Things to do in Dorset this weekend
PUBLISHED: 10:42 19 August 2019
If you're looking for ways to spend the bank holiday weekend, why not head to one of these fantastic events in Dorset?
22 - 26 AUGUST
GREAT DORSET STEAM FAIR
Steam engine exhibits, vintage vehicles, heavy horses and rural crafts all feature at this working rural display on a 500-acre site at Tarrant Hinton. At night the showman's engines light up the night sky - magical.
ALE AND CIDER FESTIVAL
The Greyhound Inn in Corfe Castle is ready to welcome visitors from near and far for their Ale and Cider Festival, which promises music, all day food and the best local brews - you can expect performances from Steve Brookes on the Saturday, Tim Somerfield and Elijah Wolf on the Sunday and Mr Eversly on Monday. What better way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend?
23 - 25 AUGUST
CINEMA UNDER THE STARS
Grab your popcorn and blankets and head to Corfe Castle for a cinema screening with a difference as part of Purbeck Film Festival. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will be shown on 23 August, Mary Poppins Returns will be shown on 24 August and Bohemian Rhapsody will round off proceedings on 25 August. Screenings will commence at 8.45pm.
nationaltrust.org.uk, Booking 0344 249 1895
24 - 25 AUGUST
STOCK GAYLARD OAK FAIR
This fair is an eclectic celebration of the countryside, conservation, woodland, timber, traditional craft, rural history and Dorset, with over 200 exhibitors arriving at the beautiful estate nearby to Sturminster Newton. There will be everything from heavy horse logging to falconry and pole climbing, as well as the chance to browse through the best arts and crafts from the local area.
24 - 25 AUGUST
RIVER COTTAGE FESTIVAL
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall throws open the farm gates at River Cottage HQ on the Dorset/Devon borders for a brilliant mix of great food, live music and special guests discussing conservation, sustainability and wellbeing. Among the speakers will be Anita Rani, Hugh's co-presenter in the BBC series War On Plastic, Steph McGovern, geneticist Giles Yeo, and chef and food writer Valentine Warner. Under 16s go free.