Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Things to do in Dorset

Here are my top five (in no particular order):

Monkey World. It's a whole world of monkeys. (Well, they have apes too -- as my eldest pointed out -- so maybe 'Primate World'. Less catchy, but more taxonomically accurate.)

Maiden Castle. Lots of fun even on a windy and wet afternoon. You share it with the sheep and can pretend to be a windswept and wet Iron Age person. They were probably pretty grumpy quite a lot of the time and I can see why you'd need to plait your hair. Blimey, it was windy.

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Dress up as a Roman (if you are five). Look at some brilliant stuff, including a jade axe head. JADE! Completely pointless as an axe head, of course, but amazing and beautiful and all the way from Italy. A really super little museum with well thought out exhibitions and lots for people from 2 to 102...

Winborne Model Town. A totally bonkers idea. In the 50s some blokes decided to make a 1:10 replica of their town. Unfortunately their replica does not include a 1:10 scale model of the model village, which would also have to contain a 1:100 scale model.... etc. Nice cream teas.

The Red Lion, Winfrith Newburgh. Really good food. There wasn't any lamb kleftiko this time, alas, though I'm told the beef stifado was just as good. R. liked the bruscchete.

6 comments:

Charles Ellwood Jones said...

There's a kooky model village also at Corfe Castle (http://www.corfecastlemodelvillage.co.uk/). How does it compare with the one at Winbourne?

JIW said...

I haven't seen the Corfe Castle one. But it originates from the same date -- some sort of local postwar fad, perhaps. Or even a peer-polity interaction... It's also apparently half the scale(1:20), perhaps to make the castle model more achievable.

RJR said...

They should call it "Ape World -- now featuring Monkeys".

JIW said...

Well, that still leaves out the lemurs and other wet-nosed primates. And the lemurs at the increasingly badly-named 'Monkey' world are very cute. Lemurs are primates but neither apes nor monkeys...

RJR said...

The problem is that Primate World a) sounds dull b) ought really to include Archbishops of Canterbury, etc. I'm beginning to sympathise with their predicament. Perhaps "Monkey World -- now with Apes and Lemurs!!!"

Charles Ellwood Jones said...

For fun:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/model_villages/pool/