What’s Coming Up

in the area …. 

Sunday 20 May / Alton St Pancras Village Fete Alton St Pancras Church. 1pm -4pm.  charlotte.altonmill@gmail.com 

Sunday 20 May / Poyntington Plant & Cake Sale In & around Poyntington Village Hall. 2pm-5pm. With Royal Celebration Tea. Your chance for some early season bargains.   

Sunday 20 May / Race for life Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester. Run, jog or walk – 5k & 10k. Sign up online:  www.raceforlife.org  

Monday 21 May / Botanical Illustration Talk Puncknowle Village Hall, DT2 9BD. 7:30pm. Bride Valley Gardening Club talk. Visitors £2.  

Wednesday 23 May / Square Meter Gardening Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Road, DT7 3UY. 7:30pm  Talk by Claire Hart on how even with a tiny patch or just a patio- one can still grow veg for a family of four! Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society.  Guests £3.   

Friday 25 May / Quiz Night with Angus McIntyre Brownsword Hall, Pummery Sq, Poundbury. 7pm for 7:30pm.  brownswordevents.org.uk  

Saturday 26 May / Bridport Town Hall Craft Fair Bridport Town Hall, DT6 3LF. 9am-3pm, free entry. Disabled access via Tourist Info. Stalls including jewellery, cushions, cards,wood turned items, gifts & present ideas. 01308 424901  bridportandwestbay.co.uk

Saturday 26 May / An Evening with Graeme Souness George Albert Hotel, Wardon Hill, Evershot, Nr. Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9PW. 6:30pm for 7pm. Photo, signature & meet opportunity. £50 (under 18s from £25) 01935 483431 www.gahotel.co.uk    

Saturday 26 May to Sunday 03 June / King Tut’s Treasure Hunt Tutenkhamun Exhibition, High West St, Dorchester.  tutankhamunexhibition.co.uk 

Sunday 27 May / Dorchester Marathon and Half Marathon Coker’s Frome Showground. All day event.  www.dorchestermarathon.co.uk  

Sunday 27 May / Pirates Day West Bay, Bridport . 12pm-5pm. Pirate games and entertainment for all the family. Games on Fisherman’s Green and West Bay Days Café in the Salt House.  www.westbay.org.uk 

Monday 28 May / Open Day Gartell Light Railway, Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe, BA8 0NB. 10am-4:30pm. Ride a narrow gauge train along part of the old Somerset & Dorset line. 01963 370752 www.newglr.weebly.com 

Wednesday 30 May / Half Term Craft Academy Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT11XA. 10:30am-3:30pm. Children  age 5-11 must be accompanied by an adult. Free 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org  

Wednesday 30 May to Friday 08 June /  Bath & West Show  Nr Shepton Mallet. Great British agriculture, food, drink & entertainment. Tickets on sale at Sherborne & Dorchester TICs. (2 children go free with advance adults.)  www.bathandwest.com/royal-bath-and-west-show   

Thursday 31 May / The Class Of 2017 Boat Launch Lyme Regis Harbour. 9:30am. The Boat Building Academy launch 7 hand-made boats.

Thursday 31 May /  Turnpikes and Dorset’s Coaching Days Dorford Centre, Dorchester, DT1 1RR. 7:30pm. Talk by Rob Curtis on behalf of Dorchester Asscoiation for Research into local History and Archaeology.   

Thursday 31 May / Thomas Hardy’s Fans Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, DT11XA. 7pm. Talk by Helen Angear. DHNAS members £3, £5 01305 756827 www.dorsetcountymuseum.org  

Saturday 02 June / Return of the Native Birthday Walk Thorncombe Wood Car Park, Higher Bockhampton. 10:30am. Led by Tony Fincham 01305 251501 www.hardysociety.org

Saturday 02 June / Hardy Birthday Lecture Dorford Centre, Dorchester. 3:30pm. Lecture by Prof Roger Ebbatson 01305 251501 www.hardysociety.org

Saturday 02 June / Performance by New Hardy Players County Hall, Dorchester. 5pm. 01305 251501 www.hardysociety.org

Saturday 02 June / Thomas Hardy’s Birthday County Hall Lawn/ Hardy Statue, Dorchester. 5pm.  www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk 

Saturday 02 June / Tenebrae: Spanish Glories of 16th Century St Mary’s Church, Dorchester (concert) Town Hall (work shop). Concert 7pm, £25/23. Workshop 12noon-2pm £5. 01305 267992 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

Saturday 02 June / Live Music – ReD The Nag’s Head, 32 Silver Street, Lyme Regis. Live Band from 9pm-11pm 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.com

Saturday 02 June / Summer Event: Friends of the Congregational Library United Church, Dorchester. 11am-4pm. Variety of speeches. 

Sunday 03 June / Great Dorset Bike Ride Top of Town, Dorchester. 10am. 46 miles. Proceeds to Weldmar and UK Cycling charities. Entry £5  www.akweb.org.uk/gdbr

Sunday 03 June / Romeo and Juliet Maumbury Rings, Dorchester. 7:30pm. Performance by ‘The Handlebars’ theatre group.  

Sunday 03 June / Step out for Stroke Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 2pm. Sponsored Walk.  www.stroke.org.uk.stepout 

Sunday 3 June / Tim Edwards Memorial Cricket Day see below

Tuesday 05 June / Holbrook Garden Nursery & Cothelstone Manor Coach From Uplyme, Lyme Regis. 9am  Cothelstone not normally open to public; tour with Owner & High Tea. Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society.  £25 including tea. Rose Mock 01297 34733 or 444927 https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/

Wednesday 06 June /  D Day Commemoration The Keep Miltary Museum, Dorchester. 11am.  www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk

Saturday 09 June / Lyme Regis Day of Morris Dancing Along the Seafront, Lyme Regis. From 11am.Nationwide Morris Dancing, local schools and a Morris Band.  Beach BBQ in eve  Petemorton56@googlemail.com

Saturday 09 June / Summer Fete Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Culliford Road, Dorchester. 2pm-4:30pm.  

Saturday 09 June / Live Music – Fretworks The Nag’s Head, 32 Silver Street, Lyme Regis. Live Band from 9pm-11pm. 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.com

09 Saturday 09 June / Big Band Night Under Concorde Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum 7pm for 8.00. With Bertie’s Big Band and The Kate Kingsley String Orchestra. Tickets £15  www.bertiesbigband.co.uk

Saturday 9 June / Corscombe Fest Fun and music all day long, from 1pm to 8pm. A  traditional event set in the grounds of Corscombe Court with its Moat it’s a unique place for a day out. Great stalls, a superb collection of Classic cars, a variety of food including a hog roast and a bar with real ale.  There is plenty to keep your young ones happy as well in our kid’s area that includes a bouncy castle and assault course. The dogs show is always a good place to start the day. Have a PIMMS on the lawn or a tea and a cake or visit the local food stalls and buy some local produce. PLUS there is music all day long from 1pm, starting off with traditional music and dancing and from 4.30 we have some wonderful pop and rock from Chill – the party band and Kash Folding.Tickets on the door, £2 each. Free parking.  Further info at www.corscombe-fest.org

 Saturday 09 June /  Glanvilles Wootton Village Fete Flower Festival and Photography Competition in the Church, Gillingham Imperial Silver band, fun dog show, have-a-go dog agility and display, Barbeque, Pimms Tent and Teas, games for all and lots of stalls.  To be held at Church Farm, DT9 5QE  1pm to 4pm. For more information please look on our website https://glanvilleswootton.org/fete/ or contact Annie on 01300 345450 or Georgina on 01963 210857

Saturday 09 June / Bradford Abbas Festival of Wheels Rose and Crown, Church Road, Bradford Abbas, Sherborne DT9 3RF 11am – 4pm Classic & Sports Cars, Tractors & Motorcycles, Live Music, BBQ & more . Free -donations to local causes  

Saturday 09 June / Gypsy and Traveller Day Borough Gardens, Dorchester. From noon.

Saturday 09 to Sunday 10 June / West Dorset Vintage Rally West Bay, Bridport 10am onwards. Steam air and country displays. £8, OAPs £5, 11-16 £2, under 11 free with adult. 0791 8961095 www.wdvtsec.com

Sunday 10 June / A Doggy Day Out Forde Abbey, nr Chard, TA20 4LU. 10:30am-4:30pm. £5, under 12s free. 20% discount on additional entry to Forde Abbey House and Gardens.  www.missivyevents.co.uk

Sunday 10 June / Durnovia Silver Band Borough Gardens, Dorchester. 2:30pm.  www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk

Monday 11 June / Tracing your London Ancestors Dorset Family History Centre, Dorchester. 7:30pm for 8pm. Talk by Jane Fox. £2 01202 785623 www.dorsetfhs.org.uk

Tuesday 12 June / Beatrix Potter – Dispelling the Myths or Misconceptions The Dorford Centre, 2 Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RR 7.30pm. Talk by David Stock for National Trust South Dorset Association. NTSDA member £3, non member£4. 01300 321601 www.southdorsetnt.org.uk

Wednesday 13 June / Mr Chips Rides Again Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG. 10am-10:45am Coffee.  Talk 11am-12noon. John Bartholomew talk about school for U3A.  Entry free to U3A, £2 non-members. Mary Bohane  01297 444566 http://www.lymeregisu3a.org/

Wednesday 13 June / Lyme Lunches The Pine Hall, Baptist Church, Broad St, Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. 12:30pm Nutritious good value lunch aimed at over 50s.  £6 Booking: Penny Black Café (behind Post Office). 

Wednesday 13 June / Human Cargo Shire Hall, Dorchester DT11UY 7.30 for 8.00pm. Migratory stories and songs supporting local refugee support groups. £13/10  www.shirehalldorset.org

Saturday 16 June / Guitars On The Beach Lyme Regis Main Beach. 10am-10pm. Beach band of 1000 to perform guitar tributes to those we have lost.  guitarsonthebeach.com

Saturday 16 June / Chedington Open Gardens and Studio Chedington Court and other Chedington locations. 11am-5pm. Artists’ displays and refreshments. £5 (children free). 01935 891925 chedingtonvh@gmail.com

Saturday 16 June / Midsummer Madness at Dorchester Carnival Brewery Square and Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Various entertainments all day including stalls, live music and parade. For details see website:  www.dorchestercarnival.info

Saturday 16 June / Family Dog Show Weldmar Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester. 11am-4pm.  

Saturday 16 June / I hear It In The Deep Heart’s Core. Littlebredy Walled Garden, Littlebredy, Dorchester, DT2 9HL. Workshop 12pm-4:30pm: Shared Reading 5 – 7pm with Rachel Piercey, poet and publisher. Booking ess.  £20 for both, £5 for reading 01308 485169 maya.pieris@btinternet.com

Saturday 16 June  / Poet Workshop and Reading with Rachel Piercey Littlebredy Walled Garden, Littlebredy, Dorchester, DT2 9HL. 12-4.40 workshop (max. 10). Reading 5-7. £20 workshop and reading. £5 reading 1308485169 maya.pieris@btinternet.com

Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 June / 43rd Cerne Abbas Open Gardens 25 private gardens open in Cerne Abbas 2-6pm. Adults £7 for day, 2 days £10, accompanied children free. Car park (DT2 7GD) open from 11am.  www.cerneabbasopengardens.org.uk

Wednesday 20 June / Meet and Remember Lyme Regis Football Club, The Davy Fort, Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis, DT7 3DR. 2pm-3:30pm  Memory Café for those suffering memory loss and their friends/carers. 07704 902604 lymememory@gmail.com

Wednesday 20 June / The Mill on the Floss Frampton Village Hall, Frampton. 7:30pm. £10, U18s £ 8 on door or in advance. 01300 320607/320347 www.artsreach.co.uk

Friday 22 June / What Makes an Effective Criminal? Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, DT13GW. 7pm for 7:30pm. Talk by Asst. Com. Rob Beckley  www.brownswordevents.org.uk

Friday 22 June / Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll 19th Century Style Dorset Centre for Creative Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, DT1 3AR. 6:30pm-8:30pm. Exploring Berloiz’s Symphony Fantastique. £10 including refreshment. 0800 808 9440 / 01305 764723 

Saturday 23 June / Live Music – Defibrillators The Nag’s Head, 32 Silver Street, Lyme Regis. Live Band from 9pm-11pm. 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.com

Saturday 23 June / Mad Jeff’s Reggae Night featuring Papa Yellow Royal Standard, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JF. Live Music from 9pm.  theroyalstandardlymeregis.co.uk

Saturday 23 June – Sunday 01 July /  Beaminster Festival Various venues throughout the town. Music, Theatre, Art, Literature. Lots of events, see website or brochure for details. 01308 862943 www.beaminsterfestival.com

Saturday 23 June – Sunday 24 June / Axe Vale Show The Show Ground, Trafalgar Way, Axminster. 10am-6pm, (5:30pm on 24th). Music, Stalls and displays.  Coach parties and dogs welcome.  www.axevaleshow.com

Saturday 23 June – Sunday 24 June / Bee Weekend The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU 11-4.  A weekend celebrating the bees 01297 444042 www.townmill.org.uk

Saturday 23 June – Sunday 24 June / Puddletown Open Gardens and Church Tower Tours Village Hall for information: DT2 8FY 1.00 – 6.00 pm for gardens. £5, children free. 1.00 – 5.00 for church tower £2 per person.

Sunday 24 June / Open Day Gartell Light Railway, Common Lane, Yenston, Templecombe, BA8 0NB. 10am-4:30pm. Ride a narrow gauge train along part of the old Somerset & Dorset line. 01963 370752 www.newglr.weebly.com

Sunday 24 June / Coast to Coast: Jurassic Motorcycle Run Lyme Regis Promenade (Guncliff). Start 10am. Annual Veteran, vintage and Post War Classic bikes run from Lyme to Weston-Super-Mare for Headway Somerset Charity  www.wcmcc.org.uk

Sunday 24 June / Kingston Maurward Open Day and Food Fair Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8PY 10am – 5pm Free entry. Music by the lake, Dorset Food & Drink and trade stands, Animal Park, dog shows, demonstrations  www.kmc.ac.uk/about-us/openday

Wednesday 27 June / Michaelmas Daisies Uplyme Village Hall, Lyme Rd, Lyme Regis. 7:30pm. Talk by Helen Picton. Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society.  Members Free.  Visitors £3  

Saturday 30 June / An Evening With Jo Burt (Freddie Mercury, The Troggs) Village Hall, Springfield Road, Milborne Port, DT9 5RE. Doors 6:45pm. Show begins 7:30pm. Advance tickets £10 (includes first drink) from Sherborne TIC. Raising funds to refurbish hall.  www.joburt.co.uk

Saturday 30 June / Live Music – Gut & Steel The Nag’s Head, 32 Silver Street, Lyme Regis. Live Band from 9pm-11pm. 01297 442312 www.nagsheadlymeregis.com

Saturday 30 June / Annual Poppy Run New steps on East Cliff Walkway, Lyme Regis DT7 Registration at Lyme Regis Football Club by 10.15 latest.  11am 3Km run (min age 10yrs unaccompanied).  11.15am 10Km. (min age 16yrs).  £5 for 3Km.  £10 for 10Km.  info@lymeregispoppyrun.com

 Wednesday 4 July / Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company: The Mill on the Floss The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1FH. 7:30pm.  With its poignant portrayal of sibling relationships, ‘The Mill on the Floss’ is considered George Eliot’s most autobiographical novel. In this fluid and visceral re-imagining, playwright Helen Edmundson turns George Eliot’s unforgettable story of first love, sibling rivalry and regret into a wonderfully theatrical examination of the psyche of one of classic literature’s most charismatic heroines. A chance to see the stars of tomorrow today as they tour Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.  £10, £8 u18s, £32 family.  https://artsreach.co.uk/event/the-mill-on-the-floss

Saturday 21 July / Leigh Food Fair & Vintage/Classic Car Display A fun day out for all the family. Proceeds go to Leigh Village Hall, The Hub, Yeovil and St Andrew’s Church, Leigh and other charities.  Adults £2, children under 15 Free. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Leigh Village Hall DT9 6HL.  Contact:  Elizabeth Turnbull 01935 873846 or elizabethturnbull70@btinternet.com   www.leighfoodfair.co.uk 

Friday 3 August  / Miracle Theatre Company: The Cherry Orchard Sandford Orcas, Higher Orchard, DT9 4RX. 7pm.  Open-air theatre performance touring via Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity. This summer, Miracle Theatre unpacks Chekhov’s bittersweet comedy about a once-wealthy family, whose idleness and extravagance have brought them to the brink of bankruptcy. Bill Scott’s new adaptation treads the tragicomic tightrope, bringing out all the humour and pathos of Chekhov’s masterpiece which, more than a century after it was written is as popular as ever. £10, £8 u18s, £32 family. Gardens open for picnics. https://artsreach.co.uk/event/the-cherry-orchard 





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