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Things to do this February half term in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 09:52 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:52 06 February 2018

Dippy the Diplodocus starts his UK tour at Dorset County Museum © NHM

Dippy the Diplodocus starts his UK tour at Dorset County Museum © NHM


From meeting a legendary dinosaur and finding your inner Viking to ice skating and dancing, there is plenty going on around the county for families this month

Dippy arrives in Dorchester!

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus skeleton cast, known as Dippy, arrives in Dorchester this month from the London venue it has called home since 1905. Dippy, who measures just over 21.3metres, will be in residence at Dorset County Museum from 10 February to 8 May. Entry to see Dippy is FREE but you have to book a slot (max 6 per booking), 60 minutes slots are available. You’ll be able to see Dippy in the Victorian Hall and explore the museum’s temporary dinosaur exhibition. Book your slot at dorsetcountymuseum.org.

Dorset County Museum and the Jurassic Coast Trust are planning a nunber of exciting dinosaur-themed events to accompany Dippy on Tour, find out more at jurassiccoast.org/dippy. Members of the Go Jurassic! Rangers (for 4–11-year-olds) can see Dippy whenever they like without booking and have access to exclusive events like dinosaur sleepovers and behind-the-scenes tours. The first of these events is on Thursday 8 February. It’s an after school special for Go Jurassic! Rangers to meet Dorset’s newest and largest resident before anyone else and quiz some dinosaur experts. Membership starts from £30 for a year. Sign up at jurassiccoast.org/gojurassic or call 01308 807000.


Cool Coast Ice Rink - Until 17 February

Let your little ones work off some energy at this indoor ice rink at the BIC in Bournemouth. Box office 0844 576 3000.

Mini BSO Concert - 10 February

This fun family-friendly concert introduces classical music to a younger audience. Starts 11.15am. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Journey to the Impossible - 10 February

Would you step through the door of an inter-dimensional portal and run away? At 2pm & 7pm, Sherling Studio. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

The Sagas of Noggin the Nog - 11 February

Visit the ‘Lands of the North’ where the ‘Men of the Northlands’ sit around their great log fires and tell a tale. Corn Exchange, Dorchester 01305 266926.

Viking Workshop - 12 February

Make shields, helmets and masks before performing your own Viking tale inspired by Noggin the Nog. 10am – 12noon. Corn Exchange, Dorchester 01305 266926.

A Strange New Space - 12 & 13 February

Voyage into space with this physical theatre show without words, packed with puppetry and original music from the brilliant Tessa Bide. Suitable 4+. 12 Feb: 6pm, Drimpton Village Hall (VH) 01308 867442; 13 Feb: 11am Milborne St Andrew VH 01258 839230.

Mirror, Mirror - 13 February

Mischievous take on the popular fairy-tale featuring puppets, captivating storytelling and mesmerising sign language. At 11am & 2pm, Sherling Studio. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Where’s My Igloo Gone? - 13 & 14 February

Enter a dazzling world of soaring snow geese, huskies and starry nights in this visual show without words. 13 Feb: 2pm, Beaminster Mountjoy School 01305 269512 (relaxed performance); 14 Feb: 3pm, Durweston VH 01258 488883.

The Return of Little Things - 14–16 February

Angel Heart Theatre’s visually striking Steam Punk inspired version of Snow White. Suitable 4+. 14 Feb: 3.30pm, Winfrith VH 01305 853783; 15 Feb: 3.30pm, Stalbridge VH 01963 362355; 16 Feb: 4pm, Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide 07775 902576.

Tom Thumb - 15 February

CBeebies’ Patrick Lynch proves that a small boy can take on a mighty ogre with the help of feathery spinning birds, a flying house and a portable forest. At 11am & 2pm, Sherling Studio. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

The Doodle Dance Show - 18 February

Can you dance a scribble, or draw a sneeze? Anatomical get the whole family drawing, moving, doodling and imagining. Suitable for ages 4+. Performances 11am & 3pm. Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth 01202 203630.

Outdoor adventures

Adventures on Brownsea - 10-11 & 17-18 February

Wrap up warm and head across the water to this magical island in Poole Harbour from 10am. Explore the island’s trails then toast marshmallows by the campfire at the Outdoor Centre between 12pm-2pm. More details 01202 707744 nationaltrust.org.uk.

Stormy Seashore Challenge - 12 February

Hunt the strandline of Chesil Beach for wildlife treasures like rare pink sea fans and shark egg cases blown in by Atlantic storms. Runs 11am – 12.30pm. Meet Chesil Beach Centre, DT4 9XE. More details 01305 206191 dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Defending Corfe Castle - 12–18 February

Enjoy a themed quest around this medieval castle and take part in a beginners guide on how to defend your castle. Bring your teddy to have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge. Runs 10am – 4pm. More details 01929 481924 nationaltrust.org.uk.

Beasts, Bugs & Slugs - 15 February

Explore the woods of Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Lorton Meadows, uncovering mini-beasts, then create your own beautiful beetle. Runs 10.30am – 12.30pm. Booking essential 01305 816546. dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Boggarts of the Wild Woods - 16 February

Discover the extraordinary creatures of Withy Woods at Lorton Meadows near Weymouth. Make boggarts for the trees and wood elf puppets to take home. Runs 10.30am – 12.30pm. Booking essential 01305 816546. dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.


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