What's On in Dorset

Many of the events and festivals taking place throughout Dorset are listed here in our guide to what’s on in Dorset. The list covers Bournemouth events, Poole events and Weymouth events as well as events and festivals in many of the county’s market towns and smaller villages. So, to find out what’s on in Dorset while you are here on holiday or visiting for a short break, take a look below.

12 Jul

King Charles pub, Thames Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1JN

12/07/2015 To 12/07/2015

4:00 pm To 11:00 pm

GlamAID is a multi band and disco charity event, being held at The King Charles pub, Poole, Dorset, on Sunday 12th July 2015 4PM to 11PM.
Free entry, however please donate to charity collection buckets if able to, as it is for a great cause. RNLI
Approximate timings (subject to any changes):

4PM to 5.15PM – Disco
5.15 to 6.00PM - Power Thief
6.30 to 7.15PM – Infinite Jest
7.45 to 8.30PM Details Below

Headliner is Phil Murray’s UBoat 9PM, they will be playing their early Bowie / Ziggy Stardust and Glam Rock hits tribute.
For those that remember the 1970s, Phil was lead singer of ‘Woodmansey’s U-Boat’ the band that was formed after the demise of David Bowie’s band ‘Spiders From Mars’.

17 Oct


17/10/2015 To 25/10/2015

8:00 am To 8:00 pm

The Lyme Regis Walking Festival is a family-friendly week-long festival of walking based in & around Lyme Regis, aimed at encouraging local residents & visitors to pull on their walking boots & get out in the fresh air to enjoy the stunning coastline & hinterland of this very special corner of Dorset.

Think the south-west coastal path as it snakes along the Jurassic Coast & the historic Liberty Trail skirting Iron Age hill first on its way to deliver protestant rebels to join the Monmouth Rebellion in Lyme Regis back in 1685.

Expect guided, themed walks with resident historians & specialists, nature walks with RSPB guides & self-guided walks as well as quizzes & walking themed exhibitions.

Check individual booking arrangements on festival Facebook page.

Lyme Regis Walking Festival is organised and promoted by Lyme Regis Business Group.

05 Sep

Baiter (Harbourside) Park, Labrador Drive, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UX

05/09/2015 To 06/09/2015

10:00 am To 7:00 pm

Poole Thai Festival 2015 is a two-day event to experience the taste of Thailand this summer at Baiter (Harbourside) Park, Poole is brought to you by Magic of Thailand.

Treat yourself to a weekend wonder and bring along your families and friends to feel a touch of Thai culture, where you can challenge your taste buds and feast your eyes on world class food and performances.

Unwind with a traditional Thai massage and don’t miss the unique eating competition and Muay Thai boxing and blindfold boxing competition.

The festival starts with a traditional food offering to Buddhist monks and entertainment throughout the day includes traditional music and dancing, Ladyboy show, Thai beer garden, Thai food and produce stalls, Thai massage and children’s play area.

Date: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September 2015
Time: 10am to 7pm.

Day Ticket: Adult: £3; Child: £1; Under 5s: Free.

How to get there:
By Train: Poole Station

By Bus: 1B, Route 1

By Car: Baiter (Harbourside) Park, Labrador Drive, Poole BH15 1UX

10 Jul

Sandbanks Beach, Poole, Dorset

10/07/2015 To 11/07/2015

1:00 pm To


The Asahi British Beach Polo Championships is due to return to Sandbanks on the 10th and 11th July 2015. Now in its 8th year, this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever.

Arena polo is a high adrenaline game, and when played on a stunning Blue Flag beach brings out the very best from the players, ponies and guests. Unlike grass polo, arena polo is played within a smaller area with 3 rather than 4 players per team. The games are always very physical as the players are in close proximity to each other. Arena polo is a great spectator sport as the fans are so close to the action at all times.

Ricky Cooper – team captain for the Clogau Wales Polo Team says “It will be a huge honour for the Clogau Wales Polo Team to return to the British Beach Polo Championships in Sandbanks as reigning champions. To win in last year’s final against Scotland, was the highlight of our season.  The tournament itself is one not to miss and has become a social event of the British Summer.  We literally can’t wait.”

The ever popular Beach Volleyball will return again for 2015, this year hosted by Revo and Barnabys, The REVOlution Sandslam promises to deliver top class beach volleyball on both days to entertain the large crowds.

Once the sun goes down, the legendary beach parties begin. Due to the success of previous years Coco Loco will be hosting both nights, bringing in top DJs from around the UK. Guests will party into the early hours with DJ EZ headlining on Friday.

Jack Kidd, professional polo player says; “Top polo players are keen to return to Sandbanks to play incredibly competitive polo in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd. The setting is spectacular and I can’t wait for July!”

Whether visitors are dining in the waterfront Sandpolo Hospitality marquee, enjoying the exclusive VIP experience, soaking up the atmosphere with General Admission tickets, or just choosing to sit outside the fence on the purpose built beach viewing area, it is a chance for polo, beach volleyball and the Jurassic English coast to show off its attributes.

Johnny Wheeler, director of Sandpolo says; “We are delighted to be returning to Sandbanks again. Each year the event gets more popular and introduces more people to the exciting game of polo. The regular polo crowd love the atmosphere at Sandbanks, and of course our parties are the talking point on the polo circuit.”

19 Jul

Norden Farm, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5DS

19/07/2015 To 19/07/2015

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

  • Entrance £2 per family includes parking
  • 11 fun dog classes
  • Face Painting and Balloon Modelling
  • Cake and Jam Stall
  • Tombola
  • Raffle
  • and lots of things to do, skittles etc

There is a £1 entry fee for each class. 

Classes start at 11.00.

All funds will be used to help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome the pets at Pound Puppy Animal Rescue.


1. Prettiest Bitch
2. Most handsome dog
3. Waggiest tail
4. Most appealing eyes
5. Best puppy
6. Best veteran (dog over 8 years old)
7. Happiest looking dog
8. Dog most like its owner
9. Best treat catcher
10. Best child handler
11. Dog judge would like to take home.
12. Best in show (chosen from the winners of each class)

All dogs entered at owners risk. Please clean up after your dog. No bitches in season.

26 Jul

The Ancient Technology Centre, Dorset BH21 5RP

26/07/2015 To 26/07/2015

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Your chance to see Experimental Archaeology in Action!

  • Observe unique experiments happening on the site.
  • Learn how we use information gathered to interpret our cultural past.
  • Enjoy talks and demonstrations by leading experts.
  • Participate in hands on activities for all the family.

Tickets on the gate:£6 Adults, £3 Children(4-16 yrs) free to under 4s. Sorry no dogs or smoking allowed. Food and Refreshments available

21 Jul

Pavilion Theatre, Westover Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BU

21/07/2015 To 25/07/2015

7:30 pm To 10:00 pm

BBLOC award-winning amateur company presents the blockbuster smash hit musical GREASE, packed with explosive energy, vibrant 1950s pop culture and all those unforgettable songs from the hit movie including – You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more.

Join Danny and Sandy, along with those groovy T-Birds, sassy Pink Ladies and the whole gang at Rydell High for this high octane electrifying Rock ’n’ Roll party.

15 Aug

Royal Manor Theatre, 138A Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset DT5 1LT

15/08/2015 To 15/08/2015

7:30 pm To

The unique Sensation ABBA Tribute show is unparalleled to any other ABBA tribute show you may have seen. The wealth of music industry experience within the band has collectively formed the ultimate ABBA tribute act. Fantastic musicianship combined with high energy, stunning vocals, spectacular costumes and plenty of audience participation creates an unforgettable evening for everyone.

On Saturday 15th August 2015, ABBA Sensation will be performing at The Royal Manor Theatre on Portland, Dorset, UK.

Advance tickets: £12.00
On the door: £15.00

02 Sep

Tarrant Hinton, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8HX

02/09/2015 To 06/09/2015


The Great Dorset Steam Fair is a traditional English fair held on the outskirts of the village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside.

This annual event has an enormous showground covering over 600 acres, which makes it one of Europe’s largest outdoor event locations. For the first time visitor, the Great Dorset Steam Fair can be quite an awe inspiring and impressive site – a breathtaking sea of marquees and attractions.

The show has something for everyone – the collector, the steam fanatic, the exhibitor, the heavy horse fan, the avid camper, the music fan or simply the holidaymaker who fancies an excursion to one of the most remarkable shows on Earth.