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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.

Jacqueline Redfern

Jacqueline Redfern

Winthrith Newburgh, 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 ...

Sew Daisylike

Sew Daisylike

Weymouth, Dorset

As a lover of fabrics and a belief that each piece of material has a story to tell, I have developed a passion for making bespoke gifts ...

showoffjewels

showoffjewels

Christchurch, Dorset

Designed and Handmade Jewellery with love . Necklace sets , Earrings , Bracelets .Wedding Jewellery Freshwater Pearls Semi-precious Stones ...

The Recycled Woodturner

The Recycled Woodturner

Poole, Dorset

I am a hobby woodturner and feel that it is important to use timber that would otherwise go to the log burner ,or worse to landfill ,to ...

Sally Dinham Scott

Sally Dinham Scott

Dorchester, Dorset

My cushions are a combination of classic fabrics given a twist with a quirky patchwork design. They look fabulous on sofas and beds, and ...

BBS

BBS

Hartgrove, Dorset

Handmade Jewellery using traditional silver smith techniques in our studio. Inspired by nature, travel and memories.

Polly Allsorts

Polly Allsorts

Christchurch, Dorset

I design and sell quirky whimsical houses, stamps and stencils. I also have a story book with embellishments for creating a beautiful scrapbook ...

La Lumiere Boutique

La Lumiere Boutique

Poole, Dorset

At La Lumière Boutique we sell Beautiful Gifts , Suitable for that special someone, Your Big day or that must have item for yourself, ...

Beach Huts and Kisses

Beach Huts and Kisses

Bournemouth, Dorset

Throughout all our creations is a seaside/beach/coastal theme. We recycle and upscale furniture, mirrors lamps and canvases (too name ...

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. ...

Wayne Harris

Wayne Harris

Poole, Dorset

Hi .. Im a busy dad with 2 children and have a full time job, i dont have much spare time but i have found a way to relax and create ...

Nans Lotions and Potions

Nans Lotions and Potions

Weymouth, Dorset

I make bodycare products from all natural ingredients, I add no preservatives or chemicals, At a craft fair I interact and encourage ...

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, ...

Cathryn Galpin Signs And Boxes UK manufacturer

Cathryn Galpin Signs And Boxes UK manufacturer

Bournemouth, Dorset

Lovely craft boxes and signs Wholesale prices as we provide to shops and market traders etc at LOW bulk prices We make 300 beautiful and ...

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, ...

Horse Boat

Horse Boat

Winthrith Newburgh, 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 ...

Showoffjewels Events coming up

Showoffjewels Events coming up

Christchurch, Dorset

Sorry Showoffjewels has been very busy Moving to new premises. We will create a blog has soon as arrangements for up coming Events in ...


William Henry Fox Talbot

(Born 1800 in Melbury Abbas in Dorset), Photography

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