Events in Dorset
June and July

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Summer - Time to be out and about, browse the events in Dorset for the delightful months of June and July.  Time for the seaside for all, sunbathe, swim and just relax. Shop in Bournemouth or Weymouth. Add one of these events to the mix!!

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Poole Maritime Festival

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival  12th and 14th June 2020. Lively event in the middle of the year.

Poole Harbour Boat Show  9th to 11th June 2024.  It is becoming quite an event.

The Corscombe Fest TBC. Was cancelled in 2022. A superb family day out, the very best in the area. The Fest is a lovely traditional event, there is truly something for everyone. Set in the grounds of 13th century Corscombe Court with its Moat and 15th century tithe barn it’s a unique place for a day out. Further info at

West Dorset Vintage Tractor & Stationary Engine Club Annual Rally  8th and 9th June 2024. Melplash Showground, West Bay, Bridport.

Ferndown Fete on the Field 25th June 2024. A Fun Filled Fete to raise money for charity. Entry on the day.

Tankfest   28th to 30th June 2024. Biggest and the Best. Tank Museum, Bovington. It would be wise to book online quickly as this event is soon sold out. It is an advance ticket only even

Beaminster Festival 23rd to 30th June 2024. Why not pay a visit to the Jurassic Coast as well.

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UK Boogie Woogie Festival TBC.  Sturminster Newton.

 Larmer Tree Festival  2023 Cancelled. Larmer Tree Gardens near Salisbury.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival   2024 TBC Tolpuddle.

Wareham Carnival   21st to 23rd July 2023

Swanage Regatta and Carnival will be held  from 27th July to the 3rd August 2024. A WOW Carnival.

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Dorset is such a diverse county, the Jurassic Coast in the south, Thomas Hardy country around Dorchester, gentle farmland in the north, some steep hills for the challenged. Bournemouth and Poole, Christchurch, Weymouth, Lyme Regis, Wimbourne etc. A small county, but it packs so much.

Poole, next door to Bournemouth on the beautiful south coast of Dorset. It is a large tourist resort in its own right with a large natural harbour. The Quay is well worth a visit and cruises in the harbour are available. Blue Flag beaches.

Corfe Castle is a National Trust property. Cromwell knocked it about a bit in the Civil War. Breathtaking views. There is a Tea Room for a cuppa. Wildlife abounds.

Wimborne Minster is a market town in East Dorset. Ethelred, brother of Alfred the Great is buried in the Minster. Old and new in the town combine to make a most captivating place to visit. 

Shaftesbury in the north of the county is another lovely town looking over Blackmore Vale. Amazing views. Visit the interesting and attractive Gold Hill Museum.

Piddletrenthide, an attractive village can be found on the Dorset Downs by the River Piddle.  It has a beautiful church and pretty thatched cottages. 

Swanage, a lovely seaside resort in the south east of Dorset. One of the gateways to the Jurassic coast and the South West Coastal Path. Visit Lulworth Cove.

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Events in South West England

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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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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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