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

Wessex Morris Men Dancing Programme 2010

Morris Dancing

The Wessex Morris Men are a Cotswold morris side that has danced in West Dorset, England and the bordering areas of Somerset since 1957.

The side are the owners of the infamous Dorset Ooser, the new one that is, a giant of a creature with a large wooden head and even larger horns, carved from a passing log by John Byfleet

The Wessex Morris Men usually put together a booking list for the new year in late December or early January, based on accepted events that they have been invited to, regular events (e.g., May Day) and weekly Monday evening tours in the summer.  Please note that in the present financial climate, pubs have been closing on Mondays at short notice, so if you would like to see them, it's well worth checking their website before you set out.

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Date & EventLocationTime
Apr 23 - St. George's Day

The Royal George, West Coker, BA22 9AN 19:30

Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil, BA20 2RG 20:45
Apr 25 - Clayesmore School Celebrate Dorset

Clayesmore School, Iwerne Minster, DT11 8LL TBA
Apr 26

The Crown Inn, Ibberton, DT11 0EN 19:30

The Halsey Arms, Pulham, DT2 7DZ 20:30
May 1 - May Day Morning

Above the Giant, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7LA 05:15

Village Square, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JG 07:30

Below: Every May Day morning at dawn, the Wessex Morris Men climb up to the top of Giant Hill, above the famous chalk figure and fertility symbol 'The Cerne Abbas Giant', to welcome in the coming of Summer with a set of traditional morris dances. This is also the one time of year when the horned Dorset Ooser is brought out from the Dorset County Museum to make its annual appearance. The magical Dorset Ooser is a representation of a bull or Wild Man which by tradition was believed to be a potent source of fertility.

May 1 - Austin 7 Meeting

Shave Cross Inn, Shave Cross, DT6 6HW 19:30
May 3 - May Holiday Tour

The Acorn Inn, Evershot, DT2 0JW TBA

Village Centre, Melbury Bubb, TBA

The Chetnole Inn, Chetnole, DT9 6NN TBA

Kings Arms Inn, Thornford, DT9 6QD TBA
May 10

The Hunters Moon, Middlemarsh, DT9 5QN 19:30

Village Centre, Hermitage, 20:15

The Rose and Crown, Longburton, DT9 5PD 21:00
May 15 - Poyntington Festival

Village Centre, Poyntington, DT9 4LF 12:00
May 17

Winyards Gap Inn, Chedington, DT8 3HY 19:30

Coach and Horses, South Perrott, DT8 3HS 20:15

The Manor Arms, North Perrott, TA18 7SG 21:00
May 20 - May 23 - Turï Flower Festival, Estonia

May 24

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton, DT2 0BD 19:30

The Saxon Arms, Stratton, DT2 9WG 20:15

Three Compasses, Charminster, DT2 9QT 21:00
May 31 - Sherborne Castle Country Fair

The Castle, Sherborne, DT9 5NR 12:30
May 31 - Spring Holiday Tour

The Trooper, Stourton Caundle, DT10 2JW 19:30
Jun 3 - Royal Bath and West Show

Bradford Abbas, 12:00
Jun 5 - Wessex Folk Festival

Harbour, Weymouth, DT4 8DR 10:00
Jun 7 - Tour with Treacle Eater Clog

The Mitre Inn, Sandford Orcas, DT9 4RU 19:30

The Queens Arms, Corton Denham, DT9 4LR 20:45
Jun 14

The Fox Inn, Ansty, DT2 7PN 19:30

Village centre, Hilton, DT11 20:15

The Hambro Arms, Milton Abbas, DT11 0BP 21:00
Jun 19 - Bradford Abbas Country Fair

Village Centre, Bradford Abbas, DT9 6RF 12:30
Jun 21

The Saxon Inn, Child Okeford, DT11 8HD 19:30

Hambledon Hill, Child Okeford, 20:15

The Baker Arms, Child Okeford, DT11 8ED 21:00
Jun 28

The George, Chardstock, EX13 7BX 19:30

Ye Olde Poppe Inne, South Chard, TA20 2NZ 20:15

The Bell and Crown, Chard, TA20 1JP 21:00
Jun 28

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton, DT2 0BD 19:30

The Greyhound Inn, Sydling St Nicholas, DT2 9PD 20:15

The Royal Oak, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JG 21:00
Jul 12

The Antelope, Hazelbury Bryan, DT10 2EB 19:30

Village centre, Mappowder, DT10 20:15

Brace of Pheasants, Plush, DT2 7RQ 21:00
Jul 19

The Anchor Inn, Salwayash, DT6 5HU 20:15

The White Lion Inn, Broadwindsor, DT8 3QD 19:30

The Hope and Anchor, Bridport, DT6 3RA 21:00
Jul 26

Village Centre, Oborne, 19:15

Kings Arms, Charlton Horethorne, DT9 4NL 20:15

Old Inn, Holton, BA9 8AR 21:00
Aug 9

The Pier, West Bay, DT6 4EY 19:30

The Pier, West Bay, DT6 4EY 20:15

Woodman Inn, Bridport, DT6 3NZ 21:00
Aug 16

Harbour, Weymouth, DT4 8DR 19:30

Old Rooms Inn, Weymouth, DT4 8TT 20:15

The Kings Arms, Weymouth, DT4 8TJ 21:00
Aug 23

The Anchor Inn, Seatown, DT6 6JU 19:30

Sea Front, Charmouth, 20:15

The George Inn, Chideock, DT6 6JD 21:00


Sep 6

The Helyar Arms, East Coker, BA22 9JR 19:30

The Royal George, West Coker, BA22 9AN 20:30