Friday 13th September


01 Swanage Library
Open Day

Swanage Library, High Street, Swanage,
BH19 2NU
Please use public car parks.
NO on-site parking.

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 on the site once the house had been
removed, these plans were never approved.
The other display includes the original plans and
information on the current building (Swanage
Library) originally built in the early 1960s.
Friday 13th, 9.30am to 5pm
Saturday 14th 9.30am to 4pm
Monday 16th 10am to 6.30pm
Wednesday 18th 9.30am to 5pm
Friday 20th 9.30am to 5pm
Saturday 21st 9.30 to 4pm


02 The Minster Church of St Cuthberga (including the Chained Library), Wimborne Minster
Open Day

Partial disabled access. Wheelchair access
via the St Georges Chapel door to the east
of the main entrance. The Chained Library is
accessed by a spiral stone staircase.
Opening times may be restricted due
to weddings, funerals or other special
Services.
High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HT
Situated in the centre of Wimborne.
Please use public car parks, King Street
being the nearest

www.wimborneminster.org.uk
The 12th Century Minster Church is steeped
in history with many interesting treasures and
artefacts including the Astronomical Clock,
Quarter Jack, Saxon Chest and Beaufort
Tomb. A Nunnery was first founded here by St
Cuthberga in 705 and there has been a place of
worship and learning on this site for over 1300
years. The Chained Library was founded in 1686
and contains over 400 volumes.
The Minster is open Monday to Saturday,
9.30am to 5.30pm and Sunday, 2.30pm to
5.30pm only.
The Chained Library is open Monday to Friday,
10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm


03 Blandford Town Museum
Open Day

Disabled access to Ground Floor only.
Stairs only to first floor exhibits, however
ground floor touch screen gives details of
upstairs exhibits.
Blandford Town Museum, Bere’s Yard,
Market Place, Blandford Forum, DT11 7HQ
Please use public car parks

www.blandfordtownmuseum.org
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
Blandford is told from Prehistoric times up to the
20th Century.
The eclectic contents include a diorama of the
1731 Fire, a working scale model of the railway
station in the 1950s, a Victorian playroom and a
collection of locally made clocks from the 18th
and 19th Centuries.
The museum also exhibits archaeology, geology
and holds regular exhibitions by local artists, has
a shop and much more.
The adjacent Museum Victorian garden is a quiet
place to relax and listen to the birdsong, the river
Stour and the church clock.
Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and
Saturday, 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11am to 3pm


04 Bridport Town Hall
Open Day

Full disabled access.
The Town Hall is in the very centre of the town
at the junction of East, West and South Streets.
Daytime entrance to the Town Hall is normally
via the lift in the TIC on the south side of the
building in South Street. The Main door in East
Street, with stair access to the Town Hall, can
be opened on request of the TIC.
Please use public car parks.
NO on-site parking.

www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk/town-hall/
A former courthouse, this listed Georgian Town
Hall holds the significant collection of paintings
by Fra Newbery (former Director of Glasgow
School of Art). The paintings depict aspects of the town’s history, particularly the rope and
net industry. There is a small display of netting
artefacts. Memorabilia from HMS Bridport (both
ships) is also displayed. Audio Guides and
Children’s activities will be available.
Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Closed on Sundays.


05 Lyme Regis Cemetery Chapel
Open Day

Full disabled access. Slight slope up to
Chapel.
Lyme Regis Cemetery, Charmouth Road,
DT7 3DW
Leave A35 at Charmouth roundabout, taking the
A3052 to Lyme Regis. Going downhill into the
town, the cemetery is on your right, the town
football ground is on your left, below which is a
large public car park with toilets.
Parking available on-site. Opposite the cemetery
in the large public car park.

A very highly decorated Church of England
cemetery chapel. Built in 1856, it contains a fine
example of a Victorian funeral bier.
The chapel is still used occasionally for funerals.
There is also the opportunity to visit the nearby
grave of the crew of HMS Formidable which was
sunk in Lyme Bay in 1915.
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, 10am to 4pm


Bookable
06 Silk Hay
Bookable -
Event Full
Guided Tour

No dogs allowed.
No children allowed.
No disabled access.
Not normally open to the public.
Full directions available on ticket.

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 Townsend soon discovered there was
more to it than met the eye – a medieval hall
house with a Tudor extension, needing much
attention. After labouring over the renovation of
this intriguing house Hilary now welcomes those
who are interested in our heritage to learn about
it. From beautiful craftsmanship to medieval
graffiti, the story of this house is a powerful inspiration to anyone who loves old buildings.
There will be a collection box in aid of Cancer
Research UK
Event Full


07 St Andrews Church, Kinson
Open Day

Full disabled access. For wheelchair access
please park at roadside at front of Church on
Millhams Road and use level footpath.
St. Andrews Church, Millhams Road, Kinson,
Bournemouth, BH10 7LN
Parking available on-site. Please drive past the
Church and park in the car park behind and use
inclined path to the Church.

www.standrewskinson.org
Visit the oldest Church in Bournemouth which
has been sympathetically and extensively
refurbished between 2012 and 2015.
Points of interest include the Late Norman
tower, 13th Century chancel (restored in 1875)
and nave and aisles rebuilt in 1894-95 by W.H.
Romaine-Walker. Inside there are a number of
historic artefacts, including a 13th Century font,
Hanoverian royal arms on canvas, prayer boards,
a clock installed in memory of Queen Victoria in
1904, beautiful stained glass windows, a WW1
memorial plaque and a WW2 memorial bound
book.
Open daily 10am to 12pm
Saturdays open 11am to 3pm
Visitors are also welcome to attend Church
Service at 11.30am on Thursday 19th.


08 St Laurence Church, Upwey
Church Open Day

Limited disabled access. The paths to
the church are uneven with some cracks.
Wheelchair access is via the North Gate.
Access may be restricted due to
funerals and other church services.
No toilet facilities available.
Church St, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QE
On A354 from Dorchester leave at Upwey
turnoff. Turn left and proceed South to the
B3159 Stottingway St, then onto Church St.
Church is at the end near Wishing Well.
Please use public car parks

www.ridgeway.org.uk/churches/stlaurence-
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 15th Century North Arcade) and the beautiful
East Window with its 15th Century stained glass.
There are also some Green Men to be
found too.
Open daily 10am to 4pm


Friday 13th September


09 Swanage Town Hall
Open Day

No disabled access. There is no wheelchair
access and the Council chamber is up two
flights of stairs.
If a meeting/wedding is taking place
visitors will not be able to access the
Council Chamber.
Town Hall, High Street, Swanage, BH19 2NZ
No parking on site but some on street parking
and car parks nearby at Co-op on Kings Road
BH19 1HP, Broad Road BH19 2BB and Main
Beach on Victoria Avenue BH19 1AP

www.swanage.gov.uk/townhall.aspx
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 of Sir Christopher Wren, in 1668.
The interior, which is on view, includes the foyer,
staircase and council chamber, which is still used
for meetings. A small but interesting collection of
paintings of old Swanage is also
on display.
Friday 13th to Friday 20th, 10am to 1pm
and 2pm to 4pm. Closed weekends.

Bookable
10 Backstage & Building
Tour of The Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Bookable - Event Full
New Event - Guided Tour

No dogs allowed.
Limited disabled access. There is no
wheelchair access to the stage area.
Meeting point available on tickets.
Parking available on-site but charges apply

A chance to look around this 1929 Art-Deco
building with an enthusiastic guide to explain the
architecture and history of The Pavilion. The tour
will include the stage and the dressing rooms
and will last for at least an hour.
Event Full

11 St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Blandford Forum
Open Day

Assistance Dogs only.
Accompanied children only.
Limited disabled access. Restricted
wheelchair access internally – the church
has 7 levels.
For information:
email blandfordchurchtours@gmail.com
Please note that this is a “working” church –
open access may be restricted.
St Peter & St Paul’s Church, The Market Place,
Blandford Forum, DT11 7AD
A350 or A354 to Blandford Forum. On reaching
the ring road, follow signs to Blandford Town
Centre. The church is in the heart of the town
and cannot be missed!

Please use public car parks
www.cupolaproject.org.uk
St Peter & St Paul (Grade 1 Listed) was rebuilt
following the Great Fire of Blandford (1731)
and reopened in 1739. Considered one of the
most important Georgian Churches outside
London, it was placed on the Historic England
‘At Risk’ register in 2012. At this time the Cupola
Project was launched: a £3.5 million restoration,
regeneration and re-ordering 7-10 year phased
project. Following receipt of a generous grant
from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Cupola
was saved from collapse and beautifully
restored 2015 - 16. Recognition came from
the National Churches Trust & The Georgian
Group. Improved access for wheelchair users
was completed in 2017. In December 2018
Round One Development Funding was awarded
by the Heritage Fund to restore the roofs & repair
internal plasterwork. Internal display boards will
provide an update on the (renamed) Big Church
Project and the way forward.
Donations welcome.
Open Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 4pm
Sundays, 12pm to 4pm

12 Steadfast in Faith - Our Lady’s
Church, Marnhull
New Event - Church Visit

Limited disabled access. There are 2 steps
(with a handrail) into the Church, with narrow
aisles and an uneven floor.
There is full wheelchair access to the Chapel
Room with a side view of the Sanctuary.
Old Mill Lane, Marnhull, DT10 1JX
GR: 783 201
The Chapel Room entrance is between the
School and the House, the Church is further
down the lane.
Please park in the School Car Park

www.marnhullandgillinghamrc.org.uk
Dating from 1832 Our Lady’s Church is the
oldest free-standing Catholic Church in Dorset.
Built on a site donated by the Catholicsupporting
Hussey family, it is packed with
period features. During the open days there will
also be an exhibition on the history of the Church
in the Chapel Room and a launch event for the
Steadfast in Faith book.
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th, 10.30am to 4pm


13 Town Mill, Lyme Regis
Guided Tour
No dogs allowed.
Children under 16 must be accompanied
at all times.
Disabled access to Ground Floor only.
Donations welcomed for those taking a tour.
Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU
From the large car park in Hill Road, walk down
the hill to the bridge over the River Lym and turn
right onto the path between the river and the
millstream. This Riverside Walk leads you straight
to us. To get to The Town Mill from the top of
Broad Street, stroll down Sherborne Lane. At
the bottom, turn right over the river, then right
again onto the Riverside Walk. From the bottom
of Broad Street, go left, up through the car park.
This leads directly to The Town Mill via steps and
a footbridge.
Please use public car parks

www.townmill.org.uk
Town Mill is the only volunteer-run, non-commercial mill that mills virtually every day of
the year. Tours are offered daily in exchange for a donation to the charitable trust where volunteers
will tell you about the fascinating rescue and
restoration of the mill, and demonstrate the giant
waterwheel powering the half-ton millstones as
they grind the grain into our delicious flour.
During Heritage Week there will be a Children’s
Trail around the Mill and extra children’s activities
at the weekends.
Tours daily between 11am and 4pm
There are a number of extra chargeable events
taking place too. Please see Town Mill website
for prices and full details.
Pre booking essential:
Friday 13th and Sunday 22nd, Baking and Milling
experience day.
Friday 20th, Cream Tea and Tour.
Sunday 22nd, Tour and a Pint.


14 Church of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs,
& St Ignatius
Open Day

Dogs welcome on leads only.
Partial disabled access. Wheelchair ramps
into church available.
Donations for upkeep are very welcome.
North Road, Chideock, Bridport, DT6 6LF.
Chideock is on the A35, 2 miles west of Bridport.
Turn into North Road by St Giles Parish Church
and the church is quarter of a mile along this lane
on the right with car park beyond.
Parking available on-site

www.chideockmartyrschurch.org.uk
Built in 1874 by Charles Weld of adjoining
Chideock Manor, this delightful Grade II* Italian
Romanesque church is a gem of English
Catholicism. The church is the Shrine of the
Dorset Martyrs, a Marian Shrine, and has a small
museum attached showing local history and
village life through the ages. The Sacristy will be
open to view the wall paintings, the Fra Newbery
painting of the Chideock Martyrs and the site of
the original barn chapel where mass was held
secretly in penal times.
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th and Friday 20th
to Sunday 22nd, 2pm to 4pm

15 Weld Memorial Chapel
Open Day

Dogs welcome on leads only.
No disabled access.
Not normally open to the public.
Donations for upkeep are very welcome.
North Road, Chideock, Bridport, DT6 6LF.
Chideock is on the A35, 2 miles west of Bridport.
Turn into North Road by Parish Church, the
Chapel is just beyond on the right.
Parking available on-site but is limited. Some
parking on lane, otherwise use shop car park in
centre of village.

www.chideockmartyrschurch.org.uk
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 cruciform style and is surrounded by a
cemetery which is no longer used. Inside the
wall paintings show rich artistic details of saints
and bible scenes and are of considerable quality,
showing ideas that led to the Arts and Crafts
Movement. It is a rare example of a complete
mid-19th Century Mortuary Chapel.
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th and Friday 20th to
Sunday 22nd, 2pm to 4pm