Events and things to do in Dorset - June 2014

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Poole Lighthouse

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Poole Lighthouse - Credit: Archant

A whole host of June events from all corners of Dorset

Event of the month

Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning - 9 -15 June

More than 150 free events will take place at BU’s Talbot and Lansdowne campuses and across Dorset during this week long event. You don’t need any previous experience to take part, just an inquisitive mind and a willingness to get stuck in. You could meet your inner monkey, go on a kitchen safari or discover how to help your child sleep better. Last year over 4,000 local people joined in the interactive workshops, debates, hands-on taster sessions and presentations. Now in its second year, the festival is going to be even bigger and better than ever. As well as family-friendly activities like children’s animation workshops and interactive talks about sci-fi favourites Star Wars and Doctor Who, there are also opportunities for those looking to boost their business such as tweeting your way to the top, creating better wesbites and smarter project management.

To book events visit or call 01202 962362 Twitter @BUFestivals



The Old School House Gallery - Until 8 June

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This new venue in Tincleton showcases works by local artists including Joan Burdett-Coutts, Gina Hemery and Michael Parker.

Venue 49***

Brian Rice - 30 May to 1 June & 4 to 8 June

Feted in 1960 and 70s London for his abstract prints, Rice exhibits his work in the atmospheric setting of his historic 16th century farmhouse near Forde Abbey. Venue 150; Newhouse, Hewood, TA20 4NP


Jill Kennington Courtauld - 31 May - 8 June

As a former Sixties supermodel Jill featured in Antonioni’s iconic film Blow Up, now an acclaimed photographer of two decades Jill’s pictures reveal a love of landscapes. Venue 127; Whetley Farm, Powerstock, DT6 3TG


Matisse Live from Tate Modern - 3 June

Live exhibition screening and exclusive tour of Tate Modern’s Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs. Seen on a big screen it’s the next best thing to being there!

Lighthouse Poole; 0844 406 8666



A Dorset Rhapsody - 1 June

Dorset composer Graham Stansfield’s latest composition celebrates the county’s countryside, traditions and wildlife. Starts 3pm

Church of St Nicholas and St Eligius, Durweston


BSO Concert - 1 June

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra perform Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with soloist Chloe Hanslip in aid of the BSO Benevolent Fund. Starts 3pm. Lighthouse Poole; 0844 847 2362


Cerne Abbas Music Festival - 12 – 15 June

Chamber music from across the centuries is performed by the Gaudier Ensemble in the intimate surroundings of the beautiful church of St Mary’s.


Wimborne Minster Folk Festival - 13 - 15 June

Folk music and dance in the historic minster town’s streets.***

Christchurch Priory Music & Arts Festival - 15 – 21 June

This inaugural music and arts festival features the Bournemouth Bach Choir performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Box Office 01202 499199***

Emilie Capulet - 19 June

The internationally-acclaimed pianist performs music by Ravel at Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Gallery at 1pm


Blues Train - 21 June

The Robin Bibi Band play at stations along Swanage Railway during this steam hauled round trip which departs at 7.30pm.

Booking essential; 01929 425800


Beaminster Festival of Music and Arts - 28 June – 6 July

World class classical music, jazz, literature and local art all feature at this popular town festival.


Shappi Khorsandi - 6 June

Stand up comedian Shappi handles every subject with a razor sharp wit and charm .

Poole Lighthouse; 0844 406 8666


Hip Hop Festival - 7 – 8 June

Pavilion Dance South West hosts an international hip hop convention in the heart of Bournemouth including master classes, workshops,battles, urban music and performances.

More details or call 01202 203630


The Ballad of Martha Brown - 15 & 17 June

Angel Exit’s drama is about the life and times of Martha Brown, the last woman publicly hanged in Dorset in 1856. Expect wicked humour and great storytelling.


Crazy for You - 18 – 21 June

Wimborne Musical Theatre perform Gershwin’s wonderful hit musical comedy

Tivoli Theatre; 01202 885566


An Evening with Strictly Come Dancing - 29 June

Stars of the popular BBC show Pasha Kovalev and Katya Virshilas hit the dance floor.

Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre 0844 576 3000


Best of the Rest

Shaftesbury Festival - 2 - 8 June

Includes art trail, festival cavalcade, local food market, cheese races and Tudor Banquet***

Poole Bobbin Lace Circle - 7 June

Lace themed day for all at The Allendale Centre in Wimborne.


Wessex Car Show - 8 June

Classic car show at Lulworth Castle where the Jaguar is the star.

More details***

Evershot Country Fair - 22 June

Rural crafts demonstrations , over 60 stalls to browse and a large local food marquee to sample.***

Tankfest - 28 - 29 June

The Tank Museum, Bovington hosts the best display of historic moving armour in the world during this weekend.***

Sutton Poyntz Victorian Fayre - 29 June

Street fayre with entertainment, live music, farmers’ market, cream teas and period costume.


Falconry at Corfe Castle - Weekends throughout June

See falconry in action from its origins in Saxon and Viking times through to the Civil War.