Dorset Events

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

21 April 2018

Coastliners - Sea Shanty and Sea-Folk Festival

Poole

Coming to Old Poole Town on 21st April 2018 - Coastliners is a family-friendly festival bringing traditional sea shanties and sea-folk back to the good people of Dorset. It's time to sea what you've been missing out on and celebrate the cultural heritage of sea folk in the South-West! The festival programme will include numerous performances by shanty bands and folk acts from the South-West, craft workshops, film screenings, cultural heritage talks and an exhibition.

21 April 2018

Poole Neon Run

Poole

Grab your headtorches, tutus and neon bling and light up the night whilst you run, dance or walk around our 5k route in Poole Park, providing lots of neon fun for everyone. On the night you will be provided with glow sticks, bracelets and neon paint to decorate yourself with so you glow while you go! Sign up now and light up the lives of children and adults with disabilities by taking part.

19 Apr 2018 to 21 Apr 2018

Weymouth Drama Club presents The Thirty Nine Steps

Weymouth

A fast-paced adventure packed with non-stop laughs, based on the 1936 Hitchcock film. It features 139 characters (played by the cast of seven), the Forth Railway Bridge, an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! A man, tired of his mundane life, meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organisation is hot on the man’s trail in a thrilling manhunt that climaxes in an ...

22 April 2018

Boat Jumble at Beaulieu

Beaulieu, New Forest

Come to Beaulieu Boatjumble Sunday 22nd April; with hundreds of stands of boating bits, dinghies, equipment and craft from classics to nearly new. With thousands of new and used boating bargains, it makes for an unmissable event for all sailors. This is all set in the beautiful grounds of Beaulieu in the New Forest, Hampshire and admission includes entrance to the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey, and World of Top Gear.

24 April 2018

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. (Photo courtesy of Christian Lawson).

26 Apr 2018 to 28 Apr 2018

Theatre: Sister Act

Swanage

Swanage Musical Theatre Company are proud to present Sister Act, the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by Tony and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty And The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are ...

28 April 2018

Tiger Day 1X

Wareham

In 2018 Tiger 131 will only make two appearances in our arena. As the only running Tiger I tank in the world you really can't afford to miss it! While you’re not watching Tiger 131, its contemporaries and more in the arena display, you can explore the Tiger Exhibition, peruse traders and exhibitors around the site, or take a tracked vehicle ride yourself.

29 April 2018

Weldmar's Jurassic Coast Challenge

Studland

Stretching across the spectacular coastline of Dorset, choose either the 13-mile or 26-mile trek. The 26-mile trek will start from Durdle Door, one of Dorset’s most famous landmarks. From here you will follow the coastline, climbing and descending some steep hills, taking in some of the most breathtaking views of the South West Coast Path. At Worth Matravers the 13-mile trekkers will join the trek for a group finish in Studland, views of Old Harry Rocks and well earned celebratory ...

04 May 2018

Vienna Festival Ballet presents Swan Lake

Swanage

ne of the best known love stories, performed by the ever popular Vienna Festival Ballet. Lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars, and the glorious music from Tchaikovsky make this a night not to be missed. Swan Lake is the most popular ballet in the world. It's the ballet that captures like no other the full range of human emotions - from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy. Founded in 1980 by the vastly experienced Austrian dancer ...

06 May 2018

Athelhampton Plant Heritage Spring Fair

Dorchester

Plant Heritage hosts their bi-annual Spring Plant Fair on the back lawns of Athelhampton House. Entry to the plant sale and gardens is £7.00 with an upgrade to the House available at an additional cost.

06 May 2018

Bridport 5K & 10K Runs

Bridport

A return of the very popular Bridport 5 km & 10 km will start and finish at St Mary's field by the football club on the western edge of Bridport. The route will be open to traffic, however there are plenty of wide pavements, quite roads and cycle-paths to run on also with plenty of marshals around the course (32 Last year), the run is a safe, scenic route around Bridport Town. 10KM The 10 km route will start in one of the main parks of Bridport, this is to help separate out the runners ...

05 May 2018 to 06 May 2018

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Lyme Regis

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is an annual event for the whole family. Enjoy walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits and lots of hands-on science for all ages. The Fossil Fair offers fun and rare fossils, minerals and jewellery from 50p up. Meet scientists from the Natural History Museum, British Antarctic Survey, Palaeontological Association, UK Onshore Geological Survey, Plymouth University, Natural England, Jurassic Coast, Dorset Geologists, Geological Society, Lyme Regis ...

05 May 2018 to 06 May 2018

Quayside Music Festival

Weymouth

The second Quayside Music Festival of the year, hosted on Weymouth harbourside by the Rendezvous, will be a live music event celebration not to be missed. The Saturday line-up includes...Gracie, Rock Apes, Identikit, No Standards, Local Heroes, Undecided, Riffs, Chief Lazarus and Speedway Snails. At 10pm there will be Karaoke / Music in The Anchor and also Hamish in the Royal Oak. On Sunday you'll be able to catch the Cherry Pickers, Platform Common, Dorset Wrecks, Rich Baxter, Apple ...

06 May 2018

Smedmore House & Gardens Open Day

Corfe Castle

Situated in Kimmeridge, Smedmore House and Gardens are open to the public each year to help raise funds for local charities. Afternoon teas and a band playing in the gardens. On 6th May it's open from 2pm to 5pm and the benefiting charity is Margaret Green Animal Rescue.

04 May 2018 to 06 May 2018

Teddy Rocks Festival

Blandford

Family rock festival raising money for Teddy20, a children's cancer charity. Camping available. All details on the website.

07 May 2018

Blandford Georgian Fayre

Blandford

Come and join us for a fun-packed day of non-stop music, dancing, stalls, a fun fair, an English and French market, international foods, re-enactment, animals, local crafts, kids entertainment marquee and lots more.....”

28 Apr 2018 to 07 May 2018

Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe Festival

Bournemouth

Working collectively, the people of Bournemouth have come together to present a plethora of innovative and diverse events. This collaborative approach has resulted in Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe (BEAF), Bournemouth’s largest art festival. Spread over 10 days, it will see unique and inspiring events transform venues across the town, from cafes and bars, galleries and theatres, to the more original spaces, the cliff lifts, a series of transformed shipping containers, and the famous ...

07 May 2018

Dorset Living Day

Castlepoint Shopping Centre, Bournemouth

WELCOME TO DORSET LIVING DAY So what's the Dorset Living Day going to be about? Food, Food, Glorious Food! We are going to take you on a journey through locally sourced food! The day will feature cooking demonstrations from two of the area's top chefs, Luke Matthews & Matt Budden! So keep and eye out for more info so you don't miss out on this fantastic day of Dorset Living!

05 May 2018 to 07 May 2018

Melon Madness!

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham

Every child who brings a melon for the primates receives a free Monkey World badge over the bank holiday weekend.

05 May 2018 to 07 May 2018

Saxons & Vikings: Siege of Wareham

Corfe Castle

King Alfred's Court and Young Warrior Training both return for 2018. Beware the cries of 'Odin' across the Isle of Purbeck! Daily Programme from 10am

10 Feb 2018 to 08 May 2018

Dippy on Tour

Dorchester

Dippy, the Natural History Museum's iconic Diplodocus cast, is going on a natural history adventure across the UK. His first stop is at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester. Dippy will find out about what lived in the seas while he was walking on land in what's now the USA. There will be lots of Dippy-themed events going on at the Museum and also across Dorset (thanks to our partners the Jurassic Coast Trust) that we’d love you to take part in. Entry to see Dippy is FREE but you ...

04 May 2018 to 08 May 2018

Sherborne Abbey Festival

Sherborne

Enjoy a host of singers, bands and choirs at the Sherborne Abbey Festival. Click the website link to find out more.

12 May 2018

Mini Steam on the Quay

Poole

Poole’s Mini Steam on the Quay will see some of the most beautiful and detailed mini steam and traction engines, some which have featured on the Discovery Channel, on display and running from 10am-5pm.

12 May 2018

Mudeford Wood Fashion Show

Christchurch

Why not come along to Mudeford Wood Tiny Tot’s Fashion Show at the Community Centre! Whether you are looking for a new outfit, want to have nose or just up for a fun night out – we want you! Travelling Trends will be running a unique high-street fashion show, walked by our volunteer models, as well as selling the garments at vastly reduced prices. Refreshments will be available to purchase, and we will be running a raffle. Tickets cost £7, including a glass of bubbly and nibbles.

12 May 2018

Weldmar's Colour Run

Weymouth

Dorset’s Brightest Colour Run is back for 2018! But with a twist … this year we have added 10 crazy obstacles! Scramble up/over/through 10 inflatable obstacles along the 4km course, as well as getting covered in colour at our Colour Stations. Our obstacles are suitable for the whole family, but little ones may need a helping hand. Included in your registration is a tshirt (for all participants age 5 years and over) for you to wear on the course. As you pass through the colour stations, ...

12 May 2018 to 13 May 2018

Christchurch Food Festival

Christchurch

We are all proud of our provenance, whether it be food, drink or heritage. Christchurch can boast two rivers, two castles and our two-day Festival Market showcases hundreds of stalls in both the High Street and on the Quay.

13 May 2018

Shaftesbury Food & Drinks Festival

Shaftesbury

Visit Dorset's beautiful hilltop town and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes on offer at Shaftesbury's Food & Drinks Festival. Entry is free and it's going to be a fabulous day.

11 May 2018 to 13 May 2018

Swanage Rail Diesel Gala

Swanage

A fun weekend for all the family.

13 May 2018

Weldmar's Bubble Rush

Weymouth

Our Bubble Rush is open to the whole family and we will supply a white t-shirt to all participants age 5 years and over for you to wear on our 4km course. As you pass through our bubble stations, you will be covered in coloured foam from yellow to pink, green to blue! You will feel like you’re in a giant washing machine! Whether you want to participate, volunteer or just come along to soak up the atmosphere, it is going to be fun for all the family.

18 May 2018

Museum at Night

Lyme Regis

FREE event Story telling with Lizzie Bryant. Face-painting with Lianne Costin and Ellen Austin. Dinosaur crafts with Alison Bowskill. Free hot drink from Dottie Kitchen. 6pm to 8pm. Venue: Lyme Regis Museum

15 May 2018 to 19 May 2018

Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Poole

Following a hugely successful tour in Spring 2017, award-winning musical Thoroughly Modern Millie is touring the UK again, taking in a stop at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts from 15 – 19 May. Hayley Tamaddon takes on the title role of Millie Dilmount, a Kansas girl determined to make it big in New York City. Hayley is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Del Dingle in Emmerdale and Andrea Beckett in Coronation Street and for winning the fifth series of ITV1’s Dancing on Ice. ...

19 May 2018

Vinyl Saturday

Bridport

Vinyl Saturdays - essential days for collectors of Rock, Pop, Folk, Blues & Jazz with a Record & CD Fair plus the chance to search shops, Saturday Market Stalls and The Art & Vintage Quarter in St Michael's area of Bridport to find more records & cds for sale.

20 May 2018

Classic Cars on the Prom

Christchurch

Classic Cars on the Prom is returning to Highcliffe Castle on 20th June. An ever-changing line-up of vehicles dating from 1915 up to the early 1980s. Free admission for eligible vehicles and free public viewing. No pre-booking required. Our displays are open to all cars and motor bikes (in the classic spirit) registered before August 1983. Around 70 to 130 Classic cars normally go on display.

19 May 2018 to 20 May 2018

Spring Autojumble

Beaulieu, New Forest

Whether you’re hunting for that elusive final part to complete your restoration or just want to soak up the atmosphere, join us for the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble. With thousands of stands bursting with automotive related bargains, those with a penchant for automotive eclectica and rummaging for rare parts will be in their element. From nuts and bolts to complete vehicles, barn finds to concours ready, you can expect to see anything and everything motor related on sale.

19 May 2018 to 20 May 2018

Spring Tide Food Festival

Bridport

Take one West Dorset seaside village on the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast; combine with an eclectic mix of local food and drink, an exciting array of local producers, artisans and crafts...and what have you got?...the Spring Tide Festival of course! Back for its 9th sensational year! Join us at Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock where there’ll be lots going on over the weekend to see and enjoy, with a strong community emphasis that will offer an opportunity to discover and meet local food ...

20 May 2018 to 24 May 2018

Athelhampton Flower Festival

Dorchester

Our annual Flower Festival organised by the Owermoigne Flower Club, raising money for a local charity. Presented by Owermoigne Flower Club and friends, raising funds for a local charity. Intricate and striking themed flower displays are placed in and around the rooms in our 16th-Century Manor House. All donations raised will be in aid of a local charity. Normal admission prices apply.

28 Apr 2018 to 02 Jun 2018

Exhibition: 4U2Touch II

Christchurch

An exhibition for the visually impaired where exhibits can be touched and enjoyed by all. Paintings, Textiles, Wood, Sculpture. The Red House Museum, Quay Road, Christchurch Open Tues – Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4. Admission Free.