Shop locally with free parking before Christmas

There will be free parking on certain days at the end of November and December in selected car parks in the Dorset Council area.

To encourage residents to support local businesses by shopping locally and attending events, free parking will be available on Small Business Saturdays which takes place on December 3 of this year.

Dorset Council offers free parking on the first Saturday in December at: Beaminster, Blandford, Bridport, Dorchester, Gillingham, Lyme Regis, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Wareham, Weymouth and Wimborne.

Free parking will also be available in car parks run by Dorset Council on various other dates in the run up to Christmas. Details of car parks and dates can be found on the council’s Christmas car park webpages.

Councilor Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and the Environment said: “Shopping locally is a great way to cut mileage and support Dorset’s superb range of local businesses.

“For something different, why not take a look at what our fabulous independent businesses have to offer and shop locally this year.”

Other providers, such as town halls, may also offer free parking in the run-up to Christmas. Drivers are therefore encouraged to consult the pricing boards / ticket machines in the car park for more details.

Important Information

If drivers normally use an online service to pay for their parking, they should check the car park’s pricing boards/ticket machines for free parking details. If free parking is advertised that day, they don’t need to buy a ticket online.

Street parking fees and private parking fees will continue to apply.

Small Business Saturday is a non-commercial community campaign that highlights small business success and encourages consumers to “buy local” and support small businesses in their communities.

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