This is the place for all regular events and dates for your diary!
For listings of everything from fairs, lunch clubs, Artsreach performances and coffee mornings, to concerts, workshops, clubs and open days just click on the sections below.
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JUNE

To Sunday June 6: Dorset Art Weeks open studios locally and across the county, see www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk

Wednesday June 2: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk to ask for a Zoom invitation

Sunday June 6: Royal British Legion Poppy Walk, Milldown, 10am

Monday June 7: Blandford Town Council Finance & Staffing committee, 7pm, for agenda and link see www.blandfordforum-tc.gov.uk

Sunday June 13:

Royal British Legion wreath laying for the Duke of Edinburgh, 10.30am, Blandford Cemetery Cross of Sacrifice

Town Centre Guided Heritage Walk led by a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society, meet 11am at the flood wall in the Marsh & Ham (Morrisons) car park, details 01258 459346

Open Gardens, Littlebrook Farmhouse, Belchalwell, DT11 0EG, for Julia’s House, 2.30 to 5pm, details 01258 863683 or springheadjackie@hotmail.com

Swing Jive Stroll with cream Tea, 1.30 to 4pm,  £10;  Kurling, 4.30 – 7pm,  £3 pp, bar open,  Winterborne Whitechurch Village Hall, details 01258 881416.

Monday June 14: Blandford Town Council Recreation & Amenities committee meeting, 7pm, for agenda and link see www.blandfordforum-tc.gov.uk

Monday June 14 to Sunday June 20: Sturminster Newton Literary Festival, see www.sturlitfest.com

Tuesday June 15: Cranborne Chase AONB Open Forum, online, 10.30am to 12.30pm. book at www.cranbornechase.org.uk/events/

Saturday June 19: Midsummer Litter Pick with War on Waste/Cleanup Blandford, meet  at the blue bridge, Marsh & Ham, 10am to 12 noon, details blandfordwaronwaste@gmail.com

Saturday and Sunday June 19 and 20: Blandford Art Hub, Nightingale Court, Blandford, 10am to 3pm, open for information and art activity

Saturday and Sunday June 19 and 20, and Wednesday June 23: Open Gardens for the NGS at The Hollow, Tower Hill, Iwerne Minster, timed tickets possibly on the gate or from www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/

Sunday June 20: Open Gardens for the NGS at Manor House Farm, Dt11 0EN, 2 to 5pm  and 5 Foster Meadows, DT11 0DW 2 to 6pm, timed tickets possibly on the gate or from www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/

Monday June 21: Blandford Town Council full council meeting, 7pm, for agenda and link see www.blandfordforum-tc.gov.uk

Friday and Saturday June 25 and 26: DorsetFest, Warren Farm, Bulbarrow DT11 0HQ, subject to Covid restrictions permitting, see www.dorsetfest.org

Saturday June 26:

Free Blandford town centre parking (time limits apply)

Armed Forces Day gathering, Legion House, Church Lane, 11am

Open Gardens for the NGS at Philipston House, Clenston, 2 to 6pm, timed tickets possibly on the gate from www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/

Open Gardens for Okeford Fitzpaine Church, 10am to 5.30pm, tickets from village hall, lunches at Royal Oak, cream teas from 2.30pm at village hall

Bec Applebee in ‘Oh Mary’, Milborne St Andrew Hall Field, 7.30pm, details/bookings 01258 839060 or www.artsreach.co.uk

Sunday June 27: Town Perimeter Guided Heritage Walk led by a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society, meet 11am outside Scrivens, Durdens Corner, Market Place, details 01258 459346

Monday June 28:

First meeting of ‘Step Outside’, Woodhouse Gardens, 2 to 4pm, bookings 07884 333117

Blandford Town Council planning committee meeting, for agenda and link see www.blandfordforum-tc.gov.uk

Panda Pre-school Summer Bingo at The Royal British Legion, Blandford Forum. Eyes down 7.30pm (Subject to Government guidelines)

JULY

Friday July 2: Blandford & District u3a lecture, Durweston Village Hall, 2pm, Adrian Green on Heywood Sumner: artist and archaeologist. Details 01258 455081

Sunday July 4: Guided Walk examining the geology of the architecture of Blandford starts 11am from Durdens Corner (Scrivens) in the Market Place. No need to book. Details 01258 459346

Monday July 5: Blandford Town Council Town & General Purposes committee meeting, for agenda and link see www.blandfordforum-tc.gov.uk

Wednesday July 7:

Friends of Blandford Community Hospital AGM, at the hospital, Milldown Road, 6.30pm, see www.friendsofblandford.org.uk

Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, for a Zoom invitation email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk

The Rude Mechanicals present ‘Little Lily Harley’, East Farm, Tarrant Monkton, entry from 5.45pm for performance beginning 7.30pm, for tickets and information see www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk

Sunday July 11: Town Centre Guided Heritage Walk led by a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society, meet 11am at the flood wall in the Marsh & Ham (Morrisons) car park, details 01258 459346

Monday July 12: Blandford Town Council full council meeting, 7pm, for agenda and link see www.blandfordforum-tc.gov.uk

Tuesday To Saturday July 19 to 24: Dorset Opera MozartFest, Coade Hall, Bryanston, www.dorsetopera.org.uk

Saturday July 24: Litter Pick with War on Waste/Cleanup Blandford, from blue bridge, Marsh & Ham, 10am to 12noon, details blandfordwaronwaste@gmail.com

Sunday July 25: Town Perimeter Guided Heritage Walk led by a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society, meet 11am outside Scrivens, Durdens Corner, Market Place

Saturday June 26:  car boot / table top , Winterborne Whitechurch Village Hall, details 01258 881416

AUGUST

Saturday August 7 and every Saturday in August: Litter pick with War on Waste/Cleanup Blandford, from Blandford Market Place, 10am to noon, details blandfordwaronwaste@gmail.com

Sunday August 8: Town Centre Guided Heritage Walk led by a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society, meet 11am at the flood wall in the Marsh & Ham (Morrisons) car park, details 01258 459346

Thursday August 12: The Rude Mechanicals present ‘Little Lily Harley’, Stourpaine village hall field, entry from 5.45pm for performance beginning 7.30pm, for tickets and information see www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk

Saturday August 14:

Tarrant Gunville Horse Show, Gymkhana and Comic Dog Show, Eastbury Park, from 9am (dog show 3pm), details c.j.jenkinson@gmail.com or 01258 830280

The Rude Mechanicals present ‘Little Lily Harley’, Queen Elizabeth Playing Field, child Okeford, entry from 5.45pm for performance beginning 7.30pm, for tickets and information see www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk

Sunday August 15: Guided Walk examining the geology of the architecture of Blandford starts 11am from Durdens Corner (Scrivens) in the Market Place. No need to book. Details 01258 459346

Sunday August 22: Town Perimeter Guided Heritage Walk led by a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society, meet 11am outside Scrivens, Durdens Corner, Market Place, details 01258 459346

Friday August 27 and 28: Free Blandford Town Centre parking (time limits apply)

August 31: Closing date for Blandford Rotary Short Story competition

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday September 1: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk to ask for a Zoom invitation

Sunday September 5: Blandford Hidden Gardens

Saturday September 11: Bryanston and Durweston village festival, 2 to 4pm

Sunday September 12: Town Centre Guided Heritage Walk led by a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society, meet 11am at the flood wall in the Marsh & Ham (Morrisons) car park, details 01258 459346

Saturday September 18: Litter pick with War on Waste/Cleanup Blandford, meet blue bridge, Marsh and Ham, 10 to 12 noon, details blandfordwaronwaste@gmail.com

Sunday September 26: Town Perimeter Guided Heritage Walk led by a guide from Blandford & District Civic Society, meet 11am outside Scrivens, Durdens Corner, Market Place, details 01258 459346

OCTOBER

Wednesday October 6: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk to ask for a Zoom invitation

Saturday October 16: Litter pick with War on Waste/Cleanup Blandford, meet blue bridge, Marsh and Ham, 10 to 12 noon, details blandfordwaronwaste@gmail.com

Sunday October 31: Grand Pumpkin Weigh-in and raffle draw for Parkinsons and Macmillan, True Lovers Knot, Tarrant Keyneston

NOVEMBER

Wednesday November 3: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk to ask for a Zoom invitation

DECEMBER

Wednesday December 1: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk to ask for a Zoom invitation

Friday December 3: Blandford Yuletide Festival, free town centre parking (time limits apply)

Saturday December 4: Small Business Saturday and free town centre parking (time limits apply)

Saturday December 25: Christmas Day

Blandford St Mary Parish Council Meetings

 

Wednesday June 2: Blandford St Mary Parish Council meeting, email clerk@blandfordstmary-pc.gov.uk to ask for a Zoom invitation

Wednesday July 7
Wednesday September 1
Wednesday October 6
Wednesday November 3
Wednesday December 1