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What's on in and around West Dorset

December 2011

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, doors open 7pm for 7.30pm

01 Tudor Women Shipton Village Hall, Shipton Gorge, 7.30pm. A talk by historical novelist Suzannah Dunn. A fascinating insight into the lives of Tudor Women. Tickets £4.50 to include a glass of mulled wine. This is a fundraising event for Dorset Womenkind Charity. 01308 897295 (email: apple.loft@btinternet.com)

01 Dorchester Christmas Cracker Dorchester, starts 5pm. Late night shopping, free parking, Christmas Parade, music, festive stalls and lots more. Procession starts at 6pm, switching on of lights at 6.30pm followed by live band Jigsaw on St Peter's Stage (www.dorchestercracker.com)

01 Christingle Service St Michaels Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 2pm. If wet this will be held at St Michaels School

01 Powerstock Cinema: Alice in Wonderland (2010) Powerstock Hut, Powerstock, 7.30pm. Licensed bar and snacks available. Tickets £4 on door. 01308 485375 (email: info@powerstockcinema.co.uk) (www.powerstockcinema.co.uk)

01 The Great Fire of Wareham 1762 by Anne King United Church Hall, Charles Street, Dorchester, 2.30pm. Talk arranged by The National Trust Local Group. No Booking Required, £2.50 for members, £3.00 for non-members. Pat Woodley 01305 832198

01 Christmas Tea Party The Malthouse, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis, 3-5pm. Enjoy the surroundings whilst eating festive delights. Cards, fancy goods and a raffle organised by Action Medical Research. £3.50 to include tea.

01 Charmouth Christmas Lights Switch On

01 Eric Knowles: "Antique Antics" Dorchester Corn Exchange, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Eric Knowles followed by a second part devoted to the audience's "treasures". Also from 2.30pm-5pm Eric will be signing his book in Waterstones, Dorchester. 01305 266926 (www.wegottickets.com)

01 Christmas Campfire for all the family The Magdalen Project, Magdalen Farm, nr. Winsham, Somerset, 6-7.30pm. Gather round the camprie for festive and silly songs, hot chocolate and marshmallow toasting, followed by Christmas arts and crafts and meeting the farm animals in the barn. All welcome, £1 per person. 01460 30144 (www.themagdalenproject.org.uk)

02 Beaminster Christmas Festival 2011 The Square, Beaminster. Father Christmas will be leading the parade from Beaminster Fire Station at 5.45pm through the town to The Square. Then there will be carols around the Christmas Tree with the Phoenix Brass Band, and the lighting of the tree at 7pm. Also hog roast, Father Christmas grotto (from 6.15pm) and lots of stalls. Raffle at 8pm.

02 Wreath Making Workshop Puddletown Village Hall, 9.30am

02 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert: Stephanie Oade Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm. Includes pieces by Schumann, Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov. 01308 423110

02 South Dorset without Wessex: regional polities and maritime connections in the early Bronze Age Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester Dorset, 7.30pm (festive drinks & mince pies available from 6.30pm). Christmas Archaeology Lecture by Stuart Needham. Free entry £3 donation encouraged. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

02 Carols On the Green Fordington Green, Dorchester (if bad weather event will take place in St. George's Church), 6-7pm. Come and join our annual carol singing on Fordington Green. Hot soup available.

02 Christmas Tree Festival St. Georges Church, Dorchester, 7-9pm. Trees decorated by local groups will be displayed in the church and open to the public for viewing. Free Entry (Donations Only). Refreshments available to purchae in the Christmas Café.

03 Dance - Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 8-11pm. Everyone welcome. £4

03 Sherborne Chamber Choir – “Eastern Connections” Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. A programme of music from Russia and the Baltic including a complete performance of Rachmaninov's atmospheric Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. Conductor Peter Ellis. Tickets £5-£16 (under 18s free of charge) available from Sherborne TIC or Dorset Music House. 01935 815341 (www.sherbornechamberchoir.org.uk)

03 Sherborne's Annual Crafts for Christmas Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm. Unique and unusual crafts and gifts for Christmas or the home. West Country Craft Fairs 01749 677049

03 Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association - The Fun Fact and Fiction of Christmas, Part 2 Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm A light hearted look at some of the aspects of the festive season with readings and music. Cost £5 to include a mince pie and fruit cup. 01747 838810 or (email: brijo@waitrose.com)

03 Maker's Market Eype Church, 10am-4pm. Local makers, bakers, growers, potters, painters, quilters, beaders, photographers and many many more showing and selling their work in time for Christmas. Free entry and parking. 07969 920845 / 01308 42085

03 Christmas Tree Festival St. Georges Chruch, Dorchester, 11am-8pm. Trees decorated by local groups will be displayed in the church and open to the public for viewing. Free Entry (Donations Only). Refreshments available to purchase in our Christmas Cafe.

03 Handel's Messiah St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Professional soloists and orchestra. Tickets £15 reserved centre aisle or £12 unreserved (non-refundable) from Harmony Music, 3 - 4 Trinity Street, Dorchester, or by post from DCS Box Office, I Pitcote Lane, Dorchester DT1 3GH. Cheques and SAE. 01305 262005

03 Christmas Coffee Morning Bradford Peverell Village Hall, 10.30am-12.30pm. Classic sales, stalls and raffle. Admission £1 to include free prize draw and iIrresistable seasonal refreshments. Proceeds to village charities.

03 Christmas Auction The Davey Fort Football Ground, Lyme Regis, 7pm. Hundreds of lots including; food hampers, vouchers, signed memorabilia, gifts and much, much more. Come and do all your Christmas shopping under one roof! All welcome.

03 Christmas Bazaar St. Peter’s Church, Dorchester, 10am – 12 noon. Free admission. Gifts, produce and seasonal refreshment.

03 3 Churches Coffee Morning Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor nr Beaminster, 10.30-12.30pm. Cake stall, tombola, produce, bric-a-brac, books and Christmas stalls. Come along and bring friends. 01308 868293

03 Sherborne Jazz present The Sound of Blue Note Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. An accomplished homage to a large selection of blue note artists from Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and many more, featuring saxophonist Terry Quinney with Andy Urquhart on trumpet 01935 816569 (www.sherbornejazz.org.uk)

03 Weatherbury Singers Presents Seasonal Songs with Supper Puddletown Village Hall, 7.30pm. Featuring members of Dorchester Youth Singers. Tickets £7.50, accompanied children (under 16) free, to include finger buffet. Licensed bar. Tickets available on Door. Tickets in Advance: 01258 837310 (email: diane@hopkinsholt.com)

03-04 Christmas Craft & Food Market, Santa and Silent Auction Milborne Port Village Hall, Springfield Road, Milborne Port, nr Sherborne, 10am – 4pm. Come and enjoy some festive locally produced arts, crafts and food; enjoy some lovely refreshments while the little ones visit Santa. Have a bid in the fantastic silent auction, pick up a unique Christmas present. Plus a chance to win £50 just for attending. 07717 117744 (email: mandy.forsey@avonsomerset.police.uk)

03-04 Art & Craft Fayre Charmouth Heritage Centre, Lower Sea Lane (Beach End), Charmouth, 10.30-4.30pm both days. Great opportunity to buy unique quality Christmas gifts by local artists and makers, amid the fascinating displays. Refreshements available. Free admission. (www.charmouth.org/chcc/)

03-04 The Wartime Christmas Festival & Craft Fayre The Tank Museum, Bovington, nr. Wareham. Discover how Christmas was celebrated during the two world wars and beyond, from the Christmas truce of 1914 to the frontline today. Family activities, talks and tours, including “Make Do and Mend”, “Christmas at the Front”, “Wartime Cooking” and more. Plus Christmas market with over 70 traders. Normal opening hours and admission apply. 01929 462359 (www.tankmuseum.org)

03-11 Sherborne Christmas Tree Festival Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. Sherborne’s charming annual Christmas Tree Festival, with trees decorated by local groups and organisations. The church will be open daily from 10am to 4pm during the festival, with recitals taking place throughout the week culminating with a a carol service on 11 th. 01935 812667 (www.cheapstreetchurch.org)

04 Sherborne Festive Shopping Day Sherborne, 10am – 4pm. This year’s event will be better than ever – The Fallen Angels and Father Christmas will be coming to visit, plus bands, choirs, markets, a vintage bus and miniature Shetland ponies. There will be carol services throughout the day and an impressive illuminated procession and lighting up event at 4.15pm at the Conduit. Free parking in the short day car parks all day. 01935 815341 (www.sherbornetown.co.uk)

04 Starving Poets' Society The Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, Dorchester, 4pm-5.30pm. Ist Sunday of the month - cream tea and poetry with Beth Blake, Debbie and Derrick Dalley. Children welcome. Cost £8.50 per person. Leading to spring Poetry Fest and Old Tea House' Poetry Anthology.

04 Christmas Concert - The Wessex Military Band Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South St, Bridport, 6pm. Tickets £8.50 adults / £6.50 concessions. Come and hear this fantastic band play a lively selection of music. 01308 424204 (www.bridport-arts.com)

04 Christmas Tree Festival St. Georges Church, Dorchester, 12-4pm. Trees decorated by local groups will be displayed in the church and open to the public for viewing. Free Entry (Donations Only). Refreshments available to purchase in our Christmas Cafe.

04 Lyme Bay Chorale Concert St Michaels Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 4pm. The choir presents a feast of Christmas choral music!

04 Christmas Artisan Market Upstairs in The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, 10am - 3pm. 01935 817303 (www.butterflybright.co.uk)

04 The Children's Society Christingle St. Georges Chruch, Dorchester, 4.30pm. All welcome

04 Christingle Service Sherborne Abbey, 5pm. All welcome

04 The Mellstock Band Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, 7.30pm. £8, £6 (u18s), £25 (family 4 - max 2 adults). On door, if available, or in advance from Roger & Alice Harrall. Bar available. 01258 837371 (www.artsreach.co.uk)

04 Stonebarrow Hill and Golden Cap Guided Walk 10am Great views with a couple of steady climbs – approx. 5 miles. Led by Marshwood Trails on behalf of the National Trust £5 includes hot drink. More details from (www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk) or 07796 135256

05 Community Lectures 2011 - 2012 - "Tracing Visitors To Our Shores Over The Last 5000 Years" The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 7pm. Lecture with Professor Jane Evans. Admission free but by ticket only available from the school. Donations welcomed at the end of each lecture supporting charitable causes. (email: stcainr@thomas-hardye.dorset.sch.uk)

05 Sherborne Over 50s Group Christmas Meeting Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Speaker: Bob Fox - "A Funny Way to Earn a Living". Raffle and free refreshments. 01258 837929

06 Sherborne Historical Society Lecture Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. "William Dampier - a pirate of exquisite mind" - talk by Diana Preston 01935 873535

07 Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy Launch The slipway, The Cobb, Lyme Regis, 2pm. The launch of student built boats from the Boat Building Academy's 2011 class.

07 Bridport Christmas Festival and Late Night Shopping Bridport Town Centre, 2.30pm – 9.30pm. Bridport’s annual Christmas Festival and late Night Shopping gets everyone into the spirit of Christmas. Most shops open til late, plus from 6pm craft, food and charity stalls, farmers market, Santa’s Grotto, entertainment. Switching on of the Christmas Tree lights by the Mayor at 6pm, followed by the arrival of Father Christmas. 01308 425298

07-14 Bridport Annual Christmas Tree Festival Bridport United Church, East Street, Bridport, open from 10am (Sunday from 2pm). The 13 th occasion of this wonderful exhibition of 65 decorated and illuminated trees, each tree with a different theme and donated by a charity, community group, club, public authority, school or young people’s group. 01308 423157

08 Special Christmas Bingo Dorchester Town Football Club, Avenue Stadium, doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Usual great prizes. All Ages Welcome.

08 Dorchester Film Society Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Loose Cannons (Italy 2010) an amusing film about secrets and lies in a family who own a successful pasta-making business. 7.30pm. Membership for the current season costs £45 (£22.50 for 16/17 year olds or UB40). Members must be at least 16 years old. 01305 265243 (www.dorchesterfilmsociety.org.uk)

08 Thomas Hardy - Man of Wessex Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Hear Jack Thomas' illustrated story of Hardy's fascinating life. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

09 Stand Up Dorchester Corn Exchange, Dorchester, doors open 7.15pm, show at 8.15pm. Comedy with three great comedians and compere. Licensed bar, cabaret style seating around tables. Tickets £7.50 available from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992

09 Market St. Martins Community Hall Broadmayne (next to the church), 2-3.30pm. Local produce, plants, craft and much more. Come and enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. Eleanor Piper 01305 85375

09 Bowjangles The Village Hall, Wootton Fitzpaine, Nr Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. An all-singing, all-dancing, string quartet! Bowjangles combine fiery musicianship with energetic dance moves, vaudeville comedy and fourpart harmony singing in a dazzling stage show which will leave you spellbound. (www.bowjangles.org)

09 Big Christmas Sing United Church, Charles Street, Dorchester, 7pm. Come and Sing. Carols for all. Organised by United Church Musicians. Retiring collection for Christian Aid.

09 U3A Coffee Morning - Every Boat Has A Story Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. This is the last meeting before Christmas. Coffee/Tea with mince pies served from 10.00 to 10.45 am. There may even be some carol singing for those who want to join in. 11:00am - Speakers Karol Kulik and Gail McGarva.

09-11 Christmas Market The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Friday 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Quality handmade gifts: wood, pottery, glass, jewellery, paintings, photos, prints, metalwork.

10 Christmas Fair and Coffee Morning Puddletown Village Hall, 10am - 12 noon.

10 Bridport Choral Society Christmas Concert Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Tickets available from Bridport TIC, Bridport Music or on the door - Adults £6, Children £3.50 01308 898484

10 Datelined Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm. Admission £1 01963 370986

10 The Occasional Singers present an evening of Advent Carols St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Accompanied and a capella carols, traditional and modern, with some for audience participation. Tickets £8 in advance, £9 on the door, £2 students- available from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992 (www.occasionals.org)

10 Soup and Sweet – Lunch Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 12 noon – 2pm. Organised by the Lyme Regis Branch of Cancer Research UK

10 Rotary Christmas Fayre Dorchester United Church, 10am-1pm. Local charities promoting their activities and raising money for good causes. Raffle and teas available. 01258 837929

11 The Grace Secondary School Christmas Ball Kingston Maurward College, near Dorchester, 7pm.To register for tickets in advance email or go the website. (email: Claire@GraceSecondarySchool.com) (www.GraceSecondarySchool.com)

11 Heathland Bash Meet at Arne Nature Reserve Car Park 10am-4pm .Have a go at scrub-bashing, amoungst other things. Families Welcome. Training, hand tools and gloves are provided. Bring a packed lunch; cake and hot drinks provided. 01929 553360

11 Family Santa Fun Run Dorchester Town Football Club, Weymouth Avenue, 11am, The run follows a route around Dorchester - approx 2miles. In aid of Weldmar Hospice Trust. Registration at 9.30am with fun warm up session. Refreshments afterwards. To register contact Sue Leighton 01305 215320 or pick up a form at Dorchester TIC (www.weld-hospice.org.uk/santarun)

11 Thorncombe Beacon and Seatown Guided Walk 10.30am. Great views with a couple of steeper steady climbs – approx. 4 miles. Led by Marshwood Trails on behalf of the National Trust. £5. More details (www.marshwoodtrails.co.uk) or 07796 135256

12 Sherborne Christmas Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. An evening of seasonal music and readings for all the family. Performers include Sherborne Abbey Choir, Sherborne Town Band, Sherborne Young Singers and The Gryphon School Choir. Free entry with retiring collection for St.Margaret’s Hospice and Weldmare Hospicecare Trust 01935 815341 (www.sherborneabbey.com)

12 A Christmas Sing-A-Long and Concert with The Durnovaria Silver Band The Tavern Social Club, Crossways, 7pm. Christmas Hamper Raffle. Tickets £3 (accompanied children free) to include sausage rolls and mince pies. Tickets available from: Premier Stores, The Rectory, Tree Stores, The Traven Social Club, Sunday Services at the Youth Centre.

12 Christmas Around The Home - Flower Demonstration WI Hall, North St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Organised by West Dorset Flower Club. £4 entry on door to include refreshments

13 BHS Talk: Dorchester - Plenty to shout About Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Bridport History Society talk with Alistair Chisholm. £2 visitors. 01308 456876 or 488034

13 Maritime Lyme Talk Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm The Speaker is Yvonne Green principal of the Boat Building Academy. Lyme Regis Society in partnership with Lyme Regis Museum, the last event of Maritime Lyme.

13 Firebird & Olya Studio Open Evening 19c South St, Bridport, 4.30pm – 7.30pm. Arts and crafts, silks, jewellery and gifts for all the family in this pre-Christmas special. With mulled wine and mince pies. (www.olyastudio.co.uk)

13 New Elizabethan Singers Christmas Concert St. John’s Church, West Bay, Bridport, 7.30pm. Christmas music, readings and carols for the congregation. Free admission with retiring collection for St. John’s Church and the NES.

13 Bridport Christmas Ghost Walks Bucky-doo square, Bridport, 7.30pm. An hour of chilling ghost stories and grisly tales visiting the haunted locations of Bridport by candlelight on a dark December evening! Adults £5, children (over 9 yrs please) £2.50. Tel. 07900 941741 (http://thebridportghostwalk.weebly.com) (also on 15th)

13-24 The Hare and the Tortoise Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport. Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company with the Lyric’s first Family Christmas Show. Show times are : Tuesday 13 th – Friday 16 th 10.30am and 1.30pm; Saturday 17 th-Saturday 24 th 11am and 2pm (no show Sunday/Monday) Tickets £9/£6. 01308 423951 (www.the-lyric.com)

13-17 Christmas Tree Festival Baptist Church, Silver Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am-6pm every day (Saturday 10am-2pm) (www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk)

14 A Passion for Piers Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 2.30pm. A West Dorset Decorative & Fine Arts Society event – a talk by Jackie Marsh Hobbs on “A celebration of past pleasures and amusements” Visitors £6 01308 897209

14 Jane Austen Evening Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis. 6pm. Celebrating the aquisition of Jane Austen artefacts - being given to the museum by Diana Shervington, descendant of the Austen family. Join us for a glass of wine to thank Diana for her generous gift. Everyone welcome 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

14 The Casterbridge Male Voice Choir St. George’s Parish Church, Fordington, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A concert with a touch of Christmas Spirit. £6 with a glass of wine and mince pie.

15 Comedy Club - Nick Gibb Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 8.30pm. Tickets £8. 01935 810579 (www.powelltheatre.co.uk)

15 Finding Pharaoh: The Discovery of the Royal Mummies of Egypt Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7pm. Special event - talk by Aidan Dodson (University of Bristol). Tickets £5 available from the Museum Shop. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

15 TWAS The Night Before Christmas Carol Concert The United Church, Charles Street, Dorchester, 7pm. Join The Wessex Autistic Society for a winter warming wonderland of readings, carols and festive refreshments! This free festive treat for all the family will feature both traditional and contemporary carols from Razzamataz Theatre School Weymouth. 01305 213138 (www.twas.org.uk)

15 Make and Munch Lyme Regis Childrens Centre, Kingsway, Lyme Regis. This new session is designed for parents of pre-school age children who may also have primary school age children. To enable them to collect their older children from primary school at 3.00 pm, then come back to eat what has been cooked during our afternoon.

15 Bridport Christmas Ghost Walks Bucky-doo square, Bridport, 7.30pm. An hour of chilling ghost stories and grisly tales visiting the haunted locations of Bridport by candlelight on a dark December evening! Adults £5, children (over 9 yrs please) £2.50. Tel. 07900 941741 (http://thebridportghostwalk.weebly.com) (also on 13th)

16 Old Time Music Hall Sherborne School Dining Halls, 7pm. Tickets £17.50 to include mulled wine and supper – in aid of the work of the Rendezvous. Fancy dress optional (costumes for hire from Amateur Players Friday 10 th December 10am-1pm) Tickets £17.50 to include mulled wine and supper – available from Christine Gibbs 01935 813639

17 Lyme Regis Town Band Annual Christmas Concert Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm Licensed bar and raffle. Tickets from the Tourist Information Centre.

17 Bridport Nativity Bucky Doo Square, Bridport. Bridport becomes Bethlehem for the morning. All invited to come and see a live outdoor nativity, bringing the true message of Christmas to the streets of Bridport. Watch Mary and Joseph coming from the west with their donkey, the Magi coming from the East and the shepherds from the south, and of course the angels. Tableaux, drama and songs will take place in Buckydoo Square (perhaps even the odd llama)

17 Dance - Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 8-11pm. Everyone welcome. £4

17 Sherborne Town Band Christmas Concert Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. The band are delighted to have taken this annual christmas Sing-Along slot from retired folk group The Yetties. A concert of Christmas music plus Yetties accordian player Pete Shutler has been invited back to keep things going! Tickets from Sherborne TIC (www.sherbornetownband.co.uk)

17 Christmas Concert Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, 7.30pm. Featuring the West Dorset Gallery Quire Minced Pies & Mulled Wine. Admission £6 01308 863577

18 Carols By Candlelight Baptist Church, Silver Street, Lyme Regis, 6.30pm

18 Sherborne Abbey Carol Service Sherborne Abbey, 3pm

19 Celebration Carol Concert Sherborne Abbey, 7pm. Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass. Conductor Gavin Carr, Soprano Emma Kirkby. Christmas readings by Kate Adie, Rachael Billington, Sarah Challis and HM Lord-Lieutenant of Dorset Mrs Anthony Pitt-Rivers. Tickets from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 (www.bsolive.com)

21 Jazz at The Three Compasses - Jam Night The Three Compasses Inn, The Square, Charminster, 8.30pm. Resident Jazz trio - all musicians and audience welcome. Free admission 01305 263618

22 Noel Noel The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm for 8pm. A festive celebration of Christmas music and readings including the Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams. Tickets are £12 to include refreshments available from Dorchester T I C 01305 267992 (www.bschoir.org.uk)

23 Carols Around The Tree The Shambles, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 7pm. Organised by The Rotary Club with Lyme Regis Town Band

23 The Children's Society 'Carols, Cake & Christingle' St. Peter's Church, Dorchester, 12-2pm. All welcome

24 Open Air Carols Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 10am. With Lyme Regis Town Band.

24 The Children's Society Christingle St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 4pm. All welcome

25 A Happy Christmas to all

26 West Bay Wallow – A Boxing Day Swim East Beach, West Bay, Bridport, 12 noon. Annual charity fancy dress swim off East Beach, this year organised by Bridport Round Table. Public collection for Round Table local charities, but swimmers can be sponsored for their own favourite charity. The mayor will judge the fancy dress and send the swimmers off. No charge to enter or watch. 07971 258515 (www.westbay.co.uk)

27 Winter Warmer in Lyme Regis The Beach, Lyme Regis. Secret World Wildlife Rescue sponsored swim. 01278 783250

31 New Year's Eve Party The Davey Fort Football ground, Lyme Regis, 7pm. Suited and booted, posh frocks, food and music and fully stocked bar. Tickets available from the club – all welcome!

31 New Year's Eve Party Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 8pm – 2am. In aid of Help for Heroes with Andy Grant Trio and Nina Wain. Bar and refreshments.. Tickets £10 (£12 on the night) available from the King's Arms Hotel 01305 265353 (www.rotaryclubofdorchester.co.uk)

For a full list of Carol services taking place throughout December please ask at one of our Tourist Information Centres

A list of pantomimes in the area is also available from our TICs


01 New Year Duck Race Lyme Regis A New Year’s Day tradition – watch the ducks race down the river Lym, starting at 12 noon. Raising money for the town’s Christmas lights.

01 Annual Lyme Lunge Sandy beach area, Lyme Regis. A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay, 1pm at the Cobb Beach, all for charity. This year the charities supported are the RNLI and ShelterBox. All welcome, whether “dipping” or watching and contributing to the charity collection. Prize for the best fancy dress.

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
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email: bridport.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
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email: sherborne.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
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email: lymeregis.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
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