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What's on in Dorset

October 2024

bournemouth marathon

8th Oct

Bournemouth Marathon Festival

Stunning sea views, fresh crisp clean air and the very best of Bournemouth and Poole is on show as the South Coast is home to an international marathon. This is the perfect natural environment for “running as it should be”. Be a part of it! The Bournemouth Marathon Festival brings many distances together in one unique festival of running. The course is fast and picturesque, making it a must-do for anyone looking to set a PB. With 6 races to choose from there is something for all abilities, so if you don’t feel up to running a full marathon, then why not enter the half marathon, supersonic 10k or speed of light 5k? There are also junior races for the kids, so enter now and get the whole family involved!

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Knoll Gardens

Ornamental Grass Masterclass with Neil Lucas at Knoll Gardens All you need to know about grasses and how to use them in a garden setting covering everything from maintenance to designing with grasses. 2pm – 4.30pm. £35.

Book online at: or call the nursery on: 01202 873931.

Farmer Palmers


1st Oct

Farmer Palmers‘ Grandparents day

6th October is Grandparents day, what better way to spend the day than treating your Grandparents to a lovely day out at Farmer Palmers. Free entry for a Grandparent with every full paying child. 10am- 5.30pm.

Weymouth Beach Motocross

15th Oct

Lions Beach Motocross

With an estimated 20,000 people, families and bikers descending on Weymouth Beach for this annual event. First races from 1pm. There will be something for everyone at this spectacular event!

Swanage Blues Festival, Purbeck, Dorset

5th – 8th Oct

Swanage Blues & Roots Festival.

There will be over 100 musicians performing at 60 events in 15 indoor venues. There’s superb music, drinking, eating, dancing, fun and laughter across the town and beyond, starting on Thursday evening and going on till late Sunday evening. Aspiring performers can take part in the Electric Jam sessions, Open Mic sessions and Stan’s Blues Jamboree too.

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2nd Oct

Swanage Railway Driver Tasters


Halloween Spooky Trail at Brownsea Island, Dorset

Halloween at Corfe Castle


Halloween at Corfe Castle.

Come along and explore the castle this Hallowe’en, find the ghosts and the pumpkins on Corfe Castle’s Hallowe’en Quest and enjoy the other hair-raising activities including the Scary Teddy Zip Wire Challenge….he who bears, wins! Events are free, but standard castle entree fees apply, free for National Trust members

Halloween at Farmer Palmers


Farmer Palmers’ Spooktacular Halloween Family Fun

Come along and join in the fun with low key fang-tastic fun for little ones. Daily spook-tacular activities, fancy dress, pumpkin carving, face painting and mini monster hunt!

Halloween Fancy Dress costume competition at Monkey World, Wareham, Dorset


Monkey World Halloween Fun 

Monkey World are giving free entry for all children who are in full Halloween fancy dress. There will also be a fancy dress competition with prizes, which will help to add to all the excitement.


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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Enchanted Illuminations & Halloween Family Fright Night 

Free face painting (scary faces), fancy dress encouraged. Come and meet the Bugs and stay for the Bug show. And do not miss scary wounds, Surgery. Why not join the fun by dressing up and prepare yourself to be both ‘tricked and treated!’


13-29th Oct

Purbeck Film Festival.

The Purbeck Film festival is the longest running film festival in the UK!  Based in Wareham, the Rex cinema is a lovely old cinema, where you can enjoy a trip down memory lane.




Adventure Wonderland- Halloween

Adventure Wonderland becomes the home of Halloween with ghosts and ghouls inhabiting the scary maze.  In addition you can enjoy a spooktacular show in the theatre.  Website



Halloween Fun at Shire Hall Historic Courthouse.

Join us for spooky story-telling in the underground cells throughout the week, or come along to our slime-making sessions on weekdays 11-3pm After your visit, pop up to our café for some seasonal autumnal recipes and Halloween treats. Kids who are dressed up go free*. Subterranean slime workshops £2.00 per child to cover costs of materials. *2 kids go free with every full paying adult. Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00