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 Dorchester Beerex Beer Festival, Corn Exchange Dorchester (Tickets available from Dorchester TIC)
06-08 Snowdrop Weekend at Forde Abbey Gardens
21 Vinyl Saturday in Bridport www.vinylsaturday.co.uk
21 Purbeck Big Band – Corn Exchange, Dorchester (Tickets available from Dorchester TIC)
21 Salute to the British Soldier – concert and readings – Sherborne Abbey (Tickets from Sherborne and Dorchester TICs)
21 Ode to Joy Birthday Concert, St. Mary’s Church, Bridport
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. Antiques and Collectables Fair in Brownsword Hall, Poundbury every 2nd Sunday of the month, 8.30am-12.30pm
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 2 nd 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 and Thursday at 10.30am 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), 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 Artsreach event - And Now --- Ezekiel Taylor Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Piddletrenthide, 3.30pm. Heart-warming and funny play written and performed by Richard Derrington. Tickets £7 - Piddletrenthide Shop/PO or 01300 348247 www.artsreach.co.uk
01 Soundbath at the Centre for Pure Sound The Scout Hall, Blackberry Lane, Sherborne. 2-4pm. The Centre for Pure Sound invites you relax and allow the pure soundwaves generated by crystal and Tibetan bowls to flow over, around and through you. Please book in advance - e-mail email@example.com www.wessexresearchgroup.org/groups/dorset_cps.html
01 - 28 The Wildlife Warbler Various venues. Raise funds for the Dorset Wildlife Trust by taking part in the first ever fundraising month of music. Open to all types of groups @ £5 per group. Entry pack from Dorset Wildlife Trust. 01305 264620 firstname.lastname@example.org
03 Green Drinks Tom Brown's Public House, High East Street, Dorchester, 7pm. Informal social gathering for anyone interested in green issues. Meet other like minded people - every Ist Tuesday. www.transitiontowndorchester.org/local_projects.html
04 Sherborne School Choral Society - Brahms' Requiem Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Tickets £15, £12 and £10 available from Sherborne School Reception 01935 812249 email@example.com
05 The Poetry of Thomas Hardy Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Friends of Lyme Regis present an illustrated talk by Jack Thomas. Refreshments available. Members £2.00, Non-members £3.00
05 SUSTRANS meeting about the proposed Miden Newton to Bridport Cycle Path Bridport Town Hall, 5pm – 8pm. Plans for a new 10 mile traffic free path between Bridport and Maiden Newton are set to be unveiled to the public. All welcome. Also 12/02
06 Pageantry and Performance Cerne Abbas Village Hall, doors open 7pm. See fabulous photography in a show with music & sound as photographer Henry Dallal presents a behind-the-scenes celebration of the Household Cavalry. Tickets £5 from Cerne Abbas Village Stores or ring 01305 215315.
06 Free lunchtime concert - Guitar Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Presented by Sherborne School Music Department
06 Artsreach Event: New Rope String Band Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. The New Rope String Band play a big assortment of things, and all sorts of hoedown panceltic old timey beat down home music. All this is combined with bizarre physical nonsense and clowning about. 01308 897214 . See www.artsreach.co.uk for details and a full list of Artsreach events.
06 Artsreach Event: Buffalo Gals Powerstock Village Hall, 8pm. The Buffalo Gals revel in the high lonesome sound of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and provide a delightful musical and visual experience driven by all the spirit and energy of the time-honoured American country string band tradition. 01308 485205 See www.artsreach.co.uk for details and more events.
06 Cat’s Cradle by Miracle Theatre Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Miracle Theatre return with this classic satire on modern science, which promises progress while bringing about the end of the world. Tickets £10, £9 supporters, £7 concs, £5 students (12 +) 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com
06 Dorset Wildlife Trust talk Friends' Meeting House, South Street, Bridport. 7.30pm. "The Protection Racket - how butterflies and moths use colour", an illustrated talk by John Bebbington FRPS. Non-members welcome. 01297 560081
06 Filmnight: Juliette Of The Herbs The Diamond Doorway, 54 South St, Bridport, 7.30 - 9.30pm. 01308 424109 www.soundsalive.org
06 Sherborne Town Band presents The Aveley and Newham Band Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Come and enjoy an evening of entertaining music from The Sherborne Town Band, The Aveleyn and Newham Band and introducing the newly formed Sherborne Youth Band. Tickets - Sherborne Photographic or Rules. 01963 250047 www.sherbornetownband.co.uk
06 - 07 Beerex 21 - Dorchester Beer Festival The Corn Exchange, High West Street, Dorchester. Dorchester Round Table and West Dorset CAMRA present this event sponsored by Dorset Brewing Company. Over 18s only. Tickets Friday Lunchtime £3 plus free glass, Friday evening £5 plus free glass and music from Panic Attack. Saturday lunchtime £4 plus free glass, Saturday evening £5 plus free glass and music from Jigsaw. Tickets from Dorchester TIC, 01305 267992, The Blue Raddle, Dorchester, Tom Browns, Dorchester, The Boot, Weymouth or The West Dorset CAMRA website www.dorchesterroundtable.co.uk/beerex
07 Piano concert by Joanna Carson (piano) Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 01935 816332 www.dorsetmusic.co.uk
07 Talk on "Archaeology on Salisbury Plain and the MOD" by Richard Osgood Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. The National Trust Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Local Association. Members £3, guests £3.50. 01747 838810
07 Messiah - The Madrigal Society of Sherborne Girls St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Performed by The Madrigal Society of Sherborne Girls School with tenors and basses from the Royal Academy of Music. Tickets £10 from Sherborne Girls' School or Dorchester TIC. Supported by the Harriet Tory Music Fund. 01935 818212 or 01305 267992
07 Museum Club Event - Valentine Love Potions Workshop Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Open to children aged 7-15yrs. Younger children also welcome but under 8s must be accomopanied by a parent or guardian. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
07 Craft & Country Market, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. Free admission. 01749 677049
07 The Yetties in Concert Bradford Peverell Village Hall, Bradford Peverell, 7.30pm. Tickets £8.00 01305 266764
07 Snowdrop Memorial Service United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 2pm. Organised by Joseph Weld Hospice 01305 215315
08 The Primrose Path Audax Cycle Ride Starts at Corscombe Village Hall, 9am. This is the 6th edition of this cycle ride on a very rural route. Distance 102km. Hot food at the finish! Cost £5 – please book - 01935 863429, firstname.lastname@example.org
08 Come Racing – South Dorset Point to Point Milborne St. Andrew. First face 12 noon. Fun for all the family.
10 Sir Norman Lockyer & his Observatories' by Dr George Wilkins Main Hall, Bridport United Church, East Street Bridport. Bridport History Society talk by Dr George Wilkins -Sir Norman Lockyer built his Observatory at Sidmouth. 01308 456876/ 488034
10 Snowdrop Memorial Service, St Mary's Church, Bridport, 11am. Organised by Joseph Weld Hospice. 01305 215315
11 Bridport Camera Club Meeting: Photojournalism and Other Experiences The Salt House, West Bay, 7.30pm. Talk by Marion Bull. New members and visitors (£3) always welcome. 01308 459443 www.bridportcameraclub
11 Antique Valuation Day, The Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street, Lyme Regis, 10.00am - 1.00pm; valuations £1.50 per item by Duke's Auctioneers. All proceeds to Action Medical Research; refreshments available. 01297 442010 www.action.org
11 Sherborne Flicks - "Easy Virtue" Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341
12 SUSTRANS meeting about the proposed Miden Newton to Bridport Cycle Path Bridport Town Hall, 5pm – 8pm. Plans for a new 10 mile traffic free path between Bridport and Maiden Newton are set to be unveiled to the public. All welcome. Also 05/02
12 Snowdrop Memorial Service, The Baptist Church, Lyme Regis, 11am. Organised by Joseph Weld Hospice. 01305 215315
12 We Love BAC Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 8pm til late. Radio 4 regular and darling of Bridport Arts Centre audiences, Elvis McGonangall compéres a cabaret of special guests from the world of music and theatre. Tickets £15 including a welcome cocktail. 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com
13 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert: Simon Crawford-Phillips & Philip Moore Sir John Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm. As part of the 60th Anniversary this piano duo of Simon and Philip play Daphnis & Chloe and Firebird. 01308 424673
13 Free lunchtime concert - Composers Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1.30pm. Presented by Sherborne School Music Dept.
14 Dance - Ballroom, Latin & some Sequence Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, 8.00 - 11.00pm. 01297 442349
16 Sherborne Over 50s Group Meeting Digby Hall (next to the library), Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Talks on the work of "Sherborne Good Neighbours" and on good health for the over 50s, followed by a raffle and free refreshments. 01935 813150
17 Snowdrop Memorial Service St Mary's Church, Beaminster, 11am. Organised by Joseph Weld Hospice. 01305 215315
18 Fossil Day at Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre. Meet the experts and find out about the local geology 01297 442138
19 Ponies, People and Plants of the New Forest. Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A lecture by Sue Bowser. Visitors very welcome. National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens Dorset Group.
20 Artsreach Event: Female Smuggler! Evershot Village Hall, 8pm. Pioneering folk and acoustic music performed by the Jo Freya Trio. 01935 83471 www.artsreach.co.uk for details and a full list of Artsreach events.
21 Vinyl Saturday in Bridport Essential day for record collectors. 2 small record fairs at The Ropemakers pub and The Electric Palace, 10am-3pm plus many shops & stalls offering records for sale. 0788 239 2508. www.vinylsaturday.co.uk
21 A Salute to the British Soldier Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Concert in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund, also supporting the Countryside Foundation. Hosted by retired newscaster Martyn Lewis, readings by Angharad Rees & Emma Kitchener-Fellowes. Music provided by Isla St. Clair & the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards & the Military Band of the Royal Corps of Signals. Tickets £15 and £10 from Sherborne or Dorchester TICs. 01392 492650
21 Purbeck Big Band The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.45pm. Tickets £6.50 from Dorchester TIC. Seats can be reserved @ £1 extra fom Mr Scutt on 01305 262158. Bar available. 01305 267992 Dorchester TIC.
21 Ode to Joy Birthday Concert St. Mary’s Church, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. A birthday celebration for Alan Williams by the New Elizabethan Singers & Beaminster Singers.
21 The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 11am. A lively and entertaining story based on the popular children’s book. Tickets £5 children, £8 adults, £7 supporters, concs, £20 family. 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com
21 Book Fair Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 9.30am - 4pm. 01803 613356
22 South Somerset Ramblers Walk: Abbotsbury Meet at Abbotsbury main car park, 10am for an 11 mile walk through the Bride Valley. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01963 350634 www.somersetramblers.co.uk
23 The Barn Owl - Under the Cloak of Darkness Bridport United Church, East Street, Bridport, 2.30pm. Illustrated talk presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Speaker Mr Mike Read (Wildlife Photographer and Tour Leader). 01308 863577
23 Pampered Chefs Party St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 7pm. Come and enjoy a friendly evening, see demonstrations of kitchenware and try some new recipes. Proceeds to St Martin's Community Hall. 07976 724007
23-28 The Pied Piper performed by The Burton Bradstock Players Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Nr. Bridport, nightly at 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee on 21st Feb at 2pm. Tickets £6 adults, £4 children from Burton Post Office. 01308 897389.
24 The Artist Tom Roberts - an illustrated talk Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 3.30pm. Speakers Roger Peers & Gwen Yarker. 01308 863577
24 Pancake and Coffee Morning 10.30am. Annual village event run by the Bradford Peverell & Strattton W.I. £1 admisssion including coffee and pancake. Stalls eg Bric - a - Brac, Home made produce, Books & Raffle.
24 The Three Wishes Pancake Race 2009 Cheap Street, Sherborne, starts 10.30am. Cost £1 per person on the day, with pancakes and frying pans provided. Proceeds towards building a new Sherborne Rugby Club clubhouse. Fastest flipper of 2009 will win a tea party at The Three Wishes for 6 people! 01935 817777
26 South Somerset Ramblers Walk: Eggardon Hill Eggardon Hill, Shatcombe Lane Car Park. Meet at 10am for this 6 mile walk via Powerstock Common. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Gerry 01935 881317 www.somersetramblers.co.uk
26-28 Flux Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 7.30pm. FLUX promises to take you on an exciting journey where dance combines with breath-taking aerial work and beautiful music and singing. £8 adults £5 students 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com
27 Free lunchtime concert - Singers Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Presented by Sherborne School Music Dept.
27 Mixing The Perfect Cocktail Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7.30pm. Learn how to mix a few favourite cocktails and taste the result! Tickets £5 in advance from Stitchinghouse Design, Pummery Square or House of Dorchester Chocolates, Victor Jackson Avenue. Tickets on the door £6. Tel 01305 257485 for tickets or 01305 268311 for info. email@example.com
28 Leweston School Concert Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. 01935 812452
28 The Musical Heritage of Thomas Hardy - concert by The Yetties Charlton Horethorne Village Hall, Nr. Sherborne. 7.30pm. 01963 220547 www.theyetties.co.uk
28 Psychic Fayre The Electric Palace, South Street, Bridport, 10am. 01308 428354
28 Antiques & Flea Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 9am - 4pm 01963 250108
28 Artsreach Event: Goodbye Mrs Chips Shipton Gorge Village Hall, 7.30pm. Performed by the Ministry of Entertainment. 01308 897948. See www.artsreach.co.uk for details and a full list of Artsreach events.
28 Mozart Requiem/Stravinsky The Rite of Spring St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Imperial College Symphony Orchestra Richard Dickins and Peter Oakes. Also Louise Wayman, Eleanor Turner, Julian Davies and Philip Wilcox. Admission by programme £8 ( £2 students ) from The Thomas Hardye School, Harmony Music, Nicoll World Travel and on the door.
17- 21 Feb
3 Daft Monkeys – Arac Promotions
The Jam DRC – Tribute Band
Jack and Jill – Lyme Regis Pantomime Society
Quiz Night - Theatrefriends
Brilliant Baroque: Sweeter Than Roses – Concerts in the West 2009
An Audience with Peter Sallis
Daytime Classes & Activities including Ballroom Dancing, Pilates & Over 50’s
Fun & Fitness – for full details 01297 442394
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, work parties 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.
Dorset Moviola brings the cinema to village halls across the county – see (www.moviola.org) for full details.
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…
07 Dorset County Orchestra St. Mary’s Church, Beaminster
14 Dorset Chamber Orchestra St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester
14 Sherborne Chamber Choir Sherborne Abbey
21 London Chamber Soloists Cheap Street Church, Sherborne
21-22 Spring Bulbs Weekend Sherborne Castle
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 does not imply any recommendation by West Dorset District Council. Produced by West Dorset District Council, Community Enabling Division.