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 until 22nd September. 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 until 22nd . 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 until the end of September - meet at Dorchester TIC.
Sherborne Every Friday at 11am from the Tourist Information Centre, Digby Road until the end of September. Gain an amazing insight into this historic mediaeval town and explore the courts of Sherborne School, the setting of three major films
All above walks last approx. 1½ hours and cost £3 per adult (accompanied children under 16 free)
Lyme Regis History Walk Of The Cobb - daily at 6pm until 3rd September. Meet at Herbie's Burger Bar, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. Take a step back in time to yesteryear as your local guide reveals the secrets of The Cobb Tours last about an hour Private party bookings also available.
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. Rockpool Ramble on Saturday 9th at 1pm and Fossil Hunting Walk on Sunday 10th at 1.30pm. Walks last approx. 2 hours and include a 20 minute talk on fossils. No need to book. Adults £7, Children £3. Private walks, warden talks and fossil and marine film shows also available throughout the year. Tel. 01297 560772
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, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Beaminster shops 1880 to 1915 together with Victorian jigsaw puzzles.
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!
to 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.
26/08 - 01/09 Mosterton Art Group Exhibition Skyrm Room Beaminster Pubic Hall, Beaminster, 10 am - 5 pm (4 pm last day).
02/09 - 01/10 Artists Of The Jurassic Coasts Exhibition Eype Church Centre For The Arts, Nr Bridport. Exhibition by local artists whose work is linked to and influenced by the sea and the Dorset coast with a focus for this exhibition on the Jurassic Coast.
30/09 - 08/10 Lyme Regis ArtsFest The 4th Lyme Regis ArtsFest with over 50 open studios and various workshops throughout the week.
NGS GARDENS OPEN FOR CHARITY
During September the following West Dorset gardens will be open under the National Garden Scheme: Thursday 7th - Ivy Cottage, Ansty, 10am-5pm, Sunday 10th - 4 Flower Cottage, Lower Waterston, 2pm – 6pm, Thursday 14th - Knowle Farm, Uploders, 12pm-6pm, Sunday 24th - 19 Jessopp Avenue, Bridport, 2.30pm – 6pm
For further details of these and gardens open elsewhere in Dorset, please pick up a "yellow book" from one of our TICs.
BEAMINSTER Farmers’ Market 4th Saturday in each month – Town Hall 9am-1pm; Gustomarket on 2nd September, 8.30am - 1pm in the Public Hall.
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
BROADMAYNE St. Martin’s Community Hall, 22nd September, 2pm-3.30pm
DORCHESTER Fairfield Car Park, Weymouth Avenue 8am – 3pm every Wednesday
Farmers’ Market 1st Saturday in each month – Poundbury, 9am-1pm
Gustomarket 23rd September, 8.30am – 1pm in Brownsword Hall, Poundbury
LYME REGIS Gustomarket 16th September, 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
EVENTS DURING SEPTEMBER
to 20 Becklands Farm Organic Farm Walks Becklands Farm, Nr Charmouth, 2.15 pm, every Wednesday and some Saturdays. A season of free farm walks around this organic farm - telephone for further details 01297 560298 - suitable footwear required.
30/8- 3/9 Great Dorset Steam Fair Southdown, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford. The 38th Annual Steam Fair, held on a mammoth 600 acre showground. Saver tickets available from Bridport, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Sherborne TICs.
01 Waverley Afternoon And Evening Cruises From Weymouth From Weymouth Pleasure Pier. Afternoon Cruise: Enjoy spectacular views as you cruise to Portland Bill and steam along Dorset's Jurassic Coast to Lulworth Cove. Leave 1pm and return at 4pm. Cost £17.95/£16.95 or: Evening Showboat Cruise: Let the band entertain you as you view the spectacular Jurassic Coast sailing at 4pm to the Needles and up to Southampton, where a coach will return you to Weymouth by 11.45pm. Cost £19.95. Tickets available from Bridport TIC.
01 Whole Lotta Led Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm, band on stage 8.30pm. Led Zeppelin tribute band.
01 - 03 National Amateur Gardening Show Bath And West Showground, Shepton Mallet, 9.30am - 5.30pm. Giant floral marquee, quality food area, wine & drinks area, celebrity workshops, stunning show gardens, children's area, the biggest dahlia show in the world, monster veg, over 400 trade stands, cookery demonstrations, experts panel etc etc. Saver tickets available from Sherborne TIC.
02 Archaeology Walk Meet in the central layby, Rhodedendron mile (nr Tincleton) (SY 745 924), 2pm. "The industrial tramway in Puddletown Forest: the destination and function of this elusive tramway" by Bill Putnam, a retired lecturer in archaeology. 2 hours, 2 miles. Tel. 01305 224921 for further information. Cost £3 adults, £1 children.
02 Challenge 2006 West Fleet Holiday Farm, Fleet, Weymouth. 25 Mile Sponsored Walk in aid of Friends of the MV Freedom a boat for the disabled. For information pack/entry form Tel:01305 784995 or mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
02 Hardy Monument Abseil Hardy Monument, Portesham. Abseil down the Hardy Monument to celebrate Sea Britain and to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust and the National Trust. Minimum sponsorship of £50 required. Tel. 01865 875757 for further details.
02 Pymore Village Fete and Fun Dog Show Pymore Village By The River Brit, 2pm. Regenerating a rural village and raising funds for CancerCare Dorset.
02 Sherborne Indoor Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm.
02 Summer Music Society Of Dorset - Configure 8 Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 7.00pm. Concert by Configure 8. Programme: Dvorak - String Quintet in G, Op 77, Francaix - Octet for strings & wind, Schubert - Octet for strings & wind in F major, D803. Tickets £18.00 and £14.00 available by post from The Hon Secretary, SMSD, Minterne House, Minterne Magna, DT2 7AX (enclose SAE) or tel. 01300 341425
02- 03 Dorset County Show Dorchester Showground, Dorchester, open 8.30am - 6pm. A great family day out. Over 350 trade stands, Dorset food hall, shopping marquee, bandstand featuring the New Forest Plonkers, Memory Lane Swing Band and Durnovaria Silver Band; homecraft, farm produce and horticulture marquees, gardening displays, vintage cars and tractors. Not forgetting the livestock - over 600 sheep, 200 cattle, 100 pigs and 50 goats as well as over 700 horses including heavy horses, showjumpers and miniature horses. Advance saver tickets available from Bridport, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Sherborne TICs.
02 – 03 Joseph Weld & Trimar Hospice And CancerCare Dorset Trust Event Trimar Hospice, Weymouth, 10am – 12pm both days. A double event at the Trimar hospice - on the Saturday there will be a sale of garden accessories, CD's, Videos, tpaes, jigsaws, toys, books and bric-a-brac and then on Sunday a sale of tools for all trades, including DIY, wallpaper and other stalls. Refreshments available both days. Car parking at front. Inside if wet.
02 - 03 Lulworth Medieval Festival Lulworth Castle, Lulworth.
03 Corfe Castle Village Fun Day In the grounds of Corfe Castle, Nr.Wareham, from 11 am. Stalls, games, music, food, licensed bar etc and starting at 1 pm 'It's a Knockout!' fun games for all ages. Teams of 8 needed to compete - any age ability or sex. Sponser and entry forms available at the Post Office or The Bankes Arms. All proceeds from this event will go to the Town Trust and other village activities and organisations. Normal castle admission applies.
03 Craft Fair - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
03 Cream Teas At Cardsmill Farm Cardsmill Farm Nr Whitchurch Canonicorum - tel 01297 489375 for details.
03 Frampton Cream Teas Frampton Village Hall, Frampton, Dorchester, from 3.00pm. Cream Teas served in aid of Julia's House (Childrens Hospice) Tel. 01300 320666 for further details.
03 Leigh Village Fete And Dog Show Grays Field, Leigh, 2.30pm. Traditional village fete, this year featuring a dog agility event as well as the dog show. There will be music, games of skill and chance, the slow bike race, bouncy castle, buggy rides and barbecue ..... and more!.
04 Dorchester Peace & Justice Group Cheselbourne Room, United Church, Charles Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. "Non - violence in today's world - on personal and international levels" by Mary Conway (P & J rep. Plymouth R.C diocese)
04 Wessex Morris Men Tonight the morris men will be dancing at the Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton at 7.30pm and the Hunters Moon in Middlemarsh at 8.45pm.
05 Antiques And Collectables Fair Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 10.00am - 4.30pm.
05 Archaology Walk – Roman Town House, Dorchester Dorset Room, Colliton House (opp. County Hall), 10am. A presentation by John Lowe of Dorset County Council on the current scheme to conserve, protect and improve access to and interpretation of the monument, followed by a site visit to view Phase III of work in progress. Booking essential on 01305 224921. Cost £3 adults, £1 children.
05 Under The Greenwood Tree Corfe Castle, 5.15pm. The New Hardy Players present Under The Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy, adapted and directed by Jennifer Bailey. Just turn up and bring a seat - normal castle admission applies.
In aid of Joseph Weld & Trimar Hospice and Cancercare Dorset Trust.
06 Autumn Birds Walk At Chesil Beach Centre Chesil Beach Centre, Ferrybridge, 10am. A walk along the Fleet shore observing the migrating birds - binoculars useful. Further details from 01305 760579.
06 Craft Fair - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
06 Age Concern - Live Music Now with Tom McLauchlan Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, 10.45 – 11.45am. Live Music Now! presents a live music performance with audience participation by Tom McLauchlan - Classical Guitarist.
06 In The Footsteps Of The Famous Five The Ginger Pop Shop, The Square, Corfe Castle, 2pm. A walk and talk around Corfe Castle Village. Enid Blyton loved Purbeck, and based many of her Famous Five stories in the area. Some local people became characters in her books including Mr Plod, & Bill Smugs in The Island of Adventure. No need to book!
06 Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts St Mary's Church, Weymouth, 1pm – 2pm. Concert by Jonathan Pugsley - baritone and Duncan Honeybourne - piano including the complete song cycle of Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956) Light lunch refreshments available in the church from 12 noon - 1pm
06 Yetties Music Night West End Hall, Sherborne, 8pm.
08 A Public Meeting - Campaign For An Independent Britain Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. "Does membership of the EU benefit the United Kingdom?" - Speakers Rt. Hon. Oliver Letwin MP for West Dorset and Roger Helmer Conservative MEP for the East Midlands
08 The Blues Band Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, Doors open 7.45pm. The Blues Band on tour
08 - 09 The Milborne Players Present Haywire Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, 7.45 pm. Haywire by Eric Chappell.
09 The Be Bop Daddies Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.00pm on stage 7.30pm. A live and authentic Rock'N'Roll Band. In aid of the Lyme Regis Organ Appeal
09 Coranto In Concert St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A concert of music and dance to celebrate the life and times of John White, by Coranto, one of the foremost companies specialising in period dance.
09 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.
09 Marriage And Courtship In The 1800's Salway Ash Village Hall, 10.30am. A Somerset and Dorset Family History Society event.
09 Mask Making At Dorset County Museum Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Activity for children - freestyle decorating of faces and images from the Museum, using colourful, natural materials.
09 Piano Concert Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall, Nr. Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Concert by Viktor Bijelovic
09 Rockpool Ramble Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, 1pm.
09 Radipole Wildlife Walk - Part Of Dorset Autumn Bird Week Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth, 10am. Tel. 01305 778313 for more information.
09 Royal British Legion (Bridport) Quiz Night Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport, 7.30pm. Popular quiz night - tickets £3.50 to include supper. Please bring your own drinks.
09 Sherborne Antiques & Collectors Fairs Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm.
09 Sherborne Town Band Outside Somerfield Store, Sherborne, 10.30am.
09 St Swithuns Band In Bucky Doo Square Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, 11am - 1pm.
09 The Tales Of Beatrix Potter With Rohan McCullough Eype Church Centre For The Arts, Nr.Bridport, 7.30pm. Rohan McCullough brings to life the history of the author Beatrix Potter, the woman behind the children's stories. Based on Beatrix Potter's diaries, Rohan takes us on an enchanting journey through the storyteller's life, from her solitary childhood and conflicts with her parents, to the success of Peter Rabbit and an unlikely but happy marriage. Tickets available from Bridport TIC - prices £7.00 (Friends of Eype Church Centre for the Arts £6.00)
09 Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticulltural Show Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis. Autumn Show
09 Wessex Morris Men The 'Sherborne tour'. The morris men will be dancing at the George at 11am and then around Sherborne from 11.45am - 3pm
09 - 10 Antique Fair Kingston Maurward, Dorchester.
09 - 10 Old Crown Court And Cells Open Days Old Crown Court, Dorchester, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 2pm to 4pm. Free guided tour of the Old Crown Court and Cells to celebrate Heritage Open days. Stand in the dock and sit in the dimly lit cells, where prisoners waited for their appearance before the judge. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event.
09 - 10 The Chantry, Bridport – Open Days South Street, Bridport, 10am – 4pm. Step inside The Chantry, the oldest secular building in Bridport to discover over 700 years of history – a Dorset Archectural Heritage Week event.
09 - 17 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week Dorset Architectural Heritage Week is an annual event which aims to stimulate public awareness of Dorset's rich architectural and cultural heritage by allowing free access to many properties that are normally closed to the public or charge for entry. The event coincides with the national "Heritage Open Days" event ((taking place from 7th – 10th September) which gives the opportunity to explore thousands of places across England, which are usually closed to the public or charge for admission. Local places to visit include:- Dorchester - Old Crown Court & Cells; Bridport - Bridport Town Hall and The Chantry; Lyme Regis - Regent Cinema and Town Mill; Sherborne - Afternoon Tea at the Chantry in Trent, Castleton Waterwheel Museum and Sherborne House Tours; Beaminster Museum – see individual listings for further details. Full programme for Dorset Architectural Heritage Week is available from our local Tourist Information Centres or see www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html . For the full list of Heritage Open Days events see www.heritageopendays.org or tel. 020 7539 7921.
09 - 17 Bridport Town Hall Open Days Bridport Town Hall built in 1786 is a red brick Grade 1 listed Georgian building with a very distinct clock tower. Open daily between 10am - 4pm during Dorset Architectural Heritage Week.
09 - 17 The Chantry, Trent, Nr Sherborne – Open Days Daily 10am – 4pm. A Grade I listed medieaval chantry priest’s house built in 1440 and situated in a scenic village where nothing can be heard but the birds - the Chantry is a tonic for the soul, brimming with history, home made cake and good humour! Please note that interior viewing may not be possible at certain times. Afternoon tea available on Saturday 9th, Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th, all at 3pm – booking essential on 01202 888992. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event
09 - 17 Beaminster Museum Open Days Daily 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Open as part of the Dorset Architectural Heritage Week.
09 - 17 Sherborne House Tours Newland, Sherborne, Saturdays and Sundays tours at 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm, weekday tours at 3pm. The guided tour includes a chance to view the Thornhill Mural of the Calydonian Hunt. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event.
09 - 17 Town Mill, Lyme Regis Open Days Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, Daily 11am – 4pm. A chance to visit this historic working water mill in the heart of Lyme Regis. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event.
10 Bandstand Concert Pageant Gardens, Digby Road, Sherborne, 3pm. Bandstand concert by Sherborne Town Band
10 Castleton Waterwheel Open Day Oborne Road, Sherborne, 11am - 5pm.
10 The Hardy Hike All routes start from Swanage. The Hardy Hike is an annual late summer walk or run held in aid of Dorset Wildlife Trust. You can enjoy a variety of different length routes through the glorious countryside of the Isle of Purbeck and at the same time help provide much-needed income for Dorset Wildlife Trust's vital work protecting the county's wildlife. Route 1 is 24 miles long; Route 2 is 16 miles long; Route 3 is 10 miles long and Route 4 is 6 miles long. Further details from Dorset Wildlife Trust tel 01305 264620 or log onto www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk
10 Under The Greenwood Tree United Church, South St, Dorchester, 2.30pm. The New Hardy Players present Under The Grenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy. Adapted and directed by Jennifer Bailey. In aid of Joseph Weld & Trimar Hospice and Cancercare Dorset Trust.
11 Craft Fair - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
11 Library Talk By Sara Paton Wiseman Sherborne Library, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7pm. Friends of Sherborne Library present Sarah Paton Wiseman, local poet and author, who will talk about 'The Gin Trap'. Tickets, which must be obtained in advance, are available from Sherborne Library 01935 812683
12 Antiques And Collectables Fair Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 10.00am to 4.30pm.
12 Bridport History Society Meeting Bridport United Church, 2.30pm. Local history plus a look at Netherbury by Jacqui Halewood of the Dorset History Centre.
12-13 Archaeology Walks - Dorchester Meet outside the main door of County Hall, Dorchester, 12.30pm on 12th and 6pm on 13th. Discover Dorchester’s hidden archaeology and latest developments in the Dorset Historic Towns Project. Part of a series of walks.
13 Craft Fair - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
13 Sherborne Flicks – Separate Lies Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Film directed by Julian Fellowes and starring Tom Wilkinson, Emily Watson and Rupert Everett. Tickets £5.00 – available from Sherborne TIC.
14 Guided Tour of Poundbury Poundbury, Dorchester, 2.30pm. A walk around the first phase of the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury development. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event. Booking essential on 01202 888992.
14 The Garden Of LLangoed Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. The Watermill - West Berkshire Playhouse presents a play by Ade Morris. A Welsh Romance
15 Water Supply Museum & Sutton Poyntz Pumping Station Open Day 10am and 2pm. This year the pumping station celebrates 150 years of supplying water to Weymouth. Booking essential on 01202 888992. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event.
15 Hooke Park Visit Hooke, Nr. Beaminster, 11am – 12.30pm. Hooke Park is a 350 acre woodland site in the West Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and features three buildings of particular interest. Booking essential on 01202 888992. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event.
15 Buddy Holly Show Marine Theatre, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm, on stage 8.30pm. Buddy Holly tribute show. with Big Bopper and Bob Mallett.
15 Save The Children Christmas Fayre The Masonic Hall, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 10am - 1pm. Coffee morning with a chance to view the Save the Children Christmas cards and gifts for 2006. Enjoy a coffee in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere overlooking Lyme Bay. Entrance £1, includes coffee.
16 The Artist's Muse - A Romantic Evening Of Words And Music Eype Church Centre For The Arts,Bridport, 7.30pm. A romantic evening of words and music with Maggie Cole, harpsichord and piano, Ingrid Attrot, soprano, and John Rowe, actor, as the voice of Edward Burne-Jones - introduced by Josceline Dimbleby. Tickets available from Bridport TIC- Prices £8.00 and Friends £7.00
16 Beaminster Antique & Bygone Fair Public Hall, Fleet Street, Beaminster, 9am - 4pm.
16 Book Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm.
16 St Mary’s Church & Tower, Bridport – Open Day South Street, Bridport, Church open during daylight, tower open 10am – 4pm. The top of the church tower at St. Mary’s offers wonderful views over Bridport and the coast down to West Bay. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event.
16 Seventeenth Century Quaker Meeting House & Burial Ground, Bridport – Open Day 95 South Street, Bridport, 10am – 4pm. An opportunity to view this former barn and the attached walled burial ground where Quakers have worshipped for over 300 years, plus a display about the Quakers. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event.
16 Sources for Building History Dorchester, 10am – 4pm. Find out how to trace the history of Dorset buildings – the day includes a workshop run by knowledgeable and experienced Dorset archivists and a tour of the Dorset History Centre. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event – booking essential on 01202 888992.
16 Smugglers, Storms & Shipwrecks – Guided Walk Meet at the new church in Fleet (SY634 805), 2pm. Visit some of the places associated with smugglers and shipwrecks described in the great Victorian novel Moonfleet, with Gordon LePard, a marine archaeologist with the Dorset Coast Forum. A Dorset Architectural Heritage Week event.
16 Charterhouse Auction Classic cars, motorbikes and automobilia. Contact Charterhouse Auctions on 01935 812277 or email@example.com for details of location and viewing times.
16 The National Youth Jazz Orchestra Big Schoolroom, Sherborne School, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Sit back, relax and be transported back to the golden era of jazz by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, well-known throughout the world as a glittering show-case for the country's best young musicians.
16 NCT Baby And Toddler Fayre 2006 The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 10am – 3pm. Baby and Toddler Nearly New Sale, Mothercare, Independent Midwives, Alternative Therapists, Breastfeeding Councillors, Jump Start, Kindermusik, Colourstrings, Amanda Dormer and Helen Ellis (Childrens photographers) Dorset Children's Information Service, Usborne Books, Phoenix Cards, Papoose and much more. LIght Lunches available.
16 - 17 Traditional Building Skills And Craft Fair Corfe Castle, Wareham, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Have you got a building in need of care and attention? come and meet the craftsmen, conservation specialists and suppliers of traditional buiding materials who can help you! Dry stone walling and lime burning and slaking demonstrations. Usual castle admission applies.
17 A Sponsored Walk Along The Jurassic Coast Start At Fisherman's Green, West Bay,10am. This is a sponsored walk organised by the Brit Valley Rotary Club. Up to 12 miles long along established footpaths.
17 Barry Long Video Showing Council Chamber, The Corn Exchange, 19 North Square, Dorchester, 2pm. Barry Long (1926 - 2003) is internationally acknowledged as one of the foremost spiritual masters of our times. The author of 16 books, his work is published in 11 languages.
17 Eggardon Kite Festival Eggardon Hill, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Annual Kite Festival - Sponsored by Kitson and Trotman Solicitors - barbeque, teas and licensed bar, stalls & competitions. In Aid of The Powerstock Hut and School, Weir Sports & Joseph Weld Hospice
17 Roman Dorchester – a Guided Walk 2.30pm. Discover the Roman History of "Durnovaria" and why the town is sited where it is, among other tales – a guided walk with Christine McGee. Booking essential on 01202 888992.
17 Ramblers Walk At Lamberts Castle Starts From Lamberts Castle, Nr Marshwood, 10.30am. A circular 9 mile walk, organised by the South Somerset Ramblers Group. Tel.01935 426842 for further details
17 Wedding Fair Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Lane, Chickerell, Nr Weymouth, 11am - 4pm.
19 Antiques And Collectables Fair. Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 10.00am - 4.30pm..
19 Roosevelts New Deal And The Fight Against Organised Crime Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8.00pm. Sherborne Historical Society lecture by Dr Mike Woodiwiss, Lecturer in American History, University of the West of England
20 Craft Fair - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 5.00pm.
20 Dorset Wildlife Trust Meeting Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7pm. 'Oceans and our Future' - an llustrated talk by Professor David Nichols
20 Quiz Night Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Theatre Friends Quiz Night. Teams of up to six ,£2 per head. Raffle / licensed bar.
21 Cancer Awareness Open Day Hammick House, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 2pm – 7pm. The Information Centre at Hammick House in Poundbury will be open to anyone who has concerns or questions about Leukaemia and Myeloma, with specialist nurses available.
21 Tea Dance St Mary’s Church Hall, South Street, Bridport, 2.30pm-5pm. The Friends of Holy Trinity Church Bradpole invite you to a Tea Dance. Tickets £3.00 available from 01308 485309 or pay on the door
21 - 22 Green Wood Bowl Carving Course Mangerton House, Bridport, 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
22 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, wine, collectors' items and clocks
23 A Festival Of Works For Trumpet And Piano Eype Church Centre For The Arts,Nr. Bridport, 7.30pm. A festival of works for trumpet and piano with Paul Archibald and Juliet Edwards Tickets available from Bridport TIC - prices £8.00 and Friends £7.00
23 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm - 11.00pm. Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence, everyone welcome. Entry includes tea & biscuits, in aid of hall funds.
23 Day Course - Willow Garden Sculptures Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10am - 4pm. A full day workshop, materials included. You should be able to complete a structure and take it home with you (so long as it fits in the car!) Cost £35 (NB This event is now fully booked – contact 01308 424321 for details of other courses)
23 Jazz Concert For Tsunami Appeal Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.
23 Sherborne Antiques & Flea Market Church Hall And Age Concern Day Centre, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm.
24 Discover the Sherborne Shell House – Seminar Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 9.45am. The Sherborne Shell House is a mid-eighteenth century garden building that is still remarkably intact today. A chance to visit this "curious summer house" and "rare treasure that reeks of quality" plus illustrated lectures from experts on garden design and buildings in the eighteenth century as well as illustrated talks on the restoration of the Shell House so far and plans for Phase II. Tickets £20 each to include buffet lunch. Tickets limited – all proceeds towards further restoration work. Apply to Mrs O Eliot, Sherborne School, Abbey Road Sherborne DT9 3AP, Tel. 01935 812249.
24 Archaeology Walk – Eggardon Hill Meet in Shatcombe Lane roadside parking area (Grid Ref SY 548 948), 10.30am. A walk on Egggardon Hill, a prehistoric hillfort and landscape with Claire Pinder of Dorset County Council. Further information from 01305 224921. Cost £3 adults, £1 children. 1 ½ hours, 1 ½ miles, some slopes.
26 - 30 Goodnight Mr Tom Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis. A musical by the Community Players written by Michelle Magorian.
28 - 30 Key For Two Eype Church Centre For The Arts, Nr. Bridport. The Symondsbury Players 'Key for Two': A comedy by John Chapman and Dave Freeman Tickets available from Bridport TIC - prices £5.00 and Friends £4.00
30 Calling Spirit To Dance Salwayash Village Hall, Bridport, 10.30am to 5.30pm. A workshop to awaken body and spirit through movement.
30 Gilbert And Sullivan In The Village Hall Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall, Nr. Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.
30 Archaeology Walk – Medieval Portland Meet outside Portland Museum, Wakeham, SY 696 713, 10am. "Medieval Portland" – explore a variety of monuments and landscape features including a castle and a ruined church. Led by Alan Hunt of Bournemtouth University. 1 ½ miles, 1 ½ hours, some steep slopes. Cost £3 Adults, £1 Children . Tel. 01305 224921 for further information.
30 Last Night Of The Proms - Sherborne Town Band Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm.
30 The Secret - Inspirational Cinema At The Diamond Doorway Diamond Doorway, 54 South Street, Bridport. Feature-length historic film of an age old secret. Tel. 01308 424109 for further details.
30 St David's Singers, Exeter Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Concert of sacred and secular a cappella music including : E W Naylor - Vox Dicentis, Debussy - Trois Chansons, Tippett - Five Spirituals from 'A Child of our Time' plus works by Bruckner, Walton, Wood, Finzi, Rutter and Cole Porter. Tickets £7 (£5 students and seniors) available from Sherborne TIC
30 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.
30- 1/10 Jurassic Open Boat Festival West Bay, Bridport, fishing from 10am - 4pm Saturday and 9am - 3 pm Sunday.West Bay Sea Angling Club boat fishing competition - prizes each day & prizes for overal winner of the 2 days. Prizes for Best Lady & Junior - Giant Raffle Open to all size boats, excellent launching facilities. Sponsored by 'Atlantic Fishers' - Overall 1st prize 'Atlantic Fisher 260' (includes Engine & Trailer) Sign on at The George West Bay from 8am - or pre-book
Advance tickets for the following events are available from our TICs:
Available at following TICs
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
Marine Theatre Events Lyme Regis
Eype, Church Centre for the Arts events 9, 16, 23 & 28-30 September Bridport
Waverley excursions 1st September Bridport
Sherborne Flicks 13th September Sherborne
St David’s Singers – Sherborne Abbey 30th September Sherborne
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
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