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

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.

 

11 Feb

The Boot Inn, High West Street, Weymouth, Dorset

11/02/2017 To 11/02/2017

8:00 pm To 11:00 pm

Vinyl Revival!!

When: Saturday 11th Feb
Time: 8PM
Where: The Boot Inn, Highwest Street, Weymouth

Don’t miss out on a fantastic night at The Boot this Saturday!!!
With some amazing classics for the 50’s / 60’s/ 70’s and you can even request for some of your favourites!!

11 Mar

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7ND

11/03/2017 To 11/03/2017

10:30 am To 12:00 pm

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

Led by Knoll’s owner, a world authority on grasses, this mini-masterclass will ensure your own grasses are ready to produce the ‘wow factor’ this summer.

 

22 Apr

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 7ND

22/04/2017 To 22/04/2017

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

Meet expert growers and buy top-quality, locally grown camellias, blueberries, azaleas, ferns and perennials alongside Knoll’s own multiple award-winning grasses including some not available online. Local wildlife organisations, plant societies and willow weaver will also be in the garden.

 

25 Mar

The Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS

25/03/2017 To 25/03/2017

11:00 am To 3:00 pm

The flower show and plant fair are run by the Dorset local group of the Alpine Garden Society showcasing the plant-growing talents of the members, who will be pleased to talk with you about their hobby.  Plants of all kinds, not just alpines, will be for sale, produced by group members and by two nurseries: Parham Bungalow Plants from Devizes and Tale Valley Nursery from Collompton.  There will also be a photographic display showing plants in their natural surroundings and a demonstration of making and planting up a hyper-tufa trough.  There will be a tombola, and refreshments will be available at the Allendale Centre.

Admission £1.00, children and AGS members free

09 Apr

Nothe Fort, Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UF

09/04/2017 To 09/04/2017

10:30 am To 4:30 pm

A repeat of last year’s popular family event at the NOTHE FORT WEYMOUTH. This promises to be a wonderful family day of pirates, red Indians, fairies and mermaids. Many crafts for children to make, face painting, treasure hunt, bouncy castle, pirate games and much more. There will be prizes for the best dressed Peter Pan character and lots of opportunity to join in the various activities on offer. The Fort Artillery will be firing their cannons and leading the battle against the pirates. We would like all you budding apprentice pirates to join in, Don’t forget to bring your cutlass or make your own sword on the day.

The FORT VIEW cafe will be open throughout the day.

Disabled access to those with restricted mobility is available to most of the fort.

DOGS are welcome providing they are kept on a lead and supervised at all times.

PARKING – Council operated car parks in the Nothe Gardens – within walking distance.

Prices for admission Adults £9, OAPs/Students £8, Family ticket 2 adults and two children £21, Children between the ages of 5 and fifteen inclusive £3. Children under the age of 5 FREE. This is a Special Event so annual passes are not accepted.