Festival Vibes - The coolest summer events near our parks

11th July 2017


The south coast is the perfect place to enjoy a summer festival. Set against a backdrop of some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery, a number of events take place in Hampshire and Dorset throughout the summer, celebrating everything from food and music to walking and the arts. Our six parks in stunning locations across these two counties, puts you in the perfect spot to head out and enjoy all the fun of your chosen festival. 

Bournemouth & Poole

Oakdene Forest Park, Forest Edge Holiday Park and Merley Court Holiday Park are all just a short distance from Bournemouth and Poole, where plenty of exciting festivals and events take place throughout the summer. 

International Beer and Bluegrass Festival 

July 21st & 22nd


Music fans will love the International Beer and Bluegrass Festival in Branksome, with 18 hours of great music from some of the finest bluegrass musicians from the UK and the USA – and more than 35 real ales and ciders to try as you soak up the atmosphere.

Bournemouth Air Festival 

August 31st to September 3rd 


All the family will love the Bournemouth Air Festival. It is the UK’s biggest air show and covers a 1.5-mile stretch of coastline, whilst offering something for everyone on land, at sea, and in the air. 

The New Forest

A little further along the coast, Shorefield Country Park and Lytton Lawn Touring Park are perfect for the festivals taking place in the New Forest.

The New Forest Folk Festival

July 5th to 9th


For folk lovers, the New Forest Folk Festival at Plaitford, on the edge of the forest is a small and friendly family-run festival that takes place on a working farm. There’s a big line-up of folk musicians and poets, along with Morris dancing displays and a series of workshops. 

Smoked & Uncut

July 22nd & 23rd


Smoked and Uncut is a popular two-day event offering a blend of high-quality local food, English sparkling wine, local ale and great live musical entertainment. The next event takes place at Lime Wood, just outside Lyndhurst, and is a relaxed festival that gives you the chance to unwind and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the New Forest. Plus with names like The Kooks appearing on the line-up, it's bound to be an unmissable event of food and music!


Or head to Swanage Coastal Park, with its stunning sea views, and enjoy these festivals along the Jurassic Coast. 

Swanage Jazz Festival

July 14th to 16th


The 28th and final Swanage Jazz Festival will showcase most kinds of jazz, from New Orleans to contemporary sounds. Nearly 50 sessions will feature bands from across most of the spectrum of jazz, with lots of leading names and new faces. 

Swanage Carnival & Regatta

July 29th to August 5th


With more than 100 events, the whole family can enjoy everything from the magnificent two-mile carnival procession to firework displays, art competitions, talent shows, treasure hunts and jaw-dropping stunt displays. 

Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival

September 16th to 24th


To make the most of the stunning scenery around you, the Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival helps you discover the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, with an exciting range of walks for all ages and abilities. Ranging from Photography Walks to Historic trails, there's sure to be something to suit every interest.

With so many events to explore, why not book your festival break with us today? Take a look at our offers page for some great deals.