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What's on in and around West Dorset

April 2011

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

Local events diary

31/3-02 Amateur Players of Sherborne – Busman’s Honeymoon Digby Hall, Sherborne, 7.30pm nightly. A Lord Peter Wimsey mystery by Dorothy L Sayers. Tickets £7.50 (students £4.00) from Marsh’s in Cheap Street and the Abbey Shop (www.aps-sherborne.co.uk)

01 All Boats Have A Story Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Boatbuilder Gail McGarva talks about traditional wooden boats and the building of their modern-day 'daughters' . 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

01 What Would Helen Mirren Do? By Josie Melia directed by Peter Ellis West Stafford Village Hall, 7.30pm Tickets £7.50, £6 (u18s), £22 (fam 4 -max 2ad) on door, if available. Bar available. 01305 257266 / 01305 261771

01 Archaeology Talk Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. “Worth Matravers : Buildings and Burials, Rituals and Rubbish” a talk by Lillian Ladle (DNHAS) 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

02 Craft & Country Garden Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. Free admission 01749 677049

02 Day School - A Gathering of Garments from Tudor Times Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.30an – 4pm. Mariners, milinery, mysterious shirts, movement and manners. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

02 Barty's Ball a Night at the Museum II Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30 - 11.30pm Includes buffet, drinks and band. Tickets £25 a head available from Bartle Pye and Figure 8. Raffle proceeds in aid of museum. Black Tie Evening.

02 Table Top Sale The United Church, Charles Street, Dorchester, 9.45am – 12pm. Held in aid of the First Dorset Credit Union. Tea and coffee available. To rent a table is £5 please call 01305 269539

02 Durnovaria Silver Band - 75th Anniversary Concert Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. With special guest performance from Dulcima. Light refreshments. Raffle. Adults: £5, Children: Free - tickets from Dorchester TIC.01305 267992

02 Weymouth Choral Society - Mozart Requiem Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth, 7.30pm. Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Clarinet Concerto. £10 (U 16s free) from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992 (www.weymouthchoralsociety.org.uk)

02 Craft Fair Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 9am - 12.30pm. Entry free. Unusual and interesting local crafts for that elusive Mother's Day gift. Coffee / tea and home-made cakes. (email: suswalker@btinternet.com)

02 Boat Jumble Harbour Slipway, Lyme Regis, 9am – 12noon. A chance to sell your unwanted nautical items or bag a bargain. £5 entrance per private seller's car. All proceeds to RNLI. 01297 444567 or 444234

02 Spring Chickens! Willow Sculptures Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10am – 4.30pm. £45 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)

02 Sherborne Jazz – the Nick Malcolm Quartet Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, 8pm. Tickets on door £12, full time students £8, under 16s £6. 01935 816569

03 Charity Specialist Plant and Garden Fair Lulworth Castle, Nr Wareham, 10am-4pm. 16 stands exhibiting. Refreshments available. Admission £2.50 In support of the Dorset Blind Association. (www.dorsetblind.org.uk)

03 Wessex Military Band Mothers Day Concert Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 6pm. Bring your Mum to hear this fantastic band as a special treat. Tickets £8.50 / £6.50 concessions. 01308 424204

03 The Briantspudle Singers - Music for a Spring Evening St Mary The Virgin Church, Puddletown, 7.30pm.Seasonal Sacred Music for many ages and traditions from C1500 to modern day. Tickets £8 from choir members or 01929 555366

04 Thomas Hardye School Community Lecture Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 7pm. "Women and the English Civil War" by Professor Ann Hughes. Tickets from Thomas Hardye School. Free entry but donations appreciated.

04 Mark Hix's Kitchen Table Charmouth, 11.30am-3pm. Join Mark at his Charmouth home for an open cooking class where he will demonstrate dishes using the best British seasonal produce around. Cost: £175.00. 6 participants. 01689 855390 or (email: augusta@hixfoodetc.co.uk)

04/11/18 Lent Lunches Puddletown Village Hall, 12-1.30pm. Bowl of home-made soup, bread roll, cheese and biscuits, piece of fruit, cup of tea or coffee. £3.50 Proceeds to The Bishop's Fund for the Sudan - everyone welcome.

05 Guided Tour of Georgian Faces Exhibition Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 12 noon. A guided tour of the Georgian Faces exhibition by curator Gwen Yarker. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

05 Sherborne Jazz Jam Session Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, doors open 7.30pm. An informal and friendly session – bring your instrument and a tune and sit in with the house band – or come just to listen and enjoy. Admission £2. 01935 816569 (www.sherbornejazz.org.uk)

06 Sanctus Sacred Songs United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7 - 9pm. Cost £5 Come and learn simple harmonies and chants from around the world. (email: sanctusdorset@hotmail.com)

06 Dorchester and District Bible Society Action Group - Spring Meeting The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 7pm - 9pm. Guest speaker Heather Clements. Free entry. (email: lesleyandclive@tiscali.co.uk)

06 Ladies Shopping & Pamper Evening Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 7pm. Pamper treats and a wide range of trade stands all in aid of the RSPCA. 01297 560316

06 Collegium Regale, the choral scholars of Kings College Cambridge in Concert St. Michael's Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. in support of Lyme Regis Organ Appeal. Tickets £10/£8/£5 from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre 01297 442138

06 Dorchester Horticultural Society - Spring Show St Georges Church Hall, Fordington , 7.30pm. All welcome.

06 Shakespeare's England Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 2pm. West Dorset Decorative & Fine Arts Society Talk with Musical Examples. 01308 897209

07 Casterbridge Probus Club Conservative Club, South Walks, Dorchester , 12.15pm. Monthly lunch meeting with speaker of Casterbridge Probus Club. 01305 251599 or 01305 848499

07 Mary Anning's Five Famous Fossils Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis , 2.30pm. Stephen Locke, geologist and museum Chairman, discusses Mary Anning's role in the early palaeontology of Lyme Regis. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

07 Making Boats in Stained Glass Come and be creative with glass! Through a series of demonstrations, you'll cut, copper foil and solder a small boat in stained glass. £15. 2-5pm. To book 07979 013641 Part of Maritime Lyme (www.maritimelyme.co.uk)

07 Euro Travel Talk Senior Citizens Club, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. A talk on Prague & Mozart’s travels presented by Janet Parsons. No need to book. Entry £6 (Students £2.50) on the door – includes a glass of wine and snacks. 01963 251255

08 U3A Monthly Social Morning with Coffee Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 10-11am followed by 'Are You Ready For The Referendum' from 11am-12noon a talk by Margaret Rose of the Election Reform Society.

08 Folk Dance Chideock Hall, 8pm Bridport Folk Dance Club with Robert Blackborrow and the Bridgewater Folk Band. Entry £5. 01935 815341

09 Dance - Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 8-11pm. Everyone welcome. £4

08 A Chance to Ask Julian Fellowes Your Question The Friends of St. Nicholas Church, Moreton, 7pm. Refreshments in the church. Tickets £15 in advance only from Carol Gibbens 01929 462468. Supper available afterwards at the Moreton Bistro 01929 463647

08 The Bastard Brothers of Blandford Forum – Lecture Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. A talk by Polly Legg about the siblings who re-built Blandford after its destruction by fire. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

80-09 Rustic Hazelwood Furniture Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10am – 5pm. 2-day workshop. (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)

09 Dorchester Moose presents Dirty Dancing Night Corn Exchange, Dorchester, doors open 5.30pm . Bar, refeshments available. Come along and watch the film, sing along with the song sheets provided, dance away the evening to The Rob Wall Disco. Performance by The Dorchester Ballet and Dance Club. Tickets £10, fancy dress optional. 01305 259039

09 Quangle Wangle Choir St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Tickets £6.00 from Dorchester TIC or on the door 01305 267992 / 01305 785878 (email: makeandsuelee@hotmail.co.uk)

09 West Stafford Easter Coffee Morning and Mini Market Village Hall, West Stafford, 10.30am – 12noon. Refreshments, cakes and produce, hand- and home-made gifts and craft (inc Caroline Tucker's artwork and fabic designs), Woodfood Nurseries, Peach and Pomegranate, cards and jewellery. 01305 260004 (email: anna-butler@hotmail.co.uk)

09 Quiz Night Dorchester United Church Hall, Charles Street. Fun for all. Tickets: £4 Adult and £2 for under 14's. Includes cold supper. Tickets available from The Gallery, in the hall at coffee after church and 01305 266461 01305 266461

09 Weatherbury Singers - Come & Sing St George's Church, Fordington, Dorchester . Jenkins: The Armed Man, Folk Songs from The British Isles & Mozart. Tickets £15 to include Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Registration for singers 10.30am at St George's Church. Public audience welcome, 01305 251662 (email: weatherburysingers@gmail.com)

09 Rockpooling Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Investigate the rock pools of Lyme's Broad Ledge with museum geologist Paddy Howe and marine biologist Chris Andrews.01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

09 Crooked Furrow play A Three Days Late Ceilidh St. Mary’s Church Hall, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Tickets £7 in advance (£8 on door) available from Bridport TIC – include light supper and soft drinks. Bring your own beer! 01308 424901

09 Bridport Indoor Bowls Free Taster Session Bridport Indoor Bowls Club, St. Andrews Trading Estate, Bridport, 10am – 2pm. Come and have a go free of charge – inlcuding tea, coffee and good company. 01308 420732

09-10 The Dorset Landscape with Andrew Fitchett Colmers View Bridport, 10am-5pm. Observational drawing and painting from pencil sketch to oil painting in a weekend with Andres Fitchett . Cost £100 01308 458787 (www.escapetodorset.co.uk)

09-25 Daily Easter Egg Trails Fleet Ar Arm Museum, Yeovilton. (www.fleetairarm.com)

09-25 Easter Holiday Fun at the Tank Museum Bovington, Wool. To mark the launch of the new exhibition Battlegroup Afghanistan, there will be desert themed family activities during the Easter holidays, including a desert themed Easter Egg hunt, free craft activities and face painting, tank displays and more. (www.tankmuseum.org) 01929 405096

10 Messy Church Leigh Village Hall, 3-5pm. Relaxed informal family church with crafts, songs, food and lots of fun! 01935 872600

10 Make Time For Tea - Eve Appeal Tea Party Church Room, Puddletown, 3.30 - 6pm. Refreshments, Bring & Buy produce tables, raffle, information on ovarian cancer. All money raised will support the Eve Appeal. 01305 848712

10 Know Your Fossils Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.45pm. A talk on how fossils lived, and how to find, identify and handle, with the museum's fossil experts Paddy Howe and Chris Andrew. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

10 Fossil Hunting Walk at Charmouth Meet by the flagpole on Charmouth Seafront, 1pm. A 2 hour fossil hunting walk and talk with Chris Pamplin – no need to book. £5 adults, £3 child (must be accompanied), under 4s free. 0845 094 3757 (www.fossilwalks.com)

10/24 Beth is Back! The Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, 4pm-5.30pm. Beth Blake, Debbie & Derrick Dalley invite you to Cream Tea and Poetry on Sundays second and last of every month. £8.00 per person 01305 267293

11 The History of Lyme in Ten Objects - The Charter Seal and The Model of the Undercliff Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Thea Hawkesworth talk about these two objects from the museum's collection, each with a special story to tell. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

11-15 Eype Spring 2011 Book ‘N Author Week Eype Centre for the Arts, St. Peter’s Church, Eype, Bridport. Contact Bridport Tourist Information Centre for programme and tickets 01308 424901. (www.eypechurcharts.co.uk)

11-15 Concorde Egg Parachute Drops Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, 2pm-3pm. (www.fleetairarm.com)

12 Bridport History Society Talk: Up The Hill & Round About - Excavating Badbury Rings Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, 2.30pm. A talk by Nancy Grace from the National Trust. 01308 456876 / 488034

12 Bridport Feminist Network Monthly The George Pub, South St, Bridport, 7.30pm. (email: bridfem@hotmail.co.uk)

13 Family Activity - Romans! Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Come and make a Roman shield. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

13 Geology Lecture Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7pm. “New Life in the Ocean Depths” – a talk by Dr Jon Copley (National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton University). 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

14 Brewing At The Malthouse Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Maurice Liddiard and Jon Hosking, chief brewer of Lyme's Town Mill Brewery, talk about the history of the recently restored Malthouse, to be followed by a walk to look at the micro-brewing process and a tasting. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

14 Primulas and Auriculas The Conference Room, Kingston Maurward College, Nr Dorchester, 7.30pm. A slide talk by Alan Edmondson. Refreshments, raffle, plant sales. Visitors welcome (£2.50). NCCPG Dorset Group.

14 Art Buffet Sherborne (contact organiser for details of venue), 10.30am-12.30pm, 2pm – 4pm. Free entry and materials. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, who is very welcome to join in too! 01935 815899 (email: info@sherborneartslink.org.uk)

15 Easter Bingo Beaminster Town Hall, Beaminster, doors open 6.30pm for Eyes Down at 7.30pm. Refreshements, raffle and great prizes. In aid of St Mary's Primary School.

16 Book Sale Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 10am. 01308 863577

16 An Evening with Reg Meuross Milborne Port Village Hall, Nr. Sherborne, 7.30pm. 7.30pm . Concert by "master storyteller" Reg Meuross, with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic high tenor vocals and exemplary guitar playing . Tickets £10 available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 / 01963 251533 (email: colin@ceverest.demon.co.uk)

17 Mapperton Specialist Charity Plant Fair Mapperton Gardens, Nr. Beaminster, 10am – 4pm. Over 25 stalls of specialist nurseries from the South and West of England. Donation from proceeds to Dorset Children’s Hospice, Julia’s House. Sawmill Café open 10am – 4pm. 01935 424724 / 01308 862545 (www.mapperton.com)

17 Rockpool Ramble Meet at Cobb Gate Car Park, Lyme Regis, 11.30am. 01297 560772 (www.charmouth.org)

17 Lyme Bay Chorale Concert: They That Go Down To The Sea St. Michael's Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 4pm. Excerpts from Brahms and songs of the sea. Tickets £10 from Tourist Information Centre 01297 442138, Hilary Highet and A Kind Of Blue, to include a delicious high tea after the performance.

18 "The Healing Garden" Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Gavin Craig - surgeon, wildlife gardener and author. Presented by The Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Non-members welcome. 01308 863577

18-21 Concorde Egg Parachute Drops Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, 2pm-3pm. (www.fleetairarm.com)

19 Easter Fossil Hunting Walk at Charmouth Meet by the flagpole on Charmouth Seafront, 10am. A 2 hour fossil hunting walk and talk with Chris Pamplin – no need to book. £5 adults, £3 child (must be accompanied), under 4s free. 0845 094 3757 (www.fossilwalks.com)

20 Family Activity – Tudors Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.30an – 12.30pm. Make a pomander and look at herbal remedies. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

20 Jazz at The Three Compasses - Jam Night The Three Compasses Inn, The Square, Charminster, 8.30pm. Resident Jazz trio - all musicians and audience welcome. Free admission 01305 263618

20 Fossil Roadshow Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Learn more about how Charmouth and the coast have changed over the last 200 million years. Booking essential. 01297 560772 (www.charmouth.org)

21 Fossil Hunting Walk at Charmouth Meet by the flagpole on Charmouth Seafront, 11am. A 2 hour fossil hunting walk and talk with Chris Pamplin – no need to book. £5 adults, £3 child (must be accompanied), under 4s free. 0845 094 3757 (www.fossilwalks.com)

21 The Making Of The Easter Bunny Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Rikey Austin and Jo Farmer (featured on Kirstie Allsopp's TV show Kirstie's Homemade Home) talk about the history of the Easter rabbit and demonstrate how to make the museum's own cuddly bunny, Beatrix. An Easter egg hunt follows. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

22-24 Open Studios - Exhibition of handwoven textiles 143 South Street Bridport, 10.30am – 5pm. Weaving demonstrations, items for sale 10.30am - 5pm 01308 427194 (email: jennie.knight@tiscali.co.uk)

22-25 Easter Egg Hunt Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park, Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester, 10am – 4pm. Hunt to find the hidden clues to claim your Easter egg – visit the Easter chicks and bunnies in the animal park and have a stroll through the beautiful grounds and gardens. 01305 215003 (www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens)

22-25 Giant Easter Egg Hunt Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens. A great family day out with an Easter Egg hunt, face painting and more. 01305 871387 (www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk)

22-25 Alien Egg Hunt Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford. Some aliens have escaped overnight and laid some strange looking eggs around the museum – bring your children to see how many they can find. 01963 440804 (www.haynesmotormuseum.com)

22-25 Easter Weekend at Monkey World Monkey World, Nr. Wool. Each day the first 100 children to enter the park will receive a free chocolate Easter Egg. 01929 462537 (www.monkeyworld.org)

23 Dance - Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 8-11pm. Everyone welcome. £4

23 Book Sale and Coffee The Pilot Boat Inn, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 10am – 12.30pm. In aid of the Lyme Regis Museum, organised by Friends of the Museum. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

23 St George's Day Concert with Lyme Regis Town Band Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Ticket £5 from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre 01297 442138, Primary Colours, Uplyme Post Office and any band member.

23-12/6 "New to View" Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster. 01308 863577

23-22/5 "Bread: a slice of history" Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 01308 863577

23-29/9 Village Exhibition: A to Z of Netherbury Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster 01308 863577

24 Easter Bonnet Parade Lyme Regis Make an Easter Bonnet. Come to the Baptist Church Hall for judging and then parade through the streets of Lyme accompanied by the Lyme Regis Junior band and the Lyme Regis Majorettes to Theatre Square. Organised by Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee (www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk)

24 Specialist Charity Plant Fair Digby Hall, Sherborne, 10am – 4pm. 19 stalls of specialist nurseries from the South and West of England. . 01935 424724 (www.plantfairs.com)

24 Bridport Vintage Market St Michael's Art & Vintage Quarter, Bridport, 12-4pm. Bridport's Vintage Market takes place on the last Sunday of each month - lots of stalls, music and café. 07879 051362 (www.oldalbion.co.uk)

24 Rockpooling Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 4pm. Investigate the rock pools of Lyme's Broad Ledge with museum geologist Paddy Howe and marine biologist Chris Andrews. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

24 Fossil Hunting Walk at Charmouth Meet by the flagpole on Charmouth Seafront, 2pm. A 2 hour fossil hunting walk and talk with Chris Pamplin – no need to book. £5 adults, £3 child (must be accompanied), under 4s free. 0845 094 3757 (www.fossilwalks.com)

24 Sunday Service and Tea Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, 4pm. Peter Atwil will tell of his life afloat throughout the UK, involving Canal Ministries, Followed by a full, delicious Sunday tea.

24 Specialist Charity Plant Fair Herringston House, Nr. Dorchester, 10am – 4pm. Over 14 stalls of specialist nurseries from the South and West of England exhibiting in the grounds and garden (not normally open to the public). Entry £2 in support of Help the Aged. 01935 424724 (www.plantfairs.com)

24-25 Children's Easter Egg Hunt Forde Abbey

25 Know Your Fossils Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm A talk on how fossils lived, and how to find, identify and handle, with the museum's fossil experts Paddy Howe and Chris Andrew. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

25 Fossil Hunting Walk at Charmouth Meet by the flagpole on Charmouth Seafront, 2.30pm. A 2 hour fossil hunting walk and talk with Chris Pamplin – no need to book. £5 adults, £3 child (must be accompanied), under 4s free. 0845 094 3757 (www.fossilwalks.com)

26 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Talk Dorset Room, Colliton Club (opposite County Hall), Dorchester. "Conservation and Heritage Management" by Ian Clark, an independent consultant. Non members welcome - cost £2

27 Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society - Trees Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Talk by Steve Maros, Arboriculture Manager for Dorset County Council. 01297 444034

27 Dorset Wine Society The Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester. £30 per person to include wine, canapes on arrival. 8 - 10 wines will be presented, with the evening focused on the understanding and enjoyment of wine. A two course supper with wine will be served after the tasting. Advance Booking required 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinetore.com)

27 Digging the Dirt Archaeology Course Olive Tree, East Street, Bridport, 6.30pm. This 10 week course with Chris Tripp will look at how and why archaeologists dig sites. The course will include 2 site visits and costs £10 per 2 hour session to include refreshments. Starts at 6.30pm. (email: chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com)

27 Charity Golf Day Lyme Regis Golf Club In aid of Candles on the Cobb 2012

27 Digging the Dirt : How and why archaeologists dig sites The Olive Tree, Bridport, 6.30pm. The first evening of a 10 week “Love Learning” course. £10 per 2 hour session – refreshments and two site visits included.

28 Palmers Wine Society Palmers Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport DT6 4JA Tickets £12.50 per person includes wine and canapes. 8 - 10 wines presented with the evening focused on the understanding and enjoyment of wine. Advance booking required.01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)

28 West Dorset Humanists Meeting - Exploring Our Spirituality Old Ship Inn, Upwey, Nr Weymouth, 8pm. Talk and discussion led by David Warden about whether atheists and humanists can make sense of the idea of spiirituality. . Free but suggested donation of £2 welcome. 07921 311518 (email: westdorsethumanists@hotmail.com)

29 Royal Wedding Picnic on the Pitch Lyme Regis Football Club, Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis. The Royal Wedding will be shown on big screen at 11am and highlights repeated throughout the day. Bring your own picnic. BBQ available in the afternoon. Bar open all day. Skittles, Bouncy Castle. Tombola and raffle. Live music from local band 'Something Fren

29 Stand Up Dorchester Comedy Night Corn Exchange, Dorchester, doors open 7.15pm for 8.15pm show. Three great comedians and compere. Licensed bar, cabaret style seating. Tickets from Dorchester T I C 01305 267992 Profits to “Read Easy”

29 Party in the Park - Sherborne celebrates the Royal Wedding Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, 2pm - 5pm. All welcome, entrance free - bring a picnic and something to sit on and enjoy the entertainment. BBQ, coffees, teas, ice creams, wedding cake stall, fizz/bubbly tent, exhibitino of vintage wedding dresses and more. 01935 815341

29 Royal Wedding at the Electric Palace Electric Palace, Bridport. Join the fun with a big screen showing the vent – free tickets from Bridport TIC. The Electric Palace will be dressed for a street party with party food available.

29 Maumbury Rings Celebrations for the Royal Wedding Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, 10am-4pm. Giant TV screen plus Dorset County Orchestra performing Last Night at the Proms at 2pm. Free.

29 Georgian Faces Event Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. “The London Hermit : or Rambles in Dorsetshire” A play reading by the New Hardy Players and featuring some very special guests, of John O’Keefe’s hilarious Georgian comedy from 1798, centering on Dorset. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

29-3/5 Sherborne Abbey Music Festival This year artists include such exciting names as Dame Cleo Laine, Nicola Benedetti, The Sixteen with Harry Christophers, The Three Welsh Tenors and our Festival Chorus whose programme will includePoulenc's Gloria, Holst's Hymn of Jesus and The Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss, plus much, much more. (www.sherborneabbey.org.uk)

29-1/5 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Fossil Festival: A natural science and arts cultural extravaganza on the beautiful Jurassic coast. The Fossil Festival features live performances in street theatre, music and welcomes exhibitors from some of the UK's top natural science organis (www.fossilfestival.com)

30 Powerstock Cider Festival Powerstock Hut, Powerstock, Nr. Bridport, starts 6pm. Approx. 20 cider producers will be attending the festival as well as local food suppliers. Tickets £5 – available only in advance from Bridport TIC 01308 485375 (email: info@lancombes-house.co.uk)

30 Minerva's Emporium Dorchester Town Hall, High East Street, Dorchester, 10am - 4pm Tel:- 07866 595596 (email: minervasemporium@hotmail.com)

30 St George's Fair St George's Church, Fordington. Opened by Lord Julian Fellowes at 1.30pm. Finishes at 4pm. Stallholders and visitors are being asked to dress up in Edwardian costume in honour of Lord Felowes TV hit Downton Abbey. Music by Durnovaria Silver Band and Harmonious Funk choir. 01305 250366

30 Something Old, Something New Dalwood Church, Dalwood, Nr. Axminster, 10am – 5pm. An exhibition of wedding dresses dating from 1920 to 2010. Tea and cake will be available in the Village Hall. 01308 456617

30 Fabulous Felting – a floral corsage Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am – 4.30pm. £35 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)

30-1/5 International Marconi Day New Barn Field Centre, Bradford Peverell, Nr. Dorchester. To celebrate the birthday of Marconi, the father of radio, an amateur radio station will be operating from New Barn Eco Centre from 00.00hrs on 30th April to 00.00hrs on 1st May. All welcome to attend whether radio amateur or not!. 01305 820400

30 - 2/5 Sherborne Castle Craft and Garden Fair Sherborne Castle, 10am – 6pm. Exhibitors from all over the country, housed in large marquees Children will be entertained by famous magician, Mr Merlin. Refreshments available. Entrance, which includes the magnificent gardens, is £5. 01935 813182 (www.sherbornecastle.com)

30 -10/5 Dorchester Art Club Members Spring Exhibition Poundbury Garden Centre, Peverell Avenue East, Poundbury 10am - 5pm everyday except Sundays 10.30am - 4pm. Admission is free. New members welcome. 01305 263251

West Dorset Tourist Information Centres

Dorchester TIC, Antelope Walk, Dorchester
Tel: 01305 267992

Bridport TIC, South Street, Bridport
Tel: 01308 424901

Sherborne TIC, Digby Road, Sherborne
Tel: 01935 815341

Lyme Regis TIC, Church Street, Lyme Regis
Tel: 01297 442138

email: dorchester.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @DorchesterTIC

email: bridport.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @BridportTIC

email: sherborne.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @SherborneTIC

email: lymeregis.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @LymeRegisTIC

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