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Things to do in Dorset this weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:42 19 August 2019

River Cottage Festival will take place this weekend, with great food, great music and great guest speakers. Photo credit: Matt Austin

River Cottage Festival will take place this weekend, with great food, great music and great guest speakers. Photo credit: Matt Austin

Matt Austin

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.

gdsf.co.uk

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23-26 AUGUST

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?

Greyhoundcorfe.co.uk

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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

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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.

Theoakfair.com

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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.

rivercottage.net/festival

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