What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
to 18/02 Carolyne Kardia Exhibition Bridport Arts Centre. An exhibition of sculpture and paintings from the Dorset-based artist.
to 18/02Alpha House Gallery Exhibition South Street, Sherborne, Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Recent paintings by Justin Cooke, Paul Deacon and Monathan Middlemiss plus ceramics by Ruthanne Tudball, Chris Keenan and Jack Doherty.
to 04/03 Untold Stories - An Exhibition Of Imagination Paintings Bridport Arts Centre. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Paintings by David Brooke and Caroline Ireland in the Cafe Gallery.
to 13/03 120 Years Of Football In Lyme Regis Bridge Street, Lyme Regis.
Museum open weekends and school holidays, Sat 10.00 am - 5.00pm Sunday 11.00am - 5pm.
Exhibition features personalities, pictures, programmes.
18/02 - 19/02 Body Talk; An Exhibition Of Contemporary Art Durweston Village Hall, 10.30am – 4pm. Body Talk is part of the Artsreach Self Centred Project in which four community groups have worked with artist in residence Tom Weld, to explore the concept of Slef, a symbiotic relationship between body and mind. Exhibited work will include prints and photographs, painted and stitched textiles, conceptual clothing, reconstructed textiles, jewellery, mixed media and installations.
28/02 - 25/03 Samuel St Ledger Exhibition At Bridport Arts Centre Bridport Arts Centre. The artist presents paintings, drawings and sculptures all with a bucolic yet malevolent undercurrent.
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
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
EVENTS DURING FEBRUARY
01 Bridport Camera Club Meeting - "Match a Slide" Burton Cliff Hotel, Burton Bradstock, 7.30pm
01 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Mapperton car park (20p donation), 10am. Route: Loscombe, North Poorton 6 miles. To confirm details please tel. 01308 863337
01 Yetties Music Club West End Hall, Sherborne, 8pm.
02 Public Meeting To Discuss The Sustainable Communities Bill Bridport Town Hall, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Speakers will be Oliver Letwin, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Ron Bailey, Tim Crabtree and chaired by Sandra Brown.
02 Snowdrop Walk Remembrance Service - Sherborne The Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, 11am. Joseph Weld Hospice and Cancercare Dorset Trust will be holding the annual Snowdrop Services throughout the area during February to remember the lives of those we have loved and lost.
02 Snowdrop Walk Remembrance Service - Lyme Regis St. Michael's Church, Lyme Regis, 11am.
03 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk - Wild Dorset Friends' Meeting House, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. A presentation by Colin Varndell, wildlife photographer.
03 Band Concert Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Sherborne Town Band and Sherborne Lions club join forces to host the Aveley and Newham Band from London. Tickets available in Sherorne from Rules, Oxfords, Mid West Office Supplies and West End Post Office.
03 John Spencer Memorial Gig Freshwater Caravan Park, Burton Bradstock. Annual Gig - artists to include Custers Last Blues Band, The Sidekicks, Steamer Ducks, Marianna Trench, Gothic Chicken, All proceeds to John Spencer Memorial Fund Tickets £10 available from Bridport Record Centre.
03 Quiz Night St Martin's Community Hall Broadmayne, 7pm Teams of six - £2 per person. Tel. 01305 853920.
03- 04 Dorchester Beer Festival Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Friday Lunchtime 11am - 3pm Friday evening 6pm - 11.30pm Saturday lunchtime 11am - 3pm Saturday evening 6pm - 11.30pm. Organised by Dorchester Round Table and West Dorset Camra.
04 An Evening Of Song Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Music for everyone from Bernstein to Lloyd Webber. Local artistes Kelly Street and Nick Lawrence with students from the Maynard School, Exeter, accompanied by Stephanie Dommett.
04 New Rope String Band Thornford Village Hall, 8pm. The Old Rope String Band (what is left of them - Pete Challoner & Tim Dalling) have joined forces with two amazing musicians (Jock Tyldesley and Vera van Heeringen) and as a four piece they are taking off from where the Old Ropes sadly stopped. They play a wide assortment of instruments combined with bizarre physical nonsense and clowning about ….and singing…and dancing.
04 Snowdrop Walk Remembrance Service - Dorchester St. Peter's Church, Dorchester, 2pm.
04 Relative - A Drama Performed By Niki McCretton & Kathy Hinde Bridport Arts Centre, 8pm. Relative is about the special relationship between grandparent and grandchild - an entertaining dance that’s a physical, musical and visual jaunt, integrating films of real grannies with their own experiences as grandchildren. Relative has been commissioned by The Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster and is supported by The Merlin Theatre, Take Art and Dance South West. Suitable for those from age 11-111 Tickets: £9, £8 members, concessions £5 students
04 AGM & Biofuels and Renewable Energy in Dorset talk Holy Trinity Parish Church Centre, Dorchester, 2 pm
Tel. 01305 213721 for further details
04- 05 Bold Nelson's Praise Performances in th Village Halls of Tarrant Keyneston on 4th and Martinstown on 5th, both at 7.30pm A special musical tribute to the life, times and legacy of Lord Nelson, performed by Tim Laycock and the New Scorpion Band.
05 Craft Fair - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis. Quality giftware direct from the craftworkers
05 Watching Out For Badgers Meet At Dorset Wildlife Trust HQ, Brooklands Farm, Forston, 10am - 1pm. A morning with the Dorset Badger Group finding out about badgers in trouble and how to help them, including road traffic accidents, rescues and damaged setts. Booking essential on 01202 885703
06 The Dorchester Strollers Walk Meet by the Fountains at Tesco, 10.30am
06 "Badgers" - A Talk By Malcolm Howell Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Culliford Road North, Dorchester. Doors open at 9.45pm. University Of The Third Age talk - also "Colour in the Winter Garden" - a display by Keith Hix.
07 Dorchester Strollers Walk Meet in the Car park behind Corn Exchange, 2.30pm
07 Bridport Film Society Screening – "Good Morning, Noght" Bridport Art Centre, South St, Bridport, 7.45pm.
08 Sherborne Flicks - Bread And Tulips Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm.
08 Sherborne School Music Society - Mendelssohn's Elijah Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7.30pm.
09 Insight Lecture Griffiths Room, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. 'An evening with Mark for the Year of the Mark' by Professor David Catchpole, Scholar in Residence, New Testament - Sarum College.
09 Snowdrop Service Of Remembrance St Michaels Church, Silver St, Lyme Regis, 11.00am.
09 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Mosterton Post Office, 10am Route: 10 miles To confirm details please tel. 01308 456617
10 The Jamil Sheriff Octet Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, doors and bar open at 7.30pm, performance at 8pm. From Swing to Latin to Funk the music of The Jamil Sheriff Octect is colourful and exciting.
10 Misbehavin' Perform At Wootton Fitzpaine Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, 7.30pm. Drawing from the ballads of Kurt Weill through to well loved jazz standards and original songs, Misbehavin’ bring a heady mixture of the known and unknown spiced with a hint of cabaret.
10 Shiva Nova At Bridport Arts Centre Bridport Arts Centre, 7.30pm. Shiva Nova's music integrates elements of improvisation, jazz, classical, Asian, ambient and club-dance styles to create a sound world that is immediately accessible yet completely unique and sophisticated. Tickets: £10, £9 members, concs, £7 students
10 TWO Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, Adults £9.00; Concs £7.00. The Stageworks present TWO by Jim Cartwright. 2 Actors 14 Characters - ' Riveting - more laughs, tears and hopes than you should really expect'
11 Cellorhythmics Portesham Village Hall, 8pm. A dynamic ensemble of four cellos and a drum kit, including the talents of virtuoso cellist Alfia Nakipgbekova and brilliant jazz cellist and composer James Hesford. Playing imaginative original music, Cellorhythmics combine jazz and classicao virtuosity with influence of folk and bluegrass styles, swing, funk, R&B, Latin and tango.
11 Fossil Walk - Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, 10.00am. Guided Fossil walk, lasts approximately 2 hours , no need to book.
11 Open Day at Body, Mind, Spirit Jonson Park, Alington Avenue, Dorchester, 10am – 5pm. Come and meet the practitioners and tutors and enjoy free taster sessions.(Complementary Therapy & Teaching Centre)
11 John Bullock At The Dorchester Arts Centre Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, 7.45pm. Traditional and contemporary songs about those people who are somehow different from Us. But who really is the OTHER?
11 Scavenger Hunt At Chesil Beach Centre Chesil Beach Centre, Weymouth, 2pm – 4pm. A 1 or 2 mile walk to see what the winter storms have thrown up onto the beach and record it in an imaginative and fun way! Wear wellies. Adults £2, children £1. Further details from 01305 760579
11 Sherborne Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm.
11 - 12 Threads Of Memory Footprints Of Time Broadwindsor. A series of creative workshops - be inspired by ancient hill forts - dance the history and stitch the landscape weekend workshop - no experience necessary. Contact Wendy Hermelin Tel 01308 862332
12 Fossil Walk - Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, 11.00am. Guided fossil walk, lasts approx.
2 hours , no need to book.
12 Wedding Fair Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester.
12 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Hooly Hill, Morecombelake, 10am. Route: 10 miles
To confirm details please tel. 01297 489449
13 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk Brooklands Farm, Forston, 7.30pm inc. refreshments. Illustrated talk by Jason Fathers of the Chalk & Hawk project.
13 Dorchester Strollers Walk Meet at Age Concern, 4 Prince of Wales Rd, 10.30am
13-14 The Pea, the Bean and the Enormous Turnip Performances at Village Halls in Thornford on 13th at 10.30am, Sandford Orcas on 13th at 4pm, Bere Regis on 14th at 10.30am and Pimperne on 14th at 4pm. Puppet theatre presented by Storybox .
14- 18 Babes In The Wood - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis. Presented by Lyme Regis Pantomime Society.
14 Fossil Walk - Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, 12 noon. Guided fossil walk , lasts approximately 2 hours, no need to book.
14 Dorchester Strollers Walk Car park behind Corn Exchange , 2.30pm
14 Snowdrop Walk Remembrance Service - Bridport St. Mary's Church, Bridport, 11am.
14 Singles Valentine Dance The King Arms Hotel, Dorchester, 7pm
15 Bridport Camera Club Meetin – Competition No.4 Burton Cliff Hotel, Burton Bradstock, 7.30pm.
15 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. 'The value to wildlife of tree planting' - a talk by Dr A C Warne, Chairman of the International Tree Foundation.
15 Geology Talk Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. 6.30pm. Dr Joan Watson (Manchester University) gives a talk on 'Gymnosperms of the Purbeck dirt-beds forests'.
16 Fossil Walk - Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, 1.00pm. Guided Fossil Walk, lasts approx 2 hours, no need to book.
16 Laura's Star Bridport Arts Centre, 11.30am – 2pm. A magical story, based on the well-known children’s book by Klaus Baumgart. Tickets: £7, £6 members, concessions £4 children
17 - 18 A Midwinter Fantasy Thorncombe Village Hall Thorncombe, 7.30pm. A comedy written by a local woman loosely based on a Shakespeare play (Midsummers Night Dream) performed by Thorncombe villagers - Tickets £3.00 adults, £1.50 under 18 available from 01460 30205
17 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert - Fiona Dalzell Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm.
17 Paul Atterbury – "Behind the Scenes of the Antiques Roadshow" Puddletown Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £7 to include wine and nibbles. A charge of £1 will be made for any item you would like Mr.Atterbury to make general comments on. No valuation will be given publicly without your agreement. Tel. 01305 848746 or 848510.
18 Butterfly Trends In West Dorset - Talk Kingcombe Centre Nr Beaminster, 2pm. This is a review of the butterfly monitoring that took place in West Dorset in 2005. Further details from 01747 852587.
18 Fossil Walk - Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, 1.30pm. Guided fossil walk , lasts approx.
2 hours, no need to book.
18 Beaminster Antiques & Bygones Fair Public Hall, Beaminster
18 Misbehavin' Performance At Toller Porcorum Toller Porcorum Village Hall, 7.30pm. (See 10/01)
18 Original Rags - Mike Denham And Steve Graham Dorchester Arts Centre, 8pm. Rag time, Boogie woogie, jazz age classics and tall tales. Steve Graham on trumpet & mandolin and Mike Denham on piano & Swannee whistle.
18 The Purbeck Big Band In Concert The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.45pm. Presented by Dorchester District Scout Council. An evening of music from the big bands. Tickets £6.50 from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre
18 Book Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm.
19 Computer Show Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester, .
19 Fossil Walk – Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, 1.30pm. Guided fossil walk, lasts approximately 2 hours, no need to book.
19 Fossil Roadshow - Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Display of fossils and full day of activities
20 Dorchester Strollers Walk Meet by the Fountains, Tesco at 10.30am
20 Concert by Salisbury Cathedral Girls and Lay Vicars St Martin's Broadmayne, 7.30pm. Salisbury Cathedral Girls and Lay Vicars sing music through the centuries. Tickets £6.00 from Corner House Stores Broadmayne, 01305 853074, 01305 853338. Wine and snacks in St Martin's Community Hall afterwards for a donation, all proceeds to St Martin's Church.
21 Dorchester Strollers Walk Meet at car behind Corn Exchange, 2.30pm
21 Bridport Film Society Screening – "Machucha" Bridport Art Centre, South St, Bridport, 7.45pm.
21 Snowdrop Walk Remembrance Service - Beaminster St. Mary's Church, Beaminster, 11am.
22 Quiz Night Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Theatre Friends monthly Quiz Night. Prizes for the winners; raffle; bar; tea & coffee.
23 - 25 New Rope String Band Performances in village halls at Bradford Peverell on23rd, Drimpton on 24th and Sturminster Newton on 25th The Old Rope String Band (what is left of them - Pete Challoner & Tim Dalling) have joined forces with two amazing musicians (Jock Tyldesley and Vera van Heeringen) and as a four piece they are taking off from where the Old Ropes sadly stopped. They play a wide assortment of instruments combined with bizarre physical nonsense and clowning about. And singing. And dancing.
23 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Burton Bradstock NT car park Route: Shipton Gorge. To confirm details please tel. 01297 442892
24 B'Eagles Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm, on stage 8.30pm. Tribute band to 'The Eagles' - The Essence of the Eagles Tour
24 The Dorchester Assosiation Lecture The Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen: Portable Antiquities and the Treasure Act
24 Home Grown At Bridport Arts Centre Bridport Arts Centre, 12pm. In association with Activate and Dorset Theatre Promoters Consortium, Bridport Arts Centre opens its doors to the first ever platform of the newest performance work that Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole has to offer. A chance to experience exciting, innovative, accessible, high quality and surprising arts activity from established and emerging companies.
24 Market in St Martin's Community Hall Broadmayne 2 -3.30pm. Produce, cakes, plants, craft, local home made bread,fair-trade goods, library etc. For further information tel. 01305 852866.
25 Elgar Chamber Orchestra Big School Room, Sherborne School, Sherborne, 7.30pm.
25 Bach Flower Remedies Beginners’ Workshop The Trinity Centre, Dorchester, 10am-4.30pm Cost: £35. For more information/to reserve a place please tel. 01305 260681
25 - 26 Practical Butterfly Conservation Weekend Alner's Gorse Common, Hazelbury Bryan. The Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation is inviting volunteers to join them for practical conservation tasks in Northwest Dorset with an overnight stay on the Saturday. This weekend's work will be based on Alner's Gorse Reserve and Deadmoor Common. For further details please contact Nigel Spring tel 07981 776767 or email email@example.com
26 Dorchester Strollers Walk Starts from Moreton (by the Tearooms) (264955), 2.30pm
27 Dorchester Strollers Walk Starts from Age Concern, 4 Prince of Wales Road, 10.30am
27 - 4/3 The Wizard Of Oz - Burton Bradstock Players Burton Bradstock Village Hall, evening performances at 7.30pm plus Saturday matinee at 2pm. With music & lirics from the motion picture.
28 Dorchester Strollers Walk Starts from car park behind Corn Exchange, 2.30pm
28 Sherborne Abbey Parish Supper The Church Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, 7.00pm. Guest speaker is Captain Peter Love and all proceeds will go to the Yeovil Night Shelter
Attractions Open This Winter in and around West Dorset
MUSEUMS Winter Opening Times
Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dorchester Daily 9.30 - 5.30 Weekends 10.00 – 5.00
Terracotta Warriors, Dorchester Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester Daily . 10.00 - 4.30
Teddy Bear Museum, Eastgate, Dorchester Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Mummies, Dorchester Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester Mon-Sat 10.00 - 4.30
The Keep Military Museum , Dorchester Tues-Sat 9.30 - 5.00
Dinosaur Fossil Museum, Lyme Regis Daily 10.00 - 5.00 Sunday 11.00 – 5.00
The Town Mill, Lyme Regis Sat & Sun 11.00 - 4.00
Lyme Regis Museum Saturday 10.00 - 5.00
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Tolpuddle Tues-Sat 10.00 - 4.00, Sunday 11.00 - 4.00
The Tank Museum, Bovington, Wool Daily 10.00 - 5.00
Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford Daily 10.00 - 4.30
COUNTRY HOUSES / CASTLES.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park Daily 10.00 - 5.30 (or dusk if earlier)
Athelhamptons House & Gardens Sunday only 11.00 - Dusk
Lulworth Castle & Park Sun – Fri 10.30 - 4.00
Forde Abbey Gardens Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens Daily 10.00 - 4.00
Sherborne Abbey Daily 8.30 - 4.00
Old Crown Court, Dorchester Mon-Fri 10.00 - 12.00 and 2.00 - 4.00
Monkey World, Nr. Wareham Daily 10.00 - 5.00
Craft Design Centre, Broadwindsor Daily 10.00 - 5.00
Wildlife Park at Cricket St. Thomas Daily 10.00 - 4.30
UK Llamas, Beaminster Please contact 01308 868674 to book
Henley Hillbillies, Buckland Newton Please contact 01300 345293 / 07860 759996 for details
FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON EVENTS AND THE LOCAL AREA PLEASE CONTACT:
Tourist Information Centre, Antelope Walk, Dorchester Tel: 01305 267992 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourist Information Centre, South Street, Bridport Tel: 01308 424901 email@example.com
Tourist Information Centre, Digby Road, Sherborne Tel: 01935 815341 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourist Information Centre, Church Street, Lyme Regis Tel: 01297 442138 email@example.com
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in 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 in this leaflet does not imply any recommendation by West Dorset District Council. Produced by West Dorset District Council, Leisure and Tourism Division.