Dorset Events

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

06 December 2019

A Christmas Carol

Bridport

Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL is one of the most beloved books in the English language and has become a classic Christmas tale for generations of grown-ups and children alike. It is brought to life in an astounding one-man performance by actor and writer Nick Wilkes. For over two decades Nick Wilkes has appeared in countless productions, both in the UK and overseas working in classical and contemporary drama, musical, pantomime and weekly rep, working alongside names as diverse as ...

06 December 2019

Marty Wilde and The Wildcats

Wimborne

The one and only MARTY WILDE returns to the Tivoli in 2019! 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 through some of the most exciting musical times this ...

06 December 2019

Music: Wille & The Bandits

Dorchester

Wille and the Bandits are an energetic and soulful three piece in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience, yet take their sound beyond what is expected of a traditional blues rock line up. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues and they leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds. The band are praised in the press for their albums; ...

04 Dec 2019 to 07 Dec 2019

Jingle Bell Rockout Christmas Show

Weymouth

This is Wessex Musical Theatre's first Christmas show and features songs from 'The Lion King', 'A Star is Born' and a medley of hits from the golden age of disco. Alongside this, you will hear favourite Christmas songs and carols. Boogie on down to Jingle Bell Rockout for plenty of song and dance in the beautiful location of Weymouth Harbour. Location: Hope Church, Trinity St, Weymouth DT4 8TW Tickets: Adults £10 for all evening performances (starting at 7.30 pm). £8 for Saturday ...

07 December 2019

Buttermarket Christmas Market, Poundbury

Dorchester

Poundbury’s Christmas Market Now in its 4th year we are delighted to tell you that this year the Christmas Market will be on Saturday 7th December. It’s small business Saturday on 7th December so it’s the perfect time to come out and support your local community.

07 December 2019

Cerne Abbas Christmas Street Fair

Dorchester

Some 40+ stalls selling a variety of local crafts and unique gifts to purchase. Free entry. All stalls lit up with festoon lighting, music from “Sing for Joy”. The children of Cerne Abbas First School open the Fayre with carols as we light the Church Christmas Tree. Santas Grotto with age related presents. Plus food and refreshments available to purchase. A really lovely way to kick-start Christmas. Cerne Abbas village is located some 7 miles north of Dorchester.

07 December 2019

Play: Are You Going To The Marine?

Lyme Regis

Join us as we celebrate one hundred and twenty five years of the Marine Theatre, in this special community play written by Andrew Rattenbury. With the help of the thriving local theatre, music, and drama groups, who have all performed here over the past century or so, we’ll be looking back at our rich history as seen through the eyes of two young lovers. Born in Lyme, Andrew Rattenbury is the acclaimed screenwriter and former head boy of Woodroffe School! Andy trained as an actor at ...

07 December 2019

The Ollerod Christmas Market

Beaminster

Christmas in Dorset is spectacular, and whether it is accompanied by a dusting of snow, or whether Jack Frost simply appears in the shape of a brisk breeze, when the sun shines, it’s absolutely gorgeous. In 2018, The Ollerod celebrated its first Christmas season and to amplify the festive feeling, we decided to embrace all that is local by inviting some of the most exquisite traders to take up residence in our restaurant and terrace areas for the first ever Ollerod Christmas Market. This ...

06 Dec 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Artisans on the Beach

Swanage

Set on Swanage seafront over the Christmas season, the beach-huts are taken over by local crafters and tradespeople all looking to sell the ideal creative gifts for you and your loved ones. From collages, photography and paintings, to vintage and retro cushions, coasters and felt goods, there's no shortage of items on offer. So come on down and see what you can find, located within the beach-huts on Swanage Shore Road beside the Tourist Information Centre right up to the clock ...

08 December 2019

Christmas Carols in the Castle

Corfe Castle

Create a new family tradition with some carol singing in the castle this Christmas. Step inside the ruins and get into the festive spirit. Join local choirs and sing your heart out to Christmas carols old and new. With their origins in the fifteenth century, carol singing is an important part of the festive season. This will be an atmospheric evening, with a concert in the castle from a local choir. The castle lights will be lit throughout the event and the tea-room and shop will be ...

08 December 2019

Christmas Fayre at RSPB Arne

Wareham

Pop along to our annual Christmas Fayre in the RSPB Arne Café Garden for some festive fun! There will be local stallholders offering nature-themed products all with a planet-friendly ethos. We’ll also have plenty of mulled cider and mince pies, and fantastic Christmas activities, including make your own reindeer! Sunday 8 December 11 am-3 pm Price: Free entry to the event. Usual car parking charges apply

08 December 2019

Christmas Singing in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

Christmas Singing at the Bandstand in the Gardens at 3pm. FREE Hot Drinks and Mince Pies.​Come and join in the Christmas Carols and songs in the Gardens. ​ALL WELCOME

08 December 2019

Giant Christmas Craft Fayre

Weymouth

Get your Christmas shopping fix at this Giant Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre! Featuring over 50 stalls of local and handmade gifts. Meet Santa in our Christmas Grotto. Venue: Weymouth Pavilion. FREE Entry. Refreshments and snack available at the Pavilion cafe.

04 Dec 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Illuminated Garden at Kingston Lacy

Wimborne

Enjoy the chance to experience Kingston Lacy after dark during late night openings Wednesdays - Sundays, with a new illuminated experience transforming the Formal Garden as darkness falls. From 4pm onwards, wander the illuminated trail around the Formal Garden and see the house and garden transformed with lights. Normal property admission applies, members receive free entry. Last admission time 6.30pm. Illuminated trail approximately 30 minute walk (1.5 miles). No dogs are allowed ...

08 December 2019

RNLI College Christmas Market

Poole

Watch Santa arrive by lifeboat….. get in the festive spirit with our annual RNLI College Christmas Market. The market will be a great chance to purchase Christmas gifts for friends and family, or have a browse and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and festive food whilst enjoying the live music. We will have over 40 exhibitors selling a range of Christmas gifts including local handmade arts and crafts, produce, jewellery, chutneys, sweet treats and much more. Keep the kids entertained ...

07 Dec 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Santa Express

Swanage Railway, Swanage

Meet Santa on his special Swanage Railway train. During your one-hour return journey each child will receive a wrapped present from Santa, complimentary soft drink and biscuit. Mince Pie and seasonal drink for adults. There will be balloon modelling during your visit. Santa Express trains start and finish in Swanage. You cannot board or alight at any other station.

07 Dec 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Santa's Woodland Grotto

Poole

Santa is returning to Upton House in December with some new friends and things to see and tickets are available now so you have plenty of time to plan your visit. This year Santa is joined in his Woodland Grotto by some friendly new elves, owls and donkeys (his reindeer are staying at home). Also new this year is a covered Light Tunnel to enjoy! Pre-booking is highly recommended. Same-day walk-in tickets can be purchased at our ticket booth, but there are likely to be queues especially ...

09 Nov 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Underwater Superheroes

Weymouth

CHALLENGE THE UNDERWATER SUPERHEROES AT SEA LIFE WEYMOUTH THIS HALF TERM Not all superheroes wear capes, some have fins or eight legs SEA LIFE Weymouth is inviting guests to unveil their inner superhero in the brand-new interactive adventure, Underwater Superheroes. Families will be challenged by SEA LIFE’s Super 5 subaquatic superheroes to see if they have the strength of a starfish or speed of a shark, amongst other surprising superpowers. Guests will face interactive ...

07 Dec 2019 to 08 Dec 2019

Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu

New Forest

Travel back in time and visit the Victorian Montagu family home this festive season. Visit us on 7 &8 December, 14 & 15 December and 21 December - 1 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 ...

11 December 2019

Blandford Yuletide Festival

Blandford

The Blandford Yuletide Festival has become an established part of the Christmas Calendar. 2019 is our ninth festival and is planned to be the biggest so far. PROGRAMME* 4.00pm – Road Closures Begin 5.00pm – Festival Starts – Stalls and Shops Open. 5.30pm – Rendezvous of Primary Schools Lantern Parade at Langton Road Car Park. 6.00pm – Lantern Parade Begins Led by Father Christmas and will include The Blandford Stour Valley Band. The parade will travel from Langton Road Car ...

11 December 2019

Carols at Hardy's Cottage

Dorchester

Visit nineteenth-century Dorset with traditional West Gallery Christmas carols in Hardy's Cottage. Members of the Ridgeway Singers will be returning to Hardy's Cottage to revive the old carols sung in Hardy's childhood, as immortalized in 'Under the Greenwood Tree. Time: 1pm to 4pm. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

11 December 2019

Shaftesbury Carols by Candlelight

Shaftesbury

Join us at St James' Church in Shaftesbury on Wednesday 11th December at 7pm for a magical candlelit evening featuring all your festive favourites. Following the success of our inaugural carols in Shaftesbury last year, we're delighted to be returning to this beautiful town. Carols by Candlelight is already a firm favourite in the Julia's House events calendar in other areas, well known for a lively mix of celebrity and family readers, music and traditional carols. Last year's special ...

10 Dec 2019 to 12 Dec 2019

Swing Unlimited Big Band

Christchurch

The Swing Unlimited Christmas concerts in the Great Hall of Highcliffe Castle have been such a sell-out success we have extended to three nights! Featuring Swing Unlimited’s own great arrangements of songs and tune for the season.

12 December 2019

Vienna Festival Ballet: The Nutcracker

Wimborne

Be swept away on a magical adventure in one of the most famous classical ballets of all time – The Nutcracker. With its combination of enchanting choreography and unforgettable music, this fabulous ballet is a Christmas treat like no other. Set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score, the traditional tale of The Nutcracker tells the story of Clara and her enchanted nutcracker doll. Their adventures see Clara and the Nutcracker combat the Mouse King, and join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier ...

13 December 2019

Comedy: Andrew Lawrence

Bridport

Andrew Lawrence, star of Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost contrarian takes a break from all the controversy in this new show. No politics. No religion. No smut. No swearing. Just great jokes and good clean fun. Venue: Bridpoer Arts Centre

14 December 2019

BSO: Christmas Starts Here

Poole

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Lighthouse present a family-friendly concert full of fun and Christmas music specially chosen to get you into the Holiday mood. With decorations and special lighting, as well as the fantastic sound of a full symphony orchestra, what better way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon? Venue: Lighthouse Concert Hall

14 December 2019

Christmas at Shire Hall

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester

Come along to Shire Hall and immerse yourself in a Christmas extravaganza, with seasonal goodies in the café, festive music from the Crossways Handbell Ringers, Christmas craft workshops and glistening Christmas slime-making as well as a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto and the best selection of Christmas gifts in Dorchester! Glittery Christmas Slime Making 10am-4pm, £2.00 per child* *price covers cost of materials. Normal museum admission costs apply. Father Christmas in his ...

14 December 2019

Kids Christmas Party ! @The Wyke Smugglers

Weymouth

Children's Christmas party ! Children's entertainer, lunch box, drinks and a visit and gift from Santa. Tickets on sale £5.00 limited tickets

14 December 2019

RMT Cinema - Horror Season

Portland

Our Horror season begins on December 14th with "Southbound" and finishes on December 28th with "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". As this is a family page, we've popped the trailers onto another page, the RMT Over 18s Cinema page for more details and trailers! https://www.facebook.com/RMTC-Cinema-over-18s-104652664294877

13 Dec 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

Artisans on the Beach

Swanage

Set on Swanage seafront over the Christmas season, the beach-huts are taken over by local crafters and tradespeople all looking to sell the ideal creative gifts for you and your loved ones. From collages, photography and paintings, to vintage and retro cushions, coasters and felt goods, there's no shortage of items on offer. So come on down and see what you can find, located within the beach-huts on Swanage Shore Road beside the Tourist Information Centre right up to the clock ...

15 December 2019

Chase the Pudding - Santa Fun Run

Weymouth

Get yourself ready for this year's 5k Santa extravaganza, on Sunday 15th 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 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

Festive Frolics with the New Hardy Players

Dorchester

The cast of New Hardy Players visit Max Gate to perform a seasonal selection of poetry readings, carols and a mummers play. The Mummers play featured in Hardy’s novel, 'The Return of the Native'. Hardy was fascinated by rural traditions and had Mummers perform at Max Gate one Christmas. The New Hardy Players join us to continue this tradition at Hardy's home. 14 December 2019: 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:15 - 15:00. 15 December 2019: 11:30 - 12:15, 12:30 - 13:15, 14:15 - ...

11 Dec 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

Illuminated Garden at Kingston Lacy

Wimborne

Enjoy the chance to experience Kingston Lacy after dark during late night openings Wednesdays - Sundays, with a new illuminated experience transforming the Formal Garden as darkness falls. From 4pm onwards, wander the illuminated trail around the Formal Garden and see the house and garden transformed with lights. Normal property admission applies, members receive free entry. Last admission time 6.30pm. Illuminated trail approximately 30 minute walk (1.5 miles). No dogs are allowed ...

15 December 2019

Rick Wakeman: The Grumpy Old Christmas Show

Poole

Rick’s The Grumpy Old Christmas Show will combine spellbinding piano music with side splitting stories and revealing insights into his lengthy and varied career. Expect an evening of superb musicianship, featuring music from YES, Rick’s own solo epics and early Bowie hits, plus fantastic arrangements of Beatles’ tunes, and much, much more, interspersed with knockabout (and sometimes bawdy!) humour. The world renowned keyboard player both as a member of YES and as a solo artist is known ...

14 Dec 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

Santa Express

Swanage Railway, Swanage

Meet Santa on his special Swanage Railway train. During your one-hour return journey each child will receive a wrapped present from Santa, complimentary soft drink and biscuit. Mince Pie and seasonal drink for adults. There will be balloon modelling during your visit. Santa Express trains start and finish in Swanage. You cannot board or alight at any other station.

14 Dec 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

Santa's Woodland Grotto

Poole

Santa is returning to Upton House in December with some new friends and things to see and tickets are available now so you have plenty of time to plan your visit. This year Santa is joined in his Woodland Grotto by some friendly new elves, owls and donkeys (his reindeer are staying at home). Also new this year is a covered Light Tunnel to enjoy! Pre-booking is highly recommended. Same-day walk-in tickets can be purchased at our ticket booth, but there are likely to be queues especially ...

15 December 2019

Shaftesbury Christmas Fair

Shaftesbury

Join us from 10am to 4pm for the famous Shaftesbury Christmas Fair, celebrating all that is best about Christmas on the highest point of Dorset. Also, in the Town Hall, grab some Christmas goodies from lots of local craft and gift stallholders whilst raising money for the Weldmar Hospice.

15 December 2019

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmas

Dorchester

Dorchester favourites Squashbox Theatre’s are back with their spectacular celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings! Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, play hunt the brussel sprout, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze at the “beautiful” Christmas fairy… Learn about Yuletide traditions old and new, hear the story of the first Christmas ...

15 December 2019

The Frosty 5K

Dorchester

If you enjoyed Weldmar’s Colour Run and Bubble Rush in the summer, then you will love our new family event this Christmas! Get everyone together for a day of frosty fun as you run, jog, hop or dance your way around the most festive 5k you’ll ever do! After your warm up you’ll set off on a snowy start before passing through 4 exciting themed zones! Fog – a tunnel with plumes of ‘icy’ fog coming from the floor Fire – a cosy fire tunnel with the sounds and smell of a real crackling ...

14 Dec 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu

New Forest

Travel back in time and visit the Victorian Montagu family home this festive season. Visit us on 14 & 15 December and 21 December - 1 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 ...

14 Dec 2019 to 15 Dec 2019

Winter Lights at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

See the past in a magical light this Christmas at Corfe Castle. Share your special Christmas wish at the wishing bridge or snuggle up by a log fire with a warming festive treat. Take in the atmosphere with our braziers, beacons and contemporary lighting as you explore the castle grounds. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Dogs on leads are welcome. Although pathways will be lit, please bring a torch for the walk from the car park and for your walk around the ...

17 December 2019

Christmas with La Nova Singers

Christchurch

Classical choir La Nova Singers are bringing their sparkle to Highcliffe Castle – in a glorious celebration of everything Christmas! Expect soaring voices, lush harmonies and heart-warming festive classics, with a few surprises along the way. The classically-trained singers have been bringing spectacular concerts to Highcliffe since 2006 and have also been heard on BBC Radio 3. Book early to secure your seat, as this event always sells out!

16 Dec 2019 to 17 Dec 2019

High School Musical

Bridport

Bridport Young Performers’ brand new show 2019. Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage! Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends, and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations, and look forward to the new year. Basketball team ...

18 December 2019

A Christmas Carol: In Concert

Dorchester

A heart-warming retelling of Dickens’ classic tale uses an array of traditional and modern instruments and authentic musical arrangements. It brims with warmth, wit and wonder. Modern-day balladeers GreenMatthews take the well-loved festive adventure back to its Victorian fireside roots, painting a vivid and evocative picture of Dickens’ world. Chris Green (voice, guitar, mandocello, piano), Sophie Matthews (voice, flute, English border bagpipes) and special guest Jude Rees (voice, ...

18 December 2019

Carols at Hardy's Cottage

Dorchester

Visit nineteenth-century Dorset with traditional West Gallery Christmas carols in Hardy's Cottage. Members of the Ridgeway Singers will be returning to Hardy's Cottage to revive the old carols sung in Hardy's childhood, as immortalized in 'Under the Greenwood Tree'. Time: 1pm to 4pm. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

19 December 2019

Musical Comedy: Christmas. Time.

Dorchester

A musical comedy for all the family! Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody… Join them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner ...

18 Dec 2019 to 19 Dec 2019

Musical Theatre and Christmas Songs

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

A sensational selection of Musical Theatre and Christmas Songs performed by Bournemouth Musical Theatre over 2 nights. Join us at Highcliffe Castle for a sensational selection of Musical Theatre and Christmas Songs. Amazing Harmony singing, with unique and wonderful arrangements, with true Christmas spirit! Tickets £13.50 or £12.50 for season ticket holders.

20 December 2019

Hansel & Gretel

Bridport

Deep in an enchanted forest, everybody’s looking for something to eat. A tasty treat, a sticky sweet – some children’s feet? Hansel and Gretel are lost, searching for a way home, only to find themselves on the menu of a sweet-toothed witch. Goody and Storey and Norwich Puppet Theatre present a colourful retelling of the classic Grimms’ fairy tale, serving up a feast of delicious music, dynamic scenery and knock-your-socks-off puppetry. A show to tickle your eyes, your ears, and your ...

21 December 2019

Medieval Christmas Banquet

Beaulieu, New Forest

Go back in time with our medieval Christmas banquet at the historic Beaulieu Abbey Domus! Are you looking for a fun, alternative and unique way to get into the Christmas spirit? Why not join us on the 21st of December to discover what it's like to enjoy a medieval banquet? The 13th Century Domus at Beaulieu, provides the perfect setting to take you back to medieval times to experience a three course royal feast fit for a king. You'll be greeted with a traditional mead on arrival, ...

21 December 2019

Show Of Hands: Christmas Special

Bridport

Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand. With new songs, new sounds, heartbeats and harmonies, the quartet’s first secret gig last year at The Electric Palace sold out ...

21 December 2019

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. The castle gates will open at 7:15 in time for you to walk up and find the perfect spot to watch the sunrise. Tickets £12.50, including a hot fruit punch to collect at the castle entrance on your way up and a breakfast bap (vegetarian sausage, sausage or gluten free) served on your way down in the tea-room. Bring a camping chair for added comfort. Booking in advance ...

20 Dec 2019 to 22 Dec 2019

Artisans on the Beach

Swanage

Set on Swanage seafront over the Christmas season, the beach-huts are taken over by local crafters and tradespeople all looking to sell the ideal creative gifts for you and your loved ones. From collages, photography and paintings, to vintage and retro cushions, coasters and felt goods, there's no shortage of items on offer. So come on down and see what you can find, located within the beach-huts on Swanage Shore Road beside the Tourist Information Centre right up to the clock ...

22 December 2019

Blandford Family Christmas Show

Blandford

Join us in the Corn Exchange for two hours of family fun from 4pm, on the 22nd December, with four acts from the Bournemouth Entertainment Network – Mr Merlin & Okey Dokey the Dragon, Jamie Jigsaw, Krazy Kev and DJ Phil from Get up and Groove! Tickets are £5 each and are available to purchase on line www.ticketsource.co.uk or from the Town Clerk’s Office, Church Lane, Blandford (open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm).

30 Nov 2019 to 22 Dec 2019

Magical Fun with ‘Farmer Christmas’

Wareham

Visit 'Farmer Christmas' in his traditional, Winter cabin in the Little Farmer's Fun Barn. Our clever Elves use a time-slot system so no long queues for you! Yay! We don't charge you for taking photos either; you're welcome to take lots of your own photos and there's sure to be lots of giggles too! The Farm Park gets a full festive makeover and there'll be a cracking Christmas atmosphere all around! *Simply purchase your Visit Santa tickets on the day of your visit from our reception ...

22 December 2019

Producers' Market

Brewery Square, Dorchester

A NEW outdoor Producers Market, with the chance to taste and buy a variety of local food and drink. Held in the heart of Brewery Square, the buzzing atmosphere will be the perfect setting to discover what Dorset has to offer just in time for Christmas!

23 December 2019

BSO: Celebration Of Christmas Carols 2019

Poole

Join the BSO in our traditional sing-a-long, featuring all your favourites alongside the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. Gavin Carr CONDUCTOR Bournemouth Symphony Chorus TRAD God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen TRAD Good King Wenceslas TRAD O Come All ye Faithful MENDELSSOHN Hark the Herald Angels Sing Venue: Lighthouse Concert Hall

18 Dec 2019 to 23 Dec 2019

Illuminated Garden at Kingston Lacy

Wimborne

Enjoy the chance to experience Kingston Lacy after dark during late night openings Wednesdays - Sundays, with a new illuminated experience transforming the Formal Garden as darkness falls. From 4pm onwards, wander the illuminated trail around the Formal Garden and see the house and garden transformed with lights. Normal property admission applies, members receive free entry. Last admission time 6.30pm. Illuminated trail approximately 30 minute walk (1.5 miles). No dogs are allowed ...

20 Dec 2019 to 23 Dec 2019

Winter Lights at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

See the past in a magical light this Christmas at Corfe Castle. Share your special Christmas wish at the wishing bridge or snuggle up by a log fire with a warming festive treat. Take in the atmosphere with our braziers, beacons and contemporary lighting as you explore the castle grounds. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Dogs on leads are welcome. Although pathways will be lit, please bring a torch for the walk from the car park and for your walk around the ...

14 Dec 2019 to 24 Dec 2019

Best Ever Christmas Show

Wimborne

Due to amazing reviews last Christmas, the ‘Best Ever Christmas Show’ is back, filled with sing-a-long songs, hilarious sketches and funny characters the children will love. Will the Silly Elf find Santa’s Ho Ho Ho??? Has it been stolen by the mischievous Jack Frost? Plus we have the return of the much loved and popular Nicky Stevens from Brotherhood of Man, playing the Witch. Christmas is just around the corner, so book your seats now - including a free ice cream for every ...

10 Dec 2019 to 24 Dec 2019

Can't Wait For Christmas

Poole

Festive fun for everyone ages 3–10 and their families Jessie’s dad has got her a lovely little present. It’s all wrapped up, and tied with a beautiful bow. She can’t wait to open it, but she isn’t allowed to until Christmas day. Jessie shakes it and sniffs it and tries to sneak a peek, but Dad puts it just out of her reach and keeps a close eye on it. To keep her amused, he has laid a secret advent trail for her to follow. Jessie discovers a fun-filled journey filled with magical ...

18 Dec 2019 to 24 Dec 2019

Christmas Spectacular

Christchurch

Returning for its eighth 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, ...

13 Dec 2019 to 24 Dec 2019

Meet Father Christmas at Sea Life

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park, Weymouth

Experience the magic of Christmas at Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park this December. Be guided through the festive forest by a jolly Elf to meet Father Christmas in his enchanting Christmas Cabin. Meet Father Christmas from 13th to 24th December, before he heads off on his long journey around the world delivering Christmas gifts and joy with his team of reindeer! Every child meeting Father Christmas will receive a special SEA LIFE gift. Our Christmas Craft Zone will have lots to ...

20 Dec 2019 to 24 Dec 2019

Santa Express

Swanage Railway, Swanage

Meet Santa on his special Swanage Railway train. During your one-hour return journey each child will receive a wrapped present from Santa, complimentary soft drink and biscuit. Mince Pie and seasonal drink for adults. There will be balloon modelling during your visit. Santa Express trains start and finish in Swanage. You cannot board or alight at any other station.

20 Dec 2019 to 24 Dec 2019

Santa's Woodland Grotto

Poole

Santa is returning to Upton House in December with some new friends and things to see and tickets are available now so you have plenty of time to plan your visit. This year Santa is joined in his Woodland Grotto by some friendly new elves, owls and donkeys (his reindeer are staying at home). Also new this year is a covered Light Tunnel to enjoy! Pre-booking is highly recommended. Same-day walk-in tickets can be purchased at our ticket booth, but there are likely to be queues especially ...

26 December 2019

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!

28 December 2019

Winter Warm Up

Swanage

Enjoy a day of steam and diesel locomotives in action as our home fleet work an intensive timetable of passenger trains. The Swanage Birds Nest Buffet and Norden Kiosk will be serving hot and cold drinks, home-made cakes, confectionery and snacks. The souvenir shop at Swanage will be open. The Swanage Railway Musuem at Corfe Castle Station and Exhibition Coach will also be open.

27 Dec 2019 to 29 Dec 2019

Artisans on the Beach

Swanage

Set on Swanage seafront over the Christmas season, the beach-huts are taken over by local crafters and tradespeople all looking to sell the ideal creative gifts for you and your loved ones. From collages, photography and paintings, to vintage and retro cushions, coasters and felt goods, there's no shortage of items on offer. So come on down and see what you can find, located within the beach-huts on Swanage Shore Road beside the Tourist Information Centre right up to the clock ...

26 Dec 2019 to 29 Dec 2019

Illuminated Garden at Kingston Lacy

Wimborne

Enjoy the chance to experience Kingston Lacy after dark during late night openings, with a new illuminated experience transforming the Formal Garden as darkness falls. From 4pm onwards, wander the illuminated trail around the Formal Garden and see the house and garden transformed with lights. Normal property admission applies, members receive free entry. Last admission time 6.30pm. Illuminated trail approximately 30 minute walk (1.5 miles). No dogs are allowed on the illuminated ...

27 Dec 2019 to 29 Dec 2019

Winter Lights at Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

See the past in a magical light this Christmas at Corfe Castle. Share your special Christmas wish at the wishing bridge or snuggle up by a log fire with a warming festive treat. Take in the atmosphere with our braziers, beacons and contemporary lighting as you explore the castle grounds. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Dogs on leads are welcome. Although pathways will be lit, please bring a torch for the walk from the car park and for your walk around the ...

30 December 2019

New Year's Eve (eve) Phaser Night

Lemur Landings, Poole

Radio Alert... It's another Lunar Landings meteoric event... The Asteriod Trunkesar will pass closer to the earth than any of our satellites... We believe this is a desperate plan to mask an alien invasion... can you help Captain Lewey Hoops stop them? Join the crew aboard SS Clash Landings for an exciting evening of phaser tag! Whether you come alone or bring your friends it's sure to leave you feeling like a lunar lemur! The battle will commence once the teams have been formed, the ...

31 December 2019

Brew Year's Eve - Dorchester

Dorchester

The best New Year's Eve party is happening here at the Brewhouse & Kitchen! With Live music playing acoustic, canapés, bubbles and beer it's got the makings of a great party - all it needs now is you and a group of your friends to make it a night to remember! Get your tickets early as spaces are limited (Ticket price includes: Entry, canapés, a glass of bubbles or a pint of B&K beer) Limited tickets will be available on the door on the night itself for £10 (if not fully booked). We ...

31 December 2019

Brew Year's Eve - Poole

Poole

The best New Year's Eve party is happening here at the Brewhouse & Kitchen! With Live music playing a range of hits and party tunes, canapés, bubbles and beer it's got the makings of a great party - all it needs now is you and a group of your friends to make it a night to remember! Get your tickets early as spaces are limited (Ticket price includes: Entry, canapés, a glass of bubbles or a pint of B&K beer) Limited tickets will be available on the door on the night itself for £10 (if ...

14 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Christmas adventure with the Lord of Misrule

Corfe Castle

Dating back to medieval England, the Lord of Misrule tradition continues at Corfe Castle this Christmas. Join our very own mischief-maker as you journey through the castle ruins, learn about medieval traditions and join in with games, dances and entertainment to brighten the long cold winter. PLEASE NOTE: Selected dates only from 14th to 31st December.

31 December 2019

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 2019

New Year House Party

Sherborne

The party starts with a Champagne reception, followed by a sumptuous 7-course tasting menu feast created by Matthew Street, our executive chef and his talented team. With music and dancing, followed by a spectacular firework display you are sure to start the New Year with a real bang. Just a few short steps from the lively, historic Abbey town of Sherborne, The Eastbury Hotel is a charming boutique Georgian period listed townhouse (Dated 1740) hotel set within a spectacular walled ...

31 December 2019

New Year’s Eve 2019: Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-Along

Christchurch

We are calling all champions of the world to join us for our NYE sing-along screening of Bohemian Rhapsody! Experience this outstanding film featuring Rami Malek’s amazing Golden Globe-winning performance as Freddie mercury. Sing-along with lyrics on the screen to all your favourite smash hits including 'We Will Rock You', 'Another One Bites The Dust' and 'We Are The Champions'. So get up, dance, sing loud and break free! At the end of the film, get in the drinks for Big Ben which ...

31 December 2019

New Year's Eve at Flirt

Bournemouth

This New Year's Eve let Mr Kyps and Flirt Cafe Bar take care of you, with our 4 show extravaganza. With music from 20.00 until 01.00 you can enjoy a full night of entertainment, featuring live music from The Blues Brothers Show, The Soul Sisters (singing sweet soul Motown), Bonney Tyler a Tribute and Terry Nash as Meat Loaf. Tickets for this event will sell fast due to limited capacity at the Flirt venue.

31 December 2019

New Year's Eve at the Pavilion Ballroom

Bournemouth

Dress to impress for one of the biggest nights of the year and celebrate in style in the grand setting of Bournemouth Pavilion ballroom. Ring 2020 in on a high-note by joining us at for a night of unforgettable food and entertainment; Celebrations start at 7:30pm with a drinks reception followed by a lavish four-course gala dinner and coffee with entertainment from The Chris Manning Show Band. They will be playing the best of soul, pop favourites and sing-a-long classics sure to keep ...

31 December 2019

New Year's Eve Casino Royale Party

Bournemouth

Come and celebrate the end of 2019 and bring in the New Year in style at Bournemouth’s most unique venue! Dance your way in to the New Year at the Casino Royale Party at Key West on the iconic Bournemouth Pier! Key West will be transformed and you will be fully immersed in a Black & Red Casino Royale experience with full room décor, live music and a DJ and dancing until late. We promise you a full evening of fun to end 2019 and begin 2020! To get the party started, a sparkling ...

31 December 2019

New Year's Eve Dinner & Party

Beaminster

Following a wonderful first New Year’s Eve party last year, we’re raising the roof with another great way to herald in a new year, and celebrate the end of 2019. We get the evening started for you with a celebratory cocktail upon arrival. A 5-course, specially-prepared meal by Chris and the team will transport you to exquisite places and tastes, after which we’ll kick off our New Year’s Eve party, complete with live music which will see you into 2020, coupled with a glass of Champagne ...

31 December 2019

New Year's Eve With Mistajam

Bournemouth

The biggest New Year's Eve celebration on the South Coast - across 5 rooms each uniquely themed for the biggest event of the year, New Years Eve 2019! This year we are going out with a bang with BBC Radio One’s legendary MistaJam counting down the New Year on our main stage! In Myu Bar we have a Peaky Blinders dress theme and in Vinyl we have a live ABBA tribute! The incredible 1Xtra DJ J Fresh hosts the Basement to welcome you to 2020! Cameo: Deep House, Dance and EDM with Dave ...

28 Dec 2019 to 31 Dec 2019

Puppet Panto

Bridport

Especially for families at Christmas, Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company presents PUPPET PANTO. When a bunch of puppets put on a show, how will they cope when everything starts to go wrong? What will they do to make sure the show can go on?! Join our company of puppets on a bold and hilarious adventure full of mishaps, comedy and song. Can you help them solve their problems and put on a brilliant show?! Although based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Puppet Panto is an original ...

31 December 2019

The Dolmen New Years Eve Party

Weymouth

Music from The Dolmen, The Sensational Infernals, Electric Swing DJ & More... *Themed dress code only, 1920's - 1950's Style, Gatsby, Peaky Blinders, Classic Swing Dance etc **Free Glass of Bubbly and Buffet with every ticket** *Strictly No Jeans or Trainers **Limited Tickets Available!!

01 January 2020

BSO New Year Johann Strauss Gala

Poole

Celebrate the New Year with an uplifting selection of waltzes, marches, polkas and arias by the King of Waltz, Johann Strauss and his contemporaries! The full symphonic forces of the BSO will be joined by outstanding soprano Soraya Mafi to bring you an afternoon of swirling melodies to carry you away into the glamour and sparkle of Viennese Dance Halls. Pieces include the Fledermaus Overture, waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier, Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Emperor Waltz and, of course, The Blue ...

01 January 2020

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.

01 January 2020

Poole Charity Bath Tub Race

Poole

Clear the head at Poole's annual charity day of fundraising. See crazy crews take to the water in their home made crafts and race to be end with cheering crowds. Expect thrills, spills and sabotage along the way. One of our most enjoyable annual events is the Bath Tube Race that occurs on New Year’s Day. This charity-focussed event involves crews crafting unique bathtub vessels and racing them along the quay from The Custom House Steps to the Lord Nelson. Every year, rain or shine, ...

31 Dec 2019 to 01 Jan 2020

The Front Live

Weymouth

Weymouth's biggest New Year's Eve party in association with Lazy Lizard and Aura. Line-up so far: Mistajam (Radio 1 DJ!) Lovely Laura Ben Santiago More TBA! Head to https://www.facebook.com/thefrontlive/ for more information.

21 Dec 2019 to 01 Jan 2020

Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu

Beaulieu, New Forest

Travel back in time and visit the Victorian Montagu family home this festive season. Visit us from 21 December - 1 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 ...

15 Nov 2019 to 02 Jan 2020

Christmas Tree Wonderland

Bournemouth

Feel the wonder at Bournemouth’s unique, free festive trail 15 Nov 2019 – 2 Jan 2020. Experience the magical, mystical and memorable spectacle 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 town. As the skies darken, enter a world filled with light as Christmas trees from around the world guide you through an enchanted walkway encountering ...

03 January 2020

'Frozen' inspired Children's Party

Poole

Join us in Upton House for a children's Frozen inspired party, with very special guests (and photo opportunities with) Anna, Elsa and Olaf! The brilliant AK Limelight will be offering 2 hours (10am to 12noon) of family fun, games and activities in the grand Drawing Room. £5.95 per child (over 2s only), accompanying adults go free. Booking essential - tickets available soon at uptoncountrypark.digitickets.co.uk (booking fee applies).

14 Dec 2019 to 04 Jan 2020

Pantomime: Cinderella

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

This timeless tale follows our heroine, the beautiful Cinderella, on a mission to make her dreams come true as she heads off to the Royal Ball to meet her very own Prince Charming. But not everything will go quite to plan as her wicked Ugly Stepsisters have more than a few tricks up their sleeves to prevent poor Cinderella from getting her ‘Happy Ever After’! No need to fear though, her HILARIOUS best friend Buttons is always on hand to cheer her up, and with a sprinkle of sparkle, her ...

20 Dec 2019 to 05 Jan 2020

Christmas Wreath Trail

Swanage

Get the family involved in the festive spirit. Challenges for adults and kids. Prizes for everyone! £3. 11:00 to 15:00 daily. Location: Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage.

14 Nov 2019 to 05 Jan 2020

Ice Skate Bournemouth

Bournemouth

Whether you're a Dancing on Ice champion, a total newbie or just about anything in between, you can be sure to find some festive euphoria on the surface of our real, genuine ice. The rink is held within the canopies of Bournemouth's Lower Gardens, which have been magically brought to life for the Christmas season.

07 Dec 2019 to 05 Jan 2020

Pantomime: Aladdin

Bournemouth

From the producers that brought you Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty, comes the thrilling story of Aladdin . Packed full of everything you’d want in a pantomime including laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and, of course, a flying carpet! Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. Starring BBC EastEnders Richard Blackwood as Abanazar and The X Factor's Amelia Lily as Spirit of the Ring, ...

20 Dec 2019 to 05 Jan 2020

Pantomime: Dick Whittington

Wimborne

After the enormous success of last year’s Pantomime, we are delighted to announce DICK WHITTINGTON as this year’s magical family pantomime at the Tivoli Theatre, produced once again by local professional company Made-to-Measure Productions! Due to popular demand, there will also be another “Grown-ups Only” performance on : Sat 4th Jan at 7pm (over 16’s only!) – Tickets £15 (£13.50 Early Bird Discount) + 10% for online bookings. Full details will follow shortly on the website, but for ...

12 Dec 2019 to 05 Jan 2020

Pantomime: Jack and the Beanstalk

Poole

The seeds have been sown for a magical Christmas as Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, is delighted to announce Jack and the Beanstalk as this year’s family pantomime. Giant Blunderbore is in a terrible rage. He shouts from above threatening to eat any villager who won’t pay their rent. Poor Dame Trott has to sell her precious cow Buttercup and sends her son Jack to market to get the best price he can. Jack is in love with Jill, the Squire's daughter and is easily fooled by the ...

30 Nov 2019 to 05 Jan 2020

Skating in the Square

Brewery Square, Dorchester

Skating in the Square is open from Saturday November 30th 2019 until Sunday the 5th of January 2020. The rink is a great festive addition to the county town, bringing a delightful, Christmassy atmosphere to the heart of Dorchester. So get your skates on and get ready for the return of the rink! Skating in the Square is now open for online bookings, So why not book online today and prepare to slip on your skates and really get in to the Christmas spirit at Brewery Square this year! Head ...

18 Dec 2019 to 22 Jan 2020

Cool Coast Ice Rink

Bournemouth

Embrace that wintry feeling with Cool Coast Ice Rink at Bournemouth International Centre! Whether you’re a budding figure skater or feel more comfortable clinging on to the sides, everyone is welcome – the rink is big enough for all. There’s even a mini rink for those first nerve-racking glides and skate mates available to hire for the youngsters. Venue: BIC Purbeck Hall

23 Nov 2019 to 24 Jan 2020

Santa's Christmas Farm & Grotto

Honeybrook Adventure Farm, Wimborne

Your ticket gives you one day's admission with use of all the play equipment and 83 acres of open space. On arrival you can board the Festive Tractor Sleigh ride which drops you at the Festive Farm where you can meet and greet the real reindeer, turkeys, piglets, goats, sheep, donkeys, llamas and all the baby farm animals. Explore the festive event where you can take plenty of photographs using a variety of props such as Santa's sleigh, Nutcracker Solders, Snowmen, the Gingerbread ...