Our Heritage Events

Dorset Villages in the Domesday book.

Thursday 13th JAnuary – 2pm

Many of Dorset’s small villages are the same size today as they were in the Domesday Book. The people who have populated them over the centuries, as well as their present-day activities have surprising, unique and unusual stories to tell. This talk covers 20 of these villages, coastal and inland, with their quiet achievements from Roman times to today.

Tickets: £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Mary Graham

Blandford Forum – River, Countryside and Woodland Walk

thursday 20th january, 10am

Blandford Forum is the Georgian Gem in the heart of Dorset. This 8-mile walk starts along the beautiful River Stour before moving into open farmland and woodland alongside the prestigious Bryanston School. It will be an undulating walk with gentle hill climbs and far-reaching views across beautiful countryside. Please bring a packed lunch and allow time for tea afterwards. Please dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear. Be prepared for mud!

 

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

The Children of Craig y Nos

thursday 27th january – 2pm

‘The Children of Craig-y-Nos’ is a public and oral history of life in a Welsh tuberculosis sanitorium started by an ex-patient, Ann Shaw, over 15 years ago. Over the years, the project has grasped the interest of newspapers, magazines, radio and television, including being featured twice on the BBC’s The One Show. Dr Carole Reeves, the Project’s medical and oral historian, takes us through the amazing story from the first half of the last century. This project remains the only collective account by ex-patients and staff of life inside a sanitorium.

Tickets: £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Dr Carole Reeves

 

Around the World Part 4 – Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore

thursday 3rd february 2pm

The long-awaited return of Andrew Negus and his adventures of travelling in the far East. Starting in Vietnam, from Saigon to Hue and then Hanoi, there will be tunnels a strange new religion, beautiful countryside and amazingly friendly people. Moving on to Malaysia where there is a wonderful mix of cultures and then finishing in Singapore with Mr Raffles.

Tickets £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Andrew Negus

 

The Krays

monday 7th february 2pm

The Krays – a notorious name that has stood the test of time with a mixture of both truth and myth. This talk is an exploration of what went on in the East End of London during the 1960s. The Krays use of violence was influenced by factors outside their control, and Paul reveals some unknown factors which contributed to the twins’ ability to rule over their community and homelands. 

Tickets: £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Paul Stickler

The Alan Wilson Lecture – Stalbridge House

Wednesday 16th february 2pm

Built in the early 17th century and once known as the ‘fifth largest house in Dorsetshire’, Stalbridge House is a mystery, with only one drawing and one painting existing before it was demolished in the 1820s.The Stalbridge History Society, intrigued by the site, asked the archaeology group, Dorset Diggers, to help them find out if the images matched the reality. So far, they have excavated for three seasons and this talk outlines the features and finds that have helped fill in some of the mysteries of this important Dorset house and its famous owner, Robert Boyles.

Tickets £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Chris Tripp

Blackmore Vale Walk

Thursday 17th february 10am

This 7-mile walk, using footpaths and bridleways, will pass through the village of Okeford Fitzpaine with the church dedicated to St Andrew. Enjoy a slow walk up Okeford Hill to be rewarded with far reaching views of the beautiful Blackmore Vale. Then on through Blandford Forest, descending to the trailway before passing Shillingstone Station which has been lovingly restored over the past 20 years. Please bring a packed lunch and allow time for tea afterwards. Please dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear.

Tickets £6.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

 

The Darker side of East cliff

thursday 3rd march 10.30am

Join Hattie Miles on this walk around Bournemouth’s East cliff. You’ll discover the extraordinary story of a murder that took place in 1935, an historic shipwreck just offshore, plus an RAF war hero. Be prepared for some ghost stories with some intrigue too. The walk is mostly level, will take about 1.5 hrs and is about 2 miles in length. Please dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear.

Tickets: £7.00

Meet:  Details on ticket.

Guided Walk with Hattie Miles

Visit to JHG Jigsaws 

Friends Only Event                  

thursday 17th march 2pm

JHG Jigsaws Ltd is one of the UK’s few remaining jigsaw puzzle manufacturers. Based at a converted farm in the beautiful countryside near Shaftesbury, they take pride in using eco-friendly materials to make their ‘Made in England’ products. Take a tour to discover all the aspects of how the puzzles are produced – from printing to laminating, box production and puzzle cutting. There will be tea and homemade cakes too!

Tickets £14.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

Talk by James Porter

Godshill and Hale Walk

thursday 24th March 10Am

A rural 8 mile, undulating walk through stunning woodland and heathland of the New Forest and alongside the beautiful River Avon. Passing stunning Hale Park with Saint Mary’s Church of Hale and then on to Castle Hill fort. Please bring a packed lunch and allow time for tea afterwards. Please dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear.

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

 

Coach visit to HMP Shepton Mallett & Rugbourne

Farm        

Friends Only Event

friday 1st april 8.30AM

Join us for a day out in Somerset. Built in 1610, Shepton Mallet Prison was the oldest working prison in the UK up until its closure in 2013. With 400 years of history this is an extraordinary place to visit – learn about the prisoners, the conditions, the executions and much more. After a lunch stop close by (not included in the ticket price) we then travel to Rugbourne Farm which is a small 17th century manor house which has remained largely unchanged since it was first built. Currently owned by an Architect and Renaissance Lecturer, who have lovingly and painstakingly renovated it; find out why it has been called ‘the birthplace of English geology’.

Tickets: £45.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

Visions of the Stones

thursday 7th april 2pm

Stonehenge has been represented in many ways since an early manuscript ascribed its creation to Merlin. William Stukeley made accurate engravings in the 1720s, and his Druid theories were of influence for centuries. Turner and Constable both painted their impressions under spectacular skies, while more recent artists made their own interpretations. In the 20th century theories have abounded and the iconic image of Stonehenge has been used by advertisers to promote Great Britain all over the world.

 Tickets £6.00

Castleman Suite, Allendale House, Wimborne

Talk by Gerald Ponting

Portland Walk

thursday 21stapril 10Am

An 8-mile varied walk around Portland with stunning views and rugged beauty. Taking in the coast, the lighthouse and quarry, the route is moderately easy with some ups and downs. Please bring a packed lunch and allow time for tea afterwards. Please dress appropriately for the weather with stout footwear.

Tickets: £6.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

 

A Day in the life of a New Forest Commoner

Friends Only Event

thursday 28th april 10.30AM

Join TV star Tom Hordel, from Channel 4’s ‘A Year in the New Forest’, at his Commoner’s holding. Learn first-hand about the ancient practice of New Forest Commoning and the story of how Tom’s life has evolved through his passion. Take a walk with him through his familiar patch of the forest and then have lunch at a country pub, before heading back to finish the day back at his holding.

(There is approx 5 miles of walking in total)

Tickets: £30.00

Meet: Details on ticket.

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