On 29th September, thousands of people will line the town’s streets to take in the spectacular sight of the floats and walking entries in the 141st Shaftesbury Carnival. For many locals, the grand illuminated evening procession provides the highlight of the day. But putting on this huge show requires a massive amount of planning, coordination and volunteers.
During this summer’s Shaftesbury Fringe, fifty people took part in an open air yoga session in the Rose Garden on Park Walk. For some of the participants it was their first taste of this ancient practice for improving mind, body and spirit. The impressive turnout made an impression on Kirsty Elliott, the experienced yoga instructor who led the event.
Look out for a procession of tractors along North Dorset’s lanes on Saturday lunchtime. They’ll be taking a short trip around the countryside from their base at the Udder Farm Shop, where they’ll be the main attraction at the Vintage Vehicle Rally and Family Fun Day, raising cash for Salisbury’s Hospital and Hospice.
An expert on the healing properties of herbs will answer your questions during a special event at Shaftesbury Abbey on Wednesday evening. And Julie Wood, who has been a practising medical herbalist since 2005 following a four-year degree, says she hopes to inspire people to start using herbs again.
Ray Humphries has no idea how many cool, classic cars will turn up at Barton Hill on Sunday morning, but that’s part of the excitment of the Car and Bike Show, which raises funds for Shaftesbury Carnival. In previous years, Ray says people have turned up with around 100 vehicles. And some have been incredible.
A musical performance celebrating the life of Martin Luther King, fifty years since his assassination, has been declared the Best Event at Shaftesbury Fringe, by its panel of judges.
If you’re looking for a day and evening out near Shaftesbury this Saturday, 7th July, head for Sixpenny Handley. The village is hosting a family-friendly day filled with food, fine music and entertainment.
If you love bargain hunting then Indus Road looks like the place to shop between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 29th July. It is currently the Shaftesbury street with the most homes registered for the town’s first ‘Jumble Trail’. But that could change as residents of different areas sign up to take part in this community buying and selling event.
It’s difficult estimating how many people attend Gold Hill Fair. There are no tickets or turnstiles. And because the event takes place around the High Street and Park Walk, people can come and go as they please. But it was obvious to anyone attending on Sunday that locals still love it. And why wouldn’t they? It’s fun and it’s free!
The co-chairman of Shaftesbury Fringe, Natalie Evans, says she is both ‘exhausted’ and ‘ecstatic’ following the success of the third annual performance festival.