Out and About

Tastes of Exmoor and Somerset

SOMERSET may be best known as the home of cider and Cheddar cheese but there is much more on offer for food lovers everywhere, from Exmoor lamb to exotic ice-cream, whose products are being championed by the Exmoor and Somerset tourism group. The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company at The Cliffs, Cheddar, is one of the…

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Step back in time to a virtual Avebury

VISITORS to the Alexander Keiller Museum at Avebury this summer have a unique opportunity to take part in a research project looking into the development of immersive simulations of ancient heritage sites. This involves wearing a virtual reality headset and spending a few minutes moving through and exploring the Avebury henge and stone circles as…

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Campfire tales at Maumbury Rings

JOIN Paddleboat Theatre Company at Maumbury Rings in Dorchester for adventures and story-telling on Thursday 23rd August at 2pm. Set up camp and enjoy Rustle as the Paddleboat company tells the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags evolve into monsters, rucksacks become friends and torches highlight the forest’s closest secrets. This interactive family…

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New trails leaflet for Ham Hill

THE Friends of Ham Hill have produced a new walking leaflet with four routes, aiming to help visitors explore more areas of Ham Hill Country Park in South Somerset. The 390 acre Iron Age hillfort has so much to offer including the views at the war memorial, the ponds in Witcombe Valley and ravens calling…

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Meet the Romans in Dorchester

VISITORS to Dorchester have a chance to meet Roman re-enactors from  Cohor I Durotriga and be guided round some of the historic sites of “Durnovaria,” including the Roman wall, the Roman town house – the only example of a fully exposed Roman town house in the country – ending at the museum where visitors can…

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Restoring the parterre at Kingston Lacy

THE Kingston Lacy garden team has restored the parterre, an important part of the formal gardens at the National Trust property just outside Wimborne. The nine-strong team of gardeners has worked tirelessly over the last eight months, assisted by more than 50 volunteers, to bring this area of the garden back to life. The restoration…

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Understanding gulls

THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds wants people to understand gulls and learn to live with them. “We need to change the way we behave around gulls and try to live harmoniously alongside them,” says Morwenna Alldis, the RSPB spokesperson for the South West “Personally I love gulls – I like a bird…

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Volunteer at Stourhead

THE National Trust team at Stourhead House and Garden is looking for volunteers, including  garden guides, raffle sellers, room guides and welcome assistants. Hannah Bester, a volunteering officer at Stourhead, describes volunteering for the National Trust as “a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new things while simultaneously giving back. The joy of…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in August

THERE is more to Dorset in the summer than lying in the sun – here are the month’s events and activities with Dorset Wildlife Trust. For details of volunteering opportunities, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk/volunteering Wednesday 1st August to Sunday 2nd September – Summer wildlife fun at Brownsea Island, 11am – 3.30pm. Come and find out more about…

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