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.



02 May

Clock Tower, Weymouth, Dorset

02/05/2015 To 02/05/2015

11:00 am To 2:00 pm

Bungee jumping tandem or on your own from the clock tower in Weymouth, Dorset at the Weymouth Kite Festival and raise money for the Dorset Blind Association.

You can bungee solo to conquer your fears alone, or if you want to share the experience with your nearest and dearest, make a lover’s leap with a tandem bungee.

Bungee jumping Weymouth is definitely one of the most popular extreme sports, and with very good reason. Bungee forces us to face our fears, test ourselves and push our limits to the absolute max. Oh, and it’s really, really good fun.

Minimum sponsorship £100

21 Mar

Bournemouth Pier, Dorset

21/03/2015 To 21/03/2015

11:00 am To 2:00 pm

The FIRST Pier to shore Zip Wire experience in the world with a launch tower towering above the sea, giving an exhilarating “zip surf” over the waves to the beach. It’s a dual line so you can “fly” with friends or family or dare we suggest “race” them to the beach?

Join Dorset Blind Association staff, volunteers and members in this exciting Pier Zip Wire Bournemouth Pier – no upper age limit!

There is no minimum sponsorship but we are asking people to raise as much as possible to help local blind and partially sighted people.

Order tickets via Eventbrite:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/pier-zip-challenge-tickets-15553225115?aff=efbevent

24 May

Shapwick Village Green, Stewards Lane, Shapwick, Dorset DT11 9JZ

24/05/2015 To 24/05/2015

12:00 pm To 4:00 pm

Shapwick Country Fair is a traditional country fair and fun afternoon for all the family, with lots of fun things to do including: ferret racing, coconut shy, tombola, fun dog show, skittles, kids races, Dorset Knob contest, nail in the bale, plants, produce, splat the rat, kids train rides, bar, Pimms, BBQ, teas and home-made cakes and lots, lots more.

Dorset’s amazing Celtic Rock band, Black Sheep, will be performing during the afternoon.

Adult £2, kids go free. Parking and disabled facilities.

16 Apr

The Green House, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AX

16/04/2015 To 16/04/2015

6:30 pm To 9:30 pm

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Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://dbaquiz.eventbrite.com/?aff=efbevent

Quiz and curry night to raise money for the Dorset Blind Association. £15 per person includes curry and rice.

11 Mar

North Road Campus, North Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 0LS

11/03/2015 To 11/03/2015

4:00 pm To 8:00 pm

The Bournemouth & Poole College Open Day 2015

Speak to students and staff, explore our £25M new facilities and meet leading employers. Discover our wide range of courses including Full-Time courses, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and courses for adults.

11 Mar

Lansdowne Campus, Lansdowne, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3JJ

11/03/2015 To 11/03/2015

4:00 pm To 8:00 pm

The Bournemouth & Poole College Open Event

Speak to students and staff, explore our £25M new facilities and meet leading employers. Discover our wide range of courses including Full-Time courses, Apprenticeships, Higher Education and courses for adults.

30 May

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

30/05/2015 To 30/05/2015

9:00 am To 4:00 pm

The Rocky Flower Show & Plant Fair is 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), Chase Plants (Blandford Forum, Dorset), Copton Ash (Faversham, Kent), Kevin Hughes Plants (Middle Woodford, Wiltshire), Leesa’s Alpines (Birdham, Chichester), Parham Bungalow Plants (Market Lavington, Devizes), Tale Valley Nursery (Clyst Hydon, Cullompton), The Mead Nursery (Brokerswood, Wiltshire), Wildside Nursery (Buckland Monachoram, Devon). They will be happy to take orders in advance and bring plants for you as well as giving cultivation advice. There is a 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 £2.50, children free

20 Mar

Buckland Newton Village Hall, Dorset DT2 7BZ

20/03/2015 To 20/03/2015

7:30 pm To

Cartoon de Salvo – The Powercut Compendium

A fashionable theatre company, fresh from the city, begin their high-tech show when the room is plunged into sudden darkness. Is it a blow-out? Or is it something more mysterious? How will audience and performers keep one another entertained until light returns? One of the UK’s best loved touring companies, Cartoon de Salvo explore what happens when we have only storytelling left to keep the night at bay. For adults and brave children who aren’t afraid of the dark.

Suitable 8+

£8, £6 under 18s, £25 family

14 Mar

Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Dorset DT6 4QS

14/03/2015 To 14/03/2015

7:30 pm To

Cartoon de Salvo – The Powercut Compendium

A fashionable theatre company, fresh from the city, begin their high-tech show when the room is plunged into sudden darkness. Is it a blow-out? Or is it something more mysterious? How will audience and performers keep one another entertained until light returns? One of the UK’s best loved touring companies, Cartoon de Salvo explore what happens when we have only storytelling left to keep the night at bay. For adults and brave children who aren’t afraid of the dark.

Suitable 8+

£9, £6 under 18s, £25 family

21 Mar

Winfrith Village Hall, Dorset DT2 8JR

21/03/2015 To 21/03/2015

7:30 pm To

Oliver Meech meddles with forces we barely understand in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. With a fun-filled fusion of magic, mirth and mind reading, expect amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. It’s the Natural Selection! No knowledge of science required, just a mind that’s open and a jaw that’s ready to drop!

£7, £5 under 18s, £20 family

20 Mar

Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, Dorset DT6 6NF

20/03/2015 To 20/03/2015

7:30 pm To

Oliver Meech meddles with forces we barely understand in a comedy magic show for the QI generation. With a fun-filled fusion of magic, mirth and mind reading, expect amazing tricks inspired by astounding science. It’s the Natural Selection! No knowledge of science required, just a mind that’s open and a jaw that’s ready to drop!

£7, £5 under 18s, £20 family

21 Mar

Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall, Dorset BH21 4BQ

21/03/2015 To 21/03/2015

7:30 pm To

Forest Forge Leaves on a Line

Using a range of theatrical styles and storytelling devices, this quirky and playful ensemble piece tells the story of our relationship with the past as well as the constantly changing nature of our hopes and dreams. The abandoned railway lines, stations and their platforms of Hampshire and Dorset history form the backdrop to this arresting new play from Forest Forge, which charts human lives alongside that of our much loved local railways.

£8, £6 under 18s, £25 family

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

07 Mar

St Christopher’s Church, Winfrith, Dorset DT2 8HB

07/03/2015 To 07/03/2015

7:30 pm To

An all British first half features short works inspired by the English baroque master Henry Purcell, including a new composition by Kokoro’s composer –in-residence, Hywel Davies, as well as Joe Duddell’s ‘Nightswimming’. In the second part of the concert, Kokoro performs one of the finest achievements by the great French 20th century composer Olivier Messiaen. His extraordinary and visionary ‘Quartet for the End of Time’, inspired by the biblical Book of Revelations, was composed and given its premiere under very unusual circumstances – whilst incarcerated in a prisoner of war camp during World War II.

£9, £6 under 18s, £25 family

21 Mar

RNLI College, West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HZ

21/03/2015 To 21/03/2015

7:30 pm To 11:30 pm

We would like to invite you to the very first Out of Afrika Fundraising Dinner and Dance being held on Saturday 21st March 2015 at the Waterfront Suite of the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset.

The RNLI College offers an outstanding seafront location for this evening which we hope will become an annual event aiming to raise funds for Out of Afrika projects including in Kenya. There will also be an opportunity to hear about the progress of the work that Out of Afrika does.

However, the main aim of the evening is to dress your best and have a great time! The evening will commence with a drinks reception, followed by a 3-course sit down meal, an auction and live music and entertainment.

Tickets are priced at £40 per person and if you prefer to you can book a table of 10.

Overnight accommodation is also available at the college for those who wish to stay.

Seating is limited so please email kerry@outofafrika.org for tickets and accommodation details.

More details of the dinner dance will be posted as an event page on our Facebook page: Out of Afrika UK Registered Charity.