Edging closer to summer, we all know the one that’s thing for sure in England – the warm weather doesn’t last forever. It is still organised by his family, who set up the charity to help others going through similar situations. A group from the Dorset Opera Festival will be there and, for children, a screening of Fantasia set to classical music or a guitar workshop. It’s a small, start-up family friendly music festival in its second year on a working farm 13 miles from Shaftesbury and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – perfect for a first family outing to a festival. North Dorset is made for running: rural and lumpy, which means quiet country lanes, lots of off-road running, glorious views and challenging terrain. Adult prices are £180 to include basic camping – options for yurts, Airstreams, gypsy caravans and wigwams extra…. Bankes Arms - New Years Eve with Celtic Confusion & Friends, Christmas Wreath Making with Dorset Flower Co. The fair celebrates the trees with a series of workshops, log splitting, logging and carving. March 10, 2019 Steve Keenan News/Blog No Comments. More than 10,000 people packed into the tents last year – expect the same in 2019. It’s been held in the town for 25 years on Bank Holiday Monday and, while there is the odd stallholder dressed in a smock or shawl, a Georgian element is largely confined to the town’s architecture rather than nature of the fair. The festival takes place at Charisworth Farm, near Blandford, and has raised £250,000 for children’s cancer charity Teddy 20. WSR also stages events at Larmer Tree in March, and at the home of Cranborne Chase Cider on July 27-28. Camping is also available on site for those who want to make the most of the weekend. Dorset County Show and Melplash Show are just two of many events giving you the chance to discover rural life in Dorset. A new event for 2019, it has been put together by a group of townsfolk and in part inspired by local author Terry Townsend. It’s organised by Shaftesbury Rotary Club, and is split into three categories: a 12, 25 and 50-mile ride. All the events listed here are less than a 30-minute drive from town, so pick your event and we’ll see you here. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience whilst browsing. The event begins on Friday with music before the main event on Saturday. There is, as you’d expect, a mountain of cheese and food on show (80+ producers booked so far), with fountains of beer and cider, food demonstrations, music and crafts. This is a brilliant event that really showcases how glorious the cycling is in North Dorset. Edging closer to summer, we all know the one that’s thing for sure in England – the warm weather doesn’t last forever. Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival: July 13–14 2019 Weymouth in Dorset hosts the largest seafood festival in the UK! Yeovilton is the spiritual home of the RN’s Fleet Air Arm, and will open its gates to an expected 40,000 visitors to watch a magnificent five hour flying display. Camping is also available from £10 a day. There’s lots of local festivals across Dorset that offer a variety of genres including Rock, Jazz and Folk where you can witness some of the best talent in the South West. This will be the 20th season of the festival, which goes from strength to strength. If the weather is fair, cider, hog roasts and live music play a larger part in the proceedings, which is long supported by town brewers Hall & Woodhouse: look out for the barrel race, with 18 gallons of ale to the winning team. If you believe an event is incorrect or no longer happening, please let us know. For the last 29 years, the festival has created the summer party of music, comedy and theatre, set in the most beautiful festival site in the land just five miles from Shaftesbury. Adult tickets cost £28 in advance, with child prices at £5. There’s more: 100 vintage cars, a six-stage music festival, craft marquee, food and real ale tents. Please follow government advice on restrictions and social distancing. They’re fun, you get to soak up the sun (most of the time), you get to watch some cracking music and enjoy lots of fantastic food and drink.