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 Grand Duck Race From Woodmead Road Waterfall, Lyme Regis, 12 noon. In aid of Lyme Regis Christmas Lights. Started by Town Crier Phil Street. Ducks on sale at the start for £1 each.
01 Lyme Lunge Main Beach, Lyme Regis, 1.15pm. Take a plunge in the sea for charity. Prizes for the best fancy dress.
02 Muddy Wellies Day Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, 10.30am – 4pm. Free refreshments. 01300 320 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
08 Blackmore Vale & Yeovil Association – Talk on Bulbs Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. “Bulbs : Growing and Showing them to Best Effect” by Christopher Ireland-Jones of Avon Bulbs. 01747 838810 (email: email@example.com)
08 Seasonal Circuit in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Starts from Weymouth Pavilion, 10am. Men’s 10Km or 6Km sponsored walk along the esplanade and back. To register call 01305 215320 or see (www.weld-hospice.org.uk/seasonalcircuit)
11 Bridport History Society Talk : From Methodist Chapel to the Parish Church Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, 2.30pm. Local historian Tom Connor considers the architecture of Bridport. 01308 456876 / 488034
13 Sherborne Historical Society Lecture Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. “A History of the Quakers in Industry”, with special reference to the West Country by Dr. M Atkinson. 01935 873535
13 An Evening of Jazz, Swing and 60s music The Big Schoolroom, Sherborne School, 7.30pm. The Friends of The Yeatman Hospital invite you to an evening of jazz, swing and 60s music with Mike Turner, Sherborne School Swing and Jazz Bands, Sherborne School for Girls Jazz Band and Sherborne Prep School Jazz Band. Tickets £6 from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341
14 Bridport Music Club Performance – Lucille Burns and Vincent Lindsey Clark Sir John Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm. Includes Piazzola Tango and Bartok’s Rumanian Dances. 01308 423110
15-30/4 Georgian Faces : Portrait of a County Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. Exhibition of portraiture featuring many works from collections rarely on public display.
17 Annual Soup and Ploughman’s Lunch Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street, Lyme Regis, 12 noon to 2pm. In aid of Polio Plus – the eradication of polio worldwide, a Rotary International Project.
17 England’s Treasure The Olive Tree Restaurant, Bridport, 6.30pm. A virtual guided tour of famous excavations with Chris Tripp MA, PIFA, archaeologist and lecturer £10 per session (10 weeks). Refreshments plus 2 site tours included 07768 695 162 or 0781 730 2984 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) / (email: email@example.com)
21 The Dorchester Association for Research into Local History and Archaeology County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. The History of the Goulds – Roger Gould and Beki Murphy, 2 family members tell of the establishment and history of the store which was founded as the drapers shop in Dorchester.
21 Market at Broadmayne St. Martin’s community Hall, Broadmayne, 2-3.30pm. Raffle, craft, plants, books, jigsaws, cards, local produce, cards jewellery and a chance to sit and chat. All proceeds to St. Martin’s Community Hall. 01305 853765
22 Classics by Candlelight Sherborne Abbey, 7.30pm. Candlelit concert by Christchurch Sinfonia. Tickets available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre.
22 Minerva’s Emporium Dorchester Town Hall, High East Street, Dorchester, 10am – 4pm. 07866 595 596 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
25 “Townsend Fairs” Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 3.30pm. Speaker Kay Townsend on Dorset’s travelling fair before, during and after the war. 01308 863577
27 Café Sci Drama Studio or 6 th Form Centre, the Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 4pm. Dr Marcello Ruta from Bristol University – “The Emergence of Terrestrial Vertebrates” – an informal talk and discussion between a scientist, Thomas Hardye School students and the public. All welcome. Free refreshments. 01305 255064 (email: email@example.com)
27 Sherborne Historical Society Lecture Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. “Kingston Lacy : An Undiscovered History” by David Smith. 01935 873535
28 The Swansea Opera Company – A Night of Romantic Opera Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7.30pm. An enchanting evening of arias and ensembles performed by 3 singers all with major opera houses. Tickets £12 in advance from the Garden Centre of Stitchinghouse Design Poundbury, £15 on the door. 01305 751815
28 Lecture “Six Digby Brothers at Sherborne Castle” Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A lecture by Ann Smith of Sherborne Castle – part of Dorset County Museum’s new exhibition on Georgian Faces : Portrait of a County. Tickets £5 - 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org/events)
29 The Dorset Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers – “Come and Have a Go” Dorset Youth Association Hall, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, 11am – 3.30pm. Have a go at spinning, weaving and many other related crafts. Free admission.
31 “Works of Art, Old and New – the work of The Art Fund, saving works of art for the Nation” United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, 2.30pm. Illustrated talk by Anthony Pugh-Thomas. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Non-members welcome. 01308 863577.
Bath – Theatre Royal Aladdin 16th Dec to 23rd Jan 01225 448844 (www.theatreroyal.org.uk)
Bournemouth – Paviion Theatre Cinderella 4th Dec to 2nd Jan 0844 576 4500 (www.bic.co.uk)
Bristol – Hippodrome Dick Whittington 11th Dec to 9th Jan 0117 973 3955 (www.bristolhippodrome.org.uk)
Poole – Lighthouse Peter Pan 10th Dec to 9th Jan 0844 406 8666 (www.lighthousepoole.co.uk)
Salisbury – Playhouse Aladdin 8th Dec to 8th Jan 01722 320333 (www.salisburyplayhouse.com)
Southampton – The Mayflower Aladdin 10th Dec to 8th Jan 023 80 711811 (www.mayflower.org.uk)
Street – Strode Theatre Dick Whittington 27th Dec to2 nd Jan 01458 442846 (www.strodetheatre.co.uk)
Taunton – Brewhouse Theatre Sleeping Beauty 16th Jan to 22nd Jan 01823 283244 (www.thebrewhouse.net)
Weymouth – Pavilion Peter Pan 14th Dec to 3rd Jan 01305 783225 (www.visitweymouth.co.uk)
Yeovil – Octagon Theatre Peter Pan 11th Dec to 2nd Jan 01935 422884 (www.octagon-theatre.co.uk)
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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Council cannot accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions. Inclusion
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