Events at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester

December

What: Christmas Afternoon Tea

When: November 30th – December 22nd

More info: Treat yourself to a Christmas Afternoon in Shire Hall café, in the lead up to Christmas. Includes a glass of fizz, finger sandwiches, scones, an assortment of Christmas-inspired cakes and pastries, finished off by a personal dessert. Afternoon teas cost £12.50 per person and booking is essential, please visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

What: Film Night: Arthur Christmas

When: Wednesday, December 4th at 4pm

More info: Come and join us for the first of our Family Christmas film nights!

We’ll provide popcorn and Hot Chocolate, so all you need to do is bring yourselves and all the onesies, blankets and pillows you need to get comfy. Doors open 4pm the film will start at 4.15pm. We should be finished in time for the younger ones to be put to bed – which we know is important to you parents! Tickets £4.00 per child and Mums and Dads watch for free! For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

What: Dorchester Christmas Cracker Night

When: December 5th, 4pm onwards.

More info: See Dorchester transformed into a late-night Christmas shopping hub this Christmas Cracker. After perusing the outdoor stalls, pop into Shire Hall for a warming glass of mulled wine, and a listen to some traditional tunes by our Victorian Carol Singers. Don’t forget to visit to Father Christmas in his grotto and the peruse the best selection of Christmas gifts in Dorchester, in our gift shop! For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

What: Film Night: The Grinch

When: Wednesday, December 11th at 4pm

More info: Watch out for The Grinch trying to steal Christmas at our family film night!!

We’ll provide popcorn and Hot Chocolate, so all you need to do is bring yourselves and all the onesies, blankets and pillows you need to get comfy. Doors open 4pm the film will start at 4.15pm.

We should be finished in time for the younger ones to be put to bed – which we know is important to you parents! Tickets £4.00 per child and Mums and Dads watch for free! For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

What: Shire Hall Christmas Extravaganza!

When: December 14th, all day!

More info: Come along to Shire Hall and immerse yourself in a Christmas extravaganza, with seasonal goodies in the café, festive music from the Crossways Handbell Ringers, Christmas craft workshops and glistening Christmas slime-making as well as a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto and the best selection of Christmas gifts in Dorchester! Glittery Slime-Making will be on all day and costs £2 to cover materials, Father Christmas will be in his grotto all day and visits are £4 per child. The hand bell ringers will be performing at 3pm for free. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

What: Film Night: A Muppet Christmas Carol

When: Wednesday, December 18th at 4pm

More info: Come and sing along to one of the best family Christmas films of all time – the Muppet Christmas Carol! We’ll provide popcorn and Hot Chocolate, so all you need to do is bring yourselves and all the onesies, blankets and pillows you need to get comfy. Doors open 4pm the film will start at 4.15pm.

We should be finished in time for the younger ones to be put to bed – which we know is important to you parents! Tickets £4.00 per child and Mums and Dads watch for free! For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

January

What: Reduced price for locals in DT postcode this January.

When: Every day during January 2020, from 2nd.

More info: Come and enjoy Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum for a reduced price this January! Stay warm and dry during the winter weather and explore the amazing history of social justice! During January, DT locals just need to bring in a letter or bill with their address on to prove they live in the DT postcode and adults get in for £5 and children £2.50. This ticket also includes an annual pass to return anytime in the year for free!  Don’t miss out visit today. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849

What: Performance: Murder in the Bunker by Vince Jones and James Cuthill

When: January 17th, 7pm

More info: It is the 1956 Annual Dinner of the Dorchester Preservation Society at Shire Hall.  The guest speaker is property developer Gerald Chillingdon, set to outline his plans for a new estate built on Dorchester’s beautiful water meadows.  An evening of honest conversation, spirited debate, thoughtful discussion – and murder!   But who could have done this dastardly deed?(Costumes optional.) £20 includes welcome drink, light dinner- and murder! Proceeds from the evening go to Dorchester Arts and Shire Hall. Tickets can be booked via http://bit.ly/MurderInTheBunker

February

What: Jewellery workshop with Caroline Parrott

When: February 29th from 10am – 4pm. Price £65 per person. (Lunch is included in the price.)

More info: Create your own unique jewellery, using anodised aluminium that you handprint and dye as part of the workshop. Students typically create 5 different pieces in a day including, earrings, bangles and pendants. Suitable for beginners and those with experience of jewellery making. Please bring and apron and wear old clothes as dyes can stain permanently. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

March

What: Drinks in the clink: Piratical Rum Night

When: March 13th at 7pm

More info: Discover your inner pirate at a rum-fuelled night at Shire Hall! Your host is David, Grey Bear Bar Co.’s Master Mixologist. He will take you on a trip to the Caribbean, with the origins of rum and the triangular trade, look at naval connection, of course, piracy! Includes a drink on arrival followed by two cocktails and two rum samples, and a selection of nibbles. As the evenings draw in, treat yourself to a spirit-ed night out that will warm you up from your head to your toes! Tickets £25 per person and booking is essential. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

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