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.

03 Apr

Pier Approach, West Beach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA

03/04/2015 To 19/04/2015


Save up to 30% on standard tickets this Easter at Bournemouth Oceanarium from Friday 3rd April to Sunday 19th April 2015!

Come face to face with stunning sharks, rare green sea turtles and colourful clownfish to menacing piranhas and the very cute but mischievous family of Oriental small clawed otters!

Between Friday 3rd April and Sunday 19th April we will be offering visitor’s eggs-tra activities:

• MEET THE CREATURES – visitors can get up close and find out more about creatures such as starfish, bearded dragons and the cute leopard geckos! (Creatures are subject to change)

• Help FEED THE TURTLES – throw the turtles’ favourite food to them during our main feeding sessions on Turtle Beach.

Oceanarium tickets are valid all-day to enable visitors to ‘sea more’ and take full advantage of all the Easter fun and watch the waters come alive in the nine daily feeding presentations.

17 May

St John's Church, West Bay, Dorset DT6 4EN

17/05/2015 To 17/05/2015

3:00 pm To 5:00 pm

Allington Strings Spring Concert will take place at St John’s Church, West Bay on Sunday 17th May 2015 starting at 3pm.

This will be the Allington’s first concert under their enthusiastic new conductor Arturo Serna. Arturo started his musical studies with ‘Il Sistema’ in Venezuela and is considered one of the finest cellists from this country, winning prizes at many international music festivals. Recent career highlights include performances at the Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and Fort Macleod Festival in Canada.

The concert includes pieces from baroque to modern including Pachelbel’s Canon, Bach’s A Minor Violin Concerto, Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue, Holst’s Brook Green Suite and Wiren’s Serenade for Strings.

Catrin Win Morgan is the soloist in the Bach Concerto. She is Head of Strings at Sherborne Girls School and second violinist in the Brodowski Quartet who have performed at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and live on BBC 3.

04 Apr

Lytchett Minster, Dorset BH16 6AP

04/04/2015 To 04/04/2015

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Join us for the first Dorset Food and Venison Festival, a celebration of the best of Dorset produce but with an emphasis on local venison.

We have a superb rural setting in Lytchett Minster with a backdrop of Post Green House.

We have easy access from the A35. Parking will be available in the grounds of Lytchett Manor School (courtesy of the school). Locations will be clearly signposted on the day.

Family fun, education, local ecology, live music and food demonstrations.

Entry £2.50. Age 12 and under are free.

04 Apr

529 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4AG

04/04/2015 To 05/04/2015

1:00 pm To 3:00 am


11.15pm SPORADiCS
10.10pm SELF ABUSE
9.10pm PXR5
7.30pm C30’s
2.50pm SiLVERAYS

DJs: Geeza in the Garden from 1pm-6pm, Nick Tidyman between bands, Stu Dafu from midnight till late.

Kids stuff in the Garden 1pm-6pm. Raffle. Entry by suggested donation of £5 – all proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support.

02 May

Clock Tower, Weymouth, Dorset

02/05/2015 To 02/05/2015

11:00 am To 2:00 pm

Bungee jumping tandem or on your own from the clock tower in Weymouth, Dorset at the Weymouth Kite Festival and raise money for the Dorset Blind Association.

You can bungee solo to conquer your fears alone, or if you want to share the experience with your nearest and dearest, make a lover’s leap with a tandem bungee.

Bungee jumping Weymouth is definitely one of the most popular extreme sports, and with very good reason. Bungee forces us to face our fears, test ourselves and push our limits to the absolute max. Oh, and it’s really, really good fun.

Minimum sponsorship £100

24 May

Shapwick Village Green, Stewards Lane, Shapwick, Dorset DT11 9JZ

24/05/2015 To 24/05/2015

12:00 pm To 4:00 pm

Shapwick Country Fair is a traditional country fair and fun afternoon for all the family, with lots of fun things to do including: ferret racing, coconut shy, tombola, fun dog show, skittles, kids races, Dorset Knob contest, nail in the bale, plants, produce, splat the rat, kids train rides, bar, Pimms, BBQ, teas and home-made cakes and lots, lots more.

Dorset’s amazing Celtic Rock band, Black Sheep, will be performing during the afternoon.

Adult £2, kids go free. Parking and disabled facilities.

16 Apr

The Green House, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AX

16/04/2015 To 16/04/2015

6:30 pm To 9:30 pm


Order tickets via Eventbrite:

Quiz and curry night to raise money for the Dorset Blind Association. £15 per person includes curry and rice.

30 May

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

30/05/2015 To 30/05/2015

9:00 am To 4:00 pm

The Rocky Flower Show & Plant Fair is 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), Chase Plants (Blandford Forum, Dorset), Copton Ash (Faversham, Kent), Kevin Hughes Plants (Middle Woodford, Wiltshire), Leesa’s Alpines (Birdham, Chichester), Parham Bungalow Plants (Market Lavington, Devizes), Tale Valley Nursery (Clyst Hydon, Cullompton), The Mead Nursery (Brokerswood, Wiltshire), 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

15 Aug

Royal Manor Theatre, 138A Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset DT5 1LT

15/08/2015 To 15/08/2015

7:30 pm To

The unique Sensation ABBA Tribute show is unparalleled to any other ABBA tribute show you may have seen. The wealth of music industry experience within the band has collectively formed the ultimate ABBA tribute act. Fantastic musicianship combined with high energy, stunning vocals, spectacular costumes and plenty of audience participation creates an unforgettable evening for everyone.

On Saturday 15th August 2015, ABBA Sensation will be performing at The Royal Manor Theatre on Portland, Dorset, UK.

Advance tickets: £12.00
On the door: £15.00

02 Sep

Tarrant Hinton, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8HX

02/09/2015 To 06/09/2015


The Great Dorset Steam Fair is a traditional English fair held on the outskirts of the village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside.

This annual event has an enormous showground covering over 600 acres, which makes it one of Europe’s largest outdoor event locations. For the first time visitor, the Great Dorset Steam Fair can be quite an awe inspiring and impressive site – a breathtaking sea of marquees and attractions.

The show has something for everyone – the collector, the steam fanatic, the exhibitor, the heavy horse fan, the avid camper, the music fan or simply the holidaymaker who fancies an excursion to one of the most remarkable shows on Earth.