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Dorset Arts Festival 2021

30th June – 4th July

A five-day festival showcasing the best artists and makers in Dorset. There will be over 60 artists, crafters and makers gathered together at Sculpture by the Lakes, Tincleton, near Dorchester to demonstrate their skills. You will be able to watch paintings being created, pots being thrown, jewellery being made and a whole range of other arts and crafts disciplines being demonstrated. The aim of the whole festival is about seeing artists and crafters demonstrate their skills and exhibit their work so you can see and understand the process. 

One our stand we will have members demonstrating and selling their products, including sculptures, paintings, hurdles, baskets, furniture, bowls and a whole host of other products made locally from locally sourced wood


Dorset Art Weeks

22 May – 6 June 2021

Come to the Living Classroom building at Bonsley Wood where members of the group will be demonstrating rural skills and crafts and selling products made from or inspired by the woodland.


Dorset Garden Festival 2021

12th – 16th May 2021

Dorset Coppice Group will be at this 5 day event celebrating everything to do with gardening. It is being held by Sculpture by the Lakes. There will be nurseries, garden sundries, garden furniture, talks, tours and more!

One our stand we will have members exhibiting, demonstrating making and selling their products. These will include; hurdles, plant supports & labels, bean poles & pea sticks, gates, baskets & trugs, bug hotels & hedgehog houses, sculptures, paintings & cards.


Winter Events

We have two upcoming evening talks/events taking place during November and December – details below. If you’d like to attend, please email Helen on info@dorsetcoppicegroup.co.uk

Hand Tools with Bob Burgess

Saturday 2nd November 2019 – 18:00 to 21:30

An evening of making and filing handles for billhooks and other hand tools. DCG members: Free, Non members: £5 Bring and share supper.

‘Turn & Burn’

Saturday 14th December – 18:00 to 21:30

Wood turning and pyrography from Sandy and Belinda Matthews. Evening of woodturning and pyrography demonstration.

DCG members: Free, Non members £5.

Taster Day 2019

I think it’s fair to say that the Taster Day on Saturday was a roaring success, despite a few unforeseen challenges! The video below gives you a little ‘taster’ (!) of the day.

Our thanks as always to everyone who came along to take part or volunteered their time – we couldn’t do it without you.

Taster Day 2019

The Dorset Coppice Group ‘Taster Day’ 2019 will be held on Saturday 19th October at The Living Classroom. This is your opportunity to get hands on with a range of traditional coppice crafts.

For more information or to book a place, please download the Booking Form.

Charfest 2019

Charfest 2019

Dorset Coppice Group is pleased to announce that it will be hosting ‘Charfest 2019’!

What is Charfest?

Charfest is a 4 day annual celebration of sustainably produced British charcoal.  The centrepiece of the event is a traditional ‘earthburn’ and is one of only a handful of opportunities in the UK to experience this ancient form of charcoal production.  Charfest is also unique in that it draws together a demonstration of three different forms of charcoal production: the earthburn, the ring kiln and the charcoal retort.

What will be happening?

The event will run for four days between the 9th and 12th August 2019 at Dorset Coppice Group’s ‘Living Classroom’ at Bonsley Wood.  The earthburn will be built and lit on the Friday and should be ready for charcoal harvesting on the Monday. Throughout this time it needs to be watched and tended to constantly.  On Saturday, we will also fill and light a ring kiln and charcoal retort.  This will give you the opportunity to witness all three methods of charcoal production taking place simultaneously.

Can I come along?

We will be offering a number of camping tickets for people who wish to experience what it takes to be a ‘wood collier’.  You will experience an earthburn from start to finish, including building, lighting, nurturing and finally harvesting.  At the end of the four days, if all goes to plan(!), you will be able to take home a bag of charcoal that you helped create.  We will also be opening the site up on the Saturday to anyone who wishes to come along and learn more about the British charcoal industry.  You won’t get the full charcoal burners’ experience, but you will get to see the action up close and meet the charcoal burners who still make their living from this ancient craft.

How much will it cost?

Camping passes for attending the whole event will be £50 per person and we will have 30 spaces available.  This price includes your camping pitch (small tents only please!), access to toilets and tea/coffee.  You will need to supply your own camping equipment, food and drinking water.  Day passes for the Saturday will be £2 per person (payable on the door), with access available to the site between 10am & 4pm.  Non-camping entry for Dorset Coppice Group members is free on all four days up until 6pm.

Woodfair 2019

Woodfair 2019

Dorset Coppice Group is pleased to announce details of our annual Woodfair 2019, which will be held on Saturday 6th April at Bonsley Wood.  Admission is free, dogs (and children!) are welcome and refreshments will be available.

Come along and take a look at what we do and explore the beautiful woods in which we work.  The spring flowers should be out in full force!

Work Parties

Remember that we hold monthly volunteer Work Parties on the 2nd Saturday of each month, at The Living Classroom at Bonsley Wood.  These run from approximately 10am – 4pm and involve a range of tasks from woodland management, to Classroom maintenance and wood processing.  All tools are provided (although you are welcome to bring your own) and we try to provide a soup and roll for lunch.

This is a great opportunity to meet other members and play a more active role within the Group.

NCFed AGM 2018

NCFed AGM 2018

Hope to see plenty of you there?  If anyone who is planning to go would be able to spare some time to help out with the Bar, please contact Peter Jameson on charcoalpeter@gmail.com.