Live Stream: Tea with William Barnes

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Dialect poet William Barnes relished the huge variety of country dances, folksongs and carols originating from Dorset, often writing about lively community celebrations where music was a key part of the proceedings.

In this truly Dorset celebration, The Ridgeway Singers and Band, led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, will perform traditional songs from across the County, some of which were collected by the Hammond brothers, play dance tunes from the repertoire of fiddler Benjamin Rose and perform an arrangement of the R. Vaughan-Williams setting of William Barnes’ famous poem, My Orchard in Linden Lea. Recitals of some of Barnes’ much-loved poems by members of the William Barnes Society will keep alive the rich dialect of Dorset in this wonderful celebration of the life of William Barnes.

Tune in and Watch Online!

We are delighted to be able to offer those who are unable to attend the Barnes Tea person the opportunity to tune in and watch this event live online from home.

You'll be able to watch the event live on your smart TV, laptop, tablet, mobile or other internet device, and we invite you to make and enjoy your own cream tea too, sending in photos and selfies so that we can share them on social media. We'll also be sharing some exclusive content with our online viewers before the show and during the interval!

How many e-tickets do I need to book?
You only need to book one e-ticket per screen/device, even if multiple people will be watching on the same screen. If you are planning to watch with more than one person, please consider adding a donation when booking as this will contribute towards the cost of streaming this event.

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If you live locally, you may still like to visit The Exchange in the morning and browse the Dorset Food & Drink tmini pop-up producers and makers market, offering the chance to try some famous local produce or discover something brand new made in Dorset! 

Taking place in the Atrium of The Exchange, the pop-up market will be open to the public from 10am-3pm. You could even buy some delicious goodies to take home and enjoy whilst tuning in to the live stream!