Dorset Events

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

21 August 2019

Dorset Wildlife Trust Crafts

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Come and join us at Wimborne Model Town from 2.30pm for Get Dorset Buzzing Creature Crafts and Activities for all the family with DORSET WILDLIFE TRUST from 2.30pm. Find out about pollinating insects and how we can help them. Did you know that butterflies, moths and beetles are pollinators as well as bees and even wasps!!! There is no extra charge for this event

20 Aug 2019 to 21 Aug 2019

Medieval games

Corfe Castle

Discover traditional games as you explore Corfe Castle: Throwing games: Hand tennis and Quoits Bowling games: Crown green bowls, Ninepins and Kayles Board games: Morris Have a friendly game with friends and family or keep score as you create your own rules and points system. However you decide to play, there is fun to be had for all ages. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

21 August 2019

Wareham Wednesdays

Wareham

An evening of fun and entertainment on Wareham Quay. This week it's the popular raft race.

22 August 2019

Family Fun Show with Mervyn Cole

Wimborne

Join Mervyn Cole for one of his summer family fun shows with us at Wimborne Model Town at 12noon and 2pm. There'll be jokes, magic tricks, balloons and puppets, and later in the day (and subject to availability) Mr Punch and friends will be making an appearance. We suggest you take your seats 15 minutes before the performance to ensure a good view. There is no additional charge for this event.

18 Aug 2019 to 22 Aug 2019

Mapperton Creepy Crawly Show

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster

Join us to explore exotic animals from around the world, including spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, stick insects, snakes, lizards, tortoises and more! Educational and entertaining 20-minute shows and handling sessions by World Life Conservation at: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm Or wander through and say hello in your own time! Husband and wife team World Life Conservation will be on hand to tell visitors all about their Creepy Crawly ...

22 August 2019

Melplash Show

Bridport

The Melplash Agricultural Society Show is one of the South West’s premier agricultural exhibitions and is held at The West Bay Show grounds, Bridport, Dorset on the last Thursday before the August Bank holiday. There really will be something for everyone at our show. The show is packed full of exhibits including livestock, horses, homecrafts and horticulture. There are over 350 trade stands selling everything from locally produced food to tractors….and plenty in between!

22 August 2019

Rockley Summer Spectacular

Poole

Get your groove on for Rockley's Summer Spectacular as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay! Supported by Poole's 5* family holiday park, Rockley Park and part of Wave 105 Summertime in the South, the free event is organised by BCP Tourism and takes place every Thursday (from end July until the end of August) bringing a party atmosphere to Poole’s continental quayside with live music, entertainment and family fun before finishing with a firework finale ...

22 August 2019

Tree Spirits: Make A Clay Face

Dorchester

Get to know a tree, have fun with sticks and make a mud creation, in the orchard of Hardy’s Cottage! In this free outdoor workshop we will use clay, twigs and leaves to create expressive faces on the trees. Join us between 11am and 3pm for this free, creative activity making wild art on the orchard trees at Hardy's Cottage. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

22 August 2019

We Are Weymouth Summer Nights

Weymouth

A professionally co-ordinated evening entertainment programme held on the beach for 4 Thursday evenings in August, based on good old seaside family fun! The programme will include a compere to host the event. Elements include kids' fun and games, family entertainment (audience participation may be required!) music and entertainment. Child-friendly

23 August 2019

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth

Be prepared to be dazzled by the Bournemouth Firework display. Starting at 10pm at Bournemouth seafront, we know you’ll love watching the skies light up! (Weather dependent, call 01202 451781 for confirmation).

23 August 2019

Honeybrook Adventure Farm Friday Barbecue 4-8pm

Honeybrook Adventure Farm, Wimborne

We are pleased to announce that the summer barbecues will be every Friday night in August 2019. Open 4-8pm (cooking stops about 7pm). We will have veggie burgers available. All the fun of the farm plus see the animals for only £5 per person including a burger for the adults or a hot dog for the kids. Alcohol available to purchase and cafe will be open for hot/cold drinks as well. Please note that we will be cooking the burgers and hot dogs, this is not a bring your own items to barbecue ...

23 August 2019

Quay for my Car

Poole

A different marque of car each Friday evening 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.

24 August 2019

Anonymous Festival

Dorchester

Anonymous Festival is back for 2019, with a fun-filled day of incredible live music from local young bands, amazing food and stalls on Saturday 24th August 2019, from Noon until 6pm. Venue: Maumbury Rings

24 August 2019

Bourton Bash

Gillingham

After an incredible first year, which raised over £2000 for local charities, we are and bigger than before! There will be a great selection of local musicians and bands, street food, real ale and cider bar, gin bar, children's activities and much much more to look forward to! Get your early bird tickets online now – tickets on the gate will be at a higher price of £12!! This event has kindly been organised on behalf of Weldmar Hospicecare. Starts: 1:00 PM - 10:30 PM St George's ...

24 August 2019

Music on Swanage Pier

Swanage

Come along and enjoy music from local bands and choirs on the beautiful setting of Swanage Pier. Chantoozy - 11.00am Chantoozy are a Dorset-based Piano & Voice duo playing Smooth Jazz. Kelp! Shantymen – 12.00pm & 3.00pm Swanage’s Premier sea shanty group, singing shanties to anyone who gets too close. Kelp! have been entertaining the people of Purbeck for several years, raising money for the RNLI and other charities. The Red Herrings – 1.00pm The Red Herrings Ukulele Band is ...

24 August 2019

Party in the Park Burton Bradstock

Bridport

Party in the park at Burton Bradstock playing fields, come and join us for a fun-filled day with lots of activities for all. Jumble sale Cake stalls Children's entertainment and much more! £2 entry on gate children free. Burton Bradstock is some 3 miles south east of Bridport.

24 August 2019

Radipole Gardens Big Fun Day Festival of Sound

Weymouth

This year's Big Fun Day is Festival of Sound with live music, lots of stalls, miniature steam train rides, games, refreshments, foods and lots more besides. Adding even more as time goes on, keep an eye on our Facebook page for further details or to get in touch with any queries about the event.

21 Aug 2019 to 24 Aug 2019

Swanage Rep: Wait Until Dark

Swanage

On a recent trip to Montreal, Susy’s husband Sam is handed a doll by a stranger for safe-keeping. It seems this doll has admirers… Now that they have made sure Susy is alone in the house, can they con her out of the item they need and will the fact that she is blind make their job as straightforward as they expect? The play behind the 1967 thriller film starring Audrey Hepburn, for which she was nominated as Best Actress in the 1968 Academy Awards. Venue: Mowlem Theatre

24 August 2019

Wimborne in Bloom Duck Race

Wimborne

A fun duck race on the River Allen to raise funds to keep Wimborne looking blooming lovely!

24 Aug 2019 to 25 Aug 2019

Burley Summer Festival

New Forest

Surrounded by beautiful woodland scenery, Burley Festival brings together high quality local producers for a weekend of artisan food, exciting drinks and artistic creations. Bring the family to enjoy our new community festival - and celebrate the summer with incredible bands, art experiences and much more! Travel: By car - follow the SatNav to postcode BH24 4DJ. Easiest to access via the A31, turning off at Picket Post.

23 Aug 2019 to 25 Aug 2019

Cinema under the stars

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Purbeck Film Festival present open air cinema at Corfe Castle. Pack a picnic and experience the magic of watching a film with family and friends within the castle ruins. (See website for film titles and details). Gates open at 7.30pm. Films start 8.45pm Booking essential. Tel: 03442491895 Price: £10 Adults, £6 Children, £27 Family (2 adults, 2 children).

25 August 2019

Dragon Boat Challenge

Weymouth

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust has been nominated as the headline charity for this year's Dragon Boat Challenge (hosted by Melcombe Regis Rotary Club) which is set to take place in Weymouth Bay on Sunday 25th August starting at 9am. Fancy dress welcome! If you have a team that would like to take part, then please contact Steve on 07788 443269 or email: stevehaseldine@yahoo.co.uk

25 August 2019

LYME REGIS COMEDY CLUB WITH TANYALEE DAVIS

Lyme Regis

Four acts are on the bill at the Marine Theatre's regular comedy night, headlined by a woman with a unique perspective and racy brand of comedy. Her solo show ‘Little Do They Know’ hints at her 3 foot 6 stature. She’s appeared in films such as Austin Powers, and supported Frankie Boyle on tour. Tanyalee Davis is a 3ft 6inch standup comedian from Canada who is now headlining at comedy clubs, colleges, and comedy festivals throughout the world. In January 2011, Tanyalee performed her ...

25 August 2019

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

Entertainer Tony Lowe entertains on the Bandstand. Starts around 2pm (weather dependent.

25 August 2019

No.4 Fitness Opening Event

Dorchester

Save the date! Gather your friends and join Indy for an hour of 'farm yard' fitness in the Dorset countryside before making our way back to the No.4 Bar to enjoy a variety of freshly made smoothies made from some fresh organic produce. The first No.4 event will take place on Sunday 25th August at Manor Farm, Cattistock DT2 0JJ at 10:00am 🐄 Join the Facebook event here 👉 https://www.facebook.com/events/1171857339667039/ We can't wait to give you a taste of the country life on your ...

19 Aug 2019 to 25 Aug 2019

Portland Week

Portland

Everyone welcome! Portland Week is for anyone who wants to mess around in boats. Bring your own boat or have a go at something new: paddleboarding, sea angling, boat rides, art projects and fun competitions. There’s something different every day. Venue: Portland Marina

25 August 2019

Seafront Fireworks Display

Weymouth

Enjoy a fabulous, free fireworks display over Weymouth Bay at 9.30pm

25 August 2019

Sherborne Historic Vehicle Rally

Sherborne

Held in the magnificent setting of Sherborne School Courts, the event starts with a drive around the Dorset countryside and then returns to the school where vehicles are judged and admired by the visitors. This is an important fundraising event in the calendar of Sherborne Rotary Club with traditionally strong support from Car and Motorcycle clubs and the visiting public. Check out the HVR website for more information.

24 Aug 2019 to 25 Aug 2019

Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

Blandford

A special country fair for those interested in timber, woodcraft, the countryside and conservation. We have over 200 exhibitors, traders and food stalls including a beer tent, cider tent and gin bar! Other highlights are the amazing demonstrations in our arena with heavy horse shows, falconry and impressive lumberjack displays! There is also big machinery demo's throughout the day including some historic and vintage pieces. There is also plenty to do including scaling a mighty ...

23 Aug 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

Be Cider Seaside Festival

Bridport

If you're looking for an intimate festival where you'll meet like-minded people and discover new and exciting music, this is the event for you! This year's AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND event will feature: Z-STAR - Blues/Rock/Psyche/Soul Lynne Jackaman - Soul Tom McGuire & The Brassholes - Funk/Soul Shoot The Moon - Ska/Punk Super Cumbia y la Liga de la Alegría - Reggae/Ragamuffin/Ska Saints of Sin - Rock Johnny Cage & The Voodoogroove - Cuban Rock'n'Roll/Blues/Rockabilly Little Red ...

24 Aug 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

Go Nuts at Monkey World

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham

Every child who brings an unopened bag of nuts for the primates will receive a free Monkey World badge over the bank holiday weekend! We would like: Almonds Pistachios Cashews Walnuts Hazelnuts Pecans Brazil nuts Thank you!

22 Aug 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

Great Dorset Steam Fair

Blandford

If you’re looking for an excellent fun and action-packed day out for all the family, you’ll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair. This English fair is held at the village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside. Further directions are superfluous. Just find the village on the map, head in that direction and follow everyone else to the show. From small beginnings this annual event has become one of the favoured places for those interested in ...

22 Aug 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

Longbow in the Middle Ages

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Explore the medieval encampment of the Wolfshead Bowmen. Witness demonstrations of combat, skilled archery displays, and have-a-go sessions (£2 for 6 arrows). Normal admission prices apply. Free for National Trust members.

26 August 2019

Maumbury Rings Music Day

Dorchester

Free entry so pack your bags with blankets and sun cream for an afternoon and evening of free entertainment with some amazing live bands including Sandtimer, Shadrack Street Band, The Drystones, The Simmertones, The Sessions and Zoe Schwarz and Blue Commotion - Food stalls and bar on site.

24 Aug 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

Open-air Cinema at Abbotsbury Gardens

Abbotsbury

Enjoy open-air cinema in the beautiful Abbotsbury Gardens. Saturday 24th August - Mary Poppins Sunday 25th August - The Greatest Showman Monday 26th August - Grease Gates open 6pm. Films start 8pm. Film ticket prices: £12 per adult (18+) / £6 per child (4-17) Family (2 adults & 2 children) £32.40 Family (1 adult & 2 children) £21.60 Bring along a picnic blanket or deck chairs and enjoy a great evening. Hot food including a hog roast & barbecue, sweet treats & drinks ...

24 Aug 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

Quayside Music Festival

Weymouth

The Quayside Music Festival is back with live music from 12 noon until 10pm, Saturday, Sunday AND Monday! It is the final event of the summer with the 25 amazing bands playing over 3 days.... yes! 3 DAYS!!!! Share with your friends and let’s make it a massive summer party ☀️😎🍻🎵🍺🕺🏼💃🏻🎹🎻🎸⛱🍸🍾🎉🎤🎷🎺🎶 Saturday line up 12 - Helena mace 1 - identikit 2 - moondog 3- Glass spiders 4 - vanilla radio 5- Biproxy 6 - Pyschadelephant 7 - Regulation 9 8.30 - The ...

12 Jul 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

Summer Live

Bournemouth

Summer Live is a free event for all ages. Bournemouth town centre offers visitors a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars and the award-winning gardens. Summer Live is located in The Square. Live music every day (from 5pm week days / from 12pm weekends) Visit the huts and watch the artists in action as they paint, draw and create Face painting on most days (for a small fee) Outdoor 'Garden Bar' plus BBQ Other huts include Henna body art, beach themed jewellery and the ...

27 August 2019

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night specials on their menus.

27 August 2019

Family Fun Shows with Mervyn Cole

Wimborne

Join Mervyn Cole for a summer family fun show with us at Wimborne Model Town at 12noon and 2pm There'll be jokes, magic tricks, balloons and puppets and later in the day (and subject to availability) Mr Punch and friends will be making an appearance. We suggest you take your seats at least 15 minutes before showtime! There is no extra charge for this event.

27 August 2019

Open air theatre: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Pack a picnic and enjoy a magical evening performance by Illyria within the castle ruins from 6:15pm. The performance will start at 7:30pm. Booking essential. Tel: 03442491895 Price: Adults £18, Children £9, Family (2 adults,2 children) £45.

28 August 2019

Meet Peppa Pig

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

The ever-popular children’s favourite Peppa Pig is an annual visitor to Adventure Wonderland. The cheeky little piggy is coming to see her adoring fans in Dorset in the late summer, just before the kids head back to school. Peppa will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. So bring your camera or phone to capture the magic.

28 August 2019

Pirates Ahoy with Treehouse Theatre

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Come and join in with Treehouse Theatre at 2.30pm for PIRATES AHOY ... an exciting and interactive hour of making music, dressing up (provided or bring your own!) and creating stories. Expect a fun-filled time of sea shanties and pirate dancing before the story of "Pirates Ahoy" is told. There is no extra charge for this event.

26 Aug 2019 to 28 Aug 2019

Summer Panto: Pirates of the Pavilion

Weymouth

Made-to-Measure Productions are delighted be returning to the Weymouth Pavilion with a brand new Swashbuckling production of PIRATES OF THE PAVILION which celebrates its 6th successful season this summer! This year, it's time for a BRAND NEW EGYPTIAN ADVENTURE as our famous pirate crew set sail for EGYPT in a mission to return the Ribena Ruby to its rightful place, deep within the tomb of Pharaoh Rocher! But it's not all plain sailing as the Ruby holds untold magical powers and ...

28 August 2019

Wareham Wednesdays

Wareham

An evening of fun and entertainment on Wareham Quay. This week expect a pirate invasion!

18 Aug 2019 to 29 Aug 2019

Creepy Crawly Shows at Mapperton

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster

It’s back and bigger than ever… GO WILD THIS SUMMER WITH MAPPERTON'S CREEPY CRAWLY SHOWS! Sunday 18th – Thursday 22nd August & Sunday 25th – Thursday 29th August, 10am to 4pm *Free with paid entry to Mapperton Gardens* Join us to explore exotic animals from around the world including spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, stick insects, snakes, lizards, tortoises and more! Educational and entertaining 20 minute shows and handling sessions by World Life ...

29 August 2019

Family Fun Shows with Mervyn Cole

Wimborne

Join Mervyn Cole for a summer family fun show with us at Wimborne Model Town at 12noon and 2pm. There'll be jokes, magic tricks, balloons and puppets and later in the afternoon (and subject to availability) Mr Punch and friends will be making an appearance. We suggests you take your seats at least 15 minutes before showtime! There is no extra charge for this event.

25 Aug 2019 to 29 Aug 2019

Mapperton Creepy Crawly Show

Beaminster

Join us to explore exotic animals from around the world including spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, stick insects, snakes, lizards, tortoises and more! Educational and entertaining 20-minute shows and handling sessions by World Life Conservation at: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Or wander through and say hello in your own time! Husband and wife team World Life Conservation will be on hand to tell visitors all about their Creepy Crawly creatures.

29 August 2019

Rockley Summer Spectacular

Poole

Get your groove on for Rockley's Summer Spectacular as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay! Supported by Poole's 5* family holiday park, Rockley Park and part of Wave 105 Summertime in the South, the free event is organised by BCP Tourism and takes place every Thursday (from end July until the end of August) bringing a party atmosphere to Poole’s continental quayside with live music, entertainment and family fun before finishing with a firework finale ...

30 August 2019

Be Bop A Lula

Weymouth

The West End smash hit comes to town starring five giants of rock’n’roll – Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. In 1960 American rockers Eddie and Gene flew in from the States and were joined by British heartthrob Billy Fury for the UK’s very first multi-artist rock’n’roll tour. Reviewers were appalled by the on stage antics. Audiences screamed their approval. British youth culture was born. Relive these seminal concerts in the company of incredible ...

30 August 2019

Honeybrook Adventure Farm Friday Barbecue 4-8pm

Honeybrook Adventure Farm, Wimborne

We are pleased to announce that the summer barbecues will be every Friday night in August 2019. Open 4-8pm (cooking stops about 7pm). We will have veggie burgers available. All the fun of the farm plus see the animals for only £5 per person including a burger for the adults or a hot dog for the kids. Alcohol available to purchase and cafe will be open for hot/cold drinks as well. Please note that we will be cooking the burgers and hot dogs, this is not a bring your own items to barbecue ...

30 August 2019

Open air theatre: Frankenstein

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Pack a picnic and enjoy a magical evening performance by Illyria within the castle ruins from 6:15pm. The performance will start at 7:30pm Booking essential. Tel: 03442491895 Price: Adults £18, Children £9, Family (2 adults,2 children) £45.

30 August 2019

Outdoor Theatre: The Secret Garden

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Dorchester

This summer, join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner... As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key? This enchanting story, loved by children and adults alike, is presented in some of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful outdoor venues. Relive ...

30 August 2019

Quay for my Car

Poole

A different marque of car each Friday evening 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.

31 August 2019

Dorset Vegan Festival

Poole

80 fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities running throughout the day from 10.30am – 4.30pm at Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset Entry is £5 payable per day on the door (under 16s free) or £15 for VIP tickets in advance from Eventbrite to include fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers.

26 Aug 2019 to 31 Aug 2019

Fame The Musical

Bournemouth

Selladoor Productions presents the definitive 30th anniversary tour of Fame The Musical starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Mica Paris (Love Me Tender, Chicago, Mama I Want To Sing) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing On Ice). Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New York’s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way ...

27 Aug 2019 to 31 Aug 2019

Legally Blonde - The Musical

Bridport

Bridport Musical Theatre Company are bringing Legally Blonde The Musical to the Electric Palace!! Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery. A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances – this musical is so ...

01 September 2019

Autumn Plant Fair

Dorchester

Athelhampton House will be hosting the second Plant Fair of the year, organised by Plant Heritage Dorset. The Fair will be open from 10am -3pm and will feature a large number of independent growers from across the South and South West. There will be a wide range of plants including grasses, alpines, herbs, perennials, climbers & shrubs plus some summer bedding and basket plants.. The great advantage is that you can buy direct from the growers at very competitive prices and get specialist ...

29 Aug 2019 to 01 Sep 2019

Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth

Huge free air festival with international aircraft, beach assault and air display teams. The Festival site is open daily from 10am with displays starting late morning/ early afternoon . See website for latest information.

01 September 2019

Classic Cars on the Prom

Christchurch

Classic Cars on the Quay is returning to Christchurch on 1st September. An ever-changing line-up of vehicles dating from 1915 up to the early 1980s. Free admission for eligible vehicles and free public viewing. No pre-booking required. Our displays are open to all cars and motor bikes (in the classic spirit) registered before August 1983. Around 70 to 130 Classic cars normally go on display. Time: 11am to 5pm.

30 Aug 2019 to 01 Sep 2019

Lyme Folk Weekend

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend features an irresistible combination - the cream of the crop from the UK folk scene and the very best in local and youth music from our town and its surrounding area. Some of the country’s finest folk acts will be appearing at our a fabulous and atmospheric Marine Theatre, while ‘Out and About’ you can sample everything from Morris dancing to story-telling to shanty singing...Come to the seaside and enjoy music, dancing, storytelling, workshops and entertainment for all ...

27 Aug 2019 to 01 Sep 2019

Medieval Games

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Discover traditional games as you explore Corfe Castle: Throwing games: Hand tennis and Quoits Bowling games: Crown green bowls, Ninepins and Kayles Board games: Morris Have a friendly game with friends and family or keep score as you create your own rules and points system. However you decide to play, there is fun to be had for all ages. Time: 10am to 5.30pm. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

01 September 2019

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

Our final musicial event of the year features the four talented Decadettes. Great songs that you will know. Music events start at 2pm (Weather permitting).

01 September 2019

Open Gardens: Greystone Court

Corfe Castle

Greystone Court is open as part of Weldmar's 2019 Open Gardens Scheme. 1st September – 12pm until 5pm Our gardens are situated on different levels with trees, shrubs, flowers, fruit and vegetable garden. With wonderful views over Corfe Castle and down the valley towards the Isle of Wight. We can supply Teas in the garden on open day and probably have a plant stall if the season is good. Wildlife is encouraged. There is ample parking in our adjacent field. How to find the ...

29 Aug 2019 to 01 Sep 2019

Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival

Swanage

Every year we invite acclaimed musicians and actors around the world to join us for the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival, which takes place during the first weekend in September. Tickets can be booked online through the Purbeck International Chamber Music website, by phone on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 booking fee applies) or from Discover Purbeck Information Centre in Wareham, tel: 01929 552740. Various venues.

01 September 2019

Smedmore House & Gardens Open Day

Corfe Castle

Come and visit Smedmore House and Gardens, Kimmeridge (BH20 5PG) between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday 1st September in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare. Tickets available on the day - £5.50 per adult into Gardens & Grounds. Additional £3.50 Guided House Tour (House tours from 2pm). Accompanied children under 16 free. Two acres of flower gardens, orchards, and a Mediterranean garden surround this Dorset seaside escape. At the bottom of the main walled garden is a walk through woods and fields, past ...

20 Jul 2019 to 01 Sep 2019

Summer Holidays

Tank Museum, Wareham

20 July – 1 September 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 Monday 22nd 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 ...

20 Jul 2019 to 01 Sep 2019

Summer Living History at Beaulieu

Beaulieu, New Forest

Step back in time this summer! Visit Beaulieu from 20th July - 1st September to see characters and cars from the past spring into action. Plus there's a touch of magic in the air... Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has come to Beaulieu! From medieval monks to Victorian butlers... delve into over 800 years of history as you chat to costumed characters, get hands-on with traditional games and see historic motors in action. Plus, don't miss Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 Years, our fantasmagorical new ...

22 Jul 2019 to 01 Sep 2019

Tanks in Action

Wareham

See tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Monday 22 July. Each week will feature a different theme, from WWII to the Gulf War, starring tanks like the Sherman Fury, T-72 and Challenger 1. A few lucky visitors will be picked from the Museum to take part in the display. Expect a mock battle, lifelike explosions and expert commentary. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY AVAILABLE ON WEEKDAYS. Venue: Bovington Tank Museum, Near Wareham.

03 September 2019

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.

03 September 2019

Dumble Dimble Charity Fun Run

Portland

Join us on Portland for either a 2-mile walk/run for all the family from 0 to 100 years old – or a 5 mile run for those 15 or over. Those under 11 years of age need a parent/ responsible adult to run with them. From the YMCA at Reforne, Portland Runners register at the YMCA The 5 mile run (min age 15 years) will start at 6.30pm – runners are advised to wear white or hi-vis vests The 2 mile run/walk (0 years to 100 years!) will follow immediately after. Entry Fee (payable on ...

13 Aug 2019 to 04 Sep 2019

Matchstick Fleet at the Nothe Fort

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

Come and be amazed at the detail and accuracy of the scaled replicas of modern warships on display. Made entirely of matchsticks and matchboxes these models, that have taken one man a lifetime to build fill the whole of our exhibition area. This is a totally unique display, not to be missed. The whole of our exhibition area is filled with these exquisite models. Open during normal opening hours. Normal entry charges apply. The models are based on drawings, plans and photographs ...

15 Jun 2019 to 04 Sep 2019

Pirates and Mermaids

Weymouth

Visit Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park this summer and choose your side - Pirates or Mermaids. Running from 15th June to 4th September, this immersive trail features two themed routes and is perfect for the whole family to enjoy as a free addition to the SEA LIFE experience. Meet a ‘real life Mermaid’ on select days, so please check before attending if you wish to see them at the park. Pre-book online at www.sealifeweymouth.com and save up to 40%. All children taking part are able ...

05 September 2019

Tree Spirits: Make A Clay Face

Dorchester

Get to know a tree, have fun with sticks and make a mud creation, in the orchard of Hardy’s Cottage! In this free outdoor workshop we will use clay, twigs and leaves to create expressive faces on the trees. Join us between 11am and 3pm for this free, creative activity making wild art on the orchard trees at Hardy's Cottage. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

06 September 2019

Ben Waters : Final Performance at The Tivoli

Wimborne

Last seen at the Tivoli with Ronnie Wood, we welcome the superb BEN WATERS back for one last time before he retires! A career spanning 25 years working with and for many of the rock ‘n roll legendary musicians of our time has enabled Ben Waters to select a group of fine musicians who have joined him in entertaining audiences in festivals and prestigious venues across the planet. A love of boogie woogie and early rock ‘n roll has inspired him from an early age when he was lucky enough ...

06 September 2019

Theatre: Much Ado About Nothing

Bridport

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 Bridport 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 war ...

07 September 2019

Bridport Hat Festival

Bridport

The town centre will be taken over by thousands of hat wearers throughout Saturday, with competitions, trade stalls, food & drink, live acts, some surprises, and a mass hat-wearing photo-op in Bucky Doo Square.

07 September 2019

Stargazing at Durlston

Swanage

Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, galaxies, star clusters, Autumn Constellations. 8pm to 9.30pm. Weather dependent - phone 01929 424443 on the day to confirm. £3 charge. Venue: Learning Centre, Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage BH19 2JL

06 Sep 2019 to 08 Sep 2019

Classic Transport Rally

Swanage

Classic Transport Rally at Harmans Cross (Haycrafts Lane Harmans Cross BH19 3EB) Open 10:00 - 16:00 (Fri, Sat and 3pm Sun). Swanage Railway Day Rover Tickets Include Free Entry to the Classic Transport Rally (otherwise £5 Adults). With over 300 displays of vintage vehicles, motorcycles, tractors, classic cars and commercial vehicles. Stationary engines, stalls, and refreshments (bar and catering). Getting to the Event: Park easily at the 350 space Norden Park and Ride (BH20 ...

07 Sep 2019 to 08 Sep 2019

Dorset County Show

Dorchester

A celebration of all things Dorset and the countryside. Dedicated to superb family entertainment, showcasing agriculture, great shopping and so much more!

07 Sep 2019 to 08 Sep 2019

Food Rocks

Lyme Regis

The festival brings together top chefs, exhibitors, locals and those who are visiting Lyme Regis. The main stage will showcase a diverse mix of interactive cookery demonstrations, talks and tastings across the weekend. Festival highlights: Glenarm Estate beef supper club Crab and mackerel supper club Chef demonstrations Meet the producers Seasonal food and produce from local exhibitors. All money raised is donated to the RNLI and the Fishermen’s Mission.

04 Sep 2019 to 08 Sep 2019

Gillingham Walking Festival

Gillingham

This year's theme is: Exploring Local Food and Drink. Visits to farms and producers Tastings Picnics On some walks there will be the option of a meal afterwards.

07 Sep 2019 to 08 Sep 2019

International Autojumble

New Forest

Beaulieu’s most famous motoring event, the International Autojumble is the biggest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic. With over 2000 stands, groaning with all kinds of vintage and classic motoring ephemera - motoring parts, accessories, automobilia, literature, tools and clothing, there is something for everyone and lots of bargains to be had.

07 Sep 2019 to 08 Sep 2019

Nothe Fort Artillery Weekend

Weymouth

A colourful event involving re-enactors from our own Nothe Fort Artillery. Members of the Nothe Fort Artillery will be on hand conducting rifle and cannon fire with individual demonstrations for our visitors and a chance to fire. The event Includes the “Ceremony of the Keys” on both days. The event will portray living history with the Artillery on display in the Barrack Room and interacting with our visitors. If you like loud bangs and gun fire, this event is for you. Please be ...

08 September 2019

Petfest @ Highcliffe Castle

Christchurch

A fab family day out can be had at Highcliffe Castle's Petfest. With pets aplenty, plus Highcliffe's very own Crufts, you can see who will be crowned as their ‘Dog of the Year’.

06 Sep 2019 to 08 Sep 2019

Poole Blues Festival

Poole

Join us on Poole Quay for the Poole Blues Festival. Blues bands and entertainment.

06 Sep 2019 to 08 Sep 2019

Swanage Folk Festival

Swanage

Folk music followers flock to the concerts, join-in sessions, and try something new at workshops. The festival features a number of concerts in the Mowlem Theatre and music in the main marquee on Sandpit Field.

10 September 2019

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.

12 September 2019

BSO: Divine

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra presents a trio of masterpieces inspired by greatness and created by two of the best-known names in classical music’s hall of fame. Schubert’s Overture in D, alternately titled ‘Overture for Orchestra in D Major “in the Italian Style”’ will be followed by two of Beethoven’s masterworks, his violin concerto and his Symphony No.4. Schubert’s Italian influences are evident throughout this concert’s opening piece, drawing as it does from the rapid rise in ...

13 September 2019

Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente

Dorchester

2017 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente are a vocal/guitar duo like no other. Calling the Isle of Lewis and Spain home respectively, their music traverses nationalities. Vocals in in Gaelic, Scots and English, their music cover centuries old ballads meet Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills, as well as some original writing. Josie’s voice, crystal clear. With its slight island twang, equally at home in any of these domains. ...

14 September 2019

Autumn Plant Show & Sale

Wimborne

Wimborne Horticultural Society are holding their Autumn Show at the Allendale Centre.

14 September 2019

Dorchester RFC Charity Ball

Dorchester

You are cordially invited to this prestigious event at Dorset County Showground. The Ball will include a glass of bubbles on arrival, a 3-course dinner, Cocktail bar, tableside entertainment, live music from Rooster, and a special guest speaker Craig Chalmers (ex-Scotland International and British Lions). There will be an auction of items which include an afternoon tea, for 4, with Lord and Lady Fellowes at Stafford House, a week’s holiday in a harbourside cottage in Porthleven, ...

14 September 2019

Opera: La Boheme

Dorchester

Opera Holloway are delighted to be performing Puccini’s La Boheme, a thrilling and passionate love story, as depicted by one of Opera’s true legends. La Boheme depicts the ever-changing fortunes of the lives of four flatmates, reluctant to leave their student days behind them. Conducted by Lewis Gaston and directed by Fiona Williams, we follow the unfolding love story of Mimi and Rudolfo from its joyous beginnings to the bitter end. Opera Holloway’s production moves the action to a ...

14 September 2019

Poole Circus Spectacular

Poole

Join Poole BID for the Circus Spectacle on Saturday 14 September, from 10am until 6.30pm. There will be a host of things to enjoy including street performances, workshops and family-friendly activities throughout the high street and on Poole Quay. Visit the Poole BID Facebook page for more information, or contact the office on 01202 308800.

14 September 2019

Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

Singalonga Productions, producers of Singalonga Sound of Music and Singalonga GREASE brings you their newest show, the smash hit film musical that everyone can’t stop singing - The Greatest Showman! Look out ‘cause here it comes…. Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible - with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud and proud as you want. And it’s marching on to ...

14 September 2019

The Elves & The Shoemaker

Bridport

Are you ready for shoes made of bread… shoes that can make you dance… feather shoes that tickle your feet until you can’t stop laughing? The Elves and The Shoemaker is here with puppets, music, comedy and tonnes of bonkers shoes! Sam Lacey makes shoes that are out of this world. His imagination is huge but his shoe-making business is a disaster! Why would anyone buy a pair of Banana Skin slippers or spend money on shoes for a spider?! Even his neighbour Belinda can’t get him to see ...

14 September 2019

Tiger Day 12

Wareham

As the only running Tiger I tank in the world you really can't afford to miss it! Tiger Day 12 is advance tickets only. There will not be any tickets available to buy on the day. You will need a Tiger Day 12 ticket to enter the Museum. Annual Passes are not valid. Venue: Tank Museum, Bovington, Near Wareham.

14 September 2019

Weldmar Summer Fete

Dorchester

Come and join us for our traditional Summer Fete on Saturday 14th September from 11am until 4pm at Joseph Weld Hospice and help us raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare Entrance £2 per adult, children go free! Over 40 stalls including: Bric a Brac Books Hand Crafted Items Hats and Handbags Jigsaws and games CDs & DVDs Home Produce Plus much more Delicious food and drink including: BBQ Cream Teas Delicious cakes Licensed Bar With Live Entertainment on the Wessex FM ...

14 Sep 2019 to 15 Sep 2019

Bart's Bash

Weymouth

Bart’s Bash is a global sailing race taking place at hundreds of venues, with thousands of sailors in hundreds of different classes of boat around the world. This incredible event works on the assumption that sailing venues host their races at weekends and we invite them to unite in one colossal global sailing event. Bart’s Bash is open to all sailing clubs, yacht clubs, scout groups, sea cadets, windsurfing clubs, individuals and any venue globally that can host a race and are inspired ...

12 Sep 2019 to 15 Sep 2019

Isle of Purbeck Walking Festival

Swanage

Purbeck offers something for everyone and our walks have been designed to show as much of the area as possible. Some may include a pub lunch or cream tea in a typical Dorset village. The area is steeped in Dorset history: the Civil War ruin of Corfe Castle; the evacuated village at Tyneham; and, of course, the unique geology of the area. This year we have several walks with a historic theme, walks exploring quarrying, shipwrecks, wildlife, fossils, art, and photography. Really a walk ...

15 September 2019

Mapperton Autumn Plant Fair

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster

Our glorious Manor House has an Italian sunken garden alongside a herbaceous, shaded and kitchen garden over 2 acres. This sale is well established and is now in its 15th year. With over 30 specialist nurseries and plant related stands including gifts and plant supports positioned in the courtyard and side garden this is naturally a very popular sale. Coffee, teas and light refreshments are available from the Coach House Cafe. Benefiting Charity; Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

14 Sep 2019 to 15 Sep 2019

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

Blandford

The annual cheese festival returns to ‘The Vale of Little Dairies’, otherwise known as Sturminster Newton. Enjoy a fun-packed weekend in the heart of the Blackmore Vale where you’ll find delicious goods from local producers, demonstrations, art, craft and children’s activities. £6 per adult; under 14s free.

17 September 2019

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled event, with a £1 entry charge per night. It is a self-funding event. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night specials on their ...

19 September 2019

The Producers

Bridport

After a year sabbatical, the blues boys are back in Bridport! Over the past quarter of a century The Producers have established themselves as one of the UK’s top blues bands and have played as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, the USA and the Bahamas, alongside regular tours throughout Europe. They have also been featured in session on the Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio 2 and have been praised by Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris. These chaps always put on a corker of a show so ...

20 September 2019

Art & Antiques Evening

Bournemouth

Join specialists and experts seen on Antiques Roadshow for a unique and exclusive evening at the Russell-Cotes Museum. Bring your portable items for valuation by the stars as you enjoy drinks and canapés in our Galleries. Marc Allum will then give a ‘Behind the Scenes’ talk, sharing stories and anecdotes from his longstanding time as an expert on the iconic show, and Lee Young and Lisa Lloyd will share and discuss their favourite pieces from our collections. Tickets include drinks, ...

17 Sep 2019 to 21 Sep 2019

Calendar Girls The Musical

Bournemouth

Calendar Girls - The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls - a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. This marvellous musical comedy which received fantastic five-star reviews in London's West End now comes to Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre, starring Sarah Jane Buckley, Sue Devaney, Julia Hills, Judy Holt, Ruth Madoc, Lisa Maxwell and Rebecca Storm. Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre

19 Sep 2019 to 21 Sep 2019

Wellbeing by the Lakes

Dorchester

Wellbeing by the Lakes is a 3-day festival exploring what it means to be mindful and live well in this fast-paced modern world. A curated blend of experts talks, meditation, movement sessions, art, live performance and healing therapies will open your eyes to fresh experiences for wellbeing. Set in the picturesque sculpture park nestled in 26 acres of Dorset’s glorious countryside, the event brings together a wide-ranging programme to inspire and revitalise you. Broaden your knowledge, ...

20 Sep 2019 to 22 Sep 2019

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 ...

13 Sep 2019 to 22 Sep 2019

Heritage Open Days

Wimborne

Welcome… to the 2019 programme of events celebrating Dorset’s rich architectural heritage. This is your chance to visit buildings not normally open to the public, to go on guided walks, hear talks and generally enjoy the county’s built environment. East Dorset Heritage Trust has put together a packed programme, with an exciting mixture of fascinating old favourites and intriguing new venues for the whole family to explore and enjoy. From a tiny cottage to a mighty castle, the ...

07 Sep 2019 to 06 Oct 2019

Underwater Superheroes

Weymouth

Take the challenge at the Sea Life Adventure Park - find your superpower!