Draconids & Orionids Meteor Showers This Month

Named after Draco, the dragon constellation, the Draconid meteor shower is at its peak tonight and tomorrow evening.  Rather than wait until the wee small hours of the night, the Draconids are best seen in the evening, after nightfall, looking North. You do have to be patient as there are only about 5 per hour.

OrionFar more illuminating are the Orionids which have already begun but reach their peak on 20th/21st October. The meteors from the Orionids are dust and debris left behind by Halley’s Comet. Orion is a relatively easy constellation to find in our autumn and winter skies – it is in the Southeast at early evening and bright and high in the South by mid-to-late evening. It is also easily recognisable by the three bright stars that form the “belt of Orion,” The meteor shower appears to come from the constellation of Orion but they can be seen in the sky from all directions, without the need for binoculars or a telescope. The Moon will just be in the first quarter so the bright shower will be clearer to see. The Orionids are one of the most reliable meteor showers each year. One can usually see about 25 per hour.
All, of course, is weather dependant!


Tunnel Road Closed At Night Oct 14th – 16th

Part of the A3066 Tunnel Road by Beaminster is to close for three nights to allow power company SSE to replace old light fittings with new LED fittings.  SSE is one of the trading names of OVO Electricity Ltd

It will be shut on both sides of the tunnel, closed between 7pm and 7am on Wednesday, October 14 until Friday, October 16.

Dorset Council’s Travel Dorset website has published the official diversion route online, which will take approximately 1hr 5mins to follow the 42.2 mile route.

1 W Dibberford Farm Cottages, Beaminster DT8 3HD, UK
      68.0 km. About 1 hour 5 mins (1 hour 11 mins in current traffic)
1. Head north-west on A3066
5.2 km
2. Turn right onto A356
23.5 km
3. Turn right onto Dorchester Rd/A37

Continue to follow A37
5.6 km
4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on A37
2.0 km
5. At Monkeys Jump Roundabout, take the 4th exit onto A35
20.6 km
6. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Sea Rd N/A3066

Continue to follow A3066
1.9 km
7. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Beaminster Rd/A3066

Continue to follow A3066
8.0 km
8. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Tunnel Rd/A3066
1.3 km
Hewstock Farm Cottage/Tunnel Rd, Beaminster DT8 3HB, UK
   Map data ©2020
road closedObviously, residents and locals will know of alternative, shorter but unofficial routes that they can take to avoid the road closure. These roads are not suitable for HGVs and should be avoided if using larger machinery.  Drive safe!