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Saturday, 31 October 2009

News Clipping: Things that go bump at Nothe Fort

Armed with hi-tec kit and nerves of steel, a group of amateur ghost hunters led by a psychic sleuth went on the prowl in Weymouth’s Nothe Fort in search of things that go bump in the night.

Read More - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Saturday 31st October 2009

Friday, 30 October 2009

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Events: Moonfleet on Tour

Formed in 2001 by graduates of the prestigious Ecole Lecoq, Angel Exit Theatre is a shifting ensemble of performers with a shared passion for new dynamic physical theatre, under the artistic direction of Tamsin Fessey and Lynne Forbes.

To date Angel Exit have devised, produced and performed four original pieces of theatre, all critically acclaimed. They have very different stories, but what the shows have in common is a strong emphasis on storytelling through physical ensemble theatre, using the European traditions of clown, chorus, melodrama and buffoonery.

Come and see this re-telling of John Meade Falkner's classic 'Moonfleet' smuggling novel, conjured by a group of buffoons washed up onto the wild shores of Chesil beach. With live and recorded music, puppets and striking physicality, come and see why the critics are saying:

"One of the most remarkable performances of the year came to Dorchester...The Corn Exchange was packed with the attention of more than 200 spellbound adults and children totally immersed in this outstanding production" - Anita Harries, A View from Dorchester

Four of our performances have sold out already so make sure you get your tickets soon. Please stop and say hello if you make it, we'd love to see you! We're in Croydon, St Albans, Portsmouth, Bath and Poole to name a few.

Tour Dates:

Thurs 29 Oct, Byre Theatre, St Andrews, 7.30pm
01334 475000 / www.byretheatre.com

Fri 30 & Sat 31 Oct, Byre@ Anstruther Town Hall, Fife 7.30pm
01334 475000 / www.byretheatre.com

Tues 3 Nov, Cygnet New Theatre, Exeter, 7.30pm
01392 277189 / www.cygnetnewtheatre.com

Weds 4 Nov, The Little Theatre, Torquay, 7.30pm
01803 299330 / www.toadstheatre.co.uk

Fri 6 Nov, The Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 8pm
01727 844222 / www.myspace.com/maltings

Sat 7 Nov, The Rose Theatre, Ormskirk, 3pm
01695 584480 / www.edgehill.ac.uk/rosetheatre/

Weds 11 – Sat 14 Nov, Lighthouse Poole, 7pm & 2pm Sat
0844 406 8666 / www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Weds 18 Nov, Third Floor Arts Centre, Central Library, Portsmouth, 3pm & 7.30pm
Reservations 07979 751 576 / lynne@angelexit.co.uk

Thurs 19 Nov, SpArC Theatre, Bishops Castle, 7.30pm
01588 630321 /www.artsalive.co.uk

Fri 20 Nov, Wem Town Hall, Shropshire 7.30pm
01939 237075 / www.artsalive.co.uk

Sat 21 Nov, Market Theatre, Ledbury, 8pm
01531 636147 / www.themarkettheatre.com

Tues 24 Nov, Regal Theatre, Minehead, 7.30pm
01643 706430 / www.regaltheatre.co.uk

Thurs 26 Nov, Croydon Clocktower, 7.30pm
020 8253 1030 / www.croydonclocktower.org.uk

Fri 27 Nov, Appledore Baptist Church, Devon, 7pm
07900 212 747 / www.beaford-arts.org.uk

Sat 28 Nov, Woolacombe Village Hall, Devon, 7.30pm
01271 870 510 / www.beaford-arts.org.uk

Thurs 3 & Fri 4 Dec, Rondo Theatre, Bath, 8pm & 1.30pm Fri
01225 463362 / www.rondotheatre.co.uk

Sat 5 Dec, Thorncombe Village Hall, Dorset, 7.30pm
01460 30247 / www.artsreach.co.uk

Fri 11 Dec, Brinkworth Village Hall, Wiltshire, 6.30pm
01666 510 545 / www.ruralartswiltshire.org.uk

Sat 12 Dec, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset, 7.30pm
01308 424 204 / www.bridport-arts.com

For more information about the production visit www.angelexit.co.uk

Event: Granny Cousins Halloween Ghost Walk of Poole

Granny Cousins played by Michele O'BrienFriday 30 October fom 6.00pm. As the shadows lengthen at Halloween, step behind the Great Quay, down the the tight alleyways and you never know what, or who you might meet. Now in its twelfth year, local Victorian character Granny Cousins and her sidekick 'Red' will take you on an entertaining and informative evening walk and tell you about some of the people that have lived, worked and....haunted this ancient fishing port.

Meet outside Scaplen's Court Museum, Sarum Street, Poole. Weather permitting - please phone on the night if the weather is bad.

To book a place telephone: 07977 969080

Granny Cousins walks during the summer season. She is also available for additional group bookings.

For further details contact Michele O'Brien on 07977 969080. Adults £5, Children £3, Family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children under 16) £15, under 5's free. Cheap at half the price and time for chips on the way home! Bring your own lanterns*

*Granny Cousins cannot be responsible for the use of lanterns and walkers use them at their own risk



Event: Halloween Challenge at the Weymouth Old Town Hall

On Saturday 31st October 2009 from 6.30 till 9pm at the Old Town Hall, Weymouth . An ideal fun event for all the family. Come inside and see The Haunted Hall!

Kids Spooky Quest, Ghostly Apparitions, Hangmans Noose, and many more.... Refreshments and hot dogs available.

£1 entry

The Halloween Ghost Walk of Old Weymouth

Dare You Find Out What Lurks In The Shadows Of A Happy Holiday Town?

Follow in the footsteps of our experienced ghosthunter guide and discover the unquiet former residen

ts who still roam the streets and buildings of old Weymouth and delve into a dark history of disease, death and a famous, (or should we say 'infamous') serial killer!

Special edition Halloween week ghost walks are on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th October 2009 starts 7:00pm until 9:00pm. Meet by our sign beside front entrance of Brewers Quay, Hope Square. The route covers approx 2.5 miles. There is no rough or unmade ground but it does involve a few hills. The duration is approx 90mins including stops, with the walk finishing at the Nothe Tavern.

  • Adults - £5.00,
  • Ages 7-16 - £4.00

NB: Walks are subject to weather conditions and will not take place in heavy or persistant rain. If in doubt please call us before setting out.

For more details visit www.weymouthghostwalk.webs.com

News Clipping: Why has Hallowe'en eclipsed bonfire Night?

Hallowe'en, America's second biggest festival has eclipsed Britain's Bonfire Night. Andrew Martin is alarmed

READ MORE - Source: Telegraph 28th October 2009

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

News Clipping: Skull of huge sea monster that could have eaten T. rex found in Dorset

Dinosaur experts in Dorset are examining the fossilised skull of a sea monster so large they say it could have eaten a Tyrannosaurus rex for breakfast.

The fossil head is 2.4m (8ft) long, suggesting that the beast measured up to 16m (54ft) from the tip of its massive, crocodile-like snout to the end of its muscular tail, making it one of the largest specimens ever found.

READ MORE - Source: The Times 27th October 2009

News Clipping: Pliosaur skull discovered on Jurassic Coast

A ferocious, meat-eating dinosaur, so enormous it makes the T Rex look like a light snack, has been discovered on Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast.

READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Tuesday 27th October 2009

Monday, 26 October 2009

Events: Scatty Scarecrows & Potty Pumpkins

Spooky fun for all the family at this charming, award-winning museum in the centre of historic Wimborne Minster.

For more information visit www.priest-house.co.uk

Events: Portland revealed - its hidden places, sacred sites and folklore

On the 31st October 2009 at 10:30am Gary Biltcliffe, author of The Spirit of Portand: Revelations of a Sacred Isle, will be sharing Portlands mysteries, folklore and magic with you on Halloween at the Mulberry Gallery, Weymouth Library in conjunction with the Friends of Weymouth Library. Garys illuminating and ground-breaking discoveries reveal why Portland was so important and strategic throughout Britains history and why today the Isle still has special significance.
When: 31 Oct 2009 10:30 - 12:mm One day only
Where: Mulberry Gallery, Weymouth Library Great George Street Weymouth DT4 8NN
Price: £2 including refreshments

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Christmas Gift Ideas



We are pleased to bring all you our new ‘I Love Morris Dancing’ T-Shirt, which would make any Morris man you know a great Christmas gift! Christmas is also the time to keep alive the old Saxon tradition of Wassailing, which is why we have also designed a special ‘Wassail’ T-Shirt for the festive season. These unique products are only available in our online shop. We have many more interesting designs and fun products available which might make a fun Christmas gift or Birthday Present. The Dorset Flag Shopping Bag, The Cerne Abbas Giant Clock, Jack the Ripper T-Shirt, Thomas Hardy Mug, and much more besides is all to be found in the Dark Dorset Emporium. Take a look today!





Friday, 23 October 2009

Radio: The White Noise Paranormal Radio Show Tonight with Richard Freeman

This Friday Night at 10.00pm. Join the White Noise Paranormal Radio team for the twenty eighth installment of the second season of their acclaimed guest based talk show.

White Noise Paranormal Radio's Jason and Kelly will be joined this week by the Zoological Director for the CFZ Richard Freeman.

Richard co-edits both the journal, Animals & Men and several editions of the annual CFZ Yearbook. Richard Freeman has written, co-written, or edited a number of books, and has contributed widely to both Fortean and zoological magazines, as well as other newspapers and periodicals. He has also lectured across the UK and featured on numerous television and radio shows. Richard has also been on expeditions to various countries including Thailand, Sumatra and Mongolia in search of mysterious creatures.

Richard will be discussing mysterious creatures, his search for them and his discoveries with the White Noise team and also giving us his opinion on the paranormal world in general.

Listen to White Noise Radio on Blog Talk Radio

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Events: Pumpkins in the Park at Greenhill Gardens

On the 24th October between 2.00pm - 4.00pm. Dust your broomsticks and fly to Greenhill Gardens, Weymouth for a free Pumpkin in the Park party between 2pm - 4pm. If your broomstick doesn't work, then follow the bat trail along the Esplanade making your way to the gardens for an afternoon of story-telling in the haunted house, mask making, pumpkin bowling and lots more spooky fun. For details call 01305 838000 or go to www.weymouth.gov.uk/leisure/openspaces/greenhillgardens

Events: Hallowen Fun at Portland Castle

Join us for spooky Halloween tales and fun activities at Portland Castle during this half-term week from Monday 26th - 31st October 2009.

Enjoy spooky Halloween activities with devilish prizes to be won! The whole family can try on armour, explore the Tudor kitchen and see ghostly sculpted figures from the past.

For more information: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Events: The Yetties - Thomas Hardy Heritage Evening

On Friday 23rd October at 7.30pm, Leigh Village Hall. This is a rare opportunity to watch The Yetties perform their Thomas Hardy Show. This will be an evening celebrating Thomas Hardy with Music and Verse.

The Yetties are one of England's most popular folk groups. They take their name from the Dorset village of Yetminster which was their childhood home. Their obvious love of West Country songs, stories and humour wins them friends wherever they go.

Admission is £6 and tickets are available from Leigh Village Stores or at 01935 873603.
Proceeds in aid of Leigh Village Hall.

Events: Halloween Ceilidh at the Corn Exchange

On Saturday 24th October, a Halloween Ceilidh will be held at the Corn Exchange. An evening of spooky fun & entertainment including music, theatre and dance featuring the amazingly Talented James Findlay, Fingerz 'n' Fretz, y'Strel's Band and the Living Dead Ceilidh Band.

Licensed bar and refreshments, raffle in aid of Dorset Wildlife Rescue, prizes for best fancy dress costumes

Buy Tickets Here

Tickets are also available from the Dorchester Tourist Information Centre tel 01305 267992

For further information please email

- Click on the poster to download full size

Events: Brewers Quay Halloween Festival of Fun!

Brewers Quay's annual Halloween Festival returns over the October half-term week (Monday 26th October- Sunday 1st November), offering fun for all the family!

There will be lots of Childrens' Entertainment, with exciting characters performing shows on the first floor from Monday to Friday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Back by popular demand, "The Great Kondini" will also be performing a spectacular Fire-breathing show outside the building on Friday 30th!

Along with the Halloween craft workshops, free activities and puzzles, kids can also take part in the Brewers Quay Great Witch Hunt; find all the hidden witches and win a prize!


For further details, please call the Information Line on 01305 777622.

to a great half term week at the Quay!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

News Clipping: Dorset's hidden history revealed

Author Louisa Adjoa Parker is giving a talk about Dorset’s Hidden History as part of Black History Month.

She will give the lecture at the Dorset History Centre on Bridport Road in Dorchester on October 28.

Louisa, aged 37, who lives in Lyme Regis, will focus on the black community and its history in Dorset over the past 200 years.

The free lecture, which is from 6pm to 8pm, has been organised with the Dorset Race Equality Council.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Tuesday 20th October 2009

(See previous blog entry Dorset’s hidden black history and the legend of the Bettiscombe Screaming Skull)

Events: Children's Spooky Half Term Fun at Lulworth Castle

From Sunday 25th - Friday 30th October - 6 days of 'Spooky' themed fun and activities in the Castle, prizes and activities for children of all ages including "hunt the rat", ghost stories and spot prizes for those who come in costume. Event included in normal admission price.

Click here or on the image for a full size poster.

More information visit www.lulworth.com

Monday, 19 October 2009

News Clipping: The Caravan of Folklore

Simon Costin, not altogether unusually, has a dream. But unlike many similar dreams his involves a dessicated cat, a carnival caravan and a museum.

READ MORE - Source: The Telegraph 19th October 2009

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

News Clipping: Star ship enterprise?

Secret military experiments, messages from aliens, imprints of flying saucers or even mating hedgehogs. These are just some of the more wacky explanations for the strange circles spotted each year in fields across Dorset and Hampshire.



READ MORE - Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Wednesday 14th October 2009

Thursday, 8 October 2009

News Clipping: Pirates face the Dagger in Bridport

Pirates did not come any heartier than those swashbuckling around Bucky Doo Square in Bridport.

Although pirates and hanging were a common combination in the 1700s no-one put their head in the noose during the proceedings – although there are a few children and some adults who now have the know how thanks to a noose-tying workshop.

READ MORE - Source: Bridport and Lyme Regis News Thursday 8th October 2009

Also vist - Bristol Radical History Group

News Clipping: Dorchester folk musician in running for award

A young Dorchester musician is in the running for a top award.

Self employed James Findlay is through to the semi-finals of the BBC Young Folk Awards 2010, which is designed to showcase the country’s young talent in traditional and folk music.

Below: James Findlay performing at this years Wessex Folks Festival


READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 8th October 2009

News Clipping: Portland Museum 'earning its place'

The second annual report of the Portland Museum Trust was greeted with appreciation and enthusiasm by all members of the public attending the meeting held at Community 2000.

READ MORE - Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 8th October 2009

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Dorset Legends Calendar 2010 now available!

The new Dark Dorset ‘Dorset Legends 2010’ calendar is now available in our online shop. Our full colour wall calendar shows for each month a different scene devoted to a unique Dorset legend. Also, at the bottom of each picture there is a page number reference, referring to a page in our book ‘Dark Dorset Tales of Mystery, Wonder and Terror’ so you can read all about that month’s particular legend in full.

If you are stuck for Christmas gift ideas, our 2010 calendar together with our book would make a great Christmas gift for anyone who loves Dorset, - its wonderful legends and beautiful countryside. Don’t delay; buy today to be in time for Christmas!

Friday, 2 October 2009

Frome Valley Morris Workshop 2009

As the South West gears up for 2012 there are a series of events this September. Nine young Morris teams are visiting Weymouth on September 26th as part of the preparations for the Olympic Cultural events and the next weekend Frome Valley Morris are holding a workshop on Saturday October 3rd at Dorchester Arts Centre 2.30-4.30. Morris dancing is part of the distinctive cultural setting of this country as well as being fun, social and a great way to keep fit. The workshop will be most suitable for beginners or those new to dancing but all are welcome to come along. Tuition is being given by experienced tutors and there will be live music, tea and biscuits. All you need are comfortable shoes e.g trainers. The 2012 Olympics give us the chance to celebrate things British and move off our couches to a more active lifestyle so here is an opportunity not to be missed.

Below: Highlights of the Frome Valley Morris performing outside the Crown Inn, Puncknowle on 3rd July 2008



Tuition and refreshments provided - Suitable for 10plus, U16 must be supervised

* Adults £3.00

* Under 18s free

Get ready for the 2012 SouthWest Cultural Olympiad which features this dance form. For more information and contact details vist the Frome Valley Morris Website

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Events: The Ghost Walk of Old Weymouth

Dare You Find Out What Lurks In The Shadows Of A Happy Holiday Town?

Follow in the footsteps of our experienced ghosthunter guide and discover the unquiet former residents who still roam the streets and buildings of old Weymouth and delve into a dark history of disease, death and a famous, (or should we say 'infamous') serial killer!

2009 Autumn Season - Meet by our sign beside front entrance of Brewers Quay, Hope Square on Wednesdays at 7:00pm. The route covers approx 2.5 miles. There is no rough or unmade ground but it does involve a few hills. The duration is approx 90mins including stops, with the walk finishing at the Nothe Tavern.

Adults £4.00, Boils & Ghouls aged 10-16 £3.00 (under 10's are free)
  • Friday October 2, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Friday October 16, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Saturday October 17, 2009 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM. Supper at a haunted location followed by our popular Ghost Walk. Includes short talk on the subject of the Paranormal and in addition to our ghosthunter guide, a medium will accompany the walk. More details visit http://weymouthghostwalk.webs.com/2009events.htm
  • Friday October 23, 2009 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
NB: Walks are subject to weather conditions and will not take place in heavy or persistant rain. If in doubt please call us before setting out.

For more details visit www.weymouthghostwalk.webs.com
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