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West Dorset entertainment venues to launch reciprocal benefits scheme

Three West Dorset arts venues have got together to share their membership benefits more widely.

From September onwards members and friends of Dorchester Arts, The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis and Bridport Arts Centre will be able to take advantage of members’ discounts at the other two venues. All the venues offer special discounted rates to members on tickets for their performances and events, and the Marine Theatre offers members a 10% discount on drinks prices in their newly- refurbished bar.

Mark Tattersall, Artistic Director at Dorchester Arts said: “We value our members enormously and know that our partner venues in West Dorset feel the same. We hope this scheme will encourage existing members to visit partner venues more often and attract other arts lovers to join their local venue now that the benefits are so generous and far-reaching” Individual annual memberships are modestly priced, with joint and family options also available.

Director of Bridport Arts Centre Polly Gifford said “Working more closely with our partner venues has been very positive for the organisations and now we can offer direct benefits to members too, which is fantastic.”

The scheme is part of a wider collaborative effort between the three venues, which also includes bringing touring performers to two or three venues on consecutive dates, as well as sharing ideas, innovations and information.

Local Charity Challenge

Will You be the Next Castaway Survivor?

Fancy yourself as the next Bear Grylls or simply want to escape from the daily routines and stresses of life? Dorset-based charity Diverse Abilities Plus has a few spaces remaining for a once-in a-lifetime opportunity, to take part in an exciting ‘Castaway Five Day Challenge’ in aid of the charity.

Witness spectacular views of air show with

local charity Join Lewis-Manning Hospice at the Purbeck Terrace and bar at the Bournemouth International Centre to witness spectacular views of the Bournemouth Air Show on Saturday 1 September.

That’s the offer from the Poole-based hospice which provides free specialist palliative care to hundreds of local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Last year’s air festival event raised £500 for the charity.

Tickets cost £45 and include a bucks fizz and pastries on arrival, a two course hot buffet lunch and afternoon tea. £7.50 from each ticket will go directly to the charity.

For tickets and further information please call 01202 701 000.

Taking place in a mystery woodland, at a beautiful beach location in the South West of England on Saturday 22 to Wednesday 26 September, the ‘Castaway Five Day Challenge’ is ideal whether you come alone, with friends or family, or for teambuilding with colleagues. No level of physical fitness is required, you just need to be over 18 years of age and enjoy having fun and a bit of an adventure.

During the five days there will be a variety of fun activities, secret challenges and tasks to learn and complete, including survival techniques, building a natural shelter, fire lighting techniques, sea life-raft survival skills training, navigating by the stars, sea fishing and much more which will challenge participants from dawn until dusk!

Entry is £50 per person and each participant is asked by the charity to raise a minimum of £550 in sponsorship monies. Diverse Abilities Plus will support participants with fundraising ideas to help reach their target. The challenge is suitable for anyone aged eighteen years and older.

For more information or to book your place please contact Sharon Wells on 01202 718266 or email You can find out more at

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