Wondering how you’re going to spend this year’s summer bank holiday?

Well there’s certainly no shortage of things do to here in Dorset and we’ve complied a list of our top ten picks to keep you entertained for the whole weekend.

Anonymous Festival, Dorchester

Come and enjoy this FREE family friendly day out in Dorchester and hear fresh musical talent from some of the best local youth starlets.

There’s loads to do to fill your day – have a go at a street art workshop, slacklining, carpet run, freerunning, pom pom making and lots, lots more, all in the fantastic setting of a Roman Amphitheatre!

Cinema Under the Stars, Corfe Castle

Soak up the magical atmosphere of open air cinema under the shadow of Corfe Castle. Pack a picnic, bottle of wine and a deckchair and sit back and enjoy the show!

Choose from ‘Paddington 2’ on Friday 24 August, ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ on Saturday 25 August or ‘Dunkirk’ on Sunday 26 August.

Candles on the Cobb, Lyme Regis

You’ll never forget the mesmerising sight of thousands of candles illuminating the historic Lyme Regis Cobb.

Candles on the Cobb, Lyme Regis

If you’d like to take part in this iconic event, you can buy your candle from selected retailers in Lyme Regis, including the Tourist Information Centre.

Giant Inflatable Waterslide, Bournemouth

Yes, you heard right, this bonkers national event where people slide down their local high street on a giant waterslide is coming to Bournemouth’s Richmond Hill this bank holiday weekend!

If you love a thrill, you can sign up to race an opponent down the slippery 400ft two-lane slide, or you can watch the hilarity unfold safe from the sidelines whilst enjoying music, food and drink and art installations.

Dorset Water Park, Corfe Castle

What better way to cool off in the heatwave than to jump off two huge inflatable assault courses into a lake?!

For ages 6 and above, you’ll be shrieking with pure glee as you tackle both the Castle Lake and Woodland Lake adventure parks.

And if a thundery downpour should hit, you could try the new Dorset Mud Trail – prepare to get mucky!!!

Melon Madness at Monkey World, Wareham

Monkey World is a fantastic day out whatever age you may be.

It’s always great fun to go and laugh at the chimps’ mischievous antics, marvel at the lemurs performing aerial tricks over your head and watch the baboon families care so tenderly for each other.

This holiday, every child that brings a monkey a juicy melon to eat will get a free Monkey World badge.

Cycle along the Rodwell Trail

A lovely idea for a day out is to follow the disused railway line from Weymouth town centre to Ferrybridge.

Fine views will accompany you along the way including those at Sandsfoot Castle where you could rest for a picnic or ice cream.

The trail then takes you to Ferrybridge, where you can hop over to Chesil Beach, spend an afternoon on the sands at Smallmouth Bay or enjoy even more fine fare at Taste, the Crab House Café or Billy Winters.

If you’re seasoned cyclists, there’s also the option to extend your journey over to Portland and back.

Tea with an Osprey

You are cordially invited to join the team at RSPB Arne for a cream tea - with a difference!

The nature reserve (which appeared on BBC’s Autumnwatch in 2016) is one of the best places in the area to see the magnificent osprey and this August Bank Holiday Weekend, you could be sipping your tea whilst watching these beautiful birds soar overhead.

And what’s more, this event is completely FREE as part of the #WildWeekend programme.

Rockpooling Fun

A traditional British summer pastime, everyone loves a spot of rockpooling at low tide with young children.

One of the best places in Dorset (if not the whole country) to find the hidden creatures of the sea is Kimmeridge Bay.

The waters here form part of the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and are teaming with diverse marine wildlife including the bizarre sex-changing snail!

Watch a world record attempt at the Great Dorset Steam Fair

It’s never before been attempted until now…come and watch 500 full size steam engines gather in one place as part of the event’s Mammoth 50th Anniversary.

This event always pulls in the crowds due to its diverse appeal and has even been referred to by some as the ‘greatest show on Earth’.

The sheer size and noise of the event definitely takes your breath away and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever!





Candles on the Cobb 2018
Candles on the Cobb 2018

Candles on the Cobb is a dramatic and spectacular event illuminating the historic Cobb Harbour at Lyme Regis with 5000 tea-light candles, at the same time raising thousands of pounds for local and national charities.

Anonymous Festival 10th Anniversary
Anonymous Festival 10th Anniversary

The FREE 'Anonymous' festival, now in its tenth year, is a one day family friendly event held at Maumbury Rings in Dorchester.

Photography workshops at Corfe Castle
Photography workshop at Corfe Castle

Learn how to make the most of your digital camera in the beautiful Purbeck countryside on these photography workshops.

Bournemouth Slide Richmond Hill

A 120m long waterslide coming soon to Richmond Hill. Featuring hot tubs, street food, DJ's and cocktails. Spectators welcome!

Dorset Adventure Park
Watersports Centre
Dorset Adventure Park

A huge inflatable woodland waterpark and 2km mud trail with 50 obstacles, all overlooking Corfe Castle. Come and tackle the slides, trampolines, gladiator rings, jumps, hurdles, rollers, monkey bars, bridges, balance beams and loads more. Come and experience the park, take the obstacles, and compete against your family and friends!

Melon Madness!
Melon Madness!

Every child who brings a melon for the primates receives a free Monkey World badge over the bank holiday weekend.

Rodwell Trail
Walking Route
Rodwell Trail, Weymouth

From Weymouth to Portland, the Rodwell Trail follows a disused passenger railway line, now a wonderfully, accessible wildlife corridor. The Trail is a fully surfaced 2 mile (3.4km) route suitable for walkers, scooters, bicycles and mobility scooters. It takes you past old station platforms and Sandsfoot Castle, with lovely views out across Portland Harbour towards Portland.

Tea with an osprey
Tea with an osprey

Join us at RSPB Arne this August for an osprey extravaganza, we're setting up a pop-up Cream tea Café in Coombe fields, one of the best places to see ospreys in the area! There'll also be regular talks by an expert from local charity Birds of Poole harbour, giving insight into the osprey translocation programme they are running, and telling us all about the birds.

Kimmeridge Bay
Natural Feature
View from flats to east side of Kimmeridge Bay

Kimmeridge Bay is located within a marine Special Area of Conservation and has the best rockpooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair
Great Dorset Steam Fair - Visit Dorset

New dates for 2022 announced. Steam engine exhibits, vintage vehicles, heavy shire horses and rural crafts. Working rural displays on a 500-acre site including old time steam funfair. Tickets on sale from Tourist Information Centres across Dorset.



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