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 Celebrating European Maritime Day. Throughout June 2019.

Poole Festival of Running is being held on 1st and 2nd June 2019. This is one for everyone. Plenty of entertainment as well.

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival  6th and 9th June 2019. Lively event in the middle of the year.

Poole Harbour Boat Show  7th to 9th June 2019.  It is becoming quite an event.

The Corscombe Fest 8th June 2019. 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. The Fest kicks off at Mid Day and runs until 8pm. There is entertainment from the opening till the close; starting off with more traditional music and dancing with the South Perrott Steel Band; Jinder, Enigma Morris Dancers and Will & Naomi Folk Singers. From 4.30 we have some wonderful pop and rock from Mustang Sally and Chill – the party band.  They will keep playing all the way to the close at 8pm. There are great stalls, a superb collection of Classic cars, a variety of food from the BBQ and a bar with real ale. Plus games and sideshows; a model aeroplane flying display; Children’s fun races; traditional stalls; dog show; pets corner. There is plenty to keep your young ones happy as well in our kid’s area.The dogs show is always a good place to start the day. Have a PIMMS or a real ale on the lawn or a tea and a cake or visit the local food stalls and buy some local produce. Corscombe is a beautiful unspoilt West Dorset village, just 4 miles from Beaminster, 9 Miles from Yeovil, and 7 miles from Crewkerne.Tickets are available on the door at only £2 each so bring the family, there is amply free parking. Further info at

West Dorset Vintage Tractor & Stationary Engine Club Annual Rally   8th and 9th June 2019. Melplash Showground, West Bay, Bridport.

Dorset Midsummer Music Festival 21st and 22nd June 2019. This is a small friendly music festival set in the heart of Dorset in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Bournemouth Food Festival TBC. Festival Hub, Bournemouth Square.

Ferndown Fete on the Field 22nd June 2019. A Fun Filled Fete to raise money for charity. Entry on the day.

Beaminster Festival 22nd to 30th June.

Tankfest   28th to 30th June 2019. Biggest and the Best. Tank Museum, Bovington. It would be wise to book online quickly as this event is soon sold out.

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UK Boogie Woogie Festival 5th to 7th July 2019.  Sturminster Newton.

Dorset Seafood Festival   13th and 14th July 2019. Weymouth Harbourside. Taste the seafood of the Dorset coast.

Festival of Archaeology  13th to 28th July 2019. Over 1000 events held all over this country that is so rich in prehistory. Will form part of the 75th anniversary of the Council for British Archaeology.

Larmer Tree Festival  18th to 21st July 2019. Larmer Tree Gardens near Salisbury.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival   19th to 21st July 2019. Tolpuddle.

Wareham Carnival   TBC

Swanage Regatta and Carnival will be held this year from 27th July to the 3rd August 2019. 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 av available. Blue Flag beaches.

Corfe Castle is a National Trust property. Cromwell knocked 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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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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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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