What’s Coming Up

in the area …. 

Friday 01 December / W.D.G Christmas Lunch W.I Hall, North Street, Bridport. 12:30pm. £14.50 for 2 course lunch, with DWT Christmas gifts for sale and raffle. After-lunch talk on Butterflies & Global Warming by Dr Tom Brereton. Must Pre Book: 01308 423442

Friday 01 December / Silver Moon Toller Porcorum Hall, DT2 0DE. An enchanting Christmas story for children from 4-11 years and their families. 6pm. £6, £5 (18s), £20 family, in advance via: 01300 320373, Toller Post office or online at www.artsreach.co.uk

Friday 01 December / Christmas Chocolate Sweet Treats Tasting Morrish & Banham Wine Merchants, 1 Pope St, Brewery Sq, Dorchester, DT1 1GW 7pm-9pm. Presented by Hive Beach Bakery. £25pp, pre-book: 01305 261480  www.morrishandbanham.com

Friday 01 December / The Land and The Sea 4000-1600BC Dorset County Museum, Hight West Streeet, Dorchester, DT1 1XA 7pm for 7:30pm. Talk by Richard Bradley. Suggested contribution £3. 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Saturday 02 December / Christmas Sale & Coffee Morning Beaminster Museum, DT8 3NB. 10am-12noon. beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com

Saturday 02 December / Christmas Market Symondsbury Manor Yard, DT6 6HD 10am-6pm. Free entry. 01308 424116 symondsburyestate.co.uk

Saturday 02 December / Christmas Bazaar Buckland Newton Village Hall. 12noon-2pm. Homade produce, crafts, decorations & raffle. Free entry.

Saturday 02 December / Fernhill Christmas Craft Fair Fernhill Hotel, Charmouth, DT6 6BX. 1pm-4:30pm. Live Christmas music, diverse craft stalls, charity raffle, kids’ activities and more.  01297 560492 www.facebook.com/FernhillChristmasCraftFair/

Saturday 02 December / NCT Nearly New Sale Sir John Colfox Academy, Ridgeway, Bridport, DT6 3DT. 2pm-4pm. Entry £1, refreshments available. Quality used baby & toddler clothes, toys, equipment +more! Book a table: 07402 265927  NNS.Bridport@nct.org.uk

Saturday 02 December /Meet Santa Royal Lion Hotel, 60 Broad St, Lyme Regis. 3pm. Entrance £1, every child will receive a gift. 01297 445622

Saturday 02 December /Lantern Workshop Baptist Church Hall, 2 Sherborne Lane, Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. 3pm: Free lantern-making workshop at the Baptist Church. 3pm-5pm: Christmas hat competition. 4:30pm: Lantern competition at the Church. 01297 445303. 

Saturday 02 December / Switch-On Saturday The Christmas Tree, The Shambles, Broad Street, Lyme Regis. 3pm: Street Theatre in the main town centre, Santa’s Grotto at the Royal Lion and Humbugs in the High Street (festive goodies from the traders) 5:15pm: Lantern Parade with Father Christmas & Lyme Regis Majorettes. 5:30pm: The Mayor will switch on the Christmas Lights.

Saturday 02 December / Bridport Ceilidhs Saturday Dances St Mary’s Church House, South St, Bridport. 7:30pm-11pm. Music by Jigs for Gigs, caller Jane Thomas. BYO alcohol, & food to share, soft drinks provided. 01308 423442  bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com

Saturday 02 December / Christmas Auction Lyme Regis Football Club. 7pm. Auction lots will include sports memorabilia and tickets, tickets to local attractions, restaurant vouchers, hampers, gifts & more. All welcome!  info@lymeregisfootballclub.co.uk

Saturday 02 December / Learn to grow Mushrooms at home! The Studio, Bredy Cottages, Annings Lane, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4NG. £70 inc. veggie lunch+ a free bag of mushroom grain spawn to start you off. 07899 992398  stevemeek999@gmail.com

Sunday 03 December / Holwell Winter Warmer  Join us from 10am to 12 am in Holwell Village Hall for a cosy time of hot chocolate and marshmallows, coffee, cakes and biscuits. There will also be a selection of books, perfect for the long winter evenings by the fire, from 20p each.  Embrace the hygge!(hue-gah)

Sunday 03 December / Plant Heritage Dorset Group Celebrity Lecture Puddletown Village Hall, Nr Dorchester. 2:30pm. New Ways with Perennials by Noel Kingsbury, well-known garden designer and writer on new naturalistic plantings. Visitors £2.50.

Sunday 03 December / Christmas Tree on the Green West Bay. From 3pm enjoy mince pies, mulled wine, carol singing and lighting of the tree. With a brass band, visit from Father Christmas, and a fun run!  www.westbaydays.co.uk

Sunday 03 December / Lyme Bay Chorale Christmas Concert St. Michael’s Church, Church St, Lyme Regis. 4:30pm. Soloists Philippa Hyde and Paul Esswood. £15 on door, £13 in advance from Lyme TIC, Penny Black’s Tea-room. U19s are free. 01297 442138

Tuesday 05 December / Make a cushion in a morning Unit 7b Browns Farm, Nettlecombe, Bridport, DT6 3SS. 9:30am-12:30pm. Small class size, expert tuition, all abilities welcome. £40 inc all materials (except face fabric). mastershazel@gmail.com  07533 344609

Wednesday 06 December/ Flourish Winter Celebration Chapel in the Garden, 49 East Street, Bridport. 1pm-3pm. Celebrating all things wintery with healthy winter snacks & different winter activities for you to get involved in. All welcome.  www.edp.org.uk/flourish

Wednesday 06 December / Bridport Christmas Cheer Bridport, DT6 3LF. 4pm-8pm. Late night shopping, craft stalls, live music, Father Christmas, mulled wine & family fun. Local schools carol singing in Bucky Doo Square. 01308 424901 bridportchristmascheer.co.uk

Wednesday 06 December /Duncan Honeybourne Dorset County Museum, High West St. Dorchester. 7:30pm. Membership season tickets available. Individual concert tickets £15 from museum reception: 01305 756827 www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk

Thursday 07 December / Dorchester Christmas Cracker Dorchester Town Centre. 5pm-7pm. Father Christmas free at County Museum


Thursday 07 December / Diabetes UK Group Meeting – Christmas Get Together Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7pm for registration, coffee and socialisation. Speaker starts 7:30pm. Diabetes UK group meeting. All welcome.

Thursday 07 December / “Brilliance” Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, DT6 6ND. 7:30pm (Doors 7pm). Interactive play by Farnham Maltings on the advent of electricity to village life. Tickets £9 (U18:£7) from box office at Charmouth Practice. Bar & raffle. 01297 560948

Friday 8 December / New Scorpion Band Concert by a popular local folk group. Tickets are £12.50 available locally at Wayne’s the butcher or on line now at bit.ly/mpvh-nsb   Licensed bar and free parking.

Saturday 09 December / Bridport Town Hall Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall, South Street, DT6 3LF. 9am-3pm. Disabled access via the lift in the TIC. A variety of stalls inc. jewellery, cushions, cards and wood turned items. 01308 424901 bridportandwestbay.co.uk

Saturday 09 December / The Gospel of Thomas Meeting House, 95 South St, Bridport. 10am-4pm. A space for living spirituality “Engaging with sacred texts” led by Don MacGregor. Donations £5-£30 per day. Bring & share lunch. Must pre-book:  iona.lake@aol.co.uk

Saturday 09 December / Seasonal refreshement tasting and sale Liberty Orchards’ Tasting Shed, BA22 9SZ. 11am-3pm, in aid of Halstock Village Community Room  Liberty Orchards’ Tasting Shed.

Saturday 09 December / New Elizabethan Singers St Mary’s Church, South St, Bridport. 6pm. An informal performance of extracts from Handels ‘Messiah’. Free entry, donations in aid of the church roof appeal.  sastamford@outlook.com  01308 425312

Saturday 09 December / Fliss Gorst Quartet with Lauren Bush The Bay, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JH. 7pm-10pm. Swing, and uptempo melodies – bags of sax appeal. 7pm-8pm  food / 8pm-10pm  jazz music. Tickets £22 from Lyme TIC. 01297 442138

Saturday 09 December / A Christmas Carol Broadoak Village Hall. 7:30pm Celebrate the festive season with a mesmerising solo performance of this timeless. £9, £7 (u18’s) £25 (family). Bar & refreshments available. 01308 424922  www.artsreach.co.uk

Saturday 09 December / Rachael Roberts & the Gatsby Gang The Tithe Barn, Symondsbury, DT6 6HG. 8pm, an evening of Vintage Jazz from the 1920’s, 30’s & beyond. £10 per ticket, in advance only. 01308 424116 www.symondsburyestate.co.uk

Sunday 10 December / Xmas Wreath Making Chedington Village Hall. 10am-3:30pm. £40 inc. materials. 01935 891437 chedingtonvh@gmail.com

Sunday 10 December / Wessex Military Band Winter Concert Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport. 3pm. A concert to cheer you up on a winter afternoon. Tickets £9/Conc £7. 01308 424204 www.wessexmilitaryband.co.uk

Tuesday 12 December / Talk: The Maiden Newton to Bridport Railway Beaminster Museum, DT8 3NB. 2:30pm. Speaker Douglas Beazer. Admission charge £2.50 per person.  www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com

Tuesday 12 December / A Slightly AlternativeChristmas Brownswood Hall, Pummery Sq, Poundbury. 2:30pm. Talk by Bonny Sartin of the Yetties for the National Trust. Annual membership £3 single, £5 joint. Non-mem  £4  southdorsetassociation@gmail.com

Tuesday 12 December / Weldmar Light Up a Life Abbotsbury Swannery, New Barn Rd, Abbotsbury, DT3 4JG. 4pm.  www.weld-hospice.org.uk

Tuesday 12 December / Bridport History Society United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. 2:30pm. ‘Discovering the Roman Aqueduct in Dorchester’. Tea & mince pies. Members £1, visitors £3. All welcome. 01308 425710  jferentzi@aol.com

Wednesday 13 December / Geology Revealed Dorset County Museum, High West St, Dorchester. 7pm Talk by Dr John Wincher. Free. 01305 756827

Thursday 14 December / An Evening of Christmas Carols, songs & Readings United Church, East St Bridport, DT6 3LJ. 7pm.  www.ctibd.org.uk

Thursday 14 December / Celtic Strings: A Festive Feast of Harp and Guitar Sandford Orcas Village Hall, DT9 4RX. 7:30pm. A blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice. 01963 220208

Sunday 17 December / Christmas Wreath Making Boarsbarrow, Loders Village Hall, Loders. DT6 3SA. 2pm-4pm with Rachel Dunn. All materials provided inc refreshments. £25 for new participants, £20 for returners from last year. 01308 456958 / 07771 58899

Sunday 17 December / Jingle Bell Rock! Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. Lyme Regis Town Band presents Jingle Bell Rock! 2:30pm, featuring guest artists, carol singing, a licensed bar and raffle. Tickets £3 to include refreshments. 01297 442719

Sunday 17 December / Christmas with Canzonetta Church of St. John The Evangelista, Tolpuddle, DT2 7EW. 3pm. A concert of Song for the Festive Season. Guest soloist William Bishop. Mulled wine & mince pies.

Monday 18 December /Junior Deep Sea Fishing trip No 1 Highcliff House, Sidmouth Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3EQ. 11am – 3pm. For ages 9-16. All tackle, bait and tuition provided. £20 per person. Booking essential.  www.lymefishing.org.uk/juniorboat

Wednesday 20 December / Noel! Noel! With Pianist David Warwick Dorset County Museum, High St West, Dorchester. 7:30pm for 8pm. Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir. £15 including seasonal refreshments. Tickets from Dorchester TIC.

Thursday 21 December / Christmas Wreath Making Loders Village Hall, Bridport. 2pm-4pm & 7pm-9pm. Create your own Christmas Wreath with florist Rachel Dunn. All material provided. £25 for new participants, £20 for returners. 01308 456958   boarsbarrow.com

Thursday 21 December / Christmas Table Decoration Boarsbarrow, Loders Village Hall, Loders. DT6 3SA. New class! 4pm-6pm. Create your own hurricane lamp table decoration using seasonal foliage. All materials provided. £35  07771 58899  info@boarsbarrow.com

Friday 22 December / Ridgeway Singers & Band Christmas Concert Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm.  Tickets: Adults £10, U18 £5. Family £25 f rom Dorchester TIC.

Saturday 23 December / Carols Round The Tree The Christmas Tree, The Shambles, Broad Street, Lyme Regis. 7pm-8pm. All welcome. Music provided by the Lyme Regis Town Band, soup and refreshments by the Royal Lion.  www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk/Rotary.htm

Monday 25 December / Christmas Morning Fancy Dress ‘Swim’ Charmouth Beach. 11am sharp. Be there by 10:30am to enjoy seeing all the fund-raisers in their (dry) fancy dress! In aid of Lyme Regis RNLI. The beach Charmouth.  Just turn up and take the plunge.

Tuesday 26 December / Boxing Day Swim West Bay, Bridport Entrants sign in from 10:30 am. Start 12 noon SHARP! Join in the fun with this Fancy Dress wallow. Watch from the relative warmth of the Harbour side.  www.bridportroundtable.co.uk/boxing-day-swim

Friday 29 December / The Quangle Wangle Choir The United Church, Dorchester. 4pm. 01305 814940 www.quanglewanglechoir.co.uk

Monday 01 January / New Year’s Day Lyme Lunge Sandy Beach, Lyme Regis. 1pm. Everyone welcome, whether ‘dipping’ or contributing to our charity collection. Wet suits allowed, preferably with fancy dress over the top. Arrive early.  www.whatsoninlyme.co.uk

Monday 01 January / Grand Duck Race Higher Mill Flats, Windsor Terrace, Lyme Regis. 12pm. A New Year’s Day Tradition!  Watch the ducks race down the River Lym.  Raising money for Lyme’s Christmas Lights.



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