10 things to do in Dorset this weekend

Bournemouth Echo: If you go down to the woods today... you’ll meet The Gruffalo

12:55pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Autumn is closing in but that doesn't mean there's nothing to do in Dorset and around. Whatever you choose this weekend, remember there are more than 100 roads closed through Bournemouth for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, so check your journey before you leave.

Noel Coward’s Private Lives comes to Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: AL FRESCO ACTORS: Private Lives

11:44am Tuesday 24th June 2014

WESSEX Actors are back in Dorset with the Noel Coward play Private Lives.

From Balamory to stand up: Miles Jupp to reveal dark side at the Tivoli

Bournemouth Echo: Miles Jupp

12:00pm Friday 6th June 2014

HE’S got that kind of face. You might recognise comedian Miles Jupp for a number of reasons.

Bournemouth to welcome 3,000 party-goers to The Block Party music festival

Bournemouth Echo: Bournemouth to welcome 3,000 party-goers to The Block Party music festival

9:56am Friday 9th May 2014

TOMORROW night will see Bournemouth welcome 3,000 party people to The Block Party multi-venue music festival in the Lansdowne area.

Reggae Roots stage to appear at Isle of Wight’s Bestival

Bournemouth Echo: Toddla T Sound

10:02am Monday 28th April 2014

GET ready to skank away to your hearts delight this summer at Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

Have a right Cockney knees-up at patriotic sing-a-long to mark St George’s Day

Bournemouth Echo: There'll Always Be An England

11:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ENJOY a trip down memory lane and a right royal knees up for St George’s Day.

Paloma Faith to headline Wave 105Live! event at the BIC

Bournemouth Echo: Paloma Faith to headline Wave 105Live! event at the BIC

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

FLAMBOYANT pop chanteuse Paloma Faith just can’t keep away, as it’s revealed the platinum-selling artist will be returning to headline this year’s Wave 105 Live! event at the BIC.

Enterprising youngsters launch dance contest for Julia’s House

Bournemouth Echo: MOVES: From left, James Hankins, Morgan House, Aden Dzuda

5:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

SOME of the best dancers in the area will be showing their talents while raising money for good causes.

Pavilion Dance extravaganza offers something for everyone in The Tin Soldier production

Bournemouth Echo: Pavilion Dance extravaganza offers something for everyone in The Tin Soldier production

9:59am Monday 10th February 2014

LIVE music, dance, colourful characters and a breathtaking story combine in the enchanting show The Tin Soldier, which is being performed by Peut-etre Theatre Company in collaboration with Pavilion Dance South West.

Forest Forge bring Anne of Green Gables to life across Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: FAMILY DRAMA: Anne of Green Gables

4:00pm Wednesday 18th December 2013

A TRULY beautiful slice of family drama is coming to various local venues over the coming months.

Rising starlet Gabrielle Aplin to play O2 Academy, Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: Gabrielle Aplin

2:20pm Friday 8th November 2013

FRESH from a headlining turn at Camp Bestival, promising singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin will be playing a date at the O2 Academy Bournemouth on November 12. Incredibly, the self-taught 20-year-old from Bath has been writing and recording songs since she was 15. At 17 she set up her own label Never Fade Records (just recently she announced her first signing) and went on to release three EPs, all of which charted on iTunes.

Jessie J talks traffic, her love for Bournemouth and cracking the States

Bournemouth Echo: Jessie J

2:17pm Friday 8th November 2013

SINGER Jessie J is in a foul mood. Gone is the bubbly personality of prime-time BBC show The Voice. Having been delayed for hours in traffic, Jessie is not in the highest of spirits for an interview with 24Seven.

Hardy speaks to Poole

Bournemouth Echo: Jeremy Hardy

9:59am Wednesday 2nd October 2013

OPINIONATED comedian Jeremy Hardy is never short of a word or two, and you can hear what he has to say about all manner of things when he comes to Poole for a date this weekend.

Work of Samuel L Jackson celebrated at Purbeck Film Festival

Bournemouth Echo: Samuel L Jackson

12:00pm Friday 20th September 2013

SAMUEL L JACKSON is just one of the main stars in the spotlight at this year’s Purbeck Film Festival, it has been announced. The biggest and longest-running rural film festival in the UK kicks off in Dorset next month.

Secrets of some of the biggest blockbusters revealed at BFX Festival

Bournemouth Echo: VISUAL: Filmmakers from movies such as Life of Pi, pictured, will be at the festival

12:00pm Friday 20th September 2013

SPECIAL effects experts from top Hollywood films like The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, main image, will appear at a new event in Bournemouth next week.

Comedy central at HMS Bestival this weekend

Bournemouth Echo: Milton Jones

11:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013

THE biggest-ever comedy lineup is coming aboard HMS Bestival this weekend.

New theatre company for Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: JAZZ HANDS: James Dixon-Box, Lisa Appleyard and Dougie Gubbins

10:36am Tuesday 27th August 2013

SOMETHING big is about to hit the Bournemouth theatre scene in the form of a brand new production company.

Milestone birthday for Swanage Folk Festival

Bournemouth Echo: FUN IN THE SUN: The Swanage Folk Festival procession

5:00pm Tuesday 20th August 2013

THE eagerly-awaited Swanage Folk Festival celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.

Not plain sailing

Bournemouth Echo: LOOK OUT: L'Iceberg show

10:46am Tuesday 20th August 2013

DANGER L’Iceberg ahead.

Show of Hands top the bill at Purbeck Folk Festival

Bournemouth Echo: Show Of Hands

3:00pm Wednesday 14th August 2013

FOLK fans are looking forward to the fifth Purbeck Folk Festival, which takes at Wilkswood Farm, near Swanage.

My mum makes my burlesque costume! The team behind the sequins on show at Strictly Burlesque

Bournemouth Echo: My mum makes my burlesque costume! The team behind the sequins on show at Strictly Burlesque

10:40am Wednesday 14th August 2013

A GLAMOROUS mother and daughter duo will be bringing a little extra sparkle to the star-studded Strictly Burlesque show at Bournemouth Pavilion this week. Self-titled ‘Sequin’ Sue Simmerling of New Milton will be creating the costumes for the burlesque bombshells, one of whom happens to be her daughter, 25-year-old Carly.

Arts by the Sea will feature beach spectacular

Bournemouth Echo: METAL MACHINES:  A fantastical creation from Joe Rush and his Mutoid Waste Company

2:00pm Tuesday 13th August 2013

AN INCREDIBLE line-up will open Bournemouth’s third Arts by the Sea Festival.

Rockin' and a rollin'

Bournemouth Echo: Rockin' and a rollin'

10:58am Friday 9th August 2013

POPULAR rock’n’roll variety show That’ll Be The Day returns to the Pavilion theatre on Sunday and then every Wednesday from August 28 to September 14.

Can you stand the heat of the Great Dorset Chilli Fair?

Bournemouth Echo: Great Dorset Chilli Fair

10:37am Monday 29th July 2013

NEVER mind the weather forecast. Temperatures are guaranteed to rise next weekend when the third Great Dorset Chilli Festival gets underway.

Dorset Opera Festival continues with two classics

Bournemouth Echo: Dorset Opera Festival continues with two classics

3:00pm Friday 26th July 2013

THE DORSET Opera Festival continues to celebrate the bi-centenary of Verdi and Wagner’s birth this weekend with performances of La Traviata and The Flying Dutchman.

Hit tribute show at the Pavilion

Bournemouth Echo: Hit tribute show at the Pavilion

3:00pm Friday 26th July 2013

THE hit tribute show New Jersey Nights will play the Bournemouth Pavilion on its world tour from Tuesday to Saturday.

Autumn season will go like clockwork, says Lighthouse

Bournemouth Echo: MILK PLUS: Will Alex be cured in A Clockwork Orange?

11:06am Thursday 25th July 2013

THIS autumn promises to be a varied and intriguing one for patrons of Lighthouse in Poole, the UK’s largest arts centre outside London. Drama, dance, comedy and music all feature heavily in the newly published brochure, with the rest of the season following suit until the festive pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk.

Annual Poole panto is bit of a tall story

Bournemouth Echo: Leading ‘men’ in Jack and the Beanstalk

10:06am Monday 22nd July 2013

A GIANT of a pantomime will be entertaining audiences in Poole this Christmas.

Dirty dancing is all the rage

2:00pm Friday 19th July 2013

PAY homage to one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time, An Evening of Dirty Dancing is coming to the Pier Theatre in Bournemouth tonight.

Prepare for sci-fi invasion

Bournemouth Echo: Freema Agyeman and David Tennant in Dr Who

2:00pm Friday 19th July 2013

IF sci-fi is your bag, then the Alien Invasion – The Exhibition is the one for you. This up close and personal encounter with monsters and aliens is running for five weeks at the BIC from July 20 to August 25.

Out of Africa

Bournemouth Echo: African beats come to the Pavilion

1:09pm Friday 19th July 2013

LOVERS of world dance and music will be treated to a colourful outdoor celebration of dance and music from Africa on the Pavilion Dance terraces on Saturday from 12.30pm to 10pm.

Enjoy films in the great outdoors at Corfe Castle

12:00pm Thursday 18th July 2013

HISTORIC Corfe Castle will provide the backdrop for three open-air screenings as part of the Purbeck Film Festival, it has been announced.

Branagh’s Macbeth beamed to theatre

Bournemouth Echo: Branagh’s Macbeth beamed to theatre

12:00pm Monday 15th July 2013

KENNETH Branagh will be beamed via satellite to the big screen at the Regent in Christchurch with his barn-storming new interpretation of Shakespeare’s darkest of plays.

Brian’s back in panto

Bournemouth Echo: Brian Conley's back in panto

12:00pm Monday 15th July 2013

HE may have mysteriously exited the jungle from the last series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, but entertainer Brian Conley is back.

Purbeck's hidden gems

Bournemouth Echo: Stunning scenery

10:21am Tuesday 9th July 2013

LOCAL photographers Andy Farrer and Julian Sawyer have captured the wild side of Purbeck at a new photographic exhibition.

Boyband Union J head for BIC

Bournemouth Echo: Union J

12:44pm Thursday 4th July 2013

X FACTOR finalists Union J are set to deliver a Christmas present to fans in Bournemouth this December.

Legend to Leg End: Paul Daniels to appear on the Pier

Bournemouth Echo: YOU'LL LIKE IT: Magician Paul Daniels

11:21am Wednesday 3rd July 2013

MAGICIAN and entertainer Paul Daniels will be heading to Bournemouth's Pier Theatre in September as part of what he is calling his First Farewell Tour.

Shakatak are coming back

Bournemouth Echo: SMOOTH JAZZ: Shakatak

10:14am Wednesday 3rd July 2013

EIGHTIES chart toppers Shakatak are set to strut their considerably funky stuff at the Bournemouth Pier Theatre on August 25. The group – whose hits included Down On The Street and Night Birds – promise an exciting night of smooth jazz, funk and soul.

Shakatak are back!

Bournemouth Echo: RELIVE THE 80s: Chart toppers Shakatak

11:23am Wednesday 3rd July 2013

EIGHTIES chart toppers Shakatak are set to strut their considerably funky stuff at the Bournemouth Pier Theatre on August 25. The group – whose hits included Down On The Street and Night Birds – promise an exciting night of smooth jazz, funk and soul.

Importance of being Earnest comes to Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: TOUR: The Wessex Actors Company cast in The Importance of Being Earnest

4:00pm Monday 1st July 2013

OSCAR Wilde’s ‘trivial comedy for serious people’, The Importance of being Earnest, has been delighting audiences for more than 100 years.

Lamer Tree line up is best ever

Bournemouth Echo: Sigur Ros

11:55am Friday 21st June 2013

SIGUR ROS and Belle & Sebastian have been announced as headliners for End of the Road festival in 2013.

Vampire Weekend sweep into o2

Bournemouth Echo: Vampire Weekend

11:51am Friday 21st June 2013

NEW YORK’S Afro-beat indie-rockers Vampire Weekend are in town on Thursday night with a pre-Glastonbury warm-up show at the O2 Academy Bournemouth.

Elton John and Snoop Dog - it's a Bestival exclusive

Bournemouth Echo: HE'S COMING: Snoop Dogg

10:30am Friday 21st June 2013

WHO could have predicted that Elton John and Snoop Dogg will both grace the Bestival tenth birthday spectacular later this year?

Expect the unexpected at Pete Doherty show at Mr Kyps

Bournemouth Echo: Peter Doherty

3:00pm Friday 14th June 2013

EXPECT the unexpected in Poole next week, when iconic rocker Peter Doherty plays a solo gig at Mr Kyps in Poole on Monday.

Camp Bestival - Not suitable for adults

Bournemouth Echo: On the bounce at Bestival

10:32am Friday 14th June 2013

WHY should the adults get all the fun at the disco?

Thousands head for ferries to Isle of Wight Festival

8:49am Thursday 13th June 2013

Thousands of music lovers will be getting on ferries today for the crossing to the Isle of Wight for the first of the major summer music festivals.

Folk and roots party on Poole Quay

Bournemouth Echo: APPEARING SOON: Spiers and Boden

11:14am Tuesday 11th June 2013

FOLK On The Quay in Poole is a new festival taking place on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30.

Rising stars of classical music take to the stage at Plush Festival

Bournemouth Echo: CELLIST: Adrian Brendel

11:08am Tuesday 11th June 2013

AN INTERNATIONALLY acc-laimed music festival is being held in a church nestled in a picturesque Dorset valley.

Get set to party to M People hits

Bournemouth Echo: Get set to party with M People

11:53am Monday 10th June 2013

M PEOPLE will stop off at the BIC on their 20th Anniversary Greatest Hits tour.

Swinging sixties come back to Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: LINE UP: Performers from Carnaby Street, a new musical coming to the Pavilion in Bournemouth

1:00pm Wednesday 5th June 2013

LONDON in the 60s and hits from the era form the backdrop for a new musical coming to Bournemouth Pavilion.



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