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What’s on in Dorset 2024

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With the iconic Durdle Door, fossil-fuelled cliffs and plenty of beautiful biscuit-tin-looking villages, Dorset is a gem in the UK’s crown of national landscapes.

With plenty to see, and explore during the whole year, we’ve gathered up the highlights of 2024, filled with events and shows you should check out on your next stay at Littlesea, Rockley Park, Seaview and Weymouth Bay.

March

Swanage Blues Festival

Where: Swanage, BH19

When: February 29 till March 2

Taking residence across multiple locations in the town of Swanage, the Blues Festival is here to keep you grooving all weekend long! From British to Chicago vibes, there’s some blues music for everybody.

April

Spring Countryside Show

Where: Motcombe Turnpike Showground, SP7 9P

When: April 22

Meet some lambs, ride a tractor and shop some of the delicious and stunning local produce at the Spring Countryside Show. Discover some new gardening tips and pick up some new skills whilst you’re there too.

May

May

Shaftesbury Festival of Food & Drink

Where: Shaftesbury
When: May 5

One of the largest festivals in the South England region, Shaftesbury’s Festival is filled with delicious local produce, fun and frivolity. And don’t forget about their iconic Cheese Race up Gold Hill – it’s not to be missed!

Dorset Blind Association Motor Show

Where: Lulworth Castle, BH20 5QS
When: May TBC

Set in the stunning grounds of Lulworth Castle, Dorset Blind Association is bringing their motor show back for 2024! Going into its 8th year, you’ll get to see a whole range of classic cars, bikes and super cars.

June

Swanage Fairy Festival

Where: Sandpit Field, BH19 1AW

When: June 1

Swimming mermaids, bubble fairies, magic shows and so much more, the fairy festival is filled with fun, face painting and plenty of opportunities for you to make some magical memories.

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Where: Lyme Regis Museum, DT17 3QA

When: June 8

Calling all fossil enthusiasts, and non-enthusiasts alike, the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is back with more talks, exhibitions, educational activities, and creative workshops. Get stuck in and find your gems of knowledge in this stunning location.

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July

July

Dorset VW Festival

Where: The Showground, BH20 6AB

When: July 12

Set in 35 acres of the finest Dorset countryside, you’ll find a collection of classic, vintage, and new VW cars and vans waiting for you to explore! Filled with stunt shows, a trade village and plenty of activities for the kids, you’re guaranteed to have a blast.

Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week

Where: Lyme Regis

When: July 20

Every year, the town of Lyme Regis hosts a weeklong event to support the RNLI and raise money in their name. Filled with activities from crab fishing to sand sports, there’s a whole lot for you to get stuck into.

August

Dorchester’s Bouncy Castle Kingdom

Where: Poundbury Park, DT1 3RH

When: August TBC

Designed for kids between 1-11 (Sorry adults, you’ll have to sit and watch all the fun!), Dorchester’s Bouncy Castle Kingdom is a paradise for all kids. You'll have a blast all day with a designated under 5s zone, plenty of treats to eat, and an iconic slushie to devour.

September

Film & Comic Con

Where: Bournemouth International Centre, BH2 5BH

When: September TBC

Grab your best cosplay, and don’t forget your signature book, Film & Comic Con is hitting Bournemouth. Browse the trading stalls, find those top-of-the-list collectables, and don’t forget to let your geek flag fly high with pride.

Shaftesbury Carnival

Where: Shaftesbury High Street

When: September 28

For over 148 years, Shaftesbury Carnival has been bringing buckets of lights, colour, and music to the streets of Shaftesbury. With a kids parade in the afternoon, and a grand illuminated parade after the sun drops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

October

October

Weymouth Pirate Fest

Where: Weymouth

When: October 6

Calling pirates, scallywags and seadogs! The notorious Pirate Parade will be making its annual comeback, where pirate buskers will be popping up and about with their roaring tunes, and rascally performances for you to enjoy.

The Gin to My Tonic Festival

Where: Bournemouth International Centre, BH2 5BH

When: October TBC

Get ready to embark on the ultimate craft gin and spirit adventure, as The Gin to My Tonic Festival is touring the UK once more. Come along and celebrate craft gins, vodka, cocktails and so much more!

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