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
03/10-02/01 St Ives and British Modernism - The George and Ann Dannatt Collection Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. Largely unseen paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints. Museum is closed on Sundays.
8/12/15-03/01/16 Pop Up Vintage Art Fair & Christmas Art Fair The Town Mill, Lyme Regis 10am-4pm. Vintage, traditional crafts, unique seasonal gifts hand-made by local craftsmen and women. 01297 443579 www.townmillartsguild.com
11/12-04/01 Local Artist Wendy Alcock Window Exhibition Dorchester TIC, 11 Antelope Walk, Dorchester, DT1 1BE. Mon-Sat 9am-4pm. Lovely paintings, prints and cards of animals and more. All items for sale.
01 New Year's Day Duck Race Higher Mill Flats, Windsor Terrace, Lyme Regis. 12pm. New Year’s Day Duck Race started by the Town Crier. Raising money for the Lyme Regis Christmas Lights.
01 The Formidable Lyme Lunge! Main Beach, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JQ. A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay, 1pm at the Cobb Beach, all for charity, organised by the Lyme Regis Rotary Club. All welcome. Prize for Best Fancy Dress.
01 New Year’s Day Walk From Sherborne Abbey porch. Learn more of Sherborne’s ancient past with Blue Badge Guide Cindy, £5. Optional hot chocolate afterwards in the Vida Comida, Swan Yard, £1.
02 PBFA Book Fair Memorial Hall, Digby Road, DT9 3NL. 10am-4pm. Antiquarian & secondhand books. 01935 850210
02 The Festive Fable of 'The Melody Makers' Bridport Art Centre. A magical, musical extravaganza for everyone aged 6-106. Local girl Tessa Bide brings her latest creation to town. Tickets from Bridport Art Centre: 01308 424204
02-31 Bread making Workshops Manor Yard, Symondsbury Estate, DT6 6HG. With master baker Aidan Chapman starting January £80 per person, further information from Lucy. 01308 424116 www.symondsburyestate.co.uk
04 Bridport Folk Dance Club - Club Nights W.I. Hall, North Street, Bridport. Dancing starts at 7:30pm. All welcome.
04 U3A Activities Fayre The Parish Centre, Culliford Road, Dorchester,DT1 1QG. 10:15am-12noon. Browse over 50 interesting subjects on offer, a great way to meet new people and learn a new hobby. www.dorchesteru3a.org.uk
06 Symondsbury Mummers Play and Tinker’s Cuss Band Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3LF. 7:30pm. Performance in aid of 'Friends of Millennium Green'. Tickets £7.50 inc. refreshments. Details Sue Wilkinson: 01308 425037.
06 Bridport Camera Club - Talk Chancery House, Bridport. 7:30pm. ‘Developing at Photographic Style' by John Tilsley.
08 ‘Escape from Christchurch’ by Richard Hamblin - British Geological Survey Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis 10am coffee, 11am talk. Heritage Coast U3A. 01297 444566 www.u3a.org.uk
08 Penny Piddock with her presentation on Creative light Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm-10pm. Competition Street Photography; Lyme Bay Photographic Club. 01297 442475 http://lymebayphotographicclub.org
08 Milborne Movies ‘The Imitation Game’ Milborne St Andrew Village Hall (DT11 0JX). 7:30pm. £3.50 on door.
09 Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Charity Country Music Night Trinity Club, Trinity Street, Dorchester. 8pm, until late. Featuring music from Dusty Rhodes Band. Plus big raffle. Tickets £7 Contact Heather Pugh: 01305 269095
12 South Dorset Ridgeway: Scrub Clearance White Horse Hill, Osmington. email@example.com 01305 228273
12 ‘The Romans in West Dorset – what we can still see’ Beaminster Museum. 2:30pm. Talk. £2.50. 01308 863623.
13 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital featuring a wide range of music, approx. 40mins.
13 Sherborne Flicks: ’45 Years’ Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
13 Geology Lecture Series Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester DT1 1XA. 6:30pm for 7pm. Mapping the Great Undercliff Landslides by Richard Edmonds. Free, £3 donation encouraged.
14 & 16 South Dorset Ridgeway: Scrub Clearance Chilcombe Hill, Nr Askerswell. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 01305 228273
14 Ramblers Walk: Marshwood Meet at Bottle Inn, Marshwood GR 378998. 5 mile walk starting at 10am. 01460 77057
14 Ramblers Walk: Beaminster Meet at Yarn Barton Car Park, Beaminster. 11 mile walk starting at 10am. 01935 862229
14 Creating barriers and hedges Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 7:30pm. Talk by Castle Gardens. £2. 01935 389867
15 Chamber Recital Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free performance by the talented students of Sherborne School.
16 The Tolpuddle Martyrs Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 2:30pm. Talk by Alistair Chisholm. Presented by Blackmore Vale & Yeovil Association in for the National Trust. £3 members, £5 guests inc. tea/biscuits. 01747 838810 Email: email@example.com
16 Butterfly Conservation Action Day Terrace Fields SNCI, park in terraces car park, map ref ST 641 156, signposted off A352 south of Sherborne, follow footpath toward the town. Info: 01963 23559 / 07981 776767 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Bridport & District Model RailwayClub - Model Railway Exhibition Beaminster Public Hall, Fleet Street, DT8 3EF Working displays in all popular gauges, trade stands and static models, refreshments served all day. 10am - 4pm
16 Conservation Action Day Terrace Fields, Sherborne. Cutting back of blackthorn and clearing scrub. Info via: 01963 23559
16 Book Fair Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 9:30am-4pm. 01803 613356
17 The Dirty Devil Stampede - Multi-Terrain 5K, 10K + 15K Run Bovington Tank Range Nr Wool. 12pm-3pm. Raising funds for the Tank Museum. Enter as an individual or group: www.bustinskin.com/events/the-dirty-devil-stampede/
17 Wassail in the Orchard Community Orchard, behind St Mary's Church South St, Bridport. 3pm-4pm. Join in this tradition.
19 South Dorset Ridgeway: Hedgelaying Nr Winterborne Abbas. Email: email@example.com or call 01305 228273
20 S. Dorset Ridgeway: Scrub Clearance Loscombe, Nr Winterbourne Abbas. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 01305 228273
20 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital featuring a wide range of music, approx. 40mins.
20 Literary Venice - A British Love Affair Highlands End Leisure Ctre, Eype. 2:30pm. Talk by Prof. Wheeler. 07972 472029
20 Bridport Camera Club - Talk by Brian Sidwell Chancery House, Bridport. Mystery Motor Tour at 7:30pm.
20 Sherborne W.I Meeting Catholic Church Hall, Westbury. 2:30pm. A talk about “Africa” by Martyn Needham. £3.
20 Dorset County Museum & the Collections Discovery Centre Project Village Hall, Sherren Av, Charlton Down. 7:30pm.
21 Sherborne and the First World War Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 8pm. Lecture by Patrick Francis. 01963 370899
21 Wine Tasting Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock. 7:30pm. Morrish & Banham, wine merchant of Brewery Square hosts their monthly wine tasting. £15pp to inc. apéritif, canapes and tasting of 8 wines. Booking essential: 01305 261480
21 South Dorset R.S.P.B. Talk St.Georges Hall, Fordington, Dorchester. 7:45pm. The speaker is Neil Gartshore who will talk on Birdwatching in Spain. Admission group members £3, visitors £3.50, to include coffee and biscuits.
22 Brass Concert Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free performance by the talented students of Sherborne School.
22 Swing Your Partners Church House, Bathwell lane, Milborne Port. 7:30pm. Dance evening. £5. 01963 251533
22 Archive pictures of war photography from the Crimea to latest conflicts. Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis by Jonathan Walker. Lyme Bay Photographic Club 7:30pm-10pm. 01297 442475 http://lymebayphotographicclub.org/
22 Art and Design and Craft History course The Unitarian Church, East Street, Bridport. 10:45am-12:15pm, weekly for six weeks. Led by experienced lecturer Pam Simpson. £48. To join contact: 01300 321715 Email: email@example.com
23 Vintage Fleamarket Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 8:30am-3:30pm. 25+sellers of quality vintage. 07809 387594
24 Butterfly Conservation Action Day Lankham Bottom reserve, entrance off the minor road from Cattistock to the A37, about 1/2 mile from A37. 10am-4pm. Gorse & scrub clearance. 01963 23559 / 07981 776767 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
25 Community Lecture: From Jack the Ripper to Malaria: Geographic Profiling in Biology Thomas Hardye School, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester. 7pm start. By Dr Steven Le Comber. Free, but by ticket only, from School. 01305 266064
25 In the Wake of Captain William Bligh of the Bounty United Church Hall, East St. Bridport. DT6 3LJ. 2:30pm. Talk by Jasper Shackleton. Presented by the NT Golden Cap Assoc. (West Dorset.) £3 inc. tea/ coffee and biscuits. 01308 863577
26 NADFAS Wessex Area Day Course Village Hall, Kettle Bridge lane, Cerne Abbas. 10:15am for 10:25am. Course on The Story of English Silver from the Hugenot Perspective 1650s-1750s by Dr Helen Clifford. £24. www.nadfas-wessex-area.org
26 ‘Queer fish indeed; the Codd family of Beaminster’ Beaminster Museum. 2:30pm. Talk. £2.50. 01308 863623.
26 The Late Great Medieval Manor House of Kingston Lacy Dorset History Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester. 2:30pm. Talk by Martin Papworth, Regional Archaeologist for the National Trust. Tickets £3 available from Dorchester TIC.
27 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital featuring a wide range of music, approx. 40mins.
27 Ivana Gavric, piano Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. Schumann, Ravel & Schubert. £12 (students £2) in advance from museum & on door. www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk
27 Basic First Aid Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport, DT6 3JP Free Workshops for carers, 10am - 2pm. 0300 111 3303
27 Seed Swap, Quiz and Social Evening Village Hall, Uplyme. 7:30pm. Chance to socialize & find out what the society is up to. With a light hearted quiz and bring & share supper. Bring unwanted seeds to swap. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com
28 Travelling the World as a Cruise Ships Photographer Bridport Town Hall. Hear stories from travels around the world on cruise ships. £3 donation to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust 07545 144477 www.catherinecarterphotography.com
29 Piano Recital Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free performance by the talented students of Sherborne School.
30 Creeds Girt Big Barn Dance The Tithe Barn, Symondsbury. A fun-filled evening. 01308 423411 Email: email@example.com
30 Burns Supper Brownsword Hall. 7pm. Traditional 3 course meal with Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. Scottish Dancing & Auld Lang Syne. BYO drinks. £20 in advance only from Rivoli Pummery Square. 01305 751815 www.brownswordevents.org.uk
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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