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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 a 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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Sherborne's Annual Abbey Festival, with a full programme of concerts. See website for full details. Tickets available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre.
Inspirational adventure films are coming to the Lighthouse Theatre, Poole, on Tuesday 14 February and Friday 28 April!
Through the big screen, unleash your wild side with an evening of mind-blowing journeys, high-altitude action and ocean-crossing...
The Cerne Giant Festival - Celebrating Humanity in the Landscape. This will take place in the Cerne Valley during the Bank Holiday weekend 29th April to 1st May. Events organised so far include: 'Skyscape and Landscape' talk and telescope demo,...
The world-famous Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival returns for 2017. Activities include Knob & Spoon Race, Paint A Knob as well as Knob Throwing.
Join us at the RNLI College for our second annual Food and Drink Festival, this year in support of our national Mayday fundraising campaign.
We will be celebrating RNLI Lifesavers with a variety of foodie delights and live music - to help fund...
The Diesel Gala will see an impressive line up of diesel locomotives operating on the Swanage Railway.
During the Gala an intensive timetable will be operated from 0800 to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 08:00 to 19:00 on Sunday...
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Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of Millie Dillmount from Kansas who comes to New...
National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage, providing visitors with a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Lyme's working watermill. At the Town Mill we will be holding a festival with a theme of Engineers and Engineering...
Poole will be hosting the prestigious European Maritime Day in May 2017, one of the largest maritime events in Europe. The event is hosted annually across Europe and this will be the first time this event has been held in the UK.
This two day...
Poole Harbour Boat show 2017 - 19th - 21st May
Duncan Disorderly & the Scallywags have been very busy working on a brand new album for you guys to take home, turn up and rock out too!! As the festival circuit is where the band was born, where they have been practicing and learning for the past 5...
We are pleased to announce that the third Poole Harbour Boat Show will take place from Friday 19th - Sunday 21st May 2017. Exhibitors will fill the marina and stalls will line the Quay on all three days and will be open to everybody.
TASTE OF THE SOUTH
Join in the celebrations as Taste of the South hits the green grass of Poole Park this May. From the 19th - 21st May, visitors can enjoy FREE admission to this brand new event which features the very best of local businesses,...
This spectacular West Dorset outdoor food event offers you the chance to meet and buy from West Dorset‘s hugely talented local producers who will once be on hand to show off Dorset produce at its very best. From 10am - 4pm
The event will bring together a large number of outdoor activity and adventure events in south Dorset with a particular focus on Weymouth & Portland. Activities will include cycling, walking, sailing and a vast selection of water based activities.
Highcliffe Revival Food Festival is back and bigger and better than ever! Despite the rain last year, the team are buoyed up and are extending the festival over the whole weekend for the first time. Taking place on Saturday 20 May and Sunday 21 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...
Lyme Regis Jazz and blues Festival featuring live music.
Tickets on sale at the Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre. Telephone 01297 442138.
East Parley, Christchurch
Sport by Day….Party by NightHailed 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...
Food and Drink
Trinity Hill Road, Axminster
27-29 River Cottage Spring Food Fair
A weekend of cooking, growing, relaxing and (most importantly) eating. With cookery demos, hands-on cooking masterclasses, wild food forays and growing tips. There will be plenty of entertainment for the kids...