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
19/03-07/01/17 Speed to the West: A Nostalgic Journey Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm. Exhibition of C20th Railway Posters. 01305 262735 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
25/03-10/07 Life Below Stairs Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Nr Bridport, DT8 3NB. 10:30am-4pm. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays. 2pm-4:30pm Sundays. 01308 863623 https://beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com/
25/03-30/10 Census Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Nr Bridport, DT8 3NB. Contact detials as above.
25/06-03/07 Beaminster Festival Various locations around Beaminster. Music, exhibitions, literature, theatre, workshops. Pick up a brochure from your nearest TIC or go online for details: 01308 862943 www.beaminsterfestival.com
01 Battle of the Bands Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 01305 266064
01 Holwell Variety Performance Night Holwell Village Hall, DT9 5LL. Doors Open 7pm : Live Music, B.Y.O. booze. Snacks, Soft & Hot Drinks Available. £4 Suggested Contribution. The evening is for music, poetry, art, storytelling, games, or any other form of shared entertainment we can all enjoy. To get involved email: Music@BearCatCollective.co.uk
01 Reflections on the Great Gatsby Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3GW. 7pm for 7:30pm. Talk by Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature and author. Tickets in advance £6 (cash or cheques only) from Rivoli, The Garden Centre or on the website. On the door £7. www.brownswordevents.org.uk
01 Charity Quiz Skittle Alley, New Inn, West Knighton, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8PE. 7:30pm-10pm. £5pp in aid of Heart Response charity supporting orphans and widows primarily in Romania. 07880607684 www.heart-response.org.uk
01 Live Music: The Pickwicks The Pilot Boat, Lyme Regis. 9pm - late. Live music. 01297 443157 www.thepilotboatinn.co.uk
01/15/22/29 Belmont House Stables Room Open The Stables next to Belmont House, Pound Street, Lyme Regis. 2pm-4pm There is an information display about the history of Belmont and its past residents in the stables on the site. 01628 825920 http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/news-and-events/visiting-landmarks/visiting-belmont/
01-03 South Cider Festival It! Whistle venue, Bredy farm, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4ND. Fuelled By Cider & Events @ It! Whistle Present, South Cider Festival. Music, Cider, Camping. 3 Day tickets including camping £50, Under 18's Half Price. Day Tickets £15/£20 available from Bridport TIC. 01308 424901 www.southciderfestival.com
02 Yeovilton Air Day Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset, BA22 8HT. 9am-5pm. An action-packed day out for all the family with thrilling flying displays and plenty to see and do on the ground. Advance tickets from West Dorset TICs.
02 Fleamarket Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 10am-4pm. A fair for everyone. 01749 677049
02 Monthly Table Top Sale & SwapShop Holwell Village Hall, DT9 5LL. 10am-1pm . Good used items, produce & crafts. In the Swap find clothes, cookware, books, CDs, DVDs, bric-a-brac & toys! Sellers: £5. firstname.lastname@example.org
02 Scarecrow Display and Competition Castle Gardens, Garden Centre, Sherborne. School children will deliver entries on Friday 1 July. The super scarecrow trophy will go to the winner and there will be a prize for all entrants. 01935 814633
02 Cerne Abbas Fete Cerne Abbas, DT2 7JW. 2pm-5pm. Wessex Morris Men 1pm at the Vicarage Garden. 01300 341 995
02 Armed Forces Day Civic Service Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 1:50pm, followed by live music.
02 Show of Hands Family Concert Subtropical Gardens, Buller's Way, Abbotsbury, DT3 4LA. Doors open 1:30pm, music 3pm-9pm. With Miranda Sykes, see website for line-up. Book: 01305 871130 www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/
02 Fairy Door Workshop Munchkins Play Café, 33 Trinity Street, Dorchester. 2pm. Using air drying clay and your imagination, create your own doorway to a magical world. £6 per child. 7+yrs. Please pre-book your space. 01305 753435
02 Bride Valley Gardening Club Litton & Thorner's Community Hall, Litton Cheney. Flower and Produce Show from 2 pm. Free entry - come along to view and help judge our members’ efforts. Afternoon tea and parking available. Voting finishes at 3:30pm, and prize giving takes place at 4pm. 01308 482602 email@example.com
02 Open Garden Clyffe Dean, Tincleton, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8QR. 2pm-4pm. £5pp including a Cream Tea. In aid of Heart Response, a charity supporting orphans and widows primarily in Romania. 07880 607684 www.heart-response.org.uk
02 Guitar Echoes Eastbury Hotel, Long St, Sherborne. 6:30pm. A unique collaboration between award winning classical guitarist Samantha Muir and Josie Elias RHS Photographer of the Year 2012. £10, inc. a glass of wine. 01935 812325
02 SKA Night- Orange Street Tithe Barn, Manor Yard, DT6 6HG. 7pm-12am. £10. 01308 424116 symondsburyestate.co.uk
02 Lutes and Guitars Summer Concert The Dewlish Chapel Middle Street, Dewlish, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Music from five centuries on nine different periods and contemporary plucked instrument. £8 each booking essential 01258 837034
02 Sherborne Abbey Choir Concert Sherborne Abbey. 7:30pm. The choir’s annual concert, including anthems and motets taken from the year’s repertoire. Free entry with retiring collection. http://sherborneabbey.com/music/forthcoming-concerts/
02 Live Music: Steve & Mike The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. 9pm until late. 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.co.uk
02-03 Jousting Tournament Sherborne Castle, DT9 5NR. 10am-4pm. Falconry, Archery, Fire Juggling & more. Tournament times 12:30pm & 3pm. Tickets; adults £9, kids £4.50 in advance from Sherborne & Dorchester TICs. knightsroyal.co.uk
02-03 Puddletown Open Gardens Parking at Puddletown Surgery, DT2 8FY. Garden entry and maps from Church Room (adjacent to church). 1pm-6pm. £5, U12s free. Plants, preserves, cakes, tombola and refreshments in Church Room. Tour of Church Tower 1pm-5pm, £2pp - no Under 8s. Fundraising for St. Mary's Church, Puddletown.
02-10 Try This Dorchester 2016 Various Venues. 6pm-8pm weekdays. Wide range of free taster sessions, workshops & activities inc. beekeeping, iPad basics, stargazing & more. Booking essential: 07880 823801 www.dorchestertrythis.org.uk
03 Garden House, Buckland Monachorum Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis. Depart by coach 9:15am for this ten-acre garden near Tavistock. A plantsman’s paradise. Cost £20. 01297 442794 https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/
03 John Wells Classic Motorcycle Road Run Crown Inn, West Bay Rd, Bridport. This is the 20th year of this exciting Motorcycle Ride, which is open to all bikes and starts at 10:30am prompt. Registration from 9:30am. £8 per bike in aid of Air Ambulance. Followed by popular Bar-B-Que. 01308 427062
03 Sherborne Singers Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 3pm. Easy-on-the-ear selection of Gilbert & Sullivan, songs and ballads. Approx 1hr. Afternoon tea will be in the Church Hall afterwards. £5 on door or from 01935 816332
03 Live Music: Alan West & Steve Black The French Leuitenant's Bistro, Lyme Regis. from 7pm. www.alanwest.co.uk
04 U3A Talk 'Herbs - The History of Medicine' The Parish Centre, Culliford Rd, Dorchester DT1 1QG. Coffee 10:15am, 10:30am start, an amusing talk by Rev K Stewart-Timber. www.dorchesteru3a.org.uk
04 Archaeological Walk Meet at Thorncombe Woods car park, High Bockhampton, Stinsford, DT2 8QJ. 10:30am. 1 and a half hours, 2 miles, some slopes. Follow the Roman Road to the Rain Barrows on Duddle Heath with Steve Wallis of DCC. £3, child £1. 01305 224921 www.dorsetforyou.com/Dorset-Archaeological-Days
04 Treacle Eater Clog North West Morris Dancers & Musicians Performing outside The Rose & Crown, Bradford Abbas DT9 6RF, 8pm and again at The Kings Arms, Thornford DT9 6QD, 9pm. With their friends Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men and Wessex Morris Men. Come along and enjoy the traditional music and dancing. 01963 210562 www.treacleeaterclog.org.uk
05/12/19/26 Music By The Sea Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. 8pm-9:15pm. Summer season of Tuesday evening concerts by Lyme Regis Town Band. www.lymeregistownband.co.uk
06 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital by Paul Ellis, showcasing a wide variety of music. Approx 40mins.
06 Paddy Milner Thomas Hardye School, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester. 7pm. British Blues Award Winner 2015 and ex- Thomas Hardye student. Tickets £10 on sale from 7th June available at school reception. 01305 266064
06 Fortified Dorset Charlton Down Village Hall, Sherren Avenue, Charlton Down. DT2 9UA. 7:30pm. Castles, some famous, some forgotten, some genuine, some sham. By Bruce Upton. £3.
07 English Historical Dance Class St. George's Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB. 7:30pm-9:30pm. £5. No previous experience needed, nor partner, nor costume. 01935 472771 firstname.lastname@example.org
07 My Namesake, the Butcher of Beaminster Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, The Parade, (bottom of Cheap Street), Sherborne. 2:30pm. Peter Meech will speak about a man who had a successful career in Victorian London and became a benefactor in West Dorset. £5. Prebook: 01935 389611 http://www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/
07 Live Music : Jess Upton, Steve Wilson and Robbie McIntosh The Pilot Boat, Lyme Regis Live music from 9pm until late. 01297 443157 http://www.thepilotboatinn.co.uk/events/
08-09 Jurassic Fields Music Festival Askers Meadow, Bridport. Over 30 acts and 3 stages. Buy in advance and save, tickets available from Bridport, Dorchester & Lyme Regis TIC. See website for more info: www.jurassicfields.com
08-20 Together Again The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Two popular local painters, Pam Allsop and Zee Jones, with their vibrant mixed media images of coast, countryside, flowers and interiors. www.townmillarts.co.uk
08-26 Colour Line and Thread 2016 The Town Mill, Lyme Regis 10:30am-4:30pm. An eclectic exhibition of colourful paintings, intricate textile images, off-the-wall photography & sculpture, and abstract sculptural land art. townmillarts.co.uk
09 Chasty Cottage Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. Up to 35 stands, homemade food and refreshments available at coffee shop within the fair. Entrance £1, opening 8:30am (trade) 9:30am (public) to 4pm. 01963 370986
09 The Wandering Winds All Saints Church, Dewlish. 7:30pm. Music and poetry inspired by the varied landscapes of Dorset. With Katy Ashman, Miles Nipper and Richard Hall. £8 each booking essential. 01258 837034 www.artist-anita-law.co.uk
09 Live Music: Finn The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. 9pm until late. 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.co.uk
09-12 Horsington Painters’ Art Exhibition Castle Gardens, Garden Centre, New Road, Sherborne. 10am - 4pm, in the Butterfly House. 5% of sales will be donated to The Green Shed. 01935 814633
10 The Bridport Dagger Cycle Sportive Starts at the Station Kitchen, West Bay. 7am. A choice of four routes exploring the best of Dorset's scenery. Feed stations provided. Every finisher is a winner! www.beyondevents.org.uk/sportive_2016
10 Car Boot Sale: Friends of the Yeatman Hospital The Terraces, Sherborne, DT9 5NS. Sellers from 8:30am (£5 per car), Buyers 9pm-12noon, 50 pence per person. Sorry, no dogs allowed in field.
10 Sherborne Sports Centre's 12th Annual Sprint Triathlon Sherborne Sports Centre, Acreman St, Sherborne. 9am. Open to all ages and abilities. Come and give it a go! 500M swim (20 lengths) 20K Cycle 5K Run. 01935 810548
10 Steam & Waterwheel Open Day + Victorian Family Picnic Oborne Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3RX. 11am-4pm. Play Victorian games. Prizes for children in Victorian costume. Vintage Bicycle display. Adults £5, family £7, kids free. www.sswc.co.uk
10 Open Day at the Quarr Nature Reserve & Terrace Meadows SNCI Sherborne. Meet at Quarr 11am (by Mermaid Pub, off Bristol Road). Terraces 2pm (Terrace Playing Field Car Park, off A352). Guided walks including flower & insect identification. For more info: 07981 776767 email@example.com
10 English Historical Dance Classes Bridport Town Hall, South Street, DT6 3LF. 1:30pm-4pm. No previous experience needed, nor partner, nor costume. 07710 285687 firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Swingtime in the Garden Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 12noon. Free live music. www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk/Whats+On
10 The Garden Opera Co.: The Barber of Seville Marshwood Manor, Bettiscombe, DT6 5NS. Rossini's comic masterpiece sung in English. Gates 4pm, starts 6pm. Bring a picnic. £33 from Bridport TIC, 01308 424901 or marshwoodmanor.co.uk
10/24/31 Music for a Sunday Afternoon Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm-4pm. Summer season of Sunday afternoon concerts by Lyme Regis Town Band. www.lymeregistownband.co.uk
11 Wessex Morris Men John D's Tour. 7pm at The Greyhound Inn, Sydling St. Nicholas. 8:15pm at the War Memorial, Maiden Newton. 9pm at Fox and Hounds Cattistock. www.wessexmorrismen.co.uk
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. email@example.com
12 Illyria performs ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Castle Gardens, Garden Centre, New Road, Sherborne. Marvellous travelling outdoor theatre company. Doors open at 6:30pm for 7:30pm start. Tickets available in store. 01935 814633
13 ‘The Shetland Bus' Speaker: Kathy McNally Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis Kathy’s talk is a twentieth century Norse saga of courage, determination and seamanship. A Heritage Coast U3A meeting. Coffee/tea 10am-10:45am. Talk at 11am. Admission: Free to U3A members; small donation if non-member. 01297 444566 http://www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk/U3A.htm
13 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital by Peter Bray, showcasing a wide variety of music. Approx 40mins.
13 Wine Dinner Brassica Restaurant, Beaminster. Information such as price and theme to be announced. Booking essential: 01305 261480 firstname.lastname@example.org www.morrishandbanham.com
13 Sherborne Flicks: Bridge of Spies Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 7:30pm. Lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is thrust into the centre of the Cold War when sent to negotiate the release of a captured US pilot in exchange for convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance) whom Donovan defended in 1957. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
13 Dorset Postcard Club Members Display Dorset Youth Association Hall, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, DT1 1QL. 7:30pm. Speaker Brian Searle. For more information please call the Secretary, Sue Lee: 01305 785878
14 Lunchtime Concert: Dorchester Piano Quartet Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester. 1pm-2pm. Free.
14 Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1 Meet at Green Hill Bus Stop, Sherborne. 6pm-7:30pm. Details as on June 28th. Numbers limited to 20 and places must be booked in advance. £5. 01935 389611 www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/
14 The Story of Kingston Maurward St. Georges Church Hall, Fordington, DT1 1LB. 7:30 pm. Talk by Tim Loasby, Blue Badge Guide. NT South Dorset Assoc. members £3, guests £4, inc. tea/biscuits. 01300 321601 email@example.com
15 Shakespeare in the Garden Paddock Garden, Newland, Sherborne. Amateur Players of Sherborne commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death with an informal evening of scenes, speeches & music. Gates 6:45pm. BYO seating and picnics.Tickets: £5 from Marsh’s, Cheap Street, & Winstone’s Bookshop, Cheap Street, Sherborne. 01935 817439
15-17 Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival Village of Tolpuddle Nr Dorchester. Celebrating the rights of working people and the values of solidarity. Family entertainment, stalls, political debate, comedy and music. The grand procession through the village 2pm on Sunday, free admission - parking donations on this day. www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk
16 Book Fair Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 9:30am-4pm. New, Second-hand & antiquarian books (also magazines, prints, postcards & ephemera). 01803 613356 firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Outdoor Cinema Presents The Incredibles 4pm, Greace 7pm. Bands in-between & food stalls. Free. 01305 252204.
16 Leigh Food Fair & Vintage / Classic Car Display Leigh Village Hall, Nr Sherborne, DT9 6HL. 10am-4pm. Food and drink stalls from some of the best local producers. A variety of Veteran / Classic Cars & motorbikes. Refreshments, Ice cream, Beer and Cider. Entertainment inc. children's activities. £2, U15s free. 01935 873846 www.leighfoodfair.co.uk
16 Summer Show and Country Fayre Uplme Playing Field, Lyme Regis. 1pm-5pm. Entry £2. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/
16 Marriage Law for Genealogists Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, The Parade, (bottom of Cheap Street), Sherborne. 2pm-4:30pm. In two talks Professor Rebecca Probert will discuss how the laws relating to marriage, divorce and bigamy have changed. Members: £8. Non-members: £10. 01935 389611 www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/
16 Church Fete The Old Rectory, Rectory Rd, Piddlehinton, DT2 7TE. 2pm, evening BBQ from 7pm. Come dressed up Wild West style as themed competitions and children's races, a dog show, coconut shy. Plants stalls, cakes and books. Afternoon teas, ice creams and Pimms with live entertainment. All profits to charity.
16 Dad's Army (PG) Village Hall, Milborne St Andrew, DT11 0JX. Hall & bar open 7pm, film starts 7:30pm. Tickets £3.50.
16 Serpent Recital The Dewlish Chapel, Middle Street, Dewlish, Dorchester. 7:30pm. A captivating show with music through the ages featuring versatile ancient instruments. £8 each, booking essential. 01258 837034 www.artist-anita-law.co.uk
16 Dorset Chamber Choir - A Summer Soirée Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. 7:30pm. An evening of music by Finzi, Rutter, Stanford, Byrd & Weelkes inc. folk songs and sacred music. £10. 01929 554595 www.dorsetchamberchoir.com
16 Live Music: Real World The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. 9pm until late. 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.co.uk
16-17 Yeovil Show Yeovil Showground, Two Tower Lane, Barwick, Yeovil, BA22 9TA. With over 300 tradestands. Arts & Craft, Food & Drink, Clothing & Accessories, Home Furnishings, Cars, Agricultural & Horticultural Machinery, Gardening & Plant Sales, Home Improvements, Professional Services, Children's Games & Fun Fair. Motorbike Stunt Display Team, Titan the Robot, The Sheep Show, Falconry, Showjumpers and more. Advance £10, On the day £15, under 16's, free. Onsale from all West Dorset TICs. (Sherborne, Dorchester, Bridport & Lyme Regis). 01935 432567 www.yeovilshow.org
16-22 Lyme Regis Community Week Lyme Regis Seafront. Different local organisations along the Marine Parade each day, Red Arrows perform Thu 21st at 7pm). From the 19th – 24th July a cast of over 50 local actors and musicians will perform an open air production of ‘The Tempest of Lyme’. Full programme nearer the time. www.lymeregis.org
16-31 Festival of Archaeology Over 1000 events across the UK. Digs, talks, tours and activities around Dorset as part of the festival. Look online for events in your area at: www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk
17 Classic and Supercars Show Sherborne Castle, DT9 5NR. Opening 10am. Vintage & classic car displays, car run, trade & craft stands, autojumble, children’s ents. £10 in advance from Sherborne & Dorchester TICs. classicsatthecastle.co.uk
17 West Bay Beach Clean West Bay, Bridport. Starts at 10:30am mainly on West Beach.
17 Music In The Park Pageant Gardens, Sherborne, DT9 3NB. 2:30pm-4pm. Music from Sherborne Town Band and the Youth Band. Bring your family, bring a picnic and enjoy a concert of light music. www.sherbornetownband.co.uk
17 Live Music: Alan West & Steve Black The French Leutenant's Bistro, Lyme Regis. From 3pm. www.alanwest.co.uk
17 Mrs E’s Big Wheeze Mrs Ethelston's Primary School, Pound Lane, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3TT. The multi terrain run is approximately 10km /5km/2km starting and finishing at the Primary School. Runners in Mrs E’s Big Wheeze must be 16yrs+ (10km) or 13yrs+ (5km). Proceeds in aid of school PTFA. Entry forms at Lyme Regis TIC. 07977 574788
17, 24, 31 Sunday Afternoon with local Brass Band Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury. Starts approx 2pm. A Brass Band will be playing on the Sunken Lawn. 01305 871130 www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/
18 Grand Tapestry Lawn Laying Castle Gardens, Garden Centre, New Road, Sherborne. See us prepare our grass free lawn! For more info contact the Garden Centre: 01935 814633 www.thegardeneronline.co.uk
18 Bride Valley Gardening Club Village Hall in Puncknowle. 7:30pm Alison Wright – The National Gardens Scheme. Visitors welcome – entry £2. 01308 482602 email@example.com
19 Museum Store Tours All Saint's Church, High East Street, Dorchester. Rare opportunity to tour the Dorset County Museum archaeology store. Tours commence from the Museum at 10:30am, 12noon, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Booking essential, normal admission prices apply. 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
19 Oddsocks: Much Ado About Nothing Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. A high octane musical version of Shakespeare's witty battle of the sexes featuring well known UK hits from the best music decades. £12, £10 concessions available from school reception from May. 01305 266064
20 Archaeology Day Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Activities throughout the day, hands-on displays, meet the experts and mini-talks. Finds ID surgery at 10:30am and 2pm - need to book. Normal admission prices apply. 01305 756827
20 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital by Chris Liddle, showcasing a wide variety of music. Approx 40mins.
20 Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1 Meet at Green Hill Bus Stop, Sherborne. 6pm-7:30pm. Details as on June 28th. Numbers limited to 20 and places must be booked in advance. £5. 01935 389611 www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/
21 Ramblers Walk Hillfield Hill CP, near Batcombe. GR636182. 10am. 5-6 miles via Ridgeway and Upcerne. 01460 78182
21 Over 50’s Bingo Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. 2pm. £3 (inc. 6 games & refreshments). 01935 816946
21 White Loire / Red Rhone Tasting Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4RB. 7pm-9pm, £15. Aperitif and canapes, followed by an eight wine tasting. 01305 261480 www.morrishandbanham.com
21 Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards Ceremony Castle Gardens, Garden Centre, New Road, Sherborne. 6:30pm Organised by Dorset Wildlife Trust. Tickets available in store. 01935 814633 www.thegardeneronline.co.uk
21 Lyme 's Red Arrows Red Letter Day Lyme Regis Seafront. 7pm. Yes, thanks to the efforts of locals, businesses and organisations, Lyme Regis is delighted to welcome the Red Arrows again this year.
21/07-31/08 Birds of Prey Display Abbotsbury Swannery. Plus talk at 11am & 3pm each day, with a flying display by Frankie the Barn Owl (weather permitting). 01305 871858 www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
21/07-04/09 Summer at the Tank Museum Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG. Tanks in action every weekday at 1pm complete with commentary. A range of family activities, trails, talks and more around the museum. www.tankmuseum.org
22 Literary Luncheon Leweston School, nr Sherborne, DT9 6EN. 12:30pm for 1pm. Sherborne Literary Soceity dinner. Rosie Thomas this year's star speaker. £25 for 2 course meal, drinks served upon arrival. Book in advance: 07712 590897 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sherborneliterarysociety.com tickets also at Winstone’s Bookshop in Cheap Street.
22 White Loire / Red Rhone Tasting Café Paninis, 11 Weymouth Avenue, Brewery Sq, Dorchester, DT1 1QR. 7pm-10pm, £35. Aperitifs & canapes, 8 wine tasting, 2 course dinner. 01305 261480 www.morrishandbanham.com
22-24 Field Days Exhibition Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0EQ. Fri 22nd - Sun 24th 11am - 4:30pm
22-31 Sherborne Art Club Annual Open Art Exhibition 2016 Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. Open Daily from 10am to 5:30pm, (Closes at 1pm on Sunday, 31st July). www.sherborneartclub.com/open-art-exhibition
23 Vintage Market Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 8:30am-3:30pm. Over 30 sellers of quality vintage items.
23 Wessex Local Craft & Food Producers Market Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, DT1 3GW. 10:30am-4pm. Free entry & parking. Supporting Hangers Heroes The Small Charities Charity. www.facebook.com/9.wessexcraftandfoodmarkets
23 Dorchester Community Plays Picnic / BBQ Borough Gardens, Dorchester. www.dorchestercommunityplay.org.uk
23 Barn Dance Subtropical Gardens, Buller's Way, Abbotsbury, DT3 4LA. 7pm-11:30pm. Featuring Dorset's liveliest party band Black Sheep. 01305 871130 www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/
23 Live Music: Adam Sweet The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. 9pm until late. 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.co.uk
23 Owl Flying Displays Children’s Farm, Abbotsbury. AM & PM displays. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
23 Band of HMS Heron Concert St James the Great, Longburton. 7:30pm. £10 to inc. a glass of wine. 01963 210548.
23-24 Attack of the Dalek’s Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG. Annual Passes are valid for event. www.tankmuseum.org
23-24 Viking Invasion Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Meet the Vikings 11am-4pm. Hand to hand combat, craftspeople making chain mail and fishing nets, Norse cooking demos and more. Normal admission applies. dorsetcountymuseum.org
23-30 The 22nd International Thomas Hardy Conference and Festival Various Venues in Dorchester. Full programme of walk, tours, talks and more, celebrating local author Thomas Hardy works. 01305 251501 www.hardysociety.org
23-30 CSSM Summer School of Music Sherborne School. Residential courses for intrumentalists and singers. Free concerts throughout the week, detial available closer to the time. For more information contact: 01286 673401 www.cssm.org.uk
23-30 Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week 2016 Around Lyme Regis. A week of fun, games, music and displays for all the family. A full progamme of events will be available nearer the time. https://www.facebook.com/LymeRegisLifeboatWeek/
23-31 ‘Families’ Camp’ The Friary, Hilfield, nr Dorchester, DT2 7BE. A holiday week with families sharing the life of the Friary. 01300 342311 email@example.com
23/07-03/08 Five Glass Artists The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Five artists demonstrate the beauty that can be achieved with kiln-formed glass, showing abstract sculptures, wall hangings and functional decorative vessels. www.townmillarts.co.uk
23/07-31/08 Super Summer Dinosaur Hunt Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW. 10am-5pm daily. Explore the museum to seek out the answers to the dinosaur mystery - fun for the kids.
24 Summer Fete by West Bay WI The Salt House, West Bay. 11am-4pm. Bric a Brac, needlecraft, books, light refreshments, cakes, bottle tombola, children's games.
24 Stoke Sub Hamdon Brass Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free live music from 2:30pm.
24 Live Music: City Limits The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. Music, 3pm-6pm. 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.co.uk
26 Sportz+ Walking With Llamas Newhouse Farm, Mosterton, nr Beaminster. 10:30am-1pm. For children 7-16 years who are disabled. Meet, groom and find out lots about llamas. Bring lunch. Please book in advance: 01305 252266
26 Dinosaurs - Kids Clay Workshop Munchkins Play Café, 33 Trinity Street, Dorchester. 10:30am. Join us for a story and make your favourite dinosaur using air drying clay, then paint to decorate. £6per child. 5+yrs. Pre-book: 01305 753435
26 Museum Store Tours All Saint's Church, High East Street, Dorchester. Rare opportunity to tour the Dorset County Museum archaeology store. Tours commence from the Museum at 10:30am, 12noon, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Booking essential, normal admission prices apply. 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
26 Anna Pavord U3A Talk United Church Hall, Bridport. 2pm. A talk celebration of landscape, our changing relationships with the countryside, and on different ways of ‘viewing the view’. www.u3asites.org.uk/bridport
27 Tours of Roman Dorchester Meet at the Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Tours commence 11am, 12noon, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Guided walk around the town and a chance to visit inside one of the best-preserved Roman Town Houses in Britain. Booking essential. Normal admission prices apply. 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
27 Love Parks Family Event Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 10:30am-4pm. Free event celebrating the UK's parks. Donkey rides, Punch & Judy, treasure hunt, Mill Street Jazz Band, bouncy castle.
27 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital by Peter Bray, showcasing a wide variety of music. Approx 40mins.
27 Live Music: Alan West & Steve Black The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis Live music from 7pm. http://www.alanwest.co.uk
27 ‘Lyme’s Fossils and Fossil Collectors’ Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Talk by Chris Andrew of Lyme Regis Museum. Tickets cost £3 for adults, £1.50 for under 16s, and can be bought at Uplyme Post Office, the RNLI shop, lottery kiosk or from Brian Cursley. Brian Cursley (07831 533580). https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/
27 Live Music: The Vinyl Monkeys The Royal Standard, Lyme Regis. Live music from 9pm until late. 01297 442637
28 Sherborne Pubs Walkabout - Route 1 Meet at Green Hill Bus Stop, Sherborne. 6pm-7:30pm. Barry Brock will lead an evening walk (of about one and a half hours) around the sites of Sherborne’s vanished pubs, ending with a pint in one still open. Route 1. Greenhill, Cheap Street and Westbury areas. Weather dependent. Numbers limited to 20 and places must be booked in advance. £5 per person. 01935 389611 http://www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/
30 Expression The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. A unique exhibition and retrospective by Deborah Wood. www.townmillarts.co.uk
30 Live Music: The Fat Marrow Blues Band The Royal Standard, Lyme Regis. Live music until late. 01297 442637
30 Live Music The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. Live music from 9pm until late. 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.co.uk
30 Family Archaeology Day Dorset County Museum, Dorchester. Hands on activities & trails, throughout the day suitable for younger visitors, + meet some archaeologists! Normal admission applies. 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
31 Ramblers Walk Meet at Burton Bradstock CP. GR SY490887. 10am. 12 miles. Walk along the beach (low tide) to West Bexington, climb up to Puncknowle and loop back via Hamilton Wood. Contact for info: 01935 826089
31 Archaeological Walk: Ridgeway Barrows Meet at Maiden Castle car park, DT2 9PP. 10:30am. 4 hours, 6½ miles, some slopes, short break for lunch (BYO). £3, child £1. 01305 224921 www.dorsetforyou.com/Dorset-Archaeological-Days
31 Live Music from Mintytravina & Blue Town Rumble Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free live music from 1:30pm.
31 Facts about Fossils Geology Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum. 2:30pm A talk by Museum Learning Officer, Chris Andrew.
31 Live Music: Alan West & Steve Black The French Leuitenant's Bistro, Lyme Regis. From 3pm. www.alanwest.co.uk
31/07-14/08 Sherborne Summer School of Music & Concertfest Sherborne School & Cheap Street Church, Sherborne Abbey. It is the ideal venue for musicians of all ages and abilities to meet in a friendly, supportive atmosphere where they can enhance their skills. Free concerts for the public to attend. Info: 01342 893963 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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