There are plenty of events and activities going on across Dorset during the summer holidays however it is recommended that you pre-book if you can as some venues may still be operating on a limited capacity.  Whatever you do and wherever you go, we hope you have lots of fun!

summer fayre - christchurch

Saturday 7 August 2021

Fun for all the family with games, activities, stalls and refreshments.

For more info, please see the Save the Children Summer Fayre Facebook Event.




upton house food festival - poole

Friday 13 – Sunday 15 August 2021

Set in the beautiful grounds of Upton Country Park, the festival promises three days of great food, drink and local produce.

For more info and tickets, please visit Upton House Food Festival.

summer live! - bournemouth

Friday 16th July – Monday 30th August 2021

Head to Bournemouth Square this summer for acoustic live music, an outdoor bar, live art demonstrations and free children’s entertainment.

For more info, please visit Summer Live.




lollipops cafe events- bournemouth

Various lovable characters and themed events will be coming to Lollipops including Toy Story, Frozen, Paw Patrol, Spiderman, Trolls, Beauty and the Beast, Dinosaurs and more!

For more info, dates and tickets, please visit Lollipops Café.

camp bestival

Thursday 29 July – Sunday 1 August 2021

A truly wonderful multi award winning family festival set in the stunning grounds of Lulworth Castle.

For more info and tickets, please visit Camp Bestival.




mini steam on the quay - poole

Saturday 24 July 2021

Celebrate the sights, sounds and smells of the age of steam when mini traction engines come to Poole Quay.

For more info, please visit Poole Tourism.

poole museum and scaplens court events

There’s plenty to do at Poole Museum with a Wallace and Gromit family trail, museum playdates, family clay modelling workshops and much more.

For more info and dates, please visit Poole Museum.

film & food fest - bournemouth

Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 August 2021

4 days of outdoor cinema, street food, live comedy, short films, music and more.

For more info and tickets, please visit Film and Food Fest.


south west inflatable theme park

The inflatable theme park will be visiting Poole, Swanage, Dorchester and Weymouth this summer with some of the biggest and best inflatables with the addition of an under 5's inflatable area, smaller bouncy castle and soft play so that all ages can join in.

For more info and dates, please visit South West Inflatable Theme Park on Facebook.

dorset dinghy day - christchurch

Saturday 21 August 2021

Grab your flotation devices and head down to the river for this popular annual event.

For more info, please visit Dorset Dinghy Day on Facebook.

avon heath country park

Enjoy walks, trails, orienteering routes and a fantastic wooden play area. Additional activities during the summer holidays include a wonder of the night family walk and more which is expected to be announced soon.

For more info, please visit Avon Heath Country Park.

v dub at the pub - wimborne

Friday 20 – Sunday 22 August 2021

VDub at the Pub is a family friendly music and VW festival. With a very chilled atmosphere, stalls, activities and camping facilities, it makes for a great break away.

For more info and camping/day tickets, please visit VDub at the Pub.

the lost colour show

Saturday 21 August 2021 – Broadmayne

Sunday 22 August – Lytchett Matravers

Dorset’s touring arts charity Artsreach will present an energy fuelled physical show full of clowning, puppets, and paint all told 2m in the air from on top of The Puppet Van, a touring open-air venue!

For more info and tickets, please visit Artsreach.

family fest - wimborne

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Bringing families and the community together with a range of stalls and food/drink, live music, activities and much more.

For more info and tickets, please visit Family Fest.

adventure cinema - kingston lacy

Thursday 12 & Friday 13 August 2021

Screenings will take place on the front lawn. Picnics are welcome however there will also be a bar and food on site.

For more info and tickets, please visit Adventure Cinema.

outdoor cinema - the blue pool, wareham

Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 August 2021

Sit back and enjoy a cinema under the stars at the stunning Blue Pool.

For more info on films and tickets, please visit Alfresco Film.

moors valley country park

The 1000 acre Country Park has something for everyone with woodland walks, play areas and a host of summer activities which include bushcraft adventures, archery, fishing, meadow minibeasts and the popular Gruffalo Spotters trail.

For more info and to book for special events, please visit Moors Valley Country Park.

priest house museum - wimborne

Tuesday 10 August 2021

The Little Explorers Wild World Heroes will include arts, crafts and storytelling.

For more info, please visit the Museum of East Dorset.

red house museum - christchurch

Monsters, Myth and Magic is a family-friendly exhibition exploring the story of the first Anglo Saxon settlers in Christchurch. There is also Treehouse Theatre productions and crafts on special days.

For more info, please visit the Red House Museum and Gardens.

margaret green animal rescue - church knowle

The Visitor Trail is due to open on 20 July which gives you the chance to explore the animal rescue centre. There will also be a Dog Show on Sunday 1 August with fun for all the family.

For more info, please visit Margaret Green Animal Rescue.





family fun festival - the silent woman, wareham

Saturday 7 August 2021

An event the whole family can enjoy with bouncy castle, live music, face painter, pizza and more all raising funds for Tyler’s Friends Charity.

For more information, please see The Silent Woman Facebook Event.




purbeck valley folk festival

Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 August 2021

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival is a small festival set on a farm on the beautiful Jurassic Coastline with loads for the children to do, music, workshops, stalls and food.

For more info and tickets, please visit Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.

durlston country park events - swanage

The Nature Reserve has acres of wildflower meadows, sea cliffs, woodland, coastal walks and spectacular views. Events include a summer family trail, glow-worm walk, workshops and lots more activities.

For more info and to book, please visit Durlston Country Park.

the tank museum events

Experience the biggest day out in history with 100 years of history, 300 tanks, activities, Top Trumps trail and Tanks in Action displays.

For more info, please visit The Tank Museum.

wipeout world - wareham

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July 2021

The indoor Total Wipeout themed event will see participants dash through the 50ft obstacle course, tumble from the big red balls, be swept off your feet by the Spinning Wipeout Beams and more.

For more info and tickets, please visit Wipeout World.


wareham scarecrows

There are always some great entries for the Wareham Scarecrow Competion and children will love finding them through August.

For more info and location when announced, please visit Wareham Carnival on Facebook.

the woodland clan trail - corfe castle

Monday 5 July – Wednesday 1 September 2021

This spectacular trail explores the wisdom of the animals in the Woodland Clan book through sculptures, activities, quizzes, storytelling and prizes.

For more info and prices, please visit National Trust Corfe Castle.


kingston maurward animal park and gardens

Enjoy a fabulous day out at Kingston Maurward with FREE ADMISSION! There's stunning grounds to explore and plenty of farm animals to see which include ducks, pigs, sheep, guinea pigs and goats.

For more info, please visit Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park.

oars paddleboarding - weymouth

FREE paddleboard taster sessions are available for those who would like to give the watersport a try.

For more info including dates and times, please visit Oars Weymouth on Facebook.



dorset food and arts festival - dorchester

Saturday 7 August 2021

The FREE pop up food and drink festival will be held on the Great Field in Poundbury.

For more info, please visit Dorset Food and Drink.



dinosaur trail - walled garden moreton

Saturday 31 July – Monday 30 August 2021

Grab your map from the shop or cafe and take a journey through the gardens. Spot the dinosaurs, learn amazing facts and complete the dino-quiz before collecting your prize. Maps cost £2 each.

For more info, please visit Walled Garden Moreton.

the dorset sunflower trail - dorchester

The 20-acre sunflower trail at Maiden Castle Farm is expected to open the first weekend of August. Tickets will cost £5pp with half of profits going to SCBU and the DCH hospital charity.

For more information, please visit Maiden Castle Farm on Facebook.



weymouth food festival

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 July 2021

Weymouth Food Festival promises plenty of family entertainment with cooking demos, companion dog shows, live music, food and drink producers as well as a variety of arts and craft vendors.

For more info and tickets, please visit Weymouth Food Festival.

victorian weekend - nothe fort

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 August 2021

Lose yourself in a bygone time as you explore life in the Nineteenth Century through a variety of re-enactments, craft demonstrations, activities and displays.

For more info and admission prices, please visit Nothe Fort.



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splash parks and paddling pools

Some local Splash Parks and Paddling Pools will hopefully be open in time for the summer holidays.  Please check before visiting and with any luck we won't have rain!

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