This year’s History Festival activities and displays will take place at a variety of venues in the town centre with the military living history event on Willow Walk;
Living History displays including a military encampment with soldiers’ quarters, camp life/cooking demonstrations, hands-on activities and arena displays featuring rifle, foot and weapons drills). Note: some limited firing.
PLEASE NOTE: Waitrose car park is short stay only, please use other public town centre car parks. Additional car parking will be available at QE School, please follow directions.
Regency Dancing Displays with “The Duke of Wellington’s Dancers”. Traditional (period) stalls.
Replica Smuggler’s boat complete with crew, and the nefarious local smuggler Isaac Gulliver!
Priest’s House Museum
Meet the Georgian Gardener and Surveyor, discover Georgian fayre in the olde world kitchen, plus costume exhibits and activities for children.
Punch & Judy, Edwardian Music Cart, Pottery workshops (for children) and traditional Georgian games – come along and try your hand.
East Dorset Heritage Trust
Feel the house, build in 1832 come alive – displays of fashion (including the unmentionable undergarments!), a doctor/surgeon, Georgian handwriting, parlour games and the etiquette of afternoon tea (or coffee, or chocolate!).
Plus talks and lectures in the week preceding the Festival weekend.
For full details and a timetable of activities please do pick up a Festival Programme for just £1, available from late May.