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
25/6-3/8 Inspired by the Old Town Dump Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA. Inspired by beach-combed fragments of crockery, Ronnie Creswell’s new range of digital mixed media images. (www.lymeregisartsfest.com)
23/07-08 Open Air Theatre: Henry IV Brownsea Island. 51st Season in support of The National Trust. Tickets £21 inc. Boat fare from Poole Quay available online or in person at Beales Dolphin Centre Poole, Mon-Wed, payment by cash or cheque only. 01202 251987 (www.brownsea-theatre.co.uk) (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
23/07-31/08 Super Summer Dinosaur Hunt The Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester. Spot the dinosaur eggs on display and solve the mystery. You may win a prize! 01305 269880 (www.thedinosaurmuseum.com)
26/07-02/08 International Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival Various Locations. Ecclectic mix of lectures by leading Hardy scholars, readings, seminars, music, tours & more. Info & tickets from TIC or 01305 251501 (www.hardysociety.org)
01 Colin Tracy Photographs 17 St Martinsfield, Martinstown, DT2 9JU. 10am. 01305 889476 (www.fullyfocusedphotos.co.uk)
01 The Kettle's on! Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. 2pm-4:30pm. Monthly event with live music & entertainment, music from all era's Different every month. Free draw, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. 07811 018284
01 Charter House Auction Long Street Sale Rooms, Sherborne. Antiques, Clocks, Coins, Stamps, Militaria, Collectors’ Items. 01935 812277 (www.charterhouse-auction.com)
01 Holwell Village Performance Night Holwell Village Hall, DT9 5LL. 7pm. Enjoy a relaxed evening of Folks, Roots, Acoustic and Original Music. Refreshments available. 01963 23145
01 'Hardy in Love' Hardy's Cottage. 7pm. Poetry, prose and traditional music steeped in the romance and heartache of love and desire in Wessex, with Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson £15, booking essential on 01305 262366
01 The Tempest Melbury Osmond Village Hall field. 7:30pm. Miracle Theatre. £10/£8 on door or from 01935 83410
01-17 The 'Outsiders' Art by Studio 19 Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU. “Studio 19”, the most-established Art Gallery/Studio in Lyme Regis, is celebrating 10 years of evolving art by exhibiting the work of 20 talented artists. All the artists have had little, or no, formal training. 07909 542389
01-02, 'Tuneful stories' Max Gate. 1pm- 4pm. Hardy's home comes alive with poetry, music and performance this summer as renowned local performer Tim Laycock explores the writer's love of poetry & music. Normal admission applies.
01-03 Shave Cross Marathon Charity Week Shave Cross, nr Bridport. Including on Friday 1st Car Treasure Hunt at 6pm, Saturday 2nd Annual Mini Marathon at 7pm and Sunday 3rd Fun Dog Show at 3pm. Everyone welcome! 07876408585
01, 14, 15, 28 & 29 Pogles Wood Forest Club Nr Leigh, Sherborne. 10am-3pm. For unaccompanied children aged 6-8years. £15 per day only bookable in advance. Contact Philippa: 01935 873889 (email: email@example.com)
02 Dorset Food & Arts Festival Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Dorchester. Free all day event of food, music and creativity in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. 50 stalls, chef demos, children's activities and evening entertainment.
02 WWI Study Day Town Hall, Bucky Doo Square, Bridport. 9:30am-4:30pm. For more info, please call: 01308 425710
02 Food and Gift Fair Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Many artisan products on sale and many things handmade, great gift ideas for yourself or someone special, come & have a look. Café & free entry. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
02 Loders Fete Loders Court, Nr Bridport. 2pm. Traditonal village fete.
02 ‘August 1914' Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, Sherborne. 2pm-5pm. Col. Iain Swinnerton, will examine the causes of WWI, before looking at the Somerset & Dorset Regiments and providing expert guidance on how to trace family members who participated in the conflict. Tea & biscuits from 1:40pm. 01935 389611 (www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/)
02 The Tempest Higher Orchard, Sandford Orcas. 7:30pm. Miracle Theatre. £12/£8 on door or from 01963 220208 / 220749
03 West Bay Day West Bay, nr Bridport. 1pm-11:30pm. Celebrating its rich history, heritage, food, and local businesses with a multitude of activities and entertainment.
03 Lest Bridport Forgets St Mary's Church, South St, Bridport. 2:30pm. A tribute in words and music to the men and boys who served in the Great War. 01308 425710
03 Help a Friend Fundraiser Borough Gardens, West Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RE. Annual ‘Warm Festival’ 12noon-7pm. Raising funds for the Steve Charles Help a Friend Charity. A day of music and food. (www.hafhaf.co.uk)
03 Get Your Bees Through the Winter Monkton Wyld Court, DT6 6DQ. With David Wiscombe. 01297 560342
03-10 Regatta and Carnival Week Various locations around Lyme Regis. Over 60 events throughout the week for the whole family raising money for local good causes. Carnival Procession and Fireworks on Saturday 9th August. A programme with full details of all the week will be available throughout the town. (www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk)
03-17 Sherborne Summer School of Music Sherborne School for Boys. 19 music courses for amatuer and professional adult musicians in varied musical disciplins. Alongside the summer school runs the Concertfest series of 28 concerts. For more info & to register visit Sherborne TIC or go via: 01342 893963 (www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk)
04 Vikings go wild in the woods! Hardye's Monument Woods. Dorset forest schools; learn to live off the land whilst preparing for imminent battle. 01305 871884
04 Thomas Traherne -A Sprituality for our times? Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. By Dr Beth Dodd. Part of the Sherborne Abbey Insight Summer School. £10 from the Parish Office in The Close. 01935 812452
04-16 Sheila Kerrigan Textile Exhibition Dorchester Library, South Walks House, Charles Street DT1 1EE. Unique style of paintings on cotton & silk using wax and dyes. More info on: (https://www.dorsetforyou.com/dorchesterlibrary)
05 The Trinity- as understood by John Duns Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. By Revd Sr Anne Marie Stuart. Part of the Sherborne Abbey Insight Summer School. £10 from the Parish Office in The Close. 01935 812452
05 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm, 'Music by the Sea' (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)
05,12,19,26 Zumba Gold Youth Centre, Tinneys Lane, Sherborne. Fun, easy to follow dance-fitness, suitable for active older adults returning to execise. £4 per class. 07866 254828 (email: email@example.com)
05-25 Along the Seashore (in Clay and Print) Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU. Open daily 10:30am-4:30pm. An eclectic mix of functional and decorative work by three potters, Belinda Brownlee, Alison Potter and Linda Bristow. Collograph Prints which have been stitched and textured are by Cath Bloomfield. Free Admission.
06 The Grey Mare and Her Colts - Archaeological Day Hardy's Monument, Bishops's Limekiln, Abbotsbury DT2 9HX SY 5895 8672 10am. Explore prehistoric landscape of the South Dorset Ridgeway. Approx. 3-3 and a half hours, some slopes. Booking essential at 01305 224921 (www.dorsetforyou.com/Dorset-Archaeological-Days)
06 Organ Recital by Sherborne Summer School Sherborne Abbey. 12:45pm. Free, 40mins recital, a wide variety of music.
06 Francis of Assisi and the Poor Clares Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. By Revd Sr Anne Marie Stuart. Part of the Sherborne Abbey Insight Summer School. £10 from the Parish Office in The Close. 01935 812452.
06,13,20,27 Zumba Gold Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Fun, easy to follow dance-fitness, suitable for active older adults returning to execise. £4 per class. 07866 254828 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
06 RNLI Barbecue Seatown Beach nr Chideock. 4pm-9pm. Last & largest RNLI fundraising event of the year! 01308 424512
06/08-14/09 ‘Strange Scenes from the Borderlands' Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA. In this solo exhibition, Dave Wicken reveals the Jurassic Coast as seen from the space between drawing and photography in scenes such as a dragon on holiday in Charmouth. Free entry if visiting exhibition. (www.lymeregisartsfest.com)
07 An Amble Through Bridport’s Past – Guided Walk. 10am outside Bridport Museum. £2.50. 01308 458703
07 British Women on the Eastern Front Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. By Dr Angela K Smith. War, Writing and Experience in Serbia and Russia, 1914-1920. Free, 01305 756827
07 Churches of the Piddle valley 2 - Archaeological Days Meet at Piddletrenthide Church, Piddletrenthide, DT2 7QY. 2pm. Some lesser-known gems of Dorset Churches. A car tour with Gordon Le Pard. 2 and a half hours. Info and to book call 01305 224921 or (www.dorsetforyou.com/Dorset-Archaeological-Days)
07 St Mary's Church Fete Rectory Garden, Burton Bradstock. 2pm. Traditional Fete with Punch & Judy, cake stalls, games, planst sales, silver band, cream teas. 07786 354403
07 Bridport Community Orchard Open Afternoon Community Orchard, Behind St Mary's Church, South St, Bridport. 3pm-6pm. Teas and cakes on offer. Come and see what's growing in the orchard. (email: email@example.com)
07 Sherborne Pubs Walkabout From Greenhill (westbound) bus stop, Sherborne. An evening walk around the sites of Sherborne’s vanished pubs. Places limited. Booking form online: 01935 389611 (http://www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/)
07 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. 8pm. The Lyme Regis Town Band in their regular weekly concert. Come and enjoy the music in the evening on the sea front. Carnival Week. (www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk)
07-08 Bridport Pantomime Players present Showtime Salwayash Village Hall, nr Bridport. 7:30pm. A variety of music from then and now. Tickets £5 from Frantiques, 34a East St, Bridport or £6 on door. 01308 425828
08 Dorchester and the Great War The Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 10am-5pm. Free event. Dress up in Tommy Uniform, listen to a performance of songs and try some rationed WW1 stew and cake. Bring any WW1 memorabilia to be identified & share your WW1 family history stories at the listening post. Children can take part in a trench art workshop and have a go at geocaching along the ‘Walking in their Shoes’ trail. The Durnovaria Silver Band at 3pm.
08-09 The Magic Flute St Cuthbert's Church, Oborne, nr Sherborne. 7:30pm both evenings. The hugely popular opera for all returns for a third year. All profits to the church. 01935 817194 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
09 Chasty Cottage Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 9am-4pm. £1 entry. Parking available. 01963 370986
09 Flower Festival St Mary's Church, South Perrott. 11am-5pm, followed by 6pm festival service. Contact Ann 01935 891224
09 Junior Fishing Match The North Wall, Lyme Regis. 1pm-4pm. All the Junior matches are FREE to enter! All bait is supplied by The Tackle Box. We can supply tackle too, or you can bring your own. Competition for the heaviest bag of fish. For further details on 07919 958980. (http://lymefishing.org.uk/fixtures/2014-junior-shore-fixtures/)
09 Conservation Workshop Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, Sherborne. 2pm-3pm. Rex Lancefield will talk about the best way to handle, store and frame old documents and other items. £5. Pre-book: 01935 389611
09 One World Festival Borough Gardens, West Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RE. 11am-5pm. Celebrating cultural diversity with children's activities, multicultural food, games, dance and music. more details available from Dorchester TIC.
09 An evening with 4 local actors Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Robin Stewart, Annita Harris, Francoise Pascal, Gary Shail. £15 from E.B. Marsh's and the Abbey Shop. 07870 637832 (www.sherborne-dramatic.co.uk)
09 Beaminster Antique Fair Town Hall, Fleet Street, Beaminster, DT8 3EF. 9:30am-4pm. 01297 24446
09-10 Vikings Invade! Abbotsbury Children's Farm, DT3 4JJ. Morning and afternoon shows. Normal admission applies. More info via: 01305 871817 (www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/childrens_farm)
09-25 Keep The Home Fires Burning Exhibition Town Hall, Bucky Doo Square, Bridport. Open every day 10am-4pm. As part of the commemoration of events from WWI. 01308 425710
10 1020 MG Day Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Nr Dorchester, DT2 7LG. 10:30am-4pm. Annual MG Car rally with live music in the gardens. 01305 848363 (www.athelhampton.co.uk)
10 A Gala Evening of Classical Favourites St Cuthbert's Church, Oborne, nr Sherborne. 7:30pm. Followed by a super at the Gange Hotel with an opportunity to meet the singers. Profits to the church. 01935 813463 (email: email@example.com)
10 South Perrott Village Open Day Many attractions for all the family. Contact Ann 01935 891224
10 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. The Lyme Regis Town Band in their regular weekly concert. Come and enjoy the music on the sea front. Donations for the band’s funds. Event times can be found in the programme. Carnival programmes are available from the Carnival Kiosk on the Marine Parade, (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk/diary/) or (www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk)
10 Durnovaria Silver Band Borough Gardens, West Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RE. 2:30pm. A variety of songs.
10 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)
10-15 & 22-27 Wyld Summer Family Week with the MWC Team Monkton Wyld Court, Nr Lyme Regis, DT6 6DQ. Outdoor summer activities and crafts in Monkton's beautiful grounds including the forest and farm. 01297 560342
10-16 Lyme Regis Marine Week Contact Lyme Regis TIC for more information.
10-17 The Hilfield Youth Camp The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. Making friendships, exploring Christian faith, sharing laughter and joy. 01300 341741 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
10-17 Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art St Mary's Church, Village Hall, and Norburton Hall, Burton Bradstock. Many exciting performances, see web for details: 01308 897487 (www.burtonbradstockfestival.com)
11 Talk: 'Some of our Native Wildlife Wonders' Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 7:30pm, talk by David Cox - Illustrated with images of local mammals, insects and birds. For further information contact the Secretary, Sylvia Oliver, on 01297 445537. (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
11-12, 18-19 Pogles Wood John Muir Award Club Nr Leigh, Sherborne. 10am-3pm. For unaccompanied children aged 6-8 years. Children can complete their Conservation Award in any four days. £20 per day, book in advance. 01935 873889
11-15 Bridport Youth Dance Summer Dance Scene Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport. Dance summer school for students aged 14+. 10am til 4pm. £25 per day. 01308 424204 or 7765971357
12 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm. 'Music by the Sea'. (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)
12-14 Nature Rocks The Salt House, Fisherman's Green, West Bay. Three days of family activities about engaing with the coast. Free! Call for more details: 01308 458703
13 Organ Recital by Sherborne Summer School Sherborne Abbey. 12:45pm. Free, 40mins recital, a wide variety of music.
13 Adult Craft Workshop: Patchwork Techniques II Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-3:30pm. £10 inc. Museum entry. Materials provided. Pre-booking essential. 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
13, 27 'Tuneful stories' Hardy's Cottage. 1pm- 4pm. Hardy's home comes alive with poetry, music and performance this summer as renowned local performer Tim Laycock explores the writer's love of poetry & music. Normal admission applies.
14 Wild Pirates Day Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth, DT6 6RA. Ahoy there. 11am-3pm. Come dressed as a pirate for a day of swashbuckling fun. Lots of fun for all the family with awesome views. 01297 489481 (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/golden-cap)
14 Robin Hood Castle Gardens (Garden Centre), Sherborne. 7pm. Illyria present an outstanding outdoor production of this classic tale for your pleasure. BYO seating and picnic. Tea and coffee available in the interval. 01935 814633
14-15 'Tuneful stories' Max Gate. 1pm- 4pm. Hardy's home comes alive with poetry, music and performance this summer as renowned local performer Tim Laycock explores the writer's love of poetry & music. Normal admission applies.
15 Market St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne (next to the Church) Nr Dorchester. 2pm-3:30pm. Cakes, preserves, raffle, craft, bric-a-brac, local produce, plants from a local Nursery and more. 01305 853765
15 Robin Hood Millenium Green, Mountfield, Bridport. 7pm. Illyria’s outdoor theatre. BYO seating and picnic. 01308 424204
16 Vinyl Saturday United Church, East Street, Bridport. Record & Cd fair and more. 07429 102645 (www.vinylsaturday.co.uk)
15-17 Adventure Travel Film Festival Sherborne School for Girls. showcasing the best independent adventure travel films, bringing together the adventure travel community and having lots of fun! (www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com/uk-festival/)
16 Books, Coffee & Cake Monkton Wyld Court, Nr Lyme Regis, DT6 6DQ. 10am-12noon. Free entry. Huge selection of 'as new' books for just 25p each! Home made cake and tea/coffee. Donation of books always welcome. 01929 463221
16 Music in Bucky Doo Square: Wessex Military Band Bridport Town Centre. 10am-12noon. For shoppers’ enjoyment.
16 Dorchester's Military Tattoo Borough Gardens, West Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RE. Time TBA.
16 Feel Good Fete Glencairn House, South St, Sherborne. 9am - 3pm. More info: 01935 817442 (www.glencairnhouse.co.uk)
16 Bridport Carnival Town Centre, Bridport. 7pm. The highlight of the town's calendar, with a grand procession featuring colourful floats and more! 07836 516763
16/07-04/08 Out of the Blue Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU. Open daily 10am-5pm. This Contemporary Exhibition, with paintings by Zee Jones and Pam Allsop, is a personal expression of joyful creativity celebrating the use of image and colour. Free Admission. (www.townmillartsguild.com)
17 Torchlight Procession Bucky Doo Square, Bridport. Part of the Bridport Carnival. Torches can be purchased from 6:30pm, procession starts at 9pm. 07836 516763
17 Buckham Fair, Pony & Dog Show Beaminster, DT8 3SB. 9am. Family fun & animal classes. (www.buckhamfair.co.uk)
17 Knoll Gardens at Farrs Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, DT8 3NB. 11am-5pm. House & garden open. 01202 873931
17 RNLI West Bay Fun Day West Bay. 1pm - 5:30pm.
18 Film show ‘All Over The Town’ Town Mill Malthouse, Lyme Regis. 6:30pm for 7pm. Made in Lyme in 1948, starring Norman Wooland, et al, plus Memories of the Lyme Regis Branch. Bar & soft drinks. Adult £5, Child £2. 01297 443135.
18 & 20 Hands-On Creative Art with Darrell Wakelam Learning Space, Shire Hall, 62 High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UY Drop-in event 10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm. 01305 251010 (email: email@example.com)
19 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm. 'Music by the Sea'. (www.lymeregistownband.co.uk)
19 Dorset and the Great War Crossways Library, Old Farm Way, Crossways, DT2 8TU. 7:30pm. 01305 854080
20 Local Lunch Monkton Wyld Court, Nr Lyme Regis, DT6 6DQ. Healthy organic meal, £7, phone to book: 01297 560342
20 Fossil Polishing Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. 10am-4pm. Take home your own piece of Jurassic Magic! Visit the museum’s stand at the Marine Shelters and polish a fossil of your own. Discover about Lyme’s ancient life with the museum’s geology team. Fossils start at pocket money prices. 01297 443370 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
20 Organ Recital by Simon Clarkson Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free, 40mins recital, a wide variety of music.
20 Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show Turnpike Showground, Motcombe, Nr Shaftesbury, SP7 9PL. 8:30am-6:30pm. A traditional show with over 2000 animals plus Kennel Club Dog Show. 500 Trade & Craft stands, food hall & farmers market. All day family events in 3 rings. Tickets from Dorchester & Sherborne TICs (www.gillshaftshow.co.uk)
21 Melplash Show West Bay Road, Bridport, DT6 4EG.One of the largest one day agricultural shows in the area and the only one held by the sea. Having not lost its traditional roots, it still remains today a showcase and celebration for local farmers, producers, growers and craftsmen in the area. Tickets from local TICs. 01308 423337
21/07-02/09 Children's Summer Club Gryphon School Sports Centre, Bristol Road, Sherborne. Contact for more info: 01935 814011 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
21-24 Purbeck Folk Festival Wilkswood Farm, Langton Matravers, Swanage, BH19 3DU. A festival for everyone with children's activities, a broad range of folk music from around the world and over 50 real ales and ciders. Tickets available from Bridport, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Sherborne TICs. (www.purbeckfolk.co.uk)
22 Build a Brickosaur Upstairs Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU. Creative Workshops with artist Darrell Wakelam. Inspired by the amazing Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur! Tickets £10 (children over six, all children must be accompanied) A Limited Number! Every Child takes home a LEGO ® Ichthyosaur! Please contact the museum to book. 01297 443370
22-23 Combined Arts Week Performance Thomas Hardye School, Queens Avenue, Dorchester. Come and see the exciting show written, created, produced and choreographed during a week. Tickets from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992
22-25 Maumbury Rings End of Summer Festival Maumbury Rings, Weymotuh Avenue, Dorchester. 23rd Anonymous Youth Festival, 24th Love Parade and on the 25th Music in the Rings.
23 Antique & Fleamarket Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Monthly Antique & Fleamarket. 01963 250108 or 01935 472998 (www.sherbornevintageantiquesmarket.co.uk)
23 Elvis - Tribute Night George Albert Hotel, Wardon Hill, Nr Evershot, DT2 9PW. Tickets £27.50pp inc. Entertainment, 3 course meal also free drink on arrival for those in fancy dress. 01935 483430 (www.gahotel.co.uk)
23 Plush Festival 6: New Horizons Plush Village in the Piddle Valley, Near Dorchester. For more information and to book tickets please visit website or request a booking form by calling 020 3286 1885 (www.plushfestival.com)
23 Beer & Cider Festival Rose & Crown, Longburton. A variety of Badger Ales & Ciders, plus some guest brews, BBQ & snacks, live entertainement suitable for all the family. 01963 210202 (www.roseandcrown-longburton.com)
23 Unique Boutique Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 11am - 4pm, Free. Choc full of upcycled, handmade and locally designed pieces this market is the one stop pop up shop for beautiful things. Find jewellery, textiles, ceramics, toys, clothes, bags and art all designed and/or made locally. (www.facebook.com/UniqueBoutiqueMarkets)
23 Junior Fishing Match North Wall, Lyme Regis. 1pm-4pm. All the Junior matches are FREE to enter! All bait is supplied by The Tackle Box. We can supply tackle too, or you can bring your own. Competition for the heaviest bag of fish. For further details please contact Phil Marshall on 07919 958980. (http://lymefishing.org.uk/fixtures/2014-junior-shore-fixtures/)
23 Mike the Knight at Abbotsbury Abbotsbury Children's Farm, DT3 4JJ. Mike the knight will be making personal appearances throughout the day. Normal admission applies. 01305 871817 (www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/childrens_farm)
23-27 Bridport Art Society Exhibition Salt House, West Bay. 10am - 4pm. Painting and cards for sale. 01308 871185
23-25 The Seige of Sherborne Castle Sherborne (New) Castle. Re-enactment by The Sealed Knot. Info: 01935 812072
24 Historic Vehicle Rally Sherborne School Courts, Sherborne. 40th Anniversary of the Historical Vehicle Rally! There are thirteen classes of vintage and classic cars and motor cycles for the general public to see, preceded by a drive of a forty mile round trip by these motor vehicles through the magnificent Dorset countryside. 01963 250450
24 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm. 'Music for a Sunday Afternoon'.
24 Symene Fete Symondsbury, Bridport. 12pm-6pm. Dorset's biggest Grand Fete and car boot sale. 01308 422638
24 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)
24-25 Gartell Light Railway Open Day Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe, BA8 0NB. Frequent steam and diesel departures from 10:30pm-4:30pm. More info: (www.glr-online.co.uk)
25 The Five Churches Fete Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Nr Dorchester, DT2 7LG. 12noon-3pm. Craft stalls, live music, duck race, coconut shy, refreshments and much more, all in aid of the local 5 churches. 01305 848363
25 Wessex Morris Men August Bank Holiday Tour: 3pm The Anchor Inn, Seatown. 4pm, The George, West Bay. 6pm, The Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock. 7pm, The New Inn, Shipton Gorge. 8pm, Crown Inn, Pucknowle. 01935 812023
25 Organ Recital by David Phillips Sherborne Abbey. 2:30pm. Free, 40mins recital, a wide variety of music.
25 Chamber Philharmonia Cologne (Germany): Classical Music the World Over… St. Mary's Church, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Performing Vivaldi, Rossini and Mozart. Tickets available at Dorchester TIC (www.kammerphilharmonie-koeln.de)
26 Lyme Regis Town Band Concert Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. ‘Music by the Sea'- final concert of the year. 8pm.
26/08-15/09 Scenes from a Southern County Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU. Open daily 10am-5pm. Nicola Dennis, Eddie Burrows and Stephen Collins are reuniting to show their recent work. (www.townmillartsguild.com)
27 Lyme Bay Photographic Club- Pub Quiz Pilot Boat Inn, Broad Street, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Fundraising Quiz for the Lyme Bay Photographic Club. (http://lymebayphotographicclub.org/fund-raising-events-2013/)
27 Sherborne Children's Centre & Artslink event Sherborne Children's Centre, Tinney's Lane, Sherborne, DT9 3DY. 2pm-4pm. Fun challenges for all the family. Wellie throwing, wood carving, arty stuff, and more. Plus, bacon butties to keep you going. No need to book. (www.dorsetforyou.com/childrenscentres)
27-30 Performing Arts Theatre: Little Voices Performing Arts Week Digby Hall, Sherborne. Are for children aged between 4 and 16 years, who love to perform on stage. In a week your child will be part of a production. Info: 07584 571607
27-31 Great Dorset Steam Fair Tarrant Hinton, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8HX. A day out for all the family, more info and tickets from TICs and via: 01935 815341 (www.gdsf.co.uk)
28 Wine Tasting 'Italian Odyssey' Cafe Paninis, 11 Weymouth Av. Dorchester DT1 1QR. 7pm for 7:30pm. 8-10 wines presented and after a two course supper. £32.50 pre-book on 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
28 An Evening with Craig Rudman River Cottage Head Gardener Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY. 7:30pm. Talk by Craig Rudman River Cottage Head Gardener. http://ulrhs.wordpress.com/events/)
28 Mud Fest Howard's Wood, nr. Beaminster. 10am-2pm. Celebrating all things muddy with Brit Valley Forest School. An event for children with special needs and disabilities and their families. 01305 252250 (www.britvalleyforestschool.co.uk)
28-29 Charter House Auction Long St Sale Rooms, Sherborne. Antiques, Silver, Jewellery & Wine Auction. 01935 812277
29 Bridport Auction House Sale Day 1 St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport. Auctions start at 10am. 01308 459400
29 Wine Tasting 'Italian Odyssey' Palmers Brewery, West Bay Rd, Bridport, DT6 4JA. 7:30pm for 8pm. 8-10 wines presented. £13.50 pre-book via: 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
29 Outdoor Theatre: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Nr Dorchester, DT2 7LG. Gates open 6pm for picnics, performance starts 7:30pm. Adapted by Laura Turner. Tickets available from Dorchester TIC
29 Raiders of the Ridgeway - A Viking Saga Burton Bradstock Village Hall. One day stop-motion animation workshop, where children can create a story based on the viking burial found locally. 07881 600940
29-30 'Tuneful stories' Max Gate. 1pm- 4pm. Hardy's home comes alive with poetry, music and performance this summer as renowned local performer Tim Laycock explores the writer's love of poetry & music. Normal admission applies.
29/08-01/09 Art & Craft Sale The Reading Room, Burton Bradstock. Open from 10am-4pm, over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
29-31 Lyme Folk Weekend Various locations around Lyme Regis. Fusing the cream of British folk, awarding winning talent and inspiring local artists, Lyme Regis is aiming to become a top annual folk destination. Come to the seaside and enjoy music, dancing, storytelling, workshops and entertainment for all the family. 01297 442138 (www.lymefolk.com)
29-31 RAF Warmwell Memorial Weekend Crossways Village, Nr Dorchester. Friday, The Purbeck Big Band at Village Hall 7:30pm, £5 from Crossway stores, library & Dorch TIC. Saturday; 10:45am; rededication of the Memorial Stone & 12noon; exhibition of photos and articles from RAF Warmwell in the village hall, film at 7:30pm, £2 on the door. Sunday; 11am; 1940’s style village fair on the sports field with spitfire display, re-enactment groups & more from. 01305 839384
30 Music in Bucky Doo Square: St Swithuns Band Bridport Town Centre. 10am-12noon. For the enjoyment of shoppers.
30 Plush Festival 7: Solo Recital Plush Village in the Piddle Valley, Near Dorchester. For more information and to book tickets please visit website or request a booking form by calling 020 3286 1885 (www.plushfestival.com)
30 Day of Folk Walled Gardens, Moreton. 3pm-10pm. Featuring local groups including Wikkaman, Tinderbox and Mitchell and Vincent. Tickets £10 (£12 on the door) available from A Line Taxis, Trinity Street, Dorchester or online. Food available all day including bar plus free camping in the field near by. 07833 891526 (www.walledgardenmoreton.yapsody.com)
30 Craft Fair Town Hall, Bucky Doo Square, Bridport. 9am-3pm. A wide range of crafts. 01308 456722
30 Boat Fishing Competition Lyme Harbour, Lyme Regis. 5pm-8pm. The Black Bream Festival, organised by Lyme Regis Sea Angling Club, is a 8-hour boat fishing competition starting and finishing from Lyme Harbour. £10 entry fee and a 100% payout with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the largest bream. 01297 443373 / 07836 591084 (www.lymefishing.org.uk)
30/08-05/09 Move Into Life Workshop Stonebarrow. Ecological Body; Ecological Movement (www.moveintolife.com)
31 Divine Union Soundbath Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 4LA. 2pm-4pm. Experience a magical performance of Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and vocal overtoning which promotes a deepley relaxing and healing state. £10 in advance via 01935 389655 (www.centreforpuresound.org)
31 Amy Mayes Band Borough Gardens, West Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RE. 2:30pm. Local acoustic five piece band performing classics from motown, soul, funk and blues genres.
31 Ska-BQ The Spice Centre, 38 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UP. From midday, live music and food (featuring Vanilla Radio and Sketchy Dog and DJs). Comedy, charity raffle & auction. £5 tickets from Spice Centre & FB page.
31 Vintage Market St Michael's Estate, Bridport, DT6 3RR. 10am-4pm. (email: email@example.com)
West Dorset Tourist Information Centres
Dorchester TIC, Antelope Walk, Dorchester
Bridport TIC, South Street, Bridport
Sherborne TIC, Digby Road, Sherborne
Lyme Regis TIC, Church Street, Lyme Regis
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