Events in Dorset
October November December

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Events in Dorset in October, November and December.  Autumn and into winter and the Festive season of December.  Balmy Indian Summer, Fireworks and Christmas, what a great season it is. You need a diary to keep up with everyone!!!

Cycle route round Parkstone Bay

Cycle route round Parkstone Bay
Photograph © Peter Trimming



The Swanage Blues Festival  is on the 3rd to the 6th October 2024 the second one of the year. You will want to come back!!

Halloween Trails 14th to 31st October 2023. Minterne Gardens, Minterne Magna.

Studland Stampede Sunday 15th October 2023. Distance 12km over flat and scenic terrain. 

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Minterne Fireworks 3rd November 2023. Minterne Gardens.

Bournemouth Fireworks 4th November 2023. Littledown Centre, Bournemouth.

Bounemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland 17th November 2023 to 1st January 2024.

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Yuletide Festival Blandford Forum 1st December 2023. Looks fun.

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Studland Bay

Studland Bay
Photograph © Dave Butlin

There is often quite good weather during October and events all over Wessex continue apace. In Dorset Fairs and Carnivals continue. November brings the Fireworks that everyone loves. Of course December we are busily shopping amidst all the decorations.

Swanage is a delightful seaside resort not far from Bournemouth. It is right on the tip of east Dorset.

Poole is of course next door to Bournemouth with its own ambience. It is both a tourist resort and a busy port.

Gillingham, an ancient area, is Dorset's most northerly town near the county boundary and in the Blackmore Vale.

Studland - great beaches and popular for bird watching. Very expensive to buy property there! Makes a great place to visit.

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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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Farmland near Coppleridge Inn, Motcombe, Dorset

Farmland near Coppleridge Inn, Motcombe, Dorset
Looking towards Park Dale.
Photograph © Christine Matthews

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It's Carnival Time

Shaftesbury Carnival  28th September 2024

Gillingham Carnival 7th October 2023

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Public Transport

National Express

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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National Rail Journey Planner.

For train journeys all over the United Kingdom connecting the places you want to go efficiently and quickly.

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Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. In fact all over the United Kingdom.

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