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
28/01-05/02 Woodroffe Annual Exhibition The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. 10:30am-4:30pm. This annual exhibition showcases the artistic talents of students from all years of Lyme Regis’s Woodroffe School. www.townmillarts.co.uk
01 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital by Paul Cheater, showcasing a wide variety of music. Approx 40mins.
01 Insight Lecture: Rock of Ages Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Talk by Revd Richard Coles who trained as a classical musician but soon found himself playing keyboards with Jimmy Somerville as half of the pop duo The Communards. How did he end up as the Vicar of St Mary’s Finedon? Come and find out!. £5 from the Parish Office.
01-04 Red Riding Hood, Bridport Players Pantomime Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY. Every evening 7:30pm, Thursday matinee 1:30pm, Saturday Matinee 2pm. Wed premiere £6, adults £9/Child under 12 £7. 01308 424901
02 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: A Man of Devon! Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm. A talk by Historian Sarah Bennett on Conan Doyle: Plymouth Doctor, author of the Hound of the Baskervilles, cricketer in Sidmouth. £3. 01297 443156
02 Casting day for 'Monmouth' - Marine Theatre Community Play 2017! The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. The 2017 Marine Theatre Community Production will be 'Monmouth', a specially commissioned play re-telling the events of the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685, which began here on Monmouth Beach. 01297 442394 email@example.com
03 Coffee Morning The Alexandra Hotel, Pound St, Lyme Regis. 10:30am. Lyme Regis Society Coffee Morning
03 Snowdrop Memorial Service Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 11am. An opportunity to remember loved ones. All welcome. Please contact if you would like a loved on added to the Book of Remembrance. 01305 215357
03 Lyme Bay Photographic Club Competition: Subject Wood Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm-10pm. For more info. please contact: 01297 442475 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club: https://lymebayphotographicclub.org
03 Singers' Recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the talented students of Sherborne School.
03 Holwell Variety Performance Night Holwell Village Hall, DT9 5LL. Doors Open 7pm : Live Music, SwapShop. B.Y.O. booze. Snacks, Soft & Hot Drinks Available. £4 Suggested Contribution. To get involved: Music@BearCatCollective.co.uk
03 Archaeology Unearthed: The Social Role of Non-Metal Valuables in Late Bronze Age Britain Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. Talk by Dr Joanna Brück, examining objects of amber, jet and shale in Britain, looking at cultural meanings and values. Free, £3 donation encouraged. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
03-04 Robinson Crusoe Crossways Village Hall, Moigne Combe Road, Crossways, Dorchester, DT2 8JA. 3rd Feb 7:30pm and 4th Feb 2:30pm & 7:30pm. By Crossways Pantomimers. Adults £6, under 15s £3. Family ticket (2a+2U15s) £12 available on the door or from Premier Stores, Crossways or call 01305 848448 / 853125.
04 Bridport Community Fair Town Hall, South Street, DT6 3LF. 9am to 2pm. Come and find out about the events and activities for 2017 and also meet some of our many local organisations. 01308 456722 or firstname.lastname@example.org
04 Monthly Table Top Sale & SwapShop Holwell Village Hall, DT9 5LL. 10am-1pm. Good local used items, produce & crafts. In the Swap find clothes, cookware, books, CDs, DVDs, bric-a-brac & toys all donated at events over the summer that need a new home, come & grab yourself some bargains!Sellers: £5, set up from 9am. email@example.com
04 Bowls Club Open Day Armada Way, Dorchester, DT1 2AH. 10am-2pm. Free, and equipment provided. Disabled access.
04 Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association 'Montacute House, Filming, Funding and Future' Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Talk by Grahame Meaden. Revealing the perks and pitfalls of letting the cameras in. £5.
04 Bridport Ceilidhs St Mary’s Church House Hall, adjacent to St Mary’s Church in South Street, Bridport. 7:30pm-11pm, music by Abacus, caller Richard Mason, bring your own food & drinks. 01308 423442 www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com
04 Dare Devil Rides to Jarama Village Hall, High Street, Burton Bradstock, Dorset, DT6 4QS. 7:30pm. A new play by Neil Gore marking the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War. Tickets from Burton Bradstock Post Office. 01308 897421.
04/02-25/03 Mix Exhibition -Art work by Peter Runeckles, Maddy Down & Helen Francis Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm. Showcasing the work of three local artists in a wide variety of styles and media.
05 Concert Bridport United Church Concert at 3pm, featuring young musicians from West Dorset in a celebration of music. A retiring collectiom for the Richard Ely trust for young musicians. Coffee and cake to end. Pat Crawford 01308 456297
05,19,26 The Man Who Was Born To Be King Cheap Street Church Hall, Sherborne. 7:45pm. A Play-Cycle on the Life of Jesus Christ, written for broadcast by Dorothy L. Sayers. 01935 818427 / 01935 817284
06 Soup & Ploughman's Alexandra Hotel, Lyme Regis. 12noon - 2pm. An annual event held by the Rotary Club of Lyme, 2017 charity is Weldmar Hospice. Tickets £8 (last year was a sell-out) from your local Rotarian. 01297 444567
07 Life Drawing Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2pm.Kat Swann demonstration for Lyme Regis Art Society. 01297 445464
07 Dorchester Civic Society The Dorford Centre, Top O' Town, Dorchester. 7:15pm for 7:30pm. Talk on 'Retail development in historic towns. How do we strike a balance?' Free to members, visitors £3 donation. Light refreshments beforehand.
07 Face Shape & Angle: An Illustrated Talk Bridport Town Hall, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF. 7pm. An Illustrated Talk on Pioneering Photographer Helen Muspratt. Tickets from Bridport TIC 01308 424901 01308 424901
08 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free, 40mins recital by James Henderson, showcasing a wide variety of music.
08 Lunchtime Concert: Thomas Hardye School Musicians Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester DT1 1XA. 1pm-2pm. Presented by A Level Students. Free, £3 donation encouraged. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
08 Community Lecture: Discovering Dinosaurs in Britain! Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. Talk by Dean Lomax, University of Manchester. Free, but by ticket from school reception. 01305 266064
08 Sherborne Flicks: The Eagle Huntress Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 7:30pm. Documentary following Aisholpan as she trains to be the first female in 12 generations to be an eagle hunter in Mongolia. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
09 The Thursday Group St George's Church Hall, Fordington. 2:15pm. Talk by Martin Stephen of the National Trust about Max Gate, Hardy's Cottage and Clouds Hill, all local properties. Charge £1 inc. biscuit and a cup of tea. 01305 269834
09 Up the Garden Path Raleigh Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 2:30pm. Talk by George Tatham on the Development of Horticulture and Nurseries in and around the Sherborne Area. £5 (students £2). Tea and cake provided. 01935 812252
09 Sherborne & District Gardeners' Association Talk Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 2:30pm. Annette Beardsley, Floral Photographer discusses the Land fo Fire, Ice and Plants. 01935 813679
09 Ernest Belvin: from Devon farm boy to Foreign Secretary Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 8pm. Talk by Prof. Andrew Thorpe for Sherborne Historical Society. £5. 01935 812233 www.sherbornehistoricalsociety.co.uk
09 Presentation: 'The Monmouth Rebellion and the journey to Sedgemoor' By Chris Copson The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 6pm. The curator of The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester gives a captivating presentation on how the revolt played out from its origin to its culmination at Sedgemoor. Suggested donation £5. 01297 442394 www.marinetheatre.com
09 Preview play-reading of 'Monmouth' by writer Andrew Rattenbury The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. 7pm. Monmouth writer Andrew Rattenbury (Golden Hour, Doc Martin) gives us a sneak preview of the new community play. Entry: suggested donation £5. All donations go towards the 'Monmouth' Community play. 01297 442394 www.marinetheatre.com
09-01/03 Coastline & Printmakers Open The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. An exhibition by Dorset & Devon artists responding to the iconic Jurassic Coast, its people and local history, its geology, palaeontology, and rhythms. www.townmillarts.co.uk
10 U3A Coffee Morning Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 10am -12 noon. A social coffee morning for you to come and meet other members and a chance to talk to representatives from Activity Groups.. http://www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk/U3A.htm
10 Choral & Organ Scholars Recital Cheap St Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the students of Sherborne School.
10 Rotary Charity Quiz Night Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 7pm. Teams of six. (individuals made into teams). Tickets £8.50 from Sherborne TIC, to include a glass of wine and light refreshments. 01935 412074
10 Lyme Bay Photographic Club Horseshoes selection - members make selection Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. More info: 01297 442475 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club 7:30pm - 10pm. https://lymebayphotographicclub.org/
11 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
11 A Georgian Choral Extravaganza Cheap St. Church, Sherborne. Sing with Spectra Musica! Registration 9:30am. £16.
11 Seed Swop Ropemakers, 36 West Street, Bridport, DT6 3QP. 10am – noon. Call Eileen for more info. 01308 421678
11 Tony Roberts with The Ray D'inverno Trio By The Bay Restaurant, Lyme Regis. 6:30pm. One of the best saxophone players around and The Ray d'Inverno Trio, delivering 1940s/50s classics. 01297 442138 www.lymeregisjazzfestival.co.uk
11 Comedy Night The Pilot Boat, Lyme Regis 8pm. £8, available from the Pub. www.thepilotboatinn.co.uk/comedy-night/
12 Walking With Walter Abbey Porch, Sherborne. 2pm. Join Blue Badge Guide Cindy for a stroll in Raleigh’s historic footsteps from the Abbey to Castleton. Whatever the weather, no need to book, just turn up.£5. www.sherbornewalks.co.uk
13 Teddy Bears’ Picnic Sherborne Museum, Church Lane, Sherborne. 10:30am to 12:30pm. Free, family friendly gathering and hunt for the teddies hidden in the Museum. 01935 812252 www.sherbornemuseum.co.uk
13 With the Sound of Singing Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 2pm-3pm. U3A Choirs in concert with a medley of songs from the sixteenth century to the present day. Free entry. Collection in aid of Tinney’s Lane Youth Centre.
14-18 Guys and Dolls Buckland Newton Village Hall, DT2 7BZ. 7pm. By The Piddle Valley Players. £10 inc. refreshments. Tickets from Old Chapel Stores, Buckland Newton and Piddletrethide Post Office. 07810 406470
15 Craft Academy Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester DT1 1XA. 10:30am-12:30pm. Free fun family activities suitable for accompanied children aged 5-11yrs. No need to book. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
15 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital by Paul Ellis, showcasing a wide variety of music. Approx 40mins.
15 W.I. Meeting Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. 2:30pm, A talk about Sherborne Douzelage presented by Kevin Waterfall. New members and visitors always welcome at a cost of £3, to include refreshments.
15 Glasgow Girls Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype. 2:30pm. Talk by Jennie Spiers. 07972 472029 firstname.lastname@example.org
15 Music at the Museum: The Bach Players ''Pour le Souper du Roy'' Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7:30pm start. Tickets £12 from County Museum, students £2. www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk
16 Ramblers Walk Wynford Eagle park on road in village. GR582960. Meet 10am, 6 miles. Toward Brookside Farm, Sheephouse Barn, Colesmoor, Toller Porcorum. 01935 881317 www.southsomersetramblers.org.uk
16 Lunchtime Concert: Damien Clarke Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-2pm. Playing Hammer Dulcimer and Hurdy Gurdy. Free, £3 donation encouraged. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
16 The Science and Beauty of Birds St. George's Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester. 7:45pm. Talk by Oliver Smart, on the adaptation, evolution & physiology of birds inc. the aesthetics and rewards of bird photography. £3.50 inc. coffee/ biscuits.
17 Milborne Movies: The Jungle Book 2016 (PG) Milborne St Andrew Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT11 0JX. Hall and bar open from 7pm, film starts 7:30pm. Tickets £3.50 obtained on the door. 01258 837371
17 Lyme Bay Photographic Club Woodmead Halls, Lyme. 7:30pm-10pm. Speaker Simon Emmett, local photographer. More info from: 01297 442475 or see Lyme Bay Photographic Club: https://lymebayphotographicclub.org/
18 Butterfly Trends in West Dorset Toller Porcorum Village Hall, DT2 0DT. 2pm. Presentation. 01300 321007
18 Curious and Surprising Dorset. Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, The Parade, Sherborne. 2pm-4:30pm. Roger Guttridge will share some of the stories from across the county that have captured his imagination over the years. SDFHS Members: £8. Non-members: £10, inc. refreshments. Pre book: 01935 389611 www.sdfhs.org/events/sdfhs-events/
18 Vinyl Saturday United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. 10am -4pm. For more info: 07548 278276
18-19 Model Railway Exhibition 2017 Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 10am-4pm. 07850 474085 email@example.com
20 Community Lecture: Plastic, Plankton and Poo: Investigating the Impacts of Marine Microplastics in Zooplankton Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2ET. 7pm. Talk by Dr Ceri Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, University of Exeter. Free, but by ticket only available from school reception 2 weeks prior. 01305 266064
21 Bird of Prey Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Christine Allison demonstration. 2pm. Lyme Regis Art Society. 01297 445464
22 Lunchtime Concert: Thomas Hardye School Musicians Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-2pm. Presented by A Level Students. Free, £3 donation encouraged. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
22 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital by Stephen Bell, showcasing a wide variety of music. Approx 40mins.
22 Geology Revealed: Coastal Heritage Risk Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 6:30pm for 7pm. Imagery in support of Heritage Management in South West England. Free, £3 donation encouraged. 01305 262735
22 ‘Four Head Gardeners Explore the Wilds of Chile’ Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Steve Griffiths of Abbotsbury Gardens will recount his plant hunting adventures in South America, and will be showing us some of the unusual plants he found on the trip. Lyme Horticultural Soc. Members enter free, visitors £3. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/
23 Ramblers Walk Rose & Crown, Longburton. GR649128. 10:30am. 4.5miles, via Folke & Wizard Bridge. 01935 850810
23 Russian Apocalypse: the tragedy of the last Romanovs Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne. 8pm. Talk. £5. 01935 812233
24 Woodwind Recital Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. 1:30pm. Free recital by the talented students of Sherborne School.
25 Vintage Market Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 8:30am-3:30pm. 30+ sellers of vintage. 07809 387594
25 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
25 Maiden Newton’s 4th Annual Potato day, Gardeners’ Market and Seed Fair Maiden Newton Village Hall, Station Road, DT2 0AE. 10:30am-2pm. Free family friendly, community event organised by Maiden Newton Allotments Association and Pennard Plants. Activities for children, local crafts and refreshments with gardening experts on hand for advice.
25 Dorchester Choral Society United Church, 49 Charles St. Dorchester, DT1 1EE. 11am-6pm. Come and Sing St Matthew Passion. Please download an application form from the website or Contact Christine Pfaff via email. £15 in advance by cheque, £7.50 students. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.dorchesterchoralsociety.org
25 A Ceilidh Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Rd, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY. With the well-known band Music and Mayhem. 7:30pm. A caller to lead the way and a hearty supper. Soft drinks on sale but BYO alcohol. Tickets £9 (inc. supper) from Jenni 01297 445104; Uplyme or Raymonds Hill Post Offices; or Ginger Beer, Lyme Regis. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/
25 Live Music: Adam Sweet The Nags Head, Lyme Regis. 9pm. 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.co.uk
27 A Box Full of Wonders - NT Archaeological Discoveries in the South West Bridport United Church Hall, East St. Bridport. 2:30pm. Talk by Nancy Grace. Presented by the Golden Cap Assoc. non-members welcome, £3. 01308 863577
28 Pancake Tea Party St. George’s Church Hall, Fordington. 3pm-4:30pm. Everyone welcome. 01305 269834
28 Hestercombe House & Gardens Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm. Talk by Philip Smith. Members Free, Visitors £3.
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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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