Out and About

Music on the Kingston Lacy lawn

VISITORS to the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy can enjoy live music on the south lawn, every Sunday until the end of June. A different band will be performing each week and visitors are invited to bring their picnics to enjoy as they listen to the music. Pimms, cold drinks, and ice cream will be available…

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An explorer’s life

JOHN Blashford-Snell has led a life that reads like a Boy’s Own story – exploring African rivers, South American jungles and Himalayan mountains, and founding one of the world’s leading adventure programmes for young people. Col Blashford-Snell, who lives near Shaftesbury, will be at the Electric Palace at Bridport on Saturday 17th June,  at 7.30pm, to…

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Bee Day at Mompesson House

SALISBURY and District Beekeepers Association will be in the garden of the National Trust’s Mompesson House on Saturday 10th June for the annual Bee Day. Emma James, the Trust’s visitor experience officer at Mompesson House, says: “Bee Day is a great opportunity for our visitors to meet local beekeepers, see working bees in their hive…

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Protecting Bristol’s ancient trees

A NATIONALLY important collection of ancient and veteran trees on sites in Bristol and North Somerset is being protected by the National Trust, thanks to support from SC Johnson. The trees at Leigh Woods, Tyntesfield, Shirehampton Park, Failand and Clevedon Court are among the largest populations of ancient and veteran trees in the South West….

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Go wild in June with Dorset Wildlife Trust

DORSET Wildlife Trust is asking everyone to go Wild for the 30 Days in June and the trust’s programme of events is the perfect way to start! Saturday 3rd – Bugden’s Copse and Meadows, Wildflower Week Walk, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Explore the flowers of ancient-woodland and rush-pasture with naturalist Phil Budd; one of the Wildflower Week…

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Festival hits new sales record

FROME Festival’s box office smashed all previous records in the first week of sales, with a total of 2,180 tickets for all events sold at the Cheese and Grain, amounting to more than £27,500 in sales. Martin Dimery, the festival’s creative director, is understandably delighted: “Even accounting for inflation, this is the best advance sale…

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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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