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 The Thomas Hardye School Community Lectures - The Hole In The Wall The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 7pm. Lecture by Sugata Mitra. Free ticketed entry. 01305 266064
01 Salisbury Cathedral Choir fundraising concert for Broadmayne Church S t. Martin's Church, Broadmayne, 7.30pm. Tickets £7 from Anne Doxon 01305 853074 or the Corner House Stores, Broadmayne 01305 853765 (email: email@example.com)
01-07 Crocus Week and Daily Guided House Tours Forde Abbey and Gardens, Nr. Chard. 01460 220231 (www.fordeabbey.com)
02 A Day in the Life of an Aga – Cooking the Aga way - workshop Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am-3pm. Cost £40, lunch and a glass of wine included. 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
04 Transition Transport Gathering Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.00pm. Free event is intended for anyone with concerns about transport issues in and around Dorchester (www.transitiontowndorchester.org)
04 Metal Detecting in the Undercliff Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. A talk and exhibition of finds by Dr Colin Dawes
04 Old Family Wills – Windows into the Past – Janet Penhaligon Stratton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Organised by Stratton & District Home and Garden Club. Members and non-members welcome.
05 DWT lecture: 'Working in a Watery Wonderland' Friends' Meeting House, South St, Bridport, 7.30pm. An illustrated talk by Rachel Janes about DWTwork in rivers and wetlands. £1.50 (£3 non-members) 01305 264620 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
05 Weldmar Hospicecare Trust - Talk on the 61st Indian Cavalry by Henry Dalall Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Tickets from Cerne Abbas Village Shop or the fundraising office 01305 215315 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
05-07 Feltmaking Weekend with Anita Bell and Kim Squirrell Monkton Wyld Court, Nr Charmouth. An introductory course exploring both wet and dry techniques. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)
05-07 Vision - A Philosophical weekend in West Dorset Various locations visited during the week. Patrick Harpur and Jules Cashford explore the purpose and meaning in life from the first century BC up to modern times. This weekend will be repeated on April 16th. 01300 320064 or (email: email@example.com) (www.mythicimagination.info)
06 Dope Under Thorncombe Film at Eype Eype Centre for the Arts, Eype nr Bridport. A production by Trillith Films. Mark Culme Seymour 01308 898420 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
06 Dorset Women's Day Dorford Centre, Dorchester, 10am - 4pm. Free goodiebags, creche,workshops ( cosmetics, knitting, poems, cooking ). 01305 252204 ( daytime only ) (www.wandwomen.org.uk) (email: email@example.com)
06 Dorchester Ballet and Dance Club presents The Soul Of Dance Thomas Hardye School, Queens Avenue, Dorchester, performances 2.30pm & 7.00pm Tickets Adults £7, Child/Concession £5 & Family £20 from Dorchester Ballet and Dance Club at The Swan Centre, Poundbury West Estate (www.dancedorchester.org)
06 Dorset Local History Group – AGM and Lecture on Dorset and the pirates of Barbary Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 2.30pm. A lecture by Dr Jim Davis on four centuries of raiding and slaving. 01305 262735
06 BEC Craft Fair Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, 9am - 12.30pm. Lots of local arts and crafts for sale. Tea and cakes. Free entry.
06-07 Spring Lambing Weekend Kingston Maurward Animal Park, Nr Dorchester (www.kmc.ac.uk)
07 TG Collective Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 7.30pm. Flamenco, Gypsy, Jazz and Contemporary Classical. Tickets Adults £8, under 18s £6. Family (2+2) £22 Tel. 01305 263022 or 01305 251099 (www.tgcollective.com)
07 Forde Abbey Plant and Gardening Fair Forde Abbey and Gardens, Nr Chard, 10am – 4pm. Talk by Paul Bygrave on the Forde Abbey Gardens at 2.30pm. Free entry. 01460 221290 (www.fordeabbey.co.uk)
07 Blackdown Church – A Walk on the Wild Side Blackdown Village Hall, Nr. Beaminster. A choice of long or short walk followed by a two course lunch. Adults £7.50, Children £4. Lunch served from 12.30pm. 01460 30517 or 01308 868913
07 Wessex Strings Concert Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 3pm. Music by Vivaldi, Telemann, Chopin, Schumann and Richard Kershaw. Tickets £8 (under 12s free) available from Sherborne TIC. Refreshments in Church Hall after concert. 01935 815341
09 Bridport History Society Meeting: The Roman Invasion of Dorset and the Road System Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm Talk by Peter Laurie. Members 50p, visitors £2. 01308 456876 or 01308 488034
09 Ramblers Walk: Langdon Hill Langdon Hill Car Park near Charmouth, 10am. An 8 mile Ramblers Walk - everyone welcome. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01297 489567
10 Meet the Charmouth Fossil Hunters Charmouth Village Hall, 7pm. A 1960s Charmouth fossil hunting film, Barney Hansford’s fossil collection, various speakers and more. Tickets £2 in advance, £3 on door. 01297 561644
10,24 Wednesday Winter Work Party Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve. 10-3pm. Practical volunteering work to help restore the habitats important for local wildlife. Tools, gloves and drinks supplied. 01305 816 546 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org
10,17 &24 Driving - A Skill for Life Committee Room 1, County Hall, Dorchester, 6.45pm. An introduction to advanced driving techniques. Free to attend. (email:- email@example.com) or tel. 01305 820963 for further details.
11 Diabetes UK West Dorset Support Group - Diabetes and the Eye Dorchester Community Church Hall, Acland Road, Dorchester, 7pm. Talk by Vic Langford, MCOptom.
12 Charity Quiz The Parish Centre, Culliford Rd N, Dorchester. Teams of Six Players maximum. Cost £5 per head to include a Ploughman's Platter Supper ( Bring your own drink ). Raffle. In aid of CLIC & other Inner Wheel charities. 01305 262414/ 264070
12 "Hardy's Night - Chapter and Verse Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50 to include Dorset Apple Cake and Cider punch. Auction of Hardy related items, in support of The Hardy Manuscripts Fund. 01305 262735
13 The Dorset Chamber Orchestra: Music For Youth St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 4pm. A youth concert with a difference involving scary ghosts, dancing skeletons and ghastly hobgoblins. Tickets £10.00 (£12.00 on door). Tickets from 01305 260360
13 West Dorset Group, The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society Loders Village Hall, near Bridport, 2-4.30pm. Genetics & Heredity for Family Historians with Heather Sheeley. 01935 812347
13 The National Trust - The Blackmore Vale and Yeovil Assn AGM and Talk. Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Talk by Simon Larkins, Head Gardener at Lytes Cary. Tickets at the door. Members £3 Guests £3.50 01747 838810
13 Jumble Sale Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 2pm. In aid of RNLI.
13 Family History Course - Pre 1837 Records Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Road, Bridport. This course continues on 17th April. Please note other Family History Courses are available - contact organiser for details. 01308 425710
13 Hayseed Dixie perform in Bridport The Electric Palace, South St, Bridport, doors open 8pm. Tickets £15 01308 428354 (http://www.electricpalace.org.uk) (www.midnightmango.co.uk)
13 Beaminster Antiques & Collectables Fair Public Hall, Fleet St, Beaminster. The monthly Fair is open from 9.30am til 4pm and includes furniture, textiles, china, glass, books, pictures and more. Meadow Fairs 01297 24446
13 Gloria – Sherborne Chamber Choir Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Music by Rutter, Finzi, Holst, Bednall and Vaughan Williams. Tickets £5-£16 (u18s free) available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 (www.sherbornechamberchoir.org.uk)
13-14 Spring Lambing Weekend Kingston Maurward Animal Park, Nr Dorchester (www.kmc.ac.uk)
14 Barn Dance at Loders Loders Village Hall, near Bridport, 7.30pm. With Long Odds & Short Straws. Price £7.50 adults, £2.50 under 12s, to include a Ploughman's Supper. Ticket only event. 01308 422797 or 425766
14 Cream Tea and Poetry The Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, Dorchester, 4-5.30pm. 2 nd and last Sunday of the month – poetry workshop and scrumptious cream tea in the Hardy Room. £6.50 per person. 01305 263719
14 Beth Blake & Friends – Crossing Cultures in Cabaret The Borough Arms (“Goldies”), High East Street, Dorchester, 9pm-10.30pm (open mic from 10.15pm) All profits to First Dorset Credit Union. 01305 260612 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
15 Talk by Shelterbox (Cornwall) Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Free event but retiring collection for Shelterbox. Tea & biscuits, raffle. Organised by Uplyme Ladies Group
16 Beaminster Bridge Afternoon South Buckham Farm, Beaminster. Tea & a glass of wine. Tickets £12.50 from Fundraising Office 01305 215315 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
16 Dorchester Civic Society – Poundbury, phases 3 and 4 Dorford Centre, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Talk by Simon Conibear, Development Manager for the Duchy. All welcome.
17 DWT lecture: 'Natural History of Yellowstone' Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. An illustrated talk by John Tuke. 7.30pm 01305 264620 (email: email@example.com)
17 Dr Laura de Beden Lecture on Sculpture in the Landscape Bridport Arts centre, South St, Bridport, 2pm for 2.30pm. Lecture by the West Dorset Decorative & Fine Arts Society taking the audience on an exciting journey through time. 01308 897209
17 Casterbridge Male Voice Choir - Music For You United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A concert of old and new favourites in aid of Samaritans of Dorset. Tickets £6 from Friends of Samaritans. 01305 265575 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
18-20 A Tomb with a View Frampton Vilalge Hall, 7.30pm. A comedy-thriller by Norman Robbins, presented by Frampton Footlights. Tickets £4-£8 from Frampton Garage or Long Ash Garage 01300 320459 / 01300 320607
19 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert Sir John Colfox School, Ridgeway, Bridport, 7.45pm. The Musicke Companye present A Venetian Carnival. Single tickets £12, membership £45. 01308 424673
20 Lorton Meadows Open Day Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, 10am-4pm. 01305 816 546 (email: email@example.com)
20 Bridport Chamber Orchestra St Michael's Church,Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Tickets £10/£8 from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre 01297 442138
20 Market at Broadmayne St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 10am - 12 noon. Produce, cakes, plants, craft, fair-trade goods, local sausages, children's books, library etc. 01305 852886
20 Get To Know The Dorset History Centre Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester. Short Q & A session after tour. 01305 228241/07500 078351 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/our-work/south-dorset-ridgeway.html)
20 Dorset Womankind Network – New Volunteers Afternoon Poundbury Garden Centre, Peverell Avenue, Dorchester. Bring & buy stall 1.30pm, introduction to Womankind Dorset 2.30-4pm. 07921 311518
20 Occasional Singers St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Rachmaninov, directed by Rick Birley with Duncan Honeybourne on piano. Tickets £6 or £1 children/unwaged from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992.
20-21 Dancing Into Elemental Art Eype Beach & Salway Village Hall. A weekend of creative expression inspired by the ancient Jurassic Coast. Come and dance, paint, stitch, write, weave or make. 01308 862332 or (email: email@example.com)
21 Missionary tales from Botswana Bethany Chapel, Lyme Regis, 4pm. A talk by Bryan Jenkins followed by tea & biscuits
21 The Portland Sea Dragon Whitestones Café, Easton, 2-4pm. Launch of book by local publisher Roving Press. The author and illustrator will be signing copies, plus competitions, fancy dress prizes and discounts. 01300 4231531
21-23 Archaeological Finds from the Relief Road Weymouth Pavillion Ocean Room, Weymouth. Sun. 21st - 10am - 5pm, Mon 22nd - 9am - 8pm, Tues. 23rd 9am - 8pm. Public exhibition of some of the archaeological finds from the relief road construction. Representatives from Oxford Archaeology will be available to answer questions. (www.dorsetforyou.com)
23 Talk on Hestercombe Gardens Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. U3A & Lyme Regis Society joint event.
23 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Talk - " The Last Of The Long Boat Families" Dorset Room, Colliton Club (opposite County Hall), Dorchester, 7.30pm. Talk by Terry Putnam. Non - members welcome at £2 per person.
24 'Water in the Garden' Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, 7.30pm. The Horticultural Society present a talk by Jenny Short.
24 Bonny Sartin's Smuggling Tales Bridport Town Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 in advance (£7 on door) from Local History Centre, Gundry Lane, Bridport or Bridport Music (tel 01308 425707). 01308 458703 for more details.
25 Hatched, Matched and Dispatched Old Ship Inn, Upwey, Nr Weymouth, 7.45pm. First meeting of West Dorset Humanists 07921 311518 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
25 Ramblers Walk: Coneys Castle Meet Coneys Castle Car Park GR 372977, 10am. A 5 milewalk organised by Somerset Ramblers. 01935 429773 (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
26 Billy Bragg & the Proclaimers Electric Palace, South Street, Bridport. World famous musicians The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg perform for legal action charity Reprieve. Tickets £25 – available from Bridport TIC 01308 424901
27 Book Fair Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 10.00am - 4.00pm 01308 863577
27 Dorchester Choral Society St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. . Vivaldi - Gloria, Vivaldi - Nullo in mundo (for soprano solo ), Haydn - Nelson Mass, Holst - Two Psalms. Tickets £15 / £12 01305 268363 or 01305 262005
27 Dorchester Moose presents Grease Night Corn Exchange, Dorchester, doors open 5.45pm film starts 6.30pm. Singing and dancing. Tickets £10 from Specsavers, Dorchester, Harmony Music, Dorchester. 01305 259039 (www.grease-istheword.co.uk)
27 Grand Quiz Stratton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Teams of 4-6. £5 a head Hot Supper & Dessert. Bring your own drink & glasses. General knowledge rounds, individual round, raffle. 01305 268692 (email: email@example.com
27 "Spring Serenade" Bradford Peverell Village Hall, 7.30pm. Presenting well loved songs and arias. Admission £7 including refreshments – proceeds to village hall funds. 01305 251341
27-28 Spring Bulbs and Daffodils Weekend Sherborne Castle, 11am-4.30pm. Reduced price entry to gardens and grounds. 01935 813182 (www.sherbornecastle.com)
28 Antiques fair Kingston Maurward College, Nr Dorchester. (www.kmc.ac.uk)
28 Workshop – Living willow : arbours and fences Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, 10.30am-1pm. Cost £25. 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
28 Cream Tea and Poetry The Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, Dorchester, 4-5.30pm. 2 nd and last Sunday of the month – poetry workshop and scrumptious cream tea in the Hardy Room. £6.50 per person. 01305 263719
28 Northern Harmony Corn Exchange, Dorchester, singing workshop 4-5.30pm, concert 7pm. Unique world music choir based in Vermont, USA. Tickets £10/£8 concessions. Workshop £6/£4. Workshop plus concert £14/£10 ( £12/£9 ) 01305 814940
28 Missionary stories from Spain Bethany Chapel, Lyme Regis, 4pm. Talk by Eric Bermejo followed by traditional Sunday Tea
28 Exploring the Past Kingcombe Environmental Studies Centre, Toller Porcorum. ChrisTripp explores burial chambers and stone circles in the Dorset countryside. £50 lecture, lunch, walk and afternoon refreshments. 01300 320684 (www.kingcombe.org)
28 Cattistock Point to Point Littlewindsor, Nr Beaminster, first race 2pm. 01300 320683
29 The Thomas Hardye School Community Lectures - Darwin & God: Then and Now The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 7pm. Lecture by Prof. John Brooke. Free ticketed entry.
29 Ramblers Walk: Bridport & Thorncombe Bridport Football Club Car Park, 10am. A 6 mile Ramblers walk - everyone welcome. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Colin & Jill 01308 456191
30 Dorchester Wildlife Garden Work Party High East Street, Dorchester (behind All Saints Church opposite the Kings Arms Hotel). 10-12noon. Light gardening work Joy Wallis 01305 264 620 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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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