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Festivals and events in Dorset

Festivals and events to enjoy this summer near Rudge Farm Cottages

Whilst enjoying your holiday at Rudge Farm Cottages there are a number of local festivals and events to enjoy in the surrounding area of West Dorset

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival
4 – 8 May

The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival is an annual event for the whole family.  Enjoy walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits and lots of hands-on science

Weymouth Quayside Music Festival
4 – 5 May

Every Bank Holiday weekend sees Quayside Music Festival take up it’s residency on Weymouth Harbour for a 2-day festival showcasing the best live music in town

Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Festival
25 – 28 May

For dedicated jazzers and blues hounds alike, the Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues festival aims to bring the best of live music, both new and traditional

Wessex Folk Festival
2 – 3 June

Family festival on Weymouth Harbourside with two free stages showcasing a range of traditional and modern folk acts. Morris dancing, food and craft stalls along the picturesque harbourside

Bridport Food and Beer Festival
10 – 16 June

The Bridport Food Festival is an exciting foodie event for all ages to enjoy. The Beer Festival takes place on the Friday & Saturday evening, with the main Food Festival taking place on the Saturday

Midsummer Madness at Dorchester Carnival
16 June

Madness and mayhem will be descending on Dorchester this summer as its annual carnival is reborn.  This year sees the rebrand of Dorchester Carnival as it becomes Midsummer Madness

Chesil Rocks
23 June

Chesil Rocks is a small and intimate music and arts festival, set in a beautiful setting at Higher Farmhouse, Langton Herring 

Chickerell Steam and Vintage Show
30 June – 1 July

Two day show with steam engines, classic vehicles, food hall, craft, models trains and boats, childrens entertainment, trade, music, beer tent, arena events, food stalls and the Chickerell Challenge!

Jurassic Fields
13 – 14 July

A family friendly music festival in Bridport.  Jurassic Fields will be showcasing the best music, comedy, food and entertainment the local area has to offer as well as having some well known artists perform 

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival
14 – 15 July

This festival in Weymouth brings together champagne and seafood, family entertainment and a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the superb seafood available just off our wonderful shores.

Bridport Folk Festival
27 – 29 July

New established folk festival held in Bridport.

Lifeboat Week – Lyme Regis
27 July – 3 August

Annual RNLI Lifeboat Week – A week of exciting events and demonstrations.

Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week
4 – 24 August

Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week includes fireworks, carnival procession, regatta races, activities and events for all ages.

West Bay Day
5 August

The action-packed day will include live music, food and drink, stalls and entertainment.

Bridport Carnival
18 August

Bridport Carnival is a must-see event – this fun packed extravaganza includes a grand procession and features plenty of floats and colourful walking entries.

Bridport Torchlight Procession
19 August

Bridport’s famous Torchlight Procession makes it’s way from Bucky Doo Square in the centre of town down to West Bay where the traditional fireworks and bonfire take place.

Lyme Regis Folk Festival
31 August – 2 September

Lyme Folk Weekend has become a very popular event and is brilliant at unearthing some wonderful young local artists.

Bridport Hat Festival 2018
1 – 2 September

The town centre will be taken over by thousands of hat wearers with competitions, trade stalls, food & drink, live acts, some surprises, and a mass hat-wearing photo-op in ‘Bucky Doo’ Square.

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What Our Guests Say...

I organised this get away for my husbands 40th with our family and friends. What a wonderful weekend we all had! The farm is a kiddies paradise. They just loved the freedom with lots to do. This always makes a parents break away heaven. The cottages are clean and comfy - a home from home. Beaches are nice and close too. We will be back.

Janine, Surrey

Just spent a long weekend here and must say thoroughly enjoyed it. Stayed in Carter's cottage, lovely and warm and cosy and spotlessly clean. Went with our daughter and one year old grandson. Perfect for families so much there to do - would love to go back in the summer months although weather was kind to us sunny but cold. Very well equipped all you could possibly want with good local pubs.

Susan, Surrey

Great family fun - We had a great family trip with 14 of us sharing three adjacent cottages to celebrate a family birthday. Whilst we were only there for two nights, the facilities on site were great and kept the three children entertained and busy.

Simon, Cambridge

We stayed in 'Pigsty Cottage'. So beautiful, we had our own little veranda & stunning views overlooking the lakes & surrounding countryside. A short drive to Chesil Beach. The cottage is well equipped & comfortable. A jug of milk & a selection of tea & coffee was a lovely welcome!

Maryann, Kent

My family has stayed here many times including two visits this year. The cottages are very nice and have everything you need. They are user friendly and you don't feel continuous panic if you have young children there! The grounds and setting are completely stunning. My family and I lay in the garden outside our cottage and listened to the sound of the birds wings whirring through the air as they sped around the buildings. We are talking seriously peaceful!

Craig, London
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