What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
to 16/09 Breaking the Mould Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 10.30am – 4.30pm. An exhibition of works made in paper by 40 artists from around the world. 01935 816426 www.sherbornehouse.org.uk
to 29/09 Exhibition: The Man and the Myth: Lawrence of Arabia Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. An exhibition exploring the extraordinary life of T E Lawrence through photographs, letters and personal effects. Tel. 01305 262735. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
to 30/09 Mosterton Art Group Exhibition Skyrm Room, Church Street, Beaminster, 10am – 5pm. Paintings in many different media, for sale at affordable prices. 01308 862864.
to 28/10 Abbotsbury Swannery - Photographs Abbotsbury Swannery, Abbotsbury. A unique exhibition of black and white photographs taken at the Swannery by Dorset photographer Sue Macpherson. www.suemacpherson.co.uk
to 31/10 Eeles Family Potters Exhibition Forde Abbey, Nr. Chard, 10.30am – 4.30pm. "Fired in the Wood Flame" – woodfired stoneware, porcelain and raku by David, Patricia, Benjamin and Simon Eeles (300 exhibits). 01308 868257 www.eelespottery.co.uk
to 16/09 Breath of Light - Exhibition, Lyme Regis Town Mill Galleries, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis. An exhibition of pastels and oil paintings by Helen Simpson, that explore the transient and sensual nature of petals. "Prints Charming and Bold" - exhibition of textiles (Jo Dawn) and wallpaper ( Hugh Dunford Wood). 01297 443579, www.townmill.org
02/09 - 01/10 'Artists of the Jurassic Coast 2007' Exhibition Eype Centre for the Arts, Eype, Bridport. An exhibition of many of the very best local artists, whose work is linked to and influenced by the sea and the Dorset coast. 01308 898420
06/09 - 09/09 Walk About Exhibition in Broadwindsor Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, nr. Beaminster, open 10am to 4pm every day. Refreshments available until 3.30pm; also lunches on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 1.30pm. There will also be demonstrations and workshops taking place during the exhibition. 01308 867308 www.beccasquiltemporium.com
29/09 - 30/09 Lyme Regis Art Group Autumn Exhibition The Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 10am - 5pm. 01297 442956
Abbotsbury Abbotsbury Guided Village Heritage Walk Meet at Village Car Park South Exit, Abbotsbury. Guided walk with Abbotsbury Heritage Research Project guide every Sunday at 2.30pm to end September. Tour lasts approx. 1 hour and is free although donations to the Abbotsbury Heritage Research Project would be welcome! 01305 871693.
Bridport Guided Walking Tour Of Bridport every Thursday at 2.30pm. Meet at Bridport Tourist Information Centre, South Street. Discover the footpaths and alleys of this fascinating Saxon town with a Blue Badge Guide and learn what it means to be stabbed by the Bridport Dagger. Walk lasts approx 1½ hours. 01308 424901.
Dorchester Guided town walk with Blue Badge Guide every Monday and Tuesday morning at 11am. Meet at Dorchester Tourist Information Centre, Antelope Walk. Explore the County Town and uncover it's past from Judge Jeffreys' Bloody Assizes to Thomas Hardy's Casterbridge and the Roman occupation. Walk lasts approx. 1½ hours. 01305 267992
Guided Tours of the Old Crown Court & Cells (to 09/09) West Dorset District Council, Stratton House, High West Street, Dorchester. Visit the Old Crown Court and Cells in Dorchester and discover its gripping history. Famous for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. 01305 252241
Sherborne Guided town walk with Blue Badge Guide every Friday at 11am. Meet at Sherborne Tourist Information Centre, Digby Road. Gain an amazing insight into this historic mediaeval town and explore the courts of Sherborne School, the setting of three major films. Walk lasts approx. 1½ hours. 01935 815341
Toller Porcorum Wednesday afternoon walks at the Kingcombe Centre. Meet at the Centre at 2.15pm and return for tea and cake at 4pm No need to book in advance although a telephone call would help with catering. Tel. 01300 320684
Whitchurch Free Organic Farm Walks at Becklands Farm, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Bridport every Wednesday (to 12/09), 2pm
Canonicorum (farm opens at 12pm). Optional organic lunches available (please pre-book). Organic cream teas from 4pm (with or without walk). Tel. 01297 560298
Lyme Regis Fossil walks with Dr Colin Dawes every Wednesday, Friday and 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 at Lyme Bay with Brandon Lennon take place every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Times vary according to tide and start fromThe Anchor, Cobb Gate. Private bookings available on other days. Tel. 07944 664757 for further details and to book.
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 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. Walks during September take place on Saturday 1st at 2.30pm, Sunday 2nd at 2.30pm, Saturday 15th at 2pm and Sunday 16th at 2pm. Tel. 01297 560772 or see www.charmouth.org.
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. 01305 851633
EVENTS DURING SEPTEMBER
29/8 – 02 The Great Dorset Steam Fair Tarrant Hinton, Blandford Forum, gates open 9am daily. Widely recognised as the leading event of its type in the country and held on a mammoth 600 acre showground. Saver tickets available from all four West Dorset Tourist Information Centres. www.gdsf.co.uk
31/8 – 02 National Amateur Gardening Show Royal Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, 9.30am – 5.30pm. 2007 attractions include stunning show gardens, celebrity workshops, monster veg, giant floral marquee, and the biggest dahlia show in the world! Saver tickets available from Bridport, Dorchester and Sherborne Tourist Information Centres. www.bathandwest.com
01 - 02 Dorset County Show Dorchester Showground, Cokers Frome, Dorchester, 8.30am – 6pm. A traditional agricultural show with over 400 tradestands, main ring attractions, countryside demonstrations, food halls, vintage cars and tractors and much more – great fun for all the family. Regrettably livestock classes have had to be cancelled due to the recent Foot & Mouth case, however in order to offset this with some positive news, there will be free entry for accompanied children aged 15 and under. 01305 264249, www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk Saver tickets available from all four West Dorset Tourist Information Centres
01 Wessex Military Band Concert Bucky Doo Square, Bridport. 01308 425010, www.wessexmilitaryband.co.uk
01 Craft & Country Garden Market in Sherborne Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am to 4pm. 01749 677049
01 Sherborne Town Band Concert Paddock Gardens, Newland, Sherborne, 11am. Open air concert in the Paddock Gardens. 01935 850039, www.sherbornetownband.co.uk
01 Challenge 2007 - Sponsored Walk Friends of the MV Freedom 25 mile sponsored walk. For information pack / entry form telephone 01305 784995. www.mvfreedom.co.uk
01 Coffee Morning in aid of Lyme Regis Christmas Lights Pilot Boat Inn, Lyme Regis, 10am – 12noon Bric-a-brack, cakes, raffle
01 Whole Lotta Led - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.30pm. Whole Lotta Led reproduce classic Zeppelin songs with enthusiasm and excitement. 01297 442138, www.marinetheatre.com
01 - 30 Dorset Food Week Competition Tourist Information Centre, 11 Antelope Walk, Dorchester. Competition for first schools in Dorchester Partnership to design a healthy meal and win great prizes - family trip to Jersey or Guernsey, family ticket to Lulworth Castle, family ticket to Abbotsbury Children's Barn, family tickets for Dinosaur and Teddy Bear museums. Entry forms from Dorchester TIC – to be returned by 1st Oct. 01305 267992, www.westdorset.com
02 UK Llamas - Open Day UK Llamas, New House Farm, Mosterton, Beaminster, 12 - 4pm. Charity Open Day at UK Llamas - craft stalls, light refreshments and and opportunity to meet the llamas! All proceeds to Wawa. No dogs (exc guide dogs). Entrance £1 adults, 50p children. 01308 848674, www.ukllamas.co.uk
02 Ramblers Walk from Beaminster Start at The Square, Beaminster,10.30am. A 13 mile walk heading towards Stoke Knapp, Pilsdon Pen, Stoke Abbott. Bring a picnic. Confirm details with Peter tel. 01963 350634.
03 Dorchester Peace and Justice Group Cheselbourne Room, United Church, Charles Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. "An osteopathic approach to the treatment of the consequences of torture" – a talk by Liza Adams, an osteopath who has worked with the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.
05 Yetties Music Night West End Hall, Sherborne, 8pm. Monthly music night with the Yetties. 01935 814611 www.theyetties.co.uk
05 Evening of Clairvoyance with Keith Charles and Ivan Lee Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm Keith is an international medium, author and psychic detective who has appeared on TV worldwide. His gift is un-equalled; a true star among psychics and psychic to the stars. Tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre - 01305 267992.
05 Summer Evening of Music - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Summer Evening of Music presented by BOF. The great songs from the great shows and great composers, performed by the cream of local artists. An evening to lift your spirits, make your feet tap and send you home with a song in your heart! 01297 442138, www.marinetheatre.com
06 - 07 Carving A Wooden Bowl Mangerton House, Mangerton, Bridport. Learn the ancient craft of green (unseasoned) wood working under the tuition of Guy Mallinson and various specialist co-presenters. Use of very high quality tools, materials and delicious lunches are included and you should expect to go away with the fruits of your labours! 01308 485111, www.mallinson.co.uk
06 – 09 Heritage Open Days A chance to explore thousands of buildings and places across England, which are usually closed to the public or charge for admission. For details see www.heritageopendays.org or tel. 020 7539 7907
06 – 09 Spirit of the Horse – The Legend of Chimera Cricket St. Thomas, Nr. Chard, Thurs/Fri 5pm & 8pm, Sat 2pm, 5pm and 8pm, sun 2.30pm & 6pm. Equestrian spectacular featuring 30 horses from 9 countries. 0870 160 9559 www.equestriantheatre.co.uk
08 Ancient Textiles Day School Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.30am to 4.30pm. "The Commons and the King : Dress and Textiles in Medieval England" - the second in a series of textile study days. During the morning there will be illustrated lectures and during the afternoon there will be demonstrations of textile techniques relevant to the medieval period and the opportunity for the audience to gain "hands-on" experience. Prior booking essential.01305 262735, www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
08 Archaeology Walk - Roman Dorchester Meet at Maumbury Rings, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, 2pm. Visit Roman Durnovaria with Bill Putman. About 1 mile of gentle walking. 01305 224921, www.dorsetforyou.com
08 Dorchester International Guitar Series presents Gary Ryan United Church, Charles Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Performance by Gary Ryan, internationally acclaimed soloist and composer and Professor of Guitar at the Royal College of Music, London. Programme to include music by Dowland, Bach, Guillani and Ryan.
08 Sherborne Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, 9am – 4pm. Monthly antiques fair. 01460 75069
08 A Baroque Feast Castleton Church, Sherborne, 7.30pm. London Chamber Soloists with Sarah Poole, soprano. A programme of popular works from the Baroque age by Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell, J S Bach, Pachelbel, Pergolesi & Telemann. Tickets £8.50 / £3.50 Child/Student. 01963 370051
08 'Diary of a Nobody' at Eype Centre for the Arts Eype, Bridport, 7.30pm. This adaptation of the classic Victorian classic has played to enthusiastic audiences on tour during 2006. Here are the infuriating personality traits of Charles Pooter, beautifully played by Clive Ward, and the many faceted characters of wife, maid, son and son’s betrothed, all played to perfection by Kirsty Bennett. Wendy Norman’s accompanying piano interludes add a further dash of subtle humour and this should be an all-round treat of an evening. Tickets from Bridport Tourist Information Centre– Prices £7.00 and Friends £6.00. 01308 898420,
08 Dance - Uplyme Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, 8pm – 11pm. Dance - Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence. Entry includes tea and biscuits; in aid of Hall funds.
08 Afternoon Bingo Magistrates Room, Ground Floor, Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, 2.45pm. Organised by Dorchester and District Scout Council in aid of local Scout Funds. Flyer. Snowball. Raffle. Tea and Coffee.
08 Somerset & Dorset Family History Society Lecture By Tom Doig Salway Ash Village Hall, Salway Ash, Bridport. Nationally known speaker Tom Doig will speak on:- 10.30am - Village Friendly Societies & Identifying photographs by their mountings and 2pm - The Victorian way of death. Entrance £1.50 members, £2 non-members. Tea and coffee provided. More information from Helen Doble tel 01460 30362.
08 - 09 Lulworth Medieval Festival Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, 10.30am – 6pm (Saturday) and 10.30am – 4pm (Sunday). "Get stuck into History" with this fantastic family day out. Grand Knight’s Tourney with lance shattering jousting, foot combat, skilled hunting games, also music & dance, falconry and a full medieval market place. Saver tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre 01305 267992. www.pikeandshot.com
08 - 09 Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival Sturminster Newton, 10am – 5pm. Cheese Festival with 50+ traditional food stalls, craft stalls, real ale and real cider tents, live music, demonstrations etc. www.cheesefestival.co.uk
08 - 16 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week Various locations around Dorset. Annual opportunity to visit buildings not normally opoen to the public and attend special events; also guided walks and talks. Full programme available from Dorset Tourist Information Centres or see www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html 01202 888992
08 - 09 Architectural Heritage Week: The Chantry, Bridport Open Day South Street, Bridport, open 10am to 4.30pm on both days. The Chantry is the oldest secular building in Bridport. Dating back to 1300 the Chantry may have been built as a lighthouse or toll collection point. No need to book, simply turn up on the day! 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
08 - 09 Architectural Heritage Week: Beaminster Museum Open Days Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, open from 10.30am to 12.30pm, and 2.30pm to 4.30pm both days. This local museum in Beaminster is an interesting conversion of a 19th Century Congregational Chapel. No need to book, just turn up on the day. 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
08 - 09 Architectural Heritage Week : Old Crown Court & Cells, Dorchester Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 2pm – 4pm. Visit the Old Crown Court and Cells famous for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and discover its gripping history. 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
08 - 16 Architectural Heritage Week: St. Mary's Church, Bridport Open Days South Street, Bridport, open 10am til 4pm each day. A church has stood on this site from at least the Middle Ages - the earliest remains date from the 13th century.There is also a chance to view the tower on Saturday 15th September. No need to book, simply turn up on the day. 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
08 - 16 Architectural Heritage Week: Bridport Town Hall Open Days Town Hall, Bridport Town Centre (Traffic Lights), Bridport, open 10am til 4pm each day. Bridport's Town Hall dates back to 1786 and is a Grade 1 Listed Georgian building with a distinctive clock tower. Fra Newbury (Principal of the Glasgow School of Art) painted a unique collection of paintings for the building, which are on permenant display. No need to book, just turn up on the day. 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
08 – 16 Architectural Heritage Week : Sherborne House Guided Tours Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, daily 11am and 2.30pm (excluding Mondays). A guided tour of this splendid historic house, including the famous Thornhill Mural (unfortunately the exterior view is curently obscured by scaffolding) 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
09 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week - Castleton Waterwheel Museum Open Day Oborne Road, Sherborne, open 11am to 5pm. Come along and see Dorset's largest waterwheel built by Stothert & Pitt in 1869 plus lots of other items to see concerned with the water supply industry. Parking on site. Lots of room for picnics.Please bring your Dorset Architectural Heritage Week 2007 booklet to claim free entry. 01963 250206 www.castletonwaterwheelmuseum.org.uk / 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
09 Walk for Dorset Wildlife 2007 Dorset Wildlife Trust, Booklands Farm, Forston, Dorchester. A sponsored event for walkers and runners. For walkers there are four routes to choose from, of 6, 10, 16 and 24 miles, all starting and finishing in Swanage. For runners there will be one route of 16 miles. Money raised from Walk for Dorset's Wildlife 2007 will be used to support DWT nature reserves in the Isle of Purbeck. 01305 264620 www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk
11 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week – Poundbury Village Tour, Poundbury 11.30am Directions available on tickets. A guided tour of the first phase of the Poundbury development built between 1993 and 2000 in accordance with the Vision of Britain principle promoted by HRH The Prince of Wales, creating a walkable neighbourhood. Booking essential on 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
11 - 13 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week – Bere Regis Church Guided Tour Bere Regis Church in centre of village, Tuesday 11th at 11am and Thursday 13th at 3pm. One of the finest churches in Dorset dating from the 12th century, refashioned and enlarged in the three succeeding centuries. 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
12 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week – Sutton Poyntz Pumping Station Open Day Tour of the Water Supply Museum and Pumping Station at Sutton Poyntz, 10am and 2pm. Booking essential 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
12 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week – Guided Tour of Dorchester Roman Town House and Landform Sculpture 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4pm. Guided tour with John Lowe, Dorset County Council’s Historic Environment manager who will show the work carried out to improve protection for the Roman Town House mosaics and the landform sculpture. Booking essential on 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
12 Sherborne Flicks – Amazing Grace Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Michael Apted’s acclaimed film about William Wilberforce and the banning of the slave trade in 1807. Tickets £5 available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre
12 Wessex Research Group, Weymouth and Dorchester Branch - Sacred Sounds The Trinity Centre, Trinity House, Trinity Street, Dorchester, opens 7.45pm to start 8pm. Diane Digby will talk and demonstrate The Mystery of The 'Word', how Cosmic Forces reach into Matter to Create Life Forms. 01305 767242,
13 - 23 Inside Out c/o Lighthouse, 21 Kingland Road, Poole. Inside Out will be the biggest programme of free outdoor performances ever to take place in the region, transforming some of Dorset's very special settings into a series of magical worlds. (see 15th for event in West Bay) See website www.insideoutdorset.co.uk for more information and to register for updates. 08700 668 701
14 Architectural Heritage Week: Hooke Park Tour Hooke Park, Beaminster, 11am 12pm. Hooke Park is a 350 acre woodland site and features three buildings of particular interest. These modern buildings use green methods and mostly sustainable materials in their construction. Booking is essential for this event - please contact the organisers for details. 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
14 Hells Bells - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.30pm. Hells Bells are an accomplished AC/DC tribute band who have performed all over the UK as well as Holland, Germany and Ireland. They will be sparking off the audience like thunder and lightening. 01297 442138, www.marinetheatre.com
14 The Warrior and the Poet Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7pm. A remarkable one-man dramatisation by Ray Sargent of the last years of Lawrence of Arabia. 01305 262735, www.dorsetcountymusuem.org
14 Architectural Heritage Week – Guided Tour of Lyme Regis Town Mill 2pm. Guided tour, led by architect David Highet, of the restored working watermill, the structure of which dates back as far as 1648. 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
15 Architectural Heritage Week: Quaker Meeting House & Burial Ground Open day Quaker Meeting House, South Street, Bridport, open from 10am til 4pm. Bridport Friends welcome you to their much loved Meeting House & Burial Ground dating from the 1600's. Friends will be happy to share the history of this fine old building, originally a barn, a place of sharing and worship. No need to book, simply turn up! 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
15 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week – Guided Tour of Dorchester Roman Town House and Landform Sculpture 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4pm. Guided tour with John Lowe, Dorset County Council’s Historic Environment manager who will show the work carried out to improve protection for the Roman Town House mosaics and the landform sculpture. Booking essential on 01202 888992, www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html
15 The Maize Ball Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm – 2am. Charity ball and dinner in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and Fiveways School Yeovil. Tickets £45. 01305 215315
15 Violin and Piano Concert - Dorset County Museum Dorset County Musuem, High West Street,Dorchester, 7pm Enjoy an evening of music from two talented performers from the Young Concert Artist Trust. Thomas Gould's (violin) and John Reid's (piano) performance will include sonatas from Bach, Handel and Mozart. This concert is part of the appeal to raise funds to keep three Romney portraits, dating from the same era as the music, in Dorset. 01305 262735
15 Sherborne Book Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am to 4pm. Monthly book market. 01963 210443.
15 Classic Car Auction - Sherborne Charterhouse Auctions, Long Street, Sherborne. Auction of Automobilia & Classic Cars - please contact the organiser for details of venue and viewing times. 01935 812277, www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk
15 Eclipse Baroque Fusion's 'Spanish Spice' at Eype Eype Centre for the Arts, Eype, Bridport, 7.30pm. Eclipse Baroque Fusion performs a varied and exciting programme of early music with a modern twist. In Spanish Spice, Joy Smith (harps), Layil Barr (recorders and viols), Mike Sentross (theorbo and guitar), Andres Ticino (percussion) and Gabriela Rosa (flamenco dancer), evoke the atmosphere of a gypsy encampment with exhilarating flamencos, lyrical ensemble pieces and the swirling passionate tarantella. Tickets from Bridport Tourist Information Centre - Prices £8.00 (Friends £7.00). 01308 898420,
16 Inside Out - Counter Currents in West Bay West Bay, Bridport, 1pm – 7pm. Performance hairdressers, aerial theatre artists, rope walkers and a deadpan dance performance on bins, bollards and traffic islands are just a part of this fantastic afternoon of performance by the sea. Part of the Inside Out Festival taking part all over Dorset from 13th to 23rd September. 08700 668 701, www.insideoutdorset.co.uk
16 Rotary Heritage Walk 2007 Fishermans Green, West Bay, Bridport, 10am. A sponsored walk along The South West Coast Path/A World Heritage Site starting and finishing at West Bay. A coastal walk of up to 12 miles - the walk is on established footpaths and will be marshalled en route. Entry £10 per family, team or group BUT if you can show that more than £100 will be raised in sponsorshir, entry is free, but we ask that 10% of the money raised is given to The Brit Valley Rotary Club for Rotary Charities. 01308 420270
16 Barry Long Video Showing The Council Chamber, Corn Echange, 19 North Square, Dorchester, 2pm. A practical, direct, no-nonsense approach to the spiritual life. 01305 889533, www.barrylong.org
16 Eggardon Kite Festival Eggardon Hill, Bridport, 10am to 4.30pm. The famous Kite Festival atop the magificent iron age hillfort of Eggardon Hill. Adults £1.00 children 50p. 01308 485474,
17 Annual Fashion Show Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Community Players Annual Fashion Show, tickets available from participating Lyme Regis Fashion outlets. 07766 131969, www.marinetheatre.com
18 Meet the Quakers Friends Meeting House, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. All Welcome.
19 Marine Theatre - Quiz night Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Monthly quiz night to raise funds for the theatre with prizes, refreshments, licensed bar. All welcome. 01297 442394, www.marinetheatre.com
19 Archaeology Walk - Pilsdon Pen Pilson Pen layby ST414011, Nr. Beaminster, 11am. Explore this historic hillfort, its later lives and surrounding landscape with Claire Pinder of DCC. Limited parking so booking required. 1 mile, approx. 1½ hours. 01305 224921, www.dorsetforyou.com
19 Thorncombe Rail Activities Club Meeting Thorncombe Village Hall, Nr. Chard, 7.30pm. This month : "A Medley of Railways Slides" by Richard Morrant. www.traclub.plus.com
20 Making Terrorism History - Marine Theatre The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Talk plus Q&A session by Dr Scilla Elworthy. Scilla will explore a new approach to terrorism by discussing a number of issues. 01297 443135,
21 Antiques Auction in Sherborne Charterhouse Auctions, Long Street Sale Rooms, Sherborne. Viewing Weds10am to 4pm and Thurs 10am to 7pm. Sale Friday at 10am with viewing from 8:30am. 01935 812277, www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk
21 Celebrating Sherborne Through the Lens Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Presented by Artslink and Amateur Players of Sherborne. Remember the Carnival and the visit of the King and Queen to Sherborne. Enjoy the film of the recent APS success – The Woodlanders. Tickets £3 available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre 01935 815341
21 More Than Just a Ruin - 20 years of excavation by the National Trust Dorset County Museum, Victorian Hall, High West St, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A lecture by Nancy Grace, National Trust archaeologist. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
22 Sherborne Antiques & Flea Markets Church Hall & Age Concern Centre, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9am – 4pm Monthly antiques & flea market. 01963 250108
22 Dance - Uplyme Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, 8pm – 11pm. Dance - Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence. Entry includes tea and biscuits; in aid of Hall funds.
22 Lieder Recital at Mapperton All Saints Church, Mapperton, Beaminster, 6.30pm. Maggie Cole & Mark Padmore perform Franz Schubert's cycle of Winterreise. Bring your own picnic or eat in the cafe. 01308 862645, www.mapperton.com
22 Willow Sculptures for the Garden at Highway Farm West Road, 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 including materials and lunch. 01308 424321, www.highwayfarm.co.uk
22 Tastings & Nibbles Day in Sherborne On the Green in front of Sherborne Abbey, 10am – 4pm. Lovely opportunity to sample some of the gastronomic delights of Sherborne. 01935 815341 or 01935 389437
22 Charity Concert at Sherborne Abbey Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Concert by Sherborne Chamber Choir with conductor Paul Ellis and organist David Bednall, performing Faure’s Requiem and John Rutter’s – Psalmfest. Organised by The Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles. 01935 815341
22 Make a Mobile at Dorset County Museum Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 10am – 12pm. A family activity using inspiration from the Museum to make your own mobile. Materials will be provided and mobiles can be taken home. 01305 262735
22 - 28 Lyme Regis ArtsFest Theatre Events Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis. Series of events at the Marine Theatre for the ArtsFest. 01297 442394, www.marinetheatre.com
22 - 30 Lyme Regis Arts Fest Open studios, workshops and events all around the town. 01297 444962, www.lymeregisart.com
23 Violet at Mapperton All Saints Church, Mapperton, Beaminster, 4pm. With Maggie Cole, Harriet Walter and John Rowe this is a dramatisation in words and music of the life of the gifted musician Violet Gordon Woodhouse (1872 - 1948). A glass of wine afterwards. 01308 862645, www.mapperton.com
24 Sherborne District Senior Citizen Group AGM Digby Hall, 2.30pm. Theme : "Food & Health".
24 Creative Regeneration Workshop at Highway Farm West Road, Bridport. "Championing the Wonders of Nature" with Clare Colby. Lots of creative activity, indulge and be inspired by the wonders of nature! Cost £30 including lunch. Workshops run monthly on a Monday and Saturday from May to October. 01308 424321, www.highwayfarm.co.uk
26 Safety in the Home / Falls Prevention Event Digby Hall, Sherborne, 11am – 3pm. Come alaong and browse the "market place" where you can pick up helpful information on health, local activities, safety and lots more. Bring along your old slippers and get a new pair for free!! Open to anyone over the age of 50.
26 Sea-level change past and future: a Jurassic Coast Perspective Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 6.30pm. A lecture by Chris Wilson, Emeritus Professor, The Open University. 01305 262735
27 Time and Tide - Book Signing The Reading Room, Burton Bradstock, 10am – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm. Open day and book signing of the new book - Time and Tide which tells the story of the sale of the Village Burton Bradstock, parts of West Bay and Shipton Gorge. Photographs, maps, paintings and the Index of 925 mainly local neames on view. 01305 488327 / 07748352911
27 Ramblers Walk from Mapperton Mapperton Village Hall, Mapperton, nr Beaminster, 10am. A 4/5 mile walk heading towards Burcombe. Please confirm details with Marian tel. 01935 411092.
27- 28 Working For Wildlife Mangerton House, Mangerton, Bridport. Learn the ancient craft of green (unseasoned) wood working under the tuition of Guy Mallinson and various specialist co-presenters. Use of very high quality tools, materials and delicious lunches are included and you should expect to go away with the fruits of your labours! 01308 485111, www.mallinson.co.uk
28 Market in Broadmayne St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 2pm – 3.30pm. Produce, cakes, plants, crafts, local eggs, sausages and trout, local farm produce, Fair Trade goods, library etc and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. 01305 852866
28 Dorchester Association: The Dorchester Tapestry Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Talk by Suzanne Finch. 01305 262735
28 Far from the Madding Crowd Powell Theatre, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Performed by the Dorset Corset Theatre Company. Tickets £9, £8, £6 (schools) available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre. 01935 815341 www.dorsetcorset.co.uk
29 Creative Regeneration Workshop at Highway Farm West Road, Bridport. "Championing the Wonders of Nature" with Clare Colby. Lots of creative activity, indulge and be inspired by the wonders of nature! Cost £30 including lunch. Workshops run monthly on a Monday and Saturday from May to October., 01308 424321, www.highwayfarm.co.uk
29 Talk: Lake District Heritage - a meander through time Digby Hall, Sherborne. Part of the Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Local Centre's autumn and winter programme. Presented by Malcolm Saunder. Talk will take the form of an illustrated journey through centuries of the area's history, glocaiated landscapes, changing countryside, traditional architecture, painters, poets and early touirsm and of course the beauty of the Lake District. 01747 838810
29 Jewellery Wire & Bead Scribble at Highway Farm West Road, Bridport, 10am – 4pm. Experiment with coloured wires and sparkling crystals and light catching glass beads. Make at least one lovely original blackberry necklace. Suitable for beginners and experienced beaders. Cost £30 (inc. lunch) + small charge for beadsMax. 12 people. 01308 424321, www.highwayfarm.co.uk
29 Sherborne Town Band Concert Somerfield Store, Newland, Sherborne,10.30am. 01935 850039,www.sherbornetownband.co.uk
30 Hooke Court Garden Party Hooke Court, Hooke, Nr Beaminster, Bridport. Free entry to Hooke Court. A 2 course carvery lunch overlooking the moat and historic manor house. Reservations taken for lunch taken from 11:30am on the day. Picnics welcome by the lake. Live music from Howling at the Moon. Exhibition titled: What Lies Beneath examines the findings of the Channel 4's Time Team, excavations. Bouncy castle, tractor rides, pony rides, archery, low ropes etc. 01455 220624
We regret the Open Air Classical Proms Concert which was due to take place at Sherborne Castle on 1st September has been CANCELLED. Any advance tickets purchased should be returned to the place of purchase for refund.
Also regular Summer events include :
Music By The sea - Lyme Regis Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis Town Band present 'Music by the Sea' every Tuesday Summer evening commencing at 8:00pm (to 11th September)
Antique,Textiles, Collectables & Craft Fair - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis. Summer weekly fairs featuring porcelain, fine linens & lace, antique & costume jewellery, toys & dolls and much more, Tuesdays 9am - 3pm. 01297 442394. www.marinetheatre.com (to 25th September)
Light Lunches & Cream Teas at St Candida & Holy Cross Church, Whitchurch Whitchurch Canonicorum, Nr. Bridport, every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Visit the beautiful old church and help to maintain it's future. (to 9th September)
Charity Cream Teas Frampton Village Hall, Frampton, Nr. Dorchester, Sunday afternoons. Sale of cream teas for different charities. Cream teas served from 3:00pm. 01300 320666, (to 2nd September)
Advance tickets for the following events (in some caes making a considerable saving on gate prices) are available from our TICs:
Great Dorset Steam Fair 29th August – 2nd September Bridport, Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Sherborne
Dorset County Show, Dorchester 1st – 2nd September` Bridport, Dorchester, Lyme Regis, Sherborne
National Amateur Gardening Show 31st August – 2nd September Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne
An Evening of Clairvoyance, Corn Exchange 5th September Dorchester
Diary of A Nobody, Eype 8th September Bridport
Lulworth Medieval Festival 8th – 9th September Dorchester
Sherborne Flicks – Amazing Grace 12th September Sherborne
"Spanish Spice", Eype 15th September Bridport
Celebrating Sherborne through the Lens 21st September Sherborne
Far from the Madding Crowd, Sherborne 28th September Sherborne
Marine Theatre Events Various Lyme Regis
Also enquire about tickets and vouchers for various local attractions.
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
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, Community Enabling Division