A summer time program that celebrates Dorset’s extraordinary magnificence

A SUMMER program has been launched to rejoice the extraordinary landscapes of Dorset – applicable sufficient at daybreak for the summer time solstice.

Because the solar rose yesterday morning over South Dorset Ridgeway, folks gathered for an off-the-cuff Dorset Space of ​​Excellent Pure Magnificence (AONB) celebration, starting their summer time program of free occasions throughout Dorset.

Famend efficiency artist Lorna Rees and pals shared the dawn with a bunch of individuals from throughout the county with music, tales and laughter at Black Down Stone Circle, close to the Hardy Monument, a contemporary interpretation of the traditional monuments of this extraordinary panorama.

Dorset AONB Summer season Solstice – Image: Mike Cowley

From daybreak to nightfall is the summer time program of free occasions Dorset AONB which runs from now till July 10.

Individuals can see Dorset in a brand new gentle as they go to get pleasure from our beautiful landscapes from early morning to the ‘golden hours’ of summer time evenings. Artists, storytellers, wildlife consultants and archaeologists will shed new gentle on our extraordinary landscapes by means of our packed program of walks, outside workshops, mountain climbing and conversations.

Decelerate and expertise the surroundings up shut on the Conscious Meadows stroll (Kingcombe) or uncover the traditional artwork of swimming within the woods on a Wind Down weekend on the Milldown Nature Reserve (Blandford)

Be a part of archaeologist Steve Wallis on a stroll by means of historical past alongside and throughout the spectacular Hambledon and Hod forts. Or observe narrator Martin Maudsley to listen to the myths and legends of the traditional websites of South Dorset Ridgeway of Abbotsbury.

Get inventive at outside artwork workshops with artists of your season story Sarah Jan Ross and Ilse Black, together with a recent eye view of the Jurassic Coast on the distinctive West Bay Watercolor Workshop for all ages

Or when nightfall falls, be a part of wildlife consultants and discover Black Down or Studland wildlife, hoping to listen to Nightjars, see bats and spot shiny worms. Hearken to darkish sky skilled Bob Mizon and take a better take a look at the moon above Durlston Nation Park with particular telescopes.

All occasions are free, however reservations are required. Occasions are programmed for evenings and weekends to slot in with faculty or work, and plenty of are accessible by public transportation.

The occasions are held in collaboration with Dorset Countryside, Dorset Council, Dorset Wildlife Belief, Nationwide Belief, English Heritage, Durlston Nation Park and the Wessex Astronomical Affiliation.

Be taught extra at: www.dorsetaonb.org.uk

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