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 Michael Roach Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 8:30pm. Originally from Washington DC, Michael has performed at major blues festivals across the globe. Joined by Stompin Dave. £10 in advance, £12 on door. 01297 442138
01 Barn Dance/Ceilidh Church House, Bathwell Lane, Milborne Port, DT9 5AN. 7:30 pm. Milborne Porters Folk Dance Band and caller Will Antell Suitable for all. £5 on the door. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) 01963 251 533.
01 BearCat acoustic duo Rose & Crown, Trent, Dorset, DT9 4SL. 9pm. Folk, roots & acoustic favourites. 01935 850776
01 Wild about Portland United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. 7:30pm. Dorset Wildlife Trust talk by Lyn Cooch. £2/£3.
02 Saturday Morning Art Club Gryphon School, Sherborne. 10am-12noon. Booking essential. 01935 815899
02 Mary Anning Walk Lyme Regis Museum. See where she lived and hunted. 1:30pm. Adult £6, child £3. 01297 443370
02 Blackheart Music Folk Duo Colford Memorial Hall, Devon, on A3052. 7:30pm. Music concert. £10. 01297 553710
02 'The Quakers in Industry' Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Blackmore Vale & Yeovil Association; talk by Dr. Mick Atkinson. £3 members, £5 guests. Tea & biscuits included. 01747 838810 (email: email@example.com)
02 Three Days Late Ceilidh: Cottage Industry St Mary's Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NW. 7:30pm - 11pm. Caller Peter Aston. Tickets in advance £7.50 (£8.50 on door). 01308 423442 (www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com)
02 Barn Dance Crossways Village Hall Nr Dorchester. 6:45pm. The Dorset Buttons Band. Bangers, mash & beans to be served at 7pm. £10 (child £5) inc. supper, from Premier Stores, The Rectory, Tree Stores & Youth Centre Sunday Services.
03 Snowdrop Memorial Service United Church, South St, Dorchester. 3pm. In support of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. The Book of Remembrance will be on display, all welcome. If you wish your loved one’s name to be added contact 01305 215321
03 Announcing the Formation of Dorchestra Dorchester Arts Centre, The Grove, Dorchester, DT1 1XR. 3pm-5pm. £3 (Students £1). The Dorchester Community Orchestra inaugural gathering. If you play, or have ever played an instrument bring it along, no matter your standard. Register via: 01305 266926 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
04 Salisbury Cathedral Men & Boys Choir St. Mary’s Church, Charminster, Nr Dorchester. 7:30pm. £6, (U16s £3). On Door.
06-9 Bridport Pantomime Players present ‘Aladdin’ The Electric Palace, Bridport. 7:30 pm. Matinee’s Thursday 1.30pm and Saturday 2pm. Tickets £8 - £6, from Bridport TIC.
04 Snowdrop Memorial Service The Railway Gardens, Sturminster Newton. 11:30am. For Weldmar HC Trust. 01305 215321
04 Dorset Mammal Group Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Inaugral Meeting. Guest Speaker, Colin Varndell: photographs of Wild Mammals of Dorset. Members free, Non-Members £3. (www.dorsetmammalgroup.org.uk)
05 Visit and tour Axe Valley Wetlands - Seaton Marshes Meet at Uplyme Village Hall, Near Lyme Regis. 10am-12pm. Arrive at 9:40am for departure in shared cars. Confirm by Feb 1st. Bring binoculars if possible. 01297 444034
05 Landscape in Acrylic Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2pm-4pm. By Michael Chappell. Lyme Regis Art Soc. Visitors £3.
05 The Dorset Wildlife Trust St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester. 2:30pm. By Nicholas Tomlinson. Guests £3.
05 Cercle Français United Church, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 7:30pm. A l'approche de la fete de Saint Valentin, ecoutons des histoires d'une ancienne redactrice de la rubrique du courrier du coeur: Eda Topliss. 01305 833164 (F), 01305 854025 (Eng)
06 Dave Bowen and Jazz Friends The Three Compasses, Charminster Nr, Dorchester, DT2 9QT. 1pm. Another classical collection with Russell Dawson, Peter Oakes and Sally Flann. Free - £3 donation encouraged.
06 Elgar: Dream of Gerontius Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. £12-£15 from Sherborne School or Sherborne TIC.
06 From Dry Bones to Living Animals: How New Technology Illuminates Dinosaur Biology Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester DT1 1XA. 7pm. Talk by Dr Paul Barrett of the Natural History Museum. Free. 01305 262735
07 East Devon Hill Forts - 600 Years of History Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm. Speaker: Tom Cadbury Curator of Antiquities at RAMM, Exeter. Members: £2 Visitors: £3 inc. refreshments. 01297 445537
07 Plant hunters and pioneers: Veitch Nurseries of Exeter & Chelsea. The Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 8pm. This illustrated talk highlights the interesting plants introduced by the first nursery in Britain to sponsor their own plant collectors.
07 Ramblers Walk: Burton & West Bay Football Club Car Park, Bridport. GR 465923. 6 mile walk. Call: 01935 414745
07 Snowdrop Memorial Service St Mary's Church, Bridport. Starts 11:30am. In support of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.
07 The Healing & Ceremonial Aspects of Shamanism Ropemakers Pub, West St, Bridport. 8pm. Bridport Pagan Moot present this talk by Charlotte Gush. 07539 316595 (email: email@example.com)
07-09 Milborne Players Pantomine: 'Sleeping Beauty' Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT11 0JX. 7pm, for 7:30pm. Matinee 2:30pm on the 9th. Booking Advised, £6, from The Royal Oak, Milborne or Box Office. 01258 837030
08 U3A: Social/Coffee Morning Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 10am A chance to meet with Group Leaders, members.
08-09 Crossways Pantomimers present Sleeping Beauty Crossways Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. 7:30pm (+ 2:30pm on 9th). A fun parish family pantomime. Adult £5, Child £5. from Tree Stores & Premier Stores, Crossways or Call 01305 852936.
08 Rotary Club Quiz Night Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7pm. £8, (inc refreshments) from Sherborne TIC.
08 Competition Monochrome and Presentation Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Lyme Bay Photographic Club.
08-09 Boden Party - Try the new Spring Range Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Dorchester DT2 7LJ. 8th, 5pm-8.30pm. 9th, 10am-2pm. exclusive offers. In aid of The Friends of Puddletown School. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (www.boden.co.uk)
09 The Clarino Trio 'Mozart for Valentine's Day' RC Church, Westbury, Sherborne. £8-£10Church Office 01935 812021
09 Miracle Theatre Company ‘Frankenstein!’ Stockland Village Hall. 7:30pm. £10, (Child £8, Family £30). 07404 881207
09 Nick Malcom Quartet Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Jazz trumpet player Nick, accompanied by painist Alex Hawkins, with Olie Brice on bass and Mark Whitlam on drums. £12. 01935 816569
09 ‘Brick Walls' by Ted Udall Loders Village Hall, Nr Bridport. 2pm-4:30pm. Part of The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society events, all welcome. Visitors £2 (afternoon tea included). 01935 812347
09 ‘Water-springs in the Wilderness’ The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. Pre-Lent Quiet Day. 01300 341741
09 Mary Anning Walk Lyme Regis Museum. 1:30pm. See where she lived and hunted. Adult £6, child £3. 01297 443370
09-10 The 8th Model Railway Exhibition Gartell Light Railway, Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe. BA8 0NB. 9th:10am-5pm, 10th:10am-4pm. 10+ layouts, 3 trade, Historical displays, Train service on the GLR. £4 (£3 conc.) (exc. GLR ticket)
09-16 Lyme Regis Walking Festival 2013 Lyme Regis. This is an excellent opportunity to discover the local coastline and the 185 million years of history embedded within its Jurassic history. (www.lymeregis.org)
10 Duck Race Start at Horn Bridge and finish at the river in front of The Angel Inn, Lyme Regis. 12pm. Raising money for the skate park. Tickets £1. 1st Duck Home £50, 2nd £30, 3rd £20, 4th £10. Special prize for the last duck home.
11 Have fun with Clay Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Art Society Workshop, 10am-1pm. (email: email@example.com)
12 Dorset Historic Churches Trust St. Peter's Church, West Knighton, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Talk by Simon Pomeroy. £4.
12 Snowdrop Memorial Service St Michael & St George's R.C. Church, Lyme Regis. 11am. For Weldmar HC. 01305 215321
12 Turnpike Roads in Dorset Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport. 2.30pm. Talk by Rob Curtis for Bridport History Society.
13 Treasure Hunt in Lyme Regis: Lyme Regis Walking Festival 2013 event Holmbush Car Park, Lyme Regis. 2pm. Suitable for all, using old fashioned clues and state of the art GPS technology. £12.50, Book in advance: 07796 135256
13 Walk the River Lyme: Lyme Regis Walking Festival 2013 event Tourist Information Centre, Church Street, Lyme Regis. 10:30am. Join some Tourist Information Centre staff for a leisurely stroll along the River Lyme to Uplyme. Free.
13 Piatti String Quartet Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester. 7:30pm. £12, (Students £2) 01305 266028
13 WDD&FAS Talk: The Mysterious Black Madonnas of Europe Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport. 2:30pm. Illustrated Talk by Dr Geri Parlby. 07972 472029
13 The Eastbury Lunch & Learn: Mary Jacobsen - Gardens & Palaces in Renaissance Italy Eastbury Hotel, Long St, Sherborne. Lecture, 2 course lunch with wine, refreshments throughout. £39. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
13 Shadow Dancer Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Sherborne Flicks. 7:30pm. Tickets £6 from Sherborne TIC.
14 Dorchester Piano Trio Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA. 1pm. 01305 756827
14 Valentine's Day Popular Organ Recital Sherborne School Chapel. On the newly rebuilt organ. £3. 01935 810518
14 ‘Camellias – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ Kingston Maurward College Nr Dorchester DT2 8PY. 7:30pm. Illustrated talk by Jennifer Trehane, Camellia Expert. Refreshments, raffle and plant sales. Visitors welcome at £2.50, Students £1.
15 Market St. Martin’s Community Hall, Broadmayne Nr Dorchester. 2pm-3:30pm. Raffle, craft, books, cards, local produce etc.
15 Fairgrounds of Years Ago - Dorchester Association Lecture Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Talk by Kay Townsend. Tickets £2 on the door for non-members. 01305 262735
15-17 ‘The Most Exquisite Tenderness’ The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. Led by Canon Stephen Batty. Reflecting on God’s creative love and its completion in Jesus Christ, portrayed in a sculpture from Chartres. 01300 341741
16 Books, Coffee and Cake Moreton Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8RF. 10am-12 noon. 'As new' books: 25p each! + more.
16 Quiz Night Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall 7pm for 7:30pm. A classic Quiz Night over supper. Bar available. Tickets £7 - includes a hot supper. Proceeds to Nyakabaare Primary School, Mbarara District, Uganda. 01297 560081
16-24 The Home Front Experience The Tank Museum, Bovington, Nr Wareham, BH20 6JG. 1940's themed family activities. Kids in evacuee dress visit FREE! Vehicle Rides Every Day. T&Cs on Website. 01929 405096 (www.tankmuseum.org)
16-17 The Battle of Weymouth 1645 – English Civil War Weekend 11 am – 4pm. Find out what life was like for soldiers and civilians. Living history displays at Weymouth old town hall, soldiers marching through the town and a full scale battle on the beach next to the pavilion Sat. afternoon. 11am – 4pm (www.theportlandgarrison.weebly.com)
17 Wedding Fair Kingston Mauward House, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 10am - 3:30pm. 01305 215000
17 Fossil Roadshow Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, DT6 6LL. 10:30am-4:30pm. Fossil hunting walk, fossil collections on display, lucky dip, micro fossils, art and craft activities and more! Free. 01297 560772
19 Lyme Regis Art Society: Your Ideas and My Ideas Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Demonstration by Robert Julier, Lyme Regis Art Society Meeting. 2pm - 4pm. Visitors £3. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
19 'Brave' (2012) (U) Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT11 0JX. 2pm for 2:30pm. £3, (£2 Child) 01258 837371
20 ‘The Charmouth Dinosaur' Illustrated Talk Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, DT6 6LL. 2pm. Find out how experts have pieced together the story of the dinosaurs. Tickets £3. Booking advisable. 01297 560772
20 Arts Buffet Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 10:30am-12:30pm, 2pm-4pm. U11s. Get messy with craft. Free. 01935 815899
20-24 Bloodhound SSC (Supersonic car) Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton. £9-£13. 01935 840565 (www.fleetairarm.com)
21 The Great Stink: Sir Joseph Bazalgette The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 8pm. The stink of sewage from the Thames in 1858 drove MPs from the House of Commons! Bazalgette was tasked with solving the problem. 01963 370899
21-23 Piddle Valley Players: Fiddler on the Roof Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Northfield, DT2 7QL. 7pm, Sat. 23rd Matinee 2pm. Tickets: Piddletrethide PO & Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton. Adults £8, U16s £7 inc. refreshments.
21-23 The Broadmayne Players present Dick Turpin Broadmayne Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. 7pm for 7:30pm. £5, reduction of £2 on the night for family tickets (2 adults and 2 U16s) from The Village Stores after 7th Feb. or 01305 854335/ 852795
22 How to set up AV Presentations Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. By Sheila Haycox. 7:30pm. Lyme Photographic Club.
22 Wine Tasting – ‘Rising Stars and Unsung Heroes’ Palmers Wine Store, Bridport. DT6 4JA. 7:30pm. Tastings & Canapes. £12.50. Talk by Mark Banham of Palmers Wine Store. Book via: 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
22 Bridport Auction The Auction House of Bridport , No.1 St.Michaels Trading Estate, Bridport. Sales start at 10am. Viewing Wed. & Thur. prior to sale, 9am-5pm & from 9am on the morning of the sale. 01308 459400 (email: email@example.com)
22 Psychic Variety Show Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West St, Dorchester, DT1 1UP. 7:30pm. £10 from Dorchester TIC.
22-24 ‘Community, Prayer and Protest’ The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE. Led by Revd Jonathan Herbert. Singing the Lord’s song in a strange lane - living simply in community as a challenge to unregulated global capitalism. 01300 341741
23 ‘Snowdrop Day’ at Hilfield Friary The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. 2pm - 5pm. Visit the great variety of snowdrops in the Secret Garden guided by Br Vincent. £2. Snowdrops being sold by Avon Bulbs. 01300 341741
23 Mary Anning Walk Lyme Regis Museum. 1:30pm. See where she lived and hunted. Adults £6, children, £3. 01297 443370
23 Syntronix - 'UK's Most Authentic Tribute to the Sound of the 80s' Trinity Club, Trinity St. Dorchester, DT1 1TT. 8pm start. All Welcome. Discounts for members, £6 for non-members. 01305 262671 / 07545 290482
23 Antique & Flea Market Church Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. Monthly Antique & Flea Market. 01963 250108 / 01935 472998
23 Mind Body Spirit Fayre The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 10am - 4pm. Free Entry.
24 Ramblers Walk: Shipton Hill & Chilcombe Station Car Park, West Bay, Bridport. 10am. 12 mile walk. Call: 01935 881317
24 Dave Bowen Quintet The Trooper Inn, Stourton Caundle, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2JW. 1pm - 3pm.
24 Dorchester and South Dorset LETS Cream tea and Poetry The Old Tea House, 44 High West St, Dorchester. Bring a poem to share (your own or one that you like). Cost : pay for your tea + 2 Marts. Confirm attendance 01305 267758
25 Community Lecture - Solar Max Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. By Dr Lucie Green. Free, but by ticket only, available from School Reception. (Two weeks prior). 01305 266064
25 Is There Life in Outer Space United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. 2:30pm. Talk by Bob Mizon, Fellow of the RAS. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the NT. Non-Members welcome, £3. Incl. Tea/coffee & biscuits. 01308 863577
26 Dorset Women Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, DT8 3NB. 2:30pm. A talk by Diana Trenchard, author 'Women of Dorset: Famous and Forgotten Women from the Dark Ages to the Present Day'. £2.50. 01308 863577
26 'Chard - The first powered flight' Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm. A talk by Chard Museum. £1.50.
26 Gertrude Jekyll - Her Plants and Gardens Portesham Village Hall, Nr Weymouth, DT3 4NS. 8pm. Talk by David Usher. Chesil Bank Garden Club presentation. 01305 871043 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
26 Cercle Français de Dorchester Tolpuddle Room, United Church, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 7:30pm. Causerie illustree donee par Christine Barsky, membre de notre comite, 'Bordeaux et la Gironde'. 01305 833164 (French), 01305 854025 (English)
27 Plants for Shade Uplyme Village Hall, Near Lyme Regis. Horticultural Society talk by Chris Birchall. 7:30pm. 01297 444034
27 Edouard Manet - Rebel in a Frock Coat Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 7:30pm. An illustrated talk with Julian Halsby. £8 from Sherborne TIC, to include a complimentary drink. (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
27 Humanist Chaplains in Prisons - A Talk by Amy Walden Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UP. 7.30pm. Everyone Welcome. Free, Suggested donation of £2. 07921 311518 (email: email@example.com)
27 The Joy of Specs The Senior Lunch Club Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Sherborne Science Café. Talk by Simon Frackiewicz, Member of College of Optometrists. 01935 813896 (www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk)
28 Thomas Hardye School Concert Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA. 1pm. Special performance by Thomas Hardye School 6th Form students. Free £3 donation encouraged. 01305 262735
28 Wine Tasting – ‘Rising Stars and Unsung Heroes’ Panini’s, Weymouth Av. Dorchester, DT1 1QR. 7:30pm. £30, 3 course dinner & tastings. Talk by Mark Banham of Palmers Wine Store. Book via: 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
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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