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Best Days Out In Dorset – July 2019



4th July 2019

Yoga in the Garden at Knoll Gardens

£8 Enjoy outdoor yoga in the tranquillity of Knoll’s glorious naturalistic garden before it opens to the public. Dependant on the weather the class will either be on mats on the lawn if warm and sunny; a yoga walk around the gardens if a little chilly; or under the marquee if a little wet. With 18 years of experience, Yoga Therapist Jackie Hayfield may include flowing movements, standing postures, breath work, guided relaxation and meditation in the garden. Booking essential. More information and booking: Jackie Hayfield 07955 587772 or Jackie.hayfield@sky.com www.knollgardens.co.uk


27th July 2019

Knoll Gardens Bugs and Buds Saturday Morning Monthly Toddler Group

10.30 – noon. £4.50 Organised by the garden’s charity – the Knoll Gardens Foundation, Bugs and Buds is a Saturday morning monthly toddler club. Created to inspire a love of nature from a young age, the club encourages interaction with the garden’s many wildlife inhabitants as well as its trees and flowers. To check availability and book email: education@knollgardens.co.uk Knoll gardens Foundation website: www.knollgardensfoundation.org www.knollgardens.co.uk +44 (0)1202 873931


25th July 2019

Designing in the Naturalistic Style

Thursdays 21 June and 12 July 2018 10.30 – noon £15 Join Neil Lucas for a walk around his acclaimed garden at Knoll as he explains his ethos and some of the concepts and techniques that have gone into the creation of this naturalistic, wildlife-friendly garden. With no staking, no spraying, and no deadheading Neil also points out the many benefits of the naturalistic style to the gardener, providing practical advice to help you bring Knoll’s stunning year-round effect to your own garden. Booking essential www.knollgardens.co.uk. +44 (0)1202 873931


12th July 2018

Bee day at Knoll Gardens

Normal garden admission price which will be donated to the Knoll Gardens Foundation. 11am – 4pm. Open your eyes to the wonderful world of bees at this special event set in Knoll’s beautiful naturalistic garden. Learn from the experts on guided walks, discover the best plants to attract bees to your garden, meet Knoll’s resident bumblebee surveyor and find out about the importance of encouraging solitary bees to your garden. www.knollgardens.co.uk +44 (0)1202 873931



National Garden Scheme Open Day

Fridays 27 July and 7 September Normal admission price 10am – 5pm The NGS is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country having donated over £50m to date. Your visit today will help its work. Based at Knoll Gardens – Taking its inspiration from the natural world, Knoll’s naturalistic planting style mimics nature, building on the way plants co-exist in naturally occurring communities to create a glorious garden that is both beneficial to wildlife and packed with year-round interest. An inspirational garden to visit, Knoll is full of practical planting ideas as well as providing plenty of peaceful seating areas so you can relax and enjoy its peaceful seclusion. www.knollgardens.co.uk +44 (0)1202 873931


13th July 2019

Guided Walk, Willow Dragonflies with Keith Powrie

Learn the basic skills and techniques of willow weaving whilst creating a wonderful dragonfly to decorate your garden or pond. If time allows you can also make a smaller decorative item such as a snail or fish.
We will be weaving in the garden under the shelter of a marquee, so please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own lunch. Drinks can be purchased from the refreshment cabin.


26th July 2018

Bat Walk with Jan Freeborn

Normal Garden admission charge which will be divided between the charities involved. 8.30pm onwards. Enjoy a special evening stroll as you search for Knoll’s most elusive night-time visitors. Using the latest technology and years of experience, Jan will help you identify the bats you see and hear, and attract them down for a closer look. Mark Spencer of Bournemouth Natural Science Society will also be in the garden moth trapping so there will be other creatures of the night to discover on this special evening. Very limited numbers, call the nursery at Knoll to book on: 01202 873931. www.knollgardens.co.uk


Wilkswood Reggae Festival 2018

19th – 21st July 2019

Wilkswood Reggae Festival

The 2017 festival saw some of the best reggae acts from the UK and abroad perform across three stages – including headliners Brinsley ‘Aswad’ Forde, Tippa Irie, Mad Professor, Janet Kay, Channel One Soundsystem and Prince Fatty – as well as additional performance stages, soundsystems, street food stalls (including the famous Jerkshak Caribbean cuisine and a wood-fired pizza van) and bars serving ice cold Red Stripe, craft ales, local cider and rum cocktails!


Regular Summer Thursdays from 26th July to the end of August 2019

Poole Quay Fireworks

Summer breeze on the quay with fireworks from 7pm.  Live music, quayside restaurants, vibrant pubs and bars, activities taking place all evening to keep the family entertained and a spectacular fireworks finale. Thursdays throughout summer holidays.

Polo on Sandbanks Beach, Dorset

12th – 13th July

British Beach Polo Championships

Two days of beach polo with professional polo players competing in a specially constructed arena on Sandbanks Beach. Evening entertainment will also be available on both days..


13th  – 14th July

Dorset Seafood Festival

The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival brings together champagne, seafood and family entertainment. A great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the superb seafood available just off our glorious shores.


6th – 7th July

Upwey Open Gardens

All around the village, with parking, cream teas, stalls and vintage vehicles.


Larmer Tree Festival, Dorset

19th – 22nd July

Larmer Tree Festival

The whole team are incredibly excited about working together to make 2018 the best Larmer Tree Festival yet. The festival remains independent and will keep the quirky, friendly, fun feeling atmosphere we’ve developed over 26 years and looking after our festival-goers will remain a priority. We’re looking forward to some new surprises for our audiences as well.

Swanage Jazz Festival


Swanage Jazz Festival

The festival is back this summer! As big as it was before! A wide spectrum of jazz, from trad through modern to contemporary and gypsy jazz, based at two main stages and many venues throughout the town. Acts confirmed so far – Pete Long’s ‘Echoes Of Ellington’ 18 piece jazz orchestra, Keith Nichols Blue Devils, The Bateman Brothers, Fletch’s Brew, Alan Barnes Octet, Jazz At The Philharmonic, Clark Tracey Quintet, ‘Spats’ Langham, Vitality Five, Dave Brennan’s Jubilee Jazz Band, and many more!


19th  – 21st July

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

The Festival includes a diverse mixture of campaigning stalls, a range of stalls selling gifts, clothing, books and other items and plenty of food and drink stalls for all tastes.

 This major charity fund raiser gets bigger and better

21st July 2019

Sherborne Car Classic & Supercar Show

Held in the grounds of Sherborne Castle.  Classic car auction, model cars and supercar display. Website




City Cruises Poole and Swanage  

70min cruise from Poole Quay or Swanage with stunning views of Brownsea Island and Old Harry Rocks. From either open deck seating or comfortable saloon you will see stunning views of the exceptional landscape that surrounds it.    Website

Wareham carnival

21st July

Wareham Carnival

Carnival procession and many other events throughout the week.

Camp bestival

25th – 28th July 2019

Camp Bestival

British music festival held annually at Lulworth Castle and is targeted at families with small children. It has won the Best New Festival award from the UK Festival Awards and Best Family Festival.


Brian Olive Carnival Picture

27th July – 3rd Aug 2019

Swanage Carnival

Find a spot – join the party! Dance, sing, clap your hands and stamp your feet and enjoy the magic of Carnival Week.


chilli fest

3rd – 4th Aug 2019

The Hottest Day Out In Dorset – The Great Dorset Chilli Festival – Wimborne St Giles, Dorset Food Festival

The 8th festival will be held on the last weekend July 2018 and we are looking forward to another great weekend for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families. Held with the kind permission of the Earl of Shaftesbury at St Giles Park, we’ll line up a glorious weekend of “chilli fiesta”, with stalls selling all things chilli, from pepper plants to cayenne condiments; seeds to ceramics; plus cooking demonstrations; talks on growing chillies; artisan food producers; music; spicy street food; local ice creams to cool the mouth; local beers to slake the thirst.


Bournemouth's Bourne Free Festival, Dorset


Bournemouth’s Bourne Free Festival

An annual celebration of all diversities that live in Bournemouth and the constant strive towards universal equality for all through entertainment and awareness. Come and join the fun and watch all the exciting floats, Busses & Walking Groups, fabulously decked out in our decades theme, parade through Bournemouth Town Centre. This year is promising the largest parade yet, with a total of 43 sections.