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Best Days Out In Dorset – May 2019

Paul Jackman Steam train Corfe  9th May

Diesel Gala Swanage

The Diesel Gala will see an impressive line up of diesel locomotives operating on the Swanage Railway. During the Gala an intensive timetable will be operated from 0800 to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 08:00 to 19:00 on Sunday giving visitors the opportunity to ride behind as many of the engines as possible, as well as giving great photo opportunities. Attractions include: Dining Trains Dorset Beer Festival Trade and Enthusiast Stands at Corfe Castle and Swanage Stations.

19th May

Margaret Green Week

We would like to invite you to take part in a special and exciting fundraising event.

We would like to invite local businesses and schools to participate during the week by wearing something green. You could decide on a small donation such as £1 and encourage your colleagues/pupils to get involved.

It doesn’t stop there, if you would like to go all out on the day why not wear an animal onesie or arrange a cake sale, quiz or raffle! All money raised will go to helping rescue animals, so let’s get #AllTogetherForAnimals

 fossil hunting in dorset 3rd May – 5th May

Lyme Regis Fossil Fest

Enjoy one of Dorset’s largest science festivals. Find out all about the amazing Jurassic Coast with specialist talks, walks and incredible interactive activities.

Paul Jackman Steam train Corfe

18 – 19th May

Spring Tide Food Festival – Burton Bradstock

This spectacular West Dorset outdoor food event offers you the chance to meet and buy from West Dorset‘s hugely talented local producers who will once be on hand to show off Dorset produce at its very best. From 10am – 4pm

 days out in corfe castle 4th May

Saxon & Viking Siege of Wareham 

You are invited to visit the Saxon village, speak to the craftspeople and learn about family and warrior life. Witness the dramatic re-enactments, sieges and battles.


Baby Swans Hatching at Abbotsbury Swannery 

This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to the Swannery is considered one of the best things to do in Dorset.

 The Dinosaur Museum - Dorset Attraction  


Great Dinosaur Hunt

Events throughout the Museum – hunt for the dinosaur using clues.

bournemouth 7s

Bournemouth 7s Festival 

The team at DSG are proud to have created a unique event that has made a significant impact on the world’s sporting scene, with 386 teams competing in 2015 and even more expected in 2018. Launched in 2008, Bournemouth 7s is the World’s Largest Sport and Music Festival and takes place every year on the last Bank Holiday weekend in May, attracting over 30,000 sports enthusiasts and festival goers.

PAW 25th May to 9th June 2019

Purbeck Art Weeks

Over 80 artists living and working in Purbeck now open their studios to the public every year during the Festival. For emerging artists this can be an important launching pad for developing their careers as professionals. We have reached out to young people from the beginning and, with support from a range of valued local funders, have for several years run workshops in around 12 schools across Purbeck. Some 500 young people every year benefit from the experience of our artists who lead these workshops – their achievements are celebrated during the Festival and at our central exhibition area at Rollington Barn, near Corfe Castle.

  Friday 25 – Monday 28 May, 2018

Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Festival: Jazz Jurassica

A weekend of jazz and blues.  For tickets Telephone 01297 442138.


Poole Regatta  TBC

Poole Regatta 2018

Poole Regatta is back for 2018. Witness superb Yacht racing over the 3 days and experience what Poole has to offer.


  27th May 2019

Sherborne Castle Country Fair

Great day out for the whole family, traditional country fair set in the grounds of the beautiful Sherborne Castle.


  31st May – 2nd June 2019

Wessex Folk Festival

The 2019 Wessex Folk Festival will get off to a merry start on Friday evening, 1st June, with specially laid-on folk sessions, as people gather in local hostelries and meet old friends again, or just relax in the slightly exciting atmosphere as the glorious weekend begins…..Then on Saturday and Sunday 2nd & 3rd June the Festival bursts into life, promising fun, love and laughter; colourful dancing and perhaps a little drinking – and of course, some of the best Folk Music that England has to offer – all FREE!