Coast and Countryside Events

Tuesday 25 June

U3A Monthly Talk The U3A (University of the Third Age) offers a wide variety of general interest groups for retired, and semi retired people in Bridport and the surrounding areas. 2pm in Bridport United Church Hall in East Street. The cost to non members for each talk is £2. Further Information can be found at www.u3asites.org.uk/bridport. Miranda Pender presents: ‘How I overcame a life threatening illness to reinvent myself as a singer/songwriter’.

Sidmouth Charity Tea Dances Ballroom, Latin and Sequence dancing with a warm, friendly welcome. £4 each, including Tea, coffee and biscuits at 230pm at All Saints Hall, Sidmouth EX10 8ES Further information from (01395) 579856 or 577122.

Martock History Group walk and talk around Coat, looking at the buildings and their history. Meet 6 pm at Coat crossroads. £3 non-members, contact Fergus 01935 822202 for more info.

Merriott Gardening Presentation by Adrian Hutchinson on Wild Flowers in the Dolomites. Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm – refreshments and raffle. Non-members £2 at the door. Everyone welcome. For more information please contact 01460 72298.

Northern Ballet: Victoria 7pm The Electric Palace, Bridport www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

 

Wednesday 26 June

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

East Devon Ramblers moderate 10 mile circular walk on Exmoor. 10.30am start and bring picnic. Dogs on sort leads. 01297 23424.

Main Line Steam Train Day 10.30am – 4pm. Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420. www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com. Please book to check details with railway centre before attending.

Yeovil Chamber Choir Birthday Concert celebrating more than 25 years of singing with choral music by composers who share their birthdays with members of the choir… The programme will include works by Alessandro Scarlatti, Thomas Arne, John Blow, John Tavener, Percy Whitlock, Hubert Parry, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Edvard Grieg, Georg Frideric Handel and King Henry VIII. Come and join the party at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Preston Grove, Yeovil BA20 2BQ. Tickets £10 to include refreshments will be available on the door or by email at yeovilchamberchoir@hotmail.com.

Wyld Morris dance 7.30pm, on Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, between the Harbour Inn and Royal Standard pubs.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall Talk ‘The Dutch Flower Painters and Landscape Painting – how it evolves’ by Pam Simpson. ulrhs.wordpress.com.

 

Thursday 27 June

Stepping into Nature A short guided walk around West Bay exploring a topical theme. Open to all ages, suitable for the over 55’s and dementia friendly, this is a free event. Meeting at the Discovery Centre at 10.40am Donations welcome. Further details and places can be booked by contacting manager@westbaydiscovercentre.org.uk.

Norwood House Gardens & Walks (Corscombe DT2 0PD) Hidden away in a stunning West Dorset Valley, this garden was started from scratch in 2011. Today glorious purple, pink and white borders surround the house and lawn. Lake, woodland & wild flower walks thoroughly recommended weather permitting. Open 12.30pm – 4.30pm. Adm £6 chd £2 in aid of of the National Garden Scheme charities www.ngs.org.uk.

Wicked Wessex Pop Up Talk: The Scold’s Bridle at 1pm Shire Hall Dorchester. Learn about the dark history of scold’s bridles, in a 15-minute whirlwind exploration of these gruesome objects. This event is free and is bookable on Eventbrite and through shirehalldorset.org.

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild talk and exhibition about hats. Speaker, Jill Venn, entitles her presentation  Tip Top Hats and invites members of her audience to model some of her creations. This should be an interesting and amusing evening and new members and visitors are very welcome to join in. The meeting starts at 6.45pm at the Crowshute Centre and there is ample parking in the adjoining public car park. Any other information can be found by ringing 01460 64502.

Classical Guitar Recital Tony Dodds and Colin Thompson perform classical repertoire plus talk with Q&A. £10 LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3JX www.lsibridport.co.uk.

NT Live: Small Island (15) 7pm Adult £15.30 / Student £12.30. Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050. Also at The Electric Palace, Bridport www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Sidmouth Society of Artists Demonstration Sonia Bacchus- Still life in the style of old Dutch Masters. Oils.7pm. Kennaway House Cellar Bar Admission is free for members. £3 for non-members. Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551 www.kennawayhouse.org.uk.

Forde Abbey Concert Series Castalian Quartet 7.30pm. Tickets £20, arrive early and picnic in the beautiful gardens www.fordeabbey.co.uk.

The Cantilena Choir 7.45pm – 8.45pm M.D. Hannah Stephenson. Sidholme Music Room. Further details on website.

National Theatre Live: Small Island  Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation broadcast to the Marine. £5 under 18s advance or on the door / £11 advance adults / £14 on the door Starts 7pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Far From the Madding Crowd (The New Hardy Players) Max Gate, Alington Ave, Dorchester DT1 2FN. 7.15pm. Outdoor Theatre. £15 / £7.50 U18s. Performances open at 6.30pm for picnics, except Came House matinée which opens for picnics at 1.30pm. Bring a chair/blanket 01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk. Also the following performances 28, 29 June Abbotsbury, Subtropical Gardens, Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4LA. 7.30pm. 4 July – The Vicarage, Cerne Abbas, 4 Back Ln, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester DT2 7JW. 7.30pm. 5 July – Came House, Winterborne Came, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8NU 7.30pm. 6 July – Came House, Winterborne Came, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8NU 2.30pm.

 

Friday 28 June

Do you need to make or change a Will or Power of Attorney? Every few months Age UK Dorchester has a by appointment surgery where individuals can come and ask an expert questions about wills, powers of attorney and other legal aspects of your home and finances. This is a free one-to-one surgery given by Orla Laurenson, associate solicitor at Humphries Kirk, solicitors. 9.30am – 3.30pm at Age UK Dorchester, Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester, DT1 1PW. 01305 269444 www.ageukdorchester.org.uk.

East Devon Ramblers leisurely 4 mile circular walk from Knapp Copse. Dogs on short leads. 01404 549390.

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

Casterbridge Male Voice Choir and Buccas Four a small choral group from Cornwall, concert at the Dorchester Community Church in Pounbury, Dorchester in support of the British Heart Foundation. 7.30pm, tickets will be available at the door or in advance from The Tourist Information Office at The Library and Learning Centre, South Walks House, Charles Street, Dorchester and Harmony Music, The Forum Centre, Trinity Street, Dorchester.

Angela Barnes 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

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, South Petherton TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.

Talon The UK’s leading celebration of the Eagles play all the classics alongside songs from the band’s favourite artists such as John Legend and Lionel Richie. £17 Early Bird / £20 standard / £24 on the door Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

 

Saturday 29 June

Down Farm at Sixpenny Handley Dorset Wildlife Trust. Field walk and visit to archaeological museum, 10.30am  – 12.30pm. Meet at the farm, grid ref ST 999 149, post code SP5 5RY. Book with Myra Sealy, 01308 422 538 www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Family Storytime with the Flying Monkeys suitable for children 3-8yrs. 11am. Free/donation. LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JX  lsibridport.co.uk.

Free live music by East Street Band: Five-piece band playing Irish, folk, blues & rock from 11am, then from 1.30pm Jessica Clare: Covers and originals accompanied by piano. This This BBQ event forms part of the Music in the Garden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

Portesham Fete 2pm – 5pm Portesham School. St. Swithun’s Band, teas, donkey rides, grand raffle, stalls, tests of skill and much more. Great fun for all the family.

Artstory Lecture : Paula Rego and Jenny Saville Two very distinctive figurative painters. To book for the lecture contact Pam Simpson, email:  chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com or tel: 01300 321715, 2pm – 3.30pm, Fee £10, Uplyme Village Hall which has free parking.

Music in the Garden at The Speedwell, Abbey St. Crewkerne, TA18 7HY. Spend the afternoon at this event in the lovely walled garden 6 great acts, pop, country and classics. You are welcome to bring your own picnic but teas and refreshments will be available. Tickets In advance from Town Hall, Market Square, Crewkerne, £5, children under 14, £2.50. On the day buy at the gate, £6, children under 14, £3.

Jane Eyre 7.30pm Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com.

The Pirates of Penzance at Martock Church 7.30pm. The Bath Gilbert and Sullivan Society present a performance of one of the liveliest and timeless comic operettas of all time, The Pirates of Penzance. This two-act operetta is set in Cornwall and has some of the most recognisable of all Gilbert and Sullivan’s songs.  The Bath G&S society can be relied upon to provide an inspiring and exciting evening. Admission: £12 or £10 at 01935 829576 www.martockonline.co.uk/events.

Jazz with the Alyn Shipton Trio 7.30pm Powerstock Church.

Lyme Regis Comedy Club with Vikki Stone This multi-talented headliner appears on the John Bishop Show, The Now Show, and won the Soho Theatre Stand-Up Award. She’s joined by Phil Lucas, Tom Glover, and Dan Thomas, the presenter of S4C’s Gwerthu Allan. £8 advance / £10 on the door. Starts 8pm Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Summer Fling Barn Dance at the Village Hall, Whitchurch Canonicorum. Music kindly provided by the Wyld Band with caller Ruth Jenkins. Doors open 7pm, dancing from 7.30pm. Bar & Raffle. Tickets £8 includes Ploughmans & pudding. All diets catered for, just let us know. Pre-booking preferred – contact Nesta on 01297 489976 or nesta@leafwork.co.uk.

 

Saturday 29 – Sunday 30 June

Big Jurassic Summer Sleepout Join the Jurassic Coast Trust for 24 hours of Jurassic-sized fun, games and entertainment at Graston Copse Holiday Park. Email: info@jurassiccoast.org 01308 807000.

 

Sunday 30 June

Charmouth Vintage Fair Community Hall 10am – 4pm 01297 560634.

East Devon Ramblers strenuous 12 mile circular walk from Oake. 10am start and bring picnic. Dogs on short leads. 01823 617732.

Guided Walk: Branscombe to Beer 10.30am – 4.30pm. Join Jurassic Coast Ambassador Tony Lambert and a local National Trust Ranger for a relaxing summer walk via Hooken beach. Email: info@jurassiccoast.org Tel: 01308 807000.

Wildlife Day – Seaton Wetlands 11am – 4pm Joint AVDCS/EDDC event. Stands, guided walks, bird watching, pond dipping and much more. All welcome.

Sophie Hope 1pm – 2pm Words and Deeds: Looking back at actions of the mouth in social practice Lunchtime talk and discussion. Sophie Hope is a lecturer at Birkbeck University and artist, exploring histories and experiences of cultural democracy, socially engaged art and community arts. Mothership Arts Programme, Copse Barn, Dorset DT6 3TQ. me@annabest.info, mothershipresidencies.tumblr.com.

Yews Farm Open Garden East Street, Martock, TA12 6NF. Garden open 2pm – 5pm. An exuberant and intensively planted garden, with plants chosen for shape, leaf, texture and curiosity of performance. Topiary and cloud pruning gone mad. Jungle garden, self seeded gravel garden rich in Ligusticum lucidum, topiary box and bay ball border, cloud pruning, concrete farmyard garden with hens and pigs. Working vegetable garden. Admission £7, children free, in aid of the NGS. Home made teas & top plant stall.

Strawberry Cream Tea at 3pm at Burstock Farmhouse, Burstock. Adults £6 each Children £3 each. Please come and join us in a pretty garden for a delicious selection of afternoon tea delights. In Aid of St Andrews Church Burstock.

Angels of Sound Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm. If you think meditation means only silent navel gazing-think again! Toning is an ‘out loud’ form of meditation, energising the subtle body chakras by joyfully sounding the sacred Sanskrit (actually universal) vowel sounds. Overtoning,-learning to make audible the usually inaudible overtones present in any note you sing-is a form of sonic ‘magic’ associated with the sacred sound secrets of all esoteric traditions. You will also learn your Personal Sonic (Soul Note) and Key Tone to then work meaningfully with the notes/chakras in your key alongside our Chakra Tones CDs. £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655.

Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowl Soundbath 2pm – 4pm. Experience a magical performance of therapeutic  Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/absorbing the sounds. (You may sit if preferred.) £12, Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you. Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA.

The Silhouettes 2pm – 4pm performing on the bandstand in Greenhill Gardens, The Espanande, Weymouth. Free Entrance. A Weldmar Hospice Event.

Madrigals to Mozart a concert by The Phoenix Singers of Taunton directed by Martin Schellenberg at the Hamdon Community Arts Project, North Street, Stoke Sub Hamdon at 3pm. The performance will feature a wide variety of music with a predominately “ Bird “ related theme. A clarinet solo will also be performed by Rose Donaldson, a young musician who was outstanding at the 2019 HCAP Young Peoples Music Festival.

Tickets £8 (including a cream tea ) from the Box Office on 01935 824064 ( if on answerphone leave a message with your tel. number and they will get back to you).

Jazz in the Bar with Lynn Thornton A 1930s tinged special jazz night, with the vocalist from Just Misbehavin’. £8 advance / £12 on door Starts 8pm. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis www.marinetheatre.com.

Picasso’s Women by Brian McAvera (Flying Elephant Productions) 7pm (doors & bar 6.30pm) £14 / £12 members & concessions. Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street, DT1 1HF

01305 266926 www.dorchesterarts.org.uk.

 

Monday 1 July

Wyld Morris are dancing with Enigma Morris at the Royal Oak, Drimpton 7.45pm.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

The Arts Society Neroche South Somerset 7.15pm at Frogmary Green Conference Centre, South Petherton. Birmingham Town Hall (the Pride of Birmingham and an Ornament to England) by Anthony Peers. Visitors £5.

Ilminster Open Prizegiving Event Enjoy the first day of the exhibition and see which artists have won the top prizes! 5pm – 6.30pm. Admission Free.  Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Wyld morris dancing 7.45pm at Royal Oak, Drimpton, with Enigma Border Morris.

 

Mon 1 July – Sat 3 August

A Small Step for Man Special exhibition to mark the 50th Anniversary of the f Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. Burton Bradstock Community Library Monday Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 3pm –   5pm, Tuesday & Saturday 10am – 12noon. For further information on all events please email: info@burtonbradstocklibrary.org.uk or go to www.burtonbradstocklibrary.org.uk.

 

Tuesday 2 July

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles/12.9 km. Jurassic Coast at its best, Bus to Charmouth from Bridport then coastal walk back to Bridport. Starts at 10.15am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 897702.

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

The Mikado 7pm Electric Palace, Bridport. www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Wednesday 3 July

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

Main Line Steam Day Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Coach Trip Depart by coach UVH 9.15am Cothay Manor nr Wellington. A medieval manor house surrounded by 12 acres of magical gardens -different garden rooms are set off a 200yd yew walk. In addition there is a bog garden, cottage garden and a river walk – a plantsmans paradise. Tea room and small nursery. Cost £21 total includes house tour. Please ring Jane Hadley 01297 444147 to book.

AV&DCS Botanical Stroll at Beer Head with Mike Lock. 10am – 12.30pm Meet at cliff-top car park SY227888 (charge).

Popular local band HiDDeN returning to Bucky Doo Square in Bridport from 10am. Free. Performing popular covers to suit everyone and make market day very special.

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 including Mary Anning, and adventures on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide: Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140, mob 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

Summer concert 7.30pm by West Dorset Community Orchestra and Local Vocals Community Choir. St.John’s Church,West Bay. Admission free with a retiring collection. Refreshments and a raffle.

Steve Holbrook One of UK’s top mediums – is back in Honiton 7.30pm.Tickets £10 Seats are limited so please pre-order to ensure your space. Available from: Honiton Spiritualists, every Monday evening, Masonic Hall, Northcote Lane, Honiton (Tel: 01404 548420), Or by post to: 8 Minifie Road, Honiton, EX14 1NF (please make cheques payable to Honiton Spiritualist Group and enclose a SAE), Or by PayPal via: www.honitonspiritgroup.co.uk / Clairvoyance.

 

Thursday 4 July

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

The Pymore Inn reopens at 5pm, Recently purchased by the owner of the Bridport Electric Palace the pub is re-opening at 5:00 pm after an extensive face-lift to bring this charming country pub back to life.

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 miles/13.7 km. Round West Lulworth. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 422514.

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 including Mary Anning, and adventures on land and sea. Experienced Tour Guide: Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140, mob 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

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

Beaminster Short Mat Bowls at 7pm in the Public Hall.

Salway Ash Village Fete Bingo Top Prize £50! Lots of other great prizes! Doors Open 7pm Eyes Down 7.30pm.

Chard History Group 7.30pm at The Phoenix Hotel, Fore Street, Chard. Kay Wych has been a living History Presenter or many years and in her presentation, “Alyce Cleve – A Maid”, Kay explains how this came about. With each step of the presentation how the idea was developed and how each development came about. Using Costume, there is small amount of audience participation, and a surprise twist at the end. This theatre-like story has unusual features and a well-liked character combined  with history and humour.

Refreshments are available in the downstairs in the Bar. New members and Guests are welcome. Members £2 Guests £3 For information 01460 66165.

An evening at Larmer Tree Gardens Dorset Archives Trust’s Summer Event. Enjoy an evening in the fantastic gardens, bring a picnic, enjoy strawberries and fizz, and hear about the fascinating history of the Rushmore Estate and Cranborne Chase, Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, SP5 5PT. Tickets: £11 (members £9) (incl. canapés & a glass of wine). Talk at 7.15pm followed by a tour of the Gardens with Head Gardener Andy Rampton. To book contact Dorset Archives Trust on 01305 228922 or email enquiries@dorsetarchivestrust.org. For further information visit  or contact Sam Johnston, DAT Hon Secretary at Dorset History Centre on 01305 228929 (dedicated booking line).

 

Friday 5 July

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

Fish & Chip Friday Battered Cod with chips, mushy peas & tartar sauce followed by a fruity dessert – £8.75 (Members £6.50). Vegetarian alternative available. Booking essential Henhayes Centre – South Street Car Park, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA, Tel No: 01460 74340.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 12.45pm Mindfulness and Compassion with Sue Howse. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm an afternoon of poems and poetry with Arra Lindemann plus getting to create your own to share with friends and loved ones. 3.15pm – 4.15pm Therapy session– Worry Busting with Louise Wender. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

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

Concert in St Mary Magdalene Church Loders in aid Of Arthritis Research 6.30pm for 7 pm piano and Organ and Mezzo Soprano, Refreshments, Raffle, Tickets £15 in advance from 01308 863690. Vivaldi, Russell, Bach, Schumann. Caccini, Schubert, Bridge, Armstrong-Gibbs, Head, Copland, Vaughan-Williams.

Jethro: The Count of Cornwall Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. £21 Min. age 16. Following 60 sold out shows last year, ‘The Count of Cornwall’ is back again with his unique style of comedy. Jethro beguiles and befuddles his audience with the endless stream of irreverent twaddle for which he is known and celebrated.

The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Concerts in the West presents Clare Hammond. Award-winning piano soloist playing a programme of Myslivecek, Zev Gordon, Schumann, Debussy and Rachmaninov.  www.concertsinthewest.org. 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

BAC Auction of Promises Bridport Arts Centre, 9A South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR. 7pm £5 01308424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Following the success of the first Auction of Promises, the arts centre is raising funds through unique lots. If you have something unique to offer, please contact boxoffice@bridport-arts.com Tickets include glass of wine and canapés.

Jazz Café: Still Crazy After All These Years Bridport Arts Centre, 9A South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR 8pm £10 01308424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Celebrate over six decades of Paul Simon’s fantastically eclectic song writing with Julie Dunn on vocals/percussion and Philip Clouts on piano in a dynamic programme featuring many well-loved favourites.

 

 

Friday 5 – Sunday 7 July

Open garden one and a third of an acre garden for the National Garden Scheme 1.30pm – 5.30pm.  This is a plantaholic’s garden, designed for year round structure and colour.  There are many specimen trees, shrubs and a large collection of herbaceous plants, over 200 roses, woodland shrubs, dahlias, a small orchard, vegetable patch, small pond, alpine house and alpine troughs.  There are steep banks planted with trees and shrubs, and wild flowers, and with a seat and view point at the top.  Chickens roam the bank. There will be an interesting and well stocked plant stall, a silversmith selling her jewellery, a local artist’s cards, and a demonstration of scroll saw art with goods to sell. Also home made cakes supplied by an expert baker. Dogs on leads are welcome and most of the garden is wheelchair accessible. Admission £4.50, children free.  Photographs of the garden can be seen on the National Garden Scheme website (ngs.org.uk). Socks Orchard, Smallridge, Axminster EX13 7JN Tel: 01297 33693 or 07960191849. 2 miles from Axminster on A358 towards Chard, L at Weycroft Mill traffic lights, pass Ridgeway Hotel on left, continue on lane for half a mile, and park in field opposite.

 

Saturday 6 July

Yeovil Railway Centre Yeovil Junction, Stoford BA22 9UU: First day of the 25th Anniversary Weekend. See www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com for more information, or on 01935 410420 or Facebook’.

Big Breakfast at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall 9am – 11.30am full English breakfast (£6.50), including fruit juice + unlimited toast & coffee/tea, in a friendly atmosphere with a lovely view. Disabled facilities, ample parking; all welcome. Further information/booking from Adrienne 01460 75313 or Julia 01460 72769.

Jurassic Coast Trust Walk 10.30am – 1pm Golden Cap Guided Walk. Join Jurassic Coast Trust Ambassador Geoff Rowland for invigorating walks to the top of the highest point on England’s south coast – Golden Cap in West Dorset. Visit jurassicoast.org/shop to book or call 01308 807000.

Jurassic Coast Trust Walk 11am – 1pm Otterton Mill to Budleigh Salterton Guided Walk. Join Jurassic Coast Trust Ambassador Anthony Cline for a leisurely stroll along the River Otter to the coast at Budleigh Salterton. Visit jurassicoast.org/shop to book or call 01308 807000.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7.5 mile walk from Kilmington Higher Westwater, Beckford Bridge, Membury 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

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

Dalwood Music Day 11.30am – 7pm. 200 Musicians & Singers. All styles of Music. 4 venues in the centre of the village. Buskers. Free parking. Free programme. Entry by wristband purchased on arrival. £10, BBQ.  Teas. Tuckers Arms open all day. Dalwood EX13 7EG, (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton) Info at  www.dalwoodvillage.co.uk 01404 831 280.

Free live Music in the Garden by Julie Dunn: Paul Simon tribute, jazz & blues accompanied by piano. This event forms part of the Music in the Garden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

St. John The Evangelist Church Tatworth Annual Summer Fete and Car Boot Sale 12noon – 3pm. At Tatworth Playing Fields TA20 2QU Grand Summer Draw – First Prize ~ £50 Plus many other lovely prizes Kerizma Dancers, Punch & Judy   Plants. Homemade Cakes . Win a Bird Table. Children’s Games. Toys. Books. Surprise Bags Plus many other stalls. Refreshments include Teas. Ice Creams . Hot Dogs & Burgers. The Pavilion Bar will be open. Further Information for Car boot & Sales Tables Daphne Carslake 01460 67945.

Tipping Point an interactive sound installation and activities exploring ecoacoustics. A collaborative project with Bournemouth Uni and electricbackroom STUDIO. 1pm – 6pm. Free/Donation LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JX  lsibridport.co.uk.

In the steps of the unbuilt Colyton Canal 2pm – 5pm. A journey back in time, in the local landscape between Colyton and Shute to hear about the 19th century canal that was planned but never built. Free event. Meet by the main entrance to St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JS, Grid Reference 246 941. Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/wildlife/legacy-to-landscape.

Sweet Honi and Honiton Town Band 7.30pm Adult £10, U16 £6. Kathy Rufolo’s joyful community choir sings rock, soul and pop. They will be joined by Honiton Band whose repertoire takes in brass band favourites, light classical, jazz, pop and show tunes. Proceeds to charities Hospiscare (for the Kings House Day Hospice in Honiton) and Mind.The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Sisters of Swing Concert 7.30pm. (Doors open at 6.30pm) The hugely popular all female swing band from Bristol return to Henhayes. Tickets £12 and are available in advance from the office. Henhayes Centre – South Street Car Park, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA, Tel No: 01460 74340.

The Leylines – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event 8pm Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.

La Vie en Rose 8pm – 10pm Gipsy Jazz Band – Concert in Dalwood Village Hall (as part of Dalwood Music Day). Ticket £10 in advance from  klaing07@hotmail.co.uk  phone: 01404 881 601 Dalwood EX13 7EG (just north of the A35 between Axminster & Honiton).

Westlife 8pm Electric Palace, Bridport. www.electricpalace.org.uk.

The Take That Experience Bridport Arts Centre, 9A South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR 7.30pm £23.50 01308424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Up to 30 words about your event: The Take That Experience and their incredible stage show gives you the latest Take That favourites as well as the classic songs.

 

Saturday 6 – Sunday 7 July

25th Anniversary Special Event Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

 

Saturday 6 – Friday 12 July

Beer and Seaton Lifeboat Week Sat Street Collection at Beer 10am – 5pm Craft Fair at Marine hall. Sunday Duck Race Day 11am onwards Mariners Hall also events in Jubilee Gardens. Tuesday Quiz Night in Beer 7.30pm Dolphin Hotel. Friday Music Night in Beer 9pm – 11pm – Dolphin Hotel. Volunteers required call 01297 23040.

 

Sunday 7 July

Frampton Fete on the green 2 pm to 5pm Robin Hood theme, try your hand at archery, Durnovarian Band, Bouncy Castle, Ferret Racing, Vintage cars, Tombola, Raffle, Duck race, New to You, plant stall, cakes and home produce, village crafts,Bar, BBQ, ices. In the village hall Bric a Brac, books and Cream Teas. For local charities.

North Church & Cricket Club Fete at the N.P. Cricket Ground from 12noon – 4pm. Silent Auction of 50 Lots, Fun Dog Show, many Stalls, Ukulele Band, Grand Raffle (£100 prize), School Dancers, BBQ, Pancakes, Fruit Kebabs, Teas, Ices, Licenced Bar, Inflatables, Steam Train, Fancy Dress, Children’s Competition, Slippery Horse.

Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be holding their annual support to the Mission to Seaman by holding a service in St Thomas’s Church on the Cricket St Thomas estate at 10am. Further details can be obtained by contacting the association secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978. Following this service the association will be holding their Sea Sunday Lunch in the Windwhistle Inn at 1pm for 1.30pm.

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

Bramdean School Chapel Choir and Young Musicians Concert 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Sidholme Music Room.

Chard Camera Club The club will be meeting in Boden Street to be picked up by coach for their annual ‘Mystery Trip’ where they will be taking image in and around the place of mystery. www.chardcameraclub.org.uk Mrs Joyce Partridge on 01460 66885.

The Occasional Singers 7pm conducted by Miriam Newton, perform a summer evening concert of part-songs at St Mary’s Chapel, Lulworth Castle BH20 5QS. A great selection of songs by composers including Elgar, Fauré, Britten, Holst and Tavener. The cellist, Sally Flann, will join the singers to perform three quartets by Arensky op.57 for choir and cello. Admission is free. All proceeds from a retiring collection will go to the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust. You might like to arrive early and bring a picnic to eat in the grounds of the castle before the concert commences. Everyone is most welcome.

 

Monday 8 July

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

West Dorset Flower Club meet at the W.I. Hall in North Street, Bridport. 2.30pm Amy Shakeshaft demonstration “The World Is Your Oyster”. New members and visitors are very welcome. For further details please contact the secretary on 01308 456339.

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

 

Tuesday 9 July

Benefit Advice Session Portland – Easton (an initiative with Island Community Action). Sessions will operate on the second Tuesday in each month, between 10am – 12.15pm at Island Community Action, and will be by appointment only. To make an appointment, please contact Island Community Action on 01305 823789 or at The Easton Centre, Portland DT5 1EB. office@islandcommunityaction.org.uk.

AV&DCS Bird Watch with Rob Johnson – stroll round Fernworthy Reservoir, Dartmoor. 10am – 4pm. Inform Fran Sinclair 07804 835905 if attending.

Time for Tea and a Talk A Day in the Life of a Town Crier. Nick Goodwin, Axminster’s very own Town Crier talks about his very varied and interesting life as Town Crier. £3 Tea & cake served. Call 01404 831207 to book. 2pm – 3.30pm at Axminster Heritage, The Bradshaw Meeting Room, Thomas Whitty House, Silver Street, Axminster, Devon, EX13 5AH.

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

Axe Vale Stamp Club Bradshaw Rooms, Silver Street, Axminster EX13 5AH, 7.30pm for 8pm. Display – James Hooper on “Pneumatic Post in Vienna and Prague”. 01297 552482.

The Ile Valley Flower Club Demonstrator Katie Baxter from Ringwood Titled ‘Bring me Sunshine’ Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. Broadway Village Hall close to Ilminster TA19 9RE Visitors welcome £6 entrance.

Chard WI meeting at Chard Baptist Church Rooms, Holyrood Street TA20 2AH. Speaker from Guide Dogs for the Blind. Alistair Blackmore will bring his guide dog, Robyn. Meeting starts 7.30pm. New members welcome. Call Madeleine on 01460 68495 or e-mail info.chardwi@gmail.com for more information. Meetings second Tuesday of each month.

 

 

Wednesday 10 July

West Dorset Ramblers 10.5 miles/16.9 km. Broadmayne Circular. Osmington, Broadmayne, Bincombe, Winterbourne Came, West Knighton. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 423346.

Friends of Sidmouth Town Band Coffee Concert Coffee 10.30am Concert 11a.m.-12noon. The Music Room, Sidholme Hotel, Elysian Fields, Temple Street, Sidmouth EX10 8. Free Admission, Refreshments … Disabled Access Retiring Collection for Sidmouth Town Band.

U3A Lyme Regis Talk The History of Paper : A talk by Robin Clarke who spent his working life in the paper industry. Coffee served from 10am – 10.40am, followed by the talk at 11am – 12noon.Venue; please note change of venue toWoodbury Hall , Axminster EX13 5TL. Free to members, £2 donation suggested for nonmembers. To join U3A see website www.lymeregisu3a.org or telephone 01297 444566.

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

Wyld Morris dancing at 7.30pm at Monkton Wyld Court, Monkton Wyld, Charmouth.

The Beehive Acoustic Café 8pm Free entry. A supportive open mic session in the Beehive bar with host and guitarist Terry Stacey. Come along to listen or to play. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

 

Thursday 11 July

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

An Evening with TV Chef Tim Maddams Celebrated chef and writer, Tim Maddams is at Frogmary Farm for his next charismatic and inventive cookery demonstration on fresh fish. Exploring the seasonal seas and river riches of the UK as Tim reveals the joys of cooking fish and seafood, its sustainability in sourcing and the simplicity of its preparation. Get ready for exquisite nibbles, fascinating discussions and plenty of laughter as you uncover the very finest in fresh fish with Tim Maddams. 7pm – 9pm, Frogmary Green Farm Cookery School, South Petherton 01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

Beaminster Short Mat Bowls at 7pm in the Public Hall.

Crewkerne Gardening Club is pleased to welcome Christine Walker to talk about “Hedgehogs in the Garden”. Henhayes Centre at 7.30pm. Expect refreshments and a warm welcome. Visitors – £2.50. Further details from Rosemary Prince – 01460 74290.

Chard Royal Naval Association The association will be meeting in the Chard Rugby Football Club Essex Close at 7.30pm for their bimonthly official meeting. Further information on the association can be found locally by contacting the associations secretary Mr Gary Pennells on 01460 77978. All enquiries made will be gladly received and to re mind people interested you do not have to be former members of any forces to be a member of the association.

 

Friday 12 July

West Dorset Ramblers 7.5 miles/12.1 km. Ashley Chase Country. Stone Circle, Parks Dairy, Abbotsbury Ridge. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01305 854137.

Food on Friday at Clapton & Wayford Village Hall – 12noon two course lunch, roll & butter + unlimited tea/coffee, £4.50. Special diets can usually be catered for if requested in advance. Disabled facilities, ample parking, lovely view. 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.

Jurassic Coast boat trip from Lyme Regis. A choice of circular trips. Lyme Regis heading west to Beer Head and back leaving at 11am. Lyme Regis heading east to West Bay/ Burton Bradstock and back leaving at 2pm. Each trip lasts around 2 ½ hours. £17 per person. More information see nationaltrust.org.uk/golden-cap or contact 01297 489481. Online bookings only via Stuart Lines website Jurassic Coast Boat trip www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/c06ca791-2005-468b-86a8-2d834a32abe6/pages/details.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Wendy Lowis-Bates talking on gemstones and how she got into jewellery making, then we can all make a simple pair of earrings. Plus Karen Jones will be on hand to show you how to make a simple origami gift box to put them in. 2.30pm – 4pm Therapy session to be confirmed. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Summer Cream Tea 2pm – 4pm. Traditional cream tea with live entertainment from the fabulous Ian Uren. Scones, cream, jam & strawberries with tea/coffee – £4.50 Henhayes Centre – South Street Car Park, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA, Tel No: 01460 74340.

Kilmington Gardening Club 7.30pm Talk by Angela Brooks -Smith on Flowers for cutting. Angela is a garden designer, flower grower and florist. Angela will share her knowledge on the best plants to grow for stunning floral displays. Kilmington garden club, Kilmington village hall, Whitford Road, Kilmington EX13 7RF. All welcome non members £3.

Down Gin Lane with the Grey Bear Bar Company. 7pm Tickets are £30 each. For more information visit shirehalldorset.org or call 01305 261849. Shire Hall, Dorchester.

The Merry Wives of Windsor (12A) 7.20pm Adult £12.80, Student £7.80. A stunning new production filmed live at Shakespeare’s Globe. Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as Sir John Falstaff sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. But the ‘Merry Wives’ quickly cotton on to his tricks…The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050.

Mike Denham & the Sunset Cafe Stompers The South West’s favourite traditional jazz band, playing the whole jazz repertoire from Scott Joplin’s ragtime to Fats Domino’ Rock’n’Roll. 8pm. Tickets £16 (£31 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Comedy Club Pre Edinburgh Preview: Matthew Rees & Josh Berry Bridport Arts Centre, 9A South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR 8pm £13 01308424204 www.bridport-arts.com. These stand ups don’t have long to polish up their act before the Fringe Festival, so join Matt and John – two of the best new acts on the circuit! Free pint with every ticket.

Music for a Summer Evening

The Lyme Light Singers present an evening of light-hearted music from Orlando Gibbons and Dowland to Vaughan Williams and beyond at 7.30 p.m. in the Pine Hall, Baptist Church, Lyme Regis (by kind permission of the Baptist Church).  The programme includes madrigals, folk songs,  part songs, and solo items including a comic monologue, and refreshments will be available in the interval. Tickets are £8 (£5 for students) and are available from the Tourist Information Centre, Lyme Regis; proceeds in aid of the Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme, to support a Syrian refugee family.

 

Saturday 13 July

Dennis Chinaworks Open Day 11 am – 5 pm. Shepton House, Shepton Beauchamp TA19 0JT. Tel. 01460 240622.

Farmer’s Market 9am – 1pm Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.

Martock Farmers Market 10am – 1pm, CoOp shopping precinct, North Street. 16 stalls with thoughtfully made food, including White Lake Cheese, which has just won the Championship at the Bath & west for the third year running. Fergus Dowding 01935 822202 for a stall.

Satsang with Derek Thorne, The Yoga of the Upanishads 10am -1pm St Peter’s Church Hall, High West Street, Dorchester –Hear authentic and inspiring teaching on these timeless spiritual texts. Discourse, meditation, simple chanting and Q&A. “Early Bird”  booking available. For more details and to book please contact Marj Snape marjsnape@gmail.com  07747429559 or see www.yogaliving.co.uk.

Long Bredy Village Coffee Break takes place on the second Saturday of each month in the Village Hall, Long Bredy DT2 9HP in the beautiful Bride Valley. Coffee, tea, cakes and some savouries are all available between 10.30 am – 12noon. Come and visit.

Chard Horticulture & Craft Show 10.30am – 1.30pm, classes for Vegetables, Flowers, Homecraft & Handicraft, photography Flower Arranging and many Childrens classes. Free admission Schedules available from The Guildhall, Chard.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 7 mile walk from Osmington White Horse Hill, Poxwell 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Free live Music in the Garden 11am – 1pm by Tony Roberts and Richard Llewelyn: jazz duo playing standards and latin. This event forms part of the Music in the Garden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455 .

Summer Garden Party hosted by St. Swithun’s Church, Allington, Bridport 12noon – 2.30pm. Fun, games and entertainment for all the family, including the St. Swithun’s Band and dancing displays. On sale there will be cakes, craftwork, gifts, plus a raffle and tombola, Sandwiches, cakes, cream tea and ice creams.  Entry and parking are free and on arrival you can be sure of a very warm welcome.

Healing Words author and poet Sue Simms presents an illustrated talk about how writing helped her through her sons fight with cancer. 1pm. Free/Donation LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JX  lsibridport.co.uk.

Summer Show and Country Fayre Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society 1pm – 5pm. Potato themed classes in the Horticultural Show, games, live music and entertainment, steam train rides, family dog show, food and craft stalls, country skills demonstrations, sideshows, games, and refreshments. All afternoon on Uplyme playing field, in the big marquee and in the village hall. Details Robin Britton 01297 442794.

Art Study Day on artist ‘Eric Ravilious and his peer group,  an English Romantic Modern’, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, tea/coffee and cake in the interval is included, to be held in Church House, South Street, Bridport,  Fee £25. For information or to book: contact Pam Simpson on chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com or tel: 01300 321715.

An Evening Summer Concert 6pm At St Andrews Church Burstock. Please come and enjoy an evening of song directed by Hillary Kenway Followed by supper. Tickets £7.50 on the door or call 01308 868083 to book. In aid of St Andrews Church, Burstock.

Mapperton Estate Summer Concert in All Saints Church, adjoining Mapperton House at 7pm. The highly acclaimed cellist Guy Johnston returns to play the last three Bach cello suites, numbers 4, 5 and 6 after playing the first three suites at Mapperton last year. Tickets are £25 per person and include entrance to the gardens. To book your tickets call Mapperton on 01308 862645 or email: laurab@mapperton.com.

BAC Quiz Night Bridport Arts Centre, 9A South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR 7pm £10  01308424204 www.bridport-arts.com. Up to 30 words about your event: A very special Quiz Night where the theme is all things covered by Bridport Arts Centre. Ticket price includes a curry supper.

 

Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 July

Upwey Open Gardens (DT 3 5QE) This weekend explore behind the fences and gates of this village cottages and larger period houses to seek out the fruits of a whole years gardening. There is ample free parking, programmes are £4 and proceeds are donated to preserving and improving the fabric of the village for the benefit of the community.

 

Sunday 14 July

The Devonrotariun Charity Bike Ride 100km; 60km and a taster ride of 25km. The courses will be clearly signposted and there will be pit stops. The first ride starting at 9am. The venue is the Honiton Rugby Club, Alhallows Playing Field, School Lane, Honiton EX14 1QW In aid of Devon air Ambulance Trust Entries to www.devonrotarium.org.

Main Line Steam Day Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

Kimmeridge, a walk on the beach Dorset Wildlife Trust. Plus opportunity to visit Etches Fossil Museum. 10.30am – 12.30pm, meet at museum car park. Book with Myra Sealy, 01308 422 538.

www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Jurassic Coast Trust Walk 10.30am – 2pm Tyneham and Worbarrow Bay Guided Walk. Visit jurassicoast.org/shop to book or call 01308 807000.

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

Garden Party 12noon – 3pm Middle Woodbeer Farm, Plymtree, EX15 2LN. Tea, coffee, cake and even hotdogs (or cats?!) New & vintage jewellery, books, bric-a-brac & plants. Games for the young and young at heart, lucky dip, treasure hunt…Raffle, tombola. Cats & kittens looking for homes…01404 45241 www.honiton.cats.org.uk.

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

Classical Favourites played by Pianis Joyce Clarke 3.30pm – 4.30pm Sidholme Music Room.

Gloria St Andrew’s Church, Colyton, 3.30pm. Cantamus presents ‘Gloria’, a concert of songs for summer. Tickets are £10 on the door and include interval refreshments.

Free, Fun, Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh organised by the Somerset branch of the RSCDS 2.30pm – 4.30pm at Staplegrove Village Hall, Taunton TA2  6AL. Hot and cold drinks will be provided foc. All dances will be called. Dancing to CD’s. Wear something tartan if you wish. All welcome and bring your friends. For more information contact Anita on 01460 929383 or anitaandjim22@gmail.com.

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

 

Monday 15 July

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

 

Tuesday 16 July

Café Scientifique Interested in science? Then come and discuss. No experience necessary! Free of charge, but please do buy a drink. @sidmouthscience 3pm-4pm Kennaway House, Sidmouth 01395 515551.

Meet the Author: Paul Atterbury Paul Atterbury is a writer, lecturer, curator and broadcaster who specialises in the art, architecture and design of the 19th and 20th centuries. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets £13 (to include a glass of wine). Available to purchase from Kennaway House office. Call 01395 515551 or pop in to the House. Kennaway House, Sidmouth.

Harcombe: A Pig in a Day butchery masterclass, run by Steven Lamb, River Cottage’s curing and smoking expert. Bargain price of £125 including lunch and your take away porkie. There are only 10 places so to reserve a place email steve.sway@virginnet.net, all in aid of the Uplyme Community Sponsorship Scheme.

 

Tues 16 – Wednesday 17 July

Rhinoceros Live Art at the Jam Factory, Uplyme. 6.30pm for 7pm Contact Jo Smith-Oliver 07525005430 for details and tickets.

Secondhand Book Sale from 11am Jubilee Pavilion, Lyme Regis.

 

Wednesday 17 July

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles/12.9 km. Burton Circular, West Bay, Bothenhampton, Shipton. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 424512.

Bridport Probus Club Siege of Lyme Regis – Chris Andrew. Meet at the Eype’s Mouth Hotel at 12noon on the third Wednesday of each month for lunch, followed by a talk. For more information contact Graham Pitts on 01297 561569.

Honiton U3A meeting at The Beehive with speaker Philip Browne to give his talk entitled ‘The Unfortunate Captain Pearce’. The Beehive, Dowell St., Honiton doors open 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Members free and Visitors welcome (Suggested donation – £2) Further information:01404 598008  or visit our Website:  http://u3asites.org.uk/honiton.

Summertime with The Tale Valley Choir 7.45pm – 8.45pm M.D. Emma Palmer, Sidhome Music Room.

Casterbridge Male Voice Choir and Portland Singers concert in aid of the appeal for MV Freedom, which is a charity and a volunteer run vessel purposely adapted for the disabled based in Weymouth the charity is raising funds for a more moderate vessel. The Weymouth Bay Methodist Church, Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets will available at the door or in advance from The Tourist Information Office at The Library and Learning Centre, South Walks House, Charles Street Dorchester, and Harmony Music, The Forum Centre, Trinity Street, Dorchester.

 

Thurs 18 – Saturday 20 July

Patronal Flower Festival. St Margaret’s Church, Topsham Many people have come up with some amazing ideas and titles for this year’s Flower Festival e.g. Whirling Dervishes, The Frog Prince. The Festival will take place on Thursday 18th July and Friday 19th July from 10.00-6.00 and on Saturday 20th July from 10.00-5.00 Bring your friends and enjoy the delicious refreshments and lunches. The funds raised this year will be shared between St. Margaret’s Church and MAF – Mission Aviation Fellowship

 

Thursday 18 July

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

Beaminster Short Mat Bowls at 7pm in the Public Hall.

Romantic Travellers ;Touring Britain 1780-1830 An illustrated talk by Dr. Emma McEvoy. 7.30pm. Free/Donation LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JX  lsibridport.co.uk.

The Exeter Chorale Chamber Choir 7.45pm – 8.45pm. Old English Madrigals M.D. Simon Dunbavand. Sidholme Music Room.

 

Friday 19 July

West Dorset Ramblers 7 miles/11.3 km. Ringstead Bay, Ringstead to Holworth, Moigns Down and Upton.

Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01305 459315.

Chef’s Special Lunch 12noon for 12.30pm. £9.50 (Members £8). Fruit juice on arrival, roast pork followed by Eton mess with coffee/tea and a chocolate to finish. Vegetarian alternative available. Booking essential. Henhayes Centre – South Street Car Park, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA, Tel No: 01460 74340.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 12.45pm Mindfulness and Compassion with Sue Howse. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Social afternoon. 3.15pm Rising Voices with Jane. 2.30pm Jenny Malone available to do 1-to-1 short Homeopathy assessments. 2.30pm – 4pm Therapy session – Peter Cove offering Swedish Massage for hands & feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

Unique Boutique Event community evening street food markets back to East Devon for summer 2019. Friday evenings in the summer have become a way to get together over food and connect with your community. You’ll find a great location with views out across the Jurassic coast, the reasonably priced pop up bar and cool music to accompany your culinary journey around the world. The Ham, Sidmouth, EX10 8BU ThirdFriday of the month – 5pm – 9pm. Contact: Eleanor Carr chat@UniqueBoutiqueEvents.co.uk www.UniqueBoutiqueEvents.co.uk 07970 857696.

Richard Lennox presented by The Friends of Crewkerne Church at 7.30pm A virtuoso on both the piano and the organ, playing ‘Films and Musicals meet the Classics’. A tour de force from Jurassic Park to the Four Seasons. St. Bartholomew’s Church, Crewkerne. Tickets £14 (under 18s free) from Crewkerne Town Hall or Ian Tribe 01460 271440.

The Life and Times of Doctor Roberts Bridport Arts Centre, 9A South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR 11am and 7.30pm £10 (11am) and £14 (7.30pm) 01308424204 www.bridport-arts.com. An entertaining theatrical inquiry into the medical practices of Georgian Bridport. Free tea or coffee with every ticket.

Laura Collins with the Craig Milverton Trio and Nigel Price A Tribute to the Great American Songbook with acclaimed vocalist Laura supported by a team of award-winning jazz musicians. 8pm. Tickets £18 (£33 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Saturday 20 July

Natural Seaton Festival 10am – 4pm – visit the AV&DCS stand for quizzes and hedgehog mapping.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile coastal walk from Worth Matravers 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Help King John’s Oak and Deer Park Walk Shute, 10am – 12noon. A great chance to meet and also lend a hand freeing this magnificent 800 year old ancient tree from surrounding competing growth, helping it to continue to thrive in the medieval Woodend Deer Park at Shute. Walk around park in the afternoon. Come to one or both. Gloves, tools and hot drink provided. Booking essential. 01404 310012, pete.youngman@eastdevonaonb.org.uk. Location map sent on booking. Free event. Legacy to Landscape Community Heritage project event. www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/wildlife/legacy-to-landscape.

Natural Seaton Festival 10am – 4pm Thury Harcourt Place and Tesco Square EX12 2WD. Celebrate the natural wealth of the Seaton area. Enjoy a festival atmosphere with many wildlife and conservation organisations together with local arts and crafts. Activities for all ages. Free entry www.seatonvisitorcentretrust.org.

Leigh Food Fair & Vintage / Classic Car / Bike Display Leigh Village Hall, DT9 6HL 10am – 4pm. Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers. The Stallholders will include:-  Adam’s Tasty Chilli Sauces, Bakeout Café, Choc Ami, Chetnole Honey, Cornish Pasties, Devon Fishcakes,  Dorset Blue Viney, Fussels Fine Foods, James’s Cheeses,  Lavender Blue Food Company, Ma Bolton Gluton Free, Meat Free Martha, Oxfords’ Bakery,  Reads Coffee Roasters, Percy’s Bakery, Purbeck Icecream, Simply Sprinkle, Somerset Cider Brandy Co., Somerset Charcuterie, Sopley Salads, Unusual Pork Pie Co., Wraxall Wines, Wyld Meadow Farm, and Yarty Cordials.  A variety of interesting Vintage/Classic cars & motorbikes will be on display. Barbecued Hamburgers & Sausages, Refreshments, Ice cream, Beer and Cider! Entertainment includes children’s activities. Adults £2, children under 15 Free It will be opened by Richard Bromell, Director of Charterhouse Auctioneers. www.leighfoodfair.co.uk.

Jurassic Coast Trust Walk 10.30am – 1pm. Fleet Lagoon Guided Walk. Visit jurassicoast.org/shop to book or call 01308 807000.    

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 including Mary Anning, and adventures on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide: Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140, mob 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

Free live Music in the Garden by HiDDeN: 11am – 1pm Easy-listening music – various instruments and vocal harmony. This event forms part of the Music in the Garden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

Summer Fete at Holy Trinity, Bothenhampton starting at 1 p.m. with a barbeque. You may like to enter the best dressed shoes competition either arriving in your decorated footwear or picking items from a box of craft items to decorate your shoes on the day. Stalls, teas, raffle, music by Mood Indigo and our handbells. Display of dog agility by the Dog Training Society. Free entry.

Chard Museum’s Summer Celebration open afternoon. Free Entry 12noon – 4pm. Come and see the museum’s amazing collection and enjoy children’s activities, including Punch and Judy show, entertainment, stalls, raffle and refreshments. Try our delicious cakes and enjoy tea on our sunny patio.

Screening Sheldrake a premiere of the film of Rupert Sheldrake’s sell out talk at the LSi for anyone who couldn’t get a ticket first time round. 1pm. Free/Donation. LSi Bridport, 51 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3JX  lsibridport.co.uk.

Stoke Abbott Street Fair 2pm – 5pm Fun for all the family with exciting stalls, entertainment, craft displays, ferret-racing, a novelty dog show for all ages, cream teas and more. Children are welcome play in the games garden and to come in fancy dress (no theme) with a parade in the dog show ring at 3.30pm. This year, proceeds will go to Bridport’s The Living Tree & Stepping Out, supporting those affected by cancer, as well as St Mary’s church and the village hall. Wyld Morris is dancing at Stoke Abbott Street fair.

Cotleigh Village Fete 2pm Cotleigh Village Hall EX14 9HJ. Free entry for traditional fun including stalls, vintage cars and tractors, Shetland ponies, skittles, bar, ice creams, raffle and our famous cream teas and refreshments. Arena featuring Littletown Primary Academy Choir and children’s fun sports. Scarecrow competition around the village.

Piddlehinton Village Fete 2pm – 5pm. This year’s fete will be held in the lovely English garden at East Farmhouse, Piddlehinton by the River Piddle and celebrations will include the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing. Bigger and better than ever before this year’s fete will include the now famous dog show judged by the renowned expert Olivia Archer. Keeping children entertained and happy will be the children’s races, pony rides, coconut shy, welly wanging, gymnastics display, toy stall and of course the ice cream tent and the Duck Grand National – always a firm favourite. From 7pm there will be a delicious BBQ complete with DJ and live music, including the village’s very own John Hudson, one of Britains most powerful and dramatic tenors and of course a telescope for lessons on the moon and stars …Disabled parking is available please call 01300 348465 in advance for advice. Parking for the fete is at DT2 7TF.

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

Art Lecture 2pm – 3.30pm, ‘The influence of Art upon Thomas Hardy the writer’, Uplyme Village Hall, Uplyme, free parking, fee £10.Thomas Hardy was interested in art from early age, he was an amateur artist and architect himself; the lecture explores the way in which art influenced his writing, he was friends with artists in London and in Dorset and was inspired by the subject matter of painting when he wrote. For information or to book: contact Pam Simpson on: chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com or tel: 01300 321715.

Fea Jeanes Ballet: Cinderella 2.30pm Electric Palace, Bridport www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Piano and Viola Recital by Natasha O’Flynn 3pm – 4.15pm Sidholme Music Room.

Friends of St Andrews Church, Colyton Jazz Summer Concert to include Pimms on the Green. Arrive at 7pm to enjoy drinks beforehand for 7.30pm start of the concert. Le Jazz Quartet are playing in St Andrews Church, Colyton. Tickets from The Little Shop, Market Square, Colyton £12, £10 for members, £5 for under 18’s or on the door. Tel: 01297 552057.

The 19 Sixties, Live Classic 60s Band 7pm to midnight St Georges Hall, Hinton St George. Enjoy a candlelit 3-course dinner and dance to this exciting band plus Baz’s Disco. Make up a group or come by yourself. Tickets £30 available from Our Shop, Hinton St George, or phone 07500 532543 Any profit to local community projects.

 

Sat 20 – Sunday 21 July

Powerstock Open Gardens and Teas 2pm – 6 pm, admission by ticket £5 (two days), accompanied children free. Free Parking.

 

Sunday 21 July

Dorset Area Group Walk 11 miles/17.7 km. Sydling St Nicholas, Cerne Abbas, picnic at Giant Hill. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01300 320346.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers at 10am will be removing thistles and ragwort at South Poorton (West Dorset) in order to maintain wildflower rich grassland for Dorset Wildlife Trust. Welcoming new people interested in helping look after this special site. For details see www.dcv.org.uk, email DCVpublicity@gmail.com, or text or message 07923 498760 for them to contact you.

Chard Bowling Club Open Day at Bonds Close, Chard, TA20 1ED, between 10am – 3pm. Come and try outdoor and/or indoor bowls and have a look around our friendly and well equipped club. During the Summer months members can play outdoors whilst still enjoying short mat indoor play throughout the whole year. Nothing needed as bowls will be provided, but, please do wear flat soled shoes. Any queries or for further information, please call Clive on 01460 63858.

Jurassic Coast Cruises Leaving Fisherman’s Gap, Seaton Sea Front at 1.30pm and 3.45pm. Two-hour cruises along the World Heritage Site. Bar, refreshments and toilets on board. Dogs permitted. Tickets, £12 adults, £6 children, available from 10am on the day from the sea front or in advance from Stuart Lines  01395 222144 /www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk.

A Friends of Greenhill Gardens Event 2pm – 4pm. The Omega Project performing on the bandstand in Greenhill Gardens, The Espanande, Weymouth. Free Entrance.

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

Teas and Tunes from 2.30pm – 5pm at St Peter’s Church, Long Bredy DT2 9HU. Come and enjoy a cream tea or a slice of home-made cake while you listen to folk musicians David Squirrel and Emma McCovey from the band  “Yellow Room”. To be held outside in the beautiful churchyard if fine, but in the church if wet. Free parking and free admission but donations are requested to help with the upkeep of the church. Grand Christmas Draw tickets will also be on sale in aid of church and the Chemotherapy Unit at Dorchester County Hospital.

 

Monday 22 July

Severalls Jubilee Bowls Club Coaching for All ages 10am – 12noon at War Memorial Grounds, Severalls Park Avenue, Crewkerne, TA18 8HQ (entrance off Lang Road). Fancy trying outdoor bowls? Come and have an enjoyable morning at a very friendly club with bowls provided and refreshments halfway through and please wear flat soled footwear. For more information please phone Geoff Kerr on 01308 867221.

Martock History Group 2.30pm. A private visit to Forde Abbey: John Allen will lead the group on a private guided tour around the abbey, which is closed to the public on Mondays. The quality of the 1530s buildings and 1650s plasterwork is some of the best in the country, said Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, and the whole package is like a jewel tucked away in remote countryside, yet near Chard. It is a Monday as the house is closed to the public that day, which gives us more time and space. You can also wander around the gardens at your leisure, and buy lunch or tea in the café – open from 10.30am – 3.30pm, the gardens are open to the public from 10.30am – 5pm. The cost is £11, please pay Fergus Dowding beforehand to secure a place, 01935 822202,  fergus.dowding@btinternet.com.

Hidden Depths: Women of the RNLI talk by Sue Hennessy at 3pm in Bridport Town Hall. £5 for visitors, £4 for Friends of Bridport Museum, paid on the door. Tea and cakes will be available after the talk for a small additional donation. All proceeds support Bridport Museum. All welcome.

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

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

Tuesday 23 July

U3A Monthly Talk The U3A (University of the Third Age) offers a wide variety of general interest groups for retired, and semi retired people in Bridport and the surrounding areas. 2pm in Bridport United Church Hall in East Street. The cost to non members for each talk is £2. Further Information can be found at www.u3asites.org.uk/bridport. Dr Tony Davis presents a talk ‘Why Diets Don’t Work’ a talk into recent research into bacterial genetics.

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

Lyme Regis Parish Church Organ recital 7.30pm with Andrew Millington, formerly director of music at Exeter Cathedral. Programme includes Jongen’s Sonata Eroica and works by Bach, Handel, Vierne and Guilmant. This is a South Wessex Organ Society event. Tickets £10 on the door.

Dalloway Bridport Arts Centre, 9A South Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3NR. 7.30pm £16 01308424204

www.bridport-arts.com. 1923: The war is over. This adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated map of hearts, minds and memories offers a compellingly feminine response to the aftermath of the First World War.

 

Wednesday 24 July

Coach outing to Dunster – probably the largest and most intact medieval village in England. £15 Coach only (£13.50 for AH members) Most well-known for its Castle and iconic octagonal Yarn Market, there is masses to see and do. Optional activities include Castle (NT), Museum and Country Fair (£12) admission fees may be payable. Picking up at Dalwood (9am), Axminster, Tatworth, Chard. Call 01404 831207 for info or to book. An Axminster Heritage Alive Event.

West Dorset Ramblers 8 miles/12.9 km. Around Sydling St Nicholas. Sydling St Nicholas, Grimstone Down and Ridge Hill. 6 mile option. Starts at 10am: Bring picnic, dogs on short leads. All welcome. Please call 01300 341664.

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 including Mary Anning, and adventures on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide: Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140, mob 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Outing 6.15pm Evening visit to Little Ash Bungalow Fenny Bridges. Cost £5 to include refreshments. (Non members £8). Depart in shared cars from Uplyme Village Hall at 6.15pm. Please ring Jenny Harding 07773 604137 or email jennyhlyme@hotmail.co.uk by July 18th to confirm.

 

Thursday 25 July

Benefit Advice Session an initiative by Dorset Welfare Benefits Partnership. Dorchester 9am – 12.30pm at Age UK Dorchester. To make an appointment, please contact Age UK Dorchester on 01305 269444 or at Rowan Cottage, 4 Prince of Wales Road, Dorchester DT1 1PW www.ageuk.org.uk/dorchester.

Johnnie Boden of Bodens Mail order and online clothing business, is giving a special fundraising talk at the Bridport LSi. It is called  ‘10 things I have learnt in business and in life!’. The talk starts at 7.30 pm.

Refreshments available from 6.45pm.

Tickets are £12 each. Available from Bridport TIC, Eventbrite and the LSi.

West Dorset Ramblers 8.5 miles/13.7 km. The Brit Valley, Bradpole, Netherbury, Waytown, Pymore. Starts at 10am. Bring picnic, no dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 459282.

Stepping into Nature Exploring the old railway line a leisurely themed walk around West Bay. Open to all ages, suitable for the over 55’s and dementia friendly, this is a free event. Donations welcome. Meet at the Discovery Centre at 10.40am.Advance booking and further details 01308 427288 manager@westbaydiscovercentre.org.uk.

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 including Mary Anning, and adventures on land and sea.  Experienced Tour Guide: Chris Lovejoy. Lasts 1+1/2 hours. Cost: £8, Children half  www.lymehistorywalks.com  01297 443140, mob 07518 777 258 for further information. Booking not required.

West Bay RNLI raft race Pre raft cream teas 2pm – 5pm. Rafts start to arrive from 5.30 for a 7.30 start, fun for all the family.

Beaminster Short Mat Bowls at 7pm in the Public Hall.

Chard Ladies’ Evening Guild welcome Philip Hoyland to its meeting at the Crowshute Centre. Entitled A Village Friendly Society it promises to throw some light on village life. Also, on July 30, a garden party will be held in the garden of one of the  guild’s most loyal and long serving members, Pat Ives, who died recently. With the encouragement of her family the event will be held to help raise funds for the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital. New members and visitors will be very welcome at both events, and any further information can be found by ringing 01460 65402.

NT Live: The Lehman Trilogy (12A) 7pm Adult £15.30, Student £12.30. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050. Also Electric Palace, Bridport www.electricpalace.org.uk.

Sotavento Big Band On their 4th European tour, a big band from Argentina playing a varied mix of jazzy Latin American rhythms and Argentine tango. 8pm. Tickets £18 (£33 with pre-show supper at 7pm – must be pre-booked). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN.  01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Friday 26 July

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. 2pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Art with Libby. 2.30pm – 4pm Therapy- Anne Escott offering Foot Massage. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. Tel 07341 916 976. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

 

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 July

Bridport Folk Festival With Wyld Morris dancing – see a list of all events taking place at www.bridportfolkfestival.com.

 

Saturday 27 July

Talent for Textiles Makers and Rummage Market St Mary’s Church Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW 9.30am – 3pm. Free entry. Textiles ancient and modern for homes and handcrafts. Contact Caroline Bushell 01040 45901.

AV&DCS & Natural England expedition to the Crimean Seat and Humble Glades in the Undercliff. Numbers limited. Booking essential  with Jurassiccoast.org/shop. £7.

Big Breakfast / Brunch 10am – 12noon Last orders 11.30am. £4.50 for egg, sausage, bacon, tomato or beans, toast & tea or coffee. Extra portions 50p each. Vegetarian options available. Henhayes Centre – South Street Car Park, Crewkerne, TA18 8DA, Tel No: 01460 74340.

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6 mile walk from Cotleigh Hornhayes Bridge, Millhayes 10.30am start. Bring picnic. No dogs. All welcome. Please call 01308 898002.

Jurassic Coast Trust Walk 10am – 3pm Undercliffs Guided Walk: The Crimean Seat. Enjoy a walk that takes the humid woodland of the Undercliffs, a cliff top section including flower rich chalk grassland and the Crimean Seat which boasts one of the best views across Lyme Bay and the Undercliffs. Visit jurassicoast.org/shop to book or call 01308 807000.

Yandles Summer Handmade Market 10 am – 4 pm. Free family friendly day out. 70 of the most talented artists and crafters. Hurst Works, Martock TA12 6JU.

Dinosaur Footprints Walk to Keates Quarry 12noon – 2pm Join the Jurassic Coast Trust expert Ambassadors for leisurely, family-friendly Dinosaur Footprints Walks to Keates Quarry in Purbeck.  Starting at the famous Square & Compass pub in Worth Matravers. Visit jurassicoast.org/shop to book or call 01308 807000.

Free live Music in the Garden by Last Gasp: 11am – 3pm four multi instrumentalists performing British, Irish and American folk songs from 11am, then from 1.30pm  d0ug1e: Covers and original solos accompanied by guitar. This BBQ event forms part of the Music in the Garden season organised and sponsored each year by Axminster Arts. It will take place in the Courtyard Garden at the Arts Café Bar, The Old Courthouse, Church Street, Axminster EX13 5AQ. 01297 631455.

Kilmington Flower Show and Fayre 1pm – 4.30pm. Fun for all the family, kids entertainer, bouncy castle, floral marquee, fun dog show, stalls, games, live music, beer tent, food, vintage vehicles and so much more. £3 entry under 16 free. Kilmington village hall and field, Whitford Road, EX137RF.

Axmouth Village Show Coombe Field, Axmouth 1.30pm – 5pm Various events. Dog Show. Local Displays and Stall. Bouncy castle. Devon Flyball, Skittles and more…www.Axmouthshow.co.uk.

Wambrook Flower Show at 2.30pm, The Tithe Barn, Cotley, TA20 3EP, near Chard. Doors open at 2.30pm. Entry by donation to our chosen charities. Pianist in the courtyard, grand raffle, tombola, stalls, teas and cakes and one of the best flower shows in the local area. Fun and games for the children in the orchard and in addition this year a Fun Dog Show. Flower Show schedules are available from: The Cotley Inn, Combe Dingle Nursery, Barleymow’s  shop and Floweringi flower shop or download a copy at www.wambrookparishchurch.com.

Puncknowle Fete 2.30pm – 4.30pm In aid of St Mary’s Church In the grounds of Puncknowle Manor DT2 9BX Grand Draw 1st Prize £100 Free Parking  Entry £1 Under 12’s free.

St. John’s, Tatworth Quiz Night at 6.45pm for 7pm. at St. John’s Church Hall, Waterlake road, Tatworth, Chard TA20 2NZ  £4 per head Teams of 4. Tickets available  from Helen Johnson 01460 220221 Raffle Soft drinks & nibbles available. Please bring own wine/beer.

Bridport Folk Festival – Karsilama & Fine 8pm Electric Palace www.electricpalace.org.uk.

 

Sat 27 – Tuesday 2 August

Lyme Regis and Charmouth Lifeboat Week Many of the old favourites are in the programme…tug ‘o war across the harbour mouth, the bath tub race, sand sports and treasure hunts. And the Army’s spectacular Red Devils parachute team are coming back. There’s also a grand fireworks display. This year the week will be officially opened on Saturday by actor John Challis, who played Boycie in the hugely popular series Only Fools and Horses. Full details of all the events will appear in the official souvenir programme available in July at £2 from the lifeboat shop on the Cobb and other outlets throughout Lyme Regis and Charmouth. Programmes will also be available on-line www.rnli.org.

 

Saturday 27 – Sunday 28 July

Lucie Milner Original Art & Decorative Work Exhibition/Sale of Work. The Reading Room, Burton Bradstock 10am – 4pm www.luciemilnerdecorativeartist.co.uk/.

 

Sunday 28 July

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

Angels of Sound Voice Playshop 10am – 12.30pm. Toning the chakras, Overtoning,and breathwork-plus Find your Soul Note (Personal Sonic) and Key Tone to work with the notes of your key. (Chakra Tones CDs available in every key.) followed by Crystal and Tibetan Bowl Soundbath 2pm – 4pm Oborne Village Hall, Oborne, nr. Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4LA. Experience a magical performance of therapeutic  Pure Sound by musician Dean Carter using singing bowls plus sacred vocal overtoning which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state to rebalance and re-energise your body, mind and spirit. Your ‘participation’ involves simply lying down and enjoying/absorbing the sounds. (You may sit if preferred.) £12 each session Booking in advance and further details www.centreforpuresound.org ahiahel@live.com 01935 389655. Bring something comfortable to lie on and wrap around you.

Charmouth Vintage Fair Community Hall 10am – 4pm. Next Date: Monday 26 August. Tel: 01297 560634.

A Friends of Greenhill Gardens Event 2pm – 4pm. Entertainer Tony Lowe performing on the bandstand in Greenhill Gardens, The Espanande, Weymouth. Free Entrance.

Collect: Contemporary Dance 6pm Electric Palace, Bridport. www.bridportpalace.org.uk.

Acoustic Night 7.30pm – 10.30pm All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music. If you wish to perform please drop us an email at folk@chriswatts.org to secure a slot. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340.

 

Monday 29 July

National Trust South Dorset Association 7.30 pm “A History of Indian Gardens – a Two-way Trade” a talk by Christine Stones. Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, DT1 3GW. Presented by the National Trust South Dorset Association. Members £3 Non-members £4 inc. tea/biscuits No need to book. Please note this is an evening talk. Contact: Geoffrey and Elizabeth Wrench 01300 321601.

Axminster Carnival Bingo Eyes down 8pm Axminster Guildhall.

 

Mon 29 July – Friday 2 August

Actiontrack Show Build Week A five-day summer school for young people between the ages of 8 and 18. The David Hall, South Petherton, TA13 5AA www.thedavidhall.org.uk 01460 240 340. Monday 10am – Friday 4pm.

 

Tuesday 30 July

Diesel Day Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction 01935 410420 www.yeovilrailway.freeservers.com.

Merriott Gardening Club A presentation by Paul Cumberton on ‘Alluring Alpines’. This should be very interesting as Paul has been clambering over the hills and mountains of Austria to add to his knowledge of these small but lovely plants. Please meet at the Tithe Barn, Church Street at 7.30pm – refreshments and raffle and don’t forget to bring a flower for the Flower of the Month competition. Non-members £2 at the door – all very welcome.

 

Wednesday 31 July

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

Wyld Morris are dancing at Lyme Regis Lifeboat week 7.30pm between the Harbour Inn and the Royal Standard pub on Marine parade, Lyme Regis.

Talk & Display of Birds of Prey 7.30pm Uplyme Village Hall by Xtreme Falconry. Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society. Real live owls, falcons, hawks and a magnificent eagle. All tickets £3 from Uplyme Post Office and RNLI Gift shop or ring Brian Cursley 07831 533580. Profits to Lifeboat Week.

 

Wed 31 July – Sat 3 August

The Sound of Music 7pm and Sat 2pm Adult £12, Child £8. Honiton Community Theatre Company return to The Beehive with one of the best known musicals of all time. The Beehive, Honiton. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Box office 01404 384050