Gruffalo Grotto a festive treat

A special woodland grotto has been created at Moors Valley Country Park to host free readings of the children’s classic story,’ The Gruffalo’s Child’. The Rangers have opened the winter wonderland upstairs in the Park’s Visitor Centre to complement the newly-installed Gruffalo’s Child Trail which leads families out into the forest for a series of…

Dorset’s childcare stars celebrated at awards ceremony

People dedicated to working with young children in Dorset were recently praised for their commitment at the annual Early Years and Childcare Awards ceremony.
The ceremony, organised by Dorset County Council, celebrated the nurseries, pre-schools and childminders that have received the highest Ofsted grade of ‘Outstanding’ over the last year. There are now 116 outstanding early years settings across Dorset.

Give a Christmas tree a good home

Pine trees cleared from local heathland are a cheap alternative to commercially grown Christmas trees. Dorset County Council’s ranger service is restoring Blackdown Heath that surrounds Hardy’s monument. Gorse and scots pine are being removed from the site to make way for grazing animals that will help maintain the heathland habitat, which is essential for…

Frozen star at BIC

Tony Award-winning singer/actor Idina Menzel who sang the Oscar winning son Let It Go from Frozen is coming to Bournemouth International Centre on Friday 26 June.
Menzel’s career has traversed stage, film, television, and music. She was most recently heard as Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. After Menzel’s performance of the multi-platinum song Let It Go at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting.

Home is where the art is

Urban artists have transformed a huge wall in Boscombe. DWP Housing Partnership, now Dorset’s biggest private landlord, has a magnificent and colourful addition to its headquarters in St Clements Road. Two artists from Redtail Studio spent a week using spray cans to create the giant 50ft X 50ft mural. It depicts a woodland scene with depth and…