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.



14 May

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

14/05/2015 To 14/05/2015

2:00 pm To 3:30 pm

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Screening of RUFUS STONE, followed by Q & A with Project Lead, Executive Producer and Author of the film, Dr Kip Jones. Bournemouth University’s Gay and Pleasant Land? project was part of the national New Dynamics of Ageing Programme funded by Research Councils UK. The project investigated ageing and gay life in rural South West England and Wales.

Venue: Bournemouth University, Stevenson Lecture Theatre, refreshments available from 1:30pm

15 May

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

15/05/2015 To 15/05/2015

12:30 pm To 1:30 pm

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Building defensible invisible castles

Software is invisible, and so pervasive that we place our trust in software without caring too much about how warranted that trust is. Unfortunately, designing secure software is hard, and the media is filled with stories about what happens when software fails to meet our [albeit implicit] security and privacy expectations. In this talk, I will describe how adopting disciplinary perspectives beyond computer science can help build software that is both secure and useful.

Venue: Bournemouth University, Kimmeridge House; lunch served at 12 noon

14 May

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

14/05/2015 To 14/05/2015

11:00 am To 2:00 pm

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Masterclass on digital storytelling with data

Digital transformations in communications have led to the increasing popularity of data visualisations and the use of maps and other multimedia interactives for representing complex data. Often, these visual data stories can better communicate the significance of research findings to policy-makers and the public. Beyond engendering greater comprehension, this turn to the visual can also tap into our emotions and cultural values. In this Masterclass, we will introduce the audience to the emerging interdisciplinary field of data storytelling research. Drawing on a range of contemporary examples, we will present a variety of techniques and technologies for creating data stories.

Venue: Bournemouth University, Kimmeridge House; lunch served at 12:30pm

31 May

46 Weston Road, Portland, Dorset DT5 2BZ

31/05/2015 To 31/05/2015

2:00 pm To 3:00 pm

Nick Tann at the Royal Exchange

3 AM reflects Nick’s many musical influences, from the lyrical genius of Elvis Costello to the musical diversity of Led Zeppelin. You may also hear traces of funk, reggae and jazz as well as subtle nods to artists such as John Martyn, Jeff Buckley and Sting. Self-releasing, self-publishing and booking his own gigs – including some top festivals in 2014 – Nick has truly found his voice with this album. Largely fan-funded by his loyal worldwide band of supporters, “3 AM” will astonish current fans and attract many more. Featuring popular songs ‘Sadder than Sad’ and ‘Don’t’, this is a must see performance.

13 May

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

13/05/2015 To 13/05/2015

4:00 pm To 5:30 pm

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Human navigation: a cognitive neuroscience approach

Free talk on a research project using of state-of-the art eye-tracking and electrical neuroimaging technology to investigate neural and cognitive functions in virtual navigation environments.

The ability to navigate within complex and rapidly changing environments is a crucial skill humans possess and one that most of us take for granted. Recent reports suggest that increasing numbers of people have deficits to core navigation abilities; current estimates suggest 6 million people in EU countries, a number expected to rise in coming years. Research currently underway in the Navigation Lab at Bournemouth University is aimed at addressing some of the current issues in human navigation.

Venue: Bournemouth University, Barnes Lecture Theatre, refreshments available from 5:30pm

13 May

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

13/05/2015 To 13/05/2015

2:00 pm To 3:30 pm

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VeggiEat: a voyage of discovery

A continuing challenge is to understand how the intricate range of drivers affect the food intake of teenagers and older people: the two groups in society who have the lowest vegetable intake across the lifespan. Research led by BU and being undertaken across Europe is trying to tackle this challenge, the learning from this cross disciplinary work and the intended and actual outcomes of the research so far will be discussed.

Venue: Bournemouth University, Barnes Lecture Theatre; refreshments available from 3:30pm

12 May

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

12/05/2015 To 12/05/2015

6:00 pm To 7:00 pm

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Taking a look at genocide victims from space

Andy Ford presents a new technique based on a time-series of satellite images long after burial took place, which is also normally used by geographers to monitor the impact of climate change on vegetation around the world.

Locating clandestine mass graves resulting from genocide is time consuming and problematic. For instance, some 3000 victims of the genocide in Bosnia (1992-95) are still missing. Locating graves is imperative for repatriating remains to families and for gathering evidence for war crimes tribunals. Forensic Scientists conventionally use a combination of local knowledge and opportune satellite snapshots in their search.

Venue: Bournemouth University, Kimmeridge House
Wine reception from 5:30pm

15 May

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

15/05/2015 To 15/05/2015

2:00 pm To 4:00 pm

Fear in childbirth: is the media responsible?

Fear is increasingly cited as a reason for rising rates of intervention in childbirth, with women allegedly opting for operative birth to avoid going through labour. Explanatory factors are said to include previous negative birth experiences, but increasingly the way that childbirth is portrayed by the media is suggested to be having a significant effect on women’s perceptions and raising anxiety with regard to the birth process.

This lecture reports the findings from interdisciplinary research exploring the impact of the mass media on women’s views of childbirth.

Venue: Bourneouth University, Kimmeridge House, refreshments available from 4pm

12 May

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

12/05/2015 To 12/05/2015

4:30 pm To 5:30 pm

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Transforming conflict after war: memory, heritage and digital media

This interdisciplinary session will canvas some of the variables and challenges associated with the gamification of contested heritage sites. Could visitors be engaged by digital media technologies to experience the plurality of memories and develop empathy and recognition of the cultural heritage of war beyond one-sided narratives?

Venue: Bournemouth University, Kimmeridge House. Tea and coffee from 4pm

11 May

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

11/05/2015 To 11/05/2015

6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Free talk on Dementia: This two-hour interactive session will showcase a range of initiatives that members of the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) are working on in collaboration with our community partners. This includes working with a local school where pupils and people with dementia have been learning to use gaming technology like the Wii and Xbox to play together, and the BUDI orchestra, a collaboration with professional Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra musicians.

Venue: Marconi Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University
Wine reception from 5:30pm

16 Jun

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1LT

16/06/2015 To 20/06/2015

7:30 pm To 10:00 pm

Wimborne Musical Theatre will be performing The King and I at the Tivoli Theatre from 16th – 20th June 2015.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1956 musical The King and I is set in 19th century Thailand and depicts an Englishwoman being hired to serve as a tutor to the King’s children. Both stuck in their separate cultural ways, the two eventually learn to understand, respect and love each other. The King and I’s score contains the most enduring numbers; “Getting to Know You,” “Something Wonderful,” “Hello, Young Lovers” and “Shall We Dance,” are just some of the royally appealing tunes.

2.30pm matinee

14 May

O'Neill's, 231 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 1JZ

14/05/2015 To 14/05/2015

9:00 pm To 11:59 pm

Diamond Dogz Band is fronted by the 1970s famous Phil Murray.

Phil was lead singer of Woodmansey’s U-Boat, which was formed after the demise of David Bowie’s ‘Spiders From Mars’.

Phil’s band – aka the Dogz – members also include Ilbert Stubbs, bassist who toured the world three times with Uli Jon Roth (ex Scorpions) in band Electric Sun, back in the day, along with Chris Peters on drums.

The trio are presently touring the UK’s pubs and clubs playing early Bowie and Glam Rock hits.

Be sure to get along to see them!

13 May

Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1LT

13/05/2015 To 13/05/2015

7:30 pm To 10:30 pm

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour features an exhilarating selection of short films that will take you to the most captivating places on earth. Through the big screen, be transported to the world’s last great wild places, follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

Times: 19:30 (doors and bar open 1 hour before)

Tickets: £13.00 /£11 concession (group discount 6+ available through calling the box office)

21 Jul

Pavilion Theatre, Westover Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 2BU

21/07/2015 To 25/07/2015

7:30 pm To 10:00 pm

BBLOC award-winning amateur company presents the blockbuster smash hit musical GREASE, packed with explosive energy, vibrant 1950s pop culture and all those unforgettable songs from the hit movie including – You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and many more.

Join Danny and Sandy, along with those groovy T-Birds, sassy Pink Ladies and the whole gang at Rydell High for this high octane electrifying Rock ’n’ Roll party.

31 May

Charborough Park, Wareham, Dorset BH20 7EN

31/05/2015 To 31/05/2015

2:30 pm To 6:00 pm

Highwood Garden Open Day: We are delighted to announce Highwood Garden will be open on Sunday 31st May to raise money for Autism Wessex!

Established by the late Admiral Drax, the woodland garden around Charborough Tower contains a magnificent collection of azaleas and rhododendrons, which are at their best in late Spring.

Join us between 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm to enjoy this beautiful garden along with fabulous cakes and refreshments and fun stalls for all the family, all to support Autism Wessex.

Entry is £5 per adult and £2.50 per child (children under 6 go free!).

Sorry, no dogs other than guide dogs or similar due to estate rules.