What’s on in Dorset this summer

Almost every week throughout the summer months sees something new and exciting to do in Dorset. Dorset's summer events schedule that has something for everyone, from foodie fairs and country shows to world-famous music festivals, air shows and polo championships.


Whether you're planning your next trip to Dorset or looking to invest in your own holiday home in Dorset, you can easily see what's on with the help of our guide to summer events.

July events in Dorset


Sandpolo, Sandbanks

7-8 July 

The largest beach polo event in the world, Sandpolo at Sandbanks takes one of the oldest equestrian sports in the world and adds a dash of glamour with fine dining, high fashion and champagne after parties that stretch late into the night. The most refined event on the sporting calendar is a thrill for newcomers and dedicated fans alike, with high-octane polo played against the backdrop of the English Channel. 

A boat on the water by Sandbanks beach

Jurassic Fields, Bridport

14-16 July 

Held just 40 minutes away from the Silverlake Estate, the Jurassic Fields festival attracts over 4000 visitors from around the UK each year. The family-friendly event brings together musical talents from the local area, plus a scattering of well-known bands for good measure. With food, drink, comedy, shopping and lots of fun guaranteed, it promises a great day out or regular weekend away for those with holiday homes in Dorset. 

A mother and daughter at a festival

Camp Bestival, Lulworth 

27-30 July

Experience the Lulworth Estate like never before, as it transforms into a family friendly wonderland. Camp Bestival is one of the world’s most exciting festivals and it takes place just 20 minutes away from the Silverlake Estate. Each year brings a new theme and 2023 sees Bestival celebrate its 15th anniversary with a special ‘Animal Snap’ theme. The grounds of Lulworth Estate will become an animal kingdom; which of the world’s 8 million species will you become? 

Lulworth Castle, the home of Camp Bestival


August events in Dorset


Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival, Lyme Regis

4-12 August

Classic carnival fun for all the family awaits in Lyme Regis this August. The Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival features everything from sandy treasure hunts to duck shows, dog races, teddy bear parachuting, free boat rides, open-air movie screenings, fireworks and even welly wanging! Kiddie friendly fun is the name of the game, so it’s a great choice if you’re heading to Silverlake Estate with little ones in tow this summer. 

Boats in the harbour at Lyme Regis

Dorset Food and Arts Festival, Poundbury

5 August 

Take advantage of year-round bike hire at Silverlake and pedal the 8 miles to nearby Poundbury for the Dorset Food and Arts Festival. With a few miles beneath your belt, you’ll have the appetite needed to eat your way around 60 stalls stocked with tasty Dorset produce. Meet the makers, bakers, brewers, farmers and growers behind many award-winning local flavours, before embarking on a leisurely ride back to your holiday home for a well-deserved rest.  

A girl buying food from a food stall

Bournemouth Air Festival, Bournemouth

31 August - 3 September

Little sparks a sense of nostalgia quite like the Red Arrows and the famous fliers will return to Bournemouth Beach this summer for one of the most popular events on the Dorset calendar. Britain’s biggest free air and land festival sees four days of aerial acrobatics from the RAF Red Arrows, Typhoon and Battle of Britain planes. The event’s renowned Night Air dusk displays also return, while a brand new ‘Sea and Sky Sprint’ will see a Sunseeker Hawk 38 pitted against a G-JPIT plane in a thrilling test of speed. With Bournemouth Beach just 40 minutes away from the Silverlake Estate, those with luxury holiday homes here can look forward to seeing the spectacle year after year! 

The Red Arrows at the Bournemouth Air Festival


September events in Dorset


Dorset County Show, Dorchester Showground

2-3 September 

Expect a menagerie of animals at the Dorset County Show, an event that brings together all that is wonderful about rural life in Dorset. The event has it all, from champion livestock to graceful showjumping and exhilarating pony games, not to mention an appearance from the world’s biggest Monster trucks in the main ring. 

A person on a horse jumping over a hurdle

Seafeast, Weymouth 

9-10 September 

The award-winning Dorset Seafood Festival has had a rebrand to become Seafeast and promises to be bigger and better than ever for 2023. Take your pick of tasty seafood dishes and grab a glass of Miraval, then get comfy for demonstrations from the food heroes; notable names in the past have included Mark Hix, Mitch Tonks and Harriet Mansell. Kids will love taking part in their very own cookery workshops and local acoustic bands will provide the soundtrack to the day.

Boats and buildings along the quay in Weymouth


Make the most of Dorset this summer with your very own holiday home


Silverlake’s holiday homes for sale in Dorset offer a front row ticket to the region’s best summer events. Whether you’re holidaying with the whole family and seeking out kiddie-friendly fun, or indulging with the grown-ups at the polo, having a holiday home here means you can enjoy all Dorset offers year-after-year.