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

Posted on 25th November, 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…

Grinch Christmas Window Face

Dorchester Christmas Window Competition – £300 Prize!!!

Posted on 19th November, 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…

Dorchester Thanksgiving Party

Dorset County Museum hosts Dorchester Thanksgiving Party

Posted on 12th November, 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…

Christmas Cracker 2013

Dorchester Christmas Cracker Night 2104

Posted on 11th November, 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…

Halloween Ghostly Goings on in Dorchester

The Most Haunted Places in Dorchester

Posted on 30th October, 2014

With Halloween just around the corner, we thought we would try and find out where the most spooky place is in and around Dorchester. Dorchester has an incredible history, and with a great mix of seventeen century buildings and talk of tunnels all round the town, finding a few ghostly stories shouldn’t be too hard to find. So here’s our top list of Dorchester Ghostly Spots. The Oak Room, Tea Rooms Antelope Walk The Oak Room dates back to 1589 Read more…

Things to do in Dorchester this October Half Term

Things to do in Dorchester this October Half Term

Posted on 26th October, 2014

The Dinosaur Museum Museum The only museum on mainland Britain solely devoted to dinosaurs, the award-winning Dinosaur Museum is a treat, especially for children. The musuem combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. The Great Dinosaur Hunt is happening throughout the Autumn halft-term at the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester. The event involves the whole museum and lets children explore and search out the answers to the clues of the dinosaur mystery. The Read more…

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…

Skills Share Cake Baking (2)

“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…