Browse the latest fetes, fairs and shows in Dorset below:


Fetes, fairs and shows in Dorset – June 2019:


Saturday 1st June

Grand Gardening Fair

Railway Gardens, Sturminster Newton. DT10 1FH

Open: 9am to 4pm

Back for the third year and promising to be bigger and better, spruce up your garden this summer – and raise funds for local causes!

10 x large plant growers stalls, blacksmith & wicker demonstrations, Sturminster Newton Allotment Association, The Lavender Farm, Refreshments, pre-loved books, plus lots more…

Free Parking and Entry

Sunday 2nd June

The Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair

High West Street and High East Street, Dorchester.

Open: 11am to 4pm

High West Street and High East Street will be closed to traffic. So, come along to Dorchester’s first Victorian Street Fair to celebrate the 179th Birthday of one of Dorchester’s most famous residents.

This will be a fun filled day for all the family, with an incredible array of Victorian and Thomas Hardy themed activities and demonstrations.

Friday 7th June to Sunday 9th June

Poole Harbour Boat Show

Poole Quay Boat Haven, Poole. BH15 1HJ

Open: 10am to 6pm each day

A three-day extravaganza bringing together a spectacular showcase of yachts and motor cruisers, tall ships, marine equipment, water sports gear and clothing, with taster sessions, live music and fireworks to keep the whole family entertained!

The biggest free to attend boat show on the South Coast!

Saturday 8th June

Glanvilles Wootton Fete

Church Farm, Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne. DT9 5QE

Open: 1pm to 4pm

Flower Festival and Cookery Competition in the Church, Fun Dog Show, Barbecue, Meet the Alpacas, Silent Auction, Pimms Tent and Teas, games for all and lots of stalls.

Entry: Adults £2 to include lucky programme, Children under 12yrs Free

Saturday 15th June

Motcombe Fete & Scarecrow Festival

Motcombe Memorial Hall, Motcombe. SP7 9PE

Open: 12pm to Late

Giant BBQ, All Day Bar, Live Music, Lots of Stalls, Arena Events, Fling Hawks, Running Pigs, Scarecrows Everywhere, Dog Show and Evening Party.

Sunday 16th June

Great Dorset Plant Fair

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Bullers Way, Abbotsbury. DT3 4LA

Open: 10am to 3pm

Unusual, difficult-to-find and some exotic plants available from more than 20 specialist nurseries & growers, including National Collection Holders and RHS Chelsea Gold Medal Winners.
Free car parking. Excellent refreshment & dining facilities.

Admission: £7 (includes access to the attractive gardens)

Saturday 22nd June

Fete on the Field

King George V Field, Ferndown. BH22 9EZ

Open: 11am to 5pm

The ‘fete on the field’ is dedicated to raising much needed funds for the chosen sponsored charities of the 2019 event.

Plenty of attractions, displays, live music and entertainment, truly a fern-tastic day out for the whole family.

Saturday 29th June

Annual Family Dog Show

Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester. DT1 2SL

Open: 11am to 4pm

7th Annual Dog show with plenty to do for all the family including the dogs!

Enter your dog into judging categories for £1 a go with each category having rosettes and certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Entry £1 per person, under 3’s Free.

Sunday 30th June

Purbeck Antiques and Vintage Fair

Furzebrook Hall, Furzebrook, Wareham. BH20 5AR

Open: 10am to 4pm

A popular indoors monthly antique fair

Food and drink available

Large free car park


Fetes, fairs and shows in Dorset – July 2019:


Saturday 6th July to Sunday 7th July

Chickerell Steam & Vintage Show

Moor Farm, Knights in the Bottom, Weymouth. DT3 4EA

Open: Saturday 10am to 11.30pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm

Fun-filled family day out, children rides, craft/trade stalls, beer tent, food, classic vehicles, live music and arena events.

Tickets: TBC

Saturday 13th July

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Summer Show & Country Fayre

Uplyme Playing Field,

Open: 1pm to 5pm

Potato themed classes in the Horticultural Show, games, live music and entertainment, steam train rides, family dog show, food and craft stalls, country skills demonstrations, sideshows, games, and refreshments.

Saturday 13th July

Yetminster Street Fair

High Street, Yetminster. DT9 6LB

Open: 12.30pm to 5pm

Yetminster Fair is one of the oldest street fairs in the region. It has been running almost continuously since the 13th Century under a charter granted to the Bishop of Salisbury for a fair “to be held in his manor of Yetminster”. The lively and unique atmosphere on Fair day complements the old-world charm of the picturesque village, evoking memories of a bygone age and attracting visitors from far and wide

Sunday 14th July

Church Knowle Food Fayre

Bucknowle Farm, Corfe Castle, Wareham. BH20 5PQ

Open: 10am to 4pm

A Celebration of Dorset’s finest food & drink. Delicious local produce, cookery demos and more.

Admission: £3, under 16’s free (2018 prices)

Saturday 20th July

Leigh Food Fair & Vintage/Classic Car Display

Leigh Village Hall, Leigh. DT9 6HL

Open: 10am to 4pm

In its 14th year with a wonderful selection of stall holders selling a wide array of excellent local produce.

Veteran/Classic cars and motorbikes on display.

Entertainment for the whole family.

Admission: Adults £2, Children under 15 Free

Sunday 21st July

Classic & Supercars Show

Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne. DT9 5NR

Open: 9.30 to 4pm

A host of attractions include over 1,500 private classic and supercars on display. Motor club and trade stands, an autojumble, craft fair and catering village.

Free Parking

Dogs welcome on lead

Tickets on the day: Adults £15 (free show guided included in price). Children under 16 Free

Sunday 21st July

Purbeck Antiques and Vintage Fair

Furzebrook Hall, Furzebrook, Wareham. BH20 5AR

Open: 10am to 4pm

A popular indoors monthly antique fair

Food and drink available

Large free car park

Saturday 27th July

Milton Abbas Street Fair

The Street, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum. DT11 0BL

Open: 11am to 5pm

Held every alternate year the main village street is closed for the day with over 100 stallholder, rural craftsmen and entertainers attracting over 7000 visitors.


Fetes, fairs and shows in Dorset – August 2019:


Thursday 1st August

Burton Bradstock Church Fete

Rectory Garden, Church Street, Burton Bradstock. DT6 4QS

Open: 2pm to 5pm

A traditional village fete held in a beautiful Dorset village.

Held in aid of St Mary’s Church Fabric Fund.

Entry: £1

Saturday 3rd August

Church Knowle Fete

The Old Rectory, Church Knowle, Corfe Castle. BH20 5NG

Open: 2pm to 5pm

A traditional Village fete with fun for all the family, lots of children’s games and activities. Plenty of stalls, a Pimm’s tent, cream teas, BBQ and a Brass Band.

Sunday 4th August

The Osmington Summer Fete

Osmington Village Hall, Shortlake Lane, Osmington. DT3 6EX

Open: 12pm to 4pm

Come to a lovely old-fashioned style fete with something for all the family.

Dog show – Beer Tent and lots more!

Thursday 8th August

Summer Fete & Craft Fair

Sandpit Field, Swanage. BH19 1NP

Open: 10.30am to 4.30pm

A popular annual Summer attraction with lots for the whole family to enjoy, including Stalls, rides and games.

BBQ and food available all day as well as a Pimms and Prosecco bar.

Saturday 10th August

Broadstone Horticultural Society Summer Show

War Memorial Hall, Tudor Road, Broadstone. BH18 8AW

Open: 1pm to 4.15pm

We welcome both Society members and visitors to our show and hope that you’ll enjoy the exhibits and refreshments. Come and have a go on the raffle and tombola and buy plants ant cakes at the stalls.

Admission: Adults £1, Children Free

Wednesday 14th August

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show

Turnpike Showground, Motcombe. SP7 9PL

Open: 8.30am to 6.30pm

With over 520 trade stand exhibitors there is an enormous choice available to visitors. The competitive sections include cattle, sheep, horses, dogs, poultry, rabbits, homecrafts, handicrafts, art and a huge range of classes for younger exhibitors, all of which need to be entered in advance.

There is a full day of entertainment and displays in three rings, the east ring will have a full day of horse showing classes and show jumping classes. In the Turnpike Ring, countryside sports include ferret and terrier racing, birds of prey, sheep dogs and the dog & duck display a packed programme of exciting entertainment.

Tickets on show day: Adults £16, Children (5-16) £4, Children under 5 Free, Family (2xA+3xC) £39

Sunday 18th August

Purbeck Antiques and Vintage Fair

Furzebrook Hall, Furzebrook, Wareham. BH20 5AR

Open: 10am to 4pm

A popular indoors monthly antique fair

Food and drink available

Large free car park

Thursday 22nd August

The Melplash Show

The West Bay Show Grounds, Bridport. DT6 4EG

Open: 8.30am to 6pm

The Melplash Agricultural Society Show is one of the South West’s premier agricultural exhibitions. The show is packed full of exhibits including livestock, horses, homecrafts and horticulture.  There are over 400 trade stands selling everything from locally produced food to tractors… and plenty in between!

Dogs are welcome provided they are on lead but are not allowed in the Food Hall or livestock showing areas.

Free parking available

Tickets brought on the day: Adults £17, Children 16 and under Free

Thursday 22nd August to Monday 26th August

Great Dorset Steam Fair

Blandford Road, Tarrant Hinton. DT11 8HX

Open: Car parks open 7am each day

If you’re looking for an excellent fun and action-packed day out for all the family, you’ll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

You can stand amazed at the variety of exhibitions and the sheer scale of the show means that there is always something new to see. For the first time visitor seeing the Great Dorset Steam Fair can be quite an awe inspiring and impressive site, a sea of marquees and attractions that can take your breath for a moment.

Individual on the Day Tickets Thursday to Sunday: Adult £25, Senior £ 22.50, Children (6-15) £8.50

Individual on the Day Tickets Monday: Adult/Senior £15, Children Free (show finishes at 5pm)

Camping and evening tickets also available

Saturday 24th August to Sunday 25th August

The Oak Fair

Stock Gaylard Estate, Stock Gaylard, Sturminster Newton. DT10 2BG

Open: 10am to 5pm each day

The August Bank Holiday weekend will once again see the return of the Oak Fair for its fifteenth year!

For those who haven’t visited before, the Oak Fair is a unique event celebrating woodcraft, timber, conservation, craft & the countryside, with something that will appeal to everyone from 1 to 100!

We have over 200 exhibitors, traders and food stalls including a beer tent, cider tent and gin bar!

Well-behaved dogs are welcome but must remain on leads.

Tickets: Adults £10, Concessions £8.50, Children (2-16) £1

Monday 26th August

Verwood Rustic Fayre 2019

Potterne Park, Verwood. BH21 6RS

Open: 12pm to 5pm

Plenty of entertainment for all the family including a RAF Fly-Past, Classic Vehicle Display, Arena Events, Bourne Rover Morris Men, Fun Pet Show and by popular request the “Car Boot Sale” returns.

Entrance £5, Accompanied Children Free (2018 prices)


Fetes, fairs and shows in Dorset – September 2019:


Sunday 1st September

Autumn Plant Fair

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Dorchester. DT2 7LG

Open: 10am to 3pm

Features a large number of independent growers from across the South and South West. There will be a wide range of plants including grasses, alpines, herbs, perennials, climbers & shrubs plus some summer bedding and basket plants.

Although the Fair finishes at 3pm our Gardens remain open until 5pm, so there is plenty of time to explore them afterwards.

Entry: £7 and includes access to grounds and gardens.

Saturday 7th September to Sunday 8th September

Dorset County Show

Dorchester Showground, DT2 7SD

Open: 8.30am to 6pm each day

Heavy Horses, Livestock, Countryside Ring, Food & Drink, Showjumping, Homecraft, Horticulture, Shopping, Trade Stands, Fabulous Food & Farming Education Area and much more.

Well behaved dogs on non-extendable leads are welcome but are not allowed in the food halls/animal marquees or homecraft/horticultural marquees.

Tickets on the day: £18, Children under 16 Free

Saturday 14th September

Weldmar Summer Fete

Joseph Weld Hospice, Herringston Road, Dorchester. DT1 2SL

Open: 11am to 4pm

Come and join us for our traditional Summer Fete and help us raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare.

With over 40 stalls, delicious food & drink and live entertainment on the Wessex FM Green.

Static Displays including Vintage Vehicles and Goldwing bikes.

Entry: £2 per adult, Children Free

Sunday 22nd September

Country Fayre

Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Church Knowle, Wareham. BH20 5NQ

Open: 11am to 4pm

Local Crafts to the finest produce, displays in the main ring and lots more!

This is a day out for the whole family including your four-legged friends and all money raised will help our rescue animals.

Tickets: Adults £4, Children (up to 12yrs) £2.50 (2018 prices)

Saturday 28th September

Bridport Charter Fair

Bucky Doo Square & Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport. DT6 3NJ

Open: 9.30am to 2pm

A yearly celebration of the granting of the royal charter to the citizens of Bridport. The fair includes live music, demonstrations and competitions.

Sunday 29th September

Purbeck Antiques and Vintage Fair

Furzebrook Hall, Furzebrook, Wareham. BH20 5AR

Open: 10am to 4pm

A popular indoors monthly antique fair

Food and drink available

Large free car park


Fetes, fairs and shows in Dorset – October 2019:


Saturday 12th October

Sherborne Book Fair

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne. DT9 3NL

Open: 10am to 4pm

The Sherborne Book Fair has been a feature of life in this delightful Dorset town for over 40 years. The fair attracts booksellers from all over the Westcountry offering a great selection of books and Ephemera to suit all pockets.

Homemade refreshments available

Admission: £1

Sunday 27th October

Purbeck Antiques and Vintage Fair

Furzebrook Hall, Furzebrook, Wareham. BH20 5AR

Open: 10am to 4pm

A popular indoors monthly antique fair

Food and drink available

Large free car park


Fetes, fairs and shows in Dorset – November 2019:


Sunday 3rd November

Antique Fair

Allendale Centre, Wimborne. BH21 1AS

Open: 9.30am to 4pm

Quality antique and collectors fair within easy walking distance of Wimborne town centre and Wimborne Market.

Up to 60 Stands – Refreshments – Parking nearby

Admission: £2

Saturday 16th November

Christmas Craft Fayre and Open Day

Masonic Centre, 1 Victoria Square, Portland. DT5 1AL

Open: 11am to 3pm

Lots of stalls from local crafters and artisans showcasing their homemade products.

Refreshments available.

Free Entry

Saturday 23rd November

Christmas Craft Fair

Allendale House, Hanham Road, Wimborne. BH21 1AS

Open: 10am to 4pm

Our Christmas Fair is now becoming an annual event, 2019 will be our 4th at Allendale House in Wimborne.  The Georgian House is a lovely setting and it’s the place to find perfect Christmas presents for those very special individuals.  There’ll be teas and coffees available as well as homemade cakes to sustain you whilst you browse!

Free Entry