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
Until 02 Pop-Up Vintage & Christmas Art Exhibition The Town Mill, Lyme Regis 10:30am-4:30pm. Inspiring and enticing paintings, sculptures, drawings, pottery, textiles, jewellery and books. Closed 25-26 Dec. www.townmillarts.co.uk
Until 04 Great Reindeer Hunt Teddy Bear Museum, Eastgate St/Salisbury St, Dorchester. 10am-4pm - see website for Christmas closing. Santa’s reindeer are missing, are hiding in Edward's house...? www.theteddybearmuseum.co.uk
27/12-05/01 Christmas Dinosaur Hunt Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW. 10am-4pm. Explore the museum to seek out the answers to the dinosaur mystery - fun for the kids. www.thedinosaurmuseum.com
Until 07Speed to the West Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. C20th Railway Posters.
Until 08 Scapes Art Exhibition Old Chapel Gallery, Back St, Abbotsbury, DT3 4J. Open Weds-Suns 10:30am-4:30pm. Exhibition of landscapes & seascapes by Caz Scott, Michael Hemming & Hamish Baird. www.theoldchapelgallery.co.uk
01 Grand Duck Race Higher Mill Flats, Windsor Terrace, Lyme Regis. A New Year’s Day Tradition! Watch the ducks race down the River Lym Raising money for Lyme's Christmas Lights. 12 noon.
01 Lyme Lunge Sandy Beach, Lyme Regis Seafront, DT7 3JQ. 1pm. All for charity. Everyone welcome, whether ‘dipping’ or contributing to our charity collection. Wet suits allowed, preferably with fancy dress over the top.
01 New Year's Day Guided Town Walk From the Abbey Porch, Sherborne. 2pm. Learn of Sherborne’s ancient heritage, and walk off your seasonal indulgences with Blue Badge Guide Cindy. Only £5, for a thousand years of history. 01935 815341
04 Bridport Scottish Dancers Taster Session Church House, South Street, Bridport. 7pm. Join in a free evening, no partner required, no previous experience, but soft shoes advisable. Info: 01308 422927 www.bridportscottishdancers.org.uk
05 Ramblers Walk From The Sun Inn, Lower burton, DT2 7RZ. GR688917 10am, 5.5miles, via Charminster. 01935 864384
06 Holwell Variety Performance Night Holwell Village Hall, DT9 5LL. Doors Open 7pm : Live Music, SwapShop. B.Y.O. booze. Snacks, Soft & Hot Drinks Available. £4. Music, poetry, art, storytelling, games. Music@BearCatCollective.co.uk
06 Celebrate Twelfth Night Bridport Town Hall. 7:30pm, in aid of Bridport Millennium Green. With entertainment by Tinker’s Cuss Band and the Symondsbury Mummers. Tickets £7 (members £6) to inc. seasonal food and drink, via: 01308 425037
06 Lyme Bay Photographic Club Competition – subject Patterns in Nature; Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm-10pm. For info. please contact Mr Chris Sellers on 01297 442475 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club 01297 442475
06 Milborne Movies: Eddie the Eagle (PG) Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, DT11 0JX. 7pm for 7:30pm start. £3.50.
07 Monthly Table Top Sale & SwapShop Holwell Village Hall, DT9 5LL. 10am-1pm. Good used items, produce & crafts. In the Swap find clothes, cookware, books, CDs, DVDs, bric-a-brac & toys! Sellers: £5. firstname.lastname@example.org
07 Blackmore Vale & Yeovil National trust Association 'Keeping People Safe' Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Talk by Mark Sedwill CMG, permanent secretary at the Home Office having taken over in 2013. Admission £5 for guests.
07 Charity Country Music Night Trinity Club, Dorchester. 8pm til late. Proceeds in aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Featuring music from Dusty Rhodes Band. Plus a fantastic raffle! Tickets £7.50 contact Heather Pugh on: 01305 269095
07 Bridport Ceilidhs Church House Hall (adjacent to St Mary’s Church) South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NW. Music by Chris Toyne Band, caller Gill Spence 7:30pm-11pm. 01308 423442 www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com
08 Open Day Steam & Water Wheel Centre, Oborne Road, Sherborne, DT9 3RX. 11am-4pm. Steam up with mince pies and mulled fruit juice. See the largest working waterwheel in the South West 01935 816324 www.sswc.co.uk
08 Cercle Français de Dorchester Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm-9:30am. Galette des Rois –annual meeting with tea & cake. Français 07717 292762, English: 01305 854025 www.dorchesterfrenchcircle.org.uk
09 Quiz & Fish ‘n Chip Supper Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Tickets £10 from Sherborne TIC.
10 Pastel Competition Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis Talk by Richard Turner. 2pm. Lyme Regis Art Society. 01297 445464
11 Dorset Postcard Club: Letter ‘T’ Members Displays Dorset Youth Association Hall, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, DT1 1QL. 7:30pm. Organised by Chairman Brian Searle. 01305 832815
11 Geology Revealed: What is a Species? Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA. 6:30pm for 7pm. By Dr John Whicher. The controversy continues, but does it matter? Free, £3 donation encouraged.
11 Sherborne Flicks: Café Society Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 7:30pm. Woody Allen film set in 1930's Hollywood & New York. Tickets £6 from Sherborne TIC.
12 Sherborne & District Gardeners' Association Talk Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 2:30pm. David Hitchcock of Three Counties Nurseries discusses Flowers Shows last 50 Years. 01935 813679
12 Trees for Dorset 'Trees for Owls' Dorford Centre, Top O' Town, Dorchester. 7pm for 7:30pm. With Wessex Birds of Prey Rescue who will present Tawny Owl, a Short-eared Owl and a Barn Owl. Non-members £4. www.treesfordorset.co.uk
12 Bridport Shakespeare Company Presents Macbeth Chapel in the Garden, Bridport . 7:30pm. Donations for entry.
12 Museum (AGM) Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, DT8 3NB. 2:30pm. www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com
13 Chamber Music Recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the students of Sherborne School.
13-23 Art Exhibition: Jon Callan St. Peter's Church, High West St, Dorchester. 10am-4pm. Local glass artist. 01305 269113
14 High Definition Ancestry DNA testing in Somerset & Dorset Family History Soceity. The Parade, Sherborne. 2pm-4:30pm. Talks by DNA Worldwide. Members: £8. Non-mem: £10. 01935 389611 www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/
15 Ramblers Walk Meet at Piddlehinton Church. GR SY715972. 10am. 12.5miles towards Higher Melcombe. 07970 490653
15 Sherborne Folk Band Workshop Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords & arrangements. Suitable for all levels & all instruments. £10 advance/£12 on door. 01935 817905 laurelswift.co.uk
16 Bridport Shakespeare Company The Red Lion Beaminster Presents Macbeth, 7.30pm donations for entry
17 ‘An abundance of Water Mills’ Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, Nr Bridport, DT8 3NB. 2:30pm. Talk on the mills in & around Beaminster, the people who worked in them and the important part they played in the history of the area. £2.50.
18 Talk: English Wildlife in Spring & Summer, with reference to Dorset Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm.
18 Music at the Museum: Sam Armstrong (piano) Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm start. Tickets £12 from the museum, students £2. www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk
18 Story of the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype. 2:30pm. Talk by Mark Cottle. 07972 472029
18 WI Meeting: World of Glass Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Talk by Dr Francis Burroughs. £3.
18 Dorset’s Town Criers Charlton Down Village Hall, Sherren Avenue Nr Dorchester DT2 9UA. 7:30pm. £3.
19 Ramblers Walk Rose & Crown, Bradford Abbas, DT9 6RF. GR587142. 10am. 5.25miles. 01935 415612
19 Lunchtime Concert: Mike Denham Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester. 1pm-2pm. Ragtime Piano. Free.
19 South Dorset R.S.P.B.Talk St George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester. 7:45pm. "Zimbabwe on the Wildside". £3.50
20 Lyme Bay Photographic Club: Member's Evening: Slides Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis 7:30pm-10pm. 01297 442475
20 Brass Recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the talented students of Sherborne School.
20 Charter House Auction Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne. A unique collection of early C20th motorcycling achievements won by and awarded to Mr H H Breach on Norton motorcycles. 01935 812277 www.charterhouse-auction.com
21 Chasty Cottage Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. Up to 35 stands, 9:30am - 4pm. Entry £1. 01963 370986
24 Lecture: Is Man just another Animal? Evolution & Us Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen's Av, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. Talk by Prof. Steve Jones, FRS, Emeritus Prof. Human Genetics. Free, but by ticket from school. 01305 266064
24 Gouache “A Devon Landscape” Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Phil Creek demonstration. 2pm. 01297 445464
25 Seed, Swap, Quiz & Social Evening Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme 7:30pm. Come along, renew your subscription and swap your spare seeds for something new to grow. Bring and Share Refreshments. Uplyme & Lyme Horticultural Society.
26 Ramblers Walk Three Elms Pub, North Wootton. 3miles SE of Sherborne. GR658143. 10:30am. 4.5miles. 01935 862340
26 Travellers' Tales: Sand, Rock and Snow Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Talk by Caroline Richards who has tested her limits in multi-day, self-sufficiency events across the world's deserts & mountains. £3
27 Pianists' Recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the talented students of Sherborne School.
28 Vintage Market Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 8:30am-3:30pm. 30+ sellers of vintage. 07809 387594
28 Jack and the Beanstalk Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 11:30am. Touring professional pantomime. £8. 01935 360898
28 Only Fools and 3 Courses Eypes Mouth Country Hotel, Eype, Bridport, DT6 6AL. Expect a big fun night out & dinner in a friendly party atmosphere with some of the finest comedy. £45. Prebook: 01308 423300 www.eypesmouthhotel.co.uk
28-29 Dorchester & District Lion's Club FunSwim 1610 Dorchester Sports Centre, Coburg Road, Dorchester. On the afternoon of the 28th and the morning of the 29th. Four activities to choose from: team, individual or family events. Also a Fun water event. Raise money for your own nominated charity or the Lions. Info. & forms: www.lionsdorchester.org.uk
30 The Fleet Air Arm Museum: What's that to do with me? Bridport United Church Hall, East St. Bridport. 2:30pm. Talk by Mrs Barbara Gilbert. Presented by the Golden Cap Association. Non-members welcome, £3 inc. tea/coffee. 01308 863577
30 Pastel Composition Workshop Lyme Regis Football Club. Richard Turner. 10am-1pm. 01297 445464
31 ‘Clocks & Clockmakers of Beaminster’ Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, DT8 3NB. 2:30pm. Talk by Dr Maurice Yarham on antique clocks, barometers, music boxes & pre-digital timepieces. £2.50 beaminstermuseum.wordpress.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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