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Every Friday from 8.30am-11am at the Methodist Church Hall (next to Lloyds Bank), High Street Gillingham.
Gillingham Country Market offers a truly local shopping
experience and a warm welcome.
We sell genuinely home-produced foods, plants and crafts.
Buy direct from our local producers.
It is a place to meet friends for coffee, home-made cakes and

Come and have a chat with someone…
Platform One, Station Road, Mondays, 2-3pm
The Phoenix Inn, High Street, Mondays 3-5pm
The Buffalo Inn, Wyke, Tuesdays – Thursdays, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
The Café @ RiversMeet, Wednesdays, 11am – noon
The Wine Bar, Queen Street, Wednesdays 7.30pm-8.30pm
Orchard Park Garden Centre Café, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3pm-3pm
The Dolphin Inn, Peacemarsh, Fridays, 2pm-3pm.

First Saturday of every month
The Mellowes, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Every Thursday, 7.30pm
Dolphin Inn

Second Friday of every month
New Rembrance Hall, Charlton SP7 0PA
Details Geoff 01747 853475; email m5eay.geoff@btinternet.com


Saturday, July 29
MS Strawberry Teas
Gillingham Methodist Church Hall
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Raffle, tombola, mini-auction as well as lovely afternoon teas

Saturday, July 29
Vintage Vehicle Rally & Family Fun Day
Udder Farm Shop
10am-4pm: Vintage and modern tractors, classic cars, craft stalls, bouncy castle, fairground rides, tractor rides, facepainting and more
From 4.30pm – late: BBQ, bar and live music with Mustang Sally, Loose Connections and Rip It Up!
Entry by donation. Raising funds for Salisbury District Stars Appeal and Salisbury Hospice Charity.

July 29
Fete for Hipp!Bones
RiversMeet, 11am-3pm
Cakes, face-painting, coconut shy and more..


August 1, 3 and 5
8.30am – 10.30am each day
Watch as Chris Riley scythes the western section of Shreen Meadows. You can try scything, help rake away the cut grass (to benefit wildflowers). This area of ground is reached most easily from Horsefields, off Gyllas Way. There is a way through next to 35 Horsefields, SP8 4UQ.

Saturday, August 5
Gillingham Walkers
Meet at 2pm in the Peacemarsh Surgery car park for a two hour (4 mile) walk.
Bring water and, if weather is hot, wear hats please.

Sunday, August 6
Wincanton Horseshow
Variety of competition classes including those for Irish Draught horses
Wincanton Racecourse, from 8.30am

Saturday, August 10
Blackmore Vale Embroiderers’ Guild Open Day
Bishops Caundle Villge Hall DT9. 5NB
10.30 am – 3 30pm
Demonstrations of hand and machine-stitching, and displays of work by members and our Young
Embroiderers’ Group. Sales tables, tea/coffee. Parking. Disabled access. Folios from the Guild’s national collection of textiles.

August 12
Lotions and Potions
Neal’s Yard Remedies
For 7 – 15 year olds
2 hrs; make soaps, fizz bombs, lip balm…
£30 each; £50 for 2
To book, tel: 0203 119 5904

August 16
Gillingham & Shaftesbury show
Turnpike Showground
9am – 6pm
Where the town meets the country with farm animals, arts and crafts, food stalls, live chef demonstrations, kids activities, music and more


Friday, September 1
Grove Buildings, Church St, Mere
Doors open 6.45pm; Eyes down 7.30pm
Quality of prizes including a family ticket for Haynes International Motor Museum
Specials, raffle, refreshments.
Proceeds to Mere Carnival

Saturday, September 2 – 10
Gillingham Walking Festival
A wide variety of walks plus workshops, social evenings and film. Get your full free programme from libraries in Gillingham, Mere and Shaftesbury or online at gillwalkersarewelcome.btck.co.uk. Some walks need to be booked in advance.

Saturday, September 2
Gillingham Community Cinema: The Way starring Martin Sheen
Gillingham Methodist Church Hall, 7pm
Tel 07817 379006 for tickets


There are still places available at…

Planet Holiday at Gillingham Primary school
Ages: primary school age children
When open: during the entire summer holidays
Activities: Wide ranging including sports sessions, games, arts and crafts, cooking, outdoor play and local trips and visits.
Cost: All day (8.30am-5.30pm) £22.50; mornings (8.30am-12.30pm) £11; afternoons (12.30pm-5.30pm) £13.75.
How to book: download booking form at www.gillinghamprimary.dorset.sch.uk/PLANET-HOLIDAY-CLUB; tel 01747 823245.

Hip Hoppers Holiday club at Leaping Frogs Nursery, Zeals
Ages: primary school age children
When open: to August 25
Activities: Set in 1.2 acres with many different activities including arts and crafts, pony grooming and small animal care, drama and forest skills
Cost: 8am – 3.30pm £15 per day; 8am – 6pm £20. Cooked lunch £2 per day
How to book: download booking form at leapingfrogs.org/hip-hoppers-holiday-club.htm; tel 01747 840373

Stower Vale Pre-School Holiday Club, Stower Provost
Ages: 2 to 10 years old
When open: from August 7, Monday-Thursday, for four weeks.
Activities: cooking, sports days, arts and crafts, forest school.
Cost: £15 per day, 9am-3pm. A morning snack will be provided but a packed lunch needed.
How to book: tel 01747 839942 or playleader@stowervalepreschool.co.uk

Busy Bees Holiday Club, Port Regis school
Ages: 3-6 years
When open: now to September 1
Activities: arts and crafts, story time and nature walks plus a daily programme of activities including cooking, swimming, forest school and a weekly day trip. For the older children.
Cost: 8.30am-5.30pm, £27.50; 8.30am-1pm, £15; 8am-3.30pm, £22.50; 1pm-5.30pm, £15
How to book: download the booking form at www.portregis.com/414/motcombe-park-sports-club; tel 01747 857957

Tops Day Nurseries Holiday Club, Gillingham
Ages accepted: 5 – 8 year olds
When open: Monday-Friday, 8am – 6pm to September 1
Activities: cooking, crafts, treasure hunts and more. For the full summer programme go to: httpss://www.topsdaynurseries.co.uk/nursery/tops-gillingham-baby-grows/school-holiday-club/
Cost: £15.75 half day (8am-1pm or 1pm-6pm); £26.25 full day (8am-6pm); £21.00 per day for a full week (5 days)
How to book: Call 01747 835533 or email info.gillingham@topsdaynurseries.co.uk

Gryphon Children’s Club, Sherborne
Ages: 6 – 14
When open: now until September 1
Activities: different activities every day combining arts and crafts and outdoor activities with sports such as trampolining, football, lacrosse, archery and more.
Cost: 8.30am-noon, £7.50; 1pm – 4pm, £7.50; supervised lunch noon-1pm, £1; extra time, 4pm-5.30pm, £3.50; all day special £16 including lunchtime. All week: £64
How to book: find the full programme and booking form at www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/gryphon-sports-centre/holiday-club


Now until September 3
Holidays at Yeovil Recreation Centre
Different sports every day including football knockabout, hockey, athletics and mini-golf.
For the full programme and more info: yeovilrec.co.uk/families/holiday-activities

July 27; August 3, 10, 17
Fun in the Sun
Duchy Manor Sports Ground, Mere, 12.30pm
Sports coaching for 5-11 year olds from Bath Rugby and Wiltshire Cricket
Free. Turn up on the day with a consent form downloaded from www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-fun-in-the-sun

August 2 & 5
Treehouse – Pirates Ahoy!
Springhead, Fontmell Magna
11am-noon, £3
Join in with singing sea shanties, dress up as a pirate, invent and perform your own pirate tale, all rounded off with some swash-buckling interactive story-telling! Pirates Ahoy is an exciting hour of making music with instruments,…
To book, telephone 01747 811853

August 3
3D Owl Sculpture workshops
The Exchange, Sturminster Newton
For 6-12 year olds; 10:30 – 15:00.
Based on the birds of the South Dorset Ridgeway, create your own 3D Owl Sculpture from card, paper and glue…
Must book: tel 01258 475137

August 4, 11, 18, 25
Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge
Gillingham Library
Drop in anytime 10am-noon
Story and craft sessions

August 7 & 14
Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge
Shaftesbury Library
10.30am – 11.30am
Story and craft sessions
Free but booking essential: 01747 852256

August 14 – 18
Mad Science Summer Camps
Shaftesbury Youth Centre
For reception – Year 6, 10am-3pm
Lots of fun with hands-on scientific experiments for Mad Scientists
£135 for five days; £30 per day. Bring a packed lunch.
For more info and booking: wessex.madscience.org/summercamps.aspx
Tel 01722 341 537

August 21
Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge
Shaftesbury Library
10.30am – 4pm
Free drop-in story and craft sessions


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