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 Mar

Brewhouse & Kitchen, 152-154 Commercial Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5LU

13/03/2018 To 13/03/2018

6:30 pm To 8:00 pm


Visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/130626891095143/ Or Access the event directly on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/free-spanish-taster-lesson-level-1-tickets-43554239904  

Fun, interactive introduction to Spanish aimed at beginners.

Bring a friend, buy a drink from the bar and enjoy learning Spanish in a relaxed environment.

After the class there will be an opportunity to sign up for a 6 week ‘Holiday Spanish’ course. The course total is £100 with an early bird price of £90 if you pay on the day. More details will be given at the end of the taster session

17 Feb

Mount Lane, Eype DT6 6AP

17/02/2018 To 02/04/2018

2:00 pm To 5:00 pm

: Eype Centre for the Arts


Exhibition of Stations of the Cross Paintings (by kind permission of Churches Together in Bridport)

Painted by members of the Bridport Art Society, these were shown around the town in 2016. They feature modern dress and are set against familiar local backdrops.

Afternoons 2-5pm on the following dates: Saturdays/Sundays 17th February to 24th March, and every afternoon in Holy Week, 26th March to Easter Monday, 2nd April.

No entrance fee, but donations welcome for Churches Together in Bridport and Eype Centre for the Arts. Refreshments.


30 Mar

Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5QS

30/03/2018 To 02/04/2018

10:30 am To 5:00 pm

It’s back! This Easter come ‘down the rabbit hole’ for some great family fun at Lulworth Castle. Join us every day from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April between 10.30-5pm.

Inspired by the fantastical story of Alice in Wonderland, you can expect a whole host of fun activities including themed trails, Easter hunts, crafts, bouncy castle (weather permitting, age 7+), soft play for under 4s, crazy golf and, of course, white rabbits and Easter Eggs!!

Don’t forget to go and meet the Mad Hatter in the Castle whilst you’re exploring ….Refreshments will be available including light lunches, cream teas, hot drinks, cakes and ice creams.

Tickets include Free Parking. Adults £8, Child £6, under 4’s free. Family Ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £30.

Tickets can be bought online here or on the day.


24 Feb

Maiden Newton Village Hall, Station Road, Maiden Newton, DT2 0AE

24/02/2018 To 24/02/2018

10:30 am To 2:00 pm

: Please just come along between 10:30am and 2pm.

Maiden Newton 5th annual Potato Day, pop up gardener’s market & seed fair

Saturday 24th February 2018

10.30am – 2.00pm

Maiden Newton Village Hall, Station Road, Maiden Newton, DT2 0AE


Refreshments, local arts and craft stalls!

A not to miss event to kick start your gardening year.

Everyone welcome from experienced gardeners to newbies. There’s plenty of advice available.

Over 97 varieties of seed potatoes by tuber including Vitelotte Noire, a rare French heritage seed potato with purple flesh and chestnut flavour. Over 700 varieties of heritage and heirloom seeds, plus exclusive introductions from Burpee USA. 7 varieties of onion sets, 6 varieties of shallots, 7 varieties of rhubarb, unusual tubers including oca, yacon, mashua, Chinese artichokes, 2 varieties of Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus crowns, lots of soft fruit bushes including 5 varieties of raspberry canes plus dwarf raspberry Ruby Beauty. Top fruit trees including peaches, nectarines, quinces, medlars and grafted mulberries and lots of herb plants. New blight resistant tomato Oh Happy Day, plus tasty cucumber Merlin, which produces 6 inch greenhouse fruits in 2 months.

18 Feb

Upton Country Park, Poole, BH17 7BJ

18/02/2018 To 18/02/2018

11:00 am To 3:00 pm

Historic Upton house open its doors to showcase this amazing wedding venue, with leading local suppliers from the industry on hand. Watch the bridal fashion show and chat to the Events Team and expert suppliers about your special day. Don’t forget to pick up your complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz!

11am – 3pm, Upton House

Just £1 entry, accompanied children go free.

21 Apr

Poole Park, Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2SF

21/04/2018 To 21/04/2018

7:00 pm To 11:00 pm


Sign up today at www.dorsetneonrun.com/poole.

The annual Dorset Neon Run is returning for its second year of splashing a little colour across Poole Park. The event is for all abilities, so whether you prefer to run, walk or jog this event is perfect for you. Join up to 1,000 other neon runners by making a difference for Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity.

We cannot change people’s disabilities but you can help us make their lives fun and fulfilled. Sign up today for just £35 and you could be helping to make a difference to not only children and adults with disabilities, but their families too.

Diverse Abilities is an independent, not for profit organisation working together with families to help meet the needs of local people, of all ages, with physical and learning disabilities.

24 Jan

The Com Exchange, High East St, Dorchester, Dorset

24/01/2018 To 24/01/2018

8:00 pm To 12:00 am



January 24, 2018


Dorchester Arts

11 Jan

Bournemouth and Poole College, North Road, Poole, BH14 0LS

11/01/2018 To 11/01/2018

3:30 pm To 6:30 pm



Be inspired to discover a new course and new you in 2018!

Apply to course and Apprenticeships starting early next year, meet outstanding tutors, get invaluable careers advice from our expert team and explore your options.

Turn your passion into a career in 2018!

No matter what your age we’ll help you to achieve your goals. Apply to a variety of courses starting early 2018.

We have something for everyone including Apprenticeships, Full-Time and part-Time courses.

15 Feb

BH20 5EZ

15/02/2018 To 18/02/2018

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Become a Royalist recruit and discover the weapons and armour used during the sieges of Corfe in 1643 and 1645.
Find out how weapons and tactics were employed in the 17th Century before joining our cunning Colonel as a comrade-in-arms for your very own assault of Corfe Castle.
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply.
See website for details. http://bit.ly/2DeLAFH

Image: National Trust Images – Neil Davidson

10 Feb

BH20 5EZ

10/02/2018 To 14/02/2018

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Find out about local legends from the land and sea, magical myths of wild plants & animals, and gripping yarns of green-hearted knights.
Join professional storyteller Martin Maudsley on a walking tour of environmental stories around the castle grounds, all brought to life in the great outdoors.
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply.
See website for details. http://bit.ly/2D7QDHO

Image – Matthew Jeanes

10 Feb

BH20 5EZ

10/02/2018 To 18/02/2018

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Witness a missile launch from Corfe Castle’s resident trebuchet
(medieval siege engine).

King John reigned between 1199 and 1216, and on one of his journeys to Corfe Castle he brought with him ‘a trebuchet, a catapult and a battering ram without a lead head’.
A trebuchet was a kind of giant catapult, used for hurling heavy stones against castle walls. Other missiles included casks of burning tar, dung, bee hives and dead animals.
The replica trebuchet in the castle today is approximately half the size of the original brought here by King John.
Come and see how far the missiles will go! This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Every day during half-term, see website for details. http://bit.ly/2CFAzvO

Image: National Trust Images – Neil Davidson

10 Feb

BH20 5EZ

10/02/2018 To 18/02/2018

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Bring along your own brave teddy to have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge. Search for the questions hidden in the castle to successfully complete your castle quest.
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
See website for details. http://bit.ly/2D8EwtV

Image: National Trust Images

17 Feb

Milton Abbey Heritage Church, Milton Abbas, Dorset, DT110BZ

17/02/2018 To 17/02/2018

7:30 pm To 9:45 pm

: Booking Office at: https://tinyurl.com/MiltonAbbeyTickets

Sarum Six is an ensemble of professional musicians based in Salisbury and Winchester, formed in 2012. Their repertoire covers a wide range of vocal and musical styles, from sacred and secular music of Renaissance Europe, motets & partsongs by Duruflé, Stanford, Parry and Britten, to arrangements of spirituals and songs in close harmony.

Recent performances include the Whiteparish and Farley Festivals, and concerts in Salisbury and Winchester.

The group comprises the following members who all benefit from extensive solo and choral experience and bring to the Sarum Six a significant breadth of talent: Steve Abbott (first countertenor); Tim Wilson (second countertenor); Michael Keeley (tenor); Ben Cooper (first baritone); Philip Lawson (second baritone) and James Ottaway (bass).

20 Jan

Milton Abbey Historic Church, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT110BZ

20/01/2018 To 20/01/2018

7:30 pm To 9:45 pm

: Ticket Box Office: https://tinyurl.com/MiltonAbbeyTickets

We are delighted to present a performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet in the stunning setting of Milton Abbey this spring.

The BSO Brass ensemble present an evening of musical delights, taking you on a journey through exquisite pieces of classical music by Bach and Byrd, to jazz classics such as Oh When the Saints and Just a Closer Walk.

This outstanding quintet of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra musicians will herald in the Spring season with stunning majesty and groove.

15 Dec

BH20 5EZ

15/12/2017 To 16/12/2017

6:30 pm To 8:30 pm

© National Trust Images/Will Wilkinson

Join us on 15 & 16 December for a Tudor Christmas feast beside the roaring log fire in our tea-rooms, featuring authentic period recipes accompanied by mulled wine and mead. Booking essential.