Dorset Events

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

29 Jul 2021 to 01 Aug 2021

Camp Bestival

Lulworth

We're excited to announce the dates for Camp Bestival 2021 - we'll be returning to Lulworth Castle, on Dorset's stunning Jurassic Coast for more award-winning family fun from Thursday July 29th to Sunday August 1st next summer and look forward to seeing you all there! Camp Bestival 2021 tickets will go on sale later this year with a payment plan available to help spread the total cost over multiple payments.

01 August 2021

Outdoor Theatre: Treasure Island

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

Set in the days of sailing ships and pirates, Treasure Island tells of the adventures of Jim Hawkins and his search for the buried treasure of the notorious pirate Captain Flint. In this exciting new adaptation by Michael Whitmore, Quantum Theatre presents an action-packed show for all the family. Venue: Highcliffe Castle Book tickets via the website.

30 Jul 2021 to 01 Aug 2021

Poole Harbour Festival

Poole

Poole and Bournemouth's biggest & best family & live music festival is back on the 30th, 31st July, and 1st August 2021!!! With over 50 live acts across THREE stages including TWO HEADLINE BANDS, the best local bands, tribute bands & DJs. You spoke and we LISTENED - 2020 boasts not two but THREE bars, more toilets, better access to stages, and a bigger dance tent. 2021 is going to be HUGE! The FREE kid's entertainment on Sat & Sun includes Circus Workshops, Street Performers, ...

30 Jul 2021 to 01 Aug 2021

The Bournemouth Reggae Weekender

Bournemouth

When? 30th July-1st Aug 2021 Where? King’s Park Dr, Bournemouth BH1 4NN The Bournemouth Reggae Weekender is a Not-For-Profit event organized by Afro*Disiac Live Radio a Non- Profit Community Interest business based in Bournemouth with a sincere wish to provide a diverse cultural enrichment to our community in Bournemouth and beyond. This is 1st Reggae in Park event in Bournemouth, a unique occasion to celebrate the diverse African-Caribbean Culture and Reggae music adding to the thread ...

04 August 2021

Peppa Pig Visits Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

Peppa Pig fans can meet their favourite character at intervals on Wednesday 4th August. Adventure Wonderland is this year celebrating 30 years of entertainment, delivering family fun to locals and holidaymakers alike.

05 August 2021

Poole Quay Summer Fireworks

Poole

Get your groove on for CityFibre Poole Quay Summer Fireworks, as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay for six weeks over July and August. Supported by CityFibre, and organised by BCP Tourism, the event will take place every Thursday (from 22 July until the 26 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 ...

06 August 2021

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth

Be prepared to be dazzled by the Bournemouth Firework display! Taking place every Friday in August - 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th at 10pm. Bournemouth seafront will light the skies up! Pull up a chair at your favourite spot across our beautiful coastline and watch the gorgeous pyrotechnic delights! Why not make a night of it and enjoy some food & drink in one of our many restaurants and bars in the town. This free event will kick off your weekend with a bang! Please note, changes ...

06 August 2021

Open-air Cinema : The Goonies

Wareham

Get ready for pirates, scary bad guys, brave kids, thrills, spills and booby traps in Richard Donner/Steven Spielberg’s classic 80s adventure comedy The Goonies, in the open air at the stunning Blue Pool in Wareham. Dust off your treasure map and prepare for a funny, scary, thrill ride into the unknown. There’s even a ‘Truffle Shuffle’ thrown in for good measure. HEY YOU GUYS! The screening will take place on a grassed area at the venue. For safety reasons, there will be no access to ...

08 August 2021

Open-air Ballet: The Secret Garden

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

New Creations Collective presents The Secret Garden at the Nothe Fort. Join Mary on her journey to discovering The Secret Garden in this brand new, family-friendly, dance adaptation of the best-selling novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Performed by an accomplished cast of dancers and musicians, the iconic story is brought to life like never before, in this high-quality, one-hour ballet. With a brand-new score and original choreography, The Secret Garden offers an enchanting, ...

07 Aug 2021 to 08 Aug 2021

Shake & Stir Vintage Festival

Bournemouth

Our festival has been revving up fans of vintage and retro music, vehicles, dancing, fashion and lifestyle living for nearly a decade. From its beginning at the bandstand on Fisherman’s Walk in Southbourne, it has grown year on year to become one of the most popular vintage music festivals in the UK! In order to help us evaluate and monitor crowd numbers this year could you please book your free ticket on Eventbrite.

06 Aug 2021 to 10 Aug 2021

Dorset Arts & Crafts Showcase

Wareham

Join us in our celebration of art and craft in Dorset. We showcase a wide selection of art and craft by Members of the Dorset Arts & Crafts Association. This includes fine art, photography, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, woodwork and lots more. All the work on display is handmade in Dorset and is for sale. It's the place to find that perfect present or souvenir of your holiday. There is also an Exhibition of Work by our Trophy Winners with examples of superb heritage and contemporary ...

10 August 2021

Outdoor Theatre: She Stoops to Conquer

Dorchester

An 18th Century farce for all the family! Set against the increasingly chaotic proceedings of one very long night, this is a delightful romantic romp filled with ludicrous misunderstanding, mischief and mayhem. “A reserved lover, it is said, always makes a suspicious husband.” Kate Hardcastle is a young lady fixed up to meet the eligible Marlow with a view to marriage. Marlow is a young gent who is tongue-tied with the upper classes and downright lecherous with commoners. So when ...

10 Aug 2021 to 12 Aug 2021

Open Air Cinema

Lulworth Castle & Park, Lulworth

The Luna Cinema is returning to Lulworth Castle from Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th August with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to make your summer. After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for an unforgettable big-screen experience. Throw in great food, a full bar, both with click and collect service, an optional seated upgrade, and of course giant screens with incredible state of the art sound, and you have yourself your perfect ...

12 August 2021

Poole Quay Summer Fireworks

Poole

Get your groove on for CityFibre Poole Quay Summer Fireworks, as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay for six weeks over July and August. Supported by CityFibre, and organised by BCP Tourism, the event will take place every Thursday (from 22 July until the 26 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 ...

13 August 2021

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth

Be prepared to be dazzled by the Bournemouth Firework display! Taking place every Friday in August - 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th. Bournemouth seafront will light the skies up! Pull up a chair at your favourite spot across our beautiful coastline and watch the gorgeous pyrotechnic delights! Why not make a night of it and enjoy some food & drink in one of our many restaurants and bars in the town. This free event will kick off your weekend with a bang! Please note, changes can ...

14 August 2021

Outdoor Performance: Mr Stink

Dorchester

Join Heartbreak Productions at Maumbury Rings for this outdoors re-telling of David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink. Packed with fun, humour, and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect family entertainment. You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink. Pack a picnic, grab a chair, and ...

15 August 2021

Outdoor Theatre: Alice in Wonderland

Dorchester

Descend down the rabbit hole into a strange world of caterpillars, cards and tea parties. Join Alice as she tries to navigate this curious world of curiouser creatures – but don’t lose your head! We promise you a wonderful experience of original toe-tapping songs, colourful characters, costumes and hilarious comedy in Boxtree Production’s unique and energetic style. Our guide to getting the best out of your time outdoors. Come prepared! – Bring whatever you need for a cosy evening. Sun ...

15 August 2021

Poole at War VE/VJDay

Poole

Poole payed a key role during the war, the flying boats connecting us the world, Dunkirk small boats, raiding parties, D-Day trials and being one of the largest embarkation points for D-Day itself. Bringing together information and images of the time. The Society for Poole is organising an exhibition on the Quay which commemorates the 75+1 anniversary of the end of the war and depicts some of the stories of the town. On the 15th August the Quay will be closed to showcase military ...

13 Aug 2021 to 15 Aug 2021

Upton House Food & Drink Festival

Poole

Great food, drink and local produce featuring quality street food traders showcasing food from all around the world, an array of artisan & local produce from the best suppliers in Dorset and beyond. As well as stalls from rum, gin and wine producers, there will be vast selection of drinks including a craft beer tent, real ales & ciders, a Prosecco & cocktail bar as well as coffee, shakes & smoothies. Alongside stalls featuring local goods and produce ranging from arts & crafts, jewellery, ...

14 Aug 2021 to 15 Aug 2021

Victorian Family Weekend

Weymouth

Join us on the 14th and 15th August 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. Included in our list of attendees are The Ragged Victorians, a re-enactment group whose true-to-life portrayal of the Victorian working classes is not to be ...

18 August 2021

Meet Paw Patrol's Marshall at Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

Paw Patrol fans can meet their favourite character, Marshall, at intervals on Wednesday 18th August. Adventure Wonderland is this year celebrating 30 years of entertainment, delivering family fun to locals and holidaymakers alike.

18 Aug 2021 to 19 Aug 2021

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show

Shaftesbury

One of the largest agricultural shows in the south, and held on the Turnpike Showground in North Dorset, usually held on the third Wednesday in August, will this year be spread over two days to comply with social distancing if required. To manage our safe return there will be a number of changes, these include a strict capacity plan meaning that for now there will be a limited number of pre-purchased tickets with none available to purchase on the day.

19 August 2021

Poole Quay Summer Fireworks

Poole

Get your groove on for CityFibre Poole Quay Summer Fireworks, as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay for six weeks over July and August. Supported by CityFibre, and organised by BCP Tourism, the event will take place every Thursday (from 22 July until the 26 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 ...

19 August 2021

The Magic of the Beatles

Weymouth

If you’re looking for an authentic, lively dose of ‘Beatlemania’ then you need to look no further! The Magic of The Beatles is one of the UK’s leading Beatles tribute shows who play to ecstatic sell-out audiences all over the world.

20 August 2021

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth

Be prepared to be dazzled by the Bournemouth Firework display! Bournemouth seafront will light the skies up! Pull up a chair at your favourite spot across our beautiful coastline and watch the gorgeous pyrotechnic delights! Why not make a night of it and enjoy some food & drink in one of our many restaurants and bars in the town. This free event will kick off your weekend with a bang! Please note, changes can and do occur, please keep checking the website or the official ...

19 Aug 2021 to 22 Aug 2021

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

Swanage

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival is a small festival set on a farm on the beautiful Jurassic Coastline. We’re a festival that’s loved by everyone because there’s loads for kids to do, loads for parents and loads for the old folkies! It features outstanding, original young folk, roots and world music. We always encourage the young up and coming musicians too as well as booking national and international folk acts and a good variety of local music. There’s something for everyone. Three full ...

25 August 2021

Outdoor Theatre: The Great Gatsby

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Dorchester

Join Heartbreak Productions in the sublime setting of Athelhampton House for an evening of outdoor theatre, prohibition style. Get your glad rags on, work up your best Charleston, and have your cocktail glass at the ready! Served up with a twist of iconic Heartbreak style, this outdoor adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the perfect way to mark 100 years since prohibition. Dress for the weather, bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and don’t forget the picnic and ...

26 August 2021

Outdoor Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

The Three Inch Fools are dusting off our instruments and stepping back into the great outdoors with another brilliant performance on Highcliffe Castle lawns. Prepare for a lockdown-shattering summer show like no other before. Please book tickets via the website.

26 August 2021

Poole Quay Summer Fireworks

Poole

Get your groove on for CityFibre Poole Quay Summer Fireworks, as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay for six weeks over July and August. Supported by CityFibre, and organised by BCP Tourism, the event will take place every Thursday (from 22 July until the 26 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 ...

27 August 2021

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth

Be prepared to be dazzled by the Bournemouth Firework display! Taking place every Friday in August - 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th. Bournemouth seafront will light the skies up! Pull up a chair at your favourite spot across our beautiful coastline and watch the gorgeous pyrotechnic delights! Why not make a night of it and enjoy some food & drink in one of our many restaurants and bars in the town. This free event will kick off your weekend with a bang! Please note, changes can ...

27 Aug 2021 to 30 Aug 2021

Lyme Folk Weekend

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend 2020 has been cancelled but is scheduled to go ahead in 2021. We are, though, thrilled to say that all the headline acts that we had booked have agreed to return next summer, so the festival will look exactly the same as it would have done this August. The new dates are Friday August 27 to Monday August 30 2021, when we will be delighted to bring you an amazing line-up for our first four-day festival - kicking off with the brilliant Gigspanner Big Band, followed by ...

26 Jul 2021 to 31 Aug 2021

Pirates of the Pavilion - Freezin' Adventure

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

Summer 2021 marks the 8th annual production of Pirates of the Pavilion in Weymouth! This year, it’s time for a BRAND NEW FREEZIN’ ADVENTURE as our famous pirate crew set sail for the South Pole on a mission to defeat the evil Snow Queen who is determined to cast an icy spell across the world, freezing the planet and ruining summer! It’ll be up to SEADOG BILLY and his crazy crew to save the planet from frozen terror and defeat the evil Snow Queen once and for all! Featuring sumptuous ...

24 Jul 2021 to 05 Sep 2021

Race towards family fun this summer!

Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne

Come and join in the fun at Haynes International Motor Museum with family activities running on selected days throughout the school summer holidays. With help from the Museum team, you can uncover the fascinating stories, facts, and quirky characters behind the very first cars through to Formula 1. Plus, look out for special activity days as part of the brand-new Williams F1 exhibition to find out “Why an F1 car doesn’t fly like an aeroplane” with the Museum’s friendly Education team and ...