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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A Casterbridge Cornucopia Oct 07

A Casterbridge Cornucopia

Join Alistair Chisholm and friends, in the beautiful setting of the Casterbridge Room at the Kings Arms in Dorchester, to celebrate Dorset's county town with an evening of pure entertainment. Our...

A Dance A Day Oct 07

A Dance A Day

A new A Dance A Day evening class for the over 50s. Do you like moving to music? Do you have some dance experience or none at all? Do you want a class that will offer a chance to take part in a fun,...

Airship Orchestra Oct 07

Airship Orchestra

Come and meet this mystical tribe of otherworldly characters beamed from the night stars, hear their voices like stardust and bathe in their sound and rhythmic light. The Airship Orchestra is an...

GIANT Oct 07

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...

Gillingham Carnival Week Oct 07

Gillingham Carnival Week

Traditional carnival events including processions, fun fair and stalls. Treasure hunts, quiz nights, funfair, duck race. Sporting events including fishing, darts and skittles and much more. ...

Hardy's Wessex: Coastal Wessex - love and war Oct 07

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...

In Our Hands Oct 07

In Our Hands

Inspired by folk-art, the optimistic watercolour and pastel paintings in Caroline Ireland's up-coming exhibition abound in colour and pattern and feature the shapes of the artist's own hands...

Murder Mystery Oct 07

Murder Mystery

Wareham Play Readers present Ann Cleeves' Shetland Murder Mystery, Bannocks & Blood. Listen to witness statements and work out who committed the murder. £1 for Friends of Wareham...

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

  The  Rose Family have been sharing their treasured seaside ‘home from home’ with couples and families since 1994.  All bookings are dealt with personally by Sue Rose and...

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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