Coast and Countryside Events

 

 

Wednesday 1 May

Wyld Morris Sunrise at Stonebarrow 5.20am. Dance and breakfast at Whitchurch Canonicorum 6.30am. Sidney Gale House 10.30am. Crown Inn Bridport 7.30pm.

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, between 9.30am and 12noon at Age UK Shop, Bridport, and will be strictly by appointment. To make an appointment, please contact our Bridport Shop on 01308 424859 or at 16 West Street, Bridport DT6 3QP.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed, Thurs and Sat in May. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea. Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com 01297 443140 / 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

New Art and Paper Craft Club Come and paint, make cards or do paper craft in company with a small group of like-minded people. Come and join in. Portesham Village Hall, Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm – 4pm. Just turn up or Contact: Kim 01305 873884 Or Email kimmo.dawe@gmail.com. Do your own thing- no tuition fees, just £3.

The Importance of Being Earnest Certificate PG. Duration 133 minutes including interval. £5 under 18s advance or on the door / £11 adults advance / £14 on the door Starts 7pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. www.marinetheatre.com.

A History of Devon Orchards Axminster History Society Talk. Think of Devon and you are likely to have an image as a county of orchards and cider. But historically this was by no means always the case, in truth Devon presented many challenges to the growing of fruit. Author Michael Gee explains how special circumstances enabled ale-drinking Devon to become a cider county in Tudor and Stuart times. 7.30pm All Welcome, Non Members £2 The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH.

IAMRoadSmart set of 3 free Lectures commence at 7pm with an 9pm finish at Committee Room 1, County Hall, Dorchester DT1 1XJ.  Entry to Committee Room 1 is through glass doors at Colliton Corner and parking is free.  The Lectures, all different in content, given by a Class One Civilian ex-Police Instructor and IAMRoadSmart Examiner with many years’ experience and a sense of humour, contain information and advice that could save your life. As we strive to better ourselves at most things in life, why not driving?  No need to book, just come along and bring your friends. Also 8 and 15 May.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club 8pm – 10.15pm in Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF. A friendly club with live music and guest caller every week – this week featuring Gibby and Ian with Mary Marker calling. Membership available, with entry at £4; visitors £4.50, includes light refreshments. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie, secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com.  See https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

Axminster History Society Talk Devon’s Orchards: How Devon took to Cider. Devon has an image of orchards and cider, but historically this was not always the case as the county presented many challenges to the growing of fruit. Author Michael Gee explains how ale-drinking Devon to become a cider county in Tudor and Stuart times. All Welcome. £2 Non Members 7.30pm The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

The Importance of Being Earnest Certificate PG. Duration 133 minutes including interval. £5 under 18s advance or on the door / £11 adults advance / £14 on the door Starts 7 pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Thursday 2 May

Axminster Country Market Thursdays 8.30am – 12noon, Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster. Come and meet the producers! Cakes, savouries, crafts, cut flowers, plants, free-range eggs, fruit & veg – all seasonal, produced in or near Axminster. Reduce your carbon footprint, with food you can trust. Tea & coffee available too, come and say hello.

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles/12.9 km. East Fleet Coast Path. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 897702.

Community Coffee Morning in Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 10am – 12noon. Raffle, and a cake stall/’bring & buy’ with home-made items, produce etc. Croissants & bacon rolls will also be served.  Do come and join us, for an opportunity to meet friends & neighbours – or get to know new people.  Local or not, you can be sure of a warm welcome in Clapton. More details from Julia 01460 72769.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed, Thurs and Sat in May. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea. Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com 01297 443140 / 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

Wellbeing Walk at Radipole Lakes (Stepping into Nature) 11am – 12noon. 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.

Historical Walking Tours of Colyton Every Thursday until 29 September at 2pm. Meet at the Dolphin Street Car park. Booking not necessary. £3 for adults, under 16s Free. To arrange a walk for a larger group please phone 01297 552514.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ when Gordon Bartlett will give a talk on Mechanical Music. New members welcome.

Royal Opera Live screening: Faust (12A) 6.45pm Adult £15.30, Student £12.30. Experience the decadence and elegance of 1870s Paris in David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s best-loved opera. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Chard Camera Club Competition night will be held at 7.30pm in the Baptist church hall, Holyrood Street. the subject on the night will be Prints for subjects of Monochrome, Nature and an Open subject and the judge for the evening will be Mr Barry Welch. All would be made most welcome and more details can be obtained via www.chardcameraclub.org.uk  or by 01460 66885 to members secretary Mrs Joyce Partridge.

Chard History Group 7.30pm in the Ballroom at Phoenix Hotel, Fore Street, Chard. “Out of the mouth of the Parrett”, a fantastic new film made this year to celebrate the river which shapes so many lives. The film makers, The Theatre Melange, Sandy and Chris have offered to come and introduce the film. Refreshments are available downstairs in the Bar. New members and Guests are welcome. Members £2 Guests £3. For information 01460 66165.

Lyme Voices Community Choir Seeking new members to sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome, first session free. 7.30pm – 9.15pm at the Baptist Church (Pine Hall round the back), Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Visit www-pete-linnett.co.uk, phone 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net. Also 9, 16, 23 (Thursdays) May.

Tatworth Wives Group “The Life of a Funeral Director” is the title of the talk to be given by Barry Gibb at 7.30pm in St John The Evangelist church rooms Tatworth.

Royal Opera Live screening: Faust (12A) 6.45pm Adult £15.30, Student £12.30. Experience the decadence and elegance of 1870s Paris in David McVicar’s spectacular production of Gounod’s best-loved opera. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Friday 3 May      

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing Depart by coach UVH 9.15am Garden Festival Powderham Castle. More than 100 exhibitors, offering quality plants from award-winning nurseries, unique West Country craft, artisan food and drink along with live music, talks and tips on growing and cooking fruit and vegetables all in the fabulous grounds and interior of Powderham Castle We are going on the Friday, the first of the two days, to see everything at it’s best. Cost £16 for coach & admission. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.

Do you need to make or change a Will or Power of Attorney? A free one-to-one surgery given by Ian Campbell, Senior Associate at Blanchards Bailey, solicitors. 9.30am – 12.30pm at Age UK Dorchester, Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, DT1 1PW. For further details of all Age UK Dorchester services, please telephone 01305 269444 or look at the website: www.ageuk.org.uk/dorchester.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Jenny Malyon talking on Homoeopathy as an effective, safe, gentle and scientific system of healing which assists the natural tendency of the body to heal itself. 3.15pm – 4.15pm Therapy session– Worry Busting with Louise Wender. 07341 916 976 or thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com.

Beaminster Short Mat Bowls 7pm in Beaminster Public Hall. Also on Thursday 9, 16, 23 and 30. 01308 538971.

Indian Feast @ Old Dairy Kitchen Monthly feast night in the Old Dairy Kitchen at Trill Farm, Musbury EX13 8TU. £35, booking essential, olddairykitchen.co.uk.

Gigspanner at 8pm. In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, multi-award-winning fiddle player, Peter Knight, has turned his full attention to his trio, Gigspanner – and in the process, established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British Folk scene. Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Unique Boutique Event community evening street food markets back to East Devon for summer 2019. Friday evenings in the summer have become a way to get together over food and connect with your community. You’ll find a great location with views out across the Jurassic coast, the reasonably priced pop up bar and cool music to accompany your culinary journey around the world. Jubilee Gardens, Seaton, EX12 2QU First Friday of the month – 5pm – 9pm. Contact: Eleanor Carr chat@UniqueBoutiqueEvents.co.uk www.UniqueBoutiqueEvents.co.uk 07970 857696.

Environmental and Marine Current Issues Owen Day describes marine protection in the Lyme Bay and the Caribbean, while Julia Hailes MBE asks the question, have the public gone bonkers about plastics? £8 advance and on the door. Bar opens 6pm. Starts 7pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Saturday 4 May      

Musbury Village Plant & Craft Sale 9.30am – 12noon Musbury Village Hall, Seaton Road. Lots of plants and crafts for sale, as well as raffle and refreshments. Proceeds help finance the Musbury Village Show in August.

Marshwood Vale YFC Coffee Morning 10am – 12.30pm Salwayash Village Hall with Games, Stalls, Raffle and Bacon Rolls. Some of Marshwood YFC members are doing the Jurassic Coast Challenge – 34k on Saturday 8th June. All proceeds from this event will go towards Cancer Research, the chosen charity for this challenge.

St. Swithun’s Church Allington Annual Plant Sale plus Coffee, Cake and Jazz. Weather permitting at the back of the Church in the Hall Courtyard 10am – 12noon. Proceeds to go towards the Church Garden plus coffee cake and jazz In the Church Mood Indigo and Zack Chantler – drums Retiring Collection for Cupboard Love, Bridport’s Food Bank Free parking.

Axminster Wood Turners will be hosting Simon Hope in an all day demonstration on wood turning skills. If you are not a member of the club admission will be £15, this will include tea and coffee throughout the day and a good two course lunch. The start time will be 10am sharp and will run until about 4pm. If you would like to come you must pay and book in advance as room is restricted. Please contact Barrie Golding by email (goldingbarrie@gmail.com) or ring him on 01884841162 to secure your place. Visit Simons web site to see what he is all about. There are directions to our club on our website axminsterwoodturnersclub.com if you want to check us out. Your visit may lead to a membership of a thriving club and a new skill to develop.

White Tara Day The Divine Feminine with Anna Howard and Dean Carter 10am – 5pm. Known for her capacity to bring swift healing and long life, in Tibetan Buddhism White Tara is regarded as a female Buddha. The day will offer an introduction to White Tara, explaining who she is and ways of working with her energy through breathwork, meditation, guided visualisation, and feature a full crystal and Tibetan singing bowl soundbath in the afternoon with musician and sound healing facilitator Dean Carter. £40 for the day – deposit £20. Bring lunch to share, and something padded to lie on and warm to lie under for soundbath. Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA.

Chess Club Every Saturday 10am – 12noon. Free/Donation. Meet in the spacious indoor Courtyard, there will be introductory tuition for new players and competitors for those who know what they’re doing. LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX. http://www.lsibridport.co.uk/chess-club-on-saturdays-2/.

Plant Sale 10.30am The Jubilee Hall Winsham. £1 entry (children free.) Tea, coffee & refreshments will be available so come along fill your bags with gardening goodies and have a chat over a cuppa & slice of cake – we look forward to seeing you. For more details please contact Debbie 01460 432815 .

Plant Sale organised by Winsham Horticultural Society at 10.30am in Winsham Jubilee Hall for details tel Debbie 01460 432815.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed, Thurs and Sat in May. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea. Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com 01297 443140 / 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

The Palaeontological Society Maria McNamara gives a whirlwind tour of geological time and spectacular fossils, while illustrating prehistoric animals is the topic for artist James McKay. Starts 12noon. Free Entry Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Storyteller with Woodroffe Student Stories Join Bridport-based Martin Maudsley to uncover the magical stories behind Colpexies’ Fingers, Snakestones, and Fairy Loaves. 1.30pm and 2.45pm Free Entry Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

World Labyrinth Day Walk Seaton Labyrinth at 12.30pm at Cliff Field Gardens in Seaton EX12 2PH. Free event. Contact Christina Bows on 01297 23822 for further information or visit labyrinthsociety.org/world-labyrinth-day.

British Antarctic Survey Huw Griffiths and Cath Waller discuss microplastics in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Free Entry Starts 3.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

The Government Inspector 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe Café Sladers, Sladers Yard, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EL Dinner from 6.30pm, performance from 8pm Tickets: £18 or £36 with dinner 01308 459511 sladersyard.co.uk. World-famous guitarist and fabulous vocalist play jazz/world music, some classics, some original music, with plenty of banter and laughs. A hugely entertaining evening.

Evolution Rocks Local young people from B Sharp, Woodroffe School, and Mrs Ethelston’s Primary Academy entertain with original music inspired by the theme of evolution. £8 advance and on the door

Starts 7pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Samswara Sitar & Tabla Duo performance at Axminster Minster at 7.30pm. Tickets £12 / £10 cons

Available from Archway Bookshop, Church St. Axminster EX 13 5AQ. Tel: 01297 33595. Samswara – www.samswara.com   Ricky Romain (Sitar) and Jon Sterckx (tabla) have been regularly performing Indian music together since 2001 and were voted ‘Best Group in South West & South Wales’ in the MTM South Asian & Ethnic Minorities Awards 2014.

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner 8pm May 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of the release of the intriguingly named Lipreading the Poet, the debut album by Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, which had the distinction of being listed as one of the best 10 Global albums of 2009 by The Wire Magazine. Tickets are £14 full price or £14 for Members of Dorchester Arts, under-18s or those on low income and are available from the Dorchester Arts box office on 01305 266926, in person at the Corn Exchange (weekdays 10am – 4pm) or via www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 May

The Secret Garden, Hilfield (DT2 7BE)  This weekend explore the grounds of Hilfield Friary, which range from meadows (with livestock) and woods, to the ongoing reclamation of neglected woodland garden. Open in aid of the National Garden Scheme charities, see mature trees, bamboo, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, camellias, palms, other choice shrubs,and a stream on all sides crossed by bridges. Stout shoes advised for woodland garden. Open 2pm – 5pm. Adm £5 chdn free. www.ngs.org.uk.

The Causes of the Bindon Landslip Teachers Ian Wood, Julia Lamb Wilson, and John Haylock alongside geologist Richard Edmonds and Woodroffe School students debate the causes and effects of the 1839 event. Free Entry Starts 2pm on 4 May and 12noon on 5 May. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Sunday 5 May

Big Breakfast Yarcombe Jubilee Hall 9am – 2pm, EX14 9BN. Under 11’s £5, Over 12’s £7, and preschool children – donations welcome. Cooked English breakfast – cereals, fruit, toast, jams and marmalades, fruit juices, tea and coffee all included. In aid of Hall funds. Further details or any dietary needs – please contact Helen on 07966 035370.

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 miles/13.7 km. West Dorset Wander, Burton Bradstock, Loders, Walditch. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 897702.

Steam Train Day 10.30am – 4pm. Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420. www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

White Tara Healing 2:1 sessions. Dean and Anna are offering  a combination of their modalities for individual clients: Anna’s White Tara Healing, a fusion of traditional healing methods with White Tara energy, given simultaneously with Dean’s individually tailored Soundbath using Crystal Singing Bowls and vocal overtoning in the client’s Personal Key. Limited spaces, available from 10am – 4pm, Session £50. Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA.

Spring Cleanse One-Day Retreat at the Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum. 10am – 5pm, £85. Cleansing food, yoga, meditation, nature connection, relaxation and rejuvenation. Brought to you by The Well Life Lab. For details see Eventbrite or call Helen on 07704093016.

Wyld Morris 12noon Bridport Community Orchard.

Laura Chatton and her Harris Hawk This is a talk about how birds have descended from dinosaurs, with a live harris hawk in attendance. Free entry Starts 1pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

The Great Landslide Geologist Richard Edmonds describes the formation of Goat Island and the Chasm. Free entry Starts 2pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Plant Sale at St Nicholas’ Church, Combe Raleigh, Nr Honiton, EX14 4TG, 2.30pm – 5pm. An opportunity to stock up your garden and enjoy tea/coffee and cake. Proceeds in aid of Church Funds. For info phone 01404 43929 or 01404 43166.

Charity Day on The Drax Estate hosted by Coastwatch, Portland Bill Highwood Gardens, Charborough Park nr Wareham BH20 7EN (The Drax Estate) is open 2.30pm – 6pm, admission £5 adults, £2.50 children (6 – 16) Sorry no dogs. Stroll in the beautiful tranquil bluebell woods, see the rhododendron & azalea bushes, enjoy the views. Cream teas, crafts, cakes, local cards, books & Tombola Stalls – Music from The Durnovaria Silver Band. Learn more abou t the work Coastwarch do at Portland Bill and meet the team. Support this local hardworking charity. www.nci-portlandbill.org.

Bluebell Walk Meet St Nicholas’ Church, Dinnington for 2.30pm start. The walk takes about 1 ½ hours and there is likely to be some rough ground. Boots, or wellies if wet, advisable. Adults £3; children free. Free hot or cold drink on return. Donations for cake. Controlled dogs welcome. Some parking near church, more near Docks. For satnav, use TA17 8SU. Any queries, contact Emma Way on 01460 55965; emmaeway@btinternet.com.

Closing Festival Talk Sir Ghillean Prance, former director of Kew and Richard Lane, former Director of Science at the Natural History Museum host a discussion on ‘thinking like a scientist’. Free Entry Starts 3pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Lyme Bay Chorale’s spring concert 4pm at St Michael’s Parish Church, Lyme Regis. Conductor Andrew Millington, accompanist Alex Davis. Bass soloist: Exeter Cathedral lay clerk Julian Rippon. The programme:Louis Vierne’s ( 1870-1937) Messe Solennelle; Herbert Sumsion’s Anthem -They that go down to the sea in ships;  Andrew Millington’s Give Me My Scallop Shell (written  for HM the Queen’s visit to Exeter Cathedral for the Golden Jubilee  1st May 2002); The Seafarer – a new work by  Andrew Millington,

Beethoven’s Meeres Stillest und Gluckliche Fahrt. Tickets £15 on the door. £13 in advance from Lyme Regis TIC and Penny Black’s Cafe ( behind Lyme’s PO) to include post concert buffet.  18’s and under go free.

Excalibow by comedy quartet, Bowjangles 7pm at Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall, New Road, TA14 6SF. Tickets bought for previous cancelled performance can be exchanged or used at this performance. £6 child Under 16 yrs / £10 adult Buy 4 tickets or more and get a 10% discount. Available from Norton Sub Hamdon Village Shop or from John Bailey 01935 881227 or from www.takeart.org.

 

Sunday 5 – Thursday 9 May

Spring Music Event at Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ. Sunday 3.30pm – 4.30pm Woodbury Wind Octet – Jane Godber and friends play Mozart. Monday 7.45pm – 8.45pm Sidmouth Ukelele Band- With a Song and a Smile, Leader Nick Birt. Tuesday 7.45pm – 9pm An East Devon Music Festival, piano recital by Nina Savicevic. Wednesday 7.45pm – 8.45pm Blundells School Young Musicians, M.D. Dr. Oliver Leaman. Thursday 7.45pm – 8.45pm The Phoenix Singers – A Maytime Selection, Conductor Maureen Cook. All events free, with retiring collection.

 

Monday 6 May

Seaton Lions Club Book Stall 9.30am – 1.30pm The Square, Seaton.

Have you ever thought of playing croquet? Give it a go at Dowlish Wake Croquet Club, come along on any Monday from 11am. Contact the secretary on 01460 74048 or email  dwcroquetsec@gmail.com

Alternatively call Liz Earl on 01460 30163. You never know you might enjoy it!

Bluebell Day Holyford Woods, Colyford, East Devon. 11am – 4pm free parking. Colyford Memorial Hall– Free Shuttle Bus to Holyford. Refreshments, Stalls, including Plants, Bric-a-brac. East Devon Countryside Service Mobile Display, Axe Vale and District Conservation Stand. Guided walks both Botanical and Historical through the magical Bluebell Woods. Last bus– 4.15pm. EDDC (wildeastdevon.co.uk).

May Day Celebration at Combe Farm, Axmouth EX12 4AU from 2pm – 5pm. Come and dance round the Maypole with live music. Lots of activities to enjoy  and our wonderful teas, cakes and the famous nettle scones! Entrance £1, accompanied children free. Please contact Christina Bows on 01297 23822 for further info or visit at thespiralcentre.wordpress.com.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included.7.30pm – 10pm. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. Cost £1.50. www.chardscottishdancing.org. Also 13th (end of season party, please bring a plate of food to share).

 

Tuesday 7 May

Bird Watch, Somerset Levels Bitterns, Hobbies, etc. 8am – all day. With Rob Johnson. Meet Ashcott Corner (ST449396). Inform Fran Sinclair 07804 835905 if attending. Bring a picnic. Wild East Devon event.

Magdalen Farm Volunteering Help the ranger with practical and animal related jobs around the farm 10am – 4pm. Lunch, tools and all training provided. To book your volunteer place please email julia@magdalenfarm.org.uk for details. The Magdalen Environmental Trust, Magdalen Farm, Winsham TA20 4PA. Telephone 01460 30144 www.magdalenfarm.org.uk.

Sing and stroll in Bridport Every Tuesday (Stepping into Nature) If you would like to gently improve your fitness, sing along, meet others, exercise your memory or just meet up and have fun, this is for you. Join on a guided walk to natural spaces in and around Bridport. On the way we will stop and sing. Led by experienced singing leader Tina Bridgman. Each walk is designed to avoid stiles and difficult terrain, and will have the option of a short, medium or longer walk to suit your fitness and time. Basic refreshments will be provided. All These walks are free and are dementia friendly. Starting at 1.30pm at Buckydoo Square in Bridport. To book your place email timeandscale@gmail.com or call Peter on 07817 397331. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

Lipreading & Managing Hearing Loss Bridport Community Hospital 2pm – 4pm. Learn how to manage your hearing loss by using lipreading and coping strategies, while building confidence in a supportive environment. First session free. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 01297 442239 or just come along on the day.

Scottish Country dancing every Monday 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Ashill village hall nr Ilminster TA19 9LX. Also 14, 20, 28 May. Learn steps, formations and dances – led by fully qualified teacher. Come along for fun, fitness and friendship. For more information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com.

 

Wednesday 8 May

West Dorset Ramblers 10.5 miles/16.9 km. Broadmayne circular. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 423346.

U3A Heritage coast Lyme Regis talk on The Festival of Britain An illustrated talk by Mathew Denney : 6 years after the end of the 2nd World War, and exactly 100 years since the famous Great Exhibition of 1851 – the Festival of Britain was a display of might and fortitude on a national scale, showcasing the best of British manufacturing. Mathew Denney will be speaking about the Festival of Britain and its impact on the country. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road ,Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. Free to members, non-members £2 donation suggested. Coffee served from 10am – 10.45am followed by talk at 11am – 12noon. To join U3A see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297 444566.

Got-any-gum-chum? An evening of wartime memories in conversation with Arthur Watson formerly of the Riverside Restaurant, West Bay. Held at Salt House, West Bay 7.30pm. Part of West Bay Discovery’s commemoration events to mark the 75th Anniversary of D Day. Tickets £3 from West Bay Discovery Centre or from Bridport TIC 01308 424901 www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk.

Yeovilton Military Wives Choir in concert at St Mary’s church, Thorncombe TA20 4NE, 7.30pm. Music for all tastes. £8, tickets funds includes interval refreshments, available at the door. Proceeds for church funds.

The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean Dorchester Corn Exchange. 8pm. Tickets are £12 full price or £10 for Members of Dorchester Arts, under-18s or those on low income and are available from the Dorchester Arts box office on 01305 266926, in person at the Corn Exchange (weekdays 10am – 4pm) or via www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

The Australian Ballet: Sparticus Electric Palace, Bridport www.electricpalace.org.uk.

The Beehive Folk Café 8pm Free entry. Come along to sing or listen in the Beehive bar with the lovely folkie host, Sue King. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

 

Thursday 9 May

Seaton Garden Club – Outing to “Pencarrow” Bodmin, Cornwall. Visitors welcome Cost £26 – Contact details 01297 21869.

Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club Open Days 10am – 4pm Come along and visit our club, try your hand at croquet, enjoy the sea views and friendly atmosphere. All welcome. Please wear flat shoes. Westfield Close, EX9 6ST 01395 442548. Also Sunday 12 May enquires@budleighcroquet.org.

Why Garden? A Talk by Anna Pavord, horticulturist and journalist. 7.30pm. £10. LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX lsibridport.co.uk.

Jo Harman The Mirror called her the ‘UK’s finest female soul blues voice’ who, according to Country Magazine, writes ‘lip-biting beautiful songs’. Lyme Regis’s Joanna Cooke supports. £12.50 advance / £15 on the door Starts 7.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Beaminster Short Mat Bowls 7pm in Beaminster Public Hall. Also on 16, 23 and 30. 01308 538971.

Modou Ndiaye and band Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall – 7pm for 7.30pm. Modou Ndiaye, brother of Seckou Keita, is a virtuoso kora player, songwriter, drummer and percussionist, and a member of the famous Cissokho family of Griot musicians from the Cassamance region of Southern Senegal. www.artsreach.co.uk, www.modoundiaye.com. Tickets: £10 (U18:£7) Fam:£28 From the Self Service Box Office Box at The Charmouth Medical Practice Reception under The Royal Oak or Reserve on 01297 560948 and pay on the door. Bar and Raffle. All Proceeds to upkeep of the hall.

Rachael Newton 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Talk at St Andrews Church, Colyton Anne Swithinbank, Gardening broadcaster and writer will be talking about Rewilding the Garden’ in St Andrews Church, Colyton at 7.30pm. This is part of the Friends of St Andrews series of events, raising money to support the fabric of this beautiful church. Tickets are £5, £4 for FoStA members, free for under 18’s and are available on the door or in advance from The Little Shop, Market Square, Colyton Tel: 01297 552057.

 

Friday 10 May    

Seaton Lions Club Book Stall 9.30am – 1.30pm The Square , Seaton.

West Dorset Ramblers 10 miles/16.1 km. Maiden Castle to Hardy’s monument. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320084.

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

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Jo Perfect and Richard Walsh will update us all on the Stepping Out programme and activities. 2.30pm – 4pm Therapy session – Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Anne Escott offering foot massage. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

At The Ebenezer Professor Sir Steve Sparks : Volcanoes & Society Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The Ebenezer in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. To RSVP, please email ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

Kilmington Gardening Club No dig gardening by Stephanie Hafferty. Stephanie is an author and a professional organic no dig gardener. She will share her experiences and the ecological benefits of the no dig method, growing vegetables and flowers while working with nature and sustaining wildlife. Kilmington village hall, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF.7.30pm non members welcome £3.

Belshahazzer’s Feast Paul Sartin (ex Bellowhead) and Paul Hutchings combine a blend of excellent musicianship and humour! The Speedwell Hall, Abbey Street, Crewkerne, TA18 7HY. Doors 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £12. Booking essential. Call 07877206124. Please note there is no bar available so bring your own. There is car parking immediately opposite the hall.

Megson: Contradicshuns Dorchester Corn Exchange. Comprised of husband and wife Stu and Debbie Hanna, their live performances draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. They have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. Tickets are £15 full price or £13 for Members of Dorchester Arts, under-18s or those on low income and are available from the Dorchester Arts box office on 01305 266926, in person at the Corn Exchange (weekdays 10am – 4pm) or via www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Mercury: Queen Tribute Band 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Supper & Conversation with Herbert Girardet: An Economy for a Sustainable Future Join in for enlightening conservation and a delicious supper in the Old Dairy Kitchen. From 6pm, Trill Farm, Musbury EX13 8TU. £5 talk only, £30 with supper trillfarm.co.uk 01297 631113.

Magnolia Jazz Band New Orleans trad jazz from a popular Devon-based ensemble playing less well known tunes as well as familiar favourites. 8pm. Tickets £14 (£29 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Kris Drever With support. £12 advance / £14.50 on the door. Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Friday 10 – Saturday 11 May

White Wedding with Bootleg Blondie Friday7.30pm, Saturday 2.30pm and 7.30pm Adult £14, U16 £8 A musical comedy about a group of accidental time travellers featuring music from top tribute act Bootleg Blondie. Presented by Harley’s Aunt Productions. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Saturday 11 May

Uplyme Village Hall Plant Sale & Coffee morning 9.30am – 11.30am. Raising funds to support Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society. Plants and home produce (cakes, jam, veg) for sale. Entry £1. Contact 01297 444962 for more details.

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

Living Spirituality Event 10am – 4pm Grief as a Sacred Work of Healing. Quaker Meeting House 95 South Street Bridport. contact iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

Whitford Produce Association Plant Sale of high quality locally grown flower & vegetable plants 10am – 12noon at Whitford Village Hall. There will also be a Cake Stall, Bric-a-brac & Raffle. Tel Secretary Christine Wyatt on 07872621094 for more information.

Seavington Gardening Club will hold their annual sale of good quality plants in Seavington Millennium Hall. Enquiries to Karen Day 01460 249728.

Colyton Garden and Food Festival , in the grounds of Colyton Grammar School, which is situated in the East Devon village of Colyford (EX24 6HN). Gates open at 10am and close at 4pm, with plenty of parking and entry to the Festival is free. Over 60 stalls including garden plants, tools & furniture, food & drink, and crafts of all types. www.colytongardenfoodfestival.uk stalls@colytongardenfoodfestival.uk.

A Space for Living Spirituality at the Quaker Meeting House, 95 South Street Bridport 10am – 4pm. Grief as a Sacred Work of Healing led by Janet Lake as event number 3 in the series Spirituality and healing Donations £10 – £40 Bring and share lunch, information and booking at iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

Lopen Village Plant Sale 10.30am – 1pm. A wide range of bedding, perennials and vegetables. Refreshments and free parking.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Uplyme Hole Common, Harcombe, Ames Plantation. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

A ‘Day to Celebrate Somerset’ at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 11am – 4pm – local food & drink tasting, light lunches , cream teas, licensed bar. Other attractions include Morris dancing (12noon – 12.30pm), exhibition beehive, raffle with prizes including local produce. Entrance 50p, children free.  Some tables still available to book. For further information/table booking, phone Adrienne 01460 75313.

Chardstock Gardening Club Annual Plant Sale 10am – 12noon. Vegetables, perennials, shrubs, bedding, etc. Chardstock Community Hall, Westcombes, EX13 7BJ. Everyone welcome. Free entry. Refreshments. Enquiries: 01460 221619.

Wood Sale Halstock. 10am – 4pm Contents of Wood Store-room for sale, due to down-sizing. Veneers. Character Woods such as Walnut. Short lengths of hardwoods suitable for turning. Some furniture and fittings. Quartet Table. Unit 9, Winford Rural Workshops, Halstock Leigh, Halstock, BA22 9QX. 01308 868025.

Sponsored Dog Walk at Ham Hill Country Park 9am registration for a 10am start. In aid of Ferne Animal Sanctuary, shorter 3-mile route taking in the Ham Hill War Memorial with stunning views over the Somerset Countryside. The 6-mile route descends into Witcombe Valley for a longer, and more challenging route. Advance registration is £10 or £15 on the day. Register online at www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org/about-ferne/events/ or call the Sanctuary on 01460 67587.

South Petherton Plant Sale at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in South Petherton. There will be plants, bedding plants, vegetable plants, geraniums, annuals, perennials, and many others – as well as refreshments. 10am – 12noon.

Egyptian Society Taunton “The Beautiful Moment: Creation Mythology of Ancient Egypt”. Speaker: Lucia Gahlin. 2pm at the Friends Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton, TA1 4ED http://egyptiansoctaunton.wixsite.com/home.

Broadwey, Upwey and District Horticultural Society Plant Sale Memorial Hall, Broadwey, 2pm www.budhs.org.uk.

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with Matthew Bason at the Congregational Church, Fore Street, Beer, 2pm – 4.30pm, £7 at the door, children free, visit beerwurlitzer.org.uk or phone 01297 24892.

West Dorset Group – Somerset and Dorset Family History Society Meeting Loders Village Hall, 2pm. Carlos Guarita is talking about ‘ Clarence Austin, the Bridport Photographer and the Bridport Wildcat Women’ a strike at Gundrys. Copies of his book will also be on sale. Members £1.50 and visitors £3, all welcome. For more info contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Charity clothing event in aid of Dorchester Food Bank & Holiday Lunch Club, 2.30pm – 5pm, Dorford Centre (by Top of Town roundabout). Donate your best clothes you don’t wear any more. Can be collected – Cate Tel 837208 / 0774 3953837 – please call by 5 May if possible.

Cream Tea at Holy Trinity Church, Bothenhampton between 3pm – 4.30pm. Delicious buttered home-made scones with or without home-made jam and clotted cream served in our beautiful church. For the energetic there is an optional short local walk leaving the church at 2pm. Back in time to enjoy a cream tea if wished. Contact Ro 01308 459259.

Dub Pistols + Support 7.30pm Electric Palace, Bridport www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Sangre Flamenca at 7.30pm. This evening will take the audience on a journey around Spain, filled with vibrant colours and a passion for food, Flamenco music and dance. Flamenco dancers Aneta Skut and Victoria Clifford are joined by the finest Flamenco musicians in the South West: Cuffy Cuthbertson (guitar), Jaime Cantera and Kostka Garcia (vocals/percussion). Tickets: £15. No concessions. Includes performance and tapas. Please book by Wednesday 8 May. No tickets will be available on the night. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.                         

Parnham Voices at St Mary’s Church Corscombe, 7.30pm. This extremely popular and highly regarded Beaminster based choir will sing a wonderful range of music from mediaeval to modern , including Tudor anthems, English part songs and spirituals, as well as works by Pizzetti, Gesualdo and Rutter. Tickets £10 To include glass of wine /juice and light refreshments. Tickets available from Celia Tomkins  celiatomkins@gmail.com 01935 891083 or Charles Gaskell thegaskells@waitrose.com. In aid of Funds for Restoration of St Mary’s Church, Corscombe.

Bridport Choral Society Spring Fantasia An eclectic mix of choral music styles from the 18th Century to the present day.7.30 pm Bridport United Church, East Street. Tickets £10 (including refreshments) available from Bridport Music or on the door.

Dorset Chamber Orchestra St Mary’s Church Dorchester. DT1 2HL 7.30pm. Overture ‘Donna Diana’ – Reznicek, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Soloist: Frida Backman, Beethoven Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) http://dorsetchamberorchestra.org/. Tickets  £15 (18 and under £1) available on-line or at Harmony Music, 3-4 The Forum Centre, Trinity Street Dorchester 01305 260360.

Robyn Hitchcock With support from Jess McAllister. £16 advance / £18 on the door Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Sunday 12 May

Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club Open Days 10am – 4pm Come along and visit our club, try your hand at croquet, enjoy the sea views and friendly atmosphere. All welcome. Please wear flat shoes. Westfield Close, EX9 6ST 01395 442548 enquires@budleighcroquet.org.

Honiton Pottery Collectors Society 10.45am – come and meet the experts and learn about Honiton Pottery. 12noon – Charles Collard’s time in Illminster, talk by Robert Garrett. 2pm Honiton in war and peace time, presentation by Honiton historian Terry Darrant. Entry £2 for visitors, Refreshments available, www.hpcsoc.com. Function Room, Heathfield Inn, Walnut Road, Honiton EX14 2UG.

Minterne Spring Fair 11am – 4.30pm Entrance £5 for adults, children free. With one of the best shrub gardens in England and 100-year old Rhododendrons & Azaleas at their peak splendor, this promises to be a popular day out for all the family and your dogs. As seen on BBC Gardeners’ World and voted One of the Ten Prettiest Gardens in England by The Times, there are wonderful walks in 27 acres of woodland garden through towering rhododendrons in full bloom collected since the 1840s. Head Gardener, Mark Bobin will be on hand during the day for all those Horticultural skill-testing questions! Punch & Judy Show, Face-Painting, Craft stands, Plant Stalls, Bouncy Castle, R.N.L.I. Souvenirs, Food, Cakes & Cream Teas will be some of the attractions on offer; alongside demonstrations from the Longbow Champion and a Classic Car Display. This year Kate Adie, CBE, DL, English Journalist & Chief news correspondent for BBC News (retired) will be judging the Family Dog Show. Parking available at no charge. www.minterne.co.uk 01300 341370.

Severalls Jubilee Bowls Club Open Day 10am – 4pm at War Memorial Grounds, Severalls Park Avenue, Crewkerne, TA18 8HQ. Fancy trying outdoor bowls? We are a very friendly club with great social nights and we welcome new members of all ages. Free refreshments are available throughout the day with free on-site parking. Bowls and coaching provided and please wear flat soled footwear. For more information phone Geoff Kerr on 01308 867221.

Plant stall at West Bay Discovery Centre Fill up the empty spaces in your borders and pots, many of our home-grown cuttings are suitable for coastal conditions. Funds raised will go towards running costs for the Discovery Centre www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk.

Have you ever thought of playing croquet? Give it a go at Dowlish Wake Croquet Club On National Croquet Day today. Or come along on any Monday from 11am Contact the secretary on 01460 74048 or email  dwcroquetsec@gmail.com. Alternatively call Liz Earl on 01460 30163 You never know you might enjoy it!

Free Fun Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh organised by the Somerset Branch of the RSCDS 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Long Sutton village hall, Martock Rd, Somerset, TA10 9NT. Hot and cold drinks will be provided foc. All dances will be called, dancing to CD’s. Wear some tartan if you wish. For more information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or email anitaandjim22@gmail.com.

Phoenix Brass Band with Mawgan Stott (vocals). 3pm St. Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne. A programme of music and songs from Bernstein and Carl Jenkins to Wagner. Bar available and free canapes. Tickets £10 (£12 on door) under 18’s free from Crewkerne Town Hall or Stephen 01460 73960.

Sidholme Music Room 3.30pm – 4.30pm. The Nick Brown Trio – A varied programme for Clarinet, viola and piano. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath 7pm – 8.30pm. £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. Dorchester YMCA, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2RZ.

Salway Ash Village Hall Easter BingoTop prize £50! Lots of other great prizes. Doors Open 7pm Eyes Down 7.30pm.

Kokoro: A night in Vienna7pm (doors & bar 6.30pm) £15 / £13 members & concessions Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Monday 13 May

Do you need to make or change a Will or Power of Attorney? A free one-to-one surgery given by Robert Bracher, Wills and Probate Consultant at Berensens, solicitors, Chard. 9.30am – 11.30am at Age UK Dorchester shop, 16 West Street, Bridport, DT6 3QP. To make an appointment, please telephone 01305 269444 – Peter Lindsley.

Lym Valley Croquet Club. Club sessions every Monday and Thursday afternoon, with Weekends as reserve days. This super game is open to all ages. It’s an easy game to play, but increasingly difficult to win as one progresses. If you like a challenge, call David to arrange a free taster session at the Uplyme club. Friendly members and practical handicap system ensure level play from the start. Probably the least expensive sport in the South. Please call David Brooke-Smith on 07909 111512.

Inspired by Archives 10.30am (Stepping into Nature) Enjoy the countryside? Love history? Enjoy both with pictures, maps or recordings at the Dorset History Centre (Dorchester) and learn something new about the natural world and local artists. The group is open to everyone including carers, those with dementia or with mobility, sensory or learning difficulties or those who would just enjoy the company and stimulation. It’s all about relaxing, meeting new people and having fun. Contact Maria on 01305 228947 or m.gayton@dorsetcc.gov.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

Yeovil Probus Club from 1.30pm School in a Bag Charity at The Yeovil Court Hotel. New Members always most welcome, please contact the Hon. Secretary on 01935 414765 for further details.

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support Affected by cancer? Looking for support? Need help or advice? Drop in for a chat. Refreshments available free of charge. Lyme Regis, LR Football Club, Charmouth Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3DT 2pm – 4pm. For more details contact info@axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk.

Hawkchurch History Society Robert Hesketh will be giving an illustrated talk on A History of Devon’s Inns. Robert has published many books and articles on local history in Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Hawkchurch Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm start. Non-members £5 inc. refreshments.

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

Scottish Dancing Party in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing at Chardstock Village Hall, tea or coffee included.7.30pm – 10pm. No partner required. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. Cost £1.50. www.chardscottishdancing.org. end of season party, please bring a plate of food to share.

The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset 7.15pm at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton. The Holland Park Circle by Jennifer Toynby-Holmes. Visitors £5.

Radipole & Southill Horticultural Society The society will be holding its next meeting at the Southill Community Centre starting at 7.30pm. Local historian Stuart Morris talks about ‘Weymouth Piers and Pavilions’, covering a part of the town that has an interesting and varied past and that is likely to see major changes in the coming years. The meeting is open to members and non-members and refreshments will be available. Further information can be obtained on 01305 788939.

Bridport Folk Dance Club now in its 100th year, meets 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  All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Admission £3 for members, £4 visitors (membership available). Taster sessions available at no cost. Contact Mecki on 01308 423 442. Also on 20th, but closed on 6th and 27th.

 

Tuesday 14 May

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles/12.9 km. West Bay, Thorncombe beacon and Eype. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 423927.

Honiton Decorative & Fine Arts Society Painting the Land of the Midnight Sun: Romantic Visions of Norway – Stella Lyons. All lectures held at 2pm, The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LZ. www.honiton-dfas.org.uk.

Time for Tea Talk -Textile conservation at Axminster Carpets – Heather Tetley is an accredited conservator with 25 years of experience and research. She holds a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen and oversaw the restoration of the 1769 Rockbeare carpet which hangs in the Axminster Heritage Centre. £3 Tea & cake served. Call 01404 831207 to book. 2pm – 3.30pm at The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

Bridport History Society Meeting United Church Hall, East St. Bridport, 2.30pm. Stuart Morris is presenting ‘Weymouth Piers and Pavillions’. Stuart has published many books on the Weymouth and Portland area. Members £1 and visitors £3 all are welcome. For more info contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Sidmouth Charity Tea Dance Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing with a warm, friendly welcome. £4 each, including Tea, coffee and biscuits at 2.30pm at St Francis Hall, Woolbrook, EX10 9XH. Further information from 01395 579856 or 577122.

The Ile Valley Flower Club open to all evening with National Demonstrator Tracey Griffin, National Designer of the year 2017. The Warehouse Theatre Ilminster 7.30pm ( doors open 6.30pm ) Tickets £10

Can be purchased from Harrimans of Ilminster in person or 01460 75025/67149.

Chard WI AGM at Chard Baptist Church Rooms, Holyrood Street TA20 2AH. Meeting starts 7.30pm. New members welcome. Call Madeleine on 01460 68495 or e-mail info.chardwi@gmail.com for more information. Meetings second Tuesday of each month.

Axe Vale Stamp Club Bradshaw Rooms, Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH, 7.30pm for 8pm. Club Visit by Taunton Stamp Club. 01297 552482.

NT Live: All My Sons Broadcast live from The Old Vic, Oscar-winner Sally Field and Bill Pullman star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama centred on the failings of the American Dream. £5 under 18s advance or on the door / £11 adults advance / £14 on the door Starts 7pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Wednesday 15 May

Uplyme &Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing Depart by coach UVH 9.15am Buckland Abbey. With 700 years of history, Buckland Abbey is part museum, part house, filled with treasures such as the legendary Drakes Drum. Gardens not extensive but include kitchen and cider house garden with borders full of seasonal blooms, lawn carpeted with wild flowers (bluebells?) in spring and winding paths through trees and shrubs in wild garden at end. Take a walk around 600 acre estate. Restaurant. Cost NT members £14 Non NT £21. Please ring Rose Mock 01297 34733 to book.

Nordic Walking @ Trill Farm With local instructor Gillian Butcher, suitable for beginners. 10am – 1pm, Trill Farm, Musbury EX13 8TU. £70 trillfarm.co.uk 01297 631113.

Dartmoor stroll for moorland birds 10am – all day. With Rob Johnson. Meet King’s Oven C.P. (SX676811). Inform Fran Sinclair  07804 835905 if attending. Bring a picnic. Wild East Devon event.

Friends of Sidmouth Town Band Coffee Concert 3rd Birthday Coffee & Cake 10.30am Concert 11am.-12noon The Music Room, Sidholme Hotel Elysian Fields, Temple Street, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ Free Admission Disabled Access Retiring Collection for Sidmouth Town Band.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed, Thurs and Sat in May. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea. Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com 01297 443140 / 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

Bridport Probus Club Seaton Down Hoard – Thomas Cadbury, meets at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel at 12noon on the third Wednesday of each month for lunch, followed by a talk. For more information contact Graham Pitts on 01297 561569.

Inner Wheel Club of Crewkerne meet for a fun and friendship lunch at Haselbury Mill TA18 7NY on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12noon for 12.30pm. Interesting speakers booked. Prospective new members are welcome to visit, advance booking required. Contact innerwheel@uwclub.net or 01460 63856.

Honiton U3A welcome their speaker –  Robert Hesketh – whose talk is entitled ‘A Curious Look at Devon’s Churches’ – Well-known local author and photographer, Robert will be exploring the wealth of artistic and historic treasures that can be found in our churches. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton. Doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Members Free and Visitors welcome (suggested donation – £2) Further information: 01404 598008 or visit our website:  http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton.

Dorset Wildlife Trust Sherborne Group. Sharandys Birds of Prey will talk on birds of prey, covering captive and wild birds. A selection of birds will be brought along and there will be a flying display. Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne, DT9 3NL at 7.30pm. Cost £2.50.

The Arts Society West Dorset Wonder Workers & the Art of Illusion. Speaker: Bertie Pearce. The Seaside Boarding House, Burton Bradstock at 2.30pm. For details contact 01308 485487.

Wyld Morris Half Moon Melplash 7.30pm.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club talk and slide presentation given by John Barrowdale entitled “Patriot new-build Project”. The meeting is at Thorncombe Village Hall, TA20 4NE and starts at 7.30pm.  Non Members are welcome, there are refreshments, a raffle and the parking is free. Contact Richard Holt, Chairman Tel. 01460 30428 or Google TRAC “traclubsite” for information.

LYRA hosted by The Five Alive Mission Community. This is a four piece ensemble from St Petersburg in Russia. “a capella” group who perform both sacred music of the Russian Orthodox Church and choral music by famous composers such as Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. They also perform secular music which includes arias from operas, folk songs, dance and love songs. St. Michael and All Angels Church, Stockland. EX14 9BR 7pm Tickets: £12 from Archway Books, Church Street, Axminster. 01297 33595 at the door or from Members of the Five Alive PCCs. For more information contact Michael Dods on 01404 831208, or Rozanne Bulmer on 01404 881838.

 

Thursday 16 May

Painting Plein Air in the Vineyard with Robert Innes. 9.30am – 4.30pm. Tickets £80. For more information and to book visit furleighestate.co.uk/events or call 01308 488991.

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 miles/13.7. Symondsbury, Denhay and Chideock. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 862981.

Wellbeing Walk at Radipole Lakes (Stepping into Nature) 11am – 12noon. This is a relaxed, sociable and gentle monthly walk which is open to all , a health walk for healthy body and mind. 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.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed, Thurs and Sat in May. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea. Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com 01297 443140 / 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

Bridport & District Gardening Club Seaside Gardening, speaker Caradoc Doy. 7.30pm in the Women’s Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport. The meetings are also open to non-members (£2 entrance fee).

Aleksander Madžar – pianist 7.30pm in the Great Hall, Forde Abbey Tickets £20 www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

The Sci-Fi Guy – A talk by Illustrator Chris Moore. 7.30pm. £6 LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX lsibridport.co.uk.

Dorchester Yoga & Therapy Centre 7pm – 8pm – Chanting of Sri Rudram. Hear this powerful mantra for peace chanted  for peace, protection and well being. Sung authentically in the Vedic tradition with a short introduction and followed by 20 minutes of meditative silence. All welcome. Free admission. Donations to local charity. For more information please contact Marj Snape 07747429559 marjsnape@gmail.com or see www.yogaliving.co.uk.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘Winter’s Big Flocks and Transition to Spring’ An illustrated talk presented by local award winning wildlife photographer Robin Morrison. An opportunity to view the large winter flocks of birds in the South West, followed by the transition into Spring. Also bring and buy Plant Sale. 7.30pm The Millennium Hall, Seavington St Mary Entry: Group members £3, non-group members £4, under 18’s free (tea/coffee & biscuits included) – wheelchair access. Non-members welcome. Denise Chamings (group leader) on 01460240740 www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southsomerset.

Radio Active with Angus Deayton 7.30pm Electric Palace, Bridport www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Tatworth W.I. Annual General Meeting in Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.

Royal Ballet Live Screening: Triple Bill (12A) Flight Pattern / Within The Golden Hour / New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui 7.15pm Adult £15.30, Student £12.30. Two recent works and one world premiere showcase the contemporary face of the Royal Ballet.The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Hollie McNish A show of performance poetry from the Ted Hughes Award winner, with support from Vanessa Kisuule. £12 advance / £15 on the door Starts 7.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Friday 17 May    

Coach Trip to Tyntesfield (NT), a Victorian Gothic country house and estate created for the Gibbs family. 9am Pick- ups Dalwood, Axminster and Chard. NT entrance fee applies  Axminster Heritage Alive event £15 (coach only), £13.50 for AH members. Info and to book call 01404 831207.

Special Lunch Roast Beef followed by Tarte Tatin with a choice of fruit juice to start. Tea/coffee and chocolates to finish. Vegetarian option also available. Booking essential. £8 Members/£9.50 Non-members. Bar opens at 12noon, lunch served at 12.30pm. Telephone: 01460 74340 or email henhayescentre@btconnect.com to book.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Geoffrey Smail from the Wessex Cancer Trust (WCT) will be talking about WCT work and support centres. 3.15pm Rising Voices with Jane. 2.30pm – 4pm. No therapists available today. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Jazz Cafe: Pete Canter & Simon Latarche 8pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Tolpuddle Man with Graham Moore and James Findlay at 8pm. Graham Moore, James Findlay and company present songs and scenes from the renowned folk musical ‘Tolpuddle Man,’ within the original Old Crown Court, where the six Dorset labourers were tried in 1834. Tickets are £12 for adults and £10 for children. Shire Hall, Dorchester www.shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

Richard Digance at 8pm with support from Eric Sedge.  Making his seventh performance at The David Hall, Richard will be supported by singer/songwriter, Eric Sedge.  Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.                         

A fascinating talk and slideshow on the life and travels of Marianne North, Victorian Botanical Artist. Presented by Sarah Oldridge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. At 7pm in Burton Bradstock Village Hall. Tickets £10 to include a cream tea are on sale at Burton Bradstock Post Office and Bridport Arts and Crafts. Also by calling 01308 422894. There will also be a raffle and craft stall. All proceeds to Myaware, (Myasthenia Gravis), registered charity : 1046443.

Flying Folk Eclectic and informal folk night compered by Jemima Farey and featuring toe-tapping music from Mitchell & Vincent, and Arquebus. 8pm. £10 (no suppers; licensed bar). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Saturday 18 May       

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Minterne Magna. Circular walk via Buckland Newton. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed, Thurs and Sat in May. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea. Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com 01297 443140 / 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

Health and Wellbeing Picnic in the Park in Borough Gardens in Dorchester. Free, dementia friendly community picnic – suitable for people of all ages, taking place from 11am – 3pm. Nordic Walking with Laura Spencer, Dorchester Stollers, Dorset Long Distance Walkers, Zumba with Lou Sams, Natural Choices stall – with co event organiser Maria Clarke, Mindfulness Walk in Borough Gardens with Maria Morris. 01305 819463.

The Amazing Bubble Man Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences of all ages for over 30 years with the art, magic, and fun of bubbles. He is a family favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he has enjoyed twelve years of sell-out success. £10 children, £12 adults advance / £12 children, £14.50 adults on the door. There are two matinees that start at 11am and 2.30pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Lecture: ‘Turners Travels, JWM Turner the artist in context’ The lecture will look at Turner as an artist and his evolving career and motivations, it will also explore his travels which gave him much of his subject matter, including the trip to ‘Devonshire and Dorsetshire’, that spawned the watercolour painting of West Bay that is coming to Bridport Museum in June, which is discussed in more detail. If you would like to book a place for this lecture contact Pam Simpson by email on  chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com or telephone on 01300 321715. White Room, Chapel in the Garden, East St, Bridport. 2pm – 3.30pm. Fee: £10, to be paid in advance to reserve your place.

Dalwood Plant and Garden Sale Jubilee Field Fundraiser 2pm – 5pm Jubilee Field. Varied selection of plants including perennial, bedding and vegetables and herbs, Bushes, Good condition garden and wicker accessories, Professional information on gardening and horticulture, Raffle. Any plants or miscellaneous garden supplies gratefully received. Delicious refreshments will be served in the Woodhaven Pavilion on the field. Please contact Shelagh Beak on 01404 881760 for further information.

Plants for awkward areas in your garden a talk by Roger Hirons ‘The Plant Doctor’. Chideock Village Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Advance tickets £7, on the door £8. Contact Paul 07749 715091 or email chideockvh@gmail.com . Includes glass of wine & nibbles.

Alden Patterson and Dashwood Folk/Americana. Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary Advance tickets £10 from  www.wegottickets.com/event/454553. £12 on door. Doors 6.45pm.

The Tuckers Jazz Club 8pm. Jeremy Huggett’s Band of Gold. The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, near Axminster, EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton). Tickets £10. www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk  01404 831 280.

Wayford Church – Life in Local Villages Illustrated Talk by David Bryant, local historian. 7pm £5 to include glass of wine. Preview of Exhibition of photos etc depicting life in and around Wayford and Clapton.

Clueless at The Keys with Colin Sell 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £15 / £13 members & concessions Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’s much maligned pianist Colin Sell talks and sings at the keyboard in an evening of anecdotes about his life in comedy and music – on radio, in cabaret and on stage, working with the likes of Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Dora Bryan and Nicholas Parsons.

New Elizabethan Singers concert of 20th century English choral music in the United Church, East St. Bridport starting at 7pm. It features works by Elgar, Britten, Rutter and Tavener. The choir will be joined by professional soloists and musicians. Tickets are available from Bridport Music and Goadsby Estate Agents, both in South St. They cost £12 but under 18s are free.

Shadowing Hank 7.30pm £10.50 adv, £13 on the door (seated). Justin Daish’s exciting and affectionate tribute to Britain’s original guitar hero, Hank Marvin of The Shadows. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Bacchaeia Talented young wind quintet play a delightful programme of quintessentially French music of the 19th and early twentieth centuries. Featuring special guest, Canadian pianist Lysandre Menard. A Charity concert in aid of Lions International and Dementia UK. 8pm. Tickets £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Lyme Regis Comedy Club with Mike Bubbins A legend on the UK comedy circuit, this month’s headliner has supported Rich Hall on tour. Wayne the Weird, Jon Pearson, and Tom Glover also perform. £8 advance / £10 on the door Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 May

National Garden Scheme – Kilmington Gardens (Shute Road), EX13 1.30pm – 5pm. Combined admission £6, children free. Spinney Two (1/2 acre) and Breach (3 acres). Homemade Teas. Details: www.ngs.org.uk or contact celia.dunsford@btopenworld.com.

Spring Tide Food Festival Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, 10am – 4pm. Nearest postcode DT6 4RF. £2 per person entry, under 12’s are free. More information see nationaltrust.org.uk/burton-bradstock or contact 01297 489481.

 

Sunday 19 May

Yeovil Railway Centre Yeovil Junction, Stoford BA22 9UU: Family Train Day with a Character. Recorded information on 01935 410420, or visit www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

Wayford Church Morning Service 10am Ongoing exhibition of Life in and around Wayford and Clapton past and present. Wayford Manor Garden open for NGS 2pm.

Music in the Meadow Returning by popular request this afternoon entertainment will take place in the Secret Garden at the far end of West Street, Hinton St George, from 2pm. Ricky Romaine will play haunting sitar along with two accompanists and folk group Teasing the Cat will apply their expertise to traditional instruments and songs, all performing freely for charity. There will be a marquee for shelter and interesting stalls. Adults:£8, Children: a donation.  Please bring chairs and your own drinks and enjoy this happy event in aid of refugees. Geraldine Downey, Refugee Support Group, South Somerset tel. 271358.

Sidmouth Charity Tea Dance Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing with a warm, friendly welcome. £4 each, including Tea, coffee and biscuits at 2.30pm Stowford Centre, EX10 9YL (opp Waitrose) (01395) 579856 or 577122.

Gillans, Minterne Parva (DT2 7AP) A one-off opportunity to admire this hidden 5 acre garden set in a deep valley beside ponds and River Cerne. Surrounded by ancient trees with borrowed landscape, admire spring bulbs and blossom, magnolia, cornus, as well as carpets of primroses around the camellias and rhododendrons. Open 2pm – 6pm. Adm £5 in aid of the National Garden Scheme charities. Chdn free. www.ngs.org.uk.

The Decadettes performing on the bandstand in Greenhill Gardens, The Espanande, Weymouth 2pm – 4pm. Free Entrance. A Friends of Greenhill Gardens Event 01305 775829 janechandler123@hotmail.com www.greenhill-gardens.co.uk.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath 2pm – 4pm. £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. Stour Row Village Hall, Stour Row, nr. Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0QG.

Salway Ash Cream Teas Strongate Farm, Salway Ash, DT6 5JB. Freshly baked scones and home made cakes, plant stall and raffle, 2pm – 5pm, all welcome, follow the signs in the village for directions if need be.

Proceeds to Holy Trinity Church Salway Ash.

Allington Strings Summer Concert 3pm at St Mary’s Church, South Street, Bridport. Musical Director, Mark Westwood-Gould has chosen a Scandinavian theme for the concert which includes works by Sibelius, Grieg, Svendsen, Roman and Wiren. Tickets priced at £10 are available in advance from Bridport Music and Bridport Bookshop and will be available at the door.

The Sunday Sessions with Jinder Jinder plays American roots music and Delta blues. His music features in the recent film ‘Fisherman’s Friends’. He’s the headline act for May’s free-entry Sunday Sessions, with Declan Duffy as host. Free entry, no tickets. Bar opens and starts 3pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Sidholme Music Room 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Colyton Grammar School Young Musicians – M.D. David House. Sidholme Music Room, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 10.30pm. 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 240340.

 

Monday 20 May

Inspired by Archives 10.30am (Stepping into Nature) Enjoy the countryside? Love history? Enjoy both with pictures, maps or recordings at the Dorset History Centre (Dorchester) and learn something new about the natural world and local artists. The group is open to everyone including carers, those with dementia or with mobility, sensory or learning difficulties or those who would just enjoy the company and stimulation. It’s all about relaxing, meeting new people and having fun. Contact Maria on 01305 228947 or m.gayton@dorsetcc.gov.uk to book. Visit www.stepin2nature.org for more info.

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support Affected by cancer? Looking for support? Need help or advice? Drop in for a chat. Refreshments available free of charge. Axminster Scott Rowe Meeting Room, Axminster Hospital EX13 5DU 2pm – 4pm. For more details contact info@axminsterandlymecancersupport.co.uk.

Musbury Garden Club 7.30pm at Musbury village hall, Claire Hart will be guiding you through various ways to plant up problem areas, be they dry and shady, wet and boggy, or just plain windy. She will explain how you can camouflage unattractive sections of our gardens and recommend plants for troublesome areas.

Doors open at 7pm when refreshments are served. All welcome. Non-members £2.50. Plenty parking.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

Hooked: Mark Hix in Conversation with Mariella Frostrup Marine Theatre’s patron celebrates the launch of his new book with an in-conversation fundraiser chaired by Mariella Frostrup, the broadcaster known for BBC Radio 4’s Open Book. Part of the anniversary celebrations. £6.50 advance / £8.50 on the door. Bar opens 6pm, starts 7pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Beaminster WI 7.30pm at Beaminster Public Hall.  Jennifer Matthew will give a talk entitled ‘Decluttering, Hints and Tips’. Guests are welcome to attend two meetings per year without charge.

 

Monday 20 – Saturday 25 May

Sidmouth Arboretum Tree Week Returning for the 3rd year a week of walks, talks and garden visits.  All events free of charge, Donations welcome. Walks at moderate pace, dogs on leads welcome. Monday – Sidbury Guided walk 2pm Meet: Sidbury Council car park. Tuesday – Trees for Multiple Benefits Illustrated talk by Bob Chard 3pm Kennaway House Cellar Bar. Wednesday – Salcombe Regis Guided walk 2pm Meet: Sidmouth Tourist Information. Thursday – Trees for Climate Change, Illustrated talk by Dame Julia Slingo 7.30pm Sidholme Hotel, Music Room. Friday – Sidmouth Guided walks 10.30am Meet: Museum, Church Street. Friday /Saturday – Meet the Trees. Visits to private gardens – for details of times & map: go Sidmouth Tourist Information or google ‘Sidmouth Arboretum’.

 

Tuesday 21 May

Seaton Lions Club Book Stall 9.30am – 1.30pm The Square , Seaton.

Magdalen Farm Volunteering Come join in at Magdalen Farm as they transplant the veg seedlings into the organic kitchen garden 10am – 4pm. Lunch, tools and all training provided. To book your volunteer place please email julia@magdalenfarm.org.uk for details. The Magdalen Environmental Trust, Magdalen Farm, Winsham TA20 4PA. Telephone 01460 30144 www.magdalenfarm.org.uk.

National Trust South Dorset Association at 2.30pm “Tyntesfield – a Magnificent Victorian Gothic House and Garden” a talk by John Hallett. St Aldhelm’s Church Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW Members NTSDA £3, Non- members £4 inc. tea/biscuits. Geoffrey and Elizabeth Wrench  geoffwrench@lineone.net / 01300 321601 www.southdorset.org.uk.

Martock History Group 6.30pm A visit to the Hanging Chapel in Langport, inside and out, space inside restricted, so please be patient! And please don’t park selfishly, give time to share cars, for drop off and walking to the venue, which starts at 6.30pm. £3 visitors, free to members, but as all money will go to our host’s favored charity, it is hoped all will contribute. Ring Fergus for info on 01935822202.

 

Wednesday 22 May

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles/12.9 km. Country and Coast, Worth Matravers (6m option). Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 341664.

Behind the Scenes Tour Shire Hall, Dorchester at 2pm. Tour is £2 per person, in addition to a valid Museum Annual Pass. Limited availability. Booking advised, visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

Wyld Morris Coach and Horses South Perrott 7.30pm.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘Shady Ladies & Damp Damsels’ by Sally Gregson of Mill Cottage Plants. Suggestions for planting in those difficult spots from dry shade under trees to heavy damp areas-includes some epimediums and hydrangeas. Plants for sale. https://ulrhs.wordpress.com.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club 8pm – 10.15pm in Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF. A friendly club with live music and guest caller every week – this week featuring the Stick the Fiddle with Jeremy Child calling. Membership available, with entry at £4; visitors £4.50, includes light refreshments. All welcome, no partner or previous experience required. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie, secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com.  See https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

 

Thursday 23 May

West Dorset Ramblers 11 miles/17.7 km. Around Bridport. Starts at 10am: Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 459282.

Sidmouth Society of Artists demonstration evening with Colin Brown, focusing on London Townscapes in acrylics. 7pm. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.

An Evening with Dorset Author Damien Lewis Local disability charity, Diverse Abilities, is inviting the local community to join them in a private audience with Sunday Times best-selling author Damien Lewis, following the release of his latest book – SAS Italian Job. Damien will reveal the amazing story, which has made the national press, of Dorset man Mike ‘Wild Man’ Lees – the hero of South Lytchett Manor, now Lytchett Minster School, and his daring WWII parachute mission to destroy a supposedly secure Nazi fortress. Guests will also have the exclusive opportunity to meet Mike Lees’ daughter Christine Bueno and a Special Forces veteran, as well as bid for some very unique auction prizes, including a number of very rare Special Forces coins and an author’s mention in Damien’s next book. The evening will take place in the heart of the original Lees’ family home – The Manor House at Lytchett Minster School – from 7.30pm. Guests will enjoy a cheese and wine reception before hearing the remarkable story of Mike Lees. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to get their copy of Damien’s book signed. Tickets for the event are just £25. All proceeds will support Diverse Abilities to continue its vital work across Dorset, providing care to children and adults living with disabilities, and their families. To join Diverse Abilities at this event, please visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk/events or call the fundraising team on 01202 718266.

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild welcome Revd. Anna Flindell to speak at the monthly meeting. Her talk is about Prison Chaplaincy and promises to be a fascinating insight into a different side of prison life. The meeting starts at 6.45pm at the Crowshute Centre and there is easy free parking at the adjacent public car park. Refreshments are available and visitors and new members are very welcome. For any further details please ring 01460 64502.

Northanger Abbey Cyphers Theatre Company 8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm) £14 / £12 members & concessions Age guidance: 12+ Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF

01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. A timeless adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel about growing up and getting it all wrong, told in an accessible, energetic style.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake £5 under 18s advance or on the door  / £12.50 adults advance / £14 on the door. Starts 7pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Friday 24 May

Seaton Lions Club Book Stall 9.30am – 1.30pm The Square , Seaton.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Julia Williams talking about the health benefits of Nordic Walking. 2.30pm – 4pm Therapy session – Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

At The Ebenezer Guy Shrubsole : Who Owns England? Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The Ebenezer in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. To RSVP, please email ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com.

Kick Ass Brass Hot horns, banging beats & soulful vocals to celebrate the legendary Tower of Power

8.30pm, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. £15 advance/£18 on door. Tickets: www.jazzjurassica.co.uk or Box Office: 01297 442138.

Alan Barnes & Art Themen with the Dave Newton Trio Three of the UK’s best jazz musicians under one roof, for an evening of absolutely cracking modern jazz. 8pm. Tickets £18 (£33 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.

Songwriters in the Round An evening of original music presented by The Flying Fish. 7pm sharp. Featuring the artistry of: Ellie Baer, Elijah Wolf, Emi McDade, Mark Barnwell & Danny Sumbler Tickets available at The Flying Fish, Wood Road, Ashill, Ilminster TA19 9NX Telephone: 01823.480.467 £20 TIX Includes a Caribbean Dinner.

Ma Bessie and Her Blues Troop 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

Jazz Jurassica: Kick Ass Brass Part of Lyme Regis’s jazz festival: funky and full on, with steaming horns and soulful vocals from Eleisha Milverton, this is the best brass band on the scene right now. £15 advance / £18 on the door Starts 8.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Saturday 25 May

Annual Plant Sale Crewkerne Gardening Club in Falklands Square from 8.30am – 12noon. Come along a grab a bargain.

Somerset Wildlife Trust Grand Plant Sale Ilminster/Chard group 9am – 12noon. It is their Major fund-raiser for SWT. Wide variety of plants for sale as well as cakes and preserves. Please donate good quality, labelled plants & home-made produce. Offers of help appreciated. Market Hall, East St, Ilminster  roadside parking or town carparks Grid ref: ST362 146. Enquiries Valerie 01460 234551.

Colyton & District Garden Society Annual Plant Sale Colyton Town Hall, opens 9.30am, entry £1.  Please bring any plants, produce, cakes etc for sale between 6pm – 7pm, on Friday 24 May. For information Sue Price 01297 552362.

Henhayes Big Brunch Great value breakfast/brunch, £4.50 for egg, sausage, bacon, toast, tomato or beans and tea/coffee. Extras available at 50p each including black pudding, hash browns and mushrooms. Served 10am – 12noon (last orders 11.30am). Vegetarian option also available. No need to book just come along and enjoy! For further information please call in or contact us on: 01460 74340 or henhayescentre@btconnect.com. The Henhayes Centre, South Street Car Park, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA. www.henhayes.co.uk.

Golden Cap Estate Dorset Wildlife Trust A look at grassland communities with Jim White. 10am  – 12noon. Meet National Trust Stonebarrow car park. Book with Jim White, 01929 481 535 www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Coffee Morning Tea and coffee and delicious cakes for sale.10am – 1pm in The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

Coffee Morning and Table Top Sale at St Mary’s Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport, 10am – 2pm.  Stalls include jigsaws, books, bricabrac, plants and cards. In aid of Bridport Millennium Green and the Indian Street Children charity. Details Sue Wilkinson, 01308 425037.

Free live music by Clive Smith and his Arcadia Jazz band, 11am – 3pm followed by Plum Jam from 1.30pm. This BBQ event is the first of the Music in the Sarden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

 

Sound of Blue Note BBQ Cool as cucumber with some spunky boogaloo + delicious BBQ 12.30pm, The Mariners Hotel, Silver Street, Lyme Regis. £18 – booking essential. Tickets: www.jazzjurassica.co.uk or Box Office: 01297 442138

Plant & Garden Sale Selection of plants including perennial, bedding, vegetables and herbs; bushes; good condition garden and wicker accessories; professional information on gardening and horticulture. Any plants or miscellaneous garden supplies gratefully received. Refreshments. 01404 881760 for further information. 2pm – 4pm Axminster Heritage Centre Dye Garden, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

THG Garden Party 5pm – 8pm Join THG for fun art activities for all ages celebrating the national Museums At Night festival and the opening the exhibition: Paper Play. Family art activities, face painting music, food and bar. Free art activities, donations welcome. Pay bar and food. Thelma Hulbert Gallery (THG), Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LX www.thelmahulbert.com 01404 45006.

Equinor Big Band Sassy swing in “Shades of Ellington” 5pm, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. £10 advance/£12 on door. Tickets: www.jazzjurassica.co.uk or Box Office: 01297 442138.

Axminster Choral Society 7pm at the Minster Church. Axminster Andrew Millington and David Davies  Music for Two Pianos. A Rachmaninov Suite, Gustav Holst’s The Planets and other items. Tickets £10 from Archway Books, Church St, Axminster, Tel. 01297 33595 or members of the choir. For further information phone 01404 881 838 or see website: www.axminsterchoral.co.uk.

Laurence Jones Electrifying live performance from guitar wizard changing the face of British blues 8.30pm, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. £18/£15 advance/£18/20 on door. Tickets: www.jazzjurassica.co.uk or Box Office: 01297 442138.

 

Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 May

River Cottage Food Fair Why not experience a taste of River Cottage during the May Bank Holiday weekend?  The Food Fair is a real family occasion and all under 16s can come for free. It is packed full of activities and family fun – from chef demos, artisan food stalls, kids’ workshops, talks and live music, to garden and foraging tours. Tickets £15 per adult, under 16s come free. See www.rivercottage.net or call Josie in our Events Team on 01297 630302.

 

Saturday 25 – Tuesday 28 May

Spring Family Camp @ Trill Farm Rewild yourself and your children during a three-night stay at Trill Farm’s eco-campsite with Chris Holland. £90/child, £160/adult, £450/family, Trill Farm, Musbury, EX13 8TU trillfarm.co.uk 01297 631113.

Saturday 25 May – Sun 2 June

Shire Hall Book Week at 1pm. Dress up as your favourite book character and come on down to Shire Hall, Dorchester to celebrate all our favourite stories. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

 

Sunday 26 May

Angels of Sound Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm. £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA.

The Old Rectory, Netherbury (DT6 5NB) is opening its 5 acre garden in aid of the National Garden Scheme charities.   Open 11am-5pm. Adm £6 chdn free. www.ngs.org.uk. Also 28 May.

Transportation, with Prof Oxley and Dr Meredith 1pm at Shire Hall, Dorchester. This talk, by Professor Deborah Oxley the Professor of Social Science History at University of Oxford and Dr David Meredith, the Associate Member of the University of Oxford’s History Faculty in Economic and Social History, examines transportation from England to Australia. Tickets costs £6.50, and this includes a soup lunch (served from 12pm). For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA.

Matt Carter & Leigh Coleman – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” Stevie Wonder songbook in the spotlight

5pm, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. £10 advance/£12 on door. Tickets: www.jazzjurassica.co.uk or Box Office: 01297 442138.

Blackbeard’s Tea Party. A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event. 7.30pm. Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.                         

Powerhouse Gospel Choir Red hot, booty-shaking gospel – hallelujah 8.30pm, Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. £18 advance/£22 on door. Tickets: www.jazzjurassica.co.uk or Box Office: 01297 442138.

 

Sunday 26 May – Sun 2 June

Pirate Half Term Fun Pirate activities during the half term holidays – come and discover what West Bay Discovery Centre has to offer.  Open daily 11am – 4pm excluding Mondays. Admission free, donations welcome.  Further details www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk/.

Monday 27 May

Charmouth Vintage Fair Community Hall, 10am – 4pm. Next Date: Sunday 30 June 01297 560634.

Stockland Fair Starts 1.30pm. Stockland Village EX14 9EF. 6 miles equidistant Honiton, Chard and Axminster. www.stockland.org.uk. Fun for all ages

Litton Cheney Village Fete & Dog Show Come and enjoy a BBQ lunch,  a Fun Dog Show (entries on the day), bouncy castle, teas & ice creams, bottle tombola,  games and wonderful stalls. 12noon – 4pm in and around Litton & Thorner’s Community Hall (DT2 9AU) in the beautiful Bride Valley.  Entrance £1.50 for adults, children under 16 free.

Neil Maya’s Brubeck Brunch Effortless cool of Dave Brubeck’s music combined with two-course brunch 12.30pm, Royal Lion Hotel, Broad Street, Lyme Regis. £25 – booking essential. Tickets: www.jazzjurassica.co.uk or Box Office: 01297 442138.

Family dog show Wootton Fitzpaine social club, Start 1.30pm. 10 classes plus best in show, Cream teas, BBQ, Bar Info 01297 560184

Burton Bradstock Village Fayre Church Street, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4QD. Held in the delightful Rectory Walled Gardens from 2pm – 4.30pm. An ideal afternoon out for all local and visiting families, with tests of skill for children and people of all ages, lots of stalls and games, ice creams, soft drinks, barbeque and renowned Dorset cream teas. Featured again for children this year are Face Painting, high striker, supervised games with prizes for winners, pig racing, toy stall, sweet stall, coconut shy, train game, “splat the rat” and many more. Parking is free. Entry is £1 for Adults, children under 12 enter free. For further information see posters around the area. Please note that a section of Church Road, Burton Bradstock outside the Village Hall will be temporarily closed from 9am – 6pm on the day of the Fayre.

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.

 

Tuesday 28 May

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles/12.9 km. Bride Valley, Swyre, Berwicks, Hive beach. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 424714.

The Old Rectory, Netherbury (DT6 5NB) is opening its 5 acre garden in aid of the National Garden Scheme charities. Open 11am-5pm. Adm £6 chdn free. www.ngs.org.uk. Also 28 May.

U3A Monthly Talk The U3A (University of the Third Age) offers a wide variety of general interest groups for retired, and semi retired people in Bridport and the surrounding areas. 2pm in Bridport United Church Hall in East Street. The cost to non members for each talk is £2. Further Information can be found at www.u3asites.org.uk/bridport. Former Senior Producer/Director for BBC/ITV presents ‘50 years in Television’.

Sidmouth Charity Tea Dance Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing with a warm, friendly welcome. £4 each, including Tea, coffee and biscuits at 2.30pm at All Saints Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES. Further information from 01395 579856 or 577122.

Martock History Group 6pm A visit to the Hanging Chapel in Langport, inside and out, space inside restricted, so please be patient!  And please don’t park selfishly, give time to share cars, for drop off and walking to the venue, which starts at 6.30pm. £3 visitors, free to members.  All monies taken will go to charity. Ring Fergus 01935822202 to secure a place.

Merriott Gardening Club ‘Patio Gardening’ a presentation by a member of the Gardens Group, Sherborne. Please meet as usual at the Tithe Barn, Church Street, at 7.30pm – refreshments and raffle. Non-members £2 at the door – everyone welcome. For more information please contact 01460 72298.

Bring & Share Supper at The Hub in Lyme Regis to highlight the services available provided by the Dorset Woman’s Refuge, The Friends of the Refuge and the Women’s Action Network Dorset- WAND. As well as 3 very entertaining speakers and food the organisers hope that those who attend can gather information on the services that are available for themselves or a friend plus discover ways they can help and get involved in supporting these organisations. Also seeking donations of items for the Women’s Refuge, this could be for the women themselves, their children or the Refuge itself. To attend or offer help on the night at the event or have any donations please contact Karen Forrester-Jones on 07572 543 781 or email on forresterjones.k@gmail.com with the subject title Bring & share Supper.

 

Wednesday 29 May

Powerstock Common Dorset Wildlife Trust A second look at grassland communities with Jim White, 10am – 12noon. Meet at the reserve, book with Jim White, 01929 481 535. www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Lego morning 10.15am- 12.00 noon. All Lego Builders, (young and old) are welcome in Burton Bradstock Community Library. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Artsreach Children’s Event. For further information info@burtonbradstocklibrary.org.uk or go to www.burtonbradstocklibrary.org.uk.

Crafty Coffee Morning 10am-12noon involving craft activities for grown-ups and kids. Free Entry. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.

Marvellous Moths Rowlands Orchard, Shute 10am – 12noon. Join moth expert Paul Butter, on a moth survey and count in this historic orchard. After overnight traps will have been set up to attract these mysterious creatures of the night, a chance to get up close and examine them and then release back into the orchard. Rowlands Orchard is an historic orchard dating back to the 17th century, when Courtenay Pole of Shute Barton planted hundreds of fruit trees on his Shute estate. Refreshments available. All ages welcome. Free event, no booking required.  Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. Rowlands Orchard, Little Orchard Alpacas, Haddon Road, Shute, EX13 7NX, Grid Ref 256 974. Further information please contact, Ruth Worsley,  Legacy to Landscape Project Co-ordinator: 01297 489741 or email: legacytolandscape@gmail.com; www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/wildlife/legacy-to-landscape.

Wildlife Gardening Talk, Demonstration & 3 Course Dinner with Author and Journalist Kate Bradbury Arrive at 3pm for tea and cake. Finishing at approx. 8.30pm. £75 pp. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, DT20EQ. T: 01300 320684. Visit www.kingcombe.org to book online.

Gittisham Folk Dance Club 8pm – 10.15pm in Gittisham Village Hall, Gittisham EX14 3AF. Contact Steve on 07793 124 229 or secretary Rosie,secretarygittishamfolkdance@gmail.com.  See https://gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

Wyld Morris Three Horseshoes Burton Bradstock 7.30pm.

Much Ado About Nothing The HandleBards pedal from venue to venue to perform sustainable Shakespeare. Join them for an outside performance with riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. £12.50 early bird, £16.50 adult, £10.50 under 18s, £5.50 under 10s advance / £18.50 adult, £10.50 under 18s, £5.50 under 10s on the door. Starts 6.30pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Thursday 30 May

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 miles/12.1 km. Colmers hill and Thorncombe beacon. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 424512.

Wildlife Wellbeing Walk at the Chesil Beach Centre (Stepping into Nature) 11am. A gentle, relaxing walk around Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, taking in the seasonal wildlife. Over 18’s only. All abilities welcome. This walk is dementia friendly, and particularly suitable for anyone wishing to discover the outdoors, lose weight, recover from illness or wanting to improve their mental health and wellbeing. This event is Free as it is funded by Stepping into Nature through the Big Lottery Fund. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland (DT4 9XE). To book your place please call Chesil Team on 01305 206191.

West Bay Discovery Walks explore the nature found in West Bay. (Stepping into Nature) 10.30am to start at 11am. West Bay is rich in history, culture and wildlife and is internationally recognised for its dramatic landscape. Through themed guided walks, taking about 40-60 minutes (1 mile distance), you can learn about and see what West Bay has to offer. Starting at the West Bay Discovery Centre (DT6 4EN). To book please call 01308 427288. This event is Free as it is funded by Stepping into Nature through the Big Lottery Fund.

Universarama! Squashbox Theatre 2pm (doors 1.30pm) £8 / £6 / £25 family (max. 2 adults) For adults and children 8 years + Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF 01305 266926

www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Let Professor Johnson of the Squashbox Theatre Astounding And Amazing Astronomical Research Society (S.T.A.A.A.A.R.S) take you on a journey to the edges of space and time! This family show, blending spectacle, storytelling and cabaret, is the creation of Craig Johnson – actor, musician, puppeteer, astronomy fan, and long-standing member of Cornwall’s renowned Kneehigh Theatre.

Family Explorer Afternoon 2pm – 4pm Colyton Community Woodland. Join Penny Evans for an afternoon of outdoor fun. Explore the area, find out about the wildlife that lives there and get creative using natural materials. Parents too, please. Meet at Colyton Picnic Site (SY245934). Book with EDDC wildeastdevon.co.uk or 01395 517557. £5 per family.

Black Cat Jazz Martock Church. The Black Cats perform New Orleans “Dance Hall” inspired music created by musicians prominent during the 1940-1960 traditional jazz revival music with a mixture of trumpet; trombone; euphonium; clarinet; sax; strings & drums but they will also play spirituals and popular tunes from earlier periods. 7.30pm Admission: £9 or £ 8 at 01935 829576 www.martockonline.co.uk/events, www.blackcatjazz.co.uk.

 

Friday 31 May

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Art with Libby. 2.30pm – 4pm Therapy session Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

A Way with Words Enjoy words spoken, sung and performed by local wordsmiths. Short pieces of poetry, prose, song and flash fiction. 6.45pm for 7pm. £5. For more info, or to take part, please contact Ken Cooper admin@awaywithwords.xyz. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Quentin Crisp Naked Hope 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport–arts.com.

Steve Turner at 8pm A pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments – he is a multi-instrumentalist, playing mandolin and banjo and also accompanying himself on the cittern. Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240340.