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Free Outdoor Events in Dorchester this Summer at Borough Gardens and Maumbury Rings

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Summer 2017 sees some fabulous free events outdoor in Dorchester for all to enjoy. The grandstand of Borough Gardens will be busy throughout July and August with some great live music and Maumbury Rings plays host to a number of theatre and outdoor performances.

Borough Gardens

Dorchester Borough Garden festivals are popular with families.As well as music highlights including performances for Armed Forces Day, Swingtime in the Gardens and traditional British brass bands, you can expect to find many festivities taking place in the idyllic Borough Gardens.

Love Parks Day on Wednesday 26th July and local fundraiser Warm Festival on Sunday 30th July are the perfect excuse to relax on the lawns with friends and family. These popular days packed full of fun family activities, music and performances. Attracting thousands of people from all ages and backgrounds, One World Festival at the beginning of August is a lively celebration of cultural diversity in Dorset featuring world music and cultural activities.

The Dorchester Cider Festival returns to Borough Gardens for a third year of fun on Saturday 19th August. This is a free family festival offers some of Dorset’s finest cider producers, great food and bands throughout the day and into the evening.

Maumbury Rings

Dorchester Arts are putting on a series of outdoor theatre events at Maumbury Rings. Book your tickets and come along with chairs, blankets and a picnic and soak up the atmospheric surroundings. Grab some popcorn and snuggle up under a blanket for the outdoor cinema on Saturday 12th August. The films showing are “Jungle Book” and “Dirty Dancing”.

To wrap up the summer there will be an End of Summer Festival at Maumbury Rings over the August Bank Holiday weekend. This three-day celebration will end with a day of music on Monday 29th including A Listers, Blackwater Country, Diniwe and the Hadedas, Hardy and the Monuments, Outlander and Set Adrift.

Events Calendar – Outdoor Events in Dorchester

Borough Gardens


Saturday 1 – Armed Forces Day Civic Service – 1.50pm

Friday 7 – Durnovaria Silver Band – 6.00pm

Sunday 9 – Swingtime in the Gardens – Noon

Sunday 16 – Thomas Hardye School Band – 2.00pm

Sunday 23 – Durnovaria Silver Band – 2.30pm

Wednesday 26 – Love Parks Family Event – 11.00am

Sunday 30 – Warm Festival – 1.00pm


Saturday 5 – One World Festival – 11.00am

Sunday 6 – Dalton Town Brass Band – 2.30pm

Sunday 13 – Blue Town Rumble and DJ Hurricane T – 2.00pm

Saturday 19 – Dorchester Cider Festival – 3.00pm

Sunday 20 – Weldmar presents Tony Lowe – 2.00pm


Sunday 4 – Durnovaria Silver Band – 2.30pm


Maumbury Rings


Thursday 13 – “The Third Policeman@ perfomed by Miracle Theatre – 7.30pm (ticketed)


Saturday 12 – Outdoor Cinema presents “Jungle Book” and “Dirty Dancing” – 3.00pm

Thursday 24 – “As You Like It” performed by the Handlebards – 7.30pm (ticketed)

Saturday 27 – Anonymous Festival by Dorset Youth Extra – Noon

Sunday 28 – Love Parade

Monday 29 – Music on Bank Holiday Monday

For events marked (ticketed) contact Dorchester Arts on 01305 266926 or visit


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