What's on in Dorset

Looking to find out what's on in Dorset? You’ve come to the right place as we've got a fantastic year round events calendar for you to enjoy.  Our vibrant county plays host to an amazing array of events from the mildly eccentric to the world famous .

Country life is showcased at the many county shows and country fairs throughout Dorset, where prize animals parade, and the thrill of the fairground beckons. Regattas also take place in our coastal towns, each bringing its own celebrations and a bucket-load of traditional seaside fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Add to the mix fantastic beaches, beautiful countryside and great attractions, and you can see why there are always plenty of reasons to visit.

Amazing music and food festivals with a celebrity twist!

If you are looking to see what's on in Dorset music and food wise, why not soak up the atmosphere and swing into action at one of Dorset’s many music festivals – choose from folk, jazz, classical or a well renowned festival, such as Camp Bestival, which attracts A-list entertainers to its centre stage.

There’s always a mouth watering abundance of local produce on offer at country fairs and food festivals across Dorset to tantalise your taste buds. Plus, you can pick up tips at demonstrations by celebrity and award winning chefs!

If you’re a seafood lover then make sure you don’t miss out on the award winning Dorset Seafood Festival, the UK’s largest seafood festival. Just picture yourself savouring a feast of seafood in the picturesque setting of Weymouth peninsula whilst enjoying the warm and welcoming atmosphere – sound good?

Perfect for families, thrill seekers and explorers alike!

Love the great outdoors? Why not embrace Dorset’s wonderful scenery at a walking festival or join a guided fossil walk and let your inner explorer loose!

The fun isn’t just on the ground! Let the pilots of the world famous Red Arrows and Black Cats wow you with incredible aerobatics and hair raising stunts or fly a kite to the highest height at a kite festival!

Or perhaps you want to experience something a little more unique? Why not have a go at a chilli eating competition?

Cracking comedy and vibrant cultural scene to titillate and delight!

The arts are all around you in Dorset with musical performances, sparkling productions and arts and film festivals to inspire and surprise you.

Why not catch a top comedian in a cosy Dorset venue and be the first to see their set as they warm-up for a national tour?

This may be one of the most peaceful parts of the country but it buzzes with activity throughout the year!

Simply use the ‘What’s On’ search facility to search our list of events.

Why not stay a while and book your accommodation today!

Make the most of Dorset’s fantastic events calendar and book a break to Dorset.

We have plenty of accommodation for you to choose from – chic hotels, homely B&Bs, cosy self catering cottages and pretty holiday parks.

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Abbotsbury Baby Swans Hatching May 29

Abbotsbury Baby Swans Hatching

Between mid May and the end of June the Baby Swans hatch and take their first steps from dozens of nests across the Swannery. Explore the Swannery and witness the unique sight of the fluffy grey baby...

Andrew Thomas Sculptor Art Exhibition May 29

Andrew Thomas Sculptor Art Exhibition

Discover the captivating world of Purbeck artist and sculptor Andrew Thomas SWAc at his solo art exhibition, opening its doors from May 25th for nine days only. This exclusive event offers art...

Animal Poo Trail May 29

Animal Poo Trail

Follow our unique and quirky trail dedicated to animal droppings. Animals in the wild see poo as something valuable – it can be used, reused, recycled, and even played with. Have fun doing...

May 29

Children's Swanage Pier History Tour

Swanage Pier has a fascinating history and has always been an important part of Swanage. We will take a walk along the Pier, for about 45 minutes, strolling in the footsteps of past generations to...

Dance Beats Cancer May 29

Dance Beats Cancer

An evening of dance performance to raise funds and awareness for local charity Youth Cancer Trust. Now in its 6th year, the Dance Beats Cancer show aims to provide opportunities for new dancers just...

Dorset Art Weeks May 29

Dorset Art Weeks

Dorset Art Weeks 2024  - 25 May - 9 June Discover Dorset’s creative community, featuring contemporary work from over 500 artists and makers showcasing their work in open studios, group...

Early Morning Yoga and Breakfast May 29

Early Morning Yoga and Breakfast

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful location whilst local yoga teacher, Sonja Lockyer, guides you through a one-hour yoga session followed by a delicious picnic breakfast prepared by...

Free Guided Tours 2024 May 29

Free Guided Tours 2024

Until Friday 29 November 2024, we offer free guided tours lasting approximately 45 minutes to an hour, on Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 10.30am and Wednesday & Friday afternoons at 2.00pm. In...

Go Wild! Half Term May 29

Go Wild! Half Term

GO WILD! At Lulworth Castle this May half term. Visit us between May 26th & 30th (Sunday – Thursday) and enjoy our animal and critter themed trails, lawn games, hunts & crafts all included in...

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Corfe and Purbeck Holidays

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Doles Ash Farm Holiday Cottages

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Dorset Forest Garden Glamping

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Dorset Hideaways

Dorset Hideaways is a Holiday Cottage Agency showcasing a range of properties from cosy cottages crammed full of Dorset charm to luxury retreats oozing with coastal chic. Our aim is to make it easy...