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
08/04-06/01/18 Under the Surface: Paintings and Carvings by David West. Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester DT1 1XA. See website for opening times and details: www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
12/06-09/09 Botanical Art Exhibition by Martinstown Botanical Art Group Tea Room, Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm. Entry to the Tea Room is free.
July All The Way To Donkey Green' Exhibition Jubilee Pavillion, Marine Parade. Open Daily, Admission Free! An Exhibition Featuring the Pound Street & Sidmouth Road Areas of Lyme Regis. 01297 443792
01 Car Boot Sale Crossways Youth & Community Centre, Old Farm Way, Crossways, DT2 8TU. 9am-12noon. Café serving bacon rolls & homemade cakes. Sellers £5 per car from 8am. 01305 854988 email@example.com
01 Armed Forces Day Civic Service March from North Square via South Street and West Walks to Borough Gardens for 1:50pm service followed by free live music. www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk
01 Bellamont House Long Bredy, DT2 9HN. SY5789. 1pm-5pm. Traditional barn dance (3pm-4:30pm.) table top sale & raffle. A rare chance to view the ground floor of this gothic revival house. Raffle proceeds in aid of the Radiotherapy Centre in County Hospital. To book a table contact: 01308 482270 firstname.lastname@example.org
01 Kitty's Last Hurrah Quiz, Town Hall, Corn Exchange, High East St. Dorchester, DT1 1HF. 7pm. Ecuador Fundraiser. Bar, raffle, fun rounds, teams of 4-6. £5 a head. 01305 268692 email@example.com
01 Flamenco Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall Doors open 7:30pm for 8pm start. Spanish dance theatre tour with Salud. Reservation 01308 485772, reservation recommended. £ Pay what you like at the end of the show.
01-02 Fifty Dorset Makers Wolfeton Riding House, Charminster, DT2 9QN. 10am-5pm. New & recent work on display as part of Fifty Dorset Makers book & supporting exhibition, free admission. firstname.lastname@example.org
01-02 Poyntington Open Gardens 2pm-5pm. Teas available. Weekend ticket £6 from Sherborne TIC (£7 on day).
01 Live Music The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. Every Saturday 9pm-11pm. 01297 442312
02 Gig Regatta Gig Rowing Club, West Bay, Bridport. 10:30am. Tombola, refreshments, cake stall, BBQ & more.
02 Walditch Strawberry Fayre The Hyde Residential Gardens, Bridport. 2:30pm-5:30pm. Entrance £1 (child free) Strawberry teas, stalls, family games & races, beautiful gardens, Justin Diash Musician.
02 Outing to Marwood Hill Gardens, near Barnstaple Departs Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis at 9:15 am. £18pp for coach and admission, guests £3 extra. Info: 01297 444927 https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/
03-04 Xiom Productions presents Emidy Lyric Theatre, Barrack St., Bridport. 8pm. Tickets £12 from Bearkat Bistro & Bridport Arts Centre. Music masterclass Sunday 2 July. 01308 424204 www.the-lyric.com
04 Boat Trip along the Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis Choice of two trips: East to West Bay return at 11am-1:30pm. West to Beer Head return at 2pm-4:30pm. £16. 01297 489481 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/golden-cap
04 ‘Music by the Sea’ The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm-9:15pm. Lyme Regis Town Band.
05 Greenwood Club: Mini Wooden Boats Howards Wood, Nertherbury, DT6 5LL. 10:30am-12:30pm. Those with dementia or their carers are invited to learn new skills in outdoors. 07813 814875 email@example.com
05 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital by Paul Ellis showcasing a variety of music. Approx 40mins.
05 Dorset Cream Teas Chideock House, Main Street. 2:30pm. Entry £6. Raffle, books, plant stalls & more.
05 Community Lecture: Tracy Chevalier Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queens Avenue, Dorchester. 7pm. Bestselling author talks about her new book: New Boy. Admission free but by ticket only in advance from school.
05 Dorset & Somerset Railway & Other Lost Railways in Dorset Charlton Down Village Hall, Sherren Avenue, Charlton Down Nr Dorchester DT2 9UA. 7:30pm. By John Baxter, Dorset & Somerset Railway Trust. Entry £3.
06 Private Tour of ‘Under the Surface’ Exhibition Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester. 9am. Behi-nd the scenes of ‘Painting & Carvings by David West’ with David West. £10pp inc. tea/ coffee & museum entry.
06 Tea with Mr Hardy and J M Barrie (inc. scenes from Peter Pan) Max Gate. 5pm-6pm. Mr & Mrs Hardy invite you to tea in the garden with their special guest, J M Barrie. New Hardy Players. Normal admission applies.
06 English Historical Dancing St. George's Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 7:30pm-9:30pm. No previous experience needed, light loose clothes advised and flexible low-heeled footwear. £5 just turn up. 01935 472771
06-26 Flourish Exhibition The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. 10:30am-4:30pm. A celebration of four artists: Alison Potter, Belinda Brownlee, Cath Bloomfield and Linda Bristow. 01297 444042 www.townmillarts.co.uk
07 Durnovaria Silver Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free live music from 6pm.
08 Chasty Cottage Antiques Fair Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. Up to 35 stands, homemade food and refreshments available. Entrance £1, opening 8:30am (trade) 9:30am (public) to 4pm. 01963 370986
08 Fleamarket Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 10am-4pm. 1000s of collectables, antiques and crafts. An old fashioned fair for everyone. Free entry. 01749 677049 www.westcountrycraftfairs.co.uk
08 Summer Fun Day The Great Field, Poundbury. Noon-8pm. Free entry & entertainment inc. live music. Fun Dog Show registration from 11:30pm. In aid of Dorchester Community Nursery School. www.galabid.com/dcnsfunday
08 Yetminster Fair Yetminster- main street. 1pm-4pm. Following the opening parade, lots of stalls, dancing, music, cream teas and more. 01935 873979 firstname.lastname@example.org
08 Bride Valley Gardening Club Flower & Produce Show Community Hall, Litton Cheney. From 2pm. Free entry. View and help judge our members' efforts. Afternoon tea available. prize giving at 4pm. 01308 482602
08 Summer Themed Disco Beehive, Bridport. Fancy dress optional. 9am-1pm, £5. 07788 943220
08 Learn Bookbinding- Coptic Studio 13, St Michael's Trading Estate 6 week course! Explore materials and learn how to create strong useable books in a range of styles. Wednesday Evenings 7pm-9pm. 07857 208151
08 Trial by Jury Martock Church, TA12 6JL. 7:30pm Plus, an hour of songs from several operas, by the Bath Gilbert & Sullivan Society, £12 on the door or £10 in advance. 01935 822706
08 RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day Over 5 hours of amazing flying displays + an extensive static display of historic naval aircraft and their modern-day counterparts in spectacular role demonstrations. Tickets available from your local TIC. http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/features/yeovilton-air-day-2017
08 Live Music The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. Every Saturday 9pm-11pm. 01297 442312
09 Friends of the Yeatman Hospital Car Boot Sale Terrace Playing Fields, Sherborne. Sellers from 8:15am at £5 per car, Buyers from 9am at 50p per person. We regret dogs are not allowed in car boot field. 07790 863518
09 Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre Open Day Oborne Road, Sherborne, DT9 3RX. 11am-4pm. An extensive collection of Victorian engineering, inc. the massive 26 ft waterwheel.01935 816324 www.sswc.co.uk
09 Swingtime in the Gardens Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free live music from 12noon.
09 Music in the Park Pageant Gardens, Sherborne. 2:30pm-4pm. Sherborne Town Band & Youth Band. Free!
09 The Friends of Bridport Millennium Green present a Dinosaur Hunt Millennium Green, Bridport. 3pm followed by cream tea (4pm), and a dancing display at the Green. Free for accompanied children. 01308 425037
09 Learn Bookbinding- Oriental Studio 13, St Michael's Trading Estate, Bridport. 7pm-9pm. 07857 208151
11 The Lost World Castle Gardens, New Rd, Sherborne, DT9 5NR. 7:30pm. The superb Illyria Theatre bring Conan Doyle's tale to life in this outdoor production. Tickets from Catle Gardens: 01935 814633 www.illyria.co.uk
11 ‘Music by the Sea’ The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm-9:15pm. Concert by Lyme Town Band.
12 Adventures at the Seaside Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 11am. Talk by Deirdre Dee. How did the British Seaside tradition begin? Was it with George III in Weymouth? Or the Prince Regent in Brighton? 01297 443942
12 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital by Ed Jones showcasing a variety of music. Approx 40mins.
12 Sherborne Artslink Flicks: Hidden Figures Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7:30pm. The incredible story of 3 African American women at NASA who lauched astronaut John Glenn into orbit. £6 from Sherborne TIC.
12-28 7th Dorchester Arts Open Exhibition Duke’s Gallery, Brewery Sq, Dorchester. Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm. Sat 22nd only 9am-12noon. Free admission. A varied selection of 2D & 3D work by Wessex artists.
13 Sherborne Gardeners’ Assoc. Meeting Digby Hall, Hound St. Sherborne. 7:30pm. Talk by Micky Little from Avon Bulbs on the selection of bulbs and planting. 01935 389375
14 How wild is our garden? Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton. 11am-4pm. Join the West Dorset Ecology volunteers who will be researching the plants and animals of the cottage garden. Normal admission applies.
14-15 Jurassic Fields Music Festival Asker Meadows, Bridport. The best music, comedy, food & entertainment the area has to offer. Headliner on Saturday night is Neville Staple. 01308 424901 www.jurassicfields.com
14-16 Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival Throughout Tolpuddle Village, Nr Dorchester. A weekend to celebrate the rights of working people and the values of solidarity. (£10 parking). www.tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk
14-26 Pots and Paints Exhibition The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. 10:30am-4:30pm. Impressionist painter Malcolm Giladjian & internationally recognized indigenous potter Eddie Daughton. 01297 444042 www.townmillarts.co.uk
15 Books, Coffee, Cakes and Homegrown/Made Produce Moreton Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8QY. 10am-12noon. Enjoy a cuppa and cake whilst you browse our huge selection of books - all at 25p. 01929 463221
15 Christain Aid Coffee Morning Cheap St. Church Hall, Sherborne. 10am-12noon.
15 Go Wild in Dorset – Summer Holiday Activities. Step back in time. 10:30am – 1pm. Dorset Forest School 5 – 12yrs. Taking place outdoors in Orchard Meadow Tolpuddle. £5 per child 01305 848156 www.artsreach.co.uk
15 Summer Show and Country Fayre King George V Memorial Field, Uplyme. From 1pm. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/
15 Litton Cheney Village Fete Community Hall, Litton Cheney nr Bridport, DT2 9AU. 12:30pm-4pm. Feat. The Blackdown Hills Steel Band. BBQ, bouncy castle, teas, ice creams, tombola, raffle, games & stalls. Entry £1.50.
15 Dorset Sinfonia present A Night at the Movies - A Family Friendly Concert Weymouth Bay Methodist Church. 6pm. Tickets £10, on the door or in advance from Dorchester TIC (16 years and under free).
15 Bastille Day Millennium Green, Bridport, DT6 3JP (If wet WI Hall.) 6pm - Accompanied by the music of our favourite Chanteuse Julie Dunn. Bring a picnic to the park. Wine Bar, raffle, ice cream man.
15 Dorchester Drama presents Austensibility Sunninghill Community Hall, Dorchester. Matinee 2:30pm & evening performance 7:30pm. A dramatised reading based on the life and work of Jane Austen. Tickets £8 in advance from Trinity Stores, Trinity Street, Dorchester or from the Box Office 01305 268692. £9 on door.
15 Seckou Keita, 22 Strings Chetnole Village Hall. Leading the newest generation of African traditional musicians, Seckou fuses the traditional forms and instruments of Senegal with those of other cultures. £12. 01935 873555
15 Live Music The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. Every Saturday 9pm-11pm. 01297 442312
15-16 Classic and Supercars Show Sherborne (New) Castle, DT9 5NR. 10am-5pm. 2000 cars on display from chain driven monsters to the latest supercars. With 30 car clubs, trade, craft & autojumble stands, and excellent food outlets. Tickets from Sherborne & Dorchester TICs. 07769 114211 https://classicsatthecastle.co.uk
15-16 The Yeovil Show Yeovil Showground, BA22 9TA. Animals, local food and drink, plenty of shopping, displays, music and much more! Tickets in advance from Dorchester & Sherborne TICs. www.yeovilshow.org
16 Dorset Ramblers –Inter Group Walks Choose a walk or make your own way to the picnic. (12:30-1pm at Eggardon Hill). BYO lunch & drink. No dogs unless stated. www.eastdorsetramblers.org.uk 01202 885870
16 Thomas Hardye School Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free live music from 2pm.
16 Charity Stroll & Kids Treasure Hunt From Abbotsbury Swannery Car Park. Meet at 2pm for a 2-3 mile walk. £5pp inc. snack. In aid of Heart Response, fund raising for a Romanian orphanage. www.heart-response.org.uk
16 Seckou Keita 22 Strings Cordes Martinstown Village Hall. 7:30pm. Tickets £12, £8 (u18's), £32 (fam 4 - max 2 adults). Bar and raffle available. Jan Griffiths 01305 889738 www.artsreach.co.uk
17 Black Ven Poetry Workshop Pilot Boat Inn, Lyme Regis. 12noon-2pm. Two hour poetry workshop on how to stimulate creative ideas& develop poetry on the page/for the stage. 01297 442138 email@example.com
17 Bride Valley Gardening Club Puncknowle Village Hall. 7:30pm. Plants that changed the world. £2. 01308 482602
18 ‘Music by the Sea’ The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm-9:15pm. Concert by Lyme Town Band.
19 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital showcasing a variety of music. Approx 40mins.
19 Gardens of the First World War Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury. 7:30pm. Illustrated talk by Christine Stones. Organised by National Trust South Dorset Association. £3. www.southdorsetnt.org.uk
19 Wildlife Friendly Gardening Awards Ceremony Castle Gardens, New Rd, Sherborne. 6:30pm. RHS qualified gardener, author and journalist, Kate Bradbury will talk on making the most of the natural. £5. 01935 814633
19 AGM Friends of the Yeatman Church Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne. 7pm. www.friendsoftheyeatman.org.uk
20 Ramblers Walk Rose & Crown Pub, Longburton, nr Sherborne. 10:30am. To Leweston & Folke. 01935 428607
21-22 Shakespeare's Othello Max Gate, Dorchester. 6pm-8:30pm. 15min interval. Picnics from 5:30pm. Adapted & directed by Charmaine K Parkin. Tickets £10, £8 concession, £30 family (2+2) available from Dorchester TIC.
22 Morning Coffee & Jazz St Mary's Church, South St, Bridport. 11am. Coffee, cake & stalls. Free entry.
22 70s & 80s Disco Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, DT1 3GW. 7:30pm-11pm. In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare. Fancy Dress Optional. Tickets £6.50 in advance or £7.50 on the door. From Ali on: 07789 555689
22 Live Music The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. Every Saturday 9pm-11pm. 01297 442312
22-29 CSSM Summer School of Music Sherborne. A variety of music courses for instruments and singers. See website for timetable and application form. 01286 673401 http://cssm.org.uk
22-29 Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week Lyme Regis. Fantastic events including a visit by the RAF Puma helicopters, fireworks, RNLI displays, bath tubs and lots more. https://en-gb.facebook.com/LymeRegisLifeboatWeek/
22-30 Sherborne Art Club Open Exhibition Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. Open Daily 10am-5:30pm. Submissions on the 12th July application forms online: www.sherborneartclub.com
23 Ramblers Walk Starting 10:30am. SY 549 948. 10 miles. Eggardon Hill, picnic area Shatcombe Lane (limited parking, car share advised) Fields, tracks, some steep hills. Bring packed lunch. Contact: 01202 582202
23 Durnovaria Silver Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free live music from 2:30pm.
23 Cream Tea & Music Castle Gardens (Garden Centre), New Road, Sherborne. 2:30pm-4pm. A concert fo light entertainment for Garden Centre patrons. Come enjoy a cream tea on a Sherborne Summer’s Day.
23 Learn Bookbinding- Secret Belgian Studio 13, St Michael's Trading Estate. 7pm-9pm. 07857 208151
23 Live Music: Bad Dog No Biscuit, Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. 7pm-9:30pm. Promenade Performance.
24 Junior Deep Sea Fishing trip Lyme Regis Sea Angling Club. 8am - 12pm. For ages 9-16. All tackle, bait and tuition provided. £20 per person. Booking essential. For more info: http://lymefishing.org.uk/juniorboat/
25 New Ideas for Summer Wines Butterfly House, Castle Gardens, Sherborne. A wine tasting evening presented by David Copp. £12.50 In aid of Friends of the Yeatman Hospital. www.friendsoftheyeatman.org.uk
25 ‘Music by the Sea’ The Shelters, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. 8pm-9:15pm. Concert by Lyme Town Band.
25-27 New Forest and Hampshire County Show Brockenhurst, SO42 7QH. 30 acres of agricultural showground for the whole family to explore. Tickets in advance from Dorchester TIC www.newforestshow.co.uk
26 Love Parks Family Event Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free family event, live music from 11am. BYO picnic.
26 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey. 1pm. Free recital by Stephen Bell showcasing a variety of music. 40mins.
26 Extreme Falconry display Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. £3 for adults, £1.50 for children, from Uplyme Stores, RNLI shop, lottery kiosk or 07831 554580 https://ulrhs.wordpress.com Proceeds to Lifeboat Week.
26 Live Music: The Seatrees The Royal Standard, Lyme Regis. 01297 442637 theroyalstandardlymeregis.co.uk
27 Go Wild in Dorset – Summer Holiday Activities. Making a Mark. Dorset Forest School, Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum. 5 – 12 years. Taking place outdoors. £10 per child. 01300 320684. www.artsreach.co.uk
27 Liberty Orchards Tour and Tasting Halstock, BA22 9SZ . 2pm-4pm. A guided walk around our organic orchards with a talk. Tickets £8 inc. refreshments on arrival. Please book: 01935 892430 firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Grand Lifeboat Week Firework display The Cobb, Lyme Regis. 10pm. Lyme Lifeboat Week Firework Display.
28/07-09/08 ‘Crossing The Line' Exhibition The Town Mill, Lyme Regis. 10:30am-4:30pm. townmillarts.co.uk
29 Leigh Food Fair & Classic Car Show Leigh Village Hall. 10am-4pm. Taste & buy some of the best food and drink from local producers. Veteran/Classic cars & motorbikes. Barbecue, Refreshments, Ice cream, Beer & Cider! Entertainment inc. children’s activities. Adults £2, U15s Free. 01935 873846 www.leighfoodfair.co.uk
29 Go Wild in Dorset – Summer Holiday Activities. Martinstown. Stone Carving for 5 – 8yr olds. Two sessions available: 10am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4pm. At £10 per child. 01305 889963. www.artsreach.co.uk
29 Milton Abbas 18th Century Street Fair 11am-5pm. A great family day out with over 130 stalls and demonstrations, with a continuous entertainment throughout the day. www.miltonabbasstreetfair.co.uk
29 Live Music: So Latin The Royal Standard, Lyme Regis. 01297 442637 theroyalstandardlymeregis.co.uk
29 Live Music The Nag's Head, Lyme Regis. Every Saturday 9pm-11pm. 01297 442312
30 Warm Festival Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 1pm. Free live music in aid of Steve Charles Help a Friend Fund.
30/07-13/08 Sherborne Summer School of Music Sherborne School. 18 courses in all musical disciplines all taught by eminent international performers & teachers. Orchestras, Choirs, Piano, Singing, Jazz, Composition, Conducting, Chamber Music & Wind Ensemble. 01342 893963 email@example.com
31 Craft Activity for Children Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. 11am. Children can create their own take-home souvenir. The event is being run by the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. More info: 07926 969831
31/07-12/08 Concertfest Sherborne - various venues. 30 concerts in all disciplines given by professional and student performers at venues including Cheap Street Church, Sherborne Abbey and Sherborne School. www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk 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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