Discover Dorchester

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 »

The King’s Arms in Dorchester Reopens After Stunning Renovation

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

The highly anticipated reopening of The King’s Arms in Dorchester has arrived in style. Having been acquired by Stay Original in 2016, the historic venue has undergone a major renovation with a spacious ground floor bar and restaurant. Now the popular bar, restaurant and hotel is open once again. We couldn’t be more delighted to… Read more »

Virtual Dorchester – Heritage Open Day 2020

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Dorchester will be taking part in Heritage Open Day on Sunday, 13th September. ‘Virtual Dorchester’ is a fascinating online celebration to showcase Dorchester’s 6,000 year history including a peek at some of its many heritage destinations. The event supports national Heritage Open Days and the 2020 theme of ‘Hidden Nature’. Virtual Dorchester – An online celebration With… Read more »

Dorset Museum Topping Out Ceremony Video

Friday, August 21st, 2020

We have been watching the developments closely for the exciting refurbishment of Dorset Museum. It was great to see Lord Fellowes of nearby West Stafford join in the celebrations. He placed the final brick in the ‘topping out’ ceremony in Dorchester, to celebrate the completion of structural work. You can watch the ceremony in a… Read more »