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 Talk - The Early Years of Photography Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. 01297 445503
01 Silver Screen at Lyme Regis Cinema – Jane Eyre Regent Cinema, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am. Tickets £3.25
01 Powerstock Cinema: Midnight in Paris Powerstock Hut, Powerstock, nr Bridport, 7.30pm £4 on the door
01 Coffee Morning for National Trust Prospective Volunteers United Church Hall, East St, Bridport 10.30-noon. 01297 489481
01-03 Bridport Youth Dance present Tapistory Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Collaborative production by Nikki Northover with additional choreography by Niki McCretton. Tickets £9.00.
02 DNHAS Archaeology Lecture - Church Chasing in Herefordshire Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Talk given by Roger Peers (DNHAS). 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
02 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk: The Conservation Organisation, Plantlife Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Dr John Childs.
02 Lyme Bay Photographic Club Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Presentation by Richard Vale plus judging of competition ‘Kitchen’ Lyme Bay Photographic Club.
02 Family History Workshop Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Rd, Bridport A new series of workshops for beginners and experienced researchers in to family hisory. Further details from the organiser. 01308 425710 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
03 Three Days Late Ceilidh St Mary's Hall, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm – 01308 423442 (email: email@example.com)
03 Sherborne Jazz presents the Ivo Neame Quartet Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, 8pm. 01935 816569
03 Datelined Antiques Fair, Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm, 01963 370986
03 Craft & Country Garden Market, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm, 01749 677049
03 Opera Artists & Dorset Wildlife Trust Concert, Cheap Street Church, Sherborne 7.30pm. Tickets £13 from Sherborne TIC.
03 Exhibition of 'Floret Furniture' & Sales of Furniture, Collectables, Jewellery etc. Bradford Peverell Village Hall, 9.30am to 4.00pm. Refreshments, free admission and contribution from proceeds to Village Hall Funds.
03 Soup Kitchen, Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 12-2pm. In aid of Amnesty International, Lyme Regis group. £5
03 Fairtrade Fortnight Coffee Morning, United Church, East St, Bridport, 10am-12noon. Stalls and Food Tasting. 01308 425037
03 Table Top Sale, United Church, South Street, Dorchester 10am-1pm. Variety of 20 stalls. Refreshments available.
03 Let's All Sing A Song for Dorchester, Dorchester Corn Exchange. 1.30-3.30pm workshop to sing and 4pm to listen. Composed by Geoff Edge and Kathy Prince. Donations in Aid of the Major's Charities.
03 Tea and Bring & Buy, The Rectory, Warmwell Road, Crossways. Entry £1 in aid of the Mission of the Church in Crossways.
03 Prize Bingo, Frampton Village Hall, eyes down 7.30pm. All proceeds to Weldmar and AID International
04 Plant Fair Forde Abbey. Hundreds of plants and garden sundries to choose from. 01360 220231
04 Open Garden 113 Bridport Road, Dorchester, 2-4.30pm. Part of NGS gardens open for charity. £3 (www.ngs.org.uk)
04-11 Bridport Women's Festival Various venues in Bridport. Extensive programme of events including art, buskers, dance, disco, discussion, films, music, plays, talks, studios, workshops, walks. 01308 898788 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
07 Organ Concert Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Concert by David Illingworth to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Walker Organ. Tickets £6 from Bridport Music Shop
07/14/21 Learn to pass the IAM advanced driving test County Hall, Dorchester, 6.45pm. Three free lectures organised by the Dorset Group of Advanced Motorists. 01305 820963 (www.dorsetiam.org.uk)
08 Silver Screen at Lyme Regis Cinema – The Ides of March. Regent Cinema, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am. Tickets £3.25
08 The Galliard Ensemble Tindall Recital Hall, Music School, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. 01935 812249 (www.sherborne.org)
08 Comedy Show Powell Theatre, Abbey Road, Sherborne £8 John Gordillo (www.powelltheatre.co.uk)
08 Unusual and Long Blooming Plants - an illustrated talk by Derry Watkins The Conference Room, Kingston Mauward College, Nr Dorchester. Refreshments, raffle, plant sales. Visitors welcome (£2.50) Plant Heritage Dorset Group.
09 The Knicker Lady, Conference Centre, Gryphon School, Bristol Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. A hilarious hit show that romps through the history of the humble knicker. £20 each to include refreshments. 01305 215320 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk/knickerlady)
09 Lions Club of Bridport Charity Blues Extravaganza Freshwater Park, Burton Bradstock. - C Sharp Blues, Fat Marrow Blues Band and Custer's Last Blues Band. In aid of RNLI and EDP. Tickets £10 from Bridport TIC or Music Shop, Bridport. 01308 424901
09 U3A Talk Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, coffee 10am, talk 11am. Darwin, the man and his work by David Croman.
10 The Dorset Chamber Orchestra - Music For Youth St Mary's Church, Dorchester, 4pm. Martin Clunes (narrator). Tickets in advance £11 from Harmony Music, Dorchester or 01202 765397. (www.dorsetchamberorchestra.org)
10 "Justice on the Peace and Quarter Session Records" Loders Village Hall, near Bridport, 2pm-4.30pm. Talk by Col. Iain Swinnerton. Part of Somerset and Dorset family history society. Members £1.50. Visitors £2.00, 01935 812347
10 Sharing the Passion - A Celebration of Reading & Writing for all book lovers or aspiring writers The Exchange, Sturminster Newton 10am-4pm. Tickets £15, £10 Students (includes a buffet lunch). 01258 475137 (www.dorsetforyou.com/libraryevents)
10 Dorchester & Dist. Bible Society Action Group Coffee Morning and Sale United Church, South St, Dorchester, 9.45- 11.45am
10 Living Willow Structures West Compton Manor, DT2 0EY, 10am – 4pm. Learn how to build aesthetically pleasing and functional structures out of living willow. £45 inc. lunch 01300 320400 (www.westcomptonmanor.co.uk)
11 Starving Poets' Society Lubbecke Community Centre, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, 4pm – 5.30pm. Beth's bakes and poetry with Beth Blake. All welcome. Suggested donation £5 pp. Leading to Poetry Fest and Poetry Anthology. (email:email@example.com)
11 International Folk Dancing British Legion Hall, 46 Victoria Grove, Bridport, 2-5pm. Balkan and beyond. 01308 423 442
11 Wessex Strings Concert Cheap Street Church, Sherborne 3pm. Tickets £8 from Sherborne TIC on on door. 07789 397823.
12 Lyme Regis Art Group Workshop Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 10am – 1pm. ‘Boats in Watercolour’ by Andrew Law. Lyme Regis Art Group Workshops £14 to visitors.
13 Inn Signs and Dorset Pub Stories Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. A Bridport History Society talk by Rob Curtis. 01308 456876/425710
14 DNHAS Geology Lecture Series: Ten Years of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7pm. Talk by Prof.Hugh Torrens (Keele University). 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
14 Spring Lunch & Learn The Eastbury Hotel, Long Street, Sherborne "Cities of the late medieval & renaissance" with Mary Jacobsen. Lecture plus 2 course lunch with wine. £39 per person. Booking essential.01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
14 Sherborne Flicks - "Midnight in Paris" Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from Sherborne TIC
15 Silver Screen at Lyme Regis Cinema – My Week with Marilyn Regent Cinema, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am. £3.25
15-17 Frampton Footlights presents two episodes of Fawlty Towers Frampton Village Hall, 8pm. £6. Tel. 07968586906 to book
16 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert: Aurora Wind Quintet Colfox School, Bridport, 7.45pm. 01308 423110
16 Lyme Bay Photographic Club Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis Talk by Richard Edmonds on the Jurassic Coast
16 Cheltenham Gold Cup Day in Leigh Leigh Village Hall. Canapes at 12pm, lunch 12.30pm, racing 1.30pm. Races on a large screen with Tote plus draw for the Gold Cup winners. Pay bar and tea. 01308 862955 / 01305 756937 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk)
17 Books, Coffee and Cake Moreton Village Hall, 10am-12noon. 01929 463221
17 The Moreton Masque Ball Moreton House, Moreton, 7.30pm. In aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Dorset Widlife Trust and Julia's House. £65 per person. Liz Frampton Hobbs, Moreton House, Dorchester, DT2 8RH.
17 Sherborne Chamber Choir - The Glories of Venice Sherborne Abbey 7.30pm. Tickets £5-£16 - available from Sherborne TIC
17 Book Fair Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm. 01803 613356 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
17-18 Spring Bulbs & Daffodils Weekend Sherborne Castle 11am - 4.30pm. 01935 813182 (www.sherbornecastle.com)
19 The Arab Spring Hallett Court, Lyme Regis, 5.30pm. A talk by Professor Robert Gleave, Professor in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in the University of Exeter. Amnesty International Lyme Regis Group.
19 Bride Valley Gardening Club Puncknowle & Swyre Village Hall, 7.30pm. Jill Strawbridge talking on “Growing Vegetables”. Contact Valerie Comben (email: email@example.com)
20 Lunchtime Concert: Thomas Hardye School Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 1pm. 01305 756827
21 Boxing Clever: Evolution and Design of Boxes Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Presented by West Dorset Decorative & Fine Arts Society. Visitors £6. 01308 897209
22 Silver Screen at Lyme Regis Cinema - Sarah’s Key Regent Cinema, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am. Tickets £3.25
22 Aung San Suu Kyi: why she still matters Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, 7pm. Talk by Peter Popham, Independent correspondent and author. Free Admission. Bar available Sponsored by Amnesty International, Lyme Regis group.
23 The Cabinet Maker's Daughter Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A rehearsed reading by AsOne Theatre of their brand new touring play based on the life of Mary Anning. 01305 756827
23 Julia's House Quiz Night Colliton Club, Opp. County Hall, Dorchester, doors open 7pm, meal 7.30pm.Tickets £8. 077 866 166
23 Beetle Drive Burton Bradstock Village Hall, 7.30pm. Aficionados + beginners welcome. Entry by tickets from the Post Office. £5 to include tea/coffee, biscuits. Bar available. Profits to Starlight Children’s Foundation. 07990583167
24 Book Sale Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, 10am-4pm. 01308 863577
24 Dorchester Moose presents Mamma Mia! Dorchester Corn Exchange, 5.30pm, film starts 6.30pm prompt, performance by Dorchester Ballet and Dance group, followed by disco till 11pm, £10 all proceeds to charity. Tickets - Dorchester TIC 01305 267992
24 Dorchester Choral Society Concert St. Marys Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Rossini Messe Solennelle . Tickets from Harmony Music and choir members. 01305 262005
24 Photography Day Lyme Regis, 10am – 4.30pm. Spend a day photographing Lyme’s harbour, sea front and beaches with local photographers Maisie Hill and Peter Wiles. 15 people maximum. 01297 443069 or (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
24-25 The Wedding and Fine Events Show Sherborne Castle, 10.30am - 4pm. 01934 751120 (www.weddingandfineeventsshow.co.uk)
24-25 Lawrence of Arabia Weekend The Tank Museum, Bovington. Activities and talks. 01929 405096 (www.tankmuseum.org)
25 Sainsbury's Sports Relief Mile in Bridport St Mary's Primary School, Skilling Hill Road, Bridport Charity walk starts at 11am.
25 A Piano Recital by Sebastian Stanley Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, 3.30pm. Music by Haydn, Beethoven, Mompou and Chopin. Tickets £12 and £8 - available from Sherborne TIC. In aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. 01935 815341
25-29 Flower Festival Athelhampton House, Nr. Dorchester
26 Community Lectures 2012 - "Will The World End In 2012? The Astronomical Evidence" Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 7pm. Lecture by Prof. Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Admission by ticket from the school. (email: email@example.com)
26 Annual General Meeting - Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust (West Dorset) Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Speaker Helen Mann, Property Manager, West Dorset National Trust. 01308 863577
27 Lyme Regis Society Talk Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm. History & Activities of the Shelterbox Trust, by David Guy
28 Just a Name On a List: The Men of Dorchester's Great War Memorials Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Author's Talk by Brain Biggs. Free entry – donation welcome. 01305 262735 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
28 Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society AGM and Talk Uplyme Village Hall, 7.30pm. AGM followed by Talk ‘Potatoes and Carrots’ with Nigel Ball. Members free. Non-Members £2. 01297 444034
28 Spring Lunch & Learn The Eastbury Hotel, Long Street, Sherborne "People aren't scary really" - watercolour demonstration and workshop with Marilyn Allis plus 2 course lunch/ wine. £39 pp. Booking essential. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
28 Artslink lecture - Mozart's Later Operas Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. A lecture by opera expert Adrian Thorpe. Tickets £7.50(inc. glass of wine) - available from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
28 Sherborne Science Café The Senior Lunch Club Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. The history & science of cryptography by Martin Crozier. 01935 813896 (www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk)
28 The Casterbridge Male voice choir - Musical ''Airs'' featuring West Dorset's Male Voice Choir St. Mary's Parish Church, South Street, Bridport, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Bridport/ Dorchester/Lyme Regis TICs in aid of Air Ambulance. 01308 426454
29 Silver Screen at Lyme Regis Cinema – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Regent Cinema, Broad Street, Lyme Regis, 10.30am.£3.25
29 Heroes of Humanism Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West Street, Dorchester, 7.30pm. A talk by Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association. All welcome. 07921 311518 (www.westdorethumanists.blogspot.com)
31 Lyme Regis Beer Festival Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. The historic Marine Theatre hosts the second annual Lyme Regis Beer Festival!! Local Breweries have combined forces to create “The Three Brewers Beer Festivals”. 01297 442138
31 Craft & Country Garden Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm 01749 677049
31 Patrik Fitzgerald & Pog Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. Rare Dorset gig from original punk poet Patrik Fiztgerald, with support from Brighton’s multi-talented folk/punk singer Pog. (www.myspace.com/patrikfitzgerald) (www.pogband.co.uk)
31 Tiger Day The Tank Museum, Bovington. Activities, talks and tours on The Tiger Tank 01929 405096 (www.tankmuseum.org)
31 Wessex Military Band Performance Bucky Doo Square, Town Centre, Bridport Free open-air performance for shoppers’ enjoyment. Morning only.
31 The Harmonious Funk Choir and Junior Choir St. Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. In aid of Dorset County Hospital Boost Digital Mammography Appeal. Tickets £7 (U18 £3.50) from Harmony Music or on door. (www.harmoniousfunkchoir.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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