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October 2017Event TitleLocationContact Details
Mon 23 October
10am-12pm
Find the Yeti

Somewhere deep in the woods at Ham Hill lies ‘The Ham Hill Yeti’.

Join the rangers for a morning to try and track him down. Booking required, £5.00 per child please visit the website to book on line. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


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Tue 24 October
11am-2pm
Mad Victorian Science!

Mad Victorian scientist Gordon Le Pard returns with his evil potions, weird mechanisms and tales of poisoning. Learn all about the strange but true aspects of Victorian science.

Free family friendly event but donations warmly welcomed.


Sherborne Museum, Abbey Gatehouse, Church Lane, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3BPContact: Sherborne Museum
Telephone: 01935 812252
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Tue 24 October
7.30pm to 10.30pm
John Illsley (Dire Straits) and new band - 2017 UK Tour

When you’ve been a member of one of the biggest bands in the world it might be thought reasonable to retire to the country, dip in the pool, smash a few holes in one and admire the fleet of classic cars you have doubtless acquired.

But John Illsley is no such slouch. Though he’s an accomplished artist, he’s first and foremost a musician, it runs through and through, so it’s no surprise to find him out and about with a brand new band.

True, John was in one of the biggest bands ever to enjoy stratospheric success. As a founder member of Dire Straits he had a remarkable musical journey - along with Mark Knopfler he was there for the whole ride.

To say Dire Straits were successful is a bit like saying zebras are rather stripey. They sold over 120 million albums, picked up a few Grammies on the way, a clutch of Brit Awards, a couple of MTV music video accolades and an Ivor Novello award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.  Their 1985 album Brothers In Arms was the first to sell over a million copies in CD format and the band spent a staggering 1,100+ weeks on the UK album charts.

In short, Dire Straits’ reach was massive and their sound instantly recognisable due, in no small part, to John’s distinctive bass riffs and general musical input.

When the band finally disbanded in 1995 solo careers were on the cards - John took time out then went back into the studio.

Now, two decades later and with six solo albums under his belt, John hits the road with a brand new band. Excitingly it features some of the best players in the business.

John Illsley’s first tour in over four years, and the first with this line-up, the new shows avow full-on musical nights of the highest calibre.

Showcasing John’s 2016 album, “Long Shadows”, the band promise to draw on many of the much loved Dire Straits’ hits - Sultans of Swing, Money for Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Brothers in Arms – as well as the gamut of solo material.

As the man himself says “The new songs fit very comfortably next to the Dire Straits’ classics. We keep the essential feel of those songs but this isn’t a tribute act, I think we bring them alive in a new and fresh way.  We certainly love playing them and people seem to enjoy listening so it’s great fun all round.”

“This is the most exciting new line-up I’ve been in and I’m loving every minute of it, Robbie McIntosh and Paul Stacey are two quite exceptional guitar players.”

Indeed, all the band have a stirling pedigree. While Robbie McIntosh (The Pretenders, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones) and Paul Stacey (Oasis, The Black Crowes, High Flying Birds) cut fine figures on the guitar the other three members stake their claim too.

Steve Smith takes on keyboards (Robert Plant, Pete Townsend, Steve Harley), Stuart Ross presides over drums (Mark Owen, Nik Kershaw, Chesney Hawkes), and Jess Greenfield ably provides backing vocals (Rod Stewart, Take That, Noel Gallagher).

Given the talent involved, to say that the Autumn dates should prove a harvest of delights would clearly be leaving the lily ungilded. With songs from the present, the past and even some from the band, the evening will be awash with good music.

A hugely enjoyable night – on every level.

Tickets cost £20.00 + booking fee


Hendford Yeovil Somerset BA20 1UXContact: The Octagon Theatre
Telephone: 01935 422884
Thu 26 October - Sun 29 OctoberSherborne International Film Festival

A wide selection of World Cinema to chose from including:- Julieta, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Lamb, Omar, Frantz, Neruda, The Salesman, Tanna, and more.

Tickets from Sherborne TIC. All films £6, Reception and opening night screening £10, - 10 tickets £40.


Powell Theatre, Abbey Rd, SherborneContact: Sherborne TIC 01935 815341
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Thu 26 October - Sun 29 OctoberYeovil Literary Festival

The 2017 Festival has already announced some huge names that will be appearing this year: comedian Sarah Millican will present her new book, ‘How to be Champion’, Christopher Biggins will open the festival at the Yeovil Community Arts Association Literary Dinner; we then welcome Joanne Harris (author of ‘Chocolat’), Suzi Quatro, Monty Don, ‘Masterchef’ judge Jay Rayner, Jeremy Vine, Dame Harriet Walter, Jacqueline Wilson, Harry Hill and Waterstones Children’s Laureate Lauren Child. Also returning to the Yeovil Literary Festival in 2017 will be Polly Toynbee (who last appeared in 2014), Professor Robert Winston (2015) and Paddy Ashdown (2015).

For more information or to book tickets visit the website


VariousContact: Box Office
Telephone: 01935 422884.
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Sat 28 October
4pm - 7pm
Goldenstones Hallowe'en Pool Party

Goldenstones Leisure Centre in Yeovil is holding a Hallowe’en Pool Party, promising lots of splashing spooky fun, on Saturday, October 28 from 4pm-7pm.

As well as spooky swimming there will be a variety of ghoulish games from Fill the Cauldron and Collect the Spiders – with the chance to win prizes.

The sessions are aimed at all the family with fun for everyone.

Prices are £2.75 for a child, £4.40 for an adult and £9.80 for a family.


Goldenstones Leisure CentreContact: Ruth Allen
Telephone: 07411167379
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November 2017Event TitleLocationContact Details
Sat 04 November
14:30
Mediaeval Masons and Tumbling Towers

Blackmore Vale and Yeovil NT Association presents a talk by Pam White (NT Corfe Castle).
A translation from the Latin of the Exchequers Accounts of Edward I has given us quite detailed information about the castle build from 1280 - 94. This, together with the access afforded by the recent conservation work, has fuelled our curiosity about both the castle build and subsequent 'home improvements'.  It's an exciting time to be involved with such an iconic building.


Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AAContact: Elizabeth Gowers
Telephone: 01935 425 383
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Sun 05 NovemberClassic and Vintage Car Auction

Two classic cars, an Austin Healey 100/6 and a Jensen 541R made just a few months apart, offer the opportunity for enthusiasts to choose between a gentleman’s express or a sports car for the hairy chested at the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 5th November.

Please click on the attached PDF to read the full details.


Two classic cars, an Austin Healey 100/6 and a Jensen 541R
The Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet.Contact: Matthew Whitney
Telephone: 01935 812277
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Wed 15 November
7:30pm
SABA DOUGLAS-HAMILTON: A LIFE WITH ELEPHANTS

Join Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family.


Octagon TheatreContact: Octagon Theatre
Telephone: 01935 422884
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Thu 16 November - Fri 17 NovemberCharterhouse Auction

The Charterhouse two day November auction includes an early Victorian silver tea set.

To read the full details please click on the attached PDF.

Sherborne auctioneers Charterhouse are also selling six of the world famous Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team Triumph motorcycles in todays auction.

To read the full details please click on the attached PDF.


Silver Tea Service
The White Helmets motorcycles
The Long Street Salerooms, SherborneContact: Richard Bromell or Justine Jackson
Telephone: 01935 812277
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Sat 25 November
Doors open 6 pm
Mayor's Charity Ball (Yeovil)

Taking place at Westlands, Yeovil raising money for: St Margaret's Hospice (Yeovil) and School in a Bag. The evening includes a 4 course meal, dancing to 'Daytona' and DJ Will, silent / main auction, tombola and raffle. Fun casino and a professional photographer. 

Why not make this your Christmas party for 2017?


Westlands, Westbourne Close, YeovilContact: Mayor's Charity Ball
Telephone: 01935 382424
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Wed 29 November
19.00 - 20.30
Light Up A Life 2017 - St Margaret's Hospice

St Margaret's Hospice are holding a Light Up A Life service at St Mary's Church on 29 November at 7.00pm. Please come and join to remember and celebrate the life of your loved ones. Tea and mince pies will be available during the service.


St Mary's Church, Huish EpiscopiContact: Victoria Poole
Telephone: 01935709157
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December 2017Event TitleLocationContact Details
Sat 02 December
14:30
Christmas Concert by The Trinity Entertainers

Blackmore Vale and Yeovil NT Association presents The Trinity Entertainers who will get the Christmas season off to a festive start.


Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AAContact: Elizabeth Gowers
Telephone: 01935 425 383
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Sun 03 December
16.00 - 17.30
Light Up A Life 2017 - St Margaret's Hospice

St Margaret's Hospice are holding a Light Up A Life service at St John's Church on Sunday 3 December 2017. Please come and join to remember and celebrate the life of your loved ones. Tea and mince pies will be available during the service.


St John's Church, YeovilContact: Victoria Poole
Telephone: 01935709157
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Fri 08 December - Sun 07 JanuaryCinderella - Family Pantomime

Don't miss Cinderella, our fun-filled, family pantomime for Christmas 2017.

Once again, the show will be written by Paul Hendy and produced by Evolution, the same team behind Peter Pan.

Cinderella promises to be our biggest and most spectacular pantomime ever, so don't be late for the ball...

Please visit the website for specific details about dates times and prices


The Octagon Theatre Hendford Yeovil Somerset BA20 1UXContact: Box Office
Telephone: 01935 422884
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Sat 09 December
8 am to 1 pm
Charity BIG BREAKFAST

Take the stress out of Christmas shopping and relax for a while with a full English breakfast plus tea/coffee and toast. Vegetarian options available on request.

Raising money for: St Margaret's Hospice (Yeovil) and School in a Bag.


Vicarage Street Methodist Church (bottom of the Quedam)Contact: Darren Shutler
Telephone: 07425156591 or 01935 848768
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Sun 10 December
9.00am - 2.00pm
Santa Dash 2017 - St. Margaret's Hospice

The Santa Dash is a festive and fun-filled event aimed at runners, non-runners, families, work teams – in fact, just about anyone! It's a great way to get into the Christmas spirit while helping to raise vital funds for your local hospice.

Please visit our website to book your tickets now.


Yeovil Country Park, BA20 1QZContact: Victoria Poole
Telephone: 01935 709157
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Fri 15 December - Sat 16 December
7.30pm start.
Christmas Concert Under Concorde

Join the HMS Heron Volunteer Band for the hugely popular annual Christmas Concerts Under Concorde. The concert features several classics and some festive numbers for the occasion.

By popular demand the event will be split over two evenings on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th of December 2017 - 7.30pm start.

Tickets to the event will be launched on the 1st of August 2017 are £15 each and include a mince pie and mulled wine on arrival. Refreshments and a Cash Bar will be available during the mid session interval.


Fleet Air Arm MuseumTelephone: 01935 840565
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January 2018Event TitleLocationContact Details
Fri 08 December - Sun 07 JanuaryCinderella - Family Pantomime

Don't miss Cinderella, our fun-filled, family pantomime for Christmas 2017.

Once again, the show will be written by Paul Hendy and produced by Evolution, the same team behind Peter Pan.

Cinderella promises to be our biggest and most spectacular pantomime ever, so don't be late for the ball...

Please visit the website for specific details about dates times and prices


The Octagon Theatre Hendford Yeovil Somerset BA20 1UXContact: Box Office
Telephone: 01935 422884
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Sat 06 January
14:30
The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard

Blackmore Vale and Yeovil NT Association presents a talk by Shaun McCormack.

Shaun will entertain us with a descriptive talk on how he became a Yeoman, what it entailed and how the Queen’s Bodyguard came into existence.


Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AAContact: Elizabeth Gowers
Telephone: 01935 425 383
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February 2018Event TitleLocationContact Details
Sat 03 February
14:30
T E Lawrence: his life & friends in Dorset

Blackmore Vale and Yeovil NT Association presents a talk by Susan Vincent (Member of the Lawrence Society).

Susan's talk will cover the time T E Lawrence spent in Dorset from 1923 to his death in 1935. She will focus on his time as Private Shaw at the Army Barracks in Bovington, why he bought Clouds Hill nearby and who he had as visitors there, and his closest friends in Dorset, who included Thomas Hardy and his wife.


Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AAContact: Elizabeth Gowers
Telephone: 01935 425 383
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March 2018Event TitleLocationContact Details
Sat 10 March
14:30
The Remarkable Trees at Stourhead

Blackmore Vale and Yeovil NT Association will hold its AGM @ 2.30pm at the Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne.  After tea and cake there will be a talk by Emily Utgren (NT Stourhead).

Tree care is core to a lot of the work at Stourhead, ensuring that there are young trees preparing to be magnificent one day. They are currently re-visiting the past to explain why Stourhead was built and how it was conserved since the 1700 to make the estate we see today.


Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AAContact: Elizabeth Gowers
Telephone: 01935 425 383
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May 2018Event TitleLocationContact Details
Sat 12 May
11.00 - 16.00
Yeovil Hospice Summer Fete - St Margaret's Hospice

St Margaret's Hospice will be holding our Yeovil Hopsice Summer Fete on 12 May 2018.

We have an exciting afternoon of entertainment in store for the whole family that will include a designated children’s area, music, teas, games, garden tours and much more. It is also an opportunity for us to open up our much loved gardens and Hospice to the public.  Last year we raised a record of £10,000 and we are hoping 2018 will be even better.




Little Tarrat Lane, Yeovil, BA20 2HUContact: Victoria Poole
Telephone: 01935709157
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