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Loose & Interesting Pen & Wash.. covering inspiring methods, using bamboo and also fine pens to create pen & wash with a difference.
The Studio Lower Courtyard Rogershill Farm Briantspuddle Dorchester Dorset
Wed 26 Feb 20

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The Annual Wimborne Minster Pancake Race will take place on Shrove Tuesday 25th February. The venue is outside the main entrance to the Church. The first race is at 11.00am.
The Minster Church of St Cuthburga, High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset
Tue 25 Feb 20

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First Steps to Safety at SafeWise Bournemouth- 25/02/2020 The event is for 2-4 year olds and you get around 1.5 hours in the village to complete the self-guided tour. Adults are given a written guide that tells them where to go and what to do at each place.
SafeWise Bournemouth Unit 1 Roundways Elliott Road Bournemouth
Tue 25 Feb 20

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Monday 24th February; The Old Thumper Jazz Band at the Bournemouth Bluebird Jazz Club, starting at 7:30 PM.
Bluebirds Social Club, 4 Ham Lane, Longham (opposite Haskins Garden Centre)
Mon 24 Feb 20

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Traditional farmhouse garden designed and cared for by 3 generations of the Trehane family through over 100yrs of farming and gardening at Hampreston.
Manor Farm, Hampreston, Wimborne
Sun 23 Feb 20

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A 10 week course to get you ready to run a Trust10, led by National Trust run leaders. Every Sunday from the 23rd of February to the 19th of April, ready for the April Trust10.
Studland Bay, Knoll Beach Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset
Sun 23 Feb 20

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An introduction to Nordic Walking followed by a historical walk out to Old Harry Rocks. Learn the basics of Nordic Walking from Lynne Martin, a qualified instructor.
Studland Bay, Knoll Beach Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset
Sat 22 Feb 20

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Join our rangers to create brilliant nest boxes. Prepare your garden or school grounds for spring by building a home for wildlife.
Studland Bay, Knoll Beach Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset
Sat 22 Feb 20

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Traditional farmhouse garden designed and cared for by 3 generations of the Trehane family through over 100yrs of farming and gardening at Hampreston.
Manor Farm, Hampreston, Wimborne
Sat 22 Feb 20

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Head Chef, Chris Chatfield, launches the first Dorset Feasting Evening at the Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant, served in our 18th Century Chapel.
Alexandra Hotel and Restaurant Pound Street Lyme Regis
Fri 21 Feb 20

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Death Café and behind the scenes tour to take place at Poole Crematorium Thursday 20 February 7pm. Those who are curious about what happens when we die are invited to a behind the scenes tour of...
Poole Crematorium, Gravel Hill, Broadstone, Poole
Thu 20 Feb 20

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A free scientific talk presented by Vincent May, Emeritus Professor of Coastal Geomorphology and Conservation, Bournemouth University. Thursday 20th February A community event open to all
Cafe Scientifique Highcliffe The Castle Kitchen, Highcliffe Castle .
Thu 20 Feb 20

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This half-term plant and decorate a plant pot with spring flowers or herbs to take home with you. 3.50 per plant pot. Normal admission applies. Lend a helping hand to bees and bugs.
Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Minster
Thu 20 Feb 20

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It’s great fun dangling a line over the side of the Pier in the hope of catching the biggest crab but we also want to make sure our lovely crabs don’t get hurt in the process.
Swanage Pier Pier Approach Swanage
Wed 19 Feb 20

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Junior Safety Inspector Family Event Safewise Weymouth SafeWise Weymouth is opening its doors once again for their popular Junior Safety Inspector event during February half term.
SafeWise Weymouth 481 Radipole Lane Weymouth
Wed 19 Feb 20

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Junior Safety Inspector Safewise Bournemouth February half term Our Junior Safety Inspector event is aimed at children 4-10 years old, but all ages are welcome. Our indoor village includes a road, beach, train, bus, house and other real life scenarios - all under...
SafeWise Bournemouth Unit 1 Roundways Elliott Road Bournemouth
Wed 19 Feb 20

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Make and decorate a paper windmill at Marine Villas and then take it up the Pier and see how fast it will go (wind dependent ??). No need to book, just turn up and have fun.
Swanage Pier Pier Approach
Mon 17 Feb 20

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Join us for Swash-Bucklin’ Fun Aplenty at Shire Hall this February Half Term Kids dressed as pirates go free* Complete our treasure hunt and parrot spotting trail and create your own
Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum High West Street Dorchester
Mon 17 Feb 20

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½ acre plantlover’s garden full of interest from spring (bulbs, many hellebores, pulmonaria, fritillaries) through abundant summer perennials, old roses scrambling through trees and late
Herons Mead, Wool
Sun 16 Feb 20

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Open for over 10 yrs for NGS. Garden incl over 130 different tree species spread over 6 acres. Native species and many unusual specimens incl Dawn redwood, Damyio oak and Wollemi pine.
Lawsbrook, Shillingstone
Sun 16 Feb 20

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Experience the great outdoors and celebrate love out our new trail. Try something different for valentines this year with a romantic champagne hamper at the beach.
Studland Bay, Knoll Beach Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Take your friends and family on a nature adventure this half term. Whatever the weather, theres something to enjoy, from craft activities to the woodland activity trail. Booking Not Needed.
Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Minster
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Discover Studland’s past and try out a variety of fun activities along the shoreline. A free family trail throughout the February half term exploring the changing history of Studland.
Studland Bay, Knoll Beach Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Wedding hat display Church Bell exhibition with a webcam in the belfry, allowing you to see the bells as they ring. Try a handbell or put a muffle on a clapper!
St Peter’s Church, Long Bredy
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Bring the family along and join us during half-term for craft activities based on a sea theme.
West Bay Discovery Centre, Chapel on the Beach West Bay, Bridport
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Find out what is above and below the Pier on our wildlife trail. Hidden on the Pier are all different types of animals that you can find above and below the Pier, find them all and discover an...
Swanage Pier Pier Approach Swanage
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Help us celebrate World Thinking Day and Founder’s day with a week of scouting and guiding inspired activities suitable for kids of all ages.
Brownsea Island
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Evening of Mediumship - Lyme Regis Evening of Mediumship with Nikki Kitt Woodmead Halls - Lyme Regis Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt is a Spiritualist Medium who is currently touring the UK with her successful Psychic / Mediumship
Woodmead Halls Hill Road Lyme Regis
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Seed Fair WITH MANY VARIETIES OF ORGANIC SEED FOR SALE. VEGETABLE, HERB AND FLOWER SEED including WILDFLOWERS. Advice on organic growing.
SHAFTESBURY TOWN HALL, HIGH STREET, SHAFTESBURY
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Save up to 25% this Feb half term. That’s an adult for less than £10! Enjoy a fin-tastic family day out at the Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium, and take advantage of our online discounts and...
Pier Approach West Beach
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Turn that frown upside down at sundown this February half term. Spend an evening with us round a firepit on the beach watching the sun go down over the horizon and play beach games and roast...
Studland Bay, Knoll Beach Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Campfire and marshmallow toasting at the Outdoor Centre. As you head off round the island on one of our free adventurous trails, why not make a pit stop at the outdoor centre where you can toast a...
Brownsea Island
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Join us this February half term as we begin to celebrate 125 years of the National Trust through 1000 years of History.
Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham,
Sat 15 Feb 20

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Solo Art Exhibition by Kate Marr This art exhibition presents work by the contemporary artist Kate Marr. Kate has worked as an artist for over a decade and loves to create atmospheric pieces inspired by the coastline and...
The Hayloft Gallery 14 Wick Lane Christchurch
Fri 14 Feb 20

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Followed By Romantic Disco James McAllister has established himself as the Ultimate Tribute to Frank Sinatra, James epitomizes all the charm and charisma of the legendary Sinatra …… known for
The Cumberland Hotel East Overcliff Drive Bournemouth
Fri 14 Feb 20

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Awarded 2 Rosette for Culinary Excellence Treat that Special Person with a Valentines 3 Course Gourmet Dinner from our A LA Carte Menu (Grill Supplement Applicable) 42.
The Cumberland Hotel, 27 East Overcliff Drive, Seafront Bournemouth
Fri 14 Feb 20

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A care home in Ferndown is inviting the local community to a free event to learn more about heart health and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Ferndown Manor 110 Golf Links Road Ferndown
Thu 13 Feb 20

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Join the Kingston Lacy gardeners on an exclusive walk down paths lined with carpets of snowdrops. Learn more about the many different varieties and discover their long history at Kingston Lacy.
Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Minster
Wed 12 Feb 20

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Wimborne Horticultural Society Talk and Raffle
Quarterjack Suite The Allendale Centre
Mon 10 Feb 20

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Ships and Shanties by Wareham Whalers Still not booked your ticket for Ships and Shanties? For one night only, this beautiful historic building of Kingston Maurward will be the home of The Wareham Whalers - roaring fire, licenced bar and...
Kingston Maurward House Dorchester
Sun 9 Feb 20

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A 1.7 wildlife garden with lots of different snowdrops and other winter flowering shrubs. Followed by other bulbs including hundreds of narcissi and tulips, followed by camassias and alliums.
The Old Vicarage, Shaftesbury
Sat 8 Feb 20

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As seen on: Live At The Comedy Store (Comedy Central) Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) Roast Battle (Comedy Central) and many more!
Lighthouse 21 Kingland Road Poole
Sat 8 Feb 20

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The Award winning Bournemouth Male Voice Choir will be performing musical marvels at the Spire in Poole.
The Spire, High Street, Poole
Sat 8 Feb 20

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Bridport Vegan Market A lovely, friendly, local market respresenting great vegan traders, hot and cold food, drinks, kids clothing, beauty products, eco goods and charity stalls.
Bridport Town Hall (upstairs behind TIC) East/ South Street Bridport
Sat 8 Feb 20

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Learn the beautiful art of paper-cutting whilst making an extra special valentine’s gift for your loved one.
The Boathouse, Osprey Leisure Centre, Castletown, Portland
Sat 8 Feb 20

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Trevor Ware Maritime Historian recounts Dorset’s involvement in the infamous smuggling trade.
West Bay Discovery Centre, Chapel on the Beach West Bay, Bridport
Fri 7 Feb 20

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Evening of Mediumship - Verwood Evening of Mediumship with Nikki Kitt The Hub - Verwood Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt is a Spiritualist Medium who is currently touring the UK with her successful Psychic / Mediumship Evenings.
The Hub Brock Way Verwood
Fri 7 Feb 20

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“If you like music and guitars you will LOVE this show!” Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes you will have chance to...
Bournemouth Pavilion, Exeter Road, Bournemouth,
Fri 7 Feb 20

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A care home in Poole is inviting the local community to a free event to learn more about how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from scams and fraud.
The Potteries 187 York Road Broadstone Poole
Thu 6 Feb 20

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Glamorous. Controversial. Commanding. Drop-dead funny. The world’s most celebrated diva dares the next generation to rise to her heights.
Shelley Theatre Beechwood Avenue Bournemouth Dorset
Wed 5 Feb 20

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We would love you to join us in store on Wednesday 5th February for a special afternoon of Prosecco and nibbles with Star Clippers.
Fred. Olsen Travel Agents 3 Church Street Christchurch
Wed 5 Feb 20

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Development Circle 1st TUESDAY – 7.30 – 10 PM We hold a Development Circle once per month. This is for a more formal, ‘traditional’ style of development of Mediumship and Psychic ability.
Gussage Road, Parskstone, Poole
Tue 4 Feb 20

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Find out about the range of Apprenticeships opportunities available, meet key employers and apprentices, visit our Advice Zone and take part in interactive workshops!
Bournemouth Football Club Vitality Stadium Bournemouth
Tue 4 Feb 20

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Monday 3rd February, the Bluebird Jazz Band at the Bournemouth Bluebird Jazz Club, starting at 7:30 PM.
Bluebirds Social Club, 4 Ham Lane, Longham (opposite Haskins Garden Centre)
Mon 3 Feb 20

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Annual event organised by Clapton & Wayford Horticultural Society. 60 plus varieties of seed potatoes, onion sets, shallots, garlic, rhubarb crowns, asparagus crowns, heritage & heirloom seeds for...
Drimpton Village Hall, Drimpton, nr. Beaminster
Sat 1 Feb 20

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Inspired by the natural world Trisha Hayman’s traditional artwork shows the beautiful but raw edges of nature, and it is the unconsidered and expendable specimens of the natural world that fascinate
The Gallery Symondsbury, Bridport
Sat 1 Feb 20

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We welcome back the beautifully tuneful Jigfoot, teamed with caller Dick Williams, for a fun evening of dancing.
Church House (St Mary’s) Hall, South Street, Bridport
Sat 1 Feb 20

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This is our first Market of 2020. We will have our usual stalls of crafts including beautifully made Cards, Jewellery etc. Free Range Eggs and mouth watering goodies as well as Preserves to buy.
St. Andrew’s Church Rooms, Church Road, Preston, Weymouth
Sat 1 Feb 20

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Coastal Comedy and Lighthouse present this triple bill feat of stand-up comedy. Headlining this show is Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy who may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to...
Lighthouse 21 Kingland Road Poole
Sat 1 Feb 20

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We’re excited to bring you live screenings from The Royal Opera House as part of Live@Bry, in Coade Hall.
Bryanston School
Fri 31 Jan 20

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Women nationwide can beat the post-Christmas slump and get fit for free at one of England Rugby’s Inner Warrior Camps, which are taking place up and down the country this January and February
Oakmeadians RFC, The Clubhouse, Meyrick Park, Bournemouth
Fri 31 Jan 20

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The approach is taken with this Group that psychic ability and communication with the Spirit world is a natural thing, common to everyone, not just those supposedly ’gifted’ to be so.
Gussage Road, Parskstone, Poole
Wed 29 Jan 20

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This is an advanced workshop suitable for students who have already mastered making cross wheel buttons successfully.
The Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester
Wed 29 Jan 20

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?This Group is a place to learn, experience, practice and progress with Meditation. You do not need to have any previous experience of Meditation to attend this Group.
Gussage Road, Parskstone, Poole
Tue 28 Jan 20

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Chinese New Year Celebrations at Genting Casino Genting Casino Bournemouth is celebrating the Year of the Rat in style by hosting special events at the casino on Monday 27th January.
9 Yelverton Rd, Bournemouth
Mon 27 Jan 20

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This is a unique course that offers you the chance to learn and tell ‘The Story of Your Soul’, by discovering and charting your Past Lives.
Gussage Road, Parskstone, Poole
Sun 26 Jan 20

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Annual event organised by Blandford Museum Victorian Garden Club. 60 plus varieties of seed potatoes, onion sets, shallots, garlic, rhubarb crowns, asparagus crowns, heritage & heirloom seeds for...
Pimperne Village Hall, Pimperne, nr. Blandford
Sun 26 Jan 20

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“If you like music and guitars you will LOVE this show!” Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes you will have chance to...
Pavilion Theatre, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset
Sat 25 Jan 20

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What does 2020 have in store for you? How can you make the most of the opportunities, offered you this year? How can you best prepare yourself for the challenges that lie ahead?
Gussage Road, Parskstone, Poole
Sat 25 Jan 20

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Residents at two care homes in Dorset are gearing up to take part in some avian-themed activities this January.
Ferndown Manor 110 Golf Links Road Ferndown
Fri 24 Jan 20

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Garry Foley loves nothing more than just entertaining people and Elvis fans, signing the music that he loves and keeping the legacy of ’Elvis’ alive.
The Cumberland Hotel East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth Seafront, Dorset
Fri 24 Jan 20

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Macbeth - the Pantomime! Duncan Blue is the King of Karaoke. But when Dave Macbeth bumps into some mysterious creatures who foretell his future, he and his wife Laydee will stop at nothing to win the Crown.
Lytchett Matravers Village Hall
Fri 24 Jan 20

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Join us for a coffee and a chat and a chance to look around the Centre
Chapel on the Beach WEST BAY
Thu 23 Jan 20

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This Group is for those who have some experience of Meditation and are able to hold a meditative state effectively for a period of time.
Gussage Road, Parskstone, Poole
Wed 22 Jan 20

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Monday 20th January 2020, Frog and Henry at the Bournemouth Bluebird Jazz Club, starting at 7:30 PM. The club meets at the Bluebirds Social Club in Longham, BH22 9DP (opposite Haskins garden centre)...
Bluebirds Social Club, 4 Ham Lane, Longham (opposite Haskins Garden Centre)
Mon 20 Jan 20

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Grange Choral Society with stunning Soloists and Ensemble Orquesta, directed by Marcio da Silva. Christmas Oratorio by JS Bach.
Christchurch Priory.
Sat 18 Jan 20

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As seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and many more! “Brilliant, thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny” TIME OUT “Artful, satirical…with a lightness of touch and a hefty helping of...
Lighthouse 21 Kingland Rd Poole
Sat 18 Jan 20

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Both framed and unframed paintings and portfolios in a variety of media and varying subjects will be on show.
The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, Poole
Sat 18 Jan 20

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Baby & children’s nearly new sale selling toys, books, clothes, equipment etc (ages 0-12). Raising funds for Poole Hospital charity SPRING (supporting families through baby loss).
Broadstone Methodist Church, Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone
Sat 18 Jan 20

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We’re excited to bring you live screenings from The Royal Opera House as part of Live@Bry, in Coade Hall.
Bryanston School
Fri 17 Jan 20

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The new Circus of Horrors show will be a celebration of the 25 years and will include an amazing phantasmaglorios amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, a show that will have you
Weymouth Pavilion The Esplanade
Fri 17 Jan 20

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A free science talk followed by Q&A Hot topic- Conserving Crop Diversity by Jane Toll All welcome Free entry but you are encouraged to buy a drink or food
Cafe Scientifique Highcliffe The Castle Kitchen, Highcliffe Castle .
Thu 16 Jan 20

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Wimborne Horticultural Society welcome Members and Non-Members
Quarterjack Suite The Allendale Centre
Mon 13 Jan 20

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Hall & Woodhouse is hosting a free defibrillator training session at the Brewery Tap bar and restaurant, at its Brewery in Blandford St. Mary on Monday, January 13 at 6.30pm.
The Brewery, Hall & Woodhouse Blandford St. Mary Dorset
Mon 13 Jan 20

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Allington Strings Winter Concert is at 3pm on Sunday 12th January 2020 at the Sir John Colfox Academy, Bridport The programme features music from Austria and Germany.
Sir John Colfox Academy, Ridgeway, Bridport
Sun 12 Jan 20

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We gather at each New and Full Moon for a time of Attunement, Channelled Meditation and Sharing. We follow a format for these evenings, set by Steve’s Spirit Guide, Simeon.
Gussage Road, Parskstone, Poole
Fri 10 Jan 20

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Start 2020 by treating yourself to an affordable piece of art created by members of Lyme Bay Arts on show this month at The Gallery and The Space Symondsbury.
The Gallery and The Space, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport
Thu 9 Jan 20

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Apply to a variety of courses starting early 2020. No matter what your age, we’ll help you to achieve your goals.
North Road
Thu 9 Jan 20

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On Monday 6th January, John Maddocks’ Jazzmen at the Bournemouth Bluebird Jazz Club, starting at 7:30 PM.
Bluebirds Social Club, 4 Ham Lane, Longham (opposite Haskins Garden Centre)
Mon 6 Jan 20

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The 2020 season starts with music from Jigs for Gigs and Ray Goodswen’s calling, at Church House (St Mary’s) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW.
Church House (St Marys) Hall, South Street, Bridport
Sat 4 Jan 20

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Annual event run this year by Bridport Allotments. 60 plus varieites of seed potatoes, onion sets, shallots, rhubarb crowns, asparagus crowns, heritage and heirloom seeds, fruit trees and bushes.
Bridport United Church, East Street, Bridport
Sat 4 Jan 20

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Entertainment by local band Tinker’s Cuss, 60s music, sea shanties etc, participation welcome. Also poetry readings by Debra Bates. Seasonal food and drink. Raffle.
Bridport Town Hall Bucky Do Square Bridport
Sat 4 Jan 20

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Planning to explore the house on your visit' Please pre-book your free timed entry ticket here to discover a lavish house, adorned with decorations inspired by the Christmases of the Bankes
Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Minster
Sat 28 Dec 19

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Enjoy a night of festive funny with a fantastic night of stand-up comedy! Enjoy 3 professional acts plus host and get to see Paul McCaffrey live and up close and personal in our intimate...
Hotel Celebrity 47 Gervis Road Bournemouth
Fri 27 Dec 19

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If you are coming down with children to West Bay between Christmas and New Year, why not make their day and help us find our missing mice. Can you find our ten mice hiding amongst the displays?
Chapel on the Beach WEST BAY
Thu 26 Dec 19

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Every year thousands of people line the harbour at Weymouth to witness this annual Lions event which has become a landmark event for the town.
Weymouth Harbour, Trinity Road, Weymouth
Wed 25 Dec 19

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Join the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Supporters for our annual, fundraising Xmas Day Swim. This popular event gives brave swimmers the chance to take a dip on behalf of the RNLI, cheered on by a loyal band...
Beach Front, Charmouth, Dorset
Wed 25 Dec 19

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Santa’s reindeer will return to Brewery Square on Tuesday, December 24, from 12pm until 2pm. Visitors can meet the reindeer for free before they take to the skies on Christmas Eve.
21 Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester
Tue 24 Dec 19

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Trust10 is a free monthly trail run across selected National Trust sites, open to both members and non members.
Studland Bay, Knoll Beach Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset
Sun 22 Dec 19

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Join us for an intimate festive performance with folk musician and storyteller, Tim Laycock. Tim Laycocks Festive Tuneful Stories.
Max Gate
Sun 22 Dec 19

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