Try This Dorchester

A unique local festival offering you the opportunity to try something new

Try This Dorchester was set up in 2013. The project offers local residents the opportunity to participate in free workshops and taster sessions which are led by members of the community and groups from the area.

The aim of the project is to provide a framework in which people can offer a workshop or topic they are passionate about, while giving others the chance to try something new.

The programme is coordinated by a group of volunteers and offers sessions such as IT skills, singing, bee keeping, crocheting, drystone walling - plus much more!



Latest News

You may have wondered what has been happening this year…. a lot behind the scenes! We have been developing a new web site which will help us to ensure that we can run the project more efficiently and also hopefully share what we do with other towns that want to try something similar. Try This Dorchester

We are now looking to hold our next Try This Dorchester in September 2018.

We also held our first AGM in November 2017!

To find out more or to get involoved in Try This do feel free to contact us here or submit an idea!


Where Is Try This Held?

The Try This sessions or workshop are held in a variety of accessible venues around the town and in Poundbury. These will be clearly identified in the programme for 2018 when it is finalised. If you have a venue you would like to be used for the event for the first time please let us know

How To Book

Although every session is FREE to attend, it is essential to reserve your ‘seat’ as there is a finite number of people who can attend each session. We normally aim to open up booking a month before the event starts. The booking date will be widely promoted in local media and on our website. Or you can contact us & let us know you want to go on our mailing list to be kept informed!

Our Sponsors

We are very grateful to the following organisations for their support:

Dorset POPP and Early Help

Dorchester Market Car Boot Fund

Dorchester Town Council​

In addition we would like to thank Alacrify who built our new web site to our exacting specification and at a price that reflects their wonderful community spirit!


If you like the whole concept of Try This Dorchester but are not keen on leading a session, you can still help out! For example you could join our committee, organise venues for us, help with marketing or be a helper at sessions - and give as much or as little of your time as you choose.

No experience needed, just a willingness to try volunteering! 

If you want to find out more, please get in touch

Session Leaders

Try This Dorchester depends on our session leaders and their passion and knowledge and we are always on the lookout for new activities and new leaders.

Have a look at past sessions to see the kind of subjects and workshops we have offered in previous years. To get involved as a potential session leader – or to give us some new ideas for things to try, why not suggest a session!

Our Sponsors