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Christmas in Dorchester

Friday, October 1st, 2010
Staying in Dorchester this Christmas?
Staying in Dorchester this Christmas?

It’s October and officially we are allowed to start talking about Christmas and in particular Christmas shopping in Dorchester.

If you are looking to try something new, but still have access to a wide variety of shops then Dorchester might be worth a try.  Within the town, you have access to a wide variety of shops, free parking, beautiful accommodation (if you are planning a weekend visit) and the fantastic Christmas Cracker.

Late night shopping

Late night shopping starts on the 1st December 2010 With the Christmas Cracker procession commencing at 5.30.


Christmas Accommodation

What about a weekend break?  The town has a wide selection of guesthouses and hotels in the centre with rates starting from £30pp.

More information about the accommodation in Dorchester.

If you finish your shopping early you can then have the opportunity to “Discover Dorchester”.


Parking has never been easier.  This year we have free evening, overnight and Sunday parking in Dorchester’s WDDC car parks. Here is a list of the Car parks

Don’t forget the Christmas Cracker

Every year Dorchester holds a Christmas shopping event.  The annual Christmas cracker will take place on Wednesday 1st December from 5pm. This years’s theme, ‘A White Christmas’ – well we can but hope.

Photographs from Christmas Cracker 2009

DBid members (only)

As you may have noticed I am on a bit of a ‘make parking better’ crusade at present and as a final touch I am in the process of arranging to have a ‘universal voucher’ printed on the back of all car parking tickets, these will also be ready for the November launch of the other parking initiatives and I will shortly be sending around an email explaining all about how these vouchers will work, but the headline will be “Up to 2 hours FREE parking anytime in Dorchester” and this will be run as a pilot for November and December to help further boost interest in shoppers coming to Dorchester- I am particularly excited about this idea. If you want more info about this and can’t wait for my email….you have my number!

Here is hoping that we can change up a gear as we head towards Christmas and get as much out of Dorchester’s latest selling advantage (the parking ideas) as possible.

If you are a DBID members you will have noticed that we have negotiated a discounted advertising rate with the very splendid Dorset Magazine.  We hope to have a Dorchester section in the November magazine, so if you are looking to promote your business to a wider Dorset audience here’s your chance. If you need more information contact Lindsay Anderson on 07713 654815 – who is the Dorset Magazine Account Executive.

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