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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 60 events in Dorset appear below.

16 Aug 2022 to 20 Aug 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Bridport Musical Theatre Co. Anything GoesWhen the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, a comical disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. This hilarious musical romp across the Atlantic, directed by BMTC’s Dave Swaffield, features Cole Porter’s joyful score, including I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top and the show-stopping Anything ...
20 August 2022

Dorchester, Dorset
Dorchester Cider FestivalThe Dorchester Cider Festival returns to the Borough Gardens on 20th August at 2pm. A free-to-attend, family-friendly celebration of the region's finest cider producers, special guests, great food and live music throughout the day. Please purchase your 2022 festival cup from The Round Table Orange Gazebo – this will be the only cup available for use in the cider village. Meet and be served by our guest cider makers and sample numerous award-winning tipples, from delicate ...
20 August 2022

Dorchester, Dorset
Summer Music Series: Nova Foresta String QuartetJoin us at Sculpture by the Lakes for a Murder Mystery finale to our summer season. We have catapulted back to the 1920s as we work together to solve the mystery of the murdered ballerina. Who killed her? How can we catch them? And how will the mystery be solved? Join the hunt, search for clues and watch out for a cameo from the great Simon Gudgeon himself! Sculpture by the Lakes has commissioned this special murder mystery from Russell Biles and the Strictly Murder team. This brand-new ...
15 Aug 2022 to 21 Aug 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Bridport Carnival WeekBridport Carnival is a must-see event and a highlight of the town's calendar! The fun-packed extravaganza includes a grand procession held on the third Saturday in August each year and features plenty of floats and colourful walking entries. Here’s the proposed schedule for this year's carnival commencing Monday 15th August. Monday 15th August – Crowning of Bridport Royalty – Location to be advised. Tuesday 16th – Carnival Quiz at The Ropemakers, West Street, ...
16 Aug 2022 to 21 Aug 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Burton Bradstock Festival of Music & ArtThree days of brilliant classical, jazz and world music with internationally acclaimed performers, and a six-day art exhibition featuring some of the finest art and ceramics in the South West. Burton Bradstock village is just 3 miles west of Bridport.
21 August 2022

Weymouth, Dorset
Music in Greenhill Gardens - The OriginalsThe Originals have spent most of their lives playing great music in various bands. Here they are all together supplying a fantastic sound for you to enjoy ​ You will be singing their songs for days! Starts 2pm, (weather dependent).
21 August 2022

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster, Dorset
Open-air Theatre: Three Men in a BoatFollowing the continuing success of Old Herbaceous, Kick In The Head productions are back with a rip-roaring barrel of fun, Three Men in a Boat, with Giles Shenton (Old Herbaceous himself!) playing the part of Jerome K Jerome. Join Jerome as he recounts the hilarious story of his boating holiday along the magnificent River Thames with his two companions and Montmorency the dog. Come and join in the fun as Giles Shenton expertly takes the helm and pilots you through the ridiculous tale of ...
18 Aug 2022 to 21 Aug 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Purbeck Valley Folk FestivalPurbeck Valley Folk Festival is a small festival set on a farm on the beautiful Jurassic Coastline. We’re a festival that’s loved by everyone because there’s loads for kids to do, loads for parents and loads for the old folkies! It features outstanding, original young folk, roots and world music. We always encourage the young up and coming musicians too as well as booking national and international folk acts and a good variety of local music. There’s something for everyone. Three full ...
13 Aug 2022 to 21 Aug 2022

Weymouth, Dorset
Summer Panto: Pirates Ahoy!Weymouth’s famous summer panto has been a must-do event in Dorset for the past 10 years, and Seadog Billy and the gang can’t wait to welcome you all to their new venue in Lodmoor this August! It’s all hands on deck as our potty pirates embark on a mission to discover the Temple of Treasure and the riches that lie within – but it won’t be plain sailing, as lots of pirates from around the world join them in a race to the treasure, including the evil Captain Blackhead and his stupid ...
22 August 2022

Nothe Fort, Weymouth, Dorset
Live Music Sessions: Nothe FortWhat better way to start the week in the midsummer sun, than heading out to listen to some world-class music in the astonishing Nothe Fort walls! Courtney Pine presents House of Legends, plus special guests Tom Waters and Abel Collective. Ground-breaking and influential British music legend, who has been awarded an OBE for services to music, delivers his unique style of jazz with an exhilarating Caribbean flavour. Doors open at 5.30pm. The show starts at 6.30pm. More details and ...
23 August 2022

Poole, Dorset
Dream MachinesMotor cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay.
25 August 2022

‘You the Jury Day’ with Diane Janes.You the jury will consider the evidence, reach your own verdict, then decide whether or not justice was well served by the historical outcome. The cases have been selected with an eye to the insight they can give us on various aspects of our judicial system, or our social history. No advance preparation is required, but you will find a pen, a notebook and an open mind invaluable. Participants will be expected to listen to the evidence, making notes as they go, then discuss the case and ...
25 August 2022

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch, Dorset
Meet 'Bingo' From BlueyCome along to Adventure Wonderland and meet 'Bingo' from Bluey, who will be making appearances throughout the day. Enjoy the wide range of exciting rides and attractions such as Jungle Falls, Wild Bill's Runaway Train, Flying Elephants, Turbo teacups and lots more.
25 August 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Melplash ShowThe Melplash Agricultural Society Show is one of the South West’s premier agricultural exhibitions and is held at The West Bay Show grounds, Bridport, Dorset on the last Thursday before the August Bank holiday. There really will be something for everyone at our show. The show is packed full of exhibits including livestock, horses, homecrafts and horticulture. There are over 350 trade stands selling everything from locally produced food to tractors….and plenty in between!
25 August 2022

Poole, Dorset
Poole Quay Summer FireworksGet your groove on for Poole Quay Summer Fireworks, as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay for six weeks over the summer. Organised by BCP Tourism, the event will take place every Thursday (from 21st July until the 25th August) bringing a party atmosphere to Poole’s continental quayside with live music, entertainment and family fun before finishing with a firework finale over the largest natural harbour in Europe at 10PM! Entertainment will include ...
26 August 2022

Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth Friday FireworksBe prepared to be dazzled by the Bournemouth Firework display, taking place every Friday in August. Bournemouth seafront will light the skies up! Pull up a chair at your favourite spot across our beautiful coastline and watch the gorgeous pyrotechnic delights! Why not make a night of it and enjoy some food & drink in one of our many restaurants and bars in the town. This free event will kick off your weekend with a bang! Please note, changes can and do occur, please keep ...
27 August 2022

Dorchester, Dorset
Dorchester Open Air CinemaA free Open Air Cinema is being held in Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, on Saturday the 27 August 2022. Showing the visually beautiful Moana at 2pm, followed by the 1980s classic Back to the Future at 5.30pm! During the interval there will be live music from the incredible 8-piece band The Skalatans. It is encouraged that you arrive early and bring a blanket or deckchair to get yourselves set up for the day. There will be hot food to purchase, including wood-fired pizzas and hot dogs as ...
29 Jul 2022 to 28 Aug 2022

Bincombe Bumps Camping, Weymouth, Dorset
Bincombe Bumps Maize MazeCan you find the Wizard of Oz? Work your way along the yellow brick road, on the hunt to Emerald city where all your dreams come true in Bincombe Bumps Maize Maze! An a-maze-ing immersive adventure out of a favourite family story, the Wizard of Oz!
28 August 2022

Lyme Regis, Dorset
Candles on the CobbCandles on the Cobb is a dramatic and spectacular event illuminating the historic Cobb Harbour at Lyme Regis with 5000 tea-light candles, at the same time raising thousands of pounds for local and national charities.
28 August 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Turn your trash into cash and help raise money for the Mark Broad Memorial Fund at our giant car boot sale. Set up from 07:00 Start & Finish 07:00-13:00 Free parking Cars £7.00 Car & trailer £10.00 Small Van £10 Large Vans £15 Location: Symondsbury Cricket Club, Symondsbury, Bridport DT6 6EZ. For more information, call Richard 01308 422638.
22 Aug 2022 to 28 Aug 2022

Portland, Dorset
Portland WeekPortland Week is back for 2022! Seven days of family-friendly floatable fun and frolics at Portland Marina!!! Once again, we're raising funds and awareness for Clean Jurassic Coast, local #beachcleanwarriors and #boatfolkheroes helping to clear our stunning coastline of plastic pollution. There's loads to see and do from taster sessions and workshops to our inaugural boat jumble and eco market and, of course, the boatfolk folk boat floating festival, now over 2 days 🎶 We're looking ...
28 August 2022

Poole, Dorset
Rum SundaysPart of this year's Lighthouse Outside programme, taking place in the amphitheatre to the side of Lighthouse in summer 2022. An unforgettable theatre, music, comedy (for the grown ups and for kids) and more in our open-air setting. You'll be seated on the grass, so please bring your own chairs, picnic rug, blankets and cushions to sit on. Join us for a celebration of African Caribbean music and culture under the summer skies. From 11am - 8pm, our amphitheatre will be alive with music, ...
28 August 2022

Sherborne, Dorset
Sherborne Historic Vehicle RallyHeld in the magnificent setting of Sherborne School Courts, the event starts with a drive around the Dorset countryside and then returns to the school where vehicles are judged and admired by the visitors. This is an important fundraising event in the calendar of Sherborne Rotary Club with traditionally strong support from Car and Motorcycle clubs and the visiting public. Check out the HVR website for more information.
29 August 2022

Dorchester, Dorset
Anonymous FestivalAnonymous Festival is back with a fun-filled day of incredible live music from local young bands, amazing food and stalls. Venue: Borough Gardens.
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, ...
29 August 2022

Nothe Fort, Weymouth, Dorset
Live Music Sessions: Nothe Fort“Quite simply, the best boogie woogie piano player in this country today. His show is full of humour, warmth, and downright wizardry.” (Blues & Rhythm). What better way to start the week in the midsummer sun, than heading out to listen to some world-class boogie-woogie jazz from Ben Waters! That's right, Ben is back and performing with The Surfin' Birds, musical sensation based in Dorset. Doors open at 5.30pm. The show starts at 6.30pm. More details and tickets via the website below.
15 Jul 2022 to 29 Aug 2022

Bournemouth, Dorset
Summer LiveSummer Live is a free event in Bournemouth Square for all ages. Bournemouth town centre offers visitors a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars and the award-winning gardens. Live music every day (from 5pm week days / from 12pm weekends). Visit the huts and watch the artists in action as they paint, draw and create. * Henna body art * Outdoor 'Garden Bar' plus The Snack Shack Other huts include beach-themed jewellery, cool sunglasses and kids' toys Free entertainment ...
29 August 2022

Weymouth, Dorset
Weymouth Summer FireworksFree fireworks display over the bay at 9.30pm.
30 August 2022

Poole, Dorset
Dream MachinesMotor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay.
29 Apr 2022 to 02 Sep 2022

Agatha Christie ExhibitionJoin us at Shire Hall for an exhibition examining the life and works of one of the country’s favourite crime writers, Agatha Christie. From Hercule Poirot to Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s characters and stories have captivated readers and audiences for over 100 years. This exhibition will give visitors further insight into Christie’s writing and personal life, from the inspiration behind her work to the infamous story of her disappearance. Alongside the exhibition, Shire Hall will ...
03 September 2022

Bridport, Dorset
Bridport Hat FestivalDorset, you’ll need to hold on to your hats for this fabulous festival! Ascot has nothing on this beaut of a hat-themed weekend in Bridport. Originally starting in 2009 as a low-key bit of charitable fun, Bridport Hat Festival has now grown to be an important and spectacular event in the town’s busy calendar. ‘Haturday’ is the big day! Estimates of the number of hats vary but it’s thought to be between 5 and 10 thousand be-hatted folk! There will be pop-up bands and street ...
03 September 2022

New Forest, Dorset
New Forest Woodland FestivalCome and meet a host of New Forest Marque members at our Producers Roadshow. You'll be able to browse and buy fabulous New Forest food and drink, as well as handmade products from our art and craft members. The Roadshow takes place at Hoburne Bashley's Woodland h Festival. As well as food and drink stalls, there will be live music throughout the day and a series of guest speakers from the New Forest. You'll also have the opportunity to get hands-on with nature with a series of paid-for ...
01 Sep 2022 to 04 Sep 2022

Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth Air FestivalHuge free air festival with international aircraft, beach assault and air display teams. The Festival site is open daily from 10am with displays starting late morning/ early afternoon . See website for latest information.
03 Sep 2022 to 04 Sep 2022

Dorchester, Dorset
Dorset County ShowA celebration of all things Dorset and the countryside. Dedicated to superb family entertainment, showcasing agriculture, great shopping and so much more!
02 Sep 2022 to 04 Sep 2022

Lyme Regis, Dorset
Lyme Folk WeekendLyme Folk Weekend features an irresistible combination - the cream of the crop from the UK folk scene and the very best in local and youth music from our town and its surrounding area. Some of the country’s finest folk acts will be appearing at our a fabulous and atmospheric Marine Theatre, while ‘Out and About’ you can sample everything from Morris dancing to story-telling to shanty singing...Come to the seaside and enjoy music, dancing, storytelling, workshops and entertainment for all ...
04 September 2022

Portland, Dorset
Race to the BillThis is a well established Triathlon race around the Isle of Portland dedicated to one of our members Major Mick Welborn, a giant amongst men, who sadly passed away in September 2019. THE SWIM Swimming 1 loop around the breakwater in Portland Harbour, you will negotiate a 750m course around the huge rocks and orange marker buoys exiting the water no more than 50m away from a flat well organised transition area. THE BIKE 17.5km, 1 lap around Portland, seeing the famous Bill lighthouse ...
23 Jul 2022 to 04 Sep 2022

Tank Museum, Wareham, Dorset
Summer Holidays The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to life. Experience the biggest day out in history with 100 years of history, 300 tanks, kids activities, and more at Dorset’s largest indoor attraction. Tanks in Action Displays at 1pm every week day, tracked vehicle rides every weekday plus much more.
04 September 2022

Beaulieu, New Forest, Dorset
The Beaulieu Oak RunThe Beaulieu Oak Run will see pre 1905 veteran vehicles arrive at Beaulieu from 1pm on Sunday 4th September and be on display outside Palace House. Newly formed for 2022, The Beaulieu Oak Run will start at Buckler’s Hard with vehicles departing from here at 10am and following a route through the New Forest. Route details will follow with the locations where you can see these impressive vehicles passing through but vehicles are due to arrive at Palace House at approximately 1pm. Each ...
10 Sep 2022 to 11 Sep 2022

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset
Ballet at AthelhamptonMeaghan Grace Hinkis and Fredstep Fundraising present a weekend of live music and dance featuring stars of THE ROYAL BALLET & OTHERS performing on the beautiful grounds of Athelhampton House, in aid of the performing arts in the United Kindgdom and Ukraine. The beautiful gardens at Athelhampton will be open for pre-performance picnicing from 2pm on both dates. Please bring cushions if you wish, particularly for children. There will be an interval auction on Saturday and a raffle on ...
08 Sep 2022 to 11 Sep 2022

Portland, Dorset
b-side Festivalb-side returns to the Isle of Portland showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to this beautiful and intriguing island. Extraordinary, playful, witty and challenging our programme emerges from conversations between artists, producers and the residents of Portland. A generous mix of FREE and ticketed events will ensure that every Festival day offers a different experience - including artist talks, workshops, fanatical tours, and much more.
09 Sep 2022 to 11 Sep 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Classic Steam & Vehicle ShowThere is something for everyone at this show with a varied selection of vintage, modern and custom motorbikes, classic cars, tractors, vintage campervans, commercial vehicles, stationary engines as well as trade stalls and displays. Alongside all the exhibits, there will be trade stalls, onsite catering, coffee van, cider stall and our community tent which will be open all day and in the evening there will be music along with cans of beer, cider and soft drinks for sale.
10 Sep 2022 to 11 Sep 2022

Beaulieu, New Forest, Dorset
International AutojumbleBeaulieu’s most famous motoring event, the International Autojumble is the biggest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic. All kinds of vintage and classic motoring ephemera - motoring parts, accessories, automobilia, literature, tools and clothing, there is something for everyone and lots of bargains to be had. This long-awaited weekend of automotive enjoyment will bring together all manner of motoring spares, automobilia and historic vehicles for sale, with hundreds ...
11 September 2022

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster, Dorset
Mapperton Autumn Plant FairThis popular plant sale is held in the grounds of Mapperton. Access to our superb gardens (winner of the Garden of the Year 2020 Historic Houses award) is included in your entry price. Our twice yearly plant fair attracts a large number of stalls of specialist plantsmen from all over the region and is one of the largest and most popular specialist plant fairs in Dorset. A great day out for plant lovers in the area as well as those who want a ‘Gardeners Day out’ in fantastic ...
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 ...
09 Sep 2022 to 11 Sep 2022

Swanage, Dorset
Swanage Folk FestivalA weekend of concerts, dance displays, dance & music workshops, children’s activities, sessions and ceilidh.
11 September 2022

New Forest, Dorset
The Garmin New Forest MarathonThe Garmin New Forest Marathon is an established event raising £1.33 million for local causes over the last 38 years. The 2022 event returns to New Park Showground, Brockenhurst in the heart of the New Forest National Park on Sunday September 11th. Choose from a Full or Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Junior 1 mile/200m or Woodland Walk. Camping, Live Music, Kids Activity area, Food and Drink, Technical and local Traders and Parking complete the impressive line up for this much loved community ...
08 Sep 2022 to 11 Sep 2022

Dorchester, Dorset
Wellbeing by the LakesSet in the picturesque Sculpture by the Lakes park nestled in 26 acres of Dorset’s glorious countryside, Wellbeing by the Lakes is a 4-day festival exploring what it means to be mindful and live well in this fast-paced modern world. A curated blend of free expert talks, guided meditations, art and shopping marketplace, as well as bookable movement sessions, sound baths and healing therapies all designed to open your eyes to fresh experiences for health & wellbeing. Tickets to the ...
15 September 2022

Lyme Regis, Dorset
The Shanty SessionsAhoy there—local group The Chantry Buoys sing traditional sea shanties and other well known songs. Join them alongside special guests in the upstairs bar at the Marine Theatre. It will be a fun sing-along with local drinks, old seafaring melodies, and maritime frolics. Free entry - bar opens 7.30pm.
18 September 2022

Lulworth, Dorset
Dorset Blind Association Motor ShowThe Lulworth Castle Showground, sponsored by Hendy, will be open to the public for FREE from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm! Come along for a family fun day and view over 200 fantastic motors on display at the Castle Showground. There will be live entertainment, a kids’ fun area, food stalls, a beer tent and local craft and produce stalls. As this is a free event, all donations are greatly appreciated and enable Dorset Blind Association to keep offering its services in your local community.
30 Sep 2022 to 02 Oct 2022

Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea FestivalBournemouth’s annual celebration of art, culture, people and place, will run from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October. Arts by the Sea takes over Bournemouth town centre including the iconic Town Square, Lower Gardens and Pier Approach, filling it with a diverse mix of art forms from artists from across the UK and beyond. Various venues and outdoor spaces.
30 Sep 2022 to 02 Oct 2022

Weymouth, Dorset
Reel Masters Angling Show & CompetitionReel Masters is the UK’s first exhibition and competition held for saltwater and lure anglers. The saltwater and freshwater lure angling community have long-awaited a show catering to the needs of the thousands of anglers in the UK and beyond, bringing together everything they need in one place. The Reel Masters show, held at the Weymouth Pavilion, will have boats, terminal tackle and everything in between. Reel Masters is for everyone passionate about fishing and people new to ...
06 Oct 2022 to 08 Oct 2022

Museum of East Dorset, Wimborne, Dorset
Wimborne Model Railway Society ExhibitionA temporary exhibition at the Museum of East Dorset. On the 1st June 1847 the Southampton and Dorchester Railway opened its line through Wimborne. For a number of years Wimborne was the busiest station in Dorset. Subsequently the Southampton and Dorchester became part of the LSWR and later the Southern Railway. After nationalisation in 1948 the railway became part of Southern region of British Railways. The line through Wimborne finally closed in 1974 and now only a few traces of the ...
09 October 2022

Weymouth, Dorset
 Weymouth Beach MotocrossWeymouth & Portland Lions Club and Purbeck Motocross Club will be teaming up again this year to bring you this high-flying motocross extravaganza on Sunday October 9th, 2022 . Right here in Weymouth, right on the beach. The event will once again see the award-winning pristine sands of Weymouth Beach transformed into a motocross course, complete with bumps and jumps and all the thrills and spills of the race. This event attracts thousands of spectators and some of the best riders in the ...
15 Oct 2022 to 21 Oct 2022

Portland, Dorset
Weymouth Speed WeekHosted by the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy, Weymouth Speed Week is the oldest and longest-running speed sailing event in the world. Held annually since 1972, it has challenged sailors of a wide variety of wind-powered craft to sail as fast as they can over a distance of 500m with their speed being recorded as the average speed over that distance.
22 Oct 2022 to 23 Oct 2022

Sherborne, Dorset
Autumn Colours WeekendAutumn Colours Special Weekend - reduced price entry to the gardens. Brush away the cobwebs and enjoy a bracing walk around acres of magnificent garden surrounding the lake. Relax and marvel at the glorious colours of autumn reflected in the lake. Super location for a meet up with family and friends. The tearoom will be serving a takeaway menu with all your favourite cakes, coffee hand roasted on the estate, Sherborne Castle wine, savoury snacks and ice creams. The pop-up gift shop ...
23 October 2022

Beaulieu, New Forest, Dorset
Blue Light DayGet up-close to the latest emergency services vehicles at Blue Light Day on Sunday 23rd October as members from all emergency services park up within the grounds of the National Motor Museum. See fully kitted-out fire engines and ambulances, the purposeful motors of the police, Coastguard, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and other vital services. Please note: tickets for this event will be available soon.
22 Oct 2022 to 30 Oct 2022

Nothe Fort, Weymouth, Dorset
Halloween Fun at the FortDuring Halloween Nothe Fort becomes the spookiest place in Weymouth. Visit our famous ghost tunnels and lot, s, lots more ghostly activities to be announced soon... Activities are free with your entry ticket to the Fort. Annual passes accepted.
23 Oct 2022 to 30 Oct 2022

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster, Dorset
Mapperton Halloween Trailhe Haunted Halloween Garden Trail is back again this year at Mapperton. Join us for some spooktacular fun Sunday 23rd – Thursday 28th October. Children young and old will enjoy the spine-chilling trail around Mapperton Gardens. Explore the gardens through our Halloween Garden Trail with a series of clues as you find all the spooky areas hidden within the grounds. Fancy dress encouraged! More details coming soon on their website below!
12 November 2022

Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, Dorset
Sherborne Castle FireworksFireworks at the castle is an annual event and evening of entertainment includes hot food and drink concessions, a bar & funfair to keep the family entertained before we amaze you with a stunning laser and light show set to music before the main fireworks event. More details to follow.
17 Nov 2022 to 19 Nov 2022

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth, Dorset
Multi-award winners, WOW Youth Musical Theatre, continue their 40th Anniversary Year with a celebration of musicals featuring a selection from many of the acclaimed musicals and shows the group has performed over the years. WOW is renowned for its high-quality productions as reflected in this letter to the Dorset Echo about the 2021 WOW Show, “I've been a fan of the WOW shows since they began and Saturday night's performance was just brilliant, exuberant, professional and out of this ...
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