Miscellany

Counting birds with RSPB Arne

THE Big Garden Bird Watch, organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds is the world’s largest wildlife survey. This year it takes place over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January, and there is an invitation to join staff and volunteers at the RSPB’s Arne reserve on Poole Harbour to…

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The spiky charm of the “niffler”

A PAIR of porcupines, which bear an uncanny resemblance to the niffler from JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, are captivating keepers at Longleat with their amusing antics. The female prehensile-tailed porcupines, Pumpkin and Squash, both less than a year old, recently arrived at the safari park from separate collections in Switzerland and…

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Another award for Shire Hall

DORCHESTER’s Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum team are understandably “over the moon” to win the Sandford Award for Heritage Education 2019. The team travelled to the Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood in London for the prestigious awards evening. The quality mark award, from the Heritage Education Trust and Bishop Grosseteste University, recognises excellence in…

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Stroll with Dorset Wildlife Trust

DECEMBER  with Dorset Wildlife Trust continues with on Monday 30th December, with the Holes Bay stroll, 10.30am to 1.30pm, to view the salt marsh surrounding Holes Bay. Visit to Upton Country park and tearooms. Meet at Upton House car park. Contact Ken Yeates on 07947 141539. Pictured: Geese and other waterfowl on the edge of…

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Two tourism awards for Shire Hall

DORCHESTER’s Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum took two awards at the 2019 Dorset Tourism Awards – gold in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year and silver in the Accessible and Inclusive Tourism category. Anna Bright, the Shire Hall director, said that since opening, the museum has aimed to be inclusive for all, so to…

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Improve your camera skills at Lacock

THE home of photography is the setting for a series of workshops run by photography trainers Lacock Photography, which started at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire on Thursday 14th November. The workshops are aimed at both beginners and more experienced amateur photographers and are being held in the grounds and cloister of Lacock Abbey, where the…

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Enter a world of myths and legends at Longleat

THE impact of this year’s Festival of Light at Longleat is almost overwhelming – astonishing larger than lifesize silk lantern displays of Greek gods and heroes, Chinese dragons, Norse warriors and mythical beasts and monsters. The festival includes more than 3,000 lanterns, crafted using 50,000 LED lights and 30,000 metres of silk. And for the…

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Death and the dance at Guggleton

GUGGLETON Gallery at Stalbridge, which is now known as The Gugg arts centre, has a fascinating event on Friday 1st November, offering some spine-chilling entertainment for All Hallows and All Souls. Musician and historian Dr Frances Eustace will give a talk and performance, Death and the Dance, starting at 7pm in the Milking Parlour Gallery….

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Auction of promises at Shire Hall

PUT your bids in on Thursday 7th November and you could enjoy afternoon tea at the House of Lords or spend a spooky night in the cells at Dorchester’s Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. All funds raised on the night at Shire Hall’s first auction of promises will be split between the museum, to help…

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