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What's On?

Here are some events taking place over the year!



Wareham Carnival -  July

Swanage Carnival and Regatta - 29th July to 5th August 2023

Bridport Carnival & Torchlight Procession August

Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival - 12th August 2023

Other local festivals through the year


Local Firework Displays

 Free fireworks display, music & family events at Poole Quay

Fun on Wareham Quay

Wareham Wednesdays: Events in Wareham every Summer Wednesday.

Wareham Quay
Wareham Wednesday
River Frome at Wareham
Have a look at monthly events happening in Dorset at What’s On in Dorset
The Purbeck Gazette: A local Community Magazine - local news, events, features, art & entertainment news, tide times, public notices, a food section & local business adverts.
Festivals, Shows, Fairs and Events Through the Year
Click the links to find out more information and check dates
Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole 2020 Festival Poster


British Sled Dog Racing in Wareham Forest (sometimes Nov or Dec)
Discover Arne Nature Reserve RSPB - Wednesdays January to April


Purbeck Literary Festival
Light Up Poole, Evening festival of digital light art
Various wildlife and walking events at Durlston Country Park


Spring Lambing Weekend at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester
Sika Trail Run through Wareham Forest (starting at Birchwood)
Swanage Blues Festival




NT Cadbury Easter Egg Trails - Corfe Castle or Brownsea Island or Studland or Kingston Lacy
Wareham Beerex
Various Dorset Food Festivals - from Easter/April each year
Spring Garden Fair at Mapperton House
Tiger Day at Bovington Tank Museum - Special Event
Kingston Maurward Garden and Animal Park Easter Days
Sherborne Abbey Festival - April/May
Diesel Gala and Beer Festival at Swanage Railway
Poole Dream Machines- Motorbike event every Tuesday from April to September




Dorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival - Back in 2021
VenFest 2020: ​Dorset Food and Vension Festival - Lytchett Minster
​Mini Steam on the Quay, Poole
Christchurch Food & Wine Festival
Tank Museum Street Party VE day 75 (kids for a quid) 2020
Swanage VE Day with a Community Street Party
Women at War at the Royal Signals Museum
VE Day Afternoon Tea at Swanage Railway
Poole at War 75 VE day in the High Street
Brownsea Island: Step back in time as we remember victory for Europe in 1945
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
Spring Tide Festival at Hive Beach (NT) Burton Bradstock
Upton Country Park Concerts 3 day music weekend
Purbeck Pirate Festival Swanage
Bournemouth 7s Sport and Music Festival - usually May Bank Holiday weekend 
Purbeck Arts Week May & June



Poole Festival of Running
Swanage Fish Festival
Wimborne Minster Folk Festival
Harry Paye Day- Pirate themed Family Fun day for local Charities, Poole
Poole Harbour Boat Show, Free event
The Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair, Dorchester
Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces & Veterans Day Celebrations
Bridport Food and Drink Festival
Folk on the Quay is a free folk music festival around Poole Harbour
TankFest at Bovington Tank Museum - booking advisable


Swanage Jazz Festival
Quay for my Car, themed car event on Poole Quay every Friday in July & August
Sandbanks Beach Volleyball Festival 
British Beach Polo Championships -Sandbanks
Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival
Sandfest at Sandbanks
Dorset Seafood Festival around Weymouth Harbour
Sherborne Castle Classic and Supercars Show
Poole Goes Vintage 
Church Knowle Food Fayre
Beer and Bluegrass Festival Poole
Rockley's Summer Spectacular FREE live music & fireworks on Poole Quay every Thursday
from 7pm 23rd July to 27th August
Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle
Wilkswood Reggae Festival Langton Matravers
Poole Harbour Festival


Great Dorset Chilli Festival
The Dorset Arts & Crafts Summer Exhibition
Mowlem Theatre Revivial Rep Season, 3 summer shows Swanage
Melplash Agricultural Show
Purbeck Valley Folk Festivalbetween Corfe Castle and Swanage
Bournemouth Air Festival
Great Dorset Steam Fair near Blandford - August Bank Holiday weekend



Bridport Hat Festival
Dorset County Show at Dorchester
Swanage Folk Festival
Weymouth Classic and Sprint Triathlon
Classic & Steam Vehicle Show at Harmans Cross near Swanage
Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival
Swanage and Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival
Purbeck Bikemonger Bimble (not for 2020)
Purbeck Running Festival
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival​



Swanage Blues Festival
Sherborne Literary Festival
Purbeck Film Festival
Dorchester Literary Festival
'Together for Alzheimer's' 5k run in Wareham Fores (starting at Birchwood)
Haloween at Farmer Palmers Farm Park


November and December

Free fireworks display & family events - Poole Quay
Bournemouth Free Festive Trail
Santa Steam Special on Swanage Steam Railway - booking essential
Festive Season at Farmer Palmers Farm Park
Santas Chase the Pudding along Weymouth beach in a 5K charity run 
Swanage Annual Boxing Day Charity Dip
Bournemouth Ice Skating at Christmas
Local Markets: To find details of when and where the Markets are on, click here
Car Boot Sales

Details above updated in February 2020 however could be subject to change.

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