Entertainment Events in Dorset

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

    13 Mar

    Brewhouse & Kitchen, 152-154 Commercial Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5LU

    13/03/2018 To 13/03/2018

    6:30 pm To 8:00 pm


    Visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/130626891095143/ Or Access the event directly on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-spanish-taster-lesson-level-1-tickets-43554239904  

    Fun, interactive introduction to Spanish aimed at beginners.

    Bring a friend, buy a drink from the bar and enjoy learning Spanish in a relaxed environment.

    After the class there will be an opportunity to sign up for a 6 week ‘Holiday Spanish’ course. The course total is £100 with an early bird price of £90 if you pay on the day. More details will be given at the end of the taster session

    30 Mar

    Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5QS

    30/03/2018 To 02/04/2018

    10:30 am To 5:00 pm

    It’s back! This Easter come ‘down the rabbit hole’ for some great family fun at Lulworth Castle. Join us every day from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April between 10.30-5pm.

    Inspired by the fantastical story of Alice in Wonderland, you can expect a whole host of fun activities including themed trails, Easter hunts, crafts, bouncy castle (weather permitting, age 7+), soft play for under 4s, crazy golf and, of course, white rabbits and Easter Eggs!!

    Don’t forget to go and meet the Mad Hatter in the Castle whilst you’re exploring ….Refreshments will be available including light lunches, cream teas, hot drinks, cakes and ice creams.

    Tickets include Free Parking. Adults £8, Child £6, under 4’s free. Family Ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £30.

    Tickets can be bought online here or on the day.


    13 Dec

    Corfe Castle Village Hall

    13/12/2017 To 13/12/2017

    1:00 pm To 4:00 pm

    : Just turn up on the day and enjoy

    On Wednesday 13th December, please join us at Corfe Castle Village Hall for an afternoon of Christmas fun.

    17 Dec

    5 Seldown Road

    17/12/2017 To 17/12/2017

    10:00 am To 12:30 pm

    : Register online by visiting: https://goo.gl/gZTTcJ  

    Join the Santa Stroll and raise funds

    to support your local hospice, Forest Holme

    We are a charity and rely on our fundraisers to help us raise the £750,000 needed each year to keep the hospice running


    Date of Walk: Sunday 17th December 2017
    Meeting Time: 10.00 am
    Meeting Place: Pamphill Cricket Ground
    Walk Location: Circular route from Wimborne to Badbury Rings
    Terrain: Some moderate hills, uneven footpaths and some road walking
    Time allow: Approx 2/3 hours

    Registration Fee: £10 for adults and £5 for children – this includes a Santa hat and a bottle of water

    Sponsorship: No minimum target, please raise as much or as little as you can.

    £10 would fund a yoga session, £20 would fund an hour of nursing care and £100 would fund a family of 4 to have bereavement counselling.


    * Please check the weather on the day and wear suitable walking/weatherproof clothes*


    * Dogs must be well behaved and kept on a lead at all times*


    *Children must be able to walk the route as it isn’t suitable for pushchairs*


    On Sunday 17th December, at 10am, the stroll will start. You will be guided by a professional walk leader, on a lovely scenic walk of Wimborne to Badbury Rings.

    Beginning and ending at the meeting point of Pamphill Cricket Ground, Wimborne.

    It will be a great day, with wonderful views and hopefully a real boost of Christmas spirit.

    You will all be provided with a Santa hat and water before the stroll.



    Places for this Christmassy stroll are limited so please register now to avoid missing out.


    Register online by visiting:


     Thank You

    *Forest Holme Hospice is not liable for any accidents or injuries*

    24 Feb

    Lighthouse, Kingland Road, Poole

    24/02/2018 To 25/02/2018

    10:00 am To 5:00 am

    Welcoming the 2018 New Year in style, Lighthouse Holistic Festival in Poole, Dorset, celebrates its fourth annual event on the 24th and 25th February 2018. With a wonderful array of over 110 stands to explore, therapies to try and advice to improve health and well-being – Lighthouse will be buzzing.

    In addition, there are a host of free daytime talks featuring some wonderful speakers, artists and facilitators. Full programme details can be found on the web site. From Shakti dancing and shamanic drumming to the art of mindfulness, from crystal therapy to acupuncture, rune reading to sound therapy, from jewellery to Tibetan arts and some fantastic children’s activities, there is something for everyone.

    Event organiser Elaine Fenton says, ‘I love creating magical experiences for people – events which capture the imagination and it’s great to be back for a fourth year at Lighthouse to do just that’.

    Lighthouse Holistic Festival
    £10.00 daily or £8 concessions (to include all daytime talks and workshops)
    Under 14’s Free
    Saturday Evening Music and Clairvoyance £12 or £10 concessions
    Enquiries to Elaine Fenton elaine@elainefenton.co.uk
    Tel: 01736 366579

    30 Mar

    The Tank Museum

    30/03/2018 To 15/04/2018

    10:00 am To 5:00 pm

    This Easter Holiday explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history…

    See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Friday 30 March. 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 every day, 11.30am – 4.30pm, during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.

    Take part in a range of family activities. Kids can also let off steam in our outdoor play area and in our new inside soft play area, adjacent to our Café. Plus free family trails to keep them absorbed with teasers and puzzles!

    25 Nov

    Methodist church The Close blandford

    25/11/2017 To 25/11/2017

    11:00 am To 4:00 pm

    come and visit Father Christmas, have a hotdog or burger , or even grab a bargain for Christmas from our many stalls on Saturday 25th November 11 am – 4pm


    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.

    20 Apr

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

    20/04/2018 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.

    20 Apr

    Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

    20/04/2018 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
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