Dorset Events

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

21 Jan 2020 to 25 Jan 2020

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Poole

Discover why Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has kept people guessing for so long, becoming the longest running show of any kind in the history of theatre. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. ...

25 January 2020

Burns Night at Beaulieu

Beaulieu, New Forest

Join us on Saturday 25th January to celebrate Burns Night in traditional Scottish style! This year, why not celebrate Burns Night with us at Beaulieu! We will have all the traditions you would hope for including our very own bagpiper! Enjoy an arrival drink as you enter the Domus, our unique 13th century venue, then be captivated by the roaring fire as you have your 3-course traditional meal. This will be a night not to miss out on! BOOKING & INFORMATION £65 per ...

24 Jan 2020 to 25 Jan 2020

Macbeth: The Pantomime

Poole

For something completely different, Castle Players will be staging the absolutely bonkers Macbeth - The Pantomime at Lytchett Matravers Village Hall on 24th, 25th and 31st of January and 1st February 2020, including 2 matinees. A brand new, original show, inspired by the story of Macbeth and written and directed by Linsey O'Neill, where the Bard meets the X-Factor. Duncan Blue is the King of Karaoke. But when Dave Macbeth bumps into some mysterious creatures who foretell his future, ...

18 Jan 2020 to 25 Jan 2020

Pantomime: Jack and the Beanstalk

Christchurch

When Jack sells his beloved family cow for magic beans, his mother, the outrageous Dame Trott, is not best pleased! Little does she know that those beans hold the key to a thrilling adventure. As Jack climbs the beanstalk he discovers a land filled with riches beyond his wildest dreams …. there’s just one Giant problem! It’s 15 years since the award-winning Highcliffe Charity Players performed ‘Jack in the Beanstalk’, so don’t miss this giant of a show which promises laughter, sparkle ...

22 Jan 2020 to 25 Jan 2020

Sleeping Beauty - Music & Drama Group Panto

Shaftesbury

A treat for all ages with all the expected pantomime ingredients of magic, music, mirth and of course the dreaded spinning wheel. This spell binding story tells of the beautiful Princess Aurora who, under the curse of the evil fairy Carabosse and her cunning cat, is doomed to sleep for ever. Join the Royal Court in their endeavours to rescue Aurora from Carabosse and her evil forces. Can the Fairy Queen help? Can good really triumph over evil? Can a courageous Prince win through? Can ...

26 January 2020

Le Big Sing 2020

Poole

Spend a day singing at the Lighthouse Concert Hall with hundreds of others as you workshop and then perform some well-known music with French Connections, including Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera (set in the Palais Garnier, Paris) and other popular French music, including a fantastic choral setting of the famous Widor Toccata. The day will be led and conducted by GAVIN CARR, distinguished Director of the BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY CHORUS and PHILHARMONIA CHORUS. You don’t need to be in a ...

28 January 2020

Kaiser Chiefs Plus Special Guests Razorlight

Bournemouth

Fresh from their triumphant homecoming gig at Leeds Elland Road on June 8th, Kaiser Chiefs have announced a 2020 UK arena tour with very special guests Razorlight which includes a date in Bournemouth! Venue: BIC Windsor Hall

29 January 2020

Roger Chapman: Family & Friends

Wimborne

Roger Maxwell Chapman, known as ‘Chappo’ by his legions of fans was born and brought up in the East Midlands city of Leicester, a hot bed of musical talent in the UK during the mid to late 1960’s. The early days of Roger’s musical career started when he joined The Farinas in 1966, a band started at Leicester Art College in 1962. The original line up of the band consisted of John ‘Charlie’ Whitney, Tim Kirchin, Harry Ovenall and Jim King. Ric Grech replaced Kirchin on bass in 1965 and Roger ...

29 January 2020

Spirit of the Dance

Poole

The International smash hit "Spirit of the Dance" celebrates 21 fabulous years as one of the most successful dance shows ever and now, their new spine tingling anniversary show is touring the world. Seen by more than 20 million people worldwide, the blockbuster hit show is Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy. One of the most exciting dance shows ever, this high octane extravaganza takes dance to the next level, in an explosive fusion of heart pounding Irish Dance combined with ...

31 January 2020

Beyond the Barricade

Poole

Celebrating a fantastic 21 years touring in 2020, the UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables and delivers over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, ending of course with a stunning finale from Les Mis. This brand new show for 2020 will include many of the best numbers that have made Beyond the Barricade the most popular musical theatre concert in the country. The concert features David Fawcett (Valjean) Andy ...

01 February 2020

Let's Dance

Weymouth

Let’s Dance's new 2020 show features around 300 performers of all ages showcasing their talents in dance and song. With a wide variety of music and colourful sparkling costumes, it will be a great evening for all! Children under 2 are FREE. Please note that free child tickets must still be obtained from the Pavilion Box Office.

01 February 2020

Lost Voice Guy, Nathan Caton, Tania Edwards

Poole

Coastal Comedy and Lighthouse present this triple bill feast of stand-up comedy. Headlining this show is Lee Ridley AKA Lost Voice Guy who may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say and his comedy will leave you speechless! Lee won Britain’s Got Talent in 2018 and the BBC New Comedy Award in 2014. Lee’s other credits include America’s Got Talent: The Champions (NBC), Live At The Apollo (BBC Two), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), and many many more and you can ...

31 Jan 2020 to 01 Feb 2020

Macbeth: The Pantomime

Poole

For something completely different, Castle Players will be staging the absolutely bonkers Macbeth - The Pantomime at Lytchett Matravers Village Hall on 31st of January and 1st February 2020, including 2 matinees. A brand new, original show, inspired by the story of Macbeth and written and directed by Linsey O'Neill, where the Bard meets the X-Factor. Duncan Blue is the King of Karaoke. But when Dave Macbeth bumps into some mysterious creatures who foretell his future, he and his wife ...

29 Jan 2020 to 01 Feb 2020

Sleeping Beauty - Music & Drama Group Panto

Shaftesbury

A treat for all ages with all the expected pantomime ingredients of magic, music, mirth and of course the dreaded spinning wheel. This spell binding story tells of the beautiful Princess Aurora who, under the curse of the evil fairy Carabosse and her cunning cat, is doomed to sleep for ever. Join the Royal Court in their endeavours to rescue Aurora from Carabosse and her evil forces. Can the Fairy Queen help? Can good really triumph over evil? Can a courageous Prince win through? Can ...

01 February 2020

Stargazing at Durlston

Swanage

Moon, star clusters, galaxies, Orion Nebula, winter constellations. Weather dependent, call on day to confirm. £3. Learning Centre. Location: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage BH19 2J Time: 7.30pm to 9pm.

02 February 2020

Portland Coastal Marathon

Portland

The Portland Coastal Marathon will be taking place from the iconic Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on Sunday 2nd February. Along with the full distance event there will be a Half marathon and a 10k so all abilities can take part in this festival of running in what is possibly the most stunning of coastal trail locations. This is a run of dramatic, rugged cliffs, nationally rare plants, hidden coves and stunning views. The Isle of Portland is a large mass of limestone ...

06 February 2020

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Weymouth

Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival! The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen! An adrenaline-fuelled, not-to-be missed event ...

07 February 2020

The Circus of Horrors

Poole

The new Circus of Horrors show will be an immersive celebration of its astounding 25 years. It will include an amazing amalgamation of acts, driven by a rock n roll sound scape, a show that will have you sat on the edge of your seat when not falling off it with laughter. The almighty cast that stormed into the finals of Britain's Got Talent is now a West End and world-wide hit and will take you on a rock n' roller coaster ride of Unbelievable, bizarre and beautiful acts. It is a circus ...

08 February 2020

Anton & Erin - Dance Those Magical Movies

Bournemouth

Anton & Erin, the nation’s favourite ballroom stars are back with their brand-new show for 2020 as they dance Those Magical Movies. With sensational choreography set to music that made it big on the silver screen, expect a Hollywood red carpet premiere performance from the UK’s leading dance stars. Including musical classics from Breakfast at Tiffany's, Singing In The Rain, Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, The Greatest Showman, 007, Titanic, Moulin Rouge and many more. Thrilling live ...

06 Feb 2020 to 08 Feb 2020

Musical: Fame

Swanage

This year's Swanage School Production is FAME. Venue: Mowlem Theatre Doors Open at 7:00PM Starts at 7:30PM

07 Feb 2020 to 09 Feb 2020

Pantomime: Robin Hood

Portland

With King Richard the Lionheart away on the Crusades, his evil brother Prince John rules the land with a rod of iron. The Sheriff of Nottingham, under the orders of Prince John commands his guards to collect massively inflated taxes from the local villagers, causing poverty and distress. Then one day the fearless and dashing Robin Hood arrives to reverse the economic balance, by stealing from the rich to return to the poor, and also win the heart of the beautiful niece of the King, Maid ...

09 February 2020

Ships & Shanties Concert

Dorchester

An evening of entertainment with traditional shanties, new songs and readings to celebrate the golden age of sail. Set in the beautiful location of Kingston Maurward House with ample parking, a log fire and a licensed bar. Tickets now available by emailing us at: wareham.whalers@gmail.com

14 February 2020

Valentine's Night at Palace House

Beaulieu, New Forest

Celebrate Valentine's Night on Friday 14th February by dining in Palace House, Beaulieu - an unforgettable experience not to be missed! Celebrate in style by booking your intimate table for 2 and dine in Palace House. Explore the house whilst enjoying a drinks reception, then be serenaded by the pianist whilst you and your partner enjoy a 4-course meal. Palace House truly is an exquisite venue and makes the perfect romantic setting to be wined and dined by your partner.

15 February 2020

Inflatable Museum at Blandford

Blandford

In collaboration with Artsreach, Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset on Tour will be bringing the Inflatable Museum to rural communities around Dorset exploring the county’s rich history and cultural heritage. This tour is a great opportunity to bring the experience of visiting the Museum to Dorset’s towns and villages offering a free, fun drop-in to learn about the Museums current redevelopment. Take part in engaging activities and handle real objects from our collection including: Archaeology, ...

15 February 2020

Poole Winter Warmer Run

Poole

Upton Country Park is delighted to be co-hosting the Poole 5k and 10k Winter Warmer Run this year, helping to raise funds for the Shelter charity. Lace up those shoes, get motivated, focus on training during winter and run this event with us. There will be loads of great entry benefits including full race chip timing, a super cool medal, sweets, drinks, some surprise goodies and a load of fun, smiles, hugs and high fives along the way. So come on, let's do this! You can now secure your ...

15 February 2020

Valentine's Belle

Swanage

Enjoy a romantic evening, travelling behind a historic steam engine whilst dining in style. The Valentine's Belle is £49.00 per person, including meal and train travel. The Valentine's Belle departs Swanage station at 1930 returning at approximately 2230. Please note: Bookings close on the Wednesday prior to the date of travel.

16 February 2020

Concert: Nathan Carter

Christchurch

Quickly becoming one of the UK’s most prolific touring artists, wowing crowds with his sensational live show, we are delighted to be welcoming Irish country pop star Nathan Carter back to The Regent Centre. One of the UK’s most exciting live performers, his energetic showmanship is proving irresistible for fans, even scoring him a prestigious slot performing for Pope Francis in Croke Park in Dublin, as well as shows in Ireland as the 3Arena Dublin and SSE Arena Belfast. With tracks ...

15 Feb 2020 to 16 Feb 2020

South West Model Show Spring Edition

Tank Museum, Wareham

On the 15-16 February, over 2 days the Tank Museum will be inviting exhibitors from across the UK to exhibit their models throughout the Museum. Boats, Cars, Plane, Trains, Military Vehicles and, of course, Tanks! Book online for reduced prices. Annual Passes are valid for this event. Over two days, see a wide range of models and buy your own! •Exhibitors and traders throughout the Museum •Model boats, cars, planes and trains - and, of course, tanks! •Models and modelling ...

19 February 2020

The Amazing Bubble Man

Poole

Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe favorite, he has sold out there for the last twelve years. Louis explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles to rocket bubbles, tornado bubbles to flying saucer bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures ...

21 February 2020

Be Bop A Lula

Weymouth

The West End smash hit comes to Weymouth Pavilion starring the music of giants of rock'n'roll - Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury and Buddy Holly. In 1960, American rockers Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent flew in from the States and were joined by British heartthrob Billy Fury for the UK's very first multi-artist rock'n'roll tour. Reviewers were appalled by the on stage antics. Audiences screamed their approval. British youth culture was born. Relive these seminal concerts in the ...

21 February 2020

Comedy: Geoff Norcott

Bridport

Geoff Norcott’s unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again in the spring, continuing with the success of his critically acclaimed show, ‘Taking Liberties’. Whatever the contentious subject – he’ll be honest and blunt without being a dick. Mostly. As seen on The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week. Geoff has also appeared frequently on Question Time and can be regularly seen putting the cat amongst the pigeons on UK political debate shows. You may ...

15 Feb 2020 to 21 Feb 2020

February Half Term 2020

Tank Museum, Wareham

February Half Term 2020 15th February – 21st February 2020 10:00 am – 17:00 pm TONNES OF FUN FOR FAMILIES! Take part in a range of family activities. Kids can also let off steam in our outdoor play area and in our inside soft play area, adjacent to our Café. Plus free family trails to keep them absorbed with teasers and puzzles! Climb inside a Modern Battle tank and be wowed with talks and tours. Find out more about life in the trenches and get hands on with craft ...

17 Feb 2020 to 21 Feb 2020

Half-term: Pirates at Shire Hall

Dorchester

Swash-Bucklin’ Fun Aplenty at Shire Hall! Treasure Hunt Parrot Spotting! Film Nights.. Create your own wanted poster 10 – 4pm Kids Dressed as Pirates go free! 2 kids go free with every full paying adult.

21 February 2020

Saints of Sin

Bournemouth

2019 saw local rock band, Saints Of Sin, launch their self-titled album to great popular and critical acclaim; receive national radio airplay on Kerrang!, PlanetRock and BBC Radio 2; and end the year with a series of UK tours which took them as far as Glasgow and Edinburgh supporting American super group Lost Angels and then Midnite City. Now Saints of Sin start 2020 with their biggest headline gig to date at The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth on Friday 21st February. Saints Of Sin have ...

20 Feb 2020 to 22 Feb 2020

Barefoot in the Park

Wimborne

WIMBORNE DRAMA PRODUCTIONS Present Neil Simon’s BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. This romantic comedy set in 1960s New York. Corie and Paul are newly-weds who have just moved into a tiny, 5th-floor apartment in a Manhattan brownstone. Paul is a strait-laced attorney; Corie is free-spirited and impulsive. The young couple have to contend with bad plumbing, a broken skylight, several long flights of stairs and oddball neighbour Victor Velasco. When Corie tries to set Victor up with her lonely mother ...

20 Feb 2020 to 22 Feb 2020

Light Up Poole: A Festival of Light

Poole

Light Up Poole, the annual festival of digital light art will return to the town in February and reach beyond the streets after dark with a series of talks that are every bit as illuminating as the light art installations to be seen outdoors. More than 40,000 visitors experienced last year’s incredible displays and for Light Up Poole 2020 organisers are extending the light up time and expanding the programme with talks, workshops and ticketed events including a family rave. Responding ...

15 Feb 2020 to 23 Feb 2020

Half-term Activities

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Bring your brave teddy to escape King John's castle on the teddy bear zip wire. Watch missiles launch from the castle's medieval siege engine with Trebuchet launches at 11:30am, 12:30pm and 3pm. Have fun with friends and family playing historic games. Explore the castle with the family castle quest and crafts in the Outer Bailey. Try your own medieval costume and be a knight or a maiden for the day. Venue: Corfe Castle

15 Feb 2020 to 23 Feb 2020

Hands-on Half-term at Beaulieu

New Forest

Get hands-on at Beaulieu this February Half-Term! Ever fancied becoming a Victorian house servant or training as a country garage apprentice mechanic? Now’s your chance! Join us from February 15th – 23rd to get hands-on with a range of fun activities, including the chance to discover curious 19th-century gadgets and motoring artefacts... Don your overalls and help Jack Tucker complete his workshop checklist! Have you got what it takes to become a country garage apprentice? Put ...

15 Feb 2020 to 23 Feb 2020

Haynes Half-term Family Workshops

Sherborne

This February half term, bring your budding engineers to Haynes Motor Museum and learn how a car works in fun, family-friendly workshops for ages 5-15. In these fun and interactive drop in sessions, discover how a car works, learn what happens under the bonnet and explore the handling collection. Then join the team for a special behind the scenes visit to the Haynes Workshop where you can see car restoration in action! This workshop runs Morning (11am) and Afternoon sessions (2pm) ...

23 February 2020

Lulworth Castle Wedding Showcase

Lulworth Castle & Park, Lulworth

Be inspired as the most exclusive wedding venue in Dorset opens its doors for a unique afternoon showcase on Sunday 23rd February 2020, 2pm to 6pm ending with a fabulous fireworks show courtesy of Fireworks Solutions. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of supplier ideas and inspiration. See the castle dressed to impress and be amazed as the light falls and the candles shine out. Our caterers will be on hand with scrumptious canapes and a cold glass of prosecco. We’ll end the evening with a ...

20 Feb 2020 to 23 Feb 2020

Peter Pan

Bournemouth

Following their recent production of Shrek the Musical, Swish of the Curtain return once again to Bournemouth Pavilion with this aerial extravaganza that promises to capture the imagination of all ages – especially those who never want to grow up!

15 Feb 2020 to 26 Apr 2020

Jawsome Sharks

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, Weymouth

Calling all budding rangers! SEA LIFE Weymouth is on the hunt for brave adventurers who are enthusiastic about all things aquatic and are totally Top Trumps mad! Join the Jawsome Sharks and Friends quest to help Professor Finn find the missing Top Trumps cards, so he can teach everybody about the incredible sharks and sea creatures that live at the aquarium.