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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…


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…


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…


Christmas Shopping in Dorchester

Posted on 20th December, 2013

We’ve reached the last weekend before Christmas – only a couple of shopping days left now until the big day. Fortunately if you’ve got a bit of last minute shopping for gifts and supplies left to do in Dorchester, we’ve got a couple of suggestions to help you out… Shop Finder If you haven’t seen it already, our online shop finder is an interactive directory of the shops in Dorchester town centre, grouped into categories. So if you know you’re Read more…

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Interview with David J Forrester, Author of Fordington Remembered

Posted on 14th November, 2013

Local author David J Forrester was raised in Fordington from the age of 3 months old. His long awaited book, Fordington Remembered – Growing up in and around Dorchester, is a mixture of memoir and local history, bringing to life the Dorchester of the 1940s/50s, a time of rationing, hardship and community spirit. Ahead of the launch of the book on Wednesday 11th December (St. George’s Church Hall, 6-8pm), we got in touch with David to ask a few questions Read more…

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Dorchester Christmas Cracker – Advertise in the Programme!

Posted on 11th November, 2013

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Half Term Holiday Fun at the County Museum

Posted on 22nd October, 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)

Posted on 11th October, 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…