Entertainment Events in Dorset

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

    01 Dec

    The Tank Museum

    01/12/2018 To 02/12/2018

    10:00 am To 5:00 pm

    Dont miss…

    • Father Christmas and the Grinch arriving by tank on both days
    • Santa’s Grotto (£4 charge)
    • FREE family Christmas Photo
    • Christmas Carvery Lunch (additional charge)
    • FREE Face painting
    • Christmas Market
    • Vintage Tea
    • Live music
    • Vintage Vehicle Display
      Plus much, much more!
    23 Sep

    Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Church Knowle Rehoming & Visitor Centre

    23/09/2018 To 23/09/2018

    11:00 am To 4:00 pm

    Margaret Green Animal Rescue’s annual Country Fayre this year incorporates a Family Fun Day and Novelty Dog Show! Lots to do for the whole family including the four legged members; Dog olympics, Live Music, Falconry Display, Novelty Dog Show, Festival food, Sheep Shearing, Vintage cars and engines, Introductions to our Animals, Hobby Horse Gymkhana and more…

    Price: £4 Adults, £2.50 Children up to 12

    03 Nov

    The Swanage School, High St, Swanage BH19 2PH

    03/11/2018 To 03/11/2018

    11:00 am To 4:00 pm

    Litter Free Coast and Sea will be launching several initiatives from their Swanage campaign ‘Love our beach’ at this event with additional information and interactive model.

    Celebrating the wonderful local environment of Swanage, the event will bring together groups and organisations working locally. There will be information and opportunities for Swanage residents to find out how to get involved in looking after their environment and also discovering more ways to enjoy it!

    We look forward to seeing you there!


    Stalls, Displays, games and exhibits

    • Display of artwork by local children
    • Litter Free Coast and Sea – interactive exhibit, fun quiz, children’s’ activities and project launch.
    • Litter Free Purbeck – stand with information and quiz – they will be carrying out a litter pick on the day also.
    • Wessex Water – stand and a local area litter pick with staff volunteers.
    • Stepping into Nature – information stand
    • Greengage – local Dorset Wildlife Trust project with a plant sale.
    • Swanage Pier-stand and activity TBC
    • Slideshow exhibit of local photography from local contributors.


    • Food available from local company The Saltpig.
    • Free refreshments – teas, coffees and biscuits.
    20 Oct

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

    20/10/2018 To 31/10/2018

    10:00 am To 3:30 pm


    Come for a spooky Halloween outing and explore our giant Maize Maze. Choose your path wisely to reach the creepy turret at the centre of the maze, or face re-tracing your steps to find the correct route. Getting lost has never been so SCARY!

    Once you’ve explored the huge maze, your children can have fun on our play equipment or try their luck around the track on our famous pedal-powered go karts.

    *Please note that there is NO cafe on site so please bring a picnic and refreshments*


    The Maize Maze is open Saturday 20th October to Wednesday 31st October from 10am to 5pm.  We are closed on Sundays. Last entry to the maze is at 3.30pm.


    Halloween Maize Maze Day Ticket:

    £6 per person (under 3s free)
    £20 for a 4 person Family group ticket – must include 1 adult
    £4.80 for an extra person on the group ticket
    For larger group bookings please contact us.

    Please Note:

    As a working farm, we may occasionally have to close the attraction. Please check our Facebook or Twitter pages before planning your visit to confirm opening days/times.

    Some walkways in the maze are narrow therefore wheelchairs and pushchairs are not recommended due to the uneven and soft ground.

    It is advisable to wear stout footwear. If it is wet conditions wellingtons are advised.

    Dogs are welcome and must be kept on a lead at all time.

    27 Oct

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

    27/10/2018 To 27/10/2018

    10:00 am To 5:00 pm

    Ticket includes: Reptile Ranch, Pumpkin Carving and free Carving Kit and Spooky Maize Maze

    Join us on 27th October if you are brave enough and get up close and personal with snakes, iguanas, lizards and other creepy crawlies presented by The Reptile Ranch. There will be three demonstrations during the day at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm which last about 30 to 40 minutes. Please specify which session you will take part in when booking your tickets.

    Explore our giant Spooky Maize Maze, enjoy getting lost and finding all the ghoulish figures! Please also allow 45 minutes to 1 hour to go around the maize maze.

    The ticket also includes a pumpkin sourced from Sherborne Market Fruit and Veg and a free carving kit. We look forward to seeing who can carve the spookiest pumpkin! (Please note that children under 4 years old will not receive a pumpkin or carving kit but will be able to participate in all the other activities. However the adults will be receiving a pumpkin and carving kit so that you can do this will your children!)

    Doodles Play Cafe will be serving hot drinks, snacks and treats on Saturday 27th October.

    There will also be face painting (additional cost applies) and children can come in fancy dress if they want.

    Families will also be able to enjoy play time on our climbing frames, swings, trampolines and Wendy houses. Or race on our famous pedal powered go-kart track!

    Recommended Age is 4 years +.

    Places are limited so book online today!

    • All tickets to be collected at the door on arrival.
    • At least 1 adult must accompany children.
    • You can book your tickets in advance online below or by popping into the shop or by calling us on 01935 815040.
    • We can not guarantee space if you arrive at the Toy Barn without a ticket.
    • Pumpkins and carving kits are guaranteed to advance ticket holders only and whilst stocks last to those who buy tickets at the door on the day.
    • Pumpkins and carving kits will not be issued to any children under 4 years of age (but adults will have a pumpkin and a carving kit !)
    • Last entrance to the Maize Maze will be at 4pm. Please make sure you allow enough time so that you do not miss the reptile demonstration.
    Adults (16 yrs +) £7.50 each
    Child (4-15yrs) £6.50 each
    Infant (1-3yrs) £3.50 each
    Baby (under 1’s) Free
    10 Jun

    St. Andrew\'s Church, Milborne St. Andrew, DT11 0JR

    10/06/2018 To 10/06/2018

    3:00 pm To 4:00 pm

    Canzonetta is coming to St. Andrew’s Church, Milborne St. Andrew, on Sunday 10th June 2018 at 3pm to give an hour of song ‘Music for a summer afternoon’. Music from five centuries: madrigals, sacred pieces, folk tunes and songs from the twentieth century, all in three and four part harmony. Free admission. Retiring collection for the church. Tea and cake afterwards!

    16 Jun

    BH12 5BB

    16/06/2018 To 20/06/2018

    9:00 am To 9:00 pm

    Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning is back for 2018! With over 90 FREE events and activities that bring life to learning, there really is something for everyone.


    This year’s Festival will run from Saturday 16 – Wednesday 20 June with a jam-packed programme of opportunities to find out about BU’s exciting research and expertise, and have fun learning something new.


    This year’s guest speaker is the fantastic author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts who will be giving two talks at our Festival family day about the species that shaped our world.


    Science showman Ian B. Dunne will close the Festival with two performances of his Magic Science…Science Magic show that are sure to leave the whole family in stitches.


    Visit the Festival of Learning website to book your free tickets now.


    19 May

    Queen Elizabeth's School, Blandford Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4DT

    19/05/2018 To 19/05/2018

    9:00 am To 3:30 pm

    A must-see event for anybody interested in the diversity of small plants, this competitive show is full of surprises. It is run by the Alpine Garden Society, show-casing mountain plants, small herbaceous plants, dwarf shrubs and bulbs. The plant fair will be attended by specialist alpine and non-alpine nurseries bringing plants suitable for most sites: Aberconwy Nursery (Colwyn Bay, Clwyd), Copton Ash (Faversham, Kent), Hartside Nursery (Alston, Cumbria), Kevin Hughes Plants (Middle Woodford, Wilts), Leesa’s Alpines (Birdham, Chichester), Marina Plants (Lymington, Hants), Parham Bungalow Plants (Market Lavington, Devizes), Potterton’s Nursery (Nettleton, Lincs), Tale Valley Nursery (Cullompton, Devon), The Mead Nursery (Brokerswood, Wilts), Thuya Alpine Nursery (Hartpury, Glos). They will be happy to take orders in advance and bring plants for you as well as giving cultivation advice. There is a Plant Forum to give you ideas, photographic display and opportunity for plant photography.  Come early for the plant sales and enjoy our home-baked cakes, hot and cold drinks and light lunches.  Admission £3.00, AGS members and children free.  Free parking.

    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.