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…
05 Nov Lakeside Fireworks , Kingston Maurward
07 Nov Torchlight Procession, Bonfire & Fireworks, Lyme Regis
07 Nov Firework Extravaganza, Sherborne Castle
07 Nov Bridport Firework Display
28 Nov Lantern Parade & Christmas Lights switch on, Lyme Regis
Cards for Good Causes Charity Christmas cards will once again be on sale in our Tourist Information Centres from 3rd November
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 Antiques Fair Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester. 01305 215003. (www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens)
01 Ramblers Walk: Symondsbury and Denhay Meet Symondsbury Church, near Bridport, 10.00am for this 11 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Peter 01935 862229. (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
01 Wave of Kindness Day Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10am – 3pm. Find about new and exciting projects. 01300 320684
03 Summer Lodge 2009 Wine Dinner- Veuve Clicquot, Champagne, France. Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, Evershot, 7pm. Monthly Wine Dinner. 01935 482031/482000 (www.summerlodgehotel.com)
03 "Growing up as a writer in the Longford Family" Gryphon Conference Centre, Gryphon School, Sherborne, 7pm for 7.45pm. A talk by Rachel Billington, author and daughter of Lord Longford. £12.50 (inc wine/capanes) Booklore or 01963 220593
04 Sanctus Sacred Songs United Church, South Street, Dorchester. Come and sing four-part harmonies and chants from around the world. 8-10 pm. £5 ( £4 low income ). 01308 455749. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
05 Lakeside Fireworks Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester. Gates open at 6pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Entry £5 adults and children over 5. (www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens)
06 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk - "Lyme Bay - what the sea means" Friends' Meeting House, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Horatio Morpurgo. Non members welcome. 01297 560081. (www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk)
06-07 Workshop - Hazelwood Garden Furniture Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10am - 4.30pm. Be inspired and guided by woodman Peter Moors. 01308 424321. (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
07 Bridport Firework Display Bridport Leisure Centre, Skilling Hill Road, Bridport. Large exciting display for charity.
07 Firework Extravaganza Sherborne Castle. Entertainment, refreshments and food from 5pm, bonfire 7pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Tickets available from Sherborne TIC (advance saver tickets available until 4th November) 01935 813182. (www.eventscrew.com)
07 Juke box style disco Herrison Hall, Sherren Avenue, Charlton Down, Dorchester. Doors open 8pm, dancing til 11pm. Free soft drinks. Price £8. 08000 728 728. (www.jiveriot.com)
07 RSPCA West Dorset Branch Sherborne Group Christmas Bazaar Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10-12 noon. Plants, cakes, Christmas cards, bric-a-brac, raffle, tombola, toys etc. £1 entry inc coffee & mince pie. 01935 813009.
07 Christmas Coffee Morning United Church, South St, Dorchester, 10am - 12 noon. Big draw and tombola, various stalls, bric-a-brac, cakes, charity Christmas cards and more - in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. 01305 215315. (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
07 Market at Broadmayne St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne,10am - 12 noon. Christmas items, tombola, raffle, competitions, craft, children's games, plants etc plus cakes, preserves, tea and coffee. 01305 852866.
07 The National Trust - The Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Association - Talk on "Archaeology on Salisbury Plain and the MOD" by Richard Osgood. The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm Members £3 Guests £3.50, 01747 838810
07 Craft Fair Halstock Village Hall, 10.30am - 4pm. In aid of local hospices. Local crafts, raffle, refreshments. 07786 923337.
07 Torchlight Procession Lyme Regis 7pm, followed by Grand Firework Display on the sand bar, The Cobb, Lyme Regis
08 Ramblers Walk: Bridport and Shave Cross Meet in South Street Car Park, Bridport 10.30am for this 14 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01460 72892. (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
08 Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service Parade from Langmoor Gardens, Lyme Regis, service at St. Michael’s Church 3pm.
09-10 Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. (www.powelltheatre.co.uk)
10 Bridport History Society Talk: The Hillforts of South West England after the Iron Age Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. A talk by Mark Corney (a familiar face on Time Team). Entrance 50p members, visitors £2. 01308 456876.
11 The Cold War - A Naval Attache's Perspective Leigh Village Hall, 7pm. A talk by Commander Aubone Pyke. Tickets £7.50 including wine & light refreshment, available from Leigh Village Shop or 01935 873846. All proceeds to RBL 01935 873846.
11-12 Creative Coppicing Workshop - Free! Monkton Wyld Court, Near Charmouth. Learn a range of coppicing skills and information in this free Greenprints-funded event. 01297 560342. (www.monktonwyldcourt.org)
12 Euro Travel Evening Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk on Oxelosun, Sweden. Entry £5 on the door, including a glass of wine (students £2.50). Snacks and music to accompany the talk. 01963 251255.
12 Powell Theatre Comedy Club Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 8.30pm. (www.powelltheatre.co.uk)
12 Scott Joplin and the Ragtime Professors - Mike Denham Dorchester County Musuem, 1pm. Free lunchtime concert. Solo piano. (www.mikedenham.co.uk)
12 Leweston Living Christmas Fair Leweston School, Nr. Sherborne, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Over 40 boutiques and stalls plus demonstrations throughout the day. Light lunches available. 01963 210691. (www.leweston.co.uk)
12 Army Benevolent Fund Talk Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum, 7.30pm. "Wren's Home for Our Veteran Soldiers" - an illustrated talk by General Sir Jeremy Mackenzie GCB, OCB. Tickets £15 - from Sherborne/Dorchester TICs. 01935 815341 / 01305 267992.
13 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert - Jaroslav Nadrzycki and Sitkovetsky Sir John Colfox School, Ridgeway, Bridport, 7.45pm. Single tickets £12, membership £45. 01308 424673.
13-22 Bridport Literary Festival Bridport Art Centre, South Street, Bridport. Celebrating the Bridport Prize. This year the programme is bigger than ever, bringing writers from across the UK to Bridport. (www.bridport-arts.com/bridport-literary-festival)
14 West Dorset Group, The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society Loders Village Hall, near Bridport, 2-4.30 pm. Manorial records for family historians. Members £1.50, Non-members £2, afternoon tea included. Brian Webber: 01935 812347.
14 Gala Dinner - Weldmar Hospicecare Trust Tank Museum, Bovington. 3 Course Dinner, raffle, auction with music & dancing. Dress code: Black Tie or Lounge Suit. Tickets £35. Sue Leighton 01305 215315. (www.weld-hospice.org.uk/shoponline)
14 The Thomas Hardye School Imperial College Symphony Orchestra - Handel Zadok the Priest, Vivaldi Gloria and Rachmaninov Symphony No 2 St. Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Tickets £8/£9 (students £2/£3) -Harmony Music / The School Office / on door.
14 Singing Workshop St George's Church Room, Fordington, Dorchester, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Cost £15. Hosted by The Weatherbury Singers. Workshop leader Fiona Clark. 01305 848161. (Email: email@example.com)
14 Jumble Sale Frampton Village Hall, 2pm. Admission 20p. Bric a brac. In aid of hall funds.
14 RNLI Jumble Sale Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 2pm.
14 Barn Dance at Loders Loders Village Hall, Nr Bridport, 7.30pm. With Long Odds and Short Straws folk band. Price £7.50 adults, £2.50 under 12s, to include a Ploughman’s Supper. Ticket only event. 01308 422797 or 425766
14/15 Christmas Craft Fair Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester. 01305 215003. (www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens)
15 Thomas Hardy's Under the Greenwood Tree The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 6pm. Adapted by Helen Davis of Dorset Corset Theatre Compamy. Tickets £10/ £8 Children from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. 01305 267992. (www.dorsetcorset.co.uk)
15 Charity Swimarathon Oxley Sports Centre, Sherborne. 10am - 4pm. In support of Children in Need. To enter a team please contact. 01935 818270. (www.oxleysc.com)
16 The Thomas Hardye School Community Lectures - Rock Guitar in 11 Dimensions The Thomas Hardye School, Coburg Road, Dorchester, 7pm. Lecture by Dr Mark Lewney. Free ticketed entry.
16 Turnpikes and Dorset Coaching Days Charlton Down Village Hall, 7.30pm. Charlton Down Local History Group. Illustrated talk by Rob Curtis. Entry £2.20. All welcome.
17 Festive Tints and Glows Owermoigne Village Hall, 2pm. Organised by Owermoigne Flower Club - demonstrator Irene Hickson. Visitors welcome. Admission £3.00. 01305 852285.
17 A Path of Discovery Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 3.30pm. The faltering steps of a furniture-maker. 01308 863577.
18 Xmas with an Aga Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. 10.30am - 3pm. Tutor Olivia Archer shows how to make the most of cooking and living with an Aga! Tasters, lunch and a glass of wine included. Cost £40. 01308 424321. (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
19 Ramblers Walk: Bettiscombe and Monarch's Way Meet Blackdown Village Hall, nr Beaminster, 10.00am for this 6 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details.. Gerry 01935 881317. (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
19 Workshop - Rag Rugs Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Rag rugs just like Grandma used to make - recycle and reuse, can be learnt in a day. Cost £35 including materials.. 01308 424321. (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
19-21 Tons of Money Digby Hall, Hound Street, 7.30pm. Performed by Amateur Players of Sherborne. 01935 210548.
21 Heavenly Harmonies with Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir and the Madrigal Society of Sherborne Girls' School. Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Tickets £12/£10 (£2 under 18s) - available from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341 (www.sherborneabbey.com)
21 Bath Bombs, Bath Melts and Lip Balms - workshop with Tania Cash Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Create bath treats! £20 am / £20 pm, inc. materials (+ lunch if you book for both). 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
21 Dorset Youth Jazz Orchestra Concert St Mary's Church, Beaminster. Proceeds to the Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians and Friends of St Mary's Church. Tickets £8 adult, £3 under 16's from Bridport Music or Church Office, Beaminster. 01308 425707.
21 Dorset County Orchestra Concert with the Casterfield Singers from Thomas Hardy School St. Mary’s Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. . Tickets £8, Students £3 from Harmony music or on the door. (www.dorsetcountyorchestra.org.uk)
21 Christmas Market Day Centre, Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester, 9.30am - 12.30pm. Christmas goods, produce, crafts, Christmas cards, decorations, refreshments. Entry £1 inc. coffee/cake. 01305 215315. (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
21 Mind Charity Race Night Puddletown Village Hall, doors open 7pm, first race 7.30pm.
21-22 Macmillan Christmas Fair Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester. 01305 215003. (www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens)
22 Chilfrome Church Christmas Bazaar Home Farm Barns, Chilfrome, 11am – 3pm. Free entry. All proceeds to Chilfrome Holy Trinity Church. A traditional Christmas Bazaar with 40 stalls & attractions. Refreshments. Raffle. 01300 321533. (Email: Elaine@figuk.net)
22 Pre-Christmas Table Top Sale The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Tables £6. Refreshments, tombola, buskers, raffle. Proceeds to Marie Curie Cancer Care to support Carla Hollings to the High Atlas Trek 01305 265840/766564
22 Workshop - Beautiful Beaded Jewellery Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Workshop with Fran Griffiths - make jewelled clusters, necklaces and bracelets. Cost £35 plus charge for beads used.. 01308 424321. (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
24 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Talk - Decommissioning of the Winfrith AEA Site. Dorset Room, Colliton Club (opposite CountyHall), Dorchester, 7.30pm. Talk by Andy Staples. Non - members welcome at £2 per person.
24 Furnishings & Farmyards in 17th Century Dorset Monkton Wyld Court, Near Charmouth, 10am-1pm. A Bob Machin Lecture - a peek inside 17th century farmhouses and yards. £8 for talk or £14 inc. lunch. 01297 560342. (www.monktonwyldcourt.org)
24 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk - "The Work of the Surveyor for Dorset Environmental Record Centre" Woodmead Hall, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Illustrated talk by Bryan Edwards. 01297 560081. (www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk)
24/10-27/11 Art Exhibition at Le Vieux Four 2 North Street Beaminster. Recent work by Philomena Harmsworth - Open Tuesday – Sunday. Telephone to check times. 01308 863838. (www.philomenaharmsworth.com)
25 The Year Clock by Tim Laycock United Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A play, with music, about the life and works of William Barnes. In aid of Dorset Hospital CharitableTrust. Tickets £8 from Dorchester TIC. 01035 267992 (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 Ramblers Walk: Clapton & Seaborough Meet Clapton Village Hall, 10am for this 6 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01460 73695. (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
27 Come Dancing at Blackdown Blackdown Village Hall, nr Beaminster on B3165. Come along and bring some friends to an evening of Ballroom & Latin Dance. Admission £5 to include light supper. 01460 30840 or 01308 868395.
27 The Music of Llandovery College and Chilton Cantelo Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £5 Stitchinghouse Design/House of Dorchester Chocolates, £6 on the door. 01035 751815 (Email: email@example.com
27 The Age of Stupid Bridport Art Centre, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Film starring Pete Postlethwaite. Tickets £5 at the door or from The Book Shop / Bridport Music / or Fruits of the Earth, Bridport (www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk)
27-28 Free Workshop - Christmas Wreaths Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10am - 2pm. Learn to make Christmas wreaths – festive refreshments to help you along! For details and to book tel 01308 424321. (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
28 Three Churches Coffee Morning Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, 10.30 - 12.30. Cake stall, Tombola, Bric-a-Brac, Books and Christmas Stall Admission £1.00 to include coffee & biscuits. 01308 868293.
28 The Christmas Dolls House and Miniatures Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm Refreshments available. In aid of St. Margaret's Somerset Hospice. 01935 709480. (www.somerset-hospice.org.uk)
28 Lantern Parade and Christmas Lights Switch On Lyme Regis
28 Bride Valley Christkindlmarkt, Litton Cheney Community Hall, 4pm - 8pm. Family traditional Christmas market with something for all the family. With arts, crafts, gifts and decorations stalls, local food ordering, live music, nativity with live animals and local foods stalls. We provide entertainment for the children throughout the evening with Punch and Judy, arts and crafts, face painting, etc.
29 Crafts for Christmas Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborn, 10am - 4pm. 01749 677049.
29 Kingcome Centre Festive Day Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum. Guided Walk 10.30am, Christmas Bazaar 11.30am, seasonal lunches, afternoon teas. 01300 320684. (www.kincombecentre.org.uk)
29 Presentation by Clive James of the Open Air Mission Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, 4pm.
30 Killerton Gardens Past, present and future Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2pm. Illustrated talk by Kate Tuke, Head Garderner at Killerton. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Non-members welcome. 01308 863577.
30 Sherborne Area Over 50s Group Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Open meeting. Speaker will be Tony Allen from Sherborne Lions; plus info on changes in social care and and update on the group’s activities. 01935 813150
Austen’s Women: Theatre Tours International
King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys
Travels with my Aunt: Creative Cow Theatre Company
Hot Pianos featuring Ben Waters and Charlie Watts (of the Rolling Stones!)
Mo’Jive Freestyle Dance
TheatreFriends Quiz Night
Wonderful Day: Double Sharp Productions
‘Just So’: Cygnet Theatre
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 Dec - Dorchester Christmas Cracker
06 Dec - Sherborne Festive Shopping Day
6-13 Dec - Sherborne Christmas Tree Festival
9 Dec - Bridport Late Night Shopping
9-16 Dec - Bridport Christmas Tree Festival
14 Dec - Sherborne Abbey Christmas Concert
23 Dec - Carols around the Tree – Lyme Regis
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.