Sir Walter Raleigh in Dorset

A court favourite of Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh’s many great deeds as polymath, politician and some time privateer undoubtedly justify his place in history; yet 400 years after his execution on a trumped up treason charge he is probably best known for things he didn’t do. The story of how he chivalrously laid his Read More…

Drama helps crisis centre

A year on from the beginning of the end of Broadchurch and the Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre continues to see the number of calls to its helpline and demand for its other specialist services rise. The third and final season of the popular ITV crime drama, which featured several locations in West Bay and Read More…

Askers: do you want to know a secret?

From chic stopover for the well heeled motoring grand tourists of the 1930s, to a key destination for ravers, Askers Roadhouse Hotel had led a chequered career by the time it was consumed by fire soon after an infamous 29-hour rave in the early 1990s. But its greatest claim to fame – a visit by Read More…

Chris Chibnall 2015

Chris Chibnall has done as much to raise the profile of Dorset in the nation’s eye as anyone in recent years. The creator of Broadchurch, which was shot on location largely in and around West Bay and is now back with an eagerly anticipated second series, moved here some 12 years ago to settle in Bridport. Read More…

Bridport’s art heart

  Since medieval times Bridport’s fortunes have been built on the efforts of farmers, market traders, rope makers and brewers, but for all its agricultural, mercantile and industrial heritage, the town’s artistic legacy has been less well documented. Bridport was awarded Dorset’s first government-funded art school in 1865, a humble seat of learning that sat Read More…