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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Bournemouth Wheels Festival Sadly it looks as though this festival will not take place.

Wessex Folk Festival  2nd to 4th June 2017. Firm favourite! Mostly free!! Weymouth's Old Harbour and Hope Square.

Poole Festival of Running is being held on 3rd and 4th June 2017. This is one for everyone. Plenty of entertainment as well.

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival  9th and 11th June 2017.

West Dorset Vintage Tractor & Stationary Engine Club Annual Rally     10th and 11th June 2017. 

Bridport Food Week and Festival    11th to 17th June 2017.

Bournemouth Food Festival 16th to 25th June 2017. Festival Hub, Bournemouth Square.

The Corscombe Fest is bigger and better this year. 17th June 2017. - one of the best traditional events.
The Fest is a lovely traditional event with some superb local stalls, there is truly something for everyone. Set in the grounds of Corscombe Court with its Moat it’s a unique place for a day out.
The Fest kicks off at 1pm and runs until 5pm. Tickets £2 on the gate.
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.
More details at

The Devil’s Chair Concert  17th June 2017. After its success last year The Devil’s Chair Concert is back again in Corscombe (between Yeovil and Crewkerne).
Over five hours of great rock music and real ale from the bar (plus food from the barbecue and hog roast).
Music starts at 5.30pm with John de Barra, a one-man rock machine. So make sure you arrive early.
Local band Kash Folding will be following on, a good band with a great drummer.
Next up is Phil Murray’s Diamond Dogz who will be preforming their ‘The Spirit of Ziggy Stardust Show’, a must for all Bowie fans.
The evening will close with Microlight; a young and highly talented indie rock band. They will play a mixture of modern cover tracks mixed in with some classic oldies from Oasis, the Who and the Stones.
You can buy advance discounted tickets for only £6.95 (including booking fee) now at:
The website also has more information on the bands, and some of their music.
For further details on the bands visit:
Why the Devils Chair? Well Corscombe has its own standing stones, the largest one is known locally as the Devil’s chair.

Dorset Midsummer Music Festival 24th June 2017. This is a small friendly music festival. This year we will have the legendary Ben Waters who rarely gets to play in the county due to his international commitments, alongside a varied line up of bands.  These include local favourites such as Howling At The Moon, new up and coming acts such as DD Allen and even LaceBlack who are an act coming over especially from Italy!
Alongside this we have children's entertainment, most of which is included in the price of the ticket at just £3.  This includes Jamie Jigsaw (magician, juggler and all round entertainer), Bugfest (bringing creepy crawlies to life) and Hoop On hula hoop workshops. 
For the teens we will also have free wi-fi from Wessex Internet so they can keep in touch and share the experience live via social media.
There will be a wide range of food catering for every taste - from Pizza to Thai, Fish & Chips to Hog Roast.  There will also be local beer, cider and wine to enjoy.
For those who wish to make the most of the weekend, there is also camping available.        

Ferndown Fete on the Field 24th June 2017. Ferndown Rotary Club are presenting a Fun Filled Fete to raise money for charity. Entry on the day.

Tankfest   24th to 25th June 2017. Biggest and the Best. Tank Museum, Bovington. It would be wise to book online quickly as this event is soon sold out.

Beaminster Festival 24th June to 2nd July 2017.

Bournemouth Sportive  Saturday 25th June 2017 The venue is Chapel Gate, East Parley, Christchurch. Ride through Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire and you can see Somerset from Bulberrow!

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UK Boogie Woogie Festival 7th to 9th July 2017.  Sturminster Newton.

Dorset Seafood Festival   8th and 9th July 2017. Weymouth Harbourside. Taste the seafood of the Dorset coast.

Swanage Jazz Festival 14th to 16th July 2017.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival   14th to 16th July 2017. Tolpuddle.

Festival of Archaeology  15th to 30th July 2017. Over 1000 events held all over this country that is so rich in prehistory.

Larmer Tree Festival  There will be no festival in 2017. It will return hopefully on 20th to 22nd July 2018. Larmer Tree Gardens near Salisbury. 

Wareham Carnival  23rd July 2017.

Swanage Regatta and Carnival will be held this year from 29th July to the 5th August 2017. 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 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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