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…
26 Sept-4 Oct Lyme Regis Artsfest
02-31 Oct Screen Bites – Dorset Food Film Festival
03-04 Oct International Napoleonic Weekend, Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester (www.pikeandshot.com)
12 Oct Pack Monday Fair, Sherborne
15 Oct-01 Nov Autumn in the Gardens with floodlights & candles, Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens
24 Oct-01 Nov Dorset Food Week (www.dorsetfoodweek.co.uk)
30-31 Oct Enchanted Gardens Halloween Fun Evenings, Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens
31 Oct-01 Nov Autumn Colours weekend, 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.
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 Flood Fair, Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, 4pm – 7.30pm. Come and find out about flood protection products, talk to experts from the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and the National Flood Forum. WDDC 01305 252296
01 Wedding Fair, Eastbury Hotel, Long Street, Sherborne, to 9.30pm. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
01 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. "Divine Music" by Wagner, Bach, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Tickets £8-£17 available from Sherborne TIC, 01935 815341 (www.sherborneabbey.com)
01 Autumn Literary Lectures - Hardy and Religion by David Grylls, St Peter's Church, Dorchester, 6.30pm followed by refreshments. Tickets £5 from St Peter's, on the door or in advance from 01305 263757 (email: email@example.com)
01 Autumn Evening Concert by the Moraston Quartet, Sydling St Nicholas Church, 7.30pm. Russell Dawson, Jane Margeson, David Price and Nick Boothroyd. Tickets £7 including glass of wine. 01300 341340 or 01300 341618
02 Dramatic performance by international actor Gerald Dickens, Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Gerald Dickens, the Great Great Grandson of Charles Dickens, will perform 2 plays - "Mr Dickens is Coming" based on the life of Charles Dickens, and "Nickleby" based on the novel Nicholas Nickleby. Tickets £10 in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and Breakthrough Breast Cancer Sherborne Group - available from Marsh's of Sherborne.
02 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk - Gardening for Wildlife, Friends' Meeting House, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Donald Campbell. Non members welcome. 01297 560081 (www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk)
02 Bingo at Misterton Village Hall, Misterton Village Hall near Beaminster,doors open 6.45pm and bingo starts at 7.30pm. Refreshments available. Lots of wonderful prizes, all in aid of St Martin's Church, North Perrott. 01460 72883
02 Skylarking – for the Poetry Society’s Centenary, Charmouth Heritage coast Centre, 7.30pm. Readings of new poems – 3 poets explore the Jurassic coast plus a touch of magic from Art of the Impossible. Tickets £5 incl. wine or fruit punch. 01300 320826 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
02-31 Screen Bites – Dorset Food Film Festival, Various locations in Dorset. Film festival with a food theme including a chance to meet local food producers and sample their delicious wares. 01963 32525 (www.screen-bites.co.uk)
03 Riot time freestyle, Herrison Hall, Sherren Avenue, Charleton Down, Dorchester, doors open 8pm- dancing til 11pm. Free soft drinks. Price approx £8 08000 728 728 (www.jiveriot.com)
03 “Anything Goes” – Cole Porter, St. Nicholas Church, Moreton, 7.30pm. An evening of delightful music with Georffrey Boult and Friends. Tickets £5 – proceeds to the the church. 01305 853522
03 3rd Annual Multicultural Celebration, The World on your Doorstep, Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 10.30am – 4pm. Dorset’s hidden histories exhibition and workshop. Chinese writing and origami, drumming and music, Russian music and poetry, Polish language, action van and much more. 01305 252204
03 Come Dance – Morris Dance Workshop, Dorchester Arts Centre, 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Tuition and refreshments provided. Suitable for 10+ - under 16s must be supervised. £3, under 18s free. 01305 852773/823013 (www.fromevalleymorris.co.uk)
03 Sherborne Autumn Craft Fair, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am-4pm. West Country Fairs 01749 677049
03 Autumn Piano Recital by Sophia Lisovskaya, Eype Centre for the Arts, Eype, nr Bridport, 7pm. Tickets £10 from Bridport TIC
03 Plant Heritage Celebrity Lecture– Tom Hart Dyke, Puddletown Village Hall, 2.30pm. Lecture by Tom Hart Dyke - plant hunter, author, hostage and creator of Lullingstone Castle World Garden (as featured on BBC). Admission by ticket £6 01305 833538
03-04 Napoleonic Weekend, Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester, 10am – 4pm. The 200th Anniversary of 1809 when the Duke of Wellington led British & Hanoverian Troops into Spain & Portugal to face the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte – the start of the Peninsula War. Tickets from Dorchester & Bridport TICs. 01305 215123 / 01305 267992 / 01308 424901 (www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens)
04 Castletown Waterwheel Open Oborne Road, Sherborne, 11am - 5pm, (www.castletonwaterwheelmuseum.org.uk)
04 Jazz brunch, Eastbury Hotel, Long Street, Sherborne, Live Jazz in the conservatory restaurant, brunch served from 11am - 1.30pm. £16.50 adults, £10.00 children, under 5s free. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
04 Ramblers Walk: Loders & Powerstock, Meet Loders GR 496943, 10.30am for this 13 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Gerry 01935 881317 (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
04 Mary Anning Day, Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis & Marine Theatre, 10.30am-4.30pm. A day of interesting and fun things, in celebration of the life and work of Lyme's most famous fossilist, inluding events in the Marine Theatre. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
04 Fossil Day Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, 10.15am - 3.45pm. Meet the experts, fossil identification, colouring etc. 01297 442138
04 Dorchester One World Festival, King's Road Playing Field, Dorchester & Dorchester Youth Club, 11am – 4pm A fun family day of activities.Sports, food and entertainment, celebrating diversity and multi-culturalism. Dorset Community Action 01305 216400
04 Autumn Fair & Farmer's Market, Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Nr Dorchester, 10.30 - 4pm. In aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Help For Heroes. Free entry. Refreshments. 01300 348820
05 Family History Courses - Open Day, Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Road, Bridport, 10.30am – 4pm. Introduction to the new family history courses on offer this season. Come along for a coffee and chat! 01308 425710
06 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. Free. On every Ist Tuesday. (www.transitiontowndorchester.org/local_projects.html)
06 Wine Dinner - Dirler, Alsace, France, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, Evershot, 7pm. Monthly themed wine dinner hosted by Summer Lodge Cellar Master, Eric Zwiebel MS. Cost £85. 01935 482031 (www.summerlodgehotel.com)
07 The Andrew Simpson Lecture, The Big School Room, Sherborne School, 7.30pm for 8pm. Olympic Gold Medallist and resident of Sherborne, Andrew Simpson MBE talks about the highs and lows of the sport of sailing, his success in wining an Olympic gold and his ambitions for the 2012 sailing Olympics in Weymouth Tickets £6 (£10 for 2) in aid of RNLI. (www.rnli.org.uk) 01935 813060
07 Sanctus Sacred Songs, United Church, South Street, Dorchester. Come and sing four-part harmonies and chants from around the world. 8-10 pm. £5 ( £4 low income ) 01308 455749 (email: email@example.com)
08 Euro Travel Evening Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk on Koszeg, Hungary. Entry £5 on the door, including a glass of wine (students £2.50). Snacks to accompany the talk. 01963 251255
09 Barn dance Martinstown Village Hall, 8.00pm-11.30pm with " Jump At The Sun ". In aid of Fortuneswell Cancer Trust. Tickets £10 members, £12 non - members to include ploughman's supper. Bar, raffle. Tickets from Martinstown Village Shop or 01305 889597
09 Family Barn Dance – The Bride Valley Band, Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Tickets adults £5, child £2.50 inc. ploughmans. In support of Julia’s House. 01305 880102
10 Book Fair, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm, 01935 850210 (www.pbfa.org)
10 Apple Day, Community Orchard, Behind St. Mary’s Church, South Street, Bridport. 01308 420602 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
10 The Dorset Chamber Orchestra, St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A season of anniversary commemorations spanning nearly 300 years opens with works by composers born in England. Tickets £10.00 (£12.00 on door) Harmory Music: 01305 260360
10 Serenade And Friends, Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, 7.30pm. A fundraiser for Camps International, a charity allowing students from Thomas Hardye School to travel to Kenya taking part in conservation work in the local schools and community. Tickets are £7 including a glass of wine, from Dorchester TIC, on the door and from members of Serenade. 07779 418059
10 Recital by Jennifer Pike ( Violin ) - B B C Young Musician of the Year 2002. Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. On behalf of The Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians. Jennifer Pike on Violin and Jeremy Pike on piano. Tickets from Dorchester TIC @ £15 each. All proceeds to the Trust. 01202 882319 (email: email@example.com)
10 West Dorset Group, The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society, Loders Village Hall, near Bridport, 2-4.30pm. Practical Guide to Reading Old Handwriting Dr Mark Forrest. Members £1.50, Non-members £2. Afternoon tea included. 01935 812347
10 Mah-Jong Workshop, St John Ambulance, Bridport Road, Poundbury. A fun and informal day with tuition. Suitable for beginners and improvers. Tickets £16 ,including refreshments and a ploughman's lunch. 01305 751167
10 Tolpuddle Twitterers present “ 6 Nightingales and a Lark “, St John's Church, Tolpuddle. Selection of songs from classical to pop. In aid of St John's Church and Tolpuddle Open Space. Tickets £6 to include a glass of wine & canapes. Children under 12 free. 01305 848427 / 07866 678358 / 01305 848383 / 01305 848053
10 Mission Blue Motown, Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Nr Bridport, 7.30pm. Motown tribute band plus supporting band. Tickets £10 in advance from Instand ReDress and Frosts of Bridport. 60s/70s dress welcome. Raising funds for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance
11 Wedding Fair, Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester, 01305 215003 (www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens)
11 Dorset Archaeological Day: Pilsdon Pen, Meet at lay-by at southern end of Pilsdon Pen ST41401, 10.30am. Explore this prehistoric hillfort, its later lives and surrounding landscape with Claire Pinder of Dorset Council. Walk lasts approx 1.5 hrs. Adults £3, children £1 - Booking Essential. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) 01305 224921
11 An Introduction to Conscious Living Body, Mind, Spirit Centre, Jonson Park, Dorchester, 10am – 2pm. An introductory session open to all - with an invitation to move deeper into conciousness. Cost £20 01202 604340 (www.taradivina.org.uk)
11 Piddle Dash, Puddletown Rugby Club, Piddlehinton, 11am. Run or Walk (3.7 miles) men and boys only. Proceeds to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and Prostate Research. Sponser forms and further deatils availible from 01305 215506 or 01305 267202.
11 The Dorchester Breakthrough Walk - Maiden to Monument, Thomas Hardye School Theatre, 10am onwards. A 4, 9 or 11 mile circular walk returning to Dorchester via Maiden Castle and Hardy's Monument. Raising money for Breast Cancer Research. Started by The Town Crier. £10 per person, under 16's free. Forms from Dorchester TIC or On The Table, South Street, Dorchester.
12 The Annual General Meeting of Casterbridge Friends of Mental Health Services, Churchill Room, Colliton Club, Dorchester, 7.15pm. Dr Ian Johnson, Consultant Psychiatrist, will give a short talk on the Dementia Strategy. Members of public welcome
12 The Thomas Hardye School Community Lectures – The Light Express, The Thomas Hardye School, Coburg Road, Dorchester, 7pm. Lecture by Pearl John. Free ticketed entry
13 Bridport History Society Meeting: 'Just how Hardy are you?', Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Talk by James Graseby (Curator for the National Trust) covers Thomas Hardy and the landscape of Wessex. 01308 456876
14 Sherborne Flicks – Cheri, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341
14 Highway Farm Workshop: A Day in the Life of an AGA, Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 3pm. Tutor Olivia Archer will take you through a whole day of cooking, showing the basics of Aga cookery and how to make the most of cooking and living with an Aga! Yummy tasters, lunch and a glass of wine included. Cost £40. 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
14-15 Creative Coppicing Workshop - Free! Monkton Wyld Court, Near Charmouth Learn a range of coppicing skills and information in this free Greenprints-funded event. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyldcourt.org)
14-1/11 Enchanted Floodlit Gardens, Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens. Gardens open 10am, floodlit from dusk to 8.30pm. Charity preview night on 14 th 6-8pm. All proceeds to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
15 Ramblers Walk: Chedington, Meet Winyards Gap Inn, Chedington, 10.15am for this 4 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01935 862721 (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
15 Charles Darwin and the evolution of William Barnes, St Peter's Church Dorchester, 6.30pm. A talk by Dr Alan Chedzoy. Tickets £5 on sale at St Peter's or over the phone - 01305 263757 (email: email@example.com)
16 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert - Mark Bebbington Sir John Colfox School, Ridgeway, Bridport, 7.45pm. Single tickets £12, membership £45. 01308 424673
16 Public Meeting – “Save The Three Cups as a Hotel”, Woodmead Hall, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 7pm. 01297 444589
17 Dorset Archaeological Day: Burton Bradstock - War time memories, National Trust Car Park, Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, 2pm. Look for war time defences and traces of the preparations for D Day with Gordon Le Pard of DCC, and hear tales of some of the stranger events of WW2. Adults £3, children £1 - Booking Essential! (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) 01305 224921
17 Jurassic Open Beach Fishing Competition, The Cobb, Lyme Regis, 5pm – 10pm. L.R.S.A.C. annual open competition. Cash & tackle prizes. £10 entry fee ( Juniors & OAPs £5 ) Sign on at the Tackle Box from 12 noon. 01297 443373
17 Dorchester Choral Society - Peter Hope 80th Year Celebration Concert, St Mary's Church, Dorchester DT1 2HL. Stephen Kenyon, John Turner, Wendy Nieper, Robert Evans. Musical Directors Christine Page and Philip McKenzie. Tickets from Harmony Music, Dorchester. £15 reserved central aisle, £12 unreserved side aisles. 01035 852977
17 Barn Dance, Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Nr Dorcheste, 7/30pm. Dancing to Jump at the Sun. Ploughman's Platter included. Bring own drinks and glasses. Tickets £7.50 adult - £20.00 Family from Charlton Down Village Shop. 01305 250473
17 Help The Aged - Dorset -- Beatles Tribute Band " Sgt. Pepper's Only Dart Board Band ". Holy Trinity Centre, Culliford Road North, Dorchester. Tickets £10 from Dorchester T I C 01305 267992 or 01305 837331
17 Moonfleet performed by Angel Exit Theatre, Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Nr Bridport, 7.30pm. A stormy tale of shipwrecks and smuggling inspired by J Meade Falkner’s classic novel. 01308 897214
18 Ramblers Walk: Coney's Castle, Meet Coney's Castle GR 372977, 10.30am for this 13 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01935 881317 (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
18 Durnovibe, Corn Exchange, County Museum, The Junction, Tom Browns 2pm-10.30pm. Over 200 musicians perform jazz, classical, rock n pop, folk and fusion at 4 locations in Dorchester. Daytime pub gigs are free. Prices and details for other events are available online. (www.durnovide.com)
18 Concert by Mezzo Soprano Annika Kaschenz and Pianist Francesco Attesti, Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 5pm. Tickets £10 and £12.50 available from Sherborne TIC in aid of Rotary charities. 01935 815341
19 Bride Valley Gardening Club: Talk by Colin Varndell, Puncknowle and Swyre Village Hall, 7.30pm. Dorset Garden Images – a talk giiven by Colin Varndell, local professional wildlife photographer. Members free, Visitors £2.
19-23 Eype Autumn 2009 Book, 'N' Author Week, Eype Centre for the Arts, St. Peter’s Church, Eype, Nr. Bridport. Literary Festival with talks by Jane Robinson, Penelope Lively, Jonathan Stedall, Una Russell & Audrey Grindrod, Arlo Flinn, Mary S Lovell, Theodore Dalrymple, Virgina Ironside, Col. Stuart Tootal and Kate Adie. Details/information from Bridport TIC 01308 424901 (www.eypechurcharts.co.uk)
19 Jane Austen and Fashion Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Penny Ruddock, former Curator of Bath Museum of Costume and international expert on costume. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Non-members welcome. For Futher information: 01308 863577
20 Book 'N' Author Week At Eype - The Manor Houses of Dorset, Eype Centre for the Arts, St Peter's Church, Eype near Bridport, 11am. Una Russell and Audrey Grindrod: The Manor Houses of Dorset, give an illustrated talk on the seven years of research into more than 74 Dorset houses, including Mapperton, Athelhampton and Cranborne. Starts at 11am. Tickets £7.50 available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre. 01308 424901 (www.eypechurcharts.co.uk)
20 Book 'N' Author Week At Eype - Thank you for Not Smoking Eype Centre for the Arts, St Peter's Church, Eype near Bridport, 7pm. An evening performance by Arlo Flinn Tickets £7.50 from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901 (www.eypechurcharts.co.uk)
20 Rhyme Time, Dorchester Library. Come along to clap, tap, wiggle and jiggle together lots of noisy funfor all ages 18 months –4 years ( and you! ) 01305 224440
21 Book 'N' Author Week At Eype - Bess of Hardwick, Eype Centre for the Arts, St Peter's Church, Eype near Bridport. Eminent biographer Mary S Lovell will give an illustrated talk on the subject of her last book, the Elizabethan entrepreneur and much married Bess of Hardwick. Tickets £7.50 available from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901 (www.eypechurcharts.co.uk)
21 Under the Greenwood Tree, Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. Thomas Hardy's Under the Greenwood Tree performed by the Dorset Corset Theatre Company. Tickets £10/£9/£8 from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341 (www.dorsetcorset.co.uk)
22 Ramblers Walk: Shipton Gorge Meet The New Inn, Shipton Gorge nr Bridport, 10.00am for this 6 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Roger 01460 241608 (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
22 Book 'N' Author Week At Eype: The Virginia Monologues – Why it’s Great to be Sixty. Eype Centre for the Arts, St Peter's Church, Eype near Bridport, 7pm. Virginia Ironside stars in an evening performance of The Virginia Monologues - Why it's Great to be Sixty. Tickets £7.50 from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901 (www.eypechurcharts.co.uk)
22 The Powys Family in Dorchester, St Peter's Church Dorchester, 6.30pm. The Powys Family in Dorchester by Dr Morine Krissdottir. Tickets £5 on sale at St Peter's or over the phone. Tickets: 01305 263757 (email: email@example.com)
23 Book 'N' Author Week At Eype - Danger Close by Col. Stuart Tootal. Eype Centre for the Arts, St Peter's Church, Eype near Bridport, 11am. Stuart Tootal DSO OBE, in Danger Close gives a first-hand portrayal of the unforgiving conflict in Afghanistan.. Tickets £7.50 from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901 (www.eypechurcharts.co.uk)
23 Book 'N' Author Week At Eype - Into Danger by Kate Adie, Eype Centre for the Arts, St Peter's Church, Eype near Bridport, 2.30pm. Kate Adie, the UK's best known woman reporter, talks about foreign reportage and the men and women who risk their lives for work. Tickets £7.50 from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901 (www.eypechurcharts.co.uk)
23 Brownsword Events Club Quiz, Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7.30pm. Tickets £2 in advance or £2.50 on the door. Coffee biscuits included. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. 01035 257485
23 Toddler Time, Dorchester Library. Come along to clap, tap, wiggle and jiggle together lots of noisy fun for all ages 18 months - 4 years ( and you! ) 01305 224440
23 Jesus and Jazz, Sherborne School Dining Room, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Jazz, supper and a talk about Jesus by 2004 and 2008 Olympic Silver Medallist Debbie Flood. Tickets £12.50 01935 816163 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
23 Thomas Hardy Heritage Evening, Leigh Village Hall, 7.30 for 8pm. A very special Yetties Concert - with jigs & reels, polkas and waltzes all from the Hardy Family collection. Plus readings and poems. Tickets £6 from Leigh Village Stores 01935 873603
23-24 Dorset Art & Craft Show, Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10am – 4pm. Over 40 local artists and craftspeople exhibiting. Free admission. Refreshments available. (www.dorsetartandcraftshow.co.uk) 07730 557090
23-25 Sherborne International film Festival 2009, Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne. Three films will be screened daily, based on a French day, a Latin American day and and Oriental day. Tickets are £5 per film with season tickets and other “packages” also available and can be purchased from Sherborne TIC. Refreshments from the country or region being presented will be available between the two evening films each day. 01935 815341
24 Apple and Veg day, Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester, 01305 215003 (www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens)
24 Quiz for Bridport Barnardo's Helpers' Group, British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport, 7.30pm
24 Dorset Wildlife Trust Guided Walk Powerstock Common, Guided walk with the West Dorset Group of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, led by Bryan Godfrey. Non-members welcome. Booking essential 01297 561536 (www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk)
24 The Mezin Piano Trio, St Michael's Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis
24 Mother Julian Mother God, St. Francis Chapel, Hilfield Friary, 8pm. A dramatic presentation of the words of Dame Julian of Norwich by Polly March. Tickets £5 01300 342316
24-1/11 Dorset Food Week, A week long celebration of all things mouth-wateringly irresistibly Dorset – now in its ninth year. Events take place all over Dorset, including special events and tastings at our four West Dorset Tourist Information Centres. 01305 215103 (www.dorsetfoodweek.co.uk)
25 Vivat, Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 4pm. "Anniversaries with a Difference" - a concert celebrating the 350th anniversary of Purcell's birth plus music from across the centuries whose composition relates to historical events that took place on this date - 25th October 01935 873609 (www.vivatchoir.com)
25-30 Spooky Fun at Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Nr. Wareham, 10.30am – 4pm. Ghostly tales, scary trails, hunt the bat, make a witch’s hat & lots more activities. Normal admission charges apply. 0845 450 1054 (www.lulworth.com)
27 Go Wild in West Dorset with the National Trust, Stonebarrow National Trust Shop nr Charmouth, 10.30am - 12pm. Guided walk across the Golden Cap Estate with a warden.
28 Big Christmas Bingo, Corn Exchange, Dorchester, starts 7:00pm, eyes down at 7:30pm. In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, 01305 215315 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
30 Murder Mystery, Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester, 01305 215003 (www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens)
30-31 Halloween Special evenings Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens, 5pm to 8.30pm. Free face painting (scary faces) and free prize for children in fancy dress 01305 871387 (www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk)
31 Come and Sing Vivaldi Gloria and Rutter Requiem, Sherborne Abbey. Rehearsal 1.30-5pm, concert at 7pm. Enjoy an afternoon of singing with Paul Ellis, followed by an informal evening concert. Singers £15 (please book in advance), students under 18 free of charge. Concert tickets £5 unreserved on the door. 01935 812452 (www.sherbornefestivalchorus.org.uk)
31 Olives Et Al - The Great Big Hugee Feast, The Potting Shed, Poundbury Great local food plus plenty of "grow your own" from the garden centre team. 01258 474300 (email: email@example.com)
31 Festival of Rememberance, Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, Royal British Legion
31 Christmas Craft Fair, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am – 4pm. West Country Craft Fairs 01749 677049
31 - 1/11 Autumn Colours weekend, Sherborne Castle, 11am - 4.30pm. 01935 813182 (www.sherbornecastle.com)
CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS
Once again our four West Dorset Tourist Information Centres will be operating a Charity Christmas Card Shop on behalf of Cards for Good Causes Ltd during November and December. With approximately 30 charities represented, there is always an excellent selection to choose from.
28 -31 October
Meet the author, hear the story: Laurence Anholt
Meet the author, hear the story: Tracy Chevalier
Vintage Fashion Show
Adrian Edmondson & The Bad Shepherds
Theatre Friends Quiz Night
Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri
Mi Tierra Flamenca
Lyme Regis Amateur Dramatic Society
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…
05 Nov, Lakeside Fireworks, Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester
07 Nov, Firework Extravaganza, Sherborne Castle
13-22 Nov, Bridport Literary Festival
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.