What’s On – Weymouth/Dorchester

A guide to all of the exciting events that take place in the Weymouth & Dorchester area each year. It’s not all fish and chips and promenades this area always has something exciting going on to entertain holiday makers!

January

Dinosaur Hunt

Take a trip to the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester over the holiday period and see if the children can solve the Dinosaur Mystery.

February

Portland Coastal Marathon

Runners on holiday – time to check out a quick 10k, a cheeky half marathon or go for the full marathon run around the Isle of Portland taking in spectacular scenery and coastline.

Dickies Quad Beach X

Motor Cross on the beach at Weymouth for all abilities – novice to professionals this is a great spectator event see motor bikes riding a course on the beach.

Crabchurch Conspiracy Weekend

The most horrific and blood thirsty story of Weymouth’s history – dateline 1645 – a pivotal point in the history of England’s destiny.

March

LambSpring Lambing Weekend

Early March heralds spring and this means lambs gamboling in the fields – a chance to get out into the country air and get a taste of farm life.

Tea on the Quay

The first music festival of the year with bands performing on an outside stage right by Weymouth Harbour.

April

Weldmar Colour Run

A colourful 4k run, jog, walk, hop, skip or jump through Lodmoor Park in aid of this amazing charity.

The Pirate Parlay

Come by all ye land lubbers and join Weymouth’s famous Pirate Parlay, local or not you Aarrrr all welcome to enjoy this colourful weekend!

May

Fayre in the Square

The bank holiday weekend in Weymouth at the end of May brings this great event packed with local talent and music.

Dorset Art Weeks

This is one of the largest Open Studio events in the country allowing visitors to meet artists in their working environment, a way that is totally different than meeting them in a gallery.

June

Wessex Folk Festival

Time to get out and about to enjoy some music, dancing and trade stalls along the harbourside in Weymouth.

Dorchester Carnival

A street procession, party in the park at the beautiful Borough Gardens with local musicians to entertain and of course the infamous 4 Legged Pub Race!

Sutton Poyntz Victorian Street Fayre

Every two years Sutton Poyntz closes its roads to traffic, people flock in their thousands to come and enjoy this wonderful Victorian themed street fayre.

Chesil Rocks

A small intimate music festival with amazing music, comedy and story-telling on a number of stages from Dorset and beyond, raising money for the Dorset Samaritans.

July

Chickerell Steam & Vintage Show

Only 10 – 15 minutes from the centre of Weymouth this local show offers a huge range of exhibits with classic steam rollers, vintage cars and agricultural equipment along with displays in the main arena throughout the day.

weymouthseafoodfestivalPommery Dorset Seafood Festival

Something fishy is going on – this internationally acclaimed festival brings together the best of fish and champagne right on the harbourside in Weymouth.

August

Dorset Food and Arts Festival

Queen Mother Square in Poundbury hosts this event offering a taste of what Dorset has to offer by way of food, drink, music and art.

Red ArrowsWeymouth Carnival

Celebrate all that is wonderful about the seaside, Weymouth Carnival is a two day spectacular with (weather permitting) The Red Arrows putting on their magnificent show.


Quayside Music Festival

Something for the weekend? This music festival with a stage on the quayside in Weymouth is free to attend and has many outdoor bars and food stalls.

steam rally

September

Great Dorset Steam Fair

Possibly the greatest Steam Show on earth this action packed show in heart of the Dorset Countryside is one of the largest outdoor events in Europe and is a sure thing to put on the to do list.

Dorset County Show

This great show offers the traditional competitions (classes) for farm animals, food and drink, horses and ponies, home-craft and horticulture as well as spectacular displays of daredevil motorbike riding, vintage cars and tractors. A marvelous day out for all the family.

Waterfest Weymouth

A celebration of sailing, diving, crafts, seafood and shanty music.

October

Dorset Food Week

A fabulous celebration of food incorporating apples, cider, sausages and onions with tastings and pumpkin carving all through the week.Dorset County Show

Feast Weymouth

A six week celebration of food where participating restaurants put on mouth watering menus with some great special offers.

Beach Motorcross Weekend

One of the most exciting events of Autumn on Weymouth Beach, where you can see motorcross riders racing along the sand at mind boggling speeds and negotiating a specially created course.

Dorchester Literary Festival

This is an exciting cultural event in a town rich with literary associations. The programme of events will show off the latest books by some of the most original authors of today.

Bedlam and Broomsticks

The Nothe Fort plays host to some ghoulish ghosts. You can join in the creepy crafts and see a Mad Magician do some amazing tricks and illusions.

November

Fireworks Weymouth Seafront

Thousands turn out to watch this spectacular firework display, with a Guy Fawkes Competition, Funfair, Beach Bonfire and Firework Display

December

chase the puddingWeymouth Big Christmas

December brings a whole host of events and activities around the town with a real ice skating rink, a super Santa’s Grotto – with Santa arriving on his sled pulled by real reindeer. There is a Pop-up Panto, a BIG Christmas Show and much much more.

Chase The Pudding Santa Run

This annual mad cap event sees hundred of “Santas” chase a “Christmas Pudding” on a 5k run along Weymouth Beach.

Christmas Day Harbour Swim

Now you have to be mad to take part in this and of course hundreds are and its all for local charities. Swimmers take the plunge on Christmas Day for a refreshing swim across Weymouth Harbour.

 

Dates and events may change at short notice so please check event websites.

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