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.

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Artisans on the Beach Dec 09

Artisans on the Beach

Set on Swanage seafront over the Christmas season, the beach-huts are taken over by local crafters and tradespeople all looking to sell the ideal creative gifts for you and your loved ones. From...

Beauty & The Beast Dec 09

Beauty & The Beast

You'll enjoy plenty of laughs and festive magic this Christmas with this year's Bournemouth pantomime, Beauty & The Beast. One of the most popular fairy tales of all, Beauty & The...

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland Dec 09

Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Spectacular Christmas tree trail, enchanting illuminations and seasonal family fun! Experience the magical spectacle of hundreds of glittering trees from around the world. See them shimmer against the...

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on your Doorstep Dec 09

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on your Doorstep

Artsreach and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) invite you to herald in the festive season with Principal Brass players from the BSO. This uplifting programme of much-loved music of celebration and...

Christmas and New Year in Bournemouth Dec 09

Christmas and New Year in Bournemouth

Christmas and New Year in Bournemouth, 18 November 2022 – 2 January 2023 Bournemouth is the perfect destination to visit, stay and get into the festive spirit. With a Christmas...

Christmas and New Year in Poole Dec 09

Christmas and New Year in Poole

Make the most of Christmas and New Year in Poole with winter walks, magical meetings with Santa, cosy stays, festive parties and even bath tub races! Whether meeting family and friends for a special...

Christmas and New Year in Wimborne Dec 09

Christmas and New Year in Wimborne

Enjoy Christmas in Wimborne with so much going on to get you into the Christmas spirit.  From the switching on of Wimborne Minster’s Christmas lights on 26th November, there’s lots to...

Christmas at The Town Mill Dec 09

Christmas at The Town Mill

Visit our decorated, cobbled courtyard this festive season! For your christmas shopping, browse our selection of artisan shops and pick up some Town Mill, stoneground flour for the baker in your life!...

Christmas in Blandford Dec 09

Christmas in Blandford

The countdown to Christmas is well celebrated in Blandford with a festive calendar of events enjoyed by both visitors and locals alike. Festive Feasts During December and including Christmas...

Christmas in Bridport Dec 09

Christmas in Bridport

Bridport is brimming with Christmas cheer during the festive season and should certainly be on your list of locations to visit. With the town a buzz with all things Christmas you won’t be short...

Christmas in Christchurch Dec 09

Christmas in Christchurch

At The Regent Centre, Rhythm of the Dance Christmas Special will be taking place on 20th November. Let the magic of Christmas begin with all your favourite festive songs being performed live by world...

Christmas in Shaftesbury and Gillingham Dec 09

Christmas in Shaftesbury and Gillingham

It'll be fun for the whole family this 2022 festive season in Shaftesbury and Gillingham. Get into the Christmas spirit with a children's workshop to make a Father Christmas Advent...

Christmas in Swanage Dec 09

Christmas in Swanage

The beautiful Victorian seaside town of Swanage is the perfect destination to soak up the Christmas atmosphere. Christmas Shopping Whether it is strolling through the town's main thoroughfare...

Christmas in Wareham Dec 09

Christmas in Wareham

The build up to Christmas is a bustling time in the town of Wareham. The historic market town is decorated with Christmas lights and a wonderful Christmas tree which stands on the town crossroads....

Christmas in Weymouth Dec 09

Christmas in Weymouth

There’s nowhere better to celebrate the season of goodwill than in Weymouth, or should we say – SLEIGHmouth! Ho! Ho! Ho! Make sure you wrap up warm because there’s a whole host of...

Christmas Lights Cruise Dec 09

Christmas Lights Cruise

Join us as we celebrate the Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival on the water. Throughout this magical Christmas festival we will be running daily 30 minute long boat trip's every evening upon...

Why notstay a while?

Back of Beyond Touring Park

If you are looking for a haven of peace and quiet but still be close enough to the New Forest and the South Coast, then look no further. Sometimes the birds can be noisy. But that’s about as...

Berehayes Holiday Cottages

Berehayes has 8 holiday cottages set in a tranquil rural village just 2 miles from the beaches of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast in West Dorset and 5 miles from the Devon...

Bookham Court

Bookham Court Holiday Cottages enjoy panoramic views over Thomas Hardy's Blackmore Vale in Dorset. Lying in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Bookham Court Holiday Cottages are furnished...

Bradle Farmhouse

Bradle Farm lies in a valley 3 miles west of Corfe Castle surrounded by the Purbeck Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whilst the original farmhouse and farm are mentioned in the Doomsday...

Cliff Cottage

  4 Star VisitEngland Grading: 84%   Gold Award  Part of Lyme’s historic landscape since the early 1800’s, Cliff Cottage is one of the delightful pink cottages, set back off...

Cogden Cottages

The Cogden Cottages are absolute sea view beach front family sized cottages. They are modelled from a former Victorian coastguard station which means they have the most fabulous views of all of Lyme...

Corfe and Purbeck Holidays

Corfe & Purbeck Holidays specialise in letting quality self catering holiday properties in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, Dorset.  All of our our cottages are well equipped, comfortably...

Doles Ash Farm Holiday Cottages

Located in the heart of Hardy’s Dorset, Doles Ash Farm Holiday Cottages offers a relaxing break surrounded by beautiful countryside and set in 12 acres of West Dorset’s Piddle Valley. No...

Dorset Forest Garden Glamping

Four individually styled shepherd’s huts to choose from at Dorset Forest Garden.  Winners of the Gold Award for Glamping in 2021/22 Dorset Tourism Awards. At the head of a long valley,...

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...

Gloucester House

Gloucester House is a beautiful, Boutique, AA 4 * Gold, Townhouse, dating back to 1790 and forms part of Weymouth’s Georgian terraced seafront. Commanding a prime position with unbroken views...

Grand Hotel

Located in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, The Grand Hotel has stunning views across the bay and has direct access from the gardens to the private beach. The Burlington Health Spa and...

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...

Hedgehog Corner with Hot Tubs

Hedgehog Corner with Hot Tubs. Two award-winning quality self catering accommodations for couples, each with own private hot tub. Close to Lyme Regis on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, South West...

Kingston Country Courtyard

Kingston Country Courtyard is a 16th century B&B accommodation. We have 25 rooms located around two courtyards with car parking facilities onsite. We have a wide variety of rooms available these...

Lucerne B&B

Lucerne is close to the heart of Lyme Regis and its seafront. Rear rooms have excellent views of the Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis to Portland. Owen and Chris your hosts have been in Lyme Regis for...

Millbrook Guest House

Millbrook is a family run B&B that has been providing accommodation to holiday makers and visitors to the area for over one hundred years. We offer modern rooms, with free wi-fi and our own...

Newlands Holiday Park

Newlands is a family run park located in the picturesque World Heritage village of Charmouth, just a stones throw from the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast near the Dorset/Devon border. Set in 23 acres of...

Riverside Park

We are located on the banks of the River Stour in the centre of the beautiful historic town of Christchurch, within walking distance to the shops, restaurants, spectacular natural harbour, Hengistbury...

Rosewall Camping

Rosewall is a family run camping park, set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the World Heritage Coast, in the hamlet of Osmington Mills five miles east of Weymouth. Our thirteen-acre south...

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