Out & About

 

What’s on in and around Dorchester

 

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July

 

Until 30 September 11.00am-5.00pm
Victorian medicine and herbal remedies. Hardy’s Cottage. Children’s trail.

Until 4 August
Landscapes and Seascapes of local scenes. Art exhibition at Bridport’s Art Centre featuring paintings by George Paul Sainsbury, Sean Curley, Caroline Liddington and Barbara Green.

14-15 July
Pommery Seafood Festival. Weymouth

14-29 July
Festival of Archaeology – Venue tba.

14 July
Wessex Consort Concert to open the Thomas Hardy Festival at Kingston Maurward. Tickets £10 in advance from Dorset County Museum or info@hardy society.org

14-15 July
Time Traveller’s Kitchen. Corfe Castle.

14-15 July
Weldmar Midnight Walk. £16 per ticket

15 July 2.30pm
Durnovaria Town Band. Borough Gardens

15July noon till 4.00pm
Thomas Hardy Country Fair (part of Thomas Hardy Festival) at Kingston Maurward. Craft stalls, food and drink from “Taste of Dorset” and more.

15 July 7.00pm
Performance of “The Trumpet Major” by the New Hardy Players at Kingston Maurward

16 July 7.30pm
Portrait of Tess / Mr Hardy’s War (In association with The Thomas Hardy Society). Corn Exchange. £13 / £11 members & concessions / £5 Live for 5

17 July 6.00pm
Far From the Madding Crowd, Plaza Cinema, £5, tickets from Thomas Hardy Conference box office, United Reform Church, South St, Dorchester.

17 July 1.30pm
Sensory Walk – Dementia friendly. Higher Bockhamton.

18 July
Shire Hall Creative Café. Local Writer Gail Aldwin is running a creative writing residency form Shire Hall Café.

19 July 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
Mat Ricardo. World-class juggling, magic and illusion. The Corn Exchange. £13 / £11 members & concessions. Age guidance: 10+

19 July 10.00am-12.00pm
Roman Road walk. Higher Bockhampton 19 July 10.00am to 11.30am
Thomas Hardy Question Time. in United Church. This part of the Thomas Hardy Festival is an opportunity for the public to ask a panel of “experts” anything they wish about Dorchester’s most famous son. You do not have to be a Hardy enthusiast to ask a question!

20 July 6.00pm-9.00pm
Sea Life Conservation Evening. Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park.

20-22 July
Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. Tolpuddle

Week beginning 21 July 10.00am-4.00pm
Drop in creative arts and crafts activities for families. Shire Hall. Free summer activities for families with a different theme each week. This week Animal Farm

21&22July 10.30am-5.00pm
Civil War Sutler. Corfe Castle.

21&22 July
Time Traveller’s Kitchen. Corfe Castle.

21 July-5 September
Lego Ocean Explorers at Sea. Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park

21 July 11.00am
Novelty Dog Show. 14 High Street, Winfrith Newburgh. In aid of St Christopher Church renovation.

21 July 2.00pm
Piddlehinton Church Fete. Family dog show, children’s races, stalls, Morris dancing and much more. From 7.00pm there will be a roast port BBQ with music and magic.

21July 3.00pm to 8.00pm
Dorchester Open Air Cinema at Maumbury Rings. The LION KING 3.00PM. THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (sing-a-long) 6.00pm. Galaxy Thief will be performing during the afternoon. FREE event. Emma Scott 01305 819463

22 July 4.00pm
Service at St Catherine’s Chapel, Abbotsbury

22-29 July
Weymouth Lifeboat Week

22 July 2.00pm to 6.00pm
Family Fun Day in Borough Gardens. in support of “Mind” West Dorset. FREE event.

22 July 10.00am-5.00pm
Plein Air Painting Festival. Sculpture by the Lakes.

25 July
“Love Parks” in Borough Gardens. FREE event.

25 July 10.00am
Plant Bonanza. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. Tour including tea and cake £20. Max 30 tickets. Book on 01305 871130

25 July
Battle of the Bands. Corn Exchange. Free entry. The winner will receive a £50 cash prize and perform at the Anonymous Festival in August. More details anonymousfestivaldorset@gmail.com.

25 July 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Louisa Adjoa Parker, Justice Café. Dorset’s Hidden Histories. Learning Room, Shire Hall. £5 01305 261849

26 July
Storytelling Through Dance. Town Hall. £6 / £4 siblings. Max 12 participants

26-29 July
Cerne Abbas Music Festival.

26-29 July
Camp Bestival. East Lulworth.

26 Jul – 2 Sep 10.00am-5.30pm
Civil War encampment. Corfe Castle

28 July 10.30am-3.00pm
Annual Dorset Quiet Day. The Fellowship of Meditation. 8 Prince of Wales Road. 01305 251396

Week beginning 27 July 10.00am-4.00pm
Drop in creative arts and crafts activities for families. Shire Hall. Free summer activities for families with a different theme each week. This week A Shire Hall Summer!

27 July 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
The Time Machine – Dyad Productions. Corn Exchange. £14 / £12 / £5 Live for 5

28 July 10.00am-4.00pm
Abigail Thommes – Graffiti Experience Martinstown Village Hall. 01305 889738. £10. This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 9+ www.artsreach.co.uk

28 July 12 noon to 3.00pm
The Creepy Crawly Show. Brewery Square

29 July 10.30 am
Duck race on Millstream of River Frome at the bottom of Friary Hill.

29 July 12 noon
A Summer Sunday with Bowjangles. Fundraiser – Whitcombe Manor. £25 ticket includes a complimentary glass of bubbly, delicious canapes and plenty of tea and cake. Dorchester Arts

29 July 1.00pm
Warm Festival in Borough Gardens in support of “Help a Friend”.

30 July-27 October
Exhibition: “Jurassic Coast Jewels” by Louise Fuller. County Museum Tea Room.

30 July 10.00am-1.00pm
Fran Quinlan – Wacky Willow. The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum. 01300 320684. £6. This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 6+ www.artsreach.co.uk

30 July-25 November
Made in Wessex – Pottery exhibition. Dorset county Museum

 

August

 

1 August 10.30pm
Love Parks Day. Borough Gardens

2 Aug 7.00pm
Miracle Theatre Company – The Cherry Orchard. Springhead Gardens, Fontmell Magna, 01747 811 853. £12, £8 u18s, £32 fam. Open air performances. Bring a cushion or rug to sit on, pack a picnic, bring a torch and wear warm/weatherproof clothing as appropriate. Guide dogs only please. www.artsreach.co.uk | www.miracletheatre.co.uk 3 Aug 7.00pm
Miracle Theatre Company – The Cherry Orchard Sandford Orcas, Higher Orchard, DT9 4RX. 01963 220749. £10, £8 u18s, £32 fam. Open air performances. Bring a cushion or rug to sit on, pack a picnic, bring a torch and wear warm/weatherproof clothing as appropriate. Guide dogs only please. www.artsreach.co.uk | www.miracletheatre.co.uk

3 Aug 1.00pm-4.00pm.
Fran Quinlan – Mammoth MonoPrints Martinstown Village Hall. 01305 889738. £6.This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer. Programme and is suitable for ages 6+. www.artsreach.co.uk

Week beginning 3 August 10.00am-4.00pm
Drop in creative arts and crafts activities for families. Shire Hall. Free summer activities for families with a different theme each week. This week Bug Week!

3-6 August
Plush Music Festival

4 Aug 7.00pm.
Miracle Theatre Company – The Cherry Orchard, Kimmeridge Bay, BH20 5PF. 01929 270000. £10, £8 u18s, £32 fam. Open air performances. Bring a cushion or rug to sit on, pack a picnic, bring a torch and wear warm/weatherproof clothing as appropriate. Guide dogs only please. www.artsreach.co.uk | www.miracletheatre.co.uk

4 August
Dorset Food and Arts Festival. Queen Mother Square, Poundbury,

5 August 2.30pm
Dalton Town Brass Band – Borough Gardens Thursday 9th Open Air Theatre. The Rain or Shine Theatre Company present “Much Ado About Nothing”. 7.30pm in Maumbury Rings.

6 Aug 11.00am-3.00pm
Dorset Forest School – Fantastic Minibeasts. Orchard Meadow, Tolpuddle. 01305 848156. £10 This workshop is part of the Artsreach. Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 5+www.artsreach.co.uk

6 Aug 10:30am-3.00pm
Darrell Wakelam – Top Secret Treasure Chests The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum. 01300 320684. £10. This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 6+ www.artsreach.co.uk

7 Aug 10:30am-3.00pm
Darrell Wakelam – Top Secret Treasure Chests St Andrew¹s Hall, Charmouth. 07967 759135. £10. This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 6+ www.artsreach.co.uk

7 August
Bugfest. Poundbury Gardens. Free event

8 August
Amiens 100: countdown to Victory. Marking the centenary of the battle of Amiens. Bovington Tank Museum.

8 August 7.00pm-10.00pm
The Winter’s Tale – The Festival Players Theatre Company. Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury

8 August
Hydrangea Day. Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury

8 Aug 10.00am-11.30am
Jo Burlington – Drawing, Dancing & House of Dreams Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. 01258 839230. £5. All children must be accompanied by an adult for this workshop, which is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 2-4yrs. www.artsreach.co.uk

8 August 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Clive Stafford Smith, Justice Café. Dorset’s Hidden Histories. Learning Room, Shire Hall. £5 01305 261849

9 Aug 7.00pm (refreshments from 6.00pm)
Much Ado About Nothing – Rain or Shine Theatre. Maumbury Rings. £13 / £11 members & concessions / £40 family ticket (max. 2 adults). Dorchester Arts

Week beginning 10 August 10.00am-4.00pm
Drop in creative arts and crafts activities for families. Shire Hall. Free summer activities for families with a different theme each week. This week Sea Life.

11 August 11.00am-5.00pm
One World Festival in Borough Gardens. FREE event.

11-13 August
Art in the Church. Winterborne Monkton

12 August
WHOTT Running Day. Top o’ Town Car Park. Wessex Historic Omnibus and Transport Trust. Rally with FREE tours to sites of Thomas Hardy interest.

13 Aug 10.00am-4.00pm
Abigail Thommes – Graffiti Experience The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum. 01300 320684. £10. This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 9+ www.artsreach.co.uk

13-19 August 9.00am-5.00pm
Art Exhibition by John Tilsley in Borough Gardens House.

14 Aug 10:30am-3.00pm
Darrell Wakelam – Top Secret Treasure Chests Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. 01258 839230. £10. This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 6+ www.artsreach.co.uk

14 August 10am-12noon
Comic Chaos with Arts2Educate. Town Hall. £7 / £5 siblings. Ages 6-12. Working with Dorchester Library and The Summer Reading challenge to inspire you to get stuck in with some fantastic character scenes and comic strips

14 August 10.00am
Wildlife Wanderer. Higher Bockhampton

15 August 9.45am-4.00pm
“Archaeology of West Dorset” Talk by Chris Tripp at Kingcombe Centre. See www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Week beginning 17 August 10.00am-4.00pm
Drop in creative arts and crafts activities for families. Shire Hall. Free summer activities for families with a different theme each week. This week Traditional Tales and Toys.

17 Aug 11.00am-3.00pm
Dorset Forest School – Native American Tribe Piddle Valley First School. 07775 902516. £10. This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 5+ www.artsreach.co.uk

17 Aug 3.00pm
Squash box Theatre – Tales from the Trees Durlston Country Park, Swanage, BH19 2JL. 01929 424443. £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam. Kneehigh’s Craig Johnson presents a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology. Suitable 5+ Post-show Woodland Puppet Workshop also available www.artsreach.co.uk |www.squashboxtheatre.co.uk

18 Aug 2.00pm
Child Okeford Village Hall, DT11 8EL. 01258 861621. £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam. Kneehigh’s Craig Johnson presents a terrific tangle of puppetry, storytelling, live music and comedy, with a theme that embraces natural history, folklore and ecology. Suitable 5+ Post-show Woodland Puppet Workshop also available www.artsreach.co.uk |www.squashboxtheatre.co.uk

18 August
Round Table Cider Festival. Borough Gardens.

19 August
Tony Lowe sings in the Borough Gardens. FREE event.

19 August
Buckham Fair, Pony and Dog Show. Beaminster.

20-25 August
Combined Arts Week. Age range 10-18. Cost £125 for the complete week. Performances 24 & 25 August. Dorchester Arts.

20 Aug 11.00am-3.00pm
The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum. 01300 320684. £10. This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 5+ www.artsreach.co.uk

21 Aug 10.00am-1.00pm
Abigail Thommes – Song-writing Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. 01258 839230. £8. This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 9-12yrs. www.artsreach.co.uk

23-27 August
Great Dorset Steam Fair. Blandford Forum.

23 August 2.00pm
Paddleboat Theatre presents Rustle. Suitable for ages 4+ Maumbury Rings. Tickets £8 adults, £6 children, £25 family ticket. Dorchester Arts 01305 266926

24 August
Corn Exchange – Charity Barn Dance – Friends of Dorset County Hospital.

Week beginning 24 August 10.00am-4.00pm
Drop in creative arts and crafts activities for families. Shire Hall. Free summer activities for families with a different theme each week. This week A World of Art

24-26 August 8.45-10.30pm
Cinema under the stars. Corfe Castle

25-26 August 2-4.30pm
Trailer rides weekend, Chaldon Herring, near Winfrith Newburgh – breathtaking views of Jurassic Coast, plus arts and crafts fair in village hall from 10am-5pm.

24 Aug 11.00am-3.00pm
Dorset Forest School – Fantastic Minibeasts Hardy’s Woods, Portesham. 01305 871884. £10. This workshop is part of the Artsreach. Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 5+. www.artsreach.co.uk

25 August Gates open 11.00am-6.00pm
Anonymous Music Festival – Maumbury Rings. FREE event.

25 August
Dorchester and District Gardening Club Summer Show in St Georges Church Hall Fordington. All day event.

26 August
Love Parade

27 August 12:00-4:00pm
, Five Churches fete, Athelhampton House, nr Puddletown, free parking, small entry fee

27 August 1.00pm
Buckland Newton Village Fete

27 August
Music all day at Maumbury Rings. FREE event.

Week beginning 31 August 10.00am-4.00pm
Drop in creative arts and crafts activities for families. Shire Hall. Free summer activities for families with a different theme each week. This week Shapes & Patterns

31 Aug 10.00am-1.00pm
Fran Quinlan – Wacky Willow. Piddle Valley First School. 07775 902516. £6. This workshop is part of the Artsreach Creative Summer Programme and is suitable for ages 6+ www.artsreach.co.uk

30 August 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Yvonne Marshall, Justice Cafe. Surveying Greenham Common. Learning Room, Shire Hall. £5 01305 261849

 

September

 

Throughout September
– A “Forgiveness Exhibition” will be put on in St Peter’s Church, Dorchester during September. It will be a collaborative event involving St Peter’s, the Shire Hall and Dorchester Arts.

1&2 September
Dorset County Show. Coker’s Frome Showground.

1 September
Corn Exchange and Town Hall – Gin Festival – All Day event.

1 September 10.00am
Thomas Hardy Society: “Mrs Yeobright’s Last Walk” (175th anniversary). Meet at Thorncombe Wood Car Park – led by Tony Fincham. Further details www.hardysociety.org

6-9 September 10.00am-5.00pm
FREE ENTRY heritage open day Shire Hall tours. (Last admission 4.00pm)

8 September 11.00am-4.00pm
Weldmar Summer Fete, Herringston Road, Dorchester.

8 September
Dorset Eye, ‘Writing a review’ drop in session. Café, Shire Hall. Free

8&9 September 10.30am-5.00pm
Civil War: Besieged & Betrayed. Corfe Castle

9 September 2.20pm
Durnovaria Town Band. Borough Gardens

11 September 10.00am
Wildlife Wanderer. Higher Bockhampton

13-20 September
Dorset Architectural Heritage Week – Various buildings and sites are open to the public and there are tours and visits to places normally closed to the public. See website for further information: www.dahw.org.uk

13 & 14 Sep 4.00-5.00pm
Tea with Mrs Hardy and the Suffragists. Max Gate. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players of adult £3, child £2.

13-16 September 10.00am-5.00pm
FREE ENTRY heritage open day Shire Hall tours. (Last admission 4.00pm)

14 Sept 7.00pm
I Capuleti e I Montecchi: Bellini’s tragic Romeo and Juliet. £19/£17/£5 Corn Exchange.

14-16 September
Plush Music Festival

15 September
Dorset Eye, ‘Writing a review’ drop in sessions. Café, Shire Hall. Free

15 Sep 2.30-3.30pm
Poetry at Max Gate: William Barnes readings with Tim Laycock and members of the William Barnes Society. Max Gate. Suggested donation £3.

15 September
Tiger Day at Bovington Tank Museum

16 September
High West and High East Streets closed to all traffic from 10am to 4pm from Top o’ Town to Swan Bridge as Dorchester’s contribution to Dorset Architectural Heritage Week. A unique opportunity to walk in and appreciate the wonderful architecture and the stories which accompany many of the different buildings in the County town’s main street. Tours and tales provided. Further information: www.dahw.org.uk

23 September 2.30pm
Durnovaria Town Band. Borough Gardens

 

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
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.

Reay’s Traditional Taekwondo (Kukkiwon & Chung Do Kwan) – Classes held Saturdays 11.00am-1.00pm at Dorchester Health and Fitness, Old Salvation Army hall, Durngate Street. 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.