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What’s on in Dorchester this Spring? 

Posted on May 2, 2022 by Shaun Vallance
What’s on in Dorchester this Spring? 

The perennial charm of Dorchester can be found in its inspirational heritage. Dorchester is the birth place of author Thomas Hardy and was the setting for some of his fictional works.  Later in life he designed his townhouse Max Gate in 1885 where he wrote several of his most famous novels.  For Hardy enthusiasts, or those with a literary leaning, Dorchester is the mecca for your pilgrimage.  Also, of note in the centre of Dorchester are the Borough Gardens, designed in 1896 by the landscape architect William Goldring of Kew Gardens.  This beautiful, leafy space is the arena for many festivals and events in the area.  It’s no surprise with this creative history that Dorchester has an inspiring Spring festival schedule.  

Highlights for your Dorchester festival calendar this Spring

  • Ale and Cider Festival – Frampton Arms May Bank Holiday 2022
  • Quayside Music Festival – Weymouth Harbour May Bank Holiday 2002
  • Sherborne Abbey Festival – Sherborne 29th April – 6th May 2002
  • Christchurch Food Festival – Christchurch 2nd – 5th June 2002
  • Wimborne Minster Folk Festival – Wimborne Minster 10th– 12th June 2022

May bank holiday in Dorchester 

Ale and Cider Festival – Frampton Arms 

May Bank Holiday is when the country can really get out there for the Spring buzz, and after the past few years it’s great see there festivals up and running again. At the Ale and Cider Festival there will be live music to accompany the array of food and drink in this beautiful pub garden setting. Frampton Arms, Station Road, Moreton DT2 8BB.

Quayside Music Festival – Weymouth  May Bank Holiday 

As this local music festival is held on the bank holidays throughout Spring and Summer it is already gathering momentum as people return to outdoor gatherings.  Weymouth Harbour is the place to be on the May bank holiday, the Jubilee bank holiday in June not forgetting the August bank holiday.  

Sherborne Abbey Festival 29th April – 6th May 2022

On the Dorset Somerset border is the historic town of Sherborne, home of Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne Museum, Sherborne Castle, and the English Heritage Old Castle. 

The town is also home to a vibrant community of local artisan and independent businesses which thrive alongside a selection of high street favorites. Weekly markets, cafes, pubs, and restaurants provide many opportunities to sample the abundance of local produce.  

The Sherborne Abbey festival showcases world class performances alongside local musical talent.  The festival has raised more than £300,000 for charity, scholarships and to enrich the musical arts at Sherborne Abbey.  The ethos of the organizers is that everyone should have access to inspiring musical performances.  The festival has a wide range of eclectic music, and some performances are free, others reasonably priced.  The diverse range of talent that will perform at the festival can be seen here  https://www.sherborneabbeyfestival.org/

Festivals in June

Christchurch food festival – 2nd– 5th June 2022

Christchurch food festival will be maxing out the Jubilee bank holiday weekend with 4 days of food and entertainment.  Delicious street food, craft drinks and bars will keep you fed and watered while you can enjoy the entertainment and live cooking stage with some of the UK’s finest chefs.  https://christchurchfoodfest.co.uk/

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival   10th – 12th June 2022

This 2022 Wimborne Minster Folk Festival is the 40th anniversary of the festival and set to be the biggest yet. All things folk are being showcased here in this epic Dorset festival.  The dance line up is cracking, guaranteeing a visual as well as rhythmical feast.   A dazzling array of acoustic gems stud the music programme, set to make this a summer weekend to remember.  Comedy, art and children’s activities make up this incredible schedule.  Seeing is believing, check it out here https://wimbornefolk.co.uk/

Regular Markets in Dorchester 

Dorset well and truly comes to life in the Spring with vibrant festivals, great activities, and markets.  Markets are the pulse of our local trade, and Dorchester is the home of many.  Wednesday is Dorchester’s market day where you can pick up fresh produce and browse through the antiques and collectibles that are unique to country towns.  There are also flowers and plants as well as a lively atmosphere.  At the end of each month is the Farmer’s market on Dorchester’s South Street which is resplendent in local fare.   There is also another Farmer’s market on the first Saturday of the month at Poundbury’s Queen Mother Square so there is no shortage of delicacies for food buffs.   

Moving to Dorchester

There’s a lot more to uncover in Hardy country and along the Jurassic Coast.  If you are considering relocating within the area or coming from further afield, there is no time like the present.  Discovering Dorset’s treasures is a long-term commitment, and we are happy to commit to making your first step in that direction a smooth one.  At Woods removals we have a long heritage of helping people move home in this area. 

Woods removals – part of the Dorset furniture for 165 years 

Woods Removals, Dorset, was set up by people who cared about moving and today, that hasn’t changed. We know that you may only move on a handful of occasions in a whole lifetime and that it’s a make-or-break situation. We move people every day and have done so for over a century. Consequently, we know the ropes. We know what the potential pitfalls are and how to avoid them. We know how to move you so well so that you can stay relaxed and focused on your life.

From handling to packing, driving to wrapping, our staff are fully-trained and come to you with experience in Dorset removals. They’re proud of the standards they maintain and will treat your belongings with the same degree of care they’d extend to their own. These men and women are no amateurs. They’re dedicated professionals.  If it’s time for you to move, know that we are on hand and can help you in a smooth transition to your next Dorset residence.  To consider a specialized quote contact us here and we will be happy to bring our seasoned expertise to your situation.