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.

Soak up the nostalgic atmosphere of the Great Dorset Steam Fair; enjoy the thrills of an old time steam funfair, heavy horse displays, steam engines and traditional rural crafts that make this one of Europe’s largest outdoor events. 

For more old fashioned fun head to Martin Clunes’ Buckham Fair in Beaminster.   The dog and small pony shows are the star attractions alongside local foods, vintage cars and a traditional fairground for the whole family to enjoy.

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
The Great Dorset Steam Fair lit up at night, Blandford, DorsetGreat Dorset Steam Fair © Visit Dorset
Buckham Fair, Dorset, hosted by Martin ClunesMartin Clunes at Buckham Fair © Visit Dorset
All the fun of the fair at Buckham FairFairground rides at Buckham Fair © Visit Dorset
Old fashioned rides at Dorset's country fairsOld fashioned rides at Dorset's country fairs © Visit Dorset

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