Events in Dorset
April and May

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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!

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Bournemouth Bay Run. 5th April 2020.

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Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is on 1st to 3rd May 2020. Intriguing.

Sherbourne Abbey Festival 1st to 6th May 2020. At Sherbourne Abbey.

Shaftesbury Festival   3rd May 2020,  A celebration of local food, music and art. Lovely setting

Jurassic Beast Sportive 16th May 2020. Starting at The National Tank Museum, Bovington. This is a breathtaking (in both senses!) event - a cycle ride along the stunning Jurassic coast.  A must do!!!!

Bournemouth 7's 22nd to 24th May 2020 a festival of sport and music

Lyme Regis Jazz Jurassica  22nd May to 25th May 2020. Jazz in the seaside town they call the Pearl of Dorset.

Sherborne Castle Country Fair and Rare Breeds Show. 25th May 2020. Fun for everyone in this lovely location.

Royal Bath & West Show  28th May to 30th May 2020. Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet. This Show is a classic and one of the best in the country.

Wessex Folk Festival  30th May, and 31st 2020. Firm favourite! Mostly free!! Weymouth's Old Harbour and Hope Square.

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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 wielding a club but had a cloak. The origins are unknown. Trendle earthworks are above him. 

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Other pages that may be of interest


Events in South West England

Events in Devon

Events in Hampshire

Events on the Isle of Wight

Events in Somerset

Events in Wiltshire

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Anyone with events in Dorset who would like to list their event here please contact us via the Feedback form, we would love to hear from you. The event should have its own website so that our visitors can find you and obtain more information.

The events in Dorset should be capable of attracting crowds, large village fete size and above, similar to those listed here. Posting events on this page is free.

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.

We reserve the right not to include events in Dorset that are not suitable for legal or other reasons.

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Useful Information


Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably even find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!

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Please note that National Express coach services have been suspended due to the current pandemic.

Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!

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Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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More Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.

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