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…
2nd - Bridport Film Festival 2012-2013. Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport.
15th - Pack Monday Fair. Sherborne.
17th-04th Nov - The Enchanted Floodlit Gardens. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.
18th-21st - Sherborne Literary Festival. Sherborne.
25th-28th - Sherborne International Film festival. Sherborne.
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.
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.
Lyme Regis - Farmers Market, every 3rd Sunday in the newly built marquees right on the seafront. 10am-4pm.
Owermoigne - Monthly market in the village hall 2nd Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 12noon. Homemade produce, bric a brac, plants, crafts, books.
Broadmayne - Monthly market, 15th June, St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne (Next to the Church), 2pm-3.30pm. All proceeds for St Martin's Community Hall. 01305 853765
Fossil Walks, Regular guided fossil hunting walks in Lyme Regis and Charmouth are run year round by 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, 2.15pm. 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 of charge. Tel: 01308 452263 for more information.
Dorchester Strollers, walks with trained health walkers. Every Monday at 10.30am and Tuesday at 2.15pm. Occasional Thursday and Sunday afternoons. Walks last up to one hour, all welcome, free. Tel: 01305 263759 for more information.
Literary Lyme, walking tours available throughout the year. Tel: 07763 974569 for details and to book.
Lyme History Walks. Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, 11am. Meet at the Marine Theatre. Adult £7. 01297 631970.
Mary Anning Walks, Lyme Regis. Explore the paths and streets of Old Lyme as Mary knew them with expert guide Natalie Manifold. Details from Lyme Regis Museum. Tel. 01297 443370. (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
Marshwood Trails, Guided walking & electric bike tours in spectacular West Dorset. 07796 135256 (www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk)
Bridport Halloween Ghost Walks, 29th & 30th October. 7:15pm from Buckydoo square. Adults £6.00 Children (under 5 yrs free) £2.50 Chilling tales and grisly history on a 75 min. walking tour of the town's haunted locations! Ring Adrian on 07923 074787
Dorchester Ghost Walks, Lead by the Town Crier, Alistair Chisholm, Tel: 07773286197.
West Dorset Ramblers, organise regular walks around the area. Tel: 01297 631130 (www.westdorsetramblers.org.uk)
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).
‘Inspirit’ Art Exhibition at Max Gate (14th March-31st Oct). Local artists work inspired by Thomas Hardy and his Dorset landscape. Open Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, normal admission charges - Adult £4, Child £2.
Global Images Gallery Photographic Exhibition (1st September-31st October) 2 Hound Street, Sherborne. Iconic Mountains, Lhasa & Kathmandu and Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. Monday-Saturday 9am-5.30pm, Sundays 10am-4pm.
Exhibition of work by David Brayne and Vivienne Williams (21st September-12th October) Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. Monday-Saturday. 9.30am-5pm.
Dorchester Art Club: Autumn Open Exhibition (22nd September-30th October) Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. 10am-5pm (excluding Sundays). Entry to the exhibition is free. For information on their new term programme including tutorials and to be placed on their mailing list. Please contact Jennifer Martindale (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dorchester Arts Centre (www.dorchesterarts.org.uk), Bridport Arts Centre (www.bridport-arts.com) and Eype Centre for the Arts (www.eypechurcharts.co.uk) 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
01-12 Exhibition of new work by David Brayne & Vivienne Williams. The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. Daily from 9:30am-5pm Monday to Saturday. 01935 815261 (www.jerramgallery.com)
01-30 Bridport Family History Courses Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Rd, Bridport DT6 4PS. Various courses: 01308 425710
02 Bridport Film Festival 2012-2013 Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport The new season of films starts on 2nd Oct and continues until next Spring. 07770 261348 (www.bridportfilmsociety.co.uk)
02 Lyme Regis Art Society Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis Textures in Painting, inc. palette knife by Penny Wilton. 2-4pm
03 Joyful Harmony – A Cappella Singing Workshops United Church, South Street, Dorchester. £6. 7pm-9pm. First Wednesday of each month. Easy to learn, vibrant songs. No experience needed. (email: email@example.com)
03 ‘The Story of the Yetties’ St. Georges Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Dorchester & District Garden Club. Guest speaker Bonny Sartin. Visitors & New Members Welcome.
04 Gardeners’ Question Time Stratton Village Hall. 7:30pm. Stratton & District Home & Garden Club, with Roy Hayward & Peter Read. Members & Non-Members welcome. Please hand questions to any committee member by Sat. 29th Sept.
04 Tindall Recital Series: Richard Hosford & Simon Crawford-Philips Clarinet & Piano recital. Tindall Recital Hall, (access from Acreman Street) Sherborne. 7:30pm. 01935810518
04 Electric Bike Tour Bride Valley from Hive Beach cafe, Burton Bradstock. 15 miles (approx 2.5 hours) with glorious countryside views. Tour starts at 10:30am. £30. Pre-book 07796 135256. (www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk)
05 Electric Bike Tour Marshwood Vale from Morcombelake. Approx 15 miles (approx 2.5 hours) with glorious countryside views. Tour starts at 2pm. £30. Pre-book 07796 135256. (www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk)
05 "Dogs Without Collars" Digby Hall, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Music in aid of Sherborne Voluntary Ambulance. Tea/coffee, bar. Tickets £8 from Home, Sweet, Home & Parson the Butchers.
05 ‘The Lost Soldiers of Fromelles, 1916' Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Lecture by Margaret Fox of Cranfield University about the Inforce Foundation. Free Entry - £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
05 Wallace House Concert Tindall Recital Hall, (access from Acreman Street) Sherborne, 7:45pm. 01935 810518
05 Cheese and Wine Evening with Auction of Promises St. Mary's Middle School, Puddletown, Nr Dorchester. 7pm for 7:30pm. Raising money for the Puddletown Young Farmers' Club and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Tickets £5 pp. Tables of 10 suggested. 07557026769 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
05 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk: Big Cats - Wild in Dorset? Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. Illustrated talk by Merrily Harpur. Starts 7:30pm. £3 (members £2)
05 Get Started with Knitting Chedington Village Hall, Cheddington nr Beaminster From 10 am -12.30pm £10 to include coffee and cakes. Equipment provided. 01935 891035
06 Dateline Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne 9am - 4pm 01963 370986
06 The Big Draw The Butterfly House, Castle Gardens, Sherborne. 11am-4pm. All welcome to ‘take a line for a walk’.
06 Dorset Chamber Orchestra Concert St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester DT1 2HJ 7.30pm. Jane Bultz, violin and James Baker, oboe. £12:50. Allan Bickley 01305 854228 (www.dorsetchamberorchestra.org)
06 Honeybuns Pippin Party Honeybuns, Naish Farm, Stony Lane, Holwell, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5LJ. Autumnal, Appley celebrations. Local food, crafts, music and family fun. Free. 11am - 4pm (www.honeybuns.co.uk/beeshack)
06 The Big Green Apple Day Thorner's Primary School, Litton Cheney DT2 9AU 2:30pm.Family Green Fair & Apple Day with a History Twist. Lots of hands-on activities and stalls for all the family. (email: email@example.com)
06 A Taste of Autumn Kingston Maurward College and Animal Park, Dorchester DT2 8PX. Farmers Market, Cider Making Experts to identifiy old varieties, and large harvest and apple display. £4. Gardens open. 01305 215003 (www.kmc.ac.uk)
06 Kate Williams Quartet Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, DT9 3LN. A welcome (and long overdue) return of pianist Kate Williams and her quartet. 7:30pm (www.sherbornejazz.org.uk) 01935 816569
06 Charity Dinner Three Elms Inn, North Wootton, Sherborne, DT9 5JW. Indonesian Buffet £12 in aid of 'Project Return' which gelps poor families in Vietnam become self sufficient. 7pm for 7:15pm. 07909703686 / 019350872045
06 Dorchester Bowls Club Open Day Sandringham Centre, Armarda Way, Dorchester, DT1 2TN. 10am-4pm. Free taster session. Followed by a 5 week course. Equipment provided. Free Parking. 01305 260817
06 Dorset County Association of Church Bellringers Bradford Peverell Parish Church (8 bells), Nr Dorchester 7pm-9pm. Special Method: Single Oxford Bob Triples. Opportunity for new members to join (life £6). (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
07 Sherborne Waterwheel Oborne Road, Sherborne. Open Day. 11-4:30pm. £5 (£7 a couple) Children free. 01935389535
08 Mark Hix's Kitchen Table Demonstration at Mark's Home Join Mark in the kitchen at his Charmouth home for an intimate cooking experience. Classes 11.30am - 2.30pm, £175, includes a signed copy of Mark's new cookbook.
08-09 Boden Winter Shopping Event Fairwater Head Hotel, Hawkchurch. Exclusive discounts event.12-3pm & 6pm-9pm
09 Bridport History Society Meeting: AGM Followed by Old Postcards United Church, East St, Bridport Talk by Brian Stidwell, 2.30pm. Members 50p, visitors £2. 01308 456876 / 01308 425710
09 ‘To My Surprise I Became a Writer’ St Peter’s Church West Knighton 7:30pm. Talk by the well-known local author Rebecca Shaw. Tickets £4 available at the door to include a glass of wine.
09 ‘Alan Turing - Bletchley Park Codebreaker’ The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne Historical Society Lecture. 8pm. 01963 370899 (www.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk)
09 ‘The Challenge of Change' Cerne Abbas Room, United Church, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 7pm. By the Dorset Palestinian Israeli Peace Group. A symposium - speakers include Dr. Faysal Mikdadi & Eric Austen.
10 The Eastbury Autumn Lunch & Learn: Art & Architecture of Sicily - Hendrinka Foster Eastbury Hotel, Long St, Sherborne Lecture, 2 course lunch with wine, refreshments throughout. £39. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
10 Darwin's Lost Fossils - Geology Lecture Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA 7pm. By Dr. Howard Falcon-Long, of Royal Holloway, University of London. Free Entry - £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
10 Queen’s Film Club The Queen's Arms, Corton Denham. 'Casino Royale’. 7:30pm. Free, but pre booking essential, hot food & popcorn available. 01963 220317
10 Live Music with Julie Dunn Above The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, DT9 3AX. Accomplished musicality with an easy presentation style. Tickets £19.95, includes a three course meal. 7:30pm. 01935 817022
10 ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Sherborne Flicks. 7:30pm. Tickets £6 from Sheborne TIC. (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk/7.html)
11 Ramblers Walk 10:15am Winyards Gap Inn, Chedington. 4 Miles. Confirm: 01935 426842 (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
11 Electric Bike Tour Powerstock and Eggardon Hill from Hive Beach Cafe, Burton Bradstock. Approx 15 miles with glorious countryside views. Starts at 10:30am. £30. Pre-book: 07796 135256. (www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk)
11 Lunchtime Concert - Illumine Dorset County Museum, Hight West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA. 1pm. First of the 2012/2013 Lunchtime concerts in the Victorian Hall. Piano & saxophone recital with Guy Gardner. 01305 756827
11 Dorset Writers Network: Open Mic Story Slam Beach & Barnicott, South Street, Bridport. Starts at 8pm. Short stories from new writing talent. Tickets £5. 01308 455688 (www.dorsetwritersnetwork.co.uk)
11 The Unplugged Acoustic guitarist performance. Tindall Recital Hall, Sherborne, 7:45pm. 01935 810518
12 Sherborne Music School Lunchtime Recitals Piano Recital, 1:30pm, Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. Free.
12 Electric Bike Tour Upwey and Hardy's Monument from Portesham. 14 mile (2.5 hours) of glorious coastal and countryside views. Tour starts at 10:30am. £30. Pre-book: 07796 135256. (www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk)
12 Wine Man's Bluff Senior Lunch Club, Digby Road, Sherborne. Come and have some fun tasting wine. 7:30pm. Tickets £8 from Sherborne TIC.
12 Eastbury Supper Club Eastbury Hotel, Long St, Sherborne. Supper Club. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
12 ‘Discovering Local Industrial Archaeology' Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA.7:30pm. Dorchester Association Lecture, following the AGM, by Peter Stanier. Non-Members £2 on the door. 01305 756827
12 'Salmon Fishing in Yemen' 2011 Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall, DT11 0JX. 7pm for 7:30pm. £3. 01258 837371
12 Lyme Bay Photographic Society Workshop Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. John Marriage Digital Workshop bring your digital cameras along to learn how to get the best from them. An opportunity to take tabletop pictures. 7:30pm.
12 The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner Colyford Memorial Hall, Colyford, Devon. Shanty Theatre Company; Entertaining theatre with music; a great night out is assured. Light refreshments can be purchased in the interval. 7:30pm
12-27 Purbeck Film Festival. 80 films in approx 30 venues across the Purbeck region. 07939968238 (www.purbeckfilm.com)
13 Chamber Choir Concert Sherborne Abbey. In aid of Weldmar. Tickets from Sherborne TIC (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
13 The Orlando Singers Concert - The Romantic German St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester DT1 2HJ. 7.30pm. Brahms: Requiem. Director: David Everett. £10 (U18s £7) from Choir Box Office or on the door. 01202 528348
13 Autumn Coffee Morning Sale United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester 9:45am-11:45am. Invited by the Dorchester and District Action Group Bible Society.
13-14 Eat Dorset Food Fair Parnham House, Beaminster, DT8 3LZ. 10am-4pm. Over 50 of the best of Dorset producers, demonstrations from Top Chefs inc. Lesley Waters & kids activities. £6. No dogs. (www.eatdorsetfoodfair.co.uk)
13 Scraptozoid Challenge Gryphon School, Sherborne. Turn scrap metal into creatures. Ages 13-15. 01935815899
13 Apple Day at the Community Orchard, South St, Bridport. Wonderful family entertainment and great food! 11am til 3pm (www.bridportcommunityorchard.org.uk)
13 Three Days Late Ceilidh: Lucy Lastic Band Church House Hall, South St, Bridport DT6 3NW. With caller Simon Maplesden. 7:30pm- 11pm. 01308 423442 (email: email@example.com)
13 Bridport Int. Folk Dance Club: Day of Balkan Dancing Forster Memorial Hall, Higher Street, Bradpole, Bridport. 12pm: byo lunch. Workshops: 12:30pm, 3:15pm, dancing & live music til 6:30pm. £18/10. 01308 423442 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
13 Autumn Fayre The Magistrates Room, Dorchester Corn Exchange DT1 1HF 10am-12noon. Tombola, Homemade Preserves, Cakes and other stalls. Tea and Coffee.
13 Social Dance Loders Vllage Hall, Loders Nr Bridport Ballroom, Old Time, Latin and C & W. 8pm- 11:30pm. Tickets £4 01308 456373 / 424577
13 The Aber Valley Male Voice Choir Quarr Hall, The Gryphon School, Sherborne. 7pm. To be followed by light refreshments and a licenced bar. £5. Available from the school, Sherborne RFC, Abbey Décor & Sheborne TIC.
13-25/11 David Inshaw New Paintings Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4EL. New work by the artist. 01308 459511
13-14 Lions Club of Dorchester & District 2012 Annual Swimarathon Dorchester Sports Centre, Coburg Road, DT1 2HT. Entry forms via Dorchester TIC, Lions' website or call. 01305 812404 (www.lionsdorchester.org.uk)
14 Starving Poets' Society Lubbecke Community Centre, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, DT11QL. Beth's bakes and poetry with Beth Blake from 4pm – 5:30pm. Everyone welcome inc children. Suggested donation £5. (email: email@example.com)
14 Beach Motocross Weymouth Seafront From 12pm - 4pm Return of this very exciting motorsport event!
14 United Service for Bible Study St. Peter's Church, High East Street, Dorchester. 6:30pm. Invited by the Dorchester and District Action Group Bible Society. Guest speaker Mr Pete Duke.
14 Wedding Fair Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, DT2 8PX. 10am-4pm. 01305 215003 (www.kmc.ac.uk)
14,21,28 Give Hockey a Go! Colfox School, Ridgeway Rd, Bridport. 10am-11am. For ladies aged 14 + over. 01305 252263
15 Pack Monday Fair Sherborne. A multitude of stalls and traders throughout the town streets for this annual event. An Amusement Fair operates on the Terraces Playing fields over the preceding weekend until late Monday night.
15 Sherborne Museum Pack Monday Special Opening. Sherborne. 10:30am -1pm. Free.
16 Lyme Regis Arts Society Meeting Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis Animals in Watercolour by David Webb. 2pm- 4pm.
17 Bride Valley Gardening Club. Puncknowle & Swyre Village Hall. 7:30pm. Chris Smith, Pennant Plants, talking about "The Victorian Walled Garden". Email Valerie Cameron: (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
17 WDD & FAS Talk: 20th Century Sculpture in Britain Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport. Illustrated Talk by Dr Justine Hopkins. 2:30pm. 07972 472029
17 The Pre-Raphaelites with Julian Halsby Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Tickets £8 from Sherborne TIC (includes a complimentary glass of wine). (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk/lectures_31.html)
17-04/11 The Enchanted Floodlit Gardens Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. Dusk until 8:30pm each evening. 01305 871130
18 Country House Fair Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Wareham BH20 5QS. 10:30am-3:30pm. £3, children free. Enjoy the many stalls of artworks, novelties, toys and much more. free parking and access to castle, chapel and grounds.
18-21 Sherborne Literary Festival Various venues in Sherborne. Inaugural event, in co-operation with Sherborne School Well-known and top quality speakers. Details on website, tickets via Sherborne TIC. (www.sherborneliterarysociety.com)
19 Sherborne Music School Lunchtime Recitals Woodwind Recital, 1:30pm, Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. Free.
19-09/11 Exhibition of new work by Richard Pikesly The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne Open daily from 9:30am-5pm, Monday to Saturday. 01935 815261 (www.jerramgallery.com)
19-23 Blockbuster Autumn Book Sale Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. 10am - 4pm. 01305 756827
20 Books, Coffee and Cake Moreton Village Hall, DT2 8RF 10am - 12noon. Huge selection of 'as new' books for just 25p a book. Home made cake and coffee/tea. Donation of books always welcome. 01929 463221
20 Bridport Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall. Craft Fair upstairs in the Town Hall from 9am - 3pm. 01308 456722
20 Lions’ Annual Charity Auction 10:30am Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 08452265955 Viewing & sale of Books & Bric-a-brac: Friday 5pm - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 10:30am. (Donate via: 0196333829 / 01963350092)
20 Nutritional Cooking for Health and Vitality Workshop Dorford Centre, Top O' Town, Dorchester. Learn how to cook delicious food to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes with Sandra Hood & Sarah Smith. 01305 267854
20 'The Return of the Twitterers...and Friends' St. John's Church, Tolpuddle, Nr Dorchester. 7:30pm. Music in aid of the Church. £7.50 call Marion Bishop/Sue Chapman, 01305 848427/ 01305 848053 inc. wine & canapes (Under 12s free).
20-27 Exhibition of Paintings The Old Rectory, Old Hill, Portland DT5 1LQ. Free entry, cup of tea. 01305 822124
21 Harvest Meal & Exchange Day Martinstown Village Hall. Local Exchange Trading System (LETS). 12noon - 3pm. See how your local barter system works. Shared meal 12:30pm Children welcome! 07966308154 (email: email@example.com)
21 Bold Nelson's Praise with The New Scorpian Band Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall, DT11 0JX 7pm for 7:30pm. Adults £8, Under 18s £6, Family (2+2) £25 from Londis Village Shop or 01258 837371. (www.new-scorpion-band.com)
22 'Mass Higgs - Teria: What Has the Large Hadron Collider Found and Why Does It Matter?' Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queens Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. Talk by Dr. Tom Whynite. Tickets free from school Reception.
23 ‘Empires of the Sea: the Mediterranean in the Sixteenth Century.’ The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 8pm. Historical Society Lecture. 01963 370899 (www.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk)
23 Lyme Regis: Small Museum - Big Ideas' Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road DT8 3NB. 2:30pm. Talk by David Tucker, Director of Lyme Regis Museum. £2.50 admission. 01308 863577
23 Stone Circles of West Dorset Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis by Cecil Amor. 2:30pm. £1.50 includes refreshments.
23 Electric Bike Tour Marshwood Vale from Morcombelake. Approx 15 miles (approx 2.5 hours) with glorious countryside views. Tour starts at 2pm. £30. Pre-book 07796 135256. (www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk)
24 Electric Bike Tour Bride Valley from Hive Beach cafe, Burton Bradstock. 15 miles (2.5 hours) with glorious countryside views. Tour starts at 10:30am. £30. Pre-book 07796 135256. (www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk)
24 The Eastbury Autum Lunch & Learn: Practical Art Subject - Marilyn Allis Eastbury Hotel, Long St, Sherborne. Lecture, 2 course lunch with wine, refreshments throughout the day. £39. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
24 Music at the Museum Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Lucille Burns, flute, and Jean Kelly, harp. £12, Juniors & Students £2. 01305 266028 (www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk)
24 Queen’s Film Club The Queen's Arms, Corton Denham ‘Quantum of Solace’.7:30pm. Free, but pre booking essential. Hot food and popcorn available. 01963 220317
24 Family evening ‘The Enchanting World of the Pumpkin’ Uplyme Village Hall, Near Lyme Regis. Pumpkin lantern competition, quiz, games and more. Bring your carved/decorated pumpkin to be judged. 7:30pm.
25 The Thomas Hardy - Public Lecture Series Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA 7:30pm. 'Lower Wessex: Hardy and Devon' by Dr Angelique Richardson, University of Exeter. £3. 01305 262735
25 Lunchtime Ragtime Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA 1pm. With Mike Denham, a programme of Ragtime classics. Free Entry - £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
25 Exploring Textures Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. All day workshops with Penny Wilton. 10am - 4pm.
25 ‘Diamond Trees’ St. George’s Church Hall, Fordington. 2:30pm. Talk by David Hawksby, Woodland Trust. Part of National Trust South Dorset Association Programme. Guests £3, includes tea/coffee and biscuits.
25 Wine tasting evening,Café Panini, Dorchester. Three course dinner & tutored tasting £30 per head. Book at Palmers Wine Store 01308 427500, (www.palmerswinestore.com/wine-tasting-news.asp?pageid=50)
25-28 Sherborne International Film festival In its 4th Year: Various films being screened at the Powel Theatre, Sherborne. Tickets £5 (Official opening £10) available from Sherborne TIC. (Season tickets also available) (www.shiff.org.uk)
26 Monthly Auction Bridport Auction House,St Michaels Trading Estate, Bridport. Starts 10am. Viewing Wednesday & Thursday 9am-5pm. 01308 459400 (www.bridportauctionhouse.com)
26 Lunchtime Recital Sherborne Abbey, Levens Choir, Cumbria. 2pm. Free.
26 Electric Bike Tour The Isle of Portland. 15 miles (approx 3.5 hours) with glorious coastal and countryside views. Tour starts at 10:30am. £35. Pre-book: 07796 135256. (www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk)
26 Wine tasting evening,Palmers wine store,Bridport. Tutored tasting, wines of Fattaria Nittardi, Chianti, £12.50 per head. Book at Palmers Wine Store 01308 427500, (www.palmerswinestore.com/wine-tasting-news.asp?pageid=50)
26 Ghost Hunt! Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Have a 'Night at the Museum' with Paranormal Adventures. Investigation starts at 8:00pm and runs till 02:00am. £37.50 (www.paranormaladventures.co.uk) 0800 2707603
26 Julia's House Quiz Night Colliton Club, Opposite County Hall, Dorchester DT1 1XJ. £9, includes quiz entry & meal. Teams of 4-6. 7pm for 7:30pm. Prizes to be won! Tickets from Julia's House Dorchester, 34 South St. 01300 341157
27 ‘Sunrise from Golden Cap’ Langdon Wood car park SY413931. 8.30am Ranger led walk along the Jurassic coast, finished off with a hot bacon bap! Allow 2hrs. Walk free, but charge for food. Booking Essential. 01297 489481
27 Family Sleepover: Dinosaurs and Pliosaurs Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 5:30pm. An evening packed with dinosaur-themed activities followed by a midnight feast. Book early! 01305 756827
27 The Quangle Wangle Choir: ‘Syllabub Sea’ Minterne House, Minterne Magna DT2 7AU. 7:30pm. C18th -modern sea songs. In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare & St. Andrews Church. £10 from Cerne Abbas Stores or via: 01305 261800
27 Gift & Craft Fayre St Mary's Church Hall, South St, Bridport. In aid of CLIC Sargent, Julia's House & LEAF 10am - 3pm.
27 Gerald Pitman Memorial Lecture: Marginal? A Somerset/Dorset borderland from 1500BC-500BC Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. 2:30pm. By Dr. Richard Tabor. £3.50 (Students £1) from Museum. Tea & Cake available.
27 Mind, Body & Spirit Fayre Weymouth Pavilion, DT4 8ED. 10am-5pm. Free talks and demos. (www.psychicfayre.com)
27-31 Halloween Special Evenings & Half Term Fun at Abbotsbury Gardens & Childrens Farm Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, DT3 4LA. Late closings & Spooky fun. 01305 871387
27 Reading Phoenix Choir St Michael's Parish Church, Lyme Regis. This superb prize winning concert choir sing for the organ appeal. Music to include sacred and secular, serious and light. 7:30pm.
27 The Land Remains Eype Centre for the Arts, St Peter’s Church, Eype, Bridport DT6 6AR. Tales & Songs. 01305 424901
27 Halloween Party Lyme Regis Football Club Fancy dress, music, drink specials & apple bobbing! 7:30pm. All welcome.
27-04/11 Half-Term Dinosaur Hunt Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW. (www.thedinosaurmuseum.com)
27-28 Autumn Colours Weekend Sherborne Castle. 11am – 4:30pm. 01935 813182 (www.sherbornecastle.com)
28 Ramblers Walk: Linear walk along Brit Valley Way Meet West Bay main car park. Starts at 10am. 12 Mile walk. Everyone welcome. Please contact to confirm details/arrange car share. 01935 826089 (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
28 Local Producers Market Market Area, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. Quality, handcrafted food and craft from local smallholders who follow the highest standards of environmental practice. 10am – 4pm.
29 The Record of Life - Fossils as the Key to the Past Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. 7:30pm. Talk by Sam Scriven, Earth Science Advisor; Jurassic Coast World Heritage. Non- National Trust Members £3. 01308 863577
29 Insight Lecture: Borderlands of faith and the mind Sherborne Abbey. Bishop Dominic Walker. Tickets: Parish Office.
30 ‘Caring for the Coast (the next 100 years)’. National Trust shop, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. Guided walk with Tony Flux, National Trust Coastal Advisor. 10am for 10:30am. Allow approx 1½hrs. free. Booking Essential. 01297 489481
30 Arts Buffet Westend Community Association hall, Sherborne. 10:30am-12:30pm & 2pm-4pm. Creativity for under 11’s.
31 Halloween Special Ghost Walk Start: The Kings Arms Hotel, High West Street, Dorchester. 8pm. Tiptoe through alleys and down by the river, hearing tales of the Town's dark history. 07773286197 (www.thomas-hardy-explorer.co.uk)
31 The Big Draw Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 10:30am-12 noon. Make and Do family fun, part of 'The Big Draw'. £3 child, adults free. Max 2 children per adult. 01305 756827 (www.campaignfordrawing.org)
31 Drop Spinning Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. Adult craft workshop: learn about the technique of drop spinning. Materials provided. £7.50. Pre-booking essential: limited availability. 01305 756827
31 Halloween Fun Monkey World, Nr Wool, Wareham, BH20 6HH. 01929 462537 (www.monkeyworld.org)
31 Live Music with Robbie McIntosh & Steve Wilson Above The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, DT9 3AX Popular laid-back guitar and vocal duo. Tickets £19.95, includes a three course meal. 7:30pm. 01935 817022
Concerts in the West: Marsyas Trio
Slightly Fat Features: A Fat Lot Of Good
Vital Signs: Other Hands
Windrose Rural Media Trust: Those Were The Days My Friends
Travelling Light: The Mysterious Vanishment of Pobby and Dingan
Marine Theatre Box Office: 01297 442138 (Lyme Regis TIC)
Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes £17.50
Globe On Screen: Much Ado About Nothing £8.50
National theatre Live – The Last of the Haussmans
Roberto Pla & His Latino Band £15.50
Met Opera – Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore £14.50
An Evening with Man Booker Prize 2012 £6.50
My Darling Clementine £13.50
Maddy Prior with Hannah James & Giles Lewin £15
Last Man Standing – Jerry Lee Lewis £16.50
Lenny Henry: Pop Life £26
Globe On Screen – Dr Faustus £8.50
Toyah Wilcox £19.50/£21
Met Opera – Verdi’s Otello £14.50
Electric Palace Box Office: 01308 424901 (Bridport TIC)
On Golden Pond
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion
Over 50s Dance Afrika Workshop
Children's Theatre - Whose Story Is It Anyway?
Bluesnight - Dale Storr with Kim Storr
Weave A Scarf in a Day Workshop
Create a Play in a Day Workshop
Ticket Office: 01305 267992 (Dorchester TIC)
Highway Farm, Bridport (www.highwayfarm.co.uk) 01308 424321. Local artists and craftspeople share their skills at one and two day workshops including willow sculptures, hazelwood garden furniture, watercolour painting and many more. Small groups, booking essential. Gift vouchers available.
Kingcombe Environmental Studies Centre, Toller Porcorum (www.kincombe.org). Natural history, wildlife, archaeology and art and craft courses run all year. Booking essential. Gift vouchers available.
Mallinson Woodland Workshop, Holditch (www.mallinson.co.uk). A wide range of two and five day courses, April-November, including carving a bowl, green woodworking, pottery, chair making and more. Also offer one day children’s courses suitable for ages 8 and up. Gift vouchers available. Booking essential.
The Dorset Wildlife Trust runs a programme of walks, talks, workshops, workparties and other wildlife events. Tel: 01305 264620. (www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk)
Monkton Wyld Court runs a programme of walks, talks, workshops and courses and other countryside events. Tel: 01297 560342. (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)
The Bodger’s Barn, Near Bridport. Green woodwork courses throughout the year - short courses and evening classes, all small groups. Also workshop sessions for groups including special needs. Tel. 01308 425455 (www.brightwater.org.uk)
Arty Crafty Workshops – Cake Decoration, Textiles and Creative Crafts. Contact Dennie Rose for details of this month’s workshops 01308 459100 (www.dennierose.co.uk)
Countryside Conservation Services – Hedgelaying Courses on 14th & 28th January. Tel. 01963 23680 or (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details
Butterfly Bright Workshops, Sherborne. Pathwork/quilting, sewing, jewellery, embroidery, cake decorating, ceramic buttons, paper cutting. Tel: 01935 817303. (www.butterflybright.co.uk)
Arts Classes, One-day workshops on how to paint 'Tiffance Designs' are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month in The Chapel, Dewlish, Dorchester. To book/further information please telephone. 01258 837199. (www.englishnatureinwatercolour.co.uk)
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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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.
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