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Plays, talks, family activities, music, debates – there is something for everyone at Shire Hall! Keep an eye on this page to see what’s coming up.

Tour
Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the Scenes Tours

Saturdays, 2pm
Discover hidden staircases and explore the secrets of Shire Hall.
Exhibition
Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories

Desire, love, identity: exploring LGBTQ histories

21 September - 17 November, daily
A touring exhibition from the British Museum, looking at same sex love, desire and gender diversity.
Workshop
Oral history recording session

Oral history recording session

24 October, 10am - 4pm
Contribute your memories of LGBTQ+ in Dorset to the Dorset History Centre's collection.
Family event
Half Term Halloween Fun

Half Term Halloween Fun

26 October - 3 November, daily
Shire Hall will be full of scarily fun activities this half term!
Event
Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells

Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells

31 October, 7.30pm
This is a brilliant and unique night out for any school of wizardry fan….
Auction of Promises

Auction of Promises

8 November, 7.30pm
In support of Shire Hall Historic Courthouse and Mind Dorset.
Talk
Talk: The Exiled Collector by Anne Sebba

Talk: The Exiled Collector by Anne Sebba

17 November, 1pm
Find out more about the Shire Hall magistrate forced into exile to escape persecution
Workshop
Piratical Rum Night

Piratical Rum Night

29 November, 7pm
Drink in the footsteps of Dorset's piratical forebears, whilst learning about one of the most up and coming spirits.
Christmas Afternoon Tea

Christmas Afternoon Tea

30 November - 22 December
Indulge in a glass of fizz and afternoon tea at Shire Hall this December.
Family event
Family Film Club: Arthur Christmas

Family Film Club: Arthur Christmas

4 December, 4pm
Our family Christmas film season kicks of with Arthur Christmas!
Family event
Christmas Cracker Night

Christmas Cracker Night

5 December, 4pm onwards
Christmas takes over Dorchester, and Shire Hall will be there to warm you through with carols, a visit to Father Christmas and a glass of mulled wine!
Family event
Family Film Club: The Grinch

Family Film Club: The Grinch

11 December, 4pm
Get all the Christmassy feels with this classic, starring Jim Carey!
Performance
The New Hardy Players: Christmas in the Courtroom

The New Hardy Players: Christmas in the Courtroom

12 December, 7.30pm
A dramatic and musical celebration of Yuletide, by the New Hardy Players supporting Lions.
Christmas at Shire Hall

Christmas at Shire Hall

14 December, 10 - 4pm
Join us for an extravaganza of Christmas music, food, crafts and a visit to Father Christmas!
Family event
Family Film Club: Muppet Christmas Carol

Family Film Club: Muppet Christmas Carol

18 December, 4pm
Sing your heart out with this all time favourite.
Workshop
Jewellery making workshop with Caroline Parrott

Jewellery making workshop with Caroline Parrott

29th February 2020, 10am - 4pm
Indulge your creativity, and make some fabulous jewellery!