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What's on in and around West Dorset

December 2013

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

05/11-21 Cards for Good Causes Bridport, Dorchester and Sherborne TICs.

29/11-24/12 Christmas Exhibition of New Paintings The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. Open daily from 9:30am-5pm, Monday to Saturday. All Gallery stock can be viewed online. 01935 815261 (www.jerramgallery.com)

01 Lost Buildings of Lyme The Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum. Exhibition of unseen artwork from the museum. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

01 Art & Craft Fayre Heritage Centre, Charmouth 10:30am-4:30pm. Local artists, arts, crafts, Knitted goods, Christmas Ideas.

01 Advent Sunday St Peters Church, High West Street, Dorchester. 10:30am Advent Eucharist with Christingle. 6:30pm Service of Darkness to Light. Advent carols, readings and anthems, seasonal refreshments.

01 Duck Race River Lym at Higher Mill Flats. 12 noon. Raising money for the Christmas Lights 2014. Buy a duck & see it race.

01 Healing Voice Circle Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 4LA. 2pm-4pm. Heal & energise your cakras through toning and over toning, a profound transformative form of sound meditation which leaves you balanced and cleansed on all levels. Open to all. 01935 389655 (www.centreforpuresound.org)

01 Wessex Military Band Christmas Concert Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport. 3pm. Come and hear this popular band play a lively selection of music to cheer. £8.75/£6.75 from the Box office: 01308 424204 (email: wsxmilitaryband@btinternet.co.uk)

01 West Gallery Carol Concert by The Ridgeway Choir St Mary's Church, Winterbourne Abbas, Nr Dorchester. 3:30pm. Led by Phil Humphries & Tim Laycock. £4. Enjoy a post-concert afternoon tea. £6-booking essential. 01305 889611

01 Advent Carol Service Sherborne Abbey. 5pm.

01 Christmas Bingo and Raffle St Mary's Church Hall, South St, Bridport. 7pm for 7:30pm. All welcome. In aid of Claire House Children's Hospice.

01-24 Christmas Shopping Lyme Regis Town Centre. Christmas shopping in Lyme Regis. Shop windows painted and decorated to entice you to enjoy shopping during the festive season. Info. from Lyme Regis TIC. (www.lymeregis.org)

02 Dorchester Art Club: Critique – ‘bring a picture you drew/painted’ St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 7pm-9pm. £1 inc. refreshments. New members welcome. (www.dorchesterartclub.co.uk)

03 Age Concern Drop In Clinic The Rendevous, by Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 10am-12pm. Drop in session for your queries. Every 1st Tuesday of the month.

03 Charity Book and Cake Sale The Hub, Sherborne School Sports Centre, Sherborne. 10am-2pm. Books Wanted for Charity Book and Cake Sale. All Books accepted. Old, New Novels, and Children's Books. All donations please to Gary Shackle at Sherborne Sports Centre. 01935 810548

03 ArtsLink - Learn and Lunch The Eastbury Hotel, Long St. Sherborne, DT9 3BY. 10am-3pm. Julian Halsby gives a lecture on Square Brush Painting in Britain 1880 - 1914. £43 to include lecture and two course lunch. To book: 01935 813131

03 Watercolour demonstration Lyme Regis Art Society. Demonstration by Marilyn Allis - Impressionism with Water Colour. Woodmead Halls. 2pm - 4pm, Visitors £5. (email: sheila.stratton@btinternet.com)

03 Roman Army at Beaminster Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, Beaminster, DT8 3BN. 2:30pm. Talk by John Smith, Dorset author and historian. Admission £2.50. Info: 01308 863577

03 Light Up a Life 2013 Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester, DT1 2SL. 6:30pm. All welcome. Remember a loved one by sponsoring a light on this special tree. Names will be entered into our Christmas 2013 Book of Remembrance. Application forms available from Weldmar's charity shops or 01305 261800 (www.weld-hospice.org.uk/lightupalife)

03 Monthly Wine Dinner Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Evershot, DT2 0JR. 7pm. Aperitifs & canapés and an introduction to Pommery - founded in 1836. Black Tie Dinner at 7:30pm - a delicious four-course menu especially created to complement the five different Champagnes. £150. 01935 482031 (www.summerlodgehotel.com)

03 Cercle Français de Dorchester Tolpuddle Rm, 2nd Floor, United Church, South St. Dorchester. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Jeu-concours et jeux non concours au theme de Noël. Valerie Collings. Français: 01308 482286, English: 01305 854025

03-15 Bridport Annual Christmas Tree Festival United Church, East St, Bridport. This is the 15th occasion of this wonderful exhibition of trees. Each tree with a different theme & donated by a charity, community group, club, public authority, school or young people's group. Open weekdays from 10am (Sunday 2pm). Dedication service Tuesday 3rd at 7pm. 01308 423157

04 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Paul Ellis, playing Bach, Duruflé, Leighton. Free. Donations welcome.

04 Adult Craft Workshop: Calligraphy Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-3:30pm. £7.50 per person, includes admission to the Museum. Pre-Booking Essential, as numbers limited, through museum shop. All materials provided. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

04 Bridport Christmas Cheer Buckydoo square, Bridport, DT8 3LF. 3pm-8pm. Bridport's late night shopping, Santa's Grotto and an enchanting Christmas market. 01308 424901

04 The Jo Burt Experience The Sherborne Hotel, Horsecastles Lane, Sherborne, DT9 6BB. 7pm. Songwriter, storyteller, guitar player, singer and rock veteran Jo Burt performs live with his full London band. £10. 01935 813191 (www.joburt.co.uk)

04 Literary Lecture: The Poets' Christmas Eve: Mythology into Verse Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By Dr Alan Chedzoy, freelance writer and lecturer. Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

04 Bride Valley Films: ARBITRAGE Litton Cheney Village Hall. 8pm. Richard Gere as a New York hedge-fund magnate battling to save his fraudulent empire. £5 inc wine.

05 Dorchester Art Club: Winter Scenes St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. £1 inc. Refreshments. New members welcome. (www.dorchesterartclub.co.uk)

05 Christmas Ghost Stories - National Trust South Dorset Association United Church, South Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 2:30pm. Talk by Alistair Chisholm, Dorchester Town Crier. Guests £3, inc. tea/coffee. 01300 321601

05 Christmas Cracker Town Centre, Dorchester. 5pm-9pm, late night shopping, local stalls with Christmas orientated crafts and gifts. Craft Fair in the Corn Exchange. With mulled wine and mince pies from 5:30pm at the Dorset County Museum (free entry for this night). Christmas lights switch-on 6:30pm at St Peter's Church. Free parking from 5pm.

05 It's a Wonderful Life (1946) Powerstock Hut, School Hill, Powerstock, DT6 3SL. Powerstock Cinema. Doors open 6:45pm, film at 7:30pm. No tickets - £4 on the door. Licensed bar. (www.powerstockcinema.co.uk)

05-20 Jack and the Beanstalk Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4PT. A giant of a panto! Starring Kai Widdrington as Jack and Ross Cobbold and Ellie Self. £8. call: 01308 897317

06 The Kettle's on! Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. 2pm-4:30pm. Monthly event with live music & entertainment, music from all era's Different every week. Free draw, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. 07811 018284

06 Dorset Forest School Fridays Thorners School Discovery Area & Wildlife Area, School Lane, Litton Cheney, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9AU. Nature inspired learning through play for accompanied 0-5 year olds. Wild Art, Mini Beast Hunts, Clay Creations, Storytelling & lots more. £5. Pay on arrival. 07813 814875

06 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Axminster Square. 5:30pm. Axminster Christmas Lights Switch on.

06 Christmas Fayre Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide, Dorchester. 6pm-8pm. Inspiration for the festive season: gifts, crafts, food, decorations and raffle. Admission £1, inc. Glass of mulled wine and mince pies. Kid's cinema too! If you would like a stall (£10 +raffle donation) please contact school office: 01300 348219

06 A Taste of Christmas Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis. 6pm - 8:30pm. Christmas Fair. Entrance £2.

06 Archaeology Lecture: The Swash Channel Wreck Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By Dave Parnham. Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

06 Alan Humphries - A Photographic Journey Woodmead Halls. Hill Rd, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Lyme Bay Photographic club.

06-10 Carols, Tree Festival and Christingle St George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. Evening Carols & opening of Christmas Tree Festival, 'Children's Books' theme. Sunday afternoon Christingle Service. (email: ylee@hotmail.co.uk)

07 Christmas Bazaar St. Peter's Church, High West Street, Dorchester. 10am-12noon. Christmas produce and gifts. Raffle and tombola. Free entry. Offers of help, donations or queries contact 01305 268756

07 Scout Group - Cake Stall Cheap St, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Selling homemade cakes & biscuits in support of 1st Sherborne Scout Group. Items for sale can be brought directly to the stall on the day or prior to the event can be dropped off in the evening to Epworth, Bristol Rd, Sherborne, DT9 4HR. Unsold items will be gifted to residential homes. 07789 203861

07 Sherborne's Annual Crafts for Christmas Market Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Free. 01749 677049

07 Auntie Ann's Craft Fair Arts Centre, South St, Bridport. Designers, artists, foods, vintage. auntieannscraftfairs@gmail.com)

07 Truffle Hunting Experience Day Secret location! in West Dorset. 10am-4pm. Learn all about this remarkable wild food, prized for its culinary value, with our award-winning truffle hounds hunting at our secret location in glorious Dorset woodlands before sampling your finds over afternoon tea. £125 per person, pre-booking required via (email: info@englishtruffles.co.uk)

07 Leigh Christmas Fair Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL. 11am-3pm. We have a wonderful selection of 23 Local Stall Holders, including: Castle Gardens, Caboodle, Fudges, Toy Barn, The Chocolatier, Oakleigh Farm, plus Delicious Confectionary, Food, Gifts, Wine, Toys and Handicrafts Get into the festive spirit and bring the children to see Father Christmas in his Grotto, Face Painting, Mummers, Music and Singing Raffle and Tombola. Entry £2, U15s Free. (www.LeighXmasFair.co.uk)

07 2013 Great Christmas Pudding Race Lyme Regis Seafront. Fancy Dress Races, events from 11am - 2pm. Further details available nearer the time. £10 entry fee. Late night shopping in the Town. (www.xmaspudracelymeregis.co.uk)

07 Christmas Bazaar and Santa Train Gartell Light railway, Yenston, Templecombe. 12pm-4pm. The event is being organised by the PTA at St Nicholas school and supporting "The Brain Tumour Trust and the Head Smart Campaign". 01963 362308

07 Christmas Family Concert River of Life Centre, Durngate St. 4:30pm. (www.megdeline4music.co.uk)

07 Dorset Chamber Orchestra - Jun Sasaki (Cello) St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Music from England and Austria frames delightful 'cello pieces - one familiar, the other rarely heard - from France and Czechoslovakia. Tickets £11.50 in advance from Harmony Music, Forum Centre, Trinity St. Dorchester. £12.50 on the door. 01305 260360

07 Sherborne Jazz: Jon Lloyd Quintet Plume of Feathers, Half Moon street, Sherborne, DT9 3LN. 7:30pm. This band's mysterious mix of space and energy; modal and free jazz; modern classical music, and sheer skill create something very special and bewitching. Members £10, Non-Members £14. 01935 816569 (email: sherbornejazz.org.uk)

07 Bridport Ceilidh: No Strings Attached and caller Dick Williams St Mary's Church Hall, South Street, Bridport. 7:30pm - 11pm. Bridport Ceilidhs are a very popular activity and new members are always welcome Come and have a go, you don't even need a partner. Bring & share finger food/snacks. £8.50 (£7.50 advance) 01308 423442 (email: monty3dayslate@yahoo.co.uk)

07-08 Santa's Grotto Kingston Mauward, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 12noon-4:30pm. 01305 215000

07-08 Wartime Christmas Festival and Craft Fayre The Tank Museum, Bovington, Nr Wareham, BH20 6JG. Take a step back in time and discover who Christmas was celebrated on the Home Front. Enjoy Christmas shopping from local craft and produce stalls. 01929 405096 (www.tankmuseum.org)

07-15 Christmas Tree Festival Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 10am-4:30pm, daily. Many beautifully decorated trees. Free entry & children's quiz. Donations to Chernobyl Children's Lifeline & The Alzheimer's Society. Carol Service 6:30pm 15th Dec.

08 Sherborne Festive Shopping Day Sherborne, throughout the town. 10am-4:30pm. 'Love a Local Christmas'; See street performers, choirs, bands, orchestras, carollers and 'Victorian' chestnut roasters. Special drop in Abbey services throughout the day. Pannier & Dorset Farmers’ Markets, + Artisan Makers' Market. 'Spot the Santa' to win, visit Santa in his Grotto. Children's Festive Craft Workshop, lantern procession, + see The Octagon Theatre's Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs too!

08 Shoppers' Carols Sherborne Abbey. 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm.

08 Creative Dance Workshop Salwayash Village Hall, nr Bridport. 2:30pm-4:30pm. Feel loosened & energised! 07813 546644

08 Lyme Bay Choral Christmas Concert St Michael's Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis. Unusual Carols and Audience Carols. Musical Director Alex Davies, Guest Conductor Dr Peter Milmer. 2.30pm - £12 per ticket includes finger buffet. Box Office: Hilary Highet, 7 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QD. 01297 445649. (email: hilaryhighet@mac.com)

08 Allington Strings Concert St Johns Church, West Bay 3pm. Pieces inc. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and Gershwin’s Lullaby. Tickets £7 from The Bookshop, Bridport or Bridport Music or on door.

08 West Gallery Carol Concert by The Ridgeway Choir St Nicholas' Church, Abbotsbury. 4:30pm. Led by Phil Humphries & Tim Laycock. £5 inc. Mulled wine & mince pies. 01305 871532

08 The Occasional Singers - Music for Advent St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, DT1 2HJ. 4:30pm. Free concert with retiring collection. Conducted by Richard Hall and David Bruce-Payne.

08 Come and Sing 'Handel' Messiah The Abbey, Milton Abbey School. 7:30pm. Milton Abbey Choral Society & Orchestra. Tickets £15/£12/£10 For more info & to book call: 01258 881844

09 Community Lecture: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queens Av. Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. By Dr Simon Singh MBE, Author, Journalist and TV Producer. Free, but by ticket available from School Reception Tues 26th Nov, max.4pp. Donations welcome. 01305 266064

09 Sherborne Christmas Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. The Abbey's Gift to the town. Seasonal music and readings for everyone. Free with retiring collection in aid of St Margret's Hospice and Weldmar Hospice.

10 The Town Mill Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm. Talk by David West on the Mill restoration in 1990. Lyme Regis Museum jointly with Lyme Regis Society @ Woodmead Halls. Members £1.50

10 St Michael's C of E Primary School Carol Service St Michael's The Archangel Parish Church. Carol Service 6pm. All welcome (www.stmichaelslyme.dorset.sch.uk)

10 Anna Del Conte talk Library, Sherborne. 7:15pm. The Queen of Italian Cooking on her fascinating life. Buffet, with soft drinks. BYO wine. £4. (£3 for Friends of Sherborne Library). 01935 812683

10 Victorian church restoration and its problems Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 7:20pm for 8pm. Speaker: Dr Mark Smith. The Victorian period saw a revolution in the world of Anglican worship, transforming completely the way it looked, sounded and even smelt. 01963 370899 (email: info@sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk)

10-11 Christmas Bazaar Cowden Care Farm CIC, North Street, Charminster, Nr Dorchester, DT2 9RN. 11am-2pm. Come and support your local community farm. Tombola, homemade cakes, home grown plants and produce. Christmas decorations, 'Santa's Grotto', seasonal refreshments and much more. 01305 250444 (email: cowdencarefarm@btinternet.com)

11 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Peter Bray, playing Bach, Saint-Saens, Guilmant. Free. Donations welcome.

11 Geology Lecture Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 6:30pm for 7pm. Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

11 The Great Egg Race Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Pre-Christmas fun at Sherborne Science Café. Puzzles, quizzes and a practical challenge for teams of up to 4. For more details contact Rob: 01935 814122 (email: padlands@tiscali.co.uk)

12 Lunchtime Concert: Forum Saxophone Quartet Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm. Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

12 What to Expect from Fuchias Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Sherborne & District Gardeners’ Association talk by Derek Luther. £2 non members. 01935 389867

12 The Thursday Group - Carols and Mince Pies St George's Hall, Fordington, Dorchester. 2:15pm, accompaniment by Evelyn Kingman. Visitors and new members welcome. Rae Kozary 01305 269834

12-15 Meet Father Christmas at The Toy Barn The Toy Barn, Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, DT9 4JX. Children can meet Father Christmas in his North Pole grotto. Father Christmas is only at The Toy Barn for 4 days in his busy schedule. Booking in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment. £5 per child, which includes a present. Adults free. 01935 815040

12,19,26 Late Night Christmas Shopping Dorchester Town Centre. Parking free from 6pm.

13 Carol Service Sunninghill Preparatory School, South Walks, DT1 1EB. 2pm. 01305 262306

13 Market St. Martin's Community Hall (By Church), Broadmayne, Nr Dorchester. 2pm-3:30pm. Raffle, craft, plants, books, Jigsaws, Cards, Local Sausages, eggs, watercress, plants, cakes and preserves. Tea/Coffee. 01305 853765

13 St Michael's C of E Primary School Christmas Fayre St Michael's Primary School, King's Way, Lyme Regis. Fun and games, chance to buy Christmas Gifts. Entrance 50p. 6pm - 8pm (www.stmichaelslyme.dorset.sch.uk)

13 Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger - Milborne Movies Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT11 0JX. 7:30pm. Hall and bar open from 7pm, starts 7:30pm. Tickets £3 adults, £2 children obtained on the door.

13 Lyme Regis Town Band Christmas Concert Woodmead Halls. Hill Road, Lyme Regis. 8pm. Carols and Christmas Music.

14 Christmas Gift & Craft Fayre St Mary's Church House, South St, Bridport. 9:30am-2:30pm. 20+ stalls. Free. 01308 425023

14 Antique & Flea market Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Monthly Antique market. 01963 250108

14 Antique & Vintage Christmas Fair The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 10am-4pm. Ideal to buy your Christmas presents, with free mince pies. 01929 471987

14 Christmas Carolling Hardy’s Birthplace, High Bockhampton, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8QJ. 1pm-5pm. Join local folk musician Tim Laycock for tradition Hardy-style Christmas singing, music and fun. Adults £6.50, Child £3. 01305 262538

14 Yeovil Concert Band featuring The Scrumpy Sax Quartet present A Christmas Concert Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, Yeovil. 7pm. In aid of Yeovil Heartbeat. £8 adults, £3 under 18’s, inc. mulled wine & mince pie. 01935 413598

14 Festive Quiz The Fox & Hounds, Duck Street, Cattistock, DT2 0JH. 7:30pm for 8pm start. Max. 6 in a team, £2.50pp. All money raised goes to Heartbeat House in Southampton. 01300 320444 (email: lizflight@yahoo.co.uk)

14 Music: The Spirit of Christmas Past St Nicholas' Church, Winterborne Kingston, Nr Dorchester, DT11 9BJ. 8pm. Fleurs de Lys and Thor Ewing bring a programme of medieval music and song. 07949 836503 (www.musicatkingston.com)

15 Bridport Antiques & Vintage Sunday St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport, DT6 3RR. 10am-4pm. 01308 425111

15 Vintage Tea Dances Public Hall, Beaminster. 2pm-4pm Social dancing and some tuition. Reserve your table: 07505 798258

15 Dorchester Community Play ‘Drummer Hodge’ Fundraiser Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2AB. 2pm-4pm. Music & poetry reading. Mince pies and mulled wine. £10 from Anne Jonathan 01305 269510.

16 Cathedrals Express Carol Service Sherborne Abbey. 3pm.

17 An Evening of Variety with the Sherborne Amateur Players Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7pm. £15, inc. a buffet supper. Group table bookings available, call for details: 01935 812446

17-20 Christmas Tree Festival Baptist Church, Broad Street, Lyme Regis Lyme Regis Baptist Church, 10:30am - 6pm every day, late night Friday till 7pm, Saturday 10:30am - 2pm. Christmas trees decorated by local organisations.

18 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Simon Clarkson, playing Bach, Heiller, Lloyd-Webber. Free.

18 Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir Noel! Noel! Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm for 8pm. Tickets £12, available from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992

18 The Yetties Christmas Music Night! The Weavers Club, Westbury, Sherborne. 8pm. All welcome to the festive music making. £6, no charge for performers. 01935 814667

19 RSPB South Dorset Local Group Meeting St George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 7:15pm for 7:45pm start. Talk by Richard Collier, Dorset Wildlife. Coffee/Tea provided in interval. Members £3, visitors £3.50. 01305 832686

19 Celebration Carol Concert: Bournemouth Symphony Chorus Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. Plus BSO Ensemble and Harp. Favourite Carols and Christmas music. Tickets £15-£25 including programme from Sherborne TIC or 01202 644704

19 Chapel Choir Carol Service Thomas Hardye School, Queens Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7:30pm. 01305 266064

20 Carol Service St John's Almshouse Chapel, Sherborne. 5pm.

20 Champagne Christmas Lunch Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Evershot, DT2 0JR. Champagne aperitif on arrival followed by a delicious 3-course Lunch, Wines & Coffee + a small table gift for all guests. £69. 01935 482000

21 Bridport Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall, Bucky Doo Square, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF. 9am-3pm. Bridport's Town Hall is the venue the very popular Craft Fair on the first floor. A wide range of crafts are on offer. 01308 456722

21 Monthly Book Fair Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 9:30am-4pm. New, 2nd-hand & antiquarian books. 01803 613356

21 Carols in the Street Lyme Regis Centre. 10:30am-12:30pm . The Town Band, plays carols in the Street, whilst you shop.

21 Shoppers' Carols Sherborne Abbey. 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.

22 Sherborne Abbey Carol Service Sherborne Abbey. 3pm.

22 Traditional Nine Lessons & Carols St Peter's Church, High West Street, Dorchester. 6:30pm.

23 Carols around the Christmas Tree The Shambles, Broad Street, Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis Town Band, plays carols, audience participation. Organised by the Lyme Regis Rotary Club. 7pm - 7:45pm.

24 Carols in the Street Lyme Regis Town Centre. 10:30am - 12:30pm. Christmas Eve carols in Broad Street.

24 Midnight Mass St Peter's Church, High West Street, Dorchester. 11:30pm. Choral, candlelit, carols, for the town.

24 Midnight Mass Sherborne Abbey. 11:30pm. First Eucharist of Christmas. (Crib blessing earlier at 5pm)

25 Parish Eucharist for Christmas Day Sherborne Abbey. 9:30am. (Communion, 8am. Festal Mattins, 11:15am).

25 Christmas Eucharist St Peter's Church, High West Street, Dorchester. 10am. Carols and refreshments.

25 Charmouth RNLI Christmas Day Swim Charmouth Beach. All in the water for 11am. Fancy dress optional. RNLI crew on standby. In aid of Lyme Regis RNLI Station. Further information from: Lyme Regis RNLI Guild Secretary on 01297 442448

25-05/01/14 Jan Windows Wonderland Lyme Regis Town Centre, The Mill to the Cobb. 12 days of Christmas painted on a winter wonderland of windows. Festive Fun.

26 West Bay Wallow - A Boxing Day swim East Beach, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4GX. The West Bay Wallow is a charity fancy dress swim off East Beach at midday on Boxing Day. This year organised by the Bridport Round Table. There will be a public collection for Round Table local charities but swimmers can be sponsored for their own chairty. 07971 258515

27 Cocktails & Canapés - Robbie Williams Tribute Act & Casino The Fox & Hounds, Duck Street, Cattistock, DT2 0JH. Tickets £10 inc. Free cocktails and canapés. Entertainment from a fantastic Robbie Act who will also be covering the famous ''Swing Album'' (Mr Bojangles, Mack the Knife and much more). 01300 320444 (email: lizflight@yahoo.co.uk)

28 Book Fair Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 10am-4pm. £1 entry. (www.pbfa.org)

29 Divine Union Soundbath Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 4LA. 2pm-4pm. Experience a magical performance of Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and vocal over-toning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state. £10 in advance via 01935 389655 (www.centreforpuresound.org)

29-30 Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp George Albert Hotel, Warden Hill, Evershot, Dorchester, DT2 9PW. 2pm & 6pm. A Reamba Production. Tickets £7.50, Children 3-16yrs £5, OAPs and Under3s FREE. Professional actors and vocalists, an all round spectacular production. 01935 483430 (www.gahotel.co.uk)

29-01/12 Osmington's Christmas Carol The Sunray, Osmington, DT3 6EU. Grand Tree Lighting 29th at 6:30pm in aid of The British Heart Foundation and Tiny Tickers, Cardiac Consultant, Simon Winterton officiating. Christmas Market 30th and 1st Dec. 12noon-5pm Christmas Shopping, mulled wine and mince pies, Morris Dancers, live music and Carols. Father Christmas will be with us for the weekend. 01305 832148 / 833108

31 Service at St Catherine's Chapel Abbotsbury. 5pm. New Year's Eve - bring a torch!

31-01/01 New Year's Eve 2013 George Albert Hotel, Warden Hill, Evershot, Dorchester, DT2 9PW. Welcome drinks, Canapés, 3 course dinner, tea or coffee. Dance the New year in with the band 'The Crack'. £65 advance booking. 01935 483430

NEW YEAR’S DAY – JANUARY 2014. 01 The Lyme Lunge! Main Beach, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JQ. A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay, 1pm at the Cobb Beach, all for charity, organised by the Lyme Regis Rotary Club. Everyone welcome, whether ‘dipping’ or contributing to our charity collection. Have a go. Prize for Best Fancy Dress.

West Dorset Tourist Information Centres

Dorchester TIC, Antelope Walk, Dorchester
Tel: 01305 267992

Bridport TIC, South Street, Bridport
Tel: 01308 424901

Sherborne TIC, Digby Road, Sherborne
Tel: 01935 815341

Lyme Regis TIC, Church Street, Lyme Regis
Tel: 01297 442138

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