Dorset Events

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

21 August 2018

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor Cycles 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.

20 Aug 2018 to 21 Aug 2018

Summer Panto: Pirates of the Pavilion

Weymouth

Following 2017’s record-breaking summer season, Made-to-Measure Productions are delighted to be returning to Weymouth Pavilion with a brand new Swashbuckling Pantomime production of PIRATES OF THE PAVILION! Featuring spectacular scenery, toe-tapping songs, breath-taking special effects courtesy of THE TWINS FX, and a full supporting cast of local dancers, this is a hilarious family summer pantomime you’d be sharkbait to miss! Get ready for rib-tickling laughter and bags of audience ...

22 August 2018

Jack & the Beanstalk with Treehouse Theatre

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Come and join Darren from Treehouse Theatre at 2.30pm at Wimborne Model Town today as we dance, sing and listen through story time which includes "Jack and The Beanstalk" Suitable for all the family but especially for younger visitors. Undercover if weather is not so good! There are no additional charges for this event.

22 August 2018

Wareham Wednesdays

Wareham

An evening of fun and entertainment on Wareham Quay. Pirate Invasion Arrrrrgh! It be our Pirate Invasion again! After last years success and madness, the Pirates will be invading again. Prepare to get wet, amazing live music, Fireworks, BBQ and Kids entertainment! Live music with Stereoironics and Finnian.

23 August 2018

Family Fun Shows: Punch & Judy

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Take your places early at Wimborne Model Town for our Thursday summer Punch & Judy show with performances at 12 noon and 2pm when "Professor" Mervyn Cole will be presenting all the usual puppets but how does he make that Mr Punch sound? You will have to join us to find out! There is no extra charge to see the show but come early to get a seat.

23 August 2018

Jethro, Count of Cornwall

Weymouth

The Count of Cornwall is back again with his unique style of comedy. Jethro will probably be remembered for years to come with so many people loving his hilarious country style. He is considered by many as the greatest comedy story teller that ever lived. Having produced 20 DVDs over the years, there are some old favourites and many new tales told in a way only a count could. Venue: Weymouth Pavilion

23 August 2018

Melplash Show

Bridport

The Melplash Agricultural Society Show is one of the South West’s premier agricultural exhibitions and is held at The West Bay Show grounds, Bridport, Dorset on the last Thursday before the August Bank holiday. There really will be something for everyone at our show. The show is packed full of exhibits including livestock, horses, homecrafts and horticulture. There are over 350 trade stands selling everything from locally produced food to tractors….and plenty in between!

23 August 2018

Outdoor Theatre: Rustle

Dorchester

PaddleBoat Theatre Company invites you help set up camp so that we can tell the greatest campfire story ever told: where sleeping bags evolve into monsters, rucksacks become friends and torches highlight the forest’s closest secrets. Join us for an interactive family adventure jam-packed with puppets, songs and outdoor surprises. Age guidance 3+ Venue: Maumbury Rings

23 August 2018

Rockley Summer Spectacular

Poole

Get down to Poole Quay for 7pm and enjoy live music, family entertainment and a firework finale at 10pm. The event is sponsored by Rockley Park.

24 August 2018

Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

Bournemouth

Starting at 10pm from Bournemouth Pier, we know you’ll love watching the skies light up! Firework dates for this year are as follows: 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th August.

23 Aug 2018 to 24 Aug 2018

Donkey Days

Poole

The two friendly donkeys that joined us at Upton Country Park during Easter are making a return for the summer holidays! They will be visiting for two days of petting and donkey rides in the Shoreline Meadow, part of the recently opened area of parkland. 23rd & 24th August, £2.50 per child. Some height/weight restrictions will apply; please visit the event page or call 01202 262753 nearer the time.

24 August 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

Tony Lowe returns to Greenhill Gardens with his daughter Kate Lowe for a special, one-off fundraising concert. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear a dazzling mix of Swing, Musical Theatre and show-stopping Classics. Tony and Kate will present an afternoon’s entertainment filled with some of the greatest tunes ever written to help raise funds for the start of Kate’s musical career at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Two o’clock. Two hours of glorious music. Two super voices. ...

24 August 2018

Quay for my Car

Poole

A different marque of car each Friday evening 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.

25 August 2018

Anonymous Festival

Dorchester

Anonymous is the name of the FREE youth music and culture festival that has been running in Dorchester since 2009. The festival is held from 11am 'til 6pm at Maumbury Rings, which is an outdoor Roman amphitheatre and a fabulous venue for community events. A great day out!

21 Aug 2018 to 25 Aug 2018

Musical: Footloose

Bridport

Kick off your Sunday shoes and cut loose as the explosive rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation Footloose bursts on to the Electric Palace stage. Based on the 1980's hit film that took the world by storm, Footloose the musical sizzles with the same spirit of youth, rebellion and romance. Brought to you by award-winning Bridport Musical Theatre Company, enjoy classic hits including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it for the Boy and of course the unforgettable title track ...

25 August 2018

Radipole Gardens 1940s Big Fun Day

Weymouth

Come and join us for Radipole Gardens 1940’s Big Fun Day to discover and celebrate our garden’s heritage which links to both World Wars. We are going all out 1940’s style and have a cracking line up for you. We’d love you to join in the fun and come along decked out in your best 1940’s finery, you never know, you might even win yourselves a meal out. There is SO much going on and something for everyone to enjoy, from military and local WWII history to live music with the Decadettes ...

21 Aug 2018 to 25 Aug 2018

Swanage Rep: Communicating Doors

Swanage

A murderous time travelling romp by the master of observational comedy, Alan Ayckbourn. When? Tuesday 21st to Saturday August 25th 7.30pm. Where? Mowlem Theatre. Tickets: Full £15, Concessions £13. Book tickets online or please ring the Box Office on 01929 422239.

24 Aug 2018 to 26 Aug 2018

Cinema under the stars

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

This August bank holiday, Purbeck Film Festival present open air cinema at Corfe Castle. Friday 24 August: Paddington 2 (PG) Saturday 25 August: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (PG) Sunday 26 August: Dunkirk (12A Gates will open at 7:30pm so you can bring a picnic and experience the magic of Corfe Castle outside of opening hours.

26 August 2018

Dog, Sausage & Cider Festival

Weymouth

Live music all day, lots of stalls, bbq, ciders, children's fun, and of course, dogs! Venue: Springhead, Sutton Poyntz

26 August 2018

Gilbert O'Sullivan in Concert

Wimborne

As creative now as he has ever been across an outstanding career, the past few years have seen Gilbert O’Sullivan showcase many sides of his musical personality. Be it live shows with his band, full orchestral performances in the UK and Ireland or exploring Latin music on 2015’s Latin Ala G! album, the iconic songwriter has continued to look to the future while his famous back catalogue has, as ever, won him the respect and adoration of fellow musicians and audiences all over the world. To ...

25 Aug 2018 to 26 Aug 2018

Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

Blandford

A special country fair for those interested in timber, woodcraft, the countryside and conservation. A great summer's day out for the whole family. Held at the Stock Gaylard Estate, Sturminster Newton, near Blandford.

23 Aug 2018 to 27 Aug 2018

Great Dorset Steam Fair

Blandford

If you’re looking for an excellent fun and action-packed day out for all the family, you’ll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair. This English fair is held at the village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside. Further directions are superfluous. Just find the village on the map, head in that direction and follow everyone else to the show. From small beginnings this annual event has become one of the favoured places for those interested in ...

27 August 2018

Maumbury Rings Music Day

Dorchester

Music from 1pm until 10pm at Maumbury Rings.

25 Aug 2018 to 27 Aug 2018

Melon Madness!

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham

Every child who brings a melon for the primates receives a free Monkey World badge over the bank holiday weekend.

27 August 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

The amazing band FARRAGO. Music events start at 2pm (Weather permitting).

26 Aug 2018 to 27 Aug 2018

SLIDE Bournemouth

Bournemouth

We are pleased to welcome SLIDE Bournemouth to Richmond Hill on the 26th and 27th of August 2018, turning the area of the town into a hive of activity with sliders and spectators enjoying the fun over this special weekend. The 120m-long inflatable water slide will offer fun for everyone, whether participating or spectating! Check out the website for more details.

26 Aug 2018 to 27 Aug 2018

Sorted in Dorset

Bournemouth

Shelley Park will be transformed into a hub of local culture. The perfect way to round off the summer break! We’ll be showcasing resident musicians whilst you enjoy sampling locally produced food & drink, browsing arts, crafts & fashion, testing your sports skills, children’s activities & more. The whole family entertained? We’ve got you sorted! A percentage of the funds raised from tickets sold will go to The Dorset Children’s Foundation, to help improve the lives of sick and disabled ...

28 August 2018

Bing & Flop at Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch

Visit Adventure Wonderland on 28th August when Bing and Flop will be making appearances at intervals throughout the day. (Please note: the character appearances are limited to five sessions at intervals throughout the day. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. The queue line will be closed as soon as we reach capacity for each session. Although a lot of planning goes in to these events, we are unable to guarantee every child will be able to meet the character. The timings of Meet ...

28 August 2018

Dream Machines

Poole

Motor cycles 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.

29 August 2018

Creature Crafts with Dorset Wildlife Trust

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Join us at Wimborne Model Town from 2.30pm with a Creature Crafts afternoon led by the Dorset Wildlife team. Come and join in making, colouring and painting and learn a little more about the activities of Dorset's leading conservation group - fun for all the family. There is no additional charge for this event.

27 Aug 2018 to 29 Aug 2018

Mapperton Creepy Crawly Show

Mapperton Gardens, Bridport

Join us to explore exotic animals from around the world, including spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, cockroaches, stick insects, snakes, lizards, tortoises and more! Educational and entertaining 20-minute shows and handling sessions by World Life Conservation at: 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm Or wander through and say hello in your own time! Husband and wife team World Life Conservation will be on hand to tell visitors all about their Creepy Crawly ...

29 August 2018

Superslam Wrestling

Bournemouth

Superslam Live Wrestling returns this summer to the Pavilion ballroom with a huge all-star line up of top talent from all over the world taking on the very best of British. As well as bringing some regular favourite stars back to the action we have the latest title contenders competing from WWES UK NETWORK TV show making an appearance, and with Saturday afternoon wrestling back on TV, come and enjoy the 2-hour action for all the family's enjoyment. Box office now open for the hottest ...

29 August 2018

Wareham Wednesdays

Wareham

An evening of fun and entertainment on Wareham Quay. The BIG Finale We finish off the season with another big one! Incredible music, Fireworks, BBQ, Kids entertainment and more! Oh, did we say Ed Sheeran? Live music with Ed Sheeran tribute and Dave Griff & The Trouser Band. WOW!

30 August 2018

Rockley Summer Spectacular

Poole

Get down to Poole Quay for 7pm and enjoy live music, family entertainment and a firework finale at 10pm. The event is sponsored by Rockley Park.

30 August 2018

Summer Punch & Judy

Wimborne Model Town, Wimborne

Take your places early at Wimborne Model Town for our Thursday summer Punch & Judy show with performances at 12 noon 2pm. "Professor" Mervyn Cole will be presenting all the usual puppets but how does he make that Mr Punch sound? You will have to join us to find out! There is no extra charge to see the show but come early to get a seat.

31 August 2018

Quay for my Car

Poole

A different marque of car each Friday evening 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 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 ...

01 September 2018

BECAK Gin Festival

Dorchester

Come and meet Dorset and other local gin distillers and sample a great selection of artisan gins. Tickets are from £13 (1st drink free from Becak bar). Venue: Corn Exchange 7pm - 11pm.

01 September 2018

Bridport Hat Festival

Bridport

The town centre will be taken over by thousands of hat wearers throughout Saturday, with competitions, trade stalls, food & drink, live acts, some surprises, and a mass hat-wearing photo-op in Bucky Doo Square.

02 September 2018

3 Counties Classic Cars

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

The Three Counties Vintage and Classic Car Club return to the Castle Vista for their annual motorcade. Come along and view their fascinating display of classic cars within the beautiful grounds. Brought to you by: The Three Counties Vintage and Classic Car Club Time: 11am – 4pm Where: The grounds of Highcliffe Castle Cost: FREE event – although donations are welcome to help us continue providing these events.

30 Aug 2018 to 02 Sep 2018

Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth

Huge free air festival with international aircraft, beach assault and air display teams. The Festival site is open daily from 10am with displays starting late morning/ early afternoon . See website for latest information.

28 Jul 2018 to 02 Sep 2018

Civil War encampment

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Experience all aspects of life from the English Civil War as you explore Corfe Castle and our 17th-century encampment. Sign in to Corfe’s garrison and get involved in interactive challenges, from recruitment and armory, to surgery, siege cooking and domestic arts. Group talks at 11:30, 1:30pm, 3pm and 4pm.

01 Sep 2018 to 02 Sep 2018

Dorset County Show

Dorchester

A celebration of all things Dorset and the countryside. Dedicated to superb family entertainment, showcasing agriculture, great shopping and so much more!

01 Sep 2018 to 02 Sep 2018

International Autojumble

New Forest

Beaulieu’s most famous motoring event, the International Autojumble is the biggest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic. With over 2000 stands, groaning with all kinds of vintage and classic motoring ephemera - motoring parts, accessories, automobilia, literature, tools and clothing, there is something for everyone and lots of bargains to be had. This iconic event enjoys the reputation that; “if you can’t find it at Beaulieu, it doesn’t’ exist!"

31 Aug 2018 to 02 Sep 2018

Lyme Regis Folk Weekend

Lyme Regis

The Seafront Stage is the heartbeat of Lyme Folk Weekend. All weekend there is free entertainment - music, dancing, poetry, shanty singing, children's entertainment - and all with the spectacular Jurassic Coast as a backdrop.

02 September 2018

Music in Greenhill Gardens

Weymouth

Grand Re-Union - another musical treat in the Gardens Starts around 2pm (weather dependent.

30 Aug 2018 to 02 Sep 2018

Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival

Swanage

Every year we invite acclaimed musicians and actors around the world to join us for the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival which takes place during the first weekend in September. Tickets can be booked online through the Purbeck International Chamber Music website, by phone on 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 booking fee applies) or from Discover Purbeck Information Centre in Wareham, tel: 01929 552740. Various venues.

24 Jul 2018 to 02 Sep 2018

Summer Holidays at the Tank Museum

Wareham

This Summer Holiday explore The Tank Museum and experience the biggest day out in history. See Tanks roll into action at 1pm every weekday, starting on Tuesday 24 July. Realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary. Learn how tanks have evolved and how they are used in battle in this action. Experience for yourself the thrill of riding in an M548 tracked vehicle. This working example of military hardware seats 16 at a time – so the whole family can jump on together. Available ...

04 September 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.

04 September 2018

Dumble Dimble Charity Fun Run

Portland

Join the running club on Portland for either a 2 km walk/run for all the family from 0 to 100 years old – or a 5 mile run for those 15 or over. Whether you want to race or ‘bimble’ round the course this is a great charity event! The annual Dumble Bimble charity fun runs are named in memory of Club members Alan and Andrew Dumble, with all monies raised going to Weldmar Hospice in their memory. Alan was an original club member when the club was formed. Why the name? Alan always use to say ...

05 September 2018

Outdoor Theatre: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

The original and greatest literary detective of them all, Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Doctor Watson, tackle the most baffling case of their careers in this faithful, cheeky but chilling adaptation... Is a monstrous hound really roaming Dartmoor? Why is someone systematically stealing Sir Henry’s shoes? And how does a ghostly hound manage to leave vast paw-prints and other unwelcome evidence of its existence? Pack a picnic to enjoy from 6.30pm before the performance begins at 7.00pm.

08 September 2018

Lipstick on your Collar

Weymouth

Step back in time to the golden era of music, where the jukebox roared and feet didn't touch the floor. Get your dancing shoes at the ready, grab yourself a milkshake and relax - you are in for an evening of back to back hits from the 1950s and 60s! From the birth of Rock 'n' Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the show is packed with over forty hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, The Ronettes, ...

08 September 2018

Weldmar Hospice Summer Fete

Dorchester

Come and join us for our traditional Summer Fete and help us raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare. Over 40 stalls including: Bric a Brac Books Hand Crafted Items Hats & Handbags Home Produce Plus much more Delicious food and drink including: BBQ Curry and Rice Ice Creams Cream Teas Delicious cakes Licensed Bar

09 September 2018

Bournemouth International Triathlon

Bournemouth

It's that time of year again, time to push yourself to the limit with our annual Triathlon. Both sprint and standard distance swims start on the award winning blue flag beach before heading out of Bournemouth on a fast bike course towards the market town of Ringwood on the edge of The New Forest. The PB smashing run course is along the seafront promenade towards Boscombe Pier with amazing views of The Isle of Wight on the way out and of The Purbecks on the way back. Sprint ...

07 Sep 2018 to 09 Sep 2018

Classic Transport Rally

Swanage

Classic Transport Rally at Harmans Cross (Haycrafts Lane Harmans Cross BH19 3EB) Open 10:00 - 16:00 (Fri, Sat and 3pmSun). Swanage Railway Day Rover Tickets Include Free Entry to the Classic Transport Rally (otherwise £5 Adults). With over 300 displays of vintage vehicles, motorcycles, tractors, classic cars and commercial vehicles. Stationary engines, stalls, and refreshments (bar and catering). Getting to the Events Park easily at the 350 space Norden Park and Ride (BH20 ...

06 Sep 2018 to 09 Sep 2018

Heritage Open Days

Wimborne

Dorset Architectural Heritage Week is an annual event which aims to stimulate public awareness of Dorset's rich architectural and cultural heritage. This is a chance to visit buildings not normally open to the public, to go on guided walks, hear talks and generally enjoy the County’s rich historic environment. This year it will be taking place over two extended weekends (6th - 9th Sept and 13th - 16th Sept). Various venues across Dorset.

08 Sep 2018 to 09 Sep 2018

Nothe Fort Military Weekend

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

See website for details when available.

09 September 2018

Outdoor Theatre: As You Like It

Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch

Forced into exile in the Forest of Arden, lovers Rosalind and Orlando become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. Theatre Company: The Pantaloons When: Sunday 9th September 2018 Where: The lawns in front of the castle Time: 7pm Cost: Adult-£13.50, Season ticket holder/Student-£10.50, Under 14s (must be accompanied by a full paying adult)-£5.00, There is a £1 reduction on each ticket if bought in advance. N.B this is not available on child tickets. How ...

08 Sep 2018 to 09 Sep 2018

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

Blandford

The annual cheese festival returns to ‘The Vale of Little Dairies’, otherwise known as Sturminster Newton. Enjoy a fun-packed weekend in the heart of the Blackmore Vale where you’ll find delicious goods from local producers, demonstrations, art, craft and children’s activities. £5 per adult; under 14s free.

07 Sep 2018 to 09 Sep 2018

Swanage Folk Festival

Swanage

Folk music followers flock to the concerts, join-in sessions, and try something new at workshops. The festival features a number of concerts in the Mowlem Theatre and music in the main marquee on Sandpit Field.

07 Sep 2018 to 10 Sep 2018

Poole Blues Festival

Poole

Join us on Poole Quay for the Poole Blues Festival. Blues bands and entertainment.

11 September 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.

14 September 2018

Supersonic 70’s Show

Wimborne

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

15 September 2018

Beyond the Barricade

Weymouth

The UK’s longest running Musical Theatre Concert Tour features past principal performers from Les Miserables. Delivering over two hours of the best of Broadway and the West End, and of course ending with a stunning finale from Les Mis. The concert features David Fawcett (Valjean) Andy Reiss ( Enjolras & Resident Director for the National Tour of Les Miserables) Katie Leeming (Eponine) and Poppy Tierney (Cosette), together with a live band who capture the feel of the original ...

13 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2018

Comedy: The Wedding Reception

Poole

Packing 5-star reviews from its last visit to Poole and on tour, this mad immersive comedy from the makers of Faulty Towers The Dining Experience returns to Lighthouse promising yet more love, honour and disarray… The Wedding Reception sees Kate and Will expecting a small party to celebrate their wedding. But Kate’s mum had other plans. Cue uninvited guests, misbehaving family and secrets better left in the closet! This unbeatable theatrical dining experience is a side-splitting, ...

15 September 2018

F1 CARS: AN ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

Beaulieu, New Forest

What is Formula 1? Why does a Formula 1 car look the way it does? How do the teams go about designing the cars? What are the main contributors to the car performance? On Saturday 15 September these questions and more will be answered by Steve Fenwick, Head of Full-Size Car CFD at Renault Sport Racing. The races we watch on TV are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the people and effort involved: hear about the intense, highly skilled work that you don’t see on TV, that takes place ...

14 Sep 2018 to 15 Sep 2018

Inside Out Dorset: Poole Quay Opening Weekend

Poole

Across the 14 and 15 September, Poole Quay will come alive with music, circus and fun as Inside Out Dorset 2018 begins! Rock the Boat Street Guitars Inside Out Try your hand at one of our Rock the Boat Street Guitars, nestled inside up-cycled wooden sailing dinghies! Entertain the crowds on Poole Quay with a tune or maybe even stumble across some undiscovered talent… 12noon – 7.30pm Actual Reality Arcade Matthew Harrison A life-sized interactive game zone for all ages, inspired by ...

15 September 2018

Tiger Day X

Tank Museum, Wareham

In 2018 Tiger 131 will only make two appearances in our arena. As the only running Tiger I tank in the world you really can't afford to miss it! While you’re not watching Tiger 131, its contemporaries and more in the arena display, you can explore the Tiger Exhibition, peruse traders and exhibitors around the site, or take a tracked vehicle ride yourself.

15 Sep 2018 to 16 Sep 2018

Bart's Bash

Weymouth

Bart’s Bash is a global sailing race taking place at hundreds of venues, with thousands of sailors in hundreds of different classes of boat around the world. This incredible event works on the assumption that sailing venues host their races at weekends and we invite them to unite in one colossal global sailing event. Bart’s Bash is open to all sailing clubs, yacht clubs, scout groups, sea cadets, windsurfing clubs, individuals and any venue globally that can host a race and are inspired ...

08 Sep 2018 to 16 Sep 2018

b-side Festival

Portland

b-side returns to the Isle of Portland showcasing the very best in contemporary art made in response to this beautiful and intriguing island. Extraordinary, playful, witty and challenging our programme emerges from conversations between artists, producers and the residents of Portland. A generous mix of FREE and ticketed events will ensure that every Festival day offers a different experience - including artist talks, workshops, fanatical tours, and much more.

15 Sep 2018 to 16 Sep 2018

Inside Out Dorset: Coastal Encounters

Bournemouth

Spectacular, mainly free open-air entertainment for all the family. Inside Out Dorset takes place at various sites from 14th to 22nd September. Surprises await across Boscombe and its surroundings, with a series of unique performances and installations from international artists. Below we feature just some of the unexpected you can expect! De Weide Wereld Waterlanders This striking interactive installation highlights the plight of meadow birds threatened by intensive use of ...

16 September 2018

Plant Fair

Mapperton Gardens, Bridport

Held at Mapperton House & Gardens, Beaminster, Nr Bridport from 10am – 4pm. Admission to the plant fair is £3; benefiting charity – to be confirmed. Discounted entry to house & garden on the day. 30 stands throughout the grounds selling plants and garden ornaments. Sawmill café and shop will be open.

15 Sep 2018 to 16 Sep 2018

Priest's House Museum Community Open Weekend

Wimborne

Visit the Priest's House Museum and Garden free of charge this weekend and discover how life has changed over the centuries.

15 Sep 2018 to 16 Sep 2018

Wildlife Weekend

Corfe Castle

Step inside Corfe Castle's walls and meet some of the diverse wildlife of the surrounding Purbeck landscape. Join local experts in our nature tent and find out more about bats, moths and reptiles. This is a unique opportunity to meet some of our beautiful local wildlife close up. Wildlife Talks: 11am Moths 12pm Reptiles 1pm Bats 2pm Spider Walk 3pm Moths 4pm Reptiles 5pm Bats This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

18 September 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.

19 September 2018

Celtic Country

Weymouth

This wonderful show brings together the very best of both Irish and Scottish artists with their own style of Country music, plus a hint of American Country, which all emanated from Scotland and Ireland. The show stars Ireland’s International Recording Star DOMINIC KIRWAN, with son BARRY KIRWAN, Ireland’s Newest Country Star. From Scotland our very special guest EVE GRAHAM, the original lead singer of The New Seekers who’s hits included “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” “Beg Steal ...

20 September 2018

BSO Autumn Classics

Weymouth

Brahms Tragic Overture Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Dvorák Symphony No.9 “From the New World” Young Conductor in Association Sonoko Miriam Welde violin Enjoy a taste of the best-loved music in the orchestral repertoire with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Brahms’ Tragic Overture has become one of the greatest examples of tragedy in Romantic Music. Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto takes the audience on a journey from darkness to light, leaving mystery and exhilaration in its ...

20 Sep 2018 to 21 Sep 2018

Inside Out Dorset: Furious Folly

Weymouth

Spectacular, mainly free open-air entertainment for all the family. Inside Out Dorset takes place at various sites from 14th to 22nd September. An unmissable night-time performance in collaboration with 14 – 18 NOW. As night falls in no-mans-land a battlefront is drawn between the two lines. Disorientated, you suddenly find yourself immersed within an open-air collage of sound, light, pyrotechnics and performance. Railing against the futility of the Great War and the madness of the ...

15 Sep 2018 to 22 Sep 2018

Inside Out Dorset: Wayfaring

Dorchester

Spectacular, mainly free open-air entertainment for all the family. Inside Out Dorset takes place at different venues from 14th to 22nd September. Wayfaring is a journey of exploration, inspired by the present landscape and ancient routes of the Icknield Way. The culmination of our groundbraking Lifecycles and Landcapes project, artists And Now: will create a series of artworks in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty inviting audiences to think about movement and migration; how we ...