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
Until 02/11 World War 1, Home and Away; Lest we Forget Museum, Whitcombe, Beaminster, DT8 3NB. Exhibition open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10:30am-1pm & 2pm-4:30pm. Sundays, 2pm-4:30pm. 01308 863439
13/10/14-18/04/15 Dorset’s Church Treasures: Telling the Story of Christianity Through the Centuries Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester. Exhibition of Ecclesiastical Silver. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. 01305 262735
01 Chasty Cottage Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 9am-4pm. £1 entry. Refreshments avail. 01963 370986
01 Sherborne Annual Christmas Market Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Unique Crafts & Gifts. 01749 677049
01 Gill Davy-Bowker Book Signing Waterstones 45-46 South Street, Dorchester. From 10am. Info: (www.bookguild.co.uk)
01 Hallowe'en Family Activity Evening Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 5pm-8pm. Themed activities inc. crafts and drama plus a buffet supper. Ideal for children aged 7-13yrs. Tickets £7.50. Max. 3 children per adult. Full details and to book: 01305 756827 (www.dorsetcountymuseum.org)
01 Bonfire & Firework Display Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide, Nr Dorchester, DT2 7QL. Gates open 6pm. By a professional display team with an array of food + drink on offer. Adults £4, Children (4-16yrs) £2, U4s free, Family £12 (2a+ up to 4c) all proceeds donated to Piddle Valley First School.
01 Dorchester Choral Society/ Luebbecke Kantorei sing A Child of Our Times, Tippett, Haydn & Bach. St. Mary's Church, Edward Rd, Dorchester . 7:30pm. £15 on door, or £12 advance @ Harmony Music, Trinity St, Dorchester. 01305 262005
01 Thomas Hardy's Family & Your Family Records on Display St Michael’s Church, Owermoigne, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8HS. 9:30am-5:30pm. Full records of christenings, marriages and burials from 1569 to present. Look up your own family records or Thomas Hardy's family. To help raise £3,000 to cover the extensive electrical work needed in the Church.
01 Bere Regis First School Bonfire & Firework Display Rye Hill Field. Gates Open from 5:30pm. Bonfire 6pm, Fireworks 7pm. Live band & BBQ. Adults £5, Accompanied Children Under 16yrs Free. 01929 471334
01 Grand Firework Display Bridport Leisure Centre, Brewery Hill, Bridport. By Bridport Round Table. 7pm. Tickets on gate.
01 Bridport Ceilidhs Band Chris Toyne with caller Simon Maplesden St Mary’s Church House, South Street, Bridport. 7:30pm-11pm. for more information contact: 01308 423442
01 The Merry Monks of Lyme Regis St Michael’s Church Hall, Lyme Regis, DT7 3DA. 7:30pm. Tickets £10 to include food wine and soft drinks. Tickets from Penny Black Café or Lyme Regis TIC.
01-02 Open Studios at Artisan Artisan, Elworthy Hall, Winterborne Monkton, Dorchester, DT2 9PT. 10am-4pm. Pottery, Fused Glass, Dorset Buttons, Viking Knitting, Smocking, Animal Drawings, Woodturning, Silk Painting, Enamelling - something affordable and 'different' for those difficult Christmas presents. Free parking! 07715 388590
01-09 Lyme Regis Walking Festival 2014 Lyme Regis. Explore the beautiful coastline and inspiring hinterland of West Dorset and East Devon during this family friendly festival. Local residents & Lyme’s resident guided walk experts will help you explore the town’s fascinating fossil, wildlife, history, & literary secrets. (www.facebook.com/LymeRegisWalkingFestival)
02 Sherborne Charity Chase Sherborne Sports Centre. 10am-1pm. 1k, 2k, 5k, & 10k distances. (www.sherbornesports.co.uk)
02 Charter House Auction Long Street Sale Rooms, Sherborne. Classic Car & Automobilia Auction. 01935 812277
02 Winter Craft Fair Moreton Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8RF. 10am - 3pm. Entry Adult £1, Children Free. Home Made Cake, Refreshments & Produce for sale. To book a table (£10) via: 01929 463221 or (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
02 Sunday Jazz Lunch Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne. 12moom-2pm. With Julie Dunn. £23. Book in advance: 01935 813131
02 Grand Concert - Durnovaria Silver Band Plaza Cinema, Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TT. 7:30pm. Founded in 1936, most of the pieces played will be film or TV themed. Tickets £6. Also a grand raffle. 01305 262488
03 Faith in the Public Square? Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. By Nick Spencer - Director of Studies, Theos. Part of the Sherborne Abbey Insight Lecture Series. £5 from the Parish Office in The Close. 01935 812452
03 A Life of Working in Woods and With Wood Dorford Centre, Dorchester – park opposite in Top of Town car park. 7:30pm, by Reg Adams (Lumberjack) and Peter Thomas (Wood Carver). Some items for sale – useful Christmas presents.
03,10,17,24 Buddhist Meditation Classes Friends Meeting House, 8 Holloway Road, Dorchester, DT1 1LF. Transforming The Workplace'. 7pm - 8:30pm, £7 a class. 02380 557077 (www.thekchencentre.org)
04 Dorchester Great War Memorials St George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2:30pm. By Brian Bates. Organised by the National Trust South Dorset Association. Guests £3. 01300 321601 (www.southdorsetnt.org.uk)
04 Hansel & Gretel Portesham Village Hall, for ages 5+. A new show by World Famous Travelling Theatre co. 01305 871925
05 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free organ recital by Paul Ellis for about 40 minutes.
05 Bonfire (only) by the Beach East Beach, West Bay. 5:30pm. Guy comp, prizes, winner lights fire. Bar,Live Music, Burgers.
05 Dorchester Rugby Club Fireworks Coburg Road, Dorchester, DT1 2HX. From 6pm. Great fireworks display, hog roast, BBQ, bar & amusements. £10 family ticket, £4 adult, £2 child on the gate.
06 Drawing & Painting Classes Bradford Peverell Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. 10am-1pm. Have fun learning to draw & paint in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with tuition from an experienced art teacher. Info: 01305 784632
06 Talk: 'What is a Shaman?' Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 2:30pm. Talk by Tony Eccles - A discussion by the Curator of Ethnography at Exeter Museum on centuries-old practices, involving interaction with the spiritual world. Illustrated using objects in the museum’s collection. 01297 445537 (www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk)
07 Singer's Recital Cheap Street Church, Cheap St. Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by Sherborne School Students.
07 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
07 Archaeology Lecture: Excavations on Ham Hill Dorset County Museum, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By Niall Sharples. 6:30pm a book launch of Late Bronze Age Pottery Production: Evidence from a 12th to 11thC BC Settlement at Tinney's Lane, Sherborne by Joanne Best, Ann Woodward & Kerry Tyler. 01305 756827
07 Wines & Cheese of South America Tasting Event Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. £12 from Sherborne TIC.
07 There’s No Such Thing as a Seagull! Bridport United Church Hall, East St Bridport. 7:30 pm. Dorset Wildlife Trust illustrated talk by Luke Phillips. Admission by donation to include refreshments £2 members £3 non-members.
07 Lyme Bay Photographic Club - Windons & Flight PDI & Print Comp Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 7:30pm-10pm. 01297 444733 (http://lymebayphotographicclub.org)
07-09 The Poetry of The Great War The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE. Focussing on the work of Isaac Rosenberg, David Jones, Ivor Gurney, Edward Thomas and Wilfred Owen. 01300 341741 (email: email@example.com)
08 Beaminster Antique Fair Beaminster Town Hall, Fleet St. From 9:30am - 4pm. 01297 24446
08 Annual Bazaar by The Children’s Society Dorchester Committee United Church Hall, South Street, Dorchester. 10am-12noon. Lots to buy and browse, including cakes, cards, bric-a-brac, books, tombola and toys and more. Free entry.
08 Fayre St Martins Church, Broadmayne. From 10am - 12noon Produce, crafts, bric-a-brac etc. 01305 854385
08 Laying of Wreathes Lyme Regis Cemetery and Polish War Memorial. Laying of wreathes at the Lyme Regis cemetery HMS Formidable, Charmouth Road at 10:30am and laying of wreathes at the Polish War memorial, Anning Road at 11am.
08 Skills Workshop; Reading Old Handwriting Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, Sherborne. 2pm-5pm. Learn some of the more common ‘hands’ of the many different scripts to be mastered when reading old documents, and get practical advice on deciphering them. Please BYO pencil & notepad - other materials provided. 1:40pm for tea/coffee and biscuits. £15, SDFHS Members £10. Download booking form: 01935 389611 (http://www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/)
08 United We Stand Burton Bradstock Village Hall. 7:30pm. Presentation on the 1972 Building Workers Strike. 01305 269512
08 Coope, Boyes & Simpson: In Flanders Fields Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport. Acapella singing and evocative songs about those killed on the Western Front. Contact for more info: 01308 424204 (www.bridport-arts.com)
08 Fireworks and Bonfire Night The Harbour, Lyme Regis. Join the crowds that come to enjoy a fantastic firework display over Lyme Bay and warm themselves by the bonfire on the beach. Fireworks at 6:30pm. (www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk)
08 Cowspiracy - The Sustainability Secret West Stafford Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. Doors open 7pm. Film night by Compassionate Dorset as a charity fundraiser in aid of Compassion in World Farming. Fully liscenced bar, tea / coffee & biscuits (inc. vegan friendly) Charity raffle. £3 on the door (U16s free) or book online. (www.compassionatedorset.co.uk)
08 Tom and the Clementines The White Hart, Cheap Street, Sherborne. Playing live from 9pm, a great night of music!
09 Remembrance Day Parade and Service War Memorial, South Walks, Dorchester. 10:30am.
09 Lyme Bay Chorale sing Faures ‘Requiem’ : Come and Sing St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, DT7 3DA. 2pm-4pm. £6 for singers or attend the concert at 5pm. Retiring Collection. (www.lymebaychorale.co.uk)
09 Commemoration at Memorial to German Prisoners of War Fordington Cemetery, Kings Road, Dorchester. 2:30pm.
09 Remembrance Day Parade and Service Broad Street & St. Michael's Church, Lyme Regis. Remembrance Parade at 9:30am followed by a Service at St. Michael’s Church, Church Street at 10am with Lyme Regis Town Band. All local organisations welcome to take part, serving representatives from all of the Armed Forces are expected to attend in uniform.
09 Remembrance Parade South Street, St Mary’s Church, Bridport. 10:20am-11:20am, followed by service in the church.
09 Hanacpachap Cussicuinin Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 3pm. Early Music Of The New World. (www.Sherborneearlymusic.com)
09-16 Bridport Literary Festival 2014 Various venues in Bridport. Full details on website. Tickets will be on sale from Bridport Tourist Information Centre. Contact for more info: 01308 424901 (www.bridlit.com)
10 Politics of Paradise Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. By Frank Field MP PC. Part of the Sherborne Abbey Insight Lecture Series. £5 from the Parish Office in The Close. 01935 812452 (www.insight.sherborneabbey.com)
10 Community Lecture: Sunshine and Shade: Butterflies and Badgers in Britain Today Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. By Patrick Barkham, in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation, Free but by ticket only available from School Reception two weeks prior. Max. 4pp 01305 266064
11 Turnpikes and Coaching Days The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 8pm. Lecture by Rob Curtis. 01963 370899
11 Bridport History Society Talk Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport. 2:30pm. Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard talk on 'Around Hardown Hill'. £2.50 inc refreshments. 01308 456876
11 Armistice Day Service The Monmouth Street War Memorial Lyme Regis. 11am, please ensure to arrive early.
11 Scalextric Evening St Pauls’ Church, Sherborne. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Race on the giant track! £4/£7. Buffet Curry & Pizza.
11 Sherborne Flicks ‘Tracks’ Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. True story of a solo desert trek. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
11-14 Peace-Craft The Friary, Hilfield, DT2 7BE. A week of handicraft. 01300 341741 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
12 Annual Wine Tasting Palmers Brewery, West Bay Rd. Bridport. 6pm-9pm. 01305 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
12 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free organ recital by Peter Bray for about 40 minutes.
12 Geology Lecture: Landslides Dorset County Museum, High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 6:30pm for 7pm. By Dr Helen Reeves (head of Science of Land Use, British Geological Survey). Free, donation £3 encouraged. 01305 756827
12 Sherborne Flicks: Tracks Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Film based on the true story of Robyn Davidson's solo trek across the Australian outback. Tickets and more info from Sherborne TIC.
13 Lunchtime Concert: Dorchester Piano Trio Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-2pm. Free, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 266028 (www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk)
13 Bridport Camera Club Talk: Bridport Town Hall, Buckydoo Square, South Street, Bridport DT6 3LF. Robert Golden talks about 'The Compulsion to Make Photographs'. More info: 01308 459266
13 Come Back Venus - Cyprus a Divided Island St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB. 2:15pm. Talk by David Lang, organised by The Thursday Group. Everyone welcome. £1. Tea/ Biscuits. 01305 269834
13,16,23,24,25 Bridport Family History Courses Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Rd, Bridport. Various courses on offer from different record sources. Contact for further details: 01308 425710
14 Percussion Recital Cheap Street Church, Cheap St. Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the students of Sherborne School.
14 Dorchester Moose 60's Charity Dance Ocean Room, Weymouth Pavilion, DT4 8ED. 7:30pm. Dancing to Replay. All proceeds from the night to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. Tickets £8.50 from Dorchester TIC 01305 267992/ 259039
14 Normal Service Will Be Resumed The Hut, Powerstock, nr Bridport. Artsreach production from the Ministry of Entertainment. Starts 7:30pm. Tickets £8/6 01308 485264 (www.artsreach.co.uk)
14 Dorchester Thanksgiving Party Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 5:30pm-8pm. A celebration of the historic connection between Dorset and Massachusetts. Fundraising event for the development at the museum. Enjoy refreshments & entertainment with live link with the USA. Tickets £15 per person (inc. first glass of wine + canapes) available from Museum Shop 01305 756827 or Dorchester TIC (email: email@example.com)
14 Milborne Movies - Noah (12) Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT11 0JX. Starring Russel Crowe. Doors & bar open 7pm, film starts 7:30pm. £3 can be obtained on the door. (www.noahmovie.com)
14 2000 Years of London a Talk by Bob Ayers Brownsword Hall, Pummery Sq, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW 7pm for 7:30pm. Illustrated talk from the pre-Roman swamps by the Thames and follows a timeline through the ages finishing with the post war rebuild and the 80's boom. Tickets £4 (£5 on door) Cash or Cheque only (payable to Brownsword Hall Events) from Rivoli Pummery Sq. The Garden Centre or via: (www.brownswordevents.org.uk)
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. 01929 463221
15 Charity Gift & Craft Fair United Church, South Street, Dorchester. 9:30am-12:30pm. Entry 50p (inc. tea/coffee) kids free.
15 Bridport Ambulance Autumn Charity Ball Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Nr Bridport. Music by Vinyl Monkeys Tickets £27.50 to include hot meal, dessert and coffee) from Jonathan 01308 459876 or Bridport Music.
15 Draughtbusters plus - Curtain Workshop Chapel in the Garden, East Street Bridport, DT6 3JX. 10am-1pm. How to make thermal liners for your curtains. Further details (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or 07970 483188
15 Dorset County Boundary Research Group: A Day School Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. Registration 9:30am. 10am-3:30pm. 'Charting and Chartering the Borders of Dorset: County boundary-making set in a wider historical context' Guest speaker: Dr Mark Gardiner, Queen's University, Belfast. 01305 756827
15 Busy Life - Peaceful Mind St Georges Church Hall, Fordington. 2:30pm. Half-day Buddhist Meditation & Teachings Course, taught by an experienced Buddhist teacher and nun called Gen Lekma. £15. (email: email@example.com)
15 An Evening of Elizabethan Music St. Peter’s Church, West Knighton Nr Dorchester. 7:30pm. Songs and lute solos of the 16th and 17th centuries.Tickets £8 from Corner House Stores, Broadmayne or on 01305 852626 / 854795
15 Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers - Tribute Night George Albert Hotel, Wardon Hill, Nr Evershot, DT2 9PW. Tickets £27.50pp inc. Entertainment, 3 course meal & drink on arrival for those in fancy dress. 01935 483430 (www.gahotel.co.uk)
15 Blackadder Goes Forth Leigh Village Hall. Touring production. For more info & to book: (www.stabinthedark.weebly.com)
15 Blackdown 60’s & 70’s Themed Dance Blackdown Village Hall, DT8 3LE. £10 to inc. supper, call: 01460 30840
15 Abba's Angels Dorchester Trinity Club, Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TT. From 7:30pm till late. One of the UK's Premier Abba Tributes Est. 2000. Tickets from Dorchester Trinity Club, £7 in advance or £10 on the door. 01305 262671
15-16 Jurassic Art & Craft Fayre Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Nr Lyme Regis. 10:30am-4:30pm. Free admission to a great opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts by local artists and makers.
16 Charity Craft Fair Martinstown Village Hall, St. Martinsfield, Dorchester, DT2 9JU. 10:30am-3:30pm. Wide range of stalls and activities. Entry free, refreshments available. Marie Curie Cancer Care. Info & to book a stall (£12.50): 07900 988344
16,23&24 Bridport Family History Courses Marsh Barn Farm, Burton Rd, Bridport. Family history courses from pre1837. Full details from organiser. 01308 425710 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
18 Cercle Français De Dorchester Café Jagos, 8 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UJ. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Fill the gap: Evening of games with French Songs with Anaik Ankers. All welcome, both English and French native speakers. English: 01305 854025 Français: 01305 812666 (www.dorchesterfrenchcircle.org)
19 Local Lunch Monkton Wyld Court, Nr Lyme Regis, DT6 6DQ. Healthy organic meal, £7pp, phone to book: 01297 560342
19 Music at the Museum: Aurora Wind Ensemble (Trio) Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm. Gwenllian Davies, Oboe. Andrew Mason, Clarinet. Stuart Russel, Bassoon. Non-Members £12, students £2 available from Museum shop or on the door. 01305 266028 (www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk)
19 Medieval Paris & London Highlands End Holiday Park, Eype, Bridport. WDDFAS talk with Mark Corby. 2:30pm. £7.50 members. More info: 07972 472029
19 Himalayan Journeys Shipton Gorge Village Hall, nr Bridport. Award-winning wildlife photographer Ben Osborne's talk about his Himalayan Journey. Starts 7:30pm. £8. 01308 897562 (www.artsreach.co.uk)
19 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free organ recital by Paul Ellis for about 40 minutes.
19 Remembering the Tolpuddle Martyrs - From the Martyrs' Festival to the Dorchester Shire Hall Project Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Nr Dorchester DT2 9UA 7:30pm. Presented Charlton Down Local History Group. Talk by Tom de Wit, the Manager of the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum. Entry £3. Further info: 01305 265450
19 Sherborne W.I. Catholic Church hall, Westbury. 2.30pm. We will be making decorations for this years’ Christmas Tree Festival and celebrating our 25th Anniversary. New members & visitors always welcome at a cost of £3, inc. refreshments.
20 Tindal Recital Series: The Wu Quartet Tindal Recital Hall, Sherborne School, Sherborne. 7:30pm. For tickets and details contact the school via: 01935 810815 (email: email@example.com)
20 Folk Group: The Poozies Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport. The Poozies are known for unusual and exciting arrangments. 8pm. £14. Contact for more info: 01308 424204 (www.bridport-arts.com)
20 South Dorset RSPB Group Talk St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1RB. 7:45pm. Talk by Richard Collier, on adventures from Buenos Airies with its huge nature reserve to the tip of South America including the Falklands, South Georgia, Deception Island and the Elephant Island. Entrance £3, members £3.50 visitors inc. coffee & biscuits.
21 Chamber Recital Cheap Street Church, Cheap St. Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the students of Sherborne School.
21 ABF: An evening & conversation with Michael Portillo Crown Hotel, Blandford. 6:45pm. £20 from West Dorset TICs.
21 Lyme Bay Photographic Club presentation on Exmouth Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 7:30pm
21 2014 Poyntington Lecture Gryphon Conference Centre, Sherborne. The talk entitled The Changing Retail Landscape, will be given by Stephen Hider, Distribution Director of Waitrose. £12 to incl. canapés & wine at 7pm, followed by the lecture at 7:30pm, from Waitrose (Sherborne), or via 01963 220759 / 220637
21-22 Charter House Auction Long Street Sale Rooms, Sherborne. Antiques, Silver, Jewellery & Wine. 01935 812277
22 Antique & Fleamarket Church Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. Monthly Antique & Fleamarket. 01963 250108
22 Industrial Archaeology Day Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, Sherborne. 2pm-5pm. Amongst other things, Graham Bendell and Barry Brock will look at Sherborne’s mills, breweries, letter boxes and drain covers; 1:40pm for tea & biscuits. £15, SDFHS Members £10. Booking form: 01935 389611 (http://www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/)
22 Bridport Craft Fair Town Hall, South St, Bridport. From 9am-3pm. Lots of wonderful things on offer. 01308 456722
22 Vinyl Saturday in Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport. 10am - 4pm. Admission £1. 07429 102645
22 Draughtbusters plus - Draught-proofing workshop Chapel in the Garden, East Street Bridport, DT6 3JX. How to draught proof your house & save money. To book (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or 07970 483188
22 Dorset County Orchestra - Elgar; Sibelius; Debussy & Beethoven, Dorford Centre, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Soloist - Russ Shipley. Conductor - Ian Pillow; Leader - Barbel Glaser. Tickets £10, on the door. (www.dorsetcountyorchestra.gov.uk)
22 The Book of Revelation Sherborne Abbey. This is a dramatised reading of The Book of Revelation with choral extracts by the The Faith and Arts Group and the Sherborne Singers. 01935 816332
22/11-24/12 Phyllis Wolff: Landscape & Identity Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Sunday. Sales exhibition: A colourful exhibition of vibrant contemporary paintings. 01305 262735
22 Lyme Bay Chorale Singing Masterclass St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, DT7 3DA. 2pm. With soprano Philippa Hyde. Auditioned participants and observers welcome. Retiring collection. (www.lymebaychorale.co.uk)
22-23 ECSE Acadamey Weekend Workshop Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. Worskshop led by members of The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble culminating with evensong at Sherborne's famous abbey alongside the abbey choir directed by Paul Ellis. Repertoire to include Claudio Monteverdi's 8-part Magnificat. Open to players of cornetto, violin, sackbut and dulcian. Beginners are very welcome. 01935 509488 (www.sherborneearlymusic.com)
23 Eype Makers Market Highlands End Holiday Park, Eype, Bridport. 10am - 4pm. Over 50 local makers with food, textiles, pottery, jewellery etc. Free entry and refreshments. 01308 424321
23 United Church Brass & Friends: Musical Afternoon United Church, Dorchester. 3pm. Varied music arranged for brass also featuring talented young soloists, followed by tea & cake. Free, donations gratefully received for Action for Children.
23 Lyme Bay Chorale Winter Concert St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis, DT7 3DA. 4:30pm. Handel “Foundling Hospital Anthem”, Vivaldi “Dixit Dominus”. £12 to inc. buffet. Penny Black Café 07980 991685 & Lyme TIC. (www.lymebaychorale.co.uk)
23 Bridport Chamber Orchestra Winter Concert St Swithuns Church, North Allington, Bridport. For more info: 01935 824786
24 Water Colour Taster Morning The Studio, East Farm, Winterborne Whitchurch, Nr Blandford, DT11 9AW. 10am-12noon. With local water colour artist Marilyn Allis. £20 bookable online. (www.marilynallis.co.uk)
24 Golden Cap Association (National Trust West Dorset) presents 'Women of the RNLI' Bridport United Church Hall, East St. Bridport, DT6 3LJ. 2:30pm. Illustrated talk by Sue Hennessy, founder Principal of the Lifeboat College, Poole. Non-Members welcome. £3 inc. tea/ coffee & biscuits. Call for more details: 01308 863577
25 Brusho Inks - Vibrancy Beyond Imagination Workshop The Studio, East Farm, Winterborne Whitchurch Nr Blandford, DT11 9AW. 10am-3:30pm. With local water colour artist Marilyn Allis. £40 bookable online. (www.marilynallis.co.uk)
25 Surgery During the Napolionic Wars The Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 8pm. (Coffee from 7:20pm). Lecture by Mick Crumplin. For more info: 01963 370899 (www.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk)
25 Lyme Regis Society: Marine Life of Lyme Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 2:30pm. An illustrated talk by Rachel Davies of MARINElife, for Dorset Wildlife Trust. £2 for members, £3 visitors. (www.lymeregissociety.org.uk)
25 The History and Regeneration of Oxford Castle The Dorford Centre, Top O' Town, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7:30pm. By Debbie Dance, Director, Oxford Preservation Trust. Oxford Castle - the site of the city's ancient county gaol and its more recent prison. Free but donation of £3 encouraged. (www.dorchestercivicsociety.org.uk)
25/10-02/11 Dorset Food Week Various places across Dorset. A 10-day festival celebrating Dorset's outstanding food and drink, including tours, tastings, festivals, farm visits, demonstrations and much more. (www.dorsetfoodanddrink.org)
26 Amazing 2 Colours - Acrylic Workshop The Studio, East Farm, Winterborne Whitchurch Nr Blandford, DT11 9AW. 10am-3:30pm. With local water colour artist Marilyn Allis. £40 bookable online. (www.marilynallis.co.uk)
26 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free organ recital by James Henderson for about 40 minutes.
26 Gardeners Question Time Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm: AGM. 8pm by Gardeners’ Question Time with a panel of local experts, Mary Benger (Burrow Farm Gardens) Phil Gamble (gardens advisor) and Ashley Wheeler (Trill Farm Organic Vegetables), who will answer your gardening questions. (http://ulrhs.wordpress.com/events/)
26 Late Turner with Julian Halsby Digby Hall, Hound Street. 7:30pm. Lecture, £8.50 inc. drink, from Sherborne TIC.
27 Wine Tasting 'Burgundy Master Class' Cafe Paninis, 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)
27 Ramblers Walk: From Mosterton Meet at Admiral Hood, Mosterton. Four mile walk starts at 10:30am. Contact organiser to confirm details. David 01935 476647 (www.somersetramblers.co.uk)
27 Author's Talk & Book Signing 'West Dorset Country Houses' Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By Michael Hill. Talk on architectural history with photographs and drawings. Book on sale at the special price of £35 (rrp £49.95). Free, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
27 The Budapest Café Orchestra River Cottage, Axminster. 6.30pm. A exciting evening of food with music or music with food. Park the car and take a tractor ride through breathtaking surroundings to River Cottage, where you will enjoy a seasonal welcome drink and canapés before being seated for an evening of entertainment with three course menu which will use the very best local and seasonal ingredients. To book, visit (www.rivercottage.net) or call 01297 630300.
27 ‘Making Good Medical Choices – Do We Need God?’ Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UP. 7:30pm. Speaker: Professor Roger Higgs. £3. (email: email@example.com) 07583 888837.
28 Bridport Auction House Sale Day 1 St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport. Auctions start at 10am. 01308 459400
28 Wine Tasting 'Burgundy Master Class' Palmers Brewery, West Bay Rd. Bridport, DT6 4JA. 7:30pm for 8pm. 8-10 wines presented. £13.50 pre-book on 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
28 Chamber Orchestra and Ensembles Tindal Recital Hall, Sherborne School, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free lunchtime recital by the talented students of Sherborne School. (Mulled wine and mince pies from 1:15pm.)
28 Festive Late Night Opening Washingpool Farm, North Allington, Bridport, DT6 5HP. 6pm – 8pm. Enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled apple juice and a mince pie, free event, all welcome. 01308 459549 (www.washingpool.co.uk)
29 50th Anniversary Celebrations Holy Trinity Church, Blackdown. 11am. Lunches 12:30pm-2pm, service 3pm. 01460 30661
29 A pre Advent Quiet Day. The Friary, Hilfield, DT2 7BE. Led by brothers and members of Hilfield. 01300 341741
29 Chasty Cottage Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 9am-4pm. £1 entry. For more info: 01963 370986
29 Dorset Food and Drink Christmas Fair Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Nr Dorchester, DT2 7LG. 11am-4pm. A variety of 40+ local producers selling their seasonal products. Free, park & ride from County Hall, Dorchester. Goodie bags on entry, another great film in the cinema at the top of the house. 01305 848363 (www.dorsetaonb.org.uk)
29 The Dorset Chamber Orchestra 'A Concert for John' St. Mary's Church, Edward Rd, Dorchester, DT1 2HJ. 7:30pm. Tribute to Sir John Tavener, with Sofia Tavener - violin and Saskia Wilkins - soprano. Perhaps the best-loved and most admired composer of our age. £12 in advance from Harmony Music, Dorchester. £13 on door. U18s free. 01305 260360
29 Sherborne Annual Christmas Market Digby Memorial Hall, Sherborne. 10am - 4pm. Unique and unusual Cfrats and Gifts for Christmas or the home. Free Admission. 01749 677049
29 Celebration of 50 years since consecration of Holy Trinity Church Blackdown Exhibition Blackdown Village Hall, DT8 3LE. 11am. Lunch from 12:30pm- 2pm booking essential: 01460 30661/30817 Celebration service in church at 3pm.
29 Messiah Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. Sherborne Chamber Choir with period orchestra. Handel's famous Oratorio needs no introduction. With top soloists and a professional period orchestra, this is the ideal way to start the Advent and Christmas seasons. Tickets £5-£18, on sale from 12 October from Sherborne TIC.
29 Switch-on Saturday - Christmas Lights Broad Street, Lyme Regis. Enjoy shopping amid the spirit of a traditional family Christmas in our wonderful little town. There’s a host of festive events and happenings taking place in the lead up to Christmas, so why not wrap up warm, bring the family along and enjoy one of our great Yuletime celebrations? Come early for the Lantern Parade and enjoy the atmosphere, join in the switching on of the Christmas Lights countdown - don’t be late or you’ll miss it! Bring the kids along to meet Santa from 3pm at the Royal Lion Hotel on Broad Street. Entrance just £1 and every child will receive a special Santa gift. (www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk)
29/11-31/12 Yuletide Lyme Lyme Regis. Follow the ‘Painted Windows’ theme around the streets of Lyme.
29-30 Bridport Pantomime 50th Anniversary Exhibition Bridport Town Hall, South St, Bridport. Celebrating 50 years of Panto in Bridport! Open 10:30am - 2:30pm.
30 The Art of Capturing Nature - Photographic Workshop Kingcombe Centre, Nr Dorchester. 10:30am-3:30pm. With wildlife photographer Colin Varndell. £50pp inc. 2 presentations, morning refreshments, a delicious home cooked lunch, & an afternoon practical session in the reserve - weather permitting. Book: 01300 320684 (www.kingcombe.org)
30 Divine Union Soundbath Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, Nr. Sherborne, DT9 4LA. 2pm-4pm. Experience a magical performance using crystal & Tibetan singing bowls which promotes a deepley relaxing & healing state. £10. 01935 389655
30 Advent Carol Service Sherborne Abbey. 5pm.
31/10-02/11 Pathways to Peace Through World Religions The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE. People of different faiths living peacefully with creation. Led by Victoria Finlay of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation. 01300 341741
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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