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Events and what's on in Dorset

There's never a dull moment here! There's a huge choice of events in Dorset, you'll find tasty food festivals, red arrows displays, fireworks, music festivals, carnivals and theatre productions along with some smaller more quirky events to enjoy.

Whatever your interests might be, you'll find details of what's on in Dorset below. Use the tabs and you can 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 60 events in Dorset appear below.

23 February 2018

Weymouth, Dorset
Are you ready to ROCK! Immerse yourself in the incredible new live music experience with Rock For Heroes. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop music across the eras, in celebration of an incredible cause, Help for Heroes. We will be collecting for this amazing cause after every show. Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers, It’s the must see show of the year. With the music of artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Madonna, ...
24 February 2018

Beaulieu, New Forest, Dorset
Join us at the Motor Museum on Saturday 24 February as we unveil clips of long lost TV shows and commercials from the National Motor Museum Trust's Film and Video Collection. For over five years Sarah Wyatt and her team of volunteers have been exploring every nook and cranny in the Film and Video Collection and have found undiscovered recordings of long lost TV shows like Drive In, Wheelbase, Motorfair, The Motor Show, Wheels and Wheeltracks. The evening will commence at 7.30 pm in the ...
24 February 2018

Bridport, Dorset
The Bridport Pantomime Players are back, together with The Lyric School of Dance and The Rhythm Dance Centre to present Treasure Island, a brand new pantomime based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. Jim Hawkins embarks on a treacherous journey on the high seas having learnt from Billy Bones that he has been in possession of a precious treasure map. Accompanied by Squire Trelawney, Captain Smollett, Ma Hawkins and his friends, they find themselves getting a taste of adventure but ...
24 February 2018

Swanage, Dorset
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.
24 Feb 2018 to 25 Feb 2018

Poole, Dorset
With a wonderful array of over 110 stands to explore, therapies to try and advice to improve health and well-being - Lighthouse will be buzzing. In addition, there is a host of free daytime talks featuring some wonderful speakers, artists and facilitators. From Shakti dancing and shamanic drumming to the art of mindfulness, from crystal therapy to acupuncture, from jewellery to Tibetan arts and a fantastic free children's programme, there is something for everyone.
25 February 2018

Nothe Fort, Weymouth, Dorset
The Nothe Fort is delighted to host a Wedding Fair where you will be able to interact with many providers of goods and services to make your special day even more special.
26 Feb 2018 to 27 Feb 2018

Bournemouth, Dorset
Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed! Is Tiddler telling the truth? Will Monkey find his Mummy? Will George The Giant make lots of friends? Can the old lady really squash ...
28 February 2018

Poole, Dorset
On Wednesday 28 February, Haydn’s magnificent oratorio The Creation will be coming to Lighthouse, Poole. The BSO will be joined by Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, BSO Associate Guest Conductor and world-class soloists, soprano Lucy Crowe, tenor Benjamin Hulett and bass Christopher Purves, to perform this much loved work. Renowned for his fine musicianship, David Hill is well respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor. His talents are reflected in his appointments as Chief Conductor ...
28 Feb 2018 to 03 Mar 2018

Poole, Dorset
Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam, godfather of punk, Marc Bolan tried many styles on for size in his search to become a superstar. Before his tragic death in 1977, a few days short of his 30th Birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and an army of obsessive fans. This dynamic new musical looks behind the glitter and the sequins to discover what drove the “bard of Hackney” to become “bigger than Elvis”.
28 Feb 2018 to 03 Mar 2018

Wareham, Dorset
The Rex Players present their 2018 variety show "Happy Days" at the Rex Cinema, Wareham. A fun evening packed with quick-fire sketches, musical numbers, dance and magic. All money raised will go to the Rex Cinema's Projector Fund. Tickets £10.00, including a free glass of wine or soft drink, from Discover Purbeck Information Centre, Wareham 01929 552740
01 Mar 2018 to 03 Mar 2018

Wimborne, Dorset
This side-splitting stage adaptation, brought to life by new Community Project PROJECT PLAY, is everything you could possibly want it to be. It brings the exacting humour and characters to the stage that viewers have ‘roared’ at through their television sets. Following the untimely death of the Reverend Pottle, Dibley has been appointed a new vicar though, as she is a babe with a bob-cut and a magnificent bosom, her reception proves to be less than welcoming. From the somewhat ...
03 March 2018

Weymouth, Dorset
The Weymouth Music Festival is a non-competitive festival open to all musicians of all ages and abilities. Entrants have the rare opportunity to perform their music in front of an audience – many for the first time – and get feedback from a highly qualified and friendly adjudicator. The Festival provides a whole day of music, from 9am through till 5pm and it would be great to have an audience for our young (and not so young) performers. Please come along and support our local ...
04 March 2018

Weymouth, Dorset
The UK's No.1 classical vocal harmony quartet are back with another exhilarating tour - G4 LIVE! Having exploded into the industry and the public's hearts back in 2004 on the first series of the X-Factor, G4 continue to blow people away, year after year, with their unique style and impactful harmonic vocals, which are incomparable to any other. They have to be heard live to truly appreciate the power and passion of their voices! Having recently made their debut in Asia, and after ...
03 Mar 2018 to 04 Mar 2018

Dorchester, Dorset
Along with being able to see our cute little lambs, you’ll also have free entry to the Gardens & Animal Park! In the Animal Park 3rd & 4th March: Animal talks, presentations and Guinea Pig fishing Free bouncy castle Weymouth Beach Donkey Rides* Face painting
01 Mar 2018 to 04 Mar 2018

Swanage, Dorset
The 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. Over 100 musicians perform at 60 events in 15 indoor venues.
09 Mar 2018 to 10 Mar 2018

Bridport, Dorset
Bridport Youth Dance presents Out Of The Woods a collaborative production by Nikki Northover with additional choreography by Aimee Symes, Luke Robson and Matt Flint. PERFORMANCES 7.30pm Fri 9 March 3pm Sat 10 March 7.30pm Sat 10 March In a search for answers a girl goes on a journey that takes her to all kind of magical, thought provoking and enchanting places. Finally, she realises that all along the very answers she was searching for were right in front of her … she just hadn’t ...
10 March 2018

Poole, Dorset
Wessex Heartbeat & Dorset Cancer Care Foundation presents “Dancing with Choirs”. This show will bring local Choirs and Dance Academies together from the Bournemouth area and will also feature top Irish Dance Academy “Ceimoir School of Irish Dance”. The show will be hosted by Mari Pask, choreographer of “Lord of the Dance”. Venue: Lighthouse
10 March 2018

Weymouth, Dorset
The students of Dorchester Ballet and Dance present their exciting 60th Anniversary Show "PETER PAN"...join them at Weymouth Pavilion as they dance their way to Neverland!
08 Mar 2018 to 10 Mar 2018

Swanage, Dorset
The Swanage School are proud to present one of the nation's favourite musicals...'Grease' at the Mowlem Theatre. With over 70 students taking part, this show promises to have the audience singing along to all the well-known classics, such as, 'Summer Nights', 'Sandy' and 'You're the One That I Want'…..as well as tapping their toes to the live band on stage, The Hyper Vypers. Set in 1950s America, we follow Danny, Sandy, The T-Birds and the Pink Ladies through their friendships, ...
10 March 2018

Poole, Dorset
Peter and Grandad have gone camping for the weekend. Grandad says stick to the campsite but Peter has other ideas… Join Peter on a hilarious adventure through the fields and forest as he discovers new sounds and noises. Featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf. With new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic, this is Peter and the Wolf as you’ve never seen it before. Goblin Theatre's Peter and the Wolf is a brand new show with ...
11 March 2018

Weymouth, Dorset
Out & back starting at Bowleaze Green to Pleasure Pier. There will be T-shirts and medals for all who take part and trophies for the top 3 male and female runners. Register at the Riviera hotel between 9 and 9:45am
17 March 2018

Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Bridport, Dorset
Charity Spring Ball at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Burton Bradstock, with entertainment provided by Vinyl Monkeys. To be held on Saturday 17th March from 7.30pm until 1am. Tickets £15 per person Available from Michelle 07983 712156 or Helen 07762 374838 This event has kindly been organised of behalf of Weldmar Hospicecare and British Heart Foundation.
17 March 2018

Poole, Dorset
Puccini’s one-act operas Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi could hardly be more different: one is a moody romance ending in a grotesque murder on a barge in Paris, and the other is a sparkling comedy about a family inheritance in Florence. First performed in 2011 to great critical acclaim, this double bill shows Puccini at his finest as a master of the theatre that speaks to the heart. Venue: Lighthouse
18 March 2018

Weymouth, Dorset
Enter the half marathon as an individual or a two leg relay (6.1 & 6.9 miles). A brilliant pre-London Marathon race, or a great way to check out the sights of Weymouth. Raising money for Weldmar Hospicecare.
24 March 2018

Bridport, Dorset
Legendary Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon headlines an unmissable night at the Electric Palace. A highly acclaimed stand up, Ardal has toured to sell out audiences internationally (including extensive live work across the US, Canada, Australia, Far East and Europe) and has released two Top ten stand up DVD’s (Ardal O’Hanlon Live and Ardal O’Hanlon Live in Dublin). He continues to be one of the most sought after comedians working.
24 March 2018

Poole, Dorset
The national award-winning Wessex Youth Orchestra celebrates its musical talent this year, in a colourful showcase Gala Concert with music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin. The orchestra is delighted to be joined on this occasion by Russian violinist - Dunja Lavrova for a performance of Dvorak's Violin Concerto Op. 53. Venue: Lighthouse Concert Hall
23 Mar 2018 to 25 Mar 2018

Swanage, Dorset
During the Steam Gala an intensive timetable of both passenger and freight trains will be operated - giving visitors the opportunity to ride behind as many of the engines as possible, as well as giving great photo opportunities.
30 March 2018

Poole, Dorset
This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. Featuring some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T. Rex. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, cut short by a cruel twist of fate. Venue: Lighthouse Theatre
31 March 2018

Brewery Square, Dorchester, Dorset
Popular children's TV entertainer Andy Day will be paying a visit to Brewery Square on Saturday, 31 March to perform his much loved dinosaur-themed rap show. Two free performances will take place on the day with a meet and greet session after each. The first show will begin at 12pm and the second at 2pm, for further details to win a place at one of the meet and greet events, visit our Facebook page.
31 March 2018

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, Dorset
We are pleased to share that we have a new event taking place this year! Eat Dorset @ Abbotsbury Gardens will kick off our foodie season, with lots of local, seasonal produce on offer from our Dorset Food & Drink members. Save the date and join us for an event not to be missed!
30 Mar 2018 to 31 Mar 2018

Lyme Regis, Dorset
The annual Lyme Regis Beer Festival will once again be held at the Marine Theatre.
31 March 2018

Weymouth, Dorset
Head down to Radipole Gardens for a bit of old fashioned family fun. Lots to do from 11am until 3pm. Hunt the tokens to swap for eggs, treasure hunt around the gardens, best decorated Easter Bonnet parade, best dressed bunny (or of course any other cuddly animal!) Hot and cold refreshments available along with Sarah's Sundaes to tempt the tastebuds. Held in Radipole Gardens, Radipole Park Drive, Weymouth DT3 5EZ. Organised by the Friends of Radipole Parks and Gardens.
30 Mar 2018 to 01 Apr 2018

Bournemouth, Dorset
The hugely popular Big Bournemouth Beer Festival returns to the Bournemouth International Centre. There’s something for everyone at this year’s festival with a huge range of traditional real ales complemented by a range of novelty and seasonal beers, plus the ever popular cider and perry bar and a wine bar. Food and bar snacks will also be available to purchase.
01 April 2018

Lyme Regis, Dorset
Make an Easter Bonnet or just enjoy the spectacle of people in the parade wearing their Easter Bonnets. 2pm: Judging of Easter Bonnets in the Baptist Church. Easter Bonnet Parade 3pm from the Baptist Church, Broad Street, led by the Mayor finishing at the Jubilee Pavilion on the seafront. Majorettes forming part of the parade. Prizes in five age groups as well as those for ladies and gentlemen, and special prizes for the best under five entry.
30 Mar 2018 to 02 Apr 2018

Dorchester, Dorset
The Brewery Square Easter Egg Hunt is back for another year from Good Friday to Easter Monday, 10am - 4pm. Simply search for the eggs hidden around Brewery Square and return your form for a FREE Easter prize! Pick up your entrance form from the Concierge Office - we can be found opposite the Dorchester South Train Station.
30 Mar 2018 to 02 Apr 2018

FREE Easter Eggs for the first 100 children into the park from Good Friday until Easter Monday! The children’s Activity Centre is also open all week for fun filled activities and information.
30 Mar 2018 to 02 Apr 2018

Farmer Palmers, Wareham, Dorset
Daily Good Fri 30th March to Mon 2nd April incl. Spring into Easter Egg Hunts & Events. Baby animals, Easter Bunny and 4 days of Easter eggstravaganza. Daily Easter Egg Hunts
30 Mar 2018 to 02 Apr 2018

Kingston Maurward’s annual Easter Weekend 2018 is set to be full of egg-citement again this year with fun for all the family. Take part in this fun journey around the Kingston Maurward Animal Park while youngsters search for a chocolate egg surprise!. Once the hunt is over, stay and have fun feeding the sheep and goats, get up close to alpacas, and meet all the farmyard friends – cows, pigs, chickens, ducks and more.
03 April 2018

Poole, Dorset
Motor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson).
07 April 2018

Weymouth, Dorset
The Gin & Prosecco Festival is a boutique-type event of artisan gin and prosecco tasting in a garden party atmosphere at Weymouth Pavilion. Gin & Prosecco lovers can come together at one bespoke affair to enjoy both tastes. TICKETS are available online from Eventbrite and priced at £13+ booking fee and include: A FREE GLASS OF FIZZ ON ARRIVAL A FREE GIN GLASS TO TAKE HOME SAMPLES FROM THE DISTILLERS PAMPHLET & TASTING CARD FREE GIN & PROSECCO PEN TO MAKE NOTES OF THE GINS & ...
07 April 2018

Poole, Dorset
Two women. A fractured friendship. A car full of boxes and a message from a dead friend. An unexpected Nordic road trip sees two estranged friends thrown together on a tense journey from London to Oslo. The further Becky and Nat get from home, the closer they come to confronting the demons of their shared past. Spliced through with humour, slick physicality, an original contemporary soundtrack and video projection. Venue: Lighthouse
08 April 2018

Bournemouth, Dorset
Head to Bournemouth for this popular half marathon, 10K, 5K or 1K family fun run. Enjoy running alongside the English Channel coastline to raise vital funds for the fight against heart disease.
10 April 2018

Poole, Dorset
Motor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson).
11 Apr 2018 to 14 Apr 2018

Weymouth, Dorset
Everybody cut loose because Footloose, the musical, is dancing into Weymouth’s Pavilion Theatre. This smash hit show is being staged by WOW Youth Musical Theatre, the outstanding group who thrilled audiences with their acclaimed productions of Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Sister Act and Grease. Footloose tells the story of city boy Ren, who moves from Chicago to a small rural backwater where dancing and rock music are banned by the community's elders. Ren rebels and rocks the town as he ...
30 Mar 2018 to 15 Apr 2018

Swanage, Dorset
An exciting Easter trail around the park with a delicious prize to be won! £3 Location: Durlston Castle, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage.
30 Mar 2018 to 15 Apr 2018

Wareham, Dorset
This Easter Holiday explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history… See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Friday 30 March. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action. Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available every ...
30 Mar 2018 to 16 Apr 2018

Weymouth, Dorset
The Roarsome Dino Egg Hunt happens around the Town from the 30th March to 16th April. There is also a Dino Day on the 31st March. Young explorers can follow a trail of clues around Weymouth town to find ‘Jurassic Dino Eggs’ and solve a riddle to discover where a very rare ‘T-Rex Egg’ has been hidden. Entrants need to complete and return their trail form by Monday 16th April to be in with a chance of winning a bag full of Easter goodies! Retailers will be taking part by displaying a ...
17 April 2018

Poole, Dorset
Motor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson).
21 April 2018

Poole, Dorset
Coming to Old Poole Town on 21st April 2018 - Coastliners is a family-friendly festival bringing traditional sea shanties and sea-folk back to the good people of Dorset. It's time to sea what you've been missing out on and celebrate the cultural heritage of sea folk in the South-West! The festival programme will include numerous performances by shanty bands and folk acts from the South-West, craft workshops, film screenings, cultural heritage talks and an exhibition.
21 April 2018

Poole, Dorset
Grab your headtorches, tutus and neon bling and light up the night whilst you run, dance or walk around our 5k route in Poole Park, providing lots of neon fun for everyone. On the night you will be provided with glow sticks, bracelets and neon paint to decorate yourself with so you glow while you go! Sign up now and light up the lives of children and adults with disabilities by taking part.
22 April 2018

Beaulieu, New Forest, Dorset
Come to Beaulieu Boatjumble Sunday 22nd April; with hundreds of stands of boating bits, dinghies, equipment and craft from classics to nearly new. With thousands of new and used boating bargains, it makes for an unmissable event for all sailors. This is all set in the beautiful grounds of Beaulieu in the New Forest, Hampshire and admission includes entrance to the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey, and World of Top Gear.
24 April 2018

Poole, Dorset
Motor cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson).
26 Apr 2018 to 28 Apr 2018

Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Musical Theatre Company are proud to present Sister Act, the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty And The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are ...
28 April 2018

Wareham, Dorset
In 2018 Tiger 131 will only make two appearances in our arena. As the only running Tiger I tank in the world you really can't afford to miss it! While you’re not watching Tiger 131, its contemporaries and more in the arena display, you can explore the Tiger Exhibition, peruse traders and exhibitors around the site, or take a tracked vehicle ride yourself.
29 April 2018

Studland, Dorset
Stretching across the spectacular coastline of Dorset, choose either the 13-mile or 26-mile trek. The 26-mile trek will start from Durdle Door, one of Dorset’s most famous landmarks. From here you will follow the coastline, climbing and descending some steep hills, taking in some of the most breathtaking views of the South West Coast Path. At Worth Matravers the 13-mile trekkers will join the trek for a group finish in Studland, views of Old Harry Rocks and well earned celebratory ...
04 May 2018

Swanage, Dorset
ne of the best known love stories, performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed. Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world. It's the ballet that captures like no other the full range of human emotions - from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy. Founded in 1980 by the vastly experienced Austrian dancer ...
06 May 2018

Dorchester, Dorset
Plant Heritage hosts their bi-annual Spring Plant Fair on the back lawns of Athelhampton House. Entry to the plant sale and gardens is £7.00 with an upgrade to the House available at an additional cost.
06 May 2018

Dorchester, Dorset
How far can you throw Moores' Dorset Knob biscuits? Knob Eating, Knob Painting, a Knob & Spoon Race, Guess the weight of the Big Knob, Knob Darts and a Knob Pyramid. Venue: Kingston Maurward College
05 May 2018 to 06 May 2018

Lyme Regis, Dorset
The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is an annual event for the whole family. Enjoy walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits and lots of hands-on science for all ages. The Fossil Fair offers fun and rare fossils, minerals and jewellery from 50p up. Meet scientists from the Natural History Museum, British Antarctic Survey, Palaeontological Association, UK Onshore Geological Survey, Plymouth University, Natural England, Jurassic Coast, Dorset Geologists, Geological Society, Lyme Regis ...
04 May 2018 to 06 May 2018

Blandford, Dorset
Family rock festival raising money for Teddy20, a children's cancer charity. Camping available. All details on the website.

Latest Dorset Features

The latest Dorset articles from Resort Dorset are previewed below.

20 Feb 2018
Dorset’s Egg-stravaganza of Easter Activities! Easter is nearly here! Whether you’re visiting Dorset for a holiday or live here and want to explore more of your county, there’s never a shortage of places to go and activities for the kids – and big kids! – to get involved in. But what’s on? Dorset is chock full of family-friendly attractions, and many will be hosting Easter Egg Hunts or other fun activities for kids to enjoy over the Easter ... Read more...
12 Feb 2018
Escape to the Dorset countryside and breathe in the fresh air as you gaze over a landscape that looks untouched by time; you can just imagine days gone by, when horses pulled the plough and milk churns were left at the farm gate awaiting collection. Rural Dorset sits to the north and east of the county and is made up of rolling hills, chalk downlands, flower meadows, heathlands, and fertile farmland that produces a variety of crops. The Dorset Wildlife Trust has a number of ... Read more...
12 Feb 2018
A walk along Weymouth Esplanade towards Preston will take you to Overcombe Corner, then continue up the hill to Bowleaze Cove where there’s a small beach and all the facilities you could want for a family day out. The beach is mainly small shingle and sand and ideal for those with dogs in tow as they are allowed on the beach throughout the year. If you are driving, there’s a large car park alongside the beach. Between Overcombe and Bowleaze is a large area of grass ... Read more...

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