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  1. There’s so much to do in Dorset this summer and plenty of family friendly festivals to enjoy with live music, local food and drink, workshops, performances, creative arts, fun fairs and plenty of children’s entertainment.

    To see what’s on near you, please see the list of festivals below.

     

    FLOAT TO LIVE FESTIVAL - POOLE

    Info: Visit various venues across Poole Town Centre for a variety of activities to help raise awareness and funds, with all profits going towards the heroes at Poole Lifeboat Station.

    Date: Saturday 9 March 2024

    Website: Float to Live Festival

    Mar 9 Float to Live Festival Poole 2024

     

    TEDDY ROCKS FESTIVAL - BLANDFORD

    Info: Teddy Rocks is a 3 day family friendly music festival with over 100+ acts.  Day tickets and camping options are available.  Teddy Rocks Festival has raised over half a million pounds to fight children's cancer.

    Dates: Friday 3 – Sunday 5 May 2024

    Tickets: Teddy Rocks Festival

    May 3 to 5 Teddy Rocks 2024

     

    THE DORSET HOT AIR BALLON & MUSIC FESTIVAL - DORCHESTER

    Info: Dorchester Showground will be the location for this event with hot air balloons (including a night glow show), monster trucks and rides, mini movie trucks, fun fair, live music, street food and bar, market, camping and much more.

    Dates: Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 May 2024

    Tickets: Dorset Balloon Festival

    May 4 and 5 Dorchester Hot Air Baloon 2024

     

    THE CHEESE AND CHILLI FESTIVAL – CHRISTCHURCH

    Info: Festival celebrating all things cheese and chilli plus live music, traders, cooking demos and entertainment.  Children under 15 go FREE!

    Dates: Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May 2024

    Tickets: The Cheese and Chilli Festival

    BECIDER SEASIDE – BURTON BRADSTOCK

    Info: This small family and dog friendly festival at Bredy Farm will host live music from a multitude of genres.  Camping options are available.

    Dates: Friday 24 & Sunday 26 May 2024

    Tickets: Bredy Farm

    May 24 to 26 Becider Seaside 2024

     

    BOURNEMOUTH 7S FESTIVAL

    Info: Festival for sport and music lovers with sporting competitions, fun fair and over 100 acts and DJ’s.

    Dates: Friday 24 - Sunday 26 May 2024

    Tickets: Bournemouth 7s

    May 24 to 26 Bournemouth 7s 2024

     

    CURSUS CIDER & MUSIC FESTIVAL – BLANDFORD FORUM

    Info: This 3 day family festival has great music, food and cider.  For children there’s a DIY Den with self-led activities.  Camping options are available.

    Dates: Friday 24 - Sunday 26 May 2024

    Tickets: Cursus Festival

    May 24 to 26 Cursus Festival 2024

     

    SWANAGE PIRATE FESTIVAL

    Info: Pirates are heading to Swanage this summer with a parade, living history displays and talks, battles on the beach, canon and sword displays and plenty of stalls.  FREE EVENT!

    Dates: Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 May 2024

    Facebook: Purbeck Pirate Festival

     

    CHRISTCHURCH FOOD FESTIVAL

    Info: This popular food festival hosts renowned chefs, local producers, interactive workshops, tastings, live music and children’s activities.  FREE EVENT!

    Dates: Saturday 25 – Sunday 27 May 2024

    Website: Christchurch Food Fest

     

    SWANAGE FAIRY FESTIVAL

    Info: The Swanage Fairy Festival is back with spectacular underwater mermaids, fairies, princesses, unicorns, pirates, magic shows, meet and greets, unicorn rides, games and workshops.  Under 2’s go FREE!

    Dates: Friday 31 May & Saturday 1 June 2024

    Tickets: Swanage Fairy Festival

     

    WIMBORNE MINSTER FOLK FESTIVAL

    Info: The historic town of Wimborne Minster plays host to this folk festival with live music dancing, stalls and children’s activities.  The majority of events across the town are FREE however some headline acts are ticketed.

    Dates: Friday 7 – Sunday 9 June 2024

    Website: Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

    June 7 to 9 Wimborne Minster Folk Festival 2024

     

    SUMMERFEST - WEYMOUTH

    Info: Summerfest will be held at Redlands Leisure and Community Park and promises an action packed day full of entertainment, live music, sports tournaments, farmers market, food and drink stalls, fun fair and lot more!  This year’s event will be raising money for the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service and the RNLI Weymouth Lifeboat Station.  This event is FREE to attend however an optional donation can be made online or on arrival at the event.

    Date: Saturday 8 June 2024

    Website: Weymouth Round Table

     

    HIGHCLIFFE FOOD AND ARTS FESTIVAL

    Info: The festival which is located on Highcilffe high street and the village green celebrates local produce, crafts and cookery.  You’ll find artisan stalls, street food, celebrity chefs, cookery demonstrations, live music, children’s entertainment and much more.  FREE EVENT!

    Dates: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June 2024

    Website: Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival

     

    UPTON HOUSE FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Info: Set in the beautiful grounds of Upton Country Park will be 3 days of live music, street food, arts & crafts and children’s entertainment.

    Dates: Friday 14 – Sunday 16 June 2024

    Tickets: Upton House Food and Music Festival

    June 14 - 16 Upton Food Festival 2024

     

    BRIDPORT FOOD FESTIVAL

    Info: The festival promotes food and drink producers from Bridport and the surrounding areas.

    Date: Saturday 15 June 2024

    Tickets: Bridport Food Festival

     

    SWANAGE FISH FESTIVAL

    Info: The fish festival showcases Purbeck businesses, there will be entertainment for the whole family with food, drinks and fishy crafts.  FREE EVENT!

    Dates: Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June 2024

    Website: Swanage Fish Fest

     

    DORSETFEST - BLANDFORD FORUM

    Info: DorsetFest is a family friendly music festival held at Warren Farm.  The two day event offers a fantastic range of music, entertainment and food.  The event is run and organised by volunteers with all money going to local charities.

    Dates: Friday 21 & Saturday 22 June 2024

    Tickets: DorsetFest

     

    GROOVES ON THE GREEN - POOLE

    Info: Enjoy live music and family entertainment with local food stalls and bars.  Children will be thoroughly entertainment throughout the weekend with shows, bouncy castles, fairground rides and stalls.

    Dates: Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June 2024

    Tickets: Grooves on the Green

    June 21 - 23 Grooves on the Green 2024

     

    SHAKE & STIR VINTAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL - BOURNEMOUTH

    Info: 2 full days of FREE live music and entertainment for those who love all things vintage.

    Date: Saturday 22 June 2024

    Website: Events by Stir

    June 22 and 23 Shake and Stir 2024

     

    UPTON COUNTRY PARK FESTIVAL – POOLE

    Info: Bring your own food and drink or enjoy the food stalls and bar on site and dance the night away to some of the best tribute bands and artists.

    Dates: Friday 5 & Saturday 6 July 2024

    Tickets: Upton Country Park Festival

    July 6 and 7 Upton Country Park Festival 2024

     

    DORSET VOLKSFEST

    Info: Family friendly weekend of live entertainment, beer, great street food and VWs!

    Dates: Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July 2024

    Tickets: Dorset Volkfest

     

    SANDFEST – POOLE

    Info: SandFest is a one day boutique beach festival, headlined by some of the best global artists Sandbanks Beach.  Strictly over 18's only.

    Date: Saturday 14 July 2024

    Tickets: SandFest

     

    JURASSIC FIELDS MUSIC FESTIVAL – BRIDPORT

    Info: Jurassic Fields is well known for showcases amazing live music, comedy, food and entertainment.  Camping options are available.

    Dates: Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July 2024

    Tickets: Jurassic Fields Music Festival

     

    SWANAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL

    Info: 3 days of jazz performances on the Purbeck coast.

    Dates: Friday 12 – Sunday 14 July 2024

    Tickets: Swanage Jazz Festival

     

    WILKSWOOD REGGAE FESTIVAL – SWANAGE

    Info: The Wilkswood Raggae Festival is held in Langton Matravers and offers plenty of reggae music, food and drink and a kids field with hale bales to clamber over, children’s entertainers, nature walks and more.  Under 3’s are FREE!

    Dates: Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 July 2024

    Tickets: Wilkswood Reggae Festival

     

    TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS’ FESTIVAL

    Info: The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival returns with inspiring programme of discussion, music, performance, children's activities, speakers, food stalls and more.

    Dates: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 July 2024

    Tickets: Tolpuddle Martyrs

     

    PURIFY FESTIVAL – STURMINSTER MARSHALL

    Info: 3 days of music, wellness therapies and camping in the Dorset countryside, all to raise funds for the Dorset Mind charity.

    Dates: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 July 2024

    Tickets: Purify Festival

     

    XCHURCH MUSIC FESTIVAL - CHRISTCHURCH QUAY

    Info: The music festival which is held on The Quomps offers 3 days of non-stop music and entertainment.  Under 12's go FREE!

    Dates: Friday 19 – Sunday 21 July 2024

    Tickets: Christchurch Music Festival

    July 19 to 21 Xchurch Music Festival 2024

     

    CAMP BESTIVAL – LULWORTH

    Info: Undoubtedly Dorset’s largest family friendly festival. Camp Bestival has numerous stages, headline acts, multiple children’s activities, stalls, food and drink, workshops, planetarium, enchanted cinema and so much more.  Camping options are available.

    Dorsetmums Blog Review: Camp Bestival 2017

    Dates: Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 July 2024

    Tickets: Camp Bestival

    Camp Bestival 2024

     

    POOLE HARBOUR FESTIVAL

    Info: Poole Harbour Festival has over 50 live acts across 4 stages, an array of street food, bars, stalls, children’s entertainers and dinosaur shows!  Under 5’s go FREE!

    Dates: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 July 2024

    Tickets: Poole Harbour Festival

    July 26 to 28 Poole Harbour Festival 2024

     

    BOURNEMOUTH REGGAE WEEKENDER

    Info: Enjoy reggae music, trade stands, entertainment and catering.  Children go FREE!

    Dates: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 July 2024

    Website: Bournemouth Reggae Weekender

     

    WEYMOUTH FOOD AND FAMILY FESTIVAL

    Info: The festival at Lodmoor Country Park features a live music stage with amazing local artists, a kitchen cooking theatre, dog shows, bubble parties, magic shows, balloon modelling, a chilli eating competition and much more.  Children under 4 go FREE!

    Dates: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 2024

    Tickets: Weymouth Food and Family Festival

    July 27 and 28 Weymouth Food Festival 2024

     

    DORSET FOOD AND ARTS FESTIVAL – POUNDBURY

    Info: The festival celebrates local food, drink and artistic creativity in Dorset.  FREE EVENT!

    Date: Saturday 3 August 2024

    Website: Dorset Food & Drink

     

    GREAT DORSET CHILLI FESTIVAL – STURMINSTER NEWTON

    Info: A great weekend for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families with stalls, artisan food producers, music, chilli eating competitions, street food and more.  Children (age TBC) go FREE!

    Dates: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 August 2024

    Tickets: Great Dorset Chilli Festival

    Aug 3 and 4 Dorset Chilli Festival 2024

     

    WE OUT HERE FESTIVAL - WIMBORNE ST GILES

    Info: The 4 day festival celebrates world-class music, alongside wellness, family and cultural activities.  Children under 14 go FREE!

    Dates: Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 August 2024

    Tickets: We Out Here Festival

    Aug 15 to 18 We Out Here Festival Wimborne 2024

     

    PURBECK VALLEY FOLK FESTIVAL – HARMANS CROSS

    Info: Purbeck Valley Folk Festival is a small festival set on a farm with a good variety of local music, workshops, children’s area, crafts, food and drink.  Camping options are available and children under 3 go FREE!

    Dates: Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 August 2024

    Tickets: Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

     

    VDUB AT THE PUB - WIMBORNE

    Info: A great family friendly festival with live music and DJ’s, stalls, food and drink, sports games, children’s activities and VW’s.  Camping options are available and children under 12 are only £1.

    Dorsetmums Blog Review: Vdub at the Pub 2018

    Dates: Friday 16 – Sunday 18 August 2024

    Tickets: Vdub at the Pub

     

    BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL

    Info: FREE 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 29 – Saturday 31 August 2024

    Website: Bournemouth Air

     

    SWANAGE FOLK FESTIVAL

    Info: A weekend of music, dance, fun and children’s activities around the beautiful town of Swanage.

    Dates: Friday 6 – Sunday 8 September 2024

    Tickets: Swanage Folk Festival

     

    THE DORSET SEAFOOD FESTIVAL - WEYMOUTH

    Info: Enjoy an amazing choice of locally caught seafood, drinks, gifts and shopping, live music, chefs’ theatre stages, the School of Fish and lots more family fun.

    Dates: Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 September 2024

    Tickets: Dorset Seafood

     

    STURMINSTER NEWTON CHEESE FESTIVAL

    Info: A festival of cheese with local producers, stalls, arts & crafts, children’s activities and music.

    Dates: Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September 2024

    Tickets: Cheese Festival

     

    If you know of any more great festivals in Dorset which aren't listed then please do Contact Us with the details. 

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  2. The Parks Foundation is a charity which delivers community projects and events in our Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch parks and green spaces.

    During term time, half terms and school holidays there are multiple nature based activities for children to enjoy and the best bit is that most events are FREE!  Lots of the parks mentioned below have play parks so you could pack a picnic and make use of the facilities for an affordable day out.

    During February half term, children will be able to enjoy bird nest building, make a mini bee hotel, community litter picks, tree planting, stargazing, nature tots and more.

    BOSCOMBE CHINE GARDENS – BOURNEMOUTH 

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    SEAFIELD GARDENS – BOURNEMOUTH 

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    SLADES FARM – BOURNEMOUTH 

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    REDHILL PARK – BOURNEMOUTH 

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    PELHAMS PARK – BOURNEMOUTH 

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    WINTON RECREATION GROUND – BOURNEMOUTH 

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    MUSCLIFF PARK – BOURNEMOUTH 

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    WATERMANS PARK – CHRISTCHURCH 

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    MUDEFORD WOODS – CHRISTCHURCH 

    BCP Parks Foundation Feb 2024 8

    TURLIN MOOR RECREATION GROUND – POOLE 

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    ALEXANDRA PARK – POOLE 

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    BRANKSOME RECREATION GROUND – POOLE 

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    SHERBORN CRESCENT – POOLE 

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    To book or get involved in fundraising, please visit The Parks Foundation.

    Please note that events may be cancelled due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances and it is always advisable to check an event is running before travelling.

    Need more budget friendly ideas for the kids?  Please see our list of Free & Low Cost places to go in Dorset.

    The Parks Foundation