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Events and what's on in Dorchester

The historical town of Dorchester has built a range of strong communities over the years, and is now home to many fun and interesting events. Shows, fairs, music festivals and historical events regularly occur in Dorchester.

Dorchester welcomes the ever-popular Dorset County Show on an annual basis, an event certainly worth going to.

For most Dorset towns and villages, Dorchester is relatively easy to get to, so take a look at the upcoming events below.

 

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The next 8 events in Dorchester appear below.

25 October 2021

Dorset Museum, Dorchester, Dorset
Collections Discovery Centre Family ToursEnjoy this special tour for families in Dorset Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre. Find out what a curator does and how we look after our collections. Discover our Natural History collection including dinosaur footprints, prehistoric marine reptiles and birds and butterflies. Then enjoy a handling session in our Conservation Studio. Tours are limited, and booking online is essential due to the expected demand. 25 October Free with Museum entry. Booking essential. Meeting ...
28 October 2021

Dorset Museum, Dorchester, Dorset
Collections Discovery Centre Family ToursEnjoy this special tour for families in Dorset Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre. Find out what a curator does and how we look after our collections. Discover our Natural History collection including dinosaur footprints, prehistoric marine reptiles and birds and butterflies. Then enjoy a handling session in our Conservation Studio. Tours are limited, and booking online is essential due to the expected demand. Free with Museum entry. Booking essential. Meeting point: ...
30 October 2021

Drinks in the Clink: Spells in the CellsA brilliant and unique night out for any school of wizardry fan…. The evening begins with a serving of Butterbeer, a truly tasty beverage straight from the books. From there, things get even boozier with just a swish and a flick. Try your hand at mixing potions, whipped up in a cauldron. Using ingredients sourced from ancient magick textbooks, you’ll chop, grind, and mix up concoctions such as the Transfiguration Tonic, which you will then proceed to drink…. Practical magic, ...
25 Oct 2021 to 30 Oct 2021

Shire Hall Half-Term Halloween FunShire Hall will be full of scarily fun activities this half term! The witch is brewing a magic spell, It’s Halloween night and monsters dwell, Her pot is boiling and many spells she will weave, To cast them on all the children on Halloween eve. Throughout the half-term holidays, Shire Hall will become home to spooky family-friendly fun. We’ll have slippery slime-making workshops and a count the spiders trail. Come around our spooky underground cells at the most haunting time of the ...
28 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

Dorchester, Dorset
Dobbies gets Spooktacular this Halloween!A limited number of spaces at ever-popular event in Galton Perfect for a ghoulishly good family day out, Dobbies’ Halloween Spooktacular will get the whole family in the spooky spirit this October. Taking place from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 October, families in Galton are in for a cackle. Dobbies’ Spooktacular event is a great way to get the kids trick or treat fix, where they can get stuck into terrifying treats before taking part in games and dancing. Children across Galton can ...
23 Oct 2021 to 31 Oct 2021

Keep Military Museum, Dorchester, Dorset
The Keep Poppy ProjectFor Remembrance this year the Keep Military Museum is launching a Poppy Project. We're asking for visitors over the half term to help create felt poppies, which will be attached to netting and then draped over the front of our building, creating a stunning visual display that can be seen from across the town. To get involved, come to the museum over half term and visit our Poppy Stall, where you can make a felt poppy for free that will be included in the final tapestry. Each poppy can ...
17 November 2021

Dorset Museum, Dorchester, Dorset
Barbican QuartetThe Dorset Museum Music Society are fortunate in being able to make use of the Victorian Hall of the Dorset Museum, a unique environment that continues to draw enthusiastic praise from our visiting artists. Acclaimed for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times), the Barbican Quartet was formed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has rapidly achieved recognition as an outstanding young ensemble, winning many awards. They made their Wigmore Hall début in 2017 and ...
26 Nov 2021 to 27 Nov 2021

Dorchester, Dorset
Play: The Happiest Days Of Your LifeDuring World War II, the all-girls St. Swithins school is evacuated from London to avoid the Blitz. Due to an administrative error, the female students and staff are relocated to the Nutborne Boys School, whose headmaster, Wetherby Pond, is alarmed. He and St. Swithins headmistress Muriel Whitchurch agree to keep their mixed-sex campus a secret to avoid disturbing the parents, but they find it hard to deceive visiting inspectors. Performed by Dorchester Drama this play will be at the ...
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7 Oct 2021
Halloween Events in Dorset The October half-term is now synonymous with Halloween and the themed fun that takes place. If you’re out and about in Dorset, you’ll find many a Halloween event happening, so grab your broomsticks, sharpen those fangs, and prepare to have one hell of a good time! It's scary how much there is to choose from... Halloween Events Read more...
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...
16 Nov 2020
Shop for Dorset this Christmas Shop Dorset and it’s a win, win – not only will your gift please the recipient but by shopping locally online in these difficult times you’ll be helping our Dorset businesses. Below are just a few ideas for Christmas gifts and goodies. Cheesed off? – Well check out Delicious, the Weymouth deli that will deliver cheeses and wines to your Dorset door. Craig’s Dairy Farm Shop and Chalbury Food & Wine are open and well-stocked with tasty local ... Read more...
21 Oct 2020
Half-term Fun in Dorset So, it’s the October half term and you may be wondering how you’re going to keep the kids entertained in these restricted times! Well don’t worry, whether you are local resident or are staying in Dorset on a break, there’s lots to do throughout the seasons. Our Resort family has children of different ages and here are some of the things we plan to enjoy; perhaps you will too! Fossil Hunting – you may just discover the next big thing! Do be aware ... Read more...
3 Jul 2020
We've missed you too Firstly, thank you for staying away during lockdown; but now, here at Resort Dorset, we can’t wait to welcome you back. If you are looking for inspiration for this year’s staycation then look no further, Dorset has it all – beautiful beaches, rolling hills, rugged coastline, stunning coastal walks, and countryside rambles – breathe in the fresh air and leave your troubles behind. Dorset is a county of beauty and tranquillity, and although you will ... Read more...

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