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 HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh visit Sherborne, Arrive Sherborne Station 9.55am, leave approx. 11am. The royal couple will visit a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a Dorset Food Fairplus artisans and craftsmen at work in the Abbey (both of which will be open to the public after the royal visit), followed by a 1952 coffee morning with guests from Dorset residential homes.
01 Family History Course: Military Ancestors, Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Rd, Bridport. One day special. 01308 425710
02 Sanctus - Sacred Songs and Chants from around the World United Church, South Street, Dorchester, 7pm-9pm. £5.
02-23 From Cheltenham to Saturn: Life and Music of Gustav Holst St. Swithun’s Church Vestry, North Allington, Bridport, 10-11.30am. Four music appreciation classes on Wednesday mornings. £7.50 per session (£27.50 for four) 01258 452511
03 Powerstock Cinema: Jane Eyre, Powerstock Hut, Powerstock, nr Bridport, 7.30pm. £4 on the door
03 1905 Sherborne Pageant Film, Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 3pm. "The Mother of all Pageants" - film of this superb 1905 event with commentary by Gerald Pitman. Tickets £2 from Sherborne TIC or tel. 01963 251255 (www.douzelage.org)
03 Cafe Scientifique "The Origins of Our Species" Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queens Avenue, Dorchester, 6pm. Tickets (free) available from school reception. Talk given by Professor Chris Stringer FRS from the Natural History Museum. 01304 266064
03,10,17,24 Bridport Community Orchard Spring Gardening Workshops, Community Orchard, South St, Bridport. Series of workshops starting at 2pm and free for everyone! 01308 425455 (email: email@example.com)
04 Volunteering Conference and Funding Workshop, Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 10am-1.30pm conference followed by funding workshop 1.30-4.30pm. To book or for full programme tel. 01963 251255 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
04-06 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival. A natural science and arts cultural extravaganza featuring live performances in street theatre / music and welcoming exhibitors from some of the UK's top natural science organisations and institutions. (www.fossilfestival.com)
04-07 Flower Festival, St. Mary’s Church, Beaminster. “Realms of Glory” A flower festival to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. Light refreshments available. 01308 862876 (email: email@example.com)
04-08 Sherborne Abbey Music Festival Sherborne Abbey / Castleton Church. Full programme and tickets available from Sherborne TIC. 01935 815341 (www.sherborneabbey.org)
05 Craft & Country Garden Market. Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 10am - 4pm, 01749 677049
05 Datelined Antiques Fair, Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm, 01963 370986
05 Volunteer Fair, Big School Room, Sherborne School, 10am-12.30pm. Drop in anytime to find out about voluntary organisations and how you can help. Plus “Making it Happen” workshop 1.30-4.30pm. 01963 251255 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
05 Chesil Bank Garden Club Village Hall Portesham, 10am-12am. Annual Plant Sale. Refreshments available.
05 Rock Pool Ramble Broad Ledge, Lyme Regis, 11am – 12.30pm. Join the Marine Warden on a rock pool ramble to explore the fascinating creatures of the seashore. Suitable for any age. Adults £4, Children £3, Unders 4s free. 01297 560772
05-07 Sherborne Castle Craft & Garden Fair, Sherborne Castle, 10am - 6pm. Entrance fee (including gardens) £5. Famous magician Mr Merlin will also be there to entertain the children. 01935 813182 (www.sherbornecastle.com)
06 May Day Fete, Playing Fields, Anning Road, Lyme Regis, 2pm. Join the many local organisations who will have stalls around an arena. There will be displays from the young people of Lyme to entertain you. A lovely family event.
06 Dorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival, Cattistock, Nr Dorchester, 10am-4pm. Adults £2 Under 12s Free. Family Fun with entertainment, sampling, demonstrations and contests. 01300 320404 (www.dorsetknobthrowing.com)
06 Dorchester & District Lions 2012 Fun Run, Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre, Dorchester 1mile, 2miles or 10Km timed run, raise money for charities. Entry forms available from Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre and Dorchester Tourist Information Centre or download from website. (www.lionsdorchester.org.uk)
06 Leigh Plant Sale, Leigh Village Hall, Near Sherborne, 10am - 1pm. A sale for enthusiasts in aid of Leigh Village Hall. Free admission, 01935 872852 (www.leighplantsale.co.uk)
06 Lyme Regis Bowls Club Open Day The Bowling Club, Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, 11am – 4pm. Come along and experience a fun introduction to the fascinating game of bowls. Open to everyone of all ages. Club bowlers will be on hand to give basic tuition and advice. Complimentary light refreshements available.
07 Duck Race, Lyme Regis, 12 noon. Watch the ducks race down the River Lym, raising money for local good causes.
07 Bridport’s May Fair 2012 Millennium Green, Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport, 12pm-4pm. Celebrating May Day with maypole dancers, crowning of the May Queen, stalls and music. 01308 422286
07 Lyme Regis Bowls Club Coffee Morning, The Bowling Club, Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, 10.30am. Cakes, plants, books and misc. items for sale. Try your hand at Target Bowls on the green – prize for the highest score.
08 The Royal Navy of 200 Years Ago, Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Bridport History Society talk by Patrick Stokes. All welcome. 01308 456876/425710
08 A Time for Peace Amnesty Tree, Dorchester Borough Gardens, 12 noon. With the Bishop of Sailsbury, Nicholas Holtam and The Mayor of Dorchester, Tess James.
08 Charity Golf Day, Lyme Regis Golf Club
09 The Story of Mary Anning - Fossil Finder, St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, 2.30pm. Told by Natalie Manifold. Part of the National Trust South Dorset Association Programme 2012. All Welcome. Guests £3
09-24 Print Making Exhibition, Bridport Art Centre, South St, Bridport, Tues-Sat 10-4pm (email: email@example.com)
10 Three Days Late Ceilidh, British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport, 7.30-9.30pm. 01308 423442 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
10 Michael Partington - Classical Guitar Evening, Winstone's Bookstore, Cheap Street, Sherborne, 7pm. Exclusive opportunity to hear internationally renowned guitarist (originally from Milborne Port) Tickets £10 (www.winstonebooks.com)
10 Wine Tasting Lulworth Castle, 6-8.30pm. Tickets £10 each. 10% of value of all wine orders on evening will be donated by Majestic Wine to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust 01305 261800
11 DurnoVibe'12, Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East St, 8pm. Music by The Crack, Jess Upton & The Guilty Pleasures and Hustle. In aid of Parkinson's and Cavernoma UK. Tickets £10 from Dorchester TIC/£15 on door. 01305 267992 (www.durnovibe.com)
11 Nick Baker – “Weird Creatures” Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Church Street, Burton Bradstock. Tickets £10 (concessions/under 16s £7.50) from Burton Bradstock Post Office or email@example.com or tel. 07796302539
12 St Swithun's Band, Bucky Doo Square, Town Centre, Bridport, am. Free open-air performance for shoppers’ enjoyment.
12 Rachmaninov Vespers by the Occasional Singers also Duncan Honeybourne plays selected piano music. St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester DT1 2HJ, 7.30pm. In aid of Parkinson's and Cavernoma UK. Tickets £8 (£2 Student) available from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992 (www.durnovibe.com)
12 Day of International Folk Dancing Church House Hall, St. Mary’s Church, Bridport, circle dance workshops from from Armenia and Israel from 12 noon to 6.30pm plus social dance with live band during the evening. 01308 423442 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
12 Focus on Fossils Meet at the Town Mill, Lyme Regis, 9.30am to 5pm. Ben Osborne will lead a one-day photographic exploration of the coast around Lyme Regis as part of his Jurassic Journey project. 01305 269512
12 Sale of Craft Materials Freckles, Manor Lane, Bradford Peverell, 10.15am – 12 noon. Proceeds to the Children’s Society.
12-13 Water Ski Races Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis GB National Round 1 off The Cobb
13 Starving Poets' Society, Lubbecke Community Centre, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, DT1 1QL, Beth's bakes and poetry from 4pm - 5.30pm. Everyone welcome inc children. Leading to Poetry Fest and Poetry Anthology. (email: email@example.com)
13 Blessing Of The Boats, The Cobb, Lyme Regis, 3pm. Rogation Sunday – traditional family service outside the boathouse at The Cobb. Wreaths are blessed and taken out to sea by the lifeboat where they are laid to commemorate those lost at sea.
13 Byrd 4-part mass sung by the Occassional Singers St. Peter's Church, High West St. Dorchester, 10.30am, in aid of Parkinson's and Cavernoma UK. (www.durnovibe.com)
13 Poyntington Plant & Produce Sale with Teas and Tombola, Poyntington, Near Sherborne, 2pm-5pm.
16 Rogation Day Hilfield Friary, Dorchester. Beating the bounds of the Friary land and asking God's blessing on our land. At the same time marking Christian Aid Week. 01300 341741
16 James Budden & Friend, Above The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne. James Budden with songs from a golden age of songwriting: Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Gershwin and many more. 01935 817022 (www.beauhemia.co.uk)
16 Transports of Delight: The Art of The Travel Poster of the 1930s, Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport 2-2.30pm. Fine Arts Society talk by Anthony Kelly (University Lecturer on History of Art) 01308 472029
17 Sherborne Artslink Lecture – Treasures of 16th Century Venice Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Illustrated talk by Hendrika Foster. Tickets £7.50 (inc. glass of wine) available from Sherborne TIC 01935 815341 or on door if available.
18 Market and Plant Sale, St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne (next to the church), 2-3.30pm. Raffle, craft, plants, local produce and much more. Tea and coffee. All proceeds to the Community Church. Eleanor Piper 01305 853765
19 Museums at Night, Dorchester Museums, 5.30pm onwards. £8 in advance for six museums includes The Dorset County Museum, The Keep Military Museum, Teddy Bear Museum, Terracotta Warriors, Dinosaur Museum & Tutankahmun. 01305 267992
19 Books, Coffee and Cake, Moreton Village Hall, 10am-12noon. Huge selection of 'as new' books for just 25p a book. Home made cake and coffee/tea. Donation of books always welcome. Maeve 01929 463221
19 Wessex Military Band Performance, Bucky Doo Square, Town Centre, Bridport, a.m. Free open-air performance for shoppers’ enjoyment.
19 Plant Sale & Coffee Morning, Uplyme Village Hall, Near Lyme Regis, 9.30am – 2pm. Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society sale. Entry £1. 01297 444034
19 Book Fair, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am - 4pm, 01803 613356
19 The Colyford Spring Fair, Colyford Memorial Hall, Colyford, Devon, 10am-2pm. In aid of village hall funds. 01297 551288
19 Dorchester Chamber Orchestra Concert, St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester DT1 2HJ, 7.30pm. 01305 854228
19 Vinyl Saturday in Bridport, Various venues around Bridport Town Centre. Record/CD fair. (www.vinylsaturday.co.uk)
19-20 Spring Tide Festival, Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock. Spectacular outdoor food event. 01297 489481 (www.spring-tide.org.uk)
20 Ramblers Walk, Meet Pilsden Pen Car Park nr Broadwindsor, 10.30am for this 10 mile walk. 01460 30163
20 Village Cream Teas, Strongate Farm, Salwayash, 2pm - 5pm. In aid of Salwayash Church - all welcome. 01308 488295
20 Silver Explorer Cruise Ship visits Lyme Regis, The luxury expedition cruise ship will visit Lyme Regis as it travels along the South West Coast.
21 Bride Valley Gardening Club, Puncknowle & Swyre Village Hall, 7.00pm. A.G.M followed at 7.30pm Martin Young from Nectar Plants Garden Nursery talking on "Gardening for Wildlife." (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
23 Sherborne Science Café, The Senior Lunch Club Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. "How do you measure the size of a raindrop?" by Andrew Eccleston (www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk)
23 Take Your First Steps To Becoming A Landscape Detective, Uplyme Village Hall, Near Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society talk by Kimmo Evans. 01297 444034
23 Spring Lunch & Learn, The Eastbury Hotel, Long Street, Sherborne Lecture on "The Aesthetic Movement" with Jennie Spiers MA plus 2 course lunch with wine and refreshments through the day. Cost £39 pp. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
24 Three Days Late Ceilidh, British Legion Hall,Victoria Grove, Bridport, 7.30-9.30pm. 01308 423442 (email: email@example.com)
25 Tindall Recital - James Barralet (Cello), Music School, Sherborne School, Abbey Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. 01935 812249
25-27 Jazz, Blues & Beer Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis Jazz and blues Festival featuring live music at various venues around the town. Grand Umbrella Parade on Sat. 26th. Tickets on sale at Lyme Regis TIC 01297 442138
26 Rex Trevett Big Band, Bucky Doo Square, Town Centre, Bridport, am. Free open-air performance for shoppers enjoyment.
26 Antiques & Flea Market, Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9am - 4pm, 01963 250108 (www.charterhouse-auction.com)
26 Indoor Bowls Taster Session, Bridport Indoor Bowls Club, St Andrews Ind Estate, Bridport DT6 3EX, 10am – 2pm. Free event, everyone welcome. All equipment provided. 01308 425278
26-28 Bridport Open Studios, Various venues in Bridport area. 01308 897568 (www.bridportopenstudios.co.uk)
26-28 Brunch in the Garden, Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. In aid of Cancer Research. 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
26-10/6 Dorset Art Weeks Programmes available from local Tourist Information Centre. (www.dorsetvisualarts.org)
26-10/6 Dorchester Art Club Spring Exhibition Bowling Club, Borough Gardens, Dorchester 10am-5pm. Sundays, 10.30am-4pm.
29 Illumine Duo Above The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, 01935 817022
30 Paul Prieto Ramirez Organ Recital St Michael's Parish Church, Lyme Regis. Tickets from Lyme Regis TIC 01297 442138
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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