About us

Try This Dorchester was set up in 2013. It has become an established and popular annual event which is very much part of the recognised Dorchester "scene".

The concept of "Try This Dorchester" developed from an original idea of Hettie Burn, a former Thomas Hardye pupil during her first year at university. Her legacy is a concept which we believe is replicable in other towns in Dorset, or indeeed anywhere in the UK.

A group of volunteers embraced the concept, helped to turn it into a reality and have continued to support it. Try This Dorchester is now set up as a not for profit voluntary organisation. From the start we have tried very hard to keep annual expenditure to an absolute minimum. All funds raised are spent on the event - hiring venues, promoting the event and covering essentials like public liability insurance.