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

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

11/02/2017 To 11/02/2017

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.

Annual Passes are valid for this event.

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.

For more information, see http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53784

11 Feb

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset. BH20 6JG

11/02/2017 To 19/02/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

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

 

Tonnes of Fun for Families!

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!

 

Annual Passes are valid for this event.

For more information see http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53749

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!

Tickets

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.

Premium Tickets for April are sold out. THERE ARE STILL PREMIUM TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR TIGER DAY VIII in SEPTEMBER

NEW TIGER EXHIBITION

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

£110

 

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.

Activities
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.

04 Feb

Lighthouse, Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG

04/02/2017 To 05/02/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

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Advance Tickets There are lots of special weekend offers available through the event website. Basic Entrance to include all talks and workshop £8 daily (£6 concessions). Under 14's free www.lighthouseholisticfestival.com

Welcoming the New Year in style, Lighthouse Holistic Festival celebrates its third annual event in February.

With a wonderful array of around 110 stands to explore, therapies to try and advice to improve health and wellbeing – Lighthouse will be buzzing. In addition, there are a host of free daytime talks featuring David Wells, Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, Flavia Kate Peters, Debbi Walker, Greg Smith and more.

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 children’s activities, there is something for everyone.

Entrance £8 daily (under 14’s free) to include all daytime talks and workshops.

Plus, there is a great Saturday Evening Music and Clairvoyance show
with Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, Flavia Kate Peters, Martin Jones, Karen Pryce, Greg Smith and Oscar Villegas, with music from Magdelena Atkinson
£12 or £10 concessions – tickets on sale from the event website or Lighthouse.

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

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

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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!