Sporting events in Dorset
Dorset’s expansive coast and countryside make for one big outdoor playground.
The county has cliff faces to be climbed, wild heaths and forests to navigate, cycle trails to conquer and fantastic waves for watersports.
Plus, Dorset was host to one of the biggest sporting events in history, London 2012, where Olympians sailed for gold off the coast of Weymouth & Portland.
So whether you are a spectator or participant, make sure you get a taste of adrenaline in Dorset.
A weekend of sport
Bournemouth 7s, the world’s largest sport and music festival, attracts players, spectators and festival goers alike to Bournemouth for an action packed weekend of superb sport, live music and awe-inspiring entertainment.
Over 5,000 players compete in a wide variety of social and competitive tournaments in Rugby, Netball, Dodgeball and Hockey. The elite competitions welcome some of the best national touring sides including a few International stars and are truly worth a watch!
That said, Bournemouth 7s is much more than a sports festival. Famed for its unique atmosphere, the festival offers something for everyone whether you’re 5 or 85!
A rambler’s paradise
Enjoy the unsurpassed beauty of Purbeck at the Isle of Purbeck Walking Festival.
With over 35 themed and guided walks exploring the beautiful coastline and countryside of Purbeck, learn about the colourful history, the wildlife and the stunning Jurassic Coast.
All walks are led by knowledgeable local guides and suitable for all ages and all abilities with short strolls for beginners to challenging coastal hikes for seasoned walkers.
Sprint for the finish
Running has seen the biggest rise in participation of any sport in England in recent years and marathons, half-marathons, Park Runs and Colour Runs are springing up everywhere.
Dorset is no exception and the county offers some fantastic opportunities for those who want to set themselves their next challenge.
A place to rest
After so much excitement, you’ll need somewhere to rest your limbs.
Book a cosy bed for the night by browsing our list of accommodation.
Daily trips at 9-11, 11.30-1.30 or 2.30-4.30 run from March - October, next years dates go live on Dec 1st. click the book button for availability Jump aboard the Sups to explore Studland bay one of...
Free Weekly Park Run, Every Saturday at 9am Get fit in a great location! Durlston Country Park is now host to Park Run every Saturday. Parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world....
Stunning coastal views, crisp, clean air, and the best of Bournemouth and Poole – what's not to love! This event has something for everyone – elite athlete or brand new to running,...
WANTED – 500 RIDERS FOR CANCER RESEARCH THE CALL has gone out for cyclists to join the tenth anniversary Rotary Dorset Bike Ride, making the event the biggest to date. Expected to attract over...
The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their newly reimagined Spread Game tour to the Windsor Hall this autumn. Spread Game is the epitome of Globetrotter excellence; it's shown...