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Carrivick Sisters join local musicians at Wiltshire Music Centre

TALENTED folk star twin sisters Charlotte and Laura Carrivick head the line-up for a free community concert to mark the reopening of Wiltshire Music Centre, at Bradford-on-Avon, from noon to 4pm on Saturday 26th September.The concert will celebrate the local musical community, with performances by many of the ensembles and groups who regularly rehearse and…

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Tudor mayhem from Living Spit

THE West Country’s favourite comic duo, Living Spit, are coming to Dorset with one of their best-loved shows, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, at three venues and with a free online screening, from 15th to 18th October.. Dorset’s rural touring arts charity Artsreach is delighted to be back with its first indoor theatre tour…

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An authentic taste of Dorset Cider

A GROUP of young Dorset craft cider makers gathered, socially distanced of course, for a unique cider tasting in the new Hinknowle Barn venue at Rupert Best’s estate at Melplash. The Dorset Cider Apple event was a chance to taste and judge a set of single variety ciders, the culmination of a fascinating project led by…

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Rosbif of “la France profonde” in Dorset

THE French used to refer to the English as “les rosbif” – a reference to our national predilection for roast beef. It remains true that Britain – including Scotland and Northern Ireland – produces some of the world’s finest beef. But the French have some excellent beef cattle, and one of the finest breeds is…

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New rules scupper Love and Laughter

SHAKESPEARE Live, a company of talented and adventurous amateur actors, will no longer be able to perform Of Love and Laughter  (a Covid compliant compilation of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays) at the Merlin Theatre in Frome on Saturday 26th September. Following the new regulations for amateur theatre, announced this week, the Merlin is unable to host…

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Moviola is back

MOVIOLA, the region’s rural cinema scheme, is back after the prolonged Covid-19 shut-down, but predictably the programme is reduced as fewer village hall partners are ready to commit themselves to putting on film evenings. The most-requested film for September is Military Wives, which is being shown at Hanging Langford, East Stour, Halstock (on both 25th…

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First drive-in night glow at Longleat

LONGLEAT hosted the UK’s first ever drive-in night glow event with more than 30 hot air balloons lit up against the stunning backdrop of its Elizabethan stately home. Balloons in a series of unusual shapes and sizes including Longleat’s own lion and koala, a panther, a wolf and even a guinea pig lit their burners…

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Tales of the river POSTPONED

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED IN LINE WITH THE MOST RECENT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WHAT does the river mean to you?  A place to walk, fish, boat, swim, think? To celebrate World Rivers Day 2020, on 27th September, Wimborne Community Theatre (WCT) would like to hear your memories or thoughts about living near the rivers Stour…

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Reading is Magic Festival:

CRESSIDA Cowell, best-selling author of How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once, is headlining Bath’s Reading Is Magic Festival, a digital celebration of children’s literature, from Sunday 27th September to Friday 2nd October. The festival  will be hosted by TV presenter, broadcaster and Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Karim Zeroual, and other writers…

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New films and classics at the Brewhouse

CLASSIC and new films and streamed performances from theatres are now being screened at Taunton’s Brewhouse arts centre. There are plans for the return off live performance, but no dates are confirmed. Watch the website. www.thebrewhouse.net for the latest news. September screenings continue with Andre Rieu’s Magical Maastricht on Saturday 26th and David Attenborough’s A…

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Wiltshire Music Centre reopens

WILTSHIRE Music Centre at Bradford-on-Avon has reopened after nearly six months, with a programme of concerts from classical to jazz to folk. In July the centre launched a £60,000 Community Fundraising Appeal to help to reopen the venue for an autumn and winter programme that puts the community centre stage. With the closure affecting more…

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Mallorca and monochrome at The Art Stable

TWO new exhibitions at The Art Stable at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, reflect very different techniques and settings – the vivid colours and warmth of Mallorca and the timeless landscapes of Wiltshire in traditional wood engravings. Painting the Warmth of the Sun features paintings and monotypes by husband and wife Robert and Dorothy…

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Light-footed on the Chase

A NEW walking festival on Cranborne Chase, from 18th to 24th September will be “light-footed” with a series of free, safe, socially distanced walks. The first ChalkEscape Walking Festival will take in some of the spectacular landscapes that make up the Chase & Chalke area, with local historians, artists, actors and experts leading the walks. …

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Take the Wimborne river trail POSTPONED

POSTPONED DUE TO LATEST COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WIMBORNE Community Theatre is holding another Wimborne Town Trail on Sunday, 4th October exploring an area of the river Stour, which will be the focus for WCT’s next production.    You may think you know Wimborne but WCT’s cryptic clues will test your knowledge. The sociable and fun trail…

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Women lead in Lighthouse cinema season

SIX months to the day that the curtain fell on the last film screening before lockdown cinema returns to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on 17th September with a season of films most y strong female roles in common.  First up are Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley in the feel-good comedy Misbehaviour, based on the story…

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Salisbury Cathedral recovery appeal

SALISBURY Cathedral, like other historic churches and heritage sites, closed to visitors in March, with all tours, events and concerts cancelled. Taken together, the effect on the cathedral’s income has been catastrophic, a loss off up to £2 million this yea, which marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of one of Europe’s greatest churches. …

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Triumph on the river bank

WITH the ten minutes notice in which our leaders specialise, the intrepid alfresco theatre companies of England were told that they could go ahead with outdoor performances. Illyria was one of the first four to take up the challenge, creating a Covid-secure bubble  in which to tour a delightful, satirical, hilarious three-person retelling of Kenneth…

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Pretty flamingos at Longleat

THE latest additions to the bird and animal life at Longleat safari park are a host of flamingo chicks. There has been a summer baby boom for the flamboyant pink Chilean flamingos, with 14 chicks already hatched and more on the way. All chicks are born with white plumage, which they keep for around three…

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Open exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre

SALISBURY Arts Centre in the former St Edmunds Church will be open from Tuesday 25th August to 10th October for the Wiltshire Creative summer open exhibition. The gallery will be filled with 83 works by 69 different artists, and the reopening of the arts centre will also be an opportunity for art lovers to enjoy…

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Romantic Anonymous from Bristol Old Vic

BRISTOL Old Vic has announced a series of live events, as well as a week of performances of the enchanting musical Romantics Anonymous, which will be live-streamed to dozens of British theatres and to theatres and festivals around the world. Following the reopening of the bar and café and the launch of Live at Bristol…

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BSO autumn concerts at Poole

THE Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra returns to the concert stage at its home, Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, on 30th September, for the first of 12 socially distanced concerts, continuing to 16th December. Audiences will be able to experience the concerts live online and, it is hoped, to attend events in the hall, as the government guidance…

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Land of Light for Longleat Christmas 2020

THE Wiltshire landscape around Longleat will be magically transformed into the Land of Light this winter as part of a new event, running from 7th November to 10th January 2021.  Through technology, art and interactive installations,   Land of Light features thousands of spectacular light sources, illuminating seven themed areas across the estate. The show…

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Bruton show goes online

THE annual summer Bruton Art Society exhibition is always one of the visual arts highlights of the season. Consistently attracting work by many of the area’s finest amateur and professional artists, it is not only a delight for visitors but also a major showcase for the participating painters, sculptors and print-makers. Covid-19 could have meant…

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Lighthouse comes alive on the lawns

THERE is a palpable excitement and relief in the news from the team at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre that live performance is returning in the form of Lighthouse: OUTSIDE, a short season of weekly shows outdoors.  There will be four events, in the amphitheatre to the side of the arts centre on four Saturdays in…

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Lottery grant for new Windrose projects

A NATIONAL Lottery Heritage Fund grant will enable Windrose, the rural media charity known for its film archive of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire life, to begin work on new community projects. All the current Windrose projects had been cancelled or postponed because of the Covid19 pandemic, says director Trevor Bailey: “It left very little to…

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Concerts in the West go online

LOVERS of chamber music and fans of Concerts in the West, the organisation which brings rising stars of the chamber music scene to venues in Dorset, Somerset and Devon, can enjoy a series of concerts online, from 20th August to 22nd October. Concerts in the West founder and director Catherine Maddocks describes the project as…

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Looking for young Agatha Christies 

 THE annual International Agatha Christie Festival won’t be happening this year, but the organisers have launched a competition for young writers in Devon who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of the queen of crime, the world’s favourite crime writer who was born and raised in Devon. The IACF 2020 Mystery Short Story Competition…

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Rebanks and Osman at BridLit

LAKE District sheep farmer and author James Rebanks makes a welcome return to Bridport Literary Festival this year, and first-time novelist Richard Osman makes his debut at the Dorset event, which is due to run from Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th November. BridLit director Tanya Bruce-Lockhart has been working hard to bring some much-needed light…

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Cast announced at Bath Theatre Royal

THREE of the greatest plays of the late 20th century have been chosen for the reopening season at Bath’s historic Theatre Royal. The Welcome Back Season will run from 14th October to 12th December. The first of the three modern classics chosen to reopen the main house is Harold Pinter’s masterpiece of adultery and guilt,…

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Help to put a roof over the barn owls’ heads

THE Countryside Restoration Trust, the charity which works to support and encourage wildlife-friendly, sustainable farming, is appealing for help to raise £30,000 to repair the dilapidated home of barn owls on Bere Marsh Farm near Shillingstone. Just weeks after moving on to the farm by the river Stour, which is intended to be its showcase…

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Live at David Hall

THE David Hall at South Petherton reopened on Friday 11th September, when Crewkerne-based folk singer Reg Meuross played a gig to launch the vinyl recording of his latest album, RAW. Petherton Picture Show, in conjunction with Moviola, will return on Friday 25th September with Sam Mendes’ acclaimed First World War drama, 1917. The socially distanced audience capacity…

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Lottery cash for Cleveland Pools project

THE Cleveland Pools Trust, which looks after Bath’s 200 year-old open-air lido, has been granted £56,300 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to assist with the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the development of the development project. The pandemic and lockdown forced the trust team to adapt to home working. Various community plans…

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Young musicians play for the Ath

FOUR talented young musicians who live in or have connections with Warminster are taking part in concerts to raise funds for the historic Athenaeum theatre, on 26th and 27th September. The concert has been put together to showcase some of the talented artists who started their careers at the Ath and who now wish to…

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Martin and Eliza Carthy at the Marine

THE Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis reopens in October. The highlight of the opening month will be a gig by two of the greatest names in British folk music, Martin Carthy and his daughter Eliza, on 31st October. Eliza Carthy has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and is a multiple-award winner at the…

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Romeo and Juliet, The Handlebards at Bradford on Avon and touring

WHAT more apt venue for cycling theatricals The Handlebards than the home of Moulton Cycles in Bradford-on-Avon? And what lovelier setting to watch a hilarious three-wheeled version of Romeo and Juliet on the night before the imposition of Boris’s latest three-word slogan, the Rule of Six? The company usually tours in two groups, boys and…

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Waiting for Godot in Paddock Gardens

SAMUEL Beckett, according to the Amateur Players of Sherborne programme, wrote “Art has nothing to do with clarity, does not dabble in the clear and does not make clear,” … and there’s me thinking that the present government doesn’t understand The Arts. Sherborne’s open air production of Beckett’s masterpiece was the result of a happenstance…

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Rural life museum workshops

SOMERSET Rural Life Museum, at Glastonbury, has teamed up with artists and makers from across the county to create a programme of workshops this autumn. Alongside the workshops, the museum is hosting a new series of online talks exploring rural life. On 19th September pottery teacher Rebecca Landrock will lead a clay and botanical workshop….

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Playhouse reopens with six week season 

SALISBURY Playhouse will re-open in October with a socially-distanced six-week season of theatre, dance, music and live screenings, running between 14th October and 21st November. To follow government guidelines for indoor performances and social distancing, the capacity of the main house will be reduced from 512 to 148, with audiences sitting in their household bubbles…

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Rankin exhibition at Poole

AN exhibition of poignant and startling monochrome portraits of “life masks” by the celebrated photographer Rankin will be on show at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre from Tuesday 15th September to Saturday 21st November in the main gallery. The  exhibition, Alive: In The Face of Death, had been due to open in March just as the…

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The early years of a National Treasure

BATH’s Holburne Museum, now open for visits after the lockdown, has a major exhibition of work by one of the country’s best-loved artists. Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years runs to 3rd January 2021. This is the first exhibition to survey Perry’s earliest forays into the art world, featuring the exciting, radical works he made between…

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Share your river memories

WIMBORNE Community Theatre is planning a site-specific community theatre production in 2021 performed in, on or near the River Allen (one of the purest chalk streams in Europe) or the River Stour, which both flow through Wimborne. To launch the project WCT is inviting people to share their memories of visiting the river with people…

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Fingers crossed as Wells LitFest reveals first big name

THE future of any performing arts events or arts of literary festivals taking place this year is hanging in the balance. But the organisers of Wells Festival of Literature, are taking an optimistic view and have announced one of their big names for this year’s event, scheduled to take place from 16th to 24th October….

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