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

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

10/06/2017 To 10/06/2017

10:00 am To 3:00 pm

: Book online or at the nursery.

Enjoy a day creating decorative items from willow, including flowers, snails, fish and bird feeders to take home.

09 Jun

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

09/06/2017 To 09/06/2017

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

: No pre-booking required.

Meet up with representatives of Dorset’s largest conservation charity on this special day and discover how Knoll’s naturalistic gardening ethos continues to create a garden that welcomes wildlife as well as providing year-round beauty.

02 Jun

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

02/06/2017 To 02/06/2017

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

: Please bring proof of your volunteering status to gain free admission.

FREE garden admission to anyone showing proof of volunteering status in any capacity in celebration of National Volunteers Week. Meet up with our own volunteers in the morning or simply relax as you enjoy a stroll around our naturalistic garden.

12 May

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

12/05/2017 To 12/05/2017

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.

06 May

Knoll Gardens, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

06/05/2017 To 06/05/2017

10:00 am To 4:30 pm

: Book online or at the nursery.

Learn traditional basketry techniques to weave a useful and beautiful round willow basket to take home.

24 Jun

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG

24/06/2017 To 25/06/2017

9:00 am To 6:00 pm

TANKFEST: bringing the story of tanks, tank crew and soldiers to life. 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.


Adult £23

Child £14.50

2 Adults 2 Children £63

1 Adult 3 Children £56


Premium Tickets



Get exclusive access to vehicles on 23 June on Tankfest Preview Day – New for 2017!


TANKFEST is an advance ticket only event, there will not be any tickets for sale on the day.


For more information and tickets, click here http://www.tankmuseum.org/whats-on/events/bovevt53277

01 Jul

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

01/07/2017 To 02/07/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

The annual War Gamers event returns to The Tank Museum, as hobbyists take over the Museum for the weekend.

War gaming clubs from across the country will be exhibiting different strategy games for visitors to view and join in. Specialist traders will also be dispersed around the Museum allowing gamers to add to their collections… and for novices to start their own!

This is a must see event for anyone; especially those with an interest in war gaming and the associated hobbies of diorama building, modelling and play table making.

Call 01929 462359 for more information.

Please note: Access to some exhibits may be obstructed during the course of this weekend event.

Annual Passes ARE valid for this event.

22 Jul

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

22/07/2017 To 03/09/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

NEW Exhibition – TIGER COLLECTION: The Tanks, The Terror, and The Truth!
Tanks in Action Displays – Every Weekday
See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Thursday 21 July. Realistic explosions, life like explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action–packed demonstration of Tanks in Action.

Vehicle Rides – Every Day
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 during the holidays, a £3.50pp charge applies.

Family Activities
Take part in a range of family activities.

Tonnes of Fun for Families!
Kids can 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 May

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

29/05/2017 To 29/05/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

Dorset’s Finest Ride In Event!

For the second time The Tank Museum is hosting the Wheels of Steel ride in event, to end off the season. This fundraising ride in provides a great social atmosphere with proceeds going to The Tank Museum and other local charities.

Tigers Children Motorcycle Display Team
We will also be having a childrens motorcycle display team at the Museum producing exciting displays for you to watch and enjoy! The performance will last approximately 45 minutes. Please click here to find out more about the display team.

Trade Stands, Exhibitors and Classic Bikes
Catering Facilities
Tanks in Action Display
Close to Dorset’s stunning 95 mile stretch of Jurassic Coastline
Live Entertainment

Our last Tanks in Action Display of the summer holidays will take place in our Kuwait Arena with life like explosions, thundering engines and expert commentary. Not to be missed!

07 Oct

The Tank Museum, Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

07/10/2017 To 07/10/2017

10:00 am To 5:00 pm

The Tank Museum will be inviting exhibitors from across the country to take part in its model exhibition for the third time.

View a large selection of modelling exhibitors from across the modelling spectrum – boats, planes, motor racing cars and of course military models. If you are inspired by the model collections, The Tank Museum’s own volunteer modellers will also be in attendance and will be available to give advice in creating your own scale model. Get inspired and discover the hints and tricks behind making your own miniature. Museum tours and talks will be taking place throughout the day.

Traders and Exhibitors
For trader application forms please click here and for exhibitor application forms please contact Oliver Bitten on 01929 405096 ext 212 or email events@tankmuseum.org

Model groups attending who have completed an application form, will be eligible for six complimentary passes. Additional passes will be charged at group rate (please contact the events team in advance).

Annual Passes ARE valid for this event.

Please note: Model club members pay group rate on production of a valid club membership card or IPMS card.