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.



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!

10 Feb

The Tank Museum

10/02/2018 To 11/02/2018

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.

Over two days, view a large selection of exhibitors from across the modelling spectrum ranging from boats, planes, motor racing cars and of course militaria and armoured warfare models.

A number of traders and stockists will be situated throughout the Museum.

If you are inspired by the models on display, The Tank Museum’s own volunteer modelling association will be in attendance and will be on hand to give advice in creating your own miniature scale model. Get inspired and discover the hints and tricks behind making your own miniature.

Due to the nature of the event, there will be a limited number of Museum tours and talks taking place throughout the day. Some of the indoor exhibits may also be obstructed from public view.

10 Feb

The Tank Museum

10/02/2018 To 18/02/2018

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

This February Half Term explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history!

South West Model Show February 10-11
Start off your holiday with the biggest model show in the South West. 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.

Tonnes of Fun for Families!

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!

 

Tours and Craft Activities

Climb inside a Modern Battle tank and be wowed with talks and tours. Find out more about life in the trenches and get hands on with craft activities.

01 Dec

Cranborne Village hall BH21 5QB

01/12/2017 To 01/12/2017

6:00 pm To 9:00 pm

: If you are interested in having a stall at this event please  email.

Friday 1st December 2017 6pm – 9pm.
Cranborne Village Hall
All your Christmas shopping needs all under one roof. Support your very talented local businessmen in our lovely warm dry hall.

if you want something different….hand made silver jewellery, bags, fudge, cakes, tweeds, decorations, beauty products, cushions, aprons, butterfly brooches, collectables, notice boards, ornaments, sweets, sensed candles, flower decorations, nursery items, a huge variety of beautiful hand crafted gifts, the list goes on….

25 Nov

Methodist church The Close blandford

25/11/2017 To 25/11/2017

11:00 am To 4:00 pm

come and visit Father Christmas, have a hotdog or burger , or even grab a bargain for Christmas from our many stalls on Saturday 25th November 11 am – 4pm

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10 Feb
recurrences

Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, Dorset BH21 3AP

10/02/2018 To 11/02/2018

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Bournemouth Model Railway Exhibition 2017   –  10th & 11th February 2018

The Hamworthy Club Magna Road, BH21 3AP – PLEASE NOTE that this is between Bournemouth and Wimborne NOT Hamworthy Poole!

What we guarantee….
Layouts in most, if not all, popular gauges with modelling covering all eras, European and American scenarios with steam and Diesel Locomotives.
Mature and layouts in progress on display.
Extensive trade support from across the UK: scenics; vehicles; electronics; track; rolling stock; tools, etc.

Open:  Saturday 10:00 – 17:00  &  Sunday 10:00 – 16:00

Adults £5.00  –  Kids go FREE (under 15)

AT LEAST £1.00 from each entry to “Cash 4 Kids” Charity

05 Dec

Christchurch Priory, Quay Road, Christchurch, BH23 1BU

05/12/2017 To 05/12/2017

7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

: We cannot reserve seats for this event, seating will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Join us for our annual event at the stunning Christchurch Priory for a warming and joyful Christmas Carol Service.

With Christmas carols, festive readings and returning performances from Sophia Grech, The Funky Little Choir and our Portfield School and Lifeskills students, we’re sure you will leave with huge amounts of Christmas Cheer.

After the service there will be refreshments such as mince pies and mulled wine for all for just a small donation to Autism Wessex.

Entry to the service is completely free but donations are welcome!

Our staff, students, service users and supporters look forward to seeing you there!

Kindly sponsored by Williams Thompson Solicitors LLP and Abbey Life and all funds will be match funded by Basepoint Business Centre in Bournemouth.

06 Jan

Somerley House, Ringwood, BH24 3PL

06/01/2018 To 06/01/2018

11:00 am To 1:00 pm

: Register online at: http://autismwessex.org.uk/events/somerley-winter-run-10km-fun-run

Be part of Autism Wessex’ first challenge event for our 50th Anniversary!
Choose from the chip timed 10km route, or 2km fun run suitable for all the family.
The 10km run will start at 11.00am and the fun run will follow at 11.20am. On-the-day registrations will close at 9.30am.
Be sure to arrive early to collect your race number and take advantage of our David Lloyd warm up!
All finishers will receive a medal and a goody bag on the day, plus an online personalised certificate.
To register for the run, the fees applied are:
• 10km early bird entry, £18 (£22 from 1st December)
• 2km Fun Run early bird entry,  £7 (£9 from 1st December)

To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we’re inviting all challengers to join our TEAM 50 – to be part of our biggest challenger team to date. To be part of TEAM 50 we’re asking you to pledge to raise £50 for the charity, by doing so, you will be supporting local individuals and families affected by autism – thank you!

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.

02 Dec

Fernhill Hotel, Charmouth nr Lyme Regis

02/12/2017 To 02/12/2017

1:00 pm To 4:30 pm

A festive day out for all the family. Live Christmas music, diverse craft stalls for unique gifts and stocking fillers, CLIC Sargent charity raffle, kids’ activities (including face painting & biscuit decorating) mulled wine, festive nibbles and more…

02 Dec

The Tank Museum,

02/12/2017 To 03/12/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Stepping back in time, Vintage Christmas brings fantastic entertainment, an incredible festive market and historical education in a unique setting.

Not only will you be entertained throughout, you can shop till you drop in our extensive vintage market for all those unique Christmas gifts that you won’t find anywhere on the high street.

Find out more http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53881