Events in Dorset

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Events in Dorset in August. Summer holiday time!!! Dorset is ideal for summer holidays, something for everyone. Then there are the events that are going on. Have a look, it is possible that there are some around the time you will be in Dorset.

August is the month for Shows, Carnivals and Festivals!!!


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The Red Arrows at Swanage Carnival

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Dorset Food and Arts Festival TBC. Queen Mother Square, Poundbury. Free event.

Dorset Chilli Festival 1st and 2nd August 2020. St Giles House, Wimborne St Giles.  If you like chilli then this is for you. A Chilli fiesta!!!

Lyme Regis Carnival & Regatta will be held on 1st August to 8th August 2020. Plenty of great events in a delightful town. Lyme Regis is the Pearl of Dorset. 

Weymouth Carnival there are hopes it will be back for 2020.

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show is on 19th August 2020  Great day out.

Bournemouth Air Festival  20th to 23rd August 2020.  Bournemouth is a beautiful seaside location and the display is FREE

Melplash Agricultural Show. 27th August 2020, Showground, West Bay, Bridport. The friendly show.

Tarrant Hinton hosts the The Great Dorset Steam Fair. and the National Heritage Show will be held 27th to 31st August 2020.  All in all it is considered the leading show of its kind in the world!

Oak Fair Stock Gaylard House, Sturminster Newton. TBC For all those interested in timber and woodcraft.

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Looking down on West Bay from the South West Coastal Path.

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Looking for a seaside place for the family, it would be a job to go past Bournemouth or Weymouth, two old favourites. You could try Lyme Regis, delightful, if a little hilly. The Jurassic coast and the Southwest Coastal Path could be an idea. There are plenty of other footpaths and cycle ways all over the county.

Wimborne St Giles is a tiny, pretty village on Cranborne Chase. Do you like coleslaw? Well the first cabbage cultivated in England is said to have been grown in the village in the early 1600's! The village is part of the Shaftesury Estate who own St Giles House.

Lyme Regis, the Pearl of Dorset as it is known and indeed it is a pearl, a little gem on the southwest edge of the county. It is a delightful small seaside town with an ambience all of its own. It is part of the Jurassic Coast. Access can be found to the South West Coastal Path. Have a picnic with stunning views! 

Gillingham in the very north of the county. For Americans amongst us, Edward Rawson, who was secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Company was born in the town in 1615. Gillingham is a fast growing town with plenty of shops and easy access by car. 

Shaftesbury is a town in the north of the county on the Wiltshire border. Breathtaking views! Take the camera. King Canute's heart is buried in Shaftesbury Abbey. Visit the Hine Collection of Mechanical Music with its organ display in Mortier House in New Road.

Bridport is an attractive little town in the south of the county and includes West Quay, Bridport's small harbour where fishing trips can be arranged. Here there are also a couple of beaches. On the X53 bus route from Poole to Exeter, a brilliant day out for one can stop off at an attractive place and catch the next bus on or back.

Sturminster Newton in the Blackmore Vale on the River Stour.  Bulbarrow Hill is nearly 1000ft high and has wonderful views over the county, actually five counties can be seen. 

Tarrant Hinton - in August all roads lead to Tarrant Hinton for the Dorset Steam Fair above, one of the biggest in the world. The village itself is set in lovely Dorset countryside and is not too far from Blandford Forum,

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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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