The Red Arrows Air Display At Bournemouth Air Festival
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Local Events

Top events to go to whilst on holiday

Start planning your visit to the Shorefield today

Not only will you find many of Hampshire and Dorset’s top attractions & places to visit right on your doorstep during your next short break or holiday with us, but every month there are always Seasonal events and showsa whole host of fantastic local events for you to discover.

There is something to suit the whole family whether you're here for a just a weekend escape or staying longer. Hampshire and Dorset are bursting with exciting local events, from delicious food festivals and sporting spectacles, to art attractions and magical music festivals.

Enjoy everything from the various regattas taking place along our coastal towns - each bringing its own celebrations and a bucket load of traditional seaside fun for the whole family to enjoy - to world famous air shows, and country fairs where our rural life is showcased. Add to the mix fantastic beaches, beautiful countryside and great attractions and you can see why there are always plenty of reasons to visit our parks.

The local area surrounding all of our holiday parks has a fantastic year round events calendar. If you want to find out about exciting things to do and places to visit, we have listed below just some of our favourite things to do each month. So what are you waiting for! Start planning your visit to the south today.

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Upcoming Local Events Near Your Next Holiday

Just a flavour of what's going on, let us know your favourites.
May 2019

Purbeck Arts Week

An annual celebration of the arts, taking place in beautiful venues on the stunning Jurassic coast.

Meet Paw Patrol's Chase and Rubble at Adventure Wonderland

Dorset’s multi award-winning theme park, Adventure Wonderland, sees the return of PAW Patrol’s fearless police and traffic cop, Chase, alongside Construction expert, Rubble! The duo have appearances throughout the day.

Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival

Since its inception in 2015, this food festival continues to get bigger and better each year. Experience local delights and revel in the entertainment throughout the village.

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

A popular celebration of all things folk. Experience live music, dancing, comedy, workshops and more.

Poole Harbour Boat Show

In it's fifth year, the Poole Harbour Boat Show returns with exhibitors, stalls, live entertainment for the whole family plus an evening fireworks display.

Christchurch Chilli & Cheese Festival

Bringing an amazing array of tastes, colours and experiences, this is a ‘must go to event’ with fun activities for all ages as well as FREE cooking demonstrations and live music.

Swanage Fish Festival

Overlooking the beautiful bay, the stage is set for cooking demonstrations with top-notch chefs by day and popular entertainment by evening. Stalls offer a mouth-watering array of locally sourced fresh catch of the day.

Hot Rod & Custom Drive-in Day at Beaulieu

Held on Father's Day, this event festures hundreds of cool, colourful custom cars as well as live music and entertainment throughout the day. The perfect treat for dad!

Le Stomp Rustique Lymington

Lymington's very own music, arts and craft festival combining the fantastic talents from Lymington and surrounding areas for a two day festival.

Dorset Midsummer Music Festival

A family friendly music festival set in the heart of Dorset in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy a selection of food, music, stalls and entertainment for all ages.


The world's biggest and best live display of historic armour, living history, and much more at the Home of the Tank - The Tank Museum, Bovington.

See Titch the 'roarsome' T-Rex at Adventure Wonderland

Back by popular demand Titch the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends return to Dorset's multi award-winning family theme park! There will be plenty of photo opportunities for those who are extra brave...

Southbourne Shake & Stir Vintage Festival

If you’re a fan of vintage fashion, music, cars or lifestyle, this is the event for you. The popular vintage music, dance, food & drink festival takes over for one weekend, making room for stalls, entertainment and more.

The New Forest Folk Festival

A family run festival which has continued to grow and grow! The event geatures music from local folk artists and takes place at Powells Farm, SO51 6EE.

Smoked & Uncut

Offering a blend of high-quality local food, beverages & great live music in a festival setting. This festival takes place at The Pig in Brockenhurst, with another later in summer at Lime Wood Hotel (Lyndhurst).

Milford on Sea Music & Arts Festival

One of Britain's best kept secrets returns to Milford on Sea, promoting art and culture in the local region. Free to attend, the festival festures a selection of local acts and takes place on the village green.

Swanage Jazz Festival

If you're a jazz lover, you can't afford to miss out on this festival! Showcasing a variety of jazz, from New Orleans to contemporary sounds, nearly 50 sessions will feature bands from across a spectrum of jazz styles.

International Beer & Bluegrass Festival

Now in its 5th successful year, Beer and Bluegrass is proud to bring you the very best in Bluegrass and Americana. The main stage is set within a natural amphitheater with a woodland backdrop.

Swanage Carnival & Regatta

One of Purbeck's most highly anticipated events of the year, Swanage Carnival & Regatta provides a spectacle of family fun and laughter and features fantastic firework displays, stunning stunt shows and more!

New Forest & Hampshire County Show

30 acres of showground for the whole family to explore including local produce, incredible horse displays and kitchen workshops, just to name a few!

Great Dorset Chilli Festival

In its 9th year, this event is a great weekend for chilli enthusiasts and food lovers. Explore some of the country' best specialist chilli growers and dedicated sauce manufacturers in Dorset's 'hottest event'.

Beaulieu Supercar Weekend

A must-see family spectacular! See displays of some of the most prestigious supercars and hear the unmistakable roar of their supercharged engines.

Wimborne Minster Food & Drink Festival

Local food and drink producers, hands-on cookery demonstrations and Dorset Farmer's Market promoting great flavour come to this unique town.

Lymington Seafood Festival

Featuring the most exciting and innovative artisan food and drink producers, who’ll be cooking up around 300 different delicacies across the weekend. The Festival will also host some of the coolest local bands & artists.

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

A small festival set in a farm on the beautiful Jurassic Coastline. Featuring outstanding original folk, roots and world music and a good variety of local music, there’s something for everyone!

The Great Dorset Steam Fair

This typically British event offers a unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment, all in a festival atmosphere. There's family fun, steam displays and much more, set in Dorset's beautiful countryside, DT11 8HT.

Bournemouth Air Festival

The UK's biggest air festival returns to Bournemouth beach. Packed with aviation action, entertainment and unique nautical displays across 4 days, this is one of the most highly anticipated events in the south!

Isle of Purbeck Walking Festival

Ideal for those looking for a quieter event, full of exploration. This walking festival gives you the opportunity to see more of this beautiful region. With a variety of walks, there's something for all abilities & ages.

Autumn Steam Gala at Moors Valley Railway

Weekend event for all ages, of steam and freight train demonstration, with unlimited travel each day.

The Romsey Show

Organised by The Romsey Agricultural & Horse Show Society, this event has a mixture of displays and workshops for anyone hwo loves the countryside.

Ringwood Carnival

The Ringwood Carnival hosts two incredible processions alongside street entertainers, live bands and a funfair. The children’s procession takes place in the afternoon, followed by the illuminated parade in the evening.

Swanage Blues Festival

An absolute favourite for thousands of music lovers. With over 100 musicians performing across 60 events and 15 different venues, it's one of the most anticipated festivals in Purbeck.

Fireworks Spectacular at Beaulieu

Be wowed by one of the largest firework displays in the south, choreographed to music. This year's theme is 'Out of this World', celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Bournemouth Fireworks

Enjoy the amazing fireworks display at Bournemouth's Littledown centre.

Ska & Reggae Music Weekend at Shorefield Country Park

Enjoy a two-day weekend of Ska, Mod and Reggae at our music festival! Enjoy incredible acts such as Bad Manners, The Decatonics & RU40. Tickets cost £22.50 (Friday night), £25 (Saturday night) or £40 (both nights).

Santa's Grotto 2019

(Date TBC) Visit Santa in his grotto in Bournemouth, he's always happy to take the time out of his busy schedule to see all the kids on the good list.

Turkey & Tinsel Weekend at Oakdene Forest Park

Get ready for Christmas the Shorefield way, with loads of festive fun to be had by all the family. Don’t forget to book the special package which includes a carvery, priority seats to the Panto & party on the Sunday.

Turkey & Tinsel Weekend at Shorefield Country Park

Get ready for Christmas the Shorefield way, with loads of festive fun to be had by all the family. Don’t forget to book the special package which includes a carvery, priority seats to the Panto & party on the Sunday.

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