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.

11 Mar

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7ND

11/03/2017 To 11/03/2017

10:30 am To 12:00 pm


Book online at www.knollgardens.co.uk or call the nursery on 01202 873931.

Led by Knoll’s owner, a world authority on grasses, this mini-masterclass will ensure your own grasses are ready to produce the ‘wow factor’ this summer.


06 Apr

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7ND

06/04/2017 To 11/05/2017

9:00 am To 10:00 am


To check availability or Book online at: www.knollgardens.co.uk or call the nursery on 01202 873931.

Enjoy an hour of energising yoga with Jackie Hayfield in the tranquility of the garden before it opens to the public. Then stay to enjoy Knoll’s naturalistic style and visiting wildlife.

First of a 6-week Thursday morning short course (6 April – 11 May).

22 Apr

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7ND

22/04/2017 To 22/04/2017

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Meet expert growers and buy top-quality, locally grown camellias, blueberries, azaleas, ferns and perennials alongside Knoll’s own multiple award-winning grasses including some not available online. Local wildlife organisations, plant societies and willow weaver will also be in the garden.


25 Apr

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7ND

25/04/2017 To 25/04/2017

2:00 pm To 4:00 pm


Limited numbers. Book online at http://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events.html or call DWT on 01202 692033

Join Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Nicky Hoar and Knoll’s Neil Lucas as they take you on a guided walk across Ferndown Common to Knoll Gardens looking at the similarities and differences of the landscapes as you understand more about east Dorset’s horticulture and wildlife.


25 Mar

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

25/03/2017 To 25/03/2017

11:00 am To 3:00 pm

The flower show and plant fair are run by the Dorset local group of the Alpine Garden Society showcasing the plant-growing talents of the members, who will be pleased to talk with you about their hobby.  Plants of all kinds, not just alpines, will be for sale, produced by group members and by two nurseries: Parham Bungalow Plants from Devizes and Tale Valley Nursery from Collompton.  There will also be a photographic display showing plants in their natural surroundings and a demonstration of making and planting up a hyper-tufa trough.  There will be a tombola, and refreshments will be available at the Allendale Centre.

Admission £1.00, children and AGS members free

09 Apr

Nothe Fort, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UF

09/04/2017 To 09/04/2017

10:30 am To 4:30 pm

A repeat of last year’s popular family event at the NOTHE FORT WEYMOUTH. This promises to be a wonderful family day of pirates, red Indians, fairies and mermaids. Many crafts for children to make, face painting, treasure hunt, bouncy castle, pirate games and much more. There will be prizes for the best dressed Peter Pan character and lots of opportunity to join in the various activities on offer. The Fort Artillery will be firing their cannons and leading the battle against the pirates. We would like all you budding apprentice pirates to join in, Don’t forget to bring your cutlass or make your own sword on the day.

The FORT VIEW cafe will be open throughout the day.

Disabled access to those with restricted mobility is available to most of the fort.

DOGS are welcome providing they are kept on a lead and supervised at all times.

PARKING – Council operated car parks in the Nothe Gardens – within walking distance.

Prices for admission Adults £9, OAPs/Students £8, Family ticket 2 adults and two children £21, Children between the ages of 5 and fifteen inclusive £3. Children under the age of 5 FREE. This is a Special Event so annual passes are not accepted.

03 Mar

61 Charminster Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 8UE

03/03/2017 To 03/03/2017

7:45 pm To 10:00 pm

Singles party; join 150+ Bournemouth singles for a lock and key party at the prestigious city location, Havana. Priced at £10.

We want the singles party to be successful for you, so we will lay on lock and key ice breakers to help you mingle, great music to get you on the dance floor.

Our lock and key singles parties are a popular way to meet other local singles in a fun, comfortable and relaxed party atmosphere. We will always go out our way to make sure you chat to many people throughout the night without feeling awkward. The lock and key format has a high success ratio (one in four keys will open a lock) and with over 150 single people on the lookout for a partner on the night, it’s sure to be successful for you.

14 Apr

The Toy Barn, Dodd's Cross, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4JX

14/04/2017 To 14/04/2017

11:00 am To 4:00 pm


You can book your tickets in advance online at http://toy-barn.co.uk or by dropping by the shop. Book early to guarantee a place and save money. We cannot guarantee space if you arrive at The Toy Barn without a ticket. You can also order your Easter Egg Hunt tickets by calling us on 01935 815040. Advance tickets are £6 while tickets bought on the day will be £7.50. Adult entry is free. All tickets to be collected at the door on arrival.

Come and join us at The Toy Barn on the 14th April 2017 from 11am ‘til 4pm to celebrate Good Friday with a wonderful Easter Egg Hunt and Children’s entertainment!

As always we ask children (and willing adults!) to dress up for the day in the wackiest costumes possible, with no specific theme let your imaginations run wild – it certainly adds to the fun! A prize will be awarded for best costume.

With the largest outdoor play equipment and climbing frame display area in the South West Children are free to roam and play in a safe, enclosed environment on our wide array of fantastic climbing frames, trampolines, slides, swings and in our play houses. Our Go Karts will also be whizzing around at 50p a go! Our outdoor play area is attached to out independent toy shop, full of goodies for children and parents to browse on the fun filled day.

Parents can sit back and relax with refreshments provided with proceeds going to The Samaritans. Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and cold drinks will be available to purchase for attending families along with a selection of cakes and biscuits.

Our annual egg hunt has become increasingly popular over the years, in no small part due to our location in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside. Our farm location allows a chocolate box setting of grazing cows in the fields, blooming flowers and a listed barn as well as the added bonus of free parking! Our friendly staff ensure a stress free day and are always on hand to help.

The egg hunts take place every hour at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Please specify which hunt your child will take part in when booking your tickets. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before the hunt begins.

29 Apr

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG

29/04/2017 To 29/04/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

In 2017 Tiger 131 will only make two appearances in our arena. As the only running Tiger 1 tank in the world you really can’t afford to miss it!


To buy your tickets for Tiger Day VII 2017 please click here or call 01929 462359. Tickets booked over the phone will be subject to a £2.00 booking fee. Monday 24 April will be the last day for bookings taken over the phone.

Please note: Tiger Day is a Special Event Day so pre-existing annual passes will NOT be valid. Season Tickets are valid for this event.



NEW for 2017 – The Tiger Tank Collection exhibition, bringing together the Tiger tank family for the first time. Please note: Tiger 131 will be in the Tank Story Hall from 26 to 29 April. On Tiger Day Premium Ticket holders will have exclusive access to Tiger 131 until 12pm.

24 Jun

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG

24/06/2017 To 25/06/2017

9:00 am To 6:00 pm

TANKFEST: bringing the story of tanks, tank crew and soldiers to life. 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.


Adult £23

Child £14.50

2 Adults 2 Children £63

1 Adult 3 Children £56


Premium Tickets



Get exclusive access to vehicles on 23 June on Tankfest Preview Day – New for 2017!


TANKFEST is an advance ticket only event, there will not be any tickets for sale on the day.


For more information and tickets, click here http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53277

01 Jul

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

01/07/2017 To 02/07/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

The annual War Gamers event returns to The Tank Museum, as hobbyists take over the Museum for the weekend.

War gaming clubs from across the country will be exhibiting different strategy games for visitors to view and join in. Specialist traders will also be dispersed around the Museum allowing gamers to add to their collections… and for novices to start their own!

This is a must see event for anyone; especially those with an interest in war gaming and the associated hobbies of diorama building, modelling and play table making.

Call 01929 462359 for more information.

Please note: Access to some exhibits may be obstructed during the course of this weekend event.

Annual Passes ARE valid for this event.

22 Jul

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

22/07/2017 To 03/09/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

NEW Exhibition – TIGER COLLECTION: The Tanks, The Terror, and The Truth!
Tanks in Action Displays – Every Weekday
See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Thursday 21 July. Realistic explosions, life like explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action–packed demonstration of Tanks in Action.

Vehicle Rides – Every Day
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 during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.

Family Activities
Take part in a range of family activities.

Tonnes of Fun for Families!
Kids can 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 May

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

29/05/2017 To 29/05/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Dorset’s Finest Ride In Event!

For the second time The Tank Museum is hosting the Wheels of Steel ride in event, to end off the season. This fundraising ride in provides a great social atmosphere with proceeds going to The Tank Museum and other local charities.

Tigers Children Motorcycle Display Team
We will also be having a childrens motorcycle display team at the Museum producing exciting displays for you to watch and enjoy! The performance will last approximately 45 minutes. Please click here to find out more about the display team.

Trade Stands, Exhibitors and Classic Bikes
Catering Facilities
Tanks in Action Display
Close to Dorset’s stunning 95 mile stretch of Jurassic Coastline
Live Entertainment

Our last Tanks in Action Display of the summer holidays will take place in our Kuwait Arena with life like explosions, thundering engines and expert commentary. Not to be missed!

07 Oct

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

07/10/2017 To 07/10/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

The Tank Museum will be inviting exhibitors from across the country to take part in its model exhibition for the third time.

View a large selection of modelling exhibitors from across the modelling spectrum – boats, planes, motor racing cars and of course military models. If you are inspired by the model collections, The Tank Museum’s own volunteer modellers will also be in attendance and will be available to give advice in creating your own scale model. Get inspired and discover the hints and tricks behind making your own miniature. Museum tours and talks will be taking place throughout the day.

Traders and Exhibitors
For trader application forms please click here and for exhibitor application forms please contact Oliver Bitten on 01929 405096 ext 212 or email events@tankmuseum.org

Model groups attending who have completed an application form, will be eligible for six complimentary passes. Additional passes will be charged at group rate (please contact the events team in advance).

Annual Passes ARE valid for this event.

Please note: Model club members pay group rate on production of a valid club membership card or IPMS card.

16 Mar

Cobham Sports and Social Club, Merley Park Rd, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3DA

16/03/2017 To 16/03/2017

6:00 pm To 9:00 pm


Places are limited so please sign up ASAP to secure your place - www.firewalkfh.eventbrite.com

“It may be a bit uncomfortable and will definitely require focus and mind over matter, but when I consider what my brave mum, sister and other cancer patients go through and how much suffering they endure I think the fire walk will be a walk in the park – albeit a hot one!”

Fire up your determination and inner strength and join Forest Holme Hospice to walk across hot coals to raise money for patients going through their own challenge.

Registration is just £25 and we ask for a commitment to raising £100 in sponsorship.

Places are limited so please sign up ASAP to secure your place – www.firewalkfh.eventbrite.com

Spectators welcome!