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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.

The BCC FOL

The BCC FOL

Turnpike Showground Motcombe Shaftsbury Dorset, motcombe, shaftsbury, Dorset

Saturday, 28 August 2021 (3 day event)

Dorset County Show

Dorset County Show

Dorset County Showground, Dorchester, Dorset

Saturday, 3 September 2022 (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 ...

Jacqueline Redfern

Jacqueline Redfern

Sherborne, Dorset

I love to paint nature, water and wildlife. I mostly use acrylic because of the depth ...

KINGS OF THE FOREST

KINGS OF THE FOREST

Sherborne, Dorset

Firstly, we all know plastics are slowly destroying this earth and its creatures as well ...

Rustic Art Vibes

Rustic Art Vibes

Bournemouth, Dorset

I am passionate about our natural world and conservation, I create images using digital ...

Eartha Luck

Eartha Luck

Corfe Castle, Dorset

All of my artwork for my cards, prints and fabric started life as photographs taken on ...

Polly Allsorts

Polly Allsorts

Christchurch and New Forest, Dorset

I design and sell quirky whimsical houses, mini houses for buntings, stamps and stencils. ...

MadeInWaves

MadeInWaves

Bournemouth, Dorset

Scavenging sea glass, driftwood, shells and coastal materials to make jewellery, homeware ...

Misty Creations

Misty Creations

Alderholt, Dorset

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

The Last Post

The Last Post

Dorchester, Dorset

We are looking for local artist and craft makers to display and sell in our new ven ...

The Secret Scavenger

The Secret Scavenger

Bournemouth, Dorset

I create bespoke decorations using recycled items, such as beads and buttons and beautiful ...

One of a kind

One of a kind

Bridport, Dorset

A self taught beaded jewellery maker who uses only natural element , and takes inspiration ...

Pamper Moose

Pamper Moose

Bournemouth, Dorset

Affordable cosmetics with a clear conscience. Our drive has been to create a boutique ...

Alchemists Workshop

Alchemists Workshop

Blandford, Dorset

Holistic Alchemists making lotions, and creams using only organic gold, silver, copper ...

Stephen Mounsey

Stephen Mounsey

Shaftesbury, Dorset

We make a range of jewellery (pendants, earrings, cufflinks) and decorative/functional ...

serenity crystal

serenity crystal

Dorchester, Dorset

Beautiful crystal ornaments, especially with Feng Shui in mind. Crystal jewellery including ...

Donít be scared to experiment

Donít be scared to experiment

Sherborne, Dorset

I recently visited the local wood yard where there were several offcuts in a bin. I brought ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Creating a website

Creating a website

Ferndown, Dorset

With the world revolving around technology, an emerging artist (yes, I am trying to be) ...

Finding inspiration

Finding inspiration

Ferndown, Dorset

Inspiration can take many forms and pops up unexpectedly. It could come in an observation, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Guidelines for artists

Guidelines for artists

Ferndown, Dorset

During my research, I came across quite a few examples of ďten rules for artistsĒ, which ...

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 ...

Horse Boat

Horse Boat

Sherborne, Dorset

What a wonderful sight to see. I was transported back to the romantic life of a horse ...


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.