Coast and Countryside Events

Tuesday 27 June

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 mile wander about the Isle of Portland. 10am start. Bring picnic. Dogs optional. All welcome. Please call 01308 898484.

Colyton & Colyford Probus Club meets at the Swallows Eaves Hotel, Colyford at noon for lunch following which at 3pm until 5pm Members and their guests are invited to attend the Club Garden Party in Musbury.

Tea Dance at All Saints in Sidmouth EX10 8ES 01395 579856.

Bridport & District U3A monthly talk – Vietnam and the Far East, the history, culture and beauty of Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand: speaker Christopher Legrand.  Talk starts at 2pm in the Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport.

Cream Tea Talk with Diane Janes – ‘Death at Wolfs Nick’ 3pm at Sidmouth Library. Hear how Diane was given access to police records of the unsolved murder of Evelyn Foster from 1931 and finally reveals a credible suspect. Tickets to be bought in advance from the library £4 or call 01395 512192.

Martock History Group 6pm a visit to The Wheelhouse, Gawbridge Mill, on the road between Coat and Lambrook. This is another large mill complex on the Parrett downriver from the Parrett Works. Lynda and Tony will show us round and give us the story. £3 admission to each event or a year’s sub for £10.  fergus.dowding@btinternet.com or 01935 822202 for more details.

 

Wednesday 28 June 

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

Wyld Morris are dancing in the Square in Beaminster as part of the festival, joined by No Mean Feet.

Lyme Regis Apple Users Group meets at Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis from 7.30pm, offering help, advice and instruction on working with iPads, iPhones and Macs. Free parking for the first 5 cars. Information from m_corgan@onetel.com. Or 07920 779558.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Talk 7.30pm ‘The Bishops Palace and Gardens, Wells : Past Present and Future’ by James Cross, Head Gardener since 2004. Uplyme Village Hall. Visitors are welcome, at a charge of £3. Contact Secretary, Rose Mock, 01297 34733, rosemary.mock@btinternet.com.

Yeovil Chamber Choir Summer Concert On Wings of Song – Music to celebrate our feathered friends…at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Preston Grove, Yeovil BA20 2BQ. Tickets cost £10, including refreshments, and are available on the door or in advance from the Treasurer on 01935 873719 or by email at   yeovilchamberchoir@hotmail.com.

Royal Opera House Live: Otello 7.15pm Adult £15, Student £12, Family £46. World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Live screening sung in Italian with English subtitles. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

 

Thursday 29 June

West Dorset Ramblers 8.1 mile Toller Porcorum area walk for Coles Moor, Barrowland Farm and Powerstock Common. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.

Music at the Minster 12.30pm Saxminster – saxophones & lunch@5past1. A welcome return to Axminster’s own saxophone choir. Donations towards the upkeep of the listed Minster church. The Minster  Axminster 01297 32927.

Stompin’ Dave Allen 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £10/8 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Stompin’ Dave, described by Blues In Britain as “a downright genius”, is an astounding performer whose reputation has spread far and wide from his home town of Bridport. Master of the guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and piano he is perhaps best-known for his old-time, flatfooting style of tap-dancing – hence his stage name. Also at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

 

Thursday 29 June – Saturday 1 July

CLOKS-Chard Local Kids Society Presents- Disney’s Jungle Book and Back from the Jungle written by Maria and Jonathan Farey. The Guildhall Chard, 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets available from Barron’s, Chard. www.cloks.org.uk.

 

Friday 30 June

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Feniton. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01404 850347.

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

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. 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.

A Way with Words Come and enjoy words spoken and sung. Entries on the theme of “The Journey” are invited in all formats – poetry, prose, flash poetry, song lyrics. Take to the stage yourself, or have someone else perform your words for you.  Contact: Angela Huskisson 01460 221138 angihusk1850@gmail.com 6.45pm for 7pm. £5 on the door. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Walking to Japan Talk in the Spiral Sanctuary at 7pm Combe Farm, Axmouth EX12 4AU. Carolyn Affleck Youngs will read from “Walking to Japan” and speak about her husband and co-author Derek Youngs (1940-2011) who walked thousands of miles in the name of peace. What started as a manifesto became a mantra, and his memoir is the touching, insightful and humorous tale of learning to let go and live one step at a time. Book you place with Jo Smith Oliver on 07525005430 or email info@josmitholiver.com.

Luke Wright – The Toll 8pm Bridport Arts Centre 01305 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. After his Fringe First winning success, Luke Wright is back to subject the English language to a series of degrading new tricks. These poems tour the flat-roofed pubs and half-bought couches of Brexit Britain. They struggle with doubt, duty and a score of half-cut nights shouting impotently at Question Time. Spend an hour with a great raconteur, spitting out visceral, inventive verse that sweats, bleeds and sings.

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

Maria Keselman With A Song In My Heart 8pm Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, £14/12 Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

The Beach Boys Story 7.30pm £15 (seated …with dancing in front aisles. Guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart. The Beehive, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

The Heath at Dusk For Night Jars 9pm – 11pm. Dorset Wildlife Trust event. Walk Upton Heath as Dusk descends and Nightjars and Bats emerge. Meet at the end of Beacon Road BH18 9JN off Pinespring Drive, Roman Road Corfe Mullen. Please do not block residential entrances. Contact DWT Urban Wildlife Centre 01202 692033 or dwtpoole2@hotmail.co.uk Contact on the day Ken Yeates  07947 141539. Small donation at end of walk. Sorry four legged friends to stay at home. Suitable footwear and clothing for condition on chilly summer evening.

 

Until Saturday 1 July

Independent Bookshop Week Thursday 29 June 11am Family Storytime: all ages. Saturday 1 July Teen Poetry Workshop. The Bookshop, 14 South Street, Bridport 01308 422964 www.dorsetbooks.com.

 

Saturday 1 July

South Somerset Ramblers 10am 6.2 miles 11 Manor View, Crewkerne GR440085 parking for 8-10 cars. Around Crewkerne via Broadshard and Easthams David and Linda 01460 929350.

Sing for Pleasure A Singing day with Trevor Lloyd Jones. Prompt start at 10am – 4pm. Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses welcome – all music provided. Ability to read music a bonus! £15 to include tea, coffee, squash, biscuits. Please bring your own lunch. Over Stratton Village Hall, Over Stratton, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5LL 07768 028572 singingdaywithtlj@gmail.com.

Seaton Lions Tabletop Colyton Reece Strawbridge Centre 10am – 4pm Book stall.

Merriott Charity Market at Merriott Social Club, 61 Lower Street, Merriott, 10am – 3pm, free entry, over 20 stalls attending selling various homemade and handmade items along side carboot sellers. This month charity is for “crewkerne relay for life” cancer research. Contact Lola on 07885424588 for more details.

National Meadows Day: Guided Walk 10am – 12noon. Join Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Magnificent Meadows team for a guided walk through the meadows at Chancellors Farm. They’ll be on hand to describe the wildflowers, bumblebees and butterflies that we see in the beautiful meadows at the farm, which is not usually open to the public. Meet at Chancellors Farm, Cheddar, BA5 3DD, ST525526. For more information and to book contact events@somersetwildlife.org.uk. Free event, donations welcome. Chancellors Farm, Cheddar.

Lyme History Walks 11am from the Marine Theatre, this and every Wed, Thurs and Sat in July. Discover the unique and colourful history of Lyme Regis. Hear stories of amazing people and adventures on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide Chris Lovejoy, supporting Lyme Regis Museum Mary Anning extension. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8 children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297443140. Also 5 and 6 July.

Summer Fete St Paul’s Church, Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth DtT 4 0RF 11am – 1.30pm Refreshments, Toys, Games, Plants, Books, Bottle Stall, Cakes, barbecue and much more. Grand Draw at 1.15pm.

Sharon Lazibyrd Original and thought-provoking Folk Songs 11am – 1pm. This event is part of the Music in the Garden season at the Axminster Arts Café, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

Cats Protection Summer Event 11am – 3pm. Cakes; Refreshments; Craft stall; Books/CDs/DVDs; Games: Tombola: Raffle: Cat toys: Bric-a-Brac and more. America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter. EX4 8PX. For more info: 01395 232377 or exteraxhayes@cats.co.uk.

Our June’s Wedding 11.30am Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £12/£10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204

www.bridport-arts.com. Join in as the play goes between St Catherine’s Church and the Arts Centre for a play that isn’t a play and a wedding that isn’t quite a wedding!

Charmouth Primary School Charmouth Challenge 8 mile fell run, 2 mile fun run and 8 mile walk. Walk starts at 11.30am -£13 for individual, £32 for team of group entry of 3. Price includes course map and tea and cake. Fell run starts at 2.30pm. £14 for individual, £35 for group entry of 3. £2 extra for entries on the day. Fun run starts at 2.45pm £5 for individual, £12 for group entry of 3. All proceeds go towards Charmouth School PTA. Enter at www.chamouthchallenge.com 07554451347.

St John’s Church Tatworth Annual Summer Fete and Car Boot Sale from 12noon. This year Punch and Judy will be coming along as well as the Karizma Dancers. Lots of stalls to include – plants, homemade cakes, lucky dip, Win a bird table, Tombola, Children’s games, Bric a brac, Books, Surprise bags . Refreshments will include cream teas etc; Ice creams; Hot dogs and Burgers. Contact Daphne Carslake to book for the Car Boot Sale 01460 67945.

Bellamont Open Afternoon. Bellamont House, Long Bredy DT2 9HN 1pm – 5pm. A rare opportunity to view this fascinating gothic revival house and topiary.  Nothing is as it seems! The house will be open for guided tours and there will be a traditional barn dance from 3pm to 4.30pm, a table top sale, raffle and country teas. The proceeds of the afternoon will be shared between the villages of Littlebredy (recently on Broadchurch) and Long Bredy. The raffle is in aid of the new Radiotherapy Unit in Dorchester County Hospital. Entry Adult £5; Children under 14 years free. Table top sale – 6 foot space £10; if table required £12. For further details or to book a table please ring 01308 482270 or email longbredyevent@outlook.com.

Come and Sing Hymns at St Peter’s Church, High West Street Dorchester 2.30pm. Fundraising afternoon. Do you have a favourite hymn? Send the organisers your choice. Open to all. Compere : Philip Lange, Organist : Neil Cuthill. For more information please contact  Gill Michell gillmichell@yahoo.co.uk  or Mark Dyer markdyer@talktalk.net.

Livewire – the AC/DC live show at Seaton Gateway. This is a special fundraising gig for our lovely friend Nick Ryan from The ZZ Tops who suffered a catastrophic stroke just a few days before Xmas. Licensed bar. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £15 in advance (£18 on day) from The Gateway Box Office 01297 625699, open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 1pm. Tickets also available from Axe Music Axminster (tel: 01297 631609).

Big Mix, B Sharp’s 10th Birthday Party with music, dancing, food and fun. See ww.bigmixfestival.co.uk for details, 6.30pm. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre.

 

Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 July

A Floral Celebration of Village Life At St Mary’s Church Thorncombe From 10.3 am onwards, refreshments available.

 

Sunday 2 July

Martock Retro rally 10am 300 pre 1990 cars, motorbikes, tractors will process through the town centre and end up later on the Rec – lots of stalls. A free event www.retrofundraising.co.uk/.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9 mile circular walk from Thorverton. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 513846.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing Marwood Hill Gardens nr Barnstaple. Coach leaves Uplyme VH at 9.15am. Cost £18 total for coach & admission Please ring Gill Williams 01297 444927 to book. Visitors are welcome for an extra charge of £3.

South Somerset Ramblers 10.30am B 11.5 miles Picnic. Castle Cary, Catherines Close CP. GR ST641325. Via Yarlington and Bratton Seymour. Martin R. 01458 259333.

Frampton Village Fete 2pm – 5pm Alice in Wonderland theme. Bouncy Castle, Durnovarian Band, Wessex Morris Men and many stalls. Admission £1 children free. Supporting local charities.

Garden Party at Barcroft Hall – A Support The David Hall Event at 2.30pm – 5pm. Only 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of South Petherton. Tickets: £5 Advance. £6 On the Day. Wheelchair users & children up to 16 years: £2 Advance. £3 On the Day. Price includes a piece of home-made cake & drink. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk, 01460 240340, boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.                       

Chard Camera Club The club members are going on their annual Mystery Trip, leaving Boden street at 8.30am for a day of photography in an unknown location. www.chardcameraclub.org.uk.

The Woodfarm Wind Quintet 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Sidholme Music Room. Sidholme Reception 01395 515104 or via Friends website on facebook.

Romance: It’s Only Love Choral entertainment by The Phoenix Singers reflecting on the theme of Romance in all its many moods. At 6.30pm. Tickets £12 (£17 with pre-show tea and cakes at 5.30pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Monday 3 July

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

Jazz Jam Session Do you play an instrument? Do you enjoy jazz and want to try improvising around jazz standards and other well-known tunes? Come along to this informal group – you can play, or just sit and listen. 8pm. £2 to take part. Bar available. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk. Also 17 July.

 

Tuesday 4 July

West Dorset Ramblers 8 mile Durdle Door and Ringstead coastal walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 897702.

Axminster & District Probus Club for retired and semi-retired business and professional men meets at 10am for 10.30am at its new venue, Cricket St. Thomas Golf Club (TA20 4DG) for a talk by Charlie Palmer on ‘Dowsing’ and an optional lunch. Potential members and guests are very welcome. For further details ring 01460 220528.

Tea with Lilian Bellamy (actress Sunny Ormonde from The Archers) Weymouth Library, Great George Street, DT4 8NN 2.30pm £7 Friends of Weymouth Library, Booking essential 01305 850557.

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild welcomes Dawn Lawrence to their meeting to talk about her book “2 Steps behind” which is about endangered species. The meeting starts at 7pm at Manor Court School in Chard.  New members and visitors will be very welcome.

Misterton W.I. monthly meeting at 7.15p.m. in The W.I. Hall, Middle Street, Misterton.  New and prospective members welcome.  Enq.  01460 74808.

Old Lyme Ghost Tours 7.30pm from Lyme Regis Museum Square (opp. Guildhall) this and every Tues and Thurs in July. 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  01297443140 Also 6 July.

 

Wednesday 5 July

Coffee Morning at Misterton W.I. Hall, Middle Street, Misterton 10am – 12noon. All welcome for a cuppa and cake/biscuits. Sales table subject to availability of produce. Raffle. Enq. 01460 74808.

Colyton Discovery Stroll 11am – 12noon.  Join us and enjoy wildlife on a gentle stroll beside the river Coly.  Meet at Chantry Bridge, King Street, Colyton. Free. No booking necessary. Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage Project event. For more information legacytolandscape@gmail.com; Pete 01404 310012.

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

Dorset Cream Tea at Chideock House, Main Street, Chideock from 2.30pm onwards. There is an admission charge of £6 per person, a Raffle, Books and Plants Stalls and Guess the Teddy Bear’s Birthday competition. Limited parking space at the venue, with a small car park on the opposite side of the road next to the shop. In addition, the venue is on the main Bridport-Axminster bus route.

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

 

Wednesday 5 – Thursday 6 July

DYT Performance Company presents buckets by Adam Barnard Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, 7.30pm, £7.50/£4, Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

 

Thursday 6 July

Axminster Country Market Thursdays 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.

Music at The Minster 12.30pm Gabrielle Lewis – organ & lunch@5past1 Gabrielle comes from Cornwall to play the fine Minster organ. Donations towards the upkeep of the listed Minster church. The Minster  Axminster 01297 32927.

Tatworth Flower Club 1.30pm for 2pm. Floral Demonstration ‘Show Time ‘by area NAFAS demonstrator Sue Neale. A very enjoyable afternoon. Homemade cakes Visitors Welcome entry £5 inf Julie Kettle 01297 33924.

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.

Dorchester Art Club continues to meet on most Thursday afternoons in July, from 2pm – 4pm at St George’s Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester. £1 per session including refreshments. Free car park.  See our website for the dates and all the programme details. New members very welcome.

WDHS Retirement Fellowship West Dorset Health Service Retirement Fellowship at 2pm in the Boys Brigade Hall, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester DT1 2RZ when Tony Tester will give a talk on Ugandan Conservation. New members welcome. Contact 01305 261676 or 785546.

West Dorset Circle Dance Group Every Thursday 8pm Shipton Gorge Village Hall. A friendly group of dancers who meet for two hours at Shipton Gorge Village Hall. Dancers of all ages and abilities, including absolute beginners, are warmly invited to join in. No partner is necessary. No need to book just turn up.

Salway Ash Village Hall Fete Bingo Top Prize £50 plus lots of other brilliant prizes. Doors Open 7pm – Eyes Down 7.30pm.

Lyme Voices Community Choir practises from 7.30pm – 9.15pm at the Baptist Church, 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 13 July.

Monmouth Community Play written by Andrew Rattenbury (Doc Martin, The Golden Hour) and telling the story of the Monmouth Rebellion which began in Lyme in 1685, 6.30pm. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre. 01297 442394.

Glyndebourne LIVE : Hamlet (cert 12A) Doors 5pm / starts 6pm £11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Friday 7 July

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

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5 mile circular walk from Aylesbeare Common. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01395 272716.

Rautio Piano Trio Concerts in the West 11am – 12noon, Coffee Concert at Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NR.

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

Concerts in the West Presents the Rautio Piano Trio One of Britain’s most dynamic chamber ensembles performs a captivating programme of Mozart, Debussy and Brahms.  For full programme information see: www.concertsinthewest.org. At 8pm. Tickets: £15 (£29 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Poetry and Music with poets Choman Hardi & Pam Zinnemann-Hope, Bridget Pearse on viola. 8pm Tickets: £10/£25 with dinner before. Please phone 01308 459511 to book. Sladers Yard Art Gallery and Licensed Café  West Bay  Bridport  Dorset DT6 4EL ww.sladersyard.co.uk, gallery@sladersyard.co.uk.

Jazz Café: John Law & Nick Sorensen 8pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. With ‘Some Of Our Favourite Things’ John and Nick present an evening of intimate jazz informed by the quick fire spontaneous creativity of improvisation.

Cloudbusting – The Music of Kate Bush 8pm Dorchester Corn Exchange £14 / £12 members & concessions High East Street, DT1 1HF, Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. There can only be one Kate Bush! But those who missed out on her live shows will love Cloudbusting, the UK’s longest running and most highly-rated tribute. Cloudbusting recreates Kate’s distinctive sound palette with the most authentic emulations available: the electric grand from the Tour Of Life, the chugging cellos from Hounds of Love, the sublime fretless bass from Babooshka.

Monmouth Community Play written by Andrew Rattenbury (Doc Martin, The Golden Hour) and telling the story of the Monmouth Rebellion which began in Lyme in 1685, 6.30pm. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre. 01297 442394.

 

 

Friday 7 – Saturday 15 July

Budleigh Music Festival Eight days of mainly classical music in Budleigh Salterton on the east Devon coast. Daily lunchtime concerts (free) and evening concerts by internationally renowned artists. Full details, www.budleighmusicfestival.co.uk  Budleigh TIC Tel. 01395 445275 (discounts available).

 

Saturday 8 July

Jumble Sale organised by Neighbours Together at Kilmington Village Hall 10am – 12noon. Admission free.

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

Martock Farmers Market and 12th August, 10am – 1pm. In the shopping precinct, North Street. 16+ stalls: strawberries, salad, single plantation coffee, eccles cakes,  courgettes, savoury breads, apple juice, beans, burgers, blackcurrants and more. Ring Fergus on 01935 822202 for a table.

Dorset Wildlife Trust – West Dorset Group “Patchwork stitching on a landscape scale” – a walk on Portland at the DWT Kingbarrow Quarry reserve looking at limestone habitat management – led by Leo Henley Lock, DWT Living Landscapes Officer.  Starting at 10.30am; OS map ref. SY689730.  Call 01305 264 620 for more information and to book a place.

Studio in the Attic Riverside Studio’s, St. Michael’s Trading Estate, Bridport, DT6 3RR is open 10am – 4pm. See the work of Elizabeth Sporne portrait artist and creative photographer Sally Davies. Also ginger biscuits to dunk with your coffee or tea. www.atticlight.co.uk 0771 8078 453.

Shiraz Singer Songwriter Female Duo 11am – 1pm. This event is part of the Music in the Garden season at the Axminster Arts Café, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

Beer Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Show with Trevor Bolshaw, International Theatre Organist and President of the Friends of the Beer Wurlitzer, 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.

Old Time Music Hall Show at The Gateway, Seaton. The Good Old Days Entertainment is proudly presented by Seaton Gateway Panto. Please feel free to dress in old time costume if you wish and singing along & cheering is a must! Licensed Bar. Doors 6.30pm, starts 7.00pm.Tickets £10 from The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 01297 625699.

The Eugene Hideaway Bridges Band at 8pm. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk  01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Rautio Piano Trio Concerts in the West 7.30pm, The Dance House, Gouldsbrook View, North Street, Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7AL.

Monmouth Gala Night including a glass of prosecco on arrival, raffle draw and post-show party, 6.30pm. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre. 01297 442394.

Frances Hatch: painting the sunset and moonrise 6.30pm. Simple buffet supper and informal discussion around the table with Frances Hatch followed by a short walk down to the end of the pier in West Bay with painting equipment to respond to the end of the day in colour and line. Sladers Yard, West Bay Road West Bay Bridport Dorset DT6 4EL 01308 459511, gallery@sladersyard.co.uk, www.sladersyard.co.uk.

Stanton Warriors + Victor Vector Doors 7pm / starts 8pm £16.50 (£16 + 50p bf) adv / £17 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Wyld Morris are dancing at Monkton Wyld Court’s summer fair, details from Monkton Wyld.

Bath Gilbert & Sullivan Society Martock Parish Church.. The Society’s members sing an hour of favourite songs from the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire and then, after the interval, present a fully-costumed performance of the first full G&S comic Opera: “Trial by Jury”. Tickets will be £12 on the door or £10 in advance from Martock News, Martock Gallery or 01935 822706. Accompanied children under 16 are admitted free.

The Globe: The Merchant of Venice 7pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Shakespeare’s Globe 2015 production of The Merchant of Venice filmed on the Globe stage and screened at Bridport Art Centre.

Nick Capaldi The Neon Heart Tour Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, 8pm, £8, Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Local boy Nick Capaldi is proving that, when it comes to innovative rock/pop, he’s producing some of the freshest, most relevant sounds on our musically creative shores.

 

Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 July

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival 10th year for the UK’s largest Seafood Festival Saturday 10.30am – 6pm. Sunday 11am – 5.30pm, Weymouth Harbour. www.dorsetseafood.co.uk.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers are maintaining grassland at Loscombe in West Dorset. Any new people interested in helping care for our countryside are very welcome. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923-498760 to be contacted.

Upwey Open Gardens 2pm – 6pm. Once again our wonderful village gardens will be open to all from the larger and grander houses to our tiny cottages all within easy walking distance. Visitors can also take in a variety of events from a vintage car display, performances from Bitter Sweet Harmony and the Care Free Choir, pottery demonstrations, and an exhibition in the Old School Hall.  Delicious teas, with home made cakes, cream scones, soft drinks can be enjoyed in a beautiful garden where several craft stalls have been set up to browse at leisure. Programmes are £4, children free and there is ample free parking.

Le Cirque du Platzak – Kermiz 3pm, North Quay, Weymouth. Tickets £10 (£6) and £8. For tickets call 01305 260954 or visit www.insideoutdorset.co.uk. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, Inside Out Dorset are delighted to present a one-off signature event.

 

Saturday 8 – Friday 14 July

Beer Lifeboat Week Seaton Bay. Table Top Sale, 12th Annual Duck Race Day, Duck Art Competition, Quiz Night, Music Night. Telephone 01297 23040.

 

Saturday 8 July – Sunday 23 July

Sweet pea fortnight Sweet peas are an annual delight at Forde Abbey, every year two weeks are set aside in July to celebrate their beauty and charm. Up to eighty varieties of sweet peas will perfume the gardens this year, lining the pathways in the kitchen garden and bringing colour to the herbaceous borders throughout the Summer months. Find out how to create a long lasting display with ideas and advice on the blog: www.fordeabbey.co.uk/blog-news/. Open daily, Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset www.fordeabbey.co.uk,

10am – 4pm.

 

Sunday 9 July

South Somerset Ramblers 10am B 13 miles Picnic. Meet at Halstock village hall. GR ST536083. Circular walk through Halstock, Melbury Osmond, Evershot and West Chelborough. Gently undulating farmland with plenty of stiles. Rosemarie B. 01935 863152.

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk from Ilminster. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 512973.

Salway Ash Village Fete At the Village Hall opposite The Anchor.

Old Time Music Hall Show at The Gateway, Seaton. The Good Old Days Entertainment is proudly presented by Seaton Gateway Panto. Please feel free to dress in old time costume if you wish and singing along & cheering is a must! Licensed Bar. Doors 1.30pm, starts 2pm.Tickets £10 from The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 01297 625699.

Dinosaur Hunt 3pm, followed by Cream Tea 4pm and Dancing Display, at Bridport Millennium Green (top of Downes Street/Rax Lane).  The Hunt is free for accompanied children, but donations for the upkeep of the Green will be most welcome).  More details from Sue Wilkinson, 01308 425037.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbaths Experience a magical performance of Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit.  £12, Booking in advance and further details see www.centreforpuresound.org or Call Dean on 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. Divine Union Soundbath 2pm – 4pm, Dorchester YMCA, Sawmills Lane, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2RZ.

The Pocket Orchestra – concert & supper 7pm. Kick start summer with hot jazz, blues, ragtime and dances from the 1920s and 1930s. Enjoy a pre-concert supper and then let your feet start tapping. For prices, menu and to book visit: hestercombe.com or call 01823 41392.

Ile Valley Flower Club Flower Demonstration by Jenny Chance called “ Summer Bounty” at Donyatt Village Hall starting at 2.30pm.Tickets £10 to includes a Cream Tea. All proceeds in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance; Plenty of parking at the hall. Tickets available from 01460 53951/ 75025/ 67149/ 67325.

 

Monday 10 July

West Dorset Ramblers 8 mile Beaminster ridge walk to Mapperton and Coombe Down. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01297 489567.

The Probus Club of Yeovil meets at The Yeovil Court Hotel at 12noon for social interaction, a healthy luncheon and an interesting talk on “William Dampier, Buccaneer”. New members are always made very welcome. Geoff Byham, Secretary, 01935 881422 or geoff @byhamgm.plus.com.

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 us 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.

 

 

Tuesday 11 July

Merchant Navy Association Meet at 12noon on the 2nd and last Tuesday of each month at the The White Hart Inn. Colyford  (next to tram station) for informal chat. Further information – phone 01297 624042.

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

Tea Dance at St Francis in Sidmouth EX10 9XH 01395 579856.

Martock History Group John Allen leads a visit to the Battle of Sedgemoor. Meet 2pm at Westonzoyland Church, where they have a good exhibition. We hope to go up the tower where the site of most of the skirmishes can be seen.  We recommend lunch beforehand at the Sedgemoor Inn next door, where they have many interesting artefacts and letters relating to Monmouth. £3 admission to each event or a year’s sub for £10.  fergus.dowding@btinternet.com or 01935 822202 for more details.

Axminster Heritage The Life of  Rev. Dr. William Buckland. David Knapman, Axminster Heritage researcher. Buckland was born Axminster 1784, a theologian who later became Dean of Westminster. After collecting fossils as a young boy, it was natural he became a palaeontologist and geologist, leading to his detailed documentation of the dinosaur megalosaurus. 2pm – 3.30pm The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH.

 

 

Wednesday 12 July

Hilfield Monthly Craft Day 10am – 4pm. A chance to finish long-forgotten projects or begin new ones. Bring a packed lunch and £5 to go towards setting up women’s workshops in refugee camps. Hilfield Friary, Hilfield, Dorchester, DT2 7BE 01300 341741.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 8.5 mile circular walk from Whitestaunton. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 577891.

A  Soprano from Shanghai 10.30am – 12noon. Sidholme Music Room. Sidholme Reception 01395 515104 or via Friends website on facebook.

Adventures at the Seaside Deirdre Dee answers the question ‘How did the great British Seaside tradition begin?’ with  an entertaining illustrated presentation. Coffee served from 10am – 10.45am followed by talk at 11am until 12noon. Woodmead Halls, Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG. Organised by U3A Heritage Coast Lyme Regis – free for members, non-members £2 donation suggested. To join U3A, see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297444566.

Colyton Cloth and Lace Heritage Day St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JS.  11am – 4.30pm. Free admission. Refreshments. An exhibition in the splendid historic church of St Andrews, highlighting the history of lacemaking and the medieval woollen cloth trade in Colyton.  Lace making, spinning, weaving and felting, demonstrations and activities. 1l.30am: Talk by Carol McFadzean, on the history of lace making in Colyton and East Devon. 2.30pm: Lace making expert, Pat Perryman will talk about Honiton Lace and her life as a lace maker. For further details contact: 01297 551 345.

The Drive (Angel Exit Theatre) Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, 8pm, £12/£10/£5, Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Also at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis.

 

Thursday 13 July

West Dorset Ramblers 9 mile Osmington shore, White Horse hill, Osminton mills and Bowleaze Cove walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01305 459315.

Wildflower Identification 10am – 11am. Join in a guided walk around Longrun Meadow and see what wildflowers can be found. Please bring ID books and notebooks if personally useful. Meet at Willow Cathedral, Longrun Meadow, Taunton. Free event, donations welcome, check website before attending www.somersetwildlife.org/events.

Probus Dorchester Lunch meeting at 12noon in The Gamekeeper, Charminster, Dorchester DT2 9QZ. New members always welcome. The speaker is Dr Peter Down from Dorset County Museum. For details please contact Tony Curtis 01305 751236.

Music at The Minster 12.30pm Axe Valley Community College & lunch@5past1. Our local young musicians will perform for us. Donations towards the upkeep of the listed Minster church. The Minster Axminster 01297 32927.

South Somerset Ramblers Summer Supper and programme distribution 4pm 5.8 miles Long Sutton Golf Club GR471242 Windyridge Farm and return via Knowle  Phil 01458 850834. Long Sutton Golf Club 7pm Cost £13.  Advance booking is necessary.

Crewkerne Gardening Club talk on Hardy Geraniums by Martin Young in the Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm with a warm welcome and refreshments. Visitors £2.50.

Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be holding their bi monthly official meeting in the Chard RFC Essex close at 7.30pm. Details from the association secretary Mr Gary Pennells 01460 77978.

The Third Policeman (Miracle Theatre) Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, 7.30pm (refreshments from 6.30pm), £12/10/£35 family ticket (max. 2 adults), Bring a chair! Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

Folk band Leveret with poets Annie Freud and Tim Cumming Musicians and poets at the top of their game. Dinner from 6.30pm. Tickets £15 or £30 with dinner Phone 01308 459511 to book. An exceptional new band of brilliant musicians with two powerful performing poets preceded by a delicious dinner. Sladers Yard, Art Gallery and Licensed Café West Bay Bridport Dorset DT6 4EL 01308 459511, www.sladersyard.co.uk, gallery@sladersyard.co.uk.

 

 

Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 July

St Margaret’s Church, Topsham Patronal Flower Festival Open from 10am – 6pm on the Thursday and Friday and until 5pm on the Saturday. This year there will be activities for children. The refreshments are always delicious, Coffees, lunches and teas will be available.

Monmouth Community Play written by Andrew Rattenbury (Doc Martin, The Golden Hour) and telling the story of the Monmouth Rebellion which began in Lyme in 1685, 6.30pm, Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre. 01297 442394.

 

Friday 14 July

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 5.5 mile walk from Musbury. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01297 552860.

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

Food on Friday 12noon at Clapton & Wayford Village hall: two course hot lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee. Open to all ages; very friendly atmosphere, newcomers really welcomed, but please book places in advance by phoning June 01460 77057 or Jackie 01460 72324, who will also provide more information if required.

Axminster Heritage By the Loom: A Spinning and Weaving Craft Event. Join us for a fun and sociable morning 10am – 1pm. All levels very welcome. The Pavilion, Dalwood, Devon, EX13 7EW Information 01404 831207 or from Axminster Heritage Centre.

Mike Denham’s 21st SpeakEasy Entertaining vintage jazz session with Mike Denham at piano and special guest, multi-instrumentalist Graham Hughes. At 8pm. Tickets: £12 (£26 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.

Ebeneezer Presents… Kate Lynch – Herd & Harvest The Ebenezers are delighted to welcome Kate Lynch. Her work is much loved & well-known throughout Somerset – tonight she will talk about her latest project on Somerset Farms, with copious illustrations from her recent paintings and drawings and precious oral recordings of a disappearing rural life…Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. At The Ebenezer, in The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset TA10 0QN. To RSVP, ebenezer@ebenezerpresents.com. Please Note: bookings by email, not by phone, so please do not call bookings unless you really need to talk on the day of the talk, ie to make a late cancellation or booking. Ebenezer’s phone number: 07879 206 543.

Story Cafe: Michael Loader & Martin Solomon 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre Tickets: £8/£5 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Storyteller Michael Loader and Martin Solomon (harp and violin) offer you a wild Highland adventure with the folklore and legends of Robbie Burns.

Barn Dance with Crooked Furrow at The Gateway, Seaton. It’s a Ceilidh, with a free pastie (veg or meat) and music from the brilliant Somerset band Crooked Furrow so get your dancing shoes on for a full & fun night. Licensed Bar. Doors 7pm, Ceilidh starts 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 01297 625699.

Kilmington Garden Club Dahlias and Chrysanthemums by Barry Smith. Barry’s talk covers all aspects of these dynamic plants, from taking cuttings through to showing. Kilmington village hall, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF 7.30pm Non members welcome £2.

Winsham Horticultural Society “A passion for Roses” talk given by Dr. Elizabeth Perks covering the importance of Roses through History, Literature and The Arts. Blackspot and Aphid attack are not what this talk will focus on. Starts 7.30pm in the Jubilee Hall Winsham, entry £5 or £3 for W.H.S. members. Dr. Perks has a website for those who want to find out more about her work www.therosarianlibrary.co.uk.

The Swingles Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, 8pm, £15/13, Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles are recognised as masters of their craft.

Bats about Bats, Shute Woods 8.30pm to late. Meet for talk at Shute Church, followed by bat detecting walk in Shute Woods with Fiona Mathews. Bring a torch. All ages welcome. Free. Booking not necessary. Park Church end of Haddon Road, Shute, EX13 7QR.  Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage Project event. legacytolandscape@gmail.com 01404 310012.

 

 

Friday 14 – Saturday 15 July

Maiden Newton Art Group Exhibition Showing members’ work at their annual Exhibition in Maiden Newton Village Hall on Friday 6pm-9pm (with wine and nibbles) and Saturday 10am – 4pm. Items for sale, Demonstrations and Refreshments. Free admission. Tel: 01300 321405.

Jurassic Fields Family Friendly Community Festival at Asker Meadows, Bridport. Showcasing the best music, comedy, food and entertainment the local area has to offer as well as having some well known artists perform along with little gems from around the country. For information visit jurassicfields.com.

 

Friday 14 – Sunday 16 July

Fabric and Flowers a display of patchwork and floral arrangements at St Nicholas’ Church, Combe Raleigh, Nr Honiton, EX14 4TG. Friday and Saturday 11am – 6pm and Sunday 1pm – 6pm. Entrance £3, tea/coffee and cake available. For further info phone 01404 47156.

Festival of Colour St. Swithun’s Church, Allington 190th Anniversary. Open Church, 10am – 4pm Church Colours, Vestments, Flowers. Fri, 7pm Paul Cheater Organ recital, Prosecco and Nibbles. Sat, 10.45am Coffee and Jazz “Mood Indigo”, 12noon Annual Summer Fayre, 6pm Bruce Upton History Talk. ‘A walk through Allington in the 1830s-1840s’. Sun, 9.30am  Sung Eucharist.  4pm Choral Concert Portland Singers. 6pm Evensong, led by the Portland Singers. Guest preacher The Rt. Rev’d Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne. Refreshments served throughout. Full details call 01308 426514 pete@bridport-team-ministry.org.

Flower Festival St Mary Magdalene Church, Thornford 2pm – 5pm. Tea/Coffee Cakes in School Hall. Local Art Exhibition, Flower Arranging Display, Organ Recital. All proceeds to MIND Mental Health Charity and Thornford Church.

 

Saturday 15 July

FREE outdoor exercise session at West Bay 9.30a.m. Location end of West Bay Promenade, West Beach. The session is taken by Luke Hayter and it is suitable for all ages and abilities. If you

want to get fitter and feel healthier but you are unsure where to start,

come along and try Luke’s outside session. All you need to do is go to

Luke Hayter Fitness on Facebook and then click ‘going’ to this event.

Antiques, collectables and decorative Fair at Axminster Guildhall, Devon EX13 5NX. 10am – 3.30pm. Enquiries 01297 24446 or 07977 591736.

Silver Chix Ukelele and Guitar playing Female Duo 11am – 1pm. This event is part of the Music in the Garden season at the Axminster Arts Café, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

Stoke Abbott Street Fair This annual fair kicks off in time-honoured tradition with the ‘Stoke Abbott Sick Club’ parade at 1.45pm.  From 2pm, there is an exciting array of stalls, a fun Family Dog Show, live entertainment, vintage tractors, local craft demonstrations plus a Children’s Fancy Dress parade and Dressing the Well ceremony. In addition to a free Children’s Games Garden, children of all ages are invited to come in fancy dress and take part in a parade at 3.15pm. Entertainment courtesy of the Mill Street Jazz Band, the Wyld Morris Dancers and Mitch Norman. The New Inn garden has various games and a barbecue. Free car parking is available on the road into the village from Beaminster only. Entry fee of £1 per adult (children free). Find us on Facebook – facebook.com/stokeabbottstreetfair and Twitter – @SAStreetFair.

Litton Cheney Village Fete Come and enjoy a BBQ lunch, the infectious sound of the Blackdown Hills Steel Band, bouncy castle, teas & ice creams, bottle tombola,  games and wonderful stalls. 12.30pm – 4pm in and around Litton & Thorner’s Community Hall (DT2 9AU) in the beautiful Bride Valley. Entrance £1.50 for adults, children Free.

Piddlehinton Church Fete at West Lodge, Piddlehinton (DT2 7TD) starting at 2pm. Something for everyone to enjoy from Duck Racing in the River Piddle,  Novelty Dog Show, including Best Rescue Dog class (Novelty Dog Show is now a qualifier for Buckham Fair [Martin Clunes] Best Rescue Championship), Pony Rides, Children’s Races, Plants, Cakes & Preserves, Bric A Brac and Book stall, New this Year – Cake Decorating Competition, Bottle Tombola, Silent Auction, Skittle and Other Games of Skill. Afternoon BBQ and Teas, Pimms on the lawn and Ice Creams available with entertainment from The Purbeck Agility Group demonstrating dancing to music with dogs during the afternoon. From 7pm BBQ, in West Lodge gardens, complete with bar and live music. Free parking close by. Contact: 01300 348465.

 

Thorncombe Gardening Club Annual Garden Show / Plant Sale 2.30pm Thorncombe Village Hall Refreshments available.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbaths £12, Booking in advance and further details see www.centreforpuresound.org or Call Dean on 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. Divine Union Soundbath 2pm – 4pm. Friends Meeting House, Abbey Walk, Shaftesbury, SP7 8BB.

There’s Talent in the Valley presented by The Piddle Valley Players An evening of song, music and other spectacular talent. 7pm Buckland Newton Village Hall.  Tickets £5 including a light buffet, £3 for performers, available from BN Village Shop, cash bar operating throughout the evening. Any talent wanting to perform please contact Holly 07775 436075.

Dorset Sinfonia summer concert 6pm performed by the Dorset Sinfonia Orchestra at Weymouth Bay Methodist Church. The concert is family friendly with children very welcome (free entry for children). The theme is music from the movies with a tribute to the local composer Chris Brown who recently passed away.

The Vera Lynn Story Bridport Arts Centre 7.30pm Tickets: £15/£13 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Described by The Stage newspaper as “Perfection”, Samantha is Britain’s leading performer of the Vera Lynn songbook and has captivated audiences nationwide with her heartfelt and authentic performances.

Flamenco Night with Food at 7.30pm. Tickets: £15. No concessions. Includes performance and tapas.  Please book by Wednesday 12 July. No tickets will be available on the night. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk  01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.                       

 

Sunday 16 July

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 12.5 mile circular walk from Cothelstone Hill. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01297 22030.

South Somerset Ramblers 10.30am B 11 miles Picnic. Meet in layby on south side of Cheselbourne. GR SY764994. Via Thorncombe Farm, Dorset Gap, Binghams Melcombe. Sue P. 01460 249297.

West Dorset Ramblers 8 mile Powerstock and Eggardon walk. 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers will be dry stone walling at Swyre in West Dorset. Come along to learn or practice this traditional skill. www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 to be contacted.

The 2017 Hinton St George Village Fete 12noon – 4pm, on the School Field and once again West Street will be adorned with bunting to welcome its visitors. A day packed with stalls, events and activities for all ages to enjoy. Stoke Sub Hamdon Brass Band  performing and ‘Taiko Journey’ who is  running a series of free drumming workshops throughout the day giving everyone a chance to join in. With more visiting stalls than ever, selling everything from handbags to homemade jams, together with the village groups running stalls such as a Pimms’ tent/bar, tombola, yoga workshops, face painting and games for the children run by the Hinton Youth Club. Also BBQ, Hog Roast and cream teas. For further information, please contact Nathan Wilkinson, tel: 01460 271 477 or email:  nrwilkinson@hotmail.com.

Battlefields Trust 2 hour afternoon guided walk of the Battle of Bridport (1685) between the Duke of Monmouth’s rebels and the Dorset Militia. Free for Battlefields Trust members, a small donation of £5 is requested from non-members. Numbers are limited, so registration for the walk is essential (but easy) at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/guided-walk-battle-of-bridport-1685-tickets-34607488931.

Insect Safari, Pennyhayes Farm 2pm – 4pm. Join insect expert Martin Drake in search of bugs that live and buzz in the meadows and hedgerows at Pennyhayes Farm. All ages welcome. Free. Booking not necessary. Park Pennyhayes Farm, Lodge Lane, Shute, EX13 7QP.  Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage Project event. Further information legacytolandscape@gmail.com 01404 310012.

The Sheldon Singers 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Sidholme Music Room. Sidholme Reception 01395 515104 or via Friends website on facebook.

 

Monday 17 July

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 dependent. No booking required, free, Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

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

 

Tuesday 18 July

Bridport Summer Yoga Tuesday each week until 22 August. A different Yoga Teacher each week. Tuesday mornings 10am – 11.30am at The Ballroom of The Bull Hotel (new venue)34 East St, Bridport DT6 3LF (Public Car Parking is very near in East St car park). For information contact Corrie van Rijn on 01308 485544.

Cooking for One Demo with HALFF 11am – 12.30pm  (Health and Local Food for Families). Free healthy cooking demonstrations giving hints and ideas for cooking for one and covering nutritional advice for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. At the United Reformed Church, Chard Road, Axminster.  No need to book, just turn up, it’s free. Call Hannah on 01297 631782 for more information or email hannah@halff.org.uk.

Hilfield Monthly Lunch Club for older adults between 12noon – 2.30pm. Main course and pudding plus tea and coffee, donation of at least £3.50 welcomed. Come to meet new people. Book in advance. Suzi 01300 341741. Hilfield Friary, Hilfield Dorchester, DT2 7BE.

 

 

Wednesday 19 July

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 mile Symondsbury and Colmers Hill walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 863955.

Learn to Cook Healthily with HALFF 11am  – 1pm  (Health and Local Food for Families).  A free hands-on course of six sessions, including help with meal planning, understanding food labelling, cooking hints and tips to help make life easier as a carer. Receive a free meal to take home. At the Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster. To book a place, or for more information, call Ros on 01297 631782 or email admin@halff.org.uk.

Bridport Probus Club meets at 12noon in the Eype’s Mouth Hotel for lunch at 1pm. This will be followed by a talk by Richard Austin on Photography. Potential new members welcome. Please call Graham Pitts on 01297561569.

Monthly lunch at Misterton W.I. 12noon for 12.30pm. Cottage Pie, Ginger Sponge Pudding and custard, tea/coffee. £5 per head. Please book on 01460 74808. All welcome.

Honiton U3A meeting with speaker Kay Townsend – ‘My Life on the Fairgrounds’.  The Townsend family from Weymouth have been involved in fairgrounds for about 150 years and Kay’s talk draws on personal memories of growing up in a fairground family during the 20th century. The Beehive Centre, Dowell St., Honiton. Doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start, Members Free and Visitors welcome (suggested donation of £2) 01404 598008 Website: http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton.

Thorncombe Rail Activities Club talk and slide presentation given by Colin Brading entitled ‘Toil & Triumph – Settle and Carlisle’. 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.

Gardens in the First World War Talk on Gardening on the Home Front, Western Front and and even in Prisoner of War Camps by Christine Stones, BBC presenter and Garden Historian. Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, DT1 3GW 7.30 pm. National Trust South Dorset Association. Members £3, Guests £4. Contact Geoffrey Wrench 01300 321601.

Mark Thomas, A Show that Gambles on the Future – A Work In Progress Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, 7.30pm, £10, Age guidance 16+. Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Few predicted the events of 2016. And even fewer seem to know where we are going. Mark Thomas sets out to discover what the future has in store for us by collecting and examining his own predictions and those of his audiences before gambling on their outcome. By making futurologists of us all, he will create a fantastical, hilarious and possibly accurate vision of the world. And maybe even make a few quid on the side.

Wyld Morris are dancing near the George Hotel, West Bay 8pm –ish.

 

Thursday 20 July

Great British Bake Off’s Val Stones 10am Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil. Join Val in The Apple Tree Restaurant and find out about her inspiration and the importance of sharing the love when it comes to baking. Tickets £5 from The Apple Tree Restaurant www.yeovilarts.co.uk, www.thegardeneronline.co.uk.

South Somerset Ramblers 10am 6 miles Kettlebridge CP GR663015 via Cerne Abbas, Nether Cerne Only one uphill, good views. Peter Bryans 01460 78182.

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

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

Music At the Minster 12.30pm Pasajada – ukuleles & lunch@5past1. Exciting newcomers for this concert season. Donations towards the upkeep of the listed Minster church. The Minster Axminster 01297 32927.

Bridport & District Gardening Club Dawn Lawrence speaks on The World’s Endangered Species. 7.30pm, Women’s Institute Hall, North Street, Bridport, DT6 3JQ. Peter.gough182@btinternet.com 01308 459469 / 07535 816299.

The Drive presented by Angel Exit, followed by Q&A, 6.30pm. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre. 01297 442394.

Angels in America – Millenium Approaches (15)  from NT Live at The Gateway, Seaton. America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. (Part 2 – Perestroika – will be shown on 11th August). Licensed bar & refreshments. Doors 6.30pm, starts 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50 in adv or £15 on door. Available from The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 01297 625699.

Paul Atterbury is coming to St Andrews Church Charmouth to give a talk on “Behind the Scenes of the Antiques Roadshow” at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 to include a glass of wine. It should be an amusing and entertaining talk on Behind the Scenes as Paul has been part of the Antiques “Miscellaneous “ team for over 25 years and is happy to answer any questions after the talk. Tickets available from Helen Hughes 01297 560487 or Fortnum Smith and Banwell in Charmouth.

NT : Angels in America part 1 Millennium Approaches Doors 6pm / starts 7pm  £11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Craig Ogden and Jacqui Dankworth Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, 8pm, £20/18, Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Friday 21 July

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 6 mile circular walk from Peak Hill. 10am start. Dogs on short leads. 01392 437331.

Chef’s special lunch at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne 12.30pm. Three course meal Roast Pork followed by Apple sponge. Start with fruit juice and finish with tea/coffee and choccies. The bar is open. Only £8. Please let us know you are coming  01460 74340 henhayescentre@btconnect.com.

The A/B Trio Special performance in Ilminster from one of Canada’s most in demand small groups Inventive reinterpretations of the standards and original material. Catch them while you can! At 8pm.  Tickets: £14 (£28 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Frances Hatch Talk with Elisabeth Bletsoe 6.30pm Radical Landscape: Frances Hatch Talk with Elisabeth Bletsoe chaired by Stephen Batty. Painter Frances Hatch in conversation with eminent radical landscape poet Elisabeth Bletsoe. During the evening Elisabeth will present the first performance of her new poem ‘Garden of The Halmyrides’.  Sladers Yard, West Bay Road West Bay Bridport Dorset DT6 4EL, 01308 459511, gallery@sladersyard.co.uk, www.sladersyard.co.uk.

Comedy Café: Big Night Out 8pm Tickets: £10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com.

Hayseed Dixie with fiddle, guitars, mandolin and banjo this hillbilly foursome is an awesome live band, 8pm. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre. 01297 442394.

 

Saturday 22 July

Chard Summer Show for Horticulture & Crafts is taking place at the Guildhall, Chard entries received from 8am – 9am, Judging 9am  – 10am free admission for the public from 10.30am – 12.30pm. The Mayor of Chard, Garry Shortland will hand out the Trophies and awards at 12noon. Homemade refreshments available and a large raffle. Schedules are available from the Guildhall, Chard. for anyone wanting to enter.

Stockland Village Market Held in the Victory Hall 10am – 12noon. Local Food Producers, Artisan Crafts, Hot Refreshments, Free entry & Parking, Disabled Access, Bookings/Information, tel 01404 881535 www.stockland.org.uk.

Bargains and Book Sale – A Support The David Hall Event 10am – 12noon. Pop in to browse around the stalls. Free Entry. The David Hall, Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5AA. www.thedavidhall.org.uk  01460 240 340 boxoffice@thedavidhall.org.uk.

Moth Magic, Bolshayne Farm 10am – 12noon  near Colyton. Meet and marvel at a variety of moths with Marjorie Waters, caught in meadow and orchard in overnight traps. All ages welcome. Free. Booking not necessary. Park Bolshayne Farm, Southleigh Road, EX24 6RX.  Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage Project event. Further information legacytolandscape@gmail.com 01404 310012.

The Muzax Classic Rock, Pop and Blues Soul Covers 11am – 1pm. This event is part of the Music in the Garden season at the Axminster Arts Café, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

André Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht Concert (U) screened live at The Gateway, Seaton. The spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. Licensed Bar and refreshments. Doors 6.30pm, starts 7pm. Tickets £13 in adv or £16 on door. Available from The Gateway, Fore Street, Seaton, 01297 625699.

Kathy Lette Girls’ Night Out Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF, 8pm, £12, Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. “Women are each other’s human wonder bras – uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better.” So says Kathy Lette, funny, feminist author, who invites you to her new show, Girls’ Night Out. So, grab your girlfriends and come along. Wit, warmth and full frontal frankness, guaranteed. (Men, attend at your own risqué!)

Adamski 8pm Tickets: £10 DT6 3NR 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Acid house legend Adamski joins Bridport Art Centre for a DJ set of 80’s & 90’s influences and club classics.

 

Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 July

Lyme Regis Art Society Annual Exhibition in support of The RNLI at the Shelters, Marine Parade. Enquiries tel 01297 445464. 

Dorset Countryside Volunteers are maintaining grassland at South Poorton in West Dorset. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 to be contacted.

Relay for Life Crewkerne Fundraiser for Cancer Research, enter a team at cruk.org/relay Wadham School, Mount Pleasant, Yeovil Rd. Crewkerne TA18 7NT

 

Sunday 23 July

East Devon Ramblers moderate 9.5 mile circular walk from Wooton Fitzpaine. 10.30 start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01395 577891.

South Somerset Ramblers 10.30am B 11 miles Picnic. Meet at Symondsbury Kitchen Court Yard. GR SY445936. Via Colmers Hill, North Chideock, Ryall, Golden Cap, Seatown. Sue Fox 01935 476540.

Tea Dance for Stowford Centre Funds at 2.30p.m. Ballroom,Latin & sequence dancing to strict tempo music. £3, the centre’s licensed cafe will be open for hot drinks and cake.

Cream Teas 3pm – 5pm: (£3.50) & Crafts at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall.  All welcome; Tables available to hire @ £5 for anyone wishing to sell their own craft items.  Phone Sheralyn (01460 74654) to book a table, and for more information.

Tunde Jegede’s Art Ensemble of Lagos, kora player with soulful Malian vocals, 7.30pm. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre, 01297 442394.

 

Sun 23 July – Sat 29 July,

Heath week Woodbury Castle Celebrate the amazing Heaths- Exmouth’s natural playground! Heath Week is a week of activities catering for wildlife, sport and history enthusiasts. The week kicks off with the Family Festival on Sunday 23 July, 11am – 4pm at Woodbury Castle. Visit heathweek.org for more details or follow facebook.com/heathweek.

 

Monday 24 July

Canoe safari Seaton Wetlands 6pm – 8.30pm. Guided trip down the river Axe discovering the area’s wonderful wildlife – a truly unique way to spend a summer’s evening! Led by qualified instructors from the Axe Vale Canoe Club and the Countryside rangers. No experience necessary, must be 8+ and able to swim 25m. Riverside hot drink provided. Booking required, £26 adults, £16 under 16’s, Seaton Wetlands car park, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

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

Charmouth and Bridport Pop and Rock Choir Summer Concert Musical Director: Edward Jacobs. Come along for an evening of enjoyable musical variety. At St Andrew’s Church, Charmouth. Tickets £7 available from Charmouth branch of Fortnam Smith and Banwell or by contacting 01297 561625. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start.

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 us 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.

 

Monday 24 – Tuesday 25 July

Chandeliers at Ground Level – Viewing Galleries Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday 10am-2pm. Watch Royal Warrant holder, David Wilkinson, dismantle and pack the main chandelier for repair at the specialist Kent workshops. Sponsorship forms for parts available. Donations welcomed. Sidholme Reception 01395 515104 or via Friends website on facebook.

 

 

Tuesday 25 July

Nightjar night walk, Trinity Hill 9pm – 10.30pm. Help with the Rangers’ Nightjar survey and learn about these mythical nocturnal birds. Bring a torch, warm clothes, no dogs. Booking required, free donations welcome, Trinity Hill car park, Trinity Hill Road, near Axminster, EX13 5SS wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Terrific Tuesdays Every Tuesday during the school summer holidays, 25 July – 29 August. Enjoy a day filled with crafts, trails & more. With a different theme each Tuesday, you can try something new every week. Normal garden admission applies. There may be an additional charge for some activities – see website for more details.  hestercombe.com or call 01823 413923.

West Dorset Ramblers 10 mile Ballard Down and Old Harry walk. 10am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320168.

Desperate Men: Slapstick and Slaughter surreal street theatre performed outside on Theatre Square (inside if wet), 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre, 01297 442394.

Tea Dance for Childrens Hospice SouthWest at All Saints Hall EX10 8ES 2.30pm £3 inc Tea,coffee & biscuit. Contact numbers: 01395 579856 or 577122.

Bridport & District U3A monthly talk The Work of the Dogs Trust – the largest dog welfare charity: speaker Lucy Hooper-Riggs.  Talk starts at 2pm in the Bridport United Church Hall, East Street, Bridport.

 

Wednesday 26 July 

East Devon Ramblers moderate 11 mile circular walk from Budleigh Salterton. 10.30am start and bring picnic. No dogs. 01395 278943.

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

Fun in the stream Cranbrook 2pm – 4pm. Come and make a splash in the Crannybrook! See which creatures live in the stream, make a mini-raft to float down the stream, build a dam, and other fun activities! All children to be accompanied by an adult. No dogs. Booking required, £3 per child, meet at the standing dead trees on Post Coach Way, Cranbrook wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm ‘Xtreme Falconry’s Bird of Prey’ display. Meet a variety of birds, to include owls, falcon, hawks and a magnificent eagle. Tickets Adults £3 Children under 16 £1.50 – from Uplyme Post Office, RNLI shop and the lottery kiosk or ring Brian Cursley 07831 533580. Profits to Lifeboat Week.

Persuasion, Chamber Opera Chicago present an original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved final novel, to Thursday, 7.30pm. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre, 01297 442 394.

Wyld Morris are dancing on Marine Parade near the Harbour Inn and the Royal Standard, Lyme Regis, (Lyme Life Boat Week) 7.30pm ish.

From Blues to Boogie 7.45pm – 9pm. Sidholme Music Room. Sidholme Reception 01395 515104 or via Friends website on facebook.

 

Thursday 27 July

Bridport Children’s Festival. 10am until 4pm at the Millennium Green in Bridport. This summer welcomes the launch of The Bridport Children’s Festival, a one day event dedicated to art, music, dance and food just for kids. Once inside the festival, children can write their names down to take part in whichever sessions they like, and the choice really is enormous! Whether your child might like to try the ukulele, go on a yogi-adventure, have fun with percussion, make a puppet hungry caterpillar, explore patterns and textures with print-making, have a taster session of the Oop…Wow! Art group, explore their savoury tooth with the Bridport Local Food Group, make music with some Funkee Munkees, join in with Dorset Forest School or become a dragon through dance and movement, the list of amazing groups to join really is endless! With such strong arts around the Bridport area, the festival has invited local professional practitioners to be part of the only collaborative children’s arts event of its kind and the event promises to be not only a fantastic day of fun but a great way to discover and try groups that run throughout the year. Bridport Children’s Festival has been organised by volunteers and all workshop leaders are also giving their time for free in support of art and education for children. Funds raised by the festival will help to support local children’s groups that run throughout the year, with this year’s funds helping Bradpole Pre-School.

Bridport Children’s Festival in from 10am until 4pm at the Millennium Green in Bridport. Pop into Bridport Tourist Information Centre to pick up a full programme and find out more or call 01308 424901.

Forde Abbey Summer Charity Fair 11am – 4pm. A spectacular action-packed fun day out for all the family. Set in the beautiful grounds of Forde Abbey, the Summer Fair has something for every member of the family including the dog! There will be lots of attractions to suit all ages and interests  – dog show, dog scurry, parade of Park Beagles, fun fair, classic cars as well as fly fishing and falconry demonstrations. There are over 60 stalls, a Farmers’ Market, jazz band music and a delicious food court offering a wonderful range of street food. As well as walking the gardens and joining in the fun of the fair… see the Centenary Fountain, the highest powered fountain in England with a maximum height of 160ft and also visit the house. Tickets on the day Adults £8; Children (5-15) £2.50; Children under 5 free, Family Ticket  (2 adults and up to 3 children) £20. Discounted tickets available in advance from the Forde Abbey Gift Shop Adult £6 Children (5-15) £2;  Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £14. Forde Abbey TA20 4LU, 01460 220231, info@fordeabbey.co.uk, www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

South Somerset Ramblers 10am 6.3 miles Street Inn, Street GR487370 BA16 0DR (Somerton Road meets the High St. by the Wessex Hotel. Park at rear of Pub or in College Large CP) to Millfield School and Marshalls Elms.  Phil 01458 850834.

Music at The Minster 12.30pm Ricky Romain & Sudhi Salooja – sitar & violin & lunch@5past1. Always a popular concert bringing the music and atmosphere of India into the church. Donations towards the upkeep of the listed Minster church. The Minster Axminster 01297 32927.

Tea Dance at All Saints in Sidmouth EX10 8ES 01395 579856.

Liberty Orchards Tour and Tasting Halstock, BA22 9SZ  2pm – 4pm. A guided walk around organic orchards with a talk on all aspects of orchard management, viewing of the production facilities, and an opportunity to taste Liberty Fields orchard products – Apple Balsamic Vinegar, Apple Aperitif and Porter’s Perfection Golden Vodka. Tickets £8 to include refreshments on arrival. Please book by phone or e-mail:  01935 892430  alilemmey@gmail.com.

A Strange New Space beautiful hand-made puppets, physical theatre and original music bring one child’s journey across the world to the theatre, 2pm. 01297 442 394. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre.

Chideock W.I. Cream Tea & Food Stall in Chideock House Gardens – from 3pm – 5pm – Price £4 each

Do join in and buy some delicious home-baked cakes and savouries.

Greg Jardine 7.45pm – 9pm. By popular demand – a return visit. Exit collection for Music Room Restoration Fund. Sidholme Reception 01395 515104 or via Friends website on facebook.

RNLI Raft Race West Bay, Bridport. On the River Brit, West Bay at 6.30pm for 7pm. Further details may be obtained from the race organiser Annie on 01308 423090 or 07790 713156.

NTL: Angels in America Part 2 Perestroika Doors 6pm / starts 7pm £11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door Bridport Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Friday 28 July

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

Axminster Heritage By the Loom: A Spinning and Weaving Craft Event. Join us for a fun and sociable morning 10am – 1pm. All levels very welcome. Axminster Heritage Centre, Silver Street, Axminster, EX13 5AH Information 01404 831207 or from The Heritage Centre.

Karen Sharp & Sue Richardson with The Craig Milverton Trio The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Summer Concert at Henhayes Centre Crewkerne. Tickets from Henhayes Centre 01460 74340 henhayescentre@btinternet.com.

Murder She Didn’t Write. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre.

 

Fri 28 July – Fri 8 September

Beautiful bug rubbings Seaton Wetlands. No booking required, £2 per trail, Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk

 

Saturday 29 July

12th Leigh Food Fair & Vintage/Classic Car Display Leigh Village Hall 10am – 4pm. Adults £2, children under 15 Free. Contact:  Elizabeth Turnbull on 01935 873846 or elizabethturnbull70@btinternet.com. www.leighfoodfair.co.uk.

Discovering Moths and a Wildlife-friendly garden 9.30am – 12noon. Fulwood House, Winsham. For more information contact Valerie 01460 234551. Free event, donations welcome, check website before attending  www.somersetwildlife.org/events.

Lym Valley Croquet Club Call David to arrange a free taster session this weekend at Uplyme club. Friendly members and practical handicap system ensure level play from the start. This is a challenging and inexpensive sport, fun for all ages. Please call David Brooke-Smith on 07909 111512.

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

Live Jazz Music, BBQ food & Licensed Bar 11am – 3pm Richard Llewelyn & Tony Roberts, Clive Smith and his Arcadia Jazz. This event is part of the Music in the Garden season at the Axminster Arts Café, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

 

 

Chedington Street Fair and Fun Dog Show 12noon – 5pm. A traditional street fair in a pretty Dorset conservation village with attractions for all the family and featuring an expanded fun dog show. Live music from the renowned Kingsbury Epsicopi Band. Admission is £1.50 per adult with ample free car parking.  Chedington Street Fair is a registered charity that raises funds for the upkeep and running of Chedington and South Perrott Village Halls. For more information see www.chedingtonstreetfair.com, www.facebook.com/chedingtonstreetfair/ or phone 01935 891891.

Kilmington Flower Show and Village Fayre 1pm. A traditional family village show, Kids fancy dress, dog games, family entertainment, crafts and floral marquee, stalls, live music, BBQ, bar, cream teas and lots more. Children under 16 free, Adults £3. Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF.

Music at the Speedwell at The Speedwell Garden, 5 Abbey Street, Crewkerne TA18 7HY. Tickets in advance from Crewkerne Town Information Centre or 01460 72417/01460 271220 Tickets if available on the day at £6 for adults and £3 for children. All money raised goes towards maintaining the historic Grade 2 listed Speedwell property.

Wambrook Flower Show Tithe Barn, Cotley, Nr. Chard. TA20 3EP 2.30pm. Come along to see one of the best flower show displays in the area. Plenty of stalls, games & cream teas to keep all ages amused. Music from Steel the Show steel band.

Dragonfly walk Cranbrook 2pm – 4pm. Hunt for dragonflies that live in Cranbrook’s green spaces and make your own to take home. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. Some off path walking. No booking required, free, meet at Younghayes Community Centre, Cranbrook, EX5 7DR wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Rag & Rummage 9.30am – 3pm St. Mary’s Hall, South St. Bridport DT6 3NW Free entry. www.talentfortextiles.com.

Puncknowle Fete 2.30pm – 4.30pm In aid of St. Mary’s Church. Puncknowle Manor DT2 9BX. Grand Draw – £100 Cash, Free parking   Entry £1 + under 12’s free.

Membury Flower, Vegetable and Produce Show Village Hall at 2pm Admission:- Adults £1 Children Free.

Summer BBQ and Family Disco donations to RNLI, from 4pm. 01297 442 394. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 11pm. All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please drop 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.

The Pelleas Ensemble performing at St Andrews Church, Colyton at 7.30pm. Tickets on the door or in advance from The Little Shop, Market Square, Colyton 01297 552057.

 

Sat 29 July – Sun 30 July

Dorset Countryside Volunteers are removing ragwort at Lankam Bottom in West Dorset. New people interested in helping care for our countryside are most welcome. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923-498760 for us to contact you.

 

Sunday 30 July

Help King Johns Oak practical task 10am – 12noon Woodend Park, Shute. Bramble clearing around this 800 year old majestic oak who rules over this historic medieval deer park. Free.  Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage Project event.  Booking essential legacytolandscape@gmail.com 01404 310012.

South Somerset Ramblers 10.30am B 12 miles Picnic. Meet at Burton Bradstock NT CP (charge if not a member). GR SY491888. Via Shipton Gorge, Chilcombe and Puncknowle. Jean V. 01935 826089.

Charmouth Vintage Fair Community Hall 10am – 4pm, 01297 560634. Next Date: Monday August 28.

Summer Sunday With Kit and McConnel Whitcombe Manor, Whitcombe, Dorchester, 12noon, £25, Box office: 01305 266926, www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

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

Jazz in the Bar with guitarist Joss Kidd and pianist Philip Clouts, 8pm. 01297 442 394. Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre.

Twelfth Night presented by Folksy Theatre at 7pm. For information and to book visit: hestercombe.com or call 01823 413923.

 

Monday 31 July

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

Circus Raj & Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band 7pm Bridport Arts Centre, Early bird until 24, DT6 3NR

01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Elite street circus performers combine their amazing skills to perform breathtaking acts of courage and bravery on the Millennium Green this summer.