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…
7-8 & 14-15 March Lambing weekends, Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester
14-15 March Fossil Fantastic weekend, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
21-22 March Spring Bulbs & Daffodils weekend at Sherborne Castle
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.
Broadmayne March market on Saturday 28th in St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 10am - 12pm. Raffle, craft, plants, books, jigsaws, cards, local trout, sausages & eggs, cakes and preserves. All proceeds for St. Martin's Community Hall. 01305 852886
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 South Somerset Ramblers Walk: Burton Bradstock National Trust Car Park, Burton Bradstock. Meet at 10.30am for this 12 mile walk via Askerswell. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Gerry 01935 881317 www.somersetramblers.co.uk
01 Classical Concert for Michael's Arm Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 3pm. Students from the Royal College of Music performing music by Gilbert & Sullivan, Gershwin, Chopin, Beethoven, Scriabin, Bach and Messiaen. Tickets £8 (£5 OAPs/Students 01935 873610
01 Table Craft Sale Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 2.30 - 4.30pm. Lots and lots to see and buy. Toys, jewellery, books, clothes and more. Refreshments available and raffle. Raising funds forThomas Hardye Camp Kenya Expedition 2010. 01305 266204
01 The Young Victoria Premiere Electric Palace, Bridport, 6.00pm. Advance preview of 'The Young Victoria' before it's London premiere two days later. Introduced by Screenwriter Julian Fellowes with Questions and Answers afterwards about the making of the film. Ticket includes champagne on arrival with Julian Fellowes. Black tie/lounge suit. Tickets £25 each from Weldmar Hospicecare Trust on 01305 215915 or order online www.weld-hospice.org.uk
03 Green Drinks Tom Brown's Public House, High East Street, Dorchester, 7pm. Informal social gathering for anyone interested in " green issues ". Free. Every 1st Tuesday www.transitiontowndorchester.org/local_projects.html
04 Sanctus Sacred Songs United Church, South Street, Dorchester. 01308 455749 firstname.lastname@example.org
05 Sherborne Comedy Night Powell Theatre, Sherborne, 8.30pm. Stand-up comedy with Felix Dexter, Hils Barker, Ben Harrington and compere Gareth Richards. Admission £8 (£6 concessions) 01935 810579 www.powelltheatre.co.uk/comedy
06 Free lunchtime concert - Strings Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Presented by Sherborne School Music Dept.
06 Film Night - The 11th Hour The Thomas Hardye School, Coburg Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Hosted by Transition Town Dorchester. Free entry. Refreshments and discussion. 01749 677049 email@example.com
06 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk - How Woods Work Friends Meeting House, South St, Bridport, 6.30pm. An illustrated talk by Dr Charles Hill. Admission by donation. All are welcome, refreshments included. 01297 560081
07 Dorset County Orchestra St. Mary's Church, Beaminster, 7.30pm www.dorsetcountyorchestra.org.uk
07 Craft & Country Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. Free admission. 01749 677049
07 Hank Wangford & The Lost Cowboys Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 8pm. Hold onto your hats, the Big Man of hard country music comes riding back over Eggardon Hill! Tickets £12, £8 concs 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com
07 The Gift of Grace - a concert for Sudan St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A concert for Sudan by the Trinity Consort. Tickets £8 on the door ( students £4 ) Tel. 07764 335892 or 07767 895205 www.gracesecondaryschool.com
07 Julie Dunn In Concert West Stafford Village Hall, West Stafford, 7.30pm. Vocalist, pianist, recording star, supported by The Mike Botterill Trio. Tickets £7.50 Tel. 01305 261771 or 01305 257266
07 The Living Line Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis, 11am - 12.30pm. An interactive illustrated talk with Marie Blake helping you discover your natural abilty to draw. Bring a small hardbacked notebook and a pencil.
07 Winter's End Barn Dance Broadmayne Village Hall, Broadmayne, 7.30pm – 11pm. Music by " Teasing The Cat ". £8 adults, £5 children. Tickets include ploughman's supper with local produce. Profits to Julia's House Children's Hospice. 01305 852773
07 Dorset Local History Group Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 2.30pm. AGM followed by The Decline of a Medieval Hunting Forest: the changing landscape at Holt, Wimborne Minster by Dr. David Reeve. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
07 Stoke Abbott Winter Games Stoke Abbott, Nr Beaminster, 10am. A day out for all the family including a competitive five mile run across the Three Peaks (Gerald's Hill, Waddon Hill & Lewesdon Hill), a ramble along the same route, children's creche and hog roast. 01308 863611
08 Wessex Strings in Concert Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 3pm. A programme featuring two baroque masterpieces. Tickets £8 including a cream tea - available from Sherborne TIC. In aid of The Dorset Blind Association. 01935 815341
08 Vivat Chamber Choir Chapel of St Antony, Leweston School, Nr. Sherborne, 4pm. "Iberia" - a concert of choral music by Spanish and Portugese composers of the 16th Century. Tickets £7 (£3 18 and under) 01963 351794 www.vivatchoir.com
10 Bridges in Dorset Main Hall, Bridport United Church, East Street Bridport. Bridport History Society illustrated talk by Bernard Paull. 01308 456876 or 01308 488034
10, 17 & 24 A Skill for Life - Advanced Driving Skills Dorchester Rugby Club, Coburg Road, Dorchester, 7pm. Three free lectures by serving Police Driving Instructor. Learn to pass the IAM Advanced Driving Test. 01305 820963 www.dorsetiam.org.uk
10 Hinduism by Mr Ravindra Parmar - Dorchester Inter-Faith Group Tolpuddle Room, United Church, 7.30pm. All welcome. Mr Parmar will give an overview of Hinduism, how it started, the major beliefs including reincarnation and karma, what are the Vedas and Upanishads, major festivals, social structures and why are there so many Gods. Tel. 01305 264412 or 852773
11 Bridport Camera Club Meeting: Retrospective of 40 years of Slides The Salt House, West Bay, 7.30pm. Talk by Ian Platt New members and visitors (£3) always welcome. 01308 459443 www.bridportcameraclub
11 Sherborne Flicks - I've Loved you So Long Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Sherborne TIC or on the door 01935 815341 www.sherbornearstreach.co.uk
11 Geology Lecture Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 6.30pm. "Santorini Super-Volcano" - how and why a volcano erupts on a massive scale. By Thierry Menand of Bristol University 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
12 Dorchester Film Society - Sherrybaby The Plaza, Dorchester, 8.00pm. Members Only 01305 262005
12 Brush Away Those Winter Blues Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens. A garden tour with the curator. Tickets available via RHS 0845 612 1253. 01305 871130 www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
13 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert: Quince String Quartet Sir John Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm As part of the 60th Anniversary the Quince String Quartet play Bartok No 4 and Beethoven's opus 18. 01308 424673
13 Free lunchtime concert - Brass Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1.30pm. Presented by Sherborne School Music Dept.
13 The Last Resort - a fiendish folk tale by Strange Face. St Mary's Middle School, Puddletown, 7.30pm. Spitting Image meets The Brothers Grimm. An Artsreach co-promotion with St Mary's Middle School, Puddletown.Tickets £7, £5 under 18s, £21 (family 4 - max 2 adults) on the door, if available or in advance. Raffle in aid of Red Nose Day. 01305 261984 or 01305 250767
14 Masterworks for Lent - Sherborne Chamber Choir Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Requiem Mass by Tomas Luis de Victoria written in 1605 and Mass for Double Choir by Swiss composer Frank Martin, written in 1922. Tickets £5 to £16 (under 18s free) from Dorset Music House or in person from Booklore, Hound Street, Sherborne 01935 816332 www.sherborneabbey.com
14 The Dorset Chamber Orchestra Concert St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 4pm. Overtune Hansel and Gretel - Humperdinck. Hoist the Planets - Sharma/Baker. Circus Polka - Stravinsky. Orchestra is joined by its Patron Martin Clunes. Tickets £10 in advance from Harmony Music (01305) 260360
14 Hungarian Feast Aspire 2 Eat, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7pm. A Hungarian themed evening organised by Sherborne Douzelage (twinning group). 3 course Hungarian meal , welcome drink, pleasant company, quiz etc are included. Tickets £15 from Mike Balfour (01935 817338), Committee members or the Sherborne Bookshop, Hound Street 01935 817338
14 Jumble Sale Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. In aid of RNLI, 2.00pm
14 Where Do You Think You Are? Portesham Village Hall, 10am – 4pm. Researching your local history with Julian Richards, Virginia Bainbridge & Sue Clifford. Free event ( charge for lunch ). Booking essential 01305 756782 www.dorsetaonb.org.uk
14 The Dayglo Pirates perform the Retro Tull Show The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7pm. Supporting artist Kim Thompsett. Tickets from Dorchester T I C, The Blue Raddle, Tom Brown's. 01305 267992 or 01305 251646 www.chesilpromotions.co.uk / www.dayglopirates.co.uk
14 Come & Sing St George's Church Room, Fordington, Dorchester. Handel's Zadok The Priest, Haydn's Harmoniemesse and Parry's I was glad. Hosted by the Weatherbury Singers from 10.30am - 3.30pm with a performance at 5.30pm. Cost £15 includes music, morning coffee, buffet lunch and afternoon tea. Tickets available on the door £5. 01305 848161
15 South Somerset Ramblers Walk: Kingcombe Centre Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, nr Beaminster, meet at 10.30am for this 11 mile walk via Hooke. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Sue 01935 825466 www.somersetramblers.co.uk
15 10k multi-terrain race & junior race Sherborne Castle. 11am 01935 813182 www.sherbornecastle.com
16 Bride Valley Gardening Club Puncknowle and Swyre Village Hall, 7.30pm. Gardeners' Question Time headed by Phil Gamble. Members free and for this meeting only free to visitors (normally £2). 01308 482240 firstname.lastname@example.org
18 Dorset County Museum Music Society Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Victoria Davis (harp) and James Turnbull (oboe) play works by Spohr and Debussy. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
18 Illustrated Talk T. E. Lawrence and The Dorset Connection by Mr Ronald Knight Charlton Down Village Hall, 7.30pm. £2.50
19 Lunchtime Concert Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 1pm. Dorchester Piano Trio. Free entry 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
20 Free lunchtime concert - Organ Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1.30pm. Presented by Sherborne School Music Department
20 Artsreach Event: The Storeroom Powerstock Village Hall, 8pm. One of the UK's most daring touring companies hits the road with a dazzling new show 01308 485205 www.artsreach.co.uk
20 'China' Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Heritage Coast U3A, with speaker Denis Yell.
21 London Chamber Soloists - "A Night in Old Vienna" Cheap Street, Church, Sherborne, 7.30pm 01935 816332 www.dorsetmusic.co.uk
21 Bach & Brahms Requiem - Dorchester Choral Society. St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Bach & Brahms Requiem. Tickets £12 in advance, £14 on the door. Tickets from Harmony Music 01305 262005
21 Archaeology Day School Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 10am - 4.30pm. Pelicans and Painted Plaster: the Conservation of Corfe Castle. A presentation of new information and discoveries made during two years of conservation work by the National Trust 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
22 South Somerset Ramblers Walk: Beaminster Square Beaminster Square. Meet at 10.30am for this 10 mile walk via Corscombe. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01308 863206 www.somersetramblers.co.uk
24 The Yetties in concert Chideock Village Hall near Bridport. In aid of Weldmar Hospice. Splendid food followed by the concert. Last year's event sold out very quickly so please book early! 01297 489231 www.theyetties.co.uk
24 The Development of Burrow Farm Gardens Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis Society, with speaket Mary Benger owner of Burrow Farm Gardens
25 Hey Baby by Nell Denton Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 8pm. Asone Theatre presents a magical piece of story-telling. A multi-media, emotional rollercoaster based on journeys into parenthood from teens to last-chance. Devised by Artistic Director Jane McKell. Tickets £8.50. £5 students from Dorchester T I C 01305 267992
25, 27 & 28 Ten Times Table by Alan Ayckbourn Holy Trinity Hall, Culliford Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm . Dorchester Drama production. Tel. 01305 257694 or email@example.com / www.dorchesterdrama.org.uk
26 Dorchester Film Society - Happy-Go-Lucky The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Members Only. 01305 262005
27 Flying with The Royal Family Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7.30pm. A fascinating account from Group Captain David Greenaway OBE of his time as Deputy Captain of the Queens Flight. Tickets £2.50 in advance from Stitchinghouse Design, Pummery Square or House of Dorchester Chocolates £3 onthe night. firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Museum Club - History of the Submarine Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 10.30am - 12.30pm approx. Open to all children. Please bring your own (empty) 2 litre plastic bottle. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
28 Concert - Caer Dur Corn Exchange, Dorchester, doors open 7pm. Evening entertainment with 5th Quarter, The Morrigan and Dragonsfly. Tickets £10 from Dorchester T I C 01305 267992
28 Spring Serenade Bradford Peverell
Village Hall, 7.30pm. Come and enjoy an evening of Ballards, Folk Songs and
Duets, plus a glass of wine and some nibbles. Tickets £5 in advance. Proceeds
to village charities. 01305 251341 or 01305 260440
* Note: We understand that this event has now been cancelled. Please check beforehand *
29 Point to Point with the Cattistock Hunt Littlewindsor between Beaminster and Crewkerne signposted from A3066. First race at 1.30pm. Mr R. Rees 01300 320683 www.pointingwessex.co.uk
29 South Somerset Ramblers Walk: Evershot Triangle Evershot Triangle. Meet at 10am for this 9 mile walk via Aunt Mary's Bottom. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Ann D 01935 816731 www.somersetramblers.co.uk
30 Concert - Collegium Regale St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. The Choral Scholars of King's College Cambridge. Tickets £10 from Dorchester T I C. Supported by Crossways New Church. 01305 267992
31 Collegium Regale St. Mary's Church, Beaminster. The Choral Scholars of King's College Cambridge. Tickets £10 01308 424901
Theatre Friends Fundraising Film: England Made Me
Simon Swarbrick & Kenny Watkins
Hardgraft Theatre Company: Poles Apart
Concerts in the West: Three of the Greats
Woodroffe Cabaret Night
TheatreFriends Quiz Night
Alive Community Theatre: Seussical The Musical
Forest Forge Theatre Company: A Clearing
Daytime Classes & Activities including Ballroom Dancing, Pilates
& Over 50’s
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…
10 April Easter Bunny Egg hunt, Bennetts Water Gardens, Chickerell
10-13 April Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens
10-13 April Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt, Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester
10-13 April Easter Egg Hunt, Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester
19 April Plant Fair, Mapperton
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.