What’s Coming Up

in the area …. 

Monday 19 March / Bride Valley Gardening Club Puncknowle Village Hall, DT2 9BD. 7:30pm. Jim McDonald talk on ‘Sweet Peas’. Entry £2.

Wednesday 21 March / Get Fizzical @ Furleigh Estate with an Introduction to Nordic Walking Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, DT6 5JG. Coffee at 10:45am for an 11am start. 1 hour inc. warm up & cool down. Booking essential. £10. 01308 488991  furleighestate.co.uk

Wednesday 21 March / Memory Café ‘ Meet and Remember’ Lyme Regis Football Club, The Davy Fort, Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis. 2pm-3:30pm.  07704 902604  lymememory@gmail.com

Wednesday 21 March / Pleyel Ensemble United Church, South Street, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Membership season tickets available. Individual concert tickets £15 from museum reception or call: 01305 756827 www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk

Friday 23 March / An Antique Auctioner’s Lot Brownswood Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, DT1 3GW. 7pm for 7:30pm. Talk by Garry Batt of Duke’s Auctioneers.  www.brownswordevents.org.uk

Friday 23 March / Dorset’s Weird and Wonderful Wildlife’ Dorset Centre for Creative Arts, Poundbury. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Talk by Bob Ford.

Saturday 24 March / Egg Rolling Derby Friary Hill, Dorchester. 11am. In support of Mayor’s charities.

Saturday 24 March / Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall. 9am-3pm, free entry. Disabled access via the lift in Tourist Information. A variety of stalls including jewellery, cushions, cards and wood turned items. 01308 424901 www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk

Saturday 24 March / Bridport & District Gardening Club Spring Show United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport.. Opens 12 noon, cup presentations 3pm. Open to members and non-members. Flowers – floral arrangements – pot plants – vegetables – photography, etc. Free admission. Light refreshments.   01308 424055 www.bridportgardeningclub.co.uk

Saturday 24 March / Cantamus Holy Trinity Church, Bothenhampton, nr Bridport. 7pm. ‘Lift up your voice’ a celebration of sacred music. Tickets £10 on the door (price includes refreshments).  01308 422044   www.cantamus-dorset.org

Sunday 25 March / Victorian Craft MarketCraft Market Corn Exchange and Town Hall, Dorchester. All day.

Tuesday 27 March / Roy Wood on Health and Wealth Bridport United Chuch, DT6 3NN. 2pm. U3A talk. https://u3asites.org.uk/bridport/

Tuesday 27 March / Lyme Regis Society Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis.  2:30pm. ‘Summerhill House’ by Audrey Standhaft. Visitors £3.

Tuesday 27 March / What’s the Point of William Barnes in the 21 Century? Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7pm. Talk by Dr Richard Bradbury for the William Barnes Society.

Tuesday 27 – Wednesday 28 March / When the Men Marched Away Thomas Hardye School Theatre, Queens Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2ET. 7pm. A story of Dorchester during WW1 by St Osmund’s Middle School. £5. 01305 262897 admin@thomas-hardye.net

Thursday 29 March / Dorset Heroes of World War II The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7:30pm. Talk by Christopher Jary, Dorchester Association for the Research into Local History and Archaeology.

Friday 30 March / Easter Party and Egg Hunt Trinity Club, Dorchester. 12noon-4pm. Games and Disco. Members and children free. £3.

Friday 30 March / Summer Exhbitions Beaminster Museum, DT8 3NB. New permanent displays ‘Hatch, Match & Despatch’ an insight into the lives & deaths of locals & ‘100 yars of the Woman’s Institute’. 01308 863623 www.beaminstermuseum.wordpress.com

Friday 30 March – Monday 02 April /  Easter in the land of Oz Forde Abbey and Gardens, Chard, TA20 4LU. A Special Easter along the Yellow Brick Road. See website for more details. 01460 221290 www.fordeabbey.co.uk

Friday 30 March – Monday 02 April /  Easter Egg Hunt Brewery Square, Dorchester. 10am-4pm, Good Friday – Easter Monday. Hunt and competition.

Saturday 31 March / Andy’s Dino Raps Brewery Square, Dorchester. 12pm and 2pm. Children’s TV presenter performs Dino Raps.  https://gb.eventbu.com/dorchester/andy-s-dino-raps-at-brewery-square/9078122

Saturday 31 March / RAFA & Wessex Military Band Bucky Doo Square, Bridport, DT6 3LF. 9:30am-2:30pm.

Saturday 31 March / Food Fair In Association With Dorset Food & Drink Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. 10am- 4pm. 25 stands showcasing distinctively Dorset’s produce while exploring the stunning Spring colour of the Subtropical Gardens. Entry £5 per adult, under 16s Free, includes entry to the Subtropical Gardens (adult normally £12.50) www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

Sunday 01 April / Grand Easter Egg Hunt Colmers Hill, Symondsbury. 10am-12pm. Follow the Easter bunny up the iconic Colmers hill and hunt for your Easter surprise!  Everyone is guaranteed a prize, with a few star prizes to find! Refreshments and raffle.

Sunday 01 April / Easter Bonnet Parade Lyme Regis. Make an Easter Bonnet or just enjoy the parade. Judging of Bonnets 2pm in the Baptist Church. Parade 3pm from the Baptist Church, Broad St, finishing at the Jubilee Pavilion on the sea front.

Sunday 01 – Monday 02 April / Easter Festival Of Arts & Crafts 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

Sunday 01 – Monday 02 April / Cadbury Egg Hunts Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock (Nearest postcode DT6 4RF). 11am-3pm. To claim your chocolate prize, follow the clues to find where bunny has hidden it. £2.50 per person.  https://easter.cadbury.co.uk/burton-bradstock/

Monday 02 April / The Big Breakfast Salway Ash Village Hall, DT6 5QS. 9am-1pm. Come along and enjoy our big breakfast!

Monday 02 April / RAF 100 Years Featuring the People & Places of Dorset Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3LF. 10am-3pm. Free. 01308 424901

Monday 02 April / Duck Race Higher Mill Flats, nr Woodmead Road Bridge, Lyme Regis. 12 noon.

Tuesday 03 April / Trophy Heads The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport. 10am-2pm. Design and make a human, animal, monster or alien head then celebrate your creation by mounting it on a plaque. Ages 8-108. £22. BYO packed lunch. 01308 424901

Wednesday 04 April / Knights In Shining Armour dressed: Art, Battle and Pageant Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne, DT9 3AA. 2pm & 8pm. Arts Society talk by Nigel Arch. £5. 01935 474626 www.theartssocietysherborne.org.uk

Thursday 05 April / Pop up Puppets The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport.10am-2pm. Create your own pop up puppet characters using recycled materials, cardboard and fabric. Ages 8-108 £22. BYO packed lunch.  01308 424901 bridportandwestbay.co.uk

Thursday 05 April / Dippy Treasure Hunt Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0EQ. 10am-4pm. Free. 01300 320684

Thursday 05 April / Easter Egg Hunt Bridport Community Hospital, DT6 5DR. Join the Easter Bunny Dancing around the grounds. Cake stall . Raffle. Catch the ducks in the pool, plenty to see & do. £2.50 a child , £1.50 to enter Easter Bonnet Competition.

Thursday 05 April / General Knowledge Quiz Night Vineyards, 2 Tilton Court, Digby Road, Sherborne. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Every first Thursday of the Month. Teams of 4 and entry is £5 per person. Cash prize for the winning team! Booking essential. 01935 815544

Friday 06 April / The Big Breakfast In aid of Cancer Research UK  Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. 8am – 12.30pm. Full English £6, Bacon Baps & Sausage sandwiches £3.  Takeaways available.

Friday 06 April / Cross Channel Links From Bronze Age to Saxon Period Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7pm.Talk by Prof. Sir Barry Cunliffe. DHNAS members £3, £5 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Friday 06 April / From Fight to Flight – a year through my lens United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. 7:30pm An illustrated talk by Charlie Wheeler, Abbotsbury Swannery Supervisor. £2 members/£3 non members. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Friday 06 April / Folie A Deux The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport. 7:30pm. Folie a Deux is performed by comedy duo Chiara Goldsmith and Roisin O’Mahony.  Age 12+.  01308 424901  www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk

Saturday 07 April / A Pair of Blue Eyes Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 10am. Speakers discuss Hardy’s novel. £16, £8 cons. 01305 251501

Saturday 07 April / RNLI Coffee Morning United Church, East Street, Bridport. 10am-Noon. Cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac and RNLI Souvenir.

Saturday 07 April / Coffee and Jazz St Swithun’s Church, Allington, Bridport. 11am. Mood Indigo Coffee and Jazz. Dan Shackell Sax, John Snow Bass, Sue Smith keyboard, familiar jazz standards. retiring collection to raise money for Shelter box.

Sunday 08 April / BMW Concurs Event Sherborne (New) Castle, New Road, DT9 5NR. 10am-4:30pm.  www.bmwcarclubgb.uk

Sunday 08 April / Bushwhacker Tours Coopers Circle, Allington Hill, Bridport. Entrance via main gate Hospital Lane/ Foraging course 10am-2pm £6/ Tracking course 12pm-4pm £6. Both courses £10. Inc. camp fire lunch. Book via: cooperscircle@gmail.com

Sunday 08 April / Thanksgiving Service St. Marys Church, Bridport, DT6 3NW. 3pm. Thanksgiving service with tea & cake after.

Monday 09 – Friday 13 April / Young and Contemplative Hilfield Friary, DT2 7BE. For 18-30 age range: ‘Change – Transition – Stability’. Suggested donation £100. 01300 341345 hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk

Tuesday 10 April / Spring is in the air Coopers Circle, Allington Hill, Bridport. (Entrance via main gate Hospital Lane.) 10am-12pm.  A morning for toddlers with Kathy Kelly, £4 per child.cooperscircle@gmail.com

Wednesday 11 April / Snappy Head Creatures The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport. 10am-2pm. Using cardboard design & construct your moving mouth puppet creature. Paint, decorate, attach & fabric body to complete your snappy creature. 01308 424901

Wednesday 11 April / Lyme Lunches The Pine Hall, Baptist Church, Broad Street, Lyme Regis. Nutritious, good value lunch, aimed at over 50’s. 2 courses plus tea or coffee £6. Organised by Lyme Forward.  Bookings: Penny Black café (behind the Post Office)

Wednesday 11 April / Dorset Landlord’s Ancestor was an Early Cretaceous Rat Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT11XA. 6:30pm. Talk by Dr Steve Sweetman. DHNAS members £3, £5 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

Wednesday 11 April / Lyme Regis & Charmouth Lifeboat Guild AGM Lyme Lifeboat Station. 7pm for 7:30 pm. Guest speaker:  long-serving Lyme Regis lifeboat crew member & full time Senior Assessor Trainer with the RNLI, Elliott Herbert.  All welcome.

Thursday 12 April / HMS Heron Band: A Night at the Movies Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 7pm for 7:30pm. In support of local charities. Tickets £10 from Nichol World Travel, Dorchester  bailey.wabbas@tesco.net

Saturday 14 April / Organ Recital : Charles Harrison St Laurence’s Church, Affpuddle. 7:30pm. £12 including glass of wine. 01305 848812

Saturday 14 April / “Know your Blood Pressure Day” Lyme Regis. Pop into Fortnam, Smith and Banwell (Estate Agents) 53 Broad Street,  between 10am & 2pm, and have your blood pressure monitored by trained local nurses.  www.stroke.org.uk

Saturday 14 April / Way of the Spoon: Contemplative Spoon Carving In The Spirit Of St. Peter Damian Quaker Meeting House, 95 South St., Bridport. 10am-4pm. Space for Living Spirituality. Donate £10-£40, bring & share lunch. Prebook: iona.lake@aol.co.uk

Saturday 14 April / Arash Moradi Eype Centre for the Arts, Bridport. 7:30pm. Support act Arslan Musika. Tickets £10 adv (£12 door) Kids £5 from Beakat Café until 13th April. undercurrentsessions@gmail.com

Saturday 14 April / Bridport Green Fortnight: Launch Event Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3LF. 7:30pm. Come to find out how we can reduce the use of single use plastics in Bridport. Free entry, bar and refreshments available.  www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk

Saturday 14 April / Organ Recital St Laurence’s Church, Affpuddle. 7:30pm. Recital by Charles Harrison, organist and Master of the Choristers at Chichester Cathedral. Tickets £12 including wine & nibbles. Contact: 01305 848812 or 01305 848959

Saturday 14 April / Brit Valley Rotary Club presents an Auction of Promises Salway Ash Village Hall, DT6 5QS. 7:30pm. Lots to include: have a room decorated, car MOT & much more! Tickets £5 from T Snook & Footeprints (inc. Cheese & Wine supper)

Monday 16 April / Friends of Bridport Literary Festival: Eric Ravilious; Family & Friends Arts Centre, South St., Bridport. 2:30pm- 5pm. A talk devoted to Ravilious based on 3 recent books. Hosted by James Crowden. £15 from Bridport TIC. www.bridlit.com

Monday 16 April / Film Show from Moviola: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL. 7pm for 7:30pm.  A beautifully acted, sweet, sad love story. Interval Ice Creams.  www.leighvillage.org.uk/events/moviola/  01935 873269 Tickets £6.

Monday 16 April / Bride Valley Gardening Club AGM Puncknowle Village Hall, DT2 9BD. AGM at 7:30pm followed by Stephen Griffiths – Abbotsbury Gardens Past, Present & Future. Wine & cheese afterwards. Visitors wecome – entry £2.

Tuesday 17 April / Green Quiz The Ropemakers, 36 West Street, Bridport. 8pm. A fun filled evening.  www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk

Wednesday 18 April / Carducci Quartet United Church, South St, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Classical music concert. £15, £3 students. 01305 267992

Wednesday 18 April / Get Fizzical @ Furleigh Estate with an Introduction to Nordic Walking Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, DT6 5JG. Coffee at 10:45am for an 11am start. 1 hr inc. warm up & cool down. Booking essential £10. 01308 488991  furleighestate.co.uk

Wednesday 18 April / Beach Hut Applique Class Boarsbarrow Studio, The Barn House, Loders, DT6 3SA. Make your own beach hut applique. Half day workshop where you will learn how to applique and leave with a completed framed picture. www.boarsbarrow.com

Wednesday 18 April / Meet and Remember Lyme Regis Football Club Pavilion. 2pm–3:30pm.  A memory café for those experiencing memory loss or who have recently been diagnosed with dementia and the friends/relatives/carers who support them. 07704 902604

Wednesday 18 April / Going Green – a matter of belief Bridport United Church, East Street. 7:30pm. Explore the relationship between faith and enviromental issues through short talks, stories and shared experience. Free admission.  www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk

Friday 20 April / How to Self-Publish Workshop Literary & Scientific Institute, East St, Bridport. 9:30am-4:30pm.  Easy-to-follow workshop aimed at beginners taking their first steps to self-publishing £55 (tea, coffee & lunch inc.) Book via: 07976 707786

Saturday 21 April / Dip into Arts and Crafts Dorset Centre for Creatve Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, DT1 3AR. All day. Free entry with charge for workshops. www.jurassiccoast.org/dippy

Saturday 21 April / St George’s Fair Fordington Green, Dorchester. From 11am.

Saturday 21 April / Lyme Bay Chorale’s Spring Concert: A concert of English choral music  St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis. 7pm. Tickets £13 in advance from Lyme Regis TIC. £15 on the door. Under-19s free. Prices inc. LBC’s post-concert buffet.

Saturday 21 April / Movie Night Charminster Pre-School. 7pm. ‘living on the Last Frontier’ and ‘climbing Mt Kenya’. £10. 07899 007722

Thursday 26 April / Druce Farm Roman Villa Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7:30pm. Talk by Lillian Ladle on behlf of Dorchester Asscoiation for Research into local History and Archaeology.

Friday 27 April / Dorset Wrecks Brownsword Hall, Pummery Sq, Poundbury, DT1 3GW. 7pm for 7:30pm. Sea Shanties & Fish and Chips.

Friday 27 April / Learn to Jive Workshop The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport. 7:30pm-9:30pm. Learn the rebellious moves from  the 50s jive. You’ll be rocking and rolling in no time! £12 per person, 16+.  01308 424901 www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk

Saturday 28 April / Black Venn Poetry And Folk Open Mic Galley Café, Broad St, Lyme Regis. 7pm for 7:30pm.  blackvenpress@gmail.com

Saturday 28 April / Beaminster Gallery Quire St Mary’s Church, Puddletown. 7:30pm. Church & village music. £10. 01305 849048 / 848510

Saturday 28 April / Bridport Town Hall Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3LF. 9am-3pm, free entry. A variety of stalls including jewellery, cushions, cards,wood turned items, gifts & present ideas. 01308 424901 www.bridportandwestbay.co.uk

Saturday 28 April / Afternoon Concert St Mary’s Church, Beaminster. 3pm by the Camilli String Quartet. Programme to include Haydn Op.76 no.3 and Dvorak ‘American’ quartet. Tickets £12 from Yarn Barton Beaminster/ Bridport Music/ on the door. 01308 862715

Saturday 28 April / Bridports Multicultural Springtime Celebration St Swithuns Scout Hut, Bridport, DT6 5DS.   Noon-3pm. Join our multicultural 3D sculpture, world food refreshments, maypole dancers & world music. Free entry. 01202 392954

Sunday 29 April / Dorset Heroes of World War II Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7:30pm. Talk by Christopher Jary.





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