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Things to do in Dorset this weekend

PUBLISHED: 09:51 12 November 2018

Enjoy an Evening with Afro Celt Sound System at Lighthouse Poole. Photo credit R Marrison

Enjoy an Evening with Afro Celt Sound System at Lighthouse Poole. Photo credit R Marrison


Great things to do in Dorset this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas

Bournemouth Christmas Market opens

16 November

Inspired by the traditional German markets, you can cosy up in the two-storey Alpine Lodge, meet Santa in the North Pole Grotto and test your skating expertise on the ice rink. The event runs for almost two months, closing in the New Year, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the celebrations.

Click here for our guide to Dorset’s Christmas Markets 2018.


Afro Celt Sound Systerm

16 November

European and African based collective renowned for innovatively combining folk traditions of different cultures. Performs at the Lighthouse Poole. Call 01202 280000 to book.


Meet Tommy Atkins

16 November

Peter Gill takes us through Tommy’s war, from the trenches of the Somme, Passhendaele and Loos to post war Britain. Starts 7.30pm at Jubilee Hall, Yetminster. Call 01935 873719 to book.


Ranjana Ghatak & Band

17 and 18 November

Singing in Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi and English, Ranjana takes inspiration from Indian classical music, mystic poetry and her own writing. Starts at 7.30pm.

17 November at Buckland Newton Village Hall, 01300 345455

18 November at Portesham Village Hall 01305 871035


Gluten Free Food Fair

17 November

Coeliac UK host a gluten free food fair at Parkstone Grammar School in Poole. The event starts at 1pm when visitors can explore a number of diverse gluten free suppliers and manufacturers. It’s a great opportunity for those who have recently been diagnosed to source support and advice too.

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