Things to do


January 2012

01 Annual Lyme Lunge Sandy Beach area, Lyme Regis. A fancy dress dip in the balmy waters of Lyme Bay, 1pm at the Cobb Beach, all for charity. This year the charities supported are the RNLI and ShelterBox. Everyone welcome, whether ‘dipping’ or contributing to our charity collection. Have a go. Prize for Best Fancy Dress.

05 Powerstock Cinema: Unknown (2011) Powerstock Hut, Powerstock DT6 3SL, 7.30pm. Licensed bar and snacks available. Tickets £4 on door. 01308 485375

05-07 The Secret Garden – Family Theatre Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1JF, 7pm (door and bar open at 6.30pm) plus Saturday Matinee 2pm (door and bar open at 1.30pm). Tickets £12 (£10 member). £8 under 18s, Family £35. World premiere from our resident theatre company Angel Exit. Family Show for Ages 6+. Tickets from Dorchester TIC. Box Office 01305 266926

06 Dorset Wildlife Trust Talk: Volunteering for Wlildlife in Dorset United Church Hall, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. IIllustrated talk by Debbie Watkins (DWT manager). Members £1.50, £3 non-members inc refreshments.

07 Faience and Glass-Making Workshop Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, DT1 1XA, 2.30pm. Pre-Booking Essential. With Bill Crumbleholme and Kate Verkooijen. £5 Tickets available from Museum Shop. 01305 262735

07 National Trust Talk – “No Knickers” Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. A talk on life in the West Country in Tudor Times presented by the Blackmore Vale & Yeovil Association of the National Trust. 01747 838810 e-mail

08 Heathland Bash Meet at RSPB Arne Nature Reserve Car Park, 10am-4pm. Have a go at scrub-bashing, amoungst other things. Families Welcome. Training, hand tools and gloves provided. Bring a packed lunch; cake and hot drinks provided. 01929 553360

08 Dorchester French Circle Meeting Char Chars’ Tearoom, South Street, Dorchester DT1 1DQ, afternoon tea at 3pm. 01305 854025

08 Starving Poets’ Society The Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UT, 4pm – 5.30pm. Every 2nd Sunday of the month – cream tea and poetry with Beth Blake, Debbie and Derrick Dalley. Children welcome. Cost £8.50 per person. Leading to spring Poetry Fest and Old Tea House’ Poetry Anthology. Please drop into TOTH and sign the Poets’ handbook.

08 Weldmar Hospicecare Trust Men’s 10km or 6km sponsored walk Starts from The Royal Hotel, The Esplanade, Weymouth at 11am. Sponsored walk along Weymouth Seafront, with a pie and a pint at the end of the walk. To register please call 01305 215320 or see

10 BHS Talk: The Dig on Golden Cap and the Durotriges Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Bridport History Society talk with Martin Papworth. £2 visitors. 01308 456876 or 488034

11 DNHAS Geology Lecture Series: Ten Years of the Jurrasic Coast World Heritage Site Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, DT1 1XA, 7pm. Fossils Economics: Past, Present and Future. Talk by Richard Edmonds (DCC Jurassic Coast Team). What is fossil collecting worth to the economy of the coast? Free Entry-£3 donation encouraged. 01305 262735

11 Sherborne Flicks – “My Afternoon with Margeuritte” Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7.30pm. Stars Gerard Depardieu. In French with English subtitles. Tickets £5 – available from Sherborne TIC or on the door 01935 815341

12 Sherborne Historical Society Lecture Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 8pm. “A Glimpse of Byzantium” – lecture by Patrick Moule. Entrance £5 (free for members and students) 01935 873535

12 Annual General Meeting Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, DT8 3NB, 2.30pm. 01308 863577

13 U3A “Beautiful Birds – A Journey Through the Rainbow” Woodmead hall, Lyme Regis, 10am – 12 noon. After the usual tea and coffee (10-11am) Andy Swash, a fantastic photographer, will give an illustrated talk.

14 Potato Day St Marys Church House, South St, Bridport, 10am – 3pm. Unusual seed potatoes, other seeds and plants for sale. Seed swap stall, with refreshments. Bring and buy stalls and lots of torch-bearers will lead a procession through the streets of the old town to finish in St. Michael’s church. The catchy songs and dances should life the mood, however, and there will be spiced mulled ale to finish!

15 Big Breakfast Salwayash Village Hall, Nr Bridport, 9am – 1pm. In aid of Michael Charnely’s(14) volunteer work in Kenya for Summer 2013 Camp Internations event Tel 01308 455628/488295

16 Community Lectures 2012 – ” Iraq, Afghanistan and The Arab Spring ” The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, 7pm. Lecture with John Lee Anderson. Admission free but by ticket only available from the school. Donations welcomed at the end of each lecture supporting charitable causes.

18 A Visit to New York – architecture and art of the City that never sleeps Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Presented by the West Dorset Decorative & Fine Arts Society. Visitors £6 01308 897209

18 Zum United Church, Dorchester using South Street entrance, 7.30pm. Adam Summerhayes-violin, Chris Grist-cello and Eddie Hession-accordion Eileen Johnson 01305 266028

19 Fallen Pharaohs: Egypt’s Civil War and Cultural Renaissance Dorchester County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA, 7pm. A talk by Margaret Maitland, British Museum. Tickets £5 available from the Museum Shop. Tel: 01305 262735

19 Ramblers Walk: from Beaminster Meet at Yarn Barton Car Park, Beaminster, 10am. A 6 mile walk – please contact leader to confirm details. 01460 76366

20 Bridport & West Dorset Music Club Concert: John Greenbank and Antony Saunders Colfox School, Bridport DT6 3DT, 7.45pm Includes Bel Canto songs and pieces by Mahler. 01308 423110

20 Market St. Martin’s Community Hall, Broadmayne (Next to the Church), 2pm-3.30pm. Raffle, craft, plants, books, Jigsaws, Cards, local lamb, sausages & eggs, local Watercress, cakes and preserves and a chance to sit and chat with a cup of tea or coffee. All proceeds for St Martin’s Community Hall. Eleanor Piper 01305 853765

21 Books, Coffee and Cake Moreton Village Hall DT2 8RF, 10am-12noon. Huge selection of ‘as new’ books for just 25p a book. Homemade cake and coffee/tea. Donation books always welcome. Maeve 01929 463221

21 Book Fair Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 9.30am – 4pm. Free admission 01803 613356

21 Sweet Chorus (Artsreach) St. Mary’s Middle School, Puddletown, 7.30pm. A tribute to Grapelli and Reinhardt. Licensed bar from 7pm. Tickets on door (if available) or in advance from 01305 261984 / St. Mary’s School Office.

24 Horn Park Quarry: Fossils and Future’ Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Rd, DT8 3NB, 3.30pm. A talk by Sam Scriven, Dorset CC Jurassic Coast Geologist. Admission £2.50 Tel: 01308 863577

25 Burns Night Supper and Entertainment with ” Rainbarrow ” Puddletown Village Hall.

25 Care and Management of Trees and Shrubs Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. A talk by David Usher (including pruning and garden tool care). Members free, guests £2. Presented by Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society, 01297 444034

26 West Dorset Humanists – Science and Religion: Contradictory or Complimentary? Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UP, 7.30pm. Everyone Welcome. A Talk by David Nunn. Free (£2 Donation Suggested). Tel: 079213 11518 Email –

28 The Dorset Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Open Day The Dorset Youth Association Hall, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, 11am – 3.30pm. Come and “have a go” at weaving, spinning and other crafts. Free admission, coffee and tea available. Children, 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult.

28 Barn Dance & Ploughman’s Supper Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 7.30pm. Annual Barn Dance with “Long Odds and Short Straws” band. Organised by Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society, Tickets £8.00 (under 12s £4.00) incl. Ploughman’s supper, available from Uplyme Stores, Ginger Beer Lyme Regis or ring 444034. BYO alcohol, soft drinks on sale. Last year’s dance was a sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment 7-30 pm

30 Donkey Sanctury: 40 Years On Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport, 2.30pm. Illustrated talk by Dean Hancock, Visitor Facilities Manager, The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth. Presented by the Golden Cap Centre of the National Trust. Non – members welcome. 01308 863577

30 Soup and Ploughman’s Alexandra Hotel, Pound Street, Lyme Regis. An annual event held by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, 2012 charity is WaterAid.

30 Sherborne Over 50s Group Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, 2.30pm. Speaker : Bob Ruthven on “Home Improvements and the Handy Van Service”. Open to all ages. Free refreshments. 01935 813150

31 Sherborne Jazz -Jam Session The Plume of Feathers, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, doors open 7.30pm. An informal and friendly meeting place for musicians – bring your instrument and a tune and sit in with the house band – or just come to listen and enjoy. Admission £3. 01935 816569


July / August Events


25th – 29th            Summer Holiday Gymnastics Club  Dorchester YMCA Gymnastics sessions for children organised by the YMCA, call for further details.      01305 266467    

26           Festival of British Archaeology  ( 16 – 31st Aug ) Dorset County Museum, Dorchester DT9 1XA. 10.00 – 4pm A finds Identification day. Bring your metal detecting finds, field walking or casual finds from the garden to learn more about them.           01305 224921                Email:-

27           Annual Sir George Somers Civic Parade  Lyme Regis Celebration of the Twinning of Lyme Regis and St George’s, Bermuda

27           Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society – Hawkridge Birds of Prey  Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Nr Lyme Regis. Come and meet the raptors. Tickets Adults £3, Children free available from Uplyme Post Office and the RNLI Shop (Lyme Regis) and the lottery kiosk or ring 07831 533580. 7.30pm.  All profits to Lyme Regis RNLI Week                      

27           Open Doors 2011  Dorchester Roman Town House ( behind County Hall), 2pm – 4pm. Come inside and take a closer a look at the unique mosaic floors. Entry free, donations welcome.         01305 228241

27           Sherborne Science Café The Senior Lunch Club Hall, Digby Road, 7.30pm. Dr Percy Seymour – 100 years of the Rutherford-Bohr atom.            01935 813896

27           Love Parks Week Event – Friends of the Borough Gardens Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free glass of a lip-smacking beverage. 10-4. Mill Street Jazz Band play 12.30 – 2. Punch and Judy 12 noon and 2pm. Lorna Low 01305 263430      

27           Festival of British Archaeology  ( 16 – 31st Aug ) Roman Town House, Dorchester ,2pm – 4pm A finds Identification day. Bring your metal detecting finds, field walking or casual finds from the garden to learn more about them.              01305 224921                Email:-

28           RNLI Raft Race West Bay, 6.30pm for 7.30pm on  River Brit.  Entries at least a week before to 01308 427212.

28           Charity Summer Fai r, Forde Abbey                             

28           A Celebration of Love Parks Week  Borough Gardens, Dorchester10am – 4pm. Dorset Wildlife Trust, Action Van, Punch & Judy at 12noon and 2pm, Mill Street Jazz Band 12.30pm – 2pm                      

28           George Somers and the Bermuda Connection  Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis. Barbara Austin talks on Lyme’s links with Bermuda and the Town’s naval hero, George Somers, who discovered the island. 2.30pm            01297 443370

28           A Humanist View of Sex and Sexuality  The Wessex Royale Hotel, 32 High West St, Dorchester DT1 1UPTalk by Jo Adams. Starts 7.30pm. Free ( £2 donation suggested )             7921311518

28,29,30,31          Camp Bestival  Lulworth Castle, Dorset Family Festival. Tickets 08448884410 ( 24 Hr ) Live music, D J sets, comedy,entertainment and arts, scrumptious food.           

30           Craft & Country Garden Market  Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne10am – 4pm.  Free admission           01749 677049    

30           Milton Abbas 18th Century Street Fair  Milton Abbas. Live music and dancing, craft stalls and traditional rural displays, Dorset food market and much more. 11am – 5pm. Car parking free. Adults: £6, Senior: £4, Child: £3, Family: £13. 01258 880229    

30           Chedington Street Fair  Chedington12pm – 5pm A street fair and market in a pretty conservation village. Stalls , raffle, beer tent, children’s games & activities, refreshments. Admission 50p, children free. Free car parking.           01935 891891/891232     

30           Farmers Market  South Street, Dorchester 9am-5pm.  Over 20 producers with a delicious selection of quality, local food and drink.      Kenneth Addiison 01305 250808   

30           Dorchester Big Band  Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 2.30pm                               

30           Paranormal Adventures  Dorset County Museum Dorchester.  Join us on our first visit to this gothic inspired museum Starting 9pm – 2am Price £30 pp    Tel 07707608429      

Local events diary

31/7 -7/8                Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Anthony Dover entitled The Mythology of Deception          Eype Centre for the Arts, St.Peters Chapel, Eype, 10am-5pm Daily. Free Admission. Refreshments served.   Diana Forrest 01297 443135    

01-4/9    Exhibition – BackTrack: Histories and Mysteries of our Highways and Byways     Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster           01308 863577    

01-05     Small Things 2011 Children Workshops      Various venues around Bridport.     Variety of creative workshops including puppetry, dance, circus and music.    01308 424204

01-05     Summer Holiday Cricket Club        Dorchester YMCA                Cricket club for children organised by the YMCA, call for further details.   01305 266467

01-05     Holiday Adventure Days  Woodberry Down Activity Centre, Lyme Regis, 9am – 4pm.  Whole range of fun days available for 8-12 year olds.  Additional hours can be booked.  To book tel. 01297 444655

01-21     Sherborne Concertfest    Sherborne Abbey and Cheap Street Church.                For the 7th year there will be a wonderful series of around 30 quality concerts and recitals, all at nominal cost, given as part of the Sherborne Summer Music School of Music (formerly Canford Summer School).  Details available from Sherborne TIC

01           Arne at War  RSPB Arne Nature Reserve Car Park, 10am -11.30am and 1pm-2.30pm.  Free walk – no booking required.  01929 553360

02           Eating Caterpillars Workshop        Groves Nurseries, West Bay Road, Bridport, 11am-3pm.  Discover the amazing life of butterflies and moths.  Free event but please book a place.   01929 406029    

02           Twelfth Night   Millennium Green, Bridport, gates open 7pm.   Open air theatre performance by Illyria.  Tickets from Bridport Art Centre 01308 424204

02           Music by the Sea   Marine Parade Shelter, Lyme Regis, 8pm.  Lyme Regis Town Band.

02-06     Exhibition of Works by Professional Local Artists       Milton Abbey, Milton Abbas, Blandford DT11 0BZ                   

03           Dorchester Horticultural Society – Monthly Meeting St Georges Church Hall, Fordington, 7.30pm. Visitors and new members welcome. Speaker Gary Abbott from The Potting Shed.            

03           Marshwood Vale Cycle Tour  16 miles.  £30 incl. lunch.  More details 07796 135256

03           Family Activity – Meccano  Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.30am-12.30pm.  Build a giant structure.  01305 262735

03/10/17/24/31     Open Doors 2011               Dorchester Roman Town House ( behind County Hall ), doors open 2pm – 4pm. Come inside and take a closer a look at the unique mosaic floors. Entry free, donations welcome.  01305 228241

04           Burton Bradstock Church Fete      Rectory Garden, Burton Bradstock, 2pm        A traditional village fete with Punch & Judy, cake stall, games, plant sales, silver band, cream teas.  This year’s theme is “Country Pastimes”.  Admission 50p adults, under 12s free

04           Thorncombe Beacon Walking Tour   6 miles.  £15 includes a cream tea.  More details 07796 135256

04           Family Fossil Day – Jurrasic Seafood           Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 11am – 3.30pm.  Fossil Hunters Paddy Howe, Chris Andrew and Brandon Lennon are in the museum all day to talk about the small invertebrate fossils. Come to the rock-splitting sessions and see how fossils are hidden within stones. Cut and polish ammonite to keep. There will be impressive fossils on dispay including spectacular finds made earlier this year. Handle fossils, ask questions and bring your own fossils for identification. Free admission. 01297 443370 

05 – 09   Arts & Crafts Show           Bovington Middle School, BH20  6NU ( Nr Wool ) 10am-5pm (Tuesday 4pm).     Demonstrations, crafts, stalls, photography, workshops, have-a-go, fine art & café. 10am – 5pm Adults £4, Seniors £3.50, Families £9    01202 553113   Email:-

06           Dance – Ballroom, Latin and Sequence        Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 8-11pm. Everyone welcome.  £4

06           St Swithuns Band              Bucky Doo Square, Bridport Town Centre,   10.30am-12.30pm              

06           Loders Fete         Loders Court, Nr Bridport   Traditional country fete     

06           Fete at St. Laurence Church  Upway, 11am – 3pm.  Books, bric-a-brac, produce, plants, games, raffle.   In aid of church funds.

06           Frampton Annual Cross-River Tug of War.  Frampton, 6pm for prompt 7pm start.  Bar & barbeque.  General enquiries Ken Harris 01300 420413 or if you want a pul  tel. John Loving 01300 320798.

06           Build a Bug Hotel   RSPB Arne Nature Reserve Car Park, 10am – 3pm.  Help build Arne’s second hotel for creepy crawlies, using all sorts of materials from straw to bricks, to logs and plants.  Free.  01929 553360

06           Barnardo’s Bumper Bargain Bonanza   The Salt House, West Bay, 10am – 4pm.  New-to-you clothing, books, bric-a-brac etc

06           Free Taster Session – Bowls   St.  Andrews House, St. Andrews Trading Estate, Bridport. 10am – 2pm.  Bridport Indoor Bowls Club invite you to have a go!  Qualified coaches to support you.  All equipment provided.  01308 420732

06           Bride Valley Cycle Tour  24 miles.  £30 including lunch.  More details 07796 135256

06-14     Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week     Various venues throughout the town.              A week of events and activities around the town.  Full programme of events on sale at the TIC 01297 442220

07           RNLI Fun Day at West Bay  West Bay, Bridport, 1pm-5pm.  Stalls and games on the green outside the George Hotel, cream teas in the Salt House, and weather & operational duties permitting there will be a Rescue at Sea display just outside the harbour.  Boat rides also available.  All in aid of the RNLI.   01308 424512

07           Fluke      Borough Gardens, Dorchester,  2.30pm        

07           Organ Recital and Cream Tea        St Michael’s Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 3pm.   Graham Davies plays Couperin, Bach, Buxtehude. No need to book, retiring collection. 01305 250528 or 01297 445709             

07           A Service for Lammas      Causeway Farm, Blackdown, nr Beaminster,  11am, followed by lunch at 12.30pm. Lunches £7 adult / £4 child.   01460 30362/30661        

07           Archaeological Walk-Eggardon Hillfort        Meet in the lay-by at the crossroads opposite the hillfort. Grid Ref: 546 945, 10.30am.                Price: Adult-£5 Child-£2 (Under 16). Telephone/Text: 07768695162 or just turn up! 

07           Village Flower Show   Frampton Village Hall.  Cream Teas will be served from 3pm. 01300 320666



07           Summer Swing   Ware House, Ware Lane, Lyme Regis.  Performance by The 3 Counties Swing Band in aid of the Lyme Regis Organ Appeal.  Bring your picnic from 6pm, band at 7pm.  Tickets £10, children £5 from Lyme Regis TIC.

07           Symonsbury Walking Tour   5 miles.  £15 includes cream tea.  More details 07796 135256

07           Roary the Racing Car and Big Chris  at Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford.   01963 440804

08           The SS Balmoral sailing from West Bay  This year the Balmoral will sail from Bridport at 2pm on Monday 8th August for a cruise along England’s first World Heritage Site – the Jurassic Coast.  For the first time Balmoral will be sailing westwards around Lyme Bay before sailing East around Portland Bill to Weymouth, where coaches will be waiting to take passengers back to West Bay by 8.15pm.  Book at Bridport TIC.

08           Morris Dancing with Treacle Eater Clog      Rampisham Village at 8pm followed by  Fox and Hounds, Cattistock at 9pm. With Bordering on Morris.  Jenny 01963 210562 or Janet 01935 823977

09           Music by the Sea   Marine Parade Shelter, Lyme Regis, 8pm.  Lyme Regis Town Band.

09           Eggardon Hill Walking Tour   7 miles.  £20 includes dinner.  More details 07796 135256

09-11     Children’s Fun & Activities  The Salt House, West Bay.  With the Jurassic Coast team.  Free event.  01308 424901

10           D’Arcy Trinkwon   St Michaels Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.       Renowned for his dedication to the organ as a concert instrument, his performances have stunned audiences worldwide. Tickets – £10, £8, £5 from Lyme RegisTIC 01297 442138

10           Family Activity – Elastic Power!  Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.30am-12.30pm.  Use elastic bands to make things move.   01305 262735

11           Marshwood Vale Cycle Tour  21 miles.  £30 includes lunch.  More details 07796 135256

11           Family Fossil Day – Jurrasic Sea Dragons    Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 11am – 3.30pm.  Paddy Howe and Chris Andrew are back in the museum all day to discuss giant marine vertebrates – plesiosaurus, ichthyosaurus, sharks and fish. See the museum’s impressive fossils and the personal collections of Paddy and Chris, including extremely rare ichthyosaurus breviceps discovered recently on the beach at Lyme. Free admission. 01297 443370      

11           U3A Coffee and Jurassic Coast Talk by Professor Denys Brunsden   Charmouth Village Hall, coffee 10am, talk 11am 

11 & 12  Open Air Cinema Under The Stars                Lulworth Castle & Park, Lulworth     11th  Aug Pirates of the Caribbean, doors 6pm starts 8.30pm. 12th The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Tickets £6.50 – £9 from . Licensed bar and fish & chips available on site or bring a picnic. Fancy dress prizes.

12-14     Coach and Horses Cider Festival                 Coach and Horses, South Perrott Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3HS.  01935 891270

13           Dorset Wildlife Trust 50th Anniversary Celebration Barn Dance         Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, 7.30pm-11pm. Well-known Midlands English ceilidh Band Fish’n’Taters with caller Lynne Render will be playing to raise money for the DWT Jubille Appeal. All ages welcome and no experience necessary.  Bar, bring food to share for an ‘American Supper’. Advance Tickets £10 (£5 children 5-16years)  01929 480737 or 07710099844 Email:

13           Vinyl Saturday in Bridport  10am – 3pm.  Now an established quarterly event, which brings hundreds of music fans to Bridport for an event which combines a record and cd fair (at the Ropemakers pub and The Conservative Club) with the additional fun of also searching the many shops and street market stalls also selling records and cds. 0788 239 2508

13           Concert at Mapperton : Steven Isserlis   Mapperton Gardens, Nr Beaminster, 7.15pm.  In aid of Recovery Road and Dorset County Museum.  Performance includes Bach’s Suite No.3, Britten’s Third Suite and Vine’s Inner World.  Gardens open for picnics at 5.30pm (bring rugs/chairs/picnics), drinks in front courtyard at 6.30pm, concert starts in All Saints Church at 7.15pm.  Tickets £30 (limited to 80)    01308 862645

13           South Perrott Flower Festival         St Mary’s Church, South Perrott, Beaminster 2pm – 5pm   01935 891224             

13           Durnovaria Silver Band    Borough Gardens, Dorchester,  2.30pm        

13           Prize Bingo   Frampton Village Hall.  Eyes down 7.30pm.  Raffle – refreshments in aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

13           Powerstock Cycle Tour  17 miles.  £30 includes lunch.  More details 07796 135256

13-14     Dalek Invasion   Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton.  An army of Daleks and their evil friends plus Dr Who celebrities descend                on the Fleet Air Arm Museum.  Children encouraged to come in costume!   01935 840565

14           South Perrott Village Open Day      South Perrott, Beaminster, 11am – 4.30pm   01935 891224     

14           Shaston Jazz & Swing      Borough Gardens, Dorchester,  2.30pm        

14           Piano Recital and Cream Tea         St Michael’s Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 3pm.  Polina Gerasimenko plays Schumann, Ravel, Prokofiev. No need to book, retiring collection. 01305 250528 or 01297 445709

14           Ramblers Walk via Melplash and Mangerton             Bradpole Village Hall (opp Church), Bridport GR481944, meet at 10.30am for a 10 mile walk. Contact leader to confirm details.  01935 473951    

14           Cream Teas   Frampton Village Hall.  In aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance from 3pm.  01300 320666

14           Pirates Day in West Bay   12pm – 5pm.  A pirate themed family event with pirate games, Lyme Regis “Pirate” majorettes performing at 3pm, morris dancing, best dressed pirate competition at 4pm, cream teas, refreshments, charity stalls, face painting, tombola, walk the plank, hook a duck, treasure chest/lucky dip, roaming “real” pirates and lots more fun.  All proceeds to children’s charities including Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice and Great Ormond Street Hospital.   01308 459854 

14           Spider Sunday   RSPB Arne Nature Reserve Car Park, 2pm-4.30pm.  An introduction to the many spiders of Arne, looking at a wide variety with naturalist Tony Sheridan.  Free.  No booking required.  01929 553360

14           Abbotsbury Walking Tour   6 miles.  £15 includes cream tea.  More details 07796 135256

14           Mega Monster Madness with Drifting & Dream Car Rides   Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford. 01963 440804 

14-20     Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art   St. Mary’s Church, Village Hall and Norburton Hall.  Burton Bradstock Festival of Music and Art celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a superb series of recitals, concerts and exhibitions.  Further details avilable from   01308 897487


 14/28     Cream Tea & Poetry          The Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, DT1 1UT, 4pm – 5.30pm.  Beth Blake, Debbie & Derrick Dalley invite you to Cream Tea and Poetry on Sundays second and last of every month. £8.00  per person   01305 267293  

15           Morris Dancing with Treacle Eater Clog      Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton               8pm. With Moonshine.  Jenny 01963 210562 or Janet 01935 823977

15           Wessex Morris Men – Pip’s Tour    The Cobb Arms, Lyme Regis at 7.30m  and The Sea Front, Lyme Regis from 8.15pm.

15           St Swithuns Band              Promenade,  West Bay      7pm       

16           Festival of British Archaeology  ( 16 – 31st Aug )       Eggardon – Shatcombe Lane Road – side parking area DT2 0DS SY548948, 6.30pm. Discover a prehistoric hillfort and landscape with Claire Pinder of DCC. 1 1/2 hours, some slopes. 01305 224921   Email:

16           Music by the Sea   Marine Parade Shelter, Lyme Regis, 8pm.  Lyme Regis Town Band.

16           Marshwood Vale Cycle Tour   16 miles.  £30 includes lunch More details 07796 135256

16           An Evening of Antiques   Leweston School, Nr Sherborne, 7pm.  With Richard Bromell of Charterhouse Antique Auctions and featuring a light-hearted quiz.  Tickets £10 incl. a finger buffet.  In aid of St. James Church heating fund. 

17           Jazz at The Three Compasses – Jam Night                  The Three Compasses Inn, The Square, Charminster, DT2 9QT, 8.30pm.  Resident Jazz trio – all musicians and audience welcome.    Free admission  01305 263618          

17           Chedington Guided Walk                  6pm. Telephone for details  01935 891224 

17           Family Activity – Crazy Colour   Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.30am-12.30pm.  Make a fantastic kaleidoscope.     01305 262735

17           Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show  Turnpike Showground, Motcombe.    Advance tickets available from Sherborne TIC.   Free bus service to the show leaves Sherborne 9.15am, return bus leaves the show at 4.15pm.

18           Smugglers           Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, 2.30pm.       Thea Hawkesworth presents the facts about smuggling in the West Country in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Small fishing communities supplemented their incomes this way, and famous local smugglers such as Jack Rattenbury made their living transporting contaband. Lively true stories for all ages.  01297 443370

18           Golden Cap Walking Tour  6 miles.  £15 includes cream tea.  More details 07796 135256

18 -27    The Dorchester Art Club Summer Open Exhibition     Corn Exchange, Dorchester, open 10am – 5pm daily except Sunday. Closes at 12 noon on the last day. Free admission.  Pam Patrick 01305 263251

19           Rockpooling  Meet at Lyme Regis Museum at 3pm to explore rock pools with experts Paddy Howe and Chris Andrew.

19           Festival of British Archaeology ( 16 – 31st Aug )        Osmington White Horse, 2pm.   A walk from Osmington Village up to the White Horse to see details of it’s construction and ongoing restoration project with John Hayes  of Dorset Countryside Service and Steve Wallis of DCC. 3 miles 2 1/2 hours a very steep climb. Osmington Village DT3 6HN SY 724 828. 01305 224921 Email:

20           Dance – Ballroom, Latin and Sequence        Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 8-11pm. Everyone welcome.  £4 per person including tea and biscuits.  

20           Books, Coffee & Cake      Moreton Village Hall, DT2 8RF, 10am – 12 noon.   Huge selection of as new books for just 25p a book. Home made cake & coffee/tea. Donation of books always welcome.   Maeve Sexty 01929 463221              

20           Bridport Carnival   Town Centre, Bridport.    Bridport Carnival is a highlight of the town’s calendar and includes a grand procession held on the third Saturday in August plus a carnival fete and a fun fair at Asker Meadows as well as the traditional Sunday evening torchlight parade from Bridport to West Bay.  Carnival procession starts at 7.30pm from St. Swithuns Road, and will be followed by dancing from 9-11pm in South Street to Midlife Crisis.

20           Antelope Walk Charity Day   Antelope Walk, Dorchester, 9am – 5pm.  Lots of demonstrations and events raising funds for the Mammography machine appeal for the Dorset County Hospital.

20           Powerstock Cycle  Tour  17 miles.  £30 includes lunch.  More details 07796 135256

21           Bridport Carnival Torchlight Procession   Bridport’s famous Torchlight Procession makes it’s way from Bucky Doo Square in the centre of town down to West Bay where the traditional fireworks and bonfire take place.  Torches may be purchased from 6.30pm and the procession begins around 9pm.   07836 516763

21           Buckham Fair Pony & Dog Show   Buckham Farm, Beaminster Down, Beaminster, 10am.  A lovely annual event held  in aid of local charity, with separate classes for both dogs and ponies.  Full details available from Bridport TIC or the organisers 01308 427973 / 0777 569 0107

21           A Help A Friend Fundraiser             Borough Gardens, Dorchester, 10am – 7pm. Featuring Tom Caulfield, Gordon’s Alive, Jigsaw, Kipper, On The Fiddle       

21           Saxophone and Organ Recital        St Michael’s Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis, 3pm.  Alison Davies and Alex Davies play Bach, Wood, Morriconi, Ives, Ligeti. No need to book, retiring collection.  01305 250528 or 01297 445709  

21           Cream Teas  Frampton Village Hall.  Aid of St. Mary’s Church – from 3pm.  01300 320666

21           AsOne Theatre presents She Opened  the Door  Max Gate Garden, Allington Avenue, Dorchester.  A performance in its real setting.  Bring rugs, cushions or low chairs.  Doors open 2pm, performance at 3pm.  Optional cream teas available.  Tel. 07826 890940  01305 835541

21           Thorncombe Beacon Walking Tour   6 miles.  £15 includes cream tea.  More details 07796 135256

21           Haynes Motorcycle Show in association with Bikesafe   Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford.  01963 440804

22           Wessex Morris Men – Colin’s Tour                Fox and Hounds, Cattistock, DT2 0JH at 7.30pm, The Greyhound Inn, Sydling St Nicholas, DT2 9PD 8.15pm  and Three Compasses, Charminster, DT2 9QT from 9pm.

23           Music by the Sea   Marine Parade Shelter, Lyme Regis, 8pm.  Lyme Regis Town Band.

23           Golden Cap Walking Tour  5 miles.  £15 includes tea and cake.  More details 07796 135256

24           Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Talk – A Miscellany of Bulbs      Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Near Lyme Regis, 7.30pm.                 Bulbs throughout the year, with Roger Stickey.     01297 444034            

24           Dorset Wine Society          The Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW        £30 per person to include wine, canapes on arrival. 8 – 10 wines will be presented, with the evening focused on the understanding and enjoyment of wine. A two course supper with wine will be served after the tasting.   Advance Booking required 01308 427500

24           Festival of British Archaeology ( 16 – 31st Aug )        Starts at St. Candida’s Church, Whitchurch Canonicorum, 2pm.  A West Dorset Pilgrimage.  A car tour of two West Dorset churches with Gordon Le Pard of DCC. Whitchurch Canonicorum with it’s wonderful tower and the unique shrine of Saint Wite, then onto Monkton Wyld. A car tour with very little walking involved. 1 1/2 hours. 01305 224921         Email:

24           Pirates of Penzance   Millennium Green, Bridport, gates open 6.30pm.   Open air theatre performance by Illyria.  Tickets from Bridport Art Centre 01308 424204

24           Family Activity – Meccano II  Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.30am-12.30pm.  Build a giant structure.  01305 262735

25           Melplash Show   West Bay Road,  Bridport   The best of agricultural and rural life by the sea. Tickets in advance adults £10, children £4 (one child admitted free with each adult ticket) – available from Dorchester, Bridport, Lyme & Sherborne TICs. Tickets on the gate £12, child £5.  Free shuttle bus from Lyme, Charmouth & Bridport. Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross stunt show. Bob Hogg sheepdog and duck display.

26           Palmers Wine Society       Palmers Brewery, West Bay Road, Bridport DT6 4JA  Tickets £12.50 per person includes wine and canapes. 8 – 10 wines presented with the evening focused on the understanding and enjoyment of wine. Advance booking required.01308 427500

26           The New Hardy Players Tess of The D’urbervilles   Athelhampton House, Nr Dorchester,  7pm. Tickets £12.50. Gates open from 5.30pm. Athelhampton House season ticket holders £9. Bring a picnic/ low back chair/ blanket. 30 minute interval at 8pm. Parking on site.   01305 848363 . Email:-

26-28     French Market    South Street, Dorchester, 9am – 5pm.  01305 250808              

26-28     Maurice Hannam Cider Festival   The Acorn Inn, Evershot.  Friday : Fish & chip supper, quiz and silent auction; Saturday : Lots of local cider, hog roast and two bands in the evening (Skimmity Hitchers and The Wishbones); Sunday : Gundog displays, ferret facing, apple cake baking competition, silent auction, classic tractors and more.  01935 83228

26-29     Milton Abbey Music Festival            Milton Abbey, Milton Abbas, Blandford DT11 0BZ  01929 406170

27           Anonymous 11 – Dorchester’s Youth Festival            Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, 12 noon – 9pm             

27           Legends Return to Lyme – the Mods   Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, 8pm.

27           Bride Valley Cycle Tour  30 miles.  £35 includes lunch.  More details 07796 135256

27-29     Giant Garden Games on the lawn   Forde Abbey                      

28           Bridport Vintage Market   St Michael’s Art & Vintage Quarter, Bridport DT6 3RR, 12pm – 4pm.       Bridport’s Vintage Market takes place on the last Sunday of each month – lots of stalls, music and café.  07879051362

28           Fossil Roadshow               Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth.          Join the Warden Team and learn more about how Charmouth and the coast have changed over the last 200 million years.  Booking essential.  10.30am-4.30pm  01297 560772

28           Vintage Vehicle Rally        Sherborne School Quadrangle                       

28           Dorchester Love Parade   Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, 12pm – 9pm.  12 noon Parade starts at the Pump in South Street. A family day celebrating diversity. Roman Theme. Stalls, local groups, real ale tent, food & live music. Sponsored by Café Jagos  07870805404      Email:-

28           Cream Teas   Frampton Village Hall.  In aid of British Red Cross (Centenary year)  from 3pm.  01300 320666

28           Eggardon Hill Walking Tour   7 miles.  £20 includes dinner.  More details 07796 135256

29           Five Church Fete                Athelhampton House & Gardens, 12-3pm.    Lots of stalls plus ferret racing, pony rides, duck race on the Piddle, beer tent, barbecue and music from Memory Lane Swing Band.  All proceeds to the churches of Puddletown, Tolpuddle, Milboren St. Andrew, Dewlish and St. Edwards Greek Orthodox Church.   01258 839190        

29           Rowathon on the slipway, Lyme Regis by the Atlantic Challenge Team, 9am-7pm (on rowing machines!)

29           Music in Maumbury Rings               Dorchester, 1.30pm – 10pm featuring Bag of Rats, BB Hall Band, Ben Waters Band, Crying Out Loud, Girl Toyz, Lewis & The Skaramangas.

29           Wessex Morris Men – Alan T’s Tour              Ilchester Arms, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JR at 12pm, , The Bull Inn, Swyre, DT2 9BZ at 1pm Bridport Arms Hotel, West Bay, DT6 4EN at 3pm and finally The Anchor Inn, Seatown, DT6 6JU  from 5pm.

29           Whitchurch, Morcombelake & Ryall Flower and Dog Show   Whitchurch Village Hall, 2-5pm.  01297 489083/489330

29           Italian Job Stunt Show with Drifting & Dream Car Rides    Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford.  01963 440804

29           Bank Holiday Organ Recital   Sherborne Abbey, 2.30pm.  Recital by John Keys  01935 812452

30           Owermoigne Flower Club – ” A Garden Of Dreams “               Hardye’s School Theatre, Dorchester DT1 2HT, 2pm.                 By National Demonstrator Derek Armstrong. Tickets £10.   Jan Lightfoot 01305 851920 & Ruth Harvey 01305 852 526

30           Music by the Sea   Marine Parade Shelter, Lyme Regis, 8pm.  Lyme Regis Town Band.

30           Bride Valley Cycle Tour   24 miles.  £30 includes lunch.  More details 07796 135256

31           Planning Lyme’s  Future  The Guildhall, Lyme Regis, 7pm.  Lyme Forward and Lyme Regis Town Council want to hear your views on the Environment and Housing in Lyme Regis.  Help set priorities for the next 2-3 years.

31           Abbotsbury Walking Tour   6 miles.  £15 includes cream tea.  More details 07796 135256

31           Family Activity – Make Some Noise   Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 10.30am-12.30pm.  Create your own fooball rattle or bird scarer.    01305 262735

31-4/9    Great Dorset Steam Fair  South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Nr Blandford, DT11 8HX               Adult – £14 OAP £13 Child £7 Sunday Adult/OAP £10 A 5 day family show. Gates open 8am. Show closes 3pm Sunday 4th. Tickets available from West Dorset TICs

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