September’s Events

It’s September here in Dorset and this month it brings with it one of the biggest music festivals the county has seen…

For the first time this year, the award-winning festival Bestival is coming to Lulworth Estate.

The acclaimed music festival used to be held on the Isle of Wight, however last year the event was plagued with technical and logistical issues. Whilst we get out our welly boots for the big weekend that features The XX, Pet Shop Boys and recent additions Soul Wax, we’re going to run down some of the other events that will be entertaining the people of Dorset this month.

Gillingham Walking Festival

If you’d rather brush off your walking boots instead of your wellington boots, then you can participate in the Gillingham Walking Festival which is taking place throughout this week, from the 2nd-10th this month.

Walks all around the local area give visitors a great chance to get to grip with the town’s Medieval Royal Forest, simply download the guide to the festival and meet at the correct starting point for your walk, at the right time. Don’t forget to bring some snacks!

Dorchester Flavours of the World Market

Dorchester has changed a lot over the few years, one of those changes has been the relocation of the Flavours of the World Market to Brewery Square. Set in the newly finished shopping and dining destination, the Market will be bring artisans from across the county and beyond to sell their wares.

Fancy a traditional french pastry or perhaps a tarte au citron? You can find the very best international foods at this market from the last Thursday to Saturday of this month and the admission is free!

Psychic Sally – Kisses to Heaven

You’d be forgiven for not knowing who Psychic Sally is. Also known as Sally Morgan, she is fast becoming one of the most popular and revered stage mediums in the country. This month she’s back touring the theatres and pavilions of the country, taking her emotional yet sometimes controversial show to the whole country.

For the last 9 years, Sally has been making a name for herself as one of the biggest names in touring show business and on the 21st September she’ll be bringing her show to Weymouth Pavillions, tickets start at £25 and should be booked well in advance.

Paint, Texture and Light

For those looking for a less interactive experience that will put them in touch with new pieces of art, rather than long deceased relatives, The Hayloft Gallery in Christchurch is exhibiting a range of different artworks that promise to impress and fascinate in equal measure.

Local artists Linda Patterson, Susan Knights, Pip Muddel, Jeanette Law and Brenda Weeks will be exhibiting paintings, jewellery, textiles and more at the gallery from the 22nd to 12th of this month, so make sure to pop down and take a look at some point.

Shaftesbury Carnival

This annual carnival is one of the highlights of the Dorset calendar and always worth a trip to see. A grand illuminated parade will be the centre of attention for the event and once more it’s absolutely free of charge to see.

As with every year, there will be collectors walking alongside the parade taking donations for several charities – this is a great excuse to get out and support this Dorset community, have a bite to eat and take in the once-a-year spectacle! Get down to Shaftesbury on the 30th September and make sure to arrive early to secure a good parking spot!