Out & About

 

What’s on in and around Dorchester

 

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March

 

2-31 March 10am-4pm
Victorian schools and toys – experience how education was taught in Victorian schools and also children’s toys, games & pastimes. Free admission. Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset on Tour, Unit 14 Pope Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester. 01305 262735

10-16 March 
Nordic Walking Course at Corfe Castle. 01929 481294 corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

10-24 March 10am – 4pm
Family Weekend Activities: Tomorrows Museum for Dorset, Pope Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester 01305 262735

10-31 March
Wicked Wessex: Witch Bottle – Wiltshire Museum. At the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester. For more information call 01305 261849 or www.shirehalldorset.org.uk Usual charges apply.

13 March 1.45pm
Evergreens Cinema at Age UK 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester. Doris Day and Gordon MacRae in the 1951 Musical ‘On Moonlight Bay’, plus a musical tribute to Miss Day to celebrate her 97th birthday. £2 to include tea & biscuits. Telephone Lucy on 01305 269444

14 March 11am-1pm & 2 – 4pm
The Industrial Architecture of Brewery Square – 12 years of photographs by Margaret Homan Berry. Free admission. Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorchester, Unit 14, Pope Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester. 01305 262735

14-15 March 7.30pm
DYT Senior Company presents Chaos by Laura Lomas as part of National Theatre Connections 2019. Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 37.50 / £4 u18s. Special school rates by agreement. Contact finance@dorchesterarts.org.uk for details.

16-17 March 10am – 4pm
Medieval Knight Academy at Corfe Castle. Learn some of the skills you’d need to become a medieval knight. Free event. Usual admission price. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481291

16 March 10.30am
Creative Writing with Ruth Brandy. At Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington. £100 including lunch, tea, coffee. Booking sg@simongudgeon.com 07779 712298

16 March 7.30pm
The Country Team Andrew Rutherford’s fourth play directed by John Haylock. Bridport Arts Centre. £10. 01308 424204 www.Bridport-arts.com

17 March 1-5pm
Celebrate British Science Week at the Dorchester Family Science Festival. Free admission. Corn Exchange, Dorchester. E.scott@dorchester-tc.gov.uk 01305 896114/Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset on Tour 01305 262735

17 March 7.30pm
World Spirit Alec Dankworth. Buckland Newton Village Hall. £10/u18s £7/Family ticket £28. Tickets from Katharine Hayens 01300 345455 or from the Old Chapel Stores. www.artsreach.co.uk

19 March 2pm
Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset. Meet the leaders of the project team and find out more about the thinking behind the re-imagination of Dorset County Museum and get updates on its latest progress. Free admission. Unit 14, Pope Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester. 01305 262735

From 19 March
Experience the Tolpuddle Martyrs story like never before – Via augmented reality! Exhibition at the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorchester. James Wilsher-Mills interviewed descendants of the Tolpuddle Martyrs to create a new art work. For more information call 01305 261849 or www.shirehalldorset.org.uk

19 March 7 for 7.30pm
Talk: William Barnes Folklore and Folksongs by Jerry Bird at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester. Enquiries to 01305 260348.

20 March 10.30am -1.30pm
Finds identification surgery with Dorset County Council’s Finds Liaison Officer Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen. Free admission. Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset on Tour. Unit 14, Pope Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester. 01305 262735

22 March-10 April
The Flying Scotsman will be at Swanage railway. 01929 425800. Swanagerailwaynews@gmail.com

22 March 1-4pm
Hard Times & Hungry Months: folksongs and stories with Tim Laycock at Hardy’s Cottage. hardyscottage@nationaltrust.org.uk 01305 262366

22 March 7.30pm
The Crazy Mad Hatters Quiz Night! Preston Village Hall, Preston, Weymouth. £50 first prize. Tickets £9. A Friends of Greenhill Gardens Event. 01305 775829 / janechandler123@hotmail.com / www.greenhill-gardens.co.uk

23-24 March 10am – 4pm
Mother’s Day Card Making Activity. Free admission. Tomomorow’s Museum for Dorset on Tour, Unit 14, Pope Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester. 01305 262735

23-24 March 10am – 4pm
Corfe Castle. Medieval Craft – explore the Outer Bailey and try your hand at Medieval craftmanship. Free event. Normal admission prices. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

22-23 March
Painting the head in oils with Adele Wagstaff. At Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington. £240 for two days including lunch, tea and coffee. Booking sg@simongudgeon.com tel 07779 712298

23 March 1-4pm
Tuneful Stories – Tim Laycock brings the Hardy family to life with stories, folklore and tunes. Max Gate. maxgate@nationaltrust.org.uk 01305 262538

23 March 10am
Running Magical Hares Needle Felting retreat. £188. Kingcombe Centre. Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

23 March 7.30pm
Curse of the Mummy/Sherlock Holmes and thee Blue Carbuncle. Last Chance saloon. Martinstown Village Hall. £9/u18s £6/Family ticket £25. Suitable 12+ Booking Jan Griffiths 01305 889738. www.artsreach.co.uk

24 March 1 – 4pm
The Industrial Architecture of Brewery Square – 12 years of photographs by Margaret Homan Berry. Free admission. Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorchester, Unit 14, Pope Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester. 01305 262735

24 March 11am & 2.30am
The Sooty Show. Weymouth Pavilion. £14/Child /£12/ Family £46 01305 783225

24 March 2.30pm
Nick Cope. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £9 / £7 / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults) www.dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

26 March 7.30pm
Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society Lecture by Martin Halse “Cold Harbourt Woollen Mill”. Dorset Room, Colliton House, Dorchester (opposite County Hall) Details from 01305 871863

26 March 6.30-7.30pm workshop, 8pm concert
Northern Harmony Concert & workshop. St Peter’s Church, High East Street, Dorchester. Workshop tickets £9/£7 members & concessions. Concert tickets £13/£11 members & concessions. Combined £19/£15 members & concessions. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

27 March 10am – 4pm
Craft and Gift Fair at Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth

27 March-10th April
Flying Scotsman & Devon Belle Pullman observation carriage Car 14 will be on static display at Corfe Castle Station with ticket only access to board The Flying Scotsman & Car 14. David Rawsthorn 07719 133501. Swanagerailwaynews@gmail.com

27 March 1pm
The Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Thomas Hardye School Musical Showcases. Free (Donations welcome) Dorchester Arts. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

27 March 7.30pm
Play – To Win the Day at the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. Folk drama by Dorset-based group Time & Tide using historical record and folk music to create a song cycle of the Tolpuddle women. 01305 261849 www.shirehalldorset.org.uk

29 March 8pm
Pop Club Birthday Bash. The Corn Exchange, Dorchester www.dorchester.org.uk 01305 266926

29-30 March
Introduction to botanical painting on vellum with Sarah Gould. At Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington. £200 for two days including lunch, tea and coffee. Booking sg@simongudgeon.com 07778 712298

30 March 10am
Dorchester Spring Clean. Meet at Borough Gardens Band Stand at 10am. More info: office@damers.dorset.sch.uk and www.litterfreedorset.co.uk

30 & 31 March 10am – 4pm
Medieval Knight Academy at Corfe Castle. Learn some of the skills you’d need to become a medieval knight. Free event. Usual admission price. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481291

30 March 10.30am
Talk by Gordon Lepard “A Day in the Georgian House – or Nothing Like Home for Real Comfort” an exploration of Georgian & Regency domestic life using objects. Weymouth Library. Details from Weymouth Library

30 March 8pm
Flanders and Swann: at the drop of another hippopotamus. Tim FitzHigham & Duncan Walsh Atkins, Dorchester Corn Exchange £17 / £15 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts 01305 266926

31 Marchpm
Mothers’ Day afternoon tea. At the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. Afternoon cream teas just £12.50 each. Please book in advance on 01305 261849

31 March 12-5.30pm
Day out at Corfe Castle with Mother’s Day High Tea in the 18th century tea room. Usual admission price plus £9.25 for tea. Booking essential – call 01929 481332

31 March 10am – 5pm
Mothers’ Day at Monkey World! 01929 462537

31 March 1-3pm & 4-6pm
Roller Disco. Roller Planet Roller Disco.Weymouth Pavilion £6/ skater, £2/spectator, £1 skate hire (if available). Tickets available on the door and cannot be booked in advance. 01305 783225

31 March 7.30pm
Les Gloriables Spitz & Co. West Stafford Village Hall. £9/u18s £6/Family ticket £25. Booking Jim Chamberlain 01305 261984. www.artsreach.co.uk

 

April

 

1-5 April
Sunninghill Prep School. Craft for Care community week of creative workshop events. Craft Fair to be held on April 6. Visit www.weld-hospice.org.uk/craft-for-care-workshops

3 April 8pm
Shylock with Rhodri Miles. The Corn Exchange, Dorchester. £13 / £11 members & concessions. www. Dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

4 April

Charity auction for Weldmar Hospicecare, Busby Auction House, Bridport.

4 April 2pm
Meet the Archaeologists. Free admission.Tomorrows Museum for Dorset, Unit 14, Pope Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester. 01305 262735

4 April 8pm
The Noise Next Door: Remix comedy. Corn Exchange Dorchester. Age guidance 16+. £15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

5 April 7.30pm
English Youth Ballet – Coppelia. Weymouth Pavilion. £25, concessions £23 01305 783225

6-22 April 10am – 5pm
Easter Egg hunt at Corfe Castle. Usual admission price + £25 for Easter egg hunt. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

6-22 April 10am – 5pm
Go EAST for Easter at Monkey World 01929 462537

6 April 2.30 & 7.30pm
English Youth Ballet – Coppelia. Weymouth Pavilion. £25, concessions £23 01305 783225

6 April 10.30am – 4.30pm
Vibrancy of Spring – Alcohol Ink Workshop with Jessamy Keily. Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington. £100 + £25 for materials. Including lunch, tea, coffee. Booking sg@simongudgeon.com 07779 712298

6 April 10am-4pm
Jewellery Making Workshop with Caroline Parrott at the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. www.shirehalldorset.org.uk or call abbie King on 01305 261849

6-21 April (closed 8 & 15 April) 10am – 4pm
Family Easter Activities and Card Making. Free admission. At Tomorrows Museum for Dorset on Tour, Pope Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester 01305 262735

6-22 April 10am – 4pm
Easter Holidays at Kingston Maurward, 01305 215000

8 April 6am
Dawn Chorus breakfast. Kingcombe Centre. £19. Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320 320684

8 April 2pm
The Ancient Art of Falconry, a talk by Martin Ballam (Extremem Falconry). Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild, Ackland Hall, Dorchester Community Church, Liscombe Street, Poundbury. Visitors welcome. Enquiries 01305 832857

8 April 11.30-12 noon
Fabulous Fossils Workshop. Visitor Centre, Lulworth Cove. 01929 400587

10-17 April 7.30-9pm
Corfe Castle. Bats of Purbeck adventure walks. £6 Booking essential 03442491895

10 April 6.30pm, 11 April 2 & 6.30pm, 12 April 6.30pm 13 April 2 & 6.30pm
WOW Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Weymouth Pavilion. Adult £16/ concessions £14/ Family £56. 01305 783225

10 April 1.45pm
Evergreens Cinema Age UK 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester. An afternoon of memories & nostalgia to celebrate Age UK’s web-based project ‘Dorset’s Living Memories’. Special big screen presentation from their collection of old photographs & stories contributed by local people. Also the classic 1945 British movie ‘Brief encounter’ starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. £2 to include tea & biscuits. Tel Lucy 01305 26944 for more information.

11 April 2pm
Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset Drop in Discovery. Free admission. Unit 14, Pope Street, Brewery Square, Dorchester. 01305 262735

12 April 3pm
An Introduction to Beekeeping Kingcombe Centre £221 Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

13 April 7pm
Charity auction by Martinstown Circle Suppers in village hall.

14 April 7pm
The long Walk Back by Dougie Blaxland, RoughHouse Theatre & Live Wire Theatre. The Corn Exchange, Dorchester. £13 /£11 members & concessions / £5 Livefor£5 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

15 April 11.30-12.30pm
Fabulous Fossils Workshop. Visitor Centre, Lulworth Cove. 01929 400587

15 April 11am
Landscape Photography Workshop. Kingcombe Centre. £282 Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

18 April 10am
Chocolate Making Workshop. Kingcombe Centre. £68. Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

19 April 11.30-12.30pm
Fabulous Fossils Workshop. Visitor Centre, Lulworth Cove. 01929 400587

19-22 April 10.30am – 5pm
Easter at Lulworth. Lulworth Castle & Park. 01929 400587

19-22 April 10am – 5pm
Easter Eggs-travaganza at Monkey World! 01929 462537

19 April 7.30pm
That’ll Be the Day. Weymouth Pavilion. Adult £27.50/Senior £26.50/Child £10.50 01305 783225

19-22 April 11am – 4.14pm
Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunts. Hardy’s Cottage hardyscottage@nationaltrust.org.uk 01305 262366 and Max Gate maxgate@nationaltrust.org.uk 01305 262538

19-22 April 10am – 4pm
Brewery Square Easter Egg Hunt. Collect entry form from Concierge Office (opposite Dorchester South train station). Free entry.

20 April 10am – 4pm
Dorset Art Market. Dorchester Town Football Club, The Avenue Stadium, Dorchester

20 April 11am – 11.30am & 1pm-1.30pm
Dr Ranj’s Teddybear Hospital. Free event. Brewery Square, Dorchester. Brewery Square Facebook page

20-21 April 10.30am 
Coastalammonite Sculptural Needle felting Workshop with Carla Taylor. Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington. £181 for two days including lunch, tea and coffee. Booking sg@simongudgeon.com 07779 712298

23 April 7.30pm
“Brunel’s SS Great Britain” is the subject of Ian Caskie’s lecture to the Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society on Tuesday, 23 April. Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester (opposite County Hall). Non-members welcome. 01305 871863

24 April 8pm
Wyvern: Words Take Wing. Folk drama draws on the notebooks of Thomas Hardy telling of 19th century lives. £13/£11 members & concessions. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

26 April 10am
Willow Wigwam Garden Supports. Kingcombe Centre. £89. Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

26 April 1-4pm
Tuneful Stories – Tim Laycock brings the Hardy family to life with stories, folklore and tunes. Hardy’s Cottage. 01305 262366 hardyscottage@nationatrust.org.uk

27 April 1pm
St George’s Day Fair, Fordington Green, Dorchester

27-28 April 10am – 4pm
Corfe Castle. Medieval Craft – explore the Outer Bailey and try your hand at Medieval craftmanship. Free event. Normal admission prices. corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk 01929 481294

27 April 9.30am
Fun Willlow Garden Decorations. Kingcombe Centre. £89. Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

28 April 9.30am
Willow Frame Baskets in a Day. Kingcombe Centre. £89 Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

28 April 10.30am
William Barnes Society Service of Remembrance & Wreath Laying at St Peter’s Church Winterborne Came. Enquiries -1305 260248

28 April 1-3pm & 4-6pm
Roller Disco. Roller Planet Roller Disco. Weymouth Pavilion £6/ skater, £2/spectator, £1 skate hire (if available). Tickets available on the door and cannot be booked in advance 01305 783225

30 April 9.30am
Identifying birds by Sight & Sound. Kingcombe Centre. £188. Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

 

May

 

1-31 May 10am – 5pm
Wicked Wessex at the Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum. The Scolds Bridle – Salisbury Museum. 01305 261849 www.shirehalldorset.org.uk

3 May 5.30am
Morning Chorus Breakfast. Kingcombe Centre. £19 Booking Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

4-6 May 10am – 5pm
Saxons & Vikings – the siege of Wareham. Witness the sound & fury of Saxon & Viking warriors in pitched battle as they recreate the siege of Wareham. Norman admission charges. Event free. corfecastle@nationaltrust.co.uk 01929 481294

4-5 May
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

4 May 10am
Spring Herbs and their Properties. Kingcombe Centre. £80 Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

4-27 May 10am-5pm
Go Nuts at Monkey World. 01929 462537

5 May
Dorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival at Kingston Maurward

5 May 2pm & 6pm
Peter Pan Easter Panto. Weymouth Pavilion. Adult £24/concessions £22/Family £83

6 May 10am
Cyanotype Lampshade Making Workshop. Kingcombe Centre. £80. Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

8 May 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean (Ian Hughes). Corn Exchange, Dorchester. £12/£10 members & concessions. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk 01305 266926

10 May 10am
Botany for Artists and Wildlife Gardeners. Kingcombe Centre. £220. Booking kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

11-12 May 10am-5pm
Medieval Fool’s School at Corfe Castle. Learn new skills, play games and make mischief at the Medieval Fool’s school in the Outer Bailey. Usual admission charge. Event free. 01929 481294 corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

12 May 11am
Lulworth Castle Motor Show. 10.30am classic & sports car your across Dorset from Lulworth Estate returning to Castle showground by 11am. Castle showground open free of charge from 11am. Family fun day – stalls, live performances, kids fun area & wide selection of catering options. marketing@dorsetblind.org.uk 01202 712864

 

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

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