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
02 Lyme's Eroding Coast Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm Richard Edmonds, Earth Science Manager of the Jurassic Coast Trust, discusses the coast of Lyme Regis, its erosion and coastal engineering schemes. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
02 Budrus - a Just Vision Film Dorford Centre, Dorchester, 7pm. Entry by donation. Dorset Palestinian Israeli Peace Group. It takes a village to unite the most devided people on earth. 01305 251922
02 Sanctus Sacred Songs United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7 - 9pm. Cost £5. Come and learn simple harmonies and chants from around the world. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
03 Snowdrop Remembrance Service Cheap Street Methodist Church, Sherborne, 10.30am. In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust 01305 261800 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
04 Kokoro BSO New Music Group - Great Composers of the 20th Century. Charlton Down, Herrison Hall, 7.30pm. Tickets £9, £6 ( u18s ), £25 Family ( fam 4 - max 2 adults ) on door if available. Concessions apply for Charlton Down residents. 01035 251099
04 Stewart Jones Talk Sladers Yard, West Bay. Ebulliant barrister Stewart Jones will talk about his “New Voice” in paint. Tickets £5 01308 459511
04 - 05 Dorchester Beer Festival – Beerex Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Lunchtime and evening sessions both days. No music at the lunchtime ones. Various prices from £3 - £5. Tickets from Dorchester T I C. 01305 267992 (www.beerex.co.uk)
04 - 06 Forde Abbey Snowdrop Weekend Forde Abbey, Nr Winsham, Dorset, 10am – 4.30pm (last entry). 01460 220231 (www.fordeabbey.co.uk)
05 Blackmore Vale & Yeovil Association, National Trust - Talk on " The Abbotsbury Swans " by David Wheeler Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. 01747 838810 (email: email@example.com)
05 The Eternal Mariner Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. A talk by Jennifer Grierson about her recent experiences crewing on a Tall Ships adventure. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
05 Concert by the Encore Singers and Dorian String Quartet Dorchester United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Popular classics and well-loved songs. Free admission, retiring collection. All proceeds to Action for Children
05 Singing Day - Mozart Requiem conducted by Greg Beardsell United Church, South St, Dorchester, 10am-5pm. Dorset Guild of Singers 2011. Free to Guild Members £15 non – members, inc. music hire and refreshments. (www.dorsetguildofsingers.co.uk)
05 Free Taster Sessions - Bridport Indoor Bowls Club St Andrews House, St Andrews Trading Estate, Bridport, 10am – 2pm. Qualified coaches, equipment provided, fully accessible & equipped for disabled, including tea & coffee. 01308 420732
05 Race Night for Colfox Kenya Expedition Loders Village Hall nr Bridport, first race 8pm. Raising funds for the Colfox School Kenya Expedition. Tickets £8 in advance from Bridport Art Centre (£10 on door) Buffet included. 01308 424204
06 Ramblers Walk: Lewesdon Hill & Beaminster Yarn Barton Car Park, Beaminster, 10.30am. An 11 milewalk 01935 826089
06 Dorchester Snowdrop Remembrance Service St. Peter's Church, Dorchester, 3pm. In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust 01305 261800 / 01305 767525 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
07 Mark Hix's Kitchen Table Mark's house! Charmouth, 11.30am-3pm. Join Mark at his Charmouth home for an open cooking class where he will demonstrate dishes using the best British seasonal produce around. Cost £175. For booking and information 01689 855390 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
08 Landscape with Reflection (pastels with Jill McKay) Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis Lyme Regis 2-4pm. Art Group talk. Visitors £4.
09 Shipwrecks Of Lyme Bay Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Diver Nigel Clarke talks about the diversity of over 200 shipwrecks in Lyme Bay. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
09 The Alpha Course - The Meaning of Life Is --- The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, 7pm. 01305 262045 (www.dorchesterbc.org.uk)
10 Snowdrop Remembrance Service St Michael the Archangel Church, Lyme Regis, 11am. In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust 01305 261800 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
11 U3A Monthly Social Morning With Coffee and a Talk Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis Come and meet the U3A and chat to members 10-11am. Talk at 11am 'Butterflies and Moths: Decoding their signs and symbols by Prof Philip E Howse..
12 Lyme Bay Deanery Choirs Festival St Michaels Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis. Afternoon rehearsal followed by service of Choral Evensong. Directed by Nigel Groome, Royal School of Church Music Adviser for the South West. Choirs, singing groups and individuals welcome. Contact (email: email@example.com) for more information.
12 Rotary Quiz Night The Village Hall, Wootton Fitzpaine. 8pm. 01297 560081 www.lymeregisrotary.org
12 Jane Austen and her Naval Brothers Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Jane's brothers Charles and Francis both rose to Admiral in the Royal Navy. Diana Shervington describes how Jane's fictional characters reflect her admiration for their dedication. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
12 Barn Dance with Long Odds & Short Straws Loders Village Hall nr Bridport, 7.30pm Tickets £7.50 to include Ploughman's supper. Entry by ticket only. 01308 422797 or 01308 456373
12 Sherborne Jazz - Phronesis Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Tickets on door £12 / full time students £8 / under 16s £6. 01935 816560
13 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, with the museums's fossil experts Paddy and Chris. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
13 Valentine's Fayre Dorset County Museum, Dorchester , 10am - 3pm A free one day event and a hundred old fashioned ways to say I love you. Music, vintage dancing, teas and beautiful gifts. Prize draw. Supported by The Co - Operative Membership and Dorset County Museum. 01305 750107 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (www.vintagedorset.co.uk/valentinefayre)
14 Thomas Hardye School Community Lecture Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 7pm. The Chinese Iceberg - Professor Tim Barrett. Free admission. Tickets from school office. (email: email@example.com)
14 Creating a Picture Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 10am-1pm. Workshop by Terry Daly, Lyme Regis Art Group £10 per workshop. Places are usually open to members first. The list is open to visitors if there are vacant places.
15 Snowdrop Remembrance Service St Mary's Church, Bridport, 11am. In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. 01305 261800 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
16 Sherborne School Choral Society Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Rossini - Stabat Mater; Puccini - Messa di Gloria. Tickets £15, £12 and £10 available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre. 01935 815341 (www.sherborneabbey.com)
16 Lyme's Greatest Sailor - Admiral Sir George Somers Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Imogen Thomas talks about the 17th century naval hero, founder of the colony of Bermuda - a shipwreck believed to have inspired Shakespear's The Tempest. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
16 Antiques Valuation Day by Duke's Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street, Lyme Regis, 10am – 1pm. Valuers available in silver, jewellery, porcelain, paintings, collectables, clocks and watches and a general valuer. 01297 442636
17 Euro Travel Evening Senior Citizens Lunch Room, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. An illustrated talk "Town Twinning Together" organised by Sherborne Douzelage. Jeremy Barker talks about Ganville, France and Penelope Steward on La Hulpe, Belgium. Entry £6 including a glass of wine and snacks. 01305 361522 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
18 Bridport Music Club Performance - Duo Teresa Carreno Sir John Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm. Includes Beethoven, Ginastera, Schubert and Rachmaninov. 01308 423110
18 The Dorchester Association for Research into Local History & Archaeology County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester,7.30pm - approx 9pm. Visitors £2 charge. Refreshments available 7pm - 7.30pm. Cerne Abbas - A Time Line. George Mortimer and Anthony Garvey of the Cerne Abbas Historical Society refer to one thousand years of history in Cerne Abbas.
18 February Market - Broadmayne St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 2 - 3.30pm Raffle, craft, plants, books, jigsaws, cards, local pork, sausages & eggs, cakes and preserves, Fair Trade Goods, cards and jewelllery. 01305 853765
18 The HMS Formidable Disaster Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Jack Thomas talks about the sinking of the World War I battleship and Lyme's part in the rescue of its sailors. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
19 Minerva's Emporium Dorchester Town Hall, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF,10am - 4pm. Tel:- 07866595596 (email: email@example.com)
19 Purbeck Big Band Concert Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.45pm. Tickets £6.50 avialable from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. With Tanya Lonergan and Sam Merrick. All proceeds to Dorchester District Scout Funds. 01305 267992 / 01305 262158
19 Speaking with Spirit a trance evening with White Feather Watts Room, Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 7pm with Robert and Amanda Goodwin. Come and listen to this teacher from the next life speak and put your questions to the guide. Tickets £10. Booking essential. Peter or Lainey 01929 471179
20 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, with the museums's fossil experts Paddy and Chris. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
20 Charity Fun Shoot The Target Sports Centre, The Tunnel, Charmouth, 10am-3pm. In aid of Woodlands Farm Strays. Turn up and have a go at air gun and small bore target shooting. Also a fun competition with prizes. £2 a go with profits going towards the care and re-homing of our stray dogs. Minimum age 12years. 01305 234171
22 " How British History shaped our Furniture " Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 3.30pm. Speaker - Tom Baldry. 01308 863577
22 Abstract in Mixed Media Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 2pm-4pm. Demonstration by Robin Gray, Lyme Regis Art Group. Visitors £4, Woodmead Hall..
22 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society talk on " Clay Mining in Purbeck" by Peter Sillis Dorset Room, Colliton Club (opposite County Hall), Dorchester, 7.30pm. Non members welcome at £2 per person.
23 Family Fun Day Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 11am-3pm. Drop in any time and get creative with museum curator Mary Godwin. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
23 Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society - Working With Willow Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 7.30pm Demonstration and Talk on hurdles and garden structures with Great British Baskets. 7.30pm. 01297 444034
24 Ramblers Walk: Stonebarrow Stonebarrow National Trust Car Park, Charmouth, 10.30am. A 6 mile walk. 01935 881317
24 The Cement Works of Monmouth Beach Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. A talk by Richard Bull on Lyme's cement factory on the shoreline and its dependence on the nearby Cobb. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
24 Children's Art Buffet Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10.30-12.30 and 2-4. Free children's activity for half-term - all children must be accompanied. 01935 815899 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
24-26 One Man Macbeth Sladers Yard, West Bay. In an exceptional electric performance, David Keller (ex RSC) will play the cast of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as cut by playwright, poet and presenter Simon Rae. Tickets £8. Tel. 01308 459511
24-26 Frampton Footlights presents Sleeping Beauty Frampton Village Hall, curtain up 7.30pm (Sat matinee at 2.30pm). Tickets £5 Thurs 24 th/Sat 26 th matinee, £6 Friday 25 th and £7 Saturday 26 t – available from Frampton or Long Ash Garages or 01300 320607
25 Coffee Morning Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, 10am to noon. No charge but donations go to Air Ambulance and Lifeboat. 01297 443210
25 Sherborne Skatepark Event Youth & Community Centre, Tinneys Lane, Sherborne, 1pm-5pm. WDDC's mobile skatepark comes to the Youth & Community Centre for the afternoon. All welcome. Films and refreshments available. 07789 820 680
26 The Search For Coal Under Lyme Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Richard Bull talks about the Lyme colliery-that-never-was. How coal came from Newcastle, and was traded for 80 years on the Cobb. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
26 A Night at the Opera Cheap Street Methodist Church, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Breathtaking scenes and arias plus an exhibition of dorset scenes and portraits – aid of Dorset Wildlife Trust. Tickets £11 from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341 (www.vkartists.co.uk)
27 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, with the museums's fossil experts Paddy and Andrews. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
27 Monthly Tea Meeting Bethany Chapel, Coombe Street, Lyme Regis, 4pm. Report on Gospel activity in India followed by a delicious full Sunday tea. 01297 443210
27 Swarb - Dave Swarbrick The Borough Arms, Dorchester, 8.30pm. Tickets £12 01305 880150 (www.greenmanmusic.co.uk)
28 " Kingston Lacey and the Bankes Family " Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, 2.30pm. Illustrated talk by James Grasby, Curator ( Interiors ) Wessex National Trust. Presented by Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. 01308 863577
28 Chesil Bank " Not Just Another Nature Reserve" Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7.30pm. A presentation by Donald Moxon, warden of the Chesil Bank for over 30years. An interesting insight into an awe inspiring sea defence and nature reserve and also the fascinating archaeology, human and wartime history of this amazing place.
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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