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Theatre & Cinema

Xmas Pop Party

1st-3rd December 2024

Venue: Maddermarket Theatre

Website: www.maddermarket.co.uk

Christmas music extravaganza with live music, singing, dancing, circus and Christmas comedy

Castle and Dragons Family Adventure

2nd-3rd March 2024

Venue: Nothe Fort

Website: www.nothefort.org.uk

Join in for a day filled with medieval creatures and exciting activities. More details coming soon

Community Litter Picks

3rd-3rd March 2024

Venue: Starting from Dreamboats Riverside Park

Website: www.facebook.com/wimbornewaronwaste

11:30 to 1pm - see website for details

Make a tiny book about your day

5th-5th March 2024

Venue: West Howe Library

Website: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/libraries

For ages 4 to 11

Theatre & Cinema

Miracle Theatre - Hell's Bells

6th-6th March 2024

Venue: The Mowlem

Address: Swanage

Website: www.themowlem.com

Show from Miracle Theatre promising an enthralling blend of detective thriller drama and colourful characters, physical antics and clever humour

Theatre & Cinema

Hell's Bells

7th-7th March 2024

Venue: Marnhall

Website: www.artsreach.co.uk

Comic seaside mystery sutiable for ages 7+

World Book Day at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

7th-7th March 2024

Venue: Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

Website: www.farmerpalmers.co.uk

World Book Day themed activities

Theatre & Cinema

Dorchester Science Festival

8th-17th March 2024

Venue: Dorchester

Website: www.facebook.com/dorchestersciencefestival

Science festival with events taking place across Dorchester. See website for details

Theatre & Cinema

Films and Fun: Finding Nemo

9th-9th March 2024

Venue: Lighthouse Poole

Website: www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Film screening

Fossil Fun with The Etches Museum

9th-9th March 2024

Venue: Parkstone Library

Website: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/libraries

10am to 12 noon

National Lottery Week at The Tank Museum

9th-9th March 2023

Venue: Tank Museum

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

One child (under 16) goes free with every full paying adult with a valid National Lottery ticket/scratch card

Mother's Day at Careys Secret Garden

10th-10th March 2024

Venue: Carey's Secret Garden

Website: www.careyssecretgarden.co.uk

Explore the beautiful walled gardens and enjoy a cream tea

Mother's Day at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

10th-10th March 2024

Venue: Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

Website: www.farmerpalmers.co.uk

Mums get half price tickets. Also coincides with World book Day events

Mother's Day at Monkey World

10th-10th March 2024

Venue: Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

Mums get 50% off entry at Monkey World for Mother's Day. Book online via the website

Mother's Day at Nothe Fort

10th-10th March 2024

Venue: Nothe Fort

Website: www.nothefort.org.uk

Mother's Day celebration with a Mother's Day lunch and cream teas at the Fort View Café and a musical performance set in the Fort. More details coming soon

Fun experiments - dress for mess

12th-12th March 2024

Venue: West Howe Library

Website: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/libraries

3:30pm to 4:30pm - ages 8 to 11

Maths activities and puzzles for Pi Day

14th-14th March 2024

Venue: Springbourne Library

Website: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/libraries

Drop in

Drop-in with the Quekett Microscopic Club

16th-16th March 2024

Venue: Poole Library

Website: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/libraries

10:30 to 3pm

Theatre & Cinema

Pixar Collections 2

16th-16th March 2024

Venue: Bridport Arts Centre

Website: www.bridport-arts.com

Screening of 12 short films from Pixar

Time-themed crafts

16th-16th March 2024

Venue: Southbourne Library

Website: www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/libraries

9:30am to 1pm

British Science Week - Science Day at Nothe Fort

17th-17th March 2024

Venue: Nothe Fort

Website: www.nothefort.org.uk

Full day of activities and demonstrations for all the family with experiments and scientific wonders

The Discovery Lab in Association with Dorchester Science Festival

17th-17th March 2024

Venue: Dorchester Corn Exchange

Website: www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

Pop up lab devised by award-winning theatre company Brave Bodl Drama. Ideal for families with children age 6+

Bournemouth Vegan Festival

30th-30th September 2023

Venue: Citygate Centre

Address: Bournemouth

Website: www.facebook.com/bournemouthveganfestival.com

Dorset's largest vegan festival with vegan/animal welfare and rights stalls as well as world food caterers

Adventures in Purbeck Family Quest

Venue: Corfe Castle

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/dorset/corfe-castle

Find all the hidden quest boards in the castle and note down the ansers in the booklet

Autumn in the House

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/dorset/kingston-lacy

Enjoy the autumnal displays

Beneath the Waves

Venue: West Bay Discovery Centre

Address: West Bay

Website: www.westbaydiscovercentre.org.uk

Pop-up exhibition where visitors can discover the history of fishing locally, the hidden world beneath our water and how local marine life is being protected

Theatre & Cinema

Circus and Water Spectacular

Venue: Hippodrome Circus,

Address: 43A St George's Road, Great Yarmouth

Website: www.hippodromecircus.com

Circus acts and the world famous water spectacular where the entire ring sinks to reveal a gigantic swimming pool

Dragon and Fairy Trails

Venue: Minterne House

Website: www.minterne.co.uk

Visit the Enchanted Garden - a world of dancing fairies, fiery dragons and mischevious woodland boggarts

Hidden History Family Quest

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/dorset

Hunt around the ruins to discover the hidden history withing the walls, find the secret locations and learn about Corfe Castle's hidden past

Into the Wild Sculpture Exhbition

Venue: Compton Acres

Address: 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole

Website: www.comptonacres.co.uk

Explore 10 acres of gardens while discovering exotic eild beasts and native wildlife

Marvellous Minibeasts Trail

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dorset/kingston-lacy

Wander the woodland to find out where the minibeasts live, eat and sleep around Kingston Lacy and try the minibeast themed activities along the woodland walk from 9:30 to 4:30pm


Venue: Corfe Castle

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/dorset/corfe-castle

Explore the ruins to learn about the royal residents of Corfe Castle. Answer the questions to earn your castle siege coin.

Smugglers:Beneath The Surface

Venue: Shire Hall Courthouse Museum

Address: High West Street, Dorchester

Website: www.shirehalldorset.org/events

Discover the real people and history behind Dorset's tales of smugglin in thei exibition

Stories of the Spirits Family Quest

Venue: Corfe Castle

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/dorset/corfe-castle

New family quest - collect each character's personalised embossing stamp in your booklet on your way around the ruins and discover life sized portraits of each character along the way. Collect all the...

Summer Games at Corfe Castle

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: near Wareham

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/dorset/corfe-castle

Self led family activities including archery, cornhole, tug of war, skittles and games

Swannery Cygnets Hatching

Venue: Abbotsbury Swannery

Address: New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Weymouth

Website: www.abbotsburytickets.co.uk

See the cygnets hatch and take their first steps from dozens of nests across the Swannery. Explore the Swannery and witness the unique sight of the fluffy cygnets


Venue: Shire Hall Museum

Address: High West Street, Dorchester

Website: www.shirehalldorset.org/events

New exhibition celebrating the work of Judith Kerr with original artwork, notes and sketches

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Time: 1085472:00

Venue: Dorset Museum

Address: 66 High West Street, Dorchester,

Website: www.dorsetmuseum.org

World famous exhibition from the Natural History Museum with over 100 powerful photographs capturing animal behaviour, spectacular species and the beauty of our planet

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