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Come to Dorset during any month and you’ll find an array of festivals and events to enjoy!
Dorset plays host to variety of events such as music, theatre, comedy, country shows…and there are even a few more unusual events to be found that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Explore the beautiful landscape through literature at the Purbeck Literary Festival in February.
Dorset’s wonderful scenery has inspired many a writer, perhaps you’ll discover a new passion and become the next Thomas Hardy or Enid Blyton!
As spring emerges, it’s time for a colourful mix of music, fossils and swans!
The Sherborne Abbey Music Festival is as majestic as it sounds with beautiful music in a magnificent setting.
They say don’t look down but make sure you look up – the fan vaulted ceiling has to be seen to be believed, it will simply take your breath away!
Children will love taking a step back in time and discovering more about the dinosaurs that roamed our lands at Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.
If you’re looking for something a bit out of the ordinary then make sure you visit Abbotsbury Swannery from mid May.
Walk through the paths and watch as fluffy cygnets hatch from eggs right before your eyes.
As if that wasn’t enough, the wide variety of Dorset events includes plenty of events for those with a love of food.
In May, Christchurch Food & Wine Festival takes place and is one of the premier events of its type.
Or why not enjoy a day at the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival…we did say that there are more slightly unusual events taking place in Dorset!
The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival in July is also a must where you can enjoy some of the finest, freshest seafood whilst relaxing with a cold glass of bubbly!
June really kicks off the start of summer when the county is alive with festivals and carnivals.
Chill out and really get into the swing at Swanage Jazz Festival in July or let the kids (and grown ups!) enjoy some explosive fun at Tankfest!
The summer months also see traditional village fetes hang their bunting all across Dorset.
August gets off to a great start with Camp Bestival. Lulworth Castle provides the stunning backdrop for this well renowned family festival.
With music to tackle all taste buds, a fantastic line up for the little ones and much more, this is a festival not to be missed!
Morris Dancers bring the streets to life with their bright costumes and jingling bells with folk festivals in Lyme Regis and Purbeck during August.
Plus, if you like it hot then make sure you pop along to the Great Dorset Chilli Festival!
Enjoy a giant trip of nostalgia into the days of yesteryear at the Great Dorset Steam Fair at the end of August, widely recognised as the leading event of its type in the world with 2,000 exhibits, 800 trade stalls and over 220 full size steam engines!
You’ll be all puffed out after an action packed day!
If you’re looking for a great day out for the young and old to all enjoy then make sure you go along to one of our agricultural shows.
Melplash Show and Dorset County Show are crammed full of animal shows, magnificent displays, trade stalls and all the fun of the fair!
Don’t be fooled into thinking these are low key events, they really are buzzing with activity!
Get your hats at the ready by September for the Bridport Hat Festival, a wonderfully British celebration of eccentricity!
With music all around and entertainment for the whole family this wonderful, quirky event is not to be missed!
Celebrate the start of Autumn with a spectacular display of colours in the beautiful lakeside gardens at Sherborne Castle or take a magical evening stroll along candle-lit pathways through enchanted glades at Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens.
And it doesn’t stop there!
The year might be drawing to a close but there are still plenty of events to enjoy in Dorset, many of which have a touch of festive sparkle about them!
If you are planning to visit Dorset to take part in one of our amazing festivals and events, why not stay a while and make a holiday of it?
We’ve got plenty of accommodation for you to choose from – your perfect break is just a click away!
Last but not least, we highly recommend you to take a trip up to the iconic landscape of Broadchurch where ITV's famous crime series of the same name was filmed, you will be amazed at its stunning beauty!
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Everyone is invited to attend the popular Christmas Cheer evening taking place in 2016 on Wednesday 7th December from 4.00 to 8.00pm. The FREE community event has something for all the family to enjoy. With lots of festive entertainment, it is a...
Father Christmas with his golden boots comes to Wareham.
Parade starts at 4pm
Afterwards in the Grotto at the back of the Red Lion.
Hot refreshments in the Town Hall.
To book tickets please call the box office* on 01297 442138
Full price: £15.00
Under 6s: £10.00 (at the Box Office only)
Family Ticket: £38.00
EARLY BIRD BEFORE END OF OCTOBER ALL FULL/CONC TICKETS: £12.00 (from the Box Office...
Suitable for all levels and all instruments
Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.
Discover the fun of playing folk music with other people in a set of three workshops. Learn tunes and chords, experiment with...
Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
£14/£12 members and concessions
Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside...
Purbeck Literary Festival – Exploring the landscape through literature. Creative, comedy and blog writing workshops, poetry, performances and events featuring the works of Enid Blyton, T.E. Lawrence, Thomas Hardy and contemporary authors who lived
Poole Harbour Boat show 2017 - 19th - 21st May
Hailed as the Sporting Glastonbury, Bournemouth 7s hosts 400 Teams & 5,000 Competitors participating in Rugby, Netball, Hockey & Dodgeball Cups. It's the perfect End of Season Tour for any team!
Renowned for its unique Party Atmosphere, Bournemouth...
Fishy food and drink stalls
Local artists and entertainers and much, much more
The 2017 Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Celebrations will take place from Saturday 17th June to Friday 23rd June, with the Service and Parade on Sunday 18th June on Weymouth Esplanade.
Festival Highlights will include the Service of...
A music and performance festival hosted at Lulworth Castle, set against the backdrop of England’s dramatic Jurassic coastline in Dorset.
Bournemouth's Town Centre will be full of atmosphere this Christmas!
With bright lights, Christmas Market, festive fun, animated figures and decorations all in place. As well as festive events which will take place throughout the season...