Brownsea Island Open Air Theatre

Brownsea Island hosts performances of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV from July 23 to August 8. For tickets visit or call 01202 251987.

Summer Breeze on the Quay

Indulge your senses as Poole’s Summer Breeze brings the spirit of the Mediterranean to Poole Quay every Thursday evening in August at 7pm. Each evening ends with a firework finale at 10pm.

Friday Family Fiesta

A line up of family entertainment takes place at Bournemouth Seafront and Lower Gardens from 7pm with a firework finale at 10pm, August 1, 8, 15, 22, for information visit

Pavilion Dance South West

Dancing Terraces Join in a variety of free dance classes for all ages from Friday, August 1 to Friday, August 29. Classes include Bollywood, Salsa, Funk, Ceilidh and 1940s Social Dance. Pavilion Dance South West, Poole Town and Country Show Set in the grounds of Upton Country Park, this family country show now in its 6th year offers all day entertainment including birds of prey, working dogs with the Purbeck Gun Dogs, Equestrian Acrobatics, children’s entertainment, arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3. Companion Dog Show takes place on Sunday. Open 10am-4pm. Proceeds from entries go to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Admission fee applies, from £3 to £15 for family ticket, children under 5 go free. Upton Country Park, 01202 262753,

Organ Concerts

Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre hosts a line up of musical infused nights on August 7, 21, 28. Tickets cost £3-£5. See, call 0844 576 3000.

An Evening with Cricketing Legend Sir Garfield Sobers

With anecdotes from the first batsman who hit six sixes in one over. Plus Q&A session and meet and greet. The Regent Centre, Christchurch, Tuesday, August 12, 7.30pm. Tickets £24.50, 01202 499199,

The Searchers

With a career spanning five decades with classic hits such as Sweets For My Sweet, The Searchers play the Regent Centre in Christchurch, Saturday, August 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets £19.50 01202 499199,

Purbeck Folk Festival

Purbeck Folk Festival offers a high quality, child-friendly festival this August bank holiday. Running from August 21-24 at Wilkswood Farm, the festival promises four days of music, merry-making and magic in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck. The music bill is topped by Turin Brakes, Eddi Reader, Idlewild Acoustic, ’80s legend Lloyd Cole, The (still beautiful) South, ‘The Voice’ runner up Sally Barker, British folk stalwart Chris Wood and chart toppers Nizlopi. Weekend tickets at, or by phone on 023 8071 1818. Limited number of day tickets available.

Come Fly With Me 1940s Night – with Diane James

Enjoy a super three-course dinner during an Aviation Themed 1940s evening at The Cumberland hotel on Thursday, August 28. Period costume welcome, £29pp, call 01202 298350 to reserve or visit