Dorset Events

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

21 July 2018

Hawkwind

Weymouth

Ahead of their more formal orchestral shows later in the year, and a new album release early September, Hawkwind are looking forward to playing some fun, summer, seaside shows! The band will be bringing their own special brand of psychedelic, space chaos to Weymouth Pavilion on Sat July 21st, where they will be playing a selection of classics taken from their five decade career... Support: 7.30pm Hawkwind: 8.30pm

21 July 2018

Leigh Food Festival and Vintage Vehicles

Sherborne

Leigh's annual Food Fair returns with a wonderful selection of stall holders selling a wide array of excellent local produce. Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers and enjoy viewing a good variety of interesting vintage and classic cars and motorbikes on display. There will also be flower displays in St. Andrew’s Church. Proceeds go to Leigh Village Hall, The Hub, Yeovil and St Andrew’s Church, Leigh and other charities.

21 July 2018

Rock for Heroes

Wimborne

Immerse yourself in the incredible new live music experience with Rock For Heroes. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artist across the eras, in celebration of an incredible cause Help for Heroes. After every show, we will be collecting for this amazing charity. Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers, it’s the must-see show of the year. With music from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, ...

14 Jul 2018 to 21 Jul 2018

Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival

Dorchester

Many events are already planned but the most important thing to publicise now is that we will be celebrating the opening weekend at Kingston Maurward, as that is where the Society began – and the rest of the week at the United Church in South Street, Dorchester. There will also be accommodation available at Kingston Maurward. There will be commemorative merchandise on sale at the Festival, commissioned by our Merchandise Manager, Vivien Geddes, whose artistic and organisational skills ...

21 July 2018

Weymouth Big Busk

Weymouth

Weymouth Big Busk – over 25 acts performing on St Mary Street and St Thomas Street in Weymouth in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare – on Saturday 21st July from 10am until 4pm. Including: Kipper The Decadettes Farrago Moonshine Hillbillies Mark Davis Identikit Speedway Snails The Half Dead Darlings Aaron Carter Matt Taylor The Secrets Roye Membury Timeout Haze Rob Davis Hot Bacon Weymouth Concert Brass Brian Donnelly Andy Grant Restless Sammi, Gerry & Pete Minor ...

20 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Curious Arts Festival

New Forest

Curious is a festival like no other. Taking place each July in the breathtaking grounds of Pylewell Park,in the heart of the New Forest, it is dreamy, eccentric, fun and ultimately, irresistible. It’s very English on the one hand – expect fabulous novelists, exceptional historians, poet laureates, dogs on leads, gin and tonics, and sitting on a deckchair with a view of the Solent although you are just as likely to find yourself on a secret midnight bat-walk, betting your life-savings on ...

22 July 2018

Dorset Dogs Festival

Poole

A wonderful celebration of dogs, countryside and wild creatures! Have-a-go-agility & more activities for dogs, fun dog show, doggy displays, fascinating stalls, scrumptious refreshments, children’s activities, guided walkies, huge marquee and so much more! Venue: Upton Country Park

22 July 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

Singer Tony Lowe - a great afternoon of wonderful songs is in prospect! (A joint Event with Weldmar Hospice). Starts 2pm, (weather dependent).

22 July 2018

RNLI College Summer Fete

Poole

Join us for the annual RNLI Summer Fete. Fun for all the family including lifeboat demos, circus school, face painting, street food, cream teas and traditional games. FREE entry and FREE parking.

21 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Sorted in Dorset

Poole

Join us for our first Sorted in Dorset event at Hamworthy Park on 21st & ‪22nd July, for a celebration of local produce & talent. We’ll be showcasing resident musicians whilst you enjoy sampling locally produced food & drink, browsing arts, crafts & fashion, admiring sports skills, and children’s activities & more. The whole family entertained? We’ve got you sorted! A percentage of the funds raised from tickets sold for this event will go to the Friends of Hamworthy Park, towards their ...

22 July 2018

Sunday in the Park

Weymouth

Friends of Radipole Park & Gardens. Sunday in the Park on Sunday 22nd July 2pm-4pm. Free Entry. Wander along to the beautiful Radipole Gardens in Weymouth and find yourself a shady spot under the weeping willows to relax and enjoy a chilled afternoon listening to Weymouth Concert Brass Band as they roll out those melodies. Refreshments available including fresh cream teas. Enjoy a memory-jogging mooch around the old images of Weymouth, from shops long since gone and places you once ...

21 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Taste of the South

Christchurch

Taste of the South Festival returns to Dorset for a second year this July and is set to showcase the region’s top talent, variety of food and drink, art, culture and artisan products. The two-day festival, which will be held at Chapel Gate, Christchurch, over the weekend of July 21-22, celebrates all things local from across the entire South of England. Entertainment, live music, tastings and award-winning chef demonstrations, will ensure wide-ranging ‘great day out’ appeal for families, ...

20 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

Dorchester

Family festival celebrating the memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs - Tolpuddle village near Dorchester.

20 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Wilkswood Reggae Festival

Swanage

The Wilkswood Reggae Festival is first and foremost a family-friendly festival and there is plenty to keep the kids entertained with a dedicated play area, the leafy Dingly Dell featuring storytelling and music and the hugely popular hay bale castle. To encourage the family atmosphere, we offer reduced prices for children up to the age of 17 and under-threes are free! Organised by Dubwood Productions – a joint enterprise between the Scott Arms pub in Kingston and Bournemouth’s Dubheart ...

21 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Wimborne History Festival

Wimborne

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War and to mark 100 years since woman gained the vote, the 2018 Wimborne History Festival will focus on these two periods of history. This year’s festival will be held in the centre of Wimborne Minster and will be free of charge.

24 July 2018

Dream Machines - Poole Quay

Poole

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm. This popular motorbike event runs from the first Tuesday in April to the end of September. 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 ...

26 July 2018

Battens Charity Beach Volleyball Tournament

Weymouth

We are in the 11th year of running this popular event, which will take place on Thursday 26 July. The evening is set to include entertainment, food and, of course, lots of games of volleyball. As part of our fundraising this year, we will be giving every team that enters the tournament the chance to nominate a local charity for all money raised to go to. The charity will be decided upon on the evening. Get involved! We have a fun-packed evening planned with entertainment, food and ...

26 July 2018

Family Fun Shows: Punch & Judy

Wimborne

Take your places early for our Thursday summer Punch & Judy show with performances at 12 noon & Professor Cole 2pm. "Professor" Mervyn Cole will be presenting all the usual puppet faces but how does he make that Mr Punch sound? You will have to join us to find out! There is no extra charge to see the show but come early to get a seat.

24 Jul 2018 to 26 Jul 2018

New Forest & Hampshire Country Show

New Forest

Taking place in Brockenhurst, in the heart of the National Park, the New Forest Show offers visitors 30 acres of showground for the whole family to explore. 2017 marks the 97th Show which takes place annually at the end of July and is now rated among the top ten agricultural shows in the country.

26 July 2018

Rockley Summer Spectacular

Poole

Get down to Poole Quay for 7pm and enjoy live music, family entertainment and a firework finale at 10pm. The event is sponsored by Rockley Park.

27 July 2018

Quay For My Car

Poole

A different marque of car each Friday from 6pm on Poole Quay. The event offers free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.

27 July 2018

Theatre: The Time Machine

Dorchester

Dyad Productions impressed us last autumn with Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. They return this summer with a radical new interpretation of the HG Wells classic The Time Machine, in which a Victorian time traveller transcends across the ages from 1900 to our own far future – from the fall of man to the end of the world. Can we change the future? Or has the end already begun? Venue: Corn Exchange

25 Jul 2018 to 28 Jul 2018

Awful Auntie

Bournemouth

When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie! From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, ...

27 Jul 2018 to 28 Jul 2018

Beer & Bluegrass Festival

Poole

Our Festival is a musical celebration of Bluegrass and roots of Bluegrass, featuring some of world’s finest musicians with a Beer and Cider Festival complete with excellent home-cooked food.

25 Jul 2018 to 28 Jul 2018

City of Dreams

Swanage

This July, Ranger Productions will be celebrating 50 years of shows at the Mowlem Theatre, Swanage with their production ‘City of Dreams’. Over the years the school has delighted audiences with full scale ballets and performances showcasing all aspects of dance and musical theatre. This anniversary production is the brainchild of Caroline McCrory, daughter of June Ranger. Act 1 is an original ballet set in 1930s Ireland and New York and tells the story of three young brothers searching ...

24 Jul 2018 to 28 Jul 2018

Dorset Opera Festival

Blandford

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28 July 2018

Lions Club All Day Street Busk

Weymouth

The Weymouth and Portland Lions Club will be holding their annual “Busk” in the town centre on Saturday 28th July, raising funds for the Lions Charity Fund. The Busk will be fronted by 'Replay' and includes a full line-up to whet your appetite: Matt Lock – Guitarist Ken Watkins – Guitarist Tony Lowe – With his crooner style blend of classic Sinatra, Bublé and Tom Jones songs Brian Lincoln – Irish songs Ukeholics Maisie Sheridan Karen Thornton and Annie Lewis – Saxophone Bill Solo – ...

28 July 2018

Razz at the Movies

Weymouth

Razzamataz Theatre School Weymouth is proud to present 'Razz at The Movies!' Two fantastic shows full of song, dance and drama inspired by the greatest movies of all time. Featuring the talented students from Razzamataz Theatre School Weymouth. Minis and Juniors: 1pm Inters and Seniors: 7.30pm

22 Jul 2018 to 28 Jul 2018

Weymouth Lifeboat Week

Weymouth

Lots of events throughout the week - all raising money for the RNLI.

27 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

Bridport Folk Festival

Bridport

The programme planning for the second Bridport Folk festival is well under way. July 27th to 29th being the revised dates will favour many of the stalwart Festival goers as it is set between the more established Festivals along the south coast.

26 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

Camp Bestival

Lulworth

Dorset's favourite family festival returns!

26 Jun 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

Cerne Abbas Music Festival

Dorchester

Cerne Abbas Music Festival features chamber music, performed in the beautiful Dorset village by The Gaudier Ensemble – a group of international musicians.

28 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

Great Dorset Chilli Festival

Wimborne

Bringing the exciting world of chillies to the beautiful surroundings of Wimborne in Dorset for the seventh year, the Dorset Chilli Festival is a great day out for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families. Held with the kind permission of the Earl of Shaftesbury at St Giles Park, we’ve lined up a glorious weekend of “chilli fiesta”, with stalls selling all things chilli, from pepper plants to cayenne condiments; seeds to ceramics; plus cooking demonstrations; talks on growing chillies; ...

29 July 2018

Legends Match and Family Day

Weymouth

Weymouth FC Legends vs AFC Bournemouth Legends at the Bob Lucas Stadium, Weymouth. Join the ‘Legends’ for this exclusive charity match raising money for Weldmar Hospicecare. £1.00 from each ticket sold will be donated to the charity. Kick off is at 3.00pm and entrance is pay on the day only. This event has kindly been organised on behalf of Weldmar Hospicecare

29 July 2018

Metropole Street Market: Summer Circus

Bournemouth

The Metropole Street Market is a quintessentially eccentric ensemble of all things creative & delicious. Be amazed by the colour and the fanfare of a Bournemouth street circus bonanza. It will feature captivating children’s entertainers, triumphal tunes and tantalising treats. Expect a day of magic, music, comedy, fun and laughter, alongside the traditional circus foodie favourites such as popcorn, candy floss and hot dogs!

28 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

Mudeford Arts Festival

Christchurch

Local artists, craft stalls, fun activities for children, refreshments and entertainment make Mudeford Arts Festival a real family must-visit affair. Venue: Mudeford Quay Green.

29 July 2018

NGS Open Garden: Manor Farm, Hampreston

Wimborne

Traditional farmhouse garden designed and cared for by 3 generations of the Trehane family through over 100 years of farming and gardening at Hampreston. Garden is noted for its herbaceous borders and rose beds within box and yew hedges. Mature shrubbery, water and bog garden. Open 1pm to 5pm. Home-made teas. Adults £4 (children free). Address: Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7LX

29 July 2018

Outdoor Theatre: The Reluctant Dragon

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

The Quantum Theatre Company presents this beloved classic story. A young boy befriends a poetry-loving dragon living in the Downs above his home. When the town-folk send for St. George to slay the dragon, the boy needs to come up with a clever plan to save his friend and convince the townsfolk to accept him…. Venue: Highcliffe Castle

27 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

Poole Harbour Festival

Poole

Three-day family, food and music festival held at Baiter Harbourside Park.

26 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

The Great Brick Adventure

Bournemouth

New for summer 2018 - The Great Brick Adventure - be creative with LEGO© bricks - will exhibit Mythical Beasts and The Great Brick Safari at Bournemouth International Centre. Visitors can experience fantastical creatures from myth and legend and explore stunning life-like models of animals displayed in realistic jungle scenes. Enter the Dragon’s Lair (if you dare!), step back in time and encounter The Labyrinth, help build Harriet the Hippo or check-out the scorpions and creepy ...

29 July 2018

Warm Festival

Dorchester

It's nearly time for the Warm Festival, organised by the Steve Charles Help a Friend Fund, which is a local charity from Dorchester that helps people in the west Dorset, Weymouth and Portland areas who have financial difficulties resulting from medical problems. There is live music, food stalls, bar, raffle and the oportunity to join our 200CLUB. So bring along friends and family and relax on the lovely lawns in the Borough Gardens listening to the live bands. 12 noon to 7pm.

27 Jul 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic

Weymouth

Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic will take place from 27th to 29th July.

31 July 2018

Dream Machines - Poole Quay

Poole

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm. This popular motorbike event runs from the first Tuesday in April to the end of September. 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 ...

31 July 2018

Summer Fun & Magic Show

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Mervyn Cole is back for the summer with his show of jokes, giggles, magic and the odd balloon or two! There are two shows today at 12noon and 2pm, lasting approx 35 minutes and suitable for all the family. There are no additional charges but do try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance to grab a seat.

30 Jul 2018 to 31 Jul 2018

Summer Panto: Pirates of the Pavilion

Weymouth

Following 2017’s record-breaking summer season, Made-to-Measure Productions are delighted to be returning to Weymouth Pavilion with a brand new Swashbuckling Pantomime production of PIRATES OF THE PAVILION! Featuring spectacular scenery, toe-tapping songs, breath-taking special effects courtesy of THE TWINS FX, and a full supporting cast of local dancers, this is a hilarious family summer pantomime you’d be sharkbait to miss! Get ready for rib-tickling laughter and bags of audience ...

01 August 2018

Outdoor Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

“You must not laugh at me, darling, but it had always been a girlish dream of mine to love someone whose name was Ernest…” Everybody loves Ernest. The only trouble is, he doesn’t exist. Or does he? Oscar Wilde’s comic masterpiece got The Pantaloons treatment in our anarchic take on the classic comedy of manners. This energetic show features all the usual Wildean wit, plus a few Pantaloony surprises! Theatre company: The Pantaloons When: Wednesday 1st August 2018 Time: 7pm Where: On ...

01 August 2018

PJ Masks Owlette & Gekko at Adventure Wonderlnd

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

Visit Adventure Wonderland on 1st August when PJ Mask's Ow;ette and Gekko will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day. (Please note: the character appearances are limited to five sessions at intervals throughout the day. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. The queue line will be closed as soon as we reach capacity for each session. Although a lot of planning goes in to these events, we are unable to guarantee every child will be able to meet the character. The ...

02 August 2018

Dino Day

Portland

Dino Day is a children’s activity day at Portland Museum, with many different Dinosaur craft-based activities for children of all ages. There will be home baking and drinks available to enjoy for lunch or treat yourself to cake! You are also welcome to bring your own food and enjoy it in our garden.

02 August 2018

Last Night of the BSO Proms

Weymouth

Join Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for another evening celebrating the best selection of classical music, followed by all the perennial Proms favourites including Jerusalem, British Sea Songs and Land of Hope and Glory! Full programme to be announced. The theatre seating is split into four price tiers: A) £25.50, B) £22.50, C) £19, D) £13. Venue: Pavilion Theatre

02 August 2018

Punch & Judy Family Fun Shows

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Take your places early for our Thursday summer Punch & Judy show with performances at 12 noon Merv & 2pm. "Professor" Mervyn Cole will be presenting all the usual puppets but how does he make that Mr Punch sound? You will have to join us at Wimborne Model Town to find out! There is no extra charge to see the show but come early to get a seat.

02 August 2018

Rockley Summer Spectacular

Poole

Get down to Poole Quay for 7pm and enjoy live music, family entertainment and a firework finale at 10pm. The event is sponsored by Rockley Park.

03 August 2018

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth

Starting at 10pm from Bournemouth Pier, we know you’ll love watching the skies light up! Firework dates for this year are as follows: 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August.

03 August 2018

Cider Festival

Portland

Come and try some of the 30+ ciders we will be offering on 3rd August. Relax in our garden and enjoy great pub food with your drinks whilst raising money for Portland's Red Triangle cricket club.

03 August 2018

Junior Festival

Weymouth

Junior Festival is Weymouth’s new music festival dedicated to young bands and performers! Held at Redlands Sport Hub.

28 Jul 2018 to 03 Aug 2018

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week is a week full of fun, from a Teddy Bears' Picnic, pavement art to swimming in the bay. There will be various displays, music evenings, fireworks, a parachute display by the Parachute Regiment's 'Red Devils', and the popular duck race. Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week certainly has something for everyone!

03 August 2018

Quay For My Car

Poole

A different marque of car each week from 6pm on Poole Quay. The event offers free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.

04 August 2018

Macmillan Caring Locally Summer Marquee Ball

Christchurch

We are delighted to invite you to the inaugral Macmillan Caring Locally Summer Marquee Gala Ball, this year to be headlined by 2013 X Factor winner Sam Bailey. This black tie event will include entertainment, a 3-course meal and a full performance from our superb and very popular guest. The evening will feature fundraising on behalf of the charity's' "Brick by Brick" campaign. Tickets for this highly anticipated evening are just £55 per person or £500 for a table of ...

30 Jul 2018 to 04 Aug 2018

Musical Comedy: Hairspray

Bournemouth

The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is coming to Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre with a production guaranteed to have you dancing the night away! It’s Baltimore, 1962 where Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams and dance her way onto national TV. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for equality, bagging local heartthrob Link Larkin along the way! This irresistible ...

28 Jul 2018 to 04 Aug 2018

Swanage Regatta & Carnival Week

Swanage

For one week at the end of July and the beginning of August, Swanage will be radiating to the sound, fun and excitement of the annual Regatta & Carnival, the South Coast’s Premier event. This ‘must do’ attraction has so much to offer everyone, from the magnificent two-mile carnival procession, vibrant with dance, sound and colour, to the beat of live bands playing on the Main Stage and in the carnival marquee.

02 Aug 2018 to 04 Aug 2018

Things We Do For Love

Wimborne

Returning for their seventh summer, DRAMATIC PRODUCTIONS proudly present WIMBORNE REP 2018 AT THE TIVOLI THEATRE. THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE - a romping classic by Alan Ayckbourn. Barbara’s well-ordered existence gets torn asunder when her monumentally needy pal, Nikki, and fiancé Hamish come to stay. Love isn’t easy and they all end up with bruises and broken bones to prove it! Starring Russell Biles, Celia Muir, Mark Freestone and Julia Saville as ‘Barbara’ Directed by Tracy Jane Murrey

02 Aug 2018 to 05 Aug 2018

Bestival

Lulworth

The most colourful show on Earth! Bestival is an award-winning, four-day, boutique music festival set on the Lulworth Estate – an enchanting, wooded country estate on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. For the latest news and details on this year's line-up, please visit the Bestival website.

05 August 2018

Margaret Green Family Fun Day & Novelty Dog Show

Wareham

Our annual Novelty Dog Show is back this year and it will be even bigger and better! Join us with your pooch on the 5th of August at our Church Knowle Centre in Dorset for a doggie packed day. The event will include a mixture of dog show classes, dog agility, local traders from all around Dorset, face painting, a bouncy castle, a brilliant raffle and tombola, gorgeous refreshments and local produce as well as much more to enjoy!

05 August 2018

Mudeford Lifeboat Fun Day

Christchurch

Mudeford Lifeboat Fun Day is a great day out for all the family, it's free to come along and just by spending a pound or two while you're here you'll be helping to support our local lifeboat station! LIFEBOAT AND HELICOPTER DISPLAY - by the Mudeford Lifeboat and HM Coastguard. AIR DISPLAY RAFT RACE - From the fast and furious to the elaborately decorated, watch the fantastic display of raft's racing down the infamous 'Mudeford Run'.

05 August 2018

Party in the Park

Weymouth

Join Air 107.2 on the 5th August at Lodmoor Country Park from 12pm to 7pm for a great afternoon of family-friendly entertainment. Of course the event is absolutely FREE. Keep following the event page for updates including the days line up and musical acts as well as information on how you can take part and win big in our BIG GIVEAWAY! ---Featuring--- • A talented selection of local singers and musicians • Local stalls • Visual displays • Charities • Local food and drink ...

04 Aug 2018 to 05 Aug 2018

Poole Town & Country Fair

Poole

Set in the lovely grounds of Upton Country Park, this Family Country Show now in its 10th year with all-day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs with the Purbeck Gun Dogs, as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees.

04 Aug 2018 to 05 Aug 2018

Supercar Weekend

New Forest

The Supercar Weekend is the must-see family spectacular that brings some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable motors to Beaulieu. See a display of prestigious supercars and hear their distinctive engine notes as they unleash their horsepower on the demonstration run. The Supercar Weekend is a must for all supercar enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to get almost close enough to touch these impressive motors!

03 Aug 2018 to 07 Aug 2018

Dorset Arts & Crafts Association Exhibition

Wareham

Our 2018 exhibition will run from Friday 3rd to Tuesday 7th August 2018. Venue: The Purbeck School, Worgret Road, Wareham, BH20 4PF.

07 August 2018

Magic & Fun with Mervyn Cole

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Mervyn Cole is here at Wimborne Model Town with his own brand of magic and mayhem, with jokes, giggles. balloons and magic for all the family. Show time is at 12noon and 2pm but do come early to get a seat. Each performance lasts for approximately 35 minutes. There is no additional charge to see the show.

06 Aug 2018 to 07 Aug 2018

Summer Panto: Pirates of the Pavilion

Weymouth

Featuring Spectacular Scenery, Toe-Tapping Songs, Breath-taking Special Effects courtesy of THE TWINS FX, and a full supporting cast of local dancers, this is a hilarious family summer pantomime you’d be sharkbait to miss! Get ready for rib-tickling laughter and bags of audience participation as you join our potty pirates on a brand new swashbuckling adventure this summer! So come along to Weymouth Pavilion and join Seadog Billy, Pirate Poppy and Captain Filibuster as they once again lead ...

08 August 2018

Family Crafts

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

All are welcome to drop into our colourful marquee to join Jo and Laura between 2.30pm and 4pm for a bracelet making, and decorating rockets, goblets and even swords! There is no extra charge - just turn up at the Model Town and have fun.

09 August 2018

Outdoor Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

Dorchester

Join Rain or Shine this summer as they interpret one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies, Much Ado About Nothing. Set against the backdrop of November 1918, the end of The Great War, Don Pedro and his comrades are coming at last to Messina (a little known village on the edge of the Cotswolds) where they are met by friends, old and new. Dig out your hampers and load up your picnic bags for this treat of outdoor theatre, as the people of Messina find love, scupper mischievous plots and ...

09 August 2018

Rockley Summer Spectacular

Poole

Get down to Poole Quay for 7pm and enjoy live music, family entertainment and a firework finale at 10pm. The event is sponsored by Rockley Park.

10 August 2018

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth

Starting at 10pm from Bournemouth Pier, we know you’ll love watching the skies light up! Firework dates for this year are as follows: 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August.

10 August 2018

Proms in the Park: BSO Classical Extravaganza

Bournemouth

Our Classical Extravaganza features a selection of the best classical music ever written, including Finlandia and Danse Macabre, alongside some iconic film scores, a spectacular fireworks ballet to Handel's Fireworks Music, all topped off with an explosive finale accompanying Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Picnics, folding chairs, small tables, rugs, blankets and cushions are welcomed. Open fires, barbeques, tents and gazebos are not permitted. Inevitably, bad weather may affect any ...

10 August 2018

Quay For My Car

Poole

A host of cars (a different marque each week) on Poole Quay from 6pm. The event offers free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.

09 Aug 2018 to 11 Aug 2018

Classic Play: Abigail's Party

Wimborne

DRAMATIC PRODUCTIONS proudly present WIMBORNE REP 2018 AT THE TIVOLI THEATRE. ABIGAIL’S PARTY Mike Leigh’s Classic Play Hostess-from-hell Beverley and her husband Lawrence are hosting a drinks party in this relentlessly uncomfortable and yet hilarious take on strained relationships and awkward social situations. Starring Joshua Cabot, Celia Muir, Rebecca Legrand, Steve Rollins and TV’s Nicole Faraday (Bad Girls, Casualty, Emmerdale) as ‘Beverley’.

11 August 2018

Proms in the Park: Disco Symphonic Spectacular

Bournemouth

Get ready to boogie the night away as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra bring back their funktastic Disco Symphonic Spectacular, with the best music from the era of glitter and platform shoes! Songs include hits by Boney M, the Bee Gees, Earth Wind & Fire, and Cool and the Gang, as well as classics such as Disco Inferno, Three Times a Lady and I Will Survive. Picnics, folding chairs, small tables, rugs, blankets and cushions are welcomed. Open fires, barbeques, tents and gazebos are not ...

07 Aug 2018 to 11 Aug 2018

Swanage Rep Season: Waiting for God

Swanage

This new, hilarious and touching stage adaptation is set in Bournemouth. When? Tuesday August 7th to Saturday August 11th 7.30pm (Plus 2.30pm Saturday). Where: Mowlem Theatre. Tickets: Full price £15, Concessions £13, Book tickets online or please ring the Box Office on 01929 422239.

11 August 2018

The Proclaimers

Bournemouth

Video Supported by Jack Lukeman It has been 31 years since Scottish twins Craig & Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers emerged. Since then, their enduring appeal across generations has carved a niche for themselves where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide as the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and sing-along raucousness of their songs and their extensive touring has enlightened and entertained fans throughout the World. They have even inspired a musical, the play and film ...

11 August 2018

Weldmar's Pyjama Walk

Blandford

We are delighted to be holding this fun event, now in its eighth year, at Bryanston School, Blandford. This year’s event is open to anyone over the age of 14 to take part. So get your pyjamas or onesies on, and walk for Weldmar! The walk starts at 10pm and takes you through the beautiful grounds of the school and you will be lighting it up as you walk with your flashing head gear. On your return you will be given some tasty treats and a goodie bag. Come and get involved, have fun ...

12 August 2018

Giant Craft Fair

Weymouth

A huge selection of hand-crafted goods made by local craftspeople. 10am to 4pm in the Ocean Room, Weymouth Pavilion. Free entry.

12 August 2018

Graham Walker Memorial Run

Beaulieu, New Forest

The annual Graham Walker Memorial run returns for its vintage and veteran motorcycle gathering at Beaulieu. Veteran, vintage and post-vintage of all makes built before 31 December 1940, will be displayed in the grounds in tribute to the late Graham Walker. Graham Walker was one of the founders of the Sunbeam Motorcycle Club in 1924 and was also President of the Club for many years. After he retired from racing he became Editor of ‘Motorcycling’ and went on to become the first curator ...

12 August 2018

Greenhill Gardens Summer Fayre

Weymouth

The Silhouettes on the bandstand and the pupils from Twirl Academy will be performing in the Gardens (A Friends Of Greenhill Gardens Event). Come and enjoy an afternoon with great music and FUN Stalls. Plenty of food and drinks available at the Cafe as you laze by the sea.

04 Aug 2018 to 12 Aug 2018

Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week

Lyme Regis

Over 60 fun events throughout the week with a carnival procession and firework display on Saturday.

11 Aug 2018 to 12 Aug 2018

Lymington Seafood Festival

New Forest

Two days of fishy fun, delicious food and drink stalls from local artisan producers. With demonstration kitchens to feed your culinary curiosity, a special area for little ones, plus our live music stage to keep the party going. The New Forest is blessed with some of finest artisan producers and eateries in the country and the Lymington Seafood Festival is excited to be bringing you some of the best.

10 Aug 2018 to 12 Aug 2018

VW T Chill

Beaulieu, New Forest

Back by popular demand, all VW Transporter owners are invited to drive into Beaulieu on the 10th, 11th and 12th of August and park up within the museum complex for VW T Chill! It promises to be a superb weekend for VW Transporter owners and enthusiasts. Sunday visitors to Beaulieu will be able to see the colourful display of VW Transporters parked on the Beaulieu arena for a show and shine, followed by presentations and trophies.

15 August 2018

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show

Shaftesbury

One of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the south, held on the Turnpike Showground in North Dorset. This traditional show is always held on the third Wednesday in August and regularly has an attendance of over 24,000 people.

14 Aug 2018 to 15 Aug 2018

Weymouth Carnival

Weymouth

Two days of carnival fun as Weymouth entertains us with the Red Arrows, activities, music, funfairs and a procession. Bag yourself a programme to find out full details of times etc. and dig deep to raise money for local good causes. Full details to follow as they become available.

16 August 2018

Outdoor Theatre: Hamlet

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

The Three Inch Fools present Hamlet. Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s most infamous and iconic play, Hamlet. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with set, props and costumes across the UK, performing a highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare’s plays. Brought to you by: The Three Inch Fools. Cost: Adult-£13.50, Season ticket ...

16 August 2018

Rockley Summer Spectacular

Poole

Get down to Poole Quay for 7pm and enjoy live music, family entertainment and a firework finale at 10pm. The event is sponsored by Rockley Park.

17 August 2018

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth

Starting at 10pm from Bournemouth Pier, we know you’ll love watching the skies light up! Firework dates for this year are as follows: 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August.

17 August 2018

Quay for my Car

Poole

A different marque of car each Friday from 6pm on Poole Quay. The event offers free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.

18 August 2018

Dorchester Cider Festival

Dorchester

The fourth annual Dorchester Cider Festival returns to the Borough Gardens on Saturday 18th August at 15:00. Hosted by Dorchester Round Table, it's FREE family-friendly celebration of the region's finest cider producers, special guests, great food and live music throughout the day. Meet and be served by our guest cider makers and sample over 80 of their award-winning tipples, from delicate elderflower infusions to leg-wobbling scrumpy and everything in between, all in the town's ...

14 Aug 2018 to 18 Aug 2018

Sleeping Beauty The Musical

Bournemouth

This classic fairy tale is brought to life with original music and a host of magical characters. The King and Queen are throwing a party to celebrate the birth of their beautiful daughter Princess Aurora. Everyone is invited - everyone apart from Narcissus, a cruel and wicked Fairy. When Narcissus discovers she hasn’t been invited to the birthday celebrations she gate-crashes and curses the baby Princess! its left up to the good Fairies, Bluebell, Primrose and Tulip to try and save the ...

14 Aug 2018 to 18 Aug 2018

Swanage Rep: The Railway Children

Swanage

This brand new musical version brings family magic to one of the homes of steam railway. When? Tuesday August 14th to Saturday August 18th 7pm. (Plus 2.30pm Saturday). Where? Mowlem Theatre. Tickets: Full £15, Concessions £13, Children £11. Book online or please ring the Box Office on 01929 422239.

18 August 2018

Vinyl Saturday

Bridport

Essential days for collectors of rock, pop, folk, blues & jazz records and CDs. Come and see us at the rear of the Bridport United Church, 10am - 4pm! All your favourite Vinyl dealers. £1 entry.

18 Aug 2018 to 19 Aug 2018

Bridport Carnival

Bridport

The fun-packed extravaganza includes a grand procession which features plenty of floats and colourful walking entries. The amazing torchlight procession from Bridport to West Bay takes place on Sunday evening and is followed by live music and fireworks.

19 August 2018

Buckham Fair

Bridport

Buckham Fair is a great, old-fashioned, vintage fair that takes place in Beaminster, Dorset, every year in August to raise funds for local charities. This family day out offers all visitors a wide variety of things to see and do, whether you enjoy the funfair, or browsing through some of the best local artisan creations, indulging in some of the finest local foods from the area, taking part in some of our many horse and dog show activities, or simply watching enjoying the spectacles in our ...

11 Aug 2018 to 19 Aug 2018

Burton Bradstock Festival of Music & Art

Bridport

Burton Bradstock will be filled with folk, classical and jazz music performed by internationally acclaimed musicians and some of the brightest young stars on the UK music scene. You’ll be able to enjoy a superb exhibition by West Country artists in the village hall.

18 Aug 2018 to 19 Aug 2018

Canford Summer Fair

Wimborne

For the weekend of 18th and 19th August, Wessex Food Festival is taking over the building and grounds of Canford School to bring you a fantastic selection of Local Crafts, Food Produce and Street Food, Plants and Garden Accessories and Childrens Activity Area. The Fair will be inside the school buildings and in the beautiful grounds, so it'll be great whatever the weather.

18 Aug 2018 to 19 Aug 2018

Christchurch Carnival Weekend

Christchurch

Christchurch Carnival Weekend on the Quay. Lots of entertainment throughout both days. Free fireworks displays.

19 August 2018

International Orangutan Day

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham

Help us celebrate all things orangutan, with stalls, fun trails and talks. To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species. From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%. Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 percent in the past decade, from 35,000 in 1996 to 20,000 in 2006. Since these ...

16 Aug 2018 to 19 Aug 2018

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

Swanage

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival is a small festival set on a farm on the beautiful Jurassic Coastline. We’re a festival that’s loved by everyone because there’s loads for kids to do, loads for parents and loads for the old folkies!

18 Aug 2018 to 19 Aug 2018

The Ragged Victorians

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

he 'Ragged Victorians – ‘The Great Unwashed' are an award winning living history group, re-enacting the lower classes of Victorian England, c1851. They will be taking up residence over the weekend of Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August at the Nothe, where they will be ‘living’ in the tunnels and cellars under the Fort. The Nothe Fort Victorian Artillery will be in attendance, firing their Victorian Cannons, following their inspection by Queen Victoria, at the start of the day! Enjoy ...

21 Jul 2018 to 31 Aug 2018

Summer Living History at Beaulieu

Beaulieu, New Forest

Step back in time this summer! For a fun-filled family day out, head to the New Forest where living history characters will bring Beaulieu to life with the sights and sounds of the past… Delve into over 800 years of history with special activities and tours taking place every day throughout the summer holidays, 21 July - 31 August. See veteran and vintage vehicles as they drive around the grounds with their occupants dressed in period costumes. Take a closer look under the bonnet and ...

24 Jul 2018 to 02 Sep 2018

Summer Holidays at the Tank Museum

Wareham

This Summer Holiday explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history. See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Tuesday 24 July. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action. Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available ...