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Trilogy’s dramatic finale

PETRUS Ursem, the Cornwall-based, Dutch-born printmaker, has established a second career as the author of exciting young adult novels, the Steven Honest trilogy which reaches its dramatic finale with Black As Ink. The books follow the mysterious inheritance Steven receives from a long-dead mine captain, Thomas Carpenter, who lived in the old house where he…

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Tutti Frutti reinvents a favourite story

ONE of the best-loved children’s stories, The Princess and the Pea, is brought to colourful life by Tutti Frutti, at Alderholt village hall on Saturday 20th November, and Cerne Abbas village hall on Sunday 21st, both starting at 3p If you love stories, you will enjoy this show which imagines princesses who don’t know they…

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Living history at Athelhampton

STEP back in time to the Elizabethan era, and meet the Martyn family at a living history event in beautiful Athelhampton House near Dorchester. All levels of society from gentlefolk to servants will be around the house and gardens from Thursday to Saturday, 28th to 30th October, to meet and talk with visitors. The year…

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A festival for curious youngsters

BATH Children’s Literature Festival, a celebration of story-telling, illustrations and books for “curious young minds” returns this year with a starry line-up, from Friday 24th September to Sunday 3rd October. Speakers include the Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, fitness star Joe Wicks, Dapo Adeola, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Sophie Dahl, Irish comedian David O’Doherty, Chris…

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The Puppet Van drives into Dorset

HALF a String Theatre brings the Puppet Van to Dorset with The Lost Colour, a show full of clowning, puppets, and paint all told from the top of the van, which will be at Broadmayne First School at 2pm on and Lytchett Matravers village hall at 2pm on 21st and 22nd August. Join painter and…

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Paddleboat rustles up some fun

PADDLEBOAT Theatre returns to Dorset with Rustle, an adventure for all the family, at Winterborne Valley School and the Gaggle of Geese at Buckland Newton on Sunday 1st August. Imagine that you’re far from home, Playing in the woods all on your own And all is still and calm and clear But what’s that rustle…

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Summer workshops with Artsreach

ARTSREACH, Dorset’s rural touring charity, has lots of fun, affordable and creative ways to keep children entertained during the summer holidays, with a packed summer programme of workshops and activities, from 28th July to 31st August. Whether it’s circus skills, outdoor exploration, film-making, crafts, storytelling or audio and digital adventures, there is so much to…

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Secret stories at Wincanton

THERE are secret stories in Wincanton. If you look carefully, you can find ten tales, hidden in shop windows in the town centre. Scan the code on your phone and you can hear a story told by local schoolchildren, with the help of storyteller Sarah Lloyd-Winder. Sarah and the children of Year 4 at Wincanton…

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Take Art and Artsreach at the circus

AUDIENCES at Langport, Yetminster, Broadmayne and Litton Cheney will be invited to “Roll up, roll up” when rural arts organisations bring the new circus shows to Somerset and Dorset this summer. Circus Around & About is a doubler-bill touring project organised by Artsreach, coming to Yetminster Sports Club on Friday 16th July, Broadmayne recreation ground…

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