What's on in and around West Dorset
Information supplied courtesy of West Dorset District Council & West Dorset Tourist Centres
This listing contains a selection of events taking place across West Dorset this month
Pop into your local Tourist Information Centre for full event information and programmes for all local theatres and art centres
Don’t miss this month…
02 Dec - Christmas Cracker, Dorchester (late night shopping)
05 Dec - Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Sherborne Abbey
05-13 Dec - Sherborne Christmas Tree Festival
06 Dec - Sherborne Festive Shopping Day
09 Dec - Bridport Christmas Festival and Late Night Shopping
09-16 Dec - Bridport Christmas Tree Festival
25 Dec - Fancy Dress Swim - Charmouth
31 Dec - Yetties New Year Party, Sherborne
CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS
If you haven’t yet bought your Christmas cards, pop along to one of our West Dorset Tourist Information Centres who are once again selling Charity Christmas Cards on behalf of the Cards for Good Causes group of charities.
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 Ave 8am-3pm every Wednesday, Farmers’ Market 1st Saturday in each month at Poundbury, 9am-1pm, Country Market at The Corn Exchange every Friday (exc Easter) 8.30-11am. Antiques and Collectables Fair in Brownsword Hall, Poundbury every 2nd Sunday of the month, 8.30am-12.30pm
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. Saturday Antiques & Flea Market – held the last Saturday every month (Jan-Nov), Church Hall, Digby Road. 9am-4pm. Monthly Book Fair – held third Saturday every month, Church Hall, Digby Road. 9.30am-4pm.
Owermoigne - Monthly market in the village hall 2 nd Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 12 noon. Homemade produce, bric a brac, plants, crafts, books.
Fossil Walks - Regular guided fossil hunting walks in Lyme Regis and Charmouth are run year round by Dr Colin Dawes 01297 443758, Brandon Lennon 07944 664757 (www.lymeregisfossilwalks.com), Lyme Regis Museum 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk), Lyme Regis Fossil Shop 01297 442088, the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre 01297 560772 (www.charmouth.org) and Chris Pamplin 0845 00943757 (www.fossilwalks.com). Times vary according to the tides, telephone for full details and booking information.
Sunday Strolls - With the Ramblers Association from Bucky Doo Square, Bridport. 2.30pm. Tel: 01308 863754.
Walking the Way to Health in Bridport - with trained health walkers. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30am from Bridport TIC. Walks last approx 30mins, all welcome, free. Tel: 01308 452263 for more information.
Dorchester Strollers - walks with trained health walkers. Every Monday at 10.30am and Tuesday at 2.30pm. Walks last up to one hour, all welcome, free. Tel: 01305 263759 for more information.
Regular Art Exhibitions are held at Dorset County Museum, Dorchester (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org), Lyme Regis Museum (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk), the Town Mill Gallery , Lyme Regis (www.townmill.org.uk) and Bridport Arts Centre (www.bridport-arts.com).
Dorchester Arts Centre (www.dorchesterarts.org.uk), Bridport Arts Centre (www.bridport-arts.com) and Eype Centre for the Arts run a full programme of performances and events - drama, music, comedy, dance and more - suitable for all ages.
Artsreach present a range of live professional arts events in rural Dorset. Full programme online at (www.artsreach.co.uk)
Opening times, programmes and further details from your local TIC
Local events diary
01 Summer Lodge 2009 Wine Dinner - Ascheri, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy Monthly Wine Dinner hosted by Summer Lodge Cellar Master, Eric Zwiebel MS. The evening begins at 7pm with aperitifs and an introduction to the region's wines. Four course Dinner served from 7.30pm, created by Summer Lodge chef Steve Titman. Cost £95. (www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk)
01 "Light Up A Life" service Joseph Weld Hospice, Dorchester, 6.30pm. 01305 215315 (www.weld-hopsice.org.uk/lightupalife)
01 Green Ghost Walk and Green Drinks Tom Browns, Dorchester, 7pm-10.30pm. Tickets £4 for Ghost Walk, Green Drinks is free. An event to celebrate the success of the Transition Town Dorchester " Green Drinks ". Ghost Walk with Town crier Alistair Chisholm.
02 Sanctus Sacred Songs United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 8-10pm. Come and sing four-part harmonies and chants from around the world. £5 (£4 low income).
02 Dorchester Christmas Cracker Dorchester Town Centre, free parking from 4.30pm. Live Music and entertainment from 5.30pm plus stalls, chestnuts, mulled wine and more. 6.30pm lights switched on by a celebrity from the Bow at the top of South Street with Father Christmas and his helpers. The theme this year is A Traditional Christmas.
02 Pine Hall Theatre Evening Monkton Wyld Court, Nr Charmouth, 7.30pm A festive performance by a popular local theatre group with mulled drinks and mince pies by donation. All proceeds go to charity. Adults £5 (£6 on door), children half-price, family £12
02 Weldmar Hospicecare Trust "Light Up A Life" service Castle Gardens, Sherborne 6.30pm. 01305 215315 (www.weld-hopsice.org.uk/lightupalife)
03 Carolling and Crumpets - concert by John Kirkpatrick St. Andrews Church Hall, Yetminster, 7.30pm. Well known folk singer and melodeon player John Kirkpatrick puts you in the Christmas mood! 01935 873889 (www.folksw.org.uk)
04 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert - Dante Quartet Sir John Colfox School, Ridgeway, Bridport, 7.45pm. Single tickets £12, membership £45.
04 Two Castles Youth Band Christmas Concert Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £3.00, available from West End Post Office, Lumiere, and Rules – all in Sherborne. Refreshments during the interval provided by Sherborne Lions
04 Frock Exchange Gardener’s Cottage, Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 11am – 7pm. 20% of monies raised in aid of Women’s Action Network. 01305 252314 (email: email@example.com)
04 Quiz Night Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 8pm. Quiz in aid of Sue Ryder Care - £6 per team (max 6 players per team). To book call in at the Sue Ryder Care shop in Sherborne or tel. 01935 815323
04 The Rape of Lucrece Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 8pm. The British Shakespeare Company in association with Thievish Dog. Olivier award nominee and RSC actor Gerard Logan presents his tour-de-force solo performance of Shakespeare’s narrative poem. 01305 266926
04-05 Moishe’s Bagel Thornford Village Hall on 4 th at 8pm, Martinstown Village Hall on 5 th at 7.30pm. Rip-roaring, foot-stomping, jazz-inflected klezmer and Balkan music. 01935 873762 (Thornford), 01305 889059 (Martinstown). (www.moishesbagel.co.uk)
05 Christmas Oratorio - J S Bach Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Performed by Sherborne Chamber Choir and period orchestra. A rare chance to hear Bach's magical setting of the Nativity in the Abbey with period instruments. Tickets £16, £14, £12, £10, £5 (under 18s free) - available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre
05 Juke box style disco Herrison Hall, Sherren Avenue, Charlton Down, Nr. Dorchester. Doors open 8pm - dancing til 11pm.
05 Market at Broadmayne St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 10am - 12 noon. Produce, cakes, plants, craft, Christmas items, fair-trade goods, local sausages, children's books, library etc
05 The National Trust - The Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Association - An entertainment on "The Fun, Fact and Fiction of Christmas" The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Members £3 Guests £3.50
05 Makers Market Eype Church for the Arts, Nr. Bridport, 10am - 4pm. A market for local makers, growers, cooks and artists - anyone who doesn't produce the large quantities that normally make a stall cost effective. 01308 424321
05 Crafts for Christmas Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. Unique and unusual crafts and gifts for Christmas or the home. Free Admission
05 Moonfleet performed by Angel Exit Theatre Thorncombe Village Hall, 7.30 pm, A stormy tale of shipwrecks and smuggling inspired by J Meade Falkner's classic novel. A rip roaring show for everyone with a sense of adventure. Adults £7, U18 £5, family £20. Tickets from Thorncombe Village Shop, The Old Bakery, or 01460 30247.
05 Handel's Messiah St Mary's Church Bridport, 7.30pm. The New Elizabethan Singers perform with a full orchestra and professional soloists. Tickets £8 from Goadsby, Bridport Music or Washingpool Farm
05 Weatherbury Singers present Christmas with a Swing with The Memory Lane Swing Band St Mary's Middle School Hall, Puddletown, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 inc. a glass of wine. Licensed bar and dancing. Charity concert with donation to Help For Heroes.
05 Christmas Bazaar St Peter's Church, Dorchester, 10.00 - 12.00 noon. Gifts, produce, decorations. Present wrapping service. Admission 50p. Creche facilities available.
05 Christmas Bazaar Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 10am – 2pm. TheatreFriends annual event
05 Dorchester Choral Society - George Frederick Handel’s Messiah St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Tickets £15 reserved centre aisle or £12 unreserved side aisle from Harmony Music.
05 Christmas Craft Fair Upstairs at The Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, 9am - 12 noon. Free entry, lots of local arts and crafts for sale, tea and cakes.
05 Christmas Mini Market West Stafford Village Hall, nr. Dorchester, 10.30am – 12 noon. Home made produce, gifts, crafts, plants, and refreshments. 01305 224202
05 Christmas Coffee Morning and Bingo Bradford Peverell Village Hall. Coffee morning with stalls and raffle 10.30am. Admission £1. Bingo 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments and raffle. Children welcome. All proceeds to Bradford Peverll Village Charities.
05 A Thomas Hardy Country Christmas with the Sheldon Singers St. Michael’s Church, Stinsford, 7.30pm. Tickets £7 (members £6) with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. 01305 251501 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
05 Film on a November visit to Dafur United Church Hall, Dorchester, 7.30pm. The founder of Kids for Kids, Patrica Parker, will tell of her visit. Refreshments. Donations welcome.
05 Sherborne Jazz Club – “Blue of a Kind” Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, doors open 7.30pm. Sextet celebrating the 50 th anniversary of the seminal best ever selling jazz record : Miles Davies’ A Kind of Blue. 01935 816569
05 Sherborne Girls Christmas Fair Oxley Sports Centre, Sherborne, 10am – 4pm. Traders from Dorset, Somerset and Avon. Free entry. Free parking. Art, jewellery, ceramics, refreshments and much more 01935 818350 (email: email@example.com)
05 Concert with Magic Drum Orchestra, Dorchester Community Samba Band, Dorchester Community Choir and The Heavens Dorchester Arts Centre, The Grove, Dorchester, 8pm. A taste of tropical sunshine for a December evening. 01305 266926
05-06 Santa at Goulds Goulds Department Store, Dorchester, 10.30am – 4pm. £5 inc. gift. In aid of Weldmar Hospice Trust
05-13 Sherborne Christmas Tree Festival Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, open daily 10am - 4.30pm. Approx. 40 trees decorated by local groups and organisations on display in the charming setting of Cheap Street Church.
06 Sherborne Festive Shopping Day Shops will be open 10am - 4pm, many with festive treats. There will be music and carols, circus acts, steam engines, a children’s competition, and of course Father Christmas will be putting in an appearance. Organised by Sherborne Chamber of Trade (www.sherbornetown.co.uk/site/sherbornechamber.aspx)
06 Come Sing Dorset Carols with Folk South West Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10.30am-1pm and 2.30-5pm. Come and learn some of the delightful unique local Dorset carols from the West Gallery tradition. Followed by a seasonal concert by the Stanchester Quire. Cost £25 (£20 members) including concert.
06 The Stanchester Quire in Concert Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 6pm. Carols from the West Country. Tickets £7 (£6 members) available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre
06 New Elizabethan Singers Concert St Johns Church West Bay, 2.30pm. Choruses from The Messiah, plus carols. Retiring collection for charity.
06 Wessex Military Band Christmas Concert Bridport Arts Centre, 6pm. Tickets from Arts Centre Box Office, 9 South Street, Bridport. £8, concessions £6
06 Leweston Schola Cantorum and Leweston Belles in Concert Sacret Heart and St. Aldhelm Church, Sherborne, 7pm.
06 Of a Lovely Rose – Christmas Concert with Lyme Bay Chorale North Chideock Catholic Church, Chideock, Nr. Bridport, 4pm. Directed by Alex Davies with guest soloist Andrew Daldorph, director of Exeter Chamber Choir. The programme will include Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai and Rutter’s Magnificat. Tickets available from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901
06 A Christmas Carol Puddletown Village Hall, 7.30pm. A one man performance by Pip Utton who performs as Dickens himself did, costumed and bearded and using the original Dickensian script. 01305 848384 (www.pip-utton.com). Also performance at Winfrith village hall on 8 th December as well as elswhere in Dorset – see (www.artsreach.co.uk) or tel. 01305 269512
08 Bridport History Society Talk: Lumps and Bumps Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. A talk by Rodney Alcock.. Entrance 50p members, visitors £2.
08 Film Night "A Farm for the Future" hosted by the Transition Town Dorchester Food Group Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7pm - 9.30pm. Free entry ( donations kindly received ). Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family's farm in Devon into a low energy farm of the future.
09 Sherborne Flicks - "Last Chance Harvey" (12) Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Film starring Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Tickets £5 - available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre
09 Bridport Camera Club Meeting The Salt House, Fishermans Green, 7.30pm. The Camera Club meet every month and tonight's topic is Close Up Botanical Photography with John McCormac.
09 Bridport Christmas Festival and Late Night Shopping Bridport Town Centre, Bridport, 6pm – 8.30pm. Bridport’s annual Christmas Festival and Late Night Shopping gets everyone into the spirit of Christmas. There will be stalls in Bucky Doo Square and most shops in the town centre will be celebrating and staying open from 6pm to 8.30pm.
09-16 Bridport Annual Christmas Tree Festival Bridport United Church, East Street, Bridport, open weekdays from 10am (Sunday 2pm). Admission free. Each tree has a different theme and is donated by a charity, community group, club, public authority or young people’s group. 01308 423157
10 Euro Travel Evening Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk on Preveza, Greece. Entry £5 on the door, including a glass of wine (students £2.50. Snacks and sample drink to accompany the talk.
10 Powell Theatre Comedy Club Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 8.30pm. Cost £8 (concessions £6)
10 Christmas Concert under Concorde Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, 7.30pm (doors & shop open 6pm). Concert by Royal Navy Volunteer Bands HMS Heron & Northwood HQ. Tickets £7.50 including glass of mulled wine and mince pie.
10 The Light Cavalry Band perform A Christmas Concert The Tank Museum, Bovington, 7.30pm. A Christmas concert featuring all the favourite seasonal songs and carols. Tickets £7.50 – or £20 for a two-course Christmas meal in the Tank Museum Restaurant followed by the concert. Tel.01929 462359 to book
10-11 Swingers in Suspenders Buckland Newton Village Hall on 10 th and MelburyOsmond Village Hall on 11 th, both at 7.30pm. Presented by King Villa – comedy, puppetry and glamorous costumes are all here in a kaleidoscope, burlesque revue of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Tel. 01305 269512 for further details and more performances.
11 The Leaves of Life Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 8pm. Christmas music from the English tradition, from carols to revels and from alehouse to church gallery. A costumed performance by The Mellstock Band complete with authentic instruments. 01308 897214 (www.artsreach.co.uk)
11 Mince Pie & Coffee Morning Lyme Regis Baptist Church, Silver Street, Lyme Regis, 10am. Cards, Bric-a-Brac, Cakes etc.
11 Christmas Beetle Drive with Pudding Blackdown Village Hall, off B3165 nr Beaminster, 7.30pm. A festive fun-filled evening. Everyone welcome. £5 entry. 01460 30661 (day) or 01460 30517 (eve)
11 Puppet Theatre – Oshima and the Big Sea Dorchester Arts Centre, The Grove, Dorchester. Shows at 1pm and 6pm. 01305 266926
11 Tom Toomey and the Monfi Cats Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 8pm. The Monfi Cats take you on a global trip, taking in Latin American rhythms, bluegrass, Cajun Blues Morrocan dance tracks and Celtic folk. (www.bridport-arts.com)
12 The Dorset Chamber Orchestra St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Music in the mainstream of the great Viennese classical tradition takes us from Mozart's evocation of doom to Beethoven's "apotheosis of the dance". Tickets £10.00 (£12.00 on Door).
12 Christmas Art and Craft Fayre Crossways Village Hall, Crossways, Nr Dorchester, 10am – 2pm. Profits in aid of Scouts and Playgroup. 01305 757037 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
12 Christmas Stocking - Stories and Songs by Firelight Inside Dorchester Roman Town House, 7.30pm. Performance by Tim Laycock. Tickets £8 in advance / £10 on the door. 01305 228241 (www.romantownhouse.org)
12 "Voices at the Door" - Coope, Boyes & Simpson with Fi Fraser, Jo Freya & Georgina Boyes. Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 7.30pm. Tickets £9, £7 under 18s, £25 Family 4 max 2 adults on door or in advance from 01305 251099
12 Christmas Concert Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. Annual Christmas Concert by Lyme Regis Town Band
12 Donated Auction Anchor Inn, Burton Bradstock, 7.30pm. In aid of the Burton Bradstock Playgroup. The auction may contain vouchers, furniture, presents etc. 01308 897210
12 Xmas Xtravaganza The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Exclusive live performance by Moontown with support from Memories of the Future. Entrance £5. Money raised for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. 01929 550300 (www.hubulu.com)
12 Blues Night Dorchester Arts Centre, The Grove, Dorchester, 8pm. Dino Baptiste and Darby Todd. 01305 266926
12 Moonfleet – Angel Exit Theatre Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. (www.bridport-arts.com)
12 Bridport Choral Society presents a Christmas Celebration at the United Church, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. A concert of Christmas music and carols, with Anna-Maria Geare, soprano. Admission by programme from choir members or at the door. Adults £6, children £3.50
12-13 Santa at Goulds Goulds Department Store, Dorchester, 10.30am – 4pm. £5 inc. gift. In aid of Weldmar Hospice Trust
13 Wind Down for Christmas Radipole Lake, Weymouth, 2pm – 4pm. A wind down walk, a chat and a cup of tea. Tel. 01305 778313 for further details.
14 A Christmas Concert Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Christmas Concert featuring the William Slogrove Singers and Orchestra, Wyncantores Choir, Gillingham Girls, the Gryphon School Girls Choir and Belinda Evans – Christmas Music and readings for everyone to enjoy. Tickets £18, £16. £14, £12, £7 available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre
14 The Thomas Hardye School Community Lectures - Supersense: Why We Believe The Unbelievable The Thomas Hardye School, Coburg Road, Dorchester, 7pm. Lecture by Prof. Bruce Hood. Free ticketed entry.
15 BEC Christmas Quiz Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7.30pm. Tickets £2 in advance or £2.50 on the door, including coffee and drinks – bring own drinks and nibbles. 01305 257485.
15-19 Christmas Tree Festival Baptist Church, Silver Street, Lyme Regis.
16 An Albion Christmas Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 8pm. An evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. (www.bridport-arts.com)
17 Steam Dreams Christmas Carol Special Sherborne Station. Steam train from London to Sherborne, suitably decked out for Christmas, followed by a special carol service in the Abbey at 3pm.
17 BEC Christmas Carols Poundbury Garden Centre, Dorchester, 6.30pm. Christmas Carols, mince pies and mulled wine – in support of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and The Samaritans.
18 The Singing Bones – The Devil’s Violin Broadwindsor Village Hall, 7.30pm. A blend of storytelling, thrilling live music and theatre. 01308 868582 (www.artsreach.co.uk)
18 Triskele and Dorchester Community Choir Dorchester Arts Centre, The Grove, Dorchester, 7.30pm. An evening of music, mulled wine and free mince pies with folk music from Triskele’s exquisite vocals Music for all tastes. 01305 266926
18-19 Yetties Christmas Singalong Concerts Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. With special guest "The Wag from Widecombe" to keep you all in stitches. Tickets £7.50 adults / £6 seniors citizens/children from Rules, Cheap St. Sherborne or tel. 01935 814611 / 814667 / 813890.
19 Christmas Concert Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 7.30pm. A Traditional Christmas Celebration featuring the Gallery Quire.
19 Bridport Open Air Nativity 2009 Bucky Doo Square Bridport, 11am. Open Air event organised by Churches Together, Bridport
19 The New Hardy Players : Dorset Voices Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. An evening with a strong seasonal flavour – readings, drama, songs and poetry. Tickets £10 inc. a glass of wine or soft drink and a mince pie 01305 262735
19-23 Santa at Goulds Goulds Department Store, Dorchester, 10.30am – 4pm. £5 inc. gift. In aid of Weldmar Hospice Trust
20 Weldmar Hospicecare Trust "Light Up A Life" service St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis, 4pm.
20 Charity Christmas Ball Kingston Maurward, Dorchester. In aid of Grace Secondary School. Drinks on arrival, 3 course dinner with coffee and mince pies. Live entertainment from singer Joe Jones & 6 piece jazz/swIng band Just Friends followed by Emergency DJ's. Tickets £45 from Claire 07854 173244
20 Carols by Candlelight Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, 4pm. Carol service followed by a full traditional christmas tea
20 Sherborne Abbey Carol Service Sherborne Abbey, 3pm.
21 Noel! Noel! – Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.45pm. Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir's annual concert of Christmas Music and readings with mulled wine and mince pies. 6.45 - 7.45pm viewing of Museum Galleries. Tickets £12, including refreshments, available from Dorchester TIC or BSC Box office.
23 Carols round the Tree Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 7pm. Organised by the Rotary Club
25 Christmas Morning Fancy Dress Swim The Beach, Charmouth, 11am. In aid of Lyme Regis RNLI.
25 Bridport Churches Together Christmas Day Lunch Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, 12pm – 3pm. For anyone who will be on their own on Christmas Day, or knows of anyone else who will be alone and would like some company. Please tel. 01308 456066 or 01308 424650
26 Boxing Day Fancy Dress Pram Race Marquis of Lorne, Nettlecombe, starting 1pm. Annual pram race held in aid of local charity. Teams of 3 & fancy dress. 01308 485236
26 West Bay Wallow – a Boxing Day Swim East Beach, West Bay, midday. The West Bay Wallow is a charity fancy dress swim off East Beach at midday on Boxing Day. This year it is organised by Bridport Round Table. 07971 258515
27 Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm
27 High Jinks in the Harbour The Cobb, Lyme Regis, 11am. Model Boat Race organised by TheLyme Regis Sailing Club. All boats to be made from recycled materials.
31 Yetties New Year Party Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm Tickets £12 on sale from Rules in Cheap Street or web shop (www.theyetties.co.uk) or tel. 01935 814611/814667 or 813890.
Please contact our Tourist Information Centres for details of local church services during the Christmas period
18 Dec - 03 Jan
TheatreFriends Christmas Bazaar
Nickolai of the NorthThis fabulous story of Young Santa told in a Christmas play with music. Join young Nikolai on his quest to find his real family. Prepare to meet the Wicked Queen Magda and find out if Nikolai has what it takes to stop her Destroying his childhood. Based on the very successful children’s book ‘Nickolai of the North’ by local author Lucy Daniel Raby.
Marine Theatre Box Office: 01297 442138 (Lyme Regis TIC)
The Dorset County Museum and the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society hosts a programme of events, including lectures (on natural sciences, geology, travel, literature and more), study days and concerts. Tel: 01305 262735. (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
Sherborne Science Café has a programme of presentations, talks and meetings and provides a forum to discuss all aspects of science. (www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk)
The Dorset Wildlife Trust runs a programme of walks, talks, workshops, work parties and other wildlife events. Tel: 01305 264620 (www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk)
The Sherborne Historical Society organises a programme of lectures by noted historians and summer field trips. Tel: 01963 364075.
Dorset Moviola brings the cinema to village halls across the county – see (www.moviola.org) for full details.
There are many other special interest clubs, societies and groups across West Dorset. for a full list see (www.dorsetforyou.com) or contact your local TIC.
Dorchester TIC, Antelope Walk, Dorchester.
Bridport TIC, South Street, Bridport.
Sherborne TIC, Digby Road, Sherborne.
Lyme Regis TIC, Church Street, Lyme Regis.
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 does not imply any recommendation by West Dorset District Council. Produced by West Dorset District Council, Community Enabling Division.