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
01 Wessex Morris Men May Day dancing above Cerne Abbas Giant (DT2 7LA) at 5:15am, in Cerne Village Square (DT2 7JG) at 7:30am, and on the Abbey steps in Sherborne (DT9 3LQ) at 10:30am. (www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk)
01 Sherborne Chamber Ensemble Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the students of Sherborne School.
01 Performance Night Holwell Village Hall, DT9 5LL. 7pm. A relaxed evening of Folk, Roots, Acoustic & Original Music. To perform contact: 01963 23145 (email: Glenn@BearCatCollective.co.uk)
01-03 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Various venues around Lyme Regis. Enjoy walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits and hands-on science for all. The Fair offers fun, rare fossils, minerals & jewellery. 01297 445021 (www.fossilfestival.com)
01-05 Sherborne Abbey Music Festival Sherborne Abbey and various other venues nearby. See the Stars of Strictly Come Dancing with Adam Summerhayes, hear songs of Edith Piaf, Africa, Tenebrae: Russian Treasures, I Flaustiti, Voces 8, Samantha Muir and much more. Tickets and more detailed information from Sherborne TIC or via (www.sherborneabbey.org)
01-13 ‘A Trick of the Light.’ The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. 10am-5pm. Painter Julie Oldfield & photographer Irene Benson team up to develop an intriguing, visually rich exhibition of paintings, photography & mixed media. (www.townmillartsguild.com)
01-15 Local Artist Paul Sansome Window Exhibition Dorchester TIC, 11 Antelope Walk, Dorchester, DT1 1BE. Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Landscape and wildlife photography. All items for sale.
02 Wessex Military Band Bucky Doo Square, Bridport Town Centre. 10am. Live music for shoppers’ enjoyment. 01308 456722
02 Tiger Day The Tank Museum, Bovington Nr Wool, BH20 6JG. Open from 10am. Your first chance to see Tiger 131 in action (1:30pm) after its starring role in the Hollywood Blockbuster FURY. For info & to book: 01929 405096 (www.tankmuseum.org)
02 South Somerset Ramblers Walk Terrace Playing Fields, Sherborne. GR642156.10am. Circular walk via Oborne. Call for more details: 01935 414745 (www.soutsomersetramblers.org.uk)
02 Plant Sale and Café Portesham Village Hall 10am-12noon. Chesil Bank Garden Club. Free entry, all welcome.
02 Sherborne Antiques & Collectors Fair Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 10am-4pm. An old fashioned fair for everyone. 1000s of antiques and collectables, plus books and postcards. 01749 677049
02-03 Fossil Festival Walks Charmouth Heritage Centre. For more details see: (www.charmouth.org/chcc)
02-03 Stir To Action Workshop: Shared Assets Chapel in the Garden, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3JX. 10am-5pm. Full details on website. (www.sharedassets.org.uk) (www.stirtoaction.com/workshop/)
02-04 Craft and Garden Fair Sherborne (New) Castle. 11am-5pm. Admission £5, Under 16s free. Artists, woodworkers and jewellers. Children’s entertainment. Food and refreshments. Find out more at (www.craftcarnival.co.uk)
03 The National Equine Fair Kingston Maurward College, DT2 8PY. 9am-5pm. Headlining Acts: Brownwen Packham (RAIH), Ben Hart, Jacquie Billington and many more. Tickets £10, child £5, family £25. Refrehsments available. 01305 215156
03 Dorset Knob Throwing Festival & Frome Valley Food Festival Cattistock, between Dorchester and Yeovil, Nr Dorchester. 10am-4pm. Fun knob attractions including Knob Eating, Knob Painting, a Knob & Spoon Race and more along side many stalls of local food and drink. (www.dorsetknobthrowing.com)
03 May Day Fete Anning Road Recreational Ground, Lyme Regis. 2pm. Stalls from local organisations with entertainment from the young people of Lyme. All local organisations are invited to have a stall. 01297 442220 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
03 Lyra All Saints Church, Piddletrethide. 7:30pm. A vocal ensemble from St Petersburg. Singing Russian sacred music, popular classics & folk songs. £10, inc. canapes. Details & to book: 01300 348851 or buy from the Piddletrenthide Shop.
04 Bank Holiday Special Sherborne Town Walk From outside Sherborne TIC, Digby Rd. 11am. 1½-2 hrs with Blue Badge Guide Cindy. Take a leisurely stroll and find out everything you ever wanted to know about this beautiful historic town. £5
04 Dorchester & District U3A present Life As a Bevin Boy The Parish Centre, Culliford Road North, Dorchester, DT1 1QG. 10am for coffee for 10:30am start until 12noon. Warwick Taylor talks about work down the mines during 1943-48.
04 Art & Craft in the Tent Grand Marquee, Lyme Regis Beach. 10am-4:30pm. Local artists and makers displaying and selling their paintings, cards, prints, jewellery, ceramics, glass, wood and more. (email: Hilary@dorsetartist.co.uk) 01297 444111
04 Gartell Light Railway Open Day Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe, BA8 0NB. Trains in steam with rides from 10:30am-4:30pm. Enjoy a day out at this lovely restored railway. 01963 370752 (www.glr-online.co.uk)
04 May Day Duck Race 12 noon from Windsor Terrace (bottom of Woodmead Road). Watch the ducks race down the River Lym raising money for the Lyme Regis Christmas Lights Further information: Lyme Regis Carnival.
04 Broadchurch Tour The Watch House Café, West Bay, Bridport. See the Police Station, Newsagents, death cliff & more. Discover twists & turns galore. Hear behind the scenes stories of filming & visit the café in which it was written. Booking Required. Walk lasts approx 1hr 30 mins. £8 per person. 07763 974569 (www.literarylyme.co.uk/broadchurchtours.html)
05, 19 Memory Café Memory Café, Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. 10:30am-12noon. A chance for people with dementia to come and join with others for a chat, activities and coffee and cake. Activities include craft, games, quizzes, music and reminiscence. Run by Alzheimer’s Society, alternate Tuesdays. 01305 259740
05 A Time for Peace Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Noon. (www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk)
05 Monthly Wine Dinner Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Evershot, DT2 0JR. 7pm with aperitifs and an introduction to the wines. Dinner is served from 7:30pm.Co-hosted by our cellar-master Eric Zwiebel and Torres Wines, from Chile. £105 per person for four-course Dinner with five wines . 01935 482031 (www.summerlodgehotel.com)
05 FOH: La Fille Mal Gardee Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis. 7pm. 'The Wayward Daughter'. One of Frederick Ashton's most joyous ballets, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. 135mins. 01297 442053 http://lymeregis.scottcinemas.co.uk)
06,13,23,27,30 Music in Bucky Doo Bucky Doo Square, South St, Bridport. 10am til midday. Live music for the entertainment of shoppers on Bridport Market Days. 01308 456722
06 The Remarkable collections of Isaac and Moïse de Camondo; From Constantinople to the Parc Monceau Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. Deborah Lambert tells a story of high society, patronage and tragedy. http://sherborne-dfas.org.uk)
07 The Budapest Café Orchestra Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis Doors: 7:15pm, Onstage: 8pm. Full Price: £14. Concessions: £12. TheatreFriends Discount Available. LYT members can come for £1! 01297 442138 (www.marinetheatre.com)
07-20 'Both Sides of The Hill' Exhibition Town Mill, Lyme Regis. 10:30am-4:30pm, every day, free admission.Two like-minded but contrasting artists, Elizabeth Fortescue & John Calder, bring their separate styles of work together to share their joy in the Dorset landscape as seen from ‘both sides of the hill.’ http://www.townmillartsguild.com/both-sides-of-hill/)
08 Piano Recital Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the students of Sherborne School.
08 Paul Atterbury - Antiques Roadshow Stories and Lots More Brownsword Hall, Poundbury. 7pm for 7:30pm. Looking back at his life and work with the Antiques Roadshow. Tickets in advance £5 (cash or cheque only) from Rivoli Pummery Square, The Garden Centre or on the web. £6 on the door. Licensed bar. (www.brownswordevents.org.uk)
08 AGM and Election of Officers; Judging of the Dave King Cup & Lyme 1200 Trophy competitions; End Of Season Awards and social evening. Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis 7:30pm. 01297 444733 http://lymebayphotographicclub.org)
08-10 Bridport Ropewalk Fayre Town Hall & Millenium Green, Bridport. Celebrating the ropemaking heritage of Bridport there will be lots of fun-filled activities taking place over the weekend. Full details on the web and at Bridport Tourist Information Centre. 01308 458703 (www.ropewalkfair.co.uk)
09 Ropewalk Fair Music Bucky Doo Square, Bridport Town Centre. 10am. Live music for shoppers’ enjoyment. 01308 456722
09 Spring Plant Sale & Coffee morning Uplyme Village Hall. 9:30am -11:30am. Buy bargain plants grown and donated by the Horticultural Society’s members and friends. Donated plants accepted from 8am at the hall. Entry £1. 07831 533580
09 Bridport Pantomime Players Spring Quiz Night British Legion Club, Bridport. 7pm. £5 per person. Max team size of 6.
09 Concerts in the West: Rupert Charlesworth; tenor, Edwige Herchenroder; piano The HUB, Church Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS. 7:30pm. Bar. Disabled access. Tickets: £15: Serendip Fine Books, 11 Broad Street, Lyme Regis. 01297 442594
09-10 Open Garden Days at The Friary The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE. Come and view Br Vincent's collection of rhododendrons and magnolias which give praise to God. 01300 341741 (www.hilfieldfriary.org.uk)
09-10 MillFest at The Town Mill The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Open 11am-4pm. Lyme Regis’s Town Mill quarter will be hosting a festival of family fun, milling, music, art, food and drink in what has become the town’s creative heart. (www.townmill.org.uk)
10 Car Boot Sale The Terraces, Sherborne. 9am-noon. Sellers at 8:30am - £5, Buyers at 9am - 50p. Friends of the Yeatman.
10 Lion's Club Dorchester & District Annual Fun Run Start and finish at Dorchester Middle School. Registration 10am. 10K start 10:25am, 2K start 10:30am. Pick up an application form from Dorchester TIC. Info: (www.lionsdorchester.org.uk)
10 Animal Festival Kingston Maurward Animal Park & Gardens, Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 10am-4pm. Come and meet some of our animals and learn more about them. A fun day out for all the family. (www.kmc.ac.uk)
10 Craft Fair Martinstown Village Hall, Nr Dorchester 10:30am-3pm. To book a table call 07881 561599 or 07724 894235
10 Waterwheel Open Day Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre, Sherborne. 11am-4pm. See a vast collection of Victorian engineering featuring the massive 26ft waterwheel built in 1869. £5, Children FREE. 01935 389535 (www.sswc.co.uk)
10 Bluebell Walk & Teas Chedington Village Hall (DT8 3JA). 2pm-5pm. Bluebell Walks, Teas, Open Gardens and Plants in this beautiful conservation village. In aid of the village hall.
10 RNLI Blessing of the Boats at the Lifeboat Station The Cobb, Lyme Regis. 3pm. Traditional family service where the Wreaths are blessed and taken out to sea by the lifeboat where they are laid to commemorate those lost at sea. All welcome.
12 Rotary Charity Golf Day Lyme Regis Golf Club. An annual event held at the Lyme Regis Golf Club and organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Axminster. For further information contact (email: email@example.com)
12 Coach trip to Hestercombe nr Taunton Uplyme Village Hall. 9:45am. 50 acre garden with a Georgian landscape garden with temples, lakes and cascades, a Victorian terrace and shrubbery and a stunning Edwardian garden designed by Lutyens and Jekyll. Cost £16 total for coach & admission. Please ring Robin Britton 01297 442794 to book by May 5th.
12 Bridport History Society Talk: Powerstock - A Dorset Parish Remembers Bridport United Church, East St. Meetings held monthly at 2:30pm. Talk by Richard Connaughton and friends. £2.50 inc refreshments. 01308 456876
12 Cercle Francais De Dorchester 7:30pm for 8pm. La présidente vous invite! Christine Barsky vous invite chez elle a Weymouth. English: 01305 854 025 French: 01305 812666 (www.dorchesterfrenchcircle.org.uk)
13 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free 40 minute recital by Stephen Bell, showcasing a wide variety of music.
13 Sherborne Flicks: The Theory of Everything Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Eddie Redmayne's Oscar-winning portrayal of famed physicist Stephen Hawking's battle with motornuron disease. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
13 Belmont – The Work Beneath the Sheeting Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. U3A talk: 10am coffee, 11am about the house that has been taken over, renovated and restored by the Landmark Trust. (www.woodmeadhalls.co.uk) 07802 751828
13 Dorset: The Last 250 Years... and the next five The Grange Hotel, Oborne, Nr Sherborne. 7pm-10pm. A stimulating illustrated talk by Wolfgang Grulke exploring 250 million years of geological history. 01935 816494
14 Dorset’s Living Memories – The Inside Story St George’s Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2:15pm. Presentation by Margaret Wellspring, organised by the Thursday Group. £1 inc. tea/coffee. All welcome 01305 269834
14 National Theatre Live: Man & Superman Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis. 6:45pm. Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. 240mins. 01297 442053
14-27 Ven: Vicky Sride, Eddie Burrows, Nicola Dennis Town Mill Arts Guild, Lyme Regis. 10am-4:30pm. Atmospheric renderings of the coastal landscape by three Dorset artists working in different styles and media. (www.townmillartsguild.com)
14 Dorset in Film & Dorset Archive Trust AGM Dorset History Centre, Bridport Rd, Dorchester, DT1 1RP. 7pm. Exploring the moving image heritage of the county with Trevor Bailey (Windrose Trust). 01305 228945 (www.dorsetarchivetrust.org/events)
15 Woodwind Recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the students of Sherborne School.
15 Market St Martin’s Community Hall Broadmayne, (Next to the Church) Dorchester, DT2 8EB. 2pm-3:30pm. Raffle, craft, bric-a-brac, books, cards, local produce & preserves, plants from local Nursery, teas & coffees. 01305 853765
15 Lecture: John Craxton's Dorset Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By Ian Collins, exhibition curator and biographer of John Craxton. Free, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
15 Milborne Movies present What We Did On Our Holiday 12A Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, DT11 0JX. 7pm for 7:30pm start. An oddball comedy from the writer-director team bhind the hit TV comedy Outnumbered. Tickets £3 on the door.
15-17 Hope for Creation The Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE. The role of communities in sustaining nature, led by Sir Ghillean Prance and Andy Lester. 01300 341741 (www.hilfieldfriary.org.uk)
16 Book Fair Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 9:30am-4pm. 01803 613356
16 Rex Trevett Big Band Bucky Doo Square, Bridport Town Centre. 10am. Live music for shoppers’ enjoyment. 01308 456722
16 Plant and General Sale Bradford Peverell Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. 10:30am. Free entry. Refreshments available. Stalls include Plants, Garden Bric-a-brac, Home Made Cakes and Savouries, Home Grown Produce, Books, Raffle.01305 756528
16 Books, Coffee, Cake and Home Grown/Made Produce Moreton Village Hall, DT2 8RE. 10am-12noon. 01929 463221
16 Brunch & Tour with the Curator Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 11am. By Ian Collins, exhibition curartor and biographer of John Craxton. £10pp booking essential. 01305 756827
16 Plant & Produce Sale Poyntington 11am-4pm. Plants, produce, books, lunches, teas, coffees, bar, tombola, cakes & more.
16 What Did Your Ancestors Do? Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, Parade, Sherborne. 2pm-4:30pm. Talks on Basket Making, Yesterday & Today and Families in the Utilities. Book via: 01935 389611 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
16 Dorset Chamber Orchestra - Cordelia Williams (Piano) St. Mary's Church, Edward Rd, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Piano winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006. £12 in advance from Harmony Music, Dorchester. £13 on the door. U18s free.
16 Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston Osmington Village Hall, Shortlake Lane, DT3 6EX. 7pm for 7:30pm. ''A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant'' - fROOTs. Tickets £11. Bar, food and free car parking. 7816832554
16-17 Spring Tide Food Festival Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock. 10am-4pm, both days. More than 50 stalls selling the very best of local food, drink and countryside crafts. Further information at (www.spring-tide.org.uk) or 01297 489481
17 Glass Taster Course Gillian Hulse Designs, Manor Yard, Mill Lane, Symondsbury, Bridport, DT6 6HG. 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Learn the basics of glass fusing, make a window decoration, some coasters or jewellery. £60. To book: 07827916054
17 Antiques Fair Kingston Maurward House, Dorchester, DT2 8PY. 10am-4pm. (www.kmc.ac.uk)
17 Stir To Action Workshop: Designing & Communicating Values The Salt House, West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4HA. 10am- 5pm. Full details on website. (www.transitionbydesign.org) (www.stirtoaction.com/workshop/)
17 Dorset Archaeological Days: Prehistoric Abbotsbury and the Ridgeway Meet outside the Strangways Hall in Abbotsbury, DT3 4JR, SY 576 853 10:30am. Discover prehistoric monuments in their landscape. 2 hours, 6½miles, some slopes. Booking forms from TICs & on website. £3 (£5 on day) child £1. (www.dorsetforyou.com/Dorset-Archaeological-Days)
18 Bride Valley Gardening Club Talk: Roses Puncknowle Village Hall, nr Bridport. 7:30pm. Visitors welcome. 01308 482602
19 English National Opera: The Pirates of Penzance (Live) Regent Cinema, Lyme Regis. 7:15pm. Guaranteed to be a major event, Mike Leigh (Palme d’Or winner & five times Oscar nominee) directs his first ever opera for the stage. 01297 442053
20 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free 40 minute recital by James Henderson, showcasing a wide variety of music.
20 Adult Craft Workshop: Rag Rug Weaving Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-3:30pm. For beginners. Pre-booking essential. Bring fabric approximately equivalent to 3 king sized bed sheets. £10. 01305 756827
20 Sherborne W.I.: Neal’s Yard Remedies Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Talk by Loretta Lupi-Lawrence. New members and visitors always welcome at a cost of £3 to include refreshments.
20 WDDFAS Talk: The Historical Use of Wallpaper Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport. West Dorset Decorative & Fine Art Society meeting starts at 2:30pm £7.50 for non-members. 07972 472029 (email: email@example.com)
20 Sherborne Abbey Herrison Hall, Charton Down Nr Dorchester. 7:30pm. An illustrated talk by Canon Eric Woods. £3.
21 South Somerset Ramblers Walk Mermaid Inn, Bristol Rd, Sherborne. GR636174. 10am. 4.8miles Via Macmillan Way & Coombe Lane. Call for more details: 01935 414745 (www.soutsomersetramblers.org.uk)
21 Lunchtime Concert: Mike Denham Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. 1pm-2pm. Free, £3 donation encouraged. Ragtime Revisited - classic ragtime composed by some of Scott Joplin's contemporaries. 01305 756827
21 Bridport & District Gardening Club Monthly Meeting: Patio Gardens W.I. Hall, North St, Bridport. 7:30pm. With speaker from Castle Gardens. 01308 422514 (www.bridportgardeningclub.co.uk)
21 Classical at the Marine: Fiata Trio Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Full Price: £12. Concessions: £11. Theatre Friends Discount Available. LYT members can come for £1. Running time: 1½hrs. 01297 442138 (www.marinetheatre.com)
22 Brass Concert Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the students of Sherborne School.
22 ‘British Owls’ Talk Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm-10pm.
22 Literary Talk: Stolen Images - Pagan Symbolism and Christianity Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. By Peter Knight, who will be selling and signing his book on the night. Free. 01305 756827
22 Jazz Supper with the Sunset Café Stompers Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7pm. Tickets from Sherborne TIC.
23 Vinyl Saturday United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. Vinyl records live on, here. Usually 20+ stalls. Entry £1. 07429 102645
23 Glass Jewellery Course Gillian Hulse Designs, Manor Yard, Mill Lane, Symondsbury, Bridport, DT6 6HG. 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. You will learn a variety of techniques to make some beautiful pieces. £70. 07827 916054 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
23-25 Open Studio Artisan, Elworthy Hall, Winterborne Monkton, Dorchester, DT2 9PT. 10am-4pm. Dorset Buttons, Smocking, Woodturning, Pottery, Glass Fusing and more. 07715 388590. (www.artisandt1.co.uk)
23 Mah Jong Workshops St John’s Ambulance, St John Way, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 2NH. 10am-4pm. £12.50per session, profits donated to St John Ambulance. Places limited please book: 01305 814329 / 07968380257
23 Be a Chorister for a Day Sherborne Abbey. 2:30pm- 5:45pm. Open to any boys aged 7 and above who enjoy singing, and their parents or guardians. For mor information and to book: http://sherborneabbey.com) 01935 812452
23 Heritage Alliance Open Day Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, Parade, Sherborne. 10:30am-4pm. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and its impact upon Sherborne. 01935 389611 (email: email@example.com)
23 Skatejam Weymouth Avenue Skate Park, Dorchester. Date tbc (www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk)
23/05-03/06 Lyme Regis Art Society Annual Exhibition 10:30am-4:30pm. Showing some of the innovative techniques picked up from the Society’s winter programme of demonstrations and workshops led by visiting artists. (www.townmillartsguild.com)
23-31 Dorset Wild Flower Week Discover some of Dorset's most spectacular sites for wild flowers with a special programme of guided walks. See the website under Dorset Flora Group for more information. (www.derc.org.uk) (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
23-31 Tank Museum Half-Term Activities: Victory In Europe The Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG. Themed activities to coincide with the 70th Anniversary of VE-Day. Tank Displays weekdays at 1pm & Vehicle Rides daily. (www.tankmuseum.org)
24 The Sherborne Big Little Market Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. 11am-4pm. A monthly market celebrating the finest Dorset has to offer – from food to artisan craft and entertainment. (www.arkadiaevents.co.uk)
24 Grand Rotary Book Sale & Children’s Tombola Jubilee Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme. 10am-4pm. For Rotary Charities.
24 Pentecost Service Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 11:30am. Churches Together service, Durnovaria Silver Band at 2:30pm.
24-29 Pond Dipping Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Ln, Chickerell, Weymouth, DT3 4AF. 10am- 5pm, with Pond Dipping at 11am & 2pm. Please wear suitable clothing & footwear for messy discovery. 01305 785150 (www.bennettswatergardens.com)
25 Sherborne Castle County Fair Sherborne (New) Castle. 10am-6pm. Fair & Rare Breeds Show. Discounted tickets available in advance from Sherborne TIC. Car parking, free. More info: 01749 813899 (www.sherbornecountyfair.com)
25 Gartell Light Railway Open Day Common Ln, Yenston, BA8 0NB. Ride the steam trains 10:30am-4:30pm. 01963 370752
25 Bank Holiday Special Sherborne Town Walk From outside Sherborne TIC, Digby Rd. 11am, 1½-2 hrs with Blue Badge Guide Cindy. Take a leisurely stroll and find out everything you ever wanted to know about this beautiful historic town. £5
25 The Broadchurch Experience West Bay, Bridport. 11am. EXCLUSIVE: The Ultimate Broadchurch exclusive tour, for a limited number of fans featuring: Day long experience of Broadchurch locations with the insider knowledge, visiting some the places and landmarks used in West Bay, with guides who know all the secrets of the show. Includes regular breaks. Bring a packed lunch. From £15 per person. 07763 974569 (www.literarylyme.co.uk/broadchurchtours.html)
25 Bridport May Fair 2015 Bridport Millenium Green, Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport. Noon- 3pm. Maypole Dancers, May Queen, stalls and music, Vintage Motorcycles, BBQ and Cream Teas. Free entry. 01308 423078
25 Companion Dog Show Brit Valley Showground, West Bay. 12 noon. Lots of entertainment and dog classes. 01308 423318
25 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free 40 minute recital by Matthew Blaiden, showcasing a wide variety of music.
27 Family Activity Morning: Become an Archaeologist's Illustrator Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 10:30am-12:30pm. Adults should remain with their children at all times. Two children per adult. Free. 01305 756827
27 Talk 'The Social Year of the Honeybee' Uplyme Village Hall. 7:30pm. By Colin Osborne, Beekeeper. Afterwards there will be a short quiz, the winner taking a prize jar of Uplyme honey. Members free, Non Members welcome for extra £3.
28 Annual Literary Luncheon Leweston School. 12:30pm for 1pm. With Rachel Billington & Robert Thorogood. 07712 590897
28 Hardy and the New Sciences Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. Lecture by Prof.Angelique Richardson. Organised in co-operation with the NT, University of Exeter & DNHAS. Free. 01305 756827
28 West Dorset Humanists meeting: What do protesters have in common? Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Dr Heather Meacock, will speak about “Protest: Religious and Secular”. £3. 07810 360700
28 Wine Tasting Café Paninis, 11 Weymouth Av. Dorchester, DT1 1QR. 7pm for 7:30pm. Two course dinner + tutored tasting £32.50pp. 8-10 wines presented. Book at Palmers Wine Store 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
29 Gypsy & Traveller Day Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Noon. Learn about the gypsy & traveller heritage and traditions.
29 Of Living Valour – The Story of the Soldiers of Waterloo Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 6:15pm for 7pm. Talk by General Sir Barney White-Spunner. Tickets £13 from Sherborne TIC and Winstone’s Bookshop, CheapSt, Sherborne.
29 Selwyn Williams - Treasure of the Golden Grape Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. Local author talk. A tale of a treasure ship wrecked on Chesil Beach in 1645. Tea / coffee available. Dorchester Association for History and Archaeology. Non-members welcome. (www.dorchester-association.org.uk)
29 Wine Tasting Palmers Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport, DT6 4JA. 7:30pm for 8pm. Glass of wine + canapes on arrival. Tutored tasting £13.50pp. Book at Palmers Wine Store 01308 427500 (www.palmerswinestore.com)
29-31 2015 Jazz and Blues Festival Various venues around Lyme Regis. Live jazz and blues to suit your taste in one of the country's best coastal settings. For tickets or information on individual events including the Jazz Matinee, Jazz Brunch, Dr Feelgood and more, please visit Lyme Regis TIC or ring 01297 442138 or visit the website: (www.marinetheatre.com)
30 St Swithuns Band Bucky Doo Square, Bridport Town Centre. 10am. Live music for shoppers’ enjoyment. 01308 456722
30 Coffee Morning Bridport United Church Hall, East St. 10am to 12noon. Organised by West Dorset Music Community Orchestra. Cakes, books, bric-a-brac & raffle. Good Books, Uparo, the Living Tree & WAWA. Live music during the morning.
30 Shopping Fayre Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. 10am-5pm. A wide range of products to include arts, crafts and gifts.
30 B Sharp Busking Festival Various venues around Lyme Regis. 11am –6pm. A wonderful opportunity for local young people to show off their talent and raise valuable funds for B Sharp. (email: email@example.com)
30 Bradpole Fete Bradpole, nr Bridport. 2pm. Stalls, Games, Bouncy Castle, Refreshments, Bell Ringing, Cream Teas, St Swithuns Band and much more. Fun for all Ages.
30 Castle Cary 50th Anniversary Gala Concert Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. With special guest Jonathan Ansell joining Castle Cary Choir. Tickets from Sherborne TIC. Proceeds to St. Margrets Hospice. More detailed information via 01963 350498
31 Race for Life Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, DT2 8PY. http://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org)
31 Dorset Archaeological Days: Historic Bridport Meet outside Bridport Museum, South St, DT6 3NR. SY466928. 10:30am. A stroll through Bridport exploring its historic character with Peter Bellamy of Terrain Archaeology. 1½hours. Booking forms from TICs on bookable on the website. £3 (£5 on day) child £1. (www.dorsetforyou.com/Dorset-Archaeological-Days)
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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