The Dorsetarian

Dorset Ghost Walks

If you are looking for something different this year, then ghost tours can provide some great entertainment, especially if they're ghost tours after dark.
Alistair Chisholm's Dorchester Ghost Walks
Weymouth Ghost Walks
Haunted Harbour Tours
Granny Cousin's Ghost Walks of Old Poole Town
The Bridport Ghost Walk

Art and Photography

We have gathered some website links for further investigation. These links go to Dark Dorset recommended sites for further investigation.

Simon Marsden

Celebrated for his atmospheric black and white architectural photographs. Photographer Sir Simon Marsden's official website, exclusively contains his unique picture library captivating the fantastic and the supernatural.

Chloe Cumming

Chloe Cumming is a Bridport artist, influenced by old master working practices and the English visionary tradition (Samuel Palmer, William Blake, Victorian Fairy Painters) but with a strong individual approach to the metaphysical aspects of painting, an eye on the resonant in popular culture and an engagement with the problems of the present. The site contains many oil paintings and regularly updated extracts from journal-like working sketchbooks.

Semi Vine

Semi Vine has worked as an illustrator for many museums and organisations in Dorset since her first residency at the Waterfront Museum in Poole in 1990. Here, initially as part of a team of painters, and then as sole artist, she worked on large-scale murals, from design to production, and smaller illustrations.

Following a move to Weymouth, she has completed many private and public commissions, on a wide variety of subjects, from a lively, prehistoric underwater scene for the County Museum to a detailed ink drawing of a kestrel hovering over the Dorset downs for publication. As well as numerous private commissioners, her list of clients regularly has included Weymouth Museum, Winchester University College, Dorset County Museum, the Timewalk at Brewers Quay and the Dorset Countryside Service.

A World of Myth Magic and Legend

The official website of West Country Author and Artist Elizabeth Andrews.  Her interest in the folklore of the countryside led to three years research, culminating in her first fully illustrated book 'Faeries and Folklore of the British Isles', published in 2006.

Courtney Davis

Living near Bridport, Courtney Davis has been one of the leading exponents of Celtic art for over 25 years. He has exhibited his paintings worldwide and since self publishing his first book in 1984, has been involved in the publication of over 35 more, many of which have become classics of Celtic art.

Sam Shearon

British born Dark-Artist Sam Shearon A.K.A ‘Mister-Sam’ studied at the University of Leeds in the College of Art & Design, West Yorkshire, England.

Specialising in horror and science-fiction, his work often includes elements inspired by ancient cultures, the occult, industrial/art/revolution-eras and the supernatural.
When it comes to creating visions from the darker side of life, Sam’s work pulls no punches and is often labelled as ‘Dark Surrealism’, ‘Dark Steampunk’ and also ‘The Art of Darkness’.

The Art of Domini Deane

Domini Deane is a self-taught artist, who has been creating magical worlds and creatures since she could pick up a crayon. Born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, she now lives and works in Poole, Dorset. Her favourite medium is watercolour with a pinch of fairy dust, and her greatest inspiration is a blank piece of paper.

Her work has been commisioned for the recently published book 'The Portland Sea Dragon' by Carol Hunt

Beaker Folk - Bronze Age Pottery

Bill Crumbleholme is one of the Upwey Potters, based at the Upwey village hall. He is inspired by ancient pottery shapes and decorations, after researching Iron Age Black Burnished wares in the Dorset County Museum.  He produces replica vessels and contemporary copies based on these ancient production methods. He also teaches pottery and runs workshops.

Mark & Jenny Vyvyan-Penney - Contemporary Wood Sculpture and Digital Photography

Mark Vyvyan-Penney has been carving small birds and animals for 20 years, his exciting new work includes an  group of  huge Oaken sculptures of Unicorns, Gryffons and Hares. Jenny has been photographing the Dorset coast for 15 years, she now has an evocative collection of oil paintings derived from her experiences in the countryside.