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Arts and crafts in Dorset

Dorset (including Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset. Poole, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland) is in the South West of England. It has a population of around 744,000 and covers approximately 265,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: Devon, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire.

County flag of DorsetThere is archaeological evidence of human settlements in Dorset dating back to Neolithic times. Much of the county is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and most of its coastline is a World Heritage Site, which includes the famous Jurassic Coast, that continues into neighbouring Devon. Never heavily industrialised, agriculture is declining in the county and tourism has grown in importance. With no cities and mostly consisting of villages and small towns, the largest populations are found in coastal resorts such as Weymouth and Bournemouth, the port of Poole and towns such as Christchurch and the county town of Dorchester. There are a series of Iron Age hill forts across the county, including Maiden Castle which is among the largest in Europe and The Cerne Abbas Giant is the largest hill figure in Britain. The historic Town Mill in Lyme Regis features a restored Victorian water mill and the art galleries host exhibitions of work by artists and craft makers from across the region. Performing arts venues in Dorset include The Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne, The Regent Centre in Christchurch, the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth and the Lighthouse in Poole.

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum located on the sea front in Bournemouth is housed within a Victorian mansion, which was once home to Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes. The furnishings and decorations inspired by their travels include Japanese stained glass, embossed wallpaper and ceilings decorated with mythical figures. On display are artefact that they collected, such as ceramics, sculptures and paintings, including a large collection of British art. Sherborne Castle dates back to the late 16th century and was built for Sir Walter Raleigh. Today visitors to the Tudor mansion can appreciate the finely decorated and furnished interiors, fine art and porcelain. Outside there are picturesque gardens and parkland, which have served as a venue for a wide range of events including concerts, craft fairs and firework displays. Kingston Lacy is a country house built in the style of an Italian palace, set among grounds which include beautiful gardens and woodlands. The property is owned by the National Trust and inside there is finely carved plaster, marble and woodwork, antique furniture, sculptures and paintings by artists such as Van Dyck, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian and Diego Velazquez. Other attractions in Dorset include Sherborne Abbey, Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorchester, the ruins of Corfe Castle and Dorset County Museum in Dorchester.

Gillingham White Hart Market

Gillingham White Hart Market

White Hart Market, Gillingham, Dorset

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Dorset County Show

Dorset County Show

Dorset County Showground, Dorchester, Dorset

Saturday, 4 September 2021 (2 day event)

Artworks by Jan

Artworks by Jan

Ferndown, Dorset

A self taught artist who uses painting to relax and escape my structured life!! I really enjoy creating, using colour and different media, ...

Shaftesbury Scotts

Shaftesbury Scotts

Bournemouth, Dorset

My very first encounter of the millinery trade was in the late 80s. I lived in small market town called Wokingham and regularly attended ...

Jacqueline Redfern

Jacqueline Redfern

Thornford, Dorset

I love to paint nature, water and wildlife. I mostly use acrylic because of the depth of colour and texture. I have returned to Dorset ...

Bretton Morris Wood Crafts

Bretton Morris Wood Crafts

Bournemouth, Dorset

I am passionate about our natural world and conservation, I create images using digital manipulation and transfer them onto pine panels ...

Eartha Luck

Eartha Luck

Corfe Castle, Dorset

All of my artwork for my cards, prints and fabric started life as photographs taken on my wild rambling walks through the woods, hills, ...

Polly Allsorts

Polly Allsorts

Christchurch and New Forest, Dorset

I design and sell quirky whimsical houses, mini houses for buntings, stamps and stencils. I also have a story book with embellishments ...

Misty Creations

Misty Creations

Alderholt, Dorset

Misty Creations is the home of unusual, retro and traditional fabric creations. We lovingly create fabric items for the home, personal ...

One of a kind

One of a kind

Bridport, Dorset

A self taught beaded jewellery maker who uses only natural element , and takes inspiration from the Lyme bay coast and surrounding areas. ...

Pamper Moose

Pamper Moose

Bournemouth, Dorset

Affordable cosmetics with a clear conscience. Our drive has been to create a boutique range of bath and beauty cosmetics that rid the ...

Alchemists Workshop

Alchemists Workshop

Blandford, Dorset

Holistic Alchemists making lotions, and creams using only organic gold, silver, copper and zinc charged microcels in their colloidal form ...

Lalla Mimouna Boutique

Lalla Mimouna Boutique

Stalbridge, Dorset

We are a small company based between Dorset and Essaouira, Morocco dedicated to bringing the best of Moroccan Artisan Woodwork to the UK. ...

Stephen Mounsey

Stephen Mounsey

Shaftesbury, Dorset

We make a range of jewellery (pendants, earrings, cufflinks) and decorative/functional items (bowls, wall plaques, coasters) in kiln formed ...

serenity crystal

serenity crystal

Dorchester, Dorset

Beautiful crystal ornaments, especially with Feng Shui in mind. Crystal jewellery including pendant necklaces, bracelets, novelty keyrings, ...

Johns Wood

Johns Wood

Sherborne, Dorset

Johns Wood is based in a garden workshop equipped with bandsaw, pillar drill, table saw and lathe. From locally sourced wood bowls, platters, ...

Designing your arts and crafts stall

Designing your arts and crafts stall

Ferndown, Dorset

You have booked a space at a local arts and crafts fair and your attention turns to designing your stall. Donít underestimate the important ...

Attending arts and craft fairs

Attending arts and craft fairs

Ferndown, Dorset

So, after much thought and deliberation, you have decided to attend your first art and craft fair. Letís be honest, it is a big step. Well ...

Keeping an art journal

Keeping an art journal

Ferndown, Dorset

Hands up. Who keeps a journal? A journal of any kind? Me!! I could be considered as a Ďsadí person as I keep a running journal (yes, I ...

Sourcing printers for your artwork

Sourcing printers for your artwork

Ferndown, Dorset

This was so difficult! It all started when people were enquiring about some ďniceĒ prints of my artwork. One friend was requesting a reproduction ...

Creating a website

Creating a website

Ferndown, Dorset

With the world revolving around technology, an emerging artist (yes, I am trying to be) must embrace the range of forums that are available ...

Finding inspiration

Finding inspiration

Ferndown, Dorset

Inspiration can take many forms and pops up unexpectedly. It could come in an observation, a scene, a feeling, a smell that reminds you ...

Setting up your art space

Setting up your art space

Ferndown, Dorset

Some of us are very fortunate to have a dedicated area at home that we call our own where we create our artwork. But itís easier said than ...

Memories - Links to the past

Memories - Links to the past

Ferndown, Dorset

Mum, as far back as I remember was always drawing and painting. We lived in the city centre of the old Manchester during the late 1950s ...

Draw every day finding time

Draw every day finding time

Ferndown, Dorset

Life is busy, busy, busy!! I donít know about you guys, but I find it difficult to draw every day. Itís easier when I am working at home, ...

Getting started. Coming back to your art

Getting started. Coming back to your art

Ferndown, Dorset

Didnít really appreciate how hard this was going to be. I kept thinking about getting my arty stuff out of the bowels of the loft for ...

Guidelines for artists

Guidelines for artists

Ferndown, Dorset

During my research, I came across quite a few examples of ďten rules for artistsĒ, which I found quite useful. So, I have taken a combination ...

Welcome to my art blog

Welcome to my art blog

Ferndown, Dorset

Why create a blog post? Iíve come back to my art after a 30+ year break. You know the score, career as a project/programme management ...

Horse Boat

Horse Boat

Thornford, Dorset

What a wonderful sight to see. I was transported back to the romantic life of a horse drawn barge. I was on the Kennet and Avon Canal in ...


Thomas Hardy

(Born 1840 in Stinsford in Dorset), Fiction, Poetry

Hardy is a famous British author, well known for works such as Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the dUrbervilles and more.

He wrote Far from the Madding Crown whilst at the home he was born in. A thatched cottage in Dorchester, thought to be the inspiration for his fictional Wessex.

William Henry Fox Talbot

(Born 1800 in Melbury Abbas in Dorset), Photography

Talbot was an inventor who developed an early photographic process called calotype.