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
29 Oct-02 Nov Spies and Secret Operations The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset. 10am – 5:30pm. Themed family activities. Prizes for children who arrive in disguise. Standard admission prices to the Museum apply. 01935 842638
01 Lunchtime Concert - The Cornertones Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm. Mike Corner and his band present a programme of Jazz music. Free, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
01 W.E. Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis 10:30am. Silver Screen Presentation. £3.50 including tea or coffee. 0871 230 3200
01 'The Muppets 2012' (U) Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall, DT11 0JX. 2pm for 2:30pm. £3 Adult, £2 child. 01258 837371
01,08,15,22,29 50 Plus Circle of Friends. Beach and Barnicott, South Street, Bridport. Coffee and Chat Upstairs at 2:30pm Social and easy way to meeting and making new friends. 01308 538395
01-03 Tolpuddle Annual Craft Show Tolpuddle Village Hall, Tolpuddle, DT2 7EW. A wide variety of locally crafted items to purchase. Morning coffee and cakes, light lunches and afternoon teas. Entrance free. 10am - 4pm.
01-09 Richard Pikesly Exhibition The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. 9:30am - 5pm, Mon-Sat. 01935 815261
02 The People of Worbarrow - Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Archaeology Lecture by Dr Martin Smith of Bournemouth University. Free Entry, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
02 Studland Seagrass and Seahorses United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. 7:30pm. Illustrated talk by Dr Ken Collins. £3.
02 The Cabinet Markers' Daughter The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 7:30pm. Play on Mary Anning; much more than a fossil hunter, she rocked the C19th world. Adult £11, OAP £10, Students £5. Tickets from Dorchester TIC.
02-03 The Department Store Bop The Big School Room, Sherborne School. Sherborne Dance Academy performance, Friday 2pm & 6:30pm, Saturday 2pm. Adults £6, Children/students £4. Contact Miss Caroline, or Sherborne Abbey Shop.
03 Firework Extravaganza Sherborne Castle. Entertainment, music and food from 5pm, bonfire lit at 7pm, fireworks display at 7:30pm. Tickets £2-£6, from Sherborne TIC. (www.eventscrew.com)
03 Bonfire Night By The Sea Lyme Regis. Join the crowds of people who come to enjoy a fantastic firework display over Lyme Bay and warm themselves by the bonfire on the beach. Fireworks at 6:30pm. (www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk)
03 Fossil Fantastic Day! Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, DT6 6LL. 10am-4pm. Join the Warden Team for a whole day of fossil hunting and activities for families and children! Booking Essential. 01297 560772 (www.charmouth.org)
03 Sutton Household Re-enactment Sherborne Museum. 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm. Experience C15th life. Free. All welcome.
03 Firework Extravaganza with Night-Time Tank Display The Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG. Gates 5pm, bonfire 6.30pm, vehicle display 7pm, fireworks 8pm. Adults £4, Children £3. Under 5s free. Discounts for MOD 90 card holders.
03 Pollyanna Price sings Doris Puddletown Village Hall, Puddletown, Nr Dorchester 7.30pm. A Musical Evening of Doris Day songs. Tickets £5 to inc. glass of wine. Proceeds to World Vision. Tickets on the door or via 01305 848307
03 Unusual Musical Instruments Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Blackmore Vale & Yeovil Association; talk & demo by Jonathan Weeks. £3 members, £5 guests, inc. tea & biscuits. 01747 838810 (email: email@example.com)
03 Thomas Hardye Singers with musicians from Dorchester, Puddletown & St.Osmund's Schools St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester. 7.30pm. Tickets £9 (£2 students) from Thomas Hardye School, DASP, Nicoll World Travel.
03 Dorset Flood Fair Dorford Centre, Dorchester. 10:30am - 4pm. Get advice on flood protection. 01258 483326
04 Sunday Jazz Brunch Eastbury Hotel, Long St, Sherborne. 11am. Live music from Julie Dunn. £17. 01935 813131
05 Firework Display Dorchester Rugby Club, Coburg Road. 6pm for 7:30pm. Hog Roast, BBQ, Bar. Adults £4, Child £2.
06 The Story of Mary Anning - Fossil Finder Dorchester Town Hall, above Corn Exchange, High West Street, DT1 1JF. 2:30pm. Told by Natalie Manifold. Part of the National Trust South Dorset Association. Guests £3.
06 Lyme Regis Art Society Meeting Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Pastel by Barry Watkins. 2pm - 4pm.
07 Joyful Harmony - Acappella Singing Workshops 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)
07 Hope and Homes for Children Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7pm-8:30pm. Inspirational talk by founder, Mark Cook OBE, talk about charity work in Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa. Free. 01722 790111
07 Women in Prisons Chapel In The Garden, 49 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3JX. 7:30pm. By Rachel Halford Director of the Women In Prisons organisation. Free. (£3 suggested donation). 0792131151800 (email: email@example.com)
07 Men in Black III The Queen's Arms, Corton Denham. Hot food and popcorn available. Free, Pre-book: 01963 220317
08 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis 10:30am. £3.50 inc. tea or coffee. 0871 230 3200
08 Leweston Living & Christmas Fair Leweston School, Sherborne, Dorset. 40+ stall holders. Both school choirs will be singing during the day and tea, coffee and a light snack will also be readily available. 01963 211015
08 Jobs Fair Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester. 10am-5:30pm (last entry 5pm). Free. Meet local employers face to face. Workshops on CV writing, Interview Skills & Confidence Building. Pre-book (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
08-10 'Gaslight' A Victorian Thriller The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, DT1 1HJ. 7:30pm. By Patrick Hamilton. £8 in advance (£5 Under 18s & Students). £9 on the door. From Trinity Stores, Trinity St. or Box Office 01305 889202
09 Three Days Late Ceilidh: The Old Push and Pull Band Church House Hall, South St, Bridport. 8:15pm. 01308 423442
09 The Scholars' Concert Tindall Recital Hall, Sherborne. 7:45pm. 01935 810518
09 Kingston Lacy: An Undiscovered History Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Lecture by David Smith. £2 at the door for non-members. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
09 Movie: 'Tortoise in Love' (12) Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall, DT11 0JX. 7pm for 7:30pm. £3. 01258 837371
09 Madrigal Society and Chamber Orchestra of Sherborne Girls Concert St Mary's Church, Beaminster. 7.30pm. Choral and instrumental music. £8 (£1 children) on door/ Yarn Barton Centre/ Bridport Music 01308 862715 / 425707
10 Dateline Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 9am - 4pm. 01963 370986
10 Stompin' Dave presents Grandpa Banana Town Hall, Dorchester. Doors 7.30pm. £10 advance from Dorchester TIC.
10 A Remembrancetide Concert Sherborne Abbey. The William Slogrove Singers & Orchestra, Wyncantores Choir and Blandford Choral Society. Help for Heroes Collection. Tickets £7.50- £30 depending on position, from Sherborne TIC.
10 RNLI Jumble Sale Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2pm. Christmas cards, goodies, bargains, tea & coffee. 01297 443872
10 St. Martin's Day Celebrations St. Martin's Church and Community Hall, Broadmayne. 10am-12noon. Fresh Produce, Tombola, Craft, Cakes & Preserves, books & much more. As well as a silent auction for Pews. 01305 854385
10 An Evening with Serenade Brownsword Hall, Poundbury. 7:30pm. Plus special guests; Stickleback Jack. In aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care. £10 (inc. glass of wine and nibbles). Under 16s Free. Available from Dorchester TIC.
10-11 Christmas, Craft and Gourmet Food Kingston Mauward, Dorchester, DT2 8PX. 10am - 5pm.
11 Starving Poets' Society Lubbecke Community Centre, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, DT11QL. Beth's bakes and poetry with Beth Blake from 4pm - 5:30pm. All welcome inc. children. Suggested donation £5. (email: email@example.com)
11 Remembrance Sunday Service The Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG. 01929 405096 (www.tankmuseum.org)
11 Armistice Day Service St Georges Square, Lyme Regis. 11am. At the Monmouth Street War Memorial.
11 Lyme Regis Town Band British Legion Church Service 3.00pm. St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis.
11-18 The 8th Bridport Literary Festival A stellar line-up of authors of both fiction and non-fiction, together with an eclectic mix of poets and literary pundits. A galaxy of writers will intrigue, excite and entertain audiences. Tickets from Bridport TIC
12 Community Lecture - Why the Anglo-Saxons Matter Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. By Dr Ryan Lavell. Free, but by ticket only, available from school reception. (Two weeks prior). 01305 266064
12 Borderlands of faith & mind Digby Memorial Church Hall. 7.30pm. Dr L. Wilson lecture. Tickets from the Parish Office.
12 Mark Hix's Kitchen Table Demonstration Join Mark at his Charmouth home for an intimate cooking experience. 11:30am- 2:30pm, £175 (inc. signed copy of Mark's book). N.B. tickets non-refundable. Pre-book (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
12 In Conversation with Mark Hix & Philip Evans Hix Oyster & Fish House, Cobb Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JP. 7pm. Join Philip Evans, 'in conversation with Mark about his new book 'On Baking'. £45, inc. 3 course menu. 01297 446910
13 The Brookes of Sarawak and the British North Borneo Company The Digby Hall, Sherborne. 8pm. Adrian Thorpe's illustrated lecture on how Sarawak was ruled as an independent state by the 'White Rajahs'. 01963 370899
13 Bridport History Society: Benjamin Jesty United Church, East St, Bridport. Starts at 2:30pm. Members 50p, Visitors £2. talk about the Dorset farmer who introduced smallpox vaccine. 01308 456876 / 01308 425710
13 Memorials in Dorchester: A WWI Story St. Peter's Church, West Kighton, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Talk by Brian Bates. £4.
14 Lunch & Learn: Art in Florence in the 15th & 16th Centuries -Jennie Spears Eastbury Hotel, Long St, Sherborne. Lecture, 2 course lunch with wine, refreshments throughout the day. £39. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
14 The Deep Blue Sea Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Sherborne Flicks. 7:30pm, £6 from Sherborne TIC.
14 Necks for Sex? No Thank You, We're Sauropod Dinosaurs Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm. Geology Lecture by Dr. Darren Naish. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
14,18,23 Latin-American Music Festival Fundraising Concerts Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 7pm. Three refreshing evenings of French and Ibero American music. Venezuelan cellist Arturo Serna & company. Tickets from Sherborne TIC.
14 U3A Annual General Meeting Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. AGM & election of committee members, (nominations by noon 26th October). Followed by speaker Richard La Trope Bateman MDES RCA. Everyone welcome. 10am - 12noon.
14 The History of Headwear Charlton Down Village Hall. 7:30pm. By Bridport’s Mad Hatter. £2.20. 01305 269522
15 Red Tails Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis. 10:30am. Silver Screen Presentation. £3.50 inc. tea or coffee. 0871 230 3200
16 Bonny Sartin: A Little Bit of Dorset Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Stories, verse and song. £9 inc. free glass of wine or cider & Dorset apple cake. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
16 'Must You Go? My Life with Harold Pinter' by Lady Antonia Fraser Gryphon Conference Centre, Sherborne. 7pm for 7:30pm. Poyntington Lecture. £10 to include a glass of wine and canapes. 01963 220759 / 220185
16-18 Murder, He Wrote - Murder Mystery George Albert Hotel, Wardon Hill, Evershot, DT2 9PW. Come dressed in your best to solve the mystery. Day attendees, £75pp for 3 days, Residents £150pp for 3 days inc. meals. 01935 483430
17 Books, Coffee and Cake Moreton Village Hall, DT2 8RF. 10am-12noon. Huge selection of 'as new' books for just 25p a book. Homemade cake and coffee/tea. Donation of books always welcome. 01929 463221
17 Sturminster Newton Christmas Fair The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. 10am - 5pm.
17 Bridport Maker's Market Bridport Arts Centre. 9am - 3pm. Local art & craft makers selling handmade works & gifts.
17 Christmas Craft Fair The Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 10am - 4pm. 01749677049
17 The Randolph Five: Hot Swing Night! Sladers Yard, West Bay Bridport. Leading jazz musicians Ian Smith, Alyn Shipton, Colin Good, Dave Gelly and Ewan Stewart play giants of jazz. £10 or £25 with cabaret dinner. 01308 459511
17-19 Living with Landscape Southover House, Southover, Tolpuddle Nr Dorchester, DT2 7HF. 10am-5pm. Exhibition supporting The Dorset Wildlife Trust. Painting meets sculpture to celebrate the natural world.
18 Balkan Dance Afternoon Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3HA. 3pm-6pm. Learn traditional dances from Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Armenia. All welcome. No partners needed. 01308 423442 (email: email@example.com)
18 Martinstown Christmas Fair Martinstown Village Hall. 10am - 4pm.
18 Jumble Sale Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis. Theatre Friends fundraising event. 2pm - 4pm.
20 Wildlife of the Falkland Islands by Brian Petit Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm. £2 includes refreshments.
21 Titian - The first Modern Artist Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport. 2:30pm. Illustrated talk. 07972 472029
21 James Sherlock (Pianist) Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. To perform Bach, Mozart, Ravel, Poulenc, Dubussy. Tickets £12 (Juniors and Students £2) 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
21 Quantum of Solace The Queen's Arms, Corton Denham. Hot food & popcorn available. Free, pre-book: 01963 220317
22 Lunchtime Concert - Dorchester Piano Trio. Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm. 01305 756827
22 Tindall Recital Series: Simon Callaghan Tindall Recital Hall, Sherborne. 7:30pm 01935 810518
22 The Lady Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis 10:30am. Silver Screen Presentation. £3.50 inc. tea or coffee. 0871 230 3200
23 The Three Wishes Game, Mushrooms & Autumnal Fruits Cheap Street, Sherborne. £28pp. Info: 01935 813131
23 M. Hulot’s Holiday Fun Burton Bradstock Village Hall. 7.30pm. Charity screening for Starlight Children’s wishes. Advance tickets £5 only from BB Post Office. Info (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
23 Auction of Promises The White Horse, Litton Cheney, Bridport, DT2 9AT. 7:30pm. Bride Valley Fledglings Pre-school's largest fund raising event of the year. Confirmed lots on website. (www.bridevalleyfledglings.btck.co.uk/EventsPlanned)
23-23 Dec Christmas Exhibition The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. 9:30am-5pm, Mon-Sat. 01935 815261
23-24 Booksale Sherborne Museum. 10:30am – 4:30pm. Free Admission.
24 Dorset County Orchestra Concert The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester. 7:30pm. £10 from Dorchester TIC.
24 Bridport Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall. Craft Fair upstairs in the Town Hall from 9am - 3pm. 01308 456722
24 Grand Christmas Bazaar Frampton Village Hall, Dorchester Rd DT2 9NB. 1pm cookery demonstration and tasting Bazaar 2pm-5pm, £2.50 includes admission to Bazaar, tickets from Frampton Garage. Reservations 01300 320347.
24 'We Bought a Zoo' Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall, DT11 0JX. 2pm for 2:30pm. Adult £3 child £2. 01258 837371
24 Xmas Wreaths Workshop Highway Farm, Bridport. 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm. £10 inc. lunch, ring & moss. 01308 424321
24-25 Macmillan Christmas Craft Fair Kingston Mauward, Dorchester DT2 8PX. Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun.10am-3pm. 40+ stalls selling a wide range of quality gifts. Entry £4.00. Local coffee, tea & wine served all day, homemade soup at lunchtime.
25 Wessex Strings in Concert Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 3pm. Bach, Brahms. £8 inc tea, proceeds to Mercy Ships.
25 Xmas Wreaths Workshop Highway Farm, Bridport. Come and use the barn, on hand to help. Free. 01308 424321
26 Exploring Parliament: An Insight into the Work of The House of Commons & The House of Lords Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. 2:30pm. Golden Cap Presentation by Naomi Kent. £3. (Members free). 01308 863577
26 Borderlands of faith & mind Digby Memorial Church Hall. 7.30pm. Lecture by Prof. Glyn Harrison. Tickets: Parish Office.
26 Sherborne Area Over 50's Group: Christmas Meeting Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Rev. Stewart Timbrell on "Discovering Dorset". Concludes with a raffle and tea & homemade cakes. All welcome. 01935 389086
27 "Commander Ian Flemming - Naval Intelligence” The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 8pm. Kathy McNally tells of Ian Fleming’s role in WW2’s secret operations. 01963 370899 (www.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk)
27 Some Like it Hot: Growing and Eating Chillies in Britain Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, DT8 3NB. 2:30pm. A talk by Joy and Michael Michaud, Peppers by Post (West Bexington). £2.50. 01308 863577
27 Exploring Watercolour by Roger Clemens Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Lyme Art Society meeting. 2pm-4pm.
28 Lunch & Learn: The Pre-Raphaelites - Julian Halsby Eastbury Hotel, Long Street, Sherborne. Lecture, 2 course lunch with wine, refreshments throughout the day. £39. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
28 Live Music with The Jo Burt Experience Above The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, DT9 3AX. Burt brings key members of his band; rich 3 part harmonies & addictive guitar. £19.95 inc. a three course meal. Arrival 7:30pm. 01935 817022
28 Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Quiz Uplyme Village Hall, Nr. Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. 01297 444034
29 Wine Tasting Evening Cafe Paninis, Dorchester. To book call Palmers Brewery 01308 427500
29 'Paradox - The Greatest Enigmas in Science' Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. Speaker: Professor Jim Al-Khalili (OBE). Free, but ticketed, (available from school reception, two weeks prior). 01305 266064
29 The Science of Happiness Wessex Royale Hotel, Dorchester, DT1 1UP. 7:30pm. All welcome, suggested £2 donation. David Warden on ideas for increasing your happiness & well-being. 07921 311518 (email: email@example.com)
29 J Edgar Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis. 10:30am. Silver Screen Presentation. £3.50 inc. tea & coffee. 0871 230 3200
30 Wine Tasting Evening Palmers Brewery, Bridport. To book call 01308 427500
30 Monthly Auction Bridport Auction House, St Michaels Trading Estate, Bridport. 10am. 01308 459400
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Bridport TIC, South Street, Bridport
Sherborne TIC, Digby Road, Sherborne
Lyme Regis TIC, Church Street, Lyme Regis
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