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From the arts, food and drink and theatre to history, music and nature, there’s so much going on, it’s hard to fit it all in to the year!
Here’s a snippet of the very best fests…
Art lovers are well catered for here in Dorset, with the biennial Dorset Art Weeks.
Dorset Arts Weeks is one of the largest Open Studio events in the country that seeks to bring the public face to face with the artists and makers whilst exploring the delights of one of the country's most beautiful counties.
Profoundly different from entering a public gallery, the artists, designers or makers will are on-hand, keen to talk to you about the extraordinary range of materials, skills and traditions that inform their work.
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The multi-award-winning Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival is one of the largest food festivals in the country, taking place annually in July around Weymouth’s charming harbour.
Enjoy Pommery Champagne with fresh oysters, taste different seafood dishes on offer from almost 100 stalls, watch live cooking demonstrations from the region’s best loved chefs AND taste their dishes in the Fisher & Paykel Social Kitchen.
Head on down to the Piddle Bar or the ‘Sirens’ Cocktail bar serving lovely local Conker G&T’s & more. Even better, it’s all brewed in Dorset!!!
Food fanatic? Click here for more Foodie events
Set in the serene venue of Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne Abbey Music Festival is an exciting celebration of contrasts in music and performance.
Relax and enjoy the improvisation workshops, poetry and close harmonies to salon baroque, madrigals and classical ukelele.
Whether audiences are looking for atmospheric acoustics, or rousing sea shanties, the early May bank holiday weekend in Sherborne is the place to be.
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July brings with it the Dorset Festival of Sport which includes a two day sports arena, two disability sports days, a team sports day, fun day, Battens Charity Volleyball Championship and RAF Beach Volleyball Classic!
Held right on the sandy beach in Weymouth, it’s a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to get involved with various sports such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, beach volleyball and more!
Feeling active? Take a look at more Sports Events here
One of the most popular natural events in Dorset is the arrival of the cygnets at Abbotsbury Swannery, which heralds the first days of summer.
Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you can safely walk through a colony of mute swans and see cygnets hatching and learning to swim.
Visitors can also take part in the twice-a-day mass-feeding of these graceful birds, something that is truly unique to Dorset.
If you love the great outdoors, you’ll love these other Nature Events
If after reading this you can’t wait to come down to Dorset to experience it all, then you’ll want to know where you can stay.
Rest your head on a plush pillow or camp under the stars, it’s up to you – we’re here waiting to welcome you to delightful Dorset!
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Isabella and Josh are childhood sweethearts. It should be happy ever after. But it is not that simple, Isabella has now become a boy. This is an engaging and...
To book tickets please call the box office on 01297 442138
Please note that a 10% booking fee applies online and via the Tourist Info Centre
Wednesday 29th - Friday 31st March 2017
All tickets: £5.00
Running time: 1 hour 20 mins...
A touring exhibition presented in collaboration with Bath Spa University, supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Jerwood Visual Arts.
The largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK, this exhibition showcases the...
Cinema & Film
Directed by: Chris McKay Release Date: 10/02/2017
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Family, Fantasy Run Time: 104
Starring: Rosario Dawson, Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes
Synopsis: In the irreverent spirit of fun that made "The LEGO Movie" a...
'Love Song' is a gentle tale of a couple at the outset of their marriage and at the end, blending past and present with fleeting memory and with elusive glimpses of their younger selves.
Tickets: £8, £5 students, group bookings 10+ £7.50 available...
Brewery Square, Dorchester
We are delighted to issue our confirmed Tasting Diary for 2017. Our Tastings feature high quality, great value wines presented by knowledgeable speakers in a relaxed and friendly fashion!
M&B HQ TASTINGS
M&B HQ - This is our Wine Merchant &...
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the final operation of steam hauled services on British Raiways Southern Region, Swanage Railway will be running a series of themed events in 2017.
"Strictly Bulleid" will be a bonanza of Bulleids with a...
Cinema & Film
Don't miss this screening of Demain (Tomorrow) The new documentary everyone is talking about...
Highly Inspirational and empowering film, full of real life solutions arising from community action. It has inspired the birth of thousands of new...
Coastal Comedy, finalist for ‘Best Night Out’ as part of the prestigious Bournemouth Tourism Awards bring you: the hilarious Raymond and Mr Timpkins!
Legends of the comedy circuit on Friday the 31st of March.
'It's freakish entertainment...
After last year's hugely successful show, tickets are now on sale for this year's Colmers Hill Spring Charity Fashion Show being held at the Symondsbury Tithe Barn on Friday 31 March 2017.
Mill Lane, Lyme Regis
Two East Devon artists share their enthusiasm for creating pieces that are organic in nature and material. Elizabeth Richie explores the elements of water and earth in her striking new paintings. Ceramicist Ali Herbert explores some repeated bowl...
Siblius - Filandia Tchaikovsky - 5th Symphony Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B Minor with Sally Flann
Saturday 1st April 7:30pm.
David Ansell - Conductor
Rachel Greenwood - Leader
Tickets: Adults £10,...
Talk or Lecture
Stargazing at Durlston
Join the Wessex Astronomical Society for a short talk in the Learning Centre and a chance to use telescopes
to view the night sky.
Weather dependent - phone on the day to confirm...
Join us from wreath making and other Easter crafts
at The Church Room, Puddletown
on Saturday 18th March 2017 2pm-5pm
or Saturday 1st April 2017 2pm-5pm
Demonstration, materials, tea, coffee, cake and a good natter all...
Papa Le Gál and King Porter Stomp
Support by Blimey Oh Riley
Tickets will be available for cash only from Fuego the Latin American Gift shop in Coombe St, Lyme Regis (from March 1st) for £10.
Also available online from the Papa Le Gál...
Art and Crafts items being sold by the Makers.
Bournemouth and District Concert Band are proud to present a joint concert with the Aber Valley Male Voice Choir.
Featuring music including The Beatles, Mary Poppins and Holst, this joint concert promises to showcase the 'Best of British'.
Over Easter holidays, 1-23 April, join our Hot Cross Bunny Hunt. Start in the Miller's Kitchen, follow the clues around the Town Mill complex and claim a prize. £2 @ child. Also play pocket money games, like 'Golden Eggs' and 'How Many Mini Eggs?'...
Talk or Lecture
UK PREMIERE OF "REQUIEM FOR HUMANITY" BY HELEN OSTAFEW
On 1st April 2017 the Purbeck Arts Choir will be singing two very contrasting Requiems in their Spring Concert. The UK premiere performance of Helen Ostafew's "Requiem for Humanity" and the...