Discover What's On In Dorchester

EVENTS

Feb
10
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Dippy the Dinosaur in town
VenueDorchester Town Centre
DescriptionWith Dippy in town from 10th Feb to the 7th May shops & business in town have some great offers!
CategoryOFFERS
Feb
10
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'Dippy' discount & goodie bags
VenueBoots Opticians & Hearingcare
DescriptionWhile Dippy is visiting Dorchester, come and visit us for 30% discount!
CategoryFAMILY EVENT
Mar
12
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10% discount Voucher
VenueNonno Peppe Pizza
DescriptionA 10% discount and £1 delivery charge
CategoryOFFERS
Apr
16
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Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price
VenueHotter Shoes
DescriptionBuy 1 pair of shoes get another at half price
CategoryOFFERS
Apr
21
St Georges Fair
VenueFordington Green
DescriptionFun for all of the Family!
CategoryEVENT
Apr
22
St Georges Day Scout Parade
VenueSt Peters Church
DescriptionPast years have seen around 250 Cubs, Beavers, Explorers, Guides, Brownies and one Rainbow joined the Dorchester and District St George’s Day parade, which winds its way through the town.
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Apr
22
Annual Service of Remembrance for William Barnes
VenueSt Peters Church
DescriptionWreath Laying at 10.30am.
CategoryPUBLIC MEETING
Apr
22
Great Dorset Beach Clean
VenueChesil Beach Centre
DescriptionBring family and friends for our spring clean, helping to clean one of Dorsets most spectacular beaches. There is a 10% discount at the Taste Cafe for those taking part and free parking for the duration of the event. All equipment provided.
CategoryPUBLIC MEETING
Apr
22
12 Hour Marathon Football Match
Venue
DescriptionA Charity Fundraiser for Fortuneswell Cancer Trust and Weldmar Hospice on the day after the Magpies last Home game of the season.
CategoryEVENT
Apr
25
Demystifying GDPR for Small Businesses - Morning
VenueAlacrify Ltd, Agriculture House
DescriptionAn extremely practical and reassuring session to help small business owners to get to grips with this new legislation.
CategoryTRAINING
Apr
25
Demystifying GDPR for Small Businesses - Twilight
VenueAlacrify Ltd, Agriculture House
DescriptionAn extremely practical and reassuring session to help small business owners to get to grips with this new legislation.
CategoryTRAINING
Apr
25
Demystifying GDPR for Small Businesses - Afternoon
VenueAlacrify Ltd, Agriculture House
DescriptionAn extremely practical and reassuring session to help small business owners to get to grips with this new legislation.
CategoryTRAINING
Apr
26
BUDAPEST CAFE ORCHETSRA
VenueCorn Exchange
Description
CategoryGIG
Apr
26
Druce Farm Roman Villa
VenueDorford Centre
DescriptionTalk by Lilian Ladle at Dorford Centre.
CategoryTALK/LECTURE
Apr
28
World Tai Chi Day
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionCelebrate World Tai Chi Day at the Borough Gardens.
CategoryEVENT
Apr
28
Help a Friend
VenueKings Road Playing Fields
DescriptionFamily Fun Day Help a Friend
CategoryPUBLIC MEETING
Apr
29
BACH BEFORE LEIPZIG
VenueCorn Exchange
Description
CategoryCONCERT
May
04
Glitter Ball
VenueWeymouth and Portland Sailing Academy
DescriptionA glamorous glitter ball is being thrown by the Friendship Club in weymouth! Past balls have been a huge success so it would be great to see you there! Further details to follow.
CategoryEVENT
May
05
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Wessex Invaders
VenueMaumbury Rings
DescriptionHistorical Re-enactment at Maumbury Rings
CategoryFESTIVAL
May
06
Lions Fun Run
VenueDorchester Middle School
DescriptionBegins at Dorchester Middle School
CategoryEVENT
May
08
Dippy The Dinosaur Leaves Dorchester
VenueDorset County Museum
DescriptionAfter making Dorchester the first stop on his journey, Dippy will be leaving and continuing his tour around the country.
CategoryEVENT
May
12
Aspects of Late Iron Age and Roman Dorchester
Venue
DescriptionTalks by various speakers including Peter Bellamy
CategoryTALK/LECTURE
May
12
Concert in St Mary’s Church
VenueSt Mary's Church
DescriptionCome and listen to the Dorset Chamber Orchestra in St Marys Church
CategoryCONCERT
May
13
Christian Aid Week Ecumenical Service
VenueSt Georges Church
DescriptionEcumenical Service at St Georges Church during Christian Aid Week
CategoryEVENT
May
14
Thomas Hardys Poetry In Pictures
VenueDorset County Museum
DescriptionBy Jennifer Martindale
CategoryEXHIBITION
May
16
Christian Aid Week Market
VenueUnited Church
DescriptionIncludes Lunch
CategoryEVENT
May
20
Cancer Research UK
VenueKingston Maurward
DescriptionRace for Life
CategoryEVENT
May
25
Dorset Art Week
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionExhibition in Borough Gardens House.
CategoryART CRAFT
May
26
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King Tuts Treasure Hunt
VenueTutankhamun Exhibition
DescriptionA great opportunity for children to become archaeologists, following puzzles to discover the secrets of the worlds greatest discovery!
CategoryEVENT
May
27
Dorchester Marathon and Half Marathon
VenueCokers Frome Showground
DescriptionOrganised by Dorchester, Casterbridge and Poundbury Rotary Clubs
CategoryEVENT
May
28
Spring Bank Holiday
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Description
CategoryEVENT
May
28
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Schools Half Term
Venue
Description28th Monday until 1st Friday
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May
31
Thomas Hardy Fans
VenueDorset County Museum
DescriptionTalk by Helen Angear
CategoryTALK/LECTURE
May
31
Turnpikes and Dorsets Coaching Days
VenueDorford Centre
DescriptionA talk by Rob Curtis
CategoryTALK/LECTURE
Jun
02
Thomas Hardy Birthday Weekend
Venue
DescriptionMultiple events including a walk, lecture and parade.
CategoryPUBLIC MEETING
Jun
02
Archaeology Field Trip
VenueDorset County Museum
DescriptionAn archeological field trip to Poole Museum / Scalpens Court
CategoryEXHIBITION
Jun
03
Thomas Hardy Birthday Weekend
VenueSt Michaels Stinsford
DescriptionService at St Michaels Stinsford
CategoryEVENT
Jun
03
Open Air Theatre
VenueMaumbury Rings
DescriptionThe Handlebards present Romeo and Juliet.
CategorySHOW
Jun
07
Family Fun Day
VenueGreat Field
DescriptionAll day event with stalls, games, music etc.
CategoryFAMILY EVENT
Jun
09
Gypsy and Traveller Day
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionBorough Gardens from noon!
CategoryPUBLIC MEETING
Jun
09
Summer Fete
VenueHoly Trinity Hall
DescriptionA great summer fete for all of the family to enjoy!
CategoryEVENT
Jun
14
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Wynn's Funfair on Fairfield
VenueFairfield Car Park
DescriptionExperience an array of rides and classic fairground activities!
CategoryENTERTAINMENT
Jun
16
Midsummer Madness
VenueDorchester Town Centre
DescriptionAt Dorchester carnival. Music, stalls and entertainment all day in the town centre.
CategoryCARNIVAL
Jun
16
Family Dog Show
Venue
DescriptionCome and see the smartest pups in all of their glory!
CategoryEVENT
Jun
26
Town Tour, Quiz and BBQ
VenueBrewhouse & Kitchen
DescriptionPlease join us and Dorchester BID members meeting 6pm at the Corn Exchange for a fun Town Walk followed by a Quiz and a BBQ. Book online: http://www.dorchesterchamber.co.uk/events/town-walk-and-quiz/
CategoryEVENT
Jul
07
Armed Forces Day
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionJoin veterans, residents and other visitors for a weekend of military and veterans commemorations and celebrations.
CategoryEVENT
Jul
07
Archaeology Field Trip to Knowlton Rings
VenueDorset County Museum
DescriptionA field trip to look a one of Dorsets most fascinating prehistoric Henge sites.
CategoryEVENT
Jul
08
Swingtime
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionMusic in Borough Gardens from noon.
CategoryMUSIC PERFORMANCE
Jul
08
Postcard Fair
VenueCorn Exchange
DescriptionAll day event, all are welcome!
CategoryMARKET
Jul
13
Open Air Theatre
VenueMaumbury Rings
DescriptionThe Miracle Theatre present The Cherry Orchard.
CategoryTHEATRICAL PERFORMANCE
Jul
14
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Thomas Hardy Festival and Conference
Venue
DescriptionJoin us for the celebration!
CategoryFESTIVAL
Jul
14
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Festival of Archaeology
Venue
DescriptionTimes and Venue TBC.
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Jul
15
Thomas Hardy Country Fair
VenueKingston Maurward
DescriptionPart of Thomas Hardy Festival
CategoryFESTIVAL
Jul
15
Performance of The Trumpet Major
VenueKingston Maurward
DescriptionBy New Hardy Players
CategoryEVENT
Jul
19
Thomas Hardy Question Time
VenueUnited Church
DescriptionThis part of the Thomas Hardy Festival is an opportunity for the public to ask a panel of “experts” anything they wish about Dorchester’s most famous son.
CategoryEVENT
Jul
21
Dorchester Open Air Cinema
VenueMaumbury Rings
DescriptionEnjoy the free Open Air Cinema at Maumbury Rings from 3pm to 8pm.
Category
Jul
22
Family Fun
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionFamily Fun in Borough Gardens in support of Mind West Dorset.
CategoryEVENT
Jul
25
Love Parks
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionLove Parks Day is a fantastic family friendly event with lots of special activities. Past years has seen activities such as bird box making alongside a variety of food stalls.
CategoryFAMILY EVENT
Jul
26
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Schools Summer Holiday
VenueDinosaur Museum
DescriptionCome and visit the Dinosaur Museum over the summer holiday for the Dinosaur Explorers event!
CategoryEVENT
Jul
26
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Camp Bestival
VenueEast Lulworth
DescriptionDubbed as The Most Colourful Show on Earth, Camp Bestival is a festival that takes place in an enchanting, wooded country estate on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
CategoryFESTIVAL
Jul
28
The Creepy Crawly Show
VenueBrewery Square
DescriptionFrom insects to animals, this team really know their stuff, and have a superb hands on, interactive show which is great fun for all the family!
CategoryEXHIBITION
Jul
29
Duck Race
VenueFriary Hill
DescriptionGreat fun for all of the family, a duck race on Millstream of River Frome at the bottom of Friary Hill.
CategoryEVENT
Jul
29
Warm Festival
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionThere will be live music, food stalls, bar and raffle. So Bring along friends and family and relax on the lovely lawns in borough gardens and listen to bands.
CategoryFESTIVAL
Jul
30
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Jurassic Coast Jewels
VenueDorset County Museum
DescriptionBy Louise Fuller
CategoryEXHIBITION
Aug
04
Dorset Food and Arts Festival
VenueQueen Mother Square
DescriptionCome and discover the best of Dorset.
CategoryFESTIVAL
Aug
05
Dalton Town Brass Band
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionFounded in 1871, Dalton Town Brass band.
CategoryMUSIC PERFORMANCE
Aug
09
Open Air Theatre
VenueMaumbury Rings
DescriptionThe Rain or Shine Theatre Company Present Much Ado About Nothing
CategoryTHEATRICAL PERFORMANCE
Aug
11
One World Festival
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionGlobal food village, Live Music and Dance acts, Workshops, Cultural Exhibitions and Craft stalls
CategoryFESTIVAL
Aug
12
WHOTT Running Day
VenueTop of Town Car Park
DescriptionWHOTT will be holding its 4th running day in Dorchester on Sunday 12th August 2018 from 10am to 4pm.
CategoryRALLY
Aug
13
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Art Exhibition
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionBy John Tisley
CategoryEXHIBITION
Aug
15
Archaeology of West Dorset
VenueKingcombe Centre
Description
CategoryTALK/LECTURE
Aug
18
Round Table Cider Festival
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionThe annual Dorchester Cider Festival returns to Borough Gardens.
CategoryFESTIVAL
Aug
19
Tony Lowe Singing Performance
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionCome down to the Borough Gardens and listen to a great live music performance by Tony Lowe.
CategoryMUSIC PERFORMANCE
Aug
23
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Great Dorset Stream Fair
VenueBlandford Forum
DescriptionThe Worlds largest heritage and cultural event, showcasing Great Britain’s National industrial, agricultural and rich leisure history.
CategoryFESTIVAL
Aug
24
Charity Barn Dance
VenueCorn Exchange
DescriptionFriends of Dorset County Council.
CategoryEVENT
Aug
25
Anonymous Music Festival
VenueMaumbury Rings
DescriptionThe FREE Anonymous festival, now in its ninth year, is a one day family friendly event held at Maumbury Rings in Dorchester
CategoryFESTIVAL
Aug
25
Summer Show
VenueSt Georges Hall
DescriptionDorchester and District Gardening Club
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Aug
27
August Summer Bank Holiday
VenueMaumbury Rings
DescriptionMusic all day at Maumbury Rings.
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Sep
01
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Dorset County Show
VenueCokers Frome Showground
DescriptionThe annual and much loved Dorset County Show!
CategoryFESTIVAL
Sep
01
Gin Festival
VenueCorn Exchange
DescriptionCalling all gin lovers! A gin festival... In Dorchester!
CategoryFESTIVAL
Sep
01
Mrs Yeobrights Last Walk
VenueThorncombe Wood Car Park
Description175th anniversary of Mrs Yeobrights Last Walk.
CategoryPUBLIC MEETING
Sep
08
Weldmar Summer Fete
VenueHerringston Road
DescriptionLast year over, 2500 people attended and had a great day out!
CategoryFAMILY EVENT
Sep
13
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Dorset Architectural Heritage Week
Venue
DescriptionVarious buildings and sites are open to the public and there are tours and visits to places normally closed to the public.
CategoryEXHIBITION
Sep
15
William Barnes Readings
VenueMax Gate
DescriptionTim Laycock and members of the William Barnes Society
CategoryTALK/LECTURE
Sep
16
High West and High East Streets closed to Traffic
Venue
DescriptionHigh West and High East Streets closed to all traffic from 10am to 4pm from Top of Town to Swan Bridge as Dorchester’s contribution to Dorset Architectural Heritage Week.
CategoryEVENT
Sep
21
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Tango Festival
VenueCorn Exchange
DescriptionFollowing the huge success of the first Dorset Tango Festival, we are delighted to announce the second Dorset Tango Festival!
CategoryFESTIVAL
Sep
27
The Wessex Project: Thomas Hardy Architect
Venue
DescriptionTalk by Prof Kester Rattenbury
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Oct
06
Black History Month
VenueCorn Exchange
DescriptionCome on down to the Corn Exchange on Saturday 6th March to celebrate Black History Month.
CategoryEVENT
Oct
07
Service to commemorate the death of William Barnes
VenueSt Peters Church
DescriptionWillam Barnes Society morning church service to commemorate William Barnes death (7th October 1886). Followed by laying floral tributes and dialect reading at his statue.
CategoryTALK/LECTURE
Oct
13
Ellipse Wine Festival
VenueCorn Exchange
DescriptionFundraising event
CategoryFESTIVAL
Oct
18
Sixth Form Open Evening
VenueThomas Hardye School
DescriptionOpen to prospective students and their parents to find out all The Thomas Hardye School has to offer.
CategoryEVENT
Oct
22
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School Half Term
Venue
DescriptionMonday 22nd to Friday 26th
Category
Oct
23
Thomas Hardy at Dorset County Museum
Venue
DescriptionA talk by Helen Gibson.
CategoryTALK/LECTURE
Oct
24
Tirah Memorial Service
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionThe Tirah memorial stands in a corner of Borough Gardens and will be used to pay respects on October 24th.
CategoryPUBLIC MEETING
Oct
27
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Halloween Ghost Hunt
VenueBrewery Square
DescriptionGet into the spirit of halloween and have some fun and games at brewery square.
CategoryEVENT
Oct
31
Halloween Ghost Walk Special
VenueKings Arms Hotel
DescriptionNow in its 21st year! Prepare for a scare!
CategoryPUBLIC MEETING
Nov
02
All Souls Day
VenueHoly Trinity Hall
DescriptionOpen Church day.
CategoryOPEN DAY
Nov
03
Autumn Fair in Corn Exchange
VenueCorn Exchange
DescriptionDorchester Rotary Club and Local Charities.
CategoryFESTIVAL
Nov
03
Fireworks
VenueDorchester Rugby Club
DescriptionDorchester Rugby Club
CategoryEVENT
Nov
10
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MacMillan Christmas Fair
VenueKingston Maurward
DescriptionJoin in the festivities at Kingston Maurward for a great cause.
CategoryEVENT
Nov
10
Craft and Gifts Fair
VenueCorn Exchange
DescriptionHave a wonderful time doing some Christmas Shopping in the Corn Exchange.
CategoryEVENT
Nov
11
Remembrance Sunday
Venue
DescriptionParade, Two minutes Silence, Service at St George.
CategoryEVENT
Nov
15
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Dorchester Drama Performance
VenueCorn Exchange
DescriptionDorchester Drama are performing a play in the corn exchange.
CategoryTHEATRICAL PERFORMANCE
Nov
24
Christmas Lights Switch On
VenueBrewery Square
DescriptionWitness the lights turning on in all of their glory!
CategoryEVENT
Nov
30
Christmas Lights Switch On
VenueButtermarket Square
DescriptionWitness Poundbury Christmas lights being turned on in all of their glory!
CategoryEVENT
Dec
01
Small Business Saturday
VenueButtermarket Square
DescriptionChristmas Fair/ Market
CategoryEVENT
Dec
01
Autumn Concert
Venue
DescriptionBy Dorchester Choral Society. Work by Brahms (German Requiem), Schumann and Peteris Vasks.
CategoryMUSIC PERFORMANCE
Dec
02
Family Santa Run
VenueDorchester Rugby Club
DescriptionIn support of Joseph Weld Hospice.
CategoryEVENT
Dec
04
Light Up a Life
VenueJoseph Weld Hospice
DescriptionEvery year, thousands of people remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones through lights sponsored in their name.
CategoryEVENT
Dec
06
Casterbridge Christmas Cracker
Venue
DescriptionRun by the Dorchester Chamber for Business.
CategoryEVENT
Dec
09
Christmas Craft Fair
VenueCorn Exchange
DescriptionAll day event
CategoryEVENT
Dec
12
Ignite. A Festive Evening of Short Talks By Geologists
Venue
DescriptionVenue to TBC
CategoryTALK/LECTURE
Dec
20
Carols
VenueBorough Gardens
DescriptionWith only 5 days until Christmas, the festive spirit is high! Come along to the Borough Gardens and get involved in a Christmas carol service like no other.
CategoryEVENT
Dec
24
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School Christmas Holiday
Venue
DescriptionMonday 24th until 4th January Inclusive.
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Dec
25
Christmas Day
Venue
DescriptionDecember 25th. Bank Holiday.
CategoryEVENT
Dec
26
Boxing Day.
Venue
DescriptionDecember 26th. Bank Holiday.
CategoryEVENT
Dec
31
Welcome In Another New Year
VenueTown Centre
DescriptionCome to the town pump to celebrate the entry of another year with the rest of the town community.
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All Dorchester BID levy payers can add events from their logged in area. Other local organisations can apply to Project Director Phil Gordon on 07799 494886 for a log in that will allow them to add their own events.

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