What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
01 New Year's Day Walk Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10.30am. A leisurely walk in the beautiful West Dorset countryside, leaving the Kingcombe Centre at 10.30am and returning for tea at 3.30-4pm. choice of routes - approx. 5 miles or 10 miles. Bring packed lunch.
04 Bridport Camera Club Meeting Burton Cliff Hotel, Burton Bradstock, 7.30pm. Tonight's meeting : Press Photography
06 Dorset Wildlife Trust New Members' Evening Plus Talk Friends' Meeting House, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm.
A talk on Dorset's reserves by Professor Clive Kennedy.
06 Twelfth Night Of Christmas Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Family entertainment with John Barclay - fun for all ages with a magician and Poetry
07 Birding On Stonebarrow Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, 10.00am - 1.00pm. Winter warmer - How birds survive the cold winter months, with adaptations to heat loss and feeding and foraging behaviour. Booking essential - only 15 places per walk – tel. 01297 560772.
07 Jumble Sale Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 2.00pm. In aid of the Devon Association for the Blind.
07 Sherborne Indoor Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm.
07 Sherborne Twinning Association Epiphany Party Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Dancing, raffle, bring your own drinks. Optional fancy dress - 'Eastern Promise'. Tickets available from M Havard, 15 Kings Road, Sherborne DT9 4HU (please book by 2nd January)
09 Dorset Wildlife Trust Illustrated Talk Brooklands Farm, Forston, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk on Upton Heath Nature Reserve, given by DWT warden Andy Fale.
10 Bridport Film Society Screening – "Look at Me" Bridport Art Centre, South St, Bridport, 7.45pm.
10 Bridport History Society Meeting: Why The Tanks Came To Bovington Bridport United Church, East St,Bridport, 2.30pm. Talk by Mr David Fletcher, concentrating on the First World War as well as providing wider information. Entrance 50p members, £1 visitors including refreshment. Tel. 01308 456876 or 488034.
10 Wildlife Walk Radipole Lake, Weymouth, 1pm - 3pm. Warm up and join the RSPB warden for a gentle stroll to look at the winter bird life of the reserve. There will be plenty of birds to see and if it is a calm day, bearded tits may be on show.
11 A Celebration Of Food The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Featuring a cookery demonstration by Lesley Waters.
11 Jurassic Coast Lecture: 100 Million Years Of Earth's History Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 6.30pm. Organised by The Geology Group of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society - tonight's lecture discusses the Permian and Triassic rocks of Dorset and Devon. All are welcome. A donation of £3 is encouraged to cover the costs of visiting speakers. Further information from 01305 262735.
11 Sherborne Flicks – Millions (12a) Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7 p.m. for 7.30 p.m.
11 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Maiden Newton walkers car park ,10am Route: Cattistock & Downs, approx. 6 miles To confirm details please contact : Mike on 01308 863754
12 Save The Children Soup & Pudding Lunch The Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street, Lyme Regis, 12pm to 2pm. A soup and pudding lunch to raise funds for the Save the Children Emergency Appeal Fund.
13 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm Membership of the Club, which allows entry to all the season's events, costs £33, single tickets are available at £10 (reductions for students/children). This evening’s concert features Laurett Pope on harp and Lowrie Porter on violin. Further details from Sylvia Bishop on 01308 424673.
13 New Year Viennese Gala - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth, 7.30pm.As part of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's concert season, this performance by Andrea Bognor (Soprano) with the BSO will provide a wonderful musical entrance to the New Year. Tickets £17, £15, £12 and £7 - available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre.
13 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Abbotsbury Car Park, 10am Route: Hardy's Monument.
To confirm details please contact : Anne & Henry on 01300 320168
14 The Clerk's Group Big School Room, Sherborne School, Sherborne, 7.30pm. One of the outstanding vocal groups in its field, The Clerks’ Group’s recordings and performances of Renaissance vocal music has earned it a place among the foremost interpreters of early music in the world.
14 King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys Marine Theatre, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm. King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys present a breathtaking mix of 1940s Kansas City Jazz and Blues in a truly exhilarating swinging, non-stop live performance.
14 The Moraston Quartet perform Mozart's Clarinet Quintet United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm.Concert to mark the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Programme also includes Beethoven String Quartet in C, Opus 59, Nr3; Britten, Three Divertimenti.
14 Sherborne Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm.
14 - 15 Jurassic Rocks And Fossils Weekend - Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, Lyme Regis.Join the warden team for a weekend learning more about how Charmouth and the Jurassic Coast have changed over the last 200 million years. Booking essential : telephone 01297 560772 for further details.
16 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Wynyards Gap Inn, Chedington,10am Route: South Petherton & Misterton To confirm details please contact : Linda & Peter on 01308 485418
17 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Talk In the Dorset Room, Colliton Club (opposite County Hall), Dorchester, 7.30 pm 'The brick industry in the Home Counties' - a talk by Nick Siney, a specialist in hand-made brick production for restoration schemes.
17 Fitness testing at Sherborne TIC Sherborne TIC, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am – 3pm. Instructors from the Gryphon Leisure Centre will be on hand at Sherborne TIC to test your pulse, blood pressure, flexibility and strength and give advice on keeping fit plus there will be lots of information available on sports and activities available in Sherborne and West Dorset, as well as details of services offered at the Gryphon Leisure Centre.
18 Bridport Camera Club Meeting – Competition No.3 Burton Cliff Hotel, Burton Bradstock, 7.30pm.
18 The Civic Society & The Dorchester Association Joint Meeting The Colliton Club, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Dr. David Evans, Director of Planning and the Enviroment, WDDC, will give his views on The Future Evolution of Dorchester
18 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk - 'Wild Dorset' Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. A talk by wildlife photographer Colin Varndell.
18 Quiz Night -Theatre Friends Marine Theatre, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm for 8.00pm. Theatrefriends hold a quiz night once a month to raise money for the Marine Theatre. Prizes for winners ,raffle, bar, coffee and tea. Teams of up to 6.
20 Aladdin Thorncombe Village Hall. Performed b y the Miracle Theatre Company - a visual and comical treat which will delight and entertain children and adults of all ages! Tel. 01460 30247 for details.
21 Jumble Sale Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 2.00pm. In aid of the Tulsi Trust
21 Mozart Classics By Candlelight Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Christchurch Sinfonia perform Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor and Symphony No.41 in C major 'Jupiter'.
24 Bridport Film Society Screening "The Return" Bridport Art Centre, South St, Bridport, 7.45pm.
24 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Shipton Gorge Church car park ,10am . Route: Shipton Beacon & Loders, 8 miles To confirm details please contact : Colin on 01297 489567
26 Chris Garrick And John Etheridge Melbury Osmond Village Hall, Nr. Dorchester, 7.30pm. Stunning contemporary jazz duo - guitarist and violinist
26 Dorset History Centre Workshop Dorset History Centre, Bridport Rd, Dorchester, 10am-4pm. Find out how best to identify, store and handle old photographs with experts from the Dorset History Centre. Tel. 01305 228926 to book (limited places)
26 West Dorset Ramblers Association Walk Starts from Langdon Wood Car Park,10.30am Route: Golden Cap - 6 miles To confirm details please contact : Pat on 01297 489567
27 Market in St Martin's Community Hall St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne (next to the Church), 2 -3.30pm. Produce, cakes, plants, craft, local home made bread, Fair-trade goods, library etc and an opportunity to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. For further information contact Sylvia Dooley 01305 852866.
28 Coffee Morning In Aid Of Holy Trinity Church, Blackdown Pipe House, Kittwhistle Nr Beaminster, Beaminster, 10.30am. There will be plenty of stalls, bric-a-brac etc. Please telephone Sarah or Phil on 01460 30661 (daytime) or 01460 30517 (evenings) for further details.
28 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk - Wildlife In Your Garden Brooklands Farm, Forston, 2.30pm. An illustrated talk by Ken Rawles
28 Fossil Walk - Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, 10.00am. Guided fossil Walk, lasts approx 2 hours, no need to book.
28 The Jamm And The Paul Weller Connexion Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm. The Jamm, backed by the experience of over 2000 live performances,will take you back twenty years with over 30 songs covering the whole Jam era, all packed into a high energy, authentic performance. The Paul Weller Connexion will play a set including Changing Man, Peacock Suit, Into Tomorrow, Brand New Start, Wild Wood, Mermaids and many other classics.
28 Quiz Night Sydling St. Nicholas Village Hall, Sydling St. Nicholas, 8pm. A fun general knowledge quiz evening, with wine prizes. Teams of four (if you cannot make up a team come along and join up with someone on the night.) Bring your own wine and nibbles. Tea and biscuits provided. Tickets on the night from Sydling St. Nicholas Village Hall.
28 Sherborne Antiques & Flea Markets Church Hall &Age Concern Day Centre, Digby Hall, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm.
29 Barry Long Video Showing Council Chamber, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 2pm. An opportunity to see one of the world's leading spiritual masters in action.
29 Fossil Walk - Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, 11.00am. Guided Fossil Walk , lasts approx 2 hours , no need to book.
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
FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON EVENTS AND THE LOCAL AREA PLEASE CONTACT:
Tourist Information Centre, Antelope Walk, Dorchester Tel: 01305 267992 email@example.com
Tourist Information Centre, South Street, Bridport Tel: 01308 424901 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tourist Information Centre, Digby Road, Sherborne Tel: 01935 815341 email@example.com
Tourist Information Centre, Church Street, Lyme Regis Tel: 01297 442138 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.