May – Whats on in Dorset 2018

Best Days Out In Dorset – May 2018

Paul Jackman Steam train Corfe5th – 7th May

Diesel Gala Swanage

The Diesel Gala will see an impressive line up of diesel locomotives operating on the Swanage Railway. During the Gala an intensive timetable will be operated from 0800 to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 08:00 to 19:00 on Sunday giving visitors the opportunity to ride behind as many of the engines as possible, as well as giving great photo opportunities. Attractions include: Dining Trains Dorset Beer Festival Trade and Enthusiast Stands at Corfe Castle and Swanage Stations.

blue bell woods holiday cottage nearby9th May

Guided Bluebell Walk at Higher Bockhampton

Join the Countryside Ranger on a gentle stroll around Thorncombe Woods and Black Heath, taking a wander up and around the Hazel Coppice, revelling in the splendour of the vivid Bluebells, whilst keeping an eye out for our local birdlife. 10 am til 11.30 am

 15th – 20th May

Margeret Green Walk

We would like to invite you to take part in a special and exciting fundraising event. With a very successful second year of Margaret Green Day we decided this year to turn the whole week into celebrating rescue animals! We will decalre the week of the 15th May Margaret Green Week ending it with a very special event on the 20th of May called GroundDog Day at Lincoln Farm which would have been the late Margaret Green’s birthday.

We would like to invite local businesses and schools to participate during the week by wearing something green. You could decide on a small donation such as £1 and encourage your colleagues/pupils to get involved.

It doesn’t stop there, if you would like to go all out on the day why not wear an animal onesie or arrange a cake sale, quiz or raffle! All money raised will go to helping rescue animals, so let’s get #AllTogetherForAnimals

Paul Jackman Steam train Corfe20th – 21st May 2017

Spring Tide Food Festival

This spectacular West Dorset outdoor food event offers you the chance to meet and buy from West Dorset‘s hugely talented local producers who will once be on hand to show off Dorset produce at its very best. From 10am – 4pm


Flying 15 Southern Sailing Championships

Located at Weymouth & Portland national sailing academy


Baby Swans Hatching at Abbotsbury Swannery 

This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to the Swannery is considered one of the best things to do in Dorset.

pool eboat show19th – 21st May

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Free 3 day boat show, incorporating a variety of marine related businesses and family focused entertainment, plus spectacular firework display

May 23rd, 2pm.

Places and Faces from the Past

Studland: Places and Faces from the Past- Joyce Meates


27th May – 4th June 2017

Great Dinosaur Hunt

Events throughout the Museum – hunt for the dinosaur using clues.

bournemouth 7s26th – May – 28th May

Bournemouth 7s Festival 

The team at DSG are proud to have created a unique event that has made a significant impact on the world’s sporting scene, with 386 teams competing in 2015 and even more expected in 2016. Launched in 2008, Bournemouth 7s is the World’s Largest Sport and Music Festival and takes place every year on the last Bank Holiday weekend in May, attracting over 30,000 sports enthusiasts and festival goers.

PAW27th May – 11th June 2017.

Purbeck Arts Week

Over 80 artists living and working in Purbeck now open their studios to the public every year during the Festival. For emerging artists this can be an important launching pad for developing their careers as professionals. We have reached out to young people from the beginning and, with support from a range of valued local funders, have for several years run workshops in around 12 schools across Purbeck. Some 500 young people every year benefit from the experience of our artists who lead these workshops – their achievements are celebrated during the Festival and at our central exhibition area at Rollington Barn, near Corfe Castle.

26-29th May 2017

Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Festival

A weekend of jazz and blues.  For tickets Telephone 01297 442138.


Poole Regatta 

Poole Regatta 2017

Poole Regatta is back in 2016 on the 28th-30th May. Witness superb Yacht racing over the 3 days and expirience what Poole has to offer.


29th May 217

Sherborne Country Fair

Great day out for the whole family, traditional country fair set in the grounds of the beautiful Sherborne Castle.


3rd June 2017 – 4th June 2017

Wessex Folk Festival

Folk Festival on Weymouth Harbour with two music stages.






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