Events in Dorset for 2013

What's on in Dorset in 2013

Olive Cottage - holiday cottage in lulworthDorset is well known as a county that offers a strong historical legacy when it comes to culture, the arts and entertainment. The internationally renowned author Thomas Hardy was born and lived in the county, basing the majority of his work on real Dorset towns albeit with fictional names. T.E Lawrence (of Lawrence of Arabia fame) lived in the small village of Moreton near Wareham. After his death a memorial was erected in Moreton church which attracts regular visitors from all over the world.

Dorset has plenty of regular family attractions and entertainment as well. The seaside town of Weymouth is a popular destination due to its expansive sandy beach and traditional Georgian promenade. Combine this with a plethora of traditional food outlets and it is not surprising that it continues to attract a wealth of visitors each year. Dream Cottages HQ is based in Weymouth in the popular Old Harbour area of the town.

If you have booked a self catering holiday in dorset with Dream Cottages then you might want to take note of what's happening in Dorset during the time of your stay. This page will be regularly updated with cultural events, family friendly attractions and promotions as well as any special events that may be taking place in Dorset throughout 2013. If you have an event planned in Dorset and would like us to assist you in promoting it via this page then please email: and we will try to help. We cannot, however, guarantee that your event will be featured on this page as we try to keep a balance in terms of the range of events we focus on.

Events in 2013


Weymouth German Beer Fest, 19th April 2013 - 21st April 2013,


Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, 3rd – 6th May, 2013,

 Weymouth Kite Festival, 4th - 6th May 2013,

Weymouth Seafront Weymouth,  Dorset,  DT4 7SX

Dorset Knob Throwing & Frome Valley Food Festival 2013, 5th May 2013,

Vintage and Classic Vehicle Display, 12 May 2013,

Spring Tide 2013 Burton Bradstock Food Festival, 18th – 19th May 2013,

Wessex Folk Festival, 31st May - 2 June 2013, June

Vintage Tractor & Stationary Engine Rally, West Bay, 8th – 9th June 2013,

 Wessex Car Show, Lulworth Castle, 9th June 2013,

Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Day Celebrations, 22nd – 28th June 2013,

 “Taster Experience" - Drive and fire a steam locomotive on the Swanage Railway, 22nd June 2013 (various dates available),


British Beach Polo, Sandbanks Poole, 12th – 13th July 2013,

 Swanage Jazz Fesitval, 12th – 14th July 2013,

 Dorset Sea Food Festival, 13th – 14th July 2013,

 Swanage Regatta and Carnival, 27th July – 3rd August 2013,


Weymouth Carnival Day & Fireworks, 21st August 2013,

Quayside Music Festival - Weymouth Harbour, 25th & 26 August 2013,

Great Dorset Steam Fair, 28th August – 1st September 2013,


Swanage Folk Festival, 6th – 8th September 2013,

Poole Thai Festival, 7th – 8th September 2013,

Dorset County Show, 7th – 8th September 2013,

Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival, 21st-27th September 2013,


Lions Beach Motocross in Weymouth, 20th October 2013,

Wimborne Food festival, 26th – 27th October 2013,


Guy Fawkes Celebrations - Weymouth Beach, 5th November  2013

Remembrance Sunday, Service and Parade – Weymouth Seafront & Portland Cenotaph., 10th November 2013


Chase the Pudding – Weymouth Beach, 15th December 2013

Christmas Day Harbour Swim, 25th December 2013