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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Events: Haunted Harbour Tour around Weymouth

Discover the long forgotten haunts of history around the famous Old Weymouth and Melcombe regis Harbour. Many of the harbour side inns have reputed haunted happenings and sightings.

This tour is researched from archived material and local folklore

Every Wednesday (weather permitting), meet at 7.00pm at the Boot Inn behind the Fire Station, near Asda roundabout. Tours last approx. 2 Hours.
  • Adult - £5:00
  • Children (10-16yrs) £2.00 (All Children to be accompanied by an adult (Not suitable for under 10 yrs Old)

CALL 01305 785747 to book (Office hours 09:30 - 17:00)

Please CLICK HERE to enquire about Tour

Other dates arranged by agreement - please mail for information

For more details visit the website at www.paste.org.uk

Monday, 28 September 2009

News Clipping: Spooky Spots & Ghostly Goings-On Revealed

The spookiest spots in Britain have been revealed in a survey of supernatural sightings over the last 25 years.

Some parts of the country are much more prone to strange goings-on than others, according to the study by paranormal researcher Lionel Fanthorpe.

Read More: Source - Sky News 28th September 2009

News Clipping: Ghosthunter's guide to best haunts in Britain

Yorkshire is the best place to be if you want to see a UFO but if you're in search of phantoms then you're better off heading south to Kent.

And if you fancy mixing train-spotting with ghosthunting then Dorset is a good choice as it boasts the highest number of railway hauntings.

Read More: Source - The Metro 28th September 2009

News Clipping: This spectred isle... the spookiest spots in Britain revealed

If you're at all scared of ghosts, make sure you steer clear of Kent.

The county is home to more paranormal beings than anywhere else in Britain, a study revealed today.

It also suggests you're most likely to glimpse a UFO in Yorkshire, while the country's most famous werewolf lives in Staffordshire

Read More: Source - The Daily Mail 28th September 2009

News Clipping: Ghostly goings-on, aliens and dealing with the ‘other side’ among the tales of the unexplained around Wales

Wales’ reputation as a hotspot for ghosts, big cat sightings and all things supernatural has been cemented today according to the study of the paranormal in the UK over the past 25 years.

Read More: Source - Wales Online 28th September 2009

News Clipping: More ghosts appear in Kent than elsewhere in UK, finds research

Kent has the highest incidence of phantoms and poltergeists while UFOs are much more prevalent in Yorkshire, a new report suggests.

Anyone with a fascination for railway ghosts should head for Dorset, while fans of Dick Turpin – the ghost, that is, rather than the historical figure – should book a flight out of Heathrow Airport.

Read More: Source - The Telegraph 28th September 2009

News Clipping: Where would you find a werewolf? Staffordshire, obviously

WOOOOOOO!!! We all know Britain can be a frightening place to live - but this is really spooky.

Werewolves, phantoms, ghosts and poltergeists are all around us, if a new report is to be believed.

And if you're not too scared to go out, you can use our handy map to track down the ghoulish goings-on and have a really thrilling night.

Read More: Source - The Sun 28th September 2009

On this day 28th September 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh was executed

Sherborne Castle, which lies close to the former Old Castle, was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, and was the only residence in which he found peace and happiness. It is perhaps for this reason that his spirit returns to the castle every year on this day, the eve of the feast of St. Michael, and of his execution at London in 1618 after his arrest and imprisonment in the Tower of London as a conspirator to King James I. Sir Walter Raleigh's ghost is said to walk beneath the trees in the castle grounds before sitting on the stone seat named after him. It was here in his former life that he would smoke the tobacco he was famed for introducing to England.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Film News - Morris: A life With Bells On

After a phenomenally successful tour of town and village halls across southwest England at the beginning of the year, the internet sensation that is MORRIS: A LIFE WITH BELLS ON comes to a cinema near you.

A heartwarming feature-length comedy about an avant-garde Morris Dancer, Derecq Twist, and his fight to modernise Morris Dancing. From England to America, from tragedy to love, MORRIS is a celebration of life, eccentricity and what it means to be English.

Picturehouse Cinemas, the group behind Cinema City, has stepped in to secure the national rights as part of its on-going commitment to independent British filmmaking. The film will be screened at all its cinemas today plus extra showings due to popular demand.


Clapham Picturehouse


Gate Picturehouse


Greenwich Picturehouse


Ritzy Picturehouse


Stratford East Picturehouse


The Belmont Picturehouse


The Little Theatre Cinema


Duke Of York's Picturehouse


Arts Picturehouse


Cameo Picturehouse


Exeter Picturehouse


Regal Picturehouse


Picturehouse at FACT


Cinema City, Norwich


Phoenix Picturehouse


Harbour Lights Picturehouse


Stratford upon Avon Picturehouse


City Screen Picturehouse

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Events: International Napoleonic Weekend at Kingston Maurward - Saturday 3rd October & Sunday 4th October 2009

Following our successful 2008 Regency Weekend, we have put together another fantastic line up for this 200th Anniversary weekend, celebrating the year of 1809. We now have both the return of The French Infantry from Napoleon Bonaparte's Imperial Army and the famous 95th Rifles, as seen in "Sharpe". We have also got the Sharpe Appreciation Society with many items used during the filming of the series For those of you who want a "behind the scenes" look at the filming, Jason Salkey (AKA Rifleman Harris) will be selling his video diaries. . New this year, are the Royal Armouries original working Napoleonic Guns, which will be giving live firing demonstrations during the weekend. As an additional attraction, we have got an Education day on Friday, October 2nd, and also a Regency dining experience as a ticketed Friday evening extra. For more information on the dinner, please contact the Banqueting Manager on 01305 215050.

For the weekend we have a celebration of Regency music, dance, and games, together with an open invitation to a Regency picnic in the formal gardens. We also have the 16th International Napoleonic Fair being held in the Georgian mansion, built in 1720 for George Pitt, after he married into the last of the Grey family, who owned the great Elizabethan Manor house, which is now privately owned. The extensive grounds will also host the Military re-enactments and living history encampments, bringing the area alive with the sound of Napoleon and Wellington's soldiers. Come and learn about the Napoleonic Wars, and meet up with Bonaparte's men, or talk to a redcoat or rifleman from Wellington's Peninsula War army, before they embark to Portugal. There will be a battle display, as well as drill demonstrations, and a chance to wander through the military camps and experience what camp life was like during the period. This year, we have got an Education day on Friday, October 2nd designed to encourage schools to get involved, and visit free during the day for an introduction to the Georgian Period, to include presentations on Costume, battlefields, and history of social aspects of the period.

Below: Highlights of last years Regency Weekend

This year, we have got an Education day on Friday, October 2nd designed to encourage schools to get involved, and visit free during the day for an introduction to the Georgian Period, to include presentations on Costume, battlefields, and history of social aspects of the period.

For more information visit www.kmc.ac.uk

Thursday, 24 September 2009

News Clipping: Bond girl Gemma Arterton filming in Dorset

James Bond star Gemma Arterton is filming scenes in west Dorset for a new Hollywood blockbuster.

The actress, who starred alongside Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace as Bond girl Strawberry Fields, is taking the title role in a modern retelling of Thomas Hardy’s novel Far From the Madding Crowd.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 24th September 2009

Events: Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick Saturday, 26 September 2009

On Saturday, 26 September 2009 from 7pm - 10:30pm at the Dorchester's Corn Exchange. Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, The most famous, and perhaps longest lived partnership in English folk music will be performing. Supported by Fingerz'n'Fretz, featuring the amazing James Findlay (a contender for the latest BBC Folk Awards).

More information visit http://www.chesilpromotions.co.uk/carthyswarbrick.htm

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

News Clipping: Kingston Maurward stages Internatonal Napoleonic Weekend

The grounds of the Kingston Maurward Estate will be transformed into a Napoleonic battlefield for a weekend of 19th Century themed entertainment.

The International Napoleonic Weekend at the college near Dorchester will see military re-enactments complete with muskets and cannons, market traders selling goods and traditional music and dance.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 23rd September 2009

Monday, 21 September 2009

News Clipping: Hell's bells! The joy of Morris Dancing

Beards, silly outfits and wooden sticks – the traditional English dance has been the butt of jokes for decades. So can a new movie celebrating its charms teach us to appreciate it? Jonathan Brown joins the throng.

Read More: Source - The Independant 21th September 2009

News Clipping: Boom time for Dorset ghostbusters

Ghostbusters are staging a Hallowe’en extravaganza with a series of spooky events over five days.

The Weymouth-based Paranormal Investigation Team (PIT) has picked the locations to form the shape of a pentagram – a five pointed star with supernatural connotations – to boost any paranormal activity.

Read More: Dorset Echo Monday 21st September 2009

Events: Lesser Known Swanage and Weymouth

On the 26th September at 10:30pm at the Mulberry Gallery, Weymouth Library in conjuction with the Friends of the Weymouth Library. Julia Musk will be discussing her findings based on her book 'Lesser Known Swanage' and showing you what most visitors miss, with quotes from local people giving a unique insight. Roving Press will also reveal their next 'Lesser Known Guide', asking for input from anyone who knows about Weymouth.

When: 26 Sep 2009 10:30 - 12:mm One day only
Where: Mulberry Gallery, Weymouth Library Great George Street Weymouth DT4 8NN
Price: £2 including refreshments

Saturday, 19 September 2009

News Clippings: Letters by Lawrence of Arabia discovered

Fascinating letters written by Lawrence of Arabia have been found years after they were thought to have been burned on a fire.

In the letters, the hero of the Arab revolt in the First World War talks about his love of motorcycles, which led to his death in a road accident in 1935, reports The Telegraph.

READ MORE - Source: Breaking News 24/7 29th September 2009

Victorian Military Tattoo at the Nothe Fort, Weymouth, Dorset UK 19-20 September 2009

This is an event for everybody, of all ages and interests.

The Victorian Military Tattoo is a full living history event including the Garrisoning of one of Britain’s finest Victorian Fortresses. Meet the Queen, see the horses, carriages, cavalry, artillery, infantry, the Drums and Victorian people.

The Soldiers of the Queen...

Soldiers of the Queen, that is Queen Victoria, are coming together from all over the country to form this Garrison at the Nothe Fort and Gardens. The Regiments; The Green Howards, The 24th of Foot of Zulu War fame, The Middlesex Regiment - Diehard Company, the famous 11th Hussars, mounted on eight magnificent horses will be setting up a camp of the famous British bell tents, called the 'Lines', exactly like soldiers would have done 150 years ago. The Royal Artillery will be stationed inside the Fort as they are hosting the Garrison.

Two days of Victorian splendour in Nothe Fort with well over 100 re-enactors.

Parades, Demonstrations, Battle reenactments, Living history encampments, Traders etc.

On Saturday, Her Majesty The Queen Victoria will be arriving in a carriage with full mounted escort from the 11th Hussars, the drive to the Fort is from Lodmoor (East Weymouth) along the promenade and up through the town, the final leg into the Fort is with the Royal Piper and a further four Hussars from the Wessex Yeomanry. There will be one main parade on the Saturday and an evening sunset Ceremony.
On Sunday there will be two main parades, a Church parade and the evening Sunset Ceremony, brought forward to late afternoon.

The weekend has been programmed to maximise the event and there is a full timetable of demonstrations, guard mounting and guard changing, living history both within the Fort and within the Infantry and Cavalry lines, Drums displays and Band displays.

An excellent spectacle and enjoyable event for the re-enactors, who in turn will present a wonderful weekend for the Public.

Feel free to turn up in Victorian Costume or ordinary modern dress.

Click below for more details: www.vmt2009.co.uk

Thursday, 17 September 2009

News Clipping: Bronze Age house for Maiden Castle

A Bronze house is to be built at Maiden Castle as part of a ‘living history’ weekend. (see previous blog entry Event News - Bronze Age Festival at Maiden Castle)

Visitors will have their chance to try their hand at the ancient construction skills during the Bronze Age festival.

The activity has been added to the attractions at the event on the historic hillfort just outside Dorchester this Saturday and Sunday.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 17th September 2009

News Clipping: Decapitated bodies - were they Vikings?

It looks like the aftermath of a massacre - the decapitated, naked bodies of at least 51 young men found thrown into a old quarry and their heads piled on top.

The mass grave uncovered by archaeologists at Ridgeway Hill, near Weymouth in rural Dorset, is a rare discovery.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News Thursday, 17 September 2009

News Clipping: Why we love our prince of whales

Dead or alive, we cannot resist the allure of the whale.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Thursday 17th September 2009

News Clipping: Gilbert the whale looks in good spirits

Gilbert the whale still looks in good spirits despite fears for his welfare from conservation groups.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Thursday 17th September 2009

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

New Videos: Swanage Folk Festival

Highlights of the Swanage Folk Festival 2009 with the Merrydowners Morris and Firestone Appalachian Dancers

News Clipping: Whale spotted off Bournemouth beach

Conservationists are urging people not to approach a whale that has been spotted off the Bournemouth coast.

The nine-metre long northern bottlenose has been seen swimming between Bournemouth Pier and Branksome feeding over the last four days.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 16th September 2009

Monday, 14 September 2009

Event News - Bronze Age Festival at Maiden Castle

On the 19th and 20th September 2009 from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Maiden Castle, near Dorchester - Come along and find out what life was like in Bronze Age Dorset 4000 years ago Meet archaeologists and experts Make a pot, join a dig and see arts and crafts inspired by the Bronze Age landscape around us Outdoor event under cover Bring a picnic!

Living History

Demonstrations of Bronze Age Life - Saturday & Sunday

Beaker Making Workshop with Bill Crumbleholme – the Beaker Folk Potter Saturday & Sunday On the hour 11.00am to 3.00pm - 45 minute pottery workshops

Suitable for all ages Please book in advance
to ensure your place
  • Bill will demonstrate how to make and decorate a Bronze Age beaker by hand.
  • Make your own beaker under Bill’s guidance.
  • Beakers can either be taken home or left for Bill to fire at a later date.
More information about Bill’s Bronze Age pottery canbe found at www.beakerfolk.co.uk


XCAVATE! with archaeologist Chris Tripp Saturday & Sunday 10.30/12.30/2.30 Please book in advance to ensure your place
  • Archaeological excavation for children aged 6-11.
  • Work with an experienced archaeologist & real artefacts.
  • Find out how sites are dug
Join the archaeologists from the DCC Historic Environment Team for lots of fun craft activities including making your own Bronze Age badge Sunday only Booking not required

Bring an artefact Have you found something interesting in your garden - a field or just out & about. Bring it along on Sunday and meet the Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer 11am to 3.30pm

Stories Storyteller
  • Graham Rogers Saturday & Sunday Booking not required
Arts & Crafts
  • Arts & Craft Exhibition Saturday & Sunday
  • Soap carving workshop with woodcarver Mark Vyvyan Saturday only Drop in sessions - booking not required.
  • Get crafty Join in other activities as and when they happen
For more information
  • For workshop bookings call 07500 078351

Sunday, 13 September 2009

News Clipping: Team in search of mystery yeti-like creature

Mystery animal researchers from Woolsery are heading to Indonesia in search of a yeti-like creature.

Four explorers from the Centre for Fortean Zoology, the world's largest mystery animal research organisation based in Woolsery, will be searching through the jungles of Sumatra on the hunt for the orang-pendek.

READ MORE - Source: North Devon Journal September 10, 2009

Weird Weekend 2009 commemorated in Fortean comic strip

I received the latest issue of Fortean Times Magazine this week. To my surprise there is a fantastic cartoon strip of the recent CFZ Weird Weekend Conference in North Devon by the magazine's cartoonist Hunt Emerson. As well as featuring many of the speakers it includes Hunt, Sam Shearon and, to my delight, myself.

Thanks, Hunt - Fantastic :)

Friday, 11 September 2009

Come and celebrate the rescue of Weymouth's Old Town Hall

Sunday 13th September 2009 from 11am to 6pm

Some of things visitors can enjoy are:
  • Display of local history of the area and signed copies of the book "Weymouth Through Time" from which a donation is made to the Old Town Hall for each copy sold.
  • Art displays
  • Photographic displays
  • Music
  • Refreshments
  • Information about the Old Town Hall project to renovate and restore the building for it to be used as a Heritage Centre on one floor and an Arts Centre on the other. Also, information about the Chapelhay Community Partnership.
There will be a lot more besides, so do come along and see what it's all about.

Location: Old Town Hall, High Street, Weymouth - opposite the Boot Inn down the end of High West Street and diagonally behind the council offices on North Quay. Nearest car park is the council offices car park which is open to anyone at weekends, pay and display.

This event is hosted by Guardians of the Old Town Hall (GOTH) - a group of six people who joined together to form a Community Interest Company and took on the lease from Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for a term of 30 years at a peppercorn rent.

For more information visit www.chapelhay.weymouth-dorset.co.uk

Below: On Saturday 7th February 2009 a spectacular re-enactment took place in commemoration of the Battle of Weymouth and the Crabchurch Conspiracy of 1645. This film shows highlights of the march and wreath laying from The Old Town Hall to the Nothe.

On this day 11th September 1685, The Bloody Assizes was opened at Lyme Regis

On this day in 1685, The Bloody Assizes was opened at Lyme Regis. The next day twelve men were executed on the beach west of the Cobb and their body parts were spiked up along the railings around the church. Two of the men's heads were impaled on the iron gates of the great house in Broad Street, now known as Chatham House. It was here that Judge Jeffreys was said to have dined on the night before the executions. Ever his ghost has been seen carrying a bloody bone in the house and gnawing upon it outside in the street.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

News Clipping: A picture of war at Weymouth's Old Town Hall

Artist David Arnold has painted pictures to mark the opening of the Old Town Hall in Weymouth.

He has painted the oils – titled Emotional Warfare – to go on show along with his other works in the historic building on the harbourside in High West Street.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 10th September 2009

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

News Clipping: 350-year-old letter delights historians campaigning to revive old Weymouth

A small but significant piece of history has been unearthed to the delight of campaigners reviving the heart of old Weymouth.

The Chapelhay Community Partnership (CCP), which has taken over the lease of the Old Town Hall and plans to turn it into a heritage and community centre, has revealed how a hand has reached down through history to support the project.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 8th September 2009

Sunday, 6 September 2009

News Clipping: Clavell Tower among landmarks open to public

The historic Clavell Tower will be among the treasures of Dorset to be thrown open to the public in mid-September.

The 19th century landmark at Kimmeridge bay features in the line-up of attractions and events for the county’s Heritage Open Days on September 10 to 13.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Sunday 6th September 2009

Saturday, 5 September 2009

News Clipping: Anneka Rice is up for a new Osmington White Horse challenge

Celebrity Anneka Rice may launch a new ‘challenge’ to help repair the historic White Horse at Osmington.

The star has been blamed for the greying of the monument after spreading hundreds of Portland Stone chippings on it for a BBC Challenge Anneka show in 1989.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Saturday 5th September 2009

Friday, 4 September 2009

Events: Convention of Alternative Archaeology Sunday Oct. 4th 2009

The 6th annual assembly bringing together people seeking deeper truths about our ancient spiritual heritage. This year dedicated to the memory of David Kingston, who passed away earlier this year. Five illustrated presentations, and stands - great value at only £20 in advance (£25 on door) 25% discount for Dorset Earth Mysteries Group members!

Limited seating – we were almost full in 2008 - advance booking advised!

This Years Speakers

Hugh le Prevost – The Ark of the Covenant – Israel’s Holy Grail. Hugh, a long-standing researcher from Glastonbury, looks at why Moses made the Ark as the Throne of God, and the Knights Templar associations with the Ark, and he is bringing along with him a replica of the Ark he has constructed himself, which has produced amazing energetic phenomena and extra-dimensional manifestations.

Peter Knight – Chambered Tombs of Europe – A Personal Journey. Peter is the Convention Organiser. He is the author of six earth mysteries books. He has travelled across Europe and the USA studying and experiencing prehistoric sites, and presents his findings on the similarities and local differences of chambered tombs and dolmen, and how we can interact with them today.

Gary Biltcliffe - Etruscan and Greek Sacred Sites – New Discoveries. Gary is a well-respected author, psychic, and researcher; In this presentation he tells us of his journeys, discoveries and personal experiences at ancient, and often little known, Greek and Etruscan sites, including pyramids and his discovery of very ancient polygonal walls in Europe. Website: www.belinusline.com

Tony Peart – The Landscape Geometry of the Knights Templar sites of Europe. Tony has for many years researched and mapped landscape hexagrams, pentagrams and other shapes laid out around Knights Templar sites across Europe. See his work on his website: www.templarmechanics.com

Anthony Kennish – The Earth Energies and Ley Lines of Glastonbury. Anthony lives in Glastonbury and has for many years written about his dowsing of the leys and energies around the Isle of Avalon, an area stepped in myth and power. His great guide to Glastonbury energy flows, The Glastonbury Chronicles, is highly recommended. Website: www.tonykennish.co.uk
  • Plus a showing during the lunch break of “Standing with Stones”, a beautiful visual journey through megalithic Britain, by Rupert Soskin and Michael Bott – stunning photography and computer graphics.

Only £20 in advance (£25 on door – but only if seats are available).

Please make cheques payable to P Knight - 3, The Green, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 8DG.

Time: 10.15am – 6.30pm

Venue: The Brownsword Hall Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset

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For more information e-mail: stoneseeker@waitrose.com or alternatively visit the website www.stoneseeker.net

New Look to Dark Dorset Website

Here is the new look of the Dark Dorset website.

Before we had experienced technical problems with the old site that it was due for an overhaul. So hopefully we will have no more issues, 'Touch Wood' - as old superstitions go :)

So check it out by visiting www.darkdorset.co.uk

News Clipping: Comedy stars go nurdling in Dorset

The ancient and rather enjoyable Dorset pastime of nurdling returned to the county’s back lanes thanks to some television stars.

Comics and honorary nurdlers Rory McGrath and Paddy McGuinness tried their hand at the unusual activity around Upwey for their series in which they travel the country taking part in strange but quintessentially British sporting events.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo 4th September 2009

For more info about nurdling visit the Upwey Nurdlers

Thursday, 3 September 2009

News Clipping: Historic White Horse landmark 'ruined by Anneka Rice quick-fix' 20 years ago to be restored

A historic landmark is to be restored to its original glory 20 years after TV personality Anneka Rice accidentally ruined it.

The 200-year-old Osmington White Horse was carved into the Dorset hill as a monument to King George III.

The TV show Challenge Anneka attempted to spruce up the figure in 1989, but after looking splendid for a short time it soon deteriorated.

READ MORE - Source: Daily Mail 3rd September 2009

News Clipping: Anneka Rice 'sorry' over damage to White Horse

A team of conservationists are having to repair damage caused to a Dorset landmark after a revamp on an episode of the BBC's Challenge Anneka.

Television star Anneka Rice attempted to spruce up the White Horse landmark at Osmington in Weymouth in 1989.

The challenge saw her gather a team of locals and lay white stone chippings, but they have since started falling down the hill leaving bare patches.

READ MORE - Source: BBC News Thursday, 3 September 2009

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

News Clipping: Anneka Rice's DIY 'ruined white horse'

Anneka Rice accidentally damaged Dorset's famous white horse with 'a bit of a do-it-yourself garden landscaping' while trying to restore it, historians have said.

READ MORE - Source: The Telegraph 2nd September 2009

News Clipping: On a charge for Osmington's 'white' horse

A major bid is being launched to restore the white horse at Osmington to its former glory.

It is planned to remove tons of Portland Stone – scattered on the hillside by Anneka Rice for her TV show in 1989 – to renew the hill carving.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday 2nd September 2009

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Event News: SwanageFolk Festival - September 11th - 13th 2009

The big highlight of our festival is the Saturday night concert, now being held at the Mowlem Theatre. The amazing Demon Barber Roadshow, winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for best Live Act for 2009, will be topping the bill with their amazing mix of contemporary and traditional folk songs and music, mixed with clog dancing, morris dancing and an amazing rapper display, featuring members of Black Swan rapper side.

There is a delightful mix of music on offer all weekend at various venues. Apart from concerts featuring stars such as Colvin Quarmby, Something Nasty in the Woodshed, Pete Coe, John Conolly, Belshazzar‘s Feast, Ian Bruce, and many more, there are workshops and sessions to take part in.

One of the main features of Swanage Folk Festival is the many dance sides who come and perform for your pleasure. Somewhere in the region of 50 dance sides, Morris, Rapper, Clog, and even Belly Dancers, take part in the parade saturday afternoon through the town centre. These sides can be seen dancing at a variety of venues around the town all weekend.

Children are not forgotten with activites on the Sandpit Field, amusement rides, and active story sessions in the library.

For eager shoppers there are the craft fair and trade stalls on Sandpit Field.

The Festival Information Tent and main Festival Bar are on Sandpit Field.

Visit the website at www.swanagefolkfestival.co.uk for more details of what‘s happening over the weekend and ticket application forms.

Do not miss this festival. Come to Swanage September 11th - 13th 2009.

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