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A walk alongside Fleet Lagoon

A SUNNY stroll along a short section of Dorset’s coastal path, with lovely views of Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon. Advertisements

The Hardy Monument

THE Hardy Monument stands on an exposed location above the village of Portesham and is a prominent sight on the Dorset landscape. It was built in 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. It was in his arms that Nelson died. The National trust … Continue reading

Stourpaine’s secret gardens

A TOTAL of 21 gardens at Stourpaine, near Blandford, were opened to the public in aid of charity during a two-day Secret Gardens weekend. The event was blessed with wonderful weather throughout and the public attended in good numbers to boost the total amount of money raised in aid of the Air Ambulance charity.

A stroll around Shaftesbury

SHAFTESBURY, the famous Shaston of Thomas Hardy’s novels, is one of the oldest and highest towns in England. The North Dorset town is 718 feet above sea level on the side of a hill, which is part of Cranborne Chase, and is the only significant hilltop settlement in Dorset. Many of the older buildings in the … Continue reading

Artists are the pride of Dorset

FROM Wimborne to Weymouth and a fair few places in between, my travels during the biennial Dorset Art Weeks took in 25 of the near-300 venues around the county. I didn’t manage to get to Lyme Regis or Purbeck or anywhere in the Bournemouth-Poole conurbation, but even in the generous space of 16 days, it … Continue reading

Where artistic talent runs in the family

FOR a classic example of artistic talent running in the family, pay a visit to Madeline Goodey’s studio at her home on the outskirts of Weymouth. Visitors during Dorset Art Weeks have been able to see her distinctive paintings on wood and paper, as well as some beautiful stained glass created by her husband Doug. … Continue reading

Badbury Rings

BADBURY Rings, an Iron Age hill fort between Wimborne and Blandford in Dorset, makes a splendid location for a walk on a bright sunny day. The site lies 327 feet above sea level within the Cranborne Chase and the West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a protected landscape recognised for its unique character … Continue reading

Saints under siege from the football sharks

UNLESS you happen to have the misfortune to be a Portsmouth supporter, you can’t help but feel sorry for Southampton fans at the moment. Saints have been on the most amazing upward trajectory over the past three or four seasons, culminating in last season’s brilliant eighth place finish in the Premier League. So what happens? … Continue reading

All roads lead to Beaminster

BEAMINSTER provided all the venues for my latest mini-tour of Dorset Art Weeks locations, the main attraction being a one-off open garden day at Farrs, home of top designer and furniture maker John Makepeace and his artist wife Jenny. The couple threw open the gates of their garden as a fundraiser for Dorset Visual Arts … Continue reading

A sunny day at Farrs garden

THE best weather of the year so far timed its arrival perfectly for a special one-off open garden day at Farrs, the beautiful home of international designer and furniture maker John Makepeace and his artist wife Jenny. The couple threw open the gates of their magnificent garden in Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, as a fundraiser for … Continue reading