Out and About

Crafting Christmas at Kingston Lacy

WORK has started to create a magical Christmas at Kingston Lacy, the National Trust estate near Wimborne. From 30th November until 1st January, Kingston Lacy house will be transformed with hundreds of handmade decorations inspired by the creativity of four women of the Bankes family. The Trust team at Kingston Lacy has been working with…

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First sight of cheetah cubs

A QUARTET of cheetah cubs has ventured outside for the first time at Longleat Safari Park. The litter, born to mum Wilma and dad Carl, is the largest number of cubs ever raised at Longleat, and one of the biggest litters successfully reared in the UK in recent years. The quartet, which were born in…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in November

A LITTLE late, but here are the Dorset Wildlife Trust events for the rest of November – for more details and for volunteering opportunities, visit www.dorsetwildifetrust.org.uk Saturday 17th – Lino printmaking workshop, Kingcombe Centre, with Hugh Dunford-Wood, 9.45am-4pm, one-day practical, fun approach to lino printing, covering the fundamentals of lino printing, from drawing and carving…

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MPs join Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

THE South West Wiltshire MP Dr Andrew Murrison is one of 508 MPs who are planting trees as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, a network of forest conservation initiatives to mark Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Dr Murrison has planted silverbirch and rowan trees in Biss Meadows Country Park in Trowbridge….

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Yeovil’s WWI commemorative walk

A NEW walk around Yeovil town centre marks the centenary of the First World War Armistice. South Somerset District Council’s is offering free guided walks of less than a mile around points of interest relating to the Great War. The walks at 11am on Thursday 8th, Saturday 10th and Thursday 15th November, will be led…

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Stitching history at Avebury

A VOLUNTEER sewing group at Avebury Manor has made three new pieces of costume and furnishing for the National Trust property, helping visitors to have a picture of some of the people who have lived at and visited Avebury. The 14 volunteers have been working on this project for over a year making items related…

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Hallowe’en fun for colobus monkeys

LONGLEAT’s newest arrivals, seven beautiful colobus monkeys, enjoyed some early Hallowe’en treats in the shape of carved pumpkins at their new home on an island in the middle of the lake. Originally from East Africa, the black and white old world monkeys’ diet is exclusively herbivorous; consisting of a mix of fruit, berries, leaves and…

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Victorian archway saved at Tyntesfield

A STONE archway in part of the wall around the Victorian park at the National Trust’s Tyntesfield estate near Bristol has been restored thanks to cash from the Trust’s annual raffle. The restoration of the archway follows the successful repair of a 450 metre stretch of the historic boundary wall in 2017. The continuation of…

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Hallowe’en at Barrington Court

THE leaves are falling from the trees, autumn is in the air, the apples are harvested, the pumpkins are waiting to be carved … Hallowe’en is just around the corner at the National Trust’s Barrington Court. Over the autumn half term there is a host of activities at this beautiful Tudor and house and garden,…

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