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…
02-06 September Great Dorset Steam Fair, Blandford (Tickets available at all West Dorset TICs)
05-06 September Dorset County Show, Dorchester (Tickets available at all West Dorset TICs)
12-13 September Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival (www.cheesefestival.co.uk)
12-20 September Dorset Architectural Heritage Week - Tel. 01202 888992 (www.edht.org.uk) or contact any of our TICs for a full programme
26 Sept – 04 Oct Lyme Regis Arts Fest (www.lymeregisartsfest.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 Summer Lodge 2009 Wine Dinner- Cape Mentelle, Australia Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, Evershot. Monthly Wine Dinner - cost £90. 01935 482000 (www.summerlodgehotel.com).
01 Advanced Driving Skills Dorchester Rugby Club, Coburg Road, Dorchester, 7pm. Advance Driving Skills could save your life! Three free lectures. Learn to pass the IAM advance driving test. 01305 820963 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
01-20 Rhythm and Rhyme The Town Mill Galleries, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm closed Mondays. Paintings by Jane Hedges and sculpture by Ian Middelton
02 Dinosaur Day Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.00am- 12.00pm or 1.00pm- 3.00pm.. Family day with dinosaur themed activities. £3.00 per Child. Tickets available from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org).
02 A Time Comes United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7pm. A viewing of the film “A Time Comes” and a guest speaker addressing climate change and power stations. 07872 448748 email:email@example.com
02 Yetties Music Night Weavers Club, Westbury, Sherborne, 8pm Tickets £6. 01935 814667
02 - 06 Great Dorset Steam Fair South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Nr Blandford, Dorset. Widely recognised as the leading event of its kind in the world, covering 600 acres. Tickets from West Dorset TICs 01258 860361 (www.gdsf.co.uk).
03 The Contra Band The Ship Inn, Lyme Regis, 10pm till late. Irish Folk Band of 8 musicians/actors
04 Othello Roman Town House, Dorchester. 7.30pm. William Shakespeare's Othello by MD&E. Tickets £10.00/£8.00. 07500 078351 (www.romantownhouse.org.uk) (www.mad-dogs.org.uk).
04 The Crack Dorchester Town Football Club, Dorchester, 7.30pm til late. Tickets £3.50 01305 262451
04 Ensemble Raro, Music at Plush St John's Church, Plush, 7.30pm. Enjoy Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' in its 'traditional' version for strings, alongside humorous works by Mauricio Kagel. Tickets £15. 020 3286 1885 (www.musicatplush.net).
04 The Yetties Charity Barn Dance Thornford Village Hall, 7.30pm. Fun, dancing, BBQ, raffle and bar. Tickets £10 available from Sherborne Photographic and Rules in Sherborne. All proceeds for Sherborne Town Band. 01963 370818
05 Juke box style disco Herrison Hall, Sherren Avenue, Charlton Down, Dorchester, doors open 8pm, dancing til 11pm. Free soft drinks. 08000 728 728 (www.jiveriot.com).
05 Summer Saturday Live South Street, Dorchester. Charminster Quartet plus Street Theatre. Performances between 10.30am and 3.00pm 07723319387 email:firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
05 Poetry - the oil of life: The Poetry of John Betjeman St Mary's Church, Netherbury nr Beaminster, 7.30pm. The poetry of Betjeman In words and music, by Anna Phillips, Annie Munk, James Munk. Tickets £7 advance or £9 on door. 01308 488994
06 Jazz Brunch 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.eastburyhotel.co.uk).
06 Magdalen Country Fayre Magdalen Farm, Nr. Winsham. 11am - 4pm. Gun dog tests & scurry, clay pigion shoots, archery, craft stalls, farm tours, rural craft demonstrations, organic food and drink etc. 01460 30144 (www.magdalenproject.org.uk).
06 Ramblers Walk: Heads of the Valley walk Meet Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis, meet at 10.30am for this 14 mile walk. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01935 824678 (www.somersetramblers.co.uk).
06 Birds of the West Fleet and Abbotsbury Swannery Meet at the Swannery Shop, Abbotsbury, 2pm. 1.5 mile walk to see breeding terns, reedbed birds, migrants and of course swans. Cost £3 adults, children £1. No dogs please. 01929 424443
06 Black Buoy Cup 2009 West Beach, West Bay, Bridport, 5pm. The Annual Black Buoy Cup sea swim. The race is approximately 1500 metres. Organised by Bridport Barracudas. 01308 482401 / 485223
08 Advanced Driving Skills Dorchester Rugby Club, Coburg Road, Dorchester, 7pm. Advance Driving Skills could save your life! Three Free lectures. Learn to pass the IAM advance driving test. 01305 820963 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
08 Bridport History Society Talk : Mrs Bowdidge's Coffee House Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Talk by Dr Judith Ford giving an account of life in the 17th Centrury based on the will and inventory of Sarah Bowdidge. 01308 456876
09 A Fair Kind of Life – A Showman’s Story Bridport Town Hall, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by local author Kay Townsend for The Friends of Bridport Museum. Tickets £6/£5 including glass of wine or soft drink
10 ABC Steppin In Line - Line Dance Class for Beginners Brownsword Hall, Poundbury. Fun and experience for all ages 6.30 - 7.30. Entry £2.50 per person. 01305 852026
10 Euro Travel Evening Sherborne House, Newland, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk on Altea, Spain. Entry £5 on the door, including a glass of wine (students £2.50). Snacks and music to accompany the talk. 01963 251255
10 - 13 Heritage Open days Various. Visit thousands of buildings normally not open to the public or which charge admission. 0870 333 1181 (www.heritageopendays.org.uk).
11 Who’s in the Next Room? Max Gate, Allington Avenue, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Readings of new poems – an exploration of Hardy’s Wessex legacy, live from the house where he lived. Tickets £5 inc. wine 01308 262538 email:email@example.com
12 Jewellery workshop with Dennie Rose Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 4.30pm. Polymer clay jewellery - hand-made beads. Cost £35 plus small charge for materials 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
12 Challenge 2009 - 25 mile sponsored walk Walkers wanted.Kristian/alexander charity award scheme. Information pack/entry form:- Tel. 01305 784995 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
12 Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Fun Day Sherborne Hotel, Sherborne. 11am. Fun day & garden party In aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. Special guest Valerie Singleton. 07880 730368 (www.dorsetandsomersetairambulance.co.uk).
12 Macmillan Cancer Support Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall. Cakes, tombola, books and plants. Raffle and refreshments. All welcome- Entry 50p, children under 12 free. 10.30am- 2.30pm 01300 349271
12 Sherborne Jazz Club Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, doors open 7.30pm. The James Allsopp Quartet. Tickets £12 on the door, Students £8, Under 16s £6 01935 816569 (www.myspace.com/sherbornejazzclub).
12 Coast Along for WaterAid Any section of Dorset Coast Path. Coast Along for WaterAid aims to get at least one team walking on each of the 96 coastal paths in the SW and Pembrokeshire to raise over £100,000 for WaterAid. Teams can select sections of between 5 and 15 miles to walk, but must pre-register. (www.coastalongforwateraid.org).
12-20 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week A programme of events in celebration of Dorset’s rich architectural heritage. This is a chance to visit buildings not normally open to the public and those which have a special event taking place just for this week. Also guided walks and talks. Full programme available from Dorset Tourist Information Centres or contact EDHT 01202 888992 (www.edht.org.uk/dahw/menu2.html).
12-13 Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival Sturminster Newton, 10am – 5pm. (www.cheesefestival.co.uk).
13 Barry Long Video Event The Council Chamber, the Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 2pm. Barry Long Video, Life is Joy. Tickets £15. 01305 889533 (www.barrylong.org).
13 Sian Lister Photography Strangways Hall, Abbotsbury. A collection of landscapes and flora photographed by Sian Lister.
15 Advanced Driving Skills Dorchester Rugby Club, Coburg Road, Dorchester, 7pm. Advance Driving Skills could save your life! Three Free lectures. Learn to pass the IAM advance driving test. 01305 820963 email:email@example.com
15 The National Trust South Dorset Association - The Gothic Period by Simon Andrews. St George's Hall, Fordington, Dorchester. No booking required. NT members £2.50. Non members £3.00 01305 816772 (www.nationaltrust.org.uk).
16 Charlton Down Local History Group - History of Portland by Stuart Morris Charlton Down Village Hall ballroom, 7.30pm. Cost £2.50. 01305 269522
16 Dancing in Sydling Village Hall, Sydling St Nicholas, 7.30pm. Tango and Jive classes to be held on alternate Wednesday evenings, starting tonightt. Limited places so please book in advance. £60 per couple. 01300 341252
17 Reading the Mystics United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm – 9pm. A Course in Mysticism & Religious Philosopphy. Starts 17th Sept and runs for 10 sessions. 01929 471193 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
18 Bridport Carnival Presents Live Bands Nite Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock nr Bridport, 7pm. Bridport Carnival fundraising event. Tickets priced £10 in advance or £12 on the gate. Free bus from Bucky Doo Square. 07896 757425
18 Who’s in the Next Room? Max Gate, Allington Avenue, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Readings of new poems – an exploration of Hardy’s Wessex legacy, live from the house where he lived. Tickets £5 inc. wine 01308 262538 email:email@example.com
18 Tour of Britain Cycle Race Stage 7 finishes in Yeovil around 2pm today!
19 Antiques & Collectors Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm 01749 677049
19 Bottoms Up! The Trinity Parish Centre, Culliford Road, Dorchester. Shakespeare in a day - workshops and performance. 8am - 11pm. £20.00 per actor. Children's set and prop making workshop from 10am - 4pm led by Cath Rothman, teacher and set designer for " The Kite " £10 per child aged 8 + accompanying adults free. (www.thedoorwaytheatrecompany.webs.com).
19 CD & Record Fair The Corn Exchange, Drochester, 10am-3pm. Free Admission. A special selection of rare material for the collector and the connoisseur. 0788 239 2508 (www.vinylsaturday.co.uk)
19 Autumn Show & Bring & Buy Plant Sale Ulpyme Vilage Hall, Lyme Road,Uplyme, Lyme Regis. Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society's annual Autumn Show. 2.00 - 4.00pm
19 Remarkable Women of Devon Woodmead Hall, Hill Road. A talk by Dr Todd Grey. Heritage Coast U3A
20 Eggardon Kite Festival Eggardon Hill, Nr Bridport, 10.30am – 4.30pm. The famous annual kite festival takes place on the iron-age hillfort of Eggardon Hill, with fine views across the county.
20 Family Fun Walk, Walk for Wessex Kingston Maurward Collage, Dorchester, 11am. 5km walk for all the family. £7 Adults, £5 Children, £20 Family. Dogs welcome. Wessex Cancer Trust 023 8067 2266 (www.wessexcancer.org).
21 Bride Valley Gardening Club . Talk on Christmas and Spring Bulb planting given by Cyril Whitlock from Groves Nurseries. Members free, Visitors £2. 7.30p.m start.
22 Cercle Francais de Dorchester Wessex Royale Hotel, Dorchester, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. The welcome evening for the group’s 2009-2020 programme. Tel. French 01308 482286,, English 01305 761475
23 Photographing Your Garden Woodmead Hall, Hill Rd, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society - talk by John Marriage.
24 Enter the Vaults Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Discover the hidden gems of of Dorset County Museum. Tours at 10.00am, 11.45am, 1.45pm and 3.30pm. Tickets £6.50 from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org).
25 Antiques Auction Long Street Sale Rooms, Sherborne. 01935 812277 (www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk).
25 Willow Sculptures for the Garden - workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. 10.30am - 4.30pm. Come and make an exciting sculpture to take home. Early booking advised. £38 inc materials. 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk).
25 Jazz Brownsword Hall, Poundbury. 7 for 7.30pm. Swing Jazz group Jazmin. Tickets £6.50 in advance from Stitchinghouse Design or House of Dorchester Chocolates. Bar. 01305 751815 (www.brownswordevents.org.uk).
26 Crime and Punishment in Bridport Starts at The Town Hall, South Street, Bridport. The Radical History Group from Bristol put on a series of re-enactments throughout the day. The story begins in the Town Hall at noon, continues at 2pm in Bucky Doo Square and concludes at 9pm in the Ropemakers Public House. Free entry.
26 Baskets made the traditional way - workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am - 5pm. Relax and enjoy working with natural willow. Cost £45 including materials 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk).
26 The Summer Music Society of Dorset - Mobius Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Nr Dorchester.
26 Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7pm. Reunion of this legendary duo. Tickets £15.00, available online or Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992 (www.chesilpromotions.co.uk)
26 Charity Shop Cabaret on Tour Thorncombe Village Hall, Thorncombe nr Beaminster, 7.30pm Performed by Trifle Gathering Production. Tickets £7 adult, £5 U18, and £20 family 01460 30247 (www.artsreach.co.uk).
26 -04 Lyme Regis ArtsFest Lyme Regis. A week of events, exhibitions and workshops. (www.lymeregisartsfest.com).
26-27 Flower Festival For Harvest St Peter's, West Knighton. Family admission at door by programme £2. Tea/ Coffee and cakes. Sat. 10am - 6pm. Sun. 11am - 5pm.
27 Annual Rotary Jurassic Coastal Work Starts from the Salt House, Fisherman’s Green, West Bay. Choice of 5 or 10 muile route, both finishing in West Bay. Entry forms from Bridport TIC or (www.britvalleyrotaryclub.org) 01308 420270
27 Autumn Charity Garden Fair Mapperton, Nr Beaminster, Dorset. Autumn Show with gardens to look around +21 specialist nurseries exhibiting. Café and shop open. £1.50 entrance in aid of Lymphoedema Research. 10am-4pm.
28 A Mill on the Stour Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Colin Cope, Guardian of White Mill on the Kingston Lacy Estate. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. All welcome. 01308 863577
29 Bronze Age Festival, Ancient Wessex Group. Maiden Castle, Dorchester. 10am- 4pm. Free entry. Stories, Arts and Crafts and Archaeology. Limited Parking - free shuttle service from Dorchester South Station 01305 228241 (www.dorsetaonb.org.uk).
30 The Yetties plus The Casterbridge Male Voice Choir The Bridport Arts Centre, 7.30pm. Presented by The Friends of West Dorset Citizens Advice Bureau. Tickets £10 available from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992
Rebel Harbour – The fight for Lyme Regis Shanty Theatre
Five Star Swing – A celebration of Classic Swing
The Producers – Blues Music
Record & CD Fair
Summer Evenings of Music
Theatre Friends Quiz Night
Think Floyd – Tribute band
Bubbles – Water Mill Theatre Company
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…
12 October Pack Monday Fair, Sherborne
15 Oct – 01 Nov Autumn in the Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens with Floodlights & Candles
24 Oct – 01 Nov Dorset Food Week – events, activities and food tastings across the county
31 Oct – 01 Nov Autumn Colours weekend at Sherborne Castle
31 Oct Halloween Tram of Terror at Seaton Tramway
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.