Dorset Events

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

26 May 2018

1040s Family Fun Day

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

This is an opportunity to visit areas of the Nothe Fort not generally open to the public. Take part in the ‘Evacuee Experience’ with Nothe Fort guides. Displays of military and civilian vehicles and 1940's memorabilia. 1940’s live entertainment - music and dancing, & themed activities, side shows and stalls. Meet Warren and Winnie thew Nothe Fort mascots. Games involve Coconut Shy: Hoopla: Splat the Rat and many more. Please not there will be an extra charge to participate in the games.

26 May 2018

Ballet Central 2018

Bridport

Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, Ballet Central returns with a new programme showcasing the best in dance theatre. These young dancers on the cusp of their professional careers will perform a mixed bill, featuring works by world-renowned choreographers. See Jenna Lee’s brand new creation Black Swan, a dark twist on the iconic classic, and a gothic reworking of the ‘Fairies prologue’ from Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty. An excerpt from Far by the multi award-winning ...

26 May 2018

Egdon Easy 10k Run

Weymouth

The Egdon Easy is a flat 10km race which is mostly on the paths and cycle ways around Weymouth's Lodmoor Nature Reserve and Country Park. Weymouth College is the venue for registration, start and finish where there are facilities for changing, showering and refreshments. Further details on the website.

26 May 2018

Mary Anning Day

Lyme Regis

Mary will be here all day with her fellow scientists, in the form of Emerald Ant, actors extraordinaire. Jurassic CSI (12 to 4 pm) - an activity based around a criminal investigation in the Learning Centre. Our visitors will be able to look at fossil remains and help work out who the killer, the predator was!

26 May 2018

New Milton Lions Club Carnival

New Forest

The New Milton Recreation Ground - Saturday 26th May - 11.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. Arena Displays and Competitions for Adults & Children. Fun Dog Show - Variety of Classes. Community, Charity and Commercial Stalls. Live Entertainment throughout the Event. Birds of Prey Static and Flying Displays - 12:00 Noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. (NEW) Children's Rides and Amusements. Barbeque and other refreshments. Bar

26 May 2018

The Mods & Rockers Show

Weymouth

Remember the Brighton riots? Lambrettas, Nortons, parkas and leathers? When you had to choose between being a Mod or a Rocker? Celebrate that magical period with the Mods & Rockers Show by Johnny Warman's Magic Bus. The Mods & Rockers Show show features over two hours of classic songs by Mod and Rock artists including The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, T. Rex, Eddie Floyd, The Equals, Toots & The Maytals, The Small Faces, Mott the Hoople, Chris Montez, The Animals, Pink ...

26 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

Blandford Camera Club Annual Exhibition

Blandford

Blandford Camera Club Annual exhibition on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May 2018 in the Corn Exchange Blandford Forum, DT11 7AD from 9.30am to 5pm each day. Over 300 images on display including colour and monochrome prints and digitally projected images. There are sections for Blandford Forum Club Members as well as an Open section where non-members from all over the county can enter. Refreshments are served all day. Photos, left to right: Wheels and Pistons Eric Langley, Red ...

25 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

Bournemouth 7s Festival

Christchurch

Bournemouth 7s Festival is a must attend event. With over 400 Rugby, Netball, Hockey and Dodgeball teams competing in a range of competitive and social competitions, the festival is an action-packed weekend of sport, music and entertainment. Having firmly cemented its place on the sporting and music calendars, the Bournemouth 7s Festival kicks off the festival season over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, when 30,000 people will descend on the Bournemouth Sports Club.

27 May 2018

BSO Benevolent Fund Concert

Poole

Join us in celebrating the 60th year of the OBF with a special concert featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Beethoven. We’re delighted to welcome best-selling author, Philip Pullman who will be narrating the famous Peter and the Wolf. With its use of various instruments to portray the animals in the story, Peter and theWolf has enticed audiences young and old into listening to classical music for many years. Francesca da Rimini tells a tragic love story and Tchaikovsky captures ...

25 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

Cursus Cider & Music Festival

Cranborne

We has such a blast at the first three Cursus Cider & Music festivals we are doing it again in 2018. Expect a similar line up and vibe – Just good people, good music and tasty food & drink. Friday we’ll be open from 12pm again with the live music starting at 6.30pm and on Saturday and Sunday we will have a full programme of music from 1pm. Tickets from the website. Venue: Canada Farm, Sixpenny Handley, Near Cranborne.

27 May 2018

Dorchester Marathon

Dorchester

The county town hosts its second marathon on 27th May raising money for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and local charities. The race will be on fully closed roads running through historic Dorchester, picturesque villages and the glorious Dorset countryside. The race will be officially measured and certified by UK Athletics. There will be amazing medals and T-shirts for all finishers, together with a post race party, free live entertainment, a bar with local ales and cider, and ...

26 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

Fayre in the Square

Weymouth

Two days of entertainment along Hope Square & Trinity Rd with live bands, street entertainment and loads to do for all the family!

27 May 2018

Giant Craft Fair

Weymouth

A huge selection of hand-crafted goods made by local craftspeople. 10am to 4pm in the Ocean Room, Weymouth Pavilion. Free entry.

27 May 2018

Metropole Street Market

Bournemouth

The Metropole Street Market is a quintessentially eccentric ensemble of all things creative & delicious. Lansdowne is home to an eclectic collection of independent retailers and high-street brands. On selected Sundays, they will be joined by an abundance of fare from the best producers, artists and crafts people that the county has to offer. Accompanied by live music and street performances with spectacular themes, no two markets are the same – making Metropole Market the most memorable ...

27 May 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

The Weymouth Ukuleleans – Great music, songs and laughter! Starts at 2pm (weather dependent).

26 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

Nature Detectives Trail at Lorton Meadows

Weymouth

Saturday 26 May 10:30 - 16:00. Discover the wonderful wildflowers of Lorton's meadows and celebrate Dorset Wild Flower Week. Pick up a trail guide from the Conservation Centre and become a nature detective, follow the trail & find the clues. Approximately 30 - 45 minutes. No need to book, available all day. Children £1, must be accompanied. For more details phone 01305 816546. Start at Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH. The reserve can be muddy, please ...

26 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

Quayside Music Festival

Weymouth

The third Quayside Music Festival of the year, hosted on Weymouth harbourside by the Rendezvous, will be a free live music event celebration not to be missed. Music from midday to midnight!

26 May 2018 to 27 May 2018

Sci-fi Invasion

Wareham

Meet the Dorset Storm Troopers, watch the epic battle between the Daleks and the U.N.I.T. soldiers, and enjoy sci-fi themed talks and tours, market stalls, and props around the Tank Museum.

27 May 2018

Shapwick Country Fair

Blandford

A very small village, but a very big traditional Country Fair! Shapwick is situated just 5 miles south east of Blandford.

27 May 2018

West Bay Pirate Day

West Bay

Shiver me timbers! It be pirate mayhem down at that there West Bay harbour - best get down there and see what's going down.

26 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

Dorset Street Food Festival

Lyme Regis

Come and join us for a glorious bank holiday weekend of fantastic fresh food and delicious drinks in Lyme Regis! 12noon-10pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Expect sensational smells, tantalizing tastes and foodie fun 😍 With an outstanding array of different food on offer, fresh stone-baked pizza to crunchy Pad Thai, to sugary doughy Churros, to juicy gourmet burgers. Come and enjoy a range of mouth-watering food from all over the world alongside an ice-cold pint of beer or fresh zesty ...

24 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

Jazz Jurassica

Lyme Regis

This festival of Jazz returns to bring a cocktail of music to your ears over the Bank Holiday weekend, with an added twist of Lyme.

25 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Weekend

Lyme Regis

For dedicated jazzers and blues hounds alike, the Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Weekend aims to bring the best of live music, both new and traditional, to Lyme Regis over the last weekend in May.

26 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

Melon Madness!

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham

Every child who brings a melon for the primates receives a free Monkey World badge over the bank holiday weekend.

26 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

Moreton Church Flower Festival

Dorchester

St Nicholas' Church in Moreton, near Dorchester, is world famous for the beautiful engraved glass windows by poet and artist Sir Laurence Whistler. The church is not only unique in having all its windows engraved, but these make the world's largest collection of Sir Laurence Whistler's window art. Once a year the church hosts a flower festival which further enhances Whistler's masterpieces with beautiful displays of flowers. This year the festival has a Red, White and Blue "Best of ...

24 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

Purbeck Pirate Festival

Swanage

The Purbeck Pirate Festival will be held on Thursday 24th - Monday 28th May 2018 (the last bank holiday in May), at Sandpit Field, Swanage. Where there will be much raiding, pillaging and plundering. There will be stalls for you to buy all the "effects" you need to become a pirate or just update/add to your wardrobe, food and beverages aplenty, as well as an assortment of other stalls, re-enactments and entertainment for all ages.

28 May 2018

Sherborne Castle Country Fair

Sherborne

Held in the grounds of Sherborne Castle this spectacular lakeside event highlights traditional rural skills, as well as those more modern. The Fair is open from 10am to 6pm and car parking is free.

27 May 2018 to 28 May 2018

Upton House Open Day

Poole

A volunteer from the Friends of Upton House will be in attendance to welcome you to visit the magnificent Georgian mansion, and perhaps take a guided tour of the ground floor rooms. The House (which is normally closed to the public) will be open from 12.00 - 4.30pm and admission is free for the sale of books, souvenirs & gifts. Guided tours commence at 12.30 and 2.30pm and will cost £1.50 per person. All proceeds go towards funding projects in the House and Country Park. The Friends ...

29 May 2018

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson). The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night specials on their menus.

27 May 2018 to 30 May 2018

Castle Dinosaur Trail

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

Calling all explorers! Join us at Highcliffe Castle for a Prehistoric Dinosaur trail around the grounds solving all the questions for a chance to receive your very own fossil. The Dinosaurs have also taken over our Dining room – see if you can spot a few Dinosaurs hidden amongst the plants and trees! Ticket prices are £6 per child and includes a fossil. Availability of timeslots is limted so booking is essential. Call us on 01425 278807 Bring your ticket to the Dino trail tent at the ...

28 May 2018 to 30 May 2018

Natural History Adventure Day

Bournemouth

Check out the Natural History Adventures in Bournemouth at Castlepoint Shopping Park from the 28th to the 30th of May. There will be loads of FUN SCIENCE (fizz and gooey experiments), along with EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOPS WIT...H SPIDERS, REPTILES AND OTHER CREEPY CRAWLIES, a spectacular PLANETARIUM, A DINO who will MEET AND GREET THE KIDS, the LIBERTY OWLS RAPTOR AND REPTILE CENTRE FANTASTIC BIRDS and more. A great FREE EVENT, something for all the family not to be missed: come and join ...

30 May 2018

Peppa Pig at Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

Visit Adventure Wonderland on 30th May when Peppa Pig will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day.

31 May 2018

Squashbox Theatre: Stones and Bones

Dorchester

Stones And Bones is a marvellous mix of history and mystery! Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two… There will be thrills and spills galore, but also lots of laughs, plenty of puppets, songs, slapstick, tall tales and crazy characters – all presented in that unique Squashbox style! For children aged 5+ and ...

01 June 2018

Ben Waters Big Band

Wimborne

Rock ‘n roll, boogie woogie, blues and hard hitting original numbers played by some of the best musicians in the world provide the format for this sensational band led by international pianist Ben Waters. Having played, recorded and performed with the crème de la crème of the rock ‘n roll world, Ben has selected band members who love this music as much as he does. Expect a performance which will tickle your musical taste buds and get you shaking that tail feather!

01 June 2018

Spenstock

Weymouth

Spenstock - live music night at Weymouth Pavilion, in memory of Spenny. Raising money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease. Featuring live music from The C Sharp Blues Band, Hot Bacon, Tripod, and Chloe, Tom & The Jack On the Box. Doors open 6.45pm, music starts 7.15pm until midnight. Over 18s only.

02 June 2018

Choral Concert: Tenebrae

Dorchester

Described as 'phenomenal' (The Times) and 'devastatingly beautiful' (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world's leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision. The concert features their BBC Music Magazine award-winning interpretation of Victoria's Requiem Mass, published in 1605. This masterpiece is one of a handful of large-scale works which enjoys mainstream appeal in the 21st century and is, for many, ...

28 Apr 2018 to 02 Jun 2018

Exhibition: 4U2Touch II

Christchurch

An exhibition for the visually impaired where exhibits can be touched and enjoyed by all. Paintings, Textiles, Wood, Sculpture. The Red House Museum, Quay Road, Christchurch Open Tues – Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. Admission Free.

02 June 2018

Riverside Garden Party

Bournemouth

A rare chance to look around the garden at Throop Mill Cottage. Discover this wildlife-friendly haven and relax beside the River Stour. £3.50 per person, to include a cream tea, with all proceeds in aid of Dorset Wildlife Trust's work in the local area. No dogs. Throop Mill Cottage, Throop, Bournemouth BH8 0DN. For more information, ring 01202 692033 or email nhoar@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

27 May 2018 to 02 Jun 2018

Suck Squeeze Bang Blow – How does an engine go?

Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne

Calling all motor mechanic enthusiasts – young and old! Join us at Haynes International Motor Museum this half term for a light hearted, informative tour and talk for the whole family discovering the fascinating principles of the glorious internal combustion engine. The invention of the internal combustion engine in the mid 19th Century completely revolutionised transport and the mechanical principles remain relatively unchanged to this day. From an unassuming single cylinder to a mighty ...

02 June 2018

Theatre: Romeo & Juliet

Lyme Regis

The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their “seriously silly” production of Romeo and Juliet around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle, with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, the show is back by popular demand – and, in usual HandleBards style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.Join the HandleBards’ all-female troupe outside the beautiful ...

30 May 2018 to 02 Jun 2018

Theatre: The Gruffalo's Child

Poole

The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood. . . One wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... does he? Tall Stories returns, bringing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel to life in this magical, musical adaptation. Venue: The Lighthouse

30 May 2018 to 02 Jun 2018

WOS presents Guys and Dolls

Weymouth

Frank Loesser’s timeless musical romantic comedy exudes show stopping music such as ‘Sit down you’re rocking the boat’ and ‘Luck be a lady tonight’. The show is based on the works of Damon Runyon’s colourful depiction of New York’s underworld of gangsters and gamblers and features such characters as Nathan Detroit, Sky Masterson, Miss Adelaide and the sweet Sarah Brown. There is something for everyone in this show; great dancing and song from the award-winning Weymouth Operatic ...

03 June 2018

19th Hardy Country Classic Tour

Dorchester

Supporting the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, the 19th Hardy Country Classic Tour will start from Hampton Farm Business Park, Higher Bockhampton, Nr Dorchester DT2 8QH first car away at 10.30am. The finish venue will be at The Riviera Hotel at Bowleaze Coveway for our afternoon static display. Classes are – VINTAGE / CLASSIC / COMMERCIAL / PSV / MILITARY / MOTORCYCLES / Contact Nick Aplin 01305 260038 / 07880916657 for any enquiries. You can find the entry form and further information on ...

26 May 2018 to 03 Jun 2018

Beaulieu Half-term: Spies & Soldiers

New Forest

Enter the daring realm of World War II spies and soldiers this May half-term! Welcome to Beaulieu, once the top secret training establishment for Special Operations Executive agents. Test your mettle as a secret agent by heading off across the Beaulieu grounds on your own SOE training mission this May half-term. YOUR MISSION The Special Operations Executive are running a training exercise before sending their trainee agents into enemy-occupied France - and they've recruited you to ...

02 Jun 2018 to 03 Jun 2018

Highcliffe Food Festival

Christchurch

Food, music and activities. Details to follow on their website.

26 May 2018 to 03 Jun 2018

May Half Term at the Tank Museum

Wareham

This May half term, explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history… Start your half term with a bang with the Sci-Fi invasion on the 26-27 May. Meet your favourite sci-fi characters and enjoy themed talks and tours in The Tank Museum's second annual sci-fi invasion. See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Monday 28 May. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this ...

03 June 2018

Outdoor Theatre: Romeo & Juliet

Dorchester

The HandleBards return by popular demand with their “seriously silly” production of Romeo & Juliet. This all-female, cycling theatre troupe will be pedalling to us with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. In usual HandleBards' style, you can expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. Venue: Maumbury Rings

03 June 2018

Petfest @ Highcliffe Castle

Christchurch

A fab family day out can be had at Highcliffe Castle's Petfest. With pets aplenty, plus Highcliffe's very own Crufts, you can see who will be crowned as their ‘Dog of the Year’.

02 Jun 2018 to 03 Jun 2018

Poole Festival of Running

Poole

Take part in Poole’s biggest running event! The weekend includes five kids’ races, a 5k charity race and our flagship 10K road race, a 1 mile time trial, along with family entertainment and live music for a festival atmosphere!! Find out more via the website below.

26 May 2018 to 03 Jun 2018

Seashore Explorer week

Studland

What lurks beneath the waves? Come and discover the hidden secrets of the seashore and make a sand sculpture or shell mobile. 10 -30am to 4pm. Meet Knoll Beach Visitor Centre.

03 June 2018

Simply Porsche

Beaulieu, New Forest

All Porsche owners are invited to drive into Beaulieu on Sunday 3rd June and park up within the museum complex for what promises to be a superb day out for both Porsche owners and enthusiasts. Whether you drive a Boxster, 911 or something a little older such as a 924, all models in all conditions are welcome at Simply Porsche, which is set to provide a great opportunity to admire other’s vehicles and to connect with fellow enthusiasts. All participants have the opportunity to be chosen ...

02 Jun 2018 to 03 Jun 2018

Wessex Folk Festival

Weymouth

The Wessex Folk Festival takes place every year in the streets and pubs around Weymouth's picturesque Old Harbour and pretty Hope Square. With most of the entertainment over three days free, this is one of the South of England's favourite festivals.

01 Jun 2018 to 03 Jun 2018

Wildlife Weekend

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Step inside Corfe Castle's walls and meet some of the diverse wildlife of the surrounding Purbeck landscape. Join local experts in our nature tent and find out more about bats, moths and reptiles. This is a unique opportunity to meet some of our beautiful local wildlife close up. Wildlife Talks: 11am Moths 12pm Reptiles 1pm Bats 2pm Spider Walk 3pm Moths 4pm Reptiles 5pm Bats This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

05 June 2018

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson). The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night specials on their menus.

07 June 2018

Outdoor Theatre: The Winter's Tale

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

Written by Shakespeare in his later years, The Winter’s Tale is an intriguing mix of drama and comedy. Sparked by an obsessive envy of a perceived relationship between his Queen and his oldest friend, Leontes, King of Sicilia, sets in motion a train of events which affect two kingdoms and two generations; there is jealousy and joy, revenge and romance, loss and discovery, remorse and revelry, and an amazing revelation. Tremendous entertainment for a Summer evening from this premier ...

08 June 2018

Fairport Convention

Bridport

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. This year’s Tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material from their most recent studio album 50:50@50 celebrating their Golden anniversary. Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim: the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime ...

09 June 2018

Grand Opening

Studio Poole, Poole

Official Opening of the revamped store with Artists Studio and have-a-go area. Proudly continuing the tradition of selling Poole Pottery on the Quay! Come and see us at midday...

09 June 2018

Jewellery Fair

Poole

Upton House is hosting a Jewellery Fair in the magnificent state rooms on Saturday 9th June. Lots of local suppliers will be on hand showcasing their stunning crafts. Browse the beautiful jewellery items on sale and enjoy a cup of tea in the Dining Room. £1 entry for adults, free for children under 16. For more information or to enquire about exhibiting, please call 01202 262753 or email uptoncountrypark@poole.gov.uk

09 June 2018

Minster Green Fair

Wimborne

The Minster Green Fair takes place during Wimborne Folk Festival weekend in June. Minster members run stalls to raise money for our charities, and many other local charities book tables too. The day is always hard work but great fun.

08 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

A-Class Catamaran National Championships

Portland

Incorporating the Unicorn Class Open on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June. Overnight campervan spaces are available onsite at WPNSA during this event, charged from £18 per night.

09 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival

Christchurch

A family festival celebrating all things Cheese & Chilli with loads going on for the whole family including; Live Music, Stunt Shows, Chilli Eating Competition, Falconry display, Magic Shows, Punch & Judy, Inflatables, Bars, Craft Tent, Sand Art, Ballon Modelling, Wine Tastings, Cooking Demonstrations, Chilli Presentations, not to mention all the amazing produce and crafts for sale at the show.

10 June 2018

Christchurch Supercar Show

Christchurch

Join us for the bi-annual Christchurch Supercar Show this year on 10th June 2018; the must-see family spectacular that brings some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable motors to Christchurch High Street. See displays of prestigious supercars and hear their distinctive engine notes as they unleash their horsepower on the parade into and out of the High Street. All car enthusiasts will love the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world's most beautiful ...

09 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

Civil War Falconry

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Come to Corfe Castle and meet our birds of prey and learn about the famous falconers who became embroiled in the English Civil War.

26 May 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

Dorset Art Weeks

Dorchester

Dorset Arts Weeks is one of the largest Open Studio Events in the country. Throughout Dorset, it brings artists and visitors together in ways that are often remarkable and profoundly different from entering a public gallery. DAW is fundamentally as much about engagement between people as about people and art. At almost all venues the artists, designers or makers will be on-hand to help you engage with the work, keen to talk to you about the extraordinary range of materials, skills and ...

10 June 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

The Silhouettes – A really talented group with fantastic 60's 70's and 80's music Starts at 2pm (Weather dependent.)

09 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

Panasonic Roadshow

Studland

Improve your photography skills with advice and inspiration from a professional photographer. 10.30am to 3.30pm. Meet at the Discovery Centre, Knoll Beach, Studland

08 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

Party in the Paddock

Wimborne

We kick off the 2018 Party in the Paddock Festival with The Wonky Donkeys, a top local band with a great sound and a well-deserved strong following as they always entertain, they will play all of your favourites and are the perfect band to get this party started or should we say Rocking! Then we have Dirty DC, the country's top AC/DC tribute band, they have played at major venues all over Europe and they are driving a long way especially to play for us. You will know song after song, you ...

08 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole

With stunning views of Brownsea Island, and in close proximity to lively cafes, bars and restaurants, Poole Quay Boat Haven is perfectly placed to host this prestigious show on Town Quay. FREE LIVE MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT AND FIREWORKS!

26 May 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

Purbeck Arts Weeks

Swanage

PAW 2018 is on its way . . . . . . . . with over 100 artists and a huge range of fascinating Open Studios for you to enjoy, lots of new artists to be discovered, and an ever inspiring exhibition of art from many of our participating artists at our main exhibition area at Rollington Barn near Corfe Castle. In addition there will be a very wide range of concerts and other events to enjoy in the evening – including the return of I Fagiolini with Monteverdi’s vespers, the Gabrieli Consort and ...

09 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

Swanage Fish Festival

Swanage

Swanage is celebrating all things ‘fishy’ with a festival that features, food, fishing and fun. The event is all about fish, fun and LOCAL and is set in a stunning location overlooking the bay in Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage.

09 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

Vintage Tractor & Engine Rally

Bridport

Vintage vehicle parades, ring displays, steam engines, market stalls and more. Bar and refreshments available. Venue: Melplash Showground, Bridport.

10 June 2018

Weymouth Half Marathon

Weymouth

After rearranging this event from the original March date, this stunning half marathon will take runners on a historical and scenic tour of Weymouth's dramatic past and landscape. We are pretty sure that with this new event date, we can expect some warmer weather than in March and are looking forward to getting 1500 runners across the finish line. For those who aren't quite ready for the half marathon, we have added a new 10k event running alongside the half marathon, giving runners the ...

08 Jun 2018 to 10 Jun 2018

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Wimborne

In the second weekend of June, we will be bringing the town alive with an exciting mix of music & dance. You can wander through Wimborne and enjoy any of the free shows, or buy tickets to see one of our headline acts.

12 June 2018

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson). The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night specials on their menus.

10 Jun 2018 to 16 Jun 2018

Bridport Food & Beer Festival

Bridport

The week of delicious food events around the town and surrounding area will take place from Sunday 10th June 2018, finishing with the Festival’s main event at Asker Meadows on Saturday 16th June when we join up with the Bridport Round Table Beer Festival. Join the carnival atmosphere and a whole host of food and fun for all ages. Entry is £3.50 for adults and FREE to children 16 years and under.

16 June 2018

Dorchester's Midsummer Madness Carnival

Dorchester

A cracking good day filled with entertainment and fun for all the family.

15 Jun 2018 to 16 Jun 2018

Dorset Midsummer Music Festival

Blandford

Dorset Midsummer Music Festival (or DorsetFest) is a music festival set in the heart of Dorset in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 2018 festival will start on the evening of Friday 15th June and the main festival will then be on Saturday 16th June. Gates open at midday and the action continues until 11pm with food, drinks and gift stalls, alongside childrens entertainment. Camping is also available on site for those who want to make the most of the weekend

16 June 2018

Guitars on the Beach

Lyme Regis

Guitars On The Beach is the UK’s largest guitar festival at which hundreds of guitarists of all ages and abilities come together to simultaneously play together a selection of well-known songs and form Britain’s biggest band, performing on the beach in Lyme Regis in Dorset. This year the event, at which bands will perform from 10 am to 10 pm, will be held on June 16th, and the highlight of the day will be a giant tribute to guitar greats at around 4 pm, when the massive band on the sand ...

16 June 2018

Harry Paye Pirate Day

Poole

Avast me hearties! 'Tis time for you landlubbers to dig out yer eye patch, earring and cutlass for Poole’s annual celebration on 16th June, of its favourite pirate son Harry Paye.

09 Jun 2018 to 16 Jun 2018

Music & Art Festival

Christchurch

This year Christchurch Priory’s Music and Art Festival is teaming up with FlowerFest to provide a town-wide celebration of sound, form and colour. Floral displays will be installed all around the town centre and through the historic quarter down to the Monastic Lawn behind the Priory, and artwork on the theme of ‘Nature’ will fill the Priory.

14 Jun 2018 to 16 Jun 2018

Swanage Drama Company: Murdered to Death

Swanage

There is a gathering of dysfunctional people renewing their acquaintance with the reasonably rich and rather spoilt widow, Mildred. Mildred’s every whim is attended to by her down-trodden niece, Dorothy, and her butler, the insolent and disrespectful Bunting. Crusty old Colonel Charles Craddock with a murky past and his caustic, long-suffering wife Margaret are the first to arrive, followed by upper-class lady of leisure, Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington and her associate Pierre Marceau, the ...

16 June 2018

Teddy Bears Picnic in Radipole Gardens

Weymouth

Why not come and join Teddy and his human friends on his Teddy Bear's Picnic which is taking place in Radipole Gardens, Weymouth on Saturday 16th June from 11am to 3pm. Lots of fun to be had, games to play and things to find. This year the teddies have come up with a new and exciting game...it’s the mystery of the hidden painted rocks alphabet! There's a big cuddly Grandpa bear who is waiting for a name and a new home...could you be the lucky winner? Also joining our Radipole ...

16 June 2018

The Searchers in Concert

Weymouth

With such classic hits as, Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room, they have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry. There is no doubt that the decade that gave us The Beatles as well as The Searchers and many others was very special and will go down in history as being the most imaginative period of music creativity and expression. Venue: Pavilion Theatre

16 June 2018

Weldmar Family Dog Show

Dorchester

Canine fun for all the family, held in the Joseph Weld Hospice meadow, 11am to 4pm. Entrance £1 adults, under 16s free. Novelty classes £1 per entry - entries taken on the day - judging begins at 12 noon.

16 Jun 2018 to 17 Jun 2018

Cranborne Gardens Open

Cranborne

20 gardens open. Exhibition by local artists Place: Cranborne, Dorset; Entrance to car park on Salisbury Road BH21 5PU Dates: June 16th & 17th. Time: 11am – 5pm Price: £10 adults (tickets valid for both days); children free; no dogs please The beautiful and varied Gardens of Cranborne in Dorset will be open for visitors on the weekend of June 16th and 17th. From the famous Cranborne Manor gardens, originally designed by John Tradescant in the 17th century, through elegant period and ...

17 June 2018

Father's Day at Haynes

Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne

Father’s Day Family Offer. Discounted family entry to the Museum, a once in a lifetime chance to get a free family snap with Dad sitting in one of the cars from either our Ferrari Collection or our Luxury Car Collection and a 10% discount voucher for the Museum Shop (Terms apply*). We have a fantastic on-site café that serves freshly cooked, locally-sourced produce, all-day breakfasts and delicious morning and afternoon snacks, and there’s so much for the kids to do they’ll be fast ...

17 June 2018

Free Entry for Dads at Farmer Palmers

Farmer Palmers, Wareham

Free Entry for Dad on Father's Day (Sunday 17th June) at Farmer Palmer's with voucher downloaded from their website. Treat dad to a fun day out on the farm!

17 June 2018

Hot Rod & Custom Drive-in Day

New Forest

Make it an unforgettable Father’s Day at the Beaulieu Hot Rod and Custom Drive In Day. The South’s biggest Hot Rod and Custom event features hundreds of cool, colourful custom cars, live music and hip entertainment throughout the day!

17 June 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

The Decadettes (A FOGG Event) Great songs from these amazing singers. Starts around 2pm (weather dependent.

17 June 2018

Race to the Bill

Portland

A classic distance triathlon from the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. 1500m open water swim in Portland Harbour 40k cycle around the island - the Heights to Portland Bill 10k run along the Rodwell Trail (mainly flat but multi surface).

19 June 2018

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson). The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night specials on their menus.

19 June 2018

Weymouth Art Group Exhibition

Weymouth

Weymouth Art Group is holding its one-day exhibition at Southill Community Centre on Tuesday 19th June. It's an exhibition of painting by some of our many local artists in a wide variety of styles and mediums: entrance is free, as is the tea and biscuits.

20 June 2018

Theatre: The Mill on the Floss

Dorchester

Brought up at Dorlcote Mill, Maggie Tulliver worships her brother Tom and is desperate to win the approval of her parents, but her passionate, wayward nature and her fierce intelligence bring her into constant conflict with her family. As she reaches adulthood, the clash between their expectations and her desires is painfully played out as she finds herself torn between her relationships with three very different men: her proud and stubborn brother Tom; hunchbacked Phillip Wakem, the son of ...

21 June 2018

Charles Dickens' Great Expectations

Poole

Deft, daft, delightful... and definitely Dickens! Christmas Eve, 1803. Pip, a seven year-old orphan boy, visits his mother’s grave. A frightening encounter with an escaped convict begins a series of events that will change his life forever. Written by one of England’s greatest authors, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations is the profound and complex story of Pip’s journey through life. Some of his most memorable characters – the terrifying Magwitch; Joe Gargery, the kind and ...

22 June 2018

Music: Back to the Shack

Lyme Regis

Back To The Shack play a heady brew of foot-stomping blues and classic Americana, all performed in their own distinct style. The band features dobro, guitar, accordion, double bass, and vocals, and is led by Julian Phillips and Izi Onslow Julian has played in concerts and festivals in Europe and America and is highly esteemed by his fellow players. As a teacher, Julian has inspired many young people to follow his example (many of them playing at the UK Boogie Woogie Festival, held ...

22 June 2018

Music: the Producers

Dorchester

Over more than 25 years and thirteen albums, the Producers have gigged their version of the blues round the clubs, theatres and festival of the world and have become firm favourites in Dorchester. The band are really something special and have retained their freshness and originality through their various changes of line-up. Not content with playing predictable covers and ‘hand-me-down’ American music, their sets effortlessly combine original songs and seriously reinvigorated classics ...

23 June 2018

Chesil Rocks Music Festival

Weymouth

Chesil Rocks is a small and intimate music and arts festival, set in a beautiful setting at Higher Farmhouse, Langton Herring and supports Samaritans of Dorset whilst ensuring those attending have a great time! An amazing variety of music, comedy, theatre and storytelling from Dorset and beyond will be performing on several stages. Keenly priced food and drink will be available, including freshly cooked pizzas, gourmet burgers, fish baps and veggie/vegan options. Expect freshly ...

23 June 2018

Dorset County Orchestra Summer Concert

Swanage

Dorset County Orchestra, under their principal conductor, Ian Pillow, present a programme of popular classical works in their Summer Concert in St Mary's Church Swanage. The overture to Mozart's Magic Flute , the Viennese equivalent of a Broadway Musical opens the programme. Talented young, local cellist/composer George Owen, recently graduated with 1st Class Honours in music from Bristol University, is the soloist in Elgar's famous Cello Concerto, his last major orchestral ...

23 June 2018

Hall & Woodhouse Beer Festival

Blandford

Raising money for charity, the Hall & Woodhouse Beer Festival will take place at their brewery at Blandford St. Mary. Saturday 23rd June 2018 11am - 10pm (last entry 8pm) Ticket Prices? £10 Includes glass/mug, programme and 6 tokens (1½ pints)* *This year's festival will once again be 100% cashless with tokens for beer, food and games. Tokens will be £1 each with 2 tokens = ½ pint & 4 tokens = 1 pint. Hot food, live music and entertainment. LAST YEAR'S FESTIVAL RAISED ...

23 June 2018

Jurassic Coast Race for Life Hike

Weymouth

If you love walking in the great outdoors then this is the event for you. Take on 20 to 26 miles of stunning countryside. Walk alongside hundreds of other strong women. Raise valuable funds for research. THIS IS BEATING CANCER. Hike through England's first natural World Heritage Site, steeped in geological history, taking in the iconic sights of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. This 20.5 mile challenging route will take you along the hilly Jurassic coast line, with some steep inclines and ...

23 June 2018

Norwich Puppet Theatre: Pied Piper

Dorchester

Puppet Theatre for children aged 3 – 7 and their families Running Time: 45 mins When the Pied Piper plays his flute the rats run, the greedy mayor rubs his hands and the children dance… Norwich Puppet Theatre’s humorous and irresistible one person show combines a skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling. They will have both young and old entranced. Venue: Corn Exchange

23 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Armed Forces & Veterans Celebrations

Weymouth

The Borough will welcome veterans, residents and visitors to a week of military and veterans commemorations and celebrations. Festival highlights will include the Service of Remembrance, a Seafront Parade with over 1,000 veterans, five marching bands, historic military vehicle static display, Tea Dance and more. The Armed Forces and our Veterans have made and continue to make a major contribution to our Nation and the Weymouth and Portland Event will honour, celebrate and provide a ...

15 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Bournemouth Food & Drinks Festival

Bournemouth

The Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival is 10 whole days of delight for foodies. Get to Bournemouth to enjoy good food, amazing cooking skills and fabulous entertainment. Cookery displays, Cocktail masterclasses, and food, food, food! Street Food Festival – Street food and pop-up restaurants have changed the way we eat out – come and try some of Bournemouth’s best Eating On The Go experiences.

22 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Dorset Goes Vintage

Wimborne

Dorset Goes Vintage is a boutique festival in Wimborne Minster. It is the younger 'sister' of the established 'Vdub at the Pub' festival - with a great feature a ticket for Dorset Goes Vintage also allows access to Vdub at the Pub, two great shows for the price of one.

24 June 2018

Kingston Maurward Open Day

Dorchester

This fantastic family day out will give you a taste of everything we do at Kingston Maurward – and it’s free entry for everyone! Whether you’re interested in college courses, getting married or want to enjoy our animal park and gardens, take a look around the 750-acre estate and get to know us! Take a look at our academies and speak to our tutors in Agriculture, Blacksmithing & Welding, Countryside Management, Animal Conservation & Welfare, Equine, Floristry, Construction, Foundation ...

24 June 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

The Fantastic Quangle Wangle Choir (A FOGG Event) Venue: Greenhill Gardens at 2pm (Weather dependent).

23 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Puddletown Village Open Gardens

Dorchester

There will be approximately 13 village gardens of varying sizes open for viewing and includes a fun quiz for children in each garden. The weekend event includes a Tombola, sales of plants, home-made preserves, cakes and refreshments in the Village Hall. Also available are guided tours of St. Mary’s historic Church Tower (for an extra charge of £2.00) from 1pm to 5pm. (Please wear sturdy footwear). Unfortunately, the Tower tours are not suitable for children under 8 years old. Free parking ...

22 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

VDub at the Pub

Wimborne

Vdub at the Pub is the most exciting VW festival on the south coast. Held beside the beautiful River Stour next to Wimborne Minster. In 2016 we built a new camp ground that is significantly larger and in a better setting. In 2017 we added a new family camping area, a bigger Friday night party, more daytime activities to keep you busy and hopefully a whole new field on Vintage fun

24 June 2018

Victorian Street Fayre

Weymouth

A day of family fun with craft stalls, live music, lots of children’s entertainment, cream teas & barbeque. Keeping a Victorian tradition alive, villagers and stall holders will be dressed in period costume. All the events start at 11am Venue: Sutton Poyntz Village, Weymouth

23 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018

Beaminster Festival of Music & Arts

Dorchester

Music, literature, exhibitions and workshops are all on the bill for this year's Beaminster Festival of Music & Art.

08 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018

Matchstick Fleet Exhibition

Weymouth

Come and be amazed at the detail and accuracy of the scaled matchstick replicas of modern warships on display. The whole of our exhibition area is filled with these exquisite models that have taken one man a lifetime to build.

24 Jun 2018 to 07 Jul 2018

Jazz by the Sea Festival

Bournemouth

Jazz By The Sea Festival has grown to include venues across the wider area of Bournemouth and Poole. There’s a great depth of talent in the local area and our intention is to promote these artists as well as offering a mix of national and international artists to perform at the festival.