Events in Dorset
January, February and March

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Events in Dorset sets out to list the many and varied activities that occur in this beautiful county.

Dorset is largely a very rural county with lovely villages and towns, walks or cycleways that traverse delightful countryside. On its southern border is the Jurrassic coast and the pleasant seaside towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth, with the smaller pearl of Dorset - Lyme Regis on its Devon border. Dorchester is the capital. Dorset is beautiful even in winter!


Events

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Spring Daffodils Bishops Caundle

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January

Bridport Potato Day  7th January 2017. Bridport United Church, East Street, Bridport. Free Admission. LOTS of seed potatoes and heritage seeds available. One for the gardeners amongst us.

UK Dance Championships  will be held on 17th to 19th January 2017 at the BIC Bournemouth.

Blandford Potato Day  29th January 2017, Pimperne Village Hall. Blandford Museum Victorian Gardening Club and Pennard Plants plus others.


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February

Potato Days. Drimpton Village Hall which is near Beaminster. 4th February 2017.

Blackmore Vale Half Marathon Race and 5.25 Mile Fun Run. will be held on 5th February 2017. Starts and finishes at The Bishops Caundle Playing Fields which is on the A3030 Sherborne to Sturminster Newton.

Beerex  Corn Exchange, Dorchester. 3rd and 4th February 2017.  Only over 18.

Snowdrop Festival  Shaftesbury, the Snowdrop Town.  10th to 19th February 2017. A delightful Spring Festival.

Purbeck Literary Festival  16th February to 25th February 2017. Many interesting events.The theme this year is WILD.

Bournemouth Orchid Society Show  25th February 2017. Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne.

Potato Days & Seed Fair

Saturday 25th February 2017. 10.30am-2pm in the Village Hall, Station Road, Maiden Newton, DTE OAE, Dorset. Follow signs to the Station.

This is a great day out to mingle with like minded folk and get your seed potatoes and other seeds from those who know. There is free admission and refreshments. Run by Maiden Newton Allotments and Pennard Plants.


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March

Swanage Blues Festival  2nd to the 5th March 2017. Lots of top acts in 15 indoor venues. What a feast. And there is another in October on the 6th to the 9th October 2016.

Wimborne Cider Festival 17th and 18th March 2017.

Swanage Steam Ralway Steam Gala 31st March to 2nd April 2017. As their website states:

' "Strictly Bulleid" will be a bonanza of Bulleids with a number of guest Bulleid locomotives joining forces with the home Bulleid fleet to provide an extravaganza of steam power.'

Certainly an event for the steam enthusiast.


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Places

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Dorchester is an interesting market town and the county town of Dorset. Thomas Hardy lived most of this life in the area. The Sustrans Cycling Route NCN starts here. Travel Wessex has a page devoted to this cycle ride as a short holiday.

Blackmore Vale Part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty rather says it all. Geographically it is in North Dorset but it creeps into Somerset and Wiltshire. The River Stour flows through the vale.

Lyme Regis, known as the Pearl of Dorset. A hilly, but very attractive town on the western edge of the county.

Swanage A very popular seaside resort right on the eastern end of the Purbeck Hills. Lovely spot for aquatic sports!!!

Poole The western end of that large seaside area of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole. A beach lovers paradise, with Blue Flag beaches. It has its own unique quality, with its quay in the natural harbour.

Weymouth is a pleasant and popular family seaside town. Families have been coming here for generations since George III made it popular in the late 1700's! It does not even matter if it is wet, there is so much to do!

Bradbury Rings was an Iron Age Hill Fort and a popular tourist attraction. It is within Kingston Lacey grounds which are National Trust. The Rings are open more or less all year.


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Other pages that may be of interest

Dorset

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

Accommodation

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 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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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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Trains

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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