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Events in Dorset during this wonderful autumn month of September. The leaves turning colour, reds, yellows, browns. The childish delight of scuffling through the dry leaves on the ground! Yet still the sun shines and the days call out for the outdoors. There are Fairs and Carnivals, even a Cheese Festival!
Sturminster Newton Carnival Saturday 2nd September 2017. Sturminster Newton is in the Blackmore Vale.
Dorset County Show will be held this year on 2nd and 3rd September 2017 on the outskirts of Dorchester. The show has been going since 1840 and just as vital as it always was.
Gillingham Walking Festival 2nd to 10th September 2017.
Swanage Folk Festival 8th to 10th September 2017. this is the 25th celebration of this festival.
Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival. 9th and 10th September 2017. Celebrating over 100 years of cheesemaking in Sturminster Newton.
Rotary Dorset Bike Ridge. Charity Sportive event 17th September 2017. 103 mile, 81, 72, 50, 38, 20, 27 and 10 mile routes. One for the family. Venue: Longthorn Camp site, next to Monkey World near Wareham.
Berwick St John Country Fair is run every two years and the next one will be on 15th and 16th September 2018. This is a biannual festival. The site is five miles east of Shaftesbury on the Wiltshire Dorset border.
Triathlon Weymouth Date will be announced soon. Iron distance
Triathlon, 3.8k open sea swin in Weymouth Bay, 180k bike ride course and
finishing off with a 42.2k run.
Dorset's Day Out - Dorset County Fair is held this month in Dorchester. One could make a short break of it and explore the town and environs of Thomas Hardy country. Visit Upper Bockhampton and Hardy's Cottage, or Max Gate, both National Trust Properties.
Shaftesbury makes a pleasant break too. It is close to the Wiltshire border and on the A30 so it is easy to get to. If you are a history buff, the town is quite old and King Canute died there. If you love the countryside, Blackmore Vale makes for walking and cycling fun or just touring in the car.
Sturminster Newton is also in the Blackmore Vale, on the River Stour. Thomas Hardy spent time in the town where he wrote "The Return of the Native".
Lyme Regis makes a good place for a short break. It is a pleasant seaside town on the southwest edge of the county. Nice beach. The town is a bit hilly. On the X53 bus route from Exeter to Poole. There are many places along the route that beg exploration.
Weymouth, a seaside resort that has been popular for generations. On the Jurassic Coast and the South West Coastal Path. It sister town, Portland, has one of the largest man made harbours in the world.
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It's Carnival Time
Blandford Forum 2017 date TBC
There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.
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!
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!!!!
Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.