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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 6 events in Dorchester appear below.

29 July 2021

Dorchester, Dorset
The Importance of Being Earnest (Slapstick Picnic)From the creators of The HandleBards comes a fantastically wild(e) new production, ripping up the rule book and celebrating silliness. We ask that you prepare to witness the impossible – the entirety of Oscar Wilde’s classic play of manners, affairs and handbags being performed by just two rather dashing entertainers. Our guide to getting the best out of your time outdoors: Come prepared! – Bring whatever you need for a cosy evening. Sun shades, sun cream, hats, warm woollies, ...
10 August 2021

Dorchester, Dorset
Outdoor Theatre: She Stoops to Conquer An 18th Century farce for all the family! Set against the increasingly chaotic proceedings of one very long night, this is a delightful romantic romp filled with ludicrous misunderstanding, mischief and mayhem. “A reserved lover, it is said, always makes a suspicious husband.” Kate Hardcastle is a young lady fixed up to meet the eligible Marlow with a view to marriage. Marlow is a young gent who is tongue-tied with the upper classes and downright lecherous with commoners. So when ...
14 August 2021

Dorchester, Dorset
Outdoor Performance: Mr StinkJoin Heartbreak Productions at Maumbury Rings for this outdoors re-telling of David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink. Packed with fun, humour, and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect family entertainment. You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink. Pack a picnic, grab a chair, and ...
15 August 2021

Dorchester, Dorset
Outdoor Theatre: Alice in WonderlandDescend down the rabbit hole into a strange world of caterpillars, cards and tea parties. Join Alice as she tries to navigate this curious world of curiouser creatures – but don’t lose your head! We promise you a wonderful experience of original toe-tapping songs, colourful characters, costumes and hilarious comedy in Boxtree Production’s unique and energetic style. Our guide to getting the best out of your time outdoors. Come prepared! – Bring whatever you need for a cosy evening. Sun ...
25 August 2021

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset
Outdoor Theatre: The Great GatsbyJoin Heartbreak Productions in the sublime setting of Athelhampton House for an evening of outdoor theatre, prohibition style. Get your glad rags on, work up your best Charleston, and have your cocktail glass at the ready! Served up with a twist of iconic Heartbreak style, this outdoor adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the perfect way to mark 100 years since prohibition. Dress for the weather, bring a chair or blanket to sit on, and don’t forget the picnic and ...
17 Sep 2021 to 26 Sep 2021

Dorchester, Dorset
Inside Out Dorset FestivalInside Out Dorset, the biennial festival of FREE large-scale outdoor art and performance returns. Various venues across Dorset – see insideoutdorset.co.uk for details.
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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...
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...
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...

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