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Summer Sale with at Kilver Court!
Jun
8
to Jul 31

Summer Sale with at Kilver Court!

Time to re-inspire your summer wardrobe at Kilver Court’s Summer Sale! There are further markdowns on many top name brands, including up to 70% off Orlebar Brown and Heidi Klein, further markdowns at Whistles and Bamford and up to 75% off Chinti & Parker. When it gets chillier there are Pringle men’s jumpers from £59. And there are many more exciting brands with great offers and discounts in our Great House and Garden Nursery  - head to Kilver Court Designer Village to shop your favourite designer brands at amazing prices in our summer sale!

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Rena Gardiner – A Dorset Artist
Jun
20
to Aug 18

Rena Gardiner – A Dorset Artist

A new exhibition of prints and books by Rena Gardiner has opened at the Priest's House Museum and Garden in Wimborne. It will run until the 18 August 2018.

Rena lived in Dorset for much of her life and was an artist, printer and publisher. She hand crafted and produced an eye catching range of beautifully illustrated and colourful guides to towns and villages, religious buildings and historic houses. Her distinctive style was a result of the printing techniques she used and her artistic skill. As a result every copy of her books is unique. At the height of her career she received commissions from the National Trust, abbeys and cathedrals.

This exhibition of 15 of Rena’s prints and paintings is drawn from two private collections. They are displayed alongside a selection of her self published guide books and examples of two of her sketchbooks from her travels.

For further information please visit www.priest-house.co.uk.

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Top of the Gorge Festival, Cheddar
Jun
22
to Jun 24

Top of the Gorge Festival, Cheddar

On the weekend of 22-24 June 2018, the inaugural Top of the Gorge festival will take place on a spectacular site overlooking Cheddar Gorge.

Welcoming campers and day visitors alike, this event is a carnival of outdoor adventure, entertainment, inspiration and fantastic local food and drink.
The pop-up campsite looks right through the jaws of the gorge towards the Somerset coast, and activities include trail running, mountain biking, climbing, caving, walking, archery, food foraging, campfire cooking, star gazing and much more. 
There will be live music across the three days. Bands range from local folk duo the Drystones to Bristol-based ska/funk 7-piece Crinkle Cuts. Speakers include Dave Cornthwaite and Anna McNuff.

Cheddar Gorge is one of England's most iconic and spectacular landscapes. We are really proud to own the north side of this spectacular gorge and we hope that you will enjoy exploring it in a way that suits you.

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Supper at Pythouse Club
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Supper at Pythouse Club

For a few nights throughout the year we will be hosting a pop-up Supper Club at Pythouse Club, exclusively catering for diners, providing an all inclusive evening. 

What is the Supper Club? Our Supper Clubs are a pop-up informal restaurant where diners can purchase tickets and join us as a professional chef prepares a fabulous meal for them. In essence, our event incorporates the 'Chef's Table' into the evening - everyone is seated around one large communal table inside the 'hub' of the open plan kitchen - so you get a birds eye view of the chefs at work whilst in the comfort of your own dining table. If you want to ask the chef a question during the meal, you can!


The misconception is that this is some kind of dating or business dinner - it's not! You don't have to sign up to anything at all, it's all about coming along and enjoying a wonderful meal, cooked by a professional private chef in a novel location. 

The all inclusive ticket to the evening includes welcome drinks and canapes upon arrival, followed by a sit-down 3-course meal, accompanied with wine throughout the evening. There are no hidden charges. 

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Dog Fest, Ashton Court Bristol
Jun
23
to Jun 24

Dog Fest, Ashton Court Bristol

Hosted by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, The Supervet, DogFest is the paw-fect day out for dog lovers, providing a fun-filled, action-packed day out for you and your dog!

Expect amazing arena displays and demons, fun have-a-go activities for dogs, expert advice, shopping, music, the food and drink village and much more!

Join us for the Great Dog Walk, a charity walk around the beautiful festival grounds, taking place twice a day. Watch agility displays, doggy dancing and even take part in have-a-go sessions with your dog. Get first-hand advice from the experts with demonstrations on all aspects of your dog’s life, enjoy bespoke dog shopping area and perhaps even treat your pooch to a grooming session.

Please ensure to bring cash with you on the day, it is not guaranteed that cash will be available. 

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Children are Stinky
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Children are Stinky


See smash-hit circus show at The Point, Eastleigh

Critically-acclaimed Australian circus duo Circus Trick Tease present family show Children are Stinky at The Point, Eastleigh on Saturday 23rd June.

Fresh from a smash hit, sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Children are Stinky is a show that will have you laughing until your sides hurt. Packed full of fun, lightning fast Hula Hooping, dare devil balances, incredible acrobatics, and loads of comedy, it will have both adults and children wanting to see more.
 
www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk

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Tractor Ted visits Cholderton Charlie's Farm
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Tractor Ted visits Cholderton Charlie's Farm

Tractor Ted is visiting Cholderton Charlies for a family fun day.
Ted will be touring the country bringing along our signature Tractor Ted, giant inflatable bouncy castle and driving track which kids will adore playing on. There will be lots of fun and laughter Welly wanging and with Chuck-a-Chicken!

Alongside all our entertainment, Cholderton Charlies offer lots of adventure play areas with a treetop trail. Nature Walk, Water Gardens and more animals than you can shake a stick at!

£5 per person.

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The Day in the Life of a Dancer
Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

The Day in the Life of a Dancer

‘Day in the Life of a Dancer’ includes dance demonstrations and a Q&A with Rae and Paul. It is suitable for ages 7+, and is particularly good for schools, dance groups, and students studying dance GCSE, A-Level or degree – but most of all it is for anyone and everyone who wants to know more about dance!

This is a completely FREE event, but you must pre-book a ticket to reserve your seat from the THE LIGHTS, Andover Box Office: 01264 368368

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Now or Never
Jul
6
to Jul 8

Now or Never

Audience's are invited in for Now or Never, an exhilarating fusion of stunning acrobatics and funky brass rhythms, where acrobats, musicians and audiences all play their part. As the party begins, the performers mingle with the crowd, making and sharing Breton crêpes, before they launch into a feast of music and circus.

The acrobat-musicians fly, fling and swing across the tent on trapezes, tightropes, Cyr wheels, trick bicycles, trampolines and seesaws. All the while, they play their thundering brass rhythms accompanied by seven young musicians from the Jazz Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth’s. 

www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

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Jul
8
12:00 PM12:00

Frome Children's Festival

Lots of creative activities and performances including music, forest school, dance, crafts, puppets, magic, circus skills, sports, storytelling and face painting! Accessible and fun – not just for children! Parents remain responsible for children at this event. For more details go to fb fromechildrensfestival.

Free entry.

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Victorious
Aug
24
to Aug 26

Victorious

One of the UK’s biggest metropolitan festival - continues to be one of the best value, family friendly music festivals in the UK with particularly low ticket prices for children. 5-12 year old tickets cost just £8 a day and under 5 years are able to join in the fun for just £1 with all activities in the Kids Arena absolutely FREE!

www.victoriousfestival.co.uk

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Give Art at Go at Hanford
Jun
20
4:00 PM16:00

Give Art at Go at Hanford

Calling all children aged 7-10 who love art. On 20th of June from 4pm-5.30pm our Head of Art, Lucy Tabberer, will be running a one hour afternoon art workshop at Hanford School. The children will spend the time working in the art room to produce their very own mini masterpiece. This workshop is being run in conjunction with the Hanford Art Festival. If your child would like to join in the fun please email office@hanfordschool.co.uk or telephone 01258 860219 to book a space. Place is limited and booked on a first come first served basis. 

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Motcombe Village Fete
Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Motcombe Village Fete

‘One for all and all for one’ has been the phrase upon which this year’s Motcombe Village Fete has been based.

On the day there will be a huge number of traditional attractions including Pig Racing, Welly Wanging, Dog Agility and even a Mad Hatters Tea Party. There will be a falconry show at 3pm and Kevs snails will be racing all afternoon! There will also be a licensed bar in the ‘chill-out’ tent as well as a horse box Pimms and Gin bar. A large BBQ will be cooking up a delicious variety of street food and Strawberries and Cream will be served from a 1939 Morris lorry.

With much aplomb, Motcombe Primary School will lead the Grand Opening at 1pm, the Scouts are selling raffle tickets, Port Regis School is putting on a display, the WI own the
Tombola, the Youth Club is managing the Kids zone, the Church is running a treasure trail, North Dorset Rugby has the whistle for Tug-o-War and, of course, the Village Shop
is serving up tea and cakes all day. Everyone is involved – and there really will be something for everyone.

 

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Twelfth Night by The Handelbards, Kilver Court Garden
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Twelfth Night by The Handelbards, Kilver Court Garden

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.

Join their all-male troupe in our garden for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter.

And what’s the play about? Well – Duke Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia, but she won’t have anything to do with suitors. Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin brother Sebastian to be dead. Meanwhile, a bunch of Olivia’s servants plot to make a fool out of her pompous Butler, Malvolio. There’s drunkenness, frivolity and cross-dressing a plenty!

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Jun
3
5:30 PM17:30

Durlston Country Park Seabird Boat Trip

Evening cruise from Swanage Pier guided by Durlston Rangers.  Puffins, geology, Guillemots, Kittiwakes and more! To book, call 02077 400400, visit Swanage Pier or online at www.citycruisespoole.com. £18 A, £12 C, Family (1A3C) £30, Family (2A3C) £48. Booking essential
 

Location: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage BH19 2JL, UK

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Hatch House Open Garden
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Hatch House Open Garden

Idyllic Hatch House in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside, by the kind permission of Sir Henry and Lady Rumbold, will hold its annual Open Garden on Sunday June 3rd.

This is a great event for all the family and a chance to see the 17th Century walled Dutch garden with amazing views over the Vale of Wardour, enjoy teas with family and friends and browse a wide variety of stalls. There are second-hand books, jewellery, bric-a-brac and Lady Rumbold & Mrs Vernon's‎ famous clothes stall packed with amazing finds, a magnet for bargain hunters. All proceeds will again go to the Salisbury Hospice Charity. Over the years this event has raised thousands of pounds to help the charity continue its valuable work - www.salisburyhospicecharity.org.uk

The Open Garden is also a perfect opportunity to see Hatch with the garden looking its best and it’s a fantastic afternoon for the whole family.

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