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.



02 Jul

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

02/07/2016 To 03/07/2016

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.

25 Jun

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

25/06/2016 To 26/06/2016

9:00 am To 6:00 pm

TANKFEST RETURNS TO THE TANK MUSEUM…

…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.

Following the sell-out 2015 TANKFEST, we strongly advise buying tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

28 May

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

28/05/2016 To 05/06/2016

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 30 May. 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.

Firepower Themed Activities
Climb inside a First World War and Modern Battle tank. Find out more about weaponry through the ages 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!

17 Jun

Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB

17/06/2016 To 20/06/2016

9:00 am To 5:00 pm

Visit the show to meet the students; view their work and discover new talent. The inspirational projects and prototypes take into consideration issues such as market need, function, engineering, sustainability, style and aesthetics. Find out more and register to attend: www.bournemouth.ac.uk/festival

18 Jun

Corscombe Court, Corscombe, Dorset DT2 0NS

18/06/2016 To 18/06/2016

1:00 pm To 5:00 pm

A superb family day out, the very best in the area. The Fest is a lovely traditional event, with something for everyone, including great stalls including selling local Dorset food.

Give your young kids a great day of fun in our kids area that includes a bouncy castle and assault course.

See the great collection of Classic cars on display for the day.

The dogs show is always a good place to start the day. Have a Pimms on the lawn or a tea and a cake or visit the local food stalls and buy some local produce.

Corscombe is a beautiful unspoilt West Dorset village, just 4 miles from Beaminster, 9 Miles from Yeovil, and 7 miles from Crewkerne.

Tickets are available on the gate at only £2 each so bring the family, there is amply free parking.

18 Jun

Corscombe Court, Corscombe, Dorset DT2 0NS

18/06/2016 To 18/06/2016

6:00 pm To 11:00 pm

For the first time ever we have our own music concert in Corscombe, The Devil’s Chair Concert – limited to 400 people only. Five hours of great music from our local talent and real ale from the bar (plus food from our barbecue and hog roast).

Music starts at 6pm with some jazz from Birds on a Wire with songs by Sting, Adele plus original material to ease us into the evening.

We end the evening with Storm, one of the best cover bands in the South West but not before Corscombe has been rocked by Kash Folding and The Antics.

Visit our website to see more details on the bands, and listen to their music plus, of course purchase tickets.

The tickets £10.00 but early bird tickets are on sale now at only £5.95.

You can buy tickets now at www.corscombe-fest.org

28 May

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

28/05/2016 To 28/05/2016

9:00 am To 4:00 pm

A must-see event for anybody interested in the diversity of small plants, this competitive show is full of surprises. It is run by the Alpine Garden Society, show-casing mountain plants, small herbaceous plants, dwarf shrubs and bulbs. The plant fair will be attended by specialist alpine and non-alpine nurseries bringing plants suitable for most sites: Aberconwy Nursery (Colwyn Bay, Clwyd), Copton Ash (Faversham, Kent), Edulis Nursery, (Pangbourne, Berkshire) Kevin Hughes Plants (Middle Woodford, Wiltshire), Hartside Nursery (Alston, Cumbria), Leesa’s Alpines (Birdham, Chichester), Parham Bungalow Plants (Market Lavington, Devizes), Special Plants (Chippenham, Wiltshire), Tale Valley Nursery (Clyst Hydon, Cullompton), Wildside Nursery (Buckland Monachoram, Devon). They will be happy to take orders in advance and bring plants for you as well as giving cultivation advice. There is a photographic display and opportunity for plant photography. Come early for the plant sales and enjoy our home-baked cakes, hot and cold drinks and light lunches.

Admission £2.50, children free

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

22 Oct

Middle Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AX

22/10/2016 To 22/10/2016

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

10 Sep

Middle Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

10/09/2016 To 10/09/2016

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

18 Jun

Middle Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

18/06/2016 To 18/06/2016

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

30 Jul

Middle Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

30/07/2016 To 30/07/2016

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

27 May

Knoll Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

27/05/2016 To 08/07/2016

7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Beachside dining with our outdoor wood fired oven overlooking Studland Bay. There will be a different theme each week, check our website for details.

11 Jun

Knoll Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

11/06/2016 To 16/07/2016

8:15 am To 10:15 am

Start your weekend with a 2 hour kayak trip in Studland Bay followed by a full English breakfast at Knoll Beach Café. Minimum age 10 years old if accompanied by an adult or 16 years if unaccompanied

£22 per adult, £16 under 16 years, booking essential

15 Jul

Knoll Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

15/07/2016 To 26/08/2016

5:30 pm To 6:30 pm

Fridays from 15 July to 26 August, 5.30pm to 6.30pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Enjoy a one hour taster stand up paddleboard lesson followed by a fish and chip supper at Knoll Beach Café. Minimum age 10 years old if accompanied by an adult or 16 years if unaccompanied

£22 per person, £16 under 16 years, booking essential

10 stand up paddle boards available