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Wednesday, June 5

Dorchester Tree Walk starts today at 6pm to 7.30pm, then runs every Wednesday in June, July and August. £7.50 per adult (children accompanied by an adult go free). Meet in front of The Colliton Club, Colliton Walk, Dorchester DT1 1XJ. A whistlestop tour of 20 trees in 90 minutes – learn how to identify them and the amazing ways in which they work. Town centre and riverside walk. Your walk leader is Julie – look out for the orange sunhat and high vis waistcoat! Walks will run whatever the weather. No need to book. Email treewalksindorset@gmail.com


Dorchester and District Gardening Club host a speaker from the Gardens Group Gold Club on growing fruit and vegetables on the patio at St George’s Church Hall, High Street, Fordington, DT1 1LB, 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Free for members, visitors £4 on the door. Bring and buy and a draw. Contact Jane on 01305 268523 dorchestergardening@gmail.com 

Thursday, June 6

A community coffee morning will be held 9.30am-11am at St Swithun’s Church Hall, Allington, Bridport, DT6 5DU. Friendly get together and chat, free coffee and refreshments.


Sherborne Beacon Lighting for D-Day 80. Pay tribute to the many thousands who sacrificed so much in helping to secure the freedom we all enjoy today.

Hot chocolate and cake will be available from 8pm at the Sherborne Beacon site of the Terrace Playing Fields.

The Sherborne Town Band will be playing from 8.30pm and the beacon will be lit after the Mayor of Sherborne’s reading of The International Tribute at 9.15pm. In the morning the Royal British Legion will be manning a pop-up stall on the Conduit from 9am, with a display, including some D-Day commemoration pins and other merchandise. At 11am there will be a wreath laying at the War Memorial. Sherborne Abbey will be lit up red, white and blue for the evening.

Evensong at The Abbey on Sunday, June 9 will be devoted to D-Day 80.


D-Day 80: An Evening to Remember will be held at 6pm at All Saints Church, Wyke Regis. A celebration of the largest naval, air and land operation in history, and pay tribute to the bravery of those who sailed from these shores, flew overhead or landed on the beaches of Normandy. D-Day documentary, live music, fish and chip supper (June 6 is also National Fish and Chip Day), church bells and beacon lighting at 9.15pm. Tickets £10 (including supper) from parishofwykeregis.org.uk/events or contact Jeff Thomas on 07710 096174.


Beaminster Museum is supporting Beaminster’s commemoration of the Normandy Landings with an exhibition at the Town Hall in the afternoon and evening. It will include items relating to the American troops of the 16th Infantry of the 1st Division who were stationed in Beaminster. Beaminster Public Hall, Fleet Street, Beaminster DT8 3EF. More details on P36-37.


A screening of Bill Douglas’s last film Comrades, at The White Room, The Chapel in the Garden, 49 East Street, Bridport, DT6 3JX 6pm.

The beautiful portrait of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, will be screened as part of The Dorset Pavilion, exhibiting during Dorset Arts Weeks as a precursor to the Venice Biennale later this year.

Friday, June 7

Burton Bradstock is set to celebrate its 42nd Festival of Music and Art this summer with an initial spring concert.

An evening of music for guitar and strings will be held at 7pm in the village hall.

Artistic director David Juritz (violin) with Craig Ogden (guitar) and Adrian Bradbury (cello) will play a programme including music by Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Iannia Xenakis, Gabriel Fauré, Poldowski and Nicolò Paganini.

Tickets £14 from the Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901 or at bridportandwestbay.co.uk/tickets

Preparations are well under way for the main festival, from August 10-18, with a nine-day art exhibition and six days of wonderful music performed by internationally acclaimed musicians.

More information at burtonbradstockfestival.com

Saturday, June 8

There’s prize bingo at Maiden Newton village hall, 2pm for a 2.30pm eyes down.


Duir Crafts in Abbotsbury (DT3 4JJ, 07557 532417, duirsoap.co.uk) is holding two-hour Dorset button workshops today, June 15, June 30, July 6 and July 20.

Make a traditional Dorset button or a tree of life/bouquet of flowers to take home.

£25, all equipment and refreshments provided.

Also at Duir, there’s a tatting course today, June 15, June 22, July 6 and July 21, covering lacemaking and patterns. £130 for three sessions covering all areas or £50 per single session. All equipment & refreshments provided. Follow-up Tat n Chat sessions are £18 per hour on a date to suit you.

St Nicholas Church in Broadwey is hosting a free concert and afternoon tea for the community to commemorate the D Day 80th anniversary 2.30pm-4.30pm. Family and friends are very welcome. Book a place on 07944 617553 or susanamalik@yahoo.com. The concert is suitable for all ages.

Entertainment by our fab local band Music Craft. Any kind donations made will go to SSAFA Dorset.


Frampton Village Hall (DT2 9NG) is hosting Brew For The Crew from 10am-12pm – a coffee morning in aid of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Organiser Val Ghose said: “This is a special thank you to them for whisking a lovely daughter to Southampton Hospital in a time-critical flight.”


The annual Summer Fete for Piddletrenthide and Plush will be held from 1pm-4.30pm in the beautiful gardens of the Manor House, Piddletrenthide.

All the usual attractions – tombola, raffle, cakes, jams, plants, silent auction, welly wanging, china smashing and duck race on the River Piddle, plus a well stocked bar and barbecue, or teas and cakes and a tug of war between Heavers and Tuggers (Piddletrenthide v Piddlehinton, there will be a return Tug at Piddlehinton’s fete in July! 

There will be a whole section, including children’s entertainer and bouncy castle on the North Lawn of the Manor. A dog show, children singing and live music from a keyboard will all be on the south lawn.

Plenty of parking very close to the Manor and entry at £1.50 for adults.

Have you ever wanted to write a song? This is your chance.

Island Voices will be hosting a lyric writing workshop 11am-3pm in the Peter Trim Hall, St George’s Centre, Reforne, Portland DT5 2AN, (£5). Su Lewis, choir leader/song writer and Kathy Sharp, local author and lyricist will be leading the event., Places are limited so book on 07946 061860 or linkusup9@gmail.com


Weymouth’s family fun festival SummerFest will be held 10am-10pm at Redlands, with live music, craft stalls, food and drink, a fairground, inflatable world, donkey rides, dance shows, fireworks and more. All raising money for Weymouth Lifeboat. £2 minimum donation per adult. Children free.

Last year they raised £13,000.


West Dorset Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Club is holding its Vintage Rally at West Bay today and tomorrow 9am-5pm at Melplash Show Ground, West Bay Road, Bridport, DT6 4EG, featuring tractors, stationary engines, vintage vehicles, steam engines, working displays, marquee exhibits, horticultural machinery and children’s entertainment.

There will be outside and inside crafts, model displays, craft & market traders, local food & drinks, licensed bar and ring events. A vintage auction will be held at 10am on the Saturday.

Adults £10, OAP £8, 11-16 £2 U11 free. wdvtsec.com (07918 961095 | 07555 097978).


One Voice Choir & Upwey Music jointly present Movies, Musicals & More! at 7pm at St Laurence Church, Upwey, Weymouth DT3 5QE. Come and celebrate a lively collection of tunes from Les Miserables and Chicago, as well as thought-provoking spiritual tunes. The choir will also share some rousing pop songs like You Raise Me Up, Fix You and Save the Last Dance for Me, and you can even channel your very own 007 with a Bond Medley! Tickets are £10 per person (under 16s free) and available from: ticketsource.co.uk – search Upwey, from John Ellis 07779 772264, or cash on the door. 


Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 6.5 mile walk from Sydling St Nicholas. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/visitors welcome.

Sunday, June 9

Two of the great historic houses in Abbotsbury, the Old Gatehouse and the Manor House, together with two commercial gardens and one historic tea-room, will all open their gardens to visitors from noon- 5pm. Admittance £5 per adult. Under 16s free.

As well as the extensive gardens, in their prime, visitors will be able to enjoy craft stalls, plant sales and tea and cake and Pimm’s tents. Simultaneously, over 20 invited local prestigious artists will be positioned across the five gardens, painting ‘en plain air’ for the entertainment of the visitors. 

At 4pm artists will down brushes and take their completed work to the Great Medieval (Tithe) Barn, known locally as The Abbey Barn.

From 4.30pm until 7pm, there’s an evening reception in the barn. Enjoy a glass of bubbly, a finger buffet and live music, whilst rubbing shoulders with the artists and judges and watching the final stages of the judging. £10 adults, £5 for 5-15. There will be a cash bar available.

Place a sealed bid for your favourite piece of art. Bids close at 6pm. From 7pm-9pm the neighbouring Cherries restaurant will be offering a summer supper to all those who wish to remain behind to enjoy the atmosphere and continue to discuss the art with fellow guests, artists and Judges. Cost £18 per person.


St Peter’s Church, Dorchester Service of Choral Eucharist with music by Philip Stopford, Tallis and Durufle at 10.30am. A free event with refreshments.


An armed forces veterans breakfast club will be held at Greyhound Hotel (Wetherspoons) East Street, Bridport, 9am-10.30am.

Serving armed forces personnel, veterans, partners and relatives – all welcome. No subs or joining fees, just breakfast and banter.


Duir Crafts in Abbotsbury (DT3 4JJ, 07557 532417, duirsoap.co.uk) is holding four-hour cold process soap making workshops today, June 9, June 16, June 22 and July 20, cost £95. Learn how to create your own custom scented and coloured soap, with 1400g soap to take home, lunch at Cherries Café, refreshments.

Monday, June 10

Dr Francis Burroughes will entertain Dorchester Townswomen’s Guild with a talk entitled ‘Don’t put your daughter on the stage’. This will follow a short business meeting at 2pm in Dorchester Community Church, Liscombe Street, Poundbury, DT1 3DF. Visitors will be made very welcome (£3). Tea and coffee available. Enquiries 01305 832857.

Tuesday, June 11

Southill Gardening Club will be holding a diamond jubilee tea party, plant sale and seed swap at the Southill Community Centre at 7.30pm. Members and non-members are invited to celebrate 60 years of the club, with the opportunity to stock-up on plants and seeds for your garden. Further info from Nigel Smith on 01305 788939.


Goldies Ukelele Session at Goldies, High East St Dorchester on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

For more information email dorchukes@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 12

Bridport Museum is holding a crowdfunder campaign launch for its next book Quirky Bridport 7.30pm at the Woodman, South Street. Professional storyteller Martin Maudsley is launching the campaign with readings from the book. It celebrates the quirky, the amusing and the downright odd episodes in the town’s history.

Thursday, June 13

Sherborne & District Gardeners’ Association meets at the Main Digby Hall, Hound Street at 7.30pm for a talk by Caroline Pakenham on the cultivation and uses of unusual plants. Admission for non-members £3. For more information contact Richard Newcombe 01935 389375.

 

Bridport History Society will host a special event from 10am-4pm at the United Church Hall, East St: D-Day 80 Years On, The Road to D-Day. Speakers are Christopher Jary on The Dorsets, Malta to D-Day, Jane Ferentzi-Sheppard on Nick Pitt and Friends US 16th Infantry in West Dorset, and Steve Clay on Seven months to D-Day: An American view of the Regiment in West Dorset. Members £1, visitors £5. Contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com or go to bridporthistorysociety.org.uk

Friday, June 14 

Family bingo evening to raise funds for Beaminster Youth Football at the town hall. Doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7pm. All welcome.


Duir Crafts in Abbotsbury (DT3 4JJ, 07557 532417, duirsoap.co.uk) is holding soap felting workshops today, and June 18, cost £16. 

Felt a handmade unscented soap with merino wool to take home. Refreshments.

Saturday, June 15 

Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Abbotsbury Swannery. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. New members/visitors welcome.


A wilding weekend is being held at Hooke Manor, nr Beaminster today and tomorrow. See page 56 for details.


Bridport Food Festival is being held at Asker Meadow today, with lots of food and drink and the chance to see chefs in action. bridportfoodfestival.com

Ciorstaidh Heyward Trevarthen, Dorset Finds Liaison Officer for the national Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), is back for another popular drop-in session at Beaminster Museum (DT8 3NB) and is happy to take a look at any archaeological (not geological) item found within the county boundaries. If an item is of special interest Ciorstaidh may ask to borrow it for research. She’ll also be returning items from previous sessions, along with copies of the records and photographs made for the PAS. Pop in with your find 11am-3pm. Entry free, donations welcome. beaminstermuseum.co.uk


Go and see the recently revamped Radipole Park and Gardens at a fun day to mark the official opening 11am to 2pm. Entertainment includes Quangle Wangle Choir and the Weymouth Ukuleleans, who will also be doing a workshop on how to play the ukelele. There will be free sports coaching and taster sessions on the new courts.

Several stalls will be there including Hedgehog Friendly Portland and Dorset Wildlife Trust plus there will be free face painting for children. People will be able to look around the park and learn more about its history and explore a nature trail. Weymouth Town Council, working in partnership with the Friends of Radipole Park Gardens received just over £1 million to enhance the park and gardens from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

The main construction work started last summer, and the park is now ready to welcome visitors. A new refreshment kiosk with a seating area and toilet facilities have also been installed, and a renewed pathway has been added through the park providing a scenic route for leisurely walks. 

People are encouraged to walk, cycle or park in the Swannery Car Park. Head to DT3 5EZ. 


A coffee morning will be held at All Saints’ church, Wyke Regis, 10am to midday. All welcome for coffee, tea, cakes, books, Fairtrade stall, brass music. Tower Tours will be held at 9.30am and 10.30am. Climb the 100 steps and enjoy the panoramic views from the top of All Saints’ iconic church tower. Tickets £6.

Then in the evening the church hosts a film night: Show Boat at Wyke Regis Memorial Hall. 7pm (doors open 6.30pm). 1951 American musical by Jerome Kern (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics). Follows the lives and loves of a theatre troupe on a Mississippi riverboat. Entrance £6, includes glass of wine, beer or soft drink. Tickets for tours and film at parishofwykeregis.org.uk/events or call Jeff Thomas on 07710 096174.


Cerne Abbas Open Gardens is celebrating 50 years today and tomorrow! 

In 1974 Cerne Abbas opened a few of its private gardens to raise money for a good cause. Fifty years, and 48 openings, later we will open about 25 private gardens 2pm-6pm. Proceeds to an archaeological dig in Cerne and the restoration of the ancient church in Godmanstone. Entrance to all gardens £8, U16 free. A few gardens are accessible on wheelchairs and most gardens accept well behaved dogs on leads. There is a well-regarded plant stall and teas are provided by the local Youth Club, both at 1pm. Almost all gardens are within easy walking distance of the free car park. cerneabbasopen gardens.org.uk


12.30pm-1pm, St Peter’s Church, Dorchester. Free lunchtime concert given by soprano Verity Joy, performing songs by Vaughan Williams, Strauss and Mozart.


Bridport Heritage Forum hosts D-Day 80th Anniversary Event at the town hall 1.30pm-4pm, with a talk and panel discussion: ‘Omaha Beach: What happened on 6th June 1944?’ by Steve Clay, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 

Past President US, 16th Infantry, association and regimental historian at 2pm.

Tickets £5 from Bridport TIC. Contact Jane on 01308 425710 or email: jferentzi@aol.com 

bridporthistorysociety.org.uk


West Milton Open Gardens. 15/16June, 2pm-6pm. Delicious teas, ice cream, cider and a produce and plant stall. £5 per adult, dogs on leads and free parking. 


Open gardens Portesham 15/16 June 2-5pm entry £5 covers both days. Children free. Approx 20 gardens open. Teas in village hall. Parking available. Proceeds to Weldmar Hospice & St Peter’s Church.


Dorset County Orchestra is holding a summer concert at  St Mary’s Church, Swanage, BH19 1HU, 7.30pm-10pm.

One of the county’s best loved amateur orchestras returns to their annual summer seaside venue. Beethoven, Rossini, Borodin and Mendelssohn.

Tickets £15 from ticketsource.co.uk/dorset-county-orchestra or £17 on the door. Under 18s free.



St Nicholas Church Broadwey concert by Courtlye Musick (a group of versatile musicians specialising in instrumental music and song from the renaissance and late medieval periods), as they weave a pattern of music and composers through the courts of Europe and through the centuries. Donations to the Dorset Rural Music School and the church repair fund.

Monday, June 17

Sherborne Abbey Choir: Choral Evensong with short recital including Byrd, Tallis, Parsons, Tippett, St Mary’s Church Beaminster. 5.30pm Free but booking essential. beaminsterfestival.com

Tuesday, June 18

Elaine Beckett: Poetry Reading Elaine explores intimate relationship between poetry and music at 3pm at Tangerine Café, Beaminster. £10. 01308 281110.

Wednesday, June 19 

Lulu Allison: Creative Writing Workshop Enhance today 10am-12.45pm and tomorrow 2pm-4.45pm at Tangerine Café, Beaminster.

Expand creativity inspired by music with Women’s Prize listed author. £25 beaminsterfestival.com TicketSource 0333 666 3366

The Importance of Being Earnest: Rain or Shine Theatre Company. A Handbag?? Thoroughly entertaining al fresco theatre in stunning gardens of The Manor House, Beaminster. 6pm. Picnics from 4.30pm Bring low-backed chairs, rugs etc £16/£6 Family 2+2 £36 beaminsterfestival.com TicketSource 0333 666 3366

Thursday, June 20

Dorset CPRE has organised a free online conference with presentations by national and local experts in affordable housing, chaired by the crossbench peer and social housing leader Lord Richard Best, with an introduction by Dorset CPRE president and former chief correspondent of BBC News, Kate Adie. 

Mike Allen from Dorset CPRE will address ‘What new homes are needed in Dorset, how many and who is paying?’ Dr Quintin Bradley, senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University, will review the relationship between affordability and housing need and the mismatch between the standard method housing requirement targets and the backlog of unmet need. 

Info and joining instructions at dorset-cpre.org.uk.

Friday, June 21

An exhibition of paintings of the village art group will be held at Maiden Newton village hall 10am-4pm, free entry. Tombola and refreshments.

Saturday, June 22

Treorchy Male Choir One of the greatest choral ensembles will be raising the roof and singing all your favourites! 7pm £25/£20 St Mary’s Church Beaminster DT8 3BA beaminsterfestival.com or TicketSource 0333 666 3366.


An exhibition of paintings of the village art group will be held at Maiden Newton village hall 10am-4pm, free entry. Tombola and refreshments.


Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Smitten Corner Winterbourne Steepleton. Call 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. Visitors welcome.


St Peter’s Church, Dorchester, 4.30pm. Service of Choral Evensong with music by Ayleward, Biebl, Rachmaninov and Stanford. A free event with wine to follow.


Calling all nettle eaters! Dorset Nectar Cider, at Pineapple Ln, Waytown, Bridport DT6 5FT, is hosting the World Nettle Eating Contest from 3pm.

A fun filled event for adventurous and resolute nettle eaters and spectators alike. 

Live music by the Look Around Corners Band and the Skalatans. Authentic Mexican food by Tortillas Cantina and locally grown cider sausages from Oliver’s Kitchen.


One Voice Choir presents Movies, Musicals & More – Take 2 at 7pm at St Mary’s Church, Maiden Newton. Come and enjoy a lively collection of tunes from Les Miserables and Chicago, as well as thought-provoking spirituals. The choir will also present some rousing pop songs like You Raise Me Up, Fix You and Save the Last Dance for Me, and you can channel your own 007 with a Bond Medley! Tickets are £10 per person (under 16s free) and available from John Ellis 07779 772264 or cash on the door.


Lilly and Chris Evans are hosting a traditional garden fete, filled with fun games, laughter, and community spirit in their garden at the Manor, Martinstown DT2 9JN 2pm to 6pm to help Martinstown Circle Suppers raise funds for Dorchester Poverty Action. 

Try your luck at hook a duck, the coconut shy, splat the rat, tombola, or indulge in cream teas in the rose garden with live music from the Steepleton Players. There will be hot dogs, Pimm’s, a beer tent, artisan crafts and produce, and more!

Entry £2, U16 free. Friendly dogs on leads.


Writer Sheena Dearness invites you to join her at a Write your Memoirs session 9am-1pm with a break for tea and cake at The Dorford Centre, Dorchester.

Help offered researching your family tree, too. Email sheenadearness51@gmail.com or ring 07875 842399.


A powerful new Australian documentary film, The Trust Fall: Julian Assange will be showing on June 22 at Bridport Electric Palace. 

The film explores the meaning and significance of the continued detainment and persecution of the most famous political prisoner of our times. The film is the most watched Australian documentary in cinemas so far in 2024.

Assange exposed US war crimes and government corruption on his whistleblower WikiLeaks website. Charged under the antiquated 1917 United States Espionage Act with the threat of a 175-year prison sentence, Julian is currently awaiting a new appeal to begin in the UK High Court to avoid extradition to the United States.

The Trust Fall has won several awards including Best Emerging Director at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Best First-Time Director at the Cine Paris Film Festival and official selection at Warsaw Film Festival.

Book at electricpalace.org.uk or on 01308 424 901

Sunday, June 23

Briantspuddle and Affpuddle are holding their much looked forward to open gardens 10am-4pm, with 18 gardens across the two pretty villages. 

There will also be a classic car collection, a local artists’ exhibition, plant sales, a church flower festival, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea at Briantspuddle village hall and a bar. Free parking. £7, U10 free.

Monday, June 24

Bridport Arts Centre is holding its AGM at 5.30pm in the Marlow Theatre of the arts centre. 

Everyone is welcome to attend, but only charity members are entitled to vote on any motions.

Tuesday, June 25

Beaminster Festival: St Mary’s Church Beaminster (DT8 3BA) hosts Jeremiah Stephenson: organ including Buxtehude, Bach, Byrd, Gardner. 11.30am, £12

Then Illusionist Robert Hutton will be in conversation with John Dean, about the fascinating story of Colonel Dudley Clarke’s ingenious, Eccentric A Force in north Africa WW2 2.30pm £12.

Mishka Rushdie Momen: piano Brilliant pianist plays Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy, Schumann: Ghost Variations. 7.30pm £22/£19. All at beaminsterfestival.com or TicketSource 0333 666 3366


Bridport U3A will hear a talk at the United Church hall, East Street, DT6 3LJ, at 2pm. Members free, visitors £3. Martin Maudsley on ‘Telling Tales – Life and Work as a Professional Storyteller.’ He uses stories to connect people with the natural world.

Wednesday, June 26

Beaminster Festival: Emily Hennesey, storyteller and Sheema Mukherjee, sitar, ‘Holy Cow’. Indian stories of liberation, loss, love and life. Performance storytelling and live music bursting with humour, ritual and playful energy.11.30am £12.

Taking Flight – The Extraordinary Story of Life on the Wing Lev Parikian in conversation with Jon Woolcott, Story of flight across fourteen species and millions of years. 2.30pm, £12.

Emily Hennessey: Storytelling Workshop – Explore how to tell a story without a script 2.30-5pm, £15 Tangerine Café.

Callum Smart, violin, Ben Goldscheider, horn, Richard Uttley, piano. Horn trios Mozart, Faure and the beautiful and elegiac masterpiece for this combination by Brahms. 7.30pm £22/£19.

All (except storytelling) St Mary’s Church Beaminster DT8 3BA beaminsterfestival.com or TicketSource 0333 666 3366.


The Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society hosts a talk ‘Gardening with Ornamental Grasses’ by Katherine Crouch, award-winning designer and gardener. Uplyme Village Hall DT7 3UY. Members free, non-members £3. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments, talk starts 7.30pm. ulrhs.wordpress.com


Sherborne Science Café presents Prof David Read of Southampton University on How Chemistry Can Solve The Problems Of The World at 7.30pm at Digby Memorial Hall (DT9 3NL)

£3 entry on the door, no membership required. Sherbornesciencecafe.com

Thursday, June 27

Beaminster Festival: Mathilde Milwidsky violin and Richard Uttley piano Classic FM Rising Star Mathilde presents a programme of French passionate and romantic music, incl. Boulanger, Franck, Ysaÿe. 11.30am £12.

From SOE Hero to Dressing the Queen – Sir Hardy Amies Lynda Rowland in conversation with Sarah Russell Hill. Soldier, businessman, fashionist and couturier. 2.30pm £12.

Tim Kliphuis Trio Pictures at an Exhibition is a new jazz inspired take on Mussorgsky’s classic suite of representations of paintings by Hartman. 7.30pm £22/£19.

All at St Mary’s Church Beaminster DT8 3BA beaminsterfestival.com or TicketSource 0333 666 3366.

Friday, June 28

Beaminster Festival: Bone-afide Trombone Quartet, Gorgeous mix of classical gems and stylish jazz, William Tell to Hoagy Carmichael. 11.30am £12.

A Sculpture that Sings Orlando Gough, composer and David Ward, artist bring together music art words and bells in this celebration of the role bells have in rural life. Includes book launch by Little Toller 2.30pm Free but must be booked.

Matilda Lloyd trumpet and Richard Gowers organ and piano. Thrilling concert includes Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor through to Gershwin. 7.30pm £22/19.

All at St Mary’s Church beaminsterfestival.com or TicketSource 0333 666 3366.

Saturday, June 29

Beaminster Festival: The House of Broken Bricks Fiona Williams, Winner of Bridport Prize, First Novel, in conversation with Jo Willett. Novel about the experience of a mixed race family moving to a rural community.

2.30pm £12 St Mary’s Church DT8 3BA.

The Liverpool Beatles: Enjoy all the songs of your misspent youth with the Fab Four – plenty of room for dancing, seats for watching and a lively bar. 8pm Bar opens 7pm. £18 Beaminster School Hall, DT8 3EP. beaminsterfestival.com or TicketSource 0333 666 3366.


Bridport & West Dorset Rambling Club 8 mile walk from Merriot. For further information please ring 01308 898484 or 01308 863340. Vsitors welcome.


Flower Festival St Peter’s Church, Portesham until July 6. Entry free.


Tea in the Garden at the Old Rectory, Stock Gaylard DT10 2BG 2pm-5pm. £5. Stalls and raffle. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. 


Portesham Arts Club presents a MI Flamingo show & Paella evening, Portesham Village Hall doors and bar open 6pm. Tickets £18 incl supper. Call Jan 01305 250212 or ticketsource.co.uk then enter Portesham in find event box.

Sunday, June 30

Beaminster Festival: Gala Concert: Emma Johnson and Friends, Tales from Vienna Experience the magic of Vienna with classic pieces highlighted by fascinating insights into the history and art of Vienna. Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss I and II, Lehar. 7.30pm £25/£20 St Mary’s Church Beaminster DT8 3BA beaminsterfestival.com or TicketSource 0333 666 3366.


Winterborne Kingston Village Hall (DT11 9AZ) will be the hub for the village Open Gardens 11am-6pm. Admission is £5 which covers entry to all gardens, funds going to Julia’s House and St Nicholas Church. There’s a good variety of gardens for you to enjoy plus delicious refreshments in the hall and free parking. It’s a grand day out!

The hall’s regular activities include Pilates every Thursday 6.30pm, ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ Coffee, meet and chat group

alternate Thursday mornings 10.30am-noon and South Dorset Modellers group on the first Friday of the month, 4pm.

Second Tues 2pm Bere Regis Floral Group, first Weds 7.30pm WI.


The Friends of Lodmoor Country Park are holding a table top sale trail 10am-1pm. Based in Beaumont Avenue DT4 7RG area 40+ households are expected to take part, selling their goods from their driveways. Come and browse and pick up a bargain! 01305 750557 lodmoor-friends@hotmail.com or find us on Facebook.

Bembury Farm in Bembury Lane, Thornford, Sherborne DT9 6QF is opening its garden 2pm-6pm today and on Wednesday, July 3.

Peaceful garden with lawns and large herbaceous borders informally planted with interesting perennials around unusual trees, shrubs and roses. Large collection of clematis, a pretty woodland walk, wildflower corner, lily pond, oak circle, yew hedges with peacock, clipped hornbeam round kitchen garden and plenty of seating.

Wednesday, July 3 

Horn Park in Tunnel Rd, Beaminster DT8 3HB is opening its garden 2.30pm-4.30pm.

Large plantsman’s garden with magnificent views over Dorset countryside towards the sea. Many rare and mature plants and shrubs in terrraced, herbaceous, rock and water gardens. 

Woodland garden and walks in bluebell woods. Good amount of spring interest with magnolia, rhododendron and bulbs which are followed by roses and herbaceous planting, wildflower meadow with 164 varieties including orchids.


West Dorset Community Orchestra Presents a Summer Concert at 7.30pm at St Swithun’s Church, North Allington, DT6 5DU.

They will be playing a varied range of orchestral pieces to include Radetzky, Strauss, Vaughan Williams, Elgar. 

Admission is free with a retiring collection. Refreshments in the interval and a raffle.


One of the UK’s best wildlife photographers, David Bailey from Winterborne Abbas, recently highly commended by the Mammal Society for a photograph of a hare, will present a talk at Leigh Village Hall, 7pm for a 7:30pm start. Ticketsource.co.uk

Thursday, July 4

Collective ConTakt will perform in Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage at 7pm. Foley is a thrilling contemporary circus show for all ages by Collective ConTakt, a pan European circus collective with roots in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France and the UK who specialise in blending high level acrobatics and live music. 

This performance is free, though donations to Artsreach are welcome.

Saturday, July 6

West Stafford Fete will be held in the grounds of Talbothays Lodge from noon-4pm.

Parking on site. Duo Milk & Two will entertain, there will be food and bar facilities, a dog show, face painting, local craft displays, stalls, games, teas and much more. 

Contact Jacquie on jacquie.walton@outlook.com to have a stall or offer services.


A village cafe will be held at LATCH, Litton Cheney DT2 9AU in aid of St Mary’s Church 10am-12.30pm. Bacon butties etc, cakes & produce, local art and crafts, grand prize draw.


A skittles night will be held at Frampton Village Hall, starting with children’s skittles 6pm-7pm. BBQ, bar, raffle and adults individual and team skittles – or join a team on the night, everyone welcome!

Sunday, July 7

Frampton Village Fete, 1pm-4.30pm. Taking place between the hall and Millennium Green, come along to enjoy stalls, games, BBQ, Teas, bar, ice creams, duck races, raffles, Dog show, classic cars, dancing from The Studio Dorset, and live music from Finlay Leslie. £1 entry for adults. 


The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney (DT2 9AH) will open its gardens 11am-5pm.

Steep paths lead to beguiling four acres of natural woodland with many springs, streams, two pools – one a natural swimming pool planted with native plants. Formal front garden, designed by Arne Maynard, with pleached crabtree border, topiary and soft planting inc tulips, peonies, roses and verbascums. Walled garden with informal planting, kitchen garden, orchard and 350 rose bushes for a cut flower business.


The Beaminster Branch of the Royal British Legion will be celebrating its 100th by taking part in a special service in St Mary’s Church, Beaminster at 9.30am.

The service will be followed by a barbeque from 3pm until 6.30pm at the Memorial Playing Field pavilion and marquee (in case of inclement weather). 

There will be music with three live bands, a bar together with refreshments, a raffle and a cake stall. Tickets are on sale either at the Yarn Barton Centre, Beaminster or The Greyhound Inn, Beaminster and the cost is £5 per adult and £2.50 for children under 12 years of age (this will include a burger and a sausage in a roll). Everyone is welcome to attend, but tickets for the barbeque are limited so please remember to purchase your tickets early.


Swingtime in the Borough Gardens, Dorchester, from noon. Entertainment by Bridport Big Band, Moonlight Swing Band, Dr Jazz and Dorset for Singing Choir. Classic Cars, Refreshments, Stalls and a Grand Raffle. All proceeds will go to the Fortuneswell Cancer Trust supporting Cancer Patients in Dorset. Everyone welcome. thefortuneswellcancertrust@ gmail.com


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