Out and About

A bird’s eye view of Poole

A BIG Wheel, which will be installed in Poole’s Harbourside Park, opening on Friday 28th April, will give bird’s eye views of Poole as it has never been seen before. The Poole Harbour BIG Wheel will open up new perspectives on the beautiful harbour and the historic town and quay, as the start of Poole…

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Specialist Plant Fair at Knoll Gardens

PLANT lovers can meet some nationally-renowned local growers, see the best of their spring range and get some top growing tips at Wimborne’s Knoll Gardens on Saturday 22nd April. This is a specialist spring plant fair with a difference, featuring a selection of locally grown plants from nationally recognized nurseries. Alongside Knoll’s own extensive display…

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Phyllis Wolff supports Dorset Wildlife Trust

NORTH Dorset artist Phyllis Wolff feels passionately about the countryside and she is inviting bids for one of her paintings, Melbury Hill, to raise money for Dorset Wildlife Trust./ Phyllis explains: “On the day my fourth grandchild Orin, was born last November, I received the latest appeal from the Dorset Wildlife Trust about the alarming…

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Bridport’s guided walks at Easter

BRIDPORT’s popular guided walks return this Easter, as part of the town’s first Season of Heritage. The walks, on 11th, 13th, 18th and 20th April, will include some of Bridport’s key historical sites and learn about the town’s development from its Saxon origins through to the present day. The Tuesday walks will visit East Street,…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in April

AS the weather improves, the number of Dorset Wildlife Trust events and activities increases across the county. Here’s a run-down of what’s on offer. For details of the regular volunteer programmes, scrub clearance, etc, visit the website www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk Saturday 1st – Mini meadows at Lorton Meadows, Upwey, 10am – 4pm.  Create your own mini meadow,…

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Spring at Ham Hill Country Park

THE days are getting longer and lighter and as the weather (hopefully) improves, South Somerset’s Ham Hill Country Park comes alive with spring flowers and wildlife. For those who enjoy walking, take a stroll out to Pit Wood on the eastern most side of site to see the primroses and dog violets in bloom on…

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Mompesson House – 40 years with the National Trust

THE 18th century Mompesson House in Salisbury Cathedral Close has reopened for 2017 with a new shop and an exhibition  called New Beginnings, telling the story of the National Trust at the house and celebrating the 40th anniversary of its redecorating, furnishing and opening to visitors. Emma James, visitor experience officer, says: “In 1975 the…

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Seven day opening at Hardy’s homes

THE cottage where Thomas Hardy was born and the little house where TE Lawrence lived are both “far from the madding crowd” but they attract so many visitors that the National Trust has decided to open seven days a week, to try to reduce the overcrowding. The trust’s enhanced events programme and additional interpretation at…

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DWT in March

DORSET Wildife Trust’s events for March including workshops to learn how to draw feathers and make willow baskets, talks on butteflies and gardening for wildlife and birdwatching at Lytchett Bay. For details of regular working parties and volunteer projects, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk Friday 3rd – Unseen and Underground: Why Our Geological Heritage Matters, illustrated talk by Sam…

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