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October events in Dorset

There's loads going on to keep you busy in Dorset this October. For avid readers there are two literary festivals, for those seeking adventures in culture there are several arts festivals and performances, for the classic trick-or-treaters head to Corfe Castle for some spooky goings-on. Whatever you choose, Dorset is a fantastic place to visit and explore in the autumn.

Swanage Blues Festival

3rd - 6th

Boogie on down to the Swanage Blues Festival for contagious rhythms and a weekend to remember. 

Weymouth Octoberfest Beer Festival

4th - 5th

The annual CAMRA Octoberfest returns to Weymouth once again featuring over 50+ beers and 15 ciders from Dorset and the South West.

Autumn Steam Gala

11th - 13th

A classic autumn event with an intensive timetable of operating passenger and freight trains giving you some amazing photo opportunities and the chance to ride behind as many engines as possible.

Dorchester Literary Festival

15th - 20th

Another Dorset literary festival to quench your reading thirst this October. The home of Thomas Hardy seems like a fitting place for some literary musings.

Purbeck Film Festival

18th Oct - 2nd Nov

The perfect place for anyone who loves a trip to the cinema. There's a whole host of talks and screenings going on.

The Enchanted Illuminations

19th Oct - 3rd Nov

The annual illuminations of the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are set to be a breath-taking experience. Take a romantic stroll around the 'Long Walk' and see the gardens ablaze with colour and illumination.

Sherborne Literary Festival

23rd - 25th

With various talks from biographers, novelists, historians, presenters, politicians and columnists, there's plenty to see and do for the bookworm in you. Casual readers welcome too.

October Half Term at Corfe Castle

26th Oct - 3rd Nov

Take part in the Great Escape (zip wire) and watch missiles launch from the castle's medieval siege engine and much more.


Dorset events in October


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