So where is the Land of Bone and Stone?
Join us on 5th October to discover more about this secret south Dorset landscape through Talks, Tours and Tea!
Experts tell us the South Dorset Ridgeway is as important as Stonehenge and Avebury for the sheer scale of barrows, henges, hillforts and stone circles that we can still see here today. With over 1,000 ancient sites, this ridge of land between Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport must be one of Dorset's best kept secrets!
Please join us on Wednesday 5th October to find out more about the Land of Bone and Stone. Through talks and optional walks (and lots of tea and cake!) you can find out about the history, wildlife and geology that make the area so special - and how local action really can make a difference.
The event is FREE and is being run by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership at Martinstown Village Hall. Tours are at 2pm and 5.30pm and last between 60 - 90 minutes.
To book please follow the link Register
What's hidden in the hills?
What histories, what stories would these stones, and ancient barrows tell us if they could talk?
What legends, fairy tales, local myths and oral histories have been woven into and around the landscape? What natural and created sounds can be heard high on the skyline underground, along footpaths, ancient tracks, and whispering woodlands?
In a ground-breaking new project as part of the South Dorset Landscape Partnership (The Land of Bone and Stone), a series of smartphone Apps have been developed which allows you to experience this universe for yourself!
Partners SATSYMPH have laid out a series of sound-pools in 7 evocative locations along the South Dorset Ridgeway. Access the sound-pools by downloading an app onto your smartphone, plus background maps, and head out to any of the 7 locations. Once there, open the app, plug your headphones in and wander. Your smartphone automatically senses the sound-hotspots through GPS and opens out the sound experience.
Land Bone Stone Apps 1-3 were made by the 3-man artistic collective SATSYMPH working with DIVAcontemporary, Sir John Colfox School (Bridport), Beaminster School, Weymouth College and Dorset Studio School, InsideOut Dorset, Artmusic, Frances Aitken and members of the public.
Guides to accompany the Apps:
Links to download the Apps, from:
Then let us know what you think of them...
Site Seeing Photography Competition
Site Seeing Photography Competition
Dorset AONB and the South Dorset Ridgeway are joining forces to launch a photography competition with £500 worth of prizes.
We want to shout about how amazing our landscape is - and as pictures speak louder than words, we need your help!
Please send us photos of your favourite views, the special places you love, and moments from your great days out and about in the South Dorset Ridgeway or the wider Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
We have £500 worth of prizes to be split between entries for each of these areas, and there will be an exhibition featuring the best entries from both categories.
To enter, please submit your photographs by 30 September 2016.
Full competition rules and details of how to enter can be found here.
You don't need to be an expert photographer and you don't need expensive equipment - most of us now have mobile phones with a camera and we very much welcome entries captured in this way.
So get out and about in our glorious, enigmatic landscape, get snapping - and good luck!
We have £500 worth of prizes, to be split between entries of photographs of the Land of Bone & Stone and the wider Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Inside Out Dorset Festival - Call for Volunteers
Inside Out Dorset, the acclaimed biennial festival of outdoor art & performance, is back in Littlebredy this autumn - and Activate Performing Arts have opportunities for volunteers to become involved.
Artists And Now: (who built the splendid Barrow in 2014) will be creating Wayfaring - an installation and performance event high up on the Ridgeway.
Volunteers can help with the installation which is open from 17 to 20 September, and the performance itself on 21 September - roles include fronting the information point, helping with access requirements, and car park marshalls. You will be provided with a fabulous festival t-shirt and refreshments, and out-of-pocket travel expenses can be reimbursed.
For more details or to volunteer please contact:
Andrea Frankham-Hughes: Volunteer Coordinator, Inside Out Dorset Festival
Tel: 01305 260954
And check out the Inside Out website for more details of this amazing county-wide festival: