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The Famous Five at Guggleton

ENID Blyton fans of all ages will be delighted with a special Dorset Art Weeks exhibition at Guggleton Art Gallery, Stalbridge, where children’s book writer and illustrator Babette Cole will be showing some of her famous illustrations, including some for Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books (pictured). Babette, who lives in Dorset, has written and illustrated…

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A Big Weekend at Sturminster Newton

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WHATEVER your tastes – from cheese to chocolate, arts and crafts to real ales and cider – Sturminster Newton’s Big Weekend, from 3rd to 5th June, has something to delight, entertain and satisfy you. The weekend’s events include the annual Real Ale & Cider Festival, from Friday to Sunday at the Exchange, with 20 different…

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From Pirates to Pinafore at Bath

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SASHA Regan’s  all male Gilbert and Sullivan company made a triumphant Bath debut in 2015 in The Pirates of Penzance, and now return on board another ship, the HMS Pinafore. On stage at the Theatre Royal from Tuesday 31st May to Saturday 4th June, this is another joyful take on a Gilbert and Sullivan classic….

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Exploring the Avalon Marshes

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SOMERSET’s Avalon Marshes is a magical and mysterious landscape, a place that is teeming with wildlife and heavy with history. It is a wonderful place to explore, and is home to some of Britain’s finest wetland nature reserves. There are fascinating ancient trackways and Iron Age lake villages, memories of a time when this area…

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Local music free at the Museum

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BRIDPORT Museum hosts a free concert by David Powell and Katy Wood­row at 11.30 on Wednesday 1st June. The Music in the Museum series returns with  The Killick Stone Con­cert, arranged for half term. David  and Katy will fill the Museum with local music about the local area, honed during David’s years teaching at Burton…

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Tisbury teenager stands up for Shaftesbury Fringe

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A TISBURY teenager, 15 year old Jacob Hulland, who is a GCSE pupil at Shaftesbury School, will be doing stand-up routines each day during the new Shaftesbury Fringe Festival at the beginning of July. Jacob is a newcomer to the local comedy scene but he has plenty to talk about in his show, It’s Been…

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Zara’s first DAW open studio

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ZARA McQueen, a regular member of the Cygnet cooperative artists group at Shaftesbury’s Swans Yard, is showing her work at her own studio for the first time in this year’s Dorset Art Weeks. She will be showing recent work, including this striking charcoal and collage, At The Chapel, throughout DAW from 28th May to 12th…

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Pick up a hamper for National Picnic Week

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THIS year’s National Picnic Week runs from 11th to 19th June, and The Queens Arms at Corton Denham would like to take the effort out of planning your spring awayday with a selection of ready-made hampers. You can pick up your standard or deluxe hamper, brimming with freshly prepared food, from The Queens Arms on the…

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New York clown in Bridport

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HILARY Chaplain, the acclaimed New York based clown, comes to the Lyric in Bridport on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June to perform her show A Life In Her Day. The show is described as unconventional and outrageously funny, all about the tragedy of growing up and the promise of happily ever after. It mixes…

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Signing the way to Artsreach

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ARTSREACH could, to misquote a famous advert, justifiably claim to reach the parts of Dorset that other arts organisations don’t get to. And now it’s going to be easier for audiences to find their events. Sometimes the village halls, where Artsreach puts on its varied programme of drama, comedy, jazz, classical, folk music and dance,…

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Tapestries for the Rosegarden project

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ONE of Shaftesbury’s most exciting contemporary artists, Phyllis Wolff-Paley, joins forces with composer Sadie Harrison at Frome’s Silk Mill as part of Sadie’s Rosegarden of Light musical project. Sadie teaches Phyllis piano and it was after one of her lessons that Sadie suddenly suggested to Phyllis that she might show paintings at the Silk Mill,…

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Discovering Nathaniel Ireson of Wincanton

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THE great fires which swept through many towns in previous centuries caused death, misery and destruction at the time, but the legacy was sometimes a renaissance of town centres, thanks to the talents of local architects and builders. The Bastard Brothers of Blandford Forum are the best known in this region, and Christopher Wren –…

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Pantomime auditions at Salisbury

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THE 2016-17 pantomime at Salisbury Playhouse will be Aladdin, and auditions for young performers aged between 12 and 17 have been arranged for on Saturday 25th June. The theatre is looking for two teams of six performers to become the young company that will play an important part in the magical production. The auditionees will…

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Exciting new life for redundant church

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YOU need a good map if you are going to do Dorset Art Weeks seriously, and you need a pretty good map (or a lot of local knowledge) to find one of this year’s new and most exciting open studios, the little church at Haydon, behind the Sherborne Castle Estate. Here a young couple, fine…

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Marcus Brigstocke coming to the Tivoli

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MARCUS Brigstocke, one of the biggest names in British comedy, is coming to the Tivoli at Wimborne on Tuesday 29th November. His new show is called Why The Long Face? He says: “I was born with a long face and now there’s UKIP and Putin and being single and Islamic State and George Osborne and…

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Iford is steeped in blood

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SHAKESPEARE’s dark tragedy of ambition and murder, usually (superstitiously) known as the Scottish Play, is one of the masterpieces of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi, and the Italianate cloister in the Peto gardens of Iford Manor is an ideal setting for this intense and powerful opera. Macbeth has been chosen to open the 2016 season…

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