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Saturday 19 August / Vinyl Saturday Bridport United Church, East Street, DT6 3LJ. The place to buy and sell records, CD’s and memorabilia. Stalls: call John 07548278276 or email email@example.com www.vinylsaturday.co.uk
Saturday 19 August / Morning Coffee & Jazz St Mary’s Church, South Street, Bridport. 11am – familiar jazz standards, coffee, cake & stalls.
Saturday 19 August / Dorchester Cider Festival Borough Gardens, Dorchester. From 3pm. Free event with live music and bar.
Saturday 19 August / Bridport Carnival Bridport. 7:30pm – The procession of floats travel up West Street and down South Street before everyone enjoys live music & dancing in the street.
Sunday 20 August / Weldmar presents music from Tony Lowe Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free live music from 2pm in aid of Weldmar.
Sunday 20 August / Torch Light Bridport Bridports famous torchlight procession from the town to West bay at 9pm. Thousands gather in Bucky Doo with their torches before walking to the beach to enjoy live music, fireworks & a bonfire.
Tuesday 22 August / Private Tour of Under the Surface Exhibition Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester. 9am. £10pp (inc. tea/ coffeee and Museum entry). Join David West and see behind the scenes of Paintings & Carvings. 01305 756827
Wednesday 23 August / West Bay Evening Market Fishermans Green, West Bay. Market & Craft Fair. 4pm-8pm. 01308 424901
Thursday 24 August / Melplash Show West Bay, Bridport, DT6 4EG. Traditional Country Show, come and enjoy the best of agriculture by the sea! Free parking & park and ride. Children u16 go free! Adults £14 in advance/£16 on the day. www.melplashshow.co.uk
Friday 25 August / Barn Dance with Black Sheep Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF. Doors open 7:30pm. Tickets £15pp including Ploughmans supper followed by apple pie and cream. Raising funds for the new radiotherapy unit. Tickets available from The Friends Shop at Dorset County Hospital or Sharron Merritt on: 01305 255896 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 26 August / Bridport Town Hall Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall. 9am-3pm. Free entry, disabled access via the lift in Tourist Information. A variety of stalls including jewellery, cards, cushions and wood turned items.
Saturday 26 August / Bridport Vegan Fest Bridport Youth & Community Centre, Gundry Lane, DT6 3RL. 10:30am-4:30pm. £1 admission, u14’s free. Food & drink, entertainment, cookery demo’s, gifts, information & advice. Brought to you by Hoot! www.hoot.me.uk
Saturday 26 August /Wings & Wheels
This popular and well established event is now in its 18th year. It is still staged by the original team of volunteers and is justifiably proud of its continuing support for the airfield-based Air Ambulance. Given reasonable flying weather we expect to host well over 100 vintage, classic and current light aircraft. Our Classic Car paddock features everything from 1930s sports cars, military vehicles and modern Supercars. There is all-day catering from the Clubhouse and Marquee and our Barbecues are not to be missed. A special and unique feature is the lunch-time ‘Airpark Opening’; your chance to visit the aircraft for close-up photos and a chat with some of the pilots. Subject to tasking the Air Ambulance…new this year…will also come over to ‘meet-and-greet’. We are delighted to announce that our regular BBMF ‘Fly-past Salute’ will have the newly overhauled LANCASTER escorted by TWO SPITFIRES. Once again our prices are unchanged at just £5 for adults and acc. u/16s free…carparks are also free. For the latest information see us on www.dorsetcarclub.co.uk and follow us on Facebook. Vehicle and trade enquiries phone 07887 744163 (24hr messaging service). Don’t miss this friendly and memorable show! The organisers of this event in support of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance are the Henstridge Airfield Management assisted by ‘Vintage Flying’ team. Venue : Henstridge Airfield, postcode BA8 0TF Time: 10:00 to 17:30
Sunday 27 August / Bridport Vintage Market St Michaels Trading Estate, DT6 3RR. 10am-4pm Vintage & Antiques, Food, Drink & Music. Last Sunday of every month. Contact email@example.com
Sunday 27 August / Symene Fete Symondsbury, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6HD.12pm – 5pm A whole host of great fun to be had this year. Plenty for the kids to enjoy. Dorset’s biggest Family fete and car boot, stalls, games, rides and much more. Grab yourself a bargain at the car boot and enjoy a drink in the sunshine from the beer tent. Car Boot set up from 07:30 am, 01308 422638
Sunday 27 August / Chamber Philharmonia Cologne, Germany St. Mary’s Church, Edward Road, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Classical music the world over. Tickets available from Dorchester TIC.
Tuesday 29 August / Hat Festival Quiz & Raffle The Ropemakers, West Street, Bridport. 8pm. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 30 August / West Bay Evening Market Fishermans Green, West Bay. Market & Craft Fair. 4pm-8pm. 01308 424901
Thursday 31 August / Liberty Orchards Tour and Tasting Halstock BA22 9SZ . 6pm-8pm. A guided walk around our organic orchards with a talk. Tickets £8 to include refreshments on arrival. Please book by phone or e-mail: 01935 892430 email@example.com
Friday 01 September / Ramblers 15 mile Walk 9:30am from Dorchester Acland Road Car Park (free on Sundays). SY 694 905. Via West Knighton and Bincombe. Contact: 01202 319418
Friday 01 September / A ‘Taste’ of Dorchester Guided Walk 5:30pm from outside Dorchester TIC / Dorchester Library and Learning Centre. Join Carol Burgess for a relaxed and informative historic walk, approx.. 75 minutes. Adults £5, Under 12’s £2.
01 Tor Eigeland ’50 Years Behind The Lens’ Brownsword Hall, Pummery Sq, Poundbury. 7pm for 7:30pm. Enjoy his stories and photographs. Licensed bar. Tickets £6 from Rivoli Boutique or Poundbury Garden Centre. £8 on the door.
Friday 01 September / Philippa Mo Solo Violin Sladers Yard, West Bay, DT6 4EL. 7:30pm – Partita, Fantasia, Caprice Bach’s works for violin and contemporary dances & fantasias. Tickets £12.50 or £28 with buffet dinner before. 01308 459511 www.sladersyard.co.uk
Friday 01 September / Barn Dance Ashton Farm Barn, Martinstown DT2 9HA. 7pm-11pm. Black Sheep Band, wood fired pizza, real ales, dancing. Cash bar, food and ice-cream stall. Adult £10, 12-16yrs £4, U12s free. Pre-sales only: Roelie 01305 889192.
Saturday 02 September / Bridport Hat Festival 8th Year! 10am-4pm. Wear your hat and be in the mass photo at 1pm! Fun hat competition 1:30pm. Best hatted dog. Music all day. Street Market, Craft Fair & Arts Centre Hat Market. 01308 250350 www.bridporthatfest.org
Saturday 02 September / Its All About Hats! A Talk by Roger Snook The Bull Hotel. Bridport. 11am. The Founder of Bridport Hat Festival Roger Snook will be talking all about hats! Tickets £5 on sale from Bridport TIC 01308 424901.
Saturday 02 September / Beat Safari Hat Festival Party Bridport Arts Centre. 9pm-1am Ska, Jungle, Dub, Reggae, DNB, Ghetto Funk, Electro. £7.
Sunday 03 September / Bridport Hat Festival Tea Dance Bull Hotel Ballroom, East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF. 2pm-4:30pm. Dress optional, vintage approved, hats essential with prize for best fascinator. Tickets £10 from Bridport TIC or via: www.bridporthatfest.org
Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 September / Dorset County Show. For over 175 years Dorchester Agricultural Society has celebrated agriculture and rural life within the county of Dorset. The first exhibition was held in 1840 and this has now developed in to the two day Dorset County Show which takes place on the first weekend in September. See poster below for details or click here
Wednesday 06 September / Greenwood Club: Willow Baskets Howards Wood, Nertherbury, Nr Bridport, DT6 5LL. 10:30am-12:30pm. For dementia sufferers & carers learn new skills in an outside environment. More information: 07813 814875 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 06 September / West Bay Evening Market Fishermans Green, West Bay. 4pm-8pm. 01308 424901
Thursday 07 September / English Historical Dancing St. George’s Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 7:30pm-9:30pm. No previous experience needed, light loose clothes advised and flexbile low-heeled footwear. £5 just turn up. 01935 472771
Thursday 07 September to Thursday 14 September / Dorset Architectural Heritage Week
Friday 08 September / ‘Writing Places’ writing workshop with Virginia Astley: Gathering 1 Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QJ. 11am-1pm. £5 per person. Normal admission applies. Spaces limited to 10. Booking essential: 01305 262366.
Saturday 09 September / Big Garage Sale Thornford Village. From 9am. In aid of our Defibrillator Appeal A Map showing the homes taking part will be available at the Village Hall plus tea/coffee/cakes, will be served. Loads of bargains to snap up!! 07970 267607
Saturday 09 September / Cantamus – Poetry in Music Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm. Tickets £8 (or £10 on the door). 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
Saturday 09 – Sunday 10 September / Cheese Festival Sturminster Newton, DT10 1DQ 10am-5pm. Tickets are for sale on the days of the Festival only, £5 per adult, 14 years and under are free. Free Parking. 01935 815341
Tuesday 12 September / Flute and harp: Virginia and Florence Astley Max Gate, Alington Av, Dorchester, DT1 2AB. 12pm, 2pm & 3:30pm. Come listen to music in the drawing room, from this talented duo. Normal admission applies, NT members free. 01305 262538
Wednesday 13 September / Come and Meet David West Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. From 11am-3pm, David West will be talking to visitors about his exhibition: Under the Surface – Paintings and Carvings.
Wednesday 13 September / Walk through Time in the Borough Gardens Meet at the Band Stand, Dorchester. 5pm with Joy Wallis. Approx 1 hour.
Wednesday 13 September / Dorset Postcard Club: Royal Trains Dorset Youth Association Hall, Lubbecke Way, Dorchester, DT1 1QL. 7:30pm. Talk by Douglas Beazer. More information from Chairman, Brian Searle: 01305 832815
Thursday 14 September / The Falkland Islands Conflict St. George’s Hall, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB. 2:15pm. Talk by Nigel Culliford. Organised by The Thursday Group. £1 inc biscuit & cup of tea. Contact: Rae Kozary 01305 269834
Thursday 14 September / Lunchtime Concert: Tatterdemalion Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 1pm-2pm. Playing folk and traditional Dorset tunes. Free entry – £3 donation encouraged.
Thursday 14 September / The Infant’s Grammar Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. 7pm for 7:30pm. Talk by Dr Alan Chedzoy. Biographer and lecture. Free entry £3 donation encouraged. 01305 756827
Friday 15 September / ‘Writing Places’ writing workshop with Virginia Astley: The Soundworld of Thomas Hardy 1 Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QJ. 10:30am-1pm. £5 per person. Normal admission applies. Booking essential: 01305 262366.
Friday 15 September / BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? Live Broadcast. Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queen’s Avenue, Dorchester. Doors open 6:45pm-7:15pm. Your chance to ask a question. Tickets from school 9am, 4th Sept. www.thomas-hardye.net
Friday 15 to Saturday 16 September / Harvest Home Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QJ. 7pm-9pm. Tim Laycock & Colin Thompson with folk music & storytelling to recreate the spirit of a Victorian Harvest Home. £15 per person. Booking essential:01305 262366.
Saturday 16 September / Pet Nation Dog Show Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, nr Dorchester, DT2 8PX. 10am-4pm. Great trade stands, ‘Have-A-Go-Agility’, Novelty Dog Show with loads of classes. Adults £6, Under 16s free. 01202 411233
Saturday 16 September / Books, Coffee, Cake, Home Made/Grown produce too! Moreton Village Hall, Nr Dorchester, DT2 8RE. 10am-12noon. Hugh selection of books all at 25p. Every 3rd Saturday of the month. Free entry.
Saturday 16 September / Poetry at Max Gate: William Barnes Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester, DT1 2AB. 2:30pm-3:30pm. Listen to readings from the Dorset dialect poetry. Normal admission applies. Suggested donations: adult £2, child £1. 01305 262538
Saturday 16 September / From Classical Guitar to Ukulele with Samantha Muir and Lara Taylor. Enjoy an evening of classical guitar, ukulele and machête de braga followed by a Party in the Church, St Mary the Virgin, Compton Pauncefoot, BA22 7EL Tickets £10. More information below.
Sunday 17 September / Music for a Summer’s Evening with Andrew Bernardi together with friends from the local area. Andrew will playing on a violin by Antonio Stradivarius . The concert will be held in St Mary the Virgin Church, Glanvilles Wootton starting at 7pm. Tickets are £12 to include interval drinks and may be purchased from: Richard Clarke email@example.com or Lucy Parrott firstname.lastname@example.org. More details can be found on the website www.glanvilleswootton.org
Sunday 17 September / Charity Plant Fair Mapperton, nr Beaminster, DT8 3NR. 10am-4pm. Over 30 stands – one of the biggest plant fairs in Dorset- the House, garden, café and shop will also be open. £3 entry to the fair. 01760 242620 www.plantfairs.com
Wednesday 20 September /Applique Workshop The Barn House Studio, Loders, Bridport, DT6 3SA. 9:30am–3:30pm. Recreate your own home/landscape using appliqué techniques. Full tuition £85 inc. materials & refreshments. boarsbarrow.com
Wednesday 20 September /Piatti String Quartet Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm. £15, membership subscription for the seven concerts season available at £60. www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk
Wednesday 20 September / Jane Austen & her Dorset Links Charlton Down Village Hall, Sherren Avenue, Nr Dorchester, DT2 9UA. 7:30pm. The dangers & excitements of Georgian resorts by Penny Townsend, Jane Austen Society. £3 entry.
Thursday 21 September / Lunchtime Concert: Classical Folk Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester. 1pm-2pm. £3.
Thursday 21 September / Bridport & District Gardening Talk WI Hall, North Street, Bridport. 7:30pm “Alternative plants in alternative place” a talk by local Garden Centre. Non members welcome. Tea/coffee and biscuits at the interval. www.bridportgardeningclub.co.uk
Friday 22 September / ‘Writing Places’ writing workshop with Virginia Astley: Autumn 1 Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QJ. 11am-1pm. £5 per person. Normal admission applies. Spaces limited to 10. Booking essential: 01305 262366.
Friday 22 September / Come and Meet David West Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester, DT1 1XA. From 11am-3pm, David West will be talking to visitors about his exhibition: Under the Surface – Paintings and Carvings.
Saturday 23 September / Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall. 9am-3pm. A variety of stalls inc. jewellery, cushions, wood turned items & cards.
Saturday 23 September / Morning Coffee & Jazz St Mary’s Church, South Street, Bridport 11am – familiar jazz standards, free entry, come & go, collection for roof appeal, coffee, cake & stalls.
Saturday 23 September / ‘Writing Places’ writing workshop with Virginia Astley: Autumn 2 Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QJ. 11am-1pm. £5 per person. Normal admission applies. Spaces limited to 10. Booking essential: 01305 262366.
Monday 25 September / Piddle Valley Gardens Club Talk Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall. 7:30pm. Talk by John Marshall, the Tattie Man of Auchtermuchty, on a “Lifetime devoted to Potatoes” – members free, guests £2. 01300 348479
Monday 25 September / S.S. Great Britain, From Launch to Re-Launch United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. 7:30pm. Talk by Ian Caskie. Presented by the Golden Cap Association. £3 inc. tea/ coffee & biscuits. 01308 863577
Thursday 28 September / National Poetry Day Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, DT2 8QJ. 11am-4pm. A day of poetry, creativity and inspiration with walks, activities and our writer-in-residence, Virginia Astley. Normal admission applies. 01305 262366
Friday 29 September / ‘Writing Places’ writing workshop with Virginia Astley: Rural traditions 1 Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QJ. 11am-1pm. £5 per person. Normal admission applies. Spaces limited to 10. Booking essential: 01305 262366.
Saturday 30 September / ‘Writing Places’ writing workshop with Virginia Astley: Rural traditions 2 Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Bockhampton, DT2 8QJ. 11am-1pm. £5 per person. Normal admission applies. Spaces limited to 10. Booking essential: 01305 262366.
Saturday 30 September / Dorset Chamber Orchestra 30th Anniversary Gala Concert St. Mary’s Church, Edward Road, Dorchester. Concert with soloist Rebecca Gilliver. £15 available in advance from Harmony Music, Trinity Street 01305 260360.