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Dorset County Museum is hosting a special butterfly day on 26 August

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Dorset County Museum holds a butterfly day on 26 August 1000 - 1400 BST. Displays on conservation, colours and even live butterflies.

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More than 100 West Dorset-based artists exhibit as part of the Bridport Open Studios from 28 - 30 August.

Follow in some literary footsteps at Lyme Regis Museum with a Jane Austen or John Fowles walk around the town on 29 August.

Theatre Family Week takes place at Monkton Wyld Court, near Charmouth from 23 - 28 August. Details on 01297 560342.


Listen to music by the sea with the Lyme Regis Town Band at The Marine Parade Shelters from 2000 on 31 August.

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The free Anonymous 2010 festival at Maumbury Rings on 28 August, 12noon - 2200 BST. More information on 01305 252204.

The Milton Abbey Music Festival in Milton Abbas brings together local, professional and amateur musicians from 27 - 30 August.

An organ recital at Sherborne Abbey by Matthew Redman, 30 August from 1430 BST.


By the sea, in the woods or just out walking. The National Trust in Dorset has things to do in its Fresh Air summer adventures ideas.

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Take a free look around Radipole Lake nature reserve on 29 August. 1000 - 12 noon. Booking essential on 01305 778313.

Explore the nature revealed at low tide in Ferrybridge at the Chesil Beach centre on 28 August.

The Lions Club of Christchurch Annual Charity Duck Race takes place on 30 August from 1000 - 1600 BST. Details on 01202 489864.

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Big Dorset Brunch

Remember to listen to the only BBC radio programme exclusively for Dorset.

The Big Dorset Brunch is live on BBC Radio Solent every Saturday morning from 0800 - 1100 BST on 103.8FM.

Also, look out for the Big Dorset Brunch podcast which is available to download after the programme each week.

The BBC is not responsible for the content or quality of these events. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, the BBC takes no responsibility for cancelled or altered events - please check with organisers/official websites before attending.

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