Miscellany

Black horse delights the crowds at new show

DORSET’s newest outdoor event, the Spring Countryside Show, at the Turnpike Showground near Motcombe, was a big hit and a 2023 show is already being planned. Around 12,000 people attended the two-day show, which was organised by the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show team, showcasing rural life and crafts as well as featuring live music, steam…

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PJ Harvey’s gifts to Dorset Museum

DORSET-born singer-songwriter, musician and poet PJ Harvey has visited Dorset Museum in Dorchester to present a hand-corrected proof of her dialect poem Orlam and a photograph showing her wearing traditional Dorset buttons. Accompanied by her mother Eva, she spent an afternoon at the museum, starting in the library. Here she presented the interim director Elizabeth…

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Planted Country at Stourhead

SUSTAINABILITY is at the heart of a new show which is being held in the walled garden at Stourhead, the National Trust’s house and grounds near Mere in Wiltshire, over the weekend 29th April to 2nd May. Planted Country will include talks, workshops, exhibitions, and stands, with a particular emphasis on brands which champion sustainable…

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Tourism award for Dorset Museum

THERE was a double boost for Dorset Museum on Thursday 7th April with wins in both the South West Tourism Awards and the Dorchester and Poundbury Business Awards. After receiving a silver Dorset Tourism Award, the museum received bronze in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category at the South West Tourism Awards at…

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An epic pandemic journey

TRAVEL writer and broadcaster Simon Parker, who has reported from more than 100 countries over the years, took to his bike to explore his homeland during the pandemic. He tells his story in A Night of Adventure Cycling 3,247 Miles Around Pandemic Britain, at Dorchester Corn Exchange on 24th April at 3pm. The multimedia presentation…

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Living history in a Tudor manor

STEP back in time to 1580, and meet the Martyn family of Athelhampton at an Easter living history event which will take visitors back into the world of a Catholic family in the Tudor period. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of Athelhampton House in the 16th Century. All levels of society from…

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Music for Ukraine at Yeovil

THERE are two fund-raising concerts at Yeovil’s Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue, on 1st and 22nd April, to show solidarity and support towards the humanitarian and emergency response work in Ukraine and neighbouring countries affected by the refugee crisis. Both events will be raising funds for School in a Bag’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal and…

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