Events in Dorset
January, February and March

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Events in Dorset sets out to list the many and varied activities that occur in this beautiful county.

Dorset is largely a very rural county with lovely villages and towns, walks or cycleways that traverse delightful countryside. On its southern border is the Jurrassic coast and the pleasant seaside towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth, with the smaller pearl of Dorset - Lyme Regis on its Devon border. Dorchester is the capital. Dorset is beautiful even in winter!


Blandford Bridge, Dorset

Blandford Bridge, Blandford St Mary. English Heritage Listed.
Photograph © Mike Faherty


UK Dance Championships  will be held on 16th to 21st January 2024 at the BIC Bournemouth.

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Blackmore Vale Half Marathon Race will be held on 4th February 2024. Starts and finishes at The Bishops Caundle Playing Fields

Swanage Railway Valentine's Belle

Bournemouth Orchid Society Show.  24th February 2024. The Hamworthy Club, Magna Rd, Canford Magna, Bournemouth, Wimborne.

Swanage Blues Festival  29th February to 3rd March 2024.

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Bournemouth Bay Run 24th March 2024.

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Stafford Road, Swanage

Stafford Road, Swanage
Photograph © Chris Downer

Dorchester  is an interesting market town and the county town of Dorset. Thomas Hardy lived most of this life in the area. The Sustrans Cycling Route NCN starts here. Travel Wessex has a page devoted to this cycle ride as a short holiday.

Blackmore Vale Part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty rather says it all. Geographically it is in North Dorset but it creeps into Somerset and Wiltshire. The River Stour flows through the vale.

Lyme Regis, known as the Pearl of Dorset. A hilly, but very attractive town on the western edge of the county.

Swanage A very popular seaside resort right on the eastern end of the Purbeck Hills. Lovely spot for aquatic sports!!!

Poole The western end of that large seaside area of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole. A beach lovers paradise, with Blue Flag beaches. It has its own unique quality, with its quay in the natural harbour.

Weymouth is a pleasant and popular family seaside town. Families have been coming here for generations since George III made it popular in the late 1700's! It does not even matter if it is wet, there is so much to do!

Bradbury Rings was an Iron Age Hill Fort and a popular tourist attraction. It is within Kingston Lacey grounds which are National Trust. The Rings are open more or less all year.

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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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Bovington Tank Museum

The entrance to the Bovington Tank Museum
Photograph © Ian Taylor

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