There's plenty of Christmas related and non Christmas related entertainment to enjoy this weekend. Here's our guide to the best entertainment.


*RELIVE the music of Michael Jackson as one of the UK's largest touring tribute acts comes to Weymouth Pavilion tonight at 7.30pm. Michael starring BEN is an award-winning production featuring a live band, iconic dance routines and Jackson's greatest hits performed by Ben Bowman, from Billie Jean and Beat It to Man in the Mirror and Thriller. Tickets are £26, available from the pavilion website or by contacting the box office.

*TAKING to the stage at Dorchester Corn Exchange this evening will be Wille & The Bandits, an energetic and soulful blues rock band. Praised by the likes of rock legends Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi, the trio regularly introduce new instruments and ideas into their songwriting and musicianship, ensuring their performances are bursting with excitement and originality. The show tonight starts at 8pm and tickets are £13 or £11 for concessions, available from the Dorchester Arts box office or website, or in person at the Corn Exchange.


*HEAD to Hope Street Church in Weymouth for Wessex Musical Theatre's Christmas show. With songs from The Lion King and A Star is Born, as well as classic festive favourites, Jingle Bell Rockout promises to get everyone into the Christmas mood. Performances take place tonight and tomorrow evening at 7.30pm, and tomorrow afternoon at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for children, available from Londis Harbour Stories on Trinity Street, by contacting or on the door.


*THE annual Buttermarket Christmas Market returns to Poundbury tomorrow from 10am to 4pm. In a celebration of small businesses, the market will feature more than 35 stalls selling a range of crafts, treats and gifts, as well as hosting performances of Christmas jazz music and presenting Santa's grotto.

*ENJOY a selection of international, national and local films at Portland's Short Film Festival, taking place tomorrow at the Royal Manor Theatre in Fortuneswell from 7pm. The free event will also feature visits from local filmmakers, with doors opening at 6pm. For more information, visit

*CELEBRATE the season in style as Dorset's Christmas Swinging Ball with Annie & The Midnight Shift comes to Weymouth Pavilion tomorrow at 7.30pm. The swinging-themed ball is open to all, whether you want to dance the night away or sit back and enjoy the show. Guests are invited to dress in a retro/festive theme and DJs will kick start the evening with a warm up class suitable for all abilities. Tickets are £24, available from The Swing Dance Company at

*IF swing dance doesn't take your fancy, enjoy the music of the Bee Gees in a performance of You Win Again at Weymouth Pavilion tomorrow evening from 7.30pm. The concert will take audiences on a musical journey through the sixties, seventies and eighties, performing hits including Night Fever, Stayin' Alive, More Than A Woman and Tragedy. Tickets are £25, available from the pavilion website or box office.

*SEE comedian Harriet Kemsley assume the persona of Slutty Joan in a performance at Dorchester Corn Exchange tomorrow night at 8pm. Bringing her nationwide tour to town, the star of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Comedy Central at The Comedy Store shames slut shaming and delves into her sexual history in this deeply personal and and hilarious show. Suitable for ages 16 and over, tickets are £12 or £10 for concessions, available from the Dorchester Arts website or box office, or in person at the Corn Exchange.


*SHOP your heart out at Weymouth Pavilion's giant Christmas craft and gift fayre, taking place on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. With more than 50 stalls selling a variety of local and handmade products, visitors can also meet Santa in his festive grotto. Admission to the event is free.

*DEDICATE a light in memory of a loved one at Weldmar Hospice's Light up a Light service, taking place in Hope Square in Weymouth on Sunday at 5pm. With readings, carols and local musicians, the service seeks to bring the community together at a time when feelings of loss may be particularly strong. To make a dedication or donation, visit