What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
to 25/02 Exhibition - Woodroffe School Annual Art Exhibition The Town Mill Galleries, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, 11am - 4pm Tuesday - Sunday. Annual exhibition of work by years 7-13 covering fine art, photography, textiles, ceramics and sculpture. Contact: 01297 443579
to 10/03 Exhibition : Guy Sydenham - A Restrospective Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Contact: 01305 262735
to 01/07 150 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. Contact: 01305 777622
2/2-9/2 Art Exhibition in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer Charity Newland Gallery, 101 Newland, Sherborne, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4.30pm. Exhibition of paintings by Susan MacFarlane plus a selection of paintings by local artists. Contact: 01935 812177
6/2-3/3 Between Heaven and Hell Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport. an exhibition of new paintings by Albert and Jack Duplock. Contact: 01308 424204
BEAMINSTER Farmers’ Market 4th Saturday in each month – Town Hall 9am-1pm
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
DORCHESTER Weekly Market in Fairfield Car Park, Weymouth Avenue, 8am – 3pm every Wednesday
Farmers’ Market 1st Saturday in each month – Poundbury, 9am-1pm
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. February walks take place on Sat 17th at 11am, Sun 18th at 11.30am, Mon 19th at 12.30pm, Tues 20th at 1pm and Weds 21st at 1.30pm. Adults £7, Children £3. Also Fossil Roadshow on Sun 18th 10.30am-4.30pm, plus Ammonite Slice Polishing on Tues 20th, Thurs 22nd and Fri 23rd, all from 10.30am-12noon, and Fossil mould making on Wed 21st 10.30am-1.30pm and Fri 23rd 1.30pm to 3pm. Private walks, warden talks and fossil and marine film shows also available throughout the year. Tel. 01297 560772
EVENTS DURING FEBRUARY
01 A Plague On Both Your Houses. Plaque And The Poor in the 17th Century Digby Hall Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. Sherborne Historical Society Lecture by Dr John Henderson, Lecturer in Modern European History, Birkbeck College London Contact: 01963 441107
01 Dorchester Film Society - The Squid And The Whale Plaza, Dorchester, 8pm.
01 Red and Blue don’t always make Purple Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 10.30am – 4pm. A practical painting colour mixing workshop with artist Pennie Elphick. Cost £32 (members £28) Contact: 01935 815899
01 West Dorset Ramblers Walk Yarn Barton Car Park, Beaminster, 10am. From Beaminster to Buckham Down, West Axnoller and return. 7 miles. Bring a picnic but no dogs. Please confirm details with organiser : 01308 863337
02 A Midsummer Nights Dream Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Lyme Youth Theatre present a shortened version of a Midsummer Nights Dream, for the Shakespeare for Schools Festival. Previewing before going to the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter. Contact: 01297 442138
02 Abbotsbury Gardens - Past, Present And Future Friends Meeting House, Bridport, South Street,7.30pm. An illustrated talk by Stephen Griffiths, Curator of Abbotsbury Gardens. Contact:01300 320573
02 John Spencer Memorial Gig Freshwater Caravan Park, Burton BradstocK, 8.30pm to 1.30am. Featuring the Ben Waters Band, Custers Last Stand, Spoof, Fat Marrows Blues Band and others. This will be the last ever John Spencer Memorial Gig. Tickets from Bridport Record Centre Tel 01308 425707
02 Prof H2O Presents Watery Notes Piddletrenthide Village Hall, 7.30pm. Be dazzled by drains, ponder over pipes, wonder at water. Professor H2O (alias Nick Crump) is here to shower you with watery wisdom mixed with bubbles of musical plumbing! Contact: 01300 345252
02 Sherborne School Lunchtime Concert – Percussion Big School Room, Sherborne School, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Free admission Contact: 01935 810518
02 Sue Perkins Bridport Arts Centre, 8pm. Comedian Sue Perkins in her second solo show in Bridport. Contact: 01308 424204
02 Ray Sergeant Presents The Warrior And The Poet Nether Compton Village Hall, 7.30pm. The Warrior and the Poet is a highly atmospheric one-man dramatisation of the last years of the life of T E Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia. Contact 01935 422058
02 World Wetlands Day Walk At Radipole Reserve Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth, 10am to 12 noon. A special day to celebrate wetland habitats across the planet. Find out more about the values and benefits of wetlands and how we manage wetland reserves in Weymouth. Contact: 01305 778313
02 -03 Beerex - Dorchester Beer Festival Corn Exchange, High West Street, Dorchester. Dorchester’s popular annual Beer Festival. Tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. Contact 01305 267992
03 3 Daft Monkeys Bridport Arts Centre, 8pm. 3 Daft Monkeys combine rousing vocals, frenetic fiddling, rhythmical 12-string guitar, dancing bass and foot drum. It's quirky, it's groovy, it's fun! Contact: 01308 424204
03 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.
03 Richard Hill – Guitarist Dorchester Arts Centre, 8pm. Contact: 01305 266962
03 Snowdrop Service Of Remembrance Dorford Baptist Church, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 2pm. Annual Snowdrop Service to remember the lives of those we have loved and lost. Contact: 01305 215315
03 Women's World Day Of Prayer - Coffee Morning United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester, 9.45am. Jewellery, bric a brac.
03-11 Kingston Lacy Snowdrop Walks Kingston Lacy House, Nr Wimborne, daily 10.30am to 4pm. Enjoy a stroll through the spectacular display of snowdrops in the gardens of Kingston Lacy House. Dogs are welcome in the park, but NOT in the Gardens or Snowdrop Walk. Woodland walks and Play Areas closed, but shop and restaurant open.Contact: 01202 883402
04 Black Voices Cranborne Village Hall, Cranborne, 7.30pm. World famous a cappella group Black Voices present uplifting and energising music from gospel to spirituals, Caribbean to African, jazz and blues. Contact: 01725 517883
04 Morris Dancing Taster Session Village Hall (opp Halsey Arms), Pulham, 10.30am for 11am til 1pm. A Morris dance taster session with Wessex Morris men who will teach you a dance or two and let you know what morris dancing is all about. If you can’t get to the taster, they practice in Pulham Village Hall every Winter Monday from 8pm. Contact: 01258 817963
05 Dorchester Peace & Justice Group Cheselbourne Room, United Church ( Charles Street Entrance), 7.30pm. 'Wells for India' talk by Julia Seal followed by discussion. Contact: 01305 815965
05 Sherborne District Senior Citizens Group Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. 'Health & Wellbeing'
05 Sunset Cafe Stompers Performance British Legion Hall, Bridport, 8.30pm. Contact: 01305 852626
05 West Dorset Ramblers Walk Annings Lane, Burton Bradstock, 10.30am. From Burton Bradstock to Bredy North Hill, Hammilton Hill, Shipton Hill, Shipton Gorge and return. All easy hills. 7 miles. Bring a picnic, but no dogs. Please confirm details with organiser. Contact: 01460 279701
07 African Sanctus Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Sherborne School Music Society present African Sanctus by David Fanshawe and Coronation Te Deum - William Walton Conductor - James Henderson Contact: 01935 816332
07 Yetties Music Night West End Hall, Sherborne, 8pm. Contact: 01935 814611
08 Dorchester Film Society - Paradise Now Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm.
08 Nathan Vale - Tenor Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Following last year's sucessat St Mary's, the Marine Theatre is proud to be associated with The Town Mill in presenting a series of Classic Concerts fetauring some of the best young talent in Britain today. This month features Nathan Vale - Tenor. Contact: 01297 442138
08 RAM Past Present And Future Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Friends of the Lyme Regis Museum presents a talk by Julian Parsons, Curator of The Royal Albert Museum, Exeter.
08 Ramblers Walk – Bridport Meet at Bridport Overflow Car Park, (near Football Ground), 10am. Todays walk is 6 miles and goes via Burton Bradstock and West Bay. Please contact the organiser to confirm details - Contact: 01935 414745
08 West Dorset Ramblers Walk Meet Four Ashes Junction Nr Stoke Abbot, 10am. A circular walk including Pilsdon Pen and Pilsdon. Bring a picnic, but no dogs. 7 miles. Please confirm details with organiser - Contact: 01308 863081
09 Brass Band Concert Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Featuring Aveley & Newham Band, Sherborne Town Band and Sherborne Youth Band. Tickets £5, concessions £4.00 available in Sherborne from Littlefields Post Office or Rules in Cheap Street. Contact: 01935 815115
09 The Jamm Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm; band on stage 8.30pm. Tribute band to Paul Weller's The Jam; Local support band - Soundproof Contact: 01297 442138
09 Quiz Night St Martins Community Hall, Broadmayne, 7pm. Teams of 4-6 players. Enjoy a light hearted fun evening, bring your own drinks and nibbles. Contact: 01305 853920
09 Sherborne School Lunchtime Concert - Guitar Old Music School, Hospital Lane, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Free entry Contact: 01935 810518
10 Barn Dance - For Dors To India Portesham Village Hall, 8.00 - 11.30pm. With Gig CB The George Inn G. Ceildh Band Licensed bar ( or bring your own ) Contact: 01305 871780
10 Bluesnight – Matt Taylor Band Dorchester Arts Centre, 8pm. Contact: 01305 266962
10 Dorchester Music Festival 2007 St. Mary’s Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7pm. A celebration of young musical talent. Festival concert to be held at St Mary's Church, Dorchester. Organised by the Caterbridge Rotary Club. Tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. Contact: 01305 267992
10 Garden open for Snowdrops Old Rectory, Litton Cheney, 2pm-4.30pm. Entry £2.50 in aid of charity. Contact: 01308 482383
10 Model Show 2007 Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Yeovilton, 10am - 4.30pm. With approximately 2,000 visitors expected, this event has become the premier Model show in the Southwest. Weather permitting, the British Model Flying Association have kindly agreed to hold a flying display of their amazing model aircraft. Previous demonstrations have included jet powered Concordes and a Phantom fighter bomber. The flying display will commence at approximately 12 noon.
10 One Man And His Guitars West Stafford Village Hall, West Stafford, Dorchester, from 7pm. An evening with Mike Botterill local well known virtuosso. He will be talking about his lifelong love of guitars and guitar music.
10 Shave-A-Thon - Lyme Regis Rock Point Inn, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. 'Hairy Volunteers' wanted for sponsored Shave - A Thon with proceeds towards Lyme Regis Pre School and Breast Cancer Research. If you would like to take part, apply at the Rock Point asap. Also live band. Contact: 01297 443153
10 Sherborne Abbey Big Spring Jumble Sale Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 2pm Contact: 01963 250108
10 The Somerset And Dorset Family History Society Salwayash Village Hall, 10.30am and 2.00pm. 10.30am New finds and new sources. Research students lead by Jane Ferentzi -Sheppard 2pm Discovering our Irish Ancestors where to look by Jane Ferenzi - Sheppard Contact: 01460 30362
10 Stories from the Turn of the Seasons Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 2pm. "From the Dorsetshire Gap to Hag Hill" with Mike O’Leary – stories that reflect the magical landscape of Wessex. Silly and serious – a bit of both! Suitable for all ages and especially families.
11 Ramblers Walk - Toller Porcorum Toller Porcorum Village Hall, 10.30am. Todays walk is 12 miles long and goes toward Compton Valence and Winford Eagle. Please confirm details with organiser : Contact: 01935 429333
11 Wedding Fair Kingston Maurward, Nr Dorchester. Contact: 01305 215003
12 Insight Lecture - 'Faith Through Music' Griffith Room, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Lecture given by the Lady Digby. Admission by ticket £3 limited to a total of 60 - available in advance from The Parish Office, Abbey Close, Sherborne DT9 3LQ. Contact: 01935 812452
13 Bridport History Society Talk - Bridport Textile Industry Bridport United Church, South St, 2.30pm. Richard Sims will talk on the Bridport Textile Industry. He is a well known local man who has researched this subject which covers not only Ropes and Nets, but also Sails etc. Contact: 01308 456876
13 Snowdrop Walk In Bridport St Mary's Church, Bridport, 11am. Annual Snowdrop Service to remember the lives of those we have loved and lost. Contact: 01305 215315
13 -17 Oliver Presented By Open House Productions Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, all perfomances start at 7.30pm, and there is a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Open House Productions present their production of Oliver at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park. Tickets for this event are available from the Bridport Tourist Information Centre, 47 South Street, Bridport. Telephone 01308 424901. (Open from 10am to 3pm Mon - Sat) Contact: 01308 424901
13 -17 Robinson Crusoe Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, evenings 7.30pm; Sat Matinee 2.30pm. Lyme Regis Pantomime Society presens Robinson Crusoe, a proper traditional pantomime. Contact: 01297 442138
14 A Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society Geology Talk Dorset County Museum, 6.30pm. This talk forms part of the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society geology series of talks.
14 Berties Big Band White Hart Inn & Carvery, Bishops Caundle. Renowned 24 piece swing, bee-bop and modern jazz big band. Live music, carvery, sweet and coffee for £13.95 per person. Contact: 01963 23301
14 Sherborne Science Cafe Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Talk on Biofuels by John Waltham, Director of Green Spirit Fuels Contact: 01935 815052
15 Britain's Only Republic 1647-1660 Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8.00pm. Sherborne Historical Society Lecture, by Professor Ronald Hutton, Professor of Modern History, Bristol University
15 Dorset History Centre Event - Local History Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 10am - 4pm. The session will introduce the wide variety of sources available for studying your local community, including maps, census and trade directories. Contact: 01305 228943
15 Farmland Birds Talk By Dr. Nick Carter Town Hall, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A talk by Dr Nick Carter, British Trust of Ornithology. This is a joint meeting with Dorset Bird Club. Contact : 01305 842268
15 Ramblers Walk - Melplash Half Moon Inn, Melplash, Nr. Bridport, 10am. Todays walk is 6 miles long. Please contact the organiser to confirm details. Contact: 01300 320362
16 Plutot La Vie in "A Clean Sweep" Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. "A wonderful show about brooms made for adults but which kids love!" - a brilliant blend of comedy and theatre involving brushes of all shapes and sizes, making the most ordinary quite extraordinary!. Contact: 01308 897214
16 Sherborne School Lunchtime Concert – Composers Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Free entry - all welcome. Contact: 01935 810518
16 StopGAP At Bridport Arts Centre Bridport Arts Centre, 8pm. StopGAP are a resident artist group during the Blueprint 4 Bridport redevelopment project. They represent a triple bill of dance by top UK choreographers that is vibrant, funny and occasionally cheeky! Contact: 01308 424204
17 Book Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm. Contact: 01747 841148
17 Butterfly Trends In West Dorset And Portland Kingcombe Centre Nr Beaminster, 2pm. All are welcome to this presentation of the results of the butterfly surveys in West Dorset which took place during 2006. Contact: 01308 459287
17 Dr John Taylor – Illustrated Talk About His Travels Puddletown Village Hall, 7.30pm. Contact: 01305 848746
17 Guilty Fingers Presented By C-Scope Martinstown Village Hall, 7.30pm. "Guilty Fingers" reflects the camaraderie, dedication and often unrecognised yet vital role women play in wars. The performance combines adventurous and playful dance with music, theatre, film and text in a show of great appeal to all ages Contact: 01305 889059
17 Improvised music – Steve Harris ZAUM & Hoovering the Heavens Dorchester Arts Centre, 8pm. Contact 01305 266962
17 The Lounge - Slinky The Lounge, Dorchester, 9pm - 4am. John ' OO ' Fleming, Lee Haslam, Dav Gomrass, Pete Warwick, Minky and Ryki.
17 Purbeck Big Band Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.45pm. All proceeds to Dorchester Scout Funds. Tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. Contact: 01305 267992
17 Valentine's Dance At Beaminster School Beaminster School, from 7.30pm til midnight. Over 18's Valentine's Dance with live band Spoof and IGR disco. Raffle with great prizes. Contact: 07814 4138654
18 Fossil Roadshow Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth, 10.30am -4.30pm. Free Entry - Event includes fossil mould making, ammonite slice polishing, fossil lucky dip, microfossil investigation and fossil discovery sessions. Contact: 01297 560772
18 Kingcombe Centre - Sing Your Heart Out! Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10.30am-4.30pm. A harmonising workshop with Sammy Hurden. From African to Soul music. Fee: £22.50 in advance please. Contact: 01300 320684
18 South Dorset - Point To Point Milborne St Andrew, first race 12 noon. Contact: 01929 400 485
18-23 Pirate Fun at Lulworth Castle Lulworth Castle & Grounds, 10.30am-4pm. Hunt for treasure, swashbuckling pirate tales, Captain Hook’s bouncy castle, activity table, quizzes, games and more. Contact : 0845 4501054
19 Celebrity Food and Flowers Sherborne School, 10am – 4pm. Featuring Lesley Waters and Nicky Llewellyn. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. For further enquiries please contact 01823 327503 or 01747 821669.
19 Story Box Theatre – The Sun, Moon and Half-Chick Winterborne Whitechurch Village Hall 10.30am, Sandford Orcas Village Hall 4pm. Magical puppetry and storyteling for half term week. Contact: 01258 881165 / 01963 220173
19 Street Dance Workshop - Pure Funk Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 10.00am - 12.30pm 1.30pm - 4.00pm Two Sessions - morning 8 - 11 years, afternoon 12 - 18 years Contact: 01297 442138
19 -20 Bird In The Hand By Josh Elwell Performances in Bere Regis Village Hall on Monday 19th and Thorncombe Village Hall on 20th, both at 2pm. With all the burlesque of the Victorian sideshow, Josh Elwell & Co present a vibrant and enchanting piece of visual theatre for families and children from 5 years upwards. The show combines beautiful hand carved puppets with clowning and live music. Contact: 01929 471342 / 01460 30247
19-23 Half Term Leisure Activities At Bridport Leisure Centre Bridport Leisure Centre, times vary according to course on offer so please phone . Learn Scuba Diving (in conjunction with Aqua Blue Diving), Swimming, Trampolining and Cycle Safety during half term with the experienced coaches at Bridport Leisure Centre. There are also options for the under 5's with Mini Monsters and Ducklings. Contact: 01308 427464
19-23 Moviemania Kids Workshop Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 9.00 - 5.00pm Mon - Fr1 5 day workshop. Performance Friday evening 7.30pm - tickets on the door. LymeLIGHTS present Moviemania Kids Workshop led by professional actors and choreographers. At the end of the 5 days of learning acting, singing and dancing, the children will perform their show. DVD/Video will be produced of the rehearsals and the show. Contact: 01297 442138
20 Ammonite Slice Polishing Charmouth Heritage Centre, Charmouth, 10.30am - 12noon. Contact: 01297 560772
20 Bangers and Mash Beetle Drive Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 12.30 to 4pm. On a winters afternoon come and enjoy good food, good company and fun games in front of a roaring log fire. An opportunity to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of The Kingcombe Centre. Come along and support one of several Fundraising events for the upgrading of the Centre facilities. Cost: £10, in advance please. This includes lunch, games and afternoon tea. Contact: 01300 320684
20 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Talk The Dorset Room, The Colliton Club, Dorchester. 7.30pm. 'The History of Railways', a talk by Brian Jackson. Non-members welcome at £2 per person.
20 Frosty February Wildlife Walk Lodmoor RSPB Nature Reserve, Weymouth, 10am to 12 noon. If the winter chill is in the air today and the winds are calm, we could get some good views of the secretive Bearded Tits. When the edges of the water freeze at this time of the year, species like the elusive water rail may be seen out in the open. Contact: 01305 778313
20 The Kingcombe Centre - Beetle Drive, Bangers And Mash Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 12.30pm-4pm. A fundraising event for the upgrading of the centre facilities. £10 in advance. Contact: 01300 320684
20 Sherborne Abbey Parish Supper Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7pm. Supper of main course with wine followed by pancakes. Bottle raffle. Tickets £6 from the Paish Office, Abbey Close, Sherborne. Contact :01935 812452
20 Snowdrop Walk In Beaminster St Mary's Church, Beaminster, 11am. Annual Snowdrop Service to remember the lives of those we have loved and lost Contact: 01305 215315
21 Go Wild At Radipole RSPB Reserve Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth, 10am to 12 noon. Go wild in Weymouth family event Guided walk, Dorset A family event exploring this fantastic wetland reserve, we will be getting close up views of the wildlife that lives in the middle of town using binoculars and telescopes. Location Meet at the RSPB Radipole Lake visitor centre, Swannery car park, Weymouth. 01305 778313
21 Quiz Night - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm for 8.00pm. TheatreFriends Quiz Night - teams of up to 6 persons. Bar; Teas & Coffee; Raffle Contact: 01297 442138
21 West Dorset Ramblers Walk Lob Gate (just Below Pilsdon Pen), 10am. Around the Stoke Abbot and Pilsdon Pen area. 8 miles. Bring a picnic, but no dogs. Please confirm details with organiser Contact: 01460 77135
21 - 2/5 Family History Courses In Bridport Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Rd, Bridport. Regular Wednesday classes on Family History. Where to start, how to find help, how to continue. Also 2 day courses for beginners and intermediate levels. Contact organiser for details: 01308 425710
22 Dorchester Film Society - Cache Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm.
22 Dorset History Centre Event - Conservation Of Photographs Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Have you ever wondered how best to care for your own archives? Find out more about the materials they are made from and how to look after and handle your family's documents and photographs. Contact: 01305 228943
22 Last Nights Fun Bridport Art Centre, 8pm. An established part of the British Folk Scene, Last Night’s Fun combine concertina, pipes, guitar and voice to create intense and engaging music. Contact: 01308 424204
22 The ElectricStrawbs Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm; band on stage 8.30pm.. The Strawbs are Dave Cousins on guitar, dulcimer and vocals;Dave Lambert on guitar and vocals and guitarist Brian Willoughby. Contact: 01297 442138
22 Snowdrop Service in Sherborne The Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, 11am. Annual Snowdrop Service to remember the lives of those we have loved and lost. Contact: 01305 215315
22 Tim Laycock At Sherborne Museum Sherborne Museum, 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm. Stories and music with Tim Laycock Contact: 01935 812252
23 A Cleen Sweep By Plutot La Vie Evershot Village Hall, 7pm. "A wonderful show about brooms made for adults but which kids love!" - a brilliant blend of comedy and theatre involving brushes of all shapes and sizes, making the most ordinary quite extraordinary! Contact: 01935 83580
23 Caterpillar Kids - Nature's Recyclers Lorton Meadows Reserve, Weymouth, 10.30 to 12.30pm. How are leaves turned into soil - who does the recycling? Activities for younger children, games and crafts. Contact: 01305 816546
23 A Dorchester Association Talk The Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, coffee and tea available from 7pm, talk starts at 7.30pm. A talk on the Dorchester Foundry by Rodney Alcock. Contact: 01305 262630
23 Tudor Music Day At Sherborne Museum Sherborne Museum, Sherborne, from 11am. 11am Listen to Tudor musical instruments and hear about their use in court and countryside and find out about the characters who played them Sing songs from the time of Henry V111 and good Queen Bess ! 11.45am Experience dance from the great halls and village green! 12.30pm - take part in the hustle and bustle of a Tudor market place. Contact: 01935 812252
24 Coffee Morning At Causeway Farm Causeway Farm, Blackdown, 12.30am to 12.30pm. Stalls and raffle, cake stall and bring & buy. Will be signposted from the B3165 Crewkerne to Lyme Regis Road. Held in aid of Blackdown Church Contact: 01460 30362
24 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.
24 Family Wildlife Fun - Signs Of Spring Lorton Meadows Reserve Nr Bridport, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Can you spot the signs of spring on the reserve as nature wakes up from a long winter sleep? Plus games, art and crafts. Contact: 01305 816546
24 Hilly Goats Gruff Presented By Kipper Tie Theatre Bridport Art Centre, 11.30am and 2pm. It's story time on Windy Top Mountain. Join Lil Ol' Billy Goat Gruff for a vibrant and colourful romp featuring a foot-stomping original Country Music score. For ages 3+. The show lasts for approx. 45 minutes with no interval. Contact: 01308 424204
24 Inspirational And Practical Talks Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, 3pm - 4.30pm. You are invited to a free talk on positive thinking.
24 Introduction To Bryphytes - Mosses & Liverworts Kingcombe Reserve, Nr Beaminster, 10.30am to 3pm. Learn to identify the common and not so common species found on the Powerstock Nature Reserve following a short introductory talk by jim White at the Kingcombe Reserve. there will be a minibus transfer between sites. Contact: 01305 264620
24 John Etheridge with Kit Holmes Dorchester Arts Centre, 8pm. Enjoy an exciting evening of jazz, blues, folk, African grooves and more from two outstanding guitarists. Contact: 01305 266962
24 Market - Broadmayne St Martins Community Hall, Broadmayne, 10am - 12 noon. Produce, cakes, Dorset Sausages, fresh coffee beans, fair trade goods, library etc. Enjoy a cup of tea & chat. Contact: 01305 852866
24 Sherborne Antiques & Flea Market Church Hall & Age Concern Day Centre, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm. Contact: 01963 250108
24 Tom Crean - Antarctic Explorer Sherborne Boys' School, Sherborne, 7pm. Award winning actor Aiden Dooley stages his outstanding one man show about the extraordinary adventures of Antarctic expolorer Tom Crean, to raise money for St. Margaret's Hospice, Yeovil. Tom Crean journeyed both with Scott to the South Pole and with Shackleton on the Endurance. Tickets £17.50 (£12.50 students). Contact: 01935 709484
25 More Tales From Under Shady Tree Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Slide Show presented by Ken Gollop.
25 Ramblers Walk - Thorncombe Thorncombe Village Hall, 10am. Todays walk is 13 miles. Please contact the organiser to confirm details. Contact: 01935 881317
26-3/3 The Railway Children At Burton Bradstock Burton Bradstock Village Hall, nightly at 7.30pm.. A musical play adapted by Paul Bexon and Martin Gorst, directed by Barbara Powell and Chris Knight. Contact: 01308 424852
27 Caught Bridport Art Centre, 7.30p.m. Theatre Alibi perform Caught by Daniel Jamieson. Part love story, part thriller, part dark farce, Caught combines inventive performance with live music and a visual richness inspired by Caravaggio, the master of light and dark. Contact: 01308 424204
27 West Dorset Ramblers Walk Maiden Castle Car Park Nr Dorchester, 10am. From Maiden Castle to Friar Waddon, Hardy's Monument. Bring a picnic but no dogs. 11 miles. Contact: 01300 320168
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
Attractions Open This Winter in and around West Dorset
Winter Opening Times
Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dorchester 01305 269571 Mon-Fri 9.30 – 5.00, Weekends 10.00 – 5.00
Terracotta Warriors, Dorchester 01305 266040 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester 01305 269741 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Teddy Bear Museum, Eastgate, Dorchester 01305 269741 Mon-Sat 10.00 - 4.30, Sun 10.00-4.00
Mummies, Dorchester 01305 269741 Daily 10.00 - 5.00
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester 01305 262735 Mon-Sat 10.00 - 5.00
The Keep Military Museum , Dorchester 01305 264066 Tue-Sat 9.30 - 5.00
The Town Mill, Lyme Regis 01297 443579 Sat & Sun 11.00 - 4.00
Lyme Regis Museum 01297 443370 Sat & Sun 10.00-5.00 (11am Sun), daily in hols
Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, Lyme Regis 01297 443541 Daily 10.00 - 5.00 – but please phone to check
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Tolpuddle 01305 848237 Thu-Sat 10.00 - 5.00, Sunday 11.00 - 5.00
Sherborne Museum (Sherborne Missal exhibition) 01935 812252 Tues and Thurs, 10.30am – 12.30pm
The Tank Museum, Bovington, Wool 01929 405096 Daily 10.00 - 5.00
Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton 01935 840565 Wed-Sun10.00 - 4.30
Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford 01963 440 804 Mon-Sat 10.00 - 4.30
Cavalcade of Costume, Blandford Forum 01258 453006 Thu-Mon 11.00 - 4.00(Closed mid-Dec–mid Feb)
COUNTRY HOUSES / CASTLES.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park 01305 215010 Daily 10.00 - 5.30 (or dusk) clsd 22/12-early Jan
Athelhamptons House & Gardens 01305 848363 Sun only gardens 10.30-dusk, house 11.00-4.30
Lulworth Castle & Park 0845 4501054 Sun - Fri 10.30 - 4.00
Forde Abbey Gardens 01460 221290 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens 01305 871387 Daily 10.00 - 4.00
Sherborne Abbey 01935 812452 Daily 08.30 - 4.00
Monkey World, Nr. Wareham 0800 456600 Daily 10.00 - 5.00
Craft Design Centre, Broadwindsor 01308 868362 Daily 10.00 - 5.00
Wildlife Park at Cricket St. Thomas 01460 30111 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Weymouth Sea Life Centre 01305 788255 Daily 10.00
UK Llamas, Beaminster Please contact 01308 868674 to book
Henley Hillbillies, Buckland Newton Please contact 01300 345293 / 07860 759996 for details
Southern Counties Clay Shooting/Karting Please contact 01935 83625/83713 for details and to book
Note : Closing times over Christmas and New Year vary – please phone before making a special journey
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.