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Today to Fri 18 May, by distance, closest first.    

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 22 Apr

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 - 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 - 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 - 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
Sat 21 Apr, Wed 9 May

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 - 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 - 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 - 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

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 - 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

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 - 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 22 Apr, Sun 6 May, 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 - 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 - Broomhill - Open Garden for NGS
Once a farmyard now a delightful, tranquil garden set in 1½ acres. Island beds and borders are planted with shrubs, roses, masses of unusual perennials and choice annuals to give vibrancy and colour into the autumn.
Broomhill, Dorchester
Sun 22 Apr

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - Frankham Farm - Open Garden for NGS
3½ acre garden, created since 1960 by the late Jo Earle for yr-round interest. This large and lovely garden is filled with a wide variety of well grown plants, roses, unusual labelled shrubs and trees from around the world. Productive vegetable garden. Climbers cover the walls.
Frankham Farm, Sherborne
Sun 22 Apr

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 - 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 - Art at Charmouth Library Jan to Mar 2018
Three Charmouth Artists - Geoff Townson, Karen Loader, Annie Clough Paintings and prints - almost all for sale
The Street, Charmouth
Today to Sun 29 Apr

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 - Coffee Morning and Plant Sale
Coffee Morning - enjoy coffee (and top ups) and a piece of home made cake - large selection There will also be a Home Bake Stall, general sales table, raffle and plants (outside). Please join us for a convivial morning and to raise funds for our village church, St Leonard’s. Everybody welcome.
Misterton W.I. Hall
Sat 21 Apr

More details - The Stomping Ivories (dueling pianos)
All the way from Australia for one night only!! The Stomping Ivories are a ’dueling pianos’ act from Australia covering a range of music from Mozart to Metallica. Bring your song requests along; there is nothing these three Sydney boys won’t attempt to play!
East Coker Village Hall Halves Lane East Coker
Fri 4 May

More details - Fossil Fest
Polishing on sea front on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th: Fossils are provided, range in price - pocket money prices Find us on the marine parade in the shelters Activity lasts 25 minutes - drop in session, no need to book
Bridge Street, Lyme Regis Dorset
Sat 5 May and Sun 6 May

More details - Art session with Darell Wakelam
Darrell Wakelam will be running a drop-in craft session in the museum.
Bridge Street, Lyme Regis Dorset
Sat 5 May

More details - Mary Anning and the scientists
Emerald Ant will be acting Mary Anning and the scientists in the museum.
Bridge Street, Lyme Regis Dorset
Sun 6 May

More details - Museum at night
Story telling with Lizzie Bryant Face-painting with Lianne Costin and Ellen Austin Dinosaur crafts with Alison Bowskill Free hot drink from Dottie Kitchen
Bridge Street, Lyme Regis Dorset
Fri 18 May

More details - Lyme Regis Carnival May Fete
Music from B Sharp, Opening by the Mayor, Long Sword Dancing, Uplyme Morris Dancing, Taekwondo Display, Lyme Regis Majorettes, Falconry Display, 55+ Fantastic Stalls, Hot Food, Ice-Cream, Fresh Coffee, Homemade Cakes, Refreshments, BOUNCY CASTLE, Glitter Tattoos, Face Painting, Fete Games, Activities, Raffle,
Anning Road Recreation Ground, Anning Road, Lyme Regis
Sun 13 May

More details - Little Cliff - Open Garden for NGS
S-facing seaward, Little Cliff looks out over spectacular views of Lyme Bay. Spacious garden sloping down hillside through series of garden rooms where visual treats unfold. Vibrant herbaceous borders incl hot garden and bog garden intermingled with mature specimen trees, shrubs and wall climbers.
Little Cliff, Lyme Regis
Thu 3 May, Sun 6 May, Thu 7 Jun, Sun 10 Jun

More details - St Margarets Hospice Yeovil Summer Fete
A Fun day for the whole family held in the gardens of St Margaret’s Hospice. there is everything from craft stalls to dog shows, a vintage tea rooms, bar and BBQ as wells as games and activities for the whole family.
St Margarets Hospice Little Tarrat Lane Yeovil
Sat 12 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 - Justin Daish at Henhayes
Amazing Singer/Guitarist Extrordinaire makes a welcome return to the Henhayes Centre. Supper and Concert £18, Concert Only £10. Supper served at 6.30, concert 7.30. Come and enjoy this extremely talented singer and musician...on his last visit he had them dancing in the aisles! Music for all tastes....
The Henhayes Community Centre South Street Car Park Crewkerne Tel. 01460 74340
Sat 28 Apr

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 21 Apr, Sun 22 Apr, Sat 28 Apr, Sun 29 Apr, Sat 12 May, Sun 13 May, Sat 19 May, Sun 20 May

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 21 Apr, Sun 22 Apr, 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 - Wolverhollow - Open Garden for NGS
Over 1 acre of informal mature garden on different levels. Lawns lead past borders and rockeries down to a shady lower garden. Numerous paths take you past a variety of uncommon shrubs and plants. A managed meadow has an abundance of primulas growing close to stream. A garden not to be missed!
Wolverhollow, Monkton Wyld
Sun 13 May and Mon 14 May