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
16/03-13/05 Scribing Earth and Sky Tincleton Gallery, DT2 8QR. 10am-5pm. Fridays-Mondays. Artworks by a range of Artists. 01305 848909 www.tincletongallery.com
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 07823 778758 https://en-gb.facebook.com/CerneGiantFestival/
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
01 Wyld Morris Stonebarrow and Whitchurch Canonicorum Wyld Morris Dancing at Dawn on Stonebarrow and then afterwards at 6:30am at The Five Bells, Whitchurch Canonicorum.
01-13 The Abbotsbury Artists Eype Centre for the Arts 10am-5pm This exhibition includes figurative works & landscape in a contemporary view of the South West Country & Culture. email@example.com
02 The Art of the Sherborne Missal Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 2pm & 8pm. Arts Society talk by Michelle Brown. £5. 01935 474626 www.theartssocietysherborne.org.uk
02 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ. 1pm. Free 40 minute recital by Robert Anderson feat. a wide variety of music.
04 I've Started so I'll Finish Dorset Centre for Creative Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, DT1 3AR 6:30pm- 8:30pm. Elizabeth Salmon talks about what makes a good show. £10 including refreshments. 0800 808 9440 /01305764723
04 Words With Wine Raleigh Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. Drinks & canapes 7pm, talk 7:30pm. Victoria Glendinning, CBE talks about her latest novel, The Butcher’s Daughter. Tickets £5 from Winstones Bookshop, Cheap St. 01935 816128
04 Holwell Music & Performance Night +SwapShop Holwell Village Hall, DT9 5LL. Doors Open 7pm. Soft, Hot Drinks & Snacks Available. Bring Your Own alcoholic drinks. £4 Suggested Entry Contribution.
04-08 Sherborne Abbey Festival A wide range of music events throughout the town, featuring international performers as well as local schools. Programmes and tickets from Sherborne TIC or online. www.sherborneabbeyfestival.org
05 Plant & Garden Accessories Sale St Swithun's Church, North Allington. 10am-12pm, tea & biscuits available.
05 Menopause Workshop St Swithuns, Bridport. 10am-1pm. This workshop will inform you about natural ways to relieve symptons and reducethe heath risks associated with menopause. Diet & nutritional info with gentle yoga sessions. Healthy snack & juice included tickets £40. 07891 352767 www.lovinghealthy.co.uk
05 Jumble Sale Bridport Youth & Community Centre, Gundry Lane, Bridport. 10am-1pm. Jumble Sale, Children Tombola, Refreshments & Cake Stall. In aid of St Catherine's Pre School.
05 May Day Craft Fair 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
05-06 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Lyme Regis coast & town venues & Charmouth Heritage Centre. Specialist talks, walks and incredible activities. firstname.lastname@example.org
05-07 Wessex Invaders Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, DT1 1QN. All are welcome to the historic site to enjoy shows of arena combat and living history displays, as well as watching medieval cooking, spinning and weaving. email@example.com
07 Open Day Gartell Light Railway, Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe, BA8 0NB. 10am-4:30pm. Ride a narrow gauge train along part of the old Somerset & Dorset line. 01963 370752 www.newglr.weebly.com
07 Bank Holiday Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ. 1pm. Recital by Andrew Earis featuring a wide variety of music. Part of the Sherborne Abbey Festival, tickets £10 from Sherborne TIC.
07 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
07 Cream Teas Salt House, West Bay. Bank Holiday Monday Cream Teas, from 2pm. 3pm crowning of the May Queen and Children's Maypole dancing Display. Stalls. In aid of Rotary Charities. 01308 459039
09 Outing to RHS Wisley Uplyme Village Hall. Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society outing. Members £20pp. Guests welcome £3 extra. Annie Kobus 01297443346
09 Lyme Lunch The Pine Hall, Baptist Hall, Broad St, Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. 12:30pm. Nutritious, good value lunches aimed at over-50s. Two courses, £6. Second Wednesday of the month. Booking: Penny Black Café (behind Post Office).
10 Sherborne District Gardeners' Assoc. AGM Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 7:30pm. Talk by Colin Varndell - Photographer - 'A Wild Garden'. 01935 389375
11 Paddington 2 Milborne Movies Village Hall Milborne St Andrew, DT11 0JX. 7:30pm. firstname.lastname@example.org
11-12 Phillip Clouts & Ron Phelan Tincleton Gallery, DT2 8QR. 8pm. Jazz. £12 01305 848909 www.tincletongallery.com
12 Plant Sale Parson's Yard, Cheap Street. 10am. Sherborne District Gardeners' Assoc. 01935 389375
12 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
12 Hospital Blues: Nursing in Sherborne during the First World War Village Hall, Stock Hill Lane, Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, DT9 5QF. 7:30pm. Illustrated talk.Tickets £8 in advance, inc. 2-course supper: 01963 210632 / 07760 261056
12 Aspect of the Late Iron Age & Roman Dorchester Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7:30pm. Talk by a range of speakers on behalf of Dorchester Asscoiation for Research into local History and Archaeology. 07780 992799
12 Garden Masterclass Spring Event Forde Abbey and Gardens, nr. Chard, TA20 4LU. Speakers on all things Spring in the garden. There will be a garden tour given by Danny Burlingham. See website. 01460 221290 www.fordeabbey.co.uk
12 Dorchester Chamber Orchestra St Mary's Church, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Classical music featuring Vivaldi and Mozart. email@example.com
12 Cerne Abbas May Fair Cerne Abbas CE first School. 2pm-6pm. Fundraising fair for the local school.
12 My Family and Jack the Ripper - Pat Hase Loders Village Hall, Loders. 2pm-4:30pm. West Dorset Group Family History Society, Talk by Pat Hase. Everyone welcome. Members £1.50, visitors £3 Come along and meet other family and local historians researching ancestors from all over the world, not just Dorset! 01308 425710 firstname.lastname@example.org
13 Car Boot Sale The Terraces (playing fields), Sherborne, DT9 5NS. Sellers from 8am, £5 per car. Buyers 9am-12noon, 50p per person. Raising funds for Sherborne’s Yeatman Hospital. Free parking. Sorry, no dogs.
13 Minterne Spring Fair Minterne Himalayan Gardens, 11am-4:30pm. Craft stands, Plant Stalls, Cakes etc. minterne.co.uk
13 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
13 Durnovia Silver Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 2:30pm. www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk
13 May Fete Anning Road Recreation Ground, Anning Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3EB. 1pm. 50+ Stalls, Marching Band, Falconry Display, Taekwondo, Children dancing.
13 Coast to Coast West Bay, Bridport . In aid of the Air Ambulance, 2 bike rides either 11 miles or 54 miles ending in West Bay. See website for further details and to participate. www.dsairambulance.org.uk/coast-to-coast-cycle-challenge
13 Bridport Millenium Green Walk & Talk Mountfield Council Offices Entrance, Bridport. 2pm. 60min walk will inc. a short history and outline plans to enhance its wildlife and public amenity value. Please pre-book via Bridport TIC. 01308 424901
14-29 Hardy's Poetry in Pictures Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT11XA. Exhibition by Jennifer Martindale. 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
15 The Serpent and its Local Connections Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7pm. Talk, music and poetry with Phil Humphries. William Barnes Society. www.williambarnessociety.org.uk
16 Driftwood Heart Workshop The Barn House Gifts & Crafts Studio, Loders, DT6 3SA. 9:30am-12:30pm. Book your place by calling 07771 588999 or emailing email@example.com £35, includes all materials and refreshments.
16 Charity Golf Day Lyme Regis Golf Club, Timber Hill, Lyme Regis DT7 3HQ. 10am-1:30pm. Organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Axminster. In aid of Exeter Leukaemia Fund & Julia's House Hospice. firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ. 1pm. Free 40 minute recital by Michael Robertsonfeaturing a variety of music.
16 Meet & Remember Football Club, The Davy Fort, Charmouth Rd, Lyme Regis, DT7 3DR. 2pm-3:30pm. A Memory Café. Supportive, friendly environment for those suffering memory loss and their friends/carers. email@example.com
16 W.I. Meeting Catholic Church Hall, Westbury, Sherborne. 2:30pm talk by Dr. Francis Burroughes on “Illegal Immigrants”. This will be an interesting talk about invasive plants e.g. Himalayan Balsam. Visitors £4, to include refreshments.
18 Women in History Sherborne Library, Hound St, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 2:30pm. Mark Dubuisson talks about the influential role women have played in shaping key events in History. Free to attend. 01935 812683
18 ABBAGIRLS the BAND Axminster Guildhall. 7:30p.m. Abba tribute band & duo with a blend of super harmonies and dazzling costume changes. £17 from Archway Bookshop 01297 33595, Dorchester & Bridport TICs. wegottickets.com
19 Book Fair Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 9:30am-4pm. 01803 613356 firstname.lastname@example.org
19 Spring Plant Sale and Coffee Morning Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, DT7 3UY. 9:30am Doors. Donation of plants, cakes etc welcome to boost society funds £1
19 Dinner Dance & Auction Glebe Farm, Trent. Doors 6:30pm, Dinner served 7:30pm. 3 course meal, auction, raffle, live music, cash bar. Dress code: Smart/Eevning Dress. £30 per person. Tickets must be purchased by May 1st. 07875 031167 email@example.com
19 Telling Tales: An Introduction to Oral Storytelling Quakers Meeting House, South St., Bridport. A Space for Living Spirituality Series 5 event 3. Led by Martin Maudsley. Donations £10-£40/day, bring and share lunch. Space is limited so booking is essential. firstname.lastname@example.org
20 Alton St Pancras Village Fete Alton St Pancras Church. 1pm -4pm. email@example.com
20 Poyntington Plant & Cake Sale In & around Poyntington Village Hall. 2pm-5pm. With Royal Celebration Tea. Your chance for some early season bargains.
20 Race for life Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. Run, jog or walk - 5k & 10k. Sign up online: www.raceforlife.org
21 Moviola: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (15). Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL. 7:30pm. A gripping drama that touches the heart and strikes the funny bone. £6 on the door. Doors and Bar 7pm. Interval Ice Creams. 01935 873269
21 Botanical Illustration Talk Puncknowle Village Hall, DT2 9BD. 7:30pm. Bride Valley Gardening Club talk. Visitors £2.
23 Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ. 1pm. Free 40 minute recital by Paul Ellis featuring a wide variety of music.
23 Sherborne Science Café: Building With Dirt To Clean Our Homes Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm. Dr Daniel Maskell, Prize Fellow in Innovative Construction Materials, Bath University. firstname.lastname@example.org
23 Square Meter Gardening Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, DT7 3UY. 7:30pm Talk by Claire Hart on how even with a tiny patch or just a patio- one can still grow veg for a family of four! Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society. Guests £3.
25 Quiz Night with Angus McIntyre Brownsword Hall, Pummery Sq, Poundbury. 7pm for 7:30pm. brownswordevents.org.uk
26 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
26 Vintage Market Memorial Hall, Digby Rd, Sherborne, DT9 3NL. 9am-3:30pm. 30+ sellers of quality vintage. 07809 387594
26 Bridport Town Hall Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3LF. 9am-3pm, free entry. Disabled access via Tourist Info. Stalls including jewellery, cushions, cards,wood turned items, gifts & present ideas. 01308 424901 bridportandwestbay.co.uk
26 An Evening with Graeme Souness George Albert Hotel, Wardon Hill, Evershot, Nr. Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9PW. 6:30pm for 7pm. Photo, signature & meet opportunity. £50 (under 18s from £25) 01935 483431 www.gahotel.co.uk
26/05-03/06 King Tut's Treasure Hunt Tutenkhamun Exhibition, High West St, Dorchester. tutankhamunexhibition.co.uk
26/05-10/06 Dorset Arts Week Many venues open around Dorset. Pick up a guide in TICs or see: www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk
27 Crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowls Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, DT9 4LA. 2pm-4pm. Pre book: 01935 389655
27 Dorchester Marathon and Half Marathon Coker's Frome Showground. All day event. www.dorchestermarathon.co.uk
27 Pirates Day West Bay, Bridport . 12pm-5pm. Pirate games and entertainment for all the family. Games on Fisherman's Green and West Bay Days Café in the Salt House. www.westbay.org.uk
28 Open Day Gartell Light Railway, Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe, BA8 0NB. 10am-4:30pm. Ride a narrow gauge train along part of the old Somerset & Dorset line. 01963 370752 www.newglr.weebly.com
28 Sherborne Castle Country Fair Sherborne (New) Castle, New Rd, Sherborne, DT9 5NR. 10am-6pm. A rich and fun programme of events, country activities, stands and entertainment including one of the largest Rare Breed Shows in the country. Tickets £12.50 Adults, £4 Children from Sherborne TIC. 01749 813899 www.sherbornecountryfair.com
28 Bank Holiday Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey, DT9 3LQ. 1pm. Free 40 mins recital David Gibbs feat. a variety of music.
28/04-13/05 Tulip Colour Weeks Forde Abbey and Gardens, Chard, TA20 4LU. Over forty thousand tulips are in bloom in the gardens. See website for more details. 01460 221290 www.fordeabbey.co.uk
30 Half Term Craft Academy Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT11XA. 10:30am-3:30pm. Children age 5-11 must be accompanied by an adult. Free 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
30/05-08/06 Bath & West Show Nr Shepton Mallet. Great British agriculture, food, drink & entertainment. Tickets on sale at Sherborne & Dorchester TICs. (2 children go free with advance adults.) www.bathandwest.com/royal-bath-and-west-show
31 The Class Of 2017 Boat Launch Lyme Regis Harbour. 9:30am. The Boat Building Academy launch 7 hand-made boats.
31 Turnpikes and Dorset's Coaching Days Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7:30pm. Talk by Rob Curtis on behalf of Dorchester Asscoiation for Research into local History and Archaeology.
31 Thomas Hardy's Fans Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT11XA. 7pm. Talk by Helen Angear. DHNAS members £3, £5 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
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