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.



21 Apr

Poole Park, Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2SF

21/04/2018 To 21/04/2018

7:00 pm To 11:00 pm

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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.

08 Jun

Poole Quay Boat Haven

08/06/2018 To 10/06/2018

10:00 am To 6:00 pm

: The Poole Harbour Boat Show is free to attend, just turn up on the day!

The Poole Harbour Boat Show is set to return for its fourth year in 2018. Taking place at the award-winning Poole Quay Boat Haven, the show will run from Friday June 8 until Sunday June 10.

Event organisers Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) will welcome over 200 exhibitors across the quayside and marina; a showcase for sail and motorboats of all sizes, RIBs, chandlery products, clothing and watersports activities.

Jim Stewart, PHC chief executive, said: “We’re excited to once again host this marvellous show in the harbour. Poole has such a rich maritime history and it’s a wonderful way to celebrate all that it has to offer.

“We’ve got something for everyone; including taster sessions, rescue demonstrations, vessels of all sizes, and not forgetting the Friday night fireworks display to open the show.”

The show continues to be the biggest ever free boat show on the south coast, providing an opportunity for those who may not have been on the water before to get a feel of what’s on offer.

29 Jun

The Tank Museum

29/06/2018 To 01/07/2018

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

This Summer Holiday explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history…

See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Tuesday 24 July. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action.

Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available every day, 11.30am – 4.30pm, during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.

Take part in a range of family activities. Kids can also let off steam in our outdoor play area and in our new inside soft play area, adjacent to our Café. Plus free family trails to keep them absorbed with teasers and puzzles!

29 Jun

The Tank Museum

29/06/2018 To 01/07/2018

9:00 am To 6:00 pm

The world’s biggest display of historic moving armour.

Join us for the world’s biggest and best live display of historic armour, living history, and much more at the Home of the Tank – The Tank Museum, Bovington.  

26 May

The Tank Museum

26/05/2018 To 03/06/2018

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

This May Half Term explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history…

Start your May Half Term with a bang with the Sci-Fi invasion on the 26-27 May. Meet your favourite sci-fi characters and enjoy themed talks and tours in The Tank Museum’s second annual sci-fi invasion. Find out more here http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53878

See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Monday 28 May. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action.

Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available every day, 11.30am – 4.30pm, during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.

28 Apr

The Tank Museum

28/04/2018 To 28/04/2018

9:00 am To 6:00 pm

In 2018 Tiger 131 will only make two appearances in our arena. As the only running Tiger I tank in the world you really can’t afford to miss it!

 

While you’re not watching Tiger 131, its contemporaries and more in the arena display, you can explore the Tiger Exhibition, peruse traders and exhibitors around the site, or take a tracked vehicle ride yourself.

30 Mar

The Tank Museum

30/03/2018 To 15/04/2018

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

This Easter Holiday explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history…

See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Friday 30 March. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action.

Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available every day, 11.30am – 4.30pm, during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.

Take part in a range of family activities. Kids can also let off steam in our outdoor play area and in our new inside soft play area, adjacent to our Café. Plus free family trails to keep them absorbed with teasers and puzzles!

13 May
recurrences

Organford Lane, BH16 6ES

13/05/2018 To 13/05/2018

11:00 am To 3:30 pm

The Dorset Wedding Festival

Sunday 13th May 2018

11am – 3:30pm

The Wedding Party Barn, Organford Lane, BH16 6ES

www.dorsetweddingfestival.co.uk

South Coast Events is proud to host The Dorset Wedding Festival, a large-scale outdoor wedding fair with live music, a food court and lots of fun and games for all ages. Think of it like the biggest wedding fair you’ll go to in Dorset, add live music, chill out areas, food vans, shopping and loads of wedding ideas – THAT’s a wedding festival.

This is a must for anyone planning their wedding and the one event where the men will have something to do. As well as the usual wedding exhibition, there will be live music from bands and singers you can hire for your big day and an area where you can purchase snacks or lunch.