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Museums at Night Returns!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

One of our favourite Dorchester traditions is just around the corner once again – Museums at Night, the annual event in which all the town’s museums, plus two other heritage attractions, join together to offer late opening for one fantastic value ticket price. It’s all taking place on the evening of Saturday 17th May, from the hours of 5pm to 9pm. The price for a family ticket (for 2 adults and up to 4 children) is just £10 when bought Read more…

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Half Term Holiday Fun at the County Museum

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

This Saturday, the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester hosts its big annual family sleepover, with a midnight feast and loads of science fiction themed activities from 5.30pm onwards. The event is aimed mainly at children aged between 7 and 12, and new and old participants are invited to bring their sleeping bags and mats and enjoy this exciting evening of fun and games. Last year’s event (which had a dinosaur theme) was a huge sell-out success, and the organisers at Read more…

A Letter from John Fiori (Deputy Chairman Dorchester BID)

Friday, October 11th, 2013

As you may be aware, two weeks ago our Chairman Peter Legg suffered a major heart attack and went into a coma. Sadly, we heard early this week that he passed away on Saturday the 5th in the morning. To say Peter will be missed is an understatement. He was the type of person who listened, advised and did a fantastic job of organising the DBID, guiding and leading it through difficult months early this year. Peter who did not Read more…

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Peter Legg

Friday, October 11th, 2013

It is with deep sadness and regret that I have to report the passing of one of Dorchester’s’ finest. Peter Legg stepped up to the plate and took over the chairmanship of the Dorchester BID last year before helping to guide the organisation through to a successful re-ballot in June this year. Peter was Dorset through and through and one of the most dedicated, honest, hard working and straight forward people I have ever met- it was a privilege to Read more…

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Super Sleuth Competition – Winners and Answers

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The super sleuth competition officially closed this Monday, and we’re absolutely delighted by how successful this year’s competition was. Of everyone that took part, we had a total of 36 champion super sleuthers who managed to get every single sticker – a genuinely impressive achievement! Here are the lucky winners and their prizes: Over 11: 1st – Belle Marshall, Dorchester, Wins £70 voucher to spend in a Dorch shop of their choice 2nd – Adelaide Elsom, Stratton, Wins £40 voucher Read more…

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Guest Post – FreeTime: Stories of Leisure Then and Now

Monday, September 16th, 2013

FreeTime is an oral history project recording the changing nature of our leisure time over the last 60 years, to preserve and capture our everyday memories and ensure that an important part of our heritage is not lost. We are creating a new archive that will be housed at Dorset History Centre, so that future generations can discover the views and feelings of ordinary people through the descriptive accounts of their experience. We Want to Hear from You! Young and Read more…

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New Hobbs Outlet to Open in Dorchester Tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

This year we’ve seen some superb restaurants open in Brewery Square, and now it’s the turn of the new retail outlets to wow the people of Dorchester! High-end footwear shop Jones the Bootmaker and fashion store Phase 8 have already opened, and they will shortly be joined by top female clothing outlet Hobbs, which opens its doors to the public from 10am tomorrow (29th August). From its humble roots as a family-run shop in North London, Hobbs has grown to Read more…

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New Report Highlights Success of Dorchester High Street

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A new report has ranked Dorchester as one of the best performing high streets in the South West, thanks to steady growth in spite of the tough economic climate. The findings come from the Midsummer Retail Report unveiled by property firm Colliers International, which shows that prime rents in Dorchester have increased by 7% since 2008, while over the same period most South West towns have seen prime rents actually decline. Along with Dorchester, the other top performing towns were Read more…

Looking Back on Five Years of DBID Projects

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

As you may already know, the Dochester BID is coming up for renewal this month, and already extensive work has been done on planning for projects we would like to do over the next 5 years if the BID is successful in the ballot. We recently held a poll to identify the projects that BID members most wanted to see in a new term (the results are here). This week on our Twitter account (@DorchesterBID) we’ve been looking back on Read more…

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Making Dorchester a safer place to shop

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The BID and St John Ambulance have teamed up together to put life saving equipment at the heart of the community and to make Dorchester a safer place to shop. New portable Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) – machines that can shock the heart to restart it after a cardiac arrest – have been purchased by the BID to complement the five static machines already available. The £3,500 investment by town centre businesses is being supported by St John Ambulance who Read more…