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 Dorset Knob Throwing?

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.

We handrawn heart cycling events

Tour of Britain

Don't miss out - 10th September is when the Tour of Britain cycling race comes to Dorset.

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Bayside Pop Up Restaurant Aug 08

Bayside Pop Up Restaurant

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Bincombe Bumps Maize Maze Aug 08

Bincombe Bumps Maize Maze

Can you find the Wizard of Oz? Work your way along the yellow brick road, on the hunt to Emerald city where all your dreams come true in Bincombe Bumps Maize Maze! An a-maze-ing immersive adventure...

City Cruises Summer Spectacular Aug 08

City Cruises Summer Spectacular

Get your groove on for City Cruises Summer Spectacular, as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay for six weeks over the summer! Organised by BCP Tourism, the...

Dorset Arts and Crafts Showcase Aug 08

Dorset Arts and Crafts Showcase

Come and be inspired by the skill and creativity of Dorset Arts & Crafts. The main hall in Purbeck School hosts the largest sales gallery in Dorset with work by members of the Dorset Arts &...

Exhibition: The Lost Words Aug 08

Exhibition: The Lost Words

This enchanting exhibition combines the creative talents of writer Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris to celebrate the relationship between language and the living world, and nature’s...

GIANT Aug 08

GIANT

GIANT is the home of contemporary art in Bournemouth. It is the largest art centre of its kind on the central south coast and presents a comprehensive program of curated exhibitions and projects...

Hardy's Wessex: Coastal Wessex - love and war Aug 08

Hardy's Wessex: Coastal Wessex - love and war

Hardy's Wessex: The landscapes that inspired a writer This major exhibition will be across four venues – Poole Museum, Dorset Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire...

Highcliffe Castle Summer Crafts Aug 08

Highcliffe Castle Summer Crafts

Children's Crafts every Tuesday and Thursday. There will be a new theme each week including pirates, fairy tales and mystical creatures. Fairytale Trail - find the hidden storybook characters as...

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Back of Beyond Touring Park

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Berehayes Holiday Cottages

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Bookham Court

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Bradle Farmhouse

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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

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Gloucester House

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Grand Hotel

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Graston Farm Cottages

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Hedgehog Corner with Hot Tubs

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Kingston Country Courtyard

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Lucerne B&B

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Millbrook Guest House

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Newlands Holiday Park

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Riverside Park

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Rosewall Camping

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