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
28/11-03/12 Christmas Art Sale 2 The Cartshed, East Farm, Winterborne Whitechurch, DT11 9AW. 11am - 5pm. Lots of vibrant & loose, unframed watercolours. Hens, Roosters, Cows and many other subjects. (www.marilynallis.com)
01 Dorchester Choral Society Concert - GF Handel, Israel in Egypt St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7:30pm. Music Dir. Christine Page. Tickets from Harmony Music, 3-4 Forum Centre, Trinity Street, Dorchester. Info: 01305 852997
01 Everyday First Aid Course British Red Cross Centre, Parkfarm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3AR. 11am. A quick and easy way to learn first aid skills in just a couple of hours. £15. 01392 353284 (email: JMlaughlan@redcross.org.uk)
01 Sherborne's Annual Crafts for Christmas Digby Church Hall. 10am - 4pm. 01749 677049
01 Sounds of the Baltic Sherborne Abbey. Sherborne Chamber Choir. 7:30pm. £5-£16, under 18s free, from Sherborne TIC.
01 Dateline Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 9am - 4pm. 01963 370986
01 Lyme Regis' Christmas lights switch on and latern procession Lyme Regis. Lantern workshop at Baptist Church from 3pm, procession at 5pm, and lights switch on at 5:30pm.
01 Xmas Makers Market Eype Church for the Arts. 10am - 4pm.
01 In Response to The Spirit Art & Craft Exhibition Quaker Meeting House, South Street, Bridport. 10am - 2pm. With refreshments. In aid of Quaker Homeless Action.
01 3 Churches Coffee Morning Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor. 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cakes, cards, stalls, tombola & raffle. Entry £1. 01308 868293
01 The Lyme Gig Shanty Singers Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, Bridport, DT6 6ND. 7:30pm. Tickets £8. 01297 560948
01 Chris Newton 'Still Getting Away With It' Martinstown Village Hall, Martinstown, Dorchester. Starts 7:30pm. Adults £8, under 18s £6. 01305 889202
01 Soirée Parisienne at The Lyric Lyric Theatre, Barrack St, Bridport, DT6 3LX. Bethany Jameson & her fabulous Vérité Cabaret Quartet. 2pm; open afternoon rehearsal,with talk afterwards. 8pm; full show in traditional European cabaret style. Audiences are invited to dress up ‘Moulin Rouge’. Rehearsal £5, inc. refreshments 01308 423951 (www.the-lyric.com)
01-02 Jurassic Rocks & Fossils Weekend Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, DT6 6LL. Join the Warden Team to learn how the coast has changed over the last 200 million years. Pre-book: 01297 560772.
01-02 Wartime Christmas Festival & Craft Fayre The Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG. 10am - 5pm. Discover how Christmas was celebrated on the Home Front. Enjoy Christmas shopping from local craft & produce stalls. 01929 405096
01-02 Osmingston's Christmas Carol In the Grounds of The Sunray, Osmingston, DT3 6EU. A 2 day open-air market 12noon-5:30pm. Shop for a variety of Christmas gifts while enjoying mince pies and mulled wine. Lighting the Tree 4:30pm on the 1st. Durnovaria Silver Band, St. Andrew's School Choir, Carol Singers and Father Christmas! (both days).
01-09 Christmas Tree Festival Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 10am - 4:30pm, daily. 40 trees decorated by local groups and organisations on display.
01-23 Christmas Exhibition of new paintings The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. Open daily from 9:30am - 5pm Monday to Saturday. 01935 815261 (www.jerramgallery.com)
02 Christmas Shopping Day Sherborne. 10am - 4pm. Special Festive Shopping experience. See Peter Wilson, Olympic Champion, at The Conduit Tree Lighting Up, 4:15pm. Music, choirs and carols and much more to do around the town.
02 Shoppers' Carols Sherborne Abbey. Shoppers Carols at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and Advent Carol Service at 5pm.
02 Christingle St. George’s Church, High St. Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 4:30pm.
02 Advent Carol Service St. Peter’s Church, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HY. 6:30pm.
03 AIR Raiser - Live Music Night Dorchester Corn Exchange, High West St. DT1 1HF. 8pm-10:30pm. £5 on door. Top quality live music. Funds towards FM Transmitter costs for your local Student Community Radio - AIR. (www.aironair.co.uk)
03 Mark Hix's Kitchen Table Demonstration Lyme Regis. Join Mark in the kitchen at his Charmouth home for an intimate cooking experience. 11:30am - 2:30pm, £175 (inc. signed copy of Mark's new book). Pre-book. (email: email@example.com)
04 'Noel'' - Cercle Français de Dorchester Tolpuddle Room, United Church, South Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Soiree recreative organisee par Valerie. Français 01308 482286 English 01305 854025 (www.dorchesterfrenchcircle.org)
04 Tabletop Still Life Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Acrylic/Watercolour by Paul Weaver. Lyme Art Society meeting 2-4pm.
04 Light Up a Life Service Joseph Weld Hospice, Dorchester. 6:30pm. If you wish to dedicate a light to someone special and/or donate please contact. 01305 261800 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk/lightupalife)
04-16 The 15th Christmas Tree Festival Bridport United Church, East Street, Bridport.
05 Bridport Christmas Cheer and Late Night Shopping Bridport's annual Christmas Festival and Late Night Shopping gets everyone into the spirit of Christmas. Late opening for most Shops. Experience craft, food and charity stalls, Farmer's Market, Santa's Grotto, entertainment after the Mayor switches on the lights at 6pm. 01308 456722
05 Dave Bowden and Jazz Friends Three Compasses, Charminster, Nr Dorchester, DT2 9QT. 8:30pm.
05 Queen's Film Club The Queen's Arms, Corton Denham. ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. 7:30pm. All welcome. 01963 220317
05 Joyful Harmony – A Cappella Singing Workshop United Church, South Street, Dorchester. 7pm - 9pm. Easy to learn, vibrant songs with a nourishing quality. £6. No singing experience needed. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
05 Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy's 2012 Class Launch The Slipway, The Cobb, Lyme Regis. The boats built by the class as part of their training will be launched at 10am. All welcome to join in and celebrate the students’ achievements.
06 Dorchester Christmas Cracker 5:30pm onwards. Late Night Shopping, plus Christmas Market stalls with everything from mulled wine to mince pies. Lighting up at 6:30pm with X Factor’s Andy Abraham & the cast of the Weymouth Panto.
06 Christmas Concert under Concorde Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, BA22 8HT. 6:30pm for 7:30pm. Royal Navy Volunteer Bands & the Yeovilton Military Wives Choir. £9.50 (inc. mulled wine & mince pie). 01935 840565
06 The Descendants Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis. 10:30am. £3.50 including tea or coffee. 0871 230 3200
06 Second-hand Quality Book Sale The Royal Oak, Milborne St. Andrew. 10:30am-2:30pm. Free entry. Book donations welcomed either on the day. In aid of the charity 'Mosaic'.
06&20 50 Plus Circle of Friends Coffee & Chat Beach & Barnicott (upstairs), South St, Bridport. 2:30pm. Easy and comfortable way to make new friends. 01308 538395
07 BearCat acoustic duo Rose & Crown, Trent, Dorset, DT9 4SL. 9pm. Samantha Jane on the fiddle & Skipper on guitar Folk, roots & acoustic favourites with vocal harmonies. 01935 850776
07-08 French Market South Street, Dorchester. Enjoy our genuine Normandy food and craft market. 9am-4pm.
07-09 Christmas Tree Festival St.George’s Church, High St. Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. Carols on the Green on the 7th 6pm-7pm, for the opening of the Christmas Tree Festival 7pm-8pm. Sat, 11am-7pm and Sun, 12noon-4pm.
08 Christmas Bazaar St. Peter’s Church, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HY. 10am-12noon.
08 Dorset Chamber Orchestra Concert St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, DT1 2HJ. 7:30pm. Jun Sasaki (cello). Music by Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Coles - Fanfare for a Royal Occassion. £12.50. 01305 854228
08 Three Days Late Ceilidh: The Burlesdon Village Band Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NW. Starts 7:30pm. 01308 423442
08 The Seasons, in Poetry, Prose and Song' Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 2:30pm. The Stour Valley Players for the Blackmore Vale & Yeovil Association. £3 members, £5 guests. Tea & biscuits inc. 01747 838810 (email: email@example.com)
08 Jon Lloyd Quintet Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Jazz saxophonist Jon, accompanied by pianist John Law, guitarist Rob Palmer, bassist Tom Farmer and James Maddren on drums. £12. 01935 816569
08 Family History Day Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, BA22 8HT. 10am - 4pm. Talks & Tours on Royal Navy Records. £20, inc. admission to the museum & Cobham Hall Documents Store. 01935 842608 (www.fleetairarm.com)
08 Using Light Watercolour Workshop The Colliton Club, Dorchester. With popular SKY TV artist Marilyn Allis. Bookable online. 07789 026546 firstname.lastname@example.org) (www.marilynallis.com)
08 Monthly Gift and Craft Fayre St Mary's Church Hall, South Street, Bridport. 10am - 3pm. 20+ stalls in aid of CLIC Sargent, Julia's House and LEAF.
08 Carols In The Street Broad Street, Lyme Regis. 10am - 12 noon.
08 United Prayer Meeting Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm.
08 Christmas Gift Fayre River of Life Centre, Durngate Street, Dorchester, DT1 1NA. 11am - 4pm. Crafts stalls & gifts, festive food & drink and tombola. 07966 021933
08 Truffle Hunting Experience day Secret location! In West Dorset. £125, pre-booking required. email@example.com)
08-09 Santa's Grotto Kingston Maurward, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 12noon - 4:30pm. 01305 215000
09 French Market The Parade, Sherborne. 9am – 4pm. Craft & food market from Normandy. firstname.lastname@example.org
09 Christmas Charity Concert 'La Nova Singers' St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, DT1 2HJ. 3pm-5pm. In Memory of Jake Smith & in aid of the British Heart Foundation. £12, from Dorchester TIC (inc. tea/coffee & a mince pie!)
09 Balkan Dance Afternoon Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3HA. 3pm-6pm. Learn traditional dances from Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Armenia. Teaching sessions 3pm - 4:45pm, followed by dancing & live music. All dances will be walked through. All levels of experience welcome. No partners needed. £5. 01308 423442 (email: email@example.com)
09 Ramblers Walk: Lamberts Castle Lamberts Castle Car Park, nr Marshwood, GR SY366988. This 9 mile walk starts at 10:30am. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01935 426842 (www.southsomersetramblers.co.uk)
09 Starving Poets' Society Lubbecke Community Centre, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, DT1 1QL. Beth's bakes and poetry with Beth Blake from 4pm - 5:30pm. All welcome inc. children. Suggested donation £5. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
09 Santa Family Fun Run Starting at Brownsword Hall, Poundbury. 11am. 2.5mile run, supporting Weldmar Hospice Trust. All ages welcome and registration includes a Santa outfit to keep. 01305 261800 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk/santarun)
10 Community Lecture 'Stonehenge - Simply the Best' Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. By Julian Richards from 'Meet the Ancestors'. Free, but ticketed, (from school reception). 01305 266064
10 The History of the Postcard Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport. This Bridport History Society talk by Brian Stidwell starts at 2:30pm. All welcome. 01308 456876 / 425710
10 Human Rights Day 35 Broad Street, Lyme Regis. Coffee morning sponsored by Amnesty International. £1.50 includes mince pies and homemade cupcakes. Terrific Christmas presents for sale. 10:30am -12pm.
10 Sherborne Christmas Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. Seasonal music & readings for all, by Sherborne Abbey Choir, Sherborne Town Band, the Gryphon School Choir & Sherborne Young Singers, inc. plenty of audience participation. Free.
10 Working With Pastels Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis Art Society workshop with Barry Watkins.
10 Christmas Floral Decoration 'Deck the Halls' WI Hall, North St, Bridport. 2:30pm. West Dorset Flower Club's demonstration by Pam Lewis. Entry £4.
11 Court Life in C13th England. The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 8pm. The lecture will seek to offer some new interpretations on Henry III's reign by focusing on the politics of the royal court. 01963 370899
11 A Masterpiece on your Mantelpiece: Images on Christmas Cards St. Peter's Church, West Knighton, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Tantalizing Talks and Lively Lectures. Talk by Richard Kay. £4.
11 West Country Sailcloth Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. By Tony Brook. 2.30pm. £1.50, includes refreshments.
12 The Eastbury Autumn Lunch & Learn: LS Lowry & naive painting - Professor Will Vaughan Eastbury Hotel, Long St, Sherborne. Lecture, 2 course lunch with wine, refreshments throughout. £39. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
12 Moonrise Kingdom Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Sherborne Flicks. 7:30pm, £6 from Sherborne TIC.
13 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis. 10:30am. £3.50 inc. tea/coffee. 0871 230 3200
13 Christmas Carols Poundbury Garden Centre, Nr Dorchester. 7pm. Free gluhwein and mince pies, and Father Christmas may even make an appearance! The Engine Room will be open for 'after singing' supper bookings. 01305 257251
13-14 Charterhouse Two Day Auction The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne. A collection of old banknotes are worth big bucks and are to be in the collectons auctioned this month. 01935 812277 (www.charterhouse-auctions.co.uk)
13-24 Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Co. Present 3 Little Pigs Lyric Theatre, Barrack St, Bridport DT6 3LX. A treat for Xmas. Age 2+. Enchanting hour for children and parents. (Note: Not 16th + 21st) 01308 423951 (www.the-lyric.com)
14 Market St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne (next to the Church). 2pm - 3:30pm. Raffle, craft, plants, books, cards, jigsaws, local produce and preserves, tea & coffee available. Proceeds for St Martin's Community Hall. 01305 853765.
14 U3A Coffee Morning Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Free for members, guests welcome. 'Early Man in Britain' talk by Jim Rose, DSc. Emer. Prof. of Geography, Royal Holloway. 11am-12noon. 10am-10:45am for coffee/tea and biscuits.
15 Great Lyme Regis Christmas Pudding Race Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. New for 2012 in aid of Cancer Research; teams of six must complete an obstacle course, in costume, whilst carrying a Christmas pudding! 01297 446155
15 Books, Coffee and Cake Moreton Village Hall, DT2 8RF. 10am - 12noon. Huge selection of 'as new' books for just 25p a book. Home made cake and coffee/tea. Donation of books always welcome. 01929 463221
15 Saturnalia! Sherborne Museum. Join Centurion John Smith for fun, feasting and frolics, Roman-Style! Family fun & free.
15 Singing in the Seasons - Winter Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0EQ. Explore winter songs of many traditions, from Carols & Wassails to Swedish Lucia songs. All welcome. £45. 01300 320684
15 Christmas Concert Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, DT8 3NB. 7:30pm. Featuring the West Dorset Gallery Quire, Minced Pies & Mulled Wine. £6. 01308 863577
15 Christmas Party Cruise Aboard The Dorset Queen 7:30pm-10:00pm. Enjoy a winter warming trip aboard a 1938 Vintage Yacht around Poole Harbour and it’s islands whilst enjoying warming food, festive pudding, mulled wine and mince pies. £25. 01202 724910 (www.dorsetcruises.co.uk)
15 Lyme Regis Town Band's Annual Christmas Concert Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Licensed bar and raffle. Tickets on sale at Lyme Regis TIC.
15 Weymouth Choral Society Christmas Concert Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth. 7.30pm. Featuring Vaughan Williams' 'Fantasia on Christmas Carols' Tickets £10 (U16s free) from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992.
16 Chase the Pudding! Weymouth Beach. Registation from 9:30am, start 11am. 5km. In aid of the British Heart Foundation. 01892 893918 email@example.com)
16 “Noel Sing We All” Ceremony of Carols and Carols for choir and audience. 6:30pm. Barclays House Choir, St. Peter’s Orchestra. St. Peter’s Church, Parkstone. £9 Adult, £8 concession. 01202 552571
16 Carols by Candlelight St. Michaels's Church, Lyme Regis 4pm.
17 Cathedrals Express Carol Service Sherborne Abbey. 3pm.
18-22 Christmas Tree Festival Baptist Church, Lyme Regis. Experience the special atmosphere of Christmas in Lyme Regis Baptist Church as you look at over 30 Christmas Trees decorated by local organisations. Open from 10:30am daily.
19 Noel! Noel! - Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm for 8pm. Tickets £12 (to include seasonal refreshments) available from Dorchester TIC.
19 Traditional Christmas Concert with The Band of the Royal Corps Signals Tank Museum, Bovington 6pm-9pm. In association with Dorset Music Service. £5. Mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies in the Cafe. 01929 462359
19 Queen’s Film Club The Queen's Arms, Corton Denham. ‘Bourne Legacy.' Free, but pre booking essential. Hot food and popcorn available. 01963 220317
19 WDD & FAS Talk & Antiques Road Show Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport. 2:30pm. Antiques Road Show & Illustrated Talk by Garry Batt of Dukes. 07972 472029
19 Family Activity - Christmas Mosaics Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 10:30am-12noon. Make a festive mosaic coaster. All materials provided. £3 per child, accompanying adults free. 01305 262735
21 Carols Round the Tree The Shambles, Broad Street, Lyme Regis. 7pm. By the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis with Lyme Regis Town Band. Refreshments by a number of businesses in the town. All welcome - never cancelled due to weather.
22 Bridport Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall. Craft Fair upstairs in the Town Hall from 9am - 3pm. 01308 456722
22 Bridports ‘Live’ Nativity Bucky Doo Square, Bridport. Between 9am - 11:30am. Details TBC.
22 Shoppers Carols Sherborne Abbey. 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
22 Dave Bowden Quintet The Trooper Inn, Stourton Caundle, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2JW. 1pm - 3pm.
23 Abbey Carol Service Sherborne Abbey. 3pm.
23 Carols by Candlelight The Baptist Church, Silver Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3HR. 6:30pm.
24 BearCat Festive Trio Rose & Crown, Trent, Dorset DT9 4SL. 8pm. Sylvia Barry joins Samantha Jane on the fiddle & Skipper on guitar for Festive Trios, Carols & Classic Favourites for two violins and guitar. 01935 850776
24 Open Air Carols with Lyme Regis Town Band Broad Street, Lyme Regis. 10:30am.
24 Christingle St. Mary’s Church, Edward Rd, Dorchester, DT1 2HJ. 4pm.
25 Christmas Morning Fancy Dress Swim Charmouth Beach. In aid of the RNLI. Arrive at 10:30am to see the swimmers in their (dry) fancy dress -they don't stay in the water a minute longer than they need to - it's all over by 1 minute past 11!
26 West Bay Wallow West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4GX. A charity fancy dress swim at midday on Boxing Day. There will be a Public collection for Round Table local charities but swimmers can be sponsored for their own charities. 07971 258515
27 Folk & Roots Night Vintage Fair Arts Café, Yeovil. 7pm. Various Acts.
29 Grease Sing-a-Long' Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall, DT11 0JX. Adults £3, Children £2. 2pm for 2:30pm. 01258 837371New Year's Day
01 Grand Duck Race River Lym, Lyme Regis. A New Year’s Day tradition. Watch the ducks race down the River Lym at noon. Raising money for Lyme's Christmas Lights.
01 Rotary Lyme Lunge Cobb Beach. A fancy dress dip in the seas of Lyme Regis. 1pm. All welcome to have a go or donate to charity. Prize for best fancy dress.
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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