Events in Dorset
June and July

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Due to the Health Crisis events may be cancelled. Please check their website. Stay safe everyone.

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 Throughout June 2020.

Poole Festival of Running is being held on 6th and 7th June 2020. This is one for everyone. Plenty of entertainment as well.

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

Poole Harbour Boat Show  12th to 14th June 2020.  It is becoming quite an event.

The Corscombe Fest TBC. 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   13th and 14th June 2020. Melplash Showground, West Bay, Bridport.

Ferndown Fete on the Field 20th June 2020. A Fun Filled Fete to raise money for charity. Entry on the day.

Dorset Midsummer Music Festival 26th and 27th June 2020. 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.

Tankfest   26th to 28th June 2020. 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 27th to 5th July. This is the 25th Anniversary of the festival.

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UK Boogie Woogie Festival 4th to 6th July 2020.  Sturminster Newton.

Dorset Seafood Festival   11th and 12th July 2020. Weymouth Harbourside. Taste the seafood of the Dorset coast.

Festival of Archaeology  TBC Over 1000 events held all over this country that is so rich in prehistory.

Larmer Tree Festival  16th to 19th July 2020. Larmer Tree Gardens near Salisbury.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival   17th to 19th July 2020. Tolpuddle.

Wareham Carnival   19th July 2020

Swanage Regatta and Carnival will be held this year from 25th July to the 1st August 2020. 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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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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