Exciting Dorset Events and Festivals in July August 2024

Dorset, with its stunning coastline and rich cultural heritage, becomes a hub of activity every summer, offering a plethora of events and festivals to suit every interest. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a foodie, or looking for family-friendly entertainment, Dorset promises a vibrant experience. Here’s a curated list of the must-attend events in July and August 2024:


Swanage Jazz Festival

Date: 12th-14th July 2024
Location: Various venues in Swanage

Immerse yourself in the smooth rhythms and soulful tunes of the Swanage Jazz Festival featuring top UK and international jazz artists. Set in intimate venues around Swanage, this festival offers a unique opportunity to enjoy live performances in a picturesque coastal setting. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or simply looking to unwind with great music, Swanage Jazz Festival promises an unforgettable experience.



Date: 14th July 2024
Location: Sandbanks Beach

Sandfest brings together music lovers on the pristine shores of Sandbanks Beach for a day of sun, sea, and sensational beats. This beach festival features a lineup of DJs and artists, creating an electric atmosphere against the backdrop of Dorset’s golden sands and sparkling waters. It’s the perfect blend of seaside relaxation and pulsating music that draws crowds from across the region.

Wilkswood Reggae Festival

Wilkswood Reggae

Date: 19th-21st July 2024
Location: Wilkswood Farm, Langton Matravers
Dive into the laid-back vibes of the Wilkswood Reggae Festival, where reggae legends and rising stars converge for a weekend of rhythmic melodies and positive vibes. Nestled in the scenic surroundings of Wilkswood Farm, this family-friendly event offers camping options and a variety of activities for all ages, making it a summer highlight for reggae enthusiasts and festival-goers alike.

Sherborne Supercar Show

Sherborne Super Car

Date: 21st July 2024
Location: Sherborne Castle

Experience automotive excellence at the Sherborne Supercar Show, held amidst the historic grandeur of Sherborne Castle. This prestigious event showcases a dazzling array of supercars, vintage automobiles, and luxury vehicles against the backdrop of one of Dorset’s most iconic landmarks. Whether you’re a car enthusiast or simply appreciate elegance and precision, the Sherborne Supercar Show promises a day of marveling at automotive craftsmanship.

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival
  • Dates: 25-28 July 2024
  • Location: Lulworth Castle

A festival beloved by families, Camp Bestival transforms the grounds of Lulworth Castle into a wonderland of music, entertainment, and adventure. Featuring live performances by acclaimed artists, interactive theatre, comedy shows, and a dedicated kids’ area, Camp Bestival offers something for everyone. It’s a perfect blend of music festival and family holiday, set against the backdrop of Dorset’s natural beauty.


Poole Quay Fireworks

Poole Quay Fireworks

Date: Thursdays in August 2024
Location: Poole Quay

Poole Quay comes alive with a series of spectacular fireworks displays every Thursday night in August. Alongside the dazzling pyrotechnics, visitors can enjoy live music, street entertainment, and delicious food from the local vendors lining the quayside. It’s an evening of enchantment against the backdrop of Poole Harbour’s twinkling waters and historic buildings.

We Out Here Festival

WOH Wimborne Festival
  • Dates: 15-18 August 2024
  • Location: Wimborne St. Giles
  • Description: A celebration of musical eclecticism, featuring live bands, DJs, family activities, wellness areas, and talks.

Celebrate musical diversity at the We Out Here Festival, where live bands, DJs, and artists converge for a weekend of eclectic performances. Set in the idyllic surroundings of Wimborne St. Giles, this festival offers not just music but also wellness activities, talks, and family-friendly entertainment, creating a holistic experience for festival-goers of all ages.

Bournemouth Air Show

Bournemouth Air Show
  • Dates: 29 August – 1 September 2024
  • Location: Bournemouth
  • Description: Features spectacular air displays, including the famous Red Arrows.

The Bournemouth Air Show is a spectacular event that delights audiences with breathtaking air displays, including the world-famous Red Arrows. Against the backdrop of Bournemouth’s golden sands and vibrant promenade, this air show showcases the skill and precision of pilots from around the world, making it a highlight of Dorset’s summer calendar.