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
16/07-03/11 Local Writers & Writings and A Sideways Look at Thorncombe Both at Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, DT8 3NB. For more information call: 01308 863577 (www.beaminstermuseum.org)
18/07-08/08 Terrain- Paintings by Julie Oldfield The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Mixed Media Art. 10:30am-4:30pm daily.
18/07-28/08 Beside the Seaside Upstairs Gallery, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Art exhibition. 10:30am-4:30pm daily. Free.
26/07-02/08 Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week Various locations around Lyme. Fun, games, music & displays for all the family.
27/07-03/11 Pubs & Inns Revisited Beaminster Museum, (as above). Our inns and pubs, past and present. 01308 863577
27/07-24/08 Town Mill Open Photography Competition & Exhibition Town Mill Malthouse, Lyme Regis.Opens 12noon. West Country photographers are invited to submit work for inclusion in the 2nd Lyme Regis Open Photography Competition See website/ contact for details.01297 443579 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (www.townmillartsguild.com)
28/07-04/08 Milton Abbey International Music Festival & Summer School Evening & afternoon performances of music. Events: free to £10. Info. & Tickets 01258 881844 (www.miltonabbeyfestival.com) (email: email@example.com)
28/07-05/08 Hilfield Families Camp The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. A week at the Friary enjoying rest, fellowship, family activities and reflection.01300 341741h. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
29/07-10/08 Concertfest Sherborne. Various performances in the Abbey & Cheap Street Church as part of the Sherborne Summer School of Music. Info: 01342 893963 (www.sherbornesummerschoolofmusic.co.uk) programmes in Sherborne TIC.
29/07-23/08 Summer fun club Leweston, nr. Sherborne. Weekdays. Call for details of full programme: 01963 210783
01 Bridport Pagan Moot Talk: Gary Biltcliffe author of 'Spirit of Portland' The Ropemakers Pub, West St, Bridport.Bridport Pagan Moot meet at 8pm. People of all paths are welcome.07539 316595 (www.bridportpaganmoot.moonfruit.com)
01 Powerstock Cinema: Argo Powerstock Hut, Powerstock Village, nr Beaminster. Films start at 7:30pm. Bar & snacks from 6:45pm. £4 on door. 01308 485375 (www.powerstockcinema.co.uk)
01 Model-Making Workshop with Aardman Experts Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 11am and 1pm. For children aged 6-16 only. Tickets £15, from the Museum Shop.01305 756827 (email: email@example.com)
01 St Mary's Church Fete Rectory Gardens, Burton Bradstock. Popular traditional village fete starts at 2pm. Punch & Judy, cake stall, games, plant sales etc 'Celebration of Flowers' in the Church. 07786 354403 (www.burtonbradstock.org.uk)
01 Romeo & Juliet Forde Abbey, Chard, TA20 4LU. 7pm. By Folksy Theatre. Tickets: 01698 854409 (www.folksytheatre.co.uk)
01 & 08 & 22 Wii Tournament Dorchester Library, Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE. 10:30am-12:30pm. Pit your wits against other young people in this tournament style event. Various games. (11-16 years). Pre-book.01305 224440 / 224448
02 Sportz+ Kayaking Dorchester Sports Centre.10am-11am & 11am-12pm. Learn how to control a kayak in the calm of a swimming pool, for children with disabilities and their carers. You must be able to swim 25 metres. Book via 01035 252250
02 Earth Art with Trudi Green Burton Bradstock Village HallEnjoy experimenting with soil, clay and sand to create wonderful collages and paintings. Over 8's only. 1:30-4:30pm. 07881600940
02 Murder in the Library Dorchester Library, Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 2pm-4pm. Murder mystery, solve the crime, celebrate the genre and opening of the new library. £3 including refreshments. 01305 224440 / 224652
02, 09, 16, 23, 30 The Kettle's on! Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. 2pm-4:30pm. Weekly event with live music & entertainment, music from all era's Different every week. Free draw, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. 07811 018284
02-06 Arts and Crafts Show Bovington Middle School, Nr Wool, BH20 6NU.10am-5pm, Tuesday until 4pm. 99th Annual Exhibition. Demos, stalls, workshops, have-a-go activites & more. Adults £4, Seniors £3.50, Families £9. 01202 553113
03 Music in Bucky Doo Square: Plumstruck Bridport Town Centre.Morning performance for shoppers' enjoyment.
03 Craft & Gift Fair The Salt House, West Bay. 10am-4pm. Free entry raising funds for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
03 Loders Fete Loders Court Nr Bridport. 2pm - 5pm. Traditional village fete; stalls, childrens fancy dress and sports, entertainmnets and refreshments. £1 entry and free parking. 01308 421440
03 Library gets Lively Library, Charles St, Dorchester, DT1 1EE.10am-10:30am. Space themed story, song & rhyme. U 5s.
03 Youth Acoustics & Percussion Drumming Performance Dorchester Library, Charles St, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 12noon.
03-04 Circus Skills Workshop & Creepy Crawly Bugfest Children's Farm, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JJ.10am-5pm. 01305 871130
03-11 Regatta and Carnival Week Lyme Regis .Over 60 events throughout the week for the whole family raising money for local good causes. Carnival Procession & Fireworks Saturday 10th August. (www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk)
04 Waiting For Godot Higher Orchard, Sandford Orcas.7:30pm. Profound, moving, funny, open air theatre. 01305 269512
04 West Bay Day. 1pm-11:30pm. Grand opening 2pm by Ricky Groves ‘Garry’ from Eastenders. Plenty for all the family to do through out the day. All profits donated to the RNLI. More details on (www.visit-dorset.com)
04 Weymouth Concert Brass Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 2:30pm.
04 Alners Gorse Butterflies Moths and Wildflowers Alners Gorse reserve entrance is on the road from Kings Stag to Hazelbury Bryan. 9am: Moths Analysis. 11am: Guided walks. 01963 23559 or 07981 776767 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
04 Lyme Regis Sailing Club Regatta Lyme Regis Seafront.
04 Cream Teas Frampton Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. From 3pm. In aid of the Village Flower Show. 01300 320666
04 Ramblers Walk: Salway Ash Meet in layby at Salway Ash School nr Bridport GR SY456975. This 10 mile Ramblers Walk starts at 10.30am. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01460 30163
04, 11, 18, 25, 26 Gartell Light Railway Open Day Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe, BA8 0NB. An hourly service of steam trains. A day out suitable for the whole family. For more info: 01963 370752 (www.glr-online.co.uk)
05 Family Learning Workshop Dorchester Library, Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE10am-3pm. One stop animation and computer science fun day. (Families) Pre-book: 01305 224440 / 224448
05 Author Event - Ali Sparkes Dorchester Library, Charles St, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 2pm-3pm. Award winning children's author of the Shapeshifter series, talking about her books & how she started writing. (Age 7+). Prebook: 01305 224440
05-10 Learning to Read New testament Greek Sherborne.6 Day summer school. £65. Bookings and enquiries to the Parish Office in the close. 01935 812452 (www.insight.sherborneabbey.com)
05-16 Focus On Youth 2013-Summer Holiday Activities Tinney's Lane Youth Centre, Sherborne. A whole range of activities are available for young people aged 10-19 years. Book directly 01935 814202
06 The Mikado with Illyria Theatre Co. Millenium Green, Bridport, DT6 3NR. 7pm. BYO rug/chair/picnic. £16. 01308 424204
06 Evening Craft Session: Mosaics Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA.6pm-8pm. £7.50 per person. Pre-Booking Essential. All materials provided.01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
06 Five Sommelier’s. Summer Lodge House Hotel, Evershot, DT2 0JR. Black Tie. An evening of fun and laughter, learning and competition. Hosted by Eric & some of the best sommeliers in the country. 01935 482031 (www.summerlodgehotel.com)
06 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Marine Parade, Lyme Regis.8pm.
06 TakepArt Total Photo The RendezVous Centre, Cheap St, Sherborne.10:30am-2:30pm. Explore taking digital photos, computer manipulate them & print your favourite. BYO lunch. Prebook: 01935 815899 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
06 Rhymetime - Space Dorchester Library, Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE. 2:30pm-3pm. Rhyme time sessions for babies and toddlers. Come and share nursery rhymes and songs together (up to 18months). Drop in.
06, 13, 20, 27 Dino Club (Under 7s) Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA.10:30am-11:30am. Free. Adults must remain with their children. 2 children per adult. Info: 01305 756832 (email: email@example.com)
07 & 21 Tuneful Stories Hardy’s Birthplace, Higher Bockhampton, Nr Dorchester DT2 8QJ. 1pm-5pm. Music, poetry and performance with local folk musician Tim Laycock. Normal admission applies. Adult £6.50, Child £3.
07 Family Activity: Make a Book Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA.10:30am-12noon. Free. Adults must remain with their children at all times. 2 children per adult. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
07 Live music with Louise Jordan The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AX. 7:30pm. An evening of live music as she plays songs from her 2nd album, as well as brand new material, accompanying herself on guitar & piano.01935 817022
07 Aardman: Behind the Magic by Loyd Price Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm. Talk promoting the 'Animate!' Exhibition (Until 19th Oct) £5, child £2.50 (0-16yrs) from the Museum Shop. 01305 756827
07 TakepArt Druming Fun with Organic Rhythm Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne.10am-10:45am for ages 3-5 with adult. 11am-12noon for ages 6-9. Learn African beats on different drums and create group rhythms. Prebook: 01935 815899
08 Sherborne Historical Society : Visit to Deans Court Visit to Deans Court, Wimborne. Tour of house, gardens, tea. By own transport. Enquire for details.01935 816650 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
08 Artz+ The Spice Box & The Pirates The Exchange, Sturminster Newton.2pm-4pm. Performance and Drama Workshop with puppets and sensory play for children with disabilities and their carers.01035 252250
08 Victorian Cream Tea St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB. 2:30pm-4pm. £3.50 inc. tea & cream scones! Waitress service. Evelyn Kingman will be playing the piano. Fund raising for The Children's Society. 01305 262436
08 TakepArt Street Dance with Rachel McDowell Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 9:30am-10:30am for ages 4-7. 10:45am-12:45pm for ages 8-11. Have fun learning dance moves, and put a routine together. Prebook: 01935 815899
08-09 Masks & Grotesques Yew Garden, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JS. Wood carving. 01935 83580 (email: email@example.com)
08-11 Cerne Abbas Music Festival St Mary's Church, Cerne Abbas.The Gaudier Ensemble combine high standards with an informal atmosphere. For details on talks, concerts & masterclasses. 07527 528673 (www.cerneabbasmusicfestival.co.uk)
08-16 Out and About Exhibition Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill.Open daily 10:30-4:30pm. Free admission. A mixed exhibition of photographs, oil paintings, collagraphs, etchings, still life water-colours, stone-ware pottery. (www.townmillartsguild.com)
09 An Evening with Jason Goodwin Dorchester Library, Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE. 6pm. £3. Award winning thriller writer and historian, Jason will be talking about his books and how he started writing. 01305 224440 / 224652
09-10 Open Weekend on Lankham Bottom Reserve, Cattistock Off the minor road from Cattistock to the A37 about ½ mile west of the A37. Friday 7pm - Barbecue & Moth trapping. Saturday 9am - Moths Analysis. Call for details: 07981 776767
10 Monthly Gift & Craft Fayre St Mary's Church House, South St, Bridport. 9:30am-2:30pm. Over 20 stalls. Free entry.
10 Music in Bucky Doo Square: St Swithun's Band Bridport Town Centre.Morning performance for shoppers' enjoyment.
10 Music: Pantagruel, Nymphiidia-The Court of Faerie St. Nicholas' Church, Winterborne Kingston, DT11 9BJ.8pm. From Marlowe's ''Come live with me & be my love'' to Shakespeare's 'Tempest'. 07949 836503 (www.musicatkingston.com)
10 Event-4 Bradpole Field (opp Kings Head), St Andrews Rd, Bridport. Enjoy this great two-day music event, bands include Tinker’s Cuss, Mor Or Less, Shiraz, Arish Mel, Branded Men & many more. Open 10am - 10pm. Only £5 entry!
10 Flower Festival St. Mary's Church, South Perriott.11am-5pm, followed at 6pm by a festival service.01935 891224
10 70th Summer Show Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne.2:45pm. Sherborne & District Gardeners' Assoc. 01935 389867
10 Charmouth Gardners Annual flowe Show Charmouth Village Hall.
10 The Serpent & its Local Connections The Chapel, Dewlish, Nr Dorchester 7:30pm. Phil Humphries talks, & demonstrates this ancient musical instrument, inc. poems by Hardy & Barnes narrated in Dorset dialect. £7 Prebook: 01258 837199
10-11 Vikings Invade! Children's Farm, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JJ.10am-5pm. AM & PM Shows.01305 871130
10-11 The Daleks Return The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset. 50 years after the Daleks were first seen on our TV screens they are planning a terrifying return to the Fleet Air Arm Museum. Info: 01935 840565 (www.fleetairarm.com)
10-11 & 17-18 Art & Music Shows The Chapel, Dewlish, Nr Dorchester. 10:30am-4pm. Watercolour Exhibition by Anita Law. Exquisite work of birds, flowers, scenes and portraits. Prints, cards and original work will be offered for sale.
11 A Help A Friend Fundraiser Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 12noon-7pm.
11 Dorset Archaeological Day Meet at Maiden Castle car park, DT2 9PP. (SY 668 889) 11am. 1-2hours, some slopes. Explore an Iron Age hill fort, guided walk led by Keith Childs. Adults £3 (advance), £5 (on day), children £1. 01305 224921
11 Blackdown House Open Garden & Sumptuous Teas, Blackdown (Signed from B3165) 2-5pm £1 entry. 01460 30661
11 Powerman UK Cheap Street, Sherborne.8am-1:30pm. Duathlon event: 10km run - 60km bike - 10km run. A long course option of: 10km run -120km bike - 20km run, will be available. Details & to register: 07738 27180 (www.powermanuk.com)
11 South Perriott Village Open Day 11am-5pm. Many attractions for all the family. 01935 891224
11 Summer Family Fun Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, DT2 8PY. For children with disabilities & their families. Tractor/trailor rides, animals, gardens, music, stories, games, food /drink available. Prebook: 01035 252250 (www.dorsetforyou.com/artz+)
11 MG Rally Athelhampton House, Dorchester, DT2 7LG.10:30am-4pm. Over 100 MG's! Duck race, raffle, jazz band for charity.
11 Cream Teas Frampton Village Hall, Nr DorchesterFrom 3pm. In aid of St. Mary's Church. Info: 01300 320666
11, 25 Waterwheel Open Day Castleton Steam & Waterwheel Centre, Sherborne.11am-4:30pm. See an extensive collection of Victorian engineering featuring the massive 26ft diameter waterwheel built in 1869. 01963 250206 / 01935 389535
11-18 Festival of Music and Art St. Mary's Church, Village Hall & Norburton Hall, Burton Bradstock. Internationally acclaimed Classical, jazz & folk, + exhibition featuring the finest local art/ceramics. 01305 897203 (www.burtonbradstockfestival.com)
12 TakepArt Stories in Music Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne.12noon-2pm. Create your own music & have fun playing & singing with others. For ages 8-11. Booking essential. BYO lunch. 01935 815899 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
13 Family Learning Workshop Dorchester Library, Charles Street, Dorchester DT1 1EE. 2pm-3pm or 3:15pm-4:15pm. Create your own 'Creepy' character (families). Pre-book: 01305 224440 / 224448
13 TakepArt Woodland Fun Minibus from Tinney's Lane Youth Centre, Sherborne to Pogles Wood. 10:15am-2:45pm. Enjoy foraging. Bug hunting, woodland crafts, and a campfire picnic. For accompanied Under 7's. Prebook: 01935 815899
13 Music by the Sea: Lyme Regis Town Band The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm-9:15pm.
13-14 Sept Illusions: Exhibition of Machine Embroidery by the Salway Ash Group Foyer Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm. Exhibition. 01308 424204
14 Adult Craft Workshop: Soap Making Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA.1pm-3:30pm. £7.50 per person. Pre-Booking Essential. All materials provided.01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
14 Animate! I: Victorian Animation Toys Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA.10:30am-12noon. Free. Adults must remain with their children at all times. 2 children per adult. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
14 U3A: Mammals of Devon Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme.Coffee at 10am, talk at 11am from Eleanor Knott.
14 Music in Bucky Doo Square: J Weekes Bridport Town Centre.Morning performance for shoppers' enjoyment.
14 Stomping Dave Allen & his Bluegrass Band Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East St, Dorchester, DT1 1HFDoors open 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm. Advance tickets £10 (£12 on door) available from Dorchester TIC. (www.stompinstore.com)
14-15 TakepArt Theatre Club with Tor Theatre Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne.10am-4pm. 2 days of drama and dance. Stage a short show at the end. For ages 7-11. Booking essential. BYO lunch.01935 815899 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
15 Artz+ Film in a Day Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. Make a film in and around the museum with Josh Randall. An event for children with mild/moderate learning disabilities, aged 8-16. 01035 252250
15 Summer Trail Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth. SY383934 or DT6 6RA. 11am-3pm. Join the West Dorset National Trust Ranger Team for family swashbuckling fun. £3 per child. Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult. 01297 489481
15 Author Andrew Lane Dorchester Library, Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 11am. Author of the Young Sherlock Holmes and Lost World series will be talking about his books. (Age 10+). Pre-book.01305 224440 / 224448
16 Market St. Martin's Community Hall (Next to the Church), Broadmayne, Nr Dorchester.2pm-3:30pm. Raffle, craft, books, cards, local produce, plants from local Nursery, cakes and preserves. Tea/Coffee. All proceeds to the Hall.01305 853765
16 Elvis Tribute featuring Tim Basset George Albert Hotel, Warden Hill, Evershot, Dorchester, DT2 9PW.7:30pm for 8pm sit down. £22.50 inc. 3 course meal. Advanced reservations required. Fancy dress optional.01935 483430 (www.gahotel.co.uk)
16 New Hardy Players present The Woodlanders Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2AB. 7pm. Capturing the woodland spirit of Hardy's most poetic novel.. BYO blanket/chair. £10: 01305 262538, or on gate. (www.hardyonline.org)
16-17 Forever Sun Festival Came Down, Near Dorchester. 4 stages, 40 bands, 4 bars. Music, comedy, cabaret & world food. Free camping. 2 day ticket £50, 1 day ticket £35. Sorry, no small kids. Prebook. Tickets & info: (www.foreversun.co.uk)
16-18 The Adventure Travel Film Festival Sherborne Girls School, Bradford Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3QN. A weekend of films, talks, presentations, camping and outdoor action. Must be booked in advance (www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com)
16-26 10th Sting in the Tale Festival of Stories Various Venues.Wonderful stories and traditional tales in inspiring places, for all ages; families, teenagers, adults, plus interactive story telling for children and toddlers. (www.stinginthetale.org.uk)
17 Shakespeare Play - Romeo and Juliet Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, DT3 4LA.7pm-10pm. Tickets: 01305 871130
17 Books, Coffee and Cake Moreton Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8RF.10am-12noon. Huge selection of 'as new' books for just 25p a book. Donation of books always welcome. 01929 463221 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
17 Monthly Book Fair Digby Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 9:30am-4pm. New, second-hand & antiquarian books. 01803 613356
17 Auntie Ann's Craft Fair Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport.9:15am-2pm. Designers, makers, artists, foods & vintage.
17 Wessex Military Band Bucky Doo Square, Bridport Town Centre. 10am - 1pm performance for shoppers’ on Carnival Day!
17 Dorset Clock Society Summer Barbeque The Mill House, Owermoinge. 6pm for 6:30pm, prebook: 01258 840501
17 World Environment Fun Day Borough Gardens, Dorchester.11am-2pm. Organised by the Churches Ecology Group.
17 Make A Walking Stick Workshop Highway Farm West Rd, Bridport, DT6 6AE. £45 inc materials. 01308 424321
17 Summer Chamber Music Orchestra All Saints Church, Mapperton.6pm for 6:45pm. James Boyd, viola; Katharine Gowers, violin; Amy Norrington, cello; Beatrice Philips, violin. Programme online. Prices TBC. (www.mapperton.com/events)
17 New Hardy Players present The Woodlanders Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2AB. 7pm. In aid of Welmar Hospice. £10 prebook. (+£10 for after show Dorset Fayre Buffet). Outdoor show, bring a blanket or chair.01305 262538
17 Prize Bingo Frampton Village Hall, Nr DorchesterEyes down 7:30pm. In aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.
17 The Piddle Valley Gardens Summer Show Marquee at Glebe House, Alton Pancras, Nr Dorchester. From 2pm, entry free. Presentations 3pm. 7pm: 'Evening of Local Entertainment' tickets £5, child free. BYO food & drink. 01300 348250
17 Bassoon & Flute The Chapel, Dewlish, Nr Dorchester. 7:30pm. Baroque to contemporary. Miles Nipper (bassoon) & Katy Ashman (flute) perform a diverse selection of duets & solo music. £7 must book in advance, limited seating. 01258 837199
17 Summer Chamber Music All Saint’s Church, Mapperton, Nr Beaminster DT8 3NR. Picnics in the garden from 5pm, starts 6.45pm. Schubert, Haydn and Mozart. Tickets £20 contact 01308 862645 or (email: email@example.com)
17 Antique & Vintage Fair The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF. 10am-4pm.
17-18 Circus Skills Workshop Children's Farm, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JJ. 10am-5pm. 01305 871130
17-18 Bridport Carnival The fun packed extravaganza includes a grand procession on Saturday and features plenty of floats and colourful walking entries. Starts 7:30pm from St Swithuns Road, 9pm-11pm; dancing in South Street. 07836 516763
18 Outrage Borough Gardens, Dorchester.2:30pm-4pm. Outdoor music performance.
18 RNLI Fun Day at West Bay Bridport. 1pm to 5.30pm. Fun for all the family with the lifeboat and coastguard helicopter!
18 Buckham Fair - Pony & Dog Show Near Beaminster, (North of) Bridport ,DT8 3SB. From 9:30am. Traditional country fair.
18 Cream Teas Frampton Village Hall, Nr DorchesterFrom 3pm. In aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. 01300 320666
19-24 TakepArt Summer Theatre School 2013 10am-4pm. Join ActionTrack Performance Company for a week devising & building a unique production to be performed on Friday evening. Your ideas, your production. 01935 815899
20 Viking Warrior Skeletons with Darrell Wakelam Burton Bradstock Village Hall. Create a historical Viking skeleton using cardboard and collage techniques. Over 6's only. 10:30am-3:30pm. 07881600940
20 Dorset Palestinian Israeli Peace Group United Church, Charles Street, Dorchester. 7pm. 1st part of the film ‘The Promise’.
21 Animate II: Muybridge: Motion and Magic Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA.10:30am-12noon. Free. Adults must remain with their children. 2 children per adult. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
21 Lyme Lympics The Beach and Marine Parade, Lyme Regis.The Lyme Regis version of the Olympic Games. Contact for details: 01297 442539 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
21 TakepArt Creative Hands with Helen Allcock Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne.10:30am-12noon for ages 5-7. 1:30pm-4pm for ages 8-11. Visual art activities -make & create. Booking essential. 01935 815899 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
22 Conservation Action Day at Alners Gorse Off the road from Hazelbury Bryan to Kings Stag beside the Hazelbury Bryan village sign and 30 mph sign. Map reference ST 736100.10am-4pm. Call for details: 01963 23559 or 07981 776767
22 Melplash Show West Bay Showground, BridportRural craft, local produce and many other local stalls at this agricultural show. Including St Swithun's Band Performance 10am. Tickets available from TICs (www.melplashshow.co.uk)
23 Pride and Prejudice - Chapterhouse Theatre Company Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Dorchester, DT2 7LG. 7:30pm. Callf ro prices & discount details. Refreshments available. BYO seating. Tickets from Dorchester TIC.
23 Austria Lunchtime short wine course. Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JR. Tutored tasting of 3 wines. Followed by a delicious 2-course lunch & glass of wine. £49.50. 01935 482031 (www.summerlodgehotel.com)
23 New Hardy Players present The Woodlanders Minterne House, Minterne Magna, (North of) Dorchester DT2 7AU Starts 7pm. Outdoor performance, bring a blanket or chair. £10 in advance, £12.50 on gate. 01305 269510 (www.hardyonline.org)
23-25 Market from Rouen, France South Walks (From War Memorial to WDDC Library,) Dorchester. 10am-approx.5pm.
24 Antique & Fleamarket Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne.Monthly Antique & Fleamarket. 01963 250108
24 ANONYMOUS Festival Maumbury Rings, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester.12noon-9pm. Free Family Festival. Main stage, DJ tent, Acoustic Cafe and performances a plenty! Go along and be inspired.
24 Stock Gaylard Oak Fair Stock Gaylard Estate, Dorset, DT10 2BG. 10am-5pm. A great day out in rural Dorset and special event for those interested in timber, woodcraft, the countryside and conservation. 01963 23511 (www.stockgaylard.com)
24 Service at St Catherine's Chapel Abbotsbury at 7pm.
24 Music in Bucky Doo Square: Branded Men Bridport Town Centre. Morning performance for shoppers' enjoyment.
24 Barwick & Stoford Fete Whitcross Recreation Field, Barwick, BA22 9TG. Stalls, pony rides & fun. Info: 01935 472399
24 Friends of the Lyme Regis Museum Book Sale Outside Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street.10am-1pm. 01297 445537
24 New Hardy Players present The Woodlanders Waddock Coppice (8 miles East of) DorchesterStarts 7pm. Outdoor performance, bring a blanket or chair. £10 in advance or on the gate, if available. 01305 269510 (www.hardyonline.org)
24-26 Bank Holiday Bridport Open Studios Various venues. Artists studios open for viewing and sale of work. Info from TIC.
24-26 Through A Window - Exhibition by the Morecombelake Art Group James Greaves Community Hall, Morecombelake DT6 6EA. 10am-5pm daily. Free admission. A variey of vibrant, colourful paintings in various media. 01297 489521
24-26 Banana Bonanza Monkey World, Nr Wool, BH20 6HH. Free Badge for children who bring a banana. 01929 462537
25 Dorchester Love Parade Maumbury Rings, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester.1pm-9pm.
25 Symene Fete Symondsbury.The popular event at Symondsbury near Bridport, & the biggest car boot sale in Dorset!
25 Chamber Philharmonia Cologne: Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Classical music the world over... Tickets, Adult £14, Senior £12,Child £10, from Dorchester TIC. (www.kammerphilharmonie-koeln.de)
25 Cream Teas Frampton Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. From 3pm. In aid of Cystic Fibrosis. 01300 320666
25-26 Pond Dipping Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Lane, Chickerell, DT3 4AF. 10am-5pm. See what living things are hiding beneath the water. Please wear suitable clothing & footwear. Normal admission applies. 01305 785150
26 Music in Maumbury Rings Maumbury Rings, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester.1:30pm-10pm. Featuring- Amy Mayes Band, Galeforce 4, Purbeck Big Band, Red Rooster, Supa Tight and The Curst Sons.
26 Broadwindsor & District Horticultural Society - Annual Show Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor. Local show including horticultural and flower sections, plus photography, baking, homecrafts, handicrafts and childrens section.
26 Five Church Fete Athelhampton House & Gardens, Dorchester, DT2 7LG.12noon-3pm. Donkey rides, ferret racing, home made cakes & produce. Tomobola, Grand Draw, children's stalls & activities. Memory Lane Swing Band. Free parking.
26 Cattistock Countryside Show Rampisham Down, DT2 0HT . 9am-5pm. Celebrating the Dorset countryside with local arts & crafts, family dog show, falconry, climbing wall and much more! £5 per car + £1pp. (www.cattistockshow.co.uk)
27 Music by the Sea: Lyme Regis Town Band The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm-9:15pm.
27 U3A Talk: The Biology of Spiritual Experience Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. 2pm. 01308 482605 / 898264
28 Talk by Hugo Bugg, RHS Young Designer of the year 2010 Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. 01297 444034
28 Lyme Photographic Club Pub Quiz Inn Plaice, Pilot Boat Inn, Lyme Regis.7:30pm. £2 (http://lymebayphotographicclub.org)
28 The Art of Ray Harryhausen: talk and film screening Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Tickets £5, child (0-16yrs) £2.50 available from museum shop. 01305 756827 (email: email@example.com)
28 Music in Bucky Doo Square: Jerri Hart Bridport Town Centre.Morning performance for shoppers' enjoyment.
28 Animate III: Cartoons Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA.10:30am-12noon. Free. Adults must remain with their children at all times. Up to two children per adult. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
28-01/09 The Great Dorset Steam Fair Tarrant Hinton, Blandford. "THE" National Heritage Show & the leading show of its type in the World. The spectacle covers an enormous showground, over 600 acres. Tickets from TICs or (www.gdsf.co.uk)
29 Wine Tasting 'Boutinot South Africa' Cafe Paninis, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 1QR. 7:30pm for 8pm. £30pp 3 course meal & tutored tasting. Wine & canapes on arrival. Booking Essential. 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
29 Conservation Action Day Lydlinch Common. Lydlinch is part of an area crucial to the Marsh Fritillary and conservation work is vital. Meet 10am and park in the lay-by just outside the village on the Sherborne to Sturminster road. 01935 873219
29 Thomas Hardy & Architecture Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA.7pm for 7:30pm. An talk on Hardy's architectural career & how he engaged with C19th built environment debates in his fiction. Free. 01305 756827
29 Artz+ Wizard of Oz The Exchange, Sturminster Newton.2pm-4pm. Take part in a short performance featuring songs and drama from the classic film. An event for children with disabilities and their carers. 01035 252250
29-01/09 Bournemouth Air Festival Bournemouth SeafrontIncredible jets, display teams and aircraft. The skies will be the stage for another year of fantastic aerial shows and breath-taking acrobatics. Free event. (www.bournemouthair.co.uk)
30 Bridport Auction The Auction House, St Michaels Trading Estate, Bridport.10am. Collectables & antiques.01308 459400
30 Wine Tasting 'Boutinot South Africa' Palmers Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport, DT6 4JA.7:30pm for 8pm. £12.50 tutored tasting. Glass of wine and canapes on arrival. Booking Essential.01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
30 New Hardy Players present The Woodlanders Millennium Green, Rax Lane, Bridport DT6 3NRStarts 7pm. Outdoor performance, bring a blanket or chair. £10 in advance or on the gate, if available.01305 269510 (www.hardyonline.org)
30/08-01/09 Lyme Folk Festival Various locations around Lyme Regis.The late summer festival by the sea. Fusing the cream of British folk, award winning talent and inspiring local artists, music, dancing, storytelling, workshops. (www.lymefolk.com)
31 Music in Bucky Doo Square: Chris Deacon Bridport Town Centre.Morning performance for shoppers' enjoyment.
31 Open-Air Movie 'Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone' Monkey World, Nr Wool, BH20 6HH. Gates open 7:30pm, BYO chairs & blankets. For the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund. Adult £6, child £3, family (2A, 2C) £15. 01929 401018
31 New Hardy Players present The Woodlanders Watercombe House, Near Owermoigne, DT2 8HJ. Starts 7pm. Outdoor performance, bring a blanket or chair. £10 in advance, or on the gate, if available.01305 269510 (www.hardyonline.org)
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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