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Things to do in Dorset this month

PUBLISHED: 10:30 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:30 19 September 2017

Ensemble Askew perform in Bridport

Ensemble Askew perform in Bridport


We round up some of the best events and things to do across Dorset this month

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Reflecting the Light - Until 5 Sept

Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis

Chelsea Davine captures the elusive qualities of light and dark in nature using copper, gold and silver leaf to build layers that create depth and deep tonality.

Summer Exhibition - 31 August – 11 September

The Gallery Upstairs at Upton Country Park hosts this Ferndown Art Society event. 

On the Edge - 8 – 16 September

Caz Scott distils dramatic landforms, cliffs and sea observed on coastal walks in her distinctive formalised contemporary paintings at The Etches Museum, Kimmeridge. 

Anthony Frost - 9 – 26 September

Simple and powerful punches of colour by one of England’s foremost abstract painters feature at The Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis. 

Guy Taplin: The Birdman - 16 September – 4 October

The Jerram Gallery in Sherborne hosts this exhibition featuring mainly shoreline birds sculpted from driftwood Guy forages from coasts and estuaries around the world.

Artwave West Summer Exhibition - Until 23 September

Exhibits include stitched pieces by Shelley Morrow, rich textured oil paintings by Stephen Bishop, and Claire Smith’s textured aerial landscapes. 

The Observatory - Until end of September

Students, graduates and staff from Arts University Bournemouth are artists-in-residence in temporary studios on Burton Bradstock cliffs. The structures stand on turntables and have rotating handles to change the view throughout the day, looking out to sea or inland to the Dorset hills. lookinlookout.org.


Tosca - 4 September

Weymouth Pavilion Theatre Box office: 01305 783 225

The Russian State Opera perform Puccini’s melodrama where love and politics collide with tragic consequences. 

A Sophisticated Lady: The Songs of Ella Fitzgerald - 7 September

Corn Exchange, Dorchester Box office: 01305 266926

Tina May sings classics made famous by this great lady of jazz accompanied by the Frank Griffith Quartet.

Ensemble Askew - 8 September

Emily Askew mixes Medieval and Renaissance melodies with contemporary instruments and modern folk styles at the 11am Coffee Concert, Bridport Arts Centre, Box Office: 01308 424204.

Cosi Fan Tutte - 8 September

Opera Holloway set Mozart’s comic opera during World War Two, where the soldier boyfriends of sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella want to find out if their sweethearts are faithful. Corn Exchange, Dorchester 01305 266926.

Temperance Seven - 22 September

The Regent, Christchurch 01202 499199

Enjoy jazz classics, original compositions and novelty numbers with a dash of Python-esque humour from this twenties style band. 

Tales of Offenbach - 26–27 September

Opera della Luna return to Lighthouse Poole with two hilarious one-act operas by the French master of comic opera. Box office: 01202 280000.


Landance at Maumbury Rings - 2 September

Starting at dusk (7.45pm) Impermanence Dance Theatre and local youth dancers give a free live performance at this Neolithic henge in Dorchester. landance.org.uk.

Richard III - 5 September

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138

Beyond The Horizon’s critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic adaptation of Shakespeare’s play comes to Dorset. 

The Wedding Reception - 7 – 9 September

Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000

Will and Kate’s small intimate wedding is not what the parents want. Join the wedding guests in this improvised, interactive comedy at the Terrace Café. 

Mr Darcy Loses The Plot - 12 & 13 September

Jane Austen is dreaming up Mr Darcy when she is interrupted by her sister. Left to his own devices Darcy starts to embroider his own much racier storyline. 12 Sept: Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000; 13 Sept: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138. 

Tangomotion - 16 September

Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000

World class tango dancers and music from the acclaimed Tango Siempre transport you to 1930’s Buenos Aires. 

Rip it Up - 28 September

Strictly champions Jay McGuiness and Louis Smith join Strictly professional Natalie Lowe to swing, jitterbug, lindy hop and jive. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

The Sooty Show - 30 September

Sooty’s magic tricks turn very messy and Sweep’s escapology act has him all tied up at 11am & 2.30pm. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.


Bournemouth Air Festival - 31 August – 3 September

Award-winning free air show which continues long after the sun goes down with pyrotechnic night flying, street entertainment and live music. bournemouthair.co.uk.

Lyme Regis Folk Festival - 1 – 3 September

More than 30 acts are playing around the town including Ralph Mctell, Wizz Jones, Steve Knightley and Jim Moray. lymefolk.com. 

Gillingham Walking Festival - 1 – 10 September

This year’s event showcases Gillingham’s medieval Royal Forest and introduces The White Hart Link. gillwalkersarewelcome.btck.co.uk.

Bridport Hat Festival - 2 September

Don your best head gear for this topping festival with hat themed competitions and mass hat photo-op at Bucky Doo Square at 1pm. bridporthatfest.org. 

Dorset County Show - 2 – 3 September

Showcase for the county’s farming heritage, countryside crafts and award-winning food and drink, featuring over 450 trade stands and a fantastic array of attractions. dorsetcountyshow.co.uk.

Bestival - 7 – 10 September

The award-winning boutique music festival at Lulworth, line-up includes A Tribe Called Quest, Pet Shop Boys, Dizzee Rascal and Rag’n’Bone Man. bestival.net.

Swanage Folk Festival - 8 – 10 September

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year’s line up includes Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band, Le Vent du Nord and Belshazzar’s Feast. swanagefolkfestival.com. 

Ride + Stride - 9 September

Take part in this fundraising event, organised by Dorset Historic Churches Trust, on foot, bike or horseback and explore our spectacular church heritage. dhct.co.uk.

Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival - 16 – 24 September

Enjoy guided walks on quarrying, fossils, art, photography, war, steam trains and Lawrence of Arabia. walkswanage.com.


Ocean Film Festival - 5 September

An evening of thrilling ocean-themed films from incredible seafaring voyages to majestic marine life. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Plein Air Painting - 9 September

Watch some of the best Dorset-based artists at Sculpture by the Lakes as they capture the summer light over the water, glorious gardens and stunning natural habitats in a variety of media. sculpturebythelakes.co.uk.

Diverse Dance Mix event - 10 September

Darcey Bussell hosts this one-off event at Littledown Centre in Bournemouth (BH7 7DX) sharing dance/fitness routines she has created. Suitable for all dance lovers from aged 7+ upwards, register from 2pm for 2.30pm start. Booking essential sarah@diversedancemix.com.

Friday Night is Fashion Night - 15 September

Wimborne Rotary Club hosts this fabulous fundraising fashion show, for Forest Holme Hospice and Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, at Queen Elizabeth’s School. On the catwalk is stunning swimwear from Beach & Body, and gorgeous party dresses from Fab Frocks and local designer Veronica Morgan. Tickets Wimborne TIC, Fab Frocks Westbourne or purchase online via eventbrite.co.uk.


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