Dorset Events

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

05 Dec 2020 to 06 Dec 2020

Bincombe Bumps Christmas Spectacle

Weymouth

Christmas is all wrapped up at the Bincombe Bumps Christmas Spectacle. Meet your very own elf who will take you on a journey through the tree-lit walk and join Father Christmas in his jolly barn, where children receive a gift, meet the gorgeous reindeer and sit in his sleigh. Soak up the yuletide atmosphere, enjoy a mulled wine whilst listening to our storyteller around the festive firepit. Visit the traditional stable animals in the Christmas courtyard. And don't forget to ...

05 Dec 2020 to 06 Dec 2020

Steam and Lights - Swanage Railway

Swanage Railway, Swanage

Make wonderful and magical memories in the run-up to Christmas, thanks to a new festive first for the Swanage Railway – an evocative, dramatic and colourful Steam and Lights train journey through the Isle of Purbeck countryside. A new not to be missed pre-booked steam train experience, the steam locomotive and carriages will be covered with brightly coloured lights while the cosy steam-heated carriage interiors will be festively decorated for the one-hour evening round trip passing the ...

10 December 2020

Twilight Experience

Farmer Palmers, Wareham

Excitingly we have an After School Twilight Evening Experience this year but only for a limited number of days. Imagine coming after dark, this is a first. • We have the Little Farmer's Barn & Indoor Soft Play open, Straw Mountain and Pedal tractors • Includes your child's visit to our amazing new Farmer Christmas Experience • The Gift is included PLUS • Our fantastic restaurant team will cook their tea for you - sausage, chips and yummy baked beans (picnic boxes or vegan options ...

12 December 2020

The Blues Band 2020

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 ...

11 Dec 2020 to 13 Dec 2020

Ignite: Fire & Fantasy at Kingston Lacy

Wimborne

This year for the first time we have partnered with industry specialists, Sony Music, to create Ignite at Kingston Lacy – an illuminated trail that will showcase the garden and parkland, in a magical, new and immersive way never seen before. As twilight falls the magic begins. Expect the unexpected with as you glimpse fairies in the Fernery, fiery fish and woodland wildlife sculpted in willow all within an enchanting landscape filled with wonder. Lit by lanterns, wander between ...

12 Dec 2020 to 13 Dec 2020

Shire Hall Christmas Market

Dorchester

We will be hosting out first ever Christmas market on December 12th-13th following all current government Covid guidelines How we are keeping you safe at the Christmas market! 1. Hand cleaning: There is a hand sanitisation station at the entrance as well as on the stalls – please help yourself to a squish! 2. Social distancing: There is a one-way system in place with taped social distancing throughout the Cells and Courthouse 3. Masks: Facemasks are mandatory for customers and ...

12 Dec 2020 to 13 Dec 2020

Steam and Lights - Swanage Railway

Swanage Railway, Swanage

Make wonderful and magical memories in the run-up to Christmas, thanks to a new festive first for the Swanage Railway – an evocative, dramatic and colourful Steam and Lights train journey through the Isle of Purbeck countryside. A new not to be missed pre-booked steam train experience, the steam locomotive and carriages will be covered with brightly coloured lights while the cosy steam-heated carriage interiors will be festively decorated for the one-hour evening round trip passing the ...

12 Dec 2020 to 13 Dec 2020

The Santa Show

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

Jingle all the way to Adventure Wonderland for your chance to see Santa! Santa really is coming to town! We’ve designed a Covid-secure space where visitors will be able to enjoy the show from their very own reindeer stable pod. Each pod seats up to six people. ‘The Santa Show’ is a 30-minute magical, musical performance for all the family! A cast of talented elves will sing and dance their way through this enchanted blend of grotto and Panto. The finale is a special appearance from ...

12 Dec 2020 to 13 Dec 2020

Victorian Christmas Fair

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

On this Christmas weekend, the Nothe Fort will be alive with festive spirit! Dorset Food & Drink will be returning to the fort with a Christmas market, bringing you all your favourite local produce with a festive twist. To enhance this Victorian-themed event, the fort casemates will be housing traditional craft demonstrations, complete with re-enactors. And there will be fun for the children too, including a new take on the famous Nothe Fort Mouse Hunt and other festive activities.

17 Dec 2020 to 18 Dec 2020

The New Hardy Players: Christmas in the Courtroom

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester

Join the New Hardy Players for a feast of traditional seasonal entertainment in the evocative surroundings of Dorchester’s iconic Shire Hall. Directed by Tim Laycock. Supporting Dorchester Poverty Action. To ensure that government guidelines are adhered to the audience will watch the show from socially distanced seats, allowing family groups to sit together whilst maintaining a safe distance from other audience members, plus we ask our guests to wear masks during the ...

19 December 2020

That'll Be The Day Xmas Social Distance Show

Bournemouth

That’ll Be The Day’s Rock & Roll Christmas show has been running for over thirty years and has grown into the most popular touring production in the UK. Refreshed every year, the show combines the best pop Christmas classics and traditional Christmas songs with hilarious comedy routines. For many, the That’ll Be The Day Christmas Special is the essential start to their festive season. The audience is taken on a rollercoaster sleigh ride through the ‘golden’ age of Rock & Roll and Pop ...

05 Dec 2020 to 20 Dec 2020

Illuminate at Abbotsbury Gardens

Abbotsbury

We are excited to announce that ‘OT Event Technicians’ will be taking over the Gardens to illuminate the Wonderland Sculpture Trail in the lead up to Christmas this year. The event will run daily 4.30pm to 8.00pm from the 5th to the 20th December with last entries between 6.45 and 7.00pm. The event starts at 5pm on 11th & 12th December. The café will be open every evening offering a range of daily specials and delicious homemade cake. The shop will also be fully stocked with many quality ...

18 Dec 2020 to 23 Dec 2020

Steam and Lights - Swanage Railway

Swanage

Make wonderful and magical memories in the run-up to Christmas, thanks to a new festive first for the Swanage Railway – an evocative, dramatic and colourful Steam and Lights train journey through the Isle of Purbeck countryside. A new not to be missed pre-booked steam train experience, the steam locomotive and carriages will be covered with brightly coloured lights while the cosy steam-heated carriage interiors will be festively decorated for the one-hour evening round trip passing the ...

19 Dec 2020 to 23 Dec 2020

The Santa Show

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

Jingle all the way to Adventure Wonderland for your chance to see Santa! Santa really is coming to town! We’ve designed a Covid-secure space where visitors will be able to enjoy the show from their very own reindeer stable pod. Each pod seats up to six people. ‘The Santa Show’ is a 30-minute magical, musical performance for all the family! A cast of talented elves will sing and dance their way through this enchanted blend of grotto and Panto. The finale is a special appearance from ...

19 Dec 2020 to 24 Dec 2020

Dorset Drive In Cinema

Weymouth

Join us at Mount Pleasant Park & Ride in Weymouth from Saturday 19th December 2020 to Thursday 24th December 2020. Showing some of your favourite Christmas classics at 1PM, 4:30PM and 8PM, there’s something for everyone! We will be following all Government Guidelines regarding health and safety for COVID-19. Tickets available via the website.

21 Dec 2020 to 26 Dec 2020

Christmas Spectacular

Bournemouth

This new spectacle is being brought to you in a one act, COVID safe and socially-distanced environment. After joining local producer Michael Rose in a successful run of the musical Sleepless (the first indoor musical to reopen during the pandemic), The Glad Rag Production Company are delighted to use their knowledge, experience and fantastic local talent to present this production in the safest possible way. Expect dancing elves, Santa Claus and a whole host of festive magic! With ...

18 Dec 2020 to 30 Dec 2020

Ignite: Fire & Fantasy at Kingston Lacy

Wimborne

This year for the first time we have partnered with industry specialists, Sony Music, to create Ignite at Kingston Lacy – an illuminated trail that will showcase the garden and parkland, in a magical, new and immersive way never seen before. As twilight falls the magic begins. Expect the unexpected with as you glimpse fairies in the Fernery, fiery fish and woodland wildlife sculpted in willow all within an enchanting landscape filled with wonder. Lit by lanterns, wander between ...

21 Nov 2020 to 01 Jan 2021

Christmas Lights & Reindeer Experience

Dorchester

Enjoy the festive season under the stars with the brand new Christmas Lights & Reindeer Experience at Nutley Farm, near Dorchester. Wander along the magical illuminated 600m walkway, pass through a glittering archway and gaze at the twinkling trees and light installations along the way. It's suitable for all ages and is the perfect way to get in the festive spirit with your family. Please book online.

18 Dec 2020 to 02 Jan 2021

Drive-in Panto: Cinderella

Bournemouth

Even in 2020, Christmas isn’t complete without a pantomime .. oh no it isn’t! Coming to Bournemouth this December is a unique drive-in pantomime experience played out live on stage and on the big screen. Flix Panto brings you Cinderella, starring TV and West End actors in a pre-recorded panto, presented live on stage by Bournemouth’s resident comic Noel Brodie. It has been adapted to bring the fun of panto to families in a safe way this Christmas, so you will be able to go to the ...

18 Dec 2020 to 03 Jan 2021

Happy Ever After

Poole

Written and directed by CBeebies favourite Chris Jarvis, and specially made for this year only, Happy Ever After is a one-hour Christmas show for a socially-distanced audience with just a smidgeon of Panto. A host of colourful characters need to finish their story in time for Christmas. How will Cinders get to her next ball? Will Humpty Dumpty ever pull himself together and will they all live happily ever after? Join us for an hour of super songs, festive fun and loads of laughter ...

18 Dec 2020 to 03 Jan 2021

Jack & The Beanstalk

Wimborne

Following the huge successes of CINDERELLA and DICK WHITTINGTON, Made-to-Measure Productions are delighted to be returning to Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre this Christmas with a hilarious, brand new production of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK! Wimborne audiences have been AMAZED by Made to Measure’s sparkling and spectacular shows, and rest assured that this year’s production will be bigger, brighter and even funnier than ever before! JACK AND THE BEANSTALK will boast Stunning Scenery, Colourful ...

04 Dec 2020 to 03 Jan 2021

Pantomime: Rapunzel

Weymouth

As Rapunzel nears her 18th Birthday the evil witch, Gothel, and her scheming wizardly brother, Alphonso are plotting to kidnap her. They plan to lock Rapunzel away in a secret tower in a bid to gain eternal youth from her magical hair. In a trance and with no memory of her real family Rapunzel is doomed to spend the rest of her life in the tower….. Can her determination and a little help from her friends in the palace save the Princess and give her a ‘Happy Ever After’? To ensure ...