Coast and Countryside Events

Tuesday 29 May

Wildlife Safari 10am – 12noon, Fire Beacon Hill. Bugs, butterflies, birds, dragonflies and possibly even some snakes! Put on your best safari gear and come for a ramble with ranger to explore the heathland and learn all about the creatures who call it home. Bring binoculars and a camera. Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, Free.

Terrifying Triassic Sea Monsters Seaton Jurassic, 10am – 11.45am. Create monster stencils and print with soil pigments from the rocks, in which  the creatures would have roamed in the Legacy to Landscape area of the Shute Estate,  during the Triassic period and  make a unique piece of Triassic art with Ruth Worsley. Free family workshop. Free event, no booking required. Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. 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.

Merriott Gardening Club A talk by a representative from The Gardens Group Gold Club on the subject of Roses. Meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm. Refreshments, Raffle and Flower of the month. Everyone welcome – non-members £2 at the door. For more information please contact 01460 72298.

 

Wednesday 30 May

Moth Magic Bolshayne Farm, 10am – 12noon. Join moth expert Paul Butter, to get up close and examine  the night catch of moths caught in Bolshayne meadow and orchard. Includes a stroll around the farm to see the varied habitats that the moths live in.  Bolshayne Farm, Southleigh Road, EX24 6RX.  GR 221 937  Free event, no booking required. Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event.  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.

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

Charcoal Burning Day 10am – 5pm. Come and join our estates team up in the woods and see how charcoal is made. Have a go at drawing with it and toast marshmallows on the fire. Normal admission applies. hestercombe.com, Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 8LG (for sat nav use TA2 8LQ).

AVDCS family explorer day at Colyford Community Woodland, 2pm – 4pm, Colyford . Join the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society along with EDDC’s Education Ranger for an afternoon of outdoor fun. Explore the site, find out about the wildlife that lives there and get creative! Children must be accompanied.

Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £5 per family group.

 

Thursday 31 May

Symondsbury Estate Summer Fair 11am – 4pm Manor Yard, Symondsbury DT6 6HG. Donkey rides, falconry, live music, bouncy castle, Punch & Judy, fresh doughnuts, market stalls, shops, café and more. www.symondsburyestate.co.uk.

Bird watching for children 10am – 12noon, Island Hide at Seaton Wetlands. Borrow our binoculars and discover the birds along the Axe estuary with an experienced volunteer guide who will help you to spot different birds and let you use an amazing telescope for a really close view. Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £2 per child.

I Claude Monet at The Gateway, Seaton. After premiering in Season 4 of Exhibition On Screen, I, Claude Monet is back by popular demand, revealing the heart and soul of arguably the world’s most loved artist. Refreshments and licensed bar. Doors open 1.30pm, starts 2pm. Tickets £10. Book online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone 01297 625699 or in person at The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD.

South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership Winterbourne Monkton, 6pm. Short talk & walk, looking at the character & archaeology of  Winterbourne Monkton. Free event, please come to both or just the talk, hope to see you there. For enquires: 01305 228241 or james.sharpe@dorsetcc.gov.uk.

Chard Camera Club The club will be hosting an inter club Digitally Projected Image completion against Mid Somerset Camera Club at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Anyone wanting to attend would be made most welcome and will be to get a taste of just what is Chard Camera Club. Further details can be obtained from the usual website www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by ringing the membership secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

Kennaway House Meet the Author Jeremy Vine, author and radio presenter. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £13 each, which includes a glass of wine. Please telephone Kennaway House on 01395 515551 to pay by card, or call in, to purchase tickets. Kennaway House, Sidmouth www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.

Bats about Bats Whitford Village hall and river side path, 8.30pm to late. Craig Dunton, Grey long-eared bat project officer from the Bat Conservation Trust leads a bat walk along the River Axe at Whitford. Introductory talk at Whitford Village Hall will focus on Grey long-eared bats, one of the UK’s rarest mammals and the Back from the Brink project, which is working to save this threatened species from extinction. Followed by the walk with detectors along the river bank at dusk to spy on these marvellous flying mammals. https://naturebftb.co.uk/the-projects/grey-long-eared-bat/  Parking at hall or by river bridge. If parking by bridge, walk up to the village hall for the introductory talk (allow 7 mins)  Bring a torch,  Whitford Village Hall: EX13 7PH. GR 258 956 River bridge: GR 262 954  Free event, no booking required. Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. 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.

 

Friday 1 June

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

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5 mile circular walk from Sidford. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 514265.

Family adventure day 10am – 4pm, Holyford Woods. A fun, hands-on day with the Education Ranger at Holyford 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.

Wildflower Week Walk Upton Heath. A walk with Jim White on Upton Heath that is part of Dorset Flora Group’s Wildflower Week. 10am – 12noon, meet at the reserve, grid ref. SY 975 950. Booking is necessary, phone 01929 481535. Donation of £2 to Dorset Flora Group welcome. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Greenwood Club at Holton Lee 10am – 1pm. Providing positive shared experiences/memories for those individuals living with dementia and their amazing carers or partners. The group learn green woodworking techniques, rural crafts and cooking outdoors in a relaxing woodland environment. Livability Holton Lee, Poole, BH16 6JN. Contact Jill on 07813814875 or jill@dorsetforestschool.org to book. Delivered by Dorset Forest Schools as part of Stepping into Nature.  Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

NT First World War guided walk Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, 11am-1pm. Take a tour around the island and discover its significance during the First World War with one of our expert volunteers. Booking essential 0344 249 1895.

Curry and Kayak NT Studland Bay, Studland 5.30pm – 6.30pm, 6.45pm – 7.45pm. Join us for a kayak across the bay to see Old Harry rocks up close followed by a warming curry at Knoll Beach café.

Booking essential 01929 450500. Adult £22, child £17 www.nationaltrust.org.uk.  Also on Fri 8, Fri 15, Fri 22, Fri 29 June.

At The Ebenezer Miles Petersen ~ Death in Bridgwater Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. To RSVP, email ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

www.ebenezerpresents.com.

Mike Denham and Tom ‘Spats’ Langham in concert at 7.30pm, Cheap Street Church, Sherborne. Proceeds in aid of the Friends of the Rendezvous, Tickets £10, including refreshments, from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01935 815341 and on the door.

Jubilee String Quartet 11 am -12noon, Coffee Concert at  Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR. Box Office: 01308 424204 Em: info@bridport-arts.com www.bridport-arts.com. Tickets: £10, concessions available, coffee included, town parking and car parks, BAC café, disabled access. There is unreserved seating, choose when you arrive. Also 8pm, Ilminster Arts Centre at The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0AN. Box Office: 01460 54973 (Pre-concert supper at 7pm – advanced booking required £15) www.themeetinghouse.org.uk Tickets: £15. Bar and café, IAC and town parking, plus car parks, disabled access. There is unreserved seating, choose when you arrive.

Jubilee String Quartet presented by Concerts in the West. Award-winning quartet play a programme of Hadyn, Beethoven and Schubert. 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.

Annika Skoogh Quartet 7.30pm Tickets: £10 in advance, £12 on door (seated). The Annika Skoogh Quartet are an exciting project led by multilingual Swedish singer Annika Skoogh. Annika has made a name for herself on the jazz scene as a vibrant and soulful singer with a natural talent. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

 

Saturday 2 June

Wakey, wakey, paddle and brekkie NT Studland Bay, Studland 8.15am – 10.15am. Start your weekend with a 2 hour kayak trip in Studland Bay followed by a full English breakfast at Knoll Beach Café. Minimum age 10 years old if accompanied by an adult or 16 years if unaccompanied. Booking essential 01929 450500. Adult £22, child £17 www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Also Sat 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June, Sat 7, 14, 21 July.

Free Outdoor Workout with Luke Hayter Fitness at 9.00 West Bay Beach. The workout is suitable for any age and ability level so come along and give it a go. The workout will take place on the end of the promenade.  Just bring yourself, a mat, a drink and a friend if they would like to come.

Ilminster Mamouth Booksale Market House 9am – 3pm In aid of charity film makers PFP.

Pop-up Sale at Bucky Doo, Bridport 10am – 1pm ‘Friends’ of Harmony Drop-in Mental Health Centre in Bridport are running a pop-up sale for ‘new and nearly new’ items; also seeking new ‘Friends’; and  giving information on the Centre. For more news and/or to help, or to contribute items, please call John Grantham, Co-ordinator, on 07500 592906. Burrough Harmony Centre.

Art on the East Devon Way activity Capturing The Sun 10am – 1pm or 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Booking required. £3 per camera, Fire Beacon Hill. Install your own ‘solargraph’ pinhole camera on Fire Beacon Hill with photographer Justin Quinnell where they will remain for 3 months. Meet again on 8 Sept at THG to scan your images. All ages welcome. Call 01404 45006 to book. www.thelmahulbert.com.

South Somerset Monochrome Group 10am – 1.30pm at The Monks Yard at Horton Manor, Horton Cross, Ilminster TA19 9PY. “Digital Image Processing in Lightroom and Photoshop” – a workshop by Leigh Preston FRPS and Peter Johnson LRPS. – All levels of experience welcome. £5 including refreshments. For more information please email southsomersetmonogroup@gmail.com.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk from Roman Road Walkers’ car park. Martins Down, Long Bredy, Litton Cheney. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

A Day in Dorchester the summer event for the Friends of the Congregational Library and the Dr. Williams’s Library, United Church Dorchester, 11am – 4pm. Admission free.

 

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

What’s that bird? 11am – 1pm, Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands. Whatever your level of experience, come and improve your bird identification skills with an experienced volunteer guide. Binoculars available to borrow. No booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, Free.

Free live music by Jurassic Blue 11am – 1pm who will be performing timeless tunes and songs from the 60s and 70s in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

Broadwindsor Fun Day in West Street. Parade at 2pm followed by street party. Free drumming sessions with Organic Rhythm, stalls, games, sideshows, vintage vehicles, teas, barbecue and disco and live music into the night. Road closed from noon until midnight, diversions in place.

Meadow in Midsummer walk Bolshayne, 2pm – 3.30pm. Enjoy orchids and other early summer flowers on a wander through a glorious hay meadow with ecologists  Phil Wilson and Marian Reed. Phil and Marian will  reveal the identities of a  huge number of once common plants which now thrive in this meadow, after 40 years of management  by farmer John Walker. Stream runs through meadow, so can be damp in places, please wear appropriate footwear and sun hats as little shade. Bolshayne Farm,  Southleigh Road, near Colyton, EX24 6RX   SY 221 937. Free event, no booking required.  Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. 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.

“Patsy Cline and Friends” Live Show starring Sue Lowry and The Moonshine Boys at The Gateway, Seaton. Sue Lowry’s powerful rendition of classic songs like ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Crazy’ will take you back to the toe-tapping, honky-tonk days of pure country music. The show also pays tribute to Hank Williams and Jim Reeves. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £15 adv. or £17.50 door (if available). Licensed Bar. Book online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person at The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD. Box Office open Monday-Friday 10-4, Sat 10-1pm.

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.

Bridport Ceilidhs at 7.30pm – 11pm in St Mary’s Church House Hall, South Street, DT6 3NW,  featuring “Up & Running” with caller Sibby. Bring & Share finger food supper and your own beer, make a party of it  No partner or previous experience required, all dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout. Admission £9 on the door, better to book or pre-buy for £8 from the Music Shop, South Street or call / email Monty on 01308 423 442,  monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk.

Talk by TV’s Dr George McGavin for DWT: What have bugs ever done for me?  Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is delighted to invite the public to a talk by television presenter and bug expert, Dr George McGavin, to help raise money for Dorset’s largest wildlife charity. DWT is also offering an exclusive chance to meet George in person in a very special VIP reception before the main talk, with drinks and canapes included. A self-confessed bug addict, Dr George McGavin is an entomologist, author, academic, television presenter and explorer, appearing regularly on the BBC One Show. At 7.30pm at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne.  VIP tickets are still available and are £25 per person (starting at 6.30pm) and standard tickets cost £15 for adults and £7.50 for children (under 16’s). Book on 01305 264620 or www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/georgemcgavintalk .

Jubilee String Quartet 7.30pm, St Michael’s, Shute, Haddon Road, Shute, Axminster, Devon EX13 7QR. (Situated just along the lane next to the Gatehouse of Shute Barton Manor). Tickets: £15. Unreserved seating – choose when you arrive. Box Office: Hurfords Stores, Kilmington 01297 33203, EX13 7RG or The Archway Bookshop, Axminster 01297 33744 – EX123 5AQ or book at www.eventbrite.co.uk or you can buy on the door. Concessions for students and children. Doors open 6.45pm. Parking nearby. Interval drinks. Disabled access.

Morning Has Broken Ron Vincent sings a Salute to Cat Stevens. Doors 7pm / starts 8pm. £15.50 adv (£15 + 50p bf) / £17 door Electric Palace, Briport. To read more about each event and book tickets go to www.electricpalace.org.uk. For phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage at Caryford Hall, Castle Cary. Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. They will be supported by Jack Harris whose songs take a compassionate look at things both common and uncommon. They are literate, curious, often in character, always intriguing. Tickets £10 from www.wegottickets.com/event/420053 or call 01963350194. £12 on the door. Doors 6.45pm. Performance 7.30pm. A Caryford Music Production raising money for CaryfordHall’s Development Fund. Cash only bar. Free off-road parking.

 

Sat 2 June – Sunday 3 June

Sheldon Gardens Open Weekend The village of Sheldon,  in the Blackdown  Hills AONB,  is holding a ‘Gardens Open‘ event  on Saturday 11.30am  – 6pm and  Sunday 2pm – 6pm together with an exhibition:  Sheldon – a look at its history through records, recollections and photographs. Tickets for the weekend cost £3 per person, children free. 10 gardens to visit. Proceeds will be shared between the Church of St James and the Village Hall. Light lunches available on Saturday and teas on both days. Limited wheelchair access. 01404841391.

 

Sunday 3 June

Paddleboard yoga NT Studland Bay, Studland 8.15am – 9.15am, 9.30am – 10.30am. Take your yoga to a new level while enjoying the great feeling of floating on water. Includes a granola and yoghurt breakfast. Booking essential 01929 450500. Adult £20 www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Also Sun 10,Sun 17,Sun 24 Jun.

South Somerset Ramblers www.somersetramblers.co.uk. Every Thursday and Sunday. To see all walks visit website.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Belstone. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short lead 01395 578699.

Wildlife Day with Axe Vale & District Conservation Society, 11am – 3pm, Seaton Wetlands. A day of wetland wildlife fun, exploring the nature reserve and wildlife of the wider Axe Vale. Trails, activities and walks for all ages. No dogs. No booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, Free.

The Phoenix Singers and Ringers Summer Time Serenades 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us.

 

Monday 4 June

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Learn how to manage your hearing loss by using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 01297 442239 or just come along on the day. Also on 11, 18, 25.

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.

Open Gardens in Over Stratton 2pm Stroll around some interesting and varied gardens on a summer’s afternoon. Enjoy afternoon tea with homemade cakes plus, Traditional music and plant sales. Tickets: £5. No concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

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

The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset (formerly Neroche DFAS) 7.15pm at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton. “Lover, Teacher, Muse …. Or Rival?” James Russell explores the careers of notable artist couples. Visitors £5. www.theartssocietynerochesouthsomerset.org.uk for details.

Bridport Folk Dance Club at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ. 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. No partner or previous experience required. Admission £3. Taster sessions available at no cost. Contact Monty on 01308 423442.

 

Tuesday 5 June

Artisan Craft Market and Sadie’s Kitchen 9am – 5pm all manner of stalls selling locally produced goods plus drinks and snacks available.   Please contact Marguerite Grant for further information by emailing -margigrant53@gmail.com. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551. Also 12 and 26 June.

Have you got a great idea for a Community Project? Are you running a voluntary groups, charity or social enterprise? Would your group or project benefit from some free support around managing your project and getting funding? If so come and talk to a Community Advisor For a free one hour session. Yarn Barton Community Centre, Beaminster, DT8 3DR from 10am – 3pm. Booking is essential so please call 01202 847609 or email joanna.keats@dorsetcommunityaction.org.

Benefits Advice Session 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.

Volunteers’ Coffee Morning with it being National Volunteers’ Week Kennaway House is holding a get together for all Volunteers, both potential and existing.  Do please come along and enjoy a tea/coffee and biscuit and find out about the exciting future events to be held here that you could possibly help with. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.

 

Greenwood Club at Thorncombe Woods 10.30am 1st Tuesday of the Month. Providing positive shared experiences/memories for those individuals living with dementia and their amazing carers or partners. The group learn green woodworking techniques, rural crafts and cooking outdoors in a relaxing woodland environment. Thorncombe Woods, Dorchester, DT2 8QH. Contact Jill on 07813814875 or jill@dorsetforestschool.org to book. Delivered by Dorset Forest Schools as part of Stepping into Nature.  Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

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.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Coach Trip Depart by coach Uplyme Village Hall 9am  Holbrook Garden Nursery and Cothelstone Manor. Holbrook covers 2 acres and stands on the fringe of Sampford Peverell village, nr Tiverton. Cothelstone, nr Taunton, is one of Somerset’s most historical houses not normally open to public – history from 1066 through civil war to its renaissance in 19th century. Private tour by owner of house and grounds followed by full tea -Sandwiches and cake. Cost £25 total includes coffee at Holbrook and tea at Cothelstone. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 or 444927 to book. Colyford and District Flower Club open meeting at Colyford Hall, Swan Hill Road, EX24 6QJ. National Demonstrator Coral Gardener does a fantastic demonstration with wit and laughter. Visitors and new members always welcome. Phone Angie on 01297 35817.

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild welcomes popular speaker, Richard Kay. Well known for his frequent appearances on BBC’s Bargain Hunt as well as being a local auctioneer from Lawrence’s Auction House in Crewkerne, Richard will give a talk entitled “Discretion is the better part of Value” and will probably include some  of his inevitable humour. New members and visitors will be very welcome to join at 7pm at Manor Court School, Chard.  Plenty of free parking is available.

Psychic Development Group every Tuesday at The Black Dog Tea Room 7.30am – 9pm £5 per person contact Sonia@blackdogtearoom.co.uk.

The Mill on the Floss 7.30pm presented by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School by George Eliot. Adapted by Helen Edmundson. Directed by Paul Clarkson. With its poignant portrayal of sibling relationships, The Mill on the Floss is considered George Eliot’s most autobiographical novel and here, the adaptation by Helen Edmundson loses none of its breadth, whilst beautifully examining the complex nature of relationships and love. Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

The Oscar Wilde Season: An Ideal Husband Live from the Vaudeville Theatre, London. Doors 6.15pm / starts 7.15pm £11.50 adv (£11 + 50p bf) / £12.50 door. Electric Palace, Briport. To read more about each event and book tickets go to www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

 

Wednesday 6 June

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

East Devon Ramblers moderate 7 mile circular walk from Whimple. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 567450.

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

Somerset Wildlife Trust – Henley Hill farm Come along to the inspiring Henley Hill Farm to see Wildflower and Grass rich meadows and pastures with incredible views. The meadow has been studied by experts from Somerset Wildlife Trust who could not believe just how  many species of flora and fauna they found. Beautiful! Tea and cakes served at a small extra cost. Henley Hill farm, Haybridge, (near Wells), BA5 1AL, 11am – 4pm, £4 per person. To book please email  events@somersetwildlife.org or call 01823 652400.

Meditation at Seaton Wetlands 6pm – 8pm, Seaton Wetlands. Join local instructor, Katherine Bolton in the peaceful wildlife garden at Seaton Wetlands for an evening of mindfulness and meditation. Learn basic meditation skills and take home some quick-fix tips for handling stressful or busy times. Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £10 per person.

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

 

Thursday 7 June

For spectacular views of Lyme Bay visit Little Cliff, Sidmouth Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3EQ, where the garden is opening for NGS charities. This spacious garden slopes down the hillside through a series of garden rooms. Vibrant herbaceous borders, a hot garden and bog garden, intermingle with mature specimen trees, shrubs and wall climbers. Also enjoy a jungle walkway at the bottom of the garden, an Indian-influenced pavilion leading to white borders, a vegetable garden and a new hidden garden amongst the palms. NB Steep slopes. Also open Sunday 10 June. Open 2pm – 5pm. Adm £4, children free. See www.ngs.org.uk for details. Part of Gardens Open for Charity through the NGS.

South Somerset Ramblers www.somersetramblers.co.uk. Every Thursday and Sunday. To see all walks visit website.

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.

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 21 June.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship at 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ when Gordon Lucas will give a talk on his Life in Gardening. The West Dorset Health Service Retirement Fellowship was set up over 30 years ago for retired employees  of the Health Service and their partners living in Dorset. New members welcome. http://www.nhsrf.org.uk/.

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.

Upcoming Die-a-log event Finding a Proxy Spokesperson for Our Dying .Advance Decision planning workshop session. A Proxy Spokesperson for our Dying is someone who speaks for us if we are unable to communicate our wishes at some point in the future. She or he is probably the most important relationship we need to make and sustain as we set out on our Advance Decisions planning, enabling us to talk through our wishes and preferences with a trusted person, and knowing they will be there if we need in the future to speak for us. This Free workshop (donations only) will be in ‘The Snug’ at the George Hotel, 4 South Street, Bridprt DT6 3NQ 2pm – 4.30pm; email me please to reserve a place – no previous Advance Planning workshop attendance necessary, newcomers welcome.

Poetry at Max Gate: Thomas Hardy NT Max Gate, Dorchester DT1 2FN. 3pm – 4pm. Members of the New Hardy Players read selected poems of Thomas Hardy. Suggested donation to the New Hardy Players of £3. www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Resonance 8pm The Lyric, 9 Barrack St, Bridport DT6 3LX. Tickets: £12 / £5 conc Book: BearKat Bistro and Bridport TIC, 01308 424901 or bridportandwestbay.co.uk/shop. Doors and bar: 7.30pm. A concert of original and compelling music performed by a seven-piece ensemble, with two intensely physical performers supporting the musical narrative on stage.

Martin Carthy at the Trooper 8pm. Martin Carthy is, beyond doubt, the single most influential figure to emerge from the English folk music revival of the 1960s and 70s, and has remained at the top of the tree ever since. Still touring and filling larger halls regularly, he retains a liking for the smaller, more intimate venues that characterised the earlier folk scene, although his schedule rarely allows room for these. The Trooper, Stourton Caundle, DT10 2JW. Due to venue size, tickets are limited and advance booking is advisable. Tel. 01963 362890. The price is £12.

Chard Camera Club Baptist Church Hall, Holyrood Street at 7.30pm. The members will be holding an evening of ‘Show and tell’ where those willing and confident enough will inform the remainder of why they took an image, how it was taken and what they may have done to it in post process. This should be a very informative evening and anyone wishing to attend the meeting should call in where they will be made most welcome. www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or by calling their membership secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885. The club can also be found on facebook under Chard Camera Club.

 

Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 June

Mapping the South Dorset Ridgeway: Exhibition and Talk Discover the secrets of the ancient South Dorset Ridgeway landscape with a new Field Guide and set of walking maps, produced by artist Amanda Wallwork. Exhibition: 11am – 5pm. Original artwork for maps and other work by inspired by the South Dorset Ridgeway. Free, just turn up. Artist talk: Thursday 7 June, 6.30pm. Free, booking essential. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

 

Friday 8 June

Coach trip to Bovey Tracey Craft Fair Leaving Axminster 9.30am and picking up at Seaton £20 (coach only £12)  Phone 01404 831207 to book a seat.

Psychology Free Taster 10am – 1pm. Exploring the boundaries of normality. Tutor Kevin Walker. To enrol, please quote the course reference C3529489, either online at wea.org.uk, or by telephoning 0300 303 3464. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Newton Poppleford. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 597521.

Food on Friday 12noon at Clapton & Wayford Village hall: two course hot lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee. 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.

Chard History Group 7.30pmThe speaker, Phil Alger has recently published a book called “Sun, Sand and Barbed Wire”. His father served as a Naval Officer in World War 2 until he was captured and spent the rest of the War in Germany as a POW. At Manor Court Primary School. Refreshment available. New members and guests welcome.Members £2. Guests £3. Free parking in School Yard. For information 01460 66165.

Art Auction Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG) and Honiton’s Admiral Nurse campaign fundraising auction, at 7pm with a reception from 6pm in the main gallery at THG. Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006.

Kilmington Gardening Club Gardening for climate change. With the changing weather conditions, different ideas on what plants to grow and how best to look after the ones you have. Kilmington village hall, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF 7.30pm. Non members welcome £2.

Fairport Convention Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £25 adv (£24 + £1 bf) / £27 door. Electric Palace, Briport. To read more about each event and book tickets go to www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901.

Chard History Group 7.30pm at Manor Court Primary School, Duck Lane, CHARD opposite Sainsbury’s. Philip Algar gives a Talk on his latest book: “Sea, War, and Barbed Wire” about his father’s life and times at sea. He discusses the WW2 Leaders and the ordinary men plunged into the extraordinary circumstances. A fascinating Story. Refreshments available, new members and guests welcome. Members £2. Non-members £3. Ample free parking in the school yard. Details 01460 66165.

Dave Moorwood & his Big Bear Stompers On the band’s first visit to IAC. American West Coast Trad Jazz played with verve and élan by a hugely popular ensemble. At 8pm. Tickets: £20 (£35 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 8 – Saturday 9 June

Summer Art & Craft Exhibition Maiden Newton Art Group are holding their annual Exhibition on 8th/9th June in the Village Hall (near the Station).  The event starts on Friday from 6pm – 9pm with Wine and Nibbles and Saturday 10am – 4pm with Items for Sale, Refreshments, Homemade cakes, Craft stalls, Greenford School Art Exhibition. All are welcome and entry is free. For more details contact Jane on 01300 321405.

 

Friday 8 – Sunday 10 June

Beer Village Festival All weekend. Beer, Food, Music and fun for all the family. Pick up a programme from a local business in Beer.

 

Saturday 9 June

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

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Ringstead NT car park. Coast path to Durdle Door, Newland Farm. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Somerset Wildlife Trust – The Great Whatcombe Fields thistle pull Help get the thistles at Whatcombe Fields under control – many hands make light work! Come along for half an hour, half a day or however long you want – it’s great exercise and very rewarding. Gloves and motivational biscuits will be provided on this joint event with SOS Frome. Whatcombe Fields, Frome, 10.30am – 4.30pm, Free. Booking is essential, please email  events@somersetwildlife.org or call 01823 652400 .

Corscombe Fest – Fun and Music all day long 1pm – 8pm. Corscombe Court, Corscombe, Dorset, DT2 0NS. A lovely traditional event, there is truly something for everyone. Set in the grounds of Corscombe Court with its Moat it’s a unique place for a day out. A superb family day out, the very best in the area. The Fest is a lovely traditional event, with something for everyone, including the Dads and the Kids. Great stalls, a superb collection of Classic cars, a variety of food including a hog roast and a bar with real ale. There is plenty to keep your young ones happy as well in our kid’s area that includes a bouncy castle and assault course. The dogs show is always a good place to start the day. Have a Pimms on the lawn or a tea and a cake or visit the local food stalls and buy some local produce. With traditional music and dancing and from 4.30pm some wonderful pop and rock from Chill – the party band and Kash Folding. Tickets are available on the door at only £2 each so bring the family, there is amply free parking. Further info at www.corscombe-fest.org.

A Space for Living Spirituality at The Quaker Meeting House 95, South Street, Bridport. DT6 3NZ. Series 5 “Spirituality and Creativity – Poetry and Chants: Pathways to Inner Depths” led by Janet Lake and Gilo. Reaching those parts of ourselves not accessible by the analytical mind alone. Spaces limited so booking is required. Donations £10 – £40 per day: bring-and-share lunch. For more information and booking contact: Janet Lake: iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

Lyme Regis Day of Morris Dancing Come join in the fun. 11am – 10pm Marine Parade, Lyme Regis. Also participating are local schools, big morris band and a beach BBQ in the evening. Please make contact via Facebook, in the first instance, if you are interested in taking part.

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

Farmers Market 10am – 1pm. In the shopping precinct, North Street. A glorious range of vegetables, buffalo, jams, cheese, coffee, black pudding, date and walnut bread, rock cake, baklava, and a chance to talk to the growers. Ring Fergus on 01935 822202 for a table.

Free live music by HiDDeN 11am – 1pm who will be performing easy listening music using instruments and vocal harmony in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

Egyptian Society Taunton “Female Pharaohs”.  Speaker: Dr. Aidan Dodson.  The lecture will take place at 2pm at Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ED http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home. 

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

The Widworthy Fete 2pm – 5pm. A relaxing afternoon in the grounds of the Elizabethan manor house. Pimms, Strawberries and cream, cakes, music, house tours, traditional games, tombola, plants & produce, raffle, ducks, poultry, toys, books, skittles, wellie throwing, bric-a-brac, ice creams. Widworthy Barton, Widworthy, nr Honiton EX14 9JS.

A Swedish Serenade at 3pm in St Martin’s Church, North Perrott. The Ulrike Eleonora Choir from Sweden, with Roma Loukes soprano, and Mikael Onelius tenor, will give a concert of sacred and secular music accompanied by trumpet and violin to include Jubilate by Hovland and Laudate Dominum by Mozart.  Formed 154 years ago the choir have sung all over Europe performing many major works. Tickets in advance from G. Hoskyns 01460 72883 georgina222@uwclub.net –  J. Falkiner 01460 76457 and The North Perrott Farm Shop. Adults £10 –   12 to 18 yrs £5 –  under 12 yrs free to include tea & cake after the concert. Proceeds to St Martin’s Church Funds. www.northperrottchurch.co.uk. 

Chard Royal Naval Association the association will be going on a social outside visit when they go to Tiverton for an evening horse drawn canal trip with a Fish’n’Chip supper at the Tiverton horse drawn canal barge company. Members will be leaving Chard approx.: 5.30pm picking up members of Axminster RNA en route to Tiverton. Further details of Chard RNA can be obtained via their link off of facebook or by contacting their secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978.

The Travelling Band – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event at 8pm. Focused around the song-writing talents and production skills of Jo Dudderidge and Adam Gorman, and the rhythmic driving force of enigmatic drummer Nick Vaal, The Travelling Band have been quietly honing what Marc Riley described as ‘Mancunian Americana’. The resulting album mines a rich seam of influences, highlighting the band’s love of American Indie Rock, but still with that Mancunian twist. Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. £5 Student/Under 25s. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

 

Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 June

Netherbury Open Gardens Weekend 1pm – 5pm. £7 entry, Children Under 13 free, Ticket valid for entire weekend. Tombola, Plant Sales, Teas and homemade lunches available. At least ten gardens are expected to be open to view around the village, including The Mill House and Slape Manor. Proceeds go to the St Mary’s Church and other local charities. www.opengardens.co.uk.

Civil War falconry NT Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5EZ 10am – 5pm. Come and meet the birds of prey and learn about the famous falconers who became embroiled in the English Civil War. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Also 16 – 17, 23 – 24 June, Sat 30 June – Sun 1 July.

 

 

Sunday 10 June

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Holne Quarry. 10.30am  start and bring picnic. Assistance dogs only 01395 519547.

The Green Scythe Fair is held at Thorney Lakes, Muchelney, TA10 0DW open 11am – 11pm. For more information, see greenfair.org.uk, for camping, see thorneylakes.co.uk. The grass is at its peak and the scythes will be peened to perfection for the 2018 Southwest Scything Championships. And surrounding this will again be stalls of every green and environmental persuasion, tools and green crafts, ethical and local food and drink, the Green Kidz area, two music stages, workshops and more, all to entertain, sustain and inform.

A Doggy Day out at the Abbey 10.30am – 4.30pm, Forde Abbey, Chard. A fun day out for pooches and owners with charity fun dog show, have-a go agility, scurry, temptation alley, obstacle courses and lots more. Over 25 pet product and service providers plus refreshments available. Entry £5 (under 12’s free) includes a token for an activity of your choice (excluding dog show) 20% off entry to Forde Abbey Gardens and House with your ticket. www.adoggydayout.co.uk.

South Somerset Ramblers 10.30am start. 12 mile walk from Cocklemoor CP, Langport. Bring picnic. Registered Assistance Dogs only. Details Derek 01935 426842.

Open Farm Sunday A chance to come and see what they do on the farm and discover what it is like to be a farmer. There is something for everyone on Open Farm Sunday with fun activities and the chance to explore many areas of our farm and learn more about our livestock and chicken hatchery and maybe watch some sheep shearing. There will be a Farmers Market and craft areas for children to enjoy and a quiz for everyone to take part in and for those of you who are fans of farm machinery and tractors, there will be plenty on show. Take time to stroll around our arboretum and ponds and see what wildlife you can spot. Make a day of it and bring a picnic to enjoy with family and friends or treat yourselves to the food and drink that we will have available for you to purchase. 11am – 4pm Free Entry, Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton

01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm, Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls with Vocal Overtoning, 2-4pm with Dean Carter (MA Oxon) Re-connect with your Higher Self through Toning the chakras, Vocal Overtoning, using Sacred Sanskrit/Kuldee. Find your Personal Sonic Note to work meaningfully in your key. £12 each session. Bring comfy bedding and blanket for the afternoon. Stour Row Village Hall, Stour Row, nr. Shaftsbury, Dorset SP7 0QG. Email ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655 / www.centreforpuresound.org.

The Charltons – Adam and Mackrell, near Somerton 12noon – 6pm. Open Gardens At least 10 gardens open which will include a well-established garden in a charming thatched cottage, several lovely cottage gardens- one with a fine display of old roses. Gardeners experimenting with raised beds of and gardeners who love flowers and have developed cutting beds. Lots of greenhouses full of thriving plants. Something for everyone with an interest in beautiful gardens and plants. Serving teas and cakes at Deep Meadow Hillway, Charlton Mackrell TA11 6AN where tickets with a map and full description of all the gardens can be obtained costing £5. All proceeds will be towards the two beautiful village churches both of which will be open during the day.

Croquet Social from 2pm. All are invited to come along to Uplyme to try their hand at croquet. We play two varieties, one of which is social, short and fun, while the other is challenging and skillful. Our cunning handicap system allows seasoned and new players to compete on equal terms. Refreshments. All equipment provided. First three sessions free. Call David on 07909 111512 to book and find out more about this fascinating game.

Anna Pavord is coming to Axminster at 2.30pm in the Guildhall. She will be talking on her favourite subjects covered in her dozen books, which include ‘The Tulip’  and ‘Landskipping’. Anna admits to being a ‘tulipomaniac’, and her huge volume ‘The Tulip’ is full of detail on the history, development and growing of tulips, but also about the mad eighteenth century investment rush to buy tulip bulbs, and the crash which followed with many bankruptcies. As well as writing for the Observer, also for twenty years, she has contributed to Country Life, Country Living, and Elle Decoration, and is associate editor of Gardens Illustrated. This occasion is in aid of the work of the Marie Curie nurses for anyone with a terminal illness. Tickets £10, to include a full Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party, will be on sale through Archway Bookshop or by phoning 01297 33655.

Allington Strings Summer Concert Allington Strings, under their conductor, Mark Westwood, welcome Jonathan Delbridge as piano soloist in their summer concert at St Mary’s Church, Beaminster at 3pm. Jonathan will be performing Haydn’s Piano Concert no. 11 in D major and Faure’s Eclogue. More details available at http://allingtonstrings.yolasite.com.

Bolshoi Live : Coppelia (2h 45mins) doors 3pm / starts 4pm. £11.50 adv (£11 + 50p bf) / £12.50 door. Electric Palace, Briport. To read more about each event and book tickets go to www.electricpalace.org.uk. For ‘phone bookings call the TIC Bookings line 01308 424901. Also at The Gateway, Seaton. Refreshments and licensed bar. Doors open 3.30pm, starts 4pm. Tickets £15 adv. or £17.50 door. Book online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person at The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD. Box Office open Monday-Friday 10-4, Sat 10-1pm.

Schubert and More: Piano and Pipes 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us.

 

Monday 11 June

Yeovil Probus Club presentation A Queen’s Trumpeter at Yeovil Court Hotel 1.30pm. New members always welcome. Please contact the Secretary on 01935 414765 for details.

Swanage Eco Therapy Gardening 2pm – 4pm. Based at an old nursery, Greengage, offers a large greenhouse, planting beds and even a toilet block! Join in with various activities such as planting fruit and vegetables, cleaning vegetation and general maintenance. 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 25.

A Variety of Song 8pm – 9pm. Including Butterworth, Flanders & Swan and Evergreen Showstoppers. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us.

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting music + holistic health benefits. All ages 19 to 90. Teacher: Julia Hope-Brightwell. 2nd + 4th Mondays. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Cost £8 – £10. Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk.

 

Bridport Folk Dance Club at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ. 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. No partner or previous experience required. Admission £3. Taster sessions available at no cost. Contact Monty on 01308 423442.

Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society meeting at the Southill Community Centre at 7.30pm.  Martin Young will be presenting “Born in the USA”, an illustrated talk describing some of the surprising range of plants now commonplace in the UK, but which originated in North America. All are welcome and refreshments will be available.  Further information 01305 788939.

 

Tuesday 12 June

Nightjar night walk 9.15pm – 10.45pm, Trinity Hill. Help with the Rangers’ nightjar survey and learn about these mythical nocturnal birds. Bring a torch and warm clothes. No dogs. Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £4 per person.

 

Benefits Advice Session 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.

Tuneful Stories NT Max Gate, Dorchester DT1 2FN, 1pm – 4pm. Tim Laycock brings Hardy’s home to life with music and stories. There will be three performances, each lasting approximately 25 minutes in the Drawing Room. www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Time for Tea and a Talk: The Story of Farming in East Devon told by local historian Colin Pady  How the nature of farming has changed over the centuries with today’s farmers using technology to support their businesses. To book: 01404 831207 £3 Tea & cake served. 2pm – 3.30pm at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH .

Turn Lyme Green Evening trip to Carymoor environmental and nature conservation charity, Castle Carey.  www.carymoor.org.uk  Leaving Lyme Regis at about 5pm and car share. Suggested donation £5 to Carymoor. Bring picnic supper to share. Details: Jo Smith Oliver 07525005430.

Royal Ballet Live: Swan Lake Adult £15, Student/Child £12, Family of four (2+2) £46. The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John Macfarlane. Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

National Trust South Dorset Association 7.30pm “Beatrix Potter – Dispelling the Myths and Misconceptions” by David Stocks. The Dorford Centre, 2 Bridport Road, Dorchester, DT1 1RR NTSDA members £3, Non-NTSDA members £4 inc. tea/biscuits geoffwrench@lineone.net / 01300 321601 / www.southdorsetnt.org.uk.

The Organ Builder Entertains 8pm – 9pm. Michael Farley at the restored 1850 Gray & Davison Organ. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us.

 

Wednesday 13 June

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

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8 mile circular walk from Sidbury. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 578035.

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

Vineyard Tour with Vegan Wine & Canapés at 2.30pm. A special tour of the vineyard and winery to celebrate Bridport Food Festival. The wine tasting will include our vegan friendly still & sparkling wines paired with 6 delicious plant based canapes from the Hungry Mule catering company. Tickets £25 & available at furleighestate.co.uk, Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, Bridport, DT6 5JF, Tel:01308488991.

Colyford & District Photographic Club 7.30pm at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Rd, Colyton EX24 6QJ. Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com audio visiual tutorial part 2 – sound.

Grey Long-Eared Bat Evening Free / £12.50 with dinner. An evening focused on the grey long-eared bat; one of the UK’s rarest mammals with Craig Dunton from The Bat Conservation Trust. For booking Call 01297 631113 or visit www.trillfarm.co.uk. Trill Farm, Musbury, Axminster, Devon EX13 8TU.

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.

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

 

Thursday 14 June

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

Dorchester Probus Meeting 12noon for 12.30pm at the Gamekeeper, Charminster, Dorchester DT2 9QZ. Our speaker will be Bob Brinton on the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships. More details from the Secretary 01305 269315. New members always welcome.

Seaton Garden Club Meeting in the Masonic Hall, Queen Street, Seaton. At 2.30pm, Bring and buy Plant Sale with Cream Tea, Visitors welcome, Cost £2 to include refreshments.

Nordic Walking 5.30 pm  Join us for an early evening Nordic Walking session around the vineyard with Julia & Paul from The Garden Studios. All abilities welcome to come along to this hour long session which will finish with a glass of sparkling wine on the terrace. Tickets £10 & available at furleighestate.co.uk,  Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, Bridport, DT6 5JF, Tel:01308 488991.

Canoe safari 6pm – 8.30pm, meet at Seaton Wetlands. A guided trip down the river Axe discovering the area’s wonderful wildlife. Led by qualified instructors from the Axe Vale Canoe Club and the Countryside Rangers. No experience necessary, must be 8+ and able to swim 25m. Riverside hot drink provided. Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £26 adult, £16 child (under 16).

Orchids at dusk Widworthy , 6.30pm – 8pm. Magical evening walk amongst Lucehayne Meadow, a carpet of orchids and enjoy a riot of colour from many early and now not so common summer meadow plants with ecologists Phil Wilson and Marian Reed. Please note that this is a new date for original advertised date of Saturday 9 June. All ages welcome. Sorry no dogs as ground nesting birds. Lucehayne Meadow, near Widworthy Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. Limited parking – Free event,  booking essential, Ruth Worsley, Legacy to Landscape Project Co-ordinator , 01297 489741, email: legacytolandscape@gmail.com;

www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/wildlife/legacy-to-landscape.

Synchronicity UK Sting and The Police tribute at Weymouth College with support from The Bay Theatre music Students. 7pm tickets on the door or in advance from the Bay Theatre box office at £12.50. The Bay Theatre, Weymouth College, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth DT4 7LQ. www.facebook.com/thebaytheatre.

An Evening with Len Copland 7.30pm, In the Johnson Studio of The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil www.yeovilarts.co.uk.

Two Pianos & An Organ 8pm – 9pm. Peter Lea-Cox and Richard Godfrey Programme to include duets and duos. Music by Handel, Busoni, Lecosaldi, Stanley, Strauss, Frank Bridge and Vaughan Williams. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us.

Chard Royal Naval Association Chard Rugby Football Club, Essex Close, Chard at 7.30pm where they will be entertained by a serving Royal Naval photographer who will give an insight into the life of a Royal Naval Photographer. Any person wishing to make enquiries of the Association with a view to joining them should call in at any of their meetings or call the secretary Mr Gary Pennells 01460 77978. or take a view of the association on the link off of facebook under Chard Royal Naval Association.

Synchronicity UK Eight piece tribute to the music of Sting and The Police, featuring classic material from ‘Roxanne’ to ‘Englishman in New York’ + support from The Bay Theatre Music Students. The Bay Theatre, Weymouth College, Cranford Avenue, Weymouth, DT4 7LQ, 7pm. £12.50 adults, on the door or in advance from Bay Theatre Box office on 01305 208702 or www.facebook.com/thebaytheatre.

Bridport Millennium Green AGM at Mountfield, top of Downes Street/Rax Lane, DT6 3JP. The Trust’s AGM will be at 7pm, followed by the Friends’ at approx 7.30pm. Come along and hear about all the future plans for the green and woodland and fundraising events. Food and drink. Details Sue Wilkinson, 01308 425037.

 

Friday 15 June

East Devon Ramblers moderate 6 mile circular walk from Seaton. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01297 23045.

A Barrow-load of Barrows Join two of our volunteer ‘landscape detectives’ for a daytime walk exploring the Ridgeway’s Bronze Age round barrows. This is also a chance to hear about how local people have played a vital role in surveying hundreds of monuments. Optional cream tea at the end of the walk. Near Littlebredy, daytime, free but booking essential. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Special lunch at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Gammon and seasonal vegetables, followed by Pineapple upside down pudding. start with fruit juice and finish with tea/coffee and chocs. Only £9 (members £8)  Booking essential. 01460 74340.

A Year with The Yezidis Ginny Dobson, FCT Trauma Counsellor talks about her year in Iraqi Kurdistan helping Yezidi women and girls. “I learnt more from these amazing women than they did from me” Bridport Town Hall, Bridport. Drinks 6pm, Talk 6.30pm Tickets: £15 Bridport Tourist Information 01308 424901 or online from bridportandwestbay.co.uk.

Fish & Fizz at the Bridport Food Festival, Askers Meadow, Bridport DT6 4AP. Join the Food Festival celebrations with  special festival fish platter from West Country Catch with a glass of fizz from Furleigh Estate. Tickets are £25. For more details and tickets call Lou on 01305 259135.

6 Hands: John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan 7.30pm Tickets: £25 (seated). After many years of playing together John Williams and John Etheridge are joined by classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan in a wonderful, varied programme of solos, duos and trios. All pieces will be introduced by the players. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Quiz Night at The Gateway, Seaton. Charity fundraiser for The Gateway Theatre. Get your team of friends together for a fun & competitive evening of quizzing (prizes given). Maximum 6 people per team. Due to the popularity of this event tables have to be booked and paid for in advance. Licensed bar. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £5 per person. Book online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person at The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD. Box Office open Monday-Friday 10-4, Sat 10-1pm.

Crewkerne Branch of the British Legion talk at 8pm, on the Raid on St Nazaire, will be given by Author Peter Lush, at the George Reynolds Centre in Crewkerne. (TA18 8DA, next door to the Aqua Centre)Tickets cost £5 each, available on the door, there will be a Licensed Bar, and Refreshments available Ploughmans and a Cider/Apple Juice for £5.

AT… The Ebenezer Daisy Eris Campbell ~ Child of Pigspurt. 7pm for 7.30pm in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. To RSVP, please email ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com. If you have not RSVP’d before the night and received confirmation then please ring 07879 206 543 in case there are no seats available.

Derya Yildirim and Grup Simsek presented by Undercurrent Sessions. Grup Şimşek is a fresh and modern super- quintet which performs an electrified and highly danceable set of Turkish music. It combines Anatolian Folk and modern grooves, often contaminated by hints of Psychedelia, Jazz and Funk. Tickets: £10 advance/£12 otd, kids £5. Online in advance from www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3425481 or from Bearkat Cafe in Bridport. WI HALL, Bridport at 8pm.

Ange Hardy at 8pm. She is currently touring with three different guitars, a 27-string Salvi Harp, a bag of low whistles, a 16” floor drum, a tambourine and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies, Ange Hardy is one of the most diverse, entertaining and spellbinding solo artists you’re likely to encounter. Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

The Curfew Crew + the Gaulois Brothers Musical double bill featuring country folk/blues from the Curfews, plus Hot Parisian style ‘Django’ jazz from the Gaulois Brothers. 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.

 

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 June

Sidmouth Literary Festival Plenty of events to suit all – Meet the Authors, Workshops, Poetry open mic, Sidmouth Literary Walk, etc. Please go to www.sidmouthlitfest.co.uk for more information. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551, www.kennawayhouse.org.uk. Nicholas Parsons of ‘Just A Minute’ fame will be talking about his career on the Friday evening followed by author and foreign corespondent Kate Adie. On Saturday, guests include Diana Moran (the Green Goddess) and Lord Tebbit who will be talking about cookery and politics – both hot subjects! On Sunday, there’s the popular How To Get Published day on Sunday with top literary experts including a leading Penguin editor. Last year, five participants got into print as a result of networking. Ending with a talk from the famous crime couple Nicci French.

Flower Festival, Dalwood Church 10am – 5pm daily. Arts and Crafts Exhibition. Light refreshments available in the Village Hall. Raffle. Evening BBQ on Saturday at 7pm and  a Gospel service of thanksgiving on Sunday at 6pm led by The Kroft Originals. Entry is free but donations will be shared between St Peter’s church and The Project a local mental health charity for youngsters. Stunning flowers in a delightful setting, this year’s theme is “All Things Bright and Beautiful.” For more call 01404 881313.

Saturday 16 June

Bird ringing demonstration from 9am, Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands. A rare-opportunity to see birds up-close as they are ringed for monitoring and conservation purposes by the Axe Estuary Ringing Group. No booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, Free.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 9.5 mile walk from Abbotsbury Swannery. East Bexington Farm, Looke Farm, Kingston Russell Stone Circle. 10.30am start. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Searching out the stories…Come and try out the Bincombe Bumps geo-cache trail for an insight into some ancient stories from this enigmatic landscape. The South Dorset Ridgeway team will be on hand to get you started and share other great family-friendly places to explore along the South Dorset Ridgeway. Family friendly. Near Upwey, daytime, free and no booking required. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Craft fayre 9.30am – 1pm in Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. The same Saturday as the Farmers Market, free admission. Come and find that something different.Tables available at £5, each.

Somerset Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers  Fleece Fair Calling all knitters, spinners, felters and crocheters! At Hatch Beauchamp village Hall TA3 6SG. Visitors will be able to purchase a wide variety of newly-shorn sheep and alpaca fleeces produced from local herds as well as some wonderful, exclusive natural yarns.   In the past there has been fresh fleece on sale from Shetland, Jacobs, Romney, Manx Loaghtan and Exmoor Horn sheep and we are expecting to have some more unusual and rare breeds fleece available this year. The Fleece Fair opens at 9.30am and enthusiastic spinners and knitters are usually there promptly to snap up the choicest offerings. Refreshments will be available and there will be demonstrations of spinning, weaving, etc throughout the day so there will be something to interest the whole family. Hatch Beauchamp is close to Taunton and is easily accessed from the M5 (junction 25)  and also from the A303. For pictures of previous Fleece Fairs and Open days and information please visit www.somersetguildwsd.org.uk.

Windrush willow: Flat Trugs and trays 10am – 4pm, Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands. Suitable for beginners and intermediates chose between a garden flower or produce trug or a tray and two different handles. Booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, £42 per person.

Petherton Folk Fest music gigs in five locations and a wide variety of attractions for children, all of which is completely free. The day will start at 9.45am with a parade into South Petherton’s Market Square by Morris ‘sides’ and other performers, followed by the traditional Ceremony of the Glove – which is an ancient part of Petherton folklore. There will be Folk music and dance in the Square all day until 6.30pm and visitors can also enjoy events in The Blake Hall, The David Hall, The Brewer’s Arms pub and the grounds and interior of St Peter and St Paul’s Church. Stallholders located in and around Market Square will be selling food and drink as well as local crafts, and refreshments will also be served in the church. Petherton Folk Fest is continuing a tradition that began in 1231 and a key part of the event is Clipping the Church when, at 12noon, a chain of people hold hands and surround the church. More information can be found at www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk.

Chedington Open Gardens and Studios 11am – 5pm. A once-in-a-year chance to visit the many dazzling and varied gardens in this conservation village, ranging from small cottage gardens to the splendid grounds of Chedington Court. The work of local artists and makers will be on display in their studios and workshops.  Morning coffee and lunch will be served in the Village Hall from 11am – 2pm. Chedington Great Hall will be open for cream teas from 2pm – 5pm. Plants form the local gardens and nurseries will be for sale and there will also be an activity Treasure Trail for children visiting the gardens. Admission £5 (children free), the proceeds going to the Village Hall fund.

Art on the East Devon Way activity Read (to) the Trees 1pm – 3pm, must book, Cost £3, Fire Beacon Hill. Get to know the local trees by reading aloud to them and observing how they respond and write or draw your findings. Artist Gabby Hoade will provide texts you can choose from or bring your own.  Forestry Commission Ranger Rob Greenhalgh will also be on hand to chat about East Devon’s woodlands. All ages welcome. Call 01404 45006 to book. www.thelmahulbert.com.

Free live music by Nine Pound Catfish 11am – 1pm who will be performing Ragtime Blues and Old Country Music in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

Chiselborough Street Fair 2pm lots of stalls, grand raffle, refreshments in Village Hall.

Gardeners’ Question Time – in the Powerstock Hut Starting at 2pm for 2.30pm the panel will consist of Stephen Griffith, Curator and Head Gardener of Abbotsbury Gardens, along with author and broadcaster Anna Pavord and garden designer Jenny Makepeace; all ready to field and respond to questions about any gardening question you may have. Tickets on the door are just £5 including tea and scones afterwards. Proceeds will go the Hut. For further information please contact Julian Payne on 07736 147 598 or jp.pdpr@gmail.com   www.powerstockhut.co.uk.

Yesterday’s Ridgeway Snippets from interviews undertaken during our Ridgeway Radio project will set the scene for a series of short, archive films from Windrose Rural Media Trust that capture rural life in Dorset during the past century (or more). Folk musicians will also help bring silent films and stories alive. Portesham, evening, free but booking essential. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Lovegrove Essentials Mid-summer music event with Show of Hands taking place in Thorncombe. As it’s almost mid-summer, it’s going to be a fantastic evening in the company of three people whose combined musical talents have filled the Royal Albert Hall several times. The doors open at 7 pm and the evening kicks off at 8pm with the lively local band Smokey Jean & the Limes. There is a raffle during the interval with some superb prizes. The main act, Show of Hands, begins at 9.15 and finishes about 11 pm. Tickets are £18 each and available exclusively through the web site www.lovegroveessentials.com. Donations for camping go to Thorncombe Sports and Social Club, Horseshoe Lane, Thorncombe TA20 4PS. For any enquiries call Lovegrove Essentials on 01460 30901.

Family BBQ and Fun time St John the Evangelist Church, 5.30pm for 6pm. St. John’s Church Hall and Grounds Tatworth, Waterlake Road, TA20 2NZ. £5 p/p which includes choices of burgers, sausages, veggie option, bread rolls and different salads. Soft drinks included but please bring your own wine/beer. Tickets available from Helen Johnson 01460 220221. Craft table for the children plus board games for all ages.

Let the Florid Music Praise recital of operatic arias, art songs and duets -Chloe Stratta Soprano and Anna-Marie McClachlan Mezzo Soprano Rachel Neiger Piano. Uplyme Church 7.30pm Tickets £10 on the  door – children free.

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

 

Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 June

Cerne Abbas Open Gardens The proceeds will benefit the Cerne Valley Scout Group and the Dorset County Hospital Cancer Appeal. About 25 private gardens which are normally hidden from view will be open from 2pm – 6pm. Day ticket for entry to all gardens £7, accompanied children free, tickets available in the car park (open from 11am) or in village square from 1pm. All the gardens are within easy walking distance of free carpark (DT2 7GD). Tea and cake served in the church from 1.30pm and there will be an excellent plant stall in the village square from 1pm (with a crèche to leave your plants for the afternoon). This is a quintessential English weekend in the friendliest of villages. See www.cerneopengardens.org.uk for more information.

 

Sat 16 June – Saturday 23 June

East Devon Music Festival

Saturday 16 June: 4 Girls 4 Harps open the East Devon Music Festival with memorial concert to Jean Price at The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ at 7.30pm. Programme celebrates ‘Dance’ with arrangements of works by Handel, Khachaturian. Piazzolla, Debussy, Manuel de Falla and others Tickets £16 – Box Office 01404 384050 and www.beehivehoniton.co.uk & students £5 on the door Only.

Sunday 17 June: Axminster Chamber Choir under their Director Peter Parshall, with Peter Lea-Cox, organ at 3pm in Stockland Church EX14 9BP for “A European Journey in choral music from across the continent” Tea will be served after the concert. Tickets £10 from www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org or on the door & students £5 on the door only.

Monday 18 June: Australian pianist, Piers Lane plays Sonatas from Scarlatti, two works from Bach’s Prelude and Fugue Book 1, Chopin’s Nocturnes 1 & 2 and Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme of Chopin in The Orangery of The Deer Park Hotel, Weston, Honiton EX14 3PG. Recital starts 1pm and a TRIP bus will run from Honiton at around 12.15 for those without cars. Tickets £12-£15 from www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org or on the door & students £5 on the door only.

Tasmin Little, violin teams up for another evening with Piers Lane and will be playing Brahms – Sonatensatz from the FAE Sonata, Schubert – Sonatina in D major, Szymanowski – Sonata in D minor, Ravel – Pièce en form d’Habanera and Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A major. Recital starts at 7.30pm in The Orangery of The Deer Park Hotel, Weston, Honiton EX14 3PG. Tickets £20-£25 from www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org or on the door & students £5 on the door only (both if available).

Tuesday 19 June: Libby Burgess, piano, with Gareth Bynmor John, baritone, and Gemma Summerfield, soprano, entertain with “Seasons of Life: A Journey in Song”. Recital starts at 7.30pm in The

Orangery of The Deer Park Hotel, Weston, Honiton EX14 3PG. Tickets £17.50-£20 from www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org or on the door & students £5 on the door only (both if available).

Wednesday 20 June: Dante String Quartet visit Upottery as part of their tour around the South West with their programme of String Quartets by Beethoven, Shostakovitch and Smetana. The concert starts at 7.30pm in Upottery Church, 3 Pellew Terrace, Upottery, Honiton EX14 9PL. Tickets of £15-£18 from www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org or on the door & students £5 on the door only (both if available).

Thursday 21 June: Marc Verter is one of the most exciting and versatile collaborative pianists in Britain today. For his first visit to East Devon, his recital will centre on ‘Scenes from the Mediterranean’, illustrated with works by Albeniz, Mompou, Harrison, Faure and Chopin. Please arrive around 7.30pm as the concert starts at 7.45pm in the Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. Tickets are £10 from www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org or on the door & students £5 on the door only (both if available). Note there is no interval in this recital.

Friday 22 June: Pocket Sinfonia are re-interpreting orchestral masterpieces for the fresh spontaneity and intimacy of a chamber ensemble. The quartet has performed throughout London, including Buckingham Palace and last year had extensive tour of Norway, including broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. The concert starts 7.30pm in Axminster Church, Church St. Axminster EX13 5AQ and will include Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Martinu’s Madrigal Sonata and Grieg’s Holberg Suite. Tickets are £15 from www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org or on the door & students £5 on the door only (both if available).

Saturday 23 June: ISCA Ensemble is well known for its excellent performances under Roger Hendy. For the Festival’s penultimate concert, they will be playing music by Dvorak, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, featuring Luka Okros, the rising star of Russian piano interpretation. The concert starts 7.30pm in Sidmouth Parish Church, Church St. Sidmouth EX10 8LG Tickets are £11-£14 from www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org or on the door & students £5 on the door only (both if available).

 

Sunday 17 June

South Somerset Ramblers 10.30am start. 12 mile walk from Thorncombe Thorn. Bring picnic. Registered Assistance Dogs only. Details Carl 01460 30163.

Cloudscapes Gobbledegook Theatre bring a beguiling mix of stories, delivered while you relax and gaze up at the clouds. Enjoy the panoramic views from Black Down when you come back down to earth. Perfect for young, old … bean bags to stretch out on are provided. Family friendly. Near Martinstown, 45 minutes sessions, free but booking essential. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Discovering Forest School Try your hand at South-Dorset-Ridgeway-style Forest School creative activities Tribal markings, Tribal hunting, and Grinding grains. Perfect for families, come along and join in the fun. Good taster for Dorset Forest School sessions for schoolchildren during holiday time. Family friendly. 11am – 2pm, free but booking essential. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Yeovil Railway Centre Steam Train Day 01935 410420 or www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls with Vocal Overtoning 2pm – 4pm with Dean Carter (MA Oxon) Bring comfy bedding and blanket. The Scout Hall, Redcotts Lane, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1JX. £12, book your space: email ahiahel@live.com  01935 389655 www.centreforpuresound.org.

Summer Concert with The Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Concert Band and Corps of Drums. There will be music for all tastes ranging from classics, films, musicals and of course military. This very fine concert band will be joined by the Corps of Drums for several pieces and of course their own dazzling and precise drum display. In aid of The Fire Fighters Charity. Doors open 2pm for 2.30pm start. Tickets £10. Book online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person at The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD. Box Office open Monday-Friday 10-4, Sat 10-1pm.

Music afternoon with The FB Pocket Orchestra NT Kingston Lacy, Near Wimborne BH21 4EA, 2pm – 2.45pm, 3.15pm – 4pm. This Father’s Day enjoy an afternoon on the south lawns whilst soaking up the tunes performed by The FB Pocket Orchestra. Sit back, relax, bring a picnic or enjoy a glass of Pimms. www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Big Daddy BBQ NT Studland Bay, Studland, 12noon – 3pm. On Father’s Day, treat you Dad to a family celebration BBQ by the beach. Adult £10, child £8. www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

Chiselborough Flower festival Cream teas in Chiselborough Village Hall from 2.30pm.

 

Monday 18 June

The Beauty of Botanising Nick Gray (Dorset Wildlife Trust) will lead a ramble through some stunning, off-the-beaten-track chalk grassland of the South Dorset Ridgeway. With his immense enthusiasm and knowledge, this is great chance to find out about these special grasslands and how they are cared for. Daytime walk, free but booking essential. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

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

Bridport Folk Dance Club at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ. 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. No partner or previous experience required. Admission £3. Taster sessions available at no cost. Contact Monty on 01308 423442.

The Wessex Morris Men will be dancing. 7.30pm  At the Square, Beaminster. 8.15pm The Crossroads, Netherbury. 9pm  Hare and Hounds, Wayford. All welcome to join us after for a tune and a song.

Beaminster WI 7.30pm, Beaminster Public Hall. Andrew McElwee from Polesdon Lacey will come to speak on ‘Working behind the scenes at the National Trust’. Guests and new members welcome.

 

Tuesday 19 June

Explore Maiden Castle Find out about the rich and varied past of Maiden Castle, one of Britain’s finest Iron Age hillforts, with archaeologist Steve Wallis. Hear how local people have been inspired to create poetry about this special place, leaving it for all to discover using smartphone technology. Daytime walk, free but booking essential. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Lunchtime concert at St. Andrew’s Church, Charmouth Music from Russia. Songs and piano duets.

The concert is at 12.30pm with refreshments from 12 midday. Entrance free but donations welcome.

Woodland Walk at Thorncombe Woods, 1.30pm – 2.30pm. These gentle strolls look at the landscape using senses such as touch, sound and smells to enable those involved to discover the reserve. There are a couple of different style walks through the woodland, some are poetry focused whilst others are based more around the sensory experience. Thorncombe Woods, Dorchester, DT2 8QH. Delivered by Reserve Rangers as part of Stepping into Nature. Contact Claire on 01305 251228 to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

Croquet Social from 6pm. All are invited to come along to Uplyme to try their hand at croquet. We play two varieties, one of which is social, short and fun, while the other is challenging and skillful. Our cunning handicap system allows seasoned and new players to compete on equal terms. Refreshments. All equipment provided. First three sessions free. Call David on 07909 111512 to book and find out more about this fascinating game.

The Tuckers Jazz Club Neil Maya’s Brubeck Project with Matt Carter on piano. The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, Near Axminster, EX13 7EG Tickets £10 Info. at  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk   01404 831 280.

 

Wednesday 20 June

Wallers without mortar Find out more about the traditional craft of building dry stone walls and see what volunteers have achieved. Also a chance to try your hand at building some yourself with friendly instructors from EuCan and Dorset Dry Stone Walling Association on hand to help. 11am – 3pm, free, turn up anytime, see website for directions. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Tramper around Black Down Find out about the new easy access trails on Black Down – enjoy the views, wildlife and heritage around the highest place along the Ridgeway. Have a look at the Tramper mobility scooter, thanks to support from Countryside Mobility South West and the National Trust. Accessible transport available from Dorchester and Weymouth. Daytime, free but booking essential. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

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

The Wonders of Weymouth Relief Road Find out about the butterflies and geology of the South Dorset Ridgeway, with a focus on Weymouth relief road. Discover verges of herb-rich downland supporting over 20 species of butterfly and the fascinating geological layers of the Bincombe Cutting. Daytime, free but booking essential as places limited. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Win a visit to the Hardy Monument Enjoy the stunning 360°views from the iconic Hardy Monument, a chance to appreciate the South Dorset Ridgeway in its entirety. Bring a National Lottery ticket with you to gain free entry up the Monument. No booking required. The Hardy Monument and car park is managed by the National Trust and open 11am – 4pm Wednesday – Sunday. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Bridport Probus Club Speaker Brian Phelps, talk Tales from a Somerset Copper at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel. Members gather at 12noon for pre – lunch drinks followed by lunch and a talk. Anyone who would like to attend without obligation please contact the club Secretary, Graham Pitts on 01297 561569.
The Arts Society, West Dorset
Beautiful Monsters: Heroic, Grotesque & Renaissance Costume Armour.

Speaker: Dr Tobias Capwell. Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype, Bridport DT6 6AR 2pm for 2.30pm. Non-members welcome, £7.50​. ​Armour is not just equipment for war. It is also costume, of a profoundly impressive and intimidating kind. The qualities of the iron and steel used to create it mean that it can be sculpted into whatever extraordinary form the master armourer-artist could imagine.

Honiton U3A speaker, Paul Rendell,  who has been a Dartmoor National Park Guide for over 21 years and whose boyhood explorations have provided him with a knowledge of the Moor that few possess. His talk is entitled  ‘The Industrial Archaeology of Dartmoor’ and Paul will be looking at how man has changed the moor by mining and quarrying plus the developments of small industrial enterprises. The Beehive Centre, Dowell St., Honiton Doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Members Free and Visitors welcome (suggested donation of £2). Further information: 01404 598008  Website: http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton.

Colyton & District Garden Society ‘Our Climate: Past, Present and Future’ – Dr Robert Dunn, Met Office.  Colyford Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. Members free, guests £3. For information, Sue Price 01297 552362.

Jurassic Folk 8pm – 10.30pm, Music and song for all to enjoy. Free admission for musicians, singers & spectators. Eyre Court, 2 Queen Street, Seaton, EX12 2NY. For further details call Adrian 01404 549903 or Mike 01404 43429 or www.jurassicfolk.co.uk.

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

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club talk and slide presentation by Simon Foote entitled ‘An Evening of Steam Nostalgia’. The meeting is at Thorncombe Village Hall, TA20 4NE and starts at 7.30pm. Non Members welcome, refreshments, raffle and parking is free. Contact Richard Holt, Chairman Tel. 01460 30428 or Google TRAC “traclubsite” for information.

Thursday 21 June

Dawn at the Stones See in the dawn this summer solstice, with acclaimed local Storyteller Martin Maudsley and friends. See if the new sculpture at Black Down really does capture the solstice sun! After stories and strolls, enjoy a Summer Solstice breakfast. 4am – 6am, free but booking essential. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Myths & Legends An entertaining walk led by storyteller Martin Maudsley who explores folklore of the South Dorset Ridgeway and re-story’s this fantastical landscape. 10am; 11.30am, free but booking essential Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Win a visit to the Hardy Monument with the National Lottery. Bring a National Lottery ticket with you to gain free entry to the Hardy Monument. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

What’s that bird? 2pm – 4pm, Island Hide at Seaton Wetlands. Whatever your level of experience, come and improve your bird identification skills with an experienced volunteer guide. Binoculars available to borrow. No booking required, discover more at wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk, Free.

Martock Guardians Concert 7.30pm Martock Parish Church (TA12 6JL). Dave Martin’s Jabbo Five: New Orleans-style jazz with 1920s favourites plus some tuneful compositions by Jabbo Smith, a rival to Louis Armstrong in 1929/32 when he made 20 recordings. Jabbo slipped to obscurity with the demon drink but, reformed, made a postwar recovery to fame at US and European Jazz festivals. Dave has revived interest in Jabbo and many Youtubes exist. Dave, on vocals, cornet & valve-trombone is supported by clarinet/sax; piano; banjo/guitar and sousaphone/trombone. Tickets £9 on door or £8 from 07955 467896.

Bridport & District Gardening Club Bob Ayres: The Hidden Gardens of London. 7.30pm, Womens Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport, DT6 3EQ.

Concert Pianist Marc Verter – Scenes from The Mediterranean 7.30pm – 9pm. An East Devon Music Festival Event. Including Chopin, Faure, Albeniz, Respighi, Pamela Harrison, M.Hadjidakis. Tickets (£10)  available on line from www.eastdevonmusicfestival.org or on the door. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us.

Chard Camera Club The club will be holding an in house DPI competition on the subjects of ‘Feather ‘n’ Fur’, Ecclesiastical and an Open category at their headquarters in the Baptist Church Hall, Holyrood Street at 7.30pm. www.chardcameraclub.org.uk or facebook Chard Camera Club or by calling the members secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885 anyone wishing to make personal enquiries can always call

in on the meetings where they would be made most welcome.

 

Thursday 21 – Sunday 24 June

Otterton Flower festival The Flower Festival is celebrating the completion of the first phase of repairs and refurbishment of the church to allow multi –use and is enhanced by a new kitchen and new toilets (including disabled use). The Flower Festival is always a highlight in the summer and this year’s theme is ‘Feasts and Festivals’ Also in St Michaels Church will be an Art Exhibition, plant and book sales and teas, coffees and light lunches available. The area round the church and the War Memorial have been given a face lift. The village setting makes for a delightful day out to see Otterton at its floriferous best. Otterton Flower Festival runs from 10am – 6pm each day.

 

 

Friday 22 June

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5.5 mile walk from Donkey Sanctuary. 10am start. Assistance dogs only. 01297 552313.

Centenary Event at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. A day celebration of 100 years of the R.A.F. from 10am  – 4pm an exhibition of artefacts relating to 1918 in particular the R.A.F. A 2 course themed hot lunch, (booking will be essential)  Special guest speaker followed by wartime songs. A cream tea, a collection for the benefit of RAFA  and The Royal British Legion. For more info please conntact 01460 74340.  email henhayescentre@btconnect.com. This event is being sponsored by Marks & Spencer.

Win a visit to the Hardy Monument with the National Lottery. Bring a National Lottery ticket with you to gain free entry to the Hardy Monument. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Wildlife at Dusk – nightjars and bats An evening walk around Black Down to locate churring Nightjar, then settling as darkness falls to see what bats are heading out for food. Experts Danny Alder & Brian Cresswell are our guides. Black Down, free but booking essential. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details and to book, visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Simon Quadrant PPRWA NEAC Talk 6.30pm Café Sladers, West Bay Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 SEL t: 01308 459511 Tickets: £10 or £25 with dinner to follow. Simon Quadrant will give a talk about his work please enquire for further details.  www.sladersyard.co.uk.

The Cherry Orchard Open Air Theatre by Miracle Company. 7.30pm Tickets Early bird (before June): Adult £10, Student/Child £8, Family of four £30. **Open Air Theatre at Smeatharpe Stadium** in partnership with Villages in Action and Carn to Cove. Chekhov’s bittersweet comedy about a once-wealthy family, whose idleness and extravagance have brought them to the brink of bankruptcy. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Renato D’Aiello Join Italy’s finest tenor sax player, Renato D’Aiello and his All Italian Band for a melodious evening of super smooth jazz. 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.

 

Friday 22 – Saturday 23 June

A Bit of a Christening Do at Holy Trinity Church, Bothenhampton between 10.30am – 4pm. Come and view display of family Christening robes some dating back over 3 generations and shawls, christening memorabilia and old photographs. Coffee, tea and biscuits available both mornings. On Friday afternoon between 2.30pm – 4pm serving cream teas at £2.50 each. On Saturday afternoon between 2.30pm – 4pm offering tea and cakes with the cutting of a Christening cake and fizz at 3pm at £2.50 each. For more details contact Ro 01308 459259.

 

Saturday 23 June

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Smallridge All Saints Village Hall.  South Common, Fernham, Beacon Hill, Churchill. 10.30am start. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Wonders of the Winterbourne Stop by and see us in Martinstown as we look for the wonderful wildlife of the South Winterbourne chalk stream, an internationally scarce and peculiarly English habitat. Dorset Wildlife Trust will be on hand to help with identification. Family friendly. 11am – 3pm, drop in anytime, free. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Wagtails and Watermeadows Wander Colyton, 11am – 2pm. Meet trees, spot wildflowers and watch birds on a midsummer wild adventure through the fields alongside the rivers Coly and Axe with landscape enthusiast Graham Jones. Leisurely amble, about 3 miles, uneven ground in places and stiles. All ages welcome. Bring a picnic. Sorry no dogs as ground nesting birds. Meet by Umborne Bridge,Colyton.  Grid Reference  249 942. Free event, no booking required. Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. Further information, Graham Jones, 01297 35725, graham.jones247@gmail.com  Ample parking at Umborne Bridge end of Station road, Colyton.

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

Win a visit to the Hardy Monument with the National Lottery. Free entry to the Hardy Monument, Black Down, daytime, National Trust. Bring a National Lottery ticket with you to gain free entry to the Hardy Monument. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Alun Cochrun: Alunish Cochrunish 8pm Tickets: £12.50p Recommended age 16+. Grumpy-joyful, silly-serious stand-up.Jokes, ideas and (possibly) movement will all be deployed for your amusement during this show. Alun Cochrane is a master at observational comedy and one of the best stand-up comedians in the UK. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Claude Bourbon at Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary. Claude is known throughout Europe and America for his amazing guitar performances that takes blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern and Russian stylings into unchartered territories. Tickets £12 fromwww.wegottickets.com/event/436535 or £15 on door. Doors 6.45pm. Performance 7.30pm. A Caryford Music Production raising money for Caryford Hall’s Development Fund. Cash only bar. Free off-road parking.

Frogmary Midsummer Music and BBQ by the Pond 7pm until late. Phone 01460 249758 or visit www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk for more information.

Art on the East Devon Way activity Sharing Space with Nightjars, 8pm – late. Must book, cost £4 at Fire Beacon Hill. Learn the art of Field Sensing, a slow-walking practice leading into an experience of the mystical territorial call of nightjars and hopefully a glimpse of this mythical nocturnal bird. Event facilitated by artist Anne-Marie Culhane & Tony Whitehead (artist & RSPB Officer). Age 12+. Call 01404 45006 to book www.thelmahulbert.com.

 

Sat 23 – Sunday 24 June

Axe Vale Show 10am – 6pm (5.30pm Sunday) Trafalgar Way, Axminster EX13 5RJ. Fun day out, great food and drink great entertainment, dog show on Saturday, many stalls, demonstrations of local crafts and sheep shearing on Sunday. www.axevaleshow.com.

Enjoy over six acres of formal and informal gardens at Chideock Manor, open for charity through the NGS. Offering fine views there’s lots to see; bog garden, stream, series of ponds, yew hedges, mature trees, lime and crab apple walks, herbaceous borders, colourful rose & clematis arches, fernery, nuttery, walled vegetable garden, orchard, woodland and lakeside walks. Open 2pm – 5pm, Adm £6, children free. Partial wheelchair access. Home-made teas available. Dogs on short leads welcome. Chideock is two miles west of Bridport, DT6 6LF.  See www.ngs.org.uk for details.

Chard Royal Naval Association The association members will be making their own way to Weymouth to support the towns annual Veterans Parade where, associations from the southern area will be parading with their various standards to march on block along the sea front. Any enquiries of the association can be made by contacting their secretary Mr Gary Pennells 01460 77978 or by visiting their page on facebook under Chard Royal Naval Association.

 

Sunday 24 June

Kingston Maurward College Open Day Come and find our stand at this popular annual event, to get our latest, high quality publications and ‘give aways’. The Open Day also features music by the lake, Dorset Food and Drink trade stands, dog show, pony rides, climbing wall…and much more. Free event, 10am – 5pm, just turn up. For more visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 mile circular walk from Bickleigh. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 513846.

Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm, Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls with Vocal Overtoning, 2pm – 4pm with Dean Carter (MA Oxon) Breathwork, Toning the chakras, Overtoning, using Sacred Sanskrit/Kuldee. Find your Personal Sonic Note to work meaningfully in your key. £12 each session. Bring comfy bedding + blanket for afternoon session. Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA Email ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655  centreforpuresound.org.

Win a visit to the Hardy Monument with the National Lottery. Bring a National Lottery ticket with you to gain free entry to the Hardy Monument. Part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Festival of Discovery. For more details visit www.southdorsetridgeway.org.uk.

Misterton Village Fete 12noon – 6pm at the Recreation Ground. Postcode TA18 8NY. A traditional mid-summer country fete for adults and children. Stalls, children’s area and games, Punch and Judy, fancy dress, bouncy castle, country dancing, grand raffle, bingo, live exhibitions and music. BBQ, hog roast, snacks, drinks of all sorts and much more. The last 2 hours will focus on live music with food and drinks. Free admission and car parking.

Alice Dilke Memorial Concert Simon Watterton (piano) and Anna Cashell (violin) play Brahms, Schumann and more. 3pm, Church of St Candida and Holy Cross, Whitchurch Canonicorum. £10 on the door, includes Tea and Cake.

Jazz in the Afternoon 3pm – 5.30pm, doors open at 2pm, with Pete Allen’s Hot Four plus Sean Moyses (banjo) – Pete Allen (clarinet/saxes), Richie Bryant (drums), James Clemas (piano) and Dave Hanratty (bass). Please come along to this fabulous afternoon of jazz. The bar will be open and tea, coffee and cake also available. Admission on the door £14.50. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.

Dante Quartet at Lympstone Parish Church Renowned string quartet playing pieces by Beethoven, Shostakovitch and Tchaikovsky at 4pm in Parish Church, EX8 5JU. Parking available. Tickets £15 from boxoffice@lympstone-entertainments.net or ring 01395 272243. Further information on website: https://lympstone-entertainments.net.

 

Monday 25 June

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

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting music + holistic health benefits. All ages 19 to 90. Teacher: Julia Hope-Brightwell. 2nd + 4th Mondays. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Cost £8 – £10. Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk.

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

Bridport Folk Dance Club at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport DT6 3JQ. Enjoy folk dancing mainly in the English tradition from Playford-style to modern-day compositions at Bridport’s long-established weekly club, with music from Ivor & Holly Hyde. No partner or previous experience required. Admission £3. Taster sessions available at no cost. Contact Monty on 01308 423 442.

 

Tuesday 26 June

Martock History Group 2pm. An exclusive guided tour of Brympton d’Evercy House, a grand and magnificent house, getting ever closer to Yeovil.  Cost is £10, payable in advance, contact Fergus on 822202 to pay for a place.

Merriott Gardening Club A talk/slides by Christine Stones on the Victorian Garden. Meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm. Refreshments, Raffle and Flower of the month. Everyone welcome – non-members £2 at the door. For more information please contact 01460 72298.

 

Wednesday 27 June

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

Monthly ½ hour Coffee Concert 10.30am in aid of Children’s Hospice Southwest. The Rev’d Nigel Freathy entertains with a talk about Great Devonians. St. Peter’s Church, Dalwood,  EX13 7EG. Just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton. Free coffee & biscuits. Retiring collection.

Nigel’s talks are always amusing and very entertaining,  so do come along to St. Peter’s for a cup of coffee and entertaining 1/2 hour in a very friendly & informal atmosphere.

Crewkerne Probus Club Meet at Windwhistle Inn On the last Wednesday of every Month 12.15pm – 12.45pm Lunch & Speaker.  Anyone who would like to come along and see if it`s for you are most welcome Please Contact Club Secretary Irvine Johns 01460 73738.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘Michaelmas Daisies’ by Helen Picton of Old Court Nurseries Malvern Helen Picton is the third generation to manage Old Court Nurseries, specialists in Michaelmas Daisies since it was set up in 1906 by Ernest Ballard. They grow over 400 varieties and are internationally renowned. Plants for sale. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com.

Colyford & District Photographic Club 7.30pm at Colyford Memorial Hall, Swan Hill Rd, Colyton EX24 6QJ. Visitors and New Members always Welcome. 01297 24369 colyford.photographicclub@gmail.com AGM –print collage comp judged by members.

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

Thursday 28 June

Benefit Advice Session in Dorchester … an initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. 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.

Julia Harbutt cheese expert & author will be at Furleigh Estate at 7pm for an entertaining & educational evening of local artisan cheeses paired with Furleigh Estate wines. Tickets £25 from furleighestate.co.uk, Furleigh Estate, Salway Ash, Bridport, DT6 5JF, Tel:01308488991.

Mill on the Floss – Bristol Old Vic 7.30pm Tickets: Adult £15, Student £12. In this fluid and visceral re-imagining, Helen Edmundson (Queen Anne, Coram Boy, The Heresy of Love) turns George Eliot’s unforgettable story of first love, sibling rivalry and regret into a wonderfully theatrical examination of the psyche of one of classic literature’s most charismatic heroines. Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her passionate, wayward nature and her fierce intelligence bring her into constant conflict with her family. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

A Latin American Fiesta – The Exeter Chorale 7.45pm – 8.45pm. A sonic history of Spanish colonial expansion in the Americas “A thrilling and beautiful collection of music”. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. https://www.hugofox.com/community/friends-of-sidholme-music-room-12917/about-us.

 

Thur 28 – Sat 30 June

‘CLOKS’ Chard Local Kids Society for Music and Drama, presents Charleston, book by Tim Kelly & music by Bill Francoeur. Thursday& Friday 7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Guildhall Chard. Tickets available from Barrons, Chard. Adults £8, concessions £5, family ticket £20 (2 adults and 2 children).

 

Thur 28 June – Mon 2 July

Sidmouth in Bloom, Open Gardens Sidmouth Secluded Gardens. £7(£2single), Contact telephone:  07792 987447, sidmouth.gardens@gmail.com, www.sidmouthinbloom.org. Around 15 private gardens opening as part of this annual event to help raise funds for Sidmouth in Bloom. Tickets on sale in June for £7 per adult (child under 16 free) from Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre and Paragon Books in the High Street Sidmouth, or can be purchased at the gate of each garden. Single garden entry also available at £2 each. Teas and plant sales at selected venues. Details of participating gardens available in June at www.sidmouthinbloom.org and posted on the EDDC notice board in the Market Place, Sidmouth.

 

Friday 29 June

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

East Devon Ramblers moderate 5.5 mile circular walk from Uplyme 10am/10.30am. Dogs on short leads. 01297 444301.

Open air theatre: ‘The Trumpet-Major’ NT Max Gate, Dorchester DT1 2FN, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. The New Hardy Players present a colourful and musical interpretation of Hardy’s romantic historical novel. Booking essential 01305 267992 £12.50 www.nationaltrust.org.uk.

 

Fri 29 June – Sun 1 July

Goran Festival The festival is forest school focused and will explore the meadows, streams and woods with activities for all ages. There will also be more that 15 live bands and musicians on two stages, camping, glamping, trade stands a bar and many food vendors to cater for all tastes and serving locally sourced produce.  Tickets are only available online. For more information and booking, please go to www.goren.co.uk/festival.

 

Saturday 30 June

Breakfast/Brunch at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, toast, tea/coffee all for just £4.50 extras 50p each (black pudding, hash brown, mushrooms, or any of the above). Served 10am. to 12 noon (last orders 11.30am.) everyone welcome 01460 74340.

Tintinhull Village Open Gardens in South Somerset BA228PY 10am – 5pm. Start Tintinhull Village Hall. Entry £5 to 15 gardens. Refreshment all day and plant stall. Details 01935824868 / www.opengardens.co.uk.

Walk Though a Marshwood Vale Flower Meadow A walk between Babers Farm and Valehouse meadow followed by picnic lunch, 10.30am – 12.30pm, meet at Babers Farm, grid ref. SY 384 988, (near DT6 5PZ). For more details and booking, please ring Nick Gray: 07824 438974. Suggested donation of £2 (£3 for non-members) www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk from Minterne Magna. Upcerne, Cerne Abbas, Little Minterne Hill, Lyons Head Farm. 10.30am start. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Free live music by Stampita 11am – 1pm who will be performing a mixture of folk songs and tunes in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar. During their interval, the Four Tune Tellers will be singing four-part acapella songs and tunes. The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

The Charltons Village Day 1pm – 5pm at the Memorial Playing Fields , Charlton Adam TA11 7BE. Come and join in the fun of a Village summer celebration. There will be live music, a bar, hog roast, BBQ, tea tent, bouncy castle, a fun dog show, terrier racing, classic cars and motorbikes and a wide selection of stalls and games. Lots of car parking.

Colyton Canal Walk 1.30pm – 5pm. A journey back in time, in the local landscape between Colyton and Shute  to hear about the 19th century canal that was planned but never built. Tracing the route in the Axe valley with historian Ken Clifford, following an introductory talk with historic maps at Colyton Church Room at 2pm. This is a linear walk of about 3 miles with rough terrain in places and stiles, which will require lift share, to leave cars at both ends of walk – Colyton and Seaton Junction. Free event,  booking essential, Ruth Worsley, Legacy to Landscape Project Co-ordinator , 01297 489741, email: legacytolandscape@gmail.com;  Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. Meet at Colyton Church Rooms, churchyard opposite entrance side of St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JS, Grid Reference 246 941.

Music in the Garden 2pm-5pm @ The Speedwell, Abbey Street Crewkerne, TA187HY. With Julian Dawson, The South Somerset Community Choir, and Len O Conner. Tickets only £5 from the l.i.c. Town Hall Crewkerne, or phone 01460 271220.

Paper Moon. Live Music – Lindy Hop at The Gateway Seaton. Paper Moon is a swinging, vintage-inspired ensemble bursting with energetic swing, effortless repartee and classic tunes from the swing era and beyond. The band was created with Lindy Hop and swing dancers in mind, whilst offering rhythms that would convince even the most determined of non-dancers to shake a toe or two…possibly even a leg. The Lyme Bay Lindy group will be adding to the evening’s event with music and dancing between band sets. Arrive early and join in a fun Lindy Hop taster class before the fabulous Paper Moon take to the stage. Doors open 7pm. Fully Licensed Bar & Bar Snacks. Tickets £13adv/£15door (if available). Book online (no booking fee) at www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk, by phone (01297 625699) or in person at The Gateway, Fore St., Seaton EX12 2LD. Box Office open Monday-Friday 10-4, Sat 10-1pm.

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.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 11pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please drop us an email at folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Cantamus 7pm at St John the Baptist, Hawkchurch EX13 5XD. “Sumer is icumen in”- delightful and accomplished choral music for a summer’s evening, including early English madrigals as well as modern arrangements of traditional songs. Tickets on the door £10. www.cantamus-dorset.org.

Isca Light Orchestra with Music Deco7.30pm Tickets: Adult £16 (Student £5 only on the door on the night) East Devon Music Festival 2018. Chris Gradwell, well known local saxophonist & clarinetist, commissioned Alfie Pugh to compose a jazz or light music work, which will be receiving its 1st performance. Music Deco is a trio – Kate Walker, soprano, Andrew Daldorph, piano, and Chris Gradwell. They will be performing with the strings and brass of the ISCA Light Orchestra conducted by Roger Hendy.  The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Sat 30 June – Sunday 1 July

Kilmington Village Open Gardens 1.30pm – 5pm. Combined admission £5, children free. A number of varied and interesting village gardens plus allotments all set in rural east Devon. Entrance proceeds to Devon Air Ambulance, Homemade Teas provided by St. Giles’ Church. Ticket with map at participating gardens, www.kilmingtonvillage.com or contact celia.dunsford@btopenworld.com.

Opening for the NGS charities the garden at Lower Abbotts Wootton Farm, Whitchurch Canonicorum, DT6 6NL (six miles west of Bridport) reflects the creative flair of its sculptor-owner. The new open gravel garden contrasts with main garden of lawns, borders and garden rooms; all making a perfect setting for a variety of intriguing garden sculptures. The naturally-edged pond provides a tranquil moment of calm, but beware of being led down the garden path by the running hares! Open 2pm – 5pm. Adm £4, children free. Home-made teas available. Dogs on short leads welcome. See www.ngs.org.uk for details.