Out & About

 

What’s on in and around Dorchester

 

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September

Until 1 October
Exhibition of Dorset landscapes by Colin Willey, Gallery On The Square, Poundbury, Dorchester

18 September 8pm
Big Heads and Others. 3-She. Comedy Sketch Show. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £5. Dorchester Arts. Booking 01305 266926

19-21 September
Wellbeing by the Lakes. Candlelit sculpture garden, Tashi Lhunpo Monks, Mandala Creation & Art Workshops. Full programme www.wellbeingbylakes.co.uk. £25-£40 per person. Sculpture by the Lakes

19 September 7.30pm
Bridport Arts Centre. Being Boycie an Evening with John Challis, Only Fools & Horses Actor. £19 www.bridport-arts.com 01308 424204

20 September 8pm
Beverley Craven, Strings Attached with special guest Judie Tzuke. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £27 Dorchester Arts. Bookings 01305 266926

21-22 September 10am-5pm
Medieval games within the ruins of Corfe Castle, Enquiries 01929 481294

21-22 September
Corfe Castle Stone Carving Workshops led by Jonathan Sells. 10am-12.30pm
Children 6-14 years; 2.30-5pm
Adults. Enquiries and bookings 01929 481294

21 September 10.30am
Medieval Portland. Dorset Archaeological Days walk. Explore monuments and landscape features, including a medieval castle and ruined church with Alan Hunt. 1.5 hours, 1 mile with some steep slopes. Meet outside Portland Museum DT5 1HS. SY 696 713. Booking 01305 224921 claire.pinder@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

21 September 2.30pm
Celebrating William Barnes with Tim Laycock and Friends. Music and poetry reading in the garden of Max Gate. Usual admission charges apply. Event free but donations welcome.

21 September 7.30pm
Bridport Arts Centre In and Out od Chekhov’s Shorts £15 bridport-arts.com 01308 424204

22 September
Ironman returns to Weymouth. For more information visit eu.ironman.com

22 September 11am-4pm
Country Fayre. Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Church Knowle, BH20 5NQ. Local crafts, the finest produce, displays in the main ring and lots more. Money raised for rescue animals. Adults £4 Children up to 12 years £2.50. www.margaretgreenamimalrescue.org.uk

22 September 2pm
Burton Bradstock from prehistory to World War 2. Learn about the archaeology around Hive Beach on a walk with Mike Trevarthen. 2-2.5 hours, some slopes. Meet Beach side of the National Trust car park at Hive Beach Burton Bradstock DT6 4RF, SY 491 888, 01305 224921 claire.pinder@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

24 September 1.30pm
Wellbeing Walk in Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve. Dementia friendly. 50minute stroll exploring the season magic of the nature reserve. Free event. Enquiries 01035 251228

24 September 7.30pm
Dorset Industrial Archaeology Group meeting in The Dorset Room at Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester (opposite County Hall). ‘Brewing in Sherborne – Better than Water’ is the subject of Barry Brock’s lecture to the Society. Non-members welcome (small donation suggested). Further details on 01305 871863.

25 September 7.30pm
Dorset County Museum Music Society Concert at St Mary’s Church, Edward road, Dorchester. Carducci Quartet playing work by Beethoven, Dvorak and Shostakovish. Tickets from Dorchester Library & Learning Centre, South Walks, House, Charles Street, Dorchester or Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

25 September 8pm
Tom Harrison /Quentin Collins Sextet. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £14/£12 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts. Bookings 01305 266926

26 September 7.30-9pm
Kingston Maurward College. Hardy & Art talk by Helen Lange tracing the artistic legacy of Hardy’s work. Free event. Enquiries to 01305 262735 or visit www.hardysociety.org

26 September 7.15pm
South Dorset RSPB Group at County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester. Talk by Steve Oakes “Pura Vida” – Costa Rica’s magical birds. Please note new venue and start time. Admission £3 members, £4 visitors to include coffee & biscuits. Enquiries to 01305 265882

27 September 1-4pm
Hardy’s Cottage. Tuneful Stories with Tim Laycock. Free event, usual admission charges apply. Hardyscottage@nationaltrust.org.uk 01305 262366

27 September
Drinks in the Clink: Cider Riot event at Dhire Hall, Dorchester. Run by Nick Poole from West Milton Ceder Co. Visit shirehalldorset.org to book

27 September 8pm
An Audience with Jonathan Agnew. Dorchester Arts, Dorchester Corn Exchange. £22/£20 members & concessions. Enquiries & box office 01305 266926

28 September 9.30am-2pm
Bridport Charter Fair. Bucky Doo Square & Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NJ. A yearly celebration of the royal charter to the citizens of Bridport. Includes live music, demonstrations & competitions.

28 September 10:30am to 2:30pm
Stinsford village fete at Stinsford Vicarage, cream teas, cakes, produce, skittles, owls, cooking demo, dog show. Flower festival in the church.

28 September 10am
Drawing Autumn Berries and Seed Heads in Graphite Pencil. £80. Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

28-29 September
Corfe Castle Stone Carving Workshops led by Jonathan Sells. 10am-12.30pm
Children 6-14 years; 2.30-5pm
Adults. Enquiries & bookings 01929 481294

28 September 2pm
Badbury Rings: temple, barrows and hillfort. Explore the archaeology of the Kingston Lacy Estate as seen from Badbury and High Wood with Martin Papworth of the National Trust. 2 hours, some slopes. Meet National Trust car park at Badbury Rings. DT11 9JL. ST 965 030 Claire Pinder 01305 224921 claire.pinder@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

28 September 7pm
William Barnes Society Harvest Supper at Broadmayne Village Hall, DT2 8EW. Poetry, music and delicious food. Enquiries & bookings to jill.bryant@hotmail.com 01305 262502

29 September 10am-4pm
Purbeck Antiques and Vintage Fair. Furzebrook Hall, Furzebrook, Wareham BH20 5AR. Popular monthly antique fair. Refreshments available. Large free car park. www.purbeckantiquesfairs.co.uk

29 September 10am
Fungi Foray at Kingcombe Meadows. £72 Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

29 September 4:00pm
Louise Jordan – The Hard Way: the story of Hannah Mitchell. Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall. £9, £6 u18s, £26 fam 01300 348247 artsreach.co.uk

 

October

1 October
Willow Workshop – Veg Trug £55. Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset. Enquiries josadlerforgednwillow.bigcartel.com 07531417209

2 October 8pm
Alan Johnson – In My Life. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £19/£17 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts. Bookings 01305 266926

2 October 7.30pm
Abbamania. Weymouth Pavilion. £25.50 Box office 01305 783225

3 October 8pm
Magellan – Circumnavigation. We sail to prove the earth is round. A folk musical. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £12/£10 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts/ Bookings 01305 266926

4-5 October 11am-4pm
& 6.30-11.30pm
Octoberfest in the Ocean Room of Weymouth Pavilion. 50 real ales, ciders & perries. £11.50 Over 18s only. Tickets can be bought at camrawdorset.org.uk or weymouthpavilion.com or by calling 01305 788939 or 01305 783225.

4 October 3pm
Autumn Plants in Watercolour £220. Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

4 October 2-5pm
, 5 October 11am-5pm
, 6 October 11am-4pm
Portland House, National Trust open. 22 Belle Vue Road Weymouth, DT4 8RZ. Adult £6, Child £3.

4 October 7.30pm
Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience- Opera Anywhere. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £20/£18 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts Bookings 01305 266926

5 October 8-11.30am & 2.30-5pm
Corfe Castle. Beginners Photography Walking Workshops. Booking essential. £5. 01929 481294

5 October
Mushroom Foraging with John Wright, author of the River Cottage Mushroom Handbook. Learn how to identify mushrooms. At Sculpture by the Lakes, £70 includes a light lunch. office@sculpturebythelakes.co.uk 07720 637808

6 October 10.30am
St Peter’s Church, Dorchester. Service and wreath laying to commemorate the death of William Barnes. Enquiries jill.bryant@hotmail.com

6 October 10.30am
Ridgeway barrows. Discover prehistoric monuments with Claire Pinder of Dorset County Council. 4 hours, 6.5 miles, some slopes. Short break for lunch (not included). Meet Maiden Castle car park DT2 9PP. SY 668 889. Contact 01305 224921 claire.pinder@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

6 October 3pm
Ashton Barn near Martinstown. A celebration of apples. £15 to include afternoon tea. Music, quizzes, games, baking competition, cakes, pies, cider, sauces. Dorchester Arts. Bokings 01305 266926

7 October
Shire Hall Dorchester will host a screening of the film Pride. The film concerns a group of gay & lesbian activists in 1984 who raised money to support the families of miners during the strikes.

8 October 10am
Wildlife Wander in Thorncombe Woods nature reserve. Join the Ranger for a 2 hour walk to discover what bird life and other seasonal wildlife is visiting the reserve. Donation £3. Meet in car park. 01305 251228

8 October
Willow Workshop – Flying Owl £75. Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset. Enquiries josadlerforgednwillow.bigcartel.com 07531417209

9 October 2pm
Shire Hall Historic Courthouse. Behind the Scenes Tour. £2. Shirehalldorset.org 01305 261849

9 October 8pm
Anima (Joli Vyann) – dancers/acrobats. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £12/£10 mmbers & concessions. Dorchester Arts. 01305 266926

9 October 1.45pm
Screening of Calamity Jane at the Evergreens Cinema at Age UK Dorchester. tea and biscuits will be served during the showing. £2

10 October 8-11.30am & 2.30-5pm
Corfe Castle. Intermediate Photography Walking Workshops. Booking essential. £5.

10 October 2.30pm
Men of Cornwall. 90 male voices from East Cornwall in Concert. Dorchester Corn Exchange. Free admission. Donations welcome. Proceeds to local charities.

11 October 8pm
Dominic Alldis Trio plays the music of Jacques Loussier. Dorchester Corn Exchange £14/£12 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts. Booking 01305 266926

11 October 7:30pm
Dominic Kelly, Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottoson – The Big Blind at Portland Royal Manor Theatre. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam 03336 663366. Suitable 11+ Combining storytelling and music into a playful and gripping performance, this ancient, full-bloodied fairy tale is brought to life by acclaimed storyteller Dominic Kelly. www.artsreach.co.uk

12 October 10am-1pm
Children’s clothes and toys swap at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester. Have a clear out and pick up new goodies for free. Free entry and activities for children.

12 October 10am-4pm
Sherborne Book Fair. Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, DT9 3NL. A great selection of books and Ephemera to suit all pockets. Homemade refreshments available. Admission £1. www.pbfa.org/fairs/

13 October 8-11.30am & 2.30-5pm
Corfe Castle. Intermediate Photography Walking Workshops. £5. 01929 481294

13 October 7am
Deer at Dawn £20. Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

13 October 8-11.30am & 2.30-5pm
Corfe Castle. Beginners Photography Walking Workshops. Booking essential. £5. 01929 481294

14 October 10.30am
Wellbeing Walk in Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve. Dementia friendly. 50minute stroll exploring the season magic of the nature reserve. Free event. Mobility scooters can be hired from the Visitor Centre. Enquiries 01035 251228

15 October 7 for 7.30pm
William Barnes Society AGM at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester. Followed by entertainment. £2 non members. Members free. Enquiries 01305 260348 jessie@briancaddy.plus.com

15-20 October
Dorchester Literary Festival. For programme see leaflets or visit www.dorchesterliteraryfestival.com

16 October 8pm
Braveface. Dorchester Arts & Dorchester Volunteer Centre join forces for an enjoyable evening of words and music to raise awareness about men and mental health – £7/£5 members & concessions and u18s. Booking 01305 266926

16 October 7.30pm
Dorset County Museum Music Society concert at St Mary’s Church, Dorchester. The Trio Volant , Wind Trio will be playing works by Milhaud, Jacobs, ,Mozart, Beethoven and McDowell. Tickets from Dorchester Library, or Dorchester Arts Box Office 01305 266926

16 October 8pm
Life on Mars celebrating the very best of David Bowie. At Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. £28-£38.75. lighthousepoole.co.uk 0844 406 8666

18 October 7am
Deer at Dawn £20. Kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk 01300 320684

18 October 1-4pm
Hardy’s Cottage. Tuneful Stories with Tim Laycock. Free event but usual admission charges for venue apply. Hardyscottage@nationaltrust.org.uk 01305 262366

18 October, 7:30pm
Oddbodies – King Lear. West Stafford Village Hall. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam 01305 261984.

19 October
Physical theatre, improvisation and characterisation workshop with Oddbodies www.artsreach.co.uk

19 October 10am
Jewellery-making workshop with Caroline Parrott, Shire Hall. Suitable for beginners and people with experience. Booking at shirehalldorset.org

20 October 1-3pm
& 4-6pm
Roller Disco at Weymouth Pavilion. £6/skater, £2/spectator, £1 skate hire. Tickets available on door. Not bookable in advance. 01305 783225

24 October 7.15 pm
South Dorset RSPB Group at County Hall, Colliton Park Dorchester. Talk by Peter Robertson “The wildlife and management of RSPB Arne from Ladybird Spiders to Sika Deer”. £3 members/£4 visitors to include coffee & biscuits. Enquiries to 01305 265882

25 October 11am & 2pm
Bridport Arts Centre. Peter & the Wolf – a symphonic fairy tale for chidren by Prokofiev. Adult £15, Child £10. www.bridport-arts.com 01308 424204

25 October 8pm
The Juan Martin Flamenco Dance Trio £18/£16 conc. Dorchester Arts. 01305 266926

25 October 7.30pm
Sixties Gold. Weymouth Pavilion. All tickets £37.50. Box Office 01305 783225

26 October 10am-3pm
Corfe Castle. Half-term Halloween fun. Terrifying trail, curious creatures, The Great Escape teddy bear zip wire. Usual admission prices apply. 01929 481294

26 October 8pm
Hang Massive. Hang & Hardpan. Standing performance. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £20/£18 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts Booking 01305 266926

27 October 10am-4pm
Purbeck Antiques and Vintage Fair. Furzebrook Hall, Furzebrook, Wareham BH20 5AR. Popular monthly antique fair. Refreshments available. Free car park.

27 October, 3:30pm
Tutti Frutti – The Boy Who Cried Wolf Buckland Newton Village Hall. £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam 01300 345455. Suitable 3+ artsreach.co.uk

28 October 3:00pm
Theatre Fideri Fidera – Ogg n Ugg n Dogg Broadmayne Village Hall. £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam Suitable. Workshop £3 for ages 4+ artsreach.co.uk

30 October 10:00am
Theatre Fideri Fidera – Ogg n Ugg n Dogg Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam Suitable 4+ 01258 839230 artsreach.co.uk

29 October
Willow Workshop – Bats! £55. Studi0ne, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Dorset. Enquiries josadlerforgednwillow.bigcartel.com 07531417209

29 October 1.30pm
Wellbeing Walk in Thorncombe Wood. Dementia friendly. 50minute stroll exploring the season magic of the nature reserve. Free event. 01035 251228

30 October 2pm
Claire Hollingworth and the Scoop of the Century (Paddleboat). Family show. Dorchester Corn Exchange. £8/£6 members & concessions/£25 family (max. 2 adults). Booking 01305 266926

 

 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 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.