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Christmas Cracker 2014 Preview

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The countdown has now begun to this year’s Christmas Cracker in Dorchester which marks the official start to Christmas in the town. After a last minute hitch to get the final lights up has been overcome, the town is now ready for the festivities to begin. Contractors were unable at short notice to put up the lights in time for the big late-night festive shopping extravaganza. So a team from the town council and Dorchester BID, which both fund the Christmas Read more…

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Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! Town Crier Competition on Cracker Night

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

This Christmas Cracker night in Dorchester will see battle commence between the best town criers in the county. Last year saw Dorchester’s very own Alistair Chisholm triumph at the competition held in Beaminster and as such has the privilege of hosting this year’s event, but will home advantage be a deciding factor in the 2014 result?   Today there are 17 town criers in the county, both men and women. Nearly all of them have confirmed their entry into the Read more…

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Dorchester Christmas Window Competition – £300 Prize!!!

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The festive time of year is upon us again and as usual, a faithful band of creative elfs appear to be sprinkling their Christmas cheer and turning the shop windows up and down the town centre into festive themes and snowy scenes. As an extra incentive this year there is a competition being held for the best decorated window. The winning business will receive an amazing £300 cash prize!!! Window dressers (or visual merchandisers as they sometimes like to be Read more…

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Dorset County Museum hosts Dorchester Thanksgiving Party

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

To celebrate the re-established links with Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts the Dorset County Museum is hosting a fundraising event for the proposed development at the museum on Friday 14th November 2014 from 5.30pm to 8.00pm. The museum is planning a major refurbishment and development scheme, to better house its collections and offer more opportunities for public engagement of all kinds.  An important part of the heritage of Dorset is its connection with early settlers in the United States. It is keen Read more…

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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…

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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…