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.

25 Oct

Studland Beach, Swanage, Dorset

25/10/2014 To 02/11/2014

10:30 am To 3:30 pm

Follow the half term Halloween Trail at Studland Beach in Swanage, Dorset, UK.

Follow the clues left by the creatures of the night to claim a prize.

Drop in at the Discovery Centre at Studland Beach for some free seasonal crafts for children throughout the week.

28 Feb

Portland, Dorset

28/02/2015 To 28/02/2015


Tuff-Enuff Portland Breakout 2015 is an endurance obstacle course race on the Isle of Portland in Dorset in the heart of the Jurassic Coast.

This is not an event for the faint hearted!

You have two route options: “Rock Hard”, a gruelling endeavour over approximately 5km; and “Hard Core”, a punishing trial over approximately 12km. There will be more than 30 obstacles and a hostile terrain.

The race entry fee includes an exclusive “Breakout” T-Shirt, a timing chip and free camping plus a medal for those who complete the course.

There is free entry for spectators as well as music, food vendors, trade stands and more.

29 Oct

Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset BH17 7BJ

29/10/2014 To 29/10/2014


This half term, make a wildlife trick or treat bag such as a spooky bat or a spider to celebrate Halloween.

Bring a large cereal box with you.

10.30am – 12 noon and 1pm – 2.30pm.

25 Oct

Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset BH13 7EE

25/10/2014 To 02/11/2014

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Take a spooky island adventure with a mystery to solve on the Half Term Spooky Trail at Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, UK.

There will be eerie happenings taking place along the way!

25 Oct

Adventure Wonderland, near Christchurch, Dorset

25/10/2014 To 02/11/2014


Halloween at Adventure Wonderland – a world of spooks and skeletons with some fangtastic events thrown in. Spooky Halloween shows, spooky games and a scary maze featuring giant spiders, cobwebs and hidden spooks.

Plus clap along with some favourite Halloween chart toppers at the colourful, magical show in the Happydrome Theatre at various times throughout the day.

06 Dec

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

06/12/2014 To 04/01/2015


Peter Pan will be the pantomime at Bournemouth Pavilion this Christmas.

Starring Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood as Peter Pan, Mark Benton from Waterloo Road as Captain Hook and Helena Dowling from Nick Jr as Tiger Lily.

14 Dec


14/12/2014 To 14/12/2014

3:00 pm To 4:30 pm

Allington Strings presents a programme of light classical music for Christmas at St John’s Church, West Bay on Sunday 14th December at 3pm. The programme will include J S Bach Brandenburg Concerto no 3, Corelli Christmas Concerto, Mozart Divertimento No 3, Elgar Salut D’Amour, Gershwin Love Walked In.

07 Feb

Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1AS

07/02/2015 To 07/02/2015

8:00 pm To 11:00 pm

Probably Dorset’s Finest ‘Covers’ Band are appearing at The Allendale Centre in Wimborne on the evening of 7 February 2015. Doors open at 8pm. All proceeds are being shared equally between Cancer Research UK and Poole Hospital’s Ladybird (Breast Care) Unit. The event is called “Come in Pink” and everyone is being encouraged to wear something pink. There is a licensed bar, a raffle and there will be a short talk in the break from a cancer expert on the importance of self-examination and early detection.

The Alibi are consistently ‘great’ and excel in a large venue such as The Allendale Centre. This promises to be a fantastic evening in aid of two very worthy causes. Come along and enjoy some great music, have fun, learn something that could safeguard your health and take a chance of winning a fantastic raffle prize!

Tickets are available now from the Event Organiser Stephen Cassidy Guitar Tuition, from The Allendale Centre and from The Alibi direct.

07 Dec

Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset

07/12/2014 To 07/12/2014

10:30 am To 1:00 pm


If you would like to get involved then please contact the fundraising team at Diverse Abilities or visit our website for more information.

Moors Valley Country Park
Sunday 7th December 2014 – 10.30am

Choose from 10k, 8k and 2.3k routes
Walk, jog, hop or skip your way around Moors Valley, embracing the festive season

If you fancy spreading some extra Christmas cheer this year then this is the event for you. Join us in this beautiful woodland location to walk, jog, hop, skip or run your way around a choice of routes to suit you. Funds raised from the Jingle Jog will ensure the charity’s vital services continue over the festive season and beyond. By taking part in this event you will be helping to provide the people we support with a Christmas they will always treasure.

Children 5yrs and under FREE (2.3K route only and must be accompanied by a paid parent/or guardian participant)
6 to 17 years old: £5 Entry Fee (£15 min sponsorship)
Adults 18+: £10 Entry Fee (£30 min sponsorship)

04 Dec

Dorchester, Dorset DT1

04/12/2014 To 04/12/2014

5:30 pm To

Dorchester Christmas Cracker is an evening of family entertainment, shopping and a street fair.

31 Dec

Weymouth town centre and harbourside, DT4

31/12/2014 To 31/12/2014


25 Dec

Weymouth Harbour, DT4

25/12/2014 To 25/12/2014


14 Dec

Weymouth Beach, DT4

14/12/2014 To 14/12/2014


07 Dec

Wyke Square, Wyke Regis DT4

07/12/2014 To 07/12/2014


07 Dec

Nothe Fort, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset

07/12/2014 To 07/12/2014