Festivals in Dorset

There are so many festivals in Dorset, depending on what you like.  Here’s a list of my favourites. The dates will be updated every year as soon as they are released.

The famous Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival celebrates great seafood and excellent British produce.  You’ll find it in Weymouth Harbour on 11th & 12th July 2020. Be sure to try the fresh (Lobster is my favourite and with something a bit fizzy to accompany it…even better! ;-)).

Tickets and further information can be found at: https://www.weareweymouth.co.uk/. It’s very well attended and a great way to spend a weekend in West Dorset.

If you love music, dance and comedy, then Wimborne Folk Festival is in June is a “must do”.  It’s suitable for families as well. I used to do a spot of Maypole Dancing when I was younger, so you may see me there one day! 

Wimborne Folk Festival is on  12th – 14th June 2020.  Where there’s dance, music, comedy and is suitable for families. I used to do a spot of Maypole Dancing when I was younger, so you may see me there one day!  Tickets and more information can be found at: https://wimbornefolk.co.uk/

Wessex Folk Festival – another amazing festival located at Weymouth Harbour.  This takes place on 30th & 31st May 2020 and so is worth heading along to on a Half Term visit. Tickets and more information can be found at: https://www.wessexfolkfestival.com/

Jurassic Fields Festival – a great family friendly festival with lots of attractions for children and an insane amount of options to eat and drink with a fantastic selection of bands. Its on 11th & 12th July just down the road in Bridport.  The line up for 2020 is yet to be confirmed, but when released, this information and tickets can be found at: https://www.jurassicfields.com/

Dorset Dogs Festival – Dorset Dogs is an amazing group and they have a festival around mid August time.  It includes a fun dog show and stalls from local dog-related businesses.  I will keep you posted on the exact dates for the 2020 event.

Dorset Volksfest – this takes place in Wareham over the 11th and 12th July 2020.  A great festival that’s chilled and not too big.  Tickets and more information are available at: https://dorsetvolksfest.co.uk/

Great Dorset Steam Fair – 27th – 31st August 2020.  This is an amazingly popular event and not just if you’re into trains!  There’s entertainment and variety shows, craft marques, food stalls, and World War 1 & 2 Commemorations.  As well as the Steam Engines and historic motor vehicles. 

A lot of our guests use Lancombe as a base to visit this festival located in Blandford Forum.  Tickets are on Sales from January 2020 and can be found, with a line up at: https://www.gdsf.co.uk/

Bridport Hat Festival – this is on Saturday 5th September 2020 in Bridport.  is a celebration of hats, a fundraiser for head-related charities and a giant summer-ending party for the town and its visitors – all run by volunteers.  It is very popular around these parts.  Tickets and further information can be found at: https://www.bridporthatfest.org/

Dorset Vegan Festival on 24th October 2020 at Citygate Centre, Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth.  There’s over 60 stalls, live cookery demos and lots of activities for children.  I can’t ‘ham it up’ more than that! 

Spring Tide Food Festival – another of my favourites as it’s at my favourite beach, Hive Beach in Burton Bradstock.   It will be held on 16th – 17th May 2020 and there’s lots of parking.  There’s trade stands, food stands, but it’s not massive, so not overwhelming.  A gentle stroll with the sea in the background.  Further information can be found at: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/burton-bradstock/features/spring-tide-food-festival

Dorchester Literary Festival – this runs normally in the second week of October (dates for 2020 yet to be confirmed).  It is your chance as a budding author or poet, to hear from well know and experienced, or other authors just starting out.  Further information can be found at: https://www.dorchesterliteraryfestival.com/