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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!
Festive event
Christmas Afternoon Tea

Christmas Afternoon Tea

29th of November - 31st December 11am - 3pm
Indulge in a glass of fizz and afternoon tea at Shire Hall this December.
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, also known as the Pitchfork Rebellion.
Event
Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 6th December 2021, 10am - 12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe.
Festive event
Shire Hall Christmas Market

Shire Hall Christmas Market

11- 12 December 10am - 4pm
Join us at Shire Hall for our Christmas Market!
EventFestive event
Mellstock Band Christmas Frolics

Mellstock Band Christmas Frolics

Thursday 16th December, 7pm
The Mellstock Band invite you to join them in an uproarious celebration of dance, drink and general misbehavior
Family eventFestive event
Breakfast with Father Christmas!

Breakfast with Father Christmas!

Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd December, 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

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

Mike Randell
Headteacher of an 'outstanding' school for 30+ years
Talk
Talk: Underground Dorchester Tunnels

Talk: Underground Dorchester Tunnels

Thursday 13th January 2022, 7pm
Discover the hidden Dorchester under your feet with Councillor David Taylor.
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
Talk: Martha Brown, capital punishment and women in the criminal justice system

Talk: Martha Brown, capital punishment and women in the criminal justice system

Tuesday 8th March 2022, 6:30pm
As part of our Raising Voices series, Dr Rose Wallis explores the broader legal and cultural significance of the case of Martha Brown and its resonance today.
Talk
Talk: The Incredible Mrs Van Der Elst

Talk: The Incredible Mrs Van Der Elst

Tuesday 22nd March 2022
As part of our Raising Voices series, we welcome back Brian Bates to give us an incredible insight into the life of this extraordinary woman!
Talk
Teas and Talks: In Search of Isaac Gulliver

Teas and Talks: In Search of Isaac Gulliver

Saturday 2nd April 2022, 2pm
Discover the history of notorious 18th century smuggler, Isaac Gulliver.
Event
Shire Hall Easter Market

Shire Hall Easter Market

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April 2022
Discover incredible local businesses whilst exploring one of Dorchester's most historic buildings.
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: The Trial of John Brake, 1850.

Teas and Talks: The Trial of John Brake, 1850.

Saturday 4th June 2022, 2pm
In this talk, Philip Browne will show how the Corn Laws pitted landowners and farmers against the poor and those who supported Free Trade.
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