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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
Paint Freedom

Paint Freedom

27 July - 6 September, daily
An exhibition by contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith RA OBE
Cafe closed after lunch

Cafe closed after lunch

17 September, 2pm onwards
The café will be closed from 2pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.
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.
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
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