Regular Markets and Fairs 

Name of Event Date Venue
Dorchester Street Farmer’s Market 4th Saturday of the Month, 9am – 4pm South Street, Dorchester
Purbeck Products 2nd Saturday of the Month, 10am – 1pm Swanage
Blandford Farmer’s Market 2nd Friday of the Month, 9am – 1pm Blandford Forum
Sherborne Farmer’s Market 3rd Friday of the Month, 9am – 1pm Cheap Street, Sherborne
Wareham Home Producer’s Market Every Thursday, 8:30am – 11am United Reform Church, Church Street, Wareham
Pundbury Farmer’s Market 1st Saturday of the Month, 9am – 1pm Queen Mother’s Square, Poundbury
Bridport Farmer’s Market 2nd Saturday of the Month, 9am – 1pm Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport
Wareham Farmer’s Market 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month, 9am – 1pm Town Hall, Wareham
Shaftesbury Farmer’s Market 1st Saturday of the Month, 9am – 1pm Town Hall, Shaftesbury
Wimborne Farmer’s Market 3rd Saturday of the Month, 9am – 1pm Market Square, Wimborne
Wool Country Market Every Thursday, 10am – 11:30am D’uberville Hall, Wool

Festivals and Events

River Cottage Food Fair

Start date: 26th May 2018

End date: 27th May 2018

Time: 10:00-17:00

Location: River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, EX13 8TB

Hugh has been getting involved with the plans for the Food Fair next May. He has invited some inspiring speakers, including columnist and author George Monbiot and great chef’s including Michelin starred Tom Kerridge.

Sherborne Castle County Fair

Date: 28th May 2018

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Location: Sherborne Castle

The Sherborne Castle Country Fair presents a rich and fun programme of events, country activities, stands and entertainment including one of the largest Rare Breed Shows in the country. For one day each year, one of the finest settings with its spectacular grounds and lake surrounding Sherborne Castle is transformed into a fun packed Country Fair with attractions, entertainment and activities for all the family. We look forward to welcoming you to for great day out with your family.

Highcliffe Food Festival

Start date: 2nd June 2018

End date: 3rd June 2018

Time: 10am - 4pm (5pm Saturday)

Location: Highcliffe town centre.

The fourth Highcliffe Food Festival takes place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June this year. The headline sponsor is once again Hoburne Holidays, and in line with previous festivals it will major on quality artisan foods.

Many other local businesses are also sponsoring at various levels and already over 75 stalls have been booked, with products for sale ranging from quality meats, cheeses, patisserie, fish, oils, vinegars, garden furniture, knives to several stalls selling artisan gins, wines, beers and spirits.

There will be two demonstration kitchens featuring top local celebrity chefs from the area’s outstanding hotels and restaurants.

There will also be two stages of musical entertainment presented by Highcliffe’s own music studio, HP Music, to help make the Highcliffe Food Festival a true feast for the senses!

This is truly an event for the whole family with several venues around the village providing entertainment for all ages both fun and educational.
Combining food, drink and entertainment, this is definitely a date worth adding to your diary.

Swanage Fish Festival

Start date: 9th June 2018

End date: 10th June 2018

Location: Swanage

Swanage Fish Festival celebrating all things ‘fishy’ – food, fishing and fun.


Date: 13th June 2018

Time: 14:30

Location: Furleigh Estate


Join us for this special vegan friendly tour of Furleigh Estate to celebrate Bridport Food Festival.

On arrival, you will be greeted with a glass of sparkling wine before our experienced tour guide Nick Beecheno leads you down to the vineyard to tell you what’s happening with the vines at this vibrant time of year.

After a tour of the winery, where you will see how our award winning fizz is made, we will return to the Cellar Door tasting room for the wine tasting.
To complement the wines, Hungry Mule catering company have created a collection of delicious plant based canapés. Victoria Bishop, our resident food and wine matching expert, will guide you through the different flavour combinations to see which ones work best, inspiring you with some fresh, healthy and exciting food and wine pairing ideas. Tickets are £25 per person

Dorset Midsummer Music Festival

Start date: 15th June 2018

End date: 16th June 2018

Location: Warren Farm - Bulbarrow, Blandford Forum, DT11 0HQ

Dorset Midsummer Music Festival (or DorsetFest) is a family friendly music festival set in the heart of Dorset in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 2018 festival will start at 6pm on the evening of Friday 15th June and the main festival will then be on Saturday 16th June. Gates open at midday and the action continues until 11pm with food, drinks and gift stalls, alongside children’s entertainment. Camping is also available on site for those who want to make the most of the weekend

Bridport Food Festival

Date: 16th June 2018

Time: 10:00 - 18:00

Location: Bridport

BRIDPORT FOOD FESTIVAL is run by the Bridport Local Food Group, a committee of dedicated volunteers with the aim of supporting producers and promoting local food.

Kingston Maurward Open Day

Date: 24th June 2018

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Location: Kingston Maurward , Dorchester

English Artisan Cheeses & Furleigh Wines

Date: 28th June 2018

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Location: Furleigh Estate

Juliet Harbutt, International Cheese Expert, presents English Artisan Cheeses & Furleigh Wines
Thursday 28th June 2018, 7pm – 9pm

We are delighted to announce that Juliet Harbutt, author, educator and judge, will be presenting an introduction to English artisan cheeses with a selection of Furleigh Estate wines at the vineyard on Thursday, 28th June. We are very fortunate to have secured this evening with Juliet on her whistle stop tour around Europe while she is visiting from her native New Zealand where she returned to last year.

Please join us from 6.45pm for a glass of Furleigh Estate Classic Cuvée, for a 7pm start. Tickets are £25 each.

Dorset Seafood Festival

Start date: 14th July 2018

End date: 15th July 2018

Location: Weymouth Harbour

The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival is a charitable event celebrating Dorset’s inseparable links with the sea and its fishing communities and takes place around Weymouth’s historic Old Harbour.

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