What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
to 02/07 Beaminster Camera Club Photgraphic Exhibition Beaminster Museum, 10.30am – 4.30pm
to 04/07 Art Exhibition And Sale St Peters Church, High West Street, Dorchester, 10.30am - 4.15pm Sunday - 1.00pm - 4.00pm Tuesday - 10.30am - 3.15pm. Pictures by local artists
to 09/07 Paintings From Russell-Cotes Gallery At Beaminster Museum Beaminster Museum, 10.30am- 4.30pm.
to 09/07 Town Mill Gallery Exhibition The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, 11.00am - 5.00pm Tuesday - Sunday. Song of Life - Two textile artists Rachel Jennings & Jennifer Grierson create unique pieces of art using fabric and hand made papers, inspired by folk songs, myths and legends
to 30/07 At Home With The Romans Dorchester County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 10am-5pm. Closed Sundays. Exhibition depicting the life and times of people living in Roman Britain.
to 31/10 A Multitude Of Pots Forde Abbey, Nr. Chard, 10.30am - 4.30pm. New ceramics by the Eeles Family Potters - Raku, Shino, Chuns & Celedons.
to 03/09 Lyme Regis - Then And Now Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge St, Lyme Regis. Exhibition of old and new photographs of Lyme Regis.
01/07 - 16/07 Sherborne House Exhibition - Evolver Prize 2006 Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, Tue - Sat 10.30am - 4.30pm. Exhibition of the top fifty selected works from the fourth annual Evolver Prize open competition.
12/07 - 23/07 Town Mill Exhibition The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, 11.00am - 5.00pm. Pictures and Stories –
An exhibition of work by children from local Primary Schools, inspired by local myths and stories.
14/07 - 16/07 Artsinn Summer Exhibition The Rose and Crown Inn, Longburton, 12pm – 7pm. Exhibition of 2D and 3D art works by a diverse group of artists.
19/07 - 29/07 Bridport Art Society Annual Exhibition Allsop Gallery, Bridport Art Centre, South St, Bridport, 10am – 4pm daily (except 24th/25th). All exhibits including craft will be available for purchase.
22/07 - 10/09 When Beaminster Went Shopping Exhibition Beaminster Museum, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Beaminster shops 1880 to 1915 together with Victorian jigsaw puzzles.
28/07 - 07/09 Town Mill Exhibition The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, 10.00am - 5.00pm daily. Images in Time - Black & white photographic exhibition featuring the landscape, people and architecture of this beautiful part of the West Country
Dorchester Guided walk with Christine McGee every Monday at 11am. Meet at Dorchester TIC. Adults £3, acc.children free
Sherborne Guided walk with Rob Curtis every Friday at 11am. Meet at Sherborne TIC, Digby Road. Walk lasts approx. 1½ hours. Cost £3 per person.
Lyme Regis Fossil walks with Dr Colin Dawes every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. No need to book – meet at the Old Forge Fossil Shop, Broad Street at 1pm. Lasts approx. 2.5 hours. Cost Adults £7, Children £3
Fossil walks with Paddy Howe – meet at Lyme Regis Museum. Walks last approx. 2 hours – Adults £8, Children £5, including entrance to museum. Tel. 01297 443370 to book (essential) and for further details. During July walks take place on 11th at 10.30am, 15th at 1.30pm, 23rd at 9am, 24th at 9.45am, 25th at 10.45am, 26th at 11.15am, 28th at 12.15pm and 29th at 12.45pm and 30th at 1.15pm.
Fossil walks with Brandon Lennon Daily fossil walks - details and times available from Mike’s Minerals & Fossils – tel. 01297 444405 (booking essential).
Fossil walks also organised by Dinosaurland (01297 443541) and Busters Bernard (01297 444614) – please telephone for further details.
Charmouth From the Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth. Walks last approx. 2 hours and include a 20 minute talk on fossils. No need to book. Adults £7, Children £3. During July walks take place on Fri 14th at 2.30pm, Sat 15th at 3pm, Sun 23rd at 10.30am, Mon 24th at 11.30am, Tues 25th at 12 noon, Wed 26th at 1pm, Thurs 27th at 1.30pm, Fri 28th at 2pm and Sat 29th at 2.30pm. Also Sat 22nd at 12.30pm "seadragons and volcanoes"; Wed 26th at 11am plankton trawling. Tel. (01297) 560 772 for further details of all walks.
BEAMINSTER Farmers’ Market 4th Saturday in each month – Town Hall 9am-1pm; Gustomarket on 1st July, 8.30am-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
LYME REGIS Gustomarket – Town Mill Yard, 17th July, 11am – 4pm
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 JULY
23/6-2/7 Beaminster Festival Various Venues In Beaminster. The 11th Festival of Music and the Visual Arts. 2006 features a concert by celebrated pianist John Lil, a children's concert of percussion instruments as well as jazz evenings, open air theatre, garden visits and open studios of local artists. Full programme of events available from local TICs or see www.beamfest.org.uk.
26/6-4/8 Mapperton House Open Country Life voted Mapperton 'The Nation's Finest Manor House' (May 2006) House open weekdays 26th June to 4th August 2 to 4pm
29/6-1/7 Cosi Fan Tutte Abbey Gardens, Abbey House Hotel, Abbotsbury, 7pm (opens 5pm). Mozart's best loved opera performed outdoors in a beautiful garden, sung in English, by a professional touring opera company, fully staged and costumed. Box Office 01305 871475
30/6-2/7 Lyme Regis Jazz Festival Various venues in Lyme Regis. Lunchtime and evenings sessions plus Friday afternoon opening ceremony and Saturday morning parade through Broad Street.
01 The Bee Hop Honeybuns, Stony Lane, Holwell, Nr Sherborne, 11am - 11pm. A quirkily gorgeous festival! Real ale tent, exquisite stalls, live music, local food, children's games etc. In aid of Holwell Church Restoration Fund
01 Bridport Charter Fair 2006 South Street, Bridport & Bridport Art Centre, 9am – 4pm. A fun day of charity stalls, bands, dancers, stakeboard ramps, food, face painting and a Community Arts Project 'Paint Rex' - come along to the Art Centre and pay a tribute by painting a small part of the great man - Rex Trevell. Tel 01308 422500 for further information.
01 Corscombe Village And Farmers Market The Fox Inn, Corscombe, 10am to 1pm. Fresh local meats, poultry, eggs, plants, vegetables, bread and cakes, gifts, crafts and books all available.
01 Langton Herring Companion Dog Show And Village Fete Village green, Langton Herring. Featuring Weymouth Concert Brass Band, The Portland Dog Club Agility Team, Judo demonstration, fun Tug of War contest, Childrens Tea Cup Ride, ferret racing and The Performing Dalmaltion. Beer and Tea Tent, Various Side Stalls, Games and Competitions.
01 Mainly Minimal Presented By Kokoro Burton Bradstock Village Hall. 7.30pm. Kokoro are the contemporary music group of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and highlight some of the most notable minimalist composers of the 20th century. Further details from tel. 01308 897214. An Artsreach production.
01 Second Smile Band Bridport Art Centre, Second Smile + other youth bands performing as part of the Bridport Charter Fair Benefit £3.00 entry on the door Contact 01308 422500
01 Sherborne Abbey Choir Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7.30pm.
01 Sherborne Indoor Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm.
01 St Peters Open Day St. Peters, High West Street, Dorchester, 10.30am-5pm. John White exhibition, teas, artists at work, plus tower open 2.00pm - 5.00pm
01 Stinsford Church Fete Birkin House, Stinsford, 2pm onwards. Church fete opened by 'Joanna Kent' - May pole dancing, Puddletown School Steel band, variety of stalls , Bouncy castle, Skittles,Fairground organ, Coconut Shy and lots more. Licenced Bar and Barbecue.
01 Summer Music Society Of Dorset - Patricia Rozario And Ilya Itin Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 7.00pm. Concert by Patricia Rozario (soprano) & Ilya Itin (piano). Tickets £18.00 and £14.00, available from Hon. Secretary, SMSD, Minterne House, Minterne Magna, DT2 7AX, Tel. 01300 341425 (enclose SAE)
01 Three Days Of Song With Lesley Whatley Dewlish Village Hall, 10.15am - 3.45pm."Explore Your Voice" 01297 837775
01 - 02 Truckfest Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, gates open 9am. Advance tickets available from Sherborne TIC.
01 - 02 Symondsbury Sampler Symondsbury Tithe Barn, 2pm - 5 pm Saturday 1st, 12 noon - 5 pm Sunday 2nd. Enjoy a cream tea and organic barbecue in our historic tithe barn courtyard. Visit the workshops and meet the surprising number of craftspeople, makers and growers who are all based in Symondsbury. In Aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
01 - 08 Puddletown Carnival Week 01/07 - 10am Coffee Morning at the Village Hall, 02/07 - 1pm Sponsored Walk; 6pm Songs of Praise, Rod Hill Centre, 04/07 - 7.30pm Carnival Bingo, Village Hall, 06/07 - 6.30pm Famous Duck Race, Backwater 08/07 - from 2pm Carnival Day (Prosession at 6pm) For more information ring Juliet on 01305 848927
02 Bettiscombe Gardens Open Day Bettiscombe, 10am - 5pm. The garden of Bettiscombe Manor, small and large gardens, and the renowned walled garden of Penelope Hobhouse. Unusual garden plants and craft stalls. Refreshments.
02 South Somerset Ramblers Walk Lambert's Castle NT Car Park, 10.30am. A16 mile walk - tel 01460 72892 for details.
02 Summer Music Society Of Dorset - Ilya Itin Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 7.00pm. Piano recital by Ilya Itin. Tickets: £18.00 and £14.00 - available by post from The Hon Secretary, SMSD, Minterne House, Minterne Magna, DT2 7AX (enclose SAE) - tel. 01300 341425
02 The Clear Voices Choir In Aid Of Chernobyl's Children Weymouth College Theatre, 6.30pm to 9pm. Weymouth and Portland Friends of Chernobyl's Children present on the 20th anniversary year of the nuclear disaster, The Clear Voices Choir from Belarus. Starting at 6.30pm until 9pm. Tickets £6.50. Further details from tel 01305 860496.
03 Dorchester Peace And Justice Group Cheselbourne Room, United Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. 'War and Religion' by Bill North
03 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. Talk by Gwen Chessell on Richard Spencer : Napoleonic Naval Hero and Austrialian Pioneer. Open to all – the only cost is the normal museum admission charge.
03 Fashion Show Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Fashion show featuring clothes provided by local traders, using local models .Tickets from local fashion shops, includes a glass of wine.
03 Wessex Morris Men Dancing at Melbury Osmond (village centre) at 7.30pm, White Hart in Yetminster at 8.15pm and the Chetnole Inn at 9pm. PLUS a special appearance by The Dorset Oozer - don't miss him!!
04 Landscape Painting At Highway Farm West Road, Bridport, 10am - 4.30pm. A relaxing and enjoyable day out for artists of all abilities, including beginners - Cost is £30 inclusive of tuition and either a picnic or homemade pizza and tea or coffee, You will need to bring art materials and a portable seat. Tel Ann Gray on 01297 442532
05 Craft Fair Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis
05 Heart Of Wessex Line Guided Walk Meet At Maiden Newton Railway Station, Maiden Newton, approx. 10.50am. A circular hilly walk via Sydling St. Nicholas to Cerne Abbas, Up Cerne, Wether Hill, returning via Red Post and Gore HIlls. Length 10-12 miles. Tel. 01300 341527 for further details.
05 Miracle Theatre Present The Government Inspector Millennium Green, Mountfield, Bridport, 7.30pm. Outdoor evening entertainment - a contemporary parable based on the 19th Century classic comedy by Nicolai Gogol. Tickets £7/£5.
05 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. A talk by Jack Thomas on The HMS Formidable Disaster.
05 Yetties Music Night West End Hall, Sherborne, 8pm.
06 An Evening Of Song Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. The first in a summer season of concerts featuring local artistes.
06 Best Bib And Tucker Afternoon Garden Party Trimar Hospice, Greenhill, Weymouth. In aid of Joseph Weld & Trimar Hospice and CancerCare Dorset
06 Dorset Gardens Trust - Garden Day Parnham House, Bridport, 10am-5pm. Lectures by Sir Roy Strong, Jenny Uglow and Fergus Dowding* Gardeners Questions with Penelope Hobhouse and Anna Pavord* *booking essential 01305 263500 Many specialist nurseries & craft stalls, demonstrations, refreshments and pig roast £4 entrance.
06 Illyria Open Air Theatre - Pride And Prejudice Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, 7.30pm (doors open 6.30pm). The wonderful Ilyria Theatre Group return to Sherborne Castle, bringing you Jane Austen at her vibrant, pacy, bitchy best. Please bring your own low backed seating or a rug, a picnic and insect repellent!
06 Quiet Day Bembury Farm, Thornford, 10am for 10.30am - 4pm. Led by The Reverend Canon Jeremy Davies, Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral. Please bring a Bible and a picnic lunch. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided. As numbers are limited, please register at the Sherborne Abbey Parish Office during office hours.
06 Talk On China, Mongolia & The Great Wall Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Graham Kerridge in aid of British Red Cross Light refreshment and raffle. Tickets £3.50 from 08453315000
07 Bat Walk And Talk At Radipole RSPB Reserve Radipole Lake RSPB Reserve, Weymouth, meet at 8.45pm. Booking essential. Telephone 01305 778313.
07 Ben Waters & His Big Band At Lulworth Castle Lulworth Castle, 6pm-11pm. Featuring local talent Ben Waters & his Big Band plus Special Guests Procol Harum and acoustic blues from Harry Skinner and Dave Saunders. Bring a picnic, bring your friends & family and enjoy a delightful blues evening against the backdrop of the stunning Lulworth Castle. Buy advanced tickets from Dorchester TIC (01305)267992
07 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. A talk by Donald Campbell on Expoloring the Undercliff.
07 Proms In The Park - Forde Abbey Forde Abbey, from 7pm (gates open at 5.30pm). The Rotary Club of Chard presents 'Proms in the Park' at Forde Abbey. Music by Kingsbury Episcopi Concert Band, Cerdics Band, Young Cerdics, Holyrood School Flute Choir, and Chard Young Violins. Bring your own picnic. Proceeds for the Alzheimers Society.
07 Quiz Night At Broadmayne St Martins Community Hall Broadmayne, 7pm. A light hearted fun evening, bring your own drinks and nibbles. Tickets £2.00 per person - in teams of 4 or 6. Tel. 01305 853920 for further details.
07 GAGA Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm, on stage 8.30pm. Queen Tribute Band.
07 - 09 Bridport Food Festival Various Venues In Bridport. From Sea to Vale - a celebration of Food & Landscape. A host of activities including: Friday - Youth & School Activities, Cafe, Cookery Classes, Food Film event, Hog Roast at Asker Meadows; Saturday - Farmers Market at Asker Meadows, Chef cook-off competition, Beer Festival, Wine & Cider tastings, Farm tours and a barn supper dance; Sunday - Catch&Cook at West Bay, angling competition, BBQ on the beach, Gustomarket, Exotic Cooking workshop, photography exhibition. For further details please call 01308 420269.
08 'Show of Hands' Summer Family Concert Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens, 3pm to 9pm. Adult £16,Child £8,Fam £40
08 Banned - Concert Of Vocal Music St Peter’s Church, High West Street, 7.30pm. A concert of vocal music that was once banned. Music by Bryd, Mozart, Wagner, the Beatles and a new work with words by Galileo. Performed by The Thomas Hardye Singers, conductor Peter Oakes.
08 Book Fair Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm.
08 Cerne Abbas Church Fete The Vicarage, Cerne Abbas.
08 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm - 11.00pm. Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence, everyone welcome. Entry includes tea and biscuits, in aid of hall funds.
08 Dorchester Young Farmers 70th Anniversary Charlton Down Village Hall, 7pm - 11pm. 70th Anniversary Celebrations including a chance to watch current members perform the award winning 'Shrek the Panto'! Raffl, Bar, Buffet
08 Free Children's Saturday Events In Dorset County Museum High West Street, Dorchester, 10am-12pm. "Weav ing in and out". Weave your own 'freeform' art from scraps, ribbons and yarns
08 Heart Of Wessex Line Guided Walk Meet At Weymouth Train Station at approx. 11am. A circular walk through Jubilee Wood, Two Mile Coppice to Lorton Nature Reserve returning via Jones Hole, Buckland Ripers, Southill and Radipole Lake - approx. 9 miles.Tel. 01305 263759 for further details.
08 Sherborne Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm.
08 Yeovilton Air Day RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester. Flying Displays will include: RN Black Cats Red Arrows Display Team Commando Assault Finale Royal Navy Historic Flight RAF Typhoon Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight , plus plenty of entertainment on the ground, for all the family, a large display of static aircraft is planned with arena displays from the Royal Marines Band and HMS Heron's Field Gun Crew. Other attractions on the ground include static aircraft, funfairs & simulators , vintage classic & military vehicles, service demonstrations, helicopter and hovercraft pleasure flight , stalls.
08 Summer Fayre at Manor Park School Manor Park School, Dorchester 2pm-4pm. Games, crafts, thombola, bouncy castle, raffles, face painting.
08 Yetminster Fair Yetminster. A 'quintessential' Dorset event - Street fair plus Yetties concert in the evening.
08 - 09 Concert Weekend At Mapperton All Saints Church, Mapperton, Nr. Beaminster. Saturday 8th, 6.30pm : Chamber Music Concert with Katharine Gowers (violin), James Boyd (viola) and Maggie cole (fortepiano) playing pieces by Schumann, Hummel and Mozart. Champagne from 6pm and bring your own picnic. Sunday 9th, 2.30pm : Lieder Recital with Mark Padmore, one of Britain's leading tenors. Programme includes Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven's 'An die ferne Geliebte' with Maggi Cole (fortepiano). Have a picnic lunch in the garden or eat the Sawmill Cafe. Price £35 per concert or £30 for both.
08 - 09 Weymouth International Maritime Modelling Festival Based over four sites in Weymouth: Radipole Lake, Pavilion Forecourt, Pavilion Theatre / Ocean Room and Pleasure Pier, 10am – 5pm. Over 1,000 model displays, Tall Ships, powerboat racing, trade show, workshop and 'live warship battles'.
09 Cancer Research UK Race For Life 5K Ladies Fun Run Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, 11am.
09 Castleton Waterwheel Open Day Off Oborne Road, Sherborne, 11am - 5pm.
09 Craft Fair Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis
09 Kingcombe Centre Summer Fair Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, approx. 11am onwards.
10 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. Talk on Charles II’s flight through Dorset by Imogen Thomas.
10 Wessex Morris Men Tonight the Morris men will be dancing at the Fox in Ansty at 7.30pm, Hilton village centre at 8.15pm and then The Crown at Winterborne Stickland at 9pm
11 Bridport History Society Visit Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth Beach, Charmouth, 2.15pm for 2.30pm. Talk on history of fossil collecting and Jurassic Coast and Heritage Centre
11 Robin Hood Retold Athelhampton House And Gardens, Dorchester, 7pm - 9pm. Presented by Pals Productions - a timeles tale with a difference which guarantees fun for all the family! Gates open at 6pm to allow for picnics on the front lawns. Please bring your own low seating or rugs. Refreshments available during the interval.
12 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. Talk on "Musical Jane Austen" by Diana Shervington
12 A Walk around the Cobb with Local Boatman Ken Gollop Meet at the Lifeboat shop 7pm. Donations
12 Cricket Match Between RBL Bridport And Melplash C.C. Melplash Cricket Ground Near Bridport, 6.30pm.
12 Sherborne Flicks - The Producers (12a) Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 - from Sherborne TIC
12 An Evening Of Song Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Local singers and musicians gathered together to create a programme of delights.
12 Dorset Palestinian Israeli Peace Group Talk Baptist Church, Top O Town, Dorchester, 7.30pm. 'The Elijah Trust and the Plight of the Bedoun in the Negev' - Talk by Linda Jack.
13 - 14 That's Entertainment Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Lyme Regis Pantomime Society present a sing-a-long and laugh-a-long show. Variety acts with a touch of zany magic, family night out .
13 - 16 Lakeside Magic Concerts Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester. 13th - Pasedena Roof Orchestra; 14th - Tributes to T Rex (TRextasy) and Rolling Stones (Counterfeit Stones); 15th - Tributes to Abba (Volez Vous) and Bon Jovi (Bon Giovi); 16th - Lakeside Proms with the Bradenburg Symphony Orchestra.
14 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. A talk on Lyme’s Literary Links by David Coates.
14 The Demon Barbers At Bridport Arts Centre Bridport Arts Centre, 8pm. The Demon Barbers drive punchy tunes and songs to produce one of the most exciting music acts around. Tickets £10 and £9. Further details from 01308 424204.
14 World Music Festival St Mary's School Field, Bridport, 4.30pm. Music/dance from Africa and India. Steel band, Samba Band. Disply stalls, Tickets £3.00 adults children free - at the gate - bring you own chairs, rugs and picnic If Wet at St John Colfox School Hall Sponsored by Brit Valley Rotary Club
14 - 15 Music For Africa Montacute House, Montacute. Friday : Kings of Queen - high energy, non-stop tribute to Queen plus traditional African music from Kenya with Kayamba Roots, Samba meets Jazz with Sirius B, a mix of boogie and country from Flatland Boogie Band and U22U (tribute band). Saturday : The Rolling Clones tribute band, Tom Toomey and the Monfi Cats, Kayamba roots and U22U plus the Steve Waters Band. Tickets £15 in advance from Yeovil TIC (01935) 856946.£20 on gate.
14 - 16 Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival Annual celebration of trade unions in memory of the six farm workers who formed a union in 1834 and were transported to Australia until the huge protest brought them home.
15 Book Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm.
15 Joseph Weld & Trimar Hospice And CancerCare Dorset Trust Sum Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester, 11am - 4pm. Opened by celebrity Martin Clunes Fun day for all the family, lots of attractions.
15 Moraston String Quartet Concert The United Church, South St, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Quartets by Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven
15 St Swithuns Band Play Bucky Doo Square In Bridport Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, from 11am to 1pm.
15 Stoke Abbott Street Fair Stoke Abbott.
15 - 16 Buckland Newtown Flower Festival Church of the Holy Rood, Buckland Newton, Saturday from 10.30am, Sunday from 11am. Beautiful flower displays in historic village church, with special contribution from the village primary school. On Sunday there is a family service at 9.30am, performance by Serendipity at 3pm and Festival Praise at 5.30pm. Refreshments available in the church. Collection in aid of "The Hub", Dorchester, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Holy Rood Church
15 - 16 Shakespeare in the Garden - As You Like It Mapperton, Nr. Beaminster, Saturday 15th at 6.30pm and Sunday 16th at 2.30pm. Castle Theatre Company from University College, Durham return to perform one of Shakespeare's most memoral comedies.
15 - 16 Old Crown Court And Cells Open For Tolpuddle Rally Festival Old Crown Court, Dorchester, 10am -1pm. Free guided tour to celebrate the Tolpuddle Rally Festival Court and cells most famous for the Tolpuddle martyrs.
15 - 16 Portland Show Southwell Business Park, Portland, 10am - 6pm. Steam and Vintage Show plus arena displays and lots of entertainment, stalls etc.
15 - 16 Leigh Village Festival Weekend St Andrews Church & Village Hall, Leigh. Includes a flower festival in St. Andrews Church from 10am - 5pm on both days; also two organ recitals over the weekend in St Andrews Church. Plus – Saturday : Food Fair in the Village Hall, 10am-4pm, barbeque and WI teas/coffees, concert by The Mill Singers in the church at 7.30pm; Sunday afternoon – WI coffees/teas in the village hall and Songs of Praise in the church at 6.30pm. Proceeds to St Andrews Church and the new village hall
16 Illyria Open Air Theatre - 'Wind In The Willows' Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, 7pm (gates open 6pm). This new production of Kenneth Grahame’s much loved classic features a very loud Toad in a real car! Suitable for everyone over 5. Please bring your own low backed seating or a rug, a picnic and inspect repellent! Tea room open during the interval.
16 Shell Hunt At The Chesil Beach Centre Chesil Beach Centre, Ferrybridge,3pm. A walk along the shore of the Fleet at Ferrybridge to collect shells. Learn to tell an otter from a cockle! Identification by resident expert. Adults £2, children £1.
16 Special Summer Songs Of Praise Our Lady,Queen Of Martyrs, & St Ignatius, Chideock, 3pm, followed by tea in the museum at 4pm. Come along and sing your favourite hymns. All welcome.
16 Unrivalled Undercliffs Guided Walk Walk the entire 7 mile length of the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve and experience its wealth of wildlife and fascinating history. The walk is free but booking is essential on 01392 889770
17 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am.Talk on Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital by Anne Sankey
17 Wessex Morris Men Tonight the Morris men will be dancing at the Spyway in in Askerswell at 7.30pm, The Crown in Uploders at 8.15pm and The White Horse at Litton Cheney at 9pm.
17 – 8/9 Old Crown Court And Cells Old Crown Courts And Cells, Dorchester, 2pm - 4.15pm Mon - Fri (excl Bank holidays). Tours every 45 mins. Experience two hundred years of gruesome crime and punishment in a setting little changed over the years.
19 Heart Of Wessex Line Guided Walk Meet Maiden Newton Station, 10.35am. Linear walk from Maiden Newton to Chetnole via the Macmillan Way to Evershot, through Melbury Park and Stockwood - approx. 8.5 miles. Tel. 01935 872671
19 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. A talk on Mary Anning, Fossil Pioneer by Daphne Baker
19 Quiz Night - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm for 8.00pm. TheatreFriends quiz night, teams of up to six. Raffle and licensed bar.
20 An Evening Of Song Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Local singers and musicians gathered together to perform An Evening of Song.
20 Cancer Awareness Open Day Hammick House, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 2pm-7pm. The Information Centre at Hammick House in Poundbury will be open to anyone who has concerns or questions about stopping smoking.
20 Charterhouse Auction Long Street Sale Rooms, Sherborne. Sale of Beswick and Doulton. Contact auctioneers for details of viewing - Tel: 01935 812277
20 South Somerset Ramblers Walk Abbotsbury Main Car Park. A six mile walk – Tel. 01935 425037 for details.
20 Three Days Of Songs With Lesley Whatley Dewlish Village Hall, 10.15am – 3.45pm, Summer Gathering.
21 Bat Walk And Talk At Radipole RSPB Reserve Radipole Lake RSPB Reserve, Weymouth, 8.30pm. Booking essential. Telephone 01305 778313.
21 Charterhouse Auction Long Street Sale Rooms, Sherborne, Viewing Wednesday from 10am to 4pm, and Thursday from 10am to 7pm. Sale starts on Friday at 10am, with viewing from 8.30am. Antiques, pictures, prints and books
21 Gallery Talks – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. A talk on James McNeill Whistler in Lyme by Sandra Lello
21 RHS Sponsored Tour With Head Gardener Steve Griffith Sub Tropical Gardens, Abbotsbury.
21 - 22 Thanks For The Memory - St Gabriel's Strolling Players NT Car Park - Stonebarrow, Stonebarrow Lane, Charmouth, 7.30pm. A light-hearted evening of nostalgia with songs, music and verse from between the wars
22 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm - 11.00pm. Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence, everyone welcome. Entry includes tea and biscuits, in aid of hall funds.
22 Hamsters Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm. 20th anniversary year of The Hamsters, voted UK's best Blues - Rock Band
22 West Stafford Village Fete West Stafford Village Hall, 2.30pm. Cream teas, competitions, stalls, games for all ages, throwing the welly, guess the weight of the sheep, treasure hunt, duck races and much more.
22 - 23 Abseil With The Royal Marines Commandos Portland Bill Lighthouse, Portland. Support Seafarers UK King George'e Fund for Sailors by taking part in the Royal Marines Lighthouse challenge. Register online or call 020 7932 5961 for further details.
22 - 23 Boat Cruises The best way to appreciate the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve. Up to four cruises per day. The cruise is free but booking is essential.
22 - 29 Thomas Hardy Conference And Festival Dorchester. The festival features talks, walks, tours, lectures, song, music, poetry, street theatre and more, including the world premiere of Andrew Downes' opera 'Far from the Madding Crowd'. Leaflets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre.
22 - 30 Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week Lyme Regis, . A week of events around the town
22 - 30 Sherborne Art Club Annual Exhibition Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, Open daily 11am - 5pm (3pm on 30/6)
23 Dorset Police Community Open Day Dorset Police Headquaters, Winfrith, 10am - 4pm. Police and community arena events, ride in a police car, Echo the youngest police puppy, chinese dragon dancing, Mr Plod apprehends Sly with Noddy, fingerprint taken in mock custody suite, bands, magic show, bouncy castle, face painting and trampolines.
23 Low Tide Exploration Chesil Beach Centre – Ferrybridge – meet bottom of Camp Road, 11am. A chance to see the marine life along the fleet at the Narrows. Bring a small bucket and wear suitable footwear. £2 adults and £1 children
23 Miracle Theatre Presents 'The Government Inspector' Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, 7.30pm. For their Summer outdoor tour this year, Miracle Theatre brings a reworking of Gogol's classic Russian text to present an expose of the darker side of small-town bureaucracy and petty officialdom. This satirical, farcical show with live music will delight audiences of all ages. Please bring a cushion or rug to sit on, picnics and warm/weatherproof clothing as appropriate! Artsreach event.
23 Village Fete Whitchurch Canonicorum, Nr Lyme Regis, from 2 pm. Traditional village fete, with music stalls,stationary engines, rural crafts, visits to the Church and Bell Tower, cream teas on Candida House lawns.
23 Willow Basket Making Workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10am – 5pm. The course looks at traditional and contemporary uses of willow and inspires you with ideas. It is possible to make a basket with handle during the coruse, which is suitable for both beginners and improvers. Numbers limited. Cost £50, materials and lunch included. Tel. 01308 424321
24 Ramblers Association Walks Using Public Transport Walk Starts Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, 10am. This walk forms part of the Ramblers Association's Walks Using Public Transport Week. A Linear walk of approx. 6 miles via West Bay, Seatown and Chideock returning by bus. Pub lunch or picnic. Tel. 01305 263759 for further details.
24 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. "Moths Aren’t Dull".
24 Wessex Morris Men Tonight the morris men will be dancing in Netherbury village centre at 7.30pm, Beaminster Square at 8.15pm and The White Lion in Broadwindsor at 9pm.
25 Charity Pro - AM Golf Tournament Sherborne Golf Club, Bristol Rd, Sherborne. In aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance
25 Guided Walk At West Bay Meet opp. Haddon House Hotel, West Bay, 10am. Level walk led by local historian Elizabeth Buckler Gale – last approx. 2 hours. Cost £3 per person(Friends of Bridport Museum £2.50). Proceeds in aid of Bridport Museum. Tel. 01308 488327 (early mornings) for further details.
25 Heart Of Weesex Line Guided Walk Meet At Upwey Station 10.50am. Linear walk through Came, Whitcombe, West Stafford and Bockhampton to Dorchester - 11 miles. Tel. 01305 784668 or 01305 787790 for further details.
25 Landscape Painting At Highway Farm Highway Farm, Bridport, 10am - 4.30pm. A relaxing and enjoyable day out for artists of all abilities. Cost is £30 inclusive of tuition and either a picnic or homemade pizza and tea or coffee, You will need to bring art materials and a portable seat. For further details and booking tel. Ann Gray on 01297 442532
25 Ramblers Association Walks Using Public Transport Meet Upwey Railway Station, 10.50am. Part of the Ramblers Association's Walks Using Public Transport Week. A moderately paced linear walk of approx. 11 miles through Came, Witcombe, West Stafford and Bockhampton to Dorchester
25 The Unsinkable Clerk Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Network of Stuff presents a play directed by Chris George. An uplifting modern fable. Suitable for 12years and over.
26 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. A talk on The Monmouth Rebellion by John Lello
26 Concerts In The Parish Church St Michael & St Georges, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. RNLI Choral Concert
26 Ramblers Association Walks Using Public Transport Meet at Sherborne Railway Station, 10.20am. This walk forms part of the Ramblers Association's Walks Using Public Transport Week. A moderately paced linear walk of approx. 8 miles from Yeovil Junction via Thronford and Longburton to Sherborne.
26 Sir George Somers Civic Parade Lyme Regis. Annual Parade celebrating the twinning of Lyme Regis and Bermuda
26 Them With Tails Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 6.00pm. Tall Stories and Network of Stuff present Them with Tails - a unique Family Show for everyone aged five and over.
26 - 28 Far From The Madding Crowd St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 8pm. Lynwood Music presents The World Premiere Performances of Far From The Madding Crowd - an opera in five acts. Composed by Andrew Downes with libretto by Cynthia Downes.
27 An Evening Of Song Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm.. Local singers and musicians gathered together to create an Evening of Song.
27 - 30 Cerne Abbas Music Festival St Mary's Church, Cerne Abbas. The internationally known Gaudier Ensemble come to Cerne Abbas to perform a range of contemporary and classical works in St. Mary's Church. Concerts take place on Thursday at 7.30pm, Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 12 noon (children's concert), 7pm and 9.45pm, Sunday at 12 noon and 7.30pm. Tickets and further details available from The Festival Office, 17 Abbey Street, Cerne Abbas DT2 7JQ (enclose SAE). Tel. 01300 341960
27 Raft Race West Bay, evening. RNLI annual event
27 Red Arrows Lyme Regis, 12.00 noon. RNLI Lifeboat Week Red arrows display over the town
28 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. A talk on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site by Tim Badman
28 Indie Revival Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Soundproof and friends present an Indie Revival - proceeds to help the RNLI Lifeboat Week
28 Market In Broadmayne St Martins Community Hall, Broadmayne, 2pm - 3.30pm. Produce, cakes, Fare Trade items, local organic bread, local produce, plants etc etc. Tel. 01305 852866 for further information
28 Ramblers Association Walks Using Public Transport Walk Meet at bus stop outside Portman Building Soc. West St., Bridport, 10am. This walk forms part of the Ramblers Association's Walks Using Public Transport Week. Leisurely paced linear walk of approx. 6 miles from Beaminster Square back to Bridport Tel. 01305 263759 for further details.
29 Fossil Walk - Chesil Beach Centre Chesil Beach Centre - Ferrybridge, , , . Walk around Pirates Cove. Wellies are a good idea. Meet at the bottom of Camp Road at 2pm. £3 for adults, £2 for children
29 Wessex Military Band At Bucky Doo Square, Bridport Bucky Doo Square, Bridport,
29 West Art Fair At St Mary's Church Hall, Bridport St Mary's Church Hall, Bridport, 9.30am – 3.30pm. Paintings, cards, crafts and photographs - and lots more besides.
29 The Importance Of Being Earnest Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Thame Players present this classic comedy by Oscar Wilde .
29-26/8 Medieval Knights Trail At Sherborne Old Castle Sherborne Old Castle, Sherborne, 10am - 6pm. he Queen has asked you to invite the English Heritage Knights and Squires to a banquet. Can you find them and deliver this invitation in time?
30 Fossil Walk- Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 1.15pm. Guided Fossil Walk, lasts approximately 2 hours. Walks limited to 12 people, booking essential. Includes entry to museum.
30 Psychic,Spirit And Holistic Fayre Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 10.30am - 5.30pm. Astrology, clairvoyance, crystals, arts and crafts, healing, guest mediums .
30 Branscombe Air Day Branscombe Nr Lyme Regis. From 11am to 5pm. Classic vehicles and WWII aircraft.
30 Ramblers Association Walks Using Public Transport Walk Meet at the bus stop, Ilchester Arms, Abbotsbury, 9.45am This walk forms part of the Ramblers Association's Walks Using Public Transport Week. Moderately paced circular walk of approx. 8 miles via Gorwell Farm and Kingston Russell stone circle and Long Bredy Tel. 01305 263759 for details.
30 Sculpture On The Beach Eype Beach Near Bridport, 10am – 3pm. Enjoy a great day out making sculptures on the beach - just register, grab a flag and use any materials found on the beach to produce your sculpture - there are cash prizes to be won! Further details from Bridport Arts Centre tel 01308 424204.
30 Warmwell Fete Warmwell House, Warmwell, Nr Dorchester, 2pm - 5pm. A traditional summer fete held in the grounds of this fine Manor house, featuring life music, displays, stalls, fun & gamrs and refreshments.
30 - 6/8 Marine Week - Charmouth Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre.
30-20/8 Canford Summer School Of Music : Music Fest In Sherborne Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne, .Canford Summer School makes a welcome return to Sherborne with 3 weeks of music courses and 35 high quality public concerts, many with international artists, in the Abbey and other local venues, all for a nominal £1 entrance fee. Full details of the concerts will be available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre closer to the time or see www.canfordsummerschool.co.uk.
31 Gallery Talk – Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, 11am. A talk on "Lyme – The Greatest Sewer in British Politics (the Times 1840" by Thea Hawkesworth.
31 Wessex Morris Men Tonight the morris men will be dancing at the Ilchester Arms in Abbotsbury at 7.30pm, The Crown in Puncknowle at 8.15pm and the Three Horseshoes in Burton Bradstock at 9pm.
NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME
Don’t forget to pick up your free yellow booklet of gardens open as part of the National Gardens Scheme –Dorset Gardens 2006 – available from Dorset TICs .
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