Categories and Listings

Area: Dorset

Category Bournemouth

'We're a leading arts university for the creative industries. We relentlessly innovate, collaborate and connect in ways that turn creative talent into careers ... The AUB Open Lectures are a series of events sharing specialist knowledge on topics of design thinking and creative practice. The lectures support the university's commitment to its civic agenda.'

Category Arts Festivals

Mission is 'to celebrate the diversity of the arts in our beautiful community where we come together to shine a spotlight on established and emerging talent, create memories and inspire future generations to enjoy music and the arts'. Normally held Late June/Early July.

Category Blandford Forum

'Born from the minds of a few avid readers back in 2019, we successfully raised donations and various offers of sponsorship within just a few weeks. Blandford is home to a plethora of talent and it became our mission to make that talent known; introducing the town to both new and existing writers and encouraging creativity within the community.' First Festival held Late March [2022].

'The Bournemouth & Dorset South Beekeepers’ Association has existed since 2008 and its members form a group of friendly people who have an interest in bees ... The aim of the Association is to promote beekeeping, encourage new beekeepers and raise the awareness of the importance of bees in the natural world.'

'The Bournemouth Natural Science Society (BNSS) is a registered charity whose aims have little changed since its formation in 1903: to promote study, interest and enjoyment in all branches of the Natural Sciences and History.' Normally: 'A programme of events comprising some 100 or more lectures, study groups, field meetings, cultural visits and social events continues throughout each year. Talks are given on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday afternoons and Saturday afternoons'.

'BU’s busy calendar of events sees us engage with thousands of people in the local community and further afield. Coupled with our successful partnerships, this helps connect society with our research as well as local and international organisations, businesses and employers. It’s also integral to our commitment to stimulating economic growth in our region as part of our knowledge exchange strategy.'

'BRIDLIT has expanded significantly over the years and we hope that our programme of events ... is more intriguing, illuminating and entertaining than ever before. An eclectic mix of writers on a variety of subjects promises to engage audiences of all tastes and interests.' Normally held Early November.

Category Law and Society

'Established in 2000 and has rapidly achieved an international reputation for its innovative policy research and its consultancy projects, in particular in the fields of creative industries and emerging technologies ... Our public lectures series on topical issues of intellectual property law and policy is open to anyone to attend, but registration is required.'

'Organised by writers for all those who enjoy the written word. Our aim is to give you the opportunity to hear stimulating talks and discussions by leading authors in a relaxed and beautiful setting.' Normally held Mid October.

Category Dorset

'A biennial open studios event across Dorset. Featuring around 1000 artists, it is one of the largest Open Studios events in the country and contributes largely to the economy of Dorset and beyond.' Normally held Late May [2022]

Category Arts and Crafts

'The Dorset Clock Society exists to further the study on clocks and watches, either by Dorset makers, or by like-minded people residing in Dorset or neighbouring counties.'

'Formed in 1998 to promote and explore various Earth Mysteries. Once a month, speakers are invited to share their views on a variety of subjects; from UK stone circles to Ancient Egypt; from Dowsing to conventional Archaeology. All are welcome.'

'An  organisation that aims to help garden related clubs by offering advice and help. Any person responsible for organising speakers to visit their club knows how difficult it can be finding good speakers through the year. DFHS holds a register of speakers along with their talk details, fees, travelling expenses etc. which any club that joins DFHS will have access to.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'We work with garden owners and local and national bodies to highlight, protect and encourage the conservation and restoration of designed landscapes, ranging from stately homes to public parks, cottage gardens to cemeteries. Principally funded by over 500 members, we run visits, lectures and events where members can share their interest and knowledge in a sociable atmosphere.'

'From weekend fun to expert insights, there’s something for everyone, all year round. Explore our incredible collections on a tour of our four stunning galleries, or of our new Collections Discovery Centre. Maybe you’d like to get up close to historic objects in handling sessions or hear an expert talk about what fascinates them. Spark your imagination with bookable art and craft session, or a facilitated workshop with a local artist.'

'The Jurassic Coast is a hugely diverse and beautiful landscape underpinned by incredible geology of global importance. In 2001 it was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the outstanding universal value of its rocks, fossils and landforms. It remains England’s only natural World Heritage Site.'

'Each year, in October, residents of the small town of Mere in Wiltshire, along with their friends, get together to put on a Literary festival.' Normally held Mid October,

Category Arts and Crafts

'In 1901 Merton Russell-Cotes gave his wife Annie a dream house on a cliff-top, overlooking the sea. It was an extraordinary, extravagant birthday present – lavish, splendid, and with a touch of fantasy.  They filled this exotic seaside villa with beautiful objects from their travels across the world, and lined the walls with a remarkable collection of British art, creating a unique atmosphere in a most dramatic setting. A home, an art gallery, and a museum. Then they sealed it in time, and gave it to the future.'

Category Poole

Member of The Arts Society - 7 South West England Grouping

Series of Monday evening lectures, September to March: 'Free of charge, but by ticket only, available from school Reception (normally two weeks prior to the lecture). Donations are welcomed at the end of each lecture. (The money raised goes to charitable causes.)'

'Exists to promote and advance public education and interest in the science of astronomy and related sciences and to provide facilites for the encouragement and pursuit of observational astronomy.'

'New members are always welcome at Weymouth Astronomy Club regardless of experience. The only pre-requisite required is a keen interest in the night sky.'

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