Out and About

Clouds Hill – from Desert to Dorset

THE National Trust is marking the centenary this year of the part played by TE Lawrence – Lawrence of Arabia – in the Great Arab Revolt during the First World War. Events are taking place at Lawrence’s Dorset home, Clouds Hill near Wareham, exploring the life of this secretive and fascinating man. Born the illegitimate son…

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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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Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017

WILTSHIRE’s largest open studio event, the 2017 Wylye Valley Art Trail runs from 27th May to 4th June, with 73 venues showing the work of the area’s painters, sculptors, potters, glass artists, jewellery and furniture makers, photographers and even a milliner. The trail is set in some of the most gorgeous countryside this beautiful county…

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Awards beckon for the Floating Bench

YOU know that classic definition of good design – “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”?  You might well say that of Simon Thomas Pirie’s Floating Bench, pictured here in its new Blonde and Noir versions. The benches, which are distributed by Sitting Spiritually…

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Discover the countryside in the city

A NEW guidebook from the National Trust should encourage visitors and Bath residentsto explore the Bath countryside, particularly on the skyline looking down on the beautiful Georgian city. The fully-illustrated guidebook contains three circular walking routes and a foreword by former Bath resident and celebrity baker Mary Berry. Bath was a social hotspot for Georgians…

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Dorset Wildlife events in May

Saturday 13th – Dawn chorus walk, 4.45am, Bere Marsh Farm (near Child Okeford) inc. farmhouse breakfast; with local bird expert, Jon Ross. Booking essential. Please contact Anna Aubrey on: 07970 903679. A walk round Lytchett Bay,  9.30 to 11.30am,  led by Nick and Jackie Hull. Please book 01202 697325. Lorton woodland walk, 2 to 4pm,…

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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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Cars, Coffee and Cake at The Queens Arms

FANS of classic cars and delicious cake should head for Corton Denham on bank holiday Monday, 1st May, to admire a convoy of vintage cars, sports cars and supercars organised by the village’s award-winning pub, The Queens Arms, The special day of automobile appreciation is open to everyone from classic car aficionados to young enthusiasts,…

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