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.



21 Apr

Poole Park, Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2SF

21/04/2018 To 21/04/2018

7:00 pm To 11:00 pm

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Sign up today at www.dorsetneonrun.com/poole.

The annual Dorset Neon Run is returning for its second year of splashing a little colour across Poole Park. The event is for all abilities, so whether you prefer to run, walk or jog this event is perfect for you. Join up to 1,000 other neon runners by making a difference for Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity.

We cannot change people’s disabilities but you can help us make their lives fun and fulfilled. Sign up today for just £35 and you could be helping to make a difference to not only children and adults with disabilities, but their families too.

Diverse Abilities is an independent, not for profit organisation working together with families to help meet the needs of local people, of all ages, with physical and learning disabilities.

24 Jan

The Com Exchange, High East St, Dorchester, Dorset

24/01/2018 To 24/01/2018

8:00 pm To 12:00 am

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https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/wed-24-jan-%E2%80%A2-sultans-of-string/

January 24, 2018

8:00pm

Dorchester Arts

15 Feb

BH20 5EZ

15/02/2018 To 18/02/2018

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Become a Royalist recruit and discover the weapons and armour used during the sieges of Corfe in 1643 and 1645.
Find out how weapons and tactics were employed in the 17th Century before joining our cunning Colonel as a comrade-in-arms for your very own assault of Corfe Castle.
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply.
See website for details. http://bit.ly/2DeLAFH

Image: National Trust Images – Neil Davidson

10 Feb

BH20 5EZ

10/02/2018 To 14/02/2018

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Find out about local legends from the land and sea, magical myths of wild plants & animals, and gripping yarns of green-hearted knights.
Join professional storyteller Martin Maudsley on a walking tour of environmental stories around the castle grounds, all brought to life in the great outdoors.
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply.
See website for details. http://bit.ly/2D7QDHO

Image – Matthew Jeanes

10 Feb

BH20 5EZ

10/02/2018 To 18/02/2018

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Witness a missile launch from Corfe Castle’s resident trebuchet
(medieval siege engine).

King John reigned between 1199 and 1216, and on one of his journeys to Corfe Castle he brought with him ‘a trebuchet, a catapult and a battering ram without a lead head’.
A trebuchet was a kind of giant catapult, used for hurling heavy stones against castle walls. Other missiles included casks of burning tar, dung, bee hives and dead animals.
The replica trebuchet in the castle today is approximately half the size of the original brought here by King John.
Come and see how far the missiles will go! This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Every day during half-term, see website for details. http://bit.ly/2CFAzvO

Image: National Trust Images – Neil Davidson

10 Feb

BH20 5EZ

10/02/2018 To 18/02/2018

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Bring along your own brave teddy to have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge. Search for the questions hidden in the castle to successfully complete your castle quest.
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
See website for details. http://bit.ly/2D8EwtV

Image: National Trust Images

17 Feb

Milton Abbey Heritage Church, Milton Abbas, Dorset, DT110BZ

17/02/2018 To 17/02/2018

7:30 pm To 9:45 pm

: Booking Office at: https://tinyurl.com/MiltonAbbeyTickets

Sarum Six is an ensemble of professional musicians based in Salisbury and Winchester, formed in 2012. Their repertoire covers a wide range of vocal and musical styles, from sacred and secular music of Renaissance Europe, motets & partsongs by Duruflé, Stanford, Parry and Britten, to arrangements of spirituals and songs in close harmony.

Recent performances include the Whiteparish and Farley Festivals, and concerts in Salisbury and Winchester.

The group comprises the following members who all benefit from extensive solo and choral experience and bring to the Sarum Six a significant breadth of talent: Steve Abbott (first countertenor); Tim Wilson (second countertenor); Michael Keeley (tenor); Ben Cooper (first baritone); Philip Lawson (second baritone) and James Ottaway (bass).

08 Jun

Poole Quay Boat Haven

08/06/2018 To 10/06/2018

10:00 am To 6:00 pm

: The Poole Harbour Boat Show is free to attend, just turn up on the day!

The Poole Harbour Boat Show is set to return for its fourth year in 2018. Taking place at the award-winning Poole Quay Boat Haven, the show will run from Friday June 8 until Sunday June 10.

Event organisers Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) will welcome over 200 exhibitors across the quayside and marina; a showcase for sail and motorboats of all sizes, RIBs, chandlery products, clothing and watersports activities.

Jim Stewart, PHC chief executive, said: “We’re excited to once again host this marvellous show in the harbour. Poole has such a rich maritime history and it’s a wonderful way to celebrate all that it has to offer.

“We’ve got something for everyone; including taster sessions, rescue demonstrations, vessels of all sizes, and not forgetting the Friday night fireworks display to open the show.”

The show continues to be the biggest ever free boat show on the south coast, providing an opportunity for those who may not have been on the water before to get a feel of what’s on offer.

24 Feb

Lighthouse, Kingland Road, Poole

24/02/2018 To 25/02/2018

10:00 am To 5:00 am

Welcoming the 2018 New Year in style, Lighthouse Holistic Festival in Poole, Dorset, celebrates its fourth annual event on the 24th and 25th February 2018. With a wonderful array of over 110 stands to explore, therapies to try and advice to improve health and well-being – Lighthouse will be buzzing.

In addition, there are a host of free daytime talks featuring some wonderful speakers, artists and facilitators. Full programme details can be found on the web site. From Shakti dancing and shamanic drumming to the art of mindfulness, from crystal therapy to acupuncture, rune reading to sound therapy, from jewellery to Tibetan arts and some fantastic children’s activities, there is something for everyone.

Event organiser Elaine Fenton says, ‘I love creating magical experiences for people – events which capture the imagination and it’s great to be back for a fourth year at Lighthouse to do just that’.

Lighthouse Holistic Festival
£10.00 daily or £8 concessions (to include all daytime talks and workshops)
Under 14’s Free
Saturday Evening Music and Clairvoyance £12 or £10 concessions
www.lighthouseholisticfestival.com
Enquiries to Elaine Fenton elaine@elainefenton.co.uk
Tel: 01736 366579

29 Jun

The Tank Museum

29/06/2018 To 01/07/2018

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

This Summer Holiday explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history…

See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Tuesday 24 July. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action.

Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available every day, 11.30am – 4.30pm, during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.

Take part in a range of family activities. Kids can also let off steam in our outdoor play area and in our new inside soft play area, adjacent to our Café. Plus free family trails to keep them absorbed with teasers and puzzles!

29 Jun

The Tank Museum

29/06/2018 To 01/07/2018

9:00 am To 6:00 pm

The world’s biggest display of historic moving armour.

Join us for the world’s biggest and best live display of historic armour, living history, and much more at the Home of the Tank – The Tank Museum, Bovington.  

26 May

The Tank Museum

26/05/2018 To 03/06/2018

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

This May Half Term explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history…

Start your May Half Term with a bang with the Sci-Fi invasion on the 26-27 May. Meet your favourite sci-fi characters and enjoy themed talks and tours in The Tank Museum’s second annual sci-fi invasion. Find out more here http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53878

See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Monday 28 May. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action.

Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available every day, 11.30am – 4.30pm, during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.

28 Apr

The Tank Museum

28/04/2018 To 28/04/2018

9:00 am To 6:00 pm

In 2018 Tiger 131 will only make two appearances in our arena. As the only running Tiger I tank in the world you really can’t afford to miss it!

 

While you’re not watching Tiger 131, its contemporaries and more in the arena display, you can explore the Tiger Exhibition, peruse traders and exhibitors around the site, or take a tracked vehicle ride yourself.

30 Mar

The Tank Museum

30/03/2018 To 15/04/2018

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

This Easter Holiday explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history…

See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Friday 30 March. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action.

Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available every day, 11.30am – 4.30pm, during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.

Take part in a range of family activities. Kids can also let off steam in our outdoor play area and in our new inside soft play area, adjacent to our Café. Plus free family trails to keep them absorbed with teasers and puzzles!

10 Feb

The Tank Museum

10/02/2018 To 11/02/2018

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

The Tank Museum will be inviting exhibitors from across the UK to exhibit their models throughout the Museum. Miniature, Remote Control and Scale models will all be in attendance.

Over two days, view a large selection of exhibitors from across the modelling spectrum ranging from boats, planes, motor racing cars and of course militaria and armoured warfare models.

A number of traders and stockists will be situated throughout the Museum.

If you are inspired by the models on display, The Tank Museum’s own volunteer modelling association will be in attendance and will be on hand to give advice in creating your own miniature scale model. Get inspired and discover the hints and tricks behind making your own miniature.

Due to the nature of the event, there will be a limited number of Museum tours and talks taking place throughout the day. Some of the indoor exhibits may also be obstructed from public view.