Carols, concerts and festive events in Dorset - 2015

PUBLISHED: 15:27 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:01 30 November 2015

Christmas Illuminations in Corfe

Christmas Illuminations in Corfe


From Hardy’s favourite carols to Solstice walks, there are plenty of exciting events happening around the county this month

Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair - 30 November – 12 December

Artwey’s annual event at the Mulberry Gallery in Weymouth Library featuring the work of 14 local artists covering an exciting mix of art including painting, printing, enamelling, batik, felt work, applique, driftwood sculpture and jewellery.

Christmas at Corfe Castle - 4 December – 3 January

Experience the festive atmosphere from the past with flaming beacons, braziers and lanterns celebrating old and new traditions at this iconic Dorset castle. Follow an illuminated Christmas route and share your special wish or memory on one of the six wish Christmas trees lining the gatehouse bridge.

Open daily from 10am-4pm

Brownsea Island Christmas Walk - 12 December

A rare chance to visit this magical island out of season for a winter walk. Starts 10.30am – 3pm.

Booking essential; 01202 707744

Winter Solstice - 22 December

Watch sunrise on the shortest day of the year from Corfe Castle ruins followed by breakfast.

Booking essential; 0844 249 1895

Solstice Walk - 22 December

Watch the sunrise over Studland during this walk to Old Harry Rocks on the shortest day, followed by a warming breakfast at Knoll Beach Café.

Booking essential; 01929 450500

Winter Warm Up - 28 December

Classic steam and diesel locomotives run through the Isle of Purbeck countryside at Swanage Railway’s popular post Christmas mini-gala day.

More details at

Holes Bay Walk - 30 December

Join the Dorset Wildlife Trust Poole Group for a post Christmas stroll around Holes Bay followed by tea and cake. Meet at Upton House car park 10am.

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A Christmas Carol - 2-6 December

Living Spit’s rendition of this festive masterpiece has more Dickensian daftness and festive foolery than you can shake a selection box at. Suitable 16+. Starts 7.30pm

2 Dec Milborne St Andrew Village Hall (VH) 01258 837371; 3 Dec West Stafford VH 01305 261984; 4 Dec Langton Matravers VH 01929 423834; 5 Dec Buckland Newton VH 01300 345455; 6 Dec Durweston VH 01258 488883

A Pleasing Terror - 17-18 December

Supernatural Victorian Christmas tales by Montague Rhodes James are bought to life in this gripping one man show at the Studio at Lighthouse Poole.

Box office; 0844 406 8666

It’s a Wonderful Life - 29 December

Welcome to Bedford Falls, the setting for Frank Capra’s magical story of a man’s redemption thanks to a guardian angel called Clarence.

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis; 01297 442138



Christmas Crackerz - 4 December

Supersonic 70s Christmas Show at Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne with festive hits from the Glam Rock era.

Box office; 01202 885566

Abba Merry Christmas - 5 December

Calling all Dancing Queens and Super Troupers! Join in this platform pounding party.

Electric Palace, Bridport

A Brief History of Christmas - 5 December

Acclaimed historical musicians Blast from the Past present a festive romp through 600 years of Christmas music, songs and stories.

Dorchester Corn Exchange; 01305 266926

Boroque Christmas - 5 December

Sherborne Chamber Choir perform music by Praetorius Christmas Mass and Schûtz Christmas Story

Sherborne Abbey

Shottesford Peelers - 7 December

Enjoy festive favourites played on handbells at Kingston Lacy, Wimborne.

Starts 2pm

Gaudete! - 9 December

La Nova Singers perform festive choral music by Handel, Bach and Rutter at Highcliffe Castle.

Box Office; 01425 278807

Christmas Concert - 12 December

Weymouth Choral Society perform its annual selection of carols and and Yuletide music accompanied by Dorset Sinfonia Orchestra.

St John’s Church, Weymouth starts at 7.30pm

Messiah - 12 December

Grange Choral Society perform Handel’s masterpiece.

Christchurch Priory; 7.30pm

Sherborne Christmas Concert - 14 December

Enjoy carols and Christmas music at this annual Sherborne Abbey event.

Starts 7.30pm 

Christmas Concert - 16 December

Festive celebration at Dorset County Museum in Dorchester with mulled wine, mince pies, festive readings and music from Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir. Starts 8pm.

Tickets; 01305 267992

Holly at Christmas - 16 December

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers herald in the Yuletide celebrations with this festive show

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis; 01297 442138

Christmas Songs & Carols - 16 December

The Poole & Parkstone Singers seasonal concert at Highcliffe Castle includes favourite Christmas songs and carols.

Box Office; 01425 278807

Tranter Dewey’s Christmas Party - 16 December

A celebration of midwinter and Christmas at Hardy’s Cottage in Higher Bockhampton with carols and readings from the works of Thomas Hardy.

Messiah - 16 December

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) perform Handel’s Christmas classic at Lighthouse Poole.

Box office; 0844 406 8666

A Victorian Christmas - 18 December

Blast from the Past bring this foot-tapping selection of festive tunes of your ancestors to The Exchange in Sturminster Newton.

Box office; 01258 475137 

Last Night of the Christmas Proms - 19 December

Family concert with the BSO featuring seasonal classics both old and new.

Lighthouse Poole; 0844 406 8666



Christmas Wreath Workshop - 5 December

Wreath workshops at Highway Farm, Bridport. Make one for you and one to sell for charity.

Book early; 01308 424321

Christmas Tree Owl Decorations - 6 December

Create some festive owl for your Christmas tree in this RSPB workshop 11am and 1.30pm. Upton House, Poole.

Booking essential; 01929 556651

Festive Willow Workshop - 11 December

Make contemporary Christmas decorations at this workshop for adults at Moors Valley Park 10.30am – 3pm.

Booking essential; 01425 470721

Festive Wreaths & Table Decorations - 12 & 13 December

Make contemporary Christmas decorations at this workshop for adults at Moors Valley Park 10.30am – 3pm.

Booking essential; 01425 470721


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