What's on in Dorset this winter

Simon L 26 June 2017

The cooler seasons of autumn and winter are a great time to explore the region. There are plenty of events, activities and festivals taking place, perfect for the whole family. Whether you’re a fan of arts and crafts, a foodie lover or want something to entertain the children, Dorset has an exciting calendar of events for the coming months.

Take a look at what’s on in Dorset throughout November and December and start planning the perfect complement to your visit in the county.


Fireworks on Poole Quay

Celebrate a dazzling bonfire night at Dorset’s largest free firework event. Join the party from 5pm and experience a fantastic show with family entertainment and live music throughout the evening. The fireworks go off with a bang from 8pm so be sure to visit Poole Quay to get the best view in the house.

Date: 5th November

Christmas Wonderland Market

Christmas markets

Start your Christmas shopping and get into the festive spirit at this fantastic market at The Lighthouse Poole. They’ll be everything from seasonal goodies, unique gifts, innovative crafts and delicious local produce. Enjoy this fabulous shopping experience whilst singing along to your favourite carols and sipping on some scrumptious mulled wine.

Date: 18th November


Vintage Christmas at The Tank Museum

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The Tank Museum's Cruiser Mark I, or A9 outside the Vehicle Conservation Centre. #secondworldwar #tank

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Enjoy a journey back in time with a fabulous vintage event boasting a fantastic Christmas market, unique setting, lots of heritage and educational treats. The children will love Santa’s grotto plus lots of activities and crafts whilst you enjoy live music and a scrummy Christmas lunch.

Date: 1-2nd December

Tudor Christmas at Corfe Castle

Travel back to the Middle Ages for a delightful tour of Corfe Castle. Learn about the rich history of Tudor traditions and get involved in the interactive games and festivities. For an extra special experience, visit during the Winter Lights event and experience this beautiful heritage site under twinkling lanterns and contemporary lighting.

Dates: A range of events across various dates

Christmas Belle at Swanage Railway

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Take a festive trip on the luxurious Pullman Observation car named ‘Christmas Belle’ on Swanage Railway this December. Your one-hour journey will take you through the wonderful landscapes of the Isle of Purbeck whilst you enjoy delicious canapés and champagne at your seat.

Dates: 8th-24th December

The run-up to Christmas is an ideal time to enjoy festive activities and events across the region. Check out our other blogs showcasing some of the best Christmas events in Bournemouth and Dorset as a whole, while we've also previewed the best New Year's Eve celebrations in the region.

Take a look at our guides to help your plan the perfect stay in the region this winter.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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