What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
This listing contains a selection of events taking place across West Dorset this month.
Pop into your local Tourist Information Centre for full event information and programmes for all local theatres and art centres.
Don’t miss this month…
01 Nov Firework Extravaganza, Sherborne Castle Tickets available from Sherborne TIC
01 Nov Annual Firework Display at Bridport Leisure Centre
05 Nov Lakeside Fireworks, Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester
07-16 Nov Bridport Literary Festival www.bridportprize.org.uk
08 Nov Torchlight Procession, Bonfire & Fireworks, Lyme Regis
29 Nov Lantern Parade & Christmas Lights switch on, Lyme Regis
Cards for Good Causes - Charity Christmas cards will once again be on sale in our Tourist Information Centres from 4th November
MARKETS & FAIRS
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 Ave 8am-3pm every Wednesday, Farmers’ Market 1st Saturday in each month at Poundbury, 9am-1pm, Country Market at The Corn Exchange every Friday (exc Easter) 8.30-11am.
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. Saturday Antiques & Flea Market – held the last Saturday every month (Jan-Nov), Church Hall, Digby Road. 9am-4pm. Monthly Book Fair – held third Saturday every month, Church Hall, Digby Road. 9.30am-4pm.
Owermoigne Monthly market in the village hall 2nd Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 12 noon. Homemade produce, bric a brac, plants, crafts, books.
Fossil Walks Regular guided fossil hunting walks in Lyme Regis and Charmouth are run year round by Dr Colin Dawes 01297 443758, Brandon Lennon 07944 664757 www.lymeregisfossilwalks.com, Lyme Regis Museum 01297 443370 www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk, Lyme Regis Fossil Shop 01297 442088, the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre 01297 560772 www.charmouth.org and Chris Pamplin 0845 00943757 www.fossilwalks.com Times vary according to the tides, telephone for full details and booking information.
Sunday Strolls With the Ramblers Association from Bucky Doo Square, Bridport. 2.30pm. Tel: 01308 863754.
Walking the Way to Health in Bridport, with trained health walkers. Every Tuesday at 10.30am and Thursday at 2pm from Bridport TIC. Walks last approx 30mins, all welcome, free. Tel: 01308 452263 for more information.
Dorchester Strollers, walks with trained health walkers. Every Monday at 10.30am and Tuesday at 2.30pm. Walks last up to one hour, all welcome, free. Tel: 01305 263759 for more information.
Regular Art Exhibitions are held at Dorset County Museum, Dorchester (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org), Lyme Regis Museum (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk), the Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis (www.townmill.org.uk) and Bridport Arts Centre (www.bridport-arts.com).
Dorchester Arts Centre (www.dorchesterarts.org.uk) and Bridport Arts Centre (www.bridport-arts.com) run a full programme of performances and events - drama, music, comedy, dance and more - suitable for all ages.
Artsreach present a range of live professional arts events in rural Dorset. Full programme online at www.artsreach.co.uk
Local events diary
01 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Lyme Regis Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis, 8pm. 01297 442439
01 Chill The Ropemakers, 36 West Street , Bridport, 9pm. Local band Chill return to the Ropemakers. email@example.com
01 Afternoon Bingo Magistrates Room, Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 2.45pm. In aid of local Scout Funds. 01305 262158
01 Talk on "The History of English Assay Marks " by John Elwwod The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. The National Trust Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Local Association. Members £3.00, Guests £3.50. 01747 838810
01 Model Railway Exhibition in Thorncombe Thorncombe Village Hall, Nr. Beaminster, 10am – 5pm. £2.50 adults, children free.
01 The Vale of The Bride Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport, 7.30pm. Arac Acoustic & Exit Smiling present 'Songs and music inspired by Dorset's Bride Valley'. Tickets available from Bridport Music £8/£6 (concs). 01308 425707
01 Jazz with the Jellicle Cats Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Presented by the Community Players
01 Museum Club Halloween Special Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.30am - approx. 12.30pm. Come and make bats, spiders and bugs! Open to all children up to 15 - parents encouraged to stay. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
02 Soup & Sweet Lunch Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 12-2pm. In aid of the British Red Cross.
04 Sherborne Jazz - jam session Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, doors open 7.30pm. Bring your instrument and sit in with the house trio or just come to listen and enjoy. 01935 816960 www.sherbornejazz.org.uk
04 Electric Comedy The Electric Palace, South St, Bridport, 7pm. Bridport's brand new comedy club’s initial evening with: Arthur Smith (Star of BBC's 'Grumpy Old Men'), Simon Evans & Phil Kay. Tickets £10.00 01308 428354 www.electricpalace.org.uk
04 Green Drinks Tom Browns, Dorchester, from 7pm. Information social gathering for anyone interested in green issues. Meet other like-minded people. Everyone welcome. Free www.transitiontowndorchester.org
05 Fingerz 'N' Fretz The Blue Raddle, Church Street, Dorchester, 8pm. Traditional Folk Music.
05 Travellers' Tales: Ludmilla's Russion Journey II Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 6.30pm. A talk by Roger Peers 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
05 Grand Firework Disply Bonfire BBQ Bar Marquis of Lorne Inn, Nettlecombe DT6 3SY. Adults £2.50 Children £1.00 Prize for best 'guy' for the fire 01308 485236 www.marquisoflorne.com
06 Dorchester Film Society - Lady Chatterley The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Members Only. 01305 262005
07 Sherborne Churches Together Ceilidh Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7pm for 7.30pm. Dancing to Long Odds & Short Straws. Bring and share supper. Tickets £3 (Family £7) available from individual churches or tel. 01935 812021.
07 Southern Focus Trust 2008 Summer Art Competition The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 10am-4pm. Theme "Support ". Exhibition of work for public viewing. Categories are painting/drawing, sculpture and photography. 01305 265952
07 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk Friends' Meeting House, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. "Local West Dorset Fauna & Flora" - a talk by Tom Brereton - Dorset Wildlife Trust, West Dorset Group. Non-members welcome. 01297 560081 www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk
07 Chicago Bridge Drive Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Lyme Regis Development Fund & Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. £5.00 per person. Call to book a table. 01297 445360
07-16 Bridport Literary Festival Bridport Arts Centre. Join us for 10 days of talks, discussions, performances and film, including free kids event and Festival fringe 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com
08 Remembrancetide Concert Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Performed by a specially convened chorus and orchestra directed by William Slogrove. Tickets £18- £7 from the Dorset Music Shop. 01935 816332 www.sherborneabbey.com
08 The Dorset Art and Craft Show The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 10am – 4pm. www.dorsetartandcraftshow.co.uk
08 Workshop at Highway Farm, Bridport, 10am-4.30pm. Felt making & Nuno scarves. £35. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
08 Thai Style Christmas Meal Cookery Course Marsh Barn, Burton Road, Bridport, 11am-2pm. Learn how to cook Thai food with a native Thai cook. £35 per person 01460 76391 www.thaicooking4you.co.uk
08 Somerset & Dorset Family History Society Talk: Bygones & Lost Skills of Rural England Salway Ash Village Hall, near Bridport, 2pm – 4.30pm. A talk by Steven Bowditch - all welcome. 01935 825098
08 Saturday Fayre in Broadmayne St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 10am – 12pm. 01305 852866
08 RNLI Jumble Sale Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 2pm. In aid of the RNLI.
08 Poppy Appeal Coffee Morning Portesham Café , 10am – 12 noon. Women’s Section Royal British Legion
08 Roger's Rant - Ceilidh Broadmayne Village Hall, Broadmayne, 8pm. 01258 837371
08 RSPCA West Dorset Christmas Bazaar Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10am - 12 noon
08 Christmas Coffee Morning United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 10am – 12noon. In aid of the Weldmar Hospice Trust. Entrance 50p, includes coffee and mince pie. Big draw and tombola, various stalls.
09 Remembrance Sunday In Bridport 10.30 a.m. Parade from East St, laying of wreaths and service St Mary’s, South St.
09 Antiques Fair Kingston Maurward, Dorchester. 01305 215050 www.kmc.ac.uk
09 Remembrance Parade & service Broad Street & St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis. Parade commences 2.30pm at Langmoor Gardens, service at the church 3.00pm
11 Charles Collingwood in "Playing Away" Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. One man show by ex Sherborne School pupil, Charles Collingwood - "Brian Aldridge" from The Archers. Tickets £10. 01935 810558 www.oldshirburnian.org.uk
12 Sherborne Flicks – "The Edge of Love" Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 www.sherborneartslink.org.uk
12 Geology Talk, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 6.30pm. A talk by Howard Falcon Lang of Bristol University on "Joggins, Novia Scotia: ice, fire and ancient landscapes" 01305 262735
13 Dorchester Film Society - Persepolis, The Plaza, Dorchester. Members Only. 01305 262005
13 30th"Anniversary Lunch and Listen", Sherborne Hotel, Sherborne. 12 noon. The National Trust Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Local Association. 01747 838810
13-14 Christmas Cheer Cookery Workshops with Lesley Waters Frome St. Quinton. See www.lesleywaters.com for booking details.
13-15 Pack of Lies by High Whitmore The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Performed by Dorchester Drama. Tickets in advance £8 from Words Etcetera, Cornhill, Dorchester or £9 on the door. 01305 772187
14 Ceilidh Chetnole Village Hall, next to the Chetnole Inn, 8pm. Tickets £6. 01258 817963
14 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert: Sasha Grynyuk Sir John Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm. As part of the 60th Anniversary Season Sasha will be playing Schubert, Debussy and Chopin on piano. 01308 424673
14 Quiz Night W.I. Hall, North Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. In aid of Bridport Pantomime Players. Teams of up to 6 people. £4 per person. Raffle / refreshments. 01308 421756
15 Christmas Bazaar Strangways Hall, Abbotsbury, 11.30am – 3pm. Organised by Friends of St. Nicholas. Stalls, raffle, lunches plus Christmas Story "The Christmas Pig" for children up to 7 yrs at 11.30am and 2.30pm.
15 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Lyme Regis Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis, 8pm. 01297 442439
15 Vinyl Saturday in Bridport 10am – 3pm. A coalition of shops, market traders, charity shops and pubs have organised "Vinyl Saturday Bridport" with the aim of promoting Bridport as a place to visit for Record Collectors. Also music in Bucky Doo Square. 01308 456722. www.vinylsaturday.co.uk
15 Dorset County Orchestra St Marys Church, Edward Rd, Dorchester, 7.30pm.Tickets - Goulds www.dorsetcountyorchestra.org.uk
15 Workshops : Hedgerow Baskets and Soap Making Highway Farm, Bridport. Two workshops during the day: Beautiful Gypsy baskets plus ideas for Christmas Gifts and Soap making - all using natural ingredients. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
15 Tables 4 Tots Martinstown Village Hall, Near Dorchester, 12-2pm. A nearly new sale of everything for kids 0 - 5 years. Admission adults 50p / kids free. Sellers £5 per table. 01305 757597 / 01305 266829
15 Biddy Baxter - Book Signing Hound Street, Sherborne. 11am - 12.30pm. Biddy Baxter, Editor of Blue Peter from 1965-1988, will be signing copies of her book "Dear Blue Peter" - the best letters sent in to Britain's favourite children's programme. 01935 814191
15-16 Craft Fair Kingston Maurward, Dorchester. 01305 215050 www.kmc.ac.uk
16 Ramblers Walk Mapperton Village Hall, nr Beaminster GR503999. This brisk 10 mile walk starts at 10am and goes via North Poorton. Please confirm details with the organiser. 01935 881317 www.somersetramblers.co.uk
16 Bridport Chamber Orchestra St Swithuns Church, Bridport, 3pm. Music by Boyce, Handel, Suk, Sibelins, Grainger.
18 An evening with Lt. Gen. Sir Freddie Viggers The Crown Hotel, Blandford. Doors open 7pm, lecture starts 7.30pm. 'The Military Covenant and the effect of its balance on our soldiers'. Tickets £15 from Sherborne or Dorchester TICs. 01929 403459
18 Owermoigne Flower Club - Christmas Extravaganza Owermoigne Village Hall, 2pm Demonstrator Jean Allcroft. 01305 852285
19 Dorset County Museum Music Society Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Performance by Wu Qian on Piano with music by Prokoviev, Albeniz and Rachmaninov 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
19 Antiques and Curios Brownsword Events Club. Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, 7.30pm. An evening with Duke's Auctioneer, Gary Batt. Bring a favourite antique or curio (one only per household). 01305 756502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
21 Coffee Morning Inn Place, Pilot Boat, Lyme Regis. Save the Children's coffee morning and sale of Christmas gifts & cards, raffle and cake stall. Entrance £1 to include coffee
21 Dorchester Association Talk Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7pm for 7.30pm. Damian de Rosa - "Excavations at Poundbury" 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
22 Christmas Card Fair Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, 9.30am – 12.30pm. Bridport Combined Charities are holding their traditional Christmas Card Fair from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Entrance free. Every card and gift sold helps those in need.
22 Dorchester Choral Society St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Mozart Great Mass and Poulenc Gloria. 01305 262005
22 Sherborne Jazz Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. Pianist Kirk Lightsey with Steve Watts on double bass and Dave Wickins on drums 01935 816569 www.sherbornejazz.org.uk
22 Quiz Night Dorchester United Church Hall, Charles Street, 7.30pm. In aid of NCH. 01305 266461 / 268341
22 Familty Activity - Make a Drum Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10am - 12 noon. Make a drum - make a noise! The drum is one of our earliest instruments and has never gone out of fashion. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
22 The Frock Exchange The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Bring something you love that you no longer wear, exchange for something fabulous! Tickets £5 incl. glass of wine/soft drink. Proceeds to Cancer Research UK. email@example.com
22 A Long Ride Home Cerne Abbas Village Hall, 7.30pm. The story of a bicycle trip from Japan to England by local resident Peter Gostelow. Tickets £3 All proceeds to Children in Crisis Charity. 01300 341135 www.gostelow.crazyguyonabike.com
22 & 29 Family History Courses in Bridport - Pre 1837 Records Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Road, Bridport. New two day Beginner Courses aimed at those starting to research their family tree. Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard 01308 425710 firstname.lastname@example.org
22-23 MacMillan Christmas Fair Kingston Maurward, Dorchester. 01305 215050 www.kmc.ac.uk
24 Highlights of the Jurassic Coast Illustrated Talk Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, 2.30pm. Illustrated talk by Mrs A Moscrop, presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Non members welcome. 01308 863577
24 Sherborne Area Over 50s Group Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Topics will include the County Council’s role in "Supporting People in Dorset" and the help available from Citizens’ Advice Bureaux. Raffles, refreshments and useful information.
25 The Workings of the Met Office, with comment on the effect of Climate Change Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. 2.30pm. A talk by Neil Price from the Met Office : joint meeting of the Lyme Regis Society and the West Dorset Group of the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Non-members welcome 01297 560081 www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk
26 The Circus of Horrors at Bridport's Electric Palace The Electric Palace, South St, Bridport. Apocalypse in the Asylum. Contains some nudity & language of an adult nature so not suitable for children. 01308 426336 www.circusofhorrors.co.uk
26 Bridport Camera Club Meeting: Landscape and Nature Photography The Masonic Hall, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Talk by Guy Edwards. New members and visitors (£3) always welcome. 01308 459443 www.bridportcameraclub
27 Ramblers Walk The Bell, Winsham GR375063. This moderate 6 mile walk starts at 10am and goes towards Forde Abbey. Please confirm details with the organiser. No dogs please. 01460 73695 www.somersetramblers.co.uk
27 Dorchester Film Society - The Orphanage The Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Members Only. 01305 262005
27 Book Launch - Forgotten Fruits, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A guide to Britain's traditional fruit and vegetables and a fascinating look at natural and social history by Christopher Stocks. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
29 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Lyme Regis Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis, 8pm. 01297 442439
29 Antiques Fair Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Free Admission.
29 The Exiled Collector: William Bankes and the Making of an English Country House Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, 2pm. Talk by Anne Sebba biographer of William Bankes of Kingston Lacy. Booking essential. 01305 228932
29 Christmas Bazaar Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 11am-3pm. In aid of st Michael's Church. 01297 442837
MARINE THEATRE AT A GLANCE
15 & 16 Nov
28 & 29 Nov
Thespis: Chetwode, Sandy & Co
U3A AGM & Laurence Anholt
An Audience with Colin Dexter
The Park Bench Social Club & Nick Tatham
Jane Austen Weekend
TheatreFriends Quiz Night
Lyme Regis Operatic Society Fashion Show
Cameron Stewart: My Grandfather’s Great War
V4 : Cowardy Custard
Marine Theatre Box Office: 01297 442138 (Lyme Regis TIC)
The Dorset County Museum and the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society hosts a programme of events, including lectures (on natural sciences, geology, travel, literature and more), study days and concerts. Tel: 01305 262735. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
Sherborne Science Café has a programme of presentations, talks and meetings and provides a forum to discuss all aspects of science. www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk
The Dorset Wildlife Trust runs a programme of walks, talks, workshops, workparties and other wildlife events. Tel: 01305 264620. www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk
The Sherborne Historical Society organises a programme of lectures by noted historians and summer field trips. Tel: 01963 364075.
There are many other special interest clubs, societies and groups across West Dorset – for a full list see www.dorsetforyou.com or contact your local TIC.
Coming up next month…
3 Dec Dorchester Christmas Cracker
5-7 Dec Sherborne Festive Shopping weekend
6-14 Dec Sherborne Christmas Tree Festival
10 Dec Bridport Christmas Festival and late night shopping
10-17 Dec Bridport Christmas Tree Festival
7/14/21/23-24 Dec Santa Specials at Seaton Tramway
Dorchester TIC, Antelope Walk, Dorchester.
Bridport TIC, South Street, Bridport.
Sherborne TIC, Digby Road, Sherborne.
Lyme Regis TIC, Church Street, Lyme Regis.
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, Community Enabling Division.