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.



13 Feb

The Jellicoe Theatre, North Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 0LS

13/02/2016 To 13/02/2016

11:30 am To 7:00 pm

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No registration

Jellicoe Theatre presents its FREE, family friendly festival!

Featuring performing arts workshops in musical theatre, acting and dance, there is also live music and performances.

Market village including face painting, glitter tattoos, wood craft, refreshments, Deedees Sweeties, Flora & Flo Bunting, Tropic Skincare, Krafty Crafts.

AND MUCH MORE!

Running from 11.30am-7pm for ages 4 and up, there is something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you there! 13th Feb at The Jellicoe Theatre, The Bournemouth & Poole College, North Road, Poole, Dorset BH14 0LS.

For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/145098962535095/ or email: jellicoefestival@gmail.com.

25 Mar

The Toy Barn, Dodd's Cross, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4JX

25/03/2016 To 25/03/2016

11:00 am To 4:00 pm

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You can book your tickets in advance online at http://toy-barn.co.uk or by dropping by the shop. Book early to guarantee a place and save money. We cannot guarantee space if you arrive at The Toy Barn without a ticket. You can also order your Easter Egg Hunt tickets by calling us on 01935 815040. Advance tickets are £4 while tickets bought on the day will be £6. Adult entry is free. All tickets to be collected at the door on arrival.

Come and join us at The Toy Barn on the 25th March 2016 from 11am ‘til 4pm to cdelebrate Good Friday with a wonderful Easter Egg Hunt and Children’s entertainment!

As always we ask children (and willing adults!) to dress up for the day in the wackiest costumes possible, with no specific theme let your imaginations run wild – it certainly adds to the fun! A prize will be awarded for best costume.

With the largest outdoor play equipment and climbing frame display area in the South West Children are free to roam and play in a safe, enclosed environment on our wide array of fantastic climbing frames, trampolines, slides, swings and in our play houses. Our Go Karts will also be whizzing around at 50p a go! Our outdoor play area is attached to out independent toy shop, full of goodies for children and parents to browse on the fun filled day.

Parents can sit back and relax with refreshments provided with proceeds going to The Samaritans. Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate and cold drinks will be available to purchase for attending families along with a selection of cakes and biscuits.

Our annual egg hunt has become increasingly popular over the years, in no small part due to our location in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside. Our farm location allows a chocolate box setting of grazing cows in the fields, blooming flowers and a listed barn as well as the added bonus of free parking! Our friendly staff ensure a stress free day and are always on hand to help.

The egg hunts take place every hour at 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Please specify which hunt your child will take part in when booking your tickets. Please aim to arrive 15 minutes before the hunt begins.

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

15 Feb

St Aldhelm's Church Hall, St Aldhelm's Road, Branksome, Poole, Dorset BH13 6BT

15/02/2016 To 17/02/2016

11:00 am To 4:00 pm

West End Wonders is a musical workshop from a local amdram society called CCP Productions UK

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

07 May

Middle Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

07/05/2016 To 07/05/2016

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

18 Feb

St Aldhelms Church Hall, St Aldhelms Road ,Poole, Dorset BH13 6BT

18/02/2016 To 19/02/2016

11:00 am To 4:00 pm

Mary Poppins is a workshop brought to you by local amdram society CCP Productions UK

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

21 Feb

Knoll Beach Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

21/02/2016 To 21/02/2016

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

13 Feb

Knoll Beach, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AQ

13/02/2016 To 21/02/2016

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Search for the first signs of spring on our woodland trail and try some activities along the way

£2 per trail