Dorset Events

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

12 December 2018

Blandford Yuletide Festival

Blandford

The Blandford Yuletide Festival has become an established part of the Christmas Calendar. 2018 is our eighth festival and is planned to be the biggest so far. Below is the current programme for the evening; however, this is subject to change, so check the website from time to time to see what we have planned. Programme 4.00pm Road Closure Begins 5.00pm Festival Begins – Stalls and Shops Open 5.30pm Rendezvous of Primary Schools' Lantern Parade at Langton Road Car Park 6.00pm ...

12 December 2018

BSO - Handel's Messiah

Poole

Nicholas McGegan CONDUCTOR Mary Bevan SOPRANO Diana Moore MEZZO-SOPRANO William Berger BARITONE Bournemouth Symphony Chorus Since 1742, The Messiah has secured itself in the Christmas calendar. Retelling the story of Christ it is heaped full of beautiful arias including; He was Despised and Rejected and I Know that My Redeemer Liveth and rousing choruses like For Unto Us a Child is Born and the ever-popular Hallelujah Chorus. Please note: If you are booking 5 of more of the ...

12 December 2018

Supersonic 70’s Christmas Show

Wimborne

Now in it’s 9th year of touring, the ‘Supersonic 70s show’ has been ‘wowing’ audiences nationwide with a show GLAM packed with all those incredible hits from the greatest musical decade of them all…the 70s! Led by the ‘Catsuit Wonder Girl’ vocalist Janey Bombshell, this ‘all live’ band delivers a power packed spectacle that will have the women dancing in the aisles and the men ‘air guitaring’ to all those hits from this golden age of pop. From the towering might of Queen, Fleetwood Mac & ...

13 December 2018

Christmas in the Courtroom

Dorchester

Join the New Hardy Players for a feast of traditional seasonal entertainment in the evocative surroundings of Dorchester’s iconic Shire Hall. Local and well-known Christmas carols, midwinter poetry from the pens of Thomas Hardy and William Barnes, dramatic scenes from the Mayor of Casterbridge and Under the Greenwood Tree; and a Christmas Mummers play. Directed by Tim Laycock. Supporting Dorset Mind in West Dorset. Tickets include seasonal refreshments. Christmas in the ...

13 December 2018

Nativity on the Move

Weymouth

St Aldheim’s Church and the Friends of Radipole Park and Gardens invite You to Nativity on the Move. Thursday 13th December starting at 6pm ending 7pm meeting at the tennis club car park. St Aldhelm’s church invites everyone along to Radipole Gardens on Thursday 13th December to take part in Nativity on the Move. You’ll make your way through the gardens lit by candles and torches and follow the story of the Christmas nativity. There’ll be carol singing, live music, drama, scenery ...

12 Dec 2018 to 13 Dec 2018

Swing Unlimited Big Band

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

A festive concert from Dorset’s premier Big Band:Swing Unlimited Big Band. This toe-tapping Jazz concert will be performed in Highcliffe Castle’s Great Hall, with the stunning Jesse window as a backdrop. The band perform their popular Jazz and Swing concert in the grounds each September and this Christmas concert is now also becoming a regular part of the Castle’s events programme. With a mix of jazz favourites and festive hits this concert is a perfect start to the season. When: ...

14 December 2018

Marty Wilde and The Wildcats

Wimborne

We are thrilled to welcome MARTY WILDE back to the Tivoli in December 2018, for a very special Christmas show! A chance to see live on stage, one of the only performing Rock’n’Roll pioneers in the world today. Marty began his career in 1957 and was one of the first British singers to play a leading part in those early formative, and groundbreaking Rock’n’Roll years. With his many hits and a host of wonderful songs from that era, Marty and his fabulous band the Wildcats take you back ...

14 December 2018

Stargazing at Durlston

Swanage

View the stars at the Learning Centre, Durlston Country Park from 7.30pm to 9pm. Phone 01929 424443 on the day to confirm. £3 charge.

15 December 2018

Fire Cracker

Weymouth

A charity Christmas fayre is being organised at Weymouth fire station on Saturday 15 December to raise money for two good causes. The Fire Cracker event will run between 11am and 2pm, with proceeds shared between the Fire Fighters Charity and SafeWise. As well as a range of stalls, there will be refreshments, a raffle (with prizes including a Haven mini-break), performances from local choirs and majorettes, and a birds of prey display. Santa will be arriving with the help of fire ...

15 December 2018

Fossil Hunting Walks at Charmouth Coast Centre

Lyme Regis

This two-hour session (10am to 12noon) starts up at the Centre with a 25-minute talk from the Centre Warden about the rocks and fossils of Charmouth and how to find fossils on the beach. The group then heads out onto the beach with the wardens and spends the rest of the session looking for fossils. Charges: £8 Adult, £4 Child (2 years and under go free). All children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Meeting point: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Site information: Some uneven ...

15 December 2018

In Dulci Jubilo - Candlelit Christmas Concert

Bournemouth

Festive choral music by John Rutter, Benjamin Britten, James Macmillan and more; performed by Dorset's premier female vocal ensemble, La Nova Singers. An atmospheric musical celebration of the Christmas season. Venue: St Ambrose Church, 72 West Cliff Rd, Bournemouth BH4 8BE @ 7.30pm. Tickets: £12.50 in advance; £14 on the door. Under 10's free.

11 Dec 2018 to 15 Dec 2018

Musical Theatre: Disney Peter Pan Jnr.

Christchurch

In conjunction with The Regent Centre, Ginger Boy Productions Limited are providing this unique and highly positive performance experience exploring and focusing on professionalism, confidence building through exploration and most importantly fun! An incredible project making all participants feel courageous, inspired and confident. This educational initiative, FREE to its participants, involves interaction at the highest level from current industry and academic specialists from the ...

15 December 2018

Southbourne Nativity Parade

Bournemouth

Youngsters love to take part in a nativity parade with Kings, angels, donkeys and other animals. Southbourne’s parade is definitely not one to miss. Whilst parents do some last minute shopping there is the added fun of watching out for the 40 knitted Christmas trees distributed among the stores. Time: From 10am, route from the bandstand to the Green.

16 December 2018

BSO: The Snowman

Poole

WALKING IN THE AIR Hugh Brunt CONDUCTOR Pui Fan Lee PRESENTER Cherished by children and adults alike, The Snowman is the soundtrack to everyone’s Christmas. We’re walking in the air…join the Snowman and James on their magical journey through the winter sky in this special showing of the festive classic on the large screen, accompanied by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Guaranteed to send tingles down your spine as you relive this enchanted animated film together with a live ...

16 December 2018

Chase the Pudding - Santa Fun Run

Weymouth

Get yourself ready for this year's 5k Santa extravaganza, on Sunday 16th December at 11am. Hundreds of Santas chasing the lonely Christmas pudding down the beach in what can only be described as ” The best thing YULE see this Christmas!” So come on, get your boots on and get entered into this fantastic festive event.

14 Dec 2018 to 16 Dec 2018

Corfe Winter Lights

Corfe Castle

Christmas is a magical time at Corfe Castle. Take in the festive atmosphere with our contemporary lanterns, braziers, beacons and lighting as you explore the castle grounds. The castle will be open until 7pm, weather permitting. You can also share your special memory or wish and place it on one of our 'Christmas Wish' trees. We'll be offering tasters of mulled wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). You can also enjoy festive treats by the log fire in our tea-rooms and browse the Christmas ...

16 December 2018

Santa's On The Water!

Poole

Come and join us for our ‘Santa’s on the Water’ event on Sunday 16th December from 10am-12 in Poole Harbour. Time to dress up in your best Christmas Costumes and jump on a paddle board for the last SUP Trip of 2018, it would be great to see you there. This event is just £20pp which includes paddleboard tuition, equipment hire and games on the water followed by mince pies and hot drinks afterwards to end the morning. To book your place please give us a call at The Watersports Academy on 01202 ...

16 December 2018

Shaftesbury Christmas Market

Shaftesbury

Filling the streets from one end of the town to the other, this is probably the biggest, and the busiest Christmas market in Dorset. This Year the market will be held on the 16th of December, 10am until 3pm.

18 December 2018

Bournemouth & District Band Concert

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

Bournemouth and District Concert Band is a community wind band which performs regularly across Dorset including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Wimborne and Ferndown. As one of the largest concert bands in the area, there are 50 musicians of all ages, playing wind band instruments of varying shapes and sizes. Formed 28 years ago, the band is proud to still have some of its original members. The band’s repertoire covers all styles including classical, easy listening, film scores, pop tunes ...

19 December 2018

La Nova Singers

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

La Nova Singers return to Highcliffe Castle for this festive concert in the Castle’s magnificent Great Hall. La Nova Singers formed in 2004 and have become a highly acclaimed ensemble of female singers. They are directed and conducted by Michelle Nova, follow the discipline of the Bel Canto technique and have become well known for their unique sound, clarity, diction and eclectic mix of music. When: 19th December 2018 Where: The beautiful surroundings of the Great Hall Cost: ...

20 December 2018

Theatre: Another Christmas Carol

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

Enjoy an audience with Charles Dickens as he regales his audience with this hitherto-unknown festive tale. In the style of the public performances the great Victorian writer gave during the nineteenth century, this one-man stage show is the perfect seasonal treat to whet your appetite for the Yuletide celebrations! Expect chills, laughter and sentiment as Mr Dickens presents, for one night only, Another Christmas Carol! Acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin plays Charles Dickens, in an ...

20 December 2018

Theatre: The Little Match Girl

Lyme Regis

A family show at the Marine Theatre for Christmas inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s traditional tale. London. Christmas Eve. The snow is falling. A little girl struggles fiercely through the cold. We follow her throughout the day as she encounters the funny and zany characters of the vibrant city streets. In an attempt to stay warm she strikes a match, then a second and third. In the cold the flames blaze to life and the flickering fire illuminates her fantastic Christmas ...

21 December 2018

Winter Solstice

Corfe Castle

Experience the peace and tranquillity of watching the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins. Castle opens 7am - 9am. Tickets £12, includes a hot drink and breakfast roll (vegetarian sausage, sausage or bacon) served in the Tea Rooms. Booking essential.

22 December 2018

Last Night of the Christmas Proms

Poole

SEASONAL TREATS OLD AND NEW Pete Harrison CONDUCTOR Kick off Christmas with a fun-packed concert for all the family, featuring classics old and new, all wrapped up with a sprinkling of magic and sparkle. A rollercoaster of seasonal favourites includes Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Let it Snow Let it Snow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and much, much more! ANDERSON Sleigh ...

23 December 2018

BSO: A Celebration of Christmas Carols

Poole

Join in with the real spirit of Christmas in the BSO's traditional celebration of carols with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. Sing along to a host of your favourite carols and sit back an enjoy the best of choral music for the season. Just the thing to get you in the mood for the big day itself. Venue: Lighthouse

01 Dec 2018 to 23 Dec 2018

Christmas at Haynes

Sherborne

Join us the festive season for some exciting Christmas celebrations.

24 Nov 2018 to 23 Dec 2018

Wild! Christmas Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

Magical Christmas at Adventure Wonderland Give the family a flying start to Christmas with a magic carpet trip to multi-award-winning theme park, Adventure Wonderland. Santa and his helpers will be dropping in to their cosy log cabin to give the kids a fantastic present plus the unmissable live panto, Aladdin, takes flight. There's also the massive indoor adventure play centre, Wild Thing! and Nativity Cuddle Corner. Tickets to visit Santa are available 24/25th November, 1st/ 2nd ...

21 Dec 2018 to 23 Dec 2018

Winter Lights

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Christmas is a magical time at Corfe Castle. Take in the festive atmosphere with our contemporary lanterns, braziers, beacons and lighting as you explore the castle grounds. The castle will be open until 7pm, weather permitting. You can also share your special memory or wish and place it on one of our 'Christmas Wish' trees. We'll be offering tasters of mulled wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). You can also enjoy festive treats by the log fire in our tea-rooms and browse the Christmas ...

19 Dec 2018 to 24 Dec 2018

Christmas Spectacular

Christchurch

Returning for its seventh fabulous year of family entertainment, The Glad Rag Production Company is delighted to bring a brand new Christmas Spectacular to the Regent Centre stage. Bursting with festive delights, this highly acclaimed company will create a magical Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy. Once again, audiences will be treated to dazzling costumes from West End costumier Sue Simmerling and sparkling production numbers brought together by a heart warming festive story, ...

19 Dec 2018 to 24 Dec 2018

Dance: Night Tree

Bournemouth

Come into the woods to dance in the snow and bask in the glistening seasonal lights! Full of the sounds and smells of the winter forest, Night Tree is a magical staging of Eve Buntings book of the same name. Made for audiences 3+ and their families, join us in this celebration of the winter solstice as we dress a rather special tree with edible decorations, sing songs and dance together. Commissioned by Gulbenkian/ ART(Y)31 in association with Pavilion Dance South West. Supported ...

01 Dec 2018 to 24 Dec 2018

Get Crafty

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Make your own natural Christmas decoration this Christmas when you visit Corfe Castle.Normal admission applies plus a suggested donation of £1.50 to cover materials. *NOTE: This activity will only be available at weekends.

30 Nov 2018 to 24 Dec 2018

Santa's Woodland Grotto

Poole

Santa's Woodland Grotto is back at Upton Country Park, with real wood cabins, animals, quality wrapped gifts and printed photographs of your meeting with Santa, ensuring a fun, interactive & memorable experience for all the family. Open Wednesday - Friday from 10.30am - 5pm, and at weekends from 9.30am - 6pm. Prices vary. Walk-in tickets will be available, however we advise pre-booking to beat the crowds and guarantee a time slot.

25 December 2018

Lions Club Cross Harbour Swim

Weymouth

Watch (or take part!)as swimmers brave the cold waters of Weymouth Harbour in the annual Christmas Day swim at 11am.

26 December 2018

West Bay Wallow

West Bay

Join in the fun with this Fancy Dress wallow. Watched from the relative warmth of the harbourside by a crowd estimated to be over 3000 strong, this winter event is quite a spectacle and raises a good amount of money for numerous good causes. Entrants (usually over 100 people) are invited to raise monies for whomever they wish, by embracing the refreshing waters of West Bay! There are PRIZES for best Fancy Dress. Entrants sign in from 10.30 am / Start 12 noon SHARP!

23 Nov 2018 to 30 Dec 2018

Christmas at Beaulieu

Beaulieu, New Forest

Experience the new magical, after-dark, illuminated trail through the grounds and gardens of the Beaulieu visitor attraction this Christmas. On selected dates between 23 November - 30 December, the tree-tops will glisten as the gardens and buildings shimmer with seasonal sparkle. There’s something for everyone as a one-mile illuminated path winds its way through the grounds in a magical after dark experience. Greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, wander beneath unique tree ...

28 Dec 2018 to 30 Dec 2018

Winter lights

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Christmas is a magical time at Corfe Castle. Take in the festive atmosphere with our contemporary lanterns, braziers, beacons and lighting as you explore the castle grounds. The castle will be open until 7pm, weather permitting. You can also share your special memory or wish and place it on one of our 'Christmas Wish' trees. We'll be offering tasters of mulled wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). You can also enjoy festive treats by the log fire in our tea-rooms and browse the Christmas ...

31 December 2018

New Year Fancy Dress Party

Weymouth

New Year’s Eve in Weymouth is renowned as one of the places to come and celebrate the end of one year and welcome in the next. The whole town comes out in fancy dress and there is live music inside the pubs and clubs. Also, outside there are bands playing into the night. Sing Auld Lang Syne around the Town Clock and party the night away! The Jubilee Clock is one of Weymouth’s best-loved landmarks and has been a meeting place for generations of both locals and visitors. Since it was first ...

31 December 2018

New Year's Eve Black Tie Gala Dinner

Beaulieu, New Forest

Leith's at Beaulieu would like to invite you to spend New Year's Eve in the 13th Century Domus. You will be wined and dined and able to dance the night away. At midnight a traditional bagpiper will bring in the New Year in style. Your ticket includes: Arrival drink 3-course dinner Disco Bagpiper ... and a night you won't forget!

07 Dec 2018 to 31 Dec 2018

Panto: Dick Whittington

Poole

Join us at the Lighthouse on a family pantomime adventure with Dick Whittington and his acrobatic cat as they journey from Poole to Olde London Town then across the sea seeking fame and fortune. After ‘Cinderella’ last year, prepare for an even bigger ‘wow’ with spectacular new scenery, sparkling costumes and special effects. Meet the magical Fairy Bow Bells and the hilarious Dame Dolly Donuts. Boo, cheer, laugh, sing along and don’t let King Rat become Lord Mayor! Dick Whittington stars ...

14 Dec 2018 to 31 Dec 2018

The Lord of Misrule

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Dating back to medieval England, the "Lord of Misrule" tradition continued right through into the 17th-century. Join Corfe Castle's very own 17th-century mischief-maker for stories and games as you journey through the castle ruins. This event is free but normal admission applies. *NOTE: Various opening days and times. Please check our website for more information.

01 January 2019

Lyme Lunge

Lyme Regis

Get your fancy dress costumes planned and made up for the Lyme Lunge on January 1st at the Sandy Beach, Lyme Regis, 1pm sharp. This year our chosen charity will be Dorset County Hospital Cancer Appeal. Please consider downloading the sponsor form on the Facebook page and help Lyme Regis Rotary Club raise funds for this great charity.

16 Nov 2018 to 02 Jan 2019

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Bournemouth

Spectacular Christmas tree trail, enchanting illuminations and seasonal family fun. Experience the magical display of over 100 glittering trees and illuminations. Explore the Alpine Market and skate in the enchanting Victorian Lower Gardens. Enjoy live music, entertainment and magical illuminations across the resort.

15 Dec 2018 to 05 Jan 2019

Pantomime: Dick Whittington

Weymouth

Made-to-Measure Pantomimes return to the Weymouth Pavilion this Christmas with a brand new production of DICK WHITTINGTON! The rags-to-riches story tells the tale of a boy from Gloucester who travels all the way to London to make his fortune, believing that the streets there are paved with gold! In actual fact, the streets are covered in rats – there’s an infestation of rodents throughout the city and it’ll be up to Dick and his funny feline friend to save the day and overthrow the ...

21 Dec 2018 to 06 Jan 2019

Pantomime: Cinderella

Wimborne

We are delighted to announce CINDERELLA as this year’s magical family pantomime at the Tivoli Theatre, produced by local professional company Made-to-Measure Productions! This sparkling story will be brought to life from page-to-stage in a brand new production created especially for the Tivoli Theatre, featuring stunning scenery, colourful costumes, toe-tapping tunes, laughter by the bucketful and EYE-POPPING special effects! The timeless tale follows our heroine, the beautiful ...

08 Dec 2018 to 06 Jan 2019

Pantomime: Sleeping Beauty

Bournemouth

Bournemouth Pavilion is proud to bring you one of the most traditional and popular pantomimes of all time, Sleeping Beauty. Packed with great songs, amazing dance routines and plenty of laughter, this is a tremendous treat for all the family. Starring Rita Simons (Eastenders) as Carabosse*, alsongside Bournemouth Pavilion pantomime favourites Olivia Birchenough (Milkshake!) as Princess Briar Rose, Noel Brodie as Silly Billy and David Ball as Nursie. *Please note that Jennifer ...

15 Nov 2018 to 06 Jan 2019

Skate Outdoors

Bournemouth

Skate Outdoors this Christmas in the magical Lower Gardens. By day there is a separate children’s rink, by night transformed into the famous ‘Gliders’ game. Open daily from 10:30 – 22:30.

22 Dec 2018 to 06 Jan 2019

Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu

New Forest

Visit us between 22 December - 6 January* to see what the Montagu family members would have been doing during the festive season of 1889. Sip a glass of warming mulled punch while you soak in the festive atmosphere of Palace House, with stunning decorations, welcoming log fires and a Christmas tree in each room - including a 22ft-tree at the foot of the main staircase! *Please note the Beaulieu attraction will be closed on Christmas Day. We will also close at 4pm on 22 - 24 Dec and 26 ...