14 free events at Dorchester Borough Gardens this summer

During the summer months people flock to Dorchester Borough Gardens to take part in their fantastic season of events.

Dorchester Borough Gardens
Dorchester Borough Gardens

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.

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