What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
to 15/03 Peter Thursby : A Retrospective Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. Sculptures, paintings and drawings dating from 1950 to 1990 by this distinguished RWA Academician. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
to 17/03 Lyme's Disappearing Farmlands Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Wednesday - Sunday 11am – 4pm. An exhibition featuring Lyme's fields lost to development. Supported by Lyme Regis Town Council. 01297 443370. www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk
09/02 to 22/03 Sherborne House Exhibition - Nexus Three: Landscape and Archaeology Sherborne House Newland Sherborne. The Nexus series is an ongoing project presented by TRACE, an artist-led initiative based in Weymouth. The series of exhibitions juxtaposes the work of different artists, at different stages in their careers, all working within similar genres and examines the connections, the nexus, between them. 01935 816426. www.sherbornehouse.org.uk
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
Lyme Regis Fossil walks with Dr Colin Dawes every Sunday at 1pm, plus extra walks during February half term – please phone for details. Meet at the Old Forge Fossil Shop, Broad Street. Lasts approx. 2.5 hours. Adults £8, Children £5. Tel. 01297 443758.
Fossil walks at Lyme Bay with Brandon Lennon take place every Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Times vary according to tide and start from The Anchor, Cobb Gate. Private bookings available on other days. Tel. 07944 664757 for further details and to book. www.lymeregisfossilwalks.com
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 Walks last approx. 2 hours and include a 20 minute talk on fossils. £7 adults, £3 children. Tel. 01297 560772 or see www.charmouth.org.
EVENTS DURING FEBRUARY
01 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk: A Naturalist in France Friends Meeting House, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Bob Gibbons. £3 non-members - includes refreshments. 01305 264620.
01 Winter Kitchen at Lesley Waters Cookery School Chantmarle Manor, Frome St Quintin. An exclusive opportunity to join Lesley in the kitchen at Chantmarle for a hands-on day of watching, cooking and eating great food. As part of a small group you will spend the day with Lesley, cooking up her favourite seasonal local produce and enjoy a wine tasting. Later on, relax in the stunning surrounds of Chantmarle with a glass of champagne, before sitting down to an intimate lunch and enjoying the fruits of your labour. See website for booking information and availability. www.lesleywaters.com
01 Archaeology Group AGM and Lecture Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, AGM starts 6pm, lecture at 7.30pm. The tenth Dorset Archaeology Award 2007. Recent fieldwork - the Hogchester Roman road and the Puddletown Forest tramway. 01305 262735. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
01 'Out of the Fire' Dorchester Arts Centre, The Grove, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A Taste of New Theatre, writing, wines and local cheeses. Join the Arts Centre for a rehearsed reading of seven exciting new short theatre pieces by The Smithy, the writers' group attached to Forest Forge Theatre. Enjoy a relaxed evening sampling wines with Julian Oddy and tasting a selection of the best local cheeses and chocolates. Tickets £10 (incl. wines and cheeses). 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
01 Brass Band Concert Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. The Jaguar (Coventry) Band with Sherborne Town Band and Sherborne Youth Band. Admission £6, concessions £5. Tickets available on the door, from Rules, Sherborne Photographic or West End Post Office, all in Sherborne - or from 01935 850039.
01 Tom Langham's Hot Fingers Powerstock Village Hall, 8pm Hot Fingers welcome you to an eclectic mix of vintage acoustic string music, visiting the hot jazz of 1920s New York and sophisticated 1930s Swing, mixed with vocals song-writing greats such as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Although just a trio, the band can be seen removing three guitars, a double bass, a sousaphone, a banjo, a mandolin, two ukuleles, a clarinet, a tuba, and a pair of castanets from the band van. Fabulous entertainment! (01308 485205) www.artsreach.co.uk
01 Neil Maya Quartet Sixpenny Handley Village Hall, 7.30pm. The Neil Maya Quartet play an accessible and eclectic mix of high quality jazz. As well as swing, they like to play Cuban and other Latin styles and typically their set includes their own versions of standards by Mingus, Monk, Chick Corea and Cole Porter, but also their own material. An evening of smooth and sophisticated music! (01725 552591) www.artsreach.co.uk
01 An Audience with Albert Einstein Evershot Village Hall, Evershot, Nr. Dorchester, 7.30pm. The Natural Theatre Company presents this one-man show, taking a light hearted look at the story of Albert Einstein's life and work in the form of an entertaining 'lecture' by the great man himself. Set in the famous Professor's study, the audience will discover the mystery of Albert's stolen brain, his secret love child, daring escape from the Nazis and how the riddle of the Universe was solved by an unknown office clerk on the back of an envelope! It's fun, funny and all true! 01935 83580. www.artsreach.co.uk
01 The Demon Barbers Roadshow Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 8pm. The Demon Barbers have gained major recognition for their original and imaginative approach to traditional music and song. With Damien, Bryony and Will retaining a solid traditional English base the band's unique sound is compounded by the driving rhythm section of Griffiths & Sykes. In the Demon Barber's Roadshow these raunchy musos join forces with some of England's most exciting young traditional dancers to create high-energy music and a spectacular new take on English ritual dance. Tickets £12, £11 supporters, concs, 01308 424204. www.bridport-arts.com/whatson/index.php
01 - 02 Dorchester Beerex Corn Exchange, High East Street , Dorchester, lunchtime 11am –3pm, evening 6pm-11.30pm. Annual Dorchester Beer Festival. 2008 - The year of the Rat. Evening music by Jigsaw (1st Feb) and Chill (2nd Feb) . Tickets £3/£4 lunchtime, £5 evening - available from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992 www.dorchesterroundtable.co.uk
02 Barn Dance Village Hall Buckland Newton, 7.30pm Barn Dance with Will Antel and Teasing the Cat. Good fun for all the family. Supper and cash bar. 01300 345586.
02 Tom Langham's Hot Fingers Portesham Village Hall, 8pm. See entry on 1st Feb for details. (01305 871780) www.artsreach.co.uk
02 Afternoon Bingo Magistrates Room, Ground Floor, Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 2.45pm. Flyer, Snowball, Raffle, Tea & Coffee. All welcome, cash prizes. Organised by Dorchester District Scout Council in aid of local Scout Funds.
02 Dorset Local History Group Lecture: Watermills of Dorset Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 2.30pm. Lecture by Jeremy Harte giving a unique and detailed history of over 400 sites in Dorset; the rivers, buildings, engineering and the people. 01305 262735. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
02 African Drumming Workshop Dorchester Arts Centre, The Grove, Dorchester, 2pm. Come and learn traditional African rhythms on djembe and dun-dun drums. Drums are provided or bring your own. For beginners and intermediate players. Minimum age 9 years. 2-4pm on Saturdays 2, 9, 16 Feb. £7 per session. Please book in advance on 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
02 Spirit of the Drum Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Kagemusha Taiko presents 'Spirit of the Drum' an ancient Japanese art. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
02 Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Local Centre National Trust Lecture: National Trust Properties in West Dorset Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Lecture by Helen Mann. Tickets on the door. 01747 838810.
02-03 Garden Open The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney, Dorchester, 2pm-4.30pm. Snowdrops flowering. Gardens open as part of the National Garden Scheme. Adults £3, children free.
04 Sherborne Area Over 50s Group Meeting Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. "Campaign for Action" – a meeting to find ways to overcome the issues that hinder the health, happiness and well-being of "older" people living in the area such as road safety, pavement access, transport, lack of information and access to hydrotherapy. Plus lots of information and refreshments! All residents, regardless of age, are welcome to attend this special meeting. 01935 813150
04 Literary talk on C Day-Lewis The Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 7pm. "Word Overall" - the Poetry and Life of C Day-Lewis. A talk by Peter Stanford with poetry read by Jill Balcon. Tickets £7, available from Booklore, Hound Street, Sherborne. 01935 814191.
06 The Tolpuddle Martyrs Talk Charlton Down Village Hall, Charlton Down, Nr. Dorchester, 7.30pm. A talk by Alistair Chisholm. 01305 269522.
06 Bridport Camera Club Meeting – Competition No.4 : Nature The Salt House, Fisherman's Green, West Bay, Bridport, 7.30pm. New members always welcome. 01308 459443. www.bridportcameraclub.co.uk
06 Dorchester Horticultural Society Meeting : Clematis St. George’s Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Speaker Chris Dancer on Clematis. Visitors welcome – 50p.
06 Quiz Night - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Theatre Friends invite you to their Quiz Night; teams of up to 6 people; Bar, Teas & Coffee, Raffle. 01297 442394. www.marinetheatre.com
07 Sherborne Historical Society Lecture Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. Dr. Roy Turner - The Heretic, a Mass Murderer and the Revival of Science in the Islamic Empire. New members and visitors always welcome. 01963 36407
07 Ramblers Walk at Seatown Meet at Seatown Beach Car Park, Nr. Chideock, Bridport, 10am. A 6 mile walk via Hardown Hill and Morecombelake. Please telephone organiser to confirm details. 01935 414745.
07 Boka Halat Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 8pm. Following their successful residency here in 2001, we’re delighted to welcome Boka Halat back to Bridport for this standing gig. With roots in England, West Africa and India they wow audiences with their danceable music. English ballads and tunes sit with dance grooves from the Gambia and the Punjab, and a Mandinka harvest song moves smoothly into a Wessex jig. There will be plenty of room for dancing! Tickets £10, £9 supporters, concs, £5 students. 01308 424901. www.bridport-arts.com
07 Snowdrop Service of Remembrance - Lyme Regis St Michael the Archangel's Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 11am.Weldmar Hospicecare Trust's annual Snowdrop Service, everyone is most welcome to attend this family service. The Book of Remembrance will be on display.
08 Srishti: 'Play Ball' Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Doors & bar open 7.30pm, performance starts 8pm. Place Prize winning choreographer Nina Rajarani presents her male dominated company Srishti with their new show. This production houses 3 pieces centred on lads' culture. Traditional Bharatanatyam dance and Karnatic music is blended with innovative, contemporary contexts. 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
08 Moths ate my Dr Who Scarf Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Get out from behind that sofa and get aboard Toby Hadoke’s TARDIS on a trip through time – charting the rise, fall and rise again of a television legend. This delightful show is a personal, satirical and razor sharp comic odyssey from child to man, through obsession, joy and disappointment. This award-winning comedian’s show is a must for anyone who’s ever had a passion for anything. Written and performed by Toby Hadoke. Tickets available from Lyme Regis TIC. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
08 An Evening of Dorset Film Archive Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Drawing upon their extensive stock of archive cine-film from the early 1900's to the 1960's, and using the latest in digital projection, Trilith presents images of the past that are both entertaining and thought provoking for the present generation. 01300 345252 www.artsreach.co.uk
08 Tom Langham's Hot Fingers Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, 7.30pm. Hot Fingers welcome you to an eclectic mix of vintage acoustic string music, visiting the hot jazz of 1920s New York and sophisticated 1930s Swing, mixed with vocals song-writing greats such as Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Although just a trio, the band can be seen removing three guitars, a double bass, a sousaphone, a banjo, a mandolin, two ukuleles, a clarinet, a tuba, and a pair of castanets from the band van. Fabulous entertainment! 01297 560480, www.artsreach.co.uk
09 Tom Langham's Hot Fingers Ibberton Village Hall, 7.30pm. (See entry on 8th for details) 01258 817269 www.artsreach.co.uk
09 African Drumming Workshop Dorchester Arts Centre, The Grove, Dorchester. Come and learn traditional African rhythms on djembe and dun-dun drums. Drums are provided or bring your own. Minimum age 9 years. 2-4pm on Saturdays 2, 9, 16 Feb. £7 per session. Please book in advance on 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
09 Bluesnights at Dorchester Arts Centre Dorchester Arts Centre, The Grove, Dorchester., 8pm A season of five bluesnights at Dorchester Arts Centre. 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
09 Sherborne Jazz Club – Kate Williams Quintet White Hart Inn, Bishops Caundle, Sherborne, doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £12 on the door, £8 for students, £6 for under 16s. 01963 23301. www.myspace.com/sherbornejazzclub
09 Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir - Musical Riches St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A concert in aid of the Richard Ely Trust. The Madrigal Society, Sherborne School for Gilrls and Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir. Tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre - 01305 267992. www.bschoir.org.uk
09 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Lyme Regis Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Dance - Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence - in aid of Hall funds. Everyone welcome, price includes Tea & Biscuits. 01297 442439.
09 An Evening With The Band of The Light Cavalry The Corn Exchange, North Square, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A charity concert in aid of military charities and the Mayor of Dorchester's charity. Tickets £6.50 available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. 01305 267992.
09 Bon Giovi - Lyme Regis Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8.30pm. Bon Giovi are a live 5 piece band - an excellent night out especially for Bon Jovi fans. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
09 Mad Woman in the Attic Bradford Peverell Village Hall, 7.30pm. Presented by the Boiling Kettle Theatre Co. Set in a rural community in Somerset, 'The Mad Woman In The Attic' is a humorous, poignant play that challenges preconceptions about 'senior citizens' in a world dominated by youth culture. It will strike a chord with anyone who's going grey and give their younger friends and relations a new perspective! 01305 268156 www.artsreach.co.uk
10 Count Arthur Strong The Musical? The Electric Palace, South Street, Bridport, 8pm. Fresh from his critically acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series, one time variety star, raconteur and light entertainment legend, Count Arthur Strong makes his much awaited return to the stage in this his much heralded musical biopic. All Tourettic ticks, false starts and nervous fumbling, badly covered up by a delicate sheen of bravado and self-assurance. An expert in everything from the world of entertainment to the origins of the species, every moment with Arthur is an enlightening experience. Join him as he attempts to recall his distinguished career and set a sound track to his life. 01308 426336. www.electricpalace.org.uk
10 Concert by The Wessex Strings Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 3pm. Admission £7.50 (includes tea and a cake) tickets from W H R Newcombe in Sherborne or on the door.
10 Wedding Fair Kingston Maurward Nr. Dorchester. 01305 215003. www.kmc.ac.uk
12 Lance Pierson performs Gerard Manley Hopkins Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Actor and professional poetry performer, Lance Pierson performs and interprets the best known of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poems. Tickets £5 from Sherborne Abbey Parish Office. 01935 812452.
13 Geology Lecture: Saving Lyme Regis from Landslides Dorset County Museum, High West Street , Dorchester, 6.30pm. "To demonstrate the value of a deep understanding of geology and geomorphology in developing an engineering solution for Lyme Regis" - by Geoff Davis, G Davis Ltd, Chard.01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
13 Sherborne Flicks - Atonement Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. The Flicks come to Sherborne on the second Wednesday of each month – this month’s showing is the award winning film "Atonement" Tickets £5 - available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre 01935 815899. www.sherbornehouse.org.uk/artslink
14 Neil Maya Quartet Gillingham School, 7.30pm. The Neil Maya Quartet play an accessible and eclectic mix of high quality jazz. As well as swing, they like to play Cuban and other Latin styles and typically their set includes their own versions of standards by Mingus, Monk, Chick Corea and Cole Porter, but also their own material. An evening of smooth and sophisticated music! 01747 833844. www.artsreach.co.uk
14 The Dorset Collection at Lesley Waters Cookery School Chantmarle Manor, Frome St Quintin. Surrounded as we are by the very finest ingredients, the Dorset Collection features Lesley's favourite dishes celebrating the very best of local Dorset produce. A collection of modern, stylish dishes is presented in Lesley's own unique style and all accompanied by wine recommendations, champagne and a three-course lunch. See website for booking information and availability. www.lesleywaters.com
14 Piaffinitee Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8pm. French singer Djamila, accompanied by accordion player Basil Bunelik, breathes new life into the wonderful songs of the famous French singer Edith Piaf. The theatre will create a French cafe atmosphere with a rose on each candle-lit table.01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
15 The Denner Ensemble Church of St Laurence, Affpuddle, Nr. Dorchester, 7.30pm. A programme of baroque music on period instruments in aid of the Siphosabadletshe School, KZN, South Africa. In conjunction with St Mary's CE Middle School, Puddletown. 01305 848180.
15 Charterhouse Auction – Antiques, Silver, Plate, Jewellery and Wine Monthly antiques auctions. Viewing Wednesday from 10am to 4pm and Thursday from 10am to 7pm. Sales start on Friday at 10am, with viewing from 8.30am to 10.45am. 01935 812277. www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk
15 Mad Woman in the Attic West Stafford Village Hall, 7.30pm Presented by the Boiling Kettle Theatre Co. Set in a rural community in Somerset, 'The Mad Woman In The Attic' is a humorous, poignant play that challenges preconceptions about 'senior citizens' in a world dominated by youth culture. It will strike a chord with anyone who's going grey and give their younger friends and relations a new perspective! 01305 257266. www.artsreach.co.uk
15 The Polish Play Martinstown Village Hall, 7.30pm. Presented by Farnham maltings. More event than play, this show looks at the ways stories are told.... a funny, affectionate and touching story of what it is to belong. Carol Zepanski dreams of returning to the village where, 60 years ago, his father, a Polish air force pilot, met his mother at a village dance. Basha Zepanski, his wife, continues her search for the ideal sausage! This is a fun story about the rise and fall of the Iron Curtain and about our sense of place in the world. Using an accordion, You Tube, Yuri Gagarin and the 1974 world cup finals this will appeal to all over the age of 7 yrs! 01305 889059. www.artsreach.co.uk
15 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Event: Linos Wind Quintet Sir John Colfox School, Ridgeway, Bridport, 7.45pm. This quintet plays all over the world to enraptured audiences. They will play Mozart, Malcolm Arnold, Ibert, Beethoven and Ligeti. Single tickets £12, subscription for full season £40. Reductions for students.
16 The Polish Play Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. See 15th for details. 01308 897214. www.artsreach.co.uk.
16 Sherborne Monthly Book Fair Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am – 4pm. New, second-hand and antiquarian books for sale, also magazines, prints, postcards and ephemera. Free admission. 01803 613356.
16 Purbeck Big Band The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.45pm. Dorchester District Scout Council presents an evening with The Purbeck Big Band featuring music from Glen Miller, Count Basie, Ted Heath and more. Tickets available from Dorchester TIC, £6.50. 01305 262158.
16 'Growbags' Dorchester Arts Centre, The Grove, Dorchester., 7.30pm An evening of low-tech cabaret theatre where local companies show their newest ideas and newest work. 'Growbags' provide opportunities for local artists of vision to present work in its infancy. 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
16 African Drumming Workshop Dorchester Arts Centre The Grove Dorchester. For details see entry on 2nd Feb. 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
16 Madame Lucinda's Wonder Show Halstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. Journey through the doors of the imagination into a world of mystery, spectacle and horror. Madame Lucinda's Wonder Show, presented by Rogue Theatre, beautifully blends the innocent with the macabre, optimism with the inescapable and the real with the fantastical. With live music, illusion, side splitting comedy, dance, explosive physical theatre and compelling narrative. See it to believe it! Suitable for 10+. 01935 83347 www.artsreach.co.uk
16 Film Showing - The Cave of the Yellow Dog Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 2pm. Set in Mongolia, this enchanting film won the 2006 Award for Best Children's Picture. Tickets £4, £3 supporters, concs £3 children, £12 family ticket. 01308 424901. www.bridport-arts.com
17 The Polish Play Winterborne Stickland, 7/30pm. See 15th for details. 01258 880920. www.artsreach.co.uk
17-22 Circus Skills at Lulworth Castle Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, daily 10.30am – 4pm. Learn a circus skill with Fiery Jack and enjoy lots of activities at Chidren’s Half Term Fun 0845 450 1054 www.lulworth.com
18 Smart Attack of Art Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 2pm. BBC Cbeebies television presenter Mike Amatt presents a Smart Attack of Art Children’s Show. Fun for children of all ages. Music and sing along. Tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. 01305 267992 / 01305 265840.
18 The Tin Soldier Powerstock Hut, 10.30am and Morden Village Hall at 4pm. Presented by Storybox Theatre. A little boy is given a present of twelve tin soldiers on Christmas Day. One soldier is very different from the rest...So begins the story of a very special toy, and his extraordinary journey. This haunting production retains all the beauty and magic of one of Hans Christian Andersen's best-loved stories. Suitable for both primary school aged children and adults, but please note that this is a very quiet performance and therefore not suitable for babies and very small children. Totally wonderful!! Tel. 01308 4865205 (Powerstock) or 01929 459285 (Morden). www.artsreach.co.uk
18 - 20 Half Term Workshops at Sherborne Museum Sherborne Museum, Church Lane, Sherborne. Free half term workshops for children (repeated morning and afternoon). Monday 18th February : Model making and make a collage backdrop with Darrell Wakelam; Tuesday 19th February : Nick Crump's Music Show; Wednesday 20th February - Thomas Hardy Drama Workshop with Caroline Hart of the Young Wriggle Valley Players. 01935 872667. www.sherbornemuseum.co.uk
18 - 22 Half Term Workshops at Dorchester Arts Centre School
Lane, The Grove, Dorchester. Half term workshops for children ages 7-14.
9am-5pm daily, bring a packed lunch. Cost £18 per day or £80 for the week.
Book in advance.
Monday - A Play in a Day with actor Bianca Judd; Tuesday - Jewellery Making with Kathy Webb; Wednesday - Creative Clay with the Arts Centre team; Thursday - Dance Explosion! With professional dancer Emilie Hardy; Friday - Digital Photo Scavenger Hunt - join artist Helen Pritchard to learn new camera skills as you create a photographic treasure collection. 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
19 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society talk Dorset Room, Colliton Club, Colliton Park, Dorchester, 7.30pm. 'Quakers in the Iron and Lead Mining Industries', a talk by Dr Mick Atkinson. Non-members welcome. 01305 224503.
19- 23 Hickory, Dickory, Dock Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, evening performances at 7.30pm plus Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm. Lyme Regis Pantomime Society presents 'Hickory, Dickory, Dock' Tickets available from Martin Diplock Estate Agent, Broad Street, Lyme Regis. 01297 445500. www.marinetheatre.com
20 The Nightingale Thornford Village Hall, 10.30am and The Old Brewery, Ansty at 4pm. Presented by Angel Heart Theatre. An Emperor has everything - except a nightingale's song. In his desire to have what cannot be held he learns that the most beautiful song is the song of freedom. Beautifully crafted puppets, shadow theatre, evocative storytelling and original live music and dance bring this classic Hans Andersen story to life. Suitable for ages 4+. Tel. 01935 873762 for Thornford or 01258 880456 for Ansty. www.artsreach.co.uk
20 Bridport Camera Club Meeting – Beaminster Camera Club Visits Bridport The Salt House, Fisherman's Green, West Bay, Bridport, 7.30pm. Fortnightly meetings with visiting speakers, competitions and presentations. New members always welcome. 01308 459443. www.bridportcameraclub.co.uk
20 - 23 Bugsy Malone Colfox School, Ridgeway, Bridport. Open House Productions are showing Bugsy Malone at Colfox School. Performances taken place each evening at 7.30pm – all tickets priced £7. On Saturday 23rd there is also an afternoon performance at 2.30pm – all tickets for the matinee priced £6 - Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901.
21 Sherborne Historical Society Lecture Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. Emeritus Prof. Brian Bond - Goodbye to All That? - Memoirs of the Western Front New members and visitors welcome. 01963 364075.
21 Neil Maya Quartet Chetnole Village Hall, 7.30pm. The Neil Maya Quartet play an accessible and eclectic mix of high quality jazz. As well as swing, they like to play Cuban and other Latin styles and typically their set includes their own versions of standards by Mingus, Monk, Chick Corea and Cole Porter, but also their own material. An evening of smooth and sophisticated music! 01935 873555 www.artsreach.co.uk
21 The Nightingale Evershot Village Hall at 10.30am and Thorncombe Village Hall at 4pm. See entry on 20th for details Tel. 0-1935 83580 for Evershot or 01460 30247 for Thorncombe. www.artsreach.co.uk
21 The Beacons Winfrith Village Hall, 7.30pm Featuring Oli-Wilson Dickson on violin and voice and Eddy Jay on accordion, guitar and voice, The Beacons play everything from mind-bending Macedonian dances to delicate Welsh airs, from sizzling Gypsy serendes to barn-storming Bluegrass. 01305 852117. www.artsreach.co.uk
23 Sherborne Jazz Club – Benn Clatworthy White Hart Inn, Bishops Caundle, Sherborne. Doors for all shows open at 7.30pm. Tickets £12 on the door, £8 for students, £6 for under 16s. 01963 23301.www.myspace.com/sherbornejazzclub
23 Mad Woman in the Attic Nether Compton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Presented by the Boiling Kettle Theatre Co. Set in a rural community in Somerset, 'The Mad Woman In The Attic' is a humorous, poignant play that challenges preconceptions about 'senior citizens' in a world dominated by youth culture. It will strike a chord with anyone who's going grey and give their younger friends and relations a new perspective! 01935 413220 www.artsreach.co.uk
23 Dance - Mainly Ballroom Lyme Regis Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Dance - Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence - in aid of Hall funds. Everyone welcome, price includes Tea & Biscuits. 01297 442439.
23 Antiques & Collectors Fair - Sherborne Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10:00am to 4:00pm. 01749 677049.
23 St. Martin's Broadmayne Market St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, Dorchester, 10am. Raffle, craft, plants, books, jigsaws, cards, local trout, sausages & eggs, cakes and preserves. Chance to sit and chat with a cup of tea or coffee. 01305 852886.
23 Workshop at Highway Farm: Traditional Rag-Rugs Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10am – 4pm. Have you ever fancied having a go at rugging? Well now's your chance! Experience tutor Angela will help you create something unique, a very relaxing day out. Cost £35, including lunch and materials option to buy hook. Book in advance.01308 424321. www.highwayfarm.co.uk
23-01/03 Burton Bradstock Players - All for One Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Nr. Bridport. Matinee 2pm Saturday 23rd February, evening performances at 7.30pm Monday 25th February until Saturday 1st March. A swashbuckling musical play "All for One", loosley based on Dumas' "The Three Musketeers" will be the next production to be staged by Burton Bradstock Players. Adults £6, children under 16 £4. 01308 897879.
24 Potted Potter Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, performances at 3pm and 6pm. The Unauthorised Harry Potter Experience - A Parody by Dan & Jeff. All the Potter books in sixty minutes - watch comic double act Dan & Jeff take up the challenge. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
24 The Beacons Drimpton Village Hall at 2.30pm and Child Okeford Village Hall at 7.30pm. Featuring Oli-Wilson Dickson on violin and voice and Eddy Jay on accordion, guitar and voice, The Beacons play everything from mind-bending Macedonian dances to delicate Welsh airs, from sizzling Gypsy serendes to barn-storming Bluegrass. Tel. 01308 867031 for Drimpton and 01258 861391 for Child Okeford. www.artsreach.co.uk
24- 25 Antiques Fair Kingston Maurward Dorchester. 01305 215003.
25 Lecture: The Wildlife & Ecology of the Exe Estuary & Jurassic Coast Main Hall, Bridport United Church, Bridport, 2.30pm. Lecture by Rod Lawrence, on behalf of the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust - non-members welcome. 01297 489116.
26 Sherborne Jazz – Jam Session Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Bring your instrument and sit in with the house trio : Peter Maxfield on Bass, Dave Wallace on Drums and Paul Chousmer on Piano – or come just ot listen and enjoy. Entry £2 www.myspace.com/sherbornejazzclub
27 Mad Woman in the Attic Shipton Gorge Village Hall, 7.30pm. Presented by the Boiling Kettle Theatre Co. Set in a rural community in Somerset, 'The Mad Woman In The Attic' is a humorous, poignant play that challenges preconceptions about 'senior citizens' in a world dominated by youth culture. It will strike a chord with anyone who's going grey and give their younger friends and relations a new perspective! 01308 897562. www.artsreach.co.uk
27 Sherborne Science Cafe Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Peter Marshall : Citizen Astronauts 01935 815052. www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk
27 Music Society Concert: Barbican Piano Trio Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm Perform Haydn, Taneyev and Brahms. 01305 262735. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
28 Sunray Folk Club Broadmayne Village Hall, Broadmayne, Nr. Dorchester. Membership Club, see website for full information. 07786 654074. www.bobkirkpatrick.co.uk/sunrayfolkclub.htm
28 Romney Event: Late 18th Century Ceramics and Furniture Surgery Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester., 6.30pm. Ceramics expert Anthony du Boulay and furniture expert Michael Legg will look in detail at items from the Museum's collections. 01305 262735. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
29 Winter Kitchen at Lesley Waters Cookery School Chantmarle Manor Frome St Quintin. An exclusive opportunity to join Lesley in the kitchen at Chantmarle for a hands-on day of watching, cooking and eating great food. As part of a small group you will spend the day with Lesley, cooking up her favourite seasonal local produce and enjoy a wine tasting. Later on, relax in the stunning surrounds of Chantmarle with a glass of champagne, before sitting down to an intimate lunch and enjoying the fruits of your labour. See website for booking information and availability. www.lesleywaters.com
29 Almost Elton Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. One man, One piano, A show full of Eltonmania. Starring Matthew Rock. Tickets cost £12, early booking advise – through Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. 01305 267992. www.almostelton.co.uk
29 Beetle Drive with a Pudding Blackdown Village Hall, Nr. Broadwindsor, 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. A Blackdown Church Event. £5 adults, £3 children, £15 family. 01460 30661 / 30517.
29 Sound The Jubilee Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Tim Laycock and The New Scorpion Band present traditional songs, stories and music of The Movement to Abolish the Slave Trade. 01297 442138. www.marinetheatre.com
29 Dorset Association Lecture : The Dorset Yeomanry Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A Talk by Captain Colin Parr. 01305 262735
Attractions Open This Winter in and around West Dorset
Before making a special journey, we suggest telephoning the attraction you wish to visit to confirm they will be open.
Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dorchester 01305 269571 Mon-Fri 9.30 - 5.00, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4.30
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 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
Mummies, Dorchester 01305 269741 Daily 10.00 - 4.30
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 school 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 Weekends only 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
COUNTRY HOUSES / CASTLES.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park 01305 215010 Daily 10.00 - 5.30 (or dusk)
Athelhamptons House & Gardens 01305 848363 Sun only - gdns 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
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.