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 Apr

The Toy Barn, Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, DT9 4JX

14/04/2017 To 14/04/2017

11:00 am To 4:00 pm

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Buy your advance tickets online at toy-barn.co.uk, pop into the shop at Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, DT9 4JX or call 01935 815040.

Sherborne-based toy shop The Toy Barn will be hosting an Easter egg hunt with a fancy dress theme on Good Friday, 14 April 2017, from 11am to 4pm.

Tickets cost £6 per child in advance (£7.50 on the door) and include an egg hunt, chocolate Easter egg and unlimited play on the climbing frames, swings, trampolines and wendy houses in the display and play orchard.

Children should come in fancy dress. There will be a prize for the best-dressed child.

Adult entry is free and there will be tea, coffee and cakes on sale with proceeds going to Yeovil, Sherborne and District Samaritans.

The Toy Barn has the largest display of climbing frames and trampolines in the south west. Children can play on these between the Easter egg hunts, while the parents enjoy a cup of tea. There is an egg hunt every hour on the hour from 11am.

Buy your advance tickets online at toy-barn.co.uk, pop into the shop at Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, DT9 4JX or call 01935 815040.

24 Mar

The Town Mill, Mill La, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3PU

24/03/2017 To 29/03/2017

10:30 am To 4:30 am

A mixed exhibition of paintings, mostly from the body of work “Delicious Dorset”.

Anyone who has known Dorset all their lives will find it a very hard place to leave. It leaves poetry in your veins. Dorset folk know how to sum up Dorset in few, and singularly simple words. This exhibition is an ode to having Dorset and the Dorset way in my veins, every last, tiny, delicious morsel.

When I first returned to Dorset after years submersed in the barren urban cityscape of London, it was like balm to my worried soul. I spent the next stage of my life deep in the Dorset landscape, translating it into paint, obsessively, clinging onto its life affirming and replenishing rhythm. It made me happy again and whole and reminded me of the freedom of the total abandon of being a child safe in the care of an adult’s guidance. So there will be plenty of the celebratory landscapes painted en-plein-aire decorating this exhibition.

Open every day 10.30 – 4.30 until the 29th of March

05 Apr

The Poundbury Florist, Dorset AONB, 2 Lydgate St, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3SJ

05/04/2017 To 05/04/2017

6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

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Follow this link to book online: https://skill-shop.com/collections/all-lessons/products/spring-bouquet

Hand-tie a bouquet of Spring flowers. Have you ever been given a bunch of flowers and had no idea what to do with them? On this two hour course, Vanessa from The Poundbury Florist will help you select your flowers before showing you how to hand-tie into a professional looking spiral design.

07 Mar

Exeter Road, BH2 5AG

07/03/2017 To 07/03/2017

7:15 pm To 9:45 pm

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http://www.slowdating.com/speed-dating/speed-dating-in-bournemouth.aspx

Speed Dating in Bournemouth for anyone aged 20-39 on Tuesday 7th March 2017

How speed dating in Bournemouth works

When you arrive at the Speed Dating venue in Bournemouth you will be greeted by our friendly professional hosts. They will settle you in by briefly explaining the format of the evening and confirm how many people you will be dating.

 

Speed dating in Bournemouth

You will have four minutes to chat to each date, Four minutes is long enough to see if you click with the person you are talking to and whether you would like to see them again and also short enough if you don’t.

At the end of each date you have a brief few moments to make some notes on the person you have just dated. This is something to help jog your memory for the post event matching process the next day.

 

Speed dating guarantee

You can tick as many as you like. Remember if you don’t find anyone suitable and tick them all as a No, we will offer you a free event as part of our guarantee.

03 Apr

147 Parkwood Road, Bournemouth BH5 2BW

03/04/2017 To 03/04/2017

7:15 pm To 9:45 pm

How speed dating in Bournemouth works

 

A great event to go to is Speed Dating in Bournemouth. How it works is our friendly professional hosts will greet you and they will settle you in by briefly explaining the format of the Speed Dating evening. The Speed Dating in Bournemouth will commence with the speed dating then taking place for the remainder of the evening.

 

How many dates will I get at a Bournemouth Speed Dating event?

 

You will normally get between twelve and fifteen dates depending on the venue location at one of our Speed Dating in Bournemouth events. Occasionally we go up to twenty dates. Any more and you would probably be exhausted.

 

What if I like someone at the Speed Dating in Bournemouth event?

 

If you like someone at the Bournemouth Speed Dating event, simply enter a tick on your Speeding Ticket corresponding to the person you like to indicate you may want to see that person again. The following day you can either sign in to the web site and enter your choices directly, or call the office and one of the team will enter your ticks for you to match you up with others from the Speed Dating in Bournemouth.

25 Feb

BH21 1LT

25/02/2017 To 25/02/2017

7:30 pm To 10:30 pm

: https://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk/event/the-floyd-effect-2017/

Tivoili Theatre, Wimborne Minster.

Having toured since 2007, The Floyd Effect has become rightly renowned for the remarkable accuracy with which it performs the iconic music of Pink Floyd. All of the band’s members are top quality musicians with pedigrees that stretch across all manner of musical genres, and they faithfully recreate the music and intensity of a Pink Floyd concert without recourse to backing tracks, racks of computers, or other technological wizardry. Every note that you hear is played and sung by the band, making each concert a genuine ‘live’ experience, powerful, immersive and emotional. And, of course, the music is supported by a dramatic light show that incorporates the iconic circular screen, two sets of projections, smoke and lasers. Performing their “Toward The Dark Side (And Beyond)” tour in 2017.

23 Apr
recurrences

BH17 7BJ

23/04/2017 To 23/04/2017

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Join Dorset Wildlife Trust and partners for a free family wildlife fun day and celebrate the great English wildlife of the Great Heath on St George’s Day! Activities for all ages, get up close to real wildlife, get your face painted, discover the history and dragons of our heaths, have a go at arts, crafts and more at Upton Country Park, Poole BH17 7BJ. Prize for the best dressed knight, dragon or damsel! For more information, please visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/WildaboutTGH or call 01202 692033 or email nhoar@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

23 Apr

BH17 7BJ

23/04/2017 To 23/04/2017

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Join Dorset Wildlife Trust and partners for a free family wildlife fun day and celebrate the great English wildlife of the Great Heath on St George’s Day! Activities for all ages, get up close to real wildlife, get your face painted, discover the history and dragons of our heaths, have a go at arts, crafts and more at Upton Country Park, Poole BH17 7BJ. Prize for the best dressed knight, dragon or damsel! For more information, please visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/WildaboutTGH or call 01202 692033 or email nhoar@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

19 May

Marine Theatre, Church Street, Lyme Regis

19/05/2017 To 19/05/2017

7:00 pm To 11:00 pm

: For tickets visit http://www.marinetheatre.com/the-zoots-sounds-of-the-60s-friday-19th-may/   or call 01297 442 138

THE ZOOTS are Coming!

And Theyre Bringing the Sounds of the Sixties!

The ZOOTS are impossible not to like” – The Stage

Experience THE Sixties show that’s wowing audiences around the world, selling out and headlining venues from the Palladium to Old Trafford – with the spectacular sounds of THE ZOOTS!

THE ZOOTS are here to make your whole family bop to the ’60s beats that everybody loves – with legendary numbers by The Beatles, The Stones, The Monkees, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Elvis and dozens more of your favourite artists. Feel the groove that’s thrilling audiences of stage and screen, in more than 30 countries! Discover why national critics call THE ZOOTS “impressive”, “authentic”, and “impossible not to like”!

It’s more than a performance – it’s totally ZOOTtastic!

Meet THE ZOOTS!

Jamie is the dishy lead singer – but don’t be fooled by his dreamy looks! Jamie has performed on the same bill as Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers, making him the real deal.

Harriet’s a real cool chick with red hot hair – and energy to match! She taps out neat percussive beats, and sings sweet backing vocals.

Ben doesn’t play guitar – he makes it sing, daddy-o! Ben’s playing is so hip, even your gran will want to Twist and Shout!

Tommy is a maestro with the bassline. He pops, picks and plucks the rhythm that keeps THE ZOOTS so tight and sharp!

Simon plays the drums, and lays the beat behind the hits! Simon makes that drum kit shake, rattle and roll – and how!

 

Critics Dig THE ZOOTS!

The ZOOTS are impossible not to like” The Stage

“What an amazing night!” Stamford Corn Exchange

The ZOOTS are fantastic” The Beacon Theatre

“ The type of band we have always been looking for “ – Eastbourne Bandstand

 

08 Mar

BH14 0LS

08/03/2017 To 08/03/2017

4:00 pm To 8:00 pm

: You can register for our fast-track ticket here

We understand that every student is different, and offer a supportive learning environment where you can be yourself. Come and chat to our students and staff, meet leading employers and take a tour of our new £28M facilities! We offer the widest choice of courses in the area so whether you’re interested in a Full-Time courses, Apprenticeships, Higher Education or courses for adults, we’ll have the course that’s right for you.

25 Feb

Maiden Newton Village Hall, Station Road, DT2 0AE

25/02/2017 To 25/02/2017

10:30 am To 2:00 pm

Maiden Newton Potato Day – pop up gardener’s market and seed fair

Saturday 25th February 2017

10:30am – 2:00pm

Maiden Newton Village Hall, Station Road, DT2 0AE

FREE ADMISSION

4th annual pop up gardener’s market and seed fair with Local arts and craft stalls!

75 varieties of seed potatoes, 600 varieties of heritage

and heirloom vegetable seeds, 7 varieties of onion sets,

6 varieties of shallots, 3 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 the new dwarf Raspberry ‘Ruby

Beauty’. Top Fruit trees including Peaches, Nectarines and Quinces.

 

Grafted Mulberries now available for the first time. Grafted trees will fruit within 2 years unlike seed raised trees when you can wait 10 years.

All welcome, experienced gardeners, allotment veterans, newbies, come and talk to the experts, plenty of advice available. Share tips and talk all things gardening.

Organised by Maiden Newton Allotment Association (MNAA) & Pennard Plants.

For more info ring Charles Le Vay, Chairman MNAA on 01300 320974 or Karen on 07968 199303.

 

12 May

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

12/05/2017 To 12/05/2017

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

: Further details at www.knollgardensfoundation.org

The Knoll Gardens Foundation is a charity set up to promote a sustainable, wildlife friendly gardening style which can create stunning effect whilst requiring little maintenance. This special open day is your chance to find out about the charity and the volunteering opportunities it offers.

06 May

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

06/05/2017 To 06/05/2017

10:00 am To 4:30 pm

: Book online or at the nursery.

Learn traditional basketry techniques to weave a useful and beautiful round willow basket to take home.

28 Apr

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

28/04/2017 To 28/04/2017

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

: No pre-booking required.

RSPB members and volunteers are invited to visit Knoll Gardens free-of-charge to see at first hand how Knoll’s gardening ethos creates a beautiful wildlife friendly environment. Proof of membership or RSPB volunteering status must be shown at the nursery to gain free admission to the garden.

28 Apr

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

28/04/2017 To 28/04/2017

8:00 am To 10:00 am

: Book online at www.knollgardens.co.uk or call the nursery on 01202 873931.  

Join the RSPB for a guided stroll at Knoll before the gardens open to the general public, to listen to an amazing array of birds as they greet the new day with their song. RSPB will then be at Knoll to meet garden visitors for the rest of the day to answer questions and help with ideas to encourage nature into your garden.