Events in Dorset

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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!

Shaftesbury Town Hall

Shaftesbury Town Hall
Photograph © Robin Drayton


Gillingham Walking Festival  2nd to 9th September 2023.

Swanage Folk Festival  6th to 8th September 2024. Music, dance, craft and a market.

Dorset County Show 7th and 8th September 2024 The show has been going since 1840 and just as vital as it always was.

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival.  14th and 15th September 2024. Celebrating over 100 years of cheesemaking in Sturminster Newton.

Rotary Dorset Bike Ride.  Charity Sportive event 8th October 2023.  8 routes. 

Berwick St John Country Fair   is run every two years and the next one will be on 14th and 15th September 2024. The site is five miles east of Shaftesbury on the Wiltshire Dorset border.

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Max Gate

Max Gate
Photograph © Nigel Mykura

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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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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Morrris Men dancing at Berwick St John

Morris Men dancing at Berwick St John
Photograph © Maigheach-gheal

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