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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.

27 May 2017 to 28 May 2017

Blandford Camera Club Annual exhibition on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May 2017 in the Corn Exchange Blandford Forum, DT11 7AD from 9.30am to 5pm each day. There are over 300 images on display including colour and monochrome prints and digitally projected images. There are sections for Blandford Forum Club Members as well as an Open section where non-members from all over the county can enter. Prize giving is at 4pm on Sunday 28th May. Refreshments are served all day including ...
26 May 2017 to 28 May 2017

As the largest sport and music festival in the world, Bournemouth 7s Festival is a must attend event in 2016. With over 400 Rugby, Netball, Hockey and Dodgeball teams competing in a range of competitive and social competitions, the festival is an action packed weekend of sport, music and entertainment. Having firmly cemented its place on the sporting and music calendars, the Bournemouth 7s Festival kicks off the festival season over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. From the 27th – 29th ...
28 May 2017

Come and enjoy the Vintage Market situated within the Art and Vintage Quarter of Bridport on the last Sunday of each Month from 10am - 4pm. Antique Centre, 6 shops and lots of stalls for furniture, fabric, flowers and food along with all things vintage!
27 May 2017 to 28 May 2017

Bournemouth's festival of hip hop culture is back! Once again Bournemouth will prove to be a hip hop hotbed with its very own hip hop extravaganza B-Town Throwdown entering its fifth year! As ever B-Town Throwdown will feature an exhilarating mix of battles, workshops and masterclasses. Venue: Lower Gardens.
28 May 2017

World record attempt and family fun day.
28 May 2017

The county town hosts its first ever marathon on 28th May raising money for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and local charities. The race will be on fully closed roads running through historic Dorchester, picturesque villages and the glorious Dorset countryside. The race will be officially measured and certified by UK Athletics. There will be amazing medals and T-shirts for all finishers, together with a post race party, free live entertainment, a bar with local ales and cider, ...
27 May 2017 to 28 May 2017

Two days of entertainment along Hope Square & Trinity Rd with live bands, street entertainment and loads to do for all the family!
28 May 2017

Fun activities for all the family with games, music and prizes from noon until 4pm.
28 May 2017

Situated in Kimmeridge, Smedmore House and Gardens are open to the public each year to help raise funds for local charities. Afternoon teas and a band playing in the gardens. On 28th May it's open from 2pm to 5pm and the benefiting charity is the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
26 May 2017 to 29 May 2017

For dedicated jazzers and blues hounds alike, the Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Festival aims to bring the best of live music, both new and traditional, to Lyme Regis over the last weekend in May.
27 May 2017 to 29 May 2017

Every child who brings a melon for the primates receives a free Monkey World badge over the bank holiday weekend.
29 May 2017

Held in the grounds of Sherborne Castle this spectacular lakeside event highlights traditional rural skills, as well as those more modern. The Fair is open from 10am to 6pm and car parking is free.
29 May 2017

Join us at the National Motor Museum this May bank holiday to celebrate the Emergency Services and all they do! This special event is to mark Mary Montagu-Scott (sister of Lord Montagu) becoming the High Sheriff of Hampshire in 2017. The police, fire & rescue, ambulance, judiciary, coastguard, National Health Service (NHS), prison and probation services will be joining us for this special event.
30 May 2017

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm. This popular motorbike event runs from the first Tuesday in April to the end of September. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night ...
31 May 2017

During 2017 you can meet Paw Patrol’s Skye, Marshall and Chase, Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam, the Gruffalo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Raph and Leo, together with Alice and friends at Dorset’s award-winning family theme park combining exciting outside rides with its Wild Thing indoor adventure play centre! Over 30 rides and attractions include Runaway Train, Ghostly Galleon, Battle Boats, Giant Teacups, Safari Cars, Flying Jumbos, Wonderland pantos, Cuddle Corner farmyard and the south’s ...
29 May 2017 to 02 Jun 2017

Working as a family of amateur detectives, your first task will be to work out what the contents are in one of the mysterious bags. A Museum volunteer will be alongside each bag and once you have identified the contents the volunteer will give you further information about it. They will then give you your mission details. Upon completing your mission you will need to report back to HQ with the information you have collected and you will then all receive your first mission reward. In total ...
30 May 2017 to 03 Jun 2017

No club membership is required to play, but for most you will need to show us evidence of your handicap (society handicaps accepted). The Bournemouth Open Golf Festival is new for 2017, with a mixture in the timetable of serious, qualifier competitions and some fun, non-competitive rounds of golf. Entries for most competitions are just £10 for Queen's Park season ticket holders, or £20 for visiting golfers. Some entrance fees vary if held at other courses or organised by our ...
03 June 2017

Prepare to have your taste buds tantalised by the 120 different gins from around the world! Whilst you take time to let the wonderful news sink in... make a note of the date and venue and ...GET YOURSELF A TICKET! Benue: Weymouth Pavilion
27 May 2017 to 03 Jun 2017

The biggest day out in history! Family activities, vehicle rides and Tank Action displays.
03 June 2017

Join us at Brewery Square on Saturday 3 June for One Great Day, a charity event in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital and Children's Charity and Butterflies, a local children's charity! One Great Day will take place in the main hub of Brewery Square from 10am until 4pm. There will be a variety of family activities including face painting, games and quizzes. There will also be live music, market stalls, street food and fitness in the Square with Anytime Fitness Dorchester.
31 May 2017 to 03 Jun 2017

Following on from successful runs of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Oliver!’ and most recently Monty Python’s ‘Spamalot’, BMT Productions are delighted to return to The Regent Centre with L. Frank Baum’s classic tale of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Developed from the ever popular 1939 MGM screenplay, The Wizard Of Oz follows farm girl Dorothy as she is transported from her home in Kansas to the magical kingdom of Oz, where, with the help of a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, a Cowardly Lion and her dog Toto she ...
31 May 2017 to 03 Jun 2017

Monty Python’s Spamalot gallops out to bring this hilarious production to the Weymouth Pavilion theatre (to the sound of banging coconut shells). Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a kind-of new musical with a book by Eric Idle and an entirely new score for the new production, (well, almost) created by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a ...
20 May 2017 to 04 Jun 2017

From 20 May – 4 June 2017 ARTWEY CIC will be running their biannual art trail OPEN FOR ART. For the first time Artwey has moved from its home territory and ventured further afield to include Dorchester, Poundbury, Weymouth and Portland and opened up to non-members. This has resulted in making it Artwey’s biggest Open Studios to date with over 80 artists and more than 40 venues taking part showcasing local artists’ work including painting, pottery, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and ...
04 June 2017

The Hardy Country Classic Tour is planned to take place at Hampton Farm Business Park, Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8QH, 4th June, 2017.
04 June 2017

A fab family day out can be had at Highcliffe Castle's Petfest. With pets a plenty, plus Highcliffe's very own Crufts, you can see who will be crowned as their ‘Dog of the Year’.
03 Jun 2017 to 04 Jun 2017

Take part in Poole’s biggest running event! The weekend includes five kids’ races, a 5k charity race and our flagship 10K road race, a 1 mile time trial, along with family entertainment and live music for a festival atmosphere!! Find out more via the website below.
04 June 2017

750m Sea Swim, 20km Bike & 5km Run. A favourite event with the swim in Swanage Bay, the cycle route taking in amazing views of Corfe Castle and the Dorset Coast. The run route passes by the famous Swanage Steam Train station.
02 Jun 2017 to 04 Jun 2017

The Wessex Folk Festival takes place every year in the streets and pubs around Weymouth's picturesque Old Harbour and pretty Hope Square. With most of the entertainment over three days free, this is one of the South of England's favourite festivals.
06 June 2017

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm. This popular motorbike event runs from the first Tuesday in April to the end of September. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night ...
09 June 2017

Come with Alice on a magical adventure as she tumbles into Wonderland! Guided by the White Rabbit, Alice meets some astonishing characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar and those mischievous twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Basing his ballet on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved children’s books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Ballet Theatre UK’s Artistic Director Christopher Moore has created a captivating piece, brimming with wit, ...
10 June 2017

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller family event. Part of a series of events in the coming months.
10 June 2017

Bournemouth’s very own heritage bus rally & running day at Kings Park on 10th June. Come along & see vehicles from Bournemouth & surrounding areas!The day will consist of a static display of 20 plus vehicles (all being well) with a dominated presence of preserved Yellow Buses & Corporation Transport coupled with a running day with various routes of the town being planned.
10 June 2017

Weldmar’s Family Dog Show on Saturday 10th June from 12pm until 4pm in the meadow at Joseph Weld Hospice, Dorchester. Entrance £1 adults, under 16s free. Novelty classes £1 per entry – entries taken on the day – judging begins at 1pm. Handsome Dog Pedigree Prettiest Bitch Pedigree Best Cross Breed Best Terrier Best Young Handler (16 & under) Dog The Judges Would Most Like To Take Home Most Waggiest Tail Cutest Puppy Best Walk to Heel Best Fancy Dressed Dog & Handler
08 Jun 2017 to 11 Jun 2017

Cerne Abbas Music Festival features chamber music, performed in the beautiful Dorset village by The Gaudier Ensemble – a group of international musicians.
10 Jun 2017 to 11 Jun 2017

A family festival celebrating all things Cheese & Chilli with loads going on for the whole family including; Live Music, Stunt Shows, Chilli Eating Competition, Falconry display, Magic Shows, Punch & Judy, Inflatables, Bars, Craft Tent, Sand Art, Ballon Modelling, Wine Tastings, Cooking Demonstrations, Chilli Presentations, not to mention all the amazing produce and crafts for sale at the show. Venue: Next to the Hurn Bridge Equestrian Centre, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6AD.
11 June 2017

This fantastic family day out will give you a taste of everything we do at Kingston Maurward – and for the first time ever it’s free entry for everyone! Whether you’re interested in college courses, getting married or want to enjoy our animal park and gardens, take a look around the 750-acre estate and get to know us! Take a look at our academies and speak to our tutors in Agriculture, Blacksmithing & Welding, Countryside Management, Animal Conservation & Welfare, Equine, Floristry, ...
10 Jun 2017 to 11 Jun 2017

Swanage welcomes the N1SCO Stand-up Paddleboarding Championships. N1SCO is the largest Stand-up Paddleboard racing class in the UK and is one design in nature. This means all of the competitors must compete on an identical board of the same design. This keeps the racing both fair and affordable to everyone with the end result purely being a product of the paddler’s skill and ability. Competitors will take part in three races: 100m sprints, a 500m, and a 10km race, and spectators will ...
27 May 2017 to 11 Jun 2017

Our artists, regular and new, will warmly open their studios for you to explore and enjoy. At Rollington Barn, our collective exhibition, you will find an inspiring variety of art by PAW artists and delicious refreshments. Nurturing young people’s interest in the arts is a key area of PAW’s work – the Purbeck Young Artists scheme is already underway with schools and artists enthusiastically planning their workshops. An exciting and full events programme is on offer, including I ...
10 Jun 2017 to 11 Jun 2017

Swanage is celebrating all things ‘fishy’ with a festival that features, food, fishing and fun. The event is all about fish, fun and LOCAL and is set in a stunning location overlooking the bay in Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage.
08 Jun 2017 to 11 Jun 2017

The stage is set at Upton House for the Upton House Music Festival, which will provide concert goers with a special blend of fabulous music, an electric atmosphere, and a spectacular last night fireworks finale! We bring you three sensational nights of open-air picnic concerts set on the beautiful front lawns of Upton House, in one of Dorset’s most picturesque parks.
10 Jun 2017 to 11 Jun 2017

Vintage vehicle parades, ring displays, steam engines, market stalls and more. Bar and refreshments available. Venue: Melplash Showground, Bridport.
09 Jun 2017 to 11 Jun 2017

Join us again on 9th to 11th June 2017 for another festival of folk, family and fun!
13 June 2017

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm. This popular motorbike event runs from the first Tuesday in April to the end of September. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night ...
11 Jun 2017 to 15 Jun 2017

Our annual Flower Festival organised by the Owermoigne Flower Club, raising money for a local charity. Presented by Owermoigne Flower Club and friends, raising funds for a local charity. Intricate and striking themed flower displays are placed in and around the rooms in our 16th-Century Manor House. All donations raised will be in aid of a local charity. Normal admission prices apply.
11 Jun 2017 to 17 Jun 2017

The week of delicious food events around the town and surrounding area will take place from Sunday 11th June 2017, finishing with the Festival’s main event at Asker Meadows on Saturday 17th June when we join up with the Bridport Round Table Beer Festival. Join the carnival atmosphere and a whole host of food and fun for all ages. Entry is £3.00 for adults and FREE to children 16 years and under. Dogs on leads welcome!
17 June 2017

A cracking good day filled with entertainment and fun for all the family.
17 June 2017

The home of the UK record for the biggest gathering of guitarists. We have changed the format and will be putting the event on earlier in the year to make the most of the daylight hours, this means we will only be doing one day but will continue into the evening. After going back to basics last year with the main focus on YOU the Sand Band, we felt even with the appalling weather this still worked so wont be changing anything there. The record bid will be at 5pm Saturday the 17th of ...
17 June 2017

Avast me hearties! 'Tis time for you landlubbers to dig out yer eye patch, earring and cutlass for Poole’s annual celebration on 17th June, of its favourite pirate son Harry Paye.
11 Jun 2017 to 17 Jun 2017

The Jazz by the Sea Festival 2017 takes place from Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th June. The Festival will be bigger in size and scope than last year and include new venues in and around Bournemouth and Poole. A number of internationally recognised jazz professionals have been invited to perform, along with our local jazz musicians. The Festival will open on Sunday 11th June with a family jazz concert at The Lighthouse Centre for the Arts in Poole, hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Clare Teal who ...
16 Jun 2017 to 17 Jun 2017

Classic Rock & Blues Festival held at St Leonards Farm Park! 16th – 17th June 2017 Day tickets & weekend tickets available by visiting the website.
17 June 2017

Enjoy a mid summer evening steam hauled trip through the Isle of Purbeck and travel back in time to the Rock and Roll era with live music along the way. Hugh Budden and The Blue Chords (Rich, Queenie, Andy, Steve and Harvey) will be performing the hits of yesteryear. The Rock and Roll Express will depart from Swanage Station at 7.30pm Returning at approximately 10pm. Tickets £15 Adults, £7 Children (5-15) Family (2A + 3C) £40
18 June 2017

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of women-only events raising money for research into all 200 types of cancer. Time: 10am start Distance: 5k
18 June 2017

Treat you Dad on Father's day at Monkey World! Dads get 50% off entry on Sunday 18th June, so bring your family to see ours! Simply download a voucher from the website & present on arrival at the entrance gate.
17 Jun 2017 to 18 Jun 2017

Treat Dad to a once-in-a-life-time chance to drive some iconic cars. Choose from a selection of cars, from supercars to luxury marques. For a present that your Dad will talk about for years to come, bring him along to Haynes for a Fathers Day to remember! Dont worry, there's plenty for mum and the kids to do too; why not visit the Museum or enjoy a pit stop in Café 750 – from delicious snacks to fully loaded lunches. Not just another track day experience.....the 30-minute driving ...
17 Jun 2017 to 18 Jun 2017

This year's Gardens Open Weekend to raise funds for St Peter's Church will be held on 17th and 18th June from 2 pm to 6 pm on each day. The Manor House Gardens will be open as well as over 20 other gardens in the village. This event takes place every two years and its financial success is essential to the future of the Church. Cream teas and home-made cakes will be served in the Tithe Barn, and there will be plants, collectables and second-hand books on sale. There will also be an ...
18 June 2017

Make it an unforgettable Father’s Day at the Beaulieu Hot Rod and Custom Drive In Day. The South’s biggest Hot Rod and Custom event features hundreds of cool, colourful custom cars, live music and hip entertainment throughout the day!
18 June 2017

A classic distance triathlon from the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy. 1500m open water swim in Portland Harbour 40k cycle around the island - the Heights to Portland Bill 10k run along the Rodwell Trail (mainly flat but multi surface).
17 Jun 2017 to 19 Jun 2017

The Borough will welcome veterans, residents and visitors to a week of military and veterans commemorations and celebrations. Festival highlights will include the Service of Remembrance, a Seafront Parade with over 1,000 veterans, five marching bands, historic military vehicle static display, Tea Dance and more. The Armed Forces and our Veterans have made and continue to make a major contribution to our Nation and the Weymouth and Portland Event will honour, celebrate and provide a ...
20 June 2017

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm. This popular motorbike event runs from the first Tuesday in April to the end of September. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night ...
24 June 2017

Come to the beautiful Saxon town of Wareham on Midsummer’s Day for a concert of popular French pieces - from the birdsong of Janequin to chansons by Debussy with a few surprises along the way. Enjoy a glass of wine, readings and music - a delightful way to spend a summer evening! Venue: Lady St Mary Church, Wareham.

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