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24 November 2017

The Lexi May Trust has been set up in memory of Lexi May Hopkin who sadly passed away with a DIPG Brain Tumour on 9th January 2016, aged 8, after a brave battle. The first Lexi May Ball is being held at the Pavilion and there will be live music by Koast and a Disco by Pegasus Disco! We will also be holding a raffle and an auction.
25 November 2017

The students of June Hornby’s Weymouth Dance Studio present an all singing and dancing showcase of their incredible strengths and talents. With past pupils, both boys and girls, working in the West End and the USA, come and see if you can spot the next generation to follow them. Venue: Weymouth Pavilion
25 November 2017

Christchurch Christmas Festival is a wonderful community celebration of Christmas and all things festive! The day includes a Christmas market, live music & entertainment, an arts & craft market and of course the Christmas Lights switch on.
25 November 2017

Join us for Christmas at Brewery Square on Saturday 25 November. From mulled wine to festive treats, plus displays, live music and activities, there will be something for everyone to enjoy as we kick off the festive season. 4:00pm - Live music starts - Brass band 4:50pm - Main performances start in the Square 5pm - Enjoy two special (but secret!) performances in the Square from 5pm until 5:30pm 5:30pm - Lights illumination Entertainment continues after the lights go on! 5:35pm - ZE ...
24 Nov 2017 to 25 Nov 2017

Let P&P entertain you from dawn ‘til dusk with this concert as they lead you through a musical 24 hours. There’ll be no watching the clock in this production featuring hits from 'Dreamgirls', 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Top Hat', 'Sister Act' and many more. With a cast of all ages, Oh Happy Day! is sure to have you toe-tapping all day and humming well into the night.
25 November 2017

View the stars at the Learning Centre, Durlston Country Park from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Phone 01929 424443 on the day to confirm. £3 charge.
25 November 2017

The Wimborne Christmas Market runs from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 25th November from 11am-4pm at the Allendale Centre. Entry is just £1.00 for adults and Under 16's Free ★ Live Entertainment ★ Santas Grotto (small supplement) ★ Live Reindeers outside ★ Arts and Crafts with our Cheeky Elves ★ Hot Refreshment ★ Over 50 Stands
26 November 2017

Come and support your local wildlife by Christmas shopping with us. We will have local art and craft stalls, wildlife books for all ages, nature toys, beautiful gifts for the home & much more. Indulge in a mince pie and some mulled wine from the Taste* café while the children are entertained by our Father Christmas or by making wild Christmas decorations. All profits from our shop go back into conservation, so join us at the Chesil Centre & 'shop for wildlife'. Chesil Beach Centre, ...
26 November 2017

Over two hundred and fifty local children from eight affiliated dance schools will be performing an exciting mix of dance genres including tap, ballet and contemporary. Each scene will be enhanced by wonderful lighting and costumes which will provide a memorable theatrical experience. Venue: Pavilion Theatre
25 Nov 2017 to 26 Nov 2017

This year we are pleased to annonce that our Christmas fair will be over two days Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November, and once again will be held at Athelhampton House and Gardens. We are always very excited to host such a fantastic event, with a huge range of culinary delights. Now in its 5th year, the fair aims to be a true celebration of Dorset. We open our gates at 10am on both days where you will find over 50 stalls for you to explore throughout the day for you to sample both ...
26 November 2017

The Metropole Street Market is a quintessentially eccentric ensemble of all things creative & delicious. Lansdowne is home to an eclectic collection of independent retailers and high-street brands. On select Sundays, from September to December, they will be joined by an abundance of fayre from the best producers, artists and crafts people that the county has to offer. Accompanied by live music and street performances with spectacular themes, no two markets are the same – making Metropole ...
26 November 2017

Christmas is a season of joy, love and sharing, a time when Santa delivers presents all over the world… but what would Santa himself like for Christmas? Dasher the Reindeer has an idea… Pompom the Penguin thinks he knows… Or maybe Snowy the Snowman has the answer? Mrs Claus needs all their help – and yours – to find out! Join a fun, festive, musical adventure to give Santa the very best Christmas, then meet him at his home in the North Pole! There every child will receive a special ...
30 November 2017

International pianist Ben Waters brings some of the world’s most talented musicians to the Marine Theatre to play some foot-tapping Rock ‘n Roll, boogie woogie and blues.
02 Oct 2017 to 30 Nov 2017

FEAST Weymouth, supported by Weymouth BID, is fast becoming the talk of the town! Weymouth’s top eateries have come together to provide fantastic menus at great prices as a way to celebrate all of the great independent restaurants, pubs and cafés there are in Weymouth. The FEAST Weymouth promotion will work with each participating venue providing a set-menu or offer within the price ranges of £5, £10, £15, £20 or £25 for customers to dine at their establishment throughout the month of ...
30 November 2017

Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole - jazzing up those Jingle Bells! "Superb - they swing like crazy!” says Sheila Tracy, BBC. As seen at Dame Vera Lynn’s Charity Ball & Blackpool Tower Ballroom. “Swing and Song of the highest order” – Telegraph. Venue: Mowlem Theatre
01 December 2017

Come on down to Weymouth as The Big Christmas kicks off with the lighting up ceremony. Be the first on the ice and celebrate the opening of this year’s ice rink in the centre of town by Debenham’s. For one day only you can skate at a discounted price of £5
01 December 2017

Come and celebrate Christmas with the Salvation Army Band and timbrels from Winton Corps. The evening will feature Dynamix, an exciting new children's choir led by Darren Bartlett and there will be opportunity for community carol singing. Venue: Regent Centre
02 December 2017

Its 2009 and an eighteen year old Steve Bugeja decides to spend his summer working at a kids camp in America, dreaming of red cups, beach parties and being mistaken for Prince Harry. Unfortunately coming to America doesn't stop him from being notoriously terrible with children and even worse at talking to women. Join BBC New Comedy Award winner Steve Bugeja at the Lighthouse as he relives that fateful summer in his brand new show Summer Camp, his third solo show following two critically ...
02 December 2017

Stalls, entertainment and competitions as part of Wimborne’s Small Business Saturday. Street party with entertainment, competitions and stalls on East Street. Handmade Wimborne from 10 - 4 on the Square. Special event at Walford Mill Crafts to welcome in the festive season. Late night shopping until 8pm with entertainment by a beautiful custom-built fairground organ.
02 Dec 2017 to 03 Dec 2017

Join us for our annual Dorset Team Christmas Fair and this year, for the first time, enjoy TWO days of shopping! The fair will showcase the work of Dorset makers, artists and vintage sellers as well as there being stalls selling craft supplies and kits. Free entry. Venue: Allendale Centre
03 December 2017

showcase of a variety of craft stalls perfect for stocking fillers or to get you into the Christmas spirit. In conjunction with Melcombe Regis Rotary Club collecting for their chosen charities, you can get FREE photos with Santa and hear a performance by Bittersweet Harmony and The Carefree Choir. Buy Local. Buy Handmade. Give something unique and special.
02 Dec 2017 to 03 Dec 2017

Meet Father Christmas in his wonderful winter cabin at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park weekends during December. Dates: Weekends; 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th December 2017. Do I need to pre-book? No, just turn up on the day. Groups will need to pre-book.
03 December 2017

Don't miss our annual Christmas Market at the RNLI College, which promises to be bigger than ever! This will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy shopping at our various stalls selling perfect gifts, homemade crafts and plenty of delicious festive food. Father Christmas will be arriving by lifeboat in his usual style!
02 Dec 2017 to 03 Dec 2017

Join us during the festive season for a trip on the 'Christmas Belle' in our luxurious Pullman Observation Car. During your one-hour return journey, you will travel through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck countryside while enjoying champagne and canapes, served at your seat. Soak up a traditional Christmas atmosphere in the specially decorated carriage with relaxing comfy chairs. You will also receive a personalised Christmas card and gift.
02 Dec 2017 to 03 Dec 2017

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. Learn more about what life was like at Christmas time from the 1920's to the Post War era, with themed crafts and activities. There will also be ...
06 December 2017

A FREE community event for all the family to enjoy. With lots of festive entertainment, it’s a time to get in the Christmas mood, find that special Christmas gift and join in the merriment! Main Attractions: The popular (live) reindeers, Cupid & Comet, will be visiting again with their snow queen. Another chance for a photo opportunity with these wonderful animals Santa’s Grotto will be outside the Art Centre and there will be a free gift for every child who visits Father ...
07 December 2017

Visit nineteenth-century Dorset with traditional West Gallery Christmas carols in Hardy's Cottage. Members of the Ridgeway Singers will be returning to Hardy's Cottage to revive the old carols sung in Hardy's childhood, as immortalized in 'Under the Greenwood Tree'. Carols will be performed throughout the afternoon, between, 1.30pm and 3pm, with regular, small intervals to allow for movement of normal visits around the house.
07 December 2017

The OFFICIAL start to Christmas in Dorchester! The event has been running for several years now, and the turn-out gets better every time. Let There Be Light! The town’s Christmas lights will be switched on. Dorchester Cracker Festivities Late Night Shopping As well as all the usual entertainments and amusements, Cracker Night is also an opportunity to do some late night shopping, with a large number of our most popular shops and other businesses staying open into the evening for ...
09 December 2017

10.00-4.00 Stir a bowl of Mrs Beeton’s Christmas pudding mix, make a wish and taste the finished product. The house will be festively decorated. Adult £1.50, Child £1
09 December 2017

A film presentation telling the story of hundreds of women, girls and a handful of men who built Spitfires in secret during WW2. The evening will commence at 7.30 pm in the Lecture Theatre of the National Motor Museum’s Collections Centre and finish at around 10.00 pm. The National Motor Museum will be open from 6.00pm for a private viewing at no extra charge. A pay bar will be available in the Collections Centre for the purchase of beers, wines and soft drinks.
10 December 2017

The Dorchester Christmas Market runs from 11am until 4pm on Sunday 10th December 2017 from 11am-4pm at the Corn Exchange. ★ Live Entertainment ★ Live Reindeers outside ★ Arts and Crafts with our Cheeky Elves ★ Hot Refreshments ★ Over 50 Stands Entry is just £1.00 for adults and under 16's Free
09 Dec 2017 to 10 Dec 2017

Meet Father Christmas in his wonderful winter cabin at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park weekends during December. Dates: Weekends; 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th December 2017. Do I need to pre-book? No, just turn up on the day. Groups will need to pre-book.
09 Dec 2017 to 10 Dec 2017

Come and meet our real reindeer who’ve flown all the way from Lapland for the weekend. Listen to all the fun facts and stories they can share with you and have a photo on the sleigh with a wonderful snowy owl as well! No charge, just come along to Upton House and say hello.
10 December 2017

Join us for our second 3k Fancy Dress Walk around Poole Park. We are raising money for the Hospital's Christmas List. Adults - £7, Under 12's £5, Dogs FREE, Under 3's FREE. Ticket holders will receive an elf hat, bespoke medal, mince pie and drink for their entry. Plus visit to SANTA in his Grotto at the end of the Dash.
09 Dec 2017 to 10 Dec 2017

Get away from the crowds on the high street and visit our Christmas Fair with a range of stalls selling festive wares and gifts from local suppliers. Warm up with some holiday refreshments in our café, enter our Christmas raffle, and make some festive crafts with the children. Admission to the Fair is free, suggested donation £1. Normal charges apply to visit the historic house. Visitors to the historic house will enjoy the festive atmosphere, viewing the house decorated for a ...
14 December 2017

Bringing bucket loads of Christmas spirit, and back for its eighth year, is Near-ta Theatre’s festive comedy, Christmas. Time! Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and ...
16 December 2017

Come and join in the fun at our Annual Christmas Open Day with Pet Photography! There'll be loads of special offers and discounts, free goody bags (if you get down before they are all gone!), mulled wine & mince pies, tea & coffee and lots of festive cheer!
17 December 2017

A magical festive story of a young girl named Belle, pursued by the dastardly Prince Anton for her hand in marriage and yet she longs for something more. upon discovering the Beast, she slowly falls in love with the man inside and thus begins the greatest love story ever told. Beautiful costumes, talented actors and heart warming music help bring this story to life! Venue: The Allendale Centre
16 Dec 2017 to 17 Dec 2017

This hilly, muddy race will see runners start and finish at the Tank Museum. Saturday is Marathon day, whilst Sunday sees participants conquer the half-marathon distance.
17 December 2017

Get yourself ready for this year's 5k Santa extravaganza, on Sunday 17th December at 11am. Hundreds of Santas chasing the lonely Christmas pudding down the beach in what can only be described as ” The best thing YULE see this Christmas!” So come on, get your boots on and get entered into this fantastic festive event.
16 Dec 2017 to 17 Dec 2017

Enjoy storytelling, tuck into a mince pie and mulled wine (for the adults!) then meet Santa in the library. Venue: Kingston Maurward House. Bookings essential.
17 December 2017

Filling the streets from one end of the town to the other, this is probably the biggest, and the busiest Christmas market in Dorset. This Year the market will be held on the 17th of December, 10am until 3pm.
18 December 2017

Disney’s Frozen will be shown on the big screen once more here at the Corn Exchange so all fans, both young and old, are invited to come and sing along to one of the most charming animations the world has seen. A perfect Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy whatever the weather – but hey…the cold never bothered us anyway…
19 December 2017

Cherished by children and adults alike, The Snowman is the soundtrack to everyone’s Christmas. We’re walking in the air…join the Snowman and James on their magical journey through the winter sky in this special showing of the festive classic on the large screen, accompanied by the BSO. Guaranteed to send tingles down your spine as you relive this enchanted animated film together with a live orchestral performance of Howard Blake’s iconic score. Venue: The Lighthouse
20 December 2017

Squashbox Theatre’s new family show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, stockings and sleigh bells to cookies, crackers, presents and puddings! Venue: Corn Exchange
21 Dec 2017 to 23 Dec 2017

We’ve teamed up with Afro Celt Sound System and The Imagined Village founder Simon Emmerson for the second Bridport Winter Solstice Festival from 21-23 December: When The Light Returns. Shake off the winter blues and get into the Christmas spirit with your friends. Venue: Electric Palace
02 Dec 2017 to 23 Dec 2017

Santas elves are back! Calling all kids – while making the toys and experiencing the chaos of Christmas, some of Santa's Elves have gone missing and have ended up in the Museum. With no-one around to finish off the presents or load the sleigh, Santa's gift workshop is in crisis. Can you spare some time to help Santa hunt out his helpers? Get the trail sheet and floor plan from reception to guide the detectives around the route and discover the locations of where Santa's missing ...
23 December 2017

Celebrate this Christmas 80s style as we bring back the famous Weymouth Pavy Disco! Enjoy all the biggest hits of the 80s as well as a whole range Christmas classics! Themed drinks - tuck shop - fancy dress. Take a trip down memory lane with us!
16 Dec 2017 to 23 Dec 2017

Christmas 2017 will see even more festive fun at Adventure Wonderland. The massive indoor adventure play centre, Wild Thing! will be Christmas Wild! with all the fun and excitement of this most magical time of year. So join us with everything that makes for a wonderful treat for all the family. Pay a visit to the magical Nativity Cuddles Corner, included in the entry price and, of course join our entertainments team for our seasonal pantomime in the Happydrome theatre! You can book ...
16 Dec 2017 to 24 Dec 2017

Returning for its sixth fabulous year, The Glad Rag Production Company is delighted to bring the Christmas Spectacular 2017 to the Regent Centre stage. Back at the North Pole, Santa is preparing for another Christmas... As always the elves will be causing a little chaos, and Benji and Bruce the Polar Bears will be saving the day, and together, they’ll be creating a little Christmas magic right here in Christchurch.
24 Nov 2017 to 24 Dec 2017

This year the Walled Garden at Upton House has been transformed for the festive season into a magical world of lights and laughter. Follow the pathways, taking in the giant Christmas Tree, interactive igloo, mini northern lights display as well as the penguin frozen lake, magical fairy turrets and Nativity Scene. Daily 4pm – 7pm. Last admission 6.30pm. (Closed 27th November, 4th & 11th December).
16 Dec 2017 to 24 Dec 2017

MEET SANTA ON HIS SPECIAL TRAIN! Children receive a wrapped age-appropriate present from Father Christmas. Santa's helpers serve refreshments- a festive drink and a mince pie for adults, a soft drink and biscuit for children. During your one-hour return journey there will be entertainment for even more festive fun.
09 Dec 2017 to 24 Dec 2017

Building your own home is not as easy as it looks, the three little pigs discover. What’s the best material to use? Will it keep out the rain? Will it be Wolf Proof!!! There’s only one way to find out...Perfect for ages 2 and beyond, this brand new show is chock full of puppets, music, comedy and thrills! Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company’s 3 Little Pigs follows in the footsteps of The Little Red Hen, The Enormous Turnip, The Elves and The Shoemaker and The Hare and The Tortoise. ...
25 December 2017

Last year, hundreds of people lined Weymouth Harbour on Christmas morning to watch swimmers take to the water raising over £23,000 between them for a whole host of national and local charities. Cheer this year's swimmers on at 11am!
19 Dec 2017 to 26 Dec 2017

Join Jack, Dame Trafalgar Trott, Pat the cow in their adventure up the beanstalk to defeat the evil Giant Butternut-Trump. Will Jack win Jill’s heart and the riches he so badly needs? Will good prevail over evil? Will the giant finally sort out his flatulence issue? Find out in this fun, family pantomime sure to have every generation rolling in the aisles at the Marine Theatre.
26 December 2017

Join in the fun with this Fancy Dress wallow. Watched from the relative warmth of the harbourside by a crowd estimated to be over 3000 strong, this winter event is quite a spectacle and raises a good amount of money for numerous good causes. Entrants (usually over 100 people) are invited to raise monies for whomever they wish, by embracing the refreshing waters of West Bay! There are PRIZES for best Fancy Dress. Entrants sign in from 10.30 am / Start 12 noon SHARP!
28 December 2017

Enjoy a day of steam and diesel locomotives in action as our home fleet work an intensive timetable. Passenger trains depart from Swanage every 40 minutes 10:00 to 16:40 From Norden every 40 minutes 10:40 to 17:20 The Swanage Bird's Nest Buffet and Norden Kiosk will be serving hot and cold drinks, home-made cakes, confectionery and snacks.
30 December 2017

Top boogie woogie piano player, singer and all-round entertainer Ben Waters returns to Weymouth Pavilion with his band! Ben is recognised as one of the UK’s supreme boogie piano players and has worked with The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Screaming Lord Sutch, PJ Harvey, Amy MacDonald, Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall, Charlie Watts, The Ronnie Wood Band, Paul Weller, Dave Gilmore, Dave Stewart, The Teenagers, Nine Below Zero… and ...
25 Nov 2017 to 31 Dec 2017

Dorchester’s Skating in the Square returns to Brewery Square, from Saturday 25 November to New Year’s Eve. TICKET PRICES — Adult £6.00 / Child £6.00 Sessions last 45 minutes. Children aged 12 years and under must be supervised by an adult. There is no minimum age for participants, however the smallest size boot available is a child’s size 9. Penguins are available to aid stability for small children. For more information and to book, visit ...
02 Dec 2017 to 01 Jan 2018

All the time-honoured fun of a family show with some familiar faces from our TV shows. Venue: Pavilion Theatre

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14 Nov 2017
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and you will be when you discover the fantastic selection of Christmas markets and festive fayres that are set to be held around Dorset in the coming weeks. If you’re getting organised with your shopping, these events are a great way to find those perfect gifts; if delicious food and drink is on your wish list, then you’ll love the tasty selection available from local producers; or maybe you’d like a day out to get you in the ... Read more...
8 Nov 2017
Families are promised a festive treat at Adventure Wonderland with the Christmas panto, Dick Whittington and his Cheshire Cat. Join Dick on his daring journey through the streets of London seeking fame and fortune, with shows in the Happydrome Theatre at noon and 3pm, from 26th November. Guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells and his best friend, the cheeky Cheshire Cat, Dick quickly discovers the streets aren’t really paved with gold. ... Read more...
31 Oct 2017
Celebrate with a bang this weekend as Dorset plays host to a wide range of firework displays and bonfire events. A selection of fireworks / bonfire events can be found below: Read more...

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