THE third weekend of October is closing in and there is plenty going on across Dorset in terms of events and activities.

So if you’re stuck for something to do the Daily Echo has got you covered with a list of just some of the events taking place this weekend, October 16-17.


Weymouth Gin & Fizz Festival

This Saturday at the Pavillion in Weymouth will be the town’s gin and fizz festival. Regular tickets cost £15, via Ticket Tailor, for the over 18s event which allows entry to the festival, a welcome gin liqueur, branded glass to take home, gin guide, sampling and access to the live music and stalls. The event will be split between two sessions, the first between 1pm and 5pm and the second at 7pm until 11pm. Organisers say people will be able to meet the distillers, chat, sample and even buy a bottle or two as well as listen to the music on offer.

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Roller Disco

The following day at the Weymouth Pavilion on Sunday, October 17, a roller disco will be taking place. Across the day there will be two sessions. The initial one starts at 1pm running until 3pm, before another between 4pm and 6pm. Resident DJ Glen Mitchell will provide the tunes for the family roller disco which costs £2 to watch, £7 to ride with your own skates or £9 to hire some via the event’s Facebook page.



As part of a series of events to mark Halloween, Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park is hosting a series of family events throughout this month. Ascarium gets into its second week of events for 2021 with tickets for adults starting at £19.10 and £15.95 for children. The event promises to offer spooky fun for all the family.


Purbeck Film Festival Exhibition

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On Saturday at Durlston Country Park at the Fine Foundation Gallery, at Durlston Castle, there will be a free to attend exhibition exploring the past 25 years of the Purbeck Film Festival and the themes of this year's films. The Jurassic Coast Trust’s website states the event will start at 10am.


Dorchester Literary Festival

This week marks the second weekend of the Dorchester Literary Festival. With plenty of talks and workshops on-going throughout the week the festival comes to an end on Saturday with a talk from broadcaster Jeremy Vine about his book ‘The diver and the lover,’ which takes place at 7pm at the Dorford Centre. On Friday Kate Humble will also be at the Dorford Centre to provide at a talk at 2pm. The whole festival has a variety of talks throughout the week and on Saturday so check out their website for further information.

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The Elvis Years

On Friday night at 7.30pm a musical production in honour of ‘the king of rock and roll,’ comes to the Weymouth Pavilion. Tickets start at £26 as singer Mario Kombou, an all-star band and award-winning singers take to the stage performing hits from across Elvis’ career.


Halloween family bushcraft

Embrace the autumn season with a family bushcraft session run by Fore Adventure. The day will include shelter building, tool use and camp crafts, water purification and fire lighting as well as cooking some treats. The activities will be taking place at Fore Adventure on Middle Beach Road in Studland between 9am and 11am this Saturday. Tickets cost £20pp and can be booked via the Fore Adventure website, where further information can also be found.