What’s on in our area


18-20 August

Luna Cinema

Watch classic films under the stars: La La Land, Notting Hill and The Goonies. From £15.

Waterfront, Pier Approach, Bournemouth

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24-28 August

The Great Dorset Steam Fair

Experience steam giants of the past, WW1 flying aircraft, heavy horse dispays and more

South Down, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford, DT11 8HX

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25-26 August

Somerley Beer & Music Festival

A family event with live bands from midday to midnight, a wide selection of food, plus wine tasting, Pimms, children’s entertainment, ferret racing, Yard of Ale competition and 150+ real ales and ciders at a stately home estate close to Ringwood.

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26 August

Summer Show – West Moors Horticultural Society

This thriving local society has around 500 members and two shows a year. 

From 1.30 pm Memorial Hall, Station Road West Moors


27 August

Garden Party at the Elm Tree Pub

Local musicians, Pimms tent and hog roast to raise money for MacMillan.

Hightown Road, Ringwood BH24 3DY  Tel: 01425 472516

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31 August – 3 September

Bournemouth Air Festival 10am-10pm

Free displays in the air, on the ground and at night in the UK’s largest air festival

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2 September

Gin Festival, Fish Inn, Ringwood

Large selection of gins and guest ales. Live music, BBQ and food throughout the day and evening. Dog friendly. Call 01425 473185 for more information or to book a table.

Fish Inn, West St, Ringwood BH24 2AA (just off A31 westbound)


2-3 September

Dorset County Show, Dorchester

Livestock, heavy horses, sheep shearing, ferret racing, plus artisan crafts and shopping at the annual county agricultural show.

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3 September

Heather Small live in concert

Former lead singer with M People and Strictly contestant performs at the Regent Centre. Tickets £35. Call the box office 01202 499199


7 September 2-5pm

NGS Open Garden at Saddlestones

Beautiful cottage garden with chalk stream is open to the public Cream teas and wheelchair access to half of garden. £4.

Staddlestones, 14 Witchampton Mill, Witchampton, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5DE

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16 September

Ringwood Carnival

The town turns out to watch local organisations raise money for a good cause. Processions at 2pm and 7.15pm.

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23 September

The Dorset Do

Free local craft demonstrations at the St Leonards and St Ives Village Hall. Watch woodwork, needlework and all kinds of crafts in action. Braeside Road, St Leonards BH24 2PH.


Saturday 14- 21 October

Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival

All kinds of happenings, events and public installations

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Car boot sales 

Ashley Heath Car Boot Sale

One of the largest and longest-running in the area. Every Sunday 7am-1.30pm at Homeland Farm, Three Legged Cross, Wimborne BH21 6QZ


Canford Park Arena Car Boot Fairs

Held on Sundays at Canford Park Arena Magna Rd, Bournemouth, Wimborne BH21 3AP. Early buyers from 9.30am pay £10/car. Buyers from 11am pay £1/car.

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New Forest Car Boot Sale

The biggest car boot sale in the New Forest, Sunday 7am – 1pm (March-October) Strawberry Fields, Boldre Between Brockenhurst and Lymington (A337) SO41 8PT, SO41 8PT Lymington

View website for details of this and other carboots in the New Forest


Regular events

Local Park Run

Every Saturday 9am Moors Valley Country Park.



Hampshire Farmers’ Market

22 July, 26 August, 23 September, 28 October

The Furlong, Ringwood


Ringwood Summer of Music

The Furlong Ringwood, Saturdays from 15 July to 5 August 11am-3pm, free

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Candlelight nights,

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth

Every Wednesday in August


Classic Cars on the Prom

Every Sunday

Behind the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) on West Overcliff Promenade


Live Music at Harbour Heights Hotel

(Piano and vocals) every Saturday July to October and other days

Haven Road, Poole

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Dream Machines (Bike Night on Poole Quay)

Every Tuesday

The biggest weekly motorcycle meet


Poole Greyhound racing

Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday

Poole Stadium, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BP

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