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What's on in and around West Dorset

May 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


Don’t miss this month…

Mid May-end June Baby Swans hatching at Abbotsbury Swannery

1-5 May Sherborne Abbey Music Festival

21-25 May Dorchester Festival

23-24 May Fossil Festival, Lyme Regis

25 May Sherborne Castle Country Fair


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 – May Day Celebrations Cerne Abbas. Traditionally the Wessex Morris Men dance on the mighty chalk figure at the crack of dawn before celebratiions in the village of Cerne Abbas. On the Giant 5.15am, in the square 7am.

01 Charity Mayday Celebration with the Yetties Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Fund raiser for a secondary school in the remote Nuba Mountains of the Sudan. 07764335892 / 07767895205 www.gracesecondaryschool.com

01 Willow Basket Weaving Workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 5pm. Relax and enjoy working with natural willow with tutor AndySouthwell. Free lunches if you sign up for both Baskets and Sculptures (2nd May). 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk

01 Guided Walk - Birds & Wildlife Meet at the National Trust Car park, Cogden, 10am. Explore Cogden on a guided walk with one of our wardens to discover more about the birds and wildlife of the area. 01297 561900 westdorset@nationaltrust.org.uk

01-05 Sherborne Abbey Festival Sherborne Abbey celebrates its 10th anniversary with a superb programme of music including performances by Julian Lloyd Webber, The Sixteen with Harry Christophers (the voice of Classic FM), Dame Emma Kirkby, Dame Felicity Lott, Red Priest and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. 07724 396470 www.sherborneabbey.org

02 Willow Sculptures Workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Come and make an exciting sculpture! £38 including materials. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk

02 Felt Making Workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. 10.30am-4.30pm. Make a durable seamless shoulder bag, using 'Stitch N' Slash' technique. No sewing required. Tutor Dennie Rose. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk

02 Garden Open Day Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre, Laurel Lane, Queen Camel, Nr Sherborne, 12pm – 6pm. 3 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds around a 17th century house. Cakes, cream teas, stalls, raffle, garden tour at 3pm, entertainment, information on therapies and training courses. Entry £4, children free (sorry, no unaccompanied under 18s) 01935 850266 www.selfrealizationcentres.org

02 Lyme Bay Chorale Spring Concert St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. In aid of The Organ appeal.

02 Levels' Best & Montacute Farmers' Market Old Stable Courtyard, Montacute House, Nr. Yeovil, 10am - 2pm Local food, drink and hand-made crafts. 01935 851280 markets@farming.co.uk

02 Allington Strings Concert St John's Church, West Bay, 7.30pm. Janet Lane & conductor Wendy Staal, joined by soloist David Heyes performing music by Sibelius, Vivaldi and others. Tickets from Bridport Book Shop/Bridport Music.

02 Eype Centre for the Arts Event : Reg Meuross and Jackie Oates Eype Centre for the Arts, St. Peter’s Church, Eype, Bridport, 8pm. A must for the diary of any folk enthusiast. Tickets £10.00 (Friends £8.50) available from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901 or from 01308 898420

02-04 The Sealed Knot Society – The Battle of Bovington The Tank Museum, Bovington, 10am – 5pm. Step back in time to the 17th Century to experience combat during the English Civil War – see a civil war battle re-enactment with over 500 troops, join in 17th century drill sessions, see authentic living history encampments and explore the Tank Museum’s new exhibition. Normal admission rates apply. 01929 405096 www.tankmuseum.org

02-04 Weymouth International Beach Kite Festival Pavilion End, Weymouth. Internationally acclaimed beach kite festival. Hundreds of kite flyers from Britain and overseas create an aerial wonderland over Weymouth Beach. A 2-day feast of airborne excitement, musical stunt kite displays, giant 150ft kites, fighting kites, kite competitions, kite-powered buggy racing. Free children's workshops, stalls, fireworks.

02-04 An exhibition of oil paintings by Colin Willey The Brownsword hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, 10am – 6pm. Free entry. www.colinwilley.co.uk

03 May Day Fete Anning Road Playing Field, Lyme Regis, 2pm. Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee annual Fete. 01297 442220 info@lymeregiscarnival.co.uk

03 Dorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival Cattistock Village & Hall, 10am - 4pm. Admission £2 under 12's free. Dorset Knob Activities: Knob throwing, knob & spoon race, paint a knob, food festival and stalls. Free car parking. Mat Follas Masterchef 2009 will be there also. 01300 320404 www.dorsetknobthrowing.com

03 Lions Club Dorchester Annual Fun Run Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre, Coburg Road, Dorchester. Help your chosen charity by doing 5, 2 or 1 miles. Download the documents & register on line or collect forms from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992 Organiser Charles Goold email fundraising@lionsdorchester.org.uk

03 Rotary Walkabout for Julia House Children’s Hospice Sherborne. A sponsored walk with a difference. It is as long or as short as you want to make it. The only requirement is that you arrive at the finish (The Sherborne Hotel) between 2pm and 5pm. You can even choose where you start, or if you prefer you can start at 1.30pm from one of the designated start points. Entry and sponsorship forms available from Sherborne TIC. For more info - contact 01963 220559 www.itschildsplay.org

03 Ramblers Walk: Lewesdon Hill & Burstock Meet Broadwindsor School lay-by. Meet 10am for 10 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Peter 01935 862229

03 NCCPG Plant Sale Athelhampton, Nr. Dorchester, 10.30am – 3pm. 01305 848363 www.athelhampton.co.uk

03 Castleton Waterwheel Open Day Oborne Road, Sherborne, 11am – 5pm. www.castletownwaterwheelmuseum.org.uk

04 Duck Race Woodmead Road Bridge, Lyme Regis. In aid of Lyme Regis Majorettes.

04 May Fair Bridport Millennium Green, 11.30am – 4pm. Crowning of May Queen, morris men, maypole dancers, Bridport Dog Training Club, St. Swithuns Band, variety of stalls, crafts & raffle, BBQ & Cream Teas. 01308 422286

05 Green Drinks Tom Brown's Public House, High East Street, Dorchester, 7pm. Informal social gathering for anyone interested in " green issues ". Free. Every Ist Tuesday. www.transitiontowndorchester.org/local_projects.html

05 Sanctus Sacred Songs Friends Meeting House, South St, Bridport, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Come and sing four part harmonies and chants from around the world. £5 (£4 low income). Meets the first Tuesday of each month. 01308 455749 or email sanctusdorset@hotmail.com

06 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 sanctusdorset@hotmail.com

06 Paul Atterbury Special Lecture Day Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor. "The Making of Modernism, Gothic to Art Deco" Entrance by ticket only - cost £30 (inc buffet lunch) - available from Bridport Museum 01308 458703

06 The Light Cavalry Band – Big Band Nite The Tank Museum, Bovington, 7.30pm. Swing the Mood as The Light Cavalry Band blaze through their repertoire of smokin’ classics from the golden age of big band music. Early booking recommended. Adults £7.50, under 14s free. 01929 405096 www.tankmuseum.org.uk

07 Swing 'n' Sinatra with Five Star Swing Dorchester Corn Exchange, 7.30pm. Hits from The Rat Pack, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller and Jools Holland. Tickets £9.50 available from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992 www.fivestarswing.co.uk

07-09 Flower Festival St Michael's Church, Stinsford, Nr Dorchester. Doors open 9am.- 7pm. Organ Recital 2pm - 3pm daily. A celebration of floral arrangements inspired by the spectacular Dorset landscape. Donations to church funds. 01305 264714

07-28 Beaminster Museum Exhibition: A Celebration of Beaminster W.I. Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Bank Holidays,10.30-12.00 and 2.30-4.30pm and Sunday 2.30-4.30pm. Admission £1, accompanied children free. Gordon Simmons 01308 863577

08 Tepees and plant supports for your garden Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. 10am - 1pm. Learn to make willow structures to support your plants with the help of garden designer Kate Bromfield. Cost £30 including materials 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk

08 A Summer Entertainment - The Trinity Singers Leweston School, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Music and words performed by Conductor Jean Rudd, accompanist Gill Merrifield, John Candor clarinet, and piano Desney Candor. Tickets £10 to include interval refreshments from Hon. sec. Proceeds in aid of the Friends of West Dorset Citizens' Advice Bureaux. 01305 262241

08 Burton Bradstock Spring Concert Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. David Juritz on violin and Sophia Rahman on piano lead this concert which includes pieces by Handel, Mendelssohn, Albenzi and Piazzolla. Tickets £10. 01308 897487

09 Charity Specialist Plant Sale Minterne House, Minterne Magna, 10am – 4pm. Specialist plant stands plus guided tours in this large, superb woodland garden which is at its best in May. Coffee and teas available. £2.50 entry in aid of St. Andrew’s Church, Minterne Magna. www.minterne.co.uk

09 Zorbing Zorb South UK, Pine Lodge Farm, Bockhampton, Dorchester. Sponsored event in aid of Leonard Cheshire Disability. Please register - contact Gill Ford 01380 729214 or 07827 995750 email gill.ford@LCDisability.org

09 Tim Laycock and the New Scorpion Band Cerne Abbas Village Hall, 8pm. "John Barleycorn is Dead" – poetry , prose and music. Organised by the Thomas Hardy Society. Tickets £12 (£10 members) available from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992 www.hardysociety.org

10 Plant & Craft Fair Kingston Maurward. 01305 215003 www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens

10 Family Open Day Minterne Gardens, Minterne Magna, 11am – 5pm. In aid of St. Andrews Church, Minterne Magna – classic car displays, tombola, bouncy castle, garden tours, BBQ, Pimms & beer, cream teas, alpacas, plants, photographic exhibition embroidery. 01300 341370 www.minterne.co.uk

10 Ramblers Walk: Toller Down & Chedington Meet Beaminster Yarn Barton Car Park. Meet 10.30am for 15 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details Brian 01460 72892

10 Songs of Praise St Mary's Church, Puddletown, 6pm. Presented by Hugh Ashley previously on BBC Solent Sunday mornings. All donations to the cost of repairing the Church Tower.

12 The Historic Towns Survey of Bridport Bridport United Church, East Street Bridport, 2.30pm. Bridport History Society talk by Peter Bellamy. 01308 456876

13 Sherborne Flicks - Slumdog Millionaire Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Tickets £5.00 from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341 www.sherborneartslink.org.uk

14 Charity Concert Featuring mezzo soprano Sopia Grech St Mary's Church, Dorchester. Trumpeter John Holt from the USA and painist Marc Corbett-Weaver. Also featuring Thomas Hardye and Sunninghill schools. 07764 335892 or 07767895205 www.GraceSecondarySchool.com

15 Wine Tasting Lulworth Castle, 6pm - 8.30pm. Tickets £10, inc wine tasting and cheese board featuring local cheeses & other Dorset products. Fundraising event for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. 01305 215315 www.weld-hospice.org.uk

16 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 852866

16 Painting and Sketching Days Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 4.30pm. A relaxing and enjoyable day out for all, with Tutor Ann Gray. Beginners welcome. Cost £40. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk

16 Music on the Avenue DTFC Jewson Avenue, Dorchester, 3pm – 11.30pm. A celebration of live music with special guests Bay City Rollers, 3 Daft Monkeys, Party Animalz and local guest band Jigsaw. Licensed bar / food bar. Tickets Adults £15, OAPs/16 & under £10. In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust and Motor Neorone Disease Association West Dorset. 01305 252451 or 01305 215315. www.weld-hospice.org.uk

16 Dorset Chamber Orchestra St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Conductor Robert Jacoby, Fiona Dalzell piano. Tickets from Harmony Music, 3-4 The Forum Centre, Trinity St, Dorchester DT1 1TT (SAE please) £10 01305 260360 - £12 on door

16 Alec Dankworth Spanish Accents Portesham Village Hall, 8pm. Jazz with a Spanish flavour. Tickets £8 (£5 under 18s) on door or in advance from 01305 872780 and Portesham Post Office.

16 Sherborne Jazz - Kevin Figes Quartet Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, doors open 7.30pm. Tickets on the door £12, £8 for students, £6 for under 16s. 01935 816569 www.myspace.com/sherbornejazzclub

16 Burton Bradstock Walk Hive Beach National Trust Car Park, 2pm. A Jurassic Coast Trust 3 mile walk along the cliff top and beach looking at geology and wildlife. Booking essential £10 for non-members. 01460 242780 or email susan.sutterby@jurassiccoasttrust.org

16 Car Boot Sale for Piddlehinton Millennium Green Trust West Lodge Farm, (entrance via shallow hard core based ford) Piddlehinton, selllers 10am, buyers 11am - 1pm. To raise funds for maintenance and repair play equipment on the green. Cars £5. Vans £7 No Trade. Buyers entry 50p children free. lindabellini@yahoo.com

16 Charity Dinner with Auction of Promises Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester, 7pm for 7.30pm - carriages at midnight. Come and support Kingston Maurward Charitable Foundation's first fundraising event. 01305 215102 www.kmc.ac.uk

16 Vinyl Saturday in Bridport The Ropemakers and the Electric Palace plus other venues in Bridport. Vinyl Saturday brings many hundreds of record collectors to the town, with record fairs, charity shops and market stalls all offering records and cds for sale. 0788 2392508 / 01308 424524 www.vinylsaturday.co.uk

16-17 Dancing Into Elemental Art Salway Ash Village Hall, Bridport. A Creative Expression workshop weekend using dance, writing, painting, stitching and other forms. Contact Wendy Hermelin for more details. 01308 862332 or 07813 546644 email: mail@wendyhermelin.co.uk

16 Sing for Wateraid in Bridport British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport, 2pm- 5pm. Come and support Wateraid. To collect sponsorship money attend 2 out of 3 workshops to learn this year’s WaterAid songs. There is no need to read music as all songs are taught by ear. Dates of the workshops are Saturday 16th 2pm-5pm, Saturday 13th June, 2pm to 5pm and Saturday 27th June 10.30am to 1.30pm. There is an option to busk in the centre of Bridport at 2.30pm on Saturday 27th (which coincides with the Bridport Food Festival). wateraidbridport@gmail.com

17 Blessing of the Boats The Cobb, Lyme Regis, 3pm. Annual service, including Lyme Regis Town Band.

17 Dorset Downs Audax Cycle Ride Starts from top of Town Car Park Café, Dorchester, 10am. This is the 20th year of this very popular 102km cycle ride. Starts at 10am, entry fee £5. Entry forms available from Pete Loakes 1 Church Cottage, West Stafford, Dorchester. Some free food/drink provided on the ride. Pete_loakes@yahoo.com

17 Hedgerow Baskets workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 4pm. Make Gypsy baskets from natural materials gathered from the hedges woven with garden climbers, learn how to weave tablemats & nests from rushes. Suitable for all ages. £35 inc materials. Tutor Petra Hughes. 01308 424321 www.highwayfarm.co.uk

17 Exemption Dog Show Weir Sports Field, Nettlecombe, nr Bridport. In aid of WAMA. Breed and Novelty entries from 11am and judging starts at 12.30pm. Geraldine Chubb 01308 485271

17 Sponsored Family Coastal Walk Starts from National Trust car park at Ringstead, 10.30am. Sponsored 6k walk in area of outstanding nautral beauty from Ringstead to White Nothe and return. In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust 01305 215315 www.weld-hospice.org.uk

18 Bride Valley Gardening Club. Puncknowle & Swyre Village Hall, 7pm. AGM followed by a talk & pruning demo on the History of Topiary by Mrs Harriet Sykes. Members free. Visitors £2.

19 The Dorset Chamber Orchestra Concert St Mary's Church, Dorchester. 4 Norwegian Moods - Stravinsky. Piano Concerto No 2 - Rachmaninov. Symphony No 1 - Tchaikovsky. Tickets £10 in advance from Harmony Music (01305) 260360.

20 Charlton Down Local History Group Talk Charlton Down Village Hall ballroom, 7.30pm. Alistair Chisholm 'Dorchester - Small Town - Big Story'. Cost £2.50. David Smith 01305 269522

21 Operation Goodwood – Armoured Battle in Normandy The Tank Museum, Bovington, 7.30pm. Operation Goodwood, the largest armoured battle fought in Normandy, saw over a thousand British and Canadian tanks attempt to penetrate the German lines. As well as using traditional sources, Ian Daglish will be looking at this operation using the aerial photographs taken by Spitfire pilots flying reconnaissance missions over the battlefield. Tickets £10. To book tel. 01929 405096 www.tankmuseum.org.uk

21-31 Abbotsbury Art Week Various venues in Abbotsbury, Dorset. Exhibitions by artists and craftspeople in Abbotsbury Village. Workshops also available. 01305 871561 www.abbotsburyartweeks.org

22 Dorset Folk (with a Ploughman's Supper) Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7.30pm. An evening of traditional Dorset Folk songs and readings in the company of Dorset Folk Group ' Charity Folk '. Tickets £5 from Stitichinghouse Design, Pummery Square or House of Dorchester Chocolates, Victor Jackson Avenue. Licensed bar available, please don't bring your own drinks. 01305 267485 info@brownswordevents.org.uk

22-24 ‘Evolution Rocks' Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Lyme Regis. Part of the Darwin 200 celebrations - A colourful mix of natural science and the arts, packed full of events for a fun filled festival 01297 445021 www.risingseas.co.uk info@lymeregisfossilfestival.co.uk

23 Sir George Somers Parade Whitchurch Canonicorum. 01297 442462

23 Candles to St. Catherine’s Chapel Hill, Abbotsbury, 7.30pm. One thousand lanterns are put up along the path leading to St. Catherine’s Chapel all the way up the hill. The lanterns are lit after the service at approx. 8pm and the chapel is floodlit. A hospitality marquee is in the field at the bottom of the hill – all free, donations appreciated. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. 01305 871085 www.abbotsbury.co.uk

23 Dorset Wild Flower Week Walk at Burton Bradstock Meet at Hive Beach Cafe, Burton Bradstock. Join a guided walk to appreciate the beautiful wild flowers and landscapes of Dorset. Starts at 10.30am and lasts about 2 hours. Free walk. Peter Cramb 01308 488019 http://www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/research/WildFlowerWeek.pdf

23 What's the point of nettles? Hilfield Friary, Hilfield, 2.30pm. An afternoon led by Richard Thornbury. Come and discover the wonders of this annoying weed - be transformed into a nettle lover. Please book in advance. 01300 341741 www.hilfieldproject.co.uk

23 Beaminster Singers Choral Concert St. Mary’s Church, Beaminster, 7.30pm. Choruses from Opera and Oratorio featuring Lucie Spickova and Callum Thorpe - an evening of drama and romance! 01308 863611www.beaminstersingers.org

23-25 Flower Festival St. Nicholas Church, Moreton, Nr Dorchester, 10am – 5pm. Annual flower festival with teas and stalls, floral decorations in church, organ recitals. 01929 462468

24 Dorset Wild Flower Week Walk - The Ant Hill Trail Starts at Pound Cottage, Kingcombe Meadows nr Beaminster, 10.30am. Join a guided walk to appreciate the beautiful wild flowers and landscapes of Dorset. A 6 mile walk lasting approx. 5 hours. Free walk. Tony Bates 01305 264620 http://www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/research/WildFlowerWeek.pdf

24 Brit Valley Dog Show and Family Fun Day Melplash Showground, West Bay Road, Bridport, from 12 noon. This annual fun-filled event will include: Dog Judging in Pedigree and Fun classes, Portland Dog Agility display, Dog Obedience Display, Police Dog Display, Gun Dog Display, Refreshment Tent, Professor Davey's Punch and Judy Show, Balloon Lady, Bouncy Castle, Charity Stalls and Trade Stands. Cost £2.50 per adult, children free and parking free.

24-31 National Trust events at Hardy's Cottage Hardy's Cottage, Higher Bockhampton. 11am - 3pm. Seasonal growing workshops and demonstrations of growing food in small spaces. Sale of seasonal veg & produce. Wildlife trail, with tips on how to encourage wildlife in your garden. 01297 561900 westdorset@nationaltrust.org.uk

25 Sherborne Castle Country Fair, Retriever Event and Rare Breeds Show Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, 10am – 6pm. A day packed with fun activities and displays – from dog shows and agility dog displays to dragon boat racing, arena displays to heavy horses, there really is something to suit everyone. Plus many trade and boutique style stands to visit, including a beautiful crafts courtyard and the every popular food hall which features local gourmet products. Saver tickets available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 www.sherbornecountryfair.com

25 Annual Sir George Somers Civic Parade. Bermuda 400 Lyme Regis. 400 year anniversary celebrations of Sir George Somers landing on and claiming Bermuda as a British Colony. 01297 442462

25 Duck Race Woodmead Road Bridge, Lyme Regis, 12 noon. In aid of Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee.

25 Bank Holiday Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, 2.30pm. 01935 812452 www.sherborneabbey.com

25-29 Half Term Holiday Family Activities The Tank Museum, Bovington. A variety of free fun family activities in the museum support by live tank displays and tracked vehicle rides in the arena. 01929 405096 www.tankmuseum.org.uk

26 Dorset Wild Flower Week Walk - Spring Flowers at Kingcombe Starts at Pound Cottage, Kingcombe Meadows nr Beaminster, 2.30pm. Join a guided walk to appreciate the beautiful wild flowers and landscapes of Dorset. Walk free, optional cream tea afterwards. 01300 320833 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/research/WildFlowerWeek.pdf

26-29 Round-about the Ridge Walks Week Discover the South Dorset Ridgeway with a guided walk. Refreshments provided. Booking essential – 07500 078351

27 Casterbridge Male Voice Choir St Michael's Church, Stinsford, Nr Dorchester, doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £6 to include a glass of wine or juice. To raise funds for the church. Sue Grenville-Jones 0130 5 264714

27-30 Royal Bath and West Show Shepton Mallet. Saver tickets available from West Dorset Tourist Information Centres. Adult £17, Senior Citizens £15. Animals and action, education and entertainment, picnics and Pimms! www.bathandwest.com

28 The Light Cavalry Band – D-Day Anniversary Concert The Tank Museum, Bovington. To mark the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, the Light Cavalry Band will be performing wartime favourites – transporting you back to 1944. Tickets £7.50, under 14s free. 01929 405096 www.tankmuseum.org.uk

29 Dorset Extravaganza Sherborne Boys School. Staged by the Friends of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. An extravaganza of entertainment and activities on the theme of Space. The star speaker is pioneer astronaut Joe Allen who flew on two missions in the early 80s, was the first man to walk untethered in space and acted as mission controller on other launches. Events include 4 lectures in the Powell Theatre, a lunchtime concert, space competition to be judged by Joe Allen involving local schools, rocket building and firing by Dorset schoolchildren, "When will we go to Mars" competition sponsored and judged by Patrick Moore, plus exhibition, retail stalls, garden stalls, raffle, silent auction, tombola, wine tasting, colour counsellors, book binding demonstration, puppeteers, military band and jazz group, street theatre entertainers, hog roast and barbecue. 01305 215315

29 The Wurzels Little Monkwood Hill Farm, Plush, Nr Dorchester. Gates open at 7.30pm. Tickets £15 by post only. Send ticket money and stamped addressed envelope to Miss L. Hiscock, Little Monkwood Hill Farm, Plush, Nr Dorchester DT2 7RN. Cheques payable to Dorset YFC. No tickets available on the gate. Bar, Hog Roast and Disco. 01297 561900

30 Helen Yorke on piano and Tom Randle – tenor The Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Music by Bernstein, Bach, Chopin, Duke Ellington and others. Tickets £12 including interval refreshments. 01305 264038

31 Bank Holiday Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, 2.30pm. James Eaton-Romsey Abbey 01935 812452 www.sherborneabbey.com

31 Castleton Waterwheel Open Day Oborne Road, Sherborne, 11am – 5pm. www.castletownwaterwheelmuseum.org.uk

31 Cancer Research UK Race for Life Kingston Maurward. 01305 215003 www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens

31 Medicine Walk Hooke Woods. 10am-noon. Wild Trees Club. Walk with herbalist Georgie Corrywright to learn about wild herbs. £3pp. Booking essential. 01308 427449



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The Martin Harley Band

Concert in The West 2009 - Miroirs

U3A – Adrian Snell Music and Wholeness

Lyme Regis Operatic Society – Pirates of Penzance

TheatreFriends Quiz Night

Mercury – Queen Tribute Band

The Black sheep – FairLy Tales

The Black sheep – I, Lear

Concerts in the West 2009 – Trilogue, Baroque ensemble

Sarah MacDougall

Record and CD Fair


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…

07-11 June Flower Festival, Athelhampton House, nr Dorchester

13-14 June Open day, Country Fair & 60th Anniversary Celebrations at Kingston Maurward, nr Dorchester

20 June Dorchester Carnival

26-27 June Bridport Food Festival

25 June-5 July Beaminster Festival of Music & the Arts

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





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