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
16/07-03/11 Local Writers & Writings Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, DT8 3NB. Info: 01308 863577
16/07-03/11 A Sideways Look at Thorncombe Beaminster Museum, (as above). Village Exhibtion. (www.beaminstermuseum.org)
27/07-03/11 Pubs & Inns Revisited Beaminster Museum, (see above). Our inns and pubs, past and present. 01308 863577
18/10-09/11 Exhibition of new work by John Maddison 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)
26/10-3/11 Half Term Halloween Spooktacular TV Radio Toy Museum, Montecute, TA15 6XD. Mon-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm. Creepy Corridors, Spooky Monsters, Scary Creatures, Teas/Lunches (www.montacutemuseum.co.uk) 01935 823024
31/10-02/11 Annual Tolpuddle Craft Show Tolpuddle Village Hall, Tolpuddle, Nr Dorchester DT2 7EW. 10am-4pm.
01 Archaeology Lecture: Dewlish Roman Villa - the Fifth Decade Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By Ian Hewitt. Lecture (free £3 donation encouraged) preceded by book launch 'Paleolithic Archaeology at Broom in the Axe Valley' by Dr Hosfield & Dr Green 6:30pm. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
01 The Kettle's on! Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. 2pm-4:30pm. Weekly event with live music & entertainment, music from all eras Different every week. Free draw, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. 07811 018284
01 Bonfire & Firework Display Bere Regis First School, Rye Hill Field, Nr Dorchester. 6pm-9:30pm. Adults £5. 01929 471334
01 Milborne Movies 'Song for Marion' Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, Dorchester DT11 0JX. Starts 7:30pm. £3 on door.
01 DWT Talk: There's More to Beatrix Potter than Peter Rabbit United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. Illustrated talk by Malcolm Saunders. Starts 7:30pm. £3 non-members inc refreshments.
01-03 ‘God is Ripening…’, The Spirituality of ‘The Book of Hours’ by Rainer Maria Rilke The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. Led by Canon Patrick Woodhouse. Though written over a hundred years ago these love poems to God are strangely contemporary, and reveal a profound contemplative spirituality which speaks to our times. 01300 341741
02 Firework Extravaganza The Tank Museum, Bovington, Nr Wareham, BH20 6JG. Night time tank action display. Refreshments and free parking. Gates open 5pm, bonfire 6:30pm, vehicle display 7pm, fireworks 8pm, site closes 11pm. Adults/OAP £5, child (5-16) £4, under 5s free. Museum will not be open.
02 Annual Christmas Crafts & Gift Market Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Free. 01749 677049
02 Screen Bites Festival Sturminster Newton. 7pm. £8. 'Brief Encounter' (PG) David Lean's classic tale of extra marital assignations over tea & curled-edge sandwiches. 40's themed finale event with local food tastings. (www.screenbites.co.uk)
02 'Desert Island Flicks'' and Q&A with Castaway Julian Fellowes The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 7pm for 7:30pm. A selection of his favourite clips, followed by Q&A. Raising funds for West Stafford Village Hall Committee for an extension. Entry £10ph inc.tea/coffee & mince pies, bar by The King's Arms. Tickets from Dorchester TIC.
02 Cabaret De Paris Eype Centre for the Arts, Nr Bridport. Susy Firth brings Chanson Francaise to Eype. Doors open 6:30pm. Wine & French onion soup on sale, Tickets £10 from Bridport TIC 01308 485779
02 Fireworks At the Harbour. 6:30pm. Lyme Regis Fireworks display and bonfire on the beach.
02 Listen and Laugh with Anthony Holt St. Mary's Church Hall, Edward Road, Dorchester DT1 2HJ 7:30pm. Hear the hilarious stories of 'The Queen's Beans' and 'An Evening (of chaos) at the Club'. Entry £3 including a glass of wine.
02 Bonfire & Firework Display Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrethide, Nr Dorchester Gates open 6:30pm. Adults £4, Children (4-16yrs) £2, Under 4s free. Family ticket £12 (2 A & 4 C). Hog roast & hot dogs, mulled wine & homemade soup.
02 Streetlife Trinity Club, Trinity Street, Dorchester Back by popular demand, non-members welcome admission £2.
02 Craft & Gift Fair Family Fun Afternoon St. Mary's Catholic First School, Lucetta Lane, Dorchester 1pm-4pm. Kids messy craft corner, face painting, bags, jewellery, photography and more. Entry donations In aid of the British Heart Foundation.
02 Bridport Ceilidhs dance 'for the fun of it' with Sou'Westers and caller Nicole Church House Hall, South St. Bridport DT6 3NW. 7:30pm-11pm. £8.50, or £7.50 in advance from 01308 423442 or see (www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com)
03 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)
03 Ramblers Walk: Marshwood Meet in layby at Marshwood School on B3165 Crewkerne-Lyme road. GR SY382996. This 11 mile Ramblers Walk starts at 10am. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01935 862229
03 Tokyo Story Powell Theatre. 2:30pm. 60th anniversary screening of the film by Yasujiro Ozu. £5 from Sherborne School Reception, Winstones Books, and Sherborne TIC. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
03 Healing Voice Circle Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, Nr. Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4LA. 2pm-4pm. Heal and energise your cakras through toning and overtoning, a profound transformative form of sound meditation which leaves you feeling physcially balanced and cleansed on all levels. Open to all. 01935 389655 (www.centreforpuresound.org)
03 Broadoak Village Hall Breakfast North of Bridport. Featuring A Dorset Breakfast - 9:30am-12:30pm.
03 & 24 Creative Dance Workshop Salwayash Village Hall, nr Bridport. 2:30pm-4:30pm Feel energised! 07813 546644
03-09 Lyme Regis Walking Festival Around the town. Explore Lyme Regis and hinterland - Residents share favourite walks.
04-21/12 Cards for Good Causes Bridport, Dorchester & Sherborne TICs. See front page for contact details.
04 Dorchester Art Club: Figure Drawing St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB. 7pm-9pm. 'Clothed model with Cello' £1 inc.refreshments. New members very welcome. Details on web: (www.dorchesterartclub.co.uk)
05 Firework Display Dorchester Rugby Club, Coburg Road, Dorchester DT1 2HX. Gates open 6pm, fireworks 8pm. Hog roast, BBQ, bar and refreshments. Family £10, Adult £4, Child £2.
05 Monthly Wine Dinner Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JR. From Bertani, Italy. 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 Age Concern Drop In Clinic The Rendevous, by Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 10am-12pm. Drop in with your queries.
05 Lyme Regis Arts Society Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis 2pm-4pm. Demo by Stephen Foster, landscapes and seascapes.
06 Geology Lecture: Global Warming and Mass Extinction Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 6:30pm for 7pm. By Professor Richard Twitchett, Plymouth University. Free, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
06 The Royal British Legion, Abbotsbury and Portesham Branch proudly present The Dorset Police Male Voice Choir in 'Lest We Forget' The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. Doors 6:45pm, for 7:30pm start. Bar and Refreshments available. Entrance £8. All Proceeds to Poppy Appeal. Tickets from 01305 871346 / 267617
07 Sherborne ArtsLink - Lunch and Learn The Eastbury Hotel, Long St. Sherborne, DT9 3BY. 10am-3pm. Peter Neal gives a lecture on CPRE - Its History and Future Challenges. £43 inc. lecture & 2 course lunch. To book contact 01935 813131
07 Lewd Wenches and Loose Fellows Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Talk by Bruce Upton - Dorset Life 1600s - Organised by the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. 2:30pm.
07 Great Expectations (2012) Powerstock Hut, School Hill, Powerstock, DT6 3SL Powerstock Cinema. Doors open 6:45pm, film at 7:30pm. No tickets - £4 on the door. Licensed bar. (www.powerstockcinema.co.uk)
07 Dorchester Art Club: Roof-tops and Skylines. St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. £1 inc. Refreshments. New members welcome. (www.dorchesterartclub.co.uk)
08 Dorset and the Home Front WWI - Kate Adie Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. Talk from former BBC Chief News Correspondent about her latest book. Free £3 donation welcome 01305 756827
08 Strings' Recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free lunchtime rectial by Sherborne School students.
08 Heritage Coast U3A - AGM Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 10am. Guest Speaker, Mr Garry Batt, Lib Hons MRICS
08 Digital Boot Camp Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. John Marriage, Lyme Regis Photographic Club.
08 Black and White Dance Highlands End Holiday Park, Eype DT6 6AR. 7pm-12midnight. In aid of Weldmar Hospice Trust. £25 to include a three course dinner. Tickets from Weldmar Shop, Bridport.
08-09 Exhibition and Sale of Arts and Crafts Baptist Church, The Dorford Centre, Bridport Rd, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 10am-5pm. Free entry. In aid of very poor children and families in The Philippines and Moldova. Ideal place to buy unique items.
09 Round Table Annual Firework Display Bridport Leisure Centre. Gates 6:30pm, fireworks 8pm. Family tickets (2A&4C) £10 plus FREE pack of giant sparklers available in advance from Frosts and Toymaster. On gate Adult £3, Child (U12) £2.
09 Firework Extravaganza Sherborne Castle, New Rd, Sherborne, DT9 5NR. Entertainments, music, food from 5pm, bonfire 7pm, fireworks 7:30pm. Adults £5, OAPs/Children £3, Car £3. Tickets on the gate, from Sherborne TIC or on 01749 813899
09 Putting Your Ancestors in their Place, Sources for C19 Research Loders Village Hall, Nr Bridport. 2pm-4:30pm. Part of The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society events, all welcome. Visitors £2 (afternoon tea inc). 01935 812347
09 ‘The Little Commonwealth Revisited’ The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. A day conference to celebrate the centenary of Homer Lane’s founding of a radical educational experiment at Flowers Farm, 1913. 01300 341741
09 Monthly Gift & Craft Fayre St Mary's Church House, South St, Bridport. 9:30am-2:30pm. 20+ stalls. Free. 01308 425023
09 The Mocky Horror Tribute Show George Albert Hotel, Warden Hill, Evershot, Dorchester, DT2 9PW. 7:30pm for 8pm sit down. £22.50 inc. 3 course meal. Advanced reservations required. Fancy dress optional. 01935 483430 (www.gahotel.co.uk)
09 Sherborne Jazz: Arabella Sprot Quintet ~ ASQ Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, DT9 3LN. 7:30pm. with a new line-up, new compositions & arrangements inspired by literature. £8- £12. 01935 816569 (www.sherbornejazz.org.uk)
09 Radical Then, Radical Now. The Old School Room, Hilfield Friary. 10:15am-4:45pm. Care and Education in Communities conference. For more information or to register 01242 620125 (www.cchn.org.uk)
09 WAND Frock Market & Christmas Craft Fayre WDDC, South Walks House, Dorchester. 10am-2pm. Free. 01305 252204.
09-10 Christmas Craft and Gourmet Food Fair Kingston Mauward, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 10am-5pm.
09-24 50 Years of Doctor Who! TV Radio Toy Museum, Montecute, TA15 6XD. Weekends in November, 11am-5pm. See all the Doctors at work from Past to Present. Life Size Doctors enemies, console and lots more! (www.montacutemuseum.co.uk)
10 Remembrance Sunday Service Tank Museum, Bovington, Nr Wareham, BH20 6JG. 01929 405096 (www.tankmuseum.org)
10 Ramblers Walk: Eggardon Hill Meet at Shatcombe Lane Car Park, Eggardon Hill, nr Bridport. GR SY548949. This 12 mile Ramblers Walk starts at 10am. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01935 881317
10 Latin American Music Festival Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 3pm. Festival String Quartet. £10 (conc £8) Children/student free. In aid of the Hope Foundation. 07972 141911 (www.latinamericanmusicfe.wix.com/sherborne)
10 Remembrance Sunday Parade Sherborne. 10:20am from top of Cheap Street, service 11am at Sherborne Abbey.
10 Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service Lyme Regis. Parade muster at 9:30am Langmoor Gardens followed by Service at St Michaels Church at 10am. Local organisations welcome to take part. Service personnel welcome in uniform.
10 Remembrance Sunday Parade and Church Service Bridport. 10:30am-12noon. Bridport town centre/ South Street.
10 An Afternoon of Mindful Movement and Stillness St. Mary's Church House, Bridport. 2pm-5pm. To book please contact Philippa Grier or Carol Hyde 01308 423952 / 423952 (email: email@example.com) or (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
10-17 Bridport Literary Festival Various locations around Bridport The Ninth year running, an exciting programme of a variety fo different speakers. Tickets & more information from Bridport TIC. (www.bridlit.com)
11 Armistice Day Commemoration War Memorial, South Street, Dorchester. 11am.
11 The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queens Av. Dorchester DT1 2ET Starts 7pm. Lecture by Michael Fish MBE DSc FRMetS. Free but by ticket from School Reception 22nd Oct 9am. 01305 266064
11 Armistice Day Commemoration Monmouth Street War Memorial, St George's Square. 11am start.
12 When the Germans Invaded Dorchester Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, Beaminster DT8 3BN. 2:30pm. Talk by Brian bates, Dorset historian. £2.50. Further information: 01308 863577
12 Evening Craft Session: Fabric Wreath Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 6pm-8pm. £7.50 per person. All materials provided. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
12 Spain: The Birth of a Modern Nation Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 8pm. Talk by Chris Pollard on 20th century Spanish history, the Civil War, Franco and then the remarkable transition to a modern democratic nation. 01963 370899
12 Cerle Français de Dorchester Tolpuddle Rm, 2nd Floor, United Church, South St. Dorchester 7:30pm-9:30pm. Film au sujet d’un caractère de Mauric en suivant la causerie précédente. Français: 01308 482286, English: 01305 854025
12 'Secrets of Life around a Hill - Hardown Hill in the 1800s' Bridport United Church Hall, East Street. Bridport. 2:30pm.
13 Adult Craft Workshop: Fabric Wreath 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)
13 Bridport Camera Club Talk: The World of a Wildlife Photographer Chancery House, Chancery Lane, Bridport. 7:30pm. A talk with wildlife photographer Colin David Boag. 01308 459266
13 Music at the Museum Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Richard Hosford, clarinet, Julie Price, bassoon (woodwind principals BBC Symphony Orchestra) £12, (child/student £2) from Museum or on door.
13 Annual Autumn Wine Tasting Palmers Wine Store, West Bay Road, Bridport DT6 4JA 6pm-9pm. Over 80 wines available to taste. Places free of charge but please apply. 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
13 The Great Gastby - Dorset Moviola Sherborne Flicks 7:30pm. Tickets £6 from Sherborne TIC.
14 The Hidden Gardens of London Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 2:30pm. Sherborne & District Gardeners’ Assoc. talk by Bob Ayres. £2 non members. 01935 389867
14 Lunchtime Concert: Dorchester Piano Trio Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-2pm. Classical music. Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
14 The Thursday Group ' Coves, Cliffs and Contraband' St George's Church, Fordington, Dorchester. 2.15pm. Talk by Anne and Michael King, tales from the Jurassic Coast. Visitors and new members welcome. Rae Kozary 01305 269834
15 Singers' Recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free lunchtime rectial by talented Sherborne School students.
15 Sherborne Rotary/Inner Wheel Cheese & Wine Tasting Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. £12. 01935 389154
15 Christmas Shopping Extravaganza St Mary's School Hall, West Hill, Charminster 7pm. Find a unique gift for that special someone. £2.50 to include refreshments. Tables £10. 07766 834952
15 Wine & Cheese Tasting Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Sample the wines of the Iberian Peninsula and raise money for the Joshua Orphan & Community Care Trust, Malawi. £12, from Sherborne TIC or 01935 389154
15-17 ‘Form and Place in the Poetry of Thomas Hardy’ The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. The Friary lies right in the heart of Hardy’s Wessex and the countryside around here has shaped his work. 01300 341741
16 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: email@example.com)
16 George Graham - Watchmaker St. George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB. 7pm for 7:30pm start. A Dorset Clock Society talk by Rory McEvoy. More Info: 01258 840501 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
16 Day School: Lyme in Dorset and Lyminge in Kent Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester. 10am-5:30pm. The unfolding of the story of two Early Christian coastal foundations. £15, students £5 from Museum Shop. 01305 756827
16 Monthly Book Fair Digby Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 9:30am-4pm. New, second-hand & antiquarian books. 01803 613356
16 Pan Pals Dorset: Ben Waters Band Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Dorchester, DT2 9UA. 7:30pm for 8pm. Raffle. Tickets £20 to include supper. In aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. 01258 837770 / 01305 267185 (www.benwaters.com)
16 Bridport Swing Band Dance St Mary's Church House, South St, Bridport, DT6 3NW. 7:30pm to midnight Bar and H4H raffle featuring the Rex Trevett Big Band playing hits from the 40's. 1940's civilian/Allied military dress essential! Tickets £7 and simple meal available for £4 pre-book from The Woodman Inn South St. 01308 423261
16-17 Exhibition of Bridport at War Bridport Town Hall, Bridport. Photos, re-enactmant & displays, refreshments. Entertainment on Sunday from 1940's singer Sandy Sparkle. 10am-3pm. £1 adults children 20p Profits to Help for Heroes.
17 Book Fair Stratton Hall, The Square, Stratton, DT2 9WG. 10:30am-4pm. £1 entry. (www.pbfa.org)
17 Ramblers Walk: Beaminster Meet at Yarn Barton Car Park, Beaminster. GR ST481014. This 10 mile Ramblers Walk starts at 10am. Please contact organiser to confirm details. Derek: 01935 426842
17 Latin American Music Festival Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 3pm. Wessex Strings. £10 (conc £8) Children/student free. In aid of the Hope Foundation. 07972 141911 (www.latinamericanmusicfe.wix.com/sherborne)
17 Vintage Tea Dance Public Hall, Beaminster. 2pm-4pm. Social dancing & some tuition. Reserve your table. 07505 798258
18 Dorchester Art Club: Hats St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB. 7pm-9pm. £1 inc. Refreshments.
19 Special Wine Tasting Dinner The New Inn, 14 Long St. Cerne Abbas DT2 7JF. Wines of Fattoria Nittardi, Chianti Classico, Tuscany By Peter Femfert of Fattoria Nittardi. After tasting 2 course supper with a cheese course with wine will be served. £50 booking essential, Palmers Wine Stores 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinesstore.com)
19 Getting to Grips with your iPad with Emma Riley RendezVous, Cheap St. Church, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. New iPad, not sure where to start? Designed for beginngers. £40 Book: call 01935 815899 or see (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
19 Visions for Dorchester - Home Town or Clone Town? The Dorford Centre, Top O' Town, Dorchester. 7:30pm. The ingredients of a successful high street, by Alistair Parker, Head of Development Consultancy, Cushman & Wakefield International Real Estate Consultants. Free, non-members encouraged donation of £3. (www.dorchestercivicsociety.org.uk)
19 Breakthrough Breast Cancer Christmas Coffee Morning The Newland Gallery, 101 Newland, Sherborne, DT9 3DU. 10am-1:30pm. Coffee, biscuits, raffle. Entrance £4. 01935 813201
20 Talk: There's a lot more to Beatrix Potter than Peter Rabbit Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. £2.50.
20 Sherborne ArtsLink - Lunch and Learn The Eastbury Hotel, Long St. Sherborne, DT9 3BY. 10am-3pm. Hendrika Foster gives a lecture on Rubens & his Contemporaries. £43 inc. two course lunch. To book contact the Hotel on 01935 813131
20 Sherborne W.I. Meeting The Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. 2:30pm. New members and visitors always welcome at a cost of £3. For any queries please telephone 01935 814692 / 01935 816092.
21 Tamsin Waley-Cohen Trio Tindall Recital Hall, Sherborne School. 7:45pm. An exceptionally gifted young violinist, Tamsin Waley-Cohen studied at the Royal College of Music where she won all available awards and was their String Player of the Year in 2005. 01935 812249 http://www.sherborne.org/creative-pursuits/Music/Tindall)
21 RSPB South Dorset Local Group Meeting St George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. Doors 7:15pm for 7:45pm start. 'West country wildlife within 50 miles of Warminster' by David & Tina Townsend. Coffee/tea provided in interval, admission members £3 visitors £3.50 Secretary: 01305 832686
21 Dorchester Art Club: Quick Figure Studies St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. £1 inc. Refreshments. New members welcome. (www.dorchesterartclub.co.uk)
22 Two Colours Watercolour Workshop 2 The Cart Shed, East Farm, Winterborne Whitechurch, Nr Blandford, DT11 9AW. Using just 2 colours create amazing and powerful paintings. £40. 07789 026546 (www.marilynallis.com)
22 Spain Lunchtime short wine course Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JR. Tutored tasting of three wines. Followed by two-course lunch with a glass of selected wine. £49.50. 01935 482031
22 Jazz at Sherborne School School Dining Hall, Sherborne School. Bar from 7:30pm, dinner served from 8pm. Enjoy dinner to the sound of the Sherborne School Swing Band. £20 from the School Reception. 01935 812249 (email: email@example.com)
22 Swing Band Concert Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free lunchtime rectial by Sherborne School students.
22 The Changing Face of Garden Centres Gryphon Conference Centre, Bristol Rd, Sherborne. 7pm for canapes and drinks, talk at 7:30pm. Annual Poynington Lecture by Mike Burkes of the Gardens Group. £12 from 01963 220759 / 01963 220637
22 Frozen in Time - Open competition Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Lyme Regis Photographic Club. 7:30pm.
22 WAWA Quiz Night Powerstock Hut, Nr Bridport. £5 inc. supper. Raffle, Bar, Peruvian Christmas Craft Stall. 01308 485207
22 Kind Hearts and Coronets Burton Bradstock Village Hall 7:30pm. The classic comedy (Alec Guinness, Dennis Price). In aid of the Starlight Children's Foundation. £5 (inc.tea/coffe) in advance from Burton Bradstock Post Office. 01308 897935
22-25 Annual Book Sale Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 10am-4pm, excluding Sunday. Blockbuster sale of second-hand books for enthusiasts, collectors and bargain hunters! Free. 01305 756827
23 People Aren't Scary - Painting Workshop 2 The Cart Shed, East Farm, Winterborne Whitechurch, Nr Blandford, DT11 9AW. A big brush and a few bobs create bold paintings with people. £40. 07789 026546 (www.marilynallis.com)
23 Antique & Fleamarket Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Monthly Antique & Fleamarket. 01963 250108
23 Macmillian Christmas Fair Kingston Mauward, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 10:30am-5pm. 01305 215000 (www.kmc.ac.uk)
23 Christmas Bazaar Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Produce, crafts & more aid of St Michaels Church & Primary School.
23 B-Sharp Annual Christmas Party Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. Puts the fun into fundraising. 7pm. Bands 8pm - midnight.
23 Dorset County Orchestra The Dorford Centre, Top O' Town, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Britten, Vaughan Williams and Tchaikovsky. Soloist - Helen Simpson. £10 (children free) on door or from First Credit Union, 40 High East St, Dorchester.
23 Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall. 9am-3pm. Variety of local artists, crafts and artisans.
23 WAND Reclaim the Night Dorchester Town Hall. 7pm-11pm. March 8pm. Female only event. £3 on door. 01305 252204
24 Service at St Catherine's Chapel Abbotsbury. 3pm. (It is St Catherine's Day on Nov 25th.)
24 Bridport Antiques & Vintage Sunday. St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport, DT6 3RR. 10am-4pm. 01308 425111
24 Divine Union Soundbath Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, Nr. Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4LA. 2pm-4pm. Experience crystal & Tibetan singing bowls for a deeply relaxing & healing state. £10 in advance 01935 389655 (www.centreforpuresound.org)
25 The Market for Art and Antiques in West Dorset Bridport United Church Hall, East St. Bridport. 2:30pm. Illustrated talk by Duke's auctioneers. By the National Trust Golden Cap Centre, non-members welcome, £3 inc. Tea/coffee. 01308 863577
25 Dorchester: Reflections St. Geroge's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB 7pm-9pm. £1 inc. Refreshments.
26 The Hidden Gardens of London Portesham Village Hall, Nr Weymouth, DT3 4NS. 8pm. A Garden Club talk by Bob Ayers.
26 Behind The Wall – Living with Communism in East Germany Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 7:20pm for 8pm. Speaker: Major General Sir Robert Corbett. What was life really like in the country ruled by a dictator. 01963-370899
26 Hidden Dorset Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Illustrated talk by Colin Varndell, award winning Dorset based Wildlife photographer. Lyme Regis Society joint meeting with Dorset Wildlife Trust. 2:30pm.
26/10-03/11 Modern Warfare The Tank Museum, Bovington, Nr Wareham, BH20 6JG. Enjoy our war themed family activities. Tank Action Displays 1pm weekdays only. Tracked Vehicle Rides every day (charge applies). 01929 405096
27 The Science of the Singing Voice The Senior Lunch Club Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Sherborne Science Café. Talk by Dr. Alam Watson. Senior Lecturer, University of Cardiff. 01935 813896 (www.sherbornesciencecafe.co.uk)
27 Living with Christianity Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Insight lecture by Iman Mohammad Ovaisi. Tickets £4 in advance from the Parish Office in the close, or £5 on door. 01935 812452 (www.insight.sherborneabbey.com)
27 Quiz Night and Social evening. Village Hall, Uplyme, Lyme Regis. Horticultural Society quiz. 7:30pm. 01297 444034
28 Wine Tasting 'Tour de France' Cafe Paninis, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 1QR. 7:30pm for 8pm. £30pp three course meal and tutored tasting. Glass of wine and canapes on arrival. Booking Essential. 01308 427500
28 Christmas Flower Demonstrations Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Proceeds to St Michaels Church, Lyme Regis.
28 Dorchester Art Club: Demostration by Damian Clarke 'Acrylics and Ink' St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB. 2pm-4pm. £3 for members, £5 for non-members, inc.refreshments. (www.dorchesterartclub.co.uk)
28 Travellers' Tales: India, Traces of the British Empire, Bombay to Calcutta 2013 Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By Roland Tarr. Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
29 Alfred Russel Wallace: The Greatest Tropical Naturalist of the 19th Century Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By David Croman. Free, but £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
29 Bridport Auction The Auction House, St Michaels Trading Estate, Bridport. 10am. Collectables & antiques. 01308 459400
29 Wine Tasting 'Tour de France' Palmers Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport, DT6 4JA. 7:30pm for 8pm. £12.50pp tutored tasting. Glass of wine and canapes on arrival. Booking Essential. 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
29 Chamber Orchestra Tindall Recital Hall, Sherborne School. 1:30pm. Free lunchtime rectial by the talented students of Sherborne School. Mulled wine and mince pies served from 1:15pm onwards. 01935 812249
29 Autumn Voices: Fundraising Concert for Dorset Advocacy Town Hall, High East St. Dorchester. 7:30pm. Bar and refreshments available. Acoustic music from talented local musicians Tim Graham and Rachel Hall, Nick Parker and Clare & Matt Tarling. £7.50 from Dorchester TIC and Harmony Music (Forum Centre Dorchester) or call 0300 343 700.
29-24/12 Christmas Exhibition of New Paintings The Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne. Open daily from 9:30am-5pm, Monday to Saturday. All Gallery stock can be viewed online. 01935 815261 (www.jerramgallery.com)
30 ‘Watching and Waiting’, a pre Advent Quiet Day. The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. 01300 341741
30 Family Activity: What can you make with a plastic lid? Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 10:30am-12noon. Adults must remain with their children at all times. Up to two children per adult. 01305 756827
30 Auntie Ann's Craft Fair Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport. Artists foods & vintage. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
30 Sherborne Artisan Market Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 10am-3:30pm. Artisan crafts, local produce & café.
30 Magnificat: Sherborne Chamber Choir Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. Some of the greatest choral music dedicated to the Virgin Mary from across the ages. Tickets £5-£18 (u18s free) from Sherborne TIC and Dorset Music House. 01935 816332
30 Switch on Saturday = Christmas Lights Lyme Regis Baptist Church and Shambles, Lyme Regis. Lantern Workshop, Baptist Church 3pm. Lantern Competition, Baptist Church - 4:45pm. Christmas Parade - 5:15pm.
30 Christmas Lights Switch On Shambles, Lyme Regis. 5:30pm prompt.
30 Lunchtime Recital - Inspired by the Sea Cheap St. Church, Sherborne. 1pm. £10 on door or at Winstone's 01935 816128
30 Concert by Dorchester Choral Society St Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester DT1 2HJ 7:30pm. 01305 262005
30 Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair Athelhampton House & Gardens, Nr Dorchester. 11am-5pm. Free entry. Local seasonal products, demo kitchen and screening of Christmas in Conneticut at 2:30pm. (www.dorsetfoodanddrink.org)
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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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.
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