Shorefield's Summer Festival Guide

Unmissable Summer Festivals in Hampshire & Dorset

Summer’s in full swing! And the 2019 festival season is well and truly upon us at Shorefield Holidays, so we’ve picked the top family-friendly festivals in Hampshire, Dorset and The New Forest – just in time for the school summer holiday!

25 - 29 July: Camp Bestival

One of the biggest and best festivals in the south, Camp Bestival has everything from comedians and kids activities to big name live acts. With this much variety on offer, everyone will have a good time!


The festival takes place on the grounds of Lulworth Castle, just a 30 minute drive from Swanage Coastal Park. Weekend and day tickets are still available – so why not make a family trip to Camp Bestival part of your Shorefield holiday?

27 July: Smoked & Uncut

Over three venues, Smoked & Uncut brings feasting and music to Hampshire and Somerset. Lime Wood, located just outside Lyndhurst, plays host to music legends Sister Sledge, The Wailers and many more – plus you’ll get to taste some of the best food going!


It’s only a 30 minute drive away from both Oakdene Forest Park and Shorefield Country Park.

30 July – 1 Aug: New Forest and Hampshire County Show

Get ready for this fun-filled family event! Over three days, The New Forest and Hampshire County Show gives you the chance to enjoy a celebration of agriculture and local produce. There’s shows, events, activities, shopping and, of course, plenty to eat.


It’s located at The Showground in Brockenhurst, a short trip from Shorefield Country Park, making it a great family day out. Get your tickets now – children get in for just £1!

3 – 4 Aug: The Great Dorset Chilli Festival

Take your tongue on a spicy journey, to Dorset’s hottest festival! This event is all about food: eating it, making it and taking it home. There’s even a chilli cook off, where the winning pot could win £1,000!


Not everything’s spicy, so kids and the spice-averse can still enjoy the flavours on offer – everything from cheese and sausages, to ice cream and ginger beer. It takes place at St Giles House, just up the A31 and B3081 from our Oakdene and only a 15-minute drive from Wilksworth Caravan Park. Get tickets online to save!

10 – 11 Aug: New Forest Fairy Festival

Do you believe in fairies? Of course you do! And with good reason – there’s a whole festival devoted to fairies in The New Forest. Where else could this festival take place but Burley, home of the Forest Folk? Take walks, attend talks and hear songs by the fairies of the forest.


There’s so much wonder in store at this magical festival, including fancy dress with different themes on Saturday (Fairies and Tree Sprites) and Sunday (Unicorns and Dragons). Get your tickets online and beat queues on the day – like magic!

10 – 11 Aug: Lymington Seafood Festival

A decadent festival of delicacies, featuring around 300 different seafood specialities from around the coastlines of The New Forest. It’s usually a popular event and this lovely little Georgian market town was planned long before cars came to be – so it might be a good idea to plan your travel without a car.


Luckily, the X1 bus runs from just outside Shorefield Country Park to Lymington every half an hour, saving you the hassle of parking and navigating those tight cobbled streets! There’ll be top chefs, live music and best of all – it’s free to enter.

17 – 18 Aug: Winchester Cheese & Chilli Festival

Love cheese? How about chillies? Well, that’s exactly what you can expect at the Winchester Cheese & Chilli Festival! Enjoy everything chilli and cheese, and a whole lot more. There’s live music, magic shows, cooking demos and trade stalls – plenty to sink your teeth into throughout the day.


Find the festival at the North Walls Recreation Ground in Winchester town centre. Get your tickets online to save money, or get them at the gate on the day.

31 Aug: Dorset Vegan Festival

With 80 fantastic food stalls and children’s activities running throughout the day, this festival caters to everyone – including people with food allergies. Get involved from 10.30am – 4.30pm at The Lighthouse, in Poole, Dorset. Tickets are £5 - and under 16s enter for free!

Lots More to Do – at Shorefield!

There’s fun for the whole family at Shorefield, with great on-park activities and awesome entertainment.


And with parks in Hampshire, Dorset and The New Forest, we’ll give you the perfect base from which to explore this summer’s festivals. Why not take a look at our special offers and to book your summer staycation now!

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