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What's on in and around West Dorset

May 2010

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

30/4-1/5 Italian Market South Street, Dorchester. 18 stalls selling Italian produce.

30/4-2/5 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival - 'Dead ……and Alive' Theatre Square, Lyme Regis. Annual 3 day festival with marquees, experts on hand and fossil walks and workshops. 01297 445021 (www.evolutionrocks.net)

30/4-4/5 Sherborne Abbey Music Festival Sherborne Abbey and Castleton Church. Highlights at this year’s festival include Lesley Garrett, The Tallis Scholars, Emma Johnson, Sherborne Festival Chorus, organist Matteo Galli, pianist Francesco Attesti, jazz group Zum and author Fay Weldon 01935 812452 (www.sherborneabbey.org)

01 Crinolines ‘n’ Corsets Fashion Show United Reform Church, East Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. A fashion show of authentic 19 th century clothes modelled in aid of the Help for Heroes charity. Tickets £7.50 adults or £4 children (incl. light refreshments) available from Bridport TIC 01308 424901

01 'Stackridge' - The Legends Return to Lyme Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, doors open 8pm. Tickets £12, available from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre. 01297 442138

01 May Day - Wessex Morris Men Dancing at 5.15am above the Cerne Abbas Giant & village square at 7.30am. (www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk)

01 The Quangle Wangle Choir United Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Tickets Adults £6, Accompanied children £2 – in support of Help The Aged. 01305 768635 / 01305 814940 (www.WeGotTickets.com)

01 Dorchester Stamp and Coin Fair United Church, 49 - 51 South Street, Dorchester, 10am - 4pm. All welcome. 01761 414304

01 - 03 Craft and Garden Fair Kingston Lacy Park, 10am – 6pm. Admission £4, seniors £3.50, children free. 01202 842407

01 - 03 Mandi St. Clair Contemporary Ceramics Studio 19, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 10am – 5pm. (www.mandistclair.co.uk)

01 - 11 Dorchester Art Club Spring Exhibition Poundbury Garden Centre, Peverell Avenue East, Poundbury - weekdays 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm. Coffee shop / restaurant available. Free admission. 01935 850069

02 The Dawn Chorus (with breakfast!) The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 4am – 8.30am. Led by Nigel Spring. Cost £15 – booking essential 01300 320684. (www.kingcombe.org)

02 May Day Fete Recreation Ground, Anning Road, Lyme Regis, 2.00pm. Annual fete. 01297 442220

02 Dorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival Cattistock. 10am - 4pm. Admission £2, under 12s free. The world famous Dorset Knob Throwing competition returns as part of the Frome Valley Food Festival. Activities include Knob & Spoon Race, Paint a Knob as well as Knob Throwing. 01300 320404 (www.dorsetknobthrowing.com)

02 Exploring the Past – Abbotsbury Meet in Abbotsbury Village 12.30pm. Join archaeologist Chris Tripp and explore Iron Age Abbotsbury Hillfort, Bronze Age barrows, the location of a Spanish Armarda beacon and WW II fortifications. £10 per person. 01300 321715 or 07768 695 162 (email: chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com)

02 Lions Club of Dorchester & District Annual Fun Run The Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre, Dorchester. Run starts at 10.30am - 1.2 or 5 miles. Registration from 9am. 01305 262171 / 01300 34120

02 Childsplay Rotary Walk Sponsored walk organised by Sherborne Rotary Club in aid of the Children’s Hospices. Start from anywhere you choose and finish at Sherborne Hotel between 2pm and 4pm. Barbecue and Town Band at Sherborne Hotel. Sponsor forms available from Sherborne TIC or see (www.itschildsplay.org)

02 Beaminster Market and Charter Fair The Square and Memorial Gardens, Beaminster, 10am. Beaminster celebrates the 725 th anniversary of its charter granted in 1284, with stalls and crafts which reflect the period. Fancy dress parade at 4pm followed by hog roast, games and Maypole dancing. 01308 863634

02 Bluebell Walk and Village Teas Chedington Village Hall, 2pm - 5pm. Walks in National Trust woods. Village teas, garden plants and crafts in Chedington Village Hall.

02 Ramblers Walk in Bridport Buckydoo Square, Bridport. Meet at 2.30pm for an easy walk under 2 hours. 01308 424787

02 Open Garden - Ivy House Garden Piddletrenthide Admission £3, Children free. Plants for sale. Open 2 - 5pm

02 Muddy Wellies Day Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10.30am - 4pm. 01300 320684 (email: davinahansford@kingcombecentre.org.uk)

02 Monkton May Fayre Monkton Wyld Court, Nr. Charmouth. Delicious food, family activities, live music, kids' Maypole, crafts market and more! 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)

02 Village Open Gardens Chedington Nr Beaminster, 2-5pm. Bluebell Walk, open gardens, plants and teas in aid of Village Hall Funds. 01935 891260

02 Plant Sale Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, 10.30am - 3.00pm. NCCPG members free with current membership card. Normal house admission applies. Garden tombola. Refreshments available in Stable Restaurant.

02-03 Open Access between the 2 castles Old & New Castles, Sherborne. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh and wander between the ruins of the old castle and grounds of the new castle on this special open weekend. Pay for entrance into one castle and get access to the other included for free. 01935 813182 (www.sherbornecastle.com) / (www.english-heritage.org.uk)

02-03 Civil War Lulworth Castle and Park, East Lulworth, Wareham, 10.30am - 6pm. Living history encampment, military battle & drill displays. Free parking. Normal admission charges apply. Under 4's free. 0845 4501054 (www.lulworth.com)

03 Prep and Senior Open day plus Prep School Spring Fete Leweston School, Sherborne, Open Day from 9.45am – 2pm; Fete 2pm - 4pm. 01963 211010 (www.leweston.co.uk)

03 Bank Holiday Car Boot Sale Alweston Playing Fields, Nr. Sherborne, 10am - 12pm. In aid of Folke Church

03 Bridport’s May Fair 2010 Millennium Green, Mountfield, Bridport, 12 noon to 4pm. Maypole dancers, crowning of the May Queen, stalls and music. 01308 456722

03 Terry Grant Stunt Spectacular and Dream Car Rides Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Nr Sherborne. See one of Europe’s leading stunt drivers perform a great action packed show which takes driving a car to the next level! 01963 440804 (www.haynesmotormuseum.com/museum/events)

04 Transition Town Dorchester "Green Drinks" Tom Browns, Dorchester, 7.30pm - 10.30pm (www.transitiontowndorchester.org)

05 Transition Town Sherborne “Money Talks” Cheap Street Church Hall, Sherborne. (realresilience@googlemail.com)

05 Project Return Charity Dinner New Dynasty Chinese Restaurant, Bond Street, Yeovil 7.15pm. Meal £18 excluding drinks. Advance bookings only – 01935 872447 or 01935 872045. Proceeds to support poor familities in Vietnam.

06 Comedy Club – Brendon Dempsey Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne. 8.30pm. 01935 810579 (www.powelltheatre.co.uk)

06 The Voice of Roy Orbison The Electric Palace, South Street, Bridport. 7.30pm. Special anniversary show featuring the sounds of the “Big O” together with the hits of The Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly. Tickets £15/£13 – available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901 (www.electricpalace.org.uk)

06 Music at the Minster The Minster Church, Axminster, 12.30pm - 1pm followed by lunch. “Nice and Easy” by Mike Collins – The Old Crooner. 01460 432022 (www.axminsterparishchurch.org)

07 Spring Concert Village Hall, Burton Bradstock, 7.30pm. Concert by David Juritz (violin) and Caroline Dowdle (piano). Tickets £10 including wine & soft drinks from 01308 897203, Burton Bradstock Post Office or at the door.

07 Friday Lunchtime Recital – Piano Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Recital by pupils of Sherborne School – free entry

07 Moth Trapping in West Dorset West Bexington, 8am – 10am A course to take you though the seasonal changes of our resident and migratory moths. 01305 264620 (www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk)

07-09 Yoga of the Breath Monkton Wyld Court, Nr. Charmouth. A residential retreat with Ranju Roy. Learn how breathing effects us at the physical, emotional and spiritual levels. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)

08 Lyme Bay Chorale St Michael's Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm; Tickets from Lyme Regis TIC 01297 442138

08 Beaminster Antiques & Collectables Fair Public Hall, Fleet St, Beaminster, 9.30am til 4pm. 01297 24446

08 Open Garden Lower Ware, Ware Lane, Lyme Regis. 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Raffle, stalls, cream teas, bring & buy plants. Entrance £2.50. In aid of Action Medical Research.

08 Sherborne 150th Railway Celebrations Railway Station and Pageant Gardens, Sherborne Celebration of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Sherborne’ s Railway Station, including Victorian parade, brass band, dancing, children’s entertainment, murder mystery dinner, competitions and more. 01935 815341

08 Dance Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Ballroom, Latin & some Sequence. £4 01305 848435

08 Coffee Morning & Bring + Buy sale 2 Styles Close, Beaminster, 10am til 12.30pm. In aid of Bridport Community Hospital.

08 Foster's and Lord Digby's Schools Founders Day Service Sherborne. Founders Day Service followed by lunch and AGM. For further information and tickets tel. 01258 473394

08 Ade Edmondson & the Bad Shepherds The Electric Palace, Bridport, doors open 7pm. A four piece band who exclusively play covers of old punk songs on folk instruments! 01308 426336 (www.electricpalace.org.uk)

08 A Night of Spice Blackdown Village Hall nr. Beaminster, 7.30pm. An evening of Eastern promise is on offer, in aid of Blackdown Church. Tickets £15 each for 3 courses. 01460 30842 / 30661 or 01308 868395

08 Quangle Wangle ChoirConcert Buckland Newton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Admission £6 including refreshments. Tickets in advance from 01300 345339. For more information on the choir tel. 01305 814940 or see (www.qwchoir.co.uk)

08-09 Lyme Regis National Ski Race (round 1) The Cobb, Lyme Regis. In association with Lyme Regis Powerboat Club; 4 mile course

09 Blessing of the Boats The Cobb, Lyme Regis. Short service and wreath laying at 3.00pm with the Lyme Regis Town Band

09 The Bluebells of Broke Wood Broke Wood, Longburton, 12pm-2pm. Wander through the lovely private gardens of Broke wood. Wine and refreshments. Tickets £12.50 (inc. glass of wine and nibbles) in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. Tickets and directions from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341or Katie Slade 01305 215315 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)

09 A Bit of A Do 2 Litton Cheney Village Hall, 2-5pm. Step back in time for a wonderful lazy afternoon that promises an array of historic vehicles, car rides, homemade clotted cream teas, stalls, Pimms, and all accompanied by the Rex Trevitt Big Band.

09 Treewise Blossomtime Picnic Kitchen Garden Plot, Duck Street, Symondsbury. Treewise have organised this nettle soup lunch from 11am til 2pm following work on the allotment. 01308 427449 (www.treewise.org.uk)

09 Swedish Car Day at Haynes Motor Museum Sparkford, Nr Sherborne. From the country that has the best rally drivers and the safest car in the world, come along to a day dedicated to Swedish marques. 01963 440804

09 & 30 Cream Tea and Poetry The Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, Dorchester, 4-5.30pm. 2nd and last Sunday of the month. Poetry workshop and scrumptious Cream Tea in the Hardy Room upstairs. £6.50 per person 01305 263719

11 Bridport History Society Meeting: The History of Portland Castle Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. A talk by Eileen Palmer of English Heritage. Members 50p, visitors £2. 01308 456876 or 01308 488034

11-20 Shotgun World Cup 2010 Southern Counties Shooting Ground, Evershot. In conjunction with British Shooting and West Dorset District Council, Southern Counties are hosting the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup which is an olympic qualifying event for London 2012. 85 countries, 900 competitors & 400 officials. Site open to visitors daily. Trade stands/market place. TIC info point on site. 2012 Olympic Qualifying Round. (www.shotgunworldcup2010.com)

12 Local Lunch Monkton Wyld Court, Nr. Charmouth A delicious meal of organic, vegetarian and locally sourced ingredients, as well as a tour of the house and grounds. Booking necessary. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)

12 Knit & Stitch Monkton Wyld Court, Nr. Charmouth Bring your own project or come and learn new craft skills. Refreshments available. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)

12 Sherborne Flicks – “Invictus” Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 available from Sherborne TIC or on the door. 01935 815341 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)

13 Diabetes UK West Dorset Support Group - Diabetes and Heart Problems Dorchester Community Church Hall, Acland Road, Dorchester, 7pm. With Dr Winterton, DCH.

13 Workshop at Highway Farm – Summer Wedding Cake Highway Farm, Bridport, 10.30am-4.30pm. Preparation of cake, coating technique, hand-made roses. Please bring your cake. Cost £45 + materials/equipment. (www.highwayfarm.co.uk) 01308 424321

13 Music at The Minster The Minster Church, Axminster, 12.30pm-1pm followed by lunch. Music by the School Chamber Choir, St. Margaret’s School, Exeter. 01460 432022 (www.axminsterparishchurch.org)

13 Coach Trip to the SS Great Britain Coach leaves from Lyme Regis 9.30am. £20 per person. A fundraising event arranged by Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. 01297 445537

13 Monkton Wyld Court Film Society’s First Meeting Monkton Wyld Court, Charmouth. Open to all interested in a monthly evening of film and discussion. 01297 560342 (email: info@monktonwyldcourt.org)

13 -17 Art Fair The Loft, Poundbury Garden Centre, Dorchester. 01305 215315 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)

14 Friday Lunchtime Recital – Woodwind Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Free recital by pupils of Sherborne School

14 Evening Walk with the Head Gardener Minterne House, Minterne Magna, meet on the front drive at 4.30pm for 5pm. Numbers restricted to 20 for each walk so booking essential – cost £2 per person. 01300 341370 (www.minterne.co.uk)

14 -15 Willow Weekend Highway Farm, Bridport, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Willow workshops with Andy Southall – Friday 14 th learn traditional basket making (£45) and Satuday 15 th willow sculptures for the garden (£40). 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)

14 -16 Introduction to Beekeeping Monkton Wyld Court, Nr. Charmouth. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)

14 -16 Museums at Night. Across the country museums, galleries and heritage sites will be opening their doors later than usual and staging events that show their collections in a different light. Museums taking part in West Dorset include all six museums in Dorchester open 5pm till 9pm on Saturday 15 th (special price of £6 to visit all 6! – tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre); also Sherborne Museum (www.culture24.org.uk/museumsatnight)

15 The Dorset Chamber Orchestra St. Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Borodin - In the Steppes of Central Asia. Chopin - Piano Concerto No 1. Schumann - Symphony No 4. Simon Callaghan ( piano). Tickets £10 from Harmony Music 01305 260360

15 Lorton Meadows Open Day Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, 10am - 4pm. 01305 816546 (www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk)

15 Larry Miller Band - The Legends Return to Lyme Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 8.00pm. Tickets from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre - £11.00 01297 442138

15 Sherborne Book Fair Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm 01803 613356

15 Nettle Picking Madness! Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum. A morning of nettle picking for soup. Try nettle soup, find out about the nutritional value and conservation value of nettles. 01300 320684 (email: davinahansford@kingcombecentre.org.uk)

15 National Moth Day Brooklands Farm, Forston, Nr. Dorchester, 8am – 11am. Breakfast family event – come and see the incredible range of moths and learn to attract and identify them. £2.50/head. Please book on 01305 264620 (www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk)

15 Charity Specialist Plant Fair Yarlington House, Yarlington, Somerset, 10am – 4pm. Admission £2.50 in aid of St. Luke’s church (www.plantfairs.com)

16 Ramblers Walk in Bridport Buckydoo Square, Bridport, meet at 2.30pm for an easy walk under 2 hours. 01308 863754

16 Teachings of the Medicine Wheel Monkton Wyld Court, Nr. Charmouth. With Carolyn Waterstone 01460 220653

16 TVR Car Club Event Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Nr Sherborne. All TVR owners welcome. Tel. 07734 732 630 or e-mail (email: dvboarder@googlemail.com for more information.

16 Animal Encounters Kingston Maurward Animal Park, Nr Dorchester, 10am (www.kmc.ac.uk)

17 Ramblers Walk from Bridport Trinity Way - Grid Reference SY480490. Meet at 10am for a 7 mile walk. 01308 424000

17-22 The Pyjama Appeal Various shops and businesses in Dorchester help give night-time care to special children. Come to work in your pyjamas for Children's Hospice Week. Raise money for Julia's House. Speaker Peggy Walder, Café 11, Goulds Fashion store 01305 217713 (www.pyjamaappeal.co.uk) 01202 607400

17-23 Dorset Residents’ Week This week long event aims to raise the profile of local attractions by offering amazing discounts for local residents. Details on attractions participating will be printed in Your Dorset or call into your local Dorset Tourist Information Centre

19 DWT lecture: The Natural History of Yellowsone Park Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. A talk by Dr. John Tuke. 01305 264620 (www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk)

19 Jazz Jam Night Three Compasses, Charminster. Resident Trio, All musicians and audience welcome. Free entry 01305 263618

19 Wednesday Conservation Task Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, 10am - 2pm. Practical conservation task to restore the habitats important for local wildlife. Tools, gloves and drinks supplied. 01305 816546 (www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk)

20 Music at the Minster The Minster Church, Axminster, 12.30pm – 1pm followed by lunch. Improvisations on sitar and violin with Ricky Romain and Sudhi Salooja. 01460 432022 (www.axminsterparishchurch.org)

20-21 Roman Festival The Roman Town House, Dorchester. Roman Living History Group Legio ll August - 2 day workshops for schools (www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/our-work/south-dorset-ridgeway/eventslisting/280-dorchester-roman-festival-may-2010.html)

21 Ramblers Walk from Loders Meet at road opposite Loders School at 10am for this 7 mile walk. 01308 863565

21 May Market at Broadmayne and Plant Sale St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 2 - 3.30pm. Produce, cakes, plants, craft, fair-trade goods, local sausages, children's books, library etc. 01305 852886

21 Friday Lunchtime Concert – Brass Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 1.30pm. Free recital by pupils of Sherborne School

21-23 Dowsing: An Introduction and Overview Monkton Wyld Court, Nr. Charmouth. Introducing the history, lore and various uses, as well as visits to local areas of interest. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)

21-23 Wilderness Skills Weekend Monkton Wyld Court, Nr. Charmouth. Skills Include bushcraft, correct tool use, firemaking and more. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)

22 Bournemouth Sinfionetta Choir – The Rhythm of Life. St Mary’s Church, Dorchester. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992

22 Vinyl Saturday in Bridport Now an established and popular regular event in Bridport, bringing many hundreds of record collectors to the town. Record fairs, stalls etc in various venues around the town. (www.vinylsaturday.co.uk) 0788 239 2508

22 Sherborne Jazz Club - Asaf Sirkis Trio Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, 8pm 01935 816569

22 RSPCA West Dorset Spring Fayre Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10am - 12pm. Lots of stalls and refreshments, with all proceeds to the local RSPCA branch. Admission 50p, children free

22 Barn Dance and Auction of Promises Dewlish – opposite the Village Green, 7.30pm. Organised by Friends of Milborne St. Andrew First School. Tickets £10 (Children £7) available from the school – to include a hog roast and live music from “No Strings Attached” 01258 837043

22-23 Celebrate The Year Of Biodiversity Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum. A weekend of events and activities celebrating this special year. 01300 321329 (www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk)

22-23 Roman Festival Maumbury Rings, 11am – 4pm. Roman Living History Group Legio ll August will be visiting Dorchester with displays by legionaries and gladiators, demonstrations of everyday life and opportunities to join in. 11am - 4pm. Free entry.01305 228241 (www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/our-work/south-dorset-ridgeway/eventslisting/280-dorchester-roman-festival-may-2010.html)

22-23 Workshop – Hazel Garden Furniture Highway Farm, Bridport. A two day course with woodman Peter Moors. You’ll be delighted with the end product! 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)

23 Race For Life Kingston Maurward, 10am 01305 215000 (www.kmc.ac.uk)

23 Spring Walk Meet at the front of The Cricketeers pub in centre of Shroton Village ( off the A350, NGR ST 860128 ), 10am. Thomas Hardy Society walk. Free but please advise numbers. 01305 251501 (www.hardysociety.org)

23 Duck Race Frome Terrace, Dorchester, 2pm. Sponsor a duck £1.50 each. Lots of fun for all the family. Prizes for the winners. 01305 215315 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)

23 French Market Top of Cheap Street, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. Le Marche de France returns to Sherborne - oh la la! 07594 805013 (www.sherbornechamber.org.uk)

23 Family Open Day and Specialist Plant Sale Minterne House, Minterne Magna, 10am – 5pm. In aid of St. Andrew’s Church, Minterne Magna. Classic car display, barbeque, Pimms & drinks, bouncy castle, cream teas, tombola, photography exhibition, art and goldwork embroidery. Garden tours by the Digby family and Minterne’s new head gardener. 01300 341370 (www.minterne.co.uk)

25 Dorchester Wildlife Garden Work Party High East Street, Dorchester (behind All Saints Church opposite the Kings Arms Hotel), 10-12noon. Light gardening work 01305 264 620 (email: jwallis@dorsetwildlife.co.uk)

25 Evening walk with the Head Gardener Minterne House, Minterne Magna, meet on the front drive at 4.30pm for 5pm. £2 per person. Numbers restricted to 20 for each walk so booking essential. 01300 341370 (www.minterne.co.uk)

26 Knit & Stitch Monkton Wyld Court, Nr. Charmouth Bring your own project or come and learn new craft skills. Refreshments available. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)

26 The Casterbridge Male Voice Choir Open Evening and Singing Workshop St. Mary’s Church Hall, Alexandra Road, Dorchester, 7.15pm All men invited to come along and listen or sing. 01308 897275 (email: gfaulkner@talktalk.net) (www.casterbridgemvc.co.uk)

27 The Alpha Course Exposed Old Ship Inn, Upwey, Nr Weymouth, 7.45pm for 8pm talk. A talk by David Warden for West Dorset Humanists. Free but suggested donation of £2. 07921 311518 (email: westdorsethumanists@hotmail.com

27 Music at The Minster The Minster Church, Axminster, 12.30pm-1pm followed by lunch. String Quartet Icknield Ensemble. 01460 432022 (www.axminsterparishchurch.org)

27-1/6 Dorchester Festival Various venues in Dorchester. The sights, sounds and even smells of Africa come to Dorset for six days of stunning events. Dorchester Arts 01305 266926 (www.dorchesterfestival.co.uk)

28 BEC - Call My Bluff! Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets £3 from Poundbury Garden centre or Stitchinghouse Design. Licensed bar. In support of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance 01305 756502 (www.brownswordevents.org.uk)

29 Sherborne Lions Club Summer fete Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, 11.30am – 4pm. 01935 850529

28 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, 3pm. Recital by Harold E Jackson - Director of Music at Chilton Cantelo School with Chilton Cantelo School Chamber Choir. 01935 850555 (www.chiltoncanteloschool.co.uk)

29 Organ Recital - Ian Tracy St Michael's Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis 7.30pm; Tickets £10/£8; child £5 from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre 01297 442138

29 Starnite Express Variety Dinner Dorchester Football Club, 7.00pm - midnight. Tickets £25 A spectacular night of fine dining and premier entertainment starring top comedian " John Lory ". Includes 4 course banquet. 01305 262451 (www.dorchestertownfc.co.uk)

29-13/6 Dorset Arts Weeks Over 50 artists' open spaces and galleries free to the public. Come and meet some of the county's most talented people 01305 262878 (www.dorsetartsweeks.co.uk) Full list available from Dorset TICs.

29-13/6 Paintings and Drawings by Brain Cocks Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster Museum open Tues, Thurs, Sat. & Bank Holiday Mondays, 10.30 -12.30 & 2.30 - 4.30; Sunday 2.30 - 4.30. 01308 863577

29-31 Flower Festival St Nicholas Church, Moreton, 10am – 5pm. 2010 is the 75th anniversary of Lawrence of Arabia whose grave is near the church with it's Whistler windows. Refreshments and stalls. Choral Evensong on Sunday at 6pm

29-1/6 Flower Festival - with the theme REJOICE United Church, East Street, Bridport, Sat, Mon & Tues 9am to 6pm and Sunday 1pm to 6pm. Organised by the West Dorset Flower Club. Admission free, donations welcome. 01308 423157

29-4/6 Pirate Festival Lulworth Castle & Park, Nr Wareham, 10.30am – 6pm. Treasure trail, hunt the parrot, learn pirate speak, activity trail, living history encampment, meet pirates, gun displays, smuggling tours. On Saturday 29th be part of a record breaking attempt for the largest gathering of priates in one place!. 0845 450 1054 (www.lulworth.com)

30 Open Garden - Ivy House Garden Piddletrenthide, 2-5pm. Adm: £3, Children: Free. Plants for sale. Open 2 - 5pm

30 Jurassic Motorcycle Grasstrack Event Pymore (signposted on the A3066), Nr. Bridport, first race 1pm. Solo, sidecar and youth competitions plus entertainment. Adults £10, Concessions £7 (£1 off discount vouchers available from Bridport TIC). In aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

30 Evershot Street Fair 12 noon to 5pm. Food fair pavilion with bar, antique fair, tractor rides in Melbury Park, cream tea garden and children’s fun area with school displays, hog roasting and refreshments, street stalls

30 Brit Valley Dog Show and Family Fun Day Melplash Showground, West Bay Road, Bridport, from 12 noon. Annual fun-filled event including dog judging in pedigree and fun classes, various dog displays, refreshments, children’s entertainment. £2.50 per adults, children free, parking free. (www.britvalley.rotary1200.org)

30 Paul Young of Maesteg Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, 4pm. Service followed by a full, delicious Sunday tea.

30 Charity Big Breakfast Highway Farm, Bridport, 9am-1pm. Charity Big Breakfast for Cancer Research £10 and morning workshops – fairy sculptures and willow garden supports. 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)

30 Exploring the Past Kingcombe Environmental Studies Centre. Chris Tripp explores burial mounds, a Roman temple and a visit to a small excavation. Spring Sale £29 inc. lecture, lunch, walk and afternoon refreshments. 01300 320684.

30 & 31 What The Romans Did! Roman Town House, Dorchester, 10.30am - 5pm. Free. An opportunity to be creative at the Roman Town House. The Ancient Wessex Network will display art & craft inspired by the Romans and demonstrate techniques using clay, metal and textiles. (www.ancientwessex.net)

30 & 31 Sydling Open Gardens Sydling St Nicholas, 2pm – 6pm. Many beautiful gardens open. Plant stalls and teas. Admision £4 adults, children free. Sorry No dogs. 01300 341104

31 Sherborne Castle Country Fair Sherborne Castle 10am - 6pm. A spectacular annual lakeside event celebrating rural skills, both traditional and modern, from dog shows and agility dog displays to dragon boat racing, arena displays to heavy horses, stalls, crafts and food hall! Saver tickets available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 (www.sherbornecastlecountryfair.com)

31 Bank Holiday Recital Sherborne Abbey , 2.30pm 01935 812452 (www.sherborneabbey.com)

31 Bank Holiday Car Boot Sale Alweston Playing Fields, Nr. Sherborne, 10am - 12pm. In aid of Folke Church

31 The Cask of Amontillado - New Opera - New venue of St Mary’s Church, Dorchester (not Dorset County Museum), 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from Dorchester Arts, School Lane, Dorchester. 01305 266926

31 National Family Week Picnic Roman Town House, Dorchester, 12 - 2pm. Join in the World Record breaking attempt for the biggest picnic ever. 01305 228241 (www.romantownhouse.org)

31 Roary the Racing Car and Big Chris Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Nr Sherborne. The cartoon favourites will be visiting the museum for a family fun day. 01963 440804 (www.haynesmotormuseum.com/museum/events)

31 Burton Bradstock Village Fayre Rectory Gardens, Burton Bradstock , 2-4.30pm. To be held in the beautiful Rectory Gardens, BBQ and cream teas at the Village Hall. Fun & games for all ages, raffles and various stalls.

West Dorset Tourist Information Centres

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

email: dorchester.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @DorchesterTIC

email: bridport.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @BridportTIC

email: sherborne.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @SherborneTIC

email: lymeregis.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @LymeRegisTIC

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.
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