The Guide: Events in Dorset

Image caption The Gneiss sphinx statue is one of 130 Egyptian objects on display at Dorset County Museum

From music and fun to arts and events: Some suggestions of things to do in Dorset over the next few months.


Guided fossil walks on the beach take place from Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre in Charmouth until 21 December.

Join a Mary Anning Fossil walk from Lyme Regis Museum until 31 December.

The Pharaoh: King of Egypt exhibition is running at Dorset County Museum until 22 January.

Arts & Culture

Discover the curious Victorian history of Durlston and Swanage in a free exhibiton at the Fine Foundation Gallery, Durlston Country Park, Swanage from 18 December to 17 January 2012.

The streets of Bridport will become Bethlehem for the morning for the town's nativity play on 17 December.

There will be an exhibition of art and crafts, featuring photography, painting and jewellery, at Highcliffe Castle, near Christchurch, until 23 December.

The Bournemouth Pavilion pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk staring Debra Stephenson (The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson) is on until 2 January.

Weymouth Drama Club will present A Christmas Carol from 4 - 7 January at The Warehouse Theatre, Weymouth.

Wildlife images from the British Wildlife Photography Awards are exhibited at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest from 21 January to 4 March.


One Direction will be performing at the Bournemouth International Centre on 3 January.

The Sherborne Town Band Christmas Sing-along takes place at Digby Hall on 17 December from 19:30 GMT.

Ben Waters will perform his Christmas Party Gig at The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on 17 December.

Sherborne Abbey will host a Celebrity Carol Concert on 19 December, which includes a seasonal reading by journalist Kate Adie.


Visit Weymouth: Weymouth and Portland events

West Dorset District Council Tourism

Visit Dorset

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Ramblers Association: Walk finder

English Heritage: South West

National Trust: Wessex Fresh Air campaign

Bournemouth Tourism

Poole Tourism

Big Dorset Brunch

Remember to listen to the only BBC radio programme exclusively for Dorset.

The Big Dorset Brunch is live on BBC Radio Solent every Saturday morning from 0800 - 1100 GMT on 103.8FM.

Also, look out for the Big Dorset Brunch podcast which is available to download after the programme each week.