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Saturday, 28 June 2008

Raised from the depths...

An ornate statue rescued from a shipwreck off Poole shows the vessel was once a queen of the seas.

The wooden Merman graced the back of a boat lost half a mile from the harbour in about 1620.

And the find by Bournemouth University staff and students shows it was no ordinary vessel.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Saturday 28th 2008

Just look Who’s back!

For a megalomaniac wannabe master of the universe, evil time-traveller Davros seems surprisingly shy and retiring.

As the half-man, half-Dalek prepared for his latest battle with Doctor Who - an adventure exploding on to a TV screen near you this evening - I attempted to track down his alter-ego, Bournemouth-born actor Julian Bleach.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Saturday 28th 2008

Friday, 27 June 2008

Seth Lakeman's new album realease 'Poor Man's Heaven'

There can't be many UK folk singers who can shift 100,000 copies of an album, as Seth Lakeman did with 2006's Freedom Fields – and judging by the tenor of Poor Man's Heaven, Lakeman may be only as temporarily beholden to the notoriously purist folk scene as Bob Dylan was in 1965.

READ MORE - Source: Independant Friday, 27 June 2008

NEW VIDEOS POSTED - Crowing the May Queen at Bridport's Mountfield Green May Fair

On the 5th May 2008, rain could not stop the ancient ceremony of crowing the May Queen at Bridport's Mountfield Green May Fair. (see previous blog entry Green is colour for town May Fair )

It was all smiles as this years May Queen, Tilly Boulay led the procession of young dancers with her two ladies in waiting, Tara Grinter and Esme Gubbins close to hand. True to custom, pretty Tilly was dressed in white and carrying a posy of flowers and was crowned with a lovely floral crown by Mrs Pamela Seaton, the Deputy Lieutenant for Dorset.

After the crowing ceremony the new May Queen led her subjects to the arena where the maypole was set up and altogether the children performed a couple of pretty ribbon dances. It was a traditional performance which was enjoyed by a very large audience. Dancing around the maypole is an ancient fertility rite performed to welcome the return of summer, while the May Queen is meant to represent Flora - the goddess of flowers.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Norre brings a touch of Hardy humour

Stage versions of two short stories by Thomas Hardy reach Winfrith Newburgh on Sunday when the New Hardy Players tour in to the village with their latest production.

The company - including 102-year-old Norrie Woodhall, the only surviving member of Hardy's original drama group from the 1920s - is presenting The Waiting Supper and The Thieves who Couldn't Help Sneezing.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo 26th June 2008

Appeal launched for £1.5m extension to museum

Staff and supporters of The Priest's House Museum and Garden in Wimborne are launching an appeal to raise support and funds towards their planned £1.5million extension.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Thursday 26th June 2008

New Scorpion Band at The Verwood Hub on Friday 27th June 2008

New Scorpion Band - Traditional songs and music of the British Isles and Ireland. Led by Tim Laycock, the five members of New Scorpion Band specialise in the subtle use of a very wide range of folk instruments, and wonderful vocal harmonies. Brian Gulland Oboe, cor anglais, bassoon, whistles, harmonium, tuba. Robin Jeffrey English guitar, mandolin, guitar, banjo, laouto, percussion. Sharon Lindo Violin, viola, trombone. Tim Laycock Concertina, melodeon, tenor horn. Robert White Whistles, flute, cornet, tuba, Union, Northumbrian and Lowland bagpipes, percussion

The breadth and variety that is included is staggeringpowerful group singing with tremendous accompaniments for the raucous; and sensitive, well-crafted masterpieces for the discerning ear.go and hear them and think yourself fortunate you live in a time when people still produce such wonderful,wonderful musical entertainment.

Date: Friday 27th June 2008 at 7.30 p.m.

Venue: The Verwood Hub, Brock Way, Verwood, BH31 6WW

Ticket Price Adult £10, Member £9, Children £6

Contact: Box Office 01202 828740

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Swarm of bees in town centre

Visitors to Dorchester town centre encountered an unusual sight when a swarm of bees appeared.

The mostly-female swarm took up residence outside West Dorset District Council's offices in High West Street.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo 25th June 2008

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Nettle-eaters compete at nettle-eating championships

It may not be an Olympic sport yet, but for the competitors at the World Nettle Eating Championships, it was still a serious business.

The Championships - held in Marshwood, Dorset last Saturday - saw 67 competitors, some from as far afield as Australia and Canada, take on the task of eating as many nettles as they could in an hour.

READ MORE - Source: Metro

County towns feature in guide

Weymouth and Dorchester have been included in a new guide to television programme locations.

Parts of Dorset that have been used by television crews are included in The British Television Location Guide, which shows where fans can visit locations from their favourite programmes.

(left) Filmed at Winspit Quarry near Worth Matravers. The Doctor, played by Tom Baker, hides from the Daleks as they pass by, in the Doctor Who episode Destiny of the Daleks.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 24th June 2008

Where are the Nothe hippies?

A call has gone out for hippies, graffiti artists and vandals who may once have left their mark on Weymouth's historic Nothe Fort.

The attraction was recently given a £48,000 Lottery grant to set up three cinema areas and make a series of films.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 24th June 2008

Beach is buzzing as bees swarm in

Visitors and stallholders were amazed when a swarm of bees arrived on Weymouth Beach.

The swarm swept across Weymouth Esplanade before coming to rest on the corner of the Punch and Judy show booth.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 24th June 2008

Comedian Rory stars in a version of The Sting

Comedian Rory McGrath was among the plucky competitors at another hotly fought stinging nettle eating contest in Marshwood.

The TV star was at the Bottle Inn to film the annual world championships for a new show about quirky British pastimes - called Rory and Paddy's Road of Sports. But he didn't win the cup.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 24th June 2008

Witch threatens spell in support for giant

A Witch witch has threatened to cast a spell on the National Trust for letting the Cerne Abbas Giant fade away.

Controversy surrounds the 180ft chalk giant this year because the grass has not been cropped, resulting in the greenery covering up the outlines of the famous Dorset landmark.

The National Trust says the wet spring and the fact that they have been unable to borrow the sheep that usually keep the hill in shape during the spring and summer are to blame for the change in maintenance.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 24th June 2008

(Below) Kevin Carlyon helps a Dorset couple to concieve on The Cerne Abbas Giant hill figure in Dorset. They had been trying for 5 years to concieve without success and resorted to Witchcraft and a 240ft high hill figure, said for centuries to hold mystical fertility giving power.

Take a trip deep into Hardy country

Follow in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy at the international festival being held in Dorchester this summer.

Coach tours are among the highlights of the 18th international Thomas Hardy conference and festival that runs from July 26 to August 2.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 24th June 2008

St. John's Day and Midsummer Day

The 24th June is known as ‘Midsummer Day’, which is one of the quarter days of the year. This day was always associated with water and communities often marked it by dressing their wells. (See Rogation Tide - Upwey Well Dressing). Christians have dedicated this day to St John the Baptist, because it is believed that he was born about this time. It is one of the few saint days that celebrate the saint’s birth and not the saint’s death. The small golden flowers named after him, namely ‘St John’s Wort’ or ‘Chase Devil’ as it is sometimes called, was traditionally gathered on this day and placed over the entrance of the house to protect it from evil.

Monday, 23 June 2008

Quarrying protest goes ahead despite the damp

A fight to save coastal land from quarrying united druids, morris men, councillors and families on a damp cliff-top.

Members of pagan group the Dolmen Grove braved soggy conditions to see in the summer solstice at Portland Bill while staging a protest against stone extraction plans.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Monday 23rd June 2008

Saturday, 21 June 2008

Disappearing giant is a big problem...

The giant carved into a Dorset hillside has all but disappeared, prompting concerns from visitors.

The National Trust has said bad weather and problems with sheep have contributed to the 180ft Cerne Abbas chalk giant's demise, but a plan is in place to fix the problem.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Saturday 21st June 2008

Friday, 20 June 2008

Cerne Abbas chalk giant turns into the invisible man

Cerne Abbas The 180ft chalk giant is disappearing into the hillside because the National Trust has been unable to borrow the sheep that usually keep it in shape during the spring and summer.

In previous years the chalk figure, thought to be a fertility symbol, has been an imposing presence on the Dorset hillside. But this year a wet start to the summer has brought a vigorous growth in vegetation and the trust has been hampered by the decline in sheep farming. The land is too steep for it to be mown safely.

Rodney Legg, chairman of the Open Spaces Society, said: “Visitors turning up have been disappointed because they can't really see it. This year the giant has gone from being a white icon, through a green man stage, into the invisible man.”

Helen Mann, of the trust, said: “We are aware that the giant is not at his best right now. We are, however, expecting to have him rechalked this September, which we hope will help him stand out once more.”

READ MORE - Source: The Times June 20, 2008

Flag day draws close for a county design

Judges will soon make a decision on preferred designs for a Dorset flag.

But creative residents who have yet to take part still have a week to come up with an idea.

Dorset County Council teamed up with the Dorset Echo to launch the flag campaign.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Friday 20th June 2008

Sheep shortage hits Giant's look

A shortage of sheep has led to a famous landmark in Dorset disappearing under vegetation and moss.

The 180ft (54.8m) famous fertility symbol Cerne Abbas Giant was also left struggling under plant life encouraged by a wet start to the summer.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News Friday 20th June 2008

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Dolmen Grove Summer Solstice Ceremony - Save the Portland Coastal Strip

The Dolmen Grove will holding a Summer Solstice Ceremony over at Portland Bill at 9am Saturday morning of the 21st June.

We are calling for a united presence at this Ceremony to bring Full attention to a campaign that is under way to stop the Permanent Disgrace and Savage Destruction of the Ancient and Sacred Landscape, heading out towards Portland Bill.

The Present intention is to Quarry the lot, once this is done there will be no repairing of the damage and loss the land.

Your support in which ever way will be greatly appreciated by he land we are sworn to protect and the spirit of our paths.

Read about a campaign to save a beautiful stretch of Dorset coastline from quarrying, and what you can do to help: Save the Portland Coastal Strip.

Click on the poster below to download

Still soldiering on

A new gallery dedicated to the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment since 1958 has opened at The Keep military museum in Dorchester.

The new feature tells the history of the Devon and Dorset from 1958 until 2007 when it merged into a new regiment - The Rifles.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 19th June 2008

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Secret perch of a pious pelican

Experts have found evidence indicating that Corfe Castle was once one of the six most important in England.

One of the intriguing discoveries is thought to be a "pelican in her piety", unnoticed for centuries.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 18th June 2008

Fight to save phone boxes

Community leaders in Purbeck say they will fight to keep phone boxes that are earmarked for removal.

As reported in the Daily Echo, BT announced it was reviewing 19 kiosks in the district, many of which are in rural areas.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 18th June 2008

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Exploring Chesil’s pebbles

A walk to explore Chesil Bank's mass of pebbles will be held on Saturday 21st June.

The pebbles stretch 29 kilometres with the largest found at Portland and the smaller pea-sized ones lying on the bank at Bridport.

Those interested in finding out more about the pebbles, what types there are and where they came from should meet at the Chesil Beach Centre at 2pm.

The walk costs £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children.

Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 17th June 2008

Help to spot island's wildlife

Find out more about the marine life surrounding Portland's coast by joining in Sea Watch Foundation's National Whale And Dolphin Watch Week.

Anyone interested in these fascinating sea creatures can join trained observers at Portland Bill on Saturday, June 21 between 10am and 1pm and again on Sunday, June 29 between 3pm and 6pm.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 17th June 2008

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Folk flock to this thriving festival

Mr. Bojangles himself could not have danced as high as the morris men who jingle-jangled around the streets of Wimborne at the annual Folk Festival at the weekend.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Sunday 15th June 2008

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Step back in time on the smugglers’ trail

Families are being invited to step back in time and join a free guided walk along an infamous smuggler trail in Purbeck.

The two-hour route will begin in Worth Matravers and take walkers along the Smugglers' Trail - used by smugglers in the 16th century.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo 14th June 2008

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Festival has more than folk

Celebration and music will be in the air this weekend as the ancient market town of Wimborne Minster prepares to host its annual Folk Festival.

Originally a magnet for traditional folk dance, with Morris from all over Britain descending on Dorset, the festival has expanded its horizons in recent years.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo 12th June 2008

County flag idea snub

Ideas for a new flag for Dorset have been snubbed by councils in the east of the county.

Bournemouth Borough Council has cited their historic links with Hampshire while Poole and Christchurch have also decided not to be involved at this stage.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo 12th June 2008

Lottery will help fund Roman fest

A lottery grant will help to fund Dorchester Roman Festival.

Dorchester Town Council has won funding of £8,750 for the new festival from the Awards for All lottery grant scheme.

The money has been matched by contributions from West Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council, Dorchester Joint Heritage Committee and the County Museum.

Dorchester Roman Festival will take place on the weekend of August 30 and 31. It will celebrate Dorchester's Roman heritage and will include a major re-enactment, music, story-telling, literary readings, food, activities and Roman games.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 12th June 2008

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Wimborne Folk Festival 2008

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th June sees the annual Wimborne Folk Festival. A colourful spectacle of traditional folk dance and music was first held in August 1980 as a one day event. It was such a success that it became a local point for the largest gathering of dance teams and musicians in the south of England.

For the old town of Wimborne Minster, held in the shadow of the 12th Century Minster Church of St Cuthberga it is considered by many to be the major event of the year.

As the title suggests, the event if a folk affair with well-known guitar-wielders like Lau, Kris Drever and Grada preparing to appear this June. There is also plenty of alternative entertainment to tickle your fancy from Ceilidhs to Morris Dancing displays.

For more information visit the website at www.wimbornefolkfestival.co.uk

(Below highlights of last years folk festival)

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Folks flock to the ‘fantastic’ festival

It was another successful celebration of traditional arts, craft and music at this year's Wimborne Folk Festival.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Sunday 10th June 2007

Reading room is set to be restored

A Victorian-era reading room for the working men in a Purbeck village is due to be restored.

It was built in Church Knowle by landowners the Mansel family of Kimmeridge and given in trust to the villagers for quiet recreation.

But years of deterioration have led to it being described as almost derelict.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 10th June 2008

Saturday, 7 June 2008

£200k boost for museums

Museums on Dorsets Jurassic Coast are set to benefit from a £200,000 lottery windfall.

The cash boost will support a joint project by 10 museums along the length of the World Heritage site that will focus on getting the best of the areas fossils on display locally.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 7th June 2008

War History in my own garden

A stunned pensioner has discovered a Second World War air raid shelter lurking beneath weeds in his back garden.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 7th June 2008

Calls to uncover historic cobbles

Old cobbles under a modern street could be revealed to show part of historic Dorchester.

Alistair Chisholm, president of the towns Chamber of Commerce, said Durngate Street was an important route dating from the towns Roman origins.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 7th June 2008


The Weird Weekend is the largest yearly gathering of mystery animal investigators in the English-speaking world. Having run unbroken for seven years, the convention attracts speakers and visitors from all over the world and showcases the findings of strange phenomena investigators. Cryptozoologists, parapsychologists, ufologists, and folklorists are descending on Woolfardisworthy Community Centre to share their findings and insights. Unlike other events, the Weird Weekend will also include workshops giving tips to budding paranormal investigators, and even a programme of special events for children. The Weird Weekend is the only fortean conference in the world that is truly a family event, although those veterans of previous events should be reassured that it is still as anarchically silly as ever! The event is raising money for the Centre for Fortean Zoology, the world’s only full time, professional cryptozoological organisation.

Tickets for this year's event, which will be held over the weekend of the 16-18 August, are already selling fast, and I would strongly suggest that people by their tickets soon. There will be a certain number put back for on the day, but you save a fiver by booking before the end of July. The latest lineup is:

7.00 p.m Cocktail party at the CFZ, Myrtle Cottage, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR

Noon - 5.00 p.m Open Day at the CFZ, Myrtle Cottage, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5QR

Community Centre, Woolsery, Bideford, North Devon, Doors open at 6.00
7.00 - 7.15 Introduction
7.15 - 8.00 MATTHEW WILLIAMS: Crop Circles ***
8.00-8.30 BREAK
8.30 - 9.00 RONAN COGHLAN: The theology of extra-terrestrials
9.00 - 9.30 BREAK
-----the scary zone -----
9.30 - 10.15 MIKE HALLOWELL AND DARREN RITSON: The Tyneside poltergeist
10.15 - 11.00 LEE WALKER: New Ferry after dark
(Parents please note that these two talks may be moderately frightening, and should be attended by children under 11 only at their parent's discretion)


Community Centre, doors open at 10.00
11.00 - 11.15 JON DOWNES + RICHARD FREEMAN: An introduction to cryptozoology ***
(ALL AFTERNOON JOANNE CURTIS: monster making for kids)
11.15 - 12.15 NICK REDFERN: Planet of the ape men
(NICK REDFERN: UFOs for kids)
12.15 - 1.15 Dr MIKE DASH: In Search of Dr MacRae (Loch Ness)
1.15 - 1.45 BREAK
1.45 - 2.45 MATT SALUSBURY: Water elephants of the Congo
(PAUL VELLA: Bigfoot for kids)
2.45 - 3.15 BREAK (KIDS: Mad Hatter's Tea Party)
3.15 - 3.30 QUIZ
3.30 - 4.30 TIM MATTHEWS: Weird stuff happens - my part in UFOlogy's downfall
4.30 - 5.00 PAUL "Mr Biffo" ROSE: A year in cryptozoology ***
5.00 - 5.30 Break
5.30 - 6.00 BOOK LAUNCH: `Dr Shuker's Casebook` by Dr. Karl Shuker
6.00 - 7.30 RICHARD FREEMAN ET AL: Russia 2008 Expedition report
7.30 - 8.00 Break
8.00 - 8.10 GRAHAM INGLIS: CFZ Museum - annual report
8.10 - 8.20 PAUL VELLA - the last 12 months in BHM
8.20 - 8.30 OLL LEWIS: The last 12 months of lake and sea monster reports
8.30 - 8.45 CHRIS MOISER: Confessions of a fortean zookeeper
8.45 - 9.00 CFZ AWARDS
9.00 - 9.30 BREAK
9.30 - 11.00 RICHARD FREEMAN ET AL: Guyana 2007 Expedition report


COMMUNITY CENTRE doors open 10.00
11.15 - 12.00 MICHAEL WOODLEY: In the wake of Bernard Heuvelmans
12.00 - 1.00 Dr GAIL-NINA ANDERSON: Fairies in art ***
1.00 - 1.30 BREAK
1.30 - 2.30 MIKE HALLOWELL: invizikids ***
(KIDS: Monsters are real - Jon Downes/Richard Freeman 30 mins)
(ALL AFTERNOON JOANNE CURTIS: monster making for kids)
2.30 - 3.00 BREAK (KIDS: Treasure Hunt)
3.00 - 4.00 GEOFF WARD: Spirals - the Pattern of Existence
(OLL LEWIS: Lake Monsters for kids)
4.00 - 4.30 BREAK
4.30 - 5.15 RONAN COGHLAN: Irish UFO case ***
5.15 - 5.45 JONATHAN DOWNES: Keynote Speech and Closing Remarks.
Events specifically for kids are in red. Whilst all the lectures (except for the two talks in the `scary zone` on Friday night) are perfectly suitable for children, some may be of more interest to young minds than others. The talks marked with *** are those that we especially recommend for children under the age of 12, although - of course - they are welcome at any that they care to attend...



Wildlife Photography by Jon McGowan


Exhibition: Pictures of Monsters by the children of Woolsery
Exhibition: Nature art by Rebecca McGown-Griffin
Exhibition: Wildlife photography by Benjiman Leese
Exhibition: Metamorphosis - exotic insects
EVENING: Dinner at The Farmer's Arms, Woolsery

To ensure that you manage to reserve tickets, why not by them online today at

Friday, 6 June 2008

Introduction to the unknown at Upwey Village Hall

A Series of monthly "Alchemist Evenings", which hopes to provoke a "crucible of debate", is about to be launched by David and Mary Kingston, the Dorset UFO investigators and organisers of the annual Unexplained conferences at Dorchester for the past dozen years.

Billed as an "introduction to the unknown" through big-screen presentations, the events start on June 17, when David, from Weymouth, will present the 2001 American UFO documentary Out of the Blue, in which he features.

David said: "With the release of the documentation from the Ministry of Defence under the Freedom of Information Act, a lot of people are asking 'do these things exist - is there something more?'"

And on July 15, it's the mystery of the huge crop formation which appeared at East Field, Alton Barnes, Wiltshire, on July 7 last year, apparently following an electromagnetic pulse witnessed by researchers during a nightwatch. David will be showing unedited film footage of the incident.

Future subjects include the film The Moses Code, Devon author Laurence Gardner's investigations into the "bloodline of the Holy Grail", revealing the hidden lineage of Jesus, the Celestine Prophecy, and conspiracy theories surrounding the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001.

The Alchemist Evenings will be at the Upwey School Village Hall, Upwey, Dorset, at 7.30pm, admission £4, including refreshments. Inquiries to David and Mary on 01305 750399 or email alchemist. newsletter@virgin.net

Source: Western Daily Press 6th June 2008

Wessex Folk Festival begins

From 6th until 8th June, is the Wessex Folk Festival Weekend. See performers, musicians and dancers around the Old Harbour, Weymouth. (see previous blog for more info)

Hardy's 168th birthday is celebrated

To mark the 168 years since Thomas Hardy's birth a feast of events will take place in Dorchester.

An English professor who has travelled from the University of Georgia, Doctor Simon Gatrell will start the celebrations tomorrow at 3.30pm (Saturday June 7) in the Council Chamber, County Hall, when he gives a talk on the novel - The Return of The Native.

Following that there will be tea in the members room with entertainment from the Durnovaria Band and the New Hardy Players.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo 6th June 2008

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Cup older than Holy Grail sells for £50,000 in Dorchester

An ancient gold cup that dates back to the 3rd or 4th century BC but has spent the last 60 years under a bed has sold for £50,000 at auction.

READ MORE - Source: Telegraph 5th June 2008

Monday, 2 June 2008

Display of old photographs

An exhibition of old photographs - Portland As It Was - is currently on display at Tophill Library.

More than 90 images dating from the early 20th century to the 70s show old timers in the quarries, school and church events, the Salvation Army Band playing in the ruins of St Andrew's Church at Church Ope Cove, Portland Borstal and houses in Straits and the Grove area which have long since been demolished.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Monday 2nd June 2008

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Weymouth's Wessex Folk Festival

Events start at 8pm on Friday, with a concert in Hope Church featuring Last Nights Fun, supported by Camilla and the Can Openers. At approximately noon on Saturday, Hope Square comes to life with the Tree Fellahs who explode into a blistering set of jigs and reels. After that, it is music all the way, culminating in the rising star Jodie Jones followed by
Djambo at 6pm.

At 8pm on Saturday and again in Hope Church, the festival are proud to present Dick Gaughan, with support from No Fixed Abode, whilst at 7.30pm in the Sea Cadet Centre, it could be your time to trip the light fantastic at a barn dance featuring Captain Thunderbolt.

At 11am on Sunday, Celtic Confusion take the limelight to start a musical journey involving, among others Bag of Rats, Three Tuns of Grass, the amazing Dave Stomp and the inimitable Finnian McGurk. At 6pm Benny and Nina, with Jigsaw, bring proceedings to a furious fiddle fired finish! In addition, it is busking, dancing and trade stalls along Trinity Road (and other sites across town) with showcases for new performers, workshops ranging from fiddle to bodhran, and a constant flow of music sessions in the Sailors Return and the Kings Arms.

01305 860277 or 01305 821611 for further details.

or website www.wessexfolkfestival.co.uk

(below) highlights of Morris and Folk Dancing at last years Wessex Folk Festival.

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