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William Barnes Society Events

Dorset Meetings are held throughout the year, with talks, poetry readings, recitals and other entertainments including excursions to places with special Barnes connections. Annual events include a spring Service of Remembrance at Winterborne Came Church, a June, Summer Lunch and a wreath laying at St. Peter's Church, Dorchester, in October.

  • Non-members are welcome to our events as advertised (£3 for entry), William Barnes Society members FREE. For more information on joining click here.
  • External events advertised outside of the organisation may be ticketed.
Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes
On 28/04/2019
10:30 till 12:00

Annual Service of Remembrance of William Barnes
Morning service, with dialect reading and wreath laying at William Barnes and and his daughter Laura grave
Rambling with Dorset Poetry and Song
On 06/05/2019
15:00 till 16:30

Rambling with Dorset Poetry and Song
Immerse yourself in the literature and music of Dorset. Join members of the William Barnes Society and composer/ musician John Blackmore for this gentle ramble around Cerne Abbas and its immediate surroundings.
The Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair
On 02/06/2019
11:00 till 16:00

The Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair
Come along to Dorchester's first Victorian Street Fair to celebrate the 179th Birthday of one of Dorchester's most famous residents.
Sturminster Newton Literary Festival
On 15/06/2019
11:00 till 17:00

Sturminster Newton Literary Festival
The William Barnes Society have been invited to attend this event which will run throughout the day, with readings including some by members of the Society, in coffee shops and public places.
Historic Church Tours 2019 - Dorset Inspirations
On 11/07/2019
10:00 till 16:15

Historic Church Tours 2019 - Dorset Inspirations
Discover how Dorset churches have inspired classic literature and architecture.
Yetminster Street Fair
On 13/07/2019
12:30 till 17:00

Yetminster Street Fair
Yetminster Fair is one of the oldest street fairs in the region. It has been running almost continuously since the 13th Century under a charter granted to the Bishop of Salisbury for a fair “to be held in his manor of Yetminster”.
William Barnes at Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2018
On 25/08/2019
12:00 till 15:30

William Barnes at Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2018
Please do come along and join us on Sunday 26th August at St Barnabas Church, midday and again at 3:30pm and enjoy a little of the great man, William Barnes.
Celebrating William Barnes with Tim Laycock and Friends
On 21/09/2019
14:30 till 16:00

Celebrating William Barnes with Tim Laycock and Friends
Music and Poetry reading in the garden of Thomas Hardy's Max Gate
Morning Service of Remembrance at St Peters, Dorchester
On 06/10/2019
10:30 till 12:00

Morning Service of Remembrance at St Peters, Dorchester
Morning church service to commemorate William Barnes death.
2018 Annual General Meeting of the William Barnes Society
On 15/10/2019
19:00 till 21:00

2018 Annual General Meeting of the William Barnes Society
2018 Annual General Meeting
Keepen Up O' Chris'mas
On 10/12/2019
19:00 till 21:00

Keepen Up O' Chris'mas
Festive celebrations in words and music with Tim Laycock and friends.