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Groups and activities for adults

Libraries host a range of regular groups and activities for adults. Why not come along to one? Meet new people in a relaxed and social setting and take a book home after.

Many libraries also hold regular reminiscence and memory lane sessions, where older people can share memories and experiences. These are dementia friendly but anyone is welcome to come along, including younger library members! 

Find out more about dementia support groups in your local library

Have a conversation!

Over half of adults in the UK say it's been a long time since they made a new friend or connection. We offer an informal hour or two, open to anyone to drop in, sit down and have a chat with whoever happens to be there. Perhaps you love meeting new people, or perhaps you would like to meet more new people! Sit down with a book or newspaper, have a cuppa and see who comes to chat.

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 Library       Name of Group            Frequency          Time       
Ferndown Library Make a Noise Third Thursday of the month 10.30am to 11.30am
Gillingham Library   Coffee Companions  Every Tuesday 11am to 12noon 
Littlemoor Library Company and Coffee  Every Saturday 11am to 12noon
Portland Tophill Library  Company and Coffee  Every Monday 10am to 12noon
Sturminster Newton Library Friends Coffee Morning Third Thursday of the month 10am to 12noon
Upton Library Company and Coffee  First Wednesday of the month (hosted by F4UL) 10am to 11.30am
Weymouth Library Coffee Morning First Tuesday of the month (hosted by FOWL) 11am to 12noon
Wyke Regis Library Coffee Morning Last Monday of the month (hosted by Friends of Wyke Library) 10.30am to 11.15am

Craft and chat

Do you enjoy knitting, embroidery, crochet or something more unusual? Bring along whatever you're working on, or just drop in for a chat with other crafty people. Make new friends, meet up with old friends, pick up hints and tips and get access to a wide selection of craft books.

LibraryName of GroupFrequencyTime
Blandford Library Knit and Natter Second Monday of the month 11am to 12.30pm
Bridport Library Knit and Natter Every Saturday 2pm to 3.30pm
Corfe Mullen Childrens Centre and Library Knit, crochet and craft Every Friday 10am to midday
Crossways Library Knit and Natter

Every Wednesday

2.30pm to 4.30pm

Dorchester Library and Learning Centre Craft Chat Group First Friday of the month 1pm to 3pm
Ferndown Library Adult Colouring and crafts First Wednesday of the month  10am to 11.30am
Ferndown Library Knit and Natter Third Tuesday of every month 10am to 11.30am
Gillingham Library Craft and Chat Every Friday 10am to midday
Lyme Regis Library Knit and Natter Every Friday 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Lytchett Matravers Library Knit and Natter Every Thursday 10am to midday
Shaftesbury Library Knit and Natter Every Tuesday 10.00am to midday
Swanage Library Crochet Creations Saturdays monthly (check with Library to confirm times)  
Verwood Library Knit and Natter Every second and fourth Monday of the month 2.15pm to 3.45pm
Wareham Library Craft and Chat Every Friday 2.30pm to 4pm
West Moors Library Knit and Natter Every Monday 2pm to 3.30pm
Weymouth Library Knit and Natter First  and third Tuesday of the month 10.30am to midday
Wimborne Library Knit and Knatter Every Friday

2pm to 4pm

Wyke Regis Library Knit and Natter Second Monday of the month

2.30pm to 4pm

Wyke Regis Library Knit and Natter extra Third Friday of the month (from 24 May 2019)

10.30am to midday

Mindful colouring

Relax and unwind at one of our colouring sessions.  Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and even a few minutes of mindful colouring can be uplifting.  Put the day and time in your diary and come every week, or just drop by when you feel the need.  Borrow books to take home, chat to our friendly staff and walk away relaxed for the day.

LibraryName of GroupFrequencyTime
Bridport Library Coffee and Colouring  Every Friday 2pm to 3pm
Dorchester library and learning centre Colouring for Adults Every day  
Ferndown Library Adult Colouring and Crafts First Wednesday of the month 10am to 11.30am
Gillingham Library Adult Colouring

Every Thursday

2.30pm to 3.30pm
Sturminster Newton Library Adult colouring and puzzle fun Every Tuesday (from 7 May 2019) 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Swanage Library Colour me Happy! Every Monday 4pm to 6pm
Verwood Library Adult Colouring Second and Fourth Thursday of the month 2.15pm to 3.45pm
West Moors Library Coffee and colouring Second and Fourth Thursday of the month 10.30am to 11.30am

Board games

Exercise your mind with chess, Scrabble and board games. Put the day and time in your diary and come every week, or just drop by when the feel the need. Borrow books to take home, chat to our friendly staff and walk away relaxed for the day.

LibraryName of GroupFrequencyTime
Dorchester Library and Learning Centre Chess Knight - ages 14 and above Tuesday's fortnightly from 5 March 2019 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Dorchester Library and Learning Centre Dungeons and Dragons Club Tuesday's fortnightly from 12 March 2019 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Dorchester Library and Learning Centre D&D Drop in Second Saturday of the month from 9 March 2019 10am to 12noon
Ferndown Library Board Friday - drop in and play Every Friday 11am to 2pm
Gillingham Library Bridge Club Every Thursday 1.30pm to 4.45pm
Lytchett Matravers Library Scrabble morning Every Monday 10am to 11.30am
Portland Tophill Family Board Game Fun Every Friday 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Sherborne Library Word Puzzle Time! Last Friday of the month (from Friday 31 May) 2pm to 3pm
West Moors Library Board Games for the Bored Second and Fourth Tuesday of the month 2.30pm to 3.30pm

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