A little bit of Bavaria is coming to Barton Hill as Shaftesbury hosts two evenings of traditional German music and merriment.
Pink Sheep, Champagne-Style Cider And Shaftesbury’s Starry Skies – Alfred Visits The Gillingham And Shaftesbury Show
I’ve been drinking craft cider. Then I started seeing stars and I stumbled across a pink sheep. That’s normal on one day of the year, anyway. It’s what makes the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show special. You expect the unexpected.
The Gillingham and Shaftesbury show takes place this week, on Wednesday 15th August. If you’ve driven between the two towns over the last few days, you’ll have seen the white marquees going up in the Turnpike showground fields on the Motcombe side of the road.
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.