Dorset Events

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

27 May 2019

Corfe Castle village May Fair

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Visit the castle and enjoy a traditional May Fair celebration organised by Corfe Castle village, with a selection of stalls, food and drink, dog agility show and more. Normal admission prices apply. Free to National Trust members.

27 May 2019

Fossil Hunt

Lulworth

f you know where and what to look for on our beaches, you’ve a good chance of finding a fossil. This hour-long session begins with a short talk on the fossils of Lulworth. We then walk down to the beach and begin our hunt. We will find evidence of animal life from millions of years ago, all within a short walk of the Visitor Centre. Please book early as we anticipate the events to sell out very quickly! Dates: May 27th, 29th, 31st Time: Dependent on tide – please phone for ...

24 May 2019 to 27 May 2019

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 2019 to 27 May 2019

Mudeford Seafood Festival

Christchurch

A family-focused celebration of seafood, cooking, local libations, entertainment, demonstrations, artisans, local celebrities, musicians and the superb seaside location of Mudeford Quay. A free event for all to enjoy!

24 May 2019 to 27 May 2019

Purbeck Pirate Festival

Swanage

The Purbeck Pirate Festival will be held on 24th - 27th 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.

27 May 2019

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.

28 May 2019

The Kingdom Choir

Bournemouth

The Kingdom Choir, known for their angelic and spellbinding performance at the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle have announced a U.K. tour commencing in spring 2019. Their inaugural show at the Royal Albert Hall will mark exactly one-year of their remarkable and mesmerising royal wedding performance. The Kingdom Choir are a unique group of seasoned and dedicated men and women delivering high quality performances time after time with their strong blend ...

29 May 2019

Fossil Hunt

Lulworth

If you know where and what to look for on our beaches, you’ve a good chance of finding a fossil. This hour-long session begins with a short talk on the fossils of Lulworth. We then walk down to the beach and begin our hunt. We will find evidence of animal life from millions of years ago, all within a short walk of the Visitor Centre. Please book early as we anticipate the events to sell out very quickly! May 27th, 29th, 31st Time: Dependent on tide – please phone for ...

29 May 2019

Meet Paw Patrol's Chase and Rubble

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

May half term sees the return of PAW Patrol’s fearless police and traffic cop, Chase, to Adventure Wonderland. The German Shepherd pup will join forces with construction expert Rubble, who turns his paws to fixing almost everything. They will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. So bring your camera or phone to capture the magic.

29 May 2019

Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

Lyme Regis

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-male troupe in Lyme Regis for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. A group of soldiers return from the ...

31 May 2019

Fossil Hunt

Lulworth

If you know where and what to look for on our beaches, you’ve a good chance of finding a fossil. This hour-long session begins with a short talk on the fossils of Lulworth. We then walk down to the beach and begin our hunt. We will find evidence of animal life from millions of years ago, all within a short walk of the Visitor Centre. Please book early as we anticipate the events to sell out very quickly! Time: Dependent on tide – please phone for details. Meet at: Lulworth Cove ...

29 May 2019 to 01 Jun 2019

BMT Productions Presents: The Sound of Music

Christchurch

Bournemouth Musical Theatre Productions return to The Regent Centre for the sixth consecutive year, bringing this wonderful family favourite back to Christchurch with all the nun-warbling, doe-a-deering, goat-herding fun that we all know and love. With classic songs such as ‘My Favourite Things’, ‘Climb Every Mountain’, ‘I Am 16 Going On 17’ and ‘Edelweiss’, you won’t want to miss this fabulous production at the Regent Centre during half term. Why not come in costume and have the ...

29 May 2019 to 01 Jun 2019

English Touring Opera

Poole

English Touring Opera is the leading touring opera company in the UK. ETO travels to more regions and to more venues than any other English opera company, touring annually to around 55 venues and presenting as many as 110 performances per year. Their aim is to offer opera to everyone, with a varied repertoire of high-quality professional productions featuring some of the finest talent in opera. On 29th and 31st May,there are matinee performances of operas for children.

29 May 2019 to 01 Jun 2019

Musical Theatre: The Producers

Weymouth

Max Bialystock is a failing Broadway producer, trading dalliances with wealthy old ladies in return for money to invest in his productions. Leo Bloom is his nerdy young accountant with an obsessive-compulsive need to cuddle his “blue blanket” in moments of stress. Bloom realises that if Bialystock secures more financial backing than he needs for a show and that show is a subsequent flop, neither investors nor the taxman will suspect that Bialystock has actually made a large profit. In ...

01 June 2019

The Vamps: Four Corners Tour

Bournemouth

The Vamps are certainly having a busy summer! Fresh from a US promo tour where they performed on some of the biggest TV shows in America, they now return to the UK with the announcement of their Four Corners UK & Ireland 2019 Tour. Event Timings Soundchecks:From 4pm (with VIP Experience) Doors: 6.30pm Power of Muzik: 7.25pm - 7.40pm HRVY: 7.44pm - 8.04pm New Hope Club: 8.08pm - 8.33pm Interval: 8.25pm - 8.50pm The Vamps: 8.55pm - 10.35pm Note: timings are approximate and may ...

01 Jun 2019 to 02 Jun 2019

Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival

Christchurch

The Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival is the Ideal location to sample and buy the local area's best in food and drink. More and more artisan products are now being produced within the region. A highlight of the Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival is the Cookery Demonstrations being held this year on the Artisan's Stage, Highcliffe Recreation Ground. Both celebrity TV and local chefs from leading restaurants and hotels will be showcasing local and regional food with inspiring demonstrations ...

25 May 2019 to 02 Jun 2019

Honeybrook Adventure Farm Half-term

Honeybrook Adventure Farm, Wimborne

Visit Honeybrook Adventure farm, near Wimborne this May half-term, for a fun family day out. See all our animals with their new baby arrivals and have a go at a free craft activity. All this and more for ONLY £5 per person, babies under 2 £1! We are open everyday 10am to 5pm including bank holiday Monday so see you soon!

04 May 2019 to 02 Jun 2019

Lego Explorers

Weymouth

Help our team at the Sealife Adventure Park to unlock underwater secrets - draw, build, colour, create and show what you have discovered.

28 May 2019 to 02 Jun 2019

Medieval Mayhem with Fiery Jack

Corfe Castle

Celebrate a little May madness at the castle this half term with Fiery Jack and the medieval jester academy. Experience new and different activities throughout the week to entertain the fools in your family. See website for details. Normal admission prices apply. Free for National Trust members.

18 May 2019 to 02 Jun 2019

Open for Art

Weymouth

From 18 May – 2 June 2019 ARTWEY CIC will be running their biannual art trail OPEN FOR ART. Artwey has moved from its home territory and ventured further afield to include Dorchester, Poundbury, Weymouth and Portland and opened up to non-members. This has resulted in making it Artwey’s biggest Open Studios to date with over 80 artists and more than 40 venues taking part showcasing local artists’ work including painting, pottery, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and jewellery. Venues ...

01 Jun 2019 to 02 Jun 2019

Poole Festival of Running

Poole

The Poole Festival of Running is Poole’s biggest running event and is organised by Poole Runners. It’s a celebration of running held over two days with races for everyone including Children’s Minithons, a 5K charity run, our flagship Poole 10K road race and the Poole Half Marathon. The 5k, 10k and Half Marathon take place on flat, fast and scenic parts of Poole including Poole Quay, Upton Country Park and the harbourside parks. The kids minithon races take place within the safety of Poole ...

02 June 2019

Tarrant Rushton D-Day 75

Blandford

Marking the 75th anniversary of Tarrant Rushton's part in D-Day 1944, a gathering to remember and honour Royal Air Force, Glider Pilot Regiment, Airborne division & Fleet Air Arm veterans, their families and anyone with an affinity for the former airfield and it's remarkable history. Tarrant Rushton Airfield, Windy Corner, Tarrant Rushton, Blandford Forum. Start 1pm.

02 June 2019

Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair

Dorchester

High West Street and High East Street will be closed to traffic. So come along to Dorchester's first Victorian Street Fair to celebrate the 179th Birthday of one of Dorchester's most famous residents. This will be a fun-filled day for all the family, with an incredible array of Victorian and Thomas Hardy-themed activities and demonstrations. These will include: Victorian costume competition for children and adults Maypole Dancing with Stepsintime Dance Side Punch and Judy ...

31 May 2019 to 02 Jun 2019

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.

04 June 2019

Creative Writing on the Pier

Swanage

1. Journeys (Purbeck Arts Week Festival) Join Jurassic Coast (UNESCO World Heritage Site) poet-in-residence, Sarah Acton for a gentle morning of creative writing and poetry on the pier. On the theme of journeys, we’ll connect creativity and writing to sense of place by finding out more about the pier as a place where so many journeys started and ended by paddle steamer and local railway, weaving memory and imagination to travel together on the page. We’ll see Swanage Bay from the ...

08 June 2019

D-Day Commemoration

Dorchester

The Keep Military Museum is working in collaboration with Dorchester Town Council, Dorset History Centre, the D-Day Museum Portland, and Bournemouth University to put on an event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Venue: Borough Gardens

07 Jun 2019 to 08 Jun 2019

Love Rocks Festival

Bournemouth

Classic Rock & Blues Festival held at St Leonards Farm & Camp Site, Ferndown. Tickets available by visiting the website.

06 Jun 2019 to 08 Jun 2019

Music & Dance: Keep Smiling Through

Christchurch

Glad Rag Production Company are proud to bring you a D-Day commemoration like no other. Our talented cast of singers and dancers will take you back to the 1940s to reminisce over a by-gone era of beautiful music, dancing and British nostalgia. Featuring vintage vocal harmonies from 'The Bluestockings'. From Vera Lynn to Flanagan and Allen and Glenn Miller, this show commemorates all aspects of WW2 paying tribute to our country’s rich history. Come and join us to wave your flag, sing ...

08 Jun 2019 to 09 Jun 2019

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.

08 Jun 2019 to 09 Jun 2019

Medieval falconry

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Explore an exciting period when falconry developed into a stylish, sophisticated and noble sport with new techniques brought back from the Crusades. Witness these birds of prey demonstrate spectacular aerial manoeuvres in and around the castle ruins. Normal admission prices apply. Free for National Trust members.

07 Jun 2019 to 09 Jun 2019

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole

The fifth Poole Harbour Boat Show will take place from its award-winning home, Poole Quay Boat Haven. With over 30,000 people in attendance in both 2017 and 2018, the show continues to be the biggest-ever free to attend boat show on the South Coast. The show has gone from strength to strength and we have built a strong following with many exhibitors having renewed each year since the first show in 2015. Running from the 7th - 9th June 2019, the three-day extravaganza will bring ...

25 May 2019 to 09 Jun 2019

Purbeck Arts Weeks Festival

Swanage

Open Studios, internationally renowned music ensembles, inspiring exhibitions, and fascinating talks come together every year for Purbeck Art Weeks Festival on Dorset’s spectacular south coast. Our annual celebration of the arts takes place in beautiful venues on the stunning Jurassic coast – a magnet for over a century for artists and those who love the beauty and character of the area. You can expect: Artist’s Open Studios displaying a wealth of diverse talent. A range of top ...

09 June 2019

Race to the Bill

Portland

New for 2019 – The Race to the Bill Short Course Classic & Sprint Triathlon – This is a well established race around the Isle of Portland, however for 2019 we will be changing the the bike & run routes. THE SWIM Swimming 1 loop around the breakwater in Portland Harbour, you will negotiate a 750m or 1500m course around the huge rocks and orange marker buoys exiting the water no more than 50m away from a flat well organised transition area. THE BIKE 17.5km, 1 lap around Portland, ...

08 Jun 2019 to 09 Jun 2019

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 June 2019

Symondsbury Estate Open Farm Sunday

Bridport

We’re getting involved with the national event Open Farm Sunday this year! Come along for a family day out with lots of educational activities for children and things to see and do. Visit our farm animals, join talks with our farmers and walk around the vegetable garden. You can view our machinery, have a picnic and learn all there is to do about farming at Symondsbury Estate. Time: 11am to 3pm.

08 Jun 2019 to 09 Jun 2019

Vintage Tractor & Engine Rally

Bridport

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

06 Jun 2019 to 09 Jun 2019

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.

21 May 2019 to 13 Jun 2019

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.

09 Jun 2019 to 15 Jun 2019

Bridport Food & Beer Festival

Bridport

The week of delicious food events around the town and surrounding area will take place from Sunday 9th June 2019, finishing with the Festival’s main event at Asker Meadows on Saturday 15th 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.

15 June 2019

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. For 2019, the event, at which bands will perform from 10 am to 10 pm, will be held on June 15th, and for the highlight of the day we’ll be going back to the Sixties to make it much more of a beach dance party. The main ...

15 June 2019

Harry Paye Pirate Day

Poole

This year it's the 600th anniversary of Poole pirate, Harry Paye! Tis time for you landlubbers to dig out yer eye patch, earring and cutlass for Poole’s annual celebration on 15th June, of its favourite pirate son.

15 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2019

Artisans' Weekend

Corfe Castle

Visit Corfe Castle and meet the dedicated team of volunteer artisans as they demonstrate traditional skills and medieval techniques in stonemasonry, carpentry and craft. There will be opportunities to get involved and try your hand at some of these skills over the course of the weekend.

15 Jun 2019 to 16 Jun 2019

Corfe Castle Artisan’s weekend

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Meet the dedicated team of volunteer artisans as they demonstrate traditional skills and medieval techniques in stonemasonry, carpentry and craft. There will be opportunities to get involved and try your hand at some of these skills over the course of the weekend. Normal admission prices apply. Free for National Trust members.

16 June 2019

Free Entry for Dads at Farmer Palmers

Wareham

Free Entry for Dad on Father's Day (Sunday 16th June) at Farmer Palmer's with voucher downloaded from their website. Treat dad to a fun day out on the farm!

16 June 2019

Plant Finders' Plant Fair

Abbotsbury

We will again be playing host to a Specialist Plant Finders' Fair, organised by Plant Heritage Dorset Group. Unusual, difficult-to-find and some exotic plants available from more than 20 specialist nurseries & growers, including National Collection Holders and RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winners. Free car parking. Excellent refreshment & dining facilities. The Plant Fair is open from 10am until 3pm. Admission is just £7 and includes access to the attractive gardens. The Gardens remain open ...

22 June 2019

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 ...

22 June 2019

Dance in the Park - Motown & Michael

Poole

Experience the magic of an open air concert and dancing under the stars! Following a sell-out Motown Night last year, Starlight Concerts are back in 2019 with an even bigger arena show! Celebrating Motown and its greatest star in an unmissable performance, including back to back classic hits from artists such as Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Martha Reeves, The Four Tops and a spectacular celebration of The Drifters. Bring a picnic, family & friends and ...

21 Jun 2019 to 22 Jun 2019

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. At DorsetFest we offer a fantastic array of activities to keep you occupied for the entire weekend. Our delicious variety of food and drink options will keep you well fed Friday evening through Sunday morning. The fantastic selection of local craft stalls will provide an opportunity to purchase some of Dorset's most beautiful creations. And once you are ...

21 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019

Dorset Goes Vintage

Wimborne

Dorset Goes Vintage is part of Vdub at the Pub festival in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Two great shows for the price of one! ​Dorset Goes Vintage will feature on Saturday 23rd June - Vintage Saturday, however, the festival opens on Friday and allows camping right through until Monday morning on the 24th June. ​Main Event: Vintage Cycle Ride To book a ticket for the cycle ride you need to buy an event ticket (weekend camping or day ticket) and a cycle ticket. Expect retro wheels, ...

23 June 2019

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 ...

22 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019

Medieval falconry

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Explore an exciting period when falconry developed into a stylish, sophisticated and noble sport with new techniques brought back from the Crusades. Witness these birds of prey demonstrate spectacular aerial manoeuvres in and around the castle ruins. Normal admission prices apply. Free for National Trust members.

23 June 2019

Weldmar's Great Dorset Cycle Challenge

Dorchester

Join us for this year’s cycle challenge, which takes in the sights of some of Dorset’s most famous landmarks. All three routes start in Dorchester at the Borough Gardens and follow three different routes around the Dorset countryside, joining back together for a group finish in Dorchester. The start of this year’s challenge begins at Borough Gardens, Dorchester, DT1 1RG. You will see the Weldmar station set up near the bandstand. *Please note that no riding is permitted within the ...

22 Jun 2019 to 24 Jun 2019

Armed Forces & Veterans Celebrations

Weymouth

Weymouth & Portland Armed Forces celebrations take place in the Borough on Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th June. Saturday 22nd June - Watch the Historic Military Vehicles arrive on the seafront from 10am, visit the Association stands to gain a wealth of information of the various support organisations. Sunday 23rd June - the annual Open Air Service and Parade takes place from 11 am on Weymouth Seafront, welcoming over 1,500 veterans in the Parade, marching bands and convoy ...

26 June 2019

Creative Writing on the Pier

Swanage

2. Purbeck Stone Join Jurassic Coast (UNESCO World Heritage Site) poet-in-residence, Sarah Acton for a gentle morning of creative writing and poetry on the pier. We are taking Purbeck stone as our theme, connecting creativity and writing to the shifting living landscape to reflect on how quarrying and stone shaped lives here, weaving our own memory and imagination with the course of the stoneboats. We’ll see Swanage town and the local landscape from the pier’s-eye-view, working with the ...

22 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

Beaminster Festival of Music & Arts

Bridport

Music, literature, exhibitions and workshops are all on the bill for this year's Beaminster Festival of Music & Art. We have some fantastic events lined up for you with most of the programme settled. We are very excited to announce the appearance of the internationally famous tenor Mark Padmore, who will present a gorgeous programme with Morgan Szymanski, guitar. Right at the beginning of her career is BBC Young Musician, 17 year old Lauren Zhang, piano; once more we feature a future ...

15 Jun 2019 to 04 Sep 2019

Pirates and Mermaids

Weymouth

Choose your team, Pirates or Mermaids, in a race to be the first to find the hidden treasure. Grab your team trail leaflet, find the six hidden treasures in the tanks and write down what you find. Complete the task and claim your special Pirate or Mermaid reward! You can also... Meet the SEA LIFE Mermaids, plus on selected dates you can see mermaids swimming in our Ocean Tank with our giant green sea turtles. Learn how to tie ship mate knots like a real Pirate Learn how to ...