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What’s on in North Dorset this Spring & Summer

Posted on 15/05/2024 by Nick Johnson
What’s on in North Dorset this Spring & Summer

Now that the warmer weather is here, Spring is well and truly in full swing, and summer is on the horizon. Thankfully, 2024 will see the return of diverse local festivals and activities. Attending these events provides entertainment and a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and connect with the community. Dorset hosts a plethora of music festivals, food festivals, and sporting events, catering to the interests of locals and visitors.

While there are events across the broader county, we focus on the unique charm of Dorset’s northern towns and villages. North Dorset offers a more intimate experience with its quaint events, a range of food and music festivals, and fun activities for the whole family. If you’re considering a move to Dorset, we suggest arranging a trip here for a few days to scout properties and get to know the area. This could start a new and exciting chapter in your life.


  • Upcoming Events in North Dorset
  • Bryanston Summer Fair
  • Sherborne Castle Country Fair & Rare Breeds Show
  • Crown Fest 2024 Crown Fest 2024
  • Family Fest Dorset 2024
  • Shaftesbury Fringe
  • Smaller Event Roundup in North Dorset
  • Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show
  • Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival
  • Moving to Dorset with Johnson’s Removals
  • Why Self Storage is Ideal when Moving Home

Upcoming Events in North Dorset

Dorset is a thriving area where tourism creates thousands of jobs and is a significant player in the county’s economy. While most of this centres on the southern coastal towns, you’ll find events throughout Dorset. For some, the tourist favourites become too crowded and bustling for their liking, which is why North Dorset may be more suitable. This presents a promising opportunity for those considering a move to the area.

We’ve scoured this year’s event calendars to curate North Dorset’s best events for Spring and summer 2024. Additionally, we’ll provide some local references and information for anyone considering moving here.

Bryanston Summer Fair

May 25th and 26th, 2024, Blandford, Dorset

Guess what’s back for the third year in a row? The Bryanston Summer Fair, hitting Blandford, Dorset, on May 25th and 26th. This year, we’re turning up the heat with over 100 stalls, offering a variety of goods and services, grub galore at the street food and bar zone, where you can indulge in delicious local cuisine and refreshing drinks, live tunes to groove to, circus tricks to learn, and enough kids’ fun to keep the little ones grinning ear to ear. Trust us, this isn’t your average fare—mark your calendars and join the party in Blandford Forum this May.

Click here for information on booking and more details about the event.

Sherborne Castle Country Fair & Rare Breeds Show

May 27th, 2024, Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, Dorset

Hey folks, prepare for a day of country charm at the Sherborne Castle Country Fair. Picture this: a jam-packed program featuring everything from traditional country activities to stand-out entertainment. And, oh, did we mention one of the biggest Rare Breed Shows in the whole country? Yup, it’s all happening right here. For one glorious day, Sherborne Castle and its breathtaking grounds come alive with laughter, excitement, and much fun.

This fair is the ultimate family hangout, from jaw-dropping attractions to activities for all ages. So, grab your crew, mark your calendar, and let’s make some memories together.

You’ll find all the necessary booking details and event outline here.

Crown Fest 2024 Crown Fest 2024

May 31st – June 2nd, 2024, Blandford, Dorset

Guess who’s making a triumphant return for 2024? That’s right, Crown Fest is back with a bang.

From Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2, The Crown Hotel in Blandford Forum is the place to be. Brace yourselves for a weekend packed to the brim with 11 electrifying bands, live and kicking. But wait, there’s more—this isn’t just any old gig, it’s a full-blown family affair. Think face painting, tempting treats, and refreshing drinks served with vibrant tunes.

And let’s remember the indoor market, your one-stop shop for all things fabulous, happening on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Did we mention the venue’s throwing its doors open wide for everyone to join in on the fun?

Get ready to rock, roll, and revel in Crown Fest’s magic. Visit the event’s ticket information and booking page ASAP to ensure you get all the details.

Family Fest Dorset 2024

June 1st and 2nd, 2024, Wimborne, Dorset

Get ready to kick off summer in style at Family Fest Dorset 2024. It’s all going down on Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, in the picturesque town of Wimborne, Dorset. Picture this: 12 acres of pristine farmland transformed into a playground of epic proportions.

But hold onto your hats because a whole heap of newness is coming your way this year. Brace yourselves for BMX Bike Stunt Shows, side-splitting Punch & Judy performances, dazzling Children’s Shows, majestic Falconry Displays, cuddly critters at the Petting Farm, and so much more.

And here’s the best part—when you snag your tickets, you’re in for a fun weekend. Plus, why not pitch a tent and make it a camping adventure? All the details are waiting for you at their dedicated website. Don’t miss out on the ultimate family getaway in North Dorset.

Shaftesbury Fringe

July 26th to 28th, 2024, Shaftesbury

Hold onto your hats, folks, because Shaftesbury Fringe is back and bigger than ever. We’re talking about the fastest-growing open-access performance fest in the South West, and this year, we’re ready to blow your socks off.

Please mark your calendars for July 26th to 28th, 2024, because our historic town is about to come alive with an explosion of creativity. Picture this: various venues scattered across the heart of Shaftesbury, each bursting at the seams with hundreds of performances. Comedy, music, theatre, poetry, cabaret—you name it, it’s at Shaftesbury Fringe.

And here’s the kicker: it’s not just about the big shots strutting their stuff. We’ve got everything from National Award winners to fresh-faced newcomers, Edinburgh previews to exclusive Shaftesbury surprises. Whether you’re a wee tot or a seasoned pro, there’s something here to tickle your fancy.

So, what are you waiting for? Dive headfirst into a whirlwind of entertainment, with the magical Shaftesbury Abbey Gardens serving as our buzzing hub at the top of the High Street. Trust us; you will want to take advantage of this epic extravaganza.

Smaller Event Roundup in North Dorset

Here’s a roundup of smaller but mighty events in North Dorset that you will want to attend.

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show

August 14th and 15th, 2024, Turnpike Showground in Motcombe

First, we’ve got the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Agricultural Show rolling into town on August 14th and 15th, 2024. It’s your classic midweek affair, packed to the brim with over 2000 adorable animals and even a Kennel Club Dog Show.

But that’s not all—get ready to browse through trade and craft stands, soothe your taste buds at the food hall, and stock up on farm-fresh goodies at the farmer’s market. It’s a slice of rural charm you won’t soon forget.

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

September 14th and 15th, 2024, Sturminster Newton

Next on the list, we’ve got the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival, happening on September 14th and 15th, 2024, right in the heart of Sturminster Newton. This one’s for all you cheese lovers out there. Join us as we celebrate the creamy goodness of the famous Dorset Blue Vinney cheese.

Get ready to indulge in cheesy delights, discover new favourites, and soak up the cheesy atmosphere—it’s a gouda time, guaranteed.

Moving to Dorset with Johnson’s Removals

For many people, the countryside has an ever-increasing appeal, whether to retire, bring up the family in a larger space, or simply because they love nature. We see many different reasons why Dorset is the place of many people’s new forever homes.

Johnson’s has man & van and home removal packages for all relocation sizes. With 180 years of experience in Dorset, we consider ourselves the expert removal company of Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Constantly adapting to our customers’ needs, we are happy to offer both local and international shipping, storage, and man and van hire.

Accreditation and a proven record are must-haves when choosing a removal provider. We are proud of our comprehensive all-risk insurance guarantee and BAR (British Association of Removers) approval, and we can also offer great prices. Additionally, we have a robust quality policy to ensure we meet standards.

Why Self Storage is Ideal when Moving Home

We often say that removal and storage go hand-in-hand, so we provide both services. While most relocations go smoothly (especially when you book with us), occasional hiccups cause a gap in moving dates.

There’s no need to panic or cancel your move—you can use our storage facilities instead. Self storage is more expensive than containers, but there are no access restrictions, and you enjoy unlimited access during business hours.

Some of our customers need to create more space in their house or flat as they pack and prepare for the big move. You can move non-essentials out into your storage unit, freeing up space to use your current home as you arrange relocation.

Johnson’s Removals offers a range of storage packages and unit sizes, and long-term container storage is also available. Don’t worry if you’re new to this—we can help assess your needs and suggest the best service. Storage interlinks with removal packages seamlessly—we can arrange and take care of both.

Johnson’s Removals – 180 Years of Experience in Dorset Removals

The Johnson’s Removals team takes immense pride in its work. It is cheerful and hardworking but also dedicated to ensuring your satisfaction. Knowing that home moves can be stressful, we specialise in planning the process with you and ensuring that it is smooth, providing you with the reassurance and value you deserve.

Our guarantee extends to your peace of mind. We will take care of your possessions as if they were our own and ensure they are expertly packed and secure throughout the move. We work on a friendly basis, offering phone calls and personal visits to set up a plan and give you a free quote. This way, we can ensure that our plan fits your every need.

Contact us today to get the ball rolling, and we’ll happily discuss life in North Dorset. We’ll also begin a free, no-obligation assessment of your upcoming move, including a free quote.