Dorset Events

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

20 October 2021

Michael Bolton: Love Songs Greatest Hits Tour

Bournemouth

Multiple award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Michael Bolton will return to Bournemouth in 2021 for the Love Songs Greatest Hits tour plus special guest Rebecca Ferguson! Known for hits such How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, How Can we Be Lovers, When A Man Loves A Woman and Time, Love And Tenderness, Michael Bolton has sold more than 65 million albums and singles worldwide. Michael continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for ...

22 October 2021

GEOFF NORCOTT – I BLAME THE PARENTS

Lyme Regis

I Blame the Parents’ is the fourth national tour for comedian Geoff Norcott, following on the back of ‘Conswervative’, ‘Traditionalism’ and ‘Taking Liberties’. This time Geoff talks less politics (alright, there will probably be a bit), but this brand-new show will mostly explore personal responsibility, parenting and who should take the blame when things go wrong. Venue: Marine Theatre

21 Oct 2021 to 23 Oct 2021

Drama: Towards Zero - Wimborne Drama Productions

Wimborne

When a house party gathers at Gull’s Point, the clifftop home of Lady Tressilian, Neville Strange finds himself caught between his ex-wife Audrey and his new flame Kay. A nail-biting thriller, the play probes the psychology of jealousy in the shadow of a savage and brutal murder. The play, directed by Paul Dodman, is adapted from Agatha Christie’s 1944 novel, which she described as one of her favourite stories. This amateur production of “Towards Zero” is presented by arrangement with ...

23 October 2021

Halloween Spooktacular

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

It’s treats all round this Halloween, as Made to Measure Productions brings a brand new production of HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR to Weymouth Pavilion! Created by the team behind Weymouth’s record-breaking Christmas and summer pantomimes, you’ll need to get ready for rib-tickling laughter and bags of audience participation as you join our intrepid explorers on the Halloween Adventure of a lifetime! Kirsty, Jake and Melissa are determined to win first prize in their school project ...

21 Oct 2021 to 23 Oct 2021

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

Following the success of their production of The Thirty Nine Steps in 2018, Weymouth Drama Club present The Hound of the Baskervilles; a spoof adaptation of Conan Doyle’s masterpiece by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. Venue: Weymouth Pavilion Theatre. Pre-show meals are available for this show. Served in the Piano Bar from 5pm. Booking is highly recommended. Call the Box Office on 01305 783225 to reserve your table.

16 Oct 2021 to 23 Oct 2021

Wimborne Green Festival

Wimborne

We hope you will join us for this year’s Wimborne Green Festival, we have a wonderful variety of events lined up throughout the week.

23 Oct 2021 to 24 Oct 2021

Autumn Colours Weekend

Sherborne

Autumn Colours Special Weekend - reduced price entry to the gardens. Brush away the cobwebs and enjoy a bracing walk around acres of magnificent garden surrounding the lake. Relax and marvel at the glorious colours of autumn reflected in the lake. Super location for a safe meet up with family and friends. The tearoom will be serving a takeaway menu with all your favourite cakes, coffee hand roasted on the estate, Sherborne Castle wine, savoury snacks and ice creams. The pop-up gift ...

23 Oct 2021 to 24 Oct 2021

Leigh Art Show

Sherborne

This popular Art Exhibition is an exciting opportunity for professional and amateur artists to display their work, all of which will be for sale. The Exhibition will open from 10.00am – 4.00pm each day for viewing and sales. Entry by Catalogue £2.00 (one per individual, couple or family). Light refreshments will be available to purchase. There's also a preview evening on 22nd October from 6pm until 8pm. Venue: Leigh Village Hall Nr Sherborne, DT9 6HL.

24 October 2021

Model Railway Exhibition

Wimborne

This popular Model Railway Exhibition returns for 2021, on Sunday 24th October. Admission £5 (accompanied children free).

25 October 2021

Collections Discovery Centre Family Tours

Dorset Museum, Dorchester

Enjoy this special tour for families in Dorset Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre. Find out what a curator does and how we look after our collections. Discover our Natural History collection including dinosaur footprints, prehistoric marine reptiles and birds and butterflies. Then enjoy a handling session in our Conservation Studio. Tours are limited, and booking online is essential due to the expected demand. 25 October Free with Museum entry. Booking essential. Meeting ...

26 October 2021

Creepy Crafts & Spooky Spells

Wimborne

Date: Tuesday 26th October Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm Price: £3 per child (age up to 12) pay on the day Categories: Children’s crafts and spooky fun Join us for a morning of Halloween fun in our museum garden. There will be creepy crafts, spell making in the coven, spooky stories and a ghostly garden trail. Dressing up is encouraged and take your photo in the sinister selfie corner if you dare! No need to book – Pay on the day. Entrance via the Museum Tea Room. Some activities ...

26 October 2021

Twitch the Witch Magic Show

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

Twitch the Witch Magic show is a family-fun, comedy show with multiplying wands, a colour changing cat and magic cooking. The Spooky magic show features lost vampires and crazy washing machines. 20 min show max 30 people 11.15pm 11.45pm 12.15pm 1.30pm 2pm 2.30pm 3pm This free event is included as a part of your Nothe Fort entrance ticket/annual pass or membership but you do need to book a place. Suitable for younger children. All children must be accompanied ...

26 Oct 2021 to 27 Oct 2021

Dragons and Mythical Beasts

Poole

Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new interactive show for all the family. Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you'd think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don't ...

28 October 2021

Collections Discovery Centre Family Tours

Dorset Museum, Dorchester

Enjoy this special tour for families in Dorset Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre. Find out what a curator does and how we look after our collections. Discover our Natural History collection including dinosaur footprints, prehistoric marine reptiles and birds and butterflies. Then enjoy a handling session in our Conservation Studio. Tours are limited, and booking online is essential due to the expected demand. Free with Museum entry. Booking essential. Meeting point: ...

23 Oct 2021 to 28 Oct 2021

Special Halloween Family Bushcraft

Studland

Embrace autumn with us on our family bushcraft sessions (min age 4+). We have some special spooky stories and camp crafts during the Halloween period aswell as all the usual bushcraft activities. Your session will involve several short activities so you will learn skills that you can take away to develop and build on together outdoors. Our family friendly activities include shelter building, tool use and camp crafts, water purification and fire lighting - using different techniques like ...

23 Oct 2021 to 30 Oct 2021

Bincombe Bumps Pumpkins

Bincombe Bumps Pumpkins, Weymouth

With the evenings drawing in and misty cooler mornings it can only mean one thing - it’s nearly pumpkin time again!!! Get ready to don your wellies and enjoy an authentic pick your own experience as you stroll through the pumpkin field where they started as seeds back in March. Meander through our scarecrow maize trail for a ‘spot the spooks’ walk, then head back to our straw barns for a tasty mulled cider affogato, marshmallow toasting, or coffee and cake 🧁 Free to enter. 10am-4pm

30 October 2021

Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the Cells

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester

A brilliant and unique night out for any school of wizardry fan…. The evening begins with a serving of Butterbeer, a truly tasty beverage straight from the books. From there, things get even boozier with just a swish and a flick. Try your hand at mixing potions, whipped up in a cauldron. Using ingredients sourced from ancient magick textbooks, you’ll chop, grind, and mix up concoctions such as the Transfiguration Tonic, which you will then proceed to drink…. Practical magic, ...

25 Oct 2021 to 30 Oct 2021

Halloween Fun & Pumpkin Picking at Farmer Palmer's

Wareham

There are cauldrons full of family fun at Farmer Palmer's. Most of the farm park has a spooky makeover. Our team will be transformed into our entertaining 'Boo Crew'. Dressing up and getting into the 'spirit' of things is highly encouraged. 2021 sees the return of our (very popular) optional Trailer of Laughs "Soak-a-Spook" Tractor Ride *. PLUS our BRAND NEW Pumpkin Pick event will be running each day. Halloween (25th - 30th Oct 2021) YOU WILL NEED TO PRE-BOOK YOUR ADMISSION ...

30 October 2021

Museum by Torchlight

Wimborne

Saturday 30th October Time: 6pm – 7.30pm Event Category: Family Friendly Dress up and bring your torch for a spooky time in the galleries. Join us for this special event where the Museum will be open out of hours and in the dark. Find out about the witches marks on the wall and why we have a mummified cat. Handle some real skulls and bones and join our cook in the museum kitchen to decorate a Jack O’Lantern biscuit. Be sure to dress up with friends and family in a ...

29 Oct 2021 to 30 Oct 2021

Nothe of the Living Dead

Weymouth

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the tunnels - the Nothe of the Living Dead is back!!! Are you brave enough to battle your way through a web of tunnels infested with flesh devouring zombies? Have you got what it takes to grab a vaccine and overcome the physical and mental challenges that lie between you and Survival OR are you destined to become the extra fresh main course in a zingy, zombie nosh-up?! Come and find out this Halloween. 29 Oct 2021, 18:00 – 30 Oct 2021, ...

25 Oct 2021 to 30 Oct 2021

Shire Hall Half-Term Halloween Fun

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester

Shire Hall will be full of scarily fun activities this half term! The witch is brewing a magic spell, It’s Halloween night and monsters dwell, Her pot is boiling and many spells she will weave, To cast them on all the children on Halloween eve. Throughout the half-term holidays, Shire Hall will become home to spooky family-friendly fun. We’ll have slippery slime-making workshops and a count the spiders trail. Come around our spooky underground cells at the most haunting time of the ...

30 October 2021

The Cursed Collection

Bournemouth

An entertaining and immersive mystery game – explore, interact and solve the mystery of the Cursed Collection on Saturday 30 October, 7pm – 10pm. For the first time in 100 years the cursed collection will be on display at the museum for one night only. The last time these sinister objects went on display terrible things befell the museum and its staff. Is history repeating itself or is something nefarious afoot? View the objects, talk to the curators and try to detect the clues from ...

28 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

Dobbies gets Spooktacular this Halloween!

Dorchester

A limited number of spaces at ever-popular event in Galton Perfect for a ghoulishly good family day out, Dobbies’ Halloween Spooktacular will get the whole family in the spooky spirit this October. Taking place from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 October, families in Galton are in for a cackle. Dobbies’ Spooktacular event is a great way to get the kids trick or treat fix, where they can get stuck into terrifying treats before taking part in games and dancing. Children across Galton can ...

23 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

Half Term Halloween Fun at Adventure Wonderland

Christchurch

There’s a chill in the air as we transform the park into a spooky world of magic and mystery - and we are busy conjuring up a spooktastic selection of eerie entertainment for you to enjoy. This half term, our hedge maze is turned into the fa-BOO-lous interactive spooky experience, ‘Enchanted’. Based on the spellbinding stories of the popular Grimm’s fairytales, step inside the shadows of the hallowed hedges and meet characters from Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Elves and ...

23 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

Half Term Pumpkin Challenge

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Take on the Pumpkin Quiz challenge around Wimborne Model Town, which together with our additional facilities will be open up to and including Sunday 31 October.

22 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

Halloween Children's Trail

Swanage

Prepare your night-vision goggles and head out into the woodland to see what spooky animals lurk in the trees. £3. Location: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage BH19 2JL

23 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

Halloween Fun at the Fort

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

During Halloween, Nothe Fort becomes the spookiest place in Weymouth! We are running an exciting programme of family activities throughout the week. You will never want to the leave the Fort! · Visit our famous ghost tunnels. · Hunt for bats around the fort. · Join in our slimy slime making workshop. · Pop in the School of Spells to practice your spell making. This free event is included as a part of your entrance ticket/annual pass.

26 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

HallowGREEN

West Bay

Join us all week as we celebrate a plastic-free HallowGREEN! Find the sneaky spiders that have hidden themselves all around the Centre and get some fun ideas for plastic-free Halloween crafts. Open every day (but Monday), 11am -4pm. Admission free, donations welcomed On Thursday 28th October meet a Mermaid! In partnership with Clean Jurassic Coast their resident mermaid will be face-painting and storytelling, followed by a beach clean. 11am-1pm Face Painting (£3), 2-2.30pm ...

23 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

October Half Term Family Fun!

Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne

This half term, Haynes International Motor Museum is geared up for a fantastic day out for all ages. Enjoy a fun-filled day out together as you uncover the fascinating stories, sights and sounds behind the history of motoring in seventeen themed exhibitions at one of Somerset’s largest indoor attractions. With activities running on select days, here's what you can get up to! 'Small Talk' with David Hayward The late John Haynes OBE commissioned a number of fabulously intricate 1:12 scale ...

09 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

Weymouth Sea Life: Aquarium to Ascarium!

Weymouth

Join in the spooky fun as Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park goes from Aquarium to Ascarium this Halloween. Follow the immersive trail to find the Sea Witch’s missing potion ingredients hidden throughout the depths of the tanks, where you will also discover some of the spookiest creatures of the sea and you might also receive a treat (or trick)! Not only will there be an excitingly eerie trail for visitors, but guests will also be able to tackle visual games and activities and have a ...

06 November 2021

Dorset Team Winter Fair

Wimborne

The Dorset Team returns to the Allendale Centre for their ever-popular Dorset Team Fair. This is a chance to support local, independent makers and sellers whilst picking up some unique Christmas gifts which you won’t find on the high street. There will be a huge range of handmade and vintage products as well as craft supplies and kits for those who feel creative and want to give making something a go themselves! All the sellers are members of the Dorset Team who are a group of over ...

06 November 2021

Militaria Fair & Auction

Wareham

The Tank Museum at Bovington is partnering with leading Dorset auction house Duke’s to present a new autumn militaria fair and auction. The Museum will host an array of trade stalls, selling a range of military collectables and memorabilia, vintage uniforms and insignia, plus second-hand books and reproduction militaria for re-enactors. The highlight of the event is set to be the Duke’s Militaria and Medals auction, featuring 300 – 400 lots ranging from medals, militaria, arms, armour and ...

06 November 2021

Paul Zerdin - Hands Free

Christchurch

Back by popular demand, Paul Zerdin and everyone’s favourite puppets are heading your way with a brand new UK tour. Sam, Albert, Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an urban fox have all survived 2020 locked down with Paul….well nearly. They can’t wait to see you, so get ready to be involved. As well as his hilarious characters ‘Hands Free’ features Paul giving us a glimpse into his own world showing us what it’s like to be able to throw your voice in everyday situations where anything and ...

06 November 2021

Sherborne Castle Fireworks

Sherborne

Fireworks at the castle is an annual event now managed and delivered by Smart Pyrotechnics Ltd & Smart Events. This evening of entertainment includes hot food and drink concessions, a bar & funfair to keep the family entertained before we amaze you with a stunning laser and light show set to music before the main fireworks event. With a 25 minute full on pyro-musical show choreographed and synchronised to a unique sound track this show will be one of the biggest firework displays in the ...

06 November 2021

Sherborne Monthly Market

Sherborne

A monthly market of arts, crafts, food and more is being held on the first Saturday of every month (excluding Jan & Feb ) at Sherborne Digby Hall (next to the Library). Time: 9-12.30. Variety of high quality stalls, local produce and lots more. Cafe, toilets and Free entry.

16 Oct 2021 to 07 Nov 2021

New Forest Walking & Cycling Festival

New Forest

The New Forest Walking Festival is back for autumn 2021! This successful festival, now in its ninth year, runs from Saturday 16 October to Sunday 7 November and includes some family-friendly events for half term. The 2021 Festival will also incorporate cycling as well as the ever-popular walking events – led by qualified cycle leaders on designated cycle tracks. Experts will be leading the way on dozens of guided events from wildlife walks to historic meanders, forest bathing to ...

10 November 2021

Show of Hands

Poole

Music legends Phil Beer, Steve Knightley, Miranda Sykes and Cormac Byrne will return to captivate audiences with live renditions of their award-winning hits and festival favourites, two years since their concerts were cancelled due to Covid-19. The band will perform a mouthwatering compilation of iconic signature tracks from the last 25 years, including their two Folk Award-winning songs, ‘Arrogance Ignorance Greed’ (AIG) and ‘Country Life’. Fans will also be entertained by the band’s new ...

07 Nov 2021 to 13 Nov 2021

Bridport Literary Festival

Bridport

The seventeenth Bridport Literary Festival is jam-packed with events to appeal to book lovers of all tastes. Download the brochure via the website which will give you all the details, including a map of the multiple venues across Bridport where the events are hosted.

13 November 2021

Wimborne in Bloom Charities Fair

Wimborne

Up to 25 local charities will be taking part in this year's Wimborne in Bloom Charities Fair, either publicising themselves or raising money. It should prove a useful opportunity to do both – especially so as we approach the Christmas period. A wide range of goods and produce will be on sale. 10am to 3pm. Entrance Free Car parking nearby

14 November 2021

Swing Unlimited Big Band - We'll Meet Again

Christchurch

We'll Meet Again" commemorates Remembrance with a very special concert at the Regent Centre by the fabulous 17-piece Swing Unlimited Big Band. With war-time classics by Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, as well as songs by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, the show re-creates the period with images, words and music. An uplifting, fun and moving event. Swing Unlimited Big Band is widely recognised as one of the most versatile and entertaining swing bands around. Their ...

17 November 2021

Barbican Quartet

Dorset Museum, Dorchester

The Dorset Museum Music Society are fortunate in being able to make use of the Victorian Hall of the Dorset Museum, a unique environment that continues to draw enthusiastic praise from our visiting artists. Acclaimed for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times), the Barbican Quartet was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has rapidly achieved recognition as an outstanding young ensemble, winning many awards. They made their Wigmore Hall début in 2017 and ...

18 Nov 2021 to 20 Nov 2021

Global Rainbow

Poole

For three days in November, the night sky above our coastal region will be transformed by Global Rainbow, a monumental outdoor laser installation by American artist Yvette Mattern. Seven rays of laser light representing the colour spectrum of a natural rainbow will illuminate the night sky. Beaming direct from Lighthouse with its origin on our roof, the lasers will be visible across the BCP area as it heads out toward Hengistbury Head and beyond. The lasers will extend over 35 miles and ...