Dorset Events

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

22 Mar 2019 to 26 Mar 2019

Flying Scotsman Running Days

Swanage Railway, Swanage

Flying Scotsman will operate 5 services a day each way between Swanage and Norden non-stop. Flying Scotsman will be hauling Car 14 Pullman Observation Car “The Devon Belle” and 6 carriages. Tickets will include travel on the “feeder service” (see below) and access to viewing areas (see below) A steam-hauled “feeder service” will operate between Norden and Swanage calling at Corfe Castle and Harmans Cross. This service can be used by those booked to travel on Flying Scotsman as well as ...

31 March 2019

Canine Activity Day

Blandford

This brand new Margaret Green Animal Rescue event aims to give everyday dog owners the opportunity to have a taster session of different popular canine pursuits without having to pay for or commit to a block of sessions. Our workshops are open to owners of all abilities, you don’t need to have any previous experience in the activities or even a well-trained dog! The one-hour-long group workshops provide the opportunity to receive a lesson in your chosen activity run by a local canine ...

31 March 2019

Free Entry for Mothers at Farmer Palmer's

Wareham

Mothers can visit free on Mother's Day with a voucher downloaded from Farmer Palmer's website.

30 Mar 2019 to 31 Mar 2019

Medieval knight academy

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Travel back in time to the 12th century and learn some of the skills you'd need to become a noble knight. Brush up on your basic squiring skills as you learn about the arms and armour of a knight. Witness devastating demonstrations of the weapons of the time and begin your training with sword, spear and shield.

31 March 2019

Mother's Day high tea at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Why not treat your mum to a day out at Corfe Castle, with a special Mother's Day high tea in the 18th-century tea-room? £9.95 (includes a selection of cakes, scones and sandwiches). Booking essential: 01929 481332

02 April 2019

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled event, with a £1 entry charge per night. It is a self-funding event. 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 ...

04 April 2019

Concert: The Fureys

Christchurch

Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘When You Were Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘From Clare to Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return to The Regent Centre, Christchurch on Thursday 4th April 2019. Inevitably changes have occurred over the years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996. However, ...

09 April 2019

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled event, with a £1 entry charge per night. It is a self-funding event. 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 ...

10 April 2019

Bats of Purbeck adventure walks

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Join nature enthusiast Tom for a family-friendly night time exploration in and around the castle ruins. Learn about the amazing bat species who call Purbeck their home and see how many you can spot along the way. Enjoy a tasty hot chocolate when you reach the castle entrance.

12 April 2019

Music: Beauties, Beasts and Barricades

Christchurch

Come with us on a brief journey reviewing the history of musical theatre from Old Time Music Hall to the modern day Spectaculars! Bournemouth Gilbert & Sullivan Productions presents an enjoyable and fascinating evening of solos, choruses and medleys from favourites such as 'Showboat', 'My Fair Lady', 'Die Feldermaus',and Gilbert & Sullivan's 'Iolanthe', through to the dramatic 'Les Miserables.' We will revisit much loved songs 'I could have danced all night', 'Get me to the church on ...

12 April 2019

Sea Fishing Taster Session

Swanage

Sea Fishing Taster session with a qualified Angling Coach. Learn the basic skills needed, how to identify fish species and safety. A great way to have a go at Sea Fishing, just turn up have fun and maybe catch a fish or 2!! On: Friday 12th April & Wednesday 19th April Timings: 10.30am – 12.00pm & 1.30pm - 3.00pm £5.00 per person Minimum age 10 years old All under 18’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All equipment and bait will be provided. Places are ...

13 April 2019

Bright for Sight Night Run

Weymouth

Following on from its hugely popular Bright for Sight Night Run on Boscombe Seafront, Dorset Blind Association are bringing their fun run to Weymouth Seafront! They want you to help mark this special occasion by going ‘Bright for Sight’ and taking on the 5k or 10k Night Run. So get your glow sticks, head torches and neon paint at the ready! Entry is £15 per person (group discounts available). Advanced registration is essential either through eventbrite or by contacting them directly for ...

10 Apr 2019 to 13 Apr 2019

Musical: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Weymouth

Join Weymouth Operatic Workshop's Youth Theatre for a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car. Based on the much-loved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.” An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They discover the car has magical properties, ...

13 April 2019

Park to Pier Walk: History and Wildlife

Swanage

Join a Durlston Ranger for a stroll from Durlston Castle to Swanage Pier, and discover the history, wildlife and geology of Durlston Bay and stories of stone. £3 per person. Event Details. Start: 13 April 2019 10:30 am End: 13 April 2019 12:00 pm Venue: Durlston Country Park

14 April 2019

Mapperton Spring Plant Fair

Bridport

Mapperton House & Gardens' large and popular Plant Sale is held in the grounds on Sunday 14th April, 10am-4pm. Admission is just £3 per person on the gate with under 5’s free. A donation will also be made to a beneficial charity. The award-winning gardens (voted as one of top 50 of the UK) plus the house itself are open for bookable tours, and both are open to visitors (additional charges apply). With over 30 specialist stands that include gifts, garden ironware as well as a ...

14 April 2019

Osprey Sprint Triathlon

Portland

The Osprey Sprint April race will put good use to the months of winter training you have put yourself through. 300m Pool Swim – 12 lengths of the pool starting at individual times 17k Bike – Around Portland Island, Visiting the Bill. 5k Run – Off road along Hamm Beach. This is a perfect event for a fantastic start to the 2019 season. Legacy café will be open throughout the event for spectators and competitors alike. The race will start at 08:00 with each competitor starting on an ...

16 April 2019

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled event, with a £1 entry charge per night. It is a self-funding event. 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 ...

17 April 2019

Bats of Purbeck adventure walks

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Join nature enthusiast Tom for a family-friendly night time exploration in and around the castle ruins. Learn about the amazing bat species who call Purbeck their home and see how many you can spot along the way. Enjoy a tasty hot chocolate when you reach the castle entrance.

17 April 2019

Hurn Court Opera presents W A Mozart’s Magic Flute

Christchurch

Fantastical and enchanting, Mozart’s luminous opera casts a spell on audiences of all ages. Featuring some of the UK’s most exciting young singers and a professional live orchestra, this vibrant production leads you on a touching journey in quest of love, wisdom and happiness. In a mythical land between the moon and the sun, Prince Tamino falls in love with Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. But the path of love is not smooth. To win each other, the lovers must face trials and evil, ...

18 April 2019

Horrible Histories: A Brand New Barmy Britain

Christchurch

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with a brand new West End show that has never toured before - featuring all new scenes! Would you be shaken or stirred by Richard III? Mount a mutiny against King Henry VIII! See Mary Tudor knock the spots off Mary Queen of Scots! Will Queen Elizabeth I endure her terrible teeth? Would you be hanged by King James I for being a witch? Peep ...

16 Apr 2019 to 18 Apr 2019

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Poole

A musical play adapted and directed by DAVID WOOD, based on the book by JUDITH KERR. Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour, celebrating over 10 years on stage! The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles ...

19 April 2019

Sea Fishing Taster Session

Swanage

Sea Fishing Taster session with a qualified Angling Coach. Learn the basic skills needed, how to identify fish species and safety. A great way to have a go at Sea Fishing, just turn up have fun and maybe catch a fish or 2!! On: Friday 12th April & Wednesday 19th April Timings: 10.30am – 12.00pm & 1.30pm - 3.00pm £5.00 per person Minimum age 10 years old All under 18’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All equipment and bait will be provided. Places are ...

20 April 2019

Abbotsbury Food Fair

Abbotsbury

Working together with Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, we are excited to be running a Food Fair again this year! Discover over 30 stalls showcasing distinctively Dorset produce while exploring the stunning Spring colours of the gardens.

19 Apr 2019 to 20 Apr 2019

Wareham Beerex Beer Festival

Wareham

An exhibition of over 35+ real ales and ciders from across the country. BEEREX 2019 will be held on Easter Weekend at the Wareham Masonic Hall, Howards Lane, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4HU.

21 April 2019

Easter Bonnet Parade - Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis

Make an Easter Bonnet or just enjoy the spectacle of people in the parade wearing their Easter Bonnets. 2pm: Judging of Easter Bonnets in the Baptist Church. Easter Bonnet Parade 3pm from the Baptist Church, Broad Street, led by the Mayor finishing at the Jubilee Pavilion on the seafront. Majorettes forming part of the parade. Prizes in five age groups as well as those for ladies and gentlemen, and special prizes for the best under five entry.

06 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

Bonnets Galore

Beaulieu, New Forest

Rev up your Easter holidays! See the sights, sounds and smells of motoring history come to life as vehicles roar into action in the Beaulieu grounds, then try on bonnets of a different kind in Palace House. DAILY CAVALCADE - 3:30PM Hugely popular with Beaulieu visitors in the 1970s - 90s, we're reviving our daily cavalcade tradition for the Easter holidays. See vehicles spanning motoring history parade across the Events Arena at 3:30pm each afternoon. SEE UNDER THE BONNET Head into ...

06 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

Bouncing Bunny Easter Trail

Poole

Hop along to Poole Museum to find the hidden bunnies in the cases. Complete the trail to collect your chocolate prize. Free. Available during museum opening hours. (10am-4pm)

19 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

Brewery Square Easter Egg Hunt

Dorchester

The 4-day Brewery Square Easter Egg Hunt is back for another year! Families are invited to Brewery Square to hunt for the Easter Egg images around the square, in return for a free prize! The Easter Egg Hunt is being held from Good Friday until Easter Monday (19-22 April) from 10am until 4pm. To enter: Collect a form on the day from the Concierge Office (we can be found opposite the Dorchester South Train Station) - Hunt for the Easter images around Brewery Square - Complete your ...

06 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Explore the hidden places of the medieval ruins to complete the activities and claim your chocolatey treat. You will need to use all of your senses to complete your egg hunt and discover the fun facts about the bats who call the castle and wider Purbeck their home.

05 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

Easter at Haynes

Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne

Join us at Haynes Motor Museum over the Easter holidays for lots of fun and family activities. There will be a trail around the Museum with a chocolate prize for everyone who successfully completes the questions. There will also be a chance to meet "Bentley Bunny" over the Easter weekend. Please join us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates and behind the scenes. This event is included within your admission ticket, which can be purchased in advance online.

19 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

Easter at Lulworth

Lulworth Castle & Park, Lulworth

This Easter visit us ‘down the rabbit hole’ for some great family fun at Lulworth Castle. Join us every day from Friday 19 to Monday 22 April between 10.30 – 5pm. Inspired by the fantastical story of Alice in Wonderland, you can expect a whole host of fun activities including themed trails, Easter hunts, crafts, bouncy castle (weather permitting, age 7+), soft play for under 4’s, crazy golf and, of course, white rabbits and Easter Eggs!! Don’t forget to go and meet the Mad Hatter ...

19 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

Easter Holidays at Farmer Palmers

Farmer Palmers, Wareham

Enjoy the Easter Holidays down on the farm! A full day out every day PLUS daily egg hunts from Good Fri 19th to Easter Mon 22nd April. Spring into Easter with Farmer Palmer's, because we know family fun!

06 Apr 2019 to 22 Apr 2019

Easter Holidays at the Tank Museum

Tank Museum, Wareham

This Easter Holiday explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history… See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Monday 8 April. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action. 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 ...

23 April 2019

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. 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.

05 Apr 2019 to 23 Apr 2019

Easter Trail: Wildlife Superheroes

Swanage

An egg-citing Easter trail for kids! Head out for a superhero adventure through Durlston Country Park and return to the Castle for your prize.

24 Apr 2019 to 27 Apr 2019

Milton Musical Presents ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'

Christchurch

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the popular 1988 MGM film, takes us to the French Riviera for high jinks and hilarity. Sophisticated, suave with a good dash of mischief, this hysterical comedy features a delightfully jazzy score by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and was nominated for a staggering 11 Tony Awards. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories ...

23 Apr 2019 to 27 Apr 2019

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Poole

Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers in this dynamite new comedy now enjoying its third year in the West End! Following the phenomenal sell-out success of their multi award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre return with their latest fast and fabulous comedy caper, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery. A priceless diamond has been entrusted to the city bank, an institution so corrupt that even the security guards are on the take. Can it be safely stored or will it all go ...

16 Feb 2019 to 06 May 2019

Jawsome Sharks

Weymouth

Take a dive into the deep at SEA LIFE WEYMOUTH this spring and become the newest recruits of the Jawsome Rangers and fulfil the mission of finding the missing shark teeth. Guests will be tasked with helping Professor Finn locate the large Play-Doh model shark teeth in the tanks. This latest activity from SEA LIFE marks an exciting collaboration with Play-Doh, offering guests exclusive hands on creative play for hours of fun. Along the way, guests will discover facts about the ...