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Dorset Coastal Cottages are spread all over the county from Studland to Lyme Regis, so invariably there's always some special event or festival going on in the nearby area. Most, if not all, Dorset seaside towns and villages have a carnival in summer and in addition there's always a lot going on in the out of season months too.


Swanage, in particular has loads going on, there's the famous carnival (below) but there's also a jazz festival, blues festival, folk festival and a walking festival in the shoulder season months.


To keep up to date with what's going on try these links: The Dorset Echo and Dorset For You. Check our Blog for constantly updated news about what's going on in Dorset.


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Bridport Hat Festival

Now into its third year The Bridport Hat Festival just goes from strength to strength.

As we have an office in Bridport, at Dorset Coastal Cottages, it hadn't escaped our attention that the town is more than a little kooky. But if you'd like to see the evidence in all its glory then head to Bridpost in mid September for their hat festival. Everyone in the local area heads into town hatted up for the mass congregation in Bucky Doo square.

With a grand prize of £500 the best hat competition is fierce with top milliners taking part.

Bridport Hat Festival

Swanage Regatta & Carnival Week

From the smallest village to the biggest towns in Dorset, everyone has a carnival or a fete. However we think the queen of the carnival scene has to be Swanage.

Swanage Regatta & Carnival Week takes place over the last weekend in July and the first week of August, culminating in the now famous fancy dress parade. During the week there's something for everyone with live music, go-kart racing, Scruffs Dog Show, wheel-barrow races and Red Arrows Display.

For the more competitive of you there's an organised half marathon, a 4km fun run and the swimming race across the bay.

Swanage Regatta & Carnival Week

Dorset County Show, Dorchester

Dorset County Show is held in early September each year, in the show grounds close to Charminster, just outside Dorchester.

What started out as a traditional agricultural show has turned into an enormous celebration of all things Dorset. The local produce tents are enormous selling everything from cheese to beer to pies and cup cakes. There are stalls for everything from indoor barbecue huts to combine harvesters.

The stars of the show are not just the animals but also motorbike display teams, gymnasts and all kinds of entertainers.

If you bring your dog we recommend you try the agility course, it's hilarious!

Dorset County Show, Dorchester

Purbeck Rally

If you’re looking for an interesting, fun packed day out for all the family, then you’ll love The Purbeck Rally, a once yearly, 3 day steam & vintage show held in Wareham, Dorset on the 7th-9th August 2015. There’ll be a large array of vintage vehicles and machinery including tractors, cars, commercials & stationary engines as well as full size and miniature steam. There will be a wide range of trade, craft and auto jumble stalls. Dogs on leads are welcome at the show. Not forgetting the increasingly popular auction on Saturday morning & car boot sale Sunday morning. All in aid of raising funds for local charities and causes.

Purbeck Rally

Camp Bestival, Lulworth

Without a shadow of a doubt Camp Bestival is the king of the family festivals. Not only does it have entire children's areas with theatre workshops, face painting and bouncy castles it also features childrens acts up on the main stage. In fact in 2012, Shrek The Musical on stage was considered to be one of the highlights of the whole festival!

Dorset Coastal Cottages has many holiday properties in the Lulworth area so why not festival in style next year. Enjoy the festival atmosphere with the kids then everyone pile back for clean bathrooms and comfy beds!

Camp Bestival, Lulworth

Weymouth Kite Festival

Weymouth is host to numerous festivals throughout the year. Many are very popular such as The Spirit of the Sea festival in late June/early July and the carnival in early August.

At Dorset Coastal Cottages our favourite in Weymouth and Portland has to be the kite festival. There's nothing quite so surreal as driving down from Dorchester to see a giant pair of legs of a lizard the size of a zeppelin floating above Weymouth Beach!

The festival takes place on May Bank Holiday Weekend every year, and given that Weymouth was the host of the 2012 Olympic sailing events it's almost guaranteed that there will be enough wind to make those legs fly!

Weymouth Kite Festival
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