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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 »

Halloween Activities in Dorchester 2020

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Find out what spooktacular activities are taking place in Dorchester this year for Halloween. Shire Hall Halloween Activities Dorchester’s historic courthouse at Shire Hall is a spooky venue of family-friendly halloween fun. Get involved with slippery slime-making workshops and a spidery joke trail. Take a look around the spooky underground cells at the most haunting time… Read more »

Passiflora Wellbeing – New Shop In Dorchester

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

Passiflora Wellbeing is a charming new Dorchester shop with a contemporary look and feel. A recent addition to Antelope Walk, the inviting shop stocks over 50 different types of houseplants both in store and online. What better way to brighten up your home and boost your mood, than with the addition of these beautiful plants…. Read more »

Temporary Mary Hardy Statue Installed in Dorchester

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

A temporary statue depicting Mary Hardy (sister of Thomas Hardy) has been installed in Dorchester. The pop-up statue is one of five that have been erected around the country to celebrate the premiere of the Netflix series Enola Holmes. Mary was certainly a talking point for curious people passing by in Dorset’s county town today…. Read more »