An informative portal for our readers between Fine Times Recorder stories and performers, artists, venues, food producers and suppliers and other services.

The directory will be alphabetical as well as thematic, so please be patient with us.



Touring arts organisations

Dorset’s rural arts organisation
The Little Keep, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1SQ
Co- directors – Kerry Bartlett  & Yvonne Gallimore
Telephone – 01305 269512
Website –
Twitter – @Artsreach


Windrose Rural Media Trust
Community video, film, audio and rural development charity
Corner Cottage, Brickyard Lane, Bourton, Dorset SP8 5PJ
Trevor Bailey, director –
Telephone – 01747 840750
Website –





The south and west’s rural multiplex – touring cinema
Spring Cottage, Queen Street, Yetminster, Dorset  DT9 6LL
Telephone– 01935 872607
Website –



Theatres and Arts Centres

Bath Theatre Royal
Main house, Ustinov Studio, the egg
Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET
Box Office – 01225 448844
Website –
Twitter – @TheatreRBath


The Exchange
Arts and community centre for Sturminster Newton and the Blackmore Vale. Karen Rhys – commercial manager
Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1FH
Box Office – 01258 475137
Website –
Email –
Twitter – @ExchangeDorset


Dorchester Arts
Putting the arts at the heart of Dorset’s county town. Touring theatre, world music, jazz, blues, comedy, dance and more
Director Mark Tattersall
The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF
Telephone – 01305 266926
Website –
Twitter – @dorchesterarts


Lighthouse – Poole’s Centre for the Arts
One of the largest multi-purpose arts centres in the country, with an extensive programme of live events, film and visual arts. Home of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and several associated companies. Chief executive Elspeth McBain.
21 Kingland Road, Poole, BH15 1UG
Box Office – 0844 406 8666
Website –
Twitter – @LighthousePoole


Marine Theatre
The Little Theatre by the Sea – theatre and music venue in Lyme Regis
Clemmie Reynolds, artistic director
Church Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA
Telephone – 01297 442394
Website –
Email –


Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Theatre, comedy, music, dance, visual arts
Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1UX
Arts and Entertainment Manager Adam Burgan
Box Office 01935 422884
Website –
Email –
Twitter – @OctagonYeovil


Regent Centre, Christchurch
480-seat Art Deco cinema, theatre, concert hall and art gallery serving Christchurch, East Dorset and the New Forest. Also hosts Tourist Information Centre
High Street, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1AS
Box Office 01202 499199
Website –
Facebook –
Twitter – @ regentcentre


Salisbury Playhouse
Main house and Salberg Studio
Malthouse Lane, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP2 7RA
Gareth Machin – artistic director
Telephone – 01722 320333
Website –
Email –
Twitter – @salisburyplay


Shaftesbury Arts Centre
Theatre, gallery, music, film, dance, comedy and more.
11-13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8AR
Mon-Sat 10am to 12.30pm (box office) exhibitions and performances
Telephone 01747 854321
Box office Monday to Saturday 10am to 12.30pm.
Twitter  and Instagram – @ShaftesburyArts
Facebook – @ShaftesburyArtsCentre


Shelley Theatre, Boscombe
Multi-arts theatre,  film
Shelley Manor, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX
Telephone 01202 413600
Twitter –  @ShelleyTheatre


Strode Theatre
Theatre and cinema on Stode College campus, Street
Fares  Moussa – director
Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AB
Telephone – 01458 442846
Website –
Twitter – @StrodeTheatre

Studio Theatre, Salisbury
Home of Salisbury’s award winning Studio Theatre Company (amateur)
Ashley Road, Salisbury, SP2 7BZ
Telephone – 01722 342860
Website –
Twitter – @

Swan Theatre, Yeovil
Intimate theatre, home of Swan and Swan Youth Theatre Companies, regular guests include Civic Players and Castaways
138 Park Street, Yeovil BA20 1QT
Telephone 01935 428646
Website –
Email –
Twitter – @Swan_Theatre
Facebook –

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Minster
Built in as a cinema and theatre in 1936, the Tivoli continues to bring films, music, comedy, amateur and professional theatre to Wimborne
West Borough, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1LT
Manager – Charlie North Lewis
Telephone – 01202 849103
Website –
Email –
Twitter – @TivoliWimborne
Facebook –



Theatre  and Opera Companies

Churchill Productions
Theatre company performing around north and east Dorset. Founded by Winston Leese


Dorset Opera Festival
Roderick Kennedy – artistic director
Email –
Telephone – 01258 840000
Website –
Twitter – @DorsetOpera


Iford Arts Festival
Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 1LZ
Judy Egglington – artistic director
Telephone – 01225 868124
Website –
Twitter – @IfordArts



Bridport Literary Festival
Annual literary festival in November
Tanya Bruce-Lockhart – artistic director
Telephone (bookings) – o1308 424901
Website –
Twitter – @BridlitTanya


Dorset Opera Festival
Roderick Kennedy – artistic director
Email –
Telephone – 01258 840000
Website –
Twitter – @DorsetOpera


Iford Arts Festival
Iford Manor, Bradfordf on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 2BA
Judy Egglington – artistic director
Telephone – 01225 868124
Website –
Twitter – @IfordArts


Screen Bites Food Film Festival
The UK’s only food and film festival, annually in October and occasional other dates
Susanne Harding – director
Website –
Twitter – @screenbitesfest


Sherborne Abbey Festival
May Bank Holiday weekends programme of concerts, talks, workshops etc
John Baker, director
Telephone – Inquiries: 07724 396470.   Bookings:  01935 815341
Website –
Twitter – @AbbeyFestival


Wells Festival of Literature
Annual festival in October (9th to 17th October 205)
Director Emma Craigie
Old Ditch Farm, Lynch Lane, Westbury-sub-Mendip, Wells, BA5 1HW
Telephone 07792 549207 (not ticket sales)
Twitter @Wellslitfest


Wylye Valley Art Trail
Annual open studios and festival of visual art in and around Wylye Valley, South Wiltshire
Director Laura Rich
12 Clements Lane, Mere, Wilts, BA12 6DF
Twitter @WylyeValleyArt





Nick Andrew
Contemporary landscape painter
Bull Mill Studio, Bull Lane, Crockerton, Warminster, Wilts BA12 8AY
First Saturdays open studios and by appointment
Telephone 07730 400784
Twitter @NickAndrewArt


The Art Stable
Contemporary art gallery with changing exhibitions
Kelly Ross, director
Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, Dorset DT11 8HB
Telephone – 01258 863866
Website –


The Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Gallery, cafe, shop, regular exhibitions and workshops
Tessa Stone, director
Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF
Telephone – 01626 832223
Website –
Twitter – @devonguild



Dorset Visual Arts
Developing and promoting opportunities for artists, designers and makers across the spectrum of the visual arts in Dorset. Also runs Dorset Art Weeks
Jem Main, director
DVA Ltd, Little Keep, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1SQ
Telephone – 01305 853100
Website –
Twitter – @dorsetvisual art


Guggleton Gallery
Gallery with artists’ workshops
Isabel de Pelet, director
Guggleton Farm Arts Project, Station Road, Stalbridge, DT10 2RQ
Telephone – 01963 363456 or 370219
Website –


Rose Hatcher
Dorset feltmaker and textile artist, occasional exhibitions and events
The Workhouse Chapel, Bath Road, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1DR
Telephone – 07900 580716
Email –
Website –


Simon Thomas Pirie
Designer and maker of beautiful contemporary furniture
The Courtyard, Rogers Hill Farm, Briantspuddle, Bere Regis, Dorset DT2 7HU
email –
Telephone – 01929 471900
Website –
Twitter – @STPFurniture


The Slade Centre
Exhibitions, workshops, gallery, art classes
Director Anne Hitchcock
The Square, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4AR
Telephone- 01747 821480
Website –
Email –


Sladers Yard
Gallery, cafe and performance space
West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset  DT6 4EL
Petter Southall, furniture designer and maker, owner
Telephone 01308 – 459511
Website –
Twitter – @sladersyard


Phyllis Wolff
Artist – landscapes, portraits, still life, watercolours, commissions, open studios and exhibition
Hawkcombe, Hawkcombe Lane, Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 0JH
Telephone – 01747 812610   Mobile 07711 528234
Website –
Twitter – @phylliswolff







Amanda Boyd
Traditional song, research and performance: communicating heritage through combined arts
Telephone – 0777 2431679
Website –
Email –







Bailey Hill Bookshop
New and second-hand books, large childrens section, local books, tea and coffeef
Fore Street, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7BG
Telephone 01963 350917
Website –
Email –





The Guild of Fine Food
Managing director John Farrand. Chairman Bob Farrand
Promoting excellence in speciality food and drink
Publishes The Fine Food Digest and runs The Great Taste Awards, The World Cheese Awards and the Harrogate Speciality Food Show
23B Kingsmead Business Park, Shaftesbury Road, Gillingham, SP8 5FB
Telephone 01747 825200




Cookery Schools

All Hallows School for Cooks and Makers
Director Lisa Osman
email –
All Hallows Farmhouse, Wimborne St Giles, Wimborne  BH21 5NJ
Telephone – 01725 551185
Twitter – @cooksandmakers




Food Producers

Lizzie Baking Bird
Lizzie Crow
Stable Cottage, Upwey, Dorset
At Dorset Farmers Markets at Bridport, Dorchester, Poundbury and Sherborne (see market listings on this website) and Dorset Food and Drink events.
email –
Website –
Twitter – @lizzibakingbird


Capreolus Fine Foods
Producing the finest, locally-sourced English charcuterie and smoked foods
David and Karen Richards
Uphall Farmhouse, Rampisham, Dorset DT2 0PP
Telephone 01935 83883
Twitter @CapreolusFF


Fresh chocolates hand made in Dorset. Shop and cafe
Claire and Andy Burnet
Cocoa Central, Commercial Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1DF
Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm.
152 High Street Winchester SO23 9AW  Mon-Fri 9.30 to 5.30, Sat 9 to 5.30, Sun 11am to 5pm
Telephone 01929 421777
Twitter @Chococotweet


Dorset Blue Vinny, Dorset Blue Soup and Dorset Blue Chutneys
Only makers of traditional Dorset Blue Vinny cheese
Mike Davies and Emily Davies
Woodbridge Farm, Stock Gaylard, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2BD
Telephone 01963 23133
Twitter @DorsetBlueVinny


Honeybuns Bakery
Naish Farm, Stony Lane, Holwell, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5LJ
email –
Telephone: 01963 23597
Website –
Facebook and Twitter: search for Honeybuns Bakery


Mere Fish Farm
Producers of fresh trout, smoked trout and pate; on-site smokers
Chris and Janet Wood, directors
Ivy Mead, Mere, Wiltshire BA12 6EN
Open –Saturday 9am-noon; also sold at farmers markets in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire and stocked in some local independent food and farm shops.
Telephone – 01747 860461
Website –


Olives Et Al
Producers of olives, oils, wide range of Mediterranean inspired and region deli products
Giles and Annie Henschel, founder directors

1 North Dorset Business Park, Rolls Mill Way, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2GA
Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5.30pm
Telephone  01258 474303

The Potting Shed, Poundbury Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorset DT1 3RT
Open Monday-Saturday 9am to 5.30pm  Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm
Telephone 01305 216788

Loaf and Larder, Cheddar
Cheddar Garden Centre, Draycott Road, Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3RU
Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday 10.30am to 4.30pm
Telephone 01934 741723

Also – Loaf and Larder at Worlds End, Wendover, Bucks and at Chichester, Sussex

Website –
Twitter – @olivesetal





Hotels and Restaurants

The Acorn Inn
Alex Mackenzie – general manager
28 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorset DT2 0JW
01935 83228
Website –
Email –


The Eastbury Hotel
Long Street, Sherborne, DT9 3BY
Telephone – 01935 813131
Website –
Twitter – @eastbury_hotel


Summer Lodge Spa Hotel
Charles Lotter – general manager
9 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorset Dt2 0JR
Website –
Email –




Farm Shops

Felicity’s Farm Shop
Felicity Perkin – owner
Morcombelake, Dorset DT6 6DJ  (on A35)
Opening hours – 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday
Telephone – 01297 480930
Website –
Twitter – @felicitys_FS

Goldhill Organic Farm
Organic farm, farm shop and cafe
Andrew and Sara Cross
Ridgeway Lane, Child Okeford, Dorset DT11 8HB
Open – Wednesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm; Sunday 10am-2pm.
Telephone  01258 860293
Website –
Twitter – @GoldhillOrganic

Kimbers Farm Shop
Linley Farm, Charlton Musgrove, Wincanton, Somerset. BA9 8HD
Ruth and Paul Kimber and family
email –
Telephone – 01963 33177
Mobile: 07966 426962
Website –
Twitter – @Kimbersfarmshop

Washingpool Farm Shop
Farm shop and restaurant
Dottery Road, North Allington, Bridport, Dorset DT6 5HP
The Holland-Eveleigh family
Mon-Sat 8.30am to 5.30pm Sunday/Bank Holidays 10am to 4pm
Restaurant Mon-Sat 8.30am to 4.30pm Sunday/Bank Holidays 10am to 4pm
Telephone 01308 459549
Twitter @WashingpoolFarm






Blackmore Ltd
Your local printer for high-quality colour printing and newspapers
Longmead, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8PX
David Bland, Sales Director
Telephone 01747 856144


Marshwood Vale Magazine
Monthly magazine for West Dorset, South Somerset and East Devon
Fergus and Victoria Byrne
Lower Atrim, Bridport, DT6 5PX
Telephone 01308 423031
Website www.marshwood
Twitter @MarshwoodVale