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
Local events diary
01 Dorchester Horticultural Society Meeting Fordington Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, 7.30pm
01 Christingle Service St. Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, 2pm. If wet this will be held at St. Michael’s School.
01 Tudor Women Shipton Village Hall, Shipton Gorge, 7.30pm. A talk by historical novelist Suzannah Dunn on the lives of Tudor Women. Tickets £4.50 inc. glass of mulled wine. In aid of Dorset Womenkind Charity. 01308 897295 (email: email@example.com)
01 Dorchester Christmas Cracker Starts 5pm. Late night shopping, free car parking, Christmas parade music, festive stalls and lots more. Procession starts 6pm; Lights on at 6.30pm, Band Jigsaw on St. Peter’s Stage at 6.45pm. (www.dorchestercracker.com)
01 - 18 Artwavewest Contemporay Art Gallery Morecombelake, Dorset DT6 6DY. Exhibits by Jeanette Hayes, Helen Jones and Alice Jones, Wed – Sat, 10 - 4pm 01297 489746 (www.artwavewest.com)
02 A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten Sherborne Abbey, 1.30pm. Performed by The Madrigal Society of Sherborne Girls’ School. Admission free. (www.sherborne.com)
02 Lavendar Trust Breast Cancer Care presents 'A Treasury of Christmas' Flower Arranging Demonstration by Andrea Wilkinson. Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 2.30-5pm. Raffle and sales table. Tickets £6 (inc refreshments) from Burton Bradstock Post Office or 01308 897209.
02 Euro Travel Evening - Prague Senior Citizens Lunch Room, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. An illustrated talk on Prague and Mozart's Travels by Janet Parsons. Entry £6 includes a glass of wine and snacks. Organised by Sherborne Douzelage
03 Market St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne (next to the church). Produce, cakes, plants, craft, Dorset sausages, pork, local fruit and produce. Plants from a local nursery, Fair-Trade Goods, library etc 01305 852866
03 Christmas Bingo Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 8pm. In aid of the Lyme Regis Branch of Cancer Research UK.
03 Christmas Fair - A Day of Shopping and Indulgence The Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton, 11am - 6pm. A fun day of Christmas shopping and Indulgence 01300 345249 (www.thegaggle.co.uk)
03 Serendipity The Parish Church, Martinstown, 7.30pm. Music and readings in aid of The Quiet Space, Poundbury. Tickets £7.50, Concessions £5 from The Dorford Centre, Dorchester. Also available on the door. Richard Baker 01305 265468
03 Carols On Fordington Green Fordington Green, 6pm - 7pm. Durnovaria Band. Join us for a Christmas Carol Singalong. Hot soup available and free goodies for the children. Christmas Tree Festival in the church to follow.
03 Beaminster Christmas Festival The Square, Beaminster, 6.15pm. Father Christmas will lead the parade from St. Mary’s School at 6.15pm through the town to the square. Then carols around the Christmas Tree and lighting of the tree at 7pm.
03 Charity Christmas Shopping Evening Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 6-9pm. Free entry. Gifts, crafts and produce from local traders and producers. Sue Ryder Care 01935 815323
03 The Holly and The Ivy Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 7.30pm. A musical celebration of Christmas and Midwinter with The New Scorpion Band. Early traditional seasonal songs.stories, carols and music. Tickets £9, £6 (under 18s), £25 (family) 01305 251099 (www.new-scorpion-band.com)
03 - 05 Christmas Tree Festival St George's Church, Fordington, Dorchester. Trees decorated by local groups wil be displayed in the church and open to the public for viewing Friday 7-9pm, Sat 11am - 8pm and Sun 12 - 4pm. Free entry ( donations only).
04 Beaminster Antiques & Collectables Fair Public Hall, Fleet St, Beaminster, 9.30am-4pm. Meadow Fairs 01297 24446
04 Thomas Hardye Society - "Going the Rounds" Meet Thorncombe Wood car park. A walk in the footsteps of Mellstock Quire with music, singing led by Furse Swann, Mike Bailey and “The Madding Crowd” Performance by Frome Valley Morris Mummers. Mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets £5 / £4. Please book by 28th November. 01305 251501 (www.hardysociety.org)
04 Ballroom & Latin Dancing Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis 8pm. Ballroom, Latin & some Sequence. £4
04 Makers' Market Eype Church for the Arts, 10am - 4pm. 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
04 Blackmore Vale & Yeovil Association - Entertainment and Social "A Christmas Invitation" with Tim Lacock Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Cost £5 inc. mince pies, fruit cup and raffle ticket. 01747 838810 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
04 Christmas Festive Market Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis,10am-4pm. In aid of the local branch Cancer Research UK
04 Christmas Fair United Church, East Street, Bridport
04 Christmas Bazaar Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 10am to 2pm.
04 St John's Church Christmas Coffee Morning The Village Hall, Main Road, Tolpuddle, 10 - 12 noon Stalls offering Christmas Cards, gifts, home made produce and children's activities including visit from Father Christmas. 01305 849484
04 Christmas Coffee Morning Bradford Peverell Village Hall, 10.30am - 12 noon. Proceeds to Village Charities. Admission £1 including delicious festive goodies (email: email@example.com)
04 Christmas Bazaar St. Peter’s Church, High West Street, Dorchester, 10am – 12 noon. Free admission.
04 New Elizabethan Singers - Haydn’s Creation Mass St. Mary’s Church, South St., Bridport, 7.30pm. £8 - Bridport Music.
04 Art Sale Friends Meeting House, South Street, Bridport, 9am - 12pm Original Watercolours, Cards and Pottery by local artists. Tea, coffee & cakes available. Donation from sales to Dorset Air Ambulance Service
04 3 Churches Coffee Morning Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, 10.30am-12.30pm. Cakes stalls, tombola, bric-a-brac and much more! 01308 868293
04 The Town Mill Brewery Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Talk on the history of the brewery, then a walk to the Malthouse to see the brewing process, with chief brewer Jon Hoskind. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismusuem.co.uk)
04 Christmas Coffee Morning and Mini Market West Stafford Village Hall,10.30am - 12 noon. Homemade and Handmade crafts, home ware, gifts and produce. Jewellery, bags and locally made wooden reindeer. 01305 260004 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
04 Light Up A Life Service Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, 6pm. Remember a loved one or someone who is away from home by dedicating a light on the Christmas Tree in Brownsword Hall. Supporting Julia's House. 01202 607400 (www.juliashouse.org)
04-12 Sherborne Christmas Tree Festival Cheap Street Church, open daily 10am – 4.30pm. Carol service on Sunday 12 th at 6.30pm. Entry free but donations invited for Sherborne & District Disabled Ambulance and Zambian School Project.
05 Muddy Wellies Day Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10.30am - 4pm. Free refreshments. 01300 320684 (email: email@example.com)
05 Making Friends with the Inner Critic, nurturing the Inner Child Nutritrain, Jubilee Industrial Estate, Weymouth,10 - 5pm. Cost £60 for the day. 01305 257958 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or (email: email@example.com)
05 Sherborne Festive Shopping Day Sherborne, 10am – 4pm. Music and carols, circus acts, steam engines, children’s competition, promotions, followed by lighting of the Conduit Christmas Tree with Sherborne Chamber Choir at 4.15pm.
05 Wessex Military Band Christmas Concert Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 6pm (www.wessexmilitaryband.co.uk)
06 A Rainbow of Keys 4 Leaf Clover Club/Zest Community Café, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 11am. A journey through the musical spectrum with Dean Carter on guitar. Entry by donation, proceeds to the 4LCC.
07 Hansel and Gretel Sherborne School for Girls, 7.30pm. A fairytale opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, staged in English with Sherborne School for Girsl “Quintabile”. Tickets £14 available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre 01935 815341 (www.dorsetproductions.com)
07 Transition Town Dorchester "Green Drinks" Tom Browns, High East Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm- 10.30pm (www.transitiontowndorchester.org)
07 Light Up A Life 2010 Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester, Service starts 6.30pm. Opportunity to remember a loved one by sponsoring a light on this special tree. Names are then entered into the Book of Remembrance for 2010. 01305 261800 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
07 Steam Dreams Christmas Carol Special Steam train from London to Sherborne, suitably decked out for Christmas, followed by a special carol service in the Abbey at 3pm. 01483 209888 (www.steamdreams.co.uk)
07 Budapest Café Orchestra Powerstock Hut, Nr. Bridport, 7.30pm. Blistering czardas, grief-stricken ballads and rousing dances! Tickets £10/£7 from The Three Horseshoes or Marquis of Lorne Inns. 01308 485205
07-15 Bridport Christmas Tree Festival United Church, East Street, Bridport. Bridport’s 13 th Annual festival with 65 illuminated decorated trees on display. Open weekdays from 10am (Sunday 2pm) Free admission.
08 Bridport Late Night Shopping From 6pm. Most shops open late, plus craft, food and charity stalls, Farmers’ Market, Santa’s Grotto, entertainment and musical events from St. Swithuns Band and the Symondsbury Mummers. 01308 456722
08 PACT Public Meetings Dorford Centre, Dorchester - Coffee Lounge, 7pm. Meet your PACT panel and vote on the issues that you would like the police and partner agencies to tackle. 01305 222222 / 07500816287 (www.dorset.police.uk)
08 Sanctus Sacred Songs United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7 - 9pm £5 ( £4 low income) (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
08 Christmas Concert with Lyme Regis Town Band All Saints Village Hall, Nr Axminster, 7.15pm (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)
08 Steve Knightley in Concert Holy Trinity Church, Bradpole, Bridport, 8pm. Tickets £14 from Bridport Music, 33 South St, Bridport. Parking at Kings Head Pub in Bradpole. 01308 423357 / 425707
08 Visit To Cotehele Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis. A trip by coach to this NT house in Cornwall followed by lunch then Tavistock Market. Organised by Museum Friends. To book call 01297 445537 (www.lymeregismusuem.co.uk)
09 Budapest Café Orchestra Frampton Village Hall, 8pm. Blistering czardas, grief-stricken ballads and rousing dances! Tickets £9 / £7 (under 18). Bar available. 01300 320459.
10 Murder in the Museum County Museum, Dorchester. An evening of drama, sleuthing and entertainment in the atmospheric Victorian Hall. Tickets £20, includes buffet meal. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
10 Julia's House Christmas Gifts & Indulgence Evening Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, 6.30pm - 9.30pm Entertainment, wine tasting, refreshments, raffle and lots of gifts and treats. Free entry.
10 Bride Valley Fledglings Auction Christmas Fundraiser – Auction of Promises White Horse inn, Litton Cheney, 8.30pm. Auction and raffle. Catalogue and information available from Diana on 01308 482321
10-13 Lyme Regis Christmas Market Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, Fri 5-9pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Quality handmade gifts, pottery, wood, glass, textiles, jewellery, paintings, photography, prints, metalwork. Mulled wine/mince pies Friday
11 Christmas Cracker featuring The Three Counties Swing Band Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 8pm to midnight. Tickets £10 to include a glass of mulled wine and mince pie from View from Offices, St. Michael’s Business Centre (01297 446057) and Alice’s Bear Shop, Broad Street. In aid of Epilepsy Research and Special Care Baby Unit, Dorchester Hospital.
11 Bridport Music Club Performance - Dorchester Piano Trio Sir John Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm. Includes Beethoven Op 1, Shostakovich op8, Dvorak op21. 01308 423110
11 The Dorset Art & Craft Show The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 10am - 4pm. Free Admission. Refreshments available. 07730 557090 (www.dorsetartandcraftshow.co.uk)
11 Concert of J S Bach's Christmas Oratorio - Dorchester Choral Society St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Professional soloists and orchestra. Tickets from (email: email@example.com) or Harmony Music 01305 262005
11 Bridport Choral Society Christmas Concert United Church, East St., Bridport, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 adults, £3.50 children – available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre. 01308 424901.
11 Tea Time - A Moment Of Calm Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Felicity Hebditch talks about the history of tea drinking, from China in 1000BC to Vicorian teatime with cakes and pastries. Plus tasting and a display of kitchen utensils and china. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismusuem.co.uk)
11 Sherborne Girls Christmas Craft Fair Sherborne Girls’ School, 10am – 4pm. 01935 818350. (www.sherborne.com)
11 White Elephant Open Day Marsh Farm, Burton Bradstock, 2.30pm – 7pm. Meet our winter artist in residence Cameron Hope with a glass of wine and Christmas shopping. 079707 50033
11 “Defenders of Mai-Dun” Book Launch Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 2-5pm. An apt venue as the museum holds a number of artefacts mentioned in David Macpherson’s new book. Meet the author, complimentary drinks and nibbles, children’s activities and special displays. Free entry to launch party only.
12 Christmas Fayre at Swyre Puncknowle & Swyre Village Hall, 3-5pm. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
12 Family Santa Run Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, register from 9am. Follow a route around Poundbury approx 2 miles with fun warm up session. Sponsor pack from 01305 215320 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
12 Know Your Fossils Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. A talk on how fossils lived and how to find, identify and handle them, with the museum's fossil experts Paddy and Chris. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismusuem.co.uk)
12 The Harmonious Funk Choir Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 4pm. The debut performance of the Junior and Adult Choirs performing a mix of Pop, Rock and Soul Music. Free entry with charity collection.
12 Cream Tea and Poetry The Old Tea House, 44 High Street, Dorchester, 4-5.30pm. Poetry workshop followed by a cream tea in the Hardy Room upstairs. £6.50 per person. 01305 263719
13 Sherborne Christmas Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. The Abbey's gift to the town. Family concert with Sherborne Abbey Choir, Sherborne Town Band, Sherborne Young Singers and The Gryphon School Choir. Free admission.
14 Bridport History Society Talk : T.E. Lawrence Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport , 2.30pm. Talk by Peter Preen (Visitor Services Manager at Clouds Hill) 01308 456876 / 488034
14 Talk on The Town Mill Brewery Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Talk by Richard Doney for the Lyme Regis Society. 01297 444162
14 Open Air Christmas Carols Anning Road and South Avenue, Lyme Regis, 7.15pm
14-18 Lyme Regis Christmas Tree Festival Baptist Church, Lyme Regis.
15 Jazz Jam Night Three Compasses, Charminster. Resident Trio, All musicians and audience welcome. 01305 263618
16 West Dorset Humanist Winter Solstice Social Brewers Arms, Martinstown, 7.30pm. An informal gathering. Free but suggested donation of £2. 07921311518 (email: email@example.com)
17 Coffee Morning Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, 10am till Noon. No charge but any donations go to the Air Ambulance and the Lifeboat. 01297 443210
17 Lyme’s Got Talent Christmas Concert Woodmead halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 8pm. See all the Lyme’s Got Talent finalists perform again in a a special Christmas show. In aid of Cancer Research UK and Save the Children Tickets £8 from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre (01297 442138) or View from Offices, St. Michael’s Business Centre (01297 446057)
17 A Celebration of Christmas in Words and Music Sherborne School Dining Halls, 7pm. Seasonal entertainment with Mark Freestone & Christine Stones and Sherborne Singers. Tickets £15 inc. mulled wine and supper. 01935 813639 / 813686
17-18 Yetties Christmas Singalong Concerts Digby Hall, Sherborne, 8pm. Tickets £8 adults £6.50 children/OAPs - from Rules or Marsh's in Sherborne 01935 814611 (www.theyetties.co.uk)
18 Ballroom Dancing Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis 8pm. Entry £4 Ballroom, Latin & some Sequence;
18 Annual Christmas Band Concert Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Band concert with Lyme Regis Town Band. Tickets available from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre (01297 442138) (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)
18 Charity Christmas Ball 2010 Kingston Maurward College, Nr Dorchester. All proceeds to Grace Secondary School in the Sudan. Tickets £45 to include bubbly, 3 course menu and entertainment. 07854173244 (email: Claire@GraceSecondarySchool.com)
18 Christmas Concert - with the Gallery Quire Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 7.30pm 01308 863577
18 The Fascinating Story Of Teddy Bears Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Riket Austin and Jo Farmer of Alice's Bear Shop talk teddy bears and demonstrate how to make their cuddly collectables. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismusuem.co.uk)
18 Bridport Nativity Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, 11am. The streets of Bridport become Bethlehem for the morning, with a live outdoor nativity. Tableaux, drama and songs (perhaps even the odd llama!).
18 Meet Roving Press Authors Words Etcetera Bookshop, 2 Cornhill, Dorchester, from 1pm. Roving Press books and authors will be at the bookshop with special offers and signings on local books. Refreshments / children’s activities.
19 Carols By Candlelight Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, 4pm followed by a full traditional Christmas tea. 01297 443210
19 Know Your Fossils Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. A talk on how fossils lived and how to find, identify and handle them, with the museum's fossil experts Paddy and Chris. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismusuem.co.uk)
20 Celebration Carol Service Sherborne Abbey, 7pm. Soloist Dame Emma Kirkby; seasonal readings by Kate Adie, Rachel Billington, Sarah Challis, Charles Collingwood and Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers. Favourite carols and Christmas music performed by Bournemouth Symphony Chorus plus BSO brass and harp. Tickets from Sherborne TIC 001935 815341 (www.bsolive.co.uk)
21 Noel Noel - Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.45pm. Annual concert of Christmas music and readings. Tickets £12 to include refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies and access to the museum - available from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992 or 01300 341618 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
23 Carols Round The Tree The Shambles, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 7pm. Enjoy Christmas Carols around the town tree with Lyme Regis Town Band. Organised by the Lyme Regis Rotary Club.
24 Open-air Carols Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am.. With Lyme Regis Town Band. (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)
25 Christmas Morning Fancy Dress Swim The Beach, Charmouth, 11am sharp. Be there at 10.30pm for a chance to see the fundraisers in their costumes whilst they are still dry! In aid of RNLI.
26 West Bay Wallow – A Boxing Day Swim East Beach, West Bay, midday. A charity fancy dress swim this year organised by the Bridport Round Table. Last year there were 55 swimmers and a crowd of about 3,000. No charge to enter or watch.
27 Abeng Music, Drum, Dance & Sing with Chief Nana Kofi Simba Leo Fordington Church Hall, King's Road, Fordington, Dorchester, 7.00pm - 9.00pm. £10 per session. 07979 885 685 (email: email@example.com)
27 Secret World's Winter Warmer The Beach, Lyme Regis, 1pm Blow away those festive cobwebs and join us for a dip in the sea and help raise funds for Secret World Wildlife Rescue. 01278 783250 or (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
28 Informal Christmas Celebration Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. 01297 443210
29 Christmas Family Fun Day Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis. Drop in between 11am and 3pm and get creative with museum curator Mary Godwin. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismusuem.co.uk)
31 Yetties New Year Party Digby Hall, Sherborne, 8pm. Tickets£12 - from Rules or Marsh's in Sherborne 01935 814611 (www.theyetties.co.uk)
Please contact our local Tourist Information Centres for details of special Carol services taking place during December
Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year - From All the Staff at Bridport, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Sherborne - Tourist Information Centres
Bath – Theatre Royal Aladdin 16th Dec to 23rd Jan 01225 448844 (www.theatreroyal.org.uk)
Bournemouth – Paviion Theatre Cinderella 4th Dec to 2nd Jan 0844 576 4500 (www.bic.co.uk)
Bristol – Hippodrome Dick Whittington 11th Dec to 9th Jan 0117 973 3955 (www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk)
Poole – Lighthouse Peter Pan 10th Dec to 9th Jan 0844 406 8666 (www.lighthousepoole.co.uk)
Salisbury – Playhouse Aladdin 8th Dec to 8th Jan 01722 320333 (www.salisburyplayhouse.com)
Southampton – The Mayflower Aladdin 10th Dec to 8th Jan 023 80 711811 (www.mayflower.org.uk)
Street – Strode Theatre Dick Whittington 27th Dec to2 nd Jan 01458 442846 (www.strodetheatre.co.uk)
Taunton – Brewhouse Theatre Sleeping Beauty 16th Jan to 22nd Jan 01823 283244 (www.thebrewhouse.net)
Weymouth – Pavilion Peter Pan 14th Dec to 3rd Jan 01305 783225 (www.visitweymouth.co.uk)
Yeovil – Octagon Theatre Peter Pan 11th Dec to 2nd Jan 01935 422884 (www.octagon-theatre.co.uk)
West Dorset 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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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
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