What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
01/12 - 13/01 Photographic Discovery - Dorchester Camera Club Exhibition 2007 The Dorset County Museum, High West Street , Dorchester. A selection of photographic prints from the members of the Dorchester Camera Club. Prints are available for purchase, so why not pop in to browse the wonderful selection of works from more than 30 local photographers. 01305 262735. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
19/01 – 15/03 Peter Thursby : A Retrospective Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. Sculptures, paintings and drawings dating from 1950 to 1990 by this distinguished RWA Academician. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
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. 01305 851633
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 from The Anchor, Cobb Gate. Private bookings available on other days. Tel. 07944 664757 for further details and to book. www.lymeregisfossilsforsale.co.uk/fossilwalks.htm
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 from Lyme Regis Fossil Shop Booking essential on 01297 442088
Charmouth Fossil hunting walks from the Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth Walks last approx. 2 hours and include a 20 minute talk on fossils. £7 adults, £3 children. Rocks and Fossils Weekend takes place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January 10am – 4.30pm (booking essential).Tel. 01297 560772 or see www.charmouth.org.
EVENTS DURING JANUARY
1/12-4/1 A Teddy Bear Christmas The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Eastgate, Dorchester. Experience Christmas as it used to be, as a large family of human size bears celebrate in their festively decorated period home, complete with a visit from Bearfather Christmas. An enchanting and magical experience not to be missed, with sounds, lights and smells! Takes place 1st December 07 to 4th January 08 (except 24-26 Dec) daily from 10am to 4.30pm. 01305 266040. www.teddybearmuseum.co.uk
28/12-1/1 ALICE! - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis. BOF Productions present ALICE! - take an hilarious trip in Wonderland and through the looking glass. A play with music, suitable for all the family. Six performances: 28th - 7:30pm; 29th 29th 3:00pm; 30th & 1st 3:00pm & 7:30pm, 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
01 New Year's Day Walk Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Nr. Dorchester. A leisurely walk in the beautiful West Dorset Countryside (approx. 8 miles), leaving the Centre at 10.30am and returning for tea at 3.30 - 4pm. Bring a packed lunch. £10 adults, £3 children. 01305 320684. www.kingcombe-centre.demon.co.uk
02 Marine Theatre - Quiz night Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. The Theatre Friends hold a quiz night every month to raise funds for the theatre. Prizes, refreshments, licensed bar. Come along and have fun and support your local theatre. 01297 442394. www.marinetheatre.com
04 Wake up to the New Year Dorchester Trinity Club, Trinity Street, Dorchester, 8pm. Charity Country and Western night. Live music from Ridgeway Country. Tickets £6 each. 01305 269095.
04 Help Dorset Wildlife Trust to build Owl Boxes for their Reserves Dorset Wildlife Trust HQ, Brooklands Farm, Forston Nr Dorchester. Starts 10am. Call Steve Davis on 07970 552659 for full details.
05 Ring of Fire - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.30pm. Ring of Fire pays tribute to the career of Johnny Cash from the early music through to modern classsics. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
05 Jumble Sale - Lyme Regis Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, 2pm. Jumble Sale in aid of Village Hall Funds; Bric -a- Brac; nearly new; raffle; teas etc.
09 Bridport Camera Club Meeting The Salt House Fisherman's Green, West Bay, Bridport, 7.30pm. Competition No.3 : Characters. 01308 459443. www.bridportcameraclub.co.uk
09 Geology Lecture Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 6.30pm. "The Black Ven Landslide and Aboriginal Rock Art" Is there a connection?" , How did the slide evolve? Lecture by Dr Jim Chandler of Loughborough University. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
09 Sherborne Flicks – La Vie en Rose Church Hall, Digby Road, Sheborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre. 01935 815341 www.sherborneartslink.org.uk
10 Sherborne Historical Society Lecture Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. "The History of Cider" – a talk by James Crowden.New members and visitors welcome. 01963 364075.
11 The New Hardy Players : A life of Three Strands Athelhampton Hall, Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, doors open 6pm for 6.30pm supper. Supported by The Thomas Hardy Society. 01305 251501.
11 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk Friends Meeting House, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. "DWT in Partnership – DWT’s work with land managers and communities in West Dorset" – an illustrated talk by Imogen Davenport, Head of Conservation, Dorset Wildlife Trust. 01305 264620 www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk
12 Sherborne Jazz Club: Theo Travis' Double Talk White Hart Inn, Bishops Caundle, Sherborne, doors open 7.30pm. Theo Travis has an international reputation as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. The music is very melodic, but is also bluesy and atmospheric. Tickets on the door. 01963 23301.
12 Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Local Centre National Trust Lectures: Gloving in the Yeovil Area Digby Hall, Hound Street , Sherborne, 2.30pm. Lecture by Jean Harper. Tickets available on the door. 01747 838810 or 02084514443.
15 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Talk Dorset Room, Colliton Club, Dorchester, 7.30pm. "Renovating Old Buildings" - a talk by Nick Siney. Non members welcome at £2 per person. .
16 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. "Bringing back the Bustard" - a talk by a representative of the Great Bustard Group on the reintroduction of the Great Bustard to the UK. Entrance £1.50. 01935 872774.
17 Bearne's Valuation Days at The Bridge House Hotel, Bridport The Bridge House Hotel, East Street, Bridport, 10am – 1pm. Free advice and valuations from Bearne's Auctioneers & Valuers of Fine Art and Jewellery. 01308 456208.
17 West Dorset Organic Gardening Group Friends Meeting House, Holloway Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A talk and demonstration by Alan Brown on sustainable forestry: coppicing and hurdle making. 01350 263730. www.wdogg.org.uk
18 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Event: Susie Meszaros Sir John Colfox School, Ridgeway, Bridport, 7.45pm. Past leader of quartets and orchestras, Susie is professor of violin and viola at the RCM. Her programme of music includes Bach, Schumann, Hindemath and Brahms. Refreshemnets served in the foyer at the Interval. Single tickets £12, subscription for full season £40. Reductions for students. 01308 424673.
19 Baroque Classics by Candlelight Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Performed by Christchurch Sinfonia. Conductor : Tim Hooper. 01935 816332. www.sherborneabbey.com
21 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk – Owls and Trees Dorford Centre, Top o’ Town, Dorchester, 7.30pm. "Owls and Trees" – an illustrated talk by Ian McGuire of the Hawk & Owl Trust. Joint meeting with the International Tree Foundation.
22 - 26 Puss In Boots by Bridport Pantomime Players The Electric Palace, South Street, Bridport, curtain up 7.30pm. Tickets £7 adults, £6 children (up to 16) and Seniors, available from the Pets Pavilion, South Street, Bridport from 2nd January 2008. 01308 420804.
23 Bridport Camera Club Meeting The Salt House Fisherman's Green West Bay Bridport, 7.30pm. "In Search of Michael Rockerfeller and other Stories" - 01308 459443. www.bridportcameraclub.co.uk
23 Sherborne Science Café Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 7.30pm. This month’s speaker is Geoff Dixon on GM Crops. 01935 815052. www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk
24 Sherborne Historical Society Lecture Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. "Henry III, King of England 1216 – 1272" – a talk by Dr. Huw Ridgeway. New members and visitors welcome. 01963 364075
24 Folk Music Broadmayne Village Hall, Broadmayne, Dorchester, 8.15pm. Various musicians. 07786654074.
26 St Martin's Broadmayne Community Market St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 10am – 12.30pm. Raffle, craft, plants, books, jigsaws, cards, local trout, sausages & eggs, cakes and preserves and a chance to sit and chat with a cup of tea of coffee. All proceeds for St. Martin's Community Hall. 01305 852886.
26 The Picture of Dorian Gray Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8pm. The European Arts Company present 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' adapted from the novel by Oscar Wilde. A versatile cast of 5 actors tell the wicked story of Dorian Gray using only the objects found within an artist's studio. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
26 Sherborne Jazz Club: Alcyona Mick trio 'Blink' White Hart Inn, Bishops Caundle, Sherborne, doors open 7.30pm. Pianist Alcyona has been making a name for herself on the contemprary London Jazz scene. Appears with her trio 'Blink'. Tickets on the door. 01963 23301.
27 An Evening at the Music Hall - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. The Old Bull and Bush Company of Artistes present 'The Boy I Love is up in The Gallery', an evening at the Music Hall. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
27 Help build Nest Boxes for Dorset Wildlife Trust Brooklands Farm, Forston, Nr. Dorchester, 10am. 07970 552659 www.dorsetwidlife.co.uk
28 Lecture on "Working among the Inuits" United Church, East Street, Bridport, 2.30pm. Presented by The Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Speaker : Mrs A moscrop. Non members welcome £2/£3 01297 489116
30 Sherborne Schools' Choral Society Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Sherborne Schools' Choral Society perform Mass in C Minor by Mozart. 01935 812452. www.sherborneabbey.com
31 Classical Concerts - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. The first of a series of 6 Classical Concerts - Anne Allen (flute) & Christopher Taylor ( Piano ). 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
Bath - Aladdin 01225 448844
Theatre Royal, Sawclose, BA1 1ET www.theatreroyal.org.uk
13th December 2007 – 20th January 2008
Bournemouth - Sleeping Beauty 0870 111 3000
Pavilion Theatre, Westover Road, BH1 2BU www.bic..co.uk
8th December 2007 – 6th January 2008
Bridport - Puss in Boots 01308 420804
The Electric Palace, South Street www.electricpalace.org.uk
22nd – 26th January 2008
Bristol - The Ugly Duckling 0117 902 0344
Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, BS3 1TF http:///www.tobaccofactory.com
6th December 2007 – 20th January 2008
Exeter - Cinderella 01392 493493
Northcott Theatre, Stocker Road, EX4 4QB www.northcott-theatre.co.uk
12th December 2007 – 19th January 2008
Lyme Regis - Alice! 01297 442138
Marine Theatre, DT7 3BS www.marinetheatre.com
28th December 2007 – 1st January 2008
Poole - Aladdin 0870 066 8701
Lighthouse Theatre, Kingland Road BH15 1UG www.lighthousepoole.co.uk
7th December 2007 – 5th January 2008
Salisbury - Robin Hood 01722 320333
Playhouse, Malthouse Lane, SP2 7RA. www.salisburyplayhouse.com
5th December 2007 – 5th January 2008
Shaftesbury - Old Mother Hubbard 01747 854321
Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Bell Street, SP7 8AR www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk
23rd – 26th January 2008 and 30th January to 2nd February 2008
Southampton - The Wizard of Oz 023 80 711811
The Mayflower, Commercial Road, SO15 1GE www.the-mayflower.com
7th December 2007 – 19th January 2008
Street - Jack and the Beanstalk 01458 442846
Church Street, Street BA16 0AB www.strodetheatre.co.uk
29th December 2007 – 5th January 2008
Weymouth - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 01305 783225
Pavilion Theatre, The Esplanade, DT4 8ED www.weymouth.gov.uk
19th December 2007 – 6th January 2008
Yeovil - Jack and the Beanstalk 01935 422884
Octagon Theatre, Hendford, BA20 1UX, www.octagon-theatre.co.uk
14th December 2007 – 5th January 2008
Attractions Open This Winter in and around West Dorset
Before making a special journey, we suggest telephoning the attraction you wish to visit to confirm they will be open – this is particularly important over the Christmas/New Year period.
Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dorchester 01305 269571 Mon-Fri 9.30 - 5.00, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4.30
Terracotta Warriors, Dorchester 01305 266040 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester 01305 269741 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Teddy Bear Museum, Eastgate, Dorchester 01305 269741 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Mummies, Dorchester 01305 269741 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester 01305 262735 Mon-Sat 10.00 - 5.00
The Keep Military Museum , Dorchester 01305 264066 Tue-Sat 9.30 - 5.00 (closed 17th Dec to 2nd Jan)
The Town Mill, Lyme Regis 01297 443579 Sat/Sun 11.00 - 4.00
Lyme Regis Museum 01297 443370 Sat/Sun 10.00 - 5.00 (11am Sun), daily school hols Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, Lyme Regis 01297 443541 Daily 10.00 - 5.00 – but please phone to check
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Tolpuddle 01305 848237 Thu-Sat 10.00 - 5.00, Sunday 11.00 - 5.00
Sherborne Museum (Sherborne Missal exhibition) 01935 812252 Tues and Thurs, 10.30am – 12.30pm
The Tank Museum, Bovington, Wool 01929 405096 Weekends only 10.00 - 5.00
Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton 01935 840565 Wed-Sun10.00 - 4.30
Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford 01963 440 804 Mon-Sat 10.00 - 4.30
COUNTRY HOUSES / CASTLES.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park 01305 215010 Daily 10.00 - 5.30 (or dusk) closed 22/12 – early Jan
Athelhamptons House & Gardens 01305 848363 Sunday only - gardens 10.30 – dusk , house 11.00-4.30
Lulworth Castle & Park 0845 4501054 Sun - Fri 10.30 - 4.00
Forde Abbey Gardens 01460 221290 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens 01305 871387 Daily 10.00 - 4.00
Sherborne Abbey 01935 812452 Daily 08.30 - 4.00
Monkey World, Nr. Wareham 0800 456600 Daily 10.00 - 5.00
Craft Design Centre, Broadwindsor 01308 868362 Daily 10.00 - 5.00
Wildlife Park at Cricket St. Thomas 01460 30111 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Weymouth Sea Life Centre 01305 788255 Daily 10.00
UK Llamas, Beaminster Please contact 01308 868674 to book
Henley Hillbillies, Buckland Newton Please contact 01300 345293 / 07860 759996 for details
Southern Counties Clay Shooting/Karting Please contact 01935 83625/83713 for details and to book
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