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What's on in and around West Dorset

July 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

23/05-14/07 Jurassic Dreams Exhibition Lyme Regis Museum. 10am-5pm daily. This family friendly exhibition presents the work of Keith Robinson, children’s illustrator & creator of the Lyme Regis town map. Keith’s work is inhabited by pirates, dinosaurs , dragons, and often inspired by the Jurassic coast. (www.lymeregisartsfest.com) (email: info@lymeregismuseum.co.uk)

28/06-17/07 Members Digital Art Upstairs Gallery, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Open daily 10:30am-4:30pm. Free admission. Members exhibition including photography, photo-art and iPad work. (email: info@townmillartsguild.com)

29/06-07/07 Liz Shewan - Art Exhibition Town Mill Malthouse, Lyme Regis. Free. 01297 443579 (www.townmillartsguild.com)

01 The Boy Choristers & Lay Vicars of Salisbury Cathedral St Mary's Church, Puddletown. A concert of Sacred Music featuring music by Attwood, Boyce, Byrd, Gibbons and Villette. £10, includes a drink and nibbles. 01305 848646 / 848510

01 Sherborne Area Over 50's public meeting Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Speaker Amanda Whitlock (W.R.V.S.). Open to all ages, includes raffle, bric-a-brac, tea/coffee & homemade cakes. Free. 01935 389086

02 Henry Hitchins ‘Sorry! The English and their manners’ Leweston School, nr Sherborne. 12noon for 12:30pm. A Sherborne Literary Society Summer Literary Luncheon, 2 courses and wine. £25 (Members £22.50) from the TIC.

02 Monthly Wine Dinner Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JR. From Furleigh, Dorset. 7pm: aperitifs and an introduction to the wines. Dinner at 7:30pm, inc. a delicious four-course menu especially created to complement the five different wines (inc. aperitifs). £99. 01935 482031 (www.summerlodgehotel.com)

02 Music by the Sea The Shelters, The Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm. Lyme Town Band. (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)

02,09,16 Creative Explorers West End Community Hall, Littlefield, Sherborne, DT9 6AU. 1:30pm-2:45pm. A tactile, sensory play, creative play session including music and songs for children under 5 and their carers. No need to book, just come along, have fun and make friends. This session is run in partnership with Sherborne Children's Centre. 01935 815899

03 Dave Bowen and Jazz Friends Three Compasses, Charminster, Nr Dorchester, DT2 9QT. 8:30pm. These regular sessions feature some of the most experienced jazz players in the region, playing swing, standards, bossa nova etc. Free.

03 American Independence Party The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AX. 7pm-11pm. Live 'Yee-ha' music, southern style menu, free 'Yankee Doodle' for everyone! Tickets £10 in advance - £12 on the door. 01935 817022

04 Bridport Pagan Moot Talk: Peter Knight from stoneseeker.net The Ropemakers Pub, West St, Bridport. 8pm. People of all paths are welcome. 07539 316595 (www.bridportpaganmoot.moonfruit.com)

04 Lunchtime Concert: The Forum Saxophone Quartet Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-2pm. Jazz, popular, folk, and light classical music. Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827

04 Dorchester Art Club: Hot Summer St. George's Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. Subject 'Hot Summer' or BYO work and enjoy the friendly company. £1, to include refreshments. New members welcome. 01305 264568

04 Life of Pi Powerstock Hut, Powerstock Village, nr Beaminster. Film 7:30pm. £4. Bar & snacks from 6:45pm. 01308 485375

04 1940s Afternoon Tea Dance Town Hall, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF 2pm-4:30pm. Ruby Adams from Pavilion Dance South West will be on hand to offer dance tutition. Afternoon tea and raffle. In aid of local charity MOSAIC, supporting bereaved children, young people and their families. £7.50 via 01258 837071 (email: katie@mosaicfamilysupport.org)

04-05 Pictures and Antiques Auction Charterhouse, The Long St Salerooms, Sherborne. 10am. Includes the contents of a Dorset country house, which are estimated to sell for over £100,000 when they go under the hammer. 01935 812277

05 St Michael's Summer Fayre St Michael's CofE Primary School, Lyme Regis. 6pm-8pm. BBQ, games, stalls & lots of fun at the St Michael’s Summer Fayre. All welcome (free admission) proceeds to the school. (www.stmichaelslyme.dorset.sch.uk)

05,12,19,26 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

05-07 Totem Pole Carving Yew Garden, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JS. Wood carving course with toolcare and sharpening. Contact for further details. 01935 83580 (email: post@karenhansen.co.uk)

06 Show of Hands' Summer Family Concert Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury DT3 4LA. 3pm-9pm. 01305 871130

06 Bridport Charter Fair South Street, Bucky Doo Square, Borough Gardens, Bridport. 9am-4pm. The Bridport Charter Fair is a celebration of Bridport's Borough status being granted in 1253, during the reign of King Henry III. A fun day of charity stalls, bands, dancers, skateboard ramps, food, face painting and various other attractions. 01308 422500

06 Armed Forces Day Commemoration Dorchester. 1:25pm: march from North Sq. to Borough Gardens Via South St, (Mayor takes salute outside Barclays Bank, South St). 2pm Commemoration Service at the Gardens. 2:30pm: show by Wessex Military & Dorchester Big Bands in Borough Gardens, display by Nothe Fort Artillery Volunteers. Refreshments available.

06 Garden Party Pitcombe, Littlebredy, DT2 9HG. 2pm-6pm. Enjoy a traditional English Garden Party. Hats encouraged! Family attractions, music, cream teas & more. Free parking, adult £2, child 50p. In aid of St Michael & St Peter's Churches.

06 Bridport Gig Club Regatta West Bay, Bridport. 11am-4pm. Refreshments, tombolla, Gig boat racing (depending on sea).

06 ‘Big Mix' Open Air Music Festival By The Sea Lyme Regis Seafront. 12 noon-11pm. Showcasing a range of the best young music acts in the South West, inc. recent works created by B Sharp at the Big Mix Project. Good Music, BBQ, Workshops, Deckchairs, Hammocks & Sunshine by the Sea. 07968 177663 / 01297 444252 (www.bsharp.uk.com)

06-07 An Introduction to Filete Porteno (traditional signwriting of Buenos Aires) The British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport, DT6 3AD. with Alfredo Genovese and Jemma Thompson. 07941 373055 (email: jemmathompson@hotmail.com)

06-07 Wargamers Weekend The Tank Museum, Bovington, Nr Wareham, BH20 6JG. Exhibitors display war games on museum floor. Access to some exhibits may be obstructed. 01929 405096 (www.tankmuseum.org)

06-07 Shakespeare in the Garden Mapperton Gardens, nr Beaminster, DT8 3NR. Al fresco production of ‘As You Like it.' Sat: 6:30pm, Sun: 2:30pm. Adults £6, Children £3. 01308 862645 (www.mapperton.com)

06-07 Flower Festival St Peter's Church, High West St, Dorchester. Theme: Hymns. 01305 268756 (email: bshuttleworth04@aol.com)

06-07 Flower & Quilt Festival Askerswell Church. 10am-6pm. Cake & produce stall. Proceeds to the Church & Project Linus.

06-07 Dorset 2013 Festival Queens Mothers Square, Poundbury, Dorchester. 10am-5pm. Sat evening 7.30pm.

06-13 Mackerel Festival Various locations around Lyme Regis. Celebrating the wonderful harvest of Lyme Bay, the Lyme Regis Mackerel Festival is an opportunity to explore all things fishy: food, fishing and other fun, family focused seaside things! Event tickets from Lyme Regis TIC. (www.hixoysterandfishhouse.co.uk/whatson/74/)

07 Swingtime in the Gardens Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Featuring Purbeck Big Band & other jazz musicians. 12pm-5pm.

07 Ramblers Walk Littlebredy to Hardy Monument Littlebredy Walled Garden Car Park. 10:30am. 10 mile walk. Please contact to confirm details. 01935 862229 (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)

07 Postcard Fair The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 10am-4pm. Many dealers.

07 Music in the Park Pageant Gardens, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Sherborne Town & Youth Bands play! Bring the family & enjoy!

07 Craft & Gift Fair The Salt House, West Bay 10am-4pm. Free entry raising funds for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

08 The Lyme Regis Development Trust Annual General Meeting The Hub, Church Street, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Members and the general public are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the Lyme Regis Development Trust. The meeting will include an update of the Trust’s projects. 01297 445021 (email: diane.earle1@btinternet.com)

09 Music by the Sea The Shelters, The Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm. Lyme Town Band. (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)

09-12 ‘Making Peace in a World of Conflict’ The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. Journeying through peace and reconciliation in our lives guided by the New Testament, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jnr. 01300 341741

10 Sherborne Historical Society : Visit to Stanway House, Cheltenahm Details: 01935 816650 (email: janesedward@hotmail.co.uk)

10 Sherborne Flicks: A Song For Marion Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. £6 from Sherborne TIC.

10 U3A: The History and Mysteries of Lyme Regis Civic Regalia Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Coffee at 10am, followed at 11am by a talk from Maurice Liddiard: `The History and Mysteries of Lyme Regis Civic Regalia`.

10 Open Mic Night The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AX. 7pm. Free entry. We invite musicians, singers, comedians and more to showcase their talent or try out new material at our popular open mic event. 01935 817022

10 "King of King's" with organist David Briggs St.Michael's Parish Church, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. A 1927 silent film by Cecil B de Mille about the weeks preceeding the Crucifixion, with an improvised accompaniment by world famous organist David Briggs. Tickets from the TIC or from the Church. £8-20 for (Best seats inc. a pre concert reception from 6:15pm & an opportunity to meet David, canapes & wine). Some tickets maybe available on the door, but book in advance for best seats!

11 Music for a Summer Evening St Mary’s Church, Sturminster Newton. 7:30pm. £10, on the door, or via 01258 472576

11 Thomas Hardye School Concert Wind Band and Big Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester 4:30pm.

11 West Bay Guided Walk Led by Elizabeth Gale From Haddon House Hotel, West Bay, Bridport. ‘Pitt Rivers property Sale in 1958 & Bridport Harbour through the ages". 10:30am. 2 hours level walking. £4 in aid of Bridport Museum. 01308 459039

12-13 Italian Market South Street, Dorchester. 9am-approx 5pm. Visiting continental market.

13 Monthly Gift & Craft Fayre St Mary's Church House, South St, Bridport. 9:30am-2:30pm. Over 20 stalls. Free entry. Refreshments available. 01308 425023

13 Music in Bucky Doo Square: Tinkers Cuss Bridport Town Centre. Morning performance for shoppers' enjoyment.

13 Sherborne Artisan Market Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 10am-3:30pm. Artisan crafts, local produce and café. Free entry. (www.sherborneartisanmarket.co.uk)

13 Yeovilton International Air Day The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset. An action packed day out for the whole family! Alongside the thrilling flying display there’s plenty to see and do on the ground. Call or see website for details. Advance tickets available from Bridport, Dorchester & Sherborne TICs. 01935 840565 (www.fleetairarm.com)

13 West Stafford Village Fete DT2 8AG. (4 miles East of Dorchester). 11am-4pm. Fun dog show, cream teas, Frome Valley Jazz, Games, Morris Men and more.

13 Yetminster Fair Yetminster, nr. Sherborne. Opening Procession at 1:15pm. Street Market, Craft Hall, Wessex Highlanders Pipe Band, Yetminster Irish Dancers, Durnovaria Silver Band, Children's Amusements, Hog Roast, Ice Creams, Cream Teas, Doughnuts, White Hart open all day. Free entry! Dog Show (entry 01935 873009) Stall Bookings 01935 873719.

13 WOW Youth Musical Theatre presents A Night at the Musicals Osmington Village Hall, Nr Weymouth, DT3 6EF. 7pm for 7:30pm. Bar available & raffle, for St Osmunds's roof repair fund. £10, (U14s £5), inc. light supper. 01305 835933

13 Chesil Bank Garden Club - Village Cafe Portesham Village Hall, Nr Abbotsbury. 10am-12noon.

13-14 Dorset Seafood Festival Weymouth Harbourside & Pavilion Forecourt. Over 80 stalls, mouth-watering seafood menus, celebrity chefs, Pommery champagne, local ales and a fabulous atmosphere. The festival raises money for The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. (www.dorsetseafood.co.uk)

14 Durnovaria Silver Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 2:30pm.

14 Music for a Sunday Afternoon The Shelters, The Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm-4pm. Lyme Regis Town Band.

14 Bridport Jurassic Coast Run From Bridport Leisure Centre, Skilling Hill Road. 3 runs for all the family - 10k, 5k and 1 mile family fun run and treasure hunt. For more info: 01308 459942

14, 28 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. Adults £5, Family £7, Children FREE. (Members of English Heritage £3.) 01963 250206 / 01935 389535 (www.castletonwaterwheelmuseum.org.uk)

15 Bride Valley Gardening Club Talk: Puncknowle Village Hall nr Bridport. Starts at 7:30pm. Julie Riley talk on Water Plants & Marginals. 01308 898473 (email: cillamorris@hotmail.com)

16-20 Young People’s Week at the Friary The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. An opportunity for young people (aged 17-25) to come and experience the life and work of the Hilfield Friary Community. 01300 341741

17 Adult Craft Workshop: Natural Dyeing 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)

17 An Introduction to the Rope-and-Net Making Heritage of Bridport Charlton Down Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. 7:30pm. By Bruce Upton, Community Engagement Officer for Bridport Museum Trust. £3 Info: David Smith 01305 269522

17 As You Like It' Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne, DT9 5NR. 6:30pm for 7:30pm. A fantastic al fresco performance by the travelling Illyria Theatre. Contact for further detials. 01935 814633 (www.illyria.uk.com)

17 Sherborne Singles The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AX. 7pm. Come and meet other single people from the local area and have fun in a relaxed environment. Free entry. 01935 817022 (www.thearchsherborne.co.uk)

17 New: Ropemakers Cheese Club The Ropemakers, West Street, Bridport. New cheese club meeting every 3rd Wednesday of the month. 7 delectable Dorset cheeses. £5. 01308 421255 (www.theropemakers.com)

18 Battle of the Atlantic Lecture The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset. A lecture on the Fleet Air Arm and the Battle of the Atlantic by Dr Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones. Call or see website for details. 01935 840565 (www.fleetairarm.com)

18 Dorchester Art Club: Sea and Sand St. George's Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. Subject 'Sea and Sand' or BYO work and enjoy the friendly company. £1 to include refreshments. New members welcome. 01305 264568

18-28/08 Beside The Seaside Upstairs Gallery, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Members exhibition. Open daily 10:30am-4:30pm. Free admission. info@townmillartsguild.com) (www.townmillartsguild.com)

19 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. Proceeds to the Hall. 01305 853765

19 The Importance of Being Earnest The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset. 7:30pm. More info: 01258 475137

19-21 Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival Tolpuddle, DT9 7EH. There has been a celebration of the Tolpuddle story every year since the 1930s. Over the weekend there will be lots of debates and discussions on a wide range of topics. Between or even instead of the politics there will be a diverse mixture of some cracking music. Friday and Saturday Admissions Apply and need to booked in advance. Sunday Rally Day is free. Parking: £10. 01179 470521 (www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk)

20 8th Leigh Food Festival & Classic Car/Bike Display Leigh, Nr Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Taste and buy some of the best food & drink from local producers. A variety of interesting cars & motorbikes will also be on display. BBQ Hamburgers & Sausages, Refreshments, Ice cream, children’s activities, Beer, Cider & more. £2 Adults, U15's Free. 01935 873846

20 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. Make a morning of it in Moreton - Visit Lawrence of Arabia's Grave and the beautiful etched glass windows in the church. 01929 463221 (email: moretonvillagehall@talktalk.net)

20 Auntie Ann's Craft Fair Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport. 9:15am-2pm. Designers, makers, artists, foods & vintage.

20 Music in Bucky Doo Square: St Swithun's Band Bridport Town Centre. Morning performance for shoppers' enjoyment.

20 The Andy Grant Trio Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 3pm. A Friends of the Borough Gardens Music Event.

20 Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Soc. Summer Show Field by Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Lyme Regis. 12pm-5pm.

20 Garden Tea Party Butterfly Room, Castle Gardens, Sherborne. 2pm-4pm. Tea and music. Raising awareness of learning disabled people in Dorset. Free. Donations welcome.

20 The Romans Are Coming! At Maiden Castle, car park at SY668 889 / DT2 9PP. 10am-12noon. As part of the CBA Festival of British Archaeology, an interactive event. £6.50 inc. admission to the Museum. Must pre-book: 01305 756827

20 Summer Show and Country Fayre Uplyme Village Hall and Playing Field. Noon - 5pm. £2 admission, car parking free. Exhibitors will be competing for cups & certificates for fruit, flowers and vegetables, floral exhibits, home produce, photography, & handicrafts. Many horticultural, craft & charity stalls, games & competitions, musical entertainment, dancing displays and the raffle. Cream teas, coffee and refreshments will also be served in the hall. 01308 488502

20 Rod Stevens- Comedy Hypnotist Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. The funniest hypnotic comedy show you'll ever see. 01297 443815 / 07796074849

20-28 Annual Open Art Exhibition Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 11am-5pm. The beautifully presented Exhibition displays over 400 paintings and sculptures from more than 200 West Country Artists. (email: sherborneartclub@gmail.com)

21 Classics at the Castle Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, DT9 5NR. Classic & Supercar Show. 10am. Vintage & displays, classic car run, trade & craft stands, autojumble, children's ents. 01935 813182 (www.sherbornecastle.com)

21 Music in the Gardens: Outsiders Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 2:30pm. Free music in the park.

22 The role and function of images in Christianity Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Insight Summer School with Andrew Spira. More info from the Parish Office in the close. 01935 812452 (www.insight.sherborneabbey.com)

23 Evening Craft Session: Silver Clay Jewellery 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)

23 Writing an icon Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Insight summer school with John Coleman. For more information contact the Parish Office in the close. 01935 812452 (www.insight.sherborneabbey.com)

23 Archaeology Store Tour From the Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 10:30am, 12noon, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. The Dorset Portable Antiquities Officer & colleagues will be on hand at the Museum to identify any finds brought along on the day. Tickets £6.50 inc. admission into Museum. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

23 U3A Bridport Meeting: Films Made in Dorset, Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. 2pm. Talk by David Johnson. 01308 482605 / 898264

23 Visit and Tour of St Bridgets Rose Fields nr Exeter Depart Uplyme Village Hall. Depart in shared cars from Uplyme Village Hall, 1:40pm. Free entry. Please ring Anne Prince by the 20th July to confirm. 01297 443793 / 07901 932535

24 Music in Bucky Doo Square: Lions Youth Brass Band Bridport Town Centre. Morning show for shoppers' enjoyment.

24 A Celebration of Love Parks Week Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 10am-4pm.

24 Diagnosis on Demand The Senior Lunch Club Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Sherborne Science Café. Talk by Prof. Chris Frost. Dept. of Chemistry, University of Bath. 01935 813896 (www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk)

24 Love Parks Week Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 9:30am-4pm. As part of Love Parks Week, Dorset Butterfly Conservation will have a display, information and sales stalls in the Gardens. 01963 251352 (www.loveparksweek.org.uk)

25 West Bay Raft Race 6:30pm for 7:30pm. Bridport RNLI’s annual race on the River Brit. Watch homemade rafts race (& sink!)

24 Live music with Tom Clements The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AX. 7:30pm for 8:30pm. A talented songwriter and performer, & a firm favourite at open mic, who really gets the crowd going. Free entry. 01935 817022

24-27 Burton Bradstock Players present Calendar Girls Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Nr Bridport. 7:30pm. Tickets £8 (U17’s £5) available from Burton Bradstock Post Office from 9am-11am, Mon-Sat or call ( from 29th June) 01308 898707

25 Walkabout & Guided Tour Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, DT3 4LA. 10am-1pm. Curator Steve Griffith. 01305 871130

25 An Evening with Monty Halls - 'Between a Rock and Hard Plaice' Portesham Village Hall, Nr Abbotsbury. 7pm. BBC presenter, writer and broadcaster. Talk about exploring the Oceans of the World in the quest for sustainable seas and the filming of the Great Barrier Reef series. Q&As and book signing afterwards. £10 from website: (www.montyhalls.co.uk/shop)

25 Thomas Hardy and Dorset Folklore Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. A talk by Dr Peter Robson. This talk explores how and where Thomas Hardy obtained his material on Dorset Folklore for his writings and whether it is genuine. Free but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

26 RAF Falcons Parachute Display The Seafront, Lyme Regis 3:30pm. RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, landing on the Sand Bar at the Cobb. Please keep clear. (email: lymelbw@aol.com)

26 20-20 Cricket Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club, Uplyme. 6pm. The Crew are playing 20-20 cricket against a team from Uplyme and Lyme Regis Cricket Club. Refreshments and bar available. (email: lymelbw@aol.com)

26 Bridport Auction The Auction House, St Michaels Trading Estate, Bridport. Collectables & antiques. 10am. 01308 459400

26-02/08 Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week Various locations around Lyme Regis. A week of fun, games, music and displays for all the family. Programmes £1.50 available from shops around the town. (www.facebook.com/LymeRegisLifeboatWeek)

27 Antique & Fleamarket Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 9am-4pm. Monthly Antique/ Fleamarket. 01963 250108

27 Music in the Gardens: The Cosmic Chipmunks Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 2:30pm. Free music in the park.

27 Milton Abbas 18th Century Street Fair Milton Abbas (Between Blandford and Dorchester). 11am-5pm. Step back in time in the picturesque village with music and dancing, local crafts, Dorset food market, children's entertainment and so much more. Adults £7, Children £3, Families £15 and concessions £5. Free parking. 01258 880229 (www.miltonabbas.org.uk)

27 Service at St Catherine's Chapel Abbotsbury. at 7pm.

27 Music in Bucky Doo Square: Folk and Kindred Bridport Town Centre. Morning performance for shoppers' enjoyment.

27 Chedington Street Fair 12noon-5pm. Many stalls and activities for all the family. 01935 891891 (email: davemcskelly@aol.com)

27 The Silhouettes Trinity Club, Trinity Street, Dorchester. Classic hits from Yesteryear, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eagles and many more. For more information 07753 532944 (email: silhouettesdorset@hotmail.co.uk) (www.thesilhouettes.co.uk)

27 Bats at Kingcombe Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, nr Beaminster. A supper, talk and walk to watch countless bats emerging from their roost with Nick Thomlinson. 01297 445659 (email: madannatt@btinternet.com)

27 Firework Display The Cobb, Lyme Regis. 10pm. (email: lymelbw@aol.com) (www.facebook.com/LymeRegisLifeboatWeek)

27-24/08 Photography Competition & Exhibition Town Mill Malthouse, Lyme Regis. 01297 443579 (www.townmill.org.uk)

27-28 Gartell Light Railway Open Day Common Ln, Yenston, Templecombe, BA8 0NB. Hourly steam trains. 01963 370752

27-28 Trill Farm Summer Festival Trill Farm, Mubury, Axminster. Each day of the Festival offers a host of activities ranging from inspiring speakers and creative workshops to outdoor adventures and marvellous music. There’ll be a strong focus on biodiversity, sustainability, eco-energy, environment and local food. 01297 631113 (email: zoe@trillfarm.co.uk) (www.trillfarm.co.uk)

28 Dave Bowen Quintet The Trooper Inn, Stourton Caundle, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2JW. 1pm-3pm.

28 Warmwell Village Fete 2pm-5pm. Raising money for our local church and other local charities.

28 Music in the Gardens: No Fixed Abode Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 2:30pm. Acoustic Folk Duo.

28 A Guided Tour of The Roman Town House Town House, The Grove, Dorchester. 10:30am, 12noon, 1:30pm & 3:30pm. A rare chance to go inside the Town House and see the beautiful mosaic floors at close range. £6.50 adults, children free, places limited, please book through the Dorset County Museum shop. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)

28 The Importance of Being Earnest by Wessex Actors Company Poundbury Farmhouse, Poundbury, Dorchester. At 1pm & 6pm. Doors open for picnics 1 hour before performance. Matinee: £14, £10 U17s, Evening: All £14 discount of £2 per ticket for advance sales, book online or available from Dorchester TIC. (www.wessex-actors-company.co.uk)

28 Music for a Sunday afternoon and Songs of Praise Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm-4pm. This concert incorporates the RNLI's 'Songs of Praise' to mark the end of Lifeboat Week. (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)

28 Sculpture on the Beach Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock. 11am -3pm. £3 per team. Get creative down on the beach. Bring all the family to join in. Make wonderful sculptures & wild art from objects found on the Beach for the chance to win prizes.

28 Lyme Regis Art Society Annual Briefing Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. 9am.

28-05/08 Hilfield Families Camp The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. A week at the Friary enjoying rest, fellowship, family activities and reflection. 01300 341741 (email: h.inglis@tesco.net)

28-11/08 Summer School of Music Concertfest Sherborne. Contact for details. (www.sherbornesummerschoolofmusic.co.uk)

29 Art In The Garden Newland Gallery, Newland Street, Sherborne. Family fun activites. Enquire for details: 01935 815899

29-31 Arty Woodland Workshop Down House Studios, Higher Eype, Bridport. 10am-3:30pm. Summer workshops in the woodlands with Veronica Hudson for children 8 to 12 years. £40. 01308 424066 / 07817586683

30 Dorchester Town Ghost Walk Meet at the Kings Arms, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 8pm. Lead by Chris Gallarus. Adult £6, Child £3. No need to book, unless a group. 07773 286197

30 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm. (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)

31 Family Activity: Marbled Paper 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)

31 Admiral Sir George Somers Parade Langmoor Gardens and The Cobb, Lyme Regis. Starting at 11am in Langmoor Gardens the parade will pass through Broad Street, Marine Parade ending at the end of the Cobb. Here there will be a celebration of the life of Sir George Somers former Mayor & MP for Lyme Regis (founded the first settlement in Bermuda).

31 Snakes Alive!' Not photographs but the real thing. Uplyme Village Hall. 7:30pm. Close up look with this talk & display of snakes and exotic reptiles by ‘Tiny Boas’ of Exeter. Adult £3, U16s £1, from Uplyme Post Office, RNLI shop. 07831 533580

31 Live music with Pixie Magic The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3AX. 7:30pm for 8:30pm. Come and check them out this acoustic duo’s first time at The Arch. Free entry. Food available to order. 01935 817022











Graffiti Classics

The Big Mix

Mackerel in the Spotlight: A Panel Discussion and Mackerel Feast

Concerts in the West present Ben Gregor-Smith and Aglaia Graf

Maurice Dickson

Jazz in the Bar: Andy Williamson and Philip Clouts

Gwyneth Herbert

Ausentatious: An Improvised Novel

Daytime classes:
Salsa DX Dance Exercise Class – Mondays 10:30am-11:30am
Adult tap – Mondays 12noon-1pm
Lyme Youth Theatre – Saturdays 10am-1pm
For full details 01297 442394


Marine Theatre Box Office: 01297 442138 (Lyme Regis TIC)

















29th-2nd Aug

Nuba Hour

Summer in February (15)

Jazz Café – Georgia Mancio and Nigel Prince

Charlie Bciknell – Cabaret Noir

Therese Desqueyroux

Populaire (12A)

Beware of Mr Baker


Mud (12A)

Gwyneth Herbert – The Sea Cabinet

Stories We Tell (12A)

Story Café – Rebecca Smart

The Spooky Men’s Chorale

Sculpture on the Beach

Illyria Present … Babe the Sheep Pig

Bacstage Summer School


Box Office: 01308 424204








‘La Boheme’ with the Dutch National Opera

‘The Audience’ (Encore) with the National Theatre Live

The Wedding Present

The Christians

‘Macbeth’ streamed live from the Manchester International Festival


Electric Palace Box Office: 01308 424901 (Bridport TIC)







Waiting for Godot – Miracle Theatre: Outdoor Theatre

Jo Brand – SOLD OUT

Midnight Train: Bluesnight (only available from Box Office)

Pop Club Fundraiser

Mark Thomas – 100 Acts of Minor Dissent


Ticket Office: 01305 267992 (Dorchester TIC)

Box Office: 01305 266926


Highway Farm, Bridport (www.highwayfarm.co.uk) 01308 424321. Local artists and craftspeople share their skills at one and two day workshops including willow sculptures, hazelwood garden furniture, watercolour painting and many more. Small groups, booking essential. Gift vouchers available.

Kingcombe Environmental Studies Centre, Toller Porcorum (www.kincombe.org). Natural history, wildlife, archaeology and art and craft courses run all year. Booking essential. Gift vouchers available.

The Dorset Wildlife Trust runs a programme of walks, talks, workshops, workparties and other wildlife events. Tel: 01305 264620. (www.dorsetwildlife.co.uk)

Monkton Wyld Court runs a programme of walks, talks, workshops and courses and other countryside events. Tel: 01297 560342. (www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk)

The Bodger’s Barn, Near Bridport. Green woodwork courses throughout the year - short courses and evening classes, all small groups. Also workshop sessions for groups including special needs. Tel. 01308 425455 (www.brightwater.org.uk)

Arty Crafty Workshops – Cake Decoration, Textiles and Creative Crafts. Contact Dennie Rose for details of this month’s workshops 01308 459100 (www.dennierose.co.uk)

Butterfly Bright Workshops, Sherborne. Pathwork/quilting, sewing, jewellery, embroidery, cake decorating, ceramic buttons, paper cutting. Tel: 01935 817303. (www.butterflybright.co.uk)

Arts Classes, One-day workshops on how to paint 'Tiffance Designs' are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month in The Chapel, Dewlish, Dorchester. To book/further information please telephone. 01258 837199. (www.englishnatureinwatercolour.co.uk)

Countryside Conservation Services – runs various courses, e.g. hedge laying in North Dorset. For further information please contact - 01963 23680 (email: coppiceworks@aol.com)

Crafty Camping Holditch, TA20 4NL. 2-5 day green woodworking courses, and more! 01460 221102 (www.mallinson.co.uk)

Fish Skills Course Lyme Regis 1pm every Tuesday. £20 per person. Learn how to dress a crab and correctly gut any fish. Fact filled hour learning about local fish. 01297 444205 or 07814 528020

Marilyn Allis, Winterborne Whitechurch and Dorchester. Watercolour, Acrylic & Mixed Media. 07789026546 (www.marilynallis.com)

Monthly Art Courses, Swallows Rest B&B, Martleaves Farm, Weymouth. Art Courses for all levels of ability. 1, 2, & 3 day full board courses tailored to individual needs. 01305 785244 (www.artholidaysdorset.co.uk)

Art & Craft Courses in Poundbury - pottery, glass fusing, art, photography, silver, clay, smocking, encaustic wax, fabric painting, felting, papermaking and bookmaking. 01305 751804 (www.artisandt1.co.uk)

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

email: dorchester.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @DorchesterTIC

email: bridport.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @BridportTIC

email: sherborne.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @SherborneTIC

email: lymeregis.tic@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk
twitter: @LymeRegisTIC

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this leaflet is correct at the time of going to print, West Dorset District Council cannot accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions. Inclusion does not imply any recommendation by West Dorset District Council. Produced by West Dorset District Council, Community Enabling Division.
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