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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!
Exhibition
The Tolpuddle Legacy: an exhibition of work by Jason Wilsher-Mills

The Tolpuddle Legacy: an exhibition of work by Jason Wilsher-Mills

Friday 10th September - Wednesday 1st December
Discover the legacy of the Tolpuddle Martyrs 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.
Event
Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 4th October 2021, 10am - 12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe.
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

Saturday 30th October, 7.30pm
This is a brilliant and unique night out for any school of wizardry fan….
Event
Shire Hall Memory Café

Shire Hall Memory Café

Monday 1st November 2021, 10am - 12pm
Join us for the Shire Hall Memory Cafe.
Talk
Talk: On USA & UK Justice with Clive Stafford Smith

Talk: On USA & UK Justice with Clive Stafford Smith

Thursday 4th November 2021, 7pm
Clive Stafford Smith explores the differences between justice in the UK and USA
Talk
Teas and Talks: Dorset Magistrates

Teas and Talks: Dorset Magistrates

Saturday 6th November, 2pm
Current Magistrates talk about their role and the work they do in Dorset
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!
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 was 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
Teas and Talks: Underground Dorchester Tunnels

Teas and Talks: 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
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.
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