Events and Festivals in Blandford

Blandford Forum is a town of history, arts and fantastic local food and drink. And the events and festivals which take place here during the year are fun for all ages, whatever your interest and budget.

Culture and the arts

Performing arts comes to the small stage in Dorset’s countryside. Usually set within local village halls, all ages can watch fantastic live performances at affordable ticket prices.

The ArtsReach charity not only supports local venues but also local performers too and brings music, theatre and dance to rural Dorset.

Teddy Rocks Festival

Created in 2010 to raise money for children's cancer charities, the annual Teddy Rocks Festival is now firmly on the Blandford Forum events calendar. 

Taking place each year over the early May bank holiday weekend, there's always a great line-up of acts including tribute bands as well as local talent. Day tickets, weekend tickets and camping can all be booked online.

Brewery Tours

The Hall and Woodhouse Brewery has been brewing real ales since 1777 and include the interestingly named Fursty Ferret, Hopping Hare and Cranborne Poacher – all part of the Badger Beer brand.

As well as taking a brewery tour and sampling some of the creations, there are also many Hall and Woodhouse pubs all over Dorset where you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner and stay overnight.

Music Festivals

We Out Here Festival returns for another year in August, just a 15 minute drive out of town. Across four days, enjoy the biggest names in Jazz, Soul, Hip Hop, Brazilian and sounds from across the globe, and at night, dance to some of the scene's most exciting DJs. Alongside the music, there'll be a wellness programme (yoga, breathwork, massage, dance and more), a Talks Tent, Roller disco, and independent Record Fair.

In June, the two day family friendly DorsetFest is set in the heart of the Dorset National Landscape. Enjoy a fantastic range of music, entertainment and food stalls. There's even the option the camp to make the most of the weekend.

Christmas in Blandford

The annual Yuletide Festival is a sight to behold. On one evening in December, Blandford is alive with carol singers, a lantern parade, street theatre, music and dancing. Father Christmas also pays a visit and the shops and streetside stalls are open late for those looking for unique and unusual Christmas presents.

During December, shops windows are decorated with Christmas scenes, Market Place is home to a huge Christmas trees and carol services take place at the parish church.

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Cursus Music and Cider Festival May 24

Cursus Music and Cider Festival

Cursus Festival returns to Dorset in 2024 for another weekend of small festival goodness! Bank holiday weekend 24th - 26th May. www.cursusfestival.com Located in the beautiful Dorset countryside, home...

Bryanston Summer Fair May 25

Bryanston Summer Fair

We are delighted to be returning for our third year at the beautiful Bryanston School We will be taking over the school building and grounds again this May. Over 100 stalls, street food and bar area,...

Bug hunting at Badbury Rings May 25

Bug hunting at Badbury Rings

Explore the Rings to see what bugs you can find. Will you net a grasshopper, a cricket or even a spider? Saturdays in half term, 25 May and 1 June. Pick up a bug sweep net and a spotter guide from the...

Blandford Forum Farmers and Makers Markets May 26

Blandford Forum Farmers and Makers Markets

Blandford Forum Farmers & Makers Markets 2024. The market will return this year, and they are planning for the following dates that fall on a Sunday: 24 March, 28 April, 26 May, 23 June, 28 July,...

May Half Term Battle Royale May 26

May Half Term Battle Royale

If you are looking for a fun day out during May Half Term, join our Battle Royale event for action packed laser tag gaming! Perfect for players 6 years and older, this event will be a blast for both...

She'Koyokh May 26

She'Koyokh

London-based She'Koyokh have been stars of the UK klezmer scene for over 20 years, described by the Evening Standard as "Britain's Best klezmer & Balkan music band". All seven...

Witchampton Open Gardens Festival May 26

Witchampton Open Gardens Festival

Witchampton opens its wonderful gardens to the public this late May Bank Holiday weekend and expects to attract visitors from all over the South of England for the carnival atmosphere and...

Witchampton's Wonderful Open Gardens Festival May 26

Witchampton's Wonderful Open Gardens Festival

Witchampton opens its wonderful gardens to the public this May Bank Holiday weekend and expects to attract visitors from all over the South of England. Situated four miles north of Wimborne,...