What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
to 07/04 Sherborne House Exhibition - Between The Lines Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm. An exhibition of drawings and prints that find their beginnings in poetry, prose and everyday speech. 01935 816426
to 29/04 Exhibition - Grandpa's Eye Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis, 11am - 5pm. Photographs by Roger Mayne of grandchildren and the family. Also photographs of landscapes, landscape and urban details. 01297 443579
to 29/04 Exhibition - Sea Change Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis, 11am - 5pm. Humourous sculptures and assemblages made by Lal Hitchcock from flotsam and jetsam and recycled materials. 01297 443579
to 02/05 Lyme's Lively Landscape Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Normal musuem opening times. An exhibition of photographs by Muriel Arber depicting Landslips around Lyme. 01297 443370
to 20/05 Searching Sunlight Sladers Yard, West Bay, Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm plus BH Monday 11am – 5pm. Colourful paintings by Tim Nicholson and prints by EQ Nicholson, b&w photographs by Ian Chapman, carved wood sculptures by Keith Rand and steam bent furniture by Petter Southall and the I tre studio, with giftware and clothes by top local artists. Organic courtyard café. 01308 459511
to 01/07150 Years Of Railways In Weymouth Weymouth Museum, Brewers Quay, Weymouth, 10am - 4pm. An exhibition to reflect 150 years of railways in Weymouth, charting the history from 1857 to 2007. 01305 777622
14/04 - Sherborne House Exhibition – Moor Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am –4.30pm. 13/05 Two parallel approaches to the landscape of Dartmoor from two painter-printmakers working in collaboration - one from an abstract and one from a representational perspective. 01935 816426
BRIDPORT Weekly Market in the Town Centre every Wednesday and Saturday, Farmers’ Market 2nd Saturday in each month – Arts Centre 9.30am-2pm, West Dorset Country Market in the WI Hall, North Street every Saturday 9am-12 noon;also Gustomarket in Barrack Street Saturdays 14th and 28th April – tel. 01308 485331
DORCHESTER Weekly Market in Fairfield Car Park, Weymouth Avenue, 8am – 3pm every Wednesday
Farmers’ Market 1st Saturday in each month – Poundbury, 9am-1pm
LYME REGIS Gustomarket Town Mill Courtyard, Lyme Regis on Saturday 7th April , 10am – 4pm
SHERBORNE Pannier Market on the Parade every Thursday and Saturday; Country Market in Church Hall, Digby Road, Thursday mornings, 9.15am-11.15am; Farmers’ Market 3rd Friday in each month – Cheap Street, 9am-1pm.
OWERMOIGNE Monthly market in the village hall 2nd Saturday of the month, 10.30am - 12 noon. Homemade produce, bric a brac, plants, crafts, books. Contact: 01305 851633
Lyme Regis Fossil walks with Dr Colin Dawes every Sunday, at 1pm. No need to book – meet at the Old Forge Fossil Shop, Broad Street. Lasts approx. 2.5 hours. Adults £7, Children £3
Fossil walks from 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.
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.
Fossil walks from Lyme Regis Fossil Shop Booking essential on 01297 442088
Charmouth Fossil hunting walks from the Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth on. Walks last approx. 2 hours and include a 20 minute talk on fossils. £7 adults, £3 children. April walks take place on Sunday 1st at 11.30am, Monday 2nd at 12 noon, Tuesday 3rd at 12.30pm, Wednesday 4th at 1pm, Thursday 5th at 1.30pm, Friday 6th at 2pm, Saturday 7th at 2pm, Sunday 8th at 2.30pm, Monday 9th at 2.30pm Sunday 15th at 10.30am, Saturday 21st a 2.30pm, Sunday 22nd at 2.30pm and Sunday 29th at 10.30am. Private walks, warden talks and fossil and marine film shows also available throughout the year. Tel. 01297 560772
NGS GARDENS OPEN
The "yellow book" for local gardens opening for the National Gardens Scheme in 2007 is now available from our TICs.
West Dorset gardens open in April include Knowle Farm - Uploders (7th); Frankham Farm - Ryme Intrinseca and Ivy House Garden - Piddletrenthide (9th); Domineys Yard - Buckland Newton, The Old Rectory – Litton Cheney (15th); Chideock Manor, Horn Park – Beaminster (25th) and Chideock Manor, Hatchlands – Netherbury, Manor Farm – Higher Wraxhall and The Mill House – Netherbury (29th)
EVENTS DURING APRIL
01 Cattistock Point To Point At Littlewindsor Littlewindsor Near Beaminster, first race at 1.30pm. 01300 320683
01 Charity Specialist Plant Sale Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10am – 4pm.
01 Evening Of Music Big Schoolroom, Sherborne School, 7pm. The Pipes & Drums of the Wessex Highlanders with Sherborne Town Band, 07788 0744 999
01 Spring Village Market Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall, 11am - 4pm. Stalls include crafts, herbal remedies, home made preserves, children's books, cards, jewellery, bric-a-brac, plants, tombola, home made cakes, free range eggs, charities. Refreshments all day. In aid of village hall funds,
02 Sherborne Chamber Choir Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Sherborne Chamber Choir perform 'Seven Last Words from the Cross' by James MacMillan as part of Holy Week worship in the abbey. They will be accompanied by a string orchestra led by violinist Ruth Rogers.
02 Sunset Cafe Stompers Performance British Legion Hall, Bridport, 8.30pm. Sunset Cafe Stompers play exciting traditional jazz in the style of the New Orleans pioneers. 01305 852626
03 Kingcombe Egg Hunt Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10am – 1pm. For 5-8 year olds and their parents. A half day activity hunting for the Kingcombe Sowmead egg. A hunt with a difference on an environmental theme in and around The Kingcombe Centre. Wellingtons essential. Fee £5 per child, acc. Adults free. Please book in advance. 01300 320684
04 Guided Walk - Things That Fly, Crawl & Creep Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 2.15pm. A mini beast hunt around the Kingcombe reserve with leader Tamara Loakes. Adults £5, children £1 01300 320684
04 Show Of Hands Bridport Arts Centre, 8pm Award winning acoustic duo. Tickets £15, £13 members/concessions
04 Yetties Music Night West End Hall, Sherborne, 8pm. 01935 814611
05 Wincanton Racecourse – Easter Meeting Wincanton Racecourse, first race 2.30pm. 01963 32344
05 Here’s A How-De-Do Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Performed by Chard Operatic Society. Tickets £7 Adults, £5 under 16s – available from Lyme Regis TIC. 01297 442138
06 Environmental Sculpture Day Willy Tuck’s Orchard, Symondsbury, 11am – 3pm. Environmental sculpture and story- making workshop for grown ups and magic makers over 7. Free event. Come dressed for the weather. 01308 427449
06 Makala and the legendary DJ Dr Funk Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 8.30pm. Tickets £10 from Fuego 01297 443933
06 Spring Gift Fayre Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 10.30am – 4pm. A wide range of stunning costume jewellery, sparkly hair accessories, beautiful pashminas and silk scarves, cosmetics, gift sets and many other great gift ideas will all be on sale at very affordable prices. 01297 631888
06-09 Easter Egg Hunt Kingston Maurward, Dorchester. Hunt through the woodland for the special token to claim your prize! 01305 215003
06-09 Great Dinosaur Hunt Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester. Explore Britain's original award winning Dinosaur Museum with its exciting mix of actual fossils, skeletons and life-size dinosaur reconstructios combined with hands on and multi media displays to discover the answers to the clued in the Dinosaur Mystery. All children who solve the Mystery correctly win a special prize dinosaur. 01305 269880
06-09 Giant Easter Egg Hunt Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, 10am – 6pm. Hundreds of cream eggs to be found every day and lots of other prizes. 01305 871387
06-10 Design Your Garden Course Former River Cottage HQ, Broadoak, Nr Bridport, 9.30am - 3.30pm. A 5 day course for Easter. 01308 458787
07 Dance - Uplyme Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm - 11.00pm. Dance - Ballroom, Latin and some sequence. Entry includes tea & biscuits; in aid of Hall funds.
07 Eliza Carthy & The Ratcatchers Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Tickets £12 in advance from Lyme Regis TIC or £14 on the door. 01297 442138.
07 Lyme Regis Art Group Easter Exhibition Woodmead Hall, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 10am - 5pm. 01297 442956
07 Sherborne Book Fair Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. 01935 850210
07-09 Giant Easter Egg Hunt Lulworth Castle and Park, 10.30am – 6pm. Hop with Easter Bunny, have fun with Alice & The Mad Hatter, find a token and win an easter egg plus adorable alpacas join the animal farm. 0845 450 1054
08 Easter Egg Hunt at Symondsbury Starts from Symondsbury School, 2.30pm. Easter Egg hunt on Colmer’s Hill. Refreshments available. No dogs please. 01308 424767
08 CD & Record Fair Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 10am – 4pm. Bring CDs to sell or exchange or just come and buy.
08-09 Easter With The Tweenies At Haynes Motor Museum Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford. Meet Jake, Milo, Fizz and Bella from the Tweenies and join in the adventure egg hunt at the Museum this Easter. Meet Milo and Bella on Sunday and Jake and Fizz on Monday. Two day tickets available. Admission charges apply for children aged 1+.01963 440804
09 Bank Holiday Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, 2.30pm. 01935 812452
09 Book Fair Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 10am – 4pm. 01297 442138
09 Craft Fair - Salwayash Village Hall Salwayash Village Hall, 10am - 4pm. Quality crafts for sale, demonstrations. Refreshments all day and ample parking. 01308 488101
11 Geology Lecture Dorset County Museum, 6.30pm. "Stratigraphic records of climatic cycles: examples from oceanic cores and the Jurassic strata of Dorset" by Dr. Graham Weedon, NERC Earth Observation Centre at Department Geography, University of Swansea. Organised by the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society. 01305 262735
11 Guided Walk - Spring Flowers At Kingcombe Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 2.15pm. Welcome in Spring with a stroll around the Kingcombe Reserve to see which plants have woken up. Followed by tea at the Centre. 01300 320684
11 Lyme Regis Youth Theatre Fossil Festival Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 10am – 4.30pm. Tickets £10 LYT members, £15 non members. Workshop. 01297 442394
11-13 Bridport Operatic Workshop - 'WOB' Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. B.O.W. Bridport Operatic Workshop are performing 'WOB' which has been written by the cast.
11-14 Milborne Port Opera Milborne Port Village Hall, Nr. Sherborne. Milborne Port Opera this year perform 'The Lost Continent' by Neil Edwards, 01963 250270
11-15 Design Your Garden Course Former River Cottage HQ, Broadoak, Nr Bridport, 9.30am - 3.30pm. Design your garden course. 01308 458787
12 Classical Concert Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Concerty by Gemma Rosefield (cello) and Nicola Elmer (piano). Tickets £10, available from Lyme Regis TIC. 01297 442138
12 Environmental Games Day Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10am – 4pm. For 8-11 year olds. A fun day of playing games, active and quiet, to learn about animals, plants and their environment and how they are adapted to live there. Fee £10. 01300 320684.
13 Coffee Morning for Friends of Bridport Museum W.I. Hall, North Street, Bridport, 10.30am – 12.30pm 01308 458703
14 Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm. 01460 75069
14 Day Course on Hedges The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10.30am – 4pm. "Hedges – their history, ecology and importance in the countryside" – a day led by Bryan Edwards, exploring and styding the archaeology of th field systems and how this is reflected in the botanical composition of the hedges of the Kingcombe valley. Fee £30. 01300 320684
14 Dorset Youth Orchestra Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Nr. Dorchester, 7.30pm. Concert in aid of Litton & Thorner’s Community Hall. 01308 482532
14 Talon Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm on stage 8.30pm. Celebrating 10 years of Talon, they are back playing Best of the Eagles.
14 The Warrior and the Poet Bradford Peverell Village Hall, 7.30pm. The story of the last years of Lawrence of Arabia - A new one man show written and performed by Raymond Sargent. 01305 268156
14 Thomas Hardy – He was a man who used to notice such things
Eype Centre for the Arts, Nr. Bridport, 7.30pm.
First premiered in Bath in late 2006 this rendition of songs by Benjamin Britten / Gerlad Finzi and Hardy’s poems to the piano accompaniment of David Price has been put together in a collaboration between Andrew Bannerman and Richard Frewer, both well-known to audiences at the Beaminster Festival as well as nationally in music and literature festivals. Tickets £10 (Friends £9) – available from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901
14 Yoga Day Self Realization Meditation Healing Ctre, Laurel Lane, Queen Camel, Nr. Sherborne. Revitalise your whole being within the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the Self Realisation Meditation Healing Centre. For all stages of Yoga from beginners onwards with a choice of classes. Cost £40 per person (including lunch and refreshments). 01935 850266
15 Kingcombe Sunday Roast Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, lunch served at 12.30pm. Enjoy a leisurely Sunday lunch in the idllyic surrounds of The Kingcombe Centre plus a stroll in Kingcombe Meadows. Cost £10. Booking essential. 01300 320684
15 Songs of Praise in Chideock Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs & St.Ignatius, North Chideock, 3.30pm. Songs of Praise followed by tea in the Museum.
15 Unexplained Mysteries Conference Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 8.45am - 6pm. Topics covered include UFOs, crop circles, government conspiracies, hidden knowledge. 01305 830057
16-22 Residents Week It's back and it's better than ever! West Dorset District Council is once again hosting Residents Week, providing all residents with the opportunity to take advantage of some fantastic offers. The idea of the event is to show appreciation for the local community's continued support of tourism in the area and to provide residents with the chance to re-acquaint themselves with the attractions on their doorstep. 28 venues have opted to participate this year. Each household in West Dorset will receive a leaflet about Residents Week, giving further information about the venues participating and the offers available. Explore, experience and enjoy!,
17 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Talk Colliton Club, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, 7.30pm. "The Development of Wessex Towns", a talk by John Porter.
17 Little Children Bridport Arts Centre, 7.45pm. Film with Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson. £5, £4 members/concessions,
18 Landscape Features Of The Lower Kingcombe Valley Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 2.15pm. A guided walk with Martin Biss who used to farm in the valley and so has an in depth understanding of this idyllic setting. 01300 320684
18 Travellers’ Tales Dorset County Museum, 6pm. "An Archaeologist visits Provence" by Bill Putnam. 01305 262735
18-21 ‘Allo ‘Allo Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7.45pm nightly plus Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Performed by Lyme Regis Dramatic Society. Tickets £7 adults, £5 children, available from Lyme Regis TIC. 01927 442138
20 Antiques Auction Long Street Sale Rooms, Sherborne, viewing Wednesday from 10am - 4pm and Thursday from 10am to 7pm. Sale starts on Friday at 10am, with viewing from 8.30am. Auction of antiques, decorative arts, pictures, prints and books. 01935 812277
20 Archaeology Meeting Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. "Bronze Age regalia from Clandon Barrow – pieces of power or makers of magic" by Dr Ann Woodward, University of Birmingham. 01305 262735
20 Lunchtime Concert at Dorset County Museum Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 1pm. Free lunchtime concert by The Cornertones with Jazz from the 30s and 40s. 01305 262735
21 Aureol Sinfonia With Ros Mizen Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7.30pm. An evening of Baroque and Classical Favourites. Programme includes works by Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, J Bach, Purcell, Pachelbel, Charpentier and Gluck. 01935 816332
21 Bluesnight With The Martin Harley Band Dorchester Arts Centre, 8pm. 01305 266962
21 Book Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm. 01747 841148
21 All in an April Evening Bridport United Church, 7pm. A Concert by the Bridport United Church Choir & the Ladies Choir from Guildford. Tickets £5.00.
21 Dance - Uplyme Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 8.00 - 11.00pm. Dance - Ballroom, Latin and some sequence. Entry includes tea & biscuits; in aid of hall funds.
21 The Songteller Series Bridport Arts Centre, 8pm. Concert bringing together three musicians, all familiar to Bridport audiences in different ways. Tickets £10, £9 members/concessions.
22 Badger Workshops Loders Village Hall, 10.00am - 1.00pm. Programme to include badger biology, sett recording and a sett visit to look for Badger signs. 01202 885702
22 Charity Specialist Plant Sale Mapperton, Nr. Beaminster, 10am – 4pm.
22 Seavington Point To Point Meeting Littlewindsor, Nr. Beamimster, first race 2pm. 01308 868332
22 Spring Felts at Symondsbury Willy Tuck’s Orchard, Symondsbury, 10am – 4pm. Workshop exploring the natural world in order to inspire the creation of simple but beautiful felts. Cost £10 Adult/Unaccompanied child over 10, £5 accompanied child. 01308 427449
22 St. George’s Day Concert Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 7pm. Lyme Regis’ popular Town Band and the stars from local amateur groups link up to present another vibrant evening of English jubilation. The programme will include all the usual favourites: Jerusalem, Land of Hope & Glory and There'll Always Be An England; and also pieces from the Town Band's new recording.
24 Picasso And Me Bridport Arts Centre 8pm. New show with score by Karen Wimhurst. Tickets available from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901
25 Butterflies In Sherborne And Hungary Small Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Two illustrated presentations - the first will be Brian Dicker showing slides of the butterflies we might expect to see in the Sherborne area, and more specifically in the Quarr Local Nature Reserve. The second will be by Alyson and Nigel Charles on the butterflies they have seen in Hungary. 01935 814029
25 Coffee Morning Museum at Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs & St. Ignatius, N.Chideock, 10.30am. Bring & Buy, raffle.
25 Quiz Night - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm for 8.00pm. TheatreFriends invite you to their Quiz Night; Teams of up to 6 persons; Bar,Teas & Coffee, Raffle.
25 Music Society Concert St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Organ recital by Matthew Owens. 01305 262735
27 The Bald Prima Donna Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Performed by This Particular Theatre Company. Tickets £7 adutls, £5 under 16s, available from Lyme Regis TIC. 01297 442138
27 Dorchester Association talk Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. "Recollections of Dorchester during World War II" by Colin Churchill. 01305 262735
27 Market in Broadmayne St Martin’s Community Hall, Broadmayne, 2 – 3.30pm. Produce, cakes, plants, craft, Dorset sausages, local pork, trout, eggs, Fair-trade goods, library etc. 01305 852866
28 Animal Handling Day Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester. 01305 215003
28 Barn Dance Blackdown Village Hall, 7.30pm. Barn dance with Long Odds and Short Straws and caller in aid of Holy Trinity Church, Blackdown. Tickets £5.50 adults, £2.50 children, £13.00 family. 01460 30517
28 In Concert with Pianist Jill Crossland Eype Centre for the Arts, Nr. Bridport, 7.30pm. Performance by accomplished concert pianist and recording artist Jill Crossland. Tickets available from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901
28 Powerstock Common Spring Flowers And Birds Powerstock Common, Nr Bridport, approx 10am. A guided walk during the morning - booking essential - limited spaces. 01297 445659
28 Sharron Shannon – Traditional Irish Music Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Tcikets £14 in advance from Lyme Regis TIC or £15 on the door. 01297 442138
28 Sherborne Antiques & Flea Market Church Hall & Age Concern Day Centre, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm. 01963 250108
28 Sherborne Town Band St. George's Day Concert Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm.
28 Willow Sculptures for the Garden at Highway Farm Highway Farm, Nr. Bridport. This workshop is always popular so book early. Come and make an exciting sculpture to take home, hopefully it will fit in the car! It can be a bird or beastie, tepee or anything fancy. Tutor Fiona Hingson. Cost £35, materials and lunch provided. 01308 424321
30 Willow Work For The Garden At The Kingcombe Centre Kingcombe Centre Nr Beaminster, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Tutor: Norah Kennedy (Max no 12) There is more to willow than making baskets! We will start by making a simple wigwam suitable for sweet peas and go on to create hurdles and fans for climbing plants, and some small edging hurdles for borders. You can expect to make 3 or 4 items each so leave space for these in your car on the journey home! The cost of materials (about £10) will be due on the day of the course. Fee: £40, in advance please. This includes morning coffee, afternoon tea & cake. Please bring your own lunch. 01300 320684
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