It's another jam-packed summer weekend. Here's your guide to what 's on.

*HEAD down to the Dorchester Corn Exchange this evening (5) for Alistair McGowan's Introductions to Classical Piano. A popular comedian, actor, writer, and recent pianist, Alistair is touring this unique show which brings together all of his talents. The evening will feature classical piano pieces from his album, as well as excerpts by composers including Philip Glass, Debussy and Bill Evans. Alistair will discuss the history of each piece, before sharing the trials and triumphs of starting to learn the piano at the age of 49. The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost £17.

*DON'T miss the final performances of Thomas Hardy's classic, Far From The Madding Crowd. Put on by the New Hardy Players at Came House near Dorchester, the play takes to the stage this evening at 7.30pm and tomorrow at 2.30pm. The dramatic outdoor production features more than 50 actors and musicians, bringing to life the colourful characters of Weatherbury. The new script tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene, whose relationships with a shepherd, a sergeant and a farmer cause nothing but drama. Tickets are £15 for adults and £7.50 for under-18s. They are available from the Dorchester Arts website or by contacting the box office.

*DELIGHT in the huge array of vehicles on display at the Chickerell Steam and Vintage Show, running tomorrow until Sunday. The family-oriented experience will host to classic steam engines, vintage cars and motorbikes, tractors and military vehicles, as well as offering plenty of entertainment with a fun fair, arena events, beer tent and trade stalls. Live music performances will include the Weymouth Concert Band, The Jolly Boys and the Plonkers Agricultural Orchestra. The site opens at 10am on Saturday and closes 4pm on Sunday. Entry costs £8 for adults and £3 for under-16s, with children under five going free.

*SUPPORT the South Western Ambulance Service by heading down to Weymouth's ambulance station open day tomorrow from 11am. A fun and free day for all the family, visitors are invited to meet the local staff and take a peek inside a real ambulance. The event will feature emergency vehicle displays, CPR awareness talks and healthcare advice, as well as children's games, raffles and refreshments.

*JOIN in the fun at Dorset County Hospital's first ever summer spectacular. Taking place from 2pm until 5pm tomorrow, on the field of the former Damers School next to the hospital, expect all the excitement of a traditional fete, with stalls, games, a performance arena and a grand raffle, boasting fantastic prizes including restaurant vouchers and family days out. Performances will feature Dorchester's town crier, Alistair Chisholm, as well as Twirl Academy and Stagecoach. The event will be raising funds for the Chemotherapy Appeal, which aims to improve the quality of outpatient and radiotherapy services available to local cancer patients.

*GET up close and personal with fluffy and scaly creatures in a Mad 4 Animals fun day on Sunday. Head down to Maumbury Rings in Dorchester from 12pm for a chance to pet an alpaca, ride a pony, enjoy a touch of face painting or try your hand at tombola. The event is free and will be raising funds to support Dorset Mind, a mental health charity which provides services to people with mental health difficulties in the local area.

*PREPARE to party as a popular rock 'n' roll variety show returns to Weymouth Pavilion. That'll Be The Day will take to the stage once again at 7.30pm on Sunday, July 7. Featuring live music performances, the show blends smash hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s with a dollop of entertaining comedy. Now in its 33rd year of national touring, That'll Be The Day celebrates an era of timeless nostalgia and promises to have audiences dancing down the aisles. Tickets are £27.50 for adults and £10.50 for children, and can be purchased via the pavilion website or box office.