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  1. There’s tons of great events going on during the summer holidays including fete’s, fun days, festivals, kids entertainment, inflatable sessions, circus, shows, carnivals and much more!

    To see what’s on near you, please see below.

     

    TUFF NUTTERZ-UK

    Dates: Wednesday 24th July – Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7DX
    Website: Tuff Nutterz

    July 24 to 28 Tuff Nutterz 2024

     

    CIRCUS WONDERLAND

    Dates: Wednesday 24th July – Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: Showground, Wimborne Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1EF
    Website: Circus Wonderland

    July 24 to 28 Circus Wonderland 2024

     

    OUTALIMITS DISCO AT BOURNEMOUTH AVIATION MUSEUM

    Date: Thursday 25th July 2024
    Address: Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Merritown Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BA
    Website: Bournemouth Aviation Museum

    July 25 Outalimits BAM 2024

     

    CAMP BESTIVAL

    Dates: Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS
    Website: Camp Bestival

    Camp Bestival 2024

     

    SEA LIFE CONSERVATION EVENING

    Date: Friday 26th July 2024
    Address: SEA LIFE Adventure Park, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX
    Website: SEA LIFE Weymouth

    July 26 Sealife Conservsation Evening 2024

     

    POOLE HARBOUR FESTIVAL

    Dates: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: Baiter Park, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UY
    Website: Poole Harbour Festival

    July 26 - 28 Poole Harbour Festival 2024

     

    BOURNEMOUTH REGGAE WEEKENDER

    Info: Enjoy reggae music, trade stands, entertainment and catering.

    Dates: Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: King's Park Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6JB
    Website: Bournemouth Reggae Weekender

    KIDS GO FREE!

     

    CIRCUS VEGAS

    Date: Friday 26th July – Sunday 4th August 2024
    Address: Branksome Recreation Ground, Poole, Dorset, BH12 2AL
    Website: Circus Vegas

    July 26 to Aug 4 Circus Vegas 2024

     

    AVON CLIFF SUMMER FETE

    Date: Saturday 27th July 2024
    Address: Avon Cliff Care Home, 50-52 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3PE
    Facebook: Downright Perfect

    FREE ENTRY!

    July 27 Avon Cliff Summer Fete Downright Perfect 2024

     

    WEST HOWE COMMUNITY FUN DAY

    Date: Saturday 27th July 2024
    Address: The Henry Brown Centre & Moore Avenue Park, Cunningham Crescent, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH11 8DU
    Website: West Howe Community Centre

    FREE ENTRY!

    July 27 West Howe 2024

     

    WIMBORNE RUGBY CLUB FAMILY FUN DAY

    Date: Saturday 27th July 2024
    Address: Wimborne Rugby Club, Gordon Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 2AP
    Facebook: Wimborne Food Bank

    ENTRY BY DONATION!

    July 27 Wimborne Rugby Club fun day 2024

     

    PORTESHAM SCHOOL MILLENIUM FAYRE

    Date: Saturday 27th July 2024
    Address: Portesham Primary School, Winters Close, Portesham, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4HP
    Facebook: Friends of Portesham School

    FREE ENTRY!

    July 27 Portesham School Fayre 2024

     

    MILL FARM PARTY

    Date: Saturday 27th July 2024
    Address: Mill Farm, Bradford Abbas, Dorset, DT9 6RE
    Website: Mill Farm Party

    July 27 Mill Farm Party 2024

     

    THE YACHTSMAN MINI FESTIVAL

    Date: Saturday 27th July 2024
    Address: The Yachtsman, Lake Drive, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4LW
    Facebook: The Yachtsman

    July 27 The Yachtsman 2024

     

    CASTLETOWN AT WAR!

    Date: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: Castletown D-Day Centre, Admiralty Buildings, Castletown, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1BD
    Website: Castletown D-Day Centre

    July 27 and 28 Castletown D Day Centre 2024

     

    WEYMOUTH FOOD & FAMILY FESTIVAL

    Dates: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX
    Website: Weymouth Food & Family Festival

    July 27 and 28 Weymouth Food Festival 2024

     

    TUCKTON VINTAGE FERRY 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

    Dates: Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: Tuckton Tea Gardens, Belle Vue Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 3BA
    Website: Bournemouth Boating

    FREE ENTRY!

    July 27 and 28 Tuckton event 2024

     

    SWANAGE CARNIVAL WEEK

    Date: Saturday 27th July – Saturday 3rd August 2024
    Location: Across Swanage
    Website: Swanage Carnival

    FREE EVENT!

    July 27 week Swanage Carnival 2024

     

    WARMWELL VILLAGE FETE

    Date: Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: Warmwell House, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8HQ

    KIDS GO FREE!

    July 28 Warmwell Village Fete 2024

     

    LITTLEDOWN FAMILY FUN DAY

    Date: Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7DX
    Website: BH Live Active

    FREE ENTRY!

    July 28 Littledown Fun Day 2024

     

    DORSET MAMMAL GROUP SUMMER VEGAN FAIR

    Date: Sunday 28th July 2024
    Address: Stourpaine Pavilion & Playing Fields, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8TJ
    Facebook: Dorset Mammal Group

    July 28 Blandford Vegan Fair 2024

     

    INFLATABLE THEME PARK

    Info: Children will have unlimited access to 15 large bouncy castles, all included in the entry fee.  Plus there’s a designated under 5’s soft play zone and food/drink is available.

    Date: Monday 29th & Tuesday 30th July 2024
    Address: The Great Field, Poundbury, Dorset, DT1 3RH
    Facebook: Inflatable Theme Parks Cornwall

     

    UPTON COUNTRY PARK COMMUNITY WILDLIFE ADVENTURE DAY

    Info: Meet the team and join experts from National Trust Purbeck, Birds of Poole Harbour, Dorset Wildlife Trust and more, for this summer’s citizen science Bioblitz day.  Find out about your local natural spaces and explore all the wildlife that the Country Park has to offer.

    Date: Wednesday 31st July 2024
    Address: Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ
    Website: Upton Country Park

    FREE ENTRY!

    WORLD’S BIGGEST BOUNCY CASTLE EVENT

    Dates: Wednesday 31st July & Thursday 1st August 2024
    Address: Avon Heath Country Park, Brocks Pine, St Leonards, Dorset, BH24 2DH
    Website: World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle

    July 31 and Aug 1 Avon Heath Bouncy Castle 2024

     

    INFLATABLE THEME PARK

    Info: Children will have unlimited access to 15 large bouncy castles, all included in the entry fee.  Plus there’s a designated under 5’s soft play zone and food/drink is available.

    Date: Wednesday 31st July – Friday 2nd August 2024
    Address: Ringwood Recreation Ground, Ringwood, BH24 1JW
    Facebook: Inflatable Theme Parks Cornwall

     

    CIRCUS WONDERLAND

    Dates: Wednesday 31st July – Sunday 4th August
    Address: Pasture Way, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4DN
    Website: Circus Wonderland

    July 31 to Aug 4 Bridport Circus Wonderland 2024

     

    JAMIE JIGSAW ENTERTAINMENT & WORKSHOP

    Date: Friday 2nd August 2024
    Address: Woodhouse Gardens, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7DN
    Website: Blandford Forum Town Council

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 2 Woodhouse Gardens 2024

     

    SHIRE HALL MUSEUM SUMMER FETE

    Info: The Shire Hall fete offers a wide range of fun activities including traditional games, crafts and delicious food.

    Date: Friday 2nd August 2024
    Address: Shire Hall Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UY
    Website: Shire Hall Museum

    FREE ENTRY!

     

    LYME REGIS CARNIVAL WEEK

    Info: Lyme Regis will be bustling with events during Carinal week. Events include children’s activities, challenges, performances, town trail, duck race, fossil polishing, teddy bears picnic, candles down the river, fireworks and much more.  Carnival week ends with the grand procession through the town and down onto the seafront.

    Date: Friday 2nd – Saturday 10th August 2024
    Location: Across Lyme Regis
    Website: Lyme Regis Carnival

    FREE EVENT!

     

    CHARMOUTH PARTY IN THE PARK

    Date: Saturday 3rd August 2024
    Address: Charmouth Playing Fields, Charmouth, Dorset
    Facebook: Charmouth Events

    UNDER 14’s GO FREE!

    Aug 3 Charmouth Party in the Park 2024

     

    RSPB WEYMOUTH FAMILY DAY

    Info: Drop into RSPB Radipole Lake and get stuck into a variety of activities.  Activity backpacks are available to hire and pond dipping sessions are also running.

    Date: Saturday 3rd August 2024
    Address: RSPB Radipole Lake, Radipole Park Drive, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7TZ
    Facebook: RSPB Dorset Reserves

    FAB FEST

    Date: Saturday 3rd August 2024
    Address: Woodhouse Gardens, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7DN
    Facebook: FAB Dorset

    ENTRY BY DONATION!

    Aug 3 Fab Fest 2024

     

    DORSET FOOD & ARTS FESTIVAL

    Date: Saturday 3rd August 2024
    Address: The Great Field, Poundbury, Dorset, DT1 3RH
    Website: Dorset Food & Drink

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 3 Poundbury Food and Arts 2024

     

    SUMMER SALT ISLAND BASH

    Date: Saturday 3rd August 2024
    Address: The Old Cricket Ground, Grove Road, Portland, Dorset

    KIDS GO FREE!

    Aug 3 Portland Salt Island Bash 2024

     

    LODERS FETE

    Date: Saturday 3rd August 2024
    Address: Loders Court, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3RZ
    Website: Bridport and West Bay

    KIDS UNDER 12 GO FREE!

    Aug 3 Loders Fete 2024

     

    WORLD OF LOVE FESTIVAL

    Date: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August 2024
    Address: Kings Park, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH7 7AF
    Website: World of Love Festival

    KIDS 15 & UNDER GO FREE!

    Aug 3 and 4 World of Love Festival 2024

     

    GREAT DORSET CHILLI FESTIVAL

    Date: Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August 2024
    Address: Stock Gaylard Estate, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2BG
    Website: Great Dorset Chilli Festival

    KIDS 10 & UNDER GO FREE!

    Aug 3 and 4 Dorset Chilli Festival 2024

     

    WEST BAY DAY

    Date: Sunday 4th August 2024
    Address: The Mound Car Park, West Bay, Dorset
    Website: West Bay

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 4 West Bay Days 2024

     

    DORCHESTER VEGAN MARKET

    Date: Sunday 4th August 2024
    Address: Maumbury Rings, Weymouth Ave, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1QZ
    Facebook: Dorchester Vegan Market

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 4 Dorchester Vegan Market 2024

     

    THE REEF SUMMER SPECIAL

    Date: Monday 5th August 2024
    Address: The Reef Community Centre, Colehill Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7AB
    Facebook: Pop Up Play Village

    Aug 5 The Reef 2024

     

    BREAKFAST WITH BLUEY & BINGO

    Date: Monday 5th August 2024
    Address: La Mia’s, Hennings Wharf, The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1GZ
    Website: La Mia’s

    Aug 5 Minky Moos La Mias 2024

     

    SPLAT TEDDY BEAR BREAKFAST

    Date: Monday 5th August 2024
    Address: Splat Pottery Painting, Arts & Crafts, 808-810 Wimborne Road, Moordown, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 2DT
    Facebook: Splat Pottery

    Aug 5 Splat 2024

     

    BEAMINSTER MUSEUM LIVING HISTORY DAY

    Date: Saturday 10th August 2024
    Address: Beaminster Museum, Whitcombe Road, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3NB
    Website: Beaminster Museum

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 10 Beaminster Museum 2024

     

    FAMILY FUN DAY & CIDER FESTIVAL

    Date: Saturday 10th August 2024
    Address: Trumpet Major, Alington Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2AB
    Website: Trumpet Major

    Aug 10 Trumpet Major 2024

     

    CANFORD HEATH SUMMER FETE

    Date: Saturday 10th August 2024
    Address: Neighbourhood Centre Green, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset
    Website: Canford Heath Network

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 10 Canford Heath Summer Fete 2024

     

    ONE WORLD FESTIVAL

    Date: Saturday 10th August 2024
    Address: Borough Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RG
    Website: South West Dorset Multicultural Network

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 10 One World Festival 2024

     

    CIRCUS BERZERCUS

    Date: Saturday 10th August 2024
    Address: The Allendale, Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1AS
    Website: The Allendale

    Aug 10 Allendale Circus 2024

     

    CHRISTCHURCH CARNIVAL

    Info: Carnival weekend promises fun for all the family with circus skills, kids disco, Punch & Judy, Lego building, character meets, craft tent, demos, fun fair rides, Carnival procession, fireworks and much much more.

    Dates: Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August 2024
    Location: Christchurch Quay
    Website: Christchurch Carnival

     

    BREAKFAST WITH ELSA & SPIDERMAN

    Date: Monday 12th August 2024
    Address: La Mia’s, Hennings Wharf, The Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1GZ
    Website: La Mia’s

    Aug 12 Minky Moos La Mias 2024

     

    WEYMOUTH CARNIVAL FUN DAY

    Date: Wednesday 14th August 2024
    Address: Redlands Leisure and Community Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5AW
    Website: Weymouth Carnival

    Aug 14 Redlands Weymouth Fun Day 2024

     

    GILLINGHAM AND SHAFTSBURY SHOW

    Dates: Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th August 2024
    Address: Turnpike Showground, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9PN
    Website: Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show

    Aug 14 and 15 Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show poster 2024

     

    WE OUT HERE FESTIVAL

    Dates: Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th August 2024
    Address: Wimborne St Giles, Dorset
    Website: We Out Here Festival

    Aug 15 to 18 We Out Here Festival Wimborne 2024

     

    PURBECK VALLEY FOLK FESTIVAL

    Dates: Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th August 2024
    Address: Farm Purbeck Valley, Valley Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5HU
    Website: Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

    Aug Purbeck Valley Folk Festival 2 2024

     

    V DUB AT THE PUB

    Dates: Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August 2024
    Address: Julians Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1EF
    Website: V Dub at the Pub

    Aug 16 to 18 V Dub at the Pub 2024

     

    RIVERSIDE FEST

    Date: Saturday 17th August 2024
    Address: Riverside Meadows A357, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 2BS
    Facebook: Riverside Fest

    KIDS GO FREE!

    Aug 17 Riverside Fest 2024

     

    BRIDPORT CARNIVAL

    Info: The Carnival procession leaves West Allington at 7pm, followed by a band in the street at 9pm along with presentations.

    Date: Saturday 17th August 2024
    Location: Bridport
    Website: Bridport Carnival

    FREE ENTRY!

     

    CANFORD SUMMER FAIR

    Dates: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August 2024
    Address: Candford School, Canford Magna, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3AD
    Website: The Wessex Event Company

    Aug 17 and 18 Canford summer fair 2024

     

    BRIDPORT TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION

    Info: Torchlight procession starts at 9pm from Bucky Doo Square and ends with band on the beach and fireworks at West Bay.

    Date: Sunday 18th August 2024
    Location: Bridport
    Website: Bridport Carnival

     

    SKATEFEST

    Date: Sunday 18th August 2024
    Address: Stour Park, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9LE
    Website: Blandford Forum Town Council

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 18 Blandford Skatefest 2024

     

    SEND FAMILY FUN DAY

    Date: Sunday 18th August 2024
    Address: Moreton Village Hall, The Common, Moreton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8RE
    Website: Shine 21 Dorset

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 18 SEND fun day 2024

     

    UPTON COUNTRY PARK ADVENTURE CINEMA

    Dates: Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th August 2024
    Address: Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ
    Website: Adventure Cinema

    Aug Upton Country Park Adventure Cinema 2024

     

    LIVABILITY OPEN DAY

    Date: Friday 23rd August 2024
    Address: Livability Millie College, 74 East Holton, Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JN
    Website: Livability Millie College

    Apr June Aug Oct Dec Livability Open Days 2024

     

    THE YACHTSMAN MINI FESTIVAL

    Date: Saturday 24th August 2024
    Address: The Yachtsman, Lake Drive, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4LW
    Facebook: The Yachtsman

    Aug 24 Yachtsman 2024

     

    FAMILY FUN DAY & VINTAGE RALLY

    Date: Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th August 2024
    Address: True Lovers Knot, Tarrant Keyneston, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9JG
    Facebook: Family Fun Day & Vintage Rally

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 24 and 25 True Lovers Knot 2024

     

    PORTLAND VIEW FETE & DOG SHOW

    Date: Sunday 25th August 2024
    Address: Portland View Animal Sanctuary, Osmington, Weymouth, Dorset
    Facebook: Portland View Animal Sanctuary

    Aug 25 Portland View Fun Day 2024

     

    THE SPRINGHEAD DOG, SAUSAGE & CIDER FESTIVAL

    Date: Sunday 25th August 2024
    Address: The Springhead, Sutton Road, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 6LW
    Website: The Springhead

    KIDS UNDER 14 GO FREE!

    Aug 25 Springhead 2024

     

    SWANAGE & WAREHAM RFC FAMILY FUN DAY

    Date: Sunday 25th August 2024
    Address: Swanage and Wareham RFC, Bestwall Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4HY
    Facebook: Swanage and Wareham RFC

    Aug 25 Swanage Wareham RFC fun day 2024

     

    TOLPUDDLE & SOUTHOVER SUMMER FETE

    Date: Sunday 25th August 2024
    Address: Orchard Meadow, Tolpuddle, Dorset, DT2 7EU
    Website: Tolpuddle Village

    Aug 25 Tolpuddle Fayre 2024

     

    ANONYMOUS FESTIVAL

    Date: Monday 26th August 2024
    Address: Borough Gardens, Cornwall Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RG
    Website: Anonymous Festival

    FREE ENTRY!

    Aug 26 Anon Fest Dorchester 2024

     

    BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL

    Info: Annual event with a packed programme of world-class aerobatic displays along 1.5 miles of coastline plus fairground rides, Pier to Pier trading, fireworks, demos from the Armed Forces and family entertainment.

    Dates: Thursday 29th – Saturday 31st August 2024
    Location: Bournemouth Seafront
    Website: Bournemouth Air

    FREE EVENT!

     

    END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL

    Date: Thursday 29th August – Sunday 1st September 2024
    Address: Larmer Tree Gardens, Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Website: End of the Road Festival

    Aug 31 to Sept 1 End of the Road Festival 2024

     

    Need more ideas for the summer holidays?

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    Crazy Golf Courses in Dorset 

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    Dorset Kids Holiday Club Directory

     

    Please always check an event is running before travelling as cancellations can occur.

    If you know of any more family friendly events on during the summer holidays then please do Contact Us.

  2. The Treehouse is a wonderful specialist venue created for children and adults with physical and learning disabilities.

    Diverse Abilities The Treehouse DM

    Over the last few months, the main areas of Adventure Wonderland have been transformed with the help of supporters and volunteers to create The Treehouse.

    On a recent launch day, I was lucky enough to have a look around and meet some of the team that have been involved in this new project which supports local families.

    Facilities include an indoor soft play, role play areas, sensory room, cinema room, games room, bouncy castles, trampolines, mini golf and a Changes Places toilet. Ambitious plans for further exciting projects include a sensory garden, go kart and scooter track, water play area and outdoor learning.

    DIVERSE ABILITIES THE TREEHOUSE COLLAGE 1

    DIVERSE ABILITIES THE TREEHOUSE COLLAGE 2

     

    Overview of the services that are currently being provided onsite:

    • Coping with CHAOS: Session for the whole family to attend, supporting children with additional needs from birth to 18 years.  The whole family is welcome to stay for the play session, including siblings, and meet other families in similar situations.

    • Project: For children with additional needs aged 8 to 18 years to stay and play without the family in order to help grow their independence and take part in all sorts of activities.  The children and young people also play a part in picking which activities they’ll do over the holidays.

    • STARs: For siblings of children with additional needs, this is split into two different age groups and gives the siblings a chance to be themselves and relax, while also meeting other siblings in similar situations and creating a support network.

    • Awesome Nights: For teenagers with additional needs, this weekday evening youth club allows everyone to build their social skills and get out in the community, as well as learning new skills.

    • Family Support: One just for the parents, where sessions could be an activity (afternoon tea, laser quest etc) or an ask the expert session where any questions can be answered.

     

    Access to The Treehouse varies depending on whether or not you are already registered with Diverse Abilities and its services.  For more information on services, events and family support, please visit Diverse Abilities.

    Diverse Abilities The Treehouse DM