Coast and Countryside Events

WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST 

Benefit Advice Sessions An initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. Bridport – Sessions will operate on the first Wednesday in each month, between 9.30am – 12noon at Age UK Dorchester shop in Bridport, 16 West Street, Bridport, DT6 3QP. To make an appointment, please contact our Bridport shop on 01308 424859.  

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Kilmington. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01404 45944. 

Poetry Walk (Stepping into Nature) in Lyme Regis 10am – 11.30am Join Jurassic Coast poet-in-residence, Sarah Acton, for a gentle poetry walk or workshop to connect your creative thinking to the natural environment through readings, discussion, and easy creative writing exercises in response to the landscape. All walks are gentle, largely flat and last for around 1 hour 30 minutes. Locations are chosen due to their accessible nature and access to facilities. This event is free as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. All welcome, but especially suitable for people over 50 including people with memory problems and their carers. Email blackvenpress@gmail.com for more information. 

Noisy Oyster presents Dangerous Dave 11am The Lyric Theatre. Dangerous Dave, infinitely more ‘daft’ than ‘dangerous’, and his ridiculous sidekick Herbert Lemon, present some of the most mind-bendingly silly stunts ever performed… ever. Marvel as the miniature superhero fights his way out of a wet paper bag, climbs the slippery pole of peril, plunges into a domestic food processor, attempts to escape from the pickled egg jar of DOOM, and becomes the totally fearless un-human Cannon Ball! The fabulous Noisy Oyster returns to The Lyric following their lovely family shows: Three Billy Pigs, Higgledy Piggledy Pie and The DaSilva Marionette Circus. Tickets are £8 adults and £6 children, available from Bridport Tourist Information Centre: 01308 424901 / online and from BearKat Bistro, as well as on the door from 10.30am. 

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed Thurs and Sat in Aug. 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. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140. 

Official Opening of West Bay Discovery Centre Bridport’s Deputy Mayor will be opening the new West Bay Discovery Centre at 12noon. The Discovery Centre will be a treasure trove of West Bay stories and information and will be open six days a week further details  – http://www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk/. 

Fun in the stream 2pm – 4pm, Cranbrook. Come and make a splash in the Crannybrook! Dip for creatures, make a raft and more! Children must be accompanied. No dogs. Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £4 per child. 

Colyton & Colyford Memory Café 2pm – 4pm in St John Hall, King St, Colyton – ‘Fun Fair Reminiscences’. The Café offers 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. 

 

The Haselbury 10k trail race is a very scenic 2 lap cross country evening run. Starts and finishes from the North Perrott Cricket Club Pavilion – registration from 6pm, race starts at 7.15pm. for those who don’t fancy the full 10k there is a shorter option Fun Run of approx. 6k (1 lap).  The Cricket Club has excellent facilities with parking, changing and showers. The bar will be open and BBQ food will be available. Entry Fees: Affiliated (ARC club or UKA registered members) £8 (online entries £9 including hosts admin fee). Unaffiliated runners £10 (online entries £11, including hosts admin fee).  This race was first organised in 1989 making this the 30th year. All finishers will receive a 75cl souvenir bottle of Parrett Brand apple juice which is grown, pressed and bottled within yards of the Cricket Club and the course.  6k Fun Run, Entry Fee: £5 (online entries £6 including hosts admin fee).   North Perrott Cricket Club, Willis Lane, TA18 7SN. 

Wyld Morris are dancing in Lyme Regis on Marine Parade, 7.30pm, near the Harbour Inn as part of Life Boat Week, followed by dancing at the Five Bells, Whitchurch Canonicorum, 8.45pm.  

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall ‘Snakes Alive’ Not photographs but the real thing. Take a close up look with this talk and display of snakes and exotic reptiles by Chris Johnson of Animal Encounters  All tickets £3.00  from Uplyme Post Office and RNLI Gift shop or ring Brian Cursley 07831 533580. Profits to Lifeboat Week https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/. 

Nightwalk at Mutters moor 8.30pm – 10.30pm, Mutters Moor. As part of Heath Week, join the Pebblebed heaths and East Devon Countryside team to explore this magical heathland at night. Listen for nightjars and bats, learn about your night vision and finish off with a hot chocolate. Age 8+. Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £5 per person. 

 

WED 1 AUGUST – SAT 4 AUGUST  

The Wind in the Willows 7.30pm + Sat 4 Aug 2pm Tickets: Adult £12, Under 18 £8 A Family Musical. Following the sell-out success of Annie (August 2017), Honiton Community Theatre Company return to The Beehive with another smash-hit family musical this summer. Recently seen at the London Palladium, the hit musical has a score by Stiles and Drewe (Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes) and book by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey). The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050. 

 

THURSDAY 2 AUGUST 

Little Ones Wild Walk 10am – 12noon, Woodbury common. As part of Heath Week, join the Education Ranger for a morning of exploring and wildlife themed fun. Bring a picnic and extend your visit. 

Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £3 per child. 

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. We generally walk about a mile in distance, usually around our 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. Also 16 August. 

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed Thurs and Sat in Aug. 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. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140. 

Walking Discovery of Colyton Walks start from the car park in Colyton at 2pm and cost £3 per person (Under 16s are free). The tours take place regardless of weather. It is a gentle walk with frequent stops around the town and lead by a local guide. Booking is not required. Every Thursday. At other times (not Thursdays), organised guided walks for groups of ten or more can be arranged by telephoning: 01297 552514 or 01297 33406 or contact us through our website: colytonheritagecentre.org. 

Outdoor theatre: ‘The Tempest’ NT Kingston Lacy, Near Wimborne BH21 4EA 7pm – 9.30pm. Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men for this play which examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive. Picnic from 6pm, the performance begins at 7pm. Booking essential 0344 249 1895 Adult £18, child £9, family tickets available www.nationaltrust.org.uk. 

 

FRIDAY 3 AUGUST 

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Coach Trip Depart by coach Uplyme Village Hall 9.15am   Taunton Flower Show. The Taunton Flower Show has been running since 1831, and has all the elements one would expect – show gardens, competitive classes for plants, produce and crafts, a floral marquee, trade stands and events in the arena through the day. Cost £19 for coach & admission. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 or 33049 to book. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/. 

West Dorset Ramblers 7 miles West Bay to Bothenhampton and Burton Bradstock.  Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308423927. 

Classic Concert Pelléas Ensemble 11am. Welcome back Oliver and Luba, who bring with them Henry Roberts and his flute. The Pelléas Ensemble was formed at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2011. Bridport Arts Centre 01308 427183 www.bridport-arts.com. 

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 1pm Rising Voices with Jane, 2pm NHS 70th birthday BIG7Tea in Friends Meeting House’s garden for DCH cancer appeal. 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. 

Hawaii fish-O NT Studland Bay, Studland 5.30pm – 6.30pm, 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Enjoy a one hour taster stand up paddleboard lesson followed by fish and chips at Knoll Beach Café. Minimum age of 10 years if accompanied with an adult. Booking essential 01929 450500 Adult £22, child £17 www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Also 10, 17, 24, 31 Aug. 

Concerts in the West presents the Pelléas Ensemble Outstanding chamber ensemble (harp, viola, flute) perform a programme featuring works by Bartok, Corelli, Ravel & Saint-Saëns. 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. 

Dr Feelgood Britain’s best loved R&B band was formed in 1971, and is known for songs such as She Does it Right, Roxette, and Milk and Alcohol, which reached the top ten. Their energetic live performances secured them a following on the seventies London pub rock circuit. In 1976 Dr Feelgood topped the album chart with ‘Stupidity’, which stripped rock back to its barebones. With support. £16.50 advance / £19 on the door. 10% off Theatre Friends. Bar opens 6.30pm, starts 7.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com.  

 

FRIDAY 3 – FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 

Sidmouth Folk Week Food and Craft Fair 10am – 5pm Food stalls including Indian and Italian foods, locally made ice-cream, traditional lemonade, fudge, chocolates. Crafts inside and outside on the lawn including leather goods, handmade dyed silk scarves, jewellery, felt and textiles, cards, bags, silver jewellery, crocheted items, etc. Tea, coffee, breakfast baps and homemade cakes available in the Cellar Bar all morning, then the Bar will be open during the afternoon. For music events in the Cellar Bar, please refer to the main programme. For any further details please call the House on 01395 515551, Monday-Friday, 9.30am – 1.30pm. Kennaway House, Sidmouth. www.kennawayhouse.org.uk. 

 

SATURDAY 4 AUGUST 

South Somerset Monochrome Group 10am – 12noon at The Monks Yard at Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PY. “In their own words” –  Six group members will each present an illustrated talk about their own work, explaining their style and techniques used to create their images. All levels of experience welcome. £5 including refreshments. For more information please email southsomersetmonogroup@gmail.com. 

Local History Day West Coker Village Hall 10am – 4pm. Parish records, World War 1 biographies, twine works artefacts and records, photos, maps. Free admission – refreshments for more info:   www.westcoker.net. 

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Abbotsbury Swannery. Abbotsbury Castle, Ashley Chase. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. 

Crewkerne Gardening Club will hold the Annual Show of Fruit, Flowers, Veg. and Handicrafts in the Henhayes Centre from 10.30am – 2pm. Exhibits must be set up on Friday 3rd from 6pm – 8pm ready for judging. Children’s entries especially welcome and free! Show schedules available from the Town Hall LIC, Henhayes Centre and Rosemary Prince 01460 74290. Come along and see how creative they are. 

Free live music by Broadwindsor Jammers 11am – 1pm; a five-piece group who will be performing Pop, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Country. This event will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455. 

Tracing The Light 11am – 4pm, no booking required, free. Estuary View Car Park (oppos Woodbury Castle). Draw the landscape by climbing into a camera obscura to trace what you see. Make a collaborative canvas and also create your own upside-down sketches of the heathland by entering our camera obscura to draw the landscape. All ages welcome. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006. 

Ranger Days Magdalen Environmental Trust are looking for volunteers to help tackle practical and conservation related tasks around the farm, and in return they will provide hot drinks, a vegetarian lunch and all the necessary equipment. Children aged over 10 welcome with an accompanying adult. For more information or to book, please email julia@magdalenfarm.org.uk. The Magdalen Environmental Trust, Magdalen Farm, Winsham TA20 4PA, 01460 30144 www.magdalenfarm.org.uk. Also on 1 September.  

Mary Anning Walks in Lyme Regis. See the landmarks of Lyme Regis’s most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of ‘the greatest fossil hunter ever known’. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils. The walk follows the old paths and streets of Lyme and is moderately difficult with some steep slopes and approximately 20 steps. Flat shoes and waterproofs are recommended. The duration of the walk is approximately an hour and a half. 1.30pm – 3pm Cost: £4 – £8. Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA 01297 443370 Book online: www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk/events/category/walks/mary-anning-walks/. 

Loders Fete 2pm – 5pm in the grounds of Loders Court, Loders, Nr Bridport, DT6 3RZ (next to the church).  Brass band, donkey rides, face painting, glitter tattoos, lots of games and activities, a new pop-up bar, tea tent, local produce and a host of stalls and attractions. Free parking, entry: £1.50 – Children under 12 free.  Dogs allowed on lead. 

The Lytchett Matravers Flower, Craft and Produce Show in the village hall at 2pm. Schedules are available from the village library giving details of classes and entry form. Entries will be collected in the village hall foyer on Monday 30th July between 7pm – 8pm.Teas will be served during the afternoon of the show, also a plant stall and tombola. Prize giving will be at 4pm. 

All of a Flutter Bolshayne Farm near Colyton, 2pm – 4pm. Painted Ladies, Peacocks, and Red Admirals are just some of our beautiful British butterflies to be feeding and flying in the meadows, hedgerows and orchard at Bolshayne Farm. Explore these wild places with butterfly expert , Paul Butter to discover and record this year’s butterflies for the Big Butterfly Count project. All ages welcome. Free event, no booking required.  Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. Bolshayne Farm, EX24 6RX, Grid Reference 221 937. Further information: Ruth Worsley, Legacy to Landscape Project Co-ordinator , 01297 489741, email: legacytolandscape@gmail.com;  www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/wildlife/legacy-to-landscape. 

Whitford & District Village Produce Association Summer Show & Fun Dog Show 2pm to be held at the Whitford Sports Field. Entry £2 for adults, children free, plus free car parking. Large selection of  vegetables, flowers, cookery & handicrafts, Side Shows & Stalls, Brass Band, Bouncy Castle Food & Refreshments.Registration for the Dog Show is 1.45pm in the field. Contact Christine on 01404 830098. 

Yarcombe annual Terrier Racing event when more than sixty terriers will compete in eight races in what has become a very popular gathering of owners and their dogs from as far away as 100 miles from this East Devon community. Some people have entered their terriers while they have enjoyed a weeks holiday nearby, such is the attraction of the event. From an idea by locals John Salter and Frank Bond which saw the first races held in 1975, the event has been held every year since then and now includes a variety of stalls, tote, plus hot and cold food and a well stocked bar. The gates open at 5pm, with the first race at 5.30pm and children are welcome to join in the fun. The photograph shows George Pidgeon just about to start a race and is one taken by Catherine Derryman from her book of photographs which captured many of the scenes and events of previous Terrier Racing. There is plenty of free car parking at EX14 9BD, which will be signposted from the A30 in the centre of Yarcombe, Entry is £5 with children under 12 free. If anyone wishes to enter their terrier for the races it is not too late to contact Chris by e mail on yarcombe.racing@gmail.com. 

Beer & Cider Festival 5pm – 11.30pm. Admission £5 includes a free half-pint. Live music from local bands Snakebyte, The Disciples and Blackdown Samba. Hot food vendors. North Perrott Cricket Club, Willis Lane, TA18 7SN. 

Chard Scottish Country Dance Club Chardstock Village Hall. 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Cost £3. Tea and coffee provided.  Please bring a plate of food to share. 

Shave Cross Charity 5 Mile Run & Family Night Kittys Farm, Shave Cross, DT6 6HW. Race starts 7pm. Entries from 5.30pm, Raffle, Tombola, Bar, Live Music. 

The Tuckers Jazz Club Dynamic Saxophone Duo Derek Nash & Martin Dale. The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, Near Axminster, EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton). Tickets £10   Info. at www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk 01404 831 280. 

Watkins & Swarbrick Acoustic Music Concert Village Hall, High Street, Puddletown, DT2 8RX 8pm (doors from 7.30pm) BYO drinks/glasses. Pay what you like at the end of the show, but book seats in advance. Seat reservations essential from the box office 01305 837299 or songsfromthehalls234@gmail.com. 

Reunion Orchestra Concert at 7.30pm at All Saints’ Village Hall EX13 7LX. A lovely informal evening of light classical music played by a group of friends who have been visiting and entertaining us for over 10 years. Licensed bar and refreshments available. Organised by Friends of All Saints’ Parish Church.  Tickets from David 01297 34407.  

DJ Yoda This is a special warm-up show before Bestival for the multi-award-winning hip-hop DJ and producer, who headlines festivals and clubs around the world. No typical club DJ, his interests lie in finding fresh and unique ways to bring turntables out of the club and getting involved in bespoke collaborations. Working with classical composers to neuroscientists; brass bands to film directors; Dr Dre to Dame Evelyn Glennie; Banksy to Mark Ronson; BBC Radio 4 to the BFI, he reinvigorates his craft with wry invention and humorous intent. Support from DJ Heavy Stylus. £15 advance / £18 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens and starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com. 

 

SUNDAY 5 AUGUST 

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Dousland. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01404 549390. 

Train and Tractor Event Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction, Stoford BA22 9UU  www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com. More entries are always welcome – ring John on 01297 32935. Sculpture on the Beach With the National Trust 11am – 3pm, £3 entry per team. Gather the family and join Bridport Arts Centre for the annual Sculpture on the Beach Event. Taking place at Hive Beach Burton Bradstock, build a creative masterpiece with materials you find on the beach. There will be special guest judges and prizes on the day for the most inspired and unusual sculptures. No need to book, just turn up on the day with your creativity. Bridport Arts Centre 01308 427183 www.bridport-arts.com. 

Jazz in the Bar with Elaine Davies This is a special of our regular jazz night celebrating the best from “Great American Songbook.” Vocalist Elaine Davies is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing saxophone, flute and clarinet. She has appeared many times on television with the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. She played in the Algy Davies Quartet, supporting many national jazz musicians. Elaine is the musical director of two Plymouth-based big bands and leads her own quartet. £8 advance / £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 7pm., starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com. 

 

MONDAY 6 AUGUST 

Hearing Loss Help Action on Hearing Loss information stand, Bridport Community Hospital 10am – 1pm. There will be a wide range of leaflets to take away and a volunteer will be available to answer questions and give advice. Information on hearing loss, tinnitus, equipment, lipreading classes and more. 

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. 

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

 

TUESDAY 7 AUGUST 

Family pin-hole camera workshop 10am – 1pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Cost: £3 in Sidbury. Make your own pinhole photographic record of historic Sidbury. After the workshop, your camera will then be adapted to take a 6 month exposure camera back at your own home. All ages welcome. Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006. 

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 miles Dorset Gap, Mappowder, Sharnhill Green. Starts at 10am Bring picnic, dogs optional. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484. 

Bridport Summer Yoga 2018 A different Yoga Teacher each week. Tuesday mornings 10am – 11.30am The Ballroom of The Bull Hotel, 34 East St, Bridport DT6 3LF (Public Car Parking is very near in East St car park). For information contact Corrie van Rijn on 01308 485544.  

Benefit Advice Sessions An initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. Sherborne – Benefits and Advice sessions at The RendezVous, Sherborne. Drop-in each first Tuesday each month, between 10am – 12noon at under Cheap Street, Sherborne, DT9 3BJ.  

Guided Walks of Sherborne Join Blue Badge Guide Cindy twice a week for a gentle stroll around this historic town. Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10.30am from the TIC, Digby Road. Only £6 for a thousand years of History. No need to book, just turn up, whatever the weather. Lasts for approximately 1½ hours. Wheelchair friendly. 01935 815341 www.sherbornewalks.co.uk. 

Axminster and District Probus Club meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the Lamb Inn Lyme Rd, Axminster, at 10am for 10.30am. Visitors and New Memmbers welcolm. Please Contact Don Harris  T, O1297 32682, OR E,Mail donharris312@ g,mail.com.   

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed Thurs and Sat in Aug. 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. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140. 

Outdoor theatre: ‘Treasure Island’ NT Kingston Lacy, Near Wimborne BH21 4EA, 7pm – 9.30pm. When Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map amongst the possessions of the late ‘Captain’ Billy Bones, it hurtles him in to a cat and mouse game with dangerous pirates, taking him to ‘Treasure Island’. Booking essential 0344 249 1895 Adult £18, child £9, family tickets available www.nationaltrust.org.uk. 

 

WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST 

Turn (the) Leaves 10am – 1pm or 1.30 – 4.30pm, £3 at Woodbury Castle. Bringing together people and trees for simultaneous shared reading and response. Working from a simple set of instructions, you’ll be part of a new, temporary work of art made by reading aloud. Get to know the local trees by reading aloud to them and observing how they respond. Write or draw your findings to share with others. Choose from a range of texts provided or bring your own. All ages welcome. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006. 

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 12 mile circular walk from Aylesbeare. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 223703. 

Poetry workshop in Weymouth (Pilgrim House, Rotary Club) 10am – 12.30pm. Join Jurassic Coast poet-in-residence, Sarah Acton, for a gentle poetry walk or workshop to connect your creative thinking to the natural environment through readings, discussion, and easy creative writing exercises in response to the landscape. Also workshops will involve a short 10-15 minute reflection on a bench outside, or stroll if preferred, so please dress for all weather, and bring a small cushion if necessary. All welcome, but especially suitable for people over 50 including people with memory problems and their carers. This event is suggested donation £1/£2 as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. Email blackvenpress@gmail.com for more information. 

John Betjeman: Poems, Places and People Don Archer talks about probably the best-loved poet of the twentieth century, John Betjeman. Much more than a poet, Betjeman had many interests, enthusiasms and abilities: writer, critic, lover of Victorian architecture and country railways, conservationist, radio and television personality. Coffee served from 10am – 10.45am followed by talk at 11am – 12 noon. 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. 

Minibeast mayhem! 2pm – 4pm, Cranbrook. Come and find the bugs living in Cranbrook’s green spaces! Children must be accompanied. No dogs. Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £3 per child.  

Southleigh Village Fayre 2pm – 5pm. This year in the show ring there will be a fantastic display of duck herding by Victor Pitts and his working border collies. Don’t miss the sheep racing, try your luck and place a bet on the woolly runners. Dogs! bring your handlers and enter the family dog show, just for fun. The fayre will be kept in order by Graham Barton from TV’s ‘Homes under the hammer’. Loads of attractions to keep the kids happy: games, Punch & Judy, ice cream, face painting, bouncy castle, farm animals and a parade of vintage tractors. And for the adults there is live music, local beer & cider, tea and cake tent, BBQ and plenty of market stalls to pick up excellent local crafts, plants and goodies. Tons of fun…. only £3 adults, accompanied children and parking free. Southleigh is part of an area of outstanding natural beauty in East Devon, between Beer and Colyton. Only 15 minutes drive from Honiton or Axminster. For satnav use postcode EX24 6SA and follow the signs. 

RNLI Bar-b-cue at Seatown from 4pm. Rolling Horse, Cake Stall, Games, music. Sea Rescue Helicopter/ Lyme Regis Lifeboat display 7pm. 

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum Talk by leading Civil Rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, entitled: Which is less likely to achieve truth: the American or the British justice system? How far have we come since the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried in Shire Hall? Visit shirehalldorset.org or contact Shire Hall via 01305 261849. 

The Beehive Acoustic Café 8pm Free. Hosted by Terry Stacey. Everyone is welcome to come along and perform or listen at The Beehive bar. Free of charge! The Acoustic cafe runs every other second Wednesday of the month. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050. 

THURSDAY 9 AUGUST 

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

Guided Walks of Sherborne Join Blue Badge Guide Cindy twice a week for a gentle stroll around this historic town. Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10.30am from the TIC, Digby Road. Only £6 for a thousand years of History. No need to book, just turn up, whatever the weather. Lasts for approximately 1½ hours. Wheelchair friendly. 01935 815341 www.sherbornewalks.co.uk. 

Bug Hunt 1pm – 3pm, Seaton Wetlands. Hunt for the bugs which call the Wetlands home. Dip in the pond and sweep nets through the meadows to see what you can find with the Countryside Rangers. No Dogs. No booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, suggested donation £3 per child.  

Walking Discovery of Colyton Walks start from the car park in Colyton at 2pm and cost £3 per person (Under 16s are free). The tours take place regardless of weather. It is a gentle walk with frequent stops around the town and lead by a local guide. Booking is not required. Every Thursday. At other times (not Thursdays), organised guided walks for groups of ten or more can be arranged by telephoning: 01297 552514 or 01297 33406 or contact us through our website: colytonheritagecentre.org. 

Chard Royal Naval Association Skittles evening and buffet for 7.30pm at the Choughs Hotel Chard. Further details of the association can be obtained from the secretary Mr  Gary Pennells on 01460 77978 or by visiting the National RNA website www.royal-naval-association.co.uk. 

The Tale of the Cockatrice 6pm Tickets: Adult £9, Under 16 £7. Mumblecrust Theatre is an award-winning theatre company based in the South West of England. Two muddle-headed storytellers use breath-taking puppetry, boisterous and beautiful live music and general tomfoolery to create this dark and winding fable for monster-lovers young and old! The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050. 

 

FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 

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

West Dorset Ramblers 9 miles Mapperton to North Poorton, Powerstock to West Milton. Starts at 10am Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 459282. 

East Devon Ramblers moderate 6 mile circular walk from Sidbury. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01884 32039. 

Food on Friday at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 12noon – two course 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. 

Open Garden in Aid of  St Margaret’s Hospice 12noon – 4pm Entry £2.50. Milford Dip Allotment, Yeovil BA21 4QE .Refreshments will be available, along with a raffle and tombola to raise funds for the St Margaret’s Hospice. 

Friday organ concerts A series of Lunchtime Concerts, St Paul’s Church, High St, Honiton. Telephone number of the office is 01404 44035 Tickets can only be purchased at the door. Light lunches from 12noon with recitals/concerts starting at 1pm for around 45 mins.  Lunches £4.50, concert £5.  

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Art workshop for Carnival with Chris, massage with Amanda. 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. 

Family Friendly Fundraiser- Steve Duke’s Disco & BBQ 7pm – 11.30pm Adults £6/ Kids £4/ Family of 4 – £17.50. Hazy summer holiday fun at the arts centre, join us for a family friendly disco featuring the best music from across the decades, expect plenty Dads dancing and Mums singing, Grandmas grooving, and the kids?….well they’ll be knee-sliding! Ticket price includes a burger, veggie burger or hotdog. Hosted by Steve Duke to raise funds in support of Bridport Arts Centre. Bridport Arts Centre 01308 427183 www.bridport-arts.com. 

The Dime Notes Blues infused 1920’s New Orleans jazz, led by David Horniblow on clarinet. A fresh and vibrant take on a timeless style. At 8pm. Tickets: £17 (£32 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. 

Blowin’ in the Wind Join us as we take you back to the era of peace, protest & love with new arrangements of the classic songs of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Baez. Andante Live presents “Blowin’ in the Wind”. Combining the vocal harmonies of Vee Sweeney and Mark Rowson, with 16 instruments between them and outstanding musicianship, they perform an uplifting and inspiring show to give you a fabulous evening of unforgettable music. £10 advance / £12.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 6.30pm., starts 7.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com. 

SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 

Free Outdoor fitness session with Luke Hayter All abilities welcome. Bring a drink and a mat. See you there! 9am Weymouth, by the pavilion on the beach.  

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Hooke.  North Poorton, Mapperton, Loscombe Farm. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. 

Flower Festival in St Mary’s Church South Perrott from 11am – 5pm with a stall and teas from 2pm. Contact 01935 891224. 

Free acoustic live music by Danny Sumbler followed by Anja Graefe 11am – 1pm. Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455. 

Axmouth Church Summer Fayre Gates open at 11am – 4pm on the church green. Entry 50p children under 16yrs Free. Morning Coffee, Light Lunches, Afternoon Tea, Various Stalls including ; Raffle, Cakes, Bric-a-brac, good quality clothing. If you would like a stall to sell your own items they are £5, please contact Rose on 01297 20898. 

Charmouth Gardener’s Village Show 2.30pm Community Hall, Lower Sea Lane & Village Hall, Wesley Close. Classes Include flowers, fruit, vegetables & handicrafts (e.g. painting, sewing, pottery, model making) also, home produce, photography & children’s sections. Everyone welcome to enter (not compulsory to be a Gardening member). Everyone welcome to view on the day. Please do join in and enter an item of your own; this is a friendly village show (not highly competitive) and the more entries we receive, the better the displays and enjoyment for all. A free programme/schedule /entrance form listing all the categories, can be collected from the Charmouth Post Office now, with details for return by 8 August. Entry on the day £1, children free. Wonderful Exhibits to view.  

Clapton Wayford, Drimpton & District  Horticultural Society 73rd Annual Show. Drimpton Village Hall, Chard Road, Drimpton, Dorset, DT8 3RH. Doors open 2.15pm, Presentation of  prizes 4.15pm. This is the major event of the year for our Society and remains  a traditional Village  Show. Whether you are a keen gardener ,artist, photographer or crafter there will be a class for you to enter, or you can just view exhibits. We have special categories for Young People , Children and Families. A fun afternoon for all ages. Schedules can be obtained from our Show Secretary Ian Hallett, ian.hallett2010@btinternet.com. Excellent  local food, teas and cakes available throughout the afternoon. 

Children Love Disco In the Summer Holidays, this is a daytime party for parents and their children (0-10 years). There’s DJ Shoei playing the best floorfillers from the 70s to the present day, alongside some favourites for the little ones. Parents can relax and socialise, while the children play in a safe environment. With face-painting, healthy snacks, and art activities there’s enough to keep them entertained all afternoon while you have a break. £3 in advance and on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends. 1.30pm.- 3.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com. 

Mary Anning Walks in Lyme Regis. See the landmarks of Lyme Regis’s most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of ‘the greatest fossil hunter ever known’. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils. The walk follows the old paths and streets of Lyme and is moderately difficult with some steep slopes and approximately 20 steps. Flat shoes and waterproofs are recommended. The duration of the walk is approximately an hour and a half. 1.30pm – 3pm Cost: £4 – £8. Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA 01297 443370 Book online: www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk/events/category/walks/mary-anning-walks/. 

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

Misterton Annual Show 1.30pm – 3.30pm With 75 classes and 16 categories ranging from home bake, floral arrangements, art, handicrafts, photography and much more.  Photography Topics are: A Family Pet; Underwater; My Garden in Summer; The Big Freeze; Wild Life; Unusual Signs. The show is open to all so if you would like an entry form, please get in touch with Carol Walker 01460 74808 cewalker@hotmail.co.uk. for an entry form. Entry is £1 which includes tea and biscuits (children are free). There is always an auction of goods at the end of the day so it’s also an opportunity to purchase some home bake, flowers or produce.   

Dragons and Damsels Whitford Bridge,Whitford  nr Musbury, 2pm – 4pm. Come and help at the ‘Big Dip’ for minibeasts in the River  Axe at Whitford Bridge. With insect expert Martin Drake we will be surveying the depths for the fearsome dragonfly larvae and other water loving minibeasts. Dipping nets provided. Wellies recommended. Free event, no booking required.  Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. All ages welcome. Whitford Bridge, Grid Reference 262 954. Further information: Ruth Worsley, Legacy to Landscape Project Co-ordinator , 01297 489741, email: legacytolandscape@gmail.com;  www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/wildlife/legacy-to-landscape. 

Seavington Gardening Club Annual Flower Show Seavington Millennium Hall. Open to the public at 2.30pm , plants also for sale. 

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. 

Stars at the beach NT Studland Bay, Studland, 7pm – 11pm. As part of Purbeck Film Festival, we present outdoor cinema at the beach with fish and chips. Booking essential 01929 450500, £18  www.nationaltrust.org.uk. 

The Story of the Beach Boys If you like the Beach Boys songs, you will love this band – the leading UK’s leading celebration of the sixties superstars. Fans will hear the best selection of chart hits that America’s biggest ever pop band recorded including God Only Knows, Good Vibrations, I Get Around, Surfin’ USA, and California Girls. This production is performed with technical excellence that will impress you, with a vocal performance of the highest quality. Come join the fun and ride the wave of nostalgia that will sweep you from surf and sun, to hit after hit. £17 advance, £19.50 on the door. 10% for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 7pm , starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com. 

 

SAT 11 – THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 

46th Seaton & District Art Society Exhibition A diverse and exciting Annual Exhibition showcasing a range of art works from members of the Society. The Gateway (formerly Seaton Town Hall), Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD. 10am – 5.30pm (free admission & refreshments available) 01297 442873 

www.seatonartsociety.co.uk. 

 

SUNDAY 12 AUGUST 

Wambrook Fun Ride Cotley Farm, Chard, TA20 3EP. Start 10am – 12am. 10 or 5 miles, no jumps Contact. Sue Eames 07949492823. 

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Whitchurch. 10.30am start and bring picnic.  Dogs on short leads. 01395 577891. 

Chard Royal Naval Association Members of the association will be having a day out by paying a visit to The SS Great Britain and Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s museum Bristol. This will be a first for some members as the museum has only been opened since March this year. Further details of the association can be found by visiting www.royal-naval-association.co.uk or by contacting the branch secretary Mr Gary Pennells  01460 77978. 

South Perrott Village Fayre 11am – 4pm. Many attractions with free entry and free car parking.  Contact 01935 891291 for more information. 

Annual 5 Pubs Challenge In aid of local charities. Starting at one of these pubs between 11am – 2pm in the beautiful vale beneath Eggardon visit by foot, horse or pony, or bike the other four, and on return to your starting pub receive an illuminated certificate: The Crown, The Loders Arms, The Marquis of Lorne, The Spyway, and The Three Horseshoes. At the starting pub you will receive a map and instructions. Take your own route-about 7 miles. Entry £5 for adults; £2 for young people 15 and under. For more details contact David Jones on 01308 485304. 

Sherborne Steam & Waterwheel Centre – Open Day 11.30am – 3.30pm. Wheel and steam engines running. Audio Visual displays. Many items of local and historic interest. Tea Room. Picnic Area. Toilet. Oborne Road DT9 3RX. Free parking on road. Entry by donation. SSWC.co.uk. 

Symondsbury Flower & Produce Show from 2pm. Ilchester Arms, Symondsbury DT6 6HD. Cream Tea’s. Bric-a-Brac, Tombola. Auction & much more. Proceeds to St. John the Baptist Church, Symondsbury. 

Open Garden in Aid of St Margaret’s Hospice 2pm – 6pm. Elmcroft, 11 Roman Road, Glastonbury  BA6 8AB – A beautiful garden set on the Roman Vineyard Terraces ,boasting stunning uninterrupted views  of Glastonbury  Tor and  the  Somerset Levels. Entry : £3 Refreshments for sale including gluten free. 

Festival Songs of Praise in St Mary’s Church, South Perrott from 6.30pm. 

Crystal and Tibetan Bowl Soundbath 2pm – 4pm 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. email ahiahel@live.com Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. 

 

MONDAY 13 AUGUST 

Yeovil Probus Club presentation Thomas Hardy at Yeovil Court Hotel 1.30pm. New members always welcome. Please contact the Secretary on 01935 414765for 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. The Greengage nursery is still in it’s infancy so there is something for all abilities. Refreshments and tools will be provided. 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. Also 27 August.  

 

TUESDAY 14 AUGUST 

Bridport Summer Yoga 2018 A different Yoga Teacher each week. Tuesday mornings 10am – 11.30am The Ballroom of The Bull Hotel, 34 East St, Bridport DT6 3LF (Public Car Parking is very near in East St car park). For information contact Corrie van Rijn on 01308 485544.  

West Dorset Ramblers 7 miles Four ashes crossroads to Lewesdon and Pilsdon. Starts at 10am Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. 01308 424714. 

Benefit Advice Sessions An initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. Portland – Easton (an initiative with Island Community Action). Sessions will operate on the second Tuesday in each month, between 10am – 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. 

Rockpool Ramble 2pm – 4pm, Sidmouth seafront. Explore the mysterious world of Sidmouth’s rockpools with the Countryside team. Learn where to look and what to look out for. No booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, suggested donation £3 per child.  

Time for Tea and a Talk Nick Cole tells the story of the Bantam soldiers of the First World War. When hostilities began, the minimum height for a soldier in the British Army was 5ft 3in (160cm). Thousands of perfectly fit men who wanted to fight were turned away. MP, Alfred Bigland had the idea of forming an undersized fighting unit. The War Office approved of the idea but declined to fund it. So Bigland decided to raise his own regiment, they were named Bantams after the small fowl which became their battalion emblem. The idea took off and spread to other parts of the UK. £3 Tea & cake served. To book: 01404 831207 2pm – 3.30pm at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH. 

WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST 

Cudworth Summer Market 10.30am -12.30pm at St Michael’s Church, TA19 0PR £1 entry includes coffee. Stalls include Cakes, Savoury bakes, Produce, Preserves, Bric-a-brac, Books, Children’s lucky dip,  Raffle and refreshments. Special raffle for a ride in an Ariel Atom. Do come and join in. 

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

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed Thurs and Sat in Aug. 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. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140. 

Walking for Health: Harpford Woods Booking through Lottie Edwards 01395 255083. Location: The Bowd Inn. Choose from a Grade 2 or 3 walk around the woods and get to know the local trees by reading aloud to them. Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006. 

Bridport Probus Club Ukeleilie Band 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. 

Colyton & District Garden Society ‘Seaside Gardening’ by Caradoc Doy, horticulturalist and garden historian. Colyford Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Members free, guests £3. For information, Sue Price: 01297 552362. 

 

WED 15 – THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 

The Bridport Pantomime Players are performing their annual summer variety show, ‘Showtime’. With songs from this years smash ‘The Greatest Showman’ to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Fred Astaire, comedy, dances and sketches, there will certainly be something for everyone. Join them at Salwayash Village Hall and be entertained for just £5 (tickets available from Carpet World in West Street, Bridport or on the door). 

 

THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 

Holy Cross Church Coffee Morning 8.30am – 12noon in the Church Rooms by the Minster Green in Axminster.  

Refreshments with cakes and stalls all in aid of funds to maintain Holy Cross Church at Woodbury. 

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 miles Shipton Church to St Lukes farm, Uploders, Loders. Starts at 10am Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 897702. 

The Magic Garden 10.30am Tickets: £5 Suitable for families with children aged 2 to 6 years (older and younger children also welcome). Written and performed by Mark and Marie Cassidy. The teddy bears are going to have a picnic in the Magic Garden under the shade of a magic tree, which is home to fairies and some adorable woodland creatures. An interactive, multi-sensory show with puppets and music, which is sure to delight the whole family, from babies to grandparents. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050. 

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed Thurs and Sat in Aug. 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. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140. 

Walking Discovery of Colyton Walks start from the car park in Colyton at 2pm and cost £3 per person (Under 16s are free). The tours take place regardless of weather. It is a gentle walk with frequent stops around the town and lead by a local guide. Booking is not required. Every Thursday. At other times (not Thursdays), organised guided walks for groups of ten or more can be arranged by telephoning: 01297 552514 or 01297 33406 or contact us through our website: colytonheritagecentre.org. 

 

FRIDAY 17 AUGUST 

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Seaton. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01297 23045. 

Chef’s special lunch. At Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Roast turkey followed by fresh fruit flan. start with fruit juice and finish with tea/coffee and choc. only £9 (members£8). Bar opens at 12noon lunch is served at 12.30pm. Booking is essential 01460 74340. 

Friday organ concerts A series of Lunchtime Concerts, St Paul’s Church, High St, Honiton. Telephone number of the office is 01404 44035 Tickets can only be purchased at the door. Light lunches from 12noon with recitals/concerts starting at 1pm for around 45 mins.  Lunches £4.50, concert £5.  

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. – 2pm Dr Andrew Tressider, Flower Remedies and Emotional Healing. 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. 

Annika Skoogh Quartet Accompanied by her band Annika sings a tribute to Anita O’Day – the technically brilliant and much admired jazz vocalist who died in 2006. 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. 

 

 

FRI 17 – SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 

Moth walk and camp NT, Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour 3pm-10am. Help our rangers set up moths traps,  camp overnight at the campsite and then get up early to see which incredible moths live on the island. Booking essential 0344 2491895 £40. 

 

SATURDAY 18 AUGUST    

Free Outdoor fitness session with Luke Hayter All abilities welcome. Bring a drink and a mat. See you there! 9am Dorchester, Poundbury Fields by the medical centre.  

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

Sidmouth’s Annual Food Festival 10am – 4pm, stalls with many locally produced goods, also demonstrations, tastings, prize draw. Free Entry. Please telephone Kennaway House 01395 515551 for further information or to book your place. Kennaway House, Sidmouth. www.kennawayhouse.org.uk. 

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Axminster. Pinneywood, Castle Cross, Hawkchurch, Old Barn Farm. 10.30am start. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002. 

Free live music by Jazz duo Tony Roberts and Richard Llewelyn, who will be performing standards and Latin. 11am – 1pm Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455. 

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed Thurs and Sat in Aug. 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. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140. 

Dalwood Country Fair Dalwood Village, gates open 1.30pm for fancy dress judging on theme: ‘what I want to be when I grow up’. Grand opening by 2 mystery TV presenters 2pm. Adults: £2.50, Children: Free.  To include ferret racing, fun dog show, cow splottery, welly throwing, barbeque, refreshments, beer tent, cakes, craft stalls, sideshows, tombolas, raffle and much more.  

Mary Anning Walks in Lyme Regis. See the landmarks of Lyme Regis’s most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of ‘the greatest fossil hunter ever known’. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils. The walk follows the old paths and streets of Lyme and is moderately difficult with some steep slopes and approximately 20 steps. Flat shoes and waterproofs are recommended. The duration of the walk is approximately an hour and a half. 1.30pm – 3pm Cost: £4 – £8. Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA 01297 443370 Book online: www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk/events/category/walks/mary-anning-walks/. 

Broadwey, Upwey & District Horticultural Society Summer Show Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue, Upwey, Weymouth starting at 2pm. Details from 01305 813942 or www.budhs.org.uk. 

Sid Valley Horticultural Society’s 90th Annual Gardening & Craft Show 2pm – 5pm Sidford Sports Field, Byes Lane, Sidford, EX10 9QX. Entry £2.50, Children under 16 Free. Details on 01395 515736. 

Andre Rieu ‘Amore’  3pm & 7.30pm Tickets £10. Screening of 2018 Concert ‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’ in the Netherlands. One of the most popular live acts in the world, the King of the Waltz André Rieu has announced that his 2018 Maastricht concerts will be screened in over 2000 cinemas worldwide as he performs his hometown shows this year with a celebration of love. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050. 

Stargazing Evening Come along to Kilmington Cricket ground to explore the summer night sky with qualified astronomer Dougal Syers and a telescope. Bring your own torch and binoculars. Hot drinks available £10 per person or £15 per family of 2 adults and their children Advance booking essential 01404 831207 8pm Kilmington Cricket Ground EX13 7RF. 

Caribbean Evening at The Henhayes Centre Crewkerne, with a steel band. Supper will be Jamaican chicken with Banana in caramel sauce. Put on your bright colourful clothing and come and enjoy the fun. Tickets are evening with supper £18 which must be booked, without supper just £10. 01460 74340.  

The Abba Experience With recent news of a possible reunion and the release of the Mama Mia film this Summer, there couldn’t be a better time to celebrate the seventies pop group. This light-hearted and fun evening out will chart the Swedish superstars’ rise to fame and lasting legacy; from their early pop explosion onto the British music scene, to chart-topping international stardom. From Super Trouper to Dancing Queen, expect all the hits from this six-piece live band – known as one of the most-authentic tributes in the country. £21 advance / £24 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 6.30pm., starts 7.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com. 

Quiz Night 7.30pm arranged by Refugee Support Group (South Somerset). A summer quiz for teams of four, raising money for charities supporting refugees in a variety of countries. Tickets: £6. No concessions. Light buffet included in ticket price. Bar open. Advance Booking only by Wednesday. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk  01460 240340. 

Gris – de – Lin with support act Chesca Doleka presented by Undercurrent Sessions. Eype Centre for the Arts, doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets : £10 advance tickets from Brown Paper Tickets or BearCat cafe in Bridport (£5 kids) , £12 on the door. Gris-de-Lin is a singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist from Dorset. Her music is a heady mix of post-rock, blues and alt-folk peppered with warped electronics. Her debut album Sprung was released by BB*Island on 6th April 2018. The album was recorded in a nursery school and saw her playing virtually all of the instruments herself – from guitars and synths to drums and saxophone. Working with producer/engineer Chris Hamilton (Torres/Kite Base) she also drafted in Rob Ellis (PJHarvey/Anna Calvi) to play drums on several tracks. Live she alternates between instruments and recent tours have seen her play shows in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Australia and New Zealand and perform a live session for BBC Introducing. Gris-de-Lin has also been working with other artists including The Duke Spirit, Tunng, Gemma Ray and Joe Gideon & Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). 

 

SAT 18 – SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 

Lopen Flower Festival in the delightful small church of All Saints. This year’s challenging theme for those arranging the floral displays is Birds of the Bible. The church will be open from 10am – 5pm on both the Saturday and the Sunday with stalls and a raffle on Saturday only but coffee and cream teas on both days. Proceeds will go to support the upkeep of the church but there is, of course, free admission. 

 

SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Coach Trip Depart by coach Uplyme Village Hall 9.30am   NT Castle Drogo. Dramatic castle overlooking Teign Gorge – undergoing conservation project to make it watertight. Beautiful Lutyens designed terraced garden, dramatic views of Dartmoor. Newly created rose garden and quaint Bunty House/Wendy house with its own miniature garden. Cafe and shop Cost NT members £12.50  Non NT £18.50 Please ring Gill Williams 01297 444927 or 444034 to book 36 seats max https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/. 

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10.5 mile circular walk from Hemyock. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01404 814960. 

Musical Shakespeare in the Gardens – Hamlet The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, performing a highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare’s plays. 2.30pm. Mapperton House, Beaminster. For tickets visit www.mapperton.com.  

The Whitchurch Ensemble (clarinet, viola, cello, piano) play Beethoven, Mozart and Bruch. 3pm Whitchurch Canonicorum Church. 

The Sunday Sessions A post-roast music session in The Marine Theatre’s lovely bar overlooking the Cobb, with a selection of local ales and other drinks. It is hosted by Street & Matthews, an acoustic duo who are one half of popular local band DeltaTango7. They’re joined by the best local performers. Want to play? Apply by email to lym.brian@me.com. Free entry, no tickets Bar opens and starts 3pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com. 

 

MONDAY 20 AUGUST 

Hearing Loss Help Action on Hearing Loss information stand, Honiton Library 10am – 1pm. There will be a wide range of leaflets to take away and a volunteer will be available to answer questions and give advice. Information on hearing loss, tinnitus, equipment, lipreading classes and more. 

Special Coffee Morning at Ilminster The  Chard & Ilminster branch of the U3A  are inviting all retired or semi-retired in the Ilminster and Chard district to their Free Coffee and Biscuits Morning at The Parish Hall, North Street Ilminster TA19 0DG at 10.30am – 12noon. This is a good time to meet existing members and to discover what it is the U3A do for the retired in your area.The local U3A has over 60 different activity groups all run by volunteers and has over 1000 branches over the UK.  Free Entry. More Information Tel 01460 68629 https://u3asites.org.uk/chardilminster. All those retired are welcome. 

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

 

MON 20 – MONDAY 27 AUGUST 

Hawkchurch (village of the Roses) Fete week events in the week leading up to August Bank holiday Monday culminating in a fete on the village playing field on the August Bank Holiday afternoon itself. Monday – Hawkchurch: Family Beetle Drive at Hawkchurch Village Hall at 7pm. Adults £3, Children £1.50 raising money for the school PTFA. Family fun – who will complete their beetle first on your table and move up? Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle on the night. All welcome. The hall postcode is EX13 5XD. For Beetle Drive queries please contact Anne 01297 678295. Wednesday – Hawkchurch: Bingo at Hawkchurch Village Hall 7pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Refreshments on sale and various prizes. Special children’s round and a raffle on the night. Saturday – Hawkchurch: Teddy Bear’s picnic and parachute jump. 12.30pm outside St John the Baptist Church in the centre of Hawkchurch. Make and decorate a parachute for your teddy and bring him along. Parachutes will be judged at 1pm before the brave bears parachute from the church tower. This is a free event with ice creams on sale raising funds for the school PTFA. Car parking in the field behind the village hall. Sunday – Companion Dog Show on the Hawkchurch playing field. Entries from 1.30pm, judging starts 2pm. This is part of our fete week celebrations. For Dog Show queries/schedule please contact Christine 01297 678498. ‘Songs of Praise’ in St John the Baptist Church in the centre of Hawkchurch at 6.30pm. Raise the roof with song! Bank Holiday Monday – Hawkchurch Village Fete from 2pm on the playing field in the beautiful village of Hawkchurch. Traditional village fete with stalls selling a variety of items, games of chance, a bouncy castle, and a grand raffle. Drumming workshop, Music, majorettes, a children’s entertainer and a falconry display provide entertainment throughout the afternoon to keep all the family amused. For more details please contact Ruth 01297 678354. 

 

TUESDAY 21 AUGUST 

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. www.kennawayhouse.org.uk. 

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles White hill barn, Valley of stones – Little Bredy, Long Bredy. Starts at 10am Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484. 

Bridport Summer Yoga 2018 A different Yoga Teacher each week. Tuesday mornings 10am – 11.30am The Ballroom of The Bull Hotel, 34 East St, Bridport DT6 3LF (Public Car Parking is very near in East St car park). For information contact Corrie van Rijn on 01308 485544.  

 

WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST 

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles Sydling St.Nicholas to Grimstone Down & Ridge hill, optional tea and cake at end. Starts at 10am Bring picnic, dogs on short leads. All welcome. Please call 01300 341664. 

The Journey towards Abstraction talk by Art Historian, Pamela Simpson  2.30pm – 4.30pm at Uplyme Church. Tickets £10: in aid of Tearfund. Contact; sheila.lyme@gmail.com 01297 445464 for more information. 

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm. Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘Plant to Plate’ by Sue Applegate of Hurstbrook Plants. From Plant to Plate is an illustrated talk of the work within the UK Fresh Produce Industry to supply Farm Assured food to Farmers Markets and Supermarkets. Challenges of the future such as Food Security to provide for a huge increase in World Population Growth, Climate Change and Efficient Management of Water are also identified. A selection of Seasonal, UK grown produce will be available for sale following the talk. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com/. 

 

THURSDAY 23 AUGUST 

Benefit Advice Sessions An initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. Dorchester. Sessions will operate on the fourth Thursday in each month, between 9am – 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.  

Lunchtime Concert in the Minster, Axminster. ‘The Four Tune Tellers’, a male barbershop quartet singing a varied and light-hearted programme unaccompanied at 12.30pm for half an hour with light lunches available afterwards. Free admission in aid of Minster funds. 

Walking Discovery of Colyton Walks start from the car park in Colyton at 2pm and cost £3 per person (Under 16s are free). The tours take place regardless of weather. It is a gentle walk with frequent stops around the town and lead by a local guide. Booking is not required. Every Thursday. At other times (not Thursdays), organised guided walks for groups of ten or more can be arranged by telephoning: 01297 552514 or 01297 33406 or contact us through our website: colytonheritagecentre.org. 

 

FRIDAY 24 AUGUST 

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

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 4.5 mile circular walk from Upottery. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01404 861527. 

Family Fun Day on the Lawn All Day. Kennaway House, Sidmouth. www.kennawayhouse.org.uk. 

Friday organ concerts A series of Lunchtime Concerts, St Paul’s Church, High St, Honiton. Telephone number of the office is 01404 44035 Tickets can only be purchased at the door. Light lunches from 12noon with recitals/concerts starting at 1pm for around 45 mins.  Lunches £4.50, concert £5.  

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. Art with Libby, 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. 

The Zoots The Sound of the 70s, 8pm, £16. Get on up! Freak out! Come up and see The Zoots play that Funky Music! These are the good times so put on your platform boots and feather boa – for The Sounds of The 70s! This amazing Seventies tribute show has it all! Join The Zoots with their sounds of the 70s entirely live show, as they explore the monster sounds of T-Rex, Queen, Bowie, Abba, The Stones, The Wailers, Chic, Zeppelin and other amazing Seventies legends! From Glam to Pop, Motown to Disco – there’s something for everyone! You can’t help grooving to the 70s irresistible sounds. Bridport Arts Centre 01308 427183 www.bridport-arts.com. 

The Dart Valley Stompers New Orleans and traditional jazz – at its toe-tapping, foot stomping best. At 8pm. Tickets: £14 (£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. 

 

FRIDAY 24 – SUNDAY 26 AUGUST 

Cinema under the stars NT Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5EZ, 8.45pm – 10.30pm. This August bank holiday, Purbeck Film Festival present open air cinema at Corfe Castle. Come and experience the magic of watching a film with family and friends within the castle ruins. See website for listings. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. 

 

SAT 25 – SUNDAY 26 AUGUST 

The River Cottage Festival returns for 2018 over the August Bank Holiday. There’ll be activities for kids, foraging, dancing, yoga classes, masterclasses, music and of course food from our very own River Cottage chefs!  You can choose if you come for the day, the evening or the whole weekend – there are different ticket options to suit everyone and under-16s come from free! For more details and to book see www.rivercottage.net or call Amy in our Events Team on 01297 630302. 

 

SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 

Breakfast/Brunch at The Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. £4.50. for egg, sausage, bacon, tomato/beans, toast, tea/coffee. Extras 50p each.  Served from 10am – 11.30am. No need to book 01460 74340. 

Ottery St Mary Parish Church Summer Fair 11am – 4pm Cadhay House, Ottery St. Mary, EX11 1QT. Jonathan Marshall Falconry, The Blackdown Steel Band & Ottery Silver Band. Wide variety of stalls: Delicious Cakes, Ancient & Modern, Books, Plant & Produce, Devon Cream Teas, delicious BBQ, Beer & Pimm’s Bar, Raffle with a variety of prizes from local businesses including days out. Guided tours of Historic Cadhay House (£5). Adult admission £2.50, Children under 16 free, Free car parking. 

Halstock Fete & Flower Show 1pm – 5pm. Included in this traditional fete will be live music, silent auction, with many stalls selling a variety of products, plus our well stocked bric-a-brac, books CDs and DVDs. There will also be a model railway exhibit, model aircraft flying display, Punch & Judy and lots more fun for the whole family. Teas, cakes, BBQ, Ice Creams and fully stocked bar, so there is no reason anyone to go hungry. Adults £1 children and car park are Free.  

Free live music by East Street Band 11am – 1pm Traditional and self-penned folk and soft-rock accompanied by a range of instruments. In the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar. The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455. 

Mary Anning Walks in Lyme Regis. See the landmarks of Lyme Regis’s most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of ‘the greatest fossil hunter ever known’. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils. The walk follows the old paths and streets of Lyme and is moderately difficult with some steep slopes and approximately 20 steps. Flat shoes and waterproofs are recommended. The duration of the walk is approximately an hour and a half. 1.30pm – 3pm Cost: £4 – £8. Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA 01297 443370 Book online: www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk/events/category/walks/mary-anning-walks/. 

Axmouth Church Annual Tea & Cake Afternoon 2pm – 5pm. Homemade cakes; sponge & scones for Cream Teas all served in the church. Stalls on the Church Green. 

Lyme Regis Comedy Club with Dave Johns This evening is headlined by the lead actor from I Daniel Blake, Ken Loach’s critically acclaimed and multi award winning film, which won the much coveted Palme D’or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. As well as an actor, he’s a celebrated comic who has made guest appearances on many television programmes, including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of Ten Cats and The Football’s On. Bridport comedian Tom Glover hosts and there’s support from Dan Thomas and Karen Bayley. £8 advance / £10 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 7pm., starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com. 

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 11pm.. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please send an email at folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. The David Hall, South Petherton www.thedavidhall.org.uk  01460 240340. 

The Darkside of Pink Floyd 7.30pm Tickets £16.50 in advance / £18 on the door (seated). Darkside captures that same spirit with a full sound, light and projection show that is true to the spirit of the time, as well as to the music. Coupled with an amazing and atmospheric light and video show, be prepared for an unforgettable, emotional 2 ½ hour rollercoaster ride! The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050. 

 

SAT 25 – MONDAY 27 AUGUST 

Mendip Ramblers Walking Festival 2018 Each day 3 walks starting at 10.00 from 3 to 12 miles, one shorter walk at 1.30pm. All walks start from Ditcheat Jubilee Hall, Wraxall Road, Ditcheat, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6RB GR ST625363 OS 142. Tea and cake after for a donation. Any queries phone Martyn 01761 471891 martyn@mendipramblers.co.uk More details at www.mendipramblers.co.uk. 

 

SUNDAY 26 AUGUST 

Dorset CC Leopards CC v Gloucestershire CC Academy cricket match starting at 11am. Entrance free, Parking, Pavilion facilities and Bar open. North Perrott Cricket Club, Willis Lane, TA18 7SN. 

Symondsbury Fete Symondsbury, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6HD. Dorset’s Giant Fete & Car Boot Sale! A whole host of great fun to be had this year. Plenty for the kids to enjoy. Dorset’s biggest Family fete and car boot, stalls, games, rides and much more. Grab yourself a bargain at the car boot and enjoy a drink in the sunshine from the beer tent. Back due to popular demand is our knob throwing competition.  Also joining us is Port Bredy Allstar Majorettes. Open from 12pm – 5pm. Contact Richard (Day)01308 422638 or (evenings) 01308 422638. Car Boot set up from 7.30am, Call Richard for more information. No booking required for Car Boot. Proceeds to the Mark Broad Memorial Fund. 

RNLI West Bay Fun Day Children’s Games and stalls, Cream Teas in Salt House. From 2pm – 5pm. 

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

 

MONDAY 27 AUGUST 

Charmouth Vintage Fair Community Hall 10am – 4pm Enquiries: Tel: 01297560634. 

Flower & Dog Show Whitchurch, Morcombelake & Ryall annual Flower and Dog Show. Entry to the show is £1.50 (children under 16 free). Dog show includes varied classes. There will be a bar, Morris Dancers, live music, stalls, refreshments, skittles & classic vehicles. Held at the Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall, Dorset, DT6 6RF, from 2pm to 5pm. Enquires 07979 475120.  

Nothing Like A Dame Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. The four acting greats discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre. £4 advance / £6 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends. Bar opens 6.30pm., starts 7.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com. 

 

MON 27 – TUESDAY 28 AUGUST 

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. www.kennawayhouse.org.uk. 

 

MON 27 – WED 29 AUGUST 

The Mapperton Creepy Crawly Show Free with paid entry to Mapperton Gardens. The chance to explore World Life Conservation’s collection of exotic creatures from around the world including spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, stick insects, snakes, lizards, tortoises and more. Mapperton House, Beaminster. For tickets visit www.mapperton.com. 

 

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST 

Bridport Summer Yoga 2018 A different Yoga Teacher each week. Tuesday mornings 10am – 11.30am The Ballroom of The Bull Hotel, 34 East St, Bridport DT6 3LF (Public Car Parking is very near in East St car park). For information contact Corrie van Rijn on 01308 485544.  

 

WEDNESDAY 29 AUGUST 

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

West Dorset Ramblers 9 miles Blackdown, Cole’s Cross for Forde Abbey and River Axe then back via Thorncombe. Starts at 10am Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01297 631130. 

 

East Devon Ramblers moderate 8 mile circular walk from Kilmington. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 260114. 

 

WED 29 – THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 

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

 

 

THURSDAY 30 AUGUST 

Family adventure day 10am – 3pm, Offwell Woods nr Honiton. A fun, hands-on day with the Education Ranger at Offwell Woods. 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, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £13 per child.  

Coastal Wellbeing Session at Chesil. The Chesil Beach Centre is running Wildlife Wellbeing sessions for people to discover and enjoy our wonderful coast. A gentle walk around Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, focusing on the wildlife of the season. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre at 11am. Over 18’s only. A fun and accessible event, open to all those who have memory problems and their carers, as well as those who want to improve their health and wellbeing. Call the Chesil Team on 01305 206191 for more information. This event is free as it’s part of Stepping into Nature. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info. 

Postcards from the 48% is a documentary film made by and featuring those who voted Remain, the 48%, to show the other 27 EU Member States that it was far from a landslide victory and just why the 48%  are fighting to stay part of the EU. Director David Wilkinson and co-writer Emlyn Price are attending for a Q&A. ​The Q&A will be chaired by Anthea Simmons, a spokesperson for Devon For Europe. They have a membership of over 4,300. There is also an active West Dorset for Europe group. The film premieres on 23 June at Edinburgh International Film Festival and then has an extensive UK tour. ​Trailer:  ​https://vimeo.com/269280760, Website: https://www.postcards48.eu. 7.30pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394 www.marinetheatre.com.  

Join in for all things vintage! The Alcohol Education Trust are delighted to announce that their next community fundraising event will be a vintage fashion show kindly hosted by Duke’s auction house. Events will begin at 3pm with vintage clothes stalls and accessories. You’ll also be able to enjoy a delicious cream tea provided by Yalbury and Yvon’s café. There is free entry to this and you’ll be able to view Duke’s current auction too. The evening will be ticketed and will start with a reception and canapes from 6pm followed by a vintage fashion show at 7.30pm. Paul Atterbury of The Antiques Roadshow and Kate Adie, former Chief News Correspondent for the BBC, will be there! Tickets cost £20 and can be booked via kate@alcoholeducationtrust.org or via our online store at https://alcoholeducationtrust.org/store/. Please do get in touch if you would be interested in having a stall or being a model.  

Justice Cafe: Surveying Greenham Common Yvonne Marshall (from Southampton University) and Chris Brown will be giving a talk entitled: ‘Justice Café: Surveying Greenham Common’. Chris will reminisce about his childhood growing up with the peace camp on their doorstep and of the mediations between his father, a local councillor, and the Greenham women. Since the camp was disbanded, Yvonne has used archaeological practice to record the site and capture the evidence of this powerful but temporary settlement.  

6pm for 6.30pm at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester. More information and to book tickets: Tickets are £5. Visit shirehalldorset.org or contact Shire Hall via 01305 261849. 

Outdoor Theatre. The Importance of Being Earnest 7pm, Manor Gardens. Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece gets The Pantaloons treatment in this anarchic take on the classic comedy of manners. Handbags at dawn! Booking required, discover more at www.thepantaloons.co.uk, 01395 517 577, adults £13.30, Under16 £8.00, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £37. 

 

FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Clyst St Mary 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 567450. 

Friday organ concerts A series of Lunchtime Concerts, St Paul’s Church, High St, Honiton. Telephone number of the office is 01404 44035 Tickets can only be purchased at the door. Light lunches from 12noon with recitals/concerts starting at 1pm for around 45 mins.  Lunches £4.50, concert £5.  

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. Book of Words art workshop with Chris. 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. 

Quiz night at South Petherton Parish Church 7pm for prompt 7.30pm start. Teams of up to 6. Individuals and small teams most welcome as scratch teams can be made up on the night, but please book. £5 per person (payable on the night ) Places booked by Wednesday , August 29th either email – quiz@southpethertonchurch.org.uk or phone – 01460249266. Ploughmans Supper , but bring your own drink. 

Nikki Iles Trio with Geoff Simkins + Mike Outram Superlative mainstream/modern jazz from award winning jazz pianist Nikki Iles, saxophonist Geoff Simkins and guitarist Mike Outram. At 8pm. Tickets: £17 (£32 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. 

Ninebarrow & Friends The multi-award winning duo, otherwise known as Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere, will perform along with three of their own favourite acts – the brilliant Dorset trio Kadia, virtuoso guitarist Will McNicol, and superb a capella group The Teacups. Toby Noble is warming up. £18 advance and on the door. Bar opens 6.30pm., starts 7.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com. 

 

FRI 31 AUG – SUN 2 SEPTEMBER 

Lyme Folk Weekend Sharing top billing at the Marine Theatre are three acts who will delight music lovers. First up on Friday August 31, a special one-off collaboration, curated by Ninebarrow, one of the most talked-about acts of recent years. The multi-award winning duo, otherwise known as Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere, will perform along with three of their own favourite acts – the brilliant Dorset trio Kadia, virtuoso guitarist Will McNicol, and superb a capella group The Teacups. Saturday night is party night, and the Marine Theatre will rock to the exuberant sound of Merry Hell, one of the most exciting live bands to have emerged in recent years. Winners of both the Best Band and Best Live Band at the 2018 Folking.com awards, Merry Hell have been blazing a trail in the north of England with their high-energy, foot-stomping folk-rock, and are making a rare visit to the South West especially for Lyme Folk Weekend. Bringing down the curtain on Sunday September 2 will be another unique concert, this time from one of the country’s biggest names – Show of Hands. This year Steve Knightley returns with his partner in crime Phil Beer, to present a special one-off retrospective filled with songs from their early years together. There’s so much to see and do all weekend – free live music all day every day on the seafront stage, Morris dancing all over the town, the amazing Story Boat in Theatre Square, plus watch out for the festival’s youngest visitors from the Blackrock School of Irish Dance. There are workshops and sessions in the Ship Inn and the return by popular demand of the wonderful free Moonlit Ceilidh – bring your dancing shoes! Tickets for the Marine Theatre shows are on sale now at www.lymefolk.com or from Lyme Regis Tourist Information on 01297 442138.