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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.

Family event
Half Term Halloween Fun

Half Term Halloween Fun

20-28 October 2018
Shire Hall will be full of scarily fun activities this half term!
Family event
Halloween Half Term: Face painting

Halloween Half Term: Face painting

22-26 October, 11am-3pm
Turn your little angels into little monsters with the help of our Halloween face painter!
Family event
Halloween Half Term: Slime Making

Halloween Half Term: Slime Making

22, 24 & 26 October, 10am-4pm
Make your own pot of colourful, gooey slime!
Family event
Halloween Half Term: Spooky Storytelling

Halloween Half Term: Spooky Storytelling

23 & 25 October, 11am & 3pm
Join us for some spooky family storytelling in the Georgian cells
Family event
Halloween Half Term: Pumpkin Rescue Workshop

Halloween Half Term: Pumpkin Rescue Workshop

10-12.30pm & 12.30-3pm
Make and eat yummy soup, roast and eat the seeds and carve some ghastly Halloween lanterns.
Exhibition
TUC 150th Anniversary Exhibition

TUC 150th Anniversary Exhibition

24 October–18 November
Celebrating 150 years of the TUC in the place where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried.
Talk
Justice Café: Come to Dorchester – the TUC’s call in 1934

Justice Café: Come to Dorchester – the TUC’s call in 1934

25 October, 7pm
Why did the TUC choose to centre their story on Tolpuddle, in 1934? A talk by Tom de Wit, Curator of the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Museum
Tour
Behind the Scenes Tours

Behind the Scenes Tours

2pm on selected Wednesdays
Discover hidden staircases and explore the secrets of Shire Hall.
Talk
Justice Cafe: Trade Unions in the Twenty-first Century

Justice Cafe: Trade Unions in the Twenty-first Century

15 November, 7.30pm
What’s the role of trade unions in the twenty-first century? A talk by Kate Bell, Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department for the TUC
Workshop
Workshop: Wreath making

Workshop: Wreath making

1 December, 11am-1pm
Make a beautiful Christmas wreath for your home
Family event
Family Film Club: Arthur Christmas

Family Film Club: Arthur Christmas

5 December, 4pm
Our family Christmas film season kicks of with Arthur Christmas!
Family event
Visit Judge Santa

Visit Judge Santa

6 December and weekends 8-23 December
Visit Father Christmas in the Courtroom and find out if your child has been naughty or nice!
Performance
Carols in the Courtroom

Carols in the Courtroom

8 December, 1pm
Join us for some seasonal favourites and a bit of a sing-a-long
Workshop
Jewellery making workshop with Caroline Parrott

Jewellery making workshop with Caroline Parrott

8 December, 10am-4pm
Make the perfect Christmas presents … or keep them for yourself!
Family event
Family Film Club: Polar Express

Family Film Club: Polar Express

12 December, 4pm
Join us for our Family Christmas film season!
Performance
Crossways Handbell Ringers

Crossways Handbell Ringers

15 December, 3pm
The Crossways Handbell Ringers will be playing festive tune and carols
Performance
Concert: Purbeck Village Quire

Concert: Purbeck Village Quire

16 December, 1pm
Listen to some of Dorset's most traditional Christmas music in the beautiful Georgian courtroom.
Family event
Family Film Club: Your Choice!

Family Film Club: Your Choice!

19 December, 4pm
For our final Christmas film, we are throwing open the choice to you!