What’s happening in Dorset in September?

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Published:
9:26 PM September 4, 2022



Updated:
10:00 p.m. September 4, 2022

Festivals, walks, talks and theater feature in this month’s list of exciting events taking place across Dorset

B-side Arts Festival: From September 8-11, themed in the Commons, local and international artists take festival-goers on an experiential tour around the Isle of Portland, exploring its unique landscape and history. From rappelling down Portland’s famous cliffs to diving into an augmented reality artwork of mythical mermaids, it culminates in the Portland Grand Parade where attendees are encouraged to show off their weirdest and most wonderful outfits. . b-side.org.uk


One of the guided meditation sessions in the Healing Zone during last year’s Wellbeing by the Lakes Festival
– Credit: wellbeingbythelakes.co.uk

Well-being by the lakes: Held September 8-11, in the beautiful and tranquil setting of Sculpture by the Lakes, Dorset’s award-winning sculpture park and gardens near Dorchester, this festival offers a host of events to help you feel your healthiest and happier. There’s plenty to explore, from inspirational speakers on the Riverside Stage to the Move and Flow area offering yoga and Qoya classes. Try immersive sound healing experiences in The Retreat, creative workshops in the art tent, and all kinds of therapies in the healing zone, including forest baths, drum circles, and guided meditations floating on the lake . There’s also a bustling market to browse, filled with unique stalls and street food. Entry costs £17.50 and includes access to the park, market, Riverside stage and guided meditations. Other courses, treatments and workshops are charged extra and can be booked separately. Bto look at wellbeingbythelakes.co.uk


Clavell Tower, a three storey folly on the cliff top of Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset

Take a peek inside the Clavell Tower during Heritage Open Days
– Credit: heritageopendays.org.uk

Heritage Open Days: England’s biggest history and culture festival, Heritage Open Days (HODs) runs from 9-18 September. Every year during HODs, places across the country open their doors and give people the chance to see hidden places and try new experiences for free. In Dorset, this ranges from exploring the interiors of Clavell’s Tower at Kimmeridge Bay and the grand country house at Kingston Lacy to exploring heritage at Poole’s Upton House and visiting the nuclear bunker at Nothe Fort . These are just a few of the thousands of events registered for Heritage Open Days 2022, and some require advance booking on their website. heritageopendays.org.uk


Two street performers in yellow vests from the Whispered Tales theater troupe

Distant Drums from Whispered Tales is performed at Arts by the Sea in Christchurch
– Credit: Dan Tucker 2021

Arts by the Sea, Christchurch: Be intrigued and delighted with this first event on September 10th. Based in Saxon Square, Druitt Gardens and pop-up spaces around the city, the headline performance is Distant Drums by whispered tales on the Reggae Sound System culture. Light Art Creatives illuminates the castle ruins and King Ramps holds skateboard demonstrations and workshops at Two Riversmeet Skate Park. Meanwhile, the High Priestess of Pop and the Disco Druids are out to find your guilty pop pleasures. artsbythesea.co.uk


Woman dressed in red on stage performing a dance performance Alice by Jasmin Vardimon

Alice by award-winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon is at the Lighthouse Poole
– Credit: jasminvardimon.com

Tour of Britain arrives in Dorset: The UK’s most prestigious cycle race is taking place in Dorset for the first time this month. On Saturday September 10, the seventh stage of the Tour of Britain 2022 will start from West Bay at 11 a.m., paralleling the Jurassic Coast before passing through Dorchester just after noon, followed by West Lulworth and Corfe Castle. The route then heads inland arriving at Wareham just after 1pm, followed by Milton Abbas and Wimborne Minster, before looping through the heart of Ferndown town center where runners are expected to cross the line. arrived just before 3:30 p.m. after traveling 175.9 km. tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-seven


Group of road cyclists participating in the Tour de Bretagne in 2021

A cyclist takes part in last year’s AJ Bell Tour of Britain
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Seafeast, Dorset’s Seafood Festival: Run the weekend September 10-11, Weymouth Peninsula, behind Weymouth Pavilion (DT4 8ED). Enjoy fabulous fresh fish and seafood and a range of cooking demonstrations from some top chefs, including James Burger (Butcombe Brewery) and Matt Budden (Schpoons & Forx, Bournemouth) making a Ready-to-use cooking styling show. Mitch Tonks (Rockfish) will be joined on the demo stage by Dorset magazine columnist Mark Hix (The Oyster & Fish House). Other chefs cooking up this fish-filled weekend include Nigel Bloxham from the award-winning Crab House Café, Mike Naidoo from Catch at the Old Fish Market in Weymouth, Harriet Mansell from Robin Wylde in Lyme Regis and private chef Christian Ørner from SEL Cø. Tickets are limited, please book in advance at dorsetseafood.co.uk (Saturday £10, Sunday £7, free for under 16s).


Chef Mitch Tonks in a blue sweater outside his Rockfish restaurant

Chef and food writer Mitch Tonks, founder of Rockfish
– Credit: Mitch Tonks/therockfish.co.uk

Literary-inspired shows: The Wuthering Heights (September 14 and 15, Sherling Studio) is a vibrant new adaptation by local theater group SISATA of Emily Brontë’s elemental masterpiece set to beautiful and haunting live music. Award-winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon Alice is a reinvention of the book Alice in Wonderlandand is a sensory feast of striking imagery, powerful performers and arresting kinetic landscapes (September 17). Book both on lighthousepoole.co.uk


Man and woman in Victorian dress acting on stage in Wuthering Heights

The adaptation of Wuthering Heights by Dorset-based theater company SISATA is at the Lighthouse Poole
– Credit: sisata.co.uk

Purbeck Walks and Amazon Talk: Purbeck WALX Festivalfrom September 16 to 18, offers 30 thematic walks (Literature, History, Geology, Gastronomy) led by experienced guides who know their patch and like to share it.(walx.co.uk/groups/purbeck-walx-festival)


Illuminated fish in a street parade

Peixos by Surruga will see 9ft tall mechanical fish and underwater creatures making their way through Weymouth and along the seafront
– Credit: Surraga

Dusk til dark in Weymouth: An ocean adventure featuring 9ft-tall illuminated mechanical fish and underwater creatures weaves its way through Weymouth and along the seafront on September 23 and 24, as Activate and Inside Out Dorset festivals present a another show Dusk Till Dark: Peixos de Surruga. Peixos’ means fish in Catalan and Barcelona-based Sarruga has been doing street theater since 1994 and is known for his quirky nature-inspired giant metal sculptures. This free event is a spellbinding parade through an eerie underwater world featuring luminescent sea creatures and gigantic bicycle-powered magic. Organized in partnership with We Are Weymouth and Weymouth City Council, this year’s event follows the success of 2021 where the giant puppet Dundu explored the town at sunset. weareweymouth.co.uk

In Save the butterflies and the Amazon, Sir Ghillean Prance (former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) and Professor Philip Howse (one of the UK’s leading lepidopterists) discuss their recent books on the peoples, flora and insects of the Amazon, followed by of a recital of Brazilian guitar music. September 27, 7 p.m. at Dorchester Corn Exchange. Ticket Office 01308 459511

Exhibitions: Pippa Burnard’s etchings and paper sculptures feature in Wonder Cabinets at Highcliffe Castle (until September 29). Paintings and drawings by Alex Lowery, ceramics by Akiko Hirai and furniture by Petter Southall are Imaging at Sladers Yard, West Bay (until 11 September). Michael Williams, Draw in paint is at The Art Stable, Child Okeford (10 September – 1 October) and the Jerram Gallery in Sherborne has an end summer exhibition of the work of Caroline Bailey, Emma Dunbar and Jenny Wheatley (September 3-21).

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