A new walking festival will be held in the countryside around Shaftesbury later this year. Organisers say walk highlights could include Iron Age forts, Neolithic earthworks and a Roman road. Jon Woolcott from Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty told Alfred that volunteer guides are being recruited, too.
If you enjoyed Countryfile’s aerial shots of our town, you’ll love ‘Shaftesbury Abbey – The Movie’. The Arts Centre will screen the story of the recent archaeological digs in a film that features stunning drone footage and captures the most exciting local discovery in decades.
Shaftesbury Fringe has unveiled the vibrant new look to its publicity material. Shaftesbury artist and Fringe performer, Anne-Louise Richards, told Alfred what inspired her makeover of the festival’s programme cover.
A low-carbon campaigner is visiting Shaftesbury to share his thoughts on tackling the climate emergency. Guardian and Independent writer Chris Goodall will explain how fashion and fast food consumers are making a difference. He has ideas on how to discourage unnecessary flying without penalising package holidaymakers, too.
It’s six months since James Cox was appointed secretary of the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show. James says his plans for the 2020 event include more local producers, performing pigs and reduced-price tickets for early online bookers.
Dorset-based travel writer Sophy Roberts often reports from destinations that Brits are advised not to visit. In her forthcoming Shaftesbury talk, Sophy will explain how a series of chance encounters helped her uncover a special story from Siberia.
Two Shaftesbury clubs that support locals facing mental health challenges are hosting a joint fundraising drive on Saturday. The event organisers think that attendees will be impressed by the range of goods and prizes on offer.
Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty wants children to appreciate the history on Shaftesbury’s doorstep. They are inviting schoolteachers to brush up on their local knowledge in a workshop – and they will pay for supply staff cover, so teachers can attend.