Walking Talk in Shute with Bijan Omrani
Sunday 27 June 2-4 pm
NOTE NEW DATE AS 3 June is SOLD OUT!!
Dr Bijan Omrani is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books including Asia Overland and Caesar's Footprints. He has been researching the relatively unknown history of Shute - its buildings and people for many years and has discovered an extraordinary history of its changing landscape, fortunes and individuals. Bijan has previously given a number of sell-out talks on its history but he continues to discover new aspects. He will be walking and talking you around its most significant buildings and sights including Shute Barton, the Gate House, Shute House, St Michael's Church, the Shute Turkey Oak, the walled gardens and amusing you with tales from the past. The walk will involve some uneven ground and some ascent up unmetalled tracks.
Talking Walk on Goat Island with Richard Edmonds
TRIP TO GOAT ISLAND AND THE JURASSIC COAST led by geologist RICHARD EDMONDS
Meet in layby below Axe Cliff Golf Club in Axmouth, EX13 4AB
Richard is a geologist whose life long interest was sparked by a walk on Charmouth beach as a boy many years ago. He has been immersed in rocks and fossils his entire life following a degree in Geology at the University of Hull. He has been warden of the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre; Jurassic Coast Project Officer with Dorset County Council; and Earth Science Manager with the dual task of monitoring, managing and protecting the core interests of the World Heritage Site along with inputting geological expertise. He is a now freelance with knowledge and insight into the jurassic coast second to none. On this walk we will be exploring and hearing about the Great Bindon landslide of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 1839 which is one of the most famous and celebrated landslides in the world. The walk is about 4 miles in total, mostly on the coast path but a reasonable degree of fitness and firmness of foot is required.
Walking Talk at Mapperton with Caroline Montagu
Thursday 1 JULY 5-7 pm
A TOUR OF MAPPERTON GARDENS AND GROUNDS led by Caroline Montagu, Countess of Sandwich
Meet outside Coachhouse Cafe, Mapperton House and Gardens, DT8 3NR
Caroline has worked as a consultant and writer on the Middle East for 40 years, specialising on Saudi Arabia, and has travelled overland to Iran and India. A gardener and environmentalist, she was chairman of the HH Garden & Parks Committee, on the HLF South West committee and the Dorset Gardens Trust council. The walk will take in the various levels of the Gardens including the the formal areas, the arboretum and the Spring garden. There will be some time at the end to stroll through the garden yourselves. The walk involves some uneven ground and some uphill walking.
Tickets cannot be transferred, exchanged or refunded if you are unable to attend a ticketed event. If Shute Festival needs to cancel an event due to illness, weather or some other unforeseen circumstance, we shall offer all ticket holders a full refund or a credit.
Shute is situated just off the A35 between Axminster and Honiton. The festival will be held in two locations in the centre of the village – St Michael’s Church and Shute Primary School.
If you are travelling by car, Shute is clearly signposted from the A35. Parking at the festival site is limited. There are spaces along Haddon Lane (the road between the church and school) but visitors should be aware that the lane is narrow and access must be maintained at all times. If possible, please share transport.
The nearest railway station to Shute is Axminster, which is on the Waterloo to Exeter mainline.
The station is well served by cab firms but it’s advisable to book in advance.
Axminster Taxis – 01297 34000
Paynes Premier Cars – 01297 35895
Axminster Cabs – 01297 33055