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Things to do in Dorset this weekend

PUBLISHED: 12:40 10 December 2018

Corfe Castle in the winter. Photo credit: anthurren, Getty Images/iStockphoto

Corfe Castle in the winter. Photo credit: anthurren, Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Great things to do in Dorset this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

5 – 16 December

Bridport United Church in East Street hosts this event from 5pm on 5 December, then 10am to 4pm daily. Christmas Carol Service 4.30pm on final day.

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WINTER LIGHTS AT CORFE CASTLE

From 14 December on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

After sunset the castle is lit by lantern, beacons and braziers and the Lord of Misrule creates 17th century mischief making, stories and games in the castle ruins. Open until 7pm, weather permitting.

Visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

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BROWNSEA DWT MEMBER’S DAY

14 December

Dorset Wildlife Trust members enjoy exclusive access to Brownsea Island on specific days during the ‘closed season’ to see a spectacular array of winter wildlife including rare birds visiting the lagoon, and the island’s resident red squireels. This trip in December departs from Poole Quay at 11am and returns at 3pm. To book please call 01305 264620 or email info@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

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CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

15 December

St Ambrose Church in West Cliff Road, Bournemouth is illuminated by candles as the ethereal voices of La Nova Singers perform festive tunes and carols. Starts 7.30pm.

Visit: lanovasingers.co.uk

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THE CHURCHFITTER’S CHRISTMAS CRACKER

16 December

With a double bass made out of scrap metal and foot-stomping fiddle mixed with a musical saw, The Churchfitters interlace traditional and original festive songs with Christmas carols at Winfrith Village Hall 01305 853783.

Starts 7.30pm.

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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE SNOWMAN

16 December

Enjoy this special big screen showing of the festive classic, accompanied by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 3pm and 7pm at Lighthouse, Poole.

Box office 01202 280000

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CANZONETTA AT CHRISTMAS

16 December

The classical singing group perform songs and readings for the festive season at the St Martin’s-on-the-Walls, Wareham at 3pm.

Visit: canzonettadorset.com

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THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL

16 December

In this touching, madcap and heart-warming Christmas show, The Last Baguette use visual story-telling, live music and puppetry to shine a light on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter tale.

Performances at 1.30pm and 4.30pm at Dorchester Corn Exchange.

Box office 01305 26692

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SHAFTESBURY CHRISTMAS STREET FAIR

16 December

One of the biggest and busiest Christmas markets in Dorset with a huge range of stalls filling the streets from one end of Shaftesbury to the other. Runs 10am – 3pm.

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WREATHS & GARLANDS AT SCULPTURE BY THE LAKES

15 December

Katie Priestley leads these two hour workshops in the warm and welcoming environment of Studio 1 at Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester (10.30am and 2pm) making wreaths and garlands for mantelpieces and tables.

Booking 07720637808 or email info@sculpturebythelakes.co.uk

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