Events and Festivals in Blandford

Blandford 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.

Great Dorset Steam Fair

This is a well-known fixture in the Blandford events calendar and will next take place in August 2024.

The Fair has been running for over 50 years and regularly attracts more than 100,000 visitors over 5 days. As well as displays of all things steam powered, there is music, food and drink, heavy horses, vintage vehicles, a fun fair and more. 

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.

Blandford Georgian Fayre

You’ll find streetside stalls, music, dancing and traditional fairground entertainment against the backdrop of Blandford’s grand architecture.

The Fayre is held every May and attracts many visitors to this pretty market town. You can also enjoy visiting the quaint and interesting local shops, cafes and restaurants.

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.

Blandford Literary Festival

First held in 2019, this festival is looking to grow year on year.

With both existing and new writers, the festival includes workshops, readings and competitions and will be a great addition to the Blandford events calendar.

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.

Events coming soon

Guided Snowdrop Walks Feb 05

Guided Snowdrop Walks

Join one of the Kingston Lacy volunteers on an exclusive walk down paths lined with carpets of snowdrops. Learn more about the many different varieties and discover their long history at Kingston...

Janice Burns and Jon Doran Feb 11

Janice Burns and Jon Doran

Janice Burns and Jon Doran are an Anglo-Scottish duo who came together after discovering a shared love of traditional music. They find their songs in archives that span the depths of our history...

LaserTag Warzone Feb 11

LaserTag Warzone

Laserguys Laser Tag is bringing the heat this February Half Term with our newest event - LASERTAG WARZONE! This February Half Term, gather your troops and storm our brand new fortress. Perfect for...

Paddleboat Theatre - Hansel & Gretel Feb 13

Paddleboat Theatre - Hansel & Gretel

Join Hansel and Gretel as they venture into the woods, trailing breadcrumbs and sharing their story as they go. The mischievous siblings are searching for the magical market at the heart of the forest...

Dorsetborn Theatre - Georgia and the Iceberg Feb 15

Dorsetborn Theatre - Georgia and the Iceberg

Can you imagine spending your holiday in Antarctica? Or becoming best friends with a penguin? When Georgia goes to visit her big sister Helena, all she wants is to explore the big frozen continent...

Balbir Singh Dance Company - Love and Spice Feb 24

Balbir Singh Dance Company - Love and Spice

An elderly couple, still very much in love, lookback on their lives together, reliving key moments through memories of the meals they shared. As the couple reminisce, their younger selves appear and...

The Gods Are All Here Feb 25

The Gods Are All Here

Sparked by the discovery of a series of letters from his father in Nigeria to his mother in Wales, The Gods Are All Here is a compelling, lyrical and warm, one-man performance from first-class...

Bard in the Yard - The Scottish Play Mar 02

Bard in the Yard - The Scottish Play

William Shakespeare is stuck. Blank parchment stuck. He's trying to write a new masterpiece and has the weight of his company's eager return to the stage on his shoulders. What's more,...

Callum Patrick Hughes - Thirst Mar 05

Callum Patrick Hughes - Thirst

A show about love – love of pubs, love of community, love of family. And a reminder that not everything you love is necessarily good for you. 'I don't have a drink problem. Drink has a...