Mid May to June End. BABY SWANS HATCHING. Abbotsbury Swannery.

Saturday 15th May 

Museums at Night.
Dorchester comes alive on Saturday evening as all 6 of its amazing Museums open for this special event: Dinosaur Museum, Dorset County Museum, Tutankhamun Exhibition, Keep Military Museum, Teddy Bear Museum, & Terracotta Warriors Museum. Fantastic value family explorer ticket available.

17th-23rd May

Victorian Swanage
A Trip Through Time. A week celebrating the Victorian heritage of Swanage and the wider region. Special railway events will highlight the 125th Anniversary of the arrival of the railway from Wareham to Swanage.

Tuesday 18th May

Duke’s Classic Car Auction (viewing days on Sunday 16th and Monday 17th)
Athelhampton House.

Saturday 15th May 8pm – 11.30pm

National Moth Night
Come along to celebrate national moth night at RSPB Radipole Lake. We’ll be using a variety of different methods to attract as many moth species as possible. You’ll be amazed at what we catch! Booking essential.

Saturday 29 May – Bank Holiday Monday 31 May

Tutankhamun Treasure Hunt
The Tutankhamun Exhibition, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UW. The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 has been described as the world’s greatest discovery of ancient treasure. Now children visiting the internationally renowned Tutankhamun Exhibition can go on their own Treasure Hunt over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. They will explore this fascinating exhibition with its recreation of Tutankhamun’s tomb, treasures and mummy and solve the riddle of the missing treasure.9.30am to 5.30pm

Wildlife Explorer Week. 31st May – 6th June.

RSPB Radipole Lake and Arne.
Keep the kids busy this week, bring them along to Radipole Lake or Arne anytime during half term and let them run wild! Bird bingo and wildlife explorer backpacks will be available for hire all week.

Monday 31st May – Roary the Racing CarTM  and Big ChrisTM

Calling all Roary and Big Chris Fans
The cartoon favourites will be visiting the museum for a family fun day. Youngsters will be able to meet the characters appearing at intervals throughout the day. Haynes Motor Musuem

Saturday 29th – 31st May

Craft and Garden Fair.  Chettle House

Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June

Time of Event: 13:00 – 13:30
Venue: The Tank Museum Arena
Entry Fee: Free (Museum admission extra)  

Imagine the awesome power of tanks brought to life, in front of your very eyes.

Well now it’s a reality at The Tank Museum. In our new and improved arena, watch in awe as tanks from as early as World War Two roll into action. Thundering engines. Life-like explosions. Smoke billowing across the battlefield. You can feel the excitement. This ground shaking experience is a must.

Complete with expert commentary, you will discover how tanks work, how they developed and how they are used on the battlefield.

Tank Action displays take place at 1pm, WEEKDAYS ONLY, lasting around 30 minutes.

Tank Action Display Days are not classed as special event days, and you may use your annual ticket on these days.

Saturday 29th May – Sunday 6th June

Time of Event: 11:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Tank Museum Arena
Entry Fee: £2.50 per person. (Museum admission extra)

Feel the thrill of riding in a tracked vehicle for yourself in our M548, specially converted to hold 16 people at a time.

At regular intervals during the day, you can get a feel for riding around our arena surrounded by armour!

Vehicle rides are £2.50 per person – and due to the frequency of rides each day it is not necessary to book.

The Tank Museum also offers a limited number of tank rides, but due to high demand these must be booked in advance.

 Saturday 29th May – Sunday 6th June

Time of Event: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: The Tank Museum
Entry Fee: Standard admission applies

A variety of free fun family activities will be taking place on the Museum floor, supported by live tank displays and tracked vehicle rides in our arena.

The Tank Museum explodes to life this May half term; with Tank Action Displays (weekdays only, 1pm), daily tracked vehicle rides (extra charge applies) and a host of family activities to get involved with on the Museum floor!

Visitors will have the opportunity to build their own mini tanks from `scrap` as we explore how recycling has influenced how tanks are designed and built. Visitors will also be able to try on a selection of uniforms and climb into a Cold War or World War One tank (subject to availability).

Call us for more information: 01929 462359.

Saturday 29th May – Friday 4th June

Pirate Festival, Lulworth Castle & Park.

Dress up as a pirate on Sat 29th and be part of our record breaking attempt for the largest gathering of pirates in one place for recognition in the Guiness World Records. Throughout the festival there will be a Treasure Trail, hunt the parrot, Gun Displays, Smuggling Tours and Meet Pirates amongst many other activities.                                                                                                                                                                                               

Monday 31st May

Sherborne Castle Country Fair

Over 200 trade and craft stands, a food hall, dog shows and a full programme of attractions, demonstrations and great family entertainment.