Events and things to do in Dorset - November 2016

PUBLISHED: 15:48 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:48 24 October 2016

Emperors New Clothes at Lighthouse Poole

Emperors New Clothes at Lighthouse Poole


From ghost hunts to fireworks Helen Stiles rounds up her pick of events happening around the county this month

Editor’s Choice - Exhibitions at Lighthouse, Poole

The recent refurbishments at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts has opened up a new range of exhibition spaces. Currently in the Mezzanine Gallery is A Poole Perspective (until 5 November) featuring Brian Freelander’s paintings, sketches and watercolours. This is followed by Year of the Cat (8 -29 November) paintings by Willow Reavley transporting cats across history and the globe. The Main Gallery hosts Plastic Vanitas (29 October –26 November) photographic artworks by Mariele Neudecker that re-presents the collection of the Museum of Design in Plastics as vanitas still lifes. The Top Floor Gallery has two exhibitions (8 – 30 November): Claire Barnett draws on landscape and flowers with painterly abstraction, whilst in Simple Principles Maxine Walter illustrates the beauty of simplicity. Maxine’s work is also iin the Terrace Café Art Space Small is Beautiful (15 – 30 November).


Autumn Exhibition - Until 5 November

Bold colours from Edward Kelly, atmospheric pastels inspired by Italy from Martin Goold and the dynamic cityscapes of Suchi Chidambaram are just some of the works at this seasonal exhibition at Artwave West in Morcombelake.

Richard Pikesley - Until 9 November

Oils and watercolours of local land and sea scapes painted by the President of the New English Art Club, Richard Pikesley feature at the Jerram Gallery in Sherborne.

Mackerel Skies and Mare’s Tails - 4 – 16 November

The vibrant oil paintings by Lyme Regis-based artist Debbie Bell focus on her love of proverbs and fables at this local exhibition at the Town Mill.


The Emperor’s New Clothes - 5 November

Inventive and energetic production featuring puppets and live music. Performance at 1.30pm at Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes - 8 November

The greatest fictional sleuth of all time comes back to life at Highcliffe Castle.

Box office 01425 278807

French without Tears - 8-12 November

Terrance Rattigan’s sparkling 1936 comedy about the chaos unleashed when the mademoiselles arrive.

Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000

Seth Lakeman - 10 November

The award-winning folk-singer, songwriter performs tracks from his new album Ballads of the Broken Few supported by Devon duo Wildwood Kin at the Electric Palace, Bridport 01308 424901.

Flats & Sharps - 10–13 November

Described as Cornish-style bluegrass, expect rapid-fire banjo, mandolin and fiddle, along with acoustic guitar and double bass. Starts 7.30pm. 10 Nov, Sandford Orcas VH 01963 220208; 11 Nov, Powerstock Hut 01308 485264; 12 Nov, Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall 01258 857447; 13 Nov, Studland VH 01929 450204.

Songs for Harvest - 12 November

The Purbeck Village Quire – a group of singers and instrumentalists who perform ‘West Gallery’ and local folk music from Purbeck villages - perform a seasonally inspired concert at St Martin’s Church, Broadmayne at 7.30pm.

Balletboyz: Life - 14 November

Ten amazing male dancers and two sensational works by internationally acclaimed choreographers. Wow!

Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000

Run - 17 November

Three exhilarating new commissions by world-class choreographers explore the darker side of humanity.

Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth, 01202 203630

Jones & Smith - 17 November

Griff Rhys Jones shares anecdotes about his 30 year collaboration with his much missed comedy partner Mel Smith.

Regent, Christchurch 01202 499199

Concerts in the West - 18 & 19 November

Flautist, Emma Halnan, accompanied by Daniel King Smith, performs works by Bach, Boulanger, Copeland and Schubert. 18 Nov: 11am Bridport Arts Centre 01308 424204; 19 Nov, 7.30pm The Hub, Church Street, Lyme Regis 01297 442594.

BSO Pincipal Winds - 19 November

Briantspuddle Village Hall resounds to performances by principal wind players and horn from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Booking 01929 471002

The Lock in Christmas Carol - 20 November

Music, dance and panto combine at The Demon Barbers Christmas Eve party at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks.

Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000

Kokoro - Masterworks - 20 November

The quartet perform Bartok, Debussy, Stravinsky and Shostakovich at Litton Cheney Community Hall.

Booking 01308 482532

Heads Will Roll - 23, 26 & 27 November

A dark epic comedy about delusion, vanity, and the corruption of power, inspired by the search for El Dorado. Starts 7.30pm. 23 Nov: Marine Theatre Lyme Regis 01297 442138; 26 Nov, West Stafford VH 01305 265282; 27 Nov, Toller Porcorum VH 01300 320373.

Snow White - 24 November

The Vienna Festival Ballet will reveal who is the fairest one of all if the hip-hopping dwarfs can find Prince Charming. Tivoli Theatre , Wimborne 01202 885566.

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