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Dorchester BID Launches Dorset Dialect Trails

Posted on 11th February, 2015

Words from Dorset’s past have been unveiled on a series of new trails launched in County Town by the Dorchester BID (Business Improvement District). 43 unique Dorset Dialect ‘plate clocks’ have been positioned around the county town to create six different themed trails. They are in a variety of different shops and other locations dotted around the town. These clocks are ‘markers’ that contain a unique ancient Dorset word taken from ‘A Glossary of Dorset Dialect’ compiled by William Barnes Read more…

Fruit stall at a Tesco supermarket

Dorchester Named the Healthiest Town in Britain!

Posted on 10th February, 2015

Our super healthy residents here in Dorchester have ensured that the County Town has been named as the most health conscious town in the UK by a leading supermarket chain. However that’s not because we’re packed into the gym all evening. Shoppers in Dorchester buy fruit and veg more regularly than any other place in the country, according to Tesco. Joe Chapman, from Tesco, said: ‘The map reveals Dorchester residents to be a great example to the rest of the Read more…

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From Grafitti to Ghosts, Dorchester Review of 2014.

Posted on 12th January, 2015

With a New Year recently started, we thought it would be great to see what notable achievements, events and anniversaries have taken place in Dorchester during 2014. Here are a few of the highlights from another action packed year in the County Town. New permitted grafitti artwork under the railway bridge on Damers Road brightened up a previously drab area and caused a bit of controvesy at the same time. The change of the pistol into a bubble gun seemed Read more…


Dorchester Businesses Hit The Airwaves on Wessex FM

Posted on 18th December, 2014

A Christmas radio advertising campaign promoting a variety of Dorchester’s businesses has launched on the Wessex FM this December. The adverts, proudly supported by the Dorchester BID and Wessex FM, detail the great variety of offers available from 25 businesses. Five seperate adverts have been produced. Each advert is introduced with the words “here are five great reasons to visit Dorchester this Christmas” and then you can hear from five business owners from the town. The adverts end with the Read more…

Winner of the Christmas Window competition 2014

Christmas Window Display Competition is a Winner!

Posted on 15th December, 2014

Hairdressers, jewellers, travel agents and fashion stores throughout Dorchester Town Centre were some of the entrants in a Christmas window competition. In total 17 shops entered this year’s inaugural competition. The winner was Nicoll World Travel who received the £300 cash prize and a trophy which can be re-used each year. The competition was organised by Scott Duncan from Medusa Apothecary. He said “I’m delighted how well the competition was supported in its first year and to see how much Read more…

Dorchester Christmas Cracker bustling town centre.

Christmas Cracker 2014 Preview

Posted on 1st December, 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…


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…

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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…

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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…