Watch classic films under the stars: La La Land, Notting Hill and The Goonies. From £15.
Waterfront, Pier Approach, Bournemouth
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
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.
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
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
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
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)
Dorset County Show, Dorchester
Livestock, heavy horses, sheep shearing, ferret racing, plus artisan crafts and shopping at the annual county agricultural show.
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
The town turns out to watch local organisations raise money for a good cause. Processions at 2pm and 7.15pm.
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.
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.
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
Lower Gardens, Bournemouth
Every Wednesday in August
Classic Cars on the Prom
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
Dream Machines (Bike Night on Poole Quay)
The biggest weekly motorcycle meet
Poole Greyhound racing
Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
Poole Stadium, Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 2BP