Saturday 8th September

25 Belmont Open Days
Open Day

Partial AccessNot NOrmally Open To The Public
Partial Disabled Access.
Due to the nature of our historic properties and their locations, some buildings may not be suitable for people with some disabilities or limited mobility. We doendeavour to accommodate additional access needs where possible. At this property you
are able to drive down and drop any guests
with limited mobility at the main house and
then return your car to the car park. Please ask
a member of staff on site if you need to do
16 Pound Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset,
Please use public car parks.

This fine 18th-century maritime villa in Lyme
Regis is listed Grade II* and once belonged to
the remarkable businesswoman, Mrs Eleanor
Coade who devised a formula to mass produce
architectural embellishments. More recently
Belmont was home to world-famous author, John
Fowles, author of The Magus and The French
Lieutenant’s Woman.
We have restored Belmont to its appearance in
Mrs Coade’s day. Here you can sit – and indeed
write – in John Fowles’s former writing room with
its wide views of sea and sky. In the garden there
is a Victorian observatory tower, with hatch and
revolving roof. Most of the long garden is left
wild (Fowles was a keen naturalist) and it tumbles
down to the esplanade, with a pebble beach and
the Cobb beyond.
Free Admission and leaflets on the building’s
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am to 4pm.

26 Clavell Tower Open Days
Open Day

Partial AccessNot NOrmally Open To The Public
Partial Disabled Access. Due to the nature of
our historic properties and their locations, that
some buildings may not be suitable for people
with some disabilities or limited mobility. We do
endeavour to accommodate additional access
needs where possible. Due to the layout and
location of this building it may not be suitable for
those with limited mobility.
Kimmeridge, Wareham, Dorset,
BH20 5PE
The Smedmore Estate on whose land Clavell
Tower stands has a parking area which costs
£5.00 for the day and this gives access to the
coast line and to the property. Once parked,
Clavell Tower can only be reached on foot up
a steep coastal path.
This four storey, circular tower stands high on the
cliff above Kimmeridge Bay overlooking one of
the most striking bays on the Dorset coast. Here
is the Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World
Heritage Site, and the South West Coastal Path
runs past the door. Built in 1830 Clavell Tower’s
location has captivated many including writers
like Hardy and PD James.
Free admission and leaflets on the building’s
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am to 4pm

27 Swanage Methodist Church
Church Open Day

Assistance Dogs OnlyFull access
105 High St, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2LZ
Church is on the south side of the High St, 0.25
mile from the sea. Identifiable by the tall spire.
Parking available on-site.
Swanage Methodist Church will be open all day.
Visitors are warmly invited to come for ‘A Time of
Relaxation and Reflection in a Quiet Space’.
Light Refreshments will be available.
Saturday 8th, 10am to 4pm.

28 Church of the Assumption
of the Blessed Virgin Mary Holnest
Church Open Day

There are no toilet facilities.
Church of the Assumption of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, Holnest, Sherborne, DTG SPU
Largely dating to the 14th Century, the church
at Holnest is a Grade I listed building of
considerable architectural and historic interest,
having been narrowly saved from demolition in
the 1950s by lvor Bulmer Thomas and the Friends
of Friendless Churches. Original features include
a Jacobean pulpit, a medieval barrel-vaulted
roof and box pews complete with curved candle
sconces above.
Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th 10am to 4pm.

29 St John’s Church, Greenhill, Weymouth
New Event

St Johns Church, Greenhill, Weymouth
Please use public car parks.
NO on-site parking please.

St John’s Church is open during Dorset
Architectural Heritage Week to give you
the opportunity to take in the 19th Century
architecture of this Grade II listed building. A
display regarding aspects of the church’s history
will also be exhibited during this time.
Saturday 8th, Monday 10th to Thursday 13th,
10am to 3pm.

Saturday 8th September

30 Priest’s House Community OpenWeekend
Open Day

Assistance Dogs Only Accompanied children only Partial AccessNo Cameras
No cameras allowed inside the Museum
Partial Disabled Access. Wheelchair access
throughout the ground floor, garden and
Priest’s House Museum and Garden, 23-27
High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HR
Please use public car parks.
Discover the museum’s stunning Roman wall
paintings, the fascinating childhood gallery and a
unique Victorian Valentine card collection as the
museum tells the story of East Dorset. Explore
period rooms, finding out how life and work
has changed in this historic townhouse. Wander
through a beautiful and peaceful walled garden.
The Garden Tea Room will be open.
Visitors will be able to meet a Roman soldier.
Our soldier will be kitted out in Roman legionary
uniform and displaying equipment as used at a
large Roman fort. Find out what it is like to wear
and maintain a full military kit.
Explore the museum’s current special exhibition
‘Hats for All Occasions’, featuring a wonderful
collection of 44 different hats or forms of
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, 10am to 4pm.

31 Keepers Lodge
Bookable. Max No Allowed 40
New Event

Dogs on leads Not NOrmally Open To The PublicFull access
Full directions available on ticket.
Parking available on-site but is limited.

Keepers Lodge dates from the mid-14th century
and is a fine example of a thatched, timber
framed house. There are several interesting
internal features, including medieval stonework
reused in the late 15th century from the
former great manor house of Kingston Lacy.
This interesting site was the farm known as
‘Rabbys’, Abbey’s farm, part of the sub-manor of
‘Abbottstrete’, given to the Abbot of Sherborne
by King Stephen in 1139 and held until 1549 and
the Dissolution of Monasteries. Drawings, maps
and information will be on display and there will
be a short guided walk to view its place in the
medieval landscape.

32 Weymouth Town Walk
Guided Walk

No Dogs Partial AccessAccompanied children only
Partial Disabled Access. Wheelchair users will
require assistance to access churches.
Meet by front entrance of Weymouth
Pavilion. DT4 8ED
Please use public car parks.
Join members of Weymouth Civic Society on
a tour of Weymouth’s Georgian seafront, old
harbour and historic town.
Saturday 8th, 11am to 1pm.

33 Tudor House, Weymouth
Open Day

Partial Access
Disabled access to Ground Floor only
Trinity Street, (Off Hope Square),
Weymouth Dorset DT4 8TW
Parking available in nearby Newton’s Cove
Car Park.
A chance to view a 17th Century Merchant’s
House, containing Tudor period artefacts, in the
heart of Weymouth Harbour side.
Saturday 8th, 1pm to 4pm, Sunday 9th,
11am to 3pm, Monday 10th, 1pm to 4pm.

34 Church Heritage Visit -- St John the Baptist Church,Woodsford
Bookable. Max No Allowed 60
New Event

In this place of worship, at this time, ladies
should wear headgear and gentlemen should
doff their hats within the church. Sensible
footwear should be worn. No stilettos.
There are no toilet facilities at the church or nearby.
Partial Disabled Access. There is disabled access
to the church, but part of the tour involves
crossing rough grassed areas.
Full directions available on ticket.

This church is a hidden gem in an atmospheric
churchyard setting. Originally a 14th Century
building it was largely rebuilt in Early English style
by Thomas Henry Wyatt in 1861-2 to create a
perfect Victorian vision of what a church should
be. Your Victorian guide will be John Lowe,
formerly the Historic Environment Manager
of Dorset County Council and a longstanding
proponent for Heritage Week. The year will be
1900 and it would be appreciated if visitors
would let us know they intend to join this party
so that if their carriage is late we do not start
without them.
The event on Saturday 8th is open to all but
we would especially welcome persons living
in Crossways, Woodsford, Tincleton and
34/001 Saturday 8th 2.30pm
34/002 Wednesday 12th 2.30pm

Also Featured Today
01 Wareham Town Pound
02 Wareham Walls Walk
03 Minster Church of St Cuthberga
07 Bucknowle Roman Villa Threshold Stones
08 Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum
10 St Andrews Church, Kinson
11 Bridport Museum & Local History Centre
12 Bridport Town Hall
13 Blandford Town Museum
14 St Laurence Church, Upwey
16 St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Blandford
17 Beaminster Museum
19 Church of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs,
& St Ignatius
20 Weld Memorial Chapel
22 Swanage Library