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
14/05-12/06 Creation: A Celebration Sherborne Abbey. Exhibition of beautiful tapestry & caligraphy by Sue Symons. Free.
25/05-01/06 150th Royal Bath and West Show The Royal Bath & West Showground. It's the biggest event in the rural calendar and a great day out in Somerset for families, foodies & rural enthusiasts! From the country's finest livestock and over 600 trade stands, to wonderful local produce, including the UK's biggest cider competition, there really is something for everyone. Advance Tickets, Adult £19, Child £5, Family £48, from Dorchester and Sherborne TICs. (www.bathandwest.com)
25/5-02/06 Hardy Half Term Max Gate, Alington Av, Dorchester. Many events. (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/max-gate) 01305 262538
31/05-02/06 Lyme Regis Jazz, Blues and Real Ale Festival Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. Tickets & details from Lyme TIC.
31/05-21/06 Exhibition of new work by Katherine Swinfen Eady 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 Chesil Beach Rocks Festival showcasing a variety of local music acts. Free Parking, camping nearby. Tickets £7.50, U13s £2.50 (£10 & £3 on day) from Poundbury Dental Practice, The Lugger Inn & Pasty Parlour, 01305 268068/766611/776206.
01 Three Days Late Ceilidh: Chris Toyne with caller Aileen Wills Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NW. Starts 7:30pm-11pm. 01308 423442 (www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com)
01 Wessex Military Band Performance Bucky Doo Square, South St, Bridport. 10am - 1pm, for shoppers’ enjoyment.
01 Thomas Hardy Birthday Celebration Hardy’s Statue, Colliton Walk, Dorchester. 5:30pm. A selection of Hardy readings from the New Hardy Players followed by a wreath-laying ceremony led by the Mayor of Dorchester and Alan Chedzoy; then on to St Peter’s where a wreath will be laid at William Barnes statue.
01 Julia's House Plant Sale Herringston House, Nr Dorchester, DT2 2PU 10am-4pm. £2. Over 12 specialist nurseries and garden stands plus wander around the grounds and garden (not normally open to the public.) Refreshments available.
01 Creative Willow Workshop - Basket Making and Willow Sculptures - Andy Southwell Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport, DT6 6AE. 10:30am-4:30pm. Enjoy working with natural willow with experienced tutor, and take home a beautiful willow basket/bird or beastie sculpture. £45 plus £5 for willow payable to tutor. 01308 424321 (www.highwayfarm.co.uk)
01 Thomas Hardy Birthday Lecture Council Chamber, County Hall, Dorchester. 3:30pm. Tickets £6, Members of the Thomas Hardy Society £5, available from Dorchester TIC.
01 Thomas Hardy Society Buffet Supper Victorian Hall, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. 6pm. Tickets £12, Members £10, available from Dorchester TIC.
01 A Dorset Musical Celebration with Tim Laycock and The Mellstock Band Victorian Hall, Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Tickets £10, Thomas Hardy Society Members £8, available from Dorchester TIC.
01 Watercombe Music Festival Watercombe House, Watercombe, Dorchester, DT2 8HJ. Doors 11am, Music from noon - midnight. Ben Waters Band, Mungo Jerry, and more! Food & bar. Tickets inc. camping, Adult £25, Child £5. 01305 812775
01 Flowers & Insects: A Close-up & Macro Photography Workshop (Compact & Bridge Camera Users) Barton Meadows Organic Farm & Black Hill, Cerne Abbas. 10am-4:30pm. £45 inc.refreshments. Conc: £35. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
01 Woodroffe School Reunion Lyme Regis Football Club. 7:30pm-1am. Ex-pupil Adam Austin has organised a reunion of those who attended the school 1975-1982. Around 200 are expected. (www.facebook.com/events/121579257995949/)
01 Dorset Wildlife Trust Guided Walk Stones Common, Kingcombe nr Beaminster. With Debbie Watkins. Contact organiser for further info. 01297 445659 (email: email@example.com)
01 Mrs Elizabeth Carter & The Durnovaria Silver Band Dorford Centre, Top O' Town, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Swing, pop, march & brass band hits with West End star Mr Gareth Marks. Tickets £5, Conc £3.50, Children Free, from Dorchester TIC.
01 Shopping & Pamper Day The Malthouse, Town Mill, Lyme Regis. 10am-6pm. Free entry. Complimentary hand massages. Beauty treatments, products, clothing & lingerie, jewellery, shabby chic gifts, driftwood art, buttons & fabrics & more.
01-02 The Alternative Thomas Hardy Festival Dorchester. Co-ordinated events from The Thomas Hardy Society, National Trust, Dorset County Museum, University of Exeter, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Paternership, Kingston Maurward College and St. Michael's Church Stinsford. 01305 251501 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
01-02 Dorset Visual Arts Fair Kingston Mauward College, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PY. Open exhibition with demostrations, stalls and join-in activities. Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Entry £5. Children and student card holders free. Also Art Party: Saturday 7:45-10:30pm tickets £15 in advance from (email: email@example.com) (www.dorsetvisualarts.org)
01-02 Showcase The Hut Powerstock Hut, Powerstock. 11am-4pm, celebrating 60 years. Refreshments, arts, crafts.
01-02 Art Exhibition Bradford Abbas Village Hall, DT9 6RF. 10am-4pm. View Original works by local artists. Proceeds to St Mary's Church. Refreshments and homade cakes available. Free Entry.
02 Jazz Brunch Eastbury Hotel, Long St, Sherborne. Jazz, with Julie Dunn, throughout the morning - Newspapers, Magazines & Games available. £18.50 adults, £11 Children (Under 5's Free). 01935 813131 (www.theeastburyhotel.co.uk)
02 Cornucopia Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 2:30pm-4pm.
02 Bridport Bowling Club Open Morning Priory Lane, Bridport. 10am join this exciting pastime. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
02 Cleansed - A Leap Theatre Project Charlton Down Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT2 9UA. 7pm. Rummage Theatre - A play about the Magdalene Laundries. Tickets £7, Concessions £5. To book, call: 01305 764726/ 07772 114927
02 Classics and Cream Vehicle Run Starts Crown Inn, Sea Road South, Bridport. Meet at 1pm for classic vehicle run through to The Wey School in Weymouth, followed by Cream Tea! In aid of Cancer Research UK. 01308 488241
03 Air Cadets Recruitment Evening 874 Sherborne Squadron, Blackberry Lane, Sherborne. For more info: 07808845214
03 Wessex Morris Men 7:30pm at The Tiger Inn Bridport DT6 3LY. 8:15pm at The Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock DT6 4QZ. 9pm at The White Horse Inn, Litton Cheney DT2 9AT. 01935 476871 (www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk)
04 Beaminster Plant Sales Beaminster Hall. 9:30am onwards. Huge range.
04 Monthly Wine Dinner Summer Lodge Country House, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JR. From the famous Bodega Norton in Argentina. 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 (including aperitifs). £99. 01935 482031 (www.summerlodgehotel.com)
05 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. They play swing, standards, bossa nova etc. Free.
05 Live Music at The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne - with Nobody's Business. This great duo return to entertain you and we're delighted they're back. Nobody’s Business go back to the roots of the blues, with fine fingerpicking country blues and ragtime guitar from Danny and sensitive harmonica and rhythm guitar from Colin – with the addition of some of their own songs to the mix. Free entry. Doors 7.30pm. Music at 8.30pm.
06 Emma - West of Wessex Girl Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. Illustrated talk about Emma Lavinia who became the wife of Thomas Hardy, by Helen Gibson and Marilyn Leah. Free. 01305 756827
06 Teddy Bears Picnic Leweston, Sherborne, DT9 6EN. 9am-11:45am. Free bear hunt around the grounds, musical workshop, parachute games, creative arts and crafts and make your own picnic. 01963 211010 (www.leweston.co.uk)
06 Butts Pond Sturminster Newton. 10:30am - 3pm. SturQuest Open Spaces Group invites local schools and members of the public. Learn more about butterflies and moths and how to look after their habitats. 01963 32453
06 Dorchester Art Club 'Animals' St. George's Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. Subject "Animals" - or bring your own work and enjoy the friendly company. £1 inc. refreshments. New members very welcome. Details: 01305 264568
06 The Lymiad The Town Mill Malthouse, Lyme Regis 5:30pm-7pm. A dramatic presentation of extracts from a satirical book written entirely in verse about Lyme Regis and its inhabitants in 1819. 01297 445537 (email: email@example.com)
06 Red Cross Everyday First Aid Sherborne Children’s Centre, Tinneys Lane, Sherborne, DT9 3DY. 7pm – 9pm. Covering key life saving skills. Booking required, see a member of The Children’s Centre Team or call 01935 389914
06 Live Music with Nobody's Business The Arch, Swan yard, Sherborne. 8:30pm. Free Entry. 01935 817022
06-07 Totem Pole Carving Yew Garden, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JS. For details: 01935 83580 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
07 Bridport Pagan Moot Talk: Healing Herbs The Ropemakers Pub, West St, Bridport. 8pm. All welcome. 07539 316595
07,14,21,28 The Kettle's on! Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. Weekly event with live music & entertainment, music from all era's Different every week. Free draw, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. 07811 018284
07 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
07 Collector’s items, Coins, Medals, Clocks and Watches Auction Charterhouse, Long Street, Sherborne. 01935 812277
07 Battle of the Bands The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 7pm-10pm. Entry £2, bands u25yrs. Winner to perform at Anonymous Festival. 01305 252204/ 07971 220067 (email: email@example.com)
07 Barn Dance The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 7:30pm-11pm. Part of the Hardy Country initiative. Dance to one of Dorset's best bands - 'The Black Sheep'. £10, from Dorchester TIC. Bar available. 01305 251501
08 Music in Bucky Doo Square: St Swithuns Band Bridport Town Centre. Morning performance for shoppers’ enjoyment.
08 Skate Park Opening Blackberry Lane, Sherborne. 11am-5pm. Lots of spot prizes, Best Trick, BMX, Skate Scooter.
08 Dating Photographs Workshop Loders Village Hall, Nr Bridport. 2pm-4:30pm. With Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard. Part of The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society events, all welcome. Visitors £2 (afternoon tea included). 01935 812347
08 Sherborne RFC, Blackmore Vale & Sparkford Hunt Mid-Summer Jamboree The Terraces, DT9 5NS. It's a Knock Out 1pm, Go-Kart racing, 1pm-5pm. Sheep Racing, 2pm. Tug o War, 5pm. Bar & Hot Food. Tickets at the gate. 01935 812430
08 Forever Sun Mini Festival Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 11am-5pm. Family orientated activities to celebrate Summer.
08 Workshop on Identifying, Surveying & Recording Butterflies and Day-Flying Moths Barton Meadows Farm, nr Cerne Abbas. 10am- 4pm. Indoor theoretical session, & field visit to Black Hill Down. 01747 824215 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
08 Coffee Morning and Sale The United Church Hall, South St, Dorchester. 9:45am-11:45am. Bible Society Action Group.
08 Duo Isaria Concert St Mary's Church, Piddlehinton, Nr Dorchester 7:30pm. Rebekka Hartmann: Violin, Caroline Bergus: Harpsichord. Tickets £12, Under 18s Free. Info: 01300 348252
08-09 Hidden Gardens of Sherborne A lovely assortment of 22 gardens (including the Almshouse) to admire, wander in and enjoy. 2pm-5pm. Teas from Abbey Grange. £8 season ticket, or £1.50 per garden from Sherborne TIC or Castle Gardens.
08-09 37th West Dorset Vintage Rally at West Bay Nr Bridport. Annual show for vintage tractors & stationary engine club. 8th: Vintage Auction 10am. Ferret racing, hedgelaying, dog displays and much more. A great weekend of events 01305 265309
08-15 Lyme Regis Crab Festival Lyme Regis. Celebrating the crustaceans of Lyme Bay. An opportunity to explore all things crabby. Food and fishing are at the heart of this festival and so are the activities running in conjunction with it.
09 Music in the Gardens Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 2:30pm. Sylva: 4 piece band, covers Louis Armstrong to Lady Gaga.
09 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)
09 Open Farm Sunday Washingpool Farm, Bridport, DT6 5HP. 10am-5pm and Denhay Farm, Broadoak DT6 5NP 2pm-5pm. Part of the ‘Open Farm Sunday’ a great opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ at working farms. Enjoy a fun day. Free Entry.
10 Wessex Morris Men 7:30pm at The Sydney Arms, Dorchester DT1 2NG. 8:15pm at Herrison Hall, Charlton Down DT2 9UD and 9pm at The Saxon Arms, Stratton DT2 9WG. 01935 476871 (www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk)
11 Beaminster Plant Sales Beaminster Hall. 9:30am onwards. Huge range.
11 ‘The Killers’ by Amateur Players of Sherborne Clubhouse, Marston Road, Sherborne DT9 4BL. 7:30pm. Adapted Ernest Hemingway short story: 2 hit men who come to a small town to kill an ex-boxer. 01935 814626 (email: email@example.com)
12 Sherborne Flicks 'The Life of Pi' (PG) Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 7:30pm. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
12 Boat Building Academy Boat Launch Lyme Regis Harbour. 2pm. Join us to celebrate the end of the 38 week course.
12 Lyme Regis Crab Festival - Crab Feast: An Evening with Mark Hix and Friends Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 7pm. A 3 course meal featuring crab. Bibs, buckets and bludgeons will be provided. £20 from Lyme TIC. 01297 442138
12 Adult Craft Workshop: Dorset Buttons Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-3:30pm. £7.50 per person. Pre-Booking is Essential. All materials provided. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
12 Mediterranean Colours in Watercolour with Jake Winkle Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 10am-4pm. The beauty of Mediterranean colour using rich blues, violets, siennas & oranges. Non-Members £40, ArtsLink Members £35.
12 Open mic night at The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne returns. Doors 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, run by James Budden.
13 Thomas Hardy's Emma Poems 'Love and Loss - 1912-13' Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester. 1pm-2pm. Read by Furse Swann & Sue Theobald, Violinists: Lorraine Tillbrook & Elspeth Gracie. Free, (donation). 01305 756827
14 Voluntary Sector Networking Event & Lunch Butterfly House, Castle Gardens, Sherborne. Info. & to book: 01305 250921
14 Quartet (12A) - Milborne Movies Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT11 0JX. 7:30pm. £3. 01258 837371
14 Peter Lacy talk: adventures on tall ships. Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. U3A Society. 11am. (10am for coffee/tea).
14 Carnival Party in the Park Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 6pm.
14 Guiseppe Verdi with Terry Barfoot The Church Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 11am-5pm. Fascinating exploration of Verdi's extraordinary life and finest works. Non-Members £35, ArtsLink Members £30. 01935 815899 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
15 Bridport Food Festival Askers Meadow, Bridport. Visitors can sample and shop in the Producers Marquee, watch Chefs in action in the Cookery Theatre or enjoy an ale at the adjoining Beer Festival. http://bridportfoodfestival.wordpress.com)
15 Music in Bucky Doo Square: Rex Trevett Big Band Bridport Town Centre. Morning performance for shoppers’ enjoyment.
15 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)
15 Dorchester Carnival Various events in Dorchester Town. Brass Monkeys perform in the Borough Gardens at 7pm, after procession through the town. (www.dorchestercarnival.co.uk)
15 Uplyme Fete - A Feast of Fun Uplyme. 2pm. Something for all the family; 2 performance arenas, a record number of stalls, games, displays, food and refreshments. The fete procession and the crowning of a Fete Princess and Prince start the proceedings which conclude in the evening with a family music festival in the Village Hall for all to enjoy.
15 Classical Guitar Concert Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 7pm. By Samantha Muir. £10 on door or via 01935 812325
15 Summer Baroque Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. Sherborne Chamber Choir. Tickets from Sherborne TIC, £5-£18. U18s free.
15-16 Cerne Abbas Open Gardens Cerne Abbas. 2pm-6pm. 25 private gardens open in the village. Teas in St Mary's Church, Plant Stalls, Free Car Park from 11am. 1 Day ticket £5 adult, children free. 2 days £8. (www.cerneabbasopengardens.org.uk)
15-29 Dorchester Camera Club Exhibition Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. 10am - 5pm. Every day except Sundays. Thriving membership, wide range of ages, experience and photographic interest. Sales exhibition. Free entry.
16 Father's Day The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton, Somerset. Half Price Dads this Father's Day at the Fleet Air Arm Museum. Call or see website for details. 01935 840565 (www.fleetairarm.com)
16 Open Day & Country Fair Kingston Mauward College, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 10am-5pm. Various crafts & local produce.
16 The Relief of the Siege of Lyme: Thanksgiving Day Baptist Church to Theatre Square, Lyme Regis. Join the parade from the Baptist Church to Theatre Sq. dressed as those who defended Lyme against Royalist Forces in the English Civil War.
16 Father's Day Charity Breakfast Brunch The Symene Cricket Pavilion, Symondsbury DT6 6HD. 11am-2pm. Treat your Dad or the man in your life to a Big Brunch. Also Guided Colmers Hill Walks starting at 10am, 11am and 12noon. 50p per person. Families welcome, children free, find the sweetie trail. Funds to Prostate Cancer and Cancer Research UK. Supported by Highway Farm and Countryside & Coastal B&B Group.
17 The Hardy Quilters - Quilt Exhibition Osmington Village Hall, Shortlake Lane, Osmington Nr Weymouth, DT3 6EF. 10am-4pm. Traditional to contemporary. Demonstrations, retail therapy, tombola & more. £2.50 inc. refreshments. 01305 786801
17 Coach trip to Hidcote Manor (National Trust) Depart Uplyme Village Hall. 7:30am. ULRH Members Coach £13 (Non mem £15) Hidcote Entry £8.50. (NT members free) Kiftsgate £6 Lyme Horticultural Soc. Book by June 1st: 07831 533580
17 Talk on The Absentee Gardener Puncknowle Village Hall, nr Bridport. 7:30pm. By Jane Peretz. 01308 898473
18 Sherborne Historical Society : Visit to Customs House Visit to Customs House, Exeter Quay, lunch & guided tour and tea at Ugbrooke Park, Chudleigh. Enquire for details. 01935 816650 (email: email@example.com)
18 Beaminster Plant Sales Beaminster Hall. 9:30am onwards. Huge range.
18 Evening Craft Session: Rag Rugs 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)
18 First Tuesday Concert of ‘Music by the Sea’ The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm, Lyme Regis Town Band.
19 Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Talk West End Hall, Sherborne. 2:30pm. £3. All welcome. Info: 01935 814692
19 Talk: Frank Lloyd Wright Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport. 2:30pm. By Anthea Streeter. £6. 07972 472029
19 Sherborne Singles at The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne is back from 7pm. Come and meet other single people from the local area and have fun in a relaxed environment. Free entry.
19 Bristol Old Vic Theatre School - Moonfleet Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 7:30pm. This is a new, literary adaption, with an original score by Tim Laycock. Tickets available from Sherborne TIC or on the door. 01935 815341
19 The Toxic Narratives Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Insight lecture by Dr. Casey Strine. Tickets £4 in advance from the Parish Office in the close, or £5 on the door. 01935 812452 (www.insight.sherborneabbey.com)
19 From Andy Pandy to Michael Aspel Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. Talk by Paul Atterbury (BBC's Antiques Roadshow). Free (donation). 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
20 Dorchester Art Club 'Butterflies' St. George's Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. Subject "Butterflies" - or BYO work and enjoy the friendly company. £1 to include refreshments. New members very welcome. Details: 01305 264568
21 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 for the Hall. 01305 853765
21 Midsummer Moths Broadcroft Quarry Reserve. Friday 7pm - Barbecue and Moth Trapping. Camping facilities are available for anyone who would like to stay overnight – BYO kit/supplies. Saturday 9am - Moth Analysis, refreshments at 10:30am. 11am to 1pm approx Guided walk. 01963 23559 / 07981 776767 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
21 Barn Dance Savill Hall, Cattistock. 7:30pm. Bar. In aid of Cattistock Church. £10 from Fox and Hounds, Maiden Newton Shop, and Hilary 01300 321027
22 Moth Trapping 346 Mundens Lane, Alweston, DT9 5HU. An analysis of moths caught overnight in the area will take place during the Sunday morning from 9am. (email: email@example.com)
22 Teddy Bears Picnic Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 12noon - 4pm.
22 Midsummer Barn Dance Frampton Village Hall Nr Dorchester 7:30pm. Local ceilidh band 'Jump at the Sun'. £10 Plough-man's (£7 u17s). Bar & raffle. Tickets: Frampton Garage, Dorchester Rd / Long Ash Garage (on the A37). 01935 812447
22 Sponsored Music-A-Thon Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport. Raising funds for the Richard Ely Trust. All Musicians, are invited to perform for 10 minutes. Sponsor forms: Good Books, Gundry Ln, Bridport. 01308 427851 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
22 Antique & Fleamarket Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 9am-4pm.
22 Pipes'n'pizza! Sherborne Abbey. 10am - 11:30am. Workshop for young musicians learning to play the organ, followed by pizza. Free! For more info: 07879 443060 / 01935 815200 (www.pipeup.org.uk)
22 Wool Carnival Wool, Nr Wareham, BH20 6DL. Procession at 11am. Radio Controlled Cars, Dr Turbervilles Morris Dancers, Donna Samways, & more. Lt Hip, & hog roast in the evening. To join the parade: 01929 405063 (www.woolcarnival.com)
22 Service at St Catherine's Chapel Abbotsbury. at 7pm.
22 Moonlight Saving Time The Plume of Feathers, Half Moon St, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Sherborne Jazz. £12 /£8. 01935 816569
22 “O Sing Joyfully” – the choirs of Christchurch Priory in concert Sherborne Methodist & United Reformed Church, Cheap Street, Sherborne, DT9 3BJ. 6:30pm for 7pm. Refreshments & Raffle. £10 (£8 conc). Available on door or inadvance from Sherborne TIC, phone or email. Proceeds to Dorset Blind Association. 01202 712869 (email: email@example.com)
22 One Voice Choir Presents Let the River Run! United Church, 49-51 Charles Street, Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 7:30pm. An evening of uplifting sounds from the classics, musicals and popular songs for your enjoyment. Donation will be made to Fortuneswell Cancer Trust. £6, Under 14s Free. Available from Dorchester TIC. (www.onevoiceweymouth.com)
22 Candlelight Ball Girls School, Bradford Rd, Sherborne. Bursary fundraiser with Lord Coe CH KBE. £75. 01935 818320
22-23 Cattistock Festival 1:30pm-5:30pm. Open gardens & studios, church bell ringing, flower festival, organ recital, plant stalls. Sunday Hymns & Pimms 6:30pm, Grand Raffle 7:30pm. £5 at Fox & Hounds, Village Hall, Church (www.cattistockfestival.org)
22-23 Axe Vale Festival Axminster Showground Devon. 10am-6pm Saturday, 9:30am-5:30pm Sunday. Floral marquee, crafts, food hall and much more. Tickets in advance from local TICs. 01297 34517 (www.axevalefestival.org.uk)
22-30 Stock Gaylard House Open Stock Gaylard, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2BG. 2pm – 5pm daily. £5 per Adult Free to friends of Historic Houses Association. 01963 23511 (www.stockgaylard.com)
22-15/07 Beaminster School Photographic Dept & Beamster Camera Club Exhibition of Work Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, DT8 3NB. Open every day during the Festival. 01308 863577 (www.beaminstermuseum.org)
23 Cancer Research - Race for Life Sherborne Castle. UK ‘Race for Life’ 5k Ladies Charity Run. Detials: (www.raceforlife.org)
23 Dave Bowen Quintet The Trooper Inn, Stourton Caundle, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2JW. 1pm-3pm. 01963 362405
23 Evershot Country Fair Moorfields, The Common, Evershot, DT2 0JY. Noon onwards: Traditional rural crafts, delicious locally produced food, watch crafts people at work; talk to a thatcher, bee keeper, blacksmith, stonemason, gamekeeper and taxidermist. Bouncy castle, games, dancers, bands & ringside displays. Trailer rides. Hog roast, BBQ or ploughman’s, local ale or cider. Tea, cakes, soft drinks & ice cream. Adults £2, children free, parking free. 07523 502171
23 Open Afternoon at the Terrace Meadow SNCI Terrace Playing Fields Car Park, Sherborne. 2pm. Area supports species not generally seen in the locality. Guided walk, & flower & insect identification sessions. Tea available. 07981 776767
23 Countryman Classics - Old and Elegantly Styled Vehicles The Country Man Inn, Blacknoll Lane, East Knighton, Winfrith, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8LL. 10am-4pm. Bacon butties 10am-11:30am. Lunch bookable for 12pm or 2pm. Free. 01305 851648
23 Coast to Coast: Jurassic Coast Run Cobb Gate, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis 9:50am. Vintage Motorcycle Club, parade of bikes first at the Guncliff. Come and view the bikes and talk to the riders. (www.wcmcc.org.uk)
23 Music for a Sunday Afternoon The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm. Lyme Regis Town Band
24 Wessex Morris Men 7:30pm at The Lugger Inn, Chickerell DT3 4DY. 8:15pm at The Kings Arms, Portesham DT3 4ET and 9pm at The Swan, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JL. 01935 476871 (www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk)
25 Beaminster Plant Sales Beaminster Hall. 9:30am onwards. Huge range.
25 Music by the Sea The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm. Lyme Regis Town Band.
25/05-09/06 Art Wey Open Studios Various venues in Weymouth and Portland. See website for details. (www.artwey.co.uk)
26 ‘Climbing Plants – Reach for the Stars’ Uplyme Village Hall 7:30pm. Horticultural talk by Jenny Short. 01297 444034
26 Live Music at The Arch, Swan Yard, Sherborne - with Was-Foo. The fabulous roots/blues guitar, creamy vocal harmonies & foot tapping rhythms from 3 piece Was-Foo return to The Arch. Free entry. Doors 7.30pm. Music 8.30pm.
26 Visual Illusions in Art, Butterflies and Moths The Senior Lunch Club Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Talk by Dr. Philip Howse. Universities of Cardiff & Southampton. 01935 813896 (www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk)
26 God in Muslim-Christian Encounters Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. By Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali. Tickets £4 in advance from Parish Office (in the close), or £5 on the door. 01935 812452 (www.insight.sherborneabbey.com)
26 Bird Migration and the Campaign to Stop Illegal Hunting in Malta Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. A Lecture by Andrew Morgan. Free but £3 donation encourged. 01305 756827
27 Bob Fox Broadmayne Village Hall, Dorchester, DT2 8EW. 8pm. One of the best voices in British Folk Music today coupled with astonishing guitar technique. £6 admission. 07786 654074 (www.sunrayfolkclub.co.uk)
27 The Rise of Humanism Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Talk by Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association. £2 donation. Info: 07921-311518 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
27 Concert by The Northwest Girlchoir Cheap St. Methodist Church, Sherborne. From Seattle, USA. in Aid of Sherborne Voluntary Ambulance. £5, (inc. glass of wine) from Butterfly Bright, Digby Rd. (next to the Tourist Information) or on door.
28 Bridport Auction The Auction House, St Michaels Trading Estate, Bridport. 10am. Collectables & antiques. 01308 459400
28-29 Sherborne ArtsLink Summer Show The Newland Gallery, 101 Newland (behind Old Hall), Sherborne, DT9 3DU. Includes Art in the Garden, a creative family activity from 11am-3pm on Saturday. Preview 27th. More info: 01935 815899
28-30 ‘A Franciscan Approach to Gardening’ The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE. Led by Richard Thornbury & Br Giles. How awareness of the interconnectedness of all creation provides wisdom for good garden practice. 01300 341741
28-30 Sylvia Townsend Warner Society Weekend Venues in & around Dorchester. Talks, tours and social events. Contact or see website for further details: (email: email@example.com) (www.townsendwarner.com)
29 Lyme Regis Town Band Marine Parade, Lyme Regis 10am-1pm. Celebrate Armed Forces Day.
29 Bridport Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall. Craft Fair upstairs in the Town Hall from 9am - 3pm. 01308 456722
29 Crossley Car Rally Arrive in Bridport Coach Park, West St, Bridport. 2pm and 4pm. This single-make rally will attract a lot of interest as some 25 cars are expected, which date from 1910 through to 1935. Free event.
29 Bride Valley Gardening Club Flower & Produce Show Litton Cheney Village Hall. Everyone invited to see the exhibits, and enjoy tea, scones and cakes. From 2pm. 01308 898473 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
29-30 TANKFEST 2013 The Tank Museum, Bovington, Nr Wareham, BH20 6JG. A full weekend of the world's best live tank displays, mock battles, living history & family entertainments. Booking advised: 01929 405096 (www.tankmuseum.org)
30 JiggeryPipery Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 12:30pm-4pm, Celtic rock.
30 K9 Canine Awareness Day & Companion Dog Show Melplash Showground, West Bay Road, Bridport. 10am til 5pm. Promoting responsible dog ownership, a fun and informative day for all the family.
30 Annual Fun Day & Classic Vehicle Show School Hill, Chickerell, Weymouth. 10am-5pm. 200+ Vintage & Classic Vehicles on display. Art and Crafts stalls, Boot Sale area, birds of prey & more. Adults £4, u12s Free. (www.transportofyesteryear.com)
30 Gartell Light Railway Open Day Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe. BA8 0NB. Hourly steam trains. 01963 370752
30-07/07 Beaminster Festival of Music and the Arts Various locations in Beaminster, DT8 3BA. Speakers include; Anne Widdecombe, William Dalrymple, Huw Lewis-Jones, Victoria Glendinning and Paddy Ashdown. (www.beamfest.org.uk)
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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