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Best Days Out In Dorset – August 2019
| Every Wednesday in August
Flowers by Candlelight
The award-winning Lower Gardens Bournemouth are the venue for ‘Flowers by Candlelight’ as they are transformed into an enchanting oasis of flickering flames. In addition to the lighting of the candles, there are fire shows, entertainers, art workshops and live bands.
|Every Tuesday throughout August
Dorchester Ghost Walks
Meeting at the Kings Arms on Tuesdays at 8pm and 10pm. Tiptoe through alleys and down by the river; who will be first to quake and to quiver?
|26th – 29th July 2019
Its second year at Lulworth Castle, Bestival is the most colourful festival around!
Poole Town & Country Show
Now in its 9th year, this family Country Fair has something for everyone. All day entertainment will include Galloping Acrobatics Horse Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, The Purbeck Ferrets, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Mario Magic , the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and much much more. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy.
Arts, crafts food drink and gifts marquees as well as outside trade stands.
Fully catered & with a licensed bar
And on Sunday at this event we are proud to host The Companion Dog Show
|4th Aug 2019
Margaret Green – Companion Dog Show and Family Fun Day
Our annual Companion Dog Show is back this year and it will be even bigger and better! Join us with your pooch on the 6th of August at our Church Knowle Centre in Dorset for a doggie packed day. The day will include a mixture of dog show classes, dog agility, local traders from all around Dorset, face painting, a bouncy castle, a brilliant raffle and tombola, gorgeous refreshments and local produce as well as much more to enjoy!
Lyme Regis Carnival & Regatta
A variety of events during Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week including carnival procession, regatta races. Activities and events for all ages!
|9th – 11th August 2019
Trade Stands, Classic cars, Motorcycles, Lorries, Tractors, Military Vehicles, Miniture Steam Engines, Stationary Engines, Ring Events including Canine agility, Gun dogs, Falconry, The Skilled Adams Axemen, Childrens Rides, Food Stalls, Beer Tent and Free parking. What more could you need on a sunny weekend! Come along and see the Dorset Cottage Holidays team at The Purbeck Rally – All our guests will receive a yummy treat!
Dorset Dogs Festival
Dorset Dogs’ fantastic annual celebration of dogs, green spaces and the countryside will take place at Upton Country Park!
Look forward to a fun-filled day for dogs and their folks, with a fun dog show, children’s activities, doggie obedience and dancing displays and lots of stalls – and of course lots of dogs having a go at agility or the fun rally course. Join the guided walkies, enter the dog show or just sit on the grass and enjoy!
The carnival has been celebrated in Weymouth on the third Wednesday in August for over 20 years. Both The Red Arrows and The Battle of Britain will be spotted in the skies of Weymouth & Portland during the day. Weymouth Carnival is a whole day packed with family orientated fun which includes stalls, fairground rides, games, performances, music, food and much, much more.
Wild About Herbs – Children’s workshop, walk and potion making with Kate Scott at Knoll Gardens. A great way for children (6 – 12), to get outdoors, connect with nature and learn about the amazing herbs growing around them in a fun and creative way. Includes garden trail, herbal art and making simple and safe lotions and potions to take home! 10.30am – 12 noon. £15 to include one adult per child. To book, call Kate on 07969 882439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|coming back 2020
Fantastic traditional family fair held on Martin Clune’s (Doc Martin!) land. Just outside Beaminster, with something for everyone it really is a proper British day out.
|15th – 18th August 2019
Purbeck Valley Folk Festival
A small festival located on a farm. Expect to see the usual Purbeck folk faces at the lunchtime song sessions, youth workshops, puppet shows, poetry slam and a few new workshops.
|22nd – 26th August 2019
Great Dorset Steam Fair: 50th Anniversary
If you’re looking for an excellent fun and action packed day out for all the family, you’ll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Traditionally this English fair is held at the village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside.Further directions are superfluous. Just find the village on the map, head in that direction and follow everyone else to the show.
Open Air Cinema – Walled Garden Poole
Enjoy high definition projection, giant screens and superb audio. The events offer a range of ticket options, from bring your own to a choice of seating options including deckchairs, single bean bags and double bean bags to cuddle up on. It’s not just about the film, there will be food and drink on sale as well.
Screening – Jurassic Park 31st August; Top Gun 1st September; La La Land 2nd September.
Tickets on sale now. For details & booking please visit cultscreens.co.uk
|29th Aug – 1st Sept
Bournemouth Air Festival
A thrilling spectacle in the sky. Bournemouth Pier and Beach are the setting for a fabulous display of every type of airplane and helicoptor. From somersaulting helicoptors to the Red Arrows or Red Devils, the air show is a must this summer. The crowds do build up but it is suitable for all and best of all its FREE.