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‘What’s On’ July 2020

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Bridport Weekly Market in the Town every Wednesday & Saturday, Farmers’ Market 11th July  9am – 1pm Barrack Street,

Dorchester Weekly Market in Fairfield Car Park, Weymouth Ave 8am-3pm every Wednesday, Farmers’ Market 25th July Poundbury, 9am-1pm

Sherborne Pannier Market on the Parade every Thursday and Saturday; Farmers’ Market 17th July Cheap Street, 9am-1pm.Sherborne Market 19th July 10am-4pm


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.

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.

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.

Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Lane, Chickerell DT3 4AF opening early July. Date TBA Tel: 01305 785150

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

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.

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

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

NGS Open Gardens South West see website for details of dates and venues pre-booked ticket entry only

Local events diary

19/06-03/07 Summer Exhibition: Sonia Barton & Vanessa Bowman Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne DT9 3LN 9.30am-5pm Exhibition of Still & Landscapes 01935 815261

01 Sherborne Arts Society Zoom Lecture Home based 1.45 -2.15pm Arthur Melville 1855-1904 Scotland’s water colourist with Julian Halsby held on Zoom. See website:

03-05 Dorset Arts Festival Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington DT28QU 10am-5pm Artists, makers, crafters, performers and musicians showcase their skills. £12.50 advance purchase only via website: 07720 637808

09 Open Mic & Pizza @ The Gugg Guggleton Farm, Station Road, Stalbridge DT10 2RQ 5pm Open Mic & Pizza Night at the Gugg hosted by Bakerman Dan.  Facebook: Open Mic and Pizza @ the Gugg

11 Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society Virtual Flower Show Home based 1pm Galleries of photographs to be displayed on the Summer Show 2020 page of the website.

15 Sherborne Arts Society Zoom Lecture Home based 4.45-5.15pm ‘My favourites from Madrid’ by Jenny Newman held on Zoom. See website for details.

Daily Hogchester Wild Meadows Hogchester Farm, Charmouth DT6 6BY Open 9-5pm A £3.50, C £1 All proceeds support conservation


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: 

01305 269512



If you know of an event taking place in West Dorset, please let us know. We would love to hear from you!

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