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What's on in and around West Dorset

January 2009

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


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 Lyme Lunge Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. Charity Swim organised by The Rotary Club

02 "Wake Up to The New Year" - Pete House's Charity Country & Western Night Dorchester Trinity Club, Dorchester. Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. Live Country and Western Music from Ridgeway Country. Tickets £6. 8pm - 1.00am. Heather Pugh 01305 269095 or Fundraising Dept. Weldmar Hospicecare Trust 01305 215315. www.weld-hospice.org.uk

08 Dorchester Film Society - Buster Keaton Programme The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Enjoy two Buster Keaton films, with live accompaniment by James Harpham. Members Only. 01305 262005

10 Talk on "Planet Assets of The National Tust" by Chris Trimmer The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm The National Trust Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Local Association. Tickets - members £3, guests £3.50. 01747 838810

14 Geology talk Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. 6.30pm. "World Heritage Volcanoes: the best of the best?" - a talk by Chris Wood of Bounemouth University 01305 262735

14 Bridport Camera Club Meeting: Travel and Nature The Salt House, West Bay. Talk by Mary & David Cantrille starting at 7.30pm. New members and visitors (£3) always welcome - further details from Bridport Camera Club. 01308 459443 www.bridportcameraclub

15 South Somerset Ramblers Walk: Beaminster Yarn Barton Car Park, Beaminster. Meet at 10am for a 6 mile walk over the Wessex Ridgeway. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Martin & Jean 01460 76366 www.somersetramblers.co.uk

15 Dorchester Film Society - Michael Clayton The Plaza, Dorchester. 2007 American dramatic legal thriller starring George Clooney. 8pm. Members Only 01305 262005

16 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert: Ben Hess & Jonathan Truscott Sir John Colfox School, Bridport. As part of the 60th Anniversary, Ben Hess on cello and Jonathan Truscott on violin play Ravel, Kodaly and Martinu. Starting at 7.45pm. Sylvia Bishop 01308 424673

17 Bridport Community Orchard planting Field behind St. Mary’s Church, South Street, Bridport, 10am – 4pm. Planting of the new Community Orchard with representatives of local school and community groups putting the trees into the ground, working with Symondsbury Apple Project, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and the Dorset Wildlife Trust. At 3pm the new trees will be wassailed in, with cider and song. All welcome – parking available in Football Field car park. 01308 458480

17 Dorchester Piano Trio St. Mary’s Church, Beaminster, 2.30pm. Performing Schubert and Hayden Piano Trios. Organised by The Friends of St. Mary’s Church, Beaminster.

22 Dorchester Film Society - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly The Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 7.30pm. Members Only. 01305 262005

24 Christchurch Sinfonia Sherborne Abbey. 01935 812452 www.sherborneabbey.com

25 Dorset Ramblers Sunday Ramble Meet at Watts Hill Layby, GR 673040. Lunch at the New Inn, Cerne Abbas. www.dorsetramblers.co.uk

26 St Lawrence Seaway Illustrated Talk Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. Illustrated talk presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Speaker Mr John Ivall. Non member are welcome. Starts 2:30pm. 01308 863577

27 Sherborne Jazz - jam session Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. An informal and friendly meting place for musicians. Bring your instrument and sit in with the house trio or just come to listen and enjoy. 01935 816569 www.sherbornejazz.org.uk

31 Sherborne Jazz Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. With Gilad Atzmon on reeds, with Frank Harrison - piano, Stephen Keogh drums and Jeremy Brown double bass 01935 816569 www.sherbornejazz.org.uk

31/01 Rocks and Fossil Weekend Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. Booking essential 01297 560772 www.charmouth.org


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.


Coming up next month…

Purbeck Big Band at the Corn Exchange on 21st February at 7.45pm. Tickets available from 5th Janaury @ £6.50 from Dorchester TIC. Also available from 1st December plus a reserved seat @ £1 extra from Mr Scutt on 01305 262158

Dorchester TIC, Antelope Walk, Dorchester.
Tel: 01305 267992

Bridport TIC, South Street, Bridport.
Tel: 01308 424901

Sherborne TIC, Digby Road, Sherborne.
Tel: 01935 815341

Lyme Regis TIC, Church Street, Lyme Regis.
Tel: 01297 442138





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.