Out & About

 

What’s on in and around Dorchester

 

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July

8 July 2 pm
Scarecrows of Loders. A talk by Louise Peraux to the Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild at the Dorchester Community Church, Poundbury. Visitors welcome £3. 01305 832857

9 July 1-1.45pm
Woodland Poetry Walk. Hardy’s Cottage. Meet 1 pm at the Visitor Centre, Thorncombe Woods. No Charge but donations welcome. Nationaltrust.org.uk/hardys-cottage 01305 262366

10 July 2 pm
Behind the Scenes Tour. Shire Hall, Dorchester. Tour £2 per person in addition to a valid Museum Annual Pass. Limited availability. Booking advised. Visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849

11-14 July
Cerne Abbas Music Festival, classical music at St Mary’s Church with the Gaudier Ensemble. Festival office 07527 528673 cerneabbasmusicfestival.org.uk

11 July 8 pm
Mallets by Rex Fisher Corn Exchange Dorchester. Age guidance 14+. £10/£8 members & concessions. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

12 July 9.30am
Morning with Moths. Kingcombe Centre. £19. 01300 320684

12 July 7 pm
Down Gin Lane with the Grey Bar Company at the Shire Hall, Dorchester with Master Mixologist Lloyd Brown on a trip down Hogarth’s Gin Lane. £30 to include a gin on arrival followed by 2 cocktails and 2 gin samples and a smorgasbord of Dorset delights. Info at shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849

12 July 7.30 pm
A Perfect World. Miracle Theatre. Outdoor Theatre, Maumbury Rings. Refreshments from 6.30 pm. £13/£11 members & concessions/£40 family ticket (max 2 adults). Bring a chair and a picnic! 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

12-14 July
Dorset Moon featuring Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon. Nothe Fort, Weymouth. Free. dorsetmoon.com

12-14 July
Dorset Food Festival. Langmoor Gardens, Lyme Regis.

13 July 3-5pm
Action for Children’s 150th anniversary at United Church Dorchester, 29 South Street, Dorchester. Tea, Coffee and homemade cakes will be provided. Entry is free.

14 July 10.30am
Action for Children’s 150th anniversary service at United Church Dorchester. All are welcome.

13 July
Poundbury Motorcycle Show 2019 Info. 07554440305

13 July 10am-2.30pm
Bridport Vegan Market, Bridport Town Hall

13 July 1-5pm
Yetminster Fair. One of the oldest street fairs, running almost continuously since the 13th century. Morris dancers, Ukulele band, Irish dancers. Circus workshop, poetry exhibitions, plays, food, drink & many stalls. 01935 872338

13 July 10.30am-6pm-14 July 11am-5pm
Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival. Weymouth Harbour

13 July 7.30-9.30pm
Open Air Theatre at Corfe Castle. Illyria present The Tempest. £18 adults £9 child Family £45. Booking call 03442491895 corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

13-14 July 10am-5pm
Festival of archaeology at Corfe Castle. Learn about tin-casting, pottery making and wattle & daub through to some of the world first cameras and moving pictures. Nancy Grace, reg. NT Archaeologist will be revealing the secrets of her excvavation tool box at 10.30am and 2pm each day. Free event. Usual admission prices apply. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

13-14 July 2-6pm
Upwey Open Gardens. Village cottages & period house gardens, pottery demonstrations, art exhibition, delicious teas, 13th Century Church. Free parking. Programmes 34. jacfau@ail.com

14 July 2-5pm
Open Garden for NGS. Broomhill, Dorchester DT2 0PU. £5 Children free. Home made teas. 01935 83266

19-21 July
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. Tickets & information Tolpuddlemartyrs.org.uk/festival/programme

19 July 4-8pm
Apollo – One Giant Leap! A cantata for 500 children’s voices, 13 piece ensemble and community singing by local composer and musician Geof edge. Maumbury Rings. Free event. www.moonburyrings.co.uk / www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

19 July 7.30-9.30pm
Open air Theatre at Corfe Castle. Chapterhouse Theatre Co present A Midsummer Night’s Dream. £18 adults, £9 child, family £45. Booking 01929 481294 corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

20 July 2pm-5pm
Piddlehinton Village Fete. This year’s fete will be held in the lovely English garden at East Farmhouse, Piddlehinton by the River Piddle and celebrations will include the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.

20 July 11am-4pm
Dorset Police are holding an Open Day at Winfrith Police HQ, DT2 8DZ. Meet some of the units working in the county including the dog unit, the drone unit and the firearm unit.

20 July 10am-4pm
14th Leigh Food Fair & Vintage/Classic Car/Bike Display. Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL. Adults £2 Children under 15 free. 01935 873846 Elizabeth-turnbull70@btinternet.com

20-21 July 10.30am-5.30pm
Medieval Games in Corfe Castle. Free event. Normal admission prices apply. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

20-21 July 10.30am-5.30pm
Victorian family Weekend at the Nothe Fort, Weymouth. The ‘Ragged Victorians’, a living history group will be visiting Nothe Fort and ‘surviving’ in the tunnels & cellars underground and re-enacting the lives of the Victorian lower classes. Opportunity to fire and Victorian rifle. Entertainment, singers, dancers, musicians. Victorian games & activities. Experience punishment in the stocks. 01305 766626

20-28 July 10am-5.30pm
Upwey Summer Craft Show. Upwey Village Hall. Stalls, Demonstrations and exhibition of wood carving. piedpipr@btinternet.com

20 July 4-9pm
Open Air Cinema event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. 2 films plus original space footage from the period. Maumbury Rings. Free event. www.moonburyrings.co.uk

20 July-6 September
Wicked Wessex Exhibition: The Cat O’Nine Tails. Find out more at shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849

21 July noon-4pm
Learn to be an Astronaut. Maumbury Rings. Take part in a range of activities involving local scientists and learn about what it takes to be an astronaut. Bring a picnic and your family. Free event. Details see mymoon.org www.moonburyrings.co.uk

21 July 2.30pm
Jurassic Coast Raptors home match v. The London Blitz B. The Avenue Stadium, Dorchester. Free admission. Refreshments available.

21 July 9.30 to 4pm
Classic & Supercars Show, Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne. More than 1,500 private classic and supercars on display. Motor club and trade stands, autojumble, craft fair and catering village.

24 July 10am
Wildflower Walk: Myths & Magic. Kingcombe Centre Dorset Wildlife Trust. £75. Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

24 July-30 August Various opening times
Super Summer Dinosaur Hunt. Exhibition at The Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester

25 July 7.30pm
Free lecture at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester called ‘Love, praise, indifference, blame’ – Hardy’s Emma Poems by Phillip Mallett of the University of St Andrew’s 01305 262735

26 July 10am-3pm
Sarah Butterworth Creatures. Participatory event at Evershot Village Hall, DT2 0JY. £10. www.artsreach.co.uk

26 July 11am-2pm
Biodiversity Day at Hardy’s Cottage. Free event. Usual admission prices apply. Nationaltrust.org.uk/hardys-cottage 01305 262366

26 July 2.30pm
‘Curious Creatures’ Squashbox Theatre. Blandford Corn Exchange. £6 u18s £5 01258 480698 www.artsreach.co.uk

26 July 3.45pm
Puppet Workshop. Squashbox Theatre. Blandford Corn Exchange. u18s £3 01258 480698 www.artsreach.co.uk

26 July 8pm
The Spooky Men’s Chorale. Corn Exchange, Dorchester. £22/£20 members & concessions. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk Box Office 01305 266926

26 July 7.30pm
Holy Moly & the Crackers. Sturminster Newton Exchange £10 u18s £7. 01258 4751137 www.artsreach.co.uk

27 July 11am-5pm
Milton Abbas Street Fair. Traditional street fair with more than 100 stalls offering foods, crafts and music.

27 July 10am-2pm
Dorset Art Market. The Avenue Stadium, Dorchester, DT1 2RY. www.dorsetartmarket.co.uk

27 July 2.30-4.30pm
Puncknowle Fete DT2 9BX. Traditional Village Fete in the gardens of Puncknowle Manor. Home made refreshments. Entry £1.

27 July 2.30pm
‘Curious Creatures’ Squashbox Theatre. Martinstown. £6 u18s £5. 01305 889963 www.artsreach.co.uk

27 July 3.45pm
Puppet workshop. Squashbox Theatre. Martinstown. U18s 33 01305 889963 www.artsreach.co.uk

27 July 7.30pm
Holy Moly & the Crackers. Halstock. £10 u18s £7 01935 891744 www.artsreach.co.uk

28 July 2pm
Pilgrimage to honour William Barnes from St Peter’s Church to Winterborne Came and back, visiting Barnes’ grave. There will be a reading of his poetry by members of the William Barnes Society. For more details, including help for those who need transport, email jtrelewis@hotmail.co.uk

28 July 12 noon
A Summer Sunday with Dillie Keane. Whitcombe Manor by kind invitation of Minette & Alec Waters. £30 to include a drink and canapes. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk Box Office 01305 266926

28 July – 6 September
Paint Freedom – Art exhibition by Bob and Roberta Smith. A new exhibition of portraits and landscapes and the works are in collaboration with the National Trust’s People’s Landscape project. Normal admission prices to Shire Hall. National Trust members get £1 off entry. Free entry for Art Fund members. shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849

31 July 10.30pm-3pm
Love Parks Day in the Borough Gardens, Dorchester. Free donkey rides, face painting and Punch & Judy shows.

 

August

1 August 7pm
‘A Perfect World’. Miracle World. Springhead, Fontmell Magna £12 u18s £8 01747 811853 www.artsreach.co.uk

1 August 2pm-5pm
Burton Bradstock Church Fete, Rectory Garden, Church Street, Burton Bradstock. A traditional village fete held in aid of St Mary’s Church Fabric Fund. Entry: £1

2 August 7pm
‘A Perfect World’. Miracle Theatre. Sandford Orcas. £10 u18s £8. 01963 220208 www.artsreach.co.uk

2-6 August 10am-5pm (4pm on 6th)
Dorset Arts & Crafts Summer Exhibition. Purbeck School Wareham, BH20 4PF. Contemporary & heritage crafts. Art, craft & photography exhibitions & sales, sugar craft & lacemaking exhibitions, have-a-go workshops, art & craft stalls & demonstrations. Refreshments. Adults £5, Seniors £4, Children 6-16 £3, Under 6 free. Families £12, pre-booked coach parties £3.50. www.dorsetartsandcrafts.org 01202 394101

2 August 7-10pm
Music By The Lake, Kingston Maurward College. Elton John & Abba tributes. 5pm doors and car park open. Tickets from Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/music-by-the-lake-2019-tickets-53055765222 or administration@kmc.ac.uk 01305 215000

3 August 9am-5pm
Dorset Food & Arts Festival. Queen Mother Square, Poundbury

3 August 7pm
‘A Perfect World’. Miracle Theatre. Kimmeridge Bay. £10 u18s £8 01305 269512 www.artsreach.co.uk

3 August 7-10pm
Music By The Lake, Kingston Maurward College. Bon Jovi & Queen tributes. 5pm doors and car park open. Tickets 01305 215000

3-4 August
The Great Dorset Chilli Festival. St Giles Park, Shaftesbury

4 August 12pm-4pm
Osmington Summer Fete, Osmington Village Hall, Shortlake Lane, Osmington. Old-fashioned style fete with something for all the family. Dog show, beer tent and lots more.

4 August 1.45-4pm
Music By The Lake, Kingston Maurward College. £15 to include cream tea. U16s free but must obtain ticket in advance. Only available with paying adult. 12pm doors and car park open. Tickets 01305 215000

4 August 2.30pm
Jurassic Coast Raptors home game v The Swindon Storm. The Avenue Stadium Dorchester. Free admission. Refreshments available.

6 August 10am
An Introduction to Bats. Kingcombe Centre Dorset Wildlife Trust. £75 Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

8 August 7pm (refreshments from 6pm)
The Pirates of Penzance. Outdoor Theatre at The Nothe Fort, Weymouth. £16/£14/£45 family ticket (max. 2 adults). Bring a chair or blanket! www.dorchesterarts.org.uk Box Office 01305 266926

9 August 7.30pm
Kabantu. Studland. £10 u18s £7. 01929 450204 www.artsreach.co.uk

11 August 10am-5pm
MG Car Rally at Athelhampton House. Hundreds of cars from all over the country will be displayed on the lawns.

14 August 9.30am
Archaeology of West Dorset. Kingcombe Centre Dorset Wildlife Trust. £68. Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

15 August 2-5pm
Open Garden for NGS. Broomhill, Dorchester DT2 0PU. £5 Children free. Home made teas. 01935 83266

17 August 3-10pm
Dorchester Cider festival. Borough Gardens, Dorchester. A FREE family friendly celebration of the regions finest cider producers, special guests, great food and live music throughout the day.

18 August 2pm
Hangers Heroes Guided Walk Portesham to Abbostbury. Raising funds for local charities. Meet outside Kings Arms carpark in Portesham at 2pm/ Minimum donation payable on the day please £3 (includes points of interest information sheet. To book a place 01305 784995 or email walk4charity2013@gmail.com

18 August 10am
Giant Summer Craft Fair at Weymouth Pavilion

18 August 5pm (refreshments from 4pm)
The Legend of King Arthur, Boxtree Productions. Outdoor Theatre at Maumbury Rings. £11/£9/£36 family ticket (max. 2 adults) Bring a chair and picnic! www.dorchesterarts.org.uk Box Office 01305 266926

22-26 August
Great Dorset Steam Fair, Blandford Road, Tarrant Hinton DT11 8HX Car parks open 7am each day. If you’re looking for an excellent fun and action-packed day out for all the family, you’ll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The sheer scale of the show means that there is always something new to see. On the Day Tickets Thursday to Sunday: £25, Monday: £15 (show finishes at 5pm). www.gdsf.co.uk

19-23 August 9.30am-5pm
Performance 23 August 7.30pm SummerMT@DYT Sunninghill Community Hall. A production in a week culminating in a performance by up to 30 young people taking part in drama, song & dance. Ages 10-18. £125 for the week, some assisted places available) Book 01305 266926 finance@dorchesterarts.org.uk

24 August 12 noon-6pm
ANONYMOUS Free family live music festival at Maumbury Rings.Young local bands, and food and stalls.

22 August 11am
Horrible Histories The Movie. Bridport Arts Centre Box Office 01308 424204

31 August 10am-2pm
Dorset Art Market. The Avenue Stadium, Dorchester DT1 2RY. www.dorsetartmarket.co.uk

 

September

1 September 10am to 3pm
Autumn Plant Fair Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton. Features a large number of independent growers from across the South and South West. Gardens remain open until 5pm. £7 including access to grounds and gardens.

7-8 September
Dorset County Show, Dorchester. Tickets on sale now. 01305 264249 or from Tourist Information Centres

14 September 11am-4pm
Weldmar Summer Fete, Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester. Come and join us for our traditional Summer Fete and help us raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare. Over 40 stalls, delicious food & drink and live entertainment on the Wessex FM Green. Displays including vintage vehicles and Goldwing bikes. £2 per adult, Children free.

14 September 7pm
La Bohème (Opera Holloway) Corn Exchange £18 / £16

 

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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 Georges 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

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

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.