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 A G M of Casterbridge Friends of Mental Health Services The Dorset Room, Colliton Club, Dorchester, 7.15pm. Talks on the development of mental health services and the new Dorchester Adult Mental Health Services Unit. All welcome.
02 "Green Drinks" Tom Browns, High East Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm - 10.30pm (www.transitiontowndorchester.org)
03 Dorchester Horticultural Society Meeting Fordington Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, 7.30pm
03 Sanctus Sacred Songs United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7- 9pm. £5 (£4 low income) (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
04 Fats Waller Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 1pm-2pm. A tribute to the master of stride piano. Free (www.mikedenham.co.uk)
05 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk: Marine Wildlife Conservation by Sarah Welton Friends' Meeting House, South St, Bridport, 7.30pm, suggested donation of £3 for non-members to include refreshments. All welcome. Dorset Wildlife Trust 01305 264620
05 Dorchester Rugby Club Fireworks Display Gates open 6pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Family £10, Adult £4, Child £2.
06 Firework Extravaganza Sherborne Castle. Entry and entertainment from 5pm, bonfire 7pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Tickets available from Sherborne TIC (discount available up to 3 rd November) 01935 813182 (www.eventscrew.com)
06 Fireworks Night Bridport Leisure Centre, 8pm.
06 Firework Night Lyme Regis, 7pm. Firework display from the Cobb followed by a bonfire on the beach.
06 Dance Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, 8pm. Ballroom, Latin & some Sequence. Entry £4.00
06 Christmas Coffee Morning United Church Hall, Dorchester Various stalls. Admission 50p to include Mince Pie and Coffee.
06 Table Top Sale / Coffee Morning Village Hall, Charmouth, 10am. 01297 560255
06 RSPCA West Dorset Christmas Bazaar Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10am - 12noon
06 Blackmore Vale & Yeovil Association - talk on South Somerset Churches Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Cost (including tea and biscuits) £3, guests £5. 01747 838810 (email: email@example.com)
06 Autumn'z Ere Barn Dance Broadmayne Village Hall, 7.30 – 11pm. Tickets £8, £5 Children, including Ploughman's Supper from local produce. Profits to Marie Curie Cancer Care and Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. 01305 853349/ 853529
06-07 Fossil Fantastic Weekend Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth Join the Warden Team at the Centre for a whole weekend of fossil hunting and activities. Booking essential. 01297 560772 (www.charmouth.org)
07 Muddy Wellies Day Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10.30am - 4pm.01300 320684 (www.kinggcombecentre.org.uk)
07 Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson present Benjamin’s Book Bradford Peverell Village Hall, 7.30pm. A feast of storytelling, folksong, puppetry and local history. Tickets £6 (under 18s £5). 01305 268156
07 Marine Theatre Friends Jumble Sale Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 2-4pm. Entrance 50p inc tea/coffee. 01297 443696
09 Music at Buckland Buckland Newton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Musical Director Helen Brind plus guest The Ladybirds with a lively and entertaining programme. Licenced bar and raffle in aid of Dorset Wildlife Trust. Tickets £6. 01300 345434
09 Bridport History Society Talk : William Barnes - the People's Poet Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, 2.30pm. Dr Alan Chedzoy talks about Barnes following publication of his latest book. 01308 456876 / 488034
09 Library Talk - Lucinda Hawksley Sherborne Library 7.15pm. Writer and great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens will talk about the iconic character Lizzie Siddal, model for the Pre-Raphaelites. £2 Friends, £3.50 non-members inc. buffet
10 Bangers, Mash & Skittles Night Pilot Boat Inn, Lyme Regis A fundraising evening organised for and by the TheatreFriends (Marine Theatre, Lyme Regs). 01294 442394 (www.marinetheatre.com)
10 Bridport Feminist Network The Meeting Room behind Bridport United Church (between Rawles Butchers and the Bull Hotel), 7.30pm. An opportunity to meeet other feminists and to discuss and agree ways forward. (email: Bridfem@hotmail.co.uk)
11 Diabetes UK West Dorset Support Group - Plenty To Shout About Dorchester Community Church Hall, Ackland Road, Dorchester, 7pm. A talk by Alistair Chisholm, Town Crier.
11 Paediatric First Aid Course The Corn Exchange, Magistrates Room, Dorchester, 10am - 2.30pm. £5 voluntary donation. An awareness course. Limited creche facilities available but must be booked. Tel. Barnado's 01305 852843 to book.
11 - 13 A Christmas Carol adapted by John Mortimer from a story by Charles Dickens The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Tickets £8 (£9 on the door), Under 18's £5 from Words Etecera, Dorchester 01305 257694 (www.dorchesterdrama.org.uk)
12 ZZ Tops - The Legends Return to Lyme Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, doors open 8pm. Tickets £11.00 in advance (£13.00 on the door) from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, 01297 442138
12 Bridport Music Club Performance - Michael LeRace Sir John Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm. Haverhill piano winner plays Clementi, Schumann, Chopin and Brahms. 01308 423110
12 An Evening with Paul Atterbury County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. An evening of stories and tales from behind the scenes of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow . Tickets £5. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
12 Quiz Night Senior Lunch Club, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. £8 per head to include Fish & Chip supper. Teams of six or join a team on the night. In aid of Sherborne in Bloom. 01935 816961
12 U3A AGM Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, coffee from 10am. AGM followed by a talk by John Bryant, former Editor-In-Chief of the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs and the European.
12 Poyntington Lecture Gryphon Conference Centre, Sherborne, 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (inc. glass of wine/canapes) from Booklore, Sherborne. Talk by Commodore Ben Kay RN on "Aircraft Carriers: their people and purpose." 01963 220759
12 Quiz Night at Feshwater Freshwater Beach Holiday. Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock, 7.30pm. Organised by Greenfields Day Hospital. £5 per team of 4-6. 01308 425988
13 St Martin's Day Celebrations St Martins Church & Community Hall, Broadmayne, 10am-12pm. Stalls/raffle. 01305 85375
13 Beaminster Antiques & Collectables fair Public Hall, Fleet St, Beaminster, 9.30am-4pm. 01297 24446
13 The Little Red Book Tour The British Legion Hall, Bridport. y'Strel's Band present songs from The New National Song Book (1905). Registers taken at 7.30pm. Admission £8. No parents' excuse notes please! 01305 889256 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
13 Curry & Quiz Night Puncknowle & Swyre Village Hall, 8pm. Bring and share a curry! (email: email@example.com)
13 Rights Respecting Concert Thomas Hardye School Theatre, 7.30pm. Imperial College Symphony Orchestra. Conductors Richard Dickins and Peter Oakes. Thomas Hardye singers with musicians from Manor Park First school, Puddletown and St Osmund's Middle School. Tickets £9 ( £2 students ) from Thomas Hardye School, DASP Office, Nichol World Travel and on door.
13 Diocesan Music in Worship Day The Dorford Centre, Dorchester Baptisit Church. A day of workshops. Stalls and resources ; Refreshments and Soup'n'roll available. Cost £12 under 18s £6. 01305 263757 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
13 Quiz and Puds Evening Blackdown Village Hall, nr Beaminster, 7.30pm. Quiz for teams of up to 4 members. Tickets £5 includes selection of delicious puddings! 01460 30840 or 01460 30661
13 RNLI Jumble Sale Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 2pm
13 Sherborne Twinning Association Autumn Party Catholic Church Parish Hall, Westbury, Sherborne, 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Fancy dress (optional) - The Wild West. Dancing to the Shire Horns. £10 please book by 6 th November. 01935 813171.
13 Songs for an Autumn Evening – Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. To be recorded live! Tickets £13 (students £5) available from Harmony Music or on the door. (email: email@example.com)
14 Remembrance Day Service St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis, 3pm. Lyme Regis Town Band (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)
14 & 28 Cream Tea and Poetry The Old Tea House, High West Street, Dorchester 2nd and last Sunday of the month, 4 - 5.30pm Poetry workshop and scrumptious Cream Tea in the Hardy Room upstairs. £6.50 per person 01305 263719
17 Jazz Jam Night Three Compasses, Charminster. Resident Trio, All musicians and audience welcome. Free 01305 263618
17 Bridport Camera Club Talk - Guy Edwards Masonic Hall, East Street, Bridport The renowned professional photographer Guy Edwards talks about his latest work. 01308 868669
17-20 Showboat Guildhall, Axminster Performance by Axminster Operatic Society
18 Café Sci Dorchester Arts Centre, 7.30pm. Prof. Johnn Bryant from Exeter University "The moral maze of bioethics" An informal talk and discussion between a scientist, Thomas Hardye School students and the public. 01305 266064 ext 109
18 Euro Travel Evening - Illustrated Talk Catholic Church Parish Hall, Westbury, Sherborne, 7pm. "A Bavarian Journey" - illustrated talk by Michael Morrell, preceded by the Douzelage AGM. 01935 812779 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
18-20 Wind in the Willows Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne Performed by the Amateur Players of Sherborne 01935 431321
19 The Dorchester Association for Research into Local History & Archaeology County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm John Willows tells the history of water supply in the Weymouth area. (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
19-21 Courage To Sing Singing Workshop Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PF A workshop for people who want to develop their voices, performance and musical ability. (www.thecouragetosing.co.uk/weekend,asp)
20 Dance Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regi, 8pm. Ballroom, Latin & some Sequence. Entry £4
20 Local family History Session Puncknowle & Swyre Village Hall. Computers available. (email: email@example.com)
20 Workshop - Herbal Remedies - a treat for yourself or a perfect present The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis. Enjoy a day making your own natural herb products for your bath and home. 07540 841437 (www.handsonlyme.co.uk)
20 A Flying Visit Village Hall, Wootton Fitzpaine, Nr. Charmouth, 3pm. Production by Theatre Alibi. 01297 560948
20 Christmas Bazaar Age Concern, Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, 10am - 3pm. Handmade Fashion & Costume Jewellery, Craft Stalls & Cake Stall. Tombola & Raffle. Tea & Coffee. Free entry, all welcome. 01300 320117 / 07957 461983
20 Bridport Combined Charities Christmas Card Fair and Coffee Morning Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, 9.30am – 12.30pm. Around 12 charities selling cards and small gifts with coffee and mince pies in aid of Barnardos. 01308 425037
20 Big Butty Breakfast Alweston Village Hall, 9-11am. Christmas stalls, butties, coffee and toast – in aid of church repair fund.
20 Dorset County Orchestra St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Tickets £8 (free for accompanied children) from Dorchester TIC or Harmony Music, Dorchester. 01305 267992 (www.dorsetcountyorchestra.org.uk)
20-21 Dorset Art and Craft Show Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 10am - 4pm. Over 20 exhibitors selling & demonstrating original arts & crafts. Refreshments available. Free admission.07730 557090 (www.dorsetartandcraftshow.co.uk)
21 Fossil Fantastic Day Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth Join the Warden Team at the Centre for a day of fossil hunting and activities for families and children. Booking essential 01297 560772 (www.charmouth.org)
21 Chilfrome Church Christmas Bazaar Home Farm Barns, Chilfrome, 10.30am - 2.30pm. Free entry. All proceeds to Chilfrome Holy Trinity Church. Over 45 stalls and attractions. Afun family day out. 01300 321533 (email: Elaine@figuk.net)
23 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk : "Behind the Scenes at Kew Gardens" Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Illustrated talk by Mike Lock, Botanist and Chairman of Axe Vale Conservation Society. 01308 423442
23 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Talk Dorset Room, Colliton Club (opposite County Hall), Dorchester, 7.30pm. "Somerset's Industrial Heritage ", talk by Peter Stanier. Non members welcome at £2 per person
23 "Dorset and the Late Iron Age" Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 3.30pm. Speaker - Martin Papworth, National Trust Archaeologist 01308 863577
24 Christmas Quiz and Social Evening Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm Quiz and social evening with buffet for Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society. 01297 533580
24 Valuation Day Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis Valuation by Chilcotts Antiques 01404 47783
25 The Humanist Trust School in Uganda Old Ship Inn, Upwey, Nr Weymouth, 7.45pm for 8pm talk. A Talk by Steve Hurd. Free but suggested donation of £2. 07921 311518 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
27 Poo - Fur, Feathers, Footprints & Faeces Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum Track down widlife by the signs they leave behind. Be a nature investigator. Explore the field craft. 01300 320684 (www.kingcombe.org)
27 Sherborne Chamber Choir – “Stateside” Sherborne Abbey 7.30pm. Tickets available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 (www.sherbornechamber.org.uk)
27 Dorset Adventure Races Lulworth Castle 15km running / walking / mountain biking and navigation challenges around Lulworth Castle and Estate. £35 per person - 10% discount if you book early..01929 426044 (www.cumulusoutdoorevents.com)
27 The Little Red Book Tour Dorchester Arts Centre y'Strel's Band present songs from The New National Song Book (1905). Registers taken at 7.30pm. Admission £8 on the door. No parents' excuse notes please! 01305 889256 (email: email@example.com)
27 An evening with Maggie Moone County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A rare opportunity to see Maggie Moone, a well-known singer from ITV's Name that Tune. Tickets £12.50 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
27 Wine and Cheese Party Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PF In aid of Lyme Regis Branch of Cancer Research UK. Tickets £10. 8pm-11pm
27 Switching On of the Christmas Lights, Lyme Regis
27 Comedy Night Corn Exchange, High East St. Dorchester, 8.15pm. Presented by “Stand Up Dorchester” – comedy by Johnny Candon, Noel james, Mike O’Donovan with compere Stewart McCure. Tickets £7.50 – available from Dorchester TIC.
28 Monthly Tea Meeting Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, 4pm.. Report on the work of the Slavic Gospel Association followed by a delicious full Sunday tea. 01297 443210
29 Community Lecture Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 7pm. Powering The Future- Dr Melanie Windridge. Tickets from school.
29 "Fashion & Bath in the 18th Century" Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, 2.30pm. Illustrated talk by Penny Ruddock, Former Curator, Bath Museum of Costume Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust 01308 863577
29 Sherborne Over 50’s Group Christmas Meeting Digby Hall, Hound Street, sherborne, 2.30pm. Speaker will be from PALS – Patient Advice and Liaison Service with a raffle and free festive refreshments to follow 01935 813150
29 Abeng Music, Drum, Dance & Sing with Chief Nana Kofi Simba Leo Fordington Church Hall, King's Road, Fordington, Dorchester, 7pm - 9pm.. £10 per session. 07979 885 685 (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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