Out & About

 

What’s on in and around Dorchester

 

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May

 

Until 3 June
Birds of Prey Display. Abbotsbury Swannery

14 May-29 July

Exhibition ‘Thomas Hardy Poetry in Pictures’ by Jennifer Martindale. Tea Room Dorset County Museum

15 May 6.00pm-8.00pm
For the Love of Words – Writing workshop. Tickets £5. Shire Hall. Contact louisaparker3@hotail.com

15th May, 10.00am – 3.30pm
Fun Day experimenting with mixed media The Studio Briantspuddle £55 all materials provided (except paper) Tel: Marilyn Allis 07789026546

15 May 7.00pm
‘The Serpent & its local connections’, Talk, music & poetry with Phil Humphries. Dorford Centre William Barnes Society

15 May 1.30pm-2.30pm
Sensory Walk (Dementia Friendly). Hardy’s Visitor Centre. Higher Bockhampton. Tickets £3

16th May 10.00am-3.30pm
Brusho Animals Workshop. The Studio Briantspuddle £55 all materials provided (except paper) Tel: Marilyn Allis 07789026546

16 May 10.00am-1.30pm
Christian Aid Week Market. United Church

16 May 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
The Immigrant • Chris Michael’s New Slapstick show Dorchester Corn Exchange £13 / £11 members & concessions Suitable for age 12+

17th May 10.00am-3.30pm
Pebeo & other mixed media The Studio Briantspuddle £55 all materials provided (except paper) Tel: Marilyn Allis 07789026546

17-18 May 4.00pm-5.00pm
Tea with Mr Hardy and Marie Stopes. Max Gate. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players for the tea of £3 adult, £2 child.

18 May 7.30pm
Namvula Winterborne Stickland Village Hall 01258 880920. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam.

19 May 7.30pm
Namvula. Broadmayne Village Hall 07443 659912. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam. www.artsreach.co.uk or www.namvula.com

19-20 May 10.00am-4.00pm
Spring Tide Food Festival. Burton Bradstock, Hive Beach. £2 entry, sorry no dogs.

19-20 May 10.30am-5.30pm
Meet a Musketeer. Corfe Castle

20-24 May 11.00am-4.30pm
Athelhampton flower Festival. Athelhampton House and Gardens

20 May
Cancer Research UK ‘Race for Life’ Kingston Maurward

19-20 May 10.30am-5.30pm
Meet a Musketeer at Corfe Castle

21 May 10.30am-12 noon
Hapazome or ‘leaf-dyeing’ workshop. Special dementia friendly workshop. Thorncombe Woods, Hardy’s Visitors centre All ages are welcome. Hot drinks are included and donations of £4 are suggested. Booking essential 01305 251228 or email hardysbirthplace@dorsetcc.gov.uk

23 May 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Stacey Kent – I Know I Dream. Dorchester Corn Exchange £23 / £21 members & concessions

23 May 7.30pm
Following in the Footsteps of Paul Robeson’s – talk. Shire Hall. Tickets £6

24 May 6.00pm-8.00pm
For the Love of Words – Writing workshop. Tickets £5. Shire Hall. Contact louisaparker3@hotail.com

24 May 8.00pm
Call Mr Robeson: A Life, with song Corn Exchange £13 / £11 conc.

25 May-7 June
Dorset Art Week. Exhibition in Borough Gardens House.

26 May-10 June
Dorset Arts Week

26 May-3 June
King Tut’s Treasure Hunt. The Tutankhamun Exhibition.

26 May
Badger Watch – March through town and music

26-27 May
Sci-Fi Invasion. Bovington Tank Museum

26-27 May 10.30am-5.00pm
Cicil War: Besieged. Corfe Castle

26 May-3 June
Half term activities at Bovington Tank Museum

26 May – 3 June
Jurassic Seas at Weymouth Sealife Park

26-28 May 10.00am-4.00pm
Moreton Flower Festival. St Nicholas’ church. Free

26 May 6.30pm-10.00pm
An evening with Graeme Souness. Tickets £50 including two course meal. George Albert Hotel and Spa, Evershot.

26 May-31 Aug 10.00am-4.30pm
Sculpture at the Walled Garden, Moreton.

27 May
Dorchester Marathon and half Marathon. Coker’s Frome Showground.

27-28 May 2.00pm-6.00pm
Open Gardens at Sydling St Nicholas. 15 gardens will be pen and the church will also be open, and there will be afternoon cakes, teas and other refreshments on sale at the village hall throughout the day. Proceeds go towards the village hall. Tickets £4.50 at the hall from 2pm.

29 May 10.30am-12.30pm
Hapazome or ‘leaf-dyeing’ workshop. Thorncomber Woods, Hardy’s Visitors centre All ages are welcome. Hot drinks are included and donations of £4 are suggested. Booking essential 01305 251228 or email hardysbirthplace@dorsetcc.gov.uk

29 May 11.00am-2.00pm
Pre-Carnival Parade workshop. Brownsword Hall, Poundbury Costume making, wheel decorating plus lots more.

29-31 May 10.00am-5.00pm
‘Land’ nature tales from the Mother of the Mound. Corfe Castle

30 May 10.30am-12.30pm
Craft Academy at Dorset County Museum. Children 5-11 accompanied by an adult. Free

30 May 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Persuasion -Theatre6’s Corn Exchange £13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

31 May 7.00pm
Talk by Helen Angear – ‘Thomas Hardy’s Fans Mail’. Dorset County Museum. Members £3, Non-members £5. Contact the Museum to book

31 May 7.30pm
Talk by Rob Curtis – ‘Turnpikes and Dorset’s Coaching Days’. Dorford Centre.

31 May 11am & 1.30pm (doors half an hour before each performance).
Stones and Bones – Squashbox Theatre Dorchester Corn Exchange. £8 / £6 members, concessions and under 18s / £25 family ticket (max. 2 adults)

31 May 2.45pm
Crafty Dinosaurs! – Workshop. Corn Exchange. Ages 5 -12

31 May 8.00pm
Calan. Corn Exchange. £16 / £14 members & concessions

 

June

 

1 June 200pm-4.00pm
Midsummer Madness – Costumes Workshop. Corn Exchange/Town Hall

1 June 8.00pm (7.30pm doors & bar)
An Evening with Sunny Ormonde. Corn Exchange. £14 / £12 members & concessions

1 June 2.00pm-4.00pm
Pre-Carnival workshop. The Corn Exchange. Costume making, wheel decorating plus lots more

1-3 June 10.30am-5.00pm
Wildlife workshops. Corfe Castle.

2 June
Tenebrae: Spanish Glories of the 16th Century Workshop: 12pm-2pm (Town Hall £5) & (7.00pm St Mary’s Church) £25 / £23 members & concessions

2 June 10.30am
Thomas Hardy birthday weekend walk – ‘Return of the Native’ A 3-4 mile walk on Egdon Heath led by Tony Fincham. Meet at Thorncombe Wood car park. 2.00pm
Afternoon lecture by Prof. Roger Ebbatson ‘Materiality and Spirituality in Jefferies and Hardy: The Dewey Morn/Tess of the d’Ubervilles.’ 5.00pm Dorchester Town Council parade and wreath laying at the Thomas Hardy statue at Top O’ Town and the statue of William Barnes outside St Peters Church.

3 June 10.30am
Service at St Michael’s, Stinsford for Thomas Hardy’s birthday.

3 June 7.30pm (refreshments from 6.30pm)
Romeo & Juliet – The HandleBards. Maumbury Rings. £13 / £11 Members and concessions/£40 family (max. 2 adults)

3 June
The 19th Hardy County Classic Tour. Vintage & Classic vehicles of all types. The tout will start from Hampton Farm Business Park, Higher Bockhampton.

4 June
Journey to Justice and Radical Dorset. Exhibition. Shire Hall

5 June 10.00am-12.00pm
Wildlife Wander. Higher Bockhampton. Tickets £3. Meet in car park.

6 June
D-Day Commemorations at the Keep Museum 6 June 7.00pm
Living Spit -One Man & His Cow – A play, a pie and a pint!

Sixpenny Handley Village Hall. 07751 525200. £15 Suitable 8+ 7 June 3-4.00pm
Poetry at Max Gate: Thomas Hardy. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players of £3.

7 June 7.00pm
Living Spit -One Man & His Cow A man. Drimpton Village Hall, 01308 867442. £15 www.livingspit.co.uk

7-8 June 10.30am-5.00pm
Civil War Sutler. Corfe Castle.

8 June 8.00pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Black Water County – folk/punk. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £12/£10 members & concessions

9-10 June (9 June 8pm – 10 June 3pm)
Wuthering Heights – Hotbucke Theatre. Corn Exchange. £13 / £11 members & concessions

9 June 12.00pm – 8.00pm
Corscombe Fest – Fun and Music all day long Corscombe Court. Stalls, Classic cars, food, bar, kid’s area, dog show, plus music. Tickets on the door £2 – free parking. www.corscombe-fest.org

9 June noon
Gypsy and Traveller Day – Borough Gardens

9 June 2.00pm-4.30pm
Summer Fete. Holy Trinity Parish Church

9-10 June 10.00am-5.00pm
Civil War falconry. Corfe Castle.

12 June 1.00pm-4.00pm
Tuneful Stories. Max Gate

13 June 8.00pm
Human Cargo. Shire Hall. Tickets £10/13

14-15 June 6.30pm (doors 6pm)
DYT Juniors and Intermediates – Ella / Wind in the Willows. Corn Exchange. £7.50 Adults / £4 Under 18s

14-16 June
Wynn’s Funfair – Fairfield

15-16 June 10.30am-5.00pm
Wildlife workshop. Corfe Castle

15-16 June
Dorset Midsummer Music Festival. Warren Farm, Bulbarrow, Blandford Forum. Tickets £8 adult, £3 child, £27 family

14-15 June 10.30am-5.p00m
Civil War Sutler. Corfe Castle.

14-15 June 9.00pm-11.00pm
Late night glow worm hunt. Hambledon Hill. Child Okeford. Booking essential 0344 2491895. Adult £7, child £3

16-17 June 2.00pm-6.00pm
Cerne Abbas open Gardens – proceeds to Cerne Valley Scout Group and the Dorchester County Hospital Cancer Appeal. Plant stall, and teas in St Mary’s Church from 1.30pm. £7 for a day ticket, £10 for both days from village car park. Children free.

16 June
Dorchester Carnival -Carnival activities from 11.00am Borough Gardens and Brewery Square. Carnival parade 4.30pm starting from Borough Gardens to Brewery Square via Fairfield, Weymouth Avenue to South Street, Antelope Walk back to Borough Gardens. Theme this year Madness!

16 June 10.00am-10.00pm
Midsummer Madness Music. FREE South street, Borough Gardens, Brewery Square.

16-17 June 10.00am-5.00pm
Civil War falconry. Corfe Castle.

16 June 11.00am-4.00pm
Family dog show – Weldmar Hospice.

17 June 4.00pm
Service at St Catherine’s Chapel, Abbotsbury

19 June 1.30pm-2.30pm
Sensory Walk (Dementia Friendly). Hardy’s Visitor Centre. Higher Bockhampton. Tickets £3

20 June 7.30pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School-The Mill on the Floss. Frampton Village Hall. 01300 320607. £10, £8 u18s

22 June 8.00pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) The Producers – blues. Corn Exchange. £14 / £12 members & concessions

22 June 7.30pm-9.00pm
the Bridport Wildcat Strikes. Talk. Shire Hall. Tickets £3

23-24 June
Puddletown open Gardens. Quiz for children in each garden, tombola, plants, and home-made preserves. Guided tours of St Mary’s Church (£2) from 1pm to 5pm, subject to weather. Free parking in Puddletown doctor’s surgery car park. Entry to gardens only is £5, children under 12 free from village hall. Proceeds towards St Mary’s Church fabric fund.

24 June
Sutton Poytz Victorian Street Fayre.

23-24 June 10.00am-5.00pm
Civil War falconry. Corfe Castle.

23-24 June
Pop Badge Swap Weekend at Weymouth Sealife Park

23-24 June
Giants Head Marathon and Hill race. Sydling St Nicholas-Sat 23nd 10K Marathon 8.30am & 10.00am – Sun 24th 2 Bell Races 9.00am & 10.00am. www.whitestarrunning.co.uk

24 June
Open day and County Fair at Kingston Maurward

24 June 7.30pm
Tashi Lhunpo Monks-The Power of Compassion.Springhead Gardens. £10, £7 u18s & friends, £28 fam. An evening of chant, mantras, music and dance by Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. www.artsreach.co.uk or www.tashi-lhunpo.org.uk

26 June 10.30am-12.30pm
Hapazome or ‘leaf-dyeing’ workshop. Thorncombe Woods, Hardy’s Visitors centre. All ages are welcome. Hot drinks are included and donations of £4 are suggested. Booking essential 01305 251228 or emailhardysbirthplace@dorsetcc.gov.uk

28 June 7.00pm-9.30m
Open Air Theatre: Dr Dolittle. Corfe Castle. Tickets adults £16, child £8, family £40 Booking essential on 03442491895

29 June 7.30pm
‘The Trumpet Major’ – The New Hardy Players. Max Gate – gates open at 6.30pm. Tickets £12.50. Booking essential at TIC 01305 267992

29 June-1 July
Tankfest. Bovington Tank Museum

30 June 2.30pm
The Trumpet Major • New Hardy Players. Watercombe House, Owermoigne

30 June- 1 July 10.00am-5.00pm
Civil War falconry. Corfe Castle.

 

July

 

1 July 12.00pm-3.00pm
100 years of Women’s Suffrage celebrations. Borough Gardens. Viva women’s choir will be singing during the afternoon.

1 July 7.30pm
Pop-Up Opera – Mozart Double Bill: Bastien & Bastienne and The Impresario. Herrison Hall. 01305 269512. £18 www.artsreach.co.uk /www.popupopera.co.uk

1 July 10.00am-5.00pm
Plants Finders Sale. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. £7 admission

3 July 10.00am-12.00pm
Wildlife Wander. Higher Bockhampton. Tickets £3. Meet in car park.

4 July 7.30pm
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School-The Mill on the Floss Sturminster Newton Exchange. 01258 475137. £1, £8 u18s, £32 fam. www.artsreach.co.uk www.oldvic.ac.uk

4 July 3.00pm-4.00pm
Poetry at Max Gate: Thomas Hardy. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players of £3.

5 July 7.30pm (doors 7pm)
DYT Performance Company presents Forty-Five Minutes by Anya Town Hall. 7.50 adults / £4 under 18s. Contains strong language, suitable for Age 16+

5 July 8.00pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Martin James Bartlett. Corn Exchange. £15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

7 July 11.00am-3.00pm
National Meadows Day Burton Bradstock

7 July 3.00pm
Show of Hands and Friends. Abbotsbury Subtropical gardens.

7 July
Family Fun Day on The Great Field, Poundbury, Dorchester. All day event with stalls, games, music etc.

7 July 9.00am to 5.00pm
Armed Forces Day. Borough Gardens. FREE event. Further information. www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

7-8 July 2.00pm to 6.00pm
Open Gardens in Upwey – around 25 gardens will be open. Craft stalls, local potters, vintage vehicle display. cream teas, coffees and cakes, and art exhibition in the Old School Hall. £4 per adult for both days, accompanied children free

8 July 2.30pm
The Trumpet Major – New Hardy Players. Bridehead House, Littlebredy.

8 July
‘Swing time’ Music in Borough Gardens from noon. FREE event

8 July
Postcard Fair – Corn Exchange and Town Hall.

12 July 1.00pm (doors 12.30pm)
Dorchester Piano Quartet. Dorchester Corn Exchange Free (donations welcome)

13 July 7.30pm
The Cherry Orchard – Miracle Theatre. Outdoor theatre at Maumbury Rings

13 July 7.00pm-9.30pm
Open air theatre: ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. Corfe Castle. Pack a picnic to enjoy from 6.30pm. Adult £16, child £8, family £40 Booking essential 0344 249 1895

13-15 July
Tolpuddle Rally. Tolpuddle.

13 July 7.30pm
The Trumpet Major – New Hardy Players. Cerne Rectory, Cerne Abbas

14-21 July
Thomas Hardy Festival and Conference. Further information: www.hardysociety.org

15 July 7.30pm
The Trumpet Major – New Hardy Players. Kingston Maurward College (part of the Thomas Hardy Society Conference and Festival),

16 July 7.30pm
Portrait of Tess/Mr Hardy’s War (In association with The Thomas Hardy Society). Corn Exchange. £13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

 

Markets and other regular events

Poundbury Farmer’s Market is held on the 1st Saturday of the month

Bridport Farmer’s Market is held on the 2nd Saturday of the month

Dorchester Farmer’s Market is held on the 4th Saturday of the month

Sherborne Farmer’s Market is held on the 3rd Friday of the month

Broadmayne Community Market is held on the third Friday of the month at St Martin’s Community Hall, Broadmayne.

Dorchester Country Market every Friday from 8.30am-11.00am at The Corn Exchange.

 

Corn Exchange regular bookings

Dorchester Bridge Club – Monday Evenings
Pilates Classes – Tues 10.30-2.00pm
Parkinson Dance Class – Tuesday 3.00pm-4.00pm
Leroc Dance Classes – Tuesday Evenings
Taekwondo – Tuesday Evening
Fizzy Boppers Children’s Dance Classes – Wednesdays am
Argentine Tango Classes – Wednesday Evenings
Connect – DA – Thursday morning
Pop Club – DA – Saturday mornings

 

Other regular events

Dorchester Art Club is a friendly, sociable non-profit making club, who meet Thursday afternoons at St Georges Church Hall, Fordington from 2-4pm. Contact details Carol-Ann Nichols on 01305 260539.

Reay’s Traditional Taekwondo (Kukkiwon & Chung Do Kwan) – Classes held Saturdays 11.00am-1.00pm at Dorchester Health and Fitness, Old Salvation Army hall, Durngate Street. First lesson free. Suitable for all ages and abilities. For more info email cjreay28@gmail.com or ring 07497081134

Guinea Kidz – baby and toddler group meet every Friday 10.00am-12.30am at Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens. £2.50 per adult, kids free

T’ai chi chuan classes held Wednesdays 12.30-1.30pm at Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre. Info@jazminvelasco.com or 07905003367

Do Re Mi time – Colourstrings/kodally based music classes – gentle fun for 0-3-year-old. Thursday and Friday mornings at St Mary’s Church. Tel 07725038048 or email rachelgreenwood@yahoo.co.uk

2nd Friday of every month 7-8pm Kirtan – group singing to open the heart and uplift your spirit. £5 Dorchester Yoga & Therapy Centre. 14 Trinity Street. For more info call Sue 07962 797479 or sueblanch@gmail.com

Tuesdays 6-7.30pm Gentle Yoga – gentle physical movement & yoga nidra (deep relaxation). Dorchester Yoga & Therapy Centre. 14 Trinity Street. All welcome. Pre-book by calling Sue 07962 797479 or sueblanch@gmail.com

Most Saturdays 9.30-10.30am Relaxation, yoga nidra 7 gentle yoga. Durnovaria Band Hall, Kings Road, Fordington. All welcome, no experience necessary. £5 Book by calling Sue 07962 797479 or sueblanch@gmail.com

The Kingcombe Centre offers a wide range of courses, walks and talks throughout the year. For details of all courses 01300 320684

Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts based in Poundbury runs a wide range. www.dorsetcreativeartclasses.co.uk

Quiz in aid of Home Start West Dorset every Weds at Dorchester Brewhouse and Kitchen. £1 entry pp (max 6 in team)

Dorchester Strollers is a walking for health group who meet on a Monday and Tuesday morning for a slow 45 min walk (a faster 1 hour walk is also offered) walkingforhealth.org.uk 01305 263759

St Peter’s Mothers’ Union meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 2.15pm. Ring 267724 for details

2nd Friday of every month 7-8pm
Kirtan – group singing to open the heart and uplift your spirit. £5 Dorchester Yoga & Therapy Centre. 14 Trinity Street. For more info call Sue 07962 797479 or sueblanch@gmail.com

Tuesdays 6-7.30pm
Gentle Yoga – gentle physical movement & yoga nidra (deep relaxation). Dorchester Yoga & Therapy Centre. 14 Trinity Street. All welcome. Pre-book by calling Sue 07962 797479 or sueblanch@gmail.com

Most Saturdays 9.30-10.30am
Relaxation, yoga nidra 7 gentle yoga. Durnovaria Band Hall, Kings Road, Fordington. All welcome, no experience necessary. £5 Book by calling Sue 07962 797479 or sueblanch@gmail.com

Telephone numbers are those of the venue/box office/organiser. Dorchester Voice suggests you check for ticket availability and prices (where necessary) before attending. Information in this magazine is published in good faith. The Dorchester Voice does not accept any liability for the accuracy of any material included, nor from any losses or claims arising from any such inaccuracies.