Dorset Events

Events for the next 30 days appear below. For full listings, please see Dorset events on the Resort Dorset website.

29 June 2022

Joseph Calleja Concert

Wareham

World renowned opera singer, Joseph Calleja is to perform a concert at Wareham’s Priory Church of Lady St Mary! A truly unique opportunity for local people to come and see one of the most acclaimed and sought after tenors in the world! Maltese-born Joseph Calleja’s frequent appearances on the world’s leading opera and concert stages has seen him hailed as ‘the most winning lyric tenor since Pavarotti'. Accompanying Joseph on the piano will be Stephen Barlow. Stephen is also a renowned ...

02 July 2022

B Sharp's Busking Festival

Lyme Regis

Our annual busking festival is back on Saturday 2nd July in Lyme Regis. Every year we fill Lyme Regis with music, and our talented young musicians and trainees perform music created at our weekly sessions. They can also busk at one of our busking 'stops' throughout the town. We invite other buskers and performers to join us too – with a special invite to other young musicians from the region.

02 July 2022

Show of Hands Summer Festival

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury

Show of Hands family summer festival is finally happening! This year we will be welcoming back Abbotsbury favourite Martyn Joseph and we are delighted to be joined once again by Miranda Sykes, who will be performing a stunning new solo set as well as reuniting with Show of Hands once again. Tim Edey completes the line-up. Tim built up an incredible online following with his popular Facebook sessions throughout lockdown – he is a unique talent, described by Mark Radcliffe as ‘Instrumental ...

02 Jul 2022 to 03 Jul 2022

Chickerell Steam & Vintage Show

Weymouth

Over the years the Show has developed and grown into one of the best loved and most popular shows of its kind in the West Country. Our team has worked really hard behind the scenes again this year to bring you a truly family-orientated experience. Whatever your interest or age, from full size steam engines to face painting, there’s loads to do while you’re with us!

03 July 2022

Gold Hill Festival

Shaftesbury

Visit the charming historic market town on this lively weekend with music, dance, local foods, crafts and more on the famous cobbled hill and throughout the town.

03 July 2022

Music in Greenhill Gardens - The Decadettes

Weymouth

Four incredible local singers with their special sounds in Greenhill Gardens. Boogie Woogie the afternoon away with this talented foursome. ​They have a GREAT reputation and have appeared on many stages throughout Dorset. Starts 2pm (Weather dependent).

03 July 2022

Sutton Poyntz Victorian Street Fayre

Weymouth

Raising money for a variety of charities, Sutton Poyntz village centre is closed to traffic to allow for a variety of stalls to be set up. Enjoy tasty food and drink, competitions and tombolas. Both locals and holidaymakers flock to the village for this fun day out.

01 Jul 2022 to 04 Jul 2022

SouthCider Festival

Bridport

The little festivals that pack a big punch - our midsummer event of 2022, SouthCider, is renowned as the big brother event and features a line-up designed for thirsty music lovers looking to discover new sounds! Bredy Farm events boast a friendly and chilled atmosphere meaning you can relax, let your hair down and enjoy yourselves without a care in the world! Weekend tickets include tent camping on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you wish to bring a live-in vehicle such as a caravan, ...

05 July 2022

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay.

07 July 2022

Concert: Beyond the Barricade

Weymouth

Beyond the Barricade, the UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables and delivers over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, ending of course with a stunning finale from Les Mis. This brand new show will include many of the best numbers that have made Beyond the Barricade the most popular musical theatre concert in the country. The concert features David Fawcett (Valjean) Andy Reiss (Enjolras & Resident Director ...

04 Jul 2022 to 08 Jul 2022

Keeping up Appearances

Wimborne

Prepare for continual “Belly-Laughs” as Hyacinth continues her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts, as ever, are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide; but no chance of that here! Her determination to be involved in the local play is ever-strong and whilst this provides some peace and quiet for her long suffering husband, Richard, it is of no consolation to Onslow, ...

08 Jul 2022 to 09 Jul 2022

Bourne Free Pride Festival

Bournemouth

Tickets for Bourne Free 2022 are available now using the website below. Although the Friday evening is completely free and certain age groups are free on Saturday, everyone will require a wristband for entry. This allows us to monitor our capacity and keep everyone on site safe. We are so excited for everyone to enjoy our new ‘Pride In The Park’ and look forward to seeing you all in July! Please make sure you read all the terms and conditions on our ticketing site.

09 July 2022

Park to Pier Walk

Swanage

Meeting at Durlston Castle, join a Ranger for a stroll from Durlston Castle to Swanage Pier, on the way discovering the history, wildlife and geology of Durlston Bay. Once you reach the Pier, you will have the opportunity for a history talk led by a Pier Volunteer. Adult - £5.00 Child - £3.00 No booking required just turn up on the day. Meeting at Durlston Castle 10.30am.

08 Jul 2022 to 09 Jul 2022

Quinfest Charity Festival

Blandford

A family-friendly music festival in memory of Amy Quin which raises money for charity. Live acts, children's entertainment, food and drink and much more. Camping available. Lots more info on the website below.

08 Jul 2022 to 09 Jul 2022

Sandpolo at Sandbanks

Poole

A firm fixture in Dorset’s social calendar, Sandpolo brings world-class polo to Sandbanks in Poole. The unique, high-energy format makes one of the oldest equestrian sports easier for both newcomers to follow, and dedicated polo fans to enjoy. Of course, it’s not just about the weekend’s sport – Sandpolo brings fashion, food and entertainment together; enjoy a day of fine-dining in the Gold Hospitality marquee, take time out and make the most of the street food village, relax at the ...

06 Jul 2022 to 09 Jul 2022

Secrets of the Stour

Wimborne

A promenade, site-specific theatre performance that engages the audience in traversing a floodplain near the River Stour in Wimborne, on a quest to find out the rivers secrets. On the way, you will meet a series of colourful characters who can open portals and allow glimpses into the secret world of a river, provided you can guess the riddles and meet the challenges. Starting from a wake for a passionate naturalist, the action follows his grandchildren as they try to make sense of the ...

08 Jul 2022 to 09 Jul 2022

Upton Country Park Festival

Poole

Fri 8th Jul 6:00pm - 11:00pm. Friday Night is Ladies Night at the Upton Country Park Festival! Come along with friends & family, dance the night away to the BEST tributes to Beyoncé, Little Mix, Spice Girls, Pink and Madonna! You're welcome to bring your own picnic and drinks but there will be a range of incredible street food and drink vendors on site including the Cocktail Cabin and Prosecco & Pimms Bar. Sat 9th Jul 3:00pm - 11:00pm. The very best tributes to American rock legends ...

08 Jul 2022 to 10 Jul 2022

Jurassic Fields Music Festival

Bridport

Jurassic Fields will be showcasing the best music, comedy, food and entertainment the local area has to offer as well as having some well known artists perform and little gems we have found around the country. Venue Askers Meadow

10 July 2022

Music in Greenhill Gardens - Grand Reunion

Weymouth

A fantastic local group on the Greenhill Bandstand with lots of songs for you to sing along to. ​An experience that HAS to be savoured! Venue: Greenhill Gardens at 2pm (Weather dependent).

10 July 2022

Outdoor Theatre: From West End to Broadway

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster

The greatest West End and Broadway musicals brought to life in the wonderful gardens at Mapperton. Enjoy an evening in the open air with wonderful music. Come along and listen to fantastic live renditions of hit song from some of the greatest Broadway and West End musicals bought to life by Alison Carter, one of the country’s leading musical theatre performers, with West End Musical Director John Donovan on piano. Bring your own picnic, drinks, chairs and blankets and enjoy an evening on ...

10 July 2022

SandFest

Poole

Sandfest is a destination festival like no other in the UK. Due to luxury properties, pristine south coast sand and celebrity residents, Sandbanks is a world famous location often featured on television as the place to be. The boutique beach festival consistently attracts party people from near and far. SandFest is a firm fixture on the summer calendar with tickets sought after even before they are available. This unique festival doesn’t just seduce you with indulgent surroundings, it ...

08 Jul 2022 to 10 Jul 2022

Swanage Jazz Festival

Swanage

Established and popular mixture of old friends and new faces, over 40 bands and artists from across most of the spectrum of jazz. Various venues throughout the town.

12 July 2022

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay.

16 July 2022

Lyme Morris Day

Lyme Regis

Come and watch Morris sides from The South West and further afield in the iconic Jurassic Coast town of Lyme Regis. Performing along the seafront and massed parade through the town and along the seafront.

16 July 2022

The Ultimate Classic Rock Show

Wimborne

Dust off your air guitars for an evening of the very best classic rock anthems from legends past and present! Let them take you on a roller coaster journey of classic rock nostalgia, performing hit after hit, live with stunning accuracy and high energy accompanied by an incredible light and projection show, they’re guaranteed to have you on your feet all night. Over two hours of classic rock anthems from artists including Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Free, ...

16 Jul 2022 to 17 Jul 2022

Grooves on the Green

Poole

Grooves on the Green is a weekend community festival on the green in the vibrant area of Ashley Cross, Poole. This is where Ashley Cross comes together to relax, have fun and celebrate the community spirit that it’s famous for. Ashley Cross is a brilliant, vibrant area, with a relaxed vibe that young families love just as much as those who have lived here a lot longer. The two-day, family-friendly gathering features live music and entertainment on two stages with lots of other ...

17 July 2022

Music in Greenhill Gardens - Tony Lowe

Weymouth

Singer and entertainer who never ceases to enthral his audience with songs they all know. Do come along and experience this great talent. Close you eyes and you're in the audience with Frank Sinatra! Starts 2pm, (weather dependent).

17 July 2022

Outdoor Theatre: The Comedy of Errors

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster

Castle Theatre Company is delighted to announce its 2022 touring production of one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious plays: The Comedy of Errors. Combining the farcical dilemmas of mistaken identity with the desperate search for love, this glorious play explores the blissful, chaotic and hysterical reunion of a long-lost family. ‘Antipholus of Syracuse embarks on a journey alongside his right-hand man and trusted companion Dromio. However, both Antipholus and Dromio have identical ...

17 July 2022

Sherborne Castle Classic & Supercars

Sherborne Castle, Sherborne

Sherborne Castle's Classic & Supercars can now be regarded as certainly one of the premier classics and supercar shows in the South of England. Over 2,000 cars will be on display, from veteran and heritage vehicles to the latest supercars. In recent years the show has raised over £230,000 for national and local charities. A host of attractions include over 2,100 private classic and supercars on display, motor club and trade stands, an autojumble, craft fair, catering village and a VIP ...

15 Jul 2022 to 17 Jul 2022

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

Dorchester

We have a great line-up of musicians and performers for this year's Festival. Some of them will be familiar faces and others will be new and exciting acts. Venue: Tolpuddle, Dorset DT2 7EH. See the festival website for full details.

15 Jul 2022 to 17 Jul 2022

Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic

Weymouth

The Classic is Weymouth Beach Volleyball Club’s flagship event. It was the first ever Beach Volleyball event held in Great Britain when it began in 1983. It remains Britain’s most prestigious event and was described by British Beach legend Denise Austin as the ‘ Wimbledon’ of British Beach Volleyball. The event is held on Weymouth’s main Beach, which is right in the heart of the town and is a few metres from accommodation, restaurants and bars. Games are played across up to 10 courts ...

17 July 2022

World of Love Festival

Bournemouth

The World of Love Festival is an umbrella event for diverse communities to share their cultures, traditions, languages, food, and businesses, and a celebration of humanity. We believe that the more you have a chance to learn about others, the better you can understand them. Enjoy live performances, world foods and activities. The World of Love Festival is held at King’s Park in Bournemouth, next to the Vitality Stadium where there are good transport links.

19 July 2022

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay.

21 July 2022

Poole Quay Summer Fireworks

Poole

Get your groove on for Poole Quay Summer Fireworks, as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay for six weeks over the summer. Organised by BCP Tourism, the event will take place every Thursday (from 21st July until the 25th August) bringing a party atmosphere to Poole’s continental quayside with live music, entertainment and family fun before finishing with a firework finale over the largest natural harbour in Europe at 10PM! Entertainment will include ...

22 July 2022

Open-Air Concert: Waterloo

Tank Museum, Wareham

Join us at the Tank Museum for an open-air concert with Waterloo The Best of ABBA, looking back at the sensational rise to stardom of the Swedish pop group ABBA and recreates it so impeccably that fans, old and new can still experience the thrill of a live ABBA show. Waterloo The Best of ABBA captures the unique ABBA sound and feel with incredible attention to detail by a full live cast and band, stunning costumes and breath-taking choreography. The iconic lyrics composed by Benny and ...

23 July 2022

Lions Club Annual Street Busk

Weymouth

Weymouth & Portland Lions Club’s annual street busk is planned to go ahead on Saturday 23rd July in Weymouth Town Centre and they would like to invite up-and-coming local musicians and entertainers to join them in making this a very special fundraising year. They are hoping to beat the £20,000 barrier for monies raised since the original busk began in 1994. "We didn’t quite make it last year so please help us reach that goal this year". Many local entertainers and performers have been ...

23 July 2022

Open-air Concert: Queen Rhapsody

Tank Museum, Wareham

Join us at the Tank Museum for an open-air concert with the ultimate live concert experience paying tribute to the legend that is Queen. A passionate and thrilling show, Queen Rhapsody recreates the majesty of rock’s greatest ever band. Performing hits from every decade of Queen’s musical legacy, including We Will Rock You, Radio Ga Ga and Bohemian Rhapsody, this all new live spectacle faithfully recreates the energy, showmanship and emotion of a classic Queen concert. Relive The ...

24 July 2022

Music in Greenhill Gardens - The Originals

Weymouth

The Originals are more than an experienced group. They bring their musical knowledge to the Bandstand with music of the 60s 70s and 80s. These guys are NOT to be missed!! A Weldmar Hospice Event. Starts 2pm - weather dependent.

22 Jul 2022 to 24 Jul 2022

Netley Marsh Steam & Craft Show

New Forest

Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show has something for everyone, whether it's the sound and smell of the steam engines or the smell of the food outlets dotted across the site, you can be sure there is something here for you! ​Maybe you are a collector, a steam fanatic, an exhibitor, trader, music fan or just on holiday in the South and fancy an event to attend, we have something here for all the family of all age groups. We are proud to say that we are Hampshire's biggest steam and craft ...

24 July 2022

Open-air Concert: ELO Again

Tank Museum, Wareham

Join us at The Tank Museum for an open-air concert with ELO AGAIN, celebrating the truly universal music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra. Now in their 9th year ELO AGAIN really give you a dramatic taste of what a legendary ELO concert would have been like back in their heyday, the whole experience is professionally re-enacted with a great sound reproduction, light show and visual effects. You will revel in ELO’s unique symphonic rock style and hear some of the most ...

22 Jul 2022 to 24 Jul 2022

Shaftesbury Fringe

Shaftesbury

Shaftesbury Fringe is back from the 22nd to 24th July 2022! We’ll have music, comedy, dance, theatre and everything in between! And our venues range from historic churches to cosy cafes and hairdressing salons to a dentist’s surgery!

23 Jul 2022 to 24 Jul 2022

Victorian Family Weekend

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

Join us on the 23rd and 24th July for the return of our Victorian Weekend!! Experience a living history weekend like no other within the walls of the Victorian Nothe Fort. Lose yourself in another time as you explore life in the nineteenth century through a variety of re-enactments, craft demonstrations, activities and displays.

24 July 2022

WAREHAM CARNIVAL

Wareham

It's Wareham Carnival’s 60th birthday on 24th July and the town is making huge plans for the build up to carnival day, with the grand carnival procession and all the fun events, along with stalls on the recreation ground following the parade. There will be a large number of our favourite groups taking part in the parade, with many new floats and groups. There will be plenty of music along with the carnival royalty helping to lead the parade. This year we are hoping for the biggest parade so ...

26 July 2022

Dream Machines

Poole

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm (April to the end of September).

26 Jul 2022 to 28 Jul 2022

New Forest & Hampshire Country Show

New Forest

Taking place in Brockenhurst, in the heart of the National Park, the New Forest Show offers visitors 30 acres of showground for the whole family to explore. Say hello to farmers competing with their prized livestock; watch cattle and sheep being awarded with rosettes in the rings; and taste deliciously fresh food and drink from Hampshire’s finest local producers. Admire first-hand forestry skills from the country’s best known lumberjack display team. and so much more……………………..

28 July 2022

Poole Quay Summer Fireworks

Poole

Get your groove on for Poole Quay Summer Fireworks, as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay for six weeks over the summer. Organised by BCP Tourism, the event will take place every Thursday (from 21st July until the 25th August) bringing a party atmosphere to Poole’s continental quayside with live music, entertainment and family fun before finishing with a firework finale over the largest natural harbour in Europe at 10PM! Entertainment will include ...

23 Jul 2022 to 30 Jul 2022

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week

Lyme Regis

The Lyme Regis & Charmouth RNLI Supporters Group look forward to welcoming you to their Lifeboat Week. There are events and activities throughout the week for everyone.

28 Jul 2022 to 31 Jul 2022

Camp Bestival

Lulworth

We'll be returning to Lulworth Castle, on Dorset's stunning Jurassic Coast for more award-winning family fun from Thursday July 28th to Sunday July 31st and look forward to seeing you all there! Camp Bestival 2022 tickets are on sale now with a payment plan available to help spread the total cost over multiple payments.

15 Jul 2022 to 29 Aug 2022

Summer Live

Bournemouth

Summer Live is a free event in Bournemouth Square for all ages. Bournemouth town centre offers visitors a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars and the award-winning gardens. Live music every day (from 5pm week days / from 12pm weekends). Visit the huts and watch the artists in action as they paint, draw and create. * Henna body art * Outdoor 'Garden Bar' plus The Snack Shack Other huts include beach-themed jewellery, cool sunglasses and kids' toys Free entertainment ...

29 Apr 2022 to 02 Sep 2022

Agatha Christie Exhibition

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester

Join us at Shire Hall for an exhibition examining the life and works of one of the country’s favourite crime writers, Agatha Christie. From Hercule Poirot to Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s characters and stories have captivated readers and audiences for over 100 years. This exhibition will give visitors further insight into Christie’s writing and personal life, from the inspiration behind her work to the infamous story of her disappearance. Alongside the exhibition, Shire Hall will ...

23 Jul 2022 to 04 Sep 2022

Summer Holidays

Tank Museum, Wareham

The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to life. Experience the biggest day out in history with 100 years of history, 300 tanks, kids activities, and more at Dorset’s largest indoor attraction. Tanks in Action Displays at 1pm every week day, tracked vehicle rides every weekday plus much more.