The perfect August bank holiday at Silverlake

The August Bank Holiday is almost upon us. As the last Bank Holiday of the year, this is the one that sees us all make an extra special effort to embrace those final few days of the school holidays and of the summer. Before we know it, new pencil cases and rucksacks will be lined up for the start of a new term, and there’ll be a chill in the air that says autumn is on its way.

Invest in one of our holiday homes for sale in Dorset and you’ll find yourself at the heart of the August Bank Holiday action year after year. The Silverlake Estate sits just a short drive from the Jurassic Coast, surrounded by acres of its own nature reserve and with a whole host of activities for all the family to enjoy. If you’re heading to Dorset this August, you’ll find there is plenty to do in Dorset this summer.

Take a look at our round-up of some of the best things to do in Dorset this August bank holiday, from eclectic family festivals to roaming coastal strolls.


Days and nights out in Dorset this August Bank Holiday


Purbeck Film Festival’s Open Air Cinema

When: 25th-26th August

Where: Corfe Castle

Our holiday homes for sale in Dorset are just a 20 minute drive from Corfe Castle, where the Purbeck Film Festival presents its open air cinema this August Bank Holiday. Pack a picnic at your holiday home (or order one to take away from the Hurricane Terrace), and head to the castle ruins set in gorgeous surrounds for an outdoor movie screening with the family.

The Super Mario Bros Movie provides the entertainment on Friday 25th August, with Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves showing on the Saturday evening. There’s a licensed bar on site too, so you can indulge with a glass of something cold or a cosy hot chocolate while the film plays.

Corfe Castle at sunset

BeCider Seaside Festival

When: 25th-28th August

Where: Bredy Farm, Burton Bradstock

Bank Holidays and music go hand-in-hand, and the BeCider Seaside Festival is a little festival that packs a big punch. Featuring local, national and international bands from genres across soul, funk, disco, reggae, blues, folk, rock, Americana and more, it is now in its 17th year, with a line-up that just keeps getting better. The laid-back festival is worthy of a place in your August Bank Holiday plans - kids and dogs are welcome too.

There’s camping available at the festival, but nothing beats your own bed after a day of dancing! Enjoy every minute, before heading back to your Dorset holiday home to rest your feet with a pizza from the Pizza Shack at Silverlake Estate.

Enjoy the South West Coast Path

When: year-round

Where: The South West Coast Path covers all of Dorset’s coastline

One of the real highlights of owning holiday homes for sale in Dorset is the opportunity to have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world right there on your doorstep. The South West Coast Path starts or ends in Poole and the Jurassic Coast stretch of the iconic path is considered some of the most scenic miles of the whole 630-mile route.

Use your long weekend to tick off another section or two; the Weymouth to Lulworth Cove trail is a challenging route that will appeal to those who love an active holiday. A five-hour walk, it takes in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the most stunning section of rugged coastline and white cliffs. With your own holiday accommodation, you could even complete the whole Dorset section of the coast path, ticking off sections little by little over the years.


Rainy Bank Holiday days in Dorset


We’re positive that the sun will shine on Dorset this August Bank Holiday, after all, the county is one the sunniest in the UK! That said, don’t worry if the weather doesn't end up on your side; there are endless things to do in Dorset on a rainy day this August bank holiday.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition

When: 21st July-29th October

Where: Dorset Museum, Dorchester

The world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition from the Natural History Museum arrives in Dorset this summer. Featuring over 100 powerful photographs showcasing the beauty of our planet and the spectacular species that call it home, the exhibition delights all ages with thought-provoking shots that shine a light on the impact of human activity on the planet in a beautiful, entertaining way.

Wildlife photographer capturing photo of stag at sunrise

It is the most prestigious photography event of its kind and one that we at Silverlake Estate are especially proud to see in Dorset; sustainability is at the heart of all we do here at Silverlake and we’re currently working hard towards reaching our Habitat Zero pledge.

The World of Dinosaur Roar Discovery Trail

When: year-round, except December 24th-January 12th

Where: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park, Organford

If your little ones are just that bit too young to appreciate exhibitions, let them run riot on The World of Dinosaur Roar Discovery Trail and Woodland Walk instead. Step into the realm of dinosaurs and discover prehistoric wonders along the trail, where life-sized dinosaur models hide amongst the undergrowth. The trail was made for muddy wellies and rain jackets! Once you’ve explored the Jurassic jungle, head inside at Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park nearby for hot drinks and delicious cakes.


Enjoy Dorset from the comfort of your own holiday home


Spend every August bank holiday in wonderful Dorset with our range of stunning Dorset holiday homes for sale right here at Silverlake. No need to worry about accommodation getting booked up at this popular time – with our own holiday home, summer holiday in Dorset are always within reach.