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Surrounded by country and coast, Dorset is an unmissable location for thousands of incredible events every year.

From Camp Bestival to Bridport Hat Festival, read the Dream Cottages guide to the top 7 unmissable events in Dorset and plan your next staycation.

Dorset County Show

Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival

The Dorset Seafood Festival returns for its 11th year on Weymouth Harbour in 2020 on the 11th & 12th July. Sponsored by English Wine Company Nyetimber, this event is a showstopper in Weymouth’s annual events calendar. Stroll along the historic harbour and watch cooking displays, sample fresh seafood and fizz, purchase local art and visit the Dream Cottages stand!

Lobster at Dorset Seafood Festival

Weymouth Food Festival

New for 2020, Weymouth Food Festival takes place in Lodmoor Country Park on 1st & 2nd August. This all-new event will have food stalls, live music, a dog show and live theatre.

Street Food Display, Dorset

Swanage Carnival

This historic carnival takes place from 25th July – 1st August marking 8 days of fun in Swanage. Entertainment includes a procession, air displays, live music, competitions, games and fireworks.

Fireworks Events in Dorset

Dorset County Show

The county’s annual show is held on 5th & 6th September and offers a variety of entertainment for all the family. From showjumping, livestock, arts & crafts, food stands and retail; there’s so much to discover at the Dorset County Show.

Dorset County Show

Camp Bestival

Nestled in the hills behind Lulworth Cove sits the magnificent Lulworth Castle Estate. On 30th July – 2nd August, one of the UK’s biggest family friendly music festivals, Camp Bestival, takes place on the Estate.

Lulworth Cove

Bridport Hat Festival

Every year on a “Haturday” in September, Bucky Doo Square in Bridport is filled with eccentric hat-wearers for the day. Taking place on 5th September it’s both a fantastic spectator event and participant event!

Dorset Art Weeks

One of the UK’s largest open studio events takes place in Dorset on 23rd May – 7th June. You could easier spend the day exploring villages and cottages around Dorset and soaking up extraordinary art and design.

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Don’t miss out on these show-stopping events throughout Dorset. Find your Dream Cottage  and plan your visit today! To see an up-to-date list of festivals in Dorset head over to our blog.

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