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.



18 Feb

Science Museum, 39 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3NS

18/02/2015 To 18/02/2015

10:00 am To 1:00 pm

ADVENTURCATION

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society (Science Museum, 39 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3NS)

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society would like to invite you through its doors on Wednesday the 18th of February between 10am-1pm for ‘ Adventurcation ’ – a family drop in day to entertain young children during the half term break!

Working in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth, the day will consist of exciting workshops with an added artistic twist. Come and meet the biggest owl species in the world, engage in artist workshops, and go on an interactive adventure trail to learn about our collections. The event is aimed to educate and inspire, combining the natural sciences with artistic disciplines for a memorable day out.

22 Feb

Evershot Village Hall, Dorset DT2 0JY

22/02/2015 To 22/02/2015

4:00 pm To

PuppetCraft MONKEY uses stunning string puppets, antique shadow puppets and live music to tell the story of the birth and comic escapades of the much loved trickster and super-hero, Monkey. Hatched from a stone egg the mischievous Monkey can fly on a cloud, turn invisible and transform into anything! Monkey is the main comic character in China’s great classic story Journey to the West, and is still one of the world’s most popular folk heroes, appearing in countless adaptations, from Chinese opera to comic books, even after hundreds of years.

26 years ago PuppetCraft’s director, John Roberts, trained in China for 6 months learning about a puppet tradition that goes back 3000 years. He has spent the last two decades perfecting his own puppet making and performing methods based on this ancient form. Now, inspired by the classic Chinese epic story, the comic adventures of this fantastical superhero are brought to life by one of Britain’s top puppet companies, with a script written by poet Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007 to 2009.

Recommended 4+. Lantern making workshops also available – enquire when booking.

£6, £5 under 18s, £20 family

21 Feb

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide, Dorset DT2 7QL

21/02/2015 To 21/02/2015

4:00 pm To

PuppetCraft MONKEY uses stunning string puppets, antique shadow puppets and live music to tell the story of the birth and comic escapades of the much loved trickster and super-hero, Monkey. Hatched from a stone egg the mischievous Monkey can fly on a cloud, turn invisible and transform into anything! Monkey is the main comic character in China’s great classic story Journey to the West, and is still one of the world’s most popular folk heroes, appearing in countless adaptations, from Chinese opera to comic books, even after hundreds of years.

26 years ago PuppetCraft’s director, John Roberts, trained in China for 6 months learning about a puppet tradition that goes back 3000 years. He has spent the last two decades perfecting his own puppet making and performing methods based on this ancient form. Now, inspired by the classic Chinese epic story, the comic adventures of this fantastical superhero are brought to life by one of Britain’s top puppet companies, with a script written by poet Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007 to 2009.

Recommended 4+. Lantern making workshops also available – enquire when booking.

£6, £5 under 18s, £20 family

20 Feb

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1FH

20/02/2015 To 20/02/2015

4:00 pm To

PuppetCraft MONKEY uses stunning string puppets, antique shadow puppets and live music to tell the story of the birth and comic escapades of the much loved trickster and super-hero, Monkey. Hatched from a stone egg the mischievous Monkey can fly on a cloud, turn invisible and transform into anything! Monkey is the main comic character in China’s great classic story Journey to the West, and is still one of the world’s most popular folk heroes, appearing in countless adaptations, from Chinese opera to comic books, even after hundreds of years.

26 years ago PuppetCraft’s director, John Roberts, trained in China for 6 months learning about a puppet tradition that goes back 3000 years. He has spent the last two decades perfecting his own puppet making and performing methods based on this ancient form. Now, inspired by the classic Chinese epic story, the comic adventures of this fantastical superhero are brought to life by one of Britain’s top puppet companies, with a script written by poet Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007 to 2009.

Recommended 4+. Lantern making workshops also available – enquire when booking.

£6, £5 under 18s, £20 family

19 Feb

Morden Village Hall, Dorset BH20 7DL

19/02/2015 To 19/02/2015

4:00 pm To

PuppetCraft MONKEY uses stunning string puppets, antique shadow puppets and live music to tell the story of the birth and comic escapades of the much loved trickster and super-hero, Monkey. Hatched from a stone egg the mischievous Monkey can fly on a cloud, turn invisible and transform into anything! Monkey is the main comic character in China’s great classic story Journey to the West, and is still one of the world’s most popular folk heroes, appearing in countless adaptations, from Chinese opera to comic books, even after hundreds of years.

26 years ago PuppetCraft’s director, John Roberts, trained in China for 6 months learning about a puppet tradition that goes back 3000 years. He has spent the last two decades perfecting his own puppet making and performing methods based on this ancient form. Now, inspired by the classic Chinese epic story, the comic adventures of this fantastical superhero are brought to life by one of Britain’s top puppet companies, with a script written by poet Michael Rosen, Children’s Laureate 2007 to 2009.

Recommended 4+. Lantern making workshops also available – enquire when booking.

£6, £5 under 18s, £20 family

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

15 Feb

Hinton Martel Village Hall, Dorset BH21 7HE

15/02/2015 To 15/02/2015

7:30 pm To

Dave Mynne DRACULA – Beware. He is coming. Keep your windows locked and gather in the garlic.

The team that brought you the award-winning ‘Great Expectations’ has got its teeth into Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the vampire. Writer Andrew McPherson, director Simon Harvey and “outrageously versatile” actor David Mynne bring you a one-man performance of Dracula. Blood and bats. Garlic and gore. Lunatics and flies. Sexy lady vampires. Coffins, crypts and the Count himself. They’re all here in this brand-new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic pot-boiler. Be warned: this monstrous, disturbing and completely batty tale of dark deeds and the Un-Dead, will thrill and seduce you!

Suitable for adults and older children (12+)

£8, £6 under 18s, £24 family

14 Feb

Halstock Village Hall, Dorset BA22 9SG

14/02/2015 To 14/02/2015

7:30 pm To

Dave Mynne DRACULA – Beware. He is coming. Keep your windows locked and gather in the garlic.

The team that brought you the award-winning ‘Great Expectations’ has got its teeth into Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the vampire. Writer Andrew McPherson, director Simon Harvey and “outrageously versatile” actor David Mynne bring you a one-man performance of Dracula. Blood and bats. Garlic and gore. Lunatics and flies. Sexy lady vampires. Coffins, crypts and the Count himself. They’re all here in this brand-new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic pot-boiler. Be warned: this monstrous, disturbing and completely batty tale of dark deeds and the Un-Dead, will thrill and seduce you!

Suitable for adults and older children (12+)

£8, £6 under 18s, £24 family

13 Feb

Marnhull Village Hall, Dorset DT10 1JZ

13/02/2015 To 13/02/2015

7:30 pm To

Dave Mynne DRACULA – Beware. He is coming. Keep your windows locked and gather in the garlic.

The team that brought you the award-winning ‘Great Expectations’ has got its teeth into Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the vampire. Writer Andrew McPherson, director Simon Harvey and “outrageously versatile” actor David Mynne bring you a one-man performance of Dracula. Blood and bats. Garlic and gore. Lunatics and flies. Sexy lady vampires. Coffins, crypts and the Count himself. They’re all here in this brand-new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic pot-boiler. Be warned: this monstrous, disturbing and completely batty tale of dark deeds and the Un-Dead, will thrill and seduce you!

Suitable for adults and older children (12+)

£8, £6 under 18s, £24 family

12 Feb

Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall, Dorset DT6 6NF

12/02/2015 To 12/02/2015

7:30 pm To

Dave Mynne DRACULA – Beware. He is coming. Keep your windows locked and gather in the garlic.

The team that brought you the award-winning ‘Great Expectations’ has got its teeth into Bram Stoker’s classic tale of the vampire. Writer Andrew McPherson, director Simon Harvey and “outrageously versatile” actor David Mynne bring you a one-man performance of Dracula. Blood and bats. Garlic and gore. Lunatics and flies. Sexy lady vampires. Coffins, crypts and the Count himself. They’re all here in this brand-new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic pot-boiler. Be warned: this monstrous, disturbing and completely batty tale of dark deeds and the Un-Dead, will thrill and seduce you!

Suitable for adults and older children (12+)

£8, £6 under 18s, £24 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