Radio Free Purbeck… and not a pirate in sight!

‘What I envisage for Purbeck Coast FM is that someone can get into a taxi in Swanage or drop in to a café for a cup of tea and we’ll be on the radio.’ Radio Station Manager Michelle Langthorne has only been in the job since June, but she arrived with a clear idea of Read More…

DeLorean – all-new electric time machine

As a record producer he made some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, now lifelong petrolhead Phil Wainman has gone back to the future to regenerate a classic DeLorean sports car – as an all-electric vehicle! The iconic DMC DeLorean PRV V6, the same model as the star of the 1985 blockbuster movie Back to Read More…

Frank is still doing it his way

If a single volunteer is worth half a dozen pressed men, Swanage will need an even greater number to replace the tireless community efforts of Frank Roberts should he ever fully retire Some fifty years ago, Frank Roberts fell in love with Swanage during a family holiday, like many before him. To Leeds-born Frank it Read More…

Shapely bottoms and well-made bows

In recognition of Dorset and the wider Wessex region’s emergence as a fount of quality violin-making in the mid to late 20th century, bow maker and violin repairer Andrew Bellis has embarked on a project to collate details of makers. They include William Luff, for many Britain’s finest violin maker, who lived near Beaminster for Read More…

Bournemouth’s historic flight path

It should have been a landmark event, a chance for the aeroplane to affirm its place in public affections after playing a notable part in ‘the war to end war’, but instead the 1919 Schneider Trophy air race descended into farce in the fog between Bournemouth and Swanage. Already flying’s most famous piece of silverware, Read More…

The Swanage beach boy

‘I’ve seen a lot of changes over the years,’ sighs Barry Wiggins as he sits in his hut on Swanage beach and stares out to sea. ‘Everything’s different. Well, nearly everything. One thing that hasn’t changed is the view; the Isle of Wight, that hasn’t changed.’ Barry has known the view from Swanage beach for Read More…

Bournemouth’s Bowl of music magic

Unlike many a fondly remembered music venue – tiny, tight and wont to overheating – Bournemouth’s Chelsea Village was the bee’s knees, the height of sophistication. When it opened in 1970 it was like nothing the town had seen before and within weeks it became a magnet for revellers from miles around. ‘We thought we Read More…

Dorchester’s Bones Museum

Already something of a mecca for museum-lovers, Dorchester now has another one thanks to the restless curiosity of local entrepreneur Stephen Ware. Having collected film and sci-fi memorabilia since the age of eleven, last year he decided to sell it all and invest the proceeds in a new collection… of skeletons and taxidermy. In October Read More…

The woodland heart of Hardy country

A captivating little parcel of mixed woodland and heath around the picture postcard pretty hamlet of Higher Bockhampton – known the world over as the birthplace of Thomas Hardy – Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve receives at least 60,000 visitors a year many of which may still be missing out. That’s according to Dorset Council Read More…

Moon talk

Commissioned by Dorset Moon, Weymouth based artist Ra Zamora has created Call of the Wild, a sound installation inspired by the wolf’s howl that will play as part of the Under the Moon supporting programme at all three locations. It’s intended to create a primordial experience to transport people to the wild corners of their psyche, Read More…