January is over and there's plenty of chance to see and try something new in this area as we move into February.

*JOIN three daring actors from Gonzo Moose as they play more than 15 roles in That Thing That Came From Over There at Burton Bradstock Village Hall on Saturday night.

It’s 1912, and as Scott and Amundsen begin their race across Antarctica, the hapless explorer, Captain Reginald Cranston has accidentally landed on the wrong side of the continent. As Cranston and his motley band set up base camp, a meteor crashes nearby. Deciding to investigate, they set out towards the crash site - unaware of the danger that awaits not just them, but the whole of planet earth. Call 01308 897421 for tickets.

*CHEERS to the beer at Dorchester Beerex, which returns this weekend.

Now in its 30th year, today and tomorrow will see ale afficionados flocking to the Corn Exchange in Dorchester to sample a range of beer from dozens of options. There are still tickets available for today's session. Go to beerex.co.uk for tickets and more information.

*WHO doesn't get a kick out of seeing flowers after a long winter?

Enjoy a 'Snowdrop Sunday' this Sunday (4) in the grounds of Mapperton House near Beaminster.

Between 11am and 4pm, go and walk around the grounds and spot the snowdrops as well as other early signs of spring.

The National Gardens Scheme and Perennial, the gardeners' charity, will benefit from shared proceeds.

Coffees, teas and delicious cakes will be available. Entrance is £4.50. Children free.

*PUPILS from the Let's Dance School of Weymouth will be showcasing their talents with a special movie-themed night at Weymouth Pavilion tomorrow.

Let's Dance - A Night at the Movies is at Weymouth pavilion at 7.30pm. Call the box office for tickets.

*DISCOVER Durlston’s curious Victorian past and exciting future with a guided walk at Durlston Country Park on Sunday.

Meet at the castle at 2pm. The walk costs £3 per person.

*AN ALL-SINGING, all-dancing string quartet is back!

Bowjangles: The Quest for Excalibow is at Wootton Fitzpaine near Lyme Regis tonight and Morden near Wareham tomorrow (3).

This is a theatrical, musical journey through myths, folklore, legends and a portal in a cello case in the quest to find the most priceless relic of all, a magical violin bow known as Excalibow. Call 01297 560948 for tickets to the Wootton Fitzpaine or 01929 459431 for tickets to the Morden show.

*LET the smooth sounds of Lionel Richie bring your weekend to a relaxing end on Sunday night.

The Lionel Richie Songbook is at Weymouth Pavilion from 7.30pm.

Endorsed by Lionel Richie, this brand-new production features a stellar line-up of world class musicians including Talon's own Jonny Miller and the awesome talent of Malcolm Pitt as the voice of Lionel Richie in this high octane show which includes all the greatest hits such as Easy, Say You Say Me, Stuck On You, Dancing On The Ceiling, Three Times A Lady, Hello, All Night Long.

Call the box office for tickets and more information.

*ON Tuesday, head to Dorchester for another chance to see the film of Kinetics, based on the remarkable true story of two people seemingly at polar opposites.

As Rose tries to come to terms with her Parkinson's diagnosis, an unlikely friendship springs up when Lukas comes tumbling into her life.

Written by Dorchester's Sue Wylie, it will be screening at the Plaza Cinema in Dorchester at 6pm. Tickets cost £7. Call Dorchester Arts box office for tickets.