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Street Closure for Heritage Open Day in Dorchester

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

Dorchester Heritage Committee have partnered with various local businesses to organise Heritage Open Day, which takes place on Sunday 15th September.

Street Closure for Heritage Open Day in Dorchester

High West Street and High East Street will be closed to traffic as part of the event. The road closure will be in place from 9:30am for a day full of activities to celebrate Dorchester’s fine heritage.

Following the great success of the Thomas Hardy Victorian Street Fair earlier this year, Heritage Open Day will also offer the chance to enjoy the atmosphere of Dorchester’s main street without the sound of passing traffic.

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Historic building tours

It’s planned that during the event there will be a range of guided tours of the historic buildings of the county town, including Dorchester Prison, The Keep Military Museum and Shire Hall. The tour of Dorchester Prison will be led by former prison officers. A rare chance to find out what is was like behind bars.

Kings Arms project

On Heritage Open Day there will be a unique opportunity to hear about the transformation project of the Kings Arms Hotel – an important part of Dorchester’s rich heritage.

kings arms hotel heritage open day dorchester

Giant hokey cokey

Tom Browns pub are hosting their popular giant Hokey Cokey on Heritage Open Day. Join in the fun at 2pm on High East Street. The giant participation dance is going to be bigger and better than ever before!

Hokey Cokey outside tom browns on high east street part of heritage open day dorchester

Dorset History Centre will be involved in the programme of events with displays of Dorchester’s historic past. There will be tours from Roman Soldiers around the town. The former Mayor, David Taylor, will give another opportunity to listen to his popular ‘Secret Tunnels of Dorchester’ talk.

The event will run from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 15 September. However, the road closes to traffic earlier at 9.30am.

The full programme for the day will be available soon.

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