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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
Wicked Wessex: Cat o’ Nine Tails

Wicked Wessex: Cat o’ Nine Tails

20 July - 5 Oct, daily
A rotating collection of the wickedest objects in Wessex.
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
Drinks in the Clink: Cider Riot

Drinks in the Clink: Cider Riot

27 September, 7pm
A brief history of Cider - how to make it and how to drink it.
Performance
Play: Indecent Acts

Play: Indecent Acts

5 October, 7.30pm
A play exploring LGBTQ love stories from Dorset's past.
Film
‘Pride’ Film Screening

‘Pride’ Film Screening

10 October, 7pm
With introduction by Janine Miller (UNISON) and Q&A by David Donovan (whose story features in the film). In association with UNISON Dorset.
Workshop
Jewellery making workshop with Caroline Parrott

Jewellery making workshop with Caroline Parrott

19 October, 10am-4pm
Indulge your creativity, and make some fabulous jewellery!
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!
Family event
Halloween Half Term: Spooky Storytelling

Halloween Half Term: Spooky Storytelling

Throughout half term
Join us for some spooky family storytelling in the Georgian cells
Family event
Halloween Half Term: Witchy Potion Trail

Halloween Half Term: Witchy Potion Trail

26 October - 3 November, daily
Shire Hall will be full of scarily fun activities this half term!
Family event
Halloween Half Term: Slime Making

Halloween Half Term: Slime Making

28 October - 1 November, 10am-4pm
Make your own pot of colourful, gooey slime!
Workshop
Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells

Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells

31 October, 7pm
This is a brilliant and unique night out for any school of wizardry fan….
Talk
The Exiled Collector by Anne Sebba

The Exiled Collector by Anne Sebba

3 November, 1pm
Find out more about the Shire Hall magistrate forced into exile to escape persecution
Christmas Afternoon Tea

Christmas Afternoon Tea

30 November - 22 December
Indulge in a glass of fizz and afternoon tea for two 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!
Family eventWorkshop
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.
Christmas Closing

Christmas Closing

23 December - 2 January
We will be closed over the Christmas Week, re-opening in the New Year.