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
01-03 "Mad For Water" Craft Sale Poundbury Gardens, Peverell Avenue East, Poundbury, Dorchester, Open Fri & Sat 9am - 6pm. Sun 10.30am - 4.30pm. Hand dyed silks, unusual jewellery and more. All profits go to Wateraid Projects in Africa.
01-09 Tivo Le Resitance, The Lyric Theatre, Barrack St, Bridport. A clown show direct from New York, 01308 423951. Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Tickets £8 from Lyric Theatre, Bridport Music, The Bookshop & Fruits of the Earth, Bridport.
01-10 Beaminster Festival Exhibitions Feature Exhibition:" The Art of Nine Lives" Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road. Painting, sculpture and ceramics by nine local artists and makers plus exhibitions by Beaminster and District Camera Club and Beaminster School Photographic Dept 01308 863577
01-31 Village Exhibition: A to Z of Netherbury Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster 01308 863577
01-03 Music at Plush Concerts start 7.30pm. Brochures / information available from Dorchester TIC. Booking online. Concerts £16, Festival Day £30, Lunchtime concert £10, Gala concert £25. Festival day on 2nd. 0203 286 1885 (www.musicatplush.net)
01-03 Lyme Regis Jazz Festival Venues include Marine Theatre, Royal Lion Hotel, Masonic Hall and Pilot Boat Inn. This year Lyme Regis Jazz Festival celebrates it's 21st anniversary. Three days of jazz, six main venues with over sixteen fantastic principal bands. Contact Lyme Regis TIC for further details and tickets. 01297 442138 (www.lymeregisjazzfestival.co.uk)
01-03 Flower Festival St Candida & Holy Cross Church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, 10am - 6pm. Light lunches, cream teas daily. On Sunday 3rd there are open gardens & stalls around the village and a concert by 'Le Jazz' at 7.30pm in the church.
01-17 Sweet Pea Fortnight Forde Abbey, an opportunity to see over 60 varieties of sweet pea growing around the gardens of Forde Abbey. 01460 220231 (www.fordeabbey.co.uk)
02 Armed Forces Day Commemoration Dorchester, 1.15pm. March from North Square to Borough Gardens via South Street, followed at 2pm by a Commemoration Service, then at 2.30pm - Wessex Military Band and Dorchester Big Band
02 Bride Valley Gardening Club Mini Flower And Produce Show Litton Cheney Village Hall, 2pm. All are invited to view the exhibits our members produce and take part by judging and awarding points. Tea, scones and cakes will be on sale.
02 Bridport Charter Fair. Entertainment and stalls. South Street, The Arts Centre and Borough Gardens, 9am – 3 pm. Free.
02 The Quangle Wangle Choir and Crumpety Roots Litton Cheney Hall, 7.30pm. 01305 814940 (www.qwchoir.co.uk)
02 Wilderness Yoga Day Retreat Nr Lyme Regis. Each Wilderness Yoga Retreat takes place in a different secret location with insurpassible views of the Jurassic Coast near Lyme Regis. Cost £60. Natalie Manifold 07763 974569 (www.literarylyme.co.uk)
02 Spectra Musica in Concert Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 7.30pm. An evening of madrigals to musicals. Tickets £10 inc. interval refreshments - available from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341 (www.spectramusica.co.uk)
02 Cerne Abbas Church Fete and Hog Roast The Vicarage, Cerne Abbas, 12.30pm. Novelty dog show, children's games, grand draw, Pimms tent, cream teas, surprise parcels, many other stalls. Entry £1. Parking and children free.
02 White River Gospel Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, 6.30pm. Lively choir of 30+ mixed choir voices, including many youngsters, from St Austell, Cornwall followed by a 5 to 10 minute epilogue. No admission charge.
02 Classical Guitar Recital with music from England to Spain Church of Our Lady and St Ignatius, North Chideock, 7.30pm. Featuring the new work " Sonatina " by Dorset composer, Peter Hope. Tickets £7 including interval refreshments from Gaby Martelli. For Church Dome Appeal. 01308 488348 (www.jacaranda-music.com) (www.chideockmartyrschurch.org.uk)
02 - 03 September. Summer Saturday Live 2011 South Street, Dorchester, 11am - 1pm. Live performers plus special guest appearances from some of the South West's most talented roots and blues acts.
02-05 W.I. Flower Festival " Summer Time In England " Milton Abbey, Milton Abbas, Blandford. Cream Teas available on Sunday 3rd July. Programmes at the door for £2.
03 Swingtime in the Gardens Borough Gardens, 12 noon – 5pm Dorchester Big Band, Purbeck Big Band, Just Friends and The Mill Street Jazz Band. 12noon - 5pm. Charity collection. Free entry, bring a picnic. 01305 263005
03 Organ Recital & Cream Tea St Michael’s Church,Church St, Lyme Regis.3pm. Retiring collection
03 The Lyme Regis Big Read of the King James Bible Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and it's contribution to English language and culture. Three local speakers read well-known passages on a theme - of 'beauty'. 3.00 pm. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismueum.co.uk)
03 Beaminster's BIG DAY Beaminster Square and School (part of Beaminster Festival) Jazz Band,Street Theatre,Teddy Bear Parachuting and much much more. Free Entrance 11.30 am - 15.00 Tel 01308 861145 (www.beamfest.org.uk)
03 Lesley Waters - Cooking Demos in small groups Beaminster School Part of BIG DAY event - tickets £8 in advance only 01308 862943
03 Wessex Morris Men (part of BIG DAY event) Beaminster 07580481333 (www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk)
03 Beaminster Open Gardens, 11am – 5pm. Tickets £4 from Beaminster Square. Proceeds to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
03 We Sing! Stratton Village Hall, Stratton, Dorchester, 4pm. Doors open 3.45pm. A Summer Song Celebration.. The Dorchester Community Choir " Viva ". The Best of Dorset's " Young Voices", " The Colliton singers" plus guests " The Heavens" Buzz Music Projects. Tickets:Dorchester Arts 01305 266926. Adults £6, Concessions & students 16+ £3, under 16s free. Kathie 01305 259201
03 Archaeology Walks 2011 - The Grey Mare and her Colts + Kingston Russell stone circle NE of Abbotsbury - grid ref.588 867T Touch the past by handling real artefacts. Starts 10.30am. £5 adult, child £2 07768 695162 (http://xcavate.blogspot.com)
03-10 Big Read Venues include Lyme Regis Museum, Serendip book shop, Guildhall and The Pilot Boat Inn. Half-hour readings from the King James Bible to celebrate it's 400th birthday every afternoon at 3pm. Contact Lyme Regis TIC for further details.
05 Summer Exhibition Preview Party Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge St, Lyme Regis. An exhibition of colourful and fun photographs of Lyme Regis en fete in summertime. From 6pm.
06 Dorchester Horticultural Society - Rose and Sweet Pea Show St Georges Church Hall, Fordington 7.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome.
06 The Lyme Regis Big Read of the King James Bible Lyme Regis Museum.. Celebration of 400th anniversary of King James Bible and it's contribution to English language and culture. Three local speakers read well-known passages on a theme of 'hope'. 3.00 pm. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismueum.co.uk)
06 Isandhlwana & the Defence of Rorke’s Drift Powell Theatre, Sherborne 8pm. Tickets 07891 663044
07 Puddletown Carnival Church cake stall at the Duck Race in the evening.
07 Lyme's Monmouth Rising Lyme Regis Museum. John Lello talks about the anti-royalists townsfolk's support of the Duke of Monmouth in 1685 as he attempted to seize the Crown. 2.30pm 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismueum.co.uk)
07-09 Dorchester Drama presents The Lark by Jean Anouilh The Roman Town House, Dorchester, 7.30pm. The trial of Joan of Arc adapted by Christopher Fry. £8 in advance, £9 on the door,students £5 from Words Etcetera, Cornhill. Bring a picnic. 01305 257694
08 Stand Up Dorchester - Comedy Night Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester. Doors open 7.15pm for 8.15pm show. Tickets are £7.50 from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992
08-09 Italian Market South Street, Dorchester, 9am – 5pm Kenneth Addison 01305 250808
09 Dance - Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme,-11pm. All welcome. £4 per person inc tea and biscuits.
09 Durnovaria Silver Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Starts 2.30pm
09 Ramblers Walk Bridport Bypass Car Park. Meet 10.30am for 5 mile walk. Please phone to confirm details.Derek 01935 426842
09 Yetminster Fair High Street, 1pm. Free entry & parking. Over 100 stalls, music, dancing. 01935 873239
09 Yeovilton Air Day Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton. Celebrating 40 years of the Lynx Helicopter. Tickets in advance from West Dorset TICs. Adults £18 (16yrs plus ), Seniors £16 ( over 60 ) and child over 3 £5. (www.yeoviltonairday.co.uk)
09 St Swithuns Band Bucky Doo Square, Bridport Town Centre 10.30am - 12.30pm
09 Dorchester Poverty Action Group - Coffee Morning, United Church Hall, Dorchester10am - 12.30pm. Free entry. Stalls and raffle. Great coffee and cakes. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
09 Sydling St Nicholas Fete Sydling St Nicholas Village Green, 2pm. Teas, cake stall, Pimms and real ale, vintage tractor display, greasy pole, crazy kitchen, coco-nut shy, pony rides, bouncy castle many other stalls and games.
09-10 Cerne Abbas Music Festival St Mary's Church, Cerne Abbas. 12 noon. Family Concert. Tickets Children £4, adults £5. featuring the Gaudier Ensemble and Simon James - Narrator. Including a performance of Prokoviev's Peter& the Wolf. 01300 341518 (www.cerneabbasmusicfestival.co.uk)
09-10 Martinstown Open Gardens Weekend 12noon - 6pm. Gardens, botanical art display and sales. Flower display and competition in church, stalls, raffle, refreshments. Sat 3pm Morris Men, Sun 3pm Ruby Twirlers. Sun eve, 7pm Casterbridge Male Voice Choir Concert in church. Admittance by programme only £2.50 adults, under 12 free. Free car parking.
09-27 The Charmouth Four Four artists present a range of subject and media. Upper Gallery, Town Mill. (www.geofftownson.co.uk) 07748 752927
10 Bulbs for all Seasons, Forde Abbey. RHS talk by Anna Pavord 01460 220231
10 Trombone & Organ Recital St Michael’s Church, Church St, Lyme Regis 3pm. No need to book, retiring collection.
10 John Wells Classic Motorcycle Run 15th road run & b-b-q. Starts at the Loders Arms, Loders, nr Bridport. Sign on 9.30am, leave 10.30am. Entry forms from Mr Wells, 01308 423788
10 Tess of the Durbervilles, Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Starts 6.30pm. Bring a picnic from 5pm. Donations
10 One World Festival King's Road Playing Field, Dorchester 11am - 4pm
10/31 Beth is Back! The Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, DT1 1UT. Beth Blake, Debbie & Derrick Dalley invite you to Cream Tea and Poetry on Sundays second and last of every month. 4pm - 5.30pm. £8.00 per person 01305 267293
12 - 30th August. Free Open Air Summer Concerts Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis Town Band presents Free Open Air Summer Concerts. Every Tuesday evening at 8pm and several Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm.
13 Sanctus Sacred Songs United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7 - 9pm. Cost £5. Come and learn simple harmonies and chants from around the world (email: email@example.com)
13 The Cobb and it’s History Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA. Walk around the Cobb with local boatman Ken Gollop as he discusses its fishermen, fossils and French Lieutenant's Woman. 7.00pm meet at the Lifeboat Station. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismueum.co.uk)
13 Dorset Sinfonia All Saints School, Wyke Regis, Weymouth. Starts 7.30pm. Programme with Matthew Blunt now at The Royal academy of Music. Includes Vaughan Williams, Schubert and Beethoven. Tickets £6 from Jennie Balston 01305 775642. £8 on the door. Under 14's free. 01305 263023 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
13-17 Larmer Tree Festival, Wilts/Dorset Border, Jools Holland with special guest Sandie Shaw, C W Stoneking, Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers, Vid Warren & Scoundrels 01725 552300 (www.larmertreefestival.co.uk)
14 Beach Stall Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 10am – 3pm. In aid of St Michael’s Parish church. Books, cakes, jewellery, homecrafts.
14 How our Grandparents lived Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA. The health and welfare of Lyme's residents in the first half of the 20th Century, talk by Martin Roundell-Greene. 2.30pm. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
15 July Market 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 jewellery and a chance to sit and chat with a cup of tea or coffee. All proceeds for St Martin's Community Hall. Eleanor Piper 01305 853765
15 Duncan Honeybourne St Michael's Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis St Michael's has recently taken delivery of a fine modern grand piano which is on long term loan from Dr.Richard Godfrey. Duncan Honeybourne, concert pianist, will give the opening recital.
15 Teatime Antiques, Cerne Abbas Village Hall, 2pm. Experts will evaluate your treasures. One object per person. Tickets £5 from village shop or Wedmar Hospicecare 01305 261800.
15-17 Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival Rally, Tolpuddle. If you are going to the festival on 15th & 16th July you will need an individual wristband, booked in advance to gain entry. 01179470521 (www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk)
16 Car Boot Sale, Charmouth Road Park & Ride site, Lyme Regis. 9am – 1pm. sellers from 8am. £1 parking, £5 stall.
16 Village Fete Nether Compton, nr Sherborne. From 3pm. Various stalls, tombola, food tent, horse & cart rides, sheep racing!
16 Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Summer Show Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Nr Lyme Regis Classes, stalls, dog show, music and refreshments. Entrance £1.50 01297 442873
16 Minerva's Emporium Dorchester Town Hall, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF 10am - 4pm Tel:- 07866 595596 (email: email@example.com)
16 Leigh Village Food Festival & Classic Car/Motorbike Display Village Hall, Leigh, Nr Sherborne. Local produce food stalls, refreshments, entertainment, children's activities, cookery demonstrations and musical entertainment. Flower displays St Andrew's Church. Valentine Warner will open the show.£2 adults, under 15 free. 10am - 4pm. 01935 873846. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
16 "The Sound Of Movies" Kingston Maurward, Nr Dorchester. The Light Cavalry Band of The Royal Armoured Corps at Bovington plus St John Ambulance Talbot Corps of Drums. Concert in aid of ABF and St John Ambulance. Themes from the movies. Free parking. Gardens open at 6pm for picnics for 7pm concert. Bar available in the interval. Tickets £10, £5 under 16's and family (2 + 2) £25 available from Dorchester & Sherborne TICs.01305 267992 (www.soldierscharity.org)
16 "Discovering Digital" Newlands Training Centre, Piddlehinton Business Park. 1 day digital photography workshop. No previous experience required. Cost £55 to include lunch and refreshments. Neil 01305 889170
16 Pymore Village Fete & Family Fun Dog Show Pymore stalls, bouncy castle. Punch &Judy. BBQ and much more. From 12.30 onwards Raising funds for the Kingfisher Ward, Dorset County Hospital 01308 427823/421948
16 Books, Coffee & Cake Moreton Village Hall, DT2 8RF. 10am - 12 noon. Huge selection of as new books for just 25p a book. Home made cake & coffee/tea. Donation of books always welcome. Maeve Sexty 01929 463221
16 WaterAid singing & picnic St Mary's Church House & Community Orchard, South Street Bridport. Bridport Community Orchard event.
16 Bradford Peverell Fete Jubilee Playing Field, Bradford Peverell, from 2pm. Various stalls, Fun Dog Show, Captain Stupid - the Balloon Man, Moonshine Appellation Dancer & Live Music. Admission: over 16s 50p. Dogs on leads. Proceeds to various charities.
16 Orff - Carmina Burana St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Saint - Saens, Carnival of the Animals. Khachaturian, arr. Moore Sabre Dance. Conductors James Baker and Peter Oakes. The Thomas Hardye Singers and Musicians. Piano Sally Flann and Peter Oakes. Tickets £8 ( £2 students ) from The Thomas Hardye School, Nicoll World Travel and door.
16 Milborne Port & Sherborne Folk Dance Club Barn Dance, Milborne Port Village Hall. Starts 7.30pm. Don Carlos and his Milborne Porters folk dance band & caller Ian Edlin plus guests. Licenced bar, bring & share supper, free parking. Tickets £6 or £15 (family).
16 Summer Fete Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester, 11am - 4pm. Celebrity guest Martin Clunes. Stalls, dog agility display, Dorchester YMCA Gymnasts. Summer raffle - 1st prize £2011. Refreshments. Fundraising Office 01305 215320
16 Stoke Abbott Street Fair 1.45pm Sick Club Parade. 2pm stalls, food fair, dog show, cream teas, live music. Car parking £1, free shuttle bus. 01308 868424
16-17 Art@eype3 Eype Centre for the Arts, St Peter’s Church, Eype, Saturday 10.30am-5pm, Sunday 10.30am-4pm. Some of Dorset’s very best artists Marion Taylor, Caroline Ireland, David Brooke, Charlotte Miller, Gemma Hibbs, Barbara Simon, Andy White, Sally Davies and makers Kate Osman, Sally Derrick. Refreshments by Manor Organics.
16-17 Portland Steam & Vintage Show Moor Farm, Chickerell, Weymouth DT3 4EA. Vehicle, dogs, Nothe Fort displays. The Portsmouth Wild West Assoc. Adults £6;Concessions £4; Children 6-16 £3. Tel 01305 822728 (www.theportlandsteamshow.co.uk)
17 Classics at the Castle (Vintage Cars) Sherborne Castle 10am - 4pm. Arrival of Veteran Car Tour at 11.30am - arrival of Dorset Classic Car Tour at 12.30pm. Over 1000 cars will be on show. 01935 474630 (www.merlinevents.com/castle)
17 Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Starts 2.30pm
17 Organ Recital & Cream Tea St Michael’s Church, Church St, Lyme Regis. No need to book, retiring collection.
17 Vintage Country Fayre West Compton DT2 0EY (Between Bridport and Dorchester, just off A35). 11am - 5pm. Ferret racing, punch and judy, fly casting competition, companion dog show and much more. Opened by Paul Attterbury from the Antiques Roadshow. (www.vintagecountryfayre.blogspot.com)
17 Playing with Fire - James McNeill Whistler in Lyme Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA. A talk by Sandra Lello. 2.30pm 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismueum.co.uk)
17 Longbredy Garden Safari (Between Dorchester and Bridport) Two open gardens including the living church yard of St Peters. Lunches teas, stalls and games. Price £4, children free. Price includes entry to gardens, map guided walk across the fields, treasure hunt and spot the animal game ( prizes ). Minibus connection and parking. 11am - 5pm (email: email@example.com)
17 An Evening with The Harmonious Funk Choir & The Dorchester Big Band Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Near Dorchester. A variety of jazz, pop & soul from two of Dorchester's hottest ensembles. £6/£4 ( under 18s ) - doors open 7.00pm Tickets available from Words Etcetera book shop, 2 Cornhill, Dorchester.
18 Bride Valley Gardening Club Puncknowle & Swyre Village Hall, 7.30pm. Guide to Selecting, Growing and Pruning Top Fruit by an expert from Castle Gardens. Members free, visitors £2.
18 Morris Dancing with Treacle Eater Clogg Royal Oak, Cerne Abbas and Hunters Moon, Middlemarsh, 8pm & 9pm Jenny 01963 210562 or Janet 01935 823977 (www.treacleeaterclog.org.uk)
19 Festival of British Archaeology (16 - 31st Aug) Dorset County Library, Dorchester DT1 1XJ. 10am - 2pm A finds Identification day. Bring your metal detecting finds, field walking or casual finds from the garden to learn more about them. 01305 224921 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
20 SS Balmoral Sailing Leave West Bay at 10am, along Jurassic Coast to Bournemouth and cruise round Isle of Wight. Tickets Bridport & Lyme TICs. (www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk)
20 Vineyards Wine Fair, Sherborne Castle wine tasting, local foods, Jazz Band, picnics. 01935 815544 (www.vineyards-sherborne.co.uk)
20 Jazz at The Three Compasses - Jam Night The Three Compasses Inn, The Square, Charminster. DT2 9QTResident Jazz trio - all musicians and audience welcome. Starts 8.30pm. Free admission 01305 263618
20 Illustrated Talk - The Development of Poundbury Charlton Down Village Hall, Charlton Down, 7.30pm. Talk by Fran Leaper, Secretary of Poundbury Residents Association. Entry fee £2.50. David Smith 01305 269522 (email: email@example.com)
21 Ebb & Flow - The story of Maritime Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis. Author Peter Lacey discusses the sea's influence on the fortunes of Lyme through the centuries. 2.30pm. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismueum.co.uk)
21 Finds Day at Sherborne Museum, Sherborne Museum DT9 3BP10.30am - 3pm. What have you found? Bring it along for Coirstaidh Hayward Trevarthen to identify and date for you. Part of the Council for British Archaeology's annual fortnightly festival "Archaeology for Everyone". 01935 812252 (www.sherbornemuseum.co.uk)
21-24 Tunisian Market South Street, Dorchester, 9am - 5pm Kenneth Addiison 01305 250808
22-24 Woodfest Woodmead Hall, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. Three Days of Music.Tickets for Saturday and Sunday evening. Other shows free by donation. Tickets from Lyme Regis TIC. £5 in advance. £6.50 on the door. 01297 442138
22 - 05 August. Wednesday Art Group Exhibition Bridport Tourist Information Exhibition Window, South St, Bridport. The popular exhibition and sale of paintings returns to Bridport once again. Available to view at any time, sales Mon-Sat 9-5pm.
23 Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra plus guests Sandie Shaw and Ruby Turner Sherborne Castle. Pack a picnic and get ready to boogie-woogie with the maestro. Gates open 5pm for 6.30pm performance and fireworks at 10.30pm. Tickets £35 adult in advance or £15 child 5 - 15. Under 5 free. Tickets from Sherborne & Dorchester TICs.
23 Dance - Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis 8-11pm. Everyone welcome. £4.
23 Tree Fellahs Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 3pm. Organised by the Friends of the Borough Gardens
23 A Midsummer's Night Dream Charlton Down Cricket Club, Charlton Down. Performed by Wessex Actors Club. Ticket: matinees - £14 adults, £10 under 17's; evenings all £14. Advance tickets £2 discount from Dorchester TIC. Doors open at 11.30am for picnics, performancet 1pm & 4.30pm for evening picnics performance at 6pm. 07586 860798 (www.wessex-actors-company.co.uk)
23 Sophia Lisovskaya & Friends Evening of chamber music with the Russian pianist. Eype Centre for the Arts, 6.30pm. Extended interval for picnics. Tickets from Bridport TIC.
23-31 Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week Various Venues throughout the town.A full week of events and activities in the town, in aid of RNLI 01297 442683
24 Owermoigne Antiques Fairs 2011 Owermoigne Village Hall. Coffee, lunches, afternoon teas. Free entry/parking 01305 8548
24 Music in the Park - Sherborne Town Band Pageant Gardens, Sherborne 2.30pm onwards. Bring the family and enjoy the music. (www.sherbornetownband.co.uk)
24 Community Picnic Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 12noon - 2pm
24 Durnovaria Silver Band, Borough Gardens, Dorchester 2.30pm
24 Flute & Organ Recital St Michael’s Church, Church St, Lyme Regis. No need to book, retiring collection.
24 A Midsummer's Night Dream Pound bury Farm House, Farmway, Pound bury. Wessex Actors Club. Matinees - £14 adults, £10 under 17's. Evenings all £14. Advance tickets £2 discount from Dorchester TIC. Doors open at 11.30am for picnics, performance 1pm & 4.30pm for evening picnics performance at 6pm. 07586 860798 (www.wessex-actors-company.co.uk)
24 Walk It Ridgeway Charity Challenge 2011 Start from Stevens Farm Shop, Martinstown, Dorchester DT2 9JR. Walk or run the South Dorset Ridgeway and support the British Heart Foundation. Start times 9.30am 21 miles, 10.30am 6 & 12 miles. Register I hour before start time. Leah 01892 893918 (www.bhf.org.uk/ridgewaychallenge2011)
24 Family Fossil Day Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA. Fossil hunters Paddy Howe and Chris Andrew talk and answer questions all day on the big fossils of the Jurrasic Coast. Bring your own fossils for identification . 01297 443370
24 St Swithuns Band, Promenade, West Bay, 2pm - 4pm
24 Baroque - Band - In - A – Pub New Inn, West Knighton (Beer garden / food available)Starts 2.30pm. No charge Bach - Brandenburg 1, Handel - Water Music plus guest soloists.
25 Wessex Morris Men - Jeremy's Tour The Swan, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JL, Kings Arms, Portesham, DT3 4ET and Elm Tree Inn, Langton Herring, DT3 4HU The Swan starts 7.30pm, Kings Arms 8.15pm and Elm Tree Inn 9.00pm (www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk)
25 - 01 September. Old Crown Court and Cells Tours, Old Crown Court, High West Street, Dorchester. Free entry to the court and cells with a Blue Badge Guide. Mondays and Thursdays 2pm - 4.30pm. Last admission 4pm. 01305 251010
25-29 Summer Holiday Gymnastics Club Dorchester YMCA Gymnastics sessions for children organised by the YMCA, call for further details. 01305 266467
26 Festival of British Archaeology (16th - 31st Aug) Dorset County Museum, Dorchester DT9 1XA. 10am - 4pm A finds Identification day. Bring your metal detecting finds, field walking or casual finds from the garden to learn more about them. 01305 224921 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
27 Annual Sir George Somers Civic Parade Lyme Regis Celebration of the Twinning of Lyme Regis and St George's, Bermuda
27 Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society - Hawkridge Birds of Prey Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Nr Lyme Regis. Come and meet the raptors. Tickets Adults £3, Children free available from Uplyme Post Office and the RNLI Shop (Lyme Regis) and the lottery kiosk or ring 07831 533580. 7.30pm. All profits to Lyme Regis RNLI Week
27 Open Doors 2011 Dorchester Roman Town House (behind County Hall), 2pm - 4pm. Come inside and take a closer a look at the unique mosaic floors. Entry free, donations welcome. 01305 228241 (www.romantownhouse.org)
27 Sherborne Science Café The Senior Lunch Club Hall, Digby Road, 7.30pm. Dr Percy Seymour - 100 years of the Rutherford-Bohr atom. 01935 813896 (email: email@example.com) (www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk)
27 Love Parks Week Event - Friends of the Borough Gardens Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free glass of a lip-smacking beverage. 10-4. Mill Street Jazz Band play 12.30 - 2. Punch and Judy 12 noon and 2pm. Lorna Low 01305 263430 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
27 Festival of British Archaeology (16 - 31st Aug) Roman Town House, Dorchester, 2pm - 4pm A finds Identification day. Bring your metal detecting finds, field walking or casual finds from the garden to learn more about them. 01305 224921 (email: email@example.com)
28 RNLI Raft Race West Bay, 6.30pm for 7.30pm on River Brit. Entries at least a week before to 01308 427212.
28 Charity Summer Fair, Forde Abbey
28 A Celebration of Love Parks Week Borough Gardens, Dorchester 10am - 4pm. Dorset Wildlife Trust, Action Van, Punch & Judy at 12noon and 2pm, Mill Street Jazz Band 12.30pm - 2pm
28 George Somers and the Bermuda Connection Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis. Barbara Austin talks on Lyme's links with Bermuda and the Town's naval hero, George Somers, who discovered the island. 2.30pm 01297 443370
28 A Humanist View of Sex and Sexuality The Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West St, Dorchester DT1 1UP Talk by Jo Adams. Starts 7.30pm. Free (£2 donation suggested) 7921311518 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
28,29,30,31 Camp Bestival Lulworth Castle, Dorset Family Festival. Tickets 08448884410 (24 Hr) Live music, D J sets, comedy,entertainment and arts, scrumptious food. (www.campbestival.net)
30 Craft & Country Garden Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne10am - 4pm. Free admission 01749 677049
30 Milton Abbas 18th Century Street Fair Milton Abbas. Live music and dancing, craft stalls and traditional rural displays, Dorset food market and much more. 11am - 5pm. Car parking free. Adults: £6, Senior: £4, Child: £3, Family: £13. 01258 880229
30 Chedington Street Fair Chedington12pm - 5pm A street fair and market in a pretty conservation village. Stalls , raffle, beer tent, children's games & activities, refreshments. Admission 50p, children free. Free car parking. 01935 891891/891232
30 Farmers Market South Street, Dorchester 9am-5pm. Over 20 producers with a delicious selection of quality, local food and drink. Kenneth Addiison 01305 250808
30 Dorchester Big Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 2.30pm
30 Paranormal Adventures Dorset County Museum Dorchester. Join us on our first visit to this gothic inspired museum Starting 9pm - 2am Price £30 pp Tel 07707608429 (www.paranormaladventures.co.uk)
30 - 5 August. Marine Week Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth 01297 560772 (www.charmouth.org)
31 Brass Monkeys Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Starts 2.30pm
31 Organ Recital & Cream Tea St Michael’s Church, Church St Lyme Regis. 3pm. No need to book, retiring collection.
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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