Dorset Art Weeks 2016, 28th May to 12th June 2016

daw_logoDorset Arts Weeks is one of the largest Open Studio Events in the country; it brings artists and visitors together in ways that are often remarkable and profoundly different from entering a public gallery. DAW is fundamentally as much about engagement between people as about people and art. At almost all venues the artists, designers or makers will be on-hand to help you engage with the work, keen to talk to you about the extraordinary range of materials, skills and traditions that inform their work.

www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk

voodoo-child-coverVoodoo Child: Born Under a Bad Sign  is a new book by Bridport author Dave Mort available now on Amazon Kindle.

One of rock music’s more iconic images is that of Jimi Hendrix onstage at the Monterey Pop Festival in ’67, kneeling over the remains of his burning guitar after his performance of “Wild Thing.” He was beckoning the flames to rise as if summoning up demons and dragons from hell, which is what several fans described as witnessing after ingesting “Monterey Purple,” a strain of LSD concocted especially for the event.

An Evening with Paul Atterbury to raise funds for the LSI

Paul-Atterbury-2Bridport Area Development Trust are delighted to invite you to an evening with Paul Atterbury on Tuesday 24 May at Bridport Town Hall.  Tickets cost £6 and are on sale now at Bridport Tourist Information Centre.  The evening is raising funds to support the restoration of Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute.  A wine bar will be available.

Paul Atterbury is a freelance writer and lecturer specialising in 19th and 20th century art and design.  He is perhaps best known for his many appearances on the BBC TV programme, Antiques Roadshow. Despite never having an ambition to appear on television, Paul has been working with the 'Miscellaneous' team on the Antiques Roadshow for over 20 years.

dinoJurassic Fields Bridport's family friendly music festival which is taking place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of July 2016  are offering any member of the armed forces, their spouse and children 25% discount on their Tickets. 

Find out more at jurassicfields.com

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More details at  www.fuelledbycider.com/camping-be-cider-seaside

askers_meadows_weirA planning application has been lodged to use Askers Meadows for "Temporary classroom for courses in traditional skills, dry stone walling and hedge laying and temporary parking for 100 cars on show field on Saturdays and for festivals between July- September"

It is not simply a field it is an ecosystem. Small plants, insects, birds and other animals use it as their habitat, compacting of the soil will also have an effect on the microorganisms in the soil.

richard-3rdIt was whilst on a visit to York that Arthur Woodgate discovered the link between Bridport and Richard the Third, popularly known as “The King in the Car Park.”

Now plans are afoot to commemorate the visit of the much maligned monarch. In the riverside gardens by East Bridge an information notice board identifies the location of the Priory of St John the Baptist just across the road, but gives no indication that this is where Richard is considered to have stayed.

After more than six years of project development, the Bridport Area Development Trust is in the final process of appointing contractors to begin work on the restoration of Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute.

The Grade 2* listed building in East Street has been empty since 1997 and is currently on the national At Risk register.  Initial clearing and tidying inside the building has already been completed and the architects have undertaken further studies and opening up works to inform the detail of the restoration and redevelopment.  Once the final drawings and costings have been completed, contractors will be confirmed, with a view to starting the main building work on site later this year.  In the meantime, the building will be protected to ensure there is no further deterioration to its condition.

Walking Tours around Bridport’s Past

This Easter Bridport Museum brings back our popular guided walks. They were very popular last year so we have decided that, in 2016, they should run in both the summer and the Easter school holidays. Bruce Upton, the Museum’s Community Engagement Officer, will lead participants around some of Bridport’s key sites in the town’s development from its Saxon origins through to the present day.