Dorset Events

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

13 November 2019

RNLI Coffee Morning

Weymouth

The RNLI welcome you to their Annual Coffee Morning, where you can come along and see all the lovely gifts they have on offer, whilst enjoying a coffee and a slice of homemade cake. The Dorset Wrecks will be providing some light entertainment with their famous Sea Shanties. We Look forward to seeing you. FREE ENTRY 10.30am at Weymouth Pavilion

13 November 2019

Shakespears Sister

Bournemouth

Shakespears Sister have announced their official reunion as a band, twenty-six years after they originally disbanded. They duo will embark on the Shakespears Sister Harmonally Yours tour this October and November playing an extensive run of UK shows, including a night at The London Palladium. Don't miss your chance to see Shakespears Sister ride once again. Venue: Pavilion Theatre

14 November 2019

An Evening with Dorset Rock Choir

Weymouth

Rock Choir members from Weymouth, Dorchester and Poole are coming to the Weymouth Pavilion to perform an uplifting and exhilarating array of specially arranged and choreographed songs under the direction of local Choir Leader Stacey Hobday. Over 200 Rock Choir Members will be taking to the stage accompanied, in part, by live musicians. Entertainment guaranteed! Rock Choir is the largest contemporary choir in the UK with 30,000 members rehearsing weekly in over 300 locations.

16 November 2019

Christmas Bazaar

Shaftesbury

Unusual presents, cards and ideas for Christmas. Homemade and handcrafted gifts galore. Ceramics, prints, decorations, books, jams, chutneys, pies, paper, textiles, cushions and much more. Browse many delightful Christmas stalls. Enjoy a glass of mulled and spiced Christmas drink as you shop. Venue: Shaftesbury Arts Centre from 10am to 3pm.

16 November 2019

Scotty's Poppy Ball

Weymouth

Join us at Weymouth Pavilion for an evening of outstanding entertainment and fundraising in aid of Scotty's Little Soldiers. Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity dedicated to supporting children & young people who have lost a parent whilst serving in the British Armed Forces. Inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott following the death of her husband Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009, the charity is currently providing assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children ...

16 November 2019

Symphonic Pink Floyd

Poole

The full symphonic power of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus join forces for an epic concert featuring hits by Pink Floyd including Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Money, Hey You, Another Brick In The Wall, Wish You Were Here, Time and many more… Venue: Lighthouse Concert Hall

16 November 2019

Vinyl Saturday

Bridport

Vinyl Saturday - a record and CD Fair held in Bridport United Church from 10am to 4pm.

16 Nov 2019 to 17 Nov 2019

Flower Show at Upton House

Poole

Enjoy stunning festive floral arrangements from the Lytchett Minster and Upton Floral Group, with the prize presentation at 2pm on Sunday. 12noon to 4pm at Upton House, Upton Country Park, Poole.

17 November 2019

Handmade Arts & Craft Fair

Wimborne

Over 25 artisan stalls, including wooden products, crocheted & knitted goods, decoupage, glassware, wildlife photography, handmade lampshades, jewellery, preserves, cakes, beeswax wraps, candles, tombola, refreshments & much more.... Raising funds for Waggy Tails Rescue and Poole District Children's Cancer Fund. Venue: Allendale Centre

16 Nov 2019 to 17 Nov 2019

Macmillan Christmas Shopping Fair

Dorchester

With 40 stalls offering a wide range of high-quality products, to suit most tastes and wallets, it’s an ideal opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done, under one roof. All funds raised go directly to Macmillan Cancer Support. Venue: Kingston Maurward College.

17 November 2019

Stargazing at Durlston

Swanage

Leonid meteors, Saturn, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, Autumn Constellations. Time: 7.30pm to 9pm. Weather dependent - phone 01929 424443 on the day to confirm. £3 charge. Venue: Learning Centre, Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage BH19 2JL

20 November 2019

Mike Denham SpeakEasy with Ben Cummings

Dorchester

Mike Denham returns for the latest of his popular SpeakEasy nights, this time accompanied by trumpeter Ben Cummings. The theme: Jazz Age Chicago. Often described as a demon horn player, Ben has established a formidable reputation as one of Britain’s finest trumpet players. He has played and recorded at the highest level in every genre – from New Orleans, vintage, swing and modern jazz, to funk, soul, pop and salsa. He’s currently touring with Caro Emerald, and makes occasional appearances ...

21 November 2019

Purbeck Winter Task Taster Day

Wareham

Come and try your hand at a range of winter tasks on beautiful nature reserves around Purbeck. Be active - help nature - meet people. Purbeck task taster days offer tasks on reserves with a range of friendly teams. Varied tasks for all abilities, do as much or as little as you wish, you will be shown how to use tools. Booking essential (to get details of the day) bring sturdy footwear or wellies, waterproofs, water and a packed lunch. Location: Tadnoll & Winfrith Heath, East Knighton ...

22 November 2019

Music: The Simmertones

Lyme Regis

One of the UK’s leading authentic ska and reggae bands: ‘This Simmertones album is so uplifting! Hypnotic, thirst inducing tunes.’ Lee Thompson, Madness. Support from DJ Ska Au Go Go. Over the past decade these nine South West musicians have established themselves as one of the UK’s leading authentic ska and reggae bands with their exciting and infectious live sound. Venue: Marine Theatre

22 November 2019

The Blues Band

Wimborne

Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher. Many of the Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. No one could have predicted that, 40 years on, they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuosity. About 20 albums and thousands of gigs later, they’ve earned a reputation around the ...

22 November 2019

Theatre: Enter the Dragons

Dorchester

A riotous, surreal odyssey which explodes the myths about getting older. Dooley and Edwards present a comedic call to arms, marrying a wry exploration of the trials and tribulations of ageing with a delightfully dark surrealism as our protagonist embarks on a quest to halt the ageing process - or at least re-brand it. A knock-out combination of joy and dissent for anyone considering ageing. An A&E Theatre production at the Corn Exchange.

23 November 2019

A Century of Song

Poole

Celebrate 100 years of Poole & Parkstone Productions as we recreate our most memorable moments. Chosen by our audiences, friends and members past & present, join us as we reprise and reimagine iconic numbers and sensational showstoppers from the last century. From Gilbert & Sullivan classics to modern-day musicals, join us as we Step in Time to the magic of Mary Poppins, sweep through the plains of Oklahoma, storm the barricades in Paris and with a spectacular new finale, this will indeed be ...

23 November 2019

Sound of Soul

Wimborne

‘Sound of Soul’ is one of the South’s leading pop, soul, R&B, gospel and world music groups. Book your tickets for an evening of incredible music and fun, all in aid of Lewis-Manning Hospice. Tickets are £10 per person, purchase them through the website below. Venue: Wimborne Minster Church

21 Nov 2019 to 23 Nov 2019

The WOW Show

Weymouth

Join WOW Youth Musical Theatre this November for a showcase of song and dance from stage and screen. If you are new to watching WOW, then prepare to be amazed by the talent of these young performers in a highly entertaining mix of musical numbers. WOW is renowned for its high-quality productions and won the 2017 National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) Award for Best Compilation Show in the whole of the South West Region. From the Roaring Twenties to the 21st Century Stage ...

24 November 2019

15-Mile Festival

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

Food and drink, art and textiles, gifts & treats. Come and buy local! Festive music. Venue: Highcliffe Castle 10.30am to 4pm.

23 Nov 2019 to 24 Nov 2019

Canford Christmas Fair

Wimborne

For the weekend of 23rd and 24th Wessex Food Festival is taking over Canford School once more to bring you a new Christmas Fair. We'll have fantastic selection of Local Crafts, Gourmet Food Produce, Street Food and Drinks. The Fair will be inside the School's buildings so it'll be great whatever the weather.

23 Nov 2019 to 24 Nov 2019

Christmas Arts & Craft Fair

Poole

Browse a lovely range of festive arts & crafts from local Dorset artisans whilst enjoying musical performances in the grand setting of Upton House. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to pick up some unique Christmas gifts, or treats for yourself! Admission: £1.50 per adult. Under 16s go free. 10am to 4pm at Upton House, Upton Country Park.

23 Nov 2019 to 24 Nov 2019

Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair

Dorchester

Join us for our annual festive foodie event with over 50 amazing producers selling distinctively Dorset & seasonal produce set in the lovely grounds of Athelhampton House and Gardens. 10am – 4pm Saturday 23rd November & Sunday 24th November. £3.50 per adult, children free and includes the Food Fair and entry to Gardens and House Back again for 2019! SUNDAY ONLY – Meet Santa Just to add to the festivities we’ll have plenty of local choirs and performers throughout the weekend, ...

24 November 2019

Lights, Camera, Action

Bournemouth

Western Association of Ballet Schools are delighted to return to Bournemouth Pavilion, with 280 talented young dancers from eight affiliated local dance schools performing in Lights, Camera, Action. Each school will bring to life a tribute to their favourite BAFTA winners with a dazzling display of dance and costume.

24 November 2019

Sparkle in the Park

Weymouth

Starting at 3.30pm, help make decorations before enjoying a candlelit walk around the woodland area of Lodmoor Country Park.

28 November 2019

Chocolate Making Workshop

Dorchester

John Tyldesley of Chocolate Arthouse, will show you how to temper chocolate, make fillings and decorate moulds for exciting and unique hand-painted chocolates. You’ll be able to take your chocolates home all boxed up and tied with ribbon, along with three artisan bars. No experience needed, just bring your imagination! Price £68 per person. 10am to 4pm at The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ

28 November 2019

Poundbury Pop-up Christmas Fair

Dorchester

A beautiful Pop Up Christmas Fair showcasing some of the best independent crafters and traders Dorset has to offer. Being held at The Duchess of Cornwall Inn from 6pm to 10pm.

28 November 2019

Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular

Bournemouth

The world-famous Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will end the year with a military music spectacular featuring festive music, military marches, big band hits and popular showstoppers. Venue: Pavilion Theatre

29 November 2019

Boho Classic Frozen Cocktails

Boho Gelato, Weymouth

The second of our Gelato and Sorbet cocktail evenings in Weymouth! - This time we will making Boho Classics such as Strawberry, Basil & Black Pepper Slush, Star Road Martini and After Dinner Mint! No booking required - cocktails £7 each (50p given to charity)

29 November 2019

Comedy: Jonathan Pie

Bournemouth

If no news is good news then good news is fake news. Jonathan Pie returns to the road once more to berate the people in power - and the journalists apparently holding them to account. Jonathan Pie is the exasperated news reporter whose videos have been seen across the world. His previous two tours have taken in venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo and the London Palladium and performances across the US and Australia. Jonathan Pie has been described as ‘brilliant, brave, raw and ...

30 November 2019

5 Six 7 8

Weymouth

Weymouth Dance Studio presents their bi-annual show, showing their dancers in a variety of styles of song and dance. Come and see if you can spot the future stars of tomorrow! All England finalists and Dance World Cup performers. Don’t miss out on an entertaining show Performances at 2.30pm and 7pm. Weymouth Pavilion. Children under 2 are free. Ticket still must be obtained from the Box Office

28 Nov 2019 to 30 Nov 2019

A Vicar of Dibley Christmas: The Second Coming

Swanage

Swanage Drama Company are pleased to announce they will be performing “A Vicar of Dibley Christmas – The Second Coming” on 28th, 29th and 30th November. After a very successful run of the first Vicar of Dibley production in 2013 we have gathered together the original cast to bring you this hilarious sequel. It features those iconic sequences such as “Radio Dibley”, the quiz “Brain of Dibley” and of course the Nativity lovingly played out in Owen’s dirty old barn. Venue: Mowlem Theatre

30 November 2019

Christmas Lights Illumination

Dorchester

Christmas returns to Brewery Square this November! Our annual lights illumination and the return of Skating In The Square Dorchester is being held on Saturday 30 November from 4pm! We have an exciting line up as part of the annual celebrations held here at Brewery Square - 4.00pm – 5.00pm Weymouth Concert Brass 5.00pm – 5.30pm Hoops and fire performance by Ethereal Performance and Dance show by The Breathing Space 5:30pm LIGHTS ON 5.30pm – 6.15pm ~ ZE TRIO! ...

30 November 2019

Durlston at Christmas

Swanage

Local produce and gifts for Christmas! Visit Seventhwave and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies - the perfect excuse for last minute shopping. Fine Foundation Gallery. Location: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage.

30 November 2019

Love Actually in Concert

Poole

Love Actually will once again be screened live with a full orchestra performing its enchanting score – just in time for Christmas! Directed by Richard Curtis the film tells ten separate yet interweaving stories of love around Christmas time. A full, live orchestra will perform Craig Armstrong’s evocative score with the film being projected onto a huge screen. Armstrong is one of the UK’s most recognised film composers, with his work being awarded a BAFTA for his Achievement in Film ...

30 November 2019

Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear

Lyme Regis

Based on the book by author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, Moonbeam on a Cat's Ear (Voyage au Clair de Lune) is a visual journey into an exciting world of dreams and imagination. This is a visual adventure with puppetry, movement, and music for children aged 3 and over. In the middle of the night Rosie, Toby Toby, the cat and the mouse sneak out to play in the shadow of the apple tree. When Toby Toby steals the moon from the sky they go on an adventure across the stars and the ...

30 Nov 2019 to 01 Dec 2019

Artisans on the Beach

Swanage

Set on Swanage seafront over the Christmas season, the beach-huts are taken over by local crafters and tradespeople all looking to sell the ideal creative gifts for you and your loved ones. From collages, photography and paintings, to vintage and retro cushions, coasters and felt goods, there's no shortage of items on offer. So come on down and see what you can find, located within the beach-huts on Swanage Shore Road beside the Tourist Information Centre right up to the clock ...

01 December 2019

Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

Dorchester

This December, Hardy’s Cottage will be decked with natural decorations of evergreen collected from the cottage garden and surrounding woodlands. Come and warm your toes by the warmth of the fire and get into the festive spirit. There will be delicious treats for you to sample, prepared by our volunteers using traditional recipes. Time: 11am to 4pm This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

29 Nov 2019 to 01 Dec 2019

Garden of Delights

Shaftesbury

There is free admission to this year’s Garden of Delights at Springhead – a chance to escape the High Street and do some local Christmas shopping in beautiful surroundings. Stalls will be set up in the Mill House, where local craftspeople and artists will be selling a wide range of goods from jewellery and ceramics to framed garden ornaments, cards, glassware and prints. Once you’ve browsed the stalls for Christmas gifts you will also have the chance to enjoy refreshments, cakes and light ...

01 December 2019

Lewis-Manning Santa Dash

Poole

A fun new Christmas charity event for all the family to enjoy! The Lewis-Manning Hospice Santa Dash involves participants dressing up as Santa and running a 2km course around Upton Country Park whilst raising money for a worthy cause. Registration at 10.30am. Adult tickets £10, children £5. Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £25. Dogs go free - there will be a prize for the best-dressed dog!

30 Nov 2019 to 01 Dec 2019

Santa Express

Swanage

Meet Santa on his special Swanage Railway train. During your one-hour return journey each child will receive a wrapped present from Santa, complimentary soft drink and biscuit. Mince Pie and seasonal drink for adults. There will be balloon modelling during your visit. Santa Express trains start and finish in Swanage. You cannot board or alight at any other station.

01 December 2019

Sherborne Festive Shopping Day

Sherborne

The historic town of Sherborne will once again light up for Christmas with a free-entry ‘Love a Local Christmas’ Festive Shopping Day on Sunday 1st December from 10am–4pm. Organised by volunteers from Sherborne Chamber of Trade & Commerce, the event offers a great family day out, while raising awareness for many local charities. Sherborne’s Festive Shopping Day is always well supported as the town puts on a whole host of different musical, fun and entertaining activities. The main ...

01 December 2019

Stargazing at Durlston Country Park

Swanage

Moon, galaxies, Orion Nebula, Autumn and Winter Constellations. 7pm to 8.30pm. Weather dependent, call 01929 424443 on day to confirm. £3. Learning Centre. Location: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage

01 December 2019

The Snow Queen

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

Quantum Theatre bring a second performance of their stunning production of The Snow Queen to Highcliffe Castle on December 1st at 5pm. Michael Whitmore’s delightful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale conjures up a captivating mix of fantasy, fable and love triumphing over evil in this ever popular Christmas favourite. Quantum will bring their lively brand of comedy, music and magic to this timeless classic. The production follows the story of a young girl called Gerda ...

03 December 2019

Wreath of Festive Frights

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

A Wreath of Festive Frights is the follow-up to our hugely successful show, Ghost Stories for Christmas. Join resting actor Alfred St John Merrimoon once again, as he regales his audience with more unsettling tales of seasonal spooks, winter wraiths and Christmastime horrors. Huddle closer to the fireplace and keep away from the shadows, for who knows what might be lurking just out of sight? An amusingly chilling way to see in this special time of year! Jonathan Goodwin writes and ...

04 December 2019

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's Tchaikovsky Magic

Poole

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has charmed Christmas audiences over the years with its range of gorgeous music and romantic imagery. There is a wonderfully vivid, pictorial quality to his colourful music. From the elegant Waltz of the Flowers to the witty Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Dance of the Reed Flutes, the score is a feast of wonderful melodies. Then there is the Battle of the Mice and the lively dances – Spanish, Chinese, Arabian and Russian. The music tinkles in the memory ...

04 December 2019

Bridport Christmas Cheer

Bridport

A FREE community event for all the family to enjoy. With lots of festive entertainment, it’s a time to get in the Christmas mood, find that special Christmas gift and join in the merriment!

04 December 2019

Poole Carols by Candlelight

Poole

Join us at St James' Church in Poole on Wednesday 4th December for a magical candlelit evening featuring all your festive favourites. Carols by Candlelight is now a firm favourite in the Julia's House events calendar, well known for a lively mix of celebrity and family readers, music and traditional carols. Our 2019 special guests will be confirmed later in the year - previous readers have included Martin Clunes, Julian Fellowes and Holby City actor Guy Henry. You will be treated to ...

03 Dec 2019 to 04 Dec 2019

Russian State Ballet

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

3rd December - The Nutcracker Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to your local theatre for a dazzling production of the most famous Ballet in the world – Nutcracker. Traditionally, Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back for their annual UK tour with the vibrant, and enchanting full touring ballet production. The Nutcracker is an eternal seasonal favourite directed and choreographed by the former award winning Bolshoi Ballet Soloist, Konstantin Uralsky. Snow ...

05 December 2019

Dickens by Candlelight

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

A light-hearted look at Victorian society as seen through the eyes of Charles Dickens and recreated by Barry North in a spellbinding performance. Performed in Highcliffe Castle's majestic Great Hall, surrounded by beautiful candelabras, this is not one to miss! Time: 7.30pm

05 December 2019

Dorchester's Christmas Cracker

Dorchester

The date has been set, Santa’s been told and we’re busy making sure the magic will happen again this year. We will be updating our website regularly with information and news as it becomes available so keep an eye out and don’t forget to find and Like us on Facebook. We hope you will all join us for late night Xmas shopping, seasonal entertainment and other delights.

06 December 2019

A Christmas Carol

Bridport

Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL is one of the most beloved books in the English language and has become a classic Christmas tale for generations of grown-ups and children alike. It is brought to life in an astounding one-man performance by actor and writer Nick Wilkes. For over two decades Nick Wilkes has appeared in countless productions, both in the UK and overseas working in classical and contemporary drama, musical, pantomime and weekly rep, working alongside names as diverse as ...

06 December 2019

Marty Wilde and The Wildcats

Wimborne

The one and only MARTY WILDE returns to the Tivoli in 2019! A chance to see live on stage, one of the only performing Rock’n’Roll pioneers in the world today. Marty began his career in 1957 and was one of the first British singers to play a leading part in those early formative, and groundbreaking Rock’n’Roll years. With his many hits and a host of wonderful songs from that era, Marty and his fabulous band the Wildcats take you back through some of the most exciting musical times this ...

06 December 2019

Music: Wille & The Bandits

Dorchester

Wille and the Bandits are an energetic and soulful three piece in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience, yet take their sound beyond what is expected of a traditional blues rock line up. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues and they leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds. The band are praised in the press for their albums; ...

04 Dec 2019 to 07 Dec 2019

Jingle Bell Rockout Christmas Show

Weymouth

This is Wessex Musical Theatre's first Christmas show and features songs from 'The Lion King', 'A Star is Born' and a medley of hits from the golden age of disco. Alongside this, you will hear favourite Christmas songs and carols. Boogie on down to Jingle Bell Rockout for plenty of song and dance in the beautiful location of Weymouth Harbour. Location: Hope Church, Trinity St, Weymouth DT4 8TW Tickets: Adults £10 for all evening performances (starting at 7.30 pm). £8 for Saturday ...

07 December 2019

Buttermarket Christmas Market, Poundbury

Dorchester

Poundbury’s Christmas Market Now in its 4th year we are delighted to tell you that this year the Christmas Market will be on Saturday 7th December. It’s small business Saturday on 7th December so it’s the perfect time to come out and support your local community.

07 December 2019

Cerne Abbas Christmas Street Fair

Dorchester

Some 40+ stalls selling a variety of local crafts and unique gifts to purchase. Free entry. All stalls lit up with festoon lighting, music from “Sing for Joy”. The children of Cerne Abbas First School open the Fayre with carols as we light the Church Christmas Tree. Santas Grotto with age related presents. Plus food and refreshments available to purchase. A really lovely way to kick-start Christmas. Cerne Abbas village is located some 7 miles north of Dorchester.

07 December 2019

Play: Are You Going To The Marine?

Lyme Regis

Join us as we celebrate one hundred and twenty five years of the Marine Theatre, in this special community play written by Andrew Rattenbury. With the help of the thriving local theatre, music, and drama groups, who have all performed here over the past century or so, we’ll be looking back at our rich history as seen through the eyes of two young lovers. Born in Lyme, Andrew Rattenbury is the acclaimed screenwriter and former head boy of Woodroffe School! Andy trained as an actor at ...

06 Dec 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Artisans on the Beach

Swanage

Set on Swanage seafront over the Christmas season, the beach-huts are taken over by local crafters and tradespeople all looking to sell the ideal creative gifts for you and your loved ones. From collages, photography and paintings, to vintage and retro cushions, coasters and felt goods, there's no shortage of items on offer. So come on down and see what you can find, located within the beach-huts on Swanage Shore Road beside the Tourist Information Centre right up to the clock ...

08 December 2019

Christmas Carols in the Castle

Corfe Castle

Create a new family tradition with some carol singing in the castle this Christmas. Step inside the ruins and get into the festive spirit. Join local choirs and sing your heart out to Christmas carols old and new. With their origins in the fifteenth century, carol singing is an important part of the festive season. This will be an atmospheric evening, with a concert in the castle from a local choir. The castle lights will be lit throughout the event and the tea-room and shop will be ...

08 December 2019

Christmas Singing in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

Christmas Singing at the Bandstand in the Gardens at 3pm. FREE Hot Drinks and Mince Pies.​Come and join in the Christmas Carols and songs in the Gardens. ​ALL WELCOME

04 Dec 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Illuminated Garden at Kingston Lacy

Wimborne

Enjoy the chance to experience Kingston Lacy after dark during late night openings Wednesdays - Sundays, with a new illuminated experience transforming the Formal Garden as darkness falls. From 4pm onwards, wander the illuminated trail around the Formal Garden and see the house and garden transformed with lights. Normal property admission applies, members receive free entry. Last admission time 6.30pm. Illuminated trail approximately 30 minute walk (1.5 miles). No dogs are allowed ...

07 Dec 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Santa Express

Swanage Railway, Swanage

Meet Santa on his special Swanage Railway train. During your one-hour return journey each child will receive a wrapped present from Santa, complimentary soft drink and biscuit. Mince Pie and seasonal drink for adults. There will be balloon modelling during your visit. Santa Express trains start and finish in Swanage. You cannot board or alight at any other station.

07 Dec 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Santa's Woodland Grotto

Poole

Santa is returning to Upton House in December with some new friends and things to see and tickets are available now so you have plenty of time to plan your visit. This year Santa is joined in his Woodland Grotto by some friendly new elves, owls and donkeys (his reindeer are staying at home). Also new this year is a covered Light Tunnel to enjoy! Pre-booking is highly recommended. Same-day walk-in tickets can be purchased at our ticket booth, but there are likely to be queues especially ...

09 Nov 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Underwater Superheroes

Weymouth

CHALLENGE THE UNDERWATER SUPERHEROES AT SEA LIFE WEYMOUTH THIS HALF TERM Not all superheroes wear capes, some have fins or eight legs SEA LIFE Weymouth is inviting guests to unveil their inner superhero in the brand-new interactive adventure, Underwater Superheroes. Families will be challenged by SEA LIFE’s Super 5 subaquatic superheroes to see if they have the strength of a starfish or speed of a shark, amongst other surprising superpowers. Guests will face interactive ...

07 Dec 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu

New Forest

Travel back in time and visit the Victorian Montagu family home this festive season. Visit us on 7 &8 December, 14 & 15 December and 21 December - 1 January* to see what the Montagu family members would have been doing during the festive season of 1889. Sip a glass of warming mulled punch while you soak in the festive atmosphere of Palace House, with stunning decorations, welcoming log fires and a Christmas tree in each room - including a 22ft tree at the foot of the main ...

11 December 2019

Blandford Yuletide Festival

Blandford

The Blandford Yuletide Festival has become an established part of the Christmas Calendar. 2019 is our ninth festival and is planned to be the biggest so far. PROGRAMME* 4.00pm – Road Closures Begin 5.00pm – Festival Starts – Stalls and Shops Open. 5.30pm – Rendezvous of Primary Schools Lantern Parade at Langton Road Car Park. 6.00pm – Lantern Parade Begins Led by Father Christmas and will include The Blandford Stour Valley Band. The parade will travel from Langton Road Car ...

11 December 2019

Carols at Hardy's Cottage

Dorchester

Visit nineteenth-century Dorset with traditional West Gallery Christmas carols in Hardy's Cottage. Members of the Ridgeway Singers will be returning to Hardy's Cottage to revive the old carols sung in Hardy's childhood, as immortalized in 'Under the Greenwood Tree. Time: 1pm to 4pm. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

11 December 2019

Shaftesbury Carols by Candlelight

Shaftesbury

Join us at St James' Church in Shaftesbury on Wednesday 11th December at 7pm for a magical candlelit evening featuring all your festive favourites. Following the success of our inaugural carols in Shaftesbury last year, we're delighted to be returning to this beautiful town. Carols by Candlelight is already a firm favourite in the Julia's House events calendar in other areas, well known for a lively mix of celebrity and family readers, music and traditional carols. Last year's special ...

10 Dec 2019 to 12 Dec 2019

Swing Unlimited Big Band

Christchurch

The Swing Unlimited Christmas concerts in the Great Hall of Highcliffe Castle have been such a sell-out success we have extended to three nights! Featuring Swing Unlimited’s own great arrangements of songs and tune for the season.

12 December 2019

Vienna Festival Ballet: The Nutcracker

Wimborne

Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier ...

13 December 2019

Comedy: Andrew Lawrence

Bridport

Andrew Lawrence, star of Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost contrarian takes a break from all the controversy in this new show. No politics. No religion. No smut. No swearing. Just great jokes and good clean fun. Venue: Bridpoer Arts Centre

13 Dec 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

Artisans on the Beach

Swanage

Set on Swanage seafront over the Christmas season, the beach-huts are taken over by local crafters and tradespeople all looking to sell the ideal creative gifts for you and your loved ones. From collages, photography and paintings, to vintage and retro cushions, coasters and felt goods, there's no shortage of items on offer. So come on down and see what you can find, located within the beach-huts on Swanage Shore Road beside the Tourist Information Centre right up to the clock ...

11 Dec 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

Illuminated Garden at Kingston Lacy

Wimborne

Enjoy the chance to experience Kingston Lacy after dark during late night openings Wednesdays - Sundays, with a new illuminated experience transforming the Formal Garden as darkness falls. From 4pm onwards, wander the illuminated trail around the Formal Garden and see the house and garden transformed with lights. Normal property admission applies, members receive free entry. Last admission time 6.30pm. Illuminated trail approximately 30 minute walk (1.5 miles). No dogs are allowed ...

30 Nov 2019 to 22 Dec 2019

Magical Fun with ‘Farmer Christmas’

Wareham

Visit 'Farmer Christmas' in his traditional, Winter cabin in the Little Farmer's Fun Barn. Our clever Elves use a time-slot system so no long queues for you! Yay! We don't charge you for taking photos either; you're welcome to take lots of your own photos and there's sure to be lots of giggles too! The Farm Park gets a full festive makeover and there'll be a cracking Christmas atmosphere all around! *Simply purchase your Visit Santa tickets on the day of your visit from our reception ...

10 Dec 2019 to 24 Dec 2019

Can't Wait For Christmas

Poole

Festive fun for everyone ages 3–10 and their families Jessie’s dad has got her a lovely little present. It’s all wrapped up, and tied with a beautiful bow. She can’t wait to open it, but she isn’t allowed to until Christmas day. Jessie shakes it and sniffs it and tries to sneak a peek, but Dad puts it just out of her reach and keeps a close eye on it. To keep her amused, he has laid a secret advent trail for her to follow. Jessie discovers a fun-filled journey filled with magical ...

13 Dec 2019 to 24 Dec 2019

Meet Father Christmas at Sea Life

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, Weymouth

Experience the magic of Christmas at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park this December. Be guided through the festive forest by a jolly Elf to meet Father Christmas in his enchanting Christmas Cabin. Meet Father Christmas from 13th to 24th December, before he heads off on his long journey around the world delivering Christmas gifts and joy with his team of reindeer! Every child meeting Father Christmas will receive a special SEA LIFE gift. Our Christmas Craft Zone will have lots to ...

15 Nov 2019 to 02 Jan 2020

Christmas Tree Wonderland

Bournemouth

Feel the wonder at Bournemouth’s unique, free festive trail 15 Nov 2019 – 2 Jan 2020. Experience the magical, mystical and memorable spectacle of over 100 glittering trees and illuminations. Explore the Alpine Market and skate in the enchanting Victorian Lower Gardens. Enjoy live music, entertainment and magical illuminations across the town. As the skies darken, enter a world filled with light as Christmas trees from around the world guide you through an enchanted walkway encountering ...

14 Nov 2019 to 05 Jan 2020

Ice Skate Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Whether you're a Dancing on Ice champion, a total newbie or just about anything in between, you can be sure to find some festive euphoria on the surface of our real, genuine ice. The rink is held within the canopies of Bournemouth's Lower Gardens, which have been magically brought to life for the Christmas season.

07 Dec 2019 to 05 Jan 2020

Pantomime: Aladdin

Bournemouth

From the producers that brought you Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty, comes the thrilling story of Aladdin . Packed full of everything you’d want in a pantomime including laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and, of course, a flying carpet! Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. Starring BBC EastEnders Richard Blackwood as Abanazar and The X Factor's Amelia Lily as Spirit of the Ring, ...

12 Dec 2019 to 05 Jan 2020

Pantomime: Jack and the Beanstalk

Poole

The seeds have been sown for a magical Christmas as Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is delighted to announce Jack and the Beanstalk as this year’s family pantomime. Giant Blunderbore is in a terrible rage. He shouts from above threatening to eat any villager who won’t pay their rent. Poor Dame Trott has to sell her precious cow Buttercup and sends her son Jack to market to get the best price he can. Jack is in love with Jill, the Squire's daughter and is easily fooled by the ...