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We’ll take any excuse for a party here in Dorset, particularly on warm, long summer evenings! Nothing showcases our fantastic talent for celebration more than our vibrant summer carnivals – take a look at our carnival calendar to see which you can squeeze in to your summer holiday!


Wareham Carnival – Sunday 23rd July

Don’t miss the feather themed procession, plus there are a whole host of events taking place on the dates leading up to the main event! For more information, see the carnival events page.

Swanage Carnival and Regatta Week29th July – 5th August

A two-mile carnival procession, three firework displays, a talent show, treasure hunt, water and land sports and much, much more – you’ll be sure to find something to suit the whole family at Swanage Carnival week!

Lyme Regis Carnival Week5th – 13th August

Raising funds for some great local causes, this week of events includes fireworks, a duck race, the traditional procession, as well as some quirky additions like the torchlight parade and candles down the river.

Weymouth Carnival15th – 16th August

One of our favourites – the procession along Weymouth’s beautiful Georgian seafront makes this a wonderfully nostalgic carnival to attend!

Bridport Carnival and Torchlight Procession19th – 20th August

Typically held on the third Saturday in August, Bridport’s carnival procession is followed on Sunday by a traditional torchlight procession from Bridport to West Bay, where you will find food stalls, a live band and bonfire – a spectacle not to be missed!

Symondsbury Fete – 27th August

Symondsbury, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6HD – Dorset’s Giant Fete & Car Boot Sale!

A whole host of great fun to be had this year. Plenty for the kids to enjoy. Dorset’s biggest Family fete and car boot, stalls, games, rides and much more. Grab yourself a bargain at the car boot and enjoy a drink in the sunshine from the beer tent. Open from 12pm till 5pm.