Events and things to do in Dorset - October 2014

Passion premieres at Dorchester Corn Exchange. Photo by Andy Sherlock

Passion premieres at Dorchester Corn Exchange. Photo by Andy Sherlock - Credit: Archant

A selection of Dorset events for you to enjoy this month


8 October - Passion

World premiere of a play by Dorset’s award-winning AsOne Theatre Company marking the Great War and the present withdrawal from Afghanistan 2014 told through the stories of soldiers and families 100 years apart.

Dorchester Corn Exchange 01305 266926; then at venues across the region throughout Oct and Nov. More details



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3 - 20 October | Autumn Exhibition

Poole & East Dorset Art Society exhibition at Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park.

Until 4 October | Suchi Chidambaram

Paintings inspired by cities and their people at Artwave West, Morcombelake.

30 September - 20 October | Menagerie a Trois

Hive Art Group exhibit their latest work at Courtyard Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis.

18 October – 5 November | West Country Meanderings

Richard Pikesley’s landscapes and coastal subjects, many painted ‘en plein air’.

The Jerram Gallery, Sherborne

15 October - 22 November | Poppy Fields

Memorabilia contributed by local people combines with an installation of poppies for this work remembering the First World War at The Gallery at Lighthouse, Poole.



9 October | Emma Kirkby & Jacob Lindberg

Lunchtime recital of songs by Blow, Dowland and Purcell.

The Studio, Lighthouse, Poole; 0844 406 8666

10 October | Ruby Turner

Soulful ballads and cool grooves, Ruby and her band entertain at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton; 01258 475137

10 – 11 October | Flute & Harp Fantasia

Amalthea bring together music from Bach and Debussy to Indian Ragas. ( 10 Oct: All Saints Church, Piddletrenthide; 11 Oct: St Peter’s Church, West Knighton.

11 October | The Orlando Singers

The Dorset-based choir are joined by organ virtuoso Stephen Maxsom for a programme of French music at Lady St Mary Wareham Church.

23- 24 October | Pacific Curls

Maori-inspired sounds and Pacific rhythms seamlessly blend. 23 Oct: Buckland Newton Village Hall; 24 Oct: Durlston Castle, Swanage.

25 October | Ghosts and Ghouls

Mini BSO family concert featuring Scary Bones and the Wacky Witches of Wareham.

Lighthouse, Poole; 0844 406 8666



2 October | A Zulu Ballet

Inala’s exhilarating fusion of South African and Western cultures are electric.

Lighthouse Poole; 0844 406 8666

3 October | Susan Calman

The award-winning comedian has a laugh at Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442 138

8 October | The Nutcracker

Vienna Festival Ballet perform Tchaikovsky’s enchanting ballet at the Mowlem Theatre, Swanage 01929 422239

9-11 October | Once upon a time in a Western

Le Navet Bete take you on a fast-paced comedy journey across the Wild West. ( 9 Oct: Gillingham School; 10 Oct: Corfe Castle Village Hall; 11 Oct: Martinstown Village Hall.

10 – 11 October | The Five and the Prophecy of Prana

A dynamic fusion of hip-hop and martial arts feature in this explosive tribute to Manga.

Lighthouse Poole; 0844 406 8666

10 – 25 October | Purbeck Film Festival

This year’s theme is Italian Film and includes screenings of Vittorio De Sica’s The Garden of Finzi-Continis, Fellini’s 8½ and Bertolucci’s The Conformist.


14 October | Omid Djalili

The award-winning stand up brings his sharp wit and humour to Bridport’s Electric Palace; 01308 424901

14- 15 October | Not About Heroes

Blackeyed Theatre chronicles the friendship between the war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Layard Theatre, Canford Magna 01202 847525

19 October | Dogs Don’t Do Ballet

Ballet Blacks’ adaption of Anna Kemp’s enchanting book about a little dog who dreams of dancing.

Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth; 01202 203630

25 October | An Evening of Burlesque

Sparkling couture costumes, sultry vocals, mischief, magic and a dash of sauciness!

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne; 01202 885566

23 – 26 October | Sherborne International Film Festival

The festival which brings you exceptional films from around the world.(

28- 29 October | Dare to Sea

Dive in to a magical adventure of waves, acrobatics and magnificent images.

Lighthouse Poole; 0844 406 8666



4 October | Holistic Lifestyle Fair

Eden Park, Buckland Newton hosts an event featuring the natural and holistic sector.

4 October | Charmouth Literary Festival

This year’s theme is Words & Music and the poetry and prose that use music as its inspiration.

4-5 October | Jaunt with Jane

Join other Janeites for this Jane Austen themed weekend in Lyme Regis. (

11 October | Ancient Harvest and Apple Day

See a Roman Cider Press in action and make traditional apple jam at the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne.

15 – 19 October | Sherborne Literary Festival

This year’s visiting authors include gardening guru James Wong and Gyles Brandreth;

15 – 19 October | Bridport Open Book Festival

Eclectic week of events for book lovers, including the Bridport Prize ceremony with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

18 – 19 October | Eat Dorset Food Fair

Award-winning food fair held in the grounds of Parnham House, Beaminster. More details

25 October | Unique Boutique

Quirky pop up local arts market at Woodmead Halls, Lyme Regis. Starts midday.

26 October | Family Circus Fun Day

Learn the tricks of the trade from professional circus artists at Lighthouse, Poole.

30 October | Creepy Crawlies and Batty Bats

Spooky craft activities for all the family at Priest’s House Museum, Christchurch.

Every Thursday in October & 31 October | Guided Ghost Walks

Are you brave enough to meet Dorchester’s spooky residents?

Starts 8pm, Kings Arms, High East Street, Dorchester