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 Oct

Bournemouth, various locations

14/10/2017 To 21/10/2017

10:00 am To 10:00 pm


Just turn up!

The festival is a rich mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, theatre, performance, visual arts, spoken word, literature and music.

Bringing intriguing, spectacular and (sometimes) down-right curious arts experiences to our seaside town. With over 50 events – a spirited mix of dance, film, music, visual art, literature, theatre, comedy and more. Utilising some of Bournemouth’s best places and spaces from the traditional to the unexpected. Our Arts by the Sea Festival extends Bournemouth’s popular summer season into an ‘Indian summer’ of arts.

07 Oct

Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 5AA

07/10/2017 To 08/10/2017

8:00 am To 5:00 pm

The Bournemouth Marathon is ‘running as it should be.’ Beautiful coastal views, a chance to run the Boscombe and Bournemouth piers and a spectacular finish.

The Bournemouth Marathon starts in Kings Park before making it’s way down onto the seafront. You continue to take in the beautiful coastal views as you hit mile 9 on the coastal marathon route.

Standing mid way between Poole Harbour and Hurst Spit, Hengistbury Head forms the main division between Poole and Christchurch bays. You then turn west and at mile 14 you can see the famous Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum which is situated on Bournemouth’s stunning cliff-top, over looking the sea. You then continue to run along the seafront, taking in the breathtaking Boscombe Pier, at mile 12 & 16. As you hit the iconic Bournemouth Pier for the second time, you know you’re on the home stretch.

The Pier was first constructed in 1856. The Pier has undergone numerous transformations over the years, with the addition of the Bournemouth Pier Theatre in 1959. As you continue your run west towards Lower Gardens at mile 18, you then head towards Poole’s Natural Harbour which is the largest in Europe before taking in the last few miles along the stunning sea front and finishing in Lower Gardens.

09 Sep

Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Dorset BH2 5BH

09/09/2017 To 10/09/2017

8:00 am To 8:00 pm


To buy tickets, go to: www.fitlivinguk.com.

Fit Living UK is a new national fitness lifestyle show hitting the beautiful sandy beaches of Bournemouth (west of the pier) and the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Bournemouth on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017.

This is fitness at its absolute best with over 50 classes to try, first class speakers and the latest fitness trends. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a hardcore CrossFitter or looking to be a bit more active.

Greet the weekend with sunrise yoga, have a go at boxing, join in Les Mills classes, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), live Zumba, tough functional fitness, wind down with sunset yoga or pilates, take your family and go trampolining with your toddler, enjoy mini football and gymnastics.

Or get educated in the nutritional village, get the best apparel deals in the shopping village, discover the latest fitness tech, learn new recipes in the demo kitchen or try some healthy street food – all by the beach.

The show will demystify fitness and appeal to anyone looking to try out the latest fitness innovations including families wanting to keep fit together and anyone hoping to just improve their health.

Visitors can expect a wide of range of activities across the weekend with a yoga and tough fitness tent directly on the beach and a blogger stage where you can hear from your favourite fitness bloggers, nutritional chefs, sporting celebrities and fitness professionals.

See you by the beach on 9th and 10th September!

11 Sep

Bournemouth Pier, Pier Approach, Dorset BH2 5AA

11/09/2017 To 11/09/2017

6:30 am To 5:00 pm


To enter, please go to: info@offbeat-events.co.uk

It’s that time of year again, time to push yourself to the limit with our annual Triathlon.

Both sprint and standard distance swims start on the award winning blue flag beach before heading out of Bournemouth on a fast bike course towards the market town of Ringwood on the edge of The New Forest.

The PB smashing run course is along the seafront promenade towards Boscombe Pier with amazing views of The Isle of Wight on the way out and of The Purbecks on the way back.

Sprint Distance
• Sea Swim = 750m
• Bike = 20.2 kms
• Run = 5 kms

Standard Distance
• Sea Swim = 1500m
• Bike = 38.6 kms
• Run = 10 km

All events are Chip Timed
New for 2017! Custom Medal and Tech T-Shirt

PB busting flat run course with panoramic views of the Isle of Wight and The Purbecks

Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male\female and winners male\female of each age group
Race packs are collected at registration, nothing will be posted prior to the event.

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!


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


05 Oct

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

05/10/2017 To 05/10/2017

2:00 pm To 4:30 pm

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

All you need to know about grasses and how to use them in a garden setting covering everything from maintenance to designing with grasses.

22 Sep

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

22/09/2017 To 22/09/2017

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.

14 Sep

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

14/09/2017 To 14/09/2017

2:00 pm To 4:30 pm

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

All you need to know about grasses and how to use them in a garden setting covering everything from maintenance to designing with grasses.

19 Aug

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

19/08/2017 To 19/08/2017

10:30 am To 12:00 pm

: To book, call Kate on 07969 882439 or email kscott703@btinternet.com.

A great way for children (6 – 12), to get outdoors, connect with nature and learn about the amazing herbs growing around them in a fun and creative way. Includes garden trail, herbal art and making simple and safe lotions and potions to take home!

11 Aug

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

11/08/2017 To 11/08/2017

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.

08 Aug

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

08/08/2017 To 08/08/2017

10:00 am To 3:00 pm

: No pre-booking required.

Join wildlife volunteers and experts in the garden to discover more about the wildlife of Knoll. Suitable for all ages, beginners and experts alike, everyone is welcome to come along, get involved and find out more about your garden wildlife.

29 Jul

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

29/07/2017 To 29/07/2017

11:00 am To 12:30 pm

: pre-booking essential. To book phone Knoll Gardens on 01202 873931.

Locate and identify Knoll’s many butterflies with the expert help of Keith Powrie who has been recording butterfly sightings at Knoll for many years.

15 Jul

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

15/07/2017 To 15/07/2017

10:30 am To 1:00 pm

: Book on 07969 882439 or email kscott703@btinternet.com.

A gentle walk revealing the secrets of Knoll Gardens’ natural medicine chest followed by a workshop on herbs you can use to treat common ailments. Harvest and prepare your own herbal medicines and take home some samples.

22 Jun

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

22/06/2017 To 22/06/2017

10:30 am To 12:00 pm

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

Join Neil Lucas as he takes a walk around his garden at Knoll explaining his ethos and some of the concepts and techniques that have gone into the creation of this naturalistic wildlife friendly garden, then take home some practical pointers to help you bring his ‘wow factor’ to your own garden.

17 Jun

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

17/06/2017 To 17/06/2017

10:30 am To 1:00 pm

: Book on 07969 882439 or email kscott703@btinternet.com.

Discover the plant wisdom behind many traditional old wives’ tales on a gentle garden walk before enjoying a workshop making herbal medicines to treat common ailments and take home some samples.