Out and About

Wildlife Events in Dorset

SPRING is just around the corner, and the programme of events, activities, talks and volunteer workshops is getting busier for Dorset Wildlife Trust. Here is a run-down of the main events in March – more details at www.Dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk THURSDAY 1st – Cure your own bacon, Kingcob Centre, Toller Poriform, noon to 4.30pm; dry-cure your own…

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Hawkhouse flies in for Moors Valley 30th birthday

EAST Dorset’s Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, with some exciting new attractions including the dramatic Hawkhouse, which reaches more than five metres into the sky and has an 18 metre wing span. The park, which recently won a prestigious Gold award at the South West Tourism Excellence…

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Trust closes Avebury stone circles

THE National Trust has taken a “difficult decision”  to temporarily close most of Avebury henge and stone circles. to protect the water-logged World Heritage Site from damage. It is the first time in 17 years that the Trust has closed much of Avebury henge, stone circles and West Kennet Avenue, but the concern is that…

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Let there be light

POOLE’s Lighthouse is not only a beacon of creativity and culture it is also – literally – shedding light on the town at the first Light Up Poole festival, which runs to Saturday 17th February. A gorgeous illuminated curtain-raiser for the arts centre’s 40th anniversary year, this digital art light festival features a varied selection…

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New bookshop at Avebury

THE National Trust has opened a bookshop on the High Street in Avebury. Cobblestones Second-Hand Books is named for the beautifully cobbled floor of the old stables in which it is housed. Books have been sold, in a limited way, at the National Trust site at Avebury for a number of years.  The volunteers who…

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Moors Valley is South West’s top large tourist attraction

MOORS  Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood began its 30th anniversary year in style with Gold awards as the top Large Tourist Attraction and for Outstanding Customer Service in the prestigious South West Tourism Excellence Awards. In the Large Attraction category Moors Valley was up against Hestercombe Gardens and Wells Cathedral in Somerset, Cornwall’s…

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Step into spring at Kingston Lacy

HALF-TERM activities at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne, from 10th to 18th February, include craft and wood-working sessions and discovering nature in the woodland. Local paper cut artist Isobel Barber will be using flowers created by visitors to create a paper montage of spring in the Laundry. Visitors are invited to drop in…

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Contemporary Craft Festival is top tourism winner

THE Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey, the home of the Devon Craft Guild, was the overall winner in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards, announced at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay. More than 450 attended the region’s biggest tourism event, when 123 awards were presented, following judging of a record 647 entries….

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Saved for life – Anna Pavord and gardening

“IF you’ve caught the gardening bug then you will be saved for life,” says Anna Pavord. “When you’re feeling down, gardening helps immeasurably.” One of Britain’s greatest gardening writers, Anna Pavord is coming to Shaftesbury Arts Centre on Saturday 10th February as part of the town’s Snowdrop Festival study day. Anna’s unique and uplifting perspective…

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