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.

19 Sep

Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6BP

19/09/2015 To 19/09/2015

11:00 am To 4:00 pm

Join us between 11am – 4pm, at Portfield School, Parley Lane, Christchurch, Dorset on Saturday 19th September. There will be stalls, games, refreshments and entertainment for all the family to enjoy.

All money raised from this event will go towards installing a brand new interactive room. The interactive room will be a teaching room providing opportunities for learning through a multi-sensory experience. It will allow students to actively explore a world beyond their reach and is needed due to an increase of children being referred to us with increasingly complex needs.

Parking is available in the field in front of the school. Entry is by donation.

09 Aug

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

09/08/2015 To 09/08/2015

4:00 pm To 11:00 pm

GlamAID is a Multi Band Charity Gig to raise funds for RNLI.

Event starts at 4PM until 11PM.

It is FREE ENTRY – however please donate to the charity buckets, if you can, it is all for a great cause.

Phil Murray was lead singer of 1970s band – Woodmansey’s U-Boat, which was formed after the demise of David Bowie’s band – ‘Spiders From Mars’.

Phil Murray’s U-Boat headline, performing early Bowie – Ziggy Stardust and Glam Rock faves! ON STAGE 9PM – 10.30PM

Supporting bands:

The Sabres – Majorly Original Rock, these guys amaze! ON STAGE 7.45 – 8.30PM

Southern Brotherhood – Americana / Psychedelic / Bluesy – Rock ‘N’ Roll – some fine original material! ON STAGE 6.30 – 7.15PM

(5.15 – 6PM TBC)

4PM – 5.15 Disco

Music Genres: Bluesy, Americana, Psychedelic, Rock, Rock & Roll, 70s, Bowie, Glam Rock +

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

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.