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…
25 June – 05 July Beaminster Festival of Music and the Arts www.beamfest.org.uk
03-05 July Lyme Regis Jazz Festival 01297 442138 www.lymeregistourism.co.uk
04 July ‘Show of Hands’ at Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
04-12 July ‘Spirit of the Sea’ Maritime Festival, Weymouth & Portland
09-12 July Lakeside Magic Concerts, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester
11 July RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day (tickets available from local TICs) www.yeoviltonairday.co.uk
17-19 July Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Dorchester www.tuc.org.uk/tolpuddle
18-26 July Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week
19 July Classic Car Show, Sherborne Castle www.sherbornecastle.com
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 Sanctus Sacred Songs United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 8-10pm. Come and sing four-part harmonies and chants from around the world. £5 or £4 concession. 01308 455749 firstname.lastname@example.org
01 Introducing Bumblebees Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10am - 4pm. A chance to learn how to recognise bumblebees and separate them from solitary bees and other mimic species. 01300 320684 www.kingcombecentre.org.uk
01-15 Lunch Club Workshops - Community Kitchen Sessions Centre for Local Food, Unit 17 St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport. We will help you to cook batch cook meals, working in a group. This course takes place between 11am and 1pm each Wednesday. Participants should be 60+ Cost £3. 01308 420269.
03 Toni & Guy Masquerade Ball Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Jillie Tregarth Jazz quartet, Paul Brook Magician, Nick Tatham. Tickets from the Dorchester Salon £20. In aid of the Toni & Guy Ward at the Variety Club Children's Hospital, King's College Hospital and The Variety Club Children's Charity. 0207 440 6660 Email: Sarah.email@example.com
03-05 Lyme Regis Jazz Festival Various venues around Lyme Regis. 19th Jazz Festival featuring 15 star bands at 4 venues. Tickets and information from Lyme Regis TIC. 01297 442138 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
03-05 Milborne Players present Caught in the Net Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, 7.30pm. Written by Raye Cooney, directed by Caroline Nobbs. Refreshments and bar. Tickets £6.50 for adults and £5.00 for concessions. Tickets available from Milborne Londis or phone 01258 837174. www.milborneplayers.org.uk
04 Birdport Charter Fair Asker Meadows, Bridport (pedestrian access from South Street or Sea Road North) Bridport's now famous Charter Fair includes a whole host of entertainment and stalls offering a broad range of fayre. Past highlights have included jousting tournaments and historical re-enactments!
04 Sherborne Abbey Choir Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. The choir's annual concert of anthems and motets taken from the repertoire. Retiring collection for choir funds. 01935 812452 www.sherorneabbey.com
04 Craft & Country Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. Free admission 01749 677049
04 The Thorners Trophy Gravity Go Kart race Thorners School, Litton Cheney, 12.30pm. We are looking for all adrenaline junkies and their supporters to come and race the race of speed !! All ages are welcome to enter...prizes for best themed Kart, fastest time, etc...beer tent, bbq, bouncy castle and fete stalls. Details and entry forms 01308 482776.
04 Show of Hands Summer Family Concert Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, 3pm- 9pm. This year minus Phil Beer (who will be crewing on the Tall Ships race), but Steve Knightly will be introducing some of their musical friends - Martyn Joseph, Miranda Sykes, Fishermen's Friends, Jenna and Mawkin Causley. 01305 871387 www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
04 Record and CD Fair The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 10am - 3pm. Free entry. 07882 392 508 www.vinylsaturday.co.uk
04 Mitra Alice Tham (piano) Concert St. Candida’s Church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, 7.30pm. Performance includes Prokoviev, Bach, Schumann and Gershwin. £6 on the door.
04 Bride Valley Gardening Club Puncknowle and Swyre Village Hall, opens 2pm. Mini Flower and Produce Show. Entrance is free. View the exhibits and take part in the judging between 2pm - 3.30pm. Prizes will be awarded by President, Brian Prentice at 4pm. Refreshments available and raffle. All welcome.
04 Independence Day Record & CD Fair Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 10am til 3pm. Free admission. www.vinylsaturday.co.uk
04 Family Treasure Hunt Starts at Blackdown Church Car Park, near Beaminster. The ever-popular Family Treasure Hunt takes place again from Blackdown Church with staggered start times between 5pm and 7pm. Cost £5 per car to be followed by a Barbecue at Blackdown Village Hall from 7pm. Alison Bailey 01308 868913 or Philip Hardwill 01460 30661
04 Brownsword Events Club - The Poundbury Square Dance Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7pm. Music with Up and Running. 'Square' dance for the whole family. No experience or dancing ability needed, just join in the fun! Bring a picnic and chairs. No entrance fee. Sue 01305 7518115 www.brownswordevents.org.uk
04 On The Fiddle with special guests Andy Stone and Don Oeters. Winterborne Monkton Church, food from 6.30pm, concert at 7.30pm. An evening of uplifitng traditional fiddle music from Ireland, America and Eastern Europe. Tickets £8.50 & £5 from Harmony Music. 01305 260360 or 01305 259022
04 That's What We Call Music United Church, South Street, Dorchester. Wow Youth Musical Theatre in Concert. Tickets £7 in advance, £9 on the door. Aged 16 and under £4 01305 262668
04 Mencap presents - Abba's Angels Tribute Band Rye Hill Farm, Bere Regis. Free family fun from 2.30pm - rural demonstrations, attractions and much more. From 6.30pm fully licensed bar and Hog Roast. Tickets £10 adults, under 14s £5.
04 Cerne Abbas Church Fete and Hog Roast The Vicarage, Cerne Abbas. Opens at 12.30pm with dog show, Pimms Tent, Grand Draw, Classic Car Display, Tug-o-War, Cream Teas, and many other activities! Entry £1, parking and children free.
04 Stinsford Fete Birkin House, Nr. Kingston Maurward, 12 noon to 5pm. To be opened by Steve Furst aka Lenny Beige. Attractions include maypole dancing, cookery demonstration, Punch & Judy, raffle, tombola, skittles, bar and barbecue.
04 Concert by the Two Castles Youth Band Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Award winning Two Castles Youth Band from Sherborne celebrate their anniversary launch with a concert, accompanied by the Wilton & District Youth Band. Tickets £3 adults, £1.50 children/concessions, available from West End Post Office, Rules and Lumiere, all in Sherborne
05 Recycled Music Yurt, Symondsbury Orchard, Nr Bridport, 10am - 12 noon. Organised by Wild Trees Club with David Squirrell. Using found, natural & recycled materials. Come & make something bang, strum or shake. £4.00 over 7yrs. Booking Essential. 01308 427449
05 Swingtime in the Gardens Dorchester Borough Gardens. Features The Purbeck Big Band, Just Friends, The Dorchester Big Band, Dorchester Community Samba Band. Collection and grand draw in aid of the Leukaemia Research fund and Fortuneswell Cancer Trust. 01305 267068
05 Jazz Brunches Eastbury Hotel, Long Street, Sherborne. Live Jazz in the conservatory restaurant, brunch served from 11am - 1.30pm. £16.50 adults, £10.00 children, under 5s free. 01935 813131 www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk
05 Funday Sunday Sandringham Sports Field, Armada Way, Dorchester, 11am onwards. Mini soccer, penalty shoot-out, cross bar challenge, basketball challenge, tug of war, cake stalls, BBQ, bar and much more!
05 Shave Cross Fun Dog Show & Gymkhana Stoke Mill Farm, Broadoak. The Horse & Pony Gymkhana starts at 10am and the Shave Cross Dog Show at 2.30pm. Tel.l 01308 868472 for further details.
05 Exhibition of Paintings West Walks, Dorchester. Members of Dorchester Art Club will be hanging their paintings on the railings, weather permitting, from 10am - 4pm. This is a new venture. Pictures will be for sale. 01305 251094
05 Soprano Recital – Lyn Morgan St. Michael’s Church, Church Street, Lynme Regis, 3.30pm. Retiring collection, tea & cakes to follow in Church Hall.
07 Green Drinks Tom Brown's Public House, High East Street, Dorchester, 7pm. Informal social gathering for anyone interested in "green issues ". Meet other like minded people. Every Ist Tuesday. www.transitiontowndorchester.org/localprojects.html
07 Summer Lodge 2009 Wine Dinner- Au Bon Climat, California, USA Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa. Fore Street, Evershot. 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. Dinner, four courses, is served from 7.30pm, created by Summer Lodge chef Steve Titman. Cost £95. 01935 482031 / 01935 482000 www.summerlodgehotel.com
07 Sanctus Sacred Songs Friends Meeting House, South St, Bridport, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. Come and sing four part harmonies and chants from around the world. £5 (£4 low income). 1st Tues of month. 01308 455749 or email email@example.com
07 A Concert by the highly acclaimed Sarah Foley Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Light refreshments and raffle. Tickets £5 on the door and £4.50 in advance from Margaret and Peter Long. All proceeds to Children of Fiji. 01300 320433 / 07867696702 www.childrenoffiji.co.uk
07 The Morris Club - Badminton in Bridport Bridport Leisure Centre, Brewery Fields, Bridport. The Morris Club plays Badminton every Tuesday evening between 8.30pm and 9.30pm and would like to welcome new members! If you are interested in taking up this healthy and enjoyable pastime with this friendly club please contact the organiser. 01308 427347
08 Hands Across the Sea - A Celebration of American and British Music Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. The sound of 150 young voices will ring throughout Sherborne when the Abbey plays host to the Gala Concert of the Second International Children's Choral Festival. Entrance free - collection for St. Margaret's Hospice, Yeovil 01935 812452 www.sherborneabbey.com
08 Sherborne Flicks - The Young Victoria Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Tickets £5 - available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 www.sherborneartslink.org.uk
09 Lakeside Magic Concert: Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester. Tribute band 'Madness:One Step Behind'. Gates open 5pm for picnics, concert starts 7.30pm. Advance tickets priced £25 adults, £10 child, £60 family available from Dorchester and Bridport TIC. 01305 265804
09 Ramblers walk: Burton Bradstock Meet Burton Bradstock Beach Car Park, 10.40am for 4 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details - Norman 01935 479129
09 Burton Bradstock Guided Walk Playing Fields, opposite garage, Burton Bradstock. Led by Elizabeth Buckler Gale. The sale of the village in 1958. 2pm start and lasts approx. 2 hours, level walking. £3pp in aid of Friends of Bridport Museum. 01308 488327
09 The National Trust South Dorset Association - The Summer Lunch Athelhampton House, Athelhampton. A full and interesting programme will include a visit to the House and Gardens, a Dorset Salad Buffet lunch in the Long Hall, a glass of wine with the meal and coffee. Jim Wilkinson 01305 816772
09-11 The Coarse Acting Show Dorchester Roman Town House. A comedy by Michael Green. Open Air Theatre with Dorchester Drama.
10 Open Air Theatre – The Three Musketeers Sherborne Castle, gates open 6.30pm, performance starts 7.30pm. Highly entertaining open air theatre on the castle lawns performed by Illyria Theatre Company. Bring picnics and your own low backed seating or a rug. 01935 813182 www.sherbornecastle.com
10 Lakeside Magic Concert: Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester. Tribute band ''Bon Giovi & Bryan Adams Experience". Gates open 5pm for picnics, concert starts 7.30pm. Advance tickets priced £25 adults, £10 child, £60 family available from Dorchester and Bridport TIC. 01305 265804
10 The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy adapted by Davina Symes Moigne Court, Owermoigne. Outdoor theatre - if wet there will be a local alternative location. Starts at 7pm. Gates open at 6pm. Tickets £7. Bring a picnic. 01305 852117 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hardyonlline.org
11 Concert " The Tree Fellas " The Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 6pn – 8pm. Organised by Friends of the Borough Gardens. Bring your picnics.
11 Lakeside Magic Concert: Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester. Tribute band ''Abba2". Gates open 5pm for picnics, concert starts 7.30pm. Advance tickets priced £25 adults, £10 child, £60 family available from Dorchester and Bridport TIC. 01305 265804
11 The Summer Music Society of Dorset - The Merel Quartet & Hariolf Schlichtig Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Nr Dorchester, 7.30pm. Programme : - Bach - The Art of Fugue BMW 1080, Beethoven - String Quintet in C minor, Opus 29 and Mendelssohn - String Quintet in B flat major, Opus 87. Tickets £18 & £25 available from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992
11 Sherborne Abbey Open Day Sherborne Abbey, 10am – 4.30pm. Friends of Sherborne Abbey are hosting a day when artists and craftsmen will be working in the Abbey providing demonstrations and exhibits - stonemasons, woodworkers, glaziers, calligraphers - followed by organ recital by the Venerable Paul Taylor, Archdeacon of Sherborne and then Evensong led by the Abbey Choir at 5.00pm. All welcome. Children’s entertainment during the afternoon 01935 812452 www.sherborneabbey.com
11 RSPCA West Dorset Coffee Morning Wrenfield, Bradford Road, Sherborne, 10am – 12noon. Admission £1.
11 Milborne Port Church Fete Bathwell Lane, Milborne Port, Nr. Sherborne. Traditional Village Fete held in the grounds of St. John's Church
11 Yeovilton Air Day RNAS Yeovilton celebrate 100 years of Naval Aviation at their annual Air Day on 11th July 2009. An extensive flying and static display will take place to mark this significant milestone. Saver tickets available from local TICs. www.yeoviltonairday.co.uk
11 Yetminster Fair 2009 High Street, Yetminster, from 1pm. One of the longest running fairs in Dorset, with over 100 stalls plus entertainment, followed by a concert with The Yetties in the marquee at 8pm. 01935 873719 / 872940
11 Kiss Me Goodnight Sgt. Major Corn Exchange, Dorchester. A Comical and Musical Revue of W W 11 by Sandy Sinclair. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets adult £9, children 16 and under £6 available from Dorchester T I C 01305 267992 and Wessex Photographic, 2a Corn Hill, Dorchester.
11 The Quangle Wangle Choir Litton Cheney Village Hall, 7.30pm. Their repertoire includes world music, jazz, folk. 01305 814940 www.qwchoir.com
11 An Evening with Hot Flush Durweston Village Hall, 7.30pm. Swing, Blues and Jazz with local group Hot Flush. Tickets £7.50 in aid of The Eve Appeal and Ovarian Cancer Research. 01258 820996
11-12 Martinstown Open Gardens 12pm – 6pm. 16 open gardens plus flower festival in the Church, botanical art display plus tombola, bric-a-brac and more. Entrance by programme – adults £2.50 – available from car park, village hall or stewards.
11-12 Stevens Farm Beer Festival Martinstown. 17 Real Ales, Cider, wine. Free glass with every ticket. Live entertainment. In aid of the local village hall and breast cancer research. 12 - 6pm & 6pm - midnight. Day ticket £3 and evening ticket £5 available at Dorchester TIC 01305 267992
11-6/9 The Great Dorset Maize Maze Rodden Farm, Rodden, Weymouth. Open 10am - 6pm, last entry 4pm. Adults £7.50, Child 3 & over £6.50, OAP £4, Students with ID £6.50, Family ticket 2adults up to 4 children £30, Season family ticket £60. 01305 871281 www.greatdorsetmaizemaze.com
12 Lakeside Magic Concert: Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester. Tribute band ''The ELO Experience". Gates open 5pm for picnics, concert starts 7.30pm. Advance tickets priced £25 adults, £10 child, £60 family available from Dorchester and Bridport TIC. 01305 265804
12 Slape Manor Mediaeval Fair Slape Manor, Netherbury, Nr. Beaminster, 2pm - 6pm. Falconry display, craft stalls, dog agility display, tug of war, children's fancy dress competition, pig roast, bar, and more. Admission £4, children under 12 free. In aid of village charities and organisations. 01308 488648
12 The Wealden Wind Quintet St. Michael’s Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 3.30pm. Retiring collection, tea & cakes to follow in Church Hall.
14 Visit to Norman Lockyer Observatory at Sidmouth . Bridport History Society visit. Prebooking essential, limited numbers 01308 456876
14 Dorchester 55 Forum Holy Trinity Centre Hall, Culliford Road North, Dorchester DT1 (Behind Sunninghill School ), 10am. Guest speakers: Adrian Downton talking about his experiences as a magistrate and Jeff Hodgson from Age Concern recounting some comedic insurance claims. Refreshments, free parking. All welcome.
16 West Bay Guided Walk Starts from car park opposite Haddon House Hotel, 2pm. Led by Elizabeth Buckler Gale. Bridport Harbour through 1000 years. Walk lasts approx. 2 hours, level walking. £3pp in aid of Friends of Bridport Museum. 01308 488327
17 Flower Arranging Workshop - Wedding buttonholes and hand-tied posies Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 12 noon to 5pm. Learn how to create beautiful wedding buttonholes and tied posies suitable for wedding parties, mother of the bride especially! Tutor Syliva Dunsdon. Cost £35. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
17 Piano recital by Maksymilian Stryczek from Poland Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. A programme of Chopin, with Liszt and Debussy. Tickets £5 on the door (children free). (Part of the Sherborne Douzelage Summer cultural event) Tickets also available from The Sherborne Bookshop (Booklore) 01935 817338
17 Laudemus! Choral Evensong St. Candida’s Church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, 6pm.
17-21 Sherborne Douzelage Summer cultural event. Sherborne. For specific events see separate dates, plus music and dance in the streets and gardens of Sherborne and Yeovil on 18th, 19th and 21st of July.
18 "Heavenly Music" - Orlando Singers and Wessex Chamber Orchestra Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Vivaldi's Gloria, Purcell's Funeral Music, also music by Hildegard of Bingen, Byrd, Dering, Tomkins and Weelkes. Tickets £8 to £14 (£1 under 18s) available from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341
18 Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Show Uplyme Cricket Field & Village Hall, 2pm. Annual show with exhibits, stalls and refreshments.
18 Rock around the Jurassic Coast – Guided Walk from Abbotsbury to West Bay Meet in Abbotsbury Car Park, 9.30am. A trip along part of Chesil Bank. Cost £5 per adult. Return on X53 bus service. 01929 552740 www.jursassiccoast.com
18 Leigh Food Fair and Classic Car Show 2009 Leigh, Nr. Sherborne, 10am – 4pm. A chance to taste and buy some of the best food on offer from local producers. Plus classic car show, cookery demonstration, Wessex Morris men, children’s activities, barbecue, refreshments, ice cream and beer! Mark Hix will open the fair. Entrance £1 children 50p. 01935 873846
18 The Quangle Wangle Choir Weymouth Holy Trinity Church, 7.30pm. Their repertoire includes world music, jazz, folk. 01305 814940 www.qwchoir.com
18 Weldmar Hospice Summer Fete Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester. Entertainment throughout the day including dog agility display, Juno belly dancing, Emerald Stars, Dorchester YMCA gymnasts, L & B line dancing. Stalls include bric-a-brac, books, cakes, home produce, toys, plants and more. 01305 215315
18 Bradford Peverell Fete The Playing Field, Bradford Peverell, 2.15pm. Proceeds to the Village Charities. Andy the Magic Man, Dorchester Ballet and Dance Club, live music with the WYSiWYG Acoustic Accordion Band. Also all the old favourites including bric-a-brac, BBQ, raffle cakes, children’s fancy dress plus china smashing, teddy bear sale and bottle game.
18 Oisu Folk Band from Estonia and Sherborne Band Pageant Gardens and Bandstand. They will entertain between 3pm and 5pm (Part of the Sherborne Douzelage Summer cultural event)
18 Picnic in the Park at Mountfield Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport, 6pm – 9pm. Live music in the park, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the twinning of Bridport and St. Vaast. 01308 427177
18 Ceilidh with The Reel Thing, Oisu Folk Band from Estonia and Wessex Morris Men Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. They will bring you a Celidh that you won't forget!. Licensed bar. Tickets £7.50 or familt ticket £20. Tickets from 01935 817338 or from Sherborne Bookshop (Booklore) 01935 817338
18-19 Dorset Medieval Festival Winterborne Came, Nr Dorchester, Sat 10 - 6pm & Sun. 10 - 5pm. Jousting tournaments, Archery, Cannon - Fire, Skill - at - Arms, Jesters, Dancers, Minstrels, Living History Encampment, Storytellers, Beer Tent, Hog Roast & Medieval Market. Adults £10, Children under 16, £6, Family £28 2 a + 2 c available at Dorchester T I C. Free parking and dog friendly. 01305 267992
18-19 Rustic Hazelwood Furniture - Workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10am - 4.30pm. A two-day workshop with tutor Peter Moors. Make your own unique garden furniture! Early booking essential. Cost £80 plus approx. £15 for wood used. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
18-19 Portland Steam & Vintage Show Southwell Park, Portland, Dorset. Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. Adults £6, Concessions/ children 12-16 £4, accompanied under 12s free 01305 822728 www.theportlandsteamshow.co.uk
18-26 Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week Lyme Regis. A week packed full of events and activities for all the family.
18-6/9 Beaminster Museum Exhibition Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster. Flowers Fruits and Follies - a short walk through garden history. Open Tues, Thurs, Sat & Bank Hols 10.30-noon, 2.30-4.30pm, Sun 2.30-4.30pm. £1, accompanied children free.
19 Armed Forces Day Dorchester. 11.30am – 12.15pm parade through South Street, Trinity Street and High West Street; 1.30 – 4.30pm band concert in Borough Gardens
19 Totally Teddies Fair Kingston Maurward College, Nr. Dorchester. 01305 215003 www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens
19 The John Wells Classic Motorcycle Run Freshwater Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock, sign on at 9.30pm – bikes leave at 10.30am prompt. In aid of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance – all bikes welcome. 01308 423788
19 Ramblers Walk: Coneys Castle & Golden Cap Meet Coneys Castle Car park, 10am for 13 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details Peter 01935 862229
19 Oisu Folk Band from Estonia Paddock Gardens, Newland, Sherborne. 3pm-4pm. (Part of the Sherborne Douzelage Summer cultural event)
19 Afternoon Teas and illustrated talk about Estonia by Aert Sarv Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, from 4pm. Entrance £3 on door (Part of the Sherborne Douzelage Summer cultural event)
19 Barbeque with Oisu Folk Band Weavers Sports and Social Club. Westbury, Sherborne. BBQ and bar, 7:30-10:30 pm
20 Bride Valley Gardening Club Puncknowle and Swyre Village Hall. Talk on 'Growing Vegeatbles for the Winter' given by Mark de Greed, a local organic vegetable producer. Members free, Visitors £2
21 "Hot, Hot, Hot" - A garden tour with Roy Lancaster Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Tickets via RHS 0845 612 1253 www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
22 Charlton Down Local History Group - Manor Houses of Dorset Charlton Down Village Hall ballroom, 7.30pm. An illustrated talk by Audrey Grundrod and Una Russell. Cost £2.50.
23-26 Cerne Abbas Music Festival St. Mary's Church, Cerne Abbas. The internationally known Gaudier Ensemble perform a range of contemporary and classical works. 01300 341518 www.gaudier.co.uk
24 Brownsword Events Club Quiz Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7.30pm. Tickets £2 in advance or £2.50 at the door. Coffee and biscuits included. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Hilary 013305 257485
24 Friendship Club Dorset Present Rockabilly Fever Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7pm - 10pm £3 entry. Elvis Raffle, Buddy Holly Magic Show. Dance the night away with Memphis 56. Bring a support worker if you need additional assisitance. Please book with Charlotte 01305 757027
24--26 Camp Bestival Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth. A 3 day festival at a castle by the sea. Featuring PJ Harvey, Mercury Rev, Bon Iver and many more. DJs, Comedy and many other tents. 08448884410 www.campbestival.net
25 Rock Around the Jurassic Coast – Guided Walk from West Bay to Charmouth Guided walk from 9.30am – 4pm. Return on the X53 or 31 bus services. Cost £5 per adult. 01929 552740 www.jurassiccoast.com
25 Chedington Street Fair A street fair and market in a pretty Dorset Conservation village with fun for all ages. 01935 891035
25 Milton Abbas Street Fair Milton Abbas, 11am - 5pm. Traditional music and dancing, local craftspeople, stalls and demonstrations, Dorset Food Market, Children's Entertainers, swing boats and roundabouts, Local Food and Local Ale. www.miltonabbas.org.uk
25 Bee Fest Bridport Football Ground, St Mary’s Field, Bridport, 11am – 11pm. Live music and entertainment all day. Advance tickets from Bridport Music in South Street - £5 for the whole day – free entry for under 12s
25-2/8 Love Parks Week Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Events during the week include treasure hunts, concerts, sports, displays and more. Tel. 01305 2668961
25-7/8 Art Exhibition by the Wednesday Art Group Exhibition Window at Bridport Tourist Information Centre, 47 South Street, Bridport, Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm. A display of paintings for sale by the popular Wednesday Art Group. Available to view at all times, and open for sales. Art Group contact 01308 456845
26 Gardens Open - The Old Post Office & Watendlath North Street, Bere Regis, 2 - 6pm. £3 each garden, Children Free.
26 Traditional Village Fete Whitchurch Canonicorum Village and Gardens, 2pm onwards. With Durnovaria Silver Band, "Olde Curiosity Shoppe", cream teas and refreshments, stalls, draws, games, art exhibition and church tower open. 01297 489523
26 Jigsaw playing in the Borough Gardens Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 2.30pm. Free performance. 01305 266861
26 Saxaphone Recital – Alison Young St. Michael’s Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 3.30pm. Retiring collection, tea & cakes to follow in Church Hall.
26-16/8 Canford Summer School of Music 2009 Sherborne School. Canford Summer School of Music returns to Sherborne and will once again delight us with a series of concerts during their stay – programmes will be available from Sherborne TIC. www.canfordsummerschool.co.uk
27 "Learning from the Jurassic Coast." Guest Lecture by Professor Denys Brunsden OBE Bridport United Church Hall, East St. Bridport, 8pm. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of The National Trust. Non members welcome. 01308 863577
28-30 New Forest & Hampshire County Show The Showground, New Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Great ring attractions, celebrating country life, fun for kids, refreshments. Tickets available from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992 01590 622409 www.newforestshow.co.uk
30 Felt making workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. 10.30am - 4.30pm. Nuna - floaty felt and chiffon scarves - workshop with Dennie Rose. Incorporating fibres into chiffon, create desirable individual scarves, and to complete the day stitch beautiful beads into the scarves for embellishment. Cost £35 plus small charge for materials 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
30 Forde Abbey. 11.00am. Marie Curie Cancer Care are delighted to be organising the summer fair at Forde Abbey Nr Chard and we hope to raise more than £10,000 towards our nursing service in Somerset and Dorset. There will be fantastic stalls offering local produce and craftsmanship as well as a host of attractions for all the family including a falconry display, dog agility and even belly dancing! It promises to be a great day out for everyone. Entry is £5.00 per adult ticket and £1.50 per child on the day. However, you can purchase a family ticket for two adults and three children in advance for only £10.00. Just call Irene Glynnor Julia Chapman on 01460 271230 or e-mail email@example.com to purchase your family ticket in advance. Marie Curie Cancer Care needs more tombola prizes so if you have any unwanted gifts or items suitable for a tombola stall, we would love to hear from you!
30 Raft Race (RNLI) at West Bay Annual raft race on the river Brit at West Bay, organised by the Bridport branch of the RNLI. If you would like to join in, you will need a team of up to 6 people. Cups awarded for the fastest raft, best dressed raft and highest sponsorship raised (minimum £25 per team). Entries to be received no later than 23rd July. 01308 427212 www.rnli.org.uk
31-4/8 Dorset’s Premier Arts and Craft Show 95th Annual Exhibition Bovington Middle School. Demonstrations, crafts and stalls, photography, fine art and café. Adults £4, Seniors £3.50, Families £9. 01202 553113 www.dorsetartsandcrafts.org
28 July –
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Quantum Theatre
Concerts in the West - Arabesque
Lyme Regis Jazz Festival
Summer Evening of Music – BOF Productions
TheatreFriends Quiz Night
Alice Through the Looking Glass – Quantum Theatre
Fiddler on the Roof – Community Players
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.
Coming up next month…
02-06 Sept Great Dorset Steam Fair, Blandford – tickets available from all local TICs
05-06 Sept RNLI Fun Day, West Bay
12-20 Sept Dorset Architectural Heritage Week
26 Sept-04 Oct Lyme Regis Artsfest
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.