Discover Dorchester

The long-awaited opening of Dorset Museum is here!

Monday, June 7th, 2021

The eagerly anticipated opening of Dorset Museum is here at last! Following an extensive redevelopment project, the stunning county town attraction has recently opened its doors to the public. The already fabulous selection of museums in Dorchester just got even better! Renamed and rebranded, Dorset Museum opened last month after a 3 year transformation. Must-see… Read more »

Dorchester gets a ground-breaking new App!

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Dorchester now has a great new resource for locals and visitors. The Dorchester Business Improvement (DBID) in partnership with Dorchester Town Council and Poundbury-based Key Digital have today launched Discover Dorchester App – an exciting, feature-rich smartphone App which should prove to be a real hit with both visitors to Dorchester and the local community. Phil… Read more »

Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair 2021

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

The Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair 2021 is taking place once again on Sunday 6th June 2021! This year’s celebration of Dorchester’s most famous literary son will be mainly an online experience. Fascinating video presentations will reveal Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge and Dorchester Through Time. Dorchester’s heritage organisations will showcase what life was like in Victorian/Edwardian Dorchester…. Read more »

Park4FREE Voucher Scheme Relaunches in Dorchester

Friday, April 16th, 2021

To help combat the negative impact on the high streets of online shopping over this last year of the pandemic, Dorchester has come up with an innovative way to encourage the local community back to the town centre by making it possible to park for FREE. All they have to do is spend money in… Read more »

3 New Businesses Open in Dorchester

Friday, April 9th, 2021

Three exciting new businesses have recently opened up in Dorchester. Each one provides fresh new options for places to eat and takeaways in the town centre. We’d like to wish a very warm Dorchester welcome to all of the new businesses! Vibes Café Vibes is located on Weymouth Avenue (next-door to Stems Florist) at Brewery… Read more »

Dorchester Window Wanderland Creates A Magical Outdoor Gallery

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

The Dorchester community got behind the Window Wanderland project with an incredible 192 households and businesses taking part. The colourful displays created an uplifting and magical outdoor gallery across Dorset’s county town from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st February. Families and friends in Dorchester decorated windows around a main theme of ‘A Brighter Future’ with… Read more »

Dorchester at Christmas 2020 Community Film

Monday, December 14th, 2020

The new community film Dorchester at Christmas 2020 is released on 17th December 2020. We think it makes an ideal gift this year! The film features carols galore, favourite poems, children singing and all the sights and sounds of Dorchester. An uplifting festive film to enjoy at the most wonderful time of year. Free for… Read more »

Christmas in Dorchester 2020

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

It has been the most unusual of years, but Christmas is still going ahead in Dorchester in 2020. We may not have been able to enjoy the Cracker night this year, but the decorations are up around the town and there are other festive activities to enjoy. Please remember to shop local and support our… Read more »

Dorchester Park4FREE Parking Returns on Saturdays in December 2020

Friday, November 27th, 2020

The Dorchester BID in association with Dorchester Town Council and in partnership with Dorset Council, are delighted to announce the return of Dorchester free parking (Park4Free) Saturdays in December 2020. The #Park4FREE Saturdays are available in addition to the normal FREE parking on all Sundays in Dorchester. All Saturdays in December leading up to Christmas… Read more »

Lockdown List: Dorchester Businesses Open For Trade

Friday, November 6th, 2020

The second national lockdown has forced non-essential shops to close their doors again, but you can still shop local in Dorchester. This page was last updated on: 23/11/2020 During the spring lockdown Dorchester BID put together a list of all the town’s businesses that were still able to trade. We have compiled a new list as… Read more »