What’s on in West Dorset


(Copied from an information sheet, so some formatting issues)

September 2020

Offices are not currently open to the public with the exception of Bridport but your TIC staff are available for your enquiries via answer phone and email

information iDorchester      Bridport   Sherborne        Lyme Regis      Mon, Weds and Sat 10-301305 267992 01308 424901 01935 815341 01297 442138dtic@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk bridport.tic@bridport-tc.gov.uk stic@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk ltic@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

You can keep up with West Dorset news and events via Twitter: @BridportTIC  @DorchesterTIC  @LymeRegisTIC  @SherborneTIC

GARDENS NOW OPENAbbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4LA.  Gardens open daily 10am-5pm for pre-booked ticket entry only. Admission £10, Child £5, u5 free. Plant Centre open 11am-4pm. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk Abbotsbury Swannery, New Barn Road, Abbotsbury DT3 4JG. Swannery open daily 10am-5pm for pre-booked ticket entry only. Admission £10, Child £5, u5 free. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Dorchester DT2 7LG. Gardens open Mon-Fri & Sun 10am-3pm for pre-booked ticket entry only. Admission £9.50 (u14 free). Restaurant open from 13th July, House open from 27th July. www.athelhampton.com Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Lane, Chickerell DT3 4AF see website for availability 01305 785150info@bennettswatergardens.com www.bennettswatergardens.com Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU Gardens, plant centre and shop open 11am-5pm. Admission: £12.50 Child 5-15 £5 u5 free; available at venue. Tel: 01460 220231www.fordeabbey.co.uk Mapperton Gardens, Mapperton, Beaminster DT8 3NR. Gardens open Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-5pm for pre-booked ticket entry only. Admission £10, Child 5-16 £4, u5 free. Live stream House tours Tues 4pm – see website. www.mapperton.com Minterne Gardens, Minterne Magna, Dorchester DT2 7AU. Gardens open daily 10am-6pm Admission £6 (u12 free); available at venue  www.minterne.co.uk Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR. Gardens open daily 10am-5pm Admission £9 (Child 0-15yrs free) contactless payments only  www.sherbornecastle.com NGS Open Gardens South West see website for details of dates and venues pre-booked ticket entry only https://ngs.org.uk/product-category/garden-tickets/south-west/
WALKSPre booking often required. Please check in advance Fossil Walks  Regular guided fossil hunting walks in Lyme Regis & Charmouth are run year round by Lyme Regis Museum  01297 443370 www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk,  Brandon Lennon 07944 664757 www.lymeregisfossilwalks.com Jurassic Gems  01297 444405, the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre  01297 560772 www.charmouth.org, Jurassic Coast Guides 07900 257944 guide@jurassiccoastguides.co.uk   Chris Pamplin 0845 0943757 www.fossilwalks.com  Times vary according to the tides, telephone for full details & booking information.   Durotriges Roman Tours Every day at Town Pump. A£8 C£4 from Dorchester TIC or 07557472092 Booking Essential DorchesterRomanTours@Outlook.com Literary Lyme walking tours available throughout the year.  07763 974569 for details & to book. Mary Anning Walks Lyme Regis. Old Lyme as Mary knew it with Natalie Manifold.  01297 443370.  www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk Jurassic Coast Guides Regular fossil walks and guided tours. With award winning Marin Curtis. 07900 257944 guide@jurassiccoastguides.co.uk Ghost Walks From Kings Arms Dorchester. Thurs Sherborne Walks Small guided walk (max 5) with local Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant. Fridays at 10.30am, pre-book by 6pm Thursday. £10pp. Tel: 07989 453966 www.sherbornewalks.co.uk Historic Guided Walks  Bridport Selected days 10am from Bridport Museum www.bridportmuseum.co.uk
MARKETS NOW OPEN  Bridport          Weekly Market in the Town every Wednesday & Saturday, Farmers’ Market  12th Sept 9am – 1pm Barrack Street, Dorchester     Weekly Market in Fairfield Car Park, Weymouth Ave 8am-3pm every Wednesday,     Farmers’ Market 26th Sept Poundbury, 9am-1pm Sherborne      Pannier Market on the Parade every Thursday and Saturday; Sherborne Market 20th Sept 10am-4pm Cheap Street; Farmers’ Market 18th Sept Cheap Street, 9am-1pm Lyme Regis   Farmer’s Market 11th Sept  9am-2pm Marine Shelters, Marine Parade

Local events diary

06/08-05/09 Maize Maze at the Toy Barn Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne DT9 4JX 10am-3.30pm (book time online) Dinosaur themed Maize Maze plus climbing frames, trampolines & swing frames. £6, U4 free. 01935 815040 https://toy-barn.co.uk/maize-maze-2020/  

01-30 Communifit September 100km Cycle Challenge  Complete in own time during September (a few kms a day or one long ride) In support of The Geranium Trust. A £12, C £2.  https://communifit.fullonsport.com/event/communifit-september-100-km-cycle-challenge/profile  

02 Sherborne Arts Society Zoom lecture  5pm Dr Ross King – Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet & the Painting of the Water Lilies.  https://theartssociety.org/events/september-2nd-dr-ross-king-mad-enchantment  

03 Rogue Ropemaking Bridport Museum fore court, Bridport 11am-1pm Thursdays. Watch the ropemakers twist their magic. Free.  www.bridportmuseum.co.uk  

03-06 Encircled- So Beautiful Eype Centre for the Arts, St. Peter’s Church, Eype, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6AL 10.30am-4.30pm. Stephen Bishop, Solo Art  Exhibition.  www.stephenbishop.co.uk

03-21 Contemporary Craft The Gallery and The Space Symondsbury Estate DT6 6HG Handmade crafts from ironwork, willow basketry, home made quilts and jewellery. Free Thursday through Monday 10.30am -4.30pm  www.lymebayarts.co.uk    

05 Sherborne Amateur Players: Waiting for Godot Paddock Gardens, Newland, Sherborne DT9 3JL 2.30pm Al fresco performance. Bring seating & picnic. £10 (inc glass of wine, programme & raffle ticket) on gate or online:  https://thelittleboxoffice.com/aps  

06 Walk for Hope Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight. Wessex Cancer Trust’s sponsored walk. 5, 10 or 20 miles on your own chosen route. £10. Register online:  https://www.walkforhope.co.uk/

06 Music at the Grange The Grange at Oborne, Sherborne DT9 4LA 5pm Lynsey Docherty& & Jon Valender sing arias & duets from the greats of Italian Opera. £10. e-mail:  jonvalender@gmail.com  

08 Gnora the Gnomes Daytime Disco Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport DT6 3NR 4.30 pm with the Hardlebards 01308 424204 https://www.bridport-arts.com/   

08 Romeo and Juliet Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport DT6 3NR 8pm with the Handlebards 01308 424204 https://www.bridport-arts.com/  

08-30 Chroma Exhibition Lyme Regis Musuem DT7 3QA Allan Punton Hand Cut Coloured Glass Artwork Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am-4pm 01297 443370 https://www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk

09 Sherborne Arts Society Zoom AGM  7pm See website for details  https://theartssociety.org/events/agm-9th-september-announcement  

11/09-02/10 Exhibition of new work Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne DT9 3LN Tues-Sat 9.30am-5pm Exhibition of new work by Richard Pikesley 01935 815261 https://www.jerramgallery.com/exhibitions/  

12 Sherborne Amateur Players: Waiting for Godot Paddock Gardens, Newland, Sherborne DT9 3JL 2.30pm Al fresco performance. Bring seating & picnic. £10 (inc glass of wine, programme & raffle ticket) on gate or online:  https://thelittleboxoffice.com/aps  

12 Dorset Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride  Sponsored travelling through Dorset countryside visiting local churches by bike or on foot. 01935 592185 / ericjager56@gmail.com https://www.dhct.org.uk/m/ride_and_stride.php  

13 Virtual Dorchester ‘ Hidden Nature’ on-line part of Heritage open days. Details to be confirmed:  see https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting

17 Romeo and Juliet Marine Theatre Lyme Regis DT7 3QB Outside Event 7pm with the Handlebards. Adults £17plus BF Under 18’s £9plus BF Under 10’s FREE 0333 6664466 www.marinetheatre.com  

18/9-08/11 Autumn Mixed Show The Old School House, Tincleton, DT2 8QR 10am-5pm Friday to Monday. Featuring local artists 01305 848909 https://tincletongallery.com/art-exhibitions/  

19 Bridport Arts/Crafts and Vegan Market The Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street 9am-3pm

22/8 onwards Summer Exhibition Gallery on the Square, Queen Mother Square, Poundbury 10am-4pm featuring local Artists’ work. 01305 213322 https://gallerypoundbury.co.uk/

23 Sherborne Science Café Talk Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL 7.30pm Talk: ‘The Science of Plant Diseases’. £2 donation on the door  www.sherbornesciencecafe.com  

24-30 Awakening Exhibitions The  Gallery Symondsbury Estate DT6 6HG Local Dorset Artists Zee Jones + Pamela Allsop with Lucy de Albuquerque from North Hampshire Thurs – Mons 10.30-16.30 Free  www.lymebayarts.co.uk  

27 Voice Playshop & Soundbath sessions Oborne Village Hall, nr. Sherborne DT9 4LA 10am-12.30pm Angels of Sound Voice Playshop. 2-4pm Divine Union Soundbath. Advance booking only. 01935 389655 www.centreforpuresound.org/events  

29 Sherborne Historical Society talk Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA.8pm Talk by General Sir Robert Fry: The Wars of 9/11 – an account of the wars started by the 9/11 attacks & their place in history. MEMBERS ONLY

ARTSREACHArtsreach are hosting a range of music and theatre available on line. Please check link below for dates, costs where applicable and how to access events:   https://artsreach.co.uk/news/digital-diary     www.artsreach.co.uk  01305 269512 info@artsreach.co.uk                                
  ARTSLINK    Artslink are working towards reopening some face-to-face classes in the Autumn.  More details will be announced as plans progress. Meanwhile, current activities are: Art at Home – art activities you can do at home. Art for Memory & Art for Parents. Parkinson’ Dance at home using specialist videos which are available online or via DVD. Virtual Classrooms with James Budden who offers weekly Oils and Portrait & Drawing classes. https://sherborneartslink.org.uk/ office@sherborneartslink.org.uk  

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