Festival and events in Dorset

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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