Dorchester attractions to open late in family-friendly event

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DINOSAURS, military history and teddy bears and will be covered as the popular Museums at Night event returns to Dorchester.

Seven attractions in the county town are joining forces for the third event of its kind taking place on Saturday, May 19.

All of the attractions will be open from 5pm to 9pm with one ticket covering entry to each of the seven family-friendly venues.

As well as the Roman Town House people will be able to enjoy the Dinosaur Museum, Dorset County Museum, the Teddy Bear Museum, the Tutankha-mun Exhibition, the Keep Military Museum and also the Terracotta Warriors Museum.

Tim Batty, from the World Heritage Museums and Exhibitions, said: “Dorches-ter has a cornucopia of museums to surprise and delight visitors. “They focus on a fantastic range of topics and themes from Romans to Tutan-khamun, from teddy bears to Thomas Hardy, from Dorset’s military history to the terracotta army, and from dinosaurs to Dor-chester’s history.

“Museums at Night promises to be a very special night offering families and individuals an unrivalled opportunity to explore and discover all of this and more.”

The Museums at Night event in Dorchester is part of a national initiative and proved popular in its first two years, with around 3,500 people taking advantage of the offer in 2011.

Tickets for the event cost £8 for individuals, couples or families up to two adults and four children.

Advance tickets will be available soon from any of the museum venues of the Dorchester Tourist Infor-mation Centre in Antelope Walk.

Tickets will also be available on the night for £12.

To tie in with the evening a number of cafes, restaurants and pubs will be offering special offers for those wishing to enjoy a meal or make a night of it in Dorchester.

Mr Batty said: “For those who want to relax with a drink and a bite to eat on the evening, there are many cafes, restaurants and pubs in the centre of Dorchester and some will be linking in with Museums at Night by having special offers for those on the museum trail.”

Free parking will also be available in car parks in the county town after 6pm.

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