What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
to 03/06 Exhibition - Southern Contemporaries Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis, 11:00am - 5:00pm. An exhibition of contemporary 2 & 3 dimensional practice by the Southern Contemporaries group of artists. Tel: 01297 443579.
to 03/06 Abbotsbury Arts Weeks, Various locations in Abbotsbury. Abbotsbury Art Weeks includes 22 artists with exhibitions and open studios. The varied work includes paintings, sculpture, stone carving, textiles, pottery and wood. Tel: 01305 871475
to 10/06 Beaminster Museum Exhibition: Dorset Women, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster. An exhibition of rural images, Tel: 01308 863623.
to 17/06 Sherborne House Exhibition - Happy in my Madness Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, open Tuesday to Sunday 10:30am to 4:30pm,Exhibition by Andrew Crane - "Happy in My Madness" - philosophical ramblings in paint and cement by the prizewinner of last year's "Full Spectrum" open exhibition. Tel: 01935 816426. www.sherbornehouse.org.uk
to 01/07 150 Years Of Railways In Weymouth Weymouth Museum, Brewers Quay, Weymouth, 10am - 4pm. An exhibition to reflect 150 years of railways in Weymouth, charting the history from 1857 to 2007. 01305 777622
09/06 to 08/07 Exhibition - Sculpture and Drawings Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis, 11am – 5pm. Distinguised Devon artist Peter Thursby exhibits works mainly in bronze and stainless steel. Also framed drawings. Tel. 01297 443579. www.townmill.org.uk
16/06 to 08/07 Beaminster Museum Exhibition: In a Good Light Whitcombe Road, Beaminster. Rev JG Derrick’s collection of Victorian photography. Tel. 01308 863623.
16/06 to 29/09 Exhibition: The Man and the Myth: Lawrence of Arabia Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. An exhibition exploring the extraordinary life of T E Lawrence through photographs, letters and personal effects. Tel. 01305 262735. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
21/06 to 08/07 Art Exhibition at Sherborne House Sherborne House, Sherborne. Yeovil College End of Year Shows : 21st-28th June: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - diverse and exciting work from full and part-time students, the majority of whom are progressing onto art and design degree courses. 30th June - 8th July : BND Art and Design - selected work from first and second year full time students. 01935 816426. www.sherbornehouse.org.uk
Lyme Regis Fossil walks with Dr Colin Dawes every Sunday at 1pm. No need to book – meet at the Old Forge Fossil Shop, Broad Street. Lasts approx. 2.5 hours. Adults £7, Children £3
Fossil walks at Lyme Bay with Brandon Lennon take place every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Times vary according to tide and start fromThe Anchor, Cobb Gate. Private bookings available on other days. Tel. 07944 664757 for further details and to book.
Fossil walks from 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 also organised by Dinosaurland – tel 01297 443541for details.
Fossil walks from Lyme Regis Fossil Shop Booking essential on 01297 442088
Charmouth Fossil hunting walks from the Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth on. Walks last approx. 2 hours and include a 20 minute talk on fossils. £7 adults, £3 children. June walks take place on Friday 1st at 12 noon, Saturday 2nd at 12.30pm, Sunday 3rd at 1pm, Saturday 16th at 12.30pm, Sunday 17th at 1.30pm and Sunday 30th at 11.30pm. Also FOSSIL ROADSHOW on Saturday 2nd from 10.30am – 4.30pm and Plankton Trawling (depending on sea state) on Sunday 10th at 11am. Tel. 01297 560772.
Sherborne Guided town walk with Blue Badge Guide every Friday at 11am. Meet at Sherborne TIC, Digby Road. Walk lasts approx. 1½ hours. Cost £3 per person.
Dorchester Guided town walk with Blue Badge Guide every Monday morning (from 8th May) at 11am. Meet at Dorchester TIC, Antelope Walk. Walk lasts approx. 1 ½ hours. Cost £3 per person.
Toller Porcorum Wednesday afternoon walks at the Kingcombe Centre. Meet at the Centre at 2.15pm and return for tea and cake at 4pm No need to book in advance although a telephone call would help with catering. Tel. 01300 320684
NGS GARDENS OPEN
Pick up a copy of the "yellow book" for details of local gardens opening under the National Gardens Scheme this year – lots to visit in June!
BRIDPORT Weekly Market in the Town Centre every Wednesday and Saturday, Farmers’ Market 2nd Saturday in each month – Arts Centre 9.30am-2pm, West Dorset Country Market in the WI Hall, North Street every Saturday 9am-12 noon.
DORCHESTER Weekly Market in Fairfield Car Park, Weymouth Avenue, 8am – 3pm every Wednesday
Farmers’ Market 1st Saturday in each month – Poundbury, 9am-1pm
SHERBORNE Pannier Market on the Parade every Thursday and Saturday; Country Market in Church Hall, Digby Road, Thursday mornings, 9.15am-11.15am; Farmers’ Market 3rd Friday in each month – Cheap Street, 9am-1pm.
OWERMOIGNE Monthly market in the village hall 2nd Saturday of the month, 10.30am - 12 noon. Homemade produce, bric a brac, plants, crafts, books. Contact: 01305 851633
EVENTS DURING JUNE
01 Archaeology Meeting Meet at Martinstown Parish Church, Martinstown, 6pm. Field meeting - "Walking the South Dorset Ridgeway - an exploration of the prehistoric monuments and their landscape" Tel. 01305 262735. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
01 Hard Times - Marine Theatre Church Street, Lyme Regis. Cygnet Company presents Hard Times by Charles Dickens. Richard Digby Day brings a fresh look to Dickens's classic in his production of this adaptation for four actors. Tel. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
01 Coffee Morning - Lyme Regis Abbeyfield, Lyme Regis, 10am to 12 noon. Save The Children Coffee Morning; sale of gifts,cake stall and raffle.
02 Sherborne Art and Craft Show Digby Hall, Sherborne, 10am to 4pm. "The finest slection of local contemporary art and crafts". Meet the makers, demonstrations, cream teas, cakes and refreshments. Tel. 07730 557090.
02 Gustomarket Mill Lane, Lyme Regis. A selection of excellent locally produced produce to try and buy in the wonderful setting of the ancient Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Tel. 01297 443579. www.townmill.org.uk
02 Thomas Hardy and the Stage Council Chamber, Dorchester, 3pm. Thomas Hardy birthday lecture by Professor Keith Wilson followed by a talk by Revd. Dr John Travell " The History of the Hardy Players ". Adults £6, Concessions £5, Students FREE – tickets available from The Thomas Hardy Society. Tel. 01305 251501.
02 Phoenix Brass in Concert Bridport United Church, Bridport, 7.30pm. Programme includes music by Wagner, Rossini, Richard Rogers, Simon & Garfunkel. Tickets available at the door - Adults £6.00 Children £2.00. Proceeds to be shared between Church Funds and the Bands running expenses.
02 Kokoro presents Mainly Minimalism Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Burton Bradstock, 7.30pm. Kokoro, the contemporary music group of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra highlight the work of some of the most notable ‘minimalist’ composers of the 20th Century, such as Michael Nyman, Philip Glass and Arvo Part. In this performance Kokoro’s string quartet format will offer works of great beauty, simplicity, energy and vitality, a delight to hear in the intimacy of a local venue. Tel. 01308 897214. www.artsreach.co.uk
02 Bat Walk and Talk - Kingston Maurward College Kingston Maurward Agricultural College, Dorchester, 8.30pm. Are you wild about bats? If so join us for an evening devoted to these fascinating mammals. The evening starts with a talk by a local bat expert. The evening will include bat themed games. Then as night falls we will head out into the grounds to join guided walks led by members of the Dorset Bat Group. Tel. 01305 215003.
02 The Rainbow Fish Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 11am. Come along and meet the Rainbow Fish in her glittering underwater paradise. Be whisked away on a deep-sea adventure as the storytellers use live music and puppetry to bring this enchanting tale to life. For families and children aged 4+. Tel. 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com
02 Somerset and Dorset Family History Society Open Day at Marsh Barn Marsh Barn Farm, Bridport, 10.30am to 3.30pm. Can we help you discover who your ancesters were? Tel. 01308 30362.
02 Brigitte Beraha - Marine Theatre Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Vocalist Brigitte with her musicians Joe Auckland (trumpet/flugelhorn) and Ivo Neame (piano). Tel. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
02- 03 Open Gardens - Broadmayne Broadmayne, Dorchester. Open gardens, craft exhibition and a scattering of scarecrows, refreshments and plant sale. Entry £3 for adults by programme from St. Martin's Church. Come and enjoy a number of different gardens and see several different crafts and spot the scarecrows around the village. All the proceeds will go to the refurbishment of St. Martin's Community Hall. Tel. 01305 852866.
02 Group Open Day - The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society Marsh Barn Farm, Bridport, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Group Open day. All Welcome. Lunches available at the Anchor Inn Salway Ash. Tel. 01460 30362. www.sdfhs.org
03 Cookery for Kids The Barn, Caphays, Caundle Marsh, Nr. Sherborne. "Hands on" cookery workshop for young people (6+) with professional cheg & cookery teacher Jane Luxmoore. Today "Beautiful Bakewell Tart" – making the pastry from scratch creat a gorgeous Bakewell pudding. Cost £12.00. "Delicious Doughnuts" on Sunday 27th May and "Magnificent Muffins" on Thursday 31st May. For further information and to book cotnact Jane on 01963 23458. Also
03 Enjoy Ferrari Wyevale Garden Centre, 11am to 5pm. A new static show of up to 60 superb motor cars featuring Bentleys, Ferraris and Classic American cars . A minimum donation of £8 per head secures entry into this static show of spectacular cars. Tel. 01305 826996. www.jtsma.org.uk/ferrari
03 Mozart Summer Festival Kingston Maurward Agricultural College, Dorchester, 3pm. 31st Mozart Summer Festival Concert. Tickets from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre, Antelope Walk, Dorchester. Tel. 01305 267992.
03 The Great Dorset Bike Ride - Dorchester Top o' Town Car Park, Dorchester, from 10am. Dorset's premier FREE bike ride! Starting from the Top O' Town car park on Bridport Road, fully sign posted 47 mile route following beautiful byways and lanes to Corfe Castle and back again. A Great family ride.Make a day of it! Collection for MS. Tel. 01305 268787. www.greatdorsetbikeride.co.uk
03 Leigh Gardens Open Day Leigh, Nr Sherborne, 2pm - 5pm. Approx. 10 village gardens open in aid of Julia House Children’s Hospice. Tickets £5 inclusive of teas, children free (sorry no dogs). Look for the sunflowers!
03 Lets All Go To The Music Hall - Marine Theatre Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Fun, frolics, melodrama, musical favourites and fancy frocks!! A night to remember. Victorian Music Hall at its very best. in aid of The Children's Bagpuss Wing of Hospice of Hope, Romania. Tel. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
05 Beaminster Plant Sale Beaminster Hall, Beaminster, 9am to 4pm.
05 - 09 One Step Closer Tolpuddle Room, Dorchester, 10am – 5pm. "A potter's journey to reach his Holy Grail" - pottery display by local potter David Archer. Tel. 01305 788278.
05 Painting and Sketching at Highway Farm West Road, Bridport, 10am – 4pm. Painting and Sketching Days with Ann Gray. Cost £35pp, lunch included. A relaxing and enjoyable day out for artists of all abilities, each artist will be encouraged to work at his or her own pace and in their own style. Tel. 01308 424321. www.highwayfarm.co.uk
06 Guided Butterfly Walk - Ryewater and Cerne Giant The morning session will be at Clive Farrell's Ryewater Nursery with a stop for lunch (please bring a packed lunch) before moving onto Cerne Abbas for downland species in the afternoon. Morning walk starts at 10.30am from the field car park at Ryewater, afternoon walk starts at 2pm from entrance to Cerne Abbey. Call Brian Dicker for more details – Tel. 01963 32453.
06 Evening of Entertainment - Corn Exchange The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. The vociferous Crier of Old Dorchester Town Alistair Chisholm will present an amazing, melodious miscellany of local talent, including the Durnovaria Silver Band, the Mill Street Jazz Band, Casterbridge Camerata, Wild Thyme etc to delight your senses. All to celebrate Age Concern Dorchester's 50th Anniversary. Tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre, Tel. 01305 267992 and Age Concern, Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, Tel. 01305 269444.
07 'The Way We Were' - A talk in West Bay Salt House, West Bay, Bridport, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by local historian Elizabeth Buckler Gale. Admission £3 to include light refreshments. Tel. 01308 488327.
07- 08 Ballet Central Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Ballet Central return to Bridport with a mixed programme of ballet, contemporary and jazz dance. Tel. 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com
08 Charity Fashion Show Digby Hall, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Hosted by Brainwaves - all clothes which have been donated to the Brainwave Shops, including many new items and designer labels too. Tickets £4 - contact Lucie Thom on 07714 999 414 for more information.
08 Wine and Dine Dorset - Chantmarle Manor Chantmarle Manor, Frome St. Quinton, 6.45pm. Save the Children invite you to" Wine and Dine Dorset " an evening with Lesley Waters and Andrew Kindness, plus an opportunity to bid for a one-to-one cookery lesson with Lesley Waters. Tel. 01929 462667.
09 Sherborne Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Sherborne, 9am – 4pm. Monthly antiques fair. Tasty homemade refreshments. Admission 50p, children free. Tel. 01460 75069.
09 Jewellery Wire & Bead Scribble at Highway Farm West Road, Bridport, 10am – 4pm. Experiment with coloured wires and sparkling crystals and light catching glass beads. Make at least one lovely original blackberry necklace. Suitable for beginners and experienced beaders. Cost £30 + small charge for beads. Lunch included. Max. 12 people. Tel. 01308 424321. www.highwayfarm.co.uk
09 Sherborne Jazz - The Liane Carroll Trio White Hart Inn, Bishops Caundle, 8pm. Tickets on the door £12, £8 for full time students, £6 for under 16s. Tel. 01963 23301.
09 – 15 Weymouth Veterans Festival Weymouth Includes a Service of Remembrance on 10th at 11am to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands War, followed by a parade of veterans involved on the conflict. www.weymouth.gov.uk
09 Charminster Fete Charminster House, Charminster, 2pm. All the usual entertainment and competitions plus new for 2007 computer games stall and teenage games. Dorchester Carnival Band. Refreshments including BBQ. Results of the photo and drawing competition held at the Church. Tel. 01305 262593 or 01305 266021.
09 Limehouse Lizzy - Marine Theatre Church Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7:45pm, band on stage 8:30pm. 'The Boys are Back in Town' The UK's hard working and best loved Thin Lizzy tribute band. Tel. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
09 Recycled Music at Symondsbury Willy Tucks Orchard, Bridport, 10am – 4pm. Make music out of junk, from simple shakers to biscuit tin banjos. A family day of fun and noise; the good sort! £10 adult/unaccompanied child over 10; £5 accompanied child. Under 5s free. Tel. 01308 427449.
09 Summer Fete Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, 2pm. Catholic Church annual Summer Fete.
09 Wessex Military Band Concert Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, 10am. 01308 425010. www.wessexmilitaryband.co.uk
09 - 10 Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally West Bay Road, Bridport. The Rally is held to show engines and tractors driven by various forms of power, both in miniature and full size. Organised by the West Dorset Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Club. Tel. 01308 425971.
10 Donum Musicum - Marine Theatre Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Donum Musicum - Baroque Quartet, winners of the RAM Friends Prize for Chamber Music. Their programme will include works by Corelli, Handel and J.S.Bach. Tel. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
10 Charity Auction - Dorset Kidney Fund Dorchester Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 2.30pm. Items for auction to include new PVC front door, golf game for 4, evening fishing trips, original painting by Anita Law, wildlife photography with Colin Varndell and much more. All proceeds to Dorset Kidney Fund. Afternoon tea.
10 Castleton Waterwheel Museum Open Day Oborne Road, Sherborne, 11am to 5pm. Come along and see Dorset's largest waterwheel built by Stothert & Pitt in 1869 plus lots of other items to see concerned with the water supply industry. Parking on site. Lots of room for picnics. www.castletonwaterwheelmuseum.org.uk
10 Maiden Newton Open Gardens Maiden Newton, 1.30pm – 6pm. Open gardens plus books and plant salls, cakes, children's competition, raffle, cream teas, talks and displays the village hall and photos & children's competition in the church. Entrance to gardens £2.50, accompanied children free.
10 Stilling the Mind – Silent One Day Yoga Retreat Loders Village Hall, Loders, Nr. Bridport. A unique chance to spend some time exploring practical ways by which to still our restless mind and get in touch with our inner peace. Swami Sharadananda, International Integral Yoga Coordinator has many years experience in teaching Yoga and meditation. Cost: £20, drinks provided, please bring lunch to share. Further details form Devi James 01308 423648
13 Wessex Research Group Weymouth and Dorchester Branch - Stepping into the Void The Trinity Centre, Dorchester, 8pm. Talk by Clint Denyer who is a qualified Parapsychologist, Phsychic and Shamanic Practitioner with Diploma in Remote Viewing. Tel. 01305 767242.
13 Sherborne Flicks – An Inconvenient Truth (U) Church Hall, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 - available from Sherborne TIC. Tel. 01935 815899. www.sherbornehouse.org.uk/artslink
14 Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company in Five Get Famous Recreational Area, Toller Porcorum. The Rude Mechanicals bring their commedia dell'arte performance style to the work of Enid Blyton in this spoof mystery for adults and older children. Performances also in Cranborne (13th), West Lulworth (15th), Durlston (16th) and Shillingstone (26th July). Tel. 01300 320373. www.artsreach.co.uk
14 Guided Walk - Milborne Port Ridges Meet at East Steet Car Park, Milborne Port, Sherborne, 10am. A lengthy (8 ½ mile) but exhilarating walk with Tony Copper, Volunteer Ranger, along the ridges North West of Milborne Port, affording spectacular panoramic views of Somerset and Dorset Countryside. Bring a packed lunch as we'll stop for a picnic. Meet at East Street Car Park, grid reference ST 679 187. £3 adults, £1.50 children. Booking essential, please ring 01935 845946
14 Measure for Measure - Marine Theatre Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Cygnet Company present Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare. Tel. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
14 Ramblers Walk from Nettlecombe Marquis of Lorne, Nettlecombe, Nr.Bridport, 10.15am. A 5.5 mile walk going via North Poorton, organised by South Somerset Ramblers. www.somersetramblers.co.uk
15 - 17 Beer Festival & Nettle Eating Competition Beer, Seaton. Beer Festival over 3 days plus nettle eating competition on Saturday 16 June 2007 at 6:30pm. Tel. 01297 678254.
16 Uplyme Annual Village Fete Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis. Tel. 01297 445185.
16 Design a Tile School Room, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10am – 12pm. A family activity where you can design your tile - just look around the museum galleries for your inspiration. All tiles and materials will be provided. Tel. 01305 262735. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
16 Sherborne Book Market Church Hall, Sherborne, 9.30am – 4pm. Monthly book market. Tel. 01747 841148.
16 The Great Siege of Lyme Theatre Square, Lyme Regis. The Taunton Garrison; Morris Dancing and Lyme Youth Theatre relive the excitement, the terror, the flaming arrows, the attacks on shipping in the Cobb harbour, when Lyme withstood the assault by the Royalists for 2 months. All day event.
16 William Barnes and the Dorset County Chronicle, 1823-35 The William Barnes Function Room, Dorchester A talk by Dr. Alan Chedzoy. Tickets available from Mr Brian Caddy – Tel. 01305 260348.
16 Karen Noble - Marine Theatre Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.30pm The Main Event - this show takes you on an emotional, soulful, moving journey doing justice to Dusty Springfield & Barbra Streisand. Tel. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
16 Dorchester Carnival Round Table, Dorchester. Highlights include Wynn's funfair, a 4 legged pub race, music evening in the Borough Gardens, a streetfair and carnival procession. Tel. 07794 282724. www.dorchestercarnival.co.uk
16 - 17 Open Gardens - Cerne Abbas Cerne Abbas. 20 gardens open in historic village. Plant stall, teas in vicarage garden, free parking.Proceeds equally to: Cerne Abbas Young People's Fund and Julia's House. Tel. 01300 341311.
17 Minterne Gardens - RNLI Minterne Magna, Dorchester. This stunning garden was landscaped in the 18th century and extends to over 20 acres. Minterne house has been the home of the Digby families for 350 years. Visitors to this very special garden on the 17th June will be able to enjoy cream teas, buy from an exciting plant sale and browse through the latest RNLI souvenirs. Tel. 01300 341370. www.minterne.co.uk
17 Kingston Maurward Open Day Kingston Maurward Agricultural College, Dorchester, 10am – 5pm. College open day - a family fun day, showcasing student work and giving members of the public an opportunity to experience new skills in free taster sessions. Tel. 01305 215000. www.kmc.ac.uk
17 CD 7 Record Fair - Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 10am – 4pm. CDs, Vinyl, DVDs and magazines for music lovers and collectors. Jazz, Rock,Blues, Dance etc. Bring Cds to sell or exchange or just come and browse and buy. 01297 442394. www.marinetheatre.com
17 Chamber Music Concert at Mapperton Gardens All Saints Church, Beaminster, 5pm. Maggie Cole, Katherine Gowers and Steven Isserlis play pieces by Bach, Boccherini and Scarlatti. Glass of wine afterwards; bring your own picnic or eat in the cafe, stroll in the gardens. Tel. 01308 862645. www.mapperton.com
17 Dream Car Rides at Haynes Motor Museum Sparkford, Nr Sherborne, 9.30am – 4pm. Treat Dad to a special day out with a ride out in one of the museum cars, from Lamborghini to Bentley, the choice is yours. Gift tickets available. Tel. 01963 440804. www.haynesmotormuseum.co.uk
18 NAPA - Dorchester Brownsword Hall, Dorchester, 2pm Trisha Lewis in " Marriage, Manners and Music ". An afternoon show featuring classic & popular songs of the 1950's together with amusing extracts from manuals & magazines of the era. Tel. 01305 852117.
19 Coffee Morning and Open Garden in Stratton Manor Orchard, Stratton, Dorchester, 10.30am – 12 noon. A delightful garden with interest and appeal to gardeners, and a peaceful atmosphere in which to enjoy tea and conversation. There will be a home produce stall selling cakes, savouries, preserves and plants, plus a raffle..
19 Balmoral Cruise from West Bay, Bridport Jurassic Pier, Bridport. The Balmoral Pleasure Steamer will be sailing from West Bay to Weymouth and Bournemouth, then on to The Needles on the Isle of Wight. Departs West Bay at 10am. Return to West Bay around 7pm. Tel. 01308 424901. www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk
20 Thorncombe Rail Activities Club Meeting Thorncombe Village Hall, nr Chard, 7.30pm. Refreshments and raffle usually available. Tonight’s theme is "Ffestiniog Railway to 1946" - Tony Ward. Tel. 01460 30474. www.traclub.plus.com
20 Annual Wine Fair Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, 6pm to 9pm £5 per ticket (£10 per ticket on the day) available from Vineyards of Sherborne. Proceeds in aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Tel. 01935 815544.
21 Ramblers Walk from Stonebarrow Hill Stonebarrow Hill NT Car park, Charmouth, 10am. A 6.5 mile walk via Whitchurch Canonicorum, organised by South Somerset Ramblers. www.somersetramblers.co.uk
21-22 Forkbeard Fantasy Comic Theatre and Film presents Invisible Bonfires starring The Brittonioni Brothers Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Forkbeard’s much loved surreal comedy, spectacle and invention, film and cartoon combine with the Brtittonioni’s astonishing apparatus, fabulous 3-D projections and ultra-slick presentation to present two nights of chewing on the hot potato mishmash of global warming. Tel. 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com
22 Beaminster Singers Concert (Beaminster Festival) St Mary's Church, Beaminster, 7.30pm. Beaminster Singers open the Beaminster Festival with a fascinating concert of English music featuring Vaughan Williams, Britten and Daniel Purcell. Tel. 01308 862280. www.beamfest.org.uk
22- 1/7 Beaminster Festival Beaminster Festival Office, Beaminster. The 12th Beaminster Festival Of Music and the Visual Arts includes a brilliant programme of music, both classical and jazz, literature and an art exhibition of the work of local artists, potters, sculptors and furniture makers. Tel. 01308 862943. www.beamfest.org.uk
22 Still Playing Away - Marine Theatre Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Still Playing Away with Brian Cant and Joathan Cohen. They entertained children but now its our turn! Bringing you a mixture of music and mayhem, they meander down memory lane, in a show for those who enjoyed their work on TV from the 60's to the 80's. Tel. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
22 Antiques Auction in Sherborne Charterhouse Auctions, Long Street, Sherborne. Viewing Wednesday from 10:00am to 4:00pm and Thursday from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Sale starts on Friday at 10:00am with viewing from 8:30am. Tel. 01935 812277. www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk
22 Broadmayne Market St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, Dorchester, 2-3:30pm. Produce includes cakes, plants, craft, dorset sausages, local pork, trout, eggs, fairtrade goods, library. Tel. 01305 852866.
23 Dorset County Museum Sale of Publications High West Street, Dorchester, 10am – 4pm. A one off sale of publications by: Dorset Record Society, Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society. All new books at bargain prices as low as a £1 and mostly under £5. Tel. 01305 262735.
23 'Greenford Rocks' Concert Greenford School, Maiden Newton, Dorchester, 7pm. Midsummer outdoor concert with the Ben Waters Band supported by Gothic Chicken and the Daze. Event arranged by Friends of Greenford School and the Maiden Newton "Keep it Live" group. 01305 260383.
23 Creative Regeneration Workshop at Highway Farm West Road, Bridport, "Championing the Wonders of Nature" with Clare Colby. Lots of creative activity, indulge and be inspired by the wonders of nature! Cost £30 including lunch. Workshops run monthly on a Monday and Saturday from May to October. Tel. 01308 424321. www.thebranchline.co.uk
23 The Sine Nomine Singers – Music for A Summer Evening Our Lady Queen of Martyrs & St Ignatius, Chideock, 7pm. This is a fine chamber choir performing both secular music from the 16th Century to the present day. Tickets £8 (to include a glass of wine) from Bridport TIC. Tel. 01308 424901
23 Abbotsbury Midsommer Madness & Merriment at the Tithe Barn Tithe Barn, Abbotsbury, 7pm to midnight. Dress informal or dress up. Visiting vikings, entertainment, grand draw, music and bar with a fantastic finale. And the excitement of an auction of an oriental rug. Tel. 01305 871085. www.abbotsbury.co.uk/heritagefayre
23 Sherborne Antiques & Flea Markets Church Hall & Age Concern Centre, Sherborne, 9am – 4pm Tel. 01963 250108.
23 Summer Music Society of Dorset in Sherborne Abbey Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7.30pm. "Tenebrae" - a cappella choir of 18 singers. Programme will include music from the Russian and Greek Orthodox churches: Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Chesnokov, Sheremetiev, Kallinikov, Gretchaninov, Tchaikovsky and Sir John Tavener. Tickets £8 to £26 available from Dorset Music House. Tel. 01935 816332. www.sherborneabbey.com
23 Dire Traits - Marine Theatre Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.30pm. Formed in 2001, Dire Traits has established itself as one of the leading Dire Straits tribute bands in the world. Tel. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
23 - 24 Axe Vale Festival of Gardening and Crafts Axminster. Gardening exhibitions and stalls, plus outdoor events. Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre. Tel. 01308 424901
24 Buckland Newton Village Open Gardens 12pm – 5pm. 16 gardens of varying sizes will be open for the afternoon. Tickets £3 with all proceeds to be split between Dorset Cancer are and the church bells restoration project. Teas, cakes and ice cream available plus plant stall. Tel. 07788 757197.
24 Coast To Coast Motorcycle Run Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, 8am. Motorcycle run from Lyme Regis to Weston-Super-Mare, organised by Westland Classic Motorcyle Club. Tel. 01935 429913.
24 Teddy Bears' Picnic The Borough Gardens, Dorchester, from 12 noon. A day of free fun for children with games, activities and prizes. Don't forget to bring a teddy! No tickets required - just turn up. Tel. 01305 266861.
24 Ramblers Walk from Abbotsbury Meet at the Church in Abbotsbury Car Park, 10.30am. An 11 mile walk via Portesham, organised by South Somerset Ramblers. www.somersetramblers.co.uk
25 Creative Regeneration Workshop at Highway Farm West Road, Bridport. (See 23rd) Tel. 01308 424321. www.thebranchline.co.uk
27 Quiet Day in the Garden Bembury Farm, Thornford, 10am – 4pm. A quiet day on the theme "to care and not to care", led by Mr Mark Greenstock, Sarum Reader. Please bring a picnic lunch, bible and notebook - drinks will be provided. Please contact the Parish office to book a place. Tel. 01935 812452.
28 Cascade : Beyond Eight Bars Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 8pm. Cascade is a performance from five leading British Musicians, each of whom has an international reputation for cross-genre and improvisatory work. Tel. 01308 424204. www.bridport-arts.com
28 Jewellery Wire & Bead Scribble at Highway Farm West Road, Bridport, 10am – 4pm Experiment with coloured wires and sparkling crystals and light catching glass beads. Make at least one lovely original blackberry necklace. Suitable for beginners and experienced beaders. Cost £30 + small charge for beads. Lunch included. Max. 12 people. Tel. 01308 424321. www.highwayfarm.co.uk
29 -6/7 Bridport Food Festival Bridport. An event to showcase the best of local produce. Events, at various locations around Bridport, include a cookery evening with Lesley Waters, cookery and cheesemaking demonstrations, live music and opportunities to sample local beer & cider. Tel. 01308 459761. www.bridportfoodfestival.org.uk
29 Think Floyd - Marine Theatre Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 8.30pm This extraordinary band, renowned for their stunning celebration of the music of Pink Floyd present a 'must see' evening for all Pink Floyd fans. Tel. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
30 Sherborne Jazz - Riffraff Quintet White Hart Inn, Bishops Caundle, 8pm Tickets on the door £12, £8 for full time students, £6 for under 16s. Tel. 01963 23301.
30 Jazz Evening With Ellingtonia at Mapperton Mapperton House, Beaminster, 7pm. This is a Beaminster Festival event. Bring your own picnic and enjoy a relaxed evening overlooking the italianate Fountain Court - with one of the great jazz orchestras. Tel. 01308 862943. www.mapperton.com
30 Craft & Country Garden Market in Sherborne Church Hall, Sherborne, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Tel. 01749 677049.
30 Milborne Port Health Walk Meet at East Street Car Park, Milborne Port, Sherborne, 10am. A bracing walk of approximately 7 miles climbing up onto the hills and downs, which border Somerset and Dorset, passing freshwater springs which form the source of the River Yeo. Please bring a packed lunch. No charge, but a donation to the Balsam Centre, a charity who is running the walk, is welcome. Please ring Jayne McDougal at the Balsam Centre, Wincanton on 01963 31842 to book your place.
30 Dance - Uplyme Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis, 8pm – 11pm. Dance - Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence. Entry includes tea and biscuits; in aid of Hall funds.
Hundreds of cygnets (baby swans) hatch at Abbotsbury Swannery from mid May to mid June – a charming sight. Tel. 01305 871858 for up to date information.
Bridport’s “Electric Palace” cinema has re-opened after an 8 year closure, fully restored and now boasting one of the most beautiful cinema interiors in the country and complete with a brasserie restaurant. For a full listing of films being showed and further details on the building see www.electricpalace.org.uk or tel. 01308 426336
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.