What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
Bridport Every Thursday at 2.30pm from the Tourist Information Centre, South Street. Discover the footpaths and alleys of this fascinating Saxon town and what it means to be stabbed by the Bridport Dagger.
Dorchester Every Tuesday at 11am from the Tourist Information Centre, Antelope Walk. Explore the County Town and uncover its past from Judge Jeffreys’ Bloody Assize to Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge and the Roman occupation. Also guided walk with Christine McGee every Monday at 11am - meet at Dorchester TIC.
Sherborne Every Friday at 11am from the Tourist Information Centre, Digby Road. Gain an amazing insight into this historic mediaeval town and explore the courts of Sherborne School, the setting of three major films
All walks last approx. 1½ hours and cost £3 per adult (accompanied children under 16 free)
Lyme Regis Fossil walks with Dr Colin Dawes every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No need to book – meet at the Old Forge Fossil Shop, Broad Street at 1pm. Lasts approx. 2.5 hours. Cost Adults £7, Children £3
Fossil walks with Paddy Howe – meet at Lyme Regis Museum. Walks last approx. 2 hours – Adults £8, Children £5, including entrance to museum. Tel. 01297 443370 to book (essential) and for further details.
Fossil walks with Brandon Lennon Daily fossil walks - details and times available from Mike’s Minerals & Fossils – tel. 01297 444405 (booking essential).
Fossil walks also organised by Dinosaurland (01297 443541) and Busters Bernard (01297 444614) – please telephone for further details.
Fossil walks from Lyme Regis Fossil Shop Booking essential on 01297 442088
Charmouth From the Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth. Walks last approx. 2 hours and include a 20 minute talk on fossils. No need to book. Adults £7, Children £3. Lots of fossil hunting walks, rockpool rambles plus plankton trawling take place during August - tel. (01297) 560 772 for further details or pick up a programme from one of our TICs. Also lots of events during Marine Week taking place from 7th – 13th.
BEAMINSTER Farmers’ Market 4th Saturday in each month – Town Hall 9am-1pm; Gustomarket on 5th August, 8.30am-1pm
BROADMAYNE St. Martin’s Community Hall, 25th August, 2pm – 3.30pm
BRIDPORT Town Centre. Every Wednesday and Saturday, Farmers’ Market 2nd Saturday in each month – Arts Centre 9.30am-2pm, W.I. market in the WI Hall, North Street every Saturday 9am-12 noon
DORCHESTER Fairfield Car Park, Weymouth Avenue 8am – 3pm every Wednesday
Farmers’ Market 1st Saturday in each month – Poundbury, 9am-1pm
Gustomarket on 26th August in Brownsword Hall, Pound bury, 8.30am – 1pm
LYME REGIS Gustomarket on 19th August in the Town Mill Yard, 11am – 4pm
SHERBORNE The Parade, every Thursday and Saturday; W.I. market in Church Hall, Digby Road Thursday mornings, 9.15am; Farmers’ Market 3rd Friday in each month – Cheap Street, 9am-1pm
to 03/09 Lyme Regis - Then And Now Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge St, Lyme Regis. Exhibition of old and new photographs of Lyme Regis.
to 07/09 Town Mill Exhibition The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, 10.00am - 5.00pm daily. Images in Time - Black & white photographic exhibition featuring the landscape, people and architecture of this beautiful part of the West Country
to 08/09 Old Crown Court And Cells Old Crown Courts And Cells, , Dorchester, 2pm - 4.15pm Monday to friday (excluding Bank holidays). Tours every 45 minutes.. Experience two hundred years of gruesome crime and punishment in a setting little changed over the years.
to 10/09 When Beaminster Went Shopping Exhibition Beaminster Museum. Beaminster shops 1880 to 1915 together with Victorian jigsaw puzzles. Museum open 10.30 til 4.30pm.
to 31/10 A Multitude Of Pots Forde Abbey, , Nr. Chard, 10.30am - 4.30pm. New ceramics by the Eeles Family Potters - Raku, Shino, Chuns & Celedons glazes to die for!
05/08 - 04/11 Dorset Feather Stitchery: Bringing Colour To The 1950's Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, closed Sundays. This nostalgic exhibition looks back to the 1950's, when a devoted group of WI members developed a popular new style of embroidery. The colourful innovation of Dorset Feather Stitchery did much to brighten the post-war austerity years.
1208 – 20/08 Cerne Valley Art Exhibition St. Mary’s Church. Exhibition featuring the work of artists living in the Cerne Valley. Paintings both for exhibition and sale.
EVENTS DURING AUGUST
29/7-26 Medieval Knights Trail At Sherborne Old Castle Sherborne Old Castle, Sherborne, 10am - 6pm.The Queen has asked you to invite the English Heritage Knights and Squires to a banquet. Can you find them and deliver this invitation in time?
31/7-04 Summer Dance Scene At Bridport Arts Centre Bridport Arts Centre, South Street. A dance summer school for ages 14 to 19 years. Further details from Bridport Arts Centre tel 01308 424204.
31/7-19 Concertfest Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne. Canford Summer School makes a welcome return to Sherborne with 3 weeks of music courses and 33 high quality public concerts, many with international artists, in the Abbey and other local venues, all for a nominal £2 entrance fee. A full programme of the concerts is available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre or see www.canfordsummerschool.co.uk.
01 Antiques And Collectables Fair Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 10.00am - 4.30pm.
01 Guided Tours Of St Mary's Church St Mary's Church, South Street, Bridport, from 3 pm. A guided tour of this ancient town centre church - learn about the history, architecture and role it plays today. Trip up the tower - including the ringing chamber, clock room and bells . Take tea in the North transept.
01 Music By The Sea Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Presented by Lyme Regis Town Band
02 Craft Fair - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
02 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. Lyme's Literary Links - Gallery Talk by David Coates Gallery Talks are open to all - normal museum admission charges apply.
02 Yetties Music Night West End Hall, Sherborne, 8pm.
03 Burton Bradstock Fete Rectory Garden, Burton Bradstock, 2pm. Entertainment from St. Swithun’s Band, Bridport plus handbell ringing, punch & judy, organ playing and a chance to meet friendly dinosaurs! Also lots of stalls, games, refreshments.
03 Family Butterfly Day At The Kingcombe Centre Kingcombe Centre Nr Beaminster, 10.30am – 4pm. A day to learn about and enjoy butterflies in the Kingcombe area. Adults and children £7, under 5's free. Further details from the Kingcombe Centre tel. 01300 320684.
03 - 06 Possum Fez Wik Portesham. Recreation of an old village festival, with street fair, exhibitions etc. Tel.01305 871066
04 Concerts In The Parish Church St Michael's & St George's, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Nicholas Brown - Flute Alex Davies - Piano Part of a series of concerts in aid of The Lyme Regis Organ Appeal
04 - 08 Dorset Arts & Crafts Show - Bovington Middle School Bovington Middle School, Nr Wool, 10.00am - 5.00pm (Tuesday 4.00pm ). Demonstrations, crafts and stalls, photography, workshops, have-a-go, fine art, cafe.
04 Evening Hauntings At Portland Castle Portland Castle,6.45pm - 8pm. Join an evening ghostly tour to discover the secrets of the castle. Places are limited so pre-booking advised on 01305 820539. Adults £8, Concs £6, Children £4
04 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. James McNeill Whistler in Lyme - Gallery Talk by Sanra Lello. Gallery Talks are open to all - normal museum admission charges apply.
04 Illyria Open Air Theatre - Macbeth Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, 7.30pm (gates open 6.30pm). Illyria has a deservedly unparalleled reputation for Jacobean authenticity, clarity and pace and perform Shakespeare’s thrilling tale on their own unique Globe-style stage. Please bring your own low backed seating or a rug and picnic. Tea room open during interval. Advance tickets available from Sherborne TIC.
04 Think Floyd Marine Theatre, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm. Stagedeal presents 'ThinkFloyd' in concert - The 2006 Tour - The definitive Pink Floyd experience
05 Archaeology At The Cliff Edge Langdon Hill Car Park - SY 413931, Charmouth, 2.00pm. Join leading National Trust Archaeolgist Martin Papworth for a guided walk along the coast - the vanishing past on the Golden Cap Estate
05 Corscombe Village And Farmers Market The Fox Inn, Corscombe, 10am to 1pm. Fresh local meats, poultry, eggs, plants, vegetables, bread and cakes, gifts, crafts and books all available. Tel. 01935 891765 for further details.
05 Craft Fair In Poundbury Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Dorchester, 9am - 12.30pm. .
05 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm - 11.00pm. Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence, everyone welcome. Entry to include tea and biscuits, in aid of hall funds.
05 In Memory Of Martha Brown - A Local Murder Holy Trinity Church, Blackdown, 6.30pm for 7pm start. A talk by local historian Jane Ferentzi-Shepherd, to include an exhibition on the history of the Parish.
05 Loders Church Fete Loders Court, Loders, 2.30pm-5.30pm. House tours, fancy dress for children (theme - a film character: up to 7yrs & 7yrs and over). Entertainment by Stuart Ashman - juggling, unicycle, and magic. Spirit combat organised by Steve Reynolds, Punch & Judy, lots of stalls. Sorry no dogs
05 Mapperton Jazz Festival Mapperton Gardens Nr Beaminster, gardens open 6.30pm, music starts at 7.30pm.. A quintessential English Summers Evening - a picnic in the glorious gardens of Mapperton, with the traditional jazz sounds of the Sunset Café Stompers. In aid of Bridport Round Table and the Citizens Advice Bureau. Please bring along chairs and tables or blanket. Tickets are available from the from Palmers Wine Store in Bridport, the CAB offices and Toymaster in South Street, Frosts in West St., the Sawmill Café at Mapperton, and from Deane Business Solutions in Dorchester (Advance booking highly recommended as numbers are restricted). Tel. 07917 105919 for further info.
05 - 13 Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Lyme Regis. Torchlight procession and fireworks on 5th Aug; Film Night Friday 11th August; Main procession 12th August.
05 St Swithuns Band Play Bucky Doo Square In Bridport Bucky Doo Square, Bridport,11am to 1pm.
06 RNLI Fun Day at West Bay Midday onwards - Postponed to 27th.
06 British Heart Foundation Swim Pavilion End Of Weymouth Beach, 9.30am. Enjoy a challenging mile long swim along the sandy waters edge of Weymouth Bay
06 Local History Exhibition & Village Voices Book Signing Holy Trinity Church, Blackdown, open from 2pm.
06 MG Owners Club Day Athelhampton House, Puddletown, Nr. Dorchester.
06 Osmington Village Fete 2pm - 5pm. Traditional village fete with family entertainment - stalls, sideshows, children's races, beer tent, cream teas, pony rides, jazz band.
06 Village Fete Salway Ash Village Hall & Sports Field, nr. Bridport, 2pm - 4pm. Village fete with stalls, grand draw, car boot, punch & judy, bouncy castle, barbeque, bar, refreshments, stationary steam engines and lots more.
07 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. The Monmouth Rebellion - Gallery Talk by John Lello Gallery Talks are open to all - normal museum admission charges apply.
07 Wessex Morris Men Tonight the morris men will be dancing in Lyme Regis at 7.30pm and the Royal Oak in Charmouth at 9pm
07 - 11 Summer Thing Kids Arts Festival Bridport Arts Centre, South Street. For children aged 6 to 12 years. Further details from Bridport Arts Centre tel 01308 424204.
07 - 08 Bugsy Malone Puddletown Village Hall on 7th and Thornford Village Hall, Nr. Sherborne on 8th,, both 10.30am - 3.30pm. With Claire Camble-Hutchins. Join Bugsy, Tallulah and Fat Sam for an action packed dance day from 30s Chicago filled with lots of style, hats and gangster deaths. Put on a thrilling show for parents and friends to watch at 3.30pm. Dress to move. Bring a packed lunch. Age 6 years and upwards. Numbers limited - please pre-book on 01935 873762 - tickets £8
07 - 13 Marine Week At Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. A week of marine madness including rockpool rambles, fossil walks, plankton trawling and aquarium tours. Wheelchair accessible to the Centre and some events. Further details tel 01297 560772.
08 Antiques And Collectables Fair Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 10.00am - 4.30pm.
08 Architectural Tour Of Mapperton Mapperton, Nr. Beaminster, 2.30pm. An architectural tour of Mapperton House, All Saints Church and surroundings with Caroline Sandwich. £12 including wine.
08 Guided Tour Of St Mary's Church St Mary's Church, South Street, Bridport, from 3 pm. A guided tour of this ancient town centre church - learn about its history, architecture and this roll it plays today. Trip up the towner - including ringing chamber - take tea in the north transept.
08 Music By The Sea Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Presented by Lyme Regis Town Band.
09 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. Musical Jane Austen - Talk by Diana Shervington. Gallery talks are open to all - normal museum admission prices apply.
09 Jungle Fever Puddletown Village Hall, 10am. An action packed half day of dance for 3-6 year olds. Dress to move. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please. Tel. 01305 848646 to book a place.
09 Heart Of Wessex Line Guided Walk Meet Maiden Newton Station 10.35am. Linear walk via Hog Cliff, Sydling St.Nicholas, along valley to Bushes Bottom, Jackman's Cross, Charminster and Burton to Dorchester - 11 miles. Tel. 01300 341527 for further details.
09 RNLI Barbecue At Seatown Beach Seatown Beach Nr Bridport, 5.30pm to 9pm. Support the Lifeboats! Come and enjoy the fun at Seatown Beach by the Anchor Inn :- Lyme Regis lifeboat, St John Ambulance, West Bay Coastguards and Helicopter, Bridport Fire Brigade, Lyme Regis Coastguards, Bridport Police, car and holiday draws, skittles, tombola, kitchen and garden wares ... and lots more stalls! Special prizes for children, so bring all the family!
10 Pirates Treasure Trail At Stonebarrow Stonebarrow National Trust Car Park, Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth, 11.00am - 3.00pm. A children's treasure trail on the Golden Cap Estate - come and meet Trusty the Smuggler! Lots of fun and and a great way to spend the day for all the family. No unaccompanied children please.
10 Ramblers Walk Meet at the Winyard’s Gap Inn, Chedington, 10am. Organised by the South Somerset Ramblers Group - today's walk is 6 miles long. Further details from 01458 850834.
10 - 13 Miracle Theatre Presents The Government Inspector Performances at Melbury Osmond on 10th, Sandford Orcas on 11th, Durweston on 12th and Boveridge House, Cranborne on 13th, all at 7.30pm. For their Summer outdoor tour this year, Miracle Theatre brings a reworking of Gogol's classic Russian text to present an expose of the darker side of small-town bureaucracy and petty officialdom. This satirical, farcical show with live music will delight audiences of all ages. Please bring a cushion or rug to sit on, picnics and warm/weatherproof clothing as appropriate! Artsreach event.
11 Bat Walk And Talk At Radipole RSPB Reserve Radipole Lake RSPB Reserve, Weymouth, 8pm. Booking essential on 01305 778313.
11 Evening Hauntings Portland Castle, Portland, 6.45pm to 8pm. Join an evening ghostly tour to discover the secrets of the castle. Places are limited so pre-booking advised on 01305 820539. Adults £8, Concessions £6, Children £4
11 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. Exploring the Undercliff by Donald Campbell. Gallery talks are open to all - normal museum admission charges apply.
11 Manalina Rusa - Piano Recital The Sire John Colfolx School, Bridport, 7.30pm. Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Liszt
11 Oliver At Broadwindsor Village Hall Broadwindsor Village Hall, 10.30am to 3.30pm. A full day for children aged 6 plus creating a show full of rousing songs and fun-fllled dance routines. Dress to move. Tel. 02308 868582 to book.
11 Twelfth Night - Open Air Theatre Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester, 7.30pm. Presented by Chapterhouse Theatre Co. Mistaken identities and rakish rascals abound in this glorious production, dressed in magnificent Elizabethen costume with music based on the original Elizabethan score. Tickets available from Bridport and Dorchester TICs
12 Leigh Flower Show The Village Hall, Leigh, Leigh, Nr Sherborne, 2.30pm. The 70th anniversary of this lovely show!
12 BBQ And Wildlife Watching Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. 'Nature's night shift .... bats, badgers and moths'.
12 Broadoak Country Fair Higher Denhay Farm, Broadoak, Bridport, 4-10 p.m. Country Sports for all. In aid of the air ambulance. Fly fishing , clay shooting archery, target shooting Lurcher and Terrier show National qualifier round for the Midland and Chatsworth Game fair championships. Mountain boarding led by the over 30's World mountain board champion Malcolm Seward. Thatching, hudle making, pottery. Sausages,cider,honey and lots more. Hot air balloon preparing to take off weather permitting. Cream teas, BB, tombola, coconut shies.
12 Carnival Bingo Bridport Bridport Conservative Club, eyes down 8pm.
12 Cerne Abbas Horticultural Show Tel. 01300 341 459 for further details
12 Life In The Moving Undergrowth Holmbush Car Park, Pound Street, Lyme Regis, 9.30am and 2.00pm. Meet English Nature staff and volunteers at Holmbush car park for a 3 hour guided walk in and around the Undercliff where we will be looking for insects.
12 Low Tide Exploration Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, 2pm. Come and discover the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon. Could you be the first to find the elusive sea hare?
12 Maiden 'Newten' Madness Run Maiden Newton Youth Centre. Multi terrain run - approx 10k in length - starts 7pm - on quiet country lanes, tracks and footpaths (not traffic free) taking you through some of Dorset's beautiful undulating countryside. Contact phil@westview:btinternet.com for details.
12 Manalina Rusa - Piano Recital St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Liszt
12 Sherborne Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm.
12 Sherborne Town Band Outside Somerfield Store, Sherborne, 10.30am.
12 Table Top Sale Borough Gardens, South Street, Bridport, 10am - 2pm. in aid of the Bridport Museum and The Local History Centre - performances by the St Swithuns Band, tombola, refreshments and much much more! The local History Centre will be open to assist you with family/local histroy research and to give you an introduction to their resources. For information and to book a table please telephone 01308 458703
12 - 13 The Yeovil Festival Yeovil Showground, Yeovil. Come and see Somerset's most spectacular show! Including the Great Yeovil Tractor Pull. Advance Price Tickets available from Bridport and Dorchester TICs. See www.theyeovilfestival.co.uk for further info.
13 Castleton Waterwheel Open Day Off Oborne Road, Sherborne, 11am - 5pm.
13 Devon Air Day Dunkeswell Airfield, Nr Honiton, from 10am. World War II legends in the air including vintage and classic aircraft flyin, full flying display from 1pm, vintage military vehicles, trade stands and exhibits plus much more.
13 That’s Entertainment Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 8.00 pm.. Lyme Regis Pantomime Society Summer Show. Family night out.
14 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am.. Morning, Noon and Night : How People Lived; a talk by Felicity Hebditch. Gallery Talks are open to all - normal museum admission charges
14 Wessex Morris Men Tonight the morris men will be dancing in Weymouth - Brewers Quay at 7.30pm, The Harbour at 8.15pm and the Sailor's Return at 9pm
15 Antiques And Collectables Fair Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, !0.00am - 4.30pm..
15 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang With Claire Camble-Hutchins Martinstown Village Hall, 10am - 2.30pm. A whole day workshop for 4 – 9 year olds, culminating in a show . Please tel. 01308 482645 to book a place.
15 Music By The Sea Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Presented by Lyme Regis Town Band.
15- 12/9 Flamenco Course With Stefi St Johns Hall, Bridport, Rax Lane, Bridport, . This is a short Flamenco Course taking place over three evenings with Stefi and guitar by Stefi. Courses aimed at Beginners and Intermediates, timing as follows:- Beginners 6.30 - 7.45pm Cost £30 for the course Intermediates 8.00 - 10pm Cost £40 for the course All details and bookings ring Lisa Ayunga 01308 863478.
16 An Evening Of Song Marine Parade, Church St, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm.. Local singers and musicians gathered together to create an Evening of Song.
16 BBQ At Trimar Hospice Greenhill, Weymouth, 4pm - 7.30pm.
16 Craft Fair - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
16 Far From The Madding Crowd - Open Air Theatre Athelhempton, Puddletown, gates open 6pm, performance begins 7pm. Open air performance of Thomas Hardy's famous passionate tale of rural love and obsession performed by Theatreworks
16 Gallery Talks- Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. The HMS Formidable Disaster- a talk by Jack Thomas. Gallery Talks are open to all - normal museum admission charges apply.
16 Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show Turnpike Showground, Motcombe, gates open 8.30am, events end 6.30pm. A great day out for the family. Free local bus services. Tickets available from Sherborne TIC.
16 Magician's Nephew Lulworth Castle, 4.00pm.
16 The Tempest Lulworth Castle, 7.30pm.
16 - 20 Burton Bradstock Festival Of Music And Art - Mozart Festival Burton Bradstock Village Hall & Church. Four days of classical music and art including:- Wednesday 16th August 7pm: Dining with Mozart - a feast of music by Mozart combined with a three course dinner and wines inclusive; Thursday 17th August, 7.30pm (St Mary’s): Mozart in Arcadia - an evening of music that inspired Mozart; Friday 18th August – St. Mary’s: A Musical Offering - a midday concert; Also on the Friday at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s: Mozart's Unfinished - Mozart fragments with piano concerto and string quartet; Saturday 19th August, 7.30pm in St. Mary’s: Celebrations concert. Plus Art festival in the Village Hall from riday 18th to Sunday 20th. For further details tel 01308 897487 or 01308 897935.
17 Carnival Darts Bridport Conservative Club, 7.30 pm start. 3 a side, 1 pair, best of 3 legs, 501, 1 single, best of 3 legs, 501. A team game of 1 leg, 701 if necessary.
17 Make It And Play It Bridport Arts Centre, 10.30am – 12.30pm. This is a summer art event for children with additional needs and their families. With musician and instrument maker Nick Crump. To book telephone 01305 252250 during office hours.
17 Wildlife Explorers Day At The Kingcombe Centre Kingcombe Centre Nr Beaminster. Aimed at 8 to 11 year olds, this is a day of bug-hunting, butterfly watching, river dipping when Kingcombe is teeming with wildlife. Fee £10 to include morning and afternoon refreshments. Further details from the Kingcombe Centre tel 01300 320684.
18 Car Boot Sale Bridport Carnival Askers Meadows, Bridport, arrival time from 5.30pm.
18 Charterhouse Auction Long Street Sale Rooms, Sherborne, viewing Wednesday from 10am to 4pm, and Thursday from 10am to 7pm. Sale starts on Friday at 10am, with viewing from 8.30am. Antiques, silver, plate and jewellery
18 Concerts In The Parish Church St Michael's & St George's Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. The Sheldon Singers with conductor Julie D'eath A series of concerts in aid of The Lyme Regis Organ Appeal
18 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. By Candlelight and Rushlight: A Look at Medieval Lyme. A talk by Thea Hawkesworth. Gallery Talks are open to all - normal museum admission charges apply.
18 - 19 Thanks For The Memory NT Car Park Stonebarrow, Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth, 7.30pm. St Gabriel's Strolling Players present 'Thanks for the Memory' - a light hearted evening of nostalgia with songs, music and verse from between the wars.
19 Beaminster Antique & Bygone Fair Public Hall, Fleet Street, Beaminster 9am – 4pm
19 Book Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm.
19 Archaeology Walk – Dorchester Roman Aqueduct. Meet at the entrance to Poundbury hillfort, at the kissing gate adjacent to Hillfort House, 2pm for a 2 hour (2 mile) walk with Bill Putnam, retired lecturer in archaeology. Plus an opportunity after the walk to drive (in own cars) to the source at Frampton.
19 Archaeology Walk – Abbotsbury 2 walks with Keith Childs, both leave from the Village car park in Abbotsbury. 11am – "a medieval abbey, village and landscape" (2 hours) and 2.30pm "an Iron Age hill fort. (2½ hours).
19 Archaeology Walk – Long Bredy and Kingston Russell Meet at Long Bredy Church at 2pm. "Village plans and common fields of Long Bredy and Kingston Russell : the development and "timeline of the villages" – a 2 – 2½ hour walk led by Peter Northover of Bristol University.
19 Lyme Regis Green Fair Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 10am – 4pm. Entrance by donation. Tel. 0845 373 2757
19 Bridport Carnival Procession Bridport, start 7.30pm setting off from St.Swithuns road. The Wessex Military Band will be performing at this year's Bridport Carnival. Procession sets off from St. Swithuns road at 7.30pm. Entry forms from Karen Hussey 07979 527596, Longs, Bridport News and A.G. Down Followed by dancing in South Street to a live band 9pm-11pm
19 Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus By Mo Willems Bridport Arts Centre, 11.30am. This lively show for children 3 and upwards, is full of fun, feathers, laughter and excitement with lots of audience participation! Price: £4 for kids, £7 adults. Further details from Bridport Arts Centre tel 01308 424204.
19 The Winters Tail Sub Tropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, Abbotsbury, 7pm - 10pm. A Theatre Set-Up Production - Open air production - Tickets £9.50 adults, £7.50 concessions (members £8.50, £6.50)
19 Yetties Concert Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis.
19 - 20 Vikings Invade Abbotsbury Abbotsbury Children's Farm, Abbotsbury.
19 - 20 Divinemoon Festival - Portland St George’s Centre and other venues, Portland. Festival of contemplative and devotional music and dance. Adults £27, children £15, under 5s free. Tel. 07980 657906 for further details.
19 - 20 Antlantean Sound Workshop The Diamond Doorway, The Dorset Pedlar, South Street, Bridport, 9.45am – 4.30pm. Cost £80. Tel. 01308 424109 for details.
20 Bridport Carnival Fete Askers Meadows, Bridport, 1.30pm-5pm. Live music, Bar Tea Tent, Stalls Fun Fair, Belly Dancing, Youth Football, Tug of War, Young Farmer's Display, Wild West Shoot Out, Baby Show, Children's Fancy Dress Competition......
20 Bridport Torchlight Procession Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, procession 8.30pm. Buy your torch at Bucky Doo from 6.30pm and join hundreds of people walking from Bridport Town Hall to West Bay in the fantastic spectacle then stay in the Bay and watch the amazing Firework Display at approximately 10.30pm
20 Archaeology Walk – Swyre and Pucknowle Meet at Swyre Church at 2pm. "Village plans and common fields of Swyre and Puncknowle: the development and "timeline" of the villages" – a 2 to 2 ½ hour walk led by Peter Northover of Bristol University.
20 Dorset Doddle LDWA Walk This is 32-mile linear walk, starting in Weymouth seafront (nr clock tower) finishing in Swanage. The route follows the Dorset coast path. The Advance entry fee is £3.50. Coach from Swanage to Weymouth available £5 (Advance entry only). Enter on the day - £4.50.
20 Ironman Triathlon Sherborne Castle, Sherborne. The full Ironman triathlon returns to Sherborne. Entrants compete in the gruelling triathlon of 2.4m swim (in Sherborne Castle lake) followed by a 112m cycle course, finished off with a 26.2m run. See www.ironmanuk.com for details of routes or tel. Sherborne TIC – spectator support very welcome.
20 Taunton Garrison - Lyme Regis Theatre Square, Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 4.00pm. A day of events performed by the Taunton Garrison
21 Gallery Talks- Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. Moths Aren't Dull - Talk by an Entomologist. Gallery Talks are open to all - normal museum admission charges apply.
21 Wessex Morris Men Tonight the morris men will be dancing at Lulworth Cove at 7.30pm and the Castle Inn in West Lulworth at 9pm
22 An African Journey With Noah Messomo Martinstown Village Hall, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Play real African Drums - Join in Scary Stories. Noah Messomo, master musician from Cameroon will use live music, dance and story teeling to give you an experience of real life in Africa. For children aged 6+. Tel. 01308 482645 to book a place.
22 Music By The Sea Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Presented by Lyme Regis Town Band.
22 Belly Dancing Class Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. Two sessions - 7-8pm and 8-0pm
23 Gallery Talks -Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. A talk on George Vialls ,Lyme's Civic Architect by Max Hebditch. Gallery Talks are open to all. Normal museum admission charges
23 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7pm. A walk around the Cobb with local Boatman Ken Gollop. Meet outside Lifeboat shop.
24 An Evening Of Song Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Local singers and musicians gather together to create an Evening of Song .
24 Melplash Show 2006 Melplash Showground, Bridport, 8.30am. Well established local agricultural show. This year the main features are a display of live otters plus escape artist Mark Stanage
25 Bats, Moths And Other Night-time Creatures Pound Cottage, Kingcombe Meadows, Beaminster. This is a one mile evening walk for bats with night vision equipment and bat detectors. Booking available on tel 01202 461969.
25 Evening Hauntings Portland Castle, Portland, 6.45pm to 8pm. Join an evening ghostly tour to discover the secrets of the castle. Places are limited so pre-booking advised on 01305 820539. Adults £8, Concs £6, Children £4
25 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis 11.00am. A talk on The Jurrasic Coast world Heritage Site by Tim Badman. Normal museum admission charges apply.
25 - 28 Milton Abbey Music Festival Milton Abbey & Dorchester. The twenty-eighth annual Milton Abbey Music Festival which will be held at Milton Abbey and St Mary's Church, Dorchester. Tickets available from Dorchester TIC.
26 Broadwindsor Horse And Dog Show Honeycombe Farm, Broadwindsor. Classes for the Best Turned Out,Lead Rein, First Ridden, Best Rider, Part bred in-hand/ridden,coloured in-hand/ridden, Mountain & Moorland in-hand/ridden, Riding horse/pony, working hunter, clear round jumping, jumping classes from 1'9" to 3'0". Novelty and pedigree dog classes from 2pm. E-mail: email@example.com or Tel: 07971 382537 for further details.
26 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm - 11.00pm. Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence, everyone welcome. Entry to include tea and biscuits, in aid of hall funds.
26 Fossil Walk - Chesil Beach Oyster Farm Behind Ferrybridge, Portland Road. If fossils are your particular interest, why not join us for a 2 hour walk around ferrybridge?
26 Oak Fair Stock Gaylard Estate, King Stag, Sturminster Newton, 10 am - 5pm. A special event for those interested in timber, woodcraft, the countryside and conservation with lots of working and static displays.
26 Piano Concert Whitchurch Canonicorum Church, Nr. Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Concert by Simon Watterton
26 Honda Goldwing Rally "Parade of Nations" – a mass ride out of up to 600 Goldwing motorbikes from Wincanton To Sherborne, starting 4pm. Also open day on Sunday 27th at Wincanton Sports Ground, Moor Lane from 12pm-5pm plus later on Sunday, at 9pm see the bikes ilt to perfection in Wincanton Town Centre in the "Light Parade".
26 Wessex Military Band Play Bucky Doo Square Bucky Doo Square, Bridport., 10am – 1pm
26 West Art Fair At St Mary's Church Hall, Bridport St Mary's Church Hall, Bridport, 9.30am – 3.30pm. Paintings, cards, crafts and photographs - and lots more besides.
26 - 28 Bridport Open Studios Various Venues Around Bridport. Full details on www.bridportopenstudios.co.uk
26 - 27 Green Wood Bowl Carving Course Mangerton House, Mangerton, 9am - 5pm. A 2-day green wood bowl carving course. Informal, fun and relaxing. All tools, materials and a light lunch included. Beautiful setting just outside Bridport. Pre-booking essential - www.mallinson.uk.com or tel. 01308 485111
27 RNLI Fun Day At West Bay West Bay Nr Bridport. Wonderful fun event that raises money for the very worthwhile cause of the RNLI. Entertainment for all the family, with stalls and music.
27 - 28 Guided Tours Of Sherborne Old Castle Sherborne Old Castle, Sherborne, Tours at 2.15pm and 3.30pm. Step back in time and enjoy an informative guided tour of this fascinating caslte's remains.
28 Bank Holiday Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Recital by David Coram, assistant Organist at Romsey Abbey .
28 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am. Mary Anning, Fossil Pioneer - a talk by Daphne Baker. Gallery talks are open to all. Normal museum admission prices apply .
28 Wessex Morris Men Tonight the morris men will be dancing in Seatown at 6pm and the Shave Cross Inn at 7pm
29 Antiques And Collectables Fair Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 10.00am - 4.30pm..
29 Groove Disney Style Bridport Arts Centre, 2.30pm to 3.45pm. A summer art event for children with additional needs and their families. Music including Disney music will be used to encourage expression through drama and movement. To book telephone 01305 252250 during office hours.
29 Music By The Sea Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Presented by Lyme Regis Town Band.
29 Belly Dancing Class Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. Two sessions - 7-8pm and 8-0pm
30 Craft Fair - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
30 Gallery Talks - Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11.00am . P .G .Wodehouse and Sidney Smith : Two humourists with a Lyme Connection. A talk by Rev Norman Taylor. Gallery talks are open to all. Normal museum admission prices apply.
30-3/9 Great Dorset Steam Fair Southdown, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford. The 38th Annual Steam Fair, held on a mammoth 600 acre showground
31 Ramblers Walk Meet at Yarn Barton Car park, Beaminster, 10.30am. A Ramblers Walk organised by the South Somerset Ramblers Group. Today's walk is an 8 mile walk via Netherbury and Chart Knolle. Tel 01935 850227.
31 An Evening Of Song Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Local singers and musicians gather together to create an Evening of Song.
31 The Thomas Hardy Society - Anniversary Walk Starts at Thorncombe Wood Car Park. A walk of approx. 8 miles across Egdon Heath, led by Tony Fincham.
Advance tickets for the following events (in many cases making a considerable saving on gate prices) are available from our TICs:
Macbeth - Sherborne Castle 4th August Avail. from - Sherborne
Twelfth Night – Kingston Maurward 11th August Bridport, Dorchester
Yeovil Festival 12th August Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne
Devon Air Day 13th August Bridprot, Dorchester
Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show 16th August Sherborne
Melplash Show 24th August Bridport, Dorchester
Milton Abbey Music Festival 25th-28th August Dorchester
Great Dorset Steam Fair 30th August – 3rd September Bridport, Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Sherborne
Dorset County Show, Dorchester 2nd – 3rd September` Bridport, Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Sherborne
National Amateur Gardening Show 1st – 3rd September Sherborne
Navy Days, Plymouth 26th – 28th August Bridport, Sherborne, Lyme Regis
Marine Theatre Events Various Lyme Regis
Eype, Church Centre for the Arts (2 events in September) Bridport
Waverley/Balmoral excursions September Bridport
FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON EVENTS AND THE LOCAL AREA PLEASE CONTACT:
Tourist Information Centre, Antelope Walk, Dorchester Tel: 01305 267992 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourist Information Centre, South Street, Bridport Tel: 01308 424901 email@example.com
Tourist Information Centre, Digby Road, Sherborne Tel: 01935 815341 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourist Information Centre, Church Street, Lyme Regis Tel: 01297 442138 email@example.com
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this leaflet is correct at the time of going to print, West Dorset District Council cannot accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions. Inclusion in this leaflet does not imply any recommendation by West Dorset District Council. Produced by West Dorset District Council, Leisure and Tourism Division.