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.

05 Jun

Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG

05/06/2015 To 06/06/2015

7:30 pm To

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour features an exhilarating selection of short films that will take you to the most captivating places on earth. Through the big screen, be transported to the world’s last great wild places, follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

This year we are featuring 2 different programmes at the Lighthouse Theatre.

Date: 5th & 6th June Venue: Lighthouse Theatre

Times: 19:30 (doors and bar open 1 hour before) Tickets: £13.50 /£11 concession (multiple screening discount available)

For tickets: www.banff-uk.com

31 May

46 Weston Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 2BZ

31/05/2015 To 31/05/2015

2:00 pm To 3:00 pm

Nick Tann at the Royal Exchange

3 AM reflects Nick’s many musical influences, from the lyrical genius of Elvis Costello to the musical diversity of Led Zeppelin. You may also hear traces of funk, reggae and jazz as well as subtle nods to artists such as John Martyn, Jeff Buckley and Sting. Self-releasing, self-publishing and booking his own gigs – including some top festivals in 2014 – Nick has truly found his voice with this album. Largely fan-funded by his loyal worldwide band of supporters, “3 AM” will astonish current fans and attract many more. Featuring popular songs ‘Sadder than Sad’ and ‘Don’t’, this is a must see performance.

16 Jun

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1LT

16/06/2015 To 20/06/2015

7:30 pm To 10:00 pm

Wimborne Musical Theatre will be performing The King and I at the Tivoli Theatre from 16th – 20th June 2015.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1956 musical The King and I is set in 19th century Thailand and depicts an Englishwoman being hired to serve as a tutor to the King’s children. Both stuck in their separate cultural ways, the two eventually learn to understand, respect and love each other. The King and I’s score contains the most enduring numbers; “Getting to Know You,” “Something Wonderful,” “Hello, Young Lovers” and “Shall We Dance,” are just some of the royally appealing tunes.

2.30pm matinee

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.

31 May

Charborough Park, Wareham, Dorset BH20 7EN

31/05/2015 To 31/05/2015

2:30 pm To 6:00 pm

Highwood Garden Open Day: We are delighted to announce Highwood Garden will be open on Sunday 31st May to raise money for Autism Wessex!

Established by the late Admiral Drax, the woodland garden around Charborough Tower contains a magnificent collection of azaleas and rhododendrons, which are at their best in late Spring.

Join us between 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm to enjoy this beautiful garden along with fabulous cakes and refreshments and fun stalls for all the family, all to support Autism Wessex.

Entry is £5 per adult and £2.50 per child (children under 6 go free!).

Sorry, no dogs other than guide dogs or similar due to estate rules.

13 Jun

Norden Park and Ride, Dorset BH20 5DW

13/06/2015 To 13/06/2015

7:30 am To 8:00 pm

Purbeck Odyssey 2015 is a series of organised walks not only along some of Dorset’s dramatic coastline but inland across some of the county’s most breathtaking countryside. 4 walks ranging from 7 to 26 miles plus a Family Treasure Trail in Corfe Castle. The shorter walks and Treasure Trail include a trip on the Swanage Steam Railway.

These walks are held to raise funds for Leukaemia Busters. Their research into lifesaving treatments for currently incurable leukaemia is funded totally by public donation and the Purbeck Odyssey is one of their main fundraising events every year. Leukaemia Busters is a small charity researching a life saving treatment for currently incurable leukaemia and cancers in children. The charity is funded almost totally by public donation and prides itself upon spending a maximum of 5% of its donations on administration with the rest of the funds being spent upon the research.

Register online at www.leukaemiabusters.org.uk/purbeckodyssey or email susanr@leukaemiabusters.org.uk or call 023 8077 5590 for an entry form.

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.