Things to do in Dorset this weekend
PUBLISHED: 09:41 20 May 2019
Great things to do in Dorset this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas
STUDLAND FLOWER FESTIVAL
24 - 27 May
A free booklet guides visitors through the array of flower displays inspired by 'A World of Colour' at St Nicholas Church Strudland. Alongside this visual spectacular will be homemade lunches, cream teas and cakes, money raised at the event goes to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and CLIC Sargent.
RIOTS & LOBSTERS
The whirling worlds of acclaimed Cornish playwright Nick Darke combine with Jim Carey and his band of Saboteurs featuring music created for Kneehigh plays including Ting Tang Mine, The Bogus, The King of Prussia, and The Riot.
7.30pm, Corfe Castle Village Hall, 07590352219
PURBECK PIRATE FESTIVAL
24 -26 May
Piratical event in Swanage which includes skirmishes with the Wimborne Militia and crowning the best dressed pirate.
CURSUS CIDER & MUSIC FESTIVAL
24 - 26 May
Canada Farm at Sixpenny Handley host this live music event accompanied by local ciders, ales and food.
BOURNEMOUTH 7S FESTIVAL
24 - 26 May
Rugby, netball, hockey and dodge ball teams compete against a backdrop of live music at East Parley.
24 -27 May
A mix of free and tickets jazz gigs around Lyme Regis, line-up includes Laurence Jones, Equinor Big Band, Matt Carter and Leigh Coleman.
MUDEFORD SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
25 - 27 May
This inaugural festival on Mudeford Quay in Christchurch celebrates this area's rich cultural heritage, local produce and links to the sea and fishing.
PURBECK PUFFIN CRUISE
Dancing Ledge, on the Jurassic Coast, is home to a small colony of puffins along with larger numbers of nesting guillemot and razorbill. This three-hour evening cruise from Poole Quay (leaves 6pm) takes you to Dancing Ledge in the hope of seeing the puffins as they settle on the water for their evening preen before they head up to cliff ledges. Trips are weather dependent. Booking essential at birdsofpooleharbour.co.uk or call 01202 641003.
OPEN GARDEN AT STADDLESTONES
26 and 27 May
Cottage garden with colour themed borders, pleached limes and hidden gems including chalk stream to shady area which has some unusual plants including hardy orchids and arisaemas. Plenty of areas just to sit and enjoy the wildlife.
Open 2-5pm at 14 Witchampton Mill, BH21 5DE
SERPENTS AT HARDY'S COTTAGE
The Serpentarium is an international bi-annual gathering of enthusiasts of this historical wind instrument, and a group of them will be playing a short set (1.30 - 3pm) at Hardy's Cottage. Thomas Hardy mentions the serpent on a number of occasions including in The Return of the Native and Under the Greenwood Tree.
OPEN GARDEN AT MAYFIELD
Town garden with formal hard landscaping of drought-resistant shrubs, perennials and hostas in the front, and a series of garden rooms of herbaceous perennial beds with winding grass paths and rustic arches in the back. Pond, vegetable beds, greenhouses with succulents and vines.
Open 2-5pm at 4 Walford Close, Wimborne Minster BH21 1PH
SHERBORNE CASTLE COUNTRY FAIR
A celebration of all things rural including one of the UK's largest Rare Breeds shows, falconery and dragon boats.