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 Feb

Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Dorset BH21 3AP

11/02/2017 To 12/02/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Bournemouth Model Railway Exhibition 2017   –  11th & 12th February 2017

The Hamworthy Club Magna Road, BH21 3AP – PLEASE NOTE that this is between Bournemouth and Wimborne NOT Hamworthy Poole!

Following another successful exhibition in 2016 sponsored by the EDNGG and everyone loving our new venue with more spacious surroundings we have taken the bold step of increasing the space available for both Exhibitors and traders alike with bookings already made for 2017 by traders and layouts from across the country.

What we guarantee….
Layouts in most, if not all, popular gauges with modelling covering all eras, European and American scenarios with steam and Diesel Locomotives.
Mature and layouts in progress on display.
Extensive trade support from across the UK: scenics; vehicles; electronics; track; rolling stock; tools, etc.

Open:  Saturday 10:00 – 17:00  &  Sunday 10:00 – 16:00

Adults £5.00  –  Kids go FREE (under 15)

AT LEAST £1.00 from each entry to “Cash 4 Kids” Charity

02 Jan

Somerley Estate, Ringwood, BH24 3PL

02/01/2017 To 02/01/2017

11:00 am To 5:00 pm


Register now on our website: http://autismwessex.org.uk/book_event/somerley-winter-run-10km-fun-run

Start 2017 on a high and join hundreds of runners at the stunning Somerley Estate for our 15th anniversary winter run.

Register online today to receive your early bird discount!

Make your Bank Holiday Monday count!

Choose from the 10km route which is now chip timed for an official and accurate time, or 2km fun run suitable a for all the family.

The 10km run will start at 11.00am and the fun run will follow at 11.15am. Please note that on the day registrations will close at 9.30am. All finishers will receive a medal and a goody bag on the day, plus an online personalised certificate!

  • 10km early bird entry, £18 (£22 from 1st December)
  • 2km Fun Run early bird entry,  £7 (£9 from 1st December)

By joining us on the day you will be supporting local individuals and families affect by autism – thank you!

06 Dec

Christchurch Priory Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1BU

06/12/2016 To 06/12/2016

7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Sprinkle some holiday spirit into the season and join in with the Christmas festivities at Autism Wessex’s annual Carol Service.

With performances by The Funky Little Choir & Portfield School Lifeskills Students, readings by staff, pupils and the Mayor of Christchurch, plus festive Christmas carols, we guarantee you will leave with a warm Christmas glow!

After the service there will be delicious mince pies and warm mulled wine on offer for a donation to Autism Wessex.

Registered Charity No: 1000792

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!

18 Dec

Knoll Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

18/12/2016 To 18/12/2016

10:30 am To 12:30 pm

Third Sunday in every month (excluding July and August) 10.30am – 12.30pm, help clear litter from Studland Beach and enjoy a stroll along the sand at the same time. Meet at the Discovery Centre

Free event

21 Dec

South Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AU

21/12/2016 To 21/12/2016

7:15 am To 9:15 am

Wednesday 21December, 7.15am to 9.15am

Watch the sunrise on the shortest day of the year with a walk to Old Harry Rocks followed by a full English breakfast at the Knoll Beach Café. Transport is available for the less able.

£15 per person, booking essential