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Events in Dorset in April and May. A lovely time of the year, spring flowers, trees have turned all shades of green, preview of the balmy summer months to come. Browse the events below, a day out is a great idea!
Coast 200km under International Regulations. 9th April 2017.
Tough but scenic.
35th Bournemouth Bay Run. 2nd April 2017. Something for everyone even a beginner. from a 1km family fun run, a 5km fun run, 10km road race, and a half marathon. Pier Approach, Bournemouth.
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 28th April to 30th April 2017. Lyme Regis and Charmouth. The Jurassic coast is famous for its fossils and this is a chance to find out so much more about the creatures these fossils once were.
Sherbourne Abbey Festival 28th April to 2nd May 2017. At Sherbourne Abbey.
Lyme Regis Food Festival Has been cancelled this year.
Jurassic Beast Sportive 6th May 2017. Starting at The National Tank Museum, Bovington. This is a breathtaking (in both senses!) event - a cycle ride along the stunning Jurassic coast. Epic route is 101 miles, the standard is 63 miles. Fun is 36 miles. A must do!!!!
Shaftesbury Festival 14th May 2017. A celebration of local food, music and art. Lovely setting.
Poole Maritime Festival Celebrating European Maritime Day. 18th to 21st May 2017.
Poole Harbour Boat Show 19th to 21st May 2017. This is only their third show, but it is becoming quite an event.
Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Weekend 26th May to 29th May 2017. Jazz in the seaside town they call the Pearl of Dorset.
Dorchester Marathon and Casterbridge Half Marathon NEW EVENT. 28th May 2017. In aid of Air Ambulance and other charities.
Sherborne Castle Country Fair Retriever Event and Rare Breeds Show. 29th May 2017. Fun for everyone in this lovely location.
Royal Bath & West Show 1st to 3rd June 2017. Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet. This Show is a classic and one of the best in the country.
Winterbourne Steepleton is in the south west of the county not far from Dorchester. A winterbourne is a stream that flows in the winter only and in many cases it passes into the name of the place, It is a pretty little place. Not far from the A35 which gives access to many attractive places along the lovely Dorset coast.
Wimborne Minster to give its full name although often referred to as Wimborne. Have you seen a Town Crier? There is one that can often be seen on weekends around the square and the Church. No visit would be complete without a visit to their famous market.
Weymouth is a delightful seaside town that has been popular with families for generations. There is so much to do in Weymouth that it does not really matter what the weather is!! It is half way along the Jurassic Coast and there are two Nature Reserves, Radipole and Lodmoor. There is access to the stunning South West Coast Path.
Sherborne, in the northwest of the county on the edge of the Blackmore Vale is a beautiful town. Sherbourne Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh. Sherborne Abbey is a glorious, stately building that looks like a cathedral, it was when the Saxons built it.
Lyme Regis a pretty and attractive seaside town in the very south west of Dorset. Known as the Pearl of Dorset. Great place if you are interested in fossils with the Jurassic Coast. Access to the South West Coastal Path, great for stunning summer walks.
Bovington, home of the Tank Museum. Six halls showing the history of the tank. With the anniversary of WWI walk in the footsteps of a soldier in that era.
The Cerne Giant is a massive white chalk figure wielding a club on Trendle Hill (or Giant Hill) close to Cerne Abbas. It is now thought that he was not always weilding a club but had a cloak. The origins are unknown. Trendle earthworks are above him.
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Our observations show that Travel Wessex's main visitors are those that love walking, cycling, horse riding and other like minded pursuits, but we welcome all attractions as we have many other visitors as well that we love to cater for.
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