Top things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend


Rain or shine, there is plenty going on in Dorset this Bank Holiday weekend.

Looking for things to do with an extra day off? Dorset is host to a variety of events and entertainment for young and old and to suit all budgets.

Fossil hunting on the Dorset coast
Fossil hunting on the Dorset coast

Fossil fans and dinosaur devotees will be heading to Lyme Regis,£†host to the annual Fossil Festival (Friday April 29-May 1).

A full schedule of guided walks with local experts and fossil hunters, workshops and talks, the event also features music and even a spot of street theatre.
Exhibition stalls housed in the marquees next to the Marine Theatre are lined with experts from the world of science including the National History Museum, Palaeontological Association and Jurassic Coast Trust. All are keen to talk to budding scientists and provide activities for young fossil enthusiasts. Entry to the exhibition marquees is free, but donations are welcome.

Dorset Knob Throwing Festival
Dorset Knob Throwing Festival

The traditional Dorset Knob Throwing (Sunday May 1) will take£†place at Cattistock alongside the Frome Valley Food Festival. Foodies will delight in the 50+ stalls while the whole family will be entertained by games and attractions including Knob Eating, Knob Painting, a Knob & Spoon Race‚Ķyou get the idea!

Music fans need look no further than Weymouth for its latest Quayside Music Festival (Sunday May 1). Tea on the Quay features live music on the outside stage from 12noon until late into the night. The free event offers outside bars, hog roasts and BBQ.

Sherborne residents will have little need to venture far this weekend with not one, but two fabulous events. Sherborne Abbey Festival (Friday April 29-Tuesday May 3) is an annual music festival held at several locations in the town, including the atmospheric Abbey.

Sherborne Abbey Festival
Sherborne Abbey Festival

The four-day festival features classical concerts and choirs by day while the evening programme takes us back in time to the music of Cole Porter performed by Salon Baroque and on Sunday night live jazz from London’s Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. Over 70% of the concerts are free so check out the full listings.

The Craft and Garden Fair over at Sherborne Castle (April 30-May 2), set in Capability Brown landscaped gardens, brings together traditional and contemporary artisans£†to showcase their skills and sell their wares.
Garden suppliers will stock plant stalls alongside woodworkers and metalworkers selling a range of garden ornaments and furniture. Tickets cost £5 for adults – children are free and are catered for with free entertainment – and entry includes access to the Castle’s gardens and grounds.

With so much to do, a three-day weekend may not be long enough after all!

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