Out and About

A performance walk in a wood

WIMBORNE’S always inventive community theatre group State of Play is heading for the woods with an innovative performance walk in a small wood at BytheWay, Colehill. The site-specific production, from 15th to 17th June, celebrates East Dorset’s first SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space). BytheWay – Sounds in a Common Wood is the result of…

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Open garden at Hatch House

THE beautiful garden at Hatch House near Tisbury will be open on Sunday 3rd June from 2 to 5pm in aid of the Salisbury Hospice Charity. The setting for Covent Garden Dance Company’s summer dance weekend, Hatch House, the home of Sir Henry and Lady Rumbold, has an idyllic location, looking towards Old Wardour Castle…

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Flock to see Brownsea’s new arrivals

  AN early morning lagoon walk on Brownsea Island, on 16th June, offers visitors an opportunity to visit the island when it is normally closed to the public. Nature enthusiasts can explore the wildlife wonders that make the internationally important lagoon such an attractive place for wildlife to raise their young. Brownsea Island is owned…

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New award for wildlife friendly gardening

THERE is a new Innovation Award in Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Friendly Gardening Competition, which is sponsored by The Gardens Group. The category will shine a spotlight on gardeners using inventive and environmentally friendly means to welcome wildlife into their gardens. The other awards in the long-established competition are for wildlife friendly gardening in Small,…

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Drop in to Dyrham

JUNE at the National Trust’s Dyrham Park near Bath is the Month of the Garden and the garden team is inviting visitors for a series of open days to gain an in-depth insight into what’s going on with specialist talks, walks and a chance to chat to our garden team. The four drop in days…

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Stourhead in bloom

STOURHEAD is beautiful at any season, but perhaps late spring is one of the loveliest times, with the rich colours of the rhododendrons splashing deep reds and pinks amid the endless variety of greens of trees, lawns and bushes around the lake. The garden at Stourhead is home to more than 100 different varieties of…

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Discovering herbal remedies at Hardy’s Cottage

A NEW herbal medicine trail at Hardy’s Cottage, the birthplace and childhood home of Thomas Hardy, links 21st century children with the traditional knowledge of herbal remedies that around 200 years ago would have brought villagers to seek help from Hardy’s own grandmother. Many of us know there are medicinal herbs and plants in our…

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Cheers! A cricketing memorial to a foodie favourite

TIM Edwards was a colourful, gregarious and much-loved figure at food festivals and fairs across Dorset and Somerset, offering tastings and selling the delicious products of Somerset Cider Brandy, which he helped Julian Temperley to distill at Burrow Hill near Martock. Tim died on 24th May 2017, and to mark the anniversary and celebrate his…

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Dorset wildlife events in May

SPRING seems finally to have arrived, and there is a busy programme of walks, talks, activities and courses with Dorset Wildlife Trust. Here are the May events – contact details at the end of the article. Wednesday 2nd May – Walking With Nature, Kingcombe Meadows through the seasons, 2pm; a gentle guided stroll through Kingcombe…

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New woodland trail at Kingston Lacy

A NEW woodland trail for walkers, runners and cyclists has opened on the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne, giving stunning views of the house and allowing visitors to discover previously inaccessible parts of the park. The trail passes through beautiful forest and along old carriage drives that were originally created by the Bankes family….

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