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Your Guide to Dorchester Carnival 2014

Posted on 11th June, 2014

It’s Carnival time again in Dorchester! Signalling the official start of the summer in the county town, the carnival will take place this weekend, with events kicking off on Friday and culminating in the big procession and street fair on Saturday. In a change to the previous format, the carnival’s organisers (Dorchester Round Table) have decided to divide the floats and groups into 4 different categories, with a prize of £100 awarded to each, and an extra £100 awarded to Read more…


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Dorchester Festival 2014

Posted on 8th May, 2014

What is it that makes Dorchester such a special and unique town? There are a hundred different answers to that question, and one of them is that every 2 years, Dorchester has its own arts festival – an extravaganza of theatre, comedy, music, dance and interactive workshops taking place over 4 days in venues all around the town. We’re just a few weeks away from the 2014 Dorchester Festival, and we thought it was about time we gave you the Read more…


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Interview With ‘Great Western’ Graffiti Artist Peter Sheridan

Posted on 14th April, 2014

Peter Sheridan is a professional artist based in Dorchester. He was behind the new graffiti art on the railway bridge on Damers Road, which provoked a really interesting debate on our Facebook page last week. We met up with Peter last week to talk about his background as an artist and his thoughts on the Damers Road project. How did you get into graffiti art? I was born in Glasgow, and grew up in Manchester. The way I got into Read more…


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Museums at Night Returns!

Posted on 2nd April, 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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Dorchester Shops and Businesses on Twitter

Posted on 19th March, 2014

Dorchester town centre businesses have taken to Twitter in quite a big way, and many enterprising business owners have eagerly jumped on it as a way to reach their customers instantly with news and special offers, and improve their all-round customer service. Here are some of our favourite Dorch tweeters that we highly recommend you follow… Taste Dorchester (@tastedorchester) Ross Cumber at Taste Dorchester and his counterpart at Taste Chesil (@tastechesil) are both very keen tweeters, seeing it’s potential as Read more…


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Interview with Mat Follas

Posted on 6th March, 2014

Mat Follas was the winner of BBC’s Masterchef in 2009, and won rave reviews for his restaurant The Wild Garlic, based in Beaminster. His new restaurant venture at The Casterbridge Hotel opens on Friday night, and he kindly took time out from his preparations this week to talk to us about his plans and his reasons for coming to work here in Dorchester. Can you tell us a little bit about your new venture here at The Casterbridge? What can Read more…


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Bringing Back the Memories of Fordington

Posted on 20th February, 2014

You may remember a couple of months back on the blog we interviewed David Forrester, author of local history book Fordington Remembered: Growing up in and around Dorchester. Published by Roving Press, the book is part memoir, part local history covering the 1940s and 1950s. Since the launch at Christmas, over 500 copies of his book have sold, including to locations as far afield as Australia, South Africa and America. Following the success of his book, David has now embarked Read more…


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Live Music in Dorchester in February

Posted on 29th January, 2014

It’s been a cold and wet few weeks here, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not still a lot of fun and entertainment to be had in Dorchester at this time of year. If you’re a fan of live music and poetry, there are a whole host of performances for you to choose from over the next couple of weeks in venues all around the town. Here are a few highlights we’ve picked out: Gerard and the Watchmen Where: Dorchester Read more…


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Free Entry at Dorset County Museum This Week

Posted on 22nd January, 2014

When was the last time you visited Dorset County Museum? If you haven’t been for a while, or if you’ve actually never been at all, then the next few days could be the perfect opportunity for you to explore the museum and learn about our county’s incredible history, geology and art. What to See The Museum is offering free entry to the public all this week, as the Victorian Gallery (the building’s main hall) undergoes essential refurbishment. The Victorian Gallery Read more…


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DBID’s Plans for 2014 and Beyond

Posted on 10th January, 2014

Happy 2014 everyone! For our first blog of the year, we’d like to look ahead to the projects we will be working on over the year and throughout the rest of the BID’s term. Here’s a couple of the things we have in store – Pay on Exit Parking You may have already heard about our POE parking scheme. The idea is to allow people to pay only for the exact amount of parking time they need – so you Read more…