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.

16 Nov

Queen Elizabeth's School, Blandford Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4DT

16/11/2016 To 16/11/2016

4:00 pm To 7:00 pm

Christmas Craft & Enterprise Fair
A great opportunity to come along and shop for unique Christmas gifts, produced locally by talented professional crafters and some of Queen Elizabeth’s Business Enterprise Students. Over 30 stalls including jewellery, cakes, sweets, toys, hats & scarves, cushions, clothes, pictures, pottery, soaps & smellies, cards, luxury hampers and lots more besides.
Entry is free, there is a raffle with great prizes and plenty of mulled wine and mince pies to get you in the Christmas Spirit!
All profits raised in aid of Queen Elizabeth’s Student Enrichment Programme

06 Nov

Broadway Park Sports & Community Club, Broadway Park, Broadway Lane. Bournemouth BH8 0AA

06/11/2016 To 06/11/2016

12:30 pm To 5:00 pm

Bournemouth Electric Camera Club are holding their Annual Charity Exhibition in aid of Macmillan Caring Locally on Sunday 6th November 2016. Photographers are invited to enter – £4 per Print or 3 for £10. Please see website for full details. Opens to the Public from 12.30 – 17.00. Free entrance but DONATION box on door. Please come and support us.

26 Nov

Wimborne United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane BH21 1PP

26/11/2016 To 26/11/2016

7:30 pm To 9:15 pm

Lizst – Missa Choralis, Schubert – Psalm 23, Brahms – How lovely are thy dwellings and motets by Bruckner.

26 Oct

Horton Heath Chapel Hall, Burts Lane, Horton Heath, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7JX

26/10/2016 To 26/10/2016

7:30 pm To 9:30 pm


To book your place please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/christmas-craft-workshop-tickets-28290404361

26th October 2016 Coffee, Craft & Cake Evening!

Christmas Craft Workshop:

Create a charming gift that keeps on giving for the ’12 days of Christmas’ – a unique and handmade calendar gift for your loved one!

This workshop is great for beginners and upwards. You’ll receive a kit complete with the design elements ready to cut, gorgeous baker’s twine and mini envelopes – ready to assemble… Add a message inside each mini envelope and fix to the back of each heart base. (You could add a festive activity, a day out, a promise…or 12 reasons why you love that special someone!)

Please bring along with you a craft knife and cutting mat – all other materials provided along with coffee & cake! An informal, relaxed evening where you can indulge in some time out and have the space to create.

Tickets £20 per person per workshop.

This is the first of a series of three Christmas Craft Workshops coming up:

26th October | Workshop 1 – handmade gift: ’12 days of Christmas’

30th November | Workshop 2 – tiny trees

14th December | Workshop 3 – seasonal gift wrap

…for a sneak peek of the craft workshops head to www.facebook.com/inksheddesignstudio

26 Oct

bh20 5qs

26/10/2016 To 29/10/2016

10:30 am To 5:00 pm

Spooky Fun

Join us for some SPOOKY FUN for all the family, this half term at Lulworth Castle.

There are a whole host of activities to keep you and your little ones entertained this Halloween…. Visit the fairytale Lulworth Castle and wander through the Spooky Basement. Be entranced by Merlin’s Magic Shows and get creative at the Craft Table.. Explore the Park and woods with your Quiz Book on our special Spooky Trails, stopping at Hansel & Gretel’s Gingerbread House on adventure.  Enjoy Pitch ‘n Putt & Lawn Games in the shadow of the Castle and jump around on the Bouncy Castle (outside, weather permitting).

Suitably spooky refreshments will be available at The NEW Spooky Café in the Castle and at the Courtyard Café.

Open Daily from Weds 26 Oct – Sat 29 Oct. From 10.30 to 5.00. Last entry one hour before closing. Free Parking.

Adults £7 – Children £5 – Under 4’s Free – Family Tickets Available  -Book online.


10 Nov

West Borough Wimborne Minster Dorset BH21 1LT

10/11/2016 To 10/11/2016

7:30 pm To 10:30 pm


Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01202 885566 Or visiting http://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/event/joe-brown/

The stories and music from over 50 years in the business – for the first time ever!


So you think you know what Joe Brown’s all about…think again.


It might just be time to re-evaluate because his Autumn tour is definitely something very different. For the first time ever Joe takes to the road by himself.


No band, no supplementary backup musicians, no dancing girls (were there ever) – just Joe Brown, unadulterated, solo, upfront and personal.


Joe Brown MBE is well known for being one of the UK’s original rock ‘n’ roll guitar pioneers. More recently, since The Concert For George, he’s become the leading light and staunch champion of the ukulele. But his history is unique and remarkable.


From the days of music hall and growing up in an East End pub through the skiffle era of Lonnie Donegan then jumping, almost overnight, into rock’n’roll, Joe’s seen it all. Keith Richards respects him, George Harrison loved him, the Beatles supported him, Mark Knopfler plays with him…the man is unique. He’s been a radio star, a TV personality, an actor and, not least, the head of a musical dynasty.


To say this man has a few stories is an understatement. And on this tour he’s going to tell them.


Anecdotes and the odd joke or two will be interspersed with some of the great music that has made Joe such a popular performer today. And if that weren’t enough he’s got an old friend along too.


Special Guest for the night will be guitar maestro Henry Gross.  No slouch himself to the odd raconteuring (think Jackie Mason of the beat age and you get the idea), Henry was the lead guitarist, singer and founder of hit US group Sha Na Na. Not only that, he was the youngest musician to appear at Woodstock. To say he’s a superlative musician would be an understatement.


The tour kicks off in October and promises a great – and very entertaining! – night out.

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!

24 Oct

Lighthouse Theatre, 21 Kingland Rd, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG

24/10/2016 To 24/10/2016

7:30 pm To

Brought to you by the producers of the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this year’s programme is filled with incredible cinematography, touching interviews and insightful narrations that will captivate and mesmerise audiences. Featuring an exceptional and diverse collection of films capturing the raw power and beauty of the Ocean, whilst celebrating the surfers, kayakers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, the Ocean Film Festival takes you on a journey across the globe, surfing the waves of Iceland, voyaging the isles of Indonesia and kayaking through the harsh and beautiful terrain of Alaska.

26 Nov

Portfield school, Parley Lane West Parley, Dorset BH23 6BP

26/11/2016 To 26/11/2016

11:00 am To 3:00 pm


Doors open from 11am – 3pm, donations welcome upon entry. Booking isn't required, however please do contact the fundraising team on 01202 703587 or email fundraising@autismwessex.org.uk should you have any questions.

Join Autism Wessex at Portfield School and soak up the Christmas cheer as we invite you to take the perfect opportunity to do all your Christmas shopping under one roof!

With stalls, refreshments, a raffle and a visit from the one & only, Father Christmas, we’re sure you’ll enjoy these festive festivities.

We hope to see you there!

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

22 Oct

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

22/10/2016 To 30/10/2016

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Tanks in Action Displays – Every Weekday
See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Monday 24 October. 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.

Tank 100 Themed Activities
Climb inside a First World War and Modern Battle tank. Find out more about life in the trenches and take part in our Junior Tank Story talk.

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!

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!

23 Oct

Symondsbury Estate, Symondsbury, Weymouth, DT6 6EX

23/10/2016 To 23/10/2016

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

A day to nurture Body, Mind & Spirit at the beautiful Symmondsbury Estate. There will be a mix of wonderful souls providing information and sampling of Organic & Raw Health Foods, Natural Skincare, Eco Clothing, Environmental Solutions, Healing & Wellness Techniques/Nutrition/EFT/Herbalism, Meditation, Message & Reiki.

There will also be live talks in our wellbeing speakers arena on Naturopathic Nutrition, Mindfulness & Hemp the Mother Plant.

All this set to to a background vibration of uplifting tunes from local musicians.

This event is free to attend, we look forward to seeing you there!

13 Nov

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

13/11/2016 To 13/11/2016

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

This service will be attended by serving soldiers, veterans and their families, but visitors are also very welcome to join in the service.

This well attended service will take place in the Cold War Hall. After this, a wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Royal Armoured Corps Memorial, outside the Museum.

All visitors will be asked to respect the 2 minutes silence that occurs at 11.00.

03 Dec

Middle Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

03/12/2016 To 03/12/2016

10:30 am To 3:30 pm

Meet new people, get out in the fresh air, learn new skills and get to know our Purbeck sites from the inside! We’re looking for volunteers who love the outdoors to join us and work side by side with our Rangers in stunning locations.

Free event