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Mayflower abounds in the fields and hedges of Dorset this month, making it the most beautiful of the year.  The birds are singing, the sun is shining and the world is full of promise.  May Day is the perfect time to bedeck yourself with hawthorn and join in the ancient pagan festival that is Beltane.

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The Sherborne Market

19th May 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.

The Cerne Giant in Dorset

Cerne Giant Festival

1st May - 4th May 2024

The last few days of the festival see the best of the event with The Wessex Morris Men dancing in the dawn on 1st May above the giant, spurred on by a barrel of the Cerne Abbas Brewery's Beltane Brew, brewed especially for the day. Afterwards, follow them through the village and join in dancing in the square and a celebration of spring at the magical Silver Well.

Stained glass window and ceiling in Sherborne Abbey, home to Sherborne Abbey Music Festival

Sherborne Abbey Music Festival

2nd May 2024 - 9th May 2024

Sherborne Abbey Festival is an annual, week-long celebration of music with events held in a variey of locations in and around the beautiful town of Sherborne. Experiece a wide range of performances from opera, choral and classical to jaz sing and more.

A falconer displaying his art at The Sherborne Castle Country Fair

Sherborne Castle Country Fair

27th May 2024

Held in the grounds of Sherborne Castle, this spectacular lakeside event highlights traditional rural skills, as well as dog events, rare breeds, trade stands, music and the mad English tradition that is terrier racing.

Glass artwork in the sand used as the catalogue image for Purbeck Art Weeks 2024

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.

A sample of fabric artwork from an artist taking part in Dorset Art Weeks

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.

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