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Every Tue10am – 12noonComputer Buddy available to help you gain confidence with all you IT needs. No Charge.Ringwood Library, Christchurch Road. BH24 1DW. 01425 474255
Every Tue2pmTots & Tinies, singalong rhymes for your under 4s, every Tuesday throughout the year.Ringwood Library, Christchurch Road. BH24 1DW
Every Tue2pm - 4pmIT Volunteer to assist with your IT queries. FreeFordingbridge Library , Roundhill, Fordingbridge SP6 1AQ. Drop in or Book a slot at the counter or call 01425 657524
Every Thu9.30-11amKingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides: Every Thursday, In partnership with Moors Valley Country Park, come and join our fun, friendly and active free cycle rides from 9.30am (please arrive 15 minutes early).Kingston Lacy: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy
2nd Thu each month7.30pm (Doors open 7pm)Panama Hats New Orleans Jazz Band,Jazz Night. Tickets on door £5.00, Licensed Bar, Raffle in aid of Julia's HouseRingwood Meeting House Ringwood BH24 1EY
Every Fri9.30am - 10amTots and Tinies. Drop inFordingbridge Library , Roundhill, Fordingbridge SP6 1AQ.
Every Fri9.30am - 12noonWimborne Country Market - Locally produced cakes, savouries, jams, chutneys, honey, eggs, meat, vegetables, plants, flowers and craftThe Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne BH21 1AS
Every Fri10am - 12noonFriday Friendly Craft Club - Please bring your own materials and equipment and enjoy time with other crafters.Ringwood Library, Christchurch Rd. Ringwood. BH24 1DW
Every Sat10am – 12noonConstruction Club: Come along to play with bricks and make your own creations.Ringwood Library, Christchurch Road. BH24 1DW
1st & 3rd Sat of each month10am - 12noonMake new friends doing the crafts you love, please bring your own craft materials & equipment.Ringwood Library - Christchurch Road. BH24 1DW
Until 23 Dec10am - 4.30pm (Mon to Sat), 10am - 4pm (from 1 Nov)Fancy That!: Costume exhibition exploring handicraft for pleasure and employment. Normal admission charge.Priest's House Museum & Garden, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HR. 01202 882533. www.priest-house.co.uk
Until 7 Jan 2018-The Salisbury Group of Artists are holding their popular annual Winter Exhibition. Original works on display, including local landscapes, offer a chance to purchase unique Christmas presents, with commission on all sales going to the ArtCare fund that purchases permanent artwork and creative projects for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors.Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road, Salisbury SP2 8BJ. Further details www.salisburygroupofartists.co.uk or phone 01722 743577.
Until 13 Jan 201810am - 5pm (Mon - Sat)Exclusive Terry Pratchett exhibition - 'Terry Pratchett: His World’. The exhibition explores the life of Sir Terry Pratchett & gives a privileged insight into the man who created some of literature’s most enduringly popular fantasy worlds and characters. No booking required. Normal admission charges apply.The Salisbury Museum, The Kings House, 65 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EN. www.salisburymuseum.org.uk
Until 31 Mar 201810am - 4.30pm (Mon - Sat), 10am - 4pm (Mon - Sat from 1 Nov)Sound!: Exhibition exploring communication, dialect and music. Normal admission charge.Priest's House Museum & Garden, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HR. 01202 882533. www.priest-house.co.uk
Thu 30 Nov, 21 Dec, 25 Jan, 22 Feb7:30 (Doors/ bar open 7:00)Memphis Jazzmen, great music, great atmosphere. Tickets on the door £7.00 Raffle in aid of Julia's HouseRingwood Meeting House Meeting House Lane Ringwood BH24 1EY. Telephone 01425 480656 E-mail info@ringwoodmeetinghouse.org
DECEMBER2017
1 - 31 Dec10.30am - 12noonBlashford Buggy Walk Join us for a buggy walk around Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve. Get outside, get fit and discover the wonderful wildlife living on your doorstep! The site is dog free with buggy friendly paths. We meet on alternate Friday mornings. Suggested donation £2. Children must be accompanied by adults. Sorry no dogs.No need to book, please contact Jim or Tracy on 01425 472760 or BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk for further information. Meet at the Blashford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ.
1 - 31 Dec, 10am - 4pm(Mon-Thu) 10am - 7pm(Fri-Sun) Closed Christmas dayA family Christmas at Kingston Lacy: Discover parts of the house traditionally decorated and explore Christmas portrayed through the eyes of the Bankes’ children. Take a winter walk through our light display and finish the evening with a warming treat from the café or pick up a gift.Kingston Lacy: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy
Fri 1, 8, 15 Dec11am - 2.30pmNatural Wellbeing Weekly sessions seeking to use the natural environment to promote adult health and wellbeing. Participants can be involved in cooking and sharing an outdoor lunch, bird watching and outdoor craft activities. Booking essential, suggested donation £4. Sorry no dogs.To book please contact Jim or Tracy on 01425 472760 or BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk. Meet at the Blashford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ.
Sats & Suns 2-17 Dec11am-4pmHawks in the Forest – Family Christmas Photo-Come and dress up in winter splendour and create a fabulous family memory holding a very special white falcon or owl in front of a beautiful Christmas tree back drop.
£5 per family
Moors Valley, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET
Sats & Suns 2-17 Dec12pm-3.30pmFestive Fun Weekends -Join in the festive fun and take part in some Christmas crafts and activities whilst listening to a few of your favourite Christmas tunes and wearing your Christmas jumper! No need to book for the activities, just come along and join in the fun.
Craft items from £2
Moors Valley, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET
Sun 3, 17 Dec10am - 3pmPop-up Café Tea, coffee and cake will be available in the Education Centre, Blashford Lakes, courtesy of 'Walking Picnics'. Planned for the first and third Sundays of the month, November to March. Children must be accompanied by adults. Sorry no dogs.Blashford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ. No need to book, please contact Jim or Tracy on 01425 472760 or BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk for further information.
3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 Dec From 4pm(Fri), From 11am (Sat & Sun)Father Christmas visits Kingston Lacy: Meet Father Christmas at Kingston Lacy; tell him your Christmas wishes to add an extra bit of magic to the festive season. Bookings open 1 Oct. £5Kingston Lacy: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy. Booking essential 0344 249 1895
4, 11, 18 Dec10am - 12noonGet more from your iPad - Gain a more in-depth knowledge of what you can do with your iPad, including how to resolve problems. FREE to attend. Booking Essential.Fordingbridge Library, Pop in to the Library, call the booking line 01425 657524 or viist www.hants.gov.uk/shop
Thu 7, 21 Dec3.30pm - 4.30pmIn To Roost Watch as thousands of birds come into the reserve to roost for the night, booking is essential. Bring binoculars and warm clothing, suggested donation £4. Sorry no dogs.To book please contact Jim or Tracy on 01425 472760 or BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk. Meet at “Tern Hide”. Parking at the main Blashford Lakes Reserve car park (not the Centre), Ellingham Drove, Ringwood, BH24 3PJ.
Fri 8 Dec7pmQuiz Night. Ringwood's fun quiz night returns to test your general knowledge. Please feel free to bring your own alcohol and nibbles. Max 6 to a team with prizes to be won! Tickets £3.Ringwood Library, Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DW. For tickets, 01425 474255 or www.hants.gov.uk/shop.
Sat 9 Dec10am at the HubVisit to the Winchester Christmas Market, for members and friends of Verwood U3A. Depart the Hub at 10.00am and depart Winchester at 4.30pm. Price: £10 per personDepart from The Hub, Verwood. 01202 826825
Sat 9 Dec10am - 12noonGreyfriars Grand Draw & Coffee & Mince Pies - Great prizes - FREE admissionGreyfriars Community Centre, 44 Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DW. Office: 01425 472613 - Email: office@greyfriarsringwood.org.uk
Sat 9 Dec10am - 4pmThe Great Pudding Stir: Stir a bowl of Mrs Beeton’s Christmas pudding mix, make a wish and taste the finished product. The house will be festively decorated. Adult £1.50, Child £1 (annual ticket not valid).Priest's House Museum & Garden, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HR. 01202 882533. www.priest-house.co.uk
Sat 9 Dec10am - 12noon Mon -Sat (Wed to 2.30 pm)Liberty Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre's Exhibition depicting the history and work of the centre.Learn about their birds and animals, their breeding programs and conservation projects. Ringwood Meeting House Meeting House Lane Ringwood BH24 1EY. 01425 480656, info@ringwoodmeetinghouse.org
Sats & Suns 9-17 Dec11am,11.30am,12pm,12.30pm,2pm,2.30pm or 3pmSanta Specials-Enjoy a special trip on the Moors Valley Railway to visit Santa in his station grotto. Discover Santa’s log cabin, where there are presents for adults and children alike. The atmosphere of a railway at Christmas in the age of steam adds to the experience and seasonal refreshments are provided by the elves. Book early for this extra special festive event Moors Valley, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET-£16 per person. www.moorsvalleyrailway.co.uk
Sat 9 Dec12noon - 4pmRingwood & Burley Band. Alice Lisle Christmas FayreAlice Lisle Pub, Rockford Green, Ringwood BH24 3NA
Sat 9 Dec7pm - 9 to 9.30pmStarazing Event: Gain an out of this world experience. The cost for adults is £5 each (cash or cheque on the night/includes a free tea or coffee), with no charge for children. Sixpenny Handley 1st Woodcutts Scout HQ (B3081, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset SP5 5NW) Bookings must be made in advance, tel: 01725 517417, or email: info@cranbornechase.org.uk
Sat 9 Dec7.30pmBroadstone Community Concert Band Christmas Concert: an evening of Christmas favourites and other popular tunes - all for just £6 a ticket. Proceeds to The Purple Teardrop Campaign.Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1HT. www.broadstone-community-concert-band.co.uk
Sun 10 Dec10.45am - 2pmThe 9th Wimborne Rotary Santa Fun Run 2017. Run or walk over a challenging course of 2 or 4 miles raising sponsorship for their individual or team charities.Badbury Rings point-to-point course near Wimborne. Pre-entry at www.rotary-ribi.org
Wed 13 Dec5-6.30pmFamily Christmas Night Ride-Enter the darkness and have a fun instructor-led, Christmassy ride in the woods. Then warm up with a hot chocolate back at the Visitor Centre after the ride. Booking essential.
8 years and over, all children must be accompanied by a participating adult
Moors Valley, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET. £10 per person, bike hire can be pre-booked for £6 www.moors-valley.co.uk
11 - 23 Dec10am - 4pm (Mon - Sat)Free Opening: Celebrate the Christmas period with free admission to the museum. The museum’s period rooms will be transformed with traditional decorations. Seasonal refreshments will be available from the Garden Tea Room.Priest's House Museum & Garden, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HR. 01202 882533. www.priest-house.co.uk
Tue 12 Dec7.30pmRingwood & Burley Band.Ringwood Conservative Club
Wed 13 DecMeet 7.15am for 7.30pmEast Dorset Antiquarian Society (EDAS) lecture. Dorset Breweries. Find out more with Dr. Peter Stanier, industrial archaeologist and author. Visitors welcome. www.dorset-archaeology.org.uk St. Catherine’s Church Hall, Lewens Lane, Wimborne BH21 1LE.
Wed 13 Dec7.30pmVerwood Keyboard Society - Dirkjan Ranzijn returns with his Bohm Keyboard. Visitors £10.Hub Theatre, Verwood Contact Janetta Lakin 01202 822936
Wed 13 Dec7.30pmEast Dorset NT Association - Talk presented by Paul Attebury, one of the longstanding experts from BBC Antiques Roadshow on 'Behind the Scenes at the Antiques Roadhow'.Barrington Theatre, Penny's Walk, Ferndown, BH22 9TH. All welcome. Information Janet Matthews 01202 855001, www.ednta.org.
Thu 14 Dec7.15pmWimborne Horticultural Society -"Antarctica and Shackleton" by Paul Daniels. Please bring a plate of food for a shared Christmas SupperCommunity Learning and Resource Centre, Minster Room, King Street, Wimborne, BH21 1EB
Thu 14 Dec7.30pm (Doors/ bar open 7pm)Panama Hat New Orleans Jazz Band, great live music in a unique setting. Tickets on the door £5 Raffle in aid of Julia's House. Ringwood Meeting House Meeting House Lane Ringwood BH24 1EY. 01425 480656, info@ringwoodmeetinghouse.org
Sat 16 DecMorningRingwood & Burley Band. CarollingRingwood Town
Sat 16 Dec7.30pm - 10pmThe Verwood Concert Brass Christmas Concert. A fabulous way to get in the Christmas mood with all three bands playing an entertaining array of seasonal tunes. Tickets from The Hub box office. £10 (£6 for under 19's). Book early to avoid disappointment. Always a sell out concert.The Hub Verwood, Brock Way, Verwood BH31 7QE
Tel 01202 828740
Sun 17 Dec10am - 2.30pmYoung Naturalists (13 - 17yrs) Get outside, learn new skills and improve your wildlife knowledge whilst having fun! The group meets monthly and activities will include practical conservation tasks along with opportunities for bushcraft and surveying. Please dress to be outside and bring a packed lunch. Suggested donation £4 per person. Sorry no dogs.To book please contact Jim or Tracy on 01425 472760 or BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk. Meet at the Blashford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ.
Tue 19 Dec7.30pm.RMDS Choir Concert. 'It's Christmas Again!' Tickets from rmds,org.uk or in person from Greyfriars £9Trinity Church, Chistchurch Rd, Ringwood. BH24 1DH
Thu 21 Dec7.30 to 10pm. Doors open 6.30pm.Verwood Traditional Jazz Club present "John Maddocks’ Jazzmen". Supporters £10. Visitors £11. Raffle. Good Food. Bar. Meals can be taken in the restaurant or in the venue.St. Leonards Hotel. 185 Ringwood Road. St. Leonards. BH24 2PE. Near Ringwood (on A31). Hotel restaurant bookings 01425 - 471220. Jazz details, contact Janet 01202 873725 or Geoff 07798 721405.
Thu 21 Dec7.30pmRMDS Choir Concert. 'It's Christmas Again!' Tickets from rmds.org.uk or in person from Greyfriars £12.50Ellingham Church, Ellingham, Ringwood. BH24 3PJ. Tickets from rmds.org.uk www.rmds.org.uk or in person from Greyfriars £12.50
Thu 21 Dec7:30 (Doors/ bar open 7:00)Memphis Jazzmen, great music, great atmosphere. Tickets on the door £7.00 Raffle in aid of Julia's HouseRingwood Meeting House Meeting House Lane Ringwood BH24 1EY. Telephone 01425 480656 E-mail info@ringwoodmeetinghouse.org
Fri 22 Dec7.30pmRMDS Choir Concert. 'It's Christmas Again!' Tickets from rmds,org.uk or in person from Greyfriars £9Parish Church, Market Place, Ringwood BH24 1AW
Sun 24 Dec5.30pmRingwood & Burley Band. Christmas Eve CarolsRingwood Market Square
Tues 26 Dec to Mon 1 Jan10.30am - 3pmFamily Festive Quiz Trail-Look back at 2017 on our merry Christmas quiz trail with fun activities for children and tricky trivia for adults. No need to book, just ask for your trail card at the Information Point in the Visitor Centre.
All ages welcome
Moors Valley, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET. £1 per trail card
Thu 28 Dec7.30pm (Doors/ bar open 7pm)Memphis Jazzmen, great music, great atmosphere. Tickets on the door £7 Raffle in aid of Julia's HouseRingwood Meeting House Meeting House Lane Ringwood BH24 1EY. 01425 480656, info@ringwoodmeetinghouse.org
JANUARY/strong>2018
Mon 1, 7 Jan10am - 3pmPop-up Café Tea, coffee and cake will be available in the Education Centre, Blashford Lakes, courtesy of 'Walking Picnics'. Planned for the first and third Sundays of the month, November to March. Sorry no dogs.No need to book, please contact Jim or Tracy on 01425 472760 or BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk for further information. The Pop-up Cafe will be at the Blashford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ. Children must be accompanied by adults.
Thu 4 Jan7.30pmVerwood Horticultural Society welcomes everyone to a talk by Guest Speaker Marcus Dancer on Clematis and how to grow them successfully. Entry £3 for non members. £1 for members.Verwood Memorial Hall, Ringwood Road, Verwood, BH31 7AA. www.verwoodhs.co.uk. 01202 822289
Fri 5, 12, 19, 26 Jan11am - 2.30pmNatural Wellbeing Weekly sessions seeking to use the natural environment to promote adult health and wellbeing. Participants can be involved in cooking and sharing an outdoor lunch, bird watching and outdoor craft activities. Booking essential, suggested donation £4. Sorry no dogs.To book please contact Jim or Tracy on 01425 472760 or BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk. Meet at the Blashford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ.
Mon 8 Jan10.30am-12noon OR 1-2.30pmWildlife Tots: Winter Wonderland Outdoor play, exploration and discovery for pre-school aged children and their parents or carers. Suggested donation £4 per child. Booking essential. Children must be accompanied by adults. Sorry no dogs.To book your place please contact Tracy on 01425 472760 or BlashfordLakes@hiwwt.org.uk. Meet at the Blashford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ.
Wed 10 Jan7pm for 7.30pmFilm Evening - TBA - Tickets available from Greyfriars Office - £5Greyfriars Community Centre, 44 Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DW. Office: 01425 472613 - Email: office@greyfriarsringwood.org.uk
Wed 10 JanMeet 7.15pm for 7.30pmEast Dorset Antiquarian Society (EDAS) lecture. The landscape of Wimborne in the 10th-12th centuries. Find out more with Roger Hill, Dorset Castles Group. Visitors welcome. www.dorset-archaeology.org.uk
Wed 10 Jan7.30pmVerwood Arts & Craft Society Talk by St. John's AmbulanceUnited Reformed Church Hall Manor Road Verwood Further information from Ann Aitken 01202 893659
Wed 10 Jan7.30pmEast Dorset NT Association - Talk presented by Steve Roberts '150 years of the London Underground'.Barrington Theatre, Penny's Walk, Ferndown, BH22 9TH. All welcome. Information Janet Matthews 01202 855001, www.ednta.org.
Thu 11 Jan7:30 (Doors/ bar open 7:00)Memphis Jazzmen, great music, great atmosphere. Tickets on the door £7.00 Raffle in aid of Julia's HouseRingwood Meeting House Meeting House Lane Ringwood BH24 1EY. Telephone 01425 480656 E-mail info@ringwoodmeetinghouse.org
Fri 12 Jan10.15am - 12noonGreyfriars Study Group - Southampton - Water, Slaughter and Trade Part 1 by Andrew Negus - History and development of Southampton from Roman times - £5 payable at the doorGreyfriars Community Centre, 44 Christchurch Road, Ringwood BH24 1DW. Office: 01425 472613 - Email: office@greyfriarsringwood.org.uk

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