Entertainment Events in Dorset

Details of entertainment events in Dorset, UK can be found in this section of the Visit Dorset website.

    16 Oct

    Bournemouth Library, 22 The Triangle, Bournemouth. BH2 5RQ

    16/10/2017 To 28/10/2017

    10:30 am To 4:30 pm

    Bournemouth Electric Camera Club Members Exhibition.

    @ Bournemouth Library 16th – 28th October 2017  10.30 – 16.30

    Closed Sunday 22nd.   Donation Box for Macmillan Caring Locally.

    Please come along and see our work and help support

    Macmillan Caring Locally.

    07 Oct

    BH22 0JG

    07/10/2017 To 07/10/2017

    12:00 pm To 4:00 pm

    Come and join us for a fabulous family day out on the 7th October from 12pm-4pm!

    Yes it’s our 2nd Birthday and we have lots happening from Apple picking & Pressing, Free Tractor Rides, Visit Farm Animals, Arts & Crafts, Music, Street Food and much much more!!

    Entry is FREE!!


    26 Aug

    poole park

    26/08/2017 To 26/08/2017

    12:00 pm To 6:00 pm

    The Dorset Indian Mela runs from 12:00 to 18:00 and promises fun for all the family in a celebration of Indian culture, cuisine and heritage. Offering the opportunity to travel the diverse tastes of India from a wide selection of food stalls, it will also feature Food stalls, henna painting, entertainment in the form of dancing and live music and a bouncy castle for the kids.

    15 Aug

    The Toy Barn, Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4JX

    15/08/2017 To 15/08/2017

    11:00 am To 2:00 pm

    Teddy Bears’ Picnic at The Toy Barn, Sherborne
    Tuesday 15th August 2017

    Join us with your child and their favourite teddy for a fun Teddy Bears’ Picnic in our play orchard on Tuesday 15 August. Bring your own picnic and a blanket, and enjoy play time on our climbing frames, swings, trampolines & wendy houses. Ecco-Gelato will be serving up some delicious ice-creams from their amazing bike! There will also be Face Painting and Flower Garland making.

    Teddies should come in fancy dress, and the owner of the best dressed teddy will win a unique prize.

    Tickets cost £5 per child (adult entry is free), which includes a Toy Barn gift voucher.

    Places are limited so book online today!

    Please note: tickets booked online can be collected from the shop in advance or on the day.

    24 Nov

    The Toy Barn Blackmarsh Farm Dodd\\\'s Cross Sherborne DT9 4JX UK

    24/11/2017 To 10/09/2017

    10:00 am To 5:00 pm

    Maize Maze at The Toy Barn this summer


    The Toy Barn in Sherborne will be running its first ever maize maze this summer. The maze will be open every day between 10am to 5pm (last entry into the maze at 3.30pm)  from Tuesday 18th July 2017 until September.


    Peter Hunt, owner of The Toy Barn, says: “Our maize maze is a great day out for all the family. Intrepid explorers must find their way to the castle in the centre through acres of corn, or face retracing their steps to find the correct route.”


    Refreshments are available and children can play on The Toy Barn’s go-karts, climbing frames, trampolines and swings after exploring the maze.


    Tickets are only available directly from the shop and cost £6 per person (under 3s free) or £20 per group (up to four people). Find out more at toy-barn.co.uk, pop into the shop at Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, DT9 4JX or call 01935 815040.

    22 Jul

    Oceanarium Pier Approach West Beach Bournemouth BH2 5AA

    22/07/2017 To 03/09/2017

    10:00 am To 5:00 pm

    Whatever the weather, visit the Oceanarium this Summer and take advantage of our fantastic special offer!


    Amazing savings of up to 30% off tickets are available when you book online and visit between Saturday 22nd July and Sunday 3rd September 2017.


    Home to thousands of enchanting creatures, Bournemouth Oceanarium immerses you in a fun and engaging underwater adventure. Explore the waters of the world and share a laugh at our playful otter family, seek out our loggerhead turtles in the Great Barrier Reef and catch a glimpse of our cunning croc. Don’t forget to look out for our menacing piranhas, mesmerizing jellyfish, colourful clownfish and of course our unforgettable, incredibly cute colony of Humboldt penguins!


    Tickets allow unlimited same day entry so take advantage and watch the waters come alive with regular talks and feeds! Plus, take part in additional summer activities including daily craft sessions where you can enjoy activities such as puzzles, badge making and a variety of fun and interactive games. Join the ‘meet the creature’ sessions where you can get up close and personal with creatures such as a royal python, our very own tarantula, giant millipedes, a Halloween crab and leopard geckos*.


    To complement your marine adventure, grab a bite to eat in the Offshore Café or Bay View Terrace and visit The Cove Shop, where you can purchase unique gifts and souvenirs.


    The Oceanarium is open daily from 10am, situated next to Bournemouth Pier.


    Visit www.oceanarium.co.uk to purchase discounted tickets and for additional information regarding activities.


    *creatures may subject to change and vary throughout the week.


    Oceanarium opening hours:

    Open daily from 10am. Last admission is at 5pm, closing time at 6pm



    Oceanarium, Pier Approach, West Beach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA.

    24 Nov

    Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

    24/11/2017 To 23/07/2017

    7:30 pm To 11:00 pm

    : Book tickets here http://popuppicture.seetickets.com/venue/chewton-glen/13393

    This unique food and film experience is set in the stunning location of Chewton Glen.

    After a completely sold-out run at Cliveden House, the Sunset Cinema will ‘pop-up’ at Chewton Glen from 9th – 23rd July and a different classic film will be screened each evening, with the location providing an idyllic backdrop for a unique, al fresco summer evening of fun, food and film.

    Whilst you watch your favourite flick, you will be served a two-course meal curated by Rick Stein himself; experience diverse tasty menus featuring lamb, a vegetarian option and plenty of Rick’s signature seafood dishes including sashimi of scallop, salmon and tuna to start and madras fish curry of sea bass with tomato and tamarind for main. Served during the interval will be Tom Kerridge’s famous Hand & Flowers ice cream.

    Films to be screened include Grease, Gladiator, La La Land and Top Gun. Tickets cost £65 per person and include everything listed above as well as a welcome drink on arrival. Tickets are selling fast so click here to book your seats today.

    05 Jul

    The Hollow, 25 Newton Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2EA

    05/07/2017 To 30/08/2017

    2:00 pm To 5:30 pm

    Come and wander around a beautiful and intriguing sunken garden with exceptional richness and arrangements of colour and textures with a very wide and unusual variety of plants and grasses attracting butterflies and bees and with hummingbird hawkmoths to be seen in late summer. This vibrant garden changes from year to year to reflect the owners’ passion for plants. Tiers of dry stone wall terraces hold an original and fascinating plant collection, with richly layered planting in what was an old stone quarry, which is a surprising find at the top of a hill above the seaside town of Swanage. The planting is particularly good in July and August. New features and plants every year. OPEN FOR NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME

    Admission £3 Children free. Times: 2.00pm to 5.30pm every Wednesday afternoon in July & August 2017.

    The Hollow, 25 Newton Road, Swanage Dorset BH19 2EA
    Wed 5 Jul, Wed 12 Jul, Wed 19 Jul, Wed 26 Jul, Wed 2 Aug, Wed 9 Aug, Wed 16 Aug, Wed 23 Aug, Wed 30 Aug

    22 Jul

    The White Horse Inn, Shaston Road, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum, Dorset. DT11 8TA

    22/07/2017 To 23/07/2017

    7:00 pm To 10:30 pm


    Tickets available from the pub itself or by calling 01258 453535

    Award-winning Shooting Stars Theatre Company return to The White Horse this summer with a fresh and modern interpretation of Twelfth Night. This is Shooting Stars’ 6th year at The White Horse previous productions including ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and last year’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

    Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies. A play about love in all its excess.

    Twins, Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck. Both eventually land on different shores of a country called Illyria, each one assuming the other has drowned. A young girl alone in the world, Viola decides to don male clothing and present herself to Duke Orsino, the ruler of Illyria, as a young man. Soon, under the name of Cesario, she is his most trusted servant, and is sent to woo Olivia, a countess he is madly in love with, on his behalf. Viola does her duty but in her heart realises that she herself has fallen in love with Orsino.

    Olivia’s father and brother have just died and she is in mourning for seven years, during which time she will not consider romance. Through stubbornness and perseverance Viola is able to speak with Olivia, but during their conversation a twist occurs: Olivia falls in love with Viola, thinking her to be a young man, and begins to actively pursue her. Viola now finds herself stuck between the duke she loves and the countess who adores her and to whom Orsino keeps sending her back.

    Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in Olivia’s household. Her drunken uncle, Sir Toby Belch, his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and servants, Maria and Feste are all plotting against the uptight steward of the household, Malvolio. They convince him that Olivia is in love with him and get him to dress up and embarrass himself to prove his love for her.

    With the love triangle of Orsino, Viola, and Olivia, and the mad behavior of Malvolio, the entire court-life of Illyria is in disarray. The arrival of Sebastian who bears a striking resemblance to ‘Cesario’ only adds to the farce in this much loved comedy of confused identity, cross-dressing and cross-garters!

    Come and be transported from a quaint village in Dorset to the mysterious land of Illyria!

    Tickets available from the pub itself or by calling 01258 453535


    23 Sep

    Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth BH11 8NE

    23/09/2017 To 23/09/2017

    10:00 am To 4:00 pm


    Songwriting Competition performance dates for Bournemouth Future Music Songwriting Competition 2017 have been announced!

    Future Music have announced their performance dates for the Bournemouth Songwriting Competition 2017! The Future Music Songwriting Competition performance will be hosted across the UK with the competition searching to find the UK’s best songwriters!



    The Future Music Songwriting Competition is coming to Bournemouth on; Saturday 23rd September Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth BH11 8NE

    The Future Music Songwriting Competition is a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to music industry judges who are at every stage of the Songwriting Competition, from the performance to the national Grand Final. Judges in the past include representatives from the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony), as well as festival organisers, national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.



    Bournemouth Future Music Songwriting Competition is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of numerous acts who have competed in the competitions on their way to being signed to major record labels like; Lucy Spraggan, Luke Friend, Karen Hardy, Jacob Banks, plus Warner Music’s signings and Future Music’s first winner Birdy and The Lottery Winners along with Union J’s Jaymi Hensley amongst many, many more…

    The Future Music Songwriting Competition performance are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, performance places are already filling fast so get your performance booked now to avoid disappointment!

    24 Jun

    Wimborne Road, Lytchett Matravers, Poole BH16 6HQ

    24/06/2017 To 24/06/2017

    10:00 am To 6:00 pm

    10am registration.
    Classes run from 11am – 2:45pm
    Most handsome dog
    Prettiest Bitch
    Best Rescue
    Best Puppy (under 18 months)
    Best Child Handler
    Dog most like its owner
    Best working dog
    Dog with the waggiest tail
    Dog the judge would most like to take home.
    Best In Show
    Prizes for 1st 2nd 3rd place
    Classes are £1 to enter raising money for Dorset DAWG

    24 Jun

    Wimborne Road, Lytchett Matravers, Poole BH16 6HQ

    24/06/2017 To 24/06/2017

    10:00 am To 6:00 pm

    The Dorset Polo Festival is on Saturday 24th June. Dorset Polo Club in Lytchett Matravers present a fun family day out from 10am – 6pm. There will be plenty of polo, a brilliant fun dog show, trade stands, bar, food tent, music & more. Tickets are £10 per person and under 14’s are free.

    For more information please visit their facebook page via

    dorsetpolofestival.co.uk or dorsetpolo.co.uk

    or contact emma@followthepack.co.uk

    04 Aug

    217 Wakeham, portland, dorset

    04/08/2017 To 04/08/2017

    10:30 am To 4:00 pm

    Family fun day celebrating all things Jurassic at Portland Museum in the heart of the Jurassic Coast. Dinosaur crafts to make and take, dinosaur hunt with a prize, ice and eat a dinosaur biscuit, make dino veggies and much, much more! Refreshments available for snack and lunch or bring your own picnic!

    13 Jul

    The Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3AR

    13/07/2017 To 13/07/2017

    9:30 am To 12:30 pm

    : Please bool on line at the shop 'Rosalind Atkins - Smocking and Dorset Buttons' on Folksy.com, or follow the link from the website or give Rosalind a call.

    This workshop is an ideal way to ease yourself into learning about smocking and create a freestyle postcard sampler.  You will be provided with all the materials necessary, including pre-pleated fabric, to learn a simple smocking stitch (or two) and create a postcard sampler.

    06 Jul

    The Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3AR

    06/07/2017 To 06/07/2017

    9:30 am To 12:30 pm

    : Please book on-line at 'Rosalind Atkins - Smocking and Dorset Buttons' on Folksy.com, follow the link from the website www.rosalindatkins.co.uk or give Rosalind a call.

    At this workshop you will be provided with all the materials necessary to begin creating simple traditional Dorset buttons, including the cross wheel and the fabric based Singleton button.

    No experience is necessary.