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 New Year's Day Duck Race Higher Mill Flats, Windsor Terrace, Lyme Regis. New Year’s Day Duck Race started by the Town Crier at 12.00 noon. Join us at Higher Mill Flats on Windsor Terrace for this traditional event which raises money for the Lyme Regis Christmas Lights. Buy a duck for £1 and follow them as they race each other.
01 The Formidable Lyme Lunge Lyme Regis Beach. A Fancy Dress dip in Lyme Bay for charity that takes place from the Sandy Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, every New Year’s Day promptly at 1pm. 01297 443170 (www.lymeregisrotary.org)
03 Bridport Ceilidh: English Contra Dance Band St Mary's Church Hall, South St, Bridport. 7:30pm-11pm. New members welcome. You don't need a partner. Bring & share finger food/snacks. 01308 422927 http://bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com/
03 Blackmore Vale & Yeovil National Trust Association The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 2:30pm. A talk by John Smith on 'The Roman Army, Fact & Fiction'. £3 members, £5 guests inc. tea & biscuits. 01747 838810 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
04 Cercle Français De Dorchester Wessex Hotel, 32 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UP. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Thé du nouvel an et Galette du roi. All welcome, English and French native speakers. English: 01305 854025 Français: 01305 812666 (www.dorchesterfrenchcircle.org)
06 Twelfth Night Bridport Town Hall. Featuring the Symondsbury Mummers and a local music band in aid of Bridport Millennium Green. Details, and to confirm time call Sandra Brown: 01308 423078
06 Lyme Regis Art Society - Demonstration Woodmead Halls, Hil Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. Demonstration by Jake Winkle - Wildlife in Water Colour. 2pm-4pm. Visitors £5. For more information (email: email@example.com)
07 Cabinet Govt in W.Dorset & Investigating Unitary local govt Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 7pm. Public Meeting: YOU voice your opinions first. Run by ‘Public First’. 7pm Tea/coffee. Admission free. All welcome. 07990 583167
07 Bridport Camera Talk: More Moments of Wakefulness Chancery House, Chancery Lane off East St, Bridport. Regular Weds meetings with guest speakers. Everyone welcome! 01308 459266 (www.bridportcameraclub.co.uk)
08 Cecil Beaton - My Fashionable Life Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 8pm. Beaton’s personal style and legacy to 20th Century Male Fashion are analysed in a pioneering talk by Dr. Ben Wild. £5. 01963 370899
09 U3A: Never Mind the News, what about the Adverts? Woodmead Halls, Hil Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. A light hearted look at advertising in the last 100 years with Bruce Upton, who comes from the Bridport Museum. Bruce has entertained us twice in the last two years. He uses many illustrations from his own collection and the Museum’s photographs. Start at 10am with coffee/tea and biscuits served until 10:45am. The talk starts at 11.00am 01297 444566.
10 Chasty Cottage Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 9am-4pm. £1 entry. More info contact: 01963 370986
10 Start of Children's Art Club Bridport Youth Centre, Gundry Lane, Bridport. 9:30am-11:30am. New art club starting for children aged 5-11. 01308 538945 / 07971823796 (www.artescape.org)
10 Charity Country Music Night Trinity Club, Trinity Street, Dorchester DT1 1TT 8pm til late. Proceeds in aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Featuring music from Bill Conlon & Emerald. £7, contact Heather Pugh 01305 269095
10 Glass Taster Course Manor Yard, Mill Lane, Symondbury, Bridport DT6 6HG 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. £60. Details: Gillian Hulse: 07827916054 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (www.gillianhulse.com)
10/01-14/03 Dorset - A Contemporary Response Dorset County Museum, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. Bournemouth Arts Club members' annual exhibition. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Closed Sunday.
11 Garage Sale Greenham House, Leigh, DT9 6HW. Varied and interesting items from house clearance - pictures, books, china, glass and useful kitchen items. In good condition. 01935 873846
14 Sherborne Flicks: The Hundred Foot Journey Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
14 Geology Lecture: Dinosaur Feathers, Filaments and Fuzz - Their Biological Implications Dorset County Museum, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 6:30pm for 7pm. By Dr Paul barrett, Earth Sciences, Natural History Museum. Free entry, donation of £3 encouraged. 01305 756827
15 Ramblers Walk - Bridport King Charles Tavern, (no Car Park!) Bridport. Meet 10am for 5 mile walk. Everyone welcome. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01460 73695
15 Coast 2015 St George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2:30pm. By Bella Crawford (NT) organised by the National Trust South Dorset Association. Guests £3. 01300 321601 (www.southdorsetnt.org.uk)
15 Trees for Dorset 'Woodpeckers & Woodland Birds' Magistrate's Room, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 7:15pm for 7:30pm. By Lynne Birningham, RSPB. Parking at North Square and in the large Council offices car park. (www.treesfordorset.co.uk)
15 R.S.P.B Talk St. George's Church, Fordington, Dorchester 7:45p.m. By Martin Cade, Portland Bird Observatory Manager. Martin talks about the work of the Bird Observatory on the unique strange and compelling Island of Portland. Admission: Group members £3.00, Visitors £3.50 to include coffee & biscuits.
15/11-05/01 Jesus Laughing and Loving - A Collection of Prints from the Exhibition that Toured the World St Mary's Church, Maiden Newton, Nr Dorchester, DT2 0AA. 9am-4pm. Artists from around the world give their impression of a laughing and loving Jesus, painted in the style of their culture. Create your own images to add (materials provided.)
16 Market St Martin’s Community Hall Broadmayne, (Next to the Church), Cakes, Preserves, Raffle, Craft, Plants, , Bric-a-brac, books, Jigsaws, Cards, Local Pork, Sausages and Eggs, Local Watercress, Plants from a local Nursery and a chance to sit and chat with a cup of tea or coffee. All proceeds to St Martin’s Community Hall. 01305 853765.
16 Luftwaffe Aerial Photography of the 2nd World War. Woodmead Halls, Hil Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 7:30pm-10pm. Lyme Bay Photographic Club - Nigel Clarke, Luftwaffe Aerial Photography of the 2nd World War. For further information please contact Chairman John Wallis on 01297 444733 (www.lymebayphotographicclub.org)
17 The Fizzies White Hart, Greenhill, Sherborne. This fabulous trio bring some 60's Rock glamour to town. 01935 817668
18 Wassailing in Bridport Community Orchard (behind St Marys Church) South St, Bridport. Starts at 3pm. Everyone welcome to come and enjoy this wonderful traditional event! (email: email@example.com)
19 Hope Springs Eternal Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Talk by Revd Dr Richard Wyld. 01935 812452
19-01/02 Woodroffe School Annual Art Exhibition Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU. Showcasing the extraordinary talented art students from Woodroffe School. Free Admission. 01297 443579 (www.townmill.org.uk)
20 Lyme Regis Art Society - Demonstration Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 2pm-4pm. Demonstration by Graham Watson - Credit card painting. Visitors £5. For more information (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
21 Music at the Museum: Ji Liu, Piano Dorset County Museum, High East St, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Busoni, Schubert, Beethoven & more. Non-Members £12, students £2 from Museum Shop and on the door. 01305 266028
21 WDDFAS Talk: The Art & Meaning of Maps Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport. West Dorset Decorative & Fine Art Society meeting starts at 2:30pm. £7.50 for non-members. 07972 472029 (email: email@example.com)
21 Back in the Old Days: Charlton Down Local History Group Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Dorchester, DT2 9UA. 7:30pm. Farming & village life in West Dorset from late Victorian Times to the coming of the Second World War. Entry £3.
22 Talk: 'Grown in Dagenham' Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY. 7:30pm. ‘Grown in Dagenham’ - growing food in the city by Alice Holden, Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural society. 01297 444034
22 Religion in 18th Century England Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 8pm. Talk by Dr. Colin Haydon. 01963 370899
23 Art Talk - Recording Wartime Shipping on the Thames The Dazzle Paintings of John Everett Dorset County Museum, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. Free entry, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
23 Charter House Auction Long Street Sale Rooms, Sherborne. Antiques, Pictures, Prints & Books Auction. 01935 812277
24 Antique & Fleamarket Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Monthly Fleamarket. 01963 250108
24 Burns' Night Celebration Rose & Crown, Longburton. 7pm (approx. phone to check.) Come to the Rose and Crown for a traditional Scottish supper followed by music by the Boom Antler Ceilidh Band to celebrate Burns Night. 01963 210202
25 Divine Union Soundbath Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 4LA. 2pm-4pm. Experience a magical performance of Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state. £10 in advance via 01935 389655 (www.centreforpuresound.org)
26 Golden Cap Association (National Trust West Dorset) presents 'The Lord Mayor of London & The Livery Companies' Bridport United Church Hall, East St. Bridport, DT6 3LJ. 2:30pm. Illustrated talk by Bob Ayers, City of London Tour Guide. Non-Members welcome. £3 inc. tea/ coffee & biscuits. 01308 863577
26 Community Lecture: Planet Ocean - A Guide to the Hidden Planet in our Solar System Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. By Dr Simon Boxall, Lecturer in Ocean and Earth Science at the University of Southampton. Free but by tickets only from School Reception two weeks prior. Max 4pp. 01305 266064
26 Buddhist Meditation Quaker Meeting House, Holloway Road, Dorchester. 7pm-8:30pm. £7 a class: 'Let go of Anger and Stress' course. Everyone welcome. Come on the day or book on line at (www.thekchencentre.org)
28 Jewellery Course Manor Yard, Mill Lane, Symondbury, Bridport DT6 6HG 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. £70. Details: Gillian Hulse Tel: 07827916054 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (www.gillianhulse.com)
29 Lunchtime Concert: Bernardo Continental Guitarist Dorset County Museum, High East St, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-2pm. Composer, performer and teacher playing on a genuine 200 year old Louis Panormo instrument. Free. 01305 756827
29 West Dorset Humanists Meeting The Avenue Restaurant, 33 West St, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3QW. 7:30pm. Come along and ask questions about humanism and secularism, being agnostic or atheist, or living a good life without God. This is a chance to find out more, reflect on your ideas about these matters and talk them over with other free-thinking people. Entry is £3. Everyone is welcome. 07583 888837 (www.westdorsethumanists.org)
30 Seascape & Open PDI & Print Competitions Woodmead Halls, Hil Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. Lyme Bay Photographic Club - Seascape & Open PDI & Print Competitions . 7:30pm-10pm For further information please contact Chairman John Wallis on 01297 444733 (www.lymebayphotographicclub.org)
31 Headland The White Hart, Greenhill, Sherborne. This brilliant group are making their debut at the White Hart. A night of fantastic rock and pop classics awaits - not one to miss! 01935 817668
31 Half Day Buddhist Meditation Course: 'Busy Life, Peaceful Mind' Quaker Centre, Holloway Road, Dorchester .10am-1pm. Taught by Gen Kelsang Lekema, an experienced visiting teacher. Everyone welcome. Come on the day or book on line at (www.thekchencentre.org) , £15.00 including refreshments.
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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