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September is a perfect month for visiting Dorset with beautiful autumnal days perfect for walking the chalk downlands and the vales still dry enough to make walking a pleasure.  The beaches and coast are quieter too, with holidaying families returning home for the new term.  There's still lots going on though and often plenty of sunshine and warm weather to enjoy.

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The Sherborne Market

15th September 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.

Cheese on display at The Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

Sturminster Cheese Festival

14th & 15th September 2024

A weekend of celebrating everything cheese in Thomas Hardy's Vale of Little Dairies. Artisan cheese makers from throughout the West Country (and further afield) gather to showcase their wares, along with other local food producers. There are also local cider and beer tents, food stalls, music and crafts to enjoy.

Hats being thrown in Buckydoo Square at Bridport Hat Festival

Bridport Hat Festival

7th September 2024

A truly unique Dorset experience celebrating the most creative, quirky, stylish and inventive headwear! Live music, a garden party, best hat competition, hat hurling, plus food and drink are part of the Bridport Hat Festival

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Dorset County Show

7th & 8th September 2024

For over 175 years, the Dorchester Agricultural Society has celebrated agriculture and rural life in Dorset and their annual show still takes place on the first weekend in September each year. Competition classes include cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, horses, show jumping, homecrafts and farm produce as well as showcasing rural skills and local food and drink producers.

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Swanage Folk Festival

6th September - 8th September 2024

A weekend of concerts, dance and music all based around the seafront and town centre at Swanage. International folk artists and dance troupes perform in free and paid venues and there are crafts, food stalls and (of course) a beer tent.

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