We're promoting and supporting community events across Dorset. In this section you can find information about current and past events, workshops, cultural events, gatherings etc.

If your event is not on here, get in touch with us and we'll see what we can do.

Dorset One World Festival 2016

We are now getting very excited!!! The Dorset One World Festival 2016 is just over 2 weeks away and we are finalising all the details. The programme looks amazing and there will be a lot more stalls and a lot more food than in the previous years. So we hope that you will be able to join the other thousands of people on the 6th August in the Borough Gardens in Dorchester. Please see poster for more details. We will be posting about our performers on a regular basis on our facebook page so please have a look at

Welcome Migrants

2016 07 03 WELCOME MIGRANTS flyerCome and join us in a peaceful demonstration of solidarity with migrants in Bournemouth Square 11am - 1 pm on Sunday 3rd July.

Dorset Race Equality Council has teamed up with social organiser Poppy Jay Palmer to organise this event, supported by Bournemouth 2026 Trust.

Volunteers will be handing out yellow roses to passers-by in an act of friendship and kindness. Members of the public will have the opportunity to write messages of solidarity to show migrants that they are welcome in Bournemouth.

Please come along and show your support!

International Women's Day at BU

lauraserrantBournemouth University will be holding two events in March to celebrate International Women's Day 2016:

  • On 4th March there will be a talk by Professor Laura Serrant, Professor of Community and Public Health Nursing and Director of Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton.
  • On 8th March there will be a talk by Chief Constable Debbie Simpson of Dorset Police.

For more details or to book please click on the following link:


Dorset's Women's Week 2016

DWD 2016 Poster-page-001WAND is thrilled to extend its invitation to you to participate in this years Dorset Women’s Week which is taking place from Saturday 5th March.
There are lots of fantastic events and opportunities to participate in – full details of which can be found in the attached programme.
The week begins with a performance from Rosemary Hawthorne – aka the Knicker Lady. Rosemary, much loved actress, fashion historian and author, will be bringing her famous collection of knickers – and other things to the Brownsword Hall in Poundbury (Dorchester) on Saturday the 5th March from 7.30pm-9.30pm.
Tickets cost £12 and are available via:
Rosemary is happy to amuse, as she lifts each spry or weary vintage garment (it could be a hat, dress, bag, pair of boots, vest… suspenders) and, holding them aloft, makes a passing comment that has an audience in fits of laughter.
Rosemary Hawthorne has been described as ‘The Joyce Grenfell of Knickers’ and as ‘…having the style and timing of pure comic genius’.
During the week there is the opportunity to visit the Dorset History Centre, get advice and information on Women’s Health, build your body confidence, join a stress busting workshop, learn how to make a necklace, watch the film Suffragette, join in with a very relaxing yoga class, hear the reflections of a female chief constable, develop your assertiveness skills through working with horses, attend an inspiring music concert, take part in a guided nature walk and also participate in some really super sports and leisure activities.
Dorset Women’s Week culminates with the 11th annual Dorset Women’s Day to be hosted by WAND!
This will take place at the Dorford Centre Dorchester on Saturday 12 March from 10am – 3.30pm. Regular attenders of the event will know that it offers something for everyone and this year is no exception. The day will be packed with a varied and exciting range of workshops and performances.
A highlight at this years Dorset Women’s Day  is a talk from one of our finest reporters – Kate Adie who will be sharing with us insights into her career as well as signing books - places are limited so you will need to reserve a space in advance via:
Admission to Dorset Women’s Day is free and is open to women of all ages and backgrounds. Free crèche facilities will be available together with the opportunity to purchase delicious home-made cakes and refreshments lovingly prepared by WAND volunteers.
Please note that free hard copies of the programme will also be available from Friday 19th February from the following locations:
•    Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne and other local Libraries
•    Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne and Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centres
•    Bridport Arts Centre
•    Dorchester Town Council
•    Bridport Town Council
•    West Dorset District Council
•    Sherborne Town Council
•    Oxley Sports Centre – Sherborne
•    Riversmeet Leisure Centre – Gillingham
•    Waterstones – Dorchester
•    Local Village Halls
•    Other locations – keep your eyes peeled!
For more information about the events, to obtain a programme or to book a ticket for the Knicker Lady or Kate Adie, please contact Emma Scott on 01305 252204 or by emailing her at
Information can also be found on our website at


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