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What’s On in Dorset

A limited number of events are beginning to take place, plus some gardens and markets reopening, as lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted.

With thanks to
Dorchester Tourist Information Centre
who have provided much of the information below. We also include additional events when we receive them.

For more details about individual events and activities please check the relevant website, where shown, of the organisation or venue. Also visit-dorset.com and the websites of the various Arts Centres and Artsreach, or contact your local TIC.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information shown is correct, KeeP 106 cannot accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions. Inclusion in these listings does not imply any recommendation by KeeP 106. KeeP 106 is not responsible for external websites.

August

Until 09/08 Local Artists Exhibition and Art for Sale The Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU 10am-4.30pm Local art exhibition and sale  www.townmill.org.uk

Until 31/08 Summer Exhibition: Sonia Barton & Vanessa Bowman Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne DT9 3LN Tues-Sat 9.30am-5pm Exhibition of Still & Landscapes 01935 815261 https://www.jerramgallery.com/exhibitions

Until 12/09 David Inshaw- Never and Always Sladers Yard Contact  gallery@sladersyard.co.uk to reserve a ticket for the socially-distanced opening afternoons and the artist’s event.  https://sladersyard.wordpress.com/exhibitions/

Until 31/08 The Portrait Challenge Houses around Bridport Bridport Rights respecting Town and The Lyric Theatre portrait challenge. Draw someone you know and put it in your window. Free  https://aloadofstuffandnonsense.co.uk/lyric/event.php?show=portraitchallenge

Until 12/8 Exhibition -Joe Webster – Immersion The Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU 10am-4.30pm Renowned landscape artist exhibits his latest works  www.townmill.org.uk

Until 03/09 Rogue Ropemaking The Arts Centre Forecourt, Buckydoo Square, Bridport 11am-1pm Thursdays. Ropemaking demonstrations. Free.  https://www.facebook.com/events/945151215928863/

01-09 Infourmation The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport, DT6 6HG Various times featuring Michael Chappell, Tracy Linwood, Kathy Hallsworth & Charles Hallsworth. Free  https://lymebayarts.co.uk/on-now-next/

02 Cattistock Countryside Road Show a family covid sensitive day out. Stay safe but experience all the wonders of the Cattistock countryside by  enjoying a treasure hunt style day. Journey around a 5 mile course, by bike, by foot, by horse or pony, or simply in your car. Countryside tradestands and demonstrations, competitions and delicious locally sourced food and produce. Something for all the family. Near Maiden Newton on A356. For tickets and further information please visit www.cattistockshow.co.uk

02 Bridport Bounces Back Bridport Millennium Green, Rax Lane, Bridport. 2pm-8pm Feel good Concert, Various Artists. Designated areas, bring rug and picnic. £5. Fam (2A,2C) £15.Advance bookings only online. https://bridportandwestbay.co.uk/product/bridport-bounces-backat-millennium-green-on-sunday-02-august-2-8pm/

02 Alice in Wonderland Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens DT34LA Outdoor performance by Boxtree Productions. For ticket info http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/events/

04 Listen, Look, Move, Draw, Make & Play 1pm-2.15pm. Small group only. Dress for mess. 7-10years. £5 must book through Nikki Northover on 07765 971357 or at bridportyouthdance01@gmail.com

06 Story Telling with Martin Maudsley 1pm-2pm “ A master craftsman telling old tales with new resonance” Ages 5- 12 years. £4 must book through Nikki Northover on 07765 971357 or at bridportyouthdance01@gmail.com.

08 Cerne Abbas Society for Horticulture Annual Show Cerne Abbas Village Hall, Kettle Bridge Lane, Cerne Abbas, DT2 7GY 2-4.30pm free entry. Classes for garden flowers, plants, vegetables, baked and preserved goods, etc. Mr_denness@yahoo.co.uk  / 07717773834

09 Communifit Virtual 5km run  Complete at a time of your choosing. Raising funds for local charities. Virtual entry: Adult £12, child £2. 07791 308773 or 07884 115987 https://communifit.fullonsport.com/event/august-communifit-5km/profile

10-14 Summer Tennis Camp Leweston School, Sherborne DT9 6EN 9am-5pm daily. Mini’s Age 6-8, Juniors Age 9-11, Seniors Age 12+ See website for details.  https://www.lewestonenterprises.co.uk/events/

13-31 Natural Forms The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport, DT6 6HG Various times. Artists interested in taking part contact, Phil Clayton on phil@lymebayarts.co.uk 07809 831760 https://lymebayarts.co.uk/on-now-next/

13-31 Natural Forms Exhibition The Gallery  Manor Yard Symondsbury DT6 6HG Lyme Bay Arts ; Natural Forms Exhibition Featuring 2D and 3D Artwork  Thurs-Mons 10.30-4.30pm  www.lymebayarts.co.uk

14-26 Richard Kaye’s Art Exhibition The Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU 10am-4.30pm Painting, Printmaking + Drawing Exhibition  www.townmill.org.uk

16 Three Men in a Boat Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens DT34LA Outdoor performance with Giles Shenton. For ticket info http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/events/

Saturdays Saturday Night Picnics Sculpture by the Lakes, Tincleton DT28QU 6-10pm. Bookings in advance. Order your food and drink by contacting enquiries@gallerycafe.uk / 07899 802483

Bridport

Weekly Market in the Town every Wednesday & Saturday, Farmers’ Market  8th August  9am – 1pm Barrack Street,

Dorchester

Weekly Market in Fairfield Car Park, Weymouth Ave 8am-3pm every Wednesday, Farmers’ Market 22nd August Poundbury, 9am-1pm

Sherborne

Pannier Market on the Parade every Thursday and Saturday; Farmers’ Market 21st August Cheap Street, 9am-1pm.Sherborne Market 16th August 10am-4pm

Lyme Regis

Farmer’s Market 14th August 9am-2pm Marine Shelters, Marine Parade

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4LA.  Gardens open daily 10am-5pm for pre-booked ticket entry only. Admission £10, Child £5, u5 free. Plant Centre open 11am-4pm. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

Abbotsbury Swannery, New Barn Road, Abbotsbury DT3 4JG. Swannery open daily 10am-5pm for pre-booked ticket entry only. Admission £10, Child £5, u5 free. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Dorchester DT2 7LG. Gardens open Mon-Fri & Sun 10am-3pm for pre-booked ticket entry only. Admission £9.50 (u14 free). Restaurant open from 13th July, House open from 27th July. www.athelhampton.com

Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Lane, Chickerell DT3 4AF see website for availability 01305 785150 info@bennettswatergardens.com www.bennettswatergardens.com

Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU Gardens, plant centre and shop open 11am-5pm. Admission: £12.50 Child 5-15 £5 u5 free; available at venue. Tel: 01460 220231www.fordeabbey.co.uk

Mapperton Gardens, Mapperton, Beaminster DT8 3NR. Gardens open Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-5pm for pre-booked ticket entry only. Admission £10, Child 5-16 £4, u5 free. Live stream House tours Tues 4pm – see website. www.mapperton.com

Minterne Gardens, Minterne Magna, Dorchester DT2 7AU. Gardens open daily 10am-6pm Admission £6 (u12 free); available at venue  www.minterne.co.uk

Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR. Gardens open daily 10am-5pm Admission £9 (Child 0-15yrs free) contactless payments only  www.sherbornecastle.com

NGS Open Gardens South West see website for details of dates and venues pre-booked ticket entry only https://ngs.org.uk/product-category/garden-tickets/south-west/

Pre booking often required. Please check in advance

Fossil Walks  Regular guided fossil hunting walks in Lyme Regis & Charmouth are run year round by Lyme Regis Museum  01297 443370 www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk,  Brandon Lennon 07944 664757 www.lymeregisfossilwalks.com Jurassic Gems  01297 444405, the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre  01297 560772 www.charmouth.org, Jurassic Coast Guides 07900 257944 guide@jurassiccoastguides.co.uk   Chris Pamplin 0845 0943757 www.fossilwalks.com  Times vary according to the tides, telephone for full details & booking information.  

Durotriges Roman Tours Every day at Town Pump. A£8 C£4 from Dorchester TIC or 07557472092 Booking Essential DorchesterRomanTours@Outlook.com

Literary Lyme walking tours available throughout the year.  07763 974569 for details & to book.

Mary Anning Walks Lyme Regis. Old Lyme as Mary knew it with Natalie Manifold.  01297 443370.  www.lymeregismuseum.co.uk

Jurassic Coast Guides Regular fossil walks and guided tours. With award winning Marin Curtis. 07900 257944 guide@jurassiccoastguides.co.uk

Ghost Walks From Kings Arms Dorchester. Thurs

Sherborne Walks with local blue badge guide Fridays at 10.30am book in advance https://sherbornewalks.co.uk/

Artsreach are hosting a range of music and theatre available on line. Please check link below for dates, costs where applicable and how to access events:

https://artsreach.co.uk/news/digital-diary

www.artsreach.co.uk 

info@artsreach.co.uk

01305 269512

Offices are currently closed, with the exception of Bridport, but TIC staff are available to answer enquiries by phone or email

Dorchester – Library, South Walks, Dorchester – 01305 267992
dtic@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Bridport – South Street, Bridport – 01308 424901
bridport.tic@bridport-tc.gov.uk

Sherborne – Digby Road, Sherborne – 01935 815341
stic@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Lyme Regis – Church Street, Lyme Regis – 01297 442138
ltic@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information shown is correct, KeeP 106 cannot accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions. Inclusion in these listings does not imply any recommendation by KeeP 106. KeeP 106 is not responsible for external websites.

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