Events in Dorset
April and May

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Events in Dorset in April and May. A lovely time of the year, spring flowers, trees have turned all shades of green, preview of the balmy summer months to come.  Browse the events below, a day out is a great idea!

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Gold Hill Shaftesbury.
Photograph © Rick Sykes

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Bournemouth Writing Festival Westover Road, Bournemouth. 26th to 28th April 2024. Looking for inspiration and more.


Sherbourne Abbey Festival 2nd to 9th May 2034. At Sherbourne Abbey.World renowed musicians.

Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival   5th May 2024.  A celebration of local food, music and art. Lovely setting

Jurrasic Classic formerly the Jurassic Beast Sportive TBC. Starting at The National Tank Museum, Bovington. This is a breathtaking (in both senses!) event - a cycle ride along the stunning Jurassic coast.  A must do!!!!

Bournemouth 7's 24th to 26th May 2024, a festival of sport and music

Lyme Regis Jazz Jurassica  TBC. Jazz in the seaside town they call the Pearl of Dorset.

Sherborne Castle Country Fair and Rare Breeds Show. 27th May 2024. Fun for everyone in this lovely location.

Wessex Folk Festival  1st and 2nd June 2024. Firm favourite! Mostly free!! Weymouth's Old Harbour and Hope Square.

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Winterbourne Steepleton

Winterbourne Steepleton
Photograph © Mike Faherty

Winterbourne Steepleton is in the south west of the county not far from Dorchester. A winterbourne is a stream that flows in the winter only and in many cases it passes into the name of the place, It is a pretty little place. Not far from the A35 which gives access to many attractive places along the lovely Dorset coast.

Wimborne Minster to give its full name although often referred to as Wimborne. Have you seen a Town Crier? There is one that can often be seen on weekends around the square and the Church.

Weymouth is a delightful seaside town that has been popular with families for generations. There is so much to do in Weymouth that it does not really matter what the weather is!! It is half way along the Jurassic Coast and there are two Nature Reserves, Radipole and Lodmoor. There is access to the stunning South West Coast Path.

Sherborne, in the northwest of the county on the edge of the Blackmore Vale is a beautiful town.  Sherbourne Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh. Sherborne Abbey is a glorious, stately building that looks like a cathedral, it was when the Saxons built it.

Lyme Regis a pretty and attractive seaside town in the very south west of Dorset. Known as the Pearl of Dorset. Great place if you are interested in fossils with the Jurassic Coast. Access to the South West Coastal Path, great for stunning summer walks.

Bovington, home of the Tank Museum. Six halls showing the history of the tank. With the anniversary of WWI walk in the footsteps of a soldier in that era. 

The Cerne Giant is a massive white chalk figure wielding a club on Trendle Hill (or Giant Hill) close to Cerne Abbas. It is now thought that he was not always wielding a club but had a cloak. The origins are unknown. Trendle earthworks are above him. 

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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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Abbots Hall Porch Cerne Abbas

Abbot's Porch, Cerne Abbas
Photograph © Chris Downer

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