Miscellany

New toddler club at Knoll Gardens

A NEW club for toddlers, Bugs and Buds, will open at Knoll Gardens, Wimborne, on 27th May. The aim is to inspire a love of nature from an early age with tots enjoying planting, nest building and bug hunting, and seasonal activities. Knoll Gardens is famous for its glorious ornamental grasses that provide wonderful habitats…

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High in the sky

WHAT’S 108 feet high, seats 144 people, and is giving people a different way of looking at the seaside town of Poole in Dorset? The answer is a big wheel, brought to Baiter Harbourside Park to promote the forthcoming Seven Seas Festival. The wheel and nearby HarBar are already up and running and will stay…

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Regional tourism awards open for entry

THE 2017/18 South West Tourism Excellence Awards are open and businesses are invited to enter by the deadline of midnight on 16th June. The 2016 awards were a record year, with 605 entries from the counties that make up the South West region, and awards for 135 businesses and organisations. Winners of four counties go…

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Restoring Dorset’s fingerposts

FINGERPOSTS are a common feature of the Dorset countryside – and their design is thought to be unique, according to the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership which has a project to refurbish these special signs. The fingerposts contribute to the character of the area but their numbers have fallen in recent years and many are in…

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DWT Forest School builds bug hotels for Chelsea

YOUNGSTERS who take part in Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Forest School have made their own special contribution to an exhibit for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show, from 23rd to 27th May. Shepherds hut specialists Plankbridge Master Hutmakers will be returning to Chelsea, the UK’s most prestigious flower show, for the fourth year running. This year…

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Transformed Bridport Museum reopens

BRIDPORT Museum reopens at 10am on Saturday 27th May after a major redevelopment that includes a new rope and net gallery with a working ropewalk. . Since its doors shut for the renovations in September passers-by have been peering in through the windows  of the historic building in South Street to try and catch a…

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Art in motion at Messums Wiltshire

SEVEN examples of outstanding 20th century engineering and design are on show in a magnificent 700 year old building, as Messums Wiltshire celebrates the art and beauty of automotive design and the enduring genius of innovative engineering, at the Tisbury tithe barn, from 6th to 29th May. The exhibition, Seven Sportscars That Shaped The Future,…

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A Plastic Ocean on screen at Wimborne

IF you are worried about what happens to all those plastic bags and bottles and sprays and netting that Other People just throw away – and you are one of the people who tries to reuse and recycle plastic when you can – you will want to see a new feature-length documentary being screened in Dorset…

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