Coast and Countryside Events

Tuesday 25 April

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

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

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

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

 

Wednesday 26 April

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

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

Seaton and District Probus Club Talk by David Duke on legal tips for the retired. 10am at Seaton Methodist Church, small hall. The club is open to retired and semi-retired men over 55. New members/prospective members welcome. Please contact Stephen Lord on 01297 21872 for more information.

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

Hazel Williams & Dave Greenshields 10.30am well-known Musicians/Singers on the Dorset Folk Scene perform at St Peter’s Church, Dalwood, EX13 7EA  (just north of the A35 between Axminster and Honiton). One of the monthly half hour Coffee Concerts to raise money for Local Charity. Free entry and coffee & biscuits.  Retiring collection for Shelter Box. 01404 831280 www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk.

Young Musicians From Blundells School, Tiverton 7.30 – 8.30pm. Director of Music – Dr. Oliver Newman. Sidholme Music Room.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Talk ‘What to do with an overgrown garden’. Secretary, Rose Mock on 01297 34733, email: rosemary.mock@btinternet.com.  https://ulrhs.wordpress.com.

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

Bridport Camera Club Talk by Penny & Spike Piddock: Muck to Magic Underwater photography & cultural beliefs in the Philippines and Indonesia. 7.30pm Chancery House, Bridport, DT6 3JT. New members are always welcome. For further information please phone the Club Secretary on  01308 482658.

South Petherton Local History Group Roman life around South Petherton is thrillingly be brought to life for the local history group by Roman re-enactor and archaeologist, John Smith. Methodist church hall, 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £3.

RSC Live: Julius Caesar Bridport Electric Palace, Doors 6pm / starts 7pm, £11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door. www.electricpalace.org.uk. Also at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed bar and refreshments. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £12.50 in advance (£15 on day) from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm.

 

Thursday 27 April

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

South Somerset Ramblers 10am 5 miles Half Moon PH Horsington BA8 0EF GR701238  Three Towers Walk Stowell, Templecombe  Meal Deal agreed.  Roger and Janet 01963 34965.

West Bay Guided Walk led by Elizabeth Gale. ‘Bridport Harbour through 1000 years’ meet public car park opposite Haddon House Hotel 10am. Approx 2 hours, level walking. £4 each in aid of Rotary chairities enquiries 01308 459039.

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

One World  Forum Talk on ‘The Church and Human Rights,’ given by Nicholas Holtam  Bishop of Salisbury. St  J,ohn’s Catholic Church Shortmoor  Beaminster, at 7.30pm. Visitors £4. including Refreshments Enquiries to Peter Glanville  01308 458283.

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

Heritage of the Ile Trust Annual Meeting at The Shrubbery Hotel Ilminster at 7.30pm. After the short AGM there will be a slide show presentation and talk by Robin Gilbert from the South West Airfields Trust which will include when and why Merrifield Aerodrome was built and how important it was in WW2.

A further slideshow and display of old photographs will continue during the Buffet. The cost is £10pp which includes the optional buffet (£8) and annual membership of £2. For further details please contact Rowland Garland on 0146052673 or Allan White on 0146053928.

 

Friday 28 April

RSPB Guided Walk – The Voices of Spring 8am – 10am. Listen to an amazing array of birds as they greet the new day at Knoll Gardens, Wimborne, before the gardens open to the general public. 8am – 10am £4 Book online or call 01202 873931. www.knollgardens.co.uk.

West Dorset Ramblers 9 mile Long Bredy, Little Bredy, White Hill Barn and Jubilee Trail walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Lyall Griffiths, smoothies as therapy. Massage with Amanda. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Guitarist Justin Daish music is like Hank Marvin, and 60’s style music extremely versatile Guitarist. Concert only £10 including supper £18. Curry followed by fruit salad Bar opens at 6pm Supper at 6.30pm Concert starts at 7.45pm. Tickets from Henhayes Centre Crewkerne 01460 74340 henhayescentre@btconnect.com.

Somerset Wildlife Trust AGM and Talk Speaker & subject to be decided. Somerset Wildlife Trust at Parish Hall, North St. Ilminster TA19 0DG, starting at 7.30pm. Adult members £2, non-members £3, no charge for children. Refreshments available. Enquiries 01460 234551.

Alan Barnes and Julian Stringle Classic jazz tunes from top saxophonist Alan Barnes and renowned clarinettist Julian Stringle. Expect some thrilling musical duelling! At 8pm. Tickets: £18 (£32 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Skimmity Hitchers – Fuelled By Cider 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £11/9 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Somerset Wildlife Trust 7.30pm – 9.30pm. ‘A year in the life of the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital  and Rehabilitation Centre at West Hatch’. Refreshments available. Parish Hall, North St, Ilminster TA19 0DG. Enquiries 01460 234551.

Pom Pom Ceilidh in Crewkerne with the fabulous ‘Banter’ 7.30pm. Maiden Beech Academy, Lyme Road, Crewkerne.TA18 8HG Tickets £10. Family ticket £25 (2 adults, 2children under 16) available from the TIC Crewkerne Town Hall or www.wegottickets.com/creativecrewkerne. Licensed bar. Cash only. This event is being organised by ‘Creative Crewkerne’ to celebrate the second year of decorating the town with pom-poms.

crewkernepompom@gmail.com or tel 07877206124 Twitter:@C_Crewkerne.

A Flea in your Ear UkuleleOpera Curtain Raiser for ‘FLEA!’ Bridport Electric Palace, Doors 6pm / starts 7pm £5.50 (£5 + 50p bf) adv / £7 door www.electricpalace.org.uk. A flea circus, a talk on fleas by an expert and followed by a specially -elected film, prior to the ‘FLEA!’ community production by UkuleleOpera from 23-27 May, written by Mike Leigh’s award-winning composer Andrew Dickson. Follow the Fleas!

The Beach Boys Story Fan of the Beach Boys? Then you will love this band! Ride the wave of adrenaline and nostalgia that will sweep you from surf to sun and from hit to hit. 7.30pm Tickets: £16. Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

Mesadorm presented by Undercurrent Sessions at Eype Centre for the Arts, 7.30pm Tickets £10 www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/2582077 or tel: 07807305881 (Eve) 07981415265.

Fri 28 – Sat 29 April

Stars of the West End brings songs of the Great Musicals to St Michael and All Angels, Haselbury Plucknett TA18 7RE, 7pm. Tickets from haselbury-church-concerts@outlook.com or 01460 74857.

 

Fri 28 – Sun 30 April

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival Activities are held 10am-5pm, providing plenty of opportunities to learn and have fun.

 

Saturday 29 April

Lym Valley Croquet Club monthly taster session at 3pm. A chance to try your hand at this fascinating game. Free session, all equipment provided. Call David Brooke-Smith on 07909 111512 to chat and arrange. The club is beside the Uplyme Cricket Ground.

Breakfast 10am – 12noon still only £4 for egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, toast, tea/coffee extras available @50p each at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne 01460 74340.

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

Meet local cancer support group Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, DT1 2GW Drop in between 11am – 3pm. If you are being treated for cancer, recovering from cancer or caring for someone with cancer please come and have a chat over a cup of tea and find out about local support groups. Richard at dlhaulers@outlook.com.

Cape Farewell – Artists’ Talk with Nessie Reid. Join with Artists Nessie Reid as she will give more insight into her Bristol based project ‘The Milking Parlour’. This Talk is part of a series of events to support Cape Farewell Exhibition. Allsop Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR. 2pm, Free. No need to Book. Open, Tues-Sat: 10am-4pm.01308 424204. www.bridport-arts.com.

Concert  by the Axminster and District Choral Society at the Minster, Axminster 7.30pm. John Rutter’s Gloria & Joseph Jongen’s Mass, Opus  130,  performed by 80 strong choir with organ and brass.  Conducted by Judy Martin & Peter Parshall. Tickets £15 & £12 from Archway Books, Church St, Axminster, members of the choir or phone 01404 881 838. www.axminsterchoral.co.uk/.

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

Yeovil Concert Band 7.30pm Martock Parish Church. Directed by Band Sergeant Tom Griffin, Royal Marines, who is Instructor of the HMS Heron Volunteer Band at Yeovilton. Playing film music by John Williams & Ennio Morricone, popular marches, classical items and tunes from “The Jersey Boys”. Tickets £8 on the door or £7 from 01935 822706 or by email from hckmlewis@talktalk.net. Ample nearby parking, disabled access and toilet, wine and fruit juices available.

The Phil Beer Band + Support: The Hawthornes 8pm Tickets: £19 (seated). Phil is one half of top acoustic/roots duo Show Of Hands. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

DJ Dr Funk’s Bank Holiday Boogie Funk & Soul, Bridport Electric Palace, Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £5.50 (£5 + 50p bf) adv / £7 door www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Kagemusha Taiko: Pulse & Roll 7.30pm Tickets: £12/£10. Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

Riviera Dogs playing live at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £13 in advance or £16 on the door, available from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm.

 

Sat 29 – Sun 30 April

Sitting Spiritually Open Garden Weekend 10am – 5pm both days, Free entry & parking. Bramble Hayes, Yawl Hill Lane, Uplyme, Dorset DT7 3RP T: 01297 443084.

 

Sat 29 – Mon 1 May

The Cerne Giant Festival – Celebrating Humanity in the Landscape. Events organised include: ‘Skyscape and Landscape’ talk and telescope demo, Storytelling farm walk ‘Every Field has a Story’ with cream teas, NatureCraft for Children, a Barn Dance in Cerne church by Tatterdemalion (with bar, 7pm Sunday 30th April), readings of Barnes and Hardy, and a Butterflies and Flowers walk. As usual the Wessex Morris will be greeting the 1st May sunrise on The Trendle from 5am (with Cerne Abbas Brewery and their ale), and will perform in the village centre afterwards. Some events must be booked – check website or Facebook page for details.  http://cernevalley.co.uk/event/cerne-giant-festival/  or Cerne Giant Festival (Facebook).

 

Sunday 30 April

South Somerset Ramblers 10am B 11 miles Picnic. Meet at Shatcome Lane Eggardon Hill. GR SY550948. Via Eggardon Hill, Powerstock, South Porton, Powerstock Common. Tony W. 07749931443.

Dorset Knob Throwing Festival 10 years of Throwing Knobs! 10am – 4pm. To celebrate the 10th birthday the Dorset Knob Throwing festival is on the move, same event, same ethos, just a new more practical venue at Kingston Maurward in Dorchester. www.dorsetknobthrowing.com.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers Dry Stone Walling at Swyre in West Dorset. Come along to learn or practice this traditional skill. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923-498760 for them to contact you.

Sid Vale Folk 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Sidholme Music Room. Leader Shirley Stevens Traditional and contemporary music – Singers and Instrumentalists.

 

Monday 1 May

Wyld Morris dancing in the dawn of summer on Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth in the National Trust car park at 5.30am. After, at the Five Bells, Whitchurch Canonicorum for breakfast about 7am. Please call the pub if you wish to come for breakfast. Also, dancing out and about in West Bay in the afternoon. Call for

details 01297 489546.

Weekly Meditation Group 20 Minutes of Silence. Newcomers or experienced meditators welcomed. Open to everyone regardless of prior experience, faith or beliefs. Mornings – 8.10am Mon. Wed. Fri. Evening Wed. 7pm. St. Mary’s Church Ilminster.

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

Orchid Discovery Walk at 10am or 2pm, on the Golden Cap Estate. Meet at Stonebarrow shop, DT6 6RA. A chance to discover the beautiful orchids on the Golden Cap Estate and learn how we care for them. Help our volunteer ecologist John Newbould to survey orchids on this guided walk from Stonebarrow. Free event, booking essential. 01297 489481. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/golden-cap.

Holyford Woods Bluebell Day 11am – 4pm. Free Shuttle bus from Colyford Memorial car park starting 10.45am. Last bus returns 4.15pm. Refreshments available through the day—Information stalls, plant stall, raffle. Guided walks through the Woods. Come and enjoy one of East Devon’s hidden Nature reserves at Bluebell time. For further information contact 01297552316.

Marine Giants Talk and Shark Eggcase Hunt 11am – 12.30pm. Learn about the whales, sharks, dolphins and huge jellyfish that we have in Dorset. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Portland, DT3 9XE. Pay and Display Car Park.  Adults  £3 Children  £2, must be accompanied. No Booking required. Contact 01305 206191, chesilbeach@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk. For more Weymouth and Portland events follow us on Twitter @DWTWeyPort.

May Day Celebration at Combe Farm, Axmouth EX12 4AU from 2pm – 5pm. Dance round the Maypole with live music, sing in the Spring, walk the Spiral amid the apple blossom, enjoy Children’s storytelling & face painting, visit our Community Woodland Orchard, explore the library in the Sanctuary, buy some second-hand books, receive some healing and of course enjoy our wonderful teas, cakes and the famous nettle scones. Entrance £1, children free. Contact Christina Bows on 01297 23822 / thespiralcentre.wordpress.com.

Scottish Dancing in Chardstock Evening of Social Dancing with instruction with a break for tea and coffee. 7.30pm – 10pm at the Village Hall. No partner required. Cost £1.50. Contact David on 01460 65981; Ann on 01308 422927; or Andrew on 01297 33461, or just come along. www.chardscottishdancing.org. Mondays in May, 1st, 8th (includes AGM). 15th, End of Season Party, bring a plate of food to share.

 

Tuesday 2 May

Meditation group at Black Dog Tea Room Uplyme every Tuesday night 7.30pm – 9pm run by Sonia £5 per person meditation has many benefits stress relief, helps you sleep and many other things contact Sonia at Sonia@blackdogtearoom.co.uk.

Old Lyme Ghost Tours 7.30pm from Lyme Regis Museum Square (opp. Guildhall) this and every Tues and Thurs in May. An entertaining jaunt through the dark alleys of Lyme’s past, suitable for all ages. Lasts 1 hour. Adults £8 children £4, ghosts free. www.ghostwalkslyme.org.uk  01297442140.

National Trust South Dorset Association The Masterpieces of Kingston Lacy Talk by John Hallett, room guide at Kingston Lacy. St Aldhelm’s Centre, Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW at 2.30pm. £3 members, £4 guests inc. tea/biscuits. 01300 321601 geoffwrench@lineone.net.

 

Wednesday 3 May

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 miles circular walk from Wellington. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 07754 543244.

Coffee Morning at Misterton W.I. Hall, Middle Street  – all welcome. Just an opportunity to get together for a social chat over tea/coffee and biscuits/cake. Donation of £1 to cover costs; raffle and sales table (subject to availability),  Enq. 01460 74808.

Somerset Wildlife Trust Chaffcombe Coffee morning & Bluebell walk Refreshments are served in Chaffcombe Village Hall ST354 102 from 10.30 – 12noon. Good access, parking at hall or Church car park. At 11.30, Valerie & John Godsmark will lead walk to Park Wood Ancient Woodland Private Nature reserve/LWS to look at Bluebells & spring flowers. Uneven ground, some steep slopes, can be wet, suitable footwear essential. No dogs. Donations to SWT. Enquiries: 01460 234551.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed and Sat in May. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8 children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297443140.

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

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

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

Meditation and Speaker: Rev. Nigel Done 7pm St. Mary’s Church, Ilminster. My recent Journey to India:  Places of spiritual enlightenment, unique wildlife and the beauty that is Kerala. Visual presentation including personal paintings, photographs, and sketches. Refreshments provided.

Axminster Historical Society 7.30pm Devon Place Names – An Illustrated Talk by Robert Hesketh. Every place name has a story to tell, usually going back over a thousand years to the Saxon settlement. They reveal a great deal about our ancestors, the languages they spoke, their names and the lives they led. Robert a freelance writer and photographer has published over 40 Devon, Dorset and Somerset titles. The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver St. Axminster, EX!£ 5AH All Welcome.

Burton 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £12/10 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Burton vividly presents the life of the great Welsh actor in his own words, from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom.

 

Thursday 4 May

Music At The Minster Clive Smith & his Jazz Quartet A swinging opening to the season. 12.30pm – 1pm. axminsterconcerts@gmail.com or 01297 32927. The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, Axminster.

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

WDHS Retirement Fellowship 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ when Peter Hammond gives a water colour demonstration. New members welcome. Contact 01305 261676 or 785546 for further information. 

Old Lyme Ghost Tours 7.30pm from Lyme Regis Museum Square (opp. Guildhall) this and every Tues and Thurs in May. An entertaining jaunt through the dark alleys of Lyme’s past, suitable for all ages. Lasts 1 hour. Adults £8 children £4, ghosts free. www.ghostwalkslyme.org.uk  01297442140.

Chard Camera Club Tuition evening on Portraiture for members not fully up on portraiture in a hope to help them improve their knowledge of the subject.

Broadwey, Upwey & District Horticultural Society ‘Hanging baskets’, a talk by Jan Willment.                                                            St. Nicholas Primary School, Dorchester Road, Broadwey, Weymouth starting at 7.30pm. Details on 01305 813853 or website.

Lyme Voices Community Choir 7.30pm – 9.15pm at the Baptist Church middle hall, Silver St., Lyme Regis, DT7 3NY. Sing for fun. Learn tunes by ear. Everyone welcome. Contact Pete Linnett 01297 445078 or email petelinnett@naturalvoice.net. Also 11, 18, 26 May.

The Maxwell String Quartet play Bartok, Britten and Ravel 7.30pm. Hinton St George, St George’s Church.

Tatworth Wives Group present in Tatworth Church Room at 7.30pm, an Evening of Guitar Music with Saffron Summerfield, in aid of S. W. Children`s Hospice. Everyone Welcome.

Shappi Khorsandi – ‘Oh My Country!’ From Morris Dancing to Morrissey 8pm (age guidance 16+). Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £15/13 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

NT: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (12A as live) (encore) Bridport Electric Palace Doors 6pm / starts 7pm £11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Friday 5 May

Morning Chorus Breakfast 5.30am – 8.30am. Join Edward Jackson for a guided bird walk followed by a hearty breakfast. For more information and to book go to www.kingcombe.org. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ.  Contact 01300 320684.

West Dorset Ramblers 8 mile Donkey Sanctuary and Weston Beach walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01297 631130.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 miles circular work from Columbjohn. 10am start. No dogs. 01392 759332.

Lions Charity Book Stall The Square Seaton 10am – 2pm 01297 21572.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 2pm Tripudio with Elizabeth, 2.15pm how to make “Knitted Knockers” with Rosie from Bridport Yarn. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

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

Wedding fair at St Bartholomew’s Church Crewkerne 6pm – 9pm.

Lyme Bay Photographic Club Lyme 1200 / Dave King / Victor Ludorum / Wallis Competitions; 19th AGM / End of season awards / Social . Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PG starting at 7.30pm. www.lymebayphotographicclub.org.

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

Yeovil Archaeological and Local History Society have a Short AGM followed by a Victorian Slide Show given by Humphrey Hamlin. Starts at 7.30pm at the Holy Trinity Church & Community Centre, Lysander Road, Yeovil, BA20 2BU. Non Members – Free Entrance.

Concert by the Gloucester Police Male Voice Choir 7.30pm St Peter’s Dorchester. Tickets £5. For more details please contact Marj Snape 01305 259261, marjsnape@tiscali.co.uk.

Noasis Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £12 (£11.50 + 50p bf) adv / £14 door.

 

Fri 5 – Sat 6 May

The Festival of Imagination Science & Arts Festival Workshops, Talks, Displays and exhibition, this year with the theme of “Time”. See website for details. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Saturday 6 May

Dunkeswell Bowls Club annual Open Day For those who play bowls or have never tried bowls all welcome. 2pm – 4pm with a cuppa for all and best thing of all its free.  On the same day a Charity Breakfast to raise funds for a new bowls carpet which will be needed in a few years time. Breakfast starts at 9am – 11am. We will have a choice of small to large breakfasts also bacon butties. (Prices not yet decided).  We are on Culm Way, Dunkeswell EX14 4JB.  Further info from Sylvia on 01404 891040 or mygnomeland@hotmail.com.

Barrington & District Gardening Club Plant Sale 10am – 12noon. Barrington Village Hall. 01460 54691 – Robin.

Local Crafts & Collectables Fair Axmouth Village Hall 10am – 2.30pm. Stalls include – Sea Shore Art, Cards & Pictures, Knitted Toys, Handmade Art Glass, Local Landscape Pictures, Collectables & Jewellery (repairs a& restringing). Light Refreshments Available – coffees/teas – cakes – light lunches & cream teas. Free Admission.  Supporting F.O.R.C.E. a local Cancer Charity in Exeter. For more details, please contact 01297 445232.

Axminster Arts Society A workshop on Watercolours and Rivers by Rob Dudley at All Saints Village Hall  10am – 4pm. Booking via www.axminsterartsociety.

St John’s Church Plant Sale at Tatworth Memorial Hall, Kents Road, Tatworth TA20 2QA at 10.30am – 12.30pm. Refreshments will be available during the sale, including bacon butties, filled rolls, toasted tea cakes etc. Food Stall – Sale of  cakes, preserves, jars, packets & tins etc. Tombola; Raffle; Pre loved clothes for sale ; Win a Bird Table. Contact Gloria Swain 01460 221032 for more information.

Martock and District Gardening Society Annual Plant Sale at Martock Parish Hall from 10.30am – 12noon. Free entry.  Refreshments available.

Axminster Wood Turners meet at Woodbury Community Hall at 10am. Hosting Chris Foweraker an Exmoor turner. Free tea and coffee throughout. For non members there is a charge at the door of £5 which is refundable if you join the club. For further info ring the Chairman Barrie Golding  on 01884841162 or visit axminsterwoodturners.com to find out more.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed and Sat in May. Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy, supporting Lyme Regis Museum Mary Anning extension. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8 children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297443140.

Walk Seaton Labyrinth on World Labyrinth Day at 12.30pm at Cliff Field Gardens, Seaton EX12 2PH.

Take steps for peace and be part of a global walk to ‘Walk as One at 1” in the afternoon, joining others around the world to create a wave of peaceful energy washing across the time zones. Contact Christina Bows on 01297 23822 for further information or visit thespiralcentre.wordpress.com.

Fun Dog Show by One plus One Carnival club at Donyatt Bowling club (TA19 0RG) from 2.30pm. 10 fun classes to enter at £1 per class, plus best in show. Rosettes and Treats to be won! All well behaved owners and their dogs welcome.

The Element in the room A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie presented by Tangram Theatre Company. 7pm Adult £8, Student/U16 £6, Family of four £25

Suitable for 8+ years. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Murder Mystery – “Lights, Camera, Murder” An evening of mystery and suspense. A chance to enjoy homemade Drimpton food and solve a murder. 7pm At Drimpton Village Hall, Chard Road, DT8 3RF. The evening includes a meal, served at your table, canapés served upon arrival (after all, you are studio guests). Tickets are available at £10. Enquiries through the box office 01308 868843, or via email drimptonboxoffice@gmail.com. There is also a licensed bar available to keep you refreshed as you track down the murderer(s).

Ninebarrow at 8pm. Tickets: £14. Full. £13 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340, boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Russell Kane ‘Right Man, Wrong Age’ Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £18 (£17 + £1 bf) adv / £20 door.

 

Sunday 7 May

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 miles circular walk from Branscombe. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 514886

South Somerset Ramblers 13 mile walk via East Chinnock & Drayton. Meet at Merriott Church at 10.30am. Bring picnic. Assistance dogs only. All welcome. Contact Carl 01460 30163.

Honiton & Crown Dorset Art Potteries new DVD Premiere – Members and visitors very welcome. The DVD describes the history of Honiton and Crown Dorset Art Potteries. Visitors are welcome to attend all or part of the day. Doors open 10.40am – see displays, archive material, buying and selling. Bring pots to show the experts? 11.10am Welcome : Talk about Linda Marks who worked at Honiton Pottery 1930s-1961: Extract from the new DVD. Tea/coffee available. Bring sandwiches for lunch or go out to eat. For more information visit Facebook page or website at www.hpcsoc.com or contact hpcsoc@hotmail.co.uk.

Ancient tree hunt Woodend Medieval Deer Park 2pm – 4pm. Learn to record ancient trees with Jill Butler, from the Woodland Trust. Please bring flexible tape measure, and if you have them a GPS, Smartphone or Tablet. Parking Shute village, Haddon Road, EX13 7QR   SY 252 975. Meet village noticeboard at start of Shute Barton end of Haddon Road Free. No booking required. Legacy to Landscape project. legacytolandscape@gmail.com; 01404 310012.

Kokoro 2.30pm, pre-concert talk at 1.45pm. Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £14/12/5 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Nikki Loy (singer songwriter) + support In2 the Blue. 7.30pm £7 in advance, £10 on the door. Smoky, sensuous and soulful. Nikki is currently on a 32 date UK tour supporting Sam Bailey. Her new album ‘Pivotal’ was released in Nov 2016. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Monday 8 May

Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss Try a free session at Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Find out how lipreading can help you to hear more and pick up some tips to help you cope with your hearing loss. 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.

The Probus Club of Yeovil meets at The Yeovil Court Hotel every second Monday of the month at 12noon for social interaction, a healthy luncheon and an interesting talk. New members are always made very welcome. Please contact Geoff Byham, Secretary, 01935 881422 or geoff @byhamgm.plus.com. Speaker Subject “The Phelips of Montacute.

The Memory Cafe in Axminster is reopening for anyone worried about their memory, worried about someone else’s memory or affected by dementia. The group meets every 2nd Monday, 2pm – 4pm at Pippins Centre, Lyme Rd, Axminster EX13 5AZ. Plenty of car spaces, and wheelchair access. Enquiries to Maggie Stead, 01297 678458 or Shiobham Pickering, Community Matron 01297 630427 Or e mail shiobhan.pickering@nhs.net.

Radipole & South Horticultural Society (Weymouth) Southill Community at 7.30pm. Speaker Nick Cox from the National Trust’s Killerton Estate in Devon presents “Killerton Gardens”. Everyone is welcome. Further information is available on 01305 788939.

Bridport Folk Dance Club meets at 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the WI Hall, North Street, Bridport. No partner or previous experience required. Membership available giving admission at £2.50, otherwise £3. Contact Jane on 01308 898 002 or Monty on 01308 423 442. Also on 15 and 22.

Biodanza @ Othona Express, Connect, Relax! Dance like no one’s watching, no steps to learn, no partner needed, uplifting world music and holistic health benefits. For all ages from 19 to 90. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Join with teacher Julia Hope-Brightwell (Jewell). Cost £8 (Cons avail). Othona Community, Coast Road, Burton Bradstock DT6 4RN. Contact Robin 01308 897 130 / biodanza-bridport.co.uk. Also 22.

 

Tuesday 9 May
Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing NT Dunster Castle nr Minehead. Coach leaves Uplyme VH at 9.15am. Cost NT members £10  Non NT £20.  Please ring Gill Williams 01297 444927 to book. Visitors are welcome for an extra charge of £3.

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 mile linear walk from Portland then Weymouth by bus for Rodwell Trail, Causeway and Easton. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 897702.

Colyton & Colyford Probus Club meets at the Swallows Eaves Hotel, Colyford at 10am for coffee after which Peter Scott, Magistrate, will speak about the ‘Magistracy’. New members welcome: David Evans: 01297 553007.

Hilfield Monthly Lunch Club Hilfield Friary hosts a for older adults between 12noon – 2.30pm (eating at approximately 1pm) A donation of at least £3.50 would be welcomed. Come for lunch, a cuppa and meet new people. The Society of St Francis The Friary, Hilfield Dorchester Dorset, DT2 7BE Contact Suzi on 01300 341741 www.hilfieldfriary.org.uk, hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk.

Bridport History Society 2.30pm at United Church Hall, East St, Bridport. Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard will be talking about aspects of Bridport history  from 1760 – 1930. Members £1, visitors £2.50, all welcome. For more info contact Jane on 01308 4257610 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

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

Martock and District Gardening Society talk by Sally Nex on Year Round Vegetable Growing at Martock School at 7pm for 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £2 including tea or coffee and biscuits.

Ile Valley Flower Club Open Night at The Warehouse Theatre Ilminster.7pm for 7.30pm start doors open 6.30pm. Demonstrating will be the very popular Angela Turner presenting “Singalonga”. Tickets available from Harrimans in Ilminster or by phoning 01460 75025/67325.All Welcome.

 

Wednesday 10 May

U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis Harrods in Edwardian Times Illustrated talk by Yvonne Bell, having spent many happy hours in the Harrods’ Archives. Early catalogues and much more provide a fascinating insight into the shopping habits of the comfortably-off around 100 years ago, and much wry humour when viewed from a modern perspective. Coffee served from 10am – 10.45am followed by talk at 11am – 12noon. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. Free for members, non-members £2 donation suggested. To join U3A, see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297 444566.

Hilfield Monthly Craft Day These craft days are held from 10am – 4pm. This is a chance to finish long-forgotten projects or begin new ones. The Craft Room at Hilfield is newly refurbished and is crammed to the rafters with a myriad of different crafts. If you are able to, please bring £5 which will go towards setting up women’s sewing workshops in refugee camps to enable women to support their families.The Society of St Francis The Friary, Hilfield Dorchester Dorset, DT2 7BE Contact Suzi on 01300 341741 www.hilfieldfriary.org.uk, hilfieldssf@franciscans.org.uk.

Loders Local History Group Peter Stanier is an acknowledged expert on limekilns in Dorset and the west country. 7.30pm, Loders Village Hall, £2 includes refreshments – All welcome. Summer Project – Our Wells.

Wyld Morris dancing at the George in Chiddeock from 7.30pm.

The Beehive Folk Café 8pm – 10.30pm Free. With host Sue King- everyone welcome to come along to perform or have a drink and listen to some very talented local musicians. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Tel. 01404 384050.

Bridport Story Traders “Roped In – Yarns from Bridport’s Past”. Local creative writing group have been inspired by Bridport Museum’s archived photographs to write and perform tales based on the town’s rope industry. Images from 1880 – 1950 set the scene for the story telling. All characters in this performance are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Free entry, The Stable, (behind the Bull Hotel), 34 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF, 7.30pm – 9.10pm.

 

Thursday 11 May

West Dorset Ramblers 7 mile Eype Down, Thorncombe Beacon and West Bay walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 456191.

Probus Dorchester Lunch meeting at 12noon in The Gamekeeper, Charminster, Dorchester DT2 9QZ. New members always welcome. Tony Curtis 01305 751236.

Cape Farewell – Farmer’s Question Time Informal panel discussion with Artist Nessie Reid chairing the event and a selection of farmers who were involved in the Cape Farewell project – 7pm, £5. Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR. Open, Tues-Sat: 10am – 4pm. 01308 424204. www.bridport-arts.com.

Music At The Minster Martha Evans viola  Karin Hendrickson  piano 12.30pm – 1pm. axminsterconcerts@gmail.com or 01297 32927. The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, Axminster.

Chard Royal Naval Association Bi- monthly official meeting at the Chard Rugby Football club at 7.30pm.

Sherborne and District Gardeners’ Association Annual General Meeting plus talk by Dinah Lindon-Critchley Blooming Plants Nursery, Flowers For Cutting, 7.30pm. Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne. £2 for visitors.

The YCAA presents: Nick Fisher author of Pot Luck. The Johnson Studio, in the Octagon Theatre at 7.30pm Tickets from Box office – £6. Nick is a TV scriptwriter, a renowned fisherman, co-author of the River Cottage Book of Fish. This debut novel Pot Luck is a tale of greed and crime set against the backdrop of Weymouth’s crab fishing industry. What made him write this dark page-turner?

Friday 12 May

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 2pm Katy Ashman of Musica again, by popular request. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

The Distinctiveness of Devon An illustrated talk to be presented by Dr Todd Gray MBE (Devon Historian and President of the Devonshire Association) at 7.30pm in Seaton Town Hall. All welcome, donation at door (DA Members £1 non-members £2). Organised by the Devonshire Association (Axe Valley Branch), contact the Chairman, Dr David Westlake (01297 678529) for more information.

Kilmington Garden Club Dramatic, but low maintenance gardening, by Gardeners World Gardener of the Decade winner, Kath Crouch. Delivered in the usual light hearted and informative way. Kilmington village hall, Whitford Road Kilmington EX13 7RF 7.30pm Non members welcome £2.

Chard History Group “Bondage: The Experience of C17th and C18th Somerset Emigrants”. 7.30pm at Manor Court Primary School. Refreshment available. New members and guests welcome. Members £2. Guests £3. FREE parking in School Yard. For information 01460 66165.

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

 

Friday 12 – Sunday 14 May

Yarcombe’s Got Talent Yarcombe Parish Church Open 10.30am – 5pm. Saturday Evening Concert 7.30pm.  Sunday Songs of Praise 7pm. Many Varied Talents, Children’s activity and Pottery (including Have a Go). Refreshments. Entry Free. Donations to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Email jeanmaryrich@gmail.com.

 

Saturday 13 May

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

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale & Coffee morning 9.30am – 11.30am Uplyme Village Hall. Donations please of plants and produce (cakes, jam, veg. etc) Entry £1. Contact 01297 444962 for details.

Plant Sale in South Petherton Parish Church. 10am – 12noon. Refreshments.

Martock Farmers Market 10am – 1pm in the shopping precinct, North Street. 16+ stalls. Asparagus at last! Are you a closet cook?  If so, it’s time to ‘come out’!  Ring Fergus on 01935 822202 for a table.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 6.3 miles circular walk from Sidbury. 10am start. Dogs on short leads 01395 567450.

Somerset Day Craft Fair Victoria Hall, Market Square, Crewkerne. 10am – 2pm. For information on the Somerset Day Craft Fair, please contact Laura Gowers at the Town Council on 01460 74001 or e-mail deputyclerk@crewkerne-tc.gov.uk.

Devon Orchid Society 42nd Annual Orchid Show 10.30am – 4pm Public Hall, Station Road, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RG. £3. Accompanied children Free. Exotic Orchid Displays, Orchid Growing Advice and Potting Demos. Plants for Sale. Free Car Parking Nearby.

Seavington Gardening Club Plant Sale at the Millennium Hall 10am – 12noon Flower and vegetable plants for sale – come early to avoid disappointment. For further information please contact Karen Day – tel. 01460 249728.

The Wounded Healer led by Janet lake as event 3 of 4 on ‘Healing and Spirituality’ at ‘A Space for Living Spirituality’ Bridport Quaker Meeting House 10am – 4pm. Donation £5 – £30. Bring-and-share lunch. For information and booking, email Janet Lake on iona.lake@aol.co.uk.

Sherborne and District Gardeners’ Association Plant Sale 10am. Parsons Yard, Cheap Street, Sherborne.

Local Crafts & Collectables Fair 10.30am – 3pm. To be held ‘by kind permission’ at the Baptist Church Hall, Silver Street, Lyme Regis. Stalls include – Collectables, Jams & Chutneys, Jewellery (repairs & restringing), Art Glass and Knitted Toys. Free admission. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. Supporting F.O.R.C.E. our local Cancer Charity in Exeter. For more details, please ring 01297 445232.

Broadwey, Upwey & District Horticultural Society Plant Sale Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue, Upwey, Weymouth starting at 2pm. Details on 01305 813853 or website.

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

Garden & Food Festival 10am-4pm Colyton Grammar School, Colyford, EX24 6HN. Free entry. Local artisan food producers. Craft stalls. Extensive outdoor plant stalls. BBQ, Homemade cakes

Live music. Children’s area. Tombola/Raffle. Second hand book stall

Plant and Garden Sale Dalwood Jubilee Field 2pm – 4pm Jubilee Field fundraiser. Contact Shelagh Beak on 01404 881760. Or e-mail shelagh.beak@gmail.com.

West Dorset Group, SDFHS meeting Loders Village Hall, 2pm. Society member Paul Radford will talk about ‘The Channel Islands: A 19th Century Escape from the West Country’. Members £1.50, visitors £3, all welcome. For more information contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com.

Wayford Woods Guided Walk led by Andrew Hutchings followed by cream tea in St Michael and All Angels Church, Wayford. Meet in the Woods car park, 2pm. £5, for information call 01460 279696.

Bridport Choral Society Bushes & Briars. Choral works inspired by traditional music from the British Isles and America, with guest artists. The Bridport Café Quartet, Bridport United Church 7.30pm. Tickets (including refreshment) £8, U16 £4. Available from Bridport Music or on the door.

Jonathan Delbribge playing an exciting programme of organ music ranging from Bach to Fats Waller at St Martins Church West Coker at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 in advance £10 on the door to include a glass of wine from West Coker Post Office or book tickets from Sue 01935862172.

Martin Simpson at 8pm. Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340, boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Acoustic Music Concert Watkins & Swarbrick Band. Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Church Street, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4QS. 8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm). Pay what you like at the end of the show, but book seats in advance. Seat reservations essential from the box office 01305 837299 or emailing: songsfromthehalls234@gmail.com.

 

Sat 13 May – Sun 14 May

Far From The Madding Crowd – Hotbuckle Productions Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2.30pm. Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £12/10/5 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Sunday 14 May

Bridport’s Ropewalk Fair on the Millennium Green from 11am – 4pm. Packed full of fun net-themed games and activities. All Season of Heritage events are listed on Bridport Museum’s Facebook page and a printed programme is available from Bridport TIC or the Local History Centre in Gundry Lane. The Season of Heritage team are also looking for volunteers to help steward at the puppet parade and Ropewalk Fair. Give Emily a call on 01308 458703 or email curator@bridportmuseum.co.uk.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath £12, Booking in advance www.centreforpuresound.org or Call Dean on 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. 2pm – 4pm Ninesprings Natural Health Centre, 70 Hendford, Yeovil Somerset BA20 1UR.

Plants & Teas 2pm – 5pm Lindisfarne Powerstock DT6 3TE. Plants for sale for Parkinson’sUK and Teas in the Garden for The Red Cross Support at Home Service operating from Dorchester County Hospital. No Dogs.

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 the Bell Fund. For info phone 01404 43929 or 01404 43166.

Pet Blessing Service at Misterton Recreation Ground/Village Hall (TA18 8NA) at 2.30pm. Jonathan Morris, Associate Vicar of Misterton, is presiding at the event. Enquiries Carol Walker 01460 74808.

Cream Tea in the Sports and Social Club, Offwell Nr. Honiton, 3pm lots of lovely home made scones and cakes, lovely afternoon out for everyone. Proceeds to the new Childrens Play Ground, charity no. 300915.

The Quangle Wangle Choir hosted by The Friends of St Nicholas  – St Nicholas Church, Abbotsbury.  Tickets available from the box office Tel 01305 871532 or from the door on the day.

Der Rosankavalier from Met Opera at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed Bar and Refreshments. Doors open 2.30pm. Tickets £15 (£17.50 on day) from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm. (Charge for card payment).

Lyme Bay Chorale’s Spring Concert 4pm, St Michael’s Paris Church, Lyme Regis. Tickets £15 on the door, £13 in advance from Lyme Regis Tourist Information, Penny Black’s Tea Room and from choir members. Under 19s free, ticket includes a delicious post concert buffet. The concert’s centrepiece  is the intensely moving Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Britten’s startling Worship the Lamb and Stanford’s rousing Lo I raise up. Guest conductor is Peter Parshall with the choir’s musical director Alex Davies on Organ. www.lymebaychorale.co.uk.

Axminster Musical Theatre are holding auditions for their November production of South Pacific. These will take place in The Masonic Lodge, South Street, Axminster EX13 5AD at 3 pm. Further details from the website axmt.co.uk or Rose Harvey 07967 205302.

 

 

Monday 15 May

Coffee Morning at Smith & Smith, 8 West Street, Bridport, in aid of Dorset County Hospital’s Cancer Appeal. The appeal will provide a new cancer and haematology outpatients at Dorchester, as an alternative for patients who currently have to travel further afield. Lots of coffee, cake and a raffle, 10am – 12noon.  More details from Sue 01308 422172.

Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss Try a free session at Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Find out how lipreading can help you to hear more and pick up some tips to help you cope with your hearing loss. 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.

A bat trail walk from Beer to Branscombe, Beer Head 10.30am – 12.30pm. Join the Devon Bat Project and the Countryside team for a walk along the coastline looking at bat habitats. Booking required, £3 per person, Beer Head car park, Common Hill, Beer, EX12 3AQ wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

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

Musbury Garden Club talk 7.30pm at Musbury Village Hall. Jenny Short, local garden designer, gives an illustrated talk all about ponds. She covers bog gardens, self-contained water features, formal and natural wildlife ponds. Refreshments from 7pm. All welcome. £2.50 non-members.

Hawkchurch History Society Bill Horner, Devon’s County Archivist, talks about World War 2 Devon’s coastal defences including the Axe Valley section of the Taunton Stop Line. Hawkchurch Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm. Non-members welcome – £5 inc Refreshments.

Wyld  Morris dancing at the White Lion, Broadwindsor from 7.30pm with friends, Treacle Eater Clog and Enigma Morris.

 

Tuesday 16 May

West Dorset Ramblers 8 mile Thorncombe, Hewood, Forde Abbey, Ammerham and Winsham walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 424714.

Botanical Stroll £4 for refreshments. Discover Trill’s natural habitats and the plants that grow there – in the marshes, the flower-rich meadows, and patches of limestone grassland along the old railway. Trill Farm, Pudleylake Rd, Axminster EX13 8TU Phone: 01297 631113, www.trillfarm.co.uk.

Wild Flower Walk down Wayford hedgerows led by Val Watson, followed by cream tea in St Michael and All angels Church, Wayford. Meet at the Church, 2pm. £5, for information call 01460 279696.

Chideock Talk and Ploughman’s Godzone – a celebration of the landscape of New Zealand through Science, Art & Literature by Prof. Denys Brunsden; to raise funds for Chideock Village Hall new kitchen. 7pm for 7.30pm. £8 including a ploughman’s and a free glass of wine. Tickets available from Janet Carey 01297 489782.

 

Tues 16 – Fri 19 May

The Titfield Thunderbolt by Philip Goulding  presented by South Petherton Combined Arts Drama Group at 7.30pm. Suitable for children 10 years and over. Tickets: £8 Full. £4 Under 16s. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340, boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

 

Wednesday 17 May

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 miles circular walk from Shipley Bridge. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 23424.

Bridport Probus Club meets at 12noon in the Eype’s Mouth Hotel for lunch at 1pm. This is followed by a talk by Bonny Sartin – Up in Arms. Potential new members welcome. Please call Graham Pitts on 01297561569.

Honiton U3A speaker from the European Parliament Information Office UK giving up to date information on the ‘United Kingdom and the EU’ – a subject that is of great interest at the moment and a meeting which will no doubt produce many questions. The Beehive Centre, Dowell St., Honiton, doors open 1.30pm for 2pm start. Members Free and Visitors welcome (suggested donation of £2). Further information: 01404 598008, http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton.

Axminster Arts Society A Demonstration of Palette Knife work by Stephen Foster in The United reformed Church Hall, Chard Street Axminster 2.30pm – 4.30pm. www.axminsterartsociety.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club will host a talk and slide presentation given by Ian Bennett entitled ‘Smaller Railways of Britain’. 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 “traclubsite” for information.

Arts @ St Bart’s St Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne. Steve Knightley, “The Landlocked Tour”. Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm; Tickets £18 available from Crewkerne Town Hall or geraldine@clotworthy.co.uk.

WDDFAS Coachwork Design in 18th & 19th Centuries: Speaker: Clive Barham-Carter. Highlands End Leisure Centre, Eype at 2.30pm. For details contact 01297 443615.

 

Wed 17 – Thurs 18 May

Frozen Light Wednesday 11am & 1.30pm & Thursday 10.30pm. Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, Box office: 01305 266926.

 

Wed 17 – Fri 19 May

Walking in West Dorset Discover and learn about the ancient hills and vales of west Dorset on this guided walking event. For more information and to book go to www.kingcombe.org. The Kingcombe Centre, Lower Kingcombe, Dorchester, DT2 0EQ.  Contact 01300 320684. Dorset Wildlife Trust.

 

Thursday 18 May

Music At The Minster Fumi Otsuki  violin Alessandro Viale  piano The amazing worlds of MacMillan & Finzi. 12.30pm – 1pm. axminsterconcerts@gmail.com or 01297 32927. The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, Axminster.

Dalwood Jubilee Field Fundraiser Plant and Garden Sale 2pm – 5pm Jubilee Field. Please contact Shelagh Beak on 01404 881760 for further information.

Friends of Weymouth Library (FOWL) AGM 2.30pm. Also Talk from Anne Cleveland on her experiences as a singer with Carl Rosa and Sadlers Wells opera company.

Chard Camera Club meeting in the Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm.

Bridport & District Gardening Club Gardening in Containers & Baskets – Alan Leaman. 7.30pm Women’s Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport, DT6 3JQ. Peter Gough peter.gough182@btinternet.com, 01308 459469 / 07535 816299.

Tatworth W.I hold their Annual Meeting in Tatworth Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. The Somerset Denman Ambassador, Carol Smith talks about the W.I. College.

South Somerset RSPB Group ‘The Secret Life of the Tawny Owl’ Narrated by Chris Packham. Showing by kind permission of the producer Dave Culley. Also annual bring and buy Plant Sale.7.30pm The Millennium Hall, Seavington St Mary Entry: Group members £2.50, non-group members £3.50, under 18’s free (tea/coffee & biscuits included) – wheelchair access. Non-members very welcome. For further details contact: Denise Chamings (group leader) on 01460240740 www.rspb.org.uk/groups/southsomerset.

One World Forum Strode Room  Church Street. 7.30pm ‘Thomas Hardy a ‘One World Writer’. Speaker Peter Mann Past member of the Thomas Hardy Council and past guide to Max Gate. Visitors £4. including refreshments.

 

Fri 18 – Sat 20 May

Inspiring Women Colyton WI 90 Exhibition 10.30am – 4pm St Andrew’s Church Colyton. Admission Free. An exhibition of flowers, artefacts and photographs highlighting the inspirational women of the last nine decades. Come and add your favourite to the Roll of Honour. Refreshments will be available in the Sunday School during the exhibition. Enjoy a walk round our lovely town and why not leave your car in Seaton and come up by tram, taking in the beautiful Axe estuary with its amazing wealth of birdlife.

 

Friday 19 May

West Dorset Ramblers 8 mile Mapperton and Loscombe Valley walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. Dogs optional. All welcome. Please call 01308 863565.

Special Artists Talk Event with Jennie Dutton. Join Jennie Dutton during Dementia Awareness Week as she offers more insight into her work and the motives behind it. 4pm, Free. Cafe/Foyer Gallery, Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR. Open, Tues-Sat: 10-4. Free admission. 01308 424204. www.bridport-arts.com.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 miles circular walk from Hawkchurch. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01404 861527.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 1pm Rising Voices with Jane, 2pm Tripudio with Elizabeth, 2.15pm Fiona Pearson, British Red Cross Support at Home Service pre and post-chemo. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Henhayes Centre Crewkerne Monthly special 3 course lunch, Roast Gammon followed by Lemon Ginger Crunch. £8 incl tea/coffee and choccies 12.30pm, booking essential 01460 74340.

 

Fri 19 – Sat 20 May

A Night at The Musicals 7.30pm £10. Join the award-winning Honiton Community Theatre Company for a staged concert of songs from your favourite West End and Broadway shows. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Saturday 20 May

Antiques, collectables and decorative Fair at Guildhall Axminster Devon EX13 5NX 10am – 3.30pm. Small furniture, Textiles, China, Glass, Silver, Jewellery, Books, Pictures etc. Enquiries: Meadow Fairs 01297 24446  or  07977 591 736

Table Top Sale at Whitelackington Village Hall, 10am – 1pm. Entry is free and we have 19 stalls selling new and used items. All proceeds to the hall restoration fund.

Local Crafts and Collectables Fair 10.30am – 3pm. To be held ‘by kind permission’ at the Baptist Church Hall, Silver Street, Lyme Regis. Stalls include – Jams & Chutneys, Hand-made Art Glass, Beach Art, Jewellery (restringing) and Collectables. Free Admission. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. Supporting F.O.R.C.E. our local Cancer Charity in Exeter. For details, please ring 01297 445232.

Grand Plant Sale 9am – 12noon. Fund-raising event. Wide variety of plants as well as cakes and preserves are on sale. Please donate good quality, labelled plants, cakes and preserves. Offers of help appreciated. Market Hall, Ilminster ST362 146 Road-side parking, town car parks Enquiries Valerie 01460 234 551. Somerset Wildlife Trust.

Seasonal Sessions for Older Girls  Age: 10-16 years with Mickey Bonome Take time to Relax, Find Inner Calm by Reconnecting with the Outdoors. Make new friends, learn new skills, foraging, make natural products, explore, create keepsakes & land art with natural organic materials. Campfire cooking, Seasonal Celebration, Folklore, stories of our native plants and wildlife, natural dyeing, felting and willow working. Also 24 June and 15 July. Limemead Farm. Time: 11am – 4pm. Cost: £20 per session or ££60 for block booking 4 sessions. http://www.coreprojects.org.uk. This group is part funded by Somerset County Council, Short Breaks Team.

Friends of Weymouth Library (FOWL) 10.30am. Talk from ex Weymouth librarian Bob Sharpe on Crime Writing. £2 for members, £3 non members.

Sacred and Profane Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and works by Monteverdi and others presented by Seaton Choral Society.  Nicola Wilkes (soprano) Leslie Baker (tenor) and David Fouracre (baritone) with instrumentalists and children from local schools directed by Ian Crew. 7.30pm at The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton. Tickets £10 (under 18s free) from The Gateway 01297 625699.

The Tuckers Jazz Club The Martin Dale Quartet, Martin Dale (sax) Gavin Martin (piano) Kevin Sanders (bass) and Dennis Harris (drums). 8pm at The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood, Near Axminster, EX13 7EG. Parking in the Village Hall Car Park. £10  advance or at the door. www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk   01404 831280.

The Jo Burt Experience: Nuts in May Tour at 8pm. Ticket: £16. No concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340, boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

 

Sat 20 – Sun 21 May

Spring Tide Food Festival 10am – 4pm Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock. £2 per person including NT members. Under 12’s are free. Sample and buy the best food, drink and craft from a wide range of local producers at this coastal festival. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/burton-bradstock.

Sunday 21 May

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 miles circular walk from Knapp Copse. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 514886.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath £12, Booking in advance www.centreforpuresound.org or Call Dean on 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. 2pm – 4pm Bridport Unitarians, 49 East St, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX.

Cream Tea Uploders Methodist Chapel, 3pm – 5pm. Come along for a yummy cream tea.

Axminster Axe Vale Orchestra Concert at 3.30pm in The Minster, performing Mozart Piano Concerto no 25 (Simon Watterton- piano) & Beethoven Symphony no 7. Conductor will be Arturo Serna. Tickets £10 includes tea & cakes, available Archway Bookshop 01297 33595.

 

Monday 22 May

Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss Try a free session at Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Find out how lipreading can help you to hear more and pick up some tips to help you cope with your hearing loss. 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.

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

 

Tuesday 23 May

West Dorset Ramblers 5 mile pub walk through the apple orchards around East Lambrook.  Please call 01460 77135 by Sun 21 May to book pub lunch. 10am start. Bring snack. No dogs. All welcome.

Colyton & Colyford Probus Club Members and their guests meet at the Swallows Eaves Hotel, Colyford at 12noon for 12.30pm for their Annual Guests’ Lunch.

Evening Beaver Watching At Escot Park, Ottery St Mary 8pm – 10pm. This evening is led by Mish Kennaway from Escot Park. Contact Mary Howes on 01935 872742 if you wish to book. Cost will be £6 approx. Numbers are limited. Please wear non rustling clothing, no bright or fluorescent colours. Dorset Wildlife Trust.

 

Tue 23 – Sat 27 May

UkuleleOpera presents ‘FLEA’! Bridport Electric Palace Matinee Performance and Relaxed Matinee on Tues, Weds & Sat – Doors 12 midday / starts 1pm. Thursday – Saturday Doors 6.30pm – starts 7.30pm. A spectacular community theatre production being staged in Bridport. www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Wednesday 24 May

Bird ringing demonstration Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands 9am. This event is highly weather dependant. No booking required, free, Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Talent For Textiles Fine & Antique Textiles 10am – 5pm, Deans Court, Wimborne, BH21 1QF Café £5 entry www.talentfortextiles.com.

Martock History Group 6pm. David Ledger, Tower Captain at All Saints, takes a tour up to the bell tower and roof  of All Saints, Martock. Only 10 people at a time can go on the roof. In addition, for insurance reasons, those on the tour must be of sound constitution, a responsible adult, and well shod!  But this is all well worth it, the views are fabulous. £3 admission or a year’s sub for £10.  fergus.dowding@btinternet.com or 01935 822202 for more details.

South Petherton Local History Group  “The Battle of the Buses in South Somerset” – the struggle which began in the 1920s to develop bus services in South Somerset – will be recalled by local historian Leon Ford.   Members  should take their seats at 7.30pm. Tickets for guests £3.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Talk 7.30pm Talk ‘Searching in the dark: unravelling the mysteries of the South West’s rare bats’ by Fiona Matthews, Chair of the Mammal Society. Uplyme Village Hall. Visitors are welcome, at a charge of £3. Contact Secretary, Rose Mock, 01297 34733, rosemary.mock@btinternet.com.

Wyld Morris dancing at the Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock from 7.30pm.

RSC Live screening of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra (12A) at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed bar and refreshments. Doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £12.50 in advance (£15 on day) from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm. (Charge for card payment).

I Am Beast – Sparkle and Dark Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £12/10/5 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Thursday 25 May

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

Music At The Minster Colyton Grammar School Senior Choir Directed by David House. 12.30pm – 1pm. axminsterconcerts@gmail.com or 01297 32927. The Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, Axminster.

Canoe safari, Seaton Wetlands 6pm – 8.30pm. Guided trip down the river Axe. No experience necessary, must be 8+ and able to swim 25m. Riverside hot drink provided. Booking required, £26 adults, £16 under 16’s, Seaton Wetlands car park, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

 

Cape Farewell – ‘A Field of Wheat’ Talk Discussion & Communal Meal. Talk & discussion hosted by Laura Williams with artists Anne-Marie Culhane & Ruth Leve about the project. Followed by a communal, homemade meal with bread made from wheat from the project. 6pm, £5. Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR. Open, Tues-Sat: 10am – 4pm. 01308 424204. www.bridport-arts.com.

Phil Beer Band Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £20/18 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Friday 26 May

West Dorset Ramblers 10 mile Pilsdon Pen, Bettiscombe and Synderford walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320168.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 miles circular walk from Kentisbeare. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01392 873881.

Come for Coffee £1 for a cafetiere of coffee, also teas, home made biscuits and cakes, and occasional stalls. 10am – 12noon in Parish Hall, Church Street.

The Living Tree, cancer self-help group 2pm Art with Libby + Libby’s cousin Paul Whymant cycling 1000 miles to celebrate his “all clear” from cancer and raise money for Macmillan. Drop in any time between 2pm – 4.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

John Doyle (Top Irish guitarist singer songwriter) 7.30pm £10 in advance, £13 on the door. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Matt Forde: New Date 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £15/13 / 5 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Saturday 27 May

Crewkerne Gardening Plant Sale in Falkland Square from 8.30am – 12noon. Good  quality plants at fair prices. Come and support us and bag a bargain or donate some plants.

Colyton & District Garden Society Annual Plant Sale at Colyton Town Hall, 9.30am – 12.30pm. Please bring any donations of plants, produce, cakes and gardening items to the Hall on 26 May 6pm – 7pm.

Henhayes Centre Crewkerne Big Breakfast 10am – 12noon. Egg/sausage/bacon/beans or tomato/toast, tea or coffee. All for just £4  extra items 50p,  booking not necessary. 01460 74340 for more info.

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

Local Crafts and Collectables Fair 10.30am – 3pm. To be held ‘by kind permission’ at the Baptist Church Hall, Silver Street, Lyme Regis. Stalls include – Crafted Painted Glass, Cards, Jewellery (repairs & restringing) and Collectables. Free Admission. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. Supporting F.O.R.C.E. our local Cancer Charity in Exeter. For more details, please ring 01297 445232.

Dorset Wildlife Trust – West Dorset Group & Dorset Flora Group Walk Starting at 10am. A walk with Jim White at Cogden Beach – for the fine coastal and shingle flora behind Chesil Bank. Meet in the NT car park, OS map ref. SY 502 885, off B3157 east of Burton Bradstock. Booking essential: please telephone Jim White, 01929 481 535.  Donation of £2 to Dorset Flora welcomed.

Home & Garden store Open Day 10am – 5pm at Symondsbury Estate Manor Yard, Symondsbury, Dorset DT6 6HG.

Meadow in Midsummer walk, Bolshayne 2pm – 4pm. Enjoy orchids and other early summer flowers on a walk in a glorious hay meadow with botanists Phil Wilson and Marian Reed.  Bolshayne Farm, Southleigh Road, near Colyton, EX24 6RX   SY 221 937. Free No booking required. Legacy to Landscape project. legacytolandscape@gmail.com 01404 310012.

Dorset Wildlife Trust – West Dorset Group & Dorset Flora Group Walk Starting at 2.30 pm. A walk with Jim White at Brackett’s Coppice – for flower-rich grasslands/valley woodland of the DWT reserve near Corscombe.  OS map ref. ST 514 074, off narrow Ryewater Lane. Booking essential: please telephone Jim White, 01929 481 535. Parking very limited, please arrange to car share.  Donation of £2 to Dorset Flora welcomed.

The Gatsby Gang + BBQ 3pm-5pm, The Pilot Boat Inn, Bridge Street. Tickets: £10 (music only) BBQ Available from 3pm.

Detroit Soul Collective at The Gateway, Seaton. Licensed bar and refreshments. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £13 in advance (£16 on day) from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm. (Charge for card payment).

The Phil Beer Band – A Chance to Dance Event at 8pm. Ticket: £19. No concessions. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340, boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

 

Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June

Dorset Wildflower Week 5pm, A week of walks exploring the wonderful wild flowers of Dorset. look online at derc.org.uk/local/dfg.htm. Dorset Wildlife Trust.

 

Sat 27 – Mon 29 May

Flower Festival 10.30am – 5pm at Chaffcombe Church, near Chard. ‘Music with Flowers’ also Village activities. All welcome 01460 65909 / 01460 65883.

Flower Festival St Michael and All Angels Church, Wayford. Church open all day. Saturday 27 May Cream teas and cake stall, 2pm – 5pm. Sunday 28 May, celebration service, 10am followed by coffee. Donations in aid of church funds. Further information call 01460 279696.

Spring Family Camp £310 family ticket (two adults/two children). Nature connection camps for families of all ages. Forage, play games, light fires, star gaze, meet the wildlife, wander, create and dream. Trill Farm, Pudleylake Rd, Axminster EX13 8TU Phone: 01297 631113, www.trillfarm.co.uk.

River Cottage Spring Food Fair Come along to a weekend of cookery demos, hands-on cooking masterclasses and great food. There will be plenty of entertainment for the kids with donkey rides, bubble workshops, falconry displays and more. Tickets £17.50 and under 16s are free.  For more details and to book see www.rivercottage.net or call Tamsyn in the Events Team on 01297 630302.

 

Sunday 28 May

East Devon Ramblers moderate 11 miles circular walk from Beaminster. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01308 456463.

Brit Valley Rotary Club Companion Dog Show at the Melplash Showground, West Bay Road, Bridport, starting 12noon. Judging starts at 1pm. Refreshments, both hot and cold, available. Entry fee is £4 per adult, children U16 free. For further details 01308 423318.

The Sound Of Blue Note Brunch 10am – 11.30am, By the Bay Restaurant, Marine Parade. Tickets: £15 including breakfast.

Jazz On The Beach 12pm – 5pm, Marine Shelters, Lyme Regis, Free. Donations welcome.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath £12, Booking in advance www.centreforpuresound.org or Call Dean on 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. 2pm – 4pm Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA.

Swing Unlimited All Stars Big Band 4.30pm – 5.45pm, Marine Theatre, Church Street. Tickets: £12 (all seated).  8pm – 10.30pm, Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 10.30pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome. To perform please send an email at folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, TA13 5AA.

 

Monday 29 May

Charmouth Vintage Fair Community Hall 10am – 4pm Enquiries: Tel: 01297-560634. Next Date: Sunday 30 July.

Burton Bradstock Village Fayre Rectory Gardens, Church Street, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4QD from 2pm –  4.40pm. Entry costs £1 for adults, children under 12 free and parking nearby is free.

Stockland Fair Fun for all ages in Stockland Village EX14 9EF. 6 miles from Chard, Honiton and Axminster. Starts 1.30pm.

Blues on the Beach From 12-bar blues to funky chops, soul-based rhythms to blues rock. 4pm – 7pm, Pilot Boat Inn, Bridge Street, Lyme Regis. Free.

Slinky Machine’s Jazz Guestival Jazz fusion maestros, Slinky Machine, host a roster of special guests and friends in a three-hour finale of jazz, blues and funk. Join them for their signature blend of jazz fusion covers and original material in this festival after party. Tickets from www.wegottickets.com/LymeRegisJazzBluesWeekend  or Tourist Information Centre (01297 442138). Booking fees apply.

 

Tuesday 30 May

Holiday Clubs Age: Tuesdays 5-7 yrs and 7-14 yrs.  Educators/ Facilitators: Alasdair Green & Mickey Bonome. An educational, creative and fun programme of activity incorporating forest school, natural craft, animal care and learning how to support our environment for the future. Limemead Farm 10am – 3pm. Cost: £25 per day. www.coreprojects.org.uk.

Merriott Gardening Club A talk with slides by Neil Lovesey of Picket Lane Nursery, South Perrott, on the history/future of the cottage garden. There are also be plants for sale from Neil’s Nursery.  Meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street, Merriott (car park attached) at 7.30pm.  All welcome – refreshments and raffle. Non-members £2.

 

Wednesday 31 May

Fun in the stream, Honiton Bottom 10am – 12noon. Join the Education rangers for a morning of splashing about in the stream. Go stream dipping, build a mini-raft and construct a dam. Wear shoes and clothing suitable for getting wet, wellies recommended. Booking required, £4 per child, Honiton Bottom, Battishorne Way, EX14 2XD wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

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

Plant and cake sale, Seaton Wetlands 11am – 3pm. No dogs. No booking required, donations for plants and cakes, Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Landscape Detectives, Colyton 2pm – 4.30pm. Gate leaning amble to see clues that reveal the history of the Shute estate landscape in Colyton Parish with local historian Colin Pady. Hillhead picnic site, Colyton, SY 244 934 Free. No booking required. Legacy to Landscape project. legacytolandscape@gmail.com; 01404 310012.

Fun Quiz Night at the Pilot Boat Inn, Lyme Regis. The quiz will start at 7.30pm. There’s a maximum team size of 6. No need to book, you pay on the door – £2.50 per person. Food & drink available from the bar. The quiz is being run as a fund-raiser by the Friends of Lyme Regis Museum. For further information please contact Valerie Hayward 07926 969 831.

 

Wed 31 May – Thur 1 June

Second-hand Book Sale Marine Parade Shelters, Lyme Regis. Second-hand books will be on sale from 11am. For further information please contact Valerie Hayward 07926 969 831.

Cape Farewell – Children’s Activities, Ages 6-12. Join Bridport Arts Centre. Gallery activities for young people that are linked to the current exhibition Cape Farewell! 2pm – 4pm, £4. Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR. Open, Tues-Sat: 10am – 4pm. 01308 424204. www.bridport-arts.com.

 

Wed 31 May – Sat 3 June

The Royal Bath and West Show Shepton Mallet 9am – 6pm.