Ten things to do in Dorset this weekend

A community day at Chapelhay

A community day at Chapelhay

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THE weather forecast isn't looking good (the remnants of Hurricane Bertha could hit Dorset on Sunday) but let's not dwell on that for now!

There's plenty of fun stuff going on from the appearance of the supermoon on Sunday night to a Medieval village popping up at Corfe Castle and the One World Festival in Dorchester Borough Gardens.

1. Watch an open air performance of Robin Hood

Adapted from the earliest Robin Hood ballads and written in fast-moving and easy to follow verse, these are tales of camaraderie, swashbuckling action and riotous comedy featuring all the well-loved characters from Robin Hood including Little John and Friar Tuck.

As well as the performance, you'll be left cheering at the archery competition involving the entire audience. The show will be performed at the open air theatre in Corfe Castle on August 9, starting at 7:30pm.

Booking is essential, to book tickets call 0844 249 1895, adult tickets are £16, child are £8, and family tickets are £40.

2. Tolpuddle Village Hall will be transformed into a Speakeasy

Tomorrow night (Saturday) the village hall will transform for a 1920s Jazz Night from 7.30pm to 10.30pm.

The James Rawlinson Trio will be performing and there will be cocktails and canapes.

There will be a cash bar, dancing and a raffle, and 1920s attire is encouraged.

Tickets are £12.50 and include the first drink. They are available from 01305 848517.

3. Come and visit the Medieval Village in Corfe Castle

Step back in time to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and come and immerse yourself in this fun family-friendly experience.

The Medieval Village at Corfe Castle is an action packed, family fun day out, with interactive activities for budding Knights and Damsels, including a medieval armoury, sword fighting and medieval cooking.

This free event runs daily till August 31 from 10am to 5pm, for more details call 01929 481294.

4. Go bananas at Greenhill Join in the Amazing Annual Greenhill Gardens, Weymouth Sensational Free Summer Fayre on Sunday, August 10 from 2pm to 4pm.

The Switch Saxophone Quartet will be on the bandstand and people can listen to the sounds of Sinatra with singer Tony Lowe who has performed across the country There will be various stalls with cakes, tombola and bric-a-brac and people can try their luck at winning a giant banana.

5. Dorset One World Festival

The One World Festival celebrates the diversity of cultures in Dorset through world food, music and cultural activities. The festival aims to encourage networking and socialising with ethnic minority groups across the community.

The festival features lots of activities for the whole family including arts and crafts, henna and sari workshops and lots of world food to taste while listening to music and watching dance performances.

This free event takes place in the Borough Gardens in Dorchester on August 9, beginning at 11am and finishing at 5pm.

6. Get involved in a community project

There will be a work day at Chapelhay Community Playgarden this Sunday.

From 11.30pm-12.30pm the group will be doing weeding. The RSPB will be there helping children to make seed balls for the birds.

Everyone is welcome.

7. See the supermoon

Get your cameras at the ready as the supermoon is set to cause a spectacular sight on Sunday night. The full Moon is set to be the biggest this year and could even be an “extra supermoon”, experts say.

The effect is caused when the Moon reaches its closest point to the earth, known as a perigee Moon. It could make it appear up to 13 per cent bigger in the night sky. We can't wait.

8. See vintage cars, motorcycles, trucks and miliotaryy vehicles at Purbeck Rally.

The show on Worgret Road, Wareham, is now in its 42nd year and there will be lots to keep all the family entertained including stalls, crafts and a food and drink tent.

The event runs across the weekend from 10am-5pm daily and costs £5 to enter- under 16s are free.

For more information click here.

9. Take to the seas in a matchstick boat- well almost.

See a display of the Fleet modelled in matchsticks at Nothe Fort in Weymouth until Tuesday.

The fort is open from 10.30am-4.30pm every day, just off Barrack Road.

10. Treat yourselff to home-made food and drinks.

Preston Village Market, will be on from 10am-12.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) at St Andrew’s Church Rooms in preston.

There will be cards, crafts, produce, cakes, plants and much more for sale.

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