In the hidden valley with PaddleBoat

JOIN PaddleBoat Theatre and Artsreach for an interactive adventure in the gorgeous setting of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre in the hidden valley at Toller Porcorum on Thursday 24th August at 3pm. Imagine that you’re far from home,. playing in the woods all on your own, and all is still and calm and clear. But…

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Yeovil start for Martin and Eliza

THE Autumn season at Yeovil Octagon opens on 1st September with a visit from folk music’s most famous father and daughter, Martin and Eliza Carthy. This is the opening night of a national tour for the duo, who also visit Bristol, Exeter and New Milton during September. Martin’s career stretched back many decades, and Eliza…

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Words from the Woods

MESSUMS, the contemporary arts centre in the 700 year old Tisbury tithe barn, is celebrating wood in all its forms in its current exhibition, and as part of the programme there is an evening of poetry and music on Friday 25th August. Words From The Woods, with Pippa Haywood and friends, at 6pm, is a…

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Rare baby giant anteater at Longleat

A RARE baby giant anteater has been born at Longleat. Bubbles, as he’s been nicknamed by keepers, is the fourth giant anteater to be born at the Wiltshire safari park. His birth is part of a captive-breeding programme for the endangered and extraordinary looking South American mammal. The species is officially listed as “vulnerable” on…

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Monster film with a kind heart

A MONSTER Calls, on screen at Salisbury Arts Centre on Friday 17th August at 11am, is a painterly fantasy film with a human heart. Visually dazzling and deeply moving, the film features Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson and Geraldine Chaplin, and is based on the novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, who co-wrote the…

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Plush finale welcomes local young players

THE  2017 Plush Festival comes to an end with four events in September, starting with a sell-out recital by Sir Andras Schiff. The Hungarian-born pianist and conductor comes to the Dorset manor house on Tuesday 5th September to perform Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. On Friday 8th September, Harrison Birtwistle (this year’s co-director with founder Adrian…

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Pacaminos back at Stur

PAUL Young and his band Los Pacaminos are returning to The Exchange at Stur­min­ster Newton on Saturday 19th August, at 8pm. The band performs some of the very Tex Mex and Border music – just the thing for The Wall of The Donald.  Listen out for songs made famous by The Texas Tornados and Ry…

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Sara Kestelman re-interprets Bennett’s Lady in the Van

LIFE is truly stranger than fiction in Alan Bennett’s memoir of the woman who came to live in the front drive of his Campden Town home, providing him with the story that became the play and film The Lady in the Van. Already an award-winning play, it was filmed with Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd…

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The Great War at Bourton

BOURTON’s World War 1 project continues in the autumn with plans for an exhibition, speakers, musical events and the construction of an on-line archive. The project, which has funding from the Heritage Lottery, Bourton Parish Council and the Dorset Rural Fund, has already made a great impact on the village with the community play, On…

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Under the Surface: David West at Dorset County Museum

DORSET artist David West is the subject of a major exhibition at the county museum in Dorchester, spanning 60 years of his work as a painter, sculptor and craftsman. Under The Surface, on at the museum until 6th January 2018, brings together 70 of David’s most important works from both private and public collections.  It…

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The sky’s the limit with Bournemouth’s Aerobar

IMMENSE Air, the UK’s first ever aerobar, has been cleared for take off on Bournemouth Beach as part of this year’s Bournemouth Air Festival. The first passengers will “board” the venue on Friday 18th August. The bar and restaurant is housed in a decommissioned ATR-42 at the “airport terminal” between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers. It…

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Bath is full of folk

BATH Folk Festival, which will be held at various venues across the city from Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th August, once again focusses on a summer school open to all ages and abilities. Now in its eighth year, the festival teaches  traditional music with a backdrop of concerts, sessions and story-telling events across the city….

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Dorset Wildlife trust in August

YOU don’t have to travel far to find some great outdoor activities, thanks to Dorset Wildlife Trust. Here is the calendar of events, workshops and activities for all ages for August. For more information about the programme and Dorset Wildlife Trust, visit the website www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk Tuesday 1st – Beautiful butterflies (Caterpillar kids), Lorton Meadows, Weymouth,…

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Late summer evenings in the open air

AUTUMN has arrived amazingly early this year, with the smell of the turning year discernable from early August – but of course there is no such thing as climate change! It is your last chance to see the open air touring shows that have been criss-crossing the region since  May. On Monday 28th August, you…

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Food and farming take centre stage at Melplash

MELPLASH Agricultural Show, this year on Thursday 24th August, is a real celebration of food and farming in West Dorset, and this year’s programme promises some mouthwatering treats. Well known as one of the region’s finest one-day shows, Melplash has remained close to the farming community and the show organisers are among the supporters of…

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Ypres bells at Steam Fair WW1 display

A NEW ring of eight bells,  cast at the world-famous bell foundry of John Taylor & Co in Loughborough for St George’s Memorial Church in Ypres, will be featured at the First World War commemorative display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair from 24th to 28th August. After the fair, at Tarrant Hinton, the bells…

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Winter’s Tale at Ansty Commandery

SHAKESPEARE’s The Winter’s Tale is a very strange play . . .  famous for suspension of disbelief that even extends to the appearance of a bear. At the end of his writing career, Shakespeare was moving into new territory. This hybrid drama combines tragedy and imminent disaster with bawdy comedy and earthy high spirits. After…

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Searchers back at the Regent

THE Searchers, one of the most popular bands of the 1960s, return to the Regent in Christchurch on Sunday 20th August. From 7.30pm, eager fans can listen to Sweets for My Sweet, Needles and Pins, Don’t Throw Your Love Away, When You Walk in The Room, Sugar and Spice and many more hits made famous…

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Rising star organist at Gillingham

RECENT graduate Claudia Grinnell gives the second concert in the Summer Organ Recital series at Gillingham Methodist Church on Sunday, 20th August at 3pm. This 14th annual series welcomes the  recent organ scholar from Salisbury Cathedral who has just graduated with a first-class degree in Music from the University of Cambridge, where she was Organ…

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