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August events in Dorset

Dig beneath the surface of Dorset to unearth a host of entertainment and things to do in August.

Events throughout August

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Summer at the Tank Museum

Tank displays and tank rides amongst many an other activity at the Tank Museum, Bovington


Kingston Lacy

So many summer things to do throughout August, from craft sessions to outdoor theatre



Super Summer Dinosaur Hunt

The Dinosaur Museum of Dorchester has a mystery trail every day of the holidays.


Poole Dream Machines

Every Tuesday evening, pop down to Poole Harbour for an atmosphere of extreme two wheels


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Lulworth Rock Pool School

Rifle through the wildlife on the shores of Lulworth Cove on the 10th and 11th or 24th and 25th of August


Brownsea Island

Visit the island during August for a host of summer holiday activities

1st week of August

28th July to 3rd August Lyme Regis Lifeboat week

A full week of thriving events across Lyme Regis


28th July to 4th August Swanage Carnival and Regatta

A ‘must-do’ attraction with a two mile carnival procession and fireworks displays


2nd to 5th August Bestival

A brilliant weekend of festival fun and frolics in Lulworth


4th to 5th August Beaulieu Supercar weekend

 A family spectacular celebrating the supercars from all over the world


2nd & 3rd week of August

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4th to 12th August Lyme Regis Carnival Week

Raising funds for local good causes, there’s everything you’d expect from a good carnival atmosphere 


 16th August Summer Breeze on the Quay

Live music and street entertainment at Poole Quay with a firework finale


4th week of August

16th to 19th August Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

A unique festival on the Jurassic Coast featuring 3 Daft Monkeys


23th to 27th August Great Dorset Steam Fair

A National Heritage show set in Blandford Forum


25th to 26th August River Cottage Festival

A boutique, family-friendly affair where you might want to pull on your wellies for dancing in the fields.



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