Coast and Countryside Events

Wednesday 29 March

Mosterton Ramblers morning walk (approx 3hrs) in the West Bay area, Details from Chris on 01460 76405.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Loders. 10.30am start 01308 898432.

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon Free Entry. The David Hall, South Petherton. www.thedavidhall.org.uk  01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

 

Thursday 30 March

What’s that bird? 2pm – 4pm, Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands. Improve your bird ID skills with an experienced guide. For more information: wildeastdevon.co.uk, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, 01395 517557.

Art Group An informal untutored group for artists in all media, from oils to acrylics. All abilities welcome. Bring your own materials. Thursdays 2pm – 4pm. £7 per session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Lyme Voices Community Choir 7.30pm – 9.15pm at the Baptist Church middle hall, Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Sing for fun. Learn by ear. Everyone welcome. Contact Pete Linnett 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net.

 

Thurs 30 – Fri 31 March

Pronoun presented by DYT Senior Company 7.30pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £7 / 4 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Isabella and Josh are childhood sweethearts. It should be happy ever after. But it is not that simple, Isabella has now become a boy. This is an engaging and thought-provoking story about transition, testosterone and love.

 

Thurs 30 – Sat 1 April

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime presented by The Valley Troupers, a play written by Constance Cox based on a story by Oscar Wilde. Northleigh Village Hall (EX24 6BJ). Tickets, for reserved seats, £9.   Available from Pauline on 01404 871516. There will be a bar and a raffle. Plenty of parking.

 

Friday 31 March

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio with Elizabeth, 2.15pm Art with Libby. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Colmers Hill Spring Charity Fashion Show Doors Open 5.30pm. Symondsbury Tithe Barn, Manor Yard. Graham Barton of Clive Emson Auctioneers, best-known for his appearances on BBC’s ‘Homes Under The Hammer’, is compering the evening. Standard tickets are priced £10 and VIP tickets are £25. Standard tickets are for seat-only whilst VIP tickets include a front row seat, a complimentary glass of Prosecco in the VIP lounge and a goodie bag. There is a licensed bar available. The event showcases British and continental fashion from labels including: Out of Xile, Myrine, Bohemia, Elsewhere, Pour Moi, A Postcard From Brighton, Luella, Darling, One Life, Powder and many others. Tickets online at www.colmershill.com or www.symondsburyestate.com, or by calling 01308 436517 or direct from Colmers Hill Fashion, Manor Barn, Symondsbury Manor Yard, DT6 6HG.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Film Tomorrow (Demain) & discussion Transition Town Bridport invite you to this award winning globetrotting documentary that’s focused on solutions than problems of how to make the word a better, greener more sustainable place. Bridport Town Hall at 7.30pm Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £4, available on the night. More details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

Lyme Bay Photographic Club Cyril Nimo / Cobb Jubilee AV Trophy; Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG starting at 7.30pm. www.lymebayphotographicclub.org.

Flanders & Swann Recaptured At 8pm.  Tickets: £14 (£28 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.

 

Saturday 1 April

Don’t be an April Fool Come along to Axminster Wood Turners and see Adrian Broadhurst from Axminster tools demonstrate the art of Pen Making. Starts at 10am sharp at Woodbury Community Hall just outside Axminster, please be there by 9.45am at the latest. Free tea and coffee available and a charge on the door for non members of £5 which will be refunded if you become a member of the club. Visit the web site (axminsterwoodturners.com) for directions or ring Barrie Golding on 01884841162 for more information.

Big Breakfast at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 9am – 11.30am. Full English breakfast £6, including fruit juice + unlimited toast & coffee/tea in a friendly setting with a lovely view. All welcome. Further information from Adrienne 01460 75313 or Sheralyn 01460 74654.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Green Day at Bucky Doo square from 10am – 1pm. www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

Axminster Arts Society A workshop on Seascapes in Oils by Roy Lang at All Saints Village Hall 10am – 4pm. Booking via www.axminsterartsociety.uk.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed and Sat in April. www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297443140.

Bridport and District Gardening Club Spring Show United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport. www.bridportgardeningclub.co.uk or Ann Brown on 01308 424055. The show opens at 12noon and entry is free. Teas and light lunches are available and there will be a plant stall.

Walk and Lunch Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor. Choice of long or short walk. Walks start from 10.30am, lunch served from 12.30pm. Booking advisable. In aid of the Blackdown, Broadwindsor and Burstock churches. For more information and to book your lunch Tel Philip 01460 30517/30661.

Gluten Free Food Fair 12noon – 3pm at the Dorchester Corn Exchange on High East Street, Dorchester. Come and find out more about gluten free diet and coeliac disease for just £1 admission.

Chard Camera Club End of year presentation evening in the Baptist Church Hall, Holyrood Street at 7.30pm.

Quiz Night Crewkerne and District Twinning Association at W I Hall in Misterton. Teams of 4 £6 per person with a ploughmans supper. Bring your own drinks glasses will be provided. Coffee/Tea is available to purchase. Please book for catering purposes on 01460 75025 / 74808 / 77233.

Dvorak Dorset Sinfonia Cello Concerto in B Minor with Sally Flann, Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony. St Mary’s Church, Dorchester, 7.30pm. Tickets £10, children free available on the door or near the time in advance from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre www.dorsetsinfonia.co.uk.

Geoff Achison and The UK Souldiggers Evershot Hall, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0JY, 8pm. £10 Ticket info: 01935 891393.

Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe at 8pm.

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 or boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

No Finer Life by Graham Harvey 7.30pm Adult £10, Student/U16 £8. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Live Cuban music with “Soneando” at The Gateway, Seaton. 8pm with Salsa classes for beginners and improvers followed at 9pm with Soneando performing their Bueno Vista style Cuban and Hot Salsa, music and dancing through to midnight. Licensed Bar. Doors open 7.45. Tickets £13 in advance or £16 on the door, available from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm. (£1 charge for card payment).

Jazz in the Village Hall Hinton St George. Mike Denham, well-known ragtime and boogie woogie master with jazz trumpeter Andy Dickens, in an evening evoking Mardi Gras in New Orleans and New York swing.  Tickets £12 from OUR Shop, Dorothy’s Tea Room hintonstgeorgefestival@gmail.com or call the box office 07500532543.

 

Sat 1 – Sun 23 April

Springtime trail, Seaton Wetlands Pick up a map from the Lookout and follow the trail exploring the Wetlands. Complete the trail to receive a prize! No booking required, £2 per trail, Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

 

Sunday 2 April

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 mile circular walk from Langdon Hill. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552313.

Big breakfast Offwell Village Hall, Nr. Honiton, full breakfast and smaller breakfast 9.30am – 12noon, also bric a brac stalls around the room, proceeds to ORG&VHC for New Play Ground Project.

Axminster Chamber Choir Concert 3pm Tomás Luis de Victoria – Tenebrae Responsories & music for Lent and Holy Week by Byrd, Tallis and Morley. St Peter’s Church Dalwood EX13 7EQ. Tickets £10 to include tea at the door. Proceeds to the church roof fund www.axminsterchamberchoir.com.

Bridport Chamber Orchestra Concert and teas, St Swithun’s Church, Bridport, 3pm. Music to include the Telemann Viola Concerto, soloist Alexandra Ennis, and pieces by Elgar, Rossini and Dvorak. Tickets £10 from the Bridport Music Centre and on the door. Children and students free. Further information 01935 824786.

Sidholme Music Room 3pm – 4.45pm. The Glass Mountain A special showing of the Classic British Black & White Film by Michael Edgecumbe https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us/.

Diary Of A Hounslow Girl 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £12/10 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Watkins & Swarbrick Band Concert Upwey Old School Hall, Church Street, Upwey, Weymouth DT3 5QE. 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm) Pay what you like at the end of the show, but book seats in advance. Seat reservations essential from the box office 01305 837299.

 

Monday 3 April

Lym Valley Croquet Club taster session at 10am. A chance to try your hand at this fascinating game. Free session, all equipment provided. Call David Brooke-Smith on 07909 111512 to chat and arrange. Our club is beside the Uplyme Cricket Ground.

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.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing with instruction with a break for tea and coffee. 7.30pm – 10pm at the Village Hall. No partner required. Cost £1.50. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. www.chardscottishdancing.org.uk.

Clairvoyance Monday Evenings Start 8pm Admission £3.50 – Under16’s Free   enquiries@honitonspiritgroup.co.uk 01404 548420. Masonic Hall, Northcote Lane, Honiton EX14 1NF.

Jan Harris from Bristol Tonight £4. International medium Jan feels it is an extremely important part of her demonstrations to prove the continuation and existence of life after death. Jan saw spirits as a child but ignored this ability until recovering from cancer aged 40 when she felt she had been given a second chance to explore her gift. Rest of programme on www.honitonspiritgroup.co.uk.

Bridport Folk Dance Club 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport. Enjoy folk dancing mainly in the English tradition from Playford-style to modern-day compositions at Bridport’s long-established weekly club, with club callers and recorded music and frequently on last Mondays of the month live music with guest callers. No partner or previous experience required. Membership available giving admission at £2.50, otherwise £3. Contact Jane on 01308 898 002 or Monty on 01308 423 442. (Also on 17th, and with live music on 24th).

Easter Bingo at Misterton Village Hall – doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30pm.  Usual good prizes, light refreshments, raffle, etc.  Plenty of free parking.  Books still only £1 for book of 10 games.  Raising funds for St Leonard’s Church, Misterton.  Enq. 01460 74808.

 

Tuesday 4 April

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 mile Beaminster, Melplash, Oxbridge and Netherbury walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 863955.

Axminster & District Probus Club for retired and semi-retired business and professional men meets at 10am for 10.30am in a private room at the A35 Pit Stop, Gammons Hill, Kilmington for a talk by A. Sprague on ‘Benefit Claims and Funding’ and an optional lunch. Potential members and guests are very welcome. For further details ring 01460 220528.

The Artist’s Garden American Impressionism 7.30pm Tickets: £10, Bridport Arts Centre, DT6 3NR

01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. A new film based on the hugely popular exhibition ‘The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement’ from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, widely considered a home of American impressionism.

 

Wednesday 5 April

Axminster & Seaton Parkinson’s Support Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from

10.30pm -12noon at the Scott Rowe Centre in Axminster Hospital. Come along to meet others with Parkinson’s and their carers over a cup of coffee/tea. £1.50 per session. Talks by medical professionals, short talks by members, quick quizzes etc. Group is in its infancy and is keen to consider suggestions for activities at future meetings. Everyone welcome. For further information contact local volunteer Pauline Beviss on 01297 33903.

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 adventures on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy, supporting Lyme Regis Museum Mary Anning extension. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8 children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297443140.

Colyton, Colyford & District Memory Café  2pm – 4pm in St John Hall, King St, Colyton. Offering a time of friendship and support to those experiencing memory problems, enhanced with social activities and refreshments. Ring Sue on 01297 599477 for more information.

Indoor Short Mat Bowls  Every Wednesday 7.30pm – 9.45pm. Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis, Dorset. Tea, biscuits half time. Cost £1.60. More information 01297 22488, lift available.

Name Calling in Elizabethan Devon Dr Todd Gray MBE used Exeter’s church court papers, one of the richest collections in Devon, to research the insults hurled in Devon from 1540 to 1640. Words and terms were used to suggest sexual misbehaviour, low intelligence, drunkenness and physical differences!  Axminster Historical Society, 7.30pm The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH All welcome.

Folk Dancing in Honiton at Gittisham Folk Dance Club’s regular ‘first Wednesday’ dance night, 8pm – 10.15pm, in the Mackarness Hall, High Street, EX14 1PG. All levels of experience welcome and beginners especially; no partner required. With live music and light refreshments. £3. See website: https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org Call 01404 813 129  or email  secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com for more information.

 

Thursday 6 April

Axminster Country Market 8.30am – 12noon, Masonic Hall, South St.  Home-made & homegrown cakes, savouries, preserves, seasonal fruit & vegetables, flowers, eggs, plants, crafts and cards. Orders taken, meet the makers! Refreshments, free entry.

Bird watching for children Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands 10am – 12noon. Borrow 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, suggested donation £2 per child, Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Tatworth Flower Club Floral Demonstration titled” Walk In the Woods” by Kathryn Delve we can be sure of a very enjoyable afternoon. Homemade cakes Visitors welcome entry £5 information Julie Kettle 01297 33924 at Memorial hall TA20 2QA 1.30pm for 2pm.

Art Group An informal untutored group for artists in all media, from oils to acrylics. All abilities welcome. Bring your own materials. Thursdays 2pm – 4pm. £7 per session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship The West Dorset Health Service Retirement Fellowship meets at 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ when Paul Atterburywill give us a talk entitled “Behind the Scenes at the Antiques Roadshow”. Contact 01305 261676 or 785546 for further information.

Walking discovery of Colyton Every Thursday until 28 September. Walks start from the car park in Dolphin Street at 2pm. £3 per person, U16 free 01297 552514 / 01297 33406.

The Friends of Lyme Regis Museum Talk 2.30pm Woodmead Hall, Lyme Regis. “Ian Fleming’s Inspirational Brother” – the man behind Britain’s most famous fictional spy. Presentation by David Tucker, Director, Lyme Regis Philpot Museum. A treat for James Bond aficionados. Admission £2 for members of the Museum Friends, £3 for visitors, including refreshments. For further information contact David Cox, 01297 443156. NB Talk is preceded by The Friends AGM.

Chard Camera Club The start of the new photography year for the club begins at 7.30pm in the Baptist church hall, Holyrood Street. Members will be renewing their memberships, reviewing the programme for the coming year and holding a production workshop in  order to refresh their skills. Any further information can be obtained via www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by contacting the acting members secretary Mr Malcolm Brocklehurst on 01460 68616.

Bridport Camera Club in association with Bridport Arts Centre: Screening of the visually stunning, thought provoking film The Salt of the Earth, superbly directed by Wim Wenders, following the life and photography of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado. 7.30pm at Bridport Arts Centre. Trailer, further information and tickets available from Bridport Arts Centre: https://www.bridport-arts.com or phone: 01308 427183.

Richard Digance 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £12/10 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin and Robin Williams, or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. Richard is a rare performer in that he is respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer and guitarist.

NT Live: Twelfth Night Bridport Electric Palace and The Gateway (see below). Doors 6pm / starts 7pm, £11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door. Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The Gateway, Seaton. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £12.50 in advance (£15 on day) from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm. (£1 charge for card payment).

 

Friday 7 April

Lym Valley Croquet Club taster session at 10am. A chance to try your hand at this fascinating game. Free session, all equipment provided. Call David Brooke-Smith on 07909 111512 to chat and arrange. Our club is beside the Uplyme Cricket Ground.

West Dorset Ramblers 9 mile Kilmington, Dalwood and River Yarty walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01297 631130.

Family adventure day Liverton Copse, Exmouth 10am to 3pm. 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, crafts and more. Booking required, £12 per child (all children must be accompanied, aimed at 7-14 years, min. age 5), Liverton Copse, Exmouth (SY 025822) wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Bartholomew LaFollette 11am Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £10/£7 DT6 3NR, 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Bartholomew has been identified as ‘the most exciting young classical talent in Britain’ after winning the Arts Club’s and Decca Records’ inaugural Classical Music Award in June 2013.

Food on Friday at Clapton & Wayford Village hall 12noon. 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.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group. 2pm – 4.30pm Creative writing workshop with acclaimed author/poet Rosie Jackson. http://www.rosiejackson.org.uk/. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Country Dancing every Friday afternoon 2pm – 4pm. Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster. Tea, biscuits half time. Cost £2, more information 01297 34326.

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society have an interesting talk by Mary Siraut about ‘Writing the Victoria County History for Somerset’, at 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church & Community Centre, Lysander Road, Yeovil, BA20 2BU. Visitors are welcome, £2.

Bridport Green Fortnight: Film: ‘Chasing Ice’ plus Q&A explore one man’s mission to change history by gathering indisputable evidence of climate change, followed by Q&A by local representatives. Bridport Town Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets available from Bridport Tourist Information, South Street or on the night if still available Tickets £5 More details www.transitiontownbridport.co.uk.

Chard History Group Lt.General Sir Barney White-Spunner a former commander of the British Field Army talks about his book Of Living Valour: The Story of the Soldiers of Waterloo. A gripping account of extensive letters and diaries of ordinary soldiers who took part. At Manor Court Primary, opposite Sainsburys. Refreshment available. New members and guests welcome. Members £2 Guests £3. Free School Yard parking. For information 01460 66165.

Ebeneza Presents Ian Constantinides Memorial Lecture7 Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. At The Ebenezer, in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. RSVP, ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com. Please Note: Bookings by email, not by phone, so please do not call bookings unless you really need to talk to the organisers on the day of the talk, ie to make a late cancellation or booking. Ebenezer’s phone number: 07879 206 543.

The Racing Office An evening’s entertainment hearing about the varied work of the secretary to a top National Hunt trainer. In aid of Forde Abbey carriage driving branch of the Riding for the Disabled.  Thorncombe Village Hall 7pm for 7.30. Tickets £7 to include a glass of wine.  More details 01460 30312.

Concerts in the West presents Bartholomew LaFollette Award-winning young cellist presents an evening of works by Bach, Schubert, Britten and Brahms. www.concertsinthewest.org. At 8pm. Tickets: £15 (£29 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.

Jazz Café: Elaine Davies & Philip Clouts 8pm Tickets: £10 Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Vocalist Elaine Davies also plays saxophone, flute and clarinet and will perform a variety of well-loved jazz from the Great American Songbook, with Philip Clouts at the piano.

Sidford Canasta Group meets at Sidford Methodist Church, EX10 9RL every Friday at 7.30pm; free parking is available behind Spar. Further details from 01395 579856.

Stompin’ Dave at 8pm. Dorset-based Stompin’ Dave is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and dancer. He sings and plays guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, piano and tap dances in an Old-Time, flat-footing style, often whilst simultaneously playing and singing. Tickets: £10 Advance. £12 on the door. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 or boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Concert by the Farey Family A varied programme of folk, gospel and country music at St Michael and All Angels Church, Wayford 7.30pm. Admission £8 including refreshments. All proceeds in aid of church funds. Tickets/information call 01460 78020/72769.

Sound of The Sirens 8pm (doors 7pm) £10 adv/£12 on door Support: Victoria Pearce. Exeter-based Abbe Martin & Hannah Wood, know how to rock a stage and make you believe in every word they sing. Each original song is a responsive rollercoaster, stealing your attention, creating a furious arms in the air festival-vibe that sticks in your head for days or woven with just enough haunting melancholy to silence an audience. Experience them live. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Dorset Wildlife Trust – West Dorset Group ‘An introduction to the flora and fauna of Islay’  – an illustrated talk by Becky Williamson, keen photographer, 10 year resident of Islay and member of Dorset Wildlife Trust; preceded by a brief group AGM. 7.30 pm, Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, DT6 3LJ.  Non-members welcome, £2, (£3 non-members) inc. refreshments. Telephone 01308 423442 for more information.

Shady ladies and Sun Seekers by Mary Benger of Burrow Farm Gardens. Mary Benger advises on the best plants to choose for those difficult shady spots and the areas of full sun. Kilmington Garden Club, Kilmington village hall, Whitford Road Kilmington EX13 7RF 7.30pm Non members welcome £2.

 

Saturday 8 April

South Somerset Ramblers 10am 5.5 miles Whitelackington Village Hall GR380156 to Stocklinch and Barrington return via Dillington Park   Marion and Derek 01460 571093.

The Monmouth Rebellion Forde Abbey and Gardens 10am – 4pm. Join the Taunton Garrison as they prepare themselves for battle with weaponry demonstrations, drill display and musket firing. Normal admission rates apply. Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU (t) 01460 220231 www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

South Petherton Methodist Church Spring Sale 10am – 12noon. Entry is free, wide range of well-stocked stalls. Refreshments served.

Healing Dreams – A Pilgrimage led by Laurie Slade as event 2 of 4 on ‘Healing and Spirituality’ at

‘A Space for Living Spirituality’ Bridport Quaker Meeting House 10am – 4pm. Donation £5 – £30.  Bring-and-share lunch. For information and booking, email Janet Lake on iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

South Somerset Monochrome Photographers’ Group Inaugural meeting 10am – 12noon at The Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PT. A newly established informal group of photographers who share an interest in the art and craft of digital and traditional black & white photography, no competitions or annual membership fees. Come along and listen to a short talk about black and white photography, show some of your monochrome images (prints only) and share your knowledge and techniques. All levels of experience welcome. £3 including refreshments. For more information southsomersetmonogroup@gmail.com or http://southsomersetmono.wixsite.com/group.

What’s that bird? Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands 11am – 1pm. Hone your bird ID with an experienced volunteer guide who will help you identify the birds at the wetlands. Telescopes and binoculars available to borrow. No booking required, free, Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP

wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with Andrew Nix at the Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, 2pm, admittance £7 on the door, children free, includes interval refreshments. Everyone welcome, for further info visit www.beerwurlitzer.org.uk or phone 01297 24892.

Egyptian Society Taunton “Senenmut’s Ceiling” by Dr. Bernadette Brady, University of Wales. The Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton. 2pm start. £7.50 non-members http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home.

Reiki share at Weycroft Bridge 2pm – 4pm. An opportunity to share and practise Reiki in a relaxed and healing environment near to the river. Even if you have not yet experienced Reiki you are welcome to come along and find out more about this simple, gentle yet powerful healing system. A Reiki attunement meditation is available to all Reiki practitioners. Please bring along your certificate. Other dates are available. Please contact Margaret or Allan on 01297 32095 or mobile 07951402717.

Rob Rouse 8pm, Tickets: £14/£12 Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

He’s married, has two kids, a dog and an eye-watering mortgage. Rob takes this trademark comedic storytelling to a career high in this full length show.

Ninebarrow 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £12/10 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Ninebarrow are building a huge reputation for their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Duo Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breathtaking vocal harmonies and melodies with songs that are rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.

Swing into Spring Concert with Weymouth Choral Society and The Quangle Wangle Choir 7.30pm, All Saints’ School. A varied and lively programme is on offer, with very special guests The Quangle Wangle Choir (director Juliet Harwood), a community group much famed for their enthusiastic and delightful performances. The evening will culminate in a selection of songs reflecting the beauty and energy of the coast and ocean, so appropriate for this seaside town. Tickets, priced £10.

 

Sat 8 – Sun 23 April

Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt at Easter Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW 10am – 5pm.

www.thedinosaurmuseum.com. Explore the museum to seek out the answers to the dinosaur mystery and win a Dino Medal in Britain’s original and award winning attraction – brilliant fun for kids. See website for details.

 

Sunday 9 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 and garden-related gifts from all over the South and West of England. Becky Cotterill  becky@gardenbreaks.com.

Made in Dorset A Celebration of all things made grown or created in Dorset. At Cerne Abbas Village Hall, Cerne Abbas DT2 7GY. 10.30am – 3pm. Come and enjoy an array of works and produce from across Dorset in beautiful Cerne Abbas. Stalls from local producers and artisans, a curated collection of works from a range of Dorset artists and makers as well as creative clay and felting workshops. Entrance £3 to include tea or coffee with biscuits. Free entry for children. Light lunches raffle and cake stall. All proceeds to Alcohol Education Trust kate@alcoholeducationtrust.org www.alcoholeducationtrust.org.

Bolshoi Live: A Hero Of Our Time Bridport Electric Palace, Doors 3pm / starts 4pm, £11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door. Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passionate encounters. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him.

A Hero of our Time from the Bolshoi Ballet at The Gateway, Seaton. Pechorin Licensed Bar and Refreshments. Doors open 3.30pm. Tickets £15 (£17.50 on day) from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm. (£1 charge for card payment).

 

Monday 10 April

Lym Valley Croquet Club taster session at 10am. A chance to try your hand at this fascinating game. Free session, all equipment provided. Call David Brooke-Smith on 07909 111512 to chat and arrange. Our club is beside the Uplyme Cricket Ground.

The Probus Club of Yeovil E Debenham, Baronet of Bladen. The Yeovil Court Hotel at 12noon for social interaction, a healthy luncheon and an interesting talk. New members are always made very welcome. Please contact Geoff Byham, Secretary, 01935 881422 or geoff@byhamgm.plus.com.

Chard, Ilminster & District U3A invites anyone who has retired from full employment to come along to Chard Guildhall at 2pm for a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits and listen to a talk about The Mary Rose with Peter Lansdown.

Musbury Garden Club 7.30pm at Musbury Village Hall. Elizabeth Holman will give an illustrated talk about how to renovate a tired garden. Refreshments from 7pm. All welcome. £2.50 non-members.

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting world music and holistic health benefits. For all ages from 19 to 90. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Join in with teacher Julia Hope-Brightwell (Jewell). Cost £8 (Cons avail). Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk.

Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society (Weymouth) Southill Community Centre at 7.30pm. The invited speaker is Neil Lucas from Knoll Gardens (Wimborne) and he will presenting on the subject of “More WOW and Less Work!”. Refreshments will be available. Everyone is welcome 01305 788939.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing with instruction with a break for tea and coffee. 7.30pm – 10pm at the Village Hall. No partner required. Cost £1.50. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. www.chardscottishdancing.org.uk.

 

Mon 10 – Tue 11 April

Go Wild! Holiday Club. Nature Connection, Wild Crafts and Campfire Cooking Sarah Churchill & Helen O Hara host two days of activities set inside the glorious setting of The Discovery Area at Thorner’s School in  Litton Cheney DT2 9AU. Discover the delights of this two-acre site, nestled within the beautiful Bride Valley. 10am – 3pm, Ages 5 – 12, £22 per child -12 spaces  per day  Sibling discount £20, two day bookings are £20 per day per child. To book a place, contact Sarah Churchill: 01308 897 564. sarahchurchill@phonecoop.coop.

 

Tuesday 11 April

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing Compton Acres, Poole. Coach leaves Uplyme VH at 9.15am. Cost £16 Please ring Annie Kobus 01297 443346 to book. Visitors are welcome for an extra charge of £3.

Wildlife safari Fire Beacon Hill 10am – 12noon. Bugs, butterflies, birds, dragonflies and possibly even some snakes. Put on your best safari gear and come for a ramble with our arranger to explore this heathland site and learn all about the creatures who call it home. Bring binoculars and a camera. Booking required, free, Fire Beacon Hill, exact location given on booking. wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Colyton & Colyford Probus Club meets at the Swallows Eaves Hotel, Colyford at 10am for coffee after which Clive Baker will give a talk ‘Novi Survat: Devon based Charity in Support of Disabled Children in Goa’. New members welcome: David Evans: 01297 553007.

Tea Dance at St Francis EX10 9XH 01395 579856.

Ile Valley Flower Club at Broadway Village Hall. Flower Arranging Demonstartion presented by Susan Griffiths from Plymouth Titled “Madam Du Paris”. Starts 7.30pm visitors and new members welcome.

Broadwindsor Jammers Guitar Club Meet every 2nd Tuesday in the month at the Comrades Hall in Broadwindsor, 2pm – 5pm. Playing popular songs from the 40’s – 70’s using song sheets with chords. All levels of ability are most welcome. For further information contact Geoff Kerr on 01308 867221.

Chideock in the 1840s An illustrated talk by Bruce Upton from the Bridport Local History Centre, at Chideock Village Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Entrance for visitors £4 – Members free. Raffle and Refreshments available. A Chideock Society event.

 

Tue 11 – Fri 14 April

Award Winning Bridport Musical Theatre Company 7.30pm Tickets: £12/No Concessions Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Wednesday 12 April

West Dorset Ramblers 7 mile Chideock, Den Hay and Symondsbury walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01297 489567.

Mosterton Ramblers morning walk (approx 3hrs) in the Blackdown area, followed by lunch tba. Meet at Orchard Way 9.30am, transport available. Details from Chris on 01460 76405.

Seaton and District Probus Club Val Sutherland ‘A Letter from the Past’. 10am at Seaton Methodist Church, small hall. The club is open to retired and semi-retired men over 55. New members/prospective members welcome. Please contact Stephen Lord on 01297 21872 for more information.

Easter crafts and challenges Cranbrook 10am – 12noon. Easter family fun in the country park! Make spring and Easter themed crafts and take part in fun challenges. No dogs. Weather permitting. Children must be accompanied. No booking required, £3 per child, Cranbrook Country Park by standing dead trees, on Post Coach Way. wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Vietnam and the Far East An experienced traveller, photographer and public speaker, Christopher Legrand will examine some of the history, culture and scenery of Vietnam, a rapidly developing country. He will describe meeting with Buddhist nuns, and visiting Thailand and Indonesia as well as Vietnam. His presentation culminates in a close encounter with a Komodo Dragon. 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 01297 444566.

Axe Valley Centre, National Trust talk by Sam Bridgewater on East Devon Pebbled Heaths and the Otter Valley. Colyford Memorial Hall, 2.30pm.  Non-members welcome admission £2 including tea/coffee.

Coffee Concert 10.30am – 12noon. Lower your Blood Pressure. Words and music from Sue Gunn-Johnson and Peter Fung. Proceeds shared with the Friends of Sidmouth Town Band. Sidholme Music Room,  Elysian Fields, Sidmouth, EX10 8UJ.

An Elephant In The Garden by Michael Morpurgo, Children’s Theatre – Corn Exchange 2.30pm and 7pm (doors open 1/2 hour before performances) £11 / £9 members and concessions.

Family Quiz at the Pilot Boat Inn, Lyme Regis at 5pm. Organised by The Friends of Lyme Regis Museum for adults & children, with activities for children to earn Bonus Points for their team. For further information contact Angela Main on 01297 442116.

Bridport Camera Club Open themed competition 5 Miles from Home judged by Matthew Austin. 7.30pm Chancery House, Bridport, DT6 3JT. New members are always welcome. For further information please phone the Club Secretary on 01308 482658.

The Beehive Acoustic Café 8pm – 10.30pm Free. This mostly acoustic session of folk, blues and roots is hosted by Terry Stacey. Everyone is welcome to perform or have a drink and listen to some very talented local musicians. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Thursday 13 April

Axminster Country Market 8.30am – 12noon, Masonic Hall, South St.  Home-made & homegrown cakes, savouries, preserves, seasonal fruit & vegetables, flowers, eggs, plants, crafts and cards. Orders taken, meet the makers! Refreshments, free entry.

Easter crafts and challenges Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands 10am – 1pm. Easter family fun at Seaton Wetlands. Make spring and Easter themed crafts and take part in fun challenges. No booking required, £3 per child, Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

South Somerset Ramblers 10.30am 4.6 miles Mosterton – Admiral Hood GR 457054. Please park at rear of CP. Richard and Wendy  01935 862340.

Dorchester and District Probus Club for retired and semi-retired business and professional men meets at 12noon for 12.30pm lunch and talk at the Gamekeeper, North St., Charminster. Potential members are very welcome. For further details contact Bill Lowes on 01305 261417 or email williamlowes167@btinternet.com.

Art Group An informal untutored group for artists in all media, from oils to acrylics. All abilities welcome. Bring your own materials. Thursdays 2pm – 4pm. £7 per session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Seavington Gardening Club 7.30pm in the Millennium Hall. A talk by Myra Cox – “Flower Arranging for Village Shows”. Flower arranging materials will be on sale. Visitors welcome – £2 payable at the door. Refreshments available plus a raffle. For more information please contact Karen Day tel. 01460 249728.

Sherborne and District Gardeners’ Association Spring Show in Main Hall, 7.30pm. Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. £2 for visitors.

Plant Heritage Dorset Rose gardens of Mottisfont Abbey, Speaker Jonny Norton, Head gardener of NT Mottisfont. 7pm for 7.30pm, Conference Room, Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, DT2 8PY

www.nccpg.com. Visitors welcome £2.50, students £1 at the door.

Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be holding a skittles and pasty night at the Happy Return, East Street at 7pm for 7.30pm.

Thorncombe Gardening Club talk “Bulbs through the year”, presented by Chris Ireland-Jones from Avon Bulbs. 7.30pm Thorncombe Village hall. Non Members welcome – entry £4 on the door.

Automotive Art presented by The YCAA. The Johnson Studio,  in The Octagon Theatre at 7.30pm. Tickets from Box office – £6. With Mike Penn, the founding curator and trustee of Haynes International

Motor Museum, showcases incredible car-related art, See art and design in engineering and its media impact. Artists and car enthusiasts will enthuse.

 

Friday 14 April

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 mile Abbotsbury, Langton Herring and Portesham walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320168.

Readers’ Group Spend an afternoon once a month with like-minded people, a good cup of tea or coffee and a chat about the latest ‘read’. All books are provided by the library service. 2.30pm – 4pm. £4 per session (includes refreshments). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

The Sheldon Singers Rutter Requiem and music for Good Friday, 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church Uffculme. Retiring collection http://www.sheldonsingers.org.uk/.

Mike Denham & his Sunset Café Stompers The region’s favourite trad jazz band get the joint jumping – and stomping! At 8pm.  Tickets: £15 (£29 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.

Rusty Shackle 8pm £8 in advance, £10 on the door (standing). South Wales based indie folk, roots band with catchy tunes and stunning high-energy level performances. “Rusty Shackle come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues.” The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Fri 14 – Sat 15 April

6th Tatworth Beer Festival at Tatworth Playing Fields Fri 4pm – 10.30pm, Sat 4pm – 11pm. Live Music Saturday night with “Grouvecat”, BBQ available. Monies raised will contribute to the upkeep of recreational facilities for the village. Further details http://tatworthpf.wixsite.com/tatworth1970.

Easter Egg Hunt 11am – 3pm Stonebarrow Hill, Golden Cap Estate. £2.50 per child. A different self led hunt over 2 days, look for the clues to track down where Bunny has hidden his precious choccy eggs while enjoying incredible views of the Jurassic Coast. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/golden-cap/whats-on.

 

Friday 14 – Monday 17 April

Alice in Wonderland Easter Egg Trail Forde Abbey and Gardens. The gardens at Forde Abbey are transformed this Easter into a fantasy landscape with elegant tea parties, a fretful white rabbit, the maddest of Hatters and a cast-list of characters straight from the pages of childhood dreams. Forde Abbey, Chard,

Somerset, TA20 4LU (t) 01460 220231 www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

Easter Egg Hunt 11am – 3pm Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock. £2.50 per child. Self  led hunt. The Easter bunny has gone to the seaside, follow the clues to find where Bunny has hidden your chocolatey prize. Fun for all the family. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/burton-bradstock/whats-on.    

 

Saturday 15 April

Bird ringing demonstration Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands 9am. A rare chance to see birds up close as they are ringed by the Axe Estuary Ringing Group for surveying and monitoring. This event is highly weather dependant. No booking required, free, Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Local Crafts & Collectables Fair 10.30am – 3pm. Held ‘by kind permission’ at the Baptist Church Hall, Silver Street, Lyme Regis. Free admission. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Supporting F.O.R.C.E. a local Cancer Charity in Exeter. For more details, please ring 01297 445232.

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 adventures on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy, supporting Lyme Regis Museum Mary Anning extension. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8 children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297443140.

Easter Family Fair 11am – 5pm Easter Egg Trail, Food Stalls by Local Producers, Family Dog Show with The Groom Room, Face Painting, Lambs, Chicks, Food and Drink, Static Tractor Display, plus lots more. Free Entry. Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, 01460 249758, www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

Easter Bingo Offwell Sports and Social Club, Nr. Honiton, doors open 6.15pm eyes down 7pm, lots of lovely prizes, good night all for all the family. Proceeds to Offwell Sports and Social Club.

Richard Digance – Golden Anniversary Tour at 8pm.  Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 or boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Ferocious Dog – The Red Tour Bridport Electric Palace, Doors 7pm / starts 8pm, £13.50 (£13 + 50p bf) adv / £16 door. E15 8pm Tickets: £12/£10 Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Britain’s housing crisis and how one group of women refused to be marginalised. This is the beginning of the end of the housing crisis. Recommended age: 13+.

 

Monday 17 April

Lym Valley Croquet Club taster session at 10am. A chance to try your hand at this fascinating game. Free session, all equipment provided. Call David Brooke-Smith on 07909 111512 to chat and arrange. Our club is beside the Uplyme Cricket Ground.

Uploders Chapel Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Free of charge refreshments while you browse though books and quality bric-a-brac and pick up a cake to take home.  Live background music.

Charmouth Vintage Fair Easter Monday Community Hall 10am – 4pm. All Day Catering Enquiries: Tel: 01297 560634. Next Date: Monday 1 May.

Second-hand Book Sale Shelters, Lyme Regis, from 11am. Second-hand books will be on sale in the Marine Parade Shelters from 11am. The sale is being run by the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. For further information contact Valerie Hayward 07926 969 831.

Broadchurch Series 3 – Charity Fundraiser Screening Electric Palace Bridport 01308 424901. The recommended viewing age is 15 yrs+.

 

Tuesday 18 April

Second-hand Book Sale and Cake Sale Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis, from 11am. Run by the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. For further information contact Valerie Hayward 07926 969831.

 

 

 

Wednesday 19 April

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 adventures on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy, supporting Lyme Regis Museum Mary Anning extension. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8 children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297443140.

Axminster Art Society A Demonstration of Watercolours and Rivers by Rob Dudley, in The United Reformed Church Hall, Chard Street Axminster 2.30pm – 4.30pm www.axminsterartsociety.uk.

West Dorset Decorative & Fine Arts Society Vivaldi in Venice. Speaker: Peter Medhurst. Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype at 2.30pm. For details contact 01297 443615.

Honiton U3A Peter Hood ‘Food Through the Ages – A gourmet, and not so gourmet, look at recipes from the past’. Includes a few samples. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton. Doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Members Free – Visitors welcome (suggested donation of £2). Further info: 01404 598008 or Website: http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton.

Misterton Tennis Club Tennis Coaching for Juniors and Adults weekly from 4pm at the courts at Recreation Ground Unity Lane Misterton. First 2 sessions are Free. For more details telephone out LTA Accredited Coach John Barrington on 07989 664597 or Chris Ellis on 01460 74368 for general information.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club talk and slide presentation given by Alan Wild entitled ‘Railways around Bournemouth’. 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.

Wed 19 – Sun 23 April

From Page to Screen in conjunction with Bridport Arts Centre. Bridport Electric Palace See film details and book tickets at www.frompagetoscreen.org.uk. Save the dates for the UK’s only film festival that celebrates the adaptation of books into films.

 

Thursday 20 April

Axminster Country Market 8.30am – 12noon, Masonic Hall, South St.  Home-made & homegrown cakes, savouries, preserves, seasonal fruit & vegetables, flowers, eggs, plants, crafts and cards. Orders taken, meet the makers! Refreshments, free entry.

Burton Bradstock guided walk led by Elizabeth Gale. ‘The sale in 1958 and some more’ meet playing fields 10am. Approx. 2 hours level walking £4 each in aid of Rotary charities Enquiries 01308 459039.

What’s that bird? Island Hide at Seaton Wetlands 11am – 1pm. Hone your bird ID with an experienced volunteer guide who will help you identify the birds at the wetlands. Telescopes and binoculars available to borrow. No booking required, free, Island Hide at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

National Federation of Occupational pensioners (NFOP) Dorchester & Weymouth Branch meet at 2.15pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Dorchester. The speaker is Margaret Wellspring on ‘My Elvis Road Trip’. Contact Jeane on 01305 753417 for more information.

Bridport and District Gardening Club 7.30pm Choosing the Right Vegetable Variety by Joy Michaud. WI Hall, North Street, Bridport, DT6 3JQ.

Chard Camera Club Presentation by local photographer Matilda Temperly on images of Floods, Fashion and Circus. Anyone interested in seeing this presentation should come to the location for 7.30pm on the night. Any further information can be obtained via www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by contacting the acting members secretary Mr Malcolm Brocklehurst on 01460 68616.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group, evening meeting: 7pm – 9pm at the Ostler Room, Bull Hotel, East Street, Bridport. Speaker: Martyn Allen on ‘Churchill’s Secret Army’ . Refreshments provided, drinks etc available from main bar, relaxed evening.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘Saving Nature in the South West’ An illustrated talk presented by Nick Bruce-White, RSPB Regional Director for South West England. 7.30pm The Millennium Hall, Seavington St Mary. Entry: Group members £2.50, non-group members £3.50, 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.

Tatworth W.I. meeting in Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Simon Dawson talking about life on his Exmoor small holding. 

Bridport & District Gardening Club 7.30pm Speaker Joy Michaud ‘Choosing the Right Vegetable Variety’. Women’s Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport, DT6 3JQ. Peter Gough, 01308 459469.

Lyme Voices Community Choir 7.30pm – 9.15pm at the Baptist  Church middle hall, Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Sing for fun. Learn by ear. Everyone welcome. Contact Pete  Linnett 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net.

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman at 8pm. One of the UK Folk scene’s most enduring partnerships. Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo. Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 or boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at The Gateway, Seaton. Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig star in this 25th anniversary production of Tom Stoppard’s brilliantly funny situation comedy, broadcast live from The Old Vic. Licensed bar and refreshments. Doors open 6.30. Tickets £12.50 in advance (£15 on day) from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm. (£1 charge for card payment).

Friday 21 April

West Dorset Ramblers 10 mile Ringstead and Holworth coast path walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320084.

Askerswell Jumble Sale Bridport United Church Hall, 10am. Coffee will be served. New-to-you, Bric-a-Brac, Books, Produce, etc.

Chef’s special lunch at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. 3 course meal Roast Lamb, followed by Fruit Crumble start with fruit juice and finish with tea/coffee and chocolates. Bar opens at 12noon, lunch served at 12.30pm only £8. Please book 01460 74340.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Chrissie and Vicky from Beau Hairdressing will tell us about My New Hair and what they can offer people pre and post-chemo. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Lyme Bay Photographic Club Stu Culley, commercial photographer, photographic tutor and freelance videographer. Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG starting at 7.30pm. www.lymebayphotographicclub.org.

Jazz Divas The songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan, performed by acclaimed big band singer Lee Gibson and The Martin Dale Quartet. At 8pm. Tickets: £14 (£28 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.

Quiz Night at The Gateway, Seaton. Doors open 7 pm. Tickets £5 from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm.

We Are Brontë 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £12/10 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Jazz Divas The songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Sarah Vaughan, performed by acclaimed big band singer Lee Gibson and The Martin Dale Quartet. At 8pm. Tickets: £14 (£28 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.

Jazz Night with Mike Denham and Andy Dickens 7.30pm Hinton St George, St George’s Hall.

 

Saturday 22 April

Children’s Art Chest Saturday morning art club led by artist Margaret Micklewright. Ages 8+. 10.30am – 12.30pm. £5 per session (including materials). Please bring an overall. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Specialist Nurseries Plant Fair 10am – 4pm Knoll Gardens. Free.

St George’s Day open day at St George’s Centre with all hall users (including Royal Manor Workshops) and workshop tenants hopefully taking part.  Come along and see what is going on, you never know, you might find a new hobby or interest. Manor Workshops, St George’s Centre, Reforne, Portland, Dorset, DT5 2AN.

Friends of Weymouth Library 10.30am Paul Atterbury on antiques. More details from The Secretary 01305 832613. Booking advisable as space is limited in the library. Reserve a place at the library desk, payment on booking where possible.

East Devon AONB  Heritage Conference Farmsteads and the Historic Landscape. For further information, please contact:  Philippe Planel Tel: 07983 279825 philippeplanel@gmail.com. Lunch included. £15 per person, please book.

Axe Valley Centre, National Trust Spring Fair Colyford Memorial Hall 10.30am – 1pm. Admission £1.  Cakes & Produce, Books, Bric-a-Brac, Crafts & Plants, Raffle and a stall from Sidmouth National Trust Shop.

C.U.P.I.D. the mutual support group for ostomists, meeting 10am – 12noon at the Dorford Centre, Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RR.

Teddy Bear’s Parachute Jump from St Mary’s Church tower Thorncombe. 2pm – 4pm. All teddies welcome to celebrate 150 years since the church was built. Details from 01460 30312.

Organ Recital by John Challenger Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral at 3pm in St Mary’s Church Beaminster. Promoted by The Friends of Beaminster Festival to include pieces by Alain, Bach, Vierne & Walton. Tickets are £12 and available from Yarn Barton Centre, Beaminster, Bridport Music or on the door.

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Met Opera Live) at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar and Refreshments. Doors open 5.30pm. Tickets £15 (£17.50 on day) from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm.

Scottish Dance in Chardstock 7.30pm – 10.30pm. 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.uk.

Stacey Kent 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £22/20 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Barn Dance 7.30pm, Salway Ash Village Hall. Live band, professional caller and bar. Tickets £10 per person (includes a Hog Roast). Available from Salway Ash School or from Tor Hopkins: 07817 406 721, torhopkins@icloud.com. All profits will go towards new play equipment at the school.

Bridport Ceilidhs welcomes back GIG CB! with the anarchic Chris Shaw calling, Church House (St Mary’s) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW. Book by phone on 01308 423 442 or email monty3dayslate@yahoo.co.uk. www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 11pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. Anyone who wishes to perform please email folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 or boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

According to Arthur by Paddleboat Theatre Co. 3.30pm Adult £8, U16 £6, Family of four £25. An inspirational and heart-warming tale of an old man who re-engages with the outside world, and the adventurous life he once led. Join Arthur on his search for the Moon. Family theatre for 3+The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

The Tuckers Jazz Club 8pm. Tony Roberts Quintet. A Birthday Celebration Gig for his 80th year. The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, Near Axminster, EX13 7EG  (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) Parking in the Village Hall Car Park. £10 advance or at the door. 01404 831280  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk.

 

Sunday 23 April

Dorset Countryside Volunteers Beach Clean at Abbotsbury in West Dorset. New people welcome at this event 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 07923-498760 for them to contact you.

Open Day at Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club 10am – 4pm. Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, Burton Road, DT6 4PS, 01308 421095.   www.bridportgolfclub.co.uk.

Classics at the mill 10am – 4pm at the Haselbury mill nr Crewkerne. Classic car show and family fun day in aid of Motor Neurone Disease contact info@classicsatthemill.co.uk or www.classicsatthemill.co.uk.

St George’s Day Lunch at 12.30pm. St John’s Church, Waterlake Road, Tatworth, Somerset TA20 2NZ. Tickets – £6 available from Helen Johnson 01460 220221.

Bumper Jumble Sale, Teas & Homemade Cakes Clothes, books, bric-a-brac, games, toys and more. 2pm – 4pm at Loders Village Hall, Loders, Nr Bridport Fund raising for Loders Young Players. Contact 01308 420767.

ShelterBox Tea Dance Popular local organist John Westlake plays April dance. Stowford Centre, Sidmouth EX10 9YL from 2.30pm. The venue has one of the best floors for dancing in East Devon, with a licensed cafe for teas, coffee & cake. Tickets (£7 for ShelterBox) for this event available from 01395 579856.

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £14/12 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Monday 24 April

Lym Valley Croquet Club taster session at 10am. A chance to try your hand at this fascinating game. Free session, all equipment provided. Call David Brooke-Smith on 07909 111512 to chat and arrange. Our club is beside the Uplyme Cricket Ground.

The Wildlife and Ecology of the Exe Estuary and the Jurassic Coast Talk by Rod Lawrence. Bridport United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. 7.30pm. Presented by the Golden Cap Association (West Dorset). 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.

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting world music and holistic health benefits. For all ages from 19 to 90. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Join in with teacher Julia Hope-Brightwell (Jewell). Cost £8 (Cons avail). Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk.

 

 

Bridport Folk Dance Club’s ‘last Monday’ features live music from guests Eileen Barrett and Mike Highfield, with Eileen Nightingale calling. At 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport. Entry £4 on band nights, otherwise admission at £2.50 for members (£2 fee) or non-members £3. Contact Jane on 01308 898002 or Monty on 01308 423442.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing with instruction with a break for tea and coffee. 7.30pm – 10pm at the Village Hall. No partner required. Cost £1.50. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. www.chardscottishdancing.org.uk.

 

Tuesday 25 April

West Dorset Ramblers 8 mile walk between the Axe and the Coly. 10am start. Bring picnic. Dogs optional. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484.

Colyton & Colyford Probus Club meets at the Swallows Eaves Hotel, Colyford at 12noon for lunch after which Paddy Magrane will speak about ‘The Crime Thriller & psychotherapy’. David Evans: 01297 553007.

Tea Dance All Saints EX10 8ES 01395 579856.

Lyme Regis Society AGM at 2.30pm, and Keith Shaw is giving a talk about ‘The Warings and South Cliff’. All Welcome. Free for Members of Lyme Regis Society, U3A and Friends of the Museum. Visitors £3.

Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society “Thomas Telford” is the subject of Peter Brown’s lecture to the Society. Meetings commence at 7.30pm in the Dorset Room, Colliton House, Colliton Park, Dorchester (opposite County Hall). Non-members welcome (small donation suggested). Further details from 01305 785968 or 871863.

Met Opera: Eugene Onegin 6pm A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera. Bridport Arts Centre, DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Wednesday 26 April

Mosterton Ramblers invite you to join their morning walk (approx 3hrs) in the Waytown area, followed by a pub lunch. Meet at Orchard Way 9.30am, transport available. Details from Chris on 01460 76405.

Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Free Entry. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 or boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.   

Seaton and District Probus Club Talk by David Duke on legal tips for the retired. 10am at Seaton Methodist Church, small hall. Please contact Stephen Lord on 01297 21872 for more information.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. Creative writing and book making workshop with Kim & David from Squirrel Press at Watercleaves. To book please ring Jo on 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Colyton & Colyford Probus Club meets at 10am at Colyton Grammar School, courtesy of Headteacher Mr N Harris, for a visit to the School. David Evans: 01297 553007.