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More details - Scutt Hall Plant Sale Saturday 5th May, 2018
Annual Plant Sale selling various high quality plants for all aspects of gardens, patios, baskets ,tubs and pots , outdoors and indoors. You need look no further for your plant requirements. Sold at reasonable prices. We will be helping to raise funds for Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.
Scutt Hall, Sutton Road, Preston, Weymouth (turning opposite Spice Ship Pub)
Sat 5 May

More details - Marren - Open Garden for NGS
4 acres. From NT car park down steep public footpath and 64 grass steps to woodland garden with chainsaw tree sculptures. More formal Italianate garden around house with wonderful arbours. Mediterranean feel. Strong structural planting.
Marren, Dorchester
Sat 28 Apr, Sun 29 Apr, Sat 9 Jun, Sun 10 Jun

More details - Holworth Farmhouse - Open Garden for NGS
This unusual garden is tucked away without being isolated and has an atmosphere of extraordinary peace and tranquility. At no point do visitors perceive any idea of the whole, but have to discover, by degrees and at every turn, its element of surprise, its variety of features and its appreciation of space.
Holworth Farmhouse, Dorchester
Sun 6 May, Mon 7 May, Sun 27 May, Mon 28 May, Sun 1 Jul

More details - Namvula
Creating an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland blend with London’s vibrant eclectic music scene, Namvula crosses boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, transporting listeners into different worlds whilst staying firmly rooted in African soil.
Broadmayne Village Hall Broadmayne Dorchester
Sat 19 May

More details - Jazz concert by Sherborne Girls Jazz Ensemble
An evening of Jazz. The concert is given by the Sherborne Girls Jazz Ensemble. It will be a varied programme with music for all to enjoy. The concert is free and there will be a retiring collection for church funds
St.Nicholas Church, Abbotsbury
Fri 4 May

More details - Clouds Hill - 1918: the road to Damascus
The travels and exploits of T E Lawrence in Arabia during 1918, month by month, are explored in a series of leaflets; each month a new one will be issued and given to visitors on arrival at Clouds Hill. Booking Not Needed.
Clouds Hill
Today to Sun 29 Apr

More details - Brownsea Island - Eco Adventure Camping 2018
Continued into 2018, new public camping option for the experienced camper and people who love nature and the great outdoors. Campers are even welcome to kayak/sail/paddle across from the mainland straight to South Shore. Booking is essential. Booking Essential. Phone: 01202 492161. Assistance Dogs only are welcome.
Brownsea Island
Today to Fri 15 Jun

More details - Brownsea Island - Birdsong Morning Walk
An early morning wildlife experience. Come and experience the island at its most peaceful. This is your opportunity to take a boat over to the island long before the public arrive. A member of the ranger team will talk you through the sights and sounds of wildlife in this natural habitat.
Brownsea Island
Sat 28 Apr, Sat 5 May

More details - Clouds Hill - 1918: the road to Damascus
The travels and exploits of T E Lawrence in Arabia during 1918, month by month, are explored in a series of leaflets; each month a new one will be issued and given to visitors on arrival at Clouds Hill. Booking Not Needed.
Clouds Hill
Mon 30 Apr to Thu 28 Jun

More details - Brownsea Island - WW1 Guided Walk
A free guided walk that explores Brownsea’s WW1 connections in this special centenary year. Take a tour around the island and discover it’s significance during WW1 with one of our expert volunteers. Booking Essential. Phone: 0344 249 1895.
Brownsea Island
Fri 4 May

More details - Golden Cap - Orchid discovery walk
Come along and discover the amazing orchids in our meadows. Help our volunteer ecologist survey orchids on this guided walk from Stonebrrow. A chance to discover the beautiful orchids on the Golden Cap Estate and learn how we care for them.
Golden Cap
Mon 7 May

More details - Max Gate - Tuneful Stories
Tim Laycock brings Hardy’s home to life with music and stories. There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes, between 1pm and 4pm. The performances will take place in the Drawing Room. Seating is limited and as there is no booking it will be on a first come first served basis.
Max Gate
Wed 9 May

More details - Brownsea Island - Shoreline ramble
Join one of our experienced rangers and discover more about the creatures that make the Brownsea shoreline their home. Booking Essential. Phone: 01202707744.
Brownsea Island
Fri 11 May

More details - Max Gate - Tea with Mr Hardy and Marie Stopes
Mr Hardy invites you to take tea with him in his garden along with special guest Marie Stopes and a short performance from the Hardy Players. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players for the tea of adult 3, child 2. Booking Not Needed. Assistance Dogs only are welcome.
Max Gate
Thu 17 May and Fri 18 May

More details - Burton Bradstock - Spring Tide Food Festival
Come and celebrate this great foodie festival on the spectacular Jurassic coast. Spring Tide pulls together some of the best local food, drink, art and entertainment available on this outstanding coastline.
Burton Bradstock
Sat 19 May and Sun 20 May

More details - Q - Open Garden for NGS
Q is essentially all things to all men, a modern cottage town garden with many facets, jam packed with bulbs, shrubs, trees, climbers and herbaceous plants. Gazebo, statutes, water, bonsai and topiary.
Q, Dorchester
Sun 13 May

More details - Coeliac UK 50 years celebration
Dorchester Support Group Committee and the Dietitians will be celebrating 50 years of Coeliac UK. 11 a.m. - 3p.m. We are cutting the Birthday cake at 11 .30a.m. Come along and celebrate with us. The restaurant will be serving some gluten free food and there will be some nibbles. There will be a raffle.
Damers Restaurant, Dorset County Hospital, Poundbury Garden Centre, Peverell Avenue, Dorchester
Wed 16 May

More details - Coeliac Awareness Week , Afternoon Tea
Join us, the Committee of Dorchester Support Group to Coeliac UK for tea/coffee and gluten free cake. Come and have a chat with us. Ask what we do and what Coeliac UK is raising funds for.
Engine Room Restaurant, Poundbury Garden Centre, Peverell Avenue, Dorchester
Mon 14 May

More details - Hardys Cottage - Nature's remedies
Explore the Hardy family home with this new trail and learn how Thomas and his family would have used herbs growing in their garden to make medicines to cure their illnesses. Booking Not Needed. Assistance Dogs only are welcome.
Hardys Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester
Today to Thu 14 Jun

More details - Herons Mead - Open Garden for NGS
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 seasonal exuberant plants amongst swathes of tall grasses. Wildlife pond and plants to attract bees, butterflies, etc.
Herons Mead, Wool
Sun 6 May

More details - Bring & Buy Plant Sale in aid of The Dorset Gardens' Trust with RNLI stalls
Annuals, shrubs, perennials and herbs for sale; split that large clump of asters/geraniums and bring a bit to sell! Tombola and a cake stall in aid of the RNLI
Baglake Farm, Litton Cheney
Tue 8 May

More details - Melon Madness!
Every child who brings a melon for the primates receives a free Monkey World badge over the bank holiday weekend.
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre Longthorns Wareham Dorset
Sat 5 May to Mon 7 May

More details - The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney - Open Garden for NGS
Steep paths lead to beguiling 4 acres of natural woodland with many springs, streams, 2 pools one a natural swimming pool planted with native plants. Front garden with pleached crabtree border, topiary and soft planting incl tulips, peonies, roses and verbascums.
The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney, Dorchester
Sun 29 Apr

Athelhampton House Spring Plant Fair More details - Athelhampton House Spring Plant Fair
Specialist Plant Fair held in the picturesque grounds of Athelhampton House. More than 20 independent nurseries and specialist growers offering a wide range of plants at realistic prices. Beautiful setting - located on the large lawn adjacent to the 15th Cent House, Dovecote & Riverside walk.
Athelhampton House, Near Puddletown
Sun 6 May
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More details - Margaret Green Week 2018
www.margaretgreenanimalrescue.org.uk/Margaret_Green_Week_2018.html
Church Knowle, Dorset
Mon 14 May to Sun 20 May

More details - Ivy House Garden - Open Garden for NGS
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 polytunnel, chickens and bees, nearby allotment. Daffodils, tulips and hellebores in quantity for spring openings.
Ivy House Garden, Piddletrenthide
Sun 6 May, Mon 7 May

More details - Weymouth SEA LIFE to bring marine life to Wareham at free event
Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park is teaming up with Wareham & District Development Trust to bring marine life to the town for the first time this spring.
Tree of Life & Laughter Community Garden based at the rear of Wareham Library: South St, Wareham
Fri 27 Apr

More details - Meet a musketeer
Travel back in time and meet a Royalist musketeer of the Civil War at Corfe Castle. Practice your soldier survival skills, including flint & steel fire making, cartridge making and sword school.
National Trust The Square Corfe Castle Wareham
Sat 28 Apr, Sun 29 Apr, Sat 12 May, Sun 13 May, Sat 19 May, Sun 20 May

More details - Corfe Castle - Meet a musketeer
Travel back in time and meet a Royalist musketeer of the Civil War. Practice your soldier survival skills, including flint & steel fire making, cartridge making and sword school. Booking Not Needed. Children are welcome accompanied by a responsible adult. Dogs on leads welcome.
Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham,
Sat 28 Apr, Sun 29 Apr, Sat 12 May, Sun 13 May, Sat 19 May, Sun 20 May

More details - Saxons & Vikings and the Siege of Wareham at Corfe Castle
Witness the sound and fury of Saxon and Viking warriors in pitched battle as they recreate the siege of Wareham. Explore the Saxon village and learn about everyday life during this harsh period. Check website for timings.
National Trust The Square Corfe Castle Wareham
Fri 4 May

More details - Corfe Castle - Saxons & Vikings: Siege of Wareham
Witness the sound and fury of Saxon and Viking warriors in pitched battle as they recreate the siege of Wareham. Explore the Saxon village and learn about everyday life during this harsh period. King Alfred’s Court and Young Warrior Training both return for 2018.
Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham,
Sat 5 May to Mon 7 May

More details - "Miss Mayne's Party" Country Dance, April 28th, Bridport
Bridport Folk Dance Club’s traditional Annual Dance with "The Chris Toyne Big Band" and caller Aileen Wills. All welcome, no experience or partner required and all dances will be talked and walked through and called throughout.
St Mary’s Church House Hall
Sat 28 Apr

More details - GroundDog Day 2018
www.margaretgreenanimalrescue.org.uk/GroundDog_Day_2018.html
Lincoln Farm Rescue & Rehoming Centre, Bere Road, Winterborne Kingston, Blandford Forum
Sun 20 May

More details - The Story Of The Beach Boys® A Tribute
Presented here is a unique opportunity to hear a comprehensive selection of chart hits America’s biggest pop band ever recorded including: God Only Knows - Good Vibrations - I Get Around - Surfin’ USA - Fun Fun Fun - California Girls - Sloop John B and many more that you will surely know and by the end of the evening
Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South St, Bridport
Sat 19 May

More details - Braddocks - Open Garden for NGS
3 acres of plant-packed sloping gardens, conceived, planted and looked after by owner. ’A feast of a garden at all times of the year’. Wild flower meadows and water. Herbaceous, underplanted shrubs and roses of all types and hues. Shady woodland garden and fine mature specimen trees.
Braddocks, Bridport
Tue 8 May, Tue 12 Jun

More details - The Secret Garden - Open Garden for NGS
Ongoing reclamation of neglected woodland garden. Mature trees, bamboo, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, camellias, other choice shrubs with stream on all sides crossed by bridges, and in spring a growing collection of loderi hybrids. New plantings of viburnums. Stout shoes recommended for woodland garden.
The Secret Garden, Dorchester
Sat 5 May and Sun 6 May

More details - Panta Rei Danseteater Promise of Departure
A new dance theatre production with high pace and intricate choreography aiming to emotionally move you. Norway’s Panta Rei looks at how vulnerability and strength come to play in the relationships we have, and the struggles we are forced to overcome.
Buckland Newton Village Hall Buckland Newton Dorchester
Sat 28 Apr

More details - Terry Pratchett's Jingo
In celebration of what would have been Sir Terry Pratchett’s 70th birthday we are delighted to be presenting Jingo, a stage adaptation by Stephen Briggs of Sir Terry’s hilarious novel of the same name.
Lytchett Matravers Village Hall
Thu 26 Apr to Sat 28 Apr

More details - Evening of Mediumship with Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt - Swanage
Evening of Mediumship with Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt is a Spiritualist Medium who is currently touring the UK with Psychic / Mediumship Evenings.
Swanage Conservative Club, 27 Kings Road East, Swanage
Wed 25 Apr

More details - The Story Of The Beach Boys® A Tribute
Presented here is a unique opportunity to hear a comprehensive selection of chart hits America’s biggest pop band ever recorded including: God Only Knows - Good Vibrations - I Get Around - Surfin’ USA - Fun Fun Fun - California Girls - Sloop John B and many more that you will surely know and by the end of the evening
Mowlem Theatre,Shore Rd, Swanage
Fri 18 May

More details - The Old Rectory, Netherbury - Open Garden for NGS
5 acre garden developed by present owners over last 20 yrs. Formal areas with topiary near house, naturalistic planting elsewhere. Many bulbs including fritillaries, erythroniums, tulips and wood anemones. Extensive bog garden with pond and stream planted with candelabra primroses and other moisture lovers.
The Old Rectory, Netherbury, Beaminster
Sun 20 May, Tue 22 May

More details - HIGHWOOD GARDENS OPEN DAY - raising funds to fight Motor Neurone Disease
This is your chance to see what is behind the long wavy wall along the A35 to Bere Regis....lovely woodland walks to see the beautiful azaleas, perhaps rhododendrons and bluebells too!
Charborough Park Estate, Nr Wareham
Sat 5 May

More details - Highwood Garden -  Open Day
Charborough is a traditional rural estate located in South Dorset, close to the towns of Wareham, Blandford Forum and Wimborne Minster. First recorded in the Doomsday Book, Charborough has a rich and colourful history and is now host to an increasingly wide range of activity.
Highwood Garden Open Day:Charborough Park, Wareham, Dorset
Sat 12 May

More details - Namvula
Creating an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland blend with London’s vibrant eclectic music scene, Namvula crosses boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, transporting listeners into different worlds whilst staying firmly rooted in African soil.
Winterborne Stickland Village Hall West Street Winterborne Stickland Blandford Forum
Fri 18 May

More details - Studland Bay - Heathland Hullabaloo
We Love heathland! Come along to Knoll Beach and discover more about the surrounding heathland and the organisations that help look after it. Get hands on with our wildlife activities and head over the heath on a landrover safari. Booking Not Needed.
Studland Bay, Knoll Beach Visitor Centre, Ferry Road, Studland, Dorset
Sun 20 May

More details - Well Cottage - Open Garden for NGS
1 acre garden brought back to life over last 5½ yrs. There is now much more light after some trees were taken down and new areas have been cultivated. The planting is intended to be natural and the emphasis is very much on colour.
Well Cottage, Bridport
Sun 20 May and Mon 21 May

More details - The Old Rectory, Pulham - Open Garden for NGS
4 acres formal and informal gardens surround C18 rectory, splendid views. Yew pyramid alles and hedges, circular herbaceous borders with late summer colour. Exuberantly planted terrace, purple and white beds. Box parterres, mature trees, pond, fernery, ha-ha, pleached hornbeam circle. 10 acres woodland walks.
The Old Rectory, Pulham, Dorchester
Sun 13 May, Thu 17 May

More details - Harcombe House - Open Garden for NGS
Landscaped into the hillside 500ft above the Char Valley with spectacular views across Charmouth and Lyme Bay, the ¾ acre garden, maintained by the owners, is laid out as a series of gravel paths and terraces connected by steps.
Harcombe House, Bridport
Sat 12 May and Sun 13 May

More details - Horn Park - Open Garden for NGS
Large, plantsmans garden with magnificent view to sea. Many rare and mature plants and shrubs in terraced, herbaceous, rock and water gardens. Woodland garden and walks in bluebell woods. Good autumn colouring. Wild flower meadow with 164 varieties incl orchids.
Horn Park, Beaminster
Wed 25 Apr, Wed 20 Jun

More details - Guys and Dolls
From the bustle of Times Square to the dance clubs of Havana and the sewers of New York City, the worlds of gangsters and missionaries collide in this timeless tale brought to you by Poole and Parkstone Productions.
The Lighthouse, 21 Kingland Rd, Poole, Dorset
Wed 2 May to Sat 5 May