Fetes, fairs and festivals in Dorset - July

PUBLISHED: 17:02 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 17:02 02 July 2015

Mutant Vinyl headlines at Grooves on the Green

Mutant Vinyl headlines at Grooves on the Green


Helen Stiles picks her favourite July fetes, fairs and festivals from around the county

3 – 5 July - UK Boogie Woogie Music Festival

Sturminster Newton hosts three days of great music plus the Dorset Food Producers market.



4 July - Big Mix Music Festival

Live perfomances on an outdoor stage by the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis from 1pm onwards.



4 July - Bridport Charter Fair

South Street, the Arts Centre and the Borough Gardens host this free celebration from 9am-3pm


5 July - Gold Hill Fair

Shaftesbury’s most famous hill hosts this popular annual fair.


6 – 12 July - Wareham Carnival

A week of celebrations including Pet X Factor, a Safari Supper, and Carnival Procession on final day.


9-12 July - Cerne Abbas Music Festival

Works by Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Mahler, Wagner and Debussy feature at this year’s event.



10-12 July - Swanage Jazz Festival

Over 50 acts ranging from New Orleans jazz to contemporary fusion.



11 July - Jurassic Fields Music Festival

Askers Meadows Bridport plays host to this family-friendly event.



11 July - Gussage All Saints Village Fete

Traditional fete with locally grown produce, home baked goodies and cream teas.


11-12 July - Grooves on the Green

Community festival with music on two stages, local food and drink and popular Kidzone.



11-26 July - Festival of British Archaeology

Corfe Castle hosts Norman maritime-themed living history displays by ‘Regia Anglorum’.



15-19 July - Larmer Tree Festival

Boutique-style festival on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, headlined by Sir Tom Jones, and featuring over 70 international, national and regional musicians as well as comics including the legendary Bill Bailey.



17-19 July - Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival

Annual event commemorating the famous martyrs, features music, speakers, comedy and family entertainment.



18-19 July - Jurassic Rocks Music Festival

Live music on three stages including headliners the Skimmity Hitchers.



21- 25 July - Dorset Opera Festival

Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) and Donizetti’s comic love story - L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) feature at this festival at the Coade Theatre at Bryanston.

Box office 01202 499199 or dorsetopera.com


24-25 July - Beer & Bluegrass Festival, Branksome

St Aldhelms Hall offers rafter shaking Bluegrass and Americana music from bands including Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and Hill Folk Noir.



25 July–2 August - Spirit of Portland Festival

Community festival celebrating Portland’s heritage including walks, talks, firework displays, and open-water swimming.



26 July – 2 August - Milton Abbey International Music Festival

Courses and concerts against the glorious backdrop of Milton Abbey, this year’s musicians include the Gabrieli Consort



30 July -2 August - Camp Bestival

The award-winning family festival at the castle by the sea in Lulworth has a Go Wild theme


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