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Dorset festivals 2018


As well as great days out to be had on holiday in Dorset, there are also amazing events that run over many weekends during the summer months, and are another reason to make sure that at least part of your summer holiday is spent in Dorset.


July: Camp Bestival, Lulworth

Camp Bestival is considered to be the ‘little sister’ of Bestival, both organised by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Rob Da Bank. This is a great festival for families with small children and is held annually at Lulworth Castle.

There is so much for kids to do that neither you nor your children will have chance to be bored. From the Science Tent, to Mission Control, the world’s biggest bouncy castle, dance and musical theatre workshops, soft play tent, retro fairground rides and National Trust’s 50 Things to Do Meadow, and that is even before any of the amazing line up.

There is always something for the history fans, as well as Slow Motion for those of you who might need a break from the kids over the weekend for a solar shower, sauna, massage, hot tub session, meditation or yoga. It is not only music that is on offer in the live entertainment sector, with comedy shows, theatre and a literary institute also part of the schedule for the weekend. 


July: Larmer Tree Festival

This quirky event had its 26th festival in 2016 and is already preparing for its bigger and better 27th in 2018, having had a year off in 2017. There are set to be exciting new developments ready for 2018 and the weekend of 20-22nd July has been confirmed. You can sign up now for developments so that you don’t miss out on news and tickets.

There are various areas of the festival to explore such as the sunny secret garden, as well as the lively lawn in front of the main stage, ensuring that there is something for everyone. The event raised over £10,000 for their 2016 charity partner and the stakes are set to be even higher for 2018, so sign up and don’t miss out!


August: Purbeck Valley Folk Festival


Set on a farm on the beautiful Jurassic coastline, the dates this year are on from 24th to 27th August, and ticket prices are based on packages - £31 for a campervan pass, or £121 for the adult weekend etc. The line up for 2018 is amazing, with artists such as Badly Drawn Boy, Megan Henwood and The Unsung Roots. There are other quirky events that you won’t find at any other festival, such as a fancy dress parade, a beard off, outdoor cinema and poetry slam. There are also things to do for children if you want to attend the festival as a family.


October: North Dorset Folk Festival a bargain at £29 for a day of back-to-back live entertainment, at Marnhull Village Hall on the second to last Saturday of October. It features many local musicians, as well as bigger up-and-coming names on the folksie scene. You can sign up to the website for further updates on late additions to the line up, as well as to receive first information on the release of ticket sales. It is said to be the smallest festival of its kind in the UK and celebrated its 6th year in 2017.

It is one of the most intimate live music venues you can experience, opening at midday and finishing around 10.30pm, with a bar and food available on site all day. There is no camping at the site, so you will be able to go back to your Dorset cottage base for a proper shower and a comfy bed.

Dorset festivals

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