Events and things to do in Dorset - October 2016

PUBLISHED: 12:01 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:01 30 September 2016

Kinetics: Where middle age meets teenage

Kinetics: Where middle age meets teenage


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

Editor’s Choice - Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival - 8-15 October

Expect some intriguing encounters at this autumn arts festival which brings original and inspiring pieces to both indoor venues and outdoor spaces throughout the town. This year’s eclectic line-up includes pyro experts Walk The Plank with their interactive Sea of Freaks Torchlit Procession on the opening weekend. While the internationally acclaimed Compagnie Des Quidams’ fantastic, and magical metamorphosing horses in Fier A Cheval close the eight day spectacle of dance, performance art, classical music, theatre, art, workshops and fun family friendly activities.

Running throughout is Sounds By The Sea at a number of locations, including Bournemouth’s iconic Bandstand in The Lower Gardens, featuring artists from the Caribbean-inspired Merry Makers Steel Pans Band to local legends, the Mother Uckers.


David Bent - Until 16 October

Exhibition at Russell-Cotes Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth features Bent’s aviation passion and ability to capture the art of flight on canvas.

Return to the Wild/Faces & Places - 6 – 19 October

Two exhibitions by Lyme Regis artists at the Town Mill Gallery. One features nature-inspired paintings, ceramics, photographs and sculptures; the other features portraits, still life, landscapes and textiles.

The Language of Colour - Until 29 October

The vibrancy and emotion of colour and the effects of the changing light on seascape, landscape, street scene or garden is explored by a range of Dorset artists in this exhibition at the Gallery at 41 in Corfe Castle.

Autumn Exhibition - 14 – 31 October

Art in abundance by members of Poole & East Dorset Art Society feature at this annual exhibition at The Gallery Upstairs at Upton Country Park


The Tempest - 6 October

The Bard meets Brexit in this radical retelling of Shakespeare’s play by Untold Theatre and Yellowbelly Theatre at the Shelley Theatre. Bournemouth. Box office 01202 413600.

Leviathan - 6 - 7 October

Multi award-winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville’s novel, Moby Dick at Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth. Box office 01202 203630.

Kinetics - 6, 7 & 22 October

A middle-aged woman with Parkinson’s and a free-running teenager meet in this unusual play featuring live parkour. 6 Oct: Milton Abbey School 01258 881872; 7 Oct: Halstock Village Hall (VH) 01935 891744; 22 Oct: Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth 01202 413600.

Paradise Lost - 8 October

A one man staging of Milton’s epic tale combining theatre, comedy and movement into an entertaining 75 minutes show. 7.30pm Drimpton Village Hall, 01308 867442.

Magmanus - 14 October

Critically acclaimed circus show where the audience become part of an elaborate domino run in the dramatic finale. Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Sara Pascoe & Friends - 15 October

The stand up comedian brings her funny bone and amusing chums to Bridport’s Electric Palace. Box office 01308 424901.

And Then Came the Nightjars - 17 October

Critically-acclaimed play about the 2001 Foot and Mouth epidemic and a vanishing rural life. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138.

My Big Fat Cowpat Wedding - 18 – 21 October

Join guests at a wedding between country girl and a city boy where disco meets Bhangra. 18 Oct: Bourton VH 07969 783801; 19 Oct: Portesham VH 01305 871925; 20 Oct: Sixpenny Handley VH 07751 525200; 21 Oct: Yetminster Jubilee Hall 01935 873719,

A Tale of Two Cities - 19 – 21 October

Regent Rep perform Charles Dickens’ classic story set around the French Revolution. Regent, Christchurch 01202 499199.

Austentatious - 22 October

Oh Mr Darcy! Enjoy an improvised Jane Austen work inspired by a single suggestion from the audience in this hilarious Regency treat. Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis 01297 442138.

Mark Steel: Who Do You Think I Am? - 23 & 29 October

After the birth of his own son, Mark went in search of his biological mother, with surprising and enthralling results as you will discover. 23 Oct: Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000; 29 Oct: Corn Exchange, Dorchester 01305 266926.

Nina Conti: In Your Face - 27 October

Strap into the mask as British Comedy Award winner Nina Conti, her side kick Monkey and a bag of tricks improvise their way through an adventure of hilarious witchery. Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, 0844 576 3000.


The Greatest Love of All - 1 October

A beautifully crafted vocal tribute by Belinda Davids of one of the world’s most revered singers - the late great Whitney Houston. Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth 01305 783225.

Swanage Blues Festival - 6 - 9 October

Over 100 musicians perform at this popular music festival by the sea.

I Love to Boogie - 7 October

T.Rextasy pays tribute to one of the legends from the British music scene - Marc Bolan. Regent, Christchurch 01202 499199.

Concerts in the West - 7 October

Josep-Ramon Olive (baritone) and Ricardo Gosalbo (piano) perform Brahms, Strauss, Mussorgsky and Finzi at Bridport Arts Centre 11am Coffee Concert. Box office 01308 424204.

Canzonetta in Concert - 9 October

A cappella and piano accompanied songs spanning five centuries feature at this 3pm concert at the Church of the Holy Rood, Wool.

The Lighthouse Big Sing - 16 October

Sing with hundreds of others as you workshop and perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony at Lighthouse, Poole 01202 280000.

Magna Sinfonia - 22 October

Dorset’s newest high-quality amateur orchestra performs Sibelius, Shostakovich, Bruch and the Dorset premier of Bleary Jaunt at Dawn by Danyal Dhondy at St Peter’s Church, Ashley Cross.

Vintage Brass - 22 October

Christchurch Vintage Brass perform an eclectic mix of classical, jazz and pop in aid of the Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians at 7pm, Trinity Methodist Church, Bournemouth. Box office 1202 422074.

Mini BSO Concert: By the Sea - 29 October

Ride on the ocean waves and dance with a jellyfish in this special concert with sing-a-longs for all the family at Lighthouse, Poole. Box office 1202 280000.

Weymouth Choral Society - 29 October

Choral music from Vivaldi to Lloyd Webber is performed at St John’s Church, Weymouth. Box office 01305 775644.


The Dorset Do - 1 October

Stick makers, wood carvers and turners and other crafters create their masterpieces at this show at Ringwood School.

Portland House Opening - 7- 9 October

Take a peek inside this stunning 1930s art deco holiday villa in Weymouth, not usually open to the public.

Enchanted Floodlit Gardens - 13 – 30 October

Admire Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens ablaze with light and colour at these annual illuminations.

Purbeck Film Festival - 14 – 29 October

Dame Maggie Smith talks about her film career at the Rex Cinema, Wareham (15 Oct) and at Harry Warren House (16 Oct).

Fashion Show - 21 October

Shirley Allum Fashions & Lingerie, Shaftesbury hold two fashion shows accompanied by canapés and bubbly for the Forest Holme Hospice, Poole at 3pm and 7pm at The Coppleridge Inn, Motcombe. Advance tickets only 01747 852444.

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