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Events in Dorset

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Upcoming Dorset Events

The next 60 events in Dorset appear below. Please use the calendar above to browse events on a particular date and find out what's on.

21 Jul 2017 to 22 Jul 2017

Our Festival is a musical celebration of Bluegrass and roots of Bluegrass, featuring some of world’s finest musicians with a Beer and Cider Festival complete with excellent home-cooked food.
22 July 2017

Come down to our Emergency Services Family Fun Day at Kings Park which will provide a platform for all of the 'blue light' services to demonstrate their appliances, equipment and skills to you and your family in a safe, controlled environment. This great family day out is organised by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Dorset Police and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. It is also supported by many local organisations. Held every summer, the day involves a ...
22 Jul 2017 to 23 Jul 2017

The Return of ITV BBQ Champion Simon Dyer. BBQ from 11am - 8pm Beef Brisket, pulled pork, Seafood and a selection of sides will be served from the BBQ. Outside Bar will be open serving Estrella lager, Dorset Press Cider & Dorset Gold craft ale.
21 Jul 2017 to 23 Jul 2017

Curious is a festival like no other. Taking place each July in the breathtaking grounds of Pylewell Park,in the heart of the New Forest, it is dreamy, eccentric, fun and ultimately, irresistible. It’s very English on the one hand – expect fabulous novelists, exceptional historians, poet laureates, dogs on leads, gin and tonics, and sitting on a deckchair with a view of the Solent although you are just as likely to find yourself on a secret midnight bat-walk, betting your life-savings on ...
21 Jul 2017 to 23 Jul 2017

Dirt Don't Hurt Festival is a small and intimate family-friendly festival in the beautiful secret countryside near Poole with a hidden woods tipi and a giant fire pit. It's the perfect mixture of folk, Ska,reggae,rock,electronica, drum and bass, jungle, hip hop and house with delicious local food, artists, ales and ciders. And even better, it's all for a good cause! Raising money for Thames Hospice.
22 Jul 2017 to 23 Jul 2017

Local artists, craft stalls, fun activities for children, refreshments and entertainment make Mudeford Arts Festival a real family must-visit affair. Venue: Mudeford Quay Green.
23 July 2017

Performer Tony Lowe – A great selection of songs in aid of Terras Youth Team (A Tony Lowe/Terras Event). Starts 2pm (Weather dependent).
23 July 2017

Put 23rd July in your diaries and join Wareham Carnival for a day full of family fun and a Grand Procession.
21 Jul 2017 to 23 Jul 2017

Over 20 Ales 7 ciders, Live Entertainment & BBQ. Raising funds for MV Freedom
25 July 2017

Motor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson).
27 July 2017

Bridport Children’s Festival is a unique one day event for 2-7 year olds, taking place for the first time this year on Thursday 27th July on the Millennium Green at the town centre of Bridport. The festival presents the very best art, music and movement workshops led by professional practitioners from the local area. It is also the only collaborative children’s art event of its kind. With a huge variety of sessions to choose from, the festival offers not only a fantastic day but a great ...
27 July 2017

Forde Abbey is a beacon of elegant antiquity, set within the exquisite countryside of Dorset (though it has a Somerset postcode), and their annual Summer Fair is an action-packed fun day out for all the family. Attractions include: a huge classic car show, live music, farmers market, 60 shopping stalls, ferret racing, dog scurry and dog agility, fly fishing, and a whole area for the children – a mini fun fair, trampolines, hands on activities and the Juggler magician. The Fair will be ...
25 Jul 2017 to 27 Jul 2017

Taking place in Brockenhurst, in the heart of the National Park, the New Forest Show offers visitors 30 acres of showground for the whole family to explore. 2017 marks the 97th Show which takes place annually at the end of July and is now rated among the top ten agricultural shows in the country.
27 July 2017

Come and watch home made rafts race (and sink!!) down the River Brit. The idea is to avoid sinking, capsizing, falling in, etc. The rafts and participants are usually 'dressed up'.
27 July 2017

This free event welcomes thousands of revellers who enjoy live music, a host of varied street entertainment, activities for all the family, special themed nights and a spectacular fireworks finale. Featuring a different line up each week and all for free!
28 July 2017

A different marque of car each week from 6pm on Poole Quay.
29 July 2017

Leigh's annual Food Fair returns with a wonderful selection of stall holders selling a wide array of excellent local produce. Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers and enjoy viewing a good variety of interesting vintage and classic cars and motorbikes on display. There will also be flower displays in St. Andrew’s Church. Proceeds go to Leigh Village Hall, The Hub, Yeovil and St Andrew’s Church, Leigh and other charities. Adults £2, children ...
29 July 2017

The Lions will holding their annual Street Busk in Debenhams Square, Weymouth, raising funds for their Charity Account from 10.00 am through to 3.00pm. The public will be entertained by that ever popular 50's & 60's band 'Replay' which is fronted by Lions Club member Norman Stagles plus other local musicians throughout the day.
22 Jul 2017 to 29 Jul 2017

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week is a week full of fun, from a Teddy Bears' Picnic, Pavement Art to Swimming in the Bay. There will be various displays, music evenings, fireworks, RAF Displays and Duck race. Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week certainly has something for everyone!
29 July 2017

A great family day out in this picturesque village near Blandford. Lots of music and dancing, craft stalls and demonstrations, Farmers’ Market & a big choice of refreshments All proceeds to local good causes.
26 Jul 2017 to 29 Jul 2017

It’s back to the swinging sixties as the award-winning Highcliffe Charity Players get groovy with their latest musical – Made in Dagenham. Based on the much-loved British film, it’s a fun-filled, high octane, feel good show inspired by true-life events – the 1968 women’s strike at Ford Dagenham which would lead to the Equal Pay Act of 1970. So join Dagenham’s feisty sewing machinists (not to mention Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Secretary of State for Employment Barbara Castle) ...
23 Jul 2017 to 29 Jul 2017

Lots going on throughout the week - check out the poster for dates and times.
28 Jul 2017 to 29 Jul 2017

A NEW family festival taking place in Wimborne on 28-29 July.
27 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017

Dorset's favourite family festival returns!
15 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017

The 27th Festival of Archaeology will take place between the 15 - 30 July 2017. Come and have a guided tour with a behind the scenes peek into our archaeology collection and archaeological papers held within the Dorset County Museum.
29 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017

he Medieval Combat Society will be erecting their tents around the Nothe Fort parade ground showing various crafts of the period including weaving, candle making and potage cookery. There will be Knights in armour battling each other on foot in spectacular combat clad in plate and chain mail with a variety of weapons, attended by squires and servants and watched by the King's court and their children, from the period of Edward III. There will also be archery and medieval dancing.
30 July 2017

Mudeford Lifeboat Fun Day is a great day out for all the family, it's free to come along and just by spending a pound or two while you're here you'll be helping to support our local lifeboat station! LIFEBOAT AND HELICOPTER DISPLAY - by the Mudeford Lifeboat and HM Coastguard. AIR DISPLAY RAFT RACE - From the fast and furious to the elaborately decorated, watch the fantastic display of raft's racing down the infamous 'Mudeford Run'.
30 July 2017

Singer Tony Lowe – An incredible afternoon with the songs of Frank Sinatra. ​(A Weldmar Hospice Event starts at 2pm, weather dependent).
28 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017

Three-day family, food and music festival held at Baiter Harbourside Park.
30 July 2017

Join us on our waterfront terrace for the annual RNLI college Summer Fete. Activities include Lifeboat Demonstrations, Circus School, Birds of Prey, Face Painting, Street Food, Cream Teas, Pimms Tent and much much more.
28 Jul 2017 to 30 Jul 2017

The Royal Air Force Careers Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic will take place from 28th to 30th July.
01 August 2017

Motor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson).
02 August 2017

Looking for something to do with the kids? Come and join us for a morning of messy fun at Dorset County Museum. Using the museum's displays as inspiration, can you help us create an online collection of fabulous things? We’ll provide the materials and the inspiration – you’ll create a wonderful piece to take home with you. Even better, it’s absolutely FREE thanks to sponsorship from Battens Solicitors. Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm.
02 August 2017

Peppa Pig is returning to Adventure Wonderland on Wednesday 2nd August to meet & greet her fans at 10:15, 11:15, 1:00, 2:00, 3:45. So make sure you bring your camera along. Remember to mind out for muddy puddles!
02 August 2017

Take your pooch to this ever-popular event at Sandpit Field on Wednesday 2 August and enter them into as many classes as you like. Registration opens at 10am. Events Start at 12:15
03 August 2017

Free family evening entertainment and fireworks on Poole Quay. The event welcomes thousands of revellers who enjoy live music, a host of varied street entertainment, activities for all the family, special themed nights and a spectacular fireworks finale.
04 August 2017

Starting at 10pm from Bournemouth Pier, we know you’ll love watching the skies light up! Firework dates for this year are as follows: 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August.
04 August 2017

A host of cars (a different marque each week) on Poole Quay from 6pm.
05 August 2017

A free festival held in Queen Mother Square, Poundbury with chef demonstrations, live music, children's entertainment and, of course, plenty of delicious local food.
05 August 2017

Olly Murs, one of British music’s biggest stars, announces his huge Summer Date at Kings Park Bournemouth on 05 August 2017.
29 Jul 2017 to 05 Aug 2017

For one week at the end of July and the beginning of August, Swanage will be radiating to the sound, fun and excitement of the annual Regatta & Carnival, the South Coast’s Premier event. This ‘must do’ attraction has so much to offer everyone, from the magnificent two-mile carnival procession, vibrant with dance, sound and colour, to the beat of live bands playing on the Main Stage and in the carnival marquee.
01 Aug 2017 to 05 Aug 2017

Sister Act is about a Reno lounge singer named Deloris Van Carter who witnesses her mobster boyfriend killing an employee. She is then hidden in a convent under a witness protection programme and soon makes friends with the nuns, especially Sister Mary Robert, Sister Mary Lazuras and Sister Mary Patrick. After the Mother Superior catches Deloris going out to a bar in the night followed by Mary Robert and Mary Patrick, she orders her to join the church choir. Deloris coaches the choir and ...
06 August 2017

The annual Companion Dog Show is back for 2017, bigger and better than ever! There's lots to enjoy, including: dog show classes, dog agility, local traders from all around Dorset, face painting, a bouncy castle, a brilliant raffle and tombola, gorgeous refreshments, and local produce as well.
05 Aug 2017 to 06 Aug 2017

Bringing the exciting world of chillies to the beautiful surroundings of Wimborne in Dorset for the seventh year, the Dorset Chilli Festival is a great day out for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families. Held with the kind permission of the Earl of Shaftesbury at St Giles Park, we’ve lined up a glorious weekend of “chilli fiesta”, with stalls selling all things chilli, from pepper plants to cayenne condiments; seeds to ceramics; plus cooking demonstrations; talks on growing chillies; ...
06 August 2017

Our annual Companion Dog Show is back this year and it will be even bigger and better! Join us with your pooch on the 6th of August at our Church Knowle Centre in Dorset for a doggie packed day. The event will include a mixture of dog show classes, dog agility, local traders from all around Dorset, face painting, a bouncy castle, a brilliant raffle and tombola, gorgeous refreshments and local produce as well as much more to enjoy!
06 August 2017

Party In The Park 2017 is here! Join AIR 107.2 at Lodmoor Country Park on August 6th 2017 from 12pm to 7pm for this fantastic family-friendly party and of course it's FREE entry. Enjoy a talented selection of local singers and musicians on the main stage, as well as a whole host of stalls, visual displays, charities and much more! There will also be a selection of food and drink outlets to make this the perfect summer's day.
06 August 2017

Large and small floats will form part of the parade which will proceed along Ashley Road and end at Branksome Recreation Ground where there will be food, drink, flower show and much more.
05 Aug 2017 to 06 Aug 2017

Set in the lovely grounds of Upton Country Park, this Family Country Show now in its 9th year with all-day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs with the Purbeck Gun Dogs, as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees.
05 Aug 2017 to 06 Aug 2017

The Supercar Weekend is the must-see family spectacular that brings some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable motors to Beaulieu. See a display of prestigious supercars and hear their distinctive engine notes as they unleash their horsepower on the demonstration run. The Supercar Weekend is a must for all supercar enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to get almost close enough to touch these impressive motors!
07 August 2017

Monkey World is turning 30 on the 7th August 2017! They are inviting all their supporters to join them for a Picnic 4 Primates at the park, for a day of games, monkey-ing around and fundraising. Normal admission applies, and there is no need to book your place in advance- simply turn up on the day! Bring your own picnic, or buy one at the park, and join them to commemorate 30 years of rescuing and rehabilitating primates from all around the world.
07 August 2017

Join us at the park to celebrate Monkey World turning 30! Bring your own picnic, or buy one here, and enjoy a fun day of entertainment, fairground stalls, and fun kid’s activities. Exclusive 30 year goody bags and VIP guests!
04 Aug 2017 to 08 Aug 2017

Our 2017 exhibition will run from Friday 4th to Tuesday 8th August 2017. Venue: The Purbeck School, Worgret Road, Wareham, BH20 4PF.
08 August 2017

Motor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson).
10 August 2017

Family evening entertainment and fireworks on Poole Quay. The event welcomes thousands of revellers who enjoy live music, a host of varied street entertainment, activities for all the family, special themed nights and a spectacular fireworks finale.
11 August 2017

Starting at 10pm from Bournemouth Pier, we know you’ll love watching the skies light up! Firework dates for this year are as follows: 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August.
11 August 2017

We kick off the weekend on Friday 11 August with our John Williams FilmFest - an evening which celebrates the music of the most successful film score composer of all time, featuring Star Wars, Superman, E.T., Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Lincoln, Summon the Heroes, Jaws, Angela's Ashes, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and many more.
11 August 2017

A different marque of car each Friday from 6pm on Poole Quay.
12 August 2017

Ten years after its first outing at Meyrick Park, the brilliant QUEEN Symphonic Spectacular returns! Bringing you all the iconic rock songs performed by stars of London’s West End including Seven Seas of Rhye, Don’ Stop Me Now, Radio Ga Ga, I Want to Break Free, We Are The Champions and of course Bohemian Rhapsody. The Saturday night will also feature the spectacular fireworks, laser, lights and pyrotechnics son et lumière which wowed audiences last summer with its stunning special effects ...
12 August 2017

Dorset Dogs Festival is a fantastic annual celebration of dogs, green spaces and the countryside, and takes place at Upton Country Park, near Poole. A truly fun-filled day for dogs.
12 August 2017

An amazing music line up, fantastic food & drink and fun for all the family. Music includes: Stereoironics, Spider Pig, Weird & Gilly, Nina Garcia, Vanilla Radio, Stress, The Lo Nos, Tequila Mockingbird, State of Undress & Loose Connections. Venue: Hintock Farm, Charminster

Latest Dorset Features

The latest Dorset articles from Resort Dorset are previewed below.

11 Jul 2017
The Friends of Poole Park are delighted to announce that they will be re-launching the iconic Poole Park Railway this summer. Date: Saturday 22nd July 2017 Time: 10:00 – 17:00 Location: Poole Park Railway Station Having recently won the tender from Borough of Poole Council to operate the train for the next 30 years, the charity has been working hard to refurbish the Station, Engine Shed and Train Track. Rolling stock has also been purchased and a ... Read more...
3 May 2017
The Nao Victoria has arrived in Weymouth and will be open to the public from May 4th to 14th so that visitors can get to know her extraordinary story. The Nao is an historical replica of the first ship that successfully circumnavigated the world commanded by Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano in the 16th century. Almost 500 years ago (1519- 1522), one of the greatest maritime adventures of all time was accomplished. One of the biggest acts of maritime history ... Read more...
21 Apr 2017
Fish and chips, our undisputed national dish, is one tasty treat that Weymouth can be proud of. Is there any better combination than fresh fish in a crispy batter, served up with a generous portion of freshly fried chips? Visitors can tuck in to delicious fish and chips while watching Weymouth's fishing vessels come and go. Here are 7 of the best fish and chip restaurants and takeaways that Weymouth has to offer. Top Weymouth Fish & Chips [VENUES] Read more...
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