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No matter what time of year, there is always something special happening in West Dorset to
keep the whole family entertained!

April 2010


02-05 April Egg Hunts at Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens , Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester

04-05 April Egg Hunt at Kingston Maurward

03- 09 April Bridport Literary Film Festival

19-23 April Eype Spring 2010 Book n' Author Week

24 April Powerstock Cider Festival

30 Apr – 02 May Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

30 Apr – 04 May Sherborne Abbey Music Festival 2010



Bridport Weekly Market in the Town Centre every Wednesday and Saturday, Farmers' Market 2 nd Saturday in each month – Arts Centre 9.30am-2pm, West Dorset Country Market in the WI Hall, North Street every Saturday 9am-12 noon.

Dorchester Weekly Market in Fairfield Car Park, Weymouth Ave 8am-3pm every Wednesday, Farmers' Market 1 st Saturday in each month at Poundbury, 9am-1pm, Country Market at The Corn Exchange every Friday (exc Easter) 8.30-11am.

Sherborne Pannier Market on the Parade every Thursday and Saturday; Country Market in Church Hall, Digby Road, Thursday mornings, 9.15am-11.15am; Farmers' Market 3 rd Friday in each month – Cheap Street, 9am-1pm. Saturday Antiques & Flea Market – held the last Saturday every month (Jan-Nov), Church Hall, Digby Road. 9am-4pm. Monthly Book Fair – held third Saturday every month, Church Hall, Digby Road . 9.30am-4pm.

Owermoigne Monthly market in the village hall 2 nd Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 12 noon. Homemade produce, bric a brac, plants, crafts, books.



Fossil Walks Regular guided fossil hunting walks in Lyme Regis and Charmouth are run year round by Dr Colin Dawes 01297 443758, Brandon Lennon 07944 664757 , Lyme Regis Museum 01297 443370 , Lyme Regis Fossil Shop 01297 442088, the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre 01297 560772 and Chris Pamplin 0845 00943757 Times vary according to the tides, telephone for full details and booking information. Please phone the above or ask at one of our TICs for details of special walks taking place during the Easter holidays

Sunday Strolls With the Ramblers Association from Bucky Doo Square , Bridport, 2.15pm. Tel: 01308 863754.

Walking the Way to Health in Bridport , with trained health walkers. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30am from Bridport TIC. Walks last approx 30mins, all welcome, free of charge. Tel: 01308 452263 for more information.

Dorchester Strollers , walks with trained health walkers. Every Monday at 10.30am and Tuesday at 2.30pm. Walks last up to one hour, all welcome, free. Tel: 01305 263759 for more information.

Wednesday Afternoon Walks at the Kingcombe Centre Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum start 14 th April. Each walk covers a particular subject. Most walks meet at the Kingcombe Centre at 2.15pm and return for tea and cake at 4pm-4.30pm. Please tel. for details 01300 320684.



Regular Art Exhibitions are held at Dorset County Museum , Dorchester ( ), Lyme Regis Museum ( ), the Town Mill Gallery , Lyme Regis ( ) and Bridport Arts Centre ( ).

Dorchester Arts Centre ( ), Bridport Arts Centre ( ) and Eype Centre for the Arts run a full programme of performances and events - drama, music, comedy, dance and more - suitable for all ages.

Artsreach present a range of live professional arts events in rural Dorset . Full programme online at

Opening times, programmes and further details from your local TIC


01 An Evening with Spurs and England goal scoring legend Jimmy Greaves plus supporting comedian Prince's Marquee, The Avenue Stadium, Dorchester , 7.30pm . Tickets £50 or table of ten for £475.00 – inc. 3 course meal and bubbly. 01305 262451

02 Easter Art Exhibition by Andrew Leppard and John Rabetts Eype Centre for the Arts, Eype, Bridport, 10.30am – 4pm. A two-man show of their figurative and landscape oil paintings. Admission free. 01308 898420 .

02 A Choral Meditation St Nicholas Church, Moreton , 12 noon.

02 Hazel O'Connor and The Bluja Project The Electric Palace, South Street, Bridport, doors open 7pm. Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901

02-03 Easter Egg Hunt in aid of Sue Ryder Care Sue Ryder Shop, Nr the Abbey, Sherborne, Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 9am-4pm. Search the shop for hidden bunnies, chicks and eggs. Take home an Easter basket. £1.50 per child 01935 815323

02-05 Bridport Art Society Exhibition The Salt House, West Bay , Bridport , 10am-5pm. 01308 459498

02-05 Easter Egg Hunt Kingston Maurward College , Nr Dorchester .

02-05 The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt The Dinosaur Museum , Dorchester . 01305 269880 .

02-05 Giant Easter Egg Hunt Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens . 01305 871130 .

02,03,05 Art Exhibition Poundbury Gardens Gallery, 10am – 5pm. Supporting The Samaritans. Ceramics, paintings, crafts and more.

02-16 Spring Dragon Egg Hunt Lulworth Castle and Park, East Lulworth, Wareham . 08454501054

03 PBFA Bookfair Church Hall, Digby Road , Sherborne , 10am - 4pm. 01935 816614 .

03 Book signing of " The Three Camels and The Camel of Soloma" by David Bourne Waterstones, Dorchester , 11am - 3pm. Tales which will have you on the edge of your seat. Supporting Weldmar Hospice.

03 Paul Lamb & the Kingsnakes - The Legends Return to Lyme Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, doors open 8pm. Tickets £12 - available from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre. 01297 442138 .

03-09 Bridport Literary Film Festival Bridport Arts Centre and the Electric Palace, Bridport. Bridport's second literary film festival with films chosen to please all ages. 01308 424204 or

03- Glass Collector's Choices Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster . An exhibition of the glassmaker's art from

04/05 Roman Times to the 20th Century. 01308 863577 www. beaminster Museum .htm

03-22 "Read All About It"- Beaminster's Past in Poetry Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster. 01308 863577

04 Easter Bonnet Parade Baptist Church, Lyme Regis . Judging at the church hall followed by parade through the street to the Theatre Square with the Junior Band and Majorettes .

04 Ramblers Walk in Bridport Buckydoo Square, Bridport . Meet at 2.30pm for an easy walk under 2 hours. Bring a snack. Dogs welcome on leads. 01308 863754 .

04 Duck Race on the River Start timber bridge nr village school, Burton Bradstock. Burton School PTA present the Great Annual Easter Duck Race event which starts at 1pm. Plenty of stalls as well providing refreshments and lots more. Duck Race at 2pm.

05 Bank Holiday Organ Recital Sherborne Abbey , 2.30pm . 01935 812452

06 Transition Town Dorchester "Green Drinks" Tom Browns, Dorchester, 7.30pm - 10.30pm .

08 Diabetes UK West Dorset Support Group - Weymouth Bird Reserve Dorchester Community Church Hall, Acland Road, Dorchester, 7pm . A talk by Nick Tomlinson of the RSPB.

08 The Marriage of Figaro Dorset County Museum, Dorchester , 7pm. Tickets £14. 01258 456596

08 Oh Mr Jelly Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 1pm – 2pm . The music of Ferdinand Jelly-Roll Morton the "Inventor of Jazz "

09 Fashion Party Lyme Regis Football Club, Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis, 7pm. Shoes, bags, jewellery etc. In aid of Football Club

09 DWT lecture "The Jurassic Coast" and AGM Friends' Meeting House, South St, Bridport , 7.30pm An illustrated talk by Richard Edmonds on the geology, geoconservation and geotourism along the Jurassic Coast. 01305 264620

09 Fight The Short Silence Corn Exchange , Dorchester, 2-4.30pm . A f amily afternoon with local performers Dorchester Stagecoach. Stalls, tea & coffee. Entrance 50p Supporting Macmillan Cancer Support. Followed at 7pm-midnight by l ive entertainment with Memories of the Future, Lyrical Agent and more. Tickets £5. Supporting Macmillan Cancer Support . 01305 260173 .

09-10 Workshop – Rustic Hazelwood Furniture with Peter Moors Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. Two day workshop, 10am – 5pm. Cost £80. 01308 424321

10 Beaminster Antiques & Collectables fair Public Hall, Fleet St, Beaminster , 9.30am-4pm 01297 24446 .

10 Doable Renewable Energy Fair Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne , 10.30am - 6pm. Free presentations and exhibition about renewable energy. Circus skills activity for children in the hall. Refreshments available. 01935 812779 .

10 Craft & Country Garden Market Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne , 10am - 4pm. 01749 677049 .

10 Paul Atterbury – Behind the Scenes of the BBC Antique Road Shows Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £5 – from Sherbone TIC. In aid of Rotary Charity ‘Thanks for Life: End Polio Now'. Wine bar available. 01935 815341

10&24 Dance at Uplyme Village Hall Lyme Road, Uplyme, 8pm-11pm. Ballroom, Latin and some Sequence. £4. In aid of hall funds.

11 Craft Workshop - Gypsy Hedgerow Baskets with Petra Hughes Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport , 10am - 4pm. Gather natural materials and create a unique gypsy basket. £35 incl. materials . 01308 424321

11 Lions Recruitment Coffee Morning The Salt House, West Bay, 9.30am – 12.30pm. 01308 459854

11 Wessex Military Band Spring Concert Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, 6pm. Tickets £8 /£6 from Bridport Arts Centre. 01308 424204

11&25 Cream Tea and Poetry The Old Tea House, 44 High West Street, Dorchester . 2nd and last Sunday of the month, 4 - 5.30pm Poetry workshop and scrumptious cream tea in the Hardy Room upstairs. £6.50 per person . 01305 263719 .

12 Ramblers Walk from Netherbury Netherbury Village Hall, nr Beaminster . Meet at 10am for this 7 mile walk - all welcome. Please contact organiser to confirm details. 01308 424000

13 Bridport History Society Meeting: The History of Wareham Bridport United Church, East St, Bridport , 2.30pm. A talk by Lilian Ladle. Members 50p, visitors £2. 01308 456876 or 01308 488034 .

15 The History of Glass Making from 1800 B C to the 20th Century - a talk by Michael Lester Beaminster Musuem, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, 7.30pm . 01308 863577 .

15 Euro Travel Evening – Illustrated Talk Catholic Church Parish Hall, Westbury, Sherborne, 7.30pm. An illustrated talk on Bellagio and Italy. Entry £5 incl. glass of wine & snacks. Sponsored by Caffe Bagliioni. 01935 812779

16 April Market at Broadmayne St. Martin's Community Hall, Broadmayne, 2 -3.30pm. Produce, cakes, plants, craft, fair-trade goods, local sausages, children's books, library etc . Sylvia Dooley 01305 852886 .

16 The Constable's Dues The Powell Theatre, Sherborne School, doors open 6.30pm, lecture 7pm. An evening with General Sir Roger Wheeler GCB, CBE, former constable of The Tower of London followed by a supper in the Sixth Form Centre. Tickets £15 (including supper) available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre . 01935 815341 .

16 Stand Up Dorchester present " Yet More Comedy " Corn Exchange, Dorchester, doors open 7.15pm, show starts 8.15pm. Comedians:- Ronnie Golden, Colin Owens, Andrew Watts & compere Dave Thompson. Tickets £7.50 available from Dorchester TIC. All profits to Transition Town Dorchester. 01305 267992 or 0751 643 1657 . Email:-

17 Lorton Meadows Open Day Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve, 10am – 4pm . 01305 816546 .

17 Parnham Voices St Michael's Church, Church Street, Lyme Regis , 7.30pm; Tickets from Lyme Regis TIC 01297 442138 .

18 Great Dorset Beach Clean Various Dorset Beaches . 01305 221000 .

18 Ramblers Walk in Bridport Buckydoo Square, Bridport , 2.30pm. An easy walk under 2 hours. 01308 456617 .

18 Seavington Point to Point Littlewindsor, Nr. Beaminster, first race starts 2pm. 01300 868332

19-23 Eype Spring 2010 Book ‘n Author Week – Literary Festival Eype Centre for the Arts, Eype, Bridport. Contact Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901 for full programme and to book.

20 Tank Driving Experience Bovington Tank Museum, Bovington, 8.45am – 4pm. Registration fee of £20. Minimum sponsorship £500 in aid of Weldmar Hospice Trust. 01305 215315

21 DWT lecture: Chairman's Annual Report Meeting followed by Butterflies, Goulash and Goat-Sitting Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, 7pm . An illustrated talk by Nigel Spring. 01305 264620 .

21 West Dorset Decorative & Fine Arts Society Talk - Dr Mervyn Miller Bridport Arts Centre, South St, Bridport, 2pm for 2.30pm . Picturesque Illusion: Cough Williams-Ellis & Portmeirion. 01308 897209

21 Workshop at Highway Farm : Painting flower for fun with Alison Waspe Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. All abilities welcome. Cost £40 including working lunch. 01308 424321

21 Flower Arranging Demonstration by Michael Bowyer Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Dorchester, 7.30pm. On behalf of The Children's Society. Tickets £10 from Stems, Antelope Walk, Dorchester . 01305 262436 or 01305 262668 .

21 Jazz Jam Night Three Compasses, Charminster . Resident trio - all musicians and audience welcome. 01305 263618 .

22 Big Springtime Bingo Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 7pm for eyes down 7.30pm. 01305 215315 .

23 Cancer Research UK Race For Life Kingston Maurward College, Nr Dorchester .

23 Workshop at Highway Farm : Flower Arranging – Anyone Can! with Sylvia Dunsdon Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. How to create wedding button holes and gorgeous tied posies. 01308 424321

23 BEC Quiz Brownsword Hall, Poundbury. Tickets £2 in advance inc. coffee & biscuits. Bring your own drinks and nibbles.

24 Sherborne Jazz Club – “Compassionate Dictatorship” Plume of Feathers, Sherborne . 8pm . 01935 816569 .

24 Annual Buckland Newton Plant Sale 01305 215315

24 Powerstock Cider Festival Powerstock Hut (village hall), Nr Bridport, 6pm. Approx. 20 cider producers as well as local food suppliers. Tickets £5 – admission by advance ticket only – available from Bridport TIC 01308 424901

24 Lyme Regis Town Band St George's Day Concert Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis. 7. 30pm. Tickets - Adult £5; Couple £8; Family £10 - available from Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre . 01297 442138

24 Workshop at Highway Farm : Teepees & Plant Supports for your Garden Highway Farm, West Road, Bridport. Learn to make strong willow structures for your garden with the help of Kate Broomfield. £30 incl. materials. 01308 424321

24 Dorset Wildlife Trust Visit "Habitat and Landscape Reclamation at Lambert's Castle" a visit with Jon Sibthorp of the National Trust. Non-members welcome; donations. Tel.for further information and to book a place . 01297 456591 .

24 Mah - Jong Workshop St John Ambulance, Bridport Road, Poundbury, Nr Dorchester, 10am-3.30pm . A fun and informal day with tuition, suitable for beginners & improvers. Tickets £14 inc. ploughman's lunch. 01305 751167

24 A Spring Concert from Vienna at Eype Eype Centre for the Arts, Nr. Bridport, 7.30pm. Concert by highly successful duo of Austrian cellist Florian Kitt and pianist Rita Medjimorec. Tickets £10 from Bridport TIC 01308 424901

24 - West Dorset Division Celebrate the Centenary of Girl Guiding 1910 – 2010 Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road,

13/05 Beaminster 01308 863577 www. beaminster Museum .htm

25 Dorset Bike Ride Queen Elizabeth's School, Wimborne Minster, starts 9am -10.30am. Organised by British Heart Foundation. 25,50 & 66 mile routes available. 0800 1693672 . Email:

25 Car Boot Sale St Mary's Primary School, Clay Lane, Beaminster,10am til 2pm (sellers to arrive from 9am). Adults 50p, children free. 07854 567 665 evenings only .

26 Thomas Hardye School Community Lectures - The English Civil Wars 1640 - 1660 The Thomas Hardye School, Coburg Road, Dorchester, 7pm. Talk by Prof. Blair Worden. Free, ticketed entry.

26 "A Paddle Along The Piddle" Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport, 7.30pm. Illustrated Talk by Anne King, retired Deputy Warden of Leeson House Field Studies Centre presented by The Golden Cap Centre of The National Trust. 01308 863577

27 Dorchester Wildlife Garden Work Party High East Street, Dorchester (behind All Saints Church opposite the Kings Arms Hotel), 10-12 noon. Light gardening work . 01305 264 620 .

27 Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Talk - " Industrial Archaeology in Devon " Dorset Room, Colliton Club (opposite County Hall), Dorchester, 7.30pm . Talk by Peter Stanier. Non members welcome at £2 per person.

27 Auction of Promises Puddletown Village Hall . Auction with Garry Batt of Hy. Duke Auctioneers in aid of St Mary's Church tower and roof repairs. Viewing from 6.30pm auction starts at 7.30pm. 01305 849220 or 01305 848510 .

28 How to be a Laid Back Gardener Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, Lyme Regis . Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society presents a talk by Anne Swithinbank from Radio 4 ' Gardeners Question Time'. Members £2.50, Non Members £4.50. 01297 445104

29 Fashion Show by Travelling Trends Masonic Hall, Bridport. In aid of Julia's House, the Dorset Children's Hospice. Tickets £6.50 in advance from Julia's House charity shop in Bridport or from The Salt House, West Bay (9.30-12.30) 01308 459854

30- 2/5 Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Theatre Square, Lyme Regis . Annual 3 day festival with marquees, experts on hand and fossil walks and workshops. 01297 445021 .

0-2/5 Sherborne Abbey Festival Sherborne Abbey . Highlights at this year's festival include Lesley Garrett, The Tallis Scholars, Emma Johnson, Sherborne Festival Chorus, organised Matteo Galli, pianist Francesco Attesti, jazz group Zum and author Fay Weldon 01935 812452 .




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Under Milk Wood

The Joy of Politics – The Black Sheep Theatre

Make Way for Lucia – Lyme Regis Amateur Dramatic Society

Cello Classics – Concerts in the West

Ian Briggs & The Supervampers

TheatreFriends Quiz Night

Ernest and the Pale Moon – Les Enfants Terrible Theatre Company

Dumb Show – Creative Cow

Daytime classes & activities including Ballroom Dancing, Pilates and Over 50s Fun & Fitness – for full details 01297 442394

Marine Theatre Box Office: 01297 442138 (Lyme Regis TIC)




The Dorset County Museum and the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society hosts a programme of events, including lectures (on natural sciences, geology, travel, literature and more), study days and concerts. Tel: 01305 262735.

Sherborne Science Café has a programme of presentations, talks and meetings and provides a forum to discuss all aspects of science.

The Dorset Wildlife Trust runs a programme of walks, talks, workshops, work parties and other wildlife events. Tel: 01305 264620 .

The Sherborne Historical Society organises a programme of lectures by noted historians and summer field trips. Tel: 01963 364075.

There are many other special interest clubs, societies and groups across West Dorset – for a full list see or contact your local TIC.

Dorchester Tourist Information Centre, Antelope Walk, Dorchester . Tel: 01305 267992.

Bridport Tourist Information Centre, South Street , Bridport. Tel: 01308 424901

Sherborne Tourist Information Centre, Digby Road , Sherborne. Tel: 01935 815341  

Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, Church Street , Lyme Regis. Tel: 01297 442138





Coming up in May …

02 Dorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival , Cattistock, 10am-4pm.

03 Bridport May Fair , Millennium Green, 12pm-4pm

08 Sherborne Railway Celebrations , Station and Pageant Gardens

11-20 ISSF Shotgun World Cup , Wardon Hill, Evershot

21-31 Abbotsbury Art Weeks

29-13/06 Dorset Art Weeks

31 Sherborne Castle Country Fair


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