Out & About

 

What’s on in and around Dorchester

 

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January

 

12, 19, 26 January 11 am-1.30pm
Hard times and hungry months: The frugal cook. Free event. Usual admission price. Hardy’s Cottage, DT2 8QJ. 01305 262366

8 January 10 am-5pm
Winter Experience Day at Hardy’s Cottage and Thorncombe Woods. 01305 262366.

10-13, 17-20, 24-27 January 11 am-4pm
Tess: a pure woman. Delve into one of Hardy’s most famous novels and find out about the stories that like behind it. Max Gate DT1 2FN Usual admission prices, NT members free. 01305 262538

10 & 20 January 9am-1pm
Brownsea Island Bird Boats. 2 hour guided tour of the harbour and 2 hour landing on Brownsea. Booking essential. £25. 0344 2491895/01202 707744

12 January 10 am-2.30pm
Bridport Veganuary Market. Bridport Town Hal

12, 19 & 26 January 9.30-11.30
Nordic walking with Lynne at Corfe Castle. 01929 481294

13 January 9.30 am-1pm
Nordic walking on the Jurassic coast. Try out Nordic walking and learn about the Jurassic coast. Booking essential. 01929 450500

13 & 27 January 11 am-1.30pm
Hard times and hungry months: Special talk on cholera. Free event. Usual admission price. Hardy’s Cottage, DT2 8QJ. 01305 262366

16 January 11 am
Gardening Talk by Thomas Stone -Everything you ever wanted to ask about roses. Sculptures by the Lake. 07720 637808

16 January 2.30pm
Choosing companions for your roses. Talk by Thomas Stone. Sculptures by the Lake. 07721 637808

16 January 7.30pm
Escaping the Storm-Marie Stopes on the Isle of Portland (AsOne Theatre) Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange £13/£11 Members & Concessions. (Free for members of Thomas Hardy Sixth Form-Contact school reception for details) 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

18 January 8pm
The Eduardo Niebla Experience-Flamenco jazz. Dorchester Arts, the Corn Exchange. £15/£13 members and concessions. 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

18 January 7.30pm
Tangram Theatre-A Hundred Different Words for Love. Broadwindsor Village Hall. 01308 867644 www.artsreach.co.uk

18 January 7.15-9.30pm
Barn Dance at Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall. Featuring Tatterdemalion, The New Hardy Players and Ruth Thompson calling. £6 on the door (accompanied u16s free) 01300 348250 / riverpiddle2@btinternet.com

19 January 8-10 am
Sunrise Wildlife Walk with an expert. Studland Bay BH19 3AQ £15 01929 450500 studlandbay@nationaltrust.org.uk

19 January 7.30pm
Tangram Theatre-A Hundred Different Words for Love by James Rowland. West Stafford Village Hall £9, £6 u18s, £25 family. 07968 633834 www.artsreach.co.uk

20 January 7.30pm
Tangram Theatre-A Hundred Different Words for Love by James Rowland. Tarrant Gunville Village Hall. 01258 830361 www.artsreach.co.uk

20 January 1pm
Talk-The Incredible Mrs Van der Elst by Brian Bates. Shire Hall, Dorchester. £6.50 inc. soup and roll. 01305 261849 shirehalldorset.org.uk

23 January 7.30pm
Circus of Horrors. Weymouth Pavilion. Not advisable for under 16s. Tickets from £22. 01305 783225

23 January 8pm
Steve Knightly-Roadworks. Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange. £19 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

24 January 10.30 am-1.30pm
Makko Ho Basic Exercises with Tony Chodrak. Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington. £35 07720 637808

25 January-1-4pm
Hard times and hungry months: folksongs and stories with Tim Laycock. Usual admission price. Hardy’s Cottage, DT2 8QJ. 01305 262366

25 January 8pm
And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the world of Anne Frank. £10 /£5 u18s Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange. 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

25 January 7.30pm
The Story of Guitar Heroes. The Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne. £18.50 01202 885566

26 January 10.30 am-3.30pm
Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop with Thomas Stone MCIHort MPGA. Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington DT2 8QU. £65

07720 637808 www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk

27 January 10.30 am-2pm
Blandford Potato Day. Pimperne Village Hall DT11 8UZ. 60 plus varieties of seed potatoes, onion sets, shallots, garlic, rhubarb crowns, asparagus crowns, heritage and heirloom seeds for sale. Admission 50p. refreshments. 01749 860039

27 January 8pm
Shivers by Adam Z Robinson. The Book of Darkness & Light/Little Mighty. Suitability 14+. £13/£11. Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange. £13/£11. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

30 January 7.30pm
Nish Kumar. It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves. Weymouth Pavilion. Tickets 01305 783225

 

February

 

31 January-3 February, 7-10, 14-17, 21-24 February 11 am-4pm
Tess: a pure woman. Delve into one of Hardy’s most famous novels and find out about the stories that like behind it. Max Gate DT1 2FN Usual admission prices, NT members free. 01305 262538

2/3,9/10,16/17,23/24 February 10 am-4pm
Brownsea Island Winter weekends. Free event. Normal admission prices. Boa leaves Sandbanks & Poole every hour starting at 10 am. 01202 707744

2 February 10.30am-4.30pm
Silver Jewellery Making Workshop with Kathryn Arbon. Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington DT2 8QU. Booking essential. 07720 637808 www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk

2 & 3 February 9am-1pm
Brownsea Island Bird Boats. 2 hour guided tour of the harbour and 2 hour landing on Brownsea. Booking essential. £25. 0344 2491895/01202 707744

2, 9 & 23 February 11 am-1.30pm
Hard times and hungry months: The frugal cook. Free event. Usual admission price. Hardy’s Cottage, DT2 8QJ. 01305 262366

3 February 9.30 am-1pm
Nordic walking on the Jurassic coast. Try out Nordic walking and learn about the Jurassic coast. Booking essential. 01929 450500

3/10/17 February 11 am-3.30pm
Mapperton Gardens open. Refreshments. £4.50 children free. 01308 862 645

5 February 8pm
Johnny Fluffypunk-How I Came to Be Where I Never Was. The Sheaf of Arrows, Melbury Osmond. 01935 83004. www.artsreach.co.uk

6 February 5-7pm
Volunteer recruitment drop-in session. Max Gate DT1 2FN. 01305 262538

8 & 22 February 11 am-1.30pm
Hard times and hungry months: Special talk on cholera. Free event. Usual admission price. Hardy’s Cottage, DT2 8QJ. 01305 262366

8 February 8pm
Angela Barnes: Rose Tinted. £15/£11 Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

9 February 8-10 am
Sunrise Wildlife Walk with an expert. Studland Bay BH19 3AQ £15 01929 450500 studlandbay@nationaltrust.org.uk

13 February 11am–1pm
Volunteer recruitment drop-in session Hardy’s Cottage and Visitor Centre. DT2 8QJ . 01305 262366

13 February 1.45pm
True Grit-1969 John Wayne classic, Evergreens Cinema, Age UK, Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester. £2

15 February 7.30pm
Lost Dog Dance-Juliet & Romeo. Halstock Village Hall. £9, £6 u18s, 325 family (Suitability 13+) 01935 891744 www.artsreach.co.uk

16 January 7.30pm
Escaping the Storm-Marie Stopes on the Isle of Portland (AsOne Theatre) Dorchester Arts, Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

18 February 10 am
Theatre Fideri Fidera-Oskar’s Amazing Adventure. Piddle Valley First School. £6, £5 u18s, £20 family. 07786 915559 www.artsreach.co.uk

18 February 3pm
Theatre Fideri Fidera-Oskar’s Amazing Adventure. Martinstown Village Hall. £6, £5 u18s, £20 family. 01305 889963 www.artsreach.co.uk

15 February 8pm
Ethel Smyth: Grasp The Nettle. £14/£12. Corn Exchange. 01305 266926. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

16-23 February 10 am-4pm daily
Shire Hall, Dorchester. Superhero week. Follow the trail to Shire Hall’s underground, secret lair, design your own superhero badge! Free entrance for children dressed as superheroes (up to 2 children per paying adult). 01305 261849 shirehalldorset.org.uk

16-24 February 10 am-3.30pm
Half term fun at King John’s Castle! Great escape teddy bear zip wire, watch missiles launch from the Castle’s medieval siege engine and lots more. Corfe Castle. 01929 481294

16 February 2.30pm
Lily & The Albatross. Family show. Suitability 5+ Live music about wild weather, wild birds & wild ambitions. £8/£6/£25 Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

18 February 2.30pm
Lily and the Albatross. Tall Tree Theatre. Corn Exchange, Dorchester. £8/£6/£25 family ticket (max. 2 adults). Suitability age 5+. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

19 & 20 February
Junior Safety Inspector family tours. Safewise at Weymouth Fire Station, DT4 0QF. Event for 5-11 year olds. £3 per person. Under fours go free. Tickets 01202 591330

19-23 February
Oklahoma performed by the Piddle Valley Players. Tickets from the Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton and from Piddletrenthide Post Office

20 February 8pm
Rouse, Ye Women (Townsend Productions). £13/£11. Corn Exchange Dorchester. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

21 February 6.30 and 8pm
Underground Dorchester illustrated talk by Mayor David Taylor. The Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Tickets on sale from 7 January from Town Hall Offices, North Square. 01305 266861

22 February 4pm
The Boy Who Cried Wolf-Angel Heart Theatre. Milborne St Andrew Village Hall. £6, £5 u18s, £20 family. 01258 839230 www.artsreach.co.uk

23 February 7.30pm
Living Spit-Giants of Science. The exchange, Sturminster Newton. 01258 475137 www.stur-exchange.co.uk

23 February 10.30 am-2pm
Maiden Newton Potato Day. Village Hall, Maiden Newton. 60 varieties of seed potatoes, onion sets, shallots, garlic, rhubarb crowns, asparagus crowns, heritage and heirloom seeds, fruit trees and bushes for sale. Refreshments. 01749 860039

23 February 7:00pm
A Barnes Supper, Ridgeway Singers & Band. Sturminster Newton (venue TBC). ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com

28 February 7.30pm

David Starkey-Henry VIII: The First Brexiteer? The Exchange, Sturminster Newton. 01258 475137 www.stur-exchange.co.uk

 

March

 

1 March 8pm
Hal Cruttenden: Chubster. Corn Exchange, Dorchester £19/£17 members & concessions. 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

8 March 8pm
In Loyal Company, Corn Exchange £13 / £11. True story of missing World War II soldier and prisoner of war Arthur Robinson. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

10 Mar 12 noon to 4.30pm
The Big Picture Sale, Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Donate pictures beforehand, buy on the day. www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

14-15 March 7.30pm
Dorset Youth Theatre Senior Company presents Chaos by Laura Lomas, Corn Exchange, Dorchester £7.50 / £4 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

 

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.