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
31/12-01 New Year Celebration Bridport Town Centre, DT6 3LF.
31/12-01 New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball at The Bull Hotel The Bull, 34 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF. 01308 422878
01 Grand Duck Race River Lym, Lyme Regis. A New Year’s Day tradition. Started by the Town Crier, watch the ducks race down the River Lym at noon. Raising money for Lyme's Christmas Lights. £1 per duck.
01 Rotary Lyme Lunge Cobb Beach, Lyme Regis. A fancy dress dip in the seas of Lyme Regis. 1pm. All welcome to have a go or donate to charity. Prize for best fancy dress. 01297 442242 (www.lymeregisrotary.org)
01-02 Christmas Market The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Christmas market open daily 10:30 - 4:30pm. Affordable art and crafts. Free admission. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (www.townmillartsguild.com)
01-06 Chelsea Davine Art Exhibition The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Chelsea Davine Art Exhibition. 01297 443579
01-06 Retro/vintage gifts, pop up shop The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Selling handmade books, toys, accessories, clothes, jewellery and household items. 01297 443579 (www.townmillartsguild.com) (email: email@example.com)
02 Dave Bowen and Jazz Friends The Three Compasses, Charminster Nr Dorchester, DT2 9QT. Jazz band plays Swing, Standards, Bossa nova etc. 8:30pm.
03 The Nutcracker (U) (3-D) Regent Cinema, Broad Street, Lyme Regis 4:30 and 7:30pm. (www.scottcinemas.co.uk)
04 BearCat acoustic duo Rose & Crown,Trent, Dorset DT9 4SL. 9pm. Samantha Jane on the fiddle & Skipper on guitar Folk, roots & acoustic favourites with vocal harmonies. 01935 850776
04 New Year for children with disabilities and their families. Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, DT2 8PY. For Artz+, Sportz+ & Poole Short Breaks families: Tractor/trailor rides, animal park, garden walks, Winter Wonderland craft, sporty games. Places must be booked in advance by Dec. 20th. 10am-3pm. 01305 252250 (www.dorsetforyou.com/artz+)
04 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk: Deer Management in Dorset United Chuch Hall, East Street, Bridport. Illustrated talk by Jan Andrews. 7:30pm. £2 members/£3 non-members.
05 Mary Anning Walk Lyme Regis Museum. See where Mary Anning lived and hunted. 1:30pm. Adults £6, children and students £3. 01297 443370 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
05 'Preparing for the Chelsea Flower Show.' Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Blackmore Vale & Yeovil Association; talk by James Foster-Pegg of Castle Gardens. £3 members, £5 guests. Tea & biscuits included. (email: email@example.com)
05 Ben Waters Live Evershot Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT2 0JW. 7:30pm. Boogie Woogie & Rock 'N' Roll. In aid of the building of a childrens ward at the Baragu Health Centre in Kenya & Dorchester ATC. Tickets £10 from Bridport, Dorchester and Sherborne TICs.
08 The Discovery of France St. Peter's Church, West Knighton, Dorchester. Tantalizing Talks and Lively Lectures talk by Anthony Thorpe. 7:30pm. £4.
08 Furnishing Dorset's Trust Properties United Church, Charles Street, Dorchester. By James Grassby. Part of the National Trust South Dorset Association. 2:30pm. Guests £3.
08 Portrait In Oils Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2pm-4pm. Demonstration by Mike Bragg. Lyme Regis Art Society meeting.
08 Age UK Dorchester Benefits and Advice Surgery The Rendezvous, Sherborne, DT9 3BJ. 10am -12pm. A drop-in Benefits and Advice surgery on the first Tuesday each month. 01305 269444
09 ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Sherborne Flicks. 7:30pm. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
10 Lady Butler: Battle Artist The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 01963 370899 (www.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk)
10 Goddess Circle for Women Nr. Dorchester, DT2 8JT. Details upon enquiry. 01305 853705
11 Competition Hobbyist Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Watch the WCPF Judging. Lyme Bay Photographic Club.
12 Mary Anning Walk Lyme Regis Museum. See where Mary Anning lived and hunted. 1:30pm. Adults £6, children and students £3. 01297 443370 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
12 Compassionate Dictatoriship Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Jazz led by guitarist Jez Franks and saxophonist Tori Freestone, with James Maddren on drums and Jasper Høiby on double bass. £12 on door.
12 Bring an Heirloom Loders Village Hall, DT6 3SA. The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society, welcome all to this event. 2pm-4:30pm. Visitors £2 (afternoon tea included). 01935 812347
12 Bridport Community Orchard Potato Day Church House, South St, Bridport. 10:30am - 2:30pm. West Pennard Plants will be selling seed potatoes, and BCOG will have a book stall. 01308 458480
12 New Year Snowman Drive with a Pudding Blackdown Village Hall, Blackdown, nr Beaminster. 6:30pm for 7pm. £5 adult/£3 child. All welcome. 01460 30661 or 07980 864169
13 Cabin Fever Crew The Royal Oak, Cerne Abbas. Folk Band from 8:30pm. 01300 341797 (www.royaloakcerneabbas.co.uk)
13 Wassailing in the Orchard Bridport Community Orchard, off South St, Bridport. Starts at 3pm.
14 Lyme Mummers Play Lyme Regis Museum leading on to St. Michael's Church. Performance begins at 4:30pm outside Lyme Regis Museum then follow the horseback hero through the old town streets by torchlight for the final scene in St Michael's Church. Afterwards there will be cakes and ale to celebrate Twelfth Night. Free.
16 Music at the Museum Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA. 7:30pm Rhodes Piano Trio, with Meghan Cassidy Viola. £12. In advance or on the door. 01305 266028 (www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk)
16 WDD&FAS Talk: Whistler in Venice Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport. Illustrated Talk by Julian Halsby starting at 2:30pm. 07972 472029
18 Alice in Wonderland (2010) (PG) Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall, DT11 0JX. £3. Doors and refreshments from 7pm, film at 7:30pm. 01258 837371
19 Mary Anning Walk Lyme Regis Museum. See where Mary Anning lived and hunted. 1:30pm. Adults £6, children and students £3. 01297 443370 (email: email@example.com)
19 James Gibb Lecture: "The Fortified burhs of late C9th Dorset & Somerset". Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. By Jeremy Haslem. 2:30pm. £3.50 (Students £1) on door or from Sherborne Museum. Tea & Cake available.
19 Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre St. George's Church Hall, Fordington. By Mike Colbourne. Part of the National Trust South Dorset Association 2:30pm. Guests £3.
19 Antique Fair Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street. DT1 1HF. 10am - 4pm.
19 Model Railway Exhibition Beaminster Public Hall, Fleet St, Beaminster Bridport & District Model Railway Club exhibition from 10am - 5pm Working displays in all popular gauges, trade stands and static models.
20 Big Breakfast Salway Ash Village Hall, 9am-1pm. Two menus available. Proceeds to fund Sir John Colfox School Rock Challenge 2013. £6 adult, £3 child. 01308 487842 / 07792 609617
20 Grave Concerns: The Archaeology of burial & ritual Quaker Meeting House, South St, Bridport. Ten Weekly Talks by Chris Tripp. 7pm-9pm. £10 per session. 07768695162
22 Dorset Big Cats Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, DT8 3NB. 2:30pm. A talk by Merrily Harpur, author 'Roaring Dorset! Encounters with Big Cats'. £2.50. 01308 863577
22 Ceramics Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Demonstration by Amanda Popham. 2pm-4pm. Lyme Regis Art Society meeting.
23 Development of Burrow Farm Gardens Uplyme Village Hall, Near Lyme Regis. Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society talk by Mary Benger. 7:30pm. Members free, guests £2. 01297 444034
23 "When the Germans Came to Dorchester" Charlton Down Village Hall. 7:30pm. Brian Bates the fascinating story of the German WWII POW camp in Dorchester. £2.50. 01305 269522
24 The Representation of the People Act (1918) and the coming of Democracy to Britain The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Why the Act was passed and setting it into the longer-run context of Acts from 1832. 01963 370899
25 RNLI SOS Day Lyme Regis. A great way for everyone to have some fun, whilst raising funds to help the RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards save lives at sea. Phone for a free SOS fundraising pack. 0845 121 4999
25 Lyme Regis Society Coffee Morning Alexandra Hotel, Lyme Regis. Everyone welcome. Come and learn about the Society, meet friends or pay your subscription. 10:30am -12pm
25 Past, Present and Future, The Brownsword Hall, Poundbury. 7pm for 7:30pm. Jon Murden, the Director of the Museum talks about artefacts found in Poundbury as well as other places, giving an insight into the operation and running of the museum into the future. £3.50. (www.brownswordevents.org.uk)
25 Holocaust Memorial Day Event The Corn Exchange, High West St. Dorchester DT1 1HF. 12:30pm - 1:30pm, doors 12noon. All Welcome. Theme Communities Together: Build a Bridge. 01305 252204. (www.hmd.org.uk)
26 Mary Anning Walk Lyme Regis Museum. 1:30pm. See where Mary Anning lived and hunted. Adults £6, children and students £3. 01297 443370 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
26 Bridport Craft Fair Town Hall, Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, DT9 3LF. 9am - 3pm. 01308 456722
26 Barn Dance & Ploughman's Supper Uplyme Village Hall, Near Lyme Regis. Organised by Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society, a popular annual Barn Dance with “Long Odds and Short Straws.” Soft Drinks on sale but byo alcoholic beverages and glasses. 7:30pm. Tickets £8 (under 12’s £4) including supper. Available in advance.
26 The Dorset Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Open Day Holy Trinity Parish Hall, Dorchester, DT1 1QG. Come and have a go at spinning, weaving and various other crafts associated with the Guild. There will be also be a special children’s workshop, a cake stall and other stalls selling craft items. 11am - 3:30pm. Free Admission, refreshments.
26 House of Trees Sladers Yard, West Bay Bridport DT6 4EL This magical Swedish alt-folk band perform tonight. Tickets £10, or £25 with supper. 01308 459511 (www.sladersyard.co.uk)
27 Dave Bowen Quintet The Trooper Inn, Stourton Caundle, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2JW. 1pm - 3pm. Sunday lunchtime jazz session. Free admission.
28 Soup and Ploughmans Alexandra Hotel, Lyme Regis. An annual event held by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis. 12 noon -2pm, 2012 charity is WaterAid. Tickets £7.50 from your local Rotarian. 01297 444567
28 Community Lecture - Nine Evolutionary Myths: The Closing of the Darwinian Mind Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester. 7pm. By Professor Simon Conway Morris. Free, but by ticket only, available from School Reception. (Two weeks prior). 01305 266064
28 Chesil Beach & Fleet as a Nature Reserve United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. 2:30pm. Talk by Don Moxon, Warden of the Fleet. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Non-Members welcome. £3, Includes Tea/coffee and biscuits. 01308 863577
30 Eastbury Lunch & Learn: Hendrika Foster, The Golden Age of Painting in C17th Holland Eastbury Hotel, Long St, Sherborne. Lecture, 2 course lunch with wine, refreshments throughout. £39. 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
31 Folk & Roots Night with Tapas Vintage Fair Arts Café, Yeovil. 7pm. An evening of live music and tapas.
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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