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June is the perfect time for visiting Dorset's gardens as many of them come into their prime.  The herbaceous borders of stately homes and manor houses brim with colour and villages throw open their gates to visitors.  The beaches are warm enough for an invigorating swim and the days are long.

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The Sherborne Market

16th June

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.

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Wessex Folk Festival

1st & 2nd June 2024

Established for over twenty years, the Wessex Folk Festival is one of the largest free festivals in the UK. Held on the picturesque harbourside in Weymouth, it includes live music, morris dancing, workshops and stands selling food, drink, clothing and gifts.

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Bridport Food & Beer Festival

17th June 2024

The theme for this year’s Festival is ‘Think Local’, in celebration of the unique and delicious flavours of Dorset, showcasing the local producers, chefs and farmers that contribute to our local food scene.

A variety of seafood

Swanage Fish & Food Festival

15th & 16th June 2024

A weekend celebrating the fishing heritage of Swanage, with food stalls, crafts, cooking demonstrations and champagne to wash it all down.

Musicians at the Beaminster Festival of music, theature and literature.

Beaminster Festival

23rd June - 30th June 2024

Set amidst the rolling hills of West Dorset, the small but vibrant town of Beaminster plays host to their annual festival of music, theatre, literature and art.

Lots of amonites in a piece of sedementary rock on display at The Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

8th & 9th June 2024

The annual Lyme Regis Fossil Festival has exhibits, talks, shows and guided walks, all celebrating the geological heritage of the Jurassic Coast.

A photograph of the author and poet Thomas Hardy who lived at Sturminster Newton

Sturminster Newton Literary Festival

8th June - 16th June 2024

A literary festival celebrating the three writers associated with Sturminster Newton (Thomas Hardy, William Barnes, Robert Young), contemporary Dorset and Wessex writers, and aspiring Dorset and Wessex writers.

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Purbeck Art Weeks

25th May - 9th June 2024

Two week festival of art across the Purbecks. Open Studios showcasing local art around the Purbecks offering a broad selection of paintings, ceramics, prints, photography, woodcrafts and much more.

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Dorset Art Weeks

25th May - 9th June 2024

One of the largest open studio events in the country. Grab yourself a brochure or download the app to visit hundreds of participating artists.

Baby swans at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset

Abbotsbury Baby Swans

10th May - 30th June 2024

Between mid-May and the end of June, colony of wild Mute Swans at Abbotsbury hatch their chicks. A great time to visit the swannery and witness the unique site of hundreds of fluffy, grey signets.

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