FREE parking in Dorchester in the run up to Christmas

FREE parking in Dorchester in the run up to Christmas

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:25am 8th November 2019.

The dates have been revealed for when its going to be FREE to park in Dorchester this December.

We'll be able to park for free in Council owned car parks every Saturday in the lead up to Christmas, along with Christmas Eve.

Car parks will be free on the following dates:

  • Saturday 7th December 
  • Saturday 14th December
  • Saturday 21st December 
  • Christmas Eve - Tuesday 24th December 

Neil Strudwick, Dorchester BID Chairman said:

"This is great news and I can tell you that the Council's decision to support this request will go down very well with the town's traders - Its tough out there in the high street these days and the added incentive to shoppers of FREE parking days will hopefully help to get everyone in the Christmas spirit early this year! 

"We had so many positive comments back from visiting shoppers, business owners and residents last year that we were desperately hoping the Council would see the importance of doing their bit to boost the local economy!

"They have, which is really important for our County town and we welcome it as a annual initiative hopefully."

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Phil Gordon, Dorchester BID project director said:

"This initiative was well received last year by delighted shoppers and traders alike.

"It really helped to give the town's shops a real boost with a little much needed Christmas spirit! 

"This year of all years (in the current climate of uncertainty) we must do whatever we can to assist the high street and Dorchester is such a great destination especially for shoppers at Christmas with a great mix of small independents and high street brands.

"I applaud the Council's decision to support the local business community in this way - it is so vital to the long-term prosperity of Dorchester to have a healthy, vibrant town centre".


Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council's portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment said: 

"We're delighted to offer residents and visitors free parking in our Dorchester car parks in the run up to Christmas. 

"This is a great opportunity for local people to support Dorchester as a Christmas shopping destination.