Saturday 14th September


16 Church of The Assumption, Holnest
Open Day

Full disabled access. Volunteers will be
on hand to help with wheelchair access.
Holnest Church, DT9 5PU
On the A352 Sherborne to Dorchester road,
5 miles from Sherborne.
Parking available on-site

www.friendsofholnestchurch.wordpress.
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 also home to the Drax Family Mausoleum.
Refreshments will be available.
Saturday 14th, 9am to 4.30pm & Sunday 15th,
10am to 4.30pm


Bookable
17 Blandford Fashion Museum
Bookable -
Event Full
Open Day

Assistance Dogs only. No dogs allowed
in the Tearoom.
Photography without flash permitted
for personal use only.
Disabled access to Ground Floor only.
Full directions available on ticket.
Please use public car parks

www.blandfordfashionmuseum.co.uk
Blandford Fashion Museum is located in a
beautiful Georgian Townhouse built by the
Bastard Brothers after the Blandford Great Fire
of 1731. This year the Museum has a number
of exciting new exhibitions:
- Getting Ready for the Ball.
- Creating the Shape.
- White Wear.
Alongside these exhibitions are plenty of other
fascinating exhibits and displays.
Visit the Museum’s attractive tea room serving
cream teas; homemade cakes and tea and
coffee, and a gift shop stocking crafts by local
crafts people.
Event Full

18 Swanage Methodist Church
Open Day

Assistance Dogs only.
Full disabled access.
105 High St, Swanage, BH19 2LZ
Follow the one-way system through town and
the Church is on the left as you go up the hill
(just after the Purbeck House Hotel).
The spire can be seen from Swanage Railway
Station on foot. There is a (steep!) pedestrian
short cut which starts from the back of the
Medical Centre adjacent to the Station.
Parking available on-site

www.swanagemethodist.org.uk
Swanage Methodist Church will be open all day
for visitors to look around. Light refreshments and
children’s craft activities will also be available.
Saturday 14th, 10am to 4pm

19 Beaminster Museum
Open Day

Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, DT8 3NB
From Beaminster Square go 300 meters down
the hill towards Bridport and then turn left on the
road to Dorchester. The Museum is 50 metres
from the junction on the left.
Please use public car parks

www.beaminstermuseum.co.uk
This building was rescued from collapse 25 years
ago and converted into a local history museum.
A mezzanine second floor was added which
has created an attractive exhibition space. Both
museum and building are worthy of a visit.
A Grade II listed 19th century Congregational
Chapel with a collapsing roof was stabilised
with a concrete mezzanine and converted into a
local Museum and community Meeting Room.
The result is very suitable for exhibitions and
the open area left by the mezzanine creates
an impressive sense of space for the meeting
room. The growth of the museum has required
an extension to the building, and this is to be
achieved by a modern zinc-roofed brick-clad
building connected to the 1845 chapel by means
of a glass link - and the museum is also worth
seeing!
Saturday 14th, Tuesday 17th, Thursday 19th,
Saturday 21st, 10.30am to 4pm
Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd, 2pm to 4.30pm

Bookable
20 Heritage Day at Talbot Heath School
Bookable - Max No Allowed 30
Open Day

No dogs allowed.
Children welcome.
Cameras welcome.
Partial disabled access. There is a steep
concrete slope with hand rail down into the
bunker. Also there is some uneven ground and
a gravel footpath.
Not normally open to the public.
Full directions available on ticket.
Parking available on-site

www.talbotheath.org
Talbot Heath School will be opening one of its
four WWII underground bunkers which used
to accommodate the whole school community
during bombing raids. The 100ft bunker has
been refurbished as it was during the war.
There will be the opportunity to see fascinating
archive materials from the war years at the
school. Baroness Shirley Williams was one of the
former Talbot Heath pupils who sheltered in the
bunker.
20/001 Saturday 14th 11am
20/002 Saturday 14th 12pm
20/003 Saturday 14th 1pm
20/004 Saturday 14th 2pm
20/005 Saturday 14th 3pm
20/006 Saturday 14th 4pm

Bookable
21 Tours of Church of The Assumption, Holnest
Bookable - Max No Allowed 12
Guided Tour

Full disabled access. Volunteers will be
on hand to help with wheelchair access.
Full directions available on ticket.
Parking available on-site

www.friendsofholnestchurch.wordpress.com
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, a Jacobean Pulpit and much more.
21/001 Saturday 14th 11am
21/002 Saturday 14th 2pm
21/003 Sunday 15th 11am
21/004 Sunday 15th 2pm

22 Tudor House, Weymouth
Open Day

Disabled access to Ground Floor only.
3 Trinity Street, Weymouth,
(off Brewers Quay), DT4 8RW
Please use public car parks

www.weymouthcivicsociety.org
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.
Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th and Monday 16th,
11am to 3pm. Last entry 30 minutes before
closing


Saturday 14th September


23 West Bay Discovery Centre
New Event - Open Day
No dogs allowed.

Disabled access to Ground Floor only.
West Bay Discovery Centre
Chapel on the Beach, West Bay, DT5 4EN
Please use public car parks

www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk
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 and after laying largely unused for several years it was completely restored and adapted for use as a visitor centre in 2018. lts restoration included the sympathetic creation of a small mezzanine. This is normally office space and closed to the public but it will be accessible on the open day to enable high-level viewing of the
interior and to enable views from the windows to be enjoyed. The Chapel is now West Bay Discovery Centre, a treasure trove of stories, information and activities.
It is owned and operated by a local charity,
the Bridport Area Development Trust.
Saturday 14th, 11am to 4pm


24 Corn Exchange, Town Hall and
Council Chamber, Blandford Forum
Open Day

No dogs allowed.
Children welcome.
Cameras welcome.
Partial disabled access. Disabled access to
the Corn Exchange only (Town Hall and Council
Chamber are accessible only via steep steps).
The Corn Exchange, Market Place,
Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AG
Please use public car parks

www.blandfordforum-tc.gov.uk
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 will be hosting a Community
Expo on the day and visitors will be most
welcome to visit. Refreshments will be available.
Saturday 14th, 11.30am to 1pm


25 Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre
Open Day

Children welcome.
Cameras welcome .
Partial disabled access. Wheelchair access
is available to most of the site but not all.
Oborne Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3RX
On-street parking available on Oborne Road

www.sswc.co.uk
Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre brings
alive the history of the supply of drinking water
to Sherborne and surrounding villages. The large
waterwheel and Hindley steam engine will be
running along with a variety of stationary engines.
A picnic area, tea and coffee will be available all day.
There will be additional attractions to celebrate
the 150th anniversary of the establishment of
Castleton Pumping Station.
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, 11.30am to 3.30pm

26 Blandford Guided Heritage Walk
Guided Walk

Dogs welcome on leads only.
Full disabled access.
Meet in the car park at the Marsh & Ham car
park, Blandford (behind Morrisons supermarket,
DT11 7AW). Signed off West Street, Blandford
(follow signs from Blandford bypass A350/A354
junction to Blandford town centre, enter town
over town bridge and car park is immediately
on right (free parking on Sunday). Free car
park on Saturday at Stour Park (follow signs
from Blandford bypass A350/354 junction
to Blandford town centre, take third exit at
mini-roundabout, then straight over the next to
car park beyond the skate park and follow the
footpath over river footbridge into March & Ham
car park.

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
its Georgian and other architecture, including
the Grade I listed parish church and other fine
buildings designed by architects John and William
Bastard. The birthplace of sculptor Alfred Stevens
who designed the Wellington Monument in St
Paul’s Cathedral, and other places of note.
Saturday 14th, 1pm and Sunday 15th, 11am

27 Weymouth Town Walk
Guided Walk

No dogs allowed.
Children welcome.
Limited disabled access. Wheelchair users
will require assistance to visit the churches
en-route.
Meet outside the front entrance of Weymouth
Pavilion on Weymouth Esplanade. DT4 8ED
Please use public car parks

www.weymouthcivicsociety.org
Join members of Weymouth Civic Society as your guides on a fascinating tour through Weymouth’s Georgian Seafront, Old Harbour and historic town.
Saturday 14th, 1pm

Bookable
28 West Gallery & Internal Tower Tour to Bellringing & Clock Chambers - St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Blandford Forum
Bookable - Max No Allowed 8
This event is NOT bookable via the DAHW
Booking Office. To book/make enquiries
please call 01258 456367 (Answerphone)
or email blandfordchurchtours@gmail.com
in advance.

Open Day

No dogs allowed.
Children over 12 only.
No disabled access. Admittance to spiral stairs at discretion of the tour organiser whose decision is final.
Not normally open to the public.
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

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 & the way forward. Donations welcome.
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UP TO TWO HOURS.
Saturday 14th and Saturday 21st, 2.30pm

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