Dorset Events

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

22 June 2018

Music: Back to the Shack

Lyme Regis

Back To The Shack play a heady brew of foot-stomping blues and classic Americana, all performed in their own distinct style. The band features dobro, guitar, accordion, double bass, and vocals, and is led by Julian Phillips and Izi Onslow Julian has played in concerts and festivals in Europe and America and is highly esteemed by his fellow players. As a teacher, Julian has inspired many young people to follow his example (many of them playing at the UK Boogie Woogie Festival, held ...

22 June 2018

Music: the Producers

Dorchester

Over more than 25 years and thirteen albums, the Producers have gigged their version of the blues round the clubs, theatres and festival of the world and have become firm favourites in Dorchester. The band are really something special and have retained their freshness and originality through their various changes of line-up. Not content with playing predictable covers and ‘hand-me-down’ American music, their sets effortlessly combine original songs and seriously reinvigorated classics ...

23 June 2018

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 ...

23 June 2018

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 overture to Mozart's Magic Flute , the Viennese equivalent of a Broadway Musical opens the programme. Talented young, local cellist/composer George Owen, recently graduated with 1st Class Honours in music from Bristol University, is the soloist in Elgar's famous Cello Concerto, his last major orchestral ...

23 June 2018

Hall & Woodhouse Beer Festival

Blandford

Raising money for charity, the Hall & Woodhouse Beer Festival will take place at their brewery at Blandford St. Mary. Saturday 23rd June 2018 11am - 10pm (last entry 8pm) Ticket Prices? £10 Includes glass/mug, programme and 6 tokens (1½ pints)* *This year's festival will once again be 100% cashless with tokens for beer, food and games. Tokens will be £1 each with 2 tokens = ½ pint & 4 tokens = 1 pint. Hot food, live music and entertainment. LAST YEAR'S FESTIVAL RAISED ...

23 June 2018

Jurassic Coast Race for Life Hike

Weymouth

If you love walking in the great outdoors then this is the event for you. Take on 20 to 26 miles of stunning countryside. Walk alongside hundreds of other strong women. Raise valuable funds for research. THIS IS BEATING CANCER. Hike through England's first natural World Heritage Site, steeped in geological history, taking in the iconic sights of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. This 20.5 mile challenging route will take you along the hilly Jurassic coast line, with some steep inclines and ...

23 June 2018

NGS Open Garden: The Hollow

Blandford

This high-maintenance garden has been renovated from an old hillside garden and contains dry stone walls created from local greensand, with flints used as border edging. The sloping narrow pathways are bordered by an interesting variety of plantings. Hellebores and bulbs set the early scene followed by an eruption of colour in late June from herbaceous perennials, roses and shrubs, which gradually fade as the year progresses. Fruit and vegetables in raised beds grown for the kitchen are ...

23 June 2018

Norwich Puppet Theatre: Pied Piper

Dorchester

Puppet Theatre for children aged 3 – 7 and their families Running Time: 45 mins When the Pied Piper plays his flute the rats run, the greedy mayor rubs his hands and the children dance… Norwich Puppet Theatre’s humorous and irresistible one person show combines a skilful mix of puppetry, foot-tapping music and storytelling. They will have both young and old entranced. Venue: Corn Exchange

23 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Armed Forces & Veterans Celebrations

Weymouth

The Borough will welcome veterans, residents and visitors to a week of military and veterans commemorations and celebrations. Festival highlights will include the Service of Remembrance, a Seafront Parade with over 1,000 veterans, five marching bands, historic military vehicle static display, Tea Dance and more. The Armed Forces and our Veterans have made and continue to make a major contribution to our Nation and the Weymouth and Portland Event will honour, celebrate and provide a ...

15 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Bournemouth Food & Drinks Festival

Bournemouth

The Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival is 10 whole days of delight for foodies. Get to Bournemouth to enjoy good food, amazing cooking skills and fabulous entertainment. Cookery displays, Cocktail masterclasses, and food, food, food! Street Food Festival – Street food and pop-up restaurants have changed the way we eat out – come and try some of Bournemouth’s best Eating On The Go experiences.

22 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Dorset Goes Vintage

Wimborne

Dorset Goes Vintage is a boutique festival in Wimborne Minster. It is the younger 'sister' of the established 'Vdub at the Pub' festival - with a great feature a ticket for Dorset Goes Vintage also allows access to Vdub at the Pub, two great shows for the price of one.

24 June 2018

Kingston Maurward 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 ...

24 June 2018

Metropole Street Market & Jazz Festival

Bournemouth

The Metropole Street Market is a quintessentially eccentric ensemble of all things creative & delicious. On 24th June, transport yourself to the streets of New Orleans and take part in our Lansdowne based rendition of an authentic stateside jazz festival. Lansdowne is home to an eclectic collection of independent retailers and high-street brands. On selected Sundays, they will be joined by an abundance of fare from the best producers, artists and crafts people that the county has to ...

24 June 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

The Fantastic Quangle Wangle Choir (A FOGG Event) Venue: Greenhill Gardens at 2pm (Weather dependent).

23 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Picnic Weekend

Poole

We are celebrating National Picnic Week with a fun picnic weekend at Upton Country Park! Pack some food, grab a blanket and come down to the Front Lawn where there will be bouncy castles, water roller zorbing and the Foot Bin Challenge to enjoy! Picnic food and snacks will also be available from the Tea Rooms, and at the Refreshment Kiosk ( subject to volunteer availability). Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June. Charges will apply for the activities.

23 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

Puddletown Village Open Gardens

Dorchester

There will be approximately 13 village gardens of varying sizes open for viewing and includes a fun quiz for children in each garden. The weekend event includes a Tombola, sales of plants, home-made preserves, cakes and refreshments in the Village Hall. Also available are guided tours of St. Mary’s historic Church Tower (for an extra charge of £2.00) from 1pm to 5pm. (Please wear sturdy footwear). Unfortunately, the Tower tours are not suitable for children under 8 years old. Free parking ...

22 Jun 2018 to 24 Jun 2018

VDub at the Pub

Wimborne

Vdub at the Pub is the most exciting VW festival on the south coast. Held beside the beautiful River Stour next to Wimborne Minster. In 2016 we built a new camp ground that is significantly larger and in a better setting. In 2017 we added a new family camping area, a bigger Friday night party, more daytime activities to keep you busy and hopefully a whole new field on Vintage fun

24 June 2018

Victorian Street Fayre

Weymouth

A day of family fun with craft stalls, live music, lots of children’s entertainment, cream teas & barbeque. Keeping a Victorian tradition alive, villagers and stall holders will be dressed in period costume. All the events start at 11am Venue: Sutton Poyntz Village, Weymouth

26 June 2018

Dream Machines

Poole

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

27 June 2018

Rhythm of the Dance

Weymouth

This stunning Irish spectacular that is Rhythm of the Dance, a fully live show that celebrates Irish culture through music and dance, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, singers, a most gifted cast who have been wowing audiences all over the world since 1999. Internationally rated as one of the most popular and successful Irish Step Dance shows on tour, by critics, audiences, and millions of fans around the world. Venue: Weymouth Pavilion

28 June 2018

Outdoor Theatre: Dr Dolittle

Corfe Castle

When Doctor John Dolittle of Puddleby-on-the-Marsh is taught by his wise old parrot Polynesia how to talk to animals, news of his skills spreads far and wide. Soon animals across the world send messages asking for his help. So, he buys a leaky old ship and, together with his trusty pet-crew of Jip the dog, Chee-Chee the monkey, Dab-Dab the Duck and permanently hungry Gub-Gub the pig, sets forth on a mission to heal illness, spread compassion and gain a greater understanding of the animal ...

29 June 2018

New Hardy Players: The Trumpet Major

Dorchester

The New Hardy Players return with a spectacular Georgian entertainment in evocative outdoor locations in Dorset. Bring along a picnic and enjoy Thomas Hardy’s historical romance ‘The Trumpet Major’ in a colourful new production directed by Tim Laycock with Penny Levick. Featuring Harlequinade dancers from Dorchester Ballet directed by Lucy Bishop, newly composed music by Alastair Simpson, and country entertainments for all to enjoy. With a host of colourful characters, and set against the ...

26 Jun 2018 to 30 Jun 2018

9 to 5 The Musical

Wimborne

Wimborne Musical Theatre are pleased to announce their show for 2018: 9 to 5 The Musical. With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, it is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot ...

30 June 2018

Folk on the Quay

Poole

A free folk music festival in Poole on 30th June with outdoor music stages and dancers in the streets overlooking Poole’s lovely Harbour. With traditional folk dancing, cehilidhs on the Quay and lots more.

30 June 2018

Poole Town Rowing Regatta

Poole

Poole Amateur Rowing Club will be hosting its 7th Rowing Regatta in Hamworthy Park – a rowing event raced over an 1800m course starting at the Western end of the Park with up to 8 lanes, turning around the Buoys off Poole Yacht Club and racing back to the start. With over 300 invitation-only participants, this is a great sporting event to observe in the lovely surroundings of Hamworthy Park. Saturday, 30 June 2018 Location: Hamworthy Park

30 June 2018

Weymouth Fire Station and Safewise Open Day

Weymouth

Come along to SafeWise and Weymouth Community Fire Station's annual open day. Explore our facilities, including SafeWise's full size road network and street scene. Experience stunning fire safety displays and demonstrations. There's loads to do and see, such as a teddy zip wire, barbecue and bouncy castle plus lots of stalls to browse. In aid of the Fire Fighters Charity, which supports fire service personnel and their families in times of need, and the SafeWise charity. Free to attend - ...

01 July 2018

10,000 Decisions, Robyn Perkins

Shaftesbury

English Comedian of the Year Finalist Robyn Perkins is previewing her new show 10,000 Decisions at the Shaftesbury Fringe Festival. How do we know if we are making the right decisions? Does it matter, considering the worst decisions lead to the best stories? With her background in biologyand armed with hilarious anecdotes and charisma abound, Robyn takes us through why we make the decisions we doand whether or notwe can decide to be happy.The show explores how we make decisions from a ...

01 July 2018

Austin Seven Rally

Beaulieu, New Forest

The 750 Motor Club’s annual National Austin Seven Rally returns for its 56th annual gathering at Beaulieu. Austin 7s of all types from all over the United Kingdom and Europe gather for an event full of activities, including an Austin Autojumble, driving skills tests and concours competition with plenty of trophies to be won. The 750 Motor Club was formed in the spring of 1939 to promote the use of the Austin Seven in road and trials events. Since then the Seven has been the backbone of ...

23 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018

Beaminster Festival of Music & Arts

Dorchester

Music, literature, exhibitions and workshops are all on the bill for this year's Beaminster Festival of Music & Art.

30 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018

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.

01 July 2018

Diverse Abilities: Totally Wiped Out

Wimborne

Featuring the best elements from TV smashes Total Wipeout and Gladiators, Diverse Abilities brings you the biggest, bounciest team challenge you’ve ever seen – Totally Wiped Out. Beat the rest in a crazy combo of inflatable games, including the amazing Big Red Balls and inflatable assault course all in the beautiful grounds of Canford School, Wimborne. Can you make it across the punch wall? How about staying upright while the hilarious Sweeper Arm comes around to knock you off your ...

01 July 2018

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.

08 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018

Matchstick Fleet Exhibition

Weymouth

Come and be amazed at the detail and accuracy of the scaled matchstick replicas of modern warships on display. The whole of our exhibition area is filled with these exquisite models that have taken one man a lifetime to build.

01 July 2018

NGS Open Garden: Chine View

Poole

Unique Chine garden adjacent to public footpath leading to beach. Features include extensive terraced rockery incorporating 330 tons of Purbeck stone, palladian rotunda, subtropical plants and profusion of azaleas and rhododendrons. Open 1pm to 5pm. Home-made teas. Address: Chine View, 15a Cassel Avenue, Poole BH13 6JD

01 July 2018

Opera: Bastien und Bastienne & The Impresario

Dorchester

Pop-Up Opera return this summer with a sparkling new double-bill Sit back and enjoy two delicious one-act comedies in which a pair of actresses battle it out to be the prima donna, and a pair of lovers tease and test their feelings for each other. Pop-up Opera is an innovative touring opera company dedicated to making opera enjoyable and inviting, without losing the quality of musical performance. They aim to broaden the appeal of opera and to challenge the way opera is performed, by ...

01 July 2018

Plant Finders' Plant Fair

Abbotsbury

Rare plants as well as craft stalls. Sunday 1st July , 10am to 3pm. Only £7.00 admission which includes entry to the Subtropical Gardens 10am to 5pm (adult normally £12.50). In association with Plant Heritage

01 July 2018

Portland 10-Mile Road Race

Portland

In 1980 three bored sailors stationed at the Royal Naval Air Station came up with the idea of a 10-mile race on Portland, the cost was 40 pence to enter! Today the race has developed into a testing 10-mile route that will see competitors run a lap and a half around the top of the island, from one end of the island, Portland Heights Hotel (385 ft), to the other, Portland Bill (30 ft). The route is undulating, on tarmac roads and pavements and goes through built up areas as well as ...

30 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018

Power & Machinery From the Past

Beaulieu, New Forest

An opportunity to see a collection of working engines and associated machinery dated pre-1930. Power and Machinery from the Past is the perfect place to display your engine or machinery and to connect with fellow engine enthusiasts. Entry to the Stationary Engine Rally is included in your Beaulieu admission ticket.

29 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018

Shaftesbury Fringe

Shaftesbury

As one of the fastest growing performance arts festivals in the South West, Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July 2018 looks set to be another fabulous weekend of fun and frolics in our beautiful hilltop town.

28 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018

Shake & Stir Vintage Festival

Bournemouth

Supported by Bournemouth Coastal BID, and SOSBA Southbourne’s award-winning Shake and Stir Vintage Festival takes place this year from 28th June to 1st July.

29 Jun 2018 to 01 Jul 2018

Tankfest

Wareham

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.

01 July 2018

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

"If you head down to the Castle today you’re in for big surprise!”. On arrival you will be given your very own Teddy Bear to take on the trail. Take a journey through the woods and find all of the Teddy Bear Trail questions. The grounds will be open as usual, with the Vista being set aside as paw-fect place for a picnic with you new furry friend, whilst you and the Bear enjoy entertainment from Pavilion Dance.! When:1st July 2018 Where: The beautiful grounds of Highcliffe Castle. Cost: ...

03 July 2018

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.

06 July 2018

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.

07 July 2018

Bournemouth Bus Rally

Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s very own heritage bus rally & running day at Kings Park on 7th July. Come along & see vehicles from Bournemouth & surrounding areas!The day will consist of a static display of 20 plus vehicles (all being well) with a dominated presence of preserved Yellow Buses & Corporation Transport coupled with a running day with various routes of the town being planned.

24 Jun 2018 to 07 Jul 2018

Jazz by the Sea Festival

Bournemouth

Jazz By The Sea Festival has grown to include venues across the wider area of Bournemouth and Poole. There’s a great depth of talent in the local area and our intention is to promote these artists as well as offering a mix of national and international artists to perform at the festival.

07 July 2018

Show of Hands & Friends

Abbotsbury

Show of Hands & Friends at Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens Saturday 7th July, Gardens open from 10am, entry to the concert area from 1.30pm, music starts from 3pm, concert finishes 9.00pm.

27 Jun 2018 to 08 Jul 2018

Cars: A Celebration of the Italian Style

Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne

Do you own an Italian vehicle? We are calling all owners of cars to come to Haynes Motor Museum from Wednesday 27th June to Sunday 8th July to help us celebrate these amazing Italian marques. As well as inviting owners and enthusiasts we are also getting our cars out of the Museum exhibits so you can get up close and ask questions about the vehicles on display in the Millennium Hall. The celebrating does not stop there we will also have specific displays in the Museum Shop and Café 750 ...

06 Jul 2018 to 08 Jul 2018

Christchurch Festival

Christchurch

Three-day festival of music around the pretty quay. Raising money for charity, headline acts this year include Lady Winwood's Maggot, Blackwater County, and saints of Sin.

07 Jul 2018 to 08 Jul 2018

Dorset Wine Festival

Cranborne

Looking back on the success and highlights of last year's festival, our aim is to keep getting better and better. We will again be focusing on the amazing developments in the ever growing English wine market and will also be bringing you some very exciting owners and producers from South Africa, France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. Featuring wine expert Oz Clarke, the Festival is held at 10 castle Street, Cranborne. Tickets available via the website.

08 July 2018

Kingston Country Fair & Vintage Show

Corfe Castle

A fun-filled day with something for all of the family. All events being held in the fields behind Kingston Country Courtyard on the B3069 at Kingston nr Corfe Castle postcode BH20 5LR.

04 Jul 2018 to 08 Jul 2018

New Forest Folk Festival

New Forest

Already labelled as one of the friendliest festivals, it’s small, intimate and run by Nick, Keith, Helen and their families on their farm. Expect great folk music, workshops Morris dancers and much more. Venue: Powells Farm, Salisbury Road, Plaitford, Romsey.

06 Jul 2018 to 08 Jul 2018

UK Boogie Woogie Festival

Blandford

You’ll definitely need your dancing shoes on for the UK Boogie Woogie Festival in Sturminster Newton on 6 - 8 July. With international guest artists, events taking place across 10 venues, plus gigs in cafés across the town bringing you the authentic sounds of Boogie Woogie, the music will be non-stop… as will be the tap of your toes. And with dance classes available, including Tap and Lindy Hop, this festival is guaranteed to bring the Swing.

08 July 2018

Upton House Open Day

Poole

A volunteer from the Friends of Upton House will be in attendance to welcome you to visit the magnificent Georgian mansion, and perhaps take a guided tour of the ground floor rooms. The House (which is normally closed to the public) will be open from 12.00 - 4.30pm and admission is free for the sale of books, souvenirs & gifts. Guided tours commence at 12.30 and 2.30pm and will cost £1.50 per person. All proceeds go towards funding projects in the House and Country Park. The Friends ...

07 Jul 2018 to 08 Jul 2018

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: Touch Adults Saturday & Knockout contact tournament Sunday for those who still have the stamina! Touch Kids U12 -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.

08 July 2018

Weymouth Middle Distance Triathlon

Weymouth

This event will consist of three separate races, a sprint, a classic and a half iron distance triathlon. With race HQ based at Weymouth College, this is the ideal location for all of the family. There is something for everyone at this event whether you are taking part or spectating, this one should be a must for your 2018 race diary.

10 July 2018

Dream Machines - Poole Quay

Poole

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm. This popular motorbike event runs from the first Tuesday in April to the end of September. 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 ...

12 July 2018

Adanta African Dance

Wimborne

The award winning ADANTA is a cultural organisation dedicated to the preservation, education, and appreciation of traditional African music, dance, theatre, and culture. ADANTA tours with a company of usually 6 dancers, 5 drummers and one acrobat / body contortionist. ADANTA creates an atmosphere where the audience can experience first hand the beauty and energy that African dance can generate. Start your summer with a vibrant, energetic performance that is guaranteed to make you ...

13 July 2018

Outdoor Theatre: The Cherry Orchard

Dorchester

Miracle Theatre makes a welcome return this summer, this time unpacking Chekhov’s bittersweet comedy about a once-wealthy family, whose idleness and extravagance have brought them to the brink of bankruptcy. Obstinate and self-absorbed, they are deaf to the rumblings of change which surrounds them, and unable to accept help when they need it. Will it take a revolution to destroy their cosy world of privilege and entitlement – or will their own stupidity be enough? Venue: Maumbury Rings

13 July 2018

Outdoor Theatre: The Pirates of Penzance

Corfe Castle

Frederick, apprenticed to the Pirates since a child, learns that he was born in a leap year on 29th February, and that he is contracted to the Pirate King until his 21st BIRTHDAY, not his 21st year. With only the inept Penzance constabulary to protect him, how will he resist being forced to endure a life of crime until he is 84 - and will his sweetheart, Mabel, wait for him that long? With hilarious melodrama, sharp satire and glittering wit, "The Pirates of Penzance" is as fresh as ...

13 July 2018

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 2018 to 13 Jul 2018

Shakespeare at Beaulieu: Twelfth Night

Beaulieu, New Forest

Castle Theatre Company, from the University of Durham, present one of Shakespeare’s most iconic and witty comedies, Twelfth Night. This classic tale of love and confusion is enjoyed worldwide and is great entertainment on a sunny July afternoon. After a shipwreck, Viola is separated from her twin brother Sebastian, and disguising herself as a young boy becomes a messenger between the local duke Orsino and the wealthy heiress he loves, Olivia. As the two nobles begin to fall in love with ...

13 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2018

British Beach Polo Championships

Poole

Building on the last 10 years, 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 13th and 14th 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 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2018

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

14 July 2018

Weldmar's Midnight Walk

Weymouth

Come and join the 80s party at Weldmar's twelfth ladies only Midnight Walk. The course for 2018 will be the same as last year – with options to take part in the 5 mile, 6.5 mile or the 10 mile route along Weymouth Seafront. The registration fee includes a Midnight Walk t-shirt, a light up headpiece, a goodie bag and a well-deserved hot snack for when you return from the walk. We welcome all ladies over 14 years of age to take part (anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by ...

13 Jul 2018 to 15 Jul 2018

Bourne Free - Bournemouth's Pride Festival

Bournemouth

An annual celebration of all diversities that live in Bournemouth and the constant strive towards universal equality for all through entertainment and awareness.

15 July 2018

Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim (BHF)

Bournemouth

Join hundreds of other supporters as you brave the English Channel in this incredible 1.4 mile open-water swim. Starting from Bournemouth Pier you will put your front stroke to the test in this challenging sea swim along the coastline to Boscombe Pier.

15 July 2018

Classic Supercar Show

Sherborne

A fantastic day of events and displays including motor club stands, motor trade stands, autojumble, craft fair and a quality classic and supercar auction as well fun activities for the whole family. Take a look at some of the main features: Marque Feature – Land Rover 70 Years 1948-2018 – Sponsored by Yeovil Land Rover. Classic, Vintage, and Sports cars. Supercar displays and tour arrivals on each day. Rally car display. American cars including Hot Rods and Custom. Race cars – ...

13 Jul 2018 to 15 Jul 2018

Dorset Volksfest

Wareham

A Volkswagen family festival held on July 13th to 15th. Live Music Entertainment Cars Trade Stalls Bouncy Castle Tug of War Lots for all the family. Venue: The Showground, Worgret Road, Wareham BH20 6AB

15 July 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

The Silhouettes (A WELDMAR HOSPICE Event). ​A delicious afternoon of music that you will know oh so well!! Starts 2pm (Weather dependent).

15 July 2018

Outdoor Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

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… Theatre company: Quantum When: 15th July 2018 Time: 5pm Where: The lawns at Highcliffe Castle, overlooking the Isle of Wight and the Needles Cost: Adult-£13.50, Season ticket holder/Student-£11.50, Under 14s-£5.00. There is a £1 reduction in ...

14 Jul 2018 to 15 Jul 2018

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival

Weymouth

A fabulous weekend of seafood, Pommery champagne, celebrity chefs and a great atmosphere around Weymouth harbour. The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival brings together champagne 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 Pommery Champagne. Be entertained by ...

15 July 2018

Poole Goes Vintage

Poole

Head to Poole Quay for a day of nostalgia! Vintage cars, fashion shows, music and a vintage market.

15 July 2018

Sandfest

Poole

Sandfest – the ultimate outdoor beach festival located on Sandbanks Beach. Enjoy the sounds of some of the world's best DJs and live acts. Following a success first event in 2017, SandFest returns in 2018 with an even bigger line-up! A 5000 strong crowd will enjoy some of the world's best DJs and live acts along with amazing food and drink on offer. This promises to be one of the most talked about events of the summer! The artist line-up will include the best of the dance, party and ...

13 Jul 2018 to 15 Jul 2018

Swanage Jazz Festival

Swanage

With established and popular mixture of old friends and new faces, and nearly 50 sessions featuring bands from across most of the spectrum of jazz.

17 July 2018

Dream Machines - Poole Quay

Poole

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm. This popular motorbike event runs from the first Tuesday in April to the end of September. 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 ...

20 July 2018

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.

21 July 2018

Hawkwind

Weymouth

Ahead of their more formal orchestral shows later in the year, and a new album release early September, Hawkwind are looking forward to playing some fun, summer, seaside shows! The band will be bringing their own special brand of psychedelic, space chaos to Weymouth Pavilion on Sat July 21st, where they will be playing a selection of classics taken from their five decade career... Support: 7.30pm Hawkwind: 8.30pm

21 July 2018

Leigh Food Festival and Vintage Vehicles

Sherborne

Leigh's annual Food Fair returns with a wonderful selection of stall holders selling a wide array of excellent local produce. Taste and buy some of the best food and drink on offer from local producers and enjoy viewing a good variety of interesting vintage and classic cars and motorbikes on display. There will also be flower displays in St. Andrew’s Church. Proceeds go to Leigh Village Hall, The Hub, Yeovil and St Andrew’s Church, Leigh and other charities.

21 July 2018

Lions Club All Day Street Busk

Weymouth

The Weymouth and Portland Lions Club will be holding their annual “Busk” in the town centre on Saturday 21st July, raising funds for the Lions Charity Fund. The Busk will be fronted by 'Replay' but watch their website for further details and line up of musicians.

21 July 2018

Rock for Heroes

Wimborne

Immerse yourself in the incredible new live music experience with Rock For Heroes. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artist across the eras, in celebration of an incredible cause Help for Heroes. After every show, we will be collecting for this amazing charity. Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers, it’s the must-see show of the year. With music from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, ...

14 Jul 2018 to 21 Jul 2018

Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival

Dorchester

Many events are already planned but the most important thing to publicise now is that we will be celebrating the opening weekend at Kingston Maurward, as that is where the Society began – and the rest of the week at the United Church in South Street, Dorchester. There will also be accommodation available at Kingston Maurward. There will be commemorative merchandise on sale at the Festival, commissioned by our Merchandise Manager, Vivien Geddes, whose artistic and organisational skills ...

20 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Curious Arts Festival

New Forest

Curious is a festival like no other. Taking place each July in the breathtaking grounds of Pylewell Park,in the heart of the New Forest, it is dreamy, eccentric, fun and ultimately, irresistible. It’s very English on the one hand – expect fabulous novelists, exceptional historians, poet laureates, dogs on leads, gin and tonics, and sitting on a deckchair with a view of the Solent although you are just as likely to find yourself on a secret midnight bat-walk, betting your life-savings on ...

22 July 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

Singer Tony Lowe - a great afternoon of wonderful songs is in prospect! (A joint Event with Weldmar Hospice). Starts 2pm, (weather dependent).

22 July 2018

Sunday in the Park

Weymouth

Friends of Radipole Park & Gardens. Sunday in the Park on Sunday 22nd July 2pm-4pm. Free Entry. Wander along to the beautiful Radipole Gardens in Weymouth and find yourself a shady spot under the weeping willows to relax and enjoy a chilled afternoon listening to Weymouth Concert Brass Band as they roll out those melodies. Refreshments available including fresh cream teas. Enjoy a memory-jogging mooch around the old images of Weymouth, from shops long since gone and places you once ...

21 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Taste of the South

Christchurch

Taste of the South Festival returns to Dorset for a second year this July and is set to showcase the region’s top talent, variety of food and drink, art, culture and artisan products. The two-day festival, which will be held at Chapel Gate, Christchurch, over the weekend of July 21-22, celebrates all things local from across the entire South of England. Entertainment, live music, tastings and award-winning chef demonstrations, will ensure wide-ranging ‘great day out’ appeal for families, ...

20 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

Dorchester

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

20 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Wilkswood Reggae Festival

Swanage

The Wilkswood Reggae Festival is first and foremost a family-friendly festival and there is plenty to keep the kids entertained with a dedicated play area, the leafy Dingly Dell featuring storytelling and music and the hugely popular hay bale castle. To encourage the family atmosphere, we offer reduced prices for children up to the age of 17 and under-threes are free! Organised by Dubwood Productions – a joint enterprise between the Scott Arms pub in Kingston and Bournemouth’s Dubheart ...

21 Jul 2018 to 22 Jul 2018

Wimborne History Festival

Wimborne

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War and to mark 100 years since woman gained the vote, the 2018 Wimborne History Festival will focus on these two periods of history. This year’s festival will be held in the centre of Wimborne Minster and will be free of charge.

22 Jul 2018 to 28 Jul 2018

Weymouth Lifeboat Week

Weymouth

Lots of events throughout the week - all raising money for the RNLI.

26 Jun 2018 to 29 Jul 2018

Cerne Abbas Music Festival

Dorchester

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

21 Jul 2018 to 31 Aug 2018

Summer Living History at Beaulieu

Beaulieu, New Forest

Step back in time this summer! For a fun-filled family day out, head to the New Forest where living history characters will bring Beaulieu to life with the sights and sounds of the past… Delve into over 800 years of history with special activities and tours taking place every day throughout the summer holidays, 21 July - 31 August. See veteran and vintage vehicles as they drive around the grounds with their occupants dressed in period costumes. Take a closer look under the bonnet and ...