Dorset Events

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

19 September 2018

Celtic Country

Weymouth

This wonderful show brings together the very best of both Irish and Scottish artists with their own style of Country music, plus a hint of American Country, which all emanated from Scotland and Ireland. The show stars Ireland’s International Recording Star DOMINIC KIRWAN, with son BARRY KIRWAN, Ireland’s Newest Country Star. From Scotland our very special guest EVE GRAHAM, the original lead singer of The New Seekers who’s hits included “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” “Beg Steal ...

20 September 2018

BSO Autumn Classics

Weymouth

Brahms Tragic Overture Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Dvorák Symphony No.9 “From the New World” Young Conductor in Association Sonoko Miriam Welde violin Enjoy a taste of the best-loved music in the orchestral repertoire with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Brahms’ Tragic Overture has become one of the greatest examples of tragedy in Romantic Music. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto takes the audience on a journey from darkness to light, leaving mystery and exhilaration in its ...

20 Sep 2018 to 21 Sep 2018

Inside Out Dorset: Furious Folly

Weymouth

Spectacular, mainly free open-air entertainment for all the family. Inside Out Dorset takes place at various sites from 14th to 22nd September. An unmissable night-time performance in collaboration with 14 – 18 NOW. As night falls in no-mans-land a battlefront is drawn between the two lines. Disorientated, you suddenly find yourself immersed within an open-air collage of sound, light, pyrotechnics and performance. Railing against the futility of the Great War and the madness of the ...

22 September 2018

Great Dorset Cycle Challenge

Dorchester

With the success of Weldmar's 2017 Shop to Shop Cycle Challenge, our new ‘Great Dorset Cycle Challenge‘ on Saturday 22nd September, takes in some of Dorset’s famous landmarks and beauty spots; including Maiden Castle, Stoke Abbott, Lyme Regis and the Cerne Abbas Giant. Three open road routes to choose from, ranging in distance and endurance, all starting in Dorchester near The Keep and following routes around the Dorset countryside – joining back together for a group finish in ...

17 Sep 2018 to 22 Sep 2018

Inside Out Dorset: Wayfaring

Dorchester

Spectacular, mainly free open-air entertainment for all the family. Inside Out Dorset takes place at different venues from 14th to 22nd September. Wayfaring is a journey of exploration, inspired by the present landscape and ancient routes of the Icknield Way. The culmination of our groundbraking Lifecycles and Landcapes project, artists And Now: will create a series of artworks in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty inviting audiences to think about movement and migration; how we ...

22 September 2018

Mini Steam & Vintage Day

Wimborne

It's Wimborne Model Town's Mini Steam and Vintage Day with a collection of miniature steam traction engines to take you on trips around our model buildings at no extra cost. Bear Cross Bus Company will be giving free rides around the local area and we will have a great line up of classic cars and motorcycles to browse. The Land Girls will be with us in the afternoon for a 1950s / 60s singalong. Dont forget the Model Town Bar and tea room serving classic breakfasts and delicous vintage ...

21 Sep 2018 to 23 Sep 2018

Dorset Tango Festival

Dorchester

Dorchester is a great place to spend the weekend, it's a historic market town with lots of shopping and restaurants available. Plus you have the added bonus of the beautiful countryside of Dorset with popular seaside resorts of Weymouth and Lulworth Cove just 10 miles away. The Corn Exchange is a fantastic Victorian building in the middle of Dorchester Town Centre. It has 2 superb dancefloors. Upstairs is the Town Hall and downstairs is the Grand Hall with a capacity of 350. We will be ...

21 Sep 2018 to 23 Sep 2018

Holiday Park & Homes Show

Beaulieu, New Forest

Located in the grounds of Beaulieu, Holiday Park & Homes Show is a special exhibition of next season's ranges of Caravan Holiday-Homes and Lodges from many of the major UK manufacturers. This is the main caravan holiday-home show for the south of England and features many of the “static” models – well over 150, including holiday lodges and park homes. The show is the perfect opportunity to see the new season's models from nine British manufacturers, with many other exhibitors ranging ...

23 September 2018

Ironman 70.3 Weymouth

Weymouth

IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth will bring thousands of athletes to England's South Coast in September for the ultimate one-day test of endurance.

23 September 2018

Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre Country Fayre

Corfe Castle

With such a successful Country Fayre last year we decided we must have another in 2018! We will be bringing you the best of Dorset on the 23rd September, from local crafts to the finest produce; feast on these delights whilst enjoying displays in our main ring! This is a day out for the whole family including your four-legged friends and all money raised will help our rescue animals. You can expect hay bales and cider at this proper Country Fayre!

23 September 2018

The RAF in Concert

Poole

Don’t miss this once in a Century occasion to be part of a fantastic tribute to our Royal Air Force. Join us for a rousing centenary salute to our Royal Air Force with the Band of the RAF Regiment, Shades of Blue and the Salon Orchestra. Compered by Alan Dedicoat and performed by the Royal Air Force’s finest musicians, you will be treated to a range of rousing military marches, the Big Band sound of Glenn Miller and timeless classical pieces including: The Dambusters March, Spitfire ...

23 September 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 ...

23 September 2018

Wessex Heavy Horse Show & Country Fayre

Gillingham

There's lots going an at this traditional annual event held at the Turnpike Showground, Gillingham.

22 Sep 2018 to 23 Sep 2018

Wildlife Weekend

Corfe Castle

Step inside Corfe Castle's walls and meet some of the diverse wildlife of the surrounding Purbeck landscape. 10:30 - 17:00 People don’t live in the castle any more but many animals and plants call Corfe Castle and the surrounding Purbeck's home. Join local experts in our nature tents and find out more about local moths and reptiles. Explore our "creepy creatures" family quest and take a bug pot to inspect the grassy edges and the crevices of the bare castle walls. This event is free, ...

25 September 2018

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor cycle event 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.

26 September 2018

Red Priest: Baroque Bohemians

Dorchester

Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil. This extraordinary acoustic foursome has been described by music critics as ‘visionary and heretical’, ‘outrageous yet compulsive’,‘wholly irreverent and highly enlightened’, ‘completely wild and deeply imaginative’, with a ‘red-hot wicked sense of humour’ and a ‘break-all-rules, rock-chamber concert approach ...

28 September 2018

Russell Watson - Canzoni d’Amore

Weymouth

Having sold more than seven million albums worldwide, Russell Watson is firmly established as the UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist of all time. To date, his illustrious career has included performances for Her Majesty The Queen, The Pope and two US Presidents. Following a series of sell-out performances in 2015-16, “The People’s Tenor” returns to the stage with his brand-new show Canzoni d’Amore. Captivating to watch and enchanting to listen to, Russell Watson continues to ...

29 September 2018

Bridport Charter Fair

Bridport

Come join us as we celebrate the granting of the royal charter and everything that it means to Bridport.

29 September 2018

Coastal Comedy (Roundabout Festival)

Poole

The Coastal Comedy Show sponsored by DJS Limited at The Arts by the Sea Festival presents the stupendous Angela Barnes! Angela won the BBC Radio 2's New Comedy Award in 2011, and has continued to be a regular on the stand-up circuit, playing even bigger venues. She has also appeared on: Russell Howard's Good News, Russell Kane’s Whistlestop Tour for Radio 2, Stand up for the Week, written for Radio 4’s The News Quiz, played on Eddie Izzard’s Laughs in the Park on BBC Two, and developed ...

29 September 2018

Shaftesbury Carnival

Shaftesbury

Grand illuminated parade on the streets of Shaftesbury.

29 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2018

'Land':nature tales from the Mother of the Mound

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Thora, a 3,000 year old spirit, waits to be woken. What pearls of wisdom will she reveal? Join local storyteller Michelle O'Brien as she awakens the Spirit of Nature. Performances last 35 minutes and will take place at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm.

30 September 2018

Lulworth Off-Road

Lulworth Cove Inn, Lulworth

This challenging and exhilarating fixture will take place on Sunday 30th September and will be a day for all cycle enthusiasts. Two route lengths: Choose from 29km and 58km Run in partnership with British Cycling, you’ll have the chance to take in some of the most stunning views the Jurassic Coast has to offer. On the day support includes: Well-stocked water stations Bike wash facilities Mechanical Support around the route Flapjack to keep those energy levels up!! The course is ...

30 September 2018

Metropole Street Market: Steampunk Street Market

Bournemouth

We’re bringing back a wonderfully eccentric Steampunk science fiction and fantasy theme for our September 2018 market. Market-goers who remember last year’s Alternative Steampunk Fayre can expect more outrageous Victorian outfits with a futuristic technological twist. With fancy dress encouraged, this market will be all about creativity and imagination, which will be reflected in our eclectic entertainment, music and trade stalls.

29 Sep 2018 to 30 Sep 2018

Radio GaGa -Amateur radio with Poole Radio Society

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Poole Radio Society will be transmitting amateur radio from Corfe Castle throughout the weekend, following a CQ call (an invitation for others to reply). Demonstrating amateur radio techniques and introducing voice and Morse code on a short wave frequency, Poole Radio Society will give you the chance to learn some Morse code and even see how radios can be built at home.

05 October 2018

Festival of the Dead

Bournemouth

Festival of The Dead has resurfaced with a new hoard of characters and creations, from a 15ft tall vulture roaming the crowd, to giant skulls and carnival processions; this is a party like no other. Curfew 3am Where: O2 Academy Bournemouth When: Friday 5 October 2018 - 10.00pm

05 October 2018

Ralph McTell

Wimborne

One of the great storytellers, Ralph McTell, is now celebrating more than 50 years on the road. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant. Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album ‘Eight Frames a Second’ and in 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious ...

29 Sep 2018 to 06 Oct 2018

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

Bournemouth

The annual multi-artform festival with lots of new and exciting events for everyone. Days of outdoor performance, music, live score, film, digital art, visual art, spoken word and more. Various venues and outdoor spaces.

01 Oct 2018 to 06 Oct 2018

The Play That Goes Wrong

Poole

Back by phenomenal demand, the multi award-winning West End smash hit comedy returns to theatres following its sell-out success in 2017. The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue! Hailed “a gut-busting hit” by the New York Times, The Play That Goes Wrong, now playing on ...

05 Oct 2018 to 06 Oct 2018

Weymouth Octoberfest Beer Festival

Weymouth

The annual CAMRA Octoberfest returns to the Ocean Room on 5th and 6th October. This year's festival will feature over 60 ales from Cumbria, the Lake District and Dorset and there will also be a good selection of local ciders. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is one of the most influential consumer organisations in the UK with over 160,000 members. From its formation in the early 1970s CAMRA has become the largest consumer group focused on a single product. Food will be available at ...

07 October 2018

Autumn Wedding Fair

Christchurch

Calling all Engaged couples! Highcliffe Castle's Wedding Show is back! Join us for this exciting event on Sunday 7 October 2018 from 10:30am to 3-30pm. Held in our magnificent 19th century Castle, the Spring Wedding Show is sure to appeal to you and your bridal party, offering a huge range of ideas for your special day. You will have a chance to meet with suppliers from all areas of the wedding sector from wedding cars to DJs, bridal gowns to photography… catering, music and flowers ...

06 Oct 2018 to 07 Oct 2018

Bournemouth Marathon Festival

Bournemouth

The Bournemouth Marathon is ’Running as it should be’. Beautiful coastal views, a chance to run the Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers with a spectacular finish.

07 October 2018

Kingston Maurward Wedding Fair

Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park, Dorchester

Come along to our Autumn Wedding Fair on Sunday 7th October 11am – 3pm; meet our friendly professional team and discuss your perfect day, whether you want a ceremony, reception, intimate wedding, same sex wedding, or full event – your day will be tailored to you. Everything from clothing to jewellery and cakes, to music, photography and beauty will be here so save the date! Plus enter our prize draw and get a chance to win your wedding ceremony at Kingston Maurward! Admission to the ...

04 Oct 2018 to 07 Oct 2018

Swanage Blues Festival

Swanage

The Swanage Blues Festival brings together an amazing collection of blues musicians, fans and friends for a weekend of jams, open mics and headline performances that will have you coming back time after time.

12 October 2018

Aston Martin: A History

Beaulieu, New Forest

Join us at Beaulieu on Friday 12 October for an evening with Steve Waddingham and Maitland Cook. Steve Waddingham is one of the factory tour team at Aston Martin Lagonda. His ‘day job’ also involves helping customers buy new cars and acting as a brand ambassador. He looks after the Aston Martin Owners Club, Aston Martin Heritage Trust and Lagonda Club as their liaison and has taken on the role of company historian. Steve joined AML in 1990 and has worked in many departments over the years ...

08 Oct 2018 to 13 Oct 2018

Comedy Theatre: A Tomb With A View

Portland

This excellent comedy is directed by Sally Campbell and stars many well-known members and sees the return of some much-missed faces. It is set in as sinister an old library as one is likely to come across presided over by a portrait of a grim-faced, mad-eyed old man. There, a dusty, lawyer reads a will (involving some millions of pounds) to an equally sinister family, one member of which has werewolf tendencies, another wanders around in a toga of Julius Caesar and a third member is a gentle ...

13 October 2018

Film:THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY

Wareham

Part of the Purbeck Film Festival, a film held at Stoborough Village Hall, Wareham starring Glen Powell, Lily James, Matthew Goode, Tom Courtney and Katherine Parkinson. A story of a writer who forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey in the aftermath of World War ll and writes a book.

11 Oct 2018 to 13 Oct 2018

One World by the Sea Festival

Bournemouth

Returning for a second year, the One World By The sea Festival celebrates cultural diversity and showcases Poole and Bournemouth as welcoming, international and inclusive. If you like different international cuisines, live music, and interactive cultural activities, there will be something for you. Last year saw a family global discovery day, an international music evening, carnival club night, a world cinema screening with Director Q&A, and to finish, a free family event in the ...

13 October 2018

Oxjam Music Festival

Bournemouth

Oxjam Festival is showcasing local talent in independent venues whilst raising money for the less fortunate. All events are run by volunteers.

12 Oct 2018 to 13 Oct 2018

Wimborne Beer Festival

Wimborne

With over 40 great real ales and 15 fabulous ciders available, this 2-day event hosts fantastic live music entertainment, courtesy of local Dorset-based bands. As a charity event, we rely entirely upon the sustained generosity of our Sponsors and wonderful volunteers who offer up their time for free, enabling us to safely and efficiently staff the event, raising well needed funds for the local charities we support. Venue: Allendale Centre

13 October 2018

Wimborne Minster Food & Drink Festival

Wimborne

Take a unique town and combine it with local food and drink producers and hands on cookery demonstrations by passionate chefs, what do you have, Wimborne Minster Food & Drink Festival of course. We are bringing together Dorset Food & Drink members, Dorset Farmers Market and the Anonymous Travelling Market for a fourth year to promote and celebrate the great local tastes with an emphasis on locally sourced sustainable produce. Stalls will be located throughout the town but mainly around ...

12 Oct 2018 to 14 Oct 2018

Autumn Steam Gala

Swanage Railway, Swanage

Celebrating 70 years since the 1948 Locomotive Exchange Trials, the 2018 Autumn Steam Gala on the Swanage Railway will bring together classes of locomotive that were involved in British Railways' experiment to examine steam from across the Country on a variety of different work. In addition we will be running our visitors with locomotives that ran on the Southern Region during 1948, and those that were subsequently inspired by these tests. A weekend filled with guest locomotives, all ...

13 Oct 2018 to 14 Oct 2018

Dinosaur World Live

Poole

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this interactive new show for all the family. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child's favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! A special meet and greet after the ...

10 Oct 2018 to 14 Oct 2018

Sherborne Literary Festival

Sherborne

An annual festival in the town of Sherborne including a variety of author talks, writing workshops, and children’s events.

13 Oct 2018 to 14 Oct 2018

South West Model Show

Tank Museum, Wareham

The Tank Museum will be inviting exhibitors from across the UK to exhibit their models throughout the Museum. Miniature, Remote Control and Scale models will all be in attendance. Over two days, view a large selection of exhibitors from across the modelling spectrum ranging from boats, planes, motor racing cars and of course militaria and armoured warfare models. A number of traders and stockists will be situated throughout the Museum. If you are inspired by the models on display, The ...

14 October 2018

The Harold Cordell Memorial Show

Weymouth

Local entertainer and charity show organiser Harold Cordell had a long association with the Pavilion Theatre, his annual variety and Old Time Music Hall shows from 1972 to 2007 raised money for local and national charities. In 1986 and again in 1989 he had royal guests of honour attend his shows. His first Pavilion show was in 1968, and that same year he compered the Sunday night professional summer season shows at the Pavilion introducing such stars as Dick Emery, Ray Alan and Arthur ...

18 October 2018

Halloween Rocks

Weymouth

This is one Halloween party you cannot afford to miss! A heart-stopping mix of some of the greatest rock and pop anthems ever performed by a cast of leading performers. Halloween Rocks is a truly unique theatrical event featuring bespoke costumes, special effects and incredible make up. This show will take your breath away... ALL OF IT!

19 October 2018

Paranormal Investigations

Beaulieu, New Forest

Join the Hampshire Ghost Club as they embark on a paranormal investigation at the historic 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, the site of many spooky spectre sightings. The strange stories and legends surrounding Beaulieu Abbey have captured the imaginations of people from all walks of life, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who had a great interest in psychic research and made many visits to Beaulieu in search of the unexplainable. To this day, both staff and visitors to Beaulieu report ...

13 Oct 2018 to 19 Oct 2018

Weymouth Speed Week

Weymouth

Weymouth Speed Week is the oldest and longest-running speed sailing event in the world. Held annually since 1972, it has challenged sailors of a wide variety of wind-powered craft to sail as fast as they can over a distance of 500m with their speed being recorded as the average speed over that distance.

19 Oct 2018 to 20 Oct 2018

Bournevaria Oktoberfest

Bournemouth

From the people that bring you the Big Bournemouth Beer Festival. Loosen your Lederhosen for our third annual Bournevaria - Oktoberfest. Bigger and better than 2017 - The BIC Solent Hall will be transformed into an alpine getaway serving up German beer and food with a live band to get you moving.

17 Oct 2018 to 21 Oct 2018

Dorchester Literary Festival

Dorchester

Dorchester and the unspoiled countryside and dramatic coastal scenery have inspired many of Britain’s best-loved writers, including Thomas Hardy and our patron Tracy Chevalier. THE 2018 FESTIVAL IS NOW TAKING SHAPE ... We've already confirmed some exciting events which are listed on the website; and there are lots more in the pipeline so we hope that there will be plenty to tempt you to come along. Events usually last one hour and tickets will be on sale from August.

12 Oct 2018 to 27 Oct 2018

Purbeck Film Festival

Wareham

The Purbeck Film Festival is the longest running rural film festival in the UK, and it takes place in over 30 venyues, including village halls, pubs, restaurants, hotels, arts centres, castles and, importantly, the Rex Cinema, Wareha; The Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole; and Durlston Castle, Swanage. On 13th and 14th October, Stoborough Village Hall is the venue for two very different films: one is a story of a writer who forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey in the ...