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Festivals and Shows this Summer

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Dorchester Anonymous Festival

The annual Anonymous Festival will be returning to Dorchester this Saturday, so expect to see the usual lively mix of music, theatre and dance groups taking over Maumbury Rings from 11am to 9pm. The youth-organised event will also feature stalls, workshops and other opportunities for hands-on fun for both kids and adults.

Local music acts appearing at the Festival include The Indices, Dreads and Lyrical Agent, and Le Navet Bete and Small Pond Theatre will be among the theatre groups performing. Away from the main stage, you will have the chance to have a go at zorbing, slack-lining and free running.

For more information, visit the Dorchester Anonymous Facebook page.

Thomas Hardy Festival

The 20th International Thomas Hardy Festival kicked off at the weekend with a reading by acclaimed performance poet Roger McGough, attended by around 200 people. It runs until Sunday, with a packed and varied lineup including lectures, writing workshops, performances and guided walks.

The Festival has been sponsored by the BID again this year, and we’re pleased and proud to have been involved with this long-running event which is so unique to our town. If you want to attend, there are plenty of highlights still to come such as a Hardy Quiz on Friday and a poetry performance by Daljit Nagra on Saturday evening.

Download the events programme and booking form for the festival here.

Dorset County Show

Always a popular fixture of the Dorset event calendar, the County Show takes place on the 1st and 2nd of September on the Dorchester Showground. There’s far too much going on to sum up in a couple of lines, but a few of the highlights will be a fun fair, sheep shearing displays, cooking displays, terrier racing and a gymnastics display.

Adults tickets are £10 bought in advance or £13 on the gate, while entry for kids under 15 years of age is free. You can buy tickets and see a full list of attractions on the Dorset County Show website.

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