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 free street seafood festival. Just picture yourself savouring a feast of seafood in the picturesque setting of Weymouth Harbour 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 Taste of Dorchester Sep 16

A Taste of Dorchester

Join us for 'A Taste of Dorchester' from Sunday 12th September to Saturday 18th September 2021 for a week of activities, tours and open days across Dorchester and Poundbury. Visit...

Beaminster Festival of Music & Arts Sep 16

Beaminster Festival of Music & Arts

Bringing the Best to Beaminster.  The festival for 2021 will not be the full festival this year but will include open air theatre and concerts during September. An annual festival of music,...

Climate Change Sep 16

Climate Change

To complement the 'Inside Out Dorset' project being held on the Symondsbury Estate, Sou'-Sou'-West Arts Gallery will be exhibiting work which focuses on climate change in its broadest...

Fossils, Fish and Feathers Sep 16

Fossils, Fish and Feathers

Fossils, Fish and Feathers is the title of the up-coming watercolour exhibition of recent work by Lyme Bay Artist Trisha Hayman, which will be on show at the Rotunda Gallery of the Lyme Regis Museum...

Pathways to the Past Sep 16

Pathways to the Past

A celebration of the People's Park. By the Park's people. Explore Poole Park using your phone. Follow the audio trail to discover hidden sounds Hear how people have had fun in the park....

Pine Walk Art Exhibition - Art and Makers Market Sep 16

Pine Walk Art Exhibition - Art and Makers Market

One of the longest running open air exhibitions in the country, enjoy art in the gardens.  Art @ Pine Walk was set up almost 60 years ago and is a popular place for artists to show their work,...

Redlands Adventure Game Sep 16

Redlands Adventure Game

Redlands Adventure Game An exciting new outside military themed adventure game is launching this Spring at Redlands Coppice near Dorchester.   Come and join the fun! Working with a small...

The Art of Realism Sep 16

The Art of Realism

'THE ART OF REALISM' HOWARD FLANAGAN 16TH SEPTEMBER – 29TH SEPTEMBER COURTYARD GALLERY The Art of Realism Howard Flanagan As we emerge blinking in shock from the darkness and constraints of...

Threads at the Grand Sep 16

Threads at the Grand

The West Country Embroiderers annual exhibition 'Threads at the Grand' will be held again this year at The Grand Hotel on Wednesday 15th Sept to Sunday 19th Sept. The exhibits will consist of...

Two Riversmeet - Virtual Fitness Classes Sep 16

Two Riversmeet - Virtual Fitness Classes

We have our online virtual fitness weekly classes to help you stay fit at home! Here is the free online class timetable for this week. Hopefully there is something to entice you all to join...

Firewalk in aid of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care Sep 17

Firewalk in aid of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care

FACE YOUR FEAR AND FIRE WALK FOR US! If you've got fire in your sole for fundraising, join us as we walk barefoot over a bed of red-hot embers. No tricks, it's just you and the fire! Don't...

Foodies Festival Sep 17

Foodies Festival

THE UK'S biggest food and drink festival is coming to Bournemouth for the first time this autumn. Foodies Festival will visit Kings Park in Boscombe between Friday, September 17th and Sunday,...

Inside Out Dorset Sep 17

Inside Out Dorset

Inside Out Dorset is bought to you by Activate Performing Arts. Extraordinary events in extraordinary places across Dorset. Since 2007 Inside Out Dorset has presented the largest festival. of...

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