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…
To end June Baby Swans hatching at Abbotsbury Swannery www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
7-11 June Flower Festival, Athelhampton House, nr Dorchester
13 June Summer Music Society of Dorset, Sherborne Abbey (Tickets available from Sherborne TIC)
13 June World Nettle Eating Contest, Bottle Inn, Marshwood
13-4 June West Dorset Vintage Rally, Bridport
20 June Dorchester Carnival
26 June Balmoral Cruise from West Bay (Tickets available from Bridport TIC)
26-27 June Bridport Food & Beer Festival
25 June-5 July Beaminster Festival
28 June Coast to Coast Motorcycle Run, Lyme Regis
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 Wessex Morris Men Dancing at The Walnut Tree, West Camel at 7.30pm, Queen Camel village centre at 8.15pm and The Sparkford Inn at 9pm 01963 220582 www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk
02 Green Drinks Tom Brown's Public House, High East Street, Dorchester, 7pm. Informal social gathering for anyone interested in "green issues " - every Ist Tuesday. www.transitiontowndorchester.org/local_projects.html
02 Jam at the Plume Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. 01935 816569 www.myspace.com/sherbornejazzclub
02 Sanctus Sacred Songs Friends Meeting House, South St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Come and sing four part harmonies and chants from around the world. £5 (£4 low income). First Tuesday of each month. 01308 455749 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
02 Summer Lodge 2009 Wine Dinner- Moreau, Burgundy, France. Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa. 9 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorset. DT2 0JR. Monthly Wine Dinner hosted by Summer Lodge Cellar Master, Eric Zwiebel MS, UK Sommelier of the Year and runner-up in the 'Best Sommelier in the World' 2007. 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 direct line or 01935 482000 switchboard. www.summerlodgehotel.com
03 Sanctus Sacred Songs United Church, South Street, Dorchester. Come and sing four-part harmonies and chants from around the world. 8 - 10pm. £5 or £4 concession 01308 455749 email@example.com
03 Music Night with The Yetties The Weavers Club, Westbury, Sherborne, 8pm. Tickets £6 01935 814667
04 Introduction to Felt Making - workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Experience the ancient techniques of creating fabric from fleece that can be from cobweb to carpet quality. Tutor Dennie Rose. Cost £35 plus small charge for materials. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
04 Dorchester & District Amnesty Group Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 7pm. An invitation to the Commemoration of th 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Poems will be read by Chinese poet in exile Yang Lian. Bring picnic food to share. All welcome.
05 All You Need is Love Leigh Village Hall, 7.30pm. A concert of musical romance from stage and screen, presented by Strode Music Theatre Society. Tickets £7.50 (inc. light refreshment) from Leigh Post Office, 01963 210154 or on door if available.
05-06 Abbotsbury Music Festival – The Barber of Seville Abbey House Hotel Gardens, Church Street, Abbotsbury. Friday 7pm (garden open for picnics from 5.30pm), Saturday 5pm (garden opens 4pm). Tickets available from Bridport TIC or from 01305 871475. www.abbmusic.org.uk
06 Craft & Country Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. Free admission 01749 677049
06 Bradpole Fete Norman’s Orchard, opposite the Post Office, Bradpole, Nr Bridport, 2pm – 5pm. Stalls, games, entertainment.
06 Dorchester Impact – Fun Day Sandringham Fields, next to St. Mary’s School, Dorchester, 2pm – 5pm. Organised by the Churches of Dorchester. All events free. Stage performances by Majorettes, Roly the Clown and Samaba Band + BBQ
06 Sherborne Jazz - John Law Piano Trio Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. 01935 816569 www.myspace.com/sherbornejazzclub
06 La Nova Singers St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A highly sought-after ensemble, recognised for their beauty of sound, harmonies, diction and ecletic mix of music.. Tickets £7.50 in advance £8.50 on the door (£6.50 OAPs/under 14yrs) available from Harmony Music 01305 260360 07736070033 www.lanovastudios.co.uk
06 Ride in a Ferrari Wyvale Garden Centre, Owermoigne, 10am - 4pm. Passenger seat rides offered in a Ferrari and other "guest" supercars like Bentley or Aston Martin - all in aid of the Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Charity and Ridgeway Ward at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester. 01305 826996 www.jtsma.org.uk
06 Barn dance Buckland Newton. B B Q & Bar. Tickets £6.50 / £16 family ticket. 07788 757 197
06 Red Hot Summer Reggae Jam Bridport Art Centre, South Street, Bridport, 8pm – 1am. With selectors: Hurricane T; Vee Man Special Guest Selector Rim Bim Live PA from Junior Dan, Squire Jon, Jah Spirit & Green Lion Tickets £5.
06 The New Elizabethan Singers Song of Summer St. Mary’s Church, Main Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Tickets £8 (under 16s free) available from Goadsby in Bridport or Bridport Music Centre, South Street, Bridport.
06-07 Open Gardens, Craft Exhibition and an abundance of Scarecrows Broadmayne, 12-5pm. Come and enjoy a number of very different gardens and see several different crafts and spot the scarecrows around the village. All proceeds will go to the refurbishment of St. Martin's Community Hall. 01305 852866
07 Gardens For The Lifeboats - Minterne Gardens Minterne Magna, Dorchester, 10 am - 6pm. 01300 341370
07 Family Bushcraft Day Venue TBC. With Chris Holland. £15 adult, £7.50 child, under 5s free. Organised by Wild Trees Club. Booking Essential. 01308 427449 www.wholeland.org.uk
07 Push for Life - sponsored walk with pushchairs From Weymouth Pavilion, 10am. In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust - a parents and children sponsored 6k walk with pushchairs from Weymouth Pavilion, along the Esplanade to Oasis Café and return. Registration fee £10 per family. 01305 215315 www.weld-hospice.org.uk
07 'A Bit Of A Do' Litton And Thorners Community Hall, ( LATCH ), School Lane, Litton Cheney. Raising money for The Bride Valley Fledglings Pre School. Free entry, all welcome. A free afternoon of historic vehicles, cream teas, cake and live jazz. If you have a historic vehicle to bring to the fun, please contact Martin Bell. 07939 172615
07 West Dorset Ramblers Walk from Bridport Buckydoo Square, Bridport, 2.30pm. Enjoy a lovely walk with the Ramblers Dogs welcome on leads. Please contact walk leader to confirm details. Myra 01308 424787
07 Music in the Borough Gardens Borough Gardens, Dorchester. An afternoon of music from Dorchester's own Durnovaria Silver Band, Dorchester Town Council 01305 266861 www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk
07-11 Athelhampton Flower Festival Athelhampton House, Puddletown, 10.30am - 5pm. Say it with flowers - a theme inspired by books and poems presented by Owemoigne Flower club and friends. 01305 853456 www.athelhampton.co.uk
08 Wessex Morris Men . Dancing at The Muddled Man, West Chinnock at 7.30pm, The Cat Head Inn at Chiselborough at 8.15pm and the Lord Nelson at Norton Sub Hamdon at 9pm 01963 220582 www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk
09 Visit to Clapton Mill, Somerset . Bridport History Society visit - prebooking essential, limited spaces 01305 456876
09 West Dorset Ramblers Walk from Askerswell Meet at Askerswell Church, 10am. Enjoy a lovely 10.5 mile walk with the Ramblers - Eggerdon and Nettlecombe. Sorry no dogs. Please contact walk leader to confirm details. Di 01305 269248
10 Sherborne Flicks – Australia Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Tickets £5 - available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 www.sherborneartslink.org.uk
10 Insight Lecture Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. "Then there were three: Sheborne divided, AD 909" – a lecture by Dr Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Christ Church, Oxford.
10 Carol Rivers Dorchester Library. A popular local author who writes sagas set in the East End of London will be at the library from 2.30pm – 4pm. Tickets available from Dorchester Library at £3. 01305 224440
10 Recital by Soprano Teresa De-Roberto Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Recital of classical music and songs from the shows. Tickets £6 from the Four Leaf Clover Club, Rules or on the door. In aid of Four Leaf Clover Club.
11 Full Steam Ahead for Carers – Information Morning Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Culliford Road North, Dorchester, 10.30am – 1.30pm. Information available from many organisations. Free refreshments. Help & Care 0845 4500 418
11 Full Steam Ahead for Carers – Afternoon Out Athelhampton House, Puddletown, 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Free entry to Athelhampton House and Gardens. Free transport provided from Culliford Road North, Dorchester, Numbers limited so places need to be booked in advance. Help & Care 0845 4500 418
12 The Crack Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 8pm - 12 midnight. In aid of Puddletown Pre-School. Licensed bar/Raffle. Tickets £7.50 available from Puddletown Pre- School, SCATS Countyrstores, The Grove Trading Estate or Dorchester T I C 01305 267992
13 The Summer Music Society of Dorset presents Ex Cathedra Baroque Ensemble Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Ex Cathedra perform "Moon, Sun and All Things". Plus a pre-performance talk by Jeffery Skidmore, Artistic Director - "The South American Vespers" - Hanacpachap cussicuinin Ritual 1631. Tickets £8-£28 from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 www.sherborneabbey.com
13 Uplyme Village Fete Cricket Field and Village Hall, Uplyme, 2pm. Annual Fete with stalls, activities, music and refreshments. 01297 631919
13 Bradford Abbas Country Fayre Bradford Abbas Sports & Social Club, 12pm – 4pm. Grand opening at 12.15pm by Corrie’s Katy Cavanagh (Julie Carp). Tractor rides, maypole dancing, Bar & BBQ, tombola, coconut shy, craft/gift stalls, farmers’ market, pony & trap. Admission 50p per adult; children free.
13 Abbotsbury Heritage Fayre Abbotsbury Tithe Barn, 7pm. "Medieval Midsummer Merriemen" with wandering minstrels, court jester, medieval market, music and dancing, spitroast, prize draw and surprise grand finale. Medieval dress optional. Master of Ceremonies will be "King Henry VIII". Cost £15 including a two course meal. 01305 871085 www.abbotsbury.co.uk
13 Annual Nettle Eating Contest The Bottle Inn, Marshwood, Bridport. Annual contest in which around 50 challengers are encouraged to eat more nettles than the current champion nettle-eater. 01297 678254 www.thebottleinn.co.uk
13 Charminster Fete The Grounds of Charminster House, 2pm – 5pm. Welcomed by the Town Crier! Live entertainment, stalls, name the tractor competition. Refreshments. Programme and admission £1 - under 12's free. Free car parking.
13 Dorchester Choral Society and Briantspuddle Singers Charlton Down Village Hall, 7.30pm. A Summer Concert - including music by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Mozard, Elgar plus African Gospel songs, American folk songs and more! 01305 852977 www.dorchesterchoralsociety.org
13 Weldmar Hospice Awareness Sunflower Day Collection South Street, Dorchester, 10am. Hospice sales and cake stall.
13 Sing for Wateraid in Bridport British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport. Join us to support Wateraid. To collect sponsorshiop money attend 2 out of 3 workshops to learn this year’s Wateraid songs. No need to read music, as all songs are taught by ear. Dates of workshops are Saturdays 16th May, 13th June and 27th June. www.wateraidbridport.x10hosting.com
13-14 Kingston Maurward Open Day, Country Fair & 60th Anniversary Celebrations Kingston Maurward College, Nr. Dorchester, 10am - 4pm. A family day out with a variety of activities from tree climbing and zip wiring to shopping at the Farmers' Market. 01305 215003 www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens
13-14 33rd Annual West Dorset Vintage Rally West Bay, Bridport. Vehicle Parades & Ring Displays, Steam Engines, Market stalls, bar and refreshments. Bygones Auction 10am Saturday 01305 265309 www.wdvtsec.co.uk
13-14 Maiden Newton Open Gardens and Allotments 1.30am - 5.30pm. Wide selection of gardens open plus the village allotments. Also various stalls including local produce and cream teas. In aid of St. Mary's Church. Adult 1 day ticket £2.50, 2 day ticket £4. Accompanied children free 01300 320752
14 Geology Walk - Ringstead Meet National Trust Car Park above Ringstead, 10.30am. Join leading local geologist Alan Holiday on a guided walk along this interesting stretch of coast to the east of Weymouth. 01297 561900 firstname.lastname@example.org
14 Dorset Archaeological Days: Bridport Meet outside Bridport Museum, South St, Bridport, 10.30am. A stroll through Bridport exploring its historic character and the work of the Dorset Historic Towns Project with Peter Bellamy of Dorset County Council. Lasts approx. 1½ hours. Adults £3, children £1 - Booking Essential! email@example.com 01305 224921
14 Jazz Brunch Eastbury Hotel, Long Street, Sherborne. Live Jazz in the conservatory restaurant, brunch served 11am - 1.30pm. £16.50 adults, £10.00 children, under 5s free. 01935 813131 www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk
14 Music in the Borough Gardens Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 2.30pm. Come and chill to the music of Chill in Dorchester's glorious Borough Gardens 01305 266861 www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk
15 Bride Valley Gardening Club Puncknowle and Swyre Village Hall, 7.30pm. Talk on low Maintenance Gardening given by an expert from Poundbury Gardens. Members free. Visitors £2.
15 Wessex Morris Men Dancing at The Fox, Ansty at 7.30pm, Hilton Village Centre at 8.15pm and the Hambro Arms, Milton Abbas at 9pm 01963 220582 www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk
16 Celebrations of the Relief of the Siege of Lyme Lyme Regis. Parade through the town, in costume, led by the Mayor of Lyme, followed by an address by The Mayor on the Theatre Square. 01297 442220
18 Ramblers Walk: Abbotsbury Meet main car park in Abbotsbury. Meet 10.30am for 7 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details Daphne 01935 881802
18-20 Dorchester Carnival Events include a 4-legged pub race on 18th at 7pm, Party in the Park in the Borough Gardens on 19th starting at 6pm, Street Fair & Music in South Street on 20th, 9am – 4pm, Carnival Procession on 20th starting at 6pm; plus Wynns Funfair on Little Fairfield throughout the weekend. 01305 266861 www.dorchestercarnival.co.uk
20 Best of Dorset Music Milborne St Andrew, 2pm – midnight. Music Festival with Ben Walters, Howling at the Moon and others. Overnight camping on Sat. night available. David Walsh 07770343441
20 Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 10am - 4pm 01749 677049
20 Charity Race Night Auction & Raffle Rugby Pavilion, Bridport Leisure Centre, doors open 7pm, first race 8pm, finish 11pm. Event in aid of Wolfston & Weston Research Centre, London (research into improving health of women and babies). Tickets available from Bridport TIC or from 01297 444422.
20 Levels' Best & Montacute Farmers' Market Old Stable Courtyard, Montacute House, Nr. Yeovil. 10am - 2pm. Local food, drink and hand-made crafts. 01935 851280 firstname.lastname@example.org
20 The Quangle Wangle Choir South Street, Dorchester, 4pm. World music, jazz, folk. 01305 814940 www.qwchoir.co.uk
20 Corscombe Tithe Barn Fete Corscombe Court, 12pm - 5pm. A fete / rural fair held in the grounds of Corscombe Court Tithe Barn. Plants, books, bric-a-brac, cakes, jams, teas, pets corner, games, tombola, bar, crafts, dog show/agility, raffles, BBQ, Punch & Judy, duck racing and a full programme of entertainment. 01935 891321 www.corscombevillage.co.uk
20 Music in the Borough Gardens Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Performance by The A Listers, described as "The UKs coolest party band"! Dorchester Town Council 01305 266861 www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk
20 Greenford Rocks 2 Glam Rock Ballroom Glitz Greenford School, Maiden Newton, 7.45pm – 11.30pm (Gates 6.30pm). Outdoor concert supported by Firebird Live. Bar and refeshments. Tickets £10 in advance from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992, Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 or 01300 320644 or £12 on the door
20 South West Arts Literary Konnections Day One The Electric Palace, South St, Bridport, 10.30am. A Women Only programme of events including art workshops,dance, film, poetry, comedy, music and disco until 1am. Further details from the website. www.swalk09.co.uk
20/21 Cerne Abbas Open Gardens Cerne Abbas. 25-30 open gardens. Day ticket £5, accompanied children free. Teas in Vicarage garden, plant stall, free car park.Proceeds to Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance, St Mary's Church Redecoration Fund. 01300 341311 www.cerneabbasopengardens.org.uk
20-21 SWALK09 Exhibition Bridport Town Hall. An exhibition of art, textiles, jewellery and more celebrating the South West Arts Literary Konnections Weekend. Free entry. www.swalk09.co.uk
20-21 Flower Arranging Displays under Marquee Abbotsbury Swannery. 01305 871858 www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
21 Puddletown Open Gardens Puddletown. In aid of St Mary's Church Tower Fund. Maps £3 available at Village Hall. Car parking, refreshments, plant stall, creche. 01305 849746
21 West Dorset Ramblers Walk from Bridport Starts from Buckydoo Square, Bridport, 2.30pm. Enjoy a lovely walk with the Ramblers - easy 1½ to 2 hour walk. Dogs welcome on leads. Please confirm details with walk leader. Mike 01308 863754
21 Fippenny Fayre Okeford Fitzpaine Recreation Ground, 2pm. Village fete with stalls, refreshments, raffle etc plus entertainment from Shaftesbury Town Silver Band and Stur Steppers 01258 860415
22 Wessex Morris Men Dancing at The Camelot, South Cadbury at 7.30pm, Sutton Montis at 8.15pm and The Mitre, Sandford Orcas at 9pm. 01963 220582 www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk
23 June Market - Broadmayne St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 10am - 12pm. Raffle, craft, plants, books, jigsaws, cards, local trout, sausages & eggs, cakes and preserves. All proceeds for St. Martin's Community Hall. 01305 852886
25 A Day in the Life of an Aga Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 3pm. Tutor Olivia Archer will take you through a whole day of cooking, showing the basics of Aga cookery and how to make the most of cooking and living with an Aga! Yummy tasters, lunch and a glass of wine included. Cost £40. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
25- Beaminster Festival of Music and The Arts The 2009 festival includes a brilliant programme of music, both classical and 05/07 jazz, literature and an art exhibition of the work of local artists, potters, sculptors and furniture makers. Full programmes available from our Tourist Information Centres. 01308 862943 www.beamfest.org.uk
26 Rex Trevitt Big Band Concert Manor Farm, Higher Eype, Bridport, 7pm. Part of the Joint Charity Weekend in aid of Weldmar and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Ploughman's Supper and a Bar. Tickets £9 each Liz Nelson 01308 427080
26 Balmoral Cruise out of West Bay Cruise leaves West Bay at 1000, arriving Bournemouth 1400 and Yarmouth IOW 1530, followed by a cruise around Cowes & the Solent. Returns from Yarmouth to Bournemouth at 1730. The final leg of the journey from Bournemouth to West Bay will be by coach. Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901
26-27 Bridport Food Festival Asker Meadows, Bridport. Starts Friday at 5pm with Hog Roast and Music at the Beer Festival, Saturday starts at 9.30am events include food stalls, cooking demostrations, farmers marker local crafts and much much more. 01308 427683 www.bridportfoodfestival.org.uk
26-28 Weldmar Hospicecare Trust Joint weekend with Motor Neurone Disease Association Manor Farm, Higher Eype, Bridport. Fri 26th - Rex Trevett Big Band and Ploughmans Supper, Sat 27th - Roger Marks Armada Jazz Band plus Cream Teas and Sun 28th - Bryon Jones the Welsh Wizard Organ concert.
26-28 Flower Festival at St Candida St Candida and Holy Cross Church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, daily 10am – 6pm. Three day flower festival, with coffee, light lunches and cream teas, culminating in a concert on Sunday at 6.30pm. 01308 421486
27 Fairy Sculptures for the Garden - Workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Sculpt a figure - a fairy, angel or even a tribal figure - under the guidance of tutor Tania Cash. No experience necessary. Cost £35 including materials 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk
27 The Roger Marks' Armada Jazz Band with Cream Tea Manor Farm, Higher Eype, Bridport, 3pm. Part of the Joint Charity Weekend in aid of Weldmar and Motor Neurone Disease Association.Tickets £8 each Liz Nelson 01308 427080
27 Sing into Summer! Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. With Yvette Staelens. Celebrate your voice in a red hot summer singing workshop. Songs, chants and rounds from around the world. All welcome - confident and not-so-sure singers. Cost £22 (£18 members and concessions) Artslink 01935 815899 www.sherborneartslink.org.uk
27 Eype Centre for the Arts Event: A Summer Operatic Evening with Opera Artists Eype Centre for the Arts, St Peter’s Church, Eype, Bridport, 7pm. A spectacular evening of operatic excerts and some piano solos with Virginia King, Maria Jones and Amos Christie, accomopanied by Arwell Trehane Morgan. Tickets £12 (Friends £10.50) available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre. 01308 424901
27 West Dorset Ramblers Walk from Maiden Newton Maiden Newton Station. Hilly walk to Staggs Folly, Cattistock, Higher Chalmington. Part of the South Dorset programme and also the Wessex Wanderer programme of public walks from stations on the Weymouth-Bristol railway line. Picnic. No dogs. 10 miles. Susan & Peter 01305 263759
27 Armed Forces Day Commemoration The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester. 6pm. Join serving men and women and veterans of all ages for the first Armed Forces Day commemoration outside the Keep Military Museum. 01305 266861 www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk
27 Mother Sweetapple The Abbey House, Abbotsbury. The Rude Mechanical Theatre Co. Set in 14th C Tuscany. Part fairy tale, part detective story. Hilarious & bawdy, poetic and challenging. Picnics from 6pm. Performance 7.45pm. Tickets from 01305 751167 or direct from The Abbey House.
27-12 Beaminster Museum Festival Exhibitions Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster. Exhibitions include: Beaminster Camera Club Annual Exhibition, Beaminster School Photographic Exhibition and on loan from Poole Museum is 'Arthur Bell's Dorset'. 01308 863577
27-28 Durnovaria Domus: Romans at Home Dorchester Roman Town House. Living History with Legio ll Augusta
28 Coast to Coast Classic Motorcycle Run Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. Annual Classic Motorcycle run from Lyme Regis to Weston Super Mare. Parade of bikes in Lyme Regis before the start. 01935 851512
28 Plant & Produce Sale St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne. Come and buy all you need for your garden as well as home made cakes and preserves and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. 01305 852886
28 Organ Concert by Brian Jones with Cream Tea Manor Farm, Higher Eype, Bridport, 3pm. Part of the Joint Charity Weekend in aid of Weldmar and Motor Neurone Disease Association. Tickets £8 each Liz Nelson 01308 427080
28 The Mayor of Casterbirdge Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 6.30pm. Performed by the New Hardy Players. Bring a picnic and a chair / blanket. No tickets, but collection will be made for New Hardy Players. 01305 266861 www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk
28 Teddy Bears' Picnic Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 12pm. The Sunday after Father's Day wouldn't be complete without the Teddy Bears' Picnic. Once again Ridgeway Radio, the radio station for Dorset County Hospital will be there. 01305 266861 www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk
28 Open Garden Day Tincleton. Money raised will go between Help For Heroes, Tincleton Village Funds and Weldmar Hospicecare
29 Sherborne Area Over 50s Group Digby Hall, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Subjects this month will include details of the work on Consumer Affairs by the Trading Standards Organisation.
29 Wessex Morris Men Dancing at The Quarry Inn, Keinton Mandeville at 7.30pm, The Fox & Hounds, Charlton Adam at 8.15pm and The Podymore Arms, Podimore at 9pm 01963 220582 www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk
30 Duo Isaria St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester. Rebekka Hartmann, violin and Caroline Bergius, Harpsichord. Tickets £10 under 15s free. Tickets from Dorchester T I C 01305 267992. Mrs Honor Brown 01300 348252
Cygnet Theatre – The Tempest
Duggie Chapman – 100 Years of Music Hall
TheatreFriends - Quiz Night
Hells Bells AC/DC Tribute Band
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…
03-05 July Lyme Regis Jazz Festival
04 July ‘Show of Hands’ at Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens
10 July Open-air theatre "The Three Musketeers", Sherborne Castle grounds
10-13 July Lakeside Magic Concerts, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester ***
11 July Yetminster Fair
11 July RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day ***
17-19 July Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, Dorchester
18-26 July Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week
*** tickets available from local Tourist Information Centres
Dorchester TIC, Antelope Walk, Dorchester.
Bridport TIC, South Street, Bridport.
Sherborne TIC, Digby Road, Sherborne.
Lyme Regis TIC, Church Street, Lyme Regis.
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