What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
to 08/10 Dorset And Trafalgar - Exhibition Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 10am - 5pm daily
An exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar with stunning displays including : letters from HMS Victory, replica of a gun port and cannon from HMS Victory, material on public display for the first time, interactives and activities for children of all ages, personal possessions belonging to the three Dorset captains.
to 08/10 Alpha House Gallery Exhibition Alpha House Gallery, South Street, Sherborne, Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Paintings by Rob Woolner plus ceramics by Mike Dodd
to 10/10 The Branch Line Art Cafe At Whitchurch Canonicorum Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall, every Monday, 10am – 4pm The Branch Line is an art cafe that offers drinks and light refreshments in relaxed surroundings, with changing exhibitions of work, posters, magazines and books for sale. Tel. 01297 489232
to 30/10 The Bridport Branch Line Exhibition Bridport Museum, South St, , Bridport, Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm A commemoration of the Bridport railway from 1855 - 1975
to 30/10 Fifty Years Established The Undercroft, Forde Abbey, Nr Chard, 10am - 4.30pm, daily. Exhibition of 300 pieces of woodfired Raku, stoneware & porcelain by the Eeles family of potters.
to 31/10 An Exhibition In Weymouth Museum Brewers Quay, Hope Square, Weymouth, 10am-4.30pm. Moments from Dorset's Maritime Heritage.
to 31/12 Gallipoli Exhibition At The Keep Museum Military Museum Of Devon & Dorset, The Keep, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Mon-Sat 9.30am - 5pm April - September. An exhibition to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.
to 02/10 Frink Print Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne., open Tuesday – Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm. A selection of prints and drawings from the Elizabeth Frink archive, due to be housed at Sherborne House after its development.
01/10 - 09/10 Lyme Regis Arts Fest Lyme Regis. Open studios, workshops and events in various venues around the town.
01/10 - 09/10 Town Mill Galleries Exhibition The Town Mill Galleries, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, 11am- 5pm Tuesday - Sunday.Freely painted oil paintings by Barbara Steel of figures, landscapes and flowers, plus figurative paintings, drawings and woodcarvings by David West.
01/10 - 31/10 Lyme Regis Arts Fest Exhibition at Blue Lias Gallery Blue Lias Gallery, 47 Coombe Street, Lymje Regis, Mon-Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Ceramics by Amanda Popham, paintings by Felicia France and Tide Turns (photographic competition)
08/10 - 06/11 Sherborne House Exhibition Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, Sunday – Tuesday 10.30am – 4.30pm. "St. Ives Artists – Past and Present". A selling exhibition of work by past and present St Ives based artists.
08/10 - 05/11 Exhibition by Ken Waterfield – "Retrospective" The Pierrepoint Gallery, 76 South Street, Bridport, Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.
15/10 - 12/11 Alpha House Exhibition Alpha House Gallery, South Street, Sherborne, Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Paintings by Catherine Forshall and Heather Hodgson plus ceramics by James Campbell.
15/10 – 20/11 Walking the Water’s Edge The Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis, 11am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday. Sculpture and animated film by artist Brigitte Jurack and students from Woodroffe School.
19/10 – 24/10 Exhibition by Andrew Curran: "Colour Explosion" Old School Village Hall (near Wishing Well), Church Street, Upwey, Weymouth, 10am – 6pm. "Acrylics on canvas that explore the affinity colours have with each other, their attraction and kinshiop."
Lyme Regis Fossil walks with Dr Colin Dawes – meet at the Old Forge Fossil Shop, Broad Street
Every Sunday plus daily during half term at 1pm. Walk lasts approx. 2.5 hours. Cost Adult £7, Child £3
Fossil walks with Brandon Lennon Daily walks - tel. 01297 444405 for further details.
Fossil walks with Paddy Howe – start from Lyme Regis Museum. Book on 01297 443370.
Charmouth Fossil walks from the Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth. Walks last approx. 2 hours. Adults £7, Children £3. During October guided walks take place on Sat 1st at 11.00am, Sun 2nd at11.30am, Wed 5th at 1.00pm, Sat 8th at 2.30pm, Sun 9th at 2.30pm, Sat 15th at 10.30am, Sun 16th at 11.00am, Tues 18th at 12.30pm, Fri 21st at 2.00pm, Sat 22nd at 2.30pm and Sun 23rd at 2.30pm. Tel. 01297 560772 for further details.
BEAMINSTER Farmers’ Market 4th Saturday in each month – Town Hall 9am-1pm
BRIDPORT Town Centre. Every Wednesday and Saturday, Farmers’ Market 2nd Saturday in each month – Arts Centre 9.30am-2pm, W.I. market in the WI Hall, North Street every Saturday 9am-12 noon
DORCHESTER Fairfield Car Park, Weymouth Avenue 8am – 3pm every Wednesday
Farmers’ Market 1st Saturday in each month – Poundbury, 9am-1pm
CHARMOUTH Market every Monday during the Summer months
SHERBORNE The Parade, every Thursday and Saturday, W.I. market in Church Hall, Digby Road Thursday mornings, 9.15am, Farmers’Market 3rd Friday in each month – Cheap Street, 9am-1pm
to 02 Marshwood Vale Alpacas Open Weekends Paynes Down Cottage, Birdsmoorgate, every weekend until Sunday 2nd October, 10.30am til 4.30pm. Price: £2.50 adults, £1 child. If you would like to see, photograph, sketch, listen to, touch cuddle, lead, walk, read about and love the Marshwood Vale Alpacas - now is the time!
01 Brave Nelson Fought And Fell Winterbourne Whitechurch Village Hall, 7.30pm. "Recollections of a Dorset Sailor at Trafalgar - Tim Laycock performes the tale of Midshipman Roberts of Burton Bradstock - a Dorset sailor who was at Trafalgar. Performed in period costume with fiddle accompaniment, traditional stories and songs of the time.
01 Bournemouth Symphony Winds Herrison Hall, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Mozart 'Serenade in C minor'; Dove 'Figures in the Garden'; Dvorak 'Serenade in D minor'
01 Dance - Uplyme Village Hall Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, 8pm - 11pm. Ballroom, Latin & some Sequence.
01 Embroidery Studio Workshop At Mangerton Mill Mangerton Mill Near Bridport. "Introduction to patchwork with a sewing machine".
01 Golden Jubilee - Damers School Reunion Damers School, Damers Rd, Dorchester, 7.15pm. Dorchester County Primary School, Damers Rd. Ex Pupils are invited to attend to celebrate this event. Photographs and memorabilia of the school would be appreciated to help compile a 'Book of Memories' Tickets include a buffet supper.
01 Hanbury Tout Folk Group St George's Church Hall, Dorchester, 7.30pm. In Aid of the Children's Society Folk at its best Admission includes supper, please bring whatever you wish to drink, glasses provided
01 Harvest Supper The Tavern Social Club, Crossways, 7.00 for 7.30pm. Crossways, Moreton, Tincleton and Woodsford Harvest Supper, arranged by Crossways Church. All are welcome. Ample parking, warm welcome, meet friends old and new. And as always; enjoyable entertainment, a scrumptious supper, coffee and tea with supper, other drinks on sale at the bar.
01 Rare Views Of Early Dorset & Magic Lantern Show Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester. Slides of county scenes and Dorset personalities, some dating back to the late 19th Century, followed by a beautiful Victorian magic lantern show with moving pictures, presented by Allan and Rene Marriott, will complete this nostalgic evening.
01 Sherborne Book Fair Church Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. A one day book fair, organised by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association
01 Spirit Of The Drum - Kagemusha Taiko Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Taiko drum theatre originally from Japan. A show full of movement and energy
01 Whitchurch Purcellians Concert - Staff From Purcell School Village Hall, Whitchurch Canonicorum, 7.30pm.
Staff of the Purcell School celebrate music from the Second World War, 'We'll Meet Again'. Admission £5 on the door.
01 Zummer'z End Barn Dance Broadmayne Village Hall, 7.30-11pm. Music by Capitain Thunderbolt. Tickets include Ploughmans Supper from local produce. Book early to avoid disappointment.
01 Shaftesbury Carnival Shaftesbury Town Centre, 7pm
02 Apple Pruning Workshop Pound Cottage Information Centre, Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, 10am - 12.30pm.
A mixture of theory and practice, led by Kingston Maurward colleague Chris Hunter.
02 Castleton Waterwheel Open Day Castleton Waterwheel Museum, Oborne Road, Sherborne, 11am - 5pm. .A chance to see the massive 26' diameter waterwheel builtin 1869 driving a twin cylinder pumpset built in 1883 by Sparrow's of Martock for a local tannery.
02 Harvest Festival Concert Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 3 p.m.. A harvest festival concert given by the Imerys Singers
02 Ramblers Walk By The South Somerset Group Toller Porcorum Village Hall, 10.30am. Walk of approx. 16 miles.
02 Take A Walk On The Wild Side Marine Square, Lyme Regis, 12noon to 4pm. An afternoon of street theatre, including a performance by The Black Eagles, a troupe of stunning acrobats from Tanzania. Enjoy the beautiful flags made by local young people; partake in lots of free arts workshops, listen to the sounds of live musicians dotted around the area, and enjoy internationally renowned street theatre.
02 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Meet at Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, 2.30pm. Sunday Stroll of approx 3miles
02 Weymouth Music Club Recital; Fiona Dalzell Piano Weymouth College Theatre, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth, 3pm. Weymouth Music Club in association with Weymouth College invite you to the first recital of their 60th Anniversary Season. Fiona Dalzell Piano Bach - English Suite no.2 in A minor, BMV807 Ravel - Miroirs Debussy - A Selection of Preludes Beethoven - Sonata in A majpr Op. 101
02 - 04 Residential Short Course At Highway Farm Award winning Marine Artist Michael J Chappell Further details from Highway Farm tel 01308 424321 or visit www.highwayfarm.co.uk
03 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from West Bay Long Stay Car Park, 10am 8 mile walk to Walditch, Bothenhampton.
04 Bridport Film Society Screening - The Story Of The Weeping Camel Bridport Art Centre, South St, Bridport, 7.45pm
04 Forest Forge Theatre Present 'At The Hop' Bere Regis Village Hall, 7.30pm. Moving and funny new play by Forest Forge using songs and music from the period of James Dean and rock 'n roll.
04 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Eype Picnic Area Off A35, 10am 5 mile walk towards the coast
05 Bridport Camera Club Meeting Burton Cliff Hotel, Burton Bradstock, 7.30pm. " Lighting and Posing"
05 Embroidery Studio Workshop At Mangerton Mill Mangerton Mill Near Bridport. "Circles, Spirals and Spots".
05 Fungi At Kingcombe Meet at the Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum at 1.30pm. Guided walk followed by tea served Kingcombe Centre at about 4.30pm.
06 Dorchester Film Society - My Summer of Love The Plaza, Dorchester, 8pm
06 Ramblers Walk By The South Somerset Group Starts from Clapton Village Hall, 10am. 5 miles walk.
06 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Meet at Seatown Car Park Near Chideock, 10am. Winnford Valley 7 miles
06 - 07 Fine British Knitwear Sale Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne, Thursday 11am - 8pm Friday 10am - 4pm.
07 Archaeology Lecture - Early And Enduring Monuments In South Korea Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. The Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society present 'Early and Enduring Monuments in South Korea - dolmens, barrows, funerary customs royal and ancient and their part in modern life' by Roger Peers, former curator and secretary of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society at the Dorset County Museum.
07 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert - London Concertan Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm.
07 Robb Johnson Releases His New Album Metro Eype Church Centre For The Arts, 7.30pm. This concert by Robb Johnson (voice) and Russel Churney (piano) will feature songs from the new album, as well as some of Johnson's previous work. Tickets priced £7 (Friends £6) available from Bridport TIC.
07 Srishti - Women Are From Venus The Corn Exchange, Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, 8 p.m. SRISHTI is famous for its live music and Women Are From Venus is no different. It promises a full evening of high quality dance and excellent live music. This piece brings Nina Rajarani together with four male Bharatanatyam dancers.
07 Trans-mission Dance At Bridport Arts Centre Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 8pm. Trans-Mission draws upon a fusion of dance styles and influences, mixing contemprary with African and Hip-Hop.
07 Whole Lotta Led Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm. A tribute band aiming to reproduce the classic Led Zeppelin sound and excitement.
07 Lunchtime Concert at Sherborne School Big School Room, Sherborne School, 1.30pm. Percussion recital. Free entry
08 Autumn Fayre/coffee Morning United Church Main Hall, East
08 Poetry Cafe With Goran Simic Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, Dorchester, 7.30pm.
08 Gustomarket At Beaminster Beaminster Public Hall. Gustomarket - foodie heaven is a place on Earth! Local food will be on sale and guest chefs will be presenting their culinary skills.
08 Macmillan - Stitch And Design Exhibition Herrison Hall, Charlton Down Village Hall, Charlton Down, 10 am. We are proud to announce a small exhibition of Stitch and Design featuring the collection of Ewa-lis-Bell's wonderful work. Her talent with colour and design was inspirational, consequently she was always in demand to teach and exhibit her work. Ewa sadly died a few years ago with cancer. Our gratitude goes to her son for allowing us to exhibit her work. There will be other wonderful works on display, as well as sales tables. Coffee and light lunches will be served until 3pm. Oliver Letwin will open the event at 10 am
08 The Occasional Singers - Rachmaninov's Vespers St Marys Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. The Occasional Singers at St Mary's Church, Dorchester present Serge Rachmaninov 'Vespers' the russion choral experience
08 Persuasion Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Presented by The Phoenix Theatre Company
08 Pink Apple Ball Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 7.30pm. A charity event in aid of breast cancer featuring a performance by the awesome urban latino band Manteca.
08 Sound As Medecine - Talk And Demonstration Diamond Doorway, 54 South St, Bridport, 7pm to 8.30pm. Discover how sound can be used to alter structure and with healing intention. This is a talk and demonstration with Michael Dolphenue.
08 Ridiculusmus In The Importance Of Being Earnest Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. A madcap reworking of Wilde's comedy of English manners.
08 Sherborne Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm.
08 The Somerset And Dorset Family History Society Event Day Salway Ash Village Hall, Nr Bridport, 10.30am. Annual Computer Day, including websites and family history software usage. Tel. 01297 489567 for further details.
08 St. Mary's Church, Bridport Autumn Fair & Cafe Church House, South St, Bridport, 10am to12.15pm.
08 Voices For Hospices; Handel's The Messiah Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth, 7.30pm. The worlds largest regular singing event. The official fundraising event for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.
08 Zoe Schwarz And Rob Koral Jazz Trio St Antony's Leweston School, Sherborne, doors open at 8pm for 8.30pm.St Antony's Leweston School presents Zoe Scwarz and Rob Koral Jazz Trio, fresh from Ronnie Scott's for One Night Only. All proceeds go to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and The Hub, Dorchester.
09 Accordion Masterclass With Merima Kljuco Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 2pm to 5pm. This is a rare opportunity for experienced musicians to experience an astounding mix of styles and technique. Tel 01308 424204.
09 The Traditional Songs Of Dorset Sherborne. A mini-festival celebrating 100 years since The Hammond Brothers from Clevedon in Somerset toured Dorset on their bicycles collecting old songs before they disappeared, succeeding in finding over 90 singers and gathering swell over 600 songs. The festival starts with a talk by Bonny Sartin of The Yetties on The Hammonds and their collecting, includes a music workshop by Pete and Mac of the Yetties, a singaround, a tuition session for complete beginners on the English Concertina by John Dipper (instruments provided) and finishes with a concert in the evening with The Yetties and The Stanchester Quire singing songs from Dorset. Tel. 01935 822911
09 WWF Sponsored Walk For Wild Life Starts from Broadmaine Village Hall nr. Dorchester, 10am – 12pm. Distance 6 or 9miles.
09 The Yetties Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.45p.m. In concert with John Dipper and the Stanchester Quire
11 Hardy's Cottage Bridport United Church, Bridport, 2.30pm. Bridport History programme - Miss Helen Mann of the National Trust will give a talk about Hardys Cottage. The National Trust is working on the cottage and this talk will mention the changes taking place and the cottage's background
12 Dorcas - Kanlungan Philippines Meeting Dorchester Baptist Church, Bridport Rd, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Dorcas is a local Christian Charity supporting projects in the Philippines in cluding 'Kanlungan'. This organisation helps homeless abandoned and abused children on the streets and in the squatter areas of Manila. We invite you to meet Sol Balbero who has been the administrator of Kanlungan for 17 years and is visiting England. She will talk about her experiences at this meeting.
12 Sherborne Flicks - A Good Woman(PG) Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.
12 Voice Workshop With Members Of Opera Circus Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 7pm to 9pm. Your chance to work alongside members of highly acclaimed contemporary opera company Opera Circus. Open to all vocalists. Prices £12, (£10 members and concessions). Further details tel 01308 424204.
12 Yetties Music Night West End Hall, Sherborne, 8pm.
13 Dorchester Film Society - Downfall Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm.
13 Joseph Weld & Trimar Hospice Autumn Fair Tithe Barn, Hinton St Mary, 10 am - 4pm.
13 - 15 O-region Presents 'Laughing Gas’ Gillingham School on 13th at 7.30pm, Powerstock Hall on 14th at 8pm and Buckland Newton Village Hall on 15th at 7.30pm. Hilarious new comedy written by Cornwall's Nick Darke with Carl Grose. Artsreach event.
13 - 15 Sid Kipper Presents 'Cod & Ships' Performed in Village Halls of Chetnole on 13th October, Drimpton on 14th October and Tarrant Gunville on 15th October – all at 7.30 p.m. Nautical but nice! Hilarious entertainment delivered by Norfolk's finest. Sid illuminates the voyage with songs, sayings and shanties. Artsreach event.
14 An Autumn Soiree At Eype Church Centre For The Arts Eype Church Centre, Nr Bridport, 7.30pm. Winston Leese and Jan Wyld return to Eype with a musical evening that should bring appeal to a wide audience. A programme of French songs and and music by Bach/ Chopin and popular trumpet themes will make this an appetising menu. Tickets priced £6 (Friends £5) available from Bridport TIC.
14 Save The Children, Autumn Fair Herrison Hall, Dorchester, 10.30am - 3pm. 22 varied stalls - jewellery, children's clothes + toys, silk flowers, china, gifts, cakes
14 Lunchtime Concert Big School Room, Sherborne School, 1.30pm. Singers’ Recital. Free entry
14 Sevdah Opera At Bridport Arts Centre Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 8pm. Opera Circus join with musicians and artists from Bosnia, Croatia and the UK. Prices £8, (£7 members and concessions), £5 students and children.
14 Brave Nelson Fought And Fell Sixpenny Handley Village Hall, 7.30pm. "Recollections of a Dorset Sailor at Trafalgar - Tim Laycock, is the tale of Midshipman Roberts of Burton Bradstock - a Dorset sailor who was at Trafalgar. Performed in period costume with fiddle accompaniment, traditional stories and songs of the time.
14 - 15 Rosanna Raymond & Rangimoana Taylor Present 'Pacific Voices' Winterbourne Stickland on 14th October, Bradford Peverell on 15th October (also Fontmell Magna on 26th November).A combination of traditional and contemporary Maori and Samoan stories. Artsreach event.
14 - 16 Beer R&b Festival Various locations around Beer, various times from Friday evening until Sunday lunchtime. Steppin' Out Promotions presents the eighth Beer Rhythm & Blues Festival.
15 'The Battle Of Isandlwana - British Defeat Or Zulu Victory?' The Big School Room, Sherborne School, Sherborne, 7pm, A talk by David Rattray, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. In aid of Farm Africa Wine bar and raffle.
15 The Big Draw Sherborne House, Sherborne, 11 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to join our workshops designed to get you all drawing! The Big Draw is the UK's biggest annual art event. Initiated by the Campaign for Drawing, it encourages everyone to discover the pleasures, purposes and power of drawing. Come along and discover your potential!
15 Bluesnight With Eddie And Frank Thomas Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, Dorchester, 8pm. Eddie and Frank Thomas from Iuka, Mississippi present 'Angels on the Backroads', their multi-media presentation which recreates a journey down Highway 61 through America's Deep South, complete with live music. A unique show.
15 Dance - Uplyme Village Hall Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, 8pm - 11pm. Ballroom, Latin & some Sequence.
15 Dorset Chamber Orchestra St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Handel - Water Music; Strauss - Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon (soloists: John Candor and Julian Lockett) and Beethoven - Symphony No 4.
15 Embroidery Studio Workshop At Mangerton Mill Mangerton Mill Near Bridport. "Introduction to Hand Quilting".
15 Mozart Requiem - Come And Sing Sherborne Abbey, Rehearsal 1.30 - 5 pm, Concert 7.30 pm. Join Paul Ellis and Sherborne Chamber Choir for an afternoon of music-making, followed by an informal evening concert. With organist Jo Sentance. Dress informal. Proceeds to be divided between the Abbey Music Fund and SCC.
15 Royal British Legion Quiz Night In Bridport Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport, 7.30pm. Very popular quiz night with Roger. This will be in aid of the Senior Citizens Christmas Party (Sunday 18th Dec). Tickets are £3.50 including supper.
15 Sherborne Book Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm.
15 Status Clone Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, doors open at 7.45pm. Tribute to Status Quo.
15 Symondsbury Apple Day Tea 2pm - 5pm.
16 2005 Convention Of Alternative Archaeology And Earth Mysteries Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 9.30pm. 'A major assembly bringing together enquiring minds seeking deeper truths about our ancient spiritual heritage'
16 Book Fair Stratton Village Hall, Stratton, Nr Dorchester, 10.30am - 4pm. A one day book fair, organised by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association
16 Lions Beach Motorcross Pavilion Theatre, The Esplanade, Weymouth, 12pm onwards. Over 300 top riders from around the country compete in this exciting event.
16 Tool Sale Trimar Hospice, Greenhill, Weymouth, 10.30am - 1.30pm. In aid of Joseph Weld & Trimar Hospice and Cancercare Dorset
16 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, 2.30pm. Sunday stroll approx. 3 miles.
16- 23 Opera Circus Presents 'Demolition-a Sevdah Folk Opera' Takes place in Village Halls in Shillingstone on 16 October, Gillingham School on 17 October, Milborne St Andrew on 21 October and Portesham on 23 October, all at 7.30pm. An Artsreach event. Traditional Sevdah music with the voices of Opera Circus.
17 Hedgelaying At Magdalene Farm Magdalene Farm, Winsham. The Magdalene Project is a residential centre at the heart of a 132 acre organice smallholding, that offers a wide range of courses and workshops. Tel. 01460 30144 for details.
17 Pack Monday Fair Main Streets Of Sherborne, Sherborne, 9am - 10.30pm. Annual fair going back approx. 700 years, held on old Michaelmas Day (1st Monday after 10th October). Although no longer an agricultural fair, it is still a major event in Sherborne with four of the town's main streets becoming full of street traders and food stalls for the day, and a funfair is usually held on the edge of town. The fair is heralded in by a midnight procession through the streets of 'Teddy Roe's Band', blowing horns and whistles and banging saucepans.
18 Bridport Film Society Screening - Maria Full Of Grace Bridport Art Centre, South St, Bridport, 7.45pm.
18 Dorset Archaeology Society AGM And Lecture Dorset Room, Colliton Club, Dorchester, 7pm. AGM followed by 'The Swanage Railway' a talk by Peter Foster and friends.
18 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Meet at Yarn Barton Car Park, Beaminster, 10.30am Beaminster area 7 miles
18 - 21 Quondam Theatre In 'Black Diamonds' Takes place in Sturminster School on 18 October and Halstock (HCT) on 21 October, both at 7.30pm. An Artsreach event. An uplifting story of one man's journey from slavery to freedom set between 1760 and 1820.
19 'The Liberator' The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Saltmine Theatre Company. The Liberator retells the story of the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke as one story in the award winning style of The Word on the Street (formerly The Street Bible).
19 Bridport Camera Club Meeting Burton Cliff Hotel, Burton Bradstock, 7.30pm. "Travels around the world and in Cornwall".
19 Home Farm Trust Michaelmas Market Digby Hall, Sherborne, 10.30 - 3.30. Michaelmas market in aid of the Home Farm Trust
19-06/11 With Floodlights And Candles Sub Tropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, Dusk to 8.30pm. The gardens stay open until 8.30pm for magical lighting, Christmas shopping and great food in the Colonial Teahouse.
20 Ramblers Walk By The South Somerset Group Starts from Wynyards Gap Inn, Near Beaminster, 10.15am. 5 miles.
21 Apple Day Various Venues. Celebration of traditional orchards and the wonderful variety of apples grown in Britain taking place on and around 21st October. Visit www.commongruond.org.uk to find an event near you.
21 Embroidery Studio Workshop At Mangerton Mill Mangerton Mill Near Bridport. "Handstitched Tassels".
21 Sherborne School Lunchtime Concert Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 1.30pm. L6th Form concert – free entry.
21 Fashion Show Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Culliford Rd, Dorchester, 7.15 for 8pm. Presented by The Dressing Room, Dorchester in aid of Joseph Weld & Trimar Hospice.
22 Autumn Model Show Fleet Air Arm Museum, R.N.A.S. Yeovilton, Nr Ilchester, 10am - 4.30pm.
22 Challenge The Chef At The Hermitage Restaurant! Bridge House Hotel, Bridport. Challenge the chef! - you choose the ingredients, and challenge the chef to create a culinary delight in only 30 minutes! The Top 12 recipes chosen by the resident judge will be published, and the best dish on the day will win a bottle of champagne for the challenger. Tel 01308 423371
22 Cyber-Raptor Robots At Haynes Motor Museum Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford. Robo Geddon - take control of Cyber-Raptor robots for the ultimate battle, just like you see on TV!
22 - 30 Dorset Food Week 2005 Various venues including local TICs! The fifth annual Dorset Food Week held across the county with a wide range of many different events - all linked to local produce.
22 Gerald Pitman Memorial Lecture Powell Theatre, Abbey Rd, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Lecture on the Dorset contribution to the Battle of Trafalgar and exhibition of small arms of Napoleonic period.
22 Mortal Ladies Possessed Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, Dorchester, 8pm. Tennessee Williams' wild and evocative short stories are brought to life on stage by Matthew Hurt's brilliant adaptation and LInda Marlowe's unique physical performance style.
22 Sgt Pepper's Only Dart Board Band Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm. The Abbey Road Show - Beatles Tribute
22 Sherborne Antiques & Flea Market Church Hall & Age Concern Day Centre, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm.
22 Sue Perkins In Spectacle Wearer Of The Year 2006 Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 8pm. In her first one-woman show, Sue Perkins entertains. Prices £10, (£9 members and concessions), £7 students. Further details tel 01308 424204.
22 Supper & Auction Of Pledges & Lots For St. Mary's Church, Bridport Church House, South St, Bridport, bar opens at 7pm, supper at 7.15pm and the auction starts at 8pm. To raise money for the St. Mary's Stonework Appeal, there will be appproximately 50 lots to be bid for, including French lessons, champagne, fishing trips, flights to the Channel Islands etc. Auctioneer : Jim Rowe of Symonds & Sampson.
22 Useful Saturday Workshop Blah Di Blah Weymouth College Theatre, 10.30am til 4pm. Details from Dorset County Council, Josie Hickin, Literature Development Officer, Library Headquarters, Colliton Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ.
22 What The Bleep Do We Know? Diamond Doorway, 54 South St, Bridport, 7pm until 9pm. This is a new type of film - part documentary and part story, inspiring visual effects and animations.
22 - 23 West Country Equine Fair 05 Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, 9am - 5pm both days. One hall packed with equestrian trade stands, advice, top class entertainment and education.
23 - 28 Half Term Fun At Lulworth Castle Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, regular opening. GHOSTS!!! spooky fun for everyone! Spooky games, face painting, candy prizes, bouncy castle, make a bat & mask, scary ghostly shows and lots more! Join us for lots of half term fun and games. Wear a costum! under 5's free. Normal admission charges apply.
24 Autumn Lecture- 'Torpedoes To Taranto' United Church Main Hall, East St, Bridport, 7 - 7.30pm. Lecture by Graham Mottram, Director of the Fleet Air Arm Museum. Non members welcome. Organised by the Golden Cap Centre of The National Trust.
24 - 28 Halloween Half Term Festival Of Fun Brewers Quay, Hope Square, Weymouth, Complex open 10am - 5.30pm. Events times 11am - 4pm. Halloween fun for all the family with entertainment, puzzles and competitions.
24 Nobody Rides The Unicorn At Thorncombe Village Hall Thorncombe Village Hall, , , . Puppetcraft present 'Nobody Rides the Unicorn' at Thorncombe Village Hall. Superbly crafted puppets, original live music, sound effects and moments of unexpected magic. Suitable for 4 years and up. Tickets £3 children, £3.50 adults, £12family, (fam4- max 2 adults) contact 01460 30247 Performance starts at 10.30am. This is an Artsreach Performance
24 - 04 PuppetCraft Presents 'Nobody Rides The Unicorn' Takes place in Thorncombe at 10.30 a.m. on 24 October, Thornford at 4 p.m. on 24 October, Bere Regis at 10.30 a.m. on 25 October, Wintrbourne Whitchurch at 4 p.m. on 25 October, Ansty at 10.30 a.m. on 26 October, Fontmell Magna at 4 p.m. on 26 October, Powerstock at 10.30 a.m. An Artsreach event. A puppet show with live music/songs/sound effects/unexpected magic based on a classic of modern fiction.
26 Joseph Weld - Bridge Afternoon Bradford Abbas Village Hall, Bradford Abbas.
26 The Pea, The Bean And The Enormous Turnip Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, Dorchester, 1pm and 5pm. Half term puppet show performed by Storybox Theatre.
26 - 27 Martin Bridle Presents 'The Emperor's New Clothes' Takes place at Halstock at 4.30 p.m. on 26 October, Winfrith at 10.30 a.m. on 27 October and Morden at 4 p.m. on 27 October. An Artsreach event. An imaginative staged show of an innocent vision of vanity from popular puppeteer Martin Bridle. A show to appeal to 4 - 10 year olds.
26 - 29 Farewell, Farewell Eugene Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis. Presented by Lyme Regis Dramatic Society.
27 Dorchester Film Society - In your hands Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. .
27 Ramblers Walk By The South Somerset Group Starts from Chilfrome Lane, Maiden Newton, 10.30am. 5 miles walk.
28 Children's Art Workshop Day Artslink, Sherborne House, Sherborne, . Come along for a two-hour pastel session with Helen Simpson. Suitable for children aged 7 and up. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Celtic Creatures and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Fire and the Phoenix
28 The Complete Beginners Guide To Opera - Pruned The Corn Exchange, , Dorchester, 7.30pm. An evening of luxuriant Italian food and all of the world's greatest operas in 100 minutes performed by Lantern Theatre Company. Tickets £25 to include 3 course meal and welcome drink. Booking essential on 01305 266926.
28 The Dorchester Association Talk , , , . 7.30 - Dorset County Museum, Dorchester Terry Hearing: Dorset and Trafalgar
28 Fetch Presented By Big State Theatre Thorncombe, Near Beaminster, , , . Fetch is a hilarious multi-character fast paced comedy theatre show that uses film, puppets to create a show that is very funny. Suitable for over 14's only. Further details from 01460 30247. Performance starts at 7.30pm. This is an Artsreach Performance
28 - 29 Batanai Marimba Sturminster Marshall Village Hall On 28t, West Lulworth Village Hall On 29th, , Both performances at 7.30pm. Batanai Marimba celebrate both the past and the future of African dance music with a spectacular and vibrant stage show, with an unstoppable momentum guaranteed to fill the dance floor.
28 - 29 Big State Theatre Presents 'Fetch' Thorncombe Village Hall On 28th, Ansty Village Hall On 29th, , Both performances at 7.30pm. An hilarious multi-character fast paced comedy theatre show that uses film, puppets and numerous characters to create a world of unbridled Johnny Morrisness! Based upon real life stories of pet sitters, Fetch dishes up a fantastical parade of ridiculous pets and their owners all performed by the stunningly versatile Big State Actors.
28 Vatel & France From The Savouring Europe Series As Part Of Broadwindsor Village Hall, , , . This evening's film is shown as part of the Dorset Food Film Festival which is complimenting the Dorset Food Festival. Tonight's film starts with the documentary at 7pm, followed by tastings and then the main feature film. Further information from 01935 872534.
28 - 29 Sherborne Craft Market Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Crafts for sale, handmade by the craftworkers. Many demonstrations
28 - 30 Real Spooky Stories Portland Castle, Castletown, Portland. Sit by the fireside and hear real 'ghost stories' from those who work at the castle. Talks take place 4 times a day, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. Castle open 10am - 4pm.
29 A Fungus Foray! , , , . This is a guided walk around Brackett's Coppice nature reserve to look for and identify the autumn fungi. No previous knowledge is required. Bring a packed lunch and appropriate outdoor clothing. Time 10am to 2pm. Cost £10 - booking essential. Telephone the Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
29 Apple & Veg Day Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester. Tel. 01305 215000 for further details
29 Bridport’s 2nd Pumpkin Festival Town Centre, Bridport, 11am – 4pm. Bridport’s alternative country fair of all things pumpkin. Pumpkin games, good tasting, fancy dress and judging of pumpkin carving and growing competitions.
29 Dorset Guid of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers St. Mary’s Church Hall, Dorchester, 11am – 4pm. Spinning, library, coffee and tea (bring your own sandwich lunch) plus speaker during the afternoon.
29 Book Fair Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Nr Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 4pm. A one day book fair, organised by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association
29 Myllbrne Camerata Sherborne Abbey, , Sherborne, 7.30pm. Concert by Myllburne Camerata of Milborne Port conducted by Geoff Allan. Programme will include Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, The Beatitudes by Arvo Part, Laudate Domimum by Mozart and Magnificat by C P E Bach. Tickets available from Sherborne TIC.
29 Dance - Uplyme Village Hall Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, 8pm - 11pm. Ballroom, Latin & some Sequence. Price includes tea & biscuits - in aid of Hall funds
29 Piaffinitee Piddletrenthide Village Hall, , , 7.30pm. A chance to catch up with Edith Piaf's amazing life story, illustrated by non-stop songs and dance music of the period, performed by Piaffinitee.
29 - 30 Antique Fair Kingston Maurward, , Nr. Dorchester, .
29 - 30 Sheborne Castle Autumn Colours Weekend Sherborne Castle, , Sherborne, . Reduced price admission to gardens and grounds to see the glorious autumn colours.
30 Festival Of Remembrance - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, LYME REGIS, . Britsh Legion Festival of Remembrance
30 Spooky Halloween Party Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester, 4pm - 7pm. Children's disco, party games and story telling. Wear your best fancy dress and come if you dare!
30 Stride Lulworth Walk In Aid Of Cancer Research Lulworth Castle, , , . Take part in this 9km sponsored family walk during Cancer Research Uk's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please telephone 01392 430032 to register, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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