Diary dates for Spring events in Dorset

While it might still be cold and frosty outside, now is a great time to start filling in the 2017 calendar with events not to be missed this Spring when things start to hot up.

The Celebrating Poundbury website regularly updates with events, so keep checking back for fresh information as it becomes available.

Nothing says Spring like seeing new-born lambs at play. Luckily many of Dorset’s farms open their gates for lambing season, allowing visitors to learn about the importance of farming to the local community and watch some live action.

Locally, Kingston Maurward hosts an annual lambing weekend in March taking place on the fourth and the of the month.

Easter is a great time of year in Dorset, not least for all the wonderful Easter egg hunts that take place around the county. Since opening in 2013, Boo’s Toy Shop in Poundbury’s Buttermarket has organised lots of community events and has become well-known for its annual Easter egg hunt. The Easter bunny visits to hand out chocolate eggs to the children who take part.

Abbotsbury Gardens also holds an annual Easter egg hunt and National Trust attractions, including Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy and Thomas Hardy’s houses in both Thorncombe Wood and Max Gate.

Weymouth’s historic sea defence, Nothe Fort also has regular events taking place throughout Spring. You don’t have to be a military enthusiast to enjoy it, as there’s plenty for the whole family to do such as the education evacuee experience and a dedicated kids zone. But beware the fort is said to be haunted.

April sees an exciting opportunity to take part in a new programme of art workshops and regular art group taking place at Artwave West gallery in Morcombelake. The workshop groups will be small in size and include lunch from Felicity’s Farm Shop.

Anton & Erin at the Bournemouth Pavilion

Culture vultures can enjoy a wide variety of music and theatre at venues such the Lighthouse Poole, Bournemouth BIC and Pavilion. From a stage performance of Frankenstein to live music from Elbow, Olly Murs and Rick Astley through to ballroom dancing with Anton & Erin and rapid-fire comedy from Jimmy Carr.

Over in Lyme Regis, they are already planning for its annual Fossil Festival in April. The two-day long event, which is preceded by several days for schools, draws fossil enthusiasts and young fossil hunters alike. From street theatre performances to the marquees lined with science experts from across the country, the Fossil Festival is a highlight on the Dorset events calendar before the busy summer season starts again.

Diary Dates


4-5: Lambing Weekend, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester

4: Farmers’ Market, Queen Mother Square 5: Upton House Wedding Fair, Poole

8: Elbow, Bournemouth BIC
11: Jimmy Carr, Bournemouth BIC

11: Anton & Erin, Bournemouth Pavilion

15: Rob Brydon, Bournemouth Pavilion

25: Farmers’ Market, South Street, Dorchester

28: Olly Murs, Bournemouth BIC


1: Farmers’ Market, Queen Mother Square, Poundbury

7: Rick Astley, Bournemouth BIC

14-16: Easter Egg Hunt at Corfe Castle

14-17: Easter Egg Hunt at Hardy’s Cottage and Max Gate

21-22: Frankenstein, Lighthouse Poole

28-2 May: Sherborne Abbey Festival, various locations, Sherborne

29-30: Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, Lyme Regis

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