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.



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

FREE ADMISSION

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.

24 Jan

The Com Exchange, High East St, Dorchester, Dorset

24/01/2018 To 24/01/2018

8:00 pm To 12:00 am

:

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/wed-24-jan-%E2%80%A2-sultans-of-string/

January 24, 2018

8:00pm

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

:

https://www.thecollege.co.uk/fresh-start

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.
http://bit.ly/2AHC4cg

21 Dec

BH20 5EZ

21/12/2017 To 21/12/2017

7:15 am To 9:00 am

© National Trust Images/David Sellman.
Watch the sunrise across the Purbeck landscape on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins, followed by a hot breakfast bap and drink in our Tea-Rooms. Tickets £10, booking essential.
http://bit.ly/2yCjwJ5

09 Dec

BH20 5EZ

09/12/2017 To 30/12/2017

4:00 pm To 7:00 pm

© National Trust Images/Martin Franks.

See the past in a magical light this Christmas at Corfe Castle. Take in the festive atmosphere with our beacons, brazier, lanterns and contemporary lighting as you explore the castle grounds.

Winter Lights from dusk until 7pm on: Sat 9, Fri 15, Sat 16, Mon 18 – Wed 20, Fri 22, Sat 23, Wed 27 – Sat 30 December.

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
http://bit.ly/2AGcbcO

09 Dec

BH20 5EZ

09/12/2017 To 31/12/2017

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

© National Trust Images/Jon Bish.

Join our Lord of Misrule on a journey through the romantic ruins. Find out about the rich history of Tudor traditions and maybe participate in a play or a game or two. During the reign of Elizabeth I, Christmas was a mixed affair with traditions travelling back to the middle ages. In Tudor times the rich and poor might find themselves at the same festivities. A time when a commoner might rule for a day and a lord wait upon them. 10am – 4pm on Sun 10 – Thur 14, Sun 17, Thu 21, Sun 31 December. The castle will be open until 7pm for Winter Lights on Sat 9, Fri 15, Sat 16, Mon 18 – Wed 20, Fri 22 – Sat 23 & Wed 27 – Sat 30 December.
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
http://bit.ly/2z4m72M

13 Dec

Corfe Castle Village Hall

13/12/2017 To 13/12/2017

1:00 pm To 4:00 pm

: Just turn up on the day and enjoy

On Wednesday 13th December, please join us at Corfe Castle Village Hall for an afternoon of Christmas fun.