During the summer months people flock to Dorchester Borough Gardens to take part in their fantastic season of events.
Starting in June, the park features a whole host of family friendly all day events and live music on Sundays from the iconic bandstand.
In June a highlight will be the street party style celebrations for the Queen’s 90th Birthday from 12noon. If it is anything like the Royal wedding in celebrations in 2011, it will certainly be one to pack your picnic for.
A highlight for July is the Swingtime in the Gardens on Sunday 10 July always draws a crowd and really is a great day out.
On a clear night, there really is something magical about getting cosy with a bag or popcorn at an outdoor cinema. The cinema (film yet to be announced) will be on Saturday 16 July from 4pm. We’d suggest getting there early as it was a really popular event last year.
August is a month of festivals and live music in the park. Last year the Dorchester Round Table held their inaugural Dorchester Cider Festival and will be continuing the successful event on Saturday 20 August. The One World festival takes a look at different cultures and is a really interesting family day out.
The popular Warm Festival on Sunday 14 August is one to watch out for. Local musicians come together to raise money for the Steve Charles Help A Friend Fund (HAFHAF) charity. The charity was set up after Steve’s death and helps people across the south and west Dorset who have a serious illness to get to hospital and assists with financial difficulties. The day is always filled with passionate friends performing and has a great vibe.
Full list of events in 2016
Saturday 11 – Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Family Event – 12 noon
Sunday 12 – Queen’s 90th Birthday Street Party – 12 noon
Friday 17 – Dorchester Round Table – Party in the Park – 6.00pm
Sunday 26 – Live Music from Sylva – 2.30pm July
Saturday 2 – Armed Forces Day Civic Service at 1.50pm followed by Live Music
Sunday 10 – Swingtime in the Gardens – 12 noon
Saturday 16 – Outdoor Cinema Presents – from 4.00pm
Sunday 24 – Live Music from Stoke Sub Hamdon Brass Band – 2.30pm
Wednesday 27 – Love Parks Family Event – 12 noon
Saturday 6 – One World Festival – 11.00am
Sunday 14 – Warm Festival – 1.00pm
Saturday 20 – Dorchester Round Table Cider Festival – 3.00pm
Sunday 21 – Weldmar Presents music from Tony Lowe – 2.00pm September
Sunday 25 – Durnovaria Silver Band – 2.30pm
All you need to know about Dorchester Borough Gardens
- The gardens are located a few minutes walk from the town centre and are fully wheelchair/pram accessible.
- The gardens are open every day from dawn until dusk in the winter and 9pm in the summer.
- Facilities include a big play area with swings, rockers, slides and a splash pool. There is also adult outdoor fitness equipment, tennis courts, a bowling green.
- There is also a refreshment kiosk which is run by a community training enterprise by a consortium of local charities headed by Rethink.
- Toilets are located next to the refreshment kiosk.