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25 July - 29 July

Corn Exchange

9am - 3pm

£24 / £16 Siblings per workshop (Multi Booking Discount Avail)

A fun action-filled week packed full of music, drama, dance and creative workshops for 8-18 year olds (see each activity for age range). Book for individual workshops or come and join us all week (multi-booking discount applied at checkout). Please see below for specific details about each workshop.

All workshops are age specific and run from 9.00am – 15.00pm. An optional hot meal provided by Joey’s ( is available to order. Click here to see the menu. All dietary requirements will be catered for.

Sibling tickets are available for all workshops at a discounted price please use this option when booking for more than one child.

Multi booking discount – a 50% discount will be applied to all tickets when you book 3 or more different workshops.

Summer in Dorset code (HAF programme)

Children and young people with a Summer in Dorset code are able to book on to the workshops for FREE and this includes a hot meal. You will be contacted after booking for your unique passcode to be provided.

Music workshop – Monday 25 July

Suitable for ages 8 – 18

Do you love to sing, rap or play an instrument? Then this is the workshop for you! You’ll get to spend the workshop creating an original musical piece, in a genre/style that is chosen by the group. You will also have the opportunity to learn a cover version that will be performed by the ensemble (along with the original piece) at the end of the day. This is your chance to be part of a unique band and for you to make YOUR Music YOUR Way!

Dance workshop – Tuesday 26 July

Suitable for ages 8 – 14

Join Dorset Youth Dance Company Director, Claire Benson, for a fully inclusive, fun and highly creative dance workshop. The workshop will start with an energising warm-up followed by a series of creative activities that will explore contemporary dance movement phrases, physical theatre and contact work. The workshop will culminate in a small performance sharing of what has been learned/developed during the session. Open to all abilities.

Please note you will need to wear loose clothes suitable for movement work.

Drama workshop – Wednesday 27 July

Suitable for ages 8 – 14

Join Dorchester Youth Theatre Director, Jo Simons, for an exciting and creative drama workshop. The workshop involves specially devised drama games and activities; working as a team you will explore a range of skills and work towards creating your own unique devised pieces. This workshop will ignite your creativity and free your imagination to bring to life your own stories and characters.

Art and crafts workshop – Thursday 28 July

Suitable for ages 8 – 14

“Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…” What’s your idea of a fun day at sea side? Ice creams? Hunting for sea shells? Swimming in the sea? Bring all of your ideas to this fun and creative workshop, designing and making your own printing-block to produce a colourful piece of artwork on the theme of ‘Seaside Fun’. You will be choosing your shapes and designing your artwork, then making a coloured background. After lunch you will print your blocks into a large poster to take home. All materials will be supplied – just bring your imaginations!

Please note you will need to wear old clothes or bring a good cover up apron.

Writing for Performance workshop – Friday 29 July

Suitable for ages 13 – 18

Introduction to Writing for Performance is a fun-packed day for anyone interested in stories and storytelling, from books and theatre to film and TV, led by professional screenwriter Joe Forrest. You will learn the basic building blocks to tell any kind of dramatic story, including creating exciting new characters, inventing thrilling worlds for them to explore, and imagining electrifying adventures for them to embark on. We will look at how stories are made of a beginning, middle and end, and how great stories include change and conflict. There will also be examples from our favourite films, shows and books. By the end of the day you will have the tools to create your own stories, big or small.

Dorchester Corn Exchange has wheelchair access and toilet facilities for wheelchair users. If you have any specific requirements, then please let us know when booking tickets and we are more than happy to help.

The fully-licenced bar opens half an hour before each performance.

Tickets can currently be purchased online or by telephone. The telephone line is manned between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. At all other times please leave your name, telephone number and ticket requirements and we will call you back.

We are not currently able to welcome visitors for advance face-to-face ticket sales.

No booking fees are charged, but a £1 Future Fund levy is included in most ticket prices to support our work. This levy is included in the published ticket price. Concessionary prices (for events promoted by Dorchester Arts): where available, these are offered to under 18s, students, those in receipt of benefits and people on low income regardless of age.

Covid-19-related ticket policy

We are operating a ticket-less system at the present time. On arrival at events, please give your name and reference number at the box office to gain entry.

If you are unable to attend a performance due to a positive Covid-19 test result, displaying Covid-19 symptoms or have been instructed to self-isolate, please contact us to exchange your ticket for an alternative event (of equivalent value) or claim a refund. Please contact Dorchester Arts as soon as you are aware of a problem. Tickets cannot be reimbursed once an event has passed.

Dorchester Arts is a registered charity, so if you feel able, please consider forfeiting your refund as a donation.

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