We know that for many, Christmas can be a difficult time of year, particularly Christmas Day. We have gathered local together information on Christmas lunches across Dorset that are affordable or even free for those that are lonely at Christmas or want to have a cooked lunch in the community.  

East Dorset

St Mary’s Church, Ferndown are foffering affordable Christmas Lunches and a place to get in the festive spirit. To book your place at the table, give your details and pay £12 to the Church Office.  

Find out more on the St Mary’s Website.   

St John’s Church, Wimborne are offering affordable Christmas Day lunch those in the community who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day. There will be Christmas lunch followed by musical entertainment. You can also join their Christmas Day service at 11am. 

Phone 01202 84255 or email office@stjohnswimborne.org.uk  

North Dorset 

Community Christmas lunch in Gillingham, Shaftesbury and surrounding villages. Christmas lunches are being delivered to your door free of charge including Christmas pudding and drink. This is available to everyone, no means testing or age restrictions.  

Email gillinghamchristmasmeal@gmail.com to find out more and sign up.  

West Dorset

Bridport Community Kitchen are offering a free annual Christmas lunch on Wednesday 22 December at Beacon Church, Bridport. 

 Limited spaces are available. To find out more and book a place please call Simon on 07590 379707. 

United Church, East Street, Bridport with Churches Together will be holding a Christmas Day lunch. This will be held at 12.30pm. Numbers will be restricted this year and there will be tables of six.  

To find out more and to book please call Sue on 01308 422598 or Peter on 07778 159826. 

South Dorset

Harmans Cross Village Hall, Swanage are having a Christmas Carol Service, Sunday 19 December with mince pies and mulled wine. Taking place outside and with plenty of festive singing.  

There is also a number of directories that can be used to check Christmas events, events continue to be added so do keep updated with what is local to you this Christmastime.  


Community Christmas provides a free online directory of local festive events and activities taking place across the UK, which are open to local older people who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone. Events are added regularly so keep checking.  

#DorsetTogether at Christmas

#DorsetTogether at Christmas was created on the Help & Kindness website. A directory of all Christmas events in Dorset which will be updated regularly. 

Please note that this information was correct as of 10/12/2021 and that there may be changes to this before Christmas Day. We strongly advise checking with the event organisers ahead of travelling to an event that it is still taking place.