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.

10 Jun

St. Andrew\'s Church, Milborne St. Andrew, DT11 0JR

10/06/2018 To 10/06/2018

3:00 pm To 4:00 pm

Canzonetta is coming to St. Andrew’s Church, Milborne St. Andrew, on Sunday 10th June 2018 at 3pm to give an hour of song ‘Music for a summer afternoon’. Music from five centuries: madrigals, sacred pieces, folk tunes and songs from the twentieth century, all in three and four part harmony. Free admission. Retiring collection for the church. Tea and cake afterwards!

14 Jun

bh14 0ls

14/06/2018 To 14/06/2018

4:00 pm To 8:00 pm

: https://www.thecollege.co.uk/about-us/experience-college/open-events

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16 Jun

BH12 5BB

16/06/2018 To 20/06/2018

9:00 am To 9:00 pm

Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning is back for 2018! With over 90 FREE events and activities that bring life to learning, there really is something for everyone.


This year’s Festival will run from Saturday 16 – Wednesday 20 June with a jam-packed programme of opportunities to find out about BU’s exciting research and expertise, and have fun learning something new.


This year’s guest speaker is the fantastic author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts who will be giving two talks at our Festival family day about the species that shaped our world.


Science showman Ian B. Dunne will close the Festival with two performances of his Magic Science…Science Magic show that are sure to leave the whole family in stitches.


Visit the Festival of Learning website to book your free tickets now.


06 May

Kimmeridge, BH20 5PG

06/05/2018 To 06/05/2018

12:00 pm To 5:00 pm

Join us next Sunday for our Smedmore House Open Day from 2pm-5pm

We are looking forward to entertaining visitors with lots of wonderful delights from Purbeck Ice Cream and The Wareham Town Band to House Tours with Mr Mansel and traditional games!

All this and more, local traders, vintage cars, a doggy lucky dip, book stall, teddy tombola and plenty of cake for all!

Tickets are £5 (under 16’s go free) and £3 for house tours.

19 May

Queen Elizabeth's School, Blandford Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4DT

19/05/2018 To 19/05/2018

9:00 am To 3:30 pm

A must-see event for anybody interested in the diversity of small plants, this competitive show is full of surprises. It is run by the Alpine Garden Society, show-casing mountain plants, small herbaceous plants, dwarf shrubs and bulbs. The plant fair will be attended by specialist alpine and non-alpine nurseries bringing plants suitable for most sites: Aberconwy Nursery (Colwyn Bay, Clwyd), Copton Ash (Faversham, Kent), Hartside Nursery (Alston, Cumbria), Kevin Hughes Plants (Middle Woodford, Wilts), Leesa’s Alpines (Birdham, Chichester), Marina Plants (Lymington, Hants), Parham Bungalow Plants (Market Lavington, Devizes), Potterton’s Nursery (Nettleton, Lincs), Tale Valley Nursery (Cullompton, Devon), The Mead Nursery (Brokerswood, Wilts), Thuya Alpine Nursery (Hartpury, Glos). They will be happy to take orders in advance and bring plants for you as well as giving cultivation advice. There is a Plant Forum to give you ideas, photographic display and opportunity for plant photography.  Come early for the plant sales and enjoy our home-baked cakes, hot and cold drinks and light lunches.  Admission £3.00, AGS members and children free.  Free parking.

05 May

allendale centre, hanham road, wimborne, BH21 1AS

05/05/2018 To 05/05/2018

10:00 am To 4:00 pm


Dorset Team Spring Fair

Saturday 5th May 2018

10am – 4pm

Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne BH21 1AS

Entry to the fair is FREE


The Dorset Team, a group of local makers and sellers, will be heading to the Allendale Centre in Wimborne on Saturday 5th May for their Spring Fair.

The fair will feature 60 stalls by local design-makers, vintage sellers and craft suppliers. There will be something for everyone and every budget. This is a fantastic way to buy some unique products and gifts whilst supporting local independent artists, artisans and sellers.

For more information and to see sneak previews from our stallholders, please see our Facebook event page: http://facebook.com/events/282450382285845/

21 Jul

BH15 4DH

21/07/2018 To 22/07/2018

12:00 pm To 8:00 pm


Tickets will be available on the website shortly

Sorted in Dorset, an initiative set up by the team behind the fantastic Party in the Park, is bringing together once again the local communities in a bid to embrace both Bournemouth and Poole, and the intention to take this event further into the hinterland of Dorset with their latest twist on family enjoyment, showcasing the huge range of talent we have here on our doorstep be it deepest darkest Dorset or embracing our phenomenal coast line.

Join us for the first event in Hamworthy Park on 21st & ‪22nd July, where you will be able to enjoy the tastes of locally produced food and drink whilst listening to talented resident musicians. With plenty to keep the whole family entertained, including children’s activities, we’ve got you sorted for something to kick start the summer!

The festivities continue during the August bank holiday weekend, where Shelley Park will be transformed into a hub of local culture. Taking place ‪on Sunday 26th & ‪Monday 27th August, this will be the perfect way to round off the summer break!

These two brilliant events will be helping raise funds for local causes including Friends of Hamworthy Park and Dorset’s Children’s Foundation.

Tickets will be available to purchase direct from the website shortly, so keep an eye on social media for updates!

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



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