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, silver and bronze medals 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!

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.

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Early Morning Yoga and Breakfast Jul 17

Early Morning Yoga and Breakfast

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this beautiful location whilst local yoga teacher, Sonja Lockyer, guides you through a one-hour yoga session followed by a delicious picnic breakfast prepared by...

Sports Camps and Holiday Activities Jul 17

Sports Camps and Holiday Activities

Our 400 acres of grounds provide an impressive setting for our holiday club sports courses. Overall the grounds, combined with the superb indoor and outdoor facilities Bryanston has to offer, provides...

British Beach Champs Festival Jul 19

British Beach Champs Festival

Get yourself involved with the ultimate beach sports weekend! Join us for a weekend full of fun, family and friends with live band performances, captivating sports action and partake in an array of...

Country walk and planes Jul 20

Country walk and planes

Prompt 10:30 start: Visit Guy Richie's Dorset estate plus watch the planes at the Spitfires at Compton event at Compton Abbas airfied (weather permitting). A circular, guided, 3.5 mile walk along...

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