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Things to do in Dorset this month

PUBLISHED: 15:05 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:05 08 January 2018

Quacking fun with The Ugle Duckling at Lighthouse Poole (Photo by Brian Slater)

Quacking fun with The Ugle Duckling at Lighthouse Poole (Photo by Brian Slater)


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

Discover weekly events and photography in the links above


Under the Surface - Until 6 January

Dorset County Museum hosts this fabulous exhibition covering six decades of paintings and carvings by Lyme Regis artist David West, including recent work inspired by the movement and qualities of water.

Night and Light and the Half Light - Until 21 January

Sladers Yard, West Bay steps into a world of partial light, moonlight, bonfires and dreams with works from Marzia Colonna, Tom Hammick, David Inshaw, Alfred Stockham, Fiamma Colonna Montagu, Richard Batterham and Petter Southall.

William Ranken: Gorgeous, Stately, Splendid - Until 29 January

The work of this forgotten Edwardian society portraitist is celebrated in a fascinating exhibition at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth, where you can also see an excellent exhibition (until 14 January) of linocuts, woodcuts and wood engravings by master printmaker John Liddell who founded Poole Printmakers.


Team Viking - 11–13 January

Tangram Theatre’s comic ode to death and friendship and giving a best mate the Viking send-off they deserve. Starts 7.30pm. 11 Jan: Nether Compton Village Hall (VH) 01935 413220; 12 Jan: Royal Manor Theatre, Portland 0333 666 3366; 13 Jan: Winfrith VH 01305 853783.

Voodoo VaudEvil - 12 & 15 January

Performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek the Circus of Horrors blends the bizarre, brave and beautiful with the darkest of magic. 12 Jan: Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000; 15 Jan: Weymouth Pavilion 01305 783225.

The Ugly Duckling - 13 January

Hans Christian Andersen’s quacking tale features a menagerie of mischievous animals. 11am & 2pm Sherling Studio at Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Dick Whittington - 13–20 January

Boo, hiss and cheer as good triumphs over evil in this rags-to-riches tale from the award-winning Highcliffe Charity Players in what promises to be pure panto gold. Regent Theatre, Christchurch 01202 499199.

The Frog Prince - 19 January

Forest Forge and Bumblefly Theatre weave their fairytale magic in this tale about a talking frog and a spoilt princess. 6pm, Portesham Village Hall 01305 871035.

Gandini Juggling: Spring - 20 January

Combining dazzling circus skills with gorgeous choreography this kaleidoscopic production reflects on how we perceive colour. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Code Breakers: The Story of Enigma - 21 January

Dr Mark Baldwin reveals the fascinating stories behind the Bletchley Park code-breakers followed by a hands-on demonstration of an original Enigma machine. Starts 2.30pm, Corn Exchange, Dorchester 01305 266926.

Giselle & Swan Lake - 24–26 January

Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet perform two masterpieces from the 19th century ballet repertoire at Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000 (24/25 Jan: Giselle; 26 Jan: Swan Lake).

Think of England - 25–28 January

Bette and Vera are hosting tea dances to boost morale amongst local communities and RAF personnel. But how will the locals react when they discover the women’s real purpose? Suitable 12+ Starts 7.30pm.

• 25 Jan: Sixpenny Handley VH (with a high tea) 07751 525200; 26 Jan: Sandford Orcas VH 01963 220208

• 27 Jan: West Lulworth VH 01929 400790;

• 28 Jan: 4pm, Halstock VH 01935 891744

Charlie Bicknell: Fallen Angel - 26-27 January

Described as cabaret with claws the ‘darkly brilliant’ Charlie Bicknell is back with another witty, wanton, shamelessly sexy and murderously funny show. Suitable for ages 14+. Starts 7.30pm. 25 Jan: Winterborne Stickland VH 01258 880920; 26 Jan: Broadwindsor Comrades Hall 01308 867644; 27 Jan: West Stafford VH 07968 633834.

Dance to the Music - 28 Janaury

Strictly star Oksana Platero is joined by her husband Jonathan in this breathtaking show covering a century of dance from Ballroom and Latin to Disco and Hip-Hop. Weymouth Pavilion 01305 783225.


New Year Strauss Gala - 1 & 6 January

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s traditional celebration of the King of Waltz, Johann Strauss. 1 Jan: 3pm, Lighthouse Poole 01202 280000; 6 Jan: 7.30pm Weymouth Pavilion 01305 783225.

Upbeat Beatles - 6 January

Roll up for a magical mystery tour that takes you from the depths of the Cavern to the Apple roof top with a rockin’ tribute band that will make you Twist and Shout. Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne 01202 885566.

This is the Kit - 11 January

Led by Paris-based songwriter Kate Stables this indie folk band have done sessions for BBC 6 Music. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138. 

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - 11–14 January

Crowned winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2013 & 2016, this talented couple are major players in the modern British folk scene. Starts 7.30pm.

• 11 Jan: Drimpton VH 01308 867442; 12 Jan: Marnhull VH 01258 820381

• 13 Jan: Briantspuddle VH 01929 471002; 14 Jan: Studland VH 01929 450204

Jazz Jurassica - 13 January

Pop-up jazz supper club at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis with singer Leigh Coleman and the Matt Carter Trio with vittles from Dottie Kitchen. Box office 01297 442138.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: New Eras - 17 January

BSO artist-in-residence Andreas Ottensamer performs two Stamitz clarinet concertos in a programme that also features Mozart and Dvorák Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Surfin’ Birds - 19 January

Like rockabilly, surf, psychedelic and rock ‘n’ roll music? Then take your dancing shoes to the Corn Exchange, Dorchester. Box office 01305 266926.

Spring Fanfare - 20 January

Bournemouth Symphony Brass take you on a musical journey into spring at Milton Abbey. Box office 01258 881235. 

A Viennese Whirl - 20 January

Swansea City Opera evoke the magic of Vienna with songs from operettas such as The Merry Widow and Die Fledermaus. Corn Exchange, Dorchester 01305 266926.

Sultans of String - 24 January

From Celtic reels to Cuban rhythms this fiery trio’s grooves have won them numerous music awards in their native Canada. Corn Exchange, Dorchester 01305 266926.

The New Elizabethan Singers - 27 January

Intriguing mix of short, contemplative choral works including Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Górecki’s Totus Tuus. Starts 7pm, St Swithun’s Church, North Allington.


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