Events and things to do in Dorset - June 2016

PUBLISHED: 16:40 31 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:01 31 May 2016

The knight of Spamalot cavort atThe Regent

The knight of Spamalot cavort atThe Regent


Helen Stiles rounds up her pick of events happening around the county this month


From Golden Fields - 6-7 June

The colourful landscapes of South West France come to the Manor House, Moreton in this exhibition by expressionist painter Lesley Shell. Open 9.30am – 8pm.

Going Back to my Home Town - Until 8 June

Emma Brownjohn celebrates her home town in this exhibition at the Jerram Gallery Sherborne, which features paintings of Sherborne, Portland Bill and Bridport.

Ekphrasis - 28 May–12 June

As part of Dorset Art Weeks members of Poole & East Dorset Art Society rise to the challenge of Ekphrasis - the translation of a chosen work of art into another dimension.

The Gallery Upstairs, Upton Country Park, Poole.

A Place to Dream - Until 12 June

The Gallery at 41 in Corfe Castle embraces Midsummer Dreams at this lovely Purbeck Art Weeks exhibition by contemporary Dorset artists in a wide range of media.

Coastlines - Until 19 June

Charmouth-based artist Vanessa Gardiner returns to the dramatic coastline of Boscastle at this show in Sladers Yard, West Bay which also features the ceramics of Peter Hayes. 


Don Pasquale - 3 June

Enjoy watching and hearing young operatic talent from Opera Holloway perform Donizetti’s popular comic opera. 7pm Brownsword Hall, Poundbury.

Cornucopia - 12 June

St. James’ Church, Holt hosts a interesting programme of music for various groups of French horns at this Wimborne Music Society event. Starts 7.30pm.

King Porter Stomp - 17 June

Afro funk horn lines and dub reggae rhythms combine at the Corn Exchange, Dorchester 01305 266926.

A Summer Symphony - 18 June

Weymouth Choral Society and Weymouth Concert Brass perform pop, musical theatre, opera and oratorio. All Saints School, Wyke Regis.

Trio Isimsiz - 24 June

With performances described as “achingly beautiful” you’re in for a treat when this talented trio perform at this Concerts in the West event. 11am Coffee Concert at Bridport Arts Centre 01308 424204.


Hamlet - 8 June

The much acclaimed Festival Players perform Shakespeare’s tragedy in the grounds of Highcliffe Castle at 7pm.

Spamalot - 8–11 June

Bournemouth Musical Theatre Productions romp through Camelot in this hilarious musical inspired by the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Regent, Christchurch 01202 499199.

A Mudsummer Night’s Dream - 8 & 25 June

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School perform Shakespeare’s comedy. 8 June: Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne 01202 885566; 25 June: Frampton VH 01300 320607.

The Eye-Catcher - 14–17 June

A fitting tribute in his 300th anniversary year is John Cobb’s fascinating new theatre show based on the life and gardens of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Starts 7.30pm. 14 June: Nether Compton Village Hall (VH) 01935 413220; 15 June: Broadoak VH 01308 424922; 16 June: New Barn Theatre, Milton Abbey School 01258 882322; 17 June: Drimpton VH 01308 867442.

Kiss Me Kate - 14–18 June

Wimborne Musical Theatre bring Cole Porter’s musical featuring Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to Wimborne. Tivoli Theatre 01202 885566.

The Woman who Cooked her Husband - 18 June

Dramatic Productions blend black humour with a dash of sauce in a well-tuned three-hander. Corn Exchange, Dorchester 01305 266926.

Chaplin - 23 June

This musical takes silent film star Charlie Chaplin from his humble beginnings on London’s vaudeville stage to Hollywood. Regent Christchurch 01202 499199.

Hay Fever - 24–26 June

The Wessex Actors Company’s perform Noel Coward’s fabulous, frothy, feverish farce. 24 June: Mowlem Theatre, Swanage 01929 422239: 25 June: Nothe Forte, Weymouth (outdoors); 26 June: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442394.

Life’s a Dream - 29 & 30 June

Grab a picnic for this outdoor performance, by the legendary Miracle Theatre, of Calderon’s fable of love, war and destiny. 29 June: Springhead Gardens, Fontmell Magna 01747 811853; 30 June: Higher Orchard, Sandford Orcas 01963 220208.


Razor Smith - 3 June

The pavement artist and bank robber is now an author and lecturer, hear his remarkable story at 7pm, Tithe Barn, Hinton St Marys. More details

Lace Day - 4 June

Poole Bobbin Lace Circle event at St George’s Church Hall, Darby’s Lane, Oakdale with demos, workshops and illustrated talk by Ace Lacers.

Battke of the Somme - 15 June

Talk by Captain Allan Wood about the role played by the Dorsetshires at the Battle of the Somme. 6.30pm - 8.30pm. St George’s Hall, Fordington.


Wessex Folk Festival - 3-5 June

Weymouth harbourside hosts this free event showcasing a range of traditional and modern folk acts.

Sturminster Marshall Fete - 4 June

Taking place around St Mary’s Church from 2pm this fun family day includes the ‘Stur’ Up cooking competition and Teddy Bear Drop from the church tower.

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival - 10–12 June

The streets of this historic town resound to the sound of clogs, bells and toe-tapping tunes as the popular festival dances into town.

Christchurch Priory Music & Arts Festival - 12–18 June

A spectacular week of performances in the Priory, St George’s and St John’s including the Priory Choir singing John Rutter’s Gloria (17 June) and Haydn’s oratorio The Creation.

Dorset Midsummer Music & Food Festival - 18 June

Warren Farm, Bulbarrow hosts this family-friendly festival with music on two stages until 11pm.

Ashmore Filly Loo - 24 June

A solstice celebration at Dorset’s highest village, where events culminate with the mysterious Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.

Out Loud Festival - 25–26 June

Charity event showcasing musicians, dancers and performers from around Weymouth at locations all around the town centre.

Tankfest - 25 – 26 June

World class displays of historic moving armour at Bovington’s Tank Museum.

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