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In August the coast and beaches throng with visitors.  The seaside towns' streets are crowded with families enjoying icream or crabbing off the harbour walls.  Inland the pace is slower, the meadows filled with drowsy cattle, the chalk streams with dragon flies and damsels and the slow, lazy Stour meanders through the county full of bullrushes and kingcups.

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Fireworks on The Cobb at Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Spectacular Fireworks Display

2nd August 2024

Lyme Regis harbour offers the perfect setting for a display of light and colour which illuminate the skies above Lyme Regis seafront with a stunning pyrotechnic display. The display kicks off the Lyme REgis Regatta and Carnival.

Bowls of red and green chillis

The Great Dorset Chilli Festival

3rd & 4th August 2024

Billed as the hottest day out in Dorset, the Great Dorset Chilli Festival takes place in the beautiful 80 acre deer park at Stock Gaylard. Featuring the country's best chilli growers and food producers as well as chilli-eating competitions, spicy food stalls, artisan food producers and local beers and icecream to cool the palate.

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The Sherborne Market

18th August 2024

Every month through the summer, Sherborne hosts the very best local artisans, crafts and food producers with over 200 stalls and free music and entertainment. The market runs from 10a.m until 3p.m.

A sign for Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

The Oak Fair

24th & 25th August 2024

An annual celebration of the countryside, conservation, woodland, timber, traditional craft and rural history in Dorset, all set in a beautiful 80 acre deer park.

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