Coast and Countryside Events

Friday 30 March

Fancy Dress Easter Egg Hunt at The Toy Barn 11am – 4pm. Advance tickets £7.50 per child, free adult entry. Children can come in fancy dress and there will be a prize for the best-dressed child. The Toy Barn is the only independent toy shop in Sherborne, they have the largest display of climbing frames and trampolines in the South West. Your children can play on all the equipment between the Easter egg hunts. Adult entry is free and there’ll be tea, coffee and cake on sale with proceeds going to Yeovil, Sherborne and District Samaritans. There is an egg hunt every hour on the hour from 11am. Each hunt has a limited number of spaces and tickets are selling fast so book your advance tickets online now for £7.50 or call on 01935 815040. Tickets on the day will be £8.50 per child. The Toy Barn, Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4JX  01935 815040 www. toy-barn.co.uk.

 

Fri 30 March – Sunday 1 April

Mad Hatters Easter Festival at the Gateway, Seaton. Friday – Registration and Party night with DJ, Quiz, Open Mic Night. Free social. Kicks off at 6.30pm. Saturday – doors open 11.30am. DJ & MC Ken Ingram. Bands are: Deborah Crossing, The Surfin’ Birds, The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, with Electric Cake Salad closing afternoon session. Doors open 6.30pm for evening session with headliners Dr and The Medics and Here and Now. Sunday – doors open 11.30am. DJ & MC Ken Ingram. Bands are: Black Djellaba, SHOM, Krankschaft with Underground Zero finishing afternoon session. Doors re-open at 8pm for final explosive night of music with King Creature and Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons. Fully Licensed Bar and additional Real Ale Bar. Homemade veg. and meat chilli, burgers, hot dogs and panini’s available throughout. Tickets: Weekend £45 adults, £15 child.  Single Day £25 adults, Child £10 all available online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone 01297 625699 or in person from The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD.

Fri 30 March – Monday 2 April

Easter Trail in the Land of Oz at Forde Abbey 10am – 4pm. Follow the yellow brick road to Forde Abbey this Easter where you’ll find Dorothy, the tin man, a plucky lion and a scarecrow on a magical adventure in the Land of Oz. Journey through the gardens this Easter and put your courage, bravery, compassion and brains to the test to earn some delicious chocolatey treats along the way. A fun filled day for all the family with an interactive trail around the gardens. Normal admission prices apply. www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

Hop along to Brewery Square This Easter, Brewery Square in Dorchester is inviting shoppers and families to join its free annual Easter egg hunt for the chance to win a chocolate egg. From 10am – 4pm on Good Friday to Easter Monday, each participant who takes up the egg-citing challenge to search around the Square will be rewarded with a complimentary Easter egg. Entry forms can be collected from the Concierge Office on South Street. The highlight of the Easter offering this year will be two free performances of Andy’s Dino Raps at 12pm and 2pm on Saturday, March 31. Andy blends music and education as part of his creative, dinosaur-focused performances. Visit www.brewerysquare.com for more information.

 

Fri 30 March – Sunday 8 April

Bridport and Lyme Regis RAFA Celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force Friday – RAF100 ~ “Beer Call” Celebration brews at the Tiger Inn, Barrack Street, Bridport (7pm). Saturday -RAF100 ~ ‘Celebration of the RAF’ Bucky Doo Square, South Street, Bridport (9.30am – 11pm). Sunday -RAF100 ~ “A Moment for Reflection” St Mary’s Church Memorial, South Street, Bridport (11.30am). Monday -RAF100 ~ ‘Royal Air Force Exhibition’ Bridport Town Hall, Bridport (10am – 3pm). Sunday -RAF100 ~ ‘RAF Commemoration’ St Mary’s Church, South Street, Bridport (3pm) www.rafa.org.uk.

 

Saturday 31 March

Free Outdoor Exercise Session with Luke Hayter Fitness at 9am on West Bay promenade. Bring a mat, water bottle yourself and a friend if you want to. Luke will be happy to stay afterwards and answer any questions you may have. See you there.

Sidmouth Daffodil Day 9.30am – 3pm Plant Fair in the grounds with 11 nurseries attending (including 2 Chelsea gold medal winning nurseries), daffodil talks, daffodil art and photographic exhibition, daffodil gifts, also guided walks to the daffodil sites around Sidmouth. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.

Sunday 1 April

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 7.5 mile circular walk from Whimple. 10.30am start and bring picnic Dogs on short leads. 01404 45944.

Yeovil Railway Centre Yeovil Junction, Stoford, Yeovil BA22 9UU: First day of Steam Train rides, with Easter Egg Hunt. 01935 410420 or www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

 

Sunday 1 – Monday 2 April

Artisan Craft Market and Sadie’s Kitchen 9am – 5pm all manner of stalls selling locally produced goods plus drinks and snacks available. Please contact Marguerite Grant for further information by emailing -margigrant53@gmail.com. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.

 

Monday 2 April

Charmouth Vintage Fair Community Hall 10am – 4pm All Day Catering Tel: 01297-560634.

Special Sherborne Guided Walk with Blue Badge Guide Cindy Chant, taking place mainly in the lower part of the town and focus on the impact the coming of the railway had on Sherborne. Sherborne Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01935 815341 www.visit-dorset.com. Regular high season walks will take place every Tuesday and Thursday morning from April until the end of September.

 

Tuesday 3 April

Family adventure day 10am – 3pm, Liverton Copse, Exmouth. A fun, hands-on day with the Education Ranger at Liverton Copse. An opportunity for families to work and play together and learn outdoor skills. Den building, fire lighting, cooking and crafts. Children must be accompanied. Aimed at 7 to 14 years. Min age 5. Booking required at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £13 per child.

Psychic Development Group every Tuesday 7.30pm – 9pm The Black Dog tea room, Uplyme info Sonia@blackdogtearoom.co.uk.

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild meeting entitled ‘Endurance Experience’. Bernard Genge will talk about various places and events he has taken part in during a long career in road running.  he meeting will be at Manor Court School at 7pm and all new members and visitors will be very welcome.

 

Tue 3 – Wednesday 4 April

Secondhand Book Sale Run by the Friends of Lyme Regis Philpot Museum. Jubilee Pavilion, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis from 11am to 3pm each day. Further information from Valerie Hayward on 07926 969 831.

 

Wednesday 4 April

Benefits Advice Session at Age UK Shop, Bridport… an initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. Age UK Dorchester and Dorset County Council’s Welfare Benefits Team are working together to help older Bridport residents to maximise their benefits entitlements. Advice sessions will be held on the first Wednesday in each month, 9.30am – 12noon at Age UK Shop, Bridport, and will be strictly by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact the Bridport Shop on 01308 424859 or at 16 West Street, Bridport DT6 3QP.

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 11 mile circular walk from Blackbury Camp. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 223703.

Survey your village – Martinstown South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership. Want to know more about the natural and historic environment in your local village? Surveys will be carried out in villages across the South Dorset Ridgeway. Meet at Martinstown Village Hall at 10.30am where there will be a short talk then help us as we gently walk around the village to record the features in your village that you think are important.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed and Sat in April. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventure on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140.

Exmouth Mud Walk 2pm – 4pm, opposite toilets, Imperial Road Rec, Exmouth. Wrap up warm and come exploring with the Education Ranger. Dig for Estuarine worms, fish for shrimp and discover what is living in the mud of the Exe estuary! Booking required, £4 per child. Find out more and book online wildeastdevon.co.uk.
Sidmouth Photographic Club at All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES.  Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 www.sidmouthphotoclub.co.uk. 7.30pm 3-Way Exchange  between Kouvala, Holland and Sidmouth – Entries due for Comp 5. 2 Print/1PDI.

Bridport Scottish Dancers at Salwayash Village Hall, evening of social dancing 7.30pm – 10pm cost £2 including tea or coffee and cake.

Axminster Historical Society ‘Axminster – a Town Shaped by Water’ – David Knapman explains how Axminsters water supply determined the historic shape and spread of the town; local ratepayers’ resistance to meeting the costs and the attritional local politics that delayed the delivery of improved drinking water and sewers. Axminster Historical Society at 7.30pm The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

Bridport Camera Club presents Guy Edwardes at Bridport Town Hall 7pm, for 7.30pm. The highly acclaimed landscape, travel and wildlife photographer’s presentations are always inspirational. Open to the public. Further details and entry fee to be advised. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 01308 281561

Gittisham Folk Dance Club meets at 8pm – 10.15pm in Gittisham Village Hall, EX14 3AF. Come along and get your weekly dancing ‘fix’ in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with live music from the Bridgwater Band  and calling by Mary Blackborow. No partner or previous experience required and all dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout. Entry £3.50. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229, see gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

Royal Opera Live: Macbeth 7.15pm Tickets: Adult £15, Student/Child £12, Family of four (2+2) £46 Part of The Royal Opera House live cinema season. Verdi’s opera inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Wed 4 – Saturday 7 April

‘Showstoppers’ The 10 Year Spectacular presented by Bridport Musical Theatre Company Doors 6.30pm / starts 7.30pm Tickets 12.50 only from Bridport TIC   01308 424 901 Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk. Celebrating the best of the best, a decade of great and unforgettable shows.
Thursday 5 April  

The Strode Room Coffee Morning starting at 10am in the Strode Room, Church Street, Beaminster. Entry £2 to include coffee and biscuits. There will be a raffle and cake stall and donations are welcome.  Proceeds go towards the upkeep of the Strode Room as a community meeting room.

Children’s Workshop come and make some Easter bunting! Free event at the Church Rooms, Axminster between 1pm – 3pm.

Coffee Morning – All welcome- 10.45 – 11.45 Home made cakes and real coffee St Swithun’s Church Hall North Allington Bridport.

Wellbeing Walk 11am – 12noon. This is a relaxed, sociable and gentle monthly walk which is open to all , a health walk for healthy body and mind. Generally walk about a mile in distance, usually around Radipole reserve in the heart of Weymouth. You may see fabulous wildlife on the walk, but the focus is simply a stroll and chat. This walk is dementia friendly, and particularly suitable for anyone wishing to lose weight, recovering from illness or wanting to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Contact RSPB Radipole Lakes on 01305 778313. This event is free as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.
Tatworth Flower Club
Celebrate 25yrs, Flower arranging demonstration by Pam Lewis to demonstrate ‘Celabrations’ doors open 1.30pm – 2pm Homemade cakes Visitors welcome £5Tatworth memorial hall. TA20 2QW details Julie Kettle 01297 33924.

Nick Cope Live Music for Children 2pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Bird watching for children 2pm – 3pm and 3pm – 4pm, Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands. Borrow our binoculars and discover the birds along the Axe estuary with an experienced volunteer guide who will help you to spot different birds, and let you use an amazing telescope for a really close view. Booking required at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £2 per child.

AVDCS family explorer day at Trinity Hill, 2pm – 4pm, Trinity Hill. Join the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society with EDDC’s Education Ranger for an afternoon of outdoor fun. Explore the site, find out about the wildlife that lives there and get creative! Children must be accompanied. Booking required at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £5 per family group.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ when Mike Colbourne will give a talk on Monkey World. Also booking for the first outing of the year to the BBC Studios at Bristol. New members welcome. Contact 01305 261676 or 785546 for further information.

From Sea Dragons to Bricks, a Journey of 160 Million Years by Chris Andrew, the Lyme Regis Philpot Museum Education Officer. Hosted by the Friends of Lyme Regis Philpot Museum. Woodmead Hall, Hill Rd, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG, starting at 3.15pm. Admission; Museum Friends £2, non-members £3 including refreshments. Please note that the Friends of Lyme Regis Philpot Museum AGM will take place at 2.30pm followed by refreshments for all at 3pm. The talk will start at 3.15pm. Further information from David Cox on 01297 443156.

Concert by The Gesualdo Six an unaccompanied male voice group as heard on radio 3.St. Andrew’s church Colyton 7.30pm. Tickets £12 on the door or phone 01297 553238.

Chard Camera Club The club will be meeting at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church hall, Holyrood Street for their first meet of their new year where renewal of  membership will take place followed by confirmation of the new programme for the year and an image production workshop to ease members back into production.

Tatworth Wives Group The Magical Field of Glass” is the subject of the talk by Margaret Harper in Tatworth Church Rooms at 7.30pm. All welcome.
Broadwey, Upwey and District Horticultural Society AGM
Members-only Mini Show at this meeting.                                                            St. Nicholas Primary School, Dorchester Road, Broadwey, Weymouth starting at 7.30pm. Details from 01305 814887 or www.budhs.org.uk.
‘Where We’re Bound” Show of Hands Duo Tour 2018 with guest Geoff Lakeman. 8pm Tickets: £22 (seated) It’s a rare treat when a multi-award-winning band, renowned enough to sell out the Royal Albert Hall five times over, offer the chance to be enjoyed in smaller, more intimate settings. But Show of Hands are known for doing things differently so that’s exactly what they’re up to with thir 2018 duo tour. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are two extraordinary craftsmen with one unique sound. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Friday 6 April

Stepping into Nature Roadshow Event Beaminster Square 9.30am – 1.30pm Providing sensory activities in the Dorset landscape for older people, those living with dementia and their partners or carers. www.stepin2nature.org.

Wildlife Safari 10am – 12noon, Fire Beacon Hill. Bugs, butterflies, birds, dragonflies and possibly even some snakes! Put on your best safari gear and come for a ramble with the Countryside Ranger to explore this heathland. Booking required at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, Free.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Uplyme. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 519232.

Free 3D printer drop-in day 10.30am – 4.30pm. Martock library has someone showing off a 3D printer, everyone will leave with a little white bunny.

By The Loom – A Fun Craft Day Axminster Heritage hands-on spinning and weaving group. Everyone welcome beginners and the more experienced. 10.30am – 3pm £3 More info: 01404 831207 or phone to book a place. Dalwood Pavilion EX13 7EU.

Classical Concert 11am Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tea workshop with Mary Tassell, Medical Herbalist, 3.30pm – 4.30pm worry-busting with Louise. At Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Drop in any time. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU at 7.30pm have a have an interesting talk ‘Lidar – The Imaging of an Unknown Landscape’ the Speaker is Brian Moore. Guests £2 at the Door.

Concerts in the West presents The Albion Quartet. Featuring Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin), Emma Parker (violin), Rosalind Ventris (viola), Nathaniel Boyd (cello).  For full programme information see: www.concertsinthewest.org. At 8pm. Tickets: £15 (£30 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Sidmouth Canasta Group meets at Sidford Methodist Church each Friday at 7.30pm (novices welcome) Free parking available behind Spar opposite.More information 01395 579856.
Domninoes 8pm Bripdort Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

From Fight to Flight – a Year Through My Lens An illustrated talk by Charles Wheeler, Abbotsbury Swannery supervisor. Starts 7.30pm at Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. Preceded by group AGM. Donation suggested £2 (£3 non-members), includes refreshments. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

 

Saturday 7 April

Bridport Book Fest Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NR 10am – 2pm. Free Entry. Meet local authors, browse a wide selection of books, get signed copies and special offers. Special guest speaker to be confirmed. Under 12’s short story champion prize giving. Fundraising for Children’s Hospice South West www.bridportbookfest.com.

Mood Indigo – Coffee and Jazz, St Swithun’s Church North Allington Bridport 11 am Free Entry and a collection for Shelter Box

South Somerset Monochrome Group 10am – 12noon at The Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PT. ‘Inspirational Photographers’ – a series of short talks by group members about photographers who have inspired or influenced their own photographic practice. All levels of experience welcome.  £5 including refreshments. For more information please email southsomersetmonogroup@gmail.com.

Sid Valley Horticultural Society Coffee Morning Sidford Social Hall, Byes Lane, Sidford, Sidmouth,  EX10 9QX 10am – 12noon Entry £1.

Axminster Wood Turners 10am – 1pm at Woodbury Community Hall, near Axminster, Devon. EX13 5TL. Hosting Sandra Adams a North Devon wood turner who produces one off pieces inspired by Exmoor and uses locally sourced wood. If you would like to see Sandra and her work come along to our meeting in April, there will be a small charge of £5, which would be refunded if you joined our club, there will be free tea and coffee throughout the morning. If you would like more information on directions please ring Barrie Golding on 01884841162, or www.axminsterwoodturnersclub.com or facebook page.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk. Maiden Newton, Notton Hill, Southover. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed and Sat in April. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventure on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140.

Perfect by Tessa Bide. Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA Doors open 1.30pm, Show starts 2pm. Child £6 adv., adult £8 adv., family ticket £25 adv. 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

Family theatre: an adaptation of the beautiful illustrated book of by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher, The story of a young boy and the birth of his disabled sister, and is the latest show from Tessa Bide Productions.

Ballroom & Sequence dancing in Sidmouth Dancing with Henry & Jeannie at the Stowford Centre, Sidmouth EX10 9YL (opp Waitrose) from 8pm – 11pm. Ballroom, Latin and some sequence. £6 each pay on the door. 01803 325905 www.dancingduo.co.uk.

Wessex Consort: The Poems of Thomas Hardy Sung In His Family Church Choral settings of Hardy’s poetry 7.30pm, £12 on the door at St Michael’s, Stinsford.

Mervyn Stutter 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre, www.bridport-arts.com.

Kytsun Wolfe in The Image of Cliff Richard 7.30pm Tickets £16 (seated). After Kytsun Wolfe’s hugely successful appearance portraying Cliff at the famous London Palladium, he is touring throughout the UK. Kytsun and his band The Sounds of The Shadows are loved and supported all across the country, not only because of their exceptional talents but also because no other act can recreate the illusion with such amazing accuracy. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

At The Ebenezer…Ian Constantinides Memorial Lecture, Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. AT… The Ebenezer, in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. To RSVP, ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

Andy Irvine at 8pm. For more than 40 years, Andy has been a World Music pioneer and icon for Traditional music and musicians. Founder member of bands such as Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, Patrick Street, Mozaik and most recently, Usher’s Island, he has been hailed as ‘a tradition in himself’.  Musician, singer and songwriter, few others can equal his repertoire: Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes, and a compelling canon of his own material that defies description. Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Kusanganisa Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. £10 adv,  £12 door 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.  Kusanganisa is the Shona word for ‘mixture’ that aptly describes this new world music and jazz project involving four musicians all from different traditions. Chartwell Dutiro from Zimbabwe leads; he plays mbira and sings in the Shona tradition.

 

Sunday 8 April

Village garage sale Broadwindsor 10am – 1pm. Residents will be putting stalls in front of their houses and opening up their garages to sell items. Maps will be available on the day at Broadwindsor Stores. For more information call 01308 867638.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be repairing a fence at Powerstock nature reserve in West Dorset. We welcome new people interested in helping care for our countryside. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923498760 for us to contact you.

NGS garden Open situated in the centre of Dorchester at 113 Bridport Road. Whilst the garden reflects winter and spring interest there is something of interest year round, the make up of the garden planting wise is a modern take on a cottage style, planted into different areas giving we hope delight at each turn, planting is ecliptic reflecting our specific interest. Afternoon teas are offered and can be taken in a variety of settings. Also open 15, 22 April and 13 May 2pm – 5pm a warm welcome awaits. Heather and Chris Robinson email hmrobinson45@ gmail.com tele 01305 263088.

South Somerset Ramblers 10 mile walk from old A37 road, north of Clay Pigeon. Bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. Details, Derek 01935 426842.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Wayford Woods. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 567987.

Sidholme Music Room 3.30pm – 4.30pm Gala Concert, The St. John’s Chapel Choir (Southsea) MD Alex Poulton. Sidholme Reception 01395 515104.

Macbeth ROH Bridport Arts Centre 2pm www.bridport-arts.com.

Bolshoi Ballet : Giselle (2h20mins) Doors 3pm / starts 4pm £11.50 adv (£11 + 50p bf) / £12.50 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk. Also at The Gateway, Seaton.  Licensed bar and refreshments. Doors open 1.30, starts 2pm. Tickets £15 adv./£17.50 on door if available, online  (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person from The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD. Also Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA Doors 1.30pm, starts 2pm.

£11.50 adv., £14 door. 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com. Live screening with prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova in the ultimate ballerina role. It’s a chilling, yet luminous ballet that has captivated audiences for over 150 years at the Bolshoi.

Arts @ St Bart’s “Love in Spring” St Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne, 3pm. A concert of music by British Composers, including Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Purcell, Britten, Gurney and Gilbert and Sullivan. These songs will be performed by Roma Loukes, Soprano, and Mikael Loukes, Tenor. Accompanist will be Richard  Lennox. Tickets: £10 (to include canapés.) Bar available. Tickets from Crewkerne Town Hall or Liz on 01460 271767.

 

Monday 9 April

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Learn how to manage your hearing loss by using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 01297 442239 or just come along on the day. Also on 16th, 23rd, 30th.

Inspired by Archives 10.30am Enjoy the countryside? Love history? Enjoy both with pictures, maps or recordings at the Dorset History Centre (Dorchester) and learn something new about the natural world and local artists. The group is open to everyone including carers, those with dementia or with mobility, sensory or learning difficulties or those who would just enjoy the company and stimulation. It’s all about relaxing, meeting new people and having fun. Contact Maria on 01305 228947 or m.gayton@dorsetcc.gov.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.
Yeovil Probus Club
presentation The Lusitania at Yeovil Court Hotel 1.30pm. New members always welcome. Please contact the Secretary on 01935 881422 for details.
Swanage Eco Therapy Gardening
2pm – 4pm Based at an old nursery, Greengage, offers a large greenhouse, planting beds and even a toilet block! Join in with various activities such as planting fruit and vegetables, cleaning vegetation and general maintenance.This activity is free and delivered by Dorset Wildlife Trust as part of Stepping into Nature. Contact Katie on 01202 692 033 or kwilkinson@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.
Biodanza @ Othona
Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting music + holistic health benefits. All ages 19 to 90. Teacher: Julia Hope-Brightwell. 2nd + 4th Mondays. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Cost £10. Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk.

The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset (formerly Neroche DFAS) 7.15pm. at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton. “Giles, his Life, Times and Cartoons” by Barry Vennings. Visitors £5.   www.theartssocietynerochesouthsomerset.org.uk  for details.
Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. www.chardscottishdancing.org Mondays in April 16th, 23rd, 30th (includes AGM) 7.30pm – 10pm. Cost £1.50.

Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society meeting at the Southill Community Centre at 7.30pm. A representative from the Gardens Group (of which Poundbury Garden Centre is a part) will be providing practical demonstrations and advice on pruning in the garden, with the emphasis on climbing plants, hedges and evergreen shrubs. All are welcome and refreshments will be available. Further information is available on 01305 788939.

Bridport Folk Dance Club meets at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, DT6 3JH, providing Bridport’s longstanding weekly chance to dance in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Come along and enjoy dancing to recorded music and club callers, no partner or previous experience required and all dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout. Entry £3 for members, £4 visitors (membership £3). Contact Chris on 01308  488 620 or Monty on 01308 423 442.

 

Tuesday 10 April

Artisan Craft Market and Sadie’s Kitchen 9am – 5pm All manner of stalls selling locally produced goods plus drinks and snacks available. Please contact Marguerite Grant for further information by emailing – margigrant53@gmail.com Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.

Benefit Advice Sessions Portland – Easton (an initiative with Island Community Action) Sessions will operate on the second Tuesday in each month, between 10am and 12.15pm at Island Community Action, and will be by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact Island Community Action on 01305 823789 or at Unit 13, Easton Shopping Centre, Easton, Portland DT5 1EB.          islandcommunityaction@btconnect.com.

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Bridport Community Hospital 2pm – 4pm. Learn how to manage your hearing loss by using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 01297 442239 or just come along on the day. Also on 17th, 24th.
West Dorset Group of the Somerset and Dorset Family History Society
meeting at Loders Village Hall, 2pm. Dr Mark Forrest from the Dorset History Centre will be talking about ‘The Development of Dorset Harbours in the 15th Century’. Members £1.50, visitors £3, all welcome. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Time for Tea:  Refreshments and an illustrated talk by John Faulks about Norway.  Axminster Heritage Centre, 2pm – 3.30pm in the Bradshaw Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster. Tickets £3 from 01404 831207.
Turn Lyme Green
Come and be part of ‘ Plastic Free’ Lyme Regis. Update on latest developments, social gathering and quick AGM. Royal Lion Hotel Lyme Regis 7.15pm for 7.30pm. All welcome, esp newcomers. 

A Chideock Society Event A presentation by Horatio Morpurgo in Chideock Village Hall. “Why Should We Care What Happens in Lyme Bay?”. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Horatio grew up in Devon and was educated at Cambridge. He returned to live in the South West and participated in the campaign to ban scallop dredging in parts of Lyme Bay. He has written extensively on the sea-bed’s recovery since the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in 2008. ‘The Paradoxal Compass’ (2017), his most recent book, will feature at this year’s Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. It explores West Country’s relationship with the sea, history and marine conservation. All welcome. Entrance £6 Members £4. Raffle and Refreshments. Proceeds towards the Seatown Regeneration Project “Saving Seatown for the Future”.

 

Wednesday 11 April

Stepping into Nature Roadshow Event Bridport Bucky Doo 9am – 2.30pm. Providing sensory activities in the Dorset landscape for older people, those living with dementia and their partners or carers. www.stepin2nature.org.
Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Depart by coachUplyme Village Hall 9.15am Cranborne Manor. Cranborne nr Wimborne is a beautiful and historic garden laid out in C17 by John Tradescant and enlarged in C20, featuring several gardens surrounded by walls and yew hedges: blue and white garden, cottage style and mount gardens, water and wild garden. Many interesting plants, with fine trees and avenues. Tearoom, Garden centre and shop. Cost RHS members £12 Non RHS £17 Please ring Anne Rose 01297 33049 or 444034 to book.

Seaton and District Probus Club Talk by Nick Pearce: Mounted Police. Meeting starts at 10am at Marshlands Centre, Harbour Rd., Seaton. Prospective new members welcome – a friendly, sociable club for retired and semi-retired men. More information at www.seatonprobus.co.uk or contact Dave Bridges 01297 21560.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 8.5 mile circular walk from Sidmouth. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 514886.

Colyford Axe Valley Centre National Trust. Talk entitled “This is the Captain speaking” by Ian White.  Colyford Memorial Hall 2.30pm. Non-members welcome £2 including refreshments.
From Page to Screen 2018 Gala Opening : Special pre-release screening On Chesil Beach (15) (2018) (105mins) followed by Q&A with Ian McEwan Doors 7pm / starts 8pm. Tickets bridport-arts.com/from-page-to-screen Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Colyford & District Photographic Club at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Rd, Colyton EX24 6QJ.  Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com. Subject: critique evening- in house.

Bridport Scottish Dancers at Church House, South Street, Bridport 7.30pm – 10pm. Classes with instruction and social dancing, come and have fun – no partner required. Cost £2 including tea, coffee or squash and biscuits. Contact Ann 01308 422927, Petronella 01297 639717 for more details.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club meets at 8pm – 10.15 pm in Gittisham Village Hall, EX14 3AF. Come along and get your weekly dancing ‘fix’ in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, with live music from Fresh Aire and calling by Simon Maplesden. No partner or previous experience required and all dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout. Entry £3.50. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229, see gittishamfolkdanceclub.org. Also on 18 and 25 April.

The Yeovilton Military Wives Choir in concert in Norton sub Hamdon Church 7.30pm. Advance Ticket £7 from the Community Shop (£8 on Door space permitting). Part of The 2018 Norton Festival Season of Music. For further information visit www.nortonfestival.org.

The Beehive Acoustic Café 8pm Free. Live Acoustic music. Hosted by Terry Stacey. Everyone is welcome to come along and perform or listen at The Beehive bar. Runs every other second Wednesday. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth from RSC at The Gateway, Seaton. This contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller, streamed live from Stratford-upon-Avon, marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company. Doors open 6.30pm, starts 7pm. Licensed bar and refreshments. Tickets £12.50 adv/£15 door. Book online  (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone 01297 625699 or in person from The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD. Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA, Doors open 6pm, Show starts 7pm. £11 adv, £12.50 door 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Thursday 12 April

Benefit Advice Sessions … an initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. Weymouth – Sessions will operate on the second Thursday in each month, between 9.30am and 11.30am at Weymouth Community Safety Centre  (new fire station),   Radipole Lane, Weymouth,  DT4 0QF, and will be by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact Age UK Dorchester on 01305 269444  www.ageuk.org.uk/dorchester.

Croquet Come and have some fun and enjoy a game of croquet at Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club Open days from 10pm-4pm today and Saturday 14 April, at Westfield Close EX9 6ST01395 442548. email: enquiries@budleighcroquet.org. Coffee, tea and a bar available, please wear flat soled shoes.

Survey YOUR village – Litton Cheney South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership. Want to know more about the natural and historic environment in your local village? Surveys will be carried out in villages across the South Dorset Ridgeway. Meet at Litton Cheney Village Hall at 10.30am where there will be a short talk then help us as we gently walk around the village to record the features in your village that you think are important.

Dorchester Probus Meeting 12noon for 12.30pm at the Gamekeeper, Charminster, Dorchester DT2 9QZ. More details from the Secretary 01305 269315. New members always welcome.
Discover Seaton Down Hillfort
2pm – 4pm. Bill Horner, County Archaeologist will reveal more about this little known Iron Age Hillfort. Bill will explain what the humps and bumps of the site tell us about what happened here in the past. Legacy to Landscape project event. Free – No booking required. Parking at Seaton Tower layby, Seaton Down road, EX12 2TH (ST 233 913) Full events programme or further information about the project : legacytolandscape@gmail.com;  01404 310012  or www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/wildlife/legacy-to-landscape.

Seaton Garden Club 2.30 pm at the Masonic Hall, Queen Street, Seaton – Mike Burke from The Gardens Group, Gold Club will give a talk entitled “The Story  So Far of how gardening has progressed over the years at Castle Gardens, Sherborne (30 yrs) Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil (25 yrs) and Poundbury, Gardens, Dorchester (10 yrs) “. Visitors are welcome, cost £2. to include refreshments. Contact 01297 24049.
Crewkerne Gardening Club
talk on “Fragrance in the Garden” given by acclaimed designer Jenny Short. This is bound to be an informative and enjoyable evening, so do come along. Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm. Visitors £2.50.

Thorncombe Gardening Club Christine Stones, ‘Women who influenced garden design’. Held at Thorncombe Village Hall at 7.30pm, all welcome. Non members £4. Further information Mary Morris 01460 30938.

Seavington Gardening Club 7.30pm an evening with Derry Watkins. Derry is a well travelled plants woman , she will be sharing her extensive knowledge with us on the subject of Plants for Late Summer Colour. Meetings are held in Seavington Millennium Hall, visitors welcome £5 at the door. Enquiries to Karen Day 01460 249728 .

An Evening with Damien Lewis presented by The YCAA. Damien Lewis was such a compelling speaker at the Yeovil Literary Festival 2017, YCAA had to invite him back. Damien worked as a war and conflict reporter for some of the world’s major broadcasters for decades before becoming a bestselling author. His wonderful books have been adapted for stage and screen. Don’t miss this fascinating writer. 7.30pm , Johnson Studio at the Octagon Theatre, Tickets £6 per person. Box Office, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil Tel: 01935 422884 Bar available and nibbles provided at events. www.yeovilarts.co.uk, YeovilCommunityArtsAssociation, @ycaanews.

 

Friday 13 April

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from Newton Poppleford. Assistance dogs only. 01404 44367.

Food on Friday 12noon – at Clapton & Wayford Village hall: two course hot lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee.; £4.50. Open to all ages; very friendly atmosphere, newcomers really welcomed, but please book places in advance by phoning June 01460 77057 or Jackie 01460 72324, who will also provide more information if required.

Heritage Coast U3A ‘Mr Chips Rides Again’ John Bartholomew, former Chair of the Heritage Coast U3A, spent thirty five years full-time in secondary education, one third as head of a large comprehensive school and a further seven years, part-time, working as adviser, consultant and reluctant inspector. His talk will mix anecdote with observation in the hope of offering something that will stimulate lots of thought and some merriment. Coffee served from 10am – 10.45am followed by talk at 11am -12noon. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. Organised by U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis – free for members, non-members £2 donation suggested. To join U3A, see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297444566.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 1pm Rising Voices with Jane, 2pm Creative writing collaborative workshop with Sarah Cooper for our Book of Words project, massage with Amanda. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.
Mitch Benn Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA Doors 7pm, starts 8pm. £12 adv., £15 door. Satirical songs and hilarious jokes from the star of The Now Show and winner of BBC 2’s Celebrity Mastermind. He brings his new show to Lyme Regis.

From Page to Screen 2018 – The Shape Of Water (15) (2017) 127mins Doors 6.30pm / starts 7.30pm Tickets bridport-arts.com/from-page-to-screen Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Chard History Group 7.30pm Peter Tinney. A local Farmer with ever-popular Talks Volume 1V. “From Childhood to Adult Life by A Somerset Farmer” Where have the yesterdays gone? Amusing tales of the present and the Brexit Farming in the future. At Manor Court Primary School. Refreshment available. New members and guests welcome.Members £2. Guests £3. Free parking in School Yard. For information 01460 66165.

Kilmington Gardening Club Abbotsbury Gardens, past, present and future, a talk by Stephen Griffith who is head gardener and curator of this famous 20 acre garden. Kilmington village hall, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX137RF. 7.30pm. Non members welcome £2.

Melange Mediterranean and North African music. Sheldon Village Hall – Contact John Carr on 01404 841367 or Siobhan Murphy on 07999 538 408 or email smurphy315bb@gmail.com.
The Savannah Jazz Band
New Orleans style trad jazz from one of the most popular trad bands around. Fun, excitement and raw good music! At 8pm.  Tickets: £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Handbags and Glad Rags A ‘Support The David Hall’ Event at 7pm. Come and grab a bargain – bags and bling, scarves and sequins. A great opportunity to refresh your wardrobe with lots of glamorous accessories. Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Dire Streets 8pm Tickets £16 (seated). Dire Streets perfectly capture the distinctive, authentic sound of one of the biggest guitar bands of all time. Fronted by finger picking guitar ace John Brunsdon and his band of accomplished musicians, they play with an attention to detail and musicianship that marks them as the stand-out Dire Straits tribute in the UK. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Saturday 14 April

Beaminster Antiques Fair The Public Hall, Beaminster 9am – 3pm. Call Glen 07505 798258.

American style Breakfast 9am – 11.30am at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – £6: pancakes, bacon, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs etc + fruit juice & coffee/tea in a friendly setting with a lovely view. All welcome. Further information from Adrienne 01460 75313 or Sheralyn 01460 74654 .

Craft/ table Top Sales 9.30am – 1pm at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Free admission. Tables are available at £5. 01460 74340 to book.

Farmers’ Market (held 2nd Saturday of each month) 9am – 1pm, stalls with many locally produced goods. Please telephone Kennaway House 01395 515551 for  further information or to book. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.

Martock Farmers Market 10am – 1pm in the shopping precinct. 17 stalls, including Whitelake Cheese, Duncan’s cauliflower, Eggardon black pudding, Peter’s walnut loaf, Barry’s bangers, Giles coffee, David’s honey, Gina’s cakes, Brenda’s marmalade and loads more local food. Moorlands Shopping Precinct, North Street, Martock. 01935 822202 for a table.

Windrush willow: Plant Supports 10am – 4pm, Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands. Make a tall wigwam shaped support for sweet peas in the morning. This can be repeated in the afternoon or you can choose to make a cylindrical grow through type support for peonies or penstemons. Beginners welcome. Booking required at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £40 per person.

Askerswell Jumble Sale Bridport United Church Hall, 10am. Coffee will be served.  New-to-you, Bric-a-brac, books, produce etc.
A Space for Living Spirituality ‘
The Way of the Spoon: Contemplative Spoon Carving’ as event 2 of 4 on ‘Spirituality and Creativity’ at the Bridport Quaker Meeting House, South Street, DT6 3NZ. 10am – 4pm. Donations £10-£40. Bring-and-share lunch. For information and booking, email Janet Lake on iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk.  Uplyme, Yawl, Bulmore, Combpyne. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Stepping into Nature Roadshow Event Weymouth Radipole Park and Gardens 11am – 2.30pm. Providing sensory activities in the Dorset landscape for older people, those living with dementia and their partners or carers. www.stepin2nature.org.

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with Andy Quin at the Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, 2pm, £7 on the door, children free, visit www.beerwurlitzer.org.uk or phone 01297 24892.

Egyptian Society Taunton “Mummies of the Manchester Museum”. Speaker: Dr Campbell Price. 2pm at the Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ED.  http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home.
Bridport History Society
United Church Hall, East St. Bridport, 2.30pm. Nicky Campbell will talk about ‘To buy a whole parish: Rousden and the Peek Family’, copies of her book will also be on sale. The big house later became Allhallows School and is now a private residential estate. Members £1 and visitors £3, all welcome. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Parnham Voices – Come and Sing a capella workshop at St John’s, West Bay, DT6 4EY. The day will start with registration at 10 am and finish at approximately 5.30pm, with an informal performance in aid of Julia’s House, Dorset and Wiltshire’s Children’s Hospice. The cost of the day will be £15 to include light refreshments and the booklet of music to be used on the day. For more information and an application form visit www.parnham.org or e-mail pvc@alfx.com.
Guitars On The Beach Fundraiser Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA Doors 7pm, starts 7.30pm. £10 adv., £12 door. Headline acts and local musicians raise money for the UK’s largest guitar festival at which hundreds of guitarists simultaneously play well-known songs, temporarily forming Britain’s biggest band.

No.1 Ladies’Accordion Orchestra concert 7.30pm in the United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport, and again in Charmouth Village Hall, Wesley Close, on Sunday 15 April at 3pm. Both feature gorgeous arrangements of music from around the world. Home-made cakes for sale during interval, and a chance to talk to the orchestra and maybe to have a little go on an amazing instrument. Tickets for both concerts £8/£6 concessions, either on the door or by emailing noIladiesaccordion@gmail.com.

Winter Wilson at 8pm. Showcasing their latest album, Far Off on the Horizon – a follow up to the critically-acclaimed Ashes & Dust – Winter Wilson come to The David Hall off the back of a triumphant UK tour with the legendary Fairport Convention. Now in their sixth year as full-time musicians, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, frequently hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with often hilarious tales of life on the road. You will laugh; you may cry – you will certainly want to see them again! Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Ferocious Dog + Black Water County Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £15.50 adv (£15 + 50p bf) / £17 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Eype Centre for the Arts:Undercurrent Sessions presents: Arash Moradi (iranian tanbur player) support act Arslan Musika (Anisa and Samir Arslanagic violin and guitar, Balkan, classical and folk). Tickets: £10 advance, £12 on doors (£5 kids) Advance from Brownpapertickets https://moradi.bpt.me or Bearkat Cafe Bridport More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1181295321973754/.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Launch Event at Bridport Town Hall organised by Transition Town Bridport at 7.30pm. Free admission, all welcome. Come and join us to find out how we can reduce the use of single use plastics in Bridport. Talk by Charlie Wild of Litter Free Dorset plus the launch of ‘Bridport Plastic Free Directory’, Green Storytelling by Martin Maudsley and local groups presentations. Licensed bar and refreshments available. Contact:www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

 

Sat 14 – Saturday 28 April

Bridport Green Fortnight organised by Transition Town Bridport launched on 14 April with an evening of short plastic-related presentations by environmental groups and story-telling from Martin Maudsley that starts at 7.30pm. Other highlights include a talk from the author of the “Green Consumer Guide” Julia Hailes entitled “There’s a lot of rubbish talked about plastic” on Thursday 19th; a screening of the film “Plastic Ocean” on Sunday 22nd and an evening of comedy with a green tint on Friday 27th. All of these events take place in Bridport Town Hall with a 7.30pm start. For those who can’t make an evening event there will also be a beach clean at West Bay, a Green Day in Bucky-Doo square and organised visits to the local recycling centre. More details of these and all the other events can be found at Transition Town Bridport’s website or on its Green Fortnight Facebook page. Contact: Sarah West, 01308 423758, admin@transitiontownbridport. www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

 

Sunday 15 April

Spring Charity Plant Sale at Mapperton 10am – 4pm Admission £3 to Plant Sale. Children free. House and Gardens are extra. Over 30 stalls of specialist nurseries from all over the South and West of England. Contact:  Becky Cotterill  becky@gardenbreaks.com.

South Somerset Ramblers 11 mile walk from Chetnole Church. Bring picnic. Details, Mike 01963  363077.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Culmstock. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 07926 076302.

Gordon Langford in Devon 3pm  St Andrew’s Church Colyton. Local musicians will celebrate the life & music of Gordon Langford. Followed by tea & cakes. Admission free. Donations to HelpMusiciansUK & Royal Society of Musicians of GB. More details from Jane Godbeer 0129732767.

From Page to Screen 2018 – A Wrinkle In Time (PG) (2018) Doors 1pm / starts 2pm. Tickets bridport-arts.com/from-page-to-screen Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Monday 16 April

Bridport Green Fortnight: Visit to Broomhills Waste Recycling Centre, Bridport at 2pm Free guided tour behind the scenes. There is a limit on numbers so entrance will only be available with pre-booked tickets from Transition Town Bridport. Contact :www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.
Beaminster WI  ‘Music and The Brain’, a talk to be delivered by WI member, Elaine Hendrickson, followed by Annual Meeting. 7.30 pm, Beaminster Public Hall.  Guests and new members welcome.

Bridport Folk Dance Club meets at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, DT6 3JH, providing Bridport’s longstanding weekly chance to dance in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Come along and enjoy dancing to recorded music and club callers, no partner or previous experience required and all dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout. Entry £3 for members, £4 visitors (membership £3). Contact Chris on 01308  488 620 or Monty on 01308 423 442. Also 23 and 30 April.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Axminster Guildhall Doors open 7pm, eyes down 8pm.

Jazz Jam Session Do you play an instrument? Do you enjoy jazz and want to try improvising around jazz standards and other well-known tunes? Come along to this informal group – you can play, or just sit and listen. 8pm. £2 to take part. Bar available. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Monday 16 – Saturday 21 April

Tree Week All events free. Monday – 2pm Guided walk on a Tree Trail. Tuesday – 2pm Café Scientifique  Kennaway House, illustrated talk by Ed Dolphin  “Sidmouth’s Global Skyline”. Wednesday – 2pm Guided walk on a Tree Trail. Thursday – 7.30pm   Kennaway House talk from Jill Butler, Woodland Trust “Ancient Trees of East Devon and Sid valley”. Friday – 2pm Guided walk on a Tree Trail, Kevin Croucher, Thornhayes Nursery. Saturday – Visits to private trees: map from TIC. For more information see Sidmouth Arboretum www.sidmoutharboretum.org.uk.

 

Tuesday 17 April

Sensory Walk around Thorncombe Woods 1.30pm – 2.30pm. These gentle strolls look at the landscape using senses such as touch, sound and smells to enable those involved to discover the reserve. There are a couple of different style walks through the woodland, some are poetry focused whilst others are based more around the sensory experience. Thorncombe Woods, Dorchester, DT2 8QH. Delivered by Reserve Rangers as part of Stepping into Nature. Contact Claire on 01305 251228 to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.
Sailors with Wings : WW1 Royal Naval Air Service, WW2 Fleet Air Arm by Dr Phil Judkins 2.30pm at St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW ( no. 10 bus from Dorchester to Spa Hotel) Presented by National Trust South Dorset Association Members NTSDA £3,   Guests £4 inc. tea/biscuits 01300 321601 / geoffwrench@lineone.net.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Green Quiz Join Transition Town Bridport for a fun filled evening at the Ropemakers, 36 West Street, Bridport, starting at 8pm. Contact www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

MET Opera Luisa Miller 6pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Wednesday 18 April

Stepping into Nature Roadshow Event Dorchester High Street 10am – 2.30pm. Providing sensory activities in the Dorset landscape for older people, those living with dementia and their partners or carers. www.stepin2nature.org.

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 11 mile circular walk from Castle Neroche. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 516897.

Sidholme Music Room 10.30am – 12noon Coffee Concert The Phoenix Singers 01395516825.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed and Sat in April. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventure on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140.

Nordic Walking at Furleigh Estate 10.45am – 12.15pm Qualified NW instructors Jane Williams & Paul Duffy will lead this session around the vineyard. All levels of fitness welcome. Coffee to start followed by a one hour session and a glass of Furleigh fizz to finish. Tickets are £10 & available via the website. Due to limited places prior booking essential. www.furleighestate.co.uk/events Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, Dorset, DT6 5JF, 01308488991.

Bridport Probus Club Speaker Rob Clark, talk History & Technology of Paper at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel. Members gather at 12noon for pre – lunch drinks followed by lunch and a talk. Anyone who would like to attend without obligation please contact the club Secretary, Graham Pitts on 01297 561569.

The Honiton U3A welcome their speaker Brian Freeland – ‘A View from the Wings’. Brian has worked at the Palladium, the RSC and Sadlers Wells to name but a few, and he will be giving a ‘sideways’ look at theatre from a stage managers point of view. The Beehive Centre, Dowell St., Honiton Doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Members Free and Visitors welcome (suggested donation of £2) 01404 598008  http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton.

The Arts Society West Dorset April Lecture: Exeter Cathedral and the Exeter Book, Lecturer: Mark Cottle.

Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport DT6 6AR 2pm for 2.30pm. Non-members welcome, £7.50 .

The Friends of Beaminster Festival are promoting a concert by Camilli String Quartet (see www.camillistringquartet.co.uk) at 3pm in St Mary’s Church, Beaminster.Tickets are £12 (£1 for Students/children) and available from Yarn Barton Centre, Beaminster or Bridport Music.

Comedy Café 8pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport–arts.com.

Sidmouth Photographic Club at All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES.  Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 www.sidmouthphotoclub.co.uk. 7.30pm Comp 5. Judge : Marija Lees LRPS.

Bridport Camera Club Competition 4 – ‘Derelict’- Judged by John Tilsley 7.30pm Town Hall, Bridport, DT6 3JT. New members always welcome. All enquiries call the Club Secretary on 01308 281561.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club talk and slide presentation given by Amyas Crump entitled ‘Peter Grey’s Westcountry’. The meeting is at Thorncombe Village Hall, TA20 4NE and starts at 7.30pm. Non Members are welcome, there are refreshments, a raffle and the parking is free. Contact Richard Holt, Chairman Tel. 01460 30428 or Google TRAC “traclubsite” for information.
Colyton & District Garden Society
‘An introduction to Arts & Crafts and Edwardian Gardens’ by Marion Dale of Summerdale Garden Design. Colyton Peace Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Members free, guests £3. Sue Price 01297 552362.
Colyton Parish History Society and Heritage Centre Chard and It’s Victorian People. An illustrated talk given by well known Chard historian Vince Lean. Colyford Memorial Hall 7.30pm £2 non-members, includes refreshments.

Chardstock Gardening Club 7.30pm. Talk: ’Shrubs & Perennials for Flower Arrangers’ by Mary Benger, creator of Burrow Farm Gardens. Chardstock Community Hall, Westcombes, EX13 7BJ. Everyone welcome. No need to book. £3 non-members; tea/coffee and biscuits included. Enquiries: 01460 221619.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Going Green- a matter of belief Join the United Church, East Street to explore the relationship between faith and environmental issues through short talks, stories and shared experience. Starting at 7.30pm. Free admission, all welcome. Tea and coffee served. Contact  www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.
Jurassic Folk
8pm – 10.30pm, Music and song for all to enjoy. Free admission for musicians, singers & spectators. Eyre Court, 2 Queen Street, Seaton, EX12 2NY. For further details call Adrian 01404 549903 or Mike 01404 43429 or www.jurassicfolk.co.uk.

 

Thursday 19 April

Volunteer with the EDCV as part of tree week, 10am – 3pm, Honiton Bottom LNR. Join the East Devon Conservation Volunteers for a practical task looking after the orchard trees. Help with mulching and weeding around the fruit trees as part of National Tree Week. Booking required at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, Free.

Survey YOUR village – Upwey South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership. Want to know more about the natural and historic environment in your local village? Surveys will be carried out in villages across the South Dorset Ridgeway. Meet at Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Hall at 10.30am where there will be a short talk then help us as we gently walk around the village to record the features in your village that you think are important.

Wellbeing Walk 11am – 12noon. This is a relaxed, sociable and gentle monthly walk which is open to all , a health walk for healthy body and mind. Generally walk about a mile in distance, usually around Radipole reserve in the heart of Weymouth. You may see fabulous wildlife on the walk, but the focus is simply a stroll and chat. This walk is dementia friendly, and particularly suitable for anyone wishing to lose weight, recovering from illness or wanting to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Contact RSPB Radipole Lakes on 01305 778313. This event is free as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.
Living Tree
@ The Bull 7pm – 9pm at the Ostler Room, Bull Hotel, East Street, Bridport. Speaker from DCH Cancer Fund, May Rebecca Potts, Army Sergeant, on Modern Women at War. Refreshments provided, drinks etc available from main bar, relaxed evening. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Bridport & District Gardening Club Christine Stones: A Tour of Old French Gardens. 7.30pm, Womens Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport, DT6 3EQ.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘Bats, Water Voles & Dormice’ An illustrated talk presented by Devon ecologist Louise Wooley. 7.30pm The Millennium Hall, Seavington St Mary. Group members £3, non-group members £4, under 18’s free (tea/coffee & biscuits included) – wheelchair access. Non-members very welcome. For further details contact: Denise Chamings (group leader) on 01460240740 www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southsomerset.
The Cotley Inn Quiz in aid of Ferne Animal Sanctuary. Teams of 6, £2.50 per person. 8pm start. Please book in your team with Simon or Malcolm on 01460 62348.

Robin Ince Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA Doors 7pm, starts 8pm. £15 advance, £18 on the door 01297 442138 www. marinetheatre.com. The star of The Infinite Monkey Cage returns brings his first new comedy show for three years to Lyme Regis. Expect a hilarious night-out about love, death, and art – with a teeny bit of physics.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Talk – There is lots of rubbish being talked about plastic Join us for a thought provoking evening with Julia Hailes, who will give her views on the problems and solutions of plastic. Julia is a leading advocate and expert on social, consumer and ethical issues and author of ‘The Green Consumer Guide’. Bridport Town Hall at 7.30pm Tickets can be purchased in advance from Bridport Tourist Information, South Street for £4.50 or on the night (if still available) for £5 Doors open 7pm. Licensed bar and refreshments available. Contact  www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.
Tatworth WI Lebanese Cooking  will be demonstrated by speaker Wafaa Powell, Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. “Spring “ is the theme of the Bring and Buy stall.
Elizabeth Bishop life and poems
Talk with Readings by Graham Fawcett. Café Sladers, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL t: 01308 459511, 6.30pm, Tickets: £10 or £25 with buffet dinner to follow. Acclaimed as one of the finest poets of the 20th century, Elizabeth Bishop is less well-known in this country than she should be. Her travel poems and her love poems are second to none and her life was one of breaking down barriers both physical and social. www.sladersyard.co.uk.

 

Friday 20 April

Stepping into Nature Roadshow Event Swanage TIC 8am -2pm. Providing sensory activities in the Dorset landscape for older people, those living with dementia and their partners or carers. www.stepin2nature.org.

Seaton Lions Book Sale 9am – 4pm The Square, Seaton 01297 21572.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 4.5 mile circular walk from Yarcombe. Dogs on short leads. 01404 549390.

Chef’s special lunch 12.30pm at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Roast Pork, followed by Apple crumble, start with fruit juice and finish with tea/coffee and chocolates. Only £9 (members£8). Please ring 01460 74340 to book.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group, evening meeting: 12.00 Rising Voices with Jane at Bridport Arts Centre, 2pm Celebrating World Book night: Katherine Locke, copywriter & author of “Breast Cancer – The Essential Guide”. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Meet The Author Adrian Phillips, author of ‘The King Who Had To Go’, an extract from which was published in The Mail on Sunday.  Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start, Tickets cost £13 each, which includes a glass of wine. Please telephone Kennaway House on 01395 515551 to pay by card, or call in, to purchase tickets. Kennaway House, Sidmouth www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.

Artist’s Talk 6.30pm Janette Kerr will give an illustrated talk about her travels north and the work she has made in response. Tickets: £10 for talk or £25 with Norwegian-themed buffet dinner to follow. Please call 01308 459511 to book your tickets. Numbers are limited. Sladers Yard, Sladers Yard Gallery, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL.

To Helen Back 8pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Jazz Café 8pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Paul Lamb and the King Snakes Doors 7pm / starts 8pm. £12 adv (£11.50 + 50p bf) / £14 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

At The Ebenezer… Bijan Omrani ~ In Caesar’s Footsteps, Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. AT… The Ebenezer, in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. To RSVP, ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

 

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April

Ile Valley Flower Festival in the Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster in Bloom. Friday – pre-view evening with bubbly and canapes. Tickets £7.50 each. Saturday and Sunday open from 10am – 5pm. Entrance £2 purchase tea/coffee cake £2. All aspects of  theatre and pantomimes shown in flowers. For further info and tickets from Harrimans of Ilminster or phone 01460 75025 / 67149 / 01823481348.

 

Saturday 21 April

Colyford Spring Fair Axe Valley Centre, National Trust Spring Fair. Colyford Memorial Hall 10.30am – 12.30pm, Cakes & Produce, Books, Bric-a-brac, Craft & Plant stalls, Raffle. Admission £1, includes refreshments.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk. Piddletrentide, West Hill, Wessex Ridgeway, Folly, Cross Dykes. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed and Sat in April. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventure on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140.

Carnival of the Animals: a day of celebration for RAMM’s 150th anniversary 11am – 6pm Exeter city centre and RAMM. Everyone is invited to join RAMM’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The Carnival of the Animals will take place exactly 150 years after the original parade through Exeter to celebrate the opening of the museum. The event will start on the Cathedral Green at 11am and continue throughout the day in the city centre, ending with events in the museum from 4pm to 6pm. Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter City Council www.rammuseum.org.uk.

Art, literature and the historic landscape in East Devon East Devon AONB Heritage Conference, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth £20. Philippe Planel 07983 279825. Presenting a mix of local studies and broader presentations to contextualise the theme.

Dorset MV Choir Concert and local soloists. Revised date at United Church, Bridport, 7.30pm. Tickets £10.50 from Tourist Centre or on the door in aid of Rotary charities.

Lyme Bay Chorale’s Spring: A Concert of English choral Music 7pm St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis. Elgar Bavarian: Highlands, Britten: Festival Te Deum, plus Parry, Mathias and Vaughan Williams. £13 in advance, £15 on the door ,under 19s free, from choir members, Penny blacks Cafe and Lyme Tourist Information Centre tickets include post concert buffet.

Hangers Heroes Charity Barn Dance 6pm -10pm at Westfield Arts College Weymouth with The casterbidge band. Tickets are £12 adults and children under 15 £7 – ticket includes ploughman’s. Bar serving alcoholic and soft beverages.To order phone 01305 784995. This event is raising monies for local charities for more info please visit www.hangersheroes.co.uk.

Hinton Festival welcome back the Cowbridge Welsh Male Voice Choir in Concert  at St George’s Church, Hinton St George TA17 8SD 7.30pm  Doors open 7pm  Refreshments. Tickets £10 (£5 under 16s) available from Our Shop & Dorothy’s Tea Room Box office 07500 532543www.hintonfestival.btck.co.uk.

Watkins & Swarbrick concerts Doors open from 7.30pm and concert starts at 8pm, Drimpton Village Hall, DT8 3RF. Bar. Seats should be booked in advance from 01305 837299 or songsfromthehalls234@gmail.com. Simon Swarbrick will be back from performing on the Dave Swarbrick Official Tribute Tour, to accompany Ken Watkins, Lucy Watkins and Angela Heron Watkins for an evening of acoustic music that ranges from folk and country to blues and jazz standards.

Melplash Cider Festival (formerly Powerstock Cider Festival) 6pm – 10.30pm. Come and sample cider from over 20 producers plus local food and music from The Skimmity Hitchers.

Melplash Village Hall, DT6 3UD

Tickets £6 from Bridport Tourist Information Centre http://melplashciderfestival.org

Sarah McQuaid 8pm Tickets £10 advance, £12 on the door (seated). Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Scottish Dancing Birthday Dance 7.30pm – 10.30pm with Live Band, Skara Brae. Cost £3. Bring a plate of food to share. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. www.chardscottishdancing.org.

The Tuckers Jazz Club Maggie Reeday & The Craig Milverton Trio. Well known and popular Vocalist Maggie Reeday accompanied by Craig Milverton – piano, Jim Rintoul – bass & Coach York – drums. 8pm at The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, Near Axminster, EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) Ticket £10 Info. at  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk   01404 831 280.

Over Stratton Folk Dance Ceilidh A ‘Support The David Hall’ Event at 7.30pm. Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs, a very popular local band and Simon Maplesden, one of the driest callers in the South West. Dance the night away and raise funds for Over Stratton Folk Dance Club and The David Hall. Tickets: £9 in advance, £10 on the door. Includes a light ploughman’s supper. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

 

Sat 21 April – Tuesday 1 May

Cerne Giant Festival: Celebrating Humanity in the Landscape Ten days of walks, talks, workshops, and the performing arts for you to connect with the Landscape and cultural roots of Dorset. Tickets email still.family@virgin.net, via Cerne shop, on the door if not sold out. Also see facebook page.

 

Sunday 22 April

Bridport Green Fortnight: Beach Clean West Bay Come along and take part in one of the events held for The Great Dorset Beach Clean. Meet at the steps at West Beach, West Bay from 10.30am – 12noon. Contact www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk/litter-free-coast-and-sea-week/.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be beach cleaning at Abbotsbury (just past the Sub-Tropical Gardens) This event is suitable for a wide age range so bring the family. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923498760 to be contacted.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8.5 mile circular walk from White Cross. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 513974.

Bikers for Action South West charity motorbike run raising funds for Action on Addiction who support Clouds House, a centre for rehabilitation in North Dorset. There is a just giving page, and there is more information available on Facebook under Bikers for Action SW.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/john-bramble2.

Divine Union Soundbath 2pm – 4pm Bridport Unitarians, 49 East St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX. Experience a magical performance of Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. £12, Booking in advance and further details see www.centreforpuresound.org or Call Dean on 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you.
Jazz in the Afternoon
3pm – 5.30pm, doors open at 2pm, with Pete Allen’s Hot Seven. Come along to this fabulous afternoon of jazz the bar will be open and tea, coffee and cake also available. Admission on the door £15. Please contact Kennaway House for any further information 01395 515551.

Sunday Sessions Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA Doors and starts 3pm. Free entry, unticketed. Brian Street leads a session of the region’s musicians in this new event set in the Marine’s bar, overlooking the historic cobb. 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

Sidholme Music Room 3.30pm – 4.30pm Shakespeare and Love 01395516825.

Traditional Choral Evensong with the Whitchurch Occasional Choir. 6pm, Whitchurch Canonicorum Church.

Kris Drever at 7.30pm. Scottish songwriter Kris Drever (who has performed at The David Hall with Lau) celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success by winning both Folk Singer of The Year 2017 and Best Original Track 2017 for his song, If Wishes Were Horses, at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. For his 2018 concerts, Kris will be performing a ‘best of’ set featuring all the key songs from his first decade and some new material being played live for the first time. Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Film Plastic Ocean Transition Town Bridport invite you to this award winning  documentary that shows the shocking impact that plastics is having on our oceans and the marine life that lives there. Bridport Town Hall at 7.30pm Tickets can be purchased in advance from Bridport Tourist Information, South Street for £4.50 or on the night (if still available) for £5 Doors open 7pm. Licensed bar and refreshments available. Contact www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

 

Monday 23 April

St George’s Day Fair Fordington, Dorchester. Annual St George’s Day Fair on the Green and Church, Fordington, Dorchester with all the usual Fair attractions, Hog Roast, Morris Dancers, Cream Teas and numerous stalls and entertainment. 1pm – 4pm Bring the family, fun for all. 01305 265177.

Swanage Eco Therapy Gardening 2pm – 4pm Based at an old nursery, Greengage, offers a large greenhouse, planting beds and even a toilet block! Join in with various activities such as planting fruit and vegetables, cleaning vegetation and general maintenance.This activity is free and delivered by Dorset Wildlife Trust as part of Stepping into Nature. Contact Katie on 01202 692 033 or kwilkinson@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

Musbury Garden Club welcomes Rikky Apps to Musbury village hall. Rikky, a founding member of “The Friends of Poltimore House”, a keen photographer and heritage aficionado will be telling the group about the restoration of the house and gardens at Poltimore House – a Grade 2* listed building near Exeter. Rikky’s illustrated talk, which begins at 730pm, will include some of the many fascinating photographs he has taken over the last decade or so. Refreshments are served from 7pm. Everyone is welcome. Non-members £2.50.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Axminster Guildhall Doors open 7pm, eyes down 8pm.

 

Tuesday 24 April

Stepping into Nature Roadshow Event Lyme Regis beach front (nearr National Trust Shop) 10am – 2pm. Providing sensory activities in the Dorset landscape for older people, those living with dementia and their partners or carers. www.stepin2nature.org.
Artisan Craft Market and Sadie’s Kitchen 9am – 5pm all manner of stalls selling locally produced goods plus drinks and snacks available Please contact Marguerite Grant for further information by emailing – margigrant53@gmail.com. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Visit to Broomhills Waste Recycling Centre Bridport at 11am Free guided tour behind the scenes. There is a limit on numbers so entrance will only be available with pre-booked tickets from Transition Town Bridport. Contact www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.
Chance To Dance Folk Dancing, Rock & Roll and Ballroom Dancing, join in the fun with like minded people, at The Speedwell Abbey Street, Crewkerne. Cream Tea, Start 2.30 till 5pm.  Tickets £5 from The Town Hall Crewkerne or ring Mike on 01460 72417.

Guitar Club Friendly, informal gathering that meets to play and sing well-known pop, folk, country, and blues tunes. No solo singing or playing unless you want to! 4th Tuesday of the month, 3.30pm for up to three hours. £2 per head. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973.

Martock History Group Barrington Court, by John Allen. A dazzling Elizabethan feast of swirling pinnacles and lavishly expensive windows in glorious Hamstone. John Allen will recount its long and varied history, including its ownership by William Strode, Lord of the Manor of Martock, who rebuilt the Court House as a Grammar School in 1662. With the added excitement of the “5 minute” AGM. At Martock School, Elmleigh Road, TA12 6EF. Coffee from 7pm, talk starts 7.30pm. Admission £3 or annual subscription only £10.

The Lyme Regis Society AGM followed by A talk ‘The Dorsets 1917-18’ by Chris Copson: Curator of The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester. From 2.30pm – 4pm at Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. All Welcome. Members Free. Visitors £3 Including refreshments.

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting music + holistic health benefits. All ages 19 to 90. Teacher: Julia Hope-Brightwell. 2nd + 4th Mondays. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Cost £10. Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk.

Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society “The Fire Service” is the subject of Alan House’s lecture to the Society. The meeting starts at 7.30pm in The Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester (opposite County Hall). Non-members welcome (small donation suggested). Further details on 01305 871863.

 

Wednesday 25 April

Bridport Green Fortnight: Green Day in Bucky Doo Square from 10am – 1pm. Visit the Dorset Waste Partnership Road show and information stalls and displays. Find out how you can recycle more and use less plastic in Bridport. Contact www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Broadclyst. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. 01395 277644.

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon.  Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Sentinels of the Sea – an illustrated talk by Alan Nicholas at The Gateway, Seaton. This is an introduction to the earliest recorded lighthouses in the world, followed by a tour around the English and Welsh coasts showing many iconic lighthouses and telling their background stories. Doors open 2.45pm, talk starts 3pm. Tickets £3. Book online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone 01297 625699 or in person from The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD.

Sidmouth Photographic Club at All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES.  Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 www.sidmouthphotoclub.co.uk. 7.30pm AGM and Panel Competitions – Bring Entries on the Night.

Colyford & District Photographic Club at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Rd, Colyton EX24 6QJ.  Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com. Subject: judging comp 1 – judge t.b.c.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘Gardening by the Moon’ by Stephanie Hafferty -organic ‘no dig’ kitchen gardener, chef and writer based in Somerset. Gardening by the moon is as old as agriculture. The talk is a practical guide on how to include an awareness of the phases of the moon in your garden, including sowing, planting, harvesting and making beneficial garden potions. It includes the results of some of our experiments as well as some lunar gardening history and folklore. It isn’t about gardening in your pyjamas!

Handel’s Messiah Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA, Doors 6.30pm, starts 7pm.

£11 adv, £13 door, £10 adv theatre friends. Inspired by Handel’s masterpiece, this is a live-screening of the acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production. Rediscover the intense spirituality of its many well-known arias and choruses.

Thursday 26 April

Axminster Bowling Club Coffee Morning / Cake Stall 8.30am – 1pm Axminster Church Rooms 01297 21572.

Benefit Advice Sessions… an initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. Between 9am and 12.30pm at Age UK Dorchester. To make an appointment, please contact Age UK Dorchester on 01305 269444 or at Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester DT1 1PW www.ageuk.org.uk/dorchester.

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noonin Clapton & Wayford Village Hall. There will be a raffle, and a cake stall/’bring & buy’ with home-made items, produce etc. Croissants & bacon rolls will also be served.  Do come and join us, for an opportunity to meet friends & neighbours or get to know new people, whilst raising funds to improve the village hall facilities. More details from Julia 01460 72769.
Survey YOUR village – Bincombe. South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership. Want to know more about the natural and historic environment in your local village? Surveys will be carried out in villages across the South Dorset Ridgeway. Meet at Bincombe Church at 10.30am where there will be a short talk then help us as we gently walk around the village to record the features in your village that you think are important.

The Heritage of the Ile Trust Annual Meeting at The Shrubbery Hotel Ilminster at 7.30pm. After the short AGM there will be a slide show presentation and talk by Jackie Bennett, a local history enthusiast, entitled ‘A Walk through Olde Ilminster’ which will include some interesting facts about some of the older buildings in the town. A further slideshow and display of old photographs will continue during the Buffet. The cost is £10pp which includes the optional buffet (£8) and annual membership of £2. For further details please contact Rowland Garland on 0146052673 or Allan White on 0146053928.

The LYRA Singers from St Petersburg at Martock Church (TA12 6JL) at 7.30pm, singing Russian Folk Songs and Orthodox Church chants. See their YouTube videos & website. Tickets £10 on door £9 from 01835 822706.

One World Forum Miriam Davis will give an illustrated talk on ‘Rebirth In The Land of Eight Million Gods’ She is a recently retired former Missionary in Japan. The United Church Hall Visitors welcome    admission £4  including refreshments Annual Membership  £15, Enquiries Peter Glanville 01308458283.

James Wilton Dance: LEVIATHAN 7.30pm Tickets: Adult £10, Student £8, Family of four £28. With flying bodies, last minute catches and an energy you have to see to believe, pushes the boundaries of what the body can do. Martial Arts, sports, break-dance and even professional wrestling influences combine to create a breathtaking experience for audiences. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Friday 27 April

By The Loom – A Fun Craft Day Axminster Heritage hands-on spinning and weaving group. Everyone welcome beginners and the more experienced. 10.30am – 3pm £3 More info: 01404 831207 or phone to book a place. The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 6 mile circular walk from Ottery St Mary. 10am start. Assistance dogs only. 01392 759332.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group, evening meeting: 2pm art workshop Libby for Book of Words, foot massage with Anne. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.
Henhayes Centre Crewkerne Justin Daish in concert, if you like the Shadows then you’ll love Justin. Concert only £10. Including supper £18. Supper is Lasagne followed by Ginger Crunch before the concert. Bar opens at 6pm, Supper served at 6.30pm, Concert starts at 7.45pm . More info 01460 74340.

ZoieLogic Dance Company’s Sleuth – an up-close dance theatre mystery show unlike any other at 7.30pm. Working in partnership with The Brewhouse Theatre, presented by The David Hall. Tickets: £15 Full. £10 Students. To book, call 01823 283 244. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk.

Somerset Wildlife Trust Ilminster/Chard group at the Parish Hall, North St, Ilminster TA19 0DG, starting at 7.30pm. Adult members £2, non-members £3. Tea & coffee available. Roadside parking or town car parks. Enquiries: Valerie 01460 234551. Waste: Just rubbish or a home? Ecologist Adam Robbins will present an ecological discussion about the benefits of waste and waste ground to the plants and animals of the UK:- from micro-creatures and micro-climates to the more common species. Short group agm will follow.

Kick Ass Brass Sassy soul/funk featuring Shakatak’s vocalist Jacqui Hicks. This all star line up plays the classic ‘tower of power’ repertoire – Move on Up, Mustang Sally, Mr Pitiful et al. Unmissable! At 8pm.  Tickets: £22 (£37 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

It’s Okay I’m Dealing With it 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Fundraising Ceilidh for people of all ages from 7pm in South Petherton’s Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul. Money raised will be split between the church and Petherton Folk Fest, taking place this year on Saturday 16th June. Music will be provided by the popular local band Fiddlestix, with caller Olive Mitchell. The evening will include a ploughman’s supper and tea and cakes will also be available from a licensed bar. Tickets are available at N&D News in South Petherton or can be reserved for collection on the door by phoning 01460 249 288 or 01935 881 782. The cost is £8 for adults and £4 for children under 12. www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk.

Spring Quiz Night at Seavington Millennium Hall Water Street, Seavington St Mary TA19 0QH. Doors open 7pm, quiz starts 7.30pm. Bar. Tickets (In advance)  £8 include supper, available from Seavington Community Shop or ring 01460 249522. Teams of 6 or join others on the night. All welcome. Proceeds in aid of improving facilities at the Community Shop.

Bridport Green Fortnight:  ‘Comic poet Matt Harvey and friends’ Closing event for Green Fortnight a wonder filled evening of poetry and comedy. Bridport Town Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information, South Street for £4.50 or on the night (if still available) for £5 Doors open 7pm Licensed bar and refreshments available .Contact www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

 

Saturday 28 April

Stepping into Nature Roadshow Event Wareham on Quay Square 8am – 2pm. Providing sensory activities in the Dorset landscape for older people, those living with dementia and their partners or carers. www.stepin2nature.org.
The festival of the imagination: Theme colour 10am – 4pm Free Entry. Our regular annual festival highlights the wonders of colour including paints, photography, dyes, outer space, colour in nature, rainbows, the eyes and so much more. Lots of activities, workshops and talks for the whole family. See schedule nearer the time. The day will finish with an amazing Fizz Pop Family Science show at 3.30pm. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
World Tai Chi Day Celebration
10am – 12 noon for the tai chi which is suitable for all, chairs will be provided for the less mobile. This is an opportunity to discover some of the health benefits that this graceful art form has to offer in beautiful, tranquil surroundings down on the river Axe at Stretford Cottage, Weycroft Bridge, Axminster, EX13 7LN. The nature gardens and private stretch of the river Axe will be open to the public for the day. There are an abundance of the elusive Kingfishers along the stretch of the river so plenty of photo opportunities. Also you may even spot the secretive otter that also frequents the river. This is a free event with all donations going to our chosen local charity this year “The Project”, an organisation dedicated to helping young people aged 12 to 24 with mental health issues as well as supporting their parents and carers. Refreshments, homemade cakes and a raffle will be available on the day, all proceeds will be going to “The Project”. For further information please contact Maggi or Allan on 01297 32095.

Craft Fayre at The Gateway, Seaton. A Gateway Theatre fundraiser with local crafters offering a range of hand-made and unique items and gifts. Refreshments and Tarot card readings. 10am – 2pm. Entrance free.

South Petherton Methodist Church Spring Sale is being held from 10am – 12noon. Entry is free, and you will find the usual wide range of well-stocked stalls. Refreshments will be served.

Birds and dinosaurs day 10am – 3.45pm, Seaton Wetlands. Join us for a day of dinosaur and bird themed activities. Expert guides will be in the hides to identify birds in view. See a replica of the skull of Dippy the Diplodocus dinosaur fossil from the Natural History Museum and enjoy Dino craft activities in the Reed Base. What’s that bird: 10am to 12noon, Island Hide, 12noon to 2pm, Tower Hide, Crafts: 10am to 2pm, Reed Base, Birds and Dinosaurs talk, 3pm to 3.45pm, Reed Base. Booking required for talk, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £2 per child for crafts.

Breakfast/Brunch 10am – 12 noon (last orders 11.30am) at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Still only £4 for:  Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, toast, tea/coffee.  Extras 50p each.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk. Golden Cap, Langdon Wood, Morcombelake, St Gabriel’s. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Friends of Weymouth Library 10.30am Weymouth Library £3 non members of FOWL. Talk Picking Darcy’s Pocket, Delving into a man’s pocket today you’ll probably find a mobile phone and a wallet at least.  But back in Regency and Georgian times what might you come across? Local historian Gordon Le Pard will enlighten us with his talk – an exploration of social history from the contents of a gentleman about town, featuring original artefacts. Tickets  on sale from Library desk 01305 762410 or  for more information ring 01305 832613.
The Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly 2pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Partita, Fantasia, Caprice Concert No. 3: Philippa Mo, solo violin. 6.30pm, Tickets: £12.50 or £28 with sumptuous buffet dinner to follow. Café Sladers, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 $EL t: 01308 459511. Internationally acclaimed British violinist Philippa Mo plays the complete works for

violin by Bach in six concerts with other dances and fantasias woven in too. The concerts combine baroque and contemporary music with one of the six Bach pieces in each. In Concert No. 3 Philippa will play Bach’s second Partita in D Minor.  www.sladersyard.co.uk.
MET Opera Cendrillon
7pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Arts @ St Bart’s “The Yeovil Concert Band.” St Bartholomew’s Church, 7pm for 7.30pm. This band will play favourite Marches, a Beatles medley, Gershwin and much more! Tickets: £12 (£14 on the door). Under 18’s free. A bar will be available. Tickets from Crewkerne Town Hall or Liz on 01460 271767.

Bridport Folk Dance Club’s annual dance “Miss Mayne’s Party”, at 7.30pm – 11 pm in the St Mary’s (Church House) hall, South Street, DT6 3NW, featuring The Chris Toyne Big Band, with Aileen Wills calling. Come along for a fun evening of dancing, all are welcome, no partner or previous experience required and all dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout. Bring & Share supper; raffle. Bring your own alcohol – the Woodman Inn is just opposite. Entry £8 on the door; can be bought in advance from The Music Shop, South Street or booked by phone or email – contact Chris on 01308  488 620, Monty on 01308 423 442 or mail monty3dayslate@yahoo.co.uk.

Quiz & Supper Evening 7pm at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall. All welcome; come in a team or join one on the night – prizes for winning team. Licensed Bar & Raffle. £9 includes supper; all proceeds to village hall development. To assist with catering, please book in advance on 01460 75380.
Axminster and District Choral Society
performs  Brahms: A German Requiem. 80 strong choir with piano accompaniment by Andrew Millington and Peter Lea- Cox  and soloists Harriet Mountford and Julian Rippon. Conducted by Peter Parshall at the Minster, Axminster 7.30pm. Tickets £15 & £12 from Archway Books, Church St, Axminster, members of the choir or phone 01404 881 838. www.axminsterchoral.co.uk.

Mad Dog McRae at The Gateway, Seaton. A favourite  – Mad Dog Mcrea – with their unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. They are supported by Huw Eddy and The Carnival. Doors open 7.30pm. Licensed bar. Tickets £15 adv./£17.50 on door if available, online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone 01297 625699 or in person from The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD.

Budapest Cafe Orchestra at 8pm. Hugely entertaining, and demonstrating immense skill and profound musicianship, BCO have won acclaim from fans, fellow musicians and critics alike for their electrifying and entertaining shows. They’re hard to describe, you just have to see and hear them. Led by Jazz violin superstar Christian Garrick, the Budapest Café Orchestra plays Folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, mournful Klezmer melodies, raucous Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czadas. Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Henry Blofeld: 78 Retired Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA Doors 6.30pm, starts 7.30pm. £20 advance, £23 door, £19 adv theatre friends. The cherished golden voice of cricket celebrates his retirement with a brand-new show jam-packed full of unheard anecdotes from on and off the pitch. 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Sat 28 April – Sun 13 May

Tulip Colour Weeks The bulbs are at their best and you can enjoy wandering around the gardens in a spectacular sea of colour. Forde Abbey www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

 

Sat 28 – Sunday 29 April

Springtime Flower Festival St Michael and All Angels Church, Wayford. Saturday church open 10am – 5pm.  Sunday Wulfric Benefice Service, 10am followed by refreshments. The church will then remain open until 5pm in conjunction with Wayford Manor Open Gardens. Well worth a visit. Further information call 01460 279696.

Wedding Fair 10am – 4pm, come and see the House at its decorated best, full details on our Facebook page – ‘Kennaway House’. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.

 

Sunday 29 April

South Somerset Ramblers 11 mile walk from Montacute Borough. Bring picnic. Details, Tony 07749931443.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Maiden Newton. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 22030.

Walk and Lunch Blackdown Village Hall  DT8 3LE (on the B3165 Crewkerne to Lyme Regis road)  in aid of the Three Churches of Blackdown, Broadwindsor & Burstock. Walkers leave from 10.30am, lunches served from 12.30pm. All welcome including dogs on leads please. To assist with catering please contact Philip 01460 30661/30517, John 01308 868379 or Philip 01308 867646.

Angels of Sound Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm. Re-connect  with Higher Self through Toning the chakras, Vocal Overtoning, and using Sacred Language (Sanskrit/Kuldee), Divine Names and breathwork. Find your Personal Sonic and Key Tone to establish and then work meaningfully with the notes of your key. (Chakra Tones CDs available in every key.) £12 followed by Divine Union Soundbath 2pm – 4pm Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA. £12, Booking in advance and further details see www.centreforpuresound.org or Call Dean on 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you.

Garden Open in aid of the Akamba Aid Fund at Lower Severalls Garden 12noon – 4pm. Entrance £2.50 Homemade refreshments. The home of CBPlants, wildlife friendly plants and herbaceous perennials. Garden set in front of 17th century farmhouse is full of spring flowering plants. www.lowerseverallsfarmhouse.co.uk.

Croquet Social from 2pm. All are invited to come along to Uplyme to try their hand at croquet. Refreshments, All equipment provided. First three sessions free. Call David on 07909 111512 to book and find out more about this fascinating game.

Sidholme Music Room 3.30pm – 4.30pm The French Song Recital 01395516825.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 10.30pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please email folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Jazz in the Bar Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA. Doors 7pm, starts 8pm. £8 adv, £12 door. 01297 442138 www.marinetheatre.com. Singer Annika Skoogh will be appearing at the Marine Theatre with pianist Philip Clouts. Born in South America and raised in Sweden, Annika brings a mix of jazz, swing, latin and blues.

 

Monday 30 April

Golden Cap Association Talk Working Behind The Scenes With The National Trust Talk by Andrew McElwee. When the Trust were seeking a “new brand” of Manager for their larger properties, Andrew, an experienced businessman, sought an interview and got the job. Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. 7.30pm Non-members welcome. Admission £3. Includes tea or coffee and biscuits. For further information 01308 863577.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Axminster Guildhall Doors open 7pm, eyes down 8pm.