Dorset Festivals And Events In 2024 – The Ultimate Guide

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Are you wondering what’s on in Dorset? Each year sees a variety of different Dorset festivals taking place. Keep your eye on this page as new festivals in Dorset for 2024 are added as they are announced.

Whether it’s sampling new food and drink at one of the many food festivals in Dorset, enjoying one of the music festivals in Dorset, or perhaps watching the planes overhead at local air shows, there is a Dorset event to suit everyone.

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Table Of Contents
  1. Dorset Festivals And Events In January
  2. Dorset Festivals And Events In February
  3. Dorset Festivals And Events In March
  4. Dorset Festivals And Events In April
  5. Dorset Festivals And Events In May
  6. Dorset Festivals And Events In June
  7. Dorset Festivals And Events In July
  8. Dorset Festivals And Events In August
  9. Dorset Festivals And Events In September
  10. Dorset Festivals And Events In October
  11. Dorset Festivals And Events In November
  12. Dorset Festivals And Events In December
Festivals and Events in Dorset

Dorset Festivals And Events In January

ILLUMINATE at The Blue Pool

Dates: 11th January – 25th February 2024

Location: The Blue Pool, Wareham, BH20 5AR

Illuminate is back at the Blue Pool for 2024. In 2023 it was a huge success. There’s over 1km of professionally staged illuminations, lighting the woodland trails.

Glimpse the beautiful deep waters of the Pool and the ancient woodland whilst stopping at carefully selected positions along the way to relax and enjoy this unique setting.

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Dorset Festivals And Events In February

Dorchester Beerex

Dates: 2nd – 3rd February 2024

Located at Dorchester Corn Exchange, your ticket price include a commemorative glass, programme and two halves of beer or cider. The evening sessions also have live music.

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Dorset Festivals And Events In March

Swanage Blues Festival

Location: Swanage

Dates: 29th February – 3rd March 2024

Enjoy a weekend of open mic, Blues musicians and headline performers across multiple venues.

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Wareham Beerex

Dates: 29th – 30th March 2024

As well as raising money for local charities, you’ll find over 35 real ales from around the country. There’s also local ciders and local gin as well.

Location: Wareham Masonic Hall, Howards ​Lane, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4HU

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Weymouth Comic Con And Gaming Spring Festival

Date: 29th – 30th March 2024

The Comic Con and Gaming Festival in Weymouth is located in Dorchester Road, Weymouth. There will be plenty of exhibitors, vendors, Cosplay, gaming, comic artists and more.

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Abbotsbury Food Fair

Date: 30th March 2024

In association with Dorset Food & Drink go along to the Abbotsbury Food Fair 2024. Ticket includes entry to the Subtropical Gardens.

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Dorset Festivals And Events In April

Weymouth Easter Bouncy Castle Kingdom

Dates: 12th – 14th April 2024

The location for the Easter Bouncy Castle Kingdom in Weymouth is a Redlands Sports Hall. There will be 15 large bouncy castles and a designated soft play zone for under 5’s. Hot and cold food and drink will be available to purchase, and there’s also free parking.

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Dorset Festivals And Events In May

Sherborne Abbey Festival

Dates: 2nd – 9th May 2024

Sherborne Abbey Festival is an annual, week-long celebration of music, with events held in a variety of locations in and around the beautiful town of Sherborne, Dorset. Each year the Festival welcomes people from all over the UK to experience a wide range of performances and genres; from opera, choral and classical music to jazz, swing and more!

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Teddy Rocks Festival

Dates: 3rd – 5th May 2024

Location: Charisworth Farm, Blandford, Dorset

One of the family friendly Dorset music festivals in Blandford. This is a three day festival raising money for the Teddy20 charity. There’s plenty of activities and music through the weekend. Camping options are also available if you wish to stay on site for the weekend.

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The Dorset Hot Air Balloon & Music Festival

Dates: 4th – 5th May 2024

The first hot air balloon festival will be taking place in Dorset at the Dorchester show ground in 2024. The line up includes a night glow show, fireworks, funfair and bars.

There is also live music, on site camping and morning balloon flights.

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Shaftesbury Feastival

Dates: Sunday 5th May 2024

Enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend in Dorset at Shaftesbury Feastival. Stalls will be lined up along the length of town with lots of local food and drink.

There’s also be live cooking demonstrations outside Shaftesbury Town Hall. Don’t forget about the Cheese Races up Gold Hill! 

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Bournemouth Comic Con and Gaming Festival

Dates: 5th May 2024

Meet stars of TV & Film, comic writers & artists or browse the dealer stalls, visit the cosplay zone and much more at BH Live Active, Littledown.

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Swanage Railway Diesel Gala

Dates: 10th, 11th, 12th May 2024

Details TBA

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North Dorset Cycle Ride

Date: 19th May 2024

Choose from the family fun ride to the 50 mile bike ride and 75 mile bike ride across Dorset. The event is in aid of Prostate Cancer UK finishing on Gold Hill in Shaftesbury.

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Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival

Dates: 18th – 19th May 2024

Location: Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6AD

The award winning Cheese and Chilli Festival is the only show in the UK which celebrates both Cheese and Chilli within a festival setting. Expect a chilli eating competition, food challenges, cooking demonstrations, family friendly entertainment and plenty more.

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Magic Of Thailand Festival

Date: 18th – 19th May 2024

Location: Baiter Park, Poole

You can expect to see live cooking demonstrations, authentic Thai cuisine food stalls, Thai boxing demonstrations, kids rides and plenty more. There’s also the I’m British Get Me Out of Here! eating competition.

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World Of Love Festival

Dates: 18th – 19th May 2024

Location: Kings Park, Bournemouth

There will be live performances, games and activities, creative projects and international food and drink.

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Dorset Blind Association’s Motor Show At Lulworth Castle

Dates: 12th May 2024

Dorset Blind Association’s prestigious Motor Show returns to Lulworth Castle for its 8th year on the 12th May.

The show ground will offer a variety of artisan stalls selling local produce and handmade goods, food and drinks. There will also be live entertainment and a kids area with activities.

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BeCider Seasider 18

Dates: 24th – 27th May 2024

The first Bredy Farm festival of 2024 is on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Featuring many local, national and international touring artists. Children and dogs welcome

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Curcus Cider & Music Festival

Dates: 24th – 26th May 2024

This is a popular grassroots festival at Myncen Farm in Dorset. The 2024 lineup includes 3 Daft Monkeys, Black Water County and more.

There will also be a DJ tent, camp fire, kids DIY Den area, sports day and lots more.

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Christchurch Food Festival

Dates: 25th – 27th May 2024

Location: Christchurch Quay

Lots of different food and drink to tempt you. With pop up restaurants on the quay in the days leading up to the festival weekend. Why not enjoy one of the May Bank holiday festivals in Dorset with a visit to Christchurch.

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Fayre In The Square

Dates: 25th – 26th May 2024

Location: Hope Square, Weymouth

A weekend of live music and great food around Hope Square in Weymouth, working with Weymouth Rotary to raise money for local charities

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Bournemouth 7’s Festival

Dates: 24th – 26th May 2024

Location: Chapel Gate, East Parley, Christchurch, BH23 6BL

This is a popular festival in Dorset. It’s the World’s largest sport & music festival which attracts over 30,000 people to the coast every year.

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Abbotsbury Swannery Food & Craft Fair

Dates: 25th – 26th May 2024

Enjoy a weekend of fun at Abbotsbury Swannery this Summer. There will be plenty of food, drink and artisan craft stalls provided by Dorset Food & Drink. You can also enjoy the swan maze, pedal go karts, and arts and crafts.

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Swanage Pirate Festival

Dates: 25th – 26th May 2024

A full two days of piracy, living history, skirmishes and stalls.

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Corfe Castle May Fair

Date: 27th May 2024

The Corfe Castle May Fair takes place on May Bank Holiday Monday in the castle grounds from 10:00 – 16:00. There will be plenty to enjoy including a fun dog show, raffle, refreshments, traditional fair games, plant stalls, book stalls, bric a brac and lots more.

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Sherborne Castle Country Fair

Date: 27th May 2024

The Sherborne Castle Country Fair offer a wide programme of events, country activities, stands and entertainment. There’s also one of the largest Rare Breed Shows in the country.

For one day each year Sherborne Castle is transformed into a fun-packed Country Fair with attractions, entertainment and activities for all the family.

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Swanage Fairy Festival

Dates: 31st May – 1st June 2024

Location: Sandpit Field, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1AW

Enjoy a spectacular weekend of family fun that includes enchanting entertainment like a live mermaid underwater spectacular, live music and dancing, and much more!

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Dorset Festivals And Events In June

Wessex Folk Festival

Dates: 1st – 2nd June 2024

Location: Weymouth Harbourside

The Wessex Folk festival, or otherwise known as the Weymouth Folk festival kicks off with a pre festival warm up night on Friday 1st June. The festivities continue over the weekend, which this year is Jubilee weekend.

It’s one of the biggest, free festivals in England, drawing lots of crowds each year. You can expect to see around 30 live stage performances over the weekend, and plenty of stalls and entertainment.

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Summerfest Weymouth

Date: 8th June 2024

A fun filled day for all the family. You can expect entertainment, sports tournaments, live music, soft play, food, drink, farmers markets, stalls and more. There’s even a firework display at the end of the day.

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Spring Countryside Show Shaftesbury

Dates: 8th – 9th June 2024

Location: Motcombe Turnpike Showground, Shaftesbury SP7 9P

Focusing on local producers in crafts and food and drink. Also showcasing gardening and floral, skills, farming, woodland and so much more!

Why not watch the wood carving, meet the lambs or have a ride on a tractor and trailer.

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Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Dates: 8th, 9th June 2024

Location: Marine Parade, Lyme Regis

There’s plenty going on at the Lyme Regis fossil festival. Including walks, talks, theatre, music, exhibits and lots of hands-on science. Don’t forget to partake in some fossil hunting as well.

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Family Fest 2024

Dates: 1st – 2nd June 2024

Location: The Meadows (Julians Field), Julians Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1EF

Set within the stunning Wimborne countryside across 12 acres of working farmland.

There will be live music across the two days, food and drink stalls, kids valley, funfair, amusements and a charity dog show. Weekend camping is also available.

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Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair

Date: 2024 TBC

Celebrate the birthday of Thomas Hardy with the Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair in Dorchester. There will be a range of Thomas Hardy and Victorian-themed attractions. These include a Punch & Judy show, Victorian tractor engines, Morris dancers and plenty more entertainment.

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Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Dates: 7th – 9th June 2024

Location: Wimborne Minster

There’s plenty of things to do in Wimborne across the Folk Festival weekend. Live music is across the town in the pubs and bars. During the day there’s lots of family friendly entertainment, activities and shows.

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Highcliffe Food and Arts Festival

Dates: 8th, 9th June 2024

You’ll discover local traders with stalls providing both food and arts and crafts. Celebrity and local chefs holding demonstrations of their skills together with music and entertainment for the whole family.

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Corfe Mullen Carnival

Date: 8th June 2024

Visit the annual village carnival held in the parish of Corfe Mullen, Dorset. The event supports local charities and good causes. There’s also FREE entry.

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Bridport Food Festival

Dates: 14th – 15th June 2024

Location: Asker Meadow, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4DL

Taste trials, food, drink, activities for the kids and more. There’s plenty going on at the Bridport food festival.

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Dates: 21st – 22nd June 2024

Location: Warren Farm, Bulbarrow DT11 0HQ

A family-friendly music festival set in the heart of the Dorset. The two-day event offers a great range of music, entertainment and food stalls for everyone to enjoy.

There is also camping available for those who want to make the most of the weekend, music and gorgeous setting! All of the money raised at DorsetFest goes directly to the three local churches and The Weldmar Hospice.

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The Dorset Truck Show

Dates: 14th – 16th June 2024

Enjoy classic and vintage trucks as well as entertainment throughout the days. There will also be music areas along with kids free entertainment zone and trade stalls for all the family!

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Bridport Beer Festival

Dates: 14th – 15th June 2024

🍺 Friday Night and all day Saturday! 
🍺 Heaps of Beer
🍺 Bags of Cider
🍺 Tons of Lager
🍺 Fountains of Pimms
🍺 A stage full of bands
🍺 A field full of food

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Swanage Fish Festival

Dates: 15th – 16th June 2024

Celebrate all things ‘fishy’ with a new festival that features food, fishing and fun. There will be things for all ages to enjoy and it won’t just be about eating. There will be plenty to join in with as well as to watch.

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Harry Paye Day

Date: 15th June 2024

Take a trip to Poole Quay for the annual Harry Paye Day in June. There’s a pirate parade, pirate fancy dress and loads of entertainment. There’s a large multi storey car park close to the quay in Poole.

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Swanage Railway Roads To Rail 2024

Dates: 28th – 30th June 2024

There will be a long weekend of steam-powered demonstrations and vintage fairground fun. You’ll also find traction engines, live music and more.

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Shake & Stir Vintage Music Festival

Dates: 22nd – 23rd June 2024

Location: Fisherman’s Walk, Bournemouth

Step back in time by listening to some of the great artists and bands who will be performing over the weekend – with live music from the 20’s – 70’s there is something for everyone.

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The Summer Festival

Dates: 25th June 2024

The 5-day festival located at Sculpture By The Lakes incorporates not only 60 crafters and makers but all things for alfresco living. With inspiration from the Fire and Food outdoor kitchen, you will be able to enjoy BBQ demonstrations and all aspects of outdoor living too.

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Dorset Street Food Festival

Dates: 28th – 30th June 2024

Dorset Street Food Festival is making its way back to Baiter Park, Poole for three days!

From Friday 28th – Sunday 30th June, 20 of the UK’s top street food traders will be coming together to cook up some of the finest food from cuisines around the world!

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Weymouth Beach Rugby Fest

Dates: 5th – 7th July 2024

The Weymouth Beach Rugby Festival offers a weekend of sun, sand, music and tag Rugby for all abilities. Featuring Mens, Ladies, Mixed/Family teams from across the UK, playing 5aside.

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Beaminster Festival

Dates: 23rd – 30th June 2024

Set amidst the rolling hills of West Dorset, very near the Jurassic coast, the small but vibrant town of Beaminster plays host to the annual Beaminster Festival of music, theatre, literature and art.

Performers include those of international standing as well as young artists, early in their careers.

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Chickerell Steam And Vintage Show

Dates: 6th – 7th July 2024

There’s live music, beer tents and steam engines as the Chickerell Steam and Vintage Show.

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Tankfest 2024

Dates: 28th – 30th June 2024

See the stars of the Museum’s collection running alongside guest tanks and vehicles from the British Army.

There are also lectures from tank experts and the chance to explore Living History encampments. See the world’s best collection of tanks inside The Tank Museum.

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Dorset Festivals And Events In July

Circus Zyair

The Quomps, Christchurch

Dates: 10th – 13th July 2024

Circus Zyair is proud to present a colourful and action packed hour and a half show with high energy acts from all over the world. The 2024 tour is a dazzling combination of circus, music and laughter.

With a heated big top, comfy seating and an electric atmosphere from start to finish Circus Zyair promises to be a truly magical experience for the whole family

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Bredy Farm Festival – Bredy Reunion

Dates: 11th – 14th July 2024

Bredy Reunion will be a weekend of non-stop dance parties featuring some of the best DJ and live outfits out there.

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Dorset Volkfest

Dates: 12th – 14th July 2024

Volkfest has been an annual festival in Wareham since 2013. There’s plenty of family entertainment across the weekend, a DJ/dance marquee and stunt shows to amaze you.

If you’re a lover of VW’s then this weekend festival in Dorset is not to be missed. Weekend camping is available as well as day tickets.

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Sandpolo 2024

Dates: 12th – 13th July 2024

The polo at Sandbanks (the British Beach Polo Championships) is the largest beach polo event in the world. When polo is played in an enclosed arena it has been referred to as ‘Ice Hockey on Horse Back’.

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Upton Country Park Festival

Dates: 5th – 6th July 2024

Friday 5th July is Ladies Night with tributes to Adele, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Christina Aguilera

Saturday 6th July is Legends of Rock featuring tributes to Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi, ELO, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin and Def Leppard.

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Swanage Jazz Festival

Date: 12th – 14th July 2024

There will be over 40 bands covering a wide range of styles. Check out the website for ticket information and schedule.

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Lyme Regis Sausage & Cider Festival

Dates: 6th July 2024

The annual Lyme Regis football club sausage and cider festival will include more than 20 ciders, sizzling sausages and other refreshments. There will also be a Pimms tent, BBQ, ice creams and a raffle.

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Date: 14th July 2024

Location: Sandbanks Beach, Poole

This boutique beach festival in Dorset returns for its 7th year. The festival attracts around 5,000 people for good music on the beach.

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Lyme Morris Day

Date: 13th July 2024

Lyme Morris are holding there annual Morris Day on Saturday 16th July. A fantastic fun day on the seafront in Lyme Regis.

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Jurassic Fields Music Festival

Dates: 12th – 14th July 2024

Jurassic Fields brings together not only some amazing top acts from around the country but will be showcasing the best music, comedy, food and entertainment the local area has to offer.

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Xchurch Music Festival

Dates: 19th – 21st July 2024

What can you expect at Xchurch Music Festival on Christchurch Quay? There’s local artists and bands, DJ tent and fun fair rides for all ages. There’s also a kids zone for the little people.

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Bridport Folk Festival

Dates: 26th – 28th July 2024

Location: Bridport

There will be music, Morris dancing, stalls, entertainment and plenty more at Bridport Folk Festival.

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Shaftesbury Fringe

Dates: 26th – 28th July 2024

Location: Shaftesbury

there will be music, comedy, dance, theatre and everything in between. The venues will change across the town of Shaftesbury during the event.

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Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week

Dates: 2024 TBC

One of Lyme Regis‘ biggest attractions is the RNLI lifeboat week in July. It’s a whole week of fun, games, entertainment music and displays for all the family to enjoy. Expect to see the bath tub race, illuminated boats, a crab fishing competition and the spectacular Army parachute display team The Red Devils.

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Camp Bestival

Dates: 25th – 28th July 2024

Location: Lulworth Castle

Camp Bestival is a family friendly festival in Dorset covering four days. Experience live bands, fairground rides and art and crafts. Experience the many different areas of Lulworth Castle grounds, relaxing in front of the Castle stage, or perhaps taking part in a yoga class.

Don’t forget your festival trolley

Lulworth Castle is close to Lulworth Cove and the Jurassic Coast, so why not extend your visit and explore some of the Jurassic Coastline in Dorset.

The 2024 Camp Bestival lineup includes James Arthur, Paloma Faith, McFly and The Darkness to name a few.

Read a full review of Camp Bestival 

There is something from everyone at Camp Bestival whatever your age. Day passes are also available if camping isn’t your thing.

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Poole Harbour Festival

Dates: 26th – 28th July 2024

Alongside a great lineup of music acts, there’s also free children’s entertainment, fire shows, circus skills, street food, crafts stalls and real ales and ciders.

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Proms In The Park Meyrick Park

Dates: 26th – 27th July 2024

Date: 26th July 2024- Classical Extravaganza

An evening of the best symphonic music in the world including music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Grieg and Saint-Saëns, a quick trip to the cinema courtesy of John Williams and Hans Zimmer, and many more symphonic masterpieces. The evening reaches a colourful climax with Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, accompanied by a stunning pyrotechnic and fireworks display!

Date: 27th July 2024 – Disco Symphonic Spectacular

Relive the magical sounds of the seventies in this trip back to a time of big hair and platform shoes, wide lapels and Denim aftershave! Crammed full of Disco tracks by the Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, Boney M, Sister Sledge, Donna Summer, Kool and the Gang and many more – with fireworks and pyrotechnics galore!

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Bournemouth Reggae Weekender

Dates: 26th – 28th July 2024

Location: Kings Park, Boscombe

The Bournemouth Reggae Weekender is a celebration of African-Caribbean music.

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Weymouth Food & Family Festival

Dates: 27th – 28th July 2024

Location: Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth

This two day family friendly festival in Weymouth has lots going on in 2024. There will be cooking demonstrations, companion dog shows, live music, the human stunt man, food and drink producers as well as a variety of arts and craft vendors.

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Littledown Family Fun Day

Date: 28th July 2024

Location: Littledown, Chaseside, Bournemouth

There will be plenty of local talent showcasing gymnastics, taekwondo and cheerleading. There will also be a Punch and Judy show, magic acts and a fun fair.

Stay refreshed at the licensed bars and enjoy a BBQ and wood fired pizzas. There’s also plenty of other food stalls available too.

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Dorchester’s Bouncy Castle Kingdom

Dates: 29th – 30th July 2024

The Dorchester Bouncy Castle Kingdom will be held at Poundbury Park in Dorchester. There is a designated under 5’s soft play zone as well as 15 large bouncy castles. There will be refreshments and toilets available on site too.

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Swanage Carnival

Dates: 27th July – 3rd August 2024

Location: Swanage

Swanage Carnival is a packed week of entertainment attracting around 250,000 visitors each year. There is something for everyone including air displays, live music, sporting events, games and competitions.

There’s also three magnificent firework displays and not forgetting one of the longest Carnival processions.

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Dorset Festivals And Events In August

Great Dorset Chilli Festival

Dates: 3rd – 4th August 2024

Location: Stock Gaylard Estate, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2BG

If you’re a chilli lover, then the Great Dorset Chilli Festival is a must visit. There will be stalls selling all things chilli, from pepper plants to cayenne condiments.

Plenty of music, chilli cook-off competition, chilli eating competitions and spicy street food. There’s also local ice creams to cool the mouth and local beers.

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Dorset Food And Arts Festival

Date: 3rd August 2024

Location: The Great Field, Poundbury

Pop along to the FREE ‘pop-up’ festival market in Poundbury. There will be local produce and artisan crafts with over 45 stalls.

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Lyme Regis Regatta And Carnival

Dates: 2nd – 10th August 2024

Location: Marine Parade, Lyme Regis

There’s loads going on for the whole family during Lyme Regis Carnival Week. From the Walk of Light Torchlight Procession, Carnival Procession and fireworks. There’s also a duck race, beach treasure hunt, open air film screenings, beach sports and regatta.

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Gin & Rum Festival Bournemouth

Dates: 3rd August 2024

Located in the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth, the Gin & Rum festival has lots going on. There’s over 120 gins and rums, samples and tasters. There’s also a tequilla and cocktail bar, live music and a DJ>

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Lyme Splash Water Polo Sea Championship

Dates: 24th – 25th August 2024

This is the UK’s largest Water Polo Sea Championship taking place at The Cobb, Lyme Regis this Summer.

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Stompin’ On The Quomps

Dates: 3rd August 2024

There will be a great line up of professional jazz musicians, food traders and bar. You don’t need a ticket and admission is by donation which goes to keeping the event running each year.

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Weymouth Comic Con And Gaming Summer Festival

Date: 10th – 11th August 2024

The Comic Con and Gaming Festival in Weymouth is located in Dorchester Road, Weymouth. There will be plenty of exhibitors, vendors, Cosplay, gaming, comic artists and more.

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Beach Fest Bournemouth

Dates: 2nd – 4th August 2024

Visit Bournemouth for Beach Fest and see the celebrity beach soccer tournament and volleyball championships. There’s also a live beach DJ, refreshments and entertainment.

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Christchurch Carnival

Dates: 10th – 11th August 2024

Enjoy a series of displays and fun activities on the quay, as well as music, events, fireworks and a funfair. 

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Bridport Carnival

Dates: 12th – 18th August 2024

Carnival Week 2024 will be held on the week commencing Monday 12th August, with the Carnival procession on Saturday 17th, and the Torchlight Procession on Sunday 18th.

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Weymouth Carnival

Date: 14th August 2024 sadly not taking place in 2024

Weymouth Carnival 2024 is back after a 6 year hiatus. Expect lively parades, fireworks, live music, food stalls and loads of family friendly activities.

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Gillingham And Shaftesbury Show

Date: 14th – 15th August 2024

Location: Turnpike Showground, Motcombe, North Dorset, SP7 9PL

This large event in Dorset hosts cattle, dog shows, horses, art classes, displays and so much more.

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Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

Dates: 15th – 18th August 2024

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival is located on a farm and it’s “how festivals used to be”. A family friendly festival in Dorset that great for kids and adults alike. It’s small enough to be able to wander around and not lose your friends! The stages and bar are in barns, which mean that you’re dry if it rains, but there’s a lot of grass around to sit on in the sunshine.

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Vdub At The Pub Festival

Dates: 16th – 18th August 2024

Location: Wimborne, Dorset

A family camping festival of dubs, pubs and hot tubs. There’s a packed entertainment schedule which offer many of the activities free of charge.

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Dorchester Cider Festival

Dates: 17th August 2024

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Great Dorset Steam Fair

Dates: There wont be a Great Dorset Steam Fair in 2024

Location: A354, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford Forum DT11 8HX

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Melplash Agricultural Show

Dates: 22nd August 2024

Featuring horse and livestock competitions along with rural crafts, local
produce, trade stands, agricultural machinery and a fun day out for all the family!

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BeCider Seaside 19

Dates: 23rd – 26th August 2024

This August Bank holiday festival in Dorset welcomes dogs and children. There will be local, national and international touring artists over three days.

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Lyme Regis Folk Festival

Dates: 23rd – 26th August 2024

The Lyme Folk weekend is the late Summer festival by the sea in Dorset. There’s music on the seafront stage and also in the Marine Theatre.

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Dog, Sausage & Cider Festival

Dates: 25th August 2024

Alongside the sausage throwing competition, there will be live music and plenty of fund for the kids. Craft stalls, small animal holding and plenty of refreshments at The Springhead.

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End Of The Road Festival

Dates: 29th August – 1st September 2024

End of The Road Festival is located at Larmer Tree Gardens, near Blandford, Dorset. Campsites open on Thursday from 11am with the festival arena opening on Thursday lunchtime.

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Bournemouth Air Festival

Dates: 29th – 31st August 2024

Location: Bournemouth Coastline

See a large display of aircraft from RAF Typhoon and more in the sky. On land there are fairground rides, food and drink stalls, bands and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Sadly there wont be any RAF Red Arrows in 2024

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Dorset Festivals And Events In September

Swanage Railway Classic And Steam Vehicle Show

Dates: 6th – 8th September 2024

There is something for everyone at this show with a varied selection of vintage, modern and custom motorbikes. There’s also classic cars, tractors, vintage campervans, commercial vehicles and stationary engines.

Free parking is available as well as trade stalls and displays.

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Dorset County Show

Dates: 7th – 8th September 2024

Location: Dorchester Showground

There will be plenty of livestock, horses, show jumping, horticulture and blacksmiths. Not forgetting the trade stands, rabbits, poultry, bee’s & honey and food and drink. You’ll also find the World’s biggest Monster trucks in the main ring twice a day.

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Bournemouth Vegan Festival

Dates: 7th September 2024

Location: Citygate Centre,138A Holdenhurst Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH8 8AS

60+ fantastic stalls, world food caterers, exciting cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities running throughout the day from 10.30am – 4.00pm

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B-Side Festival

Dates: 5th – 8th September 2024

B-side Festival is returning to the Isle of Portland this summer with an exciting variety of art installations united under the driving theme ‘Common Lands’ which invites visitors to explore their relationship with the stunning landscape.

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Swanage Folk Festival

Dates: 6th – 8th September 2024

Location: Swanage

Enjoy a weekend of music concerts, traditional dance displays, dance & music workshops, children’s activities and music sessions.

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SeafestThe Dorset Seafood Festival

Dates: 7th, 8th September 2024

Location: Weymouth Peninsula

You may know the festival as Weymouth seafood festival. The Dorset seafood festival has been rebranded to Seafest. Taste fresh seafood from 100 stalls, with plenty of family entertainment on offer throughout.

Top chefs are on location showcasing their skills with locally sourced ingredients.

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Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

Dates: 14th – 15th September 2024

Location: Sturminster Newton (DT10 1DQ)

If you’re a cheese lover the Sturminster Newton cheese festival is not to be missed. There is plenty of children’s entertainment as well as demonstrations, food producers, arts and crafts available.

It’s not just cheese on offer, you can discover local chillies and jams, ciders, coffees and gins to name a few.

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Inside Out Dorset Festival

Dates: 2024 TBC

Inside Out Dorset is an international outdoor arts festival that takes place across the
county every two years. Celebrating Dorset, promoting the natural landscape and
sense of place.

Some of Dorset’s most remarkable urban and rural spots are transformed with experiences that touch hearts and minds like nothing else.

Performing arts should be accessible for all – no matter what your experience or background. Therefore, Inside Out Dorset is free to attend.

Shaftesbury Carnival

Dates: 28th September 2024

For over a 140 years Shaftesbury carnival has brought a variety of colour and light to the high street for one day a year. The carnival has heritage surrounding the hospital and they celebrate the carnival with a week of events. 

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Dorset Festivals And Events In October

Gillingham Carnival

Dates: 2024 TBC

Carnival processions are on 7th October 2023 and there are plenty of other activities and events happening through the week.

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Swanage Blues Festival

Dates: 3rd – 6th October 2024

Enjoy a weekend of open mic, Blues musicians and headline performers across multiple venues.

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Oktoberfest Shaftesbury

Dates: 4th – 5th October 2024

Dig out your lederhosen or dirndl and visit Shaftesbury for their biggest German inspired bier festival of the year!

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Weymouth Pirate Fest

Dates: 2024 TBC

There are piratey shennanigans which begin on Friday 6th October and last until Sunday 8th October. You’ll discover bands playing all day and during the eveing on Saturday too.

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The Gin To My Tonic Festival

Dates: 12th October 2024

Location: St Stephen’s Church Bournemouth

The Gin To My Tonic Festival brings together over 100 different gins from across the UK and beyond. Each gin stocked behind the bars has been selected based on outstanding craftsmanship, delightful flavour and the most enjoyable drinking experiences. The festival is here to take you on a journey of gin discovery!

Tickets includes a Gin Explorer guide, Gin Copa glass, glass, bag and pen, and a Stainless Steel straw.

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Poole Beer Festival

St Aldhelms Centre, Poole Road, Branksome BH12 1AD

Dates: 1st – 2nd November 2024

The beer festival is open between 11:00 – 15:30 and 18:30 – 23:00 on both days. Tickets are £10 in advance only. This includes a glass, programme & 2 x ½ pints beer.

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Dorset Festivals And Events In November

Dorset Food & Drink Winter Food Fair

Dates: 9th, 10th November 2024

The Dorset Food & Drink Winter Fair is back at Athelhampton House for 2024!
Expect a great line up of Dorset food, drink, artists, and makers, to bring you a weekend of festive shopping and gift inspirations.

Visit whether it’s raining or not as most of the stalls are under cover in the event marquee.

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Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

Dates: 2024 TBC

Visit Bournemouth from 18th November for a great festive day and evening out. You can enjoy the thousands of illuminations in the Lower Gardens, as well as the open air ice rink, Alpine Christmas market, and plenty of festive fun.

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Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival

Dates: 2024 TBC

Enter a world of Christmas in Poole this year, with this FREE Christmas attraction! Be prepared to be dazzled as thousands of twinkling lights take you on a nautical journey that starts at the gateways to Poole; the Twin Sails Bridge, Hunger Hill and The Lighthouse.

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Illuminate At Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Buller’s Way, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4LA

Dates: 2024 TBC

ILLUMINATE.  ‘OT Event Technicians’ will be Illuminating the Gardens in the lead up to Christmas this year. The event will run daily 4.30pm to 8.00pm from the 25th of November to the 23rd December, and 27th December – 2nd January with last entries between 7.00pm and 7.15pm.

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Dorset Festivals And Events In December

Weymouth’s Steampunk Christmas Weekend

Dates: 2024 TBC

You can expect activities including a fashion show, variety performance, market and more happening across the Steampunk Christmas weekend in Weymouth.

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