(above) Father Christmas at the Chesil Centre © Angela Thomas
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s (DWT) Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre will be holding its annual festive ‘Christmas Bazaar’ on Sunday 29th November from 10am – 4pm to raise money for local wildlife.
Books, jewellery, homeware, children’s toys, local arts and crafts – all inspired by local wildlife and the natural world – are just some of the exciting gifts that will be available; with stallholders donating a percentage of their profits to DWT.
Children can meet Father Christmas
While the grown-ups ‘shop for wildlife’, children can get festive making recycled decorations and can even meet Father Christmas, who will be setting challenges and handing out presents.
"A great day out for all of the family"
DWT Chesil Beach Centre Assistant and event organiser, Vicky Ashby said, “The Christmas Bazaar is a great day out for all of the family with a spot of shopping and craft activities; treat yourself to a delicious mince pie and mulled wine from the Taste* café, then go for a walk along the beach admiring the wildlife along the way. Our gift shop has some great products too, and whether you’re buying Christmas cards or a present for a loved one, you will be supporting Dorset’s wildlife.”
100% of the profits help Dorset's wildlife
Rob Laughton, from Opticron, will also be on hand to offer expert advice on binoculars and telescopes. A large range will be on sale and available to test out while viewing spectacular wildlife at Chesil and the Fleet Lagoon. 100% of the profit from the sale of these and from the Centre’s own gift shop will go back into conservation work in Dorset.
Find out more...
The Chesil Beach Centre is halfway along the causeway between Weymouth and Portland, postcode DT4 9XE. The Wild Art Exhibition is open 10am – 4pm from Saturday 7th November, until Sunday 22nd November. For more information about the centre, phone 01305 206191.
For more information please contact Marc Smith or Emily Brown at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 206191.
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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.
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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.
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