.

Macrame Plant Pot Holder- 7th June 2024

Macrame Plant Pot Holder- 7th June 2024

Join us for a fun and creative Macrame Plant Pot Holder workshop! Get ready to learn the art of macrame and create your very own beautiful plant pot holder. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this event is perfect for all skill levels. Date: Fri, Jun 07, 2024 Time: 10:30 AM Location: 46 High St. During this in-person event, your talented instructor, Jackie, from Bonnie Lass Create, will guide you through the steps of creating a unique macrame plant pot holder. You’ll learn various knotting techniques and tips to create intricate patterns. Not only will you leave with a stunning plant pot holder, but you’ll also gain new skills that you can continue to explore. This event is a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow macrame enthusiasts, exchange ideas, and enjoy a creative atmosphere. Bring your friends along or come solo – everyone is welcome! Get ready to have a great time, unleash your creativity, and take home a handmade masterpiece

Garden Tours at Kingston Maurward

Garden Tours at Kingston Maurward

Enjoy an informative and inspirational tour with the head gardener of Kingston Maurward.

“At the Chapel” Pop Up Bakery

“At the Chapel” Pop Up Bakery

Pop along every Thursday for scrumptious baked goodies including their signature traditional breads, croissants, savouries, quiches, doughnuts, cruffins, and fabulous cakes.

Peacock: Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Peacock: Kiri Pritchard-McLean

Prepare for a joyous and uplifting show from a comedian known for making ‘powerhouse stand-up from the thorniest of subjects’.

The Unraveling Wilburys

The Unraveling Wilburys

The perfect mix of superb musicianship and tongue-in-cheek humour!

LECTURE: Reimagining Roundhouses with Trevor Creighton

LECTURE: Reimagining Roundhouses with Trevor Creighton

Trevor Creighton will discuss the way in which we have come to form our ideas of what late prehistoric roundhouses were like, and why we need to reimagine them.

Exhibition: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Exhibition: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world-famous exhibition from the Natural History Museum, is returning to Dorset Museum & Art Gallery!

‘Rewilding’ later prehistory: Archaeological wildlife and its role in contemporary nature recovery with Anwen Cooper

‘Rewilding’ later prehistory: Archaeological wildlife and its role in contemporary nature recovery with Anwen Cooper

‘Rewilding’ later prehistory: Archaeological wildlife and its role in contemporary nature recovery with Anwen Cooper

Dorchester Literary Festival

Dorchester Literary Festival

Annual Dorchester Literary Festival.

Talk: The Son of a Spy

Talk: The Son of a Spy

Join Mike Randall at Shire Hall Museum to discuss his father's extraordinary life. From escaping a prisoner of war camp during WW2 to becoming a 'diplomat' in Moscow and East Berlin

Jazz Jam with Julie Lewis

Jazz Jam with Julie Lewis

Tom Browns Jazz Jam!

The Joy of Decks

The Joy of Decks

The Joy of Decks monthly social!

The 26th International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival

The 26th International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival

The 26th International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival

Shire Hall Christmas Market

Shire Hall Christmas Market

Join us at Shire Hall for our Christmas Market!

Talk: Mary Channing

Talk: Mary Channing

Discover the fascinating story of Mary Channing, the last woman to be burned at the stake in Dorset.

Spoken Word Night

Spoken Word Night

Spoken Word Night at The Poet Laureate!

Roman Town House Tours

Roman Town House Tours

Join our trained guides on a tour of Roman Town House site and the precious artifacts recovered and now on display at Dorset Museum & Art Gallery.

Dorset County Show

Dorset County Show

Celebrate Dorset Agriculture, Countryside, Rural Life and the Food, Drink, Crafts and Businesses within.

Anonymous Festival

Anonymous Festival

Annual free festival for young people in Dorchester!

Dorchester Cider Festival

Dorchester Cider Festival

The annual Dorchester Cider Festival returns to Borough Gardens!

Love Parks Day

Love Parks Day

Love Parks Day returns for 2023!

Borough Gardens Summer Sessions

Borough Gardens Summer Sessions

Summer Music live in Borough Gardens!

Dorset Youth Pride at Shire Hall Museum!

Dorset Youth Pride at Shire Hall Museum!

Dorset Youth Pride is back at Shire Hall Museum for 2024!

Friday Night Sessions & 2 for £15 cocktails

Friday Night Sessions & 2 for £15 cocktails

Friday Night Sessions & 2 for £15 cocktails

Dorchester Vegan Market

Dorchester Vegan Market

The Dorchester Vegan Market in the historic Maumbury Rings Roman Amphitheatre

Summertime Fayre (AgeUK)

Summertime Fayre (AgeUK)

Join AgeUK for their fabulous Summertime fayre!

Poundbury Independent Market

Poundbury Independent Market

A fabulous street market that stretches across Poundbury from Hessary St across the park and inside Jubilee Hall!

Dorchester Repair Cafe

Dorchester Repair Cafe

The amazing repairers will be waiting for you, ready to tackle your broken clocks, clothes, small appliances and more!

Wellbeing Walk

Wellbeing Walk

Join this Ranger led wander, via surfaced paths, to explore the seasonal changes taking place across the reserve.

Talk: Underground Dorchester Tunnels

Talk: Underground Dorchester Tunnels

Hear about the hidden Dorchester under your feet in a fascinating talk with Councillor David Taylor.

Music By The Lake

Music By The Lake

Music by the Lake brings the UK's best tribute acts to Dorchester every summer to raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare.

Dorset Art Weeks

Dorset Art Weeks

Dorset Art Weeks venues across Dorchester

Roman Town House Tours

Roman Town House Tours

Discovered in the 1930s, one of the best examples of a Roman Town House in England is situated here in Dorchester.

Dorset Food and Arts Festival

Dorset Food and Arts Festival

Annual Food & Arts Market