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…
06-07 September Dorset County Show, Dorchester (Tickets at all West Dorset TICs) www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk
07 September Ironman Triathlon, Sherborne Castle www.ironmanuk.com
13-14 September Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival www.cheesefestival.co.uk
13-21 September Dorset Architectural Heritage Week - Tel. 01202 888992 www.edht.org.uk or contact any of our
TICs for a full programme
27 Sept – 07 Oct Lyme Regis Arts Fest www.lymeregisartsfest.com
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.
Town Walks Guided walks of Sherborne, with a Blue Badge Guide, Fridays at 11am from the TIC. £3
Guided walks of Dorchester, with a Blue Badge Guide, Mondays and Tuesdays at 11am from the TIC. £3
Guided Walks of Bridport with a Blue Badge Guide, Thursdays at 2.30pm from the TIC. £3
Historic Walking tour of Lyme Regis, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2.30pm. Meet at the Museum. Adults £3.50, Children £1.50 (under 10s free with parent)
Ghost Walks Old Lyme Ghost Tours Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30pm from the museum. £3.50 (children £1.50, under 10s free with parent)
Nature Walks Every Wednesday at the Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum. Adults £6, Children £2. Tel: 01300 320684. www.kingcombecentre.org.uk
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 425298 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 264955 for more information.
Guided tours of the Old Crown Court and Cells Stratton House, Dorchester. Monday to Friday 2pm – 4.15pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Admission cost £2 for adults, under 16s free. 01305 252241. Also open Sat 13th & Sun 14th Sept for DAHW week.
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), Bridport Arts Centre (www.bridport-arts.com) and Eype Centre for the Arts 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
Opening times, programmes and further details from your local TIC
Local events diary
01 Wessex Morris Men Morris Dancing at The Crown Inn, Uploders at 7.30pm andThe Three Horseshoes Inn, Powerstock at 8.45pm
01 Painting & Sketching Workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10am - 4pm. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
02-06 "Farming in the Lim Valley" – Exhibition Baptist Church Hall, Lyme Regis, Tues-Sat 10am – 5pm (Friday till 8pm) Presented by Lyme Regis Museum. Admission free.
03 Fingerz 'N' Fretz The Blue Raddle, Church Street, Dorchester, 8pm. Traditional Folk Music.
03 Advance Driving Skills Dorchester Rugby Club, Coburg Road, Dorchester, 7pm. Free lecture by a serving Police Driving Instructor. Learn to pass the IAM advanced driving test. Repeated on the 10th & 17th Sept. 01305 820963
03-06 Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. A comedy by Constance Cox (based on Oscar Wilde). Tickets £6 / £4 available from Burton Library during opening hours.
04 Dorchester Film Society - The Counterfeiters Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Members Only. 01305 262005
04 Music at Plush - Mark Padmore and Till Fellner St. John's, Plush, 7.30pm. Mark Padmore and Till Fellner perform Schubert's great and haunting song sycle Winterreise 0207 7944833 www.musicatplush.com
04-05 Carving a Wooden Bowl – Workshop Higher Holditch Farm, Holditch. Learn the ancient craft of green (unseasoned) wood working under the tuition of Guy Mallinson and various specialist co-presenters. Tel. 01308 485111 or see www.mallinson.co.uk
05 Meet Professor Fumble at Colyton Station Seaton Tramway, Colyton Station. 01297 20375 www.tram.co.uk
05 Music at Plush - Aleksandar Piano Recital St Johns, Plush, 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Serbian pianist playing a programme of modern and classical works. 0207 7944833 www.musicatplush.com
06 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence. Adults £4. 01297 442439
06 Beaminster Singers Come and Sing Workshop Beaminster School, Newtown, Beaminster, registration 9.30am, performance 5pm. Choral workshop featuring Bach’s B Minor Mass. Early booking advised 01308 488635 www.alfx.com/singers/comesing
06 Music at Plush - John Taylor Trio St Johns, Plush, 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Legendary jazz pianist returns with Hayden Chisholm on saxaphone and Matt Penman on double bass. 0207 7944833 www.musicatplush.com
07 Black Buoy Swim at West Bay The Seafront, West Bay, 4.30pm approx. The famous Black Buoy Swim was resurrected last year and has proven to be immensely popular as either a participatory event or as a spectator. 01308 485223 for details
07 Grandparents Day at Seaton Tramway Seaton Tramway, Colyton Station. A day to remember - take away a memory. Photographer available at Colyton Station 01297 20375 www.tram.co.uk
07 Burtle Silver Band - Music by the Sea Marine Parade, Lyme Regis.
07 Songs of Praise Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs & St. Ignatius, Chideock, 3.30pm. Followed by tea in the museum. All welcome.
08 Wessex Morris Men Morris Dancing at The New Inn, Cerne Abbas 7:30pm and The Halsey Arms, Pulham 8:45pm
09 Bridport History Society Meeting: "Victorian Style: Dress and Fashion in the Nineteenth Century" Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Talk by Penelope Ruddock - former Curator of the Museum of Costume & Fashion Research Centre in Bath. £1 members, £2 visitors, to include refreshments. 01308 456876 or 01308 488034
09 Raft and Boat Building - Children's Activity Dorset County Museum's Jurassic Coast Gallery, 10.30am-12.30pm. Make a craft or ship out of materials from our local scrap store & set sail down a local river! 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
10 St Petersburg Blagovest Ensemble Concert St. Mary’s Church, Beaminster, 7.30pm. Concert of Sacred and Folk Music by the St. Petersburg Blagovest Ensemble. Tickets £10 from the Church Office, Beaminster 01308 862320 or on the door.
11 Dorchester Film Society - Infamous Plaza, Dorchester, 8pm. Members Only. 01305 262005
11 Fashion Show The Dorchester Middle School, Queens Avenue, Dorchester, 7pm - 10pm. Doors open 6.30pm Ticket £5. In aid of British Red Cross. Tel. 07989 397284/07775 603361 or Dorchester Red Cross 01305 215951
11 "Below Decks on the Royal Yacht Britannia" Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.Talk by Gary Conniff for Heritage coast U3A
11 Piano Recital with Sophia Lisovskava at Eype Eype Centre for the Arts, Bridport, 6.30pm. Sophia was born into a family of professional musicians and this evening plays Chopin, Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Tickets £12 from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901.
11-12 Artist’s Charcoal Making & Drawing Course Higher Holditch Farm, Holditch. A two-day course to learn how to make artist’s charcoal and experience a dynamic drawing experience in the woods. Booking info 01308 485111 www.mallinson.co.uk
11-14 Heritage Open Days Various Locations. Chance to visit thousands of buildings and places across England, which are usually closed to the public or change for admission. 2075397907 www.heritageopendays.org Coincides with Dorset’s Architectural Heritage Week. Ask at one of our TICs for programmes.
11-21 Bridport Town Hall Open to the Public As part of the National Heritage Days and Dorset Architectural Heritage Week, Bridport Town Hall will be open to the public from 10am – 4pm daily. Free admission.
13 Family Activity - Make Roman Armour Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10am - 12pm. Come and make body armour, a shield and a sword. No booking required. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
13 Afternoon Bingo Magistrates Room, Ground Floor, Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 2.45pm. Organised by Dorchester District Scout Council in aid of local Scout Funds. All welcome. Cash prizes. 01305 262158
13 Boo Hewerdine in Concert Broadmayne Village Hall, 8.15pm. Enjoy an evening of top class music.. Tickets £3 or £5 non-members available from the Sunray Folk Club. 07786 654074 www.bobkirkpatrick.co.uk/Sunrayfolkclub.htm
13 Burma Appeal stall in Bridport Bucky Doo Square. To highlight events and raise funds supporting Save the Children (Burma) and Children on the Edge (Thai/Burmese border). 01308 425684
13 Somerset & Dorset Family History Society Talk: A Holiday Diary of 1836 Salway Ash Village Hall, near Bridport, 2pm-4.30pm. A talk by Pat Hase - all welcome. Members £1.50, non-members £2 to include refreshments 01935 825098
13-21 Chideock Catholic Church, Village History Exhibition and Memorial Chapel open as part of Dorset Architectural Heritage Week, 2-4pm daily. www.edht.org.uk and www.chideockmartyrschurch.org.uk
13-28 Somerset Art Weeks 08 Over 200 studios and workspaces open across Somerset www.somersetartworks.org.uk
14 Wessex Cancer Care Charity Walk Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. 01305 215050 www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens/events
14 Castleton Waterwheel Open Day Oborne Road, Sherborne, 11am – 5pm.
14 Chard Concert Brass - Music by the Sea Marine Parade, Lyme Regis.
14 Concert of Choral Music Electric Palace, Bridport, doors open 7.30pm. With St. Michael's Choir of Mount Dinham, Exeter. Tickets £7/£6. www.electricpalace.org.uk
14 South Dorset Bikeathon Start and finish at Crossways Village Hall. Choose from a 9, 20 or 30 mile route through picturesque villages. Raising funds for Leukaemia research. Entry £3 or £1.50 for juniors. 01305 785232
15 Burma's Secret War – film Electric Palace, South St, Bridport, 8pm. ‘Burma’s Secret War’ - a film followed by a discussion supporting Save the Children (Burma) and Children on the Edge (Thai/Burmese border). 01308-425684.
17 Chamber Domain Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Concert of music by Bridge, Mozart and Brahms. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
18 Concert by The Moraston String Quartet Sydling St Nicholas Church, 7.30pm. Quartets by Mozart, Beethoven and Borodin. £7 (includes a glass of wine) in advance from 01300 341340 firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door.
18 A Coming Together For Burma’ United Church, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. An evening of Prayer and Meditation for Peace. Please bring a symbol of Peace. 01308-425684.
18 Afro-Latin Jazz with the Babatunde Lea Quartet Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. £12. 01308 424204
18/19 The Dorset Collection at Lesley Waters Cookery School Chantmarle Manor, Frome St. Quintin. A collection of dishes celebrating the very best of local Dorset produce. See website for booking information and availability. www.lesleywaters.com
20 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence. 01297 442439
20 Concert St. Michael's Church, Lyme Regis. With Philippa Hude (soprano) and accompanist Richard Tanner. In aid of Lyme Regis Organ Appeal. www.lymeregisorganappeal.com
21 Eggardon Kite Festival Eggardon Hill, Bridport, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Annual kite festival - a great day out for all the family. Competitions, BBQ, teas and a licensed bar available. 01308 485474
21 Bridport Walk - Dorset Archaeological Days event Meet outside Bridport Museum, South Street, 10.30am. Explore Bridport's historic character and the work of the Dorset Historic Towns Project. £3 in advance (£5 on the day). 01305 224921
21 The Moraston String Quartet United Church, Trinity Street, Dorchester, 3pm. Music by Mozart, Wolf, Piazzolla and Borodin. Tickets £7 and £2 (students) available at the door or from Harmony Music, Dorchester.
24 Symene Sports Club Grand Fete Symene Cricket Club, Symondsbury, Noon - 6pm. Giant Car Boot Sale, Vintage Motor cycles, arizma Majorettes, Punch & Judy - fun for all the family! Adults £1, children free. Free car park. 01308 422750
25 Dorchester Film Society – Water Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm.. Members Only. 01305 262005
25/26 Building a Willow Trug Higher Holditch Farm, Holditch. A two day course to build a "frame basket trug". For booking information and availability contact 01308 485111 www.mallinson.co.uk
26 Market in Broadmayne St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 2-3.30pm. Produce, cakes, plants, crafts, local produce, fair trade goods etc. 01305 852866
26 Save the The Children Coffee Morning Baptist Church Hall, Lyme Regis, 10am – 12 noon
26 Jazmin - Swing Jazz cabaret evening Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, 7.30pm. Bring your own food. Licensed bar. Tickets £7 on door/£6.50 in advance from Dorset Wine Company, or Stitchinghouse, Poundbury. 01305 257485 email@example.com
26 Charity Fashion Show Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. Fundraising to build Grace Secondary School, Sudan. Tickets £5 from Dorchester TIC, Orchid Fashion and Medusa Hair (inc drinks on arrival).01305 267992 www.GraceSecondarySchool.com
26 Blackdown Quiz Blackdown Village Hall, Nr Beaminster, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 – 01460 30840 or 30661
27 Willow Sculptures Workshop Highway Farm, Bridport. £35 mats./ lunch included. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
27 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Tickets £5. 01297 442719
27 The David Rees-Williams Trio Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Concert of subtle, classically orientated jazz. Tickets £12, £10, £8, £5. 01935 816332 www.dorsetmusic.co.uk
27 The Summer Music Society of Dorset - The Aronowitz Ensemble Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 7.30pm. Music by Vaughan Williams, Mendelssohn and Schoenburg. Tickets £25.00/£18.00 01300 341425
27 Sherborne Town Band – Last Night of the Proms Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. www.sherbornetownband.co.uk
27-28 Regency Weekend Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, 10am – 4pm. See life in an Army camp during the Napoleanic wars, period costumes/uniforms, military manoeuvres, food displays, music, re-enactments...and more!. 01305 215003
28 Coastal Path Heritage Walk from The Salt House, West Bay, 10am. Come and enjoy a walk or run along the South West Coastal Path on this part of the Jurassic Coast. You can raise money for your own charity or donate to Rotary. Entry is £10 minimum per team/family. The route is 12 miles, but there is no need to complete the whole route! Children and dogs welcome.
28 Specialist Plant Fair Mapperton House, nr Beaminster, 10am-4pm. Specialist nurseries, garden gifts. £2.50 entry inc fair, Mapperton gardens & donation to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. 01935 424724
29 Sherborne Over 50s Group Digby Hall, Sherborne, 2.30pm. AGM. It is also expected that speakers will give information on the new LINk covering the Health Service and Social Services, together with a speaker from the National Pensions Convention.
29 Basket Making at Highway Farm Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10am - 5pm. Relax and enjoy working with natural willow. Please bring lunch. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
29 Concert for The People Of Burma Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 7.45pm. Featuring David Ferrard, Red Dirt, and the BJ Band. Tickets £9/£7 (Concessions) from Bridport Arts Centre & Bridport Music. 01308-425684
29 Music at Plush - IMS Prussia Cove Touring Concert St. John's, Plush, 7.30pm. The IMS Prussia Cove chamber music ensemble perform Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence 0207 7944833 www.musicatplush.com
29 Charles Dickens - City of London - An illustrated talk. Speaker Bob Ayers - former City policeman and accredited Guide. United Church Hall, East St, Bridport 7.30pm. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust, West Dorset. Non-members welcome. For further information 01308 863577
MARINE THEATRE AT A GLANCE
23 –27 Sept
Summer Evenings of Music
An Audience with John Sergeant
Fresh Glory Productions present Frozen
Summer Evenings of Music
Comedy Cabaret with Winston the Singing Farmer
Summer Evenings of Music
Theatre Friends Quiz Night
An Audience with Douglas Hurd
Lyme Regis Community Players present ‘South Pacific’
Also Antiques Fairs every Tuesday 9am-4pm (not 23rd)
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…
13 October Pack Monday Fair, Sherborne
16 Oct – 02 Nov Autumn in the Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens with Floodlights & Candles
25 Oct Apple and Veg Day, Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester
25 Oct – 02 Nov Dorset Food Week – events, activities and food tastings across the county
25 – 26 Oct Autumn Colours weekend at Sherborne Castle
31 Oct Halloween events at the Tutankhamun Exhibition, Kingston Maurward, 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.