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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.

Exhibition
Ruth Singer: Criminal Quilts

Ruth Singer: Criminal Quilts

4th September- 7th November
Criminal Quilts is an exhibition of textile artworks created by Ruth Singer.
Family event
£6.00 Breakfast Club

£6.00 Breakfast Club

Every Wednesday and Saturday 10am - 12pm
Join us for a yummy breakfast and endless tea and coffee!
Family event
Halloween half term fun

Halloween half term fun

26th - 31st October 2020
Throughout the half-term holidays, Shire Hall will become home to spooky family-friendly fun.
Festive event
Christmas Afternoon Tea

Christmas Afternoon Tea

30th November - 31st December 11am - 3pm
Indulge in a glass of fizz and afternoon tea at Shire Hall this December.
Festive event
Shire Hall Christmas Market

Shire Hall Christmas Market

12 - 13 December 10am - 5pm
We are having our first Christmas Market.. on 12-13th December 2020
Festive eventPerformance
The New Hardy Players: Christmas in the Courtroom

The New Hardy Players: Christmas in the Courtroom

17th & 18th December
A dramatic and musical celebration of Yuletide, by the New Hardy Players supporting Dorchester Poverty Action
Family eventFestive event
Breakfast with Father Christmas!

Breakfast with Father Christmas!

December 22nd 10am - 12pm
Breakfast club with a special guest!
Family eventFestive event
Breakfast with Father Christmas!

Breakfast with Father Christmas!

December 23rd 10am - 12pm
Breakfast club with a special guest!
Talk
Teas and Talks – Transported for the rest of your natural life

Teas and Talks – Transported for the rest of your natural life

30th January, 2pm
Transported for the rest of your natural life

Mike Randell
Headteacher of an 'outstanding' school for 30+ years
Talk
Teas and Talks – Villains, Victims and Tragedies: Stories from the Dorset Assizes

Teas and Talks – Villains, Victims and Tragedies: Stories from the Dorset Assizes

27th March, 2pm
Villains, Victims and Tragedies: Stories from the Dorset Assizes

Brian Bates
Historian and Author
Talk
Teas and Talks -For the Benefit of Example

Teas and Talks -For the Benefit of Example

24th April, 2pm
‘For the Benefit of Example’

Steve Poole
Professor of History and Heritage
University of the West of England
Family event
The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

5th May - 2nd July
The Tiger Who Came to Tea exhibition is bringing this picture book, loved by so many children around the world, to a new generation of family audiences.
Talk
Teas and Talks – Dorset Buttons

Teas and Talks – Dorset Buttons

26th June, 2pm
Dorset Buttons
Anna McDowell
Henrys Buttons

Talk
Teas and Talks – Whispers and Cries

Teas and Talks – Whispers and Cries

24th July, 2pm
Whispers and Cries: Listening for the Voices of the Dead in a Nineteenth-Century Courtroom.
Tim Hitchcock