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
16/07-03/11 Local Writers & Writings Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, DT8 3NB. Info: 01308 863577
16/07-03/11 A Sideways Look at Thorncombe Beaminster Museum, (as above). Village Exhibtion. (email: beaminstermuseum.org)
20/9-11/10 Exhibition of Sculpture The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. Open daily from 9:30am-5pm, Monday to Saturday. New work by Selected Sculptors. All Gallery stock viewable online. 01935 815261 (www.jerramgallery.com)
27/07-03/11 Pubs & Inns Revisited Beaminster Museum, (see above). Our inns and pubs, past and present. 01308 863577
01 Wines of Austria Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JR. From Seresin, New Zealand. 7pm: aperitifs and an introduction to the wines. Dinner at 7:30pm, inc. a delicious four-course menu created to complement the five different wines (including aperitifs). £99. 01935 482031 (www.summerlodgehotel.com)
01 Age Concern Drop In Clinic The Rendevous, by Cheap St Chruch, Sherborne. 10am-12pm. Monthly, every 1st Tuesday.
02 Bridport Camera Club Talk Bridport Town Hall, Bridport. Wildlife photographer Colin Varndell. 7:30pm. 01308 459266
02 Organ Recital by Paul Ellis Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Bach, Vierne. These weekly 40mins recitals are free and contain a wide variety of music designed to show off the Abbey's fine organ to the full. (Retiring Collection).
02, 16 Tuneful Stories Hardy's Birthplace, Higher Bockhampton, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8QJ. 1pm-5pm. Music, poetry and performance with local folk musician Tim Laycock. Normal admission applies. Adult £6.50, Child £3.
03 Powerstock Cinema: Gambit Powerstock Hut, Powerstock, nr Beaminster. 7:30pm. Bar & snacks. £4. 01308 485375
03 Somerset Rambler's Walk Beaminster, Yarn Barton Car Park. GR 482014. 10am. 6 miles. Northwards via Monarch's Way & Wessex Ridgeway. Contact for further details. 01460 76366
03 “A Brilliant Little Operation” an evening with Paddy Ashdown Gryphon School, Bristol Rd, Sherborne. 6pm for 6:30pm. A Talk, Slides, Questions & Answers and Book Signing. £12.50 inc. canapés & wine, via 01963 251255 or Sherborne TIC.
03 Dorchester Art Club ''Autumn Seedheads'' St George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. Some subjects provided, so BYO drawing / painting materials & enjoy the company. £1 inc. refreshments. (www.dorchesterartclub.co.uk)
03 Cafe Scientifique: Wytch Farm Oilfield Sixth Form Centre, Thomas Hardye School, Queens Av. Dorchester. 4pm-5:30pm. Informal discussion led by Dr Suzie Baverstock. Free, all welcome. (www.perenco-uk.com/about-us/wytch-farm.html)
03 Save a Life-Give Blood United Church Hall, South St, Dorchester. 1:30pm-3:25pm, 4:30pm-7pm. 03001232323 (www.blood.co.uk)
04 The Kettle's on! Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. 2pm-4:30pm. Weekly event with live music & entertainment, music from all era's. Different every week. Free draw, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. 07811 018284
04 Archaeology Lecture: Excavations at Colliton Park Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By Professor Fulford (University of Reading). Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
04 Butterflies & Moths - Recordings On The Continent Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport. Illustrated talk by Nigel Spring. Starts 7:30pm. Donations £3 inc refreshments. 01300 320168 (www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk)
04 The Great Gatsby (12A) Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT11 0JX. 7:30pm. £3 on the door. 01258 837371
04-06 Totem Pole Carving Yew Garden, Evershot, DT2 0JS. Wood carving course. 01935 83580 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
05 Wessex Military Band Performance Bucky Doo Square, South Street, Bridport. 10am-1pm.
05 English Weight-Driven Spit Jacks - 300 Years of Evolution St George's Church Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 7pm for 7:30pm start. A Dorset Clock Society talk by Tony Weston. More info: Chris McKay 01258 840501 (email: email@example.com)
05 Book Fair Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 10am-4pm. £1 entry. (www.pbfa.org)
05 Who Was Tutankhamun? The SDFHS Research Centre, The Parade, Cheap St, Sherborne. 11am-4pm. A day of talks and presentations by Dr Patricia Spencer. £20. Book in advance; forms from Sherborne TIC. (www.sdfhs.org)
05 Felting Workshop - Fabulous Floaty Nuno Scarves Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, DT6 6AE. Learn the ancient techniques of felting and incorporate fibres into chiffon to create beautifully stunning and individual scarves. £38, plus approx £7.50 for materials payable to tutor on the day. 01308 424321 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
05 Strengthening Families The Hub Lyme Regis. 10:30am-1pm. Free 6 week programme for families and young people age 10-14 to help strengthen skill building. Fun, activities and discussions to what makes a family strong. 01305 262440
05 Dorset Voices (part of the New Hardy Players) present Music, Poetry and Song with a Harvest Theme Tincleton Church, Tincleton, Nr Dorchester. 7:30pm. Wine & Nibbles. Park by church. £6 from: 01305 848656 / 848499 / 848875
05 Songs of Praise St George's Church, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB. 6pm. All welcome, refreshments served after service. Free (retiring collection in aid of Dorset Friendship Club). Hymn request and info (email: email@example.com)
06 Waterwheel Open Day Castleton Steam & Waterwheel Centre, Sherborne. 11am-4:30pm. Victorian engineering featuring the massive 26ft diameter waterwheel built in 1869. Adults £5, Family £7, Children FREE. (EH mem. £3.) 01935 389535
06 Concert Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis. 3:30pm. Alex Davies (organ) & Alison Davies (saxaphone).
06 Ahab Town Hall, High East Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm for 8pm. Ahab are an exciting harmony infused alt-country/pop band to emerge with their modern, catchy and guitar-rich songs.Book now! £9 Tickets from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992
06 The Children's Society Annual Bazaar United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester. 10am-12noon. Come and buy or browse, free entry. Cakes and cards, bric-a-brac, tombola, toys and more.
08 Cerle Français de Dorchester Tolpuddle Room, 2nd Floor, United Church, South Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm-9:30pm. ‘Une histoire de la formation de la Grande Bretagne d’aujourd’hui’, causerie illustrée inspire par le livre du téléjournaliste Brittanique, Andrew Marr, publié recemment. James Millard. Français 01308 482286, English 01305 854025
09 Geology Lecture Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 6:30pm for 7pm. Free. 01305 756832
09 Sherborne ArtsLink Lunch and Learn - Sickert & the Camden Town Group The Eastbury Hotel, Long Street, Sherborne, DT9 3BY. 10am-3pm. £43 to include lecture and a two course lunch. Enquiries and to book : 01935 813131
09 Organ Recital by Peter Bray Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Bach, Gigout, Howells, Vierne. These weekly 40mins recitals are free and contain a wide variety of music designed to show off the Abbey's fine organ to the full. (Retiring Collection).
09 ‘Love is All You Need’ (15) Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Sherborne Flicks. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
09,10 Acrylic Workshop 2 The Cart Shed, East Farm, Winterborne Whitechurch, Nr Blandford, DT11 9AW. 2 colour impact. Bright and bold, no drawing, loose colourful use of acrylic. £40. 07789 026546 (www.marilynallis.com)
10 Autumn Designs Natural Materials Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 2:30pm. Sherborne & District Gardeners’ Assoc. talk by Angie Blackwell. £2 non members. 01935 389867
10 Rambler's Walk Maiden Castle Car Park, nr Dorchester. GR SY668888. 10:30am. 6 miles. Details: 01935 426842
10 Lunchtime Concert: Mr Johnson's Going Home! Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm. Piano solo by Mike Denham, a tribute to Bunk, Dink, James P and other Mr Johnsons of jazz. Free. 01305 756832
10 Talk "All Boats have a story to tell" Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm. Gail McGarva, Gig Builder. 01297 445537
10 Iranian Feast - A Play with Food from the Heart of Persia Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall. 7.30pm. £6-£8 01297 560948
10 Volunteer Open Day Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth DT6 6LL 10:30am-1:30pm. Do you have a few hours to spare a month? We welcome new volunteers! Pop in for a cup of tea and a chat. 01297 560772
10 Dorset Group 'Bulbs Throughout the Year' Kingston Maurward College, Nr Dorchester. 7:30pm. An illustrated talk by Mark Wash from Trecanna Nursery, Cornwall. Refreshments, Raffle, Plant Sale. Visitors £2.50, (students £1) on the door.
11 Quiz in aid of Broadwindsor & District Horticultural Soc. Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor. 7:30pm. Refresments available.
11 An Evening with the Humour of Bob Newhart & Tom Lehrer The Corn Exchange, High East St., Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 7:30pm. America's best satirists of the 50s & 60s, a light-hearted evening of wit. Tickets from Bridport & Dorchester TICs.
11 Screen Bites Food Film Festival Bradford Abbas. 7pm. £8. 'No Reservations'. A film with dubious chef-based childcare. Talk by Karen Richards. Plus local food tastings. See programme for more details. 01963 32525 (www.screenbites.co.uk)
11 Presentation on Birds and Nature Lyme Regis Photographic Club. 7:30pm, Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis.
12 Apple and Garden Day Kingston Mauward Gardens and Animal Park, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 10am-4pm. 01305 215000
12 Mayhem on the Midland Loders Village Hall, Nr Bridport. 2pm-4:30pm. By Judy & Chris Rouse. Part of The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society events, all welcome. Visitors £2 (inc. afternoon tea). 01935 812347
12 Monthly Gift & Craft Fayre St Mary's Church House, South St, Bridport. 9:30am-2:30pm. Over 20 stalls. 01308 425023
12 Screen Bites Food Film Festival Bradford Abbas. 7pm. £8. 'Waitress' (12A) A film about love ...and pies. Talk by David Mason. Plus local food tastings. See programme for more details. 01963 32525 (www.screenbites.co.uk)
12 Autumn Coffee Morning and Sale United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester . 9:45am-11:45am. Dorchester and District Bible Society Action Group. Donations of books, CDs, bric a brac etc. Gratefully received. 01300 341996
12 Dorset Chamber Orchestra Concert St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Richard Keohane (piano), Sarah Page, Sarah Shore and Helen Simpson (oboes). Britten's centenary is marked by early and late works set beside those of his idol, Mozart. Tickets £11.50 in advance available from Harmony Music, Forum Centre. 01305 260360
12 Come And Sing: Mozart Requiem Sherborne Abbey. Sherborne Festival Chorus. Rehearsal 1pm-5pm. Concert at 6pm. To register or for more information please call or see website 01935 815341 (www.sherbornefestivalchorus.org.uk)
12 Allington Hill Autumn Festival Hospital Lane, North Allington, Bridport. 4pm-9pm. BBQ and bonfire, children’s entertainment , Fancy dress competition and much more. Free entry. More info contact: (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
12 Sherborne Jazz: John Law's Boink! Plume of Feathers, Half Moon street, Sherborne, DT9 3LN. 7:30pm. Contemporary jazz with a fusion of electronica. rock & ambient. Members £10, Non-Members £14. 01935 816569 (email: sherbornejazz.org.uk)
12 Elements of Folk St Andrew's Hall, Yetminster. 7:30pm. Bonny Sartin, of The Yetties, in concert with Tom McConville & David Newey, Pete Christie, Stef Mizrany & Homesick Gypsy. Raffle & bar. £12.50 01935 873979 (email: email@example.com)
12 Art & Craft Sale St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB. 10:30am-12:30am. Refreshments available. Enquiries and to book a table for £10 please (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
12 Science Family Fun Day Thomas Hardy School Science Department, Queens Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 1pm-5pm. Join our celebration of the life and work of Alfred Russel Wallace. Open to all, free. Refreshments available. 01305 266064
13 Wedding Fair Kingston Mauward House, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 10am-3:30pm. 01305 215000
13 Concert in the Parish Church Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis. 3:30pm Duncan Honeybourne (piano) and Imogen Sebba (soprano). Retiring collection. 01297 445709
13 United Service for Bible Sunday Dorchester Baptist Church (Dorford Centre) Bridport Road, Dorchester. 6:30pm. Dorchester and District Bible Society Action Group. Speaker Sarah Webster from Bible Study. All welcome.
13 Big Green Apple Day Thorners School, Litton Cheney, Dorchester. 2:30pm - 5pm Celebrating Sustainability, Green & Traditional Heritage Skills, Outdoor Learning, Conservation, Busking Musicians. (email: email@example.com)
13 Creative Dance Workshop Salwayash Village Hall, nr Bridport. 2:30-4:30pm Feel loosened up & energised! 07813 546644
14 Pack Monday Fair Sherborne. Street market dating back to medieval times, held annually in on the first Monday after 10th October – old Michaelmas Day: A major event with four of the town’s main streets full of street traders stalls for the day.
15 Women in the RNLI Digby Hall, Hound St., Sherborne. 7:20pm for 8pm. Sue Hennessy talks about the achievements of women in the work undertaken by the RNLI to save lives at sea. 01963-370899 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
16 Adult Craft Workshop: Crochet for Beginners Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-3:30pm. £7.50 per person. Pre-Booking Essential. All materials provided. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
16 West Country Wildlife Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. A new presentation by David Townsend, highlighting wildlife within a 50 mile radius of Warminster.
16 Music at the Museum Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Shiry Rashkovsky, viola, and Alison Rhind, piano. Tickets £12, juniors and students £2 from the Museum in advance or on the door. 01305 266028
16 Organ Recital by Stephen Bell Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Reger, Bach, Stanely, Gigout. These weekly 40mins recitals are free and contain a wide variety of music designed to show off the Abbey's fine organ to the full. (Retiring Collection).
16-03/11 The Enchanted Floodlit Garden Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, DT3 4LA. Dusk to 8:30pm. Also during half-term 'Halloween Fun Evenings' including free face painting and free prize for children in fancy dress. 01305 871130
16-20 Sherborne Literary Festival Various venues in Sherborne. Now in its 2nd Year! A wide variety of well-known top quality speakers. Events for all. Programme via website or Sherborne TIC. Tickets from TIC. (www.sherborneliterarysociety.com)
17 Screen Bites Food Film Festival Milborne Port. 7pm. £8. 'Today's Special' (USA-R) Tandoori dreams in New York. Talk by Sue Fudge. Plus local food tastings. See programme for more details. 01963 32525 (www.screenbites.co.uk)
17 Somerset Rambler's Walk Charmouth Road Car Park, Lyme Regis. GR 343925. 10am. 6½ miles. Well-wooded country of Lim Valley. Good view of town & coast. Contact for further details. 01935 414745 (www.southsomersetramblers.org.uk)
17 Dorchester Art Club ''Applique Art'' St George's Church Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. £3 -£5 inc. refreshments.
17 Country House Fair Lulworth Castle, West Lulworth, Nr Wool. 10:30am-3:30pm. Crafts, accessories, gifts and local produce. Refreshments available. Adult £3, children free, with free parking & entry to Castle & C18th chapel. 01929 400352
18 The Burma Play - Comedy of Terror Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Poignant & Tragic sprint through the long year of empire and dictatorship towards the current possibility of new order. 01297 442138 (www.marinetheatre.com)
18 Barn Dance Church House, Bathwell Lane, Milborne Port. Folk Dance Band & Ian Edlin calling. Live music & dancing from 7:30pm until 11pm. All for just £6. Everybody welcome including beginners – byo refreshments. Tickets: 01963 251533
18-09/11 Exhibition of new work by John Maddison The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. Open daily from 9:30am-5pm, Monday to Saturday. All Gallery stock can be viewed online. 01935 815261 (www.jerramgallery.com)
18-20 Marilyn Allis Autumn Exhibition The Studio, East Farm, Winterbourne Whitechurch, Blandford, DT11 9AW. 11am-4pm. Water colour artist working in a loose & impressionistic style, using strong vibrant colours. (www.marilynallis.com)
19 ‘The Still Point’ The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. Seeking the stillness in the ‘eye of the hurricane’ of our lives and of our world is the theme of this contemplative prayer day run by Maggie Hooper and Lin Burton. 01300 341741
19 Monthly Book Fair Digby Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 9:30am - 4pm. New, 2nd-hand & antiquarian books. 01803 613356
19 Books, Coffee and Cake Moreton Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8RF. 10am-12noon. Huge selection of 'as new' books for just 25p a book. Donation of books always welcome. 01929 463221 (email: email@example.com)
19 6th Annual Community Orchard Apple day Community Orchard, South St, Bridport. 11am to 3pm. Children’s activities, including pond dipping and storytelling; local craft demonstrations and producers stalls.
19-20 Eat Dorset Parnham House, Beaminster DT8 3LZ. 10am-4pm. Award Winning Food Fair held in the beautiful grounds of Parnham House. A schedule of events can be found at (www.eatdorsetfoodfair.co.uk/schedule)
19 Bernadel String Quartet St Mary's Church, Beaminster. 3:30pm. Music by Hadyn, Bartok and Beethoven. Promoted by the Friends of Beaminster Festival. £12 from Yarn Barton Centre, 01308 862715 or Bridport Music, 01308 424707
19 Family History Courses Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Road, Bridport, Dorset. Pre 1837 records. Ring for info: 01308 425710
19 Lecture on slides on Orchid Hunting in Peru Moreton Church, Moreton, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8RH. 7pm. Lecture with slides by world renowned orchid expert, Dr Henry Oakeley. Tickets in advance only from Carol Gibbens 01929 462468
19 Quangle Wangle Choir Puddletown Village Hall, Puddletown Nr Dorchester. 7:30pm. 01305 848510 (www.qwchoir.co.uk)
19 Baroque Masterpieces: Bournemouth Sinfonietta Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. JS Bach, Pergolesi, Purcell, Monteverdi. Tickets £10-£12 (u18s £2) from Sherborne TIC or 01722 710511 (www.bschoir.org.uk)
19 Annie Freud's Poetry Live Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport. Alan Buckley, Simon Barraclough & Chris Beckett perform with Annie Freud followed by supper. 6:30pm for 7pm. £25 (£10 without supper). 01308 459511 (www.sladersyard.co.uk)
19 Blackdown Harvest Supper, Blackdown Village Hall, Nr Beaminster. 2 course meal with choice of sweet and complimentary drink. Adults £9, child £4 Family (2+2) £23. Tickets from 01460 30661 / 30362 or 01935 83086
19 Dorset Premiere 'The Moo Man' West Stafford Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. 7pm. A film by Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier. Entry £3 on the door (Under 16yrs free). Brought to you by Compassionate Dorset a charity fundraiser for Compassion in World Farming. Fully licensed bar/snacks/raffle. (www.compassionatedorset.co.uk)
20 Organ recital by Richard Godfrey Parish Church of St Michael the Archangel, Lyme Regis. 3:30pm. 01297 445709
20 Apple Day Quiet Corner Farm, Henstridge. 1pm-5pm. All things appley! Teas available. Free Entry/parking. 01963 363045
20/09-11/10 Exhibition of Sculpture The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. Open daily from 9:30am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Selected New Work. All Gallery stock can be viewed online. 01935 815261 (www.jerramgallery.com)
21 Bride Valley Gardening Club Quiz Night Puncknowle Village Hall, nr Bridport. 7:30pm. 01308 898473
21 Dorchester Art Club ''Jugs & Bottles'' St George's Church Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 7pm-9pm. Some subjects provided but bring some interesting ones if you have them. More details see 3rd Oct entry. (www.dorchesterartclub.co.uk)
21 Community Lecture: Exploring the Innards of the Earth Thomas Hardy School Theatre, Queens Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2ET. 7pm. By Dr Ian Bastow, British Association's Lord Kelvin Award Lecture, Lecturer in Earth Sciences Imperial College London. Free, but by ticket, from School Reception 2 weeks prior. Max.4pp. Donations welcome. 01305 266064
22 Weeds as Medicine - Chesil Bank Garden Club Langton Herring, Nr Weymouth, DT3 4JA. 7:30pm. A talk by Lucy Jones.
22 Sherborne ArtsLink Lunch and Learn The Eastbury Hotel, Long St. Sherborne, DT9 3BY. 10am-3pm. Lectures by Mary Jacobsen - Architecture and Gardens - Spain & Morocco. £43 to inc. lecture & 2 course lunch. To book: 01935 813131
22 The History & Operation of the Seaton Tramway Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. John Jeffrey talk. 2:30pm. All Welcome.
22 Visions for Dorchester - A Heritage-aware future? The Dorford Centre, Top O' Town, Dorchester. 7:30pm. By Steven Bee, Principal, Urban Counsel and a Director of The Academy of Urbanism; formerly Director of Planning & Development, English Heritage. Free, non-members encouraged donation of £3. (www.dorchestercivicsociety.org.uk)
23 Commemoration of the North West Frontier Campaign Tirah Memorial, Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 11am.
23 Neils Bohr: the man, his work, and his influence The Senior Lunch Club Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Sherborne Science Café. Talk by Dr Percy Seymour. 01935 813896 (www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk)
23 Alfred Wallace and Natural Selection: The Man Who Selected Darwin Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. A talk by Dr Peter Raby. Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756832
23 Crusade or Jihad? Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Insight lecture by Canon Ed Probert, Sarum. £4 in advance from the Parish Office in the close, or £5 on the door. 01935 812452 (www.insight.sherborneabbey.com)
23 Vienna - Marrying Cultural Tradition and Radical Innovation by Mary Jacobsen Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 7:30pm. Exploring the changes in the culture, architecture and fine art. £8 to inc. drink, from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341
23 Bulb Planting Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY. 7:30pm. Workshop & demo. 01297 444034
23 Organ Recital by David Mash Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Buxtehude, Peeter, Mendelssohn. These weekly 40mins recitals are free and contain a wide variety of music designed to show off the Abbey's fine organ to the full. (Retiring Collection).
23 Cafe Scientifique - Rainbarrow Farm Anaerobic Digester: The first biomethane-to-grid plant in the UK Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queens Av. Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 4pm-5:30pm Informal discussion. Free. (www.cafescientifique.org)
24 Literary Lecture: Hardy's Poetry of the First World War Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By Tim Kendall. Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
24 Ramblers Walk: Broadwindsor Meet at Broadwindsor Craft Centre, GR SY441027. 10am. 5 miles. Call: 01460 77057
24 Dorchester Art Club ''Hands & Gloves'' St George's Church Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. Details on 3rd Oct entry.
24 Wine Tasting 'New Spain' Cafe Panini's, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 1QR. 7:30pm for 8pm. £30per head, 3 course meal and tutored tasting. Glass of wine and canapes on arrival. 8-10 wines presented. Book: 01308 427500
24-27 International Film Festival The Powell Theatre, Abbey Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3AP. 10 films from around the globe, inc. 'Untouchable', 'A Hijacking', 'Wadjda', 'No', 'Rififi', Shun Li and the Poet', 'Amour', 'About Elly', Sister' & 'Populaire'. £5.50 in advance, (£6 on door). Opening night £10. Season tickets £40. From Sherborne TIC or 01935 810579 (www.shiff.org.uk)
24 West Dorset Humanists - An Atheist on the Alpha Course Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West St., Dorchester. 7:30pm. An account of what really happens on the course, aims to convert non-believers to evangelical Christianity. 07921 311518
25 Bridport Auction The Auction House, St Michaels Trading Estate, Bridport. 10am. Collectables & antiques. 01308 459400
25 St Swithun's Band Concert Burton Bradstock Village Hall, nr Bridport. Concert starts at 7:30pm.
25 Wine Tasting 'New Spain' Palmers Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport, DT6 4JA. 7:30pm for 8pm. £12.50pp tutored tasting. Glass of wine and canapes on arrival. Booking Essential. 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
25 Rhone Lunchtime short wine course Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JR. Tutored tasting of three delicious wines to illustrate the most important characteristics of each region. This is followed by a delicious two-course lunch with a glass of specially selected wine. £49.50. 01935 482031 (www.summerlodgehotel.com)
25 Quiz Night Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury. 7pm for 7:30pm. Teams of 6 or come on your own and we will put you in a team. BYO nibbles & drinks.Tickets £2 inc. Tea/coffee & raffle. Contact well in advance. 01305 260997
25-27 ‘Embracing Our Fears with Francis’ The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. Led by Revd Still. Exploring how the way of St Francis can help us work through the aspects of life that we most fear and seek to avoid. 01300 341741
26 Antique & Fleamarket Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 9am-4pm. Monthly Fleamarket. 01963 250108
26 Auntie Ann's Craft Fair Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport. 9:15am-2pm. Designers, makers, artists, foods & vintage.
26 Book Fair Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY. 10:30am-4pm. £1 entry. (www.pbfa.org)
26 Family Sleepover: Sci Fi Night! Dorset County Museum, High West St., Dorchester. 5:30pm onwards. An evening packed with Science Fiction-themed activities followed by a midnight feast. Book early! Tickets from Museum Shop. 01305 756832
26 Workshop. Something Willowy for Christmas? Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, DT6 6AE. Festive designs and ideas all woven in natural local willow. £35, plus approx £5 for materials. Book: 01308 424321 or (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
26 Family History Courses Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Road, Bridport, Dorset. Pre 1837 records. Ring for info: 01308 425710
26 Lanny's Karaoke Davey Fort Football Club, Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis. 8pm. Enjoy singing to your favourite tunes.
26-03/11 Half-Term Halloween Fun Children's Farm, Abbotsubry, DT3 4JJ. Every Day. 01305 871130
26-03/11 Modern Warfare The Tank Museum, Bovington, Nr Wareham, BH20 6JG. Enjoy our war themed family activities. Kids who complete the online artistic challenge visit FREE! (T&Cs apply see website). Tank Action Displays 1pm weekdays only. Tracked Vehicle Rides every day (charge applies). 01929 405096 (www.tankmuseum.org)
26-27 Autumn Colours Weekend Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, DT9 5NR. 11am-4:30pm. Reduced price entry to the gardens and grounds. 01935 813182 (www.sherbornecastle.com)
27 Gartell Light Railway Open Day Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe, BA8 0NB. Hourly steam trains. 01963 370752
27 Monthly Antiques & Vintage Sunday St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport, DT6 3RR. 10am-4pm. 01308 425111
27 Rotary Grand Book Sale Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. 10am-4pm. CD/DVD & book sale. 100% profit to Charity.
28 Interesting Historic Churches in Dorset Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. 7:30pm. Illustrated talk by Gordon Le Pard. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the Naitonal Trust. £3 inc. Tea/coffee. 01308 863577
28 Dorchester Art Club ''Try Aboriginal Art'' St George's Church Hall, Dorchester. 7pm-9pm. Details on 3rd Oct entry.
29 Dino Club (Under 7s) Dorset County Museum, High West St., Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 10:30am-11:30am. Learn, play and explore together. Up to two children per adult. For more info: 01305 756832 (email: email@example.com)
29 American Involvement in the English Civil War Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 7:20pm for 8pm. Speaker: Adrian Tinniswood. The contribution of American colonists to the English Civil War. New members meeting. 01963-370899
29 Cerle Français de Dorchester Tolpuddle Rm, 2nd Floor, United Church, South St., Dorchester. 7:30pm-9:30pm. ‘François Mauriac et la Lande Girondine’, causerie illustrée. Christine Barsky. Français: 01308 482286, English: 01305 854025
30 Family Activity: Handmade Soap and Scrubs Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 10:30am-12noon. Adults must remain with their children at all times. Up to two children per adult. 01305 756827
30 'Just War' in the 21st Century Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Lecture by Dr David Wheatham, Defence Staff College. Tickets £4 in advance from the Parish Office in the close, or £5 on the door. 01935 812452
30 Organ Recital by Simon Clarkson Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Whitlock. These weekly 40mins recitals are free and contain a wide variety of music designed to show off the Abbey's fine organ to the full. (Retiring Collection).
30-31 Halloween Trail in the Spooky Gardens Mapperton Gardens, Nr Beaminster, DT8 3NR. 11am-4pm. Only £3 entry!
31 Halloween Speical Ghost Walk Around Dorchester Town. Meet at the Kings Arms, High East Street, DT1 1HF. 8pm. No booking needed. Adults £6, Children £3. Group bookings please tel: 07773 286197
31 Finds and Handling Day Sherborne Museum, Church Lane, Sherborne. 11am - 3pm. Finds Liaison Officer Ciorstaidh Trevarthen returns to identify mystery objects brought for inspection & provide fascinating handling items. 01935 812252
31 Somerset Rambler's Walk The Griffin's Head pub Car Park, Nether Compton. 10:30am. 4½ miles. One gentle ascent, otherwise easy cross field ambles. Contact for further details. 01935 862340 (www.southsomersetramblers.org.uk)
31 Dorchester Art Club ''Reflections'' St George's Church Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. BYO sketches/photos.
31-20/11 The Nature of Things Court Yard Gallery, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Open daily 10:30pm-4:30pm. Drawing on the natural world, three artists display their individual responses. Watercolours, oils, and ceramics. (www.townmillartsguild.com)
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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