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 Folklore and Folklorists: Sacred and Secular, Sound and Scene

MaypoleOn Saturday 26th November 2011 at the Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. The Dorset Local History Group day school will see a panel of speakers explore the rich field of Dorset folklore - in short how we know what we know.

The word 'folk-lore' first coined in 1846 was to inspire 'on the ground' research in many areas, and not least in rural Dorset. The programme will include talks on a wide range of topics as well as folk song and dance. Something for everyone! Dr. Alan Chedzoy has accepted the invitation to be out Guest of Honour the day.

Speakers and Performers: 

  • Sue Herman - 'Setting the Scene: folklore and the celebration of the seasons'
  • Ann Whitlock -  formerly Hon Fellow. School of History of Education, Birmingham University, William Barnes and John Symonds Udal: the collecting and recording of Dorset Folklore'
  • St. George - A Christmas MummerFran and Geoff Doel - 'Hardy's Thematic Use of Folklore and Seasonal Customs in The Return of the Native'
  • Brian Wright - Tutor in Folklore Studies, Strode College ‘Here be dragons"- a regional study’
  • John Willows - Consultant/Curator Wessex Water Museum 'Water: anecdote, folklore or myth - but still revered'
  • Katherine Barker - 'Sherborne's Pack Monday Fair - a fresh insight'
  • Bonny Sartin of The Yetties, 'Folk Songs of Dorset: the collection of the Hammond brothers'

Tickets are £12.50 and are available in person from the Museum Shop or by way of a stamped addressed envelope sent to the

Museum Shop,
Dorset County Museum,
High West Street,
DT1 1XA.

For more information about this telephone 01305 262735 or alternatively email

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