Events in Dorset this February

Dorset Magazine February 2014 cover

Dorset Magazine February 2014 cover - Credit: Archant

Some of the top events from across Dorset for February 2014

Event of the month

14 & 15 February - Ripping Yarns and the Tale of the Forgotten Author

Wareham celebrates its very own literary icon Percy F. Westerman with a one day exhibition of his life and work at the Corn Exchange (14 Feb midday – 5pm, free entry). Voted Britain’s most popular children’s author back in the 1930’s Westerman’s exciting tales of derring-do were written from his floating houseboat home ‘The Barge’ moored alongside the River Frome, just a few minutes walk from South Bridge. For those who want to know more the Westerman Seminar (15 Feb) offers a day of talks, discussions and material relating to the life and works of both Percy F. Westerman and his son John F. C. Westerman. The seminar runs from 10am to 4pm, in the Council Chamber, Wareham. Tickets £15 including lunch. Advance booking essential, call Nigel Gossop on 023 92375594 or email



Until 15 February - Modern British and European Prints

Exhibition featuring works by some of the most famous names of the 20th century art scene ranging from Paul Nash and Edward Ardizonne to Mervyn Peake and Prunella Clough.

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The Art Stable, Child Okeford


Until 9 March - British Wildlife Photography

Moors Valley Park near Ringwood host this exhibition featuring 90 award-winning and commended images from last year’s prestigious British Wildlife Photography Awards.


Until 9 March - Angels, Faeries and Femmes Fatales

From Dadd to Discworld - this exhibition explores the Victorian obsession with the supernatural and the spirit world and features work by Terry Pratchett’s Discworld illustrator Paul Kidby and 2012 Turner Prize nominee Spartacus Chetwynd.

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth



8 February - New Elizabethan Singers

The singers perform Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man; a Mass for Peace which blends 15th-century French folk song, the Islamic call to prayer and the Christian Mass.

St Mary’s Church, Bridport.


9 February - Fandango to Tango!

Classical guitarist John Mills and wife Cobie Smit perform works by Boccherini, Piazzolla and Granados.

Dorchester Arts Centre; 01305 266926


10 February - Sadie and the Hotheads

Better known as Downton Abbey’s Lady Cora, Countess of Grantham actress Elizabeth McGovern reveals her inner rock chick ‘Sadie’ drawing influence from Victorian Parlour Ballads, tango rhythms and country beats.

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne; 01202 885566


15 February - Kodo

The limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum is explored by world class players.

Lighthouse, Poole; 0844 406 8666


21 February - Concerts in the West

Polish mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp, and Neapolitan pianist Emma Abbate perform Poulenc, Berio, Britten and de Falla (11am)

Bridport Arts Centre


22 February - Abbamania

It’s time for all you Super Troupers to take on the role of Dancing Queen before the Winner Takes it All. Regent, Christchurch 01202 499199



4 February - Motionhouse: Broken

Dancers negotiate the cracks and craters of a world of illusion where nothing is quite as it seems.

Lighthouse, Poole; 0844 406 8666


5 February - The Bible

The Good Book just got better and shorter in this irreverent roller coaster ride from fig leaves to Final Judgement by the brilliant Reduced Shakespeare Company. Lighthouse, Poole; 0844 406 8666


7, 8, 26,27 & 28 February - The Fossil Lady of Lyme

Alison Neil’s one-woman play tells the extraordinary story of Mary Anning and her struggle to make her mark in the male dominated world of science (

7 Feb Portman Hall Shillingstone;

8 Feb Buckland Newton Village Hall (VH)

26 Feb Langton Matravers VH

27 Feb Melbury Osmond VH

28 Feb Bourton VH 1 March Thorncombe VH

2 March Winfrith VH


11-15 February - Moscow City Ballet

With a new version of Swan Lake on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and The Nutcracker on Friday and Saturday, this world class ballet company are sure to dazzle. Lighthouse, Poole; 0844 406 8666


12 February - Under My Skin

Sadhana Dance takes us into the heart of an operating theatre. Followed by post-show Café Scientifique debate with BBC Radio 4’s Quentin Cooper

Dorchester Arts Centre; 01305 266926


13 February - Stephen K Amos

An evening of fun, laughter and audience interaction from a comedy master.

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne; 01202 885566


19- 20 February - The Girl and the Shoes

An enchanting fairytale which reveals what happens when you put on magical shoes (

19 Feb 10:30am Cerne Abbas VH; 4pm Durweston VH 20 Feb 10:30am Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall; 4pm Gillingham High School


21- 23 February - Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play

The dynamic duo is joined by Sizzles the Dog on a magical journey which promises pirates, treasure and plenty of adventure. Lighthouse, Poole; 0844 406 8666


23 February - Ballroom to Broadway

Strictly’s Anton Du Beke is joined by West End star Summer Strallen for this star-spangled programme of music and dance inspired by the great musicals.

Bournemouth Pavilion; 0844 576 3000


27 February - War Horse

National Theatre Live broadcast of the international smash hit adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel which goes from the heaven of rural Devon to the hell of France’s battlefields. Further screenings 6, 8, 13, 18 March.

Lighthouse, Poole; 0844 406 8666


Best of the rest

20 & 21 February - Owl Day

The RSPB together with Sharandys Birds of Prey, bring a parliament of owls to Poundbury Gardens, Dorchester (20 Feb) and Castle Gardens, Sherborne (21 Feb).


23 February - Shaftesbury Walk

Enjoy a guided 4 mile walk with Dorset Area Ramblers around the quiet lanes and backwaters of Shaftesbury. Meet outside Co-Op supermarket in Bell Street car park at 11am. For more details call 01202 315320