Out and About

Open day and photography course at Springhead

THERE is a double reason to visit one of Dorset’s most beautiful gardens on Tuesday 17th April, when the gardens will be open from 10am  to 5pm, and Edward Parker will be running a course on garden photography. There will be stalls and the café will be serving refreshments and light lunches. Dogs on leads…

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Pupils help to plant traditional Somerset orchard

A GROUP of Forest School pupils from St Dubricius in Porlock have worked with the local National Trust countryside ranger team and Horner Farm tenants to help to plant an orchard of Somerset fruit trees on the Trust’s Holnicote estate. The children, aged between three and five years, helped to plant 20 fruit tree varieties…

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Be a Brownsea Island ranger for a day

YOUNG visitors will have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to be a ranger for a day on the National Trust’s Brownsea Island, on Thursday 12th April. Brownsea Island, which has been voted Britain’s favourite nature reserve, is managed by a team of dedicated countryside rangers. It is one of the last remaining strongholds in…

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Return of Bridport’s Ropewalk Fair

BRIDPORT’s ancient rope-making heritage will be celebrated on Sunday 13th May with the return of the annual Ropewalk Fair, organised by Bridport Museum. The Millenium Green will be abuzz from 11am to 4pm  with music from local bands, food stalls, rope, net and craft demonstrations and sporting activities such as tennis and football in the…

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New bridge at The Courts

CHILDREN from a primary school near Bradford on Avon have helped to create a beautiful new bridge to make a safer route over a historic pool in garden of The Courts, the 18th century property owned by the National Trust at Holt. The idea was initially a response to the challenge of creating a hand…

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Giant predators greet Longleat visitors

VISITORS to Longleat are always keen to see the animals in the Wiltshire estate’s famous safari park, but this year they will find some unexpected giant animals near the Elizabethan stately home. Dozens of giant animatronic predators, including a three-metre tall spitting cobra and a Komodo dragon, have been installed around the main square, as…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in April 2018

EASTER signals the start of a busier programme for Dorset Wildlife Trust, with plenty of opportunities for guided seashore walks, exploring the wildlife reservations, discovering rare and amazing creatures and learning a new countryside craft. Here is a run-down of the events and activities for April. For regular volunteering opportunities, visit the website www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk/volunteering Sunday…

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New restaurant at Longleat

A NEW £1.5m restaurant and coffee house has opened at Longleat. The Chameleon Tree, which gets its name from a tree-like structure in the centre of the building, will provide visitors with an entirely revamped food offering in a spacious and contemporary eating area. As well as its modern design, customers can enjoy uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling…

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Salisbury Cathedral’s Easter eggs

EASTER Eggs have a different significance at Salisbury Cathedral and are a far cry from the sugary confections that most children imagine. Holy Week and Easter is the period during which the Cathedral peregrines set up their nest and produce their eggs. Once again this year there will be peregrine cameras placed near the nest…

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Beach clean at Bossington beach

NATIONAL Trust rangers from the Holnicote estate on Exmoor need a hand cleaning the beach at Bossington. In partnership with Porlock Visitor Centre there will be a coffee, cake and clean-up event on Saturday 24th March, from 10am to 1pm, when visitors can help to give the beach and surrounding area a really good spring…

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