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
29/01-30/03 Charming Mementos of Lyme Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge St, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QA. Wed- Sun 11am-4pm. ArtsFest 2014 event. Local artist Caroline Barnes exhibits fine ceramics and found objects. 01297 443370
01 Bridport Ceilidh with Arish Mel Church House Hall, South St, Bridport. 7:30pm-11pm. BYO snacks. 01308 423442
01 A Quiet Day in Preparation for Lent The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7BE. Contact for details. 01300 341741
01 A Murder Mystery Play Martinstown Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. Two course supper. £12pp. (email: email@example.com)
01 20's/30's Jazz Evening Portesham Village Hall. 7:30pm. Tom ''Spats'' Langham & Mike Denham. £9.50 from Dorchester TIC.
01 & 19 Local Lunch Monkton Wyld, Nr Lyme Regis, DT6 6DQ. A healthy organic meal, £7, pre-book: 01297 560342
01-02 Lambing Weekend Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 10am-4pm. 01305 215000
01,08,15,22 Lyme History Walk Meet at Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS. 11am. Adults £7/Children £3.50 01297 443140
02 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 transfortmative form of sound meditation. Open to all. 01935 389655
02 Ramblers Walk Nat Trust Car Park, Burton Bradstock. Starts 10am. 11 mile walk. Contact to confirm: 01935 881317
02 More Tales from Under a Shady Tree Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 2pm for 2:30pm. Lyme resident Ken Gollop continues his story of growing up in the 40's and 50's. £3 01297 443942 (www.woodmeadhalls.co.uk)
02 Spring Concert St Swithuns Church, Bridport. 3pm. Bridport Chamber Orchestra. £8 from Bridport Music Centre & on door.
04 Age Concern Drop In Clinic The Rendevous, by Cheap St Chruch, Sherborne. 10am-12pm. Drop in with your queries.
04 Wildlife in Watercolour. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 2pm-4pm. Lyme Regis Arts Society demonstration by Jake Winkle. Visitors £5. 01297 445464 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
04 A Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party St. George's Hall, Fordington, DT1 1RB. 3pm-4:30pm. All welcome. 01305 269834
04,11,18,25 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 Camera Club Talk: Where The Sea Meets the Sky Chancery House, Chancery Ln, Bridport. 7:30pm. 01308 459266
05 Organ Recital by Paul Ellis Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free, 40mins recital, a wide variety of music. (Retiring Collection).
05,12,19,24 Zumba Gold Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. (See full details 4th March entry) 07866 254828
06 Onyx Brass Tindal Recital Hall, Sherborne School. 7:45pm. Tickets: £10, concessions £8 (to inc. glass of wine) from school, or Winstone's Bookshop, Cheap St, Sherborne. 01935 812249 (www.sherborne.org/creative-pursuits/Music/Tindall)
06 The Battle of Lewes (1264) Digby Hall, Hound St., Sherborne. 8pm. By Prof. David Carpenter. £5 on the door. 01963 370899
06 Stress Reduction Through Mindfulness Othona Community, Burton Bradstock. 10am. Course & lunch, £39. 01308 898337
07 The Kettle's on! Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. 2pm-4:30pm. Weekly live music & entertainment. 07811 018284
07 Strings recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free lunchtime rectial by the students of Sherborne School.
07 Quiz Night Crossways Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. 7pm for 7:30pm. Open to teams of four. Entry fee £16 per team (£4ph) inc. Ploughman's suppers. In aid of Crossways Scout Group. To register call Andrew or email 01305 853125
07 Music and Supper Evening Moreton Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8RE. 7:30pm. Big Al Whittle & Friends. To raise money for the new village hall. Acoustic guitar singing folk, country, blues and jazz – with a twist of humour! 01929 463221
07 Rat Pack Tribute Night George Albert Hotel, Wardon Hill, Nr Evershot, DT2 9PW. £27.50 inc. 3 course meal. 01935 483430
07 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk: The Natural Quarry United Church, East St, Bridport. 7:30pm. By David Boag. 01308 459259
07 Women's World Day of Prayer St Marys Church, South Street, Bridport. 10:30am. This year’s inspirational service prepared by Christian women from Egypt. 01308 423475 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
07 Archaeology Lecture Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester. 7:30pm. Lilian Ladle (DNH&AS/EDAS) will talk about the 2013 season of excavations at the Roman Villa at Druce Farm. Free, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
07 Captain Philips (12A) Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, DT11 0JX. 7pm for 7:30pm start. £3 on the door. 01258 837371
07-09 Planning for Smallholders Monkton Wyld, Nr Lyme Regis, DT6 6DQ. With Simon Fairlie & Jyoti Fernandes. Learn all about the planning & administrative considerations for setting up your own smallholding. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyld.org)
08 Music for Youth (& all the family) St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, DT1 2HT. 4pm. An hour of fun & music with Martin Clunes + 2 school-age soloists. £10, from Harmony Music, Forum Centre, Trinity St. Dorchester. 01305 260360
08 Bridport Buddhist Meditation Group Bothenhampton Village Hall, Bridport. 10:30am-12:30pm. Meditations, Dharma teaching, some discussion, and a cup of tea. All welcome. No experience is needed as instruction will be given. 01297 551547
08 Quiz Night Village Hall, Wootton Fitzpaine, DT6 6ND. 7:30pm Quiz & Supper. By Lyme Rotary Club. £7. 01297 560081
08 Coffee Morning The United Church Hall, South St, Dorchester. 9:45am-11:45am. By Dorchester & District Bible Society.
10 Art Society Workshop - Pen and Wash Lyme Regis Football Club, Davey Fort, Charmouth Rd, Lyme Regis. DT7 3DU. 10am-3pm. Art Workshop with Lynda White. Visitors £5. 01297 445464 (email: email@example.com)
11 GP in Gaol - Some Impressions of Health Care in Dorset Prisons St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, DT1 1LB. 2:30pm. Talk by Dr John Wilkerson. Presented by National Trust S.Dorset Assoc. Guests £3 inc. Tea/coffee. 01300 321601
11 The Life of Jerusalem Warren Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport. 2:30pm. Talk by Kevin Shillington. 01308 456876
12 Philomena (12A) Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. £6 on door or from Sherborne TIC. (www.moviola.org)
12 Adult Craft Workshop: Card-making Techniques Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-3:30pm. For beginners, materials provided, £10 (inc. Museum entry) Pre-book: 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
12 Geology Lecture: The Geomorphology of the World's Deserts Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester. 6:30pm for 7pm. By Emeritus Professor Andrew Goudie, University of Oxford. Free, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
12 Organ Recital by Paul Ellis Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free, 40mins recital, contains a wide variety of music. (Collection).
13 Lunch and Learn: Gauguin, Pont Aven and the Nabis The Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne, DT9 3BY. 10am-3pm. By Julian Halsby. £43 to inc. Lecture and lunch. Enquiries / to book contact 01935 813131 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
13 ‘Eyes Front!' -ABF Concert Gryphon School, Sherborne. 7pm for 7:30pm. Singer & television personality Isla St Clair hosts this delightfully nostalgic, poignant & humorous look at the effects of music in wartime 01392 492650 (www.soldierscharity.org)
13 'Recollections & Reminiscene' St. George's Hall, Fordington, DT1 1RB. 2:15pm. By Robin Bunce. £1. 01305 269834
13 The Gypsy Seasons - Tim Kliphuis Trio Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, Wootton Fitzpaine, DT6 6ND. A blend of gypsy jazz, classical and folk music by a world famous trio of musicians. An ArtsReach event. Tickets £8/£6 01297 560948
14 Windband recital Big Schoolroom, Sherborne School, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free rectial by the students. 01935 812249
14 U3A: When Britain was Last Covered by Ice Woodmead Halls, Hill Rd, Lyme Regis. 10am. Prof. Jim Rose. 01297 442148
14 Photographic Club. Woodmead Halls, Hill Rd, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm-10pm. Members PDIs/Interactive evening 01297 444733
14-16 Puppet Making Monkton Wyld, Nr Lyme Regis, DT6 6DQ. Create beautiful handmade puppet. 01297 560342
14-16 Hope for the Future - A weekend of folk music The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE. Info: 01300 341741
15 Sherborne Chamber Choir Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. The Romantics. Tickets £5-£16, from Sherborne TIC.
15 Day of Yoga Monkton Wyld, Nr Lyme Regis, DT6 6DQ. Integral / holistic yoga. 01297 560342 (www.monktonwyld.org)
15 Be more Creative with your iPad! RendezVous, Cheap St. Church, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Building on knowledge using Inspire Pro, Pen & Ink, and Paper apps - exploring the creative potential of your iPad. £40, (£35 ArtsLink Mem.) 01935 815899
15 Tori Freestone Trio The Plume of Feathers, Half Moon St, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Jazz. £10 (£14 non-mem.) 01935 816569
15 Books, Coffee & Cake Moreton Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8RF. 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. Info: 01929 463221
15 Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir - All That Jazz St. Mary's Church, Edward Road, Dorchester, DT1 2HT. 7:30pm. Choral music with a swing. Tickets £12, Under 18s £2 available from Dorchester TIC. 01305 267992 (www.bschoir.org.uk)
15 'Nautical But Nice' Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. An Evening of light-hearted entertainment. Cold Supper, Bar, Raffle. Friends of the Yeatman fund raising. £10 from Winstones Bookshop or the Abbey Shop in the Close, Sherborne.
15/02-17/05 Free Time Exhibition Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester. Showcasing the results of a current project studying the changing nature of our leisure time over the last 60 years. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. 01305 262735
19 Thomas Hardye School Musicians Concert Dorset County Museum, High East St. Dorchester. 1pm-2pm. Free.
19 Music at the Museum Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. A return visit by Zum, Gypsy tango music from Argentina and Eastern Europe. Tickets £12, juniors and students £2 from Museum or on door. 01305 266028
19 Paint your own cheeky cow Workshop The Studio, East Farm, Winterborne Whitechurch, Blandford, DT11 9AW. With Marilyn Allis. All materials provided, take home a framed canvas and a atelier interactive starter kit. £70. 07789 026546
19 Organ Recital by James Henderson Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free, 40mins recital, a wide variety of music. (Collection).
19 A Year Through The Lens Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Illustrated talk. £3, inc. tea. 01935 814692.
20 Lunchtime Concert: Dorchester Piano Trio County Museum, High West St. Dorchester. 1pm-2pm. Free. 01305 266028
20 Laughter, the Best Medicine YMCA, Sawmills Lane, off Weymouth Rd, Dorchester, DT1 2RZ. 2:15pm. Talk by Robin Miller. Presented by the Dorchester & Weymouth Branch of The National Federation of Occupational Pensioners.
20 Loosen Up Watercolour Workshop The Studio, East Farm, Winterborne Whitechurch, Blandford, DT11 9AW. Let Marilyn Allis show you how to break down the scene and take the fear out of that busy composition. £40. 07789 026546
20 Ramblers Walk: Eype Down Seatown Car Park. Starts 10am. 6 mile walk. Contact to confirm details. 01935 429773
21 Big Brush Watercolour Workshop The Studio, East Farm, Winterborne Whitechurch, Blandford, DT11 9AW. With one brush, Marilyn Allis will help you to paint loosely and quickly with amazing results. £40 07789 026546 (www.marilynallis.com)
21 Market St Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, (next to Church) Nr Dorchester. 2pm-3:30pm. Cakes, preserves, raffle, craft, plants from local Nursery, bric-a-brac, local produce and more. All proceeds to the Hall. Info: 01305 853765
21 A level recitals Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free lunchtime rectial by the students of Sherborne School.
22 Antique & Fleamarket Digby Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Monthly Fleamarket. 01963 250108
22 Chickens, Hens & Roosters Mixed Media Workshop The Studio, East Farm, Winterborne Whitechurch, Blandford, DT11 9AW. With Marilyn Allis, try your hand at drawing with acrlyic inks, using silver gauche, and much more. £40. 07789 026546
22 ‘Embracing Good News' - Learning to be simple. The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE. 10am - 3:30pm, and inc. sharing in the Friary Midday Eucharist followed by a simple home-made lunch. Contact for booking: 01300 341741
22 Loot From The Loft Busby Auctioneers, The Old Hemp Store, North Mills, Bridport, DT6 3BE. This fundraising event for the Bridport Literary & Scientific Institute restoration project. Call for more details: 07968 577867 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
22 Micro Welding - Dorset Clock Society St. George's Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 7:30pm. Talk by Geoffery Walker on a technique that allows an antique part to be conserved. 01258 840501 (email: email@example.com)
22 Fossil Fantastic Day Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, DT6 6LL. 10am-3:30pm. A whole day of fossil hunting & activities for families and children. Adults £25, Children £20. Places limited, please book 01297 560772
22 Bridport Buddhist Meditation Group Bothenhampton Village Hall, Bridport. 10:30am-12:30pm. Dharma teaching, some discussion, and a cup of tea. All welcome on a drop-in basis. No experience needed as instruction will be given. 01297 551547
22 Jumble Sale. Leigh Village Hall. 2:30pm. Bric-a-brac, tombola, raffle & cakes. Proceeds to Batcombe Church. 01935 83726
22 Swing for Jim with the Three Counties Swing Band Woodmead Halls, Hill Rd, Lyme Regis. 8pm. Jim Sweetland music & dance tribute. £10 inc. Ploughmans Supper, from "View From" offices, St Michaels Business Centre, Lyme. 01297 446057
22 Loot From The Loft Busby Salerooms, The Old Hemp Store, North Mills, Bridport, DT6 3BE. A fundraising auction for the Bridport Literary & Scientific resoration project. Help save a local building. 01308 420100 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) (www.busby.co.uk)
22 Charity Concert United Church, South St, Dorchester, DT1 1BT. Doors open 6:30pm. 7pm-10pm. Featuring Ninebarrow and Paul J Openshaw. In aid of Mercy Ships. £5 available from Harmony Music and Church Shop in Dorchester or online.
22-23 Spring Bulbs & Daffodils Weekend Sherborne Castle, New Road, DT9 5NR. 11am-4:30pm. Reduced admission £4 per adult, Under 16s free. Please note castle is closed this weekend. 01935 812072 (www.sherbornecastle.com)
24 Community Lecture: Plagues and People Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queens Av. Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. By Professor Sir Roy Anderson FRS FMedSci. Free but ticketed, from School Reception, max.4pp. 01305 266064
25 Daffodils - Chesil Bank Garden Club Langton Herring, Nr Weymouth, DT3 4JA. 7:30pm. A talk by Bob Symes.
25 Visions for Dorchester - Lessons from an Interconnected World The Dorford Centre, Top O' Town, Dorchester. 7:30pm. By Joe Doak, Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning & Development, Uni. of Reading. Free, £3 donation encouraged.
25 Spring Lecture: Paolo Veronese and the Venetian Renaissance - Hendrika Foster Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Lavishly illustrated lecture exploring his work & its historical & cultural context. £8 (inc. a drink) from Sherborne TIC.
25 Monique Bellingham - Lyme's Canadienne Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 2:30pm. Lyme Regis Society talk by Keith Shaw on Monique Bellingham who lived in Lyme from mid- 1820s to 1856. Tickets £1.50 01297 444162
26 Lunch and Learn: Matisse, Modernism and Sculpture The Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne, DT9 3BY. 10am-3pm. By Mary Jacobsen. £43 to inc. Lecture and lunch. Enquiries/ to book contact 01935 813131 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
26 Fracking Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 7:30pm. Talk by Dr Edward Baker. 01935 813896
26 Organ Recital by Peter Bray Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free 40mins recitals, containing a wide variety of music (Collection).
27 Travellers' Tales: Rambling through Rajasthan in the 1980s. County Museum, High East St. Dorchester. 7:30pm. Free.
27 Wines of Loire Cafe Paninis, 11 Weymouth Av. Dorchester. 7:30pm. 2 course supper & wine tasting. £32.50. 01308 427500
27 Sixth Form History in the 21st Century - AGM Lecture Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 8pm. Six students from local schools talk about their choices. Non-members £5 on the door. 01963 370899 (www.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk)
28 Auction House Sale Day 1 St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport. Auctions at 10am. Viewing previous day. 01308 459400
28 Time Lapse Photography - Lyme Regis Photographic Club Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 7:30pm-10pm. Talk by Stephen Banks on time-lapse photography with videos of Bridport and Dorset by Night. 01297 444733
28/02-02/03 The Broadchurch Experience Various locations from Lyme Regis to West Bay. The Ultimate Broadchurch Superfan Weekend Experience including Fanathon screening. Tickets £199 available from Lyme Regis TIC. 01297 442138
29 Mosaics for Everyone with Kate Rattray Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Everyone will be able to make a small picture & a coaster. £45, (£40 FoSA) Call for more details. 01935 815899 (www.sherborneartslink.org.uk)
29 Blues Extravaganza Freshwater Entertainment Centre, Nr Bridport. 8pm-late. Featuring Ben Waters, C Sharp Blues Band and Custer's Last Blues Band. Organised by Lions Club of Bridport. £10 from Bridport, Dorchester and Lyme Regis TICs.
30 Dorchester & District Lions Annual 2K Fun Run & Timed 10K Run. Starting Dorchester Middle School, Queens Av. DT1 2HS. Sponsor & entry forms from Dorchester TIC or on (www.lionsdorchester.org.uk)
30 Divine Union Soundbath Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, Nr. Sherborne, Dorset, 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)
30 Best of Dorset Show Weymouth Pavilion & Forecourt, The Esplanade, DT4 8ED. 11am-4pm. Open to the public and trade. Offering information and inspiration about days out and activities, complemented by free entertainment. 01305 785747
31 Botanical Painting with Christina Hart-Davies Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. For people with some experience, to explore the often delicately coloured flowers & fresh green leaves of spring. £35, (£30 FofSA). 01935 815899
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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