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What's on in Dorset

April 2024

corfe castle depicted in 1643 Corfe Castle Spring Games

Date: 10th April 2024

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: National Trust Corfe Castle, Corfe Castle

Phone: 01929 481294

Email: [email protected]

National Trust event. Discover the spring themed games as you explore the castle ruins, test you throwing abilities with a traditional game of welly wanging, race your friends and family in an egg and spoon race and try your hand at building the tallest tower, plus much much more.



Easter Activities at The Fossil Museum – The Etches Collection

Every Day:- Fossil Mould painting, Fossil excavation pit, Quizzes, activities and worksheets to test your Jurassic knowledge, Workshops, Fossil Friday – bring your own fossils to the museum, examine them in close up with our microscope and have our resident expert Steve Etches identify them, Competitions and Prizes , PalaeoGo! – Hunt our virtual Dinosaurs around the museum!


april events in dorset museum of east dorset Museum of East Dorset

Date: Friday 19th & Saturday 20th April 2024

Time: 10am – 4pm  

Price: £130.00 including materials

Categories: Workshop

No previous experience required

In two days learn about the simple beauty of making mosaics and produce one for your garden and one for your kitchen with professional mosaic artist Joanna Dewfall who has over 30 years experience of commissions and teaching the art form.


easter events abbotsbury food festival Abbotsbury Food Festival

In association with Dorset Food & Drink, come along to the Abbotsbury Food Fair 2024.

Ticket includes entry to the Subtropical Gardens. With around 30 stalls of makers and producers, food, drink and crafts from across Dorset.

A fantastic fun day out in the beautiful setting of the Gardens. The perfect kick off to the season! Support eating and shopping local!

30th March 2024
10am until 4pm
Guide Prices

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Knoll Gardens Bat Walk

10.30 – noon. £6.50 Organised by the garden’s charity – the Knoll Gardens Foundation.  Enjoy a short presentation and familiarise yourself with the garden’s layout before taking a special evening stroll as you search for Knoll’s most elusive night-time visitors.  To check availability and book email: [email protected] Knoll gardens  +44 (0)1202 873931


feb half term at the tank museum 27th April 2024

Easter at The Tank Museum

Tiger 131 only runs twice a year at Tiger Day – so you can’t afford to miss it!

See a WWII tank display and explore The Tank Museum on a day dedicated to the world’s most infamous tank. Live tanks in action, expert lectures, Living History and much, much more!

  • 27 April 2024
  • Open 0830-1700
  • See Tiger 131 in action – the world’s only running Tiger I
  • WWII Tanks in Action
  • Living History around the site
  • Get closer to the Panzers with the ultimate Tiger experience – Premium tickets!
  • Win a ride in Tiger 131 for just £3
April - Whats on in Dorset 2024 Dorset Holiday Cottages Farmer Palmers Eggstraveganza

Dates: 29th March – 4th April and the 9th – 11th April 2024. Join our Tractor Rides* and become a hero in the Easter Bunny’s story. Your little ones will wield water pistols to aid in rescuing the friendly bunny from those sneaky bandits.

holiday home near durlston country park 7th April 2024

Durlston Country Park

Hop on up to Durlston as we enjoy the Easter holidays! Head to the Castle reception and collect your activity trail booklet. Just £3.50 per trail pack! The trail will take you on a trip around the park to help the Rangers locate those bonkers bunnies! If you like this trail, why not join us again for our May half term activity trail!

events at swanage pier in dorset Swanage Pier Easter Trail

The Easter bunny along with his friends are hiding on Swanage Pier, can you find them and arrange them into a rhyme to earn your reward….
So here is what you need to do…
Pick up your activity sheet from the Pier gatehouse and as you walk along the Pier, collect all the words from the Easter characters and rearrange them into the first two lines of a well-known rhyme!

Once all the eggs have been found, mini egg explorers can hand in their sheets at the Pier Shop to be rewarded with a treat and be entered into our draw to win the Easter hamper.

£1.00 per trail
Normal Adult Pier Entry
Dates:  TBC

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20th April 2024

The Piddler – Swanage Railway

The Swanage Railway is delighted to be working with the Piddle Brewery in Dorset to bring you a new experience on the Swanage Railway.

With a selection of some of the finest ales from the Piddle Brewery – complimented by lagers, ciders, wine and soft drinks – there is sure to be something for everyone on-board The Purbeck Piddler.

With your steam train departing Swanage station at 1930, you can enjoy two return journeys through spectacular Isle of Purbeck countryside before your special train returns to Swanage at 2200.

A selection of tasty curry meals are also available for you to book in advance – see the details below.


easter egg cottages Minterne Gardens

27 Acres of wildwoodland garden to explore for hidden Easter Eggs & Easter Bunnies. Follow the clues before heading back to the Cafe for a chocolate prize.

Wear your best Easter Bonnets!

At the cafe, feast on cream teas and hot cross buns on the terrace overlooking the lake. Hot and cold lunches also available.

10am until 6pm daily