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Dorset's Biggest and Best 2024 Events

2024 is here and Dorset is ready for a year of adventure, action, and awesome events. With so much going on across Dorset in 2024 we've rounded up our pick of the biggest and best events taking place in across the county including Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch to across the Purbecks and Dorchester. Take a look below and find out more about the must-not-miss events happening in Dorset this year.


Poole Harbour Festival 2024

Poole Harbour Festival 2024

Date: 26th-28th July 2024

Location: Baiter Harbourside Park Poole, BH15 1UY

Event Information: Across 3 days your get to hear from over 50 acts across 3 different stages.

2024 Poole Harbour Festival Line-Up:

  • Razorlight
  • The Coral
  • Reef
  • The South
  • Toploader
  • Artful Dodger
  • Ferocious Dog
  • Dr Meaker
  • And more...

This familly event holds activities your kids will love such as:

  • Circus Workshops
  • Street Performers
  • Magicians
  • Animal Shows
  • The Amazing Dinosaur Show 

An array of delicious street food, tasty desserts, an even better selection of local ales and ciders, and plenty of craft and design stalls will be available too!

Price: Various

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Upton House Food & Music Festival 2024

Upton House Food & Music Festival 2024

Date: 14th-16th June 2024

Location: Upton House, Poole Road, Upton, Poole, BH17 7BJ

Event Information: Upton House Food & Music Festival 2024 is a brilliant family festival that provides the perfect day out full of high quality street food traders that offer various cuisines, divine selection of artisan and local produce from Dorset's best suppliers, and stalls from rum, gin and wine producers that give you the chance to visit some exceptional beer tents, prosecco and cocktail bars. 

If you're a foodie then this festival is for you! From mouth-watering Spanish Tapas, and traditional English classics, to popular Greek dishes, there is something for everyone at Upton House Food & Drink Festival. 


Weekend Tickets

  • Family Launch Offer - £29
  • Family Final Release - £43
  • Adult Launch Offer - £13
  • Adult Final Release - £16
  • Child Launch Offer - £4
  • Child Final Release - £7

Day Ticket

  • Family Launch Offer - £8
  • Family Final Release - £16
  • Adult Launch Offer - £3
  • Adult Final Release - £6
  • Child Launch Offer - £1
  • Child Final Release - £3
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santa fun run



Date: 26th November 2023, starting at 15:00

Location: Hamworthy Park. Lulworth Ave, Hamworthy, Poole BH15 4DH

Event information: This event will kick off with a vibrant Zumba warm-up surrounded by your fellow Santas. Next, begin your 5k journey that will guide you through the scenic Hamworthy Park and its neighboring Hamworthy streets.

Whether you choose to walk, skip, jump, or dance your way through the Santa Fun Run, the only requirement is to cover the 5k with festive enthusiasm! Upon completion, a medal awaits to commemorate your accomplishment!

Price: £12.50 entry

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City Cruise Tour


Date: Daily from 30th March to the 31st October

Location: Leaving from Poole Quay.

Event Information: City Cruises are running their Poole Jurassic Circular Cruise around Swanage and Poole Quay across the 30th March to the 31st October! 

This cruise will be running across the Jurassic Coastline, spanning Swanage, Poole Harbour and more! Enjoy over two hours of sailing time and soak up Dorset's Coastal views!

You can view all of City Cruises' events here.


  • Adult (17+) - £21
  • Child (5-16) - £15.50
  • Infant (0-4) – Free
  • Dog - £2.00
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Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival

Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival

Date: 18th-19th May 2024

Location: Next To Bournemouth Airport, Parley Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6AD

Event Information: The Cheese & Chilli Festival is the only show in the UK that celebrates both cheese and chilli within a family festival setting. The festival has between 70 and 100 traders along with a children’s play zone.

The event will bring an amazing array of tastes, colours, and experiences to town and is a ‘must go to event’. Come rain or shine, the event will be fantastic!

Price: £5.30 - £21.20pp

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Bournemouth Air Festival 2024

Bournemouth Air Festival 2024

Date: 29th - 31st August 2024

Location: Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA

Event Information: It’s time to look to the skies as The Bournemouth Air Festival returns to Dorset again in 2024 as an array of fighter jets, war-time planes, and aviation demonstrations take place in the skies off Poole and Bournemouth. Bournemouth Air Festival is the UK’s biggest free aviation festival and is a great way to see out the end of summer as high-flying edge-of-your-seat aerial action keeps you and the kids entertained all day long.

Check out our Snapped Gallery from the Bournemouth Air Festival HERE to see what you’re in store for this year.

Price: Free

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Bournemouth 7s

Date: Friday 24th - Sunday 26th May 2024

Location: Bournemouth Sports Club, Chapel Gate, East Parley, Christchurch, BH23 6BL

Event Information: Bournemouth 7s Festival is the world's largest sports and music festival. Amidst the sport, the main festival arena boasts 12 uniquely themed festival arenas, as well as numerous experiences such as Bingo Lingo, foam parties, a silent disco, a funfair and more. In regards to sport, get ready to watch Rugby, Dodgeball, Hockey and much more!


  • Camping Weekend - £219
  • VIP and Camping Weekend - £259
  • V.VIP Glamping - £359

Weekend Non-Camping

  • V.VIP - £139
  • Adult - £109
  • Student - £89

Day Non-Camping

  • V.VIP - £109
  • Adult - £89
  • Student - £79
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Teddy Rocks Festival

Teddy Rocks Festival

Date: Friday 3rd May - Sunday 5th May 2024

Location: Charisworth Farm, Blandford, Dorset

Event Information: Teddy Rocks is a 3 day family-friendly music festival where 100% of the profit goes directly towards charities that support children with cancer and research.

Over 100 acts play across six stages. You’ll find international headliners, established performers, up and coming artists and brand-new acts. Check out the line-up HERE!

Expect the Friday night to be full of nostalgia, Saturday rocking alongside awesome pyrotechnics and surprises and Sunday filled with classic festival favourites.

Besides the amazing music, experience fantastic food and supported bars stocked with award winning Badger Beers. Fun activities for all the family; from fairground rides to comedy tents to axe-throwing.

Price: Various prices available, check them out here.


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Poole Quay

Seafood & Sounds Poole Quay

Seafood & Sounds


Date: Saturday 16th September 2023 & Sunday 17 September 2023

Location: Poole Quay, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ

Event Information: Poole Seafood and Sounds brings you music and divine seafood on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 2023 from 12pm until 4pm. 

There will be brilliant local musicians and local restaurants and pubs will offer seafood dishes and live music during that weekend. 

Price: FREE

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Date: 2024 TBC

Location: Minterne Magna, Dorchester, DT2 7AU

Event Information: The beautiful Himalayan garden was created to enthrall and delight and now there are even more magical surprises around every corner.

Let your imagination and feet run wild as you explore the twist and turns of the Garden, be on the lookout as the fairy-tale friends, beautifully sculptured in willow, could be hiding anywhere. 

Get really immersed and feel free to dress up – fairies, dragons, and unicorns will fit in perfectly!


  • Adult - £9.00
  • Children - £6.50
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Dorset Street Food Festival

Dorset Street Food Festival

Date: 28th to 30th June 2024

Location: Baiter Park, Poole

Event Information: Dorset Street Food Festival 2024 will showcase 20 of the best street food traders from across the UK who will be gathering together to create a culinary storm that will tantalise your taste buds and leave you craving for more. 

From Greek to Afghan, Uzbek to Italian, there is something for everyone. Their fully stocked bars will be ready to quench your thirst whether you're looking for a crisp pint of lager, a fruity cocktail, or soft drinks for the kids.

There will also be an entertainment stage with a fabulous variety of live music.

Price: Various prices

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shake and stir


Date: Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd June 2024

Location: Southbourne Overcliff Dr, Bournemouth, BH6 3

Event Information: The Shake & Stir festival has been revving up fans of vintage and retro music, vehicles, dancing, fashion, and lifestyle living for many years now.

2 days and nights of fabulous live music from the 20s-70s! Plus it's right by the sea!

Price: FREE

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Diverse Abilities Neon Run

Diverse Abilities Neon Run


Date: Saturday 22nd April 2023

Location: Poole Park, Poole, BH15 1TU

Event Information: Dorset Neon Run is a really fun event. It isn’t time chipped so you can run, jog, walk, or dance at your own pace around the course.

There’ll be plenty of entertainment on the night to keep the atmosphere pumping. On the night, registration for the Family Fun Run 2k opens from 5pm, and registration for the main event is open from 7.30pm, and runners will set off by 8.30pm.

Price: From £15

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Diverse Abilities 2024 Events

Diverse Abilities 2024 Events

Diverse Abilities is Dorset's disability charity, supporting both children and adults with physical and learning disabilities, as well as providing advice and support to their families.

They run various events throughout the year that help raise money for the disability charity. You can view all their upcoming events below:

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Diverse Abilities Fireworks Cruise

Diverse Abilities Fireworks Cruise

Date: 22nd August 2024.

Location: Poole Quay, Poole, BH15 1HJ

Event Information: You can experience the panoramic views from the deck and soak in the magnificent fireworks thanks to Diverse Abilities Fireworks Cruise.

They set sail aboard their vessel on Poole Quay at 7.30pm therefore they ask you to arrive by 7pm. You will be greeted with a glass of prosecco on arrival and there is a bar onboard where you can buy drinks throughout the evening. Plus, they're doing a fantastic hamper giveaway!


  • Fireworks Adult Ticket - from £25.00
  • Fireworks Child Ticket - £15.00
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Ashley Cross

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Grooves On The Green

Date: Friday 21st June to Sunday 23rd June 2024

Location: Ashley Cross Green, Poole, BH14 8UF

Event Information: Grooves on the Green is a family-friendly festival that occurs across 3 days and is full of live music and entertainment on two stages with loads of other attractions including top quality local food and drink; Kidzone with face painting, magicians, and inflatables; a Nerf battle arena; clothing and craft stalls and more.

Price: Various prices - click here to view them.

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