Festivals in Dorset

Details of festivals in Dorset, UK can be found in this section of the Visit Dorset website.



    30 Mar

    Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5QS

    30/03/2018 To 02/04/2018

    10:30 am To 5:00 pm

    It’s back! This Easter come ‘down the rabbit hole’ for some great family fun at Lulworth Castle. Join us every day from Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April between 10.30-5pm.

    Inspired by the fantastical story of Alice in Wonderland, you can expect a whole host of fun activities including themed trails, Easter hunts, crafts, bouncy castle (weather permitting, age 7+), soft play for under 4s, crazy golf and, of course, white rabbits and Easter Eggs!!

    Don’t forget to go and meet the Mad Hatter in the Castle whilst you’re exploring ….Refreshments will be available including light lunches, cream teas, hot drinks, cakes and ice creams.

    Tickets include Free Parking. Adults £8, Child £6, under 4’s free. Family Ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £30.

    Tickets can be bought online here or on the day.

     

    24 Feb

    Lighthouse, Kingland Road, Poole

    24/02/2018 To 25/02/2018

    10:00 am To 5:00 am

    Welcoming the 2018 New Year in style, Lighthouse Holistic Festival in Poole, Dorset, celebrates its fourth annual event on the 24th and 25th February 2018. With a wonderful array of over 110 stands to explore, therapies to try and advice to improve health and well-being – Lighthouse will be buzzing.

    In addition, there are a host of free daytime talks featuring some wonderful speakers, artists and facilitators. Full programme details can be found on the web site. From Shakti dancing and shamanic drumming to the art of mindfulness, from crystal therapy to acupuncture, rune reading to sound therapy, from jewellery to Tibetan arts and some fantastic children’s activities, there is something for everyone.

    Event organiser Elaine Fenton says, ‘I love creating magical experiences for people – events which capture the imagination and it’s great to be back for a fourth year at Lighthouse to do just that’.

    Lighthouse Holistic Festival
    £10.00 daily or £8 concessions (to include all daytime talks and workshops)
    Under 14’s Free
    Saturday Evening Music and Clairvoyance £12 or £10 concessions
    www.lighthouseholisticfestival.com
    Enquiries to Elaine Fenton elaine@elainefenton.co.uk
    Tel: 01736 366579

    07 Oct

    BH22 0JG

    07/10/2017 To 07/10/2017

    12:00 pm To 4:00 pm

    Come and join us for a fabulous family day out on the 7th October from 12pm-4pm!

    Yes it’s our 2nd Birthday and we have lots happening from Apple picking & Pressing, Free Tractor Rides, Visit Farm Animals, Arts & Crafts, Music, Street Food and much much more!!

    Entry is FREE!!

     

    26 Aug

    poole park

    26/08/2017 To 26/08/2017

    12:00 pm To 6:00 pm

    The Dorset Indian Mela runs from 12:00 to 18:00 and promises fun for all the family in a celebration of Indian culture, cuisine and heritage. Offering the opportunity to travel the diverse tastes of India from a wide selection of food stalls, it will also feature Food stalls, henna painting, entertainment in the form of dancing and live music and a bouncy castle for the kids.

    15 Aug

    The Toy Barn, Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4JX

    15/08/2017 To 15/08/2017

    11:00 am To 2:00 pm

    Teddy Bears’ Picnic at The Toy Barn, Sherborne
    Tuesday 15th August 2017
    11am-2pm

    Join us with your child and their favourite teddy for a fun Teddy Bears’ Picnic in our play orchard on Tuesday 15 August. Bring your own picnic and a blanket, and enjoy play time on our climbing frames, swings, trampolines & wendy houses. Ecco-Gelato will be serving up some delicious ice-creams from their amazing bike! There will also be Face Painting and Flower Garland making.

    Teddies should come in fancy dress, and the owner of the best dressed teddy will win a unique prize.

    Tickets cost £5 per child (adult entry is free), which includes a Toy Barn gift voucher.

    Places are limited so book online today!

    Please note: tickets booked online can be collected from the shop in advance or on the day.

    05 Jul

    The Hollow, 25 Newton Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2EA

    05/07/2017 To 30/08/2017

    2:00 pm To 5:30 pm

    Come and wander around a beautiful and intriguing sunken garden with exceptional richness and arrangements of colour and textures with a very wide and unusual variety of plants and grasses attracting butterflies and bees and with hummingbird hawkmoths to be seen in late summer. This vibrant garden changes from year to year to reflect the owners’ passion for plants. Tiers of dry stone wall terraces hold an original and fascinating plant collection, with richly layered planting in what was an old stone quarry, which is a surprising find at the top of a hill above the seaside town of Swanage. The planting is particularly good in July and August. New features and plants every year. OPEN FOR NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME

    Admission £3 Children free. Times: 2.00pm to 5.30pm every Wednesday afternoon in July & August 2017.

    The Hollow, 25 Newton Road, Swanage Dorset BH19 2EA
    Wed 5 Jul, Wed 12 Jul, Wed 19 Jul, Wed 26 Jul, Wed 2 Aug, Wed 9 Aug, Wed 16 Aug, Wed 23 Aug, Wed 30 Aug

    24 Jun

    Wimborne Road, Lytchett Matravers, Poole BH16 6HQ

    24/06/2017 To 24/06/2017

    10:00 am To 6:00 pm

    10am registration.
    Classes run from 11am – 2:45pm
    Most handsome dog
    Prettiest Bitch
    Best Rescue
    Best Puppy (under 18 months)
    Best Child Handler
    Dog most like its owner
    Best working dog
    Dog with the waggiest tail
    Dog the judge would most like to take home.
    Best In Show
    Prizes for 1st 2nd 3rd place
    Classes are £1 to enter raising money for Dorset DAWG

    24 Jun

    Wimborne Road, Lytchett Matravers, Poole BH16 6HQ

    24/06/2017 To 24/06/2017

    10:00 am To 6:00 pm

    The Dorset Polo Festival is on Saturday 24th June. Dorset Polo Club in Lytchett Matravers present a fun family day out from 10am – 6pm. There will be plenty of polo, a brilliant fun dog show, trade stands, bar, food tent, music & more. Tickets are £10 per person and under 14’s are free.

    For more information please visit their facebook page via

    dorsetpolofestival.co.uk or dorsetpolo.co.uk

    or contact emma@followthepack.co.uk

    04 Aug

    217 Wakeham, portland, dorset

    04/08/2017 To 04/08/2017

    10:30 am To 4:00 pm

    Family fun day celebrating all things Jurassic at Portland Museum in the heart of the Jurassic Coast. Dinosaur crafts to make and take, dinosaur hunt with a prize, ice and eat a dinosaur biscuit, make dino veggies and much, much more! Refreshments available for snack and lunch or bring your own picnic!

    09 Sep

    Baiter (Harbourside) Park, Poole BH15 1UX

    09/09/2017 To 10/09/2017

    10:00 am To 7:00 pm

    A two day event to experience the taste of Thailand this summer at Baiter (Harbourside) Park, Poole is brought to you by Magic of Thailand.

    Treat yourself to a weekend wonder and bring along your families and friends to feel a touch of Thai culture, where you can challenge your taste buds and feast your eyes on world class food and performances.

    Unwind with a traditional Thai massage and don’t miss the unique eating competition and Muay Thai boxing.

    The festival starts with a traditional food offering to Buddhist monks and entertainment throughout the day including traditional music and dancing, Muay Thai boxing, Ladyboy show, Thai beer garden, Thai food and produce stalls, Thai massage and children’s play area.

    Date: Sat 9th and Sun 10th September 2017

    Location: Baiter (Harbourside) Park, Labrador Drive, Poole BH15 1UX

    Time: 10am to 7pm

    Ticket: Adult: £4 per day; Under 12 years old is free

    How to get there:

    By Train: Poole Station

    By Bus: 1B, Route 1

    By Car: Baiter (Harbourside) Park, Labrador Drive, Poole BH15 1UX

    Follow us on Facebook: Poole Thai Festival

    Website: www.magicofthailand.co.uk

    04 Jun

    bradford abbas sports and recreational club DT9 6RP

    04/06/2017 To 04/06/2017

    12:00 pm To 10:00 pm

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    Pay on the gate

    Bradfordbury is an event for all the family to enjoy. With live music throughout the day, fire engine, tractor and trailer rides, 60 ft of inflatables, kids fun fair ride, hot food including vegetarian and gluten free options, a vast variety of stalls, ice cream van, face painting, tarot readings, cake sale, princess story time for all the kids, karate display, Sherborne acting academy children performance and an amazing raffle with unbelievable prizes!!

    https://m.facebook.com/bradfordbury/?locale2=en_GB

    £2 entry, under 14’s free

    No dogs allowed

    20 Jun

    The Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3AR

    20/06/2017 To 21/06/2017

    6:30 pm To 8:30 pm

    This advanced workshop will show you how to insert a piece of smocking into a slip cover for a book.  All materials will be provided including a suitable A5 size journal to be covered.

    If you can, please bring with you a selection of sewing needles (including crewel needles), pins and a pair of small, sharp scissors, but don’t worry if you can’t as these will be available.  Also you may like to bring your sewing machine along to the second session.

    The workshop will be held in the DCCA café and refreshments will be available.

    The workshop will run from 6.30 – 8.30 pm over two evenings and costs £25 per person.  Please book tickets on-line by following the link from the website, www.rosalindatkins.co.uk or by phoning 01305 889741.

    08 Jul

    fern barrow

    08/07/2017 To 12/07/2017

    9:00 am To 8:00 pm

    Bournemouth University invites you to join us in celebrating the joy of learning at our fifth annual Festival of Learning.

    We have a jam-packed five-day programme of free events, activities and opportunities to learn something new.

    The annual Festival of Learning is now in its fifth year and the programme is designed to encourage the general public to engage with the university through different types of activities that highlight the wide range of research taking place at Bournemouth University.

    06 Jun

    The Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts, Middle Farm Way, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3AR

    06/06/2017 To 07/06/2017

    6:30 pm To 8:30 pm

    At this workshop you can’t go wrong!  You will be provided with all the materials, including pre pleated fabric to learn a couple of traditional stitches that you will then use to create a postcard sized sampler.

    If you can, please bring with you a selection of sewing needles (including crewel needles), pins and a pair of small, sharp scissors, but don’t worry if you can’t as these will be available.  Also you may like to bring your sewing machine along to the second session.

    The workshop will be held in the DCCA café and refreshments will be available.

    The workshop will run from 6.30 – 8.30 pm over two evenings and  costs £25 per person, including all materials.

    Please book on-line by following the link from the website, www.rosalindatkins.co.uk or by phoning 01305 889741

     

    27 May

    Queen Elizabeth\'s School, Blandford Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4DT

    27/05/2017 To 27/05/2017

    9:00 am To 3:30 pm

    A must-see event for anybody interested in the diversity of small plants, this competitive show is full of surprises. It is run by the Alpine Garden Society, show-casing mountain plants, small herbaceous plants, dwarf shrubs and bulbs. The plant fair will be attended by specialist alpine and non-alpine nurseries bringing plants suitable for most sites: Aberconwy Nursery (Colwyn Bay, Clwyd), Brighton Plants (Sussex), Copton Ash (Faversham, Kent), Edulis Nursery (Pangbourne, Berkshire), Kevin Hughes Plants (Middle Woodford, Wilts), Leesa’s Alpines (Birdham, Chichester), Marina Plants (Lymington, Hants), Parham Bungalow Plants (Market Lavington, Devizes), Special Plants (Chippenham, Wilts), Thuya Alpine Nursery (Hartpury, Glos). They will be happy to take orders in advance and bring plants for you as well as giving cultivation advice. There is a Plant Forum to give you ideas, photographic display and opportunity for plant photography. Come early for the plant sales and enjoy our home-baked cakes, hot and cold drinks and light lunches.
    Admission £3.00 , AGS members and children free