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Tim Laycock’s Tuneful Stories, bringing the Hardy family home to life with stories, folklore and tunes.
Hardys Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester
Today, Fri 27 Mar, Fri 17 Apr

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The Brendoncare Christchurch Variety Club meets every Saturday, 1.30pm-3.30pm, at Druitt Hall, High St, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1AJ.
Druitt Hall, High Street, Christchurch, Dorset
Sat 22 Feb, Sat 29 Feb, and more dates until Sat 11 Apr

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Join our Outdoor Centre team and get stuck in as you experience life as a ranger on Brownsea Island. Get to grips with the tools we use for the job with training given on the day, You’ll help...
Brownsea Island
Sat 22 Feb, Wed 8 Apr, Wed 15 Apr

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A weekly workout session to enable you to improve your technique and fitness, working at your own level.
Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Minster
Tue 25 Feb, Tue 3 Mar, and more dates until Tue 7 Apr

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Every Thursday, in partnership with Moors Valley Country Park, come and join our fun, friendly and active free cycle rides from 9.30am (please arrive by 9.15am for a prompt start).
Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Minster
Thu 27 Feb, Thu 5 Mar, and more dates until Thu 9 Apr

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The Brendoncare Get Together Southbourne meets every Thursday, 1.30pm-3.30pm, at Immanuel Church (main hall), 120 Southbourne Road, Southbourne, Dorset, BH6 3QJ.
Immanuel Church (main hall), 120 Southbourne Road, Southbourne, Dorset
Thu 27 Feb, Thu 5 Mar, and more dates until Thu 9 Apr

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Every 2nd & 4th Friday From February to December we hold a craft Market in the Shambles (Front of the Corn Exchange)
The Corn Exchange, Market place, Blandford Forum
Fri 28 Feb, Fri 13 Mar, Fri 27 Mar, Fri 10 Apr

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Organised by the garden’s charity – the Knoll Gardens Foundation, our Saturday morning monthly toddler club aims to inspire a love of nature from a young age, encouraging interaction with the
Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne
Sat 29 Feb, Sat 28 Mar, Sat 25 Apr

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Ringwood Woodcarvers are a group of like-minded hobbyists who meet as a self-help group. We welcome both Male and Female members.
St Leonards & St Ives Village Hall Braeside Road, St Leonards RINGWOOD
Tue 3 Mar, Tue 17 Mar, Tue 7 Apr

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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
Sun 15 Mar, Sun 26 Apr

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¾ acre walled garden for all seasons. Garden seating throughout the diverse planting areas, incl Mediterranean courtyard garden and wisteria pergola.
22 Holt Road, Poole
Sun 15 Mar, Sun 12 Apr

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Lyme Bay Artist Annie Ward brings her latest work to the Lyme Regis Museum’s Rotunda Gallery. Based on research into satellite photographs and historic maps of the Dorset coastline, her abstract...
The Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge St, Lyme Regis
Thu 19 Mar to Tue 28 Apr

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There’s a whole world of wild to explore on Brownsea. The island boasts a landscape rich in a variety of habitats making it the perfect place to discover an array of intriguing wildlife.
Brownsea Island
Fri 20 Mar, Fri 17 Apr, Fri 15 May

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Unusual and challenging ½ acre garden set on steep hillside with fine views. Wildlife friendly garden with mixed borders, ponds, propagating area, vegetable garden, fruit cage, greenhouses and...
Ivy House Garden, Piddletrenthide
Sun 22 Mar, Sun 29 Mar, and more dates until Sun 10 May

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Norman Saunders-White has had a varied career over the past 60 years—librarian, teacher of art and drama, actor, director of youth theatre—but his enduring passion has been visual art.
The Gallery Symondsbury, Bridport
Sat 28 Mar to Wed 8 Apr

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Planning to explore the house on your visit' You can book a free timed entry ticket for certain slots in advance here.
Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Minster
Wed 1 Apr to Thu 30 Apr

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Illustrated Talk by Ian Mortimer on the Ecology of Badgers, and a report on the 2019 Badger Sett Survey of Bridport Millennium Green. Proceeds to Bridport Millennium Green.
Bridport Town Hall, Bucky Do Square, Bridport
Thu 2 Apr

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As the sun goes down, join Tom to go adventuring around the castle ruins looking for bats and other night time creatures that make the castle and its surrounding landscape home. Booking Essential.
Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham,
Fri 3 Apr, Fri 24 Apr

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A walk taking in fine views from the Iron Age hill fort of Badbury Rings, along with the autumn colour in the surrounding woodlands of The Oaks and High Wood. Distance: 5.3 miles. Time: approx. 3.
Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Minster
Fri 3 Apr

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On the first Friday of every month, In this 75th year since VE day, join one of these fascinating free guided walks that looks into Brownsea’s role during the World Wars.
Brownsea Island
Fri 3 Apr, Fri 1 May, Fri 8 May, Sat 9 May

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As the sun goes down, join Tom to go adventuring around the castle ruins looking for bats and other night time creatures that make the castle and its surrounding landscape home.
Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham,
Fri 3 Apr, Fri 24 Apr

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Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Corfe Castle, fun for the whole family. Celebrate nature in Purbeck in the theme of Easter and take part in the Castle Quest to claim your prize.
Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham,
Sat 4 Apr to Sun 19 Apr

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Become a nature detective, solve the riddles and finish your adventures with a Cadbury chocolate treat.
Brownsea Island
Sat 4 Apr to Thu 9 Apr

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Follow a family trail from the Discovery Centre around the woodland and dunes, then enjoy crafts and games after collecting your chocolate treat.
Studland Bay, Knoll Beach Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset
Sat 4 Apr to Sun 19 Apr

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Bunny has gone to the seaside. Join us for a self led Easter egg hunt at Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock. Lots of fun for all the family plus incredible views along the famous Jurassic Coast.
Burton Bradstock
Sat 4 Apr to Sun 19 Apr

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