Dorset Events

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

20 Jun 2019 to 21 Jun 2019

Arts & Craft Display

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Welcome to the Arts and Crafts display at Wimborne Model Town presented by our volunteers and friends. There's a whole range of creative talent on display including paper crafts, lace making, woodwork, textile art and painting. We are delighted to welcome our friends from the Poole Bobbin Lacemaking Circle, who will be demonstrating their work.

21 Jun 2019 to 22 Jun 2019

Chesil Rocks Music Festival

Weymouth

Chesil Rocks is a small and intimate music and arts festival, set in a beautiful setting at Higher Farmhouse, Langton Herring and supports Samaritans of Dorset whilst ensuring those attending have a great time! An amazing variety of music, comedy, theatre and storytelling from Dorset and beyond will be performing on several stages. Keenly priced food and drink will be available, including freshly cooked pizzas, gourmet burgers, fish baps and veggie/vegan options. Expect freshly ...

22 June 2019

Dance in the Park - Motown & Michael

Poole

Experience the magic of an open air concert and dancing under the stars! Following a sell-out Motown Night last year, Starlight Concerts are back in 2019 with an even bigger arena show! Celebrating Motown and its greatest star in an unmissable performance, including back to back classic hits from artists such as Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Martha Reeves, The Four Tops and a spectacular celebration of The Drifters. Bring a picnic, family & friends and ...

22 June 2019

Dorset County Orchestra Summer Concert

Swanage

Dorset County Orchestra, under their principal conductor, Ian Pillow, present a programme of popular classical works in their Summer Concert in St Mary's Church Swanage. The members of the orchestra are semi-professional and amateur musicians from all over Dorset and continue to perform a wide selection from the classical repertoire. There have also been many successful joint ventures with local choral societies. As a local amateur orchestra they welcome membership enquiries from ...

21 Jun 2019 to 22 Jun 2019

Dorset Midsummer Music Festival

Blandford

Dorset Midsummer Music Festival (or DorsetFest) is a music festival set in the heart of Dorset in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At DorsetFest we offer a fantastic array of activities to keep you occupied for the entire weekend. Our delicious variety of food and drink options will keep you well fed Friday evening through Sunday morning. The fantastic selection of local craft stalls will provide an opportunity to purchase some of Dorset's most beautiful creations. And once you are ...

22 June 2019

IL Divo Timeless Tour

Bournemouth

Il Divo return to the UK in 2019 with their Timeless Tour, which will see them perform their greatest hits live at Bournemouth International Centre. Event Timings Doors: 7pm String Quartet: 7.30pm Interval: 8pm Il Divo: 8.20pm Finish: 10pm Venue: BIC Windsor Hall

21 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019

Beach Yoga Fest

Bournemouth

Join us for the first afternoon of Free trial yoga class, Sun Salutations and Sun Downers to some amazing tunes. Friday’s classes will be between 16:00 and 20:45. The Ibiza chillout area will be open until 21:00 for attendees and guests. Lots more details on the website.

23 June 2019

Dorchester Arts Cake Off

Dorchester

A fundraising event for Dorchester Arts’ community performance of ‘Apollo – One Giant Leap!’ Tickets £1 (on the door), free to competitors) Roll up your sleeves, don your best aprons and – bake! Help Dorchester Arts celebrate its summer of starry space events and enter our Cake Off! competition. Open to everyone (unless you are a professional of course….). Our judge is Jamie Jones of Yalbury Cottage – voted Number 1 Dorchester restaurant on Trip Advisor! Prizes include a signed ...

21 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019

Dorset Goes Vintage

Wimborne

Dorset Goes Vintage is part of Vdub at the Pub festival in Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Two great shows for the price of one! ​Dorset Goes Vintage will feature on Saturday 23rd June - Vintage Saturday, however, the festival opens on Friday and allows camping right through until Monday morning on the 24th June. ​Main Event: Vintage Cycle Ride To book a ticket for the cycle ride you need to buy an event ticket (weekend camping or day ticket) and a cycle ticket. Expect retro wheels, ...

23 June 2019

Kingston Maurward Summer Open Day

Dorchester

This fantastic family day out will give you a taste of everything we do at Kingston Maurward – and it’s free entry for everyone! Whether you’re interested in college courses, getting married or want to enjoy our animal park and gardens, take a look around the 750-acre estate and get to know us! Take a look at our academies and speak to our tutors in Agriculture, Blacksmithing & Welding, Countryside Management, Animal Conservation & Welfare, Equine, Floristry, Construction, Foundation ...

22 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019

Magic of Thailand

Poole

A two-day Thai Festival to experience the taste of Thailand this summer at Harbourside Park is brought to you by Magic of Thailand, previously known as Poole Thai Festival. Here is what you can expect to see: • Live cooking demonstrations • Authentic Thai Cuisine – Food Stalls • Thai Carving & Produce • Thai Boxing Demonstrations • Lady boy Shows • Kids' Rides • I'm British Get Me Out of Here! Eating Competition • Thai Traditional Costume Parade • Thai Beer Garden • ...

22 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019

Martinstown Open Gardens

Dorchester

Visit more than fourteen private gardens in the village of Martinstown, near Dorchester. With refreshments, plant sales and even a fun dog show, it should be a great afternoon.

22 Jun 2019 to 23 Jun 2019

Medieval falconry

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Explore an exciting period when falconry developed into a stylish, sophisticated and noble sport with new techniques brought back from the Crusades. Witness these birds of prey demonstrate spectacular aerial manoeuvres in and around the castle ruins. Normal admission prices apply. Free for National Trust members.

23 June 2019

Outdoor Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular comedy of love and intrigue, magic and mayhem, is brought to life by family favourites Quantum Theatre in their wonderfully funny and exuberant production of the Shakespeare classic. Set on that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it seems four young, unsuspecting, lovers become entangled in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitched and bewitching woods outside Athens…. Come and be enchanted ...

23 June 2019

The Tempest (The Handlebards)

Dorchester

This unique all-female cycling troupe make a welcome return by pedal power, this time with a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ’The Tempest’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. And what’s the play about? Well – a shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems. There’s magic, ...

23 June 2019

Weldmar's Great Dorset Cycle Challenge

Dorchester

Join us for this year’s cycle challenge, which takes in the sights of some of Dorset’s most famous landmarks. All three routes start in Dorchester at the Borough Gardens and follow three different routes around the Dorset countryside, joining back together for a group finish in Dorchester. The start of this year’s challenge begins at Borough Gardens, Dorchester, DT1 1RG. You will see the Weldmar station set up near the bandstand. *Please note that no riding is permitted within the ...

22 Jun 2019 to 24 Jun 2019

Armed Forces & Veterans Celebrations

Weymouth

Weymouth & Portland Armed Forces celebrations take place in the Borough on Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th June. Saturday 22nd June - Watch the Historic Military Vehicles arrive on the seafront from 10am, visit the Association stands to gain a wealth of information of the various support organisations. Sunday 23rd June - the annual Open Air Service and Parade takes place from 11 am on Weymouth Seafront, welcoming over 1,500 veterans in the Parade, marching bands and convoy ...

25 June 2019

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor cycles on Poole Quay from 6pm. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night specials on their menus.

26 June 2019

Creative Writing on the Pier

Swanage

2. Purbeck Stone Join Jurassic Coast (UNESCO World Heritage Site) poet-in-residence, Sarah Acton for a gentle morning of creative writing and poetry on the pier. We are taking Purbeck stone as our theme, connecting creativity and writing to the shifting living landscape to reflect on how quarrying and stone shaped lives here, weaving our own memory and imagination with the course of the stoneboats. We’ll see Swanage town and the local landscape from the pier’s-eye-view, working with the ...

29 June 2019

Aretha - RESPECT

Weymouth

A sensational celebration of the life and music of the greatest female soul vocalist of all time. RESPECT features the awesome vocal talents of international Soul Diva Janine Johnson whose previous collaborations include George Michael, Take That and Paloma Faith. Musical Director Malcolm Maddock (James Brown, Elton John, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, George Benson) heads a band of the worlds most accomplished soul musicians. Share Aretha's Legacy - pay respect and say a little ...

24 Jun 2019 to 29 Jun 2019

Black Adder II

Portland

It gives us great pleasure to announce that following in the tradition of their very popular re-imaginings of The Vicar of Dibley, Royal Manor Theatre Company on Portland is preparing to stage an amateur dramatic interpretation of Richard Curtis and Ben Elton's popular BBC Sitcom Blackadder. The show stars Gavin Roberts as the scheming Edmund Blackadder with Sue Coleshill as his dung-breathed servant Baldrick and a full cast playing the familiar supporting characters in full period costume. ...

29 June 2019

Dorset Art Market

Dorchester

Talented Dorset artists selling originals, prints and handmade items. The perfect place to pick up something beautiful, unique and Dorset inspired. Sat 29th June 2019, 10am-2pm The Avenue Stadium, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester.

29 June 2019

Folk on the Quay

Poole

A free folk music festival in Poole on 29th June with outdoor music stages and dancers in the streets overlooking Poole’s lovely Harbour. With traditional folk dancing, ceilidhs on the Quay and lots more.

29 June 2019

I Am Turtle

Poole

The MakeShift Ensemble with support from Norwich Puppet Theatre present I am Turtle. “Just how old are you Great Uncle Archie?” “As old as time and a bit before then” “….like eight in the morning?” “More like half past ten” From the delightful storybook of The Makeshift Ensemble comes a new adventure through the deep blue. Discover the ancient song of the Sea Turtles as they guide us through ship wrecks and sea shells, to sing their song anew when the future of their ...

29 June 2019

Julia's House Butterfly Summer Ball

Wimborne

Join us on a warm summer's evening for a magical marquee ball in the beautiful grounds of Canford School. Enjoy a drinks reception on the lawn followed by an evening meal, grand auction and fantastic live entertainment, before you dance the night away. Gold and Platinum VIP table packages on request, please call our corporate team on 01202 644220. We have various sponsorship opportunities available, to make an enquiry please email corporate@juliashouse.org or call our friendly team on ...

28 Jun 2019 to 29 Jun 2019

Outdoor Theatre: Far From The Madding Crowd

Abbotsbury

A dramatic outdoor production based on the well-loved novel that prompted Thomas Hardy to become a full-time writer. With over 50 actors and musicians, the ever popular New Hardy Players bring to life the colourful local characters of Weatherbury. The story unfolds around Warren’s Malthouse, the Corn Exchange and Weatherbury Farm itself reflecting the full panoply of Wessex folk. This new script tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene, a head strong young woman and her entwining ...

29 June 2019

Summer Fun Day - The Family Network Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Join us for our 2019 Summer Fun Day! There are over 40 stalls with local products and handmade goodies. There are cakes, hot and cold food, face painting, bouncy castles, live entertainment and more!! FREE entry. Our Summer Fun Day is raising money for The Dorset Children's Foundation. Come along and join in the fun! 10:00 – 15:00 at Bournemouth Electric Club, Broadway Lane, Bournemouth BH8 0AA.

25 Jun 2019 to 29 Jun 2019

The Wizard of Oz

Wimborne

Wimborne Musical Theatre presents one of the all-time classic musicals ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The wonderful novel by L. Frank Baum comes to life with this RSC stage version specially adapted from the original 1939 film, by John Kane the prolific script writer of many successful TV sitcoms. It was first performed in 1987 by the RSC in London. The show features all the music and lyrics from the MGM motion picture, so has all those well known songs such as Over the Rainbow, Ding Dong The ...

29 June 2019

Weldmar Family Dog Show

Dorchester

Our annual dog show is always great fun for the family and a huge success, with 2019 being our 7th one. The dog show will be held at Joseph Weld hospice on the 29th June from 11am – 4pm. There will be plenty to do for all the family including the dogs! Throughout the day you can enter your dogs into the judging categories for £1; each category will have a first, second and third winner and they will all receive a rosette and certificate. We will have lots of stalls selling unique ...

30 June 2019

A Very Choral Cream Tea

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

The award-winning New Forest Chamber Choir will be presenting a beautiful, elegant musical programme fitting for a summer’s day, in the stunning setting of Highcliffe Castle. The Choir has an exceptional sound and blended harmonies. Prepare to be enchanted with music from Stanford, Chilcott, Faure, Rutter and songs from film and stage. All this whilst you consume delicious freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and jam with a tea or coffee in the wonderful setting of our ...

22 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

Beaminster Festival of Music & Arts

Beaminster

Music, literature, exhibitions and workshops are all on the bill for this year's Beaminster Festival of Music & Art. We have some fantastic events lined up for you with most of the programme settled. We are very excited to announce the appearance of the internationally famous tenor Mark Padmore, who will present a gorgeous programme with Morgan Szymanski, guitar. Right at the beginning of her career is BBC Young Musician, 17 year old Lauren Zhang, piano; once more we feature a future ...

29 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

Medieval falconry

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Explore an exciting period when falconry developed into a stylish, sophisticated and noble sport with new techniques brought back from the Crusades. Witness these birds of prey demonstrate spectacular aerial manoeuvres in and around the castle ruins. Normal admission prices apply. Free for National Trust members.

29 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

Meet Titch the T-Rex & Friends

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

Titch the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends will be taking up 'roar'sidence at Adventure Wonderland on 29th and 30th June. Titch will be on his best behaviour wandering around the park so there'll be plenty of photo opportunities for the extra brave. When he's not on the prowl he'll be behind a fence so the more cautious can get a closer look. Children under seven will be able to sit on Gretel, an animatronic Triceratops or pose with a dinosaur egg or leg bone. Other attractions at ...

28 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

Museum of the Moon: Dorset Moon

Bournemouth

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface*. Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it ...

30 June 2019

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

The Silhouettes (A Weldmar Hospice Event). Venue: Greenhill Gardens at 2pm (Weather dependent).

27 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

Open Air Theatre: She Stoops to Conquer

Wimborne

Open-air production in the grounds of Deans Court, Wimborne. Oliver Goldsmith’s witty and warm-hearted comedy has been delighting audiences for nearly 250 years. Hardcastle, a country squire, is expecting the arrival of Marlow, the son of an aristocratic friend he’d like to introduce to his daughter Kate, with a view to marriage. But thanks to Hardcastle’s mischievous stepson Tony Lumpkin, Marlow mistakes his prospective father-in-law for an innkeeper, and Kate for the barmaid. The ...

28 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

Tankfest

Tank Museum, Wareham

Presented by World of Tanks, the world's biggest display of historic moving armour. Join us for the world's biggest and best live display of historic armour, living history, and much more at the Home of the Tank - The Tank Museum, Bovington.

30 June 2019

The Rare Plant Fair

Dorchester

Sculpture by the Lakes is extremely honoured to have been chosen to host the Rare Plant Fair during their 25th season. The organisers carefully select the nurseries to ensure that they are genuine growers who produce most or all of the plants that they sell themselves. The nurseries that exhibit at each fair are chosen so that we can offer the widest possible range of plants to our visitors, including perennials, shrubs and trees, alpines, bulbs and exotic plants. All of the nursery ...

29 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

Weymouth Beach Rugby Festival

Weymouth

Weymouth Beach Rugby is hotting up to become the place to play 5`s beach rugby.! This is beach rugby held over two days: Adult touch teams mixed or not Saturday Kids Touch teams mixed or not 12 -U16 Sunday. Playing for Trophies. Stay & Play all weekend packages available. Weymouth rugby quickfest Weldmar Hospicecare is our chosen charity and it provides end of life care for people living in Dorset who need specialist support.

30 June 2019

Wimborne in Bloom Open Gardens

Wimborne

Around 20 private gardens open to the public from 11am to 5pm.

02 July 2019

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night specials on their menus.

03 July 2019

Rhythm of the Dance

Bournemouth

This dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent, an exciting 2-hour trip through hundreds of years of Irish dance and music, 22 award-winning World & Irish dance champions with 25 dazzling costume changes. Experience flailing fiddles, flutes, and inspiring dances along with live vocalists, all complimented by a top live Irish trad band of multi-instrumentalist musicians and a sensational sound and light show as seen on TV from China to California, from Siberia to ...

03 July 2019

Transmission

Poole

Taking inspiration from the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, SoundStorm and the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Music Education Hub presents Transmission, our biennial celebration, exploring themes of communication and collaboration through music. Set in the distinctive walled garden at Upton House, the show will offer a unique platform for young musicians to ‘broadcast’ their voice and response to the theme. Tickets via the Lighthouse website.

05 July 2019

Quay For My Car

Poole

A different marque of car each Friday from 6pm on Poole Quay. The event offers free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.

06 July 2019

Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival Concert

Bournemouth

Come along and enjoy "An evening of talented local and national amateur choirs, vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers , speech and drama winners from the 91st competitions festival". Event Timings Doors: 7pm Act 1: 7.30pm Interval: 8.40pm Act 2: 8.55pm Finish: 9.55pm Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre.

06 July 2019

Dorchester Children's Carnival

Dorchester

The Prince of Wales School Association (POWSA) and Boo’s Toy Shop, Poundbury have come together to deliver Dorchester’s first Children’s Carnival. The carnival will take place on Saturday 6th July 2019, alongside the POWSA Summer Fayre at The Prince of Wales School which runs from 11:00am to 4:00pm on the same day. We welcome participants from all children’s groups, schools, societies and organisations to join our parade. Theme This year’s theme is ‘Celebration of Uniforms’ making ...

06 July 2019

Dorset County Hospital Summer Spectacular

Dorchester

DCH is hosting its first Summer Spectacular and it will be held on the former Damers School field next to the hospital on Saturday 6 July from 2pm until 5pm. Expect a traditional fete with stalls and games, as well as a performance arena and a grand raffle - fun for all the family! As a result of the success of the Cancer Appeal​, the Trust now plans to upgrade the hospital's existing Chemotherapy Unit in line with the quality of outpatient and radiotherapy services now available in ...

06 July 2019

Mad About the Musicals

Swanage

Taking you on a whistle-stop tour from the heart of London’s theatre land to the glitz of Broadway, the critically acclaimed Mad About The Musicals is back – celebrating the very best songs from the shows we all know and love! With a host of your favourite numbers from the pen of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Boublil & Schonberg, the talented cast of Mad About The Musicals evoke the true spirit of the stage, with brilliant vocals, stunning costumes and a spectacular light ...

06 July 2019

Upton House Summer Craft Fair

Poole

Come along and browse the excellent crafts on offer in the historic ground floor estate rooms of Upton House. Admission £1 per adult. Children's crafts available to make in the Dining Room on the day too.

06 July 2019

Weymouth Ambulance Station Open Day

Weymouth

Our staff in Dorset are holding a station open day at Weymouth Ambulance Station on Saturday 06 July from 11:00-16:00. Come and meet your local ambulance staff, see our vehicles and look around your local station! Weymouth Ambulance Station Unit 1A Souter Way, Mount Pleasant Business Park, Dorchester Road, Weymouth

06 Jul 2019 to 07 Jul 2019

Chickerell Steam & Vintage Rally

Weymouth

Over the years the Show has developed and grown into one of the best loved and most popular shows of its kind in the West Country.

07 July 2019

Colmers Hill Challenge

Bridport

2019 will see our 3rd Colmers Hill 10k Challenge. A Multi-Terrain 10km Running event. Our aim is to provide a friendly 10k open to everyone. The race will be mainly off road, running on privately owned paths and tracks and incorporating a climb to the top of the iconic Colmers Hill. This is the only commercial event that is allowed access to this privately own Hill! The stunning views around the route are not to be missed. The start and finish will be at Symondsbury Estate, Manor Yard ...

07 July 2019

Dorset Rainbow Run

Poole

Upton Country Park is delighted to be hosting a crazy fun day out with the Dorset Rainbow Run! Get pelted with powdered paint whilst running a breezy 3k through our beautiful grounds. Back for its sixth year in a row, this wonderfully popular event is all about celebration, having fun with friends, family and colleagues and raising vital funds for Naomi House & Jacksplace. As you make your way around the course, you'll arrive at different coloured painted stations where you'll be ...

06 Jul 2019 to 07 Jul 2019

Festival of Archaeology at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Join us as we take part in the national Festival of Archaeology 2019. There will be a variety of living history displays and hands-on activities during the festival (see website for full details). Normal admission prices apply. Free for National Trust members.

07 July 2019

Gold Hill Fair

Shaftesbury

Visit the charming historic market town on this lively weekend with music, dance, local foods, crafts and more on the famous cobbled hill and throughout the town.

05 Jul 2019 to 07 Jul 2019

Museum of the Moon: Dorset Moon

Sherborne

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface*. Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it ...

06 Jul 2019 to 07 Jul 2019

Sculpture by the Lakes Summer Festival

Dorchester

Come and celebrate the wonderful selection of Food, Art and Craft that is available in Dorset at our two-day Summer Festival held in association with DOMVS Enterprise Club. With over 40 stalls featuring Dorset and South West artists, craftsmen and local food producers, visitors can indulge in a spot of leisurely shopping as well as enjoying the park and sculptures, the lakes and the beautiful gardens bursting with colour. • We have more music this year including the big band sound of Swing ...

05 Jul 2019 to 07 Jul 2019

Shaftesbury Fringe

Shaftesbury

As one of the fastest growing performance arts festivals in the South West, Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July looks set to be another fabulous weekend of fun and frolics in our beautiful hilltop town. With a multitude of performances/exhibitions on the Friday alone, this promises to be a weekend to remember!

09 July 2019

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night specials on their menus.

09 July 2019

Shakespeare in the Garden: Love's Labour's Lost

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster

‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ is one of Shakespeare’s lesser known, but most charming plays. This hilarious comedy explores the classic trope of the forbidden fruit being the sweetest, as men and women meet and fall in love, despite their better judgement. King Ferdinand of Navarre and his friends vow to devote themselves to scholarly learning for three years. They forswear women for this period in order to keep their minds solely focused on learning. Unfortunately for them, they have forgotten ...

12 July 2019

Quay For My Car

Poole

A different marque of car each Friday from 6pm on Poole Quay. The event offers free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.

11 Jul 2019 to 12 Jul 2019

Shakespeare at Beaulieu

Beaulieu, New Forest

The University of Durham’s Castle Theatre Company presents one of Shakespeare’s lesser known, but most charming comedies; ‘Love's Labour's Lost’ on Thursday 11 & Friday 12 July. This hilarious comedy explores the classic trope of the forbidden fruit being the sweetest, as men and women meet and fall in love, despite their better judgement. Shakespeare at Beaulieu is the perfect entertainment for a sunny July evening. King Ferdinand of Navarre and his friends vow to devote themselves to ...

13 July 2019

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim (BHF)

Bournemouth

Dive in to our brand new Pier to Pier Sunset Swim on 13 July 2019, you'll brave the English channel in this incredible 1.4 mile open water challenge from Bournemouth to Boscombe Piers, setting off at 6.30pm.

12 Jul 2019 to 13 Jul 2019

British Beach Polo Championships

Poole

The British Beach Polo Championships promises to be yet another phenomenal event. Combining high-adrenaline sport, a fabulous social occasion and the renowned beach parties, Sandbanks beach on the 12th and 13th July is the place to be seen. International Beach Polo Teams will compete for the Championship title. Professional Beach Volleyball provides even more sporting action over the the two days.

13 July 2019

Concert: Bach Cello Suites

Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster

Mapperton's summer concert takes place on Saturday 13th July at All Saints Church, Mapperton, near Bridport. The highly acclaimed cellist Guy Johnston returns to play the last three Bach cello suites, numbers 4, 5 and 6. He played the first three suites at Mapperton last year. 5pm – Mapperton Gardens open to concert-goers for walks and choosing picnic spots. 6pm – Drinks and light refreshments available in or outside the Coach House cafe. 7pm – Concert starts; 10-minute ...

09 Jul 2019 to 13 Jul 2019

Dirty Dancing

Bournemouth

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is back, exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey! Baby, Do You Love Me? and the ...

12 Jul 2019 to 13 Jul 2019

Jurassic Fields Music Festival

Bridport

For those who missed last year's event, it will be offering a family a day out of fun and entertainment. Jurassic Fields will be showcasing the best music, comedy, food and entertainment the local area has to offer as well as having some well known artists perform and little gems we have found around the country. Venue Askers Meadow

13 July 2019

Open air Shakespeare at Corfe Castle: The Tempest

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Pack a picnic and enjoy a magical evening of theatre within the castle ruins from 6:15pm Booking essential. Tel: 03442491895 Adults £18, Children £9, Family (2 adults,2 children) £45.

12 Jul 2019 to 14 Jul 2019

Bourne Free Pride Festival

Bournemouth

Bourne Free’s Family Fun Night is a night for the entire family. This fun filled evening kicks off at 5pm on 12th in The Triangle Arena, food stands and a fully stocked bar (adults only) will be available. We hope you and your family can join us for this special evening! Admission is FREE and available for all! No wristbands are required. Our Family Fun Night offers lots of things to do for children, why not get their face painted, enjoy our bouncy castle or snack on FREE candy floss & ...

14 July 2019

Brass Band in the Park

Weymouth

Come and join us for our annual Brass Band in the Park from 2-4pm in beautiful Radipole Gardens and listen to the talented Weymouth Concert Brass Band work their magic, playing a medley of tunes from all eras. Cream teas available at this event or simply bring a rug and your own picnic to lounge under the shade of the willows while you enjoy an afternoon's free entertainment. We'll be there with our heritage tent and display of old Weymouth images for you to peruse and jog those ...

11 Jul 2019 to 14 Jul 2019

Cerne Abbas Music Festival

Dorchester

Cerne Abbas Music Festival features chamber music, performed in the beautiful Dorset village near Dorchester by The Gaudier Ensemble – a group of international musicians.

12 Jul 2019 to 14 Jul 2019

Dorset Volksfest

Wareham

A Volkswagen family festival held on July 12th to 14th. Live Music Entertainment Cars Trade Stalls Bouncy Castle Tug of War Lots for all the family. Venue: The Showground, Worgret Road, Wareham BH20 6AB

13 Jul 2019 to 14 Jul 2019

Festival of Archaeology at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Join us as we take part in the national Festival of Archaeology 2019. There will be a variety of living history displays and hands-on activities during the festival (see website for full details). Normal admission prices apply. Free for National Trust members.

12 Jul 2019 to 14 Jul 2019

Museum of the Moon: Dorset Moon

Weymouth

Museum of the Moon is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface*. Over its lifetime, the Museum of the Moon will be presented in a number of different ways both indoors and outdoors, so altering the experience and interpretation of the artwork. As it ...

13 Jul 2019 to 14 Jul 2019

Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival

Weymouth

A 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 ...

14 July 2019

Poole Goes Vintage

Poole

Head to Poole Quay for a day of nostalgia! Vintage cars, fashion shows, music and a vintage market. This celebration of 1940s-60s music, fashion, memorabilia, entertainment and transport is a feel-good festival the whole family will enjoy.

14 July 2019

Sandfest

Poole

Following the incredible response and success of our first two events in 2017 & 2018, SandFest returns in 2019 with an even bigger story to tell…. Located on the internationally famous location of Sandbanks, with stunning surroundings and beautiful white beaches, Sandfest 2019 will be the ultimate outdoor beach festival this summer! Thousands of people will enjoy the sounds of the worlds best DJ’s and live acts in an astonishing location complimented with funky food stalls, fully ...

16 July 2019

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycle event on Poole Quay from 6pm. Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled event, with a £1 entry charge per night. It is a self-funding event. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole Quay. The backdrop of the quay and harbour offers the perfect location and there is a great selection of waterside cafes, bars, restaurants and food kiosks offering refreshment, many with bike night specials on their ...

19 July 2019

Open air theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Pack a picnic and enjoy a magical evening of theatre from the Chapterhouse Theatre Company within the castle ruins from 6:15pm. Booking essential. Tel: 03442491895 Price: Adults £18, Children £9, Family (2 adults,2 children) £45.

19 July 2019

Quay For My Car

Poole

A different marque of car each Friday from 6pm on Poole Quay. The event offers free entry onto the quayside for the car owners who fit the theme for that particular evening. With a stunning backdrop of the Quay and Poole Harbour it is the perfect location for owners to show off their vehicles.

18 Jul 2019 to 20 Jul 2019

Broadway Showtunes

Bournemouth

The students from BIGLITTLE Theatre School's Youth Theatre and Professional Development Programme continue to wow year after year. Join us this July for our 19th year of Broadway Showtunes. If you love musicals, then you won’t want to miss this stand out, high-energy show featuring music from some of the greatest shows of all time. Performed by an amazing company of over 150 professionally trained musical theatre students and backed by a West End orchestra. Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion ...

19 Jul 2019 to 21 Jul 2019

Moonbury Rings

Dorchester

Dorset celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a weekend of free lunar-themed events. Featuring Apollo - One Giant Leap!, a huge, free community performance on Friday, space-themed outdoor cinema on Saturday and a family science and arts festival day on Sunday. Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon will be on display throughout. Venue: Maumbury Rings

19 Jul 2019 to 21 Jul 2019

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

Dorchester

Family festival celebrating the memory of the Tolpuddle Martyrs - Tolpuddle village near Dorchester.

12 Jul 2019 to 26 Aug 2019

Summer Live

Bournemouth

Summer Live is a free event for all ages. Bournemouth town centre offers visitors a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars and the award-winning gardens. Summer Live is located in The Square. Live music every day (from 5pm week days / from 12pm weekends) Visit the huts and watch the artists in action as they paint, draw and create Face painting on most days (for a small fee) Outdoor 'Garden Bar' plus BBQ Other huts include Henna body art, beach themed jewellery and the ...

15 Jun 2019 to 04 Sep 2019

Pirates and Mermaids

Weymouth

Visit Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park this summer and choose your side - Pirates or Mermaids. Running from 15th June to 4th September, this immersive trail features two themed routes and is perfect for the whole family to enjoy as a free addition to the SEA LIFE experience. Meet a ‘real life Mermaid’ on select days, so please check before attending if you wish to see them at the park. Pre-book online at www.sealifeweymouth.com and save up to 40%. All children taking part are able ...