The Dorsetarian

Dorset Ghost Walks

If you are looking for something different this year, then ghost tours can provide some great entertainment, especially if they're ghost tours after dark.
Alistair Chisholm's Dorchester Ghost Walks
Weymouth Ghost Walks
Haunted Harbour Tours
Granny Cousin's Ghost Walks of Old Poole Town
The Bridport Ghost Walk

The Little Green Dragon Hand Painted Gifts

 

Dorset Architectural Heritage Week


Dorset Architectural Heritage Week is an annual event which aims to stimulate public awareness of Dorset's rich architectural and cultural heritage by allowing free access to many properties that are normally closed to the public or charge for entry.

One weekend of the event is always timed to coincide with the national Civic Trust Heritage Open Days event. As a result of this many Dorset buildings featured in the event are publicised nationally through the Heritage Open Days publicity.

Since the event began in 1994 EDHT has provided support and assistance to the Dorset Conservation Officers' Panel who organise the many visits, tours and talks which fill the week long event. Most recently this support has been the provision of a booking facility for some of those events that have a limited capacity.

for more information visit: Dorset Architectural Heritage Week Website

 


 

Booking Arrangements
 

If the event is marked as 'Bookable' booking is essential.

Requests for tickets must be accompanied by a Booking Form. The booking form (accompanied by a stamped addressed envelope) should be received by Friday 21st August.

The Booking Form can be downloaded Click Here for Form (Please note that you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the Form. This is free software and it can be downloaded here Click Here for Reader)

To ensure fairness, tickets will be allocated by ballot. You will be advised by post if you are lucky or not.

From Wednesday 26th August, tickets still available can be collected from the Booking Office at Allendale House, Wimborne. Please phone to check availability but tickets will only be sent on receipt of a stamped addressed envelope. 

Many events do not require tickets. Please check the programme details carefully to avoid frustration and disappointment.

Please try and ensure that you arrive on time at the meeting place. If appropriate, we will send you details of where the event starts but if it is not clear, please ring the Booking Office for clarification.

You should NOT arrive at a Bookable event without a ticket. Only those with tickets will be allowed entry. Please be fair to others and if you know you will not be able to honour the booking, please telephone the Booking Office as soon as possible so that the ticket(s) can be reallocated.

 


 

Saturday 12th

Extra Event - The Guildhall, Market Street, Poole
3pm - 5pm only
No advance booking or tickets required.
Guide dogs only
Full Disabled access
Photography allowed
Accompanied children welcome
Any enquiries to Hon Sec, Society of Poole Men - (01202) - 778352

01
Moors Valley Country Park Visitors Centre
Open Day and Exhibition
Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Ringwood.
From the Ashley Heath roundabout on the A31/A338 follow the brown tourist signs.
Postcode: BH24 2ET (Please note that due to the rural nature of the location, some satellite navigation systems and route planners may not be accurate when using postcode)
Parking available on-site
Dogs allowed only if kept on a lead
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
Variable parking charges apply
The reconstructed 18th Century barn that houses the Visitors Centre and Restaurant at Moors Valley Country Park is a lovely example of rural architecture. There is also a small onsite exhibition showing the history of the building.
01/01 12.09.2009 9am-4.30pm
01/02 13.09.2009 9am-4.30pm
01/03 14.09.2009 9am-4.30pm
01/04 15.09.2009 9am-4.30pm
01/05 16.09.2009 9am-4.30pm
01/06 17.09.2009 9am-4.30pm
01/07 18.09.2009 9am-4.30pm
01/08 19.09.2009 9am-4.30pm
01/09 20.09.2009 9am-4.30pm

02
St Mary's Church, Bridport
Church
South St, Bridport
Postcode: DT6 3NZ
Please use public car parks
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Disabled access to Ground Floor only
The church is very interesting and the tower, which will be open on Saturday 19th only, is well worth the climb to the top as there are spectacular views across Bridport and West Bay.
02/01 12.09.2009 9am-5pm
02/02 13.09.2009 9am-5pm
02/03 14.09.2009 9am-5pm
02/04 15.09.2009 9am-5pm
02/05 16.09.2009 9am-5pm
02/06 17.09.2009 9am-5pm
02/07 18.09.2009 9am-5pm
02/08 19.09.2009 9am-5pm
02/09 20.09.2009 9am-5pm

03
Walk with me in the Old Town of Poole
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 60
Guided Walk
Directions available on ticket.
Please use public car parks
Dogs allowed only if kept on a lead
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Some parts not wheelchair accessible.
A leisurely walk aiming to cover most of the old town of Poole showing easily missed nooks and crannies and larger places such as St James' Church and Scaplens Court. Please allow AT LEAST 4 hours.
03/01 12.09.2009 9am

04
Holy Trinity Church, Purbeck Information & Heritage Centre
Open Day
South St, Wareham
Postcode: BH20 4LU
Please use public car parks
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
No Disabled Access. Wide low steps to entrance
Originally the 15th Century Parish Church of Wareham the building has been restored by the Friends of Friendless Churches. This was the parish church of Rev. John Hutchins, the well-known chronicler of Dorset's historic and antiquarian buildings. This fascinating building will be open to visitors and fact sheets, local history information and publications will be available.
04/01 12.09.2009 9.30am-5pm
04/02 14.09.2009 9.30am-5pm
04/03 15.09.2009 9.30am-5pm
04/04 16.09.2009 9.30am-5pm
04/05 17.09.2009 9.30am-5pm
04/06 18.09.2009 9.30am-5pm
04/07 19.09.2009 9.30am-5pm

05
St Clement's Church, Bournemouth
Church Visit
St Clement's C.E Church, St Clements Rd, Bournemouth.
Post Code: BH1 4DZ
Car Park accessible from Knole Rd
Guide Dogs only
No flash photography
Children welcome
Disabled access to Ground Floor only. Ramp to entrance. Disabled toilet available. No entry to Tower.
St Clement's is a Grade 1 Listed building designed by the architect Seddings. Conducted visits up the tower, music and drama performances and a display of vestments throughout the day. Refreshments will be available.
05/01 12.09.2009 11am-5pm

06
St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth
Church Visit
St Stephen's Way, Bournemouth. Opposite the Town Hall.
Post Code: BH2 6JZ
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
St Stephen's is a Grade 1 listed church. A cathedral in miniature with soaring stone vaulting, exquisite ironwork and breathtaking painted wooden reredos. A masterpiece of architect John Loughborough Pearson, it was considered by John Betjeman to be the most beautiful church in Bournemouth. There will be guided tours at 11am and 2pm, a piano recital at 1pm and visitors will be welcome at mass at 10am. Refreshments will be available.
06/01 12.09.2009 10am-4pm

07
Wareham Town Museum
Open Day and Exhibition
East St, Wareham
Postcode: BH20 4NS
Please use public car parks. Nearest is Howards Lane
Guide Dogs only
Photography allowed with a permit. 50p charge for photography permit
Children welcome
Wareham Town Museum tells the story of Wareham's history with the aid of graphic displays and objects and models from the museum collection, with a special exhibition focussing on Lawrence of Arabia.
07/01 12.09.2009 10am-4pm
07/02 14.09.2009 10am-4pm
07/03 15.09.2009 10am-4pm
07/04 16.09.2009 10am-4pm
07/05 17.09.2009 10am-4pm
07/06 18.09.2009 10am-4pm
07/07 19.09.2009 10am-4pm

08
Open Day at Seventeenth Century Quaker Meeting House & Burial Ground
Open Day
South St, Bridport. On the East side of the street, opposite St Mary's Church.
GR SY 466 926
Postcode: DT6 3NZ
Please use public car park in South St
No dogs allowed inside
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access. Slight lip on door. Ramp inside.
Quakers have met here to worship since the 1600's. All are welcome to share the Meeting House and garden. Refreshments will be available.
08/01 12.09.2009 10am-4pm

09
Seeds of Change Weekend at the Priest's House Museum
Special Event
On Wimborne High Street, opposite the Minster.
Postcode: BH21 1HR
Please use public car parks
Guide Dogs only
No photography allowed
Children welcome
Disabled access to Ground Floor only
Discover the history of food and farming in this special exhibition. There will be fun for all the family with activities throughout the weekend.
09/01 12.09.2009 10am-4.30pm
09/02 13.09.2009 10am-4.30pm

10
Medieval Treasures of Poole
New Event
Start at Poole Museum, High St, Poole. Follow the signs to Poole Quay and the museum is at the end of the High St closest to Poole Quay.
Postcode: BH15 1BW
Please use public car parks. Nearest is Quay Visitors.
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Some restrictions at Scaplens Court. Please phone for details.
Explore the Town Cellars and Scaplens Court, Poole Old Town's oldest surviving buildings. Guided tours, displays, an architectural treasure hunt for families and the chance to discover more about the history of your own house.
10/01 12.09.2009 10am-5pm

11
Puddletown Church Room - Building in an Historic Churchyard
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 35
New Event
Directions available on ticket
On-street parking available
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
Donations to St Mary's Church welcome

The alteration of an historic church building is not always practical or appropriate. Constructing new accommodation within an historic environment is also a sensitive matter. This new event, with architect David Illingworth, examines the issues involved using the new Church Room at Puddletown as an example. Tea and coffee will be available.
11/01 12.09.2009 11am

12
Old Crown Court & Cells
Guided Tour
Located in the Shire Hall, High West St, Dorchester.
Postcode: DT1 1UZ
Please use public car parks
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. The Courtroom is accessible but the Cells are not.
Visit the Old Crown Court & Cells and experience 200 years of gruesome crime and punishment in a setting little changed over the years.
12/01 12.09.2009 10am-5pm
12/02 13.09.2009 2pm-4pm

13
The National Trust Building Dept - Conserving Our Built Heritage
New Event
Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne
Postcode: BH21 4EA
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
Learn a little bit more about the National Trust's Building Department. Meet the team and watch and take part in practical demonstrations.
13/01 12.09.2009 10am-5pm

14
Shillingstone Railway Station Open Day
New Event
St Patricks Industrial Estate on the main road from Blandford to Sturminster Newton.
Postcode: DT11 0SF
Parking available on-site
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
No Disabled Access

Shillingstone Station, built by the Dorset Central Railway, was originally opened in 1863. Now owned and maintained by the Shillingstone Station Project which aims to restore the station and its surroundings to the way it was in the 1950s and 1960s. There is a cafe and shop.
14/01 12.09.2009 10am-4pm
14/02 13.09.2009 10am-4pm
14/03 16.09.2009 10am-4pm
14/04 19.09.2009 10am-4pm
14/05 20.09.2009 10am-4pm

15
Images of Purbeck
New Event
Church of The Holy Rood, Coombe Keynes, Wareham Dorset.
Coombe Keynes is off the B3071 Wool to Lulworth Rd
Grid Ref: SY 842 841
Please park in village
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. 4 inch step into church.
A photographic exhibition of towns and villages in Purbeck by Donald Melvil, DA Glasgow School of Art
15/01 12.09.2009 10am-6pm
15/02 13.09.2009 10am-6pm
15/03 14.09.2009 10am-6pm
15/04 15.09.2009 10am-6pm
15/05 16.09.2009 10am-6pm
15/06 17.09.2009 10am-6pm
15/07 18.09.2009 10am-6pm
15/08 19.09.2009 10am-6pm
15/09 20.09.2009 10am-6pm

16
Portland Castle Open Day
Open Day
Overlooking Portland Harbour in Castletown on the Isle of Portland. Accessible via ferry from Weymouth Harbour.
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access. Disabled toilets available. Facilities for hearing and vision impaired available.
This fortress, which overlooks Portland Harbour, has a diverse and fascinating history. Built to defend Weymouth against possible French and Spanish invasion, it has survived largely unaltered. Its squat appearance is typical of the castles built by Henry VIII in the early 1540s. The Governor's garden contains an impressive amphitheatre built from Portland stone that is a great place to enjoy the dramatic views over the harbour.
16/01 12.09.2009 10am-5pm

17
Beaminster Museum
Open Day and Exhibition
Whitcombe Rd, Beaminster
From Town Square 200m down towards Bridport, 1st left into Whitcombe Rd. Museum is 20m along on left.
Postcode: DT8 3NB
On-street parking available
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
A fine example of the conversion of a Grade II listed Congregational Chapel, dating from 1825, into a local museum and meeting room.
17/01 12.09.2009 10.30am-12.30pm & 2.30-4.30pm
17/02 13.09.2009 2.30-4.30pm

18
Weymouth Town Walk
Guided Walk
Meet in front of Weymouth Pavilion at South end of The Esplanade (near the Condor ferry terminal)
Postcode: DT4 8ED
Please use public car parks. There is a car park at rear of Pavilion.
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children over 12 only
Partial Disabled Access. Part of the route is unsuitable but a low level alternative is available
Join members of Weymouth Civic Society on a guided tour from Weymouth's Georgian seafront through the old harbour and other areas of this fascinating seaside town. Please allow 1 to 1½ hours for the walk.
18/01 12.09.2009 11am
18/02 19.09.2009 11am

19
Woodlands Parish Church Flower Festival
Church
The Church of the Ascension, Church Hill, Verwood Rd, Woodlands
From Wimborne take the B3078 from Ringwood the B3081
Postcode: BH21 8LW
Parking available on-site, on the Village Green
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access. Ramp to entrance.
The church was given to the village by Harriet, Countess of Shaftesbury, in memory of her husband the 8th Earl. It was designed by GFA Bodley R.A and dedicated in 1892. It features three central columns forming arcading down the middle of the nave.
19/01 12.09.2009 11am-6pm
19/02 13.09.2009 11am-6pm

20
Heritage Open Day at Corfe Castle
Open Day
Corfe Castle, on the A351 Wareham to Swanage road.
Post Code: BH20 5EZ
Parking at Castle View Visitor Centre.
Dogs welcome.
Photography allowed.
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Access to Outer Bailey and some rough paths and slopes.
Share some of the recent discoveries made during the recent conservation work-settlement cracks are not new! Also demonstrations by the Burngate Stone Carving Centre
20/01 12.09.2009 11am-4pm

21
Guided Tour of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 12 - 1st Sub Event Full
Guided Tour
Directions available on tickets
Please use public car parks
Guide Dogs only
No photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access Upper floor is not accessible due to Listed Building status. A wheelchair tour is available by calling 01202 451858
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is one of the most fascinating museums in the world. It is housed in one of the last Victorian villas in Bournemouth, East Cliff Hall. Treat yourself to a fascinating insight into the house and the lives of Sir Merton & Lady Russell-Cotes.
21/01 12.09.2009 11am - EVENT FULL
21/02 13.09.2009 11am
21/03 16.09.2009 11am
21/04 17.09.2009 11am
21/05 18.09.2009 11am
21/06 19.09.2009 11am
21/07 20.09.2009 11am

22
St Laurence Church, Upwey
Church Visit
Church St, Upwey.
At north end of Church St (B3159 Weymouth to Martinstown) take the left fork at the Wishing Well cafe.
Postcode: DT3 5QE
Parking available on-site. just beyond the church.
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
This 13th Century church has additions to the fabric from the 15th, 19th and 20th Centuries. It contains some rare items including Tudor Rose wall paintings, painted texts, an ancient font built into the base of a pillar and a Green Man. The church is open throughout the day for general viewing and notes are available for visitors. A guide will be on-site to answer questions between 2pm and 4pm.
22/01 12.09.2009 2pm - 4pm (Church open all day)
22/02 13.09.2009 2pm - 4pm (Church open all day)
22/03 14.09.2009 2pm - 4pm (Church open all day)
22/04 15.09.2009 2pm - 4pm (Church open all day)
22/05 16.09.2009 2pm - 4pm (Church open all day)
22/06 17.09.2009 2pm - 4pm (Church open all day)
22/07 18.09.2009 2pm - 4pm (Church open all day)
22/08 19.09.2009 2pm - 4pm (Church open all day)
22/09 20.09.2009 2pm - 4pm (Church open all day)

23
Church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Ignatius, Museum & Chapel
Open Day and Exhibition
Church of Our Lady, North Rd, Chideock, Bridport
Chideock is on the A35, 2 miles West of Bridport. Turn into North Rd by St Giles Parish Church and the church is ¼ mile on the right.
Postcode: DT6 6LF
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Some steps but ramps are available.
Donations welcome
Built In 1874 by Charles Weld this delightful Italian Romanesque church is a gem of English Catholicism. It is also the shrine of the Dorset Martyrs and a Marian Shrine and has a small museum of local history and village life. The Sacristy will be open to view the wall paintings and the site of the original barn chapel. Weld also built a Memorial Chapel close by the Parish Church in 1852, richly decorated with wall paintings, and this will also be open.
23/01 12.09.2009 2pm -4pm
23/02 13.09.2009 2pm -4pm
23/03 14.09.2009 2pm -4pm
23/04 15.09.2009 2pm -4pm
23/05 16.09.2009 2pm -4pm
23/06 17.09.2009 2pm -4pm
23/07 18.09.2009 2pm -4pm
23/08 19.09.2009 2pm -4pm
23/09 20.09.2009 2pm -4pm

24
Christchurch Local History Society Walkaround No.1: St Catherine's Hill
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed 24
Guided Walk
Directions available on ticket.
Please use public car parks
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children over 12 only
No Disabled Access
The Roman Signal Station on St Catherine's Hill was in use in 296 AD, during the reigns of Carausius and Allectus and the re-conquest by Constantius. The walk will also take in the Medieval Chapel site and Neolithic and Bronze Age areas. The walk will take about 2½ hours in total but the guide will leave you at the top of the hill where you are welcome to spend longer if you wish.
24/01 12.09.2009 2pm

25
St James's Church, Poole
Church Visit
Thames St, Poole.
From Poole Quay take Thames Street inland (this is 200 yards from the lifting bridge end of the Quay). Church is ahead of you.
Parking on-site for disabled and elderly visitors only.
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. No access to galleries
Parish church with fine Georgian interior and many historic features, including the pine pillars from Newfoundland, the 18th Century reredos and unique Gordon Webster stained glass window.
25/01 12.09.2009 11am-4pm
25/02 13.09.2009 2pm-4pm
25/03 14.09.2009 11am-4pm
25/04 15.09.2009 11am-4pm
25/05 16.09.2009 11am-4pm
25/06 17.09.2009 11am-4pm
25/07 18.09.2009 11am-4pm
25/08 19.09.2009 11am-4pm
25/09 20.09.2009 2pm-4pm

26
Sherborne Castle
New Event
Sherborne Castle is off New Road, Sherborne (B3145). ¾ mile from Sherborne town centre.
Postcode DT9 5NR
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed inside Castle
Exterior photography only
Supervised children only
Disabled access to Ground Floor only
£4.50 entry charge to grounds, payable at Gate Ticket Box. Please then present DAHW Booklet for free entry to Castle.
A late Tudor house built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 with later Jacobean and Georgian additions. As the stately home of the Digby family since 1617 the castle interior reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles with splendid collections of art, furniture and porcelain. The grounds, garden and lake were landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th Century.
26/01 12.09.2009 2pm-4.30pm
26/02 13.09.2009 11am-4.30pm
26/03 15.09.2009 11am-4.30pm
26/03 16.09.2009 11am-4.30pm
26/04 17.09.2009 11am-4.30pm
26/05 19.09.2009 2pm-4.30pm
26/06 20.09.2009 11am-4.30pm


Sunday 13th


27
Castleton Waterwheel
Open Day
Castleton Waterworks, Oborne Road, Sherborne. 120 yards east of the turning to Sherborne Old Castle.
GR: ST 646 169.
Postcode: DT9 3RX
Parking available on-site
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
The Castleton Waterwheel Museum has an extensive collection relating to the field of Victorian engineering. Central to the display is the 1869 pumphouse powered by a 26 feet diameter waterwheel which pumped clean water to Sherborne until 1959. Now fully restored to working order it drives a twin cylinder pumpset originally built in 1883 for a local tannery. Also on display are the remains of the Nether Cerne Manor Waterwheel built in 1819 - the oldest all-iron wheel in England. Picnic area is available.
27/01 13.09.2009 11am-5pm

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Christchurch Local History Society Walkaround No.2: Christchurch Castle
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 24
Guided Tour
Directions available on ticket
Please use public car parks.
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
No Disabled Access. Steps into Castle Hall, steep steps up Castle Motte to Keep. The Castle was probably built around 1074AD to overawe the Burgh and enforce the New Forest laws. It saw combat in The Anarchy and The Civil War. The tour will take about 1¼ hours but the guide will leave you at the Keep where you can spend as long as you wish.
28/01 13.09.2009 11am

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Highcliffe Castle
Open Day
Off the A337 Lymington Road
Postcode: BH23 4LE
Parking available on-site In addition to Guided Tours there is a popular outdoor concert being held, those on guided tours should therefore allow extra time for parking as spaces will be severely limited. Please walk or cycle if possible or park at Highcliffe Cliff Top or Steamer Point.
No dogs allowed
No photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
Parking charges apply
Highcliffe Castle is a magnificent Grade 1 Listed Cliff top mansion owned by Christchurch Borough Council. It was built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay in the early 1830s and has been described as "the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture". The former staterooms have lost their elaborate panelling and grand furnishings but now house the Castle's Heritage Centre. Within these rooms you will find information on the Castle's intriguing history as well as an extensive programme of exhibitions showcasing the best of local artists. Donations welcome.
29/01 13.09.2009 11am-5pm

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Highcliffe Castle Tour
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 16 EVENT FULL
Guided Tour
Meeting point available on ticket. In addition to Guided Tours there is a popular outdoor concert being held, those on guided tours should therefore allow extra time for parking as spaces will be severely limited. Please walk or cycle if possible or park at Highcliffe Cliff Top or Steamer Point.
Postcode: BH23 4LE
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed
No photography allowed
Children welcome
No Disabled Access. Unsuitable for those with mobility problems.
Parking charges apply
Castle volunteers offer a guided tour of the un-restored areas of the building and tell the story of its fascinating history. This hard hat tour includes the wine cellars, kitchens, servants' areas & upper floors which are not normally open to visitors.
30/01 13.09.2009 11am - EVENT FULL


ALSO FEATURED TODAY
01 Moors Valley Country Park Visitors Centre
02 St Marys Church, Bridport
09 Seeds of Change Weekend
12 Old Crown Court & Cells
14 Shillingstone Railway Station
15 Images of Purbeck
17 Beaminster Museum
19 Woodlands Church & Flower Festival
21 Guided Tour of the Russell-Cotes
22 St Laurence Church, Upwey
23 Church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Ignatius
25 St James's Church, Poole
26 Sherborne Castle


Monday 14th


31
Water Supply Museum-Sutton Poyntz Pumping Station
Open Day and Exhibition
Sutton Poyntz Pumping Station, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth.
100 metres past the Springhead Public House.
Postcode: DT3 4LT
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Please phone to check disabled access details.
Weymouth's water supply since 1856, this site can trace its industrial past back 10,000 years. Built of Portland Stone, Sir Frederick Treves referred to the buildings as being exceptionally ugly so come and judge for yourself! Also, view "The Art of the Engineer" an exhibition of architectural plans and engineering drawings from Wessex Water's Historical Archive.
31/01 14.09.2009 11am-3pm
31/02 15.09.2009 11am-3pm
31/03 16.09.2009 11am-3pm
31/04 17.09.2009 11am-3pm
31/05 18.09.2009 11am-3pm
31/06 19.09.2009 11am-3pm

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Chiswell Earthworks
Guided Tour
Meet at the Chesil Gallery, Pebble Lane, Chiswell.
Postcode: DT5 1AW
Please use Lloyd Clyde Car Park, adjacent to Little Ship Pub, Victoria Square
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access. Please notify beforehand.
A tour along the sea wall, now a part of the Jurassic Coast, to one of Dorset's most important public sculptures - The Chiswell Earthworks. The land sculpture, by John Maine RA, was made between 1987 and 1994 to celebrate the completion of the Chesil Sea Defences. Built on a half-acre sloping site at West Weares it consists of five retaining walls of Portland stone supporting undulating platforms of earth which reflects the changing form of the Chesil Beach as the sea breaks upon it. An information leaflet is available for £1 (proceeds to the Chiswell Community Trust).
32/01 14.09.2009 2pm

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The National Trust Building Dept - Conservation in Action
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 15 PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS ONLY BOOKABLE BY PHONING 01202 639460
New Event
Meeting point available on ticket.
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access

Learn a little bit more about the National Trust's Building Department. Go behind the scenes at Kingston Lacy House with the Building Surveyor and House Steward to look at 'Conservation in Action'.
33/01 14.09.2009 2pm

ALSO FEATURED TODAY
01 Moors Valley Country Park Visitors Centre
02 St Marys Church, Bridport
04 Holy Trinity Church, Purbeck Information & Heritage Centre
07 Wareham Town Museum
15 Images of Purbeck
17 Beaminster Museum
22 St Laurence Church, Upwey
23 Church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Ignatius
25 St James's Church, Poole


Tuesday 15th


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Tour of Burngate Stone Carving Centre
New Event
From Swanage: Drive up through Langton Matravers on A351, entrance to Burngate is on right almost opposite Worth Matravers turning.
From Corfe: Take right turn to Kingston (A351) and follow over hill. Entrance on left almost opposite Worth Matravers turning.
Post Code: BH19 3BE
Parking at rear of building
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access. Disabled toilet available
An opportunity to view the Burngate Stone Carving Centre facilities and to see examples of carved stone. Talk on the history of this Purbeck quarry as well as an overview of Purbeck stone and its importance as a building material, historically and currently.
34/01 15.09.2009 10.30am-12pm & 1.30pm-3pm

35
Tudor House, Weymouth
Guided Visit
3 Trinity St, Weymouth. Close to Brewers Quay.
Postcode: DT4 8TW
Please use public car parks
No dogs allowed
No photography allowed
Children welcome
Disabled access to Ground Floor only
One of Weymouth's few remaining Tudor buildings and furnished as the home of an early Seventeenth Century middle class family. Currently owned by Weymouth Civic Society who will lead tours explaining aspects of life at the time.
35/01 15.09.2009 11am-3.45pm
35/02 16.09.2009 11am-3.45pm
35/03 17.09.2009 11am-3.45pm
35/04 18.09.2009 11am-3.45pm

36
Sturminster Newton Mill
Open Day
Close to Sturminster Newton Bridge, just off A357 Blandford to Sherborne/Wincanton Rd. Please follow brown signs.
Postcode: DT10 2HW
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Wheelchair access very restricted. Steep stairs, low beams and uneven floors. Not suitable for coeliacs.
A 350 year old mill on an ancient site which is in full working order. The machinery will be running and a supervisor will be in attendance to answer any questions. The shop will be open and there is a picnic area and riverside walk nearby.
36/01 15.09.2009 11am-5pm

37
Bere Regis Church-A Guided Tour by a Local Parishioner
Church
Church is located in centre of village. Entrances from West St, Wool Rd and Elder Rd
Please use public car parks
Guide Dogs only
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Steps to Chancel & North Aisle
One of the finest churches in Dorset dating from the 12th Century-refashioned and enlarged in the three succeeding Centuries. A fine tower of stone and flint chequerwork, dating from 1500. A unique 15th Century timber nave roof with carved figures and decoration, said to have been given by Cardinal Morton (of Morton's Fork fame) who was Archbishop of Canterbury and who was born nearby at Milborne Stileham (his mother being of the local Turberville family). Fine arcades with Norman carvings and font and interesting 16th Century monuments to the Turberville family (said to have inspired the Hardy novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles). Donations to the church would be appreciated.
37/01 15.09.2009 11am
37/02 15.09.2009 3pm

38
Chiswell Village Walk
New Event
Meet at the Chiswell Walled Community Garden, Chiswell High St
Postcode: DT5 1AW
Please use Lloyd Clyde Car Park, adjacent to Little Ship Pub, Victoria Square
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Please check details beforehand
An informal guided walk through Chiswell focussing on the remaining architectural details that inform of Chiswell's close ties with the sea and its historical fishing community.
38/01 15.09.2009 12pm

39
Blandford's Georgian Heritage Town Walk
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 24
Guided Walk
Meeting point available on ticket.
Please use public car parks
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Some slight hill inclines
A gentle stroll around Blandford's unique town centre. The town guides will explain the history of the rebuilding following the Great Fire of 1731 as well as the social history of the town. The walk will last about 1½ hours.
39/01 15.09.2009 2pm

40
Roman Town House, Dorchester
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 20
Guided Tour
Directions and meeting point available on ticket
Please use public car parks
Dogs allowed only if kept on a lead
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
Disabled toilet available
A guided tour showing the vital work carried out to improve protection for the Roman Town House mosaics and the landformed sculpture by John Maine RA
40/01 15.09.2009 2pm

41
Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 100
Guided Tour
Directions and meeting point available on ticket
On-street parking available
Dogs allowed only if kept on a lead
Exterior photography only
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access. Disabled parking available on Park Walk
An opportunity for a behind the scenes guided tour of the architectural remains spanning the six hundred year life of Britain's foremost women-only abbey.
41/01 15.09.2009 6pm

42
Gold Hill Museum & Gardens, Shaftesbury
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 5
New Event
Directions available on ticket.
Please use public car parks in town centre.
Dogs allowed only if kept on a lead
Exterior photography only
Children welcome
Disabled access to Ground Floor only
Discover parts of Gold Hill Museum and Sun & Moon Cottage (connected to the museum) both of which are Grade II Listed. A very rare chance to view areas not normally open to the public such as the Priest's Sprint.
42/01 15.09.2009 6pm
42/02 15.09.2009 6.20pm
42/03 15.09.2009 6.40pm
42/04 15.09.2009 7pm
42/05 15.09.2009 7.20pm
42/06 15.09.2009 7.40pm
42/07 15.09.2009 8pm

ALSO FEATURED TODAY
01 Moors Valley Country Park Visitors Centre
02 St Mary's Church, Bridport
04 Holy Trinity Church, Purbeck Information & Heritage Centre
07 Wareham Town Museum
15 Images of Purbeck
22 St Laurence Church, Upwey
23 Church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Ignatius
25 St James's Church, Poole
26 Sherborne Castle
31 Water Supply Museum


Wednesday 16th


43
Boscombe Spa Village Tour
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 30 EVENT FULL
New Event
Meeting point available on ticket
Please use public car parks
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Limited access in parts of the Overstrand building.

A tour around the various elements of the Boscombe Spa Village scheme including a look at the Listed Pier Entrance building, the rebuild of Boscombe Pier and a peek at the fabulous Hemmingway designed beach pods.
43/01 16.09.2009 10am - EVENT FULL

44
"Holy Smoke!" - Wareham Walk
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 15 EVENT FULL
New Event
Meeting point available on ticket
Please use public car parks
Dogs allowed only if kept on a lead
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Some steep slopes, can be slippery. Some steps.
A guided walk around Wareham exploring its history and heritage through the Great Fire of 1762 and its many visible, and invisible, churches and chapels.
44/01 16.09.2009 11am-12.30pm - EVENT FULL

45
Christchurch Local History Society Walkaround No.3: The Saxon Town
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 24
Guided Walk
Directions and meeting point available on ticket
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
The Saxon Burgh of Christchurch was given a wall about 878AD on the orders of King Alfred in an attempt to keep out the Vikings. Although the town street layout reflects the Saxon walled town no trace of the walls remain above ground, other than perhaps at the corner of the wall at Bank Close & Druitt Gardens. The walk takes approximately 2 to 2½ hours and takes in the High St, Priory, Town Quay, Convent Walk and Millhams St.
45/01 16.09.2009 2pm

46
A Twilight Tour around Weymouth
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 20 EVENT FULL
Guided Walk
Meeting point available on ticket.
Please use public car parks
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access. Some kerbs to negotiate while crossing roads.
A walk around the old town of Weymouth to view the architectural elements which contribute to the townscape with Colin Ellis, Conservation Officer for Weymouth and Portland Borough Council.
46/01 16.09.2009 6pm - EVENT FULL

47
The History of Wimborne Minster
New Event
Wimborne Minster, High St, Wimborne
Postcode: BH21 1HT
Please use public car parks
Guide Dogs only
Photography at discretion of Group Leader
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access. Via chapel door on North side.
Join us for a talk describing the history of Wimborne Minster from its foundation as a monastery in 705AD by St Cuthburga to the present day. There will be a guided tour after the talk and refreshments will be available to buy.
47/01 16.09.2009 6.30pm

48
Blandford Forum Camera Club-The Water Tower
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 60
New Event
Directions available on ticket
Please use public car park
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
No disabled access
A chance to see the Water Tower and Pump Building at Blandford Station, part of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway. Slides will be shown depicting the transformation of the building into the current Camera Club.
48/01 16.09.2009 7pm

ALSO FEATURED TODAY
01 Moors Valley Country Park Visitors Centre
02 St Mary's Church, Bridport
04 Holy Trinity Church, Purbeck Information & Heritage Centre
07 Wareham Town Museum
14 Shillingstone Railway Station
15 Images of Purbeck
21 Guided Tour of the Russell-Cotes
22 St Laurence Church, Upwey
23 Church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Ignatius
25 St James's Church, Poole
26 Sherborne Castle
31 Water Supply Museum
35 Tudor House, Weymouth


Thursday 17th

49
Christchurch River & Harbour Cruise
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 30 EVENT FULL
Special Event
Meeting point available on ticket.
Please use public car parks
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access. Ferry steps will need to be negotiated.
£8 hire charge payable on embarkation
Please note this event needs a minimum of 20 people to run.
A pleasant cruise, of about 1½ hours, to view the buildings, both ancient and modern, that contribute to the built environment around the rivers and harbour. If the conditions are favourable the cruise will continue further out to sea to view the 18th Century Marine Villa.
49/01 17.09.2009 10.30am - EVENT FULL

50
The Chiswell Walled Garden
Guided Visit
Meet at the Chesil Gallery, Pebble Lane, Chiswell.
Postcode: DT5 1AW
Please use Lloyd Clyde Car Park, adjacent to Little Ship Pub, Victoria Square
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
The Chiswell Walled Garden on the Isle of Portland has been created from the ruins of 17th Century houses destroyed a century ago by the sea overtopping Chesil Beach. It is owned and maintained entirely by the community which has accepted the harsh maritime environment by planting suitable trees and shrubs in raised beds. A garden building made of wattle and daub with a lime mortar render houses a small tea room. An information leaflet is available for £1 (proceeds to the Chiswell Community Trust).
50/01 17.09.2009 12pm

51
Wimborne Road Cemetery Guided Walk
Guided Walk
Meet at Cemetery Chapel, Cemetery Junction, Bournemouth (junction of A347 and B3063)
Postcode: BH3 7AB
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Many areas not suitable for wheelchair users.
A guided walk of Wimborne Road Cemetery, opened in 1878 and the last resting place of many people who helped to shape Bournemouth. There are many interesting memorials including the Russell-Cotes Mausoleum.
51/01 17.09.2009 2.30pm

52
Coombe Keynes Village Walk
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 20 EVENT FULL
New Event
Directions available on ticket.
Please park in village
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Partial Disabled Access. Some slopes and rough paths
A walk around the historic village of Coombe Keynes looking at how the building materials relate to the geology of the area.
52/01 17.09.2009 2.30pm-4.30pm -EVENT FULL

ALSO FEATURED TODAY
01 Moors Valley Country Park Visitors Centre
02 St Mary's Church, Bridport
04 Holy Trinity Church, Purbeck Information & Heritage Centre
07 Wareham Town Museum
15 Images of Purbeck
21 Guided Tour of the Russell-Cotes
22 St Laurence Church, Upwey
23 Church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Ignatius
25 St James's Church, Poole
26 Sherborne Castle
31 Water Supply Museum
35 Tudor House, Weymouth


Friday 18th

53
Allendale House - A Story of Rotten Luck
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 50
Talk and Visit
Directions available on ticket
Please use public car parks
No dogs allowed
Photography Allowed
No Children Allowed
Full Disabled Access
A behind-the-scenes look at the 3 year repair project recently completed on a Grade II Listed building. The ravages of Dry Rot and building errors make a fascinating discovery. A 'must do' event, particularly if you own or manage an old building.
53/01 18.09.2009 10am

ALSO FEATURED TODAY
01 Moors Valley Country Park Visitors Centre
02 St Mary's Church, Bridport
04 Holy Trinity Church, Purbeck Information & Heritage Centre
07 Wareham Town Museum
15 Images of Purbeck
21 Guided Tour of the Russell-Cotes
22 St Laurence Church, Upwey
23 Church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Ignatius
25 St James's Church, Poole
31 Water Supply Museum
35 Tudor House, Weymouth


Saturday 19th


54
The Architect's Mystery Tour
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 50
Coach Trip
Meeting point available on ticket. The coach will leave at 9.30am sharp.
Please use public car parks
No dogs allowed
Photography at discretion of Group Leader Children over 12 only
Please phone (01202) 888992 for details
£10 Coach fare
A chance to join architects from RIBA in viewing a several buildings which they consider to be of particular interest or merit in the 21st Century.
54/01 19.09.2009 9.30am

55
Richmond Hill St Andrews United Reformed Church
Church Visit
Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth. On opposite corner to Town Hall. Vehicular access from St Stephens Rd.
Postcode: BH2 6JJ
Parking available on-site
No dogs allowed
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
This classic Gothic-style church, probably Bournemouth's largest, mainly dates from 1891. The warm interior features much attractive woodwork (including concentric pews), beautiful stained glass and a painting of 'The Good Shepherd'. Its beauty attracts many wedding couples. The 1950s St Andrews Chapel also merits a visit.
55/01 19.09.2009 10am-5pm

56
The Blandford Fashion Museum
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 40
Open Day and Exhibition
Directions available on ticket
Please use public car parks
Guide Dogs only
No photography allowed
Supervised children only
Disabled access to Ground Floor only
The Blandford Fashion Museum is located in a beautiful Georgian Townhouse. A selection from over 250 years of historical costume and accessories is on display. There is also a tearoom and a shop. Current displays feature 'The Little Black Dress' - 12 stunning examples of this popular item from 1920-2003 and scenes from 'Victorian Life 1837-1890'.
56/01 19.09.2009 11am-4.30pm

57
Wimborne Minster Town Tour
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 30 EVENT FULL
Guided Walk
Meeting point available on ticket
Please use public car parks. NO on-site parking please.
Dogs welcome
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
A tour of this fascinating historic town with members of the local Civic Society, lasting about 2 hours.
57/01 19.09.2009 2pm - EVENT FULL

ALSO FEATURED TODAY
01 Moors Valley Country Park Visitors Centre
02 St Mary's Church, Bridport
04 Holy Trinity Church, Purbeck Information & Heritage Centre
07 Wareham Town Museum
14 Shillingstone Railway Station
15 Images of Purbeck
18 Weymouth Town Walk
21 Guided Tour of the Russell-Cotes
22 St Laurence Church, Upwey
23 Church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Ignatius
25 St James's Church, Poole
26 Sherborne Castle
31 Water Supply Museum

Sunday 20th

 
58
Roman Dorchester
BOOKABLE - Max No Allowed: 25
Guided Walk
Meeting point available on ticket
Please use public car parks
Dogs allowed only if kept on a lead
Photography allowed
Children welcome
Full Disabled Access
A stroll around the line of the walls of 'Durnovaria' discovering the story of the town the Romans built, accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide.
58/01 20.09.2009 2pm

ALSO FEATURED TODAY
01 Moors Valley Country Park Visitors Centre
02 St Mary's Church, Bridport
14 Shillingstone Railway Station
15 Images of Purbeck
21 Guided Tour of the Russell-Cotes
22 St Laurence Church, Upwey
23 Church of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Ignatius
25 St James's Church, Poole
26 Sherborne Castle