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‘Whats On’ August 2020









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GARDENS NOW OPEN 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 see website for availability 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



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,  Brandon Lennon 07944 664757 Jurassic Gems  01297 444405, the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre  01297 560772, Jurassic Coast Guides 07900 257944   Chris Pamplin 0845 0943757  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

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.

Jurassic Coast Guides Regular fossil walks and guided tours. With award winning Marin Curtis. 07900 257944

Ghost Walks From Kings Arms Dorchester. Thurs

Sherborne Walks with local blue badge guide Fridays at 10.30am book in advance







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




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Local events diary

04/07-09/08 Local Artists Exhibition and Art for Sale The Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU 10am-4.30pm Local art exhibition and sale

06/07-31/08 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

22/07-12/09 David Inshaw- Never and Always Sladers Yard Contact to reserve a ticket for the socially-distanced opening afternoons and the artist’s event.

24/07-31/08 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

30/07-12/8 Exhibition -Joe Webster – Immersion The Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU 10am-4.30pm Renowned landscape artist exhibits his latest works

30/07-03/09 Rogue Ropemaking The Arts Centre Forecourt, Buckydoo Square, Bridport 11am-1pm Thursdays. Ropemaking demonstrations. Free.

01-09 Infourmation The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport, DT6 6HG Various times featuring Michael Chappell, Tracy Linwood, Kathy Hallsworth & Charles Hallsworth. Free

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.

02 Alice in Wonderland Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens DT34LA Outdoor performance by Boxtree Productions. For ticket info

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

04/08-01/09 Bridport Now and Then: Homes and Businesses cheek by Jowl. Bridport Museum, 25 South St, Bridport DT6 3NR. Tuesdays,10am-11.30am. Guided walk around Bridport. 10 people per walk. A £5 cash U16’s Free.

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

06/08-03/09 Rope for Royalty: The Growth of Bridports wealth Bridport Museum, 25 South St, Bridport DT6 3NR. Thursdays,10am-11.30am. Guided walk around Bridport. 10 people per walk. A £5 cash U16’s Free.

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.  / 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

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.

13-31 Natural Forms The Gallery, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport, DT6 6HG Various times. Artists interested in taking part contact, Phil Clayton on 07809 831760

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

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

16 Three Men in a Boat Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens DT34LA Outdoor performance with Giles Shenton. For ticket info

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










ARTSREACH 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:

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