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Beaminster Museum

Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3NB

A Grade II listed 19th century Congregational Chapel with a collapsing roof was stabilised with a concrete mezzanine and converted into a local…

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Mapperton House

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket., Beaminster, Dorset

Two miles from Beaminster in the heart of the Dorset countryside sits the historic Tudor-Jacobean Mapperton House, home of the Earl and Countess…

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Blandford Fashion Museum

Full directions available on ticket., Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AA

Blandford Fashion Museum is located in a beautiful Georgian Townhouse built by the Bastard Brothers after the Blandford Great Fire of 1760. This…

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Blandford Forum Cemetery Chapel

Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7UX

Blandford Forum's cemetery chapel was built in 1855 and is an important surviving example of both an unaltered early cemetery chapel and of…

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Blandford Forum Guided Heritage Walk

Meet at Marsh & Ham car park, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AW

A guided walk taking approximately two hours of the town centre, totally rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1731, examining the history and detail of…

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Blandford Town Museum

Blandford Town Museum, Beres Yard, Market Place, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7HQ

There is so much to see packed into this small museum situated just off the Market Place in the Georgian town of Blandford Forum. The story of…

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Corn Exchange & Town Hall, Blandford Forum

Market Place, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AF

Visitors will be able to visit the Town Hall and Council Chamber, where a variety of items and information will be exhibited. The Corn Exchange…

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St Peter & St Paul’s Church Open Day

Peter & Paul C of E Church, Church Lane, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AD

Explore St Peter & St Paul's Church, (Grade 1 Listed) rebuilt following the Great Fire of London (1731) & reopened in 1739. One of the most…

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West Gallery & Tower Tours - St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Blandford

Peter & Paul C of E Church, Church Lane, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AD

St Peter & St Paul (Grade 1 Listed) was rebuilt following the Great Fire of London (1731) and reopened in 1739. One of the most important…

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WWII Pillbox Visit

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket, Blandford Forum, Dorset

The pillbox, built in 1940 at the time of threatened invasion of England by the German Army, is the only accessible pillbox remaining in…

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Bridport Museum

Bridport Museum, 25 South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR

180 years of rocks and fossils, 2000 years of people, 800 years of ropemaking... and one tiger! Bridport Museum re-opened in May 2017 after a…

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Bridport Quaker Meeting House

95 South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NZ

In the 1660s Quakers in Bridport were meeting in a barn on Daniel Taylor’s land in South Street, and in 1697 he gave the building to the Meeting…

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Bridport Town Hall

Bridport Town Council, East St, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3HA

A former courthouse, this listed Georgian Town Hall holds the significant collection of paintings by Fra Newbery (former Director of Glasgow…

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Church Of Our Lady Queen Of Martyrs & St Ignatius

North Rd , Chideock, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6LF

Built in 1874 by Charles Weld of adjoining Chideock Manor, this delightful Grade II* Italian Romanesque church is a gem of English Catholicism. …

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The Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute

East St, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JX

The Literary & Scientific Institute is a Grade II * Listed Building in the heart of Bridport. Originally built by Sir Henry Warburton in 1834 it…

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Weld Memorial Chapel

North Road, Chideock, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6LF

This Grade II* Memorial (or Mortuary) Chapel was built by Charles Weld of Chideock Manor in 1852, in memory of his parents. It is built in a…

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Max Gate

Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2FN

Come and try your hand at poetry, relax in the gardens, play croquet on the lawn or try the piano in the drawing room. See the study where Hardy…

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Melbury House

Melbury House, Melbury Sampford, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0LF

Visits to Melbury Church permitted if requested in advance. Tours lasts approx. 1 hour.

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Open Dor

Dorchester, Dorset

The closure of both High West and High East Streets, from the Top o’ Town roundabout down to the site of the White Hart by the Millstream of the…

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Open Dor - Dorchester brewery tours

Brewery Square, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HX

Sadly there's no beer in the brewhouse any more (although there is a microbrewery on site), but guides will show you where Eldridge Pope's Thomas…

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Open Dor - Dorchester prison tours

Dorchester Prison, 7 North Square, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HY

As part of Open Dor (Dorchester), guided tours of the now closed prison will be given by former prison officers. Discover where Martha Brown was…

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Open Dor - Dorchester tunnels talk

The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF

Dorchester's Deputy Mayor, David Taylor, has researched the town's many tunnels and cellars. Come and hear about tunnels used by prisoners,…

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Open Dor - Dorchester’s High Street Heritage

High West Street - High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA

Explore Dorchester's rich heritage by discovering the hidden history of our shops and public buildings, displays in the Corn Exchange, and by…

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Open Dor - St Peter’s Church

St. Peters Church, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA

Small group tours to the bell chamber. Please book on the day. Numbers are limited due to the confined space and there are lots of steps to the…

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Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

Shire Hall, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UY

Walk in the footsteps of people whose lives were forever changed in the historic court at Dorchester’s Shire Hall. Immerse yourself in the cells…

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Guided Tour of All Saints’, West Parley – Historic Riverside Church

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket, West Parley, Ferndown, Dorset

Guided tour of village church with Anglo-Saxon origins and something of interest from every era since. Highlights include the magnificent medieval…

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Lyme Regis Cemetery Chapel

Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3DW

A highly decorated Church of England Cemetery Chapel, originally built in 1856, it contains a fine example of a Victorian Bier. The Chapel is…

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The Guildhall, Lyme Regis

Bridge St, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3QA

The Guildhall can be dated to the sixteenth century. The main chamber, however, with its curved ceiling and extensive panelling was refurbished,…

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Town Mill, Lyme Regis

The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3PU

Town Mill is the only volunteer-run, non-commercial mill that mills virtually every day of the year. Tours are offered daily where volunteers will…

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Hidden Treasure at The Museum of Design in Plastics

Arts University Bournemouth, 7 Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5HH

Come to MoDiP to see a selection of hidden treasures from our stores, objects not usually on display. Find out what we have in the collection that…

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Tour of Grade II Listed Inner Breakwater and Fort, Portland Port

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket, Portland, Dorset

The period 1837 to 1890 saw the construction of the original naval port at Portland, Dorset. It was to provide a Harbour of Refuge and Coaling…

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Generator House and Night Shelter (Bunker) for a World War II Bombing Decoy Open Day

Moors Valley, Ashley Heath, Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2ET

The bunker at Moors Valley was used during the Second World War to power and control lights to mimic the nearby RAF airfields at Hurn and Ibsley,…

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Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Guided Tours

Holnest, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5PU

A guided tour of this fascinating Grade I Listed Church, which dates back mostly to the 14th Century and features a stunning barrel-vaulted roof,…

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Church of the Assumption, Holnest

Holnest, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5PU

A chance to enjoy this Grade I Listed Church with many notable features, including the box pews, rare candle sconces and much more. The Church is…

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Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre

Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre, Oborne Rd, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3RX

Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre brings alive the history of the supply of drinking water to Sherborne and surrounding villages. The large…

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The Art Cabin, Sherborne Open Day

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket, Sherborne, Dorset

First opened in May 2015 The Arts Cabin is a sustainable, permanent building made from straw bales and wood with a living roof. Built in…

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Silk Hay

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Silk Hay is a substantial L-shaped Dorset stone house, lovingly restored over a period of 30 years. Having inherited her mother’s house, Hilary…

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Steadfast in Faith - Our Lady’s Church, Marnhull

Old Mill Lane, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1JX

Dating from 1832 Our Lady's Church is the oldest free-standing Catholic Church in Dorset. Built on a site donated by the Catholic-supporting…

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Sturminster Newton Museum and Mill Society

Sturminster Newton Town Mill, The Bridge, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2HW

Recently discovered evidence suggests this mill largely dates from 1566, on a more ancient milling site which could date back to 1016. Powered by…

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Dunshay Manor

Dunshay Manor, Haycrafts Lane, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3EB

Dunshay Manor breathes history, lying hidden in its own hollow a couple of miles from the Dorset coast. This ancient house received an Arts &…

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Studland Bay - First there is a Mountain and Cloudscapes participatory artwork event

Knoll Beach Visitors Centre, Ferry Road, Studland, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3AQ

First there is a Mountain: a participatory artwork piece by Katie Paterson. This has been touring the U.K. at various beaches and has been a great…

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Swanage Library

Dorset County Council, Swanage Library, High Street, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2NU

There will be two displays in the library for Heritage Week: One showing details of the original house, featuring plans of the shops to be built…

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Swanage Methodist Church

Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, High Street, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2LZ

Swanage Methodist Church will be open all day. Visitors are warmly invited to come for 'A Time of Relaxation and Reflection in a Quiet Space'.…

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Swanage Town Hall

High Street, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2NZ

The Town Hall, built in 1882, incorporates the front of the Mercer's Hall from Cheapside in London, as designed by Edward Jarman, a contemporary…

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Lulworth Castle & Park

Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS

Walk in the footsteps of Royalty as you explore the 17th Century Castle. Discover the stunning landscapes, beautiful 18th Century Roman Catholic…

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Morgan Carey Architects – Open Studio in Converted Railway Goods Shed

The Goods Shed, Sandford Lane, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4DX

A chance to see a working architects practice in full swing and visit their converted railway goods shed studio. This is a working office and we…

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West Bay Discovery Centre

Chapel On The Beach, West Bay, Dorset, DT5 4EN

The Chapel on the Beach is a former Methodist Chapel. lt was constructed by a local shipbuilder and completed in 1849. The Chapel closed in 2006…

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St Laurence Church, Upwey

Church Street, Upwey, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5QE

A 12th Century church with Tudor Rose wall paintings and other wall paintings, a Jacobean pulpit, a 12th Century font bowl (at the base of the…

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Tudor House, Weymouth

3 Trinity St, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8TW

Guided Tours of a 17th Century Merchant’s House in the heart of Weymouth's Harbour Side. There will be a number of Tudor artefacts on view.

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Weymouth Town Walk

Weymouth Pavillion, The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8ED

Join Weymouth Civic Society on a guided tour of Weymouth`s Georgian sea front, old harbour and historic town.

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Deans Court

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket., Wimborne, Dorset

The tour brings to life the 1,300 year story of a manor house at the centre of a rural English community, as it passed from the Saxon and Medieval…

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Ivor’s Vision: St Mary’s, Long Crichel

St Mary's Church, Long Crichel, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5JU

St Mary’s is both peculiar and picturesque. Set in to the chalkland of the Cranborne Chase, the design combines a late medieval tower with a…

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Kingston Lacy

National Trust, Kingston Lacy House, Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EA

The house at Kingston Lacy is a treasure trove of artwork and the exotic, all courtesy of the Bankes family and their colourful past. To enjoy the…

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The Minster Church of St Cuthberga & the Chained Library

High Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1HT

The 12th century Minster Church is steeped in history with many interesting treasures and artefacts including the Astronomical Clock, Quarter…

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Wimborne Town Walk

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket., Wimborne, Dorset

A tour of this fascinating historic town with members of the local Civic Society.

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Guided visit to The Chained Library at Wimborne Minster

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Founded in 1686 by the Reverend William Stone, the chained library in Wimborne Minster contains over 400 volumes including an important collection…

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Guided visit to Wimborne Minster Bell Tower

Meeting point available on ticket, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

An opportunity to visit the Bell Tower of Wimborne Minster which was built in 1464 and discover the hidden heritage inside the ringing chamber.…

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Russell-Cotes Talk: The Story of the Victorian Villa

Wimborne Minster, Dorset

In 1901 Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes completed their dream home - a palace of art filled with an extraordinary collection of paintings,…

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The History of The Tivoli

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Originally built as a combination Cine/Theatre in 1936 The Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne was rescued from demolition and restored to its former glory…

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Wimborne Model Town - A Miniature History

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Come and enjoy a compact history of the vintage miniature world of Wimborne Model Town covering the reasons for its construction, how it was…

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Tour of 13th Century Manor House Ruins, Witchampton

Full directions and meeting point available on ticket, Witchampton, Dorset

A tour around the ruins of a substantial 13th Century Manor House on the banks of the River Allen. The ruins have been recently restored and…

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