THE WEEKEND is fast approaching and there is plenty going on across Dorset to keep you busy, as the second week of October draws to a close.

So, if you’re stuck for something to do across the county this weekend the Dorset Echo has got you covered with a list of just some of the events and activities taking place in the county.


Weymouth Beach Race

Dorset Echo: Stephen Jones

Organised by the Purbeck Motocross Club the Weymouth Beach Race is back for 2021, having been cancelled in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The event has been running since 1984 and takes place on Sunday October 10. 269 riders will be taking to the beach across three classes of races; with two races for each class. Big crowds are expected for the racing spectacle, which is free to watch with the engines starting at midday for practice.


Dorchester Literary Festival

This weekend sees the start of the Dorchester Literary Festival on Saturday October 9 and continues through to October 16. For the inaugural weekend there will be a workshop from Rachel Bright at the library starting at 10am and then two further events at The Dorford Centre at 2pm and 4pm. Tickets are on sale via this festival’s website or from Waterstones in Dorchester.


Launch Party Weekend

In the north of the county, in Shaftesbury, there is a launch party at the abbey for a new events dome. There will be a series of events taking place over both Saturday and Sunday. Events kick off at 10am on Saturday with a kids tye dye workshop followed by a pop-up tea party and a launch party at 4pm. On Sunday there will also be two further pop-up parties. Tickets are available via eventbrite, with further information online.


Weymouth Ascarium

As part of a series of events to mark Halloween, Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park is hosting a series of family events starting this weekend. Ascarium events will be running across the month starting on Saturday October 9. Tickets for adults start at £19.10 and £15.95 for children. The event promises to offer spooky fun for all the family.


Park to Pier Walk

Dorset Echo: Stunning old Swanage Pier - Mary Seer

This Saturday in Swanage between 10.30am and 12pm there will be a park to pier walk. Starting at Durlston Castle those attending can join a ranger on a stroll to Swanage Pier discovering information about the history, wildlife and geology in the area led by a pier volunteer. No booking is required but it will cost £5 for adults and £3 for children.


Guns N' Roses Experience

At the Weymouth Pavilion this Friday you can catch the Guns N' Roses Experience, an international touring act which brings the original band to life. The event starts at 8pm with all tickets costing £18.50 via the pavilion’s website.

Dorset Echo: Chardrock 2019 headliners The Guns n Roses Experience


Weymouth Farmers and Makers Market

Held every second Sunday of the month the Weymouth Farmer and Makers Market is back this weekend. Starting at 10am the market will run until 3pm just outside The Range.


Are there any events that you're going to this weekend that deserve a mention? If so let us know in the comments below.