What's on in pictures

Silver jubilee of Dillington Guitar Festival

THE versatility of the guitar is celebrated in the Dillington Guitar Festival, at Dillington House near Ilminster, from Sunday 28th July to Thursday 1st August. This popular event, which combines masterclasses and workshops with public concerts, is now in its 25th year, and continues to draw some of the world’s greatest guitarists. The emphasis is…

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Family connections at La Fosse

MANY restaurants have recognised the multiple benefits of putting produce that is local to their area on the menu – but not many chefs have an historic family tie to the food they serve. Mark Hartstone, chef-proprietor of La Fosse restaurant with rooms at Cranborne, grows many of his own salads, herbs and vegetables on…

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Poole Harbour Festival does it for the kids

THIS year’s Poole Harbour Festival, from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July,  is pulling out all the stops to entertain the kids this year with special appearances from favourite local children’s entertainer Krazy Kev and circus skills workshops hosted by Swamp Circus, England’s longest running circus. The family-friendly weekend of music and fun takes over…

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St John Passion at Wells

SOMERSET Chamber Choir will be joined by tenor James Gilchrist and The Musical and Amicable Society on Saturday 27th July for a performance of Bach’s St John Passion in Wells Cathedral. Conducted by Richard Laing, the soloists also include sop­rano Sophie Gallager, countertenor Hamish McLaren, tenor Rory Carver and basses Henry Thatcher and Niall Anderson….

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Just Jacqui and Charlie at the Regent

JAZZ great Jacqui Dank­worth comes to Christchurch Regent with her husband, Memphis-born pianist and vocalist Charlie Wood on Thursday 25th July. The show, starting at 7.30 is called Just You, Just Me and it is promoted by Stompin’ at the Quomps. Jacqui and  Charlie have been inspired by some of the great musical partnerships – Ray…

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A new twist to traditional circus

CONTINENTAL Circus Berlin, a new troupe on tour this year, comes to Poole until 23rd Juy and Weymouth from 25th  to 30th July. The circus brings youthful energy to its collection of circus acts, bringing performers from all over the world to the UK. “In an age where so much entertainment is unreal, full of …

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Great Divides with Massy Ferguson

SEATTLE-based band Massy Ferguson is in the UK for a short tour, continuing at  Poole’s Beer and Bluegrass Fest on Saturday 27th July. Formed 13 years ago, the band has proudly planted their boots on both sides of the country-rock divide, carving out their own brand of amplified Americana. They are promoting their fifth album,…

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Spooky songsters from down under

AMONG the many talented performers to make the long journey from Australia to England, the Spooky Men’s Chorale must be one of the most entertaining! Catch this choir from New South Wales making a welcome return to Dorchester Corn Exchange on 26th July. The Spooky Men are described as being “as thunderous as a herd…

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Kids go wild with Lost Words

THE start of the school summer holidays finds parents looking for inventive and creative ways to keep their children entertained. They need look no further than the Artsreach summer programme of activities, which runs from 26th July to 30th August. This summer’s programme is inspired by The Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’s stunning…

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A Squashbox full of curious creatures

THERE is summer fun for families when Artsreach brings Squashbox Theatre and its collection of Curious Creatures to Blandford Corn Exchange on Friday 26th July, and Martinstown village hall on Saturday 27th, both at 2.30pm. Welcome to the Curious Creatures wildlife park, established by Jeremiah Johnson, the world-renowned explorer, zoologist and animal collector. Discover the…

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Listen at Frome

LISTEN, which starts on Saturday 20th July, is a summer programme of inspiring music, visual art, sound and exploration, based at Black Swan Arts and other Frome locations, curated by composer and local resident Helen Ottaway working with artist Mel Day. The aim is to make us listen to and look at the world around…

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Tobacco Factory summer treats

BRISTOL’S Tobacco Factory Theatres have a full prog­ramme for the summer in the two air-conditioned performance spaces in Southville – and on the SS Great Britain. Darkstuff Productions will stage Moby Dick  in an immersive promenade performance on board Brunel’s SS Great Britain, from Sunday 18th to Monday 26th August. Back at the Tobacco Factory,…

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Everett directs and stars in Chekhov classic

RUPERT Everett is at Bath Theatre Royal from 18th July to 3rd August, playing the title role in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. It is a role he has long wanted to play, and in Bath he directs a new version by David Hare. The cast includes Katherine Parkinson, making a speedy return to the theatre after…

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Wild Hares and Hummingbirds

VISITORS to the Museum of Somerset at Taunton can discover more about the county’s animals, plants and birds in a playful exhibition opening on Saturday 20th July and running to 26th October. The exhibition is based on the book Wild Hares and Hummingbirds: The Natural History of an English Village, by the naturalist Stephen Moss,…

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Material matters at Messums

THE series of Material exhibitions and projects at Messums Wiltshire, at the ancient Tisbury tithe barn, continues this summer with a return to Material: Wood, including a fascinating exhibition of work by the sculptor Christopher Kurtz, “The Traveller cannot see North but knows the Needle can,” on show until 1st September. Christopher Kurtz, from New…

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No horses on Brownsea

BROWNSEA Open Air Theatre – BOAT – has chosen Shakespeare’s Richard III for its 2019 production, on the island in Poole Harbour from Wednesday 24th July to Friday 9th August. The production, directed by Neil Mathieson, marks the 55th anniversary of the summer open air plays on the island, founded by Joyce Caton to mark…

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Roguishly resonant

THE Resonant Rogues, on tour promoting their latest album, will be stopping at the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers on Friday 26th July, and Poole Beer and Bluegrass Festival the following day. The band, sometimes a duo and sometimes a quartet, performs music inspired by the mountains of  Appalachia to the streets of New…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in July

HIGH summer is a busy time for Dorset Wildlife Trust, with talks, walks, and special events, activities for children, and working parties for volunteers. For details of volunteering opportunities, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk/volunteering Wednesday 24th – Wildflower walk, myths and magic – let wildflower expert Nick Grey take you on a tour of Kingcombe reserve and explain…

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Telling tales at Wimborne

WIMBORNE’S festival of stories and story-telling, Sting in the Tale, returns this year, from Saturday 27th July to Saturday 3rd August, with a packed programme of tall tales, puppet shows, street theatre and more, for all ages. The festival  open with a flourish with Field of Stories, a full day of free family storytelling, crafts…

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Gala celebration concert at Dorset Opera

DORSET Opera Festival 2019 celebrates its first 15 years at Bryanston, and the chairmanship of Alan Frost, with an opera gala concert during the festival. On Friday 26th July, Jeremy Carnell will conduct the festival orchestra in a performance of popular choruses, arias, overtures, ensembles featuring Dorset Opera’s emerging artists, guests and maybe even an…

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Hardest working woman in Americana

RACHEL Harrington, on a UK tour to promote her latest album Hush the Wild Horses, gives four concerts in the south west, starting at the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers on Wednes­day 24th July. Rachel was named in Maver­ick magazine as the hardest wor­king woman in Ameri­cana, and it took its toll.  She decided…

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Dorset Opera – new star and old favourite

FANS of Dorset Opera Festival will thrill to the glorious high notes of the young South Korean tenor David Junghoon Kim who sings the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, one of this year’s two operas, at Bryanston School’s Coade Hall,  near Blandford, from 23rd to 27th July. The festival’s many loyal supporters will…

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Kids go wild with Lost Words

THE start of the school summer holidays finds parents looking for inventive and creative ways to keep their children entertained. They need look no further than the Artsreach summer programme of activities, which runs from 26th July to 30th August. This summer’s programme is inspired by The Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’s stunning…

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Tivoli summer rep

THE Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne has its first summer rep, when Dramatic Productions stages three plays from 25th July through to 10th August. The Dorset-based company returns to the Tivoli with a comedy, a thriller and the re-staging of a popular television sitcom. The season starts with Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s comedy A Bunch…

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Bubbles and laughs with Dillie Keane

DORCHESTER Arts’ annual fund-raising garden party brings one of England’s funniest women, Dillie Keane to the beautiful grounds of Whitcombe Manor, on Sunday 28th July, from noon. The outrageously funny and talented Dillie, one third of Fascinating Aida and a brilliant singer, comedian and Olivier Award-nominated actress, is making a special trip to Dorset for…

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Love and war with Vanessa Redgrave

THE legendary Vanessa Red­grave is in summer residence at the Ustinov Studio at Bath Theatre Royal until 3rd August, with her own play Vienna 1934 – Munich 1938. In the late 1930s, her father, the illustrious actor Michael Redgrave, formed a close friendship with the  poet Stephen Spender. Through their families’ notebooks, journals and memoirs,…

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Anniversary delights at Hatch ballet

WHEN the Covent Garden Dance Company celebrates its tenth anniversary of Ballet at Hatch, near Tisbury, from 25th to 28th July, the audience is in for a memorable evening, with exciting new works and an appearance by Xander Parish, one of the principals of Russia’s famous Mariinsky Ballet, and the only British dancer in the…

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Diane Maclean goes Beyond at Salisbury

SALISBURY Cathedral’s summer exhibition, inside the cathedral and on the lawns outside, is Beyond, new work by the award-winning international sculptor Diane Maclean, on show until the end of September. Beyond, which has been curated by the Cathedral’s visual arts adviser Jacquiline Creswell, comprises of eight large-scale pieces in stainless steel or feather-light aluminium. Diane…

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