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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9 To 5 The Musical Apr 25

9 To 5 The Musical

Milton Musical Society are excited to be back at the Regent performing 9 to 5 The Musical. With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, the musical is based on the seminal 1980...

9 To 5 The Musical Apr 25

9 To 5 The Musical

Milton Musical Society are excited to be back at the Regent performing 9 to 5 The Musical. With music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, the musical is based on the seminal 1980...

Austens Women: Lady Susan Apr 25

Austens Women: Lady Susan

Dyad Productions return with a brand-new show from their 'Austen's Women' series. Return to the Regency (or rather, Georgian) in this darkly comic tale of society and the women trapped...

From Page To Screen Festival Apr 25

From Page To Screen Festival

The UK's only film festival celebrating the art of adaptation. Bridport’s From Page To Screen   Film Festival is back with a stunning programme of over 20 adaptations being screened...

History Walk at Arne Apr 25

History Walk at Arne

If you like history then why not join us at Arne for one of our fantastic history walks. With history spanning from the bronze age all the way up to ww2 there will be something for everyone. After...

Jurassic Adventurer Apr 25

Jurassic Adventurer

New Cruise for 2024! Working with our partners at Swanage Railway and Go South Coast, you have unlimited travel for the day on More Bus, Beach Breezer, Purbeck Breezer, Harbour Breezer, City Cruises...

Pieces Of Our Past Apr 25

Pieces Of Our Past

Come and experience the history of the Castle, from Harry Gordon Selfridge's visitor book to Lady Louisa's diary, this exhibition highlights never before seen photographs and artefacts

Reptile Survey Walk Apr 25

Reptile Survey Walk

Join us for a unique opportunity to join a reptile survey and learn more about all 6 native reptile species, including Sand Lizards and Smooth Snakes! Arne is one of the few places in the UK where all...



Nothing screams spring like the tulips. They come in all shapes and sizes with their flamboyant colours and frilly flowers. Here at Forde Abbey, the garden team spent a few weeks last autumn planting...

West Bay in the War Apr 25

West Bay in the War

Our new pop up exhibition 'West Bay at War' will open on Sunday 11th November and run until just after the 80th Anniversary of D Day in June 2024. The exhibition will feature both existing and...

Why notstay a while?

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Bookham Court

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Brace of Pheasants

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Bradle Farmhouse

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Cliff Cottage

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Cogden Cottages

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Coppet Hill

Just three miles from the Jurassic Coast, and surrounded by some of Dorset’s most spectacular hills, our 600-acre family farm is a peaceful haven for walkers, campers and wildlife lovers. Our...

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

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Gloucester House

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Grand Hotel

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Graston Farm Cottages

Graston Farm Cottages are set in the beautiful Bride Valley and are in an ideal position for walking and cycling with just a 30 minute walk to the coast. There are numerous footpaths crossing the...