Dorset Events

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

25 May 2020

Corfe Castle Village May Fair

Corfe Castle

Visit the castle and enjoy a traditional May Fair celebration organised by Corfe Castle village, with a selection of stalls, food and drink. Normal admission prices apply. Free to National Trust members.

23 May 2020 to 25 May 2020

Go Nuts at Monkey World this Bank Holiday!

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham

Monkey World is going nuts for nuts this bank holiday weekend! Nuts are a vital part of our rescued primates' diets, and we feed them on a regular basis to ensure their health and well-being. Every day this bank holiday weekend, all children who donate an unopened packet of nuts will receive a free Monkey World badge! Please hand your sealed packet of nuts in at the entrance gate to receive the badge. We would ...

25 May 2020

Gregory Porter & His Band

Bournemouth

Gregory Porter, international best selling artist and two time Grammy Award-winning jazz/soul singing sensation, is honoured to announce a thirteen date UK tour. With his irresitable warm baritone vocals, Porter continues to perform to sell out audiences around the world and has achieved international recognition and acclaim, with both his Grammy winning selling albums Liquid Spirit and Take Me To The Alley. Venue: BIC Windsor Hall

22 May 2020 to 25 May 2020

Jazz Jurassica

Lyme Regis

This festival of Jazz returns to bring a cocktail of music to your ears over the Bank Holiday weekend, with an added twist of Lyme.

23 May 2020 to 25 May 2020

Mudeford Seafood Festival

Christchurch

A family-focused celebration of seafood, cooking, local libations, entertainment, demonstrations, artisans, local celebrities, musicians and the superb seaside location of Mudeford. A free event for all to enjoy!

25 May 2020

Sherborne Castle Country Fair

Sherborne

Held in the grounds of Sherborne Castle this spectacular lakeside event highlights traditional rural skills, as well as those more modern. The Fair is open from 10am to 6pm and car parking is free.

26 May 2020

Dream Machines

Poole

The UK’s biggest and best weekly bike meet usually takes places on Poole Quay every Tuesday from 6pm (April to the end of September). Poole Quay Dream Machines is a fully marshalled and self-funded event. Entry is £1.50 per bike on the evening. Alternatively season armbands are available from Poole Museum or the Lord Nelson on Poole Quay for £8 giving entry for the entire season. The event creates a unique, exciting atmosphere as bikers and spectators enjoy a relaxed evening on Poole ...

27 May 2020 to 28 May 2020

Dragons and Mythical Beasts

Poole

Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new interactive show for all the family. Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you'd think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don't ...

27 May 2020 to 28 May 2020

In The Night Garden Live

Bournemouth

Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, MakkaPakka and friends are back in their fun-filled live show Igglepiggle’s Busy Day! Join Igglepiggle as he looks for his friends in the Night Garden by following their funny sounds until he finds them all! You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. This completely new show lasts just under an hour and your little ones will be amazed when they see a very special visit from ...

25 May 2020 to 29 May 2020

Pond Dipping

Weymouth

Bring the kids along to Bennett's Water Gardens during half-term to see what living things there are hiding beneath the water in our ponds at this pond dipping event. Pond dipping can get messy so we advise you to wear suitable clothing and footwear. We are open from 10am with guided Pond Dipping at 11am each day.

30 May 2020

Powerhouse Gospel Choir

Poole

The unique sound of Powerhouse Gospel Choir is found in the magical blend of their voices producing a sound that is soulful, passionate, uplifting and utterly captivating. Most of these seasoned singers and musicians have worked with some of the world’s top artists and music legends, and have been singing together in various formations for many years. Led by the inimitable T-Jae Cole one of the UK’s most respected gospel choir directors. Powerhouse perform all your favourite gospel ...

27 May 2020 to 30 May 2020

Wessex Musical Theatre presents Oliver!

Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

This is a charming musical adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel ‘Oliver Twist’. Oliver, a young orphan living in a workhouse in Dunstable, is apprenticed to an undertaker until he escapes and runs away to London. There he is readily accepted into a seemingly happy gang of street urchins but they lead him into a life of theft and pickpocketing, masterminded by Fagin. Through many adventures and mishaps Oliver discovers his true identity that leads to a happy ending, but first he has to ...

25 May 2020 to 31 May 2020

May Half Term at The Tank Museum

Tank Museum, Wareham

This May Half Term explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history… 9 Powerful Exhibitions, 300 tanks and 100 years of armoured warfare - great for families of all ages. Open 10am - 5pm | Free parking | Onsite restaurant | Average visit length 4-5 hours TANKS IN ACTION DISPLAYS – EVERY WEEKDAY See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Bank Holiday Monday 25 May. Lifelike explosions, mock battle, expert commentary and real live ...

31 May 2020

Radio Live

Bournemouth

Bringing together a unique group of seasoned radio pros for a celebration of BBC Radio in an unforgettable evening of comedy, music and nostalgia. Join Alistair McGowan, the Reverend Richard Coles, Garry Richardson, Charlotte Green and special guest Joe Stilgoe, as they reminisce with a show packed with hilarious anecdotes, sketches and music. Alistair McGowan is a cherished household name, a master impressionist, a stand-up comic, an actor, a pianist, a writer of sketches, articles, ...

01 Jun 2020 to 06 Jun 2020

Bournemouth Open Golf Festival

Bournemouth

Join us in 2020 for another week of seriously good fun! The festival is a mixture of qualifier and fun competitions for individuals, groups, societies and families. No club membership is required to play, but for most you will need to show us evidence of your handicap (society handicaps accepted). The Bournemouth Open Golf Festival was new in 2017, with a mixture in the timetable of serious, qualifier competitions and some fun, non-competitive rounds of golf. Some booking terms and ...

06 Jun 2020 to 07 Jun 2020

Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival

Christchurch

A family festival celebrating all things Cheese & Chilli with loads going on for the whole family including; Live Music, Stunt Shows, Chilli Eating Competition, Falconry display, Magic Shows, Punch & Judy, Inflatables, Bars, Craft Tent, Sand Art, Balloon Modelling, Wine Tastings, Cooking Demonstrations, Chilli Presentations, not to mention all the amazing produce and crafts for sale at the show.

23 May 2020 to 07 Jun 2020

Dorset Art Weeks

Dorchester

Dorset Arts Weeks is one of the largest Open Studio events in the country. Throughout Dorset, it brings artists and visitors together in ways that are often remarkable and profoundly different from entering a public gallery. DAW is fundamentally as much about engagement between people as about people and art. At almost all venues the artists, designers or makers will be on-hand to help you engage with the work, keen to talk to you about the extraordinary range of materials, skills and ...

06 Jun 2020 to 07 Jun 2020

Poole Festival of Running

Poole

The Poole Festival of Running is Poole’s biggest running event and is organised by Poole Runners. It’s a celebration of running held over two days with races for everyone including Children’s Minithons, a 5K charity run, our flagship Poole 10K road race and the Poole Half Marathon. The 5k, 10k and Half Marathon take place on flat, fast and scenic parts of Poole including Poole Quay, Upton Country Park and the harbourside parks. The kids minithon races take place within the safety of Poole ...

23 May 2020 to 07 Jun 2020

Purbeck Arts Weeks Festival

Swanage

Open Studios, internationally renowned music ensembles, inspiring exhibitions, and fascinating talks come together every year for Purbeck Art Weeks Festival on Dorset’s spectacular south coast. Our annual celebration of the arts takes place in beautiful venues on the stunning Jurassic coast – a magnet for over a century for artists and those who love the beauty and character of the area. You can expect: Artist’s Open Studios displaying a wealth of diverse talent. A range of top ...

13 June 2020

Autism Friendly Day at Monkey World

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham

On selected dates through 2020, Monkey World is holding Autism Friendly Days! The park has always prided itself on the access facilities available, from a range of mobility scooters, to the primate sensory statues around the park. To help autistic visitors and their families further, on selected dates, visitors with autism can access the park at 9am, an hour before public opening time, to avoid the rush at the gates. All gates will be open so there will be very little in the way of ...

13 June 2020

Corscombe Fest

Beaminster

The Corscombe Fest is a lovely traditional event with some superb Dorset food stalls, there is truly something for everyone. The event takes place in the unique medieval setting of Corscombe Court, listed in the Doomsday Book. Traditional Fete events continue until 4.30pm, following which live bands will entertain until 8pm. The event raises funds for the village & a number of local charities including the Parish Church & Village Hall. Dorset foods – Village stands – Games – Kids ...

13 June 2020

Royal Armoured Corps Display Day!

Tank Museum, Wareham

Enhance your Tank Museum visit with a British Army display PLUS Dorset kids go free! Aside from TANKFEST, there are three opportunities to see the vehicles of the Royal Armoured Corps in action during 2020. The Display will be in the Kuwait Arena at 3pm and last approximately 45-60 minutes. DORSET KIDS GO FREE! 16s and under come to The Tank Museum on 7th March for free if you live in a DT or BH postcode. Accompanying adult to bring school letter, utility bill or driver's ...

14 June 2020

Great Dorset Cycle Challenge

Dorchester

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

13 Jun 2020 to 14 Jun 2020

Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival

Christchurch

The Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival is the Ideal location to sample and buy the local area's best in food and drink. More and more artisan products are now being produced within the region. A highlight of the Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival is the Cookery Demonstrations being held this year on the Artisan's Stage, Highcliffe Recreation Ground. Both celebrity TV and local chefs from leading restaurants and hotels will be showcasing local and regional food with inspiring demonstrations ...

12 Jun 2020 to 14 Jun 2020

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole

The sixth Poole Harbour Boat Show is taking place in June from its award-winning home, Poole Quay Boat Haven. With over 30,000 people in attendance in during 2017, 2018 and 2019, the show continues to be the biggest-ever free to attend boat show on the South Coast. The show has gone from strength to strength and we have built a strong following with many exhibitors having renewed each year since the first show in 2015. Running from the 12th - 14th June 2020, the three-day extravaganza ...

14 June 2020

Race to the Bill

Portland

This is a well established Triathlon race around the Isle of Portland dedicated to one of our members, Major Mick Welborn, a giant amongst men, who sadly passed away in September 2019. THE SWIM Swimming 1 or 2 loops around the breakwater in Portland Harbour, you will negotiate a 750m or 1500m course around the huge rocks and orange marker buoys exiting the water no more than 50m away from a flat well organised transition area. THE BIKE 17.5km, 1 lap around Portland, seeing the famous ...

13 Jun 2020 to 14 Jun 2020

Swanage Fish Festival

Swanage

Swanage is celebrating all things ‘fishy’ with a festival that features, food, fishing and fun. The event is all about fish, fun and LOCAL and is set in a stunning location overlooking the bay in Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage.

12 Jun 2020 to 14 Jun 2020

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Wimborne

In the second weekend of June, we will be bringing the town alive with an exciting mix of music & dance. You can wander through Wimborne and enjoy any of the free shows, or buy tickets to see one of our headline acts.

14 Jun 2020 to 20 Jun 2020

Bridport Food & Beer Festival

Bridport

The week of delicious food events around the town and surrounding area will take place from Sunday 14th June 2020, finishing with the Festival’s main event at Asker Meadows on Saturday 20th June when we join up with the Bridport Round Table Beer Festival. Join the carnival atmosphere and a whole host of food and fun for all ages.

18 Jun 2020 to 20 Jun 2020

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 ...

20 June 2020

Harry Paye Pirate Day

Poole

Tis time for you landlubbers to dig out yer eye patch, earring and cutlass for Poole’s annual celebration on 20th June, of its favourite pirate son.

20 Jun 2020 to 21 Jun 2020

Half Price Entry on Father's Weekend

Farmer Palmers, Wareham

Come and celebrate awesome Dads! Half Price Entry for Dad with a pre-downloaded voucher from Farmer Palmer's website.

21 June 2020

Plant Finders' Plant Fair

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens will again be playing host to a Specialist Plant Finders' Fair, organised by Plant Heritage Dorset Group. Unusual, difficult-to-find and some exotic plants available from more than 20 specialist nurseries & growers, including National Collection Holders and RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winners. Free car parking. Excellent refreshment & dining facilities. The Plant Fair is open from 10am until 3pm. Admission is just £7 and includes access to the attractive ...