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

Dorchester Super Sleuth 2014 Winners

Posted on 1st October, 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…

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“Try This” Festival Returns!

Posted on 24th September, 2014

This year’s “Try This” festival begins on Saturday, with a huge variety of diverse sessions running each day until 4th October. Among the more than 40 sessions will be workshops on using Twitter, tracing your family history, Nordic walking, poultry keeping, lantern making and crochet. It’s great to have the opportunity to learn and experience so many different things right here in Dorchester – whatever your interests, you are sure to find something that appeals to you somewhere over the Read more…


Weldmar Dog Show

Posted on 20th September, 2014

We had a great afternoon at the Weldmar Hospice Dog Show on Saturday 20th September. With categories ranging from the most handsome dog pedigree; to the dog with the waggiest tail and cutest puppy there were lots to keep everyone entertained. Krazy K9 dog agility team also put on a brilliant display – which really does show how intelligent “man’s best friend” can be. It was great to see lots of local support and congratulations to Weldmar for putting on Read more…


The Normans are Coming!

Posted on 11th September, 2014

Dorchester is going to be on the end of a new Norman invasion this weekend, as no fewer than 53 visitors from Dorchester’s French twin town of Bayeux arrive on a very special visit organised by the Dorchester-Bayeux Society. The Dorchester-Bayeux Society is the oldest twinning society in Dorchester, and aims to promote and participate in twinning events and exchange visits that have included music and sports groups, and local schools. For this weekend’s visit, the visitors will arrive in Read more…

Dorset County Show 2014 – Photos

Posted on 7th September, 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  


Why the Spotlight on Dorset is Great News for Dorchester

Posted on 14th August, 2014

Two Dorset locations (Bridport and Studland Bay) were included in the Times’ list of the top ten places to be seen this year, published last weekend. While Dorset has always been loved and treasured by those who know it, the county is now starting to gain some serious wider recognition, with glowing write-ups in the broadsheets and big-name celebrities starting to discover its unique charms and lifestyle. With Dorset now firmly on everyone’s radar, Dorchester can only benefit from the Read more…

Competition Time – Dorchester Super Sleuth Flag Competition

Posted on 20th July, 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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Dorset Dialect Plates

Posted on 11th July, 2014

Our second exciting announcement this week concerns our Dorset Dialect plates. If you haven’t heard about them already, these plates are to be put up in businesses all around the town centre, with each one featuring a different word in traditional old Dorset dialect. Together, these plates will form the Dorset dialect trail, and anyone interested in learning more can scan the code on the plates and will be linked through to a microsite full of useful info. We’ll have Read more…

The Old Prison car park.

Another Success for the Dorchester BID – New Car Parking Spaces Secured at the Old Prison.

Posted on 11th July, 2014

We’ve done it! After lengthy research and negotiations, the BID has gained permission for use of prison car park while the Ministry of Justice is looking for new owners. This is great news because it will help to alleviate the lack of spaces in the town centre, which we all know can make parking a bit tricky sometimes. The new spaces will be available for business use in the daytime, and for residents in the evening. If you work in Read more…

Happy 30th Birthday to The Dinosuar Museum!

Happy Birthday Dinosaur Museum!

Posted on 27th June, 2014

Today one of Dorchester’s most popular museums, The Dinosaur Museum, celebrates its 30th birthday. On this day back in 1984 the museum opened its doors for the very first time, wowing visitors with its unique and innovative mix of fossils, skeletons and dinosaur reconstructions combined with hands-on activities and multimedia displays Over the years millions of families and school visitors have explored the exhibits and been immersed in the prehistoric world of the dinosaurs. 30 Years and Still Going Strong! Read more…