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Christmas Cracker 2013

Dorchester Christmas Cracker Night 2104

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

It’s nearly that time of year again! Yes, Christmas officially kicks off in the town with the Dorchester’s Christmas Cracker. The date for your diary is Thursday 4th December from 5pm and the Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.30pm. There’s lots of be lots of things going on. As well as all the usual entertainments and amusements, the shops will be staying open late for you to browse. We hear that many will be joining in with the Read more…

The flag competition was a big hit with children during the summer holidays.

Dorchester Super Sleuth 2014 Winners

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s Super Sleuth competition and managed to complete their entire album – we were delighted to see so many youngsters work so hard on it (and mums and dads too!). Now here’s what you’ve all been waiting for – the winners! We picked them at random from all the completed entries at the BID’s AGM, and here they are: Age 11-16: 1. Jessica Crate – Wins £70 shop voucher + 2 Read more…

Dorset County Show 2014 – Photos

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Congratulations to the organisers of the Dorset County Show we have had a great couple of days visiting what has become a fantastic event in the Dorchester calendar. The weather played its part too and certainly brought the crowds out. Here are a few of our favourite photos from Sunday. Roll on next year. Dorset County Show 2014 Gallery  

Competition Time – Dorchester Super Sleuth Flag Competition

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The school holidays have just begun and you know what that means …. the Dorchester Super Sleuth Flag Competition is back! This year’s Summer competition is all about the Summer of sport with the Commonwealth games, the Football World Cup and more, which is why we have hidden 115 flags around Dorchester town centre for you to find. Download the Super Sleuth Competition sticker album or grab one from the Dorchester Tourism Information Centre (TIC) at the top of Antelope Read more…


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…

dorset couny museum

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…


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…


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…


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…