Out & About

 

What’s on in and around Dorchester

 

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January

23 January 2.30-3.30pm
Finger Knitting Snood workshop. The Walled Garden, Station Road, Moreton DT1 8RH. Enquiries 01929 462243

23 January 7.15pm
South Dorset RSPB Group meeting in Committee Room 1 at County Hall. Talk by Steve & Julie Trewella “In the Company of Seahorses”. Admission £3 members, £4 visitors to include coffee and biscuits. Enquiries to suehampson22@gmail.com

24 January 7.30pm
Spitz & Co ‘Les Gloriables’. Comedy inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic French novel Les Miserables, Buckland Newton. Artsreach. Contact 01300 345455

25 January 10.30am-3.30pm
Corfe Castle. Pam White, Corfe Castle historian, revisits the Castle’s rich history on walk & talk tours. Meet in the Outer Bailey by the Mason’s Lodge. Free event but usual admission prices apply. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

25 January 11am-3pm
Inflatable Museum. Tomorrows Museum for Dorset. Broadmayne Village Hall. Entry to the Museum is free. Call 01305 262735 for details.

25 January 8pm
FRIEND (The one with Gunther) 60 minutes. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £14/£12 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts. Booking Office 01305 266926

25 January 2.30pm
‘The Little Prince’ Protein Dance Company. Based on the world-famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Cerne Abbas. Artsreach. Contact 07779 177789

26 January 11am-3pm
Max Gate, Dorchester. Victorian Cooking Demonstration by costumed volunteers. Free event. Usual admission prices. Booking not needed. maxgate@nationaltrust.org.uk 01305 262538

26 January 7.30pm
Spitz & Co ‘Les Gloriables’. Comedy inspired by Victor Hugo’s classic French novel Les Miserables,Winfrith. Artsreach. £10/£8 u18s. Contact 01305 853783

28 January 10am
Wildlife Wander. Two hour walk with the Ranger looking for the bird life and other wildlife of the reserve. Suggested donation £3 per adult. Booking essential. 01305 251228 / hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.govuk

28 January 1.30pm
Wellbeing Walk – a 50 minute stroll through Thorncombe Woods looking out for seasonal changes in the woodland. Free. Booking essential. 01305 251228 / hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

28 January 7.30pm
Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Lecture – “Weymouth to the Channel Islands – a Great Western Railway Shipping History” by Brian Jackson. Meetings start at 7.30pm in the Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester. Non members welcome – small donation suggested. Enquiries 01308 422054 or 01935 813598

29 January 8pm
The National Trust Fan Club (Seabright Productions). Dorchester Corn Exchange. £14/£12 members & Concessions. Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

30 January 8pm
Bowie, Berlin & Beyond. Following in the imaginary footsteps of David Bowie and his Berlin years. Delta Saxophone Quartet. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £14/£12 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

31 January 7.30pm
‘Once Upon a Time Fairy-tale adventure, bursting with physical comedy, absurd jokes and magical illusion from Gonzo Moose. Broadmayne. Artsreach. £10/£6 u18s. Contact 07443 659912

31 January 7.30pm
The Rolling Stones Story. Weymouth Pavilion. Box office 01305 783225

 

February

1 February 10.30am
Lost Words story walk. Thorncombe Woods. Not just for kids! 1.5 hours long. The story walk will entertain all generatins and venture deep into the lost words hidden in the reserve. Free event but suggested donation of £5 per person. Booking essential. 01305 251228 / hardsbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

1 February 8pm
Joli Vyann: Anima. Blurring the boundaries between dance, circus and theatre. One hour, no interval. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £13/£11 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

7 & 8 February
Dorchester Beerex 2020. Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Live music, hot & cold food. £10. Booking essential. www.camradorset.org.uk

8 February 10am
Wildlife Wander. Two hour walk with the Ranger looking for the bird life and other wildlife of the reserve. Suggested donation £3 per adult. Booking essential. 01305 251228 / hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.govuk

8 February 10am-2.30pm
Bridport Vegan Market. Town Hall, Bridport. For more information or to book a stall visit bridportveganmarket.co.uk

8 & 9 February 10.30am-3.30pm
Corfe Castle. Pam White, Corfe Castle historian, revisits the Castle’s rich history on walk & talk tours. Meet in the Outer Bailey by the Mason’s Lodge. Free event but usual admission prices apply.corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

9 February 4pm
‘And before I forget I love you …’ Pip Utton – moving and affectionate performance is about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Piddletrenthide. Artsreach. £10/£6 u18s. Contact 01300 348247

10 February 10.30am
Wellbeing Walk – a 50 minute stroll through Thorncombe Woods looking out for seasonal changes in the woodland. Free. Booking essential. 01305 251228 / hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

10 February 2pm
Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild meeting in Dorchester Community Church, Liscombe Street, Poundbury. Jan Tollerfield will be speaking about Frederick Treves. Visitors very welcome £3. 01305 832857.

11 February 10am-12.30pm
Dorset Button Workshop – Beginners. £15 plus materials costs. Hardy’s Birthplace Visitors Centre. Booking and advance payments required. 01305 251228 / hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

8 January 1.45pm
The Rare Breed. Evergreens Cinema, AGE UK Dorchester, 4 Prince of Wales Road, DT1 1PW. Lights dim at 1.45pm, tea & biscuits served during the showing for £2. Ice creams also available. No need to book. All welcome. Information from Lucy 01305 269444 or email Margaret at aukdmemories@outlook.com

14 February 7.30pm
‘Wit and Songs of Noel Coward’. Peter Gill. Sydling St Nicholas. Artsreach. £8/£5 u18s. Contact 01300 341735

14 February 7.30pm
The Best of That’ll Be The Day. Weymouth Pavilion. Box office. 01305 783225

15-23 February 10am-5pm
Corfe Castle. A series of interactive activities will be on offer at half term. Teddy bear zip wire. Watch missiles launch from the Castle’s medieval siege engine with Trebuchet launches at 11.30am, 12.30pm & 3pm. Play historic games. Try your own medieval costume and be a knight or maiden for the day. Free event but usual admission prices apply. 01929 481294 corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

15 February 8 pm
Patrick Monahan: Started from the Bottom. Now I’m Here! Stand-up comedy. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £12/£10 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 226926

17-21 February
Half Term Pirate Week. Shire Hall, Dorchester. Kids dressed as pirates go free when accompanied by a paying adult. Treasure hunt, parrot spotting, film nights and visitors can create their own wanted poster. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849

17 February 11am
‘The Bird Show’. The Last Baguette. Winfrith. Artsreach. £6/£5 u18s. Contact 01305 853783

19 February 4pm
‘Mazymeg and the Honeybees’ Angel Heart Theatre weave threads of Devon folklore, with an original soundtrack by Dartmoor musicians and shape-shifting puppetry. Milborne St Andrew. Artsreach. £7/£5 u18s Contact 01258 839060

21 February 3pm
‘Mazymeg and the Honeybees’ Angel Heart Theatre. Portesham. Artsreach £6/£3 u18s. Contact 01305 871035

21 February 8pm
Posting Letters to the Moon. Touching portrait of life during the early 1940s. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £15/£13 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

25 February 1.30am
Wellbeing Walk – a 50 minute stroll through Thorncombe Woods looking out for seasonal changes in the woodland. Free. Booking essential. 01305 251228 / hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

25 February 7.30pm
Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Members Evening; a presentation of photographic images drawn from the Society’s Summer Visits in recent years” by Graham Bendall. Meetings start at 7.30pm in the Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester. Non members welcome – small donation suggested. Enquiries 01308 422054 or 01935 813598

26 February
Pen & Wash Workshop at The Studio, Lower Courtyard, Rogershill Farm, Briantspuddle DT2 7HJ. £60. Enquiries & booking 07789 026546. info@marilynallis.com

26 February 8pm
Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us. Stand-up comedy. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £18.50/£12.50 concessions + £1 future fund levy. Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

27 February
Watercolour for Beginners Workshop at The Studio, Lower Courtyard, Rogershill Farm, Briantspuddle DT2 7HJ. £60. Enquiries & booking 07789 026546. info@marilynallis.com

27 February 1pm
Thomas Hardye School. Musical Showcase. Dorchester Corn exchange. FREE (donations welcome). Dorchester Arts. 01305 266926

28 February
Figures for the Scared in Watercolour workshop at The Studio, Lower Courtyard, Rogershill Farm, Briantspuddle DT2 7HJ. £60. Enquiries & booking 07789 026546. info@marilynallis.com

28 February 7pm
Some Like It Hot Gala. Dorchester Corn Exchange. Annual fundraising event. £50 per person/£450 table of ten. Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

29 February 10am-5pm
Corfe Castle. Meet the Keeper of the Castle who will take you on a journey of discovery through 1000 years. Free event. Usual admission prices apply. Meet in the Outer Bailey. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

29 February 10am-4pm
Shire Hall, Dorchester. Jewellery Workshop with Caroline Parrott. Create your own unique jewellery using anodised aluminium that you hand print and dye. Bring an apron & wear old clothes. £65 per person, lunch included. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849 to book.

29 February 10am-5pm
Corfe Castle. Meet the Keeper of the Castle who will take you on a journey of discovery through 1000 years. Meet in the Outer Bailey.corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

 

March

1 March 3pm
Histories of the Unexpected. The Tudors. A fast-paced and revolutionary show for all the family. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £15/£13 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

1 March 4pm
‘WOMANS’ – Romans but with a ‘W’ – the story of Rome from a feminist perspective (comedy). Scratchworks Theatre. Martinstown. Artsreach £10/£6 u18s Contact 01305 889963

2 March 11 am
toooB. Wordless performance for 6-24 month olds and their grown-ups. Strange, beguiling, familiar and full of fun. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £5. Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

2-6 March
Trio Watercolour holiday at Bournemouth’s Masham Court Hotel with Joe Dowden, Trevor Osborne & Marilyn Allis. £260. Information and booking 07789 026546 info@marilynallis.com

4 March 8pm
Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps: Travel & Comedy in the Danger Zone. Dom Joly presents a rip-roaring travelogue featuring stories from his childhood home in the Lebanon – where he went to school with Osama Bin Laden. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £19/£17 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

6 March 7.30pm
Rob Brydon – Songs & Stories. Weymouth Pavilion. £38 all tickets. Box office 01305 783225

7 March 10am-5.30pm
Corfe Castle. 50 things to do before you’re 11 and three quarters wild weekend – no. 16 wear a wild crown. Free event. Usual admission prices apply. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

7 & 8 March 10am-5.30pm
Corfe Castle. Artisan’s Weekend. Join in with artisan volunteers who will be demonstrating medieval techniques on stone masonry, carpentry and crafts including wattle and daub and cow horn. Free event. Usual admission prices apply. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

7 March 7.30pm
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow. Briantspuddle. Artsreach £9/£6 u18s. Contact 01929 471002

10 March 10am-12.30pm
Dorset Button Workshop – Improvers. £15 plus materials costs. Hardy’s Birthplace Visitors Centre. Booking and advance payments required. 01305 251228 / hardysbirthplace@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

 

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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.