(Above) Kingcombe in the snow by Maurits Fontein (below) Kingcombe Produce by Nick Tomlinson and Log fire by Sally Welbourn
This Christmas, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is hosting some exciting events to help you prepare for the festivities, and support wildlife in Dorset at the same time!
Christmas Bazaar at the Chesil Centre and meet Father Christmas
The Chesil Beach Centre is hosting the annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 30th November from 10am-4pm. There will be a range of unique nature inspired gifts, including fine silver fossil jewellery, beautiful ornaments for the home, nature toys for children, and books for all ages on everything wildlife.
Treat wildlife... and yourself!
We also have a large range of binoculars - the perfect gift for those wanting to get up close and personal with wildlife. Art and craft stalls will be selling local work there will be plenty of activities to keep the children entertained such as making wild Christmas decorations, festive hair wraps and Father Christmas will be dropping by to set some challenges and maybe hand out a present or two. Mulled wine and mince pies will also be on offer from the Taste* café so you can really make a day of it.
Chesil Centre Officer, Marc Smith said, “All profits from the shop will go back into Dorset Wildlife Trusts conservation work so you can treat yourself, your loved ones and treat our local wildlife too.”
Tree dressing at Lorton
Lorton Meadows will be hosting a ‘tree dressing’ day on 30th November from 10.30-12.30pm, inviting visitors to celebrate the ancient tradition of dressing trees with bird feeders and minibeast homes. Refreshments will be provided and we have a selection of Christmas cards, calendars, nest boxes, wildlife books for a unique Christmas gift!
Alternative Santa's grotto, delicious food and stalls at Kingcombe
A Christmas Fayre is being held at the Kingcombe Centre on Saturday 7th December from 10am-4pm. Wildlife themed gifts, calendars and cards, homemade jewellery, and arts and crafts will be on offer. Centre Manager, Nick Tomlinson said, “Not only do we have gifts available from the stalls, but the kids will be able to make stick reindeer and have fun in an alternative Santa’s grotto! To get you into the Christmas spirit, we have mulled wine and non-alcoholic mulled apple juice and our award-winning chef from the Kingcombe Centre cafe will be cooking crackling pork rolls and stuffing, roasted chestnuts, sage and chestnut soup and food for younger diners too. Everything you need for the Christmas hamper will be here, including home-made cakes, jams, chutney’s and pickles (also available for local delivery a week before Christmas) and locally produced Ford Farm cheeses and West Milton cider.”
We also have an exclusive offer for those wanting to give the gift of nature this Christmas, with gift membership starting from just £32 a year. If you want to share your love of Dorset’s wildlife with your loved ones this year, click here.
For more information about our events, click here.
The Christmas Bazaar - Saturday 30th November. No unaccompanied children. The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland, DT4 9XE.
‘Tree dressing day’ at Lorton Meadows, Upwey, Weymouth. DT3 5QH. No unaccompanied children. £2 per child.
‘The Kingcombe Christmas Fayre’ Saturday 7th December 10-4pm. The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, West Dorset DT2 0EQ. No unaccompanied children.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620
The Kingcombe Chef, Pete Thomson was awarded 1st prize for his Apple and Rosehip Jelly, 2nd prize for his Pickled Beetroot and Quiche Lorraine, 3rd prize for his Dundee cake, and his Blackcurrant Jam was ‘highly commended’ at the Dorset County Show, 2013.
Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is owned by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council and leased to Dorset Wildlife Trust who run the Centre on behalf of a partnership including the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve and the Jurassic Coast Team, with the continued help of local volunteers. The building of the new centre and boardwalk was made possible by funding from a wide range of organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Crown Estate and Court Leet of the Island and Royal Manor of Portland, the Fine Family Foundation, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Dorset County Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Chalk and Cheese and the Jurassic Coast Trust. The Centre is open from 10am to 4pm every day. For more information, ring 01305 206191 or click here.
The Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 26,000 projects, allocating over £4 billion across the UK. This includes over £411 million to more than 2,600 projects across the South West.