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Festival season has arrived in Dorset

Spring is in the air and May marks the start of an exciting calendar of festivals, and events in Dorset.

Whether you’re joining us for a seaside staycation with the family or an overnight break with your other half, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Look at our top picks of things to do in and around Dorset for 2022.


Fayre in the Square, 28th May–29th May

A free event for the family to enjoy, Fayre in the Square is returning to Weymouth this May. Head down to Hope Square and sing along to live music. Get front-row seats to live entertainment and refresh yourself with stalls from local food and drink suppliers. All in aid of local charities.


Weymouth Dinosaur Trail, until May 31st, 2022

Have you heard? Five dinosaurs have appeared in Weymouth.

Tire tiny feet as you explore and uncover these Jurassic creatures with adventures along Bowleaze Cove, Lodmoor Country Park, The King’s Statue, Nothe Gardens, and New Bond Street. Rise to the challenge and see how many of these spectacular statues you can find during your stay.


Wessex Folk Festival, 4th June – 5th June 2022

Returning to Hope Square in Weymouth, the Wessex Folk Festival will see a lively return. This year, Wight will provide the grand finale Hot Pipes which comes with a reputation for energising audiences with bagpipes and a fusion of genres from Celtic to dance and rock. This festival is free to attend.


‘Trusting in the Waves’ at Weymouth Pavilion, 13th June 2022

Embark on an educational journey during your trip to Dorset this spring as you learn the little-known part that Weymouth played in discovering the United States of America. This one-day event traces the journey of a ship that sailed out of Weymouth harbour through music, imagery, and videography at Weymouth Pavilion.

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Alice’s adventures in wonderland, Nothe Fort, 17th June 2022

It wouldn’t be summer in Dorset without a spot of outdoor theatre. Our top pick is perfect for the entire family, with the adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s madcap adventure in wonderland. Follow the rabbit down the hole and get lost with Alice as she encounters a weird and wacky world.

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Chesil Rocks, 16th June – 18th June

Venture along the coast to Langton Herring for Chesil Rocks, a family-friendly music and arts festival that showcases an array of musical, theatrical, and comedic talents from the region and beyond. Enjoy a vast choice of quality food and drinks from around the county and join the locals as they raise money for the Samaritans of Dorset at this vibrant festival.

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Show of Hands, 2nd July

Show of Hands family festival is returning to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens for 2022. With live performances from the likes of Miranda Sykes and Tim Edey, a ticket to this highly anticipated event will also grant you access to the stunning Gardens for the entire weekend.

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Weymouth Food Festival, 30th July – 31st July

Food lovers unite! Weymouth Food Festival is a two-day family event showcasing the fantastic food and delicacies that Weymouth and the surrounding area have to offer. Taking place at Lodmoor Country Park, it is set to be a big weekend with cooking demonstrations, companion dog shows, live music, stuntmen, and a variety of arts and crafts vendors. The perfect way to experience the very best of Dorset during your stay.