All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals


Dorset entertains the whole family all summer long hosting an array of amazing events and festivals that are unique, nostalgic or just plain fun!

Dorset buzzes with events all summer long with plenty to entertain the kids.

The coastal town of Lyme Regis comes alive in June with the annual Fossil Festival. Join in with exhibits, expert talks, shows, guided walks and family entertainment celebrating the geological heritage of the Jurassic Coast

Spice up your summer with the annual Great Dorset Chilli Festival, held in Sturminster Newton. It’s a  weekend of “chilli fiesta”, from pepper plants to cayenne condiments, artisan food producers, live music, chilli eating competitions, spicy street food and local ice creams to cool the burn. Grown-ups can also try the local beers to quench that thirst. 

Or plan your summer holiday around Camp Bestival. Lulworth Castle provides the stunning backdrop to the child-friendly festival. Headline acts combine with a fantastic line up for the little ones and finish with a firework extravaganza - it’s a truly memorable camping weekend in Dorset.

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Mr Tumble entertaining the crowds at Lulworths Castle's Camp BestivalMr Tumble entertaining the crowds at Lulworths Castle's Camp Bestival © Camp Bestival
Old fashioned rides at Dorset's country fairsOld fashioned rides at Dorset's country fairs © Visit Dorset

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