A Dorset Christmas

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'A Dorset Christmas' with The Ridgeway Singers & Band

The Ridgeway Singers and Band were created as part of a 2013 Artsreach project - ‘Rooting Round the Ridgeway’. Every Christmas since, the group have performed West Gallery Carol concerts in churches and village halls right across Dorset - but in 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic meant that this wasn't possible. Instead, we were excited to work with The Ridgeway Singers and Band and Pageant Productions to capture an alternative festive offering on film that’s truly inspired by Dorset, and we are delighted to re-release this film again to be enjoyed over the festive season.

Join The Ridgeway Singers and Band as they tell the story of how our forebears celebrated Christmas in Dorset in a special film which features music, song, story and dance, enhancing the experience with readings, archive photographs and other visual images from all over the county, contributed by members of the group.

The film includes works from Puddletown and Hinton St Mary manuscripts, new carols in the West Gallery tradition, and, thanks to the technical wizardy of Phil Humphries, a specially created virtual performance of ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night’, as performed in Martinstown church circa 1820.

Interspersed with some sparkling instrumental pieces and midwinter stories, plus a few Ridgeway favourites, expect a heart-warming seasonal celebration of all things Dorset!

Suitable for all ages

Running time: 55mins approx.


Register to Watch the Film Online for Free

  • Access this film online by booking a free e-ticket below.
  • Although the film is 'free to view', we hope you might consider supporting Artsreach by making a donation to our charity when booking.
  • The film will be available to view online at anytime from Monday 18 December - Sunday 7 January.
  • Only one e-ticket is required per household.

After booking you'll receive a link to access the film, which your and/or your household can enjoy on your computer/tablet/smartphone/internet device.