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
23/03-14/04 Exhibition Of New Work By Carry Akroyd - Found In The Fields Jerram Gallery, Half Moon St, Sherborne. Open daily from 9:30am-5pm. Tuesday to Saturday. All Gallery viewable online. 01935 815261 www.jerramgallery.com
01 Grand Easter Egg Hunt Colmers Hill, Symondsbury. 10am-12pm. Follow the Easter bunny up the iconic Colmers hill and hunt for your Easter surprise! Everyone is guaranteed a prize, with a few star prizes to find! Refreshments and raffle.
01 Easter Bonnet Parade Lyme Regis. Make an Easter Bonnet or just enjoy the parade. Judging of Bonnets 2pm in the Baptist Church. Parade 3pm from the Baptist Church, Broad St, finishing at the Jubilee Pavilion on the sea front.
01-02 Easter Festival Of Arts & Crafts 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
01-02 Cadbury Egg Hunts Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock (Nearest postcode DT6 4RF). 11am-3pm. To claim your chocolate prize, follow the clues to find where bunny has hidden it. £2.50 per person. https://easter.cadbury.co.uk/burton-bradstock/
02 The Big Breakfast Salway Ash Village Hall, DT6 5QS. 9am-1pm. Come along and enjoy our big breakfast!
02 RAF 100 Years Featuring the People & Places of Dorset Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3LF. 10am-3pm. Free. 01308 424901
02 Duck Race Higher Mill Flats, nr Woodmead Road Bridge, Lyme Regis. 12 noon.
02 Bank Holiday Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ. 1pm. Free 40 minute recital featuring a wide variety of music.
02 The Coming of the Railway: Bank Holiday Guided Walk Meet at Sherborne TIC. 2pm. A Guided walk around Sherborne with Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant focusing on the impact of the Railway. £6. Just turn up. www.sherbornewalks.co.uk
03 Trophy Heads The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport. 10am-2pm. Design and make a human, animal, monster or alien head then celebrate your creation by mounting it on a plaque. Ages 8-108. £22. BYO packed lunch. 01308 424901
04 Knights In Shining Armour dressed: Art, Battle and Pageant Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 2pm & 8pm. Arts Society talk by Nigel Arch. £5. 01935 474626 www.theartssocietysherborne.org.uk
05 Pop up Puppets The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport.10am-2pm. Create your own pop up puppet characters using recycled materials, cardboard and fabric. Ages 8-108 £22. BYO packed lunch. 01308 424901 bridportandwestbay.co.uk
05 Dippy Treasure Hunt Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0EQ. 10am-4pm. Free. 01300 320684
05 Easter Egg Hunt Bridport Community Hospital, DT6 5DR. Join the Easter Bunny Dancing around the grounds. Cake stall . Raffle. Catch the ducks in the pool, plenty to see & do. £2.50 a child , £1.50 to enter Easter Bonnet Competition.
05 General Knowledge Quiz Night Vineyards, 2 Tilton Court, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Every first Thursday of the Month. Teams of 4 and entry is £5 per person. Cash prize for the winning team! Booking essential. 01935 815544
05-07 The Caucasian Chalk Circle Shire Hall, Dorchester. Play by Bertolt Brecht. £9 from Dorchester TIC, £10 on door.
06 The Big Breakfast In aid of Cancer Research UK Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 8am - 12.30pm. Full English £6, Bacon Baps & Sausage sandwiches £3. Takeaways available.
06 Cross Channel Links From Bronze Age to Saxon Period Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7pm.Talk by Prof. Sir Barry Cunliffe. DHNAS members £3, £5 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
06 From Fight to Flight - a year through my lens United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. 7:30pm An illustrated talk by Charlie Wheeler, Abbotsbury Swannery Supervisor. £2 members/£3 non members. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk
06 Folie A Deux The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport. 7:30pm. Folie a Deux is performed by comedy duo Chiara Goldsmith and Roisin O’Mahony. Age 12+. 01308 424901 www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk
07 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
07 A Pair of Blue Eyes Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 10am. Speakers discuss Hardy's novel. £16, £8 cons. 01305 251501
07 RNLI Coffee Morning United Church, East Street, Bridport. 10am-Noon. Cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac and RNLI Souvenir.
07 Coffee and Jazz St Swithun's Church, Allington, Bridport. 11am. Mood Indigo Coffee and Jazz. Dan Shackell Sax, John Snow Bass, Sue Smith keyboard, familiar jazz standards. retiring collection to raise money for Shelter box.
08 BMW Concurs Event Sherborne (New) Castle, New Road, DT9 5NR. 10am-4:30pm. www.bmwcarclubgb.uk
08 Bushwhacker Tours Coopers Circle, Allington Hill, Bridport. Entrance via main gate Hospital Lane/ Foraging course 10am-2pm £6/ Tracking course 12pm-4pm £6. Both courses £10. Inc. camp fire lunch. Book via: firstname.lastname@example.org
08 Thanksgiving Service St. Marys Church, Bridport, DT6 3NW. 3pm. Thanksgiving service with tea & cake after.
09-13 Young and Contemplative Hilfield Friary, DT2 7BE. For 18-30 age range: 'Change - Transition - Stability'. Suggested donation £100. 01300 341345 email@example.com
10 Spring is in the air Coopers Circle, Allington Hill, Bridport. (Entrance via main gate Hospital Lane.) 10am-12pm. A morning for toddlers with Kathy Kelly, £4 per firstname.lastname@example.org
11 Snappy Head Creatures The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport. 10am-2pm. Using cardboard design & construct your moving mouth puppet creature. Paint, decorate, attach & fabric body to complete your snappy creature. 01308 424901
11 Lyme Lunches The Pine Hall, Baptist Church, Broad Street, Lyme Regis. Nutritious, good value lunch, aimed at over 50's. 2 courses plus tea or coffee £6. Organised by Lyme Forward. Bookings: Penny Black café (behind the Post Office)
11 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ. 1pm. Free 40 minute recital featuring a wide variety of music.
11 Sherborne Artslink Flicks: Murder On The Orient Express Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 7:30pm. The 2017 remake of Agatha Christie's classic tale. Kenneth Branagh and an all star cast. Tickets £6 from Sherborne TIC.
11 Dorset Landlord's Ancestor was an Early Cretaceous Rat Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT11XA. 6:30pm. Talk by Dr Steve Sweetman. DHNAS members £3, £5 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
11 Lyme Regis & Charmouth Lifeboat Guild AGM Lyme Lifeboat Station. 7pm for 7:30 pm. Guest speaker: long-serving Lyme Regis lifeboat crew member & full time Senior Assessor Trainer with the RNLI, Elliott Herbert. All welcome.
11-15 From Page to Screen Film Festival Bridport. See website for info: www.bridport-arts.com/from-page-to-screen/
12 All in a Spin with Kathy Henderson Sherborne Museum, Church Lane, Sherborne. 11am-2pm. Have fun with fibres. Spinning wheel demo, and some drop spindles for you to have a go! Free family event, donations welcome. 01935 812252
12 Sherborne District Gardeners' Assoc. Spring Show Digby Hall, Hound St, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 7:30pm. 01935 389375
12 HMS Heron Band: A Night at the Movies Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 7pm for 7:30pm. In support of local charities. Tickets £10 from Nichol World Travel, Dorchester email@example.com
14 Organ Recital : Charles Harrison St Laurence's Church, Affpuddle. 7:30pm. £12 including glass of wine. 01305 848812
14 "Know your Blood Pressure Day" Lyme Regis. Pop into Fortnam, Smith and Banwell (Estate Agents) 53 Broad Street, between 10am & 2pm, and have your blood pressure monitored by trained local nurses. www.stroke.org.uk
14 Way of the Spoon: Contemplative Spoon Carving In The Spirit Of St. Peter Damian Quaker Meeting House, 95 South St., Bridport. 10am-4pm. Space for Living Spirituality. Donate £10-£40, bring & share lunch. Prebook: firstname.lastname@example.org
14 Arash Moradi Eype Centre for the Arts, Bridport. 7:30pm. Support act Arslan Musika. Tickets £10 adv (£12 door) Kids £5 from Beakat Café until 13th April. email@example.com
14 Bridport Green Fortnight: Launch Event Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3LF. 7:30pm. Come to find out how we can reduce the use of single use plastics in Bridport. Free entry, bar and refreshments available. www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk
14 Organ Recital St Laurence’s Church, Affpuddle. 7:30pm. Recital by Charles Harrison, organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral. Tickets £12 including wine & nibbles. Contact: 01305 848812 or 01305 848959
14 Brit Valley Rotary Club presents an Auction of Promises Salway Ash Village Hall, DT6 5QS. 7:30pm. Lots to include: have a room decorated, car MOT & much more! Tickets £5 from T Snook & Footeprints (inc. Cheese & Wine supper)
15 Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre Open Day Oborne Road, Sherborne, DT9 3RX. 11:30am-3:30pm. An extensive collection of Victorian engineering, inc. the massive, 26 ft waterwheel. Entry by donation. 01935 816324 www.sswc.co.uk
16 Friends of Bridport Literary Festival: Eric Ravilious; Family & Friends Arts Centre, South St., Bridport. 2:30pm- 5pm. A talk devoted to Ravilious based on 3 recent books. Hosted by James Crowden. £15 from Bridport TIC. www.bridlit.com
16 Film Show from Moviola: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL. 7pm for 7:30pm. A beautifully acted, sweet, sad love story. Interval Ice Creams. www.leighvillage.org.uk/events/moviola/ 01935 873269 Tickets £6.
16 Bride Valley Gardening Club AGM Puncknowle Village Hall, DT2 9BD. AGM at 7:30pm followed by Stephen Griffiths - Abbotsbury Gardens Past, Present & Future. Wine & cheese afterwards. Visitors wecome - entry £2.
17 Green Quiz The Ropemakers, 36 West Street, Bridport. 8pm. A fun filled evening. www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk
18 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ. 1pm. Free 40 minute recital featuring a wide variety of music.
18 Carducci Quartet United Church, South St, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Classical music concert. £15, £3 students. 01305 267992
18 Get Fizzical @ Furleigh Estate with an Introduction to Nordic Walking Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, DT6 5JG. Coffee at 10:45am for an 11am start. 1 hr inc. warm up & cool down. Booking essential £10. 01308 488991 furleighestate.co.uk
18 Beach Hut Applique Class Boarsbarrow Studio, The Barn House, Loders, DT6 3SA. Make your own beach hut applique. Half day workshop where you will learn how to applique and leave with a completed framed picture. www.boarsbarrow.com
18 W.I Meeting Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. 2:30pm. A.G.M and a talk entitled “ School in a Bag” presented by Luke Simon. New members and visitors always welcome at a cost of £3 to include refreshments.
18 Meet and Remember Lyme Regis Football Club Pavilion. 2pm–3:30pm. A memory café for those experiencing memory loss or who have recently been diagnosed with dementia and the friends/relatives/carers who support them. 07704 902604
18 Going Green - a matter of belief Bridport United Church, East Street. 7:30pm. Explore the relationship between faith and enviromental issues through short talks, stories and shared experience. Free admission. www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk
19-20 Auction of Chinese and other Asian Silver, Ceramics and Works of Art The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS. Catalogue and further details online. 01935 812277 http://www.charterhouse-auction.com
20 How to Self-Publish Workshop Literary & Scientific Institute, East St, Bridport. 9:30am-4:30pm. Easy-to-follow workshop aimed at beginners taking their first steps to self-publishing £55 (tea, coffee & lunch inc.) Book via: 07976 707786
21 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
21 Dip into Arts and Crafts Dorset Centre for Creatve Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, DT1 3AR. All day. Free entry with charge for workshops. www.jurassiccoast.org/dippy
21 St George's Fair Fordington Green, Dorchester. From 11am.
21 Lyme Bay Chorale's Spring Concert: A concert of English choral music St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis. 7pm. Tickets £13 in advance from Lyme Regis TIC. £15 on the door. Under-19s free. Prices inc. LBC's post-concert buffet.
21 Movie Night Charminster Pre-School. 7pm. 'living on the Last Frontier' and 'climbing Mt Kenya'. £10. 07899 007722
21/04-01/05 Cerne Giant Festival Cerne Abbas: various times, locations and costs. Tickets from firstname.lastname@example.org More info online: www.facebook.com/CerneGiantFestival
24 AGM & The Dorsets 1917 – 18 Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 2:30pm. Talk by Chris Copson, curator, The Keep Military Museum The Lyme Regis Society. Free to Members, visitors £3.
25 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ. 1pm. Free 40 minute recital featuring a wide variety of music.
25 ‘Gardening by the Moon’ Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, DT7 3UY. 7:30pm Presentation by Stephanie Hafferty, an organic, no-dig gardener, chef and writer in Somerset. Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society.
25 Science Café: Toothpaste, Custard and Chocolate; Maths Gets Messy Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Professor Helen Wilson, Professor of Applied Mathematics, UCL London. email@example.com
26 Druce Farm Roman Villa Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7:30pm. Talk by Lillian Ladle on behlf of Dorchester Asscoiation for Research into local History and Archaeology.
27 Dorset Wrecks Brownsword Hall, Pummery Sq, Poundbury, DT1 3GW. 7pm for 7:30pm. Sea Shanties & Fish and Chips.
27 Learn to Jive Workshop The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Learn the rebellious moves from the 50s jive. You’ll be rocking and rolling in no time! £12 per person, 16+. 01308 424901 www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk
27/04-18/05 Small Paintings Group Exhibition Jerram Gallery, Half Moon St, Sherborne. Open daily from 9:30am-5pm. Tuesday to Saturday. An Exhibition Of Smaller Pictures By Selected Artists. 01935 815261 www.jerramgallery.com
28 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
28 Vintage Market Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 9am-3:30pm. 30+ sellers of quality vintage. 07809 387594
28 Black Venn Poetry And Folk Open Mic Galley Café, Broad St, Lyme Regis. 7pm for 7:30pm. firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Beaminster Gallery Quire St Mary's Church, Puddletown. 7:30pm. Church & village music. £10. 01305 849048 / 848510
28 Bridport Town Hall Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3LF. 9am-3pm, free entry. A variety of stalls including jewellery, cushions, cards,wood turned items, gifts & present ideas. 01308 424901 www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk
28 Afternoon Concert St Mary's Church, Beaminster. 3pm by the Camilli String Quartet. Programme to include Haydn Op.76 no.3 and Dvorak 'American' quartet. Tickets £12 from Yarn Barton Beaminster/ Bridport Music/ on the door. 01308 862715
28 Bridports Multicultural Springtime Celebration St Swithuns Scout Hut, Bridport, DT6 5DS. Noon-3pm. Join our multicultural 3D sculpture, world food refreshments, maypole dancers & world music. Free entry. 01202 392954
28/04-13/05 Tulip Colour Weeks Forde Abbey, Chard, TA20 4LU. 40,000 tulips in bloom!. 01460 221290 fordeabbey.co.uk
29 Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowls Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, DT9 4LA. 2pm-4pm. Pre book: 01935 389655
29 Dorset Heroes of World War II Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7:30pm. Talk by Christopher Jary.
30/03-02/04 Easter in the land of Oz Forde Abbey and Gardens, nr Chard, TA20 4LU. A Special Easter along the Yellow Brick Road. See website for more details. 01460 221290 www.fordeabbey.co.uk
30/3-15/4 Great dinosaur Egg Hunt Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester. See website: www.thedinosaurmuseum.com
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Tel: 01308 424901
Tel: 01935 815341
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