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Events and what's on in Dorset

There's never a dull moment here! With a huge choice of events in Dorset taking place throughout the year, you'll be entertained no matter when you visit.

You'll find tasty food festivals like the award-winning SEAFEAST - The Dorset Seafood Festival, red arrows and other spectacular flying displays at the Bournemouth Air Festival, fireworks aplenty, the world-famous Great Dorset Steam Fair, music festivals such as the Wessex Folk Festival, some fantastic theatre productions, comedy shows and of course some slightly quirkier events to enjoy (Bridport Hat Festival we're looking at you!)

Dorset County Show and Melplash Show are just two of many events giving you the chance to discover rural life in Dorset.

Whatever your interests, you'll find details of what's on in Dorset on this page. Use the tabs to browse events today, this weekend, this week or next week - or just use the calendar to find out what's on when you're visiting.

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The next 57 events in Dorset appear below.

17 Jan 2022 to 20 Jan 2022

Bournemouth, Dorset
UK Dance ChampionshipsThe UK Open Championships is one of the dance world's three major events in the UK and features the highest calibre of dancers, all competing to annex this famous title. Qualification rounds taking place in the morning, afternoon session, with the evenings hosting the finals. On Wednesday and Thursday, the six finalists of the main events perform encapsulating solo dances, all performed to the wonderful music of Ross Mitchell, his band and singers! Monday The UK Open ProAm Ballroom ...
21 January 2022

Poole, Dorset
The HandleBards: MacbethThe HandleBards are a three strong troupe of actors who pedal environmentally sustainable Shakespeare to venues across the UK. Forget the tears and tragedy and join the all-female troupe at Poole for their unhinged bicycle-powered, laugh-out-loud version of Macbeth. With music, mayhem and more costume changes than you can Shake a spear at, expect the HandleBards usual irreverent, charming and hilarious style to come bursting on to the stage. Venue: Lighthouse Poole
14 Jan 2022 to 22 Jan 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Pantomine: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsSwanage Drama Company are back with their annual family pantomime 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'! Come along and support some amazing local talent. Cheer for Snow White and boo and hiss for Queen Covidia. Can Prince Laughalot save the day or will the Queen's henchman Lateral and Flow get in the way? Will the Dame get her man and just who lives in that mysterious cottage in the woods? Find out by getting your tickets now for our show! You can get your tickets by booking online at ...
23 January 2022

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Dorset
Sunday Night Comedy with Marcus BrigstockeLive At The Apollo star Marcus Brigstocke heads to Weymouth Pavilion to headline Sunday Night Comedy! Marcus is the master of satirical comedy and has proved to be blisteringly funny over a wide range of topics including; climate change, religious extremism, immigration, loans companies, the Special Relationship, compensation culture, women’s magazines, The EU and David Blaine, not to mention his own personal battle against his middle class roots. Joining Marcus is the furiously funny ...
29 January 2022

Museum of East Dorset, Wimborne, Dorset
Mosaic WorkshopIn this workshop at the Museum of East Dorset you will learn about the various mosaic materials and techniques of cutting and laying tesserae. You will make a 25cmsq panel on board with a choice of vitreous glass and matt porcelain mosaic tile. You may bring a simple design which Joanna will help you adapt for mosaic, or use one of Joanna’s many tried and tested template design. Grouting will be demonstrated but you will need to complete this at home – grout and full instructions ...
27 Jan 2022 to 30 Jan 2022

Christchurch, Dorset
Pantomime: Sleeping BeautySleeping Beauty - The one-act pantomime of your dreams Princess Aurora’s christening is the perfect day until the wicked fairy Carabosse arrives uninvited. In revenge she casts a spell that the Princess will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die by her 21st birthday. Though unable to break this evil magic, the Fairy Queen sends the Princess to sleep for 100 years. Can an heroic Prince save the day? Perhaps a true love's kiss is the answer? It’s over a decade since the award ...
04 Feb 2022 to 05 Feb 2022

Dorchester, Dorset
Dorchester BeerexOver the years, Dorchester Beerex has raised over £200,000 for local good causes. Our 33rd event will take place in February 2022 at the Corn Exchange where there’ll be seating for 100 upstairs at all four sessions. Tickets for the two Saturday sessions normally sell very quickly, so why not come on Friday? This year there will be an acoustic live music set on the Friday evening. Friday 4th February 2022 11:00 – 16:00 (no music) 18:30 – 23:30 (with live acoustic music) Saturday ...
05 February 2022

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Dorset
Let's DanceAn evening of dance and song at Weymouth Pavilion from performers of all ages! Pre-show meals are available for this show. Served in the Piano Bar from 5pm. Booking is highly recommended. Call the Box Office on 01305 783225 to reserve your table.
02 Feb 2022 to 05 Feb 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Pantomime: Ali Baba & The Forty ThievesBridport Pantomime Players are really looking forward to the first week in February 2022 when they will be staging this show here at the Electric Palace, Bridport. Ali Baba is played by Cameron Love, making his debut with the Players, who adores Princess Haya Justine Gawen, daughter of the royal Sultan Teresa Grinter and the even more royal Sultana Amy Carlile. Ali’s Mum is Dame Barbara Baba, played with gusto by Greg Horton, and playing the part of his cheeky brother Cassim is Amy ...
05 February 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Park to Pier WalkJoin a Ranger for a stroll from Durlston Castle to Swanage Pier, on the way discovering the history, wildlife and geology of Durlston Bay. Once you reach the Pier, you will have the opportunity for a history talk led by a Pier Volunteer. Adult - £5.00 Child - £3.00 No booking required just turn up on the day. 10.30am meeting at Durlston Castle, Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL.
06 February 2022

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Dorset
Animals and Friends Farewell TourThe Animals were one of the most iconic Pop, Rhythm and Blues bands of the 1960’s. They had over 20 Global Top Ten Hits, and remain a seminal rhythm and blues band who still commands great respect. Featuring two original Members, founding member JOHN STEEL on Drums and MICKEY GALLAGHER, who replaced Alan Price in 1965 on keyboards. The gave us such huge hits such as “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “Baby, Let Me Take You Home”, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and ...
05 Feb 2022 to 06 Feb 2022

Poole, Dorset
Holistic FestivalThe Holistic Festival has grown into a hugely popular event and we are looking forward to bringing you a superb show once more on February 5th and 6th. With a fabulous array of stands to explore, therapies for try and a first class series of 40 talks and workshops, plus the ever popular children's programme and clairvoyance show, it promises to be a wonderful, bright weekend. We look forward to seeing you there. Venue: Lighthouse Poole
04 Feb 2022 to 06 Feb 2022

Portland, Dorset
Panto: Alice in PortlandAlice in Portland; The Royal Manor Theatre Company's family pantomime for 2022. Alice wakes after a deep sleep to find herself in a strange place inhabited by the weirdest of characters. On discovering she is the prime suspect in the theft of a valuable jewel, Alice leads the Mad Hatter, March Hare and the double trouble twins, Tweedle dee and Tweedle Dum in a quest to prove her innocence. Alice ventures the length and breadth of Portland and meets curious characters and wondrous animals ...
09 Feb 2022 to 10 Feb 2022

Bournemouth, Dorset
John Bishop - Right Here, Right NowJohn has achieved huge success with a number of his own comedy, entertainment and documentary shows including- John Bishop’s Australia (BBC1), John Bishop’s Britain (BBC1); ‘John Bishop’s Only Joking (Sky1); The John Bishop Show (BBC1); The John Bishop Christmas Show (BBC1) and John Bishop’s Gorilla Adventure (ITV1). More recently John Bishop’s Ireland for ITV1 and four mammoth series of the critically acclaimed John Bishop: In Conversation With… which saw him chatting, one to one with some ...
13 February 2022

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Dorset
Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-WroteCult hit event Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote comes to town, with an interactive screening of the classic Murder, She Wrote episode “Broadway Malady”. Jessica Fletcher heads to New York City but soon gets caught up in a murder mystery only she (or you!) can solve! Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote is a unique and hilarious night featuring games, prizes and audience participation, with special permission from NBC Universal Television. See the show Time Out rated one of 2021 and 2019’s 50 ...
16 February 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Mark Watson: This Can't be ITWe’ve all had some pondering to do about the fragility of life recently, but don’t worry, skinny national treasure Mark Watson has it covered. At 41, he’s halfway through his days on earth, according to the life expectancy calculator app he paid £1.49 for. That life is in the best shape in living memory… but one problem remains, and it really is a huge one. Spiritual enquiry meets high-octane observational comedy as the ‘Taskmaster’ survivor, multi-award-winner and “No More Jockeys” cult ...
17 February 2022

Weymouth, Dorset
Friends! The Musical ParodyFriends! The Musical Parody celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of the group of 20-something pals we love from the hit TV show as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990’s Manhattan. Friends! The Musical Parody is a hilarious good-hearted romp through our favourite moments from the hit TV show in an uncensored, hilarious, fast-paced, music-filled production. Ross, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Joey and Rachel, haven’t gone anywhere and are singing and ...
19 February 2022

Poole, Dorset
Ahir Shah: DressFeaturing his signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and sweet gags, Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ahir Shah returns to stand-up with a new show about significance, insignificance, and scurvy. Ahir’s last show, Dots, was recorded as a special for HBO Max (albeit after a 14 month delay brought about by events you may recall). That show was about uncertainty. Ideally, this tour will end in a way that is less on the nose. As seen on Mock The Week, Live ...
17 Feb 2022 to 19 Feb 2022

Wimborne, Dorset
Farcical Comedy: When We Are MarriedWimborne Drama Productions present 'When We Are Married', a farcical comedy by J.B. Priestley. In the heart of Northern England, three respectable couples, married on the same day, at the same church, and by the same vicar, join to celebrate 25 years of blissful matrimony. Or so they think… The happy celebrations are brought to a sudden halt by a shocking revelation - these pillars of the community aren’t quite as respectably married as they thought they were! As the home truths fly ...
19 Feb 2022 to 20 Feb 2022

Tank Museum, Wareham, Dorset
South West Model ShowThe biggest model show in the South West is back at the Tank Museum! Traders, exhibitors and modelling demonstrations alongside the real thing. Model planes, ships, trains and, of course, tanks of all types and sizes will be available to see, make and purchase. Open 9am to 5pm Traders & Exhibitors Specialist talks and tours Live Model Displays Indoor only event Explore The Tank Museum
04 Jan 2022 to 22 Feb 2022

Bournemouth, Dorset
Cool Coast Ice RinkWe’re back, the largest indoor ice skating rink on the South Coast at Bournemouth International Centre. Thousands of you enjoy our ice rink every year, as it’s the perfect day out with your friends and family. It’s even a great way to stay fit and active over the wintery months. At Cool Coast Ice Rink, you can enjoy a fun-filled ice skating experience regardless of the weather outside. With our indoor ice rink, we’ve always got you covered, literally! Ice skating session times run from ...
23 February 2022

Poole, Dorset
BSO: Life Over DeathBeethoven’s overture quickly acquired an independent life from its original ballet. It is a straightforward and rousing curtain-raiser celebrating the heroic aspects of the mythical bringer of fire and life. The atmospheric opening of Sibelius’ only concerto casts an immediate spell of mystery. The solo violin emerges out of a murmuring bed of strings, with a long, yearning theme of ever-growing intensity, which continues to be developed throughout before reaching the thrilling finale. ...
27 February 2022

Wimborne, Dorset
Clive Anderson: Me, Macbeth and IThe host of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Loose Ends and Talks Back takes to the road with his much-anticipated first ever solo tour, in a one-man show guaranteed to be funnier than Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. Venue; Tivoli Theatre
19 Feb 2022 to 27 Feb 2022

Tank Museum, Wareham, Dorset
Half Term Family Fun at the Tank MuseumHalf Term animal fun for the whole family to enjoy. Experience the biggest day out in history with 100 years of history, 300 tanks, kids' activities, and more at Dorset’s largest indoor attraction. Enjoy animal-themed activities all week with Tank Zoo! Find out about the brave furry and feathered friends in the Animals at War game, colouring and craft activities, plus trails and talks. Animal-themed activities running 21 February – 27 February 2022 Open daily 10am-5pm Trails, ...
13 Jan 2022 to 27 Feb 2022

Wareham, Dorset
Illuminate at The Blue PoolNew for 2022 - The Blue Pool has teamed up with OT Event Technicians to create ILLUMINATE at The Blue Pool. Begin the New Year with a spectacular evening of illuminations and music, take time to reflect in the peaceful tranquillity of The Blue Pool at night. Over 1km of professionally staged illuminations, lighting the meandering woodland trails. Glimpse the beautiful deep waters of the Pool and the ancient woodland whilst stopping at carefully selected positions along the way to relax ...
05 March 2022

Weymouth, Dorset
Dorchester Ballet & Dance - NarniaA dance performance inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia, brought to you by the students of Dorchester Ballet & Dance. Join our dancers for an exciting trip through the fantasy world of Narnia. Postponed from Saturday 21st March, Sunday 6th September 2020, Saturday 27th February 2021 AND Saturday 8th May 2021. Existing tickets will remain valid for this performance. Pre-show meals are available for this show. Served in the Piano Bar. Booking is highly recommended. Call the Box ...
28 Feb 2022 to 05 Mar 2022

Poole, Dorset
Hairspray - The MusicalThe international musical phenomenon Hairspray returns! After breaking box office records and delighting audiences in the West-End, on Broadway and on the big screen since 1988, this smash hit musical-comedy has quite the legacy. Welcome to the 60s, where everyone’s grooving to a brand-new sound! Enter our vivacious heroine Tracy Turnblad, who has big hair, a big heart, and big dreams to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. When Tracy becomes a ...
02 Mar 2022 to 05 Mar 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour DreamcoatSwanage School returns to the Mowlem Theatre with their latest annual Musical. Tickets are for sale ONLINE ONLY or over the phone via TicketSource – not in the Box Office.
05 March 2022

Wimborne, Dorset
The FureysLegends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return to the Tivoli! The FUREYS have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late ...
03 Mar 2022 to 06 Mar 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Blues FestivalThe Swanage Blues Festival brings together an amazing collection of Blues musicians, fans and friends for a weekend of jams, open mics and headline performances that will have you coming back time after time. Various venues.
07 March 2022

Bournemouth, Dorset
The Wanted - Most Wanted, The Greatest Hits TourThe Wanted have announced that they are back together again after a seven-year hiatus, and will be releasing their greatest hits album Most Wanted– The Greatest Hits, and embarking on a UK tour. Most Wanted-The Greatest Hits is a collection of all the band's huge worldwide hits, many of which were written by the lads themselves. The band's catalogue contains pop masterpieces including the Number 1 Singles All Time Low and Glad You Came’, the 2010 Comic Relief single Gold Forever, the ...
11 March 2022

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Dorset
The Manfreds - Hits, Jazz & Blues TourThe Manfreds are returning to The Weymouth Pavilion on Friday 11th March for a much awaited performance. They are considered one of the finest and most respected bands from the ‘60’s era and their numerous hits were not just ‘pop’ songs. Many were R&B based with an undercurrent of jazz - a very unusual but winning combination of playing style and substance. As a result, their records have a timeless quality and, almost 60 years on, The Manfreds, with original front man, Paul Jones, ...
16 March 2022

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Dorset
Sir Ranulph Fiennes - Living DangerouslyNamed by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’, Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken. Amongst his many record-breaking achievements, he was the first to reach both Poles, the first to cross the Antarctic and Arctic Ocean, and the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis. In Living Dangerously, Sir Ranulph offers a ...
18 March 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest 2022Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert! A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC). This show has been rescheduled from these dates – Fri 12 June 2020, ...
18 March 2022

Tank Museum, Wareham, Dorset
Fury ExperienceA new premium experience day celebrating the Sherman tank in general – and one Hollywood star in particular. Back after popular demand after its launch in 2021, designed for fans of the film “Fury” and focuses on what some believe to be the best Allied tank of the Second World War. 18 March 9am to 5pm Delicious refreshments included Discover all you’ve ever wanted to know about the Sherman Find out how The Tank Museum was involved in the film Get up close with one of the Museum’s ...
18 March 2022

Portland, Dorset
Yes!, Yes!, UCS!Townsend Theatre Productions in association with Manchester University present the story of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders (UCS) using their trademark integration of live rock and folk inspired music, sound and visual effects to enhance the powerful theatrical story-telling, to intensify the emotional engagement and audience enthusiasm for meaningful and important messages of hope, social justice and improvements in quality of life. Yes! Yes! U.C.S! is a celebration of the community ...
19 March 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Codebreakers: The Story of EnigmaThis show by Dr Mark Baldwin is one of the Second World War’s most fascinating stories and is that of the Allied Codebreakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used the intelligence so gained to hasten Allied victory. The Germans had entrusted their secret communications to an ingenious ciphering machine the Enigma, which was portable, easily operated, and could be set up in millions of ways. The codes were used and every one was changed every 24 ...
19 March 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Pier to Park WalkMeeting at Swanage Pier, join a Jurassic Coast Volunteer for a stroll from Swanage Pier to Durlston Castle, on the way discovering the history, wildlife and geology of the bay. Once you reach Durlston, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the country park led by a Ranger. Adult - £5.00 Child - £3.00 No booking required just turn up on the day. Meeting at Swanage Pier gatehouse, 10.30am.
22 March 2022

Poole, Dorset
An Evening with Kate HumbleJoin Kate Humble, one of the UK’s best-known and loved TV presenters, as she takes the audience on a fun and inspiring journey full of warmth and passion for the natural world - talking travel, adventures, animals & more. The show features travel, adventure and animal stories throughout. Kate is a farmer, best-selling author, activist, entrepreneur and one of the UK’s best–known and loved TV presenters. She started her television career as a researcher, later presenting programmes such ...
24 Mar 2022 to 26 Mar 2022

Corfe Castle, Dorset
The Wonderful Wizard of OzA spectacular magical adventure for all ages! Double Act drama group, the double NODA award-winning company, are pleased to announce their return to the stage with their version of……… The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! Venue: Corfe Castle Village Hall Tickets via
29 Mar 2022 to 30 Mar 2022

Bournemouth, Dorset
Musical Version of The War of The WorldsOne of the most trailblazing arena tours of all time, Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of The Worlds’ - Alive on Stage! returns to arenas throughout the UK. Based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale, it remains a firm favourite to millions around the world, exciting audiences of all ages. In 2006 TWOTW was already considered a cutting edge production with six trucks filled to the brim. The new production, which marks a momentous 15 years of live touring, the production be up to 12 ...
09 April 2022

Bridport, Dorset
DreadzoneFast approaching their 30th anniversary, Dreadzone are an unstoppable force who have long been, and still are, one of the best live bands around with a loyal and ever growing fanbase due in part to their storming and energetic live shows. The core members Greg Dread and original bassmaster Leo Williams plus the unmistakable MC Spee and legendary reggae vocalist Earl 16 alongside Bazil on technology make up the current Dreadzone live line up. Dreadzone have been releasing albums and ...
09 Apr 2022 to 10 Apr 2022

Shire Hall Easter MarketJoin us at Shire Hall for our first Easter Market! Free to enter, the market will host over 20 local businesses, selling everything from food and drink to jewellery and photography. The museum at Shire Hall will not be open for visitors over the market weekend, however, people will still have the chance to look around this Grade I listed building. Market stalls will be spread across Shire Hall, from the café and exhibition rooms to the historic courthouse and cells. FREE to ...
13 Apr 2022 to 16 Apr 2022

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Dorset
WOW Presents GreaseWOW celebrates its 40th anniversary with a production of the smash-hit musical, GREASE at Weymouth Pavilion Theatre. Grease is the original high-school musical and WOW’s teenage cast bring their abundant talent and youthful energy to the roles of teens at the fictional Rydell High. The electrifying dance moves matched to the much-loved songs, including You’re The One That I Want, Summer Nights and Greased Lightnin’, will thrill audiences of all ages in this sizzling show. Grease is ...
22 April 2022

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Dorset
Easter Panto: The Wizard of OzStarring comedy legend BOBBY DAVRO as Scarecrow X-Factor and Celebrity Big Brother’s STEVI RITCHIE as Tin Man. This April, follow the Yellow Brick Road to Weymouth Pavilion for a fantastic all-new Easter pantomime version of The Wizard of Oz. Join Kansas farm-girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on this magical adventure suitable for all ages. Watch in amazement as they are picked up by a tornado and carried off to the magical Land of Oz. With help from their new friends the Munchkins, ...
29 Apr 2022 to 01 May 2022

New Forest, Dorset
BBC Gardeners' World Spring FairBBC Gardeners' World Spring Fair, partnered by Hillier, returns to Beaulieu on Friday 29th April - Sunday 1st May 2022. Visit Beaulieu this spring for a fair that will feature high-quality nurseries with displays and plants for sale, an inspirational collection of Beautiful Borders, 1-to-1 expert gardening advice and a range of gardening exhibitors to shop from. Visitors will also be able to enjoy specialist and seasonal fayre to taste and buy at the BBC Good Food Market. All this plus ...
14 May 2022 to 15 May 2022

Beaulieu, New Forest, Dorset
Spring AutojumbleSpring Autojumble at Beaulieu is the one-stop-shop for all your classic motoring needs. Whether you are seeking an illusive part for your historic vehicle project, or simply in need of a terrific motoring-themed day out, then mark May 14 and 15 in your diary! With hundreds of stands packed with spare parts, books, automobilia, model cars and much more motoring miscellany besides, there’s a reason why Spring Autojumble has been a highlight of the events calendar for enthusiasts for over a ...
14 May 2022 to 29 May 2022

Dorchester, Dorset
Dorset Art WeeksDorset Arts Weeks is one of the largest Open Studio events in the country. Throughout Dorset, it brings artists and visitors together in ways that are often remarkable and profoundly different from entering a public gallery. DAW is fundamentally as much about engagement between people as about people and art. At almost all venues the artists, designers or makers will be on-hand to help you engage with the work, keen to talk to you about the extraordinary range of materials, skills and ...
28 May 2022 to 29 May 2022

Weymouth, Dorset
Fayre in the SquareTwo days of entertainment along Hope Square & Trinity Rd with live bands, street entertainment and loads to do for all the family!
02 Jun 2022 to 05 Jun 2022

Christchurch, Dorset
Christchurch Food FestivalA 4-day bank holiday celebration of great food and drink, community, entertainment and summertime fun in the glorious location of Christchurch Quay. We have lots of plans for even more entertainment, features and activities as well as the huge array of great food and drink and we will update our site with more information as we get closer to the event.
02 Jun 2022 to 05 Jun 2022

Lyme Regis, Dorset
Jazz JurassicaMind-blowing music. An unbeatable seaside setting. Award-wining performers. Breakthrough acts. And lots of free concerts. It’s a Bank Holiday weekend of music and fun for friends, families and visitors. This year’s festival will be truly memorable.
12 Jun 2022 to 24 Jun 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Bridport Food FestivalThe week of delicious food events around the town and surrounding area will take place from Sunday 12th June 2022.
03 July 2022

Weymouth, Dorset
Sutton Poyntz Victorian Street FayreRaising money for a variety of charities, Sutton Poyntz village centre is closed to traffic to allow for a variety of stalls to be set up. Enjoy tasty food and drink, competitions and tombolas. Both locals and holidaymakers flock to the village for this fun day out.
08 Jul 2022 to 09 Jul 2022

Poole, Dorset
Sandpolo at SandbanksA firm fixture in Dorset’s social calendar, Sandpolo brings world-class polo to Sandbanks in Poole. The unique, high-energy format makes one of the oldest equestrian sports easier for both newcomers to follow, and dedicated polo fans to enjoy. Of course, it’s not just about the weekend’s sport – Sandpolo brings fashion, food and entertainment together; enjoy a day of fine-dining in the Gold Hospitality marquee, take time out and make the most of the street food village, relax at the ...
28 Jul 2022 to 31 Jul 2022

Lulworth, Dorset
Camp BestivalWe'll be returning to Lulworth Castle, on Dorset's stunning Jurassic Coast for more award-winning family fun from Thursday July 28th to Sunday July 31st and look forward to seeing you all there! Camp Bestival 2022 tickets are on sale now with a payment plan available to help spread the total cost over multiple payments.
25 Aug 2022 to 29 Aug 2022

Blandford, Dorset
Great Dorset Steam FairFrom small beginnings this annual event has become one of the favoured places for those interested in how people lived, worked and played in bygone years and it is now justifiably recognised as “The National Heritage Show” as well as being regarded as the leading show of its type in the world. The spectacle covers an enormous showground, at over 600 acres being one of Europe’s largest outdoor event locations. 2022 will see the show celebrate its 52nd year. If it's heritage related, ...
10 Sep 2022 to 11 Sep 2022

Weymouth, Dorset
SEAFEAST - The Dorset Seafood FestivalA visit to SEAFEAST - the award-winning Dorset Seafood Festival - offers an amazing opportunity to gain a better understanding of the superb seafood available to us just off our wonderful shores. For 2022, the event continues at the Weymouth Peninsula, taking place on 10th and 11th September. Offering delicious seafood, quality wines and local ales, as well as family entertainment, here’s a snapshot of what to expect: - Taste fresh seafood dishes from a great selection of stalls, or ...
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13 Jul 2021
Hidden gems - secret places to visit in Dorset Get off the beaten track in Dorset, and explore some of these hidden locations. Dorset is well-known for some spectacular places to visit, but there’s much more just waiting to be discovered. Some of these are more secret than others, but most are free and well worth adding to any itinerary – there are lots of great hidden things to do here, especially if you’re looking to escape! 1. Chapman’s Pool A pretty little hidden cove nestled in the Isle of ... Read more...
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