Festivals and Shows in Dorset

We’re now within the realms of festival season and a mighty fine list of family friendly events will be happening over the next few months.

In Dorset, festival season is hugely diverse. Sometimes practical and informative and sometimes quirky and eccentric – you’ll find
everything here, from an eclectic mix of traditional village fetes, coastal sand-castle building or kite flying fairs, food and drink festivals, large and small agricultural shows, music festivals – the list is endless and there’s no excuse to say there’s nothing happening in the area this summer.

These fun-filled events foster a sense of community spirit and a welcome feeling of inclusiveness. Besides it’s a great excuse to get to know your neighbours a little bit better.

Read on for more information about local festivals in the area, and remember to look at the What's On listings to find even more events…


Swanage Carnival and Regatta: Saturday 28 July to Saturday 4 August

If you are looking for family fun and excitement this summer, look no further than Swanage Carnival and Regatta. It’s one of the most popular carnivals on the South Coast, featuring more than 100 thrilling events, including the famous carnival procession, wacky races, 3 amazing firework displays and a fun talent show.

This year visitors will be in for an extra special treat as the world famous Red Arrows will be taking to the skies thrilling crowds with their breath-taking display. The great news about Swanage carnival is that it is affordable and in some cases the entertainment is free, so donations in the buckets are always much appreciated. Swanage Carnival is 100% self-funded and any extra funds raised are donated to selected charities. For details visit www.swanagecarnival.com


Christchurch’s Chilli and Cheese Festival: 9 and 10 June

If having a great time in the sun with the family enjoying Cheese and Chilli, free garden games, children’s fun rides, live music and cooking demonstrations is your thing then you need to go to the Cheese and Chilli Festival, in Christchurch over the weekend of the 9 and 10 June.

Aside from the culinary delights there will be a host of exciting attractions, activities and events including pig racing, a Falconry flying display, Punch and Judy, magic shows, inflatables, as well as other entertainment. Look out for the novel additions to this event such as the chilli-eating and chilli-sauce competitions, and the Man vs Food challenge. Discover more at www.cheeseandchillifestival.com


Dorset County Show: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September 

Taking place at the Cokers Frome Showground on the outskirts of Dorchester, the Dorset County Show will be back hosting fun for all the family on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September. Highlights will include camel racing, show jumping, a funfair, a fabulous food and farming education area, and a huge variety of over 450 trade stands. Children under 16 go free and early bird tickets are £14, available until 31 July, with full price tickets available after that. Visit www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk to find out more.

























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