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 Piddle Fair in The Square Puddletown, 11am-4pm. To be opened by Lord Julian Fellowes of West Stafford. Stalls and live entertainment in The Square and Church. Entry £2, under 12s free. Proceeds to Puddletown Church Fabric Fund.
01 Sgt Pepper's Only Dart Board Band Woodmead Hall, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 8.30pm. The Legends Return to Lyme – Beatles tribute band. Tickets £11 in advance, £13 on the door. Available from Lyme Tourist Information Centre. 01297 442138
01 Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association - "William Morris, not just another roll of wallpaper" Digby Hall, Sherborne, 2.30pm. A talk by Marion Emery. Members £3, visitors £5 Starts 2.30pm
01 Frampton Footlights - Coming Home! The Return of Horace and Virgil Frampton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Play by David Hooper plus two short plays by Alan Ayckbourn and a ploughman's supper. Cost £6. Also on 30th September. 01300 320607
01 Nearly new sale The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 10am – 12pm. Children’s clothing, maternity wear, nursery equipment, shoes, toys, books, accessories plus much more. £1 per family 01929 469910 (www.nct.org.uk/branches/weymouth-dorchester)
01 Stephanie Oade and Jennie-Helen Moston in Concert St Mary's Church, Beaminster, 7.30pm. Performance of Beethoven, Faure, Barber and Rachmaninov hosted by Friends of Beaminster Festival.Tickets £12 from Church Office, Beaminster or on door.
01 Allington Hill Autumn Festival of Lights Allington Hill, Bridport (entrance at Hospital Lane), from 4pm til late. Story telling, refreshments, entertainment, dog training display and the parade of lanterns. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
01 Concert by Sherborne Chamber Choir St. John the Evangelist Church, Milborne Port, Nr Sherborne, 7.30pm. Raising funds for the continued upkeep of the bells at St. John’s. Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine ( u18s free) – from Sherborne TIC.
01 A Celebration of Harvest Cattistock Church, Cattistock, 7.30pm. Traditional village music, anthems, carols and more performed by Beaminster Gallery Quire. Tickets £7 inc. cider and sausage rolls. Tickets from shop & pub in village – details 01300 321010
01-02 Mangerton Mill Vintage Weekend Mangerton Mill, nr Bridport signposted off A3066, 10-am-5pm. Stationary Engines, vintage vehicles and tractors. 01308 868789
01-08 Quaker Tapestry Exhibition Friends Meeting House, Holloway Road, Dorchester, 10am - 4pm, Sunday 2nd 1pm - 4pm, Saturday 8th 10am - 1pm only. Admission free. Samples of stitches used and work in progress can be seen. Kathryn Pochin 01258 83928
02 Voskresenije - The Russian Choir from St Petersburg Herrison Hall, Charlton Down Village Hall, 3.30pm. Concert of Russian Sacred Music and Folk Songs. Tickets £10 adult and £5 students. Available on the door. Box Office 01305 263406
02 Grandma’s Attic Kingston Maurward, Nr. Dorchester 10am – 4pm. Antiques & Collectors Fair. Entry £2.50
03 Sherborne Over 50s Group Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. AGM followed by a talk by the Rev. Stuart Timbrell on "Discovering Dorset". Raffle and free home-made refreshments available. 01935 8131500
04 Dorchester French Circle Tolpuddle Room, United Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. "La Bourse ou la Vie" talk by Mike Lathbury 01305 854025 (www.dorchesterfrenchcircle.org)
04-18 Inside Sherborne Abbey-Traditional Monochrome Photographs by Jenny Hopkins Ambulatory of Sherborne Abbey. Original prints will be on sale between 11.30am-3.30pm every day except Thursday and Sunday. (email: email@example.com)
05 Dorchester Horticultural Society - Monthly Meeting St Georges Church Hall, Fordington, 7.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome. Speaker Becky Groves on Herbs & Aromatic Plants.
05 Bridport Feminist Network Meeting George Pub, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Discussion and planning for 2012 International Women's Day (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
06 Valentine Warner - A Celebration of Food The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7.30pm. You have seen him on TV now come and see his cookery demonstration. Tickets £10 available from On The Table, 28 South Street, Dorchester. 01305 262436 / 268880
06 Powerstock Cinema: The King's Speech Powerstock Hut, Powerstock, 7.30pm. Licensed bar and snacks available. Tickets £4 on door. 01308 485375 (email: email@example.com) (www.powerstockcinema.co.uk)
06 Saving Lives at Sea Woodmead Hall, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. Illustrated talk by Mrs Kathy Underwood on 150 years of the RNLI, hosted by the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. Members £2, visitors £3 including refreshments. 01297 445537
06 -5/11 Screenbites Food Film Festival Village Halls across the region – programme available from TICs or see website for details. Seventh year of the food film festival with lots of new films plus returning and new food and drink producers. (www.screenbites.co.uk)
07 The Staffordshire Anglo - Saxon Hoard and its relevance to Wessex Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester Dorset, 7.30pm. Talk by archaeology lecturer Prof. David Hinton (Southampton Uni).01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
07 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk: Dorset's Secretive Reptilian Residents Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. An illustrated talk with Chris Gleed-Owen. £3 non-members/£1.50 members All welcome!
08 Coffee Morning and Sale United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester, 9.45-11.45am. Dorchester and District Bible Society
08 Apple Day Community Orchard (behind St. Mary’s), South St, Bridport. Lots of apple related events and refreshments plus storytelling, dancing and singing. 01308 420602 or 458480 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
08 The Dorset Chamber Orchestra St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. With Abbi Temple (soprano). Tickets in advance £11 from Harmony Music, Dorchester 01305 260360 / £12.50 on door, under 16s free. 01202 765397 (www.dorsetchamberorchestra.org)
08 The Lion King Charity Show Plaza Cinema, Trinity Street, Dorchester, 11pm-1am. The Lion King in 3D – come in fancy dress as your favourite disney character. All money to the West Dorset Women's Refuge. £10 , £5 child. Cash ONLY! 01305 262488
09 United Service for Bible Sunday United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester, 6.30pm All welcome.
09 Kingston Maurward Wedding Fair Kingston Maurward College, Stinsford, Dorchester. 01305 215050 (www.kmc.ac.uk)
10 Under The Open Sky: Cornish Art 1880-1940 Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 2.30pm. A West Dorset Decorative & Fine Arts Society talk. Visitors £6 01308 897209
12 The Casterbridge Male Voice Choir - "Autumn Serenade" St Michael's Parish Church, Owermoigne, 7.30pm. A concert of old and new favourites. Tickets £6 to include a glass of wine.
12-30 Enchanted Floodlit Gardens, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury. Gardens stay open until 8.30pm. Take a magical evening stroll along candle-lit pathways through enchanted glades. 01305 871387 (www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk)
13 Ramblers Walk Winyards Gap Inn, Chedington nr Beaminster. Meet at 10.15am for this 4 mile walk. 01935 426842
13 The Veitch Plant Hunters The Conference Room, Kingston Mauward, Nr Dorchester, 7.30pm. An illustrated talk by Caradoc Doy. Refreshments, Raffle, Plant Sales, Visitors Welcome (£2-50).
13-17 Exhibition of the Bible Triptych Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. A 3 part screen of embroidered panels depicting each of the 66 books of the bible. The exhibition is on loan through Summertown United Reformed Church in Oxford
13-21 Eype Autumn 2011 Book ‘N Author Week Eype Centre for the Arts, St. Peter’s Church, Eype, Bridport. Tickets on sale from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901 (www.eypechurcharts.co.uk)
14 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert: Atrium Quartet Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm Includes pieces by Haydn, Beethoven, Shostakovich and Smetana. 01308 423110
15 Minerva's Emporium Town Hall, High East Street, Dorchester 10am - 4pm. Tel: 07866595596 (email: email@example.com)
15 Books, Coffee & Cake Moreton Village Hall, 10am - 12 noon. 01929 463221
15 Dorchester Choral Society St Mary's Church, Dorchester. Tickets from Harmony Music, choir members or DCS Box Office, 1, Pitcote Lane, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GH (Inc. SAE). £15 / £12 (non refundable) 01305 852977
15 How To write a Novel The Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, Dorchester, 10am-5pm. Join Author, Playwright & Former TV producer Heidi Stephenson for this one day workshop. Cost £55 (£45 concs) In aid of Compassion in World Farming. 01483 521953
15 Dorset Police Male Voice Choir Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7pm. Charity Concert in support of the Dorset Blind Association. Tickets available from Sherborne Photographic or on the door or tel. 01202 712864 (www.doretblind.org.uk)
15 Big Green Apple Day - Family Green Fair and Apple Day Thorners School, Litton Cheney, 2pm-evening. Celebrating sustainability, GreenSkills conservation, busking musicians and all things appley. 01308 482410
15 & 16 2011 Annual Swimarathon - The Lions Club of Dorchester & District The Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre, Dorchester. Entry forms available from Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre or Goulds Household store 01305 812404 (www.lionsdorchester.org.uk)
17 Sherborne Pack Monday Fair Main Streets of Sherborne, all day and evening. Street market dating back to medieval times. Also funfair on The Terraces (Dorchester Road). 01935 813343
17 Bride Valley Gardening Club Puncknowle & Swyre Village Hall, 7.30pm. BBC's gardener of the Decade, Mrs Katherine Crouch, "Behind the Scenes". Members free, visitors £2.
17 Community Lectures 2011 - 2012 - "A Physicist Amongst Penguins" The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 7pm. Lecture with Professor Peter Barham. Admission free but donations welcomed. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
18 Dorchester FrenchCircle Tolpuddle Room, United Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm "Racontez vos mesadventures en France ou en pays francophone“ 0 1305 854025 (www.dorchesterfrenchcircle.org)
19 Oscar Peterson Tribute Evening Sherborne School Dining Hall, 7.30pm. Jazz for four hands on two grand pianos with bass & drums. Tickets £15 inc. buffet supper/glass of wine - from Sherborne School Reception. 01935 812249 (www.sherborne.org)
20 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
20-23 Sherborne International Film Festival 2011 Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne. Sherborne’s 3rd annual film festival which brings exceptional films not normally available in this part of the world. Tickets from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341 (www.shiff.org.uk)
21 St Swithuns Band Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. Poppy Appeal Concert.
21-22 Art & Craft Exhibition & Sale Maiden Newton Village Hall, Friday 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm. Presented by Maiden Newton Art Group. Local crafts for sale, tombola.
22 Dance - Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 8-11pm. Everyone welcome. £4
22 Rogaska Slatina Ladies Choir St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Well-known classical and modern pieces as well as Slovene folk songs of great beauty and distinction. Tickets from Lyme Regis Tourist Information, £10, £8, £5. 7.30pm 01297 442138
22 Arts and Craft Fair Corscombe Village Hall, Corscombe, Nr. Dorchester, 11am-4pm
22 One World Week Fair Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 9.30am - 12.30pm Various stalls including Greenpeace, Transition Town Bridport, and a Shelterbox. Also Fairtrade teas and coffees. Sue Wilkinson 01308 425037
22 Kingston Maurward College - A Taste of Autumn Kingston Maurward College, Nr Dorchester, Dorset, 10am – 4pm Popular Apple and Harvest Day. Adults £3.50 includes access to the Gardens and Animal Park. 01305 215000 / 215123 (www.kmc.ac.uk)
22 Macmillan Coffee Morning Cheap Street Church Hall, Sherborne, 10am. Hosted by Sherborne Over 50s Group. Coffee (or tea) and home made cakes plus various stalls including a raffle, cakes and plants. 01935 813140
23 Creative Movement 7 Dance Sessions Salway Ash Village Hall nr Bridport, 2.30pm-4.30pm. Have fun, loosen up and become energised! £10 per session. 01308 862332 (email: email@example.com)
23-30 Autumn Colour Week Forde Abbey 01460 220231 (www.fordeabbey.co.uk)
24 Spooky Autumnal Fun Thorners School, Litton Cheney, 11am – 3pm. Discover and create fun with Dorset Forest School this half term. £17 per child 0-8 years (under 5s must be accompanied) (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
25 The Craft of Stickmaking Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 3.30pm. Local man Peter Wheeler's talk will cover the techniques and skills involved in stickmaking, £2.50. 01308 863577
25 Log-A-Rhythms Thorners School, Litton Cheney, 10am – 3pm. Sounds of the Woodlands – explore nature’s harvest and start of hibernation by creating musical instruments, masks and head dresses. 315 per child for children of 8 years and over. 01761 232898
25 & 27 Bridport Halloween Ghost Walks Starts from Bucky Doo Square, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Adults £5 , children over 8 years please, £2.50. Join them by candlelight and visit the " haunted " locations of Bridport . 07900941741
26 Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Family Evening - Celebrating the Apple Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Nr. Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Recipes, preserving, tasting and identifying apples with Pam Corbin and John Wood. 01297 444034
26 Dorset Wine Society The Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester £30 per person to include wine, canapes on arrival followed by two course meal with wine. Advance Booking required 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinetore.com)
26 Monsters Inc Children's Film Party Town Hall, Dorchester, 1pm-5pm. In aid of Julia's House Children's Hospice. £5 per child Film, fancy dress competition, face painting, children's tombola, entertainment by Krazy Kids. 01305 259039 / 459218
27 Ramblers Walk Village Hall, Broadwindsor. Meet at 10am for this 6 mile walk. Contact leader to confirm details. 01460 77057
27 West Dorset Humanists: The Case for Assisted Dying The Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. 07921-311518 (email: email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
27-29 Annual Tolpuddle Craft Show Tolpuddle, 10am - 4pm. Lots of ideas for Christmas presents. Free entry and refreshments available. All proceeds to Tolpuddle village charities.
28 Palmers Wine Society Palmers Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport, DT6 4JA. Tickets £12.50 per person includes wine and canapes. Advance booking required. 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
28 An Attache's Life in post - Soviet Russia Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, 7.30pm. Talk by Air-Commodore Philip Wilkinson (RAF Retd) Tickets £3.50 in advance or £4 on the night if available. 01305 751815 (www.brownswordevents.org.uk)
29 Michael Hale Collectors Fairs United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester, 10am – 4pm. Range of dealers selling stamps, postcards, coins, accessories etc. Admission 30p 01761 414304
29 Combined Charities Christmas Card Fair Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 9.30am - 12.30pm. Various card stalls including Save the Children, Air Ambulance and RNLI. Teas/coffees. Sue Wilkinson 01308 425037
29 Christmas Craft Fair Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am 4pm. Free admission. 01749 677049
29-30 Autumn Colours Weekend Sherborne Castle, 11am – 4pm. Reduced price entry to gardens and grounds. 01935 813182 (www.sherbornecastle.com)
31 Ghost Walk Dorchester Halloween Special. Meet at the Kings Arms Hotel, High West Street, Dorchester. Adults £5, Children £2. No booking required. Tel. 0777 328 6197
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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