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.



05 Jul

The Hollow, 25 Newton Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2EA

05/07/2017 To 30/08/2017

2:00 pm To 5:30 pm

Come and wander around a beautiful and intriguing sunken garden with exceptional richness and arrangements of colour and textures with a very wide and unusual variety of plants and grasses attracting butterflies and bees and with hummingbird hawkmoths to be seen in late summer. This vibrant garden changes from year to year to reflect the owners’ passion for plants. Tiers of dry stone wall terraces hold an original and fascinating plant collection, with richly layered planting in what was an old stone quarry, which is a surprising find at the top of a hill above the seaside town of Swanage. The planting is particularly good in July and August. New features and plants every year. OPEN FOR NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME

Admission £3 Children free. Times: 2.00pm to 5.30pm every Wednesday afternoon in July & August 2017.

The Hollow, 25 Newton Road, Swanage Dorset BH19 2EA
Wed 5 Jul, Wed 12 Jul, Wed 19 Jul, Wed 26 Jul, Wed 2 Aug, Wed 9 Aug, Wed 16 Aug, Wed 23 Aug, Wed 30 Aug

22 Jul

The White Horse Inn, Shaston Road, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum, Dorset. DT11 8TA

22/07/2017 To 23/07/2017

7:00 pm To 10:30 pm

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Tickets available from the pub itself or by calling 01258 453535

Award-winning Shooting Stars Theatre Company return to The White Horse this summer with a fresh and modern interpretation of Twelfth Night. This is Shooting Stars’ 6th year at The White Horse previous productions including ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and last year’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies. A play about love in all its excess.

Twins, Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck. Both eventually land on different shores of a country called Illyria, each one assuming the other has drowned. A young girl alone in the world, Viola decides to don male clothing and present herself to Duke Orsino, the ruler of Illyria, as a young man. Soon, under the name of Cesario, she is his most trusted servant, and is sent to woo Olivia, a countess he is madly in love with, on his behalf. Viola does her duty but in her heart realises that she herself has fallen in love with Orsino.

Olivia’s father and brother have just died and she is in mourning for seven years, during which time she will not consider romance. Through stubbornness and perseverance Viola is able to speak with Olivia, but during their conversation a twist occurs: Olivia falls in love with Viola, thinking her to be a young man, and begins to actively pursue her. Viola now finds herself stuck between the duke she loves and the countess who adores her and to whom Orsino keeps sending her back.

Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in Olivia’s household. Her drunken uncle, Sir Toby Belch, his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and servants, Maria and Feste are all plotting against the uptight steward of the household, Malvolio. They convince him that Olivia is in love with him and get him to dress up and embarrass himself to prove his love for her.

With the love triangle of Orsino, Viola, and Olivia, and the mad behavior of Malvolio, the entire court-life of Illyria is in disarray. The arrival of Sebastian who bears a striking resemblance to ‘Cesario’ only adds to the farce in this much loved comedy of confused identity, cross-dressing and cross-garters!

Come and be transported from a quaint village in Dorset to the mysterious land of Illyria!

Tickets available from the pub itself or by calling 01258 453535

 

13 May

Poole Museum, 4 High Street

13/05/2017 To 15/10/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

13 May 2017 – 15 October 2017

To celebrate the recent conservation of Sea Music, the sculpture given to Poole in 1991 by the artist Anthony Caro, we are exhibiting:

Concerto Series, Anthony Caro (Floor 1, Poole Museum):

This series is a lively and lyrical group of sculptures which reflect the joy Caro found in music. Pieces from the series have been previously exhibited in Venice and in New York, but this exhibition is the first time such a large group has ever been assembled in one exhibition.

100 Views of Sea Music, David Ward (Floor 2, Poole Museum):

The distinctive form of Sea Music is visible from many vantage points around Poole harbour. Over one year David Ward has captured it up close and from afar, prior to, during and after the extensive conservation work.

Slow March, Anthony Caro (In front of Poole Museum):

Evocative of the heavy, sonorous movements of a military band, this two metre high steel work, made in 1985, invites you into Poole Museum.

16 Jun

St Johns, Plush, Dorset, DT2 7RJ

16/06/2017 To 10/09/2017

7:30 pm To 9:30 pm

: Visit www.plushfestival.com/whatson for tickets

Summer series of classical, contemporary and jazz music in the intimate setting of St John’s, a beautiful church-turned-concert space hidden amongst the Dorset countryside.

For our 2017 season Music Director Adrian Brendel has joined forces with composer and Dorset resident Sir Harrison Birtwistle to curate an ambitious programme of classical, contemporary and jazz events in the stunning location and acoustics of St Johns, Plush. The gardens of Plush Manor are open for audiences to explore and refreshments can be enjoyed at the (open air) festival bar and around the fire. The festival encourages a warm and inclusive atmosphere, welcoming music lovers from around the country. The idyllic village of Plush offers stunning hill walks and a charming award-winning pub the Brace of Pheasants.

Featuring:
Mark Padmore · Sir András Schiff · Gothic Voices · David Harsent · Kit Downes · John Harle · Lawrence Power · Tim Horton · Jonathan Cohen · Melinda Maxwell · Jonathan Morton · Adam Walker · Lucy Wakeford · Timothy Ridout · Stephen Waarts & more

 

22 Jul
recurrences

The Tank Museum,

22/07/2017 To 03/09/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

This Summer explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history!

 

See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on 24 July. Realistic explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action.

 

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.

 

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!

 

Find out more here http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53752

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!