We may be moving into September but there's still plenty to enjoy this weekend. Here's your round-up.


*EXPERIENCE the five giants of rock'n'roll as the West End smash hit, Be Bop A Lula, comes to Weymouth Pavilion this evening. Featuring the music of Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Billy Fury, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, the show will celebrate the greatest hits of the era and pay tribute to the artists who brought the rock'n'roll scene to the UK. The show begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £24.50 for adults or £22.50 for concessions, available from the pavilion website or box office.

*REDISCOVER The Secret Garden as the Chapterhouse Theatre Company adapts Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel for the stage. Performed this evening at Athelhampton House and Gardens, the al fresco production follows Mary Lennox as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner. Tickets are £16 for adults, £11 for children or £46 for a family, including access to the gardens, which open at 6pm. The play begins at 7.30pm. Buy online via the Athelhampton House website or from www.seetickets.com.


*PARTY in the Park takes place in Victoria Gardens, Portland, tomorrow from 11am to 3.30pm.

Headlining the day will be Darron Garnett, 'The Voice Of Cool Swing'. Darron will be bringing his tribute to the Kings of Swing to Portland when he performs at this special celebration, held by Island Community Action.

The day will feature ‘The Great Portland Bake-Off’, to see who makes the best Victoria Sandwich on the Island, stalls, games, competitions, food and bar-b-que. People are welcome to bring a picnic too.

See islandcommunityaction.org for more information.

*SHOW your support for staff at Dorset prisons as they take part in a charity rugby match at Dorchester Rugby Club tomorrow. Teams from HMP Guys Marsh in Shaftesbury and HMP The Verne on Portland will be going head to head to raise money for Weldmar Hospice and the Prison Officers Association Welfare Fund. Entry is free and kick off is at 3pm.

*SEE the classic Blues Brothers movie transformed for the stage with a high-octane musical experience. The Bootleg Blues Brothers will capture the sound and energy that propelled the film to a cult status and which continues to thrill audiences today. Expect to hear hits from the likes of James Brown, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin. The show takes to the stage at Weymouth Pavilion tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets are £26 for adults or £24 for concessions, available online or from the pavilion box office.


*TRY your hand at a spot of acting with a beginners class led by the Dorchester Community Plays Association. At 2pm on Sunday, head down to the Shire Hall in Dorchester for a fun, friendly workshop introducing participants to the basics of drama. The two-hour session will be introduced by Tim Laycock. Turn up on the day or book by contacting dcpaoutreach@gmail.com.

*GREEN-fingered fanatics delight: The Great Dorset Plant Fair returns on Sunday with an autumn special at Athelhampton House and Gardens. From 10am until 3pm, independent local nurseries will display a wide variety of plants and local produce, with craft stalls selling handmade gifts and goodies. Visitors can purchase grasses, alpines, herbs, perennials and climbers, with growers on site to offer specialist tips and advice. Admission is £7 and includes access to the grounds of Athelhampton House, which will remain open until 5pm.

*ROUND off the weekend by celebrating the life and legacy of the legendary composer, songwriter and record producer, Burt Bacharach. Boasting a West End cast, Back to Bacharach will dazzle audiences with a string of classic hits, from What The World Needs Now and Walk On By to I Say A Little Prayer For You and Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. The production comes to Weymouth Pavilion on Sunday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £24 for adults or £22 for concessions, and can be purchased from online or from the pavilion box office.