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.

31 Oct

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

31/10/2017 To 31/10/2017

6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

: Must confirm attendance either on event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LVLanguages/ or by email at enquiries@lvlanguages.com

FREE Spanish taster class (30 spaces available).

Complete beginners welcome.

Fun, interactive introduction to Spanish with the chance after the class to sign up for a 5 week ‘Holiday Spanish’ course. The course total is £90 with an early bird price of £80 if you pay on the day. More details will be given at the end of the taster session

14 Nov

BH14 0LS

14/11/2017 To 14/11/2017

4:00 pm To 8:00 pm

: Register online at: thecollege.co.uk/open

Come along to our November Open Event; be inspired and discover your future at BPC! Chat to our students and staff, meet leading employers and take a tour of our outstanding facilities! With Full-Time , Part-Time or Degree Level Courses and Apprenticeships, we’ll turn your passion into a career.


The event runs across our Bournemouth & Poole sites, please see the website for which subjects are at each location.

28 Oct

dt9 4jx

28/10/2017 To 28/10/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Join us on Saturday 28th October for our first ever Creepy Halloween Fun sessions. The Reptile Ranch will be demonstrating some of their snakes, iguanas, lizards and other creepy crawlies. The children will also be able to handle some of the animals if they want!

The ticket includes a pumpkin sourced from Sherborne Market Fruit and Veg and a free carving kit. We look forward to seeing who can carve the spookiest pumpkin!

There will also be face painting and garland making and children can come in fancy dress is they want.

Families will also be able to enjoy play time on our climbing frames, swings, trampolines and wendy houses.

There will be tea and coffee on sale for the grown ups.

There are three sessions planned 10am to 12pm, 12.30 to 2.30pm and 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Places are limited so book online today! Please specify which session your child will take part in when booking your tickets. Please arrive 15-20 minutes before the session begins.

Recommended Age is 4 years +.


16 Oct

Bournemouth Library, 22 The Triangle, Bournemouth. BH2 5RQ

16/10/2017 To 28/10/2017

10:30 am To 4:30 pm

Bournemouth Electric Camera Club Members Exhibition.

@ Bournemouth Library 16th – 28th October 2017  10.30 – 16.30

Closed Sunday 22nd.   Donation Box for Macmillan Caring Locally.

Please come along and see our work and help support

Macmillan Caring Locally.

07 Oct

BH22 0JG

07/10/2017 To 07/10/2017

12:00 pm To 4:00 pm

Come and join us for a fabulous family day out on the 7th October from 12pm-4pm!

Yes it’s our 2nd Birthday and we have lots happening from Apple picking & Pressing, Free Tractor Rides, Visit Farm Animals, Arts & Crafts, Music, Street Food and much much more!!

Entry is FREE!!


27 Sep

North Road, Poole, BH14 0LS

27/09/2017 To 27/09/2017

4:00 pm To 8:00 pm

: Please go to www.thecollege.co.uk/open or call 01202 205205 for more details.

Come and take a tour of our £28M facilities and chat to our students and staff. We offer the widest choice of courses in the area so whether you’re interested in a Full-Time, Part-Time, Apprenticeship or Degree Level course we’ll find one that’s right for you.

Our Open Event runs across both our college sites in North Road, Poole and Meyrick Road, Bournemouth.

Please go to www.thecollege.co.uk/open or call 01202 205205 for more details.

26 Aug

poole park

26/08/2017 To 26/08/2017

12:00 pm To 6:00 pm

The Dorset Indian Mela runs from 12:00 to 18:00 and promises fun for all the family in a celebration of Indian culture, cuisine and heritage. Offering the opportunity to travel the diverse tastes of India from a wide selection of food stalls, it will also feature Food stalls, henna painting, entertainment in the form of dancing and live music and a bouncy castle for the kids.

15 Aug

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

15/08/2017 To 15/08/2017

11:00 am To 2:00 pm

Teddy Bears’ Picnic at The Toy Barn, Sherborne
Tuesday 15th August 2017

Join us with your child and their favourite teddy for a fun Teddy Bears’ Picnic in our play orchard on Tuesday 15 August. Bring your own picnic and a blanket, and enjoy play time on our climbing frames, swings, trampolines & wendy houses. Ecco-Gelato will be serving up some delicious ice-creams from their amazing bike! There will also be Face Painting and Flower Garland making.

Teddies should come in fancy dress, and the owner of the best dressed teddy will win a unique prize.

Tickets cost £5 per child (adult entry is free), which includes a Toy Barn gift voucher.

Places are limited so book online today!

Please note: tickets booked online can be collected from the shop in advance or on the day.

12 Aug

The New Inn, Shipton Gorge, Dorset DT6 4LT

12/08/2017 To 12/08/2017

7:00 pm To 10:00 pm

Come and join us for our first outdoor music event at The New Inn Shipton Gorge.

Renowned Weymouth band, Replay will be putting on their first class act from 7pm, playing three sets under a marquee in the car park, right next to our cosy beer garden.

A BBQ will be available all evening.

21 Nov

The Toy Barn Blackmarsh Farm Dodd\\\'s Cross Sherborne DT9 4JX UK

21/11/2017 To 10/09/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Maize Maze at The Toy Barn this summer


The Toy Barn in Sherborne will be running its first ever maize maze this summer. The maze will be open every day between 10am to 5pm (last entry into the maze at 3.30pm)  from Tuesday 18th July 2017 until September.


Peter Hunt, owner of The Toy Barn, says: “Our maize maze is a great day out for all the family. Intrepid explorers must find their way to the castle in the centre through acres of corn, or face retracing their steps to find the correct route.”


Refreshments are available and children can play on The Toy Barn’s go-karts, climbing frames, trampolines and swings after exploring the maze.


Tickets are only available directly from the shop and cost £6 per person (under 3s free) or £20 per group (up to four people). Find out more at toy-barn.co.uk, pop into the shop at Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, DT9 4JX or call 01935 815040.

22 Jul

Oceanarium Pier Approach West Beach Bournemouth BH2 5AA

22/07/2017 To 03/09/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Whatever the weather, visit the Oceanarium this Summer and take advantage of our fantastic special offer!


Amazing savings of up to 30% off tickets are available when you book online and visit between Saturday 22nd July and Sunday 3rd September 2017.


Home to thousands of enchanting creatures, Bournemouth Oceanarium immerses you in a fun and engaging underwater adventure. Explore the waters of the world and share a laugh at our playful otter family, seek out our loggerhead turtles in the Great Barrier Reef and catch a glimpse of our cunning croc. Don’t forget to look out for our menacing piranhas, mesmerizing jellyfish, colourful clownfish and of course our unforgettable, incredibly cute colony of Humboldt penguins!


Tickets allow unlimited same day entry so take advantage and watch the waters come alive with regular talks and feeds! Plus, take part in additional summer activities including daily craft sessions where you can enjoy activities such as puzzles, badge making and a variety of fun and interactive games. Join the ‘meet the creature’ sessions where you can get up close and personal with creatures such as a royal python, our very own tarantula, giant millipedes, a Halloween crab and leopard geckos*.


To complement your marine adventure, grab a bite to eat in the Offshore Café or Bay View Terrace and visit The Cove Shop, where you can purchase unique gifts and souvenirs.


The Oceanarium is open daily from 10am, situated next to Bournemouth Pier.


Visit www.oceanarium.co.uk to purchase discounted tickets and for additional information regarding activities.


*creatures may subject to change and vary throughout the week.


Oceanarium opening hours:

Open daily from 10am. Last admission is at 5pm, closing time at 6pm



Oceanarium, Pier Approach, West Beach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA.

07 Oct

The Tank Museum,

07/10/2017 To 07/10/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

The Tank Museum will be inviting exhibitors from across the UK to exhibit their models throughout the Museum. Miniature, Remote Control and Scale models will all be in attendance.

Find out more http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53876

21 Oct

The Tank Museum,

21/10/2017 To 29/10/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on 23rd of October. Realistic explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action.

Find out more http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53753

16 Sep

The Tank Museum,

16/09/2017 To 16/09/2017

9:00 am To 6:00 pm

Your last chance in 2017 to see Tiger 131 make an appearance in the arena. As the only running Tiger I tank in the world you really can’t afford to miss it! Advance tickets only.

NEW FOR 2017 – Silver package and dine with Tiger 131!

Find out more http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53768

21 Nov

Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa

21/11/2017 To 23/07/2017

7:30 pm To 11:00 pm

: Book tickets here http://popuppicture.seetickets.com/venue/chewton-glen/13393

This unique food and film experience is set in the stunning location of Chewton Glen.

After a completely sold-out run at Cliveden House, the Sunset Cinema will ‘pop-up’ at Chewton Glen from 9th – 23rd July and a different classic film will be screened each evening, with the location providing an idyllic backdrop for a unique, al fresco summer evening of fun, food and film.

Whilst you watch your favourite flick, you will be served a two-course meal curated by Rick Stein himself; experience diverse tasty menus featuring lamb, a vegetarian option and plenty of Rick’s signature seafood dishes including sashimi of scallop, salmon and tuna to start and madras fish curry of sea bass with tomato and tamarind for main. Served during the interval will be Tom Kerridge’s famous Hand & Flowers ice cream.

Films to be screened include Grease, Gladiator, La La Land and Top Gun. Tickets cost £65 per person and include everything listed above as well as a welcome drink on arrival. Tickets are selling fast so click here to book your seats today.