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Summer Events for Children in Dorset

1st July-2nd September 2019

Venue: Dorset

Website: https://www.primarytimes.co.uk/dorset/news/2019/07/summer-events-and-activities-in-dorset

Long sunny days, light evenings and six whole weeks of play – what’s not to love about the summer? Here’s just a few suggestions to help make your summer supersonic! Top Ten Beach...

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Summer Live

12th July-26th August 2019

Venue: The Square

Address: Bournemouth, BH2 6EG

Website: www.summerlive.co.uk

Featuring live music every day, face painting and watch the artists in action in their huts as they paint, draw and create. During the last 2 weeks of August there will be additional children’s entertainment.

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Medieval Games

20th July-31st August 2019

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Also 21, 22 and 23 July, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 August. Have fun with friends and family playing traditional games as you explore the castle ruins. Call 01929 481294.

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Summer Fun on Brownsea

20th July-1st September 2019

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole, BH13 7EE

Explore nature and adventure on Brownsea. Try out a free trail, meet some creatures that make the shoreline their home, have a go at the tree climbing trail or get creative on the nature rubbing trail....

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Summer Holiday at the Tank Museum

20th July-1st September 2019

Venue: The Tank Museum

Address: Bovington, BH20 6JG

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

Summer holiday fun with weekday Tank in Action displays- with realistic lifelike explosions and expert commentary- family trails, lots of family activities, an outdoor play area and tonnes of fun!

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Hydro High Dive

22nd July-1st September 2019

Time: 10am to 5.30pm

Venue: Crealy Theme Park and Resort

Address: Sidmouth Road, Clyst Sty Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Direct from the USA, this High Dive show has a fireman theme. Be amazed watching the Crealy Brigade fight the fires and jump from heights of 80ft into the pool below. The show will be performed every Monday...

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Summer Holiday at Kingston Lacy

22nd July-1st September 2019

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne, BH21 4EA

Keep little explorers busy all summer with plenty of opportunities to relax and discover nature throughout July and August. Call 01202 883402.

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Creepy Crawly Day

23rd-23rd July 2019

Venue: Groves Nurseries

Address: West Bay Road, Bridport, DT6 4BA

Website: https://grovesnurseries.co.uk

Find out more about these exotic animals in this interactive, fun and educational experience. Meet Darcie and Elizabeth the Giant African Land Snails, Indie the adorable tortoise and Opi the spirited Mexican...

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Durdle Door Circular Family Stroll

23rd July-27th August 2019

Time: From 11am

Venue: Durdle Door Holiday Park

Address: West Lulworth, BH20 5PU

Website: www.lulworth.com

Every Tuesday until 27 August. Join a Lulworth Ranger for a circular family stroll. Learn lots about the geology, wildlife, land use and ancient history. There are plenty of children’s activities to...

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Minibeasts and More

23rd July-28th August 2019

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole, BH13 7EE

Join this fun family guided adventure that will explore Brownsea's minibeasts. Find out about these intriguing creatures that play such an important part in the entire ecosystem. For details call 01202...

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Treasure Hunt Challenge

23rd July-31st August 2019

Time: 9am to 5pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

A fun treasure hunt learning about the animals that live at Moors Valley. Navigate your way round the park and identify creatures along the way to solve the hidden word.

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Caterpillar Kids: Peculiar Pond Life

24th-24th July 2019

Time: From 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Have a go at pond dipping and discover the amazing underwater world of diving beetles, newts and nymphs at this fun family friendly event.

Arts & Crafts

Have-A-Go Session at Stone Carving

24th July-29th August 2019

Venue: Burngate Stone Carving Centre

Address: Kingston Road, Langton Matravers, BH19 3BE

Website: www.burngatestonecentre.co.uk

Also 25, 30 and 31 July. And 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 August. Try your hand at the traditional craft of stone carving. Have-a-go carving courses typically last for approximately...

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Summer Holidays at Russell Cotes: The Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden

24th July-1st September 2019

Venue: Russell Cotes Museum

Address: East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA

Website: www.russellcotes.com

Find the fairies at the bottom of the garden at Russell-Cotes this summer. Join the magical crafts, trails, competitions, games, and much more.

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Wild Wednesday

24th-24th July 2019

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Free drop-in craft activity session for families.

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Camp Bestival

25th-28th July 2019

Venue: Lulworth Castle

Address: East Lulworth, BH20 5QS

Website: www.campbestival.net

A four-day festival for families. With live music and children’s entertainment. Plus, a huge children’s area featuring BigTopMania, a big bouncy castle, the greatest tent on earth, fairground rides,...

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Dolphins and the Deep Blue Sea

25th-25th July 2019

Time: 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Discover the amazing lives of the Durlston dolphins with games and activities. Booking essential. Cost: £3.

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Mervyn Cole’s Summer Family Fun Shows

25th July-29th August 2019

Time: 12pm to 2pm

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

Also 30 July and 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29 August. Join Mervyn Cole for his summer family fun shows. There will be jokes, magic tricks, balloons, puppets and Mr Punch.

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Outdoor Theatre: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

25th-25th July 2019

Time: From 7pm

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Wimborne, BH21 4EA

Packed with cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters, and laughs galore, this production of Ali Baba will keep you on the edge of your deckchair! Watch the performance under the stars. Call 0344 249...

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Poole Park Family Fun Day

25th-25th July 2019

Time: 10am to 3pm

Venue: Poole Park

Address: Parkstone Road, Poole, BH15 2SF

Website: www.pooletourism.com

With plenty of mainly free activities for all the family to enjoy. With a climbing wall, circus skills, arts and crafts, wildlife activities and much more. Rockley Watersports will be offering free kayak...

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Reptile Morning

25th-25th July 2019

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

Venue: Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Address: Bournemouth, BH6 4EN

Website: www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk

Discover more about the weird and wonderful amphibians and reptiles that call Hengistbury Head home. Check out their habitats and learn identification techniques. Cost: £5 per adult, £2 per child. Booking...

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Summer Spectacular Fireworks

25th July-29th August 2019

Time: 7pm to 10pm

Venue: Poole Quay

Address: Poole, BH15 1HJ

Website: www.pooletourism.com

Also 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August. A weekly summertime Thursday night occasion with live music, family entertainment and a firework finale at 10pm.

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Bournemouth Friday Fireworks

26th July-23rd August 2019

Time: 10pm

Venue: Bournemouth Seafront

Address: Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA

Also 2, 9, 16 and 23 August. At dusk, be dazzled by the amazing Bournemouth Firework display. Watch the skies light up above Bournemouth seafront at 10pm every Friday night during the summer. Call 01202...

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Bridport Folk Festival

26th-28th July 2019

Venue: Various Locations

Address: Bridport, DT6

Website: www.bridportfolkfestival.com

Featuring over 65 music acts across 5 stages, dance and music workshops, ceilidhs and dances, children’s activities, storytelling, art and craft and much more.

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Family Nightjar and Bat Evening

26th-26th July 2019

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Studland

Address: Near Swanage, BH19 3AE

Tuck into some fish, chips and ice cream followed by a walk through the dunes and beach discovering the wonders of bats and nightjars. For details call 01929 450500.

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Family Nightjar and Bat Evening

26th-26th July 2019

Time: From 7.30pm

Venue: Studland Nature Reserve

Address: Swanage, BH19 3AX

A family wildlife event in the sand dunes exploring the majestic birds and bats of Studland. Tuck into fish, chips and ice cream followed by a walk through the dunes and beach. Call 01929 450500.

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Glow Worm Walk

26th-26th July 2019

Time: From 9pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Night walk to discover the magical creatures. Booking essential. Cost: £5.

Arts & Crafts

Puppet Making Workshop

26th-26th July 2019

Venue: Blandford Corn Exchange

Address: 7 Market Place, Blandford Forum, DT11 7AG

Website: www.squashboxtheatre.co.uk

Make puppets with Squashbox Theatre. Using simple materials and card templates, create a moving, articulated puppet to take home. This workshop will develop design skills, use of different tools and materials,...

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Groves Summer Fair

27th-27th July 2019

Venue: Groves Nurseries

Address: Bridport, DT6 4BA

Website: www.grovesnurseries.co.uk

Enjoy plenty of summer fun in the garden at this seasonal event.

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Kimmeridge Dolphin Watch

27th-27th July 2019

Time: 11.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Wild Seas Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, BH20 5PE

Learn how to spot dolphins and watch for them from the cliff top lookout at Kimmeridge. For older primary aged children and their parents/carers. For details call 01929 481044.

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Milton Abbas Street Fair

27th-27th July 2019

Time: 11am to 5pm

Venue: Milton Abbas

Address: The Street, Blandford Forum, DT11 0BP

Website: http://miltonabbasstreetfair.co.uk

A traditional period street fair featuring traditional foods, crafts, music and children’s entertainment. Including Morris Dancing, Punch and Judy and artisan demonstrations.

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Puncknowle Fete

27th-27th July 2019

Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Puncknowle Manor

Address: Church Street, Puncknowle, DT2 9BX

A traditional village fete in the beautiful gardens of Puncknowle Manor. Featuring a prize raffle, children’s games, toys, bric-a-brac, a coconut shy and more. Cost: £1 entry. Children under 12 free....

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Russell-Cotes’ Fairy Fun

27th July-1st September 2019

Venue: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

Address: Bournemouth, BH1 3AA

Website: www.russellcotes.com/summer

Enjoy some fairy fun over the summer holidays. With lots of family activities including trails, treasure hunts, crafts, competitions and garden games.

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Sting in the Tale Festival: Field of Stories

27th-27th July 2019

Venue: Various venues

Address: Wimborne, BH21

Website: www.stinginthetale.org.uk

This 10-day festival launches with a free, family storytelling, art and craft event ‘Field of Stories’ on 27 July. With storytelling performances, street theatre and puppet shows. Children will be...

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Swanage Carnival and Regatta

27th July-3rd August 2019

Venue: Various Locations

Address: Swanage, BH19

Website: www.swanagecarnival.com

Eight days of fun filled events and entertainment for all ages, including; air displays, live music, sporting events, games, competitions, treasure hunts, three magnificent firework displays and a famous...

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Family Pond Dipping

28th-28th July 2019

Venue: Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Address: Bournemouth, BH6 4EN

Website: www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk

Discover the weird and wonderful creatures lurking in the pond. Cost: £3 per child, suitable for children aged 5 years+. Booking essential. For details call 01202 451618.

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Life Cycle of Dragonflies

28th-28th July 2019

Venue: Upton Heath

Address: Longmeadow Lane, Broadstone, near Corfe Mullen, BH17

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Go for a walk across Upton Heath to spot adult damselflies and dragonflies on the wing, and also witness egg-laying. Followed by a pond-dipping session to reveal the nymphs of dragonflies.

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Weymouth Lifeboat Week

28th July-3rd August 2018

Venue: Nothe Parade

Address: Weymouth, DT4 8TX

Website: www.weymouthlifeboat.org.uk

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. A whole week of various events happening including live music, a fabulous parade of boats, crabbing, paddle boarding and displays - all raising vital funds...

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Wild Craft Sunday

28th-28th July 2019

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Venue: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Address: Granby Road, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

Try your hand at stone painting. Use acrylic paint to create a lasting work of art. Call 01202 451548.

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Arty Ocean Activities

29th-29th July 2019

Time: 11am to 4pm

Venue: Wild Seas Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, BH20 5PE

Some ocean-themed have-a-go arts and crafts for children. Choose from a selection of items to make and decorate. For details call 01929 481044.

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Get Dorset Buzzing Roadshow

29th-29th July 2019

Time: 10am to 2pm

Venue: Dolphin Shopping Centre

Address: Poole, BH15 1SZ

Website: www.dolphinshoppingcentre.co.uk

Have fun finding out how to help pollinators keep buzzing at the Eco-hub in Poole’s Dolphin Shopping Centre.

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Get Hooked on Fishing

29th-29th July 2019

Time: 10am to 12pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Near Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

An introductory taster session for children. Learn the basics from a friendly qualified fishing coach in an uncomplicated, easily understood manner. Cost: £14 per child. For children aged 5 years+.

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Seawatch

30th-30th July 2019

Time: From 9am

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

In celebration of National Dolphin and Whale Watch Week, take a stroll to meet, learn and help the other Dolphin watchers. A free event.

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Shark School

30th-30th July 2019

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Learn how to identify sharks, discover their fascinating behaviour and find out how important sharks are as top predators in the sea. Then hunt for shark and ray eggcases along Chesil Beach. Cost: £4...

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Bing and Flop visit Adventure Wonderland

31st-31st July 2019

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Celebrate the start of the long summer holidays by meeting Bing and Flop at Adventure Wonderland. Bing, as seen on CBeebies, uses everyday events to help children learn. They will be making personal appearances...

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Dazzling Dragonflies

31st-31st July 2019

Time: From 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Pick up a trail and discover how dragonflies develop from underwater nymphs into foraging flyers travelling over 1km/day.

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Durlston Dash

31st-31st July 2019

Time: From 5.30pm to 7pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

A 2.5K fun run. Participants are awarded a medal and refreshments. For children aged 8-13 years. Booking essential. Cost: £2.

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Meadow Minibeasts

31st-31st July 2019

Time: 10am to 12pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Follow the signs from the Visitor Centre to the nature area and see what you can find living in the meadow. Featuring meadow sweeping, tree beating, and butterfly netting. Cost: £2 per child.

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Rockpool Ramble

31st-31st July 2019

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Meet Cobb Gate Car Park

Address: Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QD

Website: www.charmouth.org

Join the marine warden on a rockpool ramble to explore the fascinating creatures of the seashore and how they live, love and do lunch. Cost: £4 Adult, £3 Child. Booking essential.

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Wild Wednesdays

31st July-28th August 2019

Time: 10am to 12.30pm

Venue: Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Address: Bournemouth, BH6 4EN

Also 7, 14, 21 and 28 August. Fun nature activities for children, including pond dipping, bug hunts, moth spotting and more. Cost: £5 per child. Booking essential. For details call 01202 451618.

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BSO Proms in the Park

1st-1st August 2019

Time: From 4.30pm

Venue: Meyrick Park

Address: Central Drive, Bournemouth, BH2 6LH

Enjoy an afternoon of musical fun for the whole family, featuring a matinee concert by the BSO. For information and tickets call 01202 669925.

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Burton Bradstock Church Fete

1st-1st August 2019

Time: 2pm to 5pm

Venue: Church Street

Address: Burton Bradstock, DT6 4QS

A classic garden fete in a beautiful Dorset village. Entry £1. For details call 07982 237739.

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Bushcraft Bootcamp

1st-1st August 2019

Time: From 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Explore, make dens, cook marshmallows and create wild art. Booking essential. Cost: £3.

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Hands On History

1st-1st August 2019

Time: 1pm to 2pm

Venue: Poole Museum

Address: 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW

Website: www.poolemuseum.co.uk

An exciting hands on history activity – have the chance to hold museum objects and learn about the archaeology, natural history and the social history of Poole.

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Family Sleepover Event

2nd-4th August 2019

Venue: Monkey World

Address: Wareham, BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

An event exclusively for charity members and adoptive parents. Watch the primates as they bed down for the night and enjoy dinner around a campfire. In the morning tuck into a tasty breakfast. Booking...

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Seashore Safari - Fleet Lagoon

2nd-2nd August 2019

Time: 1.30pm to 3pm

Venue: The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

At low tide explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon. Hunt for the marine wildlife which calls the shores their home and look for the tell-tale tracks and signs of hidden species.

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The Big Wild Sleepout

2nd-3rd August 2019

Time: 5pm to 10am

Venue: Arne Nature Reserve

Address: Wareham, BH20 5BJ

Website: www.rspb.org.uk/arne

Also 3rd overnight to 4th August. Camp out in the wild. Enjoy an evening meal and a full English breakfast cooked over the campfire. Go on an evening walk to track down nightjar, glow worms, owls and bats....

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Church Knowle Fete

3rd-3rd August 2019

Venue: The Old Rectory

Address: Church Knowle, Corfe Castle Village, BH20 5NG

A traditional village fete with plenty of stalls in lovely grounds. Fun for all the family with lots of children's games and activities. For details call 01929 480048.

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Dorset Food and Arts Festival

3rd-3rd August 2019

Venue: Queen Mother Square

Address: Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3RT

Website: https://dorsetfestival.org

The 8th annual festival with free entry for all. Featuring more than 60 stalls, live music and demonstrations.

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Lifeboat Week

3rd-3rd August 2019

Venue: Lyme Regis RNLI

Address: Lyme Regis, DT6

Website: www.lymeregis.org

A week of fun, games, music and displays for all the family. Look out for the Lifeboat Lucky Dip - £1 a dip and win a prize every time. Plus, orange ball star prizes.

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Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week

3rd-11th August 2019

Venue: Various locations

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS

Website: www.lymeregiscarnival.co.uk

A fun-packed week filled with family friendly events including a carnival procession, a firework display, regatta races, children’s activities and much more.

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Rockpool Ramble

3rd-3rd August 2019

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Venue: Wild Seas Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, BH20 5PE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Discover wildlife on the seashore on a guided rockpool ramble. Learn about the bizarre lives of the fascinating sea life from sea snails to crafty crabs. For details call 01929 481044.

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The Great Dorset Chilli Festival

3rd-4th August 2019

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: St Giles House

Address: Wimborne St Giles, BH21 5NS

Website: http://greatdorsetchillifestival.co.uk

A chilli fiesta with stalls selling all things chilli, plus cooking demonstrations, music, bouncy castles, face painters, Mere Down Falconry, Alfredo's Pirates and a family shelter tent. Call 01257 447040.

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Party in the Park

4th-4th August 2019

Time: 12pm to 7pm

Venue: Lodmoor Country Park

Address: Beach Road, Weymouth, DT4 7SX

An annual music festival, with live music from 12pm -7 pm, arts and crafts and children's entertainment. For more details call 01305 836040.

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Poole Lifeboat Station Open Day

4th-4th August 2019

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

Venue: Poole Lifeboat Station

Address: The Quay, Poole, BH15 8HA

Website: www.poolelifeboats.org.uk

A fun filled day with demonstrations on the water, side stalls and games and an amazing raffle with some fantastic prizes. Plus, have a look at the lifeboats and meet the crew. Admission is free.

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West Bay Day

4th-4th August 2019

Time: From 12pm

Venue: West Bay

Address: Bridport, DT6 4EY

Website: https://bridportandwestbay.co.uk

A family fun day with a duck race, classic cars, food stalls, a model aeroplane display, live music, children’s entertainment and much more.

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Have a Go at Archery

5th-5th August 2019

Time: 12pm to 4pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, Near Ringwood, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Learn the basic skills you need to be an archer, then give it a go and see if you can hit the target. Cost: £3.50 for 8 arrows. For children aged 4 years+.

Arts & Crafts

Step Back in Time

5th-5th August 2019

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Poole Museum

Address: 4 High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW

Website: www.poolemuseum.co.uk

Step back in time every Monday and Tuesday throughout August with free historically themed activities. Re-enactors will demonstrate crafts from the past and will encourage families to have a go at historical...

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Children’s Poetry Along the Stour

6th-6th August 2019

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Address: Granby Road, Muscliff, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

Children will be able to connect with nature and the river through poetry in this free workshop. Listen and create poems. Booking is essential. Call 01202 451548.

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Knoll Gardens Foundation: Annual Garden Wildlife Survey

6th-6th August 2019

Time: 10am to 3pm

Venue: Knoll Gardens

Address: Hampreston, Wimborne, BH21 7ND

Website: www.knollgardensfoundation.org

Join wildlife volunteers and experts as they discover more about Knoll's garden wildlife and help survey the garden. Suitable for all ages. Call 01202 873931.

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Pond Dipping

6th-6th August 2019

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

The wildlife ponds are teeming with nature so grab a net and see how many different creatures you can find. Various sessions. There are limited numbers per session. Cost: £2 per child.

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Seashore Superheroes

6th-6th August 2019

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Learn how to protect local wildlife by completing a series of challenges to become a masked hero. Cost: £3 per child. Adults free.

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Beautiful Butterflies and Buzzy Bees

7th-7th August 2019

Time: From 10.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Pick up a trail and search for bees and butterflies in the wildflower meadows. Family fun, wildlife inspired trail across the reserve.

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Dinosaur Dig and Discover

8th-8th August 2019

Time: From 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Discover more about the dinosaurs that once roamed the Earth. Booking essential. Cost: £3.

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Moth Trap and Walk

8th-8th August 2019

Venue: Upton Heath

Address: Longmeadow Lane, Broadstone, near Corfe Mullen, BH17

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Open the moth trap at Beacon Hill then go on a guided walk across the heath.

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Open Air Cinema: Mary Poppins Returns

8th-8th August 2019

Time: From 7pm

Venue: Walled Garden

Address: Upton Country Park, Poole, BH17 7BJ

Website: https://uptoncountrypark.com/

Summer Screens open air cinema returns to the beautiful Walled Garden this August. In Mary Poppins Returns, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult...

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Duckfest 19

9th-10th August 2019

Venue: Hintock Farm

Address: Charminster, Dorchester, DT2 7SG

Website: www.ducksdrakescancertrust.org.uk

A fun festival with live music, free camping, stalls and refreshments.

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Purbeck Rally

9th-11th August 2019

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Purbeck Rally

Address: Worgret, Wareham, BH20 6AB

Website: https://purbeckrally.com

A family friendly steam and vintage show featuring Xtreme Falconry, a dog and duck show, circus skills workshops, walkabouts with Micky Bimble, classic cars and much more. Kids under 16 go free.

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Bournemouth Pavilion Summer Youth Theatre School

10th-18th August 2019

Venue: Bournemouth Pavilion Ballroom

Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Website: http://www.bic.co.uk

Take part in an 8 day series of workshops, aimed at improving musical theatre skills. The workshops will centre on singing, acting, dancing, performance techniques and general stage craft.

Outdoor events

Get Dorset Buzzing Roadshow

10th-12th August 2019

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

With plenty of information about welcoming pollinators into your garden, wildlife gardening and family games, including the Pollinator Wheel of Fortune and the Bee Buzz wire game. Call 01305 206191.

Outdoor events

Wild About Chesil

11th-11th August 2019

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

This mini wildlife festival is Chesil's biggest event of the year. There will be music, dancing and an action packed programme of wildlife activities for the whole family, including Get Dorset Buzzing.

Outdoor events

Stargazing

12th-12th August 2019

Time: From 9pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

See the Perseid meteors, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and summer constellations. This event is weather dependant - call on day to confirm. Cost: £3. For details call 01929 424443.

Outdoor events

Wild Flower Walk

12th-12th August 2019

Time: 10am to 12.30pm

Venue: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Address: Granby Road, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

Join the rangers to see what's in flower along the River Stour. For information ring 01202 451548.

Outdoor events

Open Air Cinema: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

13th-13th August 2019

Time: From 7pm

Venue: Lulworth Castle

Address: West Lulworth, BH20 5QS

Website: www.thelunacinema.com

Watch a blockbuster film under the twinkling stars with your friends and family. Get your wand’s at the ready for the second instalment in Harry’s adventures with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

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Summer in Corfe Barrows Nature Park

13th-13th August 2019

Time: 10am to 12pm

Venue: Happy Bottom

Address: Merley Park Road Ashington, Wimborne, BH21 3EA

Go for a gentle stroll around the Corfe Barrows Nature Park to discover summer wildlife. For more information, ring 01202 692033.

Outdoor events

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show

14th-14th August 2019

Time: 8.30am to 6.15pm

Venue: Turnpike Showground

Address: Motcombe, Nr Shaftesbury, SP7 9PL

Website: www.gillshaftshow.co.uk

A classic midweek agricultural show featuring over 2,000 animals, plus a Kennel Club dog show, terrier racing, a duck display, hundreds of trade stands, all day events and attractions in 3 arena.

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Lucky Ladybirds

14th-14th August 2019

Time: From 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Discover why ladybirds have spots and are brightly coloured. Family fun, wildlife inspired crafts and games with the Community Conservation Officer.

Outdoor events

Open Air Cinema: The Greatest Showman

14th-14th August 2019

Time: From 7pm

Venue: Lulworth Castle

Address: West Lulworth, BH20 5QS

Website: www.thelunacinema.com

Watch a blockbuster film under the twinkling stars with your friends and family. See the uplifting musical, The Greatest Showman, on the big screen.

Outdoor events

PAW Patrol’s Marshall and Skye visit Adventure Wonderland

14th-14th August 2019

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

PAW Patrol’s Marshall and Skye are back again for a mid-summer visit. No job is too big for these heroic pups, who are always ready for a ruff-ruff rescue to protect Adventure Bay.

Outdoor events

Bottle Rockets

15th-15th August 2019

Time: From 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Take a pop bottle, then have fun creating and launching a rocket. Booking essential. Cost: £3. For details call 01929 424443.

Outdoor events

Bushcraft

15th-15th August 2019

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

A chance for junior children to learn some helpful bushcraft skills. Learn woodland skills including tracking, making nettle cordage and fire lighting. For children aged 8 to 16 years. Booking essential....

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Slimy Seaweeds: Gardens under the Sea

15th-15th August 2019

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Learn fascinating facts about seaweed, how to identify seaweed and have fun pressing them and make a picture of an underwater garden. Call 01305 206191.

Outdoor events

Owl Encounters

16th-16th August 2019

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Meet owls up close and then watch them flying outdoors. Plus, meet and handle some native owls from Hawks in the Forest. For children aged 6 years and over. Booking essential. Cost: £5 per child, £10...

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Seashore Safari and Beach Clean

16th-16th August 2019

Venue: Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Address: Bournemouth, BH6 4EN

Website: www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk

Discover what it’s like to live on the foreshore combined with a chance to take action against litter. Cost: £2 per person. Booking essential. For details call 01202 451618.

Outdoor events

Big Weekender Summer Party

17th-17th August 2019

Venue: Monkey World

Address: Wareham, BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

A big summer party with live music with the Rat Pack, two nights camping, a BBQ, hot food, games, a fire pit and trip to Monkey World.

Outdoor events

Bridport Carnival

17th-17th August 2019

Time: From 7pm

Venue: West Road

Address: West Allington, Bridport, DT6

Website: https://bridportandwestbay.co.uk/

See the lively procession make its way through the streets of Bridport. Other activities include a carnival quiz, darts and a family bingo, as well as the traditional Sunday evening torchlight parade from...

Outdoor events

Dorset Dogs Festival

17th-17th August 2019

Time: 11am to 4pm

Venue: Canford Park SANG

Address: Knighton Lane, Poole, BH21 3AS

Website: www.dorsetdogs.org.uk

A wonderful celebration of dogs, the countryside and wild creatures. A family-friendly day out with lots of refreshments, free activities, stands and a large marquee. Free entry and parking.

Outdoor events

Family Garden Wildlife Safari

17th-17th August 2019

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Knoll Gardens

Address: Hampreston, Wimborne, BH21 7ND

Website: www.knollgardensfoundation.org

This special family-friendly workshop will help inspire a love of nature from a young age. Depending on the weather, activities could include pond dipping, moth trapping and bug hunting. For 5 – 10 year...

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Torchlight Procession through Bridport

18th-18th August 2019

Time: From 9pm

Venue: Bucky Doo Square

Address: South Street, Bridport, DT6 3LF

Website: https://bridportandwestbay.co.uk

Torches will be on sale from 6pm at Bucky-Doo Square. The procession will start at 9pm. A bonfire and fireworks will be lit at around 10pm.

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International Orangutan Day

19th-19th August 2019

Venue: Monkey World

Address: Wareham, BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

Help celebrate all things orangutan, with stalls, fun trails, and talks.

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Junior Rangers

19th-19th August 2019

Time: 10am to 2pm

Venue: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Address: Granby Road, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

A day of cutting back scrub and burning on one of the nature reserves, followed by a cooked lunch on the bonfire. For ages 11 years+. Booking essential. For information ring 01202 451548.

Indoor activities

SummerMT@DYT

19th-23rd August 2019

Time: 9.30am to 5pm

Venue: Sunninghill Community Hall

Address: Culliford Road, Dorchester, DT1 1EB

A production in a week culminating in a performance where up to 30 young people take part in drama, song and dance. Call 01305 266926.

Outdoor events

Chesil Strandline Detectives

20th-20th August 2019

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Walk along Chesil Beach and hunt the strandline for wildlife treasure washed in from the sea.

Outdoor events

Sand Art

20th-20th August 2019

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Address: Bournemouth, BH6 4EN

Website: www.visithengistburyhead.co.uk

Make a lovely picture by peeling sections of paper away and then pouring colourful sand on the sticky surface. Cost: From £2.50 to £6. For details call 01202 451618.

Outdoor events

Dinosaur Footprints Walk to Keates Quarry

21st-21st August 2019

Time: 12pm to 2pm

Venue: Worth Matravers

Address: Swanage, BH19 3LF

Website: www.jurassiccoast.org

A leisurely, family-friendly Dinosaur Footprints Walks to Keates Quarry in Purbeck. Join local experts for a lunch-time stroll to a spectacular dinosaur footprints site and walk where giant sauropods once...

Outdoor events

Get Dorset Buzzing Roadshow

21st-21st August 2019

Time: 10am to 4.30pm

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: King Street, Wimborne, BH21 1DY

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Be part of the buzz for wildlife with creature crafts at Wimborne Model Town.

Outdoor events

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

22nd-22nd August 2019

Time: From 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

A fun session where children can build a kite to fly on a windy day. Booking essential. Cost: £3. For details call 01929 424443.

Outdoor events

Melplash Show

22nd-22nd August 2019

Venue: West Bay Road

Address: Bridport, DT6 4EG

Website: www.melplashshow.co.uk

One of the largest traditional country shows in the area. Includes The Sheep Show, Tractor Ted Live!, Professor Crump, children’s entertainment, livestock displays, show jumping, over 300 trade stands,...

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The Great Dorset Steam Fair

22nd-26th August 2019

Venue: South Down

Address: Blandford Forum, DT11 8HX

Website: www.gdsf.co.uk

A traditional English fair showcasing Britain’s industrial and agricultural history. Attractions include vehicle displays, a music festival, fairground organs, variety shows, heavy horses, stunt displays,...

Outdoor events

Cinema Under the Stars

23rd-23rd August 2019

Time: From 7.30pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Pack a picnic and experience the magic of watching a film with family and friends in the castle ruins. Advanced booking essential. Watch: How to Train your Dragon, The Hidden World. Call 01929 481294.

Outdoor events

Seashore Ramble

23rd-23rd August 2019

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole, BH13 7EE

Explore Brownsea's coastlines on this free guided wildlife walk. Join one of the experienced rangers as they discuss the curious creatures that make the shoreline their home. For details call 01202 707744.

Outdoor events

Cinema Under the Stars

24th-24th August 2019

Time: From 7.30pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: The Square, Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Experience the magic of watching a film under the stars. Advanced booking essential. Watch: Mary Poppins Returns. Call 01929 481294.

Outdoor events

Go Nuts at Monkey World

24th-26th August 2019

Venue: Monkey World

Address: Wareham, BH20 6HH

Website: www.monkeyworld.org

Every child who takes an unopened bag of nuts for the primates will receive a free Monkey World badge over the bank holiday weekend. Call 01929 462487.

Outdoor events

Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

24th-25th August 2019

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Stock Gaylard

Address: Sturminster Newton, DT10 2BG

Website: www.stockgaylard.com

Celebrating its 15th year! Featuring over 200 stalls, heavy horse shows, falconry, impressive lumberjack displays, big machinery demonstrations, climbing with The Great Big Tree Climbing Company, axe throwing,...

Outdoor events

RNLI Fun Day at West Bay

25th-25th August 2019

Time: From 11am

Venue: West Bay Green and Beach

Address: West Bay, DT6

Website: https://bridportandwestbay.co.uk

A fun day with attractions for all the family. With a coconut shy, prize raffle, duck race and children’s games on the Green and a thrilling search and rescue display on the beach.

Outdoor events

The Chesil Challenge

25th-25th August 2019

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Complete the Chesil Challenge: an indoor and outdoor children's treasure trail. Look for clues to solve puzzles about Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon. Suitable for 5 years+.

Outdoor events

Chesil Seashore Explorers

27th-27th August 2019

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Take on the Chesil Seashore Explorer family challenge to see if you can complete the activities. Hunt for marine life, wildflowers, birds and bugs. Cost: £8 per family pack.

Outdoor events

Peppa Pig visits Adventure Wonderland

28th-28th August 2019

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

The ever-popular children’s favourite Peppa Pig will be visiting her adoring fans in the late summer, just before the kids head back to school. Peppa will be making personal appearances at intervals...

Outdoor events

Pirates Ahoy

28th-28th August 2019

Time: 2.30pm

Venue: Wimborne Model Town

Address: Wimborne Minster, BH21 1DY

Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

An exciting and interactive hour of making music, dressing up and creating stories. Expect a fun filled time of sea shanties and pirate dancing before the story of Pirates Ahoy is told.

Outdoor events

Precarious Pond Life

28th-28th August 2019

Time: From 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Have a go at pond dipping and discover the amazing underwater world of diving beetles, newts and nymphs.

Outdoor events

Bournemouth Air Festival

29th August-1st September 2019

Venue: Bournemouth

Address: Bournemouth, BH1

Website: www.bournemouthair.co.uk

Four days of spectacular aerial displays in the skies above Bournemouth, on land and at sea. On land, the festival site covers a 1.5 mile stretch of coastline.

Outdoor events

Bugs, Beetles and Beasts

29th-29th August 2019

Time: From 2.30pm to 4pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

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

Outdoor events

Crab Watch

29th-29th August 2019

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Venue: Wild Seas Centre

Address: Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge, BH20 5PE

Website: www.mba.ac.uk/crabwatch

Learn about the different species of crab, then search for them on the seashore at Kimmeridge.

Outdoor events

Lyme Regis Folk Festival

30th August-1st September 2019

Venue: Marine Theatre

Address: Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS

Website: www.lymefolk.com

With free live music all day, every day on the seafront stage, plus Morris dancing all over the town.

Outdoor events

Seashore Safari

30th-30th August 2019

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland, DT4 9XE

At low tide, explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon. Hunt for the marine wildlife which calls the shore their home and look for the tell-tale tracks and signs of hidden species. Call...

Outdoor events

Moors Valley Junior Parkrun

1st-1st September 2019

Time: From 9am

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park

Address: Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

A fun, free 2K timed run for children aged 4 to 14 years. The course is 2K on loose stone paths and trail paths consisting of one lap that is run in an anti-clockwise direction.

Outdoor events

Dragonflies and Damselflies

2nd-2nd September 2019

Time: 11am to 1pm

Venue: Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Address: Stour Acres, Granby Road, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

Website: www.visitstourvalley.co.uk

Learn to identify these colourful insects, which are common along the river and by the ponds on the reserve. A free event.

Outdoor events

Swanage Folk Festival

6th-8th September 2019

Venue: Sandpit Field

Address: Shore Road, Swanage, BH19 1NY

Website: www.swanagefolkfestival.com

A full weekend of music and dance. Get involved with workshops, music sessions and free entertainment on Sandpit Field for the young of all ages.

Outdoor events

Bridport Hat Festival

7th-7th September 2019

Venue: Various Venues

Address: Bridport, DT6 3LF

Website: www.bridporthatfest.org

A celebration of hats, with live music, multiple competitions, demonstrations, talks, displays, shows, a hat auction, games, hatted dogs and much more. The event is topped off with a huge mass hat-wearing...

Outdoor events

Dorset County Show

7th-8th September 2010

Venue: Dorchester Showground

Address: Dorchester, DT1 1NF

Website: www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

A two-day event showcasing the best of Dorset’s rural life. Featuring livestock displays, arena attractions, food and drink, children’s entertainment, main ring entertainment and much more.

Outdoor events

Stargazing

7th-7th September 2019

Time: From 8pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

See the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, galaxies, star clusters and early autumn constellations. This event is weather dependant - call on day to confirm. Cost: £3. For details call 01929 424443.

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