Welcome to The Fine Times Recorder, your e-emporium of information on how you might spend your free time in Dorset, Somerset and beyond, with around 50 stories and reviews published weekly and the Friday to Sunday arts listing refreshed overnight on Thursday/Friday.
The FTR covers what is on offer at arts centres, theatres and village halls as well as on the music, film, comedy, dance, literary and visual arts scenes – not just in the rural areas but in the cities around the region, and sometimes even further afield.
It brings you information about local food … where to buy it and where to eat it, as well as who’s making it and cooking it and selling it to you.
You can find ideas for days out, weekends away and holidays in the UK and beyond.
Local fetes and festivals will be found here, too, and our directory might also include some of the services you need to make your non-working time a bit freer for you to do all those other things (see above).
We are very sad to announce the death of our friend and colleague Rosie Staal, who wrote for the FTR on books, literature, the visual arts and travel (with her husband David Eidelstein).
Contributors to the Fine Times Recorder include Gay Pirrie-Weir, reviewing and writing about the theatre, dance, music and more, and Fanny Charles, reporting on local food, the visual arts and the environment, with occasional contributions from Mark Blackham writing about stage and music, David Grierson reviewing concerts and musicals, Paul Jordon reviewing classical music, David Eidlestein on days out and travel
We are pleased to welcome veteran Bristol print and radio journalist and reveiwer Gerry Parker to the team. Gerry will be contributing reviews from the vibrant theatre scene in Bristol and surrounding area.
Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir are the founders and co-editors of the FTR.
Send us an email at the FTR – firstname.lastname@example.org – with information about events you are organising, follow the listing to see what’s on offer, and see the directory for a useful (and growing) list of contacts, all in one place – your FTR.