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Summer Fun at Crealy

21st July-2nd September 2018

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort

Address: Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Summer Fun at Crealy Find your WOW at Crealy this summer and enjoy great events, amazing rides & attractions, and magical live shows during your visit. City Cirque: Urban Stunt Show: 1pm &...

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Summer Fun at Crealy

21st July-2nd September 2018

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort, Clyst St Mary

Address: Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Find your WOW at Crealy this summer and enjoy great events, amazing rides and attractions, and magical live shows during your visit. Includes City Cirque Xtreme, an adrenaline-fuelled stunt show, direct...

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Summer Holiday at the Tank Museum

24th July-2nd September 2018

Venue: The Tank Museum

Address: Bovington, BH20 6JG

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

Enjoy six weeks of explosive action. With Tank in Action displays every weekday- with realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary- family trails, lots of family activities, an outdoor play area...

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Civil War Encampment

26th July-2nd September 2018

Time: 10am to 5.30pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Get hands-on with history this summer and take a step back in time to the English Civil War (1642 - 1651), where a journey of discovery and intrigue awaits. Call 01929 481294

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Fairy and Elf Trail

26th July-2nd September 2018

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Visit fairies and elves, win a prize and make a magic wand.

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Summer Holiday Fun

26th July-2nd September 2018

Time: 10am-6pm

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Near Wimborne, BH21 4EA

This summer discover how the women of the house enjoyed the summer holidays with their children and families. This is part of 'Beyond the Portrait' portraying four key women in the history of the estate....

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Summer Spectacular Fireworks

26th July-30th August 2018

Time: 7pm to 10pm

Venue: Poole Quay

Address: Poole, BH15 1HJ

Website: www.pooletourism.com

Also 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 August. A weekly Thursday night occasion with live music, family entertainment and a firework finale at 10pm.

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Summer Holidays at Russell Cotes

28th July-2nd September 2018

Venue: Russell Cotes Museum

Address: East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA

Website: www.russellcotes.com

A jam packed schedule of Alice in Wonderland themed activities including crafts, trails, competitions and garden games. Go for a tea party, create some famous characters and play croquet with flamingos....

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Summer Pastimes on Brownsea

28th July-2nd September 2018

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE

Explore nature and adventure this summer holiday. Call 01202 707744

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Kids Cooking Workshops

15th-22nd August 2018

Venue: Heathlands Primary Academy

Website: www.scambiocucina.com

Also 22 August. Children will make a starter, main course and dessert in each workshop. They will also partake in fun activities and learn some basic Italian.

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Kids Cooking Workshops

16th-23rd August 2018

Venue: Knighton House

Website: www.scambiocucina.com

Also 23 August.  Children will make a starter, main course and dessert in each workshop. They will also partake in fun activities and learn some basic Italian.

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Bugs, Beetles and Beasts

21st-21st August 2018

Time: From 2.30pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Learn about Durlston's creepy crawlies at this fun event. Booking essential. Cost: £3. Call 01929 424443

Theatre & Cinema

Civil War Sutler

21st-22nd August 2018

Time: 10.30am to 5pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

The 'Time Traveller's Kitchen' demonstrates culinary delights from the seventeenth century, using ingredients from Purbeck's land, sea and sky from a replica Civil War field kitchen. Call 01929 481924

Arts & Crafts

Leaf Relief

21st-21st August 2018

Time: 10.30am – 12.15pm or 2pm – 3.45pm

Venue: Walford Mill

Address: Knobcrook Road, off Stone Lane, Wimborne BH21 1NL

Website: www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

Exploring the grounds of Walford Mill for materials, you will then pinch, roll and sculpt clay to create a leafy masterpiece. For 5 -12 years. Call 01202 841400

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Spectacular Spiders

22nd-22nd August 2018

Time: From 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Discover the amazing webs, traps and subterfuge that Lorton's spiders use to catch their prey. With wildlife inspired crafts and games. Children £3. Booking essential - call 01305 816546

Arts & Crafts

Bats About Bats

23rd-23rd August 2018

Time: 10.30am – 12.15pm or 2pm – 3.45pm

Venue: Walford Mill

Address: Knobcrook Road, off Stone Lane, Wimborne BH21 1NL

Website: www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

Help make a colony of bats 'fly' above the River Allen. Use recycled materials, create a 3D bat sculpture. For 5 -12 years. Call 01202 841400

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Melplash Show

23rd-23rd August 2018

Venue: West Bay Road

Address: Bridport, DT6 4EG

Website: www.melplashshow.co.uk

One of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the area. With livestock displays, falconry, terrier and ferret racing, show jumping, cookery demonstrations, over 300 trade stands, a fun fair and much...

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Slimy Seaweed

23rd-23rd August 2018

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Get slimy with seaweed! Learn fascinating facts, find out how to identify seaweed and have fun pressing them. For details ring 01305 206191 

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The Great Dorset Steam Fair

23rd-27th August 2018

Venue: South Down

Address: Blandford Forum, DT11 8HX

Website: www.gdsf.co.uk

Celebrating its 50th anniversary. A large heritage and cultural event, showcasing Britain’s industrial, agricultural and rich leisure history. Working rural displays on a 500-acre site including old...

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Cinema Under the Stars

24th-26th August 2018

Time: 8.45pm to 10.30pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

This August bank holiday, Purbeck Film Festival presents open-air cinema at Corfe Castle. Experience the magic of watching a film with family and friends within the castle ruins. Call 01929 481294

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Teddy Bears Picnic

24th-24th August 2018

Time: From 11am

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Take your teddy, picnic and blanket to this fun-packed day and enjoy games and activities. Booking essential. Cost: £5. Call 01929 424443

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Autism Wessex - Family Fun Day

25th-25th August 2018

Time: Starting at 2.30pm

Venue: Portfield School, Christchurch

Website: www.autismwessex.org.uk

Autism Wessex is the regional charity that provides specialist support and services to anyone affected by autism. Founded in 1968, Autism Wessex is celebrating its 50th Birthday this year and is inviting...

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Beetles and Insects

25th-25th August 2018

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Join artist and ‘Jackanory’ illustrator Peter Rush to create creepy crawly art from plastic cutlery. Booking essential.

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Melon Madness

25th-27th August 2018

Venue: Monkey World

Address: Wareham, BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

On Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the summer bank holiday weekend, every child that enters the park with a melon for the primates will receive a free Monkey World badge. Call 01929 462487

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River Cottage Festival

25th-26th August 2018

Venue: River Cottage

Address: Park Farm, Axminster, EX13 8TB

Website: www.rivercottage.net

Enjoy a jam-packed programme of music, masterclasses and festival fun. For children there’s play art, Splatch Circus, wildway bushcraft, family yoga, giant bubbles, marine monster making, natural woodcraft,...

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Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

25th-26th August 2018

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Stock Gaylard

Address: Sturminster Newton, DT10 2BG

Website: www.stockgaylard.com

Featuring over 180 wood and timber related stalls. Plus, Adams Axmen, a Heavy Horse display team, Mere Down Falconry, tree pirates and the Big Tree Climbing Company. Call 01963 23511

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Outdoor Activity Day

26th-26th August 2018

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE

Join the Outdoor Centre Team for a session of archery or low ropes. Book one session or both on the same day. Booking essential. Call 01202 707744

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Sorted in Dorset

26th-27th August 2018

Venue: Shelly Park

Address: Boscombe Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH15 ILN

Website: www.sortedindorset.com

A family festival with locally produced food and drink, live music and plenty of children’s activities.

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Wire and Paper Seabirds

26th-26th August 2018

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Join artist and Jackanory illustrator Peter Rush to create seabirds from wire and paper. Booking essential.

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The Chesil Challenge

27th-27th August 2018

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Complete the Chesil Challenge - a children's treasure trail that goes inside and outside the Centre. Look for clues to solve puzzles about Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon. Suitable for ages 5+. For details...

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Family Explorers

28th-28th August 2018

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Priest’s House Museum

Address: High Street, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1HR

Website: www.priest-house.co.uk

With plenty of fun activities for all the family. Cost: £1.75 per person. For details call 01202 882533

Arts & Crafts

Family Stone Carving Session

29th-29th August 2018

Time: 10am to 12pm

Venue: Burngate Stone Centre

Address: Langton Matravers, Swanage, BH19 3BE

Get creative as a family at this have-a-go stone carving session. For details and booking call 01929 439405

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Bournemouth Air Festival

30th August-2nd September 2018

Venue: Bournemouth

Address: Bournemouth, BH1

Website: www.bournemouthair.co.uk

Four days of spectacular aerial displays in the skies above Bournemouth. Including displays from The Red Arrows, a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, plus a European air display too. On land, the festival...

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Lyme Regis Folk Festival

31st-31st August 2018

Venue: Marine Theatre

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS

Website: www.lymefolk.com

A fun festival with a full programme of singing, dancing and music–making. Call 01297 442138

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Bridport Hat Festival

1st-2nd September 2018

Venue: Various Venues

Address: Bridport, DT6 3LF

Website: www.bridporthatfest.org

Celebrating its 9th anniversary. A multi-day celebration of hats. With live music, a hat auction, games, hatted dogs and a huge mass hat-wearing photoshoot in Bucky Doo Square on ‘Haturday’.

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Kids’ Classical Music Concert

1st-1st September 2018

Time: From 12.30pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Live classical music with the Purbeck International Chamber Music Festival. You are welcome to take instruments. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. Call 01929 424443

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Toby Buckland Garden Festival

15th-16th September 2018

Website: www.tobygardenfest.co.uk

Celebrate the harvest in the beautiful grounds of Forde Abbey near Chard in Somerset with Toby Buckland and expert speakers  including Guardian writer Alys Fowler, Matt Biggs from...

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