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Christmas carols, concerts & festive events in Dorset: Christmas 2016

PUBLISHED: 14:50 05 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:50 05 December 2016

Enjoy West Gallery Carols with the Ridgeway Choir

Enjoy West Gallery Carols with the Ridgeway Choir

Roland Tarr 2016

From candlelit carols to Solstice walks there are plenty of exciting events happening around the county this month


Christmas Arts & Crafts Fair - 23 November – 3 December

Artwey’s annual event at the Mulberry Gallery in Weymouth Library featuring work by local artists from painting, printing, to driftwood sculpture and jewellery.

Christmas Art Exhibition - 29 November – 2 January

A festive exhibition of recent artwork by members of Town Mill Arts full of enticing arty gifts to pop under the tree. Malthouse Gallery, Lyme Regis.

Festival of Christmas 2 – 4 December

St Mary’s Church, Lytchett Matravers hosts this event which features different interpretations of decorating a Christmas tree.

Brownsea Island Christmas Walk - 3 & 18 December

A rare chance to visit this magical island out of season 10.30am – 3pm. Booking essential 01202 707744.

A Tudor Christmas at Corfe Castle - 10 – 31 December

Join the Lord of Misrule for a flavour of Christmas in Tudor times in a floodlit castle decorated with lanterns, beacons and braziers. Share your special memory or wish on six Christmas Wish trees on the gatehouse bridge. Then step into a castle adorned with a 23ft Christmas tree and Tudor themed decorations. On selected dates the castle remains open until 7pm for you to see the illuminations at their best in the company of Tudor storytellers. More at nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle.

Winter Solstice - 21 December

Watch sunrise on the shortest day of the year from Corfe Castle ruins followed by breakfast. Booking essential 0844 249 1895.

Solstice Walk - 21 December

Watch the sunrise over Studland during this walk to Old Harry Rocks followed by breakfast at Knoll Beach Café. Booking essential 01929 450500.

Holes Bay Stroll - 29 December

Join the Dorset Wildlife Trust Poole Group for a post Christmas stroll around Holes Bay followed by tea and cake. Meet at Upton House car park 10am.


Christmas Wreath - 4 December

A 2 hour wreath making workshop (10am & 2pm) at Upton House, Poole. Booking 01202 262753.

Festive Willow - 9 December

Make contemporary Christmas decorations at this workshop for adults at Moors Valley Park from 10.30am – 3pm. Booking 01425 470721.

Charity Christmas Wreaths - 12 December

Make one wreath for you and one to sell for the Air Ambulance at Tithe Barn at Symondsbury Estate, from 10.30am - 1pm. Booking 01308 424321.

Christmas Decorations - 12 & 15 December

Cranborne Garden Centre hosts these two festive workshops at 10am & 2pm. 12 Dec Wreaths; 15 Dec Table Decorations. Booking 01725 517248.


Carols by Candlelight - 4 December

Hosted by St James Parish Church in Milton Abbas, enjoy solo choral as well as congregational festive music followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Starts 7pm.

Winter in Wessex - 4 December

A winter themes programme featuring the Wessex Youth Orchestra and ensembles from the Centre for Wessex Young Musicians. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Jazz & Swing for Christmas - 7 December

Highcliffe Castle hosts this Swing Unlimited Big Band concert to get you into a festive mood. Starts 7.30pm. Box office 01425 278807.

Carol Train - 9 December

Enjoy carols on the Swanage Steam Railway. Limited seating. Booking 01929 425800.

West Gallery Carols - 9, 11 & 18 December

Inspired by local folk songs and West Gallery carols the Ridgeway Singers and Band present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown and Hinton St Mary manuscripts and newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition. 9 Dec, 7.30pm St Mary’s Church, Winterbourne Whitechurch 01258 880179; 11 Dec, 4pm St Gregory’s Church, Marnhull 01258 820381; 18 Dec, 3pm St Nicholas Church, Abbotsbury 01305 871532.

Family Christmas Concert - 10 December

Coade Hall at Bryanston School hosts this festive celebration of music performed by the Stour Valley Band and the Bovington Military Wives Choir at 7.30pm.

Christmas Concert - 11 December

The New Elizabethan Singers perform at 3pm at St Swithun’s Church, North Allington, in this festive celebration with West Coker C. of E. Primary School.

Messiah - 14 December

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) perform Handel’s Christmas classic at Lighthouse, Poole 01202 28000.

Christmas Concert - 17 December

The Belvedere Singers join Weymouth’s One Voice Choir at St Mary’s Church, Swanage for this festive concert. Starts 7.30pm.

Christmas Concert - 17 December

Weymouth Choral Society perform carols and seasonal music accompanied by Dorset Sinfonia Orchestra at 7.30pm at St John’s Church, Weymouth.

Christmas with Canzonetta - 18 December

The classical singing group perform songs and readings for the festive season at the tiny Saxon church of St Martin on the Walls in Wareham. Starts 3pm.

The Rose in Winter - 21 December

La Nova Singers perform songs which use the image of the rose to tell the Nativity story at Highcliffe Castle 01425 278807.

Billy Bragg - 22 December

As part of the inaugural Bridport Winter Solstice Festival, Billy hosts an evening of discussion, music and film, with special guests at the Electric Palace, 01308 428354.

Celebration of Christmas Carols - 23 December

Enjoy singing some of your favourite carols accompanied by the BSO and BSC. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.


Christmas. Time. - 8–11 December

Charlie and Toby are determined to celebrate Christmas while serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. Join them on this musical comedy blending Dickens, pantomime, Christmas dinner and Christmas films. Starts 7.30pm. 8 Dec Burton Bradstock Village Hall (VH) 01308 897421; 9 Dec Durweston VH 01258 488883; 10 Dec West Lulworth VH 01929 400790; 11 Dec Halstock VH 01935 891744.

A Christmas Carol - 3, 9 & 10 December

Howard Coggins’s unique take on the eponymous anti-hero of Dickens’ festive masterpiece with more festive foolery than you can shake a Christmas selection box at. 3 Dec The Exchange, Sturminster Newton 01258 475137; 9 Dec Corn Exchange, Dorchester 01305 266926; 10 Dec: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138.

Casting the Runes - 14-15 December

Supernatural Victorian Christmas tales by Montague Rhodes James are bought to life in this gripping one man show at the Sherling Studio at Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

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