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Cracker Night Preview

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Antiques Roadshow's Eric Knowles
Antiques Roadshow’s Eric Knowles

So the big night is almost here, and the final preparations are being made for Dorchester’s Christmas Cracker Night on Thursday evening.

The latest news is that ‘Mr Antiques’ himself Eric Knowles will be here to turn on the Christmas lights in South Street at 6.30pm. Viewers of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow will know him as one of the show’s expert valuers, and you will also be able to catch him here earlier in the day at Waterstones from 2.30pm where he’ll be signing books and chatting to fellow antiques enthusiasts.

If that’s not enough, Eric will also be on hand to value your own antiques and heirlooms for you at the Corn Exchange from 6.40pm. Tickets for his ‘Antiques Antics’ event are £12 (£10 concessions), and after 7.30pm he’ll also be sharing some of his best insights and anecdotes from his long career in antiques.

Shopping After Dark

We’ve put up a list on our website of the businesses staying open late on Thursday for Cracker Night.

As per tradition, they’ll all be competing to see who can have the best dressed shop front, so keep an eye out for decorations that really grab your attention. Remember also that many of these shops will also be open late every Thursday between now and Christmas, and we’ve also added this information to the Cracker Night list.

For those of you who’ll be coming by car on Thursday, we’d recommend you get to townas early as possible, because the roads in the centre will be closed for Cracker Night at 5.30pm. There will be FREE parking in all the WDDC car park from 5pm onwards. Click here for our car parks map.

Finally, look out for DBID brightening up Cracker Night with some amazing projections onto the Lloyds Bank building in South Street from 5pm! See you there!

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