Dorset Events

Events for the next 30 days appear below. For full listings, please see Dorset events on the Resort Dorset website.

16 May 2021

Dorchester Outdoor Vegan Market

Dorchester

Dorchester Vegan Market returns outdoors to the historic Maumbury Rings for this Spring! In a much safer environment and still FREE ENTRY everyone can come and enjoy this superb outdoor event with 40+ Stalls of 100% vegan products. And with a massive amphitheatre you can bring your own blankets or chairs for relaxing and dining. The spacious outdoor grass venue makes it easy to move around safely throughout the market situated at the north end of the rings. The Market will also have a ...

12 May 2021 to 16 May 2021

Dorset Garden Festival

Dorchester

An exhibition of indoor and outdoor sculpture by over 30 of the UK's top sculptors will be on display around the sculpture park, in The Gallery by the Lakes and The Retreat. Apart from our very own Simon Gudgeon, sculptor and founder of Sculpture by the Lakes, we have a whole host of world-famous sculptors exhibiting. Among the breath-taking works to be displayed will be pieces by globally celebrated artist Philip Jackson, known in particular for his many public commissions such as the ...

16 May 2021

Remote Control Tanks at Nothe Fort

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

Southern Armour Group are returning to Nothe Fort! And they are bringing a variety of remote controlled vehicles with them; ranging from large scale RC tanks to small military vehicles that span a multitude of eras and models. This experience is included in our regular ticket price so be sure not to miss out! 11am to 4pm.

20 May 2021

Outdoor Concert: Scott Matthews

Lyme Regis

We're delighted to welcome the Ivor Novello award-winning singer songwriter for a very special outdoor solo concert. Introspective and reflective, combining blues and folk, Matthews is a musical alchemist. He has expanded his sonic palette while making his new record, introducing new moods and musical textures. Having broken through with the much-loved Passing Stranger and more recently mastered the delicate art of one-man-and-a-guitar music with sparse musicianship and an otherworldly ...

21 May 2021

Outdoor Cinema: The Blair Witch Project

Sherborne

Leweston School is proud to open its doors to the public and host its first ever outdoor cinema event over 2 consecutive nights. We will be showcasing The Blair Witch Project (Cert 15) on Friday 21 May and The Greatest Showman (Cert PG) on Saturday 22 May. Grab your blanket and big cushions and join us in our sweeping grounds with uninterrupted views of the countryside and night sky. This is strictly a ticketed event. No walk-ins.

21 May 2021

The Simon and Garfunkel Story Unplugged

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

The creators of critically acclaimed ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ have created a socially distanced, virus-safe ‘unplugged’ performance for Weymouth! Shadowing the same West End and International show that our seasoned festival audience know well and love, this duo show chronicles the story of two young boys from Queens, New York who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ is a moving and powerful concert featuring all the ...

22 May 2021

Outdoor Cinema: The Greatest Showman

Sherborne

Leweston School is proud to open its doors to the public and host its first ever outdoor cinema event over 2 consecutive nights. We will be showcasing The Blair Witch Project (Cert 15) on Friday 21 May and The Greatest Showman (Cert PG) on Saturday 22 May. Grab your blanket and big cushions and join us in our sweeping grounds with uninterrupted views of the countryside and night sky. This is strictly a ticketed event. No walk-ins.

21 May 2021 to 22 May 2021

Outdoor Theatre: Oh Mary

Lyme Regis

Bec Applebee, well known for her work with internationally acclaimed companies Kneehigh Theatre, Golden Tree Productions, Cousin Jack’s, Dalla and the Tosta Band, now presents ‘Oh Mary!’. It's a one-woman physical theatre show based on the incredible life story of Mary Bryant; Cornish Highway Woman, Convict, Mother and Maritime Adventurer. “Mary Bryant’s story is one of incredible endurance and indomitable spirit. She is a young woman from Fowey who, as a convict is sent away to the other ...

28 May 2021

Circus of Horrors

Poole

Coming to the Poole Lighthouse for a one off evening show at 730pm. Special offer £5 if booked before April 1st 2021 Please quote Gory. The shows will be performed in covid compliant venues and consequently they will be socially distanced so therefore reduced capacity. When the Circus of Horrors started in Glastonbury '95 people thought it would run for 25 weeks let alone 25 years, yet here we are a quarter of a century later and the Circus of Horrors is still touring all over the World, ...

29 May 2021

Circus of Horrors

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

Appearing at the Weymouth Pavilion on 29th May - Two Shows - 1st is at 4pm which is an Adams Family friendly show (suitable for all ages) And another show at 7.30pm which is the adult show and not advisable for under 16's Special offer £5 if booked before April 1st 2021 Please quote Gory. The shows will be performed in covid compliant venues and consequently they will be socially distanced so therefore reduced capacity. When the Circus of Horrors started in Glastonbury '95 people ...

28 May 2021 to 30 May 2021

BBC Gardeners' World Spring Fair

Beaulieu, New Forest

Beaulieu is excited to be hosting a brand new outdoor spring gardening event, with the BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair, partnered by Hillier, a sign of brighter times ahead, taking place in the grounds of Palace House and the National Motor Museum from Friday 28 May to Sunday 30 May 2021. As gardening becomes increasingly popular and positively contributes to our wellbeing in this uncertain climate, the new outdoor BBC Gardeners’ World Spring Fair offers up a chance for more gardeners to ...

30 May 2021

Sunday Night Comedy with Nina Conti

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

Join groundbreaking ventriloquist as she heads to Weymouth Pavilion and topping off an incredible night & plucking inspiration from the audience. Strap into the mask as Nina gets in your face! Nina has won a British Comedy Award, stormed Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s Good News, Sunday Night at the Palladium, and made a BAFTA nominated film – all without moving her lips.

30 May 2021

The Bincombe Bolt

Weymouth

Do you have what it takes? The Bincombe Bolt promises to be a fun and fast event - come on your own or compete with friends. Who will be crowned the King or Queen of The Bincombe Bolt? The madcap village challenge is in aid of Breast Cancer and Cancer Research. The race is a mere 0.8 mile dash around track and fell, ending with a crazy climb of 28% to the finish line. Can you start fast and finish strong? Have you got the grit to leg it around the bumpy short course and make it ...

28 May 2021 to 31 May 2021

Jazz Jurassica

Lyme Regis

Mind-blowing music. An unbeatable seaside setting. Award-wining performers. Breakthrough acts. And lots of free concerts. It’s a Bank Holiday weekend of music and fun for friends, families and visitors. This year’s festival will be truly memorable. And a safe one too. Check out the website to see what we’ll be doing to keep you safe.

01 June 2021

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. There will still need to be Covid measures in place which includes maintaining social distancing, so would ask that on these evenings you observe any instructions from marshals on duty, or take note of any on-site signage, regarding parking of bikes. We need to maintain the safety of all event attendees, spectators, contractors, staff and local residents.

02 June 2021

This Is My Theatre Presents: Treasure Island

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

This Is My Theatre are back at Nothe Fort with an brand new show! When an old sea-dog, Billy-Bones, takes refuge at The Admiral Benbow Inn, young Jim Hawkins will be drawn into the world of pirates as the search for Captain Flint's fortune begins. Joining the crew of The Hispaniola he will make friendships, face dangers and find adventure as he sets sail for Treasure Island! This swashbuckling tale will be lifted from the pages of Robert Louis Stevenson's much-loved novel and ...

05 Jun 2021 to 06 Jun 2021

Dogstival

New Forest

Join the pack, meet hundreds of other dogs and owners whilst watching world-class dog displays; get involved with flyball, agility, scent training, hoopers ring or test your canines skills in our brand new Gundog Village with scurries, junior handler competitions and a Working Test. With behaviour experts to learn from, vet tips from ITV’s Dr Scott Miller and rosettes to win in our fun dog shows, Dogstival is the perfect weekend for anyone who loves dogs! We’ll have swimming pools for ...

22 May 2021 to 06 Jun 2021

Dorset Art Weeks

Dorchester

Dorset Arts Weeks is one of the largest Open Studio events in the country. Throughout Dorset, it brings artists and visitors together in ways that are often remarkable and profoundly different from entering a public gallery. DAW is fundamentally as much about engagement between people as about people and art. At almost all venues the artists, designers or makers will be on-hand to help you engage with the work, keen to talk to you about the extraordinary range of materials, skills and ...

29 May 2021 to 06 Jun 2021

May Half Term at The Tank Museum

Tank Museum, Wareham

This May Half Term explore the Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history! Visit Dorset’s largest indoor attraction, housing over 300 tanks in 10 powerful exhibitions, including WW2: War Stories, opening this spring. With live explosions and expert commentaries, see the ground shake and learn how tanks have evolved during the entertaining Tanks in Action Displays. Get in the arena yourself in our brand new mini tanks. With free trails, kids’ activities, and outdoor ...

04 Jun 2021 to 06 Jun 2021

Rapunzel - Christmas Pantomime Continued

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

We plan to pick up where we left off at the end of December and carry on with our pantomime in June. Who’d have thought… Christmas Panto in the summer… As Rapunzel nears her 18th Birthday the evil witch, Gothel, and her scheming wizardly brother, Alphonso are plotting to kidnap her. They plan to lock Rapunzel away in a secret tower in a bid to gain eternal youth from her magical hair. In a trance and with no memory of her real family Rapunzel is doomed to spend the rest of her ...

08 June 2021

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. There will still need to be Covid measures in place which includes maintaining social distancing, so would ask that on these evenings you observe any instructions from marshals on duty, or take note of any on-site signage, regarding parking of bikes. We need to maintain the safety of all event attendees, spectators, contractors, staff and local residents.

06 Jun 2021 to 09 Jun 2021

Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair

Dorchester

The focus of this year’s event will be a special online production celebrating Thomas Hardy’s love for his home town. There will be some live events happening on the day, including a Victorian food market and a live performance by Tatterdemalion in Borough Gardens. Places for these free events will be ticketed and numbers restricted. Local residents can also take part in guided tours around Dorchester and there will be Victorian craft demonstrations at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse ...

17 May 2021 to 27 Jun 2021

Woodland Clan Activity Trail

Swanage

Join a magical adventure through Durlston's woodland, meeting the characters from the book by Annie Herridge and Mark Page and win a prize! Supported by ACE. Visit www.thewoodlandclan.co.uk for more information. £3. Location: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage BH19 2JL.

10 Jun 2021 to 10 Jul 2021

Queen Rhapsody

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

Formed in 1971, Queen signed their first record deal in 1973, released their debut album the same year and by the Spring of 1976 had four albums in the top 20 UK charts. World domination soon followed and one of the greatest and most enduring Rock bands still resonate with audiences today, particularly after the Biopic of the late Freddie Mercury won Remi Malek an Oscar in the principle role. QUEEN RHAPSODY is the ultimate live concert experience with stunning accuracy in sound and ...