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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

Sherborne, Dorset

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

Hnmd By CAS

Hnmd By CAS

Bournemouth, Dorset

I’ve always loved art but got back into making art in 2019. My art journey has lead me ...

The Bright Star Studio

The Bright Star Studio

Shaftesbury, Dorset

I started arts and crafts as a distraction from anxiety and depression. When I had family ...

Pins and Needles

Pins and Needles

Shaftesbury, Dorset

I’m a seamstress who makes beautiful sewn items for example hair accessories, purses, ...

Claudine Fine Arts

Claudine Fine Arts

Ferndown, Dorset

All of my bespoke artwork is designed and hand painted onto glassware which is individually ...

Weasel Crafts

Weasel Crafts

Piddlehinton, Dorset

After suffering from burn out after teaching secondary school science for almost 17 years ...

indigotyde

indigotyde

West Lulworth, Dorset

I was drawn into Shibori indigo-dyeing simply by seeing the beauty of it and indigotyde ...

RainbowWolf

RainbowWolf

Ferndown, Dorset

Hi I love giving items new life with decoupage. I had some old tea, coffee and sugar ...

Time to Melt

Time to Melt

Shaftesbury, Dorset

My name is Louise from Dorset. I started making wax melts for myself back in 2021, the ...

Mary Quinlan

Mary Quinlan

Ferndown, Dorset

Impasto art using oils and mixededia to create semi sculptured works I combine wood, ...

Reparatrice candles

Reparatrice candles

Ringwood, Dorset

Hand poured soy fragrances candles specialising in beautiful floral fragrances that change ...

Kathy

Kathy

Bournemouth, Dorset

Handmade gemstone jewellery , using perciosa crystal and shell pearl beads. All the findings ...

Away With The Fairies

Away With The Fairies

Bournemouth, Dorset

We handmake fairy doors, houses, tooth fairy boxes, and all things fairy, using materials ...

The Jewellery Store

The Jewellery Store

Blandford Forum, Dorset

Handmade 925 Sterling Silver and 14k Gold Filled Jewellery. We offer size inclusive pieces ...

Luca Domiro Contemporary Art

Luca Domiro Contemporary Art

Christchurch, Dorset

All my artwork is nature inspired discovered within UK and abroad. I offer originals, ...

DKBlue

DKBlue

Poole, Dorset

I hand engrave and etch glass often unique pieces. I am also creating my own jewellery ...

Kaz Johnson

Kaz Johnson

Bournemouth, Dorset

Karen Johnson is a gifted gift-maker, with a special talent for personalizing her creations ...

Pamper Moose Cosmetics

Pamper Moose Cosmetics

Bournemouth, Dorset

Pamper Moose create and make a unique range of Vegan bath, beauty and grooming products ...

Made In Waves

Made In Waves

Bournemouth, Dorset

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

Thoughtful Touch

Thoughtful Touch

Bournemouth, Dorset

I have been in an out of the sign industry since leaving school. But me an my partner ...

Mandy Silsbury

Mandy Silsbury

Sixpenny Handley, Dorset

I do a lot of different art, watercolour, acrylic on canvas with resin, drawings , pastel ...

Tropic Skincare with Gaye

Tropic Skincare with Gaye

Broadstone, Dorset

I am a proud passionate ambassador for Tropic Skincare and love selling and promoting ...

Buy one give one soap

Buy one give one soap

Bournemouth, Dorset

10 Naturally made soaps all certified as natural including a baby soap for under 36mths. ...

UNIQUE JEWELLERY

UNIQUE JEWELLERY

Bournemouth, Dorset

Gorgeous handmade jewellery by me, including sterling, fine and pewter silver. Unique ...

Skitzmix

Skitzmix

Bournemouth, Dorset

Hatter and maker of things, passionate about rainbow colours, home decor, and personal ...

Candle Scents

Candle Scents

Christchurch, Dorset

A family owned business with a passion for producing beatiful, handcrafted Candles and ...

S and S Scents

S and S Scents

Luton, Dorset

S and S Scents is a black owned, homemade, vegan and cruelty free candle and scents business. ...

Handmade leather products

Handmade leather products

Bournemouth, Dorset

Welcome to The Smell of a Leather! We specialise in handmade leather products such as ...

BSpokeshaving

BSpokeshaving

Weymouth, Dorset

I have a level 2 City and guilds in Carpentry and joinery and have been working in woodworking ...

Justine Dalton

Justine Dalton

Weymouth, Dorset

Hello, my name is Justine and I run my company, ‘Casa del Duende’ from my studio in Weymouth. ...

Cubbishly Kes Candles

Cubbishly Kes Candles

Weymouth, Dorset

Cubbishly Kes candles are all made from natural soy wax. The fragrance is all vegan friendly ...

Noabelles Candle Co

Exhibitor

Wimborne, Dorset

We are Laura and James and we run Noabelle’s Candle Co. We’ve always had a passion for ...

Get Felt Crafts Weymouth

Exhibitor

Weymouth, Dorset

We feature a range of goods, all handmade in Weymouth by the stallholders, Nick and Barbara. ...

Pauls recycled Wood

Exhibitor

Ferndown, Dorset

Pauls Recycled Wood All the pieces made are from off cuts of wasted timber helping to ...

Kayu Kraft

Kayu Kraft

Poole, Dorset

hand carved wooden figures and crafts from indonesia, such as dragons, snakes, buddhas, ...

Barok Imaging

Exhibitor

Poole, Dorset

I print on practically any surface or item. If it is not already in my repertoire I will ...


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.