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Vicar Of Dibley About To Hit Mowlem Theatre

Swanage Drama Company received a NODA Award earlier this year for their production of “Funny Money”, a farce by Ray Cooney. On the 7th, 8th and 9th of November this year they will stray from their normal run of comedies to re-create the well-known television show “The Vicar Of Dibley”, directed by Pat Jones, at the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage. The Oxfordshire village of Dibley is expecting a new vicar but they get more than they bargained for with the arrival of a woman vicar, the chocolate-scoffing Geraldine Granger (Gail Green).

Greyhound Invites You To A Firework Party

Fireworks night is fast approaching, so where to take the family? This year the Greyhound in Corfe are offering locals the chance to attend the Greyhound on Saturday 2nd November for an evening of firework fun! The Fire Show starts at 7:15, with the grand Fireworks Show starting at 7:30pm. Street food will be available throughout the evening, along with live music. There will also be a fudge shop in residence, as well as candy floss and an olive stall! Attending the event is free, and everyone is welcome.

Spooks And Sparkle at Swanage Railway

Spooks & Sparkle - with Swanage Railway - Start Half term week off with a bang!!!! There will be a fabulous Ghost Train and Grand Firework Display in the grounds of Corfe Castle (by kind permission of the National Trust) on Saturday Oct 26th. Why not take the whole family along, ride the Ghost Train from Swanage to Corfe Castle. Then enjoy live music, a hog roast and refreshments in the grounds of Corfe Castle. End the evening with a grand fireworks display (kind permission of the National Trust). Trains leave Swanage at 18:30 and 19:45 tickets are £14.00 for adults £11.00 for children. The Firework display (courtesy of Merlin Fireworks) starts at 20:30.

Stanford Quartet Coffee Concert

STANFORD QUARTET COFFEE CONCERT AND QUARTET COURSE. The Purbeck Strings Quartet Course, Saturday 12th of October at the United Reformed Church, will see string players of all ages and abilities getting to grips with playing together in string quartets with inspiring coaching of the Stanford Quartet. The Stanford Quartet begins the course with a coffee concert open to the public at 10 am. They will be performing quartets by Mozart and Shostakovich as well as arrangements of popular songs by Cole Porter and The Beatles.

Swanage Blues Festival Nearly Upon Us!

4, 5 & 6 October 2013 Thousands will make their way down to Swanage next weekend as the autumn Swanage Blues Festival swings into action. Over thirty bands will play sixty gigs in fifteen bars, clubs and restaurants in Swanage and Corfe Castle. Weekend Wristbands are only £10 from the Tourist Information Centre, venues and some retailers. Programmes are £1. The TIC also has posters, mugs, pens and clothing, Replayed Records has records and CDs by festival acts, and Jenkins the newsagent in Swanage High Street will be open till 10pm over the festival for the sale of wristbands and programmes.

Threads At The Grand Hotel - Exhibition

THREADS at the GRAND, 12th to 18th September, 10am to 4pm The Purbeck Embroiderers are holding their second exhibition of traditional and contemporary needlecraft at the Grand Hotel, Burlington Road in Swanage. Come along and see the wide variety of work on display and learn more about the group’s activities from members, who will be there throughout the exhibition. Enjoy the exhibition in a relaxed setting with a drink and tasty lunch in the hotel’s comfy lounge with its magnificent sea views Contact: 01929 423353 Image: “Meet the Shelf Sisters”

Purbeck Folk Festival Returns For 2013

Back again for August Bank Holiday, one of the nation’s best music events, Purbeck Folk Festival, features the best music acts from UK’s vibrant folk scene. The Long Barn Stage hosts top concert performers while the High Barn provides dance from all parts. Audiences will enjoy headline concerts by BBC Folk Award winning songwriter trios Karine Polwart and Show of Hands on the Long Barn Stage. For the festive jigging, rapping folk artist Dizraeli, Cajun stars Sarah Savoy and Mama Rosin, Anglo-Spanish celts The Urban Folk Quartet and a couple of young ceilidh bands provide the music. One special addition to the concert programme is festival favourite EMILY MAGUIRE who comes back to Purbeck - this time with her seven piece band with string quartet. Best-known for her strong, thought-provoking lyrics and ‘supremely expressive vocals’ (Rock’n’Reel), Emily’s songs have been played regularly on Radio 2 and have won her fans across the globe. After spending 4 years living in a shack out in the Australian bush where she made her first two albums, Emily returned to the UK touring extensively. Her eagerly awaited fourth album ‘Bird Inside A Cage’ has been financed by her fanbase and is produced by Nigel Butler (producer on X Factor).

Mark Thomas Comes To Dorchester Arts Centre

COMEDY - MARK THOMAS 100 Acts of Minor Dissent, Saturday 27 July COMEDY – Dorchester Arts Centre, 7pm (doors & bar 6.30 pm) and 9pm (doors & bar 8.30pm). £10 / £8 concessions Following on from the sold-out night of comedy from Jo Brand at Dorchester’s Corn Exchange last Monday 8 July, Dorchester Arts summer season of comedy continues with two shows on the evening of Saturday 27 July from Mark Thomas. Mark Thomas is well versed in the art of creative mayhem and over the years his troublemaking has changed laws, cost companies millions and annoyed those who most deserved to be. Now he returns to what he does best, mischief – setting himself the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year. He catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring. This is an exclusive preview of his new show for the Edinburgh Festival. Mark has had a career as a comedian, presenter, political satirist and activist and reporter from south London. He first became known as a guest comic on the BBC Radio 1 comedy show The Mary Whitehouse Experience in the late 1980s. He is best known for political stunts on his show, The Mark Thomas Comedy Product on Channel 4. Thomas describes himself as a ‘libertarian anarchist’. Catch him at Dorchester Arts Centre either at 7pm or the later show at 9pm on Saturday 27 July. Tickets are £10 / £8 from Dorchester Arts 01305 266926 or Tourist Information Centre 267992 or online at For more information visit:

The 24th Swanage Jazz Festival Is Coming!

24th Swanage Jazz Festival – 12, 13, 14 July After two decades, Swanage Jazz Festival has established itself as a major event in the national jazz calendar, and gives Purbeck and south Dorset a chance to hear a selection of the best in jazz today. Over fifty bands will play over the weekend, in styles ranging from New Orleans to contemporary fusions. On the Friday afternoon, the Festival kicks off a steam train ride to a jazz dance at Harman’s Cross village hall, with Dave Brennan’s Jubilee Jazz Band. The programme features a selection of the leading names in British jazz, including some great vocalists, headed by Britain’s best jazz entertainer, Liane Carroll. There is a substantial modern jazz programme, with bands playing styles all the way from swing to jazz-rock. Traditional jazz’ also features strongly, headlined by Britain’s leading Twenties/Thirties big band, Keith Nichols Blue Devils with American singer Joan Viskant. and the young star of Chris Barber band Amy Roberts leading her Classic Jazz All Stars. Saturday morning sees the annual brass band parade through the town centre led by the Grand Marshall and the Heritage Brass Band. There will be prizes for the best decorated umbrella for adults and children.

Top Wildlife Painter Exhibits At Durlston

From the 14th – 24th June, Durlston Castle will host an exhibition of new work by top wildlife artist, Richard Tratt. Richard is a painter of British landscapes and wildlife. As a young boy he developed a consuming interest in Natural History, with a particular fascination for butterflies and moths. Richard’s work, in oils on canvas has received ‘The Artist’ magazines ‘Art in Nature’ prize and he was a 2008 and 2009 Finalist in the Wildlife Artist of the Year Competition. As one of the best sites in Britain for butterflies and wildflowers, the award-winning Country Park (and new Fine Foundation Gallery) is the perfect venue for this stunning exhibition. Said Countryside Ranger Ali Tuckey “Richards paintings are truly stunning and really capture the essence of the wildlife of this unique place.”

Woody Pines Hit The Square - Gig Review

The Square and Compass welcomed ‘Woody Pines’ to Worth Matravers in mid-May. Woody Pines hail from Nashville, Tennessee, and are currently on a UK tour, before heading back to the US to tour Texas, Colorado, Utah and Tennessee. Having recently gigged in London with a ticket price of £22, the Square and Compass continued its ethos of providing quality free music for its punters, and the ticket price was a big fat zero to those lucky enough to catch the show. I missed what was surely a stomping, rip-roaring performance on the Saturday night, and caught Woody Pines performing on the Sunday afternoon, to a very appreciative audience. Fusing a mix of swampy, Louisiana Blues with street corner skiffle, ragtime, country blues and viper jazz, Woody Pines offered-up a professional, foot-stomping, revitalised old school, authentic experience – justification of the £22 London ticket price on every level.

Purbeck Goes Gardening Wild!

Purbeck is going wild about gardening this spring with Dorset Wildlife Trust. You can find out all about wildlife friendly gardening at The Purbeck Wildlife Gardening Weekend on 13th and 14th April at garden centres around the Isle of Purbeck plus a host of gardening activities for adults and children at Holme for Gardens near Wareham and Galton Garden Centre in Owermoigne. The Purbeck Wildlife Gardening Weekend is part of the Wild Purbeck Nature Improvement Area initiative funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with seven garden centres across Purbeck joining in with wildlife gardening information and wildlife friendly plants for sale. Holme for Gardens and Galton Garden Centre will have activities all weekend, including a Wildlife Gardening demonstration and, for children, the chance to make a bug hotel or plant wild flowers plus competitions, posters, quizzes and activities to take home. On Sunday 14th April there is also a Wildlife Gardening Workshop (please book) at Galton Garden Centre.

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