Cheese Fest UK
7 April, Bournemouth International Centre
The UK’s largest touring cheese festival arrives with new ideas to enjoy cheese, wine and beers.
Film & Comic Con Bournemouth
19-20 May 2018, Bournemouth International Centre
For autograph sessions, photo shoots and panel discussions with celebrities from Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Dr. Who.
Bournemouth Rugby 7s Festival 2018
25-27 May, East Parley Sports Ground, Bournemouth
Around 400 sports teams will be coming to the award-winning event in Bournemouth over the late May bank holiday weekend. With 12 themed arenas and over 40 live acts, it’s a unique event with a great atmosphere.
Barn on the Farm
9 June, 6.30pm-10.30 pm, West Moors
A local charity hosts a music, food and games evening amongst the chickens, pigs, sheep and cows. This charity caters for adults with learning difficulties who live and work at Sturts Farm.
Christchurch Cheese & Chilli Festival 2018
9-10 June, Hurn,
Lot’s of traders selling local produce plus live music, demonstrations and talks with this travelling festival
The original Shake & Stir Vintage Festival
28 June-1 July, Southbourne, Bournemouth
Go back to the 1950s and 1960s with Live entertainment, local food and drink, trade stalls, classic cars plus jiving and twisting. Free event.
Jazz by the Sea Festival 2018
24 June-7 July, various venues Bournemouth and Poole
Following the opening concert at the Lighthouse in Poole, there’s a series of concerts around the area, including blues, boogie and the World Jazz Jamboree on the final day with international artists from around the world.
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.
Summer Live 2018
13 July – 27 August, Bournemouth Town Square
Live music, live art demonstrations, an outdoor summer garden bar and hot/cold food.
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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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.
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
Local Park Run
Every Saturday 9am Moors Valley Country Park.
Poole Greyhound racing
Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Poole Stadium, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BP