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
Local Events Diary
01 Antiques Fair, Kingston Mauward, Nr Dorchester, 10am-4pm. (www.grandmasattic.co.uk)
01 Palm Sunday Choral Evensong, St Mary's Church, South St, Bridport, starts 4pm wiith The Choir of St Marys Parish Church
01 Wildlife Walk to Ware, Lyme Regis, 10.30am. Join the RSPB for a FREE guided walk starting outside the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. Ticket must be obtained from the TIC on 01297 44213
01 Wessex Military Band Spring Concert, Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport. Tickets £8.50 (concessions £6.50) available from the Arts Centre 01308 424204
01-15 Easter Holiday Fun! Tank Museum, Bovington (www.tankmuseum.org)
02 Sherborne Area Over 50s Group, Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Talk by Robert Gould, County Councillor and leader of West Droset District Council, followed by a talk on “Woofability”: the role of dogs in the lives of older people. Open to all.
04 Easter Bonnets, County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 10.30am-12pm. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
04 The West Bay 'Blood n' Plunder' Tour, Meet outside the George Pub 7.15pm. Re-live the golden age of Piracy and Smuggling on a 1hr walking tour around the harbourside of West Bay. Adult £5.00 Child £2.00, 07923 074787
05 Powerstock Cinema: My Week with Marilyn, Powerstock Hut, Powerstock, nr Bridport, 7.30pm £4 on the door
05 Silver Screen Spring Season, Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis, 10.30am. Larry Crowne presented in Digital Projection with 6-channel Digital sound. Tickets £3.25 including tea or coffee.
05-09 Bridport Easter Open Studios Various venues in the Bridport area. See website for full listings. (www.bridportopenstudios.co.uk)
06 DNHAS Archaeology Lecture - Pottery Kilns and Charcoal Pits: The Romans and Saxsons at Bestwall Quarry Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Talk given by Lilian Ladle (EDAS/DNHAS). 7.30pm. 01305 262735
06 Seattle comes to Bridport Youth Football Club. As part of the Bridport Youth Football Club 2 Seattle fund raising effotrs, Seattle will be coming to play Bridport. There will be a raffle to raise funds for the club’s 2016 trip to Seattle. Tickets are £10 each and are available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre – first prize Ford Ka, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £100.
06-08 Easter Egg Hunt, Kingston Mauward, Nr Dorchester DT2 8PX. 01305 215000
06-09 The Giant Easter Egg Hunt, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. Easter egg hunt for the whole family plus free children’s entertainment. 01305 871387 (www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk)
06-09 The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt, The Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester, 10am – 4pm. Spot the dinosaur eggs and solve the Dinosaur Mystery. 01305 269880 (www.thedinosaurmuseum.com)
07 Book Sale and Coffee Morning, The Inn Place by the Pilot Boat Inn, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 10 am. Admission £1 inc. refreshments. All proceeds to the Museum Development Fund, 01297 445503.
07 PBFA Book Fair, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. 01935 850210 (www.pbfa.org)
07 Thomas and the Mock Ups Greenpeace 40th Birthday Gig, Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 8pm to Midnight. Thomas and the Mock Ups, DJ Mixed Bag + DJ Uncle Allen plus foyer films on 40years of Insipiring Action. Tickets £4 available from Dorchester TIC All Proceeds to Greenpeace. 01305 267992/01305 262908 (www.greenpeace.org.uk/groups/west-dorset)
07 Meet Roving Press authors Carol Hunt (The Portland Chronicles), David Macpherson (Defenders of Mai-dun) and Sarah-Jane Forder (Kids’ Dorset). Waterstones, Dorchester, 11am onwards. 01300 321531
08 Starving Poets' Society, Lubbecke Community Centre, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, 4pm-5.30pm. Beth's bakes and poetry with Beth Blake. Everyone welcome inc children.. Leading to Poetry Fest and Poetry Anthology. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
08 Easter Bonnet Parade, Lyme Regis, 1.30pm. Make an Easter Bonnet! Judging at the Baptist Church Hall followed by a parade throughout the streets of Lyme Regis with Lyme Regis Junior Band and the Lyme Regis Majorettes to Theatre Square.
08 Pirate Day at the Nothe Fort, Nothe Fort, Weymouth. Treasure Trails, Pirate Ghost Walk, Face Painting, Crafts and Fancy Dress Competition. £5 for everyone to include activities (Under 3's Free) 01305 766626 (www.nothefort.org.uk)
09 Duck Race Lyme Regis. Watch the ducks race down the River Lym raising money for local good causes
10 The History of the Postcard, Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. A Bridport History Society talk by Brian Stidwell. All welcome. 01308 456876/425710
10 Free Golf Taster Sessions, Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, Women & Girls only 5-7pm 01308 421491
11 DNHAS Geology Lecture Series: Ten Years of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7pm. Talk given by Dr.John Willows (Sutton Poyntz Water Supply Museum). 'Water in, under and out of Dorset'. Free Entry-£3 Donation Encouraged. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
11 Sherborne Flicks - My Week with Marilyn, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm Tickets £5 - from Sherborne TIC
11 Make a Recycled Bag, Dorset County Museum, High West St., Dorchester, 10.30am-12pm. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
11 Quiz Night, The Inn Plaice, Pilot Boat Inn, Lyme Regis by Lyme Bay Photographic Club. Teams of up to 6 people £2.00 per adult, £1.00 for children. Winning team prizes and a raffle. Children and families welcome.
12 115 Club Jazz: Philip Goodhand Tait & David Sherrington, 115 Club, Bridge House Hotel, East St, Bridport. New wine and dine music event. Prebooking essential. 01308 423371 (www.bridgehousebridport.co.uk)
12 Free Golf Taster Sessions, Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, Open to all 5-7pm, 01308 421491
12 Have you had it long Madam? The Powell Theatre, Sherborne, 8pm. Tales from the Antiques Roadshow with Paul Atterbury and Hilary Kay. Tickets £15 in advance or £17 on the door. 07891 663044 (email: email@example.com)
13 Lyme Bay Photographic Club, Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Marine Parade Shelters by Vickie Stickler.
14 "Merchant Navy Records", Loders Village Hall, near Bridport, 2pm-4.30pm. Talk by David Hawkings. Part of Somerset and Dorset family history society. Members £1.50. Visitors £2, 01935 812347
14 Stand Up Dorchester, Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Comedy Night featuring Yianni Agisilaou, Kelly Kingham, Laura Lexx and compere Dave Thompson. Adults £8 from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992 / 266926
14 Three Days Late Ceilidh: JeRoKa, Church House Hall, South St, Bridport, 7.30pm. With caller Ruth Thompson. 01308 423442
14 Barn Dance, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm-11pm. An evening of dance, song and music with live music from the Milborne Porters. Fun for all ages. Tickets £10 in advance inc. plougmans/drink. 01963 251533 or (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
14 St Swithun's Band, Bucky Doo Square, Town Centre, Bridport, am. Free open-air performance for shoppers’ enjoyment.
14 Concert by Oriel Singers, St. Mary’s Church, Beaminster, 7.30pm. Tickets £7.50 available from Team Office and Symonds & Sampson both in Hogshill Street, Beaminster or at the door. 01308 862876
14 Free Golf Taster Sessions, Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club. Open to all 10-12 noon. 01308 421491
14 Quiz Night United Chruch, Charles St, Dorchester, 7.30pm. £5 adults inc. ploughman’s. In aid of Action for Children
15 Free Golf Taster Sessions, Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, 4-6pm for any who have attended taster sessions. 01308 421491
15 The Great Dorset Beach Clean at Lyme Regis. Meet by The Slipway at the Cobb. All welcome. Wear sturdy gloves and boots - a 'picker upper' saves bending too! Bags provided. Similar events along the Dorset coast, including Charmouth
15 Specialist Charity Plant Fair, Mapperton Gardens, nr. Beaminster, 10am – 4pm. Over 30 stalls of specialist nurseries. Special admission price of £3.00 inc. entry to gardens and fair and a donation to the charity. Refreshments available. 01935 424724
15 Collegium Regale – choral scholars of Kings College, Cambridge St. Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis. Tickets available from Lyme Regis TIC 01297 442138
16 Bride Valley Gardening Club, Puncknowle Swyre Village Hall, 7.30pm Michael Burks from Castle Gardens, Sheborne talking on "Sowing Seeds and Propagation". (email: email@example.com)
16 West Dorset Flower Club Demonstartion, WI Hall, North St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Demonstration by Carol Newman £4 visitors.
18 Laos: From Historic Buddhist Temples to Modern Silk Weaving, Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 2.30pm. WDD Fine Arts Society talk with Denise Heywood. 01308 897209
18 Spring Lunch Learn, The Eastbury Hotel, Long Street, Sherborne. A Spring flower arranging demonstration and workshop with Julia Moore plus 2 course lunch with wine. £39 per person. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
18 Archaeotreks with Chris Tripp MA PIfA - Dorset's Community Archaeologist, United Church, 51 Charles Street, Dorchester, 7-9pm. Digging the Dirt or Archaeology How to do it plus Personal Remenicences of London Sites. £80 (10 sessions) Refreshments and Two Site Tours Included 07768695162 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (http://xcavate.blogstop.com)
18 The Great Barrier Reef, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. An evening with James Brickell, producer and director of BBC series “The Great Barrier Reef”, organised by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Tickets £10 available from Sherborne TIC.
19 Wine Man’s Bluff Senior Lunch Club, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Make up a team for Wine Man’s Bluff and join Sherborne Douzelage for a wine tasting evening. Further details available from 01963 251255
20 Dogs with Collars', Puddletown Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. A unique rock band consisting of 5 Vicars from Dorset Parishes. Tickets £8 Proceeds to St Mary's Church, Puddletown. 01305 848510 / 01305 848646
21 Books, Cake and Coffee, Moreton Village Hall, 10am-12noon. Huge selection of 'as new' books for just 25p a book. Home made cakes and coffee/tea. Donation of books always welcome. 01929 463221
21 Rex Trevett Big Band, Bucky Doo Square, Town Centre, Bridport, am. Free open-air performance for shoppers enjoyment.
21 Lyme Regis Town Band, St George's Jubilee Concert Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Licensed Bar and Raffle. Tickets from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre 01297 442138
21 Datelined Antiques Fair, Digby Hall, Hound Street Sherborne, 9am - 4pm. 01963 370986
21 Open Day - Dorset Coppice Group, Bonsley Wood, Nr Durweston, Blandford. Many craft demonstrations and sales. Help us mark the start of National Beanpole Week! 01963 23680 (email: email@example.com) (www.dorsetcoppicegroup.org.uk)
21 Be the first to buy copies of Dorset Voices Waterstones, Dorchester, 11am onwards. A collection of contemporary writing and photographs reflecting Dorset's variety and a celebration of local talent. 01305 321531
21 St. George's Day Fair, St. George's Church and Fordington Green, Dorchester, 1.30pm-4pm. Music by Durnovaria Silver Band and the Harmonious Funk Choir. Dancing by the Dorchester Ballet Club and The Studio. Stalls, games etc - all welcome.
21-10/6 The Romantic Landscape Exhibition, Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4EL. New work by artists who find poetry in the contemporary landscape. 01308 459511
23 Biodanza Comes To Bridport! Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock, 7.30-9.30pm. New classes starting, every 4th Monday of month. £4 donation - free for newbies! Robin 01308 897130 (www.biodanza-bridport.co.uk)
24 Are you Bewitched? A talk by Andrew Pickering, St. Georges Hall, Fordington, 7.30pm. Part of the National Trust South Dorset Association Programme 2012. All Welcome. £3 guests.
24 Talk 'Poundbury, urban triumph or disaster', Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Talk by Martin Pakes. Organised by the Lyme Regis Society. 2.30pm. £1.50 including refreshments
25 Something Nasty In The Garden, Uplyme Village Hall, Near Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Talk by Pippa Greenwood from Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. Tickets £6 Members. £8 Non members - available from Uplyme Post Office or 01297 443793.
26 Lunchtime Concert: Dorchester Piano Trio Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 1pm. Free, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
27 Tindall Recital - Clare Jackson (Flute), Music School, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50 - available from Sherborne School reception. 01935 812249 (www.sherborne.org)
28 St Swithun's Band, Bucky Doo Square, Town Centre, Bridport, am. Free open-air performance for shoppers enjoyment.
28 Sincerely Abba, Digby Hall, Hound Street Sherborne, 7.30pm. Abba tribute band plus guest comedy entertainer Carl Brent. Raffle in aid of 874 ATC (Sherborne Air Cadets). Tickets £17 available Sherborne Tourist Information Centre. 01935 815341
28 WAND Dorset Women's Day, Dorford Centre, Dorchester, 10.30am-4pm. 01305 321531 (www.rovingpress.co.uk)
28 Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir's 40th Anniversary Concert: Spem in Alium, St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30 pm. Tickets: £12 (under 18s: £2) from Dorchester TIC (01305 267992) or online at (www.bschoir.org.uk)
28 Powerstock Cider Festival, Powerstock Hut, Powerstock, Nr. Bridport, 6pm-10.30pm. Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre - £5 – but be warned - they sell out fast! 01308 485375 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
28 Plant Sale, Buckland Newton Village Hall, 10am. Variety of plants, cakes and home produce in support of Weldmar Hospicecare.
29 Animal Festival, Kingston Mauward, Nr Dorchester DT2 8PX. 01305 215000
30 A Light Hearted Look at Tudor Life in the West Country, Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Jenny Peet. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Non-members welcome. 01308 863577
West Dorset Tourist Information Centres
Dorchester TIC, Antelope Walk, Dorchester
Bridport TIC, South Street, Bridport
Sherborne TIC, Digby Road, Sherborne
Lyme Regis TIC, Church Street, Lyme Regis
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