Music, Arts and Culture

Dorset has lots to offer if you like music, arts and culture.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) provides orchestral music across the South and West of England, including concerts from its home base at the Lighthouse, Poole. They have also released music under their own label.

There are plenty of festivals in the area too. Charity festival Teddy Rocks in April/May and Larmer Tree Festival in July which is held in the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens where peacocks roam free. There’s also Camp Bestival, held in the grounds of Lulworth Castle.

A less family orientated festival is Endorse-it-in-Dorset which takes place most years near Sixpenny Handley. With 7 stages there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

For the more politically minded music lover, there’s the Tolpuddle Martyr’s Festival which takes place in Tolpuddle with a march , music and speeches. Billy Bragg is a regular.

If you’re after something more cultural, then Sherborne Literary Festival may be for you and an art-lover must is Sculpture by the Lakes.

Cultural venues include:

  • Brownsea Island Outdoor Theatre
  • Pavilion Theatre and ballroom, Bournemouth
  • Weymouth Pavilion
  • Barrington Theatre and Centre, Ferndown
  • Dorchester Arts Centre
  • Electric Palace, Bridport
  • Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis