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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.

 

No events were found in Dorchester, but please check out these other events nearby.
02 Oct 2020 to 03 Oct 2020

Bournemouth, Dorset
The Gin to My Tonic FestivalThe Gin To My Tonic Festival brings together over 100 different gins from across the UK and beyond. Each gin stocked behind the bars has been selected based on outstanding craftsmanship, delightful flavour and the most enjoyable drinking experiences. The festival is here to take you on a journey of gin discovery! What’s more, we believe gin should be served correctly which is why we offer 35ml serves (as opposed to the average 25ml) as standard! The Gin To My Tonic Festival will take ...
25 Sep 2020 to 04 Oct 2020

Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea FestivalWe are thrilled to announce that Arts by the Sea Festival will go ahead in 2020 in a revised, COVID-friendly format. The festival will now take place with a reduced number of live physical events consisting of a handful of limited capacity, outdoor installations across Bournemouth Gardens and local beaches. The festival will also host more online activities where workshops and live streams will become a part of this year's format as we strive to meet government safety guidelines whilst still ...
24 Oct 2020 to 25 Oct 2020

Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, Dorset
Autumn Colours WeekendExplore acres of impressive gardens beside the lake and witness the spectacular autumn colours all around you.
28 October 2020

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch, Dorset
Monster Minions at Adventure WonderlandMonster Minions will be the star attraction at Adventure Wonderland during October half-term. These mischievous minions will fit right in with all the fang-tastic Halloween celebrations at the park which includes a scary maze and a live Halloween show. They will be making personal appearances throughout the day, so cameras at the ready! Spooktacular! Pre-book your tickets via the website.
24 Oct 2020 to 31 Oct 2020

Nothe Fort, Weymouth, Dorset
Halloween Family FunIn the run up to Halloween, Nothe Fort will become the spookiest place in Weymouth! With ghost tours, craft activities and much, much more, there is something for all the family in this Halloween extravaganza. Warning: Only for the bravest visitors! Enter if you dare!
24 Oct 2020 to 31 Oct 2020

Weymouth, Dorset
Survival ZoneThis immersive, theatrical experience puts our guests in the middle of a crisis – the Living Dead have taken over! The south coast's premier scare attraction, we scare the hell out of you!
24 Oct 2020 to 01 Nov 2020

Wareham, Dorset
Half Term Family Fun at the Tank MuseumThe 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. * Activities running 24 October – 1 November 2020 * Open daily 10am-5pm * Mini Landrover Driving from Mini Landies * Free trails * Brand new WW2 Exhibition * Allow 4-5hrs for your visit
24 Oct 2020 to 01 Nov 2020

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch, Dorset
Half Term Halloween Fun Tricks, Treats, Meet & Greets: Adventure Wonderland is busy planning another spooktacular Halloween half-term event. Join us between 24 October and 1st November for a spooky selection of entertainment throughout the park! Book your tickets now at www.adventurewonderland.co.uk
24 Oct 2020 to 01 Nov 2020

Wareham, Dorset
Halloween Half-term at Monkey WorldGet your Creatures of the Night activity sheet with Monkey World’s Halloween half-term pack, available every day from 24th October to 1st November. The children’s activity centre is also open with spooky sand art and creepy crafts, and a spook station in the park will introduce children to creatures of the night! Free entry to all children in full Halloween fancy dress on the 31st October! Join in a fang-tastic day, with spooky trails, scary storytelling and a free fancy dress competition ...
26 Oct 2020 to 30 Nov 2020

Farmer Palmers, Wareham, Dorset
Spooky Halloween Fun at Farmer Palmer'sLow-key fangtastic Halloween fun for little ones with cauldrons full of family fun! The whole farm park has a spooky makeover and the team are transformed into our entertaining 'Boo Crew'. Dressing up and getting into the 'spirit' of things is highly encouraged. We are currently working on a "Palmer's Pumpkin Pick" activity . . . keep watch on the website!
12 Dec 2020 to 13 Dec 2020

Nothe Fort, Weymouth, Dorset
Victorian Christmas FairOn this Christmas weekend, the Nothe Fort will be alive with festive spirit! Dorset Food & Drink will be returning to the fort with a Christmas market, bringing you all your favourite local produce with a festive twist. To enhance this Victorian-themed event, the fort casemates will be housing traditional craft demonstrations, complete with re-enactors. And there will be fun for the children too, including a new take on the famous Nothe Fort Mouse Hunt and other festive activities.
25 Jun 2021 to 27 Jun 2021

Wareham, Dorset
TANKFEST 2021Don’t miss the world’s biggest display of historic moving armour – TANKFEST 2021, sponsored by World of Tanks. See tanks roar round the arena, explore Living History encampments, meet your favourite YouTube stars and historians, and discover the best collection of military vehicles.
10 Jul 2021 to 11 Jul 2021

Weymouth, Dorset
Nyetimber Dorset Seafood FestivalA fabulous weekend of seafood, delicious English Sparkling Wines from Nyetimber, celebrity chefs and a great atmosphere around Weymouth harbour. The Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival brings together sparkling wine and seafood, family entertainment and a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the superb seafood available to us just off our wonderful shores. Taste fresh seafood dishes from nearly 100 stalls around the beautiful harbour, or simply relax with a bottle of ...
29 Jul 2021 to 01 Aug 2021

Lulworth, Dorset
Camp BestivalWe're excited to announce the dates for Camp Bestival 2021 - we'll be returning to Lulworth Castle, on Dorset's stunning Jurassic Coast for more award-winning family fun from Thursday July 29th to Sunday August 1st next summer and look forward to seeing you all there! Camp Bestival 2021 tickets will go on sale later this year with a payment plan available to help spread the total cost over multiple payments.
31 Jul 2021 to 07 Aug 2021

Swanage, Dorset
Swanage CarnivalFor one week at the end of July and the beginning of August, Swanage will be radiating to the sound, fun and excitement of the annual carnival, the South Coast’s Premier event. This ‘must do’ attraction has so much to offer everyone, from the magnificent two-mile carnival procession, vibrant with dance, sound and colour, to the beat of live bands playing on the Main Stage and in the carnival marquee.
18 August 2021

Shaftesbury, Dorset
Gillingham & Shaftesbury ShowOne of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the south, and held on the Turnpike Showground in North Dorset, this traditional show is always held on the third Wednesday in August and regularly has an attendance of over 24,000 people.
26 Aug 2021 to 30 Aug 2021

Blandford, Dorset
Great Dorset Steam FairIf you’re looking for an excellent fun and action-packed day out for all the family, you’ll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair. This English fair is held at the village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside. Further directions are superfluous. Just find the village on the map, head in that direction and follow everyone else to the show. From small beginnings this annual event has become one of the favoured places for those interested in ...
27 Aug 2021 to 30 Aug 2021

Lyme Regis, Dorset
Lyme Folk WeekendLyme Folk Weekend 2020 has been cancelled but is scheduled to go ahead in 2021. We are, though, thrilled to say that all the headline acts that we had booked have agreed to return next summer, so the festival will look exactly the same as it would have done this August. The new dates are Friday August 27 to Monday August 30 2021, when we will be delighted to bring you an amazing line-up for our first four-day festival - kicking off with the brilliant Gigspanner Big Band, followed by ...
02 Sep 2021 to 05 Sep 2021

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.
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28 Sep 2020
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! Dorset Halloween events and activities include everything from Monster Minions to Ghost Tours and more besides. It's scary how much there is to choose from... Halloween Events 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...
21 Feb 2020
Dorset History Dorset’s past influences much of what we do here today, the many places we visit, and a great number of the photos we take as our own mementos. A county with a rich heritage, there’s plenty of Dorset history to be explored. From a Victorian sea-defence fort to centuries-old castles, via preserved steam trains and a wartime abandoned village, and through a variety of award-winning museums, Dorset’s past is brilliantly brought to life. Take a trip back in time with a visit ... Read more...
14 Feb 2020
Things to do in February Half Term Monday 17th February marks the start of half-term. Dorset always has so much to offer whenever half-term comes around, whether that involves exploring the countryside and coastline, visiting some of Dorset’s best attractions, or attending local events, you won’t be let down. We’ve compiled a list of events, including some amazing offers followed by some features that we think can inspire your half-term fun. From visiting the cheeky monkeys at Monkey World or getting ... Read more...
4 Dec 2019
New Year's Eve Events in Dorset New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration. We raise a glass to the year that’s gone by, everything we’ve achieved, and that glass is also raised to the year ahead. It is often spent with family and friends, the ones who have been by our side for last 12 months, and the ones we look to spend the next 12 months with. For many of us, a change is about to happen. We step into the New Year with a fresh vision of exciting things to come. Whatever you’re ... Read more...

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