Out & About

 

What’s on in and around Dorchester

 

For selected highlights, click here

For Gig Guide, click here

 

January

Until 12 May
Jurassic Coast – 95 miles of coastline, 3 years of art exhibition. Dorset County Museum

13 January 1.00pm-4.00pm
Tuneful Stories – Poetry and performance at Max Gate. Normal admission price applies

14 January 11.00am
Wedding Fair. Weymouth Pavilion. Free.

19 January 6:00pm
Forest Forge & Bumblefly – The Frog Prince. Portesham
Village Hall. Tickets £8, £6 u18s, £25 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk 01305 871035

19 January 7.15pm
Piddle Valley Barn Dance. Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide. £6 per person, accomp. under 16s free

20 January 7.00pm
Darron Garnet. Sunninghill School Hall. Darron Garnet presents the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Buble and more. Glass of bubbly on arrival followed by supper. Tickets from Rosemary 07788 436797

20 January 7:30pm
Bournemouth Symphony Brass – Spring Fanfare. Milton Abbey. Tickets £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01258 881235

20 January 10.00-2.00pm
Pruning Masterclass, tasting and two course lunch at Crawthorn Farm, Crawthorne. Dorchester. Tickets £39. Please call 01258 839095 for details

20 January 8pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) A Viennese Whirl (Swansea City Opera) Dorchester Corn Exchange. Tickets £16 / £14 members & concessions. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 01305 266926

21 January 2.30pm
(doors & bar 2pm) Codebreakers – The Story of Enigma (Dr Mark Baldwin). Dorchester Corn Exchange. Entertaining account of the legendary codebreakers of Bletchley Park. Tickets £14 / £12 members and concessions / £5 Live for 5. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 01305 266926

23 January
Stepping into Nature (DCC Thorncombe Woods) Poetry Words and Walks. Call 01305 251228 for more information

25 January 7.30pm
Lawrence of Arabia and Dorset – Talk by Peter Preen. The Dorford Centre

26 January 7:30pm
Charlie Bicknell – Fallen Angel. Broadwindsor Comrades Hall. Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets £9. www.artsreach.co.uk 01308 867644

27 January 7:30pm
Charlie Bicknell – Fallen Angel. West Stafford Village Hall. Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets £10, £8 u18s. 07968 633834.

27 January 7.00pm
New Elizabethan Singers – Seven Last Words. St Swithun’s Church, North Allington, Bridport. Tickets £12 (under 18s free) from Bridport Music and Goadsby

28 January 4:00pm
Anonymous is a Woman – Think of England. Halstock Village Hall. Suitable 12+. Tickets £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01935 891744.

 

February

1 February 7:30pm
Bowjangles – The Quest for Excalibow. Chetnole Village Hall. A theatrical, musical journey through myths, folklore and a portal in a cello case in the quest to find the most priceless relic of all, a magical violin bow known as Excalibow. Tickets £10, £6 u18s. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01935 872998

2 February 7.30pm
Fizz Friday Retox Dinner at Crawthorn Farm, Crawthorne. Dorchester. Tickets £49 01258 839095

2-3 February
Dorchester Beerex, Corn Exchange. Tickets now on sale, times vary.

2 February 7.30pm
Archaeology Unearthed: Taking Sides: The ‘Scandinavian-Type’ Flint Axe in Britain by Dr K Walker. Brownsword Hall, Poundbury. £5 non-members/£3 members. 01305 262735

3 February 7:30pm
Bowjangles – The Quest for Excalibow. Morden Village Hall. Tickets £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam
ily www.artsreach.co.uk 01929 459431

3 February 9.00am
Crossways Youth Centre – Café and Table Sale. 01305 854988

3 February 7:30pm
Gonzo Moose – The Thing that cam
e from Over There. Burton Bradstock Village Hall. With comedy and thrills galore, expect visual gags, verbal wit, giant puppetry, and even a little live music! Tickets £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01308 897421

4 February 7:30pm
Gonzo Moose – The Thing that cam
e from Over There. Stalbridge Village Hall. Tickets £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk 01963 362355

5 February
Stepping into Nature (Dorset History Centre) – Inspired by Archives. Dorset History Centre. Enjoy the countryside? Love history? Come and explore both at the Dorset History Centre. The group is open to anyone, including those with mild to moderate dementia; mobility, sensory or learning difficulty; or those who would just enjoy the company. First Monday morning of every month. Call Maria on 01305 228947 or email on m.gayton@dorsetcc.gov.uk for more information or to book.

6 February
Stepping into Nature (DCC Thorncombe Woods) – Poetry Words and Walks. Call Claire on 01305 251228 for more information.

7 February 7.30pm-9.00pm
Jive Workshop (for beginners and advanced beginners). Dorchester Corn Exchange. Gala ticket holders £5 each (£7 for two), non-Gala goers £7 each (£10 for two). www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 01305 266926

8 February 1.00pm-4.00pm
Tuneful Stories – Poetry and performance at Max Gate. Normal admission price applies

8 February 7:30pm
Louise Jordan – No Petticoats Here. Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna. Tickets £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01747 811853

9 February 7:30pm
Louise Jordan – No Petticoats Here. Nether Compton Village Hall. Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women of the First World War who challenged expectations. Tickets £10, £6 u18s. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01935 413220

9 February 7:30pm
Le Navet Bete – Dracula: The Bloody Truth. Toller Porcorum Village Hall. Tickets £9, £7 u18s, £28 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01300 320373

9 February 8pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) Emily Maguire. Dorchester Corn Exchange. Singer-songwriter, composer, poet, multi-instrumentalist. Tickets £13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 01305 266926

10 February 7.30pm
Casterbridge Male Voice Choir and The Dorset Police Male Voice Choir. In aid of Dorset County Hospital Charity Cancer Appeal. St May’s Church, Dorchester. Tickets £8 from TIC

From 10 February
Dippy on Tour. Dorset County Museum. Come along for dino tours of the museum

10 February 8pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. Dorchester Corn Exchange. An evening of superlative live music, with more than a dash of wit and humour from a vintage dance band. Tickets £22 / £20 members & concessions. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 01305 266926

10 February 7:30pm
Louise Jordan – No Petticoats Here. Shipton Gorge Village Hall. Tickets £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01308 897562

10 February
South West Model Show. Bovington Tank Museum

10 February
Charity showing of film Dunkirk. Portesham Village Hall.

10-14 February
Wild Green Tales. Corfe Castle. Find out about local legends, magical myths and gripping yarns. Various times throughout the day. Normal admission price applies.

10-18 February
Half-Term at the Tank Museum, Bovington

10-18 February 10.00am-4.00pm
Warwolf II missile launch. Corfe Castle. Witness a missile launch from Corfe Castles’ trebuchet. Normal admission price applies

10-18 February 10.00am-4.00pm
Teddy bear zip wire and castle quest. Corfe Castle. Normal admission price applies

11 February 8pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) The Sagas of Noggin the Nog. Dorchester Corn Exchange. Age guidance 4+ Tickets £9 / £7 members & concessions / £28 fam
ily ticket (max. 2 adults) www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 01305 266926

11 Feb 3:00pm
Louise Jordan – No Petticoats Here. Cerne Abbas Village Hall. Tickets £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01300 341332

12 February 10am – 12 noon
Children’s Viking Workshop with Arts2Educate. Dorchester Corn Exchange. Using role-play to build a ship and sail the seas, making props for your play. Workshop finale will be a performance for parents. Tickets £7 / £5 conc., just £4 if you also buy a ticket for The Sagas of Noggin the Nog. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 01305 266926

12 February 6:00pm
Tessa Bide – A Strange New Space. Drimpton Village Hall. Travel on a voyage into space, paralleled with Amira’s real-life journey as a refugee across continents, with puppetry and original music. Suitable 4+. Tickets £6, £5 u18s, £20 family. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01308 867442

13 February 11:00am
Tessa Bide – A Strange New Space. Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. Tickets £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01258 839230

14 February 3:00pm
The Bone Ensemble – Where’s my Igloo gone? This event is very visual in nature and contains no spoken English so is extremely accessible to deaf people. Durweston Village Hall. Tickets £7, £6 u18s, £24 fam
ily. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01258 488883.

14 February 7.00pm
Geology Revealed: In search of dinosaurs in the Moroccan Kem Kem by Professor David Martill. Dorset County Museum. Tickets £5 non-members/£3 members

14 February 3:30pm
Angel Heart Theatre – The Return of Little Things. Winfrith Village Hall. Timeless fairy tale, with a visually striking Steam Punk style. Suitable 4+. Tickets £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam
ily. Also ‘Puppetorium’ workshop – puppets will be created from a variety of re-cycled and scrap materials. Places limited, £3. Suitable for ages 7+. www.artsreach.co.uk 01305 853783

14 February 8pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) John Hudson, Mario Lanza and Me. Dorchester Corn Exchange. John shows us how Mario changed not only his life, but also the lives of many more. Tickets £15 / £13 members & concessions. 01305 266926

16 February 4:00pm
Angel Heart Theatre – The Return of Little Things. Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide. Tickets £6, £5 u18s, £20 family. Timeless fairy tale, with a visually striking Steam Punk style. Suitable 4+. Tickets £6, £5 u18s, £20 family. Accompanying ‘Puppetorium’ workshop. Places limited. £3. Suitable for ages 7+. www.artsreach.co.uk 07775 902576

16 February 8pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) We Are The Lions, Mr Manager (Townsend Productions). Dorchester Corn Exchange. We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager! is the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Strike. Tickets £13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 01305 266926

19 February onwards.
Spring is here at Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens. Enjoy the Camelia groves and Magnolias. 10-14 February
Wild Green Tales. Corfe Castle. Find out about local legends, magical myths and gripping yarns. Various times throughout the day. Normal admission price applies.

20 February
Stepping into Nature (DCC Thorncombe Woods) – Poetry Words and Walks. Call Claire on 01305 251228

22 & 28 February 1pm
(doors 12.30pm) Thomas Hardye School Musical Showcases. Dorchester Corn Exchange. The Thomas Hardye School presents a concert series of solo performances by sixth-form students taking Music A-level. FREE (Donations welcome). www.dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

23 February 7.10pm
Piddle Valley dances – Piddle Valley First School. Contact Sally Condon for more info 01300 348250

23 February 8.00pm
Screening of film ‘Fury’. Bovington Tank Museum. Watch the film sitting amongst the tanks at the museum. £18.95. www.tankmuseum.org

23 February
A Dorchester Story 1914-18. Town Hall, Dorchester. Admission free but need to be booked through Event Brite or St Osmund’s School. This is a pre-cursor to the show ‘When the Men Marched Away’ commemorating those who fought and lived in and around Dorchester at the time of the first World War. It will be performed by students of St Osmund’s School on 27 & 28 March at Thomas Hardye School.

23 February 7pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) Black and White (with a Touch of Pink!) Dorchester Corn Exchange. A fundraising event in aid of Dorchester Arts. Join us for an evening of dinner, dancing, music and magic to banish the February blues! Tickets £45pp / £400 for a table of 10. 01305 266926

24 February 7pm
The Ridgeway Singers & Band – A Barnes Supper. Portesham
Village Hall. A feast of Dorset fayre to celebrate the birthday of William
Barnes with the Ridgeway Singers & Band. Tickets £18. www.artsreach.co.uk. 01305 871035.

24 February 1.00pm-4.00pm
Tuneful Stories – Poetry and performance at Max Gate. Normal admission price applies.

24 February 11.00am-3.30pm
Traditional Victorian Fayre. Corn Exchange. Entry £1 adults, children free. In aid of the William
Barnes Society and St Peter’s Church.

25 February 7:30pm
The Graham
s. Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. Tickets £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam
ily. 01258 839230

28 February 8pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) Mike Denham
Speakeasy with Mike Snelling. Dorchester Corn Exchange. Tickets £14 / £12 members & concessions. 01305 266926

 

March

1 March 8pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) Dylan Thomas: Clown in the Moon (Rhodri Miles). Dorchester Corn Exchange. Clown In The Moon is a dram
atic portrait of the poet’s chaotic, frequently hilarious, and all too brief life. Tickets £13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 01305 266926

2 March 7.00pm
Archaeology Unearthed: Verging on the Atlantic: Bronze Age connectivity between Iberia and the British Isles. Dorset County Museum. Tickets £5 non members/£3 members

2 March 8pm
(doors & bar 7.30pm) George Egg – DIY Chef. Dorchester Corn Exchange. George Egg with more live cooking and comedy. Tickets £13 / £11 conc. / £5 Live for 5. Age 14+ www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. 01305 266926

3-4 March
Lambing Weekend. Kingston Maurward Animal Park & Gardens

6 March
Stepping into Nature (DCC Thorncombe Woods) – Poetry Words and Walks. Call 01305 251228 for more information.

7 March
DVCA Car Auctions. Athelham
pton House

8 March 7.00pm
Literary Lives: Hardy’s Schoolrooms by Dr Jonathan Godshaw Memel. Dorset County Museum. Tickets £5 non-members/£3 members. 01305 262734

 

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

 

Other regular events

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

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.