Out and About

Unearthed at the West Coker Twineworks

ART and craft met at West Coker’s restored Dawe’s Twineworks when artist Simon Lee Dicker launched his book of drawings, Unearthed, at an open weekend  as part of this year’s Somerset Art Works festival . This beautiful little book is a true work of art but it is also an important chapter in the long…

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Safeguarding Dyrham Park’s rare tapestries

SOME of the world’s rarest 17th century tapestries are being conserved at Dyrham Park, thanks to almost £80,000 in legacies left to the National Trust. Highlighted by conservators as a high priority, two of the large Enghien tapestries, currently hanging in the 17th century house near Bath, will now be sent away for specialist cleaning…

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Apple Days at Barrington Court

THIS year’s Apple Days on 21st and 22nd October will be specially important for the National Trust staff and volunteers who manage orchards at Barrington Court, as they re-launch their apple juice and cider and celebrate a move from farmhouse cider to craft cider. The beautiful Elizabethan house and gardens of Barrington Court, near Ilminster,…

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Heartwood at Springhead

COMPOSER, musician and choir director Karen Wimhurst will lead the grand musical finale at the AshScape celebration of Britain’s ash trees, at Springhead near Fontmell Magna on Sunday, 15th October. Karen, who conducts several local choirs, including Palida, will direct a performance of her new composition, Heartwood, a choral processional work, which is based on…

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Yeovil’s railway past is on the wall

A NEW mural is bringing alive part of the railway history of Yeovil on a on a concrete covered stretch of wall that runs alongside part of the old line in what is now Yeovil Country Park. The painting by Bristol artist Jody Thomas is part of the Heritage lottery-funded V3 Involve Visit Volunteer project…

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Autumn fun at Moors Valley

WHATEVER the weather there are family event for all ages this autumn at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest near Ringwood. As the light changes and the leaves turn to gold there’s never been a better time to enjoy the park’s mix of evergreen conifers and broadleaf trees. The crisp autumn air also provides the…

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Autumn at Kingston Lacy

AUTUMN is always a beautiful season and few places are lovelier at this time than the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy near Wimborne. This year visitors can experience the best of this magical season and the spectacular autumn colour by joining Andrew Hunt, the head gardener, for walks around the 40 acre garden and wider parkland…

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Dorset wildlife events in October

EARLY morning walks to hear birdsong or watch the deer rut, scavenging for interesting treasures on the seashore – Dorset Wildlife Trust’s October programme has activities and events for all ages. For full details, including regular working parties, visit the website www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk Friday 6th – Bird songs and calls, 9.30am – 12.30pm. Learn to identify…

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First hints of autumn at Stourhead.

STOURHEAD’s famous landscaped garden is starting to show the first hints of autumn’s arrival and the National Trust gardening team is hoping that the trees and shrubs have benefitted from the gentle summer to put on a beautiful display around the lake. Head gardener Alan Power says: “The summer of 2017 was a very British…

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Dorset Wildlife Trust in September

ROCKPOOL rambles, exploring the Fleet, discovering the archaeology of Dorset’s neolithic barrows – there is a wealth of exciting events in Dorset Wildlife Trust’s September calendar. Wednesday 13th – Fleet Explorer, sundown cruise, 6.45 to 7.45pm. See Friday 8th. Thursday 14th – Geology of King Barrow Quarries, 10am to noon; explore King Barrow Quarries Nature…

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