Out & About

 

What’s on in and around Dorchester

 

For selected highlights, click here

For Gig Guide, click here

 

November

5 November 10am-12.30pm
Dorset Button Workshop – Improvers. Hardy’s Birthplace Visitors Centre, Thorncombe Woods. £15 plus materials costs. Booking and advance payment required for all workshops. Call 01305 251228 or email hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

5 November 10am
Wildlife Wander in Thorncombe Woods. 2 hour walk with the ranger looking for bird life and other wildlife of the reserve. Suggested donation £3 per adult. Booking 01305 251228 or hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

5 November
Willow Workshop – Hares £75. Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset. Enquiries 07531417209 josadlerforgedwillow.bigcartel.com

6 November 8pm
May (Wyldwood Arts) a one woman show based on the life of ‘the cripple suffragette’ May Billinghurst. Dorchester Corn Exchange. Booking enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk or 01305 266926

7 November 7.30pm
Shire Hall Courthouse Museum Auction of promises. Enjoy an afternoon tea at the House of Lords or spend a spooky night in the cells at Shire hall Historic Courthouse Museum – all for a good cause. The courthouse museum will be holding it’s very first Auction of Promises. All funds raised on the night will be split between Shire Hall, to help with the upkeep of the historic building, and the charity MIND.

8 November 10am
Willow Stick Platters. Kingcombe Centre. £89. Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

9 November 9.30am
Rope weave round baskets at Kingcombe Centre. £89. Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

9 November, 7.30pm
Baroque evening with The Orlando Singers, strings and organ with Director David Fawcett. St Peter’s Church, Dorchester. The concert is dedicated to the memory of Russell Dawson, violinist and churchwarden of St Peter’s. Tickets £12, £5 for students, available on the door or booked in advance via: ticketsource.co.uk/orlandosingersdorset or by telephone: 01929 439052

10 November 10am
Willow Balls and Hearts. Kingcome Centre. £89. Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

10 November 3pm
The Wit and Songs of Noel Coward. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £12/£10 members & concessions. Booking enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk or 01305 266926

10 November 11am
Remembrance Sunday parade and service, War Memorial, South Walks, Dorchester

10 November 2-3pm & 3-4pm
Remembrance Sunday – a selection of poetry and readings at Max Gate. Usual admission prices plus suggested donation of £3 to New Hardy Players. 01305 262538

10 November 7.30pm
‘Origami Mami / Pixelated Squid’, Tentacle Tribe. Martinstown Village Hall. Booking essential. £10/£6 u18s. 01305 889738 www.artsreach.co.uk

11 November 10.30am
Wellbeing Walk in Thorncombe Woods. 50 minute stroll looking out for seasonal changes in the woodland. Funded by Stepping into Nature. Free event. 01305 251228. Booking at 01305 251228 hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

11 November 2 pm
Dorchester Community Church, Liscombe Street, Poundbury. Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild , My Life as a Vet by Martin Fielding. Visitors £3. 01305 832857

13 November 1.30pm
Evergreens Cinema at Age UK, Dorchester. ‘Lady and the Tramp’. Plus a compilation of Judy Garlands’ greatest performances on screen. Cinema lights will dim at 1.45pm.Tea & biscuits served for £2. Ice creams also available. No need to book. All welcome. Contact Lucy 01305 269444 or Margaret at aukdmemories@outlook.com

13 November 7pm
Quiz Night at St George’s Church Hall, Fordington in aid of the Children’s Society. Teams of six or join others. £8 including ploughman’s supper, bring whatever you want to drink. Dorothy Maggs 01305 262436 or Mrs C. Brotherwood (266233)

15 November 7.30pm
‘I Ain’t Afraid of no Ghost’ Little Earthquake. West Stafford Village Hall £9/£6 u18s. 01305 261984 www.artsreach.co.uk

16 November 10am
Lino Printmaking Workshop at Kingcombe Centre. £188. kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

16 November 10am-4pm & 17 November 10am-3.30pm
Macmillan Christmas Shopping Fair at Kingston Maurward College. 50 stalls including gifts, festive food, jewellery. Admission £5. Website macmillanchristmasfair.co.uk

16 November 7.30pm
Methera. West Knighton Church. £10/£6 u18s. 07443 659912 www.artsreach.co.uk

16 November 11am-3pm
Christmas Craft Fayre and Open Day. Masonic Centre, 1 Victoria Square, Portland DT5 1AL. Lots of stalls from local crafters and artisans showcasing their homemade products. Refreshments available. Free entry.

November – 31 January 2020
Romanticising Dorset. Exhibition at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth. Paintings & prints by Leslie Moffat Ward, a Bournemouth based painter and print-maker who was a pivotal and influential figure in the Dorset art scene of the 20s to the ‘70s. 01202 451858

17 November 1pm
‘The Exiled Collector’ a talk by Anna Sebba at the Shire Hall Museum. William Bankes was a 19th century collector of ancient Egyptian artefacts and Spanish paintings intended for his ancestral home, Kingston Lacy. He was forced into exile in Italy to escape prosecution, yet continued to collect for a house he no long lived in nor owned. 01305 261849/ shirehalldorset.org

22 November 8pm
Enter the Dragon (A&E Theatre) A knock-out combination of joy and dissent for anyone considering ageing. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £13/£11 members & confessions. enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

22 & Saturday 23 November 2019 8:00pm
Tincleton Gallery, Tincleton. John Law and David Gordon, excerpts from
 Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

23 November 12-3.30pm
Max Gate. Tim Laycock’s Tess of the D’Urbevilles. An intimate reading of the story of Tess in the study where it was written. Usual admission price apply. 01305 262538

23 November 4-6pm
Balkan Dance Workshop with live music from She’Koyokh. Buckland Newton Village Hall. Places £6. Booking essential. 01300 345455 www.artsreach.co.uk

23 November 7.30pm
Balkan dance with ¬¬She’Koyokh. Buckland Newton Village Hall. £10/£7 u18s. Booking 01300 345455 www.artsreach.co.uk

23 November 7.30pm
‘The Tale of Little Bevan’ Pentabus. Briantspuddle Village Hall. 39. Booking 01929 471022 www.artsreach.co.uk

24 November 10am
Needle Felted Festive Robins at Kingcombe Centre. £79. Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

24 November various times
Stir Up Sunday at Kingston Lacy. Make your own mini Christmas pudding. Usual admission prices plus £2.50. Booking essential 0344 249 1895

24 November 8pm
Card Ninja: Javier Jarquin. Expect deadly and risky fun as Javier Jarquin performs his extreme card-flicking stunts. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £8/£6 members & concessions/£24 family ticket (max 2 adults. enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

26 November
Willow Workshop – Christmas Swags £45. Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset. Enquiries 07531417209 josadlerforgedwillow.bigcartel.com

26 November 1.30pm
Wellbeing Walk in Thorncombe Woods. 50 minute stroll looking out for seasonal changes in the woodland. Funded by Stepping into Nature. Free event. 01305 251228. Booking at 01305 251228 hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

26 November 7.30pm
“The Fire Service During WW2” is the subject of Alan House’s lecture to the Society in The Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester (opposite County Hall). Non-members welcome (small donation suggested). Further details from 01305 871863.

28 November 10am
Chocolate Making Workshop at Kingcombe Centre. £68. kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

28 November 7.15pm
Committee Room 1, County Hall, Colliton Park Dorchester. The South Dorset RSPB will give a talk by Mary Cantrille on “A love of Birds” from the UK and around the world. Admission £3 members, £4 visitors to include coffee and biscuits.

29 November 7pm
Drinks in the Clink: Piratical rum Night at the Shire Hall Museum. Discover your inner pirate at a rum-fuelled night at Shire Hall. Your host is David, Grey Bear Bar Co.’s Master Mixologist. He will take you on a trip to the Caribbean, with the origins of rum and the triangular trade, look at naval connection, of course, piracy! Includes a drink on arrival followed by two cocktails and two rum samples, and a selection of nibbles. Tickets are £25 per person and booking is essential. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

29 November 7.30pm
‘Forget Me Not’. Rob Gee Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. 310/£6 u18s. Booking 01258 839230 www.artsreach.co.uk

29 November 8pm
This is Not a Wedding (Gracefool Collective) – Using wildly entertaining dance theatre Gracefool invite you to be guests at the non-wedding event of the year as they attempt to come to terms with coming of age in a high pressure, low tolerance, success driven society. Dorchester Corn exchange. £12/£10 members & concessions. enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

30 November 10am-1pm
Annual Christmas Fair at St Peter’s Church, Dorchester. Stalls, refreshments, entertainment and Father Christmas. Enquiries and offers of help to to Rosalind Thorpe 01305 259659 email dorset.dweller9@gmail.com

30 November 10am
Christmas Cards, Gift Tags or Pictures in Cut Paper Collage at Kingcombe Centre. £80 Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

30 November-22 December
Christmas Afternoon Tea. Treat yourself to a Christmas Afternoon in Shire Hall café, in the lead up to Christmas. Includes a glass of fizz, finger sandwiches, scones, an assortment of Christmas-inspired cakes and pastries, finished off by a personal dessert. Afternoon teas cost £12.50 per person and booking is essential, please visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

 

December

1 December 4pm
West Gallery Carols. The Ridgeway Singers & Band. Piddletrenthide Church. £8/£6 u18s. Booking 01300 348247 www.artsreach.co.uk

1 December 8pm
Christmas Gothic. Dyad Productions resurrect a Victorian tradition by presenting three seasonal tales of terror to scintillate the gooseflesh for dark Christmas nights. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £14/£12 members & concessions. enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

3 December 10am-12.30pm
Dorset Buttons Christmas Special – All welcome. Hardy’s Birthplace Visitor Centre, Thorncombe Woods. £15 plus materials costs. Booking and advance payment required. 01305 251228 or hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

3 December
Willow Workshop – Deer £80. Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset. Enquiries 07531417209 josadlerforgedwillow.bigcartel.com

3 December 10am
Wildlife Wander in Thorncombe Woods. 2 hour walk with the ranger looking for bird life and other wildlife of the reserve. Suggested donation £3 per adult. Booking 01305 251228 or hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

4 December 4pm
Film Night – Arthur Christmas at Shire Hall. Come and join us for the first of our Family Christmas film nights. We’ll provide popcorn and Hot Chocolate, so all you need to do is bring yourselves and all the onesies, blankets and pillows you need to get comfy. Doors open 4pm the film will start at 4.15pm. We should be finished in time for the younger ones to be put to bed – which we know is important to you parents! Tickets £4.00 per child. Mums and Dads watch for free! For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

5 December 4pm onwards
Dorchester Christmas Cracker. See Dorchester transformed into a late-night Christmas shopping hub this Christmas Cracker. After perusing the outdoor stalls, pop into Shire Hall for a warming glass of mulled wine, and a listen to some traditional tunes by our Victorian Carol Singers. Don’t forget to visit to Father Christmas in his grotto and the peruse the best selection of Christmas gifts in Dorchester, in our gift shop! For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

7 December 8pm
Harriet Kemsley – Slutty Joan. Dorchester Corn Exchange £12/£10 members & concessions. enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

8 December 12-12.45pm & 2-2.45pm
Flute & harp with Virginia & Florence Astley at Max Gate. Music, stories & poetry with a Hardy theme bring Max Gate’s Victorian Christmas to life. Usual admission prices apply plus donation to performers. 01305 262538

8 December
Dorchestra Concert at Sunninghill Hall under their new conductor Catherine Oakley. For more information and if you are interested in joining Dorchestra contact membership secretary at tess.james@zen.co.uk

9 December 10.30am
Wellbeing Walk in Thorncombe Woods. 50 minute stroll looking out for seasonal changes in the woodland. Funded by Stepping into Nature. Free event. 01305 251228. Booking at 01305 251228 hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

10 December 7 for 7.30pm
A Keepin’ up a Christmas. William Barnes Society Yuletide Celebration. Dorford Centre, Dorchester. Members free. Non-members £2. Seasonal refreshments. All welcome. Enquiries 01305 260348

11 December 4pm
Film afternoon, The Grinch, Shire Hall Tickets £4.00 per child and Mums and Dads watch for free! More information shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

11 December 1.30pm
Evergreens Cinema at Age UK, Dorchester. ‘Meet Me in St Louis’. Cinema lights will dim at 1.45pm.Tea & biscuits served for £2. Ice creams also available. No need to book. All welcome. Contact Lucy 01305 269444 or Margaret at aukdmemories@outlook.com

14 December
All day Shire Hall Christmas Extravaganza Father Christmas will be in his grotto all day and visits are £4 per child. The hand bell ringers will be performing at 3pm for free. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849

14 December 7.30pm
Christmas Concert at the Dorford Centre – Dorset Police Male Voice Choir, DASP Schools Choir ‘Skylarks’ and Guests. £7 to include refreshments. Enquiries/booking to Age UK Dorchester 01305 269444.

14 & 15 December 11.30-12.15pm, 12.30-1.15pm 2.15-3pm
Festive Frolics with the New Hardy Players at Max Gate. A seasonal selection of poetry readings, carols and a mummers play performed by the NHP in Hardy’s home. Usual admission prices plus suggested donation of £3 to NHPs. 01305 262538

15 December 4pm
West Gallery Carols. The Ridgeway Singers & Band. Winfrith Church. £8/£6 u18s. Booking 01305 853783 www.artsreach.co.uk

15 December 2 & 4pm
The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! Squashbax Theatre with their celebration of everything Christmassy. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £8/£6 members & concessions/£24 family ticket max 2 adults. 01305 266926 enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk

17 December
Willow Workshop – Deer £80. Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset. Enquiries 07531417209 josadlerforgedwillow.bigcartel.com

18 December 4-6pm
Family Film Club in the Shire Hall Historic Court House Museum. Muppet Christmas Carol. Tickets £4/child, Mum & Dad watch free. Includes Popcorn & hot chocolate. Just bring onesies, duvets & pillows! Booking 01305 261849

18 December 8pm
A Christmas Carol: In Concert (GreenMatthews) A heart-warming retelling of Dickens’ classic tale uses an array of traditional and modern instruments and authentic musical arrangements. Dorchester Corn exchange. £8/£6/£24 family ticket max 2 adults. enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

19 December 8pm
Christmas. Time. (Near-Ta Theatre) A musical comedy for all the family! Charlie & Toby are feeling low. It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £12/£10 members & concessions. enquiries@dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

21 December 12-12.45pm & 2-2.45pm
Flute & harp with Virginia & Florence Astley at Max Gate. Music, stories & poetry with a Hardy theme bring Max Gate’s Victorian Christmas to life. Usual admission prices apply plus donation to performers. 01305 262538

22 December 1-4pm
Festive Tuneful Stories with Tim Laycock. Max Gate. Usual admission prices apply. Tel 01305 262538

31 December 1.30am
Wellbeing Walk in Thorncombe Woods. 50 minute stroll looking out for seasonal changes in the woodland. Funded by Stepping into nature. Free event. 01305 251228. Booking at 01305 251228 hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

 

January

 

7 January
Willow Workshop – Hedgerow Basket £55. Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset. 07531417209. josadlerforgedwillow.bigcartel.com

 

 If you are hosting a local event and would like to advertise it for free in our ‘Out & About’ section, please contact us at jill.bryant@hotmail.com

 

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

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 George’s Church Hall, Fordington from 2-4pm. Contact details Carol-Ann Nichols on 01305 260539.

Poetry Open Mic evening. 7.00pm-9.00pm first Thursday of every month, with complimentary glass of wine (£4 entrance fee). Books Beyond Words, 25 High East Street, Dorchester

Ukelele class (intermediate)  in Tom Brown’s pub. Monday evenings 7.8.30pm. £9. Email Sam Brown at podmusicuk@gmail.com, www.thefabulousukeleleclub.co.uk/www.missambrown.com

Reay’s Traditional Taekwondo (Kukkiwon & Chung Do Kwan) – Classes held Saturdays 11.00am-1.00pm at 2A Railway Triangle industrial estate, Dorchester DT1 2PJ. 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

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

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

Relaxation, yoga nidra 7 gentle yoga. Most Saturdays 9.30-10.30am. 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.