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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
£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!
Event
Shire Hall Mid-Summer Market

Shire Hall Mid-Summer Market

Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June 2021, 10am - 4pm
Join us at Shire Hall for our Mid-Summer Market!

Exhibition
Georgian Dorset : Selected artworks from the Bussell collection

Georgian Dorset : Selected artworks from the Bussell collection

July 10th - September 4th
Georgian Dorset : Selected artworks from the Bussell collection

In partnership with Weymouth Museum

Event
Jason and his Argonauts on Tour

Jason and his Argonauts on Tour

Monday 16th and Tuesday 16th August 2021
Jason and his Argonauts are coming to Borough Gardens this August!

This event is FREE to the public
Talk
In Conversation with award-winning artist Jason Wilsher-Mills

In Conversation with award-winning artist Jason Wilsher-Mills

Wednesday 18th August 2021
Join Shire Hall for an evening in conversation with award-winning artist Jason Wilsher-Mills.
Exhibition
The Wackiest Race: Jason vs the System

The Wackiest Race: Jason vs the System

Thursday 19th August - Friday 1st October
Jason Wilsher-Mills unveils his new ground-breaking virtual reality experience at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum.
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

Saturday 11th September 2021, 2pm
Villains, Victims and Tragedies: Stories from the Dorset Assizes

Brian Bates
Historian and Author
Event
Drinks in the Clink- Gin Masterclass

Drinks in the Clink- Gin Masterclass

Friday 17th September, 7pm
Join Lloyd from DarkBear for a Gin Masterclass at Shire Hall!
Talk
Teas and Talks- Underground Dorchester Tunnels

Teas and Talks- Underground Dorchester Tunnels

Saturday 2nd October 2021
Discover the hidden Dorchester under your feet with Councillor David Taylor.
Workshop
Jewellery making with Caroline Parrott

Jewellery making with Caroline Parrott

Saturday 9th October 2021
Caroline Parrott creates beautiful, colourful jewellery using hand printed and coloured aluminium.

This is an exciting opportunity join her and create your own
Family event
Half-Term Halloween Fun!

Half-Term Halloween Fun!

Monday 25th October 2021 to Sunday 31st October 2021
Throughout the half-term holidays, Shire Hall will become home to spooky family-friendly fun.
Event
Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells

Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells

29th and 30th October, 7.30pm
This is a brilliant and unique night out for any school of wizardry fan….
Event
Drinks in the Clink- Rum Masterclass

Drinks in the Clink- Rum Masterclass

Friday 12th November
Join David from DarkBear for a Rum Masterclass at Shire Hall!
Talk
Teas and Talks- The Monmouth Rebellion

Teas and Talks- The Monmouth Rebellion

Saturday 4th December 2021, 2pm
Local historian Chris Copson talks about, The Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 was also known as the Pitchfork Rebellion.
Festive event
Shire Hall Christmas Market

Shire Hall Christmas Market

11- 12 December 10am - 4pm
Join us at Shire Hall for our Christmas Market!
Talk
Teas and Talks – Transported for the rest of your natural life

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

Saturday 8th January, 2pm
Transported for the rest of your natural life

Mike Randell
Headteacher of an 'outstanding' school for 30+ years
Talk
Teas and Talks -For the Benefit of Example

Teas and Talks -For the Benefit of Example

Saturday 5th February 2022
‘For the Benefit of Example’

Steve Poole
Professor of History and Heritage
University of the West of England
Talk
Teas and Talks – Dorset Buttons

Teas and Talks – Dorset Buttons

Saturday 5th March 2022
The History of the Dorset Button Industry

Anna McDowell
Henrys Buttons

Talk
Teas and Talks- On the Parish: Life in the Victorian Workhouse

Teas and Talks- On the Parish: Life in the Victorian Workhouse

Saturday 7th May 2022
Luke Mouland presents a talk on 'The Parish: Life in the Victorian Workhouse'
Talk
Teas and Talks – Whispers and Cries

Teas and Talks – Whispers and Cries

Saturday 5th November 2022
Whispers and Cries: Listening for the Voices of the Dead in a Nineteenth-Century Courtroom.
Tim Hitchcock