What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
to 03/03 Between Heaven and Hell Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport. An exhibition of new paintings by Albert and Jack Duplock. 01308 424204
to 04/03 Exhibition At Sherborne Hosue - Ultra Marine Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm. Paintings by Vanessa Gardiner and Gerry Dudgeon, inspired by travels to Egypt and Greece 01935 816426
to 10/03 Dorset County Museum - Guy Sydenham - A Potter's Life Dorset County Museum. This exhibition tells the story of Guy Sydenham, master thrower at Poole Pottery for nearly 40 years. and showcases over 150 examples of his work including Poole Pottery ' classics ' and rarely seen pieces from private collections. A small selection of items will be on sale during the exhibition. 01305 262735
to 25/03 Butcher, Baker, No Candlestick Maker Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Winter opening times - weekends and school holidays. An exhibition on trade in Broad Street
to 09/03 Exhibition Of Oil Paintings Of Local Landscapes & Seascapes Tourist Information Centre, Anelope Walk, Dorchester, 9am - 4pm. Paintings by Geoff Townson 07748 752927
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. 01305 777622
03- 25/03 Exhibition - Product And Process Town Mill Galleries, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 4pm. Exhibition of works by Nigel Bird 01297 443579
03- 25/03 Exhibition By Rod Hill Town Mill Galleries, Lyme Regis, Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 4pm. Rod Hill will show paintings, sculpture and rag rugs made within the last two years. 01297 443579
08- 11/03 Sherborne House Exhibition - RAISE Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm. Work by pupils from local primary schools 01935 816426
15- 24/03 Dorset Art Club Exhibition Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Members’ 49th Spring exhibition – a wide range of images will be on show covering all mediums from colourful abstracts to black and white sketches.
16- 30/03 Michael Knowalewski Exhibition The Old School, Melbury Osmond, Dorchester. Exhibition of paintings.
17/3- 7/4 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
31/3- 29/4 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
31/3- 29/4 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
31/3-6/6 Exploring Space Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. An exhibition aimed specifically at children and families – come and see working models of the solar system and the earth’s orbit and learn about the myths of the moon. With interactive quizzes, puzzles and games there will be plenty of activities to entertain the whole family. 01305 262735
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 twice a month on a Saturday – 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
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) –
Fossil walks from Lyme Regis Fossil Shop Booking essential on 01297 442088
Charmouth Fossil hunting walks from the Heritage Coast Centre, Charmouth. In March look out for the Rocks and Fossils Weekend on 3rd/4th (booking essential on 01297 560772) and the Fossil Fantastic Weekend on 17th/18th (again booking essential on 01297 560772). Private walks, warden talks and fossil and marine film shows also available throughout the year.
EVENTS DURING MARCH
to 03 The Railway Children At Burton Bradstock Burton Bradstock Village Hall, nightly at 7.30pm (runs 26/2 to 3/3). A musical play adapted by Paul Bexon and Martin Gorst. Directed by Barbara Powell and Chris Knight. 01308 424852
01 A Talk On Lawrence Of Arabia Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme Rd, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. A talk on Lawrence of Arabia by Peter Metcalfe of Winchester College. Arranged by University of the Third Age. 01297 444566
01- 03 Oliver Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm ; 2.30pm Sat Matinee. Open House Productions presents 'Oliver'. This is a new community theatre based in Bridport. 01297 442138.
02 Archaology Meeting Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. "Two Romano-Celtic temples on the South Coast – Hayling Island and Maiden Castle reconsidered" by Prof. Tony King, University of Winchester. 01305 262735
02 Wells Cathedral School Brass Group Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm. A Bridport & West Dorset Music Club concert 01308 424673
02 Dorset Birds Of Prey & Wildlife Watching Friends Meeting House, Bridport, 7.30pm. An illustrated talk by Jason Fathers. 01300 320573
02 Sherborne School Lunchtime Concert - Singers Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Free entry - all welcome 01935 810518
02 Women's World Day Of Prayer - United Under God's Tent St Perter's Church, Dorchester, 10.30am - Speaker Rev. Jane Culliford 7.30pm - Meditation by Mrs. Jean Allum. A service prepared by Christian Women of Paraguay
02 - 04 Kingcombe Centre - Spring In The Garden Kingcombe Centre. A practical hands - on weekend covering: propagation, pruning and planting of tree, shrubs and roses, sowing and planting in the vegetable garden, feeding, mulching and choosing new plants. Speaker Phil Gamble. 01300 320684
02 - 03 Acoustic Vibes Buckland Newton Village Hall on 2nd at 7.30pm and Powerstock Village Hall on 3rd at 8pm. Performance by new-generation African kora star Seckou Keita. He has a unique style on what is generally a gentle melodic instrument, which is sure to get people out of their chairs and up on their feet! 01300 345521 (B.Newton) 01308 485264 (Powerstock).
03 Barn Dance St Marys Church Hall, Bridport, 7.30pm - late. Featuring Raggie Annie, and caller Chris Edmunds. Licensed Bar. Proceeds to Agenda 21 initiatives. 01305 213721
03 Conservation Work Group - King Barrow Quarries King Barrow Quarries NR, Yeats Road, Portland 10am - 3pm. Help us remove non-native scrub from this amazing former quarry to ensure our native plants have room to grow and really make a difference to your local wildlife. 01305 816546
03 Dorset Choral Society And Dorchester Middle School St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Performing John Rutter's popular Mass of the Childern. Tickets from Harmony Music, a member of the choir or telephone 01305 852977.
03 Dorset Local History Group AGM Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 2.30pm. 01305 262735
03 Family History Course In Bridport Marsh Barn Farm Nr Bridport This is a two day course aimed at Intermediate level researchers into Family History. The second day will be on 24th March. 01308 425710
03 The Fibonacci Sequence Big Schoolroom, Sherborne School, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Concert by one of the foremost chamber ensembles in Britain. Their programme this evening mixes Romanticism with Impressionism, and includes works by Bruch, Puccini, Dohnanyi and Debussy. 01935 816332
03 Jazz Night - Three Plus One Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, 8pm. 01305 266962
03 Learn About The Weather - Workshop For Children Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth, 2pm. Children are invited to join in this workshop and have some fun learning about the weather and making some weather recording instruments, such as a rain gauge. Cost will be £3 for children and adults free.
03 The Nature Of Food And Farming Cerne Abbas Village Hall, 2pm - 6pm. Talks, tastings at the village hall, then a trailer ride around the Sydling Estate, to explore the connection between the food we eat and the landscape we enjoy. The event is free but places are limited so please book with FWAG on 01305 251742
03 RSPB - Arne's Waders & Wildfowl RSPB Arne Nature Reserve Car Park,10am - 12noon. Waders and wildfowl, spoonbills and egrets - Poole Harbour is an exciting place for birds at this time of year. A morning stroll should produce a good selection. Booking essential. 01929 553360
03 Sherborne Craft And Country Garden Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. 01749 677049
03 The Warrior & The Poet Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 7.30pm. The story of the last years of Lawrence of Arabia. Tickets available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341
03 Weymouth And Portland Fairtrade Celebration Ocean Room, Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, 7.30pm. Various Fairtrade information stalls and 'Seize the Day' will be performing
03 Winters End Ceilidh - Maiden Newton Maiden Newton Village Hall, 7.30 - 11.30. With The Casterbridge Band and calling from Ruth Thompson For Dorset Cancer Care Bring your own drink and nibbles to share. 01300 321396
03 - 04 Rocks And Fossil Weekend Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, 9.30am to 4.30pm. A whole weekend of learning how to unlock the secrets of the rocks and fossils of Charmouth. Not suitable for children under 15 years old. 01297 560772
03 - 04 RSPB - Plant A Hedge At Arne Arne Nature Reserve Car Park, 10.00am. Come along to Arne nature reserve and help us plant 200m of wildlife rich hedgerow to benefit birds and butterflies. 01929 553360
04 Alternative Voices Presents A Grand Indulgence Day The Gymnasium, Enterprise Park, Piddlehinton, 10.30am - 4.00pm. Complementary and Beauty therapists offer taster sessions of Indian Head Massage, Healing, Facials, Manicure, Acupressure, Reflexology, Bach Flower Remedies etc. Stallholders' gifts e g. Hand Crafted Handbags, Jewellery, Ceramics, cards, Candles, toiletries, Music Crystals, Homemade cakes as well as visiting local artists.
04 Ramblers Walk – Evershot The Green At Evershot, 2pm. Today’s walk is 5 miles long Important: Please contact the organiser to confirm details 01935 850227
05 Dorset County Museum - Heathland & The RSPB Dorset County Museum, 6.30pm. A lecture by Malcolm Ausden, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, on the value of the transformation of arable land to heath and grassland on southern England RSPB reserves. Find out how patches of reverted arable land can provide important stepping stones between wildlife - rich areas of heathland and pastures. 01305 262735
05 Lower Fleet & Chesil - Talk And Exhibition Wyke Memorial Hall, Weymouth, 7.30pm. Evening of talks, refreshments and exhibits about the unique area of the Lower Fleet and Chesil.
05 Sunset Cafe Stompers Performance British Legion Hall, Bridport, Victoria Grove, 8.30pm. 01305 852626
07 Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society Geology Lecture Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 6.30pm. "Palaeoecology of Jurassic Sharks" by Dr Charlie Underwood, Birkbeck College, London, 6.30pm. 01305 262735
07 Yetties Music Night West End Hall, Sherborne, 8pm. 01935 814611
07 New Rope String Band Halstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. The Old Rope String Band (what is left of them - Pete Challoner & Tim Dalling) have joined forces with two amazing musicians (Jock Tyldesley and Vera van Heeringen) and as a four piece they are taking off from where the Old Ropes sadly stopped. They play a big assortment of things, and all sorts of hoedown panceltic old timey beat down home music. All this is combined with with bizarre physical nonsense and clowning about. And singing. And dancing. Boundless energy, exuberant spectacles and beautiful music executed with kindness. What could possibly go wrong? 01935 83347
08 Classical Concert- Sally Pryce & Adam Walker Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Second in this series of concerts featuring prize winning young musicians; Sally Pryce on harp and Adam Walker, flute. 01297 442138
08 Dorchester Film Society Plaza, Dorchester, 8pm. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
08 Flaming Hogs Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, 8pm. An eclectic mix of rock from the 70s and 80s - Stones, Beatles, Cream, Santana, ZZ Top and more. 01305 266962
08 Little Miss Sunshine - film Bridport Art Centre, 7.45p.m. Tickets £5, £4 members/concs
08 New Rope String Band Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, 7.30pm (See 07/03 for details) 01297 560948
08 Prime Ministers Of The 20th Century: Reminiscence And Review Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8.00pm. Sherborne Historical Society Lecture by Sir Maurice Shock, Fellow in Politics - University College, Oxford; Vice Chancellor, Leicester University;Rector, Lincoln College Oxford
08 Sally Pryce –Harp Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Sally Pryce on Harp and Adam Walker on Flute. Classical concert. 01297 442138
09 La Vida Santana Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm, band on stage 8.30pm. Santana Tribute Band present a stunning 2 hour show. 01297 442138
09 Sherborne School Lunchtime Concert - Concert Band Big School Room, Sherborne School, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Free entry - all welcome 01935 810518
10 Abbotsbury Gardens Guided Walk Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens. 01297 445659
10 Bluesnight With Terry Garland Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, 8pm. 01305 266962
10 Bring Back The Band St James The Great Church, Longburton, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Featuring The Volunteer Bands of HMS Heron from RNAS Yeovilton under the direction of Band Colour Sergeant Dave Wright RM. Tickets £7.50 to include an interval glass of wine. In aid of St James Church 01963 210781 or 210589
10 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.
10 Dorset Agenda 21 Seminar Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10.30am - 1pm. 'Global Warming and Climate Change' - how can we respond to this major challenge facing the world? Speaker - Mark Letcher of Centre for Sustainable Energy, Bristol. Stay on to network over a buffet lunch afterwards. 01305 213721
10 Dorset Chamber Orchestra St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 4.00pm. Music For Youth Martin Clunes Patron and Story Teller in Chief; also music solos by young artists.
10 Encore - Broadmayne St Martin's Church, Broadmayne, 7.30pm. A well known mixed choir of local voices singing songs from the shows together with solos followed by refreshments. Tickets £5 from Corner house stores Broadmayne. 01305 853074
10 New Rope String Band At Portesham Village Hall Portesham Village Hall, 7.30pm. (See 07/03 for details) 01308 871780
10 RSPB The Eagle Odyssey Film And Auction United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester, 7pm. RSPB South Dorset Local Group The Eagle Odyssey award - winning film about the White - tailed Sea Eagle and Anniversary Auction of signed books, art and craft items. Tickets available from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992
10 Sherborne Chamber Choir Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Baroque Fireworks - an all Handel programme featuring some of his most exuberant and colourful works. 01935 816332
10 Sherborne Jazz Club – Benn Clatworthy Trio Plume of Feathers, Hlaf Moon Street, 8.30pm
10 The Somerset And Dorset Family History Society Salway Ash Village Hall, 10.30 am Royal Navy ancestors officers and ratings - Paul Blake 2 .00 pm From codpiece to Calvin Klein aspects of male and female attraction - Paul Blake. 01460 30362
10 Talk & Walk At The Chesil Beach Centre Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth, 2pm. Ed Holland, one of the skilled volunteers at the Chesil Beach Centre, collects vital local weather data throughout the year and will give a short talk at 2pm at the centre, followed by a short walk beside the Fleet to the black hut on the foreshore, where he keeps all the information and recording equipment. Cost £3 adults, children free.
10 - 11 Lambing Weekend Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester. 01305 215003
11 Athena (Film) Bridport Arts Centre, 8 p.m. £10, £9 members, concessions
11 Melodies In March Walk At Lodmoor RSPB Reserve Lodmoor RSPB Reserve, Weymouth, 10am to 12 noon. Finding birds can be tricky, learning their songs can really help to locate them. Come along on this walk to pick up some tips on recognising who's who. 01305 778313
11 New Rope String Band Sandford Orcas Village Hall, 7.30pm. (See 07/03 for details) 01963 220208
11 The New Hardy Players - Dorset Voices The United Church, South Street, 3pm ( doors open at 2.30pm ). Words and Music from the past and present including the works of Thomas Hardy and William Barnes. Tickets £4 available from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992
11 Point To Point Meeting Charlton Horethorne, Nr. Sherborne, 12.30pm. Blackmore & Sparkford Vale. First race 12.30pm 01963 370260
11 Spring Concert The Cheap St Church, Sherborne, 3pm. Concert given by the Wessex Strings - Delius, Mozart, Brahms & Schubert
13 Bridport History Society Talk – Bridport, My Kind Of Town Bridport United Church, South St., 2.30pm. Margery Hookings will give a talk about Bridport. Margery was editor of the Bridport News for several years and on her retirement decided to write a book about the town. 01308 456876
13 The Gamekeeper Bere Regis Village Hall, 7.30pm. Forest Forge return with a thrilling new play about Frank, whose solitude is shattered by finding a runaway hiding in his old tin bath! 01929 471342
13 Kingcombe Centre - Dynamic Drawing Kingcombe Centre, 10.30pm - 4.30pm. Learn prospective in a different way, gain a new dimension in your drawing skills. 01300 320684
14 The Alchemist Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. The Cornish Theatre Collective and James Seabright present The Alchemist, based on the novel by Paul Coelho and directed by Dominic Knutton. Suitable for ages 8+
14 Sherborne Flicks – The History Boys Church Hall, Digby Road, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 available from Sherborne TIC
14 Sherborne Science Cafe Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Talk by Tony flux, Dorset Coast Forum Co-Ordinator 01935 815052
14 Wednesday Winter Work Parties Lorton Meadow Reserve, 10am-3pm. Woodchip path through Withy Woods. 01305 816546
16 Antique Auction Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Viewing Wednesday from 10am - 4pm and Thursday from 10am to 7pm. Sale starts on Friday at 10am, with viewing from 8.30am. Antiques, collectors' items and clocks. 01935 812277
16 - 18 Fossil Hunting Weekend Break Royal Lion Hotel, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, from 9.00pm Friday until 3.00pm Sunday. Fossil Hunting Weekend with Dr Colin Dawes: Fri from 9.00pm Meet Dr Dawes in the bar for a warm welcome Sat 10.00am - 12.00 noon Expedition to Black Ven 6.00pm - 7.00pm Illustrated talk [slides & fossils ] Sun 1.00pm - 3.00pm Expedition to The Graveyard of Ammonites Free to hotel guests, otherwise £20.00 per person
16 Save The Children Barn Dance Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm - 11pm. Barn Dance raising funds for Save the Children ..... dancing to the Casterbridge Band. Ploughman's Supper, raffle, bar. 01297 560402
16 Sherborne School Lunchtime Concert - Woodwind Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Free entry - all welcome 01935 810518
16 The Warrior & The Poet West Stafford Village Hall, 7.30pm. The story of the last years of Lawrence of Arabia performed by Ray Sargent. 01305 257266
16 Watercolour Workshop - Impressionistic Animals Salway Ash, Nr Bridport,10am to 3.30pm. 01305 265646
17 Book Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm. 01747 841148
17 Jumble Sale, Bric-a-brac Etc United Reformed Church, Spa Rd, Radipole, Weymouth. In aid of the Dorset M. E. support group 01305 786445
17 Sgt Peppers Only Dart Board Band Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm; on stage 8.30pm. Beatles Tribute Band
17 The Warrior & The Poet Winfrtith Village Hall, 7.30pm. The story of the last years of Lawrence of Arabia performed by Ray Sargent. 01305 852117
17 Wildlife Conservation Day On Portland Broadcroft Quarry Butterfly Reserve, Off The Grove, Portland, 10am - 4pm. A day for volunteers on this important wildlife site working with the Dorset branch of Butterfly Conservation to improve the habitats for butterflies and moths by removing the encroaching scrub and burning it. No charge. 01963 23559
17 - 18 Fossil Fantastic Weekend Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Join the wardens for a whole weekend of fossil fun aimed at families and children. Fossil hunting walks, mould making, micro fossils and lots more! 01297 560772
17 - 18 Lambing Weekend Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester. 01305 215003
17 - 18 Westcountry Game Fair '07 Royal Bath And West Showground, Shepton Mallet, 9.00am - 5.00pm both days. 08700 115007
18 Ferrybridge RSPB Walk Ferrybridge Car Park, Weymouth, from 9.30am. Guided Walk at Ferrybridge 01258 450927
18 Girl Power For Mothers Day At Haynes Motor Museum Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford. Forget flowers, cards or expensive meals, treat Mum to a ride in a museum car or a thrilling spin around the track in a rally or drift car. Gift tickets available. 01963 440804
18 Mothering Sunday Roast at the Kingcombe Centre Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, lunch served at 12.30pm. A leisurely Sunday lunch in the idyllic surroundings of The Kingcombe Centre plus the opportunity to stroll through the adjacent Kingcombe Meadows before or after lunch. Cost £10 in advance - booking essential. 01305 215003
18 Mazaika Duo Melbury Osmond Village Hall, 7.30pm. Igor Outkine (Russian accordion and vocals) and Sarah Harrison (violin and domra) play a dazzling mix of Russian and Neapolitan songs, gypsy fiddling, tangos and hot jazz.
18 Mothers Day Walk At Radipole RSPB Reserve Radipole RSPB Reserve, Weymouth, 10am to 12 noon. What a lovely way to celebrate this special day. Take your mum out for a pleasant walk around the reserve and finish your visit with a cream tea. 01305 778313
18 Ramblers Walk - Batcombe Picnic Site Batcombe Picnic Site (Hifield Hill), 10.30am. Todays walk is 8 miles long. Important: Please contact the organiser to confirm details 01935 426842
18 Sherborne Castles 10k Multi-terrain Running Race Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, 11am. Also 5k and 1500m junior race 01935 813182
18 Votwo Dirty Double Adventure Race Inside Park, Fairmile Road, Blandford Forum, race registration from 10am, race starts 11.30am. 3 person team Adventure race. Approx 5km run, 20km Mountain bike, 2.5km run with assault course. 3 members to each team. All team members must cross the finish line together to quailfiy. 07855 272414
19 Sherborne District Senior Citizens Group Meeting Half Acres Community Room, Sherborne, 2.30pm. 01935 389234
20 Art Lecture Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Important artists born in Dorset – Dorset influences, Dorchester born John Everett introduced leading Slade artists to Dorset at the beginning of the 20th Century – a lecture by Gwen Yarker. 01305 262735
20 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Talk Dorset Room, Colliton Club, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Dorset Industrial Archaeloogy Society talk, 'Dorset Shipwrecks' by Gordon Le Pard, 7.30pm. Non-members welcome at £2 per person.
21 Gala Dinner And Cabaret -joseph Weld Chideock Village Hall. Celebrity guest star Paul Zerdin
21 Guided Walk At The Kingcombe Centre Kingcombe Centre, Nr Beaminster, 1.15pm. Circular walk from the Centre. 4/5 miles long. 01300 320684
21 Music Society Concert Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Concert by Simon Crawford-Phillips (piano) 01305 262735
21 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.
21 WI Talk - Denners Personal Shopper West End Community Centre, Littlefields, Sherborne, 2.30pm. A talk by Juliet Brammer 01935 813000
22 Dorchester Film Society - Seducing Mr Lewis Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm.
22 Dorset History Society Event - Manorial Records Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 2.30 - 4.30pm. The manor was a key administrative area for large estates and the documents created by it can provide a range of information for many types of research. Discover more about the customs, rents and courts. Cost £10. 01305 228943
22 Strings Ain’t What They Used to Be Cerne Abbas Village Hall, 7.30pm. Presented by Wheatley’s Arcadians who play and sing music from "The Golden Age", largely 1920s and 30s but sometimes as early as 1890s using a variety of stringed instruments. 01300 341085
22 Waking The Witch At Frampton Village Hall Frampton Village Hall, 7.30pm. A stunning all-female quartet performing R&B, rock and jazz, blues and acoustic roots. 01300 320607
23 A Dorchester Association Talk Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7pm for 7.15pm. A.G.M. at 7.15pm followed at approx. 7.30pm by Dr David Reeve: "The origins and development of Saxon Wimborne Minster". 01305 262630
23 Ben Waters Band With Colin John Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, doors open 7.45pm; band on stage 8.30pm. Enjoy an evening of Rock and Roll, Boogie Woogie and Blues.
23 Rasumovsky String Quartet With Stephen Pierce (clarinet) Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm. A Bridport & West Dorset Music Club concert. 01308 424673
23 Market - Broadmayne St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 2.00 - 3.30pm. Produce, cakes, plants, craft, Dorset sausages, fresh coffee beans, fair trade Goods, library etc and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. 01305 852866
23 Poetry Dorchester Presents Simon Armitage Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, 7.30pm. 01305 266962
23 Sarah Deere Jones and Phil Williams in Concert Nether Compton Village Hall, 7.30pm. A selection of songs and tunes from across Britain, played on a dazzling array of instruments including harps, pipes and cittern. 01935 422058
23 Sherborne School Lunchtime Concert - The Choral Scholars Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. Free entry - all welcome 01935 810518
23 Strings Ain't What They Used To Be Broadwindsor Village Hall, 7.30pm. Presented by Wheatleys Arcadians who play and sing music from "The Golden Age", largely 1920s and 30s but sometimes as early as 1890s using a variety of stringed instruments. 01308 868582
23 Waking The Witch At Thornford Village Hall Thornford Village Hall, 7.30pm. A stunning all-female quartet performing R&B, rock and jazz, blues and acoustic roots. 01935 873762
24 A Dorchester Community Quiz The Parish Hall, Culliford Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. You are invited to enter a team of four to six people.
24 Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm. 01460 75069
24 Bridport Chamber Orchestra - Spring Concert United Church, Bridport. Conductor Robert Jacoby. Programme includes Mozart Sinfonia Concertante (Jennifer Holt - Violin, Rebecca King - Viola), Elgar Serenade for Strings, Haydn Mercury Symphony. Tickets available from Record Centre & Book Shop, South St, Bridport and on the door. 01305 250067
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 Edward Fox - An Evening With Anthony Trollope Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. In this intimate one - man show, Edward Fox provides a dramatic insight into Trollope's life.
24 Family Wildlife Fun Meet at Lorton Meadows Wildlife Centre (end of Lorton Lane, Off A354,Weymouth) ' Nest Building ' Find out how birds build nests and try it yourself. Join us to explore the reserve, play games, do art & craft all with a seasanal theme! Pease book places by contacting Samantha Dallimore on 01305 816546 Wear old cloths, suitable for weather conditions. No unaccompanied children 01305 816546
24 Guitarnight With Piha And Vishnick Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, 8pm. 01305 266962
24 Photography Trip - Jurassic Coast Poole. A photography trip along the Jurassic coast by mini bus. The group will leave Poole in a comfortable minibus calling at a number of locations before stopping for a pub lunch near Corfe Castle. There will then be a number of stops for photography ending at Durdle Door. Cost £64 per person. 01202 382731
24 Sherborne Antiques & Flea Market Church Hall & Age Concern Day Centre, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm. 01963 250108
24 Strings Ain't What They Used To Be Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. Presented by Wheatley Arcadians who play and sing music from "The Golden Age", largely 1920s and 30s but sometimes as early as 1890s using a variety of stringed instruments. 01308 897214
24 The Warrior And The Poet - Briantspuddle Village Hall Briantspuddle Village Hall, Briantspuddle, 7.30pm. The story of the last years of Lawrence of Arabia. A new one man show written and performed by Raymond Sargent
24 Watery Notes At Thorncombe Village Hall Thorncombe Village Hall, 7.30pm. Prof H20 presents 'Watery Notes' . Be dazzled by drains, ponder over pipes, wonder at water. Professor H20 (alias Nick Crump) is here to shower you with watery wisdom mixed with bubbles of musical plumbing. This whirlpool of information and entertainment is flushed with urgency and humour. WARNING : singing in the bath will never be the same again! Suitable for all ages. 01460 30247.
24 Wellbeing For Women Bridport, 7.30pm. 01308 482246
24 - 25 Antiques Fair Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester. 01305 215003
24 - 25 Spring Bulbs And Daffodils Weekend Sherborne Castle Grounds, New Road, Sherborne, 11am - 4.30pm. Reduced price entry to gardens and grounds to see the glorious display of spring flowers 01935 813182
25 Crucifixion - The Beaminster Singers St. Mary's Church, Beaminster. For Passion Sunday the Beaminster Singers perform John Stainer's well-known and deservedly well-loved 'Crucifixion'. The professional soloists will be Craig Downs (tenor) and Harvey Rathbone (bass).
25 Living Willow Workshop - At Highway Farm Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am-12.30pm. Come and have a go, learn to plant, weave beautiful living arbours, tunnels and natural screens. Guidance & instructions to take home so you can create your own living archways and fences. Tutor is Amy Ralph. www.highwayfarm.co.uk . 01308 424321
25 Spring Birdwatch Chesil Beach Centre, Weymouth, 2pm. Spring brings the first of the bird watching walks, so come and see how many migrating birds you can identify, along with other resident waders. Meet at the Chesil Beach centre at 2pm. Cost will be £3.00 adults and £2.00 children and don't forget to bring a pair of binoculars, if you have them.
26 Basket Making Course At Highway Farm Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10-5pm. Relax and enjoy working with natural willow.Tutor andy Southwell is a great tutor and you will achieve a beautifully handmade basket. Please bring lunch. Max. 7 materials included. www.highwayfarm.co.uk . 01308 424321
27 Father & Son: Son & Father Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 7pm. A Passion Play by Neville Boundy - conversations between Jesus and his father, beginning with his baptism. Rehearsed reading given by Tom Micklem as Jesus and Graham Bill as The Father. Tickets £3 from the Parish Office. 01935 812452
28 Dorset History Centre Event - Palaeography Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 10am - 4pm. How handwriting has changed over the centuries and how to go about deciphering the documents of the past. Cost £18. 01305 228943
28 The Gamekeeper At Halstock Village Hall Halstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. Forest Forge return with a thrilling new play about Frank, whose solitude is shattered by finding a runaway hiding in his old tin bath! 01935 83347
28 Wednesday Winter Work Parties Lorton Meadows Reserve, 10am - 3pm. Help paint the Wildlife Centre 01305 816546
28 Travellers’ Tales Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 6pm. "Crossing Borders: from Suprasl to Sarajevo, on the eastern fringes of Europe" by Brendon Jackson. 01305 262735
29 Early Spring Birds At Kingcombe Centre Kingcombe Centre Nr Beaminster, 2.15pm. Join us for a gentle stroll around the reserve looking, listening and identifying birds that are around and passing through. 01300 320684
30 Black Tie Fundraising Dinner Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. With guest speakers. Further details 01305 262735
30 Rust Bridport Arts Centre, 7.30p.m. £8, £6 members/concessions, £5 students
30 I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. An evening of family entertainment spanning the last 90 years. A merry miscellany of music and theatre remembering and celebrating the life of Norman Barns a great friend of The Marine Theatre. Raising funds for the Marine Theatre and Lyme Youth Theatre. 01297 442138
30 Two Men In A Show At Sydling St Nicholas Sydling St Nicholas Village Hall, 7.30pm. Wonderful comedy/poetry/music/cabaret melange presented by Matt Harvey acclaimed performance poet, of Radio 4’s One Night Stanza, and Jerri Hart, ex-Rhythm Doctor musician, interweave comedy, poetry and music. 01300 341104
31 Bird In The Hand Bridport Arts Centre, 2pm. Family friendly shoe with puppets , clowning and live music. £5 children, £8 adults, £6 memebers, concs £20 family saver ticket
31 Bluesnight With Sundog Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, 8pm. 01305 266962
31 The Choir And Orchestra Of Collegium Vocale The Church Of The Holy Rood, Buckland Newton, 7.30pm. Collegium Vocale are a consort of distinguished singers who sing regularly at Westminster Abbey, Chichester and Portsmouth cathedrals with an annual residency at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. 07788 757197
31 Easter Flower Arrangements At Highway Farm Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10-4pm. New ideas to impress your guests this Easter! Learn how to be creative with flowers under the guidance of tutor Sylvia Dunsdon. Please bring along flowers and foliage. Beginners Welcome. Small charge for materials. www.highwayfarm.co.uk . 01308 424321
31 Fleet Foreshore Beach Clean Meet At Chesil Beach Centre, Weymouth, open at 10am. Visiting Chesil to see the huge waves and feel the force of the wind is a fantastic experience. Unfortunately the downside to storms and gales is the rubbish that is inevitably blown in. We would greatly value your help to clean up the foreshore of the Fleet, the cleanliness of which depends entirely on volunteers. Rubbish bagsprovided, but please bring your own gloves and wear stout footwear.
31 Inspirational And Practical Tralks Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, 3pm - 4.30pm. You are invited to a free talk on Meditation made easy.
31 J.S.Bach - St John Passion St Marys Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Yeovil Chamber Choir present J.S.Bach St John Passion, sung in German with Orchestra & professional soloists. Tickets from Dorchester Tourist Information (01305) 267992.
31 Quangle Wangle Concert Hope Church, Trinity Street, Weymouth, 7.30pm. From traditional Appalachian music to the Beatles, there will be something to suit all musical tastes, sung in 'a cappella' style. 01305 814940
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