Summer Live 2018
13 July – 27 August, Bournemouth Town Square
Live music, live art demonstrations, an outdoor summer garden bar and hot/cold food.
Summer Beer & Cider Festival
Saturday 21 July, Ellingham & Ringwood Rugby Club
Fancy dress beach volley ball tournament, cocktail / cider / beer tents, tug of war and family fun. Details on club website.
The New Forest & Hampshire County Show
24-26 July, Brockenhurst
One of the top agricultural shows in the country, with new extended opening times for 2018. Includes an improved countryside area with dog shows, gymkhana, farm animals and lots more displays and competitions.
The Great Dorset Chilli Festival
28-29 July, Wimborne St. Giles,
A great gathering for chilli enthusiasts and local food and drink lovers with hundreds of stalls, demonstrations and tastings. Hosted at the home of the Earl of Shaftesbury.
International Beer and Bluegrass Festival
Friday 27 July and Saturday 28 July, Victoria Schoole, Branksome, Poole
Now in its fourth year, bringing you the best in beer, Bluegrass and Americana.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Proms in the Park
9- 11 August, Meyrick Park
Featuring the full rock band and stars from the West End hit We Will Rock You, playing classics by Queen with a show of choreographed lasers, lights, flames and fireworks.
Ellingham and Ringwood Show
11 August, Somerley House grounds
A traditional agricultural show in the local stately home, with a huge array of animal shows, livestock and stalls, as well as homemade produce competitions.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018
Thursday 23-Monday 27 August, Tarrant Hinton, Near Blandford Forum
One of the world’s largest heritage and cultural events, showcasing Britain’s industrial, agricultural and leisure history, with hundreds of stalls, interesting displays and, of course, unique vehicles. 2018 is the 50th anniversary.
Bournemouth Air Festival
30 August _ 2 September, Bournemouth Sea Front
Featuring the Red Arrows and other flight acrobatics, WW2 planes and armed forces and related organisations represented on land and at sea.
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Regular events and 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. View website
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
Ringwood Antique & Decorative Arts Fair
Second Saturday of every month on the Gateway Square and Meeting House forecourt by the main car park. An eclectic mix of 27 handpicked stalls to tempt you whether antiques, collectables, bric-a-brac or designer-led handmade crafts.
Local Park Run
Every Saturday 9am Moors Valley Country Park.
Poole Greyhound racing
Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Poole Stadium, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BP