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.
March 2019

The Flying Scotsman at Swanage Railway

The world's most famous locomotive is set to steam into Swanage this spring. For the first time in 50 years both the Flying Scotsman and Devon Belle will be operating in an impressive showcase of British engineering.

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway opens for 2019

The gardens are a spectacular 200 acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs. This attraction is also dog-friendly too!

BRICKOSAURS! at Marwell Zoo

An interactive expedition created with more than two million LEGO® bricks, featuring 50 sculptures including a whopping eight-metre T-Rex.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Brownsea Island

Join the Easter egg trail and participate in crafts and activities for a chocolatey weekend!

A Patchwork of Lost Words Exhibition at Moors Valley Country Park

A special exhibition of artwork inspired by The Lost Words, a book by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris celebrating our varied and beautiful British wildlife.

Tiger Day at the Tank Museum

Don't miss the only running Tiger I tank in action! Experience a stunning display from the Tiger 131, plus all the museum has to offer at this unmissable event.

Christchurch Food Festival

The High Street is transformed with local delicacies. The experiences continues down on the picturesque riverside setting of Christchurch Quay with cookery demonstrations, beer festival, excellent entertainment and more!


We're delighted to sponsor this paw-some two day event. Ideal for dog lovers & owners, there's an array of dog displays and local suppliers, all hosted by TV presenter Chris Packham at Pylewell Park Estate, SO41 5SJ.

Purbeck Arts Week

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

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.

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.

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

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

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.

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!

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.

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'.

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.

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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